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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Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2015

Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2015

  What did I even do in September? Honestly, the month has rolled by and I can’t remember if I did anything exciting the entire month! September has been the start of the football season, and fantasy football has become a big part of my life again, but mostly my husband’s. :D I’m in two leagues and every Sunday we are dedicated to watching games all day via NFL Redzone. I have been getting a lot of reading and blogging done on Sundays now because we are always home. I also received my first Owl Crate this month and it was FANTASTIC! Ashley said she’ll be doing a review of the crate since it was her first too, and she queried all of you not long ago with her Readerly Advice post. However, if you are curious now, take a look at my post on tumblr. I also took my… Read more »

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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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