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Take Part: Quaterly—Book Riot

Hello everyone!

Last month I was extremely lucky to receive Rainbow Rowell’s Landline for July’s Riot Read. I found Quarterly through Tumblr, the website was a bit difficult for to maneuver. Quarterly emailed me wanting feedback as to why I didn’t complete a subscription, I told them how I felt and they gave me a $10 off voucher! I used it on Riot Read. It’s like monthly subscription book club. I was extremely lucky to get a book that was highly sought after, freshly published and right up my alley. But, I have enough books that I am trying to get through so I cancelled and instead signed up for Book Riot’s for their every three month subscription.

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It is really awesome getting a big, beautiful parcel in the post.

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I do not regret upgrading to a more boisterous parcel. I like getting things in the post and if it supports a book company and I get books out of it—seriously—what’s not to love about it?

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This parcel was not a disappointment either! I freaked when I saw the water bottle. I had needed a new one for work. My nalgene needs a good cleaning.

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I also got two beautiful custom literary quote prints from Obvious State. The large one is about libraries—I’M IN LOVE WITH IT. The smaller one is from The Great Gatsby. I am not the biggest fan of that book, but I DROOL over the print. It is stunning and meticulously done.

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And of course—I got TWO fantastic books! The Salinger Contract by Adam Langer and What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund. They look and FEEL amazing! I am very pleased with my switch in subscriptions and I eagerly await the next three months, when my final parcel of the year arrives!

Here’s what I got in total:

  • What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund
  • The Salinger Contract by Adam Langer
  • Read Harder Water Bottle
  • READ sticker
  • Free ebook of Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon
  • A literary button
  • Two prints from Obvious State – The library one is exclusive to Quarterly subscribers only. My Gatsby print is a lucky extra!

What do you think? It is worth paying money for books one probably doesn’t need? But then again—one can never have too many books…

Update

Hi everyone!

Just a little note—my regular scheduled content will resume next week. This has been the busiest summer ever and with starting a new writing job, I have been pressed for time. I read some really exciting books this summer and can’t wait to share! I hope you all had amazing summers and had have a great start to Autumn!

 

xx

Ashleyisee

Top Ten Tuesday (or Wednesday…)

I haven’t participated in one of the Top Ten Tuesday’s from the Broke and Bookish lately, so why not this week? I also really like this week’s Top Ten Topic:

Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read (whether because they think it’s a “you” book or it’s just been generally recommended so often)

Here goes!

1.

Kite

(EVERYONE has been trying to get me to read this for YEARS. The more they tell me, the more I just don’t..read..it…)

2. Divergent

This is strictly because of the hype. (plus all my mates are reading it and loving it, but the hype gives me no desire to read it)

3. The fault

Or anything by John Green. Last year I watched one of my best friend die from cancer. I don’t need to revisit the visual throughout an entire book. It doesn’t mean I won’t ever read it, it’s just, not right now.

4.

gold

Either it’s highly recommended, or it’s not recommended at all. Either way, I’ve got too many other books to get through to give it a try.

5.

shades

I read the first two and got so mad and frustrated that I gave up on the third. I just can’t do it.

6.

Swan

My former boss turned this book on to me and I started it, but couldn’t get into it quickly. I’m going to give it another go once I’ve finished my other library books.

7. neverwhere

I’ve bought this book three times (twice for me, once for someone else). I haven’t been able to crack past the cover! The latest version I have, Neil Gaiman was able to sign it, so I will read it! I have to!

8. e and e

This was recommended from a Seattle bookstore staff member. It looks and sounds amazing, I feel terrible that I’ve put other YA books ahead of it.

My last two I am dying to read, but also I don’t want to read at the same time.

They’re finale’s in a series. I guess I just don’t want to say goodbye yet?

9. the one

I love, love, LOVE this series. It’s ridiculous and amazing and oh, I just don’t want to be heartbroken once it’s over!

10. Gods and Monsters

This series is fantastic. I love that it doesn’t take place in America and it has a lot of devastation that most YA books don’t lean towards. I know more loss is coming with this last book, and with last year, I don’t want to shove it down my throat. But then I kinda do because I am dying to know what’s going to happen!

That’s my list! What are some of the books on yours?

Take Part: Books About Town – London

I am so jealous of Londoners right now! Out of all the adventurously painted things – literary benches of course had to be when I was gone. Grrrr. 

Anyways, Books About Town is doing a wonderful thing placing literary inspired painted benches around the fabulous town of London. Put on by the National Literary Trust from Julu 2nd to September 15th – if you’re around be sure to take part in this celebration of London’s literary heritage! 

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There’s only 50 so this should be easy for those of you there! Happy hunting and happy reading!