April 24, 2017

Doctor Who + Mr. Men Gift Guide

It's no secret that I love Doctor Who so I jumped at the chance to be a part of something both Whovian and book-related! I'm teaming up with Penguin Young Readers (thank you!) to promote a brand new picture book series by Roger Hargreaves that reimagines some of our favorite Doctors, companions and villians as Mr. Men and Little Miss. The result? Absolutely adorable!

The books will be released tomorrow, April 25th, and to celebrate, I've paired all the books with a fun gift that reminds me of each story.

Dr. First • I haven't watched any of the early episodes but this story features a lost granddaughter, Cybermen and a radio. This Crosley speaker looks like the old school radio in the book!

Dr. Fourth • Yet another Doctor I'm unfamiliar with but I do know his companion, Sarah Jane! The two of them are running away from Daleks and it involves some clever tactics of escape. One of them being jelly babies.

Dr. Eleventh • Finally a Doctor I know and love! (Although you know I was hoping for my favorite, Ten.) But this story made me smile because it involved Eleven, River Song and a fez hat. Which is why this fez and bowtie set is perfect for any fan of Smith.

Dr. Twelfth • And lastly, the current Doctor. In this book he chases after Missy to save the day yet again. One glance at the cover made me realize that I had to include his classic Wayfarers on this gift guide. (I actually own a pair myself!)

Which pairing is your favorite?
If you're a Doctor Who fan, I'd love to know!

April 19, 2017

Mini-reviews: Alex, Approximately + The Last Thing You Said

pub 4/4/17 by Simon Pulse
Young Adult - Contemporary
Received from pub via Netgalley
Seriously, this book had me at “charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail” but — don’t compare too much! The author takes the warmth and heart of the movie and channels it into a book that’s all her own. Bailey “Mink” Rydell has been chatting online with (and secretly crushing on) fellow film geek “Alex” for months. They’ve never met but Bailey finally has the opportunity to reach out in person when she moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California town as Alex. Of course, she doesn’t and instead try to do some scoping out of her own in case he turns out to be a creeper. But along the way, she starts to settle into life in this new town. She gets a job at a local tourist museum, makes friends and clashes on a daily basis with co-worker Porter Roth. They pretty much have that hate-to-love thing that I adore and it plays out in such a great way. It’s this mix of sweet, funny and a little sexy too (courtesy of Porter who is so swoon-worthy). The characters are just great and while the heart of it is the romance, the author explores more than just that. Their families are ever-present, we see good and bad friends enter their lives and of course, there’s that interesting question of whether it’s better to choose reality over the fantasy.

Do I recommend? Yes! I really enjoyed it. If you’re in the mood for something sweet and romantic, give this one a shot.

pub 4/4/17 by Amulet Books
Young Adult - Contemporary
Received finished copy from pub
The Last Thing You Said alternates point-of-views between Lucy and Ben, each of whom are grieving Trixie’s death — her best friend, his sister — in their own way. We see the aftermath of this tragedy as the story takes place a year later, with the anniversary of her death nearing. But it’s through flashbacks that we understand what happened and the relationships between them all. I think the author did a wonderful job of making the reader understand Trixie’s place in their lives and the camaraderie that existed while she was still alive. It made the pain they feel in the present that much more palpable. Another aspect where I think the book shined was in portraying positive female friendships. Lucy doesn’t collapse into herself (which would’ve been understandable!) but instead finds solace by reaching out to others and keeping busy. However, I think the faltered everywhere else. Not much actually happens in the book, which is fine, because it seems like the author’s intent was to focus on each character’s emotions. But in the case of Ben, his character doesn’t develop much. He’s just angry, angry and more angry and in the last few pages, he suddenly has a change of heart. It made it difficult to root for Lucy and Ben to reconnect because I didn’t see any reason why (at least in the present) she’d want to. Their romance is supposed to be the other major part of the book, aside from dealing with their grief, and I just couldn’t connect to it.

Do I recommend? It’s a short book and a quick read but it wasn't exactly what I expected. I know a bunch of fellow bloggers who enjoyed though so if you're interested, check it out!

April 17, 2017

Table for Two #4

Alexa of Alexa Loves Books and I have teamed up to bring you a collaboration that involves two of our favorite things - New York City and food. We're proud to introduce Table for Two, where the two of us will be highlighting restaurants and dessert spots in New York City. You'll be hearing our personal opinions on the place and the food, as well as where you can go to try it out for yourself.

For this month's Table for Two, I'll be chatting about Bibble & Sip and Alexa is featuring Luke's Lobster.

Alexa and I have gone to Bibble and Sip twice now and each time, it's been super busy. Which is a good, yet aggravating, sign of how awesome the pastries are. It's a small cafe with hardly any seating so if you want to go, pick a time that isn't after work or on a Saturday afternoon because it's bound to be packed. They offer interesting tea/coffee selections like a lavender latte and a jasmine matcha green tea latte (which we've gotten both times). But they're probably most known for their pastries. Particularly, their cream puffs which are delicious! We've tried the green tea one before but during this most recent visit, they only had the earl grey which was just as good. We also got this mango hazelnut cake that I wanted mostly for how cute it is (luckily it was also very tasty). So if you love going to cute cafes and love sweets, this should be on your list of places to check out. 

You can find Bibble and Sip on 253 W 51st St. Let us know if you check it out!