Event Recap: Schwab & Shenanigans

Event Recap_ Schwab & Shenanigans

On March 20, my friend Katie and I took a little road trip down to Columbus for a day of shopping and Victoria Schwab. We dined at two wonderfully delicious restaurants (Molly Woo’s & Cantina Laredo) which is a bit of a rarity for me with my gluten allergy and then visited IKEA for the very first time. Some people may swear by IKEA and while I will acknowledge their furniture is pretty amazing (I picked up a couple of Billy Bookcases), that building is a horror and I felt my life essence draining from my body with each step I took. Honestly we had to recover in a Barnes & Noble afterwards.

That night we headed over to Villa Milano for the Schwab event hosted by Westerville Public Library. There was a line wrapped around the building when we arrived and the large banquet hall filled up pretty quickly. I actually ran into one of my fellow Sirens Con attendees while there and it was great to catch up. Victoria answered audience questions for about an hour about everything from character development to adaptations to upcoming works and more. After that the signing line started and with over 300 people in attendance it took some time. Victoria’s totally worth it though!

Are you a Victoria Schwab fan? Which author would you want to meet?

Let me know in the comments below!

March in Review ~ 2019

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Welcome to my Month in Review!

Books I Read

Faves

Book: There’s Something About Sweetie

Movie: Captain Marvel

TV Show: The Good Place

Listen: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line

Challenges

Goodreads: 42/150

Beat the Backlist: 19/20

Read Harder Challenge: 2/24

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge: 4

Sirens Reading Challenge: 9/25
(runs October 2018 to October 2019)

Life, Etc.

Honestly I don’t have much to say for March. Not a lot going on besides work and reading. I did get to see Victoria Schwab in Columbus (check out Thursday’s post for more details) but other than that it’s been a balancing act between stress and relaxation. I’m still making my way through The Clone Wars on Netflix and hope to finish before it gets taken off April 7. Plus Jane the Virgin is back for it’s final season.

How did your March go? Do anything exciting or just holed up at home?

Let me know in the comments below!

February in Review ~ 2019

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Welcome to my Month in Review!

Books I Read

 

Faves

Book: Red, White & Royal Blue

Movie: The Hate U Give

TV Show: Medici

Listen: Spell Check D&D Podcast

 Random: Evolution Fresh Organic Strawberry Lemonade

Challenges

Goodreads: 26/150

Beat the Backlist: 14/20

Read Harder Challenge: 2/24

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge: 3

Sirens Reading Challenge: 8/25
(runs October 2018 to October 2019)

Life, Etc.

When will the madness end?

February felt more stressful than normal with lots of ongoing stuff at work coming to a head. With programming for summer reading needed on the calendar already to the build up to the open house and culmination of this long renovation; needless to say it’s been a lot. There are promising things on the horizon though and lots of fun programs to look forward to.

Reading (and Reese’s) are what have kept me going and I was able to finish another 13 titles for February. It was an odd assortment but I ended up loving most of them. In terms of television, I’ve been watching The Good Place and Medici on Netflix as well as binge watching Season 2 of The Dragon Prince. I’m also keeping up with This Is Us.

How was your February? What do you think March will have in store for us?

Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday BackLIST: Fave Retellings

Thursday BackLIST is a new feature hosted by Novel Knight that highlights lists of backlist titles based on a specific category each week. Everyone is welcome to join!

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As I’m participating in Beat the Backlist this year I thought it would be fun to participate in Novel Knight’s new feature on occasion. I’m delving into an earlier theme of retellings and sharing some of my backlist faves. Check them out below!


deathlessKoschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations. But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the twentieth century.

Deathless, however, is no dry, historical tome: it lights up like fire as the young Marya Morevna transforms from a clever child of the revolution, to Koschei’s beautiful bride, to his eventual undoing. Along the way there are Stalinist house elves, magical quests, secrecy and bureaucracy, and games of lust and power. All told, Deathless is a collision of magical history and actual history, of revolution and mythology, of love and death, which will bring Russian myth back to life in a stunning new incarnation.

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ella enchantedAt birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the “gift” of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: “Instead of making me docile, Lucinda’s curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally.” When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella’s life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you’ll ever read.

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EpicCrushofGenieLoGenie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.

But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically rearranged. Enter Quentin Sun, a mysterious new kid in class who becomes Genie’s self-appointed guide to battling demons. While Genie knows Quentin only as an attractive transfer student with an oddly formal command of the English language, in another reality he is Sun Wukong, the mythological Monkey King incarnate—right down to the furry tale and penchant for peaches.

Suddenly, acing the SATs is the least of Genie’s worries. The fates of her friends, family, and the entire Bay Area all depend on her summoning an inner power that Quentin assures her is strong enough to level the very gates of Heaven. But every second Genie spends tapping into the secret of her true nature is a second in which the lives of her loved ones hang in the balance.

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fablesWhen a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters have created their own peaceful and secret society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown. But when Snow White’s party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it is up to Fabletown’s sheriff, a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf (Bigby Wolf), to determine if the killer is Bluebeard, Rose’s ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber.

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ToKillaKingdomPrincess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

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WickedWhen Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn’t so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.

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wrathanddawnOne Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

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Have you read any of these retellings? Which ones are your favorites?

Let me know in the comments below!

January in Review ~ 2019

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Welcome to my Month in Review!

Books I Read

Faves

Book: King of Scars & The Wicked King

Movie: The Greatest Showman

TV Show: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

Music: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack

 Random: Hippeas White Cheddar Chickpea Puffs

Challenges

Goodreads: 13/150

Beat the Backlist: 6/20

Read Harder Challenge: 1/24

Sirens Reading Challenge: 7/25
(runs October 2018 to October 2019)

Life, Etc.

Well this year is just chugging along already. As you can see I’m trying a little something new with my month in review as I highlight faves from across multiple platforms. With the winter weather finally arriving and freezing temps set to break records, it’s been a very indoorsy couple of weeks. At least that means lots of reading time and boy was it a wonderful month with some exquisite new releases and surprise backlist titles. I’ve actually been able to squeeze in workout time everyday as well; doing daily yoga and hitting Planet Fitness three times a week. Work has been wild with renovation stuff wrapping up and we’ve finally got new furniture which looks amazing.  Here’s hoping February rocks just as much!

How has January played out for you? Any exciting events take place?

Let me know in the comments below!

End of Year Survey ~ 2018

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It’s time to recap 2018 in bookish style with The Perpetual Page-Turner’s End of Year Survey! Check out all my thoughts, favorites, and stats from last year.


2018 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 175
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy, Romance

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BEST IN BOOKS

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Dreamer by L.E. DeLano

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie M. Liu

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Series Started: Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Sequel: Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova
Series Ender: Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

Sarah MacLean
(two years in a row for romance authors)

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Elementals by Michael McDowell

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Indranan War trilogy by K.B. Wagers

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Séverin Montagnet-Alarie from The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

 Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

“The story of the ugly duckling was never about the cygnet discovering he is lovely. It is not a story about realizing you have become beautiful.

It is about the sudden understanding that you are something other than what you thought you were, and that what you are is more beautiful than what you once thought you had to be.”

~ Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest: Leave the Window Open by Victoria Schwab
Longest: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Felicity Faircloth & Devil from Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The Sisterhood in Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Rising Gold by Ava Jae

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Check, Please! Book One by Ngozi Ukazu

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

Kai Arviso from Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Catherynne M. Valente

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Firestarter by Tara Sim

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
(RAGE)


MY BLOGGING/BOOKISH LIFE

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

BerryBookPages

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?

Ace of Shades Street Style

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018:?

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4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

Sirens Conference

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

Meeting Anna-Marie McLemore at Sirens Con and witnessing her breathtaking and emotional keynote.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Getting inspired

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I’ve Removed from My TBR

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Series Review: The Rules of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Novel Knight

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Well I completed my Goodreads goal and the Debut Author Challenge.


LOOKING AHEAD

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will BF Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. Duh!

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Where to start? Let’s go with Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan, We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, and The Mericful Crow by Margaret Owen.

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

Firestarter by Tara Sim

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

Actually read some nonfiction this year!

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi


How did your 2018 pan out on the bookish front? Did you do an End of Year Survey?

Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorites I’d Like To Revisit

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Harry Potter
  2. Shades of Magic
  3. Illuminae
  4. My Faire Lady
  5. Air Awakens

Ah yes a Top 5 Wednesday that feels like it’s calling me out. There are so many favorites that I want to revisit these days and there’s just not enough time to fit all the new releases and rereads into my busy schedule. Maybe I can find the time for these five though. Unfortunately all but one is a series and I have a feeling I’d end up binge reading all of them.

Do you enjoy revisiting old faves? What would be your Top 5?

Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Books of 2017

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. A Conjuring of Light
  2. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
  3. The Upside of Unrequited
  4. The Girl with the Red Balloon
  5. Hunting Prince Dracula

Picking my favorite books of the year is always one of the hardest decisions and this year is no different. I’m actually a little surprised by my choices this time around. Only one is an outright fantasy and I’ve got three historical fictions on the list. Plus a contemporary to round it out. All of these books blew me away and gave me so many feels. If you haven’t picked them up, I highly recommend it!

What are your Top 5 Books of 2017? Did any of mine make your list?

Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Bromances

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Will & Jem
  2. Frodo & Sam
  3. Rhys, Cassian, & Azriel
  4. Jax & Erion
  5. Arin & Roshar

Hello all! It’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday and this week’s theme is Favorite Bromances. Who doesn’t love intense male friendships? At the top has to be Will and Jem from The Infernal Devices. They’re parabatai but even then the emotional bond seems deeper than normal. Frodo & Sam from The Lord of the Rings really are friendship goals, always supporting and being there for each other. Rhys, Cassian, and Azriel from A Court of Mist and Fury really know how to show emotion and have each others backs. In the Air Awakens series, Jax and Erion are the best of friends, always on the front line together. Rounding out the Top 5 is Arin and Roshar from The Winner’s Trilogy. Their friendship is so playful and snarky, but those two truly make a great team.

Are any of these bromances in your Top 5? Who would you pick?

Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Madeline
  2. Ella Enchanted
  3. Little House on the Prairie
  4. Babysitter’s Club
  5. Where the Sidewalk Ends

Today’s Top 5 is kind of a blast from the past as I reflect on my favorite children’s books from when I was young. At the tippity top has to be Madeline. It’s such an iconic picture book with twelve little girls in twelve straight lines. The artwork was tremendous and I always buy it as a gift for little ones. Ella Enchanted though was my go to title when I was young and I definitely reread that one more times than I can count. Another reread title is Little House on the Prairie which probably sparked my love of history. Of course the Babysitter’s Club books make the list even though I never once wanted to babysit. Rounding out my Top 5 is Where the Sidewalk Ends which never fails to bring warmth to my heart. As introductions to poetry go, Shel Silverstein was a great choice.

Did you read any of these as a child? Which titles made your list?

Let me know in the comments below!