October 30, 2014 ● BY Judith ● TAGS: Giveaway ● 1 comment
I was preparing this post, making the graphic above, when I suddenly noticed her second eye and now I am freaking out because oh my god. Clearly, I am not the Halloween-y type. I wish I was, though. I wish I were able to watch horror movies without hiding my face behind a stack of pillows. I wish I were able to read about ghosts without needing to sleep with the night light on. I blame my lack of bravery with my background. We don’t celebrate Halloween in the Netherlands. Children don’t go trick or treating and the only ones dressing up are people going to the rare Halloween party – something that I will actually be doing for the first time ever this year. (I wish I were able to go as Celaena Sardothien but no one would even know who was. (Shaking my head at all those non-book people.)
Following this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (which I missed), I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about scary books. But as I checked my Goodreads, I realized that there were only two books I could think of that scared me, and one of which isn’t even scary. These books are The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (and Evolution, of course) and Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. The Mara Dyer series is really excellent because I love unreliable narrators and I can’t wait to see how it all ends when I read Retribution soon. Fire With Fire is not really scary but it scared me a lot anyway, because of spoilers. But I do really want to branch out into the scary (if not too scary), so I need your help: which Halloween-y book would you recommend to a whimp like me? Let me know in the comments.
The lovely people over atth NOVL and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers have offered me a chance to allow you to win some amazing looking Halloween-y reads. You can enter to win a copy of: Blood of My Blood by Barry Liga (a series that I really want to read because it sounds nerve-wracking), Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper (which is about witches and it sounds fantastic), Unmarked by Kami Garcia (a series about ghosts and demons that I haven’t read yet), and The Young World by Chris Weitz (which is about an illness whiping out most of the population). I haven’t actually read any of these books, but I really want to try especially Salt & Storm and Bary Liga’s series. They seem like the kind of scary books I could actually handle. The Young Worlds sounds really interesting, but also really scary in light of current events.
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October 12, 2014 ● BY Ellice ● TAGS: Literary Reflections ● 12 comments
Sometimes books get to us in a personal way. Sometimes we can relate to them so much it feels like they tell us the stories of our own lives. Sometimes there is just an aspect that really speaks to us because we love that thing in real life as well. It is impossible to capture that feeling in a review, so we decided to start a series called Literary Reflections to talk about the books that feel almost private to us because of personal reasons.
After reading several books in a row with a football theme, I started thinking about how things I enjoy in my personal life often influence my reading habits, which led to today’s football post. After all, y’all get to see the reviews for these books, so I thought I’d give you a little insight into why I love them so much. I hope y’all like the post, and maybe some of you share this love for the sport with me. Football occupies most of my weekends this time of year, so I decided it was time to devote a post to my favorite sport and tell y’all why you may see a few more “football” book reviews in the future. ;)
Here in Mississippi, football is about as important as air and water. We wear our team colors proudly. Heaven forbid, if you’re unfortunate enough to have to work on game day, your favorite player’s jersey is considered acceptable “work clothing” for the day. Most of our weekends revolve around football. Want to make Friday night plans? You better make sure it doesn’t conflict with your high school’s home football game. Then on Saturdays, you are either A) tailgating from your couch and flipping the channels from one SEC game to another, or B) tailgating at your alma mater before and after—to either celebrate the victory or mourn the loss—the day’s big game. Then on Sundays, you have to hurry home from church to make sure you’re in front of the TV in time for noon NFL kickoffs. By the Sunday night game, you might be a little tired of football, but you’d never admit it! We cheer hard for the teams we love, and we harbor hatred like you wouldn’t believe for our rivals.
Tailgating in the Grove
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October 3, 2014 ● BY Judith ● TAGS: Epic Recs ● 6 comments
Epic Recs is hosted by Amber and myself, and it’s a feature slash book club where people challenge each other to read a certain book each month. We both like to force people to read books, so this is the best excuse to test our book pushing. Welcome and feel free to join in on the fun! Here’s what Amber and I are making each other read this month:
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