11 Beautiful Spring Quote from Books (Lit Lover’s Link Up)

We haven’t had a quote post in a while. We’ve been focusing on reading the rainbow, and that’s been a lot of fun, but today, since the official first day of spring just recently passed, I thought I’d share spring quotes from books with you!

Scroll down to the end of the post to add your bookish links to the Lit Lover’s link-up!

Feeling a little nostalgic about spring? These spring quotes from books will help you set the mood!

These are some of my favorite spring quotes from books.

Feeling a little nostalgic about spring? These spring quotes from books will help you set the mood!

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
― Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard’s Egg

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young

 

Feeling a little nostalgic about spring? These spring quotes from books will help you set the mood!

“If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“I suppose the best kind of spring morning is the best weather God has to offer.”
― Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

Spring begins blossom by blossom.”
― Christina Bartolomeo, Snowed In: A Novel

“Green is the soul of Spring. Summer may be dappled with yellow, Autumn with orange and Winter with white but Spring is drenched with the colour green.”
― Paul F. Kortepeter, Tea with Victoria Rose

“A tree can be tempted out of its winter dormancy by a few hours of southerly sun—the readiness to believe in spring is stronger than sleep or sanity.”
― Amy Leach, Things That Are

“I hear the sounds of melting snow outside my window every night and with the first faint scent of spring, I remember life exists…”
― John Geddes, A Familiar Rain

Feeling a little nostalgic about spring? These spring quotes from books will help you set the mood!

“But now it was spring again, and spring was almost unbearable for sensitive hearts. It drove creation to its utmost limits, it wafted its spice-laden breath even into the nostrils of the innocent.”
― Knut Hamsun, Dreamers

What are your favorite spring quotes?

Lit Lover’s Link Up

Read the rainbow by adding these bright books with yellow covers to your TBR pile!

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Last week, I really liked the discussion from Chapter Break on the importance of book closure. Go add your thoughts to the discussion!

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Book Vs Movie: The Notebook

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The Notebook was Nicolas Sparks first-ever published book. When published, it became an almost instant success, and his career was made. However, it wasn’t until about 10 years later that the book was transformed into one of the most iconic romance movies of modern history. Should you read the book or just skip it and watch the movie? I’m here to tell you in this edition of Book vs. Movie.

Buy it: Movie| Book

Plot

In the book, the plot is not as dramatic as in the movie. The book is told as a narrative from the present about the past. The book focuses most on what happened after the 14-year separation between Noah and Allie, with little focus on their original meet-up. The book also goes into their older life more, with a lot of discussion about both Noah and Allie’s health.

In the movie, things are more dramatic. Everything is intensified from the novel. The earlier romance is more dramatic. Noah is obsessed with Allie for his entire life. It has that “movie element” where every event and quote is tied together neatly so that they can say the same things to each other at multiple points in the movie. The biggest change, however, between the movie and the book is that in the book, neither party dies. In the movie, Allie and Noah die dramatically together in the same bed in the middle of the night.

Characters

The characters are about the same in the book and movie, although I thought Allie’s likability was even less in the movie. I am not sure what the inspiration for a life-long romance with her was, as she was nothing more than an extremely spoiled young woman. Noah in the movie was a lot more romantic than he was in the book. In the book, he sort of stuck me as a dull, rather ordinary person. But in all honesty, I didn’t really like how he was played in the movie either.

Setting

Most of the settings for Nicolas Sparks books are in North Carolina. This one is no different. The most notable difference is that The Notebook takes place just after WWII, while most other stories are more modern in setting. I believe the movie did a wonderful job of building the set to match the period. All of the costumes, vehicles, and everything else in the movie fit right in to the period.

Feel

Overall, the movie has a slightly different feel than the book. The book has a feeling of a nice romance that blossomed slowly over time. The movie has a feel that is more like a tragic, dysfunctional romance that never was right until the very end when they died together. The movie was a lot more dramatic, but I don’t know if that was a bad thing.

Winner

This story is another that confuses my answer some. I would love to say, “nah, just go read the book,” but I really love the movie. I like the different ending and the increased drama. I guess I prefer my romances to be heartbreaking, so they are sort of unsatisfying to me if they are not. I might almost say that the movie is better than the book in the case of the notebook. I don’t think you will miss much if you never read the book.

I’ll admit, my opinion of the movie may be heavily influenced by when I saw it, because I saw it as a newly-engaged person watching it with my finance, so it is entirely possible that my opinion may not be altogether unbiased when it comes to this movie.

Which version did you prefer? 

More Book vs Movie

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Catching Fire

City of Bones

Review: Below the Surface by Tim Shoemaker (YA Mystery)

below the surface tim shoemakerBook: Below the Surface (Book 3 in the Code of Silence series)

Author: Tim Shoemaker

Source: Free from publisher

Genre: YA (no romance)

Morality Rating: PG

Readability Rating: 4 stars

Target Audience: Teen boys

Buy the Book: Amazon

Below the Surface Book Summary

Cooper just wants to have a relaxing vacation with his friends- hanging out on a lake, relaxing by the water, and eating ice cream. But when the friends witness what looks like a murder their very first night on vacation, Cooper knows his summer won’t go like he planned. On top of the excitement, Cooper is plagued by a mysterious fear of the water that he just can’t seem to shake. As the children investigate the mystery, will they find the solution, or will their curiosity take them into danger?  Join Cooper and his friends as they work to uncover what lies below the surface…

Quick Review

This book is billed as Christian teen fiction, but other than a few brief mentions of religion, church, and beliefs, the book focuses mainly on the mystery. This makes the book perfect for both Christian teens as well as suitable for non-Christian teens who do not want to read a “preachy” book. The book offers a unique look at handling fears of various types in both a religious and non-religious way. I was quite impressed by the entire book.

Extended Review

Plot: The basic plot is straightforward. The kids think they see a murder, but then the dead girl shows up the next day. They are not convinced however, so they continue to to investigate, which naturally, lands them into trouble. The oddest thing about this plot was that many of the “bad guys” were connected to past events and people in the story, which I found highly unlikely. It sort of reminded me of a detective show where every character is somehow connected to the CIA or a terrorist group in some way or another. These poor kids are absolutely plagued by disaster, and if I were their parents, I would never let them leave the house any more. But other than the events themselves being unbelievable, the way the kids were involved in solving the mystery was believable.

Characters: This story is definitely for boys- as a father of 3 boys (no girls) you would expect that, but there is one girl who is featured in the story. Her name is Hiro (which I thought was a boy’s name, but whatever), and she is a typical YA girl- smart, sarcastic, and violent. I found her kind of irritating, actually. She is constantly with the boys, and honestly, I am not sure if a mother of a 14-year-old girl would want her to be with teen boys so often (she appears to have no girlfriends), but it works for the story. For the most part, the boys treat her with respect, and little is mentioned about romance or sex, which is rather refreshing in a teen book.

Setting: I’m not sure exactly where the book is supposed to take place. The lake they are on is Lake Geneva, which looks like it is in Wisconsin, but since I had no idea where that was, I sort of imagined the setting to be a New England lake town- the kind where everyone visits in the summer but it is dead in the winter. Either way, it doesn’t seem to matter for the story.

Writing: I found the writing to be clear, easy-to-read, and enjoyable. I think teens would really love reading it, too. The only problem I had with the writing is that the text was tiny and close together in my edition. I think some teens might be intimidated by the way the book was put together, but that isn’t the author’s fault.

Overall Thoughts

Too few books are written for teen boys these days- at least books that I would want a son of mine to read. I am happy that this series exists as an alternative to the thousands of trashy books for teens.

Who Should Read It

Teens, advanced middle-grade readers, and any adult who wants to read a clean, wholesome mystery.
Buy the book.

Review: Distortion by Terri Blackstock (Christian Thriller)

distortion terri blackstock reviewBook: Distortion (Moonlighters Series Book 2- read fine as a stand-alone)

Author: Terri Blackstock

Genre: Christian | Thriller

Source: ARC from Harper Collins

Morality Rating: PG-13

Readability Rating: 4 stars

Buy It: Amazon- Available March 11th, 2014

Synopsis

Juliet thinks she is having a normal night helping her sister move when her husband is murdered right before her eyes. If that isn’t enough, she receives a threatening phone call that makes her fear for her life and wonder if her husband’s death was random after all. This leads her on a quest to uncover the real Bob- but she never expected to find the secrets and lies she uncovers. This leaves Juliet with the lingering question: Did she even know her husband?

Quick Review

I didn’t know what to expect from a Christian murder mystery, but I was pleasantly surprised. Blackstock created a believable universe where the main character’s faith fit perfectly into the unusual events of the story. Juliet reacted to her husband’s death and investigation in a life-like manner, which is quite unusual for this genre.

Extended Review

Plot: The basic premise of the story is that Juliet Cole sees her husband murdered, and thinks it is random at first. However, she receives a threatening phone call that makes her question if the death really was accidental. She spends the rest of the story untangling the mystery that was her husband. I was rather surprised by the direction of the plot, and I definitely did not expect the ending.

Characters: Each character is carefully drawn out and more realistic-feeling than is often found in the thriller/mystery genre. I see how Terri Blackstock became a New York Times bestselling author with characters like these. Nothing about the characters is particularly groundbreaking, but they are solid, and each has their own unique personality.

Setting: This story is surrounded in mystery and intrigue. Consequently, Juliet and the other characters (who all seem to run some sort of tragically-doomed family private eye business) spend a lot of the time in dank, seedy settings. This book, like most thrillers, focuses more on events than descriptions.

Writing: For a thriller novel, I was impressed with the writing. Most of the chapters were short, which makes for a quick and easy read. If you wanted to read the story in short settings, it would be easy to do so. Each chapter had enough drive to propel the story forward, which kept me interested until the end.

Overall Thoughts

I don’t normally love thrillers, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The Christian part of the story did not seem strangely out of place, like occurs with many “inspirational” books; and the plot itself was solid and interesting. Anyone who likes thrillers should enjoy this book-Christian or not.

Buy Distortion here!

Review: Of Blood and Brothers by E. Michael Helms (historical fiction)

I found this book way in the bottom of my inbox, sent to me sometime last year. I never meant to look it over so long, so apologies to the author!

of blood and brothers summaryBook: Of Blood and Brothers (Book 1)

Author: E. Michael Helms

Genre: Historical fiction

Morality Rating: PG-13

Readability Rating: 4 stars

Source: Free from author

Buy it: Book one | Book two

Of Blood and Brothers Summary

In the spring of 1927, ambitious cub reporter Calvin Hogue covers a family reunion in the Florida Panhandle. He learns two Malburn brothers fought on opposing sides during the Civil War, and encourages them to tell their stories. Before the night is over, Calvin realizes he has a far greater story than a run-of-the-mill family reunion.

Thus begins the first of many sessions with the Malburn brothers. The saga unfolds in their own words with wit, wisdom and sometimes, sadness. Before long the brothers are confronting troubled pasts and conjuring up ghosts laid buried throughout the long post-war years. Calvin is swept along by the harrowing eyewitness account of our nation’s most trying era, through bloody battles, personal trials and losses, and the mutual love of a beautiful young woman.

The South surrenders, but the peace is far from won. Trouble stalks the Malburns in post-war Florida. Amid the violent days of Reconstruction, Daniel and Elijah face continuing conflict, family turmoil and heart-wrenching tragedy as they struggle toward a hard-earned and costly reconciliation.

Book One follows the exploits of Daniel Malburn and the 6th FL Infantry through the battles of Chickamauga and Lookout Mountain/Missionary Ridge. While working at the salt works along St. Andrew Bay, Elijah is taken prisoner by Union forces. Faced with imprisonment, he reluctantly chooses to join the 2nd US FL Cavalry as a scout, only to learn he must lead a destructive raid on the Econfina Valley—his lifelong home.

Quick Review

This book is historical on two levels- the story is told from the prospective of a young reporter interviewing an old Civil War vet in the 1920s. The novel is quite adept at transporting you back in time to learn a little more about the Civil War.

Extended Review

Plot: This story follows two brothers fighting on opposite sides of the civil war. The book travels through real-life battles and situations from the prospective of fictional characters. I enjoyed the themes of “country before family,” as many of the real-life families in the Civil War had to face similar struggles.

Characters: I actually loved the characters in the story. I felt that Helms made an effort to make the dialogue and actions of each character fit the period- which not many authors bother to do. I thought both David and Elijah were realistic characters, but my favorite was the reporter covering the story.

Setting: This story is set during the 1920s and the Civil War. The setting is clear, and it is easy to tell which parts of the book are meant to be past and which are meant to be present (which is still the past).

Writing: I was impressed with the writing style in this story. Unlike many books that I read, it has more of a traditional past-tense writing style, but done well. The writing is clear and colorful and it is easy to tell what is happening in each scene. The writing style didn’t blow me away with how amazing it was, but it was definitely good and worth reading.

Overall Thoughts

Fans of Civil War history will love reading about this new take on the war. If you choose to read the series- buy both books. Book one ends on a sort of cliffhanger. Buy the book here.

Guest Post: Author Edward Torba on Good vs. Evil

matt monroe and the secret society book coverThis post is part of the Enchanted Book Promotions tour for Matt Monroe. You can read my review of Matt Monroe and the Secret Society here. Don’t forget to check out my book giveaway here, and link-up your Christmas-themed posts in this week’s Quote Me Thursday!

Book: Matt Monroe and The Secret Society

Author:  Edward Torba

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy / Mystery

Buy it: Amazon

Synopsis

Matt Monroe and The Secret Society is the first book in a series about a fourteen-year-old boy and his friends. In this first installment, Matt puts aside his fears as he travels to a same-time dimension to fulfill a prophecy. The saga begins when Matt finds a set of mysterious wooden tablets and an onyx ring. Soon he and his older brother, along with five friends, find themselves transported to the world of Paragon, where they face numerous obstacles. This is an account of deception and betrayal, mixed with courage and the bonds of friendship. Prepare yourself for an exciting adventure with an extraordinary ending. The second book in the series, Matt Monroe and The Haunted House, continues the story of these courage young teens.

matt monroe author edward torbaAuthor Bio

Edward Torba graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received a B.S. degree in biology in 1973 and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1977. He has been a general dentist for more than thirty-six years, practicing in Latrobe [Derry Township], Pennsylvania. His lifelong hobby has been writing. Publications to his credit: The Magic Trip and Boys Club Guide to Youth Football.

Dr. Torba enjoys travel and reading when he has the time. He also has a great passion for gardening. His favorite author is Charles Dickens; one of his life goals is to pen a best selling novel that would be worthy of Dickens.

Author Website: http://edwardtorba.com

Publisher Website: http://allpointspress.com/

Post from Edward Torba

n today’s books there is so much about evil…and evil winning the day. My book does not ignore that evil exists, but it shows that in the end good wins. This has been the case throughout history; evil has its day; however, after much darkness [for example Hitler and World War II], evil falls. In recent years, books and movies seem to embrace evil. For example, vampires in original fiction books were only able to come out at night, and if they saw a cross they ducked their heads in fear. In today’s movies and fiction writing, vampires can walk the earth in daylight and crush crosses with their bare hands. Today for some reason evil is praised while good is mocked. This seems to make it easier for young people to just go with the flow toward evil, instead of fighting for what it right.

In my books evil will not be taken lightly. It may take a while, but good will win out in mystories; just as it does in real life. I want to teach our youth that being on the “good” side is not only heroic, but it the winning side.

I hope to develop interesting story lines that are fun to follow. The joy in writing as well as in reading is the story. My writing will try to keep you on the edge of your seat, trying to guess where the characters will lead you. The stories will be uplifting, containing positive role models for young readers.

In my book, Matt Monroe and the Secret Society, a group of teenagers come face to face with evil. How will they handle themselves? What happens when there is betrayal in their midst? Will their friendships be strong enough to survive the tests they will face? These and other questions come to mind when one reads the first book in the Matt Monroe series.

I hope you enjoy my tale of fiction.

Review and Giveaway: Chrysalis by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan (YA Paranormal Fantasy)

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Book: Chrysalis

Author: Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy

Morality Rating: PG

Readability Rating: 3 stars

Buy it: Amazon

About The Author

Michelle Cornwell-Jordan is a Young Adult/ New Adult author.6252875

Her titles include a co-written work with Danny Jones called Reahket, her solo young adult novella series Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy and a contribution to the HerStory Anthology released March 08th2013(Pagans Writers Press)

She is also the producer/host of the online radio segment, IndieReview Behind the Scenes, where she and her co-host Jamie B Musings interview Indie authors and musicians.

Michelle has been married for seventeen years and has a fourteen-year-old daughter. A book lover, her favorite genre has always been paranormal adventures.

Find out more about her on her website http://michellecjordan.wix.com/author#!

Follow her on twitter at @mcjordan37

Synopsis

Michelle Cornwell-Jordan Media KitAfter the war between Man and the Supernatural. The world settled back into a harmonious rhythm. Man and Preternatural existing side by side, building a society that was technologically advanced and beneficial to both kinds. Ruled by ThunderKins(Children of the Sun). But there was dissatisfaction in several of the Divisions one of Fire and the other Rain. (Fire) Division did not accept the rule of ThunderKin. The Thunderkin heir was targeted for destruction, believing this would cause the Thunderkin rule to be overthrown. So Chaos was birthed and Chaos had a name….Ayda

Ayda Blackhawk was the beautiful, mysterious new girl at Eagle Ridge High School, in the Mountain Division of the New World, She was not there to make friends but to bring destruction. Her assignment? To kill the Thunderkin heir. But Ayda meets Adrian the ThunderKin leader, and through a twist of fate, the rules change which places Ayda, Adrian and their world at the cross roads to either destruction or redemption.

Quick Review

I thought the universe behind this story was interesting and unique. I liked the fun and lighthearted tone to the story, although at times it seemed to clash a little with the serious tone of the plot.

Extended Review

Plot: Basically, a girl was created to kill the heir of another clan. The entire plot has a kind of Romeo and Juliet thing going on, but set in a strange, modern-fantasy blended world. Although I thought the plot was fairly predictable, I enjoyed the journey along the way.

Characters: The characters in this story seemed strangely lighthearted given the premise of the story.I found the characters to be fun, but at-odds with the universe.

Setting: I thought this story was supposed to take place in a universe different from our own, but it seemed like any other high school setting that you would find in a non-fantasy book. Because of the confusion, I wasn’t sure if the story was supposed to take place in a fantasy universe, or in our own world.

Writing: The writing in this story was fun and fast-paced. There is never a dull moment, and the plot progresses nicely throughout the story.

Overall Thoughts

If you like fun, lighthearted fantasy and classic YA tales of forbidden love, then you will probably really enjoy this book and the ones that follow.

10 Christmas Carols from Around the World to Add to Your Holiday Playlist (Quote Me Thursday)

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I love Christmas music; Christmas songs have some of the best holiday quotes! This year, rather than post the same lines from the classic Christmas carols that you could probably recite while hanging upside down over a boiling pot of water, I’ve decided to list some of my favorite lyrics from Christmas songs from around the world instead.

And I’m including video to these songs as well so you can add these alternative Christmas songs to your playlist this year. Also, thanks to Google for translating some of the more obscure lyrics. You can definitely tell that Christmas is a more Christian holiday in the rest of the world based on these lyrics.

Scroll to the bottom of the post for the book and quote link-up!

Zither Carol (Czech)

Girls and boys – Leave your toys – Make no noise
Kneel at his crib and worship him
At thy shrine – Child divine – We are thine
Our Savior’s here
Chorus:
“Hallelujah” the church bells ring
“Hallelujah” the angels sing
“Hallelujah” from everything
All must draw near

On that day – Far away – Jesus lay
Angels were watching ’round his head
Holy Child – Mother mild – Undefiled
We sing thy praise
repeat 3 lines of chorus
Our hearts we raise

Tell me who you are child- Spain

Translated lyrics:
Tell me who you are Child
all dress in white.
I am of the Virgin Mary
and the Holy Spirit.

Resound with joy
the songs of my land
and experience the Child of God
he was born on Christmas Eve .

Christmas Eve is coming , tururú
Christmas Eve goes.
And we go we , tururú
and will not be back again.

Tell me who you are Child
and if your name Jesus.
I am love in the manger
and suffering on the Cross.

Resound with joy
the songs of my land
and experience the Child of God
he was born on Christmas Eve.

Oh What Wonderful News (Romanian)

Oh, what wonderful news!
In Viflaim we were shown
Today was born
The picturings of – started
How prophets said.

That the Viflaim Maria
Committed journey ,
In a small dwelling ,
Near – that city ,
She gave birth to the Messiah .

On his son’s name,
Father sent Him into the world,
To be born
And to grow,
To save us.

Rejoice (Latin)

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Christ is born of the Virgin Mary; Rejoice!

The time of grace has come for which we have prayed
Let us devoutly sing songs of joy.

God is made man, while nature wonders
The world is renewed by Christ the King.

The closed gate of Ezekiel has been passed through
From where the light has risen (the East), salvation is found.

Therefore, let our assembly sing praises now at this time of purification
Let it bless the Lord: greetings to our King.

“Gesù bambino- (Italy)

This is actually one of my favorite Christmas tunes. I had no idea it was originally Italian.

When blossoms flower e’er ‘mid the snows,
Upon a winter night,
Was born the child, the christmas rose,
The king of love and light.
The angels sang, the shepherds sang,
The grateful earth rejoiced;
And at his blessed birth the stars
Their exultation voiced.

Chorus:
O come let us adore him
O come let us adore him
O come let us adore him
Christ the lord.

Again the heart with rapture glows
To greet the holy night,
That gave the world it’s christmas rose,
Its king of love and light
Let ev’ry voice acclaim his name,
The grateful chorus swell
From paradise to earth he came
That we with him might dwell.

The Wexford Carol (Irish)

Good people all, this Christmas-time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done,
In sending His beloved Son.
With Mary holy we should pray
To God with love this Christmas Day:
In Bethlehem upon that morn
There was a blessed Messiah born.

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep;
To whom God’s angels did appear,
Which put the shepherds in great fear.
“Prepare and go,” the angels said,
“To Bethlehem, be not afraid;
For there you’ll find, this happy morn,
A princely Babe, sweet Jesus born.”

Merry Christmas Everywhere (German)

Google had a bit of trouble translating this one, so a few lines may not be right.

” Merry Christmas everywhere ! ”
Toned through the air joyful sound .
Christmas Sound, Christmas Tree,
Christmas scent in each room!

” Merry Christmas everywhere ! ”
Toned through the air joyful sound .
Therefore all
bustle in the Jubelton ,
because it is the Light of the World
of the Father’s throne .

Merry Christmas everywhere
Light on dark paths ,
our light are you ;
because you lead
Light on dark paths ,
our light are you ;
because you lead ,
a seller to rest.

” Merry Christmas everywhere ” …
What are we on the other ?
What is done
is done for you ,
that everyone must confess,
Christ child came to me.

Christmas Has Come (Finnish)

Quietly , quietly, Christmas bells will ring .
Through the spaces echoing song rejoicing :
Jesus has come !

Quietly , quietly, Christmas bells will ring .
Heavenward tending radiating flashes a series of Starlets :
Jesus has come !

Quietly , quietly, Christmas bells will ring .
Bright Christmas candles gently hymyvät :
Jesus has come !

Quietly , quietly, Christmas bells will ring .
Echoes from the children’s song
brightly and jingling:
Christmas has come!

He is Born the Divine Child (French)

He is born the divine child,
Play oboe, resonate musette.
He is born the divine child,
Let’s all sing his accession.
For more than four thousand years
We’ve promised by the prophets,
For more than four thousand years
We’ve been waiting for this happy time.
A stable is his lodging,
A bit of hay is his little bed,
A stable is his lodging,
For a god such a humble thing.
O Jesus, o all powerful king,
Such a little child you are,
O Jesus, o all powerful king,
Rule completely over us.

The Boar’s Head Carol (England)

The boar’s head in hand bear I
Bedecked with bay and rosemary;
So I pray you my masters be merry,
Quot estis in convivio [as many as are at the feast].
Chorus
Caput apri defero [I bring in the boar’s head]
Reddens laudes Domino [Giving thanks to the lord]
Caput apri defero
Reddens laudes Domino
The boar’s head as I understand
Is the rarest dish in all the land,
Which thus bedecked with a gay garland,
Let us servire cantico [serve it with a song].
Chorus
Our steward hath provided this
In honour of the King of bliss,
Which on this day to be served is
In Reginensis atrio [In Queen’s Hall].

Quote Me Thursday Social Boost Link Up

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The goal of the Quote Me Thursday link-up is to feature YOU!  All posts linked up will be shared and pinned by me! Link your neglected book and quote posts for some extra juice!

Remember, you can link up as many book or quote-related posts as you want! 

As always, I will feature my favorite link-up in next week’s edition. When you share your post with me, you agree to for me to use one image from your post in next week’s QMT and have your post shared by awesome bloggers. I will also pin all link-ups to the new Quote Me Thursday Pinterest board.

This Week’s Post Features

tangled ways

My favorite post from last week was this fun quote about tangled ways from Scribbleprints.  Thanks for linking up, Gale!

Will you be next week’s feature?

Link-up Rules

1. Links must be book or quote-related (reviews, quotes, book lists, author interviews, whatever!).

2. Link to your blog-specific URL, not your home page.

3. Visit some of the other posts and have some fun!

4. Use the hashtag #quotemethursday when sharing this link-up!

More Christmas Fun

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Can’t Miss April 2014 New Book Releases

Each month, hundreds, maybe even thousands, of books come out. Unless you have an endless budget (and no one I know does), you have to limit your choices. I have taken the time to examine the books released this month (and read advanced copies of some) to determine which are worth your hard-earned money.

These are the books newly released in April that excite me!

april 2014 new book releases

For Adults

frog music book coverFrog Music by Emma Donoghue

(Published April 1st)

The year: 1876. The place: San Francisco. The crime: murder. Amid a scorching heat wave and an outbreak of smallpox, French burlesque dancer Blanche Beunon will do whatever it takes to solve the mystery of her friend Jenny’s death. As she works to investigate the details of the crime, she uncovers a side of Jenny she never knew existed.

in paradise book coverIn Paradise by Peter Matthiessen

(Published April 8th)

There are a lot of novels covering Natzi crimes against the Jewish people, but most focus on the past. This novel introduces a new twist to the story. In 1996, 100 people from different nations stay at a former concentration camp  for a sort of bizarre camp focused on prayer and meditation for the victims. The protagonist of the story,Clements Olin, is there to research a past survivor, but is overcome by the emotions surrounding the harsh retreat.

I just found out he died a couple of days ago. Strange to have a book come out after you die.

Secrecy by Rupert ThomsonSecrecy book cover

(Published in paperback April 22nd)

If you love stories of Italian intrigue from the past (much of the politics in fantasy stories like A Song of Ice and Fire are based around Italian politics), then you won’t want to miss Secrecy. In this strange tale of the late 1600s, a sculptor is commissioned to create a life-size sculpture of a Grand Duke’s French wife. In the process, he uncovers a vase world of political secrets, hidden sensuality, and the corruption of society.

Casebook by Mona Simpsoncasebook book cover

(Published April 15th)

Mona Simpson is the sister of Steve Jobs, who apparently come from a line of epically talented people. I received a copy of Casebook early for a review- and this book is both engaging, emotional, and fun. The main premise of the story is that two boys start to look into the secrets of their parents lives. Of course, they find more than they bargained for, leading to lessons in loyalty, friendship, and growing up.

For Teens

the here and now book coverThe Here and Now by Ann Brashares

(Published April 8th)

Ann Brashares offers everything that much of the YA genre is missing- substance, emotion, and beautiful writing. Anything from Ann is going to help teens view their lives differently- and The Here and Now is no different. In this novel, Ann steps away from reality-based writing and steps into the somewhat unexplored genre of YA science fiction. Seventeen-year-old Prenna James comes from the future when the world is nearly destroyed by a mosquito-borne illness. Transported to the past for safety, Prenna only has one rule- don’t fall in love. If Prenna follows the rules she may be able to prevent the plague, but if not, the world may be destroyed forever. Prenna must decide between her duty to her society and someone who may be the love of her life.

Michael Vey Books One and Two by Richard Paul Evansmichael vey book cover

(Published April 15th)

If you haven’t read this series about the electric children, now is the time to do it! This is the first time both novels have been released together. Michael is a somewhat normal high school boy (except he has Tourette’s Syndrome), but he secretly hides electric superpowers. In “Prisoner in Cell 25” Michael discovers he is not the only one with electric powers, but in discovering her, he also discovers a secret group who wants to control the children. In “Rise of the Elgen” the Electroclan are on the hunt for Michael’s mother- but is it actually a trap?

For Kids

the boundless book coverThe Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

(Published April 22nd)

Author of one of my favorite children’s series- The Silverwing Trilogy- Kennety Oppel is back with another exciting story for middle-grade readers. This novel of epic high jinks will capture the love of any child (and some adults). Featured in this story are a dashing train ride, a traveling circus, a secret stash of treasure, and boundless secrets to uncover just in the nick of time.

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Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits by Michael D. Beil

(Published April 8th)

Apparently, train-based mysteries are all the rage right now, because Lantern Sam also takes place on a train. Younger children may like Lantern Sam more than the adventures in The Boundless simply because same is not human, but rather a cat. He works together with children to uncover the train mystery set in the 1930s.

Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Lighthave you seen my dragon book cover

(Published April 8th)

In all honesty, most picture books bore me. Have You Seen My Dragon, on the other hand, offers a new twist on the classic counting book. Pen and ink drawings with highlights of color make this book one you can look at over and over again. With so many things to look at, it is also an excellent book to use for bedtime I-spy games.

Any of these books on your TBR list? Any new releases for April that you are looking forward to in particular? 

13 Book Chicks Who Would Be Your Literary BFFs

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There are a lot of terrible people in books. In fact, there are more wicked people in books than there are in the world and probably the history of all time. When you think of horrible women in books- I can think of many. Amy from Gone Girl is downright crazy. Every single female in Game of Thrones is messed up. The Color Purple has some terrifying chicks. No fairy tale princess has ever had a good experience with other women.

Even the females in literature who aren’t necessarily evil or crazy are often boring or annoying. I always wanted to slap Pollyanna. Pippi Longstocking would make a scary neighbor. And even Anne of Green Gables is a flat character as an adult.

So, today, I thought I would celebrate the admirable women and girls in literature- the book characters who would make good friends. These are the females from books that you would be best friends with and would totally invite to your bachelorette party. These girls would take your secrets to the grave and help you bury the evidence in the back yard- or at least make fun of you while you did it. They would tell you if you were in the wrong and stay up with you all night laughing. These are the bookish chicks you need in your life and your literary BFFs.

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Violet Baudelaire (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

I don’t think there is a cooler book chick than Violet. She is a problem-solver, inventor, engineer, and a good big sister to her two younger siblings. Violet would be the friend who would sit up with you all night and figure out why your relationship was falling apart, your car was falling apart, or your life was falling apart.

Best quote: “It was a close call, but we survived.”

ramona quimby

 

Ramona Quimby (The Ramona Series)

I don’t know that Ramona would always be a great friend- she would probably get you into trouble way too often- but she would be the fun you would always call to hang out when you are bored. She would be the friend who would plan elaborate weekend adventures, road trips, and plenty of fun. Even hanging out in your living room would be a lot more fun if Ramona was along for the ride.

Best quote: “This is a great day, a great day, a great day!”

becky sharp

Becky Sharp (Vanity Fair)

Of all the famous book characters, Becky Sharp would be a vibrant friend in real life. Becky Sharp is extremely ambitious. She passed up lifelong happiness in the pursuit of money and social standing. Today, Becky would be an ambitions business woman who let nothing stand in the way of her goals. Of course, in the end, it mostly backfired, but real-life Becky would always be around to buck you up and encourage you to go for your dreams.

Best quote: “Revenge may be wicked, but it’s natural.”

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Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)

I’m not sure why Hermione isn’t the star of Harry Potter, because she definitely saves the day more often than he does. Hermione is usually the answer to any academic question. In real life, Hermonie would grow up to be a brilliant scientist who would probably discover the cure for the common cold. Then, in her acceptance speech, she would mention you as an inspiration because she is that good of a friend.

Best Quote: “I mean, you could claim that anything’s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist!”

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Heidi (Heidi)

Heidi is an amazing girl because at the age of five, she was basically raising herself. Heidi made her own fun wherever she went. Heidi would be your hippie friend who would encourage you to get out and move and who believes that sunshine and prayer is the cure for any ill. She would also make amazing food.

Best Quote: “I would rather be on the Alp than anywhere on earth.”

jane eyre

 

Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre)

Almost the original feminist, Jane is so no-nonsense it is almost painful. Luckily, her sense of humor is strong enough to keep her from being a stick in the mud. Jane would make you laugh with her stories, but would also prevent you from doing anything too stupid- like driving home drunk from a party. Jane is definitely one of the best friends in literature.

Best Quote: “I am not an angel and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. You must neither expect nor exact anything celestial of me – for you will not get it, any more than I shall get it of you: which I do not at all anticipate.”

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Rue (The Hunger Games)

Although Katniss is the star of The Hunger Games, she is a little too selfish to make a great friend. Rue, on the other hand, was so unselfish that she sacrificed her own life for a friend she only knew for a few days. Rue would be the kind of friend who would support you in everything no matter what- even if you were mean to her.

Best Quote: “Don’t count me out.”

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Lucy Honeychurch (A Room with a View)

Lucy in A Room with a View is just at the age where she is deciding whether to follow her heart or follow the expectations that people have for her. By the end of the book, Lucy has decided that it isn’t worth society’s good opinion if she isn’t being true to herself. Lucy would be the friend who would always tell you to go for what feels right- even if it is getting a tattoo at 4 in the morning after drinking half a bottle of tequila. You may not want to go out with Lucy without one of your steadier friends around.

Best Quote: “Let us rather love one another, and work and rejoice. I don’t believe in this world of sorrow.”

Nancy drew

 

Nancy Drew (Nancy Drew)

Problem-solver extraordinaire, Nancy is practical, thoughtful, and down-to-earth. She seems like the type of young woman who would encourage you to use your brain and not just your heart, which every female needs from her book BFF. She would be the perfect friend to have along with Lucy Honeychurch, as you need a little of both to be an effective person.

Best Quote: “It’s important to take time out to have fun with your friends, particularly if they spend considerable time doing your bidding.”

madeline

Madeline (Madeline)

Madeline is a brave, curious girl who isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. As an adult, I imagine Madeline would be the kind of friend who would encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and do something awesome-like write your own opera- because why not?

Best Quote: “Poo, poo!”

mary poppins

 

Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins)

If you have never read book Mary Poppins, you are missing out on one cool chick. While movie Mary is all sunshine and rainbows, book Mary would not be afraid to snap at unruly children and may make you take your medicine without any sugar at all. Mary would be equally good for you and would not allow you to sulk over not getting a job you wanted or a fight you had with your mother. But, she is equally whimsical and would suddenly fly off on a trip to Paris or Nigeria without a moments notice.

Best Quote: “I’ll stay till the wind changes.”

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Coraline Jones (Coraline)

Coraline would be one of the best bookish friends in literature. Coraline has an insatiable curiosity. If she didn’t die before the age of 19 from stupidity, she would probably become an amazing inventor or artist when she grew up. In addition to being curious, she is completely fearless and courageous to the point of idiocy. Coraline would be the friend who would never allow you to doubt yourself or your abilities and would always cook up crazy adventures that would make life fun.

Best Quote: “When you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.”

Petra Arkanian

Petra Arkanian (The Ender Series)

Petra is a stone and she doesn’t care who knows it. She is completely no-nonsense and does not allow anyone to hold her back. She would never allow the patriarchy to keep her down. Real-life Petra would most likely go into politics and become president one day, and we all need friends in high places in our lives.

Best Quote: “Just a brilliant and talented polyglot. Petra Arkanian. The only girl in Salamander Army. With more balls than anybody else in the room.”

Who would be your literary BFF?

Quote Me Thursday Social Boost Link Up

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The goal of the Quote Me Thursday link-up is to feature YOU!  All posts linked up will be shared and pinned by me! Link your neglected book and quote posts for some extra juice!

Remember, you can link up as many book or quote-related posts as you want! 

If you want to plan ahead, here are the upcoming topics:

Jan 22- Literature Quotes Out-of-Context 

Jan 29- The Bestest Besties in Literature

As always, I will feature my favorite link-up in next week’s edition. When you share your post with me, you agree to for me to use one image from your post in next week’s QMT and have your post shared by awesome bloggers. I will also pin all link-ups to the new Quote Me Thursday Pinterest board.

This Week’s Post Features

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Last week, I really loved Tiffany’s post about her favorite defining quotes from the new Taylor Swift album. 

Link-up Rules

1. Links must be book or quote-related (reviews, quotes, book lists, author interviews, whatever!).

2. Link to your blog-specific URL, not your home page.

3. Visit some of the other posts and have some fun!

4. Use the hashtag #quotemethursday when sharing this link-up!


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10 of the Best Game of Thrones Quotes

Can't wait until the next Game of Thrones episode? Satiate your hunger with 10 of the best quotes from Game of Thrones- book edition.

One of the drawbacks (if you can even call it that) of marriage is that I have yet to watch the Game of Thrones season premier for this season. Why? Because Josh has been working incredibly late every night this week.

This means, that I’ve had to tiptoe carefully around the Internet making sure I don’t run into any spoilers. I hate spoiling things for myself.

Even though I can’t watch the show yet, I still want to celebrate Game of Thrones season, since it’s my favorite TV show right now.

In honor of Game of Thrones season 5, here are some of the quotes that I think are the best Game of Thrones quotes from A Song of Ice and Fire. All quotes are taken from the books, rather than the show.

 10 of the Best Game of Thrones Quotes

Can't wait until the next Game of Thrones episode? Satiate your hunger with 10 of the best quotes from Game of Thrones- book edition.

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“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”
~Tyrion Lannister

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, the man who never reads lives one.”
-Jojen

“When you play the game of thrones you either win or you die, there is no middle ground.”

-Cersai Lannister

“There are no true knights, no more than there are gods. If you can’t protect yourself, die and get out of the way of those who can. Sharp steel and strong arms rule this world, don’t ever believe any different.”

– Sandor Clegane

“Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.”

-Mully

“Sleep is good and books are better.”

-Tyrion Lannister

Can't wait until the next Game of Thrones episode? Satiate your hunger with 10 of the best quotes from Game of Thrones- book edition.

“There is only one god and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: “Not today.”

-Syrio Forel

“A coin is as dangerous as a sword in the wrong hands.”

-Tyron Lannister

“Fear cuts deeper than swords.”

-Syrio Forel

“Words are like arrows, once loosened you cannot call them back.”

– Doran Martell

What is your favorite Game of Thrones (or Song of Ice and Fire) quote?

Lit Lover’s Link Up

Read the rainbow by adding these bright books with yellow covers to your TBR pile!

And now it is time for YOU!  All posts linked up will be shared and pinned by me! Link your neglected book and quote posts for some extra juice!

Remember, you can link up as many book or quote-related posts as you want! 

As always, I will feature my favorite link-up in next week’s Lit Lover’s edition. When you share your post with me, you agree to for me to use one image from your post in next week’s LL.. I will also pin all link-ups to the new Lit Lover’s Pinterest board and send you weekly link-up reminders so you can keep joining in.

If you want to be added as a contributor to the Lit Lover’s group board, just send me an e-mail at brenda at dailymayo.com with your Pinterest user name.

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This Week’s Lit Lover Features

Last week, I loved this post shared by Chapter Break written by author Jan Domagala on his five best tips for writers. Go check it out if you are curious about getting into the world of fiction writing! I also really enjoyed this post from Trish on books for tidbit lovers!

Link-up Rules

1. Links must be book or quote-related (reviews, quotes, book lists, author interviews, memes, whatever!).

2. Link to your blog-specific URL, not your home page.

3. Visit the features and some of the other posts and have some fun!

4. Use the hashtag #litlovers when sharing this link-up!


 Can’t Get Enough Game of Thrones?

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5 YA New Fall Books to Get Excited About This Season

 

If you love YA books, you won’t want to miss the new YA fall books that are coming out this fall! Your TBR pile just got much bigger. 

If you love YA books, you won't want to miss the new YA fall books that are coming out this fall! Your TBR pile just got much bigger.

This is a guest post written by Caroline from Culture Coverage. 

5 YA New Fall Books to Get Excited About This Season

This year has already offered a slew of amazing YA titles such as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and that trend isn’t slowing down. This season offers some of the best fall books from a variety of genres. You might even need a new tote to carry around all these amazing new books.

Tales of the Peculiar

Ransom Riggs

If you enjoyed Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children, then you’ll want to pick up Tales of the Peculiar when it hits bookshelves this fall. Rather than a sequel or prequel, this is more of a companion book to the bestselling novel. It collects all of the stories of the peculiar world and compiles them into a sort of fairy tale collection. It also gives clues as to the location of time loops introduced in the series. Featuring stunning illustrations and annotated by Millard Nullings (Miss Peregrine’s ward), this book is sure to keep people occupied and excited for the movie coming in December 2016. While written for the YA crowd, there are some fairly gruesome and twisted sections. If you’re squeamish, this might be a book to avoid. Otherwise, if you loved the series, you should read this book.

 

The Light Fantastic

Sarah Combs

April 19th is a day that changes the life of multiple people around the country. This happens in small ways for some and huge ways for others. Nonetheless, no one is the same after that day. Not April Donovan who just turns 18 nor Phoebe who starts questioning a cross-country ploy. Combs manages to weave together a single book with multiple narrators and explores a generation of teenagers stifled in shame and isolation. Will they be able to move out of the dark and into the light?

 

Reviewers are already giving The Light Fantastic high praise thanks to its lyrical writing and focus on real-world issues.

If you love YA books, you won't want to miss the new YA fall books that are coming out this fall! Your TBR pile just got much bigger.

When They Fade

Jeyn Roberts

At the time, confiding in an adult about an illicit affair between a teacher and a student seemed like a good idea. However, now Tatum finds herself ostracized by the entire town and branded as a liar. The bullying increases until there’s no longer any safe place for her to go.

 

One night, Tatum picks up a hitchhiker who has an ethereal quality about her. They don’t talk much, but suddenly the hitchhiker turns to Tatum and suddenly tells her: “You’re going to die. It will hurt and you’ll be alone.” After that, the mysterious girl disappears. Troubled by the message and disappearing girl Tatum not only starts a journey to learn more about the hitchhiker but to clear her name as well. The book manages to tackle some pretty serious issues without ever allowing them to weigh down the story too much. When They Fade is perfect for those who enjoyed The Lovely Bones.

 

Interference

Kay Honeyman

Kate Hamilton knows how to get what she wants. She learned it from her father, who is a Congressman in Washington DC. She doesn’t expect things to change for her when her father announces a move to Texas to run a special election. Unfortunately, her old tricks don’t seem to work, and her father’s campaign gets runs into difficulties. Even still, with some spunk, hard work and some smarts, Kate has what it takes to turn the situation around and hopefully get on the good side of star quarterback Hunter Price. Interference offers a little bit of everything from romance to football to scandals.

 

Like a River Glorious

Rae Carson

A sequel to the much acclaimed Walk on Earth a Stranger, Like a River Glorious follows Lee Westfall as she finally reaches her home in California. They embrace her magical powers and even welcome others with the same gifts. However, her uncle hasn’t given up his quest to control Lee and her powers. He manages to kidnap her, but she’s not the same as she was before. Her powers have grown. Gold no longer just speaks to her; it also listens to her commands. The question now is if it is enough to stop her uncle once and for all. It’s a sweeping saga of magic and history as well as a coming-of-age story.

 

If you love YA books, you won't want to miss the new YA fall books that are coming out this fall! Your TBR pile just got much bigger.

 

Are there other books coming out this season that you want to read? Have you gotten to take a look at any of those mentioned above? Tell us in the comments below!

About the Author: Caroline is a freelance entertainment and technology writer. When she’s not messing around with new gadgets, she has her nose in a book or e-reader. Her bookshelves are overflowing with books from just about every genre.

 

Lit Lovers Link Party

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Don’t miss last week’s awesome list of spooky Halloween quotes. If you link up, I will pin you to my Book Reviews Pinterest board, which currently has a follower count of about 7K. Thanks for linking up each week!


Spooky Poems to Read on Halloween: Lit Lovers Link Party

I have never been much of a person who enjoys a lot of poetry. I read quickly, which makes it difficult for me to appreciate the rhythm of poetry. I feel terribly uncultured for not appreciating poetry, so one of my goals for reading more diverse things is to add poetry to the list. Reading aloud reminds me of Halloween and the spooky season, so what better place to start reading poetry than on Halloween?

I’ve pulled my favorite lines from the following spooky poems to read on Halloween. I liked the imagery and allusion to terror in my selections. I like that the passages are definitely spooky, but do not smack you in the face with horrible images. The illusion to fear, I believe, is more terrifying than seeing what you are scared of first hand.

Looking for something creepy to read on Halloween? These 7 spooky poems to read on Halloween will make any party scarier.

7 Spooky Poems to Read on Halloween

You can read all of the selections listed below this Halloween, or you can find the full poems online, free of charge. I chose mainly women poets for this line up, because women often get overlooked in the horror genre, but many of them write/wrote amazingly creepy things!

The Haunted Chamber by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Each heart has its haunted chamber, where the silent moonlight falls! On the floor are mysterious footsteps, there are whispers along the walls!”

Looking for something creepy to read on Halloween? These 7 spooky poems to read on Halloween will make any party scarier. The Snow-Fiend by Ann Radcliffe

“Disease and want and shuddering fear, danger and woe and death are there. ”

Will-O’-the-wisp by Madison Cawein

“Now o’er the sluggish stream he wends,
A slim light at his finger-ends;
The spotted spawn, the toad hath clomb,
Slips oozily, slips oozily;
His easy footsteps seem to come–
Like bubble-gaspings of the scum–
Now near to me, now near to me.”

Spirits of the Dead” by Edgar Allan Poe

“But their red orbs, without beam,

To thy weariness shall seem

As a burning and a fever

Which would cling to thee for ever.”

Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti

“Swift fire spread through her veins, knock’d at her heart,

Met the fire smoldering there

And overbore its lesser flame;

She gorged on bitterness without a name.”

Looking for something creepy to read on Halloween? These 7 spooky poems to read on Halloween will make any party scarier.

The Witch by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

“Her voice was the voice that women have,
Who plead for their heart’s desire.
She came—she came—and the quivering flame
Sunk and died in the fire.”

All Souls by Edith Wharton

“Fear not that sound like wind in the trees:
It is only their call that comes on the breeze;
Fear not the shudder that seems to pass:
It is only the tread of their feet on the grass;
Fear not the drip of the bough as you stoop:
It is only the touch of their hands that grope —
For the year’s on the turn, and it’s All Souls’ night,
When the dead can yearn and the dead can smite.”

Lit Lovers Link PartyRead the rainbow by adding these bright books with yellow covers to your TBR pile!

Now it is time for YOU!  All posts linked up will be shared and pinned by me! Link your neglected book and quote posts for some extra juice! We’re here every Thursday.

Remember, you can link up as many book or quote-related posts as you want! 

As always, I will feature my favorite link-up in next week’s Lit Lover’s edition. When you share your post with me, you agree to for me to use one image from your post in next week’s LL. I will also pin all link-ups to the new Lit Lover’s Pinterest board and send you weekly link-up reminders so you can keep joining in.

If you want to be added as a contributor to the Lit Lover’s group board, just send me an e-mail at Brenda at dailymayo.com with your Pinterest user name.

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This Weeks Lit Lover Features

Last week,  I was busy putting my tax audit stuff together, but that is behind me now. Today, things are all back to normal!

I always love reading interviews with authors, so this week’s featured post is from Verushka and her interview with author Kaye Dobbie. 

It’s Link Party Time!


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How to Make Time to Read: Lit Lover’s Link Party

About a month or two ago I started a new job. Unlike most of my other jobs that I do (working as a freelance editor and writer), this one has specific hours. This means that I am suddenly working a lot more than I am used to, which is seriously cutting into my reading time.

I know a lot of you are busy as well, so hopefully you’ll find my tips on how to make time to read helpful.

Think you don't have time to read? Think again! These tips show you just how to make time to read and get back to enjoying books again.
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How to Make Time to Read (even if you’re really busy)

I am a reader, so reading is important to me. Some of the tips that I offer may not work for everyone (particularly if you are not as dedicated to making time for reading as I am). If you find a tip too extreme, feel fee to skip in in favor of a tip that works better for you.

Read in Short Bursts

I used to be a huge binge-reader, so I would read an entire book in a 2-3 day span with little else in between. Now, I don’t have the time to do that, so I have to read in shorter bursts. Instead of reading an entire book in one sitting, I now read with small sessions (usually for about 10 minutes before I fall asleep in bed at night). It takes longer to get through books this way, but at least I still get to read!

Read Shorter Books

I used to love the long, epic stories, but now, with less time to read, I prefer shorter stories that I can get through quickly (or at all). I find I’ve been reading a lot of middle grade stories lately for easy reads, quick plot development, and a good laugh.

Ignore Some Chores

This is not difficult for me because cleaning the house is my least favorite thing, but for some of you, it might be difficult. On the weekends, I usually set aside one afternoon for reading time (I enjoy Sunday afternoon reading sessions). This is when I read bigger books, books that I’m reviewing, or books that I really love. Because of this habit, I usually have one or more chore that should be done that isn’t in my house.

Put Kids to Bed Early

This tip is for the parents. I have a difficult time reading if the children are awake (unless I am reading directly to them, but that is not relaxing). Some days I put them to bed about 30 minutes early so I can have some reading time in peace. I usually ask them to read during this time as well, which basically makes it a reading win for the entire family.

Don’t Read Everything

I like to read everything and keep up with all the book trends. But now, I can’t do that and I have to be a lot pickier about what I read. I only choose books now that I think I will love (based on reviews, whether I love the author’s previous books, or if the cover/description sounds spectacular). It’s sad having to leave a lot of books behind, but it’s happy to make money.

Read in the Bath

I love the option to read in the bathtub. It’s quite relaxing. I like the bathroom caddies that help you read books in the bathtub and waterproof Kindle cases are also an amazing invention. I have dropped quite a few books in the bath in my day, so I like the protection options offered to me now.

Those are my simple tips for how to make time to read. Tell me how you make time to read in the comments!

Lit Lovers Link PartyRead the rainbow by adding these bright books with yellow covers to your TBR pile!

Now it is time for YOU!  All posts linked up will be shared and pinned by me! Link your neglected book and quote posts for some extra juice! We’re here every Thursday.

Remember, you can link up as many book or quote-related posts as you want! 

As always, I will feature my favorite link-up in next week’s Lit Lover’s edition. When you share your post with me, you agree to for me to use one image from your post in next week’s LL. I will also pin all link-ups to the new Lit Lover’s Pinterest board and send you weekly link-up reminders so you can keep joining in.

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This Weeks Lit Lover Features

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Heather has a fun post about authors she will always read. It’s a good one!


More Tips for You!

Feeling bored and tired of your books? Never fear! Use these tips to learn how to get out of a reading slump! Reading comprehension a struggle? No worries. These tips will have you remembering what you read like a pro in no time.

What to Read When You Want Something Light and Fun: Liane Moriarty Book Reviews

Wondering if you should read Liane Moriarty? Check out these Liane Moriarty Book Reviews and find out!

I am a binge reader. When I find a book that I like, I usually try to read several books by the same author (usually within a one-week period).

My most recent book binge featured the work of Liane Moriarty (of What Alice Forgot fame). I really enjoyed What Alice Forgot, so I definitely wanted to read more by her! She is also from Australia, which means that her stories help meet my criteria this year of wanting to read a greater number of books by foreign authors.

So far, I have read What Alice Forgot, The Husband’s Secret, and Big Little Lies. I would have read more, but my budget stopped me. 🙂

I like to read several books by the same author at once because you get a feel for their writing patterns and style. I found that Liane Moriarty, just like other famous authors like Jodi Picoult or Brian Jacques, sort of writes in a formulaic style. It works great for authors to write like this because they become known for that particular style.

Liane Moriarty’s Writing Style

Liane Moriarty Book ReviewsIn general, LM seems to focus on upper-class suburban life. The communities are small-minded and tend to focus on somewhat silly issues, like making sure a five-year-old has an amazing birthday party.

However, the characters in the stories are interesting and rich. Everyone has a point of view and a fleshed out character. You don’t see this in every book. Most of the characters may be shallow, but they all have a purpose.

My biggest complaint with her stories is that they all wrap up a little too neatly and unrealistically. All bad people end up punished and all good people get rewarded. I can’t go into too many specifics without revealing spoilers, but I often found myself saying “really?” when the big reveals occurred.

I was able to figure out most of the endings and plot twists ahead of time, but the stories were fun to read for the most part.

I would place anything my Liane Moriarty firmly in the “beach read” category, but for all that, her stories are fleshed out and fun! I don’t like a huge focus on romance/sex in the books that I read, and LM manages to include those topics without making them seem over-the-top.

One of my favorite parts about Liane Moriarty’s writing style is how she brings in quotes from non-essential characters in the story. It makes her worlds come alive.

Liane Moriarty Book Reviews

When I read What Alice Forgot, I loved it. What Alice Forgot is the story of what might happen if a woman Liane Moriarty Book Reviewssuddenly forgets the last 10 years of her life and thinks she is just starting out again. What Alice Forgot explores the idea of what a woman might think to see that her relationships have changed and that she has also changed into something she never expected to be at age 29.

What Alice Forgot is my favorite book from Liane Moriarty so far. It seems the most innovative and creative.

Buy What Alice Forgot from Amazon.

Liane Moriarty Book ReviewsBig Little Lies tells the story of a crime that happened at an elementary school trivia night. Big Little Lies is told from the prospective of several different neighbors and friends. This story was a bit more lighthearted than What Alice Forgot, even though it dealt with heavier things. I had trouble identifying with the characters in Big Little Lies because their problems seemed so trivial for the most part. Even the real problems were told in a trivial way.

Buy Big Little Lies from Amazon.

The Husband’s Secret was my second-favorite book by Liane Moriarty. The Husband’s Secret deals with a woman who uncovers a hidden secret of her husband’s from his past (naturally). However, at the same time, it also tells the story of a few members in the community, which was also interesting.

Buy The Husband’s Secret from Amazon.Liane Moriarty Book Reviews

Overall Thoughts

On the whole, if you are looking for a light, fun, easy read where you know nothing too bad will happen to good people, then you can’t go wrong with Liane Moriarty!

 

More Light and Fun Reads

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15 Semi Last-Minute Book-Themed Halloween Costume Ideas

costume ideas from books

I seriously cannot believe that October is almost over. Probably the fact that is has been above 85 degrees most days here hasn’t helped. So, my costume post is a bit late. This year, our family is dressing up as the classic Little Red Riding Hood (group costumes are my favorite). Stay tuned for more info on that after the holiday!

However, most of these you can throw together in a day or two. I’ve divided the book costume ideas into two categories: adult books and kid books. Have fun making these book-based Halloween costumes!

Book Costume Ideas for Adults

Gandalf

gandalf halloween costume

What would a bookish Halloween be without a LOTR character? Sucky, that’s what. You don’t have to be Gandalf, but he is definitely one of the most iconic characters. Costume Works has the tutorial. 

The Invisible Man

invisible man costume

The Invisible Man costume is an awesome costume for 3 reasons: 1. It’s from a book. 2. It’s from a creepy book. 3. It includes a mask. Costume Works has the tutorial. 

Mrs Havisham

Mrs. Havisham is an awesome Halloween costume, although a pathetic character. Seriously, what woman destroys her entire life because she can’t get married to someone? I didn’t hear back from the creator of the costume about whether or not I could include a photo, so I’m just linking to the post here.  It’s awesome though, and well worth the click time. 🙂

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

abraham_lincoln_vampire_hunter costume

I’m still not sure that this can really qualify as a “book costume” because is a satire book like this really literature? But at any rate, it’s fun and a little spooky, which is perfect for Halloween costumes. And it does come from a book. So there. Costume Works has the tutorial. 

Mr. Darcy and Lizzie Bennett

I guess this is after the wedding.
I guess this is after the wedding.

One year my sister-in-law hosted a regency-themed party. This was the result. No tutorial, because I’ve never actually posted this photo to all of humanity before (I’m sure my husband will love me so much more now for posting it). I may write a tutorial for the Mr. Darcy and Lizzie Bennett costume later, if you beg, but it’s pretty self-explanatory from the photo. Wear an old dress with an empire waist. Make your husband/boyfriend/long-suffering male friend dress up in a suit with a top hat.

Bennett Sisters Costume

bennett sisters

Ditto for the Bennett Sisters costume. Here we are, five young ladies, all dressed up. You can assign characters to us all- we never decided on names. 🙂 Add blood if you want to wear the zombie version. 🙂

Book Costume Ideas for Kids

Olivia

olivia book costume

Now I know in this picture Olivia is a fully-grown woman, but I’m putting her here because Olivia is a children’s book. But, as you can see from this wonderful lady, any of these kid characters also translate well to adult costumes! Go here for the tutorial. 

Pippi Longstocking

pippi longstocking costume

Pippi is awesome in every way possible and a Pippi Longstocking Halloween costume is iconic and easy. Mom 4 Real has an easy and adorable tutorial. 

Harry Potter

harry potter group costume

Old or young, Harry Potter costumes are the best. Get ideas for the whole gang in this tutorial from Costume Works.

Mrs. Frizzle

mrs frizzle costume

One of my favorite book characters is Mrs. Frizzle. It’s easy to make your own Mrs. Frizzle costume with these simple instructions!

Angalina Ballerina

angelina ballerina costume

Little kids dressed as mice and ballerinas are the best possible combo. Visit Skirt as a Top for the full tutorial!

Peter Pan

peter pan group costume

Peter Pan is another universe that makes an amazing set of group costumes! Costume Works has instructions for the whole gang here. 

Wizard of Oz

wizard of oz

Feel like going to see the Wizard, but not one from Harry Potter? Then you should dress up as someone from the Wizard of Oz! So many iconic characters for a fun group costume. Wear silver slippers as Dorothy to show you’ve read the book. Have fun correcting everyone all night.

Pinkalicious

pinkalicious costume

For little girls who love pink (or adult women), Pinkalicious makes a fun costume. Fancy Frugal Life has a really cute DIY option! 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

the very hungary caterpillar costume

The Very Hungry Caterpillar makes a fun costume for a toddler or baby! I love this version using fleece and ribbon from The Craft Nest.

book-themed halloween costumes

More Halloween Fun

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PS, if you think this costume round-up is as awesome as I do, please share it!

Writing Tip: 8 Tips for NaNoWriMo

tips for rocking nanowrimo

This month, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo. The idea is to write 50,000 words in a month. To do this, you have to write about 1,700 words per day.

I write a lot of words for work. Some days, I write 3000 words or more, plus do other incidental activities (like this blog). So, I thought doing NaNoWriMo would be a snap.

Today, I’m at about 34,000 words and I have a week left. I have to write about 3000 words per day to catch up. Why am I so far behind?

 

Well, I didn’t account for life making it harder to write. It turns out, by the end of the day, I am tired. I don’t want to write any more, even fun words in my book.

We also had some family issues come up this month. My husband’s grandmother died. My kids got sick. So, what I thought would be extremely easy, is actually not.

Is sitting down and writing 1700 words a day that hard? No. It usually doesn’t take much longer than 2 hours.

But, when you have things that get in the way, it suddenly gets much harder. Plot changes, thinking about when you want events to happen, and all of the other behind-the-scenes stuff that goes into making a book makes it more of a challenge. I didn’t account for those things.

By the end of this challenge, I will have about 50,000 words. But, I doubt I will use half of them in the final draft.

So, why did I want to do this challenge? I was tired of not having anything written in my book. I have talked about writing a book for about 10 years now. I wanted to finally have something to show for all my aspirations. Good or bad, I want to move on.

If you are in a similar place, here are some things to think about for next year’s NaNoWriMo:

  1. You probably shouldn’t combine it with NaBloWriMo (I tried to, but that makes it much harder)
  2. Account for days off. I had to take about 5 days off, and that made the challenge much harder. But, I am determined to continue and see it through. If you want to take weekends off, for example, make sure you adjust for that in your daily word count. 1700 words a day is a commitment that you have to make for every day.
  3. NaNoWriMo happens in November. Thanksgiving is in November. If you want to make sure you have time for family festivities, you will have to write more in advance. I’m trying to be done by Wednesday night. This will give me a buffer if I am short a few words (it also means I only have 7 days to write 17,000 words (2500 per day, if you’re keeping track).
  4. Do your words early. The first half of the month, I did everything else in my day first. That was a mistake. Your book should get your first energy. That way, you can make sure you reach your word count each day.
  5. If you commit to this project, commit wholly. I bought a t-shirt so that I felt like I *had* to finish.
  6. When you feel like you would rather do anything but do your words for the day, try moving to another part of the story. Maybe that part will be more fun. I started in the middle and moved to the end, then I went back to the start. It’s helping me keep my plot aligned too.
  7. Don’t forget to allow some wiggle room for ruts in your plot, or research, or other behind-the-scenes work. It will bite you if you don’t watch out.
  8. You will be extremely tired. Ignore it and keep going.

Are your doing NaNoWriMo this year? How is your progress going?