WELCOME BACK to YA Book Club. This month, Mary and Emily discuss Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, a YA fantasy novel with a huge scope—and maybe even a movie in the works. Read on for our chat-style conversation!Read More
This stock image model with cute socks and a cat is living her best book-reading life, but did Kelli, Susan, Mary, and Emily live their best book-reading lives in 2018? Read on to find out our opinions (good, bad, and everywhere in between) on all the books we read in 2018 and the books we’re looking forward to in 2019.
Thanks to Jame over at Perpetual Page-Turner for the end-of-year survey questions. if you end up posting this on your own blog, be sure to send us the link to check it out, and of course, credit Jamie for all her hard work putting this together! Oh, and happy 2019, everyone.Read More
Every year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe spits out a couple of movies of various quality. For the most part, these films are roughly the same: big budget, lots of CGI, a famous cast. This year, Marvel (albeit a different arm of the Marvel machine) released a different sort of movie. Enter Spider-Man. Enter THE SPIDERVERSE.Read More
Othersode #20: Daddy Skarsgård / Castle Rock / Interview with Gabrielle Moss
Enter the spoooooky world of Stephen King with The Squad as we discuss the Hulu show
Castle Rock. Together, we’ll tackle the tough questions, such as: What does it mean to be “evil”? Does this show have too many balls in the air? Is Bill Skarsgård hot or just tall? Why did Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson break up? Plus, stick around for an interview with the amazing Gabrielle Moss, Bustle columnist and author of Paperback Crush. Do you have opinions about Castle Rock? Theories about what the ending meant? A love letter for your favorite paperback series from when you were a teen? E-mail us and let us know at email@example.com! And don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe! Why? Because we love you.
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We’re still enjoying being back at school in YA style! Mary and Emily talk all things My Plain Jane by by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton. Read on for Fassbender gifs, ghostbusting, and lots of fun.Read More
September 1st is here, which means it’s nearly the end of summer. Which means… It’s the final installment of YA Book Club in Paradise. But fear not, fans of Mary and Emily’s YA Book Club series. We’re not taking a break this time. Immediately following this, we’re jumping into a little YA Book Club mini-session we’ve dubbed YA Book Club: Back 2 School. We’re hitting up two books for this installment of the book club. They are:
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (end of September)
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (end of October)
Read along with us, and come back at the end of the month to read our review of My Plain Jane. But for now? Let’s get into our last pick for the summer: The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler. Spoilers to follow…Read More
Hola! Grab yourself a cuppa coffee and sit down to read our review of Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. It's finally here. Please ignore Emily's grubby fingerprints on the picture above. She just really wanted to show off her teacup from the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. Points to your house if you can tell me what character inspired this teacup. Anyway, onto the book, amiright?
Spoilers ahead.Read More
I hate fantasy novels, and the genre as a whole.
Okay, that’s not completely true. I play two Dungeons & Dragons games a week and act as a dungeon master, too. I frequently inhabit fantasy worlds and write stories that take place within them, but I don’t read fantasy novels. Growing up and attempting the endeavor that is Lord of the Rings, I always found the genre sexist, racist, and overall, well...boring. As an adult, newly interested in tabletop RPG games, I thought maybe I should read some fantasy in order to get in the mindset of the games I loved. I tried some authors recommended to me, but most of it--even YA fantasy, which aims to break the mold of the genre--carried the vestiges of Tolkien.
Stylistically, fantasy has always seemed expansive, pages and pages of descriptions. Part of this is the world-building aspect of the genre. How do you describe a world that doesn’t exist? You explain it until you can’t anymore. But all that detail, delivered in painstaking monologues and narrator asides, wore me out. It’s not fair to say that all fantasy is this way, and I know that, but I’ve never been able to get into it.
I recently committed to read the first book in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I’ve heard people at my local game shop talk about it, saying that it was great, or maybe terrible, or maybe something in between. In my mind, I simply said, “it’s a fantasy series, so I’m not interested.” But then someone I really like said it was a good series, that it was sort of different from other fantasy novels, and--since I trust his opinion on books and because I thought it might be fun to reread it together--I caved. I bought my mass-market paperback of The Eye of the World (TEotW) and started on the journey.Read More
It's the second installment of YA Book Club in Paradise. For the month of June, we read This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki. So why don't we get things started straight away and let Mary introduce the book?
Mary: Ok! This One Summer is a 2014 graphic novel (published by First Second, one of my favorite publishers) written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, who are cousins. The story follows friends Rose and Windy during a summer at Awago Beach. The girls watch scary movies rented from the convenience store, spy on the cashier, Dunc, and become interested in his personal drama--his girlfriend Jenny is pregnant. Meanwhile, Rose's mom has been depressed all summer, and gradually the reason why becomes clear. I don't know if that's a good summary or not, but this comic has a lot going on!Read More
Y’all, I am so proud of myself. Why? Because every year, I've challenged myself to read 50 books over the course of the year, and last year was the first year I actually did it. Yes, I know, I'm a magical unicorn. Hold your applause, because this year, I've decide to make my 50 Book Challenge a little more challenging by joining in on the 2018 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge.
There are a lot of reading challenges like this out there, so you might be doing something similar. Or maybe you've never heard of anything like this before. If you haven't, I think (?) I would recommend it, just because it forces you to read outside of your comfort zone and gives you opportunities to discover new books you might not have picked up otherwise. For me, a lot of these books have been sitting patiently on my TBR list for a while, and this challenge is what's finally pushing me to pick them up.
So now that we're halfway through the year, I thought I would take this moment to check in on how I'm doing and give you guys a rundown of the books I've read so far.Read More