November 11, 2013

The Monday Mix (17)

The Monday Mix basically gives me the opportunity to share with all of you the links I loved online from weeks past. This includes everything from great reviews, articles about writing, inspiring posts and perhaps other things too. I've always valued the opportunity to share the great things I've read or seen, and this is my way to share the love with all the bloggers, authors + pubs out there!

It's been so cold this week that all I've wanted to do is hibernate at home, hiding out under the blankets to watch TV shows and read books. I'm in the market for a snuggie these days because it's just SO cold! Thank goodness for heaters and coffee and tea and books.

I got to attend a book event last Thursday at Books of Wonder, where I briefly got the opportunity to see Estelle, Rachel and Gaby, as well as Mitali, Jeremy & Jeffrey, and Adam. It was a great event, and if I had money to spare, I would certainly have picked up a copy of some of the books! My sister and I also watched the second Thor film, which was pretty darn funny and cemented Loki as one of my favorite characters.


1. Jamie did a great post highlighting some great reads for the fall, sharing her fall playlist and with some awesome movie suggestions too. I'm not much for creepy, scary things, but fall puts me in the right mood for these things.

2. I enjoyed reading what Jamie had to say after she tackled romance for her courting genres feature. It's always fun for me to see my friends enjoying a good romance, and I absolutely LOVE that she read The Duke & I by Julia Quinn!

3. I'm completely obsessed with all the costumes that Jamie came up with for her top ten Halloween costumes inspired by books. I would totally wear a lot of these! I think my favorite has to be the one for This Song Will Save Your Life, followed closely by The Scorpio Races one.

4. Sarah MacLean wrote a great post about romance novels and naughty bits in response to something published in the New York Times. I love hearing Sarah's insights when it comes to romance, and she was spot on to me in this article.

5. One of my favorite authors Jodi Meadows wrote about kissing scenes. I adore a good kissing scene, and I think the advice that Jodi shared here is really spot on.

6. I adore Susan Dennard! She's an amazing author (see my reviews of Something Strange and Deadly + A Dawn Most Wicked and A Darkness Strange and Lovely, as well as part 1 of an author interview with her), and an inspiring person. (In fact, I call her one of my spirit animals!) She's shared some amazing #NaNoWriMo tips in a post, and everyone will find it incredibly helpful. (By the way, here's some info on the last book in Susan's trilogy.)

7. As if I didn't love Susan enough, check out her helpful posts with amazing advice for writing - part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5. Susan is one of the authors who inspires and encourages me to write every single day, and I love her even more for it.

8. I really liked Lauren Morrill's post about reading reviews. It was refreshing, and really honest. I think her perspective is really important.

9. Anya wrote an interesting post about NetGalley's feedback ratio, which is really helpful. I had no idea what to think about this, and the interview Anya posted was incredibly eye-opening.

10. I enjoyed reading this article written by a 30-something about why she reads YA. She expresses a lot of sentiments that I agree with, and basically, she seems like someone who would be easy for me to relate to. Thanks for sharing Rachel!

11. I absolutely adore Samantha Shannon! This interview with her is really great, and she talks about some of my favorite characters - Paige and Warden. (PS - It was also her birthday on November 8, so greet her if you can!)

12. I can't remember if I'd shared this before, but my friend Jen did a great post about writing tips using Friends GIFs. It may be my favorite thing ever!

13. Lauren always has great posts about organization, and I'm particularly loving this one she wrote about organizing emails. It looks like I have some fixing to do!

14. This post about internet friends is very well-written and really hits the nail on the head. Thank you for sharing Estelle, who happens to be one of my internet-turned-real-life friends!

15. Jamie wrote a great post about what makes you re-read a book. I agree completely with her reasons, since they're basically the same for me. What about you - what makes you re-read a book?

16. Gillian compiled an amazing collection of YA books to convince people to become YA believers. I loved a lot of the books she included in this post, and would heartily recommend them to everyone! 


I read the latest in one of my favorite series - The House of Hades - and loved it. There was a double whammy of personal posts this week, as I told you guys about pumpkin picking + Halloween, and the Ed Sheeran show at Madison Square Garden. I went in a totally different direction with my review of adult contemporary romance novel The Chocolate Thief.

I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I did! Now it's YOUR turn - are there any posts (on your blog or other blogs) from last week that I missed out on? Please feel free to share links in the comments and I'll try to check them out.


  1. Thank you for all the love, friend!! <333 Off to read your review for The Chocolate Thief because I'm SUPER interested in this one!

  2. Thanks so much for linking to my post Alexa :)

    It's been wicked cold here too, especially today, it even snowed!!!! I agree you should get a snuggie, they are a bookworms best friend, seriously!!!

    Now, i'm off to check out these posts I've missed!! I love your Monday Mix :D


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