September Wrap-Up

Hey everyone! It’s already October 13th … can you believe it? It’s about time we shared our Sept wrap up!

Sarena read 2 books:

  1. Frostblood by Elly Blake – 4.5*
  2. Fireblood by Elly Blake – 4.5* review here

She also read about half of Warcross by Marie Lu.

Sasha read 1 book

  1. Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings – 5*

She also started The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana and Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber.

September was a great month! Before Labour Day, we visited NYC and met up with our agent and visited some awesome bookish friends (Patrice Caldwell and Sona Charaipotra). Of course, we saw the Statue of Liberty and did a bunch of tourist-y things!

(And every time I saw the Empire State Building, I thought of Elf. Duh!)

2 weeks ago in Times Square! 😍✨⚡️ #thecursedchild #timessquare #harrypotter

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The following week, school began and we had joined Chapters Vega for their Teen Takeover event, where we signed copies of our books!

The following day, we attended the HCCFrenzy Preview event in Toronto and met Angie Thomas, Becky Albertalli, and Julie Murphy. Read the full recap here!

Later that month, we attended the Toronto Word on the Street Book Festival and met Lesley Livingston, Kristen Ciccarelli (pic below), and Elly Blake:

We hope everyone had a super awesome month!

S&S

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Frenzy Presents Fall 2017 Recap

Hey all! This post is a little late, but on September 10, 2017, we attended HarperCollins Canada’s YA book preview (#FrenzyPresents) in Toronto. This is the 3rd time we’ve attended a preview at HCC, and this one was definitely the best yet. (Why? Read on!)

First, we arrived just after 2pm, when the event was due to start. Luckily we got there before it officially started, grabbed some snacks, and took in the sights.

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August Wrap-Up [2017]

Hey all! It’s time for our August wrap-up. Here’s a look at what we read & what we did!

Sasha read 3 books:

-Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – 4*

-A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – 5*

-Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – 5* (review coming soon!)

Sarena read 3 books:

-One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus – 5*

-Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh – 4.5*

-The Reader by Traci Chee – 5* (seriously one of the BEST books I have ever read)

August was a bit busy since it was the end of summer school, but otherwise we did do a few fun things! Here is a look at the month via Instagram photos:

Happy #BookLoversDay! Here's a small shelfie 📚❤🎊 #booknerdigans #books #yalit #yalovin #shelfie #nationalbookloversday

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We also went to this awesome book signing–a YA Extravaganza panel at Chapters Brampton!

Shortly after, we attended the Indigo Preview Event in Toronto! You can read all about it here.

We hope you all had a great, restful month! Until next time,

Sarena & Sasha

July Wrap-Up [2017]

Hey all! July completely FLEW by, and we still can’t believe summer is almost over! Let’s take a look at what we read/what we posted on Instagram in July!

July was pretty eventful outside of school. We went to our cousin’s wedding, celebrated Canada Day and our bro’s bday, and visited Pennsylvania for a weekend (B&N book haul below!)

In July, Sarena read 1 book:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon — 4.5*

Sasha read 6 books: 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber — 5*

The Child by Fiona Barton — 4.5* (ARC review here)

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus — 5*

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody — 4.5* (ARC review here)

The Disappearences by Emily Bain Murphy — 5*

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton — 4 – 4.5*

Here is our July book haul:

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Super Late June Wrap Up [2017]

Summer is in full swing (kind of, because #summerschool), and it’s the perfect time for reading. Let’s take a look at all the (amazing) books we read last month, because there were quite a few, and they were all so fabulous!

We didn’t post much at all last month (once in total … woops) but we were super busy with school and our cousin’s wedding,  not to mention working on revision outline-y things–which is all to say, we were swamped with work. Nevertheless, we enjoyed all the books we read, and we want to share our love and excitement for them with all of you!

Sasha read 8 books:

  1. A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J. Maas (4.5*)
  2. THE GAUNTLET by Karuna Riazi (5*, review here)
  3. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon (5*, read all of this in one evening/night, highly recommend!)
  4. WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon (5*, another amazing diverse title!)
  5. THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis (5*)
  6. AS I DESCENDED by Robin Talley (4*, loved how this one incorporates references to Macbeth, my fave Shakespeare play!)
  7. GOOSEBUMPS MOST WANTED: THE HAUNTER (3*)
  8. GOOSEBUMPS MOST WANTED: A NIGHTMARE ON CLOWN STREET (4*)

She also started Caraval, Labyrinth Lost, and The Child. 

Sarena read 3 books this month:

  1. THAT THING WE CALL A HEART by Sheba Karim (4*)
  2. WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER by Leigh Bardugo (4*)
  3. SAINTS AND MISFITS by S.K. Ali (5*)

She also started When Dimple Met Rishi!

And, of course, we got a bunch of books this month (despite being on a book-buying ban). We only actually bought two of them, though, because how can you not buy the super pretty editions of Harry Potter? Right? Right. Here are pics of all the super-awesome books we got:



We also attended the Saints & Misfits book launch, which was super fun!!


We hope you’re all enjoying your summer/summer reading!

-S&S

 

May Wrap-Up [2017]

Hey all! We’re having a tough time believing it’s June already; seriously, where does time go?? We did some pretty cool things in May, so let’s take a look!

Sasha read: 0 books (sigh!). She did, however, read MOST of ACOWAR. 😀

Sarena read: 3 books

  1. Trials of Apollo 2: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan — 4.5*
  2. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo — 4.5* (review here)
  3. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han — 5*

This month we also did something REALLY awesome. We signed with our literary agent, Pete Knapp (you can read our story here). We are so excited to get started on revisions for this new book!

On May 4 we attended a book signing for Nicola Yoon! I loved TSIAAS so that was really exciting!

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Nicola Yoon with the director of Everything, Everything!

On May 6 we were invited to the Raincoast blogger preview (which we watched from the comfort of our home, yay!). We are so stoked for the books coming this fall from Raincoast/Macmillan, like Renegades and Language of Thorns!

We also began interning for the awesome book packager CAKE Literary. (Seriously, they’re awesome.)

On May 21 we attended a signing for SJ Maas! We got to the mall location at 8:45ish and got one of the few final tickets for the signing at 1PM. The store was PACKED. (Photos below!)

Now let’s take a look at our month via Instagram photos:

Books we got from the Raincoast event:

Got this awesome book when we were out for Mother’s Day:

And we got these in the mail — STILL FLAILING.

Just got these in the mail!! SO EXCITED! 💕📚😮🎉 #whendimplemetrishi #flameinthemist #bookstagram #booknerdigans #books

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From said signing with SJ Maas:

Also, we attended an awesome Penguin Random House book sale!! Check out all these awesome books!~

And finally, we got this awesome ARC from S&S Canada. Very excited for this!

We hope you all had a great month! Look out for a May book haul on our Instagram soon 😀

-S&S

April Wrap-Up [2017]

Hey all! So we’ve gone on an accidental hiatus, mostly because in April we were super busy with school and exams, and after that we were busy revising our book. Still, we did get some reading done!

Sasha read: 

-Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (5*)

-Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson (4.5*)

-The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig (5*)

-Saints and Misfits by SK Ali (5*)

-Second Born by Arnold Robinson

-Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima (5*)

Sarena read:

-Imagination Bigger Together by Casey Rislov (5*)

-Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima (5*)

-The Water and Murder Flow South by Ken Stichter

-Hosanna by Katelyne Parker (5*) must read!

-The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (5*) another must read!

Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson (4.5*)

-Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin (4*)

 

In April we finished exams and also participated in an awesome pitch contest called DVPit, which you should totally check out! Thanks so much to Beth Phelan for organizing it!

We also attended the Indigo YA Preview on April 5 at Indigo headquarters. It was so much fun! Here are some pics from the event & the ARCs we got:

There, we met SK Ali and got signed ARCs of SAINTS AND MISFITS! It was so great meeting her, especially since we’ve known each other via Twitter for a while!

Dinner + current read! 📚🍴 #amreading #saintsandmisfits #yalit #booknerdigans #bookstagram

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Some more Instagram photos:

Still haven’t read a Sarah Dessen book … woops!

We hope you all had a great April!

-Sarena & Sasha