#TheReadingQuest TBR Pile

When I first saw #TheReadingQuest, hosted by Read at Midnight, I immediately knew I had to join. I participated in Aentee’s #ReadThemAllThon last year and had a lot of fun. I might not get into the reading challenge as fiercely as I did last time, but I hope the Quest Board will help me with my TBR pile. This post is very wishy-washy. I will be reading, but WHAT I’ll be reading is still up in the air since I read based on mood.


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Aentee @ Read at Midnight is hosting #TheReadingQuest (sign-up post), a video game based reading challenge. The quest will take place between Sunday, August 13, to Sunday, September 10, 2017.


Character Class Options:

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“The path you take on the bingo board is entirely dependent on your chosen Character Class.”

“Once you pick a character, you must stay on their path (or the side quests) before you can proceed to another character.”

“KNIGHT: These players are warriors skilled in direct combat. On their quest, they are will fight their way through the First Across path. The stages within this path are inspired by action and weaponry.

BARD: While the bards may not engage in direct combat, they make up for it with their intimate knowledge of songs and stories. They will travel through the Fifth Down path on the quest board, reading famed tales and singing lost songs.

ROGUE: These adventurers have absolute mastery over stealth and speed, and they slip in and out of the quest through the Fifth Across path. They celebrate underappreciated books and half-forgotten stories.

MAGE: As wielders of spells and witchcraft, these players will conjure and summon their way through the First Down path on the quest. Their tomes contain magic and whispers of alternate lands.”


My Character:

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To make your own card, read the FAQ section, or learn about experience/health points, click here.

(character art created by CW of Read, Think, Ponder, “Please do not use her art for any purposes outside of this reading challenge, unless you are given her express permission. Please credit her with a link back to your blog in your sign up post.”)


The Quest Board:

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“You only need to read one book for each of the four corner stages on the quest board.”


My TBR:

The problem here: I have a TBR list to destroy, but I also read based on current interest. The titles below may change as I navigate the piles of books in my room. 🙈

 

MAGE

A Book with a One Word Title: Geekeralla by Ashley Poston

A Book that Contains Magic: Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo (if i loved Shadow & Bone) or The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

A Book Based on Mythology: Reawakened by Colleen Houck (previously DNF)

A Book Set in a Different World: Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo (I’ve heard that everyone loves to hate the Darkling)

The First Book of a Series: Ruined by Amy Tintera

 

KNIGHT

A Book with a Verb in It’s Title: Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara Larson (I enjoyed this author’s Defy series)

A Book with a Weapon on It’s Cover: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (if I like Rebel of the Sands) or Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (re-read, so I can start book 5 and 6)

A Book with a Red Cover: Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo (subject to change)

A Book that Has a TV/Movie Adaptation: Eragon by Christopher Paolini (I’ve always wanted to re-read this series, but it is quite long = subject to change)

 

SIDE QUESTS

(I may partake in some of the sidequests = TBA)

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1st Blog Anniversary + Giveaway

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IT’S MY 1ST BLOGIVERSARY!

Wow. I can’t believe I have been blogging for 1 year at Pore Over the Pages. I started this blog to share my love of young adult books and to establish an online platform for my book obsession. Writing blog posts, discovering new novels, and connecting with other book lovers has been the highlight of my year on this blog. My numbers aren’t extreme and my blog isn’t the top YA destination, but I’m happy with my little slice of the internet.

Since it has been a year, I’m going to change the theme of my blog . . . for something new. My blog will be under construction for the next few days. 🙂

I want to thank every one of my followers. And I want to express my gratitude to every person who has visited Pore Over the Pages. 

Stats for the past year:

  • 116 blog followers
  • 2,508 blog views
  • 1,160 blog visitors
  • 67 countries to visit blog
  • 208 blog posts
  • 257 Twitter followers
  • 854 Tweets
  • 76 Instagram followers
  • 66 Instagram posts

Top 2 most viewed posts:

 

Giveaway-

Rules: Giveaway Policy

US Only

Enter Here: Rafflecopter Giveaway

Winner: Alex

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Loot Crate Dream Crate

Loot Crate is a monthly subscription box service that offers 4-6 gaming, geek, and special items for various boxes. I learned about a Loot Crate project where fans can make a blog post about their Dream Crate. Anyone is welcome to participate. There are no restrictions or limitations. The crate can be as simple or imaginative as you want.

This box is of my own invention with no monetary gain, all opinions are my own.

I’m not going to be super creative. While making this blog post, I was watching Pirates of the Caribbean, my favorite movie series (along with Harry Potter), and thus my dream crate was born. Plus, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales release next month (May 26, 2017) in theaters!

Loot Crate: Pirate of the Caribbean Dream Crate


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Pop! Vinyl: Pirates of the Caribbean, Captain Jack Sparrow

What is a Loot Crate without a Pop! Figure? CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow is a must when making a Dream Crate.


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Pirates Of The Caribbean Brass Coin Keychain

I love this keychain. The detail is amazing and I would definitely showcase the coin that started the whole Pirates of the Caribbean adventure. I wouldn’t be able to wear the necklace because nickel/iron irritate my skin, so I would play it safe with another form of the trinket.


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My walls are looking a little bare lately. My father also has this flag in his workshop. I’m jealous and want a decorative flag to commemorate my love of the movie series.


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Pirates of the Caribbean Liar’s Dice OR Yahtzee Game

When looking for Pirates of the Caribbean items, I discovered this awesome edition of Yahtzee. I would also be down to play Liar’s Dice, the actual game from the movies, as long as I don’t have to pledge years of servitude to Davy Jones.


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Pirates of the Caribbean T-Shirt

I already have way to many shirts. However, I added a Pirates of the Caribbean T-Shirt to my dream crate, anyway. I currently have Harry Potter, Impractical Jokers, and Supernatural shirts. Why not add to the collection of movie and TV show clothing?


 

So, there is my basic Dream Crate from Loot Crate. What do you think? Would you buy this crate? Did I miss something important for a Pirates of the Caribbean theme? What would you put in your own Loot Crate Dream Crate? Let me know in the comments!

YA Books + Food

Ok, so I was hungry when I started this post. It was also National French Fry Day (July 13) and I was reminded of Layla from Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. {Here is my Saint Anything Review.}

Sometimes, food makes either a rare appearance in a book or a frequent appearance in a book. There really isn’t much of an in between. Despite that fact that food is what keeps (specifically) humans alive, there is minimal representation. On occasion, you do get that character who is obsessed with food, or a certain snack in particular.


Saint Anything + Fries and Lollipops

Layla and her love for french fries knows no bounds. Her trifecta is so crazy brilliant. She takes her potato slices seriously. If you want to join in with her obsession, try these awesome recipes. Her family’s restaurant also serves lollipops at the cash register. If you are feeling adventurous, try making suckers instead of buying them in bulk at the store.

Perfect French Fries

Perfect French Fries

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Classic French Fries

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Tiger’s Curse + Cookies

Kelsey’s mentions her deceased mother’s cooking quite a few times in Tiger’s Curse. One that she mentions multiple times are chocolate-chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies.Double-Peanut Double-Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns + Scones

Elisa-Lucero is a princess with a Godstone. She loves food and has the figure to prove it. When she is forced to marry a king and move to this capital city in the desert, she convinces the palace chef to use honey and make her favorite scones. It becomes her signature dish, and an enemy even uses the pastry to try and poison her in book 2. These scones from home won’t be as dangerous but they will be just as delicious.

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Coconut Scones from Sister Bakers via Epic Reads

Honey-Coconut Scones from The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson via The Book Lounge

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Poison Study + Criollo

I have always imagined criollo/theobroma as chocolate. Which is correct! I was proud of myself for guessing. The scientific name for chocolate is Theobroma Cacao. I also have to give HUGE props to Maria V. Snyder. Her subtle incorporations hinting to the taste, smell and appearance are so realistic that most (if not all) of her readers know what the substance is. This goes to show how the process of “show vs. tell” works in writing.

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I pictured it as pieces of fudge. However, looking back at descriptions in the book, criollo is more flakey. Here are two recipes that match criollo. Experience the book without the mind control.

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Divergent Crown of Midnight + Cake

I’m not the first to breach this topic. The Divergent movie sadly focuses on the hamburger, not the cake that is the main food element in Divergent. Here are some recipes for the famous, Dauntless Chocolate Cake.

Celaena in Crown of Midnight also loves chocolate cake. She treats it as a delicacy, stuffing her face in one sitting. She devours the cake faster than she demolishes her prey.

Divergent Food

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Dauntless Chocolate Cake

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Rich Chocolate Layer Cake from Country Living via Epic Reads


Heartless + Lemon Tarts

Best Lemon Tart Ever

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Easy Lemon Tarts


The Truth About Forever + Meatballs

Wish, the catering service that Macy joins for the summer, has a variety of foods and drinks. There is one in particular that is most popular among the party-goers: meatballs.

“‘Everybody loves meatballs.'”

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Wintersong + Chocolate Torte

Lisel’s favorite dishes are chocolate torte and strawberries. Food doesn’t compare to her love of music but after her experiences, I’m sure these treats are comforting and delicious.

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Flourless Chocolate Torte


Here is a similar article from Epic Reads that I found during my recipe search: http://www.epicreads.com/blog/ya-inspired-recipes/

Let’s Talk About…Multitasking While Reading

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Reading While Eating

What I say: I read and eat a lot. I know that it’s probably bad for me, because I’ll be more focused on the book rather than my food intake. I honestly just stuff whatever is right in front of me into my mouth without really tasting the food. However, I find this an effective way to not put my book down, and complete a necessary task.

What others say:

Pros: efficient, read on lunch break

Cons: messy, don’t measure food intake

 

Reading While Watching TV

What I say: I can read textbooks or homework with the TV on, but a pleasure read? Never. I usually do my homework with Netflix or cable blaring from the screen. I do this most likely because I sometimes skim my in-depth read assignments. Yet, if I try this with a book I want to read, my attention will be split. This is kinda odd considering I would hope to pay more attention to a good book than my homework, even with the TV. I guess, my unconscious mind makes me a really good student. O.o

What others say:

Pros: read during commercials

Cons: miss important details, distraction

 

Reading While Listening to Music

What I say: I don’t know about you, but I cannot read while listening to music. I get too caught up in the lyrics and start singing. I absolutely cannot multitask in this regard. Again, I can listen to music and do homework or other mundane tasks, but not while reading for fun.

What others say:

Pros: book soundtrack while reading book

Cons: pay less attention to one or the other

 

Reading with Background Noise

What I say: Here, I’m defining background noise as people chattering, animals or objects making noise, or soft instrumental music playing off to the side. My ability to read with background noise varies. Sometimes, I find it absolutely impossible. The slightest sound or provocation can distract me or annoy me. Other times, I can tune of other noises and focus solely on my book to the extent that someone saying my name won’t even catch my attention. Maybe this has to do with the book I’m reading, or the scene in the book. But, I feel like this contradiction also has to do with my mood.

What others say:

Pros: soothing, can read almost anywhere

Cons: annoyed with sounds because quiet is needed, can’t read with full attention

 

Reading in Public Spaces

What I say: This is a personal no for me, mostly because I am a people-watcher by nature. If I am in a crowded space, I like to observe those around me. When someone walks by, whether I am reading or doing homework or on social media, I usually look up to see who the passerby is.

Another turn-off, is that I don’t like to be judged by my choice of book. Especially when I’m reading a physical copy, it’s easy for others to see what book I’m reading. This also invites people to ask what book I’m reading or if I’m enjoying it, which I don’t always want to answer (especially when I’m absorbed in my bookish world). I’m not ashamed at all by my choices in YA/NA, but I just like that sense of privacy of an eBook or reading at home.

What others say:

Pros: more time for reading, find other bookworms, escape from reality

Cons: people try to start a conversation with you, miss certain interactions

 

Audiobooks While Walking, Driving, Cleaning, etc.

What I say: I’ve never listened to an audiobook. I just prefer the classic approach to reading with words on a page of a book (whether physical or electronic). When I drive or cook I usually listen to music instead. Maybe one day I’ll start listening to audiobooks. I know a lot of people love them because they are convenient, hands-free, “attention-free,” cheap, and sound nice.

What others say:

Pros: entertainment while completing mundane tasks, save time, perspective

Cons: less engagement, less imagination

 

Discussion

Are you a multitasker? Can you/Do you multitask while reading? Do you prefer reading physical books or do you enjoy listening to audiobooks? If you multitask and read, what difficulties do you face? What are advantages or disadvantages you have encountered?

 

Here is a similar post from Find Me At the Library – Book Discussion: Multitasking While Reading

Featured Book: The Law of Duality

 

The Law of Duality by J.D. Davis

I have not read this book! This is not a review, but a feature. While I currently do not have the time to read this book, I thought it sounded interesting. DNA experiments, telepathy, hybrid monster, it all sounds very scientific. From a first glance, I love that the 7 year old is deaf. We need more diversity in YA and NA. I only hope that the author does the disability justice. Personally, I’ve always wanted to learn sign language. The cover is not one of my favorites; I would’ve skipped right over this book before looking at the synopsis. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but…well, I do on many occasions.

Would you read this book?

Libster Award

Rules

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you, link it to your post and display the award.
  • Answer 11 questions that the blog gives you.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs you think deserve the Liebster Award.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.
  • Write the rules in your Liebster Award blog post.
  • Let the blogs know about your post and that you have nominated them.

 

Thank you so much to Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I am still a new blog of about 5 months. I want to express my gratitude for all of my followers and those who have supported me.

 

Answers

1. What is your favorite childhood book? Was there one in particular that made you fall in love with reading?

Harry Potter is my favorite childhood book. It made me fall in love with reading from an early age. In middle school, both the Twilight series and the Mortal Instruments series encouraged my passion for books.

2. If you could do an interview for your blog with any author, who would you choose and why?

Sarah J. Maas. I love all of her books. She is my favorite auto-buy author. Her stories are amazing. It would be amazing to talk to her about the worlds she has created and about her writing process.

3.  Have you ever hated a book that everyone else loved?  If so, which book and what didn’t you like about it?

Yes. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I picked this book up, read a few pages, and then put it back down. I simply could not get into it. 

4.  What made you decide to become a book blogger and what have you learned along the way so far?

I love books and reading. Yep, shocking huh? I created this blog to share my opinions and talk with others about literature. This blog is also to connect with other bloggers, authors, and publishers to learn more about publishing, since that is the career I hope to go into. I have learned a lot about interacting with others, being social. I’m learning to put myself out there. 

5.  Aside from blogging and reading, what are some of your other hobbies?

Knitting, crocheting, writing, watching TV.

6.  Who is your least favorite fictional character? What do you dislike about the character?

Joffrey Baratheon. Need I say more?

7.  If you could choose to live anywhere else in the world aside from where you are now, where would you choose and why?

I’m not sure I would choose to leave where I am now. As much as I hate the winter season where I live, I love my hometown.

8.  What is the last book that made you cry?

The Fault in Our Stars. Both the book and the movie made me bawl my eyes out. John Green really knows how to toy with a reader’s emotions.

9.  What is your beverage of choice?

Coca-cola. Yes, I know it’s really bad for you. However, it is my go-to choice of drink for most meals, especially when I’m in a restaurant.

10. What are your favorite reads of 2016 so far?

11.  What is your favorite movie that was adapted from a book?

Harry Potter. This may be cheating because I answer HP for everything, but oh well! (YA Book to Movie Adaptions)

 

Nominees

Saily @ Reading Turtle Duck

Liv @ Curly Hair Bibliophile

Marta @ The Book Mermaid – The Book Mermaid: Liebster Award

Esther @ Chapter Adventures

Alyssa @ Books Take You Places

CW @ Read, Think, Ponder

 

Questions for Nominees

  1. What is your favorite type of blog posts to write?
  2. What is a seriously underrated book that you love, that others should read?
  3. How many books do you usually read per year?
  4. What does your perfect reading nook consist of?
  5. What is your favorite song at this moment?
  6. What kind of snacks do you eat while you’re reading?
  7. What are some books you wish were adapted into movies?
  8. Which fictional book world would you like to live in most?
  9. What is your most and least favorite genre?
  10. What was your favorite childhood TV show?
  11. How do you choose your next read?

Blogger Recognition Award

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I am excited because this is my first blogger award of any type. I want to thank M (mreadsbooks) @ A Blog of One’s Own (post) for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award.

 

Rules

  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to

 

How my blog started

Ok, how my blog started…. Well, in May of 2016 I had just finished my first year of college. By the time I started my blog I had taken all of my exams, finished all of my classes, and moved back home. I had recently figured out my life. I declared myself an English major with an emphasis in Literature and Language. I also declared my Spanish minor and writing minor, as well. I then knew what I wanted from life. I could picture myself in a bookish job, reading and working with YA authors/books. When I started to look for internships and potential jobs, I saw entries where a background in reading, editing, and reviewing was encouraged. Some even asked for a link to the prospective employee’s blog. Blogging, I thought, that could be fun and helpful towards my future career. So I jumped right in. I started a blog about books, specifically YA novels. Now you must understand, that I didn’t start this blog simply to get ahead in life, although it is a positive side effect. I have always loved books and reading. The book worlds were my escape and the book characters my friends. I loved where fantasy stories could take me, the different lives I could live vicariously through words on a page. Remember, that at the time when I started Pore Over the Pages, I had decided I wanted to take my passion further. This is what erupted from that defining moment in my life when I figured out which path I wanted to take.

 

Advice

I don’t really know how qualified I am to give advice since I am still a newbie, but alright. I am still learning, and I think that is the best experience a blogger can receive.

1. Share YOUR opinions.

This may sound obvious, but write what you believe. Don’t conform. Your reviews/ideas are for yourself first and for your audience second. Stay true to your personal thoughts.

2. Get involved.

Blog hop. Participate in weekly memes. Follow other blogs. Leave comments. Like posts. Join social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Bloglovin’. Become friends and interact with fellow bloggers. Build yourself a good and friendly reputation.

 

Nominees

This award has been going around for a while, so if I tag you and you have already completed this award, link me to your post. If you participate due to my tag, let me know when you publish you post. You are in no way obligated to participate. If you want to join in, then have fun!

August 2016 Owlcrate Unboxing

Ok, so I think I’ve waited long enough to post my Owlcrate unboxing. This may be one of the few I conduct. I am not subscribed to Owlcrate, I just got the August 2016 box as a birthday present.

1. Owlcrate Box

Ok, but even the box is cute. Look at the little footprints!

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2. Spoiler Alert

This card explains most of what’s in the box, hence the “spoiler alert.”

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3. Fast Times at YA High Postcard

This card had a cute little intro cartoon and “Fast Times at YA High” title.

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4. Drawstring Pouch + Necklace

The blue drawstring pouch was holding an adorable Eleanor & Park necklace with a cover picture and cassette tape.

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5. Buttons

There were two buttons: Chapter Raptor and Hogwarts is my Home. I absolutely love the Hogwarts one!

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6. Decomposition Book

The version of the decomposition book that I received was red. The inside front and back cover contained creative and various illustrations. This book is great for writing down my notes and thoughts.

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7. Golden Trio by Susanne Draws

Here we see our favorite three people in the world of Harry Potter. This cute drawing of Harry, Ron, and Hermione was done by Susanne Draws.

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8. Rainbow Rowell Card

This Rainbow Rowell card included an avid readers addiction, as well as Rainbow Rowell’s books: Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, Carry On.

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9. Coloring Book and Color Pencils

This coloring book is so soothing and cathartic. I usually use my own color pencils since the ones provided are small and limiting in color. However, they are really nice.

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10. Letter from the Author

Kasie West wrote a sweet letter to her readers. She talks about the importance and connection of personal letters. She also shares a story that influenced her book, P.S. I Like You. It is even smudged and words are crossed out, making it look very authentic.

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11. P.S. I Like You

This book was on my radar for a while. I was so glad to receive it. I can’t wait to read it.

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12. Signed Bookplate

Kasie West took the time to sign a bunch of bookplates. I am thankful for her time and effort, and feel bad for her most likely sore wrist.

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Overview:

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I loved this Owlcrate! And not only because it was my first and maybe my last. I had been looking at buying and reading P.S. I Like You. I was glad that I hadn’t already bought it. I still haven’t read this book because my TBR is soooo long. However, I had been looking at reading a Kasie West novel. Here is my authors of summer reading list, featuring Kasie West and 7 other great authors like her.

I had actually guessed that P.S. I Like You would be the featured book:

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Thank you Owlcrate for your August 2016 box. I am thankful for all of the thought and effort that you put into the making of each month’s package.