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Discussion: Finding Books I Love is Hard

I love books. I love finding stories that pull me in and take me on a journey. But I realized something: I have a hard time finding books I really love. :(

Quick review: my rating system is tied to the following types of reactions

1 star - Did NOT like

2 stars - Okay

3 stars - Liked

May Book Reviews: The Short Version

The semester is over! I'm still waiting on one grade, I start a new job on Monday, and I need to get clerkship applications out the door soon, but I'm finally reading for fun again. And I'd like to keep reading for fun as much as possible while the summer lasts. (I technically read some of these in March, but close enough.)

So, let's talk about those books I've been reading!

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There is too much. So we're going to do reviews -- the short versions. Right to the point. All the important stuff in one small paragraph. Like a magic towel that doesn't expand. Compact. Words.

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Ahem. Yes. Mini-reviews ahead!

May Book Reviews
The Short (Short) Version

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
Series: Castle Glower #1
Genres: MG, Fantasy
Published on October 1, 2011
Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Final Rating: 4 stars
Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celia's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing to itself. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one - other than Celia, that is - takes time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and reportedly killed, it's up to Celia with her secret knowledge of the Castle's many twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom.
I really, really liked this! Celie and her siblings are wonderful. The magic castle is surprising and mischievous. The villains are fun to hate. The story picks you up and doesn't let go until the last page. Despite some seriously dangerous and dark situations, Tuesdays at the Castle remains a fun, lighthearted read perfect for middle graders and adults alike. I'm looking forward to continuing this series.

A big thank you to Nicole for including this in my #TBTBSanta package!

Where to Shop for Bargain Books

I wrote about how to make money while buying books online a couple months ago. But there's nothing like the excitement of digging through a stack of physical books.

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Or you just don't want to pay shipping. Either way, here are a few places to check out on your next book hunting adventure!

Book Covers by Imprint

I've been labeling the books I read by publisher/imprint for a few years now. I think Goodreads should have an option for this, but considering how long it took to get the reread feature added, I'm not holding my breath.

Today's Top 10 Tuesday topic is "cover theme freebie," so I thought it would interesting to compare sets of book covers from different imprints! I pulled from my Goodreads "read" list and publisher labels and saw some interesting trends in the process. Turns out, I read imprint hop a LOT. I've only read more than five or six from a select few. I also tended to stick with an imprint when I found an author or series I liked.

Harper Teen

Margaret K. McElderry

Beauty and the Beast Movies & Book Recs

I loved Beauty and the Beast as a kid! It had a bookworm, magic, fantastic music and beautiful animation.
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I watched it again recently and still loved it, despite the Stockholm syndrome issues.

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I finally saw the new live-action Beauty and the Beast yesterday. I thought it was really entertaining! Best part of the film, hands down: Gaston. He was absolutely brilliant.

Finals Week: May the Course Be With You

It's that joyous time of the semester again: final exams.

It is a little stressful.

Okay, maybe a LOT stressful.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston (3 stars)

I'm a nerd. Liking superheroes, space explorers, etc. is more "mainstream" these days, but it's still fun to see books dive into full blown geekery!

I received a copy from the publisher for review. Thank you, Quirk Books!
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Series: n/a
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Fairy tale retelling
Published on April 4, 2017
Published by Quirk Books
Final Rating: 3 stars
Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Geekerella is readily recognizable as both a Cinderella retelling and a paradise for nerd references. The geek in me loved being in on the secret code and reading about characters who love genres I do.

5 Ways to Work Your Working Vacation

I'm spending my spring break doing pro bono work in Atlanta. In between business hours, there's a bit of breathing room to have a little vacation time. A working vacation! :)

I came with a majorly long to-do list--so the trick is making myself work during my free time--but the same principles can be used for better, more fun purposes.


It's super tempting to spend every possible second in bed and not face the work day until you absolutely have to (aka, every day at home). Here's the thing: don't. Set your alarm for an hour or two earlier, wander down to the continental breakfast (with or without your phone/laptop), sit down and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. What says vacation like a relaxed breakfast?

Bonus: now that you're up, leave for the office early and do a little exploring. See the sights on your way, take a detour through a park or just enjoy the walk.