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Monday, September 12, 2016

Update: Baby Coming Soon!

Hello Biblioloves!


The blog has officially taken a backseat to all the other shenanigans (mostly being ridiculously pregnant) that are going on right now.

I didn't want it to happen, because I love this blog and I love my book community, but with the approaching arrival of baby boy things have gotten very hectic. I'm trying to finish several projects before his debut (hopefully sometimes this week/weekend!) and get everything else in order.

I am still active on goodreads because it's quick and easy. So if we're not friends yet, please add me! I love keeping up with everyone's reading escapades!




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Am I closing the blog? HECK TO THE NO! I'm too book obsessed to withdraw from the book blogsophere entirely, but I need to rework some things regarding my schedule. I've got to figure out how to best enjoy blogging while shifting lots of my focus around.

Let's think of this as "Maternity Leave". Boop is due on Sunday and then it'll be a whirlwind of trying to figure out how the heck to be a mom.

As I mentioned before, my other social media outlets are more active because they're quick and easy to update, so please feel free to interact with me there until the time when I fit the blog back into a regular type of schedule.

I love you all and I can't wait to introduce you to the newest member of our family, hopefully very soon!


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Auggie is the 29 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. Not so secrety secret: She's been known to consume too much caffeine leading to hyperactive rants about her heinous lack of shelving and the high likelihood that Hermione Granger is her spirit animal.




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Monday, August 22, 2016

B.O.B 17 Readathon - Day 1

Happy Monday, Bibliobabes! 


B.O.B Day 1 Is Upon Us!

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Remember: If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask! I'm one of your official B.O.B experts and would love to help you out, even if it's just to cheer you on!

You can leave a comment here but for faster interaction find me on Twitter!




Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


Bout Of Books is an incredible read-a-thon. I've participated numerous times and it just keeps getting better. The people are awesome, the atmosphere is really positive, and it's just a good time all around. There are challenges every day, awesome giveaways, and twitter chats that will have you rolling in the floor with laughter. Even if your goal is only to try to read a few pages during your crazy week, everyone will be cheering you on!



Daily Challenge

Today's challenge is Book To Movie Adaptation over at Writing My Own Fairy Tale.

List your favorite book --> movie adaptation and your LEAST favorite book-->movie adaptation. That easy! Be sure to link up on WMOFT's original post (linked above) and enter to win a book of your choice up to $10 on the raffle copter!



Currently Reading (Day 1)


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  Finished Reading


 

Goals


4 Books 
This B.O.B I'm trying to keep things pretty simple and give myself lots of wiggle room regarding which books I read. My only real goal is to read a total of 4 books this week to catch up on my yearly goal.
Here is a short list of books I'm considering, but if you're anything like me and your reading is based on your mood and the "feel" of the book at the time... I could end up choosing 4 books that I didn't even consider up front!

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Good luck on day #1 of B.O.B 17! Be sure to join us at chat tonight! 


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Auggie is the 29 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. Not so secrety secret: She's been known to consume too much caffeine leading to hyperactive rants about her heinous lack of shelving and the high likelihood that Hermione Granger is her spirit animal.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bout Of Books 17 Is Coming!

Hey, Bibliobabes! 


Get ready for another read-a-thon extravaganza!


Bout Of Books 17 starts on MONDAY, August 22. The sign up has been posted! You don't need a blog to participate, so what are you waiting for?

Here is my intentions post for B.O.B 17! Cha cha cha!



Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


Bout Of Books is an incredible read-a-thon. I've participated several times and it just keeps getting better. The people are awesome, the atmosphere is really positive, and it's just a good time all around. There are challenges every day, awesome giveaways, and twitter chats that will have you rolling in the floor with laughter. Even if your goal is to try to read a few pages during your crazy week, everyone will be cheering you on!


Gather up your approved safety gear, book nerds! It's gonna be one heck of a week!

Potential Goals


4 Books
I'm going to keep it as simple as possible this B.O.B. My goal is to read 4 books. That's all. No genre goal, or length goal, or TBR vs. New goal. I just want to get 4 books read. I've been up to my ears in work/nesting/baby preparation and my yearly reading goal has suffered. By Monday I'll be 4 books behind schedule, which means this B.O.B is all about catch up.

Here is a short list of books I might be looking to read during B.O.B 17

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Auggie's Petit Reviews #2

 

Hey Biblionerds! 

I've been reading up a storm, but there have been some series and books that I just don't have TOO much to say about. Not that they weren't good! Especially if I read a series very quickly, I seem to forget my individual reactions to each particular book and recall only an overall feeling of "Yay" or "Nay". Sometimes, I really just don't have that much to gab about, even if they were fan-girl screaming worthy. To give these books/series their bit of attention, I've decided to post a number of short reviews all at once.

These Petit Reviews will give you a quick rundown on some of the things I've been read-chomping on lately, while simultaneously keeping me from having to come up with bunches of fluff when a quick splurp will do.

~ Enjoy ~


A Secret Rage

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Title: A Secret Rage
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 192

Publication: July 12, 1985


Summary: 

Nickie Callahan can handle herself. But after a successful - yet brief - career as a model in New York City, she's looking forward to letting down her guard in the sleepy college town of Knolls, Tennessee. Living with her best friend, she plans on carving out a new future for herself by studying to be a writer. But the women of Knolls are not safe. And as Nickie gets swept up in a string of brutally violent crimes, she must take matters of justice into her own hands...


     


It's a dated read at the beginning of the author's writing career, but for fans of Charlaine Harris, it's definitely a must-experience. One of her first mysteries and the beginning of the trend of very strong female characters who have been through hell and have come back tough as steel.

If you can't discern from the cover and the title itself - the main mystery is centered around a brutal Rapist who is assaulting the women of small town Tennessee. There are several very very intense scenes that were difficult to read for their sheer heinousness but whatever sick feeling you get in your stomach is meant to be there.

Racism and sexism are also rampant, though absolutely and appropriately cast in a filthy light by the author. We know where Harris stands in regards to human rights straight out the gate. This isn't a woman with whom you should share an off-colored racist joke. (Though I'd advise you just don't do that ever. With anyone. Ever. Ever. ) The human rights/equal rights themes are recognizable in all of her works following this.

I was so disturbed by the topic that I couldn't find it in me to appreciate the mystery, though I did very much appreciate the depiction of many of the women who stepped up to take back control of their lives and finally bring the villain to justice themselves (with satisfyingly extreme prejudice).

I didn't enjoy this work as much as I enjoy Harris' later works but, as I mentioned before, any CH fan needs to experience this book. It feels much more raw than her later stories and is not in any way subtle.

Lily Bard Mystery Series

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Title: Lily Bard Mysteries
Author: Charlaine Harris
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Volumes:
5

Publication: 1996-2001


Summary: 

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

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A courageous but very damaged main character navigates her way through healing and trying to create a life after catastrophe. Lily is a hard hard MC. There's hardly any softness to her at all, which can be expected from a character who has endured so much. Sometimes, though, the hardness of her character impedes some of the story progression, and for things to move forward Harris has to throw in a moment of vulnerability, which feels off and odd for Lily in some instances. 

So many trigger warnings - Rape, Violent Sexism, Violent Racism, Domestic Abuse, and mental illness.

Harris does not tiptoe delicately around these topics, but instead shoves them in your face in a way that keeps you from being able to turn away from it. You can't shrug a shoulder or push it to the back of your mind for the rest of the read, it's always stalking right in the forefront, angry and meaningful. It's intense.

Admittedly, the end of the series did not satisfy me. With the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries and the Southern Vampire Mysteries, there was a neat little tie up and a chance for a happily ever after for the main character even after all the tragedy and turmoil, but I felt that the Lily Bard series ended abruptly and there were a few things that weren't resolved as far as her recovery. It's probably selfish of me to want this, but after all the MC had been through, I really wanted things to end on a settled, happy-ish note for her. Instead, Harris took a very realistic "We're not sure how this is going to go. Maybe it'll be good. Maybe not. Maybe it'll be happily ever after... but that's hard to say." approach.

Also, why the heck don't you leave Shakespeare, Lily? There's some seriously weird shiznet going down all the time, and by this point so many people have died that it's absurd to think no one is thinking about moving. Get the heck out already! Take Jack by the arm and flee! But, that's not really Lily's character, I guess. She's more of a stand and face it type gal, which is something to be respected.


Forbidden

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Title: Forbidden
Author: Eve Bunting
Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery
Pages:
224

Publication: December 1, 2015


Summary: 

Sixteen-year-old Josie Ferguson has just lost both her parents. She is sent to live with an unknown aunt and uncle in a town on the stormy northwest coast of Scotland. But the townspeople, including her relatives, are as cold and hostile as the sea.

Josie has never felt so alone.

Then Eli appears. Mysterious but kind—and handsome—he sparks a desire in Josie unlike anything she has ever experienced. Even though she’s been warned that Eli is forbidden, she can’t stop thinking about him.

And the locals are harboring a secret. When curious, determined Josie sets out to uncover it, the truth is more horrific than she could have imagined.

It’s a truth terrible enough to raise the spirits of the dead.
         


After reading some of the reviews, I wasn't expecting to love this story. I very much did. Yes it's speedy, but it reads like the ghost stories I used to love as a little girl and it has the same sort of pacing. There's no need to draw it all out into 500 pages, the 200+ pages were plenty and the author talented enough to bring the story alive and conclude it sufficiently in that space.

It was easy to read "Forbidden" straight through because there were no plot lulls. The action/mystery were consistent. Questions never answered until the very end keep the reader hanging on. The story boasts a very persistent forward movement towards a resolution, which is all at once horrendous, sad, and fleetingly romantic (as ghost stories sometimes like being).

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a quick, spine-tingling tale of murder, ghosts, and retribution...with a dash of young love. Especially if such tales are set in 19th century Scotland.





That's all for this first installment of Auggie's Petit Reviews! 


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Auggie is the 29 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. Not so secrety secret: She's been known to consume too much caffeine leading to hyperactive rants about her heinous lack of shelving and the high likelihood that Hermione Granger is her spirit animal.



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