IT’S FINALLY MAY. Thank goodness, right?
Our Calendar Girls theme this month is World Turtle Day: Favorite Slow Burn. Now, in my experience, slow burn usually refers to romance novels, which you all know are not something I’m into. But I guess there are some YA romances that I really enjoy, and most of those are pretty slow burn-y. I guess slow burn is my preferred trope?
So without my normal rambling, let’s get on with it. My pick for May is…
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Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
Series: Simon Snow
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Maturity Level: 5-
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The story is supposed to be over.
Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain. He won the war. He even fell in love. Now comes the good part, right? Now comes the happily ever after…
So why can’t Simon Snow get off the couch?
What he needs, according to his best friend, is a change of scenery. He just needs to see himself in a new light…
That’s how Simon and Penny and Baz end up in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West.
They find trouble, of course. (Dragons, vampires, skunk-headed things with shotguns.) And they get lost. They get so lost, they start to wonder whether they ever knew where they were headed in the first place…
I bought this book mainly because I figured as long as I own every book Rainbow Rowell has ever written, I may as well round out the set. I was fully prepared to not enjoy it. So I was pleasantly surprised by how much better it was than Carry On!
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Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell, Illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks
Genre: Graphic Novel, Young Adult
Maturity Level: 2
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Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.
Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.
But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.
Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .
What if their last shift was an adventure?
Are all graphic novels this fun and sweet and heartwarming? Or is this just another case of me + Rainbow = true love? Geez, I loved everything ABOUT this book!
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OCTOBER IS HERE!!!!!!
Guys, I love October. It’s the best month of the year. ❤ If only our weather here in Texas would actually start to resemble October weather… But I’m not here to complain. October is October. Bring on the sweaters and boots!
Our theme this month is a book that lit your way out of a reading slump. I have to come clean with you all, I’ve never experienced the dreaded reading slump. That’s right, you heard me. No, I’m not showing off or bragging, it’s just the truth. I’ve read a book every single day since … 4th grade? Before? Maybe I missed a day or two if I was sick or something, but I’ve never felt like “Bleh, I just don’t want to read anything!”
So I decided to take this prompt from a different direction. While I wouldn’t call it a reading slump, in the 2016/2017 school year I was in a bit of a … rut. I was reading the same books over and over again, it had been a long time since I’d found something new to read that I actually liked. Then, suddenly, MAGIC. A book I loved so much that I started a book blog. That book was …
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I AM A 90s KID AND I AM PROUD!!!!
Seriously, I love the 90s. My childhood was so amazing. We had video games and computers and stuff, but it wasn’t as constantly invasive as it is now. (I say on my BLOG which I am writing instead of sleeping…) (The hypocrisy is not lost on me.) We had the best TV shows, the greatest music, and just generally happy lives. I am so nostalgic for 1999 pretty much all of the time.
So when I saw this tag on The Literary Phoenix a few months ago I couldn’t resist bookmarking it for a later date. I don’t do as many book tags as I used to, so it’s taken me a while to get to it, but I love tags and I’m so happy this is how I’m spending my Sunday night. 🙂
- Please, please, please steal this tag and spread it around! I only ask that you link it back to The Literary Phoenix so that I can see everyone’s answers!
- Freeze tag was all the rage in the 90s. Tag someone (or many) you think would have fun with this!
- Have fun!
Gotta Catch ’em All! The author you need every book from.
I don’t typically auto-read an author, I still have to find the synopsis interesting before I’ll want to read it. But I have read literally every single book by Rainbow Rowell except Carry On, and a friend recently convinced me that I need tor read that one, too. I mean, I started reading comics just so I could read her Runaways run, okay? Y’all, my love for this woman and all of her books cannot be understated.
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So before we do anything else, I HAVE to give a shout out to The Bear and the Nightingale, which I only didn’t pick for this theme for two reasons. 1) It was my December pick last year (favorite book of 2017) and 2) it’s sequel, The Girl in the Tower, was our winning pick for November (best middle book in a series). So picking it again seemed redundant. But guys, it’s SO GOOD! If you like atmospheric magical-realism/historical fiction mash-ups, The Bear and the Nightingale is the book for you!
Also, shout-out to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Because, well, obviously.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way… DECEMBER IS HERE! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love December. Everyone is so jolly, there’s music everywhere, Christmas decorations are the only decorations superior to pumpkins, and it’s a time of giving and charity.
Given all of that, it’s no surprise that holiday-themed romances are big blockbusters in both the movie and book industries. I’ve seen so many romance novels with snow and holly on the cover on everyone’s blog this month, I don’t even know what to do with myself! While my pick isn’t quite on those lines, it does loosely fit into that genre. So, without further ado, my favorite book set in winter is… Continue reading “Calendar Girls December: Best Book Set in Winter”
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Fiction, Chick Lit
Maturity Level: 5-
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Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now—reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers—not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained—and captivated—by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ?
You guys, I just can’t even right now. This is probably my favorite Rainbow Rowell book ever, and that’s saying something since I’m in love with them ALL. Seriously, there is not a single other author who I’ve given a five-star rating to EVERY. SINGLE. STINKING. BOOK. Her books are just perfect for me, like magic when I read. This one had me laughing out loud, literally sobbing, and kept me up all night dying to know what happens. Continue reading “Review: Attachments”
This tag is too cute! I love cats, even if (especially because?) they make my IQ seem to drop about 50 points any time they are visible. So when Kristin Kraves Books tagged anyone who loved cats, I figured I was a perfect candidate.
As cats do when they’re happy or relaxed. What is the book that makes you the happiest or relaxed?
Probably the whole Harry Potter series! At this point reading them is like going home. Continue reading “What Cats Do Book Tag”
Hi! A book tag again! *laughs manically*
Hem. I was tagged by Kourtni at Kourtni Reads. I’ve seen this book tag on a couple of other blogs and it’s definitely interesting. Lets see what I can come up with then.
Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017
I know this isn’t a 2017 book, and I know I’m like a million years late on this one, but I am just in love with Fangirl. I feel like when Rainbow Rowell wrote Fangirl she was writing just for me. I related to Cath on so many levels: from being the last of your friends to still be fandoming, to dealing with anxiety, to watching your best friend ignore you for alcohol, to taking care of your parent. So many feels, and such beautiful writing! Continue reading “Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag”
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Genres: Fiction, Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit
Maturity Level: 4
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Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
When I signed up for Goodreads, Landline was the first book I added to my To-Read shelf that I didn’t have a physical copy of. And then it just sat there for several years at the top of my shelf. I just never got around to it. Honestly, I didn’t even realize it was a Rainbow Rowell book until I followed her on Twitter and saw it in her bio.
Why did I put it off for so long? I was really really missing out!
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