Fortnight of Fright 2017

Fortnight of Fright

Wow. I can’t believe we are doing this for a SIXTH year in a row! A (blog and Twitter), B (blog and Twitter) and I try and host this two week feature where we celebrate all things Autumn and (if you want) HALLOWEEN!

I am basically just going to copy the same blurb I have for years cause 1. I am lazy and 2. It’s the pertinent info that ya need….SO for those of you who have no idea what I am talking about (hello, and welcome!) Fortnight of Fright is a time in which we host and share different posts related to Autumn and Halloween! We work with you guys and sometimes amazing authors to showcase some creepy books, interviews, movies, and SO MUCH MOAR! There is no limit on what you can post about! Do you have a signature Halloween or Autumn cocktail recipe? Pinterest board filled with DIY decorations? A book recommendation for those of us who love to be scared? We want it all!! JOIN US!!

Sign ups will be open from 9/11-9/22 and you will be notified the following week to confirm your post topic, and so on. We are going to ask that all posts get to us the week of 10/9 as we will be hosting you during the event which runs from 10/17-10/31! As always, the more the merrier, so scroll on down to our Google Doc and sign up to help us out!

Wondering what we had going on from years past? Check it out:

Book Review | Legacy of Kings | Eleanor Herman

Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to a newcomer…

Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…

Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.

And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known, Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

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Book Review | Queen of Shadows | Sarah J. Maas

The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

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Fortnight of Fright | Halloween Movies & TV Shows

Fortnight of Fright

Halloween Movies & TV Shows

We all know that Halloween is the PERFECT time for creepiness on your TVs and movie screens. There are sooooo many to choose from though!! Thankfully, Milka from ReadReadRead and WinterHaven Books has some recommendations for us! Way to go, Milka!


Hello! My name is Milka and I blog over at ReadReadRead and WinterHaven Books and I am very happy to be here today to share some of my favorite things to watch during Halloween in a form of a watchlist. So without further ado, here are some recommendations to consider while planning your Halloween film nights.

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If you are looking for a classic horror film… you should watch THE SHINING

The shining was directed by Stanley Kubrick (my personal favorite) and it was released in 1980. I am probably not alone in saying that Jack Nicholson is one of the GREATS and from the multiple films I’ve seen in him, The Shining will probably always remain my favorite. I haven’t actually read the original source material for this film, meaning Stephen King’s novel, but I do know that the two are very different (King actually was quite unhappy with Kubrick’s adaptation of his work). This film proves to me that the kind of psychological horror it features is definitely must scarier (at least for me) than anything slasher films portray.

If you have seen The Shining and want to know/think about it more… you should watch ROOM 237

For those who have watched The Shining, the number 237 will probably mean something. Room 237 is 2012 documentary directed by Rodney Ascher that delves into several different interpretations and conspiracy theories surrounding the film. For example, according to one interpretation the film is about the genocide of Native Americans while another interpretation claims that the film is Kubrick’s attempt to remind the audiences about the Holocaust. Even if you are not a huge fan of The Shining itself, this documentary is an extremely interesting example of analysis and interpretation and how you can see pretty much anything you want from a chosen text if you just dig deep enough with a certain mindset.

If you want to introduce yourself to a piece of “Cult” horror…you should watch RE-ANIMATOR

This film is so weird and absurd and funny and wonderful. At first it was one of those films for me I described liking just because it is “so bad that it’s good” but after seeing it multiple times, I have started to appreciate the weirdness. There is some “gore” here, but honestly, this is more of a comedy than a horror film. This film also features my favorite cinematic cat of all time.

If you want to watch something with music…you should watch THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

I first became aware of this film during my year of living in United States where one of our neighbors screened it on their yard during Halloween. A couple of years after that, it was used as an inspiration for an episode of Glee and I thought that I should finally give it a chance. And I am happy I did, because after that first initial watch it has become of my favorite musicals of all time. It’s wonderfully weird and camp and filled with catchy songs and great dancing numbers.

If you want to watch something foreign…you should watch SUSPIRIA

To be completely honest, I like this film more for its visual outlook than its story, but in general, it is a great film (if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t recommend it for you!). Suspiria is an Italian horror film from 1977 directed by Dario Argento that follows an American student who goes to a ballet school in Germany who realizes that the school she’s in hides a supernatural and sinister secret. The design of this film is AMAZING and the way soundtrack is used to support the narrative works so well.

If you want to watch something with a sci-fi element…you should watch COHERENCE

This is not particularly a horror film, but I think it would make a great addition for a Halloween film night. The way this film is shot and constructed is so well done, and it is definitely one of those films that you have to watch very attentively not to miss anything. Without spoiling too much, let’s just say there’s a night of astronomical anomaly, eight people and possible alternative universes.

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Before I finish with this list I want to share with you a couple of amazing Halloween themed sitcom episodes:

“Halloween” (The Office, season 2)The Office is my favorite sitcom of all time, so there was no way for me not to include it in this list somehow! Though this episode is pretty significant when it comes to the character relationships (especially between Jim and Pam), it definitely can be watched without having a prior knowledge of the show. Michael’s paper-mache second head costume is a legend.

“Halloween” (Modern Family, season 2)Modern Family has had a couple of good Halloween episodes, but this one is probably my favorite of them. Also, Claire’s Halloween House is AMAZING! Props for the people who set that up for the filming!

“Greg Pikitis” (Parks and Recreation, season 2) – One of my favorite things about this episode is the dynamic between Leslie and Andy! The scenes taking place at Ann’s Halloween party are also great, especially after Tom takes the position of a party master.

What are you planning to watch this Halloween?

Book Review | A Court of Thorns and Roses | Sarah J. Maas

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristen Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Top Ten Tuesdays

Guys! This is a super fun topic! Also CONGRATS, BROKE AND BOOKISH LADIES!! Five years of this awesome feature! *applause* Here’s to five more years of awesomeness!

Technically, this is supposed to be the top ten Top Ten Tuesdays of the past five years, but I’ve only been participating since 2012, so I’m limiting my list to Top Ten Tuesdays that I’ve participated in. Going through my archive was really fun, you guys. It’s like reading through an old journal; so much has changed in the way I write, the things I write, the books I talk about, everything. So, in no particular order, here are ten of my favorite Top Ten Tuesdays. This is so meta!

Top Ten TuesdayI remember having a nerdgasm when I found this topic in the Top Ten Tuesday archive. I used it for one of the “pick a past topic” weeks. I had almost no difficulty coming up with my list of ten favorite words. Spoiler alert: first word on there? Felicity.

TT_Bookish confessionsThis Top Ten Tuesday is one of the older ones and I was surprised and also not to see how many of these things haven’t changed at all since the early days of my blogging. Like, all of them. Every single one.

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Another Top Ten Tuesday that was super easy for me. I feel like I have to point that out because sometimes they’re hard. Not only has none of this changed, but I think it points to something really important for me and my reading: I have really good instincts about what I’ll like and what I probably won’t.

TT_Childhood favoritesOne my happiest early blogging memories was when I posted this Top Ten Tuesday and April from Good Books and Good Wine retweeted it and left a really nice comment. I was still pretty new to the blogging community and I had such a fun time writing this post, and so I was really stoked to have someone else enjoy it too. Also, those Sweet Valley High titles. DAMN.

TT_Character namesI love a good, unique name, friends. It’s a fine line between “unique” and “weird,” though, so you won’t find things like Royal or Rule on this list (same offending author). But names that sound pretty and roll off my tongue are always appealing, even if they aren’t names I’ve ever heard of before. One of my favorite character names is actually not even a character that we ever meet: Festival. THE JOYOUS FEELINGS. There are a few names I’d add to this list now, as well (but…not Royal or Rule).

TT_places to visitYAY FOR FAKE PLACES! And also awesome real places! One of the very best things about reading is getting to experience different places and worlds, so this Top Ten Tuesday was easy peasy.

TT_characters to check inFor real? This Top Ten Tuesday could’ve been 50 characters long. It’s a little heavier on characters from books I’d just read, but I wouldn’t change a thing now that I’ve had some time to meet new characters and remember older ones.

TT_inspiring quotesOne of the newer Top Ten Tuesdays on my list, but I loved putting it together and sharing some of my favorite quotes. There are so many more, even though I’m not as good as I’d like to be when it comes to marking down passages while I read.

TT_awesome siblingsGuys, I have  a pretty awesome sibling myself, so I always love reading about them. It’s nice to know that not all character’s siblings are tools or bullies and that they have a supportive, awesome friend who will always be at their side.

TT_favorite heroinesSooo, I slacked off with the words on this post, I’ll admit. But I found some pretty awesome fan art for my really awesome heroines, so that makes this one of my favorite Top Ten Tuesdays.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, they lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish post a top ten list topic so that book lovers like you and me can pour over their shelves and make their own lists. You can check out all the other Top Ten Tuesday lists on their site!

On the Same Page | Secret Sister Project Sign-Ups!

Secret Sister Project

Secret Sister Project Round Two!

Hey lovelies! We are here to announce round two of our Secret Sister Project! First, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who made our trial run such a success. Honestly you guys blew me away with your generosity and ability to hold one another up on those cloudy days I really appreciate everyone’s time (and money) and cannot tell you how proud I am to be a part of this community! So let’s get into the logistics…For those of you who are new here, you can take a glance at our initial post to get an idea of what is going on here. To my peeps who are signing up again, we have made some significant changes to the whole project so please read the below very carefully before signing up!

The What

The Secret Sister project is essentially a cheer club. Think Secret Santa but all year round with less emphasis on big presents, and more thoughtful notes, cards, small somethings sent just to let your secret sister know that you are thinking about her!

The When

  • Sign-ups run January 12 – January 23
  • You will be paired up with your secret sister by January 30
  • This session will run from February 1 – July 31 (this means that your last something will be sent in July)

The What

You guys! The only “rule” we have is that before signing up, you must “know” at least one of us. Us being myself (@trippingbooks), Alyssa (@withthebanned), or Brittany (@bookaddictguide) and “knowing” one of us means that we must have spoken on Twitter or SOMETHING. We are just really concerned with someone not following through, and that would just make a bad time for everyone.

FAQs

What will I have to do if I sign up to be a secret sister?

This is a commitment, we can’t lie to you. By signing up to be a secret sister you are promising to send at least one small card OR gift to your secret sister a month. It is very important that you don’t sign up for this unless you are willing to follow through. Please think of how sad (and unfair) it would be for someone to be working hard to make their secret sister feel special and not receiving anything themselves! In addition, we are asking that you PLEASE use the hashtag #OTSPSecretSister on Twitter and Instagram to interact with all of us. Most of us used this hashtag to ask questions and get to know our sisters better! Also, (and this is most important) use this hashtag to THANK YOUR SISTER! One of the biggest complaints we had about round one was the lack of thank yous received!

Do I have to send presents?

No, you don’t have to send anything big, this really is meant to be more of a cheering up sort of club. However, in the six month period we will be going through Valentine’s Day, Easter, and maybe your secret sister’s birthday! It is encouraged that you send one or two presents during these six months (think a book from their wish list, some Easter candy, or if you’re feeling really fancy, some flowers for their birthday!) Honestly, this is as fun as you make it!

Do we have to remain secret?

No, though that is part of the fun! Just leave your name off of the card or box you are sending if you want to remain secret, and reveal yourself whenever you wish! It is entirely up to you! (If you are looking for some tips on how to remain secret -l ike if you want to send an e-book, for example, we can help ya out!)

Anything else I should know?

Use the hashtag and interact with one another! The whole point is to bring positive feelings into the our bookish community. Try and answer ALL of the questions below and be as thorough as you can, the more you share, the easier it is for your sister to spoil you! The best advice I can give you is to be creative. My secret sister handmade me bookmarks featuring my favorite dudes (HELLOOO CHRIS PRATT) and it was honestly the best thing I received. I saw some people exchanging letters back and forth, and even some baked goods. If you are looking for ideas, chat us up, we would love to help! We tweet from our own handles pretty frequently, but don’t forget to follow us all over at @galsonthesamepg)!

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We can’t say this enough…please PLEASE only sign up if you are willing to send something monthly and give 100% to this project. We had very few hiccups the first time around but the problems we encountered were people neglecting to send something to their sister in a timely manner. First, If for any reason you find that you have to drop out of this project, please email us immediately. We will not judge. We will not ask why. We will simply thank you for informing us and then pair your sister off to someone else so she isn’t missing out. Second, if you have not received anything by the last week of the month you must contact us. We are not going to be checking in with all of you throughout the month so it is imperative that you let us know if you are not receiving!

So how do I sign up?

Here is where things differ from last time…we need you to answer the following questions and then email them to onthesamepagesecretsister AT gmail DOT com:

Name:

Mailing Address:

Email Address:

Blog:

Twitter Name:

How much are you willing to contribute to the project monthly? Choose one (NOTE: this is just a range, you can of course go over the limit and you are still encouraged to send one to two bigger “packages” during the 6 month time.)

  • $5-$10 (This means you would be sending and receiving mostly cards or possibly hand made items)
  • $15-$20 (So an average of what one book a month would cost to send)
  • $25+ (A book and some chocolate, perhaps?)

Goodreads Profile (*so they can access your wishlists! Make sure to turn off the privacy setting & try and keep it updated!):

Important Dates to Remember (*This can be anything and everything! Your birthday, the day you are expecting your next child, the day you are leaving for your next vacation, your anniversary with your partner, the anniversary of the day you quit smoking, even a sad anniversary that you would like to be cheered up on!):

Food Allergies:

Your Likes (*Give us an array of things here! Types of food, fandoms, TV shows, movies, bands/types of music):

Your Dislikes (*Example: chocolate covered cherries, anything cinnamon flavored, the color brown):

Do You Have a Favorite Store?:

Are you okay receiving a gift card? If so, to where?:

Would you be comfortable receiving baked goods of some kind?:

What do you splurge on?:

Favorite Flowers:

Favorite Color?:

Do You Collect Anything?:

Do You Drink Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate?:

Do You Have an E-reader?:

Would you be okay being gifted an ebook? If so, please provide the email associated with your e-reader:

Tell Us Some Books on Your Wish List! (*HINT: If you purchase books off of this list, let us know and we can pass that info along to your secret sis as well!):

List some of your favorite genres or authors:

Are there any authors or genres that you won’t read?

T-shirt size:

Hogwarts House:

Favorite Disney movie and/or princess:

Is there a craft or hobby that you have been thinking of trying?

Any magazine you wish you had a subscription to?

Anything else we should know about you? (*Honestly GO CRAZY!! The more your “secret sister” knows, the easier it is to spoil you!)

**Important note for our international lovelies: Right now, this is US only, but if we can arrange for international participants to be paired up we will, so shoot us an email and we’ll keep you posted. 

That’s it, friends! We are beyond excited to be doing this again, and hope you are too. If you have any questions at all, tweet one of us or email onthesamepagesecretsister@gmail.com and one of us will get back to you ASAP!

Top Ten Tuesday | 2015 Debuts

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten 2015 Debuts

I’m ALWAYS excited about debuts, guys, but is it just me, or does this year’s crop seem EXTRA full of potential? I feel like I’m more stoked about the books on this list than I remember being for many debuts in the past. This list is chock full of some of my most anticipated books OF THE YEAR in general! How exciting! Also, this list is VERY heavy on the fantasies because, well, I’m the most excited for them! #sorrynotsorry

 

2015 debut

An Ember in the Ashes | Sabaa Tahir • April 28, 2015 (Razorbill)

2015 debut

The Girl at Midnight: The Girl at Midnight #1 | Melissa Grey • April 28, 2015 (Delacorte)

2015 debut

Lock & Mori: Lock & Mori #1 | Heather Petty • September 15, 2015 (Simon & Schuster)

2015 debut

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly | Stephanie Oakes • June 9, 2015 (Dial/Penguin)

2015 debut

The Novice: Summoner #1 | Taran Matharu • May 5, 2015 (Feiwel and Friends)

2015 debut

Under a Painted Sky | Stacey Lee • March 17, 2015 (Putnam Juvenile)

2015 debut

The Sin Eater’s Daughter: The Sin Eater’s Daughter #1 | Melinda Salisbury • February 24, 2015 (Scholastic)

2015 debut

The Storyspinner: The Keepers Chronicles #1 | Becky Wallace • March 3, 2015 (Margaret K. McElderry)

2015 debut

Tangled Webs: Tangled Webs #1 | Lee Bross • June 23, 2015 (Disney Hyperion)

2015 debut

The Witch Hunter | Virginia Boecker • June 2, 2015 (Little, Brown BFYR)

2015 debut

The Wrath and the Dawn: The Wrath and the Dawn #1 | Renee Ahdieh • May 12, 2015 (Putnam Juvenile)

Top Ten Tuesday (118) | Top Ten Beach Reads

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Books For My Beach Bag

I do love reading at the beach, guys. It’s the perfect thing to do while catching some rays. The only thing I don’t like about beach is getting sand in the spines of my books, but I’ll suffer that gladly to sit near the water with a great, fun, fast-paced, exciting story under my nose. These are the top ten books I’d carry around in my beach bag this summer! Some that are out already and some that aren’t!

TTT_beachDuh, awesome MG about summer vacations and sisters and family and adventures. I love this series HARD. It’s just so dang adorable. The third book in this series is set at the beach in Maine, so it’s a great choice for beach reading!

TTT_beachRoad trip with swoons? I will always sign up for this. I’ve read this book so many times, friends, and it’s always just the perfect book for me, and perfect for the beach!

TTT_beachMore swoons! Except in Paris, instead of on US highways. I love the complicated but incredibly lovely relationship between Anna and Etienne. It never loses its appeal, and I never lose my butterflies.

TTT_beachWhen I’m at the beach, I don’t want to be held down by a heavy book with lots of details to remember. I’m too busy taking dips into the water or walks along the shoreline or people watching. But I also want to be entertained, and this book is just that times infinity.

TTT_beachHistorical romances FTW of beach reading! I love lots of books in this genre, but the first one I read was this one and I’ve got a soft spot for it. It’s incredibly fun. Really any of these books would be excellent at the beach.

TTT_heir of fireYAASSSSSSS. I know this book isn’t technically out until September, but I was so lucky to be able to grab a copy at BEA this year and I’m dying to read it. I’d probably get a bad burn reading this book because I wouldn’t be paying attention to anything, like reapplying my sunscreen or the hot sting of sunburn.

TTT_beachEver since I finished THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE, I’ve been beside myself with anticipation for Jandy Nelson’s next book. Another one that I was able to pick up at BEA that I can barely keep myself from picking up RIGHT THIS INSTANT.

TTT_beach 2Two Stephanie Perkins books! The lady knows how to do romance, what can I say. I’m salivating for this one. LITERALLY wiping drool from my mouth. I can’t wait for August so that I can clear my calendar, sit out in the sun, and devour it.

TTT_SagaGraphic novel! I just finished Volume 1 yesterday and I was completely taken with it. Graphic novels are great for the beach–in my mind, anyway–because they’re short, easy to pick up and put down, and won’t take up much room in your bag. Can’t wait for more of this series.

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Umm, YES, I’m beyond excited to read more of Jay Crownover’s books. I love her Marked Men series, so I’m super stoked for her new series, starting this summer. Just the perfect beach read, I imagine.

Book Review | The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare | M.G. Buehrlen

Book cover The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by MG BuehrlenTitle: The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare
Author: M.G. Buehrlen (web | twitter)
Series: Alex Wayfare #1
Genre: Contemporary YA, Science Fiction YA, time travel
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Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release date: March 4, 2014
Source: ARC from the publisher via NetGalley (Thanks, Strange Chemistry!)

For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.

But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.

It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.

Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.

And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.

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