Literary Listens: Podcast Recommendations Based On YA Books

literary-listens-podcast-recommendations-based-on-ya-booksSo happy to bring you today’s blog post, I had so much fun making it!

Literary Listens is the working title for this new series I’m planning on doing which will feature podcasts + books!

To start off, I’ll mostly be recommending books/podcasts based on different topics, but I’m hoping to expand this series beyond just that and integrate discussions on storytelling between the two and so much more!

I’m excited for where this feature will be going and would love to hear your feedback! 

Now on to today’s post 😄✨🎙📚

I’ve been wanting to talk more about podcasts on the blog and was unsure of what kind of post to make, then I got the idea of recommending/pairing some ~AMAZING~ podcasts with Young Adult Books!

✨🎙 *Podcasts featured are On-Going Audio Dramas*

the diviners1.If you’ve read: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Or are planning to read: Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Coming Jan. 2017)

Listen To: Audio Dime Museum 

Why: History comes alive! Both The Diviners + Audio Dime Museum are magical/captivating and have the perfect amount of mystery and suspense! 

From the excerpt I’ve read, both  Caraval + Audio Dime Museum have gorgeous writing that transports you and makes the magic, mysteries, and oddities of their worlds come alive!

audio-dime-museumSummary: From the Just A Story team, comes a weekly, serialized experimental storytelling podcast which explores historical legends through the artifacts on display in the Audio Dime Museum. Part guided tour, part radio drama; each episode presents the curious story of one object from the collection. Meet your guide on this journey, The Curator, and learn her secrets as you delve into the world of possibility, magic and the unknown. Merging the suspenseful style of mystery with the conventions of ghost stories and the peculiarity that only historical fact can provide, this podcast is not for the faint of heart.

the-raven-boys2. If you’ve read: The Raven Boys (Or The Raven Cycle) by Maggie Stiefvater

Listen To: Return Home (created by Jeff Heimbuch)

Why: Both have central themes of mystery + the supernatural with peculiar happenings in their respective towns.

return-home-podcastSummary: Return Home is the story of Jonathan Barker, who returns to his home of Melancholy Falls, NJ, after five years away. An unknown entity beckons him back East, in order to unravel the mystery of what his home town has become…or has always been. Reunited with his best friend, Buddy, Jonathan must discover the secrets of Melancholy Falls, and why he was told to return home.

vicious-ve-schwab3.If You’ve Read: Vicious by V.E. Schwab (Categorized as Adult but does have YA/Crossover Appeal)

Listen To: The Bright Sessions (created by Lauren Shippen)

Why: Both not only heavily feature people with superpowers/abilities, but show the shades of gray that come with it + the lines between good and evil!

the-bright-sessionsSummary: Dr. Bright provides therapy for the strange and unusual; their sessions have been recorded for research purposes. The show documents these patients’ struggles and discoveries as well as the motivations of their mysterious therapist, Dr. Bright. 

From characters with anxiety to different sexualities, The Bright Sessions has a lot of great+diverse representation! Highly recommend it!

If you’ve listened to any of the podcasts mentioned or have recommendations definitely leave a comment! 🙂

Top 10 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To!

top-10-tuesday-podcastsSo pumped for today’s Top 10 Tuesday!!

Today’s topic is all about audio freebies! (audiobooks, podcasts etc.)

If you’ve been following me on twitter, you’ve probably seen me talking about a couple of podcasts that I’ve caught up with & am obsessed with!

I only recently started getting back into podcasts, but am having so much fun discovering more of them and getting immersed in this unique way of story telling!

If you’ve heard any of these podcasts please let me know b/c I’d love to find more people to talk about them with!

While only 2 are listed, please feel free to tell me any podcasts you recommend + any that are similar to the one’s listed below! ❤

audio-dime-museum1.Audio Dime Museum (All Caught Up)

Summary: From the Just A Story team, comes a weekly, serialized experimental storytelling podcast which explores historical legends through the artifacts on display in the Audio Dime Museum. Part guided tour, part radio drama; each episode presents the curious story of one object from the collection. Meet your guide on this journey, The Curator, and learn her secrets as you delve into the world of possibility, magic and the unknown. Merging the suspenseful style of mystery with the conventions of ghost stories and the peculiarity that only historical fact can provide, this podcast is not for the faint of heart.

Why I Love It: The Writing!! The Writing!! 

From the beginning you are transported into this magical and mysterious world and learn more about it and the mysterious Curator with each and every line + the story’s are brilliantly told! 

The separate stories + overall plot effortlessly weave themselves together to deliver a fascinating/unique podcast! ❤

the-bright-sessions2. The Bright Sessions (All Caught Up)

Summary: Dr. Bright provides therapy for the strange and unusual; their sessions have been recorded for research purposes.

Why I Love It: The unique format of audio recordings in the form of therapy sessions + the voice actors bring to life many incredible and unique characters!

With each episode you discover more about the many patients + the mysterious Dr. Bright!

Similar to Audio Dime Museum, each episode uncovers more about the overall plot underneath!

Each voice actor/actress delivers so much to their character, I could really picture the story in my mind as if it were a movie!

I highly recommend checking out both of these podcasts, if you love stories/story telling they are absolutely incredible! 

What Podcasts Have You Heard?

Lets Discuss In The Comments Below! 🙂

 

August 2016 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

Here are the August Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

Nevernight Jay Kristoff August 9
August 9 Thomas Dunne Books

1.Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (The Nevernight Chronicles #1)

Summary: In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

Unscripted Joss Byrd August 23
August 23 Roaring Brook

2.Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Summary: Hollywood critics agree. Joss Byrd is “fiercely emotional,” a young actress with “complete conviction,” and a “powerhouse.”

Joss Byrd is America’s most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss’s life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother’s expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.

Furthermore Tahereh Mafi August 30
August 30 Dutton BYR

3.Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Summary: There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

Girl In Pieces August 30
August 30 Delacorte Press

4.Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Summary: Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.
A deeply moving portrait of a teenage girl on the verge of losing herself and the journey she must take to survive in her own skin, Kathleen Glasgow’s debut is heartbreakingly real and unflinchingly honest. It’s a story you won’t be able to look away from.

A Torch Against The Night
August 30 Razorbill

5.A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir (An Ember In The Ashes #2)

Summary: A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

What August 2016 Releases Are You Looking Forward To? 🙂

YA Books I’d Love As Graphic Novels

YA Books I'd love As Graphic NovelsOn my blog you may have noticed I’ve been reading+reviewing more comics/graphic novels which got me wondering… which of my favorite YA novels would I love to see as graphic novels?

I’ve put together a list below of books that I feel would make great graphic novels!

Thoughts On My List? + Any books you would love to see as graphic novels?

Lets discuss in the comments below 🙂

Eleanor And Park And Fangirl Rainbow Rowell1. Eleanor & Park/Fangirl 

With the 80’s background of Eleanor&Park it would give great visuals as a graphic novel! + ever since the announcement of it being optioned for film (back in 2014) I would just love to see some sort of adaptation!

As for Fangirl, Rowell’s writing-style creates such a relatable coming-of-age story surrounding socially-anxious  Cath, who finds solace in writing/reading everything Simon Snow (especially fan fiction) and what she experiences during her first year of college!

The delightful story and realistic characters would make Fangirl a truly incredible graphic novel!

It’d be a dream of mine to see both of these fantastic YA novels adapted into a graphic novel!

Heist-SOCIETY-final2.Heist Society

Ally Carter’s Heist Society Series centers around Katarina Bishop, a 15 yr. old who grew up in a family of thieves who wants out, but gets thrust back into the world she’s tried so hard to escape when her father needs her help!

Carter’s fun & fast-paced novel takes the reader to Italy, Las Vegas, even France as Kat gathers intel w/ her crew to steal back a mobster’s artwork!

The visuals would be absolutely stunning, the planning,theivery,cons & heists that ensue  would definitely keep the reader turning the page!

463. An Ember In The Ashes 

Just imagine the colorful visuals of the Empire , dark shadow creatures/monsters + the intricate details of the Masks, even Blackcliff !!

Laia & Elias undergo their own perilous journeys where they not only learn more about who they are and how their fates become intertwined, but the deep darkness and brutality that lurks within the Martial Empire!

Sabaa Tahir’s debut YA-Fantasy is packed with such dynamic characters and rich world-building and an engaging plot that would make a truly unforgettable graphic novel!

img_87694.Air Awakens Series

Elise Kova’s Air Awakens Series centers around Vhalla Yarl, a library apprentice turned sorcerer!

Through Kova’s writing-style she weaves together such a rich and vivid world/world-building with elemental magic, prince’s, libraries…everything that makes a YA Fantasy absolutely magnificent!! ❤ ❤

The cover alone, further proves this would make a magical, colorful and epic graphic novel series!

Don’t you agree?? 😀

725. 5 to 1

Holly Bodger’s feminist-dystopia takes place in 2054 where “India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity.”

Enter the main protagonists, Sudasa and Kiran who are desperate to escape!

Told in dual POV w/ prose and free-verse, Bodger’s novel could make a captivating and exquisitely  written/illustrated story!

six-crows-leigh-bardugo-cover6. Six Of Crows

Expanding on the world she created in her Grisha Trilogy, Bardugo’s Six Of Crows introduces a group of misfits a sharpshooter, thief, spy, Grisha, convict, and a runaway!

Together they takes their chances in a heist that could bring them riches beyond their wildest dreams! But the stakes are high! Can they pull it off?

Bardugo’s writing-style not only captures the complex characters and the bustling city of Ketterdam,the Ice Court+ other vividly described locations, but also is packed with humor, a little romance, and non-stop action!

From the numerous edits/fanart I’ve seen, I am absolutely certain this fast-paced, dark Ocean 11 fantasy would be phenomenal as a graphic novel!

graudin_wolfbywolf7.Wolf By Wolf

Ryan Graudin’s Wolf By Wolf, an alternate WW2 Sci-Fi centers around Yael, a former death camp prisoner who underwent experiments giving her the ability to shape-shift!

With the Axis Tour (motorcycle race) coming up, she is given a task to impersonate a motorcycle racer, with the winner getting a chance to meet Hitler!

But Yael and the resistance she joined have only 1 task: Kill Hitler!

Graudin’s writing-style not only immerses you in the era of WW2/the wonderful characters, but really shows whats at stake for Yael in this  cross-continent motorcycle-race!

The Diviners Cover8.The Diviners

Libba Bray’s YA Historical Fiction takes the main character Evie O’Neill  1920’s New York! Evie is forced to stay with her uncle in his occult museum and when her uncle is called to the scene of a murder, she wants to use her supernatural gift to catch the killer!

Speakeasies, Flappers, Jazz, murder-mysteries??+ The large/diverse cast of characters!

All of these make great elements for a graphic novel!

97804514775388.Rebel Of The Sands

Alwyn Hamilton’s Arabian-Nights/Western Mash-Up would be a spectacular graphic novel!

Because the novel is written in Amani’s POV, elements of Miraji from fouza (the currency) to the outfits, and locations are wonderfully described and from page one you are fully immersed in her world!  Alwyn’s descriptions/dialogue really bring Rebel to life!

 

Here are other YA Novels that I feel would make great graphic novels as well:

the raven boys63The Star-Touched Queen9780062380753

 

 

Literary Magazine Discussion

Literary Magazine DiscussionI’m always on the look out for new ways people are discussing and sharing their love of books!

So today I will be discussing a new, favorite obsession of mine which is Literary Magazines!

Now, I am by no means an expert on Lit. Mags but this is just info I have gathered from the many I have seen/read! 🙂

If you don’t know, literary magazines can be either print/online and are usually funded by donations /subscriptions or can be free to read and showcase submissions based on their criteria for literary works among other submissions such as:

  • Art Work
  • Book Reviews
  • Essays
  • Photography
  • Poetry
  • Short Stories

While many big-name lit. mags will most likely have a print issue for purchase, many  I’ve seen put most of their content in the form of blog posts on their websites!

With a variety of literary magazines out there, they can serve as a great starting point for emerging/first-time authors and writers!

Here are a couple I’ve come to learn about:

HyperText Mag

Starting back in 2010, this FREE online mag. posts a variety of fiction/short fiction pieces, essays and interviews!

There was a fascinating short essay I read about a new vending machine in France which prints out short stories!

You can read it Here!

The Fem

Also a FREE online Mag., it focuses on publishing feminist+diverse works daily from poems to artwork!

It began August 2014 & wants to publish work that “encompasses a variety of identities and experiences.”(Source)

Ripen The Page 

Focused on writing, it aims to “bring you nimble perspectives on the craft of writing.”

On its blog, there is a variety of short stories and writing tips!

I also read a fun article on writing groups Here!

 

+ One literary magazine I can’t wait to read and have known about for quite sometime is

The Passed Note

According to the site, the team will publish 3X’s a year!

This online magazine will be focusing on the YA/young adult audience and the their first issue comes out June 15th!

Luckily, I was able to interview one of the team members behind The Passed Note:

What posts can be expected in your literary magazine?

The stories in the first issue are extremely varied. We have one short story about a young woman struggling with depression, while another is a fantasy tale about a boy made out of oak and iron. We have poems about slamming lockers and echoing hallways, and others about what it means to miss home. Our non fiction piece is about being a minority and passing for white as a teen in America. And it’s all wrapped up in the gorgeous bow of Ashley Inguanta’s art, which is all fore lorn and searching, just like your average teen.

What inspired your Lit. Mag. to focus on YA?

I wanted my lit mag to focus on YA because that’s my passion. There’s so much different about YA. It doesn’t care about labels. It doesn’t hold pretense. It just is gorgeous writing with a very specific audience. I’m so into that.

The Passed Note team has a goal to “put beautiful work out into the world for young adults. I want to inspire the next generation of writers, but I also want a lot of teens to know that they have a magazine just for them.”

With YA being one of my favorite genres I cannot wait to discover and read works from this Lit Mag.!

+ Here are some individual articles/stories from Lit Mags that I found interesting to read!

If you check them out let me know what you think:

The Secret Bookstores Of Buenos Aires 

Source: LitHub

A Tiny Town With The Spirit Of Oz

Source: Narrative.ly

Have you read/heard of any literary magazines? If so, any you recommend?

If you haven’t, do they sound like something you would enjoy reading? 🙂

 

Blogger Reputation + Rebel Of The Sands {Giveaway}

Rebel Of The Sands is a YA fantasy debut by Alwyn Hamilton.

If you haven’t heard of this book, you should definitely add it to your 2016 TBR!

In this book Amani Al’Hiza, the main character, gets quite a reputation for being “More Gunpowder Than Girl.”

Similar to Amani, I have noticed habits/traits of mine that would give me quite a rep. in the book blogging community! (Sadly these skills wouldn’t help me much in Miraji)

Feel free to comment/share what traits/skills/habits  etc. you would be known for in the book blogosphere!  Ex. Famous for DNFing (Did Not Finish)

1. Known for Rapid Reviewing I don’t know about you, but once I finish a book, I go onto my blog right away and draft my review! If I have all my thoughts together, I can probably make a review in 5 minutes!

2. Being a Book Hipster Hopefully I’m not alone on this one :’D Before I started a book blog I was going through books like crazy! And there are some books that I pride myself in reading before they became cool/became popular, especially among my friends. A few examples include: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard  &  Eleanor&Park by Rainbow Rowell.

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2016 Book Blog Goals {Bookish Goals}

2016 Bookish Goals BannerI am very happy I started this book blog.

Its been so much fun making blogger friends and being able to share my thoughts on books w/ so many of  you ❤

With that said, today I have a small list of goals to share w/ you that I would like to accomplish on my blog/in general for this new year! 🙂

1. Make more playlists!

Last month, I created a music playlist for:

Elise Kova’s Fire Falling! (Air Awakens #2) 

And I had so much fun making it, that I plan to create more for the books I read this year!

2. Read 15 books

With college, I am not too sure how busy I will be, but I’m sure b/c of all the new releases coming this year I will get to this goal in no time!

3. Re-read 1 book

I don’t usually re-read! So, even though I already have a big new release TBR, I want to re-read at least one book I already own 🙂

4. #RockMYTBR

Sarah over @Thebooktraveler, created a reading challenge to help you get through all your owned, unread books!

I created a #RockMyTBR List Here! This challenge sounds like a lot of fun, so I do plan to get through most of the books on my list!

5. Go to more Book Signings

I have been to only a few, but they are so much fun! If I do go to some, I’ll definitely try to make a recap post on it!

Those are the Book Blogging/bookish goals I plan to accomplish this year!

Do you have any bookish goals? 🙂

Let me know in the comments!

 

ARC Envy Discussion/Tips

Before I became a book blogger, I was a blog reader. Along the way and through further research of my own, I gained more knowledge on a term I am sure many book bloggers know all too well.

ARC Envy

For those who may not know, an ARC  is an acronym for Advanced Reader/Reading Copy.

It is basically an early (somewhat unedited/latest) version of a book given to many in the book industry such as bloggers, reviewers, librarians etc. to promote a book.

And ARC Envy is basically the jealous/envious feeling you get when others get an arc that you wish you really had.

With so many amazing 2016 releases coming in a few months, I have definitely been getting this feeling of ARC Envy.

I do have a few tips if, you too have ARC Envy from time to time.

1. Stay away/ take a break from social media. (More specifically Twitter)

Every now and again I will see an update/photo on twitter of a blogger with an ARC I really want and if I start to get ARC Envy, I log off ASAP. This tip really helps me and gives me time to reflect on why I shouldn’t really feel this way and how I can personally improve to get to that level someday.

2. Its not even the final version.

I can’t remember where I read/heard this but it is so true! When I think about this statement in a moment of ARC Envy it really makes me realize I might be better of without the ARC.

Now I know what your thinking, “but how could you not want “such & such” arc? Haven’t you been waiting for that book for months?”

You’re right! But then I realize, if I truly am waiting for this book, wouldn’t I want to read it in its final version?

When I think about that statement, it almost immediately alleviates my ARC Envy.

3. Remember why you are doing this!

This tip is aimed more towards me! Because I constantly think about the following statement to from time to time.

Am I going to waste my energy over an ARC? & Is book blogging really about ARCs?

My answer is no! Book Blogging is so much more than that and I am learning that with each and every passing day I am here!

I’m here truly because I want to share my love of YA books and connect with others who feel the same.

 

Hope these tips/discussion helped you to better understand ARC Envy and how you can avoid it if you find yourself feeling this way.

Any additional thoughts you ‘d like to add to this discussion?

Have you ever felt ARC Envy, if so any additional tips to avoid it?  🙂