Thursday, July 28, 2016

Only FOUR MONTHS Until Gilmore Girls!!!

Guys. GUYS. I am SO EXCITED for the new Gilmore Girls episodes and now there's a DATE:

November 25th, y'all. Mark your calendars.

All four 90-minute episodes will drop at once (can you say post-Thanksgiving binge?) which I understand Amy Sherman-Palladino wasn't thrilled about, but for we bingers, it's a god-send.

OH AND DID I MENTION THERE'S A TRAILER:




As you can see, I have lots of feelings about this. Will Luke and Lorelai be together, finally? Who of her three beaus will Rory end up with? (I had always rooted for Logan, but it's allllmost a tie between Logan and Jess at the moment.) Or will she end up with someone new? Will Marty be back in her life? (I did always have a soft spot for him.) Will Christopher be back to screw things up again? Are Lane and Zack's kids mini punk rockers? Did Paris end up becoming a surgeon AND a judge? Where did Rory end up after working on Obama's campaign? I'm dying to know what her career is!!

There are tons more questions that I'm sure I'll think of, but that's what I've got for now. I've been binge-watching the series for probably the fourth time since it was added to Netflix (in fact, I'm watching it as I write this) and I think I love it more every time. I want to BE Rory. Or maybe Lorelai. Or a combination?

Out of any TV show I've ever watched, Gilmore Girls feels the most real to me. Rory and Lorelai feel like old friends who I haven't had a chance to catch up with in forever, and I can't wait until I do get to catch up with them! I'm sure they're just as witty and sparkling as ever.

Who else is super excited for this??

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Top Ten Things Books Have Made Jamie Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them


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This week's topic -- Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them (inspired by my post wayyy back in 2012 that I did on a TTT freebie week and have so wanting to revisit) 

Hi guys! Jamie here! I decided to tackle this one solo because I actually keep a list of things books make me want to do/learn about/whatever.  It's pretty much a given that any book that has travel in it or a really vivid setting in it has made me want to travel more -- so that's a given to be honest so I won't be including many of those because that could easily have made up my whole list.

So let's get to it:


1. The Memory Book by Lara Avery made me want to start journaling again/try making a Memory Book of sort

In the book she's making a memory book for a different reason that I would be (she has a rare disease that will make her lose her memories and this is how she's trying to fight it) but it made me really want to document life better for myself and for my family and keep a book that is a loose journal/book of memories. I feel like the older I get the less clear memories are (even though some are still super vivid) and I want to document them better. (Read my review for The Memory Book)


2. Wanderlost by Jen Malone made me want to spend more time with the elderly and hear their stories and listen to their wisdom

Obviously this book made me want to travel to all the places she went but the one thing I loved about this book are the elderly characters who were just such real characters that I fell in love with and who make quite the impression on the main character. I realize that without meaning to I kind of just ignore the older folks in my life and just in general. This book really made me heart feel this draw to pay attention to them, learn from them, listen to their stories and just remember they are people who still live full lives. I will say sometimes I think I fear ~getting old~ for many reasons that I shouldn't -- like thinking my life is over -- and maybe that's why I've never been too attentive to elderly because it reminds me of stuff that is hard for me. (My review of Wanderlost)




3. Girl against the Universe by Paula Stokes made me want to look into therapy/counseling 

This might be a little personal but that book, equal bits fluff and hard stuff, made me want to really consider talking to someone. It had such a great and positive portrayal of therapy that it just really felt more appealing to me than ever before. And made me think about how I totally am just in ~manage mode~ with some things in my life and should probably tackle them head on. I read it this summer and haven't made the leap but it definitely got the gears going to really seriously consider giving it a try. (My review of Girl Against the Universe)


4. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys made me 1) want to look more into the maritime disaster that is at the center of this novel but also learn about little known events in history that I didn't learn in school

I graduated college in 2008 and I just craaaave learning. Learning about this huge disaster in this book made me want to research it ASAP (which I did) but it also gave me this curiosity to learn about things in history that maybe I didn't know about before. I was casually listening to Stuff You Missed in History Class but it re-ignited my love for it. (My review of Salt to the Sea)


5. Happiness For Beginners by Katherine Center really made me want to do something that would really challenge me physically and mentally

I haven't figured out what it would be and this intense wilderness program she embarks on does not sound appealing to me AT ALL but it gave this desire to do something that would really test me and push me! It's been on my back burner to think about but writing this post made me decide I need to reallyyyy put some thought into it. I feel like I'm too comfortable and complacent a lot and I want to push myself. (read my review of Happiness For Beginners)


6. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler really made me want to go sailing/boating in general

The setting for this book is phenomenal and it really made me just want to be on the water. Growing up my one uncle sailed a lot and I LOVED being out on the water and doing that and I can't remember the last time I did that. (My review of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids)


7. The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre made me want to be intentional about being encouraging and kind and cheering people on

One thing I really loved about the main character was how she was really intentional about spreading cheer and encouragement to people in her school and doing random acts of kindness. (My review of The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things)


8. The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton made me want to disconnect a little from social media/lessen the grip of its importance in my life 

This one made me think about a lot of things (would make a nice easy and discuss-able read at a book club with your lady friends) but it definitely made me think about social media, how I use it and how it can affect me. Striving for a more healthy relationship with it all! (More of my thoughts on all this)



9. Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour made me want to go shopping at local flea markets

This one is so random but I remember was so vividly like NEEDING it to be summer because Emi's job is to look for the perfect props for movie sets and stuff and she goes to estate markets and flea markets and it just really made me remember how much I loved going to those kind of things with my friends in college. Even when we were too broke to buy the things we really wanted there was just something about looking at objects that were owned by other people and imagining where they came from. (My review of Everything Leads to You)



10. Brazen by Katherine Longshore made me get back onto my Tudor kick 

I have always been a history fiend, something that my stepdad and I have always bonded over, and reading this book made me remember of my huge Tudor obsession back in college and really made me want to consume everything every to do with King Henry VII and all his wives. I would always go through waves of what parts of history I would be super into and have to learn all about/read all the fiction from/watch all the documentaries about but this book reminded me why I loved learning about this period so much. (My review of Brazen)


Tell me what things books have made you want to do/learn about/etc!








Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ten Books Set Outside The US That We've Enjoyed


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I don't know about you guys but I feel like the majority of the books I read are set in the US and sometimes I am specifically looking for a book that is NOT set in the US so I thought it would be fun to make handy lists for others looking for the same thing.




Jamie's Picks

1. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed: This book was so great and the majority of the setting was not one I’ve encountered in YA — Pakistan. Learned a lot about a culture I honestly didn’t know much about truly. (My thoughts on Written in the Stars)

2. Sea by Heidi R. Kling: The setting of this one was incredible. It’s set in Indonesia after a tsunami and towards the end when we get to see the devastation near the sea it’s devastating. (My thoughts on Sea)

3. When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney: I just mentioned this one recently in my post about books I super love but don’t talk about enough/haven’t in a while but I think it’s sooo underrated. It’s set in Tokyo and made me want to book a flight ASAP. (My thoughts on When You Were Here)

4. Wildlife by Fiona Wood: I could have picked a number of my favorite Aussie YA books to represent Australian settings but I loved that this one was set in the Australian wilderness. (My thoughts on Wildlife)


Julia's Picks


5. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown - I read this book when I was in high school, right around the time that we went to Rome. It was amazing to be able to see the sites that Robert Langdon travels around to while trying to save all of the priests. Plus the book is an edge of your seat, fun ride! It's still one of my favorites, maybe because of the attachment I have to Rome.

6. Fatherland by Robert Harris - Alternate history novel set in about the 1960s in the Third Reich. It's a what would have happened if the Nazi's won WWII. Another mystery book that sends the leads on a chase over Europe to find out the truth of what happened during the war.


Jana's Picks

7. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard - This book takes place in Belize, and since I've been there it brought things to life for me! I really love this book, and it's definitely on my list of favorites.

8. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - Takes place in Paris, which I love! I've also been there and love books set in that magical city. It's also an adorable book.

9. Love, Lucy by April Lindner - This one takes place in one of my favorite Italian cities: Florence. LOVe the story, too!



We can't to see your recs for books set outside the US!






Monday, July 18, 2016

Lily Made Me Cry (Kimberly's Review of Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley)





Lily and the Octopus, by Steven Rowley             
Published: June 2016
Rating: 5+ Stars

Confession time. I cry easily. I'll just admit that now. But when I read Lily and the Octopus?

Endless tears. I locked myself up in my library at home to finish it. I'm talking going through several tissues. The type of crying that leaves you a little tired when you're done. Luckily my husband was busy during all of this, I didn't want to explain. HA

I've owned dogs all of my life, several of them have been dachshunds.  I picked up this story mostly because of my adoration of the breed. I've also lost two dogs to cancer. If you're a pet owner you understand the grief that comes with learning that your pet is sick, the decision that rests on your heart and on your shoulders, and the feeling of impending doom that sits with you, as well as that final awful grief that sweeps in once that beloved animal is gone.

Mr. Rowley also understands this, and it is devastatingly described in this story. Every single aspect of owning and loving a dog. The frustration, the joy, the companionship, the hard times. The little random things that they do that wiggle into your heart and become precious. Those moments of sheer panic when something is wrong and you don't know what to do to help them. Knowing that you belong to them as surely as they belong to you. Bonding with others through your mutual love of four legged companions. The confusion of meeting someone who doesn't like them.

I started this story knowing I'd probably cry. I had no idea just how many emotions I'd go through. I feel like I experienced everything with Ted and Lily. I was there when he first met her and fell in love. I was there with them for each of the things they experienced together. I was with him and shared his grief.

I realize I might sound like a real weirdo. Especially if you've never owned a pet. It's probably similar to parenthood, you can't fully understand it until you experience it.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book. I'd suggest not reading it in public.






Friday, July 15, 2016

Lauren Reviews The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando
Published: June 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 3 Stars

Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back -- with no idea of where they've been.

Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.


Until today. Today five of those kids return. They're sixteen, and they are... fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn't really recognize the person she's supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they're entirely unable to recall where they've been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn't come back. Everyone wants answers. Most of all Max's sister Avery, who needs to find her brother -- dead or alive -- and isn't buying this whole memory-loss story.


I liked this book for what it was - six children disappeared and five later returned. I enjoyed the mystery along with the characters. Their memories seems to be wiped clean. Some were sure they wanted to know where they had been and a couple thought maybe it was best they didn't know. I'd want to know. I'd want to know who to kick in the nads for stealing so much of my childhood from me. 

The characters were well rounded and you could easily follow their evolution from naive teenagers to adults facing their past, one thing most of us find extremely hard to do. I think I liked Avery the most. She was not one of the taken who was brought back. She was one that lived her life with this hanging over her head. Her brother was taken, but was not brought back like the others. She wanted so badly to know where her brother was and what the truth was. Was it aliens? Was is a psycho kidnapper? Maybe mad scientists who conduct experiments on children to make super human teenagers? You could go on and on with all of the possibilities, but Avery wasn't buying the memory-story and wanted to get down to the facts. Where was her brother? Why did this horrible incident rear its ugly face again, eleven years later? You've got to admire a teen who not only faces reality, but does it with the sort of determination that should make any parent proud.

The only think that kept this book from getting a higher rating is the ending. It honestly was a good book and I'm glad to have gotten the chance to read it. I think that my love of the sci-fi and horror genres have started to run YA books for me. I expect more outrageous or unconventional endings these days, and this book was too realistic for my taste of late. If you're looking for a thrilling YA novel full of mystery, I'd suggest you pick this one up. You won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Ten Facts About Us


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Ten Facts About Us (bookish or just general about you facts or ten facts about you as a blogger...whatever you want)


Lauren's Facts

If you were around when I started contributing to this blog over a year ago, then you already know what I'm about to say next...

1. I am OBSESSED with tattoos. 

I've affectionately dubbed myself The Tattooed Biblio and most of my tattoos are book related. Here's a short recap of a few of my favorite tattoos. 

The quote on the skull is from Victor Hugo's Les Misérables that reads, "It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live." Another quote on my inner arm is from Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale that reads, "Nolite te bastardes carborundorum," which is mock-Latin for "Don't let the bastards grind you down." Lastly, there is a quote on my back from Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five reading, "Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt." 




2. A very special weeny dog.

I have one of the most adorable/dingus dogs ever. His mom was a regular sized dachshund and his dad was a mini dachshund. (How in the world did that work, right?) Put those two together and this is what you get... cuteness overload with a flair of goofy. His name is Emmitt and he enjoys licking the boyfriend's face like a popsicle, making bold leaps onto furniture (missing completely about 80% of the time), and acting like a big dog. 




Julia's Facts

3. My summer has been SUPER ACTIVE
This summer has been crazy for me with getting back into playing multiple sports (softball and sand volleyball), but instead of juggling it with like homework and middle school activities, I am juggling it with work. I travel a lot for my job so running these two leagues is sometimes challenging. Do we have enough people to play tonight? Yes. Awesome. 

We have one more softball game tonight before the end of the year and are just wrapping up our first sand volleyball session. I like the volleyball because 1) sand evens out people skills usually when it comes to speed and jumping, both of which I suck at.  2) It's at a bar so I can drink and play which makes diving all the more fun. 

Also Pokemon Go? Yeah, I walked all over the place this weekend trying to catch 'em all. Including my local library :)


4. I'm currently planning a trip to Paris and Rome
This fall can't come soon enough with this trip on the horizon. My friend and I like to plan vacations and never take them, but this time we are actually going. I am so excited but sort of freaking out that all we have books so far is the airfare to Paris and from Rome. Nothing in between and no hotel accommodations yet... 

If anyone has any tips about either location, let me know! Must see place, best areas to stay, hit me up in the comments!

Daisy's Facts

5. I'm a doctor
I'm not really sure if people on the internet know this about me, but I'm a GP in training and have been working as a doctor for 4 years now (I just realised it's been 4 years, wow), 2017 will be the year in which I finish my train and will be a full grown GP :) 

6. I'm finally working out regularly
I'm not a person who particularly enjoys working out. I've been going on and off with it for years, not working out for long stretches of time, diving back in and getting burned out on it again. BUT ever since I got home from our vacation in Thailand last year (in which we were not as active as we usually are and did eat as much as we normally do on vacation, which is slightly more than at home), I decided it was time to get it together and now I'm basically working out 2-3 times a week, doing pilates at home. In the beginning I followed Cassey's monthly calendar on Blogilates and now I've switched to her PIIT28 program, which is AWESOME.

7. I went to Croatia this year
And guys, it was AMAZING! Seriously, it's such a beautiful country! They had lovely old towns, gorgeous nature parks where we went for long walks, great food, nice people. Basically all things I love to have when I'm exploring a new to me country! 
And also, they have Game of Thrones. After we already decided we wanted to go there, we discovered that actually a lot of GoT is filmed in Croatia, they have King's Landing there and we did an awesome tour walking around Dubrovnik and seeing all the sights that were used in the series and having our very own battle with Longclaw and Oathkeeper. Oh AND I rang the bell that was used in the walk of shame, it was SO much fun!

Jamie's Facts

8.  My mom named me after Jamie Lee Curtis
 No joke. I mean, it was the 80's. And yeah, my full first name is Jamie Lee. I don't have a middle name. Let me tell you how fun that has been my whole life trying to explain to people. "No but really what is your middle name?" I DO NOT HAVE ONE. Sure, Lee seems like a middle name but nope it's not. It's part of my first name. 

9. I hated my husband when I first met him

You can read more about it here but TLDR I hated my husband when I met him but also tried to hook him up with my sister because I thought he was way more her type? lols forever. It was fun for her to talk about that when she gave her maid of honor speech at my wedding.  

10.  I just spent 4 days faux parenting six children and two dogs and I'm bone tired
My sister just gave birth to my baby nephew and was in the hospital for a few days because of her c-section so I packed my dog Finn and myself and went and watched their 6 kids for 4 days -- with special appearances by my husband for half that time. It was actually really fun to hang out with them for an extended period of time but oh man am I bone tired. I did it before for a week when they went on their honeymoon and I forgot how I wanted to sleep for a week after it. The kids range from 2 to 17 so luckily the older kids helped out too so it went smoothly and there were no disasters but OOF I WANT TO SLEEP FOR A WEEK. But so excited for my new baby nephew and I'm happy I could be there for my sister and her husband to help out/spend lots of time with the nieces and nephews. Plus it's fun to be the fun and cool aunt who lets the littles stay up late and do all the fun things. Mwahaha. Being an aunt is the best. 


 Can't wait to get to know you all better with your facts about YOU! 









Thursday, July 7, 2016

Jamie Does The Bedtime Book Tag

It's summer and I feel like my brain is not working properly to write Really Good Things for the internet. A few years ago I created the A to Z survey tag, the My YA Life In Book Titles tag and the Book Superlatives tag to help combat those moments when you can't think of something to post but wanted to do something fun in the summer! However, years later my brain is even worse at coming up with stuff in the summer so I thought it might be fun to do somebody ELSE'S book tag!

My friend Lindsey just did this one so I figured I'd follow suit!

So let's take it really casual on the blog today and you can learn about books I've read in a fun way and my brain can relax a little!


THE BEDTIME BOOK TAG

(original can be  found here!)



1. What book kept you up all night reading?

Mostly recently that would be The Memory Book by Lara Avery. It was a combination of not being tired after the 4th of July festivities and hitting a point in the book where I just really wanted to know what happened. Another one of recent history was Losing The Light!

2. What book made you scared to go to sleep?

Hmm I don't typically get scared by books but I'll say the scariest one I read recently was The Dead House!

3. What book almost put you to sleep?

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake  -- so much so I had to put it down. And falling asleep would have been a problem considering it was an audiobooking I was listening to while driving.

4. What book has you tossing and turning in anticipation of its release?

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas I NEEDS IT SO BAD!!! BOOK 5!!!

5. What book has your dream boyfriend/girlfriend?

Hmm so many of them but I totally would have wanted to date Matt Finch when I was a teen from Open Road Summer.

6. What book world would be your worst nightmare to live in?

Oh dear sooo many (I wrote a post about this with 10 worlds I wouldn't want to live in but I'll say Wither by Lauren DeStefano always sounded particularly awful to me.

7. What book has a nightmarish cliffhanger?

I remember Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver being a pretty awful cliffhanger.  

8. What book cover reminds you of night time?

Wytches by Scott Snyder -- pretty creepy comic!

9. What book have you actually dreamed about?

I honestly can't say I've dreamed about a book specifically -- maybe about GETTING a book early I really wanted or I've had dreams where authors I know have been in them. BUT I will say that after read Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler that I had a pretty steamy dream. 

10. What book monster would you not want to find under your bed?

I absolutely do not want any Dementors under my bed!! 

 

 

  You are tagged if you are reading this and want to do it!!

 

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