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Totally Should’ve Book Tag

I saw this tag over on One’s Peculiar and I don’t feel like being productive at the moment, soooo let’s talk about books. 🙂

  1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel – The Graveyard Book! I would love to read about Bod’s life after he grows up and comes back to the graveyard at some point. 2213661
  2. Totally should’ve gotten a spin-off series – The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Considering that all the books take place in the same world with inter-related stories,  but aren’t actually sequels, this one would be perfect for a spin-off series.13623012
  3. An author who should write more books –  Colleen Oakes. I’ve read her Queen of Hearts and Wendy Darling series now and I absolutely adored them both. I really look forward to whatever books she puts out in the future.
  4. A character who should’ve ended up with someone else – Elizabeth Bennet. She should have ended up with literally anyone other than Mr. Darcy because he was a douche. 1885
  5. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise  – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’m not even a huge fan of this book, but the imagery is spectacular. I would watch it on screen for the costumes alone.9361589
  6. Totally should’ve kept the original covers – Rebel of the Sands  by Alwyn Hamilton. The original (left) was better.
  7. Totally should’ve stopped at book one – The Twilight series. Or Fifty Shades of Grey. UGH.

I don’t know who actually enjoys doing these things, so consider yourself tagged if you want to participate.

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This is Halloween

I know I’ve already said this before, but…you guys…Halloween is coming! 😀 I’ve already started putting out decorations and have been working on my costumes since August. I’m so excited!

In honor of  this glorious and festive time of the year I feel like I need to put some Fall/Halloween themed entertainment into my repertoire this month. I’m typically not big on super scary things (because I’m a weenie), but I’ve still found plenty of books/shows over the years that appropriately fit the occasion.

These are a few of my favorites:

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – A little boy that grows up in a graveyard, raised by the ghosts that reside there. It doesn’t get more Halloween appropriate than that. (Side note: I have a slight obsession with cemeteries, especially old ones. This always feels like the perfect time of year to go traipsing among the headstones.)

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The Nighmare Before Christmas (movie) – Like all of Tim Burton’s works, it’s perfectly weird. I still need to pull off a Sally costume at some point…

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The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – Magic, a castle, dark wizards, ghosts, cauldrons, a dark creepy forest, trolls, goblins…Shall I continue? Whether it’s the books or the movies, Harry Potter always feels like a good Fall binge.

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Stranger Things (tv show) – I discovered this on Netflix last year and I’m super stoked that the second season will be out soon! If you’re a fan of old 80’s sci-fi, or just the 80’s era in general, you should definitely give this one a watch.

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American Horror Story (tv show) – Although it scared the daylights out of me the first time I watched it, the first season of AHS is pretty awesome and creeptastic.

Classic horror novels – Dracula, Frankenstein, Jekyll & Hyde, and anything by Poe.

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Are you excited about Halloween? What are some of your favorite things to read or watch this time of year? 

 

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Fall TBR List

Since finishing the last Wendy Darling book I’ve been a little slow with reading. I’m still enjoying re-reading Game of Thrones, but there’s been a lot on my mind, which is making it hard to stay focused. When I go through funks like this I often find it necessary to take a step back and retreat into familiar territory. This often means re-reading favorites or sticking with “easier” books for a little while until my brain sorts itself out.

These are some of the books on my TBR list for the upcoming month(s). Hopefully I’ll be able to get through them a little faster.

War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes – It’s almost here! I’ve been impatiently waiting for the third and final book in the Queen of Hearts saga to come out for 2 years now. If I can find the time, I may go back and re-read the first two before it’s released.

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz – I purchased this one during my visit to Asheville a few weeks ago. I’ve never heard of it before, but it sounded too cute to pass up.

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin – The plan is to try to read the entire series by Spring.

Sand by Hugh Howey – I picked this up at the cool bookstore we found in Raleigh last weekend. I haven’t read any of Howey’s other books yet, but this one sounds pretty good.

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer – I really enjoyed Cinder, so I’d like to see where the rest of the series is going.

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What books are on your upcoming TBR list?

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Currently Reading: A Game of Thrones

Now that season 7 is over and we have to wait like two years for the next one, I’ve decided to go back and re-read the Game of Thrones books. Actually, I’ve only read the first few books previously. I discovered both the books and the show around the same time and trying to keep track of both confused me. So I let myself become enamored in the show for a while, with the intention on going back someday to see how the books compare. I’m already having fun noting the small differences between the two.

At the moment I am currently re-reading the first book. For once, I think watching the show has actually been beneficial, as I am finding it less difficult to keep track of who all the characters are.

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Are you a GoT fan? Do you enjoy the books or the show more? 

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Book Review: Wendy Darling (Shadow)

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Wendy finds herself once again in Neverland, back in the arms of the maniacal Peter Pan. This time, however, things are different. No longer under the influence of Peter’s illusions, she’s there for one reason only: To stop him.

Working with Peter’s arch-enemy, Captain Hook, Wendy has some dangerous and seemingly impossible tasks ahead of her. It’s a cruel game she’s playing, complete with pirates, mermaids, fairies, and ancient evils as old as Neverland itself. Even more complicated is the fact that Booth, her childhood sweetheart, the boy she actually loves, gets captured and thrown in the mix. 

War has arrived. Can Wendy stop it in time to save the lives of her brothers, Booth, and everyone in Neverland? 

First and foremost, I’m going to start this review with a confession: I burst into tears upon finishing this book. It was all just so perfect and so beautiful. 😩 I adored this series so much that I honestly never wanted it to end.

At first, I was a bit skeptical as to whether or not Booth’s appearance would enhance the story. Surprisingly, it did. I really liked Booth’s character and his relationship with Wendy, plus the maturity that it added to the story. (This one may not be appropriate for younger readers.)

All of the relationships throughout this story are wonderfully complex. Most interesting are Peter’s relationships with Tink and the Lost Boys. I feel like Oakes really made a statement here in showcasing how dangerous relationships can get when you became enamored with the wrong type of person. Peter’s mind games are sick and twisted, yet he’s charismatic enough that everyone falls in love with him. At times, you forget that you’re even reading about a “boy” and not some abusive cult leader.

One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Wendy visits the Forsaken Garden. The imagery in this scene is so real and downright eerie that it sent shivers up my spine.

I was worried about the ending of the story, as there is always the chance of re-tellings to get all “fairy tale” on you. I didn’t feel like that was the case here. I felt like the author created the perfect ending to this truly amazing story. Whether you’re a fan of re-tellings or not, I highly recommend this series.

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Book Review: Wendy Darling (Seas)

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

After her near brush with death at the hands of Peter Pan, Wendy finds herself aboard the ‘Sudden Night,’ the pirate ship sailed by the notorious Captain Hook. Aboard the ship, Wendy finds herself in situations she never expected. She rubs elbows with mutinous pirates, harlots, mermaids, and Indian princesses. She becomes part of the elaborate game between Peter and Hook, only this time around Wendy is in cahoots with Hook. Worried about both of her brothers’ safety and the fate of Neverland, Wendy has to figure out a way to stop Peter and get back home before it’s too late. 

This was a fantastic sequel to the first book in the Wendy Darling series. I love the flow of Oake’s writing style and the way she makes you feel like you’re there right alongside the characters. I think this is technically a YA book, but it doesn’t feel like it because the characters and the subject matter are so mature.

I love how different this version of Peter Pan is from the original, child-friendly Disney version. In Oake’s twisted spin Peter is a sadistic, manipulative leader, obsessed with exerting control and power over everyone around him. His relationship with the Lost Boys, Tink, and Wendy are cruel and abusive. A far cry from the fun-loving boy who refused to grow up in the original tale.

It was interesting to see how Wendy’s relationship with the pirates, particularly Hook, develops throughout the story. I found the bond between her and Hook far more compelling than the one between her and Peter in the first book. It was also interesting to see how Wendy’s character evolves throughout the book and how much maturing she does, due to all the harsh things she’s seen and terrible choices she has to make.

I would love to say more about the particular details and events of this book that I enjoyed, but I don’t want to give away too many spoilers. I am looking forward to reading the next book, which should be arriving tomorrow. (I’m not stalking the tracking page or anything…)

 

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are all enjoying (or at least trying to) the start of the week. I find myself in a particularly good mood today. When I got up and took Beaker outside this morning I noted how much cooler the weather was. It’s not cold by any means yet, but the mornings don’t feel super sticky and heavy with humidity either. You know what that means? Fall is coming! 😀 This morning my boyfriend’s daughter and all the other little children headed back to school. Maybe her excitement over the first day of school rubbed off on me. Or maybe it’s because now that the kids are back to school it will finally be quiet at my favorite bookstore again, which is where I typically spend my lunch breaks. (I’m going to say it’s probably the latter option.)

What I’m Currently Reading: 

This weekend, while I was on my hot and heavy bookstore date, I started reading Wendy Darling: Seas by Colleen Oakes.  I’m already halfway done with it and have ordered the final book in the trilogy.

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What are you currently reading?