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Emma Watson Hides Copies of 'Handmaid's Tale' in Paris

Emma Watson Hides Copies of 'Handmaid's Tale' in Paris

Emma Watson is doing it again and becoming the best Fairy Godmother of Books!

The Beauty and the Beast actress and activist hit the streets of Paris, France today, hiding copies of Margaret Atwood‘s “The Handmaid’s Tale” throughout the city.

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The first time Emma did this was after the 2016 US Presidential Election. She hid copies of Maya Angelou‘s book Mom & Me & Mom on the NYC Subways.

The second time was during International Women’s Day this year. She hid even more feminist books around the Big Apple.

If you’re in Paris, be on the lookout!

Bethany Mota Dishes On Recording Her 'Make Your Mind Up' Audiobook (Exclusive)

Bethany Mota Dishes On Recording Her 'Make Your Mind Up' Audiobook (Exclusive)

Bethany Mota is currently touring the entire country promoting her first ever book, “Make Your Mind Up” and by watching her Instagram Stories, she’s having a blast.

But did you know that there’s also an audiobook?!

JJJ is really excited that the digital influencer is narrating the audiobook too!

“It was important to me to record the audiobook because I felt like this gave me an opportunity to be even more vulnerable with my viewers,” Bethany shares.

She adds, “Writing this book in general has caused me to be very personal and I feel like actually recording it, gives me the opportunity to tell my viewers the story in an even more personal way.”

Check out the rest of the interview with Bethany below!

Aspiring Author 101: All Things New's Lauren Miller on Honing Your Skills

Aspiring Author 101: All Things New's Lauren Miller on Honing Your Skills

Do you have dreams of becoming a novelist? Aspiring Author 101 is a new feature on JustJaredJr.com where we dive into the nitty gritty of writing a novel with some of our favorite, successful YA authors.

Our next writer is the super talented Lauren Miller, best known for her succeessful novels Free to Fall and Parallel.

She has a new book titled All Things New, which is “a love story about perception and truth, physical and emotional pain, and the messy, complicated people we are behind the masks we put on for the world.”

We sat down with Lauren to get some advice on what to write, where to write, and basically just pick her brain about all things writing.

All Things New hits shelves on August 1. Pre-order it now!

JJJ Aspiring Author 101 – Lauren Miller

On book everyone should read at some point?Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. It’s a collection of essays on writing by one of my favorite living writers. If you don’t know Anne Lamott, you should. Her voice is truly incomparable, and Bird by Bird is one of her best. It’s full of practical tips but the writing advice sort of isn’t the point. Bird by Bird is a meditation on what it means to be a writer. A kind of how-to guide for those of us who feel called to live the writing life.”

One book you’ll never get tired of reading?The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks. Or any book by Oliver Sacks, honestly. For those who aren’t familiar with him, he was a neurologist and writer who wrote about his most unusual patients. Each chapter is a case study about a particular person with some crazy neurological aberration. The subject matter itself is fascinating to me, but Sacks’ voice is what draws me back to his books again and again. There is so much intellect but also so much humility and humanity in his writing.”

Hardcover, paperback or digital copies? “Paperback, no question. There is something about the bendy quality of a paperback book, how it fits into your hands and into your bag and into your life. I’m definitely not precious with the books I own – they get coffee dripped on them and bath water splashed on them and cookie crumbs jammed in their page cracks. Plus, of course, paperbacks are lighter for carrying, and since I always, always have my laptop with me, weight is always an issue! E-books are great for space saving, but I find the reading experience sort of disorienting because I don’t know where I am in the story. You can see what percentage you’ve read, but that’s not the same as feeling the already-read pages in your hand.”

Click inside to read the rest of our Q&A with Lauren Miller… More Here! »

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Carrie Firestone's 'The Unlikelies' - Read An Exclusive Excerpt From This Summer Must-Read!

Carrie Firestone's 'The Unlikelies' - Read An Exclusive Excerpt From This Summer Must-Read!

The JJJ Book Club has an exclusive excerpt from Carrie Firestone‘s new novel The Unlikelies that you have to check out!

Set in the Hamptons during summer break – AKA the perfect summer read – The Unlikelies follows five teens as they form an unlikely clique and embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism.

Think The Breakfast Club meets The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.

The Unlikelies hits shelves on June 6.

Check out the excerpt here:

WHEN THEY FINALLY released me, I slumped in the wheelchair while an aide paraded me through the brightly lit hallways and into an elevator, where a couple tried not to stare. Mom carried my plastic breathing thing and my blood-spattered shoes. Dad ran ahead to get the car, which my grandmothers had already filled with the get-well flowers.

The wait in front of the hospital, in the heat and bright sunshine, made me nauseated. I started to dry heave, and the guy pushing the wheelchair handed me a pink barf bucket. I had never felt so awful.

Click inside to read the rest of the exclusive excerpt from the novel… More Here! »

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Bethany Mota Gives Inspiring Sneak Peek Inside Her New Book 'Make Your Mind Up'

Bethany Mota Gives Inspiring Sneak Peek Inside Her New Book 'Make Your Mind Up'

Bethany Mota couldn’t stop her giggles while arriving at the 2017 College Television Awards last night in Los Angeles.

The social star gave fans a little sneak peek inside her new book, “Make Your Mind Up”, on social media this week and it’s incredibly inspiring.

“Who we are is a direct response to the choices we make. If I’m not challenging myself and taking risks with my career and life goals, I feel like I’m missing out on the person I could be. Whether you succeed or fail, shooting for the stars will show you what you’re capable of,” Bethany captioned on Instagram.

She’ll be heading out on her official book tour next month and all the dates are out. Check them out below!

FYI: Bethany is carrying a Vince Camuto clutch.

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Ian Harding Gets Major Support From 'Pretty Little Liar's Co-Stars For New Book 'Odd Birds'

Ian Harding Gets Major Support From 'Pretty Little Liar's Co-Stars For New Book 'Odd Birds'

Ian Harding has some pretty amazing friends in his Pretty Little Liars cast.

The actor just came out with his first book, called “Odd Birds”, and his co-stars just can’t stop gushing over the book and him on social media.

“I’m a very proud friend and can’t wait to get my paws on a copy since Ian didn’t send me an early read,” Lucy Hale wrote on Instagram. “But seriously go out and support this hard working guy and pick up a copy of his baby.”

Shay Mitchell added, “He’s brilliant and hilarious and I have admired him from the moment I met him almost 8 years ago. You would never look at this handsome guy and think ‘oh yeah he for sure has a passion for birds’ and that’s what I love about him…ya can’t judge a book by its cover.”

Troian Bellisario also wrote a sweet message to Ian: “You have a weird and beautiful passion for birds and your honesty in sharing your experiences in Hollywood is inspiring and totally brilliant. Congratulations on the release of #oddbirds.”

“I’m so incredibly proud of you Ian! Your book is amazing. It made me laugh and cry but most importantly…it made me look up! You’re a tremendously talented gentleman- Go wish him congratulations and pick up your copy asap,” Keegan Allen wrote.

Ian is also pictured at Build Series in New York City, talking up the new book.

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'Always and Forever, Lara Jean' Author Jenny Han Talks Bringing Her Story Full Circle

'Always and Forever, Lara Jean' Author Jenny Han Talks Bringing Her Story Full Circle

The final book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, Always and Forever, Lara Jean, is out today!

We recently sat down with New York Times best-selling author Jenny Han to talk about how the third installment came together.

“I wasn’t planning on doing a third book. It was just supposed to be the two,” she told JJJ. “I just started secretly working on it because I didn’t want to get anyone excited about it. I wanted to see if there was enough story left to tell. The first night I started working on it, I was up til dawn just writing it. Then I thought, ‘OK, there’s stuff I still want to say.’”

“One of the things I’m glad about is being able to bring her full circle,” Jenny said. “Because as the first book ends, her sister is going to college and leaving, and she’s feeling really adrift about it – feeling just like her support system is gone and the ground is shifting below her. She’s thinking ‘I would have done things this way and I wouldn’t have gone so far away. I wouldn’t bring my boyfriend.’ It was fun for me to put her in that place because it was going to be her time. How would she do things differently…or not?”

“I wanted to write a character who felt very comfortable in own skin, and satisfied in her circumstances,” Jenny told us about crafting Lara Jean as the series’ protagonist. “She’s really not longing for a boyfriend or longing for a better social life. She really does like to be at home, and make cookies and hang out with her sisters. That’s sincere. She is a character with a lot of longing and romantic ideals, but that doesn’t necessarily look the same way that someone else’s does. I like to explore that.”

As for deciding whether or not Lara Jean and Peter live happily ever after, Jenny said, “In terms of teenage romance and falling in love…you want that to be forever. And then you think, you’re 18. Is that person really the person for you? Maybe. They might be. They might not be. I really grappled with that idea – what I wanted for her and what she would want for herself.”

Be sure to pick up your copy of Always and Forever, Lara Jean now!

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Aspiring Author 101: Famous in Love's Rebecca Serle on Putting Yourself Out There

Aspiring Author 101: Famous in Love's Rebecca Serle on Putting Yourself Out There

Do you have dreams of becoming a novelist? Aspiring Author 101 is a new feature on JustJaredJr.com where we dive into the nitty gritty of writing a novel with some of our favorite, successful YA authors.

First up is author Rebecca Serle – the brains behind the popular Famous in Love series – who also happens to write for the Freeform television adaptation of her book.

We talked with Rebecca about everything from where she writes, what books she recommends, and what advice she has for aspiring young novelists like you!

Be sure to pick up your copy of Famous in Love.

JJJ Aspiring Author 101 – Rebecca Serle

What’s one book everyone should read at some point? Stephen King‘s On Writing. It’s the best book on process that I’ve ever encountered. It’s the No. 1 piece of advice I give to someone who asks me for advice about writing. I also think it’s just a great life book. And because it’s Stephen King, it’s a page-turner.

One book you’ll never get tired of reading? Harry Potter. God knows how many times I’ve read Harry Potter (laughs).

Hardcover, paperback or digital copies? It’s different for different things. I’m a big memoir person and I love to read memoir. So Patti Smith’s memoir, Diane Keaton‘s memoir, I have all of those in hard cover. And most of them are signed, which is pretty cool. That’s the fun thing about living in New York. They all come to the Barnes and Noble in Union Square, so I get to go. Books like that I have in hard cover. I prefer to read in the flesh, but because I travel so much – I’m back and forth between New York and L.A. constantly – I do use my iPad a lot. I use everything. I get a lot of paperbacks [too].

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