Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookworm Delights

(Sponsored by the Broke and the Bookish) 

This list was so easy. I love books, so it was really simple for me to put together a list of my favorite things about them. Feel free to let me know some of your favorites in the comments!

1. Walking into a new bookstore or library that I've never been to before.

2. The smell and feel of a new book AND the smell and feel of an old book.

3. The feeling you get when your adrenaline starts pumping as you turn the page to find out what's going to happen to the character.

4. Listening to an author speak and becoming even more in awe of them than you already were by their books.

5. Finding someone who is in love with the same series you are and being able to gush about it with them. (The Gnoming Librarian)

6. Not being able to put a book down and go to sleep.

7. Finishing a book in one day and being able to pick up the sequel right away. AND/OR Finding out that a book that just ended and you're in love with has a sequel.

8. Being able to curl up with a good book and not worry about adulting - whether you're outside by the water on a hot summer day or curled up inside with a blanket when it's raining or snowing. Both are amazing.

9. Getting home from a long day and knowing that the book you're reading is waiting for you.

10. When you connect to a character(s) so much that you can't get them out of your head - days, weeks, months (who knows) later...


When they make a movie of your favorite book, and they get it right. The characters look like you imagined it, the feel of the story is there, and they don't leave out your favorite part.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle)

(Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish)
So going back through my Goodreads list, it appears I'm not a huge fan of the funny book. There are a lot of light, fun reads, but very little I would actually classify as funny. But the funny books that I have read are some of my favorites, so it looks like I need to add a few more funnies to my reading list!

Here are ten(ish) of my favorite books that made me laugh :)

1. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Southern belle and overachiever Harper just wants to be crowned homecoming queen and and prepare for cotillion. She most definitely didn't want magical ninja powers that force her to protect her arch enemy, David Stark, but it's starting to look like she doesn't have a choice!

2. Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
Maybe it's the creepy look in the librarian's eyes... or the blood and horns and bat-like wings that appear when he thinks no one is looking. He's a demon... and now Cyn has to save her best friend from the clutches of the evil librarian, who also seems to be slowly sucking the life force out of the entire student body!

3. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

4. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking a few detours.

5. Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Three women grapple with heartbreak and new love, as they take part in an endless round of bridal showers and weddings. A great read (for adults)!

6. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Don Tillman, a brilliant geneticist, thinks that having women fill out a six-page, double-sided questionnaire before a date is logical and reasonable. Rosie Jarman, an impetuous barmaid, thinks Don should loosen up and learn to live a little. (Also for adults)

7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
At turns funny, sweet, smart, and sad, Fangirl traces Cath’s journey to independence as she begins college, struggles to have an identity separate from her twin sister, find her voice and passion as a writer and fall in love, maybe, for the first time.

8. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Star athelete and prom king Ezra Faulkner's life is irreparably transformed by a tragic accident and the arrival of eccentric new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

9. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

10. Beauty Queens AND Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Libba Bray is pretty good at satire, my friends. You should check out both of these!

Beauty Queens: When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

Going Bovine: Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.


The Exquisite Corpse Adventure by Various Authors
Twins Joe and Nancy were raised in a circus but on their eleventh birthday they learn their parents are still alive and need their help, so they set out on an quest filled with many extraordinary beings and adventures. Consists of twenty-seven episodes by nineteen authors and pictures by five illustrators (including Susan Cooper, Kate DiCamillo, Gregory McGuire, Katherine Paterson, Jon Scieszka, and Lemony Snicket!)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Book Review: The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

The Parasol Protectorate is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

I have so much love for this series, this author, and to be honest this whole world. I've been listening to the series on audio with my reading buddy and coworker, The Gnoming Librarian, and what a trip it has been!

Our favorite heroine, Alexia Tarabotti tends to break the normal rules of society, though she faithfully observes (or at least attempts to follow) proper etiquette. She has a bit of a stubborn streak and her supernatural soullessness (and her father's misdeeds) tend to get her into some tight spots.

What I find the best about these stories is that there's a little bit of Alexia in all of us, and I can really relate to her. She has such a fun sense of humor, sarcastic and a little dry at times. Her sweet romance with the protective, egotistical, and adorable Lord Conall Maccon is definitely a bonus.

My favorite thing about the series though is the appearance of characters from the Finishing School series. Having read it first, I was already drawn into Carriger's steampunk paranormal universe. I loved revisiting the characters of Sidheag Maccon and Vieve Lefoux. But I really wish that we had been given a glimpse of Soap and Sophronia!  

All in all, this series was a great read, and I'm super excited to continue reading about Prudence (Alexia and Conall's daughter)!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish People You Should Follow On Social Media

This week's Top Ten Tuesday let's me talk about my favorite people that I follow on social media! 


1. The Gnoming Librarian - Emily, the Gnoming Librarian, is my boss, cohort, friend, and an amazing book blogger. She posts videos for the library, book reviews, book trailers, and of course there's Mike, her gnome. She takes him traveling with her, and he has capes signed by all sorts of authors and bookish people!

2. Aub88 / areadinglife - Aubrey is an editor for Simon and Schuster living in NYC. If you're on Instagram, you should follow her NY adventures on Aub88 and her book reviews on areadinglife!

3. Floralsndragons - Vee is another Instagrammer, book blogger, and self-proclaimed sock connoisseur! Her posts are beautiful! 

4. JK Rowling - Jo shares all kinds of news and tidbits on Twitter about Harry Potter and her other projects!

5. Gail Carriger - This woman is wonderful - quirky, intelligent, and hilarious. Seriously, all you have to read is her bio to know that. Follow her. Also her Instagram involves many pictures of her cat.

6. Maggie Stiefvater - Oh Maggie. I'm pretty sure I've talked about this brilliant woman before (see my review of her fabulous book The Raven Boys. But just in case you don't believe me. Check out her Instagram, Twitter, blog, and website.

7. John and Hank Green - John is best known for his writing. Hank is best known for his work on Crash Course and Mental Floss. Together they are the Vlogbrothers. If you have not heard of them, you need to fix this right away. They tweet and have a podcast. They're busy boys.

8. Bookwork Boutique - This bookish bookstore is full of bookish goodies! They have a great Instagram too! I want all of their things.

9. Fierce Reads, Book Riot, Epic Reads - These amazing book sites post book news and updates, quizzes, videos, author info, and all kinds of fun bookish things!

10. Your Library!  - You should definitely be following your local library on social media and hear all about what they're up to. You'll be surprised at all the different kinds of programs, activities, and services they have available! You can follow my library on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube

Friday, April 1, 2016

Book Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything. (Summary from Goodreads)

Before I read Beautiful Creatures I did the number one booklovers' no-no. You guessed it. I saw the movie. And I'll tell you the truth. I loved it.

A handsome southern boy trying to escape his little town and it's not-so-moral values meets a pretty girl who's traveled the world, and he is mysteriously drawn to her. And she's plagued by a curse that forbids her from loving a mortal. Together they try to find a solution, so that they can be together. You guys, this is my kind of story. Add to that Jeremy Irons, Emma Thomson, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, and the adorable Alden Ehrenreich as the main character. I maybe have watched it a couple times...maybe more like ten.

So when someone told me that the book was nothing like the movie, but it was definitely better, i was intrigued. I'll admit at that point, I wasn't really intrigued enough to read it. But since I'm planning to go to Book Con and meet several fabulous authors, including Kami Garcia (AND Maggie Stiefvater!) I'm trying to read at least one book by each author or as close to it as I can get. So Beautiful Creatures was my first choice. I finally had an excuse to read it!

And I'm really glad I read it. I already told you I loved the movie. And I still do. I liked the book just as much. And I thought it was really similar to the movie. There were a few difference here and there, but pretty much the same storyline...except that now I want to read the sequel!

On a side note - I think I'm going to have to make a southern mystery booklist now...

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