Most Anticipated Releases: May 2020

May 2020

Hello everyone! So, quite a few books are coming out in May but there are 11 we specifically can’t wait for! Check out the list….

  1. 20th Victim (Women’s Murder Club, #20) by Patterson, James
  2. Hunting November (Killing November, #2) by Mather, Adriana
  3. The Dark In-Between by Hrib, Elizabeth
  4. The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Tokuda-Hall, Maggie
  5. By the Book by Sellet, Amanda
  6. The Cartographers by Zhang, Amy
  7. House of Dragons (House of Dragons, #1) by Cluess, Jessica
  8. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0) by Collins, Suzanne
  9. The Paper Girl of Paris by Taylor, Jordyn
  10. Parachutes by Yang, Kelly
  11. The Archer at Dawn (The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy, #2) by Teerdhala, Swati

Are any of the books above on your most anticipated reads list for May? What else is on your list? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!

Angel

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Book Humans Interviews: Stars.Brite

Welcome to the Book Human Interviews! Every week I will be interviewing one person from our overarching book community: a book blogger, a booktuber, or, a bookstagrammer. The idea is to get to know people in each sector more and connect with each other. If you’d like to be interviewed, fill out this form and I will schedule you in!

Today, we are talking to Rameela, the bookstagrammer behind Stars.Brite! Follow along as we learn more about one of our fellow Book Humans…

Q1: What drew you to join the community you chose in the previous questions?

I first discovered bookstagram when I saw Renee Ahdieh’s really aesthetic photos of her books and then I saw this huge community of book lovers like me! I saw some really awesome new book recommendations and decided that I wanted to make some bookish friends too and voila!

Q2: What do you like the most about said community?

Everyone is so supportive and enthusiastic about the books they enjoy! And it’s so cool to have these platforms to communicate not only with other book enthusiasts but even aspiring authors and published authors! The energy is so wonderful!

Q3: What’s a book you will always recommend – regardless of age or genre – and why?

Percy Jackson and the Olympians because that series is what really got me into reading. I’ve been with Percy since elementary school and now in medical school, it’s still a huge part of my life! It’s funny, relatable, and is my favorite comfort read!

Lastly, here are three posts that I love from their Instagram:

  1. We Hunt The Flame
  2. Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things
  3. Shine The Stars

 

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Book Humans Interviews: Sophistikated

Welcome to the Book Human Interviews! Every week I will be interviewing one person from our overarching book community: a book blogger, a booktuber, or, a bookstagrammer. The idea is to get to know people in each sector more and connect with each other. If you’d like to be interviewed, fill out this form and I will schedule you in!

Today, we are talking to Kate, the book blogger behind Sophistikated! Follow along as we learn more about one of our fellow Book Humans…

Q1: What drew you to join the community you chose in the previous questions?
I have been a reader and a book collector since I was a child. I had started to watch booktubers when I was in 7th or 8th grade and the videos made me want to be a part of a community like that. I tried my hand at booktubing, but discovered I was more comfortable being behind the scenes and writing about everything I loved about books versus talking about them.

Q2: What do you like the most about said community?

I love how accepting everyone is of everyone. When I first meet people from the community, I was not really a blogger as I was writing for the odyssey online and writing about various topics on a larger platform than a blog would give me. Despite not being a blogger, my friends from the community welcomed me anyways and I became a part of something that I will always cherish.

Q3: What’s a book you will always recommend – regardless of age or genre – and why?

Percy Jackson, The Lightning Thief, because Rick Riordan recognizes disabilities that often do not get enough attention or recognized as disabilities and makes the main characters basically superheroes and even more special because of these disabilities and I think it’s important for people to recognize that people are also more than their disability.

Lastly, here are three posts that I love from their blog:

  1. 5 Books To Read Before You Die
  2. A Library Card….Book Nerd Edition Pt 2
  3. Summer Blogging Promo Tour: Week 2! We Design Our Own Subscription Boxes

 

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Book Humans Interviews: Musings of a (Book) Girl

Welcome to the Book Human Interviews! Every week I will be interviewing one person from our overarching book community: a book blogger, a booktuber, or, a bookstagrammer. The idea is to get to know people in each sector more and connect with each other. If you’d like to be interviewed, fill out this form and I will schedule you in!

Today, we are talking to Mari, the book blogger behind Musings of a (Book) Girl! Follow along as we learn more about one of our fellow Book Humans…

Q1: What drew you to join the community you chose in the previous questions?
I love to write, but not in a way that would ever make me a published author. Having a book blog lets me get my writing in and gush about all the books I love at the same time!

Q2: What do you like the most about said community?
The diversity! It’s completely possible to never spend a dime on blogging which makes it more accessible than some of the other forms of talking about books. I love that this allows people from all different backgrounds and cultures to talk about the books they enjoy.

Q3: What’s a book you will always recommend – regardless of age or genre – and why?
Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley – This book made me feel seen in a way I never have before. I struggled with so many of the things Nathan did and it helped me gain closure on a few things I still struggle with. I wish this story had been there when I was in high school but I 100% believe it will help teens today and I’m so grateful for it.

Lastly, here are three posts that I love from their blog:

  1. Guest Post: From Visual to Verbal – How my Design Career Influences my Writing by Jacqueline Firkins
  2. Eight Novels Written in Verse You Should Try
  3. Not Every Book is Appropriate for Every Situation (And That’s Okay)

 

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Book Humans Interviews: MorrBooks

Welcome to the Book Human Interviews! Every week I will be interviewing one person from our overarching book community: a book blogger, a booktuber, or, a bookstagrammer. The idea is to get to know people in each sector more and connect with each other. If you’d like to be interviewed, fill out this form and I will schedule you in!

Today, we are talking to Morrisa, the book blogger behind MorrBooks! Follow along as we learn more about one of our fellow Book Humans…

Q1: What drew you to join the community you chose in the previous questions?
I love books and I wanted to meet more people who liked to read and discuss books. It seemed like a fun hobby and I could learn a little more about publishing.

Q2: What do you like the most about said community?
How friendly and welcoming everyone is! I didn’t expect to make so many friends

Q3: What’s a book you will always recommend – regardless of age or genre – and why?
Percy Jackson!! It’s just enjoyable across all ages and such a good blend of contemporary and mythology.

Lastly, here are three posts that I love from their blog:

  1. Songs That Remind Me Of Book Characters
  2. Series I Think Are Under-appreciated & Need More Hype
  3. MorrBooks Recommends: Twitter Requests

 

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Blog Humans Interviews: One In A Million

Welcome to the Book Human Interviews! Every week I will be interviewing one person from our overarching book community: a book blogger, a booktuber, or, a bookstagrammer. The idea is to get to know people in each sector more and connect with each other. If you’d like to be interviewed, fill out this form and I will schedule you in!

Today, we are talking to Aditi, the book blogger behind One In A Million! Follow along as we learn more about one of our fellow Book Humans…

Q1: What drew you to join the community you chose in the previous questions?
My friend was a blogger and I really liked her content, so I gave it a try- and fell in love!

Q2: What do you like the most about said community?
Everyone is SO sweet and supportive and I’ve made so many awesome friends!

Q3: What’s a book you will always recommend – regardless of age or genre – and why?
Counting by Sevens by Holly Goldberg Sloan because it’s a heartfelt middle-grade novel that will tear you up but bring a full smile to your face!

Lastly, here are three posts that I love from their blog:

  1. how to get out of a reading slump // guest post // ash ronnel
  2. DISCUSSION~ Collector’s Editions: Are They Worth The Money? // Emma @ AFCTL
  3. 5 Comfy Back-to-School Outfit Styles for Girls

 

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Book Humans Interview: Wonderfully Bookish

Welcome to the Book Human Interviews! Every week I will be interviewing one person from our overarching book community: a book blogger, a booktuber, or, a bookstagrammer. The idea is to get to know people in each sector more and connect with each other. If you’d like to be interviewed, fill out this form and I will schedule you in!

Today, we are talking to Charlotte, the book blogger behind Wonderfully Bookish! Follow along as we learn more about one of our fellow Book Humans…

Q1: What drew you to join the community you chose in the previous questions?
I’d been blogging since I was a teenager but never stuck to one. I loved books and decided to give book blogging a go!

Q2: What do you like the most about said community?
I’ve met so many amazing people, read wonderful books, and had experiences that I never would have had if it hadn’t been for this community.

Q3: What’s a book you will always recommend – regardless of age or genre – and why?
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, just because it’s my favourite book and it’s incredibly written. It explores mental health in a way that I hadn’t seen before and I honestly think it’s such a unique book that everyone needs to experience.

Lastly, here are three posts that I love from their blog:

  1. How to Start a Podcast: the Ultimate Beginner’s Guide
  2. TBR or not TBR? Pros and Cons of Keeping a ‘To Be Read’ List
  3. Verse Fiction: Where to Start If You’re a Verse Novel Newbie

 

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Company Spotlight: Grammarly

Company Spotlight - Grammarly

Hello everyone! So, today I am partnering with Grammarly (#westanaffilates lol) to give a rundown of the company and what it does. If you haven’t heard of Grammarly before, it is an online tool that checks your writing for all kinds of mistakes (depending on the plan you get) including spelling, punctuation, grammar, even plagiarism! You can write in the online app itself, or use it as an extension or add-in with other platforms. If you’re a blogger, a student, an author, pretty much anybody who has to write for any reason: Grammarly is a NEEEEEEEED! Here’s my mini-review of it…

Review

So I’ve been using the free version since 2016 actually, as both a student (#tbt) and a blogger, and it has been soooo helpful! Not just in catching mistakes I’ve made regarding spelling and punctuation but also with its thesaurus feature. I’ve no idea how many times I’ve repeated the same word several times in a paragraph and needed the thesaurus, or how many times I’ve been at a loss for the right word to use to explain something and found it by using the thesaurus; it’s definitely my favourite feature of Grammarly. Along those lines, here are some of my pros and cons of the tool…

Pros

  • offers add-ins/extensions for Microsoft, Google Chrome, Safari, and Windows
  • it also works on social media ie. Twitter
  • it gives you a rundown about the text you’re checking like word count, readability, and more!
  • it provides suggestions for punctuation, grammar, and spelling as well as a mini-thesaurus for words you want to change.
  • you can customize the language preference of various types of English: America, Australian, British, and, Canadian

Cons

  • the language preferences are limited to just English
  • there are major differences between the free and premium options (see below). Honestly, though, those differences might not matter much….it just depends on what your writing needs are and which plan can best fulfill them

Cost & Features

Cost Features
Free $0 Basic corrections, One user
Premium $11.66 per month** Advanced feedback, One user
Business $12.50 per month/per team member** Premium features, 3+ users

*taken from the Grammarly plan page
**if billed annually (ie. for one year, Premium would cost $140 and Business for a minimum of 3 users would cost $450.)

Now, like I said, the plan you should get depends on your needs and what works best for YOU! I’ve been using the free plan for years because it’s just been me, myself, and I working on Avid Reader (so only one account needed), and I’ve only ever needed help on basic things. If you’re a student or a professor and want to check for plagiarism, you should get the premium account as it will check the text against over 16 billion others to ensure it’s original. If you have more than two people on your team, you should get the business account. There are of course other reasons to get one or the other… or the other lol, all of which you can find here!

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Overall, I love Grammarly! Like I mentioned before, I’ve been using the app for four years now and it’s been my go-to writing mistake checker. I recommend it allllllll the time – if you don’t believe me, check out my Free Blogging Apps & Tools Masterlist post – the only difference is now I get paid for it too! Don’t worry, it’s no cost to you, whether you get the free version, or the premium or business plans. So, yeah, in my review for Grammarly and in spotlighting the company, I give it an A+ lol

Grammarly

Book Humans Interviews: Pretty Purple Polka Dots

Welcome to the Book Human Interviews! Every week I will be interviewing one person from our overarching book community: a book blogger, a booktuber, or, a bookstagrammer. The idea is to get to know people in each sector more and connect with each other. If you’d like to be interviewed, fill out this form and I will schedule you in!

Today, we are talking to Aoife, the book blogger behind Pretty Purple Polka Dots! Follow along as we learn more about one of our fellow Book Humans…

Q1: What drew you to join the community you chose in the previous questions?
None of my friends read, so I wanted somewhere to talk books.

Q2: What do you like the most about said community?
How supportive they are to new bloggers and international bloggers

Q3: What’s a book you will always recommend – regardless of age or genre – and why?
The Book Thief – one of the most beautifully written books there is.

Lastly, here are three posts that I love from their blog:

  1. How My Reading Habits Have Changed
  2. How To Survive A Book Buying Ban
  3. How To Read In A Foreign Language

 

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Book Humans Interviews: Hit The Books

Welcome to the Book Human Interviews! Every week I will be interviewing one person from our overarching book community: a book blogger, a booktuber, or, a bookstagrammer. The idea is to get to know people in each sector more and connect with each other. If you’d like to be interviewed, fill out this form and I will schedule you in!

Today, we are talking to Aayushi, the booktuber behind Hit The Books! Follow along as we learn more about one of our fellow Book Humans…

Q1: What drew you to join the community you chose in the previous questions?

I’ve always loved books, and knew I wanted to talk about them somewhere, so once I found the booktube community I convinced myself that talking about books to a camera would be easier than writing about them. That’s obviously not as easy as my naïve little self-thought, but the ability to be within a community of people who also just love gushing over books is amazing. It’s still just as much fun as I expected it to be!

Q2: What do you like the most about said community?
Making friends, at least from what I’ve found, is easy. Most other small booktubers are friendly, and regardless of what your tastes are or what kind of content you produce, it’s easy to find someone willing to hype you up or help you out. Also, everyone making booktube content is doing it out of the same need to share about books, and it’s so much fun to be a part of something like that. I love watching book rec videos because the amount of love people have for books they recommend is so enjoyable to watch onscreen!

Q3: What’s a book you will always recommend – regardless of age or genre – and why?
The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner. It’s the first of a series of YA high fantasy novels that honestly have something for everyone. There’s spectacular worldbuilding, endearing and well fleshed out characters, a well-written plot with one of the coolest twists in fantasy ever, and a masterclass in writing unreliable narrators. This series is my favorite, and I really just want everyone to read it and love it as much as I do.

Lastly, here are three videos that I love from their Youtube:

  1. 5 CLASSICS WRITTEN BY WOMEN
  2. PLAN WITH ME | To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  3. HALLOWEEN RECS FOR SCAREDY-CATS

 

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