Spring feeling, cleaning and reading

Spring feeling, cleaning and reading

Hello? It’s me (Ashley). I was wondering after all these months if you’d like to read from me? Haha. Oh man…I’ve been in a crazy funk the last 6-8 months. A lot of it has to do with work stress, but I was also hit with extremely delayed homesickness. You know what they say, if one part of your life is out of wack, it throws everything off. And, in my case it is so, so true. I occasionally go through bouts of reader boredom, but I can usually bounce back after a few fluffy reads. However, for whatever reason, I was just not interested in reading…at all…not even graphic novels. Which scared me even more because it is so atypical. So, I took a step way, way back from blogging. I was half-assing more recent posts, not keeping up on my TBR list or reviews and just wanted to… Read more »

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Getting my shit together

Getting my shit together

I’m going to be honest. I’m feeling a little blasé about blogging. Which, as a general lack of posts might indicate, is a complete understatement. Ashley abandoned ship a while ago. I tried to hold on, but these days I would rather watch Gilmore Girls back-to-back in anticipation of the revival coming soon than blog. (Historically, Team Jess, but now maybe Logan? I guess age will do that? How do I cope with this shift in identity?) And at that, the idea of an in-depth feature on the Gilmores is more enticing to me than reviewing books as I have been for the past two years. Oh that. A two year blogiversary rolled around and I had no energy to even give myself a small party for committing to something for that long. Because honestly, Top Ten Tuesday posts every once in a while is as fulfilling a relationship as friends with… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday: Matching songs and books

Top Ten Tuesday: Matching songs and books

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. I haven’t done a TTT in some time — ooof! This seemed like a creative topic, but I know I won’t have ten ideas to give.  I only have two, but they are songs that make me think of books every time I hear them. Landline by Rainbow Rowell and Hello by Adele  Umm, have you heard this song before? Adele is lamenting about her phone calls not being picked up. This is the essence of the sheer paranoia known as Landline. Lyrics: Hello from the other side I must have called a thousand times To tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done But when I call you never seem to be home Cress by Marissa Meyer and Satellite/… Read more »

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TTT: Characters I’d like to canoodle

TTT: Characters I’d like to canoodle

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 a freebie. Dangerous things happen when you give me control. I’m working through a list of topics I made last year, and today I’m choosing the characters I wouldn’t mind taking a run at.* *hypothetically because they aren’t real and I’m not crazy, but you can’t tell me you don’t have this list in your head at any given moment  Copious canoodling ahead I’ve also noted whether the character is a dick or not, which seems important to calculate.      1. Joscelin Verreuil from Kushiel’s Dart | Not a Dick Oh, sweet deadly cinnamon roll. Phedre and Joscelin are the T-est OTP, I love him so. Phedre puts him through some real torture in the course… Read more »

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Owl Crate Unboxed: January Magic

Owl Crate Unboxed: January Magic

I’m a bit obsessed with subscription boxes. The surprise! The loot! The thrill of getting mail! Here’s a look into my latest box: Owl Crate. The Book Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go. What is this? How have I not heard of this book before? I’m so intrigued… Read more »

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TTT: Books added recently to my TBR

TTT: Books added recently to my TBR

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 the ten most recent books I have added to my TBR! I may have accidentally scheduled a different post to go up earlier today, so oops. It was a long break off from the blog, okay?       1. Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley A story about the Brontës and their ability to travel into the worlds they create. It seems as Gothic as Jane Eyre, plus actual magic not just the insistence that Jane is fae. :) 2. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski These silly kids better make up and kiss if they know what’s good for them… 3. A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean I can’t resist a good punny play… Read more »

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Owl Crate Unboxed: December’s Get Inspired

Owl Crate Unboxed: December’s Get Inspired

I’m a bit obsessed with subscription boxes. The surprise! The loot! The thrill of getting mail! Here’s a look into my latest box: Owl Crate. I was a little delinquent in my posting during December, so I’ll be posting the January unboxing next week! The Book   Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott Have you ever looked at a famous portrait and wondered the backstory of its model? In Da Vinci’s Tiger, L.M. Elliott fleshes out the story behind Ginevra de’ Benci and the famous portrait of her by Leonardo Da Vinci. I’ve just finished the book, and found it to be quite enjoyable, providing a look into fifteenth-century Florence and all its intrigue and poetry. Elliott’s Ginevra is smart, virtuous, well-learned and ultimately, a feminist. She chafes at the roles society has given her, and must deal with the duality of her nature: proper married woman and fierce tiger. This is not… Read more »

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Monthly Wrap-Up: NaNoing through November

Monthly Wrap-Up: NaNoing through November

  November is over and so is NaNo! While I enjoy the mad-dash writing, it does mean I don’t have a great deal of time to do much else. :/ That being said, there’s not much to wrap up in terms of November, though I am really happy to share this: I finished the 50K on November 30 at 50,666 words, which is pretty awesome considering my story includes blood magic. :D The story is about halfway done, so there’s more work for me to do. But also less pressure to get it done so I should be blogging and reading more in December. As for Ashley, she had a valiant run but didn’t technically win, though I think anyone participating is a winner! She wants to finish her draft by the end of the year, which I want to do as well. Oh and I also began watching The 100… Read more »

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Owl Crate Unboxed: November’s Myths and Legends (Plus Soundless Giveaway!)

Owl Crate Unboxed: November’s Myths and Legends (Plus Soundless Giveaway!)

I’m a bit obsessed with subscription boxes. The surprise! The loot! The thrill of getting mail! Here’s a look into my latest box: Owl Crate. The Book   Soundless by Richelle Mead This was a little deflating as I already have a copy of this book from BEA. BUT, that is the risk you run with subscription boxes. This final edition is still very beautiful though! And because I have an ARC already, I will be giving this copy away, replete with the bookmark and temporary tattoos it came with. My review for Soundless isn’t up yet, but it was an enjoyable, if simplistic story. Enter for a chance to win below.  The Other Goodies Snow White Tea by adagio teas An apple tea blend to help Snow White ward off the wicked Queen’s poisonous spell and awake with the gentle kiss from her handsome Prince. This was a very… Read more »

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