Category: Random

The Book Prophet is 1!

 

So today is an exciting day, it’s my blog’s first birthday! Isn’t that exciting?? It’s been an entire year since I signed up for WordPress to create this blog. I didn’t actually actively start blogging here until October, but still. That’s crazy insane! It doesn’t feel like I’ve been a part of the blogging community like this for that long! You’re all just such amazing people, really, there is literally not any other community as awesome as you guys are. Continue reading “The Book Prophet is 1!”

My Experience at North Texas Teen Book Festival!

Hello everybody! Today I will be telling you guys about my experience going to my first ever book festival! Only a few weeks ago I stumbled upon the North Texas Teen Book Festival somewhere online (I’m not sure where, as I’ve already forgotten, I think it might’ve been Twitter), and I realized that it was taking place only 40 minutes away from where I live. The second I found that out I told my sister and my parents and they said that I could go! Continue reading “My Experience at North Texas Teen Book Festival!”

The Bad Book Project #7 | World Building (by Savannah)

I wrote a guest post on a friend’s blog about world building. Check it out!

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Welcome back to my 12-week project in which I attempt to prepare for writing my own novel in Camp NaNoWriMo this April. You can check out the last posts here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. This week’s post is about world building and it is written by one of my favourite blogger friends Savannah, I hope you love it as much as I do!


Hello everybody! My name is Savannah and I’m a blogger over at The Book Prophet. Today, I’m here to talk to you about World Building and the easiest (and best) ways you can create the world in your novel.

As you might know, World Building is crucial to any book, especially fantasy and sci-fi. When you’re creating an entirely different world instead of putting your own spin on the present world, it can become overwhelming and difficult. I…

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Reorganizing My Bookshelves and Bookshelf Tour!

Hello bookworms! I haven’t been all that present here on my blog or on y’all’s blogs, but that’s only because I took upon the task of reorganizing my bookshelves and making a bookshelf tour for my BookTube channel. It took forever to film and even longer to edit, but I finally uploaded it on YouTube if you’d like to check it out!

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Blog Tour-Author Interview | CORRUPT ME by Jillian Quinn

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Hello everybody! Today I am pleased to announce that my second post in the Corrupt Me Blog Tour by Jillian Quinn is an Author Interview! I had some questions for Jill about her novel, which was released yesterday, and she answered.

Not only is Jill a new author, but she’s also one of my book blogger friends. Her blog is Rant and Rave About Books, and she has wonderful and honest reviews about books that she’s read on there as well.


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Where to Buy:


Amazon (universal link) myBook.to/CorruptMe

Barnes & Noble http://tinyurl.com/zmewnm4

Kobo http://tinyurl.com/hs57ewx

iBooks http://tinyurl.com/jno2tzhl

Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn on Goodreads

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Stalker Links


Facebook | Twitter | Author Website | Goodreads Profile


Interview:


1. What romance novels inspired you to write Corrupt Me? 

A romance novel did not inspire Corrupt Me, but I was inspired by Mafia movies as well as the novel and the movie, The Godfather. I was having one of my Mafia movie binge days, switching from the movie Goodfellas to The Godfather, both of which are my favorite movies of all time, and I started to think about the relationships between both Karen and Henry in Goodfellas as well as Michael and Kay in The Godfather.

2. What are some romance novel pet peeves of yours?

Female characters without a backbone are very common in romance novels, and as a strong female, I do not appreciate reading about a weak heroine who allows the man to walk all over her, only to take him back without another thought.

3. What were a few inspirations for your main characters?

In Goodfellas, Karen was strong and stood up to Henry, and I always respected her for that, where Kay backed down to Michael in The Godfather and let him control her and the kids until she finally had the nerve to leave him. Izzie’s character was inspired by the portrayal of Karen Hill by Lorriane Bracco in Goodfellas.

4. If you had to choose one author to co-write a book with, who would it be and why? What would the book be about?

I would want to write a book with Jamie McGuire because I love her books and because her book, Beautiful Disaster, is what hooked me on new adult romance novels. I had never read one until Writers Digest mentioned her book in one of their newsletters, and I have been hooked on the genre ever since. I’d like to write a romance novel involving addiction with Jamie, if that were possible. She creates amazing characters with a lot of depth and addiction is something I would like to write more about someday.

5. Are there any other books that you’re currently working on? If so, what’re they about?

My next novel, Parker, is a hockey romance novel that is part of the Face-Off series. Parker comes out on February 14, 2017. I am also releasing Divine Powers, a fantasy romance novel about witches and magic on May 9, 2017. I’m also working on a companion novella for Corrupt Me that I am planning to give out for free to all of my newsletter subscribers as well as writing other books in the Philly Corruption and Face-Off series.


Thank you Jill for giving me this chance to ask you questions concerning your first novel, Corrupt Me. If you’re interested in Jill’s future work, check out her author website here. Happy reading!

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My BookTube Channel and more!

Hello everybody! So recently I’ve decided that I wanted to create my own BookTube channel, and I’ve only just published my first video. I also created my own Instagram and Twitter accounts solely for The Book Prophet.

 

My First Video:

So, yup, that’s me! I’d appreciate it if y’all checked out my channel and subscribed, as well as following me on Twitter and Instagram.

I also just reached 100 followers today! Thank you all so much for supporting my blog, it means so much! I have so much fun writing these posts and sharing my bookish opinions with you all.

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Blog Tour- Spotlight Post|CORRUPT ME by Jillian Quinn

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Today I am promoting a fellow Blogger’s first published novel, Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn (known to the Bookish Community as Rant and Rave About Books). I’m honored to take part in her Blog Tour for this novel. If you’d like to find out more about the Blog Tour’s Schedule, click here.


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Corrupt Me

By: Jillian Quinn

Synopsis

Izzie Rinaldi has everything going for her. All she has to do is make it through her senior year of college, and then she’ll be off to law school, one step closer to assuming her position at the head of her family’s empire. After a chance encounter with the campus bad boy, Izzie can’t get him out of her head.

Luca Marchese, the smooth-talking son of the most notorious man in Philadelphia, is used to getting what he wants. He hasn’t forgotten the girl he knew as a child, and now that he has Izzie’s attention, Luca will stop at nothing to have her.

Luca’s defiance of the law turns Izzie on more than she cares to admit. She wants Luca to corrupt her in every way possible, despite his reputation as the king of one-night stands. Their attraction is undeniable, but their desire for one another isn’t enough for Izzie to overlook visits from federal agents and the potential ruin of her family.

Linked to Luca and a criminal underworld, Izzie discovers she’s more like him than she thought. But a future with Luca could mean swapping her diamond bracelets for a pair of handcuffs.

*Corrupt Me is a standalone novel that is the first book in the Philly Corruption series.

Where to Buy:

– Amazon (universal link) myBook.to/CorruptMe

– Barnes & Noble http://tinyurl.com/zmewnm4

– Kobo http://tinyurl.com/hs57ewx

– iBooks http://tinyurl.com/jno2tzhl

Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn on Goodreads


About The Author:

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Jillian Quinn was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently lives in sunny Cape Coral, Florida where she still pretends it’s okay to drink hot chocolate and curl up on the couch with a good book, even when it’s ninety degrees outside. From an early age, writing and storytelling have been her passion. In her spare time, she loves creating fictional worlds and living inside the minds of her characters as well as reading, art, and watching basketball and hockey.

Jillian is also a successful book blogger, dubbed by her followers as The Queen of Rants after making her blog, Rant and Rave About Books, a popular destination in the bookish community because of her honesty and passion for books.

Corrupt Me is her first novel with other young adult and new adult titles to follow.

Stalker Links:

Facebook | Twitter | Author Website | Goodreads Profile

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Travelling the Pages 2017 Reading Challenge

Since it’s 2017, and I’ve talked to you all about my 2017 New Year’s Resolutions, My Favorite (and Least-Favorite) Books of 2016, as well as my last Monthly Wrap-Up of the year, I thought it was time to introduce y’all to a reading challenge that I’m going to be a part of. This challenge is called the 2017 Travelling the Pages Reading Challenge, which was created by Books For Thought and Alice’s Book Vault. The information about the challenge is on both of their blog links I linked to their names above.


There are four different levels in the challenge. The levels are:

  • Beginner: complete all the square in one of the + rows. That means a minimum of four books.
  • Intermediate: complete all the squares in one of the x rows. Also a minimum of four but slightly harder challenges.
  • Hard: complete all the squares in two whole rows. Any rows at all! This means a minimum of eight books.
  • Expert: complete all the squares! I personally think we should all aim for expert and see what happens.

So, I’ve decided that I will be striving for Expert. There are 25 squares on the bingo sheet, and my reading goal for this year is 40 books, so this should be quite easy for me to accomplish, I think. Now, let’s get to the actual challenge and the books I chose for each square.

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The most difficult part with picking and choosing books would have to be the fact that NONE of them can take place in the United States. This was so difficult for me because one of the squares says ‘Books set in a place you’ve been’ and being the All-American Texan girl I am, I’ve never gone farther than Kansas or California. So I asked Chelsea from Books For Thought what I should do in this situation, and she told me that I could just choose a place I would like to visit. So that’s what I did. I also tried to choose from books that I already own, or that were already on my TBR list. Now, onto the books I chose for each topic!

A book set in South America. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

A book with an author from a different country. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

A fantasy book inspired by a real place. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

A book with a place you didn’t think you’d want to visit. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

A book set north of the equator. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

A book set in a place you’ve been to you want to visit. After You by JoJo Moyes

A book featuring mythology. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

A book set in a sunny place. Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine

A book that is a biography or memoir. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

A book with a character who speaks more than one language. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

A book set outside of Earth. Starflight by Melissa Landers

A historical fiction book. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Freebie! A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

A book set in a cold place. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

A post apocalyptic book. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

A book with its own made up language. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

A book set in a place you’ve never read about before. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

A book set in a place you’re dying to visit. London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton

A book set in two or more countries. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

A book set in a city. Rook by Sharon Cameron

A book set south of the equator. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

A book published in 2017. Gilded Cage by Vic James

A book set in an Asian country. Cress by Marissa Meyer

A book set on an island. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

A book set in Africa. Diamond Boy by Michael Williams


I’m very  excited for this year in reading. I’ll read some books that I’ve either been in the middle of reading for months, that have been on my shelves for ages, or new books that I’ve never heard of before. This shall be very exciting and I hope that some of y’all decide to participate in this challenge as well.

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My Year in Books 2016, and 2017 Resolutions

It’s a new year, which means it’s time for setting new goals for ourselves and reminiscing over the events of the previous year. Overall, I think my 2016 was pretty good, although I didn’t meet my reading goals, or finish 10th Grade like I’d wanted to, I did start this blog, which has impacted me greatly. I didn’t get my permit for driving, either, but there’s always this year! I have a feeling that 2017 will be a good year for me, and hopefully, your year will be equally as good, if not better than mine. Now, let’s dissect my 2016 through books using the handy Goodreads Challenge results format. (Also, I apologize for the horrible quality, the screenshots on my laptop suck).


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I’m pretty disappointed in myself for not completing my goal (especially since it’s a lot less than most other blogger’s), but I am proud of myself for finishing the last two books within two days of each other at the end of the year. Not completing this goal was mainly due to a reading slump I developed because of Carry On and Passenger, but finally ended when I read A Thousand Pieces of You, which was sadly, by that point, a few days before the end of the year.

Since I didn’t complete my 2016 reading goal, I’m keeping my 2017 Reading Challenge the same as last year’s. Hopefully I’ll read more this year, and won’t get in a slump.


My 2017 Resolutions:


So I made a list of 5 resolutions for this year (only two are book-related), and I thought I’d share them with y’all.

  • Read 40 books. I know I can do this. I was close to reading 40 in 2016, and now 2017 is here, and I own way more books and I am finally out of my slump!
  • Wake up on time by myself. I am the worst at waking up in the morning. My sister always has to wake me up, and even then, I always fall back asleep. This is mainly due to staying up late watching TV or YouTube, but now I’ll tell myself to go to sleep by 10:00, no later. Yes, I’ll implement a bed-time for myself.
  • Get a thousand followers on my blog. Okay, this one is sort of book-related, but also not. I’m not one that really cares much about the amount of followers that I have, but I think I should have some sort of goal for my blog, so I did this. I think this is a completely reasonable goal, as I have already gotten 76 followers within just 2 months of being here on WordPress, and without any self-marketing. If I end up getting a Twitter and Instagram solely for this blog (which I am seriously considering), then it won’t be difficult at all. Once I had a Harry Potter fan-account on Instagram (which I still have, I believe…) and I got over 1,000 followers in a mere 6 months. So it is possible!
  • Get driving license. See, it’s not like I’m a bad driver or I think I won’t pass the test, but I just haven’t gone through what I need to do in order to get my license. First, I know I need to get my permit, and then practice for a certain number of hours for 6 months and then I can test to get my actual license. I just haven’t done all of the research yet because I absolutely hate research of any shape or form.
  • Complete the Travelling the Pages Reading ChallengeI’m participating in this challenge, which I will create an entire post about, including the books I’ll be reading for each ‘bingo’ square. Hopefully this will push me to read more diverse books in 2017.

What was your reading goal and resolutions for 2016? What’re your resolutions for 2017? Let me know in the comments!
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My 6 Favorite (and Least-Favorite) Books of 2016

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Hello people! It’s 2017, which means it’s a new year. A new year means reminiscing on the past year, and what better way to do that then with books? In this post, I’ll be sharing my top 6 favorite books, and top 6 least-favorite books that I’ve read in the year of 2016. Now, let’s get going!



  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This book was beautiful in every shape and form. I started it at the very end of 2015 and then finished it a few days into 2016, so I’m not 100% sure if it counts, but I’ll count it.
  • The Martian by Andy Weir. I loved both the movie and the novel. They’re both perfect for people who love realistic/contemporary science fiction.
  • The Walking Dead: Compendium Two by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard. I’m a huge Walking Dead fan, and my dad and sister aren’t caught up with me in the show, so while I’ve been waiting for them to catch up (for over a year now -_-) I’ve kept myself occupied reading the graphic novels, which I’ve been loving. These compendiums are massive (and weigh a ton) but I fly through them so quickly.
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. I fell in love with this book and it’s characters and I can’t believe there’s actually going to be a sequel later this year! I’m so ready!
  • Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. Both this book and it’s movie were perfect in every way. That’s it. Oh! And emotionally charring.
  • A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. This was a recent read for Hype or Like Friday, and it was definitely a ‘like’ for me.

Now it’s time for the top 6 books that I enjoyed the least for one reason or another. They all weren’t exactly awful, but I didn’t love them.

  • The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey. You can read why I didn’t enjoy this book in the review I’ve linked in it’s title above.
  • The 100 by Kass Morgan. I actually won a Rant Review Contest for my rant review on this book.
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. I had to read this for school, which means I had to dissect every little verb and adjective and noun in this work. I usually enjoy books I have to read for school, but I just didn’t give a crap about this book at all, and to make matters worse, I had to re-read every other paragraph or so to find a ‘deeper meaning’. I did well with all of my assignments for this book, but that doesn’t mean I particularly enjoyed it.
  • Harry Potter and the  Cursed Child by Jack Thorne. I was highly disappointed in this book (much like most people were). There were just so many reasons why. You can read my review if you want to know why.
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I started this book, tried to read it for a month or two, then marked it as DNF, then it ended up being a book for Hype or Like Friday, so I picked it up again and actually finished it. The second half of the book redeemed the book slightly for me, but that doesn’t make up for the first 300 pages of torture. I’m actually surprised that I haven’t written a review for this yet. Oops, sorry guys! I’ll compile a list of books I still need to write a review for and create a poll for y’all to pick which review you’d like me to write first.
  • The Raft by S.A. Bodeen. This book was okay. It’s one of those books that you read and then you finish it, and it doesn’t leave much of an impact on you. It’s just kind of… there.

So what’re some of your favorite and least-favorite books that you’ve read in 2016? Let me know in the comments! And I’ll create a poll either on the Goodreads group ‘Polls for Our Souls’ or on the sidebar of my blog. Let me know which you’d like me to do!

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