Book Review: Night Study by Maria V. Snyder

Night Study CoverBook: Night Study by Maria V. Snyder, Narrated by Gabra Zackman

Published January 2016 by Harlequin|Length: 11 hours, 33 minutes

Where I Got It: I got the audio book from audible.com

Series: Soulfinders #2

Genre: Adult Fantasy

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Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.

Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he’s quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he’s been keeping secrets from Valek…secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander’s mysterious plans, they realize it’s far more sinister that they could have ever imagined.

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I really liked Shadow Study.  Even though I really like this series so far, I’m finding that I don’t like it as much as her Study series (which I want to re-read now, because it’s been a while, but that’s besides the point).

There’s a lot going on, and a lot of things are happening that I never expected.  Like, we get to spend a lot of time with Valek, and we learn so much about him…I’m not sure why I was surprised by one particular revelation, but yet, I didn’t expect it or how it came about.  Part of me wondered if maybe it has to do with the loss of Yelena’s magic, and why she lost it.  I still want to know more about what’s going on with her magic, since it’s definitely different…and it may or may not have to do with some stuff going on.  Yelena without magic is just weird, but you also get to see her adapt to life without it, and how much she really relied on it.  And you don’t realize how much her magic is needed until we need her to use it.

I can’t wait to see how the new characters fit in and how they change things, because I’m sure that will happen.  The changing things, I mean, not the fitting in thing, though I’m sure we’ll see that in the next book.

Speaking of the next book, I need to know what happens!  Will Sitia and Ixia go to war, or can they stop it? There are so many things that I never saw coming, and I’m really curious as to how it will all work out.  If you look up one more chapter in the dictionary, I swear you will see this book next to it, because every chapter ended on a cliffhanger, but it wasn’t annoying because I wanted to keep going.

And everything with Fisk and the Helper’s Guild…I liked getting more with them, and now I want more with them. Maybe, one day, there will be a book focused on Fisk, because he really is an interesting character.

Reviewing this book while not giving anything away is a lot harder then I thought!  Just believe me when I say that there’s a lot at stake, and I’m mostly looking forward to (but also dreading a little) the last book.

And since I listened to the audio book, we can’t forget about Gabra Zackman as the narrator.  She’s done such a great job narrating this series (and the Study series as well), and I can’t picture anyone else narrating these books.  Which reminds me, I really should take a look at what else she’s narrated…

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4 stars.  I really liked Night Study!  I don’t know how Snyder is going to tie everything together, but Night Study has me wanting to know what’s going to happen next!

Book Review: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda CoverBook: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Published April 2015 by Balzar + Bray|303 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the hardcover from the library

Series: None

Genre: YA Contemporary

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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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I liked Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda!  It was cute, fun, funny, and there was a lot of heart to this book.

I really liked Simon, and I liked watching him and Blue fall in love even more.  I loved seeing their emails back and forth, and when they met in person…I was so happy that they finally got to meet each other.  Their romance is definitely cute, and it’s a good cute.  I really do think it’s because they’re emailing each other, and you get to see it unfold.

It just made me happy to see Simon surrounded by people who support him.  I really liked his relationships with his friends and his family, and yes, there are people who aren’t so supportive, and seem to be generally stupid, it was also nice to see that people have his back, and won’t put up with homophobia.  It’s (overall) a happy book, and I liked reading something so happy.

I will say, Martin…not a good guy.  Especially with how he blackmailed Simon.  And that other thing he did?  Not cool.  Not cool at all.  You don’t do what he did…it really wasn’t for him to tell, just because he didn’t get the girl. He really did take something away from Simon.  I get why Martin did what he did, and he did seem to feel bad about it, in the end, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it one bit.

And while I’m not a big quote person, I loved this quote a lot.

“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.”

And also this one:

“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.”

It really got me thinking (for a few minutes) about how there are defaults, especially with sexuality, and how there’s a certain default until proven otherwise.  Those two quotes are part of why I like Simon so much.  And he references Harry Potter a lot, which was also pretty awesome.  It’s just cute and funny, and that’s really all I have to say.

Actually, I really like the title.  It makes a lot more sense after reading the book, and when it clicked, I actually liked the title a lot more.  I’m not a big fan of the cover, but it fits with the book pretty well, and honestly, I’m not sure what would make a better cover.

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4 stars.  I didn’t like the whole thing with Martin (hence 4 stars, instead of 5), but overall, Simon is a great book for everyone who likes cute, sweet, light books.

Book Review: Rogue by Julie Kagawa

Rogue CoverBook: Rogue by Julie Kagawa

Published April 2015 by Harlequin Teen|457 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the hardcover from the library

Series: Talon #2

Genre: YA Paranormal/Dragons

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From the limitless imagination of bestselling author Julie Kagawa comes the next fantastic adventure in the Talon Saga.

Deserter. Traitor. Rogue.

Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can’t forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he’d signed his own death warrant.

Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order’s headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember’s own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George.

A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?

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I randomly picked up Talon when I was at the library, being really about what happened in this book.  I thought the first book in the series, Talon, was okay, and definitely my least favorite Julie Kagawa book, but she’s one of my favorite authors, and I knew I wanted to read this one.  Surprisingly, I liked it a lot more than I thought I would, and it makes me want to re-read the first book to see if maybe I just read it at the wrong time.

We pick up a while after where we left off in Talon, and there’s a lot going on in this book!  Like, we learn more about Cobalt, and why he left Talon, which I really liked, because I felt like he was really mysterious, and his chapters reveal a lot more about him than I expected.  I also liked his chapters (and Dante’s to an extent) because they show the lengths Talon will go to in order to eliminate those who aren’t with the program.

And everything with Ember’s brother hunting her down!  It’s not that surprising, and I totally get why Talon would want to test his loyalty.  Ember is important to him, but he’s in too deep with Talon, and I don’t think anything will change that.  Even though I want him to change his mind so badly!

I think what I liked the most was how Garret realized that not all dragons were bad, and that St. George really wasn’t everything it was cracked up to be.  And while it was never outright said, somehow I got the impression that there’s something either Talon and/or St. George is hiding.  Maybe it’s because we see Garret change, and I want someone to be hiding something, but I feel like there’s more going on than what we see in the book. There’s something about this book that’s very big picture.

Maybe it’s because we see different narrators- it worked really well in this book, and you see how big this world really is.  That might be why it seems like there’s something else going on with St. George and Talon.  You really do see a little bit of everything in this book!

We also have a love triangle, and I quite like this one!  Yes, Garret and Cobalt represent two different sides of Ember, and she is torn between balancing human and dragon, but you see how torn she is and how hard of a choice it is for her. It’s not clear who she would pick and in a weird way, I’m rooting for both.  It’s not the main focus of the book, since there’s so much going on, but it’s still a pretty important part of the book.

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4 stars.  I didn’t love it, but it was everything I wanted Talon to be.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookworm Delights

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke And The Bookish.  Every week, bloggers share their own bookish top ten lists based on the topic of the week.  You can check out Ten Tuesdays here.

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Top Ten Bookworm Delights

There are so many bookish things that make me happy, and here are ten things that make me happy!

  1. Walking into a bookstore.  This is one of my favorite things in the entire world, and it makes me really happy!
  2. Reading in bed with some coffee and snacks and Netflix in the background.  Especially if it’s raining, which isn’t often, and even more if it’s raining and I’m home.  For some reason, rain almost always seems to happen when I’m at work, and it just makes me want to go home and crawl into bed and read.
  3. When I find a new favorite book.  I’m sure this will be really popular, but I just love it when I read a book that’s my new favorite.
  4. All of the book-related stuff on Etsy.  There are way too many things for me to actually mention here, but I want all of the cool bookish things on Etsy.
  5. When I actually read a book that’s been on my TBR for the longest time.  It feels like such an accomplishment when I read something that I’ve wanted to read for a long time.
  6. Finding out when a favorite author has a new book coming out.  It makes me really excited to find out when I get to read a new book by one of my favorite authors.
  7. When the bookish community does something awesome, like donating books to students in a particular area because it was banned from a school or when people donated money to keep the library in Ferguson open.  I love hearing stories like that!
  8. Movie adaptations!  I love seeing how books end up on the big screen.
  9. When the cover or title of a book is mentioned in the book!  It’s just fun when it comes up in the book.
  10. When authors include playlists at the end of their books.  I just love seeing what music they listened to while writing the book.

Book Review: Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

Life After Theft CoverBook: Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

Published April 2013 by HarperCollins|226 pages

Where I Got It: I own the e-book

Series: Life After Theft #1

Genre: YA Paranormal/Ghosts

Blog Graphic-What It's AboutAprilynne Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Wings series, shines in this stand-alone novel that offers a humorous twist on ghosts and is perfect for fans of Ally Carter, Rachel Hawkins, and Kiersten White.

Kimberlee Schaffer may be drop-dead gorgeous…but she also dropped dead last year. Now she needs Jeff’s help with her unfinished business, and she’s not taking no for an answer. When she was alive, Kimberlee wasn’t just a mean girl; she was also a complete kleptomaniac. So if Jeff wants to avoid being haunted until graduation, he’ll have to help her return all of the stolen items. But Jeff soon discovers that it’s much easier to steal something than it is to bring it back.

Paying for your mistakes takes on a whole new meaning in this hauntingly clever twist on The Scarlet Pimpernel.

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I’ve been a huge fan of Aprilynne Pike ever since I read her Wings series, and I knew it was finally time to pick up Life After Theft!

I liked it, and Kimberlee is definitely sarcastic, which I thought added some really interesting but funny moments between her and Jeff.  I really liked Jeff, and Kimberlee was pretty unlikeable, especially in contrast to Sera. Especially once we start learning more about Kimberlee when she was alive, and that made me like her even less. I didn’t mind not liking her, though, with Sera, we see how much Sera tried to change, while Kimberlee seemed to be stuck and unable to move past anything…not just in death, but in life too.  Kimberlee is pretty selfish, and I think she does start to realize how wrong her past actions were, but it was a little too late.

Jeff really was the perfect person to see Kimberlee, though.  He’s new in town, and he doesn’t know Kimberlee, and he’s such a good guy that he was willing to help return all of the stuff she stole.  It is interesting that he’s the only one who would see her, and it does sort of make me wonder why he could see her when no one else could.  Him being new probably has a lot to do with, but now that I think about it, I wonder if there are other reasons for it was him, and no one else.

I also kind of wish we saw more of Kimberlee’s perspective.  I’m not the biggest fan of dual narration, but I think it could have worked really well in this book.  Still, even though Kimberlee was a character I didn’t like, and even though she did some pretty horrible things, she was still an interesting character, and maybe seeing at least a chapter or two from her perspective would have changed how I saw her.  Or maybe not, but either way, I wouldn’t have minded that at all.

As a re-telling of The Scarlet Pimpernel…I’ve never read it, and I have no idea what it’s about, but I have heard of it. So, I don’t know if that’s why I liked it, and didn’t love it, and if it would have made a difference in how I felt about the characters, or if I still would have felt the same way about the book.  And I obviously can’t speak to how it is as a re-telling.

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3 stars.  I liked it, especially the characters and how witty some of them were.

Book Review: The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro And Chuck Hogan

The Strain CoverBook: The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan

Published June 2009 by HarperCollins|373 pages

Where I Got It: I own the e-book

Series: The Strain #1

Genre: Adult Apocalyptic/Thriller/Vampires

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A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing.

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city – a city that includes his wife and son – before it is too late.

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I’ve wanted to read The Strain for a while, and finally picked it up a few weeks ago.  It was a pretty interesting book, and I liked the idea of the book a lot.  Vampires by way of a virus isn’t a new idea (Julie Kagawa’s Blood Of Eden trilogy comes to mind), but I liked seeing it as it happened and as the CDC tries to figure out what’s going on.

I did like The Strain, and I know at one point, it was a t.v. show- I have no idea if it’s still airing, but either way, the entire time I was reading it, I kept thinking about how it would be a great t.v. show.  It really was written like it was meant to be on t.v., and I’m not sure if it’s because the book was written with the intention of eventually being adapted for t.v., or if it’s something that, because of what it’s about, would be great to watch.

It was hard to put down, though, and I found I really liked Abraham Setrakian.  The other characters…not so much, but since it’s been a few weeks since I’ve read the book, Abraham is the only character I actually remember.  I think I vaguely remember a nanny from Haiti, and I vaguely remember her being really interesting, and wanting to know more about her story, but other than that, I couldn’t tell you about any of the other characters if my life depended on it.

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3 stars.  I did like The Strain, and it was definitely a page-turner that would be really interesting to watch. Most of the characters didn’t stick with me, but I did like the premise of the book, and the vampires were definitely horrible and creepy.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke And The Bookish.  Every week, bloggers share their own bookish top ten lists based on the topic of the week.  You can check out Ten Tuesdays here.

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Top Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh

I really like it when books make me laugh!  (I also like books that make me cry, but this is not that post).  Here are 10 books that made me laugh- or at least giggle, just a little!

  1. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.  This book is hysterically funny- I LOVED the audio book, and it works so well as an audio book.
  2. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.  Evie is fun, and she definitely made me laugh more than a few times.
  3. Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine.  I definitely laughed quite a few times, usually whenever Myrnin popped up.
  4. Basically anything by Gail Carriger.  Her books make me laugh.  Alexia is really funny, and I couldn’t help but laugh at a lot of her lines.
  5. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.  There are a lot of funny moments, and Sophie is pretty sarcastic, which I love.
  6. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton.  When I read romance, it’s usually historical romance, but this book somehow came up in a comment on a blog post (I wish I could remember which one now), and it was absolutely hysterical because Caroline was just flat-out funny.
  7. Welcome To Night Vale.  I giggled more than a few times, mostly because I could picture everything so well when I was listening to it.  And at the random references to the podcast.
  8. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.  Yes, it made me cry, but it also made me laugh!
  9. The Martian by Andy Weir.  The Martian had a lot of really funny moments, and while I was listening to it, it made my commute a lot more fun.
  10. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins.  It has the same snark/sense of humor that Hex Hall has, and it definitely made me laugh!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Every History Nerd Should Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke And The Bookish.  Every week, bloggers share their own bookish top ten lists based on the topic of the week.  You can check out Ten Tuesdays here.

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Top Ten Books Every History Nerd Should Read

I love history and non-fiction, and I had a lot of fun putting together a list of books for history nerds!  It’s definitely a random assortment of books- things you’d learn in history class, books about a specific time in history, books about the history of a particular thing, and even some historical fiction.  I definitely kept thinking of all of these books I wanted to talk about, which is why it’s so random but hopefully, there’s something that catches your interest!

Non-Fiction:

  1. And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts.  This book is about the first few years of AIDS, and as someone born after this book takes place, it was really fascinating to see AIDS in the early days of the disease.  It’s not history in the traditional history class sense, but
  2. Queen Of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore To The Revolution by Caroline Weber.  It’s a biography of Marie Antoinette in the context of fashion, and I learned a lot!
  3. The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  I LOVE this book about the history of HeLa cells. If you haven’t read it, you should, because it’s completely and totally amazing.
  4. Stiff by Mary Roach.  It’s the history of how cadavers are used, and it sounds weird (because it is, just a little) but it’s definitely worth reading!
  5. Candy Freak by Steve Almond.  You get a little bit of history in terms of candy in America (personally, it wasn’t as much as I thought), and it’s definitely skews more towards food writing than history, but still interesting.
  6. The Wives Of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser.  I feel like this one doesn’t necessarily get the attention that the ones by Alison Weir or David Starkey get, but I think it’s the one that I’d recommend to people, because it’s the most balanced and gives the best overview of his wives.

Historical Fiction:

  1. A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury.  I didn’t even know that the partition of India and Pakistan was something that actually happened until I read this book, and I think it’s a great book that history buffs will probably really like!
  2. A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier.  It’s set during the Spanish Flu, and somehow, the fact that the book is set during a flu epidemic seems to always be timely.
  3. Crow by Barbara Wright.  It’s set during riots in Wilmington in the late 1800’s, and it was something I didn’t know actually happened until I read this book.  It made me want to learn more about it!
  4. Witch Child by Celia Rees.  It’s about a witch, who escapes to America to avoid accusations of being a witch…only to be accused of being a witch.  I love the diary format, and it’s nice to see something about witches that’s not about the Salem Witch Trials.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish People You Should Follow On Social Media

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke And The Bookish.  Every week, bloggers share their own bookish top ten lists based on the topic of the week.  You can check out Ten Tuesdays here.

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Top Ten Bookish People You Should Follow On Social Media

For some reason, I don’t follow a lot of bookish things on social media, but there are some awesome things on pinterest, and some really cool people on twitter.  Here are 10 people you should check out!

Pinterest:

I’m on Pinterest a lot.  Not really in the bookish sense, but it’s awesome for crochet and food stuff!  There are still some awesome bookish things on Pinterest though.  Besides, food and reading go hand-in-hand for me, so there’s that.  You can find me pinning under wingecreature!

  • Kami Garcia.  She has tons of interesting pins, some about her books, others about writing.  You can find her here.
  • Christy Nichols, The Reader Bee.  She has awesome pins.  You can find her here.
  • I love this bookish pinterest board.
  • And also this one.
  • In general, I would recommend Book Riot (their podcasts and blog is pretty awesome) but their book fetish board on pinterest is so cool.  It makes me want all the things.

Twitter:

I’m not on twitter much- it’s mostly links to blog posts, and I randomly tweet during Walking Dead and Once Upon A Time…I guess I’m more of a follower but I do like seeing what other people are tweeting!  You can find me @wingedcreature!

Currently Obsessed With: March 2016

Currently Obsessed With is a once-a-month feature where I talk about my favorite things from the last month!

Currently Obsessed With

It’s hard to believe that it’s April already!  Seriously, it feels like this year is going by so fast!

Crochet:

It’s blanket-mania!  I have three different blankets going on right now that are in various stages of completion- one is for me, and it’s getting pretty big.  Big as in keeping me warm when I’m working on it big, and I’m on the fourth color I had planned for it.  I have some yellow and blue (a darker shade of blue than the other shade of blue I used earlier in the blanket) that I’m going to add, once I’m done with the green.  I think it’s getting to the point where I might need at least 2 skeins for any new colors, because as it gets bigger, each color change is fewer rows, but it could look interesting.  I’m probably going to need at least 2 or 3 skeins for the border, because I definitely want a border!  I have so many options to pick from, especially with the crochet border book I just got.

I’ve been looking at crochet patterns recently, because I’m going up to Oregon for a cousin’s wedding next month, and I’m going to need something to do in the car ride up and back, so I have a bunch of patterns bookmarked.  At some point I’m going to print them, and try to figure out what matches up with the yarn I have…or maybe I should try to find patterns according to what I have in my stash.  At any rate, I will be looking at my yarn stash and patterns, and pick 2 or 3 to work on, because that is going to be one long car ride.

Books:

I got a few books this month!  From audible, I just got Skylark by Meagan Spooner, which I’ve wanted to read for a while, so I might listen once I’m done listening to Night Study.

I also bought The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, which I read last year and liked, and when I was randomly browsing the 2.99 and under section in the Nook store, I knew I had to get it!  That’s how I ended up buying Among The Janeites by Deborah Yaffe, which looks like a pretty interesting book about the Jane Austen fandom.

And in print, I bought Catherine Of Aragon: The Spanish Queen Of Henry VIII by Giles Tremelett.  I have some stuff about Anne Boleyn, but not Catherine Of Aragon, so I figured this would fit in nicely with my Tudor England non-fiction stuff.

And I also got Around The Corner: Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman, which is definitely a crochet book I need right now, what with the blanket frenzy I seem to be in.  There are a ton of borders, and there’s a pretty decent variety of them (with 150, it’s to be expected), so I’ll definitely have a lot to pick from!

I definitely have a ton of books on my Nook I can read (but knowing me, I’ll probably bring one or two print books too), because there is no way I’m spending that much time crocheting..my hands will start to hurt, so reading breaks are definitely in order!

T.V./Movies:

I’ve been re-watching Grey’s Anatomy, and I’m pretty much at the part where they’ve taken their boards, which means I’m at the plane crash part of the series.  I’m also behind on some stuff, so I’ve slowly been catching up on stuff this weekend.

I haven’t seen Allegiant yet but maybe next weekend I’ll see it.  I also anxiously awaiting Captain America: Civil War, and how it’ll tie into Agents Of Shield.  I don’t even know what else is playing right now.  We shall see though.

Around The Internet:

Some Diversity Stuff: We Need Diverse Books has an interesting list of stereotypes & tropes navigation, CBC Diversity has an interesting post on not identifying with characters, and Publishing Perspectives has an interesting article on diversity in YA.

I’m really intrigued by this tea and book subscription box.  I’m a fan of tea, and I like it, but I’m an even bigger fan of coffee, and I’m curious if there’s a coffee and book subscription box out there.

I made chicken broth in the crock-pot this weekend, and it was super easy!  I froze it to use it later, but considering how much I use it (and the fact that the grocery store has had some really good sales on chicken lately, resulting in having a bunch of chicken in the freezer), it’s probably a good idea to save the bones and make my own.

I pinned this chili cheese tater tot casserole to my Food I Love board a few weeks ago, but it looks really good!

And I like the idea of pre-made oatmeal packets.  It’s probably a lot cheaper than buying the boxes!

Periods In YA:  Why did I not think about it until I read this blog post?  I’m sure there are reasons for it (like why we don’t see characters go to the bathroom or take a shower), but still.  How is it not even mentioned in passing?

I just really, really like this blog post about New Adult.  I don’t read a lot of it, but I really want to!  From what I have read, though, I do agree with a lot of her points!

And I don’t have anything specific pinned for this (unfortunately) but I know I’ve seen a couple of blog posts about changing ratings of books after they’ve been rated months earlier that were really interesting.

Music:

I honestly have nothing.  Not even a podcast recommendation!  So I will leave it at that, and I hope you have a wonderful Monday!