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
Meg and Mari open their first season by discussing the classic original fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast! They focus on the original and first adaptation as it is frequently what is used in modern retellings. They make their checklist to use against the five modern retellings they’ll be reviewing this season, as well as why they think the story came to exist!
Meghan is joined again by Ileana and Stephanie to discuss the YA anthology The Essential Bordertown, edited by Terri Windling and Delia Sherman. We discuss how the YA genre ends to reach back to its 90s roots and bring the grittiness back, especially when discussing elves and faeries!
Book Drink: Elder-Berry Tea Cocktail and Earl Grey Tea Cocktail
Books/Movies/Shows discussed in this episode:
The Essential Bordertown
Beauty and the Beast
A Court of Thorn and Roses
Meghan is joined by two new guests this week, Stephanie Cortez and Ileana Garcia. We read The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory and discussed our thoughts on 1500s clothing, movie adaptations, and whether or not British actors can pull off American accents. Ileana introduces a new aspect of the podcast going forward, what cocktail goes with this book?
For this book we agree that a good spiced Christmas wine with a Malbec is the drink choice for this book. See below for the past books and cocktails that go with them!
Books/Movies/Shows discussed in this podcast:
Blackpool The Other Boleyn Girl The Time Traveler’s Wife Harry Potter’s Butterbeer Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them The Devil in the White City The Last Host Time
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This week I am joined by Ollie Brady and Emily Bennett of Best Acquaintances! We discuss David Gemmell’s Waylander II and giggle through the entire episode while Ollie tries to explain why this book was important to 11-year-old Ollie, Emily reads the most ridiculous physical comedy scene in a fantasy book, and we all discuss female characters in fantasy novels.
Waylander II by David Gemmell I Don’t Know Where You Know Me From by Judy Greer Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen Persuasion by Jane Austen Bellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates
The Drenai Saga by David Gemmell
Mari and James join me again for episode 4 of the podcast, where we discuss Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. Lots of talk of zombies and steampunk in this episode, as well as Mari and I making James feel old for making a Simpsons reference.
Books referenced in this episode:
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Jerusalem by Alan Moore Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor Fables by Bill Willmingham
For episode 3 I welcome two new guests, James DeBruicker and Marilag Angway! We discuss Silk by Caitlin Kiernan, which is a darker book than the previous two books on the show. The book brings about memories of 90s goth, a discussion of intent vs. impact, and how a book can be excellent, but light on plot.
Books Referenced in this episode:
Silk by Caitlin Kiernan All Fall Down by Ally Carter Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake Party at the World’s End by James Curcio A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab Jerusalem by Alan Moore Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor Join by Steven Toutonighi