What I’m reading

In Real Life

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Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley
This book has been on my To Be Read list for years! I found it at a used book store when shopping with Cap a few weeks ago and immediately grabbed it up. It was so good! It had been such a long time since I read about a world that made me want to live there. That was what the magic of Foggy Bottom did for me. It completely captivated me. I’ll definitely be reading more of Robin McKinley.

End of Days by Susan Ee
This is the last book in Penryn and the End of Days trilogy. I loved the first two books! Penryn is such a great heroine with a unique situation. She is in the middle of an Angel apocalypse, but her main concern is taking care of her handicapped sister and schizophrenic mother. Penryn is also one tough chick! All that being said, I can’t get into the third book. I hope that it’s because it’s on my Kindle and right now I’m just wanting to hold real books. I’ll try again after I finish this next book.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
I’m a huge Wizard of Oz fan, so I always enjoy retellings. I just started it, and so far I’m loving Amy Gumm.

On the Internet

“Men also use the word just. Men engage in upspeak. Men have vocal fry. Men pepper their sentences with unnecessary “likes” and “sorrys.” I haven’t read any articles encouraging them to change this behavior.

I loved Sarah’s article – “You don’t owe anyone your pretty.”

Here are 13 ways to make your site more user friendly.

Fran wrote a great series on how to build a cohesive wardrobe.

Posting a selfie publicly represents something much deeper than the picture itself. It’s a testament to the work that’s happened in my heart, to the confidence that has grown in my soul, to the acceptance I have for exactly who God has made me to be — imperfections and all.”

I loved Anne’s take on what self care looks like for her.

“We do not ever want to be touched by strangers. Ever. Standing in my vicinity for 10 minutes does not give you permission to touch me. Do not touch my hair, my leg, my arm or my hand, and certainly do not touch any of my parts that require covering in order for me to be standing in this public space near you. This is my body and I am the only person who gets to decide when, where and how it is touched.”

So, what have you been reading? Have any book or blog recommendations? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

From The Broke and The Bookish

1. The Little House Books by Laura Ingalls
It was the first series I remember reading as a kid. It made me want to live on the prairie, wear long dresses, and ride in a wagon.

2. Nancy Drew Mysteries
I will always have fond memories of those old yellow-backed books. Nancy was my hero, and she taught me that girls could be smart, brave, and adventurous.

3. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
Anne was a dreamer just like me. We both lived in our heads, and sometimes that got us in a lot of trouble. :)

4. Emily of New Moon by LM Montgomery
These books made me believe that I could be a writer someday. I believe that they are also the reason I’m so fond of dark stories.

5. By the Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz
This book was my introduction to Dean Koontz, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

6. The Gunslinger by Stephen King
I had always been too afraid to read Stephen King’s books. The movie It had scared the crap out of me as a kid. But then a friend lent me a copy of The Gunslinger and I’ve been a fan ever since. Yes, his books do scare me, but they also make me laugh, cry, and care about his characters.

7. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
The reason that I love Epic Fantasy.

8. The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
Harry Potter isn’t just a books series, it’s a way of life! I had never wanted to be part of a world, more than I wanted to be a part of Harry’s. Still do.

9. The Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny
The second reason I love Epic Fantasy. And I’m still in love with Corwin.

10. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
This is my favorite book. Ever!

This has been in my drafts folder for way too long. Since before last Thanksgiving, I think. EEP! Anyway… What books are you most thankful for? Let me know in the comments!

Pretty Little Liars: Books vs. TV

~ Some Spoilers Ahead ~

Maybe this review isn’t fair, considering I am only on Book three of the Pretty Little Liars series, but I have to say that I like the TV show better. This is a very rare thing for me, I always prefer the books , but this time I just don’t.

On the show, I find Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily very relatable. Yeah, they are in high school, and wealthy, with closets to die for, and are being stalked by the mysterious A, but they feel like real girls. Also, I can overlook that they live a lifestyle I know nothing about. In the books, with constant mentions of their gorgeous looks, and designer bags and purses, I find it harder to relate to them and their way of life. I realize that constantly mentioning these things are probably the writer’s way of reinforcing in the reader’s mind the kind of world that the PLLs live in, but I just find it alienating.

One of my favorite things on the show is the friendship between the girls. The cast has great chemistry and you believe that these girls really are friends, and have been for a long time. So far in the books, the girls have had very few scenes together, so I’m missing that aspect of the show that I love so much. I really hope this changes as the books progress.

Another thing that the show has that the books are missing is the Spencer/Toby relationship. Their relationship was so fun to watch grow and develop, but there isn’t any of that in the books. In fact, Toby kills himself at the end of book two! So, now there is no Toby at all! Which is completely unacceptable!

I will give the books this though, at least in the books the Aria/Ezra relationship didn’t last long. As much as I love Ian Harding, I am never going to think it is okay for a teacher to date his student. Yes, I know that currently on the show Ezra is no longer Aria’s teacher, but I’m still just over the relationship. Make it go away! Please! And make Wren go away too! I know that in real life all the actors on the show are around the same age, but they are playing twenty-something guys chasing after high-school girls, and it really just creeps me out. UGH!

Pretty Little Liars the show is so much fun that it made me want to read the books. But I have to say that if I had read the books first, I never would have wanted to watch the show. And that’s a shame!

So, do you watch Pretty Little Liars? Have you read the books? How do you think that the two compare?