My Goodreads Quotes

Allison’s quotes

"Don't you think it's rather nice to think that we're in a book that God's writing? If I were writing a book, I might make mistakes. But God knows how to make the story end just right--in the way that's best for us."
Do you really believe that, Mother?" Peter asked quietly.
Yes," she said, "I do believe it--almost always--except when I'm so sad that I can't believe anything. But even when I don't believe it, I know it's true--and I try to believe it."— E. Nesbit

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Happy Birthday to Me!

I interrupt your regularly scheduled blog-reading to wish myself a happy 18th birthday!

Photo credit Joey Gannon

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Top 7 Releases for 2016

Hello, readers!  I hope you're having a lovely, quiet Thursday.

Perhaps because I had so much time to read on vacation, but I'm in a munchy, reading mood.  I want nothing so much as to gulp down entire series, preferably in order, preferably in one sitting.

But sometimes, those pesky talented authors aren't writing quickly enough, and I have to wait for the next book!  But that's also fun, in a way, because it lets me gather together my favorite upcoming releases.

(Note: these are in order according to how excited I am for their release, from least to most, not in chronological order.)

7. The Hammer of Thor, by Rick Riordan

Coming October 4, 2016
It's no secret that I'm very hard on Rick Riordan.  I went from loving the Percy Jackson series to negatively reviewing pretty much every book he ever wrote.  (Sorry, Rick Riordan fans!  I have my reasons.)  That being said, however, Rick Riordan actually listened to the criticism (gasp!) and wrote a likable, surprisingly tragic and relatable book, The Sword of Summer, and I'm hoping he can pull it off again.

6. The Girl from Everywhere, by Heidi Heilig

Coming February 16, 2016
I know nothing about this debut author and really don't know what to expect.  But the compelling synopsis (read here) and the stunningly beautiful cover make me want to read it.

5. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, by Rosamund Hodge

Coming September 27, 2016
Rosamund Hodge's Cruel Beauty is one of my favorite novels ever, so it seems as though this should rank higher on my list, especially now that we have the lovely cover.  I'm pretty indifferent to her other novel, Crimson Bound, though, so this could go either way for me, especially considering my dislike of overly romantic interpretations of Romeo and Juliet.

4. The Bells of Paradise, by Suzannah Rowntree

Coming February 27, 2016
I love all of Suzannah Rowntree's work, but especially her fairytale retellings.  They're short, beautifully crafted, and easily read.  I'm totally unfamiliar with the fairytale in question (Jorinda and Joringel, for those of you who recognize it), so that should be a treat.  And I got a review copy, so expect that post soon!

3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J. K. Rowling

Coming July 31, 2016
This book's release has been plastered pretty thoroughly over the internet, so I'm sure you've seen it.  In case you haven't, though, J. K. Rowling is writing a play that continues Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, picking up 19 years later with his son, Albus, and she's publishing the script.  I'm honestly scared about this one.  Harry Potter played such an integral role in my childhood that I dislike the thought of anyone tampering with his legacy, even his creator.  But that doesn't mean I won't snap this up as soon as I can.

2. Ghostly Echoes, by William Ritter

Coming August 23, 2016

I honestly don't know why I like these books as much as I do.  The rational, future-English-major prat of me recognizes that they fall into the same trap as Doctor Who: namely, setting up a mystery, then inventing an impossible solution that perfectly explains it.  Like Doctor Who, however, the characters and the humor are so compelling that I like it anyway.

1. The Creeping Shadow, by Jonathan Stroud

Coming not-nearly-soon-enough (September 13, 2016)

Allow me to introduce you to my latest obsession: the Lockwood and Co. series, by Jonathan Stroud, chronicling the friendly adventures of your local group of ghost hunters.  Sounds silly?  It's not.  I tore through the first three books in something like a week and now cannot wait until the fourth one is in my hands.  But even then, the synopsis promises a cliffhanger and fifth book, so my agony may be prolonged.

What releases are you looking forward to in 2016?