Bookish Baking #5: Harry Potter Treacle Pudding

My first was a Butterbeer recipe and my second was Night Circus Cinnamon Things. The third was Blue Cookies from PJO. Last week was Treacle Tart – Also from Harry Potter.

This is pretty much a continuation of last week’s. Well, the week before that, I didn’t have a recipe for the last week of July…Sorry, I was at Supercon.

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TREACLE PUDDING

Makes 2 puddings (2 cups each).
INGREDIENTS
  • ⅓ cup Golden Syrup
  • 3/4 cup room temperature unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup of white sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1⅓ cup self-raising flour
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Grease the pudding bowl. If you don’t have a pudding bowl, a heatproof container like a Pyrex bowl or measuring cup, will also work.
  2. Take half of the golden syrup and pour into the bottom of the pudding bowl.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat together the butter, white sugar and golden syrup until fluffy.
  4. Alternate adding in an egg, then  flour, then milk and repeating until it’s all mixed.
  5. Scoop into the pudding bowl, stopping when the batter is an inch from the top.
  6. Take a sheet of baking paper and cut a length twice as wide as the bowl and fold a 1″ pleat in the middle.
  7. Repeat the same with aluminium foil.
  8. Lay the baking paper on top of the bowl first, then the aluminium foil.
  9. Take some twine and tie around the top of the bowl to secure the baking paper and foil. If you have a pudding bowl, you’ll need to also make a handle with the string for easy lifting. If using a measuring cup, this won’t be necessary. – I copied this step verbatim from Food in Literature, from which I adapted this recipe.
  10. Cut the excess foil and baking paper and fold the edges up.
  11. In a deep saucepan, place in a small trivet or bowl.
  12. Place the pudding bowl on top then fill the saucepan with water until it reaches halfway up the bowl.
  13. Cover the saucepan with a lid and boil for about 1½ to 2 hours.
  14. Pierce with a fork to check for done-ness, should come out clean when finished.
  15. Let cool before serving. Drizzle golden syrup on top.

When I first read Harry Potter (about a decade ago…wow) Treacle was a mystical magical Harry Potter-esque thing on par with Butterbeer. Treacle isn’t a word in America.

Now I know better.

Like most of my recipes, this is adapted from various around the internet.

If you try out my variation, let me know how it goes, if you liked it, etc!

I hope you guys are enjoying this Bookish Baking feature as much as I am!

Guest Post: Are Angels Really Aliens or Vice Versa + An Upcoming Novel – By: Dina Rae

While writing my newest novel, The Best Seller (May 31st, 2016, Solstice Publishers), my Nazi research led me to Operation Paperclip.  This American covert operation smuggled somewhere between five hundred to five thousand men who were at the top of their fields in technology, weaponry, and science into the United States to continue their work.

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This operation was originally called Operation Overcast.  Most of it is still classified today.  The names of many of these Nazi engineers and scientists were written on a special list called Osenberg’s list.  A Polish tech found part of the list on a toilet seat at Bonn University.

Government officials found these men and recruited them to the United States.  Neither the state department nor those in charge of prosecuting war criminals were informed.  All of this was done in the name of power and progress.

These scientists worked at secret bases in New Mexico, Texas, and Alabama.  Many feared that if the U.S. didn’t take advantage of these great minds, the Soviets would.  Both sides knew Germany was the most advanced country in the world when it came to weapons of mass destruction.  America caught a glimpse of the marvelous German advancements after capturing a German sub that held V-1 glide bombs and V-2 rockets.

Wernher von Braun, perhaps the most famous Nazi rocket scientist, was part of the program.  He led the U.S. air and space program. One of his most prestigious engineering feats was the Saturn V.  Many rumors circulated on how and where he got his information.  Some claimed he communicated with aliens about space travel.  One of his proteges, Doctor Carol Rosin, stated otherwise.  She announced to the world that Braun feared Eisenhower’s ultimate political warning-the military-industrial complex.  On Braun’s deathbed, he supposedly said that America was playing the alien card.  In other words, when the time came, America would claim that aliens were a threat and all kinds of weaponry and related space gadgets would be needed to defend the world against these advanced beings from other galaxies.  According to Rosin, Braun called aliens the ultimate lie.

Many believe America’s superpower status was largely due to their World War II victory and the Germans they embraced. Some even call America’s power the Fourth Reich.  This conspiracy might very well be reality.

The Best Seller uses Operation Paperclip as part of the story line when explaining the progression of genetics.  The book is free today through Thursday, May 18th.

The Best Seller (Solstice Publishing, May 31st, 2016)

When Maya Smock writes her first novel, everything seems to go her way. Her book practically writes itself. She marries her gorgeous agent. Her name is on all of the best seller lists. Billionaire author Jay McCallister takes an interest in her meteoric rise to fame and invites her into his world of alien-believing celebrities. Her life changes forever when he tells her that they were both created inside of a laboratory. These authors are embedding an alien genetic code within the pages of their novels that originated from Nazi Germany because…
The time has come. They are here.

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Are Angels Really Aliens or Vice Versa?  By Dina Rae

As a Christian and a believer in extraterrestrials, I wanted to write a novel about some kind of divine or intellectual race of beings who help humans evolve.  Are angels and aliens one in the same?

We’ve all heard about UFO sightings, alien abductions, burnt crop fields, and cattle mutilations.  Roswell, New Mexico. and Area 54 are the meccas of American X-files.  Bright discs are seen everywhere around the world.  What does the Bible have to say about extra-terrestrials?  Were things so different three thousand years ago?  Or are we just using a different vernacular?

Anyone who has ever picked up the Bible knows the story of Noah and the ark.  God chose him and his family because they were ‘pure’ (Genesis).  The question is pure heart or pure bloodline?  Angels mated with women back in those days, producing a half breed called nephilim.  These beings were described as giants with superhuman powers.  Could the nephilim be an old version of modern day aliens of a mixed race or even early attempts at genetic modification?  Was Noah and his family the last ‘humans’ left of the human race?

Angels and aliens are always described as glowing with light.  Ezekiel, an Old Testament prophet, vividly describes a spaceship in his book.  Ezekiel 1:16: “The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the color of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.”  Many Ancient Alien theorists use this passage as documentation of Ezekiel witnessing a spacecraft landing on earth.  The description of the wheel is definitely futuristic.

Enoch’s writings about angels were controversial enough to be edited out of the Bible.  More of his writings were found in the Dead Sea Scrolls.  He regularly communicated with angels and ascended up to Heaven to speak with God on behalf of their shortcomings.  Possible abduction?  Genesis 5:24 clearly states that Enoch “walked faithfully with Godthen he was no morebecause God took him away.”

Did angels or aliens come to Earth to show mankind technology and weapons?  One of the Bible’s biggest examples of this, at least according to Ancient Alien Theory, is Lot’s wife.  Genesis 19:26says, “But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”  Lot and his family were warned not to look back.  We know now that nuclear blasts leave salt.  There are large salt contents all over the Dead Sea to suggest that there was once an ancient nuclear explosion.

In the Bible these beings appear to prophets, kings, and every day people.  In modern day many geniuses such as Tesla and Da Vinci claim that brilliant ideas just popped into their heads.  Some alien believers call these moments of greatness part of the Akashic record.

Whatever you believe, angels or aliens were definitely here thousands of years ago.  Our history books only tell us bits and parts of our past.  The Best Seller, my new sci-fi novel, uses ancient alien theory, New World Order, Nazi conspiracies, and aliens to weave an entertaining tale that will leave you wondering about our collective past.


The Best Seller (Solstice Publishing, May 31st, 2016)

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When Maya Smock writes her first novel, everything seems to go her way. Her book practically writes itself. She marries her gorgeous agent. Her name is on all of the best seller lists. Billionaire author Jay McCallister takes an interest in her meteoric rise to fame and invites her into his world of alien-believing celebrities. Her life changes forever when he tells her that they were both created inside of a laboratory. These authors are embedding an alien genetic code within the pages of their novels that originated from Nazi Germany because…
The time has come. They are here.

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Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQER8wJmaf8

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NetGalley Review: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But You Could Have Done It Better)

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I received an e-arc of this book from netgalley and this is my honest review.

Original Release Date:

January 10th 2017

Date I Read The Book:

March 2017

My Star Rating:

3 Stars

Official Summary:

Anonymous break up stories from men and women, old and young, serious and silly and the cartoons that inspired them. Author and artist Hilary Campbell turns the painful into the hilarious, validating emotions from forgotten middle school tragedies to relationships that ended only hours ago.

Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and cartoonist. Her films have won top prizes at Slamdance, SF IndieFest, and more. She was the co-illustrator of Jessica Bennett’s critically acclaimed Feminist Fight Club.Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But You Could’ve Done Better is her first book of cartoons.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

I read through this book in about 30 minutes after finishing an essay in class and was waiting for everyone else to finish.

It was enjoyable enough, a short, pretty funny read.

The illustrations are well done and the funniest part of the book.

But several of the submissions feel flat, or were too similar to be repetitively funny. Others were very funny, but with the writing styles and lengths inconsistent, and all the stories being straight, probably unedited submissions from others, it felt like you should get more from a book you buy.

It was pretty funny, and I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t the best.

Discussion: The Great Book Format Debate – Paperback, Hardcover or E-book?

This is a discussion post virtually every book blogger ever has added to.

I felt I should to.


Hardcover:

Pros-

  • Looks a lot nicer on a shelf.
  • Tend to have nicer covers.
  • Surprises under dust jackets.
  • First to be released.
  • More satisfying to possess/smell/feel/read usually.
  • The classic form of a book.

Cons-

  • Heavy
  • Hard to carry around / hold up to read for extended periods.
  • Dust jacket can get messed up or lost.
  • Way more expensive usually.
  • Take up a lot of space in one’s house/room.

Conclusion:

Hardcovers are preferable for looks but sometimes impracticable and expensive.


Paperback:

Pros-

  • Easy to read and carry than a hardback.
  • Cheaper and still physical for display and collection.
  • No dust jacket anxiety.
  • Easier than hardback to read for extended periods.

Cons-

  • They can take long to be released (over a year past the hardcover at times).
  • Usually have worse covers.
  • Get damaged easier (bent spines)
  • Don’t look as nice on a shelf.

Conclusion:

Easier, cheaper, but not as pretty.


E-books:

Pros-

  • Easy to carry around.
  • Doesn’t take up room/house/shelf space.
  • Generally the cheapest.
  • The modern book format.
  • No worries about loss or damages.
  • Don’t have to worry about being intimidated by book size.

Cons-

  • E-books can be tricky, because depending on the reader you have ( as in iPad vs. kindle vs nook vs app vs desktop vs what ever else exists) can make a big difference on the experience.
  •  Some books, especially image or formatting specific ones usually become unreadable in the best of times.
  • Can’t be lent to friends.
  • No physical shelf to be prideful of.
  • Have to buy a device that can cost $80+

Conclusion:

I love reading on my kindle – when I have mobis, PDFs only work on the desktop and I never have time to read there. Adobe Digital Editions gets tedious.

I’ve been using e-books since early middle school, as its easier to carry around in a bookbag and on vacations, and long books seem less intimidating. Also, decreasing shelf space.

E-books as a preference or option varies greatly by device and by the person.

E-books are the cheapest, easiest, and least satisfying.


Audiobooks:

Despite this discussion being ever popular, audiobooks are never included it seems. They always get a separate rave or rant. Its a book format like any other, only far it gets included. Hell, I made a rant about them in my first ever discussion.

Pros-

  • Easy to read on the go/ when multitasking.
  • Lets people who don’t usually have time to read, read.
  • Can be inexpensive.
  • Fun to listen to voices for the characters (on the better or full cast ones at least).

Cons-

  • Can be hard to focus on.
  • Can take longer to listen to than actually read.
  • Quality of audiobooks in narration varies drastically.
  • Makes it difficult to imagine characters for yourself.

Conclusion:

Audiobooks have less objective pros and cons, they mostly fall down to personal preference. I don’t abhor them or anything, but I prefer to read for myself. They I may have to listen to some that are full cast narrations, as those sound fun!


Overall Conclusions:

I will continue to prefer hardcovers, and only buying paperbacks when I’m desperate for a physical copy/at a second hand store.

My e-reader will continue to be for arcs.

Really there is no conclusion to be reached in this sort of discussion, I just wanted to make my pros and cons lists.


What do you think?

Which do you prefer?

Do you agree with what I said?

Let me know!

Author Interview: Jus Accardo

Jus Accardo’s most recent book, Omega, came out today!

The Infinity Division is a wonderful series, you should all check it out!

I was lucky enough that she agreed to an interview, keep reading to see her answers!


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The second book in the Infinity time travel series is full of action, romance, and an intricately designed roller coaster plot.

One mistake can change everything. Ashlyn Calvert finds that out the hard way when a bad decision leads to the death of her best friend, Noah Anderson.

Only Noah isn’t really gone. Thanks to his parents’ company, the Infinity Division, there is a version of him skipping from one dimension to another, set on revenge for the death of his sister, Kori. When a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with Ash, he’s determined to resist the magnetic pull he’s felt for her time and time again. Because falling for Ash puts his mission in danger.

But there’s more going on in Ash’s alternate universe than either of them knows: a mysterious project called Omega. A conspiracy spanning multiple Earths and revolving around none other than Ash. Its creators would do anything to keep Omega secret…


About The Author:

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.

Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.


Interview:

When did you know you wanted to be an author?
Since I was a kid, I really only wanted to be either an author of a chef. I had actually just applied and been accepted at the C.I.A when I changed my mind to pursue writing full time.

You write sci-fi, what inspired that love of sci-fi or made you want to write that kind of story?
I loved the show Sliders when it was on television. The infinite number if possibilities was a real draw. The fact that I could send my characters to a world where ANYTHING was possible, to places where the rules we live by don’t have to apply, was too appealing to pass up. This series was some of the most fun I’ve had while writing!
How do you come up with your titles?
There’s no real method. Usually, they come to me before I start a book. If I haven’t figured out a title first, it trips me up. With this series, the publisher actually changed the titles during edits. Book 3 never had an official title other than the one we gave it, but book one was originally The Infinity Division, and book 2 was The Resurrection Institution (changed to Infinity and Omega).
 
What books and authors serve as your inspiration / influence?
S.E. Hinton and L.J Smith were huge influences on me. I could reread their books a million times and never get tired of them.
 
Top three pieces of advice for aspiring writers?
Keep writing. Every word you get out brings you closer to where you want to be. Also, don’t feed the trolls. There’s enough negativity on the internet. When someone comes at you (and they will) with a “why the hell did you do this/that” do not get into an argument over it. Not everyone is going to get your story. Not everyone is going to like it. That’s okay. If everyone loved all the same things, the world would be a real drag.
Dreamcast your protagonist(s)!
Oh… I have way too much fun with this 🙂

Cade is easily Dylan O’Brien
Noah is and always will be Miles McMillan in my mind.
Kori is Lily Collins
Ash is Marie Avgeropoulos
Dylan would be Dylan Sprayberry
Ava has always struck me as a dark haired Dove Cameron
 
Do you listen to music while writing? What was on your playlist while writing Omega?
Music is a huge part of my writing process. I can’t work without it. Each book, most characters, and some scenes, all have their own playlist. Some of the tunes from Omega are, Little Monster – Royal Blood, Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys, and Sick Like Me – In This Moment.
What book are you currently reading / show are you currently watching?
Right now I’m reading the 3rd book in the Splintered series by A.G. Howard and I just finished binging Heart of Dixie!

The Handwriting Tag

I was tagged by the lovely bloggers behind Wild Heart Reviews – check out the amazing blog!

Rules:

  • Copy what it says in your handwriting
  • Change your answers to suit you
  • Then just slap a photo of it up here.

Questions:

  • Real Name
  • URL of my blog
  • Write – “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog”
  • What I’m writing with
  • Favorite emoticon
  • Silly message

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Sorry for the shadows…

And for the wait…

But look it did it!

This is my “oh wait other people need to decipher this” handwriting rather than my “just writing to be done / class notes only I will use” handwriting. My friend calls the second kind “samscript”…Yeah…

Hopefully this is legible. My handwriting is very terrible usually.


I Tag:

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

B @ Icebreaker694

Jocelyn @ 52 Letters In The Alphabet

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Ryann The Reader

Reg @ She Latitude

Poem: Backs To The Wall

We are not stabbing anyone
Not tonight
Tonight we keep our daggers
In our pockets
And we keep our backs against the wall
We are not stabbing anyone tonight

We are not stabbing anyone tonight
Not friends, lovers, or enemies
Current or exes or otherwise
Tonight we pretend to
Be strangers
Or barring that
We pretend we like each other
Just for the night
The only red that’ll be spilled is the wine

We are not stabbing anyone tonight
There will be no betrayal
Pretend for just one more night
We are on the same team
Before the knife is in my back
Tell me you love me
One more time
If you’re going to kill me
Do it right

The higher you build walls
The harder they come crashing down
Remember that
You are not the only one
Concealing weapons

We are not stabbing anyone tonight
There are no heroes or villains
Winners or losers
Betrayed or betrayers
There is no poison or dagger
And we will not end with war

Come morning we leave with guns raised to each other’s heads
Tonight
We pretend we don’t know the other has a dagger in their pocket
Tonight we aren’t stabbing anyone
But we keep out backs against the wall just in case

(All is fair in love and war
And we are not short on either
And neither cancels the other
That is just the way we are
Putting off a stabbing for just another night
That came morning will be inevitable
There is no fixing this
We’ve caused worse wounds with words
The blood is just an afterthought)

Blog Tour: The Last Gambit – Promo

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The Last Gambi
by Om Swami
Genre: YA Coming of Age
Release Date: February 2017
Harper Element (Harper Collins)

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Summary:

Success by design is infinitely better than a win by chance. Vasu Bhatt is fourteen years old when a mysterious old man spots him at a chess tournament and offers to coach him, on two simple but strange conditions: he would not accompany his student to tournaments, and there was to be no digging into his past. Initially resentful, Vasu begins to gradually understand his master’s mettle.

Over eight years, master and student come to love and respect each other, but the two conditions remain unbroken – until Vasu confronts and provokes the old man. Meanwhile, their hard work and strategy pay off: Vasu qualifies for the world chess championship. But can he make it all the way without his master by his side?

Inspiring, moving and mercurial, The Last Gambit is a beautiful coming of age tale in a uniquely Indian context.

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About the Author 

Om Swami is a monk who lives in a remote place in the Himalayan foothills. He has a bachelor degree in business and an MBA from Sydney, Australia. Swami served in executive roles in large corporations around the world. He founded and led a profitable software company with offices in San Francisco, New York, Toronto, London, Sydney and India.

Om Swami completely renounced his business interests to pursue a more spiritual life. He is the bestselling author of Kundalini: An Untold Story, A Fistful of Love and If Truth Be Told: A Monk’s Memoir.

His blog omswami.com is read by millions all over the world.

Blog Tour Organized by:

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3 Excerpts of 250 Words Each


Excerpt 1

‘You are a genius, Vasu,’ he said. ‘I’m investing all my time in you because I know some day you’ll surprise everyone, including yourself.’ My chest swelled with pride. ‘And that day is not far,’ he added. I felt as if I had won the world championship. He thinks I’m a genius! I couldn’t contain my smile and adjusted myself in my couch. ‘But,’ he said, gently bringing me down a notch, ‘you are not consistent. You do play some brilliant moves, but they don’t add up.’ As always, he had a nugget of wisdom. ‘Every move, Vasu, every move must put greater pressure on your opponent. To win, you must play good moves and do so consistently.’ ‘The same goes in life too,’ he continued. ‘A consistent and persistent man of average intelligence is more likely to succeed than an erratic and lazy genius. A hundred well played draws, or a hundred lost but well-fought games are better than one victory by fluke. Success by design is infinitely better than a win by chance.’

Success by design is infinitely better than a win by chance – this got etched in my mind. This was it. The missing link. I had been playing in the hope that success would come, that it would just happen. It dawned on me that success was a sculpture that I had to carve and chisel at patiently. I had to design my success.


Excerpt 2

‘Do you know who the finest teacher is?’ he asked. ‘You!’

Ignoring my answer, he continued, ‘Experience is the greatest teacher, Vasu. Always replay your own games to see where you went wrong and what made you play the way you did. People don’t lose because they make mistakes, they do so because they repeat their mistakes. The first time, it’s not a loss but a learning.’

‘So, how do I avoid making mistakes?’

‘Just don’t repeat them,’ he said after coughing and clearing his throat. ‘Be it life or chess, that’s the only difference between a grandmaster and an amateur. An amateur expects to reach a different destination by walking the same path. He hopes for miracles or serendipities. A grandmaster, on the other hand, relies on his own effort and intelligence. He does not commit the same error twice.’

‘But Master,’ I said, curious, ‘I do try my best to not repeat my mistakes. Why do I still lose?’ ‘Because you nourish the body and starve the soul.’ I gave him a blank look because I didn’t have a clue about what he just said. ‘Do you know the soul of chess, Vasu?’


Excerpt 3

Saving a few times, like when he was sleeping, living with Andrei was a continuous challenge. He was just not designed with any sense of living in a world sans chess. He couldn’t even pour tea without spilling it in the saucer. He would never remember to turn the gas off after cooking. And the only thing he knew how to cook was an omelette. It was scary to be in the same car with him because he would just stop anywhere and start making notes on some game.

He would forget his wallet in the restaurant and keys in his car. It’s hard to imagine that the genius Andrei, immaculate on the chessboard, would be so clumsy in real life. The man who could think through lengthy lines of variations in his head could not string together two words to hold a conversation. He never spoke to my parents. He would say he didn’t have any conversational skills. Surely, he could have learnt these skills, if only he had made an effort.

I kept my hopes up for six long years and then one day I realized that ‘if only’ doesn’t work with people like Andrei. If it could, he wouldn’t be Andrei then.


Blog Tour Schedule –

July 24th

Adventures thru Wonderland    http://adventuresthruwonderland.blogspot.com/   Review

The Cover Contessa      http://www.thecovercontessa.com       Promo Post

Huntley’s book Reviews      http://huntleyandbooks.blogspot.co.uk   Promo Post

Mythical Books http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/      Promo Post

Loves Great Reads          https://lovesgreatreadsblog.wordpress.com/    Promo Post

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,&,Sissy, Too!   http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com    Promo Post

July 25th

CBY Book Club   http://cbybookclub.blogspot.com/     Promo Post

The Bookworm Chronicles      http://muretbookworm.wordpress.com    Promo Post

YA Book Divas    http://www.yabookdivas.com Promo Post

The Bengali Nomad; Daydreaming Bookworm    http://bengalinomad1102.blogspot.com   Review

SolaFide Book Club  http://solafidepublishing.net/solafide-self-publishing-and-book-blog/ Promo Post

July 26th

The Layaway Dragon    https://thelayawaydragon.com/    Review

What Is That Book About   www.whatisthatbookabout.com    Promo Post

Nerds with Words    http://themindofawordnerd.wordpress.com   Review

Just Us Book Blog    http://justusbookblog.blogspot.com/    Promo Post

July 27th

A New Look On Books   http://anewlookonbooks.wordpress.com   Promo Post

The Book Lounge    http://gbshortcake.com/      Promo Post

deal sharing aunt     http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/ Promo Post

RiverMoose-Reads     https://rivermoosebooks.wordpress.com     Promo Post

BethLee’s Book Blog    Www.bethleesbookblog.blogspot.com      Review

July 28th

The Adventures of SacaKat     https://sarahfairbairn.com/   Review

Hike2Forty and beyond http://hike2forty.blogspot.com/     Promo Post

A Night’s Dream of Books    http://anightsdreamofbooks.blogspot.com/  Promo Post

Lisa Loves Literature    http://misclisa.blogspot.com/    Promo Post

Bibliobibuli YA    http://bibliobibuliya.com/    Promo Post

I Have No Shelf-Control: A Book Haul

This is…pretty long overdue.

I’m going to just let it speak for itself.


Sometime in April –

I preordered a book. I have an allowance, and this is what I chose to spend it on. It comes at the end of October and I’m dying!

A Darker Shade of Magic Collector’s Edition

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I also won a giveaway from That Bookshelf Bitch

 

I also got another review copy from Blogging for Books

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And the finished copy of a book I reviewed a while back (Netgalley Review: I Love You With All My Butt) from Estelle at Workman Publishing.


May 9th –

I won a Goodreads Giveaway!

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May 13th –

My mother bought me two books and some bookmarks. for several reasons.

I had to get my blood drawn – and after stabbing me three times, they couldn’t get enough so I had to go a second time the next week and she felt bad.

I also had an anxiety attack at school yesterday because I was wearing my Friday uniform and didn’t know we weren’t allowed to (I hadn’t been at school the day prior due to afore mentioned blood drawing and subsequent feeling terrible and thus didn’t hear) and got yelled at by the principal and had an anxiety attack. That was…not so fun. I sat on the ground hyperventilating and crying for a solid 15 minutes. My friend Patty got me water, I was ignored my several adults. The fact that this was doing an AP testing week may have contributed to my freak out – thank goodness I didn’t have a test that day.

I also finished AP testing without dying.

So, she bought me some books. To appease/congratulate/reward me.

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May 21st –

My best friend took us into Barnes and Noble after we watched Everything Everything (Adaptation Review: Everything Everything).

And signed copies make me weak.


May 26th –

I won a giveaway and the book came in the mail. Signed with some bonus bookmarks!


June + July –

I bought a bunch of books from Barnes and Noble with gift cards I had saved from the holidays.

These arrived:

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Also in June –

I received copies of Gork, The Teenage Dragon from Penguin Random House – one copy to keep, and the other to giveaway. GIVEAWAY: Gork, The Teenage Dragon – Open until Monday at midnight!

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Also In June –

I went to both Washington DC and New York City with my cousins!

In DC we went to this NASA library and well…

I came back with a box of NASA books… So thats good. I may have a problem…

In New York, we visited The Strand (a famous indie bookstore).

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I got some bargain books and a bunch of cool pins plus a patch. Again, I have a problem…

Other random souvenirs:

Plus a Hershey’s mug.


These are all the books I got in the last few months!

Plus Pride & Prejudice and A Thousand Splendid Suns but these are my summer reading, not just “because I wanted it” purchases.

I also reorganized my bookshelves though!


I hope you guys liked this. Let me know what you think! Have you read any of these books? Want to read them? Loved, liked, hated them?Judging me intensely? Let me know!