Top Ten Tuesday | Ten Books Set Outside the US

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books Set Outside the US

Hey! It’s Top Ten Tuesday: The Wednesday Edition! I love this week’s prompt, but I was not so prompt in making this post. Alas. Which sucks because I LOVE reading books that are set outside the US! They inevitably make me want to go places and see new things, even if the book doesn’t take place in my time. These are just a few of my favorites.

1

OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon & THE FALCONER by Elizabeth May

OF COURSE OUTLANDER IS ON THIS LIST. This is one of the first books I read that took place in Scotland–the Highlands, specifically–and I immediately wanted to go and see the moors and the heather and the mountains. THE FALCONER takes place in southern Scotland, and I’m compelled to visit there, too. Even though the Scotland of THE FALCONER includes faeries. These are kind of bad ones, too (except Kiaran).

3

THE WITCH HUNTER by Virginia Boecker & UNSPOKEN by Sarah Rees Brennan

Traveling not too far, there are a TONNN of great books set in England. Lots of historical romances are set there, and we all know how much I love those. But for this list, I’m focusing on THE WITCH HUNTER and UNSPOKEN. I love historical fiction that’s also paranormal or fantasy, and the Elizabethan England with witches is incredibly fun. Ditto the creepy, gothic ghostiness of UNSPOKEN.

5

GRAFFITI MOON by Cath Crowley & EVERY BREATH by Ellie Marney

READ BOTH OF THESE BOOKS. GRAFFITI MOON is so beautifully written, and the poems scattered throughout are lovely. It’s a contemp that full of feelings. EVERY BREATH is literally one of my favorite books. Mycroft and Watts could not be any more loveable than they are. They’re honestly perfect.

7

SMALL DAMAGES by Beth Kephart

This isn’t the first time in the recent weeks that I’ve mentioned SMALL DAMAGES, and I’m loving that there have been so many opportunities for me to bring it up. It’s a very touching story about teenage pregnancy, first and foremost. But it’s also set in Spain, and I cannot think of another book set there. It’s such a unique setting, the red clay of Valencia, and Beth Kephart totally captures it.

8

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins & REVOLUTION by Jennifer Donnelly

So, ANNA, of course. One of the greatest Paris books that makes the city seem so much more magical–which is HARD, because it is magical already. REVOLUTION, though, is excellent. It’s got a dual timeline between modern France and the days of the French Revolution that led up to and immediately followed the execution of Louis XVI. It was kind of dark, but so amazing.

9

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor

This book takes place all around the world–and some in a different world entirely. But the way we see Prague really made me want to go there SO BADLY. I want the Poison Kitchen to be a real place I can go eat goulash. Like, please?

10

ICEFALL by Matthew J. Kirby & EAST by Edith Pattou

I’m not exactly sure where in Scandinavia ICEFALL takes place, but it’s SO GOOD. Tremendous folklore aspects as well as a pretty tightly wound thriller, honestly. Big fan. EAST is more fantastical, being a retelling of “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” but it’s still lovely and Nordic and a must-read.

On the Same Page Secret Sister 5.0 | Sign-Ups!

Secret Sister Project

I cannot believe that it is already time for round FIVE of #OTSPSECRETSISTER!!

Let’s first get some housekeeping things out of the way…

The two most important things to do when signing up to be a part of this project are:

  1. Head over to the google form which coincides with your monetary tier and fill it out in full. NOTE: IF YOU FORGET TO DO THIS THEN YOU WILL NOT BE PAIRED. THIS IS LITERALLY WHAT WE ARE USING TO PAIR YOU UP, IF YOU AREN’T ON THE FORM, WE CAN NOT PAIR YOU.
  2. BEFORE scrolling down to the questions, and BEFORE signing up to be a part of this project please THOROUGHLY read our FAQ and Rules post. Memorize the rules and refer back to it throughout the project. We are going to have to put more strict standards in place this round and therefore there is little leeway for tolerance of people not abiding the “rules.”

Just to cover all of our bases let me reiterate a few things, but please keep in mind that this is just a basic glossing over of these rules> We go more in detail and clarify everything in the main post that we are asking you to reference.

First, please remember that this is a commitment. By signing up to be a secret sister you are promising to send at least one small card AND gift to your secret sister a month depending on the “monetary group” you sign up for. Only those in the pen pal tier are not expected to send gifts, that is strictly letters/cards. IN ADDITION to packages, you are also asked to send letters and or/postcards to foster positive communication. Many people asked for their to be an emphasis on the pen pal aspects of this project and we have been working hard to remind everyone that it’s not about the gifts, and this seems like the perfect way to do so. It is very important that you don’t sign up for this unless you are willing to follow through. Please think of how sad (and unfair) it would be for someone to be working hard to make their secret sister feel special and not receive anything themselves!

Last thing, sign-ups run from July 16 to midnight on July 30!

The Rules:

  • You must “know” one of the hosts in order to join!
  • You must be 18 or older to participate in The Secret Sister Project
  • You must actively use the hashtag #OTSPSecretSister during your time participating in The Secret Sister Project.
  • If we have to reach out to you more than once to ask if you why your sister hasn’t yet received anything then you will be asked to cease in participating.
  • If we contact you and ask if you sent something to your sister and you say yes but are unable to provide tracking for the package then you will be asked to cease in participating.
  • If you have not received anything by the end of the month then YOU must contact US.
  • If for any reason you find that you have to drop out of this project, please email us immediately.
  • You will be asked to provide the name and contact info (email addresses, please) of a “buddy” who will be willing to answer questions put forth by your sister. We are asking that you keep this to someone who is in the community and therefore will be easy to contact. Husbands/moms/sisters are not easy or comfortable to contact.*Stop stressing out about this. This person will be available to ask you questions from your sister, or let you know to check your mail. It is not necessary for this person to know you inside and out, just that they have the ability to be contacted, and to contact you when your sister has a question. Additionally, do not bog this person down with incessant questions, use your best judgement when possible and get creative!
  • Below, you will be asked to provide a Goodreads or Amazon wish list with 20 or more books including newer and older titles that is specific to The Secret Sister Project. *Do not share this list with anyone else!
  • You must answer ALL of the questions put forth in the sign-up email, as well as be detailed and thorough. We will absolutely be sending emails back to you that we deem “incomplete.”
  • Keep in mind that this round will have more emphasis on the pen pal aspect. Meaning that if you have signed up for one of the higher price ranges, you should still send a letters to your sister.
  • Do not tweet or use the hashtag to ask for specific and/or luxurious items.
  • Do not tweet negativity while using the hashtag
  • Do not send swag
  • Pay attention to your sister’s likes/dislikes and wishilists
  • ARCs do not count toward your monetary limit
  • Do not send packages directly from Amazon

I cannot say this enough times, read and re-read our FAQ and Rules post. If you do not abide by the rules, you will no longer be allowed to participate.

Okay, now we can move on to the fun stuff!

So how do I sign up?

It’s easy! Just answer every question in the questionnaire below and email it over to onthesamepagesecretsister@gmail.com by midnight on July 30! ALSO In addition to the questionnaire, you will also be asked to answer a few questions for a Google form. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not fill out BOTH of these things in full, then you will NOT be paired. The Google form was NEW last round, but it is what we will be using to pair, so DO NOT FORGET. Please remember to thoroughly answer each and every question, and keep in mind that there is no such thing as saying “too much!” We will send back any unfinished questionnaires, so be as thorough and detailed as you can! If you need some help filling this out, head back over to a previous round’s FAQ and Rules post and check out the example we provided!

For those of you wishing to join the Pen Pal Tier ONLY: please still fill out the questionnaire in full with the exception of your wish lists. The questions will be a good way for us to pair you up with someone, and for your pen pal to get to know you.

International participants: Please use this Google form to sign up instead of one coinciding with the tiers. There will be a place for you to fill out your preference of which tier you would like to belong but we can not guarantee this. Due to international participation being low, we may have to put you all into the same tier, which will most likely be chosen by the majority vote, in order to ensure that you all get a match!

Here we go!

Name:

Mailing Address:

Is the above address a residence/PO Box/Condo/place of employment: (*As in, will your mail get to you when the tracking says delivered, or will you need to wait to get to the mailbox/mailroom?)

Email Address:

Blog:

Twitter Name:

Did you participate in one of the prior rounds of the Secret Sister Project? If yes, which round?

If yes, please provide us with the names of your former sisters (those you gave to, and received from – it is okay if you don’t yet know who is sending to you this round):

How much are you willing to contribute to the project monthly? Choose one (NOTE: this is just a range, you can of course go over the limit but please keep the pen pal aspect in mind, and please remember that is about cheer and not just gifts.) REMINDER: International participants are to fill out THIS google form only, do not fill out one provided below.

  • Pen pals: That’s right, this is strictly letters and cards. No trinkets, no extras, nothing besides letters. If you want to send ANYTHING more than a letter or a card every month then we ask that you sign up for one of the higher monetary tiers. *IF YOU ARE CHOOSING THE PEN PAL TIER THEN CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT YOUR GOOGLE FORM
  • $5-$10: (Send a heartfelt letter to catch your sister up on how things are going that month and then send an e-book, baked goods, homemade bookmark or other DIY project, or how about a movie night box with a DVD (thanks to the $5 bin at Walmart) and some candy for a movie night!) *IF YOU ARE CHOOSING THE $5-$10 TIER THEN CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT YOUR GOOGLE FORM.
  • $15-$20 (Any of the possibilities listed above and perhaps a newer hardcover from your sister’s wish-list, some fun socks, fandom tshirt, themed box, get creative!!) *IF YOU ARE CHOOSING THE $15-$20 TIER THEN CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT YOUR GOOGLE FORM
  • $25+ (The sky’s the limit here, we just ask that you remember to reign it in a bit and remember the goal of this project is for cheer, and joy and forging positive relationships, not excessive gifts. Send those heartfelt letters!!) *IF YOU ARE CHOOSING THE $25+ TIER THEN CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT YOUR GOOGLE FORM

Your OTSPSecretSister “buddy’s” Twitter or email: (*We are asking that you keep this to someone who is in the community and therefore will be easy to contact. Husbands/moms/sisters are not easy or comfortable to contact. This person will be available to ask you questions put forth by your sister, or let you know to check your mail. It is not necessary for this person to know you inside and out, just that they have the ability to be contacted, and to contact you when your sister has a question. Do NOT bog this person down with incessant questions, use your best judgement when possible and get creative!)

Goodreads Profile (*so that they can access your wishlists! Make sure to turn off the privacy setting & try and keep it updated!):

Goodreads/Amazon bookish wishlist: (*must have at least 20 titles of older and newer titles, please try not to purchase any books off of this wishlist and if you do please let your sister know via your buddy or one of us. Do not give anyone else access to this list. Not parents, husbands, friends, co-workers, secret santas…NO ONE. If you do not want to share a wishlist by making it public, you may list the books here instead.)

“Other” wishlist: (*Keep these within reason for prices, etc! Please do not include pricey things, this is more for places like Etsy or for cheap DVDs on Amazon, and so on!)

Important Dates to Remember (*This can be anything and everything! Your birthday, the day you are expecting your baby, the day you are leaving for your next vacation, your anniversary with your partner, a big test you have coming up, the first day at your new job, the anniversary of the day you quit smoking, even a sad anniversary that you would like to be cheered up on!):

Your favorite items under $5: (things like stationary, nail polish, fav candy etc.)

Food Allergies:

Fandoms:

Your Likes (*Give us an array of things here! Types of snacks, TV shows, movies, bands/types of music, art):

Your Dislikes (*Example: chocolate covered cherries, anything cinnamon flavored, the color brown):

Do you have a favorite store?:

Are you okay receiving a gift card? If so, to where?

Would you be comfortable receiving baked goods of some kind?

What Do You Splurge On?:

Favorite Flowers:

Favorite Color?:

Favorite (or least favorite) smells: (*for things such as candles, soaps, bath bombs/bubbles, perfumes)

Do You Collect Anything?:

Do You Drink Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate?:

Do You Have an E-reader?:

Would you be okay being gifted an ebook? If so, please provide the email associated with your e-reader:

List some of your favorite genres or authors:

Are there any authors or genres that you won’t read?

T-shirt size:

Hogwarts House:

Favorite Disney movie and/or princess:

Any magazine that you wish you had a subscription to?

Anything else we should know about you? (*Be thorough here! There is no such thing as “saying too much,” the more your “secret sister” knows, the easier it is to spoil you!)

Third and final reminder that you MUST also fill out a google spreadsheet which coincides with your monetary tier. Links can be found above, do not forget, or you WILL NOT be paired!!

As always, please remember that you can always reach out to us with any inquiries or issues, that is what we are here for! Use the #OTSPSecretSister hashtag to talk with us and your fellow sisters! Thank you for helping us continue to spread positivity and cheer throughout our little community!

 

On the Same Page Secret Sister Project 5.0 | FAQs and Info

Secret Sister Project

Secret Sister Round 5 FAQs and Info

Hey there, friends! We have been absolutely blown away by the generosity and positivity shown during The Secret Sister Project! Thank you all so much for your kind words to those of us who host, and for being there to provide cheer for one another. It is really something to go through the hashtag and see you all lifting each other up despite only being matched to one “sister.” Your generosity shines through and it is heartwarming to be part of a group filled with strong, uplifting people!

Most of you can imagine how much work goes into a project like this. The three of us are expected to always be available to answer questions, keep on top of people who are not abiding by the standards we set, promote the project and so on. It’s tough and frustrating at times, and we are doing everything we can to make it easier on everyone for next round. That being said, this post is going to be LONG and DETAILED and should provide you with all of the information that you need if you want to sign up for the next round.

We ask that you read this post thoroughly, and refer back to it PRIOR to reaching out to us with questions during the project. In addition, keep in mind that the hashtag #otspsecretsister is ALWAYS a fantastic resource for information needed, odds are that someone participating knows the answer to your inquiry!

The Basics

The What

The Secret Sister project is essentially a cheer club. Think Secret Santa but all year round (in 6 month intervals) with less emphasis on big presents, and more thoughtful notes, cards, small somethings sent just to let your secret sister know that you are thinking about her!

The When

  • Sign-ups will go live on July 16, 2016
  • This round will run from August 2016 through January 2017

The Who

You guys! But there are some conditions that must be met prior to signing up, we are going to outline those below under “The Rules.”

The How

On July 16 we will be posting questionnaires on our blogs for you to fill out. In addition to the questionnaire, you will also be asked to answer a few questions for a Google form. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not fill out BOTH of these things in full, then you will NOT be paired. The Google form is NEW this round, but it is what we will be using to pair, so DO NOT FORGET.

FAQs

What will I have to do if I sign up to be a secret sister?

This is a commitment, we can’t lie to you. By signing up to be a secret sister you are promising to send at least one small card AND/OR gift to your secret sister a month depending on the “monetary group” for which you sign up. It is very important that you don’t sign up for this unless you are willing to follow through. Please think of how sad (and unfair) it would be for someone to be working hard to make their secret sister feel special and not receive anything themselves!

Do I have to send presents?

Yes, unless you are signing up for the pen pal group you are expected to send a little something on top of a card or letter. Keep in mind that this really is meant to be more of a cheering up sort of club, so though you must abide by the price guidelines you should also be sending letters and cards to keep communication open.

Look at how extravagant that package is! I don’t have that kind of money…

Neither do I! This is why we have different price ranges, one of which is strictly pen pals – that means NO trinkets, etc! You should never, ever feel as if your package is inadequate as long as you are meeting your price range “standards.” Trust me, it is much more meaningful if you stay within your price range but then send an extra letter or card just to check in that month! Anyone who is getting caught up on the size of the gifts is missing the entire point of the project and will be dealt with accordingly.

Do we have to remain secret?

No, though that is part of the fun! Just leave your name off of the card or box you are sending if you want to remain secret, and reveal yourself whenever you wish! Some have used the same sending and return address, which is sneaky and perfect. It is entirely up to you! (If you are looking for some tips on how to remain secret -like if you want to send an e-book, for example, we can help ya out!)

Do I have to be a blogger to join?

Technically, no. You absolutely do need to be bookish, however. We are book people over here! We do have some non-bloggers who have joined us but full disclosure they are people that we know and trust. That is not to say that we won’t allow you in unless you are a blogger, but as this project was started and is promoted in our blogging community, it is filled with mostly bloggers.

Is this project international?

It has been in the past! We are going to have to again gauge how many international participants wish to join, and see if we have enough to keep you all secret. Please keep in mind that if you are international and wish to join, you may have to send international in order to be allowed in. We didn’t have to do this last round, and we hope that we won’t have to but we have to gauge interest first!

Umm…I’m a guy so…

That is wonderful! Welcome! I know it is a little off putting to see the word “sister” up there but honestly we just did that because it sounded better than “The Secret Person Project.” I personally would love a secret bro, pal, dude, or friend regardless of gender and we had a few males join us the past few rounds!

What are the price ranges, and can we have some examples of what a package would look like for each range?

  • Pen pals: That’s right, this is strictly letters and cards. No trinkets, no extras, nothing. If you want to send ANYTHING more than a letter or a card every month then we ask that you sign up for one of the higher monetary tiers.
  • $5-$10: Send a heartfelt letter to catch your sister up on how things are going that month and then send an e-book, baked goods, homemade bookmark or other DIY project, or how about a movie night box with a DVD (thanks to the $5 bin at Walmart) and some candy for a movie night!
  • $15-$20 Any of the possibilities listed above and perhaps a paperback from your sister’s wish-list, some fun socks, fandom tshirt, themed box, get creative!!
  • $25+ The sky is the limit here, we just ask that you remember to reign it in a bit and remember the goal of this project is for cheer, and joy and forging positive relationships, not excessive gifts. Send those heartfelt letters!!

The Rules

Here is where things differ from last time, and where we go all “mean mommy” on ya. We ask that you pay attention because we are going to hold you to these standards with no exceptions. I am sure that you all realize that we absolutely do not have the time or patience to deal with nonsense and when I say that, it is coming from a place of love and experience as we did have some issues before. If you think this is too strict and “not fair” then we are sorry you feel that way, but we made some exceptions before and spent lots of time chasing after people and yes, even kicking people out for neglecting to do their part. NOTE: There are no exceptions to these rules unless otherwise stated. Also, If you send back an unfinished questionnaire I will send it back to you. Thanks in advance for understanding.

    • You must “know” the hosts in order to join! The hosts are myself (@trippingbooks), Alyssa (@withthebanned), or Brittany (@bookaddictguide). What does “knowing” us entail? First and foremost, you should be following all three of us on Twitter, you should know our names, and if one of us reaches out to you, you should know who we are. It is embarrassing (for you) when we reach out to you and you do not know that we are the creators of the project to which you belong. (Seriously, there have been circumstances where we had to reach out to someone regarding the project and they didn’t know who we were. Incredibly embarrassing for them.) We are all pretty active on Twitter and really like chatting. Tweeting at us a few times saying “Hi! I want to join The Secret Sister Project!” does not count. We want to get to know you, there are three of us and our tastes range – this shouldn’t be too hard. Not to mention that we have been promoting this project for months and have been telling you to chat us up! We even wrote up a “get to know us” post to make it easier for all of you to chat us up! Please keep in mind that there is absolutely no “vouching” for people you know, so please do not try. Start forging those relationships with us, or you will not be allowed to participate.
    • You must be 18 or older to participate in The Secret Sister Project (The ONLY exception to this rule is If you are under 18 and have participated before, just please make a note of this when you send your sign-up email in two weeks)
    • You must actively use the hashtag #OTSPSecretSister to thank your sister during your time participating in The Secret Sister Project. It is worth mentioning this again, USE IT TO THANK YOUR SISTER!! We get TONS of emails asking things like “It says my sister’s package was delivered last week but I never heard anything?” This is unfair, creates more work for us and quite frankly is rude. Be courteous and classy, thank your sister. If you are not abiding by this, we will ask you to cease in participating. In addition to this “rule,” use the hashtag to interact with one another, ask questions, and answer questions put forth. We promise, this makes the whole project more fun!
    • If we have to reach out to you more than once to ask why your sister hasn’t yet received anything then you will be asked to cease in participating. If you are going to be late, tell us. You will not be in “trouble” if life gets in the way and you let us know. If we have to chase after you, then we will have an issue.
    • If we contact you and ask if you sent something to your sister and you say yes but are unable to provide tracking for the package then you will be asked to cease in participating. We DO understand that life gets in the way and time gets away from you, so be honest. We DO NOT abide liars, so keep that tracking handy!
    • If you have not received anything by the end of the month then YOU must contact US. We have had some who have reached out to us at the end of a round to say they hadn’t been receiving. Please don’t do this. We need this information to help you and ensure that no one suffers in the same way in future rounds. We are not going to be checking in with all of you throughout the month so it is imperative that you let us know if you are not receiving! Please do NOT ever feel uncomfortable reaching out to us to say that you didn’t receive something. We WANT to help you with this, you DESERVE to get cheer as you are sending cheer!!
    • If for any reason you find that you have to drop out of this project, please email us immediately. We will not judge. We will not ask why. We will simply thank you for informing us and then pair your sister off to someone else so she isn’t missing out.
    • You will be asked to provide the name and contact info (email addresses, please) of a “buddy” who will be willing to answer questions put forth by your sister. We are asking that you keep this to someone who is in the community and therefore will be easy to contact. Husbands/moms/sisters are not easy or comfortable to contact.
      • Your sister will contact this person to ask things such as “Can you ask Sally if she likes citrus or flowery smelling candles better?” This person can also say things to your sister such as “Hello Joan, Sally ended up buying a copy of “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type” off of her wishlist so please do not purchase it.
      • This person will only act as YOUR buddy. They will not be acting as moderator for the hashtag or as a stand-in for any of the hosts.
  • You will be asked to provide a Goodreads or Amazon wish list that is specific to The Secret Sister Project, start working on this now!
    • The wishlist must have 20 or more books on it and must contain new and older titles – SOME ARCs are fine but keep in mind your sister may not have access to these.
    • This list MUST contain books that you are not going to purchase for yourself. IF you simply cannot resist a title here or there then please let your “buddy” (see above)  know PRIOR TO BUYING so that they can tell your sister – but please refrain from doing this.
    • Do not give anyone else access to this list. Not parents, husbands, friends, co-workers, secret santas…NO ONE. We had a lot of people buying things their sister already owned due to someone else buying off of this list, and it was a waste of money and went against our specified rules.
    • If your Goodreads profile is private, your sister cannot view your wishlist.
    • If you do not wish to make your Goodreads profile public then you may use another format for your wishlist such as, Amazon, or by providing one in the sign-up email.
  • You must answer ALL of the questions put forth in the sign-up email as well as be detailed and thorough. We will absolutely be sending emails back to you that we deem “incomplete.”
  • We are asking that you put a little more emphasis on the “pen pal” aspect this round.
    • This means if you have signed up for one of the higher price ranges, you should still send a letters to your sister. This is one of the things people have been asking for, so please don’t forget.
  • Do not tweet or use the hashtag to ask for specific and/or luxurious items.
    • OK to say: “I love owls!” “OMG I am obsessed with sugar skulls at the moment!” “I just got engaged!!”
    • NOT OK to say: “Please send this to me…” while providing links to something expensive or “#OTSPSecretSister this toaster would look excellent in my new apartment!” Even linking to something you think is super cool while using the hashtag seems grabby, and believe me, we see what you’re doin there, so let’s not.
  • Do not tweet negativity while using the hashtag.
    • Things such as “Wow, I wish I knew if my sister got her package” or “I wish my sister would use the hashtag more” are statements that promote negative communication. We will see them, and we will call you out. If you have issues like this, reach out to the person your sister designated as her “buddy” or to your point person and we will do our best to solve any issues.
  • Do not send your sister ARCs unless you are also sending additional things to compensate as we know no one pays for ARCs and you are to abide the monetary limit.
  • Do not send packages straight from Amazon. We had some people who completely forgot about their sister and then sent things directly from Amazon to try and make up for it. This is not okay. The emphasis should be on the cheer and the thought that you are putting into your sister and her happiness.
  • Please refrain from sending “swag.” Unless you KNOW that this is something your sister would love, random bookmarks etc. you have received from publishers, etc. just looks like filler and do not go toward the monetary limit.
  • Please pay attention to your sister’s likes, wish lists etc. This is hard to say, because it seems as if we are emphasizing the gift aspect, but it is a waste of money for you to send something that your sister will not enjoy. If your sister says she loves coffee mugs, try and cater that to her fandoms, etc. There are exceptions to this of course but we don’t want you to waste your money on things!
  • If allowed to participate, you will be given the contact information for one of us. You are to contact that person, and that person only regarding any and all Secret Sister Project questions, or concerns. This will help us keep things more seamless, and will let us have divvy up the “work” a little better.

Anything else I should know?

Use the hashtag and interact with one another! The whole point is to bring positive feelings into the our community. Be as thorough as you can when answering the questions. There is no “writing too much” when answering these questions! Remember that this project is The Secret Sister Project, wouldn’t you expect your actual sister to know LOTS about you? The best advice I can give you is to be creative and keep in mind the entire reason for the project is NOT about gifts, but fostering a positive environment. If you are looking for ideas, chat us up, we would love to help! Or ask your fellow sisters! I saw some fantastic monthly themed packages last round! We tweet from our own handles pretty frequently, but don’t forget to follow us all over at Gals on the Same Page)!

READ THIS

We can’t say this enough…please PLEASE only sign up if you are willing to send something monthly and give 100% to this project. Though we had very few issues the first round, each round proves to be more difficult and frustrating. Please recognize that this is a commitment and that there is someone out there relying on you to follow through. Not to mention the fact that the three of us have full time jobs and busy lives, we love hosting this project but absolutely loathe having to chase people down for being inconsiderate.

So how do I sign up?

The sign-up post with all questions that need to be answered will be posted on our blogs and promoted via Twitter starting on July 16. Do NOT send a sign-up email prior to seeing the post on July 16. Please also do not forget to sign up via the Google form in addition to sending your sign up email. If you do not do both then you won’t be qualified for the project. Sign-ups run for two weeks until July 30, so you will have plenty of time.

I hope that this post has been helpful to you, friends! If you still have any questions then please reach out on Twitter. If you are new to the project then I encourage you to use the hashtag to talk to your fellow sisters as they may have the answers you are looking for! Thanks for sticking with us and being so generous and kind!

Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Most Underrated Books

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Underrated Books

I’m a big fan of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, friends. It’s nice to be able to look at something quantitatively instead of having to MAKE CHOICES. We all know how hard it is to figure out which books to put on our lists each week. But finding the most LITERALLY underrated books on my Goodreads shelf was interesting and fun, and in some cases, surprising. I stuck to books I’ve already read so that I can better judge how egregious their lack of ratings are.

These are in order from highest under 2000 to lowest!

Underrated books

Guys. THIS SERIES THO. Do you like Sherlock retellings? BFF-turned-romance? Mysteries? Aussies? Family secrets? If you said “yes” to any combination of those things, you should absolutely read this series. I’ve read the whole thing (even though book 3 isn’t out in the US yet; I loved these books so much that I bought it from the Aussie publisher), and it was all amazing. Given how many people I know who’ve read and loved this series, I’m surprised that book 1 doesn’t have more than 2,000 ratings. Close though!

Underrated books

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this book on my blog before. It’s not YA (AT ALL), but I fucking love it. I LOVE IT. It started out as a serial release on Wattpad and I could not control my chill every time a new chapter was released. I’ve read this book so many times. May and Ben have such a REAL relationship. Ruthie Knox is taking her sweet time finishing book 2, but it makes me a little sad that this is such an underrated book because it’s so good.

Underrated books So, I’m going to be honest right up front. This isn’t the easiest book to read. It’s a fantasy that takes place on an island that I imaged was somewhere like the South Pacific. The rest is hard to explain, so I won’t even try. There’s TONS of subtext and English-major analysis stuff going on, which is great. Lots to think about. Sometimes the text gets a little convoluted. I can see why maybe not a lot of people have read it or finished it or rated it, but none of this takes away from how brilliant it is. The world is like nothing–NOTHING–else I’ve ever read, and it’s one of those books that really leaves you in awe of the mind that created it.

Underrated books

SUUPER cute NA right here that I’m suuper surprised has so few ratings. (I should note for context that the most rated book on my shelves is THE HUNGER GAMES with over 4.2 million.) It’s been a little while since I read it, but I know it’s got the friends-turned-more thing going on and it’s just really sweet. Definitely worth a read if you’re looking for a light contemp.

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God, this book is really good. It’s set in Spain, a gorgeous place, and I can’t think of a single other book set there, so that adds to the je ne sais quoi. It’s about teen pregnancy, which I know some people steer clear of, but this is a really wonderful story about the bonding between an expectant mother and her little nugget. Plus, there’s something really eye-catching about this cover. I don’t know.
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Criminally underrated book, in my opinion. This book was SO GOOD. Great world-building, characters, magical system, romance, everything. I feel like this one is falling victim to the “I want to read this, but it’s not NEW new anymore, so I’m going to read this other book instead,” and that’s a real shame. It’s been one of my favorite books recently.

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Another surprisingly underrated book. I thought that the first book in this series, THE HALLOWED ONES, was excellent on its own and didn’t necessarily need more, but I enjoyed this sequel quite a bit! The vampires in this series are awesomely terrifying, and the Amish angle is so intriguing.

Underrated books

See my rant about EVERY BREATH above. Read this book, please. Read this whole series. There will be no regrets.
Underrated books

You know how sometimes you read a book and you can spot things that maybe aren’t perfect but you’re just so enchanted with the language and the world and the characters that you really can’t bring yourself to care too much? This is one of those books for me. I loved it. Truly. I still think about it to this day.
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I guess I’ll give this one a slight pass since it only just came out, but WHOA, this was a great book. I hope the number of ratings go up, especially since it’s a fast-paced, twisty sequel that’s just as good as–if not better than–the first.

 

Where I’ve Been

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Sorry, Mrs. Weasley. Short answer: here. Long answer: here, but just reading a lot and taking a break and re-energizing myself. Watching Outlander over and over again. Becoming obsessed with makeup tutorials on YouTube and spending too much money as a result. Letting my reviews pile up. Feeling a little disconnected. It’s been pretty freeing, honestly. I have NOT been getting into trouble with your sons and Harry Potter (GOD, I WISH) (WAHHHH, FRED!! *SOBS FOREVER*).

Anywho, you know how sometimes things are incredibly stressful and you feel like you’re dealing with everything pretty well until you look backwards and are like, “Oh, no, honey. No.”? That’s been me lately. Well, kind of since the beginning of this year. Work has been stressful–like, giving me hives stressful–and home has been a little less so, but still not the calmest. I come home from work and I’m burned out, and all I feel like doing is reading or watching the aforementioned YouTube videos and not having to do anything even mildly obligatory. I’d say that I barely have the motivation to do laundry, but that’s not really the result of anything new. I’m just, like, mentally exhausted. My chill is evaporating.

I know that I’ve mentioned before somewhere that when I’m feeling the press of time or like a stress ball, I’ll chose reading over anything else. Including blogging. To me, reading is entertainment, and when I need to turn off my brain for whatever reason, I’ll grab a book. Reading at my own unhurried pace is really the only thing that relaxes me lately, and blogging has felt like more work.

Since I haven’t posted anything in a while (almost a whole month OMG), I figured I’d just give a brief rundown of what I have been reading recently so that we can still have no chill over books together. I’ve mostly been reading lots of adult contemporary or historical romance (I’m caught up on Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers series and just finished some Tessa Dare books–all wonderful), because those books in particular are like crack and are perfect for my mood, but I’ve gotten a few YA books under my belt, waiting patiently for me to get a burst of motivation to write a review. I loved THE RAVEN KING and A COURT OF MIST AND FURY. Loved a lot. Katie McGarry’s WALK THE EDGE was really good; I’m loving this biker series in general so far. I also cannot wait for the third book in The Fixer series because THE LONG GAME was fun and intriguing and had SOME TWIST (I kind of figured it out, but still). I’m also completely invested in my Outlander reread. Like, ALL IN. I’m rereading the series via audio before I read IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD, and it’s seriously the best kind of meditative device. Davina Porter is magic. I’m on THE FIERY CROSS right now, and everytime I start a new book, my excitement for the whole series is renewed. Plus, this is the first time I’ve reread the books after DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, and it’s basically a book-lover’s dream to be reminded of things and characters in a favorite series long forgotten. JAMMF always.

I’m 23 books behind on my Goodreads challenge, and I’m not really sweating it.

As always, though, I’ve got a BUNCH of books I want to read, but I’m really looking forward to THE WINNER’S KISS, THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER, THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING, and, like, so many more. Have you guys read any of these? Which one should I jump into first? TELL ME!

Basically this whole post is just because I missed blogging for the first time in awhile today, and I wanted to talk about what I’ve been reading in a really (really) low-key way. What have you guys been up to? How’s life? Whatcha readin these days?

Let’s catch up!

Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Beach Reads

For me, there are only a few qualities that I look for in the ideal beach read: One, nothing too big. If it’s going to block my sun and hurt my wrists, it’s a no. Two, keep it as light as possible. Lots of contemporary romances here, friends. Because, three, I like my beach reads to be lighter on the deep, heavy thoughts, convoluted plots that require my attention, complex elements that might confuse me, or things that might make me cry. When I’m at the beach or the pool, I’m getting up and down, maybe falling asleep, etc. So as much as I ADORE it, OUTLANDER is the epitome of a book I WOULDN’T bring to the beach with me.

That being said, this list is a mix of all kinds of things: specific books that I do actually think I would enjoy reading at the beach, books that I haven’t read but think would be great beach reads, authors that scream “beach” and “summer” to me, as well as my go-to beach read genres. All over the place!

Beach reads

I’m definitely planning on bringing THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER with me if I ever get my ass to the beach this summer. It’s on my “read me really soon” list because I NEED to know what happens with Khalid and Shazi. This is about as serious as my beach reads will get, friends.

Beach reads

Stephanie Perkins’ contemps are some of my very favorites. I’ve reread Anna and Isla so many times (but never Lola…interesting). These two would be perfect beach reads, along with Stephanie’s edited volume, SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTSBeach reads

If I want my beach read to be lighthearted, sweet, and feel-good from top to bottom, I’ll grab one of the Penderwicks books. They have this really timeless quality about them, and two of them take place in the summertime. I just love these sisters. Beach reads

Guys. This is an example of not only an author I’d take with me to the beach, but a whole genre. Jay Crownover’s books are hot and full of drama, and I love them. I’d also grab books by Cora Carmack, Christina Lauren, Elle Kennedy, or Kristin Callahan if I were in the mood for something similar. Beach reads

A stand-in for all Sarah Dessen books. PERFECT beach reads for me. Not only do so many of her books take place at the beach, but they are also the perfect balance of feel-good romance and emotional roller coaster. Beach reads

I’m reading this one right now, so if I went to the beach today, I’d bring this with me. Again, about as serious as I’ll get at the beach. But it’s got some great elements so far: Russia, magic, a competition. Feels like it’s got a good pace so far, and that’s something I look for in a good beach read as well. Beach reads

I do love a good Sherlock retelling, and I think mysteries are great beach reads. I always used to bring those to the beach with me. Captivating and fun, they made the hottest part of the day go faster. I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s got potential. Beach reads

Ahhh, the historical romance. This is my go-to genre for just about any reading issue I’m having. Slump? Historical romance. Need something that I’ll finish fast? Historical romance. Feeling YA burnout? Historical romance. Looking for something sassy for the beach? Historical romance. I LOVE Julia Quinn. Her Bridgertons series is one of my favorites, and I’m excited to start this new series about the Bridgerton’s mother. I also love Sarah MacLean, Tessa Dare, Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series, and Lisa Kleypas to name a few others. LOVE this genre. Beach reads

I got the ebook of this as a gift from one of my previous secret sisters and I know that a ton of people loved it, so I really can’t wait to read this one. Sounds like an excellent beach read: romantic, dramatic, and obviously wonderful for a lover of British things.
Beach reads

Classic beach read. It’s got everything. Romance, road trips, feelings, playlists. I’d grab any Morgan Matson book aside from SECOND CHANCE SUMMER to bring to the beach with me. (There’s no crying in beach reading.) I’d also think about books by Jessi Kirby, Emery Lord, and Huntley Fitzpatrick.

What are some of your go-to beach reads?

Blog Tour | The Square Root of Summer | Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Square Root of Summer

The Square Root of Summer Blog Tour | This Is Who I Am Now

Guys, I’m incredibly excited to be participating in the blog tour for the debut from Harriet Reuter Hapgood, THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER (thanks, lovelies at Macmillan for inviting me)! I’ll be posting my review this week, but it’s a kind of  mind-bendy, emotional story about death and moving on and love, and it’s put Harriet Reuter Hapgood squarely on my radar for sure!

So, the cool thing about this blog tour is that it takes advantage of the very fun time capsule idea that plays an important part in the friendship (or more??) of Gottie and Thomas. While I wasn’t able to get an item in, I do get to answer these awesome questions that are very time capsule-ish. HUZZAH!

I answered the questions below about two months ago and again just today, so it’s like a time capsule of my feelings. Gottie and Thomas are a little more tangible with theirs in THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER, but as with all time capsules, physical things represent the emotions attached. THIS IS ALL SO FUN.

Without further ado from me, let’s get to the questions!

Square Root of Summer

March 2016: Generally speaking, always my family and friends. Even when they drive me nuts. Right now specifically? Pictures of the dogs I dog sit with my sister. I could be having the worst day, and one snap of them and I’m over it. Likewise any pictures of piglets. AND! The first sightings of the year of Cadbury Mini Wggs.

May 2016: Spring! I am a winter-lover, so I don’t mind the snow, but now that I’ve had a taste of some warm, beautiful days, all I want is more. Also, there’s a flowering bush in my front yard called a sweet viburnum. It only blooms once a year in early spring and it’s incredibly fragrant. When it’s blooming and I have my windows open, I can smell it in my bedroom. Heaven.

Square Root of Summer

March 2016: I am currently listening to the Outlander books via audio and I’m DYING. This is my first time rereading them all in a few years–in fact, it’s my first time rereading some of them period–and I’m in full Outlander immersion mode right now. As far as print books, I just finished THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD, and it was magnificent. I’m rereading the Wild Seasons series by Christina Lauren for some MAAJOR swoonage, and I’m DEVOURING the end of WINTER.

May 2016: OMG just started THE RAVEN KING. OMG. Still in Outlander audio mode as well. Just started DRUMS OF AUTUMN (that’s #4), and it’s the perfect escape.

Square Root of Summer

March 2016: I finalized some plans to go to BEA this year in Chicago! I’m always beyond ecstatic to see my girls, Brittany and Alyssa, so that’s really the most exciting part. On a personal family note, and maybe this is not a happy thing, but I’m looking forward to my dad being able to start some treatments for a health issue he’s having. Should be soon, and it should make him feel loads better.

May 2016: BEA! Still! I can’t believe it’s next week! I could use the break from life, let me tell you. (Also, dad started the treatments. Working like a charm so far!)

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March 2016: Things have been beyond stressful at work lately and that makes me incredibly anxious. It gets to the point where I dread having to go. I know that I can control a part of this, so I’m trying to focus on that, but some of it is out of my hands and that’s terrible.

I’m also worrying about my dad. He’s got some health issues that need dealing with and I just want him to start feeling better so that he can live forever and call me “kiddo” until the end of time.

May 2016: Things with my dad are getting better, so that’s something I’m worrying about less. Work can still be a stress bomb, but that’s easing up a little bit as well. On a completely superficial note, I’m worrying about how heavy my bags will be after BEA. I know. But I always wind up hurting my shoulder, and I am not grabby for things. 

Square Root of Summer

March 2016: Since my purse weighs roughly five pounds, a lot. At least one book, my Kindle…I’m basically prepared for anything at any time. I have a Tide stick, deodorant, a separate bag of lip balms and glosses, blotting papers, hand lotions, tampons, allergy medicine, baby powder, pens, tissues…I’m like a mom except without the kids.

May 2016: Pretty much the same. Creature of habit over here. 

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March 2016: My work environment. I love my coworkers; I spend more time with them than I do my own family, but DAMN. They are killing my spirit right now. QUIT IT, GUYS.

May 2016: Things with my dad are going well, but it’s been stressing my mom out a lot. She’s working hard and losing weight and just very raw, I think. I wish I could make things less overwhelming for her.

So that’s it! That is who I am now, in a nutshell. I loved answering these questions. It was very satisfying for me to reflect on the things that have changed since March and the things that have not. In general, this winter and early spring were tough for me. I was barely blogging, life was stressful, I had a ton of things on my mind that I couldn’t fix. But now, I’m feeling a little lighter and happier. A lot can change in just two months, friends!

Don’t forget to check out THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER by Harriet Reuter Hapgood! You guys will fall in love with Thomas and Gottie!

ALSO, don’t forget to visit Fierce Reads today to see a bunch of time capsule items submitted by my fellow blog tour participants, and check out the hashtags, #SquareRootofSummer and #thisiswhoIamnow!

Square Root of Summer

This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone’s heart is about to be broken.

The Square Root of Summer Harriet Reuter Hapgood
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Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Bookworm Delights

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Bookworm Delights

Hello, dear ones! It’s been an age since I last posted, I know. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things now, and decided that there could be no better way to do that than with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday about Bookworm Delights! Basically, this is a rundown of some of my FAVORITE things about being a bookworm. As I’m sure you all can imagine, this list could be a lot longer.

Bookworm DelightsSpecial Editions

I’m a BIG book collector, guys. And I don’t just mean, “give me all the different books” kind. I’d say in the last year or so I’ve really gotten into collecting different editions of some of my favorites, and it’s become one of my favorite things to do as an avid reader and book lover. GIVE ME ALL THE BOOKS.

Bookworm DelightsDeckled Edge Pages

Ooooh, I love deckled edge pages! The texture feels nice on my fingers and also gives me this really old-school feeling while I read, like I’m holding an antique book or something.

Bookworm DelightEmbossed or Foiled Inside Covers

Taking off a book’s jacket and checking out the inside cover is one of the best parts about books, in my opinion. It’s such a cool secret thing. I especially love when it hints at something from the book, which they almost always do. So basically that means I love this all the time.

Bookworm DelightsMAPS

OF COURSE I LOVE MAPS. Maps are amazing. Not only are they practically helpful while you’re reading, but a lot of times they’re also aesthetically pleasing. They enhance my reading experience so much, and discovering new maps is one of the best things about being a bookworm.

Bookworm DelightsHandmade Bookmarks

I love me some handmade bookmarks! Etsy is a bookmark-lovers dream. One of my favorite stores for bookish handmade bookmarks is Skinny Hues–I love her watercolors and the paper she uses! (You can click on the image to go to her shop!) But really, any handmade bookmark will do it for me. I love the organic look of them.

Bookworm DelightsGushing Over Favorite Books

Isn’t this just the best thing? Finding someone who loves one of your favorite books as much as you do and getting all excited about your favorite parts and the things you love? I think it is. Having this kind of experience with other bookworms is such an important link between people, and it’s often–for me, anyway–the foundation of something that grows bigger and beyond books. THAT’S SPECIAL AF.

Bookworm DelightsSpine Cracking

Most bookworms might cringe at this, but rest assured: I don’t mean BREAKING the spine. I mean that sound a spine makes when a book is opened for the first time. When it’s FRESH out of the box or bag. It’s the bookworm equivalent of doing that crackle test on a loaf of bread. (You know that scene from Ratatouille?)

Bookworm DelightsUsed Bookstores

I don’t really have any used bookstores that are near me, but every time I visit Alyssa, we always make a trip to the Book Barn, and I never leave empty handed. As much as I love the feel of a new book, I also appreciate well-loved ones, and there’s always a few of those on the shelves. Also, used bookstores are great places for filling out collections.

Bookworm DelightsShelf Organizing

I don’t have enough shelves for all of my books, so this is more like my bookworm-ish daydream. But I do reorganize the shelves and piles I have, and it’s kind of sweaty (um, for me anyway), invigorating work. Who needs to do yard work when you can move piles of books around?

Bookworm DelightsReading Outside

Now that the weather is nicer, this is one of my favorite things to do. Take my book outside and devour a good chunk. I always read a ton when I’m outside. I have fewer distractions, and it’s perfect for totally getting lost in what I’m reading.

Book Review | The Love That Split the World | Emily Henry

I received this book for free from ALA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review | The Love That Split the World | Emily HenryThe Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Published by Razorbill on January 26, 2016
Genres: Contemporary YA, Young Adult
Pages: 396
Format: ARC
Source: ALA
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four-stars

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

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Waiting on Wednesday | Every Hidden Thing | Kenneth Oppel

Every Hidden Thing

Every Hidden Thing • Kenneth Oppel

Book cover Every Hidden Thing Kenneth Oppel

The hunt for a dinosaur skeleton buried in the Badlands, bitter rivalries, and a forbidden romance come together in this beautifully written new novel that’s Romeo and Juliet meets Indiana Jones.

Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in centuries-buried rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the late nineteenth century world has ever seen. Some legends call it the Black Beauty, with its bones as black as ebony, but to seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt it’s the “rex”, the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling, temperamental archaeologist father in the history books (and conveniently make his father forget he’s been kicked out of school), if they can just quarry it out.

But Samuel and his father aren’t the only ones after the rex. For Rachel Cartland this find could be her ticket to a different life, one where her loves of science and adventure aren’t just relegated to books and sitting rooms. Because if she can’t prove herself on this expedition with her professor father, the only adventures she may have to look forward to are marriage or spinsterhood.

As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. And with both eyeing the same prize, their budding romance seems destined to fail. But as danger looms on the other side of the hills, causing everyone’s secrets to come to light, Samuel and Rachel are forced to make a decision. Can they join forces to find their quarry—and with it a new life together—or will old enmities and prejudices keep them from both the rex and each other?

GUYS. Guys. We need to talk about EVERY HIDDEN THING. I’m dying over this right now. Indiana Jones? Late nineteenth century? Dinosaurs? Romeo & Juliet? Jesus! What awesome thing ISN’T in this book?! I NEED IT. I haven’t read anything by Kenneth Oppel, but this is going to be the first one for me. I’m flailing right now. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that sounds like this one, and I. AM. STOKED.

EVERY HIDDEN THING comes out October 11, 2016 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Every Hidden Thing Kenneth Oppel