Discussion: Posting for commenting’s sake

Discussion: Posting for commenting’s sake

This discussion probably won’t mean much to you if you are an expert of scheduling your posts in advance. And as you can probably surmise, I am terrible at scheduling out posts. Blogging for me is a full-on hobby, and I get to it when I have time, but it doesn’t overtake any opportunities to do things in-person. So what do I mean by this? I blog when I don’t have other plans. That sounds like I don’t care about it, but that’s just not true. If I started to get crazy with a schedule and self-mandated deadlines, it would lose all fun. I do too similar of activities for work, and I want to keep this far from that sphere. And I’m succeeding at being casual (numbers and metrics don’t bother me), until it comes down to commenting on other blogs. Then I start feeling blog-conscious about not having… Read more »

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Top episodes of my favorite Sci-Fi series: Firefly

Top episodes of my favorite Sci-Fi series: Firefly

Hey there Browncoats! In honor of Sci-Fi November (by Rinn Reads and Oh, The Books), I decided to share my love for one of my favorite series, the short-lived Firefly. Most geeks you know probably profess their love for this cult classic, lamenting how it was cut short. Only the good die young. Firefly is a Western/Sci-Fi series, where Malcom Reynolds and his crew travel through space on their ship Serenity looking to make a living, often on jobs that aren’t so legal. Mal and Zoë, his second in command, fought together in a war of independence against the Alliance, and were on the losing side, but six years later they still are fiercely loyal to their cause and take a lot of jobs that tend to screw the Alliance over. In the pilot episode, fancy doctor Simon and his touched sister River join the crew, and they are also… Read more »

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Top 15 episodes of my favorite Sci-Fi series: Futurama

Top 15 episodes of my favorite Sci-Fi series: Futurama

Good news, everyone. I’ve decided to share my top fifteen favorite episodes of Futurama, thanks to Sci-Fi November. This starts with a very telling story about how much I love this damn show. On Saturday morning I planned to complete this post about my favorite episodes. To get some inspiration, I turned Futurama on Netflix and ended up binge watching the newer seasons for the rest of the day with my husband. I was so into the re-watch that I neglected to write the post. It is almost like I was doing homework to make this more accurate (I had only seen the newest seasons once each), which I’m glad I did because it reminded me of all the great episodes toward the end. If you’ve never heard of Futurama, I’m going to put it down quickly for you. Fry, a pizza delivery boy from the year 2000, accidentally becomes… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I wish would get their own book

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I wish would get their own book

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. For some reason I was having a hard time with this topic. I kept thinking of all the main characters I love, and then realizing they already have their own books Anyways, here’s my attempt at a list. I’m sure I think of excellent characters after this is posted. Such is life…   1) Charlotte Lucas from Pride and Prejudice As much as I love Lizzie, she’s really not a great friend. Everything is all about her and her family. Does Lizzie ever show any real concern for Charlotte? Not really, no, and is shown in more detail in “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.” (Seriously if you haven’t watched these, you need to…now.) Anyways, I would love, love LOVE to… Read more »

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Review: Mortal Heart

Review: Mortal Heart

* CAUTION: this post will contain spoilers.* Finally, the wait is over for Mortal Heart! This was the last installment in the “His Fair Assassin” series by Robin LaFevers. Although, I hope for my sake Ms. LaFevers has a few more plot lines tucked away in her sleeves. Ahem, we want more! Pretty, pretty please? In Grave Mercy we are introduced to the assassin-shaping convent of Mortain, and the crossbow-wielding Ismae. Then the story literally takes a dark turn when we get a closer look at the badassery that is Sybella in Dark Triumph. Finally, in the eagerly awaited conclusion, we not only learn more about Annith and her origins/story but also get a better glimpse of those who serve other saints, particularly Arduinna. *This next paragraph is entirely spoilers, so read at your own risk. However, before I go any further, I want to document that my theories (which I’ve… Read more »

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Review: The Becoming

Review: The Becoming

I received a free electronic copy of The Becoming from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Let me preface this post by saying I will be reviewing this novel purely on my enjoyment level and not its literary merit. It isn’t going to win any awards (sorry), but if you are looking for a quick, fun and easy read, then this is the book for you! * The Becoming, by Jeanne C. Stein, is Stephanie Plum meets Sookie Stackhouse. And, there’s a little something for everyone. Detective work and bounty hunting for the mystery lovers, vampires for the fantasy fans and steamy love scenes for the romance junkies. So, I loved that Anna’s partner is an ex-football player. Stein provides some background as to how Anna and David meet later on in the story, but it would’ve been nice to see a few of their first stakeouts together. We… Read more »

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Review: Under These Stars

Review: Under These Stars

Hello! Ashley here. In case you forgot, I’m the other half of Lovely Literature. My personal life is still a bit crazy at the moment (more on that later), but I’ve definitely missed blogging! So, I’m trying to get back into blog mode and am starting off with some ashamedly overdue reviews. I received a free electronic copy of Under These Stars from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Tony R. Rodriguez, you got me! I was suckered into requesting this book primarily because of the Instagram-esque pictures from the cover. Then I read the synopsis and was hooked. I don’t mean to offend anyone, but this novel was written for twenty somethings. Sorry, but it just was. I definitely found common ground with Sarah, though not in the self-destructive alcoholic sense. I followed the rules and graduated from a liberal arts university and landed a job in Corporate… Read more »

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Books and series I would re-read in a heartbeat

Books and series I would re-read in a heartbeat

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 books I would re-read. I don’t really re-read a lot, but maybe a book or two a year. But, there is a short list of ones I will probably read again because I love them so much. At least, I bought hard copies (still acquiring some) so I could stare at these lovely books. Ready Player One, Fangirl, Outlander Sevenwaters series, The Black Jewels Trilogy, Kushiel’s Legacy   Seraphina, His Fair Assassin trilogy Jane Eyre, North and South Have you read any of these books, did they make the cut on your list? What are some books and series that you love and want to re-read?

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My first chapter: NaNo novel

My first chapter: NaNo novel

I have finished a chapter, yeah! I’m fighting a lot of urges to edit this sucker, but I need to keep looking forward! I thought I’d share it here since I’m actually pretty okay with how it turned out. I don’t really know anything about spaceships and intergalactic travel, so keep that in mind. Most of the novel takes place on an undiscovered planet, so I will be able to create anything I want pretty soon without having fear of getting every word wrong or sounding like an idiot! Knowing the Purple Trees Chapter One Breaking from stasis is as bad as you could imagine, though maybe worse if you’ve never been punched in the stomach until blood hits your tongue. We’d practiced breaking maybe half a dozen times, first at home then in the space station, always ending up bent over our knees no matter the atmosphere. But never… Read more »

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Monthly wrap-up: October 2014

Monthly wrap-up: October 2014

  I feel like I say this every month, but man, did October end so quickly! I know that a lot of that has to do with how hard I was anticipating NaNo starting (It has begun!) and I also had a smooth reading month with no problems going from book to book. While the quantity wasn’t overwhelming, I feel like I generally had a good amount of satisfying reads. And I felt a bit more in my blogging groove, although it is practically Lonely Literature over here because Ashley is still not back. :/ As for the more personal life stuff, I had a fun trip this month to Chicago with my husband. We celebrated three years married on the 29th. During the trip we did the typical Chicago visitor things, like taking a photo in the Bean at Millennium Park, walking down Navy Pier and browsing through shops… Read more »

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