Blog Tour: “What They Don’t Know” by Nicole Maggi + Giveaway!

36449964I’m excited to be a part of the ~*Official Blog Tour*~ for What They Don’t Know by Nicole Maggi, out today!

When their high school teacher assigns journal entries as homework, Mellie and Lise find they have plenty to offload into their diaries.

Mellie is the daughter of the mayor, who makes it well-known that he is super conservative — plus, now he’s running for senate. Mellie’s family is in the spotlight all the time, and it becomes increasingly more urgent that she deal with her secret. She was raped. And now she’s pregnant.

Lise has always felt that she was intuitive to people’s feelings. When her grade-school friend, Mellie, starts behaving differently, Lise is the only one who notices. She’s the only one that reaches out. And to Mellie’s luck, Lise is just the friend that she needs during this difficult time in her life.

What They Don’t Know takes a good, hard look at what it is like for someone to go through the tough decision to have an abortion as an unwed teen in a conservative world. Plus, Mellie has the added trauma of her pregnancy being a result of a rape. Stories come out daily of these abuses against women (and others, too), so it’s a poignant topic.

In these political climes, with laws restricting the bodily rights of cis female, non-binary, and trans individuals, books like this will become increasingly important. Abortion is a difficult life choice to make, and Nicole Maggi explores the feelings Mellie has — the knowledge she obtains, that no one can know how this situation feels until they find themselves in it. The decision to control one’s own body, to be free to make their own choice.

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NYC Trip – BookExpo & BookCon 2017

Tomorrow I leave for New York City! The main reason for my trip is to attend BookExpo and BookCon! I went last year and had such a great bookish time, and I decided I couldn’t miss out this year! Check out my post-BEA/BookCon 2016 blog here.

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BookExpo is May 31-June 2 at the Javits Center in Manhattan. BookCon is June 3-4 at the same convention center.

However, I’m leaving early to go sightseeing around New York! I’m so excited to see the Big Apple. I’m planning on going to the 9/11 Museum and memorial, Ellis Island, the Top of the Rock, a Rockefeller Center tour, a broadway show, but most importantly, the bookish sites: The New York Public Library, The Strand, Books of Wonder, and more!

Though this isn’t a travel blog, I do plan on blogging every day to show you all what I was up to that day! As for the BookExpo and BookCon posts, I hope to show who I met, what I picked up from the show, and exciting things coming for the next year in the book industry!

Thanks in advance for following me on this new adventure! I’ll be blogging from a different time zone tomorrow night! And I can’t have a trip to New York and not end a post or two with the famous words from my current Netflix binge:

XOXO – Gossip Girl 😉

Have you ever been to NYC, BookExpo, or BookCon? Will you be there this year? What are some other things I should see while in the city?

Bookstagram

I have started getting into the “bookstagram” trend lately, which is basically taking artistic photos of books and posting them on Instagram and other social media. It’s really fun and allows me to be a little creative with the usually beautiful covers being put out recently! I’ve always loved photography (whether I’ve been halfway decent at it is a real question), so this is just another really neat outlet for my love of books!

Follow along with me this month as I participate in #redwhiteandbookedjuly! In case you’re new to these challenges, here’s a rundown: basically one or more users create a challenge, usually a month-long one, where they give you a “theme” for every day. This is the challenge I’m doing:

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Here’s my first few photos! Feel free to share yours too!

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My TBR (to be read) pile for July!
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Summer-themed books!
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Books that take place where you live — Rainbow Rowell not only lives here, but has found a way to weave Omaha into all of her books. Eleanor & Park actually takes place here, which is awesome!
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Fourth of July post: Red, white and blue books! I had a lot of fun with this one and had lots of different options to choose from.

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