Why I Stopped Writing Book Reviews: A Life Update

If you’ve been following me for a while you may be wondering where my book reviews went. Or, you may not have been concerned at all. That’s cool, too. Regardless, I felt like I owed my followers an explanation for why this blog has gone a little dead.

Back in August, I started grad school to get my MFA in Creative Writing, which has been a great experience thus far. However, on top of going to school I’m also a freelance writer, interning at a literary agency, currently working on a novel, running this blog, as well the Tumblr and Instagram pages that go along with it, and because I’m crazy I also started the YA Book Events NYC Twitter. Not to mention, I actually have to have time to read books in order to review them. To say it’s been a lot would be an understatement, which is why, for my sanity, I knew I had to cut back on something.

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My decision to stop writing book reviews actually came from a conversation I had with someone in publishing about my future career goals. Ideally, I want to work at a publishing house, specifically as an Editorial or Marketing Assistant, and it was pointed out to me that my reviews can be a little negative sometimes, especially if I really didn’t like a book. While that’s fine and I always want to give you all my honest opinion, they pointed out that if a hiring manager/editor sees I don’t like a book they’ve published they may think I wouldn’t be a good fit because our tastes are different. I’d hate it if my blog was ever the reason why I didn’t get a job, so while I figure out how to tailor my reviews while still being honest, and also because I needed more time for myself, I decided I’d put a brake on them. For now.

In the meantime, I have still been posting occasionally, mostly for YA Book Events NYC, but I also hope to do more lists in the future, like the one I did on Black Friday. That being said, if there are any kinds of posts you’re interested in seeing from me, whether it’s about books, publishing, writing, or life in general, please let me know in the comments. I’m hoping to do a post about how to get ARCs soon since a few of you have asked me about that and I have a few other ideas in the works as well. Thankfully, my first semester is coming to an end soon so I’ll have a little more free time to blog in the upcoming weeks.

Thank you all so much for sticking with me while I try to figure out my next steps. I love discussing books with you all and I do have two ARC book reviews I will be doing soon, so keep an eye out for that. Also, if you have any book recs for me please leave those in the comments as well, because my TBR can never be too long.

Until next time, happy reading!

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Meet Literary Agents & Authors This Week (YA Book Events 12/4-12/10)

As the holidays draw closer the list of events gets smaller, but there are still chances to meet some authors and other bookish people before the year is up. Check out this week’s list of events and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to keep updated with bookish events happening around the city.

Monday, December 4

Sackett Street Literary Series: Ask the (Literary) Agents! at Books Are Magic (7:30-8:30 p.m.)

Join literary agents Linda Camacho (Prospect Agency), Penny Moore (Empire Literary), and Quressa Robinson (Nelson Literary Agency) for a conversation and Q&A. Free event.

Friday, December 8

Tochi Onyebuchi and Sam J. Miller at Barnes & Noble 82nd & Broadway (6 p.m.)

Authors Sam J. Miller (The Art of Starving) and Tochi Onyebuchi (Beasts Made of Night) will be in conversation, answer audience questions, and sign books. Free event.

Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Are In Town! (YA Book Events 11/27-12/3)

Hi book lovers! I hope you all had a great holiday weekend. This week there aren’t that many events happening but the events that are happening this week are pretty great. Check out the full schedule below and make sure to follow YA Book Events on Twitter.

Wednesday, November 29

Children’s Book Signing with Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton at The Strang (6-9 p.m.)

Join the Clinton’s as they sign copies of their books It Takes a Village, She Persisted, What Happened, and It’s Your World. You must purchase books from the store in order to be admitted. Click the link for ticket options.

Friday, December 1

The Polar Express Storytime at all Barnes & Noble (7 p.m.)

Visit your local Barnes & Noble to enjoy a read of the holiday classic, The Polar Express. After the reading there will be coloring and activities. Free event.

Saturday, December 2

Great Chapter Book Reads at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Join Jay Cooper, Stuart Gibbs, Dan Poblocki, and Courtney Sheinmel as they introduce the latest additions to their middle grade series. Free event.

12 Black Friday Deals Book Lovers Won’t Want To Miss

‘Tis the season to buy books! This Friday is Black Friday and while others may be looking for the hottest deals on clothes and electronics, there’s only one thing I’ve got my eye on: books. And bookish merch. But mostly books. So to make sure I, and you, get all the best deals out there this Friday, I’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best sales going on this weekend. Check it out, and please let me know if I missed anything.

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1. BookOutlet

In general, books from BookOutlet are already ridiculously cheap, so when they have a sale going on you know it’s going to be good. I did the math and the 18 books currently in my cart will only cost me about $62 with their Black Friday sale. That’s a crazy steal. However, make sure you set your alarm and get in on this sale early, because you better believe these books will go fast. The sale begins on Thanksgiving at 10 a.m. EST. Don’t miss out!

2. Barnes & Noble

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Source: Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble has a lot to offer this weekend. Online you can get 20% off on orders with the code GIVETHANKS from Nov. 23-26 and you get 20% off in stores from Nov. 24-26. What’s really exciting at B&N Black Friday is the number of signed books they have stocked up for you. For the full list of signed books available click here and to see the full list of B&N deals this weekend clickΒ here.

3. HarperCollins Publishers

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

You can buy the books straight from the source this weekend (and always, actually). Beginning today, HarperCollins is having a 30% off sale on their website and there’s also free shipping. The sale will last until Monday, Nov. 27 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

4. Amazon

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Source: Black Fridays

Amazon is having deals on a variety of books and ebooks for the whole weekend. You can click here to see their daily deals.

5. Half Price Books

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Half Price Books is having an EPIC sale on Black Friday. Everything in store is 20% off and the first 100 people through the door at 9 a.m. local time will receive a FREE tote bag and a $5 HPB Gift Card. On top of that, one of these bags will have a $100 gift card, so get there early and try your luck.

6. Books-A-Million (BAM!)

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The more you spend at booksamillion.com, the more you save. Make an online purchase of $50 or more and get $10 off; spend $100 or more and get $20 off; and if you spend $200 or more you’ll get $50 off. The stores will also have a number of other deals. Click here to learn more.

7. Book Depository

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Similar to Amazon, Book Depository has a number of Black Friday deals on various titles going on this week. Click here to see all the different deals happening on their website.

Bookish Merch

8. Novelly Yours

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Beginning on Black Friday, you can use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2017 to get 20% off your order at novellyyourscandles.com. Additionally, in each order placed during the sale, which ends on Nov. 27, there will be a scratch-off included which will have future savings of up to 35%.

9. OwlCrate

OwlCrate has a number of Black Friday sales happening for new subscribers to their bookish box subscription service and long time members. Check out their post above to get all the details.

10. Nerdy Post

We are so excited to launch our Black Friday Weekend sales! β€’β€’β€’ Each sale will last one day only, and goes live at 12 AM Central Time β€’β€’β€’ Everything on the site will be eligible for the promotion except the Harry Potter Bookmark Boxes β€’β€’β€’ There is no limit on how many times you can use the promotions. Example: Buy 2, get 1 Free. Buy 4, get 2 Free. β€’β€’β€’ The Free or Discounted item will be the least expensive one if the cart β€’β€’β€’ Don't forget that we will donate 10% of all sales to the Salvation Army angel tree, so you will be helping needy Children while shopping all weekend. It's a win, win 😁 β€’β€’β€’ #nerdypostbox #nerdyposttees #nerdystore #blackfriday

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Nerdy Post is also have an epic Black Friday, and amongst the number of deals they’re offering, you can also build your own box and get the merch you really want. Check out their post above.

11. Flick the Wick

We decided to begin our Black Friday sale a bit early and it will be starting TOMORROW!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ It will run through Monday. You can get 25% (😱) our entire website using the code THANKSGIVING! 😁This is the biggest discount we've ever offered so make sure to pick up all those candles you've been eyeing recently. πŸ‘€Don't forget about our brand new candles we released, including the new Christmas candles. If you order this weekend you will be getting them in time to put them under your tree. πŸŽ„ ✨ What candles will you be picking up this weekend? ✨ Photo by our rep @readerrewind πŸ’• ✨ #flickthewick #bookish #bookishcandle #bookishcandles #bookstagram #bookishmerch

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Beginning tomorrow (Thanksgiving Day), you can get 25% off Flick the Wick’s entire website. So if you’ve been waiting for the right time to give their candles a try, the time is now.

12. Little Inkling Designs

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The popular bookmark shop will have a 20% sale from Black Friday through to Cyber Monday. This sale excludes the shop’s new book lover’s planner (which will go on sale at 12 a.m. EST on Black Friday) and the clearance section. You can find their Etsy shop here.

Think I missed a sale? Let me know in the comments below!

Indie Authors & More Are in Town This Week (YA Book Events 11/20-11/26)

Happy Thanksgiving book lovers! Because of the holiday there aren’t too many events going on this week, but there are still a few. Check out the full list of events below and have a happy Turkey Day. Also, don’t forget to follow YA Book Events on Twitter to keep updated on all the bookish events happening around the city.

Saturday, November 25

Indies First/Small Business Saturday Storytimes Deluxe at Books of Wonder (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Celebrate Small Business Saturday by spending the day with wonderful authors like Brian Floca, Paul O. Zelinsky, and more. Authors will be reading all day long. Click the link to see the full line-up. Free event.

Launch Event for Bolivar by Sean Rubin at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Celebrate the release of Sean Rubin’s newest graphic novel, Bolivar, as he reads from the book, answers questions, and does a signing. Free event.

Sunday, November 26

Author Event: JoJo’s Guide to the Sweet Life at Barnes & Noble Fifth Ave (2 p.m.)

Snag a photo-op with Jojo Siwa by buying a pre-signed copy of her book, JoJo’s Guide to the Sweet Life: #PeaceOutHaterz. You can purchase a copy beginning at 10 a.m. Wristbands will be provided at the time of purchase.

Great Middle Grade Reads at Books of Wonder Uptown (3-5 p.m.)

Meet Elizabeth Eulberg, Chris Grabenstein, Barbara Dee, Chris Raschka, Michael Northrop for a wonderful afternoon of great middle grade novels. Free event.

Meet the National Book Award Finalists (YA BOOK EVENTS 11/13-11/19)

Don’t miss your chance to meet a number of incredible authors this week, including the National Book Award finalists. Check out the full list of this week’s events below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to keep up to date with all the events happening around the city.

Monday, November 13

2017 National Book Award Finalists at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Meet this year’s finalists for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature. Free event.

Tuesday, November 14

Greet Teen Reads! at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Meet Libba Bray (The Diviners), Alex R. Kahler (Runebinder), Billy Merrell (Vanilla), and Lisa Williamson (All About Mia). Free event.

Thursday, November 16

Launch Event for Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Join Hilary Reyl as she celebrates the release of her new novel, Kids Like Us. She’ll be joined by Ann Brashares (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants). Free event.

Sunday, November 19

Face to Face: Middle Readers Book Group at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

The group will be discussingΒ GeorgeΒ by Alex Gino. Free event.

Great Chapter Book Reads at Books of Wonder (1-3 p.m.)

Celebrate three new middle grade releases with Jay Cooper (The Curse of the Mummy’s Tummy), Sarah Mlynowski (Abby in Wonderland), and Courtney Sheinmel (Designed by Lucy). Free event.

Michelle Hodkin, Erin Bowman, & More Are In The City This Week (YA Book Events 11/6-11/12)

There are so many incredible events happening this week, and you won’t want to miss any of them so let’s just dive right in. And don’t forget to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to keep up to date with all the events happening around NYC.

Tuesday, November 7

Meet Jeff Kinney at Barnes & Noble Tribeca (5 p.m.)

Author of the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy kid series will be signing books and taking photos. You must receive a wristband to attend. Wristbands will be distributed starting at 10 a.m. with the purchase of The Getaway.

Meet Linda Fairstein at Books of Wonder Uptown (6-8 p.m.)

Books of Wonder is hosting the launch party for NY Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein’s latest novel, Digging for Trouble, the second in her Devlin Quick Mysteries series. Free event.

Wednesday, November 8

Meet and Greet with YouTuber Jessie Paege at Barnes & Noble Tribeca (4 p.m.)

Meet YouTuber Jessie Paege and snag a pic and presigned copy of her book, Hey, It’s Okay to Be You. There is a mandatory wristband policy for this event. Wristbands will be distributed at 10 a.m. and you must pre-purchase the book to get a wristband.

Thursday, November 9

Meet Michelle Hodkin at Books of Wonder Uptown (6-8 p.m.)

Michelle Hodkin presents the first novel in her new trilogy, The Becoming of Noah Shaw, which picks up right where the Mara Dyer trilogy, left off. Free event.

Friday, November 10

Discussion and Signing With the Creators of Paper Girls at Barnes & Noble Tribeca (6 p.m.)

Participate in a discussion and signing with the creators of Paper Girls, Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang. Wristbands will be distributed with purchase of Paper Girls Deluxe Edition, Volume 1.

Sunday, November 12

Great Middle Grade Reads at Books of Wonder (1-3 p.m.)

Join authors Nicholas Gannon and Gregory Manchess as they share their latest illustrated novels. Free event.

Meet Erin Bowman at Books of Wonder (3-5 p.m.)

Erin Bowman celebrates the launch of Retribution Rails, the companion to Vengeance Road, and will be joined by authors Danielle Paige and Tiffany Jackson. Free event.

Meet Courtney Sheinmel at Books of Wonder Uptown (4-6 p.m.)

Courtney Sheinmel celebrates the launch of her newest book, Designed by Lucy, the second book in her Kindness Club series. Free event.