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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Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2015

Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2015

    This is called phoning it in, my friends. I really don’t have much blogging to recap from the month, because we were hardly here. 1. Summer is to blame — how can you blog when there is sun outside? 2. Lethargy is real — see excuse one. Too much sun. I did manage to make it to London this past month for a completely unexpected work trip. I wanted to do some fun bookish stuff, but I was so busy. My old coworker, and now friend, took me out many nights so I didn’t really have time to explore on my own. No complaints here though, because she was awesome and we had a blast. (I also got her to read the Kushiel’s Dart series and she loved it. I count this as a huge personal win.) I did step right inside the flagship Waterstones, but we went… 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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TTT: Characters who are fellow book nerds

TTT: Characters who are fellow book nerds

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 was such a fun topic. I can’t wait to see who everyone else picks! 1. Lizzie Bennet from Pride and Prejudice 2. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables 3. Hermoine Granger from Harry Potter 4. Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief 5. Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars 6. Alana from Saga 7. Cath from Fangirl “You’ve read the books?” “I’ve seen the movies.” Cath rolled her eyes so hard, it hurt. (Actually.) (Maybe because she was still on the edge of tears. On the edge, period.) “So you haven’t read the books.” “I’m not really a book person.” “That might be the most idiotic thing you’ve ever said to me” 8. Catherine from Northanger Abbey 9. Suzie from Sex Criminals  10. Jane from… Read more »

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TTT: Top 10 Books that celebrate diversity

TTT: Top 10 Books that celebrate diversity

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. To be honest, I struggled with this one a bit. And, I guess that goes to show we need more diversity in every genre. Note, I haven’t read all the books on my list, but I’m thinking I might need to re-prioritize :) 1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon I read this book a while ago (high school), but I remember being struck by how well it was written. Mark Haddon went to great lengths to put the reader in to the mind of someone with Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of autism). It’s really a fantastic read and an intriguing story-line. Give it a shot, you won’t regret it. 2. Saga by Brian K…. Read more »

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Graphic novel mega mini reviews

Graphic novel mega mini reviews

I have been slacking on my mini reviews for a long time, and you know, that kind of sucks. I do enjoy sharing my thoughts on books with you all so I can hear what YOU thought about them too. The mini reviews were kind of a pain to put together, but now that the UBB plug-in allows you to 1) generate data from Goodreads (!!!) and 2) post multiple books in a single post, I have no valid excuses. Go get this plug-in if you don’t have it already. I’m in love. Graphic novels have been de rigueur lately, and I’ve been a good little reader catching up on a lot of series I’ve missed. Here’s a taste of what I’ve been reading over the last few months, graphic novel-wise. Strangely, I adored this and its premise. As strange as it sounds, there was a lot of depth to… Read more »

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TTT: Last Ten Books That Came Into Our Possession

TTT: Last Ten Books That Came Into Our Possession

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. Here are our most recently acquired books! 1. Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham This was given to me by my lovely co-blogger, Anne, for our Beer-Book Exchange (more on this later). It felt like a darker and more realistic version of “Once Upon A Time.” I really enjoyed the story and different backgrounds of the classic fairy tale characters. 2. Lazarus, Vol. 1: Family by Greg Rucka My boyfriend bought me a few graphic novels, because he knows I’m trying to read more of this genre. He also knows I love stories involving strong female heroines. I’ve only read the first volume, but so far the series has me intrigued…more in depth thoughts coming later. 3…. Read more »

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Readerly Advice: Bookish box subscriptions, are they worth it?

Readerly Advice: Bookish box subscriptions, are they worth it?

I have mixed feelings regarding monthly boxed subscriptions. I had a Birchbox account, but it only lasted for roughly four months because I just wasn’t using the samples. In fact, I still have a whole bag of unused samples. Loot Crate Then Anne introduced me to Loot Crate, which is like Christmas for gamers and comic geeks. At first I thought the items were sort of gimmicky and didn’t convince me to splurge for a monthly subscription. However, then I saw a FB ad for a fantasy month, which claimed to include surprise items from Game of Thrones, Princess Bride and Dungeons and Dragons (for my boyfriend), so I HAD to get it. I started out with a three month subscription, and, so far, the monthly themes have been pretty cool. Overall, I give it a B, as some of the trinkets I don’t or won’t ever use, but it’s fun…. Read more »

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MAKE ME READ IT READ-A-THON!

MAKE ME READ IT READ-A-THON!

Val from The Innocent Smiley and Ely from A Book So Fathomless are hosting a fabulous Read-A-Thon where you get to pick what I read! The Make Me Read It Read-a-Thon will start at 8am on July 20th and end at 12am on July 27th. Here’s the gist, in case you’d like to join in on the fun: Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten. Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video,… Read more »

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Top Ten Hyped Books We’ve Never Read

Top Ten Hyped Books We’ve Never Read

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 hyped books we’ve never laid our mitts on. Should be fun!      City of Bones by Cassandra Clare While everyone talks about this series, I’ve heard some things about the author that I didn’t much care for. I’ve seen the movie, and it appears I am not missing much. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead Here’s the opposite situation: I have heard wonderful things about this series and I really loved Mead’s book Soundless. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins I’ve heard so much, including that there is a cheating boyfriend as the romantic interest. I don’t know, guys… To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han I feel like most of… Read more »

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