List of Regularly Occurring Bookish Twitter Chats

I really love participating in twitter chats. Some of the people I interact with most on social media I initially met during twitter chats, and I just find them really fun and often informative. A few days ago I sent a tweet asking if anyone had a master list of twitter chats, and when that didn’t come back with anything, I did some internet sleuthing. I found lots of sites that had master listings of writing twitter chats, twitter chats for fashion bloggers, but none that listed all the bookish chats, so I decided to try and create this resource.

So, here is the list of all the bookish twitter chats I could find! I decided that I’d list chats if they fell into this criteria:

  1. Bookish twitter chats that are not exclusively for writers. There are some chats that sometimes talk on their topic from a writing perspective and then other times discuss from a reading perspective. I included those, but left out chats(normally genre-based) that were about discussing from a writing perspective.
  2. Chat has to be reoccurring. It doesn’t matter how often they reoccur as long as they aren’t one-time chats.

I’m going to pin this page in my sidebar and keep adding to it, so if you know of a bookish twitter chat that’s not listed feel free to mention it in the comments. I was surprised by how few chats I could find(I spent hours and only found six), so if there are more I don’t know about I would love to be informed!

On the Same Page Chat

Hashtag: #otspchat
Hosted by: Amy @ Tripping Over Books, Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide, Alyssa @ Books Take You Places
Occurs: generally bi-weekly on Thursday nights at 9/8 central PM.
Topic: A general bookish chat with different topics every chat–chat topics are announced on the On the Same Page twitter ahead of time.

Bout of Books

Hashtag: #boutofbooks
Hosted by:
Chat is hosted on the Bout of Books twitter, Bout of Books readathon is hosted by Amanda and Kelly
Occurs: Bout of Books is a readathon hosted a few times a year, and there’s generally 3 chats during the week of the readathon. More info and a schedule is available on the Book of Books website.
Topic:
Readathon progress & books in general.

#YAlit Chat

Hashtag: #yalitchat
Hosted by: Hosted on the #YAlitchat twitter, founded by Georgia McBride.
Occurs: Wednesdays at 9 PM EST.
Topic: Various YA literature related topics; note that some topics are more geared towards writing YA. More info available on the YALitchat site.

@BookBlogChat (UK based)

Hashtag: #bookbloggers
Hosted by:
Chat happens on the BookBloggers Chat twitter, hosted by Becky.
Occurs:
7-8 PM UK time. Topic: From the BookBloggers Chat twitter description: “chat books, authors, book bloggers & everything else inbetween.”

#K8chat

Hashtag: #K8chat
Hosted by: Kate Tilton
Occurs: Thursdays at 9 PM Eastern.
Topic: From the #k8chat page: “A publishing related chat where we discuss topics relevant to readers and authors”. More info including an upcoming schedule is listed on the page as well.

LitChat

Hashtag: #litchat
Hosted by: LitChat twitter account
Occurs: Monday and Wednesdays from 4-5 PM EST.
Topic: From the LitChat website: ” a fun, fast, and friendly way for book-lovers to talk about books on Twitter.”

There are two more events I know of that also have chats–Bloggiesta and Armchair BEA. I didn’t add to the list originally because why they are regularly occurring they don’t always occur at the same time and are sometimes more blogging than book focused, but I wanted to still link to the information about the events/chats for anyone interested.

I used this list of twitter chats to help compile this list(it’s a great resource). Know of any more chats(or have updated information on any that I’ve listed?) Feel free to leave the info in the comments!

 

5 Reasons I Loved When Joss Met Matt(Blog Tour) + Giveaway

5 Reasons I Loved When Joss Met Matt(Blog Tour) + Giveaway

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If you look around Book.Blog.Bake, you’ll see that I’m *very* picky about doing blog tours. As in, I’ve only done one before. However, I absolutely LOVED When Joss Met Matt and I’m so excited to be on the blog tour for this book because it is a fabulous NA that I simply can’t stop talking about! For my tour stop I’m sharing 5 reasons I loved When Joss Met Matt–and if that’s not enough, you can read my review.

5 Reasons I Loved When Joss Met Matt

 

1. Friends to friends with benefits to more

When Joss Met Matt hit pretty much all my great romance buttons. They meet in college, and while they move to the “friends with benefits” stage pretty quickly, it takes them a good chunk of time to move to something more. It’s the ultimate slow burn, and the fact that it’s ALSO a friends to lovers story? LOVE.

2. Perfect balance between not angst-filled, but also deals with real issues

When Joss Met Matt just struck that sweet spot. It’s not a dark and angsty NA. The tone, for the most part, is fairly light and fun, but the characters also get to deal with real issues at the same time. They struggle with so many of the things I’ve longed for NA characters to have to grapple with, and since the book takes place over such a long period of time, the reader actually does get to see into the struggles. Matt’s not sure about graduate school. Joss finds a job she loves as a vet tech, but she still has to deal with all the other unique struggles of being a new adult–living alone, figuring things out, etc.

3. The romance is super sweet

I loved Matt. I loved Joss. I loved Joss & Matt together. They’re not perfect characters. I shook my head at Joss more than once–but I shake my head at my eighteen-year-old self too. Seeing her growth was amazing, but seeing Joss and Matt grow together was wonderful. I loved that this romance was not sweep-you-off-your-feet passionate, but it was grounded in real life and sweet & swoony.

4. The romance was super sweet. . . and full of banter.

THE BANTER. Man, I loved it so much. Joss and Matt just had such compatible personalities even as friends that I loved reading them teasing each other. One thing I loved is that when Matt & Joss came up with the rules for their sorbet encounters, they kept their personalities and it just shone through all the way. This wasn’t two random people hooking up. This was Joss and Matt, two clearly defined characters, and their actions all the way through show that.

5. The time line really showed character growth

Despite the premise based around sorbet sex, the scenes in When Joss Met Matt are pretty tame–I’ve read more explicit scenes in books that are classified as YA. But the reason When Joss Met Matt is a great NA book? The way the time line played with Matt & Joss’s college experience and the years after. Back-and-forth doesn’t always work for me, but I LOVED the time line here because we got such a span of time to see these two characters. People can change a lot between their first semester of college and the time they’re twenty-five, and it was a delight to see. SorbetSexRules_HIREZ_V2

GIVEAWAY:

The publisher is giving away 10 copies of When Joss Met Matt. Giveaway ends 3/3/2015.

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Advance praise for When Joss Met Matt:
 
“Hands down, one of my favorite New Adult reads . . . Ellie Cahill is definitely one to watch!”New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack 

“This is one of those books that make you forget everything around you. Prepare to be consumed by this story.”—Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Wild
 
“Fun, sexy, and full of amazing chemistry, When Joss Met Matt is an entertaining escape that will leave you smiling with every turn of the page.”—Cassie Mae, author of The Real Thing

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ellie Cahill is a freelance writer and also writes books for young adults under the name Liz Czukas. She lives outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband, son, and the world’s loudest cat. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and her blog, where you can also follow along with the rest of the WHEN JOSS MET MATT blog tour.

Falling Back in Love with Re-Reading

Before I started blogging, I re-read ALL the time. I would say that prior to 2012, probably 50% of my reads in any given year were re-reads. Then, I started blogging and the re-reading sort of drifted away. It didn’t stop completely, but it lessened significantly. I think I re-read a total of FIVE books in 2014, out of 150 books read. That’s barely a drop in bucket. Of course, I love discovering new books too, but there’s just something special about re-reading to me.

One of my bookish goals in 2015 was to re-read more. I set my Goodreads challenge super low in terms of what I can realistically accomplish because I wanted to give myself the freedom to re-read more without worrying if I was meeting my goal. This year, I set my Goodreads challenge goal at 50 books. That’s 100 books less than I read in 2013 and 2014. Now, I probably won’t re-read 100 books this year, but I want to have the option to do so while still challenging myself.

I’ve really been making an effort to embrace re-reading this year, and so far I’ve already re-read more books than I did in 2014. To date I’ve re-read six books. It’s not a huge number, but I’ve set a pretty good pace, and it’s true that I’ve fallen in love with re-reading all over again. These past few years I’ve been distracted by so many bright & shiny new releases that I forgot why I love re-reading in the first place. Re-reading, for me, gives me a richer reading experience.

I enjoy re-reading so much because I already know the story. It’s comforting to return to a story you love, and when I re-read I’m not hung up on keeping up with where the story is going or how things are going to end. I already know that. Instead, I get to focus more on adding layers to a story I already know.

I’m a pretty deep reader at times. I enjoy the craft of story-telling, so I pay close attention to the books I read my first time through, but there’s always something I pick up on the second time around that I didn’t the first. This month I’ve re-read I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson and all three released books in Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle series. Both of those authors write stories with lots of layers, so I was shocked to realize just how much I discovered in these books upon re-reading, especially since I read all The Raven Cycle books in a row which I hadn’t done previously. I was amazed at how the tiniest thing from book 1 to be called back in book 3. My understanding and appreciation grew for these books upon re-reading in a way I don’t think they would have otherwise.

Re-reading also tends to give me a stronger emotional attachment. Take The Raven Cycle for example. I’ve always thought Maggie Stiefvater wrote beautiful prose, even when I haven’t liked her stories(I wasn’t a huge fan of Shiver). I’ve always enjoyed the story of Blue and the Raven Boys, but my attachment to the books wasn’t deep. I thought they were good and I even gave Blue Lily, Lily Blue 5 stars, but I wasn’t emotionally attached to the plot or the characters. I got SUPER attached during my re-read though. Because I already knew the story, I was able to really delve into the lives of the characters and for the first time felt really invested. Before, I liked the books with a sense of detachment because I thought the story was good. Now, I really care.

Here’s the downside of re-reading, though: sometimes I don’t love a book as much the second time around. So far, this hasn’t happened with any of the books I’ve re-read this year, but it’s always a slight fear in the back of my mind whenever I pick up a book to re-read, because it’s happened to me before.

When I was in middle school, I found Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series. I remember being in awe. It was fantasy, which was pretty much the only thing I read at the time, but it wasn’t like any fantasy I had read before. Both death & the dead played a huge role in the book and I remember being fascinated because it was the first time I had ever read a fantasy that didn’t mind getting dark. Even as a child, I was drawn to the dark stories. I fell in love and checked all the books out of the library several times. They were influential to my own imagination and the kind of the stories I wrote as I was growing up.

Flash forward about a decade to 2013. I learned that Garth Nix was releasing another book set in the same world, Clariel. I’m pretty sure my scream of excitement was heard ’round the world. In honor of Clariel’s release, I decided to re-read the books, so I went down to my local used bookstore and found all the books for super cheap. I started re-reading Sabriel, and. . . all the magic was gone. I had to force myself through the book. I found it mostly boring with some good parts. If I was reviewing it for the blog, I would have given it 3 stars at most.

I re-read a favorite, and it lost its favorite status. Of course, reading taste can change a lot in a decade, and I’m not the same person or reader I was when I first read the series. I’m no longer in the target age group for the books, and it’s possible that nostalgia made me tougher on the book than I would have been otherwise. However, even with all these reasons, the end result remained: I didn’t love the book anymore.

Still, in the end I think the benefits of re-reading, at least for me personally, outweigh the possible cons, sad as it to demote a book from favorite status. We’ll see what other books I decide to re-read this year, especially since some of my favorite series are wrapping up in the fall.

LET’S CHAT: Do you re-read frequently(or at all)? What’s your favorite thing about re-reading? Have you ever re-read a book and didn’t like it as much the second time around?

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Tuesday Tunes (2)

Tuesday Tunes (2)

Tuesday Tunes is a feature I do whenever I decide to skip on Top Ten Tuesday, and, as you may guess, it’s pretty self-explanatory. I just like sharing what I’ve been listening to lately.

Tuesday Tunes

Howl by Florence and the Machine


This song is really perfect for writing big confrontational scenes. I’ve been listening to it a TON recently because I wrote a big confrontational scene and THEN when I finished that WIP and decided to let it rest before trying to revise I started a first draft of a thriller, which always fits with the song very well.

What’s the Matter by Milo Greene


I remember hearing this song when it was on an episode of Supernatural & liking it, but I forgot to look it up until I saw it on a playlist. It’s also a great writing song(though definitely for quieter scenes).

Work This Body-Walk the Moon


On the flip side, this is not a good writing song at all–but it’s a great song for dancing around my bedroom with the door closed. It instantly brightens my mood.

Shake, Shake, Shake-Bronze Radio Return


Another upbeat song that I can’t get enough of lately.

Always Like This-Bombay Bicycle Club


For some reason, Bombay Bicycle Club’s songs(particularly this one) are songs I love to sing along with in the car. It’s serious but still on the upbeat side and I don’t know, it’s just a great soundtrack while driving around.

LET’S CHAT: What have been your tunes lately?

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Book Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

Book Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

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by Caroline Kepnes

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Original Publication Date: January 1, 2014
Length: 432 pages
Publisher: Atria

Obtained Via: Bought
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When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

A terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, debut author Caroline Kepnes delivers a razor-sharp novel for our hyper-connected digital age. You is a compulsively readable page-turner that’s being compared to Gone Girl, American Psycho, and Stephen King’s Misery.

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You know when you’re like, “Hmm, I really want to read a book from the villain’s POV? And plummet to the depth of the darkest part of humanity?” Maybe you’re a more innocent person/reader than I am and never think that, but I certainly do. Well, You is the answer to that question.

You introduces the reader to Joe, bookstore worker, and Beck, the aspiring writer. When Beck comes into the bookstore one day, Joe is utterly captivated. He’s charming and flirty, and when he sends Beck on her way, he looks up her name and credit card information and proceeds to stalk her, intent on wooing her to be his.

Originally I had written down that You is entirely in second person, but that’s not true. Joe is the narrator and the reader spends the entire novel inside his head as he stalks Beck, watches her, and schemes. However, Joe addresses all his thoughts to “You”, or Beck. I thought this technique might get tiring, but it really worked to create an even closer intimacy between the reader and the reasoning of Joe’s actions. And as twisted as it is, there is a reasoning behind everything Joe does.

You is the story of Joe’s sense of entitlement. As a main character, Joe is inherently intriguing and pretty much a refutation that a main character in a novel must be likable. Likable he is not, but he is charming, twisted, and intriguing most of all, and his charm is not to be overlooked. Even as I found myself repulsed at Joe’s actions, a few paragraphs later he would make an observation or do something that made me laugh or shake my head in agreement–and then instantly wonder what I had done. This book is not for the faint of heart. It’s a deep, dark corner of a basement and while I highly recommend it, you should only peek in it if you’re not afraid of a few spiders.

There’s just something about Joe. Maybe it’s because some of his diatribes about modern life seem so spot on, or his often great pop culture references, but at times I found it hard to hate him, even when he was having a delusional monologue about how he’s not really the messed-up one in this situation. Then, he’d do something so despicable I found it difficult to imagine how I could ever see him as anything other than vile. I understood exactly how Beck could be taken in by his charm, his wit, and his careful planning.

Obviously, Joe’s narration is completely unreliable, and the book never tries to hide this fact. There’s something almost compelling in his thought process, even when those thoughts are revolting. You could almost read You as an exploration of the entitlement some men fell towards women and romantic attractions–Joe wants Beck to want him, so he does everything in his power to ensure that the romance he pursues founds an open avenue. He stops at nothing, willing to cut out any barrier he thinks stands in his way.

I found You so morbidly mesmerizing that it probably would have been a 5 star read if not for the pacing, which was all over the place. Kepnes is terrific at writing voice and characters, and as far as writing thrillers go, I feel her writing is definitely on the higher end. That being said, the events and timeline of the book seemed to vary wildly. The first 10% was everything an introduction to a thriller should be, and the last 40% was perfect as well. The middle, however, often had slow spots that felt utterly without momentum. There’s a scene in which Joe does something very dramatic, the reader sees the fallout through his eyes, and then it’s just. . . the lower-level stalking again, for pages and pages with pop culture references and pointed words. I kept putting the book down before picking it back up again, which is not what I expect to be doing when I’m reading an engaging thriller.

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You was a fascinating, and sometimes revolting, read. I hated it even as I loved it and at times hated myself a little for loving it. While not a mindscrew in a traditional sense, it definitely plays with the mind and emotions through the unreliable narration. Joe’s a character to remember for sure, charming and vile. 4/5 cupcakes.

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