Friday, February 27, 2015

BTM Review: Disney's Aladdin

Okay, I think we all know this is silly. I just wanted to watch Aladdin and get a post out of it. I feel no remorse. ANYWAY, I can offer a little commentary.

Aladdin is based off of a tale from The Thousand and One Nights, a very old story about Scheherezade, a princess who distracts her husband from killing her by telling him stories every night and leaving him on cliffhangers. The key elements remain-- the boy who finds a magic lamp and gets together with a sultan's daughter. Mostly, though, it's completely transformed by Disney drama and magic, and I am 1,001% okay with it.

I think we all need a little Disney in our lives.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BTM Review: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

WOW. I just finished watching this movie, and it was... comically terrible. It had little to do with the book, Ember was weirdly technologically advanced, and a lot of things were changed for no comprehensible reason.

I feel I should remind you before I move on that this is NOT a spoilers-free blog. There are big spoilers here.

From the moment the movie opens, it's CLEARLY very different from the book. It's unabashedly its own story. Several storylines from the book are woven together, and several more are invented (giant killer moles? are you KIDDING me?) until it's almost unrecognizable.

There are several big changes, but the worst one for me is that a movable light has apparently been invented by Doon's dad. Um, hello? The only reason they're stuck in Ember is the absence of a movable light! If they had a movable light, they would have gone out into the Unknown Regions! Ugh.

The characters were aged up, and weirdly and unevenly. I just wish for ONCE when a book says the characters are twelve, the actors in the movie could be twelve. It's an entirely different dynamic. I wish, though, that they could have at least aged them the same amount. Lina was only 14 in 2008 (Saoirse Ronan), while Doon (Harry Treadaway) was 24! Less central to the plot, but definitely gross, the actor who played Looper is 20 years older than the actress who played Lizzie, which just super creepy, since he's supposed to be her boyfriend. (It's way less creepy in the book, when he's only two years older.)

Bill Murray was the mayor for some reason. I'm sorry, because I do love him, but this was a waste of his talent. The mayor is not a funny character. The mayor is a lazy, fat, deplorable character.

Another major thing that bothered me... what was the deal with the earthquakes? They're UNDERGROUND. NOTHING MOVES. So frustrating.

One last thing, a big one-- the second-worst thing: Lina and Doon spend a long time deciphering the message in the book. They eventually figure it out, and there are only minor issues when they finally get around to implementing their plan. They don't run into the Pipeworks with little to no idea what they're going to do when they get there! There's certainly not some ridiculous mechanical system for getting them out. There are simple boats with candles and matches. They lower it into the water themselves because EMBER IS TECHNOLOGICALLY PRIMITIVE. There were certainly never phones, and no one had the ability to invent things that ran on electricity.

I could rant for a full day and not be done, so I'll leave it at this: I finally understand why this movie flopped. I used to think it was just because it was an adaptation of a middle-grades book, but in reality, it was just a truly terrible movie.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

REVIEW: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Released: May 13, 2003
Source: Mine
Pages: 288





Description: In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

My Review: I got this book from my Mom for Christmas when I was twelve, and I've loved it since. Every so often, I pull it out and reread it, and it's still amazing. I recently got the movie adaptation, so I decided to read it again before watching, just to refresh my memory.
I still remember that Christmas. This book looked so cool, and I tucked myself away in the playroom in my grandma's house and read the whole thing that day.

The characters are real, the story (though strange) is oddly believable, and this book sticks with you. I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone.

I guess now I finally have to get around to watching the movie, and maybe to reading the sequels.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Heroines From Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post created by The Broke and the Bookish.



There are just WAY too many to choose just ten, so no offense to those ladies who didn't make it to this list. 


1. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

2. Tris Prior from the Divergent trilogy

3. Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles

4. Ella from Ella Enchanted

5. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter 

6. Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird

7. Blue Sargent from The Raven Boys 

8. America Singer from The Selection 

9. Mako Mori from Pacific Rim (It's a movie novelization, but I'm counting it because she's just SO awesome, guys.)

10. Violet Ambrose from The Body Finder

Monday, February 23, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books for People Who Like Mythology

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post created by The Broke and the Bookish.



1. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

2. The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

3. The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black (tbh, everything Holly Black does)

4. The Diviners by Libba Bray

5. The New 52 comics (though I don't forgive them for Their treatment of Wonder Woman)

6. Faery Tales and Nightmares by Melissa Marr

7. The Miss Peregrine's Home series by Ransom Riggs

8. The Iliad by Homer (obviously)

9. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce (or any of her other books)

10. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Music Monday : My Slytherin Playlist

1. Everybody Wants to Rule the World :: Tears for Fears
2. There's a Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered, Honey, You Just Haven't Thought Of It Yet :: Panic! At the Disco
3. Irreplaceable :: Beyonce
4. Fuck You :: Cee Lo Green
5. The World Will Know :: Newsies
6. I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair :: South Pacific
7. No Scrubs :: TLC
8. If It Kills Me :: Jason Mraz
9. Another One Bites the Dust :: Queen
10. First Things First :: Neon Trees
11. I Want It All :: Queen
12. The Future Soon :: Jonathon Coulton
13. I'm So That Guy :: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
14. I Don't Care :: Fall Out Boy
15. Two-Seater :: Bowling For Soup

Sorry I didn't post yesterday!!!

My apologies. I was doing so well, and then I slipped up, haha. I had a good excuse, though-- I was at Wizard World Comic Con in Cleveland yesterday!

My geekdom extends well beyond book geek territory.

I went with my friend Lauren, who doesn't have a book blog but does have a philosophy blog. It was a good day, and I bought some comics, and I was in the same room as Billy Boyd and Graham McTavish when they did a panel on Middle Earth. It was amazing.

Today resumes your regularly scheduled programming.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Shelf Cleanup Giveaway!!!

I went through all of my books, and I am hosting a giveaway! Comment for books you want-- it's first come, first served.



Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Conquest by John Connolly & Jennifer Ridyard
A Cure to Die For by Stephen G. Mitchell
Above by Leah Bobet
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
The Investigation by Peter Weiss
Predator by Patricia Cornwell
Croak by Gina Damico
Bluefish by Pat Schmatz
There is No End to This Slope by Richard Fulco
Dead Heat by Dick Francis & Felix Francis
Fateful by Claudia Gray
Manson by Jeff Gunn
Full Measure by T. Jefferson Parker
The Pierced Heart by Lynn Shepherd
The Reason Why by Mark Mittelberg
By the Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz
Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan

mini-update

Since I'm incapable of reading one book at a time, apparently, I am currently reading Grave Mercy, The City of Ember, and Stardust (my purse book).

As soon as I finish one of them, I'll post a review. I also just got the movie, City of Ember, so once I finish the book, I'll watch it and do a BTM review.

I also just finished going through all of my books, so I'm going to be posting a giveaway. First come, first served.

So I have a lot of posts queued up right now.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Related Problems I Have

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post created by The Broke and the Bookish.


1. Myopia -- Since high school, I have developed minor nearsightedness, and it's because of reading. Luckily, I am not required to wear my glasses, so I only use them occasionally for now.

2. Papercuts -- One can only handle so much paper before getting a cut. 

3. Sleep Deprivation -- I'm a bit of an insomniac to begin with, but even when I do get tired, a really good book can make me ignore it and stay up anyway.

4. Lack of Money -- I buy way more books than I really should. It's a problem. (I've actually been doing way better lately, though.)

5. Lack of storage space -- My books take up a tall bookcase, a short bookcase, four Rubbermaid containers, and two additional shelves. 

6. Inability to enjoy book-to-movie adaptations -- Sometimes they turn out okay, but all too often, I'm deprived of the enjoyment of a movie because they took a book I loved and RUINED IT. (I'm looking at you, Peter Jackson. If you didn't have enough material for three movies, you should have stuck with one. Don't half-ass three things. Whole-ass ONE thing.

7. Separation Anxiety -- I get absurdly anxious about my books when I lend them to anyone. It's not unwarranted-- I have lent out books before that I never got back, or that came back dog-eared.

8. Slight physical discomfort -- When you really love reading, you find yourself uncomfortable fairly often. For instance, sometimes the only quiet place in my house to read is the basement, which is cold.

... I ran out of things, so it's top eight tuesday, I guess.

Friday, February 13, 2015

update

I didn't finish Grave Mercy today, but I did clean my bookshelf in my room! It's all pretty and organized now. Maybe I'll post a picture tomorrow.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Update

I'm currently reading Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, and I'll post the review when I finish it!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Writing Wednesday #6

Pieces

Liquid nitrogen
Injected into my heart
To stop it
From beating
From breaking
Too late.
I love you
Still
With all the
Pieces.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Writing Wednesday #8

This is What You Do to Me

My resolve is

Wavering

A dandelion seed

Tossed to the wind

By a careless

Lovesick child

This lackadaisical love

Gnaws at my heart

Until I fall away

Wringing my hands

Until they stop

Shaking

One glance into

Your eyes and

I’m gone

Any words I had planned

Lost

In the depths

And I forget to

Tell you

What you do to me.

Writing Wednesday #7

There exists a place between “I love you”s. It is the place between friendship and more. In friendship, “I love you” is understood as the love shared between friends, and it is not uncomfortable to say. It comes freely, and sometimes sarcastically. It is rarely questioned. When it comes to more, “I love you” has metamorphosized into something altogether different. It means romance, it means ‘I want to be with you’. It is often difficult to say at first. It comes unbidden, murmured softly when one is not being careful of one’s words. It comes deliberately, planned extensively beforehand, the precise moment selected carefully days in advance. For some reason, it is questioned ad nauseum. There are a myriad of songs written about the question of whether or not someone’s love is mutual. I have never heard a song written about whether a friendship was mutual or not. Of course, I am sure someone has written one- I hardly fancy myself an expert on every song ever written. But the place between these two loves is a treacherous sea of disappointment and unrequited love. Not everyone there suffers one of these fates, but many do. The permanent residents are invariably one of the two. All people must pass through this sea on their way from one love to another. Many even use it as their starting point. Some stay for but a split second; others stay for years. It is an in-between place, a place of testing the waters to see if they are shark-infested before jumping in. No one is meant to stay. It is a place of awkward encounters, of wishing and waiting. It is a place of shooting stars, eyelashes, dandelions, and wishbones. It is a place of dreaming, alternately inhabited by joyful laughter and bitter tears. It is a limbo, and it is there that the bear and the songbird found themselves.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Dislike When it Comes to Romances in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post created by The Broke and the Bookish.


1. Insta-love
    It takes longer than a day to fall in love with someone. Sure, you can be infatuated, but actually in love? No.

2. Love Triangles
    When a character is stuck between two people, it's irritating. When the character is actively dating both of them secretly, it's gross. Go for the consensual polyamory or make a decision.

3. One-night-stand Turns Into Love
    Lies and disrespect are not good building blocks for love.

4. Queer Is The Only Characteristic
    This is not me disliking queer characters; this is me disliking it when an author has a queer character and gets LAZY. Sometimes, an author will make their queerness the only thing that matters about them, which is just insulting.

5. Romance Tumor
    This is when a romance starts out as a sub-plot, but then takes over the main plot like a tumor.

6. Romanticized Abuse
    Abusive relationships are NOT romantic, at ALL. EVER.

7. Deeply Flawed Priorities
    "I could die, but hell, it's more important to see this boy I've been interested in for a whole week." What the heck? NO.

8. Hormone Override
    No one is ever SO full of hormones that they can't control themselves at all. It doesn't happen, and I'm tired of reading it. It's just an excuse so the hero/heroine doesn't have to feel guilty.   

9. The Only Exception
    "I hate all men! ... oooh, except for this cute one." STOP
    "I hate all lawyers! ... but this one is DIFFERENT." NO

10. Wafflers
      Enough with the back-and-forth. Go after someone or don't.

REVIEW: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press
Released: September 18, 2012
Source: OPL
Pages: 416






Description: Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

My Review: I'm still a little dazed from finishing this book last night. I started it two nights ago, but only got through a little bit because I had to read my nephew a bedtime story of the six-year-old variety. Last night, I picked it up again around 11:00, which was a mistake because I finished it around 3:00 am. Luckily, I didn't have to work until this evening, but I'll apply the lesson when I read the other books in the series. (Maybe)

I didn't read this book when it came out, partly because I was under the impression that it was a sappy romance. I'm not super into sappy romances, as anyone who has met me can vouch for. But when Blue Lily, Lily Blue came out, and I saw the excitement of the fans, I was intrigued, so I decided to do some research-- research that ended with me borrowing the first book from the library.

This book is amazing. I am purchasing it immediately so that it can sit on one of my overcrowded shelves and be available for me to pick up again whenever I want. (I want very much to pick it up again, pretty much immediately, but I have other books to read and I want to read the rest of the series.)

The characters all seemed like real people. No one is perfect, and no one is a caricature. Okay, some of the characters are pretty 'out there', but it makes sense for the character. They have depth. They have perfect names. I'm not sure what the author's naming process is, but Declan, Ronan, and Matthew Lynch are just... the ideal names for that set of brothers. You can't say Declan entirely sweetly, Ronan is firm but has rounded edges somehow, and Matthew doesn't quite fit. I hope Matthew comes into play at some point, because I'd like to see that dynamic.

I was a little afraid, spoiler alert, that Blue was going to keep the prophecy entirely secret and not tell any of the boys about her inability to kiss her true love, but I was pleased with how it was dealt with. I do hope, though, that eventually she tells the boys what it really meant when she saw Gansey on St. Mark's Eve. I have a feeling that if she doesn't tell them, one of them will find out and be intensely upset with her.

I am left feeling proud of Adam, but also concerned for him and a little afraid of him.

Gansey has faced death too many times, and the way that it's a part of him makes me wonder whether he really can die at all.

Ronan... Oh, Ronan. I'm beginning to wonder if this is something of a reincarnation issue, and whether he will become Glendower. That might be crazily out of the park, but it's nagging at me. He did pull Chainsaw out of his dreams when he was wasted.

I'm so glad that Noah is... Well, he's not alive, but... Fully manifested again. There it is. I have a feeling I'm going to learn a lot more about Noah, and that it's not going to be entirely pleasant. As he pointed out, he was worse when he was alive. He was the sort of boy who drove a red mustang and was murdered. (Obviously, it wasn't really his fault that he was murdered-- I'm not saying that. What I am saying is that murdered spirits tend to become violent, regardless of how peaceful they may have been in life. The strengthening of the ley line might push him over into violence.)

I hope Blue finds her father. I have a feeling he's going to be important later. I also hope she sorts out all this business with Gansey and Adam, though I imagine that won't really happen until the fourth book, a fact that makes me glad I waited this long to read. Which of her visions are going to come true? Are any of them going to come true? St. Mark's Eve is a promise, not a guarantee. Are the tree visions the same? They don't have to be. They could all be true. What is Blue going to do about Adam? She can't keep the truth from him forever. Gansey knows why she can't kiss him, but Adam is going to be left thinking she just doesn't care for him that way, which is unnecessary in my opinion. I think Adam could handle it. Ah, correction: I think original Adam could have handled it. I have no idea what to think of new Adam.

...I really wish that I didn't have any books in my queue right now. I wish I had been confident enough to borrow The Dream Thieves when I borrowed this one, but I'd never read Stiefvater before, so I had no idea whether I'd like it or not. (Incidentally, it's 'or not'. I LOVE it. This may be a problem.)

Music Monday: My Ravenclaw Playlist

I have a playlist for each Hogwarts house, so for the next few weeks, tune in for some magical tunes.


1. The Scientist :: Coldplay
2. Rubik's Cube :: Athlete
3. If You Believe Me :: Relient K
4. The Longest Time :: Billy Joel
5. Take Me Or Leave Me :: RENT
6. Belle :: Beauty and the Beast
7. I Just Want You to Know :: Relient K
8. For Good :: Wicked
9. Schadenfreude :: Avenue Q
10. I See the Light :: Tangled
11. The Name of the Game :: Mamma Mia
12. Gonna Get Over You :: Sara Bareilles
13. Wit's All Been Done Before :: Relient K
14. Hey There :: The Pajama Game
15. Smart Girls :: Weezer
16. Good Girls :: 5 Seconds of Summer

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I Mustache You Some Questions Tag

I Mustache You Some Questions...


I was tagged by Rachel @ Dashing Good Books


Four Names People Call Me Other Than My Real Name


1) Virelai :: my sorority pledge name
2) Luna :: my camp name
3) Lolo :: the name my nephew called me before he learned to say "Laura"
4) Lark :: just a nickname


Four Jobs I've Had


1) Girl Scout camp counselor :: BEST. JOB. EVER.
2) Hotel Housekeeper :: started out awesome, ended considerably less so.
3) Library Circulation Worker :: shoot. This is also the best job ever. 
4) Grant Program Facilitator :: my current job, and a beautiful one.

Four Movies I Have Watched More Than Once



1) Singin' In the Rain :: It's my favorite movie, and I have seen it a hundred times.
2) The Day After Tomorrow :: I have a rule that whenever this movie is on tv, you have to watch it. So. (I also own it.)
3) Swan Princess :: I watch it with my little sister a lot.
4) The Decoy Bride :: OH MY GLACIERS, GO WATCH IT IMMEDIATELY


Four Books I Would Recommend

These are four that I'd recommend to anyone.
1) Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
2) The Giver by Lois Lowry
3) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
4) The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Four Places I Have Lived

I've only lived in Ohio, so these are cities, towns, and/or villages.
1) Elyria
2) Wellington
3) Tiffin
4) Oberlin


Four Places I Have Been



1) Sydney, Australia
2) Wallops Island
3) Legoland in California
4) Disney World (incidentally, also Disneyland)


Four Places I Would Rather Be Right Now




1) Alaska
2) Ireland
3) the library (any library, tbh)
4) the bookstore


Four Things I Don't Eat

1) Cheese
2) Mustard
3) Sweet pickles
4) Cheesecake 


Four Of My Favourite Foods

1) Kosher dill pickles
2) Cookie dough ice cream
3) Swedish meatballs with noodles
4) Chicken paprikas


Four TV Shows That I Watch

I watch a lot of shows on Netflix &c, so here are four that are still on tv.
1) Parks and Recreation
2) Doctor Who
3) Supernatural
4) The Walking Dead


Four Things I Am Looking Forward To This Year (2015)

1) Going to my sorority's formal woo!
2) One of my best friends getting baptized
3) Turning 24 (23 is kind of a lame age, and I'm ready to move on)
4) My godson is turning one!

Four Things I'm Always Saying

1) "By the by" :: I use this in lieu of "by the way"
2) "Oh my glaciers" :: You can't swear around children, so I adopted some interesting exclamations. I half-stole this from The Pebble and the Penguin, but I changed it from "goodness glaciers". 
3) "Actually" :: I don't know, but my little sister said I use it a lot. 
4) "I'm going to bed soon." :: This is almost always a lie, intentionally or unintentionally.


Friday, February 6, 2015

Reader Quirks: Mispronunciation


When I was little, I read ALL THE TIME. I read way above my grade level, and as a result, I encountered a lot of big words that I didn't hear used in speech. This led to an unfortunate symptom of my reading: embarrassing mispronunciation. 

I STILL read "misled" as "MIZE-uld" because that's how I thought it was said when I was little. I didn't get my first dictionary until my seventh birthday (I had very understanding friends) so through elementary and middle school, I had some trouble. I knew what the words meant and how they were spelled, but not the proper pronunciation. Even after I learned the proper pronunciations, some things were hard to shake.



Thursday, February 5, 2015

BĂȘte Noire: Excessive Phonetics



I'm sure we've all read books where the dialogue of certain characters is spelled phonetically how they speak, e.g. dropping 'g's from words ending in '-ing'. That's okay. What's not okay is when every word a character speaks is spelled phonetically, or WORST OF ALL, when the whole book is written in such a manner. 

If I can't tell what the words are as I'm reading them, I am not going to bother reading the book. 

Music Monday: My Hufflepuff Playlist

1. All For the Best :: Godspell
2. Lay All Your Love On Me :: Mamma Mia
3. Dear Sir :: The Vespers
4. Gone, Gone, Gone :: Phillip Phillips
5. Say Something :: A Great Big World
6. Eyes Wide Open :: The Vespers
7. Come Go With Me :: sung by MC6 A Capella
8. I'll Cover You :: RENT
9. No One Is Alone :: Into the Woods
10. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) :: Kelly Clarkson (yeah, that's right-- it works for two houses)

Reader Problems Book Tag

I was tagged by Erin @ The Book Nut


1. You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

I usually keep a small pile on top of my bookshelf, and treat that as my "immediate TBR".

2. You're halfway through a book and you're just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

I follow the 50 page rule. Once I get through the first 50 pages, I decide whether to continue or not. If I decide to continue, I power through even if it sucks. If not, I can put it down forever.

3. The end of the year is coming and you're behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

Yes! I try to read books I feel confident I'll like and postpone books that look overly long or hard to get through.

4. The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

I cry for a while, then I suck it up and buy multiple copies so I can have a matching set.

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

I can usually count on Erin to feel the same way. Or, if I just want to do a rage rant, I can always text Britt. She'll listen even if she's never heard of the book before, haha.

6. You're reading a book in public and you're about to start crying. How do you deal?

I tend to "pretty cry", if you will. My face doesn't get very red, and I don't get snotty, so usually people can't tell. If I feel a massive sobbing attack coming on, I'll escape, but if it's just a few tears, I'll hang in there and wipe them away with my sleeve. No one needs to know.

7. The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you've forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

If I really loved the book, I probably wouldn't forget what happens, but for the sake of the question... yes, absolutely. If it's the third or past, I'll reread the whole series for context.

8. You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

I might say that I'm reading it right now, or I'll just distract them. I've also on occasion used the "mm, remind me later." I'm very selective with book borrowing. Those who can, know. I'm very possessive with my books so those that can't usually aren't brazen enough to ask in the first place.

9. You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

I have a few "slump books". Easy, quick reads. Usually, I'll read one of those. Otherwise, I'll binge on Netflix for a while until I'm ready. I'm in a slump right now. I have a good book lined up-- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater-- but I don't want to dive in if I can't give it my full attention.

10. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

I am as poor as a mouse, so the amount of new books I buy depends on how cheap I can find them. I'll usually binge on one full price new book every few months, though. I just can't help myself. For the rest... that's what libraries are for!

11. After you purchase all of these books that you're dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

Usually I'm already in another book, so it'll wait until I finish that. It really depends on the book. Sometimes I dive in the next day, but sometimes a book will sit in my tbr for months and months.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Music Monday: The Eminent Gangsters

Whoops, forgot to post this yesterday, but here you go: I'm not giving you a playlist today. Instead, I'm giving you a link to my band's website. Yes, that's right-- I have a band. It's me and one of my best friends singing history parodies of popular songs.

The Eminent Gangsters


Writing Wednesday #5

When I Listen

I catch a strain of song

And I recall that

You like that band

And tried to sing it

To me once.

You’d forgotten the words,

Just as I’ve forgotten

The way you said

my name.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Can't Believe I Haven't Read in YA

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post created by The Broke and the Bookish.



1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

2. Looking for Alaska by John Green

3. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

4. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

5. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

7. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

8. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

9. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

10. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Monday, February 2, 2015

Music Monday: Daylilies

For today's Music Monday, I'm sharing the playlist that I used when I wrote my first book, Daylilies. The book is available on Amazon here, but the playlist is only available right here on this blog. Enjoy.

1. Elephant Gun :: Beirut
2. 42 :: Coldplay
3. Death and All His Friends :: Coldplay
4. Boadicea :: Enya
5. They Can’t Take That Away From Me :: Frank Sinatra
6. In Love With a Girl :: Gavin DeGraw
7. Untamed :: Gavin DeGraw
8. You Know :: Lee Roessler Band
9. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again :: Phantom of the Opera
10. Another One Bites the Dust :: Queen
11. You’re My Best Friend :: Queen
12. Curl Up and Die :: Relient K
13. Candlelight :: Relient K
14. (If You Want It) :: Relient K
15. Stand By Me :: The Drifters
16. How Could I Ever Know :: Secret Garden
17. If My Heart Was a House :: Owl City
18. Some Things Were Meant to Be :: Little Women
19. Something That I Want :: Tangled
BONUS TRACK. Et Tu :: The Eminent Gangsters (my band-- you can listen here)



Sunday, February 1, 2015

SNOW

It's snowing here. It has been snowing pretty much all day. I've already had to shovel once. I love the snow, and I'm kind of hoping for a snow day tomorrow so I can just chill and watch netflix with my little sister.