I had a very quiet week. I have three roommates, and they all either a)work for a school or b)are college students, and they were all on Spring break this week. Two of them left for a few days, so suddenly my house has gone from having four people to two. It’s been nice and quiet–I’ve gotten a LOT of writing done!–but it definitely feels like a big space for only two of us. Plus, my supervisor at work was on vacation this entire week and while my job is mostly project-driven and I totally control most of it, the week ended up being rather slow, especially Wednesday through Friday.
It was quite nice, really–it felt really good for my spirit to just be able to take a breath most of these days. I’ve been able to go walking around the (mostly deserted)college campus only a few blocks from my house this week and spend hours catching up with friends when I can normally only get a half-hour of conversation in a week. Plus, I’ve been doing revisions on my Work-in-Progress and for the first time in what seems like forever I’m actually making progress.
So short story version of this week? While not particularly exciting, it was SO GOOD for my spirit and I REALLLLLY needed it. Like desperately.
Monday I reviewed Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy. I liked it in the end, but was let down.
Tuesday I shared my Top Ten Science Fiction books.
Wednesday I reviewed Never Have I Ever by Katie Heaney. While fun, it didn’t quite live up to it’s potential.
Thursday I asked if you have that ONE author whose books you want to like more than you do.
Friday I reviewed the strange, but entertaining, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.
Saturday I shared how I soundtrack my life.
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather Reid
I have not bought any books because you, know, life and TBRs. But I did get quite a few books this week from a giveaway! Lenore for Presenting Lenore, aka the author of The Memory of After and Chasing Before had a 2014 ARC giveaway and I was one of the winners! My TBR just increased and I couldn’t be more excited.
Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
Free to Fall by Lauren Miller(there may have been a slight shriek when I saw this one)
Chasing Before by Lenore Appelhans(of course)
Salvage by Alexandra DuncanFar From You by Tess Sharpe
Wicked Games by Sean Olin
Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens
How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark
Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt
Tales from my Closet by Jennifer Anne Moses
I’ve read one or two of these, but most of these are completely new to me(some I haven’t really heard much about, like How to Meet Boys), and I cannot wait to dive into them(especially Chasing Before & Free to Fall!).
I’m normally bad at collecting links and remembering enough posts to manage to actually get to a “favorite 5” each week, but man, the blogosphere was having such GREAT discussions this week that it wasn’t difficult at all.
Why Talking About the Age of Consent Matters @ TLT: Teen Librarian Toolbox
Always an important topic(and I’m definitely adding Pointe to my TBR after reading this).
On Human Rights in Code Name Verity @ Oh, The Books!
This is such a fascinating guest post(some spoilers for Code Name Verity, just FYI. Not any major spoilers, but some relatively important ones). Even though I wasn’t a huge fan of CNV, I thought it was well-written and an had an interesting premise, so I quite enjoyed the exploration of human rights issues in the book. If you’ve read the book, it’s definitely worth checking out.
I have ~thoughts~ on The Unlikable Female Protagonists. A lot of thoughts(which perhaps someday I’ll write a post on). And I get bothered both by when people write books off for unlikable characters, but also when people use the “But if this character was a guy no one would call him unlikable” argument-ender(which is an important discussion, sure, but not when it’s used as a way to end a conversation). However, despite my sometimes conflicted feelings, as someone who normally finds themselves fan of unlikable female protagonist, I thought this post was amazing. It’s definitely worth checking out!
On Making Time and Complicating Life on Purpose @ Victoria Schwab
I’ve always hated the phrase “I don’t have the time” or “how will you find the time?” We all have the same amount of time. 24 hours a day. You fill them based on obligations you take on, priorities you have, and I absolutely loved Victoria Schwab’s post on making time for creativity(and this post also reminded me I need to read The Near Witch, the one Victoria Schwab book I own).
Why YA is Good for Women @ The Grown-up YA
Candice’s post on this topic was spectacular. I’ll let you read the post for yourself, but here’s one line that signifies why I loved this post so much(and why I agree with Candice on this topic:
So to answer my bold statement “why YA is good for women” I can simply say this: YA books give us female protagonists who have real struggles, real issues and real triumphs without becoming sex objects or chasing after a man.
Interview with Designer Erin Fitzsimmons + Giveaway @ My Friends are Fiction
This is technically from last week, but I had to share. I love Kristen’s interviews with designers because I LOVE book designs, but I think this might be my favorite because Erin Fitzsimmons totally has designed every. single. one. of my favorite Harper covers including Cruel Beauty, Not a Drop to Drink, the upcoming Snow Like Ashes, and Taken.
Twenty-Minute Twitter: Worst Case Scenarios @ Oh, the Books!
Leanne shares some inspiring advice about not letting intimidation scare you into inactivity & worst-case scenario. Definitely a necessary reminder! (Related note: The comment section is definitely worth reading as well–lots of fellow bloggers talking about this topic and many shared great stories/advice in the comments).