Mail Time 10.29.15

  
I came home from work about thirty minutes ago and was welcomed by a small brown package on my bed when I went to drop my backpack off in my room. I had a pretty hectic shift, but coming home to these books made my night! 

I ordered them off of the Barnes and Noble website since I had a 20% off coupon. 

The books I got were:

  • Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier – Yall don’t understand how long I’ve been looking for a hardcover of this book. Every bookstore I would go to would have this book in the paperback version or only have the second book in this series. We can all agree that this hardcover version is much more cuter than the paperback version. 
  • Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano – I barely know anything about this book, but I do know that this book has a hella cool dust jacket/cover. I’ve been eyeing it every time I set step into a Barnes and Noble.

I do have one issue with these books. They both have some denting on them which is typical since they can be jostled around during the shipment. The denting on them really sucks, but I’ll get over it eventually. It’s just that the little book collector in me that’s a bit peeved.  

  

 
Until next time yall! 

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Bookish Buys 10.20.15

  
Forgot to post these buys too! Gosh, I’m slacking. I bought these this past Tuesday (October 20th 2015).

I was down in the Winter Park area and decided to stop by Writer’s Block Bookstore to say hello to the owner. Sadly, she wasn’t there. 

On the bright side, I picked up these two books! 

The books I picked up were:

I really need to calm down on this book buying guys, but there are just so many good books! 

Until next time yall! 

Bookish Buys 10.16.15


I just realized that I made an Instagram post about my purchases this past Friday (October 16, 2015) but I never made a blog post!

These are the two books I picked up:

The Diviners by Libba Bray – Booktube has so many reviewers raving about this book and how it’s a great read near this Halloween season. I’ve been picking up good spooky/creepy/halloweenish type books to read, so this was a definite pick up when I saw it at Brightlight Books’ shelves.

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux – I have watched the movie and loved it, so the book is a must. Plus, it’s another halloweenish book!

Spelled By Betsy Schow

“Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.

Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks―like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the not-so-charming prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after.

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called “Kansas.” Now it’s up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse…before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.”

My thoughts:

Oh my Grimm and Holy Spell!!! This books was amazing! I didn’t think I would like this book this much but, I’d be darned, this book knocked my socks off. (I do realize how corny I sound, but it’s my blog so I’m keep the corn.)

I was at work one day and my cousin sent me a photo of a flier that said Betsy Schow was coming to one of the Barnes and Noble near me for a book signing for Spelled. I thought that it’d be sweet to meet her (who wouldn’t want to meet an author) so I took my ass to a B&N to get me a copy.

I was hoping to read it before the signing but I didn’t get to it and I wasn’t even able to go because I was shadowing a freshman and junior varsity football game for athletic training. Pretty sad, but that’s alright. I still read the book.

I am extremely glad that I decided to crack this book open. With my schedule I have very little time to read. For some reason, though, I flew by this book pretty quickly. The action in the book is so fast paced that I just had to keep going. Once one obstacle was done, there would be another…and then another…and then another…and then……you’re done with the book. This book had me hooked from start to finish.

Not only was this book filled with fast paced action scenes, it was also hilarious. I don’t think I have read a book in a while that has made me laugh as much as this book did. I would be sitting in my room, on the toilet (don’t you say ew because we all do it), or at a stop light (Yes, I read at stop lights. Keep the judgement coming) and I would just laugh. It wasn’t just a chuckle or giggle. It was a full ass, loud ass, obnoxious ass laugh. Pretty much an ass laugh where you are disrupting your surroundings with your new found humor.

The way Betsy Schow mixed in all the different types of fairy tales is almost genius. She molds multiple fairy tales into her books to make one whole storybook universe where all of your old favorite stories collide. The main story she seems to interweave is the Wizard of Oz. Her main character is named Dorothea who lives in a kingdom called Emerald where she meets characters that resemble the lion, the tin-man, and the scarecrow.  She ends up even wearing a blue gingham dress for Pete’s sake. Even though there are many parallels to the Wizard of Oz, this is a whole different story on itself.

This book is a playful satire to your age old fairy tales and stories. The way she pokes fun at some of the silly things some characters do in their original stories is just hilarious. I loved how the characters themselves knew that they were part of a story. For example, they are conscious to the fact that there are story makers who write their story. The story makers are like their version of a God or Gods. Here’s the kicker though, some characters actually end up interacting with story makers.

If you haven’t read this book, please read it. You will not regret it. ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIKE RETELLINGS. I’ve bought a good amount of retelling books in the past few weeks and these books have me so excited. However, this book literally jam packs a crap ton of characters from different stories into one whole story. How could you not like that?

Please go read this book. It’s great. Simple as that.

Until next time y’all!

And, yes, that’s my dog in the photo.

Library Debt


Guys I finally paid my library debt!!!!

Do you guys want to know how much it was? Of course you do (you probably don’t). My debt was $183. Mhmmm almost a whopping $200. Thankfully a wonderful librarian cut my cost down to $25. Seriously bless her and her family because that is one of the most generous things a person has ever done for me. I really wish I got her name.

I haven’t had a library card in years. Well I did have one in a different county but that’s a whole other story. The main thing is that I didn’t have a library card to the library that I live near since 2005 because we moved from house to house (in the same area) so much that we lost the books I borrowed and were never able to return them. Sad, I know. BUT NOW THE GOOD LORD HAS DELIVERED AND I HAVE A LIBRARY CARD AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Library Buys 10.13.15


Today, I stopped buy to pay off the debt I had at one of my local libraries (more details on that can be found here).

I was feeling good as I trotted my way down the stairs, but something made me feel even better. When I looked up there was a used bookstore right in front of me! It was a little store where the library sells some books.

Here are the books I got:

  • American Indian Myths and Legends selected and edited by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz – I love reading different myths and legends of other cultures. I know mostly Greek mythology (like almost everyone else on this planet), but it’s always good to be well rounded.
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer – I think after buying this book, I may finally have all of Stephanie Meyer’s books minus the illustrated versions of Twilight.
  • Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer – I already have this book, but I have it in soft cover. Originally, I had it in hardcover however I lost it while moving and then my mom wanted to read eclipse so she purchased the softcover. Now I’m a happy camper with my hardcover.
  • The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven – I’ve seen this book so many times in one of the used book stores I go to. I always pick it up but never purchase it. Since the library pretty much sells everything for a dollar, why not pick it up? Plus the dust jacket is pretty rad since it opens up into a poster.
  • The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold – I saw this on the shelf next to The Lovely Bones, so I picked it up. I like the movie for The Lovely Bones (yeahhh I didn’t read the book, bite me) so I decided this might be a good book. It seems like it would be okay from the synopsis and the blurbs made it sound pretty good. I’m a bit worried now though. I went to go get the link to it’s GoodReads page so that I could link it and it only got three stars. Who knows? I might like it.

Writer’s Block Bookstore

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Store Name: Writer’s Block Bookstore

Address: 124 E Welbourne Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Phone Number: (407) 335-4192

Yesterday was the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival where many local artists come out to showcase their gorgeous pieces. Other than the art, one of my favorite things about these festivals is that most stores in the Park Ave area have special sales or discounts going on. Writer’s Block was one of the stores having a special going on where they had 20% off. I can’t really remember if it was 20% off the whole purchase or 20% of every item. I just saw 20% off and was all “YAASSS”.

Cue me dragging my cousin in with me.

I ended up buying two books. Because this post is mainly about the store itself, you can find my post of what I bought here.

Now let’s get on to the store itself.

  

The store is pretty awesome (what bookstore isn’t, though?). They have a great atmosphere and the place is decorated quite nice.

  

They have different rooms in the store that you can explore. My favorite is the one that holds all the YA and fiction novels, of course. In some of these rooms they have some cool nick nacks and giftable items that you can purchase…or just play with.

  

I think one of my favorite things about this store is that it is well lit. I have been to a few bookstores that seem a bit dim and gloomy. Why should it matter that a store is well lit? Well, it changes up the whole ambiance and ambiance can be everything when it comes to business. Better ambiance attracts more people. More people = more opportunities for $$$.

  

The employees are extremely nice and will have good conversation with you. Trust me. I’ve been to bookstores where you talk to their employees for a bit and you hit that awkward moment where you’re kind of just standing there and smiling at each other. Writer’s Block got you if you’re feeling for a nice chat or small talk.

  

You also don’t feel like you’re constantly being under surveillance. It’s a businesses job to make sure you don’t steal their stuff, but it’s also their job to have you feeling comfortable. They do have surveillance cameras so don’t think you can just waltz in and get that five finger discount. If you’re a person who does that kind of thing, shame on you and I hope you’re mother sets you straight.

  

I always feel happy coming into this store. This is a store you must visit if you every find yourself in the Orlando area. Park Ave (the area where this store is located) in itself is a wonderful place for tourists to check out. Heck, you might see me wandering around doing some shopping or stuffing my face with food.

If you live in the Orlando area, please visit Writer’s Block and support your local bookstores!

Make sure you check out these helpful links to learn more about Writer’s Block:

Until next time yall!