MAGNIFICENT MAY BLOG SERIES!

Hi everyone!

Without further a due, I would like to announce that I will be creating yet another blog series for the month of May! May is always a super busy but MAGNIFICENT month for me. Also, My birthday just so happens to be in May!


Here are May’s upcoming posts:

May 1: May TBR
May 2: Galgorithm Book Review
May 3: Favourite Spring Quotes
May 4: Books I Want My Future Children to Read
May 5: A Court Of Thorns and Roses Book Release Day
May 6: Quick Thought: My Views on Book Pirating
May 7: Asking Siri About Books
May 8: Spring Bookmarks
May 9: Recommending Books For Readathons
May 10: Bout Of Books 13.0 TBR
May 11: BOOK TOWER CHALLENGE 2.0!
May 12: Top Ten Books I Wish Had Sequels
May 13: Conversations That Bloggers May Have about Blogging to Non-Bloggers: Friends Edition
May 14: Kissing In America Book Review
May 15: 3/4 BOB Update
May 16: My Cracking Spine “Issue”
May 17: My Day @ RINX
May 18: BOB Wrap Up
May 19: In Real Life Book Review
May 20: Three Day Summer Book Review
May 21: My Views on Escapism
May 22: Why My Book Blog is MUCH Different than Others
May 23: 20 Best Bookish Quotes
May 24: Reading Habits Book TAG
May 25: Birthday Theme Week!
May 26: Bookish Birthday Gifts
May 27: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!
May 28: Bookish Birthday Haul
May 29: The Birthday Book TAG
May 30: My BIG Birthday Present
May 31: May Wrap-Up!


I hope that you guys are looking forward to my May Blog Series!

Good Night Book Owls!

April Wrap-Up

Hi everyone!

Today, I’m going going to be sharing with you all of the books I read in April.

This month was not very successful as far as reading goes. I only read 2 books and one short/picture book.

The first book I read was The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige. I actually posted a non-spoiler book review. You can check out my book review here.

The next book I read was In Real Life: My Journey To A Pixelated World by Joey Graceffa. I was fortunate enough to have been contacted by Simon and Schuster Canada to read and review the book. My review will be up very soon, but I did want to say that LOVED it!

The last book I read was a picture book called Maybe by Sanjay Nambiar. It was cute and I liked it!

I hope that you enjoyed this post! 

Good Night Book Lions!

Super Cute Bookish T-Shirts!

Hi everyone!

Today, I’m going to share with you some super cute bookish t-shirts that I have found on the interwebs!

DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post, I don’t have any of these t-shirts for myself.

Those are all of the really cute bookish t-shirts that I have to show you for today! Let me know in the comments below which one your favourite is.

Good Night Book Owls!

Author…?

Hi everyone!

So, as most of you know, I like to write! I have put up a book on Wattpad called The Blue Balloon (http://www.wattpad.com/story/33979553-the-blue-balloon), and I am working on a new wattpad novel currently.

Anyways, many of you have asked me “Are you planning on being an Author?” Well, the answer is…

NO.

I enjoy writing short stories, but I feel like being an author is not for me. I have always wanted to become an English teacher, and that involves reading & writing as well!

I hope that answered your question!

Good Night Book Owls!

Quick Thought #18: The Biggest Spoiler of Our Generation: Allegiant

Hello everyone!

I’m sure that everyone knows the spoiler of Allegiant (IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED DON’T READ THIS).

TRIS DIES…

Now, I ask myself, why is this such a big spoiler?

In almost every dystopian YA book, the main character ends up dying one way or another. Since this was such a highly anticipated ending of the series, I guess that’s why it was the biggest spoiler known to date!

I thought that it would be fun to share with you how I got spoiled for this huge spoiler:

One day, I was on YouTube (like I ALWAYS am), and found Veronica Roth sharing a sneak peek of the longly awaited Allegiant.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Knv76ucddfo

Anyways, after watching the video I (STUPIDLY) decided to read a few comments, and then this popped up… (or a comment like this)

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I just clicked out of the video and wanted to SCREAM!

And that was the story of how I got spoiled!

I’d love to know in the comments how you got spoiled of if you were even spoiled at all!

Good Night Book Owls!

Quick Thought #19: Translations and Why They Matter Most.

Hi everyone,

Last week, I came across a website called  Smartling, and was inspired to write this post. Smartling is a software company for websites that want to make their website available internationally by translating it into all types of languages.  Smartling takes the complexity, cost and time out of the translation process by providing companies with an automated, cloud-based translation management platform and comprehensive translation services.

Now, you are probably thinking “Alyssa, how does this have anything to do with books or reading?” Well, I have a good answer for you.

Did you know that about 50% of all classic books were translated from other languages? This list includes:

  • Les Miserables
  • Oblomov
  • The Three Musketeers

Those stories tell a rich tale, that only a good translator could write.

Most stories take an emotional tole, and many of those emotions could not possibly be put in words. For me, the story comes from the words that are not written on the page, but written on you. Everybody takes stories differently, and shouldn’t that still be captured while the story is translated? Just because the book was not written in English, doesn’t mean that it should not be enjoyable/readable for all.

Many do not realize the value of the written word. Wonderful books to this very day may not be translated into a fluent language that international readers read. A few months ago, I was walking into a bookstore and found a copy of The Mortal Instruments AND The Land Of Stories translated into another language.

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Where I live, we are lucky enough to be able to have translated pieces of fiction, although others may not be as lucky.

The most important aspect that I would like to get across in all works of any translated book would be the imagery/visualization. All people should be able to have the creativity to be able to visualize what they think is happening in the book. If most visualizations of the same book look like the same concept to everyone, then the translator has done their job to create a verified version of the same piece of fiction for EVERYONE to enjoy!

I hope that you enjoyed this post. To be honest, I believe that this is one of my favourite posts that I have ever written on my blog, and I hope that you enjoyed it as much. If you are a company or have a website that you would like to be translated, don’t forget to check out Smartling.

Good Night Book Owls!

Cover Reveal: Seconds Before Sunrise

Hi everyone!

A while back, I got in touch with an amazing author named Shannon A. Thompson! I interviewed her, and reviewed the first book in this Trilogy Minutes Before Sunset. Now, I am back with her to reveal the cover of the Second Book in the trilogy Seconds Before Sunrise, as she is now with a new publisher!

Message from the Author:

 The Timely Death Trilogy began as one teenager’s nightmare and morphed into a real-life dream of authorship. The entire trilogy re-releases with new covers and new interiors this summer and fall by Clean Teen Publishing. I hope you’ll check out this dark vs. light trilogy (mainly because the “dark” side is the good side…maybe), and I especially hope you’ll consider becoming a Member of the Dark! Each time there is a special event, you can participate and win prizes—like spotlights on my website, books, and more. Simply email me at shannonathompson@aol.com, and I’ll send a badge over to you. We might even have coffee together.

Thank you for reading about this dark journey,

~SAT

YouTube Video Reveal:

There is a YouTube Video, that shares the new cover as well! This link will work at noon (CDT).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe9Yzw_jzHM

Synopsis:

Seconds Before Sunrise (book 2 of The Timely Death Trilogy)

Two nightmares. One memory.

“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.

Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Timely-Death-Trilogy/227663240691565

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18805475-seconds-before-sunrise

CURRENT GIVEAWAY: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/131705-minutes-before-sunset

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

Minutes Before Sunset

by Shannon A. Thompson

Giveaway ends June 23, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to Win

Now for the part you have all been waiting for… THE COVER!

SBScoverIsn’t it so neat?

Thanks to Shannon A. Thompson for collaborating with me on this post!

Good Night Book Owls!