Hi! I’m back with another edition of Arts & Crafts. Since there are only two more months (!!!) until the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanP.S. I Still Love You, I thought it would be PERFECT to make two wallpapers! I felt a bit rusty making these at first but I think they turned out OK?? They’re focused on food, of course. Let me know what you think!

P.S. Jenny Han is also running the BEST GIVEAWAY for P.S. I Still Love You pre-orders! Care packages from Lara Jean that look amaaaazing! Winning one of those would be a dreaaaam!

to all the boys i've loved before wallpaper

jenny han – to all the boys i’ve loved before

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to all the boys i've loved before wallpaper

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the girl on the train by paula hawkins

Release Date: January 13th 2015
Source: Borrowed
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Purchase: Amazon, Indiebound

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

If a book is a psychological thriller or has a twist of any kind, you’ll probably see it compared to Gone Girl. The Girl on on the Train by Paula Hawkins is the one of the latest books with the moniker ~the new Gone Girl~ or whatever. And you know what? LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, I AM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THE NEXT GONE GIRL.

The Girl on the Train begins like this

and I was like AW YEAH, IT’S GOING TO GET REAL. It was so, so easy to devour The Girl on the Train but unfortunately, it didn’t quite blow my mind. I think Hawkins is deft at writing unreliable questionable awful but compelling characters. The book is divided into three POVs and you definitely don’t have to like the characters to want to know what happens next. Anyway, I kind of feel the Gone Girl comparison serves as a double edged sword because like I said, you know something shocking is going to happen so it becomes less shocking by default. That aspect of The Girl on the Train was fairly predictable for me which was a bit disappointing because I wanted an OH SHIT moment.

I think The Girl on the Train is a strong debut though and it just sold a million copies so like, read it before the movie comes out.

Sound: Purity Ring – Bodyache
i want to know what’s your quietest feeling
i saw you break i saw you unreeling

i lied
now i’m lying awake
i cried
until my body ached

I wanted to use “Flood on the Floor” by Purity Ring but can’t find an audio of it online so BODYACHE IT IS! The lyrics remind me of Rachel, the main character.

sound bite 

Recently, I jokingly tweeted about wanting to be blurbed in a book. The thing is I do not ever expect to be properly blurbed in a book because a blurb often comes from a person of considerable influence and I am under no grand delusions that your typical person knows about this blog. (Which basically means you are a special snowflake and considerably cooler for even reading this.)

The power of blurbs lies in trust because you are trusting that this book is good because this person says so. Hence the blurbs usually being of someone or a publication with considerable influence. It’s the logic of THIS author and THIS author liked it? And I really liked their books so maybe I’ll like this book too! But blurbs can also be a double edged sword. THIS author and THIS author liked it? And I really DIDN’T like their books? Pass. However!! Blurbs aren’t always given by an author because they looove a book so much the whole world must know. It’s all about connections and spinning a publication review to make it sound better. I remember I saw a praise of a book that quoted Kirkus and made it sound like they really liked the book but it was actually pretty scathing.

So my question is: do blurbs work? I heard once that they are mostly for comps and book buyers (like people who purchase books for bookstores), which I can definitely see. It’s easier to pitch to clients and customers if you have someone else do the talking for you. I also know that industry wide, blurbs are a mixed bag in that they DON’T work but they persist anyway because in a rare case, it DOES work.

How do you feel about blurbs?

Hi!! Today, I’m excited to talk about the paperback edition of Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. I really enjoyed this debut! Why should you be excited about a paperback edition of a book that’s already out? BECAUSE BONUS CHAPTER! From Dee’s POV! If you’ve read Open Road Summer, you should know Dee or Lilah Montgomery as she’s better known is one half of a dynamic BFF duo and a character YOU want as your BFF.

open road summer by emery lord

Paperback Release Date: March 3rd 2015
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After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

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bones and all by camille deangelis

Release Date: March 10th 2015
Source: ARC (Thanks, St. Martin’s Press!)
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Purchase: Amazon, Indiebound

Maren Yearly doesn’t just break hearts, she devours them.

Since she was a baby, Maren has had what you might call “an issue” with affection. Anytime someone cares for her too much, she can’t seem to stop herself from eating them. Abandoned by her mother at the age of 16, Maren goes looking for the father she has never known, but finds more than she bargained for along the way.

Faced with love, fellow eaters, and enemies for the first time in her life, Maren realizes she isn’t just looking for her father, she is looking for herself. The real question is, will she like the girl she finds?

The premise of Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis practically sells itself. It’s a coming of age story about a cannibal!

I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of girl monsters (what makes a monster?) and consumption. Bones & All deals with both of these because Maren, the main character, eats people who show her any form of affection. When you love something so much, you usually want to own it or keep it forever. Food can convey so many things: nostalgia, longing, memories, love, etc. but humans as food takes it to the next level.

DeAngelis’ writing is very evocative. I definitely did not always agree or understand Maren’s decisions but I felt her emotions. I’m a delicate flower but I devoured all the grotesque descriptions with ease. I had a lot of questions about cannibalism (like does she have supernatural strength or something to overpower all these people?) but I think it is best to just go with it. I feel like I keep on circling back to the premise but it is such a good premise. Eating!! Men!!!!!! She literally eats her love interests!!

Bones & All proves that the best way to a man’s heart is by eating it whole. Chomp.

Sound: Chromatics – Kill for Love
Everybody’s got a secret to hide
Everyone is slipping backwards
I drank the water and I felt alright
I took a pill almost every night
In my mind I was waiting for change
While the world just stayed the same
Everybody’s got a secret to hide
Everyone is slipping backwards

I also debated on “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and “What Is Love?” but they didn’t work as well.