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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Recent Comic Reads | Review

There was a little more of a delay on this video than I had hoped, but hey: that means more books! Here are some of the comics and graphic novels I've read recently, and my thoughts on them. I've had a few more that were such duds, I didn't even bother finishing them, so... I need all your best comic/graphic novel recommendations, please!

And let me know your requests and ideas for the next/future BOOK CHAT videos!



THE BOOKS:
Spill Zone
NewsPrints
Saga, vol 7
Bitch Planet
Kindred
Wolf, vol 1
The Discipline

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Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored video; none of these books were PR samples except for SPILL ZONE, which was sent to me for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are honest, and my own. (Clearly, since there was a fair amount of negative here...)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

APRIL BOOK HAUL 2017 (of course)

Because I can't stop myself, apparently...




THE BOOKS:
Mary Barton
The Book Without Words
Hush
Seven Deadlies
The Heartless Troll
The Name of the Blade
The Castle Behind Thorns
Mortal Heart
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club
Longbourn
Spill Zone
A Face Like Glass
Noteworthy
Prisoner of War
Dark Breaks the Dawn
and some baking & gardening books, and a random Reader's Digest condensed book, because it's pretty, and I want to make something out of it.



Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored video, though some of these books were sent to me for review consideration purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Timely and Terrifying -- The Handmaid's Tale (and then some) | Audible Ambassadors

It's the strangest thing.

Last month, I recommended The Handmaid's Tale as one of my top picks for a Women's History Month listenable, and it turns out that it's actually the focus of this month's Audible Ambassadors post!

The timing is not completely unexpected, of course, since the Hulu adaptation is premiering later this month (and yes, I am very eager for it. Might actually have to sign up for Hulu again. Or maybe I'm due for a free trial. . . ;P).

Whether in conjunction with this, or in some strange cosmic timing because the book is still so eerily relevant (maybe now more than ever), Audible has reissued a remastered and redeveloped special edition of the audiobook, narrated by the fabulous Claire Danes, which includes new exclusive content written by Atwood at the end of the novel!

From the brief from Audible:
The novel extends beyond the original final line, “Are there any questions?,” by adding the questions and answers that the people at that Symposium, occurring in 2195, might ask.
This is pretty significant stuff, if you ask me. That ambiguous, open-ended ending haunted me when I first read it, and I often use it as a sort of litmus test for whether someone is an optimist or pessimist. . . As it turns out, I'm a can't-make-up-my-mindest, because I go back and forth quite a bit on what I think really happened -- but before I get to spoiling things, maybe you have never heard of this landmark book, and have no idea what I'm talking about.
So, the official stuff:

Publisher's Summary 
"Are there any questions?" The final line in Margaret Atwood's modern classic, The Handmaid's Tale, has teased and perplexed fans since the book's original release more than 30 years ago. Now, in this Audible Original production, listeners get some of the answers they've waited so long to hear.
Featuring an all-new interview with Professor Piexoto, written by Atwood and performed by a full cast, The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition is a must-listen for both fans and newcomers alike. Emmy Award winner Claire Danes (Homeland, Temple Grandin) gives a stirring performance of this classic in speculative fiction, where the message (and the warning) is now more timely than ever. In addition to rich sound design that honors the audio origins of Atwood's classic, the special edition also includes a brand-new afterword from the author and an essay written by author Valerie Martin (Mary Reilly, Property).
After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name. Despite the danger, Offred learns to navigate the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life for mere glimpses of her former freedom, and records her story for future listeners.
Whether you're a fan of the original novel or someone who has recently discovered it, The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition will shock, impress, and satisfy all those who listen. 
The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition features performances by Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, Emily Bauer, Allyson Johnson, Gabra Zackman, Suzanne Toren, Tim Gerard Reynolds, Jennifer Van Dyck, Ray Porter, Emily Cox, Lauren Fortgang, Dan Reiss, Prentice Onayemi, Therese Plummer, and Mark Boyett. 
©1985 O.W. Toad, Ltd. First American Edition 1986. Published by special arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

And trust me, it's a book you want to read. Or listen to.

Now of course, you don't have to choose The Handmaid's Tale as your selection in order to take advantage of Audible's free 30-day trial -- you can choose whichever amazingly narrated audiobook is calling to your heart and ears. (Feel free to browse around. There's a lot of them.)

But I'd definitely like to put in a good word for this one. It's one of my favorite books, by one of my favorite authors, narrated by an amazingly talented actress, and has special bonus content -- you just can't beat that.




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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Four on the Fence | Mini-Reviews

By (surprisingly) popular demand, today we're looking at my thoughts on my most recent reads. I guess it has been awhile since we've had a review 'round these parts, huh?

THOUGHTS ON ALL THE THINGS:





ABOUT THE BOOKS:



Renowned fantasy writer Robin McKinley, author of the lush "Beauty and the Beast" retellings Beauty and Rose Daughter, has produced another re-mastered fairy tale, this time about the dreamy Sleeping Beauty. Much like in the original story, the infant princess, here named Rosie, is cursed by an evil fairy to die on her 21st birthday by pricking her finger on a spindle. That same day, Rosie is whisked away into hiding by a peasant fairy who raises her and conceals her royal identity. From that point on, McKinley's plot and characterization become wildly inventive. She imagines Rosie growing up into a strapping young woman who despises her golden hair, prefers leather breeches to ball gowns, and can communicate with animals. And on that fateful birthday, with no help from a prince, Rosie saves herself and her entire sleeping village from destruction, although she pays a realistic price. In a final master stroke, McKinley cleverly takes creative license when the spell-breaking kiss (made famous in "Sleeping Beauty") comes from a surprising source and is bestowed upon the character least expected.



The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.






Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation...and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can't trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland...





“I plead the blood.”
Those were the last words seventeen-year-old golden boy quarterback Clay Tate heard rattling from his dad's throat when he discovered him dying on the barn floor of the Neely Cattle Ranch, clutching a crucifix to his chest.

Now, on the first anniversary of the Midland, Oklahoma slaughter, the whole town's looking at Clay like he might be next to go over the edge. Clay wants to forget the past, but the sons and daughters of the Preservation Society—a group of prominent farmers his dad accused of devil worship—won't leave him alone. Including Ali, his longtime crush, who suddenly wants to reignite their romance after a year of silence, and hated rival Tyler Neely, who’s behaving like they’re old friends.

Even as Clay tries to reassure himself, creepy glances turn to sinister stares and strange coincidences build to gruesome rituals—but when he can never prove that any of it happened, Clay worries he might be following his dad down the path to insanity...or that something far more terrifying lies in wait around the corner.






Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored video, though some of these books were sent to me for review consideration purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

THREE AWESOME THINGS

Hey, would you look at this? An actual written post.

I know, I know, it's been mostly vlog-central here for all of 2017 (and a good chunk of 2016), and I do intend to correct that and get back into actually writing some of the things for you. (Not all of the things. But some of the things.)
But time and an aching wrist are not my friends.

But I DID want to pop on quickly to tell you about three amazing bookish programs going on right now, that should be on every bookish person's radar.

THING THE FIRST

Macmillan & National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang have challenged us to Read without Walls, a project aimed at helping us broaden our horizons and see things from other people's perspectives, and embrace the diversity of literature and points of view that are out there.
You can find some of the specific challenges here, or listen to Gene intro the project here:


Pretty neato.

I've been intending to put together a post of my own picks and suggestions, but... time. And an aching wrist.
I'll let you know when it comes to be.

THING THE SECOND

Penguin Random House is hosting #ProjectReadathon, in which readers can stop by their "Read Well" website, read selections from books right then and there, and have the satisfaction of doing good, dammit.
From now until World Book Day (April 23rd), when you read on their site, up to 300,000 books will be given to Save the Children, based on visits and minutes read. So you can read for free, and feel really good doing it -- but you gotta hurry, because it ends this weekend!
They have tons of books to read from, so. . .  go check 'em out!



THING THE THIRD

Speaking of free reads, Audiofile's Sync Audiobook campaign is about to kick off its 2017 season! If you're unfamiliar, this is an audiobook program that is aimed at getting teens to read (or listen) to more (and varied) books -- but who says it has to be limited to teens? Encourage the kids and teens in your life to take advantage of this awesome program, and while you're at it, get you some new reads to discuss with them!  (I won't tell.)
Every year, starting in late April and running through the bulk of the summer, they will be giving away free downloads to themed pairs of books every single week.
Titled include Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Of Beast and Beauty, Shadows on the Moon, Between Shades of Grey -- basically a ton of books that will be teen-friendly, but also appealing to most readers, combined with a second book, often non-fiction, that relates in some way to that week's title.

You can check out the full list of titles, and sign up for email reminders, on their dedicated website -- but remember, each title is only open for downloads for one week, so make sure to come back each Thursday when new titles drop!


And that's it for these three awesome campaigns that I thought you should know about. Know of any other cool bookish things that I should know about? Spread the word and let me know in the comments!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

#BOOKTUBE CHALLENGE: Book Spine Poetry for Nat'l Poetry Month!

Yep, that's right. I challenge YOU.
Anyone can do this -- even if they have to make use of someone *else's* books... You could even just make a list of the titles with plain ol' pen and paper, if you want!
For more examples, or to see how my brain works, you can find more of my book spine poetry in these posts.




For moreAnd you My book spine poem:

The last thing you said, words in deep blue --
the ask, and the answer;
nothing can possibly go wrong. . .
Love you.
Hate you.

Miss you.



[Books used: one  two  three  four  five]

Sunday, April 9, 2017

MARCH BOOK HAUL

I'd hang my head in shame, but... it's currently being propped up by a stack of books... ;)

YOU KNOW HOW I DO.



The Books:
Murder on the Eiffel Tower (from my mom)

Labyrinth Lost
NewsPrints
and a cute Cinder pouch,  all courtesy of Liz @ Consumed By Books
(and I was right, the pouch is from Evie Seo's shop)

The Last Thing You Said
The Inconceivable Life of Quinn
Words in Deep Blue
Girl on the Verge

My Blind Fancy book box, which included
Unwind
Girl in Translation
and a bunch of goodies, the unboxing of which you can see here

and a hand full of gardening and hand lettering books.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

UNBOXING: Blind Fancy Book Box!

Who's ready for a blind date?
I'm unboxing a new book box today, and I'm kinda in love with the idea of it!
Coupla side notes here, before we get into all the official deets:

* YES, I realize that the necklace is Hermione's wand. Shoulda used my eyeballs. ^_^

* Sorry for any shaky cam, my cat was insisting on being part of filming...

* And if you wanna try your hand at my Blind Date with a Book game while you wait for your Blind Fancy box to arrive, you can find that video here!






ABOUT THE BOX:
Blind Fancy offers you a perfectly personalized, subscription-free, blind date with a book! A quick quiz will match you with a MatchMaker who has the inside scoop on the genres that you love best!
Boxes come in two sizes, First Date and Double Date (I'm showing you the Double Date option), and it is a buy-as-you-go box, meaning you do NOT have to sign up for a recurring subscription! Feel like trying out a blind date book? Then you can do so, whenever you want, with whichever matchmaker you'd like!

And I hear through the grapevine that international shipping will be available soon!

Find out more or try out a box yourself, here: http://www.findyourfancy.xyz/

Use code BOOKTUBE2 for a discount on your box purchase!



Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored video, though this box was sent to me for review. I do NOT make a commission through use of the discount code, so if you're opposed to that sorta thing, no worries! Use it and save you some moola.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Women's History Month Listenables | Audible Ambassadors, March [ad]

It's a brand new month -- a brand new season, even (my favorite!) -- and it's time for a brand new post from my Audible series! This month, in honor of Women's History Month, I thought we'd take a look at some of the many great audiobooks on theme this month, many of which are either on my own to-read list, or are personal favorites.
Check out some of my picks below, and leave me your suggestions in the comments!


If you're really wanting to dive into the whole "Women's History Month" thing, you might want to check out some of the hallmarks: explorations of feminism and gender, like the classic The Feminine Mystique, or this collection of essays from Gloria Steinem (or anything else by her, obviously), or more modern examinations, like Roxanne Gay's popular Bad Feminism, or Caitlin Moran's How to be a Woman. Or maybe you're interested in general non-fiction that's not necessarily of a feminist slant, but is just plain intriguing, like America's Women, a look at 400 years worth of lives and changes in what it means to be an American woman.

But of course, there are as many ways to approach Women's History Month reading as there are days in Women's History Month (and I'm sure, many more).

Maybe you're interested in amazing works of literature by women -- there's a whole host of classics written by women, but I'm going to recommend my personal favorites: those written by Edith Wharton, Kate Chopin, L.M. Montgomery, and of course, my beloved Jane Austen.
How could you go wrong with any of them?
Or maybe more recent classics interest you, like the popular (Claire Danes' narrated!) The Handmaid's Tale (a personal favorite, although it's always felt a little too potentially real for comfort...), or basically anything by Margaret Atwood (she's a fave!) or Toni Morrison (ditto!) I don't hesitate to call the works of either author classics, no matter how recent.

If you're more interested in something a little out of the box, maybe something like The Supergirls -- a look at fashion, feminism and more, through the lens of comic book heroines! -- might appeal to you? Or the audio of Hidden Figures, the box office-smashing story of the black, female mathematicians who helped launch us into space.

As for myself, you can probably guess some of the books on my own to-read (or listen to) list: Amanda Palmer's The Art of Asking has been drawing my eyes to its spot on my shelves for a couple of years now, and the idea of reading it while listening to Amanda narrate it is pretty damn appealing. And of course, I've mentioned numerous times that Amy Poehler's Yes Please is on my to-listen list, and her buddy Tina Fey's Boysspants is right there with it. I'm also pretty curious about Anna Kendrick's Scrappy Little Nobody, so I guess I'm in a 'funny female celeb memoirs' type of mood. . .  (So maybe Talking as Fast as I Can or The Princess Diarist would also fit the bill!)

So. What's on YOUR Women's History Month list? Did you read or listen to anything special this month, or are you planning to? I know we're close to the end of the month now, but honestly... it's never too late for one of these potentially excellent reads/listens!

Leave your recommendations, faves, and own to-be-read list in the comments! I'd love to hear it.

And remember, if you're interested in any of the books I mentioned, you can try one of them out, absolutely free, as part of a FREE 30-day trial from Audible! Sweet!




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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bullet Journal Walkthrough: 2017 Q1

For those of you here for bookish things, there *are* some bookish pages shown in this walkthrough! (And I'll be back with a purely bookish video soon.)
For the rest of you, I thought we'd take another tour into BuJo land with a look at the first quarter of 2017, and what I liked and didn't like about my bullet journal so far.

I'm thinking about making an ongoing series about bullet journaling and all that goes along with (including lettering turorials, for those that have been asking!), so if you have requests for the series, let me know in the comments!

If you missed the last one, you can find out more about how I approach bullet journaling here!

Monday, March 13, 2017

FEBRUARY BOOK HAUL!

So I'm just gonna go ahead and say it: if you wanna keep up with me, what I'm up to, and the books I'm currently reading or have taken in, you probably wanna follow me on youtube, and probably twitter or instagram. Because for whatever reason, I keep forgetting that, OH HEY, I'm a  blogger. I've seriously uploaded 3 videos on youtube in the last month or so that never made it over here, and I don't know why.

I have no excuse. I fully mean to share them with you, and then for some reason, I just don't. (I just had a birthday, and I had a friend who told me after she attained a similar age, her mind just went away, so maybe it's that...)

ANYWAY, here's the most recent of said videos, and yes, of course it's a book haul.
I don't know who I was kidding.

I'll [try to remember to] post those remaining videos soon, but if you can't wait to see them, or you're just super bored... --------->  >click<



THE BOOKS:
Yellowcake
Night Broken
Where'd You Go Bernadette?
Perfume
The Bonesetter's Daughter
The Art of Chalk Lettering
Washed Ashore


Let me know your thoughts on the books, if you want to see more from any of them, and all that jazz in the comments!


Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored video. One of these books was sent to me by the publisher, the rest I bought myself. Affiliate links are used.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Second Chances & Surprises | Audible Ambassador #ad


Hey there! I have some exciting news to share with you, and that is that I've become an Audible Ambassador! That means that once a month, I'll be delving into the world of audiobooks and taking a look at some of the things that make them such a worthwhile addition to your reading routine!
This month, in honor of awards season, we're taking a look at the way audiobook performances can add so much to a story, and which specific audiobooks have had an impact on me.

I'm sure some of you know, my road to audio was a long and bumpy one. I was always enamored with the idea of audiobooks, and wanted to like them, but for the longest time, I just couldn't get into them. I struggled with not being able to see the words before me -- just listening to someone talk meant that, if my mind started to wander (as it does apparently more than I realized...), I couldn't just glance back down and find my spot again. I also struggled with the narration. I already know that I'm very particular about the voices I'm willing to listen to for any extended period (introvert here -- sometimes I just need the voices to shut up), but even beyond that, I was worried that listening to a book cut down on room for my own interpretation; it was someone else's inflection, someone else's stresses and significance. And after a run of bad narration that I struggled to follow or enjoy, I was pretty convinced that audiobooks were not for me.

I'm not sure what convinced me to give them one last try, but whatever it was, I'm glad of it. I don't even remember the name of the next audiobook I listened to, and I honestly couldn't say if the story was all that great, because I don't remember. But the narration! The narration was hilarious and warm and soothing and inviting, all at the same time, and not only did it pull me along and keep me "reading" something I may not have otherwise, it had me actually actively looking for chores to do so that I could keep listening. That is impressive.


Since then, I've stumbled across a number of other audiobooks that have gone beyond just being good versions, to actually adding another layer to the story. Alyssa Goodnight's Austentatious, narrated by Janine Hegarty, took Alyssa's hilarious magical realist take on modern day Jane Austen, and dialed it up a few sassy, funny notches. And something that I thought was going to get to me (one person trying to do different "voices" for each character) actually proved to be one of the book's strongest points!
Similarly, Erin Mallon's narration of Heather Demetrios' Exquisite Captive added layers that I don't think I would have gotten had I just read the book traditionally. Beyond getting to hear how words in this middle eastern-inspired fantasy world are pronounced, the audio just felt so much more . . . immersive. I listened to it while commuting, and again, just didn't want my stop to come up. I was wishing for a longer commute, just like I was looking for chores to do. I didn't want my time with the narration to end.
(And just recently, during the YABT Awards, when I had to read The Wrath & the Dawn / The Rose & the Dagger, everyone kept telling me that they were so much better on audio! So it can clearly make a big difference!)

And I've just barely begun to scratch the surface of the audiobook world!

I know there's plenty more killer narration to be had on Audible (they have an entire section devoted to star-powered listens, after all), and I'm looking forward to digging into it! I know everyone seems to love and recommend the Jim Dale narration of the Harry Potter series, so trust me, it's on my list. (And if you're into the whole "awards season" thing, they even have audiobooks of some of this year's top noms, like Hidden Figures or Lion.)

So, what are some of YOUR favorite audiobooks and/or narrators? And did you ever have an audiobook "aha" moment, where it just clicked as a medium, or made you want to find chores to do, or extend your workout routine, or any other drudgery? ;)

And if you haven't had that aha moment. . . maybe it's time to give audiobooks a second chance? You can start your FREE 30-day trial to audible today, and check out one of the books I've mentioned, or something you've been dying to read!



DISCLAIMER
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

JANUARY BOOK HAUL

I mean... book hauls forever, I guess? I certainly can't seem to stop...
;)




THE BOOKS:
Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea
Umberland
The Wonder of Us
Bitch Planet, vol 1
Of Fire and Stars
and a whole bunch of awesome stuff, from Liz



Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored video, though some of these books were sent to me for review consideration purposes.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Stack of Five: Fairy Tale-esque! | VIEWER'S CHOICE

Stack of Five is back, and we're kicking it off with a stack filled with (mostly) my go-to genre: fantastical, transportive fairy tales!
Find the books linked below, and the synopses in the comments, and then vote for which one you want me to read and review this month!

You can vote 3 ways:
* Comment with which book you want me to read!
* Upvote the synopsis for the book you want me to read! (Youtube-only option.)
* Answer the poll located in the video! (Click the button with the little 'i' in the top right corner to access the poll.)



THE BOOKS:
Spindle's End: http://amzn.to/2kXxrlF
Trickster's Choice: http://amzn.to/2kUq67j
Cybele's Secret: http://amzn.to/2kUpw9M
The Swan Maiden: http://amzn.to/2kXvENE
Paper Valentine: http://amzn.to/2kUvask


Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored video.

Monday, January 30, 2017

CHANGES & RESOLUTIONS

Just after I finished recording this yesterday, I opened up Twitter to see the news that Trump had made the move to ban people based on their religion and country of origin, and bar already vetted, actually legal citizens and visitors from entering the country -- in some cases, THEIR country. So this just further reinforced my main goal of this year.

If you have favorite ways you like to brighten people's days and put good back out into the world, or ways you like to get involved (politically or otherwise! There are lots of ways to make a difference), please let me know in the comments.



There will be more to discuss, I think, on my specific goals and resolutions in the coming days, but this is where I'm at for now. ✌️


Monday, January 23, 2017

Bullet Journal Walkthrough

Sorry this is such a long one, guys. Future bullet journal videos will NOT be, I promise, but I wanted to give some background on how I came to bullet journaling, and what I did before.
If you'd like to see more bullet journal videos, whether walkthroughs and planning videos, or my favorite / go-to designs and techniques for bujo-ing, let me know in the comments! And if YOU bujo, tell me what you do! I'm always looking for new things to incorporate. =D




TIMESTAMPS
Previous journaling: 0:45
Current journal walkthrough begins: 6:14
Supplies: 13:58

Things shown:
The notebook I'm currently using
The one I think I'll get next time (Or this (very pretty!) But both of these options are smaller than I'd like)
My favorite pens for bujo are these and these.

Friday, January 20, 2017

New Year, New Vlog!

Vlog time!
I want to get back into it this year, so even though this is probably not of much interest to a lot of you (soz!), it IS a reflection of what my life is right now, and I'm okay with that.

Chat with me in the comments about various vloggish things, like this whole seasons thing (wtf Michigan?), and things you'd like to see in upcoming vlogs!

And catch me on Monday for that Bullet Journal video I mentioned!



Mentioned:
Best & Worst of 2016 series:
http://www.thebookrat.com/2017/01/best-of-2016.html
http://www.thebookrat.com/2017/01/the-almost-favorites-2016-honorable.html
http://www.thebookrat.com/2017/01/disappointing-2016-reads.html



Music from the Youtube Creators library.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Disappointing 2016 Reads

Sorry for the world's longest video, but I had THINGS TO SAY. But hey, I time stamped everything, so feel free to skip around!

It's not that all of these are ~bad~ books, necessarily -- some of them I even liked! But for one reason or another, these books are the ones I look back on as disappointments from 2016.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and your least fave/disappointments from 2016! And if you missed the other videos in this series, you can check them out here:



THE BOOKS:
0:55 The Darkest Lie
2:34 Truthwitch [review]
4:27 Fray
6:25 In Case You Missed It
8:02 Rat Queens, vol 3 (and a little bit vol 2)
12:10 Sweaterweather
13:25 Heartless
14:37 Wink Poppy Midnight
15:44 The Wrath & the Dawn



Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored video.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

THE ALMOST-FAVORITES: 2016 Honorable Mentions!

For the second video in my 2016 Wrap-Up series, we're taking a look at the books that didn't *quite* make the Best-Of cut -- but I still highly recommend them!

If you missed the first video, with my 2016 favorites, you can find that here!
And keep an eye out for the 3rd video in the series, tackling my LEAST favorites, coming Monday!
And make sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments!





THE BOOKS & LINKS:
Interference   review  |  First Impressions/excerpt ]

Mighty Jack   review ]

Roller Girl   review ]

Delilah Dirk & the King's Shilling   review ]

Nimona

The Killing Jar   review  |  excerpt  |  Gritty books discussion ]

Nightstruck   [ First Impressions/excerpt ]

Rebel of the Sands   review ]

Spirit & Dust



Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored video, though some of these books were gifted to me, or sent to me for review consideration. The rest were purchased by me, or borrowed from my local library.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

FAVORITE READS OF 2016!

Welp. This was supposed to be posted to the blog a few days ago, as part 2 is going up tomorrow, and I wanted to space them a bit... Note to those of you who regularly read this blog or are just looking for more now: I routinely procrastinate myself into forgetting to share vlogs to this blog (or there are things I just decide aren't a good fit, and don't post here), so there are plenty of vlogs on my youtube channel that never made their way over here... If you don't want to miss anything, you might want to make sure your subscribed over there, too! (And I will do my best to make myself cross post in a timely manner this year... lulz.)

Anyway.

Now that a new year is well and truly underway, let's take a look back at some of my favorite reads of last year. For as many books as I stalled out on or flat out didn't like, I had a surprising number of books last year that I liked, loved, and would highly recommend!

Part 2, with my honorable mentions, will be up tomorrow, so make sure to check it out!



THE BOOKS:

Uprooted

Saga (all of it)

Hexed (all of it)

After the Woods   [ review ]

The Darkest Corners  [ review ]

I See Reality   [ review ]

Vassa in the Night   [ review ]

The Nameless City   [ interview with Faith ]

Rat Queens, vol 1

You Were Here

Six of Crows   [ review ]

A Court of Mist & Fury



Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored video.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

JANUARY TBR!

I probably won't be doing regular TBRs this year (though who knows?), but for this month, at least, I DO know what I'll be reading...mostly.

Have you read any of these? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! And if you want to hear more about any of them, let me know that too, and keep an eye out for the Retellings portion of the YA Booktube Awards! The liveshow will be January 26th 5pm EST, there are opportunities to win books (yay!), and you can find out more about all of it here!



Now, onto THE BOOKS:
Heartless
A Court of Mist & Fury
The Wrath & the Dawn
The Rose & the Dagger

and then possibly:
Beautiful Broken Girls
The Last Harvest
some comics (of course)
and maybe something random from my shelves.


Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored video, though some of these books were sent to me for review consideration purposes.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

December 2016 Book Haul!

Here's a quick look at the last few books to make it onto my shelves in 2016! Let me know your thoughts & if you want First Impressions, reviews or excerpts of any of them, and tell me about some of the awesome books that made it on to YOUR shelves at the tail end of last year!



THE BOOKS:
Color Me Jane
Classic Coloring: Jane Austen
Overturned
The Last Harvest
and a B&N gift card! Give me suggestions of what to get in the comments!

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