2016 Love-A-Thon Challenge: Bingo

Logo for Love-A-ThonThe second Love-A-Thon challenge (the first I’ll be participating in) is Bingo! The objective is to complete at least three the squares on the Bingo card shown below.
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My Progress So Far:

Visit 5 new blogs: So far I’ve visited Rayna @ Reader Rayna, Lauren @ Lose Time Reading, Danielle @ Ever On Word, Ezrah @ Eye Heart Romance, and Ellen @ The Canon.
Join 1 of the Love-A-Thon Twitter chats: I’m participating in tonight’s chat as we speak!
Participate in 1 other challenge: Not done yet, but I’m looking forward to the Book Spine Poetry challenge tomorrow.
Find 3 new Instagram accounts (and follow): I’ve followed @BookMarauder, @PerfectionInBooks, and @BookMark_Lit.
Leave a comment on some of your favorite blogs: I left comments on posts at Paper Fury, Books and Sensibility, and The Midnight Garden.
Find a blog with a purple, blue, and pink design: Reading Is My Treasure (purple), Writer Grrl Reads (blue), and Trisha Jenn Reads (pink).

2016 Love-A-Thon Kick-Off: Questionnaire

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I’m so excited to be participating in the Love-A-Thon for the first time! The Love-A-Thon is hosted by Alexa (Alexa Loves Books), Cee (The Novel Hermit), Hazel (Stay Bookish) and Mel (The Daily Prophecy) and is intended to spread positivity and love. It’s time dedicated to visiting other bloggers/Instagrammers/BookTubers, leaving a comment or two, making new friends and fostering positivity among the members of the blogging community.

To kick off the Love-A-Thon, all participants were asked to share their answers to the following questionnaire to help visitors get to know them better.

Questionnaire

Angela Photo1) What’s your name? Angela

2) Where in the world are you blogging from? Pennsylvania, United States

3) How did you get into blogging in the first place? I’m book obsessed, and whenever I read something I love I CANNOT stop talking about it. My husband’s not a reader, though, and my book-loving friends don’t live nearby, so I had no one to gush to about what I was reading. The result? I took to the Internet, where I can shout all I want about books.

4) How did you come up with your blog name? My husband recommended it, actually. I agonized over possibilities for weeks, and out of nowhere he asked, “What about Angela’s Library?” As soon as I heard it, I knew it was right, and I liked how simple and straightforward it was.

5) What genre do you read and review the most on your blog? I focus on Young Adult fiction and tend to feature a lot of retellings. I love retellings of all kinds…fairy tales, myths, literary classics, and so on.

6) What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews? I love lists and participate in a lot of the Top Ten Tuesday posts hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I’ve also done a few author interviews, and I really enjoy making bookish playlists as well.

Book cover for OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn7) Best blogging experience so far? For me, one of the most rewarding experiences as a blogger is when an author stumbles upon my review of their book and emails me to say thank you. I’ve had this happen a couple of times, and it’s an incredible feeling. Lauren Roedy Vaughn wrote me a beautiful message telling me that my review made her day and that I really “got” what she was going for with the protagonist in her novel OCD, The Dude, And Me. It was such an unexpected, amazing surprise.

8) Favorite thing about the blogging community? Finding kindred spirits! It’s such a great feeling to connect with people who are passionate about the same things that I am.

9) Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016!

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

10) Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
Winterwode by J. Tullos Hennig
Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen
Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

Book cover for The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner11) What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read? I don’t know if it’s underrated, per se, but I would love for more people to know how awesome Megan Whalen Turner’s The Queen’s Thief series is.

12) Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF? Jacky Faber from L.A. Meyer’s Bloody Jack series. We could have so many adventures together!

13) Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend? Will Herondale from Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices series. *Sighs dreamily*

14) Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? Dancing, movies, and music

15) Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for? Clothes – but only when my husband shops with me. I’m terrible to shop with (I’m indecisive and take forever in the dressing room), but my husband is a shopping champ, not to mention a million times more fashionable than I am. When we go shopping he picks out great stuff that I’d never find on my own, and I never have to try the clothes on because he get the size right on sight. It’s the best!

16) At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing? Don’t judge me, but the one song that never fails to put a grin on my face is “Love Shack” by the B-52’s. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite song, but it’s the one and only song I find impossible not to dance to.

Book cover for Gone by Michael Grant17) Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book. I want to see Michael Grant’s Gone series turned into movies in the WORST way. I’m also really pumped to see what the movie adaptation of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising will look like.

18) What would your dream library look like? Lots of natural light and comfy chairs and snuggly blankets. And a window seat. That is a must.

19) Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with? I’d love to be BFFs with Maggie Stiefvater, but I can’t imagine us doing anything as demure as sitting down to tea – I see our adventures as more of the drag-racing in cool cars and traipsing through the Irish countryside sort.

Last List Blog Hop: Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross

Last List Blog Hop

If you’ve been paying attention to bookish news lately, you’ve likely heard that Egmont Publishing is closing its U.S. division. As a result, many of the authors represented by Egmont are going through a tough time. In an attempt to bolster these fine authors, the lovely ladies (and gentleman) at Cuddlebuggery had the idea to host this Last List Blog Hop to promote Egmont titles.

The idea is that each blogger will sign up to spotlight at least one of the Egmont books and show the reading community how great that book is. The book I have the pleasure of promoting today is Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross.

About Tear You Apart

Book cover for Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross

If you want to live happily ever after, first you have to stay alive.

Viv knows there’s no escaping her fairy-tale curse. One day her beautiful stepmother will feed her a poison apple or convince her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Henley, to hunt her down and cut out her heart before she breaks his. In the city of Beau Rivage, some princesses are destined to be prey.

But then Viv receives an invitation to the exclusive club where the Twelve Dancing Princesses twirl away their nights. There she meets Jasper, an underworld prince who seems to have everything—but what he really wants is her. He vows to save her from her dark fate if she’ll join him and be his queen.

All Viv has to do is tear herself away from the huntsman boy who still holds her heart. Then she might live to see if happily ever after is a promise the prince can keep. But is life as an underworld queen worth sacrificing the true love that might kill her?

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Why You Should Read It

If you like fairy tale mash-ups, Tear You Apart is a must-read. The main story is a combination of Snow White and The 12 Dancing Princesses, but there are a multitude of other tales represented in this book as well – Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and The Beanstalk, and Rumpelstiltskin, just to name a few.

In Beau Rivage, where the story is set, the townspeople are fated to play a role in a fairy tale. Sometimes that role is princess, sometimes hero, sometimes villain – the town’s citizens have no say in the matter. As you can imagine, this can cause tension when friends, neighbors, and family members suddenly find themselves destined to play a part in one another’s lives that they never expected. Friends turn into foes, rivals become lovers, etc., leading to all sorts of delicious drama.

The love/hate relationship that Henley and Viv share is especially captivating. The two have a long history together that is suddenly complicated when Henley is cursed, destined to betray Viv and cut out her heart. No matter how much Henley insists he could never do such a thing, Viv lives in fear of the day that her boyfriend will turn on her. The jealousy, distrust, and hurt that grows between them strains their relationship until the happiness they once shared is nothing more than a memory:

“They were like a firecracker that had burned up. The pretty picture, the sparkling moment was gone; they were just smoke and ashes now.”

Another thing I love about Tear You Apart besides the fairy tale drama is that the book’s characters don’t fall into black and white “Good” and “Evil” categories. There are characters who are bad, but they’re more than just cliche villains.  For example, Regina, Viv’s wicked stepmother, is definitely a messed up woman, but she’s also funny and interesting with motivations that are easy to sympathize with, if not to condone. Likewise, Viv isn’t always lovable and sweet; there are times when she can be a bitch and when she makes decisions that will leave you cringing.

All in all, Tear You Apart is an incredible book, one of the best I’ve read so far this year. I highly recommend it, especially if you’re a fairy tale lover like me!

Getting to Know You Blog Hop and Giveaway

Getting to Know You Blog HopWelcome to Angela’s Library!

I’m so happy to have the chance to participate in the Getting to Know You Blog Hop, hosted by the great folks at Cuddlebuggery. The purpose of this hop is for participating bloggers to give people a chance to get to know us, visit our blog, and help build stronger connections in the blogging community.

A Few Facts About Me

1) During most of my childhood, I was in and out of the hospital due to severe asthma attacks. This is how I got started reading. I couldn’t play outside, go to sleepovers, or run around with other kids, so my grandmother introduced me to books, which gave me a whole different world to play in.

2) In college, I majored in English and minored in Spanish. The hardest course I took, though, hands down, was an Intro to Ceramics class. Let’s just say it’s a good thing I’m not creating art for a living!

3) I don’t drink coffee, but I’m a Dr Pepper fiend. I drink it every day, all day, even with breakfast.

Tango

My now-husband and I performing at a recital our senior year of high school

4) I took dance lessons from ages 3-18, mostly focusing on ballet but also learning some tap, jazz, ballroom, etc. This is how I met my husband – we were matched up as tango partners when I was just 15 and he was 16. Nearly a decade later, we’re still together.

5) I have a terrible sense of direction. As a kid and teenager, I would always read in the car instead of paying attention to where we were going. Once I got my driver’s license, I had no idea how to get anywhere and was constantly late because I kept getting lost.

6) Books may be my number one passion, but movies are a close second. A few of my favorites include Shrek, 21 Jump Street, Tangled, The Dark Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hairspray, and Les Miserables.

7) I’m a huge fan of music and love making playlists that are inspired by the books I’ve read. You can check out some of these playlists here.

8) As a kid, my life’s ambition was to grow up to be either a mermaid or a pirate. I’ve always been intrigued by the sea and am a fan of nautical books, despite the fact that I’m a little uneasy around large bodies of water.

9) I adore musicals. In fact, the very first thing that happened when I saw that Cuddlebuggery was hosting this blog hop is that I started singing the “Getting to Know You” song from the musical The King and I. If I could live at a theater I’d be the happiest person alive. 

Giveaway

In honor of item number 8 on the list above, I’m giving away a free copy of one of my favorite seafaring adventures, Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer. The contest is open to all U.S. and Canadian residents ages 13 and up. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win. The winner will be announced on my Facebook page as soon as the contest ends.

Book cover for Bloody Jack by L. A. MeyerLife as a ship’s boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of eighteenth-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas.

There’s only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret. This could be the adventure of her life—if only she doesn’t get caught…

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