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Discussion: When You Lose Interest Halfway

I've been reading The Aeronaut's Windlass, Book 1 of the new Cinder Spires series by Jim Butcher. It's a monster of a book at 630 pages, but when I started, those pages flew by. Now...

The beginning of the book grabbed me. The characters and setting intrigued me. I was excited to see what kind of trouble Gwendolyn, Grimm, Bridget and Rowl got into next. The action builds, the world expands--there's an air battle, a duel and WAR! And then...bluh. I know it can't be rising action all the time, but this valley is dragging on a little too long, and I'm kind of, well, losing interest.

I'm barely halfway through the book, so I know there have to be great things ahead, but I find myself in a bit of a dilemma--to continue or cut my losses?

To be fair, I think I'd have more patience with the slower parts of a book like this were I not busy and distracted with other things. (Like the internship and recent foray into #booksfortrade. That second one took a lot more time and energy than expected. And the first one required baking brownies.)

Still, is it worth it to drag myself through another however many pages until the action picks up (and not lose the time already invested in the book)? Or should I just DNF it, call it a day and maybe come back to it when I'm in the mood? (Although, let's face it, that almost never happens.)

What do you do when you're losing interest halfway through a book, but you're sure you'll enjoy it again if you can just make it through the next chapter or three?


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Interning and #booksfortrade

The internship is going well. Which is good since it's short. There's really only enough time for it to go well or badly, one or the other. Luckily, it looks like we'll be sticking with the former. :) The only dark side is the somewhat lengthy commute, but the work day starts and ends earlier than my usual, so I still get home around the same time.

In other news, I decided to try this whole #booksfortrade and #booksforsale thing on Twitter.

I've never felt pickier in my life, and I feel so bad saying no to people who want these books. My inner librarian just wants to get books into the hands of excited readers! But I also don't want to trade for stuff I know I'll never read. Unfortunately, I bought a lot of the older books I wanted in recent years, so most of the stuff on my wishlist is newer. (I'm sorry!)


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5 Free E-books Worth Downloading


I downloaded a lot of free e-books on my laptop in between classes this year. I stopped reading most after a page or two, but a few of them were worth the time and definitely worth a click.


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Updates: BN Teen Fest & Kiss of Deception

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I went to the Saturday events at my local store for Barnes & Noble's Teen Book Festival. (I thought about going Friday and Sunday, but Friday night I got sushi and watched Pride, Prejudice & Zombies; and Sunday I went to a free brunch, got home and was deeply saddened by the events in Orlando (and further depressed by some angry, vicious tweets in my Twitter feed), and went down to the pool to do some quiet reflection and reading.)

While they weren't quite as organized (or clear about what was going on when) as I'd have liked, it was still a pretty fun time. I ran into a couple of people from my undergrad alma mater (same writing program and everything!), and we hung out and chatted in between events.

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The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse

A big thank you to Audrey for sending me a review copy! I was intrigued by the idea of a Peter Pan retelling. Confession: I've only seen the movie versions (Disney's animated and the Jeremy Sumpter live-action), but the idea of a magical island full of adventure and no grown-ups--what kid, or teenager, could turn that down? Cue this book!

This e-book was provided by the author for review.
The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse
Series: #1 in a planned trilogy(?)
Genres: YA, SFF, Retelling
Published on May 9, 2016
Published by Clean Teen Publishing
Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That's what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.

However, Gwen doesn't know this. She's just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn't know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she'll discover she's in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.

She'll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won't be the only one. Peter Pan's constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she's going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she's going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.

The Neverland Wars is a Peter Pan-inspired tale that takes Peter's original fight against aging and turns it into a full scale war against all the adults who monopolize magic and don't give kids a choice about whether to grow up.


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Those Who Can't Draw...

...Use online doll maker games!

Have any of you ever messed around with these before? There are whole sites full of them! Granted, some games have so-so art or, like, 3 clothes/hair/eye choices, but some of these things are really pretty and super in-depth!

I got the creative itch last weekend looking at some of Happy Hello Art's magnetic bookmarks on Etsy. They're really cute (and not super expensive). I definitely recommend checking out her Etsy store. There are a lot of options!

Unfortunately, a lot of them are from books I haven't read or didn't love, and then there's the whole "unnecessary spending" ban (which I almost broke yesterday when I saw a hardcover of Dreamer's Pool at ShopRite for $3!!). So, I started wondering whether I could make something comparable for cheap.


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Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

I'm still loving The Others series! If you haven't started it yet and want to avoid spoilers in the synopsis/review below, check out my reviews of the first three books:

It's rare I find a series that consistently entertains me book after book, but this is one of them. Highly recommended for adult (urban) fantasy readers looking for good characters and a plot not overwhelmed by romance!

Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #4
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Published on March 8, 2016
Published by Roc
For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community...

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…


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