Georgia Peach to Tarheel

Hello Hello, it’s been a minute. The short version: I had a baby (a happy, sweet boy Oliver), I left my job in Atlanta and moved back to Raleigh, NC with a new job and we just bought a new house. The past year and a half have been a whirlwind to say the least.

Having a new baby will switch up your reading habits that’s for sure. I used to be one of those annoying people who had to have ‘real [physical] books’ to read but it’s a hell of a lot easier to breastfeed or rock a baby with an e-reader. Once I went back to work, audiobooks from the library became my main way to devour stories (they still are). My physical books these days include mostly board books.

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Here are a few of my favorites books from the past year:

Uprooted by Naomi Novak
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Hunger by Roxane Gay
Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

I’m trying to find my way back to myself after becoming a mom so I hope to be posting here more often, the topics may vary a little more – books, toddlers, pets, home, NC but it’ll all be me. I’d love to hear what your favorite book of the last few months has been!

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We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Following the premiere of season 10 of The X-Files, I decided to pick up We Are the Ants.

Henry has been continually abducted by aliens since he was 13 years.  If that wasn’t bad enough, his dad abandoned the family when he was a child, his single mom is struggling to hold the family together while his grandmother is suffering from Alzheimer’s, his brother Charlie knocked up his girlfriend Zooey, and Henry’s boyfriend Jesse committed suicide last year.  It’s a lot to sort though – oh and the aliens have told him that the world is going to end in 144 days and Henry has the power to stop it but right now Henry doesn’t feel like he or the world are worth saving.

Full Goodreads synopsis found here.

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I feel like I’m in the minority here but I thought We Are the Ants was just so-so.  This book reminds me of an Andrew Smith novel which I’m sure for some readers is a major selling point but for me it means a book about a 16 year old boy that thinks about sex a lot while being consfused and angry along with a really weird premise.  I love the weird plots in the background but not the inner monologue of the boys (good thing I’ve got 16 years until I have a teenaged son).

Some things I liked -> The chapters are interspersed with journal entries of how Henry thinks the world could end.  Henry’s estranged best friend Audrey.  Jesse’s mom. Henry’s grandmother.  Apparently all the ladies.

Some things I didn’t like -> Description of the sluggers (aliens), I had no clear picture of their appearance.  Diego (love interest), I couldn’t get a good grasp on him.  Marcus (bully/love interest – enough said).  ANGST.  How Charlie/Zooey’s storyline played out.  SO MUCH ANGST.

It’s not a bad story, it’s just not for me but if you’re looking for an angsty contemporary novel with a sci twist check out We Are the Ants for yourself.

I received an ARC from Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, GA.

Playing Catch Up

Why hello there, long time, no see!  It has been quite awhile since I updated – over three months actually – eek!

My husband and I are expecting a baby boy in May so as you can imagine, our world is in the process of being turned upside down.  We’ve decided on a Harry Potter nursery, is anyone actually surprised??

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Our baby announcement!

We’ve gotten some of the major furniture items, done the baby registry, my friends are planning my NC baby shower and my next item of business is researching daycare for after I go back to work. The whole things still seems surreal!

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Harry Potter flying key mobile

My best friend from college was in Atlanta for a conference so we went a bit baby crazy.  We made this gorgeous Harry Potter mobile using this YouTube video as a reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wyvv5eVOLao.  I am absolutely in love with it!

Amidst all the baby preparations, I did keep up with my reading.  Yes it is February but I would still like to share a few of my favorites from 2015:

Favorite Comics – The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Nimona, Locke and Key, Rat Queens, Trillium, Descender, Wytches, Saga, Ms. Marvel

Favorite Books – Carry On, The Revenge Playbook, An Ember in the Ashes, Speak, I’ll Give You the Sun, Rose Under Fire, Legend

Favorite TV Shows – Orphan Black, Supergirl

Favorite Movies – Star Wars, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two.

I hope you all have been doing well these path few months, reading some great books, and nerding out with some wonderful fandoms!

 

Book Riot YA Quarterly Box #3

The Book Riot YA Quarterly Box shipped this past weekend and it’s filled with spooky-themed goodies!!

Just a quick recap of what a Book Riot YA Quarterly Box is: Book Riot is website/company/thing-a-ma-bob which provides book recommendations, literary commentary, book schwag, pretty much all things literature!  After I started regularly following Book Riot, I found out about their YA Quarterly Boxes.  This is the third box I have received.

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Book Riot: Young Adult – Books and Bookish Goods for YA Fans.  In the spirit of the season, this box is all about delightfully chilling YA horror reads.

Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics is described as Little House on the Prairie meets Children of the Corn – sounds terrifying and I can’t wait to read it!  When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner’s family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly Ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries. 

When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn’t right on the prairie. She’s heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can’t be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.

The Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol and David Ostow – Winnie Flynn doesn’t believe in ghosts. (Though she wouldn’t mind a visit from her mom, explaining why she took her own life.) When her mysterious aunt Maggie, a high-profile TV producer, recruits Winnie to spend a summer working as a production assistant on her current reality hit, Fantastic, Fearsome, she suddenly finds herself in the one place her mother would never go: New Jersey.

New Jersey’s famous Devil makes perfect fodder for Maggie’s show. But as the filming progresses, Winnie sees and hears things that make her think that the Devil might not be totally fake after all. Things that involve her and her family. Things about her mother’s death that might explain why she’s never met Aunt Maggie until now.  Winnie soon discovers her family’s history is deeply entwined with the Devil’s. If she’s going to make it out of the Pine Barrens alive, she might have to start believing in what her aunt is telling her. And, find out what she isn’t.

Additionally there are super creepy temporary tattoos to go with The Devil and Winnie Flynn.

I love the goodies featured in this month’s box.  There are forest-themed Book Stickies by Duncan Shott Studio and a ‘Fight Evil, Read Books’ Print by Katy Dwyer.  I can’t wait to get this printed framed.  I continue to be impressed with Book Riot’s collection of quarterly bookish items.  Every box seems to include something I know I will like while introducing me to something new and unexpected.

Have you checked out Book Riot YA Quarterly yet?  Or do you have a different book mail subscription service that you love?

Comic Book Haul

Latest comic book haul from Criminal Records!  I’m pretty pleased if I do say so myself.  

I’m really excited to check out Jeff Lemire’s new project Plutona, though I do need to find issue #2.  Bitch Planet Book One – finally!!  Lumberjanes without Noelle Stevenson is tragic but I will persevere.  Jughead gets his own book yay though I wish I had a better variant cover, that sounds douchey and I’m sorry.  Also a side character finally getting his own comic – Chewbacca!!  And 3 biggies from Marvel – Secret Wars, A-Force, and Ms. Marvel!

What’s been on your pull list lately?

A Shot of Reckless Cover Reveal!

Two of my badass bookclub friends teamed up to write a new adult novel and after many months of blood, sweat and tears, they succeeded!  A Shot of Reckless from Elephantine Publishing is being released October 14th as an e-book with a physical copy to follow! – how cool is that??

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Art major, Roxy Thompson, is a ball of fun—but she’s also careful to keep her walls intact when it comes to men. She likes relationships just like her coffee: light and sweet. After having her heart shattered once before, she’s determined not to ever feel that broken again. 

College senior, Lake Foster, is just tempting enough to make Roxy rethink her rules of engagement. Suddenly, high-dollar shots and a no-strings night out aren’t enough anymore. But Lake isn’t looking for long-term. His future is set, and in four months, he intends to graduate and leave Georgia—and everything in it—behind. Luckily, short-term fun is Roxy’s specialty, and Lake can’t resist what he promises will be a fleeting taste. 

Will Roxy and Lake really walk away when their time is up? They only have one shot to find out. 

You can win your very copy of A Shot of Reckless here and be sure to check out Maddie Paige on twitter!  A Shot of Reckless by Maddie Paige promises to be fun and sexy, I can’t wait to get my hands on it!