28 November, 2012

Pinoy Book Blogger Meetup

Who: Book Bloggers (and hey, blog readers too)

What: Hanging out. Coffee. Food and whatever. Oh yeah, books!

Where: Meeting in front of Fully Booked - Greenhills

When: Saturday, Dec. 22 at 4:30 pm

Why: Why not?

My husband and I are visiting the Philippines for Christmas. I am so happy I'll be seeing my family! But it's also a chance to see part of my favorite online community, the book bloggers and their readers. You don't have to be a YA blogger (any book blogger is welcome) and you can be a YA reader too.

We'll probably meet and then find somewhere with food/coffee... whatever. Yep.

I do speak Tagalog, so.... yeah. I might be a little rusty. We'll see.

Please tweet #PinoyYABloggers and let people know about it.

If you think you will be attending, leave a comment/link or tweet @frootjoos.

If you're a Stateside Pinoy blogger and you can't come... leave a link anyway, haha!

The Farm: Escape Is Only the Beginning - Giveaway (US ends 12/5)

Thanks to Berkley for including us in the blog tour for The Farm by Emily McKay.

Make sure you read all the way down to the end of the post where you can enter the giveaway! The prize pack will include a copy of The Farm, along with a Vampire Apocalypse Survival Kit. US ONLY, please! Our drawing ends 12/5 and you must use the Rafflecopter widget to enter.

About The Farm:

Emily McKay re-imagines our world in the aftermath of a terrifying vampire apocalypse. Told in the alternating viewpoints of teenage twin sisters, McKay’s dystopian YA novel is a story of courage and perseverance that will have readers at the edge of their seats.

After a viral epidemic sweeps the nation humans are turned into monsters called ticks—vampiric creatures with blood lust and no conscience. Adults are forced to flee and teenagers are penned up in a college campuses-turned-concentration camps against their will. Lily and her autistic twin sister, Mel, are desperate to escape. Out of nowhere, a familiar face from Lily’s past appears and offers to help them flee the Farm. But can they trust him? Even if they make it past the barbed-wire fences, what dangers await them in the outside world?

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Take it away, Emily!

Music playlist/soundtrack to THE FARM

EM: I always listen to music when I write! I had different soundtracks for the different characters.

For Mel, the musical savant, she’s got:
Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on the Theme of Paganini”
Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9”

Carter is all about the kick-ass:
Aerosmith “Livin’ On the Edge”
Guns and Roses “November Rain”
Rage Against the Machine “Guerilla Radio”
Pearl Jam “Better Man”
Versus Angels “We’re Only Human”
Guns and Roses “Welcome to the Jungle”

For Lily:
Pink “Try”
The Verve Pipe “The Freshman”
They Might Be Giants “We Could be Heroes”
Pink “Can’t Keep Me Down”
Neon Trees “Animal”
Naked and Famous “Young Blood”
The Replacements “Within Your Reach”

Joe and McKenna:
Guns and Roses “Sweet Child of Mine”

Alethea: You can listen to some of the songs on this Grooveshark widget:

The Farm by Emily McKay by alethea aka frootjoos on Grooveshark

Make sure you check out Katie's Book Blog for tomorrow's tour stop!

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25 November, 2012

In My Mailbox (17)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren (inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie) where you can show off the books that you got last week.

Signed copies:

So on November 16, I got to see Laini Taylor at the Barnes & Noble Americana. Isn't she adorable?

Lots more photos here from Katie Ferguson.

So I got a signed copy of Days of Blood & Starlight :)

I also went to a signing at Vromans where Carrie Arcos and Ann Stampler talked about their books.
I already have Ann's (actually I have 2!) so I just got Carrie's. Out of Reach was a finalist for the National Book Award in the Young Readers category this year. I couldn't get great photos as I was a few rows back and it was a bit too dark in the events area for my phone to focus properly.

For Review:

I also got a copy of The Farm by Emily McKay. Thanks to Penguin Teen for including us in the blog tour. Check back on Wednesday, November 28 for an exclusive guest post and giveaway from the author!


I traded a few books for a hardcover copy of Insurgent by Veronica Roth and Slide by Jill Hathaway.
Many thanks to @deadtossedwaves


I also bought the newest picture book by one of my favorite artists, Oliver Jeffers
The Moose Belongs to Me reminds me a lot of my relationship with my cat, hahaha.


I'm still a book behind in Lauren Oliver's Delirium series, but my friend Jen loaned me the third book anyway. I better get cracking on Pandemonium! Thank you, Jen!

I didn't go to a bookstore for Shop Small Saturday, but I found some lovely things at my LYS, Unwind on Hollywood Way in Burbank:

Sol Degrade and Taria Tweed

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and Happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate that :)

So what's in your mailbox?

December Events

Don't worry, it's not actually December just yet, but we wanted to give you all a head start on some really fun events coming up. It seems like things are winding down for the year with a fewer number of events. But the events that are happening are really cool. We're definitely going to be at the Squid and Octopus picture book event at Unwind. Adorable picture books + yarn = a good time. There will be cake pops! Hope to see some of you out and about next month. 

Author/illustrators Tao Nyeu and Salina Yoon
Squid and Octopus/Penguin and Pinecone

Saturday, December 1, 2012 11:00 am-1:00 pm
818 North Hollywood Way
Burbank CA 91505

Please join us when author-illustrators Tao Nyeu and Salina Yoon visit Unwind, just in time for the holidays! The authors will read their stories, do a little bit of drawing demonstration, and sign books. We will feature some fun crafts and have tasty treats available (for a small cash donation). Guests are welcome to shop at our friendly local yarn store, Unwind!

Book available at the event but pre-order books from Once Upon a Time in Montrose to ensure a copy. – 818-248-9668 (email maureen@onceupona.com - http://www.shoponceuponatime.com)

Mark Frost
The Paladin Prophecy

December 4, 2012 5pm
Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop
1030 Bonita Avenue
La Verne, CA 91750
(909) 599-4558

 The End is Nigh Apocalypse Party

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 7pm
Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop
1030 Bonita Avenue
La Verne, CA 91750
(909) 599-4558

It's definitely a party with this many authors! We have Carrie Laeler Arcos, Out of Reach, Elana K. Arnold, Sacred, Nina Berry, Otherkin, Jennifer Bosworth, Struck, Sara Wilson Etienne, Harbinger, Suzanne Lazear, Innocent Darkness, Gretchen McNeil, Ten, Lissa Price, Starters, Jenn Reese, Above World, and Ann Stampler, Where It Began! Come meet an amazing group of writers and get some new reading material!

That's it for this month. As always, if we've forgotten any events, let us know. Happy December!

23 November, 2012

Black Friday! A Rant. Feel Free to Skip This If You Really Just Want to Shop

Click for slightly disturbing meme I didn't want to put on the blog.

It's Black Friday in the US.

What does that mean?

It's a day retailers drop prices to try to bring people in for their holiday shopping.

My personal advice to you?

Stay home and read a book. Spend the day with your family. Anything but shopping.


1) The savings don't add up.

Add up the time you spend waiting in long lines: looking for parking, getting ready to pay, just waiting for stores to open or sometimes to get into shops that have hit their maximum capacity. Does it equal the amount of money you save? Are the deals really that good? 

Don't forget how much you paid for gas, or valet parking because you already spent an hour looking for a space. And lastly do you really need that thing you are going to buy? Will you buy it for a gift (kind of the point of holiday shopping) or for yourself?

Let's be honest. It's tiring, time-consuming, and often crowded and unpleasant, and if you're as savvy a shopper as you think you are, you would probably have been able to find the same savings any other day of the year, minus the traffic jam. The holidays should be about giving, not greed. Try to remember that as someone tries to yank the last $1 smartphone out of your sweaty, shaking hands.

2) Thanksgiving was one of the two days left that retail salespeople get to be with their families on a significant day.

Big box retailers have been threatening it for years, and if Borders was still around, this would have been the year that we were open on Thanksgiving. "Because everybody else is doing it." Retailers are some of the worst lemmings, seriously.

We had two days of the year that we were guaranteed a rest, and now one of them is gone. I am sure at least some of the people who have to work this Thanksgiving are just grateful to have a job, but I still don't think that's as comforting as being able to take the day off from said job and spend it with your loved ones.

If you have never had to do it, count yourself very, very lucky.

3) The only way to quash demand for stores opening on Thanksgiving is for consumers to stop falling for it.

It never makes sense to me: retailers slash prices way down and try to beat each other's sales numbers for the weekend, while undercutting their profit margins to get more customers to buy into their gimmicks. Not only are they spending more money to keep their store open on Thanksgiving (typical retailer Holiday pay is double the normal hourly rate), they are making less money. 

So what was the point of all that? To get the customer to come back and shop there the rest of the year. (Which frankly backfires because then the week before Thanksgiving everyone just waits and doesn't buy anything so they can save an extra buck on Black Friday.)

The thing is, as long as people keep shopping and spending enough to make it "worth it" for corporations, this manufactured shopping frenzy will continue. Thanksgiving and other holidays should be about spending time with your friends and family, not buying cheap electronics. And I think everyone should have a fair shot at that day of rest and relaxation.

4) Some people go crazypants on Black Friday.

I'm serious, don't get trampled or shot. I am fervently hoping the number of shopping-related deaths in the news this year is 0.

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I'm not saying don't shop. The United States needs help recovering economically, which means people need to spend money on the goods and services they need and want. I'm saying there are 360+ other days of the year that shops are open and you don't need to give into the hype of Black Friday. Get what you want, when you want it, at the best price you can afford, but don't be naïve. You can find savings every day of the year if you pay attention.

If you're going to shop, do it on Saturday when the shops were going to be open anyway, and Shop Small to help your local businesses grow and thrive. (Most local mom and pops have online shops too, so you don't even have to leave the house :) 

In the words of LeVar Burton, "You don't have to take my word for it..." Check out this article from Smart Money magazine on "10 Things Stores Won't Say About Black Friday".


If you have a minute, Victoria Schwab is running a great raffle on her blog.
Every entry also allocates $1 to one of three charities.
Thanks for giving back, Victoria!

Alethea doesn't want anything for Christmas that can't be categorized as breakfast, cheese, or dessert. Save your money! (Or, sure, you can get me a wedge of brie. I guarantee it won't go to waste.)

The cheesecake I made for Thanksgiving,
which could be classified as all three depending on the time of day.

22 November, 2012

2013 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

2013 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge hosted by The Book Vixen

We all know I'm terrrrrible at keeping up with challenges, but I can't resist joining them. And with as little as I've read this year, I don't think it will be too much trouble to try this one by The Book Vixen.

Reading Challenge Details:
  • Runs January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013 (books read prior to 1/1/2013 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more books in 2013 than you did in 2012. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down.
  • Books can be any format (bound, ebook, audio).
  • Novellas that are at least 100 pages in length, as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • Grab the reading challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads or LibraryThing.

     Getting my heart rate up – Read 1–5 more books
     Out of breath – Read 6–10 more books
     Breaking a sweat – Read 11–15 more books
     I’m on fire! – Read 16+ more books

I'll be tracking my reading here and on Goodreads.

Current goal (may change depending how many books I finish by Dec 31, 2012): 78... I’m on fire!

Bring it on, 2013!

thank you

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. It's a time for family and friends (and pie). It's also a time to reflect and give thanks to all of the wonderful people in our lives. All of us at Read Now Sleep Later would like to give a big thanks and a virtual hug to all of our readers for your continued support and friendship. 

Wishing you all a safe and stress-free holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Alethea, Kimberly, & Thuy

21 November, 2012

Opal Book Trailer Reveal

We're excited to be part of the book trailer reveal for Opal, the third book in Jennifer Armentrout's Lux series.  I can't get enough Daemon Black and am counting down the days until Opal's release on December 11. Enjoy the trailer!

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

USA TODAY Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn. Find Jennifer on: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website | Blog

You can read about how much pie Thuy eats this Thanksgiving on twitter @fishgirl182.

18 November, 2012

Author Event - Laini Taylor at B&N Americana

Hi, everyone! Last Friday Laini Taylor stopped by the B&N Americana in Glendale, CA to sign her new book, Days of Blood and Starlight. Luckily it was scheduled for 7 pm, which meant that I could make it there after work. Due to some bad parking mojo, I made it to the store just in time to buy my book before the event started (and Leigh Bardugo was behind me in line!). Big thanks to our friend Liz who got there early and got us rock star seats. 

I'd met Laini last year at Book Soup so I already knew that it would be a really fun event, and she didn't disappoint. Laini started off by telling everyone a little bit about how the first book in this series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, came to be. (This is where I start paraphrasing so some of this might not be exact but it's close to it). She was in the middle of writing a really epic post apocalyptic sci fi novel (with ballerinas!) and just wasn't feeling that spark with it. So she gave herself a free day to write which turned out to be one of the most fun writing days she'd ever had. In that free day she had written a story about Karou and her father. She had so much fun with these characters and wanted to know more about them. In the end, she finished her sci fi novel so and then immediately started writing Smoke and Bone.

Laini said that Daughter of Smoke and Bone was originally supposed to be a standalone book but the story and world kept growing.  Right now, the goal is to finish the series with the next book though she says she wouldn't say no to writing another book in that same world someday focusing on different characters.

Laini talked about writing Blood and Starlight and how hard it was to write a book about war. She said that, at times, she wanted to skip the hard parts and get back to the kissing. :) The book had to be dark but not so dark that people didn't want to go into that world. 

Some tidbits we learned from the Q&A:
  • Laini finds the snarky, teen dialogue between Karou and Zuzana easy to write.
  • Yes, there will be more Zuzana on Book 3.
  • On worldbuilding: She often writes fantasy worlds that are set in the real world. She doesn't do a lot of research but writes interesting tidbits down in her notebook, which she may find much later and use in a book. Wikipedia is one of her research tools.
  • She believes folklore and folk tales are helpful if you want to get a sense of a culture.
  • She doesn't like to outline. Though she knows how she'd like Book 3 to end, things happen, and there is a possibility that it might go in a different direction.
  • On what she's read lately: Robin Hobb (epic fantasy writer that Laini is a big fan of), Holly Black's Curse Workers series, Codename Verity, The Name of the Star

After the Q&A it was raffle time! Laini was raffling off two gorgeous pieces of jewelry from the new Smoke and Bone jewely line. I arrived late and didn't see the raffle box or I totally would have entered. I love the cool, creepy vibe of the pieces. 

our friend roxy actually won. yay, roxy!
Books were then signed. :)

If you're interested, Laini has a nice recap of her two days in L.A., including an awesome picture with some hardcore fans.

Thank you B&N Americana for another well organized event. Thanks to Laini, for being funny and sweet and awesome. We are all super excited to read the new book! Lastly, I leave you with this impressive photo of the long line for the signing. You should click on it to see it in full size.  

More photos on Facebook and on Flickr from our friend Katie.

click to enlarge (go on, do it)

More event pics available in the Facebook album for the event.

10 November, 2012

Author Event - Heather Brewer at B&N Americana

It's me again and I'm back with another event recap. This one was the Heather Brewer signing at B&N Americana on Oct 23, 2012. As some of you might know, I am a huge fan of Auntie Heather's. Not only does she write fantastic books, but she's really inspiring and always brings a message of love and tolerance in her quest to stamp out bullying. I also love that her fans are the Minion Horde. How awesome and fun is that?

I like bullet points right now so here are some fun facts I learned about Heather during the event:
  • She was bullied as a child but the library was her safe place, her bully kryptonite.
  • When she was 13 (I think it was 13) she read Carrie by Stephen King and decided that she wanted to be a writer.
  • When she started the Vlad Tod series she wanted to write about what she knew. What she knew was what is was like being an unpopular teenager. She had also been a fan of vampires for a very long time and knew them very well. Hence, Vlad was born.
  • She calls her first draft her "crap draft."
  • When asked good books she's read lately, Heather mentioned Ask The Passengers by A.S. King, which she was re-reading. (My friends and I promptly turned the store upside down after the signing trying to track down copies of the book. We finally found the last 3 copies and bought them all)

I then made Heather sign my entire Vlad series along with a whole slew of other books. She was very funny and gracious. I always love seeing her and I am so glad the tour stopped near us. If you ever get a chance to see Heather in person, do it. You'll come away feeling happier for it.

Thanks for Alethea and Kimberly for being fun book buddies, as usual. If you'd liked to see a few more pictures, go to our FB album here

Have you ever met Heather or read any of her books? Who's your favorite character?

08 November, 2012

Author Event - David Levithan, Rachel Cohn, Melissa de la Cruz & Lissa Price

Ack! I am so behind. As you can see, I am still working my way through all of our event recaps. The next on the list was a signing on Oct 20, 2012 at B&N The Grove with David Levithan, Rachel Cohn, Melissa de la Cruz and Lissa Price. This was an all-star lineup so Kimberly and I decided to make the trip over the hill to The Grove. (For those who don't know, going over the hill is often a time consuming and sanity threatening endeavor). But it was a weekend so we at least had time to leave pretty early for the event. We arrived about an hour ahead of time which gave us plenty of time to do our shopping before the signing.

I was surprised that there wasn't a huge crowd when we got there. It did end up filling up by the time the signing started but we were able to get good seats. The authors each read from their newest books before opening it up to questions.

l to r: levithan, de la cruz, price, cohn

melissa is hilarious

david reading from every day

Some fun things I learned during the event:
  • Rachel often hides behind humor in her books. In Beta, it was a challenge not falling back on the humor, though there are still some funny moments.
  • When Melissa gets stuck, she writes in a "hot hookup." That's why there is so much making out in the Blue Bloods series. :)
  • When Rachel and David write together, they write completely separately. They alternate writing chapters, and start with just a a premise, character names, and a general idea of what's supposed to happen. There is no real planning involved.
  • Lissa likes to write to basketball games.
  • Melissa said that she and her husband had to go to therapy after writing their first book together. They wrote it in the same room and wrote it at the same time. They have now adopted a similar method to Rachel and David, where they just send each other finished chapters and don't talk about them at home.
After the Q&A, they all signed books. I had a hard time only picking up a few books because I wanted them ALL. I had a really fun time and even got ice cream after. :) Go to our FB album for more pics.

i feel like there is a story here...

Tell me, have you read any books by these authors? Which is your favorite? Thanks for stopping by!