Back On Track - January 18th Through January 31st, 2016 Recap

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Paper Bindings - Bi-Weekly Recap
Your guide to what's happening at Paper Bindings.

Life wise....

After a horrible start to 2016, I now can (mostly) use my hand again. *tosses confetti* 

It has been super hard not using my dominate hand for everything. I'm laughing at all the horrible writing I turned in daily for work. My kindergarten teacher would be so ashamed of me. 

The Latest Batch Of Mini Reviews

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Paper Bindings- Mini Reviews


There have been quite a few books that I've liked, or disliked, lately that haven't inspired me to write a lengthy review. But I wanted to say something about the books.

So here is the latest batch of mini reviews:

* The Collins Case (Heartfelt Cases #1) by Julie C. Gilbert - 1/5 stars
* Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout - 5/5 stars
* The Burning Hand (The Orphan Queen #0.3) by Jodi Meadows - 5/5

Instagram - A Q&A Session With Bookstagramers - Crini From All About Books

Friday, January 29, 2016

Paper Bindings - Instagram - A Q&A Session With Bookstagramers - Crini From All About Books

Welcome to my last bookstagram Q&A session. I hope you have been enjoying them.

Already I have learned quite a few little tricks I am anxious to experiment with. And it's always nice to get to know the photographer behind some of my favorite bookstagram photos.

Over the last two weeks we spend some time talking books and photos with Stacee from Adventures of a Book Junkie (if you missed our chat, you should go check it out) and Brittany from The Book Addict's Guide (our chat can be found here.)

There is but one last blogger left to run amok on the blog.

Get ready to be inspired.

Romance. Manga. Stars. The Range Is Wide With These Books - Mini Reviews

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Paper Bindings - Mini Reviews


There have been quite a few books that I've liked, or disliked, lately that haven't inspired me to write a lengthy review. But I wanted to say something about the books.

So here is the latest batch of mini reviews:

  • The Dangers in Tempting An Earl (Kingsborough Ball #3) by Sophie Barnes - 4/5
  • High School Debut: Vols 1-3 by Kazune Kawahara - 5/5 stars
  • Heir of Skies (Starbright #1) by Rachel Higginson - 3/5 stars

Waiting to Start a Cinderella Assembly Line (Waiting on Wednesday)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


TITLE: The Glittering Court
AUTHOR: Richelle Mead
RELEASE DATE:April 5, 2016
Genres:Young Adult, Fantasy
PUBLISHER:Razorbill
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“Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.
When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.
But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . .”

The Time I Let My Muse Off Her Leash And Gave Her A Pen - Girl Plus Pen (ARC Review)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Paper Bindigns - ARC Review - Girl Plus Pen: Doodle, Draw, Color, and Express Your Individual Style by Stephanie Corfee

TITLE: Girl Plus Pen: Doodle, Draw, Color, and Express Your Individual Style
AUTHOR: Stephanie Corfee
RELEASE DATE: February 1st, 2016
PUBLISHER: Capstone Young Readers
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“In this addition to the Craft It Yourself set, designer and artist Stephanie Corfee will inspire you to create one-of-a-kind doodle drawings that are fresh, fun, and express your unique sense of style. Doodle everything from simple swirls, swooshes, and scallops to intricate and detailed designs that you can give as gifts or hang on your wall. Work on lettering and word art, plus decorative doodles perfect for prettifying just about anything. Be inspired to use your doodling skills on everything from paper and pebbles to scarves and snapshots. Packed with step-by-step instructions, artistic prompts, and helpful tips, this book will help any artist's pen move and creativity flow important steps on the way to discovering your own unique, artistic voice. All you need to start is your creativity . . . plus a pen.”



Instagram - A Q&A Session With Bookstagramers - Brittany From The Book Addicts Guide

Friday, January 22, 2016

Paper Bindigns | Instagram - A Q&A Session With Bookstagramers - Brittany From The Book Addicts Guide

Bookstagraming is quickly becoming a favorite past time among. There is just something about books and photos of books that brings out our best.

Last week we spend some time talking books and photos with Stacee from Adventures of a Book Junkie (if you missed our chat, you should go check it out) and I can't tell you how inspired I've been since our chat.

For the last few Fridays in January, I am letting a few of my favorite bookstagramers run amok on the blog.

Get ready to be inspired.

Five Things I've Learned About Myself From Playing Fallout 4

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Paper Bindings - Five Things I've Learned About Myself From Playing Fallout 4

If you didn't already know, or have guessed it from my various social media accounts, I am a gamer.

In fact, I've learned a lot about myself by playing video games. Tiny little quirks that I wasn't aware of before I started. But these little tidbits highly amuse me when I think about them and so I felt the need to share them instead of reviewing the game.

(Which I loved by the way. I'm not ready to put this game down yet. Too busy running around dominating post-apocalyptic Boston. Plus I'm an achievement hunter, so I cannot stop playing until I get all the ones I can earn.)


Waiting On An Awesome Novella With A Kickass Cover - The Black Knife (Waiting on Wednesday)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.


Waiting on Wednesday...The Black Knife by Jodi Meadows
Title: The Black Knife (The Orphan Queen 0.4)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: March 1st 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins - Harper Teen Impulse
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“The final prequel novella.”

Books I've Recently Added to My TBR (Top Ten Tuesday)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Paper Bindings | Books I've Recently Added to My TBR (Top Ten Tuesday)
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten : Books I've Recently Added to My TBR

All I had to do this week was raid my Goodreads TBR list and check on the last ten books I added. I love it when things are easy!

 
01. Lady Mechanika by Benitez- The mysteries surrounding private investigator LADY MECHANIKA and her origin begin to unfold as she heads to a rundown city known as Satan's Alley. Located on the lower eastside, it is an area of town under siege by the presence of a murderous creature of unknown origin. While a weapons manufacturer has issued a reward for the unknown slayer, drawing a crowd of bounty hunters looking to cash in, Lady Mechanika's purpose is far more personal - information that could lead to the truth about her creation.


The Time They Let Me Chase Drones Across The Sky - Breaking Sky (Review)

Monday, January 18, 2016


Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy

TITLE: Breaking Sky
AUTHOR: Cori McCarthy
RELEASE DATE: February 2, 2016 (paperback)
Original release: March 10th, 2016
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
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“She lives for speed. She'll die for love.

A high-flying, adrenaline-fueled thriller for fans of Divergent and The Young Elites. "Breaking Sky is an action-packed thrill ride." --Carrie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of the Need series.

Chase Harcourt, call sign "Nyx," isn't one to play it safe. America is locked in a cold war -- and the country's best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy. Chase is one of only two daredevil pilots chosen to fly an experimental "Streaker" jet. But few know the pain and loneliness of her past. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.

But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There's a third Streaker, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. Chase doesn't play well with others. But to save her country, she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.”




Off To A Rocky Start - January 4th Through January 17th, 2016 Recap

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Paper Bindings - Bi-Weekly Recap
Your guide to what's happening at Paper Bindings.


Lifewise...

Well, 2016 started off by making it's presence felt. 

I've spent most of my time this month with my wrist brace on. Even with it, and trying to not use it, I am in pain. Which means all my blogging and reading plans just aren't happening yet, because I literally cannot accomplish them. 

Don't get old. Don't break. Don't shovel snow, it has lasting effects. 

Taking A Page Out Of Phoebe's Book - Bookishly Ever After (ARC Review)

Saturday, January 16, 2016


Paper Bindings - Bookishly Ever After - Isabel Bandeira

TITLE: Bookishly Ever After (Ever After #1)
AUTHOR: Isabel Bandeira
RELEASE DATE: January 12th, 2016
PUBLISHER: Spencer Hill
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“In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing? ”




Instagram - A Q&A Session With Bookstagramers - Stacee From Adventures Of A Book Junkie

Friday, January 15, 2016

Paper Bindings | Instagram - A Q&A Session With Bookstagramers - Stacee From Adventures Of A Book Junkie

I'm not going to lie to you, my favorite social media ever is Pinterest, but Instagram and Twitter are close seconds. I love taking photos and viewing photos, but when it comes to actual talent, I'm a bit hard on myself. I don't think I have any.

So I thought I'd start taking photos for bookstagram tags, even if just for fun, to improve my skills. Slowly I am starting to get better, but I am always on the lookout for tips and tricks from people whose talent I admire.

Five Thoughts About Nightfall I Have To Share With You (Review)

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Paper Bindings - Review of Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski - 3/5 stars

TITLE: Nightfall
AUTHOR: Jake Halpern, Peter Kujawinski
RELEASE DATE: September 22nd, 2015
PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - Penguin
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“On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours—it comes every twenty-eight years. Now the sun is just a sliver of light on the horizon. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long.

Because sunset triggers the tide to roll out hundreds of miles, the islanders are frantically preparing to sail south, where they will wait out the long Night.

Marin and her twin brother, Kana, help their anxious parents ready the house for departure. Locks must be taken off doors. Furniture must be arranged. Tables must be set. The rituals are puzzling—bizarre, even—but none of the adults in town will discuss why it has to be done this way.

Just as the ships are about to sail, a teenage boy goes missing—the twins’ friend Line. Marin and Kana are the only ones who know the truth about where Line’s gone, and the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling. Their island is changing.

And it may already be too late.”




Waiting On The Book Formally Called Monsters And Is Now Called "Give Me Now"

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

TITLE: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)
AUTHOR: Victoria Schwab
RELEASE DATE: June 7th 2016
Genres: Fantasy
PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books - Harper Collins
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“The city of Verity has been overrun with monsters, born from the worst of human evil. In North Verity, the Corsai and the Malchai run free. Under the rule of Callum Harker, the monsters kill any human who has not paid for protection. In the South, Henry Flynn hunts the monsters who cross the border into his territory, aided by the most dangerous and darkest monsters of them all—the Sunai, dark creatures who use music to steal their victim’s souls.

As one of only three Sunai in existence, August Flynn has always wanted to play a bigger role in the war between the north and the south. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate Harker, daughter of the leader of North Verity, August jumps on it. When Kate discovers August’s secret, the pair find themselves running for their lives and battling monsters from both sides of the wall. As the city dissolves into chaos, it’s up to them to foster a peace between monsters and humans.”

Should Old Acquaintance be Forgot: Our Best/Worst of 2015

Monday, January 11, 2016

Paper Bindings | Should Old Acquaintance be Forgot: Our Best/Worst of 2015
It's the New Year. That means resolutions and new books to read for 2016. Still, it can be fun to look back on the past year and see what you liked and what wasn't so great. Here are picks from Steph and Tracy of the best and worst books we read this year.

Why Leaving Your Link WIth Comments Is Not Just For Spammers

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Paper Bindings | Why Leaving Your Link WIth Comments Is Not Just For Spammers


The Risk Of Spam

When someone leaves a meaningful comment on your blog post, admit it, we all get ridiculously excited. And when spammers make their appearance, we grumble. A lot.

I recently blocked 12 people on Instagram because they wouldn't leave me alone and kept tagging me in those stupid "magically get more followers by harassing people and tagging them in the comments below" things. Contests, I get. Interesting pictures you want to share, I get. But gain more followers "pictures" are 100% pure Grade A spam.

So I know what you're thinking: Encouraging people to leave their links in comments, only fuels spammers.

You Say Words On A Paper, I Say Epic Fantasy Heist - Six of Crows (Review)

Friday, January 8, 2016


Paper Bindings - Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - 4.5/5 stars

TITLE: Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
AUTHOR: Author
RELEASE DATE: Leigh Bardugo
PUBLISHER: Henry Holt and Company - Macmillan
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“Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first. ”


and 1/2


In Need Of More Magic And Swoon - The King Slayer (Waiting on Wednesday)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

TITLE: The King Slayer (The Witch Hunter #2)
AUTHOR: Virginia Boecker
RELEASE DATE: June 14th 2016
Genres: Young Adult - Magic
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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“Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He's readying for a war against those who would resist his rule--namely Elizabeth and the witches, wizards, pirates, and healers she now calls her friends.

Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth's strength is tested both physically and emotionally. War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she'll go to save those she loves.”

You're Never Too Old To Go Home Again - December 21st, 2015 Through January 3rd, 2016 Recap

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Paper Bindings - Bi-Weekly Recap
Your guide to what's happening at Paper Bindings.


I saw Star Wars The Force Awakens at the theater. I absolutely loved it. It had all the classic elements that made the originals so great mixed with today's technology. But it wasn't an over the top, showoff like the most recent trio were.

I may not have been alive when the original movies were released, but I grew up watching them. This was the movie I wanted to see when the prequels came out. I was very pleased with this movie, even though some things I didn't want to happen did occur, and it may have caused a rift in my family. Can't please everyone I guess.

Book Challenges Are Overrated And Here's Why I'm Not Going Crazy For Them This Year

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Paper Bindings - Book Challenges Are Overrated And Here's Why I'm Not Going Crazy For Them This Year


Reading challenges can be fun. You go out of your way to try new things. Or maybe'll you end up buddy reading a shared book with a friend. Perhaps you'll end up making a new friend.

But reading challenges are a massive pain in my rear end.

Here's the thing, I started doing challenges to find new books and push my self into reading new things. What happened? My Muse tossed a dog toy in front of my feet causing me to trip, and smash against the wall.

Reading challenges just are not for me.

The End Of Another Year - December Recap

Friday, January 1, 2016

Paper Bindings - The End Of Another Year - December Recap

December was

...wait a minute...where did December go? Where did 2015 go?

I both love and hate, but mostly hate, this time of year. The concept of being joyous and spending time with loved ones is great in theory, but my life is not a Hallmark movie and rarely ends up like that.

Mostly I just ended up working and watching the last bits of 2015 slip away. For the first time in my life, I had to work the holidays, which made it extremely hard to get in the spirit of things.