giovedì 31 luglio 2014

Feature and Follow #10 Sara In Bookland is featured on Parajunkee !


Yay ! This week I am the featured blogger on Parajunkee !
Can't tell how excited I am ! I am really considering it as a sign of destiny
to support me in my decision to start book blogging again !

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So here is the interview ! 

When did you start blogging?
I started blogging two years ago, exactly in June. I had recently started to follow some book blogs and I thought: why not having my own book blog? That's how Sara In Bookland was born, simply as an experiment ! I fell in love with everything that involved book blogging : reviews, interviews, weekly meme and giveaways (those were probably my favourites!)

What is your favorite part of book blogging?
What I love the most about book blogging is receiving comments and being in touch with other readers who may share (or not) my thoughts about books. I love writing and publishing reviews but seeing how people react to your own opinion it's probably the most interesting part.

What type of books do you mainly blog about?
I basically read all kind of books : Fantasy, YA, contemporary, Horror, historical romances. It's difficult to say what I mainly blog about .. I guess we could say Fantasy?! 

What is your favorite book(s)?
That's a tough one ! I have to admit that the first series I fell in love with was the Mortal Instruments by C.Clare (I probably started devouring books after that), but then there are other series I need to mention, like THG or the Divergent series. Speaking of stand-alone books I loved : The Shadow of the Wind, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the Hypnotist and Looking for Alaska. Really can't choose one.

What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?
The best thing that has happened to me because of book blogging is certainly the possibility of receiving review copies from authors that lived completely on the other side of the world. Having this kind of relationships for me has been completely unforgettable ! It is amazing  to see how people trust in you, how they are available and willing to "bet" on you and on your opinion. 


This week's question
What is the biggest city you live near (or interesting landmark)? Show us a postcard picture.

The biggest city I live near? The amazing ROME ! Never really loved my city until I started travelling.. it is true, we have tons of problems, mainly about organisation, but the aesthetic of Rome is simply unbelievable.






Two days in Ischia <3

Hey lovely people !

How are you? I couldn't be more happy about how I spent these last two days ! I finally got the chance to have a relaxing trip with my boyfriend to .. Ischia ! Have you ever heard of this amazing island? Is a fantastic place in the Gulf of Naples that really deserves to be seen. I was amazed by its beauty ! I have always thought that travelling abroad could bring me the greatest satisfaction but, today I can tell you that Ischia is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. 
Even if being back to Rome has been kind of upsetting, I am more determined than ever to keep following the blog and try my best to keep it up to date.
For today, I will leave you with some great pictures I took (I'm not much of a big photographer though) during my trip but please remember to check out the blog tomorrow for a big surprise ! I can't tell you how excited I am for tomorrow's post so stay tuned ! xx









venerdì 25 luglio 2014

Feature and Follow #9 Your favourite tv series



Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature&Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.


The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs! 



How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

This week's Question:

What is your favorite tv series that you can watch over and over again on Netflix?


I have probably started every single post of this meme with this same sentence "this is a hard question". But God, it is so true ! I am a tv series addicted, I watched entire tv series during these past two years and it is really difficult for me to choose one... let's say that I will introduce you to those I love most. 


Skins is certainly the best series ever. It talks about everyday problems, about
 life and the stories it proposes are so touching and heartbreaking that they 
will completely catch you ! Loved the first and second generation so much
that I couldn't really go further with the third.


American Horror Story, season 1 is simply amazing ! I do love horrors
and this series was the perfect mix between hate and love, horror and 
romance. I was a little disappointed by the second and the third series though.


Pretty Little Liars, is not properly one of my fav series but it's the one I am still 
following. Loved the first series, even if the story has become a little too
long and complicated, and not in a positive way ! I mean .. 5 seasons? They are
definitely beating about the bush !


What about your favourite tv series?

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mercoledì 23 luglio 2014

Wishlist Wednesday #10


Meme hosted @ Pen To Paper Blog


Allegiant 
by Veronica Roth
Goodreads


The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. 

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. 

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Yes, I know, I should be ashamed of not having read this little one ! I do not know how to apologize, since the Divergent series has always been one of my favourite, still I don't know how it all ended. I could say I was too busy studying but there are no valid reasons to my negligence. I am so angry because recently I have also discovered something about the plot that I didn't want to know... so ... I may know how the book ends but still, I NEED to finish this series decently. Going to recharge my prepaid card as soon as possible !

Have you read Allegiant? Did you like it as an ending?

martedì 22 luglio 2014

Sorry !

This is probably the most difficult post I have ever written. I really don't know where to start, what to write, how to explain why I haven't been blogging for such a long time. There are a billion reasons why I started ignoring my book blog, like my parents getting a divorce, my father getting depressed and me, trying to put back together all the pieces. I think there is no need to go further into this description, while the only thing important is my final decision to restart blogging. All this year I couldn't find the time nor the strenght to re-open that "Blogger" welcome page, since I knew that I couldn't offer my blog the time it needed, since I also had to pass my final exams. But from the moment I walked away from my class I knew that I needed to find again time for what I loved the most : reading. I have so many things I need to catch up with, so many books I need to read, so many new series I need to start that I feel overloaded  ! I really hope that, day by day, I will be able to regain everything I've lost during my absence.

In the meantime, a huge sorry seems due.


mercoledì 3 luglio 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #9

Meme hosted @ Pen To Paper Blog

If I Stay
by Gayle Forman

Goodreads

A critically acclaimed novel that will change the way you look at life, love, and family. 

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.



I have seen this book around a lot lately - probably right in one of the past Wishlist Wednesday - and I thought it looks gorgeous. Everyone seems to love this and the plot does seem interesting so, I am really curious! Have you already read it?

lunedì 1 luglio 2013

Interview with Faith Sullivan, author of the Heartbeat series + Give@way!

Interview with Faith Sullivan

Today I have the pleasure to host on my blog Faith Sullivan, author of the Heartbeat series and the Take Me Now series. If you haven't checked her books yet, please visit her Goodreads page, here, to find out more about the author and her past and future works! Scroll down to have a chance to win Kindle copies of both Heartbeat and Come What May!

1.Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into writing?
I've worked in the publishing industry in some capacity for nearly fifteen years. At the beginning of 2013, I decided to publish my first novel and dive into the deep end.

2.What would you say the hardest part of writing this book was?
Living up to readers' expectations for a sequel. I did not want to disappoint them.

3.What character or part of the story did you become attached to the most while writing and why?
Adam's my guy. He's such a complicated mixture of emotions. He's surly, yet sweet. He's frustrating, yet vulnerable. He's confused, yet loyal. Bottom line? He's fun to write.

4.Is this book part of a series?
Yes, it is a part of my HEARTBEAT series. The first book is HEARTBEAT. The second book is COME WHAT MAY. Both are available now. The third and final book is I AM YOURS, coming October 2013.

5.If you could work with any author who would it be?
There are so many but I'd love to work with Stephanie Parent (love her style), Meradeth Houston (love her heart), Ashelyn Drake (love her voice) and Victoria H. Smith (love her swoons).

6. If you would shipwreck on a desert island, and you could have the possibility to keep just two books of your pile, which books would you keep?
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE and THE BIBLE.

7. Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Receiving an email from a reader who went through a similar experience on 9-11 that Michelle did in UNEXPECTED. If I do nothing else in my life, knowing that I connected with one person like that is all I ask.

8.What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Being a creative person is hard (financially, emotionally, etc.), but following that path is the only way to feel alive.


Heartbeat

Katie and Adam are afraid of love.
She carries the scars of a first kiss gone terribly wrong.

He uproots his life to flee the stinging betrayal of an ex.
When trust is no longer an option, all romance is suspect.

As a young paramedic, Adam rescues people for a living but cannot save himself. Katie, just out of high school, struggles with a tortured home life she cannot escape. 

Everything changes when Katie hops into the front seat of Adam's ambulance. Overwhelmed by what they are feeling, neither possess the confidence to make the first move. They walk away from each other, full of regret. 

To find her, Adam risks his future. To be with him, Katie sacrifices her security. 

Little do they know, what little time they do have, is being measured by a heartbeat that is slowly dying out.


Come What May

Adam is through with love.

He unravels blaming himself for what happened with Katie.
His final moments with her echo through his nightmares.
She owns him body and soul.

To dull the pain, Adam invites a string of women into his bed. Fueled by alcohol and desperation, his meaningless hook-ups provide little comfort. When he closes his eyes, it's Katie he sees.



The only one who helps to ease his guilt somewhat is Jada. But as his new ambulance partner, Adam considers her off limits. He doesn't want to get seriously involved with anyone, much less her. Yet he can't stop fantasizing about the feel of her caramel skin against his.


Despite his intentions, Adam's bond with Jada deepens as they respond to a series of emotional calls. Their mutual attraction becomes undeniable. But how can he give his heart to Jada when it still belongs to Katie?



Ten random facts about Faith Sullivan

- I was so much smarter as a teenager.

- I am a slow reader.

- I tend to like a book more for its characters than its plot.

- I appreciate people who are genuinely kind and come through when you need them.

- It's true, creative people are not always fun to live with, but we keep things interesting.

- I miss the days when all I had was a rotary phone without even an answering machine.

- I'm a child of the 1980s, and a teenager of the 1990s.

- I love my dog.

- I love to travel and see new places - when my limited budget allows.

- I think in another lifetime I lived in the UK somewhere by the coast.

- When I feel an emotion, I feel it deeply. It's a curse.

- I have an overactive imagination. Writing helps alleviate that problem.

- Nine times out of ten, I believe a good book trumps reality hands down.



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