That Time I Joined the Circus Blog Tour: Top Ten with Author J.J. Howard

April 1, 2013 Blog Tour, J.J. Howard, Point, Scholastic Press, That Time I Joined the Circus 9

I am so happy to be a part of the That Time I Joined the Circus Blog Tour! This book is a cute contemporary read and it releases TODAY! My review will post later on today so make sure you come back and check it out. As part of the tour, I have a Top Ten list with the lovely author, J.J. Howard!

Top Ten Guilty Pleasures


10. The BBC Pride and Prejudice
I even show it in class every year to my ninth graders, and I’m still not sick of it. When Elizabeth covers for Georgiana and pretends to apologize for not turning the pages and Darcy looks at her…I just can’t. If you’ve seen it, you know what I mean.

9. iPhone games
Time suck at its finest: Bejeweled is my favorite, but I also like that game where you catch hamburger fixings that fall out of the sky. I know I’m too old to be involved in anything as ludicrous as the idea of tomatoes falling out of the sky—or of a burger with 78 onion slices. I’ve been too old since I was about nine. But it’s sort of fun anyway. I can’t explain it.

8. Reality competition shows
Face Off, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance?, Top Chef. I’m not sure how this happened, but I’ve seen every season of almost every one of these things.

7. New music on iTunes
It’s only $1.29, right? It is until you buy twenty-seven songs….

6. ABC Family
I’ve liked a lot of their shows since the network started—but my favorite one, which is definitely a guilty pleasure, is The Lying Game. When Alexandra Chando says the voiceover at the beginning of each show she says something like “keep the secret, and try to stay alive.” It’s so cheesy I almost can’t stand it, but somehow I get sucked in every time.

5. Regencies
Lexi from CIRCUS got this vice from me. I haven’t read one since last summer, but I still love them. All of them are around two hundred pages, all set between about 1800-1820, all featuring liberal use of titles like Earl and Viscount, and words such as gammon, rake, and quiz (quiz as in “I felt the perfect quiz when Lord Molton asked me for my hand for the first waltz!”—not like, a vocab quiz 😉 If you’re an Austenmaniac like me, these are the next best thing.

4. Starbucks
Yes, my Venti Caramel Macchiato costs way too much and has enough calories for the whole day. But I only have them on Fridays….usually.

3. Tumblr
Sometimes I fall into a tumblr-shaped hole. I’m completely mesmerized by all the GIFs. Moving pictures! It’s almost like Hogwarts magic.

2. Fried
Fried potatoes, fried onions, fried cheese. That’s the beauty part of frying: it makes everything better.

1. Netflix and DVD of my very favorite shows, on repeat forever.
Is it so wrong to honestly prefer Veronica Mars or Firefly or Roswell to pretty much everything that’s currently on? If so, I don’t want to be right 😉

I am such a huge fan of those reality tv shows too! Face Off is so cool and SYTYCD is a must watch! I’m pretty big on fried food and Tumblr too. 🙂

About the Book:

Lexi Ryan just ran away to join the circus, but not on purpose.

A music-obsessed, slightly snarky New York City girl, Lexi is on her own. After making a huge mistake–and facing a terrible tragedy–Lexi has no choice but to track down her long-absent mother. Rumor has it that Lexi’s mom is somewhere in Florida with a traveling circus.

When Lexi arrives at her new, three-ring reality, her mom isn’t there . . . but her destiny might be. Surrounded by tigers, elephants, and trapeze artists, Lexi finds some surprising friends and an even more surprising chance at true love. She even lucks into a spot as the circus’s fortune teller, reading tarot cards and making predictions.

But then Lexi’s ex-best friend from home shows up, and suddenly it’s Lexi’s own future that’s thrown into question.

With humor, wisdom, and a dazzlingly fresh voice, this debut reminds us of the magic of circus tents, city lights, first kisses, and the importance of an excellent playlist.

About the Author:

J.J. Howard is wearing headphones right now, most likely. She grew up in York, Pennsylvania, obsessed with music, movies, television, and pop culture. You can call her if you ever need to phone a friend for trivia on any of the above topics, but don’t ask about sports, because she is hopeless at those (along with math).
J.J. graduated from Dickinson College with a BA in English and Tiffin University with an MH in Humanities. She has been some of her students’ favorite English teacher for a quite a few years (she even has a mug somewhere to prove it). THAT TIME I JOINED THE CIRCUS is her first young adult novel.
J.J. would love to hear from her readers and is always ready to trade playlists.

Check out the rest of the Blog Tour schedule:

3/27: Blog Tour Kick Off – Through the Looking Glass
3/28: Literary Exploration: Book Review
3/29: The Book Cellar: Author Favorites List
3/30: Nick’s Book Blog: Guest Post – Top Five YA’s and Top Five TBR
3/31: The Hollow Cupboards: Guest Post – Authors/Stories that Inspired Me the Most
4/1: Forever 17 Books: Top Ten Guilty Pleasures
4/2: Emilie’s Book World: Favorite Circus Attractions
4/3: Novel Sounds: Author Playlist
4/4: Nawanda Files: Author Interview
4/5: Hobbitsies: Advice for Teen Writers
4/6: Through the Looking Glass: Book Review
4/7: The Book Vortex: Guest Post – Seven Random Facts about JJ Howard
4/8: Stalking the Bookshelves: A Day in the Life of JJ Howard
4/9: Word Spelunking: Author Interview
4/10: The Busy Bibliophile: Top Seven Things I Would Like to Collect
4/11: Through the Looking Glass – Wrap Up Post

Thanks for stopping by my stop on the tour! Do you share any guilty pleasures with J.J. Howard?

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

9 Responses to “That Time I Joined the Circus Blog Tour: Top Ten with Author J.J. Howard”

  1. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    Oh crap I totally forgot I got this book last week too. I’ll have to add it to my STS post next week.
    I really want to read this one, sounds great.
    Tumblr is dangerous! I avoid it for like a month then I spend hours on it and have to avoid it for like another month. I binge on Tumblr 🙂

  2. Becca

    I don’t think I can love J.J. Howard more (and I haven’t even read the book yet!) I went down her list and I was like “yes, yes, yes, yes.” She’s completely and utterly awesome.

  3. Jasprit

    Oh this book sounds awesome Sara, I can’t wait for your review! I’ll definitely be adding this to my tbr! Also I can’t live without my reality TV competitions or my Starbucks! Fab post ladies! 🙂

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