Sunday, February 22, 2015

High Five (Mini Challenge #5)

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 This challenge is all about what's making us bookishly happy these days!  Originally it was supposed to be broken into 5 categories - books, genres, authors, bloggers, and bookish merch...but I was having a hard time coming up with 5 of each. (And then I realized she probably meant 1 of each, but I didn't feel like redoing everything).  So here are 5 generally bookish/bloggy things that are making me happy!



106265941. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater - Shannon recommended the audiobook version of this, and I absolutely fell in love.  If you're a fan of Stiefvater, love audiobooks, or are looking to try an audiobook I definitely recommend this one.

2. Everyone who's been commenting on the blog (or returning comments).  Seriously, there's been a comment on almost every post I've written in 2015, and it's totally making my whole year awesome!  Shannon, Stephanie, LaLa, Kirstie, and Wattle get uber brownie points since ya'll comment like every post!  This is the whole reason I got into blogging in the first place, so it's been pretty much amazing that I get to chat with bookish friends regularly!



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 3. Lindsey did an awesome Daughter of the Forest readalong. It was my first readalong ever, and it was super laid back and a lot of fun.  She did a really fantastic wrap up post on the whole thing too!

4. LaLa has a really fun meme called Tell Me Tuesday where you basically just talk about whatever bookish thing is going on in your life, and I've just started joining in.  It's a lot of fun and you should totally do it too!






5. I'm actually in the process of getting this engraved lengthwise down the back of a wooden phone case:


Want to customize one of your own? Here's where I got it done!


17 comments:

  1. I think I just died when I saw what you're getting engraved on your phone case. I'm rereading Heir of Fire and ITS SO GOOD. I love meeting fellow ToG lovers :)

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  2. I LOVE THE QUOTE YOU PICKED OUT FOR YOUR PHONE CASE. Anything Throne of Glass related gets an all caps from me! I love that series so damn much and will book push it until forever ;)

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  3. I'm actually kind of amazed the ToG series hasn't hit mainstream, because it feels like ALL the book bloggers love it...so...world why are you so behind on this?!

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  4. I'm SO EXCITED about this phone case! I'm sitting on tenterhooks waiting to get it haha! And I know right? Why isn't the whole world freaking out about this series yet!!

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  5. I love commenting on your blog posts! It was amazing finding someone with quirky reading tastes who would introduce me to so many "off the beaten path" authors (and have). It is also wonderful to be able to talk about some of the books we have in common that are usually not mentioned on other book blogs. And, the stellar non-bookish articles and videos you find while surfing the net are favorites of mine, too. I have not gotten to the ToG books, yet, but I have the two starter books waiting on my Kindle. After reading The Raven Boys I am a Maggie the Magnificent staunch supporter, so I must experience The Scorpio Races!

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  6. So true! Give it a couple more years OR until the movie is made. Although, I would love to see this as a badass TV series - but done really well. Like HBO quality, minus all the nudity. Unless it was Chaol. Then I would be interested. ;)

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  7. Yaaassss. Everyone must read and love The Scorpio Races!! And I love her Day in the Life posts too. :D

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  8. Lol!! Yeah with a series as long as it's setting out to be - it definitely needs to be a TV show. I guess it did take GoT like 20 years to become mainstream so....there's hope? (And YUM to Chaol! But who to cast...)

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  9. The same definitely goes for you! It's funny because a lot of the books you read are on the fringes of the sort of books I read so I don't hear about them really, unless they're from you (hey btw I can't remember if I found out or not - did you end up liking that ARC you had been asking about?)


    And yes!!! I give everyone the disclaimer that the first book is really good...but don't expect to understand the rabid fangirling that goes on just from the first book. So you think you're going to start with the novellas? That actually might be better - I don't know anyone who's done that so you'll have to tell me what you think!



    And yes, I'm pretty sure The Scorpio Races is like Shannon's favourite book ever hahaha! I really recommend the audiobook - I know a lot of people thought the dual POV's in the book sounded too similar, which totally wasn't a problem for me, what with the dual narration and all.

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  10. I have not read that ARC yet, but I did download it from Netgalley. The books don't go away when they archive if they are on a Kindle, so I still have it. I don't feel guilty about Read Nows not getting read before their pub dates because I didn't actually request them, and I do get to them eventually and review them. I have the ToG novella compilation. Some people have told me to read it first and some said to read it second. I think one person even told me to read it after the second book. Ha! I am, however, planning on reading it first. I will let you know how that goes. The Scorpio Races will probably be the only thing I read of Maggie's besides the Raven Cycle books for now, because I don't do YA vamps (Adult Fiction vamps, yes) and I don't do werewolves, period.

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  11. I was so happy to discover that hahah - or my Netgalley score would have been irredeemable. Thanks to my SUPER late reviews, (and that Kindle's don't delete books) I'm almost up to 80% now!

    I still stand by the statement that you might like The Coldest Girl in Coldtown....but Anne Rice is also definitely not my thing SO take that statement with more than just a pinch of salt haha. I have a feeling I wouldn't like Maggie's other books - her Fae series is...well, to put it bluntly...a bit awful. So I have a feeling the werewolf ones might tend more towards the Fae books, but we'll see. I'm a convert now, so I'm willing to give them a go haha!

    Do you do shapeshifters at all? I know you don't do werewolves, but you might like Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. She's got a shapeshifter series (the first book are hawk and snake shifters) that read like fantasy novels rather than paranormal ones, and you might like those.

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  12. Well, I will never say never because I don't like gods and godesses, but Lori M. Lee tricked me into liking them by dropoing them on my head about half way through her first book. I still don't think werewolves have a chance, or shape shifters, but you never know.

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  13. I loved The Scorpio Races. The story is so mythic and beautifully written. I am alwayss a fan of Juliet Marillier's work. I really need to catch up on the ToG series - I've read up to Crown of Midnight and need to start Heir of Fire.

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  14. It really is! And I'm so glad I listened to it - it's even more beautiful hearing Maggie's words read out loud. And yay for Marillier fans!! And thank GOD there's only another 6 months until her next book in the series comes out! You won't have to wait too long between reads :)

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