How To Build a Girl Read-Along – Part 3

caitlin moranWe’re up to chapter 15 in our read-along this week, so be warned – spoilers below! What surprised me most about this section was how beautifully sentimental some of the quotes were. Especially at the beginning of the section, I really enjoyed how happy Johanna was and how much fun she had traveling. I was a briefly heartbroken for her when she stopped hearing from the magazine, but finished the section feeling reasonably hopeful. I mean, I’m sure she’s going to get herself into a bad situation the way she’s going. I also think her coworkers probably think she’s completely ridiculous. But she’s having fun again and exploring who she is and I’m excited to go along for the ride. Continue reading

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Soundbite Sunday – The Way of Kings

The-Way-of-Kings-610664Title: The Way of Kings
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Narrators: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
Rating (Story): ★★★★★
Rating (Narration):★★★★★

Many authors do one thing exceptionally well: world building, character creation and growth, or an intricate plot. Brandon Sanderson does an incredible job at all three. The world is very unique, with creatures and a magic system I never could have imagined. The world and the magical system are also notable for their internal consistency. The creatures described seem like the sort that would evolve together. The magical system follows clear, consistent rules. The world building take place through slow, constant information sharing, in parallel with both an epic, world-wide conflict and moving personal stories. The story wasn’t always straight forward or predictable and I loved the unexpected obstacles which forced every character to grow and change in order to succeed. Continue reading

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Non-Fiction Friday

NonFictionFriday2Non-Fiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome non-fiction happenings of the week. Be sure to link-up your non-fiction posts too!

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All I Love And Know

All I Love and KnowTitle: All I Love And Known
Author: Judith Frank
Source: from publisher for a TLC Book Tour
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Summary: This book rocked my world with it’s unbelievably moving portrayal of flawed, believable characters fighting through a tough situation.

Matt Greene and Daniel Rosen have overcome many challenges to be with one another, including their differences from one another and Daniel’s parents’ belief that Matt isn’t good enough for their son. However, nothing they’ve faced previously prepares them for the events set in motion when Daniel’s twin brother and his wife are killed in a bombing in Jerusalem. Even though Daniel’s brother and his wife wanted Matt and Daniel to raise their children, they face strong opposition from their family. As they fight for custody, Daniel also struggles to grieve while Matt tries to be their for Daniel, even as Daniel shuts him out. Continue reading

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How To Build a Girl Read-Along – Part 2

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I am now 10 chapters into How To Build a Girl and it’s time to check in again. Beware spoilers through chapter 10 below. So far, things are still going well! I definitely have a girl crush on Caitlin Moran who is both the reason I consider myself a feminist and the reason I’m happy to tell you I consider myself a feminist. In How To Be a Woman, she had me in stitches almost the whole book – an impressive feat given that she also made me think about many important issues. How To Build a Girl is living up to the hype that created for me much better than I expected. Caitlin’s same sense of humor is there, perhaps slightly less often given the need for narrative, but there are definitely parts that have me laughing out loud. Even though this is fiction, I feel like Caitlin’s character’s story has the same refreshing feel of raw honesty found in her memoir. I know it’s not real, but it’s such an intimate look at a character’s life, I still feel like she’s a real person telling me her story. Continue reading

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Library Month Guest Post

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I love my library, so I was very excited when Krysta and Briana of Pages Unbound asked me to do a guest post for their month-long celebration of libraries.  The fun posts they’ve written so far include a personality quiz (what library resource are you?) as well as two posts about why libraries are so awesome (part 1 and part 2) because one post just wasn’t enough. Today they’re sharing my guest post about how much I love browsing for books at my library, so if you love your library too or just wondering what all the fuss is about, you should hop over and check it out.

 

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Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: Requesting ARCs

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Welcome to bloggiesta everyone! Today I’ll be running a mini-challenge all about requesting ARCs. I actually started blogging completely unaware that advanced review copies (ARCs) existed. I was shocked when I received my first invitation to review a book and thrilled when I found out about the sites that allow bloggers to request books. I’ve recently graduated to requesting physical ARCs and specific books from publishers, so I’m hopeful I can offer you all some useful advice on the different ways to request advanced review copies. Continue reading

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