Month: September 2015

Beer & Book Exchange: So many brews

Beer & Book Exchange: So many brews

Ashley lives in New York, Anne in Minnesota. Each month we send each other one care package in the mail: a book plus a beer to match. The Beer & Book Exchange is a fun way for us to keep connecting over books (not that we need the help). Plus, who doesn’t love getting packages?! While this is our first Book & Beer post, we have been exchanging packages for a few months. So, we’ll  be unveiling everything we’ve received from each other! Ashley’s Beer & Book    Book: Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell Beer: Left Hand Milk Stout | Left Hand Brewing Company Why Anne shipped it: I figured we should start this out right and therefore sent one of my favorite books to recommend, as well as favorite beers! I honestly push both of these on everyone. So far I think everyone has agreed I am right. Ashley’s reaction: I was… Read more »

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TTT: Books to read if you enjoyed its popular counterpart

TTT: Books to read if you enjoyed its popular counterpart

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 to read if you enjoyed X. This was a lot of fun, but also a nice challenge. Anne’s Picks:    1. If you liked Illuminae, try Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan Like Illuminae, it takes place in space and features a very intrepid and intelligent teenage main character in Waverly. While the plot isn’t completely similar, the atmosphere is pretty spot on. Waverly must act in order to rescue people on two different ships, and the fate of the remnants of her planet (in this case, Earth) is in her hands. Don’t expect the same type of layout — Illuminae is on its own in that regard — but the plot and otherwise make this an easy… Read more »

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Broadway review: Aladdin

Broadway review: Aladdin

Broadway review: Aladdin Aladdin is by far my ultimate, favorite original Disney movie. I love everything about it – the songs, exotic costumes and scenery and even the cute animals! So, for me, seeing my favorite childhood movie reincarnated as a bedazzling Broadway musical was a serious dream come true. I’ve been wanting to see this show ever since I moved to New York. And, my longing only intensified when I discovered A) who James Monroe Iglehart was and B) that he was the original Genie in the production. Side note – you may recognize him from “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” It’s a big deal because he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical in 2014. The reason it took me so long to see it is because Disney shows are super expensive and aren’t typically offered at a discounted price. I was lucky enough to snag… Read more »

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TTT: Books that make us think of fall

TTT: Books that make us think of fall

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 the fall TBR, but we decided to take a twist on this and showcase the top books that make us think of fall! Anne’s Picks: Personally, I love fall. It is my favorite time of year with the crisp air that smells like the earth and the colorful changing leaves. Nothing better than walking in the woods in the fall.      1. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier Every book by Marillier puts me into Autumn, so I could include her entirely on this list. Daughter of the Forest spans the seasons, but something about the forest and the mostly grim outlook of this story makes me want to wear a sweater. 2. Macbeth by William Shakespeare I think… Read more »

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I mostly blame the audiobook: A Darker Shade of Magic Review

I mostly blame the audiobook: A Darker Shade of Magic Review

First, a big thanks to Ford Audiobook Club for a free audiobook! Everyone loves A Darker Shade of Magic. Go look at the reviews on Goodreads — people are out of their minds for this book. And here I am, sitting at the end thinking that’s it? Hello world, this is me: I say meeeeehhhhhhh  This is one of those situations where I wonder if the audiobook is to blame. Most of my issues were with the characters, and while Crossley’s narrative voice is cozy, his character voices are CRAZY. Here’s how I would summarize: Kell — Monotone chain-smoker, at least 50 years old Lila — Harpy & shrill cockney woman, how men picture their mother-in-law (I know, not all men) Holland — BANE. You’ve seen The Dark Night Rises, right? This is a very Dutch Bane. Rhy — A stupid, stupid boy And then there were times where the dialogue tag said… Read more »

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Slamming Sci-Fi Reads before Sci-Fi November

Slamming Sci-Fi Reads before Sci-Fi November

I’ve been inspired by Rinn’s recently self-imposed challenge to read her Sci-Fi eARCs before Sci-Fi November begins. This is super clever, and since I’ve signed up to participate again this year, I would like to actually be a good participant. Plus, I will be doing NaNoWriMo yet again too, and that means I need to get a head’s start on content for the month because I’ll be busy scribbling storied nonsense. Here’s what I’m planing to read before November (I just have to finish The Mime Order first!):   The Body Electric by Beth Revis This was a gift from Ashley as part of our Beer & Book Exchange (kick-off post soon to come!) I love Sci-Fi stories that involve memories and memory control.  It is a component of my favorite current work in progress, and I need a dose of inspiration so I’m ready to read! *Rubs hands together* The Three Body… Read more »

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Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger

Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger

First, I must get this out of the way. While I never traveled the Oregon Trail, this book feels like pure nostalgia for me. Why, you ask? OREGON TRAIL WAS MY JAM. If you were in elementary/middle school in the late 80’s/early 90’s, you likely encountered this message a time or two playing the Trail. (Okay I never called it that, but it feels right) I secretly judged everyone who was off playing Carmen San Diego instead of OREGON TRAIL. In Walk on Earth a Stranger, Lee takes the trail across the country, and while her final destination was California, it was straight out of the game for me. I LOVED this story for it. There are other reasons why I found this story to be utterly delightful. Let me count the ways. Lee Westfall is no lady What an awesome character Carson created in Lee Westfall. After some seriously disturbing… Read more »

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What’s that character’s name again?

What’s that character’s name again?

  I just wrote a semi-cranky review of Armada, and while it wasn’t my finest moment of writing I did have a sudden moment of intense questioning. If you can’t remember the characters’ names, was it that good of a book? I couldn’t remember any of the names of the characters, except for Zack. And maybe that was a cheat because I did put the synopsis in the review, and his name is kind of right there. I couldn’t remember the female character, Lex. I knew she had a name that wasn’t typical, but all I could remember about her was that she was great at the hacking/programming and was kind of a manic pixie. Was the reason I couldn’t remember her name because the book wasn’t my thing or just because the character wasn’t satisfactory to me? Because I am curious-minded and love to waste time, I decided to test myself on… Read more »

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TTT: Characters we wish would be turned into Funko Pops

TTT: Characters we wish would be turned into Funko Pops

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 a freebie! Earlier this year I came up with a list of topics I want to do, and that just is wonderful for time like these. From that list I picked Characters I wish were turned into Funko Pops. I may be a little obsessed with the cute figurines. I have had to display a lot of restraint in order to not buy them all. [Though I will be purchasing most of the Fifth Element ones when they come out. Soon!] Here’s my current collection: Anne’s Picks: I may have been a little spoiled since I started this post before Ashley, which means I get to pick first. Eee! I also do have materials to make… Read more »

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Review: Tonight The Streets Are Ours

Review: Tonight The Streets Are Ours

This was my most desired grab from BEA earlier this year. I saw Leila Sales and the blurb and I was in, plus that cover is so my style (it matches my blog identity tag!). This Song Will Save Your Life really surprised me, and in a supremely good way so I figured that Tonight The Streets Are Ours would equally impress me. And after reading, I might actually prefer TTSAO! They both have the same charms. Arden is a good girl, devoted to her family and her friends, and loyal at all costs. When her mom flakes out on her family and her best friend Lindsey lets her take the blame for an incident at school, Arden realizes no one really loves her like she loves them. Driven to the internet for comfort (who hasn’t these days), Arden discovers the blog Tonight the Streets Are Ours. She feels connected… Read more »

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