Showing posts with label a sunday soliloquy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label a sunday soliloquy. Show all posts


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Recently I've moved into a new apartment with new roommates who don't know much about me. When I moved in, I came with a fluffy corgi, new sheets and pillows, and 11 boxes of books. Yes. 11 damn boxes. Needless to say, my brother and father hated me several days when they realized I lived on the third floor.
When I moved in, my roommates stood in shock at my three bookshelves and stupid amount of books. "It's like Hogwarts in here", one of them said. It made me super aware that I may have several quirks and traits that come with my love of reading.
It got me thinking, I know many readers and they all come with a group of traits and quirks. We are a select few that are passionate about books, OTPs, true love, and authentic fanfiction. We fall in love with characters, places that don't exist, and friendships that are too good to be true. While a reader is one that is a diamond in the rough, you must be aware of the side effects that tag along with this lifestyle of choice.

Here is a list of the top 5 book lover problems:

1. Organizing your bookshelves is an experience you find exciting.....and one that no one understands. A boy texted me tonight asking what I was doing. I could have responded with some wild adventure that would make him find me irresistible and alluring. But no, this is how I responded.

See also: this is probably why I'm single.

2. People walk in on you crying at the worst moments and demand to know why. WHY? BEACSUE OF ALL THE FEELINGS. THAT'S WHY. No one will understand the struggles your heart endured as you stood beside Katniss as she fought with her love for two men. Your roommate isn't going to get it when you are crying in the bubble bath because men like Jamie Fraser don't exist in real life.

3. Book borrowing is a sacred act. For real though. If I let you borrow a book, it means I trust you. It means that I've probably met your mother, sister, and the girl who babysat you back in 1st grade. I will know your level of cleanliness and how many times you wash your hands a day. I will know at least two of your deepest secrets and will use them for collateral upon the safe return of my book.

4. There are couples in books, and then there are COUPLES IN BOOKS. These types of love are created from all things ancient and stardust. They are destiny and fate and all that good crap thrown together. You will cry when they cry, and you will hate the guy or girl that tries to stand in the way of true love.

5. You have a nemesis in the book world. Whether it be an author or book character it doesn't matter. You despise this person with an irrational passion. You may hate yourself because her writing is just that good, and dammit, you just bought her newest book. Why do you do this to yourself? She's a terrible person and super sketchy in real life. Your sister's, co-worker's, dog sitter's nephew once met her and said she was a total diva. Ugh. You will never buy any of her books again....until she comes out with an anthology or index of facts about the Shadowhunter erhm, fictional book universe* that you need to know.

That's all I got! I definitely know I am missing some book lover problems. So tell me, what are your struggles? Are they funny? Serious? Share in the comments!!

*The author of this post does not hold any ill will towards any famous author that may or may not have been mentioned on this blog. However, if the writer of this post does in fact become famous, she may snub said author that may or may not be mentioned on this blog. 

What's in a favorite?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I'd like to consider myself a pretty well read girl in the YA universe, and generally have a favorite book from each genre. Looking at my "favorites" shelf really got me thinking. What exactly makes a book a favorite for me? Is it the storytelling? The characters? The writing style? After further inspection of some of my favorites, I decided that it is a mixture of a little bit of everything.

Shatter Me Triology 

by Tahereh Mafi 

THESE BOOKS. Be still my heart. Mafi writes in a way that makes me blush and my heart soar all at the same time. Her knack for metaphors make me jealous, and her stream of consciousness writing appeals to my writer's heart. Also? Homegirl knows how to write a solid love triangle. I am normally one that rolls my eyes at them, but this one left my heartstrings being pulled. 


The Book Thief 
by Markus Zusak 

This is hands down my favorite book. The love I feel for this book cannot be put into words. I have passage after passage highlighted in this book because Zusak writes so damn beautifully. The emphasis on words and storytelling throughout the book is poetic and poignant. I loved how Zusak was able to show the beauty and brutality of humanity; something that I find difficult to express. Beauty can come through the midst of a tragedy.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 

by Benjamin Alire Saenz 

I love books that make me think about life beyond my own. Aristotle and Dante did just that. Two boys discovering love is never easy. Yet Ari and Dante's story is told so exquisite that you can't help but fall in love with the two characters. Their story made me realize that there are struggles far beyond my own, and that no issue is less important than another.

What are some of your favorite books? Why? Let me know!!

Pen shaking songs.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

As a lover of books and the written word, I love words in all forms. For me, inspiration can appear anywhere--from poetry, handwritten notes, to even a billboard on the side of the street. As a writer I soak it up, especially in a inspiration drought.

My favorite types of inspiration can be found in music. There are so many songs with lyrics that just make my heart hurt and take my breath away. There are certain songs that just make my pen beg to be used, and my spirit fill with stories longing to be told. Today I thought I would share my current top 5 favorites (which are always changing).

1. Battlefield by Lea Michele 
I've always been one that turned my nose up to all things Glee until my last significant other showed me the charming side of the kitschy teen drama. Since then, I stumbled upon Lea Michele's newly released album which is nothing like Glee and contains everything that is good. Her song Battlefield simply tugs at my heartstrings. The lyrics and her voice evoke so much pain that tell a story begging to be fleshed out into a novel. 

2. We Did It When We Were Young by The Gaslight Anthem
I'm not sure how I found this song, but when I did I could not stop listening to it. Really. I had this song on repeat for a solid two weeks. After that two week period, I wrote a short scene based on this song that is one of my favorite pieces to date. This song got me out of a long writing drought, and sparked some really original stories that I am still working on.

3. Skinny Love by Bon Iver 
Amanda introduced to me to this song at a time in my life that I was completely broken. The haunting melody of this song was something that resonated with my heart. Since then, I always turn to it when I want to write something nostalgic and full of longing. It still strikes a deep chord with me today.

4. Just Give Me A Reason by P!nk and Nate Ruess
THIS SONG. I have so much love for this song/video. This is a song that Amanda and I will play in the car at full volume and simply belt to our heart's content. Nate Ruess from Fun. adds such a unique dynamic with Pink and they tell such a passionate story. I turn to this song when I want to remember what it is like to feel infinite. There were very few moments in my life that I experienced that feeling, but the times that I did I clung to them. Everyone should feel infinite at least twice in their lives.

5. Charlie Boy by The Lumineers
Warm meadows, sunshine, white cotton dresses, early evening thunderstorms, daisy chains, and sweet tea on a front porch. Songs evoke such strong images, scenes, or memories for me. While this isn't something I've ever experienced, I feel like I have because this song creates such a vivid image in my mind.

What are some of your favorite songs? Did I hit any of your favorites? Let me know! Or, head over to Spotify and listen to my March playlist

Side Effects May Vary Book Launch

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Event Recap:
Saturday, Amanda, Jamie, and I had the chance to attend Julie Murphy's Side Effects May Vary Launch Party in Texas. The crowd turn out for the event was great, and Julie sold out of her book within the first 30 minutes of the event. Julie, of course, was stunning and looked so happy to be there. She spoke for several minutes about the book, its journey, and her excitement to see it published. At one point, she even got emotional (which I loved). You could tell that this book was her pride and joy.

Book Signing:
During the book signing, Julie took time to visit and meet each person that came through the line. It wasn't rushed at all, which I loved. She remembered both Amanda and I, and even noticed that Amanda cut her hair. I've never been to an author signing before, but Amanda had, and commented on the rare personal touches that were made. It was great.
While meeting Julie, we talked about her fame as a newly published author, and asked if she was still star struck when she met bigger authors. She joked about crying when she met A.S. King, and feeling super nervous when she met Sarah Dessen.

Book Monogamy.....THE TIMES ARE CHANGIN'

Sunday, March 9, 2014
So this week, I read Jamie's post on being a serial book monogamist, and it really got me thinking. I started out leaving this big huge comment on the subject and then thought, "Why don't I just make this into a post?" So here I am. This has been an age old debate between Amanda and I, as we have very differing views on the subject. I have also changed in the past years as my reading rate has increased.


  1. Growing up, I was a one book girl. My heart and soul were given to one book and one book only. 
  2. As I grew up and became an English major in college, I got used to reading several books at a time. I didn't necessarily enjoy it, (because I have a weird thing about being told what to read) but I did learn the balance. I pleasure read very little in college, as I didn't have much time or money (typical, right?). 
  3. In the summer, I would make a haughty English-majory reading list that consisted of Hemingway to Melville (because I was an insufferable 22-year-old). I read very little YA lit. I am willing to admit that I would turn my nose up at it. I was way up high in that ivory English major tower, you guys.  
  4. I think another contribution to my book monogamy was my battle with dyslexia. I have a harder time reading adult fiction because of the verbose vocabulary most books have, and books with complex words take me a longer time to read. 
  5. At the end of college I started reading YA lit, and I noticed that I had many of the words already memorized and had no need to slowly decode and sound out each word. While there are still some books out there that are challenging, (I'm looking at you, Seraphina) I usually save them for audiobooks. 

A Sunday Soliloquy: Vampire Academy

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Preface: Okay, okay. So there has been a lot of love it or hate it feels going around for the new film Vampire Academy. I am the first to give some judgey side eye to the Vampire craze that has hit youth, menopausal women, and every one in-between. Yet after seeing the hype and discussion with my fellow book bloggers on twitter, I figured I would give it a shot. I hadn't ever dreamed of picking up the popular vampire series (because I am a distinguished YA reader after all. Cough, cough.), so I had no idea what I was getting into.

I won't lie, I've had my Twilight phase, and you are lying if you said you never had one. I took up arms for Team Edward or Team Jacob, though I refuse to confess whose side I sympathized with. (I will take that secret to the grave.) Then I grew up and was graced by the YA gods with good taste in literature. And if you still think that Stephanie Meyer is a good author then come here my sweet summer child, and let me introduce you to good writing.

So, last night my BFF and co-author Amanda and I were craving a movie date, and and all our must see movies weren't coming out until the next few weeks. We decided to take a chance on Vampire Academy, and if it sucked (pun intended), then we made a pact to deny that we ever went to see the movie.

Amanda's Thoughts: I went into this movie feeling very guarded. It's a vamp movie, and I expected no different from Twilight, honestly. Boy, was I glad I was wrong. This movie had all the qualities of a good teen movie. It had a lot of action, just a hint of romance but it wasn't swimming in sexual tension and a googly eyes, and a good theme of friendship that struck me as very endearing. This movie is riddled with excellent one-liners, and I pray to God that you have a good audience that laughs just as much as we were. I think that people were more laughing at us laughing at the movie. Overall, it was an excellent $5 spent, and I would do it again! It even made me want to read the books!

Addison's Thoughts: I loved, loved, loved this movie. While this wasn't some deep philosophical thriller, it was a funny, and cute teen movie. I enjoyed that the cliche vampire traits were poked fun at, and that some historical lore was woven into the plot. The story relied heavily on romance, friendship, and a heaping dose of pop culture (which I loved). Amanda and I found ourselves laughing continuously throughout the film.

Books & Break-Ups

Sunday, January 19, 2014

“Mr. Bennet treated the matter differently. "So, Lizzy," said he one day, "your sister is crossed in love, I find. I congratulate her. Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then. It is something to think of, and it gives her a sort of distinction among her companions. When is your turn to come? You will hardly bear to be long outdone by Jane. Now is your time. Here are officers enough in Meryton to disappoint all the young ladies in the country. Let Wickham be your man. He is a pleasant fellow, and would jilt you creditably." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

   So while the title of my cheesy, albeit quirky column seeks to bring sunshine at the beginning of the week (that and I couldn’t come up with anything else that started with the letter S), this post is going to get real. We are talking about break-ups. Yes, we’ve all been through them. Man or woman, we’ve all been hurt by love.

   While some of us have been fortunate to only be undone by love once or twice, there are many more who carry battle scars upon our backs and stories of heartbreak tucked into our sleeves. Each of us has a Brett or a Michael that we met “at the wrong time” when we were “finding ourselves” we so desperately wish to forget. Yet we also have one, the one that stays. The love that found its way into the core of our emotional DNA. These are the loves that write chapters in your heart and breathe sonnets into your lungs.

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