Behind the Blog: Melissa @ Bookmark Dragon

Hello Melissa from Bookmark Dragon!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi! I’m Melissa – reader, writer, list maker, Beatles lover, chocolate and Thai food eater (not together), and keeper of Bookmark Dragon. I was born and raised in southern California, and have since lived in Massachusetts, Italy, and Indiana, though I currently live in none of those places. My husband and I and our adorable, squishy, 1-year-old daughter currently call Salt Lake City home. One of my dearest wishes is that our next home is located in a part of the world that does not snow.

We talk mostly about books and book-to-film adaptations over at Bookmark Dragon, but in case you want to know a little more about the woman behind the blog… I like card games, MarioKart, black nail polish, interior design, organizing things, Shakespeare, the corner pieces of the brownie pan, I got my bachelors and MA in literature (I really like this stuff) and have never lost a limbo contest. I also have not participated in a limbo context in about a decade, but that’s hardly relevant.

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Judging A Book By The Cover: The Good Surprises

We’ve all heard it said that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. For the most part, I try to live by that. With that said, on some level I still do judge books by their covers. These are some books that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by.

Wool by Hugh Howey

This cover kind of screams Self Published. It’s really simple and looks like there wasn’t a lot of work put into it. Thankfully I looked past that and gave the book a chance. It ended up being really good and I enjoyed all the parts of the first serial.

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Book Review: “This Star Won’t Go Out”

“This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl “ by Esther Earl, Lori Earl, and Wayne Earl

Genre: Young Adult Non-Fiction, Memoir

GoodreadsSource: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

A collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. Photographs and essays by family and friends will help to tell Esther’s story along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green who dedicated his #1 bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars to her. Continue reading

This Week (101)

Are you a book blogger? I’d love to interview you for my Behind the Blog feature.

Are you a self published author? I’m doing an open call for YA and MG self published authors to pitch their books to me for another feature I’m doing.

Acquired Books*

The Naming by Alison Croggon, The Quillan Games by D.J. MacHale, Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper, and The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume 1 by Diana Wynne Jones [bought]

Stickman Odyssey by Christopher Ford [library]

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