Month: March 2014

Monthly wrap-up: March 2014

Monthly wrap-up: March 2014

We’ve decided to start doing a wrap-up post at the end of each month. We’ll cover a few items, including our posts written, books read (including our favorite read of the month), and some of our favorite posts by other blogs. Lovely Literature posts from March Reviews: Oracle of Philadelphia: Our discussion review Movies better than the book: Our Divergent discussion review Review: Anne of Green Gables Review: Dark Triumph Review: Dear Mr Knightley An extrovert’s ode to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (review) Review: Seraphina TTT/Monday Movie Magic/Pics worth 1,000 words: TTT: Bookish Bucket List TTT: Our spring TBR list TTT: All-time favorite YA novels TTT: Famous authors we’ve never read Monday Movie Magic: Dark Triumph Monday Movie Magic: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Pics worth 1,000 words: Irish literary laddies Pics worth 1,000 words: Why male literary characters are so attractive Discussions/Participation posts/Randomz Award-free blog: What it all means… Read more »

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Award-free blog: What it all means

Award-free blog: What it all means

I’ll admit, that in the blogging world, I am a total newb. I’ve just started standing up on my wobbly legs, and am taking in all the wonderfulness that is book blogging with wide eyes. Okay, maybe I’m not that Bambi-like, but I’m just saying that I am not trying to sound wizened here. Because I’m not. After starting our blog in December, I began seeing “award-free blog” buttons on sites and had no idea what that meant. So, like any newb would, I googled it. And of course I saw countless explanations for why someone would choose not to accept awards. It seems like the blogging world is divided in half on this topic, because despite all the award-free buttons, awards do exist and people do give them out. So, I thought about it for a while, and turning it over in my head, it seemed like I wanted… Read more »

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Oracle of Philadelphia: Our discussion review

Oracle of Philadelphia: Our discussion review

Ashley and I received a copy of this book for a honest review from the publisher. Oracle of Philadelphia is the first book in the Earthbound Angels series by Elizabeth Corrigan. Spoilers in our discussion are clearly marked. Here is a helpful summary from Goodreads: Carrie works at a diner in South Philadelphia, dispensing advice to humans and angels wise enough to seek her counsel. But there are some problems that even the best advice can’t solve. Her latest supplicant, Sebastian, is unique among those who have sought her aid. He sold his soul to a demon in exchange for his sister’s life, but his heart remains pure.Carrie has lived for millennia with the knowledge that her immortality is due to the suffering of others, and she cannot bear to see another good man damned when it is within her power to prevent it. In order to renegotiate his contract,… Read more »

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Review: Anne of Green Gables

Review: Anne of Green Gables

This month, Ashley Epic Rec’d to me Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. Apparently all young women have read about the life of a spirited, red-haired orphan named Anne. I wonder then, if this would have been more impactful for me if I had read it as a child and was revisiting rather than going in to it for the first time. The story is quite simple: siblings Matthew and Marilla have never married and live in their family home in Prince Edward Island. They decide it would be quite nice to have a young boy around to do chores, so they decide to adopt. When Matthew goes to pick up the child from the train station, he discovers eleven-year-old Anne Shirley, a decidedly talkative and romantic orphan. Needless to say (otherwise the title wouldn’t make sense!), Anne stays at Green Gables and makes new friends, and a… Read more »

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More than 100 followers

More than 100 followers

Thanks for following Lovely Literature! You are awesome. I decided to download some fonts and play around with them to celebrate just how awesome you all are. :) The skinny sans serif is called Bookends, which I thought was fitting, and the stencil is PW Perspective. I want to learn more Photoshop tricks and tips, so will probably watching tutorials this weekend. Also, AP Style be damned — more than for life.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Bucket List

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Bucket List

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 Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List (could be blogging related, book related etc. — meeting authors, reading x many books per year, finishing a daunting book, etc.) 1. Be published Anne and I share the same dream to one day be self sufficient writers, and we are definitely working on it! However, this goal absolutely terrifies and exhilarates me. Every time I sit down to write or brainstorm, I’m filled with dread and anxiety. I know I just need to strap myself to the chair and write (no matter how horrific the first draft is). One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to complete a first draft of my novel by the end… Read more »

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Monday Movie Magic: Dark Triumph

Monday Movie Magic: Dark Triumph

My last movie post was dedicated to casting Grave Mercy, the first in the “His Fair Assassin” series, so I thought I’d continue with the sequel, Dark Triumph. The sequel primarily focuses on Sybella and Beast, so my casting will be short and sweet! I’m really enjoying this series and am eagerly awaiting the release of Mortal Heart this November. Sybella This shot actually came from the BBC television series “Merlin” but it couldn’t be more fitting. My first encounter with Katie McGrath was from “Dracula,” which is a unique and interesting retelling of the famous vampire. McGrath’s character, Lucy Westenra, is full of spunk and has a few dark secrets of her own. I have no doubt she’ll be able to convey the tortured, wild and seductive nature that is Sybella. Beast I had previously cast Kevin Durand as the Beast, and my decision still stands. Durand has proven… Read more »

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Movies better than the book: Our Divergent discussion review

Movies better than the book: Our Divergent discussion review

Because Ashley is also a reviewer at the movie review blog FlixChatter, the two of us were able to catch an advanced screening of Divergent, the latest YA film adaption based on the book of the same name by Veronica Roth. The following is our discussion review of the movie, and thoughts on just how well it stacked up against the book. Of course, book spoilers abound in the following. Anne, what did you think of your advanced screening experience? Anne: It was somewhat like a midnight showing, in that the crowd is amped to see the movie, and reacts usually pretty loudly to scenes. The one that comes to mind for me is when Four takes off his shirt to show Tris his tattoo. I love that audience interaction, but usually I will go see those movies again so I can take them in on my own terms. I… Read more »

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Ides of March Read-a-Thon: My underwhelming results

Ides of March Read-a-Thon: My underwhelming results

Well, my first read-a-thon came and went. I only wish I would have had more time to read. But, friends were in town for St. Patty’s and we had a lot of drinking catching up to do. I was able to accomplish a couple things, although not as much as I boldly claimed on my original goal post. Here’s how I shook out reading-wise: Finished Anne of Green Gables Read a third of Oracle of Philadelphia I also participated in three of the four games, so I consider that a win! I wanted to do the twitter chat, but friends were still vegging while that was occurring. We did watch the Veronica Mars movie, twice, though. Which, score! I’ll definitely participate in future read-a-thons, and hopefully I’ll plan the social calendar better. Overall, I’m not reading as quickly as I’d like to these past two months. How has your reading… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday: Our spring 2014 TBR list

Top Ten Tuesday: Our spring 2014 TBR list

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 to share our spring 2014 TBR (to be read) list. Easy right? Well Anne and I have a hefty TBR list already, so it was hard to narrow it down to only 10! 1. The One by Kiera Cass I’m most excited and at the same time nervous to read The One. May can’t come soon enough for the release of the final installment in “The Selection” series. While I’m pretty sure America and Maxon are going to end up together, I still can’t wait to read how it ends! I was disappointed with The Elite, so hopefully the final novel will live up to my expectations. 2. Havisham by Ronald Frame Great Expectations has… Read more »

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