Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thankful Blogging–Day 4: Celebrating


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Day 4:
Celebrating Thanksgiving

So.. my husband and I just moved.

He starts work tomorrow out of state for a couple of weeks. I was able to start at my new position within the same company last week after being able to transfer, but I used up all my saved leave in order to transfer smoothly. We have no friends or family in the area and no time to visit anyone as a result. So, no big family meal!

It's not a big deal to either of us and we tend to vacation in the spring or early fall because we have no kids and it doesn't really matter to us how much turkey we eat or that we can't visit family for the meal.

I think we are going to eat steak and be thankful for what we have and hope for an easy acclimation into this new area.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thankful Blogging–Day 3: Blogging Inspiration

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Day 3:
Thank your blogging inspirations

I have felt like I’ve been neglecting the world of book blogging. Blogger has a weird app that doesn’t let me post as seamlessly from my phone, which means I’m way more active on Instagram where I can just snap a picture and share books with people that way.

I haven’t been inspired much this year, but I’m going to try to put more of an effort in soon and spend more time hopping from blog to blog. I don’t ever want to leave the community, but I need to make more time if I’m going to continue to blog. I mean, I’m even paying for my own books and reading through the library when costs get high. Every review you see that I didn’t buy or borrow is from NetGalley, so I’m really thankful they give me access to books I’d never get the chance to read ahead of time.

I’m thankful for Parajunkee for posting this and making it simple and easy to participate in!

What inspires you?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thankful Blogging - Day 2: Wonderful Events

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Day 2:
Wonderful things that have happened. 

This was a really successful year for me and my husband. 

I finally started working for a company I've always wanted to be a part of. I was able to transfer when we moved to CT this month.

My husband got a very awesome promotion at work.  

Life has been good!  

I've been super creative. 

And my book collection is growing. 

I signed up for my first subscription box.

And I've been connecting with bookish friends who send me book stuff like this sweater.

What has happened to you to make you thankful???

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thankful Blogging - Day 1: People, Places, and Things

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Day 1:
People, Places, or Things


I'm thankful for my husband always. 

I am thankful for my family and friends and social networks/technology that keeps us together. 


I recently moved from Virginia to Connecticut and I am thankful that for the military wives online who shared a site with me that listed rentals for the military and military friendly landlords. I found a gorgeous house in a beautiful town, easing our transition into this New Englad adventure. 

I'm thankful that it's gorgeous here and that I was able to keep my job with my same company and transfer.


I'm thankful that I found bookstores and have enough funds to buy all the books I want!

I'm thankful I was eligible for an upgrade on my phone and got a new iPhone. ��

What are you thankful for?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Wreck This Journal–Pages 94-97: Scribble, Destroy

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Pages 94-95
Scribble wildly using only borrowed pens. (documents where they were borrowed from.)

“Your pen is your sword. Wield it wisely.” C.A. Simonson

“…She crossed the words out vehemently, scribbling until even the shape of the sentence was destroyed.” Helen Oyeyemi


Pages 96-97
Made a sudden, destructive, unpredictable movement with the journal.

“You see, freedom has a way of destroying things.” Scott Westerfeld

To Create is To Destroy


Saturday, November 21, 2015

November Owlcrate Unboxing

This month's theme is Myths and Legends. 

Soundless by Richelle Mead 
Vampire Academy temporary tattoos
A castle locket from The Geeky Cauldron
A mermaid mirror
Camp Half Blood bracelet
Cinderella tea bags 

I love everything I got and I've been dying for a necklace from The Geeky Cauldron and just couldn't seem to pick one. 

This was the first Unboxing that my husband got to witness and he thought it was pretty cool... I highly recommend it to any book nerds who like accessories. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Review–The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller


The Song of Achilles

by Madeline Miller

Summary: Achilles, "the best of all the Greeks," son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful— irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods' wrath.
They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.

Source: I purchased a paperback

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The Song of Achilles was beautifully written. It was the story about Achilles in a way that I’ve never seen before, but has always been rumored because of his strange relationship with Patroclus.
The author did a great job of taking Greek mythology and history and making it simple, easy to read, and she brought the characters to life. The Iliad has always been difficult for me to get through because of the writing and the crazy family names and origins, as well as the way the Greek Gods got all involved with the family trees. But the author simplified it, still including the details, but explaining it in ways that make sense in the modern world.

Patroclus was a decent narrator because he was something of a wallflower, so there was much that he observed and interpreted. I felt like I got to know Achilles through him because Patroclus really saw him and loved him.

While I thought the story was beautiful and compelling, it was also very much over the top. The book has some pretty high ratings, but I don’t see how anyone could rate this book 5 stars and yet harp on Bella Swan in Twilight, because Patroclus was even worse. His whole identity was Achilles. He stared at him all the time and noticed things like the flesh of his feet when he ran (seriously?) and could go on and on about how amazing and beautiful and strong he was. He loved his golden hair and strong body And, of course, Patroclus was weak and clumsy and brown haired by comparison. (Sound familiar?)

The first half of the book was Patroclus all starry eyed over Achilles, their weird friendship, and their eventual coming together and declarations of love. I wouldn’t call the book literary fiction and would instead place it in historical/mythological romance because so much of the book was about their love story and literally nothing else. I loved that I was getting a story about something that has been speculation, but I wish there was more to Patroclus and Achilles as people that made them more interesting. Achilles was just so na├»ve and nice and perfect and Patroclus his dull, but wise companion. Until the war, they were boring and forgettable people.

I loved the parts of the book that dealt with the gods, Odysseus, and the war. I even enjoyed getting to know Chiron and his teachings. Achilles was definitely a flawed hero and I’m glad that he developed a bit of a temper and adopted some more personality once he became such a major pawn of the gods. The story was tragic and heart wrenching.

I enjoyed The Song of Achilles and I do recommend it, but with caution. It was incredibly interesting, yet it was so mushy-gushy for much of the novel. I wished Patroclus had more of a personality, but he grew on me as he grew as a person and helped out and had tasks other than fawning over Achilles during the war. The book was good and pretty well written with the exception of a few horrible metaphors. It can be hard to create a Greek mythology story that still brings something new to the table without changing or recreating the legends, so I applaud the author for making such a refreshing and new story set within the confines of The Iliad, history, and legend.