Fangirl

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FANGIRL is my third Rainbow Rowell book and so maybe my love of ELEANOR AND PARK and KINDRED SPIRITS should have been the clue that reading more of Rainbow’s stuff was a good idea. But if I’m being honest, I had this fear that I’d be let down. It happens sometimes. You build an author up in your head and then fall that much harder when they fail to meet such high expectations. Maybe ELANOR AND PARK was a fluke and when I read FANGIRL or any other book by Rainbow, I’d be disappointed. I couldn’t face being such a low after I’d fallen so hard for the other two books.

I wasn’t disappointed.

There are so many reasons to love FANGIRL. So many reasons to run screaming through the streets, praising this book. Beyond whatever I can say, what I love about this book is the way it stirs my heart and warms my soul. It’s like drinking a cup of something I didn’t know I was missing.

Cather is a Simon Snow fan. She’s also one of the most popular writers of Fanfiction online. Being a fan has been Cath’s whole life. It’s the one thing she’s really good at. She and her twin sister Wren have drifted apart. College has brought on some new challenges. Cath is on her own for the first time and far out of her comfort zone. Her English professor believes that fanfiction is the equivalent of plagiarism. Her roommate is moody with a charming boyfriend who is always around. Oh and the boy at the library who only wants to use her words. Does moving on mean she has to give up Simon too?

This was beautifully written. I’m liquid and in love. Watch me pretend like I wasn’t a big fan before… because yea, it’s official, I love Rainbow Rowell. Hard. I love her books so hard I want to force them down my friend’s throats until they have to like her too. That’s not weird is it?

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Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print

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I’ve been on a bit of an editing kick after finishing the first draft of my second novel, MONA. I’ve read everything I can get my hands on. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print  by Browne and King has been one of the best finds of this year! I would highly recommend this book to every person who has written or wants to write a book. It is written in a way that keeps you interested, engaged, and learning all the while.

Even though I felt like I knew most of these rules, for lack of a better word, it was helpful to have them laid out in such a way. I attended the Las Vegas Writer’s Conference this past May and one of the courses I took was based on this book. It’s taken me this long to get around to reading it, but I’m thankful I did. It’s chock full of examples, mini-exercises, and do’s and don’ts of editing your own stuff.

A must read for every writer!

 

Scrappy Little Nobody

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By Anna Kendrick

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I’m a sucker for an autobiography. So of course, I bought Anna Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody. I read it enthusiastically and loved every damn page. Sometimes Autobiographies are hit and miss. This of course, is always worth it because when it’s a hit, it’s a home run. And Anna’s book was a no-hitter! … Maybe I’m mixing up my sports terms. Yay team, go sports!

This book left me feeling like I’d just spent the afternoon with Anna and we’re close bffs. It’s effortlessly funny, witty, and relatable.

“I was never the girl to strap on a snowboard and head straight for a black diamond, but if I saw “advanced” in the corner of a Martha Stewart Living recipe, I’d think, bring it on you crazy bitch.”1*f-4kubs55q6fV5c6hn5Oyw.jpeg

I don’t often finish a book without some sort of criticism. Scrappy Little Nobody was without a doubt the best Autobiography I’ve read this year. I enjoyed the ease of her essays. Part of me hopes she takes on another book at some point, because I would read that as well. I would read them all to infinity.

 

Romeo & Juliet Vs. Zombies

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By Kojo Steven Sakai Performed by Lauren Ezzo / Performed by Lauren Ezzo

I was scanning through Twitter like one does and came across an author friend of mine who said her book was up on Audiobook Boom! only I’d never heard of it till that moment. So of course being the book nerd that I am, I had to see what she was talking about.  I was surprised to see Audiobook Boom! was giving away free audio books to anyone who would simply write a review. I thought, why the hell not. I read them like candy anyways, so I might as well do one for an author who’s looking to move forward a bit. So in exchange for a free copy of the audio book, I’m writing this brutally honest review. And so without further ado, I present to you Romeo & Juliet vs. Zombies.

I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked ROMEO & JULIET VS. ZOMBIES as my book. I’d never heard of the author or the book before but I’m usually willing to give everything a go at least once. This was not what I’d expected at all. It wasn’t like Pride & Prejudice & Zombies which is sort of what I was expecting. Instead, it was a gender bent retelling. I enjoyed most of it for this reason alone. Romeo’s nickname was Princess and Juliet was a warrior. I loved the priest who secretly hated everyone and was trying to bring destruction instead of  peace.

That all being said, and keeping in mind I know nothing of this author, it felt like a debut book. There were times when the writing was a bit sloppy and the adverbs made me cringe. On a whole, I feel like the unique story made up for this. I can’t help but feel it would be a stronger book with maybe one more edit from fresh eyes. Someone who can cut out the telling and transform it to showing. On a whole though, it wasn’t half bad and I think I picked a decent title for my first Audiobook Boom! title. In the end, if you’re a fan of Shakespeare or Romeo and Juliet, I’d say give this a try. Zombies only ever spice things up a bit!

That 70s Show

December 4, 2015

That 70’s Show Reviewed by Miranda BoyerWould you believe that over the years, I’d never so much as
watched an episode of the long running series That 70’s Show. Sometimes crazy stuff just happens. I decided to
embark on this eight season journey a few weeks ago. In a lot of ways, the beauty about this show was that I
could have it playing and if I missed something (while I was multitasking), it
didn’t matter. I would still get a chuckle out of it at least once or twice an episode.
I was able to keep track of who Jackie was dating, whether or not Donna and
Eric were on good terms and that Hyde, Fez, and Kelso were still getting into
trouble. As the show progressed though it surprised me. More often then not, I’ve found that a good show is strong
early, weak middle, but usually ends as strong as they started. That 70s Show got stronger laughs,
better story, and more substance as the seasons went on. I know that there is
quite a bit of controversy about the last season given that two of the six main
characters disappear. Arguably though the ensemble could expand to include Red,
Kitty, Bob and many other reoccurring roles. Taking this into consideration, it
doesn’t feel as sad to loose two characters. I don’t know if it was creative differences
or if it was just going on to do bigger and better things, but loosing Kelso
and Eric didn’t bother me so much. After all we got Randy (who was a better
Eric then Eric was) My understanding (years later of course) is that loosing
them really hurt the shows ratings and led to the ultimate plug pulling that
was the demise of this often hilarious show. I think as time went on Kitty was my favorite character. She
got some of the best lines in the last two seasons. I often found myself
laughing as tears ran down my cheek and her one liners. I’m glad that I watched
this show after the fact, when everything was said and done because I think had
I seen it while it was on TV I might have hated the changes as well. Unfortunately,
all good things must come to an end. While I could happily watch this show
another two or three seasons, instead it ended. I can now say that I have a
larger appreciation for the fact that Ashton Kucher and Mila Kunis getting together
in real life and having a kid. There is something to be said for Kelso and
Jackie and I think it’s all sort of a cute. 
It would appear that the six core are still very much friends. Which I’ll say,
is nice to think of.
That 70’s Show

Reviewed by Miranda Boyer

Would you believe that over the years, I’d never so much as watched an episode of the long running series That 70’s Show. Sometimes crazy stuff just happens. I decided to embark on this eight season journey a few weeks ago.

In a lot of ways, the beauty about this show was that I could have it playing and if I missed something (while I was multitasking), it didn’t matter. I would still get a chuckle out of it at least once or twice an episode. I was able to keep track of who Jackie was dating, whether or not Donna and Eric were on good terms and that Hyde, Fez, and Kelso were still getting into trouble. As the show progressed though it surprised me.

More often then not, I’ve found that a good show is strong early, weak middle, but usually ends as strong as they started. That 70s Show got stronger laughs, better story, and more substance as the seasons went on. I know that there is quite a bit of controversy about the last season given that two of the six main characters disappear. Arguably though the ensemble could expand to include Red, Kitty, Bob and many other reoccurring roles. Taking this into consideration, it doesn’t feel as sad to loose two characters. I don’t know if it was creative differences or if it was just going on to do bigger and better things, but loosing Kelso and Eric didn’t bother me so much. After all we got Randy (who was a better Eric then Eric was) My understanding (years later of course) is that loosing them really hurt the shows ratings and led to the ultimate plug pulling that was the demise of this often hilarious show.

I think as time went on Kitty was my favorite character. She got some of the best lines in the last two seasons. I often found myself laughing as tears ran down my cheek and her one liners. I’m glad that I watched this show after the fact, when everything was said and done because I think had I seen it while it was on TV I might have hated the changes as well. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. While I could happily watch this show another two or three seasons, instead it ended. I can now say that I have a larger appreciation for the fact that Ashton Kucher and Mila Kunis getting together in real life and having a kid. There is something to be said for Kelso and Jackie and I think it’s all sort of a cute.

It would appear that the six core are still very much friends. Which I’ll say, is nice to think of.

You’re Never Weird on The Internet (almost)

September 18, 2015

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) By Felicia DayReviewed by Miranda BoyerAnyone who knows me well enough knows that I have a long
time love for Felicia Day. She has inspired me to create and follow my dreams.
As far as women go, she is among the most bad-ass. I didn’t know what to expect
when I finely got to read her book. I knew that whatever Felicia had to share
with the world, in You’re Never Weird on
the Internet (Almost), I needed to be apart of it. I had to know. I was moved to tears from both laughter and heartbreak. This
is an honest memoir about a woman who worked her ass off to get where she is.
She unknowingly set the standard for web-shows online, and played her part in
making gaming cool. More than that, she stands up for women despite the danger
that it places her own life in. Gamer Gate was not long enough ago to forget
the horrors of trolls ruining the lives of women. I applaud Felicia Day for
standing up against internet trolls knowing full well that they will attack her
because of it. “The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad
people, but because of the silence of good people.” - Napoléon Bonaparte.
Felicia Day has led a very unique life. She was a violin
protégée, math major (4.0 people!), home schooled by one of the most
interesting mothers (yea, she alone makes this book hysterical), lets not
forget she’s also the creator of the Guild and Geek and Sundry, should I go on?
For those of you who know this woman the same ways I do, you will without
question love it. For those of you who haven’t the foggiest whom I’m talking
about, open your minds to something new. I read You’re Never
Weird on the Internet in one day, because I simply couldn’t put it down.
Step aside Andy Wier, Felicia Day has you beat in my inability to savior.
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

By Felicia Day

Reviewed by Miranda Boyer

Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I have a long time love for Felicia Day. She has inspired me to create and follow my dreams. As far as women go, she is among the most bad-ass. I didn’t know what to expect when I finely got to read her book. I knew that whatever Felicia had to share with the world, in You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), I needed to be apart of it. I had to know.

I was moved to tears from both laughter and heartbreak. This is an honest memoir about a woman who worked her ass off to get where she is. She unknowingly set the standard for web-shows online, and played her part in making gaming cool. More than that, she stands up for women despite the danger that it places her own life in. Gamer Gate was not long enough ago to forget the horrors of trolls ruining the lives of women. I applaud Felicia Day for standing up against internet trolls knowing full well that they will attack her because of it. “The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of good people.” – Napoléon Bonaparte.

Felicia Day has led a very unique life. She was a violin protégée, math major (4.0 people!), home schooled by one of the most interesting mothers (yea, she alone makes this book hysterical), lets not forget she’s also the creator of the Guild and Geek and Sundry, should I go on? For those of you who know this woman the same ways I do, you will without question love it. For those of you who haven’t the foggiest whom I’m talking about, open your minds to something new.

I read You’re Never Weird on the Internet in one day, because I simply couldn’t put it down. Step aside Andy Wier, Felicia Day has you beat in my inability to savior.

1 Book, 2 Book, Green Book, Blue Book…

Whenever I finish a book, I get a small thrill. This is some mix of euphoria from the completion of another last page, and the excitement and wonder of a new beginning. Do I start a new one the same day, or wait while trying to live in the last world a few extra hours? Decisions, decisions.

I just finished In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume, a far cry from The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss but wonderful in it’s own right. Gun to my head, I couldn’t pick a genre if I had too. I simply love a good story, in any way shape or form.

I just picked up a copy of The Walking Dead Compendium One as well as a novel called The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Clair North and Unequal Affections by Lara S. Ormiston. Oh!! I just remembered I forgot I just got The Importance of Being Ernest by Ernest Cline in the mail! A collection of nerdy SiFi poetry. I think we both know where I’ll start.

What are your favorite books? I have so many but I always love to hear what others love to read. I by most of my books on recommendations from other people and I’m always looking for new suggestions!