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:

Let’s take a look at our other IG pics! Continue reading

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

March Wrap-Up [2017]

Hey all! Even though it’s already April (how?!) we decided to share our March wrap-up. Here it is!

What We Read

Sasha: 

  1. Die Laughing (3*)
  2. The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket (ASOUE #3 – 4.5*)

Sarena: 

  1. Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson (5*)
  2. Valpartha by Dale Shillito (3*)
  3. Empress of a Thousand Skies (4*)
  4. The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi (5* review to come!)

We also posted a guest post from author Karuna Riazi on social media.

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What We Did

This was a really busy month for us since it was the last month of school. Basically, we did a bunch of homework. But we also hosted a launch for our club’s magazine, Scribes Slate, attended a launch for a journal Sasha published a short story in, and our club won an award at our university formal. So, some exciting stuff!

On March 3, we also presented our creative writing journey to 6th graders at our old middle school:

We got these awesome books in the mail:

New books in the mail!! So excited for these. 📚💚📘 #acrownofwishes #kingscage #thestartouchedqueen #yalit #fantasy

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And got these for review:

We hope you all had a great March as well! Until next time,

Sarena & Sasha

February Wrap-Up [2017]

February was a strange reading month; even though it’s over halfway through March, we needed to post a wrap-up! So here’s some cool stuff we did in February, along with what we read:

Sasha read: 0 books (sigh)

Sarena read: 3 books

  1. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
  2. Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard
  3. Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard

Some fun bookish stuff we did:

We visited the HarperCollins Canada offices to check out their YA preview for spring/summer books!

Chilling at HarperCollins Canada! Thanks, @hccfrenzy! #Zenith #HarperCollins #YAlit #scifi

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We also got awesome signed copies of THE HATE U GIVE for our university book club. That book, guys. *heart eyes*

Thanks so much again to HCCFrenzy for those! We also got this awesome book mail from Scholastic for Valentine’s Day:

We also spent our reading week doing a LOT of writing–not reading, haha. We wrote about 50,000 words that week … yeah. (How? I don’t know, either.) Our first draft wrapped up at around 100k, and now we’re planning to edit, edit, edit! Here’s a timelapse of a short writing session:

Timelapse of a mini writing session at indigo/starbucks! ⌨️📚 #amwriting #yalit #bookstagram #timelapse

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Last cool thing, and this is SUPER cool. We saw our books at our university library!! All shiny looking, too 😀

We hope everyone’s having a fantastic March!

-Sarena & Sasha

A Very Late January Wrap-Up and February Releases [2017]

So. It’s February 19th (what?) but we still haven’t posted our January Wrap-Up. Woops! Maybe because we didn’t *read* a whole lot in January? Nevertheless, we still want to show you all what we read this past month, so here we go!

Sasha read three books:

  1. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (4*)
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (reread – 5*)
  3. The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins (4.5* – review here!)

Sarena read three books:

  1. Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin (5*)
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (reread – 4*)
  3. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

And now for the hecka awesome books that release (or released) this month! Starting with our most anticipated …

THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas

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KING’S CAGE by Victoria Aveyard

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GUARDIAN OF SECRETS by Brenda Drake

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WINTERSONG by S.Jae-Jones

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EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES by Rhoda Belleza

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A CONJURING OF LIGHT by VE Schwab

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THE VALIANT by Lesley Livingston

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DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING by Tricia Levenseller

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THE LAST OF AUGUST by Brittany Cavallaro

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AMERICAN STREET by Ibi Zoboi

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THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ by Lilliam Rivera

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THE SHIP BEYOND TIME by Heidi Heilig

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Which books are you most anticipating this month? Until next time,

-S&S