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The nice people at Paperless Post gave us some coins to use and check out their site and the discover the digital cards they offer. is a digital card or “e-card” site that offers a premium custom digital card experience. PTB has been on the receiving end of their cards in the past, but we’d never really dug into all they have to offer.  It was a ton of fun going through all…

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Posted: October 25, 2018, 12:32 pm

. @juliekagawaauthor at @andersonsbookshop talking about her new book SHADOW OF THE FOX.
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Posted: October 16, 2018, 1:04 am

. @juliekagawaauthor at @andersonsbookshop talking about her new book SHADOW OF THE FOX.
@harlequinteen (at Anderson’s Bookshop)

Posted: October 16, 2018, 12:05 am

Hank started out by reading some of #AART @penguinbooks @penguinrandomhouse @hankgreen (at Revel Fulton Market)

Posted: September 29, 2018, 1:13 am

. @hankgreen has arrived! #AART @penguinbooks @penguinrandomhouse (at Revel Fulton Market)

Posted: September 29, 2018, 1:11 am

The @hankgreen #AART Chicago starts in an hour! Special guest tonight is @johngreenwritesbooks — view on Instagram

Posted: September 29, 2018, 1:04 am

The @hankgreen #AART Chicago starts in an hour! Special guest tonight is @johngreenwritesbooks (at Revel Fulton Market)

Posted: September 29, 2018, 12:10 am

. @debharkness talking about how she wanted to continue writing the all souls trilogy. @adow #TimesConvert (at St. Louis County Library)

Posted: September 23, 2018, 12:30 am

#TheDarkestMinds out on 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY™, & DVD ON OCTOBER 30

L-R: Chubs (SKYLAN BROOKS), Zu (MIYA CECH), Ruby (AMANDLA STENBERG) and Liam (HARRIS DICKINSON) in Twentieth Century Fox’s THE DARKEST MINDS. Photo credit: Daniel McFadden.


Get a Limited Edition #OwnYourFuture Friendship Bracelet, included with specially marked Blu-Ray editions, while supplies last.

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Posted: September 21, 2018, 10:31 am


We’re partnering with Disney Book Group to giveaway a THE STORM RUNNER MAGIC, MAYHEM, AND MAYA MYTHOLOGY prize pack!  We love that Rick Riordan is bringing epic and diverse stories to life through his new Rick Riordan Presents imprint at Disney Book Group.

THE STORM RUNNER by J. C. Cervantes is out now, get your copy today!

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Indie Bound


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Posted: September 20, 2018, 10:31 am

I didn’t waste my shot this time, I got my tickets and I saw Hamilton the American Musical in Chicago.

A year ago I won the lottery to the hit musical in Chicago. This was pre-app, where the way you found out you won was through email. I was totally bummed out that I missed the email and didn’t get to buy the tickets. But my luck came back and I won the lottery again!

Side note, if you don’t have the Hamilton App, GO DOWNLOAD NOW! it makes it super easy to enter the lottery in whatever city all in one place.  But if you cant download the app, you can enter the lottery online as well. Click HERE to enter.
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I had been entering the lottery pretty much every day since losing last summer. The App has made it so much easier with notifications. I had gotten so used to the “It’s only a matter of time” message that when I got something different I did a double take.  Buying the tickets through the app was super easy. And my boyfriend and I got to see Hamilton for $20 + tax, CRAZY!

The tickets we got were for the 2nd row on a Friday night show. My boyfriend was super cute. Our tickets said obstructed view, and this being is first musical, he had no clue what to expect.  Have you guessed what our obstruction was?   Yep, the stage. He was a little shocked our tickets were so close to the stage.

The CIBC theatre is amazing and beautiful. And was a great setting for the show. The show starts with King George asking everyone to turn off their cell phones and all that good stuff, and then you are off to the races.

I, like most of the world, has listened to the soundtrack quite a bit, but seeing the staging of the show brought the music and lyrics to life.  The staging of Dear Theodosia was simple and perfect.  Helpless into Satisfied, OMG those turntables!  The bits of the show that aren’t included in the soundtrack are heartbreaking.  The show is just amazing.

If Lin-Manuel Miranda is the brainy Hamilton and Javier Munoz is the sexy Hamilton, Miguel Cervantes is the “young, scrappy and hungry” Hamilton, and the Son’s of Liberty totally followed Miguel’s lead.  I left like the show was so Chicago. Miguel was like a boxer on that stage dancing around his opponents and being larger than life. Ebrin R. Stanley as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison was pure perfection. The way he styled his beany, LOVED IT! Jin Ha as Aaron Burr, you could see the tension and frustration rising up. And I totally got the point that Burr didn’t stand for anything, he went where the wind blew for him to move up and have the success he was seeing others achieve.

And Andrew Call as King George, I have no words. The King George songs on the soundtrack are cheeky and slightly mad, but Andrew brought it to a whole new level. His facial features and shoulder moves and the way he held the royal scepter, and the way he delivered the lyrics made the character so much more. He was amazing.

Being in the second row was the perfect way to see the show for the first time. We were right there and were forced to follow the action and look right and who was telling the story at that moment. The obstructed view didn’t let you see the floor of the stage or the back half, so you aren’t as overwhelmed by the pageantry of it all. It also gave an amazing look at the costumes.  I can’t wait to see it again in October (we snagged unobstructed balcony seats for our birthday weekend) and be able to take it all in.

We even stage doored after the show and met some of the cast.

I highly recommend checking out Hamilton if you can. Everyone in the audience is excited to be there and the cast is excited to share their craft and the amazing production with you.

The Stage
Our View
Me & Hamilton
Me & Eliza
Me & King George
There’s a Million Things I haven’t Done, but Seeing Hamilton isn’t One of Them. I didn’t waste my shot this time, I got my tickets and I saw Hamilton the American Musical in Chicago.
Posted: August 20, 2018, 10:13 am

Dance of Thieves Blog Tour : Mood Board

Today, we’re featuring Mary E. Pearson’s Dance of Thieves. We are absolutely thrilled to be part of her blog tour. We loved her previous series, The Remnant Chronicles in fact, Kiss of Deception remains amongst our very favorite fantasy stories, so reading another series set in the same world is exciting to say the least.

You can tell from the synopsis that we meet two characters from two very…

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Posted: August 13, 2018, 5:12 am

Guess I’m going to see @hamiltonmusical tomorrow!
Hehe, eeeeeee! .
@sophieriggsby @thehamilcast #hamilton #hamiltonmusical #hamiltonchicago #broadwayinchicago @broadwayinchicago — view on Instagram

Posted: July 26, 2018, 6:04 pm

How crazy of a night must this have been? Congrats @tadeyemibooks and the whole team! (Head over to Molly’s Instagram to see more pics!) #Regram @mollybeedenim
Some work days are better than others! #childrenofbloodandbone #tonightshowsummerreads #thesharpieismightierthanthesword — view on Instagram

Posted: July 26, 2018, 2:04 pm

Congrats V!

#Regram @vrothbooks:
NEWS: I have a new book for adults in the works with John Joseph Adams at @hmhbooks! Go to the link in my bio for more info, courtesy of @entertainmentweekly. I am so excited to share The Chosen One with you guys. Special thanks to my badass agent @josvolpe at @newleafliterary for making this happen! 🎉📚 #books #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #divergent #carvethemark #veronicaroth #scifi #scifibooks #bookworm #instabook — view on Instagram

Posted: July 26, 2018, 2:04 pm

What are your 5 words?  #FindYourStory with @ireadya week. Check out our instastory to learn how you can participate. New challenges all week long.
#booksofinstagram #bookstagram #ireadya #challenge #yabooks — view on Instagram

Posted: July 9, 2018, 6:04 pm

What are your 5 words?  #FindYourStory with @ireadya week. Check out our instastory to learn how you can participate. New challenges all week long.
#booksofinstagram #bookstagram #ireadya #challenge #yabooks

Posted: July 9, 2018, 5:27 pm

Here We Go Again! Win Chicago Advanced Screening Passes to Mama Mia! Here We Go Again

Thanks to Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Universal Studios we have 10 passes to giveaway to an advanced screening of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again in Chicago on July 17th.

Check out, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram 

Use the Raffle Copter Widget below to enter. You must live in the Chicagoland or Milwaukee Area to enter to win. This giveaway is for…

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Posted: July 1, 2018, 1:24 pm

Museum of Us Review

The Museum of Us is the story of mental illness and the desire to escape reality.  For Sadie, that leads her down a dangerous road.

The story starts with Sadie getting into a car accident. We think she has someone in the car with her, George. As the story unfolds at the hospital, we learn that George is not real and that this is Sadie’s biggest secret. Sadie has created this world in her head…

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Posted: June 30, 2018, 5:20 pm

Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Upside of Unrequited & Leah On the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli | Book Review

My oldest daughter and I just love Becky Albertalli’s writing. Her latest release, Leah on the Offbeat, is a companion novel to her first book (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda), and I was so excited to re-visit old characters as well as get to know a bit more about Leah. I love when authors write stories that investigate side characters and their paths as well as keep us updated with the…

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Posted: June 11, 2018, 8:23 pm

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