Thoughts on A Court of Wings and Ruin

Let me start off by saying that I know there’s a lot of problematic stuff when it comes to Sarah J. Maas’ books. I have mixed feelings on this series, ACOTAR was problematic and just alright while I adored ACOMAF. As I’ve only ever purchased this title, I feel I need to share my jumbled thoughts. Just be prepared for this to be all over the place…

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. MaasACOWAR

Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 2, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, New Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 705 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

3.5/5 Stars

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A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

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Compiling a Collection: My Foray into Audiobook Ordering


I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve been working in a library since late 2013, and became full time last September. Now that things have settled in terms of job transitioning, I’m taking on more responsibilities than every before and I’m so excited. Along with programming and desk work, I’m going to be ordering for the first time ever and will be in charge of the J DVDs and YA and J Audiobooks.

 At the moment my main focus is the audiobooks. It’s been a while since the collection has been taken care of so the first thing I did was go in and weed out any titles that haven’t gone out in the past year. That cut the collection in half, leaving me with a lot to fill in. Especially since very few titles have been purchased recently. Plus we have a very very small selection of playaways (MP3 players with the audiobook on it).

Now I’ve been making lists of new releases and audiobooks I know I want to be in the collection, but I got to thinking what others would like to listen to. So I’m opening up the floor to my readers. I’d love to know your thoughts on:

  • Are there YA and J audiobooks I have to have in our collection?
  • What are your favorite audiobooks?
  • Should there be an even mixture of genres?
  • Do you prefer audiobooks or playaways?
  • What does your ideal audiobook section look like?

Share your answers and recommendations in the comments below and hopefully I’ll be able to implement some of your ideas as well as my own!

Nineteen Years Later: Thoughts on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

With the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I returned to the wizarding world once more and have quite a few thoughts on this new installment. I won’t be spoiling anything from the play but just wanted to get these ramblings out of my head.

HPCursedChildHarry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on July 31, 2016

Genres: Fiction, Plays, Fantasy, Magic

Pages: 328 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

3.5/5 Stars

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The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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Potterhead July: Why do Muggleborn Children Choose the Wizarding World?

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Potterhead July is a month long celebration of all things HP in the build up to Cursed Child’s release. Created and hosted by Aentee over at Read at Midnight, Potterhead July has multitudes of bloggers highlighting topics from HP Gift Ideas to Sorting Situations and Diversity Discussions to Adaptation Issues. The full list of topics and bloggers can be found right HERE!

Today I’m going to consider the question”Why do Muggleborn Children Choose the Wizarding World?” It’s a fascinating topic that doesn’t seem to be addressed in the series at all. Readers only experience a few glimpses of their interactions with the Muggle world from characters like Hermione Granger, Lily Evans, Colin and Dennis Creevey, etc. For me there are three big reasons why these kids jumped into a whole new life.  Continue reading

Thoughts on eBooks ~ Discussion


I’m bringing you my thoughts and a little discussion on eBooks today!

For the longest time reading to me meant holding a physical book in my hands. I could not wrap my head around wanting to read off devices. The flat screen, the bright back lighting. It didn’t appeal to me at all. I understood the advantages, but it still didn’t draw me in. I had a one track mind when it came to reading. Why would I read an eBook when I could read a physical book?

It wasn’t until I started discovering short novellas only accessible as eBooks that I began to read them.Even then I was mostly using my computer browser to consume those titles. Blogging was the true reason my iPad was finally used for more than just games and internet access. With sites like NetGalley and Edelweiss I can easily read advanced copies of upcoming releases and give feedback.

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Thoughts on Audiobooks: Yay, Nay, or Okay?

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Like every passionate reader, I wish to devour as many books as possible. The thing is there is only so much time in a day for that to happen. I thought audiobooks would be a great way to experience more books at a time by listening to them in the car or at home. When it comes to audiobooks though, I just haven’t gotten into it as much as I thought I would. Some of the biggest issues I always seem to run into are time, my music craving, and attention span.

The majority of my listening experience is done in the car. I have a forty minute commute five days a week and yet it can take me more than a month to listen to a regular sized book on audio. I just returned one to the library and had a dollar fine since I couldn’t finish it in three weeks. I’ve found road trips make the best occasions for audiobooks. Long periods without anything to do fits perfectly. That way if you’re driving you still get a reading experience.

Here’s the thing, though. I miss out on listening to the radio for long periods of time then. It’s not that I can’t listen to music at home, I am just doing other things. Car time means listening time and trading one for the other makes me sad. Why can’t I have all the things? Maybe I need to listen to more audiobooks at home. But how would I read physical books as well? Time always seems to bring me down.

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The Comic Conundrum ~ Discussion


If you couldn’t tell from all of my reviews both here and on Goodreads, I am quite the fan of comics. Whether it be superheroes or scouts, adaptations of shows or original content, big brands or indies, I’ve truly become engrossed in the comic format and community. I want to share my comic story, talk about the merits of single issues versus trade paperbacks, and about my reviews to come.

My love of books can be traced back through my childhood but comics are a much more recent discovery. It first started through my love of shows like Firefly and Avatar the Last Airbender, needing more stories from those worlds to immerse myself in. Upon finding out there were new tales in comic format, I immediately pounced on the idea. What brought me into an actual comic store, however, was Free Comic Book Day. The first Saturday in May is reserved for imprints to put out short stories or previews of upcoming titles that are free for the public basically celebrating all things comics.

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Plays on Dionysus: Euripides, Aristophanes, and Me (Discussion)

At the beginning of December, Jean Bookishthoughts on Youtube, held a Classical Literature Readathon and the two books chosen were Euripides’ The Bacchae and Aristophanes’ The Frogs. Two entirely different Greek plays, the former a tragedy and the latter a comedy, yet both revolving around the Greek god Dionysus. Reading these two stories got me thinking about his appearances in literature and differing preferences on theme so I thought a little discussion was in order.

Dionysus is known as the god of wine and fertility, even as a patron of the arts. In most mythology his parents are Zeus and the human Semele, and Hera in a jealous rage had him torn apart by Titans. He was  brought back to life by Rhea though and is often related to rebirth. His personality traits were often described like a dual personality. On the one hand bringing ecstasy and joy, the other brutality and horrible rage.

Euripides’ The Bacchae speaks to the Greek god’s dual sides. When he is spoken of in the play, the focus is on vivacious life and spontaneity. The character of Dionysus though is spiteful and seeks vengeance for the slanderous claims in regards to his birth. In The Frogs, Aristophanes’ portrayal of Dionysus is of someone constantly making errors in judgment and never learning from his mistakes. He is a joke until the end of the narrative.

If you’re looking for a YA depiction, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series will have you covered. There Dionysus is portrayed as disinterested, selfish, and spoiled rotten. In DC’s New 52 Wonder Woman, Dio is a punk rock teen who can inspire madness but is also indulgent of the finer things. Personally I like when Dionysus is created with both of his sides in mind, the joy and the madness. I find him more interesting that way, a more complete character.

The Bacchae and The Frogs are very typical of their respective genres. As a tragedy, Euripides’ work drips of suffering, wronged parties, and emotional upheaval. There is no questioning the disaster that will surely unfold. Aristophanes fills his tale with stupid humor, a comedy of errors and bathroom jokes. It also pokes fun at Euripides, who turns up as a character in the story, allowing Aristophanes to critique the other playwright.

I’ve always been one drawn to stories that will take my heart for an emotional ride and most likely leave me a complete mess. Whether it’s novels, television shows, movies, etc., I go for the drama. It’s not that I don’t like comedies, just that I have a hard time relating to them. The same goes for my taste in plays. I much prefer The Bacchae over The Frogs. For me, it was more compelling and intense. Aristophanes’ work just did not resonate with me.

All in all, reading these books helped me to realize that I want to continue getting into classical literature. Most of what I read was back in college for my degree and I want to get back to it. I enjoyed looking at Dionysus in different ways and talking about how my tastes in genre tend to fall on one side. Now it’s time for you to join in!

Here are some questions we can discuss further in comments:

  • What is your favorite depiction of Dionysus?
  • When it comes to plays, do you prefer tragedies or comedies?
  • What is your favorite play of all time?
  • Are any of you interested in Classical literature? If so, do you have a favorite?