Fangirl Friday: Penryn and the End of Days – Round 2! How Would YOU handle the Apocalypse?

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Angelfall for me is probably one of the most terrifying books I’ve ever read. It doesn’t really help that my main fears are drowning and being burried alive. But that’s beside the point. One of the main things it really got me thinking about was what if the apocolypse happened tomorrow? What would I do to keep my family safe? What would I go through just trying to keep food on our table? It kept me up a few nights after reading just thinking about it.

So I thought lets talk about it for a bit? (What’s loosing a bit more sleep for a blog post eh?)

For me? I’d head to either Costco or the mall. Whichever was closer to me. Living in Costco would be great, there’s a lot of food, not to mention books and clothes. There’s a lot of great things there that would help you survive for quite a while. At the mall? Well again there’s a food (Although not as much as Costco) but there’s a lot of supplies that could be made into anything you need to survive.

So what would you do if the apocolypse started tomorrow? How would you deal with it? Where would you rather go? I want to hear! Sound off in the comments!

March 2015 Reading Wrap-Up

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This was such a good reading month for me, both in terms of quantity and quality! I read fifteen books and one novella, and I loved most of them.

1) Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
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Brief Summary: One of the more messed-up versions of Beauty and the Beast, which is saying a lot.
My Thoughts: What a great way to start a month! A dark intriguing premise, flawed characters with amazing chemistry, and a plot that kept me guessing the whole way through.
Rating: 4.5/5

2) And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
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Brief Summary: After her boyfriend’s suicide, Emily Beam attends a boarding school in Massachusetts and develops a connection with Emily Dickinson’s poetry.
My Thoughts: I wanted to love the book, and I’m honestly not sure why I didn’t. The writing is beautiful, there’s a lot of focus on girls supporting each other, and I loved that poetry played such a huge role in the story, but the whole time I felt a disconnect from the events that kept me from being truly invested.
Rating: 3/5

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Fangirl Friday: The Lynburn Legacy – Round 3

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Whew, we’re back again. This isn’t exactly about the Lynburn Legacy, but this is something I really love relating to it: the author and the fandom. Sarah Rees Brennan is fabulous on twitter and you should follow her. Her tweets range from livetweeting of television shows to spot-on commentary about feminism to enjoyment of her readers’ pain to general hilarity. Her Livejournal and Tumblr are equally amazing. Sarah Rees Brennan has written several long posts about what she wanted to do with her books and why she made the writing choices she did and I always find them very intriguing to read. Her love for playing with and subverting tropes makes her books great. She really cares about representation in books, and makes an effort to include it in her work and to talk about its importance and promote other diverse works when she can. She’s generally willing to interact with her fans, answer questions, and retweet their pain and laugh evilly. She’s the reason for the teardrops on our collective guitars, and she knows it. I have so much admiration for Sarah Rees Brennan as an author and as a person. She’s written other books, about demons and sibling love and friendship and vampire jokes and magic schools and misandrist elves, and all of them are amazing. I’m very happy to have her books in my life, and I’m looking forward to what she does next.

And in addition the the fact that she’ll respond back to your pain with pure laughter and excitement, or the way that she treats you like a friend, I simply love the fact that I actually met people through The Lynburn Legacy, including Sarah herself. You see, there was a little thing called #LynburnRead (Or #JaredHasAFineAss if you ask others) where we counted down the days to Unmade with twitter chats and rereads of the first two Lynburn Legacy books.

Through that little read along a small group of girls wound up meeting and talking and becoming friends. Through that read along, this blog was born, Polina and I met through that chat (which is why our blog is called Sorcery in the Bookshelves. Sorcery-In-The-Vale anyone?) (Polina would like to comment that she did not actually realize this until just now, and that she will be over in that corner facepalming at herself). That read-along lead to the kick off of #YAReadAlong. We had so much fun that we just didn’t want to stop chatting about books that we all loved.

Now, I know this is short and sappy and isn’t exactly about Lynburn Legacy, but for me, at least, it’s one of the reasons that this book will always hold a special place in my heart. Because it’s not just an amazing series with characters that I love – even though it absolutely is that too. It’s a series that spawned some great times together, and some amazing friendships.