100 THINGS WE'VE LEARNED AS BOOK BLOGGERS

It's our birthday! We gon' party like it's our birthday! (And we all know how book bloggers party: they get together and read! And then blog. Or, if they're feeling really rambunctious, they blog and then read. We're feeling like bringing the roof down for this joyous occasion. So we're blogging first.)

For birthdays and assorted anniversaries, it's commonplace to croon how it was only yesterday that... But rebels that we are (we read dystopians like they're going out of style; which they kind of are, but that's beside the point), we're going for the other extreme. Our first post, on the day The Honest Bookclub was born seems ages away. This is in part because time is The Original Trickster, and partly because we've learned so much.

What can one really learn in a year of blogging about books? We're glad you asked! (You haven't asked? How rude, you should have. It's okay, we forgive you. You now owe us a debt of life.) 




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BOOK REVIEW: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU BY JENNY HAN



Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.

She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.




No-spoiler review.



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TOP 10 BOOKISH MOMENTS OF THE PAST YEAR

It's the Honest Bookclub's first birthday on Friday, and celebration plans abound! In that vein, we are kicking off the official party with this Top 10, this time featuring not a specific aspect of books, but our very own favorite bookish moments of the past year as they pertain to this blog. A year ago, we were taking our very first steps and navigating the seemingly labyrinthine intricacies of the blogging world. Today, blogging is second nature. And that more than anything has been our goal from the very start: to do it well, and do to it with joy. To connect readers to authors, and authors to readers. To find new favorites and share them with the world. And to have fun doing it.

We were lucky enough to have our dreams come true. And today, we're sharing our favorite moments, featuring inspirational people, stunning books and incredible stops we've made along the way.

Happy birthday to us!




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UGLY LOVE MOVIE TEASER

It's finally here! Colleen Hoover has shared a teaser trailer for the movie adaptation of Ugly Love! Although it's really evil that nobody will announce who is cast as Tate - the main character - we're perfectly fine with just watching Nick Bateman, who plays Miles Archer, strut his stuff on screen. Because... well, it's Nick Bateman! 

The core of our excitement regarding the movie is that it has veered far from big-budget Hollywood studio productions, and instead opted for a smaller, independent studio. To all accounts, the adaptation of Colleen Hoover's book is actually made by consulting Colleen Hoover in matters which count, so we have a firm belief that this movie will be fantastic! Let's pray for a faithful adaptation (and some more casting news)!

As fans of both Colleen Hoover and Ugly Love, we are heavily biased in this matter. Keeping that in mind, we feel this first teaser captures the tone of the book perfectly. There's a great difference between a book-to-movie adaptation which values the author's input, and a book-to-movie adaptation which doesn't. The difference is this teaser.




Alongside the teaser, the crew behind the Ugly Love adaptation have launched a campaign where you can donate to help bring this movie about. In return, they offer anything from postcards and T-shirts, to Nick Bateman's genes. (Genes, not jeans.) Don't believe us? Visit the campaign project now and donate as much as you can - or laugh heartily at the offers on the right-hand side and wish you weren't broke if you aren't in the position to donate. Then pass the link to this post or the IndieGoGo page to others. Nick Bateman in a uniform. 'S all we're sayin'.




[We aren't here right now. We're hitting the replay button shamelessly until it scampers off and hides.] But if you're as enthusiastic as we are about the upcoming adaptation of Ugly Love, please leave us a comment below, or find us on social media. We, in turn, promise to keep you abreast of all news Ugly Love.


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SARAH J. MAAS LONDON BOOK SIGNING

Well, I'm a lucky girl. I went onto the Waterstones website a few months ago and purchased a ticket to attend a book signing in London, which is always fun. Oh, and, y'know... to meet author Sarah J. Maas. *squee* The day finally came! I know she's promoting A Court Of Thorns And Roses (which I'm reading and loving right now), so I wasn't sure if she'd sign anything else, but I took my copy of Throne of Glass with me just in case, then headed down to London.



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BOOK REVIEW: THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS BY E. LOCKHART



Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:

Debate Club.
Her father’s “bunny rabbit.”
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:
A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.

Frankie Laundau-Banks.
No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer.
Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society.
Not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.
Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew’s lying to her.
And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.

Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind.

This is the story of how she got that way.




No spoilers ahead.

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TOP 10 FICTIONAL PARENTS

Happy belated Mother's Day! As with the National Book Day, when we advocated that one should not merely appreciate books on a single day of the year, so today we're advocating the same for our mothers (and fathers) - or any kind of a parental figure who has shaped us into who we are today. So to keep Mother's Day and Parents' Day going, this week for our favorite picks, we are choosing the fictional, bookish parents nearest and dearest to our hearts - the ones which made us wish, at least for a second, to step into the book and experience what it's like to be their child. These are the families which made us appreciate our own, and families which made us wish to improve our own. These are, in short, parents who have taught us lessons about familial affection we still carry with us to this day, and whose love has beaten all odds and survived long after the actual stories came to their natural ends.



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BOOK REVIEW: JOHNNY BE GOOD BY PAIGE TOON


If your boss was the hottest rock star on the planet, would you mix business with pleasure?

I'm Meg Stiles. This is my leaving party. And that song we're making a mockery of? That's written by one of the biggest rock stars in the world. And I'm moving in with him tomorrow.

Seriously! I am not even joking. Well, maybe I'm misleading you a little bit. You see, I haven't actually met him yet...

No, I'm not a stalker. I'm his new PA. His Personal Assistant. And I am off to La-La Land. Los Angeles. The City of Angels—whatever you want to call it—and I can't bloody believe it!

Celebrity PA to wild boy of rock Johnny Jefferson, Meg's glam new life in sun-drenched LA is a whirlwind of showbiz parties and backstage passes. Cool, calm Christian, in town to write his famous friend's biography, helps keep Meg's feet firmly on the ground. But with Johnny's piercing green eyes and a body Brad Pitt would kill for, how long will it be before she's swept right off them again?


Spoiler free

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IN MY MAILBOX: MAY 13TH

If there's one thing every book blogger delights in, it's a book haul - and an opportunity to fangirl about said books at length in a blog post. This is that time. And this is that post.



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FAN ART: ANGELFALL BY SUSAN EE

Last year, we have advocated for author appreciation through fan art. Creativity, we reasoned, breeds creativity. What inspired our favorite authors to pen their favorite pieces in turn inspires us. And sometimes - at times like these - this inspiration takes many forms as it changes hands. From the initial, insubstantial spark, it morphs into literary works of art, and then into visual art, into poetry and music and dance and song.

Let it never be said that we don't practice what we preach. (Although most of the time, we really, really don't.)


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BOOK REVIEW: IF I STAY BY GAYLE FORMAN



Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

 I open my eyes wide now.

I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

 Stay, he says.


Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.


If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.





(No spoiler review.)


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FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION: AN ONLINE COURSE

We who are in the business of books are also in the business of bettering ourselves daily. Books teach, shape and instruct us - sometimes consciously and sometimes latently, through slow expansions of our world view and gradual realizations of things we never knew before. So not only do we love books, we also love knowledge. And in our opinion, there is no better way to acquire it than by merging the two seamlessly.

In that vein, Coursera has once again come through.


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TOP 10 DREAM BOOKSHELVES

We all have bookshelf goals. We aim to achieve a large and stunning book collection filled with beautiful covers and a variety of wonderful stories, a house rich with knowledge and adventure. It seems odd and strangely empty if a house isn't showcasing a stunning bookshelf, and as the quote by Horace Mann says, "A house without books is like a room without windows".

In the spirit of these beautiful bookshelf-dreams, this Monday we have chosen to show you all the bookshelves we want in the future, or bookshelf ideas we find inspiring - what we can only dream of or at least attempt to have in our homes. Some are unique, some are grand and some are just beautiful.







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