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Monday, December 22, 2014

Winter Reading Challenge 2015




Hello, my little snowflakes!

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Winter Reading Challenge! 

It's officially WINTER, that snuggly time of year when a 
cup of hot (insert favorite beverage)  and a good book is 
the coziest sounding thing in the world!

We're obsessed with winter reading and I and Tori BOTH 
have a pretty hefty winter reading list. We can't wait to see yours!

 
 
Auggie-Talk's Winter Reading Challenge is a 2014-15 Winter reading hop that takes place between December 22 and March 19 on Mondays. Every Monday participants can recap their reading week, which books they read towards their goal, and hop to other reader's posts to cheer them on! This is a fun and easy way to connect with other readers and blogs that you may love! Prizes are awarded to random participants at the end of the challenge! Participating is key, and the more you spread the love to your fellow bloggers, the more chances to win!

This challenge rewards participation AND fellow participant support. The more you link up and the more support your peers (posting on their goals and updates) the more chances for prize entries you get.

The challenge starts today and goes until 11:59pm the last day of winter (March 19). So here it is, our goal posts and the sign up for.........




Link up your goals (or statements of participation) at the bottom of the page.
No blog? No problem! Use Goodreads, Twitter, or Instagram accounts!

Goal lists feature "potential" reads, which means the books may change!

  



AUGGIE'S GOALS
27 Total Books






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TORI'S GOALS
25 Total Books



 
 


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Winners choice of a $25 Amazon Gift Card
OR
One of the following titles to be released in 2015!:
(Physical or eBook - winner's choice)

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a Rafflecopter giveaway





Participants of the reading challenge will get extra chances to enter in other giveaways hosted on Auggie-Talk (special entry button just for you!)





Thank you for joining! You can't win prizes if you don't participate, so what are you waiting for?!

TO JOIN
just link up a goodreads list, a twitter post, or a blog post with your statement to participate or your goals!






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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Review: "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher


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Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: October 18, 2007

Pages: 304

Summary:

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.
Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.




I was unsure about this contemporary YA fiction. My trepidation centered  mostly in the fact that I prefer most of my books to exist somewhere betwixt  "Fantastical Non-Realism" and "Slightly Less Fantastical Non-Realism", marginally closer to the extreme, and in no way closer to reality than yelling distance.

I 'd heard plenty about this moving, controversial, and potentially traumatizing book, but had no desire to read it, Thank You Very Much. The change came about as the result of extreme boredom. One day of standing in for someone behind a silent circulation desk can really change a girl. Luckily there was a rack of unshelved books available to keep me company during the 100 years (seemingly) of solitude.

I wasn't even planning on checking it out and taking it home. I just wanted something to skim through while I waited for the never-ending shift to come to a close. Surprise surprise when I'd read the first two chapters and couldn't put it down. I checked it out and finished it that night.

It was amazing how this author was able to tell such a heartbreaking story without completely destroying the reader's emotions. Was it a depressing story? Yes. Was I depressed after reading it? Startlingly, no. Yes, I felt a sense of deep sadness, knowing that there are plenty of people out there who are struggling and feel that there's nothing worth continuing to live for. But though the story was focused around Hannah Baker and the last few days of her life, it was really about Clay and the rest of his.

Hannah Baker's story is over, but Clay and all of the other characters involved are poised at the edge of  monumental discovery,  forced to come to terms with themselves and make decisions for how they will change and who they will become.

Moving, poignant, and meaningful, this book will demand readers to consider uncomfortable yet important questions about how they treat others and how they affect the world around them. As I expected, I cried while reading this, and felt a bit worn out by the time I'd actually closed the cover. It's an emotional read asking weighty and necessary questions.

By the end of this story that deep, aching sadness was still there. Yet I was uplifted somehow by the hope that Clay offered in the final pages with his decision and willingness to turn to someone hurting and reach out. I think that was the entire point, and it was delivered well.

I recommend this book to anyone with the ability to read.



Auggie is the 28 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk, a part-time Reference Librarian with a degree in Anthropology and a nearly completed Masters in Library Science. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. One can normally find Auggie neck deep in reading, writing, or daydreaming (sometimes all three at once).  She's also been known to drink too much caffeine and eat too many lemon flavored sweets.
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: "The Crown" by Colleen Oakes

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Title: The Crown
Author: Colleen Oakes
Genre: Fairytale Retold
Publication: February 14, 2014
Pages: 222

Summary:

As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.

When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.

Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath.

Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

 


Quite a twisted little fairytale!

If you're wanting a story filled with curious magic, quirky characters, and peculiar sweets, all set in a charming yet just-dangerous-enough environment then you are barking up the wrong tree.

Coleen Oakes' "The Crown" is a dark retelling of an otherwise fluffy tale. Selfish children, palace intrigue, mammoth horses that live for bloodshed, evil kings, gruesome murder, loathsome magic, and mayhem in general make this book a gloomy yet intriguing version of its predecessor.

Dinah is petulant but intelligent and struggles to survive in a palace full of people who'd rather see her living out the rest of her days in the dark towers, a vile and poisonous prison. Her father hates her, and what's worse is he's taken his illegitimate daughter, who is everything that Dinah isn't (fair, delicate, well mannered, and so on) under his wing.

Dinah's only comfort is that upon her next birthday she will be crowned Queen, as per the laws of her land. Of course we know that's not how thing work out. Now Dinah is on the run, leaving a trail of broken bodies in her wake (yeugh!). Well, they were mostly all bad-guys. So at least there's that.

I applaud Ms. Oaks on giving new and unexpected identities to well known characters, including the Mad Hatter, the Walrus, and the Knave of Hearts.

The downfalls of this work for me are centered mostly around the fact that Dinah is a little too unlikeable. The romance is also a bit stiff and the violence seems somewhat excessive. However, the imagery is vivid and the retelling imaginative.

A sure recommendation for anyone with an interest in dark retellings of otherwise fluffy stories.



Auggie is the 28 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk, a part-time Reference Librarian with a degree in Anthropology and a nearly completed Masters in Library Science. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. One can normally find Auggie neck deep in reading, writing, or daydreaming (sometimes all three at once).  She's also been known to drink too much caffeine and eat too many lemon flavored sweets.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fall Reading Challenge Update #7






This is the LAST DAY you can sign up posts for
what you've read in Fall 2014! The next update post will be the wrap-up
 post for FRC when we'll reveal the winners! READ READ READ!
(And don't forget to link up for the giveaway!)


If you didn't LINK YOUR GOAL POSTS, you can do that until Thursday December 18th!

(Did you miss this Reading Challenge? No worries! Auggie-Talk hosts seasonal reading challenges. So as soon as one ends, another begins! The next reading challenge will begin December 22nd!)




This challenge rewards participation AND fellow participant support. The more you link up and the more support your peers (posting on their goals and updates) the more chances for entries you get. If you haven't posted your goals be sure to swing by the goal-page.

2014 Fall Reading Challenge.


Link up your updates at the bottom of the page.

That's all you have to do! Don't have a blog? No worries! Link up your Goodreads or Twitter accounts to keep us updated.





 
 
Auggie-Talk's Fall Reading Challenge is a 2014 Autumn reading hop that takes place between October 1 and December 20 on Thursdays. Every Thursday participants can recap their reading week, which books they read towards their goal, and hop to other reader's posts to cheer them on! This is an all-for-fun way to connect with other readers and maybe find a few new favorite books! Prizes are awarded to random participants at the end of the challenge!

Below you'll find my and Tori's goals. They're all "potential", which means the books may change as we read. Nothing has to be set in stone, lovelies!  Click on the book to go to its goodreads page. Titles with a slash through them are books that we've read! Links to their reviews will be added as they happen.




  



AUGGIE'S GOALS
24 Total Books




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Read - 17/24
Hexwood
Poppy Done To Death
Little Women

TORI'S GOALS
24 Total Books



 
 


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Read - 17/24

Darkfever (Read Twice!)
Bloodfever
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                                          PRIZES
At the end of the challenge one participant will be chosen at random via rafflecopter to win their choice of two of the following:

 Lot 1 - YA

Lot 2 - Romance


Lot 3 - Choice of a 3 deal set on Thrift Books

a Rafflecopter giveaway









                          PERKS


Participants of the reading challenge will get extra chances to enter in other giveaways hosted on Auggie-Talk (special entry button just for you!)









                                         JOIN!
Thank you for joining! If you'd like to link up your posts that talk about your fall reading adventures!  You can't win prizes if you don't participate, so what are you waiting for?!













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