Happy International Women’s Day!

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Happy International Women’s Day!

I realized that the majority of my shelves are filled with female authors 🙂 Who are some of your favorite female authors?

(Not pictured: Amy Poehler’s book, which I read her narration of, and Frankenstein which I forgot! Boo.)

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Liebster Award Nomination!

I was nominated by bodaciousbookbabe, thank you so much for nominating my blog!

Before I start I wanted to say that since posting my piece on Respect as a Blogger on Twitter I had over 500 views in the past two days alone from all different countries. Including places like Kenya, Germany, UK, Russia, US, Australia and more. This has been awesome. Thanks guys. I hope you enjoy!

The Rules:

Link and thank the blogger that nominated you

Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you

Tag other bloggers who have 200 followers or less

Ask the 11 nominated bloggers 11 questions and tell them you’ve nominated them

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1. What was the last book that made you cry?

Night by Eli Wiesel.

2. What is a really underrated book that you would love to see on the big screen? Why?

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier is an absolutely beautiful YA fantasy-fairytale that is very well-written and would look so cool on the big screen.

3. What is something in a book that has to be well-done for you to like it? (For me, it’s characterization.) Is it plot, setting, characters, etc?

Definitely definitely characters. As you’ve seen on my blog nothing pisses me off more than weak characters. A mark of a strong writer, for me, is well developed characters. They don’t have to be lovable, but they have to seem real. Plot takes a back seat for me.

4. Is there a book that you consider your guilty pleasure? If so, why?

TWILIGHT! ahahahahah. So, me trying to be a hipster kid I refused to read Twilight and made fun of it with everyone else. (I did the same with Harry Potter until I saw the first movie and saw how awesome it was. I know, it’s bad). Then, one summer I watched every single Twilight movie and I loved it. I then bought the book set. I can still hold on to my hipster mentality by legitimately loving vampires “before they were cool”. Have you ever read Carmilla? Lesbian-vampire story written in the 1800s? Yes.
To wrap this up, I know it isn’t well written but it’s captivating. And I fell in love with Alice and Carlisle. I also totally love that Stephanie Meyer wasn’t a writer, had little to no experience, had to write while raising kids, and made herself a sensation. It’s a true American Dream and I love that.

5. What is your favorite book setting? (Stuff like this -> Fantasy AU, Boarding School, Hollywood, New York, Foreign Countries, etc.)

I read more fantasy when I was younger and I loved it but I haven’t read much lately. If anyone has any suggestions please tell me! But, I love old school vampire stories and medieval times. For the most part I just read contemporary fiction set in America. I absolutely love a book that captures the spirit of some section of America. Each region has so much personality. For example New Orleans in A Streetcar Named Desire, 1920s NYC in Gatsby, and LA in Janet Fitch’s Paint it Black. 

6. What is a book that you want to read purely for the cover?

Poisoned Apples: Poems for you, my Pretty by Christine Hepperman.

7. Is there a book that you’ve tried to read innumerable times but have never been able to finish? What is it?

The Invisible Man. It’s such a classic and my professor told me it’s his favorite book but I just can’t get into it.

8. What is your OTP (One True Pairing)?

Sadly, no one from Harry Potter. Maybe because I don’t see it as a romance story. I like Alice and Jasper from Twilight.

9. Why and when did you start your book blog?

I started in August. I had just finished publishing school and I’m really into  the book industry. Of course, I love books. I was also an English and writing major in undergrad so it all just came together.

 10. If you estimate, what is most books you’ve ever checked out from your library?

I never took out many at a time. But, when I was a kid we lived right next to the library and I used to walk there all the time. I loved it.

11. What is your favorite type of post to write for your blog?

I like doing reviews. I read online that a successful book-reviewing blog has at least one review a week but it’s so hard to keep up with that! Especially with work and everything. But, I enjoy it. Also don’t be surprised if I slow down a bit this month. My goal for my last semester at college was to re-read HP and I only got through 5 so I just started reading 6. And no one needs a Harry Potter review haha.

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My Questions:

Answer the ones above 🙂 I made a mistake and did that but I think it works out.

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People I’m Tagging: ( I had a lot of trouble finding any people I am following under 200 so I did 500 or less)

writingandrewriting

wrappedupinbooks

fallingdownthebookhole

ChrissiReads

Books for Thought

The Glass House

The Quirky Reader

 

Review “Enchanted” by Alethea Kontis

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Rating 3/5

 

Enchanted is really a fairytale mashup. It’s a bit of 12 dancing princesses, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, etc. There’s faeries, enchanted frog princes, and evil kings. It centers around the youngest Woodcutter daughter, Sunday, who is part fae. She meets an enchanted frog in the woods and falls for him. Their family and their village has many secrets and enchantments and we follow the Woodcutter’s as they try to break through these.

This book is OK. My main problem with it is that there isn’t much depth. It’s a YA/midgrade book (ages 7 and up) so of course I wasn’t expecting a literary masterpiece. But, the author doesn’t spend much time giving the characters depth or explaining each new element. All of a sudden there’s this concept of “sewing shadows” or this whole piece that’s similar to Jack and the Beanstalk, but it isn’t explained. It seemed like a lot of concepts and fairytales thrown in just for the sake of being there. However, this book did win the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in 2012, and was nominated for the Audie Award in 2013 so there is something to be said about it. I think it’s a light-hearted story and if you’re really into the fairytale genre you should check it out. If you’re buying this as a gift for your child there was some subtle sex/drinking jokes thrown in but it may go over their heads. This is the first in the series, there are a few other books that center around Sunday’s sisters. I don’t think I will be checking them out anytime soon because I want to read some other books on my shelf first.

Overall, if you aren’t into the fairytale genre I would skip out on this one. There isn’t much there in terms of an in-depth or touching storyline. If you’re looking for something similar I would read Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier which is a retelling of 12 dancing princesses and also involves an enchanted frog, but the writing is much more beautiful and she creates these gorgeous, haunting worlds.

Any thoughts?