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The Transatlantic Book Project Halfway Catch-Up!

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There was once a Book Blogger, who wanted to buy a book, and have it travel all over the US to her Book Blogging friends, who would write little notes inside, and eventually the book would make its way back to her with everyone’s annotations. This Book Blogger was Alicia from A Kernel of Nonsense.

Around this time, another Book Blogger, Rachel at Confessions of a Book Geek, had just watched Ariel Bissett’s video on annotating books, and had written a blog post in response. Originally, she thought writing in books was SACRILEGE. However, the one idea that did appeal to her was having a book annotated by friends, so you could read their comments and thoughts as you were reading the story.

As fate would have it, Alicia reached out to Rachel with a great idea, and The Transatlantic Book Project was born.

10 Book Bloggers. 2 Books. 1 Transatlantic Book Project.

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Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender Book CoverThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton, published September 2015 by Candlewick Press.

Read: November 2015
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Romance/Magical Realism
Source: The Transatlantic Book Project
#Pages: 320
Get It Now: Wordery

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Goodreads Synopsis: Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava – in all other ways a normal girl – is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition, and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, 16 year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naive to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the summer solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

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The Transatlantic Book Project: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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Last month, I posted about The Transatlantic Book Project, which is being hosted by myself and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense. A quick recap for those who don’t know: 2 books are travelling around 10 book bloggers, 5 in the US and 5 in the UK, and those bloggers are going to annotate the books and share blog posts/reviews about the book, the process and their experience.

The Transatlantic Book Project GiftsAlicia sent me her book selection, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, as well as some lovely goodies, and I braced myself to put pen to paper. It was A LOT more difficult than I imagined. I’ve never been the type to write in books, even when I studied English Literature I made my notes on the text in a separate notebook, and I’ve previously blogged about how annotating books feels like I’m defacing them! Something as simple as writing in a book became a real challenge!

Luckily, the book’s layout is excellent for annotating, as there’s plenty of space at the end of each chapter. I did have to remind myself that there needs to be enough room for 10 bloggers to make notes though, so I only wanted to write something when it felt like I would be adding to the overall conversation. Deciding when what I had to say was significant enough to annotate posed another problem – my words would be forever marked on the page in purple ink!

In the end, I made a note at the end of a chapter if I had a comment to make on the events of the story, and highlighted a couple of phrases that I felt were just absolutely beautifully written. I will be putting up a separate and full review of the book soon. The annotations have definitely been useful for writing the review, and I can see so many benefits to making notes in your books – a quick flick through an annotated book and you remember much more of the story, and how you felt/thoughts you had when reading it. It also personalises your own library or collection in a lovely way. I might consider annotating a few of my own in future, maybe in pencil…

I’m sending this book to Trish @ Between My Lines next, so make sure to check out her blog for her thoughts on The Transatlantic Book Project, and on The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.

The Transatlantic Book Project

TABP

There was once a Book Blogger, who wanted to buy a book, and have it travel all over the US to her Book Blogging friends, who would write little notes inside, and eventually the book would make its way back to her with everyone’s annotations. This Book Blogger was Alicia from A Kernel of Nonsense.

Around this time, another Book Blogger, Rachel at Confessions of a Book Geek, had just watched Ariel Bissett’s video on annotating books, and had written a blog post in response. Originally, she thought writing in books was SACRILEGE. However, the one idea that did appeal to her was having a book annotated by friends, so you could read their comments and thoughts as you were reading the story.

As fate would have it, Alicia reached out to Rachel with a great idea, and The Transatlantic Book Project was born.

10 Book Bloggers. 2 Books. 1 Transatlantic Book Project.

This Project has been in the planning stage for quite a while, and we’re SO EXCITED that it is finally ready for kick off. Our Dream Team of participants includes:

5 US bloggers:

Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

Cristina @ Girl in the Pages

Katie @ Bookish Illuminations

Lindsey @ Bring My Books

Stefani @ Caught Read Handed

and 5 UK bloggers:

Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek 

Trish @ Between My Lines

Ashley @ Nose Graze

Chrissi @ Chrissi Reads

Charnell @ Reviews from a Bookworm

You should go follow these ladies if you would like to keep track of our books as they journey throughout the UK, Ireland (technically, Trish is in Ireland!), and the US, as each Blogger should be posting about the book when they receive it. We will also be using the hashtag #TABookProject on Twitter if you would like to keep up with us over there too!

Have you annotated books with friends, or taken part in a similar project? Let us know your thoughts, tips and tricks in the comments!