Month: June 2014

Monthly Wrap-up: Goodbye wet, sticky June. You will not be missed

Monthly Wrap-up: Goodbye wet, sticky June. You will not be missed

How can it possibly be the end of June? It feels like yesterday we were starting this month and now I’m rushing to get this post up before day’s end! I don’t think that Ashley and I have quite recovered from our trip at the end of last month, we’re still a bit wobbly at meeting some of our own blog deadlines, letting posts we wanted to get up slip a few days. Well, you know what, month? I’m sick of you! Work for me has been crazy busy ever since I returned, which on one hand I enjoy, but it also means I’m not great at blogging. Besides work, not much has happened in June. I take that back. A lot of rain has happened, which means it was a pretty crappy month for being outside. You would think this means I had more time to read, but my… Read more »

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Anne’s five mini reviews — June 2014

Anne’s five mini reviews — June 2014

Sometimes, you just don’t feel like writing a lengthy review. Here’s a rundown of some titles I’ve finished over the last month that are worth noting! Covers and titles link out to Goodreads if you need a fuller description of the book. A Room with a View E.M. Forster I admit, I watched the movie first, which made me want to pick up the book. It was a pretty short novel, but it still took me a month to finish. I think the key is getting through the beginning where our MC Lucy Honeychurch is in Italy and meets a George Emerson, a young man who is different from the rest of the society she keeps. I know, you’d think this would be the exciting part, and some of it is, but the real good stuff happens when Lucy returns home and gets engaged to the right sort of fellow… Read more »

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Writing Workshop Wednesday: Trilogies: Are they worth it?

Writing Workshop Wednesday: Trilogies: Are they worth it?

Every Wednesday Anne and I have committed ourselves to providing discussion writing topics, tips and tricks or writing exercises. I’m sitting here yawning and barely able to keep my eyes open, not because I’m disinterested, but merely from exhaustion. June is almost over and I feel like I haven’t had time to enjoy summer! I’ve been extra busy with work and my personal life, which unfortunately doesn’t leave too much time for reading and blogging. After our Seattle vacation, which was fantastic, I’ve been limping along, trying to get back into my blogging routine. I pledge to get back to the ‘norm’ come July, which is great for you, our lovely readers! Thanks for trudging along with us! This week, I’ve decided to speak to whether or not trilogies are worth the time and effort as a reader. I try not to read too much YA in a row, because… Read more »

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Let the eye-rolling commence: Bad book covers

Let the eye-rolling commence: Bad book covers

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 about book cover trends I like or dislike. Well, you can probably guess that I’m going to go negative on this one! I’m not a fan of stock models on the covers of books. They usually look nothing like the character I imagine, or are just so bland and pointless that I have to fight back a yawn. I’m so sick of the U.S. trend of putting skinny, airbrushed models on the front of covers in sweeping ridiculous gowns, particularly when it comes to YA. I’m tired of looking at fake people, and I’m an adult. Think of impressionable girls who have esteem issues. Why do we have to give them one more image to… Read more »

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Stay-in-Bed Sampler: Favorite video game scores

Stay-in-Bed Sampler: Favorite video game scores

This week’s SIBS is dedicated to my favorite video game scores, and it’s all thanks to this article I stumbled upon by IGN. It’s about the best video game soundtracks for real life, and I have to say I’ve been listening to them via Spotify. Particularly the Bastion soundtrack, even though I’ve never played it. So, it got me thinking why not share my favorite video games and their scores. I love video games, and even though I might not be very good at them, I still enjoy playing them. And, recently I’ve been in a video game kick. I bought Assassin’s Creed III a while ago, having never played the other games, simply because I was intrigued by the Revolutionary War aspect. So far I’m really enjoying the storyline and the score! I’m not a fan of the shoot-em-up style games like Call of Duty or Medal of Honor…. Read more »

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Review: Havisham

Review: Havisham

I was so excited to read Havisham and the cover drew me in even more. Finally, we get to see a glimpse of the young Ms. Havisham and the mysterious man who broke her heart, causing her to become the famous recluse we’ve all come to know and love! Ms. Havisham is arguably the best female literary character of all time. She’s rich, unhinged, unapologetic, and set on destruction. Ronald Frame was given some of the greatest literary material to work with and unfortunately he dropped the ball. Havisham was setup to be the prelude to Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. All we know of Ms. Havisham is she was jilted at the alter or before the alter, rather, and decided to wallow in her moment of misery. She keeps her wedding dress on and makes a shrine out of her reception room –  including the moldy wedding cake. After a… Read more »

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Review: Nihal of the Land of the Wind

Review: Nihal of the Land of the Wind

I received a copy of this book for free from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Nihal of the Land of the Wind is a mouthful of a title. Which is strangely misleading, because the rest of this book was simply written, with absolutely no fluff, and no purple prose. That isn’t to say I disliked Licia Troisi’s novel, an Italian hit published in 2004, it actually was a quickly paced, fun fantasy. It is also the first installation in an internationally best-selling series. Nihal’s a tomboy who runs around with a gang of boys, staging play wars and convincing her armorer father to give her a real sword. After getting a dagger from her father, she one day wagers it in a fight with a new boy named Sennar and gets bested by him when he uses magic. Enraged, Nihal runs home to her father… Read more »

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Review: Dragon Age graphic novels (hurrah!)

Review: Dragon Age graphic novels (hurrah!)

I received a copy of this book for free from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. As a book lover, I judge my video games pretty harshly when it comes to the storyline and characters. I typically prefer to play RPGs for the character development element of the game play. Saying that, it’s probably not a surprise that Dragon Age is one of my favorite series (Gimme Inquisition!). DA has some of my most cherished characters along with witty banter, epic storylines and fun battles. In Origins, Alistair was the BEST. My characters usually married him, or at least made sure he was king. And in DA II, it was impossible to not laugh at Varric’s jokes. So, where am I going with this? In anticipation of Dragon Age: Inquisition being released in October, Dark Horse Books published (June 17, 2014) a hardcover volume of the… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on our summer TBR lists

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on our summer 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. Today Anne and I will be sharing our summer TBR lists. Since we both have several books to read from NetGalley and Edelweiss, (sometimes it’s hard to read during the summer) we decided to list these reads. 1. The Queen’s Exiles (Thornleigh #6) by Barbara Kyle As you all know, I love historical fiction, and this takes place during the tumultuous feud between Mary, Queen of Scots and her cousin Queen Elizabeth of England. Anne and I both share the same guilty pleasure of watching “Reign” on The CW, which prompted my to request this pick. When I requested this novel, I didn’t realize it was part of a series. However, it’s received great reviews on Goodreads, and I’m excited… Read more »

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Monday Movie Magic: MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood

Monday Movie Magic: MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood

Today’s Monday Movie Magic post isn’t about dreaming up a cast for a movie adaption we’d like to see, but rather casting for a recently announced HBO series. Earlier this month, it was reported that Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy is being adapted for an HBO series directed by Darren Aronofsky. I just finished the first book in the series, Oryx and Crake, about two weeks ago and am pretty captivated by the crazy world Atwood has crafted. I imagine that this screen adaption can either be magnificent or go up in horrendous flames. Probably the most difficult aspect to nail down is the narrative. Atwood has an interesting style at play in the story, alternating from Jimmy’s past-tense, third-person point of view, to that of a present-day Snowman told in third-person present tense. The alternation between the two makes the story, and that could be confusing for those who haven’t… Read more »

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