Seeing the light

He ate and drank the precious Words-

His Spirit grew robust-

He knew no more that he was poor,

Nor that his frame was Dust –

He danced along the dingy Days

And this Bequest of Wings

Was but a Book – What Liberty

A loosened Spirit brings

-Emily Dickinson

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The ebb and flow of life

This past year has been a really hard one for me and my family. Along with personal family stuff happening, I also went to school for the first time, my husband’s shift changed so we see him a lot less than we used to, and now there’s two very active children residing under our roof instead of a toddler and a baby. Because of this, I’ve found it hard to meet my self imposed deadlines or keep up with a few things, including this blog.

I love this blog, really I do. But lately I’ve been finding my eyes straying more towards everything else that is happening in my life and unfortunately, something has to give. So I’m taking a step back for a few months to see how and where my priorities lie.  I have my domain name paid for until next May, so that’s my internal deadline for this internet baby of mine. My hope is that we are able to find a much better school/work/life balance than we’ve maintained this past year, but it’s unlikely to happen soon, and definitely not once the fall semester starts because my course load has doubled from last semester. I’ll leave this page up and possibly update it every now and then, but for now…this is “See you later.”

I’ll miss you guys but I want to do what’s best for my family and myself.

Happy Reading!

Angie

Cover Reveal for The Exercise of Vital Powers

I’m really excited to be a part of this reveal team! Exercise of Vital Powers was one of my favorite reads last year, and it really surprised me with how much I enjoyed it. You can see my review here. The book is character driven with a great, complex world that makes you really want to dive in. The cover before wasn’t bad; however, wait until you see the new cover!

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Houston, I’m seeing double…triple?: Frequently Used Words In YA Titles

Genres are what they are for a reason: they appeal to certain demographics and sell books. Young Adult, New Adult (I know this isn’t an official genre yet but dang it, it needs to be), Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance…the list could go on and on.

A lot of the genres fall victim to deja vu titles…where you scratch your head and wonder if you’ve read that book before or not.  Continue reading

Ready Player One: Book vs Movie Review

“If I was feeling depressed or frustrated about my lot in life, all I had to do was tap the Player One button, and my worries would instantly slip away as my mind focused itself on the relentless pixelated onslaught on the screen in front of me. There, inside the game’s two-dimensional universe, life was simple: It’s just you against the machine. Move with your left hand, shoot with your right, and try to stay alive as long as possible.”
― Ernest ClineReady Player One

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The Alienist: Book VS TV Series Review

“We are not obligated to provide everyone who comes to this country with a good life,” Morgan went on. “We are obligated to provide them with a chance to attain that life, through discipline and hard work. That chance is more than they have anywhere else. That is why they keep coming.”
― Caleb CarrThe Alienist

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My Spring (and probably Summer) TBR

As of now, I’ve just wrapped up Ever and The Hate U Give (which BLEW. MY. MIND.) and I’m now starting on my next book. Every single book on my Spring TBR is physically sitting on my bookshelf staring me in the face every single day and I’ve decided I need to remedy that.

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Wrinkle in Time Book to Movie Comparison and Review

“Meg, I give you your faults.”

“My faults!” Meg cried.

“Your faults.”

“But I’m always trying to get rid of my faults!”

“Yes,” Mrs. Whatsit said. “However, I think you’ll find they’ll come in very handy on Camazotz.”

A Wrinkle in Time

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Books that surprised me (either pleasantly or otherwise)

Hey guys! Sorry I missed last week’s top ten. It was finals week for my A Block classes so I did nothing but study (and pick up my new flooring). I did go see Wrinkle in Time and it was great! I know I said I’d have that review this past weekend, but I was installing above stated flooring into the bedrooms of our house and completely lost track of time. I’m working on it now and it should be up either tonight or tomorrow morning.

I’ve branched out of my normal genre a lot lately and with that comes surprises. Good ones and bad ones but that’s part of reader growth, right? Let’s talk about them.

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My “blankie” books AKA Books I could reread forever

Last Tuesday I briefly mentioned that I have books that I return to again and again like a child who has a favorite blankie or stuffed animal growing up. For me, I have books that I will also return to and never tire of. I covered most of these in one of my very first posts here.

For someone who loves to explore new places and read new books, I’m a creature of habit when I’m overwhelmed or mentally exhausted. I retreat into myself and into the books that grew me as a reader.

This Top Ten Tuesday covers those much beloved books, the superstars of my bookcase.

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