Put on your slow jamz and get ready for ~*HISTORICAL HOTTIES*~. Super pleased to have Katherine Longshore, author of Gilt & Brazen, to talk about a historical hottie!! Find out more about this cutie in tights under the cut along with a giveaway!

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Hi! For this year’s celebration of National Ice Cream Month, I asked some authors to talk about ice cream! Today’s guest is Rainbow Rowell! Fun fact: it is the two year anniversary of when I first fell in love with Eleanor & Park‘s cover and subsequently the day my bank account started side eyeing me for buying multiple copies of all her books.

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everything leads to you by nina lacour

Release Date: May 15th 2014
Source: Borrowed (Thanks, Estelle!)
Add It: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon, Book Depository

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world. Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

I cried after finishing Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. It wasn’t a sad book but

1. I read it exclusively on the subway in a city where it’s easy to feel alone surrounded by so many people.
2. I saw the sunset and paired with thinking about how beautiful LaCour’s words IT WAS A LOT.

I was overwhelmed by how beautiful and melancholic things can be.

Everything Leads to You definitely felt cinematic and I’m not just saying that because the protagonist is a film set designer. I can easily imagine it as a quiet indie film like the one being made in the book. The atmosphere was super dreamy to me and like, it’s not nitty gritty realistic (by any means) but I think there’s a certain truth to LaCour’s words. The prose was so so lovely and everything was just LOVELY! I also love that Emi liked to kiss girls and it wasn’t a big thing, you can totally tell why she would be enamored with Ava. I love the descriptions LaCour wrote, especially in regards to Emi’s profession. It gave me a new appreciation for film and all the love + dedication that goes into it. Everything Leads to You is a favorite of 2014, for sure.

Sound: The Strokes – I’ll Try Anything Once (You Only Live Once Demo)
When I said ‘I can see me in your eyes’
You said ‘I can see you in my bed’
That’s not just friendship that’s romance too
You like music we can dance to

Sit me down
Shut me up
I’ll calm down
And I’ll get along with you

After my tears were all dried, I really wanted to re-watch Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere because the vibe felt similar. I love The Strokes and this song is used in the film as well.

Liner Notes is a feature where I talk about five things I’m currently into! Here’s the round up for this week:

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Hello, hello. In honor of Landline by Rainbow Rowell coming out this week (you should buy it! it has a cute pink striped spine and the UK one is LOOKS ADORABLE), I thought I would post a wallpaper featuring all of Rainbow’s works so far! Haven’t read any of her works? Here are five reasons to read Rainbow Rowell. Oh while I’m linking things, here is my Eleanor & Park wallpaper and Fangirl wallpaper. I GUESS YOU CAN SAY I LIKE RAINBOW ROWELL. A LOT.

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