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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Book Boos: January 2017

6. A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness. (Audio.) This was actually a spectacular book that made me cry in the end. The only reason it's 6 on my list is because it just wasn't totally a Scarlet book. I read it and appreciated it and yeah, the ending hit hard, but that was it. I'm very curious about the movie now! 

5. THE GLASS MAGICIAN by Charlie N. Holmberg. (Audio.) I really like Holmberg's stories and writing style, but I was a little disappointed the two main characters (or are they just main in my own head??!!!) were separated for much of the story. I loved the ending of THE PAPER MAGICIAN and kind of wanted more of that:)

4. RED RISING by Pierce Brown. (Audio.) This was a tough one. I was SO into the beginning of the story and the premise, but somewhere in the middle I got a little bored...but then, at the end, it grabbed me again! 

3. TRAITOR TO THE THRONE by Alwyn Hamilton. (ARC.) REBEL OF THE SANDS was one of my favorite books of 2016 and I have been telling people to read it since I turned the last page. I am so happy to report that book two in the series is awesome, as well! The sequel is MUCH longer and brings in more characters in new situations. Amani continues to be a super badass main character. I am here for of her adventures.

2. WINDWITCH by Susan Dennard. (Audio and Print.) The only reason this ranked above #3 is because I got really into the build up to its release by Susan and the Witchlanders community. I looooooooove this series! Iseult and Safi are so so so cool. I love that everything is about them being threadsisters and, while book two does separate them, it works so well! Dennard has created a world and a cast of characters that are so fantastic. 

1. DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING by Tricia Levenseller. (ARC.) And the only reason DotPK ranked higher than 2 and 3 is because it read so dynamically and quickly and made me laugh and swoon and cheer for the action. Alosa is a really awesome main character and I look forward to more adventures with her. (And hopefully with you know who!!!)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Winter Wonderland

People give me a hard time about the weather. Like because I know what I like (COLD) and am 100% happy when I get to wear layers and scarves and hope for snow that I'm weird. I literally never complain about it being cold. Never ever.

But when it's January and 71 degrees out, people act like I'm a monster because I'm upset. It's not just a little warmer today, it's ridiculously warm. The average temperature in January around here is 32. So we're ~40 degrees warmer than that today. Unacceptable.

"But doesn't it feel good after it being so cold?"

No. You know what feels good? A cashmere sweater.

You know what doesn't feel good? Having to work in an overly heated building because it's 40 degrees warmer than what the thermostats are set for.

Also, it's not like we get this same unseasonable weather in the summer. The average temperatures around here for June, July, August, and September are 80, 80, 89, and 86 respectively. Also in the past few years, the coldest average day has only been 19 degrees cooler than the average. 19. Not 40.

So, come back to me when it's going to be a high in the 40s in July. Then we can talk. Or when it's going to be 20 degrees above the average for multiple days.

Give me back my winter. It's already too fleeting.

XO,
SVR