I was tagged by Alan Lastufka to do this book tag thing. Haven’t done of these in a century. xD
In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you.
In no particular order…
- Georgia Nicholson (Yes, the whole series) by Louise Rennison because this series got me through the boring parts of high school, made me laugh, and although I didn’t relate to all her boy probs, I could relate to the level of extreme awkward.
- Matilda by Roald Dahl because it’s the book that I read a million times in elementary school. She had the power to change her own circumstances. And I’m pretty sure it made me believe if I read enough books, I’d have her powers. And I definitely had the movie tie-in cover.
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein because KISS ME HARDY still makes me tear up a bit. It’s the kind of book that left me emotionally devastated. It was wonderful. Young women flying airplanes during WWII?! YES. I read this right after my grandpa passed away, so it was really hard to start this book being that he was a fighter pilot in WWII.
- The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken because kids with crazy powers road tripping through WV/VA in an old van named Black Betty. It’s one of those novels that left me totally speechless.
- Legend Series by Marie Lu are the most perfect Dystopian novels I’ve ever read. Also, the things she does with gender norms in this book is A+++.
- Zig Zag by Ellen Whittlinger was the first book I ever picked up out of the newly-formed YA section in my local library. I remember my mom telling me I should probably read some more mature stuff instead of picking up kids books. I was probably reading the same book over and over again or something? I don’t know.
- Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. It was one of those books I read a few summers ago, and I spent some time with it. Rick’s writing is AMAZING and actually brought me to tears, and not even from the content of the story. Also, the humor in that who series is good.
- The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith. It made me feel like I wasn’t a total weirdo and that there are lots of different kinds of nerds and nerdy ways to fall in love. And the design of the book is fantastic. Some of the gaming references were a bit lost on me BUT it was A+.
- Shine by Lauren Myracle was probably the first time I had read about hate crimes in YA. It just really hit home about how we treat people, and how Southern culture treats people.
- I don’t remember the title of the book, but I was obsessed with a book about Cocker Spaniels when I was little. I’m pretty sure my mom had to hide it or throw it in the trash because it was so torn up from me reading it. Fun fact: we have never owned a Cocker Spaniel, but I definitely want one sooner or later.
This list turned into Nostalgia Central, man. Ahhh.
and the internet.
Took down the Patreon. Gotta figure out some other way of doing things. *builds blanket fort*
Which, if you haven’t seen, click here.
It wasn’t some overnight decision that I made on a whim. I’ve watched several of my friends make Patreon pages and do so with grace (and awesome rewards). Anyway, I wanted to discover an avenue I hadn’t yet gone down. I wanted to see if this was a way I could (with your help) turn my passion, my dream, into something sustainable.
And before I get another “But AdSense and sponsorships!” comment - AdSense don’t pay jack. I know there are articles out there saying the top YT ~stars~ are making millions, but me with my 28,000 subs and ~2k views per video? Not so much. And unless I add more variety to my channel, I’m not going to receive much in the way of sponsorships. I wish there were more sponsorships out there for book-centric channels! The only sponsored videos I have are for Rebel Belle and Coin Heist because I created content for these publishers.
Patreon is all about transparency (much like my lovely MCN, Big Frame). They tell you in their intro video to be upfront with your audience and tell it like it is. So here’s that. Here’s me saying that I’m not doing some weird, dirty business. I’m not trying to scam my audience. If you can’t afford to give, you’re still getting my content! I’ll never charge for my YT videos!
I think that’s about it, but if you have any questions, here’s my ask box.
EDIT: Also, if this (Patreon) works, then it works. If it doesn’t, then that’s fine too. I figured if I don’t try, I can’t fail. And what’s life without a bit of failing?
william-owain-herondale asked: Hi PenguinTeen! Since there will be a hardcover of Isla and the Happily Ever After coming out in the new cover, when will the hardcovers of the other 2 books be having the new covers too? I wanted to purchase them in hardcover but it would be weird if the covers don't match up nicely :/
Hi there! Sadly, the answer to your question is no—once we go into paperback, we tend not to go back. But eventually there will be an ISLA paperback with the same hardcover look that will match the current ANNA and LOLA paperbacks, so if you want you can have them all matching in paperback. We know lots of people like their covers and formats to match, but it’s not always something we can control.
In fact, we MIGHT someday have corresponding hardcovers for ANNA and LOLA. Hard to say - it’s mostly a matter of when we might (if ever) reprint the hardcover jackets and if there’s any substantial continued demand for hardcover editions. -JSG, Dutton
You know how to make this happen? Buy lots of copies of ANNA, LOLA, and ISLA!!
I’m head-over-heels for my repackaged covers, and I’d certainly love to see them on the hardcover editions. But this depends on sales. It depends on you. It’s pretty simple—books are expensive to print! It has to be worth my publisher’s time, money, and effort.
If you like my books, spread the word. Recommend them to friends, family, coworkers, the internet. That’s how this will happen.
If you haven’t gotten into the wonderful worlds of ANNA and LOLA, now’s the time! :]
Please email me (elizziebooks at gmail) so I can get your info! :]