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Back From the Dead with August’s Book Club Nominations

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Don’t worry, I have not actually died. I simply went through several back to back phases of laziness and antisocialness with the occasional too busy to get to bloggingness. Seeing as it is finally once again my turn to nominate books for book club I decided to grace you with a post. This means that this month all voters get two chances to vote, here and at Niki’s. (I’m kinda hoping I’m the only one who notices this so that I can sway the votes. Shh.)

If you have no idea what book club I’m talking about click here.

 

Here are my nominations:

This month I decided to add a little variety. They are all books I’ve already read, which means I know they’re awesome. I’m too lazy to post the summaries, and really you can read them anywhere, so instead I’ll tell you why you should vote for them.

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How to Ditch Your Fairy

This is one of those books that I think every person should read. Primarily because I want to have discussions with people about what type of fairy they think they have, but also because it is an awesome book. The style of the world building reminds me of (dare I say it) Harry Potter. The characters are realistic and down to earth. The idea is original and compelling. What’s not to love? The first time I read it I enjoyed it, but then I couldn’t get it out of my head and to read it again and again until it became one of my all time favorite books. Really, you all need to read it and then tell me what type of fairy I have because I can’t figure it out.

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Night of the Howling Dogs

This one is based on a true story, which really makes it that much cooler. (Hopefully, that also clues you in that it is not a fantasy book.) A boy scout troop in Hawaii camps at the base of volcano and ends up being at the epicenter of a giant earthquake. Need I say more? If you want a break from science fiction, but still have lots of action (not to mention great character building) then this is the book for you. It’s also only $6.99 🙂

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Bloodlines

One of my all time favorite series. The fifth book just came out, (Today actually, but don’t worry I’ve already finished it) and I was tempted to nominate each book as my five nominations just to force you all to read this series. I may still do this. This is a sequel series to Vampire Academy, which is also awesome, but I surprisingly like this one more. If you like Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance then you definitely need to read this book.

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Slammed

My coworker insisted I read this book, but also told me to ignore the summary. That is because it is the worst summary ever written for a book. The book itself is awesome though. It was one of those books that was e-published and became so popular a major publisher picked it up. Slammed is technically considered by some to be New Adult rather than Teen, (which I don’t understand because the main character is a teen) but it is so great I nominated it anyway. I cannot even put into words how well written this book is. I read it twice in a row.

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I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You

Great teen fluff. Kind of a romance, but also comedic and action packed. She goes to a school for spies, which means Niki should love it because she loves books set in schools. I don’t really care about school settings, but I loved the humor and the characters.  I loved the idea that girls can be tough and strong and know how to defuse a nuclear bomb, but not realize that searching a boys trash in order to gain intel is maybe not the best way to have a relationship. 🙂

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Unwind

This is a dystopian novel, but a good dystopian novel. Meaning, I actually found it to be quite original. I thought the idea of unwinding people to be intriguing. I think this book could create some great discussions. I haven’t read beyond the first book though so I can’t promise the series ends well. You have been warned.

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May Book Club Nominations

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Hosted by The Obsessive Bookseller and Apathy and Rhetoric

The Escape Reality Book Club is monthly feature where members take turns nominating the Young Adult titles they most want to read. We started it because both Niki and I love geeking out about books, and knew a lot of other people who felt the same way. This is a very low-pressure book club where anybody is invited to join. All you have to do is click here to be directed to our official Facebook page and asked to join the group. Those of you who live in the Southern Utah area are more than welcome to come to the monthly meetings to discuss the book, otherwise Niki and I are willing to host a twitter discussion at #escaperealitybc if anyone is interested.

Here are May’s contenders (nominated by Kayleen):

I’m too lazy to post the summaries right now.

Happy voting! 🙂


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Escape Reality Book Club’s Selection for April

Hosted by Apathy & Rhetoric and The Obsessive Bookseller #EscapeRealityBC

#EscapeRealityBC

Hosted by The Obsessive Bookseller and Apathy & Rhetoric (That’s me!)

Votes have been tallied and this month’s winner is Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen!

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Reading starts today!  Join us for discussion at our Facebook page and on Twitter at #EscapeRealityBC all this week. Comment below if you’ll be joining us. 🙂

If you’re wondering what this book club is you can read about it here.


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April Book Club Nominations

Escape reality book club

Hosted by The Obsessive Bookseller and Apathy and Rhetoric

The Escape Reality Book Club is monthly feature where members take turns nominating the Young Adult titles they most want to read. We started it because we both love geeking out about books, and knew a lot of other people who felt the same way. This is a very low-pressure book club where anybody is invited to join. All you have to do is click here to be directed to our official Facebook page and asked to join the group. Those of you who live in the Southern Utah area are more than welcome to come to the monthly meetings to discuss the book, otherwise Niki and I are willing to host a twitter discussion at #escaperealitybc if anyone is interested.

For now, here are April’s contenders (nominated by Kierra):

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Title: Scarlet

Author: A.C. Gaughen

The Overview: Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

 

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Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty

Author: Libba Bray

The Overview: Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions “for a bit of fun” and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the “others” and rebuild the Order.

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Title: The Space Between

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

The Overview: Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped – and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie’s whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.

 

partialsTitle: Partials

Author: Dan Wells

The Overview: The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what’s left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she’s not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

half badTitle: Half Bad

Author: Sally Green

The Overview: Half Bad by Sally Green is a breathtaking debut novel about one boy’s struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches. You can’t read, can’t write, but you heal fast, even for a witch. You get sick if you stay indoors after dark. You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one. You’ve been kept in a cage since you were fourteen. All you’ve got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.

Easy.

 

 

Which would you like to read?


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March in Review/April Preview

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Substitute “doing my homework” with “writing.”

So, I’m not really into review posts, or at least I don’t think I am, because I usually find them to be a boring recap of things I’ve already read, but this review post is different because I haven’t been posting hardly anything for you to read, and it is therefore new information and more of a preview of things I will (hopefully) write about in April. You know, if I find the time. This will also warn you of the plethora of book related posts that may be coming your way. Hopefully, you guys like those posts and aren’t disappointed in my lack of apathy and writing posts.

So what have I been doing? Lots of stuff:

Authors

This month I was fortunate enough to meet Patricia Briggs (My favorite Urban Fantasy author, and definitely in my top 5 favorite authors, probably even top three), Brandon Mull (ok, this was my second time meeting him, but it was still awesome), Chad Morris (who I haven’t read yet, but his books sound awesome), Dan Wells (who wore an awesome hat), and I even briefly met Robinson Wells (who I, sadly, didn’t have sign a book because I have not read him yet, and didn’t have enough money to buy his book this month). Depending how I feel, I may be driving an hour tomorrow night to meet Ally Condie, (who I already have one signed book, and haven’t gotten around to reading or buying her other books, so we will see). In any case, I have photos and stories, and recordings and/or transcripts of Q&As that I will hopefully get around to sharing.

Reading

I haven’t been in the mood to read lately, and then about a week ago I went book crazy. I think it was sparked by Night Broken, the new Patricia Briggs book. It was awesome. My point is that I plan to do reviews for the books I’ve read recently, and they are: Night Broken, Seraphina, The Winner’s Curse, Half Bad, and Ruins. I also reread the Alpha and Omega series this last week. And while I’m talking about reviews I should mention that I still plan on writing a review for last month’s book club book, Steelheart. Maybe I’ll do a book review blitz, 5-6 reviews in one day. I also read Sky Raiders this month, but I already reviewed it. Now I just need to decide what to read next…

Not Reading

I discovered this last week that my shelf of to-reads is full. Not to mention all the ebooks I need to read. To top it off, about an hour ago I was reviewing my list of favorite authors and discovered there are at least three books I thought I had read but now realize I have in fact NOT read. Apparently, I just assumed I had read them because I had been so excited for them to come out. I’m not sure how I managed to do this to myself.

Hiking & Hanging with Friends

I’ve been going on a lot of hikes with friends and family these last two months, which has been awesome. I may have some thoughts to share about that… I also went on a mini vacation with some friends that involved a zoo, an aquarium, a snow storm, and Dan Wells. I’m guessing Dan Wells is the only part of that you’ll find interesting.

Family

I had some family come up to visit, which was fun. I won’t be writing a post about it, but I wanted you to understand part of why I was so busy.  (Sometimes I like making excuses).

Writing

I actually haven’t been writing at all lately, which will probably be the subject of at least one post.

Watching YouTube and Scouring Facebook

So this isn’t really newsworthy, but I found some awesome videos and articles that gave me some ideas to talk about.

TV

I sampled Netflix for the first time. I think I could get addicted to it.

In sadder news, my favorite TV show, Psych, had its series finale. I am in mourning.

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So there you have it, a somewhat useless and rather vague recap of my month. If you managed to read to the end I applaud you. Hopefully, having this published will motivate me to actually write the posts I want to write.

Please share your thoughts and comments.

 

 

 


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Escape Reality Book Club’s Selection for March

Hosted by Apathy & Rhetoric and The Obsessive Bookseller #EscapeRealityBC

#EscapeRealityBC

Hosted by The Obsessive Bookseller and Apathy & Rhetoric (That’s me!)

Votes have been tallied and this month’s winner is Seraphina by Rachel Hartman!

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Reading starts today!  Join us for discussion at our Facebook page and on Twitter at #EscapeRealityBC all this month. Comment below if you’ll be joining us. 🙂

If you’re wondering what this book club is you can read about it here.


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Apathy & Perfectionism (aka: Writing & Rewriting)

Let’s get real. If everyone was a perfectionist the world would be a better place. Nothing more needs to be said because we all know it is totally true. The world would be cleaner, smarter, and way more efficient. I’m not saying people need to be OCD like Monk and want everything even and the same size. No, I’m talking about having things organized, and doing things correctly, and well, making things even and the same size would be nice too.

Sadly, the world is not this way.

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But wait. I can guess what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking, “Charlotte, your site is called Apathy and Rhetoric. Isn’t apathy the opposite of perfectionism?”

Pretty much, yes, which brings me to the point where I’m almost to the point of this post.

Because we live in a world where perfectionism is impossible there are times when apathy must be applied to maintain sanity. For example, I own way too much stuff to ever be able to efficiently organize my bedroom.  Whenever I clean I get frustrated and overwhelmed by the futility of making my room perfect; therefore, I apply apathy and never clean my room. Problem solved. (This is called the All-or-Nothing Method. If you can’t make it perfect, don’t do it at all. Try it some time. It works wonders.* I don’t recommend trying it at work though. You might get fired.)

So when do we choose to be perfectionists and when are we apathetic? Well, that is up to you, but there is one scenario where I think apathy always applies: writing. (And in case you missed it, this is the point of this post).

When you are writing I have one simple rule: Aim for completion, not perfection. If you are constantly going back and fixing errors, changing dialogue, deleting characters, making new characters, or redoing the entire plot of your book you will never finish. I repeat, you will never finish.  Now please don’t stop reading because you think I’m crazy and want you to write a horrible book. That is not what I’m saying. I’m saying I want you to write a horrible rough draft. I want you to get your story out of your head, all of your story, and not worry about fixing it until you’re done. Writing is not the time for perfection. Perfection should be sought during editing and rewriting. (I bet you didn’t even realize rewriting was a separate thing, did you? Well, it is.)

images (1)This is easier said than done. Here I am an hour into writing this post, and I’ve lost count of the number of edits I’ve done before even being close to finished.  Keep pushing. If you find yourself worrying too long about the perfect word pick a crappy one and move on. Remind yourself that you can fix it later because if you are any good at writing you will be rewriting your novel (or blog post) at least fifty-million times. This is what writers do.

However, I should make it clear that even the best of writers never achieve true perfection. Paul Valery said, “A poem is never finished, only abandoned.” I’m pretty sure this applies to all writing. Ask any author and they will probably tell you there are many things they would change in their novel if they could, even the novels that are best sellers.  So yes, apathy has its place in rewriting as well. In fact, apathy has its place in every aspect of life, but that conversation if for a different post.

If you find yourself wanting to practice the utilization of apathy I suggest starting a blog. My posts never seem perfect or finished to me, but I force myself to publish them anyway because otherwise I’d never publish anything and wouldn’t have a blog. It’s actually quite exhilarating to know that once the posts are published I can stop thinking about them and move on. Writing is much more fun this way.

And on that thought, I’ll end this post by sharing some quotes I wanted to fit into this post, but couldn’t find the “perfect” spot for.

“The first draft of anything is $*!%.”  -Ernest Hemingway

“You can fix anything but a blank page.”  -Nora Roberts

“The best writing is rewriting.” –E.B. White

Happy writing. 🙂

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*You may be called lazy when utilizing this method.