Reading in Public

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^ This, is where I would like to be and what I would like to be doing right now. I have been constantly surrounded by people for the past 4 days and feel myself slowly going even more crazy than usual. The struggle is real.

I’ve managed to read all of ONE chapter in Imprudence, which is driving me CRAZY but I can’t seem to have more than 2 minutes without being interrupted. Also somehow being on your phone will get people to ignore you, while pulling out a book is an invitation to talk. Because obviously, reading must be the absolute last thing anyone wants to do so I must need to be rescued from the boring book.

Ahem.

Can you read with lots of non-readers around? I’m usually good if on a bus or plane, but in the office everyone starts staring and then commenting on:

1) the fact I’m reading

2) what the book looks like

3) my response to their questions about what kind of book it is

4) how they wish they could read but can’t

5) how they used to enjoy reading but now have no time

Do you not understand that you would have time if….

6) And my favorite, “HAHAHAHA you’re such a nerd.” Because obviously being an uninformed dumbass and getting all your current events from FB and your extracurriculars from video games is sooooo much better.

I will be lucky to get one book read and reviewed this week. I really need a blanket fort, proto.

This one looks like it would do nicely.

 

Mini Book Review: Sabriel

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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

I went into this book knowing pretty much nothing at all about it. It was recommended by a good friend who generally has good (i.e., similar to mine :D) tastes, so I felt good about picking it up! Funny enough, outside of Lord of the Rings, it’s the oldest fantasy I’ve read. Which, I know I know, is hilarious, because it’s only 20 years old. Haha. Fantasy isn’t typically my gig, okay? Though lately I’m enjoying it more and more. Anyway!

My favorite part of this novel was the collision of old world and new – the archaic, medieval world “across the Wall,” and the more modern, WWII type world on the other side. The world (or worlds, I guess, even though they are definitely interconnected) is very layered and complex. Color me intrigued. Intrigued enough to keep reading, even when I felt the characters were kind of flat. Sabriel, god love her, was just…eh. Touchstone was slightly more interesting but also…eh. Mogget was definitely the most interesting character of the entire book. I…well, I’m not sure what I feel about Mogget! I want to love Mogget, but I’m kind of afraid to because…what is Mogget? As it is, the chain of events, piling sinister and weird on top of each other, was enough to keep me reading. Characters are, honestly, the biggest draw of a book for me. To not be totally in love with these was kind of a downer. They’re sympathetic, don’t get me wrong! Just kind of two-dimensional. Also, the romance? Better left out entirely than the way it was just thrown on top like too-stiff frosting. It could have been written so much better. That’s really the only complaint I had about the writing though. The world descriptions were fabulous. I could see the gown Sabriel wore, could hear the winds behind the Paperwing and see its yellow eyes. I’ll definitely be continuing with the series.

Posting will probably be rather sporadic this week and next. I had to work part of the weekend, hence the lack of a Something Else Sunday post. And, I’ll have weird hours all the next two weeks. However! Next up reviews are (covers link to GoodReads):

Aiming for at least 2 of these this week.

 

Bookmarks Galore

Lately, I’ve actually been trying to not buy books. I broke my book-buying ban right after our vacation in June and have been sorta-kinda-not really trying to go back on it. Or at least show some restraint. However, this does mean I’ve acquired more bookish STUFF than ever before. OwlCrate has been pretty bad for this, with all the AMAZING stuff they pack in each box…as has bookstagram. Haha! But I wanted to show off some of my favorite new pretties!

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I’m obsessed with Crafted Van’s adorable magnetic bookmarks (they also make magnets and notecards). They’re cute, and they’re the perfect thickness – they don’t stick up or hold the pages up in an odd way like a lot of bookmarks. They don’t fall out. They  make perfect kitty toys. Oh wait, that last part was a completely unintentional design feature, I’m sure. Haha. The royalty ones above came in the June OwlCrate box.

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Yes, that is my one lonely Penguin Drop Caps book behind them. I bought Jane Eyre in hopes that starting my Drop Caps collection would motivate me to finally finish that book. So far it’s not working.😛

Then I bought these kitty ones…an orange one for Sir Tristan, and a gray one for Alfred (he needs a title too…Assassin, maybe?). They have a TON of different cat designs, both big and small. In the close up pictures you can’t tell really, so I took another one to illustrate sizes of a bunch of different magnetic bookmarks, a few pictures down.

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THEN, I just happened to catch a posting from the Crafted Van Instagram account that they were starting a brand-new monthly subscription! I was beyond excited and immediately signed up. Because I already loved their bookmarks, and it was only $12. Freaking fantabulous. I was not disappointed. I think the little reading octopus is my new favorite bookmark!! Aaaah!! How did they know I love octopi? Anyway, I’m really looking forward to adding to my Crafted Van collection each month.😀


Next up is this beautifully adorable set from NerdyGrlDesigns. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m slightly obsessed with A Court of Mist and Fury. Despite being unable to write a review on it, but that’s a topic for another post. Haha. Anyway, these little caricatures of Rhysand’s Inner Circle are just…well, adorable. As soon as my SIGNED copy of ACOMAF arrives, I plan to sprinkle them throughout the book. Um…because why not? Why would I use them to mark my place in another, lesser book? Oh, I could always try to string them up across the bookshelf like I see so many lovely bookstagrammers doing…but I’m not that talented and mine would probably look like a redneck Christmas. These feel a little more fragile to me than the others, I think probably because of the arms and legs and other details.

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Banking the shop photo because mine didn’t turn out and I’m too lazy to try to take another.

Then there is another – ahem, no, I do not have a problem – ACOMAF set, this time from Jane’s Little Things. I love her drawings. They definitely have their own very unique look! I adore the quotes she puts on the back. These feel thicker than either of the other ones here, and they’re glossy. They do hold the pages of a mid-weight book up slightly, but it doesn’t damage the book in any way!


Here’s the size comparison picture!

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Then, I found the gorgeous Boookmarky shop. And promptly purchased ANOTHER pair of ACOTAR/ACOMAF themed bookmarks. I love the little charms on these. When I get my books arranged properly (i.e., all standing on end and not just stacked so they are on the shelf SOMEhow) I’ll take a picture of them properly in the books and adorning the spines. This one will have to do for now. However, since I still kind of want to buy out their entire store…this will not be the last of their bookmarks to grace my shelves, I hope!

Who are some of your favorite bookmark creators? Do you use them or just collect them? Do you make your own? As pretty as they are, I do actually use mine (which is why I currently can’t find the Tristan one, or the Queen – waaaaah) and take a lot of joy in watching them move through the pages.😀

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All products in this post were purchased by me and reviewed at my own discretion.

Book Review: Love & Gelato

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I went into this book wanting a fluffy, feel-good, summertime read. I was not disappointed! It was as feel-good as a big pile of puppies.

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I wanted to hug it at the end. I really wish I had read books like this when I was the same age as the characters (in this case, 16). Because while it has a few flaws, Love & Gelato is a beautiful story of love had, love lost, love remembered, and love hoped for. Even though I like to pretend I’m too tough for such sentimentality, I still have a real soft spot in my heart for a good happy ending. What really makes me happy though, is a happy ending that isn’t just happily ever after. There’s pain and sadness, enough drama to suit most high-school students but not enough to entirely put the adults off, but above all there is HOPE. Rainbow in the clouds kind of hope.

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Anyway. The story starts out on a rather sad note, as 16-year-old Lina’s mom passes from cancer, leaving behind quite the bombshell – surprise! Lina’s never-before-heard-from father, who lives in Italy, wants her to come live with him, and it was her mother’s dying wish (basically) that she go spend the summer with him.

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^Basically Lina’s reaction. With a lot more tears, because obviously her mom just died.

So off she hops to Italy, with much encouragement from her grandmother. She arrives, nearly has a meltdown over the fact that her father is the caretaker of a war memorial (i.e., he lives in a cemetery) – which I was first really annoyed about. I’ve never understood people’s aversion to cemeteries, even when I was younger. I was always more fascinated than scared…not sure what that makes me, haha. But, given that Lina’s mom has just died, I guess she can be forgiven her little freak out.

She almost immediately meets a cute neighbor boy, Ren, who is “as Italian as a plate of meatballs,” yet not quite, and there’s a slight, almost-insta-crush. I say almost, because there are a lot of mixed signals, and a couple of chapters later there is insta-LOVE that made me throw up in my mouth a little. There are several moments that made me laugh out loud – and I think most readers will join me no matter where they fall on the age scale! The people in the little community she finds are memorable, lovable, and sometimes just hysterical.

While all that is going down, she’s also finding out more about her mom – mostly through a journal her mom mysteriously mailed to Italy ahead of her, but also through the memories of the people there who remember her from her youth – her dad, and exploring Italy. Italy. How many 16-year-olds get to go to Italy?? I was really glad that Lina didn’t just wallow in her sadness or her boy-crush and actually went out and explored. You can really tell the author has been to Florence herself – I felt like I was walking the streets right beside Lina.

We also see Florence 16 years prior, through the eyes of Lina’s mom via her journal. They both fall in love with gelato. I have yet to get to experience real Italian gelato for myself, but even the exported stuff makes me weak-kneed.

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TAKE MY MONEY.

I can’t say a whole lot here without giving spoilers, but suffice to say some things just don’t add up, a lot of things don’t have the happy ending we might expect and there are a couple of big surprises. Love hurts. People make the wrong choices. But sometimes, we all get a second chance.

Turns out there’s a reason they call it falling in love, because when it happens – really happens – that’s exactly how it feels…you just let go and hope that someone’s going to be there to catch you. Otherwise, you’re going to end up with some pretty hefty bruises.

I really loved that Lina has to make choices and that they are realistic. Things are not entirely rosy-glassed here. But some things are! Haha. Because you get roses along with the thorns, eventually. I love the ending. It’s not a promise of happily-ever-after, but a happily-right-now. I wish I had realized at 16 that sometimes, happily-right-now with a hope of happily-later-on is sometimes perfection in and of itself.

4/5 stars. Because of the insta-crush/love, and the sheer convenience of the entire thing being a little far-fetched but mostly overlook-able. Also the “puppy-dog sleeping-boy” smell comment at one point. Sorry, but NO MEMBER OF THE MALE SPECTRUM smells nice first thing in the morning, unless he tricked you and brushed his teeth first. Haha!!

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Book Review: Labyrinth Lost

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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I wasn’t at all sure what to expect – it seemed like it was trying really hard to do a lot of things. Cultural diversity, magic, a new underworld, bisexuality…it’s a lot to blend into one story. Zoraida Cordova actually manages to do it quite well!

Alex is a bruja who doesn’t want the exceptional power she’s been granted. In the beginning she struck me as a whiny, ungrateful little brat. I can understand her resentment and not being entirely free to choose her own path, but her attempt at rejecting her power puts her entire family in danger – albeit unintentionally.

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However, she immediately sets off to rescue them and is willing to do whatever it takes, no matter the cost. So, props to her for that. She loves her family with an intensity beyond anything else, even if they don’t always see eye to eye or get along. She’s incredibly stubborn, to the point of insisting that complete strangers help her on her quest.

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It got bogged down a little over 1/3 of the way through. When the setting shifted to Los Lagos (the underworld, essentially), it floundered somewhat. Especially with the arrival of certain characters – like, really? (highlight to view spoiler)Rishi? Where did that come from? How did she get her fake wings? How did she know to bring them, if she brought them with her? I feel like Madre didn’t give them to her. I’m still vaguely suspicious of the way her arrival was “explained.” I honestly thought she was one of the bird-women for awhile. Guess the fake wings should have ruled that out but it was just so abrupt and essentially unexplained. Rishi’s quick, unquestioning acceptance of Alex’s magic and all it entails really bothered me too. No muggle (sorry) is going to just unblinkingly accept an entirely new world and the ability to conjure fire, no matter how much in love with the bruja you are. (end spoiler) However, after several chapters where I struggled, it picked back up and carried on and was much clearer. I think maybe a little more description would have benefited the story

“It’s love, Alex. Love is you jumping through a portal despite your own safety. Love is mom singing in the car and Rose making tea when we’re sick and even us fighting because we’re blood, and no matter what you do, I’ll neverforget that you are my sister.”

Family comes first – that’s the mantra I kept seeing over and over again. I’m a little envious of Alex’s relationship with her sisters, to be honest. I’m not very familiar with Hispanic culture and was really intrigued by how it’s portrayed here. Of course I can’t vouch for accuracy, but given the author’s background I would think it would be pretty spot-on. Alex’s family is not distinctly one country or another. She is a vibrant mix of many countries and people and Cordova really wove that into her and her magic. Oh! The magic. Magic in this world has a price that must always be paid, by someone, somewhere. It isn’t free or easy. It marks you. Alex and her family do not have a rosy-glass view of magic – as perhaps illustrated by the Deathly celebration for marking when a bruja or burro comes into their powers.

Also I love that bisexuality is given a normal viewpoint. Which is a really rough way of saying…well, it wasn’t anything special. And I don’t mean that in a bad way! I just mean that it was treated as completely normal, nothing to be shocked or surprised by. Normal. Healthy. Accepted. Supported. Books with characters like this are sorely needed in literature, when so much of the world is so full of hate for anything different from them.

Oh, and Rishi? Rishi is awesome. She has the most amazing lines and is totally someone I would want to hang out with. She has an energetic, zany kind of vibe.

“Why’s it always the heart or the eye of something? You notice that? There are so many body parts that don’t get enough love, like earlobes and belly buttons.”

3.5/5 stars. Overall I really enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing what happens in the next one! The ending was a definite cliffhanger, though not with as much shock value as I feel like was intended. Still, I was definitely a little put out that there wasn’t a next chapter! Haha.

Many thanks to Netgalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

Something Else Sunday #5

I’m not feeling very inspired tonight. I didn’t create anything this week. I did get 3 reviews posted – yay! Proud of myself for keeping up with that. Otherwise, yesterday we went to a Korean market and I got a fish pedicure. It was awesomely weird and something I’d wanted to do for a long time. Pretty sure the one in the Philippines (that we never found) was cooler, but whatever. I had fish clean the dead skin off my feet and it was fun.😀

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Books I’m hoping to review this week (going for 2/3):

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  1. Love and Gelato, by Jenna Evans Welch
  2. Labyrinth Lost, by Zoraida Cordova
  3. Sabriel, by Garth Nix

And your weekend cuteness, brought to you by Sir Tristan. Exhibiting his fondness for boxes and strange places for naps.

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Book Review: Alice

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Cheshire’s fingers, cold and slightly damp, stroked down the scar on her cheek. She swallowed the shudder of revulsion at his touch.

“Yes,” Cheshire said. “He marked you so that he would know you again, and know that you belong to him.”

“I belong to no one,” Alice said.

This is my new fight song. I belong to no one. You better believe it. You do not own me. I may be small, and I may be weak, and I may be frightened, but I belong to no one. Without even knowing the complete context in which that is spoken in this book, doesn’t it make you want to stand up and shout?

Alice is my first Christina Henry book. I already have the sequel, Red Queen, on my bookshelf. I knew I was in it to win it by the time I finished the 3rd chapter of Alice, and so I put away the digital version I had of it, ordered both books, and waited until they arrived to finish. I really thought it might kill me, but it was well worth the wait. Thankfully, Alice doesn’t end in a cliffhanger. The ending is definitely OPEN for future tales, but it’s not one of those OMG WTF cliffhanger endings that seem to be par for the course for a lot of the books I’ve been reading lately. Phew.

Obviously, this is an Alice in Wonderland retelling. However, unlike most retellings of various stories I’ve read, I think you could enjoy this one even without knowing the original! Shocking! Raises the bar, I think. So many retellings depend on our love of the originals to carry over – and often, at least in my case, it does – and make us more accepting or forgiving to the new work.

The story is fairly graphic and sometimes disturbing in its depictions of violence, killing, rape, and abuse. It’s creepy right out of the gate. The world of this Alice is definitely not ours, but it has enough resemblance to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Alice and her friend Hatcher have been locked away in an insane asylum for years, abused and neglected, barely kept alive – and not entirely sane or insane. Are they innocent? Maybe not entirely. Justified? You have to decide for yourself. I loved the complexity of their struggles, not only to find the Jabberwocky but to figure themselves out. I love Alice, her sheer will in the middle of circumstances that would bring most of us to our knees. I love that she and Hatch are there for each other even when they annoy the daylights out of each other, that when one is weak the other is strong. The best kind of partners. Neither perfect, both so very human and tortured by their own demons.

He [Hatcher] would not stand and argue with Alice when they did not agree, even if she wished to. And she did wish to.

Hatcher always had changeable moods…out here the world was bright and sharp and full of hungry mouths waiting to eat her up. She couldn’t afford Hatcher’s instability, and she wouldn’t leave him either. They were bound together by love and need and other feelings she didn’t entirely understand. 

Despite pretty much nothing going her way – except that she isn’t killed or raped, Alice just keeps going. She and Hatcher both struggle against the effects of what to me is PTSD, as well as the drugs fed them by the hospital. The story may be fantasy but the flashbacks and the horror is not. Henry did an excellent job of portraying the day-to-day struggles of some mental health patients. People who just want to live their normal lives, but have even the most mundane of tasks interrupted by the terrors that live in their brains. I hope people who read this see that, and not just the dark fantasy land.

“I w-want to go h-home,” she said. Her tongue tasted like salt and roses.

“Where’s home, my Alice?” Hatcher said. “Where’s home? We don’t have a home, you and I.”

“Then I want to go back to the hospital,” she said. “We were safe there. Nothing could hurt us…”

“Except the doctors,” Hatcher said…”Theres nowhere for us to go back to. We can go forward. We can find our way out.”

Forward and out.

I gave it 4/5 stars because I really wanted MORE. I felt like more explanation, more backstory, and more tying up of loose ends was needed to really bring the story to closure, especially since the ending wasn’t exactly a cliffhanger. That’s really a small thing, I guess, for as much as I enjoyed the book!

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Book Review: The Hatching

Note: Not for the arachnophobic (not just the book, this review). Like, not even slightly. I’m usually fairly chill with spiders – not that I really like them, but I can tolerate them without feeling the need to nuke from orbit – and this book made me attack the next black thread I saw. Ahem.

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THIS, is what strikes terror in my heart. Not the big, google-eyed ones. The little, running, quickly multiplying ones. YEAAAAAGGGHHH!!!!!

Ezekial Boone’s debut novel, The Hatching, did an excellent job of portraying an invasion of spiders. Of large, rapidly multiplying, flesh-eating, aggressive, spiders. Ew. Ack. Like, combine the above gif, with this one:

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Ok, I’m done playing with spider gifs now. The hair on my arms is starting to feel like it’s crawling.

However, that is, honestly, about the only thing this book does well. I’m giving it 3/5 stars because if it hadn’t been for the goosebumps I got at a couple of points (spiders taking over the world, yadda eider), I would have chucked it across the room.

Oh wait. I did do that. Except I picked it up again because I really wanted to know if the spiders succeeded. So, kudos for that. The spider portion was enough to keep me reading.

As far as the rest of the book goes…maybe I am just not used to the horror/sci-fi genre? Maybe characterization and research isn’t so important for this genre? Maybe I have impossibly high standards? I’m not sure. He does a LOT of telling vs. showing, which makes the POV switches just drag on and on and fucking ON.

The the glaring (to me – I have a military background) errors in the portrayal of the United States military left me pulling my hair out. Literally screeching. I had an hour long conversation with my husband (a complete non-reader) about why it’s so very important to make your fictional story believable enough to overcome the reader’s disbelief. For the average reader, Boone probably did ok. To anyone with a military background…how about we just skip those embarrassing chapters which prove that either he a) didn’t research, just watched a few movies and looked up a few models of weapons and vehicles, or b) his research is about 15 years old, give or take. Whatever. Pet peeve. Most likely won’t bother the general population.

There are many, many POVs in this book. At first I was just extremely frustrated, but by the end I think I can see that he was using them to show the global magnitude of this outbreak. I think. There were 11 – count them, ELEVEN – POVs in the first 120 pages. I think that was where it ended. Now, some of them aren’t followed all the way through the book. Some of them are one and done, because, well…spiders. But the majority are kept up in some fashion until the end. As I said, at first I was just EXTREMELY irritated at all the hopping. Then when I finished, I was just EXTREMELY irritated that the stories weren’t finished. Apparently they are so sure of a sequel that it’s ok to just leave a story mid-air. As in every single major line of the story is just – chop. Done. Come back for the sequel, Skitter, next year!

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The story really struggles with characters. I get it, it’s a huge, over-arching world invasion plot. But without your people, no one gives a damn about your world. The characters feel very stereotypical and they’re all obsessed with the sexual appeal of whatever person of the opposite sex wanders next into their line of sight. But even that is just so very blah. Like it’s just what they’re supposed to do so it was scribbled in. There’s a likable FBI (FBI? CIA? I think he was FBI) agent, with a cute little daughter. He was my favorite and we didn’t spend nearly enough time with him.

Boone struggles with making his characters believable, i.e., relatable. Like the fairly normal guy that a has a girlfriend who

…just missed qualifying or the Olympics in the two hundred-meter freestyle, and had worked for a couple of years as a model before deciding to go the medical school. She was also unbelievably nice and thoughtful, the kind of woman who spent her free time volunteering at animal shelters and never passed a homeless person without dropping some money in their cup. All that, and she liked to cook.

Excuse me while I throw up. For so many reasons. Not the least of which is the assumption that to be attractive a woman needs to like to cook. Actually, forget throwing up. Let me skewer you on a damn spatula through your orifice of choice. How. Dare. You. Ok, feminist rant over.

That is probably my biggest issue with the story overall. Because if I can’t relate to your characters on SOME level, I’m not going to care if they get eaten by spiders. Or become spider incubators. Sorry.

Oh…there is a very minor character named Two-Two O’Leary. I’m not joking. Was that supposed to be funny? Who edited this book? Who thought that was a good idea? Did we fall into a wanna-be old western partway through an invasion of 8-legged horrors?

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Even this guy says no.

I’m probably not going back for the sequel, unless it gets really rave reviews. I’ll read the blurbs and consider it but I just don’t think it likely.

 

TTT Rewind #5: Favorite Book Bloggers

I looked at today’s prompt on The Broke and the Bookish last night and my little heart through a party. As soon as I scrolled through the list of past prompts I knew which one I wanted to do!

Top 10 Favorite Book Bloggers!

Now most of these people, I’m sure you all already know. That’s ok. These folks are so witty and brilliant they don’t need my help getting subscribers. I’m linking people here who inspired me to get my hot-as-hell love for books back. People who convinced me that book-shaming and literary snobbery has no place in our world. People who are open to and love discovering new cultures, existences outside of their own comfort zone, and aren’t afraid to have an unpopular opinion or two. People who stirred my love of writing agin. Some of them I’ve read for quite awhile. Some I only discovered a couple of months ago. You should go sub to all of them. Seriously.

I’m not using numbers for this one, because that feels too much like rating the bloggers themselves. That’s not what I’m doing. I love all of these blogs equally for their own unique voices.

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The Book Geek – Emily May was actually the very first book blogger I stumbled across, and I found her on GoodReads. Her witty, sometimes snarky voice made me sit up and take notice of books I might otherwise have passed on. Also, her don’t-care-who-thinks-I’m-wrong attitude was what helped me shed the last bit of the literary snobbery hanging on from my college days.

Hit or Miss Books – I follow HoMB through Bloglovin. Not too long ago I was several days behind on reading, and I kept clicking through to comment…and I’m pretty sure I commented on her reviews like 5 times in a row. Because her writing was just that compelling! I felt like I just had to talk to her or say something about that particular book. Maybe we just have similar tastes, but I love her reviews.

A Page with a View – I am in love with Cait’s hair and for that reason alone you should go visit her blog. No ok really. She writes awesome reviews and has awesome photos. Go see for yourself.

Paper Fury – another Cait! The first thing I noticed about her site was the pictures. GORGEOUS pictures. Then I was totally hooked by her writing. I feel her love for books and writing just bubbling out of my computer screen whenever I read her posts. She has such a hilarious turn of phrase that always makes me laugh and smile. If I ever met her in person I would have to refrain from giver her a tackle-hug, just because I feel like she’s earned one for the constant pick-me-up that is her blog.

Lost in Literature – this is one I found through Instagram/bookstagram! Lisa and Becca do take amazing photos, but I was even more excited to find their blog. I love bookstagram, don’t get me wrong, but I want to know more about the books you’re raving over than you can get into Instagram. Also reading those super super long captions some people write is intensely annoying. I love their thoughtful reviews.

The Perpetual Page Turner – Jamie is someone I would like to sit down and have coffee with – or maybe wine (Jamie, if you should happen to read this and don’t drink wine, please don’t be offended). I love how she works her real life into her book posts – because we do all have real lives, we don’t spend our entire day in a comfy chair reading (even if we’d like to, haha).

***The Starry-Eyed Revue*** – I haven’t been following Jen and April for all that long, but they succeed in adding to my TBR list pretty much every week. Also they constantly drive me crazy by reviewing the very books I’m DYING to get my hands on but just can’t seem to convince myself to buy, or that the library is constantly out of. Thanks. I know they’re not sorry.

Adventures of a Book Junkie – I actually found Stacee first on GoodReads too! I think she posts more reviews there than on her blog, so the initial link is to that page. I am AMAZED by the sheer volume of her reviews. I’m convinced she either spends all day every day reading, or speedreads like a MF. I love how she tries anything and everything. I want to be as brave as she is in my reading choices one day! Also read in my sleep or however she does it. Haha.

The awesome people behind the book blogs are one of the main reasons I decided to give book blogging a serious go, so my hat is really off to these folks that make

 

All the Hugs and Warm Kittens!

Because I don’t know how else to express my thanks to everyone for entering/supporting the A Court of Thorns and Roses giveaway – naturally hugs and warm kittens are some of the best things in life, so I think you should all get those. My goal was to get 100 entries in the Rafflecopter and when it closed last night there were 118! Thank you guys so much. Very happy little book blogger over here. I’ve contacted the winner and the package will be going out this week!

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I’m really excited to have more people to share all my favorite (and a few not-so-favorite) books with!! Thanks to everyone who has followed either here, on Twitter, by e-mail, or on Bloglovin! I loooooove hearing from people and trading thoughts (i.e., squeals and fangirling, or THE RAGE) with other readers. I love comments and try to every single one – if I miss any, it’s completely unintentional and I’m sorry. Have another kitten? Comment again and DEMAND why I didn’t respond? Haha. But really, I love interacting with other book lovers and book community in general so much. I feel like the obsessive love I had for books and writing as a child is returning. I never LOST my love for books, but it definitely took a back seat to life, the universe, and everything there for awhile.

So while I’m rambling on: is there anything I can improve on? Different types of post you’d like to see? What are your favorites types of posts (aside from giveaways, I know EVERYONE loves those, haha)?

And, as promised, warm kittens. Or warm cat. The result – cuteness, snuggles, and a warm lap – is the same.😀😉

Sir Tristan says that obviously, his comfort is more important than my ability to read my book. 😼