Liv’s Book Sale

Liv’s Book Sale

I am a big advocate of unhauling books from my shelves, if I don’t feel the desire to keep them anymore. I tend to get rid of a lot of books on my shelves that I don’t need or want because I’d rather make room for other novels in my life. So, in order to make a little extra money over the summer, I decided to host a book sale on my blog, like my friend Cait did over on her blog. Following Cait’s guidelines, I’m going to do all of this through Paypal where I will receive the payments from you all. I will also provide you with a tracking number for your package if you make a purchase, so you will know where your book is!

Guidelines for the book sale:

  • If you are interested in a title, email me with the title(s) you are interested in along with your Paypal email and address to storiesforcoffee@gmail.com 
  • Using email, I will tell you the total price of the novel(s) you want and explain the conditions of the novels some more if you want to know.
  • Shipping is $5 flat rate. (Can be subject to change depending on what the item is)
  • This sale is only within the U.S. + Puerto Rico. It’s far too expensive to ship outside the country, I’m sorry. 
  • All sales are final which means no returns.
  • Whoever emails me first and pays for the novel(s) they want will get it. 
  • I will strike out titles once they are sold out (Ex: Throne of Glass)
  • These books have not been near any smoke or pets!

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Who Tells Our Stories – Amanda

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Who Tells Our Stories: A Photo Series Explanation

Recently, I was inspired to create a photo series on my Instagram that will feature diverse readers holding books that represents their identities (e.g. ethnicities, sexualities, race, gender, body types, MIs, disabilities, religions, etc.) in a positive light. I wanted to create this series in order to highlight the need for diversity in literature. I also wanted to show others how one diverse novel can positively impact someone who finally feels represented, in a way that doesn’t use harmful cliches or stereotypes. Each photo, in this on-going series, will also include an interview with the reader on this blog to discuss the need for diversity in literature and how the reader identifies with the piece of literature they have chosen (if they feel comfortable disclosing that piece of information).

I came up with the title Who Tells Our Stories for the photo series because it is a spin off of the Hamilton lyric “Who tells your story”. Because the play Hamilton is such a diverse form of art, I wanted my photo series to reference that striking lyric because we need diverse authors to tell diverse stories in a respectful and positive way. Marginalized readers should be able to see themselves properly represented in literature, and I hope this photo series highlights that need to others.  

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The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers (BLOG TOUR)

32673416Thank you to Random House Children’s Books for allowing me to be apart of The Go-Between’s blog tour! For my portion of the tour, I wanted to share an aesthetic collage I created, along with the link to my book review for the novel. If you don’t know what an aesthetic collage is, it’s a group of photos that represent certain elements from the novel! 


THE GO-BETWEEN’S SYNOPSIS

She is the envy of every teenage girl in Mexico City. Her mother is a glamorous telenovela actress. Her father is the go-to voice-over talent for blockbuster films. Hers is a world of private planes, chauffeurs, paparazzi and gossip columnists. Meet Camilla del Valle Cammi to those who know her best.

When Cammi s mom gets cast in an American television show and the family moves to LA, things change, and quickly. Her mom s first role is playing a not-so-glamorous maid in a sitcom. Her dad tries to find work but dreams about returning to Mexico. And at the posh, private Polestar Academy, Cammi s new friends assume she s a scholarship kid, the daughter of a domestic.

At first Cammi thinks playing along with the stereotypes will be her way of teaching her new friends a lesson. But the more she lies, the more she wonders: Is she only fooling herself?

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The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers (Review)

32673416Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Summary: She is the envy of every teenage girl in Mexico City. Her mother is a glamorous telenovela actress. Her father is the go-to voice-over talent for blockbuster films. Hers is a world of private planes, chauffeurs, paparazzi and gossip columnists. Meet Camilla del Valle Cammi to those who know her best.

When Cammi s mom gets cast in an American television show and the family moves to LA, things change, and quickly. Her mom s first role is playing a not-so-glamorous maid in a sitcom. Her dad tries to find work but dreams about returning to Mexico. And at the posh, private Polestar Academy, Cammi s new friends assume she s a scholarship kid, the daughter of a domestic.

At first Cammi thinks playing along with the stereotypes will be her way of teaching her new friends a lesson. But the more she lies, the more she wonders: Is she only fooling herself?

My thoughts: The Go-Between had such promise when I first picked up the novel and managed to finish it in one sitting. It was a quick contemporary novel showcasing the life of a teenage heiress whose parents are both celebrities in Mexico. They are living a comfortable live in Mexico until Cammi’s mother gets an acting job in L.A., uprooting the family to go live in America. There, Cammi attends a new school where students place stereotypes on her because of her Mexican nationality, and, in order to maintain a front, Cammi accepts and plays along with these harmful stereotypes for fun.

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A Million Junes by Emily Henry (Review)

30763950.jpgRating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 Stars)

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism

Summary: Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude in Emily Henry’s brilliant follow-up to The Love That Split the World, about the daughter and son of two long-feuding families who fall in love while trying to uncover the truth about the strange magic and harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations.

In their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, the O’Donnells and the Angerts have mythic legacies. But for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them, except to say it began with a cherry tree.

Eighteen-year-old Jack “June” O’Donnell doesn’t need a better reason than that. She’s an O’Donnell to her core, just like her late father was, and O’Donnells stay away from Angerts. Period.

But when Saul Angert, the son of June’s father’s mortal enemy, returns to town after three mysterious years away, June can’t seem to avoid him. Soon the unthinkable happens: She finds she doesn’t exactly hate the gruff, sarcastic boy she was born to loathe.

Saul’s arrival sparks a chain reaction, and as the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers conspire to reveal the truth about the dark moment that started the feud, June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored. And she must decide whether it’s finally time for her—and all of the O’Donnells before her—to let go.

My thoughts: A Million Junes is a brilliant novel full of fantastical elements while tackling the topics of grief, family, and love. Each topic is explored in such a unique and vivid way that will connect with any reader of any age. This is the type of fantasy novel that will keep your attention until the very last page, thanks to its vibrant characters and mystical writing style. This was a story that I completely fell in love with and did not expect to love as much as I did.

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Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon (Review)

34745311DIVERSE READ: Grenada female protagonist / interracial couple

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult, Erotica

Synopsis: A week-long getaway…

City girl Claudia Cade’s carefree life is plunged into chaos when a camping trip with her brother in the national forests of Northern California turns into a deadly dash for her survival.

A solitary world turned upside down…

Nature photographer Shepard Olsen has resigned himself to a quiet existence, with only his dog by his side, until a woman in need of his protection shows up on his doorstep and throws his universe into disarray.

Two lives linked by tragedy…

Claudia is desperate to heal from her traumatic loss, but can’t stop thinking about her run-in with evil….or the grizzled mountain man whose quick thinking and good aim saved her life. When she shows up on Shep’s doorstep again, she finds she isn’t the only one who can’t move on.

…saved by bliss.

The two begin an intense, passionate relationship of Dominance and submission, pleasure and pain, but with dark memories haunting them and decisions about the future rapidly approaching, Claudia can’t help but wonder…how long can they be each other’s haven?

*** WARNING: This book contains a sexual relationship between a fashionista and a cranky mountain man who are dealing with physical and emotional trauma. And a very big, cuddly dog.***

My thoughts: It has been a while since I have been completely obsessed over a novel. But Haven is the perfect New Adult novel that I cannot recommend enough to romance readers. This is the perfect story that one can read in a weekend because it starts right off with action and makes you invested in the characters within the first chapter of the book. From the moment Shep saved Claudia from a terrible situation in the woods, I knew this story was going to be a 5/5 star story for me. It had everything I ever wanted: a soft yet dominant male lead, a quirky female protagonist, an adorable dog, steamy romance scenes, and a well represented interracial couple. Haven is just one of those books that you connect to and never want to stop reading.

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Checkmate: This is Effortless by Kennedy Fox (Review)

33820516Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Romance

Summary: Courtney Bishop is as sugary sweet as her famous blueberry muffins.
Southern belle at heart, Cali girl by choice.
She barged into my life and easily became my best friend.
All was great as roommates and just friends, but then I fell for the girl who could chop firewood, deliver baby calves, and bail hay without breaking a sweat.
She’s the perfect mixture of sugar and spice, and I love her.

Being more than friends and trying to build our future isn’t as easy as it sounds.
Moving forward and creating memories is all I want for us, but when the past continues to come back and haunt me, I’m not so sure she’ll stay for the ride.

Loving her is easy, but losing her will break me. Burning passion combined with an undeniable chemistry constantly pushes and pulls us together. In the end, I’ll prove we’re worth the fight, even when the game is far from over.

Checkmate, sweetheart.

My thoughts: Kennedy Fox always has the ability to create a novel that I happily devour in one day. Their stories are always perfectly paced and addictive enough that I lose myself in the plot for hours on hand. Checkmate: This is Effortless is the sequel to Checkmate: This is Reckless following the lives of Drew and Courtney as a couple. While the first book was setting up their relationship, this novel is showcasing the tension and problems woven into their lives because of people from their past trying to tear them apart. This is Effortless manages to combine both a steamy romance and a tension filled story together to create the perfect weekend read that you’ll eat up without a second thought. 

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