Used Book Sale Haul

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I obtained a book or two…

The bottom image with the picture books is ones I got specifically to stock my little free library!

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August Reading Recap

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Bluestocking Bookworm – August Reading Recap

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (★★★☆☆)
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski  (★★★☆☆)
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black  (★★★★☆)
Red Queen by Christina Henry  (★★★★☆)
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry  (★★★★☆)
Origin in Death by J.D. Robb (★★★★☆)
Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper  (★★☆☆☆)
Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson  (★★★☆☆)

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Top Ten Tuesday: September 6

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fine folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. They totally rock, so check them out!

This week, they indicated a TV theme in honor of Fall TV shows. For me, that doesn’t work. I am a book blog. I like TV, but I don’t have cable… so I am not even really that in touch with what is coming out on TV this fall. So, I am keeping a TV theme, and putting a bookish spin on it. So, without further adieu I present my theme: Top Ten Books/Series That Would Make Amazing TV Shows

Now, I know some of my selections have been optioned for TV, but I am still noting them. As always, in no particular order.

Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
This massive series of books would make an amazing TV series. It is so intricate and has so many characters that a movie wouldn’t do it justice, and I think it would be loved in the vein of Game of Thrones.

Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
These books are so witty and fun. I would love to see them brought to TV. Her other series are also in the same universe, so there is no shortage of material. I love the fresh take on vampires, werewolves, and BAMF female characters that Gail Carriger brings.

In Death by J.D. Robb
Again, I love these characters. I love the interactions with them, and I just really need to see them in real life. Some of the stories themselves are lacking, but I think that could be remedied with some help from TV writers

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This book is so lovely and atmospheric. I want to see the circus, the magician’s war… everything!

Sin du Jour by Matt Wallace
This series of Novellas currently only has three entries, but I think that the concept would play REALLY well with a TV deal. A catering company that specializes in working with the supernatural? Yes, please! It is unique, and there is a lot of humor. I really love this series.

Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix
This somewhat hidden gem is reminiscent of Harry Potter, in that we have a young boy who doesn’t realize he is special, and he is thrust into a world that always existed under his nose but he never knew about until that One Special Day. The similarities (so far, anyways) end there. I really enjoy what I have read of these books so far, and I think they would make a great family-friendly television show (as all of my selections so far have trended towards adult-oriented).

Gentleman Bastards by Scott Lynch
This is a favorite of mine, and I think the adventures of Locke and Company would make a fantastic television series. Street rats running long cons? Lots of humor? Tension? Street gangs? YES YES YES!

The Others by Anne Bishop
Another favorite series of mine that would be good for teens and up. I feel like this series about the Cassandra Sangue (blood prophets) would be a great addition to any fall line-up. Urban fantasy is seriously lacking in the TV scene.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman
This is a single book, not a series. I think the concept of something you can’t look at is terrifying, and that the events of the book could easily be expanded upon to make an exceptional TV series. Horror TV is where it is at, isn’t it?

Princess Series by Jim C Hines
This series follows the various princesses of classic fairy tales as they embark on adventures outside of their respective stories. I have only read the first one, but I feel like this fresh take on princesses could knock Once Upon a Time down a peg or two. I also feel like it could be more family friendly than Once Upon a Time currently is.

What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Let’s talk! What are you excited for on TV this fall? What books do you want to see on TV?

Stay bookish, lovelies!

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Challenge Your Shelf: June 8

Prompt: A Book With a Number in the Title

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Here, have four! I haven’t read any of these yet (seeing a theme here, lovelies?) but I found all of them at various used book sales.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemesin
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
419 by Will Ferguson

What is your favorite book with a number in the title? Have you read any of these?

Stay bookish!

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Challenge Your Shelf: June 7

Prompt: Favorite Illustrator

I really love doing challenges like this, because it makes me think about things I wouldn’t otherwise think about. Like, I never would have thought about who my favorite illustrator is if I hadn’t been prompted to.

From a kids’ books perspective, I have to say my favorite illustrator is Michael Martchenko. He is the illustrator who works with Robert Munsch, and those books were such a big part of my childhood. I will always love them, and I will always try and buy them for people I know who have kids.

When it comes to graphic novels, the art in The Wicked + The Divine was just superb. It was a joint effort between  Jamie McKelvie (Illustrations) and Matt Wilson (Colorist). Such beautiful work!

Do you have a favorite illustrator?

Stay bookish!

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Challenge Your Shelf: June 6

Prompt: A Book With a Colour in the Title

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I didn’t have anything more interesting than black, white, and gray! I also haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of these books yet. Have you read any of them? What did you think?

Stay bookish!

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Challenge Your Shelf: June 5

Prompt: A Book That Changed How You Think About Something

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Columbine by Dave Cullen

I remember when the Columbine shooting happened. I remember how it affected my high school career. I remember the media spin. I read this book in May and I was really interested to see how I had been mislead by the media. This is a very intense book.

What is your thought on this prompt?

Stay bookish, lovelies!

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Challenge Your Shelf: June 4

Prompt: Currently Reading

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Silent Hall by N.S. Dolkart
(Release Date: June 7, 2016)

Goodreads Blurb:

A coward’s son, a merchant’s daughter, a young prince, a wild girl, and a half-dragon all find themselves refugees from their island home. When a plague destroys their home, they try to forge their own future. Along with a sinister wizard, they awaken a dragon and defy the gods.

After their homeland is struck with a deadly plague, five refugees cross the continent searching for answers. Instead they find Psander, a wizard whose fortress is invisible to the gods, and who is willing to sacrifice anything – and anyone – to keep the knowledge of the wizards safe. With Psander as their patron, the refugees cross the mountains, brave the territory of their sworn enemies, confront a hostile ocean and even traverse the world of the fairies in search of magic powerful enough to save themselves – and Psander’s library – from the wrath of the gods. All they need to do is to rescue an imprisoned dragon and unleash a primordial monster upon the world. How hard could it be?

This is a book I am reading for NetGalley, and I am SUPER excited.

What are you currently reading?

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Challenge Your Shelf: June 3

Prompt: A Book About a Difficult Topic

I am a relatively lucky person. I don’t have any severe triggers, and the ones I do have are pretty specific, so I don’t encounter them often. That said, there are a lot of books out there that have made me really think about various issues.

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace (Goodreads)
This is a book of poetry written by a friend of mine that I made while blogging. It deals with some heavy topics, and I am so very glad to have read it, and so very touched that she chose to share this with people she doesn’t even know.

All The Rage by Courtney Summers (Goodreads)
This book is about rape and rape culture. If you don’t think rape culture is a real thing, read this book. I promise your mind will be changed.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (Goodreads)
As a woman who has had only the most brief encounters with disordered eating, this book was really hard to read.

What this list lacks: books that tackle racism and issues that affect the LGBTQ community. I welcome any recommendations to remedy that!

What was the hardest book you have read, because the topic was just too much for you?

Stay bookish!

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Challenge Your Shelf: June 2

Prompt: Favourite Trilogy

This was super easy for me. My hands-down favourite trilogy is the Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant.

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Zombies, bloggers, bad-ass female characters, government conspiracies, nerdery to the extreme… this series has it all, and I continuously re-read it to visit the characters and the intense story over and over again. This is my brand new copy that my husband bought me at Christmas. Until I got these, I was reading library copies.

So what is your favourite trilogy, and why?

Stay bookish!

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