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Obsession Confession | Walk The Edge All Night With Jessica Jones

I’m late. Again. Since this happens so regularly, though, perhaps we should just start saying  that “late” is “on time”? Anhyoo. Since I’m here now, we might as well get this show on the road! There was plenty to be obsessing over this past week–and, no, I’m not talking about obsessing over schoolwork because college finals are right around the corner! From books to news to millennials f*cking sh*t up (again), here are all my latest obsessions!

Books

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Please excuse the epic amount of squealing that’s about to go down because oh my god. Katie McGarry, please forgive me for forgetting that you are the YA contemporary romance queen! I began reading Walk the Edge (which is the companion to Nowhere But Here) three days ago and I promptly fell back in love with this world and the characters. I never would have thought that a YA biker romance would work or that I’d like it, and yet here I am, eating it up. Do yourself a favor and read this series!

Music

I’ve been obsessing over Beyonce’s new single, “All Night,” for the past two days! It’s sweet and melodic and just has that good vibe, ya feel me, man? Just listen to it. You’ll thank me later.

Movies/TV/Trailers

So there was this one night last week where I couldn’t fall asleep so I just watched, like, three episodes of Jessica Jones in a row. From this experience I learned two important things. One: I really like the show Jessica Jones. And two: it is a really bad idea to watch Jessica Jones at nighttime, especially when you’re so sleep deprived that you’re practically delusional because that show is kinda pretty darn scary at times.

News Clip

Lin Manuel Miranda’s bringing his golden touch to Patrick Rothfuss’s The Kingkiller Chronicles but this time as a producer! Eeep! I cannot wait! I have yet to read The Kingkiller Chronicles but everyone says the series is amazing and I can’t wait to see Miranda’s spin on the story!

Around The Blogosphere/Vlogosphere

This past week, Michelle over at Book Adventures had a great discussion post surrounding why review posts aren’t popular. It was a really great, thoughtful discussion, so definitely swing by her blog and check it out!

Last But Not Least: Laughter

I’m a young twenty something millennial and damn proud of it too. Quite frankly, I think we’re a gift to this godforsaken world. But apparently some people (*cough*baby boomers*cough*) think that we’re ruining everything. Buzzfeed decided to clap back at that claim with an absolutely hilarious list of all of the things us millennials have “killed” in 2016. Brace yourself, cause this article’s a riot!

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How To Amuse Yourself In The Midst Of A Catastrophically Massive Reading Slump

Hey y’all, it’s Lila! If you weren’t aware, I am in the midst of the worst reading slump of my entire  life! I’m not even being dramatic! It began around September and has yet to release me from its grips! So since I’ve been in a reading slump for so ridiculously long, I’ve had to adapt a bit and learn how to entertain myself outside of books. I figured I’d share some of the ways you can keep yourself busy if you too are in the midst of a hellish book slump…

Binge On Movies And TV

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Okay, I feel like this is an obvious one but Imma use it anyway! Binge watching TV and movies is the perfect activity to fill your time during a reading slump! After all, if one form of entertainment media isn’t working for you, why not try another? And if you like it, why not fill all your time with it, right?! Binge away, friends, binge away!

Discover Some New Music

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As y’all know, I’m a musician, so most of my biggest activities involve, uh, ya know, music. I’m the type of person who can sit just listening to music for a good long while. Now, I get it, this type of “activity” probably doesn’t appeal to most people who aren’t musicians. BUT! Part of the process involves surfing Spotify and Amazon for new music! I love discovering new artists and new sounds! It’s super fun! I highly suggest going on Spotify to the “radio” section, selecting one of your favorite artists and seeing what plays! This is a great way to fill your time!

Listen To Podcasts

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One thing I’ve gotten into since The Great Slump of ’16 began is podcasts. I especially like entertainment podcasts (ones centering around entertainment news)! I really like hearing people’s opinion on and theories about the latest episodes of TV shows or movies or books. It feels like I’m having a conversation with good friends!…Wow. That made me sound like a really lonely person, lol. But anyway! Back to the subject–podcasts! Podcasts that I’ve become a regular listener of include any of Hypable’s podcasts and Adventures in YA. Those podcasts are great places to start if you’re new to the medium–or if you’re an old fan, looking for something new!!

Do Some Crafting

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I’m also a pretty artsy person, so I love doing crafts like collage making and jewelry making. Now, those crafts (especially jewelry making), might sound kinda intense and difficult, but the great thing about crafts is that you can start at your level and there are a plethora of “how to” videos on YouTube! Maybe you’re interested in learning how to knit or decorating your jewelry box or something else entirely–YouTube’s got ya covered, friends! With millions of projects filling your days, you’ll have little time to even think about books!

If You Must Read, Try Comics/Graphic Novels

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Sometimes in the midst of a reading slump you get the itch to read, but you don’t want to commit to a novel, especially since you may be prone to simply put it down in the middle of it for no good reason whatsoever. Comics and graphic novels are your best friends in this case! I often say that comics/graphic novels are like adult picture books. They offer the full story of a regular novel but with simpler language (generally) and aided by full page pictures/picture sequences. This means that they’re easy to get immersed in and they fly by when you’re reading them! What more could you ask for during a reading slump, friends? Hint: nothing.

So those are my suggestions for how to entertain yourself during a reading slump! How do you entertain yourself during a reading slump? Let me know in the comments!

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Now presenting: Claire (the other new co-blogger)

Heya, ducklings! It’s Lila! A few weeks back I announced that The Bookkeeper’s Secrets would be adding two new bloggers–Maggie and Claire. I introduced y’all to Maggie and then I’m truly ashamed to say that I blanked on introducing my wonderful, amazing friend and co-blogger, Claire. Please shame me. I deserve it.

Anyhow, today, I’m pleased to introduce y’all to Claire. Claire is a twenty something mechanical engineering student whose loves include reading and wine tasting! And today, Claire has 25 facts about herself to share with y’all. So without further ado, I present to you…DRUMROLL PLEASE!…Claire!

Is it laziness to just repost the 25 introductory facts I originally posted on the old blog Lila and I shared? Probably. But I’m giving myself a pass because it’s finals season.

  1. I was born in the Year of the Dog.
  2. The above fact is extremely relevant to who I am as a person, because I have an endless capacity of love for dogs.
  3. Last fact about myself concerning dogs: seeing a video of a dog doing dumb things is 1000% guaranteed to make me feel better about life, no matter how stressed/tired/upset/angry I am.
  4. I am a Slytherin. I knew this as a child just from reading the books, but Pottermore has confirmed it on two separate occasions.
  5. I am studying mechanical engineering.
  6. I cannot roll my Rs. Not even a little. (Note: this makes it impossible for me to say “dog” in Spanish. (Okay, so I lied about #3 being my last dog fact.))
  7. While my sense of humor tends to be on the dry side, I absolutely LIVE for puns.
  8. I am terrible at making puns.
  9. One skill I would really like to learn is to identify wines by taste and be able to pair them with foods.
  10. I have a three way tie for favorite movie: Finding Nemo, the entire extended edition Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Prestige.
  11. My favorite music artist usually changes based on what I’m currently listening to. The vast majority of music I’ve been listening to this year is from the Hamilton soundtrack, so I’d have to say that the Hamilton cast members are my current favorite musical artists.
  12. My friend won lottery tickets to Hamilton and took me with her. I GOT TO SIT FRONT ROW and I will be riding that high for approximately 30 years.
  13. While I absolutely love musical theater, I possess 0 talent for singing. Or dancing. Or acting. But I’m a great audience member!
  14. I can’t sing the high notes in “Happy Birthday” so I always have to change octaves halfway through.
  15. I have extreme wanderlust: I want to travel and see beautiful things and experience different cultures and learn new languages and eat ALL the food.
  16. I can speak French decently and plan on studying abroad so I can become more fluent.
  17. I used to play a LOT of sports. Now I play 0.
  18. I want to be as knowledgeable about a books series as Stephen Colbert is about the Lord of the Rings.
  19. I really like pretty clothes.
  20. I LOVE lipstick. Preferably dark red.
  21. I’m 5’10.
  22. My friend and I once seriously considered trying to ask Tina Fey to prom.
  23. I love cooking and baking, largely because I love eating the things I cook/bake.
  24. I really admire people who can draw well and hope to improve my art skills one day.
  25. Whenever I’m in reading slumps I just read mass amounts of fanfiction.

And thus, the inner mysteries of my psyche have been revealed. Well, not really. But now you’re a little closer to unlocking the secrets of my mind!

Happy reading,
Claire

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Obsession Confession | Diabolical Fires in Riverdale Carve The Mark of Mister Doctor

I’m late again but honestly what else is new? Not that fact, certainly! This week I’ve got tons of new obsessions! So let’s just jump right in!

Books

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So I’ve been reading The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid lately and I’m 75% through it and ohmygod. This book. Is so. Amazing! If you are into sci fi or political intrigue and backstabbing or incredible world building and character development or in effing amazing novels in general then you just have got to read this! Because…wow. So the gist of this book is that there are these…creatures?…called diabolics who are just like you and me, with the only difference being that they are born to serve and protect and kill for their human masters. Nemesis is a diabolic who serves Sedonia, who is a teenage daughter of a galactic senator. One day, the emperor summons all of the children of senators to the palace and, suspecting something is amiss, Sedonia’s family sends Nemesis disguised as Sedonia. But Nemesis, a logical diabolic, knows nothing of human emotion and politics. Nemesis must learn how to survive in the deadly royal court. To complicate matters…well, let’s just say some crazy stuff starts to go down an Nemesis is caught in the middle of it all. The book is filled with crazy twists and turns that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat til the very end!

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This past week I’ve been listening to “Fire” by Louis The Child and Evalyn on repeat! It’s just a fun, poppy dance track! It’s simple and clean, but it’s what I needed.

Movies/TV/ Trailers

Okay, so lots of great things went down in the Movies/TV world in the past week and a half. First of all, the trailer for NBC’s Wizard of Oz retelling, Emerald City, was released and it looks so incredible! I love how NBC is mixing the modern world with Oz and how they’re adding a new twist on the lore of Oz! It looks spectacular and I can’t wait to see it! Next, I saw Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them and it was absolutely spectacular! It had the same feel as Harry Potter, but at the same time, it was completely new and its own thing, which I really enjoyed! I loved everything about it! Finally, The CW released the teaser trailer for Riverdale, its Archie adaptation! I’m kinda split on how I feel about the adaptation, in all honesty. The trailer looks good, as does the show itself, but I just feel like the tone and storyline is so different from the Archie comics that I grew up reading. The comics are so light and poppy and fluffy, while the show looks like it’s taking a darker, grittier tone. Nevertheless, I’m willing to give it a chance, especially as The CW is just great at creating good stories in general.

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The book trailer for Veronica Roth’s newest novel, Carve The Mark, was released the other day and it has me even more interested in the book (if that’s possible)! It looks super good!

Around The Blogosphere/Vlogosphere

Becca over at Becca & Books is back at it again with another delightfully hilarious post! This time, Becca explores “scientifically” proven ways  to remember the events of books in a series. You’re sure to learn a lot from Becca’s post and have a good laugh along the way too!

A Let’s Not Forget Some Laughter!

This week’s bit of laughter comes from the above moment, which is taken straight from Marvel’s Doctor Strange! If you haven’t seen Doctor Strange yet, do yourself a favor and correct that mistake ASAP, as it’s a really good film (which has some pretty funny moments in it)! The above moment always makes me bust out in laughter, so I hope it makes you smile too🙂

Peeling the Orange │Insanity by Cameron Jace

insanityWell, I sure am glad I went into reading Cameron Jace’s Insanity, the first in the series of the same name, without reading the summary on Goodreads – had I read it, I wouldn’t have been so pleasantly surprised by the story’s plot.

I’ve been curious about Insanity for a long time, but had held off on reading it because I judged the book by its cover, which isn’t my favorite by a long shot. However, when I found the first three books in the series available for rental from the Kindle Unlimited library, I took it as a sign and checked them out virtually.

I was almost instantly sucked into Insanity, with its short and sweet chapters and quick action. As I mentioned before, since I hadn’t read the Insanity summary, I was very surprised to learn the series revolves around the maybe real Alice from none other than Lewis Carroll’s famous Alice in Wonderland.

I’ve never read Carroll’s original work, but I am aware of the basic plot points, which are touched upon by Jace in the Alice retelling.

This may be odd to some bookworms, but I very rarely go into reading a book actually knowing what it’s about. I generally don’t even read the backs of books or the insides of their jackets; I’ve read too many silly summaries, which have turned me off particular tomes.

Which leads me to a big reason I’m glad I skipped the Goodreads Insanity summary → I’m bothered that one of the major characters is referred to as ‘Professor Caterpillar.’ Granted, the character is the caterpillar of Lewis Carroll’s imagination, but in Jace’s retelling, he is NEVER referred to as ‘Professor Caterpillar’ exactly – he’s Pillar the Killer.

Anyway, despite my aggravation with the summary, the imagination that went into the writing of Insanity is incredible. Not only does Jace take the reader on a ride with Carroll’s characters in the modern world, the author delves into the personal history of Lewis Carroll himself, who also plays a role.Read More »

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Quick Comics! | Ms. Marvel Vol. 2 Generation Why + Silk Vol. 0 The Life And Times of Cindy Moon Mini Reviews

Hello, ducklings! Whew! I am quite out of practice when it comes to reviewing! But you know what they say–you can’t get back in the game unless you get back in the game!…Actually, no one says that–but they do now! I figured I’d ease back in with some quick comic bindup mini reviews! So today I’ll be reviewing Silk Vol. 0: The Life And Times of Cindy Moon by Robbie Thompson, Stacey Lee, Annapaolo Martello, Tana Ford, Ian Herring, Travis Lanham, and Dave Johnson and Ms. Marvel Vol.2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Jacob Wyatt!

Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Jacob Wyatt

23017947Who is the Inventor, and what does he want with the all-new Ms. Marvel and all her friends? Maybe Wolverine can help! If Kamala can stop fan-girling out about meeting her favorite super hero, that is. Then, Kamala crosses paths with Inhumanity — by meeting the royal dog, Lockjaw! But why is Lockjaw really with Kamala? As Ms. Marvel discovers more about her past, the Inventor continues to threaten her future. Kamala bands together with some unlikely heroes to stop the maniacal villain before he does real damage, but has she taken on more than she can handle? And how much longer can Ms. Marvel’s life take over Kamala Khan’s? Kamala Khan continues to prove why she’s the best (and most adorable) new super hero there is!

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Generation Why sees Kamala struggling to come into her own as a superhero. With the return of The Inventor and the help of some familiar new friends (many of whom even a Marvel newb such as myself could recognize), Kamala must realize that being a superhero is a full time job, not just a fun side hobby and that even superheroes need a little bit of help sometimes.

I was a little iffy with Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal, but Generation Why had me sold! Again, it had a youthful, fresh art style, but more than that, the story really had heart! There were so many important themes in Generation Why, yet the series wasn’t at all preachy. Instead, Kamala learns like every teen–heck! like every human being–does: through trial and error. It’s so lovely to see a hero who’s so young and full of passion, optimism, hope, and heart who’s just like you and me! In the end, Kamala always comes back stronger and wiser and all the more lovable for it!

So I’d say in conclusion that Generation Why was a definitely win for me!

Silk Vol. 0: The Life And Times of Cindy Moon by Robbie Thompson, Stacey Lee, Annapaolo Martello, Tana Ford, Ian Herring, Travis Lanham, and Dave Johnson

25066773Cindy Moon exploded out of her bunker and into the Marvel Universe when we first learned that she had been bitten by the same radioactive spider from the Spider-Verse arc of Amazing Spider-Man!
She then went on to save Peter Parker’s life (more than once!) and traverse the Spider-Verse alongside Spider-Woman. Now, as Silk, Cindy is on her own in New York City, searching for her past, defining her own future, and webbing up wrong-doers along the way! Robbie Thompson (writer from TV’s Supernatural) fills this new story with his unique blend of antics and feels. Featuring interiors by future superstar Stacey Lee.

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Silk Vol. 0: The Life And Times of Cindy Moon gives readers a bit of backstory on Cindy Moon (a.k.a. “Silk”). We see that Cindy has just been released by Spider-Man (Peter Parker) from a bunker where she was trapped for 10 years after being bitten by a radioactive spider. Now Cindy is a newsroom intern who doubles as superhero “Silk.” While Cindy was held captive, her family disappeared without a trace and so now Cindy is on the hunt for them. To complicate matters, Black Cat has been running around town with her minions, causing all sorts of trouble!

The minute I began reading The Life And Times of Cindy Moon, I knew I was gonna love Silk! First of all, I loved Cindy! She’s the self deprecating kind of sassy and is determined but also knows when to be kind. I also love the element of mystery that The Life And Times of Cindy Moon had–it added an edge to the story, while also making it more personal. It also helped that the art had an accessible, youthful, modern feel to it!

All in all, I have to say I really enjoyed Silk Vol. 1: The Life And Times of Cindy Moon and I can’t wait to pick up the next volume!

That’s all for now! Have you read Generation Why or The Life And Times of Cindy Moon? If so, what did you think? If not, do you think you’d pick both or one of these bindups up?

The 2nd Annual Year-Long Giveaway!

Readers of my old blog, The Novel Orange, may remember my hosting a year-long giveaway. The giveaway was just as its name suggests – open for entries for the entire year of 2016; the winner chose from among 2017 pre-orders as her prize.

I really enjoyed the anticipation of randomly picking a winner from among a few thousand entries at the end of the year – it was sort of like I won too!

Therefore, the three of us have decided to continue the now annual year-long giveaway here at The Bookkeeper’s Secrets!

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This round’s prizewinner will have the pleasure of choosing a 2018 pre-order. [I can’t believe I just typed 2018]! Time sure does zip by…

Anyway, I know it’s WAY early to know exactly what books you’ll have to choose from if you are the winner. Therefore, there is no requirement to let us know what book you’re considering should you win; simply enter away!😀Read More »