Feature and Follow Friday 4/19/13

19 Apr

If you could hang out with any author (living) who would it be and what would you want to do?

I am totally going to cheat on this question and pick two authors who was alive for most of my life but are no longer living. Kurt Vonnegut and Studs Terkel. I so enjoy Vonnegut’s nonfiction and his command of irony. Terkel was simply a master at oral history and his books reflect his ability to put a story together with other people’s words. That might sound like faint praise but I think that is insanely difficult.

Oh, Grace Coddington wrote a book so I guess the living author I would most like to hang out with would be Grace Coddington!

FFF is brought to you by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

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Thursday Pretty: Sasha Luss by Josh Olins for Vogue China May 2013

18 Apr

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Stacking The Shelves 4/13/13

13 Apr

Books:
Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier (could not finish)
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (egalley via Netgalley. Thanks Houghton Mifflin!)

Make-up:
Pink in Paris lipstick by YSL

Shoes Lusted After:
sparkly espadrilles by Franco Sarto

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

Feature and Follow Friday 4/12/13

12 Apr

Question of the Week: We are about to see a lot of posts & tweets about reader conventions, RT, BEA, ALA and many more are starting soon. Which one would you love to attend? Where and why?

Is there a convetion in Paris because I would be at that one ASAP. Otherwise, I think I am a little too new to book blogging to feel comfortable at a convention. Maybe someday!

Hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee

Jessica Stam @ JPG Haute Couture SS 2007

11 Apr

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Waiting on Wednesday 4/10/13

10 Apr

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (@ GoodReads)

The Raven Boys was marked by excellent characterization, a fun plot (including a twist I didn’t seem coming) and some quietly powerful world building. I hope to see more of the same in the sequel.

Waiting on Wednesday is via Breaking the Spine

Thoughts On…What Makes A Book Readable To Me

6 Apr

The main character: I want a main character or narrator that I can empathize with and that, on a very basic level, I like. I know it means I miss out on a lot of great books with less than loveable narrators but life is too short to read books I don’t like!

Linear Storytelling: I know it speaks to my lack of reading sophistication but I simply can’t enjoy non-linear storytelling because it requires too much work to parse the narrative. There are a few exceptions to this with authors who do non-linear storytelling exceptionally well but I simply can’t deal with it when it is done poorly.

Setting: I have a special place in my heart for fantasy/sci-fi/horror. One of my favorite sub-genres is post-apocalyptic fiction. I see a lot of dystopia on the market right now and it isn’t a terrible substitute for post-apocalyptic fiction but it isn’t quite the same. I am also fond of road trips, especially road trips that involve space travel.

World Building: I want a world that is noticeably different from this one and a world that is fully formed. I don’t require a Tolkien-esque language but a world that is truly unique can make or break a book for me.