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Tuesday Afternoon

You are sitting at what has become your favorite coffee shop. It’s no longer scary (really), no longer too intimidating. You finally found the headphones that you misplaced last week, so you are working on an article and your homework while rocking out to OK Go.

And as the coffee works its way into your system, stimulating the sluggish parts of your mind while soothing your ruffled feathers from this morning (you had quite a morning), you take a deep breath and settle in to work.

Forget this morning. Forget the mess in the kitchen. Forget the lost umbrella (that looked like Starry Night- quite a loss). Forget the stressed out boyfriend. Forget the two articles, one paper, three workshop commentaries, and ‘creative’ piece that just isn’t coming easily. Forget the bible thumper that accosted you in the student center. Forget the bird that pooped on your head (deep breath, we are forgetting remember?). Forget the quiz you probably bombed.

Because right now, in this b.e.a.utiful moment, you have a frozen latte in your hand,  the grain of the table top swirls gracefully under your fingertips, and that too is soothing, the couch beneath you is soft, well loved, perfectly lumpy, but not gross, and, oh listen, Adam Levine is serenading you as we speak.

Sigh. Take it in. Breathe.

It’ll be gone in an hour or two, so enjoy it. And remember, next time a bird poops on your head, that coffee fixes everything.

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Unwind, Unwholly….Neal Shusterman is my hero

Unwind (novel)

Unwind (novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Because these two books are WONDERFUL. I LOVED Unwind when I read it in high school…twice, and I just finished Unwholly. Shusterman creates these beautiful characters who draw me in and pluck my heartstrings and keep me up until the wee hours of the night.

In a world where the solution to the controversy of abortion is the ability to unwind, meaning to surgically dismantle while technically keeping all of your parts alive, unwanted children between the ages of 13 and 18, AWOLS are kids who escaped after their parents signed the unwind orders.

Connor is awesome. Risa is…just beautiful. Lev is complicated and surprisingly young, and Cam…. Cam is a new, confusing, enrapturing character I can’t get enough of. I NEED the next book. SO MUCH!

Read it.

Now.

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Summer’s over D:

So I can’t deny it anymore, summer is officially over. Today was my first day of classes (and they went great by the way) and now it’s time to officially post how successful the summer reading list went! So here goes! I read: 
  1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver- I loved this book. I just didn’t get into the second one good, but I will give it another go.
  2. Enclave by Ann Aguirre- finished! Loved it! The second one is in my possession.
  3. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire- Mmmmm just mmmm. Delicious.
  4. Easy by Tammara Webber- also delicious
  5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer – first book to keep me up to 3am this summer! This was pretty great.
  6. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer- the second in the Cinder series. Also faboo.
  7. Dark Life by Dan Wells
  8. Rip Tide by Dan Wells –  Both of these were really good! I want the third!
  9. Unwholly by Neal Shusterman- I. Am. Dying….Halfway through as I’m typing this.

I didn’t read:

    1. Outpost (Enclave #2) by Ann Aguirre- I have it! I just haven’t read it yet!
      summer reading, Outpost, Shannon Adams, Sharing Stories
      Outpost by Ann Aguirre
    2. Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver
      Delirium cover by Lauren Oliver
      Delirium cover by Lauren Oliver
    3. Reqium (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver- I have this one too…
    4. End the Fed by Ron Paul- the boyfriend added this one to my list… I’m sorry babe….
    5. Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr- It’s next!
    6. Partials by Dan Wells- never got a hold of it. Still on the list.
      Cover of "The Bar Code Tattoo"
      Cover of The Bar Code Tattoo
    7. The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
    8. The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Wey
    9. Reached by Ally Condie (and the two before this, Matched and Crossed)
    10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Larsson -Highly recommended by one of my best friends
    11. Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    12. Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand

So all in all, I think I had a fairly successful reading summer. Let me know what else I need to add to my list of books to read, and tell me if you’ve read any of the ones that are already on there!

Happy end of summer!!

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Woah! I missed you guys (also…zombie books!)

Cover of "The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest o...

Oct 13: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Oct 13: The Forest of Hands and Teeth (Photo credit: andtara)

Hey everyone!

I’m sorry I’ve been MIA. There have been several last minute trips, projects, and summer activities for me to attend to, so my blogging fell down my list of priorities. (I’m sorry, but there were roller coasters involved…. I love roller coasters.)

But regardless of my temporary lapse in prioritizing goodness, I’m here now!

And boy do I have some books and stuff to tell you about!

Let me begin by saying that I am a chicken…. a big baby when it comes to horror stories.

So in high school, maybe three years ago, I read The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, which is about a girl named Mary and her friends who live in the future, after society has fallen, in a time when the Unconsecrated (who are basically zombies) roam the earth. Mary is always told that her village is the only surviving town, that the rest of the world is filled only with Unconsecrated and the Forest.

Through a series of exciting and terrifying events Mary’s village is breached, and she and her friends end up on secret paths lined with chain link that lead through the Forest.

This book horrified me. Really. There were nightmares…but it was also really well written and completely engrossing. So much so that this summer, when the nightmares finally subsided (just kidding…mostly), I decided to pick up the second book in Ryan’s series, The Dead-Tossed Waves.

This one is from the perspective of Gabry, Mary’s daughter, who lives in Vista, a small town on the shore and one of the few remaining human settlements. When Gabry agrees to jump the fence that surrounds her town with a group of friends to explore an abandoned amusement park, things go terribly wrong. A breaker, which is an Unconsecrated (or Mudo) who Returns when there aren’t any other Mudo around and so is much faster than a normal zombie guy, attacks them, shattering Gabry’s world.

Things happen. Big things. Important things. ‘Read it’ things.

Two days ago, lounging on the couch next to boyfriend at a very lovely little lake house, I finished the third and final book in the series. (good thing too because boyfriend was tired of being ignored 🙂 heehee)

I want more….

So what are you waiting for? Go! Read!

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