Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tell Me Tuesday #6 - In which Elizabeth realizes she hasn't read a single new YA novel in the past couple weeks

Things have been very exciting for me book wise lately!  Which is great since I'd been in somewhat of an exhausted slump before.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search, Part 1 (The Search, #1)Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search, Part 2  (The Search, #2)Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search, Part 3  (The Search, #3)

My friend lent me these books, and they are everything I wanted after the AtLA finale.  Namely, lots of Zuko and getting answers on what on EARTH happened to his mom!!  Aang looks a little different than in the show, and it bothers me that I can't exactly pinpoint what that difference is (his head shape? Is he older looking? But what about him makes him look older exactly?).  But really I was quite satisfied with how these books turned out!

The kids have also introduced me to a new series that I totally would have dismissed offhand otherwise:  
The Hidden World of FairiesBeck and the Great Berry Battle (Tales of Pixie Hollow, #3) 

The kids have both built their own "libraries" and have practically been BEGGING anyone and everyone to check books out from them haha!  It's super adorable actually, and at their recommendations I checked out these (they thought it would pair well.  Oh these kids. So cute!!) and you know...it really is a fun series.  The first book is more of a...well if fairies were nonfiction haha.  It's done as Wendy's diary and is more about cataloguing the different types of fairies.  The series itself is surprisingly delightful.  Iridessa, Lost at Sea was actually my first of the series (it was a reading-during-dinner pick) and remains my favourite.  It's got a diverse set of fairies - both temperamentally, in skills, and racially.  

Speaking of new favourites...

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers, #1)Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover (The Rules of Scoundrels, #4)

Oh my god.  I LOVE THIS AUTHOR!!!  I read Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake and immediately checked out what was the only available ebook by Sarah MacLean.  NRtBWRaR is still my reigning favourite (and honestly it was so good I'm not sure that's going to be changed, even by another of Sarah MacLean's books) but Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover was phenomenal as well.  I do wish I hadn't read it first - I have a feeling there was a HUGE reveal that I of course now know for the previous three books haha.  But god - the women here (AND men) are extremely feminist and Sarah MacLean has a fresh way of making that work in a historical setting - particularly in the latter book.  They were fun, thrilling, totally swoony (which I actually don't feel for most romantic men), and of course there were good sexy times to be had.  If you like historical romance novels at all or if you are willing to try a romance novel, I'd definitely recommend these as a great starting place!



I'm reading a nonfiction book!!

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail 

Well ok, a memoir, but it's been very well researched and is as much about the AT itself as it is about the author's trip.  A gym member loaned it to me and I've finally gotten to it.  He's right - I really am enjoying it both because Bryson is both informative (and clearly did loads of research) and because it's hilarious.  Also because Bryson is an insane person and started this trek without having any experience with hiking.  Which...guys the AT is like....a BIG deal.  In any case I have been thoroughly enjoying it so far and I'm proud because I have this vague sense that I've already read my one nonfiction (my standards of nonfiction are a bit looser than others.  Memoirs totally count!!) book this year. And even if I haven't...I'm happily and willingly reading a nonfiction book!

I'm also waffling between picking up the next book in the Dresden Files (book 5 for me I'm pretty sure), I've checked out Gail Carriger's second book in the Parasol Protectorate, and I gave the 8 year old my copies of Anne of Green Gables since I've got them on ebook, I'm trying to only have hardbacks now since most of my paperbacks are barely hanging on now, and I'm missing books 3 and 5 as it is anyway.  He's really enjoying the first book so far and it's making me want to reread the series (plus I have them on VHS!  Oh Gilbert, be still my heart!)  OR there's this book an author sent me MONTHS ago that I've been meaning to read and review and keeping forgetting to do.  Yeah that'll probably be bumped to the top.  So that's what I've been reading, and what I will be reading - what have you guys been up to?


  1. Avatar <3 I haven't read the graphic novels. Perhaps, someday. My friend really loved Nine Rules To Break When Romancing a Rake but my library only has her series about a different kind of Rogue. Maybe I'll find a copy next time I drop into an actual book store =). My current reading pace is quite slow at the moment, ha. Just catching up on ARC & library reviews too.

  2. Your kids sound awesome. I love that they have libraries. So cute. There is another Disney fairy series that looked pretty cute. It's called The Never Girls. K and I also just read a book from the series, Shark School, that was fun. Lots of ocean related puns. And we're finishing up a book in the series Greetings from Somewhere, which is also kind of fun. :)

  3. They're quite good, I definitely recommend them! And I read the last book in her rogue series and I really, really liked it (I think it has the more interesting premise actually) even if I didn't love it as much as Nine Rules. I definitely recommend grab one! (One day I WILL be caught up on reviews!)

  4. I worshipped the Dresden Files series on The Syfy Channel. I was so unhappy when they dropped it. I didn't realize there were books until one of Sebastian's friends was talking about them a couple of years later. More books to add to the pile. Lol. A college buddy of mine's father hiked the Appalachian Trail, TWICE! The second time he hiked most of it after he was declared legally blind. I think his second wife helped him hike it. I loooooove that the kids started lending libraries! Thanks for TMTing. :)

  5. Yeeeessss that's it!! You're a genius! And I miss AtLA/LoK so much *sobs*. I WANT MORE! (Thank god for graphic novels, I will totally be picking up the rest of these when I can.)

    I'd definitely recommend Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover for you then - it's got a really interesting premise that I think you'll like. I'd also add Courtney Milan to your list as someone who writes feminist historical fiction. Wow I'm really becoming quite the historical romance conneissur haha!

  6. I know right? I'll have to look into The Never Girls and the boys would LOVE Shark School (ocean related puns? There is nothing more they'd like haha). Yay all the books to check out :)

  7. I really need to watch it! I know it doesn't finish, but I know I have the book series to fall back on so I'm sure I'll survive it. I completely forgot about the TV show actually, I've never watched it because I knew it didn't finish (and for some reason hadn't made the connection between the tv show and the book series, which admittedly I hadn't read yet).

    Hooooolyyyyy crap that's so impressive!! That's seriously a really intense and really, really, REALLY long hike...like it usually takes a few months I think. God that's amazing!

    (And I know, they're so cute right? The older kid is also suddenly on a museum kick and I don't think my legs are going to recover from this week now haha)

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