Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Where Have I Been?

You may have noticed my two month absence, and I would like to explain where I've been and why blogging hasn't been my main focus.

To simplify the answer, I've just been living my life.

There's so much to do, so I haven't had as much time as I would normally like to focus on reading and writing reviews.  I've also been pretty bad at following book news and other blogs, although two months isn't the farthest I've fallen behind.  Lately I've been picking up new books that I've been anticipating for months, only to read a few pages or chapters and put it down, never to be opened again (just kidding, I'll definitely get around to them, I just need to be in the mood to read).

I feel like I can't dive into another world at the moment because I'm so busy getting lost in my own.  It feels great to open myself up to new things.  Over the past few months, I've started rock climbing, going on hikes, riding bikes, traveling, and more!

My boyfriend's birthday was at the beginning of April, so we did something I've never done before: we went on a road trip.  It was always a dream of mine, especially after reading so many stories about road trips in the past.  The entire trip was spontaneous, which is unusual for me, seeing as I like to plan before I do anything.  Seriously...we didn't even know where we were going until the day before we left!  We drove about 15 hours south and ended up in New Orleans, Louisiana, the one city in the United States that I couldn't die without experiencing.  My boyfriend was in it for the journey, not the destination, but he fell in love with the city as soon as we got there.


From cafe au lait and beignets to cemetery tours and pouring rain, I couldn't have asked for a better trip...unless I could have asked for it to last longer.  Seriously, can I just live in a haunted house in the French Quarter?

Then, as if that wasn't enough excitement for the month, Felicia Day came to Milwaukee for a book signing this past Monday.  Being a huge fan of Supernatural (and Buffy!), I knew I had to meet her!  She's even more adorable in person, and I got her to sign my Charlie Pop figure, as well as her book, You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost).


I've also been playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf with the time that I would usually spend reading.  Did you know how easy it is to get obsessed with that game?!  If you play and want to be friends, definitely let me know.

So...that's that.  I'm currently in the middle of reading Wink Poppy Midnight, which I hope to finish soon, so I can review it and bring my blog back up to date.  

Thanks for sticking around...I'd love to hear what you've been reading or doing since I've been gone!
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

February Wrap-Up and March TBR

The books I managed to read in February:
-Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
-The Word for Yes by Claire Needell

I know I should look at every book I read as an accomplishment, but ouch, I only got to two this month.  I usually get to 8 on average.  For some reason I just wasn't feeling it, and I know that there's no shame in having days, weeks, or months like this.

The books I plan to read in March:


There are a lot more books I should be reading, but seeing how my February went, I'm going to keep this stack short.  I will definitely be reading Girl Last Seen because I'm part of a blog tour for it, but I may switch up the other two for March releases or a few of the February releases (Revenge and the Wild, Take the Fall, The Forbidden Wish) I didn't have time for.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

February Book Haul


Won
-Don't Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley
(Paperback from Stuck in Books)

-Among the Shadows by various authors
(Paperback from Mindy McGinnis)

-Riders by Veronica Rossi
(Hardcover from Brooke Reports)

-The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
(Hardcover from Read Write Love)

-Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
(Hardcover from Reading Teen)

-Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker
(Hardcover from Word Spelunking)

Bought
-The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
(Signed hardcover)

Review

-Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry
(ARC from Harlequin Teen)

-Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown
(Paperback from Albert Whitman & Company)

-Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
(ARC from Scholastic)

-Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
(ARC from Dutton Books for Young Readers)

-The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
(Paperback from First Second)

-Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser
(Hardcover from Ecco)

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February has been a great month for me.  Although I haven't been reading much, I've been busy with other important things.  I began dating someone I never even expected to find, and this is the first year I've had someone to spend Valentine's Day with, so he bought me roses and we went to see Deadpool (and then we saw Star Wars VII for the second time the next night!).

I also bought a signed copy of my favorite book to replace my ruined paperback with and added Dumbledore to my collection of Funko Pop figures!

NetGalley


-Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer
-Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
-Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black
-Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood
(e-Galleys from Sourcebooks, Amulet, Dutton, and Clarion Books)

Edelweiss


-Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers
-The Hunt by Megan Shepherd
-Red Velvet Crush by Christina Meredith


-Unplugged by Donna Frietas
-The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno
-What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle


-Out of My Mind by Lauren Sabel
-This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer
-Meet Me Here by Bryan Bliss


-Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims
-How it Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes
-A Season for Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel


-Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger
-We Were Never Here by Jennifer Gilmore
-The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #108

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we can't wait to get our hands on! 

Queen of Hearts
Title: Queen of Hearts
Author: Colleen Oakes
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen

As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life. 

 When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.

Look at that cover! I'm a sucker for anything Alice in Wonderland.

What awesome title are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Review: Sweaterweather by Sara Varon

Title: Sweaterweather
Author: Sara Varon
Publisher: First Second
Age Group: Everyone
Category: Graphic Novel
Release date: February 2nd, 2016
Pages: 128 (Hardcover)
Rating: 3 out of 5
Source: Publisher
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Back before Odd Duck, before Robot Dreams, Sara Varon created Sweaterweather. This endearing, quirky volume is a captivating look into Varon's creative process. It combines short comics stories, essays, and journal entries, and invites the reader into the world of Sara Varon: where adorable, awkward anthropomorphic animals walk the streets of Brooklyn and a surprising, sideways revelation is waiting around every corner.

Sweaterweather is a combination of cute, funny, and meaningful comics.  All of them are quite short- only a few pages long at most- but enjoyable to read for graphic novel lovers at any age.  My favorite part of reading this collection was the author's thoughts at the beginning of each comic, explaining the inspiration and ideas behind them.  I was surprised to find that many of the stories had little to no dialogue, but that made it better, seeing as there was so much expression in the art.  Sara explains that many of the scenes and characters were taken from her everyday life, so although I wasn't familiar with her work previous to this book, I found it interesting that she's taken real people and turned them into the animals you see in each comic.

Overall, Sweaterweather is a charming look into what goes into Sara Varon's work.  There are ice-cream-eating dinosaurs, cats that long to fly, and many more stories that will bring a smile to your face as you read through.  Some are more informative, like a comic on bee-keeping, while others are clever, such as a comic that has one scene per letter of the alphabet.  While this book is aimed more towards older fans of Varon, newer fans will still be able to get a taste of her storytelling abilities.