Top 15 Things You’ll Find in a Hallmark Channel movie

If you know me, you are aware of my over-the-top love for Hallmark Channel movies. Perhaps it was a love born out of only having basic cable for most of my life or perhaps I’m a glutton for ridiculously cheesy, sub-par romantic plot lines. Whatever the case may be, here’s fifteen things that you most likely will find in every Hallmark Channel movie… ever.

For those of you that follow this blog due to the book review content, pardon the interruption… Continue reading

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Two Week Hiatus

Hello there, lovely followers! I’m going to be taking a two+ week blog hiatus to focus on my studies and finals. I’ll be back soon with more sassy book reviews. 🙂

Thank you again for following ITIO. Read some good books while I’m gone and we’ll talk when I return!

grumpy-cat-party-over…for now.

Just a quick thanks…

When I started this blog a little more than six months ago, I’d be lying if I told you it was highly premeditated. I tend to create Twitters, Facebooks, Gmails, etc. in minutes with barely any thought of whether I’m actually going to use them. This was one of those! I just jumped into the book blogging world with less than three months of sub-par Tumblr book blogging as a guide. I took notes from many of your book blogs and watched a whole heck of a lot of YouTube videos to get to where I am now. Now, I’m not saying that I’ve learned it all, because–and, oh my gosh, look at me–I still have so much to learn. But, boy, has it been an amazing ride so far! Continue reading

Opinion: Déjà Vu Book Covers

I’ve been seeing a lot of “déjà vu” covers lately. Those pictures that you’ve definitely seen before as covers, but authors keep reusing them. I don’t know if there’s a stockpile of photos that authors can use for their book’s cover if they don’t want to create their own, but this is something that I’ve been noticing lately. Personally, I find it hilarious, if a bit cheesy. Most of these books are by authors that I have never heard of, but Scott Westerfeld and Alyson Noël appear. I wonder who took the cover first? 😉

Here are a few of my favorite “déjà vu” covers… Continue reading

Dystopian Novels! Yay or nay?

Recently, I’ve found myself shying away from reading anything in the Dystopian fiction genre. I find that they echo the same sort of rough rubric and – though they’re fun to read in moderation – I can’t read one after another after another after another after… well, you get the point. The government is somehow corrupt and ends up as the hated antagonist. There’s some sort of division in the city/land where the novel is set (think factions or districts). Throw in a spunky and admirable heroine who doesn’t want to fit in and one or two literary hotties and you have dystopian! More or less… some have surprised me in the past few years.

Obviously, I’m over-simplifying. There’s a little more to the dystopian genre. It seems like the shelves are full of Dystopian novels these days. Although I’ve recently tried to distance myself from this genre, there are a few that I can genuinely recommend. Whether they’ve already been adapted to film or they’ve barely garnered any attention, here’s a few that I love!

1) Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

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In Mary’s world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Continue reading

Opinion: I love the internet and I’m proud of it.

I suppose it started when I was younger. My family has always been an active bunch – more likely to go out hiking than stay inside playing computer games or watching TV. I grew up with a love of reading. I grew up with a love of creativity. Sure, I could go outside. But, I could also stay inside and make my own magazine or craft a collage or finish a extremely exciting Boxcar Children novel. In 8th grade, I got my first cell phone. In 10th grade, I got my first smart phone. I didn’t get my laptop until I was a freshman in college.

I’ve always been interested in social media, HTML, and website-building. I don’t hide it from people; I don’t see anything wrong with it. I’m passionate about social media and HTML codes and building websites. My brother used to tell me to get off the computer. He said that I would regret all the time I spent on the computer later. It’s only been five or six years, but I have not regretted a single second. All the time he saw as a waste of time, I viewed as a learning experience. I viewed – and continue to view – the internet as an extension of my creative self.

See, we live in such a media-centered society. We’re surrounded by social media. We’re driven to share Continue reading