In My Life
After weeks of talking about it, Elaine, Tory and I finally met up. We had coffee and traded a couple of our books. I happily got rid of my copy of A Court of Thorns and Roses. Can’t wait to hear what the two of them think of the book when they get down to reading it.
After the café closed for the day, we headed over to BooksActually, an indie bookstore. Tory and I hadn’t been there before, so we spent a fair bit poking around. I like that there’s a whole range of local literature available alongside vintage books and collectibles. It’s such a hipster bookstore, the most random trinkets line the shelves. They even sell records and cassette tapes.
In exchange for A Court of Thorns and Roses, I got Splintered by A.G. Howard from Tory. I already read it a couple of years ago but I felt like rereading it some time. I also received The Flywheel by Erin Gough from Chiara as a birthday present. We intend to read it together soon. The prologue sounds promising, so I’m pretty excited for our read-along.
A few of my pre-orders arrived this week as well. Shadowshaper by José Daniel Older was released end of June but only arrived now because I opted for minimal shipments for free shipping. As a results they only dispatched it when Another Day by David Levithan was released. Looks like even pre-orders only are released according to warehouses for AmazonGlobal Saver Shipping. A second parcel arrived with Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers and Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier.
Lastly, I made an exception to my semi-book buying ban. I bought Liberty’s Fire by Lydia Syson at Kinokuniya when I found out that it cost almost double at the Book Depository. Usually books are more expensive locally but since that wasn’t the case for this book, I wanted to get it before it goes out of stock. I had originally pre-ordered from Amazon but they didn’t even bring in the title and cancelled my order.
On the Blog
Online safety is a serious matter, so I talked about bookstagram safety and explained how to keep locations safe on Instagram. Photos are geotagged so long as location services are enabled. This means even without adding locations, these photos will still show up in the location map. Safety could be compromised if homes, schools or workplaces can be identified. On the Mise-en-scène front, this week’s theme is thirst quencher.
My thoughts exploded as I wrote my reviews for Divergent and A Court of Thorns and Roses. Upon rereading the book, I put together my analysis of Divergent by Veronica Roth. I didn’t love it the way I used to though I still liked it. There were a lot of things I noticed during this second read and I wanted to share my thoughts. Equally full of spoilers, my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas outlines the myriad of problems with it. It’s a book that definitely troubled me. At least The Rule of Thirds by Chantel Guertin made me happy with the photography-loving Pippa Greene.
Around the Blogosphere
- Ana @ Read Me Away considered peer influence on book enjoyment. While I’ve always prized my own opinions towards books, I sometimes do find myself wanting to like a book more than I did — just so I can engage someone in conversation over the love of said book. Can the excitement with a friend sweep you off your feet more than a book too?
- Sandra @ Tea Between Books weighed hype and opinions. Does her opinion matter if she doesn’t like a book that has a lot of hype? That’s something she tried to grapple with. When I dislike a book like that, I charge ahead an post my reviews but if I think a book’s average, I sometimes also feel like my voice is just going to drown anyway.
- Mel @ The Daily Prophecy doesn’t care for popularity. She questioned the measure used to determine popularity and maintained that sharing the mutual love for books trumps all.
Alexa S. says
BooksActually looks like a very cute indie bookshop! I’m partial to indies, just because they always feel a bit homier and cozier, and have such an interesting selection of books and eye-catching displays a lot of the time.
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Joséphine Simone says
It is! The trinket certainly add to that atmosphere. What I like best about BooksActually is the array of local fiction that’s so prominently displayed. That’s not really the case for the bookstore chains, where they’re just tucked away in their corners.
It’s so great that you got to meet Elaine and Tory! I’m glad you pawned ACOTAR off on Tory, hah. I’m also curious to see what she and Elaine think (if they ever read it). :D
I met up with some bloggers I didn’t know this weekend as well, which was a lot of fun. It’s interesting to discover there are other people hiding in the same place.
Joséphine Simone says
I felt so liberated when I got rid of ACOTAR! You can’t even imagine! Lol. “Hiding in the same place.” HAHAHA. What a way to put it. But yes, it does aptly convey the sentiment ;)
I’ll be interested in hearing your thoughts on Truest! Most of the reviews I’ve seen have been positive, but I saw where some DNF’d it, so I’m curious to see some more opinions!
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Joséphine Simone says
I expect to read Truest in Nov, so my review should be up sometime then too :)