New Site: Subtitled

Well, you all might have noticed a little bit of a lag over here the last few weeks/days… That’s because I’ve been slaving on moving everything over to my new site:

http://subtitled-abookblog.com/blog/

Which I am so, so, so excited about!! I won’t be posting on this one anymore. I’m sad to see it go, but I’m looking forward to the new one. Feel free to join me over there! I’ll be doing much the same thing, so please please keep up the funnnn with me!

 

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My Year in Books (2015)

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Well, I think it’s safe to say that little novella skewed my results a bit, but it’s also safe to say that Winter is a freaking long book! 824 pages! I don’t think I realized that as I was reading it (yes, I did it — I thought it would never end)! I’ve done pretty well this year, if I do say so myself (pats myself on the back, does a little jig of celebration).

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Fun facts, I read a book that literally everyone else read (The Girl on the Train, no review sorry folks) and also one that basically no one else read (Thirteen Guests, I did review this one). The really ironic part is that they’re both thrillers/mysteries. So that’s pretty great.

Thus ends the Goodreads portion. I went a little further, because I like finding out stuff, and I like graphs. 🙂

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I mostly read eBooks. This isn’t necessarily a preferences for eBooks but more of a readily accessible thing. My library has an excellent eBooks collection, not to mention how freaking easy it is to “check out” an eBook without getting out of my bed. Sign me up. Check me out? (That was bad, sorry).

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This is probably the purdiest pie graph I’ve seen. I mean except for that 2015, it’s almost perfectly 11% all the way around. I’m kind of in awe! I apparently didn’t read a single book published in 2010 or 2007 though, which is really interesting… (THIS IS WHY I LOVE GRAPHS)

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Where do I get my books, you ask? Clearly I’m mostly a-borrowin’ or a-buyin’. There is the small case of an ARC, as you can see, but mostly I’m hitting the library and my local used bookstore to feed my addiction.

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Can you tell what my favorite genres are from this graph? Clearly I don’t have any preferences. Nope, no way. I see a VERY distributed graph here. (I’m lying).

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See? So much fun! I know the bottom one is the most interesting, and apparently I read WAY more books I enjoyed than books I didn’t. I mean look at that graph! The 5s and 4s heavily outweigh anything else, and I still enjoyed most of the 3s even. So I’m calling that a good solid year!

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All Ears: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

20170404.jpgStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Read by: Kirsten Potter

“An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

I completely lucked out choosing this one as audiobook, but I truly think this is the format to enjoy this novel! The narrator has an almost secret source of knowledge quality to her (I’m saying her because the audiobook was read by a woman, so I was listening to a her) and she was whispering that extra knowledge into my ear(buds). I really enjoyed it as an audiobook. I feel like if I had been reading it, the narrator would have felt cold and detached, with stark knowledge just written out on the page, rather than just imparting insider information to the reader.

I really liked this book. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at first, and also because it was audiobook, it took me longer to read/listen to. Which means I had a longer chance to enjoy it. I was immersed in the novel’s world for a much longer time, and it forced me to think about what it would be like to continue living in the real world if civilization collapsed around us.

I was disconcerted, at first, by the jumping back and forth between decades, from the before and the after. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, but by part three when the author started tying things together, I loved it. I thought it was brilliant and I couldn’t wait to see what else she would do with it. I kept hoping for more, actually. She left some out, and I was disappointed that I didn’t get to see more connections! But I can’t have everything I suppose.

I loved the characters. All of them, even the ones I didn’t like, I wanted to hear more of. I wanted to know where they came from, what their lives were like before, and how they ended up here. Kirsten was strong and passionate, and if I was on the other side of the apocalypse I’d want to be like her. Jeevan after was so much more himself than Jeevan before that I was happy for him! Clark was probably my favorite character, throughout the whole thing, before and after. The Prophet, Miranda, Arthur, Augustus, Syed, all the others were just so interesting to me too.

I definitely think this one is worth your time, but I highly recommend going for it as an audiobook. You really get drawn into the world, and the narration is just beautiful.

4 out of 5 stars.

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Release Date: 12/1

13138736Their Fractured Light (Starbound #3) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

“A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze…”

The final installment to the Starbound trilogy is finally here. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. I tried to get an ARC, but I requested it too late 😦 Either was I’ll be reading this one asap! Sofia and Gideon sound just as intriguing as Flynn/Lee and Lilac/Tarver did before them. I just hate that this means I don’t get to see much of the other two couples. I know from This Shattered World, I might get snippets of the others, but it’s just not the same!

Review: This Shattered World (Starbound #2)

Review: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)

Waiting Wednesday: Charmed Deception

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“The author of The False Princess returns with an exciting fantasy about a girl who discovers that she possesses magic in a society where women are imprisoned for that gift. This novel of growing up, taking risks, finding friendship and romance is perfect for fans of Shannon Hale’s Books of Bayern series and Jessica Day George’s The Twelve Dancing Princesses series.

Sable is the daughter of a talented and powerful wizard in a land where women arenot allowed to use, or even possess, magic on pain of imprisonment or even death. Late one night, she sees a ghostly figure–a beautiful girl her own age. But the girl is not a ghost–she has been locked away for possessing a powerful and unusual magic, a magic so extraordinary that she can send her image hundreds of miles away to findsomeone who can see her. This girl needs help desperately–but how can Sable aid her without risking her position, her safety, and her life?”

Charmed Deception was supposed to be released October 27, 2015, but the publisher EgmontUSA closed. I think EO is looking for another home for this book. I certainly hope it is still released on time or at all! It sounds so good! Fingers crossed on that this one still gets published. Good luck EO! I want to read it!

Release Tuesday 10/6: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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“Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller Fangirl.

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.”

The story that was just hinted at with snippets throughout Fangirl, we’re finally getting Carry On y’all. I cannot even express how exciting this is. It would be like book Ginny being the same as movie Ginny in Harry Potter. I’m just so excited! I can’t wait to start reading this one.

If you haven’t had a chance to read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I don’t think you technically have to read that book first. But I’m going to highly, highly recommend that you read that one anyway, because I absolutely loved it!

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All Ears: Serial (Podcast)

I20141110_030857_serial just recently finished the Serial podcast, and have been thinking about it constantly ever since.

So, in case you don’t know or haven’t heard of it, Serial was a weekly podcast first released in the fall of 2014 by Sarah Koenig. She was a journalist and was approached by someone who asked her to look into a murder case from January 1999 in Baltimore. SK agreed and quickly became fascinated/obsessed/entrenched in the story and decided to release her findings, week by week to the public.

Since then, the podcast has been downloaded millions of times. People all over the world have listened to this story. I don’t know if she expected it to get so popular, but I was certainly roped in. I was putting in my headphones first thing in the morning, and continuing straight through my day (where conceivably possible for me to be listening to a podcast) to follow this story.

Needless to say, I followed SK and became fascinated/obsessed/entrenched and could not get enough information! They’ve announced a season two (though it will be a different case, not a continuation), which I’m definitely signing up for!

Waiting Wednesday: Spinning Starlight by RC Lewis

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Release Date: October 6, 2015

A companion novel to Stitching Snow, Spinning Starlight is a retelling of the classic fairy tale The Wild Swans — except it’s in space. I’m sure there are a lot of excepts with this fairy tale retelling, but sign me up! I’m very intrigued by the description and I’ve only heard good things so far.

Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait

Edit: Review coming soon!

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Cover Reveal: Assassin’s Heart

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Release Date: February 2, 2016

“In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.”

You can’t tell me that this doesn’t sound fantastic! So excited for this one! I’m obsessed with that cover! All deep red (blood and assassins, anyone?) and shiny! Definitely want this one on my shelves.

Waiting Wednesday: Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

13138736Their Fractured Light (Starbound #3) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner 

Release date: December 1, 2015

December 1 is a long way away. It’s almost as far off as my birthday and Christmas! I already have to wait for those things, it isn’t fair that I have to wait for conclusions to stories, too!

Their Fractured Light is a little different for me than other third novels I’m waiting on, because this will feature a different couple of main characters then books one and two (fingers crossed for some cameos!!). But the adversary is the same, and I would like to him/her/it toppled, please and thank you!

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