This week we have new guests: Millena Silva and Carson Long of Kennesaw State University’s podcast: Book Club Soda! We discussed our first of two YA books: Once and For All by Sarah Dessen! Meghan and Carson have some serious feelings about this book, but both agree that they will give Sarah Dessen books another try. Millena and Carson take a moment to talk Taylor Swift lyrics, all three kind of roll their eyes at the main character’s first love, discuss YA tropes and major series, and explain that there is a difference between red heads and gingers.
Book Drink: Mimosa
Books Discussed This Episode:
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen Twilight by Stephanie Meyer Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Paper Towns by John Green Looking for Alaska by John Green
DC Rebirth: Batman, Harley Quinn and The Flash
A City Stained Red by Sam Sykes Harry Potter by JK Rowling East of Eden by John Steinbeck Under the Dome by Stephen King Revival by Stephen King Enter, Night by Michael Rowe Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
My Favorite Things is Monsters by Emil Ferris The Diviners by Libba Bray
Melissa & Joey
Young & Hungry
Rick and Morty
The Good Place
This week we discuss book one of the Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation by Jeff VenderMeer. This book is a bit of a dystopian, postmodern nutter of a book, and none of us quite understand what the hell is going on in this world on a greater level.
Books Discussed This Week: Annihilation by James VenderMeer True Blood Series by Charlaine Harris Bird Box by Josh Malerman Birdman by Mo Hayder Dating an Alien Popster by Kendra L. Sauder Authority by James VanderMeer
Movies and Television Shows Discussed: Get Out Descendent Brazil Doctor Who (Cassandra) Back Swan
Time to clear out some of my Netgalley ARCs! I appreciate their willingness to continue giving me ARCs of books, and for also letting me continue to give honest reviews.
Book 1: Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider
To be published: October 2017
It is weird that I can’t find anything about the author of this book. I did find a review that said it’s a was pseudonym for two authors, but I can’t find anything on those authors or anything to confirm this? In a world where self-promotion is so important for books, this was shocking.
I’m wavering at a 2.5/3 for this story. I love Christmas stories. I love one nights together, running around the city and falling in love stories. I love New York, especially at the holidays.
But this one didn’t….quite hit the mark. I mean, it’s Christmas in New York, and not one of the major Christmas trees are seen on this quest through the city? Rockefeller Center, South Seaport, none of the museums, Lincoln Square, none of the Christmas festivals are discussed (and there is one in every major park so it’s not like they’re avoidable.) It’s almost told like it’s from the perspective of someone who doesn’t actually live in or hasn’t experienced Christmas time in New York and literally all of it’s magic.
Outside of that, I couldn’t get past the constant “reading my look” or “having a conversation just through looks…” and then at one point Charolette even goes “we’ve only known each other a few hours how does he expect me to understand his look!?” right before he kissed her. We’ll you have been all night….
Final issuance: Charlotte tells her ex she loves him at Lincoln Center. Later, she talks about doing it at Rockefeller Center. Just an edit that didn’t get caught. Like all the missed italicized television show names.
As for the book itself, it’s cute. It’s exactly what it says it is — just like a Hallmark movie classic. Why Charlotte was in the city is a bit weird, but that’s okay, and as someone who has to go to JFK frequently, straying too far from the airport is odd.
Also, I can’t tell what the relationship between Anthony and his brother is supposed to be — not enough there to completely understand honestly.
Book 2: My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff
To Be Published: October 2017
I probably should have held off on reading another Christmas-y YA book, but what can you do. I fought with myself the entire book on whether or not I would DNF it, but honestly, it’s a quick read. It’s rather predictable – I wasn’t expecting it not to be, and part of my issues could be my own single, black cold scrooge like heart.
I just couldn’t get on board with the main character. I get the neurotic, needing to plan everything and the anxiety that comes when it’s not. However, Charlie never grows or learns that maybe it’s okay to not be as structured and neurotic, or that she might need to get help for it. The character isn’t immature….she’s simply flat. And what’s funny is she is quiet possibly the most well rounded character.
For example, at some point she realizes that she’s read a bakery order wrong. Her best friend doesn’t really get mad at her, no one sits her down to try to get her to figure out that maybe her obsessing over this guy is causing her to overload herself. It’s just……flat and boring.
I get the need for the perfect for you boyfriend, I get the desire to win and being one track minded. I can almost forgive the fact that she doesn’t really make any of the Secret Santa gifts or even try, but pawns it off on JD(??) But there’s really…..no action in this book. There is a gossip queen who hates the main character, and that doesn’t play into the story at all.
I know that if this had been a Hallmark holiday movie, I would have watched it multiple times, and I shouldn’t hold a holiday book to a higher standard. But maybe I would have had an actual attachment to the main character.
Season 1 is almost done, and we’ve got Season 2 under way, but now we need YOUR help! What fairy tale retelling should we delve into next?
This is just a mere fraction of the fairy tales written down in the world, but you guys, there are SO many options of what to delve into!
We’ve got a couple of ideas of where to head to next, but it would be fun to see what you guys want to see us discuss. So for that to work, we’ve made a teeny tiny poll. Tell us which of the fairy tales you want discussed in our podcast. To keep it concise, we’ve listed down three fairy tales and if you want to suggest us something, throw them in the comments section!
Please make note that we do look for fairy tales that have been RETOLD in at least two different works…
Mari and Meg discuss a not so modern retelling, but one that is still very important to the Beauty and the Beast circle: Robin McKinley’s Beauty! This book has more of a backstory for Beauty, it even gives her a proper name! They also discuss the importance of describing food and whether or not monkeys can be legally owned as pets.
Also, the origin story of our artwork!
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Hark faire reader! I have received a scroll this morning requesting my help on an adventure! A map to venture through and gain skills and become a true adventurer! Am I brave enough to accept this mission?
A mission that is going to help me develop different skills and become a true conquer of the land?
So how shall I venture through out this quest? Shall I start as a bard, a rogue, a mage? A Knight? No I and definitely not a Knight yet. As I ponder what path I shall start with, I have at least put together a list of what books I plan on reading as I venture down each path. Obviously none of these are set in stone, but I am pretty proud of the cross section I’ve put together.
As August 13th approaches, I’ll make a post deciding which path I am starting down and with my ID card, plus a place to organize my XP and HP points!
Okay, so what the heck is all of this? Well, Aentee over at Read at Midnight is running #TheReadingQuest! It’s a reading challenge running from August 13 to September 10! AND it’s an Australian based reading challenge (which means nothing as I’m American really, but I love love love seeing non-US based reading challenges.) I was able to work in four ARCs I need to read as well as FIVE podcast books!
So check back in with me in a few days who see which path I am picking first and how it’s going!
This week Mari and Meg discussThe Beauty and the Beastepisode of Faerie Tale Theatre! Mostly we just giggle a lot at the obviously 80s of the show, even despite it trying to be regal and set in olden times.
Also, Anjelica Huston pretty much steals this episode away.
Meg tries to insist that there is a first Gaston appearance and MAYBE this is it?
For a link to the full episode of Faerie Tale Theatre: Beauty and the Beast, click here!
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Hello blog I miss you! How terrible have I treated you for months and months and months….
I’m not sure how much I am going to come back to it, but I do have plans to clean up and restart my blog back up. And what better way than to discuss the nerdy nerdy thing I did this past weekend – a readathon!?
In the middle of treatment and a very hot July, I decided that the idea of sitting in my apartment and reading sounded like the most magical thing I could do.
I found a post in the Owlcrate Facebook group (lots of thoughts about that group, but that’s for another day) that asked if anyone was participating in 24in48.
What the heck was 24in48??
I headed over to 24 in 48 to take a look. Simply put, you read for 24 hours in 48 hours of a weekend. It started at 12.00 AM on Saturday, July 22nd and ended at 11.59 PM July 23. There were opportunities for prizes and cheering, and honestly, it sounded exactly like what I needed. Plus it allowed for audiobooks to count, so I had no excuse to miss out on cleaning and cooking for the sake of reading.
So I signed up and started planning my books.
…..and knew that would be too many. BUT it also inspired me to clean out my Goodreads TBR lists.
Since starting two book based podcasts, I’ve had some low-key anxiety about how my reading time is starting to feel more like I’m back at school rather than for fun. It’s such a thin line to walk, and rather than do so, I’ve just been panicking about it. Because of this, and because I was between episodes of Judging Book Covers Podcast and Fableulous Retellings JUST started, I figured I could take 48 hours to read WHATEVER I wanted. And remind myself that I can balance my reading and podcast reading again.
What I Read During 24in48 Readathon
Apparently I was REALLY BEHIND on my graphic novel reading.
4 Graphic Novels
1. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Ratings: 3/5 Moose
This book was recommended to me a few times last year, and I wanted to read something light to start off this Readathon, It…..wasn’t that at all This book was written kind of as an homage to the author’s life and relationship with her mother. It was a bit heavy and yet a bit of a weird chick lit book. I was happy with the ending though. It resolved in an appropriate manner without seeming cheesy or off? But I was glad to be done with it. It wasn’t for me, it wasn’t for my fun summer readathon, but I’m glad I read it.
2. Saga Volume 6 by Brian Vaughn (writer) and Fiona Staples (Artist)
Genre: Graphic Novels, Sci-Fi, Space Opera
Saga! I love Saga. I don’t even read it in single trades — I let it build up and binge when I can! It’s always worth it though. This issue discusses Kindergarten and jail? Plus a lot of WTF are the adults doing. The end of this trade brought some tears….but didn’t prepare me for what was to come.
3. Saga Volume 7 by Brian Vaughn (writer) and Fiona Staples (Artist)
Genre: Graphic Novels, Sci-Fi, Space Opera
Have tissues for this one. It’s……it’s an ending. This one primarily takes place on Phang, which new friends and relationships.
4. We Can Never Go Home Volume 1 by Matthew Rosenberg, Patrick Kindlon, and Josh Hood
This book is equally gorgeous in its writing and artwork. It too me a little longer to read than normal because it is BEAUTIFUL. Also the cats in this book are amusing. I am definitely looking forward to the new trade. But 1900s Asia art deco steampunk with demonic connections and AHHH.
This book was recommended by a friend who is friends with the author. I liked the concept — a cross between The Happening and The Road, with the added bonus of you cannot look outside or anything the could have been outside too long. If you do, you will die.
This story got back and forth between the “present” which is when the main character and her two kids are rowing, blindfolded, down the river, and the “past,” which is at the beginning of the apocalypse. When the story lines fold into one, it is heartbreaking and terrifying. Sandy Bullock is going to start in the Netflix….something, so I am looking forward to seeing what comes out next.
I also started The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett, which I’ll be finishing up this week/end. I might stick to this horror kick??
How Did I Feel Post Readathon?
I honestly had a blast doing this readathon! It got me mentally back to a good baseline, and I feel more organized to walk the line of podcast reading and personal reading. I feel like I could have done more with time to prepare (I decided Thursday night to do this??) but honestly, I’m proud of what I accomplished.
I am considering two more in August! But I’ll post about those later this week. Otherwise, here’s my face as I realized I could have done Booktube-a-thon, but I didn’t have enough time to plan. So close! But I do have two new ones picked out, and I am also considering what I want to do/need to do to start and host my own. Or if someone needs a host, pick me!!
And finally, thank you again to Rachel at 24in48 for creating this readathon – I had a blast in my first one.
(OH HEY. YOU CAN EXPECT SOME REAL POSTS FROM ME THIS WEEK TOO!)
It’s a hot summer, and movies are playing blockbusters to fill the air conditioned seats. The guest this week recommended the perfect book blockbuster for when you don’t quite feel like walking out of your apartment into the heat! Meghan is joined by Erin Ayers and Gena Radcliffe to discuss Tim Power’s The Anubis Gates, an 1980s “steampunk” time traveling novel that has literally everything. Egyptian gods, clones, time travel, evil clowns, werewolf serial killer?! Love?!
Don’t believe me? Give us a listen!
Book Drink: Blueberry Gin Fizz
Books Discussed: The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
Rita Mae Brown’s Mrs. Murphy series
Declare by Tim Powers
Doomsday by Connie Willis (Oxford Time Travel Series)
Timeline by Michael Crichton
Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
A Swifting Tilting Planet Madeleine L’Engie
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris
The White Album by Joan Didion
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Shrill by Lindy West
Movies Discussed: Peggy Sue Got Married
Back to the Future
Lolita (can you figure out the trend of the last three movie)
Who Killed Roger Rabbit