Archive for February, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by where bloggers can highlight upcoming books they’re excited to read. My choice for this week is:


Boy, Snow canada goose down filled gloves canada goose authentic outlet, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

In the winter of 1953 , Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty—the opposite of the life she’s left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman.

A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she’d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy’s daughter , Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white. Among them, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.

Dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving, Boy, Snow, Bird is an astonishing and enchanting novel. With breathtaking feats of imagination, Helen Oyeyemi confirms her place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of our time.

Expected publication: March 6th 2014 by Riverhead Hardcover

Why I’m Waiting

As I’ve , I love retellings, especially when they twist the story in a unique way.  This retelling of Snow White includes a new setting, narrator, and the reality of race relations in 1950s America.

7 Books Every Man in His 20s Should Read…Maybe

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A few months ago I posted a list of books I thought every woman in her 20s should read.  Today, my wonder twin Robi is guess posting with his list of books every man in his 20s should read.  Thanks Robi!


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A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

This book meant a lot to me when I first read it in high school, and it meant more to me when I read it in my 20s.  It’s a book about friendship and fate that covers a wide range of time and emotions.  It’s a “coming of age” story that has an ever changing “age” that it encompasses.  It especially appeals to me as a story of two friends, one who knows exactly his fate and his place in the world , and one who is always trying to figure it out, and how each approach has its own merits and its own pitfalls.



7 Books Every Man in His 20s Should Read...Maybe at Quintessentially BookishBridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

This is one of my all-time favorite books.  I can remember when I first read it as a kid.  And I can remember the joy of receiving a signed copy for a Christmas present this year (yeah, I’m stuntin’ on it).  The main character can easily be any of us when we were a kid, and just as easily be anyone as an adult.  It’s a story about being angry and lost at times, and still finding joy and happiness, and about being a kid while also being forced to grow up.  Further, it’s the story that I credit with helping me realize that boys and girls can be best friends.  My absolute best friend is a girl (the only one who could actually get me to write a blog post…), and is someone I can be imaginative and playful with canada goose down vest Canada Goose chateau parka replica price, and also someone who can understand when I need to vent or be moody.  From making friends to dealing with hardships, this book is one that taught me so much, and I will always come back to read again and again.


7 Books Every Man in His 20s Should Read...Maybe at Quintessentially BookishHarry Potter Series by J. K Rowling

This book series has everything.  It’s a book where the reader can grow with the characters, understand their motivations, their secrets, their abilities, and the reader learns life lessons along with the characters.  And I think, because of these things, the reader can take a lot from it.  Plus, whether we are younger or older, it’s easy to equate with the emotions of the characters.  It covers all themes: friendship, hard work, sacrifice, teamwork. Read one each year in the summer, and realize that whatever is coming up in the next year, by facing it and relying on both yourself and others, it can be tackled and accomplished.



7 Books Every Man in His 20s Should Read...Maybe at Quintessentially BookishGunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making it Work by Tim Gunn

I don’t feel like you have a to a fan of Project Runway, or the fashion world in general, to enjoy this book and learn something from it.  Even if one has no desire to get first hand stories from behind the scenes of some of the biggest names in fashion (side note:  see my final entry in this post, though, as to why it should still be considered), Gunn’s “golden rules” are important for any person to follow.  It’s part autobiography, part insider look into the fashion industry, and a whole lot of self-help.  His guidelines toward etiquette and how one should conduct and dress oneself are inspiring, and should make readers want to be better for themselves and for others. (seriously, though, people need to quit wearing pajamas in public.  Comfort is overrated.)


7 Books Every Man in His 20s Should Read...Maybe at Quintessentially BookishEither/Or: A Fragment of Life by Søren Kierkegaard (Specifically “Crop Rotation”) 

“Boredom is the root of all evil…”

Of all of the books I read in college, this one stuck with me the most.  I feel that boredom is becoming increasingly rampant.  When you are in your 20s, starting out on your own, starting to work full-time, etc., boredom kicks in at all moments , and it will only get worse.  And this boredom leads to filling it with useless activities (Facebook, bored eating, TV watching), which leads to despair over ourselves and our situations.  Kierkegaard’s ideas won’t solve boredom, but it will help you face it, realize it, and hopefully move on it from it (utilizing a “rotation” method that goes more towards being productive and creative, not through ways that are wasteful or useless).



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Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

This is not just a comic, it’s a life philosophy.  Calvin’s (and, by extension, Hobbes’) ideas on everything ranging from parental politics to school to life are deep and far-reaching.  This is especially true when you realize that Calvin could make more out of a cardboard box and a stuffed tiger than most of us can make out of a house full of electronics, TV shows reaching the trillions (by this point, I imagine that’s the case), and the constant presence of the world at our fingertips (whether that be useful or a crutch).  This, more than anything, is a calling to utilization imagination and try to find the fun in life.  (Also, Calvinball, using the same things to create a constantly changing and challenging game to combat boredom is a great example of the rotation method (see above).


Something out of your comfort zone

This is not so much a specific book as much as it is a challenge.  Now is the time to read something out of your “comfort zone.”  There is no reason to be pigeonholed to reading only certain things.  But if you don’t start now, that time may not come.  Read Young Adult series.  Read books that are the opposite of your beliefs.  Read a horror book, a romantic book, a book aimed at kids, a book that you think would be “too smart” for you.  Hell, read Twilight.  It doesn’t have to be the best to pique your interest and expand your mind.  And this is the perfect time to start, before you get stuck in a rut of thinking only a certain type of story is appealing to you.

Waiting on Wednesday: Panic by Lauren Oliver

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by where bloggers can highlight upcoming books they’re excited to read. My choice for this week is:


Panic by Lauren Oliver

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game , he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances canada goose down mitt Canada Goose langford parka outlet store, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by HarperCollins

Why I’m Waiting

I really enjoyed Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series and I’m excited to see what she comes up with next.   I like the ambiguity around this title.  Most people seem to assume that this is going to be a dystopian Hunger Games-esque , but Oliver’s claim that this is her return to standalone realism makes me think otherwise.  I want to know what Panic is, whether it’s dystopian sci fi or teenage games.

Book Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Eleanor & Park Review at Quintessentially BookishRelease Date: February 26th 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 328

From the book jacket:

Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn’t stick out more if she tried.

Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones , head in a book – he thinks he’s made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor… never to Eleanor.

Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.

Overall Thoughts:

I see why this book received so much praise.  It’s sweet and real and heartbreaking.  I wanted to read it again immediately after finishing it. This book certainly includes painful things, but it does so in a way that isn’t overwrought.  It’s simultaneously dark and hopeful and very real. People often complain that YA books are too dark, without really understanding how important it is for those books to portray the difficult lives and circumstances.


I just love these two characters.  I want to give Eleanor a hug and be the mother that she desperately needs.  She really just breaks my heart.  Park is wonderful.  He’s the kind of boyfriend I would wish for every teenage girl.  Rowell does such a great of portraying two characters that are lost in that way that is so universal to so many teenagers, but still unique to each one.


The setting lord and taylor canada goose coats for women Canada Goose kensington parka online 2015 , particularly Eleanor’s house, is very important to the story.  The way she describes each location really emphasizes the way the characters feel when there.  Eleanor’s house feels suffocating and almost scary, but the bus seat feels safe.  It’s a great accompaniment to the action and conversations.

Writing Style:

Rowell writes from the perspective of both characters and does so beautifully.  She often alternates between each of them within one scene, so we are able to see simultaneously what they are both feeling in a particular moment. The language she uses is very poetic, but still believable as a teenage voice.  It was really difficult for me to pick a favorite line because there are so many that were so wonderfully written.


Mixtapes.  I do so miss mixtapes.

Favorite Line:

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

Read This If You Like:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Bloom by Elizabeth Scott

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Link Roundup: January 2014

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This is so familiar! I don’t know how many times I have had people shocked that being a librarian requires an actual education. People think it just involves sitting at a desk and shushing anyone who comes into the library.  They’re especially confused when they find out my library position doesn’t even involve working in the actual public services part of the library.

After more than 20 years as their author canada goose womens mittens canada goose 2015 collection , Smith was booted from writing the official books because Alloy wanted to go another direction with the storyline.  That direction ended up being .  I’m really excited to read the books as they should have been written.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Comic

Spoiler alert: It’s Nicholas Brendon writing about Dracula of all things.  I really need to catch up on the comics.

I cannot wait for this movie!  It looks so good.  Definitely tissue worthy.


I need to find one of these teams.

These are gorgeous. I especially love the Knowledge Wins poster.