Today is October 21st.
It is tradition, in our little household, that on October 21st we watch Back to the Future. All three of them. I grew up on these films and so did my husband – we both love them. The tradition started on October 21st, 2015. It’s the date, in the second movie, when they went back to the future. Now we just sort of keep it up, because traditions are fun.
It’s been an alright week. I’ve read four books out of my TBR Jar since the last time I updated – three for the Off the Grid Readathon which I discussed last week. My world in books is pretty good. As for everything else? Well… life goes on.
The Last Two Weeks on the Blog
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston / ★★★ – I have some really mixed feelings about this one. On one hand, the universe was gorgeous, and on the other hand, the romance was so cheesy. I dunno….
My 10 Favorite Book Subjects (The Data Speaks!) / Top Ten Tuesday – I tag all my books on LibraryThing, so I thought it would be fun to look at some of the top subjects I read. None of them surprised me!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo / ★★★★★ – This book absolutely lived up to the hype! Loved the characters, loved the story, loved everything.
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman / ★★★ – A Sleeping Beauty retelling where the queen saves the princess. It was okay overall, but I’ve read better from Gaiman.
Hello, I Read Books / Book Blogger Hop – Discussing the awkwardness of walking into a conversation where you have a passion that nobody else seems to care about… and how awesome the internet is.
Epcot: Disney’s Hub of Tech & Culture (Disney Pt. 1) – The first of the Disney posts! This one is about Epcot, which is the most adult!place at Disney. As I get older, I like Epcot more and more.
Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer / ★★★★★ – I’ve had a mixed run with memoirs, but I really liked this one. I loved Amy’s voice – I found her fresh and confident and funny and interesting.
Off the Grid Readathon 1.0 – How it Went – I think that my first Off the Grid Readathon went really well! I could have read more, sure but in general I read three books, which would normally take at least three weeks. It was a refreshing weekend and I’ll be doing it again.
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young / ★★★★★ – This was such an easy book to love. It was so on point in every way. The voice, the characters, the plot, the setting, the romance. Such a great read!
Five Incredible Bookstores & Libraries You May Want to Include in Your Travel Plans / Top Ten Tuesday – Just a handful of interesting, beautiful bookstores and libraries in western Europe. 🙂 Enjoy the eye candy!
The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer / ★★★★ – Book three in the Artemis Fowl series. This one is fun – there’s a con, inna-species teamwork… and all because of Artemis’s greed and ego.
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry / ★★★★ – I really liked this book, but writing the review made me nervous. Lots of controversy here, but I think it’s something that needs to be out there.
Observation: Adults Should Have More Silly Fun / Book Blogger Hop – This ended up not really being bookish – more a rant about societal expectations of adult behavior. Seriously, though – enjoy something silly and fun once and a while. 🙂
Animal Kingdom: It’s Not Just a Zoo (Disney Pt. 2) – Animal Kingdom is Disney’s newest park in the Florida resort, and it’s gorgeous. I haven’t appreciated it in the past, but now I wouldn’t skip it.
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke / ★★★ 1/2 – I have really mixed feelings about this book. I love the world and the creativity here, but it’s also so slooooow. I think it’s worth reading, though.
Sharing My Story & Event Wrap-Up / Drizzle & Hurricane Books – Mental Health awareness month at Drizzle & Hurricane books is wrapping up, and here is the last post. THAT SAID. Please head over to Marie & Nyx’s blog and check out the entire series. It’s such a good set, and so important.
What It’s Like To Be A Blogger / The Book Prophet – Savannah discusses a bit of her own experience in blogging, from being a baby blogger to be more experienced, and how it has changed her perspective.
Can Books Become Problematic / RedGal Musings – I love this post from Elizabeth discussing how older books with racism are problematic now and how she faces that dilemma.
6 YA Books Featuring Male Friendships / Pages Unbound – Until I saw this post, I hadn’t even really considered how few healthy male friendships there seems to be featured in books. We know they’re there, but they’re not front and center. Loved this collection!
Avoiding Book Burnout as an English Major / Nut Free Nerd – If you are in school or have a job that requires a lot of reading, it’s easy to get book burnout. As an English major, Holly has some great tips on how she juggles both things.
Why the Book is Always Better than the Movie / Never Not Reading – Katie argues that no matter how well-cast or well-translated it is, the book will always be better than the movie. Where do you stand?
Top 10 Underrated Books / My 1st Chapter – May wants you to read a few of her favorite books that she thinks have been severely under-hyped. Are any of these on your list?
There’s a lot of links this week, and I’m afraid not a lot of chit-chat. I started Mirage this morning and it’s really good so far! I also got my OwlCrate box, so I posted the unboxing in my Instagram stories. I also cracked 200 followers this morning, so that was really exciting for me!
Otherwise, well, we’re going strong with our Back to the Future marathon and right now Doc’s hanging from the clock tower and lightning is about to strike and it’s intense, so I should probably wrap this up. 😉