Bookshelf Thursday

There are some amazing, intense books in this week’s cubby!  All of these novels (minus The Blind Assassin) explore a futuristic of society at the crossroads of science and humanity.


Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, MaddAddam.  If you have never read Atwood, you must go out IMMEDIATELY and pick up one of her fantastic novels.  Atwood’s speculative fiction simultaneously terrifies and enthralls me.

Neal Shusterman: Unwind, UnWholly, UnSouled -> just waiting for UnDivided to come out in paperback to complete this series that at times seems so real it’s scary.

M. T. Anderson: Feed -> I picked up Feed on a whim at the bookstore and if you can make it through the thick dialect, it is truly heart-wrenching portrayal of Facebook gone very wrong.

Ernest Cline: Ready Player One -> One of my favorites reads of 2013 and brilliantly narrated by Will Wheaton on audiobook.

Andy Weir: The Martian -> I can’t wait for Ridley Scott to bring this movie to life with Matt Damon!  The Martian is a fast paced race against time as Mark struggles to survive on Mars after he has been accidentally left behind, believed to be dead by his fellow crew members.

Have you read any of these?  Which are your favorites?  Can you recommend any books based off of these??


Sunday (Tuesday) Comics

While I made sure to go to Criminal Records this past holiday weekend, I clearly did not make posting about it a high priority.  I beg for your forgiveness!  See my humble offering:

IMG_4698Wytches #6 – You will not believe who pledged Sailor to the wytches in the chilling conclusion to the first story arc.

A-Force #1 – Yay it’s here!!  Even though I was a little lost (this post from Panels helped a lot!), I thoroughly enjoyed so many bad-ass ladies in one comic book!

Lumberjanes #14 – A new story arc starts up as Jen is attacked and kidnapped in a freak summer snow storm!  Of course the ‘Janes refuse to sit by and they set out to rescue their beloved camp counselor themselves!

In related news, I read and LOVED Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, featured on last week’s Sunday Comics.  It was incredible – funny, serious, adorable, sad, ALL THE FEELS!  This week’s Oh, Comics! podcast from Panels is all about Nimona – check it out here!


I’m a shark!!  What did you read over the long weekend??

Bookshelf Thursday

This is one of my favorite cubbies!  The loose theme of this cubby magical YA
IMG_4686In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters – a bookclub pick from last year that I absolutely loved!!  Bookclub has introduced me to so much fantastic historical fiction.

Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake.  LOVE LOVE LOVE – I can not praise this duo enough.  If you love Buffy and Supernatural and similar amazing shows, check these books out!!

House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple, I received this ARC from Little Shop of Stories.  I loved the dark nature magic in this novel, everything comes with a price.

Rampant by Diana Peterfreund was a book I received in our bookclub white elephant.  A surprisingly entertaining read about unicorns hunters.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs.  There are Tim Burton movie rumors abound!

Jackaby by William Ritter – another bookclub pick, part Doctor Who part Supernatural part Sherlock.

Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  One of my favorite witchy series.  I have Dangerous Creatures waiting to be read!

Last but not least – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, once again another bookclub pick.

What are your favorite magical YA novels??

Sunday Comics

I am so excited about this weekend’s comic book haul! #squee

IMG_4677Star Wars #4 – Hoping its better than #3

Darth Vader #5 – Still need to read the 4 #eek

Saga #28 – God I love this comic so much.

Giant Days #3 – One of my new favorites!

Ms. Marvel #15 – Always a delight 🙂

Nimona – I haven’t read the web-comic but I can’t wait to dive in!

Descender #3 – I can’t wait to read this, the end of #2 was so heartbreaking, please check out this new, amazing sci-fi comic from Image.

Thor #8 – The unveiling!!!  (I approve)

What are you reading this weekend??

Bookshelf Thursday: YA Dystopian

Bookshelf Thursday returns!!  So sorry I missed last week – I was traveling to NC for my friend’s 30th birthday party (and Mum’s day!)  This week’s cubby is my YA dystopian cubby.

IMG_4668Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay

Marie Lu: Legend, Prodigy, Champion

Lauren Oliver: Delirium, Pandemonium, Requiem, and Delirium Stories

Little background – I start reading The Hunger Games trilogy right as Mockingly came out.  I actually saw Kristen Bell tweet about it and was like what is this???  Since then THG has become one of my favorite books/series!  Delirium was an NPR recommendation of what to read post THG.  Delirium is one of the few series with a love triangle that I am ok with and I love the ending to the series.  I just finished the Legend trilogy last month and was very impressed with it!

Don’t worry I will have an adult dystopian Bookshelf Thursday in the future!

What are your favorite YA dystopians?

Special edition Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell released a special edition of Fangirl today!!  Coming in one of three colors, the special addition version features amazing fan-art, a Q&A with Rainbow, and a sneak peek of Carry On due out this October!  This particular edition has a red book jacket with a gray cover and blue ribbon bookmark and was purchased at Barnes and Noble.


I first fell in love Fangirl fan-art on pinterest.  My favorite by far is Simini Blocker who I am so happy to see featured in the special edition (Emergency Dance Party).  Other contributing artists are Valeria Bogado Cravero, Leela Wagner and Lily Williams.


Mark went to buy running shoes today and I went to buy books.  Put this little tidbit on the twitterverse and look who took notice #squee!

IMG_4660I had to pause Panel’s latest podcast on the Age of Ultron to fangirl out at my desk.  Such a fangirling happened once before when I tweeted to Rainbow and Simini after My True Love Gave to Me came to out (amazing winter holiday collection, check it out!).  If you haven’t read Fangirl yet, what are you waiting for??


Sunday Comics – Free Comic Book Day Edition

Saturday, May 2nd was Free Comic Book Day AND Independent Bookstore Day!!  Needless to say, I spend the day with my favorite comic book shop Criminal Records and my favorite bookstore Little Shop of Stories who was also celebrating their 10 year anniversary.

So much activity in one day definitely led to a late afternoon couch nap during Star Trek TNG.  I picked up 15 free comics from Criminal Records.  The comics I picked up were a mix of ones I’d been looking forward to (Doctor Who, Boom!’s 10 year celebration), ones I’ve been curious about (Cleopatra in Space, Gronk), and ones that just looked cool (Lady Justice, Worlds of Aspen).


In honor of LSOS’s 10 year anniversary, they had a party in Decatur Square Saturday afternoon.  I bought up An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (a much anticipated read and my book club pick for August), enjoyed a delicious King of Pops ‘Little Pop of Stories’ – raspberry-lime flavored, and got a sweet temporary tattoo on my wrist ‘read’.


I rounded out my day reading The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (May book club pick) and watching Orphan Black – all in all, a pretty magically nerdy wonderful day.

How did you spend Free Comic Book Day and Independent Bookstore Day??