Expanding genres: Have any contemporaries to rec?

Expanding genres: Have any contemporaries to rec?

I feel like I’ve been reading the same genres all year long, and while it isn’t a bad idea to stick with what you love, it feels kind of limiting. I mean, I really enjoy fantasy and scifi, but from blogging I noticed that there is this craze for a genre called contemporary. I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of contemporary books. But, the thing is, I also don’t think I have the experience to really make the call on that. Like your mother would say over the Brussels sprouts, how can you not like something if you’ve never tried it? I do follow quite a few blogs that focus primarily on contemporary, despite that I don’t read those types of books. I follow those bloggers because they great content outside of their reviews. Key word being outside. Because I don’t read reviews for contemporaries. The solitary reviews I have… Read more »

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Authors I’d like to read more from

Authors I’d like to read more from

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is authors I’ve only read one book from, but plan to read more. I started and finished The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater as part of the re-read hosted by Books of Amber and Readers in Wonderland. I kind of finished way early so I need to read book two. But, in addition to this series, I need more Stiefvater. Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence was a joy ride. I’ll be reading more of this series (when it comes out) and will check out his other series too. I took the easy route and delved into Neil Gaiman‘s works by reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It was magical, and I do… Read more »

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Review: Half a King

Review: Half a King

It’s probably just me, but I had a very hard time writing a review for Half a King. I mean, this, right here, is probably my fifth opening, and it’s still not great. But, I’m dealing with it and just letting it fly. It may be because I haven’t composed a full-length review in a while (read: since July). But all the same I had to reconsider my original rating for this book because if I have nothing to say it’s not just because I’m rusty. It’s because it is a fine book. Not spectacular, not terrible, but fine. There are a few reasons why I did not find this to be exceptional: I didn’t anticipate a travel story. I’m not a huge fan of stories that take place on the road, characters who spend their entire lives on the page moving to the interesting stuff. I have read exceptions… Read more »

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An unexpected absence

An unexpected absence

A sheepish hello my lovely friends and readers! If you were wondering whether or not Lovely Literature dissolved into the outskirts of the interwebs, be at ease, we were only trying to fumble our way through a site migration to a self-hosted platform. Not such an easy task, as it turns out. It was definitely a challenge, but I can say Anne and I learned more about WP, domains and hosting than we ever cared to before. We are just glad it’s over and are excited to start utilizing our bright and shiny new site! While our blog is back and hopefully better than ever (content and design wise), I, however, will still be the semi-silent co-blogger for a time. There are some big stressors currently happening in my life, both work and family wise. Hopefully, I’ll be able to contribute here and there, but in the meantime, just know… Read more »

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I spy a copy error: Mistakes in published books

I spy a copy error: Mistakes in published books

First off, a little copyeditor quiz! Can you find the error on the page below? (It is from Daughter of the Forest — and not really a spoiler contained below, but ye be warned) ┬áDid you find it? It’s a fairly easy mistake to make — the name Eilis isn’t really common, and it’s not like you can spell check it. But, there it is, misspelled three lines later as “Ellis.” Now, this is a published book, so it gives me a little jolt of satisfaction to catch this. And then I start wondering how this made it through unnoticed. And then I think about how many people probably read these words before they hit the printing press. That’s crazy to me! How many copyeditors looked at this page and missed this? Of course, we are all human and will make mistakes, and I’m sure I’ve made atrocious errors before…. Read more »

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Anne’s mini reviews: July/August 2014

Anne’s mini reviews: July/August 2014

Mini reviews are great! All in one paragraph, you can get to the heart of a book while also finding out the major highlights/lowlights. That’s why I’ve started sharing a monthly run-down of the books I’ve read that are worthy of sharing, but not destined for full-review status. Clearly, I didn’t manage to review very many books in the last weeks with our accidental hiatus. To make up for it, I’ll be tackling some mini reviews from July and August. Book images link to Goodreads. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline This book! I can’t believe I slacked and didn’t share how much I loved Ready Player One until just now. The year is 2044, and the world’s gone to shit. Wade is a poor, schlubby teen living in the cramped laundry room of his aunt’s mobile home. But Wade has another life, one that’s online in the OASIS, a… Read more »

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Bring on the spoilers!

Bring on the spoilers!

Not long ago, I discussed predictability and whether that ruins a book for you. In that post, I also clarified that I am not one to get all hot and bothered by spoilers. In fact, (hold on to your pearls) I sometimes seek them out. I’m pretty much going against everyone else on the planet apparently, because people get so, excuse me for this, butthurt about finding out a plot point or character development or that someone sneezes on page 342. For me, the story isn’t ruined if I know a pivotal part of what is going to happen. And if I can’t enjoy the story after knowing what will happen, then the storytelling isn’t strong the first place. Think about rereading your favorite book or re-binging a TV series. You already know what will happen, but you still enjoy it. That’s because there is more to the story going… Read more »

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On accidental hiatuses, Outlander and Guardians of the Galaxy

On accidental hiatuses, Outlander and Guardians of the Galaxy

So we may have taken a bit of time off… Enough so that you’d probably call it a hiatus. It was a purely accidental one, though, as far as hiatuses go. First we migrated, then we had some header design issues, then our WordPress followers wouldn’t move over (that’s the bulk of our followers, mind you). In the middle of all this disorganized chaos, I was featured on Book and a Beverage (thanks, Brittany!), and then promptly had to hide ourselves because of problems. We were down for the count for what felt like forever (yea, more like a month), and you know what? I missed blogging. I take that as a great sign — that the hiatus actually was accidental and I wasn’t just tired of the habit. I know Ashley enjoyed the time off, but I was itching to get this beast up and running again! And when… Read more »

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Featured on Book and a Beverage!

Featured on Book and a Beverage!

While we are in the midst of cleaning up our new site, it was my turn to be featured on The Book Addict’s Guide’s awesome feature called Booksand a Beverage. You can take a look at the post here, where I share some of the features we have coming up on the blog, ask others to excuse our mess in the time being, and share my latest book and beverage (it’s a beer!).    

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We’re moving!

We’re moving!

Anne and I have been working on migrating our site to a self-hosted platform and redesigning our site. We’ve begun the migration and our site may be unavailable or in transition for a short period of time. Don’t worry, we’ll be back and better than ever! Thank you for your patience and we’ll see you on the other side.

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