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!

 

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?

Sunday Comics: Black and Blue Edition

This weekend has brought a comic book haul of the black and blue color variety.

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Darth Vadar #1 – 3: I was impressed with Star Wars #1 (2/3 were so-so) but I am still eager to start this new Darth Vadar.  Questions!  Will it parallel the current Star Wars (taking place after A New Hope) or will it go into Darth Vadar’s past?  I’ll find out shortly!

Wytches #5: Each issue brings us closer to the unsettling truth behind the Wytches.  After this first arc is resolved, I’m going to read them all back to back for maximum creepy factor.

Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop (Issues #6 – 10): I can’t wait to dive into the next chapter of our favorite orgasm-having, time-freezing couple Jon and Suzie.

I’ve also finished up Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu and Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider, full review to follow.

What are you reading this weekend?

Friday Reads

You can always count on a cat to sit on whatever it is you need at that moment in time.  Bear is currently posing on top of my two Friday reads – I’m taking today off to take care of Mark who had his wisdom teeth taken out this morning (or as I like to say, forcibly ripped from his skull).

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Outcast by Robert Kirkman (creator of the Walking Dead) and Paul Azaceta is a new comic from Image, Volume 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him comprises issues #1-6.  Leaving the world of zombies behind, Kirkman and Azaceta explore a new kind of horror in demonic possession.  Kyle has always been surrounded by demonic possession ever since he was a child, now as an adult he is beginning to comprehend how he fits into a larger war being fought between good and evil.

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Outcast isn’t as creepy or unsettling as Wytches but it definitely has potential to get there.  I am not familiar with the Walking Dead comics (I consume TWD a la television) so I can’t speak to Kirkman’s earlier work but I like the story, characters, and artwork of Outcast.  I’m looking forward to Kyle learn about his ability to possibly exorcise demons and get some more information on the war that God seems to be losing.

Side note: I need Wtyches #5 already!

Next up with Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu.  I went to an author event last year featuring Veronica Roth and Marie Lu and I received a signed copy of Legend with my ticket (and a copy of Four by Roth).  I just got around to reading Legend earlier this month and I was so surprised at how much I liked it!

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While I love me some YA, I have grown a little weary of the YA dystopian genre.  Surprisingly, I found Legend to be refreshing – thorough world building, distinctive dual POV, and no love triangle!  We learn about the futuristic state of the Republic through the eyes of Day and June, both legends in their own worlds.  June is a military prodigy being groomed for the highest leadership roles within the government while Day is one of the most wanted outlaws in the Republic.  Their lives collide when Day is framed for murdering June’s brother.  As June hunts Day down, they both come to uncover secrets about their pasts and how they are mere pawns in the larger conspiracy of the Republic.

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I tore through Legend and just started Prodigy, the trilogy finishes up with Champion and I can’t wait to read it!

Happy Reading!

Author Encounters: Veronica Roth and Marie Lu

This past week (Thursday to be precise), Little Shop of Stories in conjunction with Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA hosted an evening conversation between authoresses Veronica Roth and Marie Lu of the Divergent trilogy and Legend trilogy, respectively.

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With the purchase of an event ticket package, I received two tickets AND two fantastic books!  The first book is Four by Veronica Roth, a collection of short stories from the world of Divergent from Four’s POV along with three additional scenes taken from Divergent and written from Four’s POV.  Secondly, is Legend by Marie Lu.  I am particularly excited about Legend, it’s a book I’ve been seeing on the shelves for years and have never picked up.  No excuses now!
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The conversation began with a lightening round of questions back and forth between Roth and Lu covering topics from favorite superhero (batman and spiderman, respectively) to the villain you would most like to punch in the face (both agreed on Dolores Umbridge much to the audience’s pleasure).  There were lots of Harry Potter references so you know I was happy.  One completely random thing, I was surprised by how tall Roth is, I mean she really does tower over people!!  Both authors were engaging, often making each other and the audience laugh.  They asked each other questions and took questions from the audience.

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One question that stuck out in particular was when Roth asked Lu about the work she put into the dual perspectives of June and Day from Legend.  It was hard to stifle a laugh/cough/comment, a problem that I think was shared by other audience members.  In a previous posting I wrote reviewing Allegiant, one of my main beefs with the novel was its poor dual POV execution.  I haven’t read Legend yet so I can’t comment on Lu’s dual POV ability but she seemed to have done extensive work on creating each character and their individual voices.  I hope Roth takes a lesson from Lu if she is planning on future dual POV novels.

Following the end of the Legend trilogy, Lu has a new novel coming out this fall called The Young Elites.  I am interested to know what Roth has coming down the pipe next (I hope this doesn’t turn into a Cassandra Clare situation where she is unable to write anything outside this world).  Currently Insurgent is filming in Atlanta and I have seen Shailene Woodley twice, TWICE!  Let me tell you, the first time I saw her at the farmers market, I had a fangirl attack of epic proportions probably because I recently sobbed over The Fault in Our Stars in theaters.  She was behind me getting coffee, I had heart palpitations, I got my coffee and went to the sidebar to get creamer and had a fangirl, silent squealing moment with another girl that recognized her.  At least from what I saw, the people that recognized her gave her space and let her go about her organic shopping needs.  Then I saw her the following weekend again at the same farmers market, I swear I’m not stalking her.

In other bookish news, I finished Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (review to follow) and am re-reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman.