Thursday, January 28, 2016

This Book is SO (5): Hilarious




You know sometimes you're in the middle of a book and are just about to explode with feelings, be they good or bad, and you just want get them out there and no one is willing to listen. Well, that's what "This Book is So" is for; tell us how your current read is making you feel. Are you head over heels in love with, feeling kind of 'meh' about it, or maybe it's making you feel rage-y.


Right now, I'm in the starting stages (okay, I've only reread book one) of rereading and finally seeing how Ouran High School Host Club ends!!! Oh my gosh!!! I have been waiting for this moment FOREVER!!! Now that I finally (FINALLY) own the entire series I am beyond ready to see how the manga plays out since I've only read up to volume 10. 




I'm generally not one for shipping characters, but, with Ouran High I have two ships that I wouldn't mind seeing them set sail. Sure, I do know how it ends because spoilers (and because of the anime and curiosity)....but, I would be happy if either one of them was the end game.

OHSHC is pure madness and hilarity!! So outlandish and yet I love it so much!! And these gifs pretty much sum up my feelings on this series!!

P.S. I'm working on re-naming this feature and am NEED of help coming up with a new name! Any ideas?!?! I'm just not feeling the current name and cannot think of anything suitable, so, if you've got a suggestion let me know!!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: The Three Theban Plays

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Vintage Reads Classic Review: The Theban PLays


Oedipus the King/Oedipus at Colonus/Antigone (The Three Theban Plays) by Sophocles and translated by Robert Fagles, February 7, 1984. 430 pages. Published by Penguin Classics. Source: Borrowed from Library.
Antigone defending her integrity and ideals to the death, Oedipus questing for his identity and achieving immortality - these heroic figures have moved theatergoers and readers wince the fifthe century B.C.

Towering over the rest of greek tragedy, these three plays are among the most enduring and timeless dramas ever written, Robert Fagles' translation conveys all of Sophocles'lucidity and power: the cut and thrust of his dialogue, his ironic edge, the surge and majesty of choruses and, above all, the agonies and triumphs of his characters.
First Sentence:
Antigone:
My own flesh and blood-dear sister, dear Ismene, how may griefs our father Oedipus handed down!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Jason and the Argonauts

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, January 18, 2016

A Vintage Reads Classic Review: Jason and the Argonauts


Jason and the Argonauts by Apollonius of Rhodes and translated by Aaron Poochigian, October 28, 2014. 272 pages. Published by Penguin Classics. Source: publisher.
Now in a riveting new verse translation Jason and the Argonauts (also known as the Argonautica), is the only surviving full account of Jason’s voyage on the Argo in quest of the Golden Fleece aided by the sorceress princess Medea. Written in third century B.C., this epic story of one of the most beloved heroes of Greek mythology, with its combination of the fantastical and the real, its engagement with traditions of science, astronomy and medicine, winged heroes, and a magical vessel that speaks, is truly without exact parallel in classical or contemporary Greek literature and is now available in an accessible and engaging translation.
First Sentence:
Taking my lead from, Phoebus Apollo, I shall commemorate the deeds of men born long ago.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Whatever is Lovely

Whatever is Lovely: A Coloring Book for Reflection and Worship, December 15, 2015. 96 pages. Published by WaterBrook Press. Source: Blogging for Books.
Color your way to peace and worship.

We live in such a busy, hectic world—but what waits for you inside this cover is a way to quiet the noise, express creativity, and spend some sweet time with God. Each page features an original design from one of a dozen different artists, beautifully illustrating a contemplative quote from an inspirational writer, a beloved hymn, or Scripture.

When we create, we echo the heart of our Creative God who designed everything and gave us the capacity to recognize beauty.

So go ahead! You have permission to pick up your colored pencil and be reminded of truth in a fresh way.  

Thursday, January 14, 2016

This Book is SO (4): ALL the FEELS


You know sometimes you're in the middle of a book and are just about to explode with feelings, be they good or bad, and you just want get them out there and no one is willing to listen. Well, that's what "This Book is So" is for; tell us how your current read is making you feel. Are you head over heels in love with, feeling kind of 'meh' about it, or maybe it's making you feel rage-y.


With the book I'm currently reading, which happens to be one of my all-time favorite books, you either really love it or you don't. For me, this book, as well as the last one, just hit me in the feels. I'm not even sure I could properly put into words why this book means so much to me; even after all the rereads it still hits me in a profound way.

Every single time I open the book it's like entering a magical world and being whisked away for an incredible adventure-


It also makes me all flail-y because I love everything about it: writing, characters, and the entire story-

But sometimes, that one character who is, well, very disagreeable at first makes me want to shout (he later becomes my favorite character in the entire series)-

This book has one of two fantasy worlds that I've always wished were real-



In a nutshell, this is how I'm feeling as I work my way through the second book. 

So, are there any series that you revisit often that just hit you right in the feels? I want to hear about your favorite series!! My sisters they just don't understand my absolute love of this series and how it affects me each time I read it,

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Noodles & Albie

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Children's Book Review: Noodles & Albie

Noodles and Albie by Eric Bennett, January 1, 2014. 32 pages. Published by Small Batch Books. Source: author.
A penguin tale of friendship and coming of age. It's the story of a young penguin named Noodles on his first (very memorable) adventure at sea in the mysterious Southern Ocean. When his fun takes a turn and Noodles discovers he is lost, he tries to find his way home before darkness sets in, meeting an interesting cast of characters along the way. Noodles has nearly given up when he meets a friendly fish named Albie who knows the sea "like the back of my fin." They begin the journey together. But will they make it home to the penguin colony before dark? This charming and imaginative story is set against a backdrop of beautifully intricate watercolor illustrations that help bring the story to life.
First Sentence:
After six long months of daylight, the sun was finally beginning to set on the Antarctic summer, and Noodles had not yet attempted his first swim.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

This Book is So (3): Weird yet Fascinating...



You know sometimes you're in the middle of a book and are just about to explode with feelings, be they good or bad, and you just want get them out there and no one is willing to listen. Well, that's what "This Book is So" is for; tell us how your current read is making you feel. Are you head over heels in love with, feeling kind of 'meh' about it, or maybe it's making you feel rage-y.


I'm actually onto my third book of the year, but this is the first one that was long enough to leave an impression worthy of posting under this feature. Currently, I'm about a third of the way through reading a new translation of an old Greek story about a voyage and impossible quest set before the hero.

How does it make me feel, well, something kinda like this every time a new, impossible to pronounce, name is mentioned...especially when some of the are somewhat similar... 




And then there's the characters where you're like....


One of the most fascinating things about mythology is this (partly because they were such a superstitions lot) ...


As weird as all the genealogies are (because pedigree was so important), I find myself unable to stop reading this book. I just cannot stop reading it!!!

That my friends, is my gif-a-fide (totally a word) thoughts on my first classic read of the year. Contrary to what some of the gifs may imply, I am absolutely enjoying this book and am hoping to be done with it by the time you read this post!!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: The Impostor Queen

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, January 4, 2016

YA Review: The Impostor Queen

The Impostor Queen (untitled series, book 1) by Sarah Fine, January 5, 2016. 336 pages. Published by Margaret K. McElderry. Source: ARC from publisher.
Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.
First Sentence:
She didn't know which hurt more-the ice or the fire.
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