July 29, 2016

BookItCon 2016: Interview with author Josh Berk

Posted in author interviews at 10:04 PM by Rockin' Rita

You may be asking yourself, what is BookItCon?
Bookitcon isn’t just your ordinary book event, it is a charity book event. We are working with the nonprofit Grace in the Mud* and two K-8 schools in Camden, NJ to help them grow their outdated libraries. The proceeds from this event will be benefiting them. There currently are 30 incredible authors** in the lineup this year for our second annual event (Chapter Two). The book event will include meet-n-greets with the authors, along with two panels and the opportunity to get all of your books signed by all the authors!

If you purchase*** the VIP ticket, you will also be invited to a VIP dinner/after party with the authors, along with getting an extra hour to get your books signed! Books can be bought at the event however if you are unable to attend and would like an autographed book from any of the authors you may buy them on our website.****

A word from our organizer, Nori on why she started UBUbiz.
I decided to start UBUbiz because I wanted a way to combine my passions for reading, business, and charity/community service. After wracking my brain for months, the idea of Bookitcon suddenly appeared! This is my second year hosting Bookitcon, and I can’t wait.

Where and when?
16 East Main Street Moorestown, NJ 08057
Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Some of the authors at the event include: 
Albert Borris
Amanda Foody
Anna Breslaw
April Lindner
AV Geiger
Barbara Dee
Beth Fantaskey
Charlotte Huang
Claire Legrand
Emma Chase
Eric Smith
Jodi Meadows
Josh Berk
Julie Chibbaro
Julie Eshbaugh
Karole Cozzo
Kathryn Holmes
Kendall Kulper
Kit Grindstaff
Lee Kelly
Lisa A. Koosis
Mackenzi Lee
Martina A Boone
Mia Siegert
Nancy Norbeck
Phoebe North
S Usher Evans
Sandy Hall
SJ Goslee
Victoria Scott

The full schedule can be found on our website: www.UBUbiz.com


The Interview


Procrastinate Reader: Josh, do you have a “day job” besides being an author?

Josh Berk: Yes, I am a librarian! Specifically, I am the library director in Bethlehem, PA. I have worked in libraries for 18 years and love it.  

PR: That’s so cool! I’ve always wanted to work in a library since I was a child. I would like you to think back to your childhood… what was the first book you remember reading and falling in love with?

JB: This is actually an easy question! I speak to kids a lot and they love to ask this question. For me it was The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. I just loved the main characters and the magical world C.S. Lewis created. I spent a whole summer pushing on the back of closets trying to fall into Narnia.

PR: I love that book! The whole series is awesome but that book was my favorite out of all 5 books! It was on my to be read list forever before I got the chance to read it. Speaking of TBR’s how long is your list?

JB: It’s pretty long! I don’t really keep a list, but I’m always reading about five books at once. I read a lot of non-fiction (usually baseball books) and always have a novel going and also an audiobook in the car. A book I’m really into right now is Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein.

PR: That’s a lot to be “reading” all at once- I’m impressed! Now that we know about your heading habits let’s talk a little about your writing. Tell us about your latest release.

JB: Say It Ain’t So was the sequel to Strike Three You’re Dead. They are middle-grade baseball mystery novels with lots of jokes. It also has a scene at the very end that I very much love. Teaser!

PR: (FINAL QUESTION) Your twitter profile blurb says you are “Provocative Maury Povich question-asker.” What question would you ask Maury if you were to meet him and only ask him one question?

JB: Hey so that part of my Twitter bio (unlike some of the other parts…) is totally true! I was an audience member on Maury Povich in 1995. It was an episode about the O.J. Simpson trial. I asked a question (not of Maury, but of the panel) about race, class, and the legal system. Provocative! I really want someone to find that episode on YouTube and post the link in the comments. I will give a reward. (Of signed books.)

PR: Thanks so much Josh for taking the time to answer some of my questions for my little blog! I look forward to meeting you at the event! You can find Josh on Twitter @joshberkbooks, visit his website Josh Berk, Writer, buy his books on Amazon, and follow him and add his books on Goodreads.

PS. I tried to find a video of the episode and all I came up with was this with OJ’s ex-gf on the show. Happy hunting everyone! If you find the video please post the link in the comments .:)

*You can find more information on Grace in the Mud by going to their website (http://www.graceinthemud.org/home.html), facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GraceintheMud), or gofundme (https://www.gofundme.com/justforgirls).

**A full list of authors can be found here.

***Interested in attending? Great! You can buy a ticket here!

****Are you dying of jealousy because you’d love to be able to attend and get books signed by the attending authors but can’t? Don’t fear, because virtual signings are here! You can purchase books by any of the attending authors and get it shipped to your house, easy peasy!

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July 25, 2016

It’s Finally Relaunch Day!!!

Posted in book reviews, Books at 11:29 PM by Rockin' Rita

Yey!!! It’s here!!! The big day is finally here!

Today is relaunch day
and it comes complete with a mini book review!

Welcome everyone to The Procrastinate Reader! I am super excited to be relaunching my old Rockin’ Tips blog in a completely different format- a book blog!

First thing’s first:
You may ask why didn’t you just wipe out your old blog or create a new one?
There’s a simple answer for this. I like my old blog but feel like I’ve grown so much as a person over the past 5 years since my last post. I’ve evolved and so will this blog.

This blog (TPR) will still be random just like my last one however it will be much more focused around the central theme of books. I’m looking for all kinds of people to interview for The Procrastinate Reader- authors, fellow book bloggers, bookstagramers, booktubers, booklrs, readers, even haters of books and reading. I am also interested in having guest posters and reviewing books. Easiest way to get in touch with me is a Twitter DM (@RockinRita03) as I’m most likely to respond to that method the quickest! You can also email me at RockinRitaBlogs(at)gmail(dot)com.

I also have another blog I’ve recently relaunched. Rockin’ Randomness can be found on Blogger.

Time for some fun!!

I recently finished reading YA Author/Clinical Psychologist Becky Albertalli‘s debut novel Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens AgendaI ordered my copy from Becky’s local indie bookstore FoxTale Book Shoppe as they had autographed copies and Becky had tweeted that anybody who ordered it from FoxTale could get it personalized by her. I typically go for discounted books as I’m the type of person who doesn’t believe in spending more than they actually need to. That being said to get not only an autographed copy but one that was personalized and from an indie bookstore–you just can’t put a price tag on that! Unfortunately Becky got busy and never made it to FoxTale before they shipped my book out so I didn’t get it personalized. But what Becky did afterwards more than made up for it! She sent me a bunch of SIMON Vs. swag!


First thing I wanna say about Simon Vs. is why didn’t books like this exist when I was younger?! The writing is magnificent and the story is so enthralling! The characters come to life and you feel like you’re right there with them. SIMON vs is a LGBTQ love story that will have you playing a guessing game as you learn more and more about 16 year old high school junior Simon Spier, his friends, and Blue, the boy he fell in love with over email–oh and the kid who’s blackmailing him!! Yup- blackmail, romance, m/m, friendship, family.

This book has it all! As you delve deeper and deeper into the story you will go through many many bags of Oreo cookies (Simon’s fave)! The story is that good and intense! I myself went through two big bags of mini oreos while reading one short chapter! I can’t put into words just how good this book is except to say that it really is as good as everyone says! I will recommend it highly forever!

10 out of 5 stars for me!! 

Also, if you buy the paperback version of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda you also get a sneak peek at Becky’s sophomore effort The Upside of Unrequited! These books are worth every penny but don’t take my word for it- go read it for yourself!

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