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9 May

Stephanie Perkins New Covers (Including my Head Shot)

So as many of you in the book world have already seen, Stephanie Perkins’ books will be getting new covers. What you might not know, is that I photographed the author photo that will (last I heard) be featured in the back of the book!!

I do a lot of fashion photography here in NYC, but I also do fun things like events, and head shots! Even a wedding or two, when I know it won’t get too crazy. 😉 I’ve been speaking to some fellow bloggers about possibly doing a group shot, and individual head shot sessions while they are in town for BEA. If you are a blogger or author in need of a head shot, contact me! bookshelflustATgmail.com

You can see more of my photography at my portfolio site: http://www.rachelscroggins.net

Here’s a sneak peek / clip of the new head shot:
Stephanie Perkins Headshot Clip

With more info about the new covers in Steph’s blog post.

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Blog News:

25 Dec

Due to an illness in the family, I am taking a short hiatus from blogging.
I hope to return soon, with more reviews and author event recaps!

Updated NYC-Area Author Signings and Events Listing

6 Oct

I’ve been MIA for most of the summer/early fall do to an increase in work responsibilities (Fashion Week, and all the pre-planning involved in attending and photographing over 40 shows pretty much kicked my ass), and some family stuff I had going on. I’m happy to say I’ll be back to posting regular reviews soon. But first, one of my favorite things: I’ve updated my NYC area author event listings!

There are dozens of AMAZING events and signings coming up in the next two months. Be sure to check back regularly, as I update the listing frequently, whenever I come across new information.

You can see my book signings page here.

Post-BEA Reflections

26 May

BEA was even more amazing than I expected. But it was also incredibly overwhelming. Nothing anyone had told me about attending prepared me for the actual experience. I’ll be doing full recap posts next week about the blogger events I attended, the Teen Author Carnival (where I was the official photographer!), and each day of BEA. I’m sadly missing today, the last day, and Friday’s Book Blogger Con because I’m going away for a few days on a photo/business trip! That’s a big part of why I feel so overwhelmed–I would not recommend traveling post-BEA, unless it’s to go home. : )

Thank you to everyone I met who was so nice to me! Both publicists, marketing people, and other bloggers. You were all awesome! If we met at BEA, say hi here or on twitter.

I can’t wait to share all my photos and recaps with you, and review the books in my terrifying new TBR pile. ❤

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Me and Andrea Cremer after the Teen Author Carnival.

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Just part of my BEA haul. This is Wednesday’s Books!

My Ever-Growing TBR Pile

11 Apr

April TBR Pile
In the past week, I’ve been super busy working. I had 3 different photo shoots, and now that it’s getting warmer, have started shooting street style again. Even when I’m not posting everyday, I’m still reading, and filling up my little “review notes” notebook! This is just a glimpse of books/reviews to come– it doesn’t include my digital tbr books! ❤

My Favorite Book Signing

1 Apr

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Yesterday, the story of my favorite book signing I’ve ever attended was featured on Once Upon a Twilight. I picked Charlaine Harris’s 2010 appearance in NYC, because not only is Charlaine a great author to see “live”, but her signings attract all kinds of super devoted fans.

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A Bill Compton lover at the signing.

 

You can see the my story and photos here.

Every week, a new blogger’s signing story is shared in a column called “Once Upon a Signing”. It’s a cute feature, so be sure to check it out!

Where Have I Been?

31 Jan

I decided to take a short break from this blog in order to get some prep work done for the upcoming season of New York Fashion Week. But I never thought I’d disappear for two weeks! For those that might not be aware, my “day job” is working as a photographer. Shooting cool stuff like this:

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Gwen Stefani (and Kingston Rossdale!) at her L.A.M.B Runway Show, Sept. 2010.

I freelance, and maintain a fashion blog, so I sometimes have mountains of free time to do nothing but read, and blog, and other times…not so much. At times it’s definitely hard keeping two completely unrelated blogs regularly updated. But recently it became a bit impossible. Scheduling 40+ shows, and pre-show backstage visits between myself, and my second photographer is tough! Luckily, despite sending something obscene like 50 emails a day coordinating everything, I’ve kept reading books. So I’ll have plenty of amazing reviews to post in the coming days. I’m even scheduling some reviews to post during fashion week– a time when I definitely will not have a single free moment to blog. If you’re both a book and fashion lover like me, you can keep up with all my nyfw activities over at my photo blog, The Greyest Ghost.

In the mean time, thanks for being patient! Good thing this only happens twice a year! ; )

Dear Publishers: E-Book DRM is Ruining My Life

14 Jan

Earlier this week, galley distribution site Net Galley announced they were temporarily disabling kindle access to their e-arcs. Last week, Simon & Schuster announced their Galley Grab program, letting reviewers request and access upcoming releases. Unfortunately for most kindle users, neither service is available to you. Instead, you get to read books on your laptop!

Last night, I attempted my first e-arc read on my mac book:

Two chapters in to a book I was very much looking forward to reading, I found myself in trouble.

Reading books on my laptop is going to make me go blind. I’m not exaggerating. When I first moved to NYC and spent my days slaving away as a magazine intern, spending 8+ hours a day online caused me to develop vision problems. After months of chronic dry eye, and a few days where I couldn’t even put my contacts in with out screaming in pain, I was finally told by a kind eye doctor my problems were caused by computers. I now can’t be on mine for more than a few hours unless I have incredibly bright lighting shining down on the screen. Even then, I have a short window free of eye strain. Many people who spend long days on computers or using back lit screens, develop similar problems.
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2011 Debut Author Challenge

7 Jan

I’ve decided to participate in The Story Siren’s 2011 Debut Author Challenge. Since a lot of the books were already on my “must read” list, it’s only natural to join in the fun!

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To “win” you need to read 12 YA or MG debut author’s books this year. That’s only 1 per month! I’ve made a DAC Goodreads list with (most of) the books I plan on reading. Which you can see here. There are a LOT of great titles on the full DAC list. I’ve already started my first—Across the Universe by Beth Revis! One of my 11 must reads of 2011. It’s set in space, and so far, it’s so creepy, and desolate, and GOOD.

You can join the DAC until November 2011. So no worries, you still have plenty of time to sign up!

I’ll be posting about my progress as the months go by. Anyone else taking part of the challenge? If so what are you most excited to read?

End of 2010 Survey

29 Dec

My individual “Best of 2010” posts might not be finished yet, but I thought I’d go ahead and participate in this survey from The Perpetual Page-Turner. Because you really can’t gush enough about good books. : )

1. Best book of 2010? Hands down: Anna and the French Kiss. Which I coincidentally just reviewed!

Anna and the French Kiss

2. Worst book of 2010? Nothing I read was THAT awful.

3. Most Disappointing Book of 2010? Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro just did not live up to the hype, in my opinion. I loved the format the story was told in, but the plot just didn’t go anywhere for me. Based on other reviews, I expected much more mystery and creepiness. The story just…existed. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs, and Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater were also books that were new, to me, that I didn’t really enjoy as much as I’d hoped to. Frankly I found both a bit tedious and boring. Bonus: I cannot wait to answer this question next year, because I’m pretty sure I read an ARC of my most disappointing book of 2011 last week.

4. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2010? Nevermore by Kelly Creagh. I’d heard it was good, but it was Phenomenal!
Nevermore

5. Book you recommended to people most in 2010? Vampire Academy. A lot of my friends read YA, but hadn’t heard of this series yet. I practically forced them to read it!

6. Best series you discovered in 2010? A 5-way tie: All 3 of Richelle Mead’s series (Vampire Academy, Dark Swan, Succubus), Chloe Neil’s Chicagoland Vampires series, and Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan/The Hollows series. Each one was spectacular in its own way, and completely went above and beyond my expectations.

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7. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2010? Stephanie Perkins, Kelly
Creagh, Rachel Hawkins, Kiersten White, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Richelle Mead, Chloe Neill, Kim Harrison. I was a bit behind in my series reading, in case you can’t tell. : )

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8. Most hilarious read of 2010? I like the bits of humor woven into all of the Hollows/Rachel Morgan books. Rachel’s pixie partner Jenks is definitely one of my top 10 favorite characters of all time. His very inventive swearing never fails to make me laugh. Especially when it involves slandering “sell out” pixie Tinkerbell by saying things like “Tink’s a Disney Whore”.

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Jenks and Rachel on the Japanese cover of Dead Witch Walking.

9. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2010? All 3 of the Hunger Games novels. Another great discovery I made, very late.

10. Book you most anticipated in 2010? Vampire Academy: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead.
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

11. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2010? Nightshade by Andrea Cremer was definitely the prettiest!
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12. Most memorable character in 2010? Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy and Rachel Morgan from the Hollows.

13. Most beautifully written book in 2010? I thought Carrie Ryan’s The Dead Tossed Waves had some beautifully written passages.

14. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2010? Vampire Academy. It made me fall back in love with reading after a long dry spell. And lead me to discover one of my new favorite authors. Pretty much starting a chain reaction of new literary discoveries.

15. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read? The Hunger Games. I put book 1 on my Amazon wish list in 2008. I can’t believe I held out that long. And that people I know told me “not to read it because it was awful.” What?!?!? But in a way, I’m also glad I waited. If I had to wait a year between each book, I would have had a meltdown.
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Book Blogging in 2010 (optional):

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2010? Too many to count! I’ve always read a few, but this year discovered some amazing new blogs.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2010? I’m so new, I haven’t written that many yet. But I’m pretty proud of my Anna and the French Kiss review.

3. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? I had an amazing time at both Charlaine Harris’ and Richelle Mead’s release day signings in NYC this year.

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Charlaine Harris

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Me!

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Richelle Mead

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2010? Having people embrace me and friend me my very first week of blogging. Reaching nearly 1,000 hits my first week helped too.

7. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.) Paperback swap was new to me this year, and provided me with dozens of new books to read. Joining netgalley was great too. I was offered e-ARC’s to read my first week online!