The Sunday Post #5

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.


Good morning! I hope you’ve had a fabulous week filled with all the happy things. My own week has been spent shopping, crying over beautiful book bloggers (I’m think of having some sort of Book Blogger Crushes post just so I can get all this feels out in the open), and the burning of my new Peach Bellini candles from Bath & Body Works (anything with a wine glass on it has my automatic approval). Also the drinking of copious amounts of tea thanks to my spiffy new electric tea kettle. <3

Now, let’s see what’s been happening this past week, shall we?

Last Week on TNN

SundayThe Sunday Post #4

MondayARC review of A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish (4/5 hearts)

TuesdayMy Holiday To-Do List

Wednesday: Review of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (4/5 hearts)

Waiting on Wednesday (Stormbringer by Shannon Delaney)

ThursdayThoughtful Thursday — My Favorite Heroines

FridayBook Blitz of Ondine by Emma Raveling + A GIVEAWAY!

Saturday: Stacking the Shelves #8

This Week on TNN

Monday: Review of Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (4/5 hearts)

Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday — Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

Wednesday: No post because CHRISTMAS!!!! Happy holidays!

Thursday: Review of Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton (5/5 hearts)

Friday: Life of A Blogger — My Significant Other (it’s a week late but shhh)

Saturday: Stacking the Shelves #9  (my Christmas book haul with bookish gifts included)

Bookish News

Gallagher Girls: I FINISHED THE GALLAGHER GIRLS SERIES AND I’M JUST REALLY EMOTIONAL OKAY

No seriously, I cried. Actual tearage you guys. I was so beyond thrilled to see how much Cammie grew from the first book to the sixth; she went from fretting about a boy to freaking SAVING THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT and it was just really well-done and the fifth book especially just blew my mind because I felt so close to her as a character. So anyway, yes, finished the series, cried, loved it, drank comfort tea and ate comfort ice cream and just generally leaked feels all over the place for at least 24 hours. It still makes me blubber just thinking about it.

Double-Stacking My Books: It’s officially come to the point where I cannot fit any more books on my bookcase without stacking them in front of another. Like the double-row thing (which I kind of loathe). So I will be utilizing the book-pile technique until some kind soul on the street hands me a hundred bucks to go buy a second 6-foot-tall bookcase.

Non-Bookish News

Game of Thrones: I found Game of Thrones on HBO On Demand so you guys probably won’t see me for a few weeks. (Just kidding, I’ll be back, blogging is too much fun.)

Holidaysssss: I am so freaking excited for Christmas! I love giving gifts and obviously receiving them is great too, but this entire season is just so jolly and fun, and I love the cold so much more than the heat, so I’m just basking in it all.

The Hobbit: ASDFKJASDLFKJSKDF THIS MOVIE!!! Okay, so it was admittedly kind of not the greatest thing ever; there was some shitty acting and I could not stop laughing in the elf-king’s scenes and I was annoyed by Kili’s romance from pretty much the moment it started. But then there was SMAUG THE AWESOME and is it strange to be attracted to a dragon? Because I was. I blame it on Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice. I swear he could melt glaciers with his smolder. *swoons*


So anyway, that’s been my week. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday wherever you are, filled with family, good food, and snow!

Love, Sam

The Sunday Post #4

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Last Week on TNN

MondayReview of Weather Witch by Shannon Delany (5/5 hearts)

TuesdayTop Ten Books On My Winter TBR List

WednesdayWWW Wednesdays #3 (find out what I’m reading!)

ThursdayFlash Review of The Espressologist by Kristina Springer (3/5 hearts)

FridayReview of Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin (4/5 hearts)

SaturdayStacking the Shelves #7 (find out what books I’ve added to my shelves this week!)

This Week on TNN

Monday: ARC Review of A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish (4/5 hearts)

Tuesday: My Holiday To-Do List

Wednesday: Review of The Fault in Our Stars (4/5 hearts)

Waiting on Wednesday (Stormbringer)

Thursday: Thoughtful Thursday — Heroines I Love

Friday: Book Blitz of Ondine by Emma Raveling

Saturday: Stacking the Shelves #8

Bookish News

2014 Reading Retellings Challenge: I love retellings. Love. Them. So. Much. So I decided to start my own little reading challenge here at TNN for this coming year to read more retellings. There’s so many great ones out there that I haven’t read, such as Cinder by Marissa Meyer or Splintered by A. G. Howard, so 2014 is the year I’m going to dive into these wonderful reads and find out what I’ve been missing! If you’d like to join me, check out this post for more information.

Non-Bookish News

My New Electric Tea Kettle: For my birthday yesterday, my awesome madre bought me an electric tea kettle for my tea-drinking pleasure. I’m over the moon. (It makes ramen too, I mean what.)

Aroma Hot H20 X-Press 7-Cup Stainless Steel Electric Kettle

No More School: School is over! Winter break is here! Let the outrageous partying begin! (Nah, more like reading of books and drinking of tea alone in my bed. I’m hardcore like that.)

I’m No Longer Dying: So I was sick for over a week with the flu’s lesser-known twin, and after shots, steroids, and profuse bloodletting (jk you guys jk), I am finally in recovery. Of course, I still missed the entire last week of school, which was a bug to deal with, but I’ve just got to make up an exam and a presentation tomorrow, and I’m all finished.

Shop ‘Til I Drop: This week will be shopping, shopping, and more shopping. I have a shopping day with the wifey on Tuesday, accompanied by a night showing of “The Desolation of Smaug” (hell yes), and then most likely multiple outings to the bookstore because it’s there and I am not strong enough to withstand the seductive allure of books.

I hope you all have a fantastic, festive, felicitous week full of good books, good food, and good cheer. Happy Holidays!

Love, Sam

The Sunday Post #2

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Last Week on TNN Blog

Ivy Lune has lived in isolation the majority of her life. Imprisoned by her aunt and cousins, she longs to escape the shackles of her prison-like life. Unknown to her, there are dangerous forces at work; old blood ties and murderous plots threaten her chance at happiness beyond her current life.

Read my full review of The Hazel Tree here.

Author Spotlight: Check out my interview with the lovely Julia Debski, who recently self-published her first novel, The Hazel Tree.

WWW Wednesday #1: Check this out if you’d like to know what I’ve been reading! I’d also love some suggestions on what to add to my shelf next; I’m always on the prowl for good books.

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday #1: In which I discuss the pantsing vs. plotting dilemma that all writers face.

Friday Finds #1: Want to see some books I’ve been adding to my TBR pile (but haven’t bought yet)? Here you go!

This Week on TNN Blog

Okay, basically this book is about two people, Ellie and Collin, descended from two other people who, a few hundred years ago, did a curse wrong and made the spirit world go boom (kind of). And now Ellie and Collin have to keep the un-boomed spirit world from killing everything on earth ’cause they hatin’. Oh, and there’s sex.

That was possibly the worst summary ever, but the official one is too long. I regret nothing.

My review will be posted tomorrow (Monday), and The Curse Keepers comes out on Tuesday, so if you’re into Native American lore and badass Virginian gals, take a look!

Top Ten Tuesday #3: Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to My 13-Year-Old Sister

This is the kind of Cinderella retelling I can get behind. This story taught me the following: princes are overrated, fairies are the scariest things ever, and my new career goal is to become a huntress.

You can check out my review of this fabulous take on a classic fairytale this Wednesday.

Writer Stereotype

In which I discuss the boxes writers are put into, not just by others but by ourselves, and in which I have a tiny rant about the absurdity of trying to “conform” as a writer.

Books, books, books! Want to know what books I’ve added to my shelf this week? Check in on Saturday and I’ll give you all the details!

Bookish News

What I’m Reading: Well, let’s get the boring out of the way first. I’m reading Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad for my lit class, and I’m not really a fan because everything about it is so bloody intentional. I mean, I know you’re a literary man, Mr. Conrad, but there’s this thing called subtlety that you should really try sometime.

I’m also elbow-deep in A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish (thank you Netgalley), and it’s pretty good so far.

2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: I’ve decided to join this year’s TBR Pile Reading Challenge hosted by the lovely Evie over at Bookish. I’ll be posting more information this Friday about the challenge, what my goals are, what books I’m planning on reading, etc. If you’d like to sign up and get cracking on that TBR pile of yours too, sign ups end on December 15, so go ahead and check it out!

Writing for Christmas: I’ve decided that for Christmas, I will be writing short stories/poems for people both as a money-saver and as a good writing exercise. I’m super excited, and I’ve been brainstorming ideas for a while now.

Non-Bookish News

Travel

Philadelphia was awesome. I went at the perfect time, because it was in the prime of fall and everything was colorful and gorgeous. It was rather cold, but I really didn’t mind it, especially since I was doing so much walking. And the flight time gave me the opportunity to do a bit of reading, which I’m glad for since this week has been so busy.

Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving=school break=happy Sam.

I can’t even explain why I love this show so much. I just do. I mean, GUH. If you haven’t watched it, what the hell are you doing reading this post? You could be halfway through the pilot episode by now!

I hope you had a great week and if not, I hope this week makes up for it! Happy reading!

Review of The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

**Warning: One or two spoilers**

So I read this novel, The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, on Tuesday in one sitting, which I honestly haven’t done in a long time. I’ve seen the movie twice already, and I’ll be pre-ordering it on Amazon in the next few days (if you’ve been reading my blog, you probably know that I fell harder than diamonds for that movie).

What’s interesting about the book/movie relationship is that Stephen Chbosky wrote the book with a film in mind, and he produced, directed, and wrote the script for the movie version, which is a secret, far-away dream of mine. So I was really excited about reading Perks and seeing if it was as good as/better than/worse than the film, only to discover that any comparison is pointless. They are both incredible in different ways, and trying to pick one over the other is like trying to pick a favorite snowflake.

The novel, short at just over 200 pages, is written in a letter format, and I quickly grew to love the way Charlie, the main character, expresses himself on the page. For such an age, he is remarkably thoughtful and observant, and the way he sees the world and life around him is so refreshing. He made  me laugh one minute and cry the next, and I don’t do either easily when reading.

I was also very happy to see Patrick included and given a significant role in the story; I’m a huge support of LGBT rights, and to know that Perks has been a YA bestseller despite having a leading character who is gay (flamboyantly so) warmed my heart. Patrick is, I must say, one of my favorite characters, both in the movie and the book. Not only is he an incredible friend to those he cares about, but he has issues that many people can relate to and sympathize with. I teared up several times during a few of his scenes, especially the one in the cafeteria.

Sam was everything I hoped she’d be, strong and flawed and beautiful, far from perfect but still someone I can’t help but admire. She’s been through so much and she’s still standing, keeping her heart and mind open and never giving up.

This novel is so powerful because it is fearless. There is suicide, drug and tobacco use, sex, teen drinking, homosexuality,  physical and sexual  abuse, and dangerous amounts of good music, good books, and good advice. I can imagine many parents would find faults in its content, would protest their children reading such a scandalous book, but even though I personally don’t agree with many of the things the characters do, this novel merits not only respect, but appreciation. It is a coming-of-age story, an honest, fresh look of that crazy time between adolescence and adulthood, and it does it with a style that’s both whimsical and somber.

If you are willing to take a chance, try this novel. You may or may not love it, but you will certainly be affected by it.

As for me, it is and will remain among my list of favorites. Thank you, Stephen Chbosky, for giving us your words.