Feature Friday: Hundred Acre Books

Feature Friday: Hundred Acre Books

Image from @hundredacrebooks on Instagram

Today I’m talking to Sydney (aka Winnie) of Hundred Acre Books who posts beautiful bookish photos over on @hundredacrebooks on Instagram. Sydney is a great friend of mine whose posts always brighten my day. She is a beam of sunshine in the bookstagram world.

Hi Sydney! Thank you for joining me here today for Feature Friday! Why did you start a bookstagram account? Tell us the story behind Hundred Acre Books.

Feature Friday: Hundred Acre Books

Image from @hundredacrebooks on Instagram

To help me explore literature that may change my life. I remember searching tags on Instagram, and I guess book accounts popped up. I loved the community of storytellers and readers sharing books that have made a huge impact in their lives.

So I decided to start a bookclub — @Hundredacrebookclub — with 3 other bookstagrammers as my admins/hosts. That book club fell through, but I continued to post book photos. I ended up dropping the “club” and adding an “s” to transform my platform into HundredAcreBooks!

How would you describe your account?

Zany, eccentric, and colorful! I love color, especially pink!

What kind of books do you like to read? Do you have a favorite genre?

I love children’s classics. I love the innocence and the open outlook on life. My mind is very bubbly and imaginative, so I enjoy to read books that remind me how beautiful life can be♥ Continue reading

Top 10 Witchy Books to Read this October

witchy books Ahhh it’s finally fall! It’s the season of fresh apples (and apple cider) and pumpkin spice (and everything nice). And– October is here, which means Halloween!!! So what better time than to start reading books to get you into that Autumn and Halloween spirit? Here are my Top 10 Witchy Books to Read this October.

1. The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassell by Alyssa Palombowitchy books

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a beloved tale, told countless times in film, television, and cartoon form. It’s always been told from the point of view of Ichabod Crane, a school teacher. Never before have we seen the story through the heroine, Katrina Van Tassel’s eyes. In the new release The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel, author Alyssa Palombo has done just that.

witchy books2. The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a New Orleans teen discovers that her family has magic in their blood. Adele discovers that her ancestor was part of a coven of witches that trapped vampires in the attic of an old convent hundreds of years before. But Adele has accidentally set them free, and they’re coming after her to break the curse the coven placed upon them.

3. The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Foxwitchy books

While this is one of the few books I haven’t read on this list, today is The Witch of Willow Hall’s book birthday! This book begins two hundred years after the Salem Witch Trials and the three Montrose sisters find a darkness calling to them in their new home, Willow Hall. Continue reading

Feature Friday: The Bookish Flame

Note: Feature Friday is a new feature on Amanda’s Nose in a Book where I interview owners of small bookish businesses, bookstagrammers, and book bloggers. Stop by every Friday to get to know another person in our wonderful community.

Questions that I ask Jen appear in a heading or in bold, with her responses underneath them.

Hi Jen! Welcome to my very first Feature Friday! I’m really excited to be interviewing you.

I’m excited to be able to help you out and be your first feature!

Feature Friday- The Bookish FlameTell us a little bit about The Bookish Flame. What inspired you to start a bookish candle company?

Well, I am a book and fandom-based candle company. I started the company after being on Bookstagram for about 4 months and seeing the popularity (and my own enjoyment of) other companies’ candles. Really, I have dreams of being my own boss someday, but had never tried anything like this before and the community is just a really supportive place to start something like this. Continue reading

Top Ten Books on My Autumn TBR

My Autumn TBR I’m not going to lie, I’m downright awful at making monthly TBRs. I never stick to them. But it does make more sense for me to choose ten or so titles that I’d like to read over a longer period of time. Some I might get to this autumn, others in the winter.

So here’s my Autumn TBR!

1. The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

I love pretty much anything and everything with witches, so when I saw The Casquette Girls and it’s sequel on Kindle Unlimited with the audiobooks I had to borrow them! I’ll probably listen to them as audiobooks on my walks this fall!

2. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Excuse me while I Fangirl and flip out because the sequel to Strange the Dreamer is coming out so soon! I love Laini Taylor’s writing and the worlds she creates so I’m super excited to read this book. Continue reading

What you can expect from Amanda’s Nose in a Book!

So in all honesty, I’ve been trying (and not trying) to get this blog back up and running for a while now. A friend suggested that I try a posting schedule to help me stay focused and organized, so I figured that would be a great way to get me posting and talking to all of you lovelies again! I’ve missed you!

Here’s my weekly schedule!

Monday

Mondays can be rough for people, so I’ve decided that Mondays will be a great day to start off the week with a book review, a book chat, or something fun and bookish. Let’s not hate Mondays together!

Tuesday

This is my day to share Top Ten lists. This might be a Top Ten Tuesday feature. Or it might be a list of my own making. Either way, this is a great day to find fun, new reads for yourself. Continue reading

Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi- Review

Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi feature photo

Synopsis

Outrun the Wind reviewThe Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength, even while her prophetic powers linger. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta.

To earn back Artemis’s favor, Kahina must complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia— where the king’s daughter is revealed to be none other than Atalanta. Still reeling from her disastrous quest and her father’s insistence on marriage, Atalanta isn’t sure what to make of Kahina. As her connection to Atalanta deepens, Kahina finds herself in danger of breaking Artemis’ second rule.

She helps Atalanta devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage, and word spreads throughout Greece, attracting suitors willing to tempt fate to go up against Atalanta in a race for her hand. But when the men responsible for both the girls’ dark pasts arrive, the game turns deadly.

Review

You may have heard  the story of Greek heroine Atalanta, but you’ve never heard her story quite like this. Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi is a retelling of the Atalanta myth, the story of the only girl on the hunt for the massive Calydonian Boar.

Atalanta is known for her speed and hunting prowess. However, when the Calydonian boar is coming after her, she isn’t the one who kills it. But being the only woman in a group of men who don’t particularly like having her on board, Atalanta takes credit for the kill and pockets the weapon that did it. Athena and her huntresses are upset that the boar has been killed. But Athena is more angry that one of her huntresses, Kahina, is the one that threw the knife. When the leader of the Calydonian hunt is killed, Atalanta strikes off on her own. Kahina is exiled from Athena’s huntresses and forced to complete a task in Arkadia to earn her place back among them.

Kahina can’t get Atalanta out of her mind. She didn’t believe she’d ever again see the girl who took credit for her kill and whom she blames for her exile. Soon they run into each other in Arkadia. There, both girls must get over their frustrations with one another to protect themselves against people who’d hurt them in their pasts, and to protect them both against the looming threat of Athena’s brother, Apollo.

characters

One thing that I really enjoyed about this book was the relationships and conflict between characters. Atalanta and Kahina are both strong, capable, badass women whose perspectives were fun to read. Their experiences and backstories are well written and the characters pasts influence their actions within the story itself. While Kahina’s chip on her shoulder in regards to Atalanta (blaming Atalanta for her exile) was irritating, I enjoyed the enemies to friends trope that played out in regards to their relationship. However, I did struggle to connect to these characters for a good portion of the book. Even when I was reading their perspective, they felt kind of closed off. I didn’t connect with either Atalanta or Kahina until about halfway through the book.

Even the secondary characters were fun to read about. Phelix, the cinnamon roll, was easily my favorite character in the story. Even though he wasn’t one of the point of view characters, the author did a really good job in helping the reader connect with and feel for him.  I really enjoyed his relationship to both Atalanta and Kahina, and reading about their adventures as a trio was fun.

setting

The settings in this book were vivid, and the author described them so well that they were easy to picture while reading. The palace of Arkadia was especially vivid and well-written. The people there, and the struggles of the court, allowed you to have an idea of the inner politics, while the description of the land and the city below painted a beautiful picture.

Overall

For me, this book was unique because of it’s perspective on the Greek myth of Atalanta. We were able to see both sides of the story and get into the minds of both of our heroines. I can’t say much more without giving too much away, but if you’re a fan of the Percy Jackson series, mythology retellings, and well developed female characters, I highly recommend you read Outrun the Wind!

Rating: 3.75/5 stars!

The publisher sent me this book in exchange for an honest review.