Monthly Archives: May 2016

So you’re a bookworm and getting married…

 

 

Book-Wedding-Ideas

 

Are you obsessed with books? Do you dream about marrying your favorite fictional character? Do you feel like books just understand you? Well, apparently we can’t marry our perfect fictional boyfriends, so we have to settle for the next best thing, another person who loves books as much as us.

I got pretty lucky, I met my husband online and our love for reading and writing brought us together. We both love writing (he’s published, I’m a procrastinator) and we both have a butt-load of books that we’ve been hoarding. So of course when it came time to say I do, we both wanted to incorporate our love for books into our wedding.

Though our theme was mostly Halloween (we got married that day last year), we managed to find little ways of including our love for books without ending up with two different themes.

Engagement Pictures 

Our engagement pictures were pretty fun, if you’re looking for poses to incorporate your books into, just go to Pinterst and search ‘book poses’ and you’ll pretty much be covered.

Here’s a few of my favorite pictures from our engagement shoot that included books. The books we used were either my husbands German bible or (surprisingly) old German dictionaries.

 

 

Save the Dates

Our save the dates were very inexpensive, we went through the same company that does Stu’s bookmarks for his novels and had plenty left over because you have to buy them in bulk. We chose bookmarks because we thought it was a useful item that guests aren’t just going to toss once the wedding is over. Plus we love reading and we’ll never run out of bookmarks now, between his novel ones and the save the dates, we probably have over 5000 bookmarks in our house.

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Wedding Invitations

Our wedding invites were pretty pricy but the store where we purchased them was very cute. To my surprise we weren’t pretty plain but very book-ish. We got a plain white card stock and put the wording on as if it were a book page. We had a quote on it from The Nightmare Before Christmas (most of our wedding music was from the soundtrack), the chapter heading, the actual invite and then the page number at the bottom. These ran us about $500, but I don’t regret them because they were so gorgeous. As a wedding gift, someone even had our wedding invitation turned into a picture frame, so cool!

 

Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands

This is where my husband amazes me. He didn’t want to buy just any engagement ring at a jeweler. He wanted to make something one-of-a-kind, so him and his brother talked over a design and then went to the jeweler. The first jeweler he went to actually drew out the engagement ring but wanted to charge him an arm and a leg for it, so he took the design (jeweler who created it gave the okay) to another family-friend jeweler. He said he could definitely do it and he also designed our wedding bands. The engagement ring sits on my finger like an open book while our wedding bands are supposed to just look like book pages.

 

 

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Wedding Flowers

I was so excited about incorporating books into our wedding. When I was browsing through Pinterst, I saw a wedding bouquet made out of book pages and I loved it! Sadly, I’m not that crafty and the idea of me ripping pages out of a book and then trying to make a bouquet was a bit depressing so I went to Etsy to search for one. I found a shop on there called Diddlebug and the owner was great to work with! I ordered five boutonnieres, two single flowers, two corsages, and one bridal bouquet. My price came to about $250 dollars which is cheap for wedding flowers (so I’ve been told), and they don’t die!! It was a cute little wedding memento for our bridal party/parents. Everyone complimented them. Once the wedding was over, I contacted Diddlebug again because she makes book page flower Christmas tree ornaments. So now every Christmas I can hang that up.

Charlene of Diddlebug can add personal touches on her items so they match your wedding theme perfectly. She really gets into making them for each and every bride. I would get a few emails during the process where she’d ask if she could add a feather or certain gears. Of course I agreed to all of her suggestions. For mine we added a pirate skull cameo from another Etsy shop, some gears, a clock face, and some feathers. She also added a skeleton key to my husbands boutonniere to make his unique. We also chose purple and black for our ribbon. Diddlebug has many books to choose from and she can also order books for an additional fee, we chose all fairy tale books.

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Photo courtousy of Diddlebug (left and right)

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If you do go this route, and you want to ‘preserve’ your bouquet and also display it, I recommend getting a football helmet case from Michael’s Crafts. The bouquet is bigger that you think!  We have my bouquet in our bedroom.

Overall, I’m very happy with how we included our love of books into our wedding. These are just a few examples of how we included them in our Halloween wedding, but the ideas are endless. I totally recommend making a account on pintrest and getting ideas there. As our guestbook we ordered a Shutterfly photo book with our engagement pictures in it. If you sign up, they’ll send out offers for a free one every now and then! That’s how we got ours. My brother-in-law and his wife also had a cool book idea. They bought a book on each of their hometowns and had guests sign in those. I sort of wish we would have did that with maybe a horror themed book or something.

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The Raven boys Book Review

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For a very long time I debated on whether I wanted to read The Raven Cycle series, but 51zb1Ggd5VL__SY344_BO1,204,203,200_finally I got around to it. I just finished the first book The Raven Boys and it was not what I expected! I won’t be doing my normal syllabus grading for this review because I think it surpasses the grading scale. Once you get over the slow pace of this book, you’ll soon fall in love with the characters… every single one of the characters. Well, all of them except for Whelk.

 

 

 

 

Blue the daughter of a psychic in the small town of Henrietta, she lives with her mom and three other colorful psychics. From a young age, her mother told her that when she kisses her true love, he will die. X-Men much?

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She’s also the only one she lives with who has never seen a spirit, that is until she sees an Aglionby student’s spirit on St. Mark’s Eve. Will this be the person she kills with her kiss? The Raven Boys mean trouble, Blue tries to stay away from them until Gansey, Adam and Ronan show up for a reading.

To me, Gansey was Peter Pan and he was the leader of his own group of lost boys, Noah, Adam and Ronan. While Blue was definitely Wendy Darling. Taking care of the boys as they go on this adventure of finding the ley line.

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Am I the only one who felt like this book was very Peter Pan-esque?!?!

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Overall, I think these characters are developed really well and the story isn’t too slow or forced. I love all the characters, especially Adam and Gansey. The baby raven Ronan keeps as a pet is even a well planned character!

I’m also not a huge fan of putting more than four characters in a story but Maggie did great with shelling out each and every person mentioned in these books. I could really see the characters, not just the boys, but Blue’s family too.

I’m a big fan of romance in YA, this one isn’t one of those, but the ‘aw’ moments are there, and when they happen, it’s still cute. I was surprised at how well Maggie doesn’t let this turn into a full out love triangle like most books.

 

***Spoiler***

The plot twist with Noah actually took me by surprise! Holy crap, I couldn’t believe it! But then, I started adding everything up just like the characters and it all started to make sense! He wasn’t at the reading, he sat as far as possible away from Blue in the car, and he wasn’t always around when he should have been. Well played Miss. Stiefvater, well played.

I cannot wait to read the rest of this series. The only thing I’m worried about is this series hitting a wall. I read her Wolves of Mercy Falls series and loved the first book, but felt like the other two weren’t as good. I also can’t wait for next week! I’ll be going to a signing/book talk for Maggie Stiefvater, it will be the first book signing I’ve ever attended so I’m very excited.

The ending though, great set-up for the next book but it was so random. “I took Chainsaw out of my dreams.” What is that supposed to mean, Ronan?!

I also didn’t get why Gansey was so upset with Adam for letting Whelk be trampled. Whelk was a horrible person, he killed someone innocent, who cares about justice? An eye for an eye, right? I was very irritated that Gansey scolded Adam for that, that’s the only time in the book where I felt like Gansey was being a bit ridiculous.

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Now, onto The Dream Thieves! What should I expect from this one? I’ve heard it’s the best out of the series.

Favorite quote from the book: “Blue had two rules: Stay away from boys, because they’re trouble, and stay away from raven boys, because they were bastards.” Page 81

I’m not a huge fan of giving out five stars to books, but this one is obviously deserving of them.

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Totally Should’ve Book Tag

Welcome to the very first Book Tag Tuesday! I’m going to try to do three posts a week, Tuesdays being saved for fun book tags and such, let me know if you guys like that idea.




Totally Should’ve Book Tag

1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel
99 Days by Katie Cotugno

You’ll eventually get sick of me recommending this book haha. But I loved it and felt like the story needed another book. It ended on a cliff hanger, usually I’m content with YA contemporaries ending after one book, but not this one.

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2. Totally should’ve had a spin off series

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I’m probably the only person who would want a spin off to Twilight. I really just wanted to see Renesmee grow up and how  her relationship with Jacob ended up becoming.

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3. An author who totally should write more books

Jenny Han. I could read her books for the rest of my life if she kept writing.

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4. A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else

Katniss from Hunger Games. I just don’t think she should have been with Peeta at all. I never really shipped her with anyone. To me she was too strong and independent to be part of a love triangle.

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5. Totally should’ve ended differently

60% of the books I read. Sorry.

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6. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise

Can I go ahead and say The Raven Cycle needs a movie even though I just started the series?

7. Totally should’ve had a TV show

I’m not fond of Book to TV adaptations so I’m going to sit this question out. I just feel like they end up straying too far from the book.

8. Totally should’ve had only one point of view

I actually enjoy all the books with multiple point of views. It’s fun to get inside all the characters minds.

9. Totally should have a cover change

This one, I wanted it to at least be the same dimensions as my Twilight books. I felt like the cover needed more color to step away from the simplicity of the Twilight covers (Twilight covers were perfect).

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10. Totally should’ve kept the original covers

For this, I’m going to go with one of my husbands books. The very first book he ever published went through a book and name change and it’s awful. He knows it, I know it, everyone does. The first cover art was beautiful, the title went over a lot of peoples heads but it’s better than the new title.

11. Totally should’ve stopped at book one

Though I’m a huge Jenny Han fan, I felt like she should have only put out To All The Boys I Loved Before. The second book didn’t please me at all.

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World’s Worst (NaNoWriMo) Camper

Well, another month of Camp Nanowrimo has come and gone. I’m just sitting at my desk, my eye twitching while staring at that little target that only says 50% finished. My plan was to finish editing a novel I previously started and add on the ending, but that didn’t really happen.

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What did happen is a ton of changes to my novel. GOOD CHANGES. I finally feel like my novel is going somewhere instead of just sitting on my laptop, taking up space. So what changes have I made?

  • I expanded my novel from only being a one month time, to a whole summer.
  • My main character is now a year older, on the brink of college. This made it more believable that a college guy would fall for her.
  • I took out my death scene, it was unnecessary drama in a YA Contemporary.
  • I’m planning on shelling out my characters more.
  • I’ve turned my camper into a junior counselor, giving her an extra week at the beginning of the novel to get to know her surroundings.
  • Will be changing the name, currently it’s called ‘The Last July’.
  • I also took out every part where I was writing a male perspective. I can’t write male perspective…

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I started this novel with 31,651 words and ended with 26,894 words… I took out about 8k words and I’m still taking out parts but I’m also adding in way more quality sections. What I felt when I took out all those chunks of words was awful, that’s why I hate editing. It feels terrible when you wrote so many words, only to realize that you need to delete all the progress you made. I guess that’s why they say you should never edit during camp!

 

Here’s a screenshot of my statistics:

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One thing that drives me nuts, is when I get assigned to a cabin and no one writes! I like the competition! I’m a competitive person when it comes to things I’m doing. The last two Camp Nano cabins I’ve been assigned to have been lacking. If you enjoy doing Camp NaNoWriMo, let me know! We can be cabin buddies!

So here’s my new plan! The next round of camp starts in June, I’m going to keep writing through May, sign up for camp again, finish my novel in June and then I’m going to have my husband help with edits. And then…. hopefully The Last July or whatever I end up titling it will get published.

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