Bookcon 2018 Wrap-up and Haul!!

After a few days of resting (and obviously reading my new books), I decided it was time for my Bookcon wrap-up. In my opinion, this year was very calm and organized compared to the past three years that I have attended. I felt that the lines were shorter and that there was a fair amount of giveaways and signings.

First off, I want to thank everyone who came up to me this weekend and all the new friends I made. The Bookcon experience would not be the same without the friendly atmosphere it conveys. My experiences with book lovers and authors were all positive. It was definitely one of their best years. Now, onto my haul!

Signed Books





Because I went with my mom to Bookcon, we both went different places so we had the ability to get the things we wanted. Unfortunately, my mom picked up a copy of Impostors by Scott Westerfeld which I already had. Luckily for you all, I am giving it away!! All you need to do is follow my blog and my Twitter and enter below!
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Bookcon Scheduling

It’s finally Bookcon. In all honesty, I am unprepared this year. For those who are not following me on Instagram (@marissarnicole), I was on vacation last week and graduated from high school yesterday! Because of my hectic schedule these past few months, planning for events was forgotten about until now. In fact, I am currently packing for Bookcon and writing my schedule that is for…tomorrow.

Anyway, I decided to take a temporary break from planning so that I could publish a blog post before the convention. I decided that I would give you some advice on how to create your Bookcon Schedule!!

  • Google Spreadsheet is a great way to organize the events you want to attend

My schedule includes the events name, a suggested time to get there, where it is located, and the price (this helps with budgeting).

  • Color-coding helps 

I organize the events by colors. I use different colors for how important the event is for me. This helps if you are busy throughout the event and want a clear idea of what you are missing!

  • Remember that you are not going to go to everything

For most events, you have to be online for thirty minutes BEFORE the event because they reach capacity. If you have three signings at 4:00 then you will only get to two IF YOU ARE LUCKY. Prioritize your schedule!

  • If you are bringing a partner then use the buddy system!

The buddy system is great. If you create a schedule, split the events. Sharing the ARCs/books with a friend is better than never receiving them.

  • Don’t just rely on the Bookcon website

Research all publishers and the events they have!!

  • There are events after Bookcon

Most authors go to signings afterward so if you miss them at the convention.

What I Have Been Up To

Hello Everyone!!

If it was not already obvious, I have been slightly inactive in the book community. This occurred because schoolwork and college applications became my main priority. However, I have a bunch of reviews ready to be posted in the upcoming weeks and I will be attending Bookcon! If you would like, I will post my convention schedule and tips!

In other news, I created a new blog!! “Marissa Nicole” is my personal blog where I will publish articles about my life, beauty, health, and travel. If that interests you, I highly suggest you check out my blog. Also, I am a Her Campus Trendsetter and a Serengetee Rep for the summer!

I am so happy I could update you all in regards to my life. I cannot wait to publish more articles for you!

Social Conflicts in The Color of Water

*This was one of my summer reading essays*

Throughout history, discrimination has been a continuous controversy. Society has proven not to be colorblind. In fact, looking through history books, there is countless evidence that society not only notices the difference of colors, but has tried relentlessly to separate them. It is well known that society teaches that people of one race are superior to those of another, even after centuries of social progress. Because of this truth, it is not a surprise that society has trouble accepting the idea of interracial marriage. Despite its progress in understanding that relationships should be based on love rather than race, society is continuing to understand this concept.

Throughout the 1600’s, interracial marriage was a topic of debate. During this time, Virginia had a massive role in the events regarding interracial marriage. In 1664, Maryland passed the first law to ban relationships between slaves and Caucasians. This law caused an outbreak of other state laws. In 1691, The Common Wealth of Virginia tried to inflict the death penalty: “Be it enacted by the authoritie aforesaid…effectuall execution” (Indiana University, Virginia laws of servitude and slavery). Because of the popularity of this law, The Common Wealth of Virginia expanded the policy to impose fines on the priest that allow interracial marriages. This hatred continued until a Supreme Court case questioned these beliefs. The Loving VS Virginia case fought against the laws abolishing marriage between races. By using the 14th Amendment, the Lovings won (Encyclopedia Virginia, Loving V. Virginia). After that, The United States repealed their laws against interracial marriage. Despite the laws being erased, hatred toward mixed-race relationships still existed. In fact, there are still doubts relating to mixed relationships in present society (Thoughtco, Interracial Marriage Laws History & Timeline).

In The Color of Water by James McBride, the topic of interracial marriage is exposed to its readers. McBride explains this social conflict through all points of view. From a white woman, to the reaction of her peers, and the effect of the criticism on her son, McBride looks deeper into the situation. The book shows the hardships faced involving mixed relationships. Despite the setting occurring after the laws were abolished, it showed society’s hostility toward the relationships. An example of this statement is when Ruth, the mother of McBride, is shunned by her family because she is in a romantic relationship with a black man. This example shows how strong the prejudice ideals were during this time period. McBride emphasizes the struggles regarding Ruth’s relationships to express that even though the laws prohibiting interracial marriage were disregarded, hatred for the relationships stayed stagnant. McBride uses this topic to allow readers to question the “progress” of social change.

Overall, the author uses Ruth’s story to enlighten others that social justice is still needed. Though the laws are gone, the hatred still thrives in society. McBride effectively portrays the struggles interracial couples faced after Loving VS Virginia to educate readers on how society’s beliefs remained prejudice.

Book Discussion: The Sunflower​ by Simon Wiesenthal


Literature is often used to express moral issues. Through stories, audiences have the ability to reflect on their ethics and values. In The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal, the main character is faced with an important internal conflict: should he forgive a Nazi for the mass murder of his religion?

Wiesenthal begins his book by telling the story of how he was brought to a dying Nazi’s bedside. He explains the hardships faced at the concentration camp to explain why forgiveness is hard to grant. By using harsh tones to describe the Nazis’ behavior, Wiesenthal reveals why the Nazi’s request causes an internal conflict. Ultimately, Wiesenthal decides, rather than forgiveness, to remain silent. Silence poses as a neutral response to the Nazi’s apology. The response leads to a question: was that the correct choice?

The second half of the novel is written by 53 writers of different backgrounds. Each person represented has a different belief system and values. Wiesenthal’s response to the Nazi allows for the other people to question what their decision would be. Each of the 53 writers states their beliefs on the subject and how they would have responded. Even though this story is focused on the Holocaust, the reflections of the 53 writers can be used in any situation. It is eventually shown that this project is not just about the Nazis but also forgiving people in general. Wiesenthal’s novel allows readers to question their moral values.

Overall, the book is an insightful look at who readers are in a moral perspective. Readers reflect on how forgiving they are and it allows them to fully understand compassion.