Posts By: Ashley

Spring feeling, cleaning and reading

Spring feeling, cleaning and reading

Hello? It’s me (Ashley). I was wondering after all these months if you’d like to read from me? Haha. Oh man…I’ve been in a crazy funk the last 6-8 months. A lot of it has to do with work stress, but I was also hit with extremely delayed homesickness. You know what they say, if one part of your life is out of wack, it throws everything off. And, in my case it is so, so true. I occasionally go through bouts of reader boredom, but I can usually bounce back after a few fluffy reads. However, for whatever reason, I was just not interested in reading…at all…not even graphic novels. Which scared me even more because it is so atypical. So, I took a step way, way back from blogging. I was half-assing more recent posts, not keeping up on my TBR list or reviews and just wanted to… 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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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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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: Ten finished series we have yet to finish

TTT: Ten finished series we have yet to finish

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 series we have yet to finish, but are already completed. I have every intention of finishing these series, but other books, interests, time, or availability have gotten in the way. To the best of my knowledge, these series have been completed by the author, but please correct me if I’m wrong!        1) Phèdre’s – Imriel’s – Moirin’s Trilogies from Kushiel’s Universe by Jacqueline Carey Technically, Kushiel’s Dart is just tied to Phèdre. But, after reading the first installment (around 1,000 pages) I wasn’t sure I wanted to dive into the other two trilogies which comprise the nine part series. I will definitely finish Phèdre’s trilogy! I need to see what happens between Phèdre and Joscelin… Read more »

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TTT: Ten characters we didn’t click with

TTT: Ten characters we didn’t click with

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 characters we just didn’t click with. I thought this would be a cinch, but then I realized I either have a list of characters I love or hate. I guess I don’t put too much stock in to characters I found so-so or lacking. In any case, I colored a little outside the lines on this one.  1) Tris from Divergent It’s no great secret than Anne and I didn’t really care for Divergent. I was really hoping this series would quench my Hunger Games thirst, but sadly it disappointed. I knew almost immediately that this book wasn’t for me. I can’t really put my finger on why, but the first big problem is my non-connection to… Read more »

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TTT: Fairy tales and mythology retellings

TTT: Fairy tales and mythology retellings

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. Our list is a mash-up of fairy tales we’ve read, others we want to read and retellings that NEED to happen. And, we’ve taken liberty with fairy tales and included mythos as well. :D 1. Medusa: The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons | Want to read Medusa is always painted as a beast, menace and villain. However, I bet most people don’t know her origin. After being brutally raped by Poseidon in Athena’s temple, Athena then punishes Medusa by cursing her! How does that work? I haven’t read this retelling, but I’m really interested in learning how the author turns the tides on this tale. Anne here: I read this, and it was good! Interesting take on Medusa. Very… Read more »

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Readerly Advice: Book vlogger recommendations

Readerly Advice: Book vlogger recommendations

Book vlogger recommendations I have little to no knowledge of the book vlogger space. I’ve seen a few videos here and there, but a majority seem to be inarticulate preteens fangirling over the Mortal Instruments series. No offense – I’m just not your target audience. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about fangirling, but I’m looking for vlogs with a bit more depth. In any case, I’m curious about this whole world and would love to  learn more about it. I’m not sure I’m ready for the whole interwebs to see me rambling on about books, but I’d be lying if I said the thought hasn’t crossed my mind. However, I think I’d be more inclined to start a podcast series over a vlog, but that’s just me. With that in mind, I’m turning to you, lovely readers, for advice. Do you follow the book vlogger world? Any recommendations or vloggers… Read more »

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