Monday, August 3, 2015

Seven Books, Seven Days

It's BookTubeAThon week ( Seven books, seven days, seven challenges that are hosted on different channels (yesterday was from Ariel Bissett about Book Dominoes; day 2/today is Scene Reenactment from Raeleen at Padfootandprongs). I'm probably not going to have time to participate in the video challenges and do all this reading... so I've chosen to prioritize the reading. Big surprise, huh?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Motivation for Reading/Blogging

Okay, y'all. I've got a question to pose to you: how do you get your motivation up to read and/or blog? And I don't mean a reading and blogging slump. To me, a reading slump implies that I've been reading books that just haven't jived with me. A blogging slump can range from any number of things: whether you're not in the mood to write reviews, or to blog, or to do anything associated with your blog, etc. That's not quite what I mean.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Why Audiobooksync Is Awesome

Have you tried one of the audiobooks offered by Audiobooksync? Maybe I should have written this earlier in the summer - oh well, remember this for next year, if you're interested, and these next two weeks. Audiobooksync is a program sponsored by AudioFile magazine, in which a classic is paired with a young adult novel, and available for free download during the week that they are offered. If you're in the U.S., well, here are a lot of big name titles like The Ring and the Crown and Around the World in 80 Days (and if you're not in the U.S., there are still plenty of titles for you too).

For me, Audiobooksync has offered titles that have introduced me to some fantastic authors. Last year I was introduced to Code Name Verity, a book which nearly made me cry and which made me a huge fan of Elizabeth Wein. I was so excited to learn about Rose Under Fire being offered this year, and indeed it was an absolutely excellent read (hugely recommended if you haven't already read it!). This established Elizabeth Wein as one of the queens of historical YA for me. And not just YA titles cause the excitement. For years I have been meaning to read books written by more "traditionally classic" authors. This year I got to listen to Great Expectations, and Charles Dickens was as fabulous an author to finally have read as was Elizabeth Wein.

Whether I'm walking to the train station before work or performing mind-numbing repetitive work, I'm going to be & have been taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity. I hope that you will be too, and perhaps we can discuss these books. There are only a couple of weeks left now, but you can definitely also mark your calendars for next year (mark the beginning of May & then check back with the website, or at least that's what I'm planning on doing).

P.S. - If you've been keeping up with Audiobooksync, what's your next read? I think that I'm going to listen to Around the World in 80 Days and then maybe Dodger/A Corner of White/Monster (ack! so many to catch up with, haha).

Monday, July 27, 2015

Movie Review: Paper Towns

Release Date: July 24, 2015

Paper Towns - John Green | Goodreads

Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

If You Keep on Believing, the Dreams That You Wish Will Come True...

Hey, everyone! Today I'm participating in the Cinderella Book tag. Mel of the Daily Prophecy tagged me about a month ago, and I'm just getting to it now. Whoops.

Cinderella's not actually my favorite fairy tale. Until recently, I thought that it fit into traditional gender roles / damsel in distress / prince and fairy godmother will save you. (Also the makeover trope where she's only "beautiful" (or at least noticeable // empowered) after the fancy gown and so on). Then Melissa Grey was tweeting about how Cinderella was a survivor of child abuse and it took courage to remain kind and open to love, which is also true. And made me wonder... why do they never make that the focus of the adaptation? Because it has never actually seemed that way to me, and seemed less about Cinderella being kind and courageous and more about the stepsister being so awful. I haven't seen the live-action film yet. Verdict? I also admit to being biased about fairy tales, since so many of them often pit women against each other, and that's a huge pet peeve of mine (cc: the stepsisters/mom).

Monday, July 13, 2015

Mini Review & Giveaway: ARC of Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix

Release Date: October 13, 2015
Source: BEA
Published by: Katherine Tegen

Newt's Emerald - Garth Nix | Goodreads

Lady Truthful will inherit her family’s most valued heirloom on her eighteenth birthday. Until the Newington Emerald is stolen.

Lady Truthful, nicknamed “Newt” by her boy cousins, discovers that to her horror, the people closest to her have been framed for the theft. But Newt won’t let their reputations be damaged by rumors from a false accusation. Her plan is simple: go to London to recover the missing jewel. Despite her best intentions, a young lady travelling alone is frankly unacceptable behavior. So Newt and her aunt devise another plan…one that entails men’s clothing and a mustache.

While in disguise, Truthful encounters the handsome but shrewd major Harnett, who to her amazement volunteers to help find the missing emerald under the assumption that she is a man, Henri de Vienne. But once she and her unsuspecting ally are caught up in a dangerous adventure, Truthful realizes something else is afoot: the beating of her heart.

Truthful has far more than romantic complications to worry about. The stolen emerald is no ordinary heirloom-it is the source of the family’s luck and has the power to yield vast magic. It would be completely disastrous if it fell into the wrong hands. The fate of England depends on Truthful securing the emerald.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Review: The Boy Most Likely To - Huntley Fitzpatrick

Release Date: August 18, 2015
Source: eARC via First to Read
Published by: Dial (Penguin)

The Boy Most Likely To - Huntley Fitzpatrick | Goodreads

A surprising, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door—great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.

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