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Echoes of Us Blog Tour

We heartily welcome Kat Zhang onto the blog once again. This time with a hilarious guest post about the life of an author on a promotional tour. Told in CATS! Sit back, enjoy, eat your popcorn and get ready to be blasted by some deviously adorable felines!



You’d think that by book three, I’d have a handle on this whole “Book Release” deal. And yet, every year, it catches me off guard. About two months out, you feel like you’ve got the whole thing handled, no problem.

As that two month mark inches toward the one month mark, things start feeling a bit less…up. Why did you commit to so many things again?

And of course all the family emergencies start happening. Your hamster gets hemorrhoids. Your best friend discovers a deathly allergic to cucumbers. You suddenly need to fly cross-county as your sister gives birth to quintuplets!

Grasshopper Jungle

The apocalypse is something we here at Cuddlebuggery take very seriously. We think about it all the time because it’s bound to happen… eventually. Maybe. Perhaps. We’ve been preparing for all sorts of scenarios by doing what any sane person would do: Reading any and all YA Apocalyptic/Post-Apocolyptic/Dystopian we can get our hands on. See, YA authors are smart. Together, they have thought up all possibilities for the End of Times and we’d be wise to pay more attention to their prophetic words like this:

Grasshoppers. Sex. Donuts. Sounds like an awesome apocalypse according to Andrew Smith.


Look, everyone has to know beyond a doubt that the world is going to end at some point in the future. I can’t say what most people think about as they move along through their days, but I’ve thought about the end of the world—the apocalypse—for pretty much my entire life.

Every day.

Sun small

If there’s one thing I love about authors, it’s their ability to make the characters they create feel so incredibly real and vivid. In I’ll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson amazed me with the two very different point-of-views of Jude and Noah. As readers, multiple point-of-view stories can be tricky to follow along, as sometimes one character feels more realistic than the other. Even still, it’s even harder to imagine the supporting cast being just as fleshed out as the main characters. Yet, Nelson accomplishes all these things.

Have you ever wondered how she manages to pull this off? Do her characters feel just as real to her as they do to us? We are delighted to kick off this blog tour and welcome Jandy Nelson to Cuddlebuggery as she gives us a glimpse into her process for I’ll Give You the Sun!


We are officially one week away from Isla and the Happily Ever After (!!!!!!!!!) and that means it’s time to read Lola and the Boy Next Door!

If you’re new to the readalong, here’s the deal: Judith, Jamie, Lindsey, Andi and I have put together a read/reread of the series in preparation for Isla’s release (and also because these books are cute as all hell and totally worth a read for whatever reason). It’s all pretty laid back, we don’t have specific daily goals or anything though we are trying to finish each book in a week. We’ve got a bunch of fun posts lined up (see the schedule below) and be sure to join in on twitter with #IslaIsComing for a bunch of awesome giveaways and general fangirling over the books.

For those of you that are reading Lola for the first time, here’s what you’re in for:

Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton Books
Add it on Goodreads.



Hello, hello!

Ladies and gentlemen, this is it. We are officially in the final countdown to the release of Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins and I, for one, could not be more excited. These books are the cutest of the cute and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for Isla.

‘But wait,’ you may be saying, ‘I haven’t read these Anna/Lola books. They sound quite delightful but I have yet to read them.’ Never fear dear reader! Andi from Andi’s ABCs, Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner , Judith from Paper Riot, Lindsey from A Bookish Sinister Kid and I have put together a readalong (or rereadalong for those of you who have read them and want to brush up so you can be at maximum preparedness levels for Isla) in anticipation of this glorious release.

(I’ve heard a rumor that Anna and the French Kiss is $6 for kindle right now)

‘A readalong,’ you may also be saying, ‘well that sounds like a jolly good time!’ (I don’t know why you would say it like that but work with me here) ‘What does this readalong entail?’ Excellent question!

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