Book Spotlight || The Queen’s Dwarf by Ella March Chase

Spotlighted on the Owl today is The Queen’s Dwarf by Ella March Chase!

17934404Publication Date: January 21 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books
Book Links: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon || Barnes and Noble
Goodreads Average: 3.86

It’s 1629, and King Charles I and his French queen Henrietta-Maria have reigned in England for less than three years. Young dwarf Jeffrey Hudson is swept away from a village shambles and plunged into the Stuart court when his father sells him to the most hated…

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Okay guys, here’s the big news! 
See this journal right here? This journal is going with me to BookCon in May to be autographed by the amazing authors who will be there (I’ll add which authors will be signing once it gets posted on
Now here’s the cool part for you guys: for every single person who reblogs this, I will write his or her url down in the journal, and at BookCon if I happen upon any other tumblr book bloggers those urls will go in the journal too. If you want your url written in any fancy way or with your name next to it or something cool like that, just send me a message and I’ll be happy to oblige!
Not only this, but once everything is said and done, I may be able to send this journal to one lucky reblogger of this post! Note that this is only a possibility, but how cool would that be?! 
This is going to be such a cool souvenir guys and let me remind you that every single person who reblogs this gets his or her name written down. Every single one.So go ahead and reblog, and may the odds of your possible winning be ever in your favor!

This utter lack of diversity is gross. It is inexcusable. And it is really, really embarrassing. Book Expo America is the industry’s flagship event, and the statement it is making on the industry’s behalf is that we believe that what readers–the kind of devoted, passionate readers who fork over thirty dollars to spend a summer Saturday in a convention center–want out of a book event is an all-white, heavily celebrity line-up. (See Kelly’s piece for a bunch of terrific links to pieces that address the problem of diversity in publishing with greater depth.)

Readers deserve better than this. It is not hard to do better than this. The wonderful, diverse list of books being given out by volunteers all over the country today for World Book Night is proof.

So what happens now? Book Expo will likely respond with another apology and promise to do better. But it’s too late. The damage is done. “We’re sorry” is no longer acceptable. It is clear that diversity is not a priority for ReedPop and BEA. Either they are not thinking about it at all, or they are actively choosing against diversity because they believe they can make more money with an all-white line-up. These are not our values at Book Riot, and so we will not be supporting, promoting, participating in, covering, or encouraging our community to attend BookCon. We can’t control ReedPop and BEA’s choices, but we can control this. No diversity = no support.

Maya Angelou famously said, “When you know better, you do better.” Book Expo America and ReedPop should know better. It’s time for them to do better, and to do better from the start.

Readers Deserve Better Than BookCon BY REBECCA JOINES SCHINSKY (via tubooks)

Walked for an hour on the treadmill and was able to walk 4.64 km and burn 240 calories. YAAAASSSSS

Blurry picture but it’s because I’m currently on the treadmill and watching Project Runway Australia.

FOUR SISTERS The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses
→ New book by Helen Rappaport coming out in April-May 2014

They were the Princess Dianas of their day – perhaps the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century. And with good reason, for the four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses – Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanova – were much talked about and admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyle.
From an early age they were at the centre of unceasing gossip about the dynastic marriages they might make. But who were they really beyond the saccharine image perpetuated by those now familiar photographs of them as pretty girls in white dresses and big hats? What were their personal hopes, dreams and aspirations and how did they interact with each other and with their parents? What was life really like within the highly insular Imperial Family?  More here



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