TTT: Books we’ve read for our book clubs

TTT: Books we’ve read for our book clubs

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. Anne and I were in a book club together, but since a majority of the members didn’t read the books, it fizzled out. On top of that I was also in a book club through neighbors of my parents, but that also kinda died. We haven’t had much luck with book clubs! I had to do enough prescribed reading through school, so I would much rather read what I want, whenever I want. And, I have a long enough TBR list already, so I don’t really need additional book recommendations. (Although they are always welcome for phenomenal books) :) 1. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber I did this one backwards, by watching the BBS mini-series before… Read more »

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SIBS: New York State of Mind

SIBS: New York State of Mind

Anne and I both got off track a bit with our regularly scheduled themed posts, but it’s a new year and time to get back into the routine. So, the reason why I’ve been so absent (again, another reason why Anne is so awesome!) is because I’ve had quite a few personal changes over the last five months. My maternal grandmother passed away unexpectedly in early fall and while it may be hard to believe, I’m still going through the grieving process. Everyone has been very supportive and I’ve definitely felt the love among family and friends. Shortly after her passing, I was approached by my boss with an incredible opportunity – a promotion at work. However, not only was it a promotion, but also a relocation as well. Yep, you guessed it. I’m moving to New York City! So, while I’m sad to leave behind family and friends, I’m… Read more »

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24 hours before destruction? Challenge accepted.

24 hours before destruction? Challenge accepted.

A friend shared this publicity stunt with me today: James Patterson’s new book will destruct in 24 hours if you can’t finish it. I admit, it is kind of an interesting take on getting your ARCs out there and having your new book rise to the top. It worked for me — I wouldn’t have given a Patterson book a second thought before this — I certainly would not have a post about one otherwise. But not only does the eARC erase itself, but you can pay more than 200K on a copy that will actually self destruct: That’s, actually, pretty cool. But, two things: 1. Is this is the only way he can get people to read his books? 2. Is it really a challenge to read 416 pages in 24 hours? I’m thinking about all of the books I have read in less than that time. Outlander is a… Read more »

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Review: The Handmaid’s Tale

Review: The Handmaid’s Tale

I’m embarrassed to admit that prior to The Handmaid’s Tale I had only read Surfacing by Margaret Atwood. And, that was back in college for a particularly boring literature class. Not because of the reading material, but the professor, presentation and curriculum was entirely lacking. This might’ve been due to the fact that my professor was retiring after the semester, so I can understand why they seemed to be slacking. But, I digress. The Handmaid’s Tale has casually been on my to-read list for quite some time and on a whim I downloaded/borrowed it from my library. And, I was instantly hooked. From the short, snappy chapters, to the immediate introduction of Atwood’s new world, Republic of Gilead, a regressed Puritan-esque America, made me question what happened to the “modern” world? I thought it was brilliant how Atwood slowly revealed how society slowly imploded and, to add insult to injury,… Read more »

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TTT: Our top swoon-worthy characters

TTT: Our top swoon-worthy characters

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. Yea, freebie week! I’ve been in a nostalgia, security blanket, swoonish mood (that’s a thing, right?). And, have been clinging to books, shows and characters that give me the feels. So, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday: Our top swoon-worthy characters! This was really hard to narrow down to just five, because I have a whole list of fictitious boyfriends in my mind, hence my alias. Nevertheless, here’s my list! 1. The Beast of Waroch from Dark Triumph Umm, need I say more with this awesome illustration of Sybella and Beast? I loved the slow burn of their relationship and how sweet Beast was with Sybella. Even though he isn’t described as the typical heartthrob, he still makes me swoon…. Read more »

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TTT: 2014 Releases We Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To

TTT: 2014 Releases We Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To

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. Anne and I both read last year – we swear! We both achieved and surpassed our Goodreads’ reading challenge, but apparently we found other books to stick our noses in. If we didn’t have those pesky jobs, we would get a lot more reading done! ;) 1) The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark by Meryl Gordon I’m not really big on memoirs or nonfiction, but I saw this on NetGalley and it sounded really interesting. However, I went on a NG requesting binge and never really got around to reading this. It’s still on my list, though! 2) Once Upon A Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale by Marina… Read more »

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Review: The Timber Wolves trilogy

Review: The Timber Wolves trilogy

Did you read the book information up there? Did you notice that little self published factoid? Color me impressed by Ms Blackwell — this series pretty much had me at its whim and she published the trilogy on her own. That rocks. I should disclose that I received a copy of this trilogy for free in the best way possible (it does not affect my review one lick though). The author found one of my TTT posts, wherein I mentioned that the Timber Wolves trilogy was one I was itching to get my hands on. She so graciously provided me with the ebooks for the trilogy and pretty much made me the happiest blogger in the world. I became even more enthused once I started reading said books. I’m going to review each of these stories and clearly mark some spoilers that are basically unavoidable with the plot lines here…. Read more »

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Review: When the World Was Young

Review: When the World Was Young

I don’t understand what happened here. The first chapter of When the World Was Young was interesting, well written and had me looking forward to the story.  But somehow, somewhere along the line, what held my attention vanished and I was left with cold, unfeeling facts about ants. Wally pretty much grows up like an orphan after the end of WWII — her mother commits suicide and her father basically abandons her to go clean up after war. Wally spends her time with Ham (Hamilton), her grandmother’s maid’s son. Together they build ant worlds, get into shenanigans and learn some harsh realities about being friends with someone of a different race than you. Then they both are separated in early adulthood and make some poor choices when they get back together. All in all, this is a story with a lot of repeatable patterns. Like mother, like daughter — except for… Read more »

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TTT: Genres we want to read more of

TTT: Genres we want to read more of

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. Anne and I are doing something a little different this week, as it relates to our bookish resolutions. We’re listing the Top Ten genres we’d like to read more of this year. 1. Classic, Classics I’m talking like Moby Dick, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Dracula. The more I think about it, I haven’t read too many classics. And, as I’m progressing in my career and personal life,  oddly enough, references to these types of novels keep popping up. Or, maybe I’m just hanging out with cool kids. :-) 2. Modern Classics I was lucky enough to create my own English education in high school, and consequently did a choose your own adventure approach to literature. As a… Read more »

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Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

To be honest, I have had a blast on my time off over the holidays — tons of reading. And copious amounts of Dragon Age Inquisition. So much so that I never properly tied up 2014 and kicked off 2015. This blog’s anniversary was in December, and we held three giveaways to celebrate. Those winners have been contacted, and gift giving has commenced. Thank you to everyone who entered, we appreciate that you stopped by and left us a comment and overall were awesome. But this wrap-up thing is going to be really simple. Ashley and I want to share our top five books read in 2014. Anne’s 2014 favorites: A note first, I read 89 books in 2014 (the goal was 80). My god, that is a lot! I’m kind of proud of that fact. But, it also made narrowing the list hard. 1. Because I stayed up all night (4… Read more »

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