My Literary iTunes Library

I make no attempts to try and keep my geek under wraps. I mean, I used to, and then I rediscovered my love for all things YA and decided that it was much too exhausting to try and conceal my geeky side. So here I am. In addition to being an unapologetic geek, I am also a runner. I try to run every day in order to compensate for the large quantities of cheese/bread/chocolate I consume. I realize, this is probably (definitely) not the best system, and it doesn’t work quite as well as I’d like, but I obviously can’t not eat the bread, right? Right.

Back to the point of this post.

Running every day for an extended period of time tends to lead the same songs being played over and over and over again. So, like every other person on the planet, I have created playlists in order to mix up the music I listen to. Each of my playlists have names that are related to books in some way or another. Some are titles and characters, while others are short lines that I love. There really is no rhyme or reason to these lists; sometimes I create a playlist with a specific book in mind and then add songs that I think go along with the plot and theme. Other times I am just looking to add some variety to my morning runs and create lists with songs I haven’t listened to in a while. If it’s been a while since I created a new playlist, I spend some time thinking about recent books I’ve read and what about them stuck with me, and then come up with a title.

It’s really all a way for me to constantly stay connected with books.

But really, it’s because I’m apparently in the running to be the biggest, geekiest, future librarian. In the world.

My literary playlists

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Book: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Rose Under Fire

The playlist’s name is also the name of the section in Ravensbrück where Rose Justice and her fellow prisoners were forced to reside. I agonized for a longgggg time over what line/character/place to use for a new playlist. In the end, I decided on this one because it was where Rose found her “more than sisters.”

Kiss Me Hardy!

Book: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity

I required no time to mull over the title of this playlist. Anyone who has read- and by read, I mean experienced- this book, knows that this occurs in one of the gut-wrenching, emotionally-destroying scenes EVER. This is one of my favorite lines from ANY book I’ve read; I’ve written it on my bookcases and am considering getting it as a tattoo. It would have been wrong for me to not make this a part of my music library in some way.

Call Me Irresistible

Book: Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Call Me Irresistible (Wynette, Texas #6)

I’m not sure if anyone writes witty banter better than Susan Elizabeth Phillips. This book is the second to last book in a series that actually brings in characters from her other series, which is totally awesome, because in my mind, all of my favorite characters would know and interact with each other despite being in different books.

Full of Grace

Book: Full of Grace by Dorothea Benton Frank

Full of Grace

This isn’t even my favorite book by Dorothea Benton Frank, but I love most- if not all- of her books, and wanted to use a title that was pretty.

Just Listen

Book: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen

All of Sarah Dessen’s books have fantastic titles, and since this one happens to incorporate music into the title and story, it seemed fitting to include it in my library.

Little Earthquakes

Book: Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner

Little Earthquakes

As I’m going through my playlists, I’m impressed with how many I’ve named after books that are not actually YA. In my mind, I assume that I’ve only ever read YA literature, but that is clearly not the case. I went through a Jennifer Weiner phase right after I read In Her Shoes, and I remember thinking that this book had so many elements included in the plot, and all of them worked well together and in the overall story. Plus, I just liked the books’ title.

Mockingjay

Book: Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

I’m pretty sure I wanted to put together a list of songs that were fast-paced and would help in my “Amy is a badass” running fantasy. Also, I loved that it was one word rather than a longer phrase.

One the Jellicoe Road

Book: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Jellicoe Road

I’ve already discussed (at length) my love for this book, so naturally I needed to create a new playlist using any element of this book. The original title of the book is, in fact, On the Jellicoe Road, so I thought I would mix it up and use that name rather than the one published in the U.S. I know, cray.

Pemberley

Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

It only seemed fitting that I name a playlist after anything that has to do with one of my favorite books.

Primrose

Book: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

I’m pretty sure that I just wanted to make a new playlist and was still suffering from a Hunger Games hangover, and chose a character with an interesting name. Now I’m thinking that I should have gone with Finnick Odair. Because, great name.

This Lullaby

Book: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

This Lullaby

Real talk: Sarah Dessen just comes up with some of the best titles ever. Even though this is one of my favorite titles, I wouldn’t have minded naming the playlist after the book’s main boy, Dexter. One, because I love the name Dexter, and two, because that character was fantastic. Also, as this is another Dessen novel with a title having to do with music, it seemed like an obvious choice.

What You Will

Book (play): Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night

I made this playlist during my junior year of college while I was taking my first class on Shakespeare. I loved that this play had two titles, and both were happy and fun sounding. We had also just come off a string of Shakespearean tragedies and I was so happy to finally read a play that didn’t end with the death of EVERY CHARACTER. This play involves a shipwreck, mistaken identity, romance and a whole lot of comedy, so who wouldn’t want to create a list of songs for such a fantastic play?

As of right now, those are my only playlists with literary titles, but I have no doubt that I’ll be adding more very soon. Especially since I’m buying and reading books like it’s my job. Which is, in fact, not my job. Not yet.

Amy

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In Which the “Psych” Premiere was Fantastic

EVERYONE CAN RELAX BECAUSE PSYCH IS BACK.

Just so we’re clear, I live in a cable-less household, which means that I had to wait an un-Godly amount of time before viewing all the Psych amazing-ness.

Totally worth the wait because IT WAS HARRY POTTER THEMED. Two of my favorite things collided and produced an episode of epic proportions. In honor of this fabulous episode, I’ve made a list with just a few of the episode’s best moments. To give you an idea of the hilarity, I lost track of how many times I laughed out loud.

Wait- I started laughing within the first few seconds, and didn’t stop until the closing credits.

Anyway, some of the funnys from Psych’s Lock, Stock, Some Smoking Barrels, and Burton Guster’s Goblet of Fire:

1. Shawn’s accent. The first thing we hear is Shawn’s attempt at a British accent, which he completely goes for and, of course, comes off sounding all kinds of ridiculous.

2. Gus and PotterCon. So the episode involves Shawn and Gus heading to England to help with a case, which Gus uses as an opportunity to unleash his inner Geek and go to “PotterCon.” I can only assume this is ComicCon, but just Harry Potter. Obviously if this was real I’d be on the next flight to England. Gus is unapologetic (as he should be) in his love for Harry Potter and dons the Hogwarts uniform (right down to the school robes) for the entire episode.

3. Gus’ wand and broomstick. His passionate argument with the airport security man over whether or not he is allowed to bring a wand with a Phoenix feather hidden inside and his Nimbus 2000 broomstick is nothing short of genius. But also, I’d react the same way. Obvs.

4. Pottering- Jumping off of something high with a broomstick.

5. Pierre Despereaux is back! Cary Elwes is basically a genius when it comes to playing Despereaux. Of course, I spent the entire episode trying to figure out if he was truthful or not. And after watching premiere twice through…. I’m still not sure.

6. The bad buy is the same dude who played the soccer coach in She’s the Man! Every time this guy opened his mouth, I expected pre-cray Amanda Bynes to show up with that ridiculous wig on.

7. Gus tries to hit on the secretary. “Have you heard about Pluto?”

8. All of the following Gus lines:

“I thought I saw Rupert Grint, but it was just dumb old Prince Harry.”

“I am pretending to be a wizard, Shawn. Get your fantasy fiction right!”

“I came here to drink my weight in Butterbeer, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”

9. The PotterCon flyer.

WHY IS THIS NOT A REAL THING. Can someone get on this? PLEASE.

10. Shawn’s take on the British accent:

“Apparently there is no ‘H’ in this language”
Shawn: “What is this man saying to us?”

Gus: “I have no idea.”

11. The epic fight scene with She’s the Man coach and Despereaux.

Amazing. And Despereaux kicks ass. WIN.

In conclusion I’d appreciate it if this show would refrain from taking break for like 10 months at a time. That’s ridiculous and I won’t stand for it any longer! And I’ve decided that Burton Guster is definitely my spirit animal. At least one of them.

Definitely.

The “Welcome to 2014” Post: 7 Days Late.

Let’s talk procrastination.

I’m not sure why I’m so skilled in the art of avoiding things. I’ve definitely honed this skill over many, many years of schooling (see tests for which I could have been better prepared, posters that lack any creativity, and poorly- edited papers with lots of “teh” written instead of “the”), so it’s safe to say that I’ve had a great deal of practice.

This is all my way of saying that 2014 is officially one week old, and I’m just now writing a post for this blog. Not only that, but it’s been about 3 weeks since I wrote my last post. I have not had this blog for very long, and one would think that the least I could do is write something anything to publish.

FAIL.

So here I go.  How I spent New Year’s Day:

 

That’s right, people. After ringing in the New Year at Mass Ave Tavern in Boston, my fellow badass librarian and future roommate, Celia and I woke up on January 1 at some early hour that we are still proud of, and walked over to Barnes and Noble in the Prudential Center. LIKE THE ADULTS WE ARE. Almost. We were so proud of how responsible we felt that we decided to purchase all the books we wanted. By all the books, I mean approximately two each. Because, money. I pranced out of the store with a copy of This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith and The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg.

This Is What Happy Looks LikeThe Encyclopedia of Early Earth

I proceeded to go home and order two more books from Amazon using a gift card I received for Christmas. Do I have a problem? Probably. Do I care? NOPE.

Wait.

I care a little bit because I’m running out of space. Fast. I mean, obviously I can’t stop buying all the books because that’s a ridiculous solution, so I just need to buy/build more bookcases.

 

Specifically, THIS bookcase:

Must Have. Doctor Who TARDIS Bookcase DIY

The struggle is so real right now.

Rather than continue with my grumblings about books and my lack of space, I’m going to end this post now before I get out of control. Fingers crossed that I’ll be back tomorrow with a post about the first book I read in 2014 (The Diviners… AH-MAZING) along with a list of books being published this year that I need to get my hands on immediately.

Happy Reading!

In Which I Discuss How I Spent The Whole Weekend Reading

SO. I did manage to finish Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo late Saturday night. I actually stayed up until the ungodly hour of 2:30 a.m., partly because I couldn’t sleep and partly because I wanted (needed) to find out what happened to Alina and Mal.

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

I’ll begin my brief review by stating that I should (and will never again) discuss a book before I’m done reading it. Because, the Darkling, guys. I mean, yeah, his name alone is a huge indicator of his poorly-veiled villainous ways, but I was kind hoping that Bardugo would surprise me and make him only a little bid evil. Yeah, that did not happen. He went full-fledged evil all over the place and I did not care for it. AND, to top it off, it turned out that Genya and David- Alina’s supposed friends- were on his side the whole time. I mean, COME ON. I loved Alina’s friendship with Genya. Ugh.

On a positive note, Mal came back for Alina and proceeded to have one of the most romantic quotes ever:

“I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I’d catch myself just walking around to find you, not for any reason, just out of habit, because I’d seen something that I wanted to tell you about or because I wanted to hear your voice. And then I’d realize that you weren’t there anymore, and every time, every single time, it was like having the wind knocked out of me. I’ve risked my life for you. I’ve walked half the length of Ravka for you, and I’d do it again and again and again just to be with you, just to starve with you and freeze with you and hear you complain about hard cheese every day. So don’t tell me why we don’t belong together,” he said fiercely.”

Excuse me while I swoon.

Overall, I liked this book fine and I’ll definitely be reading Siege and Storm soon, but it wasn’t my favorite fantasy reads of late. This could be because I’m still suffering a massive book hangover from The Girl of Fire and Thorns series, and refuse to give myself over to another world quite yet. So, I’m not going to count this series out just yet.

But my weekend of reading does not end here, oh no.

Fangirl

I promptly started reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell yesterday morning. . . aaaaand then finished it late last night. It was THAT good. This is a book that is meant for every geek who has had his/her head in the clouds for most of their life. It’s for the geek who was/is nervous about college, leaving home for the first time, partying, meeting new people or having new experiences. This was me. I was (still am, kinda) Cath. Cath is a protagonist who is so relatable, it’s scary. Rowell did an EXCELLENT job fleshing out Cath, Levie, Reagan, and Wren. Reagan was absolutely fantastic as her roommate, and reminded me of a caricature-version of my own roommate during my freshman year of college. Side note: I’d like to go on record as stating that my roommate was not hard or edgy like Reagan; she was just completely understanding and respectful of my “hermit” lifestyle that year.

Levie was absolutely fantastic. Maybe a bit too idealistic for a love-interest, but I don’t even care.

Fangirl is definitely a great read for all the timid, slightly-introverted, fantastic geeks out there. I know that in my case, I was so happy to read about a character who I could identify with, and who got a lovely ending.

And thus concludes my weekend of books and reading.

OH WAIT. I did go to Barnes and Noble. . . because obviously it’s Christmas season and I must purchase every book ever printed.

In other news, the Once Upon a Time winter finale aired last night, and I’m so emotional over it, that I STILL can’t talk about it. Ugh.

I pinky promise my next post won’t be a novella.

The Unbound Teaser # 3 (+ giveaway)!

OH MAN I NEED ME A COPY OF THE ARCHIVED. LIKE YESTERDAY.

Victoria (V.E.) Schwab

Hello, lovelies!

Keeping it nice and simple! Another video, another winner, another teaser, another giveaway! And this week, the winner will get to CHOOSE their prize!

I’ll be posting very soon about the Epic Unbound Preorder Campaign (so epic, you guys) as well as my travel schedule for the book. But I’m still under deadline, so bear with me a little longer!

Without further ado, this week’s video.

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In Which I Get Things Started.

I recently took a gander at my Twitter profile and realized that, just in the past week, I’ve followed more authors and YA book bloggers than I realized. So, after spending more time going through all of their followers and picking out more book lovers to follow, I decided that perhaps I should start writing down my own thoughts about the books I’m reading.

I should mention that I’ve been purchasing books at an alarming rate. Sometimes I don’t even realize I’m pressing the “buy now with one-click” button until I’m suddenly on the “review your purchase” page. This will only become  a problem when I get a notice from my bank saying that there’s simply no money left for me to spend. Whoops. I’m justifying these purchases by telling myself that this is actually part of my job. In fact, my current job is brewing coffee and serving pastries/bread, so this is a slight exaggeration on my part. I should say that buying all the books is part of my future job as a teen librarian. Plus, I just need to own and read every Young Adult book ever published.

All this rambling is suppose to lead up to me saying that I’ve decided to start using this blog seriously. As a teen librarian I should be keeping some sort of journal/record of the books I’ve read, so this is a great way to get started! Plus, this way I get to connect with fellow young adult lit fans as well!

So, here I go!