Claire’s #WWCW: Amy Poehler | August 3, 2016

Hello and happy Woman Writer Crush Wednesday! Today I am celebrating one of my favorite women ever, Amy Poehler.

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My love for Amy Poehler is about on par with my love of Tina Fey. Like Tina, Amy is a powerhouse to be reckoned with. She acts, she writes, she directs, she produces.  Above all, she is funny.

A few weeks ago I finally got around to watching the final season of Parks and Rec, and OH MY it was such a perfect finale in every way. Parks and Rec manages to be continuously funny without ever being cruel or disparaging. I was always left feeling good after every episode. At the heart of the show is, of course, Amy Poehler. She imbues her character with a relentless optimism and vivacity that manages to make watching a show about government work concerning an Indiana town seem constantly fresh and engaging.

Poehler’s memoir Yes Please is as lively and funny as her sketches. One recommendation: listen to the audiobook. Poehler narrates it herself, and she brings along other famous guests. It is both down-to-earth and funnier than I can ever aspire to be. Five stars.

Weekend Rewind | July 25/31, 2016

What We’ve Been Reading

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What We’re Currently Reading

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What We’ve Been Blogging

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Nothing. I AM SO SORRY.

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*hangs head in shame*

What We’ve Been Liking

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This song.

(Note to all musicians everywhere: please write more songs based on books.)

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Have you seen the first trailer for the Wonder Woman film that came out of SDCC? It looks brialliant, abso-freakin-lutely brilliant. So I really enjoyed that.

I also have been grooving to the song “Genghis Khan” by Miike Snow.

In Other News

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“This past week I finally watched seasons 6 and 7 of Parks and Rec, aka one of my favorite TV shows. And by “week”, I mean 2 days of consecutive watching.” -Claire from last weekend. This actual past week was spent doing fun things with my friend since it was his last week at his internship.

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Fellow booknerds! Today I am so proud to give you a Weekend Rewind in which I recount how in the past two and a half weeks I did…

  • Nothing
  • Some more nothing
  • A little bit of nothing
  • Have I mentioned nothing???

Okay, so that’s kind of a lie. I have been running around to see doctors, but that’s kind of the norm in my life, unfortunately. But other than that I did, you got it, absolutely nothing!

 

Claire’s #WWCW: Maria V Snyder | July 20, 2016

Happy Woman Writer Crush Wednesday! Today’s shout out goes to Maria V Snyder, author of the Study and Soulfinder trilogies.

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Though marketed as YA, I would classify the Study trilogy as adult fantasy. Maria V Snyder’s writing pushes the YA envelope by being a lot darker, grittier, and sexier than what is usually the norm for the genre. In addition to the intoxicating plot, Poison Study features a female protagonist with amazing character development. Nothing gets me happier while reading a book than a strong leading lady!

Claire’s #WWCW: Renée Ahdieh |July 13, 2016

Happy Woman Writer Crush Wednesday! Today’s post is going to be abysmally short because I lack Motivation. Sorry, Renée Ahdieh, I promise to write a longer post about your works soon!

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Ahdieh is the lovely author of the duology which includes The Wrath & the Dawn and The Rose & the Dagger. There are a lot of things I like about Ahdieh’s books, including but not limited to: sharp-witted and sharper-tongued female characters, a lush desert landscape with a smidge of magic, a brooding Problematic Fave, danger, mystery, and love–oh my!

(Ahhh this is so short I will probably do a review of this duology soon to atone for how pathetically short this post is.)

If you’re looking for a sultry mysterious book this summer, I highly suggest The Wrath & the Dawn.

Claire’s #WWCW: Jane Austen | July 6, 2016

Happy Woman Writer Crush Wednesday! Today I’m honoring Jane Austen.

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When I think of literary “classics”, almost every book that comes to mind was written by a man. Those are largely the books that appear on course lists, the ones that are often touted as masterpieces of literature. In reality, many women have been groundbreaking writers of their time and deserve equal recognition as their male counterparts.

Jane Austen is just one of history’s female writers that was able to have a huge impact on the literary world and pop culture, even today. (My favorite adaptation of Austen’s work is the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film–WHEN HE HELPS HER INTO THE CARRIAGE I NEVER FAIL TO SWOON.) It is one of my long-term goals to read all of her novels. I hope to make progress on that goal this summer with Sense and Sensibility!

Weekend Rewind | July 4, 2016

What We’ve Been Reading

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I was really looking forward to this one but unfortunately I ultimately found it to be a disappointing read.

What We’re Currently Reading

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I’m really enjoying the audiobook of My Lady Jane so far–the narration is absolutely hilarious! The narration is so good, I’d even venture to say that My Lady Jane is a close runner up for best audiobook of 2016, trailing Illuminae! If you get a chance, definitely give it a listen!

What We’ve Been Blogging

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This week I reviewed Courtney Summers’s Cracked Up to Be. Also, Lila and I talked about the June and July releases we’re looking forward to reading in The News.

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Soooooooo…*awkward silence*…yeaaaaaaah…about that…

What We’ve Been Liking

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Eagles, freedom, red white and blue, stars and stripes, ‘MERICA.

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Having a holiday on which boisterous renditions of Hamilton songs are extra encouraged!

In Other News

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I have 4 ebooks checked out from the libraries and they’re all do this week AHHHH!

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I’m super happy because I just won a bet with my mom and as a result she’s buying me 2 comic bindups–Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 and Young Avengers Vol. 1!!! Also, she’s making my favorite red, white, and blue desert for Fourth of July! So I’m in heaven atm!

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The News | June and July 2016

Welcome to The News, were we discuss the new releases this month that we’re most excited about! Let’s get to it!

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9780062391742My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (June 7, 2016)

This story looks positively hysterical! Plus, it’s being marketed as “for fans of The Princess Bride,” which is one of my all time favorite movies! I’ve heard good things about this one so far too, so I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on it!

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (July 5, 2016)9780062380852

I’ve never read a Schwab book before, so I’m looking forward to this one, which I’ve pre-ordered. It sounds like another story with morally grey protagonists, which we all know is the kind of story Schwab excels at writing. I can’t wait to see what the hubbub about Schwab’s writing is about and judge for myself!

29069989Harry Potter And The Cursed Child by Jack Thorne

So…A lot of people are under the impression that this is entirely written by J.K. Rowling. To clear it up, it’s not. This is a play written by Jack Thorne and based on a new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. And from what I’ve heard (which is a lot), I’m now very wary of this play. But I’ll give it a chance and regardless of whether it’s technically “good” or “bad,” I’m sure I’ll have fun with it…

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And I Darken by Kiersten White (June 28th, 2016)AndIDarken

This is the story of Lada, a vicious princess in the Ottoman Empire. Inspired by stories of Vlad the Impaler, I cannot wait read this gritty book and learn more about about Lada!

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I’ve heard mixed reviews about this one, but the premise sounds right up my alley: a city overrun with monsters. Also, this is from the same author who wrote Vicious (which I adored) and A Darker Shade of Magic. (I didn’t even realize this at first because those books are penned under “V.E. Schwab”, but I double checked and it’s definitely the same person.) If this is anything like her other books, I’m sure I’ll be hooked!

Saga, Vol. 6 by Brian K Vaughan and illustrations by Fiona StaplesSagaVol6

I AM TOO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE. The last volume ended in such a cliffhanger and I NEED MY FAVORITE SPACE FAMILY BACK TOGETHER AGAIN IN ONE PIECE. Please and thank you.

In other news, why don’t more books get released in the summer?! Now is when I actually have free time to read!