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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

LEGEND LIVESHOW REMINDER


Just a heads up, guys, the #WednesdayYA discussion for this month is happening TOMORROW at 8:30 EST. We'll be discussing Marie Lu's Legend, and judging by the little conversations and venting sessions that have gone on throughout the month, it promises to be a lively one! We'll also be battling it out to see whose pick, mine or Liz's, will be our February read!

We will once again be discussing the book LIVESHOW style, so you can join us on Liz's Consumed by Books youtube channel to see us (actually see us, in all our shenanigan-filled glory), or if you're more Twitter-inclined, we'll be following along and answering your questions & comments there as well, when you use the hashtag #WednesdayYA.

Last month's liveshow chat was a BLAST, so we really hope to see you there, but if you're unable to make it but still want to weigh in, I will be posting the video of the chat right here on Thursday morning.

Monday, January 26, 2015

FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen | excerpt

I promised a teaser of Sarah Addison Allen's First Frost awhile back, so here we go!
A few things to note:
That is NOT the final cover (the final has a frosty red apple, and is just darling, and super, super ***SHINY*** — you can see it below), and because I am reading from an ARC, the wording may differ from the final version.
Also, I said it would be out soon, but you can actually grab it now, it came out this week!



FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen:
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells comes a story of the Waverley family, in a novel as sparkling as the first dusting of frost on new-fallen leaves...

It's October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree... and all the magic that swirls around it. But this year, first frost has much more in store.

Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies. Though her handcrafted confections—rose to recall lost love, lavender to promote happiness and lemon verbena to soothe throats and minds—are singularly effective, the business of selling them is costing her the everyday joys of her family, and her belief in her own precious gifts.

Sydney Waverley, too, is losing her balance. With each passing day she longs more for a baby— a namesake for her wonderful Henry. Yet the longer she tries, the more her desire becomes an unquenchable thirst, stealing the pleasure out of the life she already has.

Sydney’s daughter, Bay, has lost her heart to the boy she knows it belongs to…if only he could see it, too. But how can he, when he is so far outside her grasp that he appears to her as little more than a puff of smoke?

When a mysterious stranger shows up and challenges the very heart of their family, each of them must make choices they have never confronted before. And through it all, the Waverley sisters must search for a way to hold their family together through their troublesome season of change, waiting for that extraordinary event that is First Frost.

Lose yourself in Sarah Addison Allen's enchanting world and fall for her charmed characters in this captivating story that proves that a happily-ever-after is never the real ending to a story. It’s where the real story begins.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Face Off: Abarat series


Alright, it's been aaaaaages since we've had a proper Friday Face Off, but I said they were coming back this year, and (for the time being, at least) I meant it. And we're going to start it off with a series overhaul that I came across recently, which is...eye catching, to say the least. I'm talking about Clive Barker's Abarat series, which has gone from colorful multi-pictured, almost playing card-style covers to monochromatic and startlingly creeptastic in cover design. Both have their weird elements, which I'd imagine suit the story (don't know, haven't read), but though I'm not sure how I feel about the current design — which I'm guessing is a permanent change, as the 3rd book has only that style available — I will say, one of them is definitely more likely to catch my eye. And maybe give me nightmares, tbh.
But what about you? Take a look at the two cover styles below and let me know in the comments which would catch your eye. Which would you be curious about, which would you be more likely to pick up, and which would you rather stock on your own shelves?
Which one did it better?







Previously, on FFO: Honestly, who even remembers; it's been ages! BUT, I may not have a winner to share with you, but I do have a plea for help -- if you see something that should be on Face Off, let me know! I only come across so many books, and I like to keep it diverse, so if you see a book or series that has had a cover change, has drastically different editions available, or even a stock photo used for multiple different books, please let me know, and I'll try to include it in a Face Off!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Conquest | #BookSpinePoetry

I've been wanting to do some book spine poetry with you for AGES! I love sitting and staring at my shelves when I'm in a lazy mood, and just matching up titles into potential poems, so these little BSPs are something I do on occasion, and share to instagram & the blog. You can find more of them here.

I highly encourage you to do your own, and if you DO, please send me a link or tag me in it, so I can come check it out! =)
Thanks for watching!



THE POEM:

The Conquest

Kill me softly, burn for burn.
Shatter me,
Die for me,
Breathe my name...
Possess my last kiss, eternally yours.
Midnight never come.


Books Featured: Kill Me Softly // Burn for Burn // Shatter Me // Die for Me // Breathe My Name // Possess // My Last Kiss // Eternally Yours // Midnight Never Come

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cover Reveal: Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen!

It's probably no surprise to you that the follow up to Danielle L. Jensen's Stolen Songbird is at the top of my list of books to try to get my hands on for this year's Fairy Tale Fortnight, considering that it was in my list of my five most anticipated 2015 releases. So obviously, when Danielle released the cover of the second book in the Malediction series, Hidden Huntress (yay!) on her website yesterday, I experienced a little thrill — a cover means it's one step closer, and you know I was all about that!

If I haven't already convinced you to give the first book, Stolen Songbird, a try, then allow me to take the opportunity to encourage you to do so, again. And also allow me to point out that as part of the cover reveal, there are a bunch of chances to win a copy of said first book, so you might want to visit that link you see above...  But first, I give you:


Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen
Expected publication: June 2nd 2015 by Angry Robot
Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…


Anyone else as eager as I am for this one?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A funky kind of funk...

We've talked about reading ruts before. We've talked about those inescapable lazy modes, where we just can't be bothered to pick up a book. We've talked about those books that you stall on, and even though you want to finish so you can move on already, you just can't make yourself sit down and finish the thing. (I'm having a bit of one of those at the moment, unfortunately...) We've talked about required reading, and how, even if you like the book, the very fact of it being obligatory makes you dig in your heels and not get any reading done. We've talked endlessly about funks and funk-breaker books to get you out of them.

We've talked about all of those rut-related things, but today I want to talk about a different beast entirely. A new funk. A funky funk, unlike the usual readerly rut. A funk that swallowed up half of my 2014.
I want to talk about the 'I want to read everything, and so somehow am reading nothing' funk. It is a strange one.

Yes, the fact of the matter is, for the last 6 months, at least — for the last year and then some, if I'm honest — I've been suffering from a major case of O.S.S.:

It goes something like this:
I'm going along like normal, reading a perfectly enjoyable book. I like it. I may even sorta love it. I'm totally gonna recommend this book to all my friends, you guys!
AND THEN
****** S  H  I  N  Y  ******
Did you see that? That shiny, shiny book that just flew into my hands, out of nowhere? It wants me to read it, now, right now, forget about that other book, that other book is nothing to me. This. This shiny golden god of bookstuffs, this is the ticket.
BUT WAIT.
It brought shiny, shiny friends! Obviously, I should read this shiny book! Or no, maybe that is the shiny book I should be reading; it's gotta be better than all the others, right?
But look there! Even. More. SHINY!
And so it goes, on and on until I find that I haven't read much of anything, really, and all of those lovely, shiny books, all of those books that I honestly know will suit me, will make me love them, have been abandoned, callously tossed by the wayside, in my pursuit of shiny.
It's like a bookish mirage, and as soon as I reach my oasis, I see that really, it's still off in the distance, with a new face and a snazzy title and fancy foil lettering.

There are so many books that got left in the dust of 2014, and part of my mind is still latching onto them. Whether it's readerly guilt (finish them!), bloggerly guilt (omg Misty, finish them!), an inkling that there's something really stellar in the pile (come back! look back at me!), or some as yet undiagnosed affliction, my brain doesn't want to let them go, but they're keeping me from moving on. These books, these shiny, abandoned books, have got me in a funky funk, and like Elsa (sorry not sorry), I've got to let it go.

I may come back to you, shiny books. And others may join you in the meantime — O.S.S. is a difficult malady to shake — but for now, I've got to leave you to your shiny ways and move on. I've got to shake off this restless, wandering spirit and ignore your siren song. . .
As soon as I find a way to do that.

So, I know I'm not the only one to come down with a case of the Shinies from time to time. Since this is different than your run of the mill rut, tell me, how do you shake it off?  Does the traditional advice of "read something fun and fluffy" still apply?  It's not a case of losing the joy of reading, it's a case of being spoiled for choice. So how do you deal when your brain is bouncing off the walls of your inner library and you're in total book floozy mode?
Help me.
CURE ME.

(please.)

Thanks to Juskteez Vu and Luca Zanon for sharing amazing photographic work under a Creative Commons license, enabling me to have some silly fun making banners in this post! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Vlog #3: Snow Days, Tamales and Frozen Lakes...

Here's a look at what I got up to in the first half of January! And lemme tell you, those tamales were one of the single best things I've ever eaten... om nom nom.



Let me know in the comments what you guys prefer for vlogs - more frequent but shorter, less frequent but longer, or sporadic and however long it happens to be. =)
I'll see you again on Wednesday for a brand new video, but in case you missed it, here are some of the recent videos and posts mentioned:
December Vlog
2014 Hits & Misses
2015 Goals
Tuck Everlasting
January WednesdayYA
Friday Five

Music from the Youtube Creators Library

Thursday, January 15, 2015

On Mortality & Beginnings, Middles and Ends | #Tuck40th

So, today's video... existential crisis, or rereading of Tuck Everlasting? It's anybody's guess... ;)



The list of books that made me cry as a child (thus cementing their places in my all-time favorites, because: obviously) is not an exceptionally long one, but it is headed off by an exceptional book: Tuck Everlasting. Other books may have been first to make Itty Bitty Misty ugly-cry — that distinction probably goes to one of a number of books where one of the main characters was an animal, which made you love it and then died, nobly, because always, always, why do they do that?! — but there are two books that stand in my memory as books to make me cry for all the right reasons; to make me connect with the characters and feel for the things they went through, not in a false, pulling-your-readerly-strings way, but in an honest, pure, really-good-story-well-told way, and those two books are Tuck Everlasting and The Bridge to Terabithia. Man, they just killed my 9 year old self. (Well, that seems like a poor choice of words, all things considered, but you know.) And these are books which have stuck with me in the long years since. Books I've come to appreciate even more as an adult, and whose authors I've come to respect for the work they did in the stories they told.

Needless to say, I'm very happy to be taking part in the discussions around the 40th anniversary of Natalie Babbitt's amazing classic, Tuck Everlasting, and I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the book and on all of this VER SRS STUFF in the comments! ^_^

(But seriously, thanks for joining me for this Serious Misty moment, and thanks, of course, for watching!)




So, VER SRS MS.T has one question for your VER SRS selves: would you drink from the Spring. and what would you do with your endless life if you did?
(Okay, so it's a two-part question — still one question.)

Chat with me about it in the comments, and follow along on the rest of the Tuck Everlasting Anniversary tour on social media with the hashtag #Tuck40TH!

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TUCK EVERLASTING by Natalie Babbitt:

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Doomed to—or blessed with—eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Impromptu Love Fest #1

Ages ago, I used to have a monthly feature called "Bragging Rights," where I invited people to link up a post or two from the prior month that they were proud of, so that I (and other linkers) could visit them, leave some love, tweet them out, etc., but also just because I think it can be a really good thing to look back at what you've done and be bold enough to say: I did this thing and I'm proud of it.

It fell by the wayside for silly little reasons, as any number of things do, but I've always liked the idea and have been wanting to come back around to something similar. And as I mentioned in my 2015 mission statement, one of my goals this year is fostering and participating in community, so now seems like the perfect time to resurrect it, in a shiny new form...
A little love fest!  Basically, the idea is akin to Bragging Rights — I'm going to post these little love fest linkies from time to time, whenever I'm feeling in need of a good comment spree, and what to know what all you guys are up to.  When I post one, I invite you to link up something that you'd like some love on: a post that you loved, that didn't get enough comments, a vlog you want more people to see, even instagram posts that you think are pretty special and you want to acknowledge!

This isn't like all of those Hop features I see out there, which (aside from giveaway hops, which I think are pretty damn neato), I've never gotten into. Now, I'm not talking about regular memes like Top Ten Tuesday, or even IMM. I mean things that seem to be just for the purpose of dropping a link and gaining a few followers, ala the good ol' I-followed-you-now-you-follow-me. It's like the blogging world's version of a Ponzi scheme; you just keep trying to pull people in, but it's substanceless.  ( And I'm sorry for anyone that offends. If you participate, I get it, and if it works for you, then embrace it. And hell, maybe there's more to the whole thing that I've just missed, but it's just never been for me — I want you to follow me because you want to follow me; and I shudder at the words #followforfollow and #likeforlike...)

So, this isn't one of those. This is purely about community — about recognizing and talking about the awesome things you guys are doing! I can't possibly keep up with everybody, so this is a nice way for you to curate for me the things you think represent you, and you want me (and anyone else who stumbles across it) to see.

I would hope that some of the posts may catch your eye, and your own bookish community may grow as a result, or even that some of you may be inspired to spend a bit of time bouncing around and leaving some comment love, too, in the same spirit of community, but that's not in any way a requirement of leaving a link.
There's no catch.
There are no hoops.
I just want to get to know you better, and want to see what it is that you're proud of, what makes you tick.

And all of that to say: I'd love to come and chat with you in your space! Leave a link below to something you're proud of, or something you think needs a bit more love, and I will do my best to stop by, engage in the convo, tweet it out, or whatever may strike my fancy!







There will be no set schedule to these Love Fest posts, just whenever I'm feeling the need to see what you've been up to, so keep an eye out, but in the meantime, feel free to explore the links and happenings of the people who've dropped in to this Love Fest! =D

Monday, January 12, 2015

2014 HITS and MISSES!

Here's a look at some of the hits (and sad, sad misses) of my year of reading in 2014! It's too many books to list entirely, but I've linked my 10 favorite below.

It was a sometimes-weird year of reading for me, because I had huge swaths of time where, even though I liked what I was reading, I wanted to move on. As I mentioned in my 2015 Mission Statement, I left a bookish body trail in my wake last year, and I'm not entirely sure why that was. But I did manage to make it through a nice chunk of books, and below we're going to take a look at which of them were faves, and which of them totally flopped.

Thanks for watching, and let me know your best from '14 in the comments!



TOP TEN:
(okay, actually I listed 11 in the video, so...bonus!)
The Lost
Keturah & Lord Death
Tin Star
In the Age of Love and Chocolate
Titan Magic: Body & Soul
Grave Mercy
Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Stolen Songbird
Vicious
Scarlet
The Return of Zita the Spacegirl

I also mentioned that a number of these have sequels in my 2015 Most Anticipated list, so here's to looking forward to an excellent year of reading those in 2015!


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