An actual Top Ten Tuesday, because The Broke and the Bookish is back, baby! And this one is pretty much perfect, actually, because I think I might get just as much enjoyment out of planning what I’ll be reading as actually reading.
Actually, the folks who run Top Ten Tuesday are on hiatus, so there is no Top Ten Tuesday for today. BUT – I live by no man’s rules, so I fearlessly chose a prompt from – wait for it – 2010. Brace yourself, because it’s
In Wisconsin we’ve been alternating between crazy-warm weather (in the 40s!) and blizzards. But as soon as March hits, it’s officially spring in my book. This may be partly because after 4 months of snow and wind, I’m craving sunlight like Toucan Sam craves Froot Loops.
It’s been ages since I posted something. I haven’t made the effort to keep up a regular posting schedule, and I’m not sure how I feel about that.
You guys who post twice a week? Incredible. I love reading your posts, and you’re inspiring. But I don’t know if I’d say you’re #goals, because everything comes at a price. And I’m not sure if I’m willing to pay the price to be a really good blogger. #isitreallygoals
Classes are picking up, club meetings are every night, there are football games and benefit dinners and volunteer opportunities and jobs… but actually, I’m doing pretty well.
I’ve had some pretty busy semesters in the past, and I definitely learned a lot about myself from them. Like that I need downtime to be able to function. Time for books and writing and music and long walks in the October air.
As readers, obviously, we like stories. Music is basically A Story + A Sick Beat, so maybe that’s why so many readers are also into music. I’m doing my first ever Top Ten Tuesday post today, a feature from The Broke and the Bookish. The topic happens to be All About Audio, so I get to branch out a bit and spread the love for some of my favorite albums. Picking favorites is hard enough as it is, so this is definitely not in any particular order.
September is here! I’m going back to school, in a flurry of moving boxes and new eraser smell and tears over how much my textbooks cost. There are so many books I’d rather buy. It’s fine, though. I’m over it.
My reading (and writing) might slow down a bit, but I’m still feeling pretty ambitious. There are several books on my TBR pile that I’m ready to tackle once and for all, and of course there will always be random books that I pick up. I’ve got several books on hold through my online library system (if you’re not connected to yours, definitely check it out!), and my birthday was in August, which means I have some gift cards to spend. *devilish smile*
I’ve read a couple of Beauty and the Beast retellings, but Cruel Beauty still manages to stand out. I’m a big Greek/Roman mythology nerd, so that aspect of the book really appealed to me. The basic premise is this: Nyx’s father bargained with the Gentle Lord, the prince of demons, so that he and his wife could have two daughters. The price was one of his daughters once she turned seventeen. Nyx’s father accepted.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed a few annoying trends for female characters, specifically in YA. One is the whole “tougher than the boys” character. She fights, she swears, she’s probably got the lockdown on her emotions. But hey, what did you expect from a tough girl? The problem here is that being more traditionally masculine doesn’t make you strong. Femininity isn’t weak. But that’s not what I really want to write about today, so if you’re interested in that, check out this awesome blog post from Kaitlin over at Ink and Quills.
Today, I’m focusing on the problematic other side to these characters. They’re so painted as strong and competent, but when it comes down to the wire, they end up needing to be saved.