January 15, 2016

Blogger Shout-Outs #51 - Reading Backwards, #HamAlong, and Wonder Woman



I read tons of blog posts and every two weeks I bring my favorites here to share with you. 
I hope you enjoy!
-xoxo Becca

ENTERTAINING BOOK REVIEWS

1. Coffin Road by Peter May @ Debbish Dot Com
"His latest novel, Coffin Road came as a bit of a surprise as it grabbed me from the get-go."

2. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor @ Booklust
"I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of this book, though I admit I lost some steam in the second half.  I feel like so many fantasy stories get bogged down in the whole "journey to destiny" part.  It always seems to take forever, there's always some sort of internal drama in the group that's traveling together, and everyone is just waiting for the next big thing to happen." 

3. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey @ As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves
"I've seen this book described as magical by several friends, and I think that word is perfect. In particular, the juxtaposition between the harshness of life in Alaska in 1920, and the ethereal, fairy-like girl who appears in Jack and Mable's life with no explanation or origin, and then disappears as quickly."

4. Oblivion (Lux Series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout @ YA Reads
Pavan's fangirling makes this a delightful review to read.

5. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner @ The Infinite Curio
"I expected something silly and predictable, but what I found was something fresh and surprisingly relatable. I was hooked to the story, I felt a lot more things than I thought I would, the writing was simply gorgeous – and the last few amazed me in many ways."

6. The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore @ West Metro Mommy Reads
 "Some people may be wary of this book because there is just so much in it, but please don't let that put you off.  This doesn't read like a history book--instead, it is like Lepore is telling you an unbelievable, but true, story.  At times, it has an edge of gossip to it, which is just the dash of spice it needs to keep it from becoming too dry and factual."

7. The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary @ Musings of a Bookish Kitty
"The mythical beings and spirits are part of what make this novel such a great book, in my mind. I do not know much about Japanese mythology, but this book made me curious enough to do some research. I quite enjoyed getting a glimpse into this part of Japanese culture, finding it both fascinating and humbling."

8. House of Havoc by Marni Jameson @ books i done read
"I was librarygooglesearching for a book someone else recommended to me and this came up in the listing, and I was like Hullo I have a spouse and some kids and my house is havoc, this is relevant to my interests but FIRST OF THINGS it's not very helpful, her tips aren't super revolutionary and she has a very glue-gun-your-curtains-together kind of aesthetic. Not my bag. But SECOND THING IN SEVERAL PARTS..."

9. Beside Myself by Ann Morgan @ Jenn's Bookshelves
"What a dark and twisty read! Alternating between two time periods (Helen at age 6 and Helen as an adult), readers get a chillingly accurate glimpse of mental illness."

 
 AWESOME DISCUSSION/NON-REVIEW POSTS:

1. Human Behavior 101: What I Thought We Already Knew About Behaving in Polite Bookish Society @ It Starts at Midnight

 Fiction in Non-Fiction (When the Lines Get Blurred) @ Bitches with Books

2. Are Authors Rushing Too Quickly to Publish? @ All Books Considered

3. The Stories That Make Us, and Those Who Bring Them to Life @ Estella's Revenge

4. What I Want to See More of in Young Adult Literature @ Confessions of a Book Addict

5. In Support of Reading Series Backwards @ Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books

6. Prague is the principal city of Bohemia, and other facts I learned from #HamAlong @ Reading the End

7. Free Downloadable 2016 Blog Planner @ Mom's Small Victories
(Downloadable to Google Drive, Microsoft Excel, or as PDF to print)
 
UPCOMING/CURRENT EVENTS:

Bloggiesta-MiniJ16
Mini-Bloggiesta this weekend!
 
 Join the Biannual Blogathon Bash
Another event to work on your blog, Biannual Blogathon Bash.
January 22-25


#HamAlong
with Reading Rambo


Louise is looking for bloggers to take part in this survey, as the more bloggers participate, the more interesting the results!  I can't wait to know the results!
Survey @ Lone Star on a Lark


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February Nonfiction Book Club Selection
@ Doing Dewey
 

January is Bookish Beasts & Literary Creatures Month
@ Book Bloggers Intl.


MORE CURRENT EVENTS:
Book Blogger Community Calendar


WIN! GIVEAWAYS!
the things we keep 
@ Traveling with T
Ends January 18th
 
 The Young World by Chris Weitz
Happy Blogiversary to Stuck in Books!
Ends February 7th


The Case of Lisandra P. by Helene Gremillon
@ Socrates' Book Reviews
Ends January 19th



Mystery Box Giveaway
@ Starry-Eyed Revue
Ends January 31st


This Song is Not For You by Laura Nowlin
@ Alison Can Read
Ends January 30th



Review: Kingdom Come by Jane Jensen
Kingdom Come by Jane Jensen
@ Beth Fish Reads
Ends January 25th


Imperfect by Claire Fraise (US/CDN)
@ Freda's Voice
Ends January 27th


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