Month: October 2015

Beer & Book Exchange: October 2015

Beer & Book Exchange: October 2015

Ashley lives in New York, Anne 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?! Ashley’s Beer & Book   Book: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner Beer: Cygnus X-1 Porter | Flat Earth Brewing Co. Why Anne shipped it: I went a little crazy with this box! I wanted to do a really strong theme, and started with the book because the cover is pretty gorgeous and I know Ashley liked These Broken Stars. The Leeloo was somewhat unintentional — I bought her for myself, but when she came in the same box as the book, well she matched so well! And, I knew Ashley would love her. As for… Read more »

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Owl Crate Unboxed: Spooky October!

Owl Crate Unboxed: Spooky October!

I’ve tried a few subscription boxes over the years. For the longest time I was a Birchbox fan, and then I was sick of getting anti-aging samples and weirdly colored nail polish. (There was one that was a yellow tint that gave me smoker’s nails. wtf?) Next I tried Lootcrate, and that was cool for a while, until I realized I didn’t like half of the items I received. Since I’m not a DC fan, most of that stuff was lost on me, and I gave it away. It wasn’t that smart to buy something I ended up ditching. Now I’m trying Owl Crate. This is my first experience with a bookish subscription box, and I’m really pleased so far! Last month was leading ladies, and Ashley is planning to review. But, since I just received my October box and I CAN’T WAIT to show it off… This month’s box… Read more »

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TTT: Wishes we’d like the book genie to grant

TTT: Wishes we’d like the book genie to grant

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 top ten wishes we’d like a genie to grant. I WANT THIS GENIE NOW! Anne’s Picks: 1. Give me a magical bookshelf, that provides me with any book I wish to read and turns all my existing ebooks into hard copies! 2. Present me with Hermione’s time turner so I can read alllllll day. (I guess I repeated Ashley’s — who drafted hers first!) 3. Make it so every child can read. Every person really, because this is important! 4. Offer up the money to start my own publishing house. That would be bomb. I would love to publish other people’s books all day. :) My own too, of course. 5. Give me the ability to write… Read more »

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TTT: Author combos I would love to see

TTT: Author combos I would love to see

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 author combos I’d like to see happen. I can count the amount of dual-authored books I have read on one hand. I’ve never really thought of the idea before, but I came up with a couple pairings I would not mind.   1. Jacqueline Carey and Juliet Marillier I have no idea what this story would be like, but without a doubt it would be the best thing ever written.   2. Laini Taylor and Rachel Hartman The only way to improve on the world of Daughter of Smoke and Bone is DRAGONS!   3. Rainbow Rowell and Leila Sales My favorite YA contemporary peoples. Their styles are somewhat different (Rowell uses sooo much snappy dialogue),… Read more »

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BEA Book Review: Black Widow: Forever Red

BEA Book Review: Black Widow: Forever Red

Sigh. I had high hopes for this one. After all the line at BEA was excruciatingly long and people could hardly contain their excitement. I admit, I was one of those people. Who wouldn’t want to read a novel dedicated to Black Widow? She’s a very interesting character, and a bada$$ Avenger. Alas, I was still disappointed. First things first. This novel isn’t really about Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow. She’s present, but not the main character. It’s really about Ava Orlova – a fellow Russian test subject escapee. I didn’t really know this going into the novel, so for roughly 50 pages I was like when are we going to talk about Natasha? Ava was saved by Natasha in an attempt to end the crazed Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room. She’s then put into protective S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, until she decides to break out and make it on… Read more »

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BEA Book Review: Everybody Rise

BEA Book Review: Everybody Rise

I received a copy of this book at BEA 2015. To be honest, I hadn’t heard anything about it, until I found myself in line and being handed a copy from the publisher. Cool, right?  Yes and no. Obviously I love free books, but if I were at the library or bookstore, I wouldn’t have eagerly picked this out. Yes, it’s nice to try new things, and since the book is based on New York society (where I currently live) I figured I’d give it a shot. At first, I was really into this book. It pulled me in because the author set up New York life perfectly. It was easy to relate to some of the struggles and frustrations mentioned in the book (e.g. Times Square and tourists, finding it impossible to get a cab in the rain, and being forced to walk without rain boots or an umbrella, the… Read more »

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TTT: Bookish things our SOs want us to quit

TTT: Bookish things our SOs want us to quit

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. We decided to alter this week’s topic, slightly, as we don’t intend on altering any of our bookish habits. So, instead we turned to our significant others (SOs). While they are mostly supportive our of bookish lifestyle, they find some of our nuances a bit obsessive. Ashley’s Picks I have a small caveat, my boyfriend is actually pretty accepting and supportive of my bookish quirks, but these are the things he could do without. 1) Wasting shelf space by decorating with books. He loves that we have a bookshelf brimming with books, but he doesn’t quite get why I have a separate shelf dedicated to showcasing my decorations and fancy books. He’s a boy, so it’s okay. 2) Trying to… Read more »

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Not falling to second book syndrome: A review of The Mime Order

Not falling to second book syndrome: A review of The Mime Order

I thought The Bone Season was okay. I totally missed the hype train on that one, which I’ve decided was a good thing after all. The Bone Season was a great set up for a bigger story though, and The Mime Order totally delivers in terms of amping up the stakes. With the help of Jaxon Hall, Paige is back in Scion London after the craziness of Sheol I. She’s impatient and wants results, and much to her dismay, her boss wants nothing to do with the defeat of the Rephaim and Scion. (Fun fact: I had no idea that Rephaim is an actual Semitic term that refers to a race of giants/dead ancestors who reside in the Netherworld). The Mime Order doesn’t really gloss over anything. This is simultaneously good and bad. We follow Paige’s every waking moment through the streets of Scion London, and while it doesn’t all feel… Read more »

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SIBS: Wedding season…oh my!

SIBS: Wedding season…oh my!

Hello lovely readers! We haven’t done a SIBS post in a while…and I haven’t posted in a while, so I wanted to do something fun, while letting you all know what’s been going on in my life. Essentially, it’s the three Ws: work, weddings and more weddings. Apparently I’m at that point in my life where everybody is getting married, but it would be cool if they didn’t do it all at the same time. Anyways, since April, the majority of my weekends have been dedicated to wedding proclivities,activities and festivities. Don’t get me wrong, I’m more than happy to share in my family and friends’ special day, but I’m definitely looking forward to not being bossed around by a power-hungry DJ! Also, you. Yea, you, the bouquet toss. You can go ahead and die anytime you want. Sure, it was fun when I was 12, but I don’t need… Read more »

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Jane Austen novels, ranked: A compendium

Jane Austen novels, ranked: A compendium

I’ve finally read all the Austen novels, and have long since watched all the adaptations. While they all have their merits, you have to admit you can easily pick your favorite piece of Austen. I’ll be ranking the Austen novels and the movie adaptations, in two parts. First up: The Novels   Persuasion Published: 1818 (posthumous) Length: 249 pages Main Characters: Anne Elliot & Frederic Wentworth Plot summarized in 10 words: Anne regrets listening to busybodies and wants Wentworth back badly. Favorite Quote:  “I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever.” Reason for ranking: This is going to go against the grain of most Austenites. I know what is expected of me as one of the ranks, however… Read more »

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