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This is such a dark song but I LOVE it! The video is cray too, so I didn’t want to post it here but you can find it easily. :D Silversun Pickups is another band on my bucket list of bands to see. I bet their shows are amaziiiiing live. Anyway, ENJOY!
The Hunger Games I can’t believe it’s about to be over! This makes me so sad… but mostly because we won’t have anymore press interviews of Jennifer, Josh, and Liam together. They’re seriously the best.
Something Borrowed UGH. This movie thrills me and kills me at the same time. I LOVE IT. This scene is one that kills me.
The Fault in Our Stars All. The. Tears.
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist This is one of those rare “I saw the movie before reading the book” times but it worked out because I loved both! A lot!
If I Stay I don’t know what to tell you except that this movie was perfection to me. Just got everything right as far as an adaptation went. And ADAM. *dreamy sigh*
Honorable Mentions to…
Divergent (Not Insurgent)
He’s Just Not That Into You
…Of Books I’ve Yet to Read
Gone with the Wind I’ve promised myself I’ll read this one day, but until then, the movie will do.
Pride & Prejudice SO GOOD. Amirite?!
High Fidelity My love for John Cusack began with this movie, even though it wasn’t my fist John Cusack movie to watch. I watched this as a young 20 something and it really made an impression on me. I just remember thinking how this must be what adult relationships are like. Ha!
Interview with a Vampire DUDE. Was there ever a more sexy vampire than Brad Pitt in this movie?! He certainly made me think womanly thoughts as a teen. lol Thanks, Brad!
Into the Wild This movie is just beauuuuutifully shot across an America people don’t see often. The music was just unbelievable too, performed by Eddie Vedder, singer of Pearl Jam. This scene and quote have always stayed with me.
Honorable Mentions to…
Sense & Sensibility
The Book Thief
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles, but years from home. And she's inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she's never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods–a powerful family in the Colonies–and the servitude he's known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can't escape and the family that won't let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, his passenger, can find. In order to protect her, Nick must ensure she brings it back to them–whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods' grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home... forever.
I’m so excited to be able to offer this giveaway to you guys today, thanks to Disney-Hyperion! Enter below, and just keep in mind that the winner will receive the book after it is published in January.
While waiting for PASSENGER to hit shelves, be sure to check out the newly released Darkest Minds collection: THROUGH THE DARK.
Don’t miss this breathtaking collection of stories set in the world of the New York Times best-selling Darkest Minds trilogy. Featuring ebook original novellas In Time and Sparks Rise, available in print for the first time, and a gripping, brand-new novella, Through the Dark is a must-have for fans of the Darkest Minds. This collection contains three novellas: In Time, Sparks Rise, and Beyond the Night, as well as a sneak peek at the first novel in Alexandra Bracken’s new series, Passenger.
About Alexandra Bracken
Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William&Mary in Virginia. Alex now lives in New York City, where you can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that's perpetually overflowing with books.
Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William&Mary in Virginia. Alex now lives in New York City, where you can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s perpetually overflowing with books.
The Funeral is one of those songs that has always been an all-time favorite. Since hearing it the first time, I was a goner for this song. The guitar, the ooooOOOoooOOO’s, the lyrics, all conspired to make me fall deeply in love.
And here’s the twist for today’s post! Not only am I sharing the original song, but in September there was a remix released that just blew. my. mind. It’s SO good. And I’m not usually one for remixes, but this one is perfect.
Also! Band of horses is one of those bands I’ve yet to see live but I’m hoping that is fixed next year with the release of their new album, which is slated for early Spring release. I’m dying for it!
Anyway, let me know what you guys think of both or either of these!
So last time I updated you guys on my reading challenges the weather was warming up and the birds were singing… it was April. Here I sit now, November 3rd, and I think it’s time. It’s TIME. There’s a lot of overlaps in these, so I’ll link the book image to each of the dedicated shelves on Goodreads. Ok, without further ado, here are my updates…
From the New York Times bestselling author of Blue Bloods and Witches of East End
After they cause a terrible accident at their old high school, twin witches Mardi and Molly Overbrook are sent to live with their “Aunt” Ingrid Beauchamp in North Hampton, on Long Island’s mist-shrouded East End. Because the twins cannot control their powers, their father begs Ingrid to tame them over the summer, before the White Council exiles the girls to Limbo.
Trouble continues to bubble and boil when the girls meet the younger Gardiner boys, who are just as handsome and sexy as their older kin. But all is not as it seems. As Ingrid helps the girls learn to control their magical impulses, Mardi and Molly have just this summer to figure out how to grow up, how to love, and how to be a family.
Happy Monday, friends! As part of the blog tour for Triple Moon, Melissa De La Cruz joins us to tell us what her office is like! It sounds like a great spot. :)
I have an office in my house that I write in. I have a huge monitor so that I can see a lot of pages up on the screen at once, and also because my eyes are so bad I now work in 200% view.
I’m surrounded by my books and the paraphernalia they’ve created – Descendants stuffed toys, Poisoned Apple stress balls, foreign editions, fan gifts, etc. I have a big poster of our TV show – Witches of East End that Lifetime sent me. I have a photo of Truman Capote in his office. I like the contrast between his office and mine.
Other things in my office that are framed is the letter from Disney VP and Publisher Jeanne Mosure when Van Alen Legacy was one of the most successful books of 2009 for Disney-Hyperion. The letter came with a VIP pass to Disneyland, which they renew every year. BOOM! Very proud of that.
My office is a bit cluttered and messy, but it’s my space, and I actually need to look at the wall when I’m writing, I can’t look out at a view, it’s too distracting.
Also my dog Mimi sleeps in my office, so she’s my buddy, my office mate. I’m never alone.
MELISSA DE LA CRUZ is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series Blue Bloods, which has three million copies in print. She spent many summers on Shelter Island, which served as the inspiration for the fictional town of North Hampton. She lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her family.
They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time
Cassandra craves drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger shows up on their private beach claiming it's his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.
As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence's life—into jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history…or risk losing Lawrence forever.
Here’s Renee Collins!
Music plays a big role in my writing process. It helps capture the feel of my characters or set the mood of the scene I want to write. Film scores are amazing for this. They’re so emotional and dramatic. But usually, I’ll have several non-film scores songs that I listen to repeatedly when I’m working on a novel. Writing on Until We Meet Again was no exception.
With this novel, I had two different lists of songs. One list was comprised of 1920’s and 30’s music.
I listened to these to get in that 20’s feel when writing scenes set in Lawrence’s POV. This list includes:
Anything Goes by Cole Porter
If You Were the Only Girl in the World, sung by Henry Burr
Happy Days Are Here Again, sung by Annette Hanshaw
Maybe, I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire, and If I Didn’t Care by The Ink Spots
My non-film scores modern songs:
Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Ray
Over the Love by Florence and The Machine
Fix You by Coldplay
We Belong Together by Gavin DeGraw
I’ve also had early readers send me songs that they think fit the book, which I love so much! Some of those are:
Like I’m Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor and John Legend
Find You, sung by Alex G
I Was Made For Loving You by Tory Kelly and Ed Sheeran
So this was the first song my Discover Weekly spotify playlist, and though it’s not new to me, I FINALLY paid attention to the lyrics… which, SIDENOTE — I think this is happening a lot lately because I’ve been listening to these songs at my desk with headphones on, so it’s easier to focus on the words. Anyway, the lyrics tell a full story from beginning to end and I LOVE that in songs. ENJOY!
And it starts
Sometime around midnight
Or at least that’s when you lose yourself
For a minute or two
As you stand
Under the bar lights
And the band plays some song about forgetting yourself for a while
And the piano’s this melancholy soundtrack to her smile
And that white dress she’s wearing, you haven’t seen her
For a while
But you know
That she’s watching
She’s laughing, she’s turning
She’s holding her tonic like a cross
The room suddenly spinning, she walks up and asks how you are
So you can smell her perfume
You can see her lying naked in your arms
And so there’s a change
In your emotions
And all of these memories come rushing like feral waves to your mind
Of the curl of your bodies, like two perfect circles entwined
And you feel hopeless, and homeless, and lost in the haze of the wine
Then she leaves
With someone you don’t know
But she makes sure you saw her, she looks right at you and bolts
As she walks out the door
Your blood boiling, your stomach in ropes
And then your friends say “What is it? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”
Then you walk
Under the streetlights
And you’re too drunk to notice that everyone is staring at you
You just don’t care what you look like
The world is falling around you
You just have to see her
You just have to see her
You just have to see her
You just have to see her
You just have to see her
I started reading Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer before bed this week. I know it’s just a genderbent version of Twilight, but I am enjoying the unique re-reading experience of it. It’s a bit of a challenge trying to reimagine the characters as a different sex when you’ve pictured them one way for so long, but it’s a welcomed challenge. I am enjoying it so much I am definitely going to take my time to read it and savor the experience.
This week I am diving into These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly. I’t’s set in New York during the gilded age and the main female character is Josephine Montford. She comes from a very wealthy family with old money. In the first few chapters Jo finds out her father is dead, shot by his own gun. The authorities are calling it accidental, but Jo knows doesn’t believe them at all.
I need a book to grab me quickly or I loose interest, this one is flowing nicely and keeping my attention, I can’t wait to find out what really happened because I’m certain this story is going to end with betrayal of the worse kind.
This week I’m still reading Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins. I started it last week actually, and got really into it… but then I went on vacation this past weekend and haven’t picked it up again. I plan to though! I’m really intrigued so far. These two characters meet on the beach by their summer homes and it turns out they are each living in different times! YOU GUYS! He’s from the 1920s and he’s an aspiring poet… *SIGH* She seems bratty so far, but I hope it changes soon.
So this is not the song I was planning to post today, but after setting up the post for the other one, something didn’t feel right.. so I looked at my recently Shazam’d songs and came across this one. I couldn’t remember it, so I watched the video and BAWLED MY EYES OUT. I hope it touches your heart as it did mine.
This would be the perfect Summer contemporary book. Something sweet and romantic, with family relationship dynamics that would really hit home. It sounds like I’m describing their books as they are now, but just imagine it as a SUPER contemporary.
Duuuuude. Both these authors have created some of my most favorite worlds using the most beautiful prose. The imagination that would be used in the creation of this could-be book would be out of this world.
I just finished this, like, a 30 minutes ago. I wasn’t even sure I’d get one together at all. Totally ironic considering the topic, haha. I almost quit this topic. I didn’t have an easy time putting this together this week, but here it is!
Things I Have Quit
Pre-ordering ALL The New Releases – There was one year where I pre-ordered SO many new releases I couldn’t even look at my bank statement without breaking a sweat. NO MORE! That was also a time where I was fresh to reading again and fresh to the Young Adult genre, so I was very excited about all the books. I feel like I know what and who I like now, so it’s not as bad for my money anymore.
Buying Complete Sets of Series I’ve Yet To Read – I mean… why did I have to buy the complete set of a series IN HARDCOVER when I’ve yet to read the first book. Ugh. I had terrible book buying habits.
Holding On To Physical Books I KNOW I’ll Never Read – So as a result of buying ALL the books years ago, I had a lot of unread books on my shelves. And it was books I’d never buy today because my tastes have changed and I now know what I like best. I donated A TON of them this year.
Requesting Physical ARCs – It is RAAAARE nowadays. Most of the ARCs I get now are from conventions or were unsolicited. I definitely opt for egalleys, which was SO not the case a couple of years ago.
Things I’ve Nearly Quit
Paranormal Reads – When I do read them it’s mostly about angels. If I do read a vampire or werewolf book it’s most likely a series I’ve already been reading for years.
Urban Fantasy Reads – I used to DEVOUR this genre, and it’s not as almost cut-off as Paranormal, but I don’t read many of them anymore. One I’m still following is the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. It’s a total winner!
Reading Books On My iPad – It hurt my eyes and it was kinda heavy! I recently got a Kindle Voyage and I’ve been loving it SO much. But if there’s an egalley that’s a pdf, I’ll opt to read it on my iPad’s Bluefire Reader app because they are so much better to read on that app. The formatting gets really screwy when reading a pdf on Kindles.
Things I Should Quit
Waiting So Long After Reading Books To Write The Reviews – Because let me tell you! When you get behind on reviews, it’s really hard to get caught up. At least for me it is.
Requesting/Downloading Too Many eGalleys – Probably one of the main reasons I don’t request physical ARCs anymore is because I never know what to do with them when I’m done, but with egalleys that problem doesn’t exist! But it can get out of control REAL FAST. Which is what my current situation is like, lol.
Buying So Many Ebooks – DAMN THOSE SALES! I’m a weak, weak person, ok! I can’t say no to a cheap ebook.
What are some bookish things you have/nearly/should quit??