February Flashback (Wrap-up)

This past month has been the best I have ever had on Amanda’s Nose in a book. I’ve had a busy month full of books, writing, and getting to know the book blogging community a little bit better. I’m really enjoying myself and it’s great to talk about something that I am really passionate about.

Let’s take a peek back at what went on during February.

I read quite a few books, more than I even planned on,

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (re-read)
House of Hades by Rick Riordan

I talked about,

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Books that give me the feels,
Books & characters that make me swoon,
Reasons I love being a blogger and reader,
and  Awesome secondary characters

Interviewed,

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Author, Laura Beege
Book Blogger- Chrissi Reads
Book Blogger- Catch Kelly’s Fancy

And so much more!

Next month, my goal is to read 4 or 5 books, get a read handle on the revisions for my novel (working on closing up those pesky plot holes), post here at least 5 times a week, and *hopefully* start a crafting/DIY blog.

What kinds of things would you like to see from Amanda’s Nose in a Book?

Book Blogger Interviews- How to Catch Kelly's Fancy

I have found a wonderful community and great friends during my time book blogging, so when  I found out my friend Kelly created her own book blog, Catch Kelly’s Fancy, (check it out!!!) I was so excited for her.

Kelly and I have known one another for a few years now. We went to college together at SUNY Oswego and are both in Mu Beta Psi (a national honorary music fraternity).

With no further a due, here is my interview with the fabulous Miss Kelly, where she tells us about her favorite heroines in literature, the vegan apricot scones she made (which I would like in my belly, please), and things that turn her into a fangirl.

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Amanda: What was your favorite book (or series) as a child?

Kelly: My favorite book series as a child was a tie between The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin and Goosebumps by RL Stine. I followed both series fairly religiously (even Little Sister, the BSC spin-off featuring Karen, and for Goosebumps, I would sneak copies of Fear Street home when I could). I did also like the Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park and pretty much anything by Judy Blume.

Amanda: Who are your top three favorite heroines in literature?

Kelly: My top three favorite heroines are Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, Jaenelle Angelline from the Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop, and Clarice Starling from the Hannibal Lecter trilogy by Thomas Harris.

  • Hermione, I like because she used her intellect and cleverness to solve problems, and because I could relate to a frizzy-haired bookworm who didn’t really know how to make friends easily. I think she’s an admirable role model for young girls, and I like that Rowling developed her into a full character with personality and back story instead of just *insert female sidekick here*.
  • Jaenelle, I like because she has all of this incredible power and endures such hardships, but she remains true to herself rather than letting it change her into something bitter and evil. She is brave and just, and I love that Bishop lets us continue to see Jaenelle’s spirit and sense of humor in moments throughout the series, even after she becomes Queen of the Darkness.
  • Clarice, I like because she’s given this incredible challenge in Dr. Lecter, and she faces him head-on with strength and intellect. I read The Silence of the Lambs when I was younger (like middle-school age or so), and I fell in love with Clarice’s character. I love that after she’s taken off of the case, she comes up with a plan and goes after the killer anyway, and it’s one of the best surprises in that novel when you realize she’s gone rogue. Clarice makes her own decisions instead of submitting to the desires of the men in her life, and I definitely respect that. (I admit, that gets a bit more problematic in Hannibal, but that’s a different discussion for a different day.)

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And the "Epic Book Hangover Award" goes to: House of Hades by Rick Riordan

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Warning: the synopsis may contain spoilers for those of you who haven’t read the series. I have tried to keep my review of this novel spoiler-free as to not ruin the plot or the novel’s events for anyone.

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What I'm Reading & Writing Wednesday!!!

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The past couple of weeks I really have been slacking on my reading. I finally finished House of Hades by Rick Riordan! Be on the look out for a review of that to be posted within the next few days. When I began reading it, I flew through the first half of the book, but then life got in the way and I had to read a little bit whenever I got a half-hour or so.

I also began reading The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth, and while I did enjoy what I read and it was beautifully written, I think it might have to go back into the TBR pile for a little while. I will get to reading it eventually, but I just found that it wasn’t the kind of book I was in the mood for when I began reading it. I have been in the mood for fantastical worlds lately, so I hope that I get my fill of fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian soon so that I can pick up some amazing contemporary YA books.

Last week I picked up another book from the bookstore that has been on my TBR list for a while….

scorpioThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater! I have been wanting to read this book for quite some time and I am especially excited to get into it because it was a Printz Honor Book. I love Maggie Stiefvater’s storytelling and writing style, so I can’t wait to begin this book when I get home from work this evening!

And…

I finished one more chapter in my novel last week! I didn’t get as much finished as I would have liked to, but I was talking to my boyfriend about my story the other day (for the first time ever) and I was bouncing some ideas off of him. He got really intrigued by my premise and was helping me close up some of those pesky plot holes. My novel will make much more sense now and I am even more excited to get there. I might have to re-outline and maybe get rid of some of what I have already revised, but it will be so worth it.

What I’m up to…

I live in Oswego, NY which is also known as snow country. We have beautiful springs, summers, and autumns, but our winters last for ages. I feel like we have gotten an entire winter’s worth of crap weather in the past couple of days. Eek!

photo(This is what the weather is doing as I write this post…)

Happy reading, friends!

What are you reading this week?

Top Ten Secondary Characters

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Top Ten Tuesday is brought to us by The Broke and The Bookish

This week’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday was a freebie, meaning that we could go back and do an old topic or whatever we wanted for this week’s meme. I chose Top Ten Secondary Characters (most of them from books I have read recently). These characters really brought something to the book and made them more enjoyable for me. These characters aren’t in any particular order.

10. Roar from Under the Never Sky

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I have to admit that I really wasn’t a huge fan of Under the Never Sky, but I loved Roar. His sense of humor and friendship with Aria made the book much more bearable for me. I feel that without him this book would have really fallen flat. I will hopefully soon be continuing this series and reading the novella from Roar’s point of view.

9. Kenji from Shatter Me

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Once again, I haven’t completed this series, but I wanted to see more of Kenji within the first book of the Shatter Me series (and I really hope that I get my wish). Kenji was funny and adorable, but seems like he has quite a few skeletons in his closet and tricks up his sleeve. I wished that he was the main character many times while I was reading instead of a secondary one.

8. Rue from The Hunger Games

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Sweet Rue was the youngest tribute in The Hunger Games the first time that Katniss participated and I loved their friendship and sisterly relationship. Rue brought out a softer and more compassionate side of Katniss that we didn’t expect to see in the arena, but which eventually helped her to win the games.

7. Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series

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I loved Neville Longbottom from the get-go. He was that awkward child who didn’t have much control over his own powers and was constantly having accidents as a result. He was both funny and endearing, yet there was something about him that always seemed sad. I love how Neville developed over the course of the books as we learn more about him and he gains more control of his abilities.

6. Blue from The Raven Boys

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I feel that while the story of The Raven Boys begins with Blue, that she takes more of a backseat and supporting role once the Raven Boys are introduced into the story. That or there are so many main characters that she feels more secondary. Anyway, I loved everything about Blue. I loved that she didn’t necessarily have any psychic powers herself but that she helped other’s abilities become stronger. I also thought she was funny, very intelligent, and was a strong female character to have in a book whose main characters are mostly boys.

5. Reagan from Fangirl

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Reagan, Cath’s sarcastic roommate is older, sassier, and has more experience in so many realms of college life than our M.C. does. Yet Reagan takes Cath under her wing and tries to help her have a true college experience, without her twin sister and the fanfiction that Cath hides herself behind. Reagan is the big-sister character that I wish I saw more of in YA.

4. Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter series

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Fred and George were such wonderful comic relief during incredibly tense times throughout the Harry Potter series and we all know that Harry, Ron, and Hermione would have had an incredibly boring time at Hogwarts if it weren’t for them. Fred and George never failed to make me laugh and brought a trouble-making sense of adventure to the series, except you know, that one time when they made me cry (but we don’t talk about that– so I will stop now).

3. Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird

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Boo Radley is one of those characters that will always stick with me, an innocent who is made to look like a criminal, simply because he is a recluse. But I couldn’t help but love everything about Boo, even when we only knew the rumors going around Maycomb about him, and especially when he began to interact with Scout and Jem Finch. Boo was so misunderstood, but was such a gentle and loving character.

2. Dill from To Kill a Mockingbird

dillI tend to love characters that make me laugh and remind me of people I have known in the past and in my childhood. Dill from To Kill a Mockingbird is one such character. His character is innocent and funny and encourages the Finch children to get into quite a bit of trouble. Let’s go touch Boo Radley’s house shall we?

1. Sirius Black from the Harry Potter series

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I love everything about Sirius Black’s character, from the first impression of him to the very last time we see him in the series. He was easily my favorite character in these books, a mentor and father-figure to Harry  when his own father couldn’t be there. I loved his back story and his loyalty to his friends. I will never be over what happened to him in the 5th book (Order of the Phoenix).

Bookish things from A-Z with Amanda's Nose in a Book


This year, I have decided to participate in the April A-Z Challenge, a blogging challenge where I blog about topics from A-Z over the course of a month. It will hopefully help to get me into more of a routine, meet new friends, and expand my blogging horizons.

I’ve never participated in a blogging challenge and I like the idea of coming up with new and fun ideas to blog about and share with you. I also really love the idea of being a part of the blogging community that is participating this year.

Want to learn more about the A-Z challenge??? Click here!

 

During the month of April, my theme will be Bookish things from A-Z with Amanda’s Nose in a Book!  I have most of the letters already figured out  (although I lost the piece of paper where I had jotted all of these things down– oops).

Are you participating this year? What would you blog about during this challenge?

Words of Wisdom

I missed last week’s Words of Wisdom (shame on me, but I needed a couple of days to do nothing). But that means I will have two amazing bookish quotes (or quotes from books) for you this week. Hooray!

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“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing,” Scout Finch from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

I love this quote and poster and I’m pretty sure that I need a copy matted & framed for my office. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books of all time (my copy of it has nearly deteriorated). It was one of the first books I completely fell in love with, is one of the reasons why I wanted to teach, and has shaped me as a person more than I can explain.

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“I spent my life folded between the pages of books…”- from Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

During my first Words of Wisdom post, Marianne from Boricuan Bookworms mentioned this quote. I have to admit that I haven’t read Unravel Me yet, but I after reading Shatter Me, I can see how Juliette would feel this way.

I have also felt like this at many points in my life (although for different reasons– obviously) but it’s something that I think many bookworms can relate to for one reason or another.

What bookish words of wisdom do you have for me this week?

Take Ten with Chrissi of Chrissi Reads!

I have discovered that one of the best things about being a book blogger is the wonderful community of readers, writers, and bloggers that I interact with daily. One of the most supportive bloggers is Chrissi from Chrissi Reads. Her blog is chuck-full of book reviews, memes, and other fun features that inspire me to make my blog even better and keep me returning to hers.

I had the chance to interview Chrissi and chat with her a little bit about her, the books that she reads, her blog and more! Take a peek and then visit and follow her wonderful blog!

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Amanda:  Where are you from?
Chrissi: I’m from the UK, about an hour and ten minutes away from London.

Amanda:  Have you always been a reader?
Chrissi: Yes, I’ve been a reader since I was a young child. My mum taught me how to read before I went to school. I started school at 4 years old.

Amanda: What got you into book blogging?
Chrissi: I had been running another blog for a few years, and started to get a bit bored with how little the community interacted with one catclarkeentangledanother. I’ve found the book blogging community to be much more welcoming, helpful and generally just lovely!

Amanda: What is the coolest thing you have gotten to do as a blogger?
Chrissi: I’ve attended two publishing events which has been fun. I’ve only been blogging for just over year, so I look forward to whatever the future brings book blogging wise!

Amanda: What genres are your favorites to read?
Chrissi: If you’d asked me before book blogging, I would’ve said chick-lit. But now, I love a bit of everything. I’ve been on a big dystopian kick at the moment. I also think Young Adult is the strongest its been in a while too.

Amanda: Who are some authors that you would recommend that we check out?
Chrissi: Laurie Halse Anderson or Jennifer Brown. If you’re looking for a good British author then I’d recommend Cat Clarke or Sophia Bennett.

Amanda: What book are you reading now?
Chrissi: I’m currently reading The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. If you haven’t read her book Me Before You then I highly recommend that you do!

Amanda: Who is your book boyfriend? Or your favorite if you have more than one (I know I do).
Chrissi: I really like Holder from Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless and Losing Hope.

Amanda: What do you like to do other than read?
Chrissi: I like to go to the theatre, spend time with friends and just relax. I have a hectic, energetic job so I love

my down time.

Chrissi's pet rabbit, Iggle Piggle (name from In The Night Garden).

Chrissi’s pet rabbit, Iggle Piggle (name from In The Night Garden).

Amanda: If you could have any animal for a pet, what would it be?
Chrissi: At the moment, my family has a rabbit that lives with us. He’s my nephew’s, but my nephew is too young to look after him. I’m quite happy with just caring for him, but I’d love another dog. My dog sadly passed away a few years ago and I STILL miss him. Dogs are great companions.

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A video tour of The River's End Bookstore

This is a lovely little video about a local and independent bookstore here where I live in Oswego, NY, The Rivers End Bookstore.
This video was made last summer while The River’s End Bookstore running in a Where’s Waldo event that local businesses participated in throughout downtown Oswego.

This video was not made by me, but I thought it was a wonderful representation of one of my favorite places around town.

What or where is your favorite bookstore?

Post a photo or photos for me in the comments or link to a video tour. I would love to see it.