Month: May 2014

What a busy May: Monthly Wrap-Up

What a busy May: Monthly Wrap-Up

When I say May was busy, I’m not really referring to the blog. We only managed to write 15 posts in the month, and I would definitely attribute that to our vacation! And although we had less posts this month, I think they were pretty good. Looking back, I only wrote one review! Outside of reading, we had some great experiences in May. I went to my first comic con, Ashley and I took a girls trip to Seattle and the pacific Northwest (we even did a bookish tour of Forks, it was dorkishly awesome), and our birthday.  And for me personally, the month was a busy time at work, and sandwiching in a vacation in the middle of a busy time has only made my workload more stressful (after working on this post, I have legitimate get-paid-to-do work). So, although we had a huge high with the vacation/our birthday,… Read more »

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Review: Persuasion

Review: Persuasion

Since I was in the classics mood, Anne’s Epic Rec was Persuasion by Jane Austen. Anne made a bold statement by saying she loved this novel more than Pride & Prejudice. Blasphemy, I know! Now that I have another Austen novel under my belt, I can safely say, P&P still remains my favorite. However, it doesn’t mean I didn’t thoroughly enjoy Persuasion. Quite the contrary, actually. After reading, it solidified my opinion that Jane Austen is a master at cleverly writing social commentary, crafting ridiculous characters and making us swoon in the process. Mr. Darcy is still my main literary guy, but Captain Wentworth sure gave him a run for his money! Plot Persuasion is a theme driven plot, but I would argue it’s a character driven plot as well. Austen’s novel titles are very direct and summarize the theme or character of each book. In other words, it’s hard… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday: Interesting books on each others’ TBR lists

Top Ten Tuesday: Interesting books on each others’ TBR lists

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 was a fill in the blank topic, so we decided to take a look at each others’ TBR lists, to see what we’re missing out on or if we’re content to let a few titles slip by unread. 1) Tabula Rasa by  Kristen Lippert-Martin I was immediately drawn to this title because it reminds me of the “Buffy” episode. Willow messes around with a forgetting spell and accidentally overdoses everyone, so they all forget who they are. It’s pretty hilarious. This novel focuses on using cutting-edge science rather than magic for the procedure. And I’m guessing Sarah was an outspoken, troublesome girl, who’s about to get angry and kick some ass. This is now on my TBR list. 2) A… Read more »

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Stay-in-Bed Sampler: Girls’ vacation recap

Stay-in-Bed Sampler: Girls’ vacation recap

We will be back to our regularly scheduled blog posts next week. Our apologies, but Anne and I are still recuperating from our vigorous but incredible girls’ vacation to Seattle. In a previous post, Anne created a map of our itinerary and we tried to keep you updated via Twitter, but sometimes you just gotta unplug. We toured some amazing places and hope the pictures convey the awesomeness we saw. Here’s a breakdown of our itinerary and total travel by plane, car, boat, and foot. 8 cities (Seattle, Anacortes, Friday Harbor (San Juan Islands), Vancouver, Port Angeles, Forks, La Push, and Olympia) 5 hotel rooms (Quality Hotel, Sheraton, Super 8, Governor’s Hotel, and Hotel Five) 2 countries (United States and Canada) Total travel miles: 2,963.64 miles by plane: 2,798 miles (6 hrs. 54m) by car: 741.1 miles (15 hrs. 17m) by boat: 46.2 miles (3 hrs. 55m) by foot: 45.34… Read more »

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Oh yes, a giveaway for two of our favorite books!

Oh yes, a giveaway for two of our favorite books!

Ashley and I returned from our girls’ trip to the Seattle area on Tuesday, which also happened to be our birthday. In honor of ourselves (you must admit it is pretty cool that we were born the same day), we are hosting our first giveaway! It is pretty simple: we’ve each picked three books we really enjoyed and want others to read — the winner of the giveaway will be able to chose one book from each of our lists, walking away with two sweet books. Here’s our picks, with links to Goodreads for descriptions if you aren’t familiar with the titles: 1. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers 2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman 3. Austenland by Shannon Hale 1. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman 2. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey 3. Hyperion by Dan Simmons Again, the winner of the giveaway will select one… Read more »

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Girls’ weekend: Road trip in Seattle

Girls’ weekend: Road trip in Seattle

Ashley and I and our friend Erin are hitting up Seattle for a long girls’ weekend. And yes, I’m writing this post on the plane, where else? We’ve planned an extra-long weekend road trip jammed packed with activities. Here’s a look at what we’re doing. :) We arrived late Wednesday, and stayed with a friend of mine who lives in the area. Thursday – May 15 We’ll be doing serious damage on Thursday, leaving Seattle super early and driving to Anacortes, Washington to catch a ferry to the San Juan islands. There we will go whale watching! Keeping my fingers crossed for whales. Two years ago I took this trip and didn’t see any. After that experience, we’ll head back to the mainland and go to Vancouver for the night! You just can’t keep us in one spot very long! Friday – May 16 After spending most of the day… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I almost DNF’d

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I almost DNF’d

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. Instead of taking the glass half full perspective, Anne and I decided to err on the side of pessimism. The following are books we stuck through and remained disappointed. 1. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling This I pronounced DNF in September 2013. I got through about 200 pages and was losing confidence, and even when a coworker lent me the audiobook, I STILL couldn’t finish it. The book is written from multiple characters’ perspectives, but I couldn’t connect and/or sympathize with a single one. Sorry, J.K., but you just didn’t do it for me this time. 2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card I just read this last year, and, honestly, didn’t see what all the fuss was about. Maybe… Read more »

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Review: Unwrapped Sky — my first dive into New Weird

Review: Unwrapped Sky — my first dive into New Weird

Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson is my first read in the New Weird genre, and I don’t think it will be my last. New Weird is a literary genre that started in the 1990’s. If you’re like me and had no idea what that means, here’s a definition of New Weird by two of its writers, Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, that appears in their work The New Weird: A type of urban, secondary-world fiction that subverts the romanticized ideas about place found in traditional fantasy, largely by choosing realistic, complex real-world models as the jumping off point for creation of settings that may combine elements of both science fiction and fantasy. Doesn’t that sound interesting? Good, let’s move on to the book itself. Unwrapped Sky tells the story of three people living in Caeli-Amur, a city that is similar to ancient Greece or Rome, but with some advancements like trains… Read more »

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Nine cool bookish tees I want to own

Nine cool bookish tees I want to own

Once each weekend Ashley or I will bring you a mixture of items we’ve been eyeing, or links we’ve been loving on the interwebs. This edition I’m talking about cool literary tees and interwebs links of interest. I’ve been shopping for some new shirts now that spring’s abound (buying pants be damned!), and thought I would check to see if I could find any neat bookish shirts. And boy, did I ever find cool bookish tees:   TheShirtDudes via Etsy SunshineMountainTees via Etsy Brookish via Etsy Persuasion via Litographs.com Library Stamp via Out Of Print Jane Eyre via Out Of Print Ain’t No Party Like a Gatsby Party via Redbubble Moby’s Revenge via Redbubble Always… via Redbubble Interwebs links to love Here’s a sampling of some of the stories and news I was reading this week! Barnes & Noble just does not want to go the way of Borders. It… Read more »

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Review: Jane Eyre

Review: Jane Eyre

Having never read anything by a Brontë sister, Anne recommended Jane Eyre for our April Epic Rec. For the purposes of this review, I’m not going to be very detailed on the plot, just mainly outline my reaction. Plot There’s a lot going on in this novel. Romance. Mystery. Religion. Redemption. While the majority of it is good and relevant to the times it was written, I thought there was some fluff that could’ve been removed. For example, I felt like the gypsy scene and a vast majority of Jane’s time with her cousins in the north could’ve either been cut or severely condensed. To further my point, I really enjoyed the aspects of the novel that read like a mystery or horror, and was disappointed there were so few instances with Mrs. Rochester. Don’t take this the wrong way, because I mean this as a positive. I’ve come to the… Read more »

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