Book Haul || B-Fest Goodies + Experience!

Hello folks! Hope all is well! ❤

If you’ve been following me for some time, you might remember this post in which I talked about some books I had won in last year’s B-Fest, a mini YA book festival hosted by Barnes and Noble stores all over the nation.

Well, this year I certainly couldn’t pass it up, so of course I made my way to the second annual B-Fest in my area in the hopes of having some good old fashioned YA fun! 🙂

So, here’s a post about it. It’s sort of like a vlog, I suppose? Except in text form. Which I guess would make it just a blog post, but it’s not a formal blog post, exactly. You know? Anyway, moving on!


book haul

First of all, there was a little presentation by Stacie Ramey, the author of The Sister Pact and The Homecoming. I had a chance to chat with her a little bit and she was an absolute sweetheart and had some really important things to say about the book industry, getting published, and the importance that perseverance has in the life of an author (or an aspiring one). Of course, I had to have a copy of The Sister Pact signed by her and I can’t wait to read it!

There were also several really great YA trivia games which were not only fun to participate in but also yielded very satisfying results. Needless to say, I ended up winning a grand total of two totefuls of books–some of which are ARCs–and I am absolutely ecstatic about it! (The perks of being a Nerd™ is that you can win more books with which to enable yourself.) Here are the books that I am currently gazing at lovingly from across the room.

  • Frostblood by Elly Blake
  • Expelled by James Patterson and Emily Raymond (ARC)
  • People Like Us by Dana Mele (ARC)
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • Orphan, Monster, Spy by Matt Killeen (ARC)
  • Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh (ARC)

Overall, it was a day very well spent, and now in the days to come I’ll be delving into all these wonderful novels, so keep an eye out for reviews! :**

❤ Yasimone

 

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Movie Review (Not Really) || Lion

Do you ever watch a movie and are just blown away by how much there is in the world? How many places, people, experiences, relationships exist?

We all live our own little bubbles and go about our little lives and never even cross paths with the rest of the 7 billion people in this world and live oblivious to all the little things that can happen and the miracles and tragedies that occur every single second and completely change people’s lives and sometimes it doesn’t even hit you until you watch the right movie, and then it’s all you can think about. How big everything is, and how strange life can turn out.

Lion‘s that kind of film. I cried so, so much and my heart is so full.

This isn’t even a review really. I don’t know what it is. I’m just kind of in awe.

Please watch this movie. I think it’s my favorite.

❤ Yasimone

On the State of the World

I have tried to write this post many, many times before, falling short each time and not truly conveying what I wanted to say.

This is more of a ramble than a rant, but I hope it will suffice.


The world is a mess right now. Turning on the television for even a few minutes is enough to prove that, as is scrolling through the news at any point.

I won’t delve into the technicalities of the thing, but I beg you: stand up for yourself and others. Do not let those who are vulnerable go unprotected. Educate yourself, learn about how your local laws work, and do what you can in these troubled times.

Be angry, be sad, be anything but apathetic.

❤ Yasimone

Update || Nope, I Did Not Fall Off the Face of the Earth!

Hi friends! 😀

Well. It’s been a while. I don’t quite have an excuse for this. I was either too busy to write anything, or had to much free time and sort of just forgot to! (God, this sounds awful! I’m so so sorry.) (Kjhgfhj.)

But while I was gone, my blog turned two years old? (And the world certainly changed a lot, politically. But anyway.) Which is insane? Thank you all so much for sticking with me all this time! 💕💕 I really am hoping to spruce up this lil blog and become more active after my weird unannounced hibernation.

Anyway, this isn’t much of a post; it’s more of me reassuring you all that I am, in fact, still alive.

I’ll be back soon with some revamped content! Happy belated New Year!

❤ Yasimone

 

Barnes & Noble Teen Book Festival

Hello friends!

So, let’s pretend I didn’t just disappear for two months. *laughs nervously*

I’m coming tomorrow with a full post complete with a very special book haul, but I just had a great evening at my local Barnes & Noble (shoutout to my favourite book store!) at their “B-Fest: Teen Book Festival,” which is a YA book fest that last throughout this weekend. It’s the first of its kind and I had a lot of fun only on the first night, so I would highly recommend paying a visit to a nearby B&N if you’d care to do so. There are author meetings and trivia contests and prize winning too!

Stay tuned for my book haul–which, by the way, is going to be an overview of the lovely bookish goodies I won in a trivia contest this evening–and I hope you all are having a great week!

❤ Yasimone

(who is finally back and here to stay)

Leap Day

Hi everyone!

Today, as you all know, is Leap Day. I decided that I shouldn’t miss the opportunity to post today considering February 29th only comes around once every four years.

(Also, completely unrelated but still rather notable— I read my first Agatha Christie book yesterday and I. Absolutely. Loved. It. You can look forward to a shining review in the next couple of days. Honestly, I’m tempted to purchase all her novels and read them back to back right now.)

See you again in four years! 🙂

❤ Yasimone

Happy New Year! | One Year Blogiversary!

new year + blogiversary

Well, my lovely readers, this is it.

It’s been a year since I started up yasimone.com. A year since I first mustered up the courage to introduce myself to the world. A year since I was overjoyed that my blog actually appeared on Google (on the fourth page of results, no less). A year since I wrote up fifteen post drafts before finally settling on this tiny stub of a first post.

A year. It’s seemed so short. How funny, that a year can drag on for an eternity and yet pass by quicker than a second.

2015 is over, and it’s been a whirlwind of a journey. We can only imagine how 2016 will turn out.

So, I’d like to say thank you. 😀 Thank you to everyone who takes the time out of their day to read my posts. To everyone who likes books, to everyone who’s supported my blog and me all this time, to everyone who’s ever liked or commented on one of my posts, to everyone who has tagged or nominated me for an award— thank you. I am indescribably grateful. 🙂

 Here’s to fresh beginnings and many more years of bookishness to come! 😛

❤ Yasimone