Review// Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

I picked up a copy of Sinner at BEA earlier this summer and read it all mostly in one go. It's enjoyable, even if it's mostly a companion book of sorts to the Shiver trilogy, which I haven't read.



Stiefvater writes in the author's note at the beginning of the story:
"As I wrote the hot-cold relationship of two people who took turns being the sinner and the sin, I puzzled out how a place like L.A could both destroy a person and build them into something impossible and new... It's also despite the shape-shifting, the truest novel I've written. I hope that those who don't need the truth in it will only see the werewolf and I hope that those who do need the truth will see only the human." 
When I first read these lines, I couldn't take it seriously but in many ways it's true. Sinner is about two characters who aren't perfect and are incredibly flawed yet still manage to find satisfaction and happiness. Does that mean that I need to see the truth? Haha, maybe.

Lessons Learned From a Stink Eye

Please excuse my infrequent updates and Twitter presence-- I've been unusually tired, nay, exhausted by my various goings-on lately and I have some exciting news that I hope to tell you sometime, hopefully soon! 

Anyway, onto real talk. 



It pains me a little that publishers are leaning towards group signings and events because I enjoy events that are dedicated only to one author but it's understandable since if you don't like one of the authors at an event, you'll be able to find another one that you do like, especially since tour fees are increasing these days. 

I still remember the first book event I went to-- I was in middle school, which even for me was a while ago, and I was beyond excited to attend this author's signing. Over the years, I've been to other author signings and events and with each event, I have a different opinion towards signings and events. 

For most of the successive events afterwards, I've dutifully toted my DSLR along with a mini notebook to catalogue and record events for blogging purposes and later my school paper. I haven't had a problem for the most part, until the day I got a stink eye. 

I've been the receiving end and giving end of stink eyes-- as a typical angst-filled teenager but oh, this stink eye topped all the stink eyes I've ever seen. I was wielding the school paper's Canon DSLR, fitted with pricey lens (all in the name of journalism, I tell you) and I was trying to get a usable shot of the venue while taking down notes. Some of the photos were duds since I wasn't exactly used to the camera (I use a Nikon) and the woman three empty seats over leans, makes a face and says, "Stop." Full stop. She leans back and sits like it never happened. 

To be fair, I should've asked about press badges so it would've been more obvious what I was doing because I don't look that old and I was wearing my school clothes since I was busy at school until I had to leave for the event. 

Mistakes and lessons learned. But for the most part, going to signings and author events have been fun and I've never really ran into trouble. A lot of events have bloggers present anyway so a lot of people are used to it. I've also met some cool people at events so you should definitely go if you get the chance! 

What are your experiences at events? Do you go to events? 

Phobias: Book Version

Last week, Joanna Goddard wrote about phobias on A Cup of Jo and while I have all the usual phobias that most people have-- no internet connection (or phone signal!), bugs, fear of heights, and fears that some don't have--birds, I have plenty of fears that relate to books. Though to be fair, my fears relating to books aren't half as bad as my fear of birds, lack of internet connection, they're still there. 
Phobia


Budget Diaries from a College Student: Spending $100 on Textbooks + more

A couple months ago, someone emailed me out of the blue asking me if I could answer a couple of questions about being a college student and a reader. Sure, I thought, why not? I didn't think that much about it until posts started popping up in my college's incoming freshman group. These freshmen are freaking out about everything and I know that they're not alone. 

And because we're all curious and thrifty people, here are some resources that will help your wallet and give you some spare money to afford those books you've been eyeing. Isn't that the logic? Save money on textbooks to buy that book you've been eyeing since it made itself into an Edelweiss catalog or onto Goodreads.



Money in Yo Pocket

Read on to learn how I spend less than $100 on textbooks per semester... 

Creative Spaces// Alexa of Alexa Loves Books

Putting together another edition of Creative Spaces, I thought to myself, I really do need to clean my room and figure out what my decor for next semester is. I'm overdue for a cleaning and incredibly behind on sorting out my design inspiration for my dorm room. I'm reading A Beautiful Mess, DesignLoveFest and SFGirlbyBay as well as some other home design blogs so that's got to count right? I just have to save and sort some design inspiration pics that's all. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself. If you have any design tips, do let me know because I just realized I'm returning back to school in a little more in a month. Yikes. 

I went out with a friend recently and we went into a couple of furniture stores, where we discussed our design styles. I was like, "Minimalistic!" and at the same time, she was like, "You'd have some quirky fabrics and things". Who's right? I don't know but when I do, I'll let you know. Right now, it's largely an amalgamation of functional things, random bowls from Crate and Barrel, and school-mandated furniture. 


Anyway, onto this week's feature! I've been following Alexa's blog for what seems like forever and despite seeing her in the flesh at this year's BEA, I've never actually met her. Next time, I keep telling myself! Next time when I gather up whatever courage I have and actually go up to her and say hi. I got this. Someone please teach me how to not be shy, okay?





A little about her...

Hi! I'm Alexa, a 24 (almost 25) year old who currently lives, works & plays in New York City. If there's anything that I'm incredibly passionate about in my life, apart from my loved ones, it's books! I've always been an avid bookworm, as well as an aspiring author. My passion led me to start my blog, Alexa Loves Books, and has only continued to grow over the years. Apart from reading, I love travel, food + movies!

DIY// Travel Journal

Since this week is travel week on the blog, I thought I should do a quick and easy DIY for a travel-themed notebook. It doesn't need a lot of supplies either and most of the supplies are ones that are already in your house. I hope you like it! 

Travel Journal DIY


Travel Journal DIY Supplies


Supplies You'll Need

  • Glue/Glue Stick
  • Scissors/Paper cutter
  • Journal (not the ones with a wire spire)
  • Thread (any color)- Not pictured
  • Needle
  • Map/Map Printout- I used a map that I had laying around that was from a state tourism office. The next time you go to a visitor center, be sure to take an extra for this project! If you're using a printout, I suggest printing it on relatively thick (doesn't have to be cardstock thick though) paper.

Review// Just One Day by Gayle Forman

I started off this week with a travel post so I thought it'll be fun to make it a "travel" themed week! I've been meaning to read Gayle Forman's Just One Day for an incredibly long time now (I think it's been two years and counting) and I finally managed to read it. 


Just One Day by Gayle Forman


Like a lot of people my age, I have serious wanderlust, especially for Europe. London? Check. Paris? Check? Amsterdam? Check. Whenever I see scenes like the one below, I really want to hop on a plane and go. 



European City Sky

In lieu of actually traveling, I read Just One Day instead. The book is set in London, however only briefly, Paris and Amsterdam (as well as Boston) and it is filled with places to go and visit. I hate to say this but I rarely feel like I'm "traveling" when I read but with Just One Day  I really did. 

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