Friday, December 15, 2017

Notable Quotable: Robyn Schneider (#177)

"Words could betray you if you chose the wrong ones, or mean less if you used too many. Jokes could be grandly miscalculated, or stories deemed boring, and I'd learned early on that my sense of humor and ideas about what sorts of things were fascinating didn't exactly overlap with my friends."
     --The Beginning of Everything

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2017

hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I read quite a few books that I loved this year, so narrowing it down to ten was difficult. Here's what I've come up with:

1a. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
1b. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: This duology is one of the best that I've read in a really long time. The characters were complex and the world was rich and vibrant. I loved it so much, probably my favorite reads of the year!

2. Geekerella by Ashley Poston: I love a good fairytale retelling and this one delivered. It was everything I could ask for in a nerdy Cinderella. A comic-con, a cosplay, and an actor who may be more than his social persona.

3. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller: I love a good pirate book, but I forgot how much I love them until I read this book. The sequel is coming out next year and I already have it preordered!

4. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer: I'd been putting this one off because I wanted to save this for a time when I needed new content from the Lunar Chronicles world. I read it at just the right time this year. I loved all these stories!

5. Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan: This series keeps getting a weirder but I'm still really enjoying it! I can't wait to see what's next.

6. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman: This is such a magical exploration of life through the eyes of a child. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

7. The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro: This is the sequel to A Study in Charlotte. I'm loving this series and I can't wait for the next book!

8. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: I really enjoyed this book, a fierce assassin ready to fight for freedom. I've heard mixed feelings about the rest of the series, but I'm just going to have to see for myself.

9. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick: This is the best memoir I've read this year. She is incredibly funny and brutally honest. I listened to the audio book in one day.

10. The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy: This was such a good read. I came across this on a whim and thought I'd check it out for fall/Halloween season. The mystery and suspense wrapped up in a community who believes they've been cursed.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Notable Quotable: Douglas Adams (#176)

"Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job."
     --The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Friday, December 1, 2017

Notable Quotable: Rick Riordan (#175)

"Being productive. Ugh. It's such a human concept. It implies you have limited time (LOL) and have to work hard to make something happen (double LOL)."
     --The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Warcross by Marie Lu - This is one of my most anticipated reads this fall and I'm dying to pick it up. My next read will either be this book of Renegades, so I'm ready for it!

2. Renegades by Marissa Meyer - This is the other most anticipated book of the fall and like I said above, I'm going to be reading it very soon!

3. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab - I listened to the first book in this trilogy and really enjoyed it, so I thought I'd keep with tradition and listen to this one in the next couple of weeks.

4a. Hawkeye Vol. 5: All-New Hawkeye by Jeff Lemire
4b. Hawkeye Vol. 6: Hawkeyes by Jeff Lemire
5. Hawkeye: Kate Bishop Vol. 1: Anchor Points by Kelly Thompson
After binge-reading the Matt Fraction run of Hawkeye this fall, I decided it's time to pick these beloved characters back up. I'm hoping to read these back to back near the end of the year, so I don't have to wait too long for Kate Bishop's vol. 2.

6a. The Fade Out: Act One by Ed Brubaker
6b. The Fade Out: Act Two by Ed Brubaker
6c. The Fade Out: Act Three by Ed Brubaker
I've been waiting for a good time to read this story in three acts. It finally feels like the right time to do it. This winter I'll get a little bit of the noir vibe in my life.

7. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab - I've been meaning to read this book since I got it, more than a year ago. I'd like to get to it this winter, but there are just so many books out there.

8a. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
8b. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
It's time to read this series. I only have the first two on the list because it seems more realistic that I'll get through a couple of them, rather than all four. But who knows maybe I'll just marathon them all!

9a. The Assassin's Blade by Sarah. J. Maas
9b. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
I started this series at the beginning of the year with the intent that I'd read at least three of the books. Now it's almost December and I've yet to read more. These books are on here in an effort to read more before I forget what happened in the first book. Hopefully, I'll enjoy them as much as I did Throne of Glass.

10. Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill - I loved the first Lauren Morrill book I read and since then I decided I wanted to read all of her books. I own this one and haven't read it yet, so now is the time to pick it up!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Notable Quotable: Stephanie Garber (#174)

"Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it's a different breed of magic altogether. Elusive, difficult to hold on to. But not much is needed."

Friday, November 17, 2017

Notable Quotable: Kat Spears (#173)

"There was no reason for me to think everything was about to change. That's the way life happens, why you have to be able to see all the angles every time you make a choice. What's true today might not be true tomorrow."

Friday, November 10, 2017

Notable Quotable: Brian K. Vaughan (#172)

"The world is a terrifying place, more than I ever realized. But if I had my whole life to do over again, that's literally the only thing I'd change. I'd stop being so afraid of other people."
     --Paper Girls, Vol. 2

Friday, November 3, 2017

Notable Quotable: Lauren Oliver (#171)

"And I guess that's when it starts to hit me: the whole point is, you do what you can."
     --Before I Fall

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #114

hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows Reviews.

What store would be your first stop in Diagon Alley when picking up your supplies for your first year in Hogwarts?

Without question it would be Ollivanders. I would get up early to be first in line to get my wand! All the other shops are pretty exciting and I definitely would love Flourish and Blotts, but the wand is where it's at! Plus, I want to meet Ollivander himself!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Notable Quotable: Sarah J. Maas (#170)

"'You could rattle the stars,' she whispered. 'You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That's what scares you most.'"
     --Throne of Glass

Friday, October 20, 2017

Notable Quotable: Brian K. Vaughan (#169)

"I hated being twelve. Back in '65, I just wanted to grow up fast so everything would finally be good, you know? But the truth is, life was actually way better back then. Turns out, the older you get... the more everything just turns to shit."
     --Paper Girls, Vol. 1

Friday, October 13, 2017

Notable Quotable: Meredith Jaeger (#168)

"Margaret looked at the ring on her finger. 'Gran gave me this before we boarded the ship. It's the most special thing in the world to me. I'll never take it off, Hanna. No matter how hungry I am."
     --The Dressmaker's Dowry

Friday, October 6, 2017

Notable Quotable: Kasie West (#167)

"I get too self-conscious. Especially about things that mean a lot to me. I feel like if I hold things close, never share, then I never give anyone the opportunity to judge me."
     --P.S. I Like You

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #113

hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows Reviews.

Favorite Hogwarts painting.

I absolutely love Sir Cadogan.  He's ridiculous and entertaining, always good for a laugh, but he means well.  I love that he's so into his job in Prisoner of Azkaban when he replaces the Fat Lady as entryway to Gryffindor tower. I also love that he pops in just about any random painting he can find. He's always looking for danger and ready to protect anyone and anything, even though he's a painting.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Six of Crows

by Leigh Barduo
published: Henry Holt and Company, 2015
pages: 462

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price -- and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...                                                                       
A convict with a thirst for revenge           A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager                                           A runaway with a privileged past            A spy known as the Wraith                     A Heartreader using her magic to survive the slums                                   A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes                                                                                                                                                                           Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first.    

This book. Oh, this book is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The writing is incredibly rich and immersive. It's beautiful, witty, and caught me off guard at the right moments. I savored it for as long as I could and then a switch flipped and I had to know what happened. I ended up reading the last 100 pages in one go. I am currently debating on whether or not I should wait to pick up the sequel right away. As it stands, I went to the bookstore the morning after I finished Six of Crows to buy Crooked Kingdom.

The characters thrive at the heart of this novel. Because the book is told from multiple perspectives I was nervous about being able to tell them apart. However, I had nothing to fear. Each character was very distinctive, well rounded and fully formed characters. Their backgrounds were woven into the story seamlessly and I cared for all of them, which can be hard to do when there are half a dozen main characters. They might all be criminals, the scum of the slums, but as Kaz puts it, they wreak of decency.

The pacing of the novel was unbelievable; there was not a single moment that I felt bored or like the story was moving too slowly. Every moment built on another, it was just the right amount of crazy action, character development, and world building. I love that we're never quite sure what's going to happen next: what's a part of the plan and what's improv. A book that keeps me guessing is a book that keeps me interested.

There is some discussion about whether or not you need to read the Grisha Trilogy before reading this book. I am here to say that it's not necessary! I have not read the Grisha Trilogy and I'm sure it gives more context for the story, but Leigh Bardugo does a great job of making this book a self-contained experience.

I cannot wait to read the sequel! Thank you Leigh Bardugo.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
          5 Stars

Friday, September 29, 2017

Notable Quotable: John Corey Whaley (#166)

"But she believed there was a thin line between accepting one's fears and giving into them altogether."
     --Highly Illogical Behavior

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #112

hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows Reviews.

Would you rather get a disapproving glare from McGonagall or Dumbledore?

Absolutely I'd prefer to get the glare of disapproval from Dumbledore. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to on Dumbledore's bad side, but there is something about McGonagall that makes me want to never let her down. She's badass and encouraging. She sees the best in every student, which is why I think seeing disappointment on her face would hurt more. She knows you can do better. I mean, look at that glare, look at it. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Notable Quotable: Jasper Fforde (#165)

"Prejudice is a product of ignorance that hides behind barriers of tradition."
     --The Fourth Bear

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #111

hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows Reviews.

How would you use Felix Felicis (Liquid Luck)?

This is such a hard question because there are so many options. Some of the more obvious and tempting ones are picking lotto numbers or entering a contest/sweepstakes/competition. Imagine the possibilities of what one could win with Felix Felicis. 

I've always want to write and publish a novel. I know what a arduous process that can be at times, so I think I would use Liquid Luck to help me find a publisher once I had a manuscript that I was proud of and wanted to start pitching. Though, I might have to use it to help me get to that writing point. 
I'm sure as soon as this is published, I will think of another really good way to use Felix Felicis because that's how my brain works.