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Hello blog land. Is anyone still out there?

You guys. It has been way too long since I’ve posted. Life has been crazy and the little free time I’ve had has been spent reading instead of reading and blogging. I only finished 5 books in January, compared to the 15 I read last year!

A few updates:

  • I joined my very first book club and our vote this month is for Little Fires Everywhere, so I’m really excited to start that soon. Everything I Never Told you, also by Celeste Ng was absolutely phenomenal, so I’ve got really high hopes for this one.
  • I also joined Book of the Month and it is the best thing ever. If you haven’t already checked it out, you really should. Not only do I look forward to it at the beginning of each month, but the selections they have are books I would buy anyways.
  • I have had Outlander on my TBR for what feels like forever, and I finally started it last week. It is really quite wonderful and I am crushing HARD on Jamie Fraser. If you’ve been on the fence about this one, I recommend picking it up. It’s one of those books that you think about even when you aren’t reading, because you just cant wait to immerse yourself in it again. I’m probably going to have to start the show too because, just look at this face:

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  • I don’t typically talk about movies in this space, but if you haven’t already seen I, Tonya, you really should. I was completely unprepared for how much I would love it and how well done it was. As a kid growing up loving the winter olympics, the news coverage surrounding this was a big and impactful part of my childhood. Watching the movie was a bit like going back in time.
  • I went to an Eagles Bar yesterday and spent the day with die hard fans. I am not a football fan, like at all, and also not a big frequenter of bars, so to say I was outside of my comfort zone would be an understatement (the things we do for our friends, amiright?) Despite those things, I had an absolute blast. The energy was incredible and everyone was so happy. It was a truly unforgettable day.
  • One of my 2018 goals is to blog more…..I’ll keep working on it.

 

  • What is everyone up to? How is your 2018? What are you reading?

 

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What We See in the Stars – Kelsey Oseid

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Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Publication Date: September 26th, 2017

Page Count: 160 (Hardcover)

About the book:

A richly illustrated guide to the myths, histories, and science of the celestial bodies of our solar system, with stories and information about constellations, planets, comets, the northern lights, and more.

Combining art, mythology, and science, What We See in the Stars gives readers a tour of the night sky through more than 100 magical pieces of original art, all accompanied by text that weaves related legends and lore with scientific facts. This beautifully packaged book covers the night sky’s most brilliant features–such as the constellations, the moon, the bright stars, and the visible planets–as well as less familiar celestial phenomena like the outer planets, nebulae, and deep space. Adults seeking to recapture the magic of youthful stargazing, younger readers interested in learning about natural history and outer space, and those who appreciate beautiful, hand-painted art will all delight in this charming book.

I am blown away by the beauty of this book, starting with the cover, and continuing with the absolutely beautiful illustrations throughout. I’ve always been fascinated by the night sky, and had a telescope at a very young age. What We See in the Stars is a wonderful resource for both children and adults, and makes these topics accessible for any knowledge level.

The book is meticulously organized, beginning with an introduction about where we are in space. That is followed by sections on the constellations, the Milky Way, the Moon, Sun, and planets, as well as asteroids, comets, and meteors, and finally concluding with deep space. Each new section opens with full color, hand painted art depicting the topic to be discussed, and there are additional pieces of art as well as colorful diagrams throughout the book.

The section about constellations, covers Ptolemy’s constellations as well as the Modern constellations and discusses the tools and technologies used to view and study them. Each constellation gets a full page with artwork depicting the actual stars as well as the shape that inspired their name, as well as facts and the history and mythology behind them.

While I very much enjoyed the entire book, The Moon was my favorite section. The artwork was full of dark, rich colors and I could not stop looking at it. This section goes over the different phases of the moon, down to the day, as well as facts about tidal locking and other interesting moon related phenomena. It also talks about all of the different names used to describe a full moon throughout history.

There are so many fun and interesting details throughout this book and I feel like I notice something new every time I flip through it. I cannot wait to share this one with my kids, and I think it would be a really perfect gift for anyone in your life who has an appreciation for space. I will definitely be looking to see what else Kelsey Oseid has created, and if you’re interested, you can read more about her here.

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. You can read more about the book here.

September 2017 Wrap-Up

Ahhhhh, it’s FINALLY October! Fall has arrived, and it is unquestionably the best time of the year. Even in Texas, where it’s still seventh circle of hell level hot, I cannot help but be excited about the coming months. But this post is about September, otherwise known around these parts as, “August”, because the weather is still unbearable, the leaves do not change, and we don’t start wearing sweaters until at least November.

September was a pretty average month for reading, totaling out at 9 books completed. There was a whole lot going on at work and at home last month always, so over half of my reading was accomplished through audio books, plus two graphic novels, and two print.

I absolutely loved The Wolf Road and Saga, which I’ve linked my reviews to here. Some of my other favorites from the month were…

Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 9.25.35 PM.pngCinder (Book 1 of the Lunar Chronicles) is quite possibly the coolest retelling of Cinderella that I’ve ever read. I was quite smitten with Geekerella, which I read earlier this year, but Cinder spoke to the even geekier, scifi loving parts of my brain. In Meyer’s version, Cinderella is a cyborg who lives in a futuristic city known as New Beijing. There are robots, handsome emperors, a terrifying plague with no known cure, and deep rooted tensions with the race of beings that now live on the moon. SO. MUCH. FUN. I listed to the audio version, and Rebecca Soler did an amazing job as always.

 

Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 9.25.59 PMThe Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was another audio read. I absolutely fell in love with this story from page one. Percy and Monty have a sweet, tender, playful, slow burn of a love story. There are highway robberies, pirates, hidden passages in sinking islands, and so much more. While being light and fun, the book also touched on more serious topics like family expectation and dysfunction, abuse, and finding your own path in life. Mackenzi Lee is one of my new favorite authors, and I cannot wait to see what she comes out with next.

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 9.25.46 PMI initially downloaded Young Jane Young because I was waiting for my hold of Cress (Book 3 of the Lunar Chronicles) to come through. I had read The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and really enjoyed it, so I figured I’d give this one a shot and I was not disappointed. While it’s not the best or most exciting book I’ve ever read, it was fun and compelling, and entertaining. Young Jane Young tells the story of Aviva Grossman, a young intern who has an illicit affair with the congressman whose campaign she is working for. The affair comes to light, makes national news, and her reputation, and eventually her life, are utterly destroyed. Rather that admit defeat, Aviva regains control of the situation and makes a new life for herself. The book is told in several parts, each from a different point of view. My favorite is the part told from her daughter’s perspective, as it’s written entirely in the form of (hilarious) emails to her overseas pen pal. This is the book that surprised me the most this month, based on how much I enjoyed it.

The whole line up….

 

Stardust –  4 crowns

Saga Volume 6 – 5 crowns

Saga Volume 7 – 4 crowns

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – 5 crowns

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – 4 crowns

Cinder – 5 crowns

The Wolf Road – 5 crowns

Scarlet – 4 crowns

Young Jane Young – 4 crowns