Royalty Readathon + “Wires and Nerve” by Marissa Meyer

royalty-readathonSo first off, let me just announce that this week I have been participating in the Royalty Readathon! This readathon is being hosted by Kati (@toberead) and her gang. I applaud Kati’s enthusiasm for getting this up and running and her theme is so unique, its just been super fun to stick with the “royals” theme. I’ve been making some good progress (much better than the last RAT I did….oops….!!) and I’ve finished 2 books already!! So a big shoutout and thanks to Kati for everything she’s doing and I wish her all the success and growth in future reading and readathons!!

wiresThen, of course, I finished Wires and Nerve, which is Marissa Meyer’s graphic novel. It is set right after the the end of the Lunar Chronicles books so yes, you should finish Winter before you pick up this book. I had never read a graphic novel (nor a comic book nor anything of the sort) before this so I was skeptical about whether I would be able to even figure this out but it was fine. I even really enjoyed it!! The story is written from Iko’s point of view and between Iko and Thorne (who gets a lot of book time), this novel had me literally laughing out loud! Of course there is conflict and all of the heroes make their appearances but the humor and adorability factor is high. I absolutely loved seeing these characters come to life!! I was in no way disappointed. And the book is very much set up for book #2 so I am very highly anticipating that. Marissa Meyer, don’t keep us waiting too long!

Listening to: “Colors in Space” by Explosions in the Sky

“The Simplicity of Cider” by Amy E. Reichert

4.5 really great, homely, nostalgic, midwestern, I-would-definitely-recommend-that-you-read-this-this-summer stars!

Not that I am biased or anything, but apple orchards are some of my favorite places in the world. I love apples, I love cider, I love apple cider donuts, I love apple crisp, I love the smell, the taste, the atmosphere, the time of year, the weather….I love it all. Hayrides, animals, (allergies), trees, mums….EVERYTHING!! Another thing that I love is Wisconsin. I am not from Wisconsin, but my family owns a “summer home” on a lake “up north” (not Door County, but I know plenty of fellow Illinois people–where I am from–who travel there and love it) and it is beautiful. Our home in WI is in a very small town that is extremely touristy in the summer months and extremely dead the other 3/4 of the year but still, it is so beautiful and serene up there. Families make so many good memories. AND THERE IS SO MUCH SNOW. So anyway, about the book. Sorry for the personal side track.

CiderThis is the story of an orchard grafting people together (read the book and you’ll see how clever this statement is – winkwink). First we have Sanna and her father who are the orchard owners in the beautiful Door County, Wisconsin. The orchard is in a little bit of trouble financially, however. Then, along come Isaac and his son Bass, who are road tripping around the country since the death of Isaac’s ex-wife. Much hard work happens, a couple little mishaps, some romance, a fair amount of information about tree growth and cider-making (which I, personally, found fascinating), all rolled into a really nice plot that was well-paced and I very much enjoyed.

As I mentioned, if you’re looking for a good summer or fall read, something pretty light and just nice to read, pick this one up. Didn’t take me long to get through at all. There is character growth, its multi-generational, and just an overall great read.

Listening to: “Home” by Phillip Phillips

Bout of Books *Read a Thon* Day 6 & 7

#seasonsofbooks – This hashtag for today’s challenge got the song “Seasons of Love” from the musical RENT stuck in my head so of course that’s what I have to be listening to right now. This, of course, is making it harder for me to concentrate on choosing which books I think fit with which seasons, which is the challenge for today (this sounds like an exhausting, real-life version of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie….like, if you give a Music/Book Nerd a Challenge lol!). Okay, enough shenanigans. Down to business.

I’m going to be honest. I collect and hoard bookish Buzzfeed seasonal lists like they’re going out of style. I don’t know why but I just love them. I have all 4 seasons plus every holiday down to freakin’ Flag Day or something like that. I just love lists. And I love books. So I guess its easy to say that I love book lists! So here are the highlights of my seasonal book lists (note: I have read none of these. They are literally from my lists and they just sound good to me!):

Spring ~ The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon; Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham; Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Summer ~ One Plus One by Jojo Moyes; Love Like Crazy by Megan Squires; Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews

Fall [my favorite season for books and ALL THE THINGS] ~ The Magicians by Lev Grossman; Dark Matter by Blake Crouch; The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Winter ~ The Likeness by Tana French; Heartless by Marissa Meyer; Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

So there you have it, folks. My not-at-all brief list of books for all seasons. I guess my spring books are pretty light and have some humor to them, and there’s even a non-fiction in the mix (I rarely read non-fiction…only a couple each year). Summer books are also pretty fun. I might try to get through a series in the summer. I was thinking about tackling a Sarah J. Maas this summer. Maybe. Fall is all small towns and paranormal and thrillers and cozies. I read like crazy in the fall. Winter I read a lot too. Lots of holiday books and fun series re-reads. I tend to feel Harry Potter/Hunger Games/Arcana Chronicles-ish in the winter time. What did everyone else pick? I’m so curious now! I want more lists and recommendations!! 😀

Soundtrack for today: RENT original cast recording