Readerly Advice: We’re going to BEA!

Readerly Advice: We’re going to BEA!

Once in a while I like to ask other friendly peoples for advice. And usually about books, hence Readerly Advice. This time its about something bookish, but not exactly books itself. :D I’m so excited to say that Ashley and I are going to BEA this year! Thanks to Ashley’s move to New York, it will just cost her the price of entrance, and that plus a plane ticket for me. This will also be my first trip to New York, and I am super excited to visit Ashley in her new place and get to geek out and do bookish things! We’re going to the Blogger Conference as well as the rest of the expo, and can’t wait to learn some interesting things from smart bloggers and then go gaga over books. This is a very short post. What I would really like to know is: are you going to BEA?… Read more »

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Our top ten inspiring book quotes

Our top ten inspiring book quotes

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 is week’s topic is book quotes that have inspired us. I’ll admit, I did do a bit of Googling for quotes from some of my favorite books. I’ve been trying to tweet interesting quotes as I come across them, but sometimes don’t want to break the reading momentum! Here are my quotes! There were so many good quotes from this novel, but this one in particular challenges and inspires me to help stop harassment of women. It’s not secret that I’m a feminist, but since moving to NYC, it’s been hard to intervene when I see another female in distress without incurring the same unwanted or even hostile attention towards myself. In any case, what a beautiful thought. I… Read more »

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Review: Enchantment Lake

Review: Enchantment Lake

Two superficial things drew me to this story: the cover and its publisher. I am a Minnesotan, not born and raised, but a ‘Sconie (Wisconsin) transplant for the last five years. I saw this on Netgalley and thought it looked like a fun little mystery, with an emphasis on little as it is just 200 pages long. And Enchantment Lake didn’t disappoint! It was fun, it was fast and it had a cast of colorful characters. Francie lives in New York on her grandfather’s dime — her parents are both dead and her brother’s not in her life. She’s pretty well adjusted for that fact, though admits she keeps her heart on lock down. But when her great aunts call with terrible news, she drops everything in New York and flies back to Minnesota to check up on them. Francie is only 17, so this whole thing was a bit… Read more »

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Review: Cress [HOW DOES IT KEEP GETTING BETTER?]

Review: Cress [HOW DOES IT KEEP GETTING BETTER?]

I know that the last two reviews on our blog were dark — like, Ashley hated those books. And I feel a smidge bit guilty because I have been having the best luck lately! Tangled is without a doubt, my favorite Disney movie. It just swooped right into my heart and stayed there. No matter how many renditions of Let It Go I hear, Tangled will always be the superior princess movie in my mind. So after finishing Scarlet I borrowed Cress from the library fast. I had to read Rapunzel’s story. Had to. How does Meyer keep upping the enjoyment factor? I really did love Scarlet, but somehow this book was a bit more lovable. Maybe because our heroine and the romance is so different from what’s in Scarlet and the the stakes seemingly get higher. Cress has been isolated for the last seven years. And coming out of that she is remarkably… Read more »

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DNF’d: Murderess review

DNF’d: Murderess review

So, remember last week when I was super excited to read Murderess? Well, as I’ve said a few times, I’m being very diligent on reading my way through my NetGalley TBR list and this was next up on the queue. Oh boy… To be fair, going into the novel I knew A) it had been translated from Hebrew and B) written by a 16-year-old. With that said, I tried to keep an open mind, but there were just so many things wrong with the book. Almost immediately I regretted reading this. There were so many unnecessary rhetorical questions in the prologue that followed a pattern like this: “Do you know? Do you know how it feels? Do you know how it feels when someone lies” Do you know how it feels when someone lies and calls you names?” My only guess is something with the translation isn’t coming across as effectively… Read more »

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Rage-read literary review: Flawless

Rage-read literary review: Flawless

I’m trying not to be judgmental when it comes to selecting books to read, because sometimes the books I’ve read on a whim end up being the best reads! However, this is so not the case with this one. Anne and I have been branching out and exploring the romance, contemporary or chick lit genres and we’ve been pleasantly surprised and absolutely horrified/disgusted. And, I was completely horrified/enraged/disgusted with Flawless. Honestly, I can’t believe the majority of the ratings both on Goodreads and Amazon have been 4 or 5 stars. Verena Valent is our flimsy heroine. Why flimsy? Well, on one hand she is running her family’s beauty company (and for the most part rocking it), taking care of her sickly grandmother and her younger twin sisters all on her own. Wow. That’s a lot going on. However, on the other hand, she is completely weak when it comes to her boyfriend. Who, by the… Read more »

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Top Ten Characters We’d Like To Check In With

Top Ten Characters We’d Like To Check In With

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 characters we’d like to check in with. Yes! I love this topic. There have been countless engrossing books that have ended too soon or been left open-ended. Characters finally resolving their issues and getting together at the end, and wrapping up the book in one sentence. Really? Come on! Well, here are some of the many characters I’d love to catch up with. 1)  Charlotte Lucas from Pride and Prejudice To be honest, I’m very curious about several characters from P&P, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Charlotte. She marries a buffoon, for security and a home, but we all know she is way out of Mr. Collins’ league. I’m hoping he died early (in… Read more »

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Why aren’t there reverse adaptations?

Why aren’t there reverse adaptations?

For the past several years, Hollywood’s been guilty of buying the rights to successful books in order to make millions and millions, and sometimes it works (Hunger Games, Gone Girl) and sometimes it fails miserably (The Mortal Instruments). This is undeniably a trend, one that makes me think screenwriters with original screenplays are frustrated as all hell. But the reverse of this is something I never see but do wish happened every once in a while: can we adapt that movie (or TV show!) and turn it into a book? Think about it: it is a universal truth that books are always better than the movie. Of course, for those who read books. It’s because we can seep into the story and characters, connect more deeply when we are reading in comparison to watching it happen on film. There are a few reverse adaptations (as I’m coining them now) that work really well: I… Read more »

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Review: The Virgin Romance Novelist

Review: The Virgin Romance Novelist

Do you need to laugh? If so, go get The Virgin Romance Novelist, because I was dying reading this story. Rosie is a writer currently stuck working at a magazine for cat lovers but dreams of becoming a romance novelist. The trouble is, Rosie’s only reference to sex is her mother’s old softbacks — replete with bare chested Fabios and heaving bosoms. In an effort to turn her stale sex scenes into something readers would enjoy, Rosie decides it’s about time to lose her virginity. And her two best friends decide they are going to help her find the right man. Rosie isn’t just clueless about sex, the girl’s never really dated anyone before. So she turns to her roommates Delaney and Henry to help start looking. She’s actually quite a catch, at least in the looks department, so going on dates isn’t the problem — not making a fool of herself… Read more »

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Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2015

Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2015

March felt like a good reading and blogging month for me! Though I did have a few DNFs, I did finish my favorite series as a re-read, which was amazing, and watched a lot of adaptions including The Duff and Insurgent. I also went on a little spree on Netgalley, gaining five new books this month. This is a lot for me, I try to keep Netgalley to a minimum because I really am a mood reader. In the big news front: Ashley also moved to New York and thankfully will move into an apartment soon. *throws confetti* I’m hoping this means she can come back to the blog a bit more! Other than my hobbies, I don’t have much of anything new happening in my personal life. Which, is fine by me — sometimes it is good to have consistency! Plus, spring has sprung (and then it snowed again,… Read more »

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