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Broadway Book Chat: Kevin Clay from The Book of Mormon

It's Liberation Day.

As an actor, every job you do, you make a new family.  There is something special about theatre and its ability to bring people together in a way that is unlike any other.  I have made so many amazing friends throughout my career, and many of them share my love of books and literature.  Since theatre brings stories to life, I thought I would feature some of my favorite performers (my fabulous friends and castmates) and see what their bookshelves look like! Welcome to my Broadway Book Chat!

Kevin Clay

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Currently playing Elder Price on the European Tour of The Book of Mormon

Instagram: @kclay6

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading The Hero of Ages, by Brandon Sanderson. It is the third book in his Mistborn trilogy. I first started reading Sanderson’s books after being recommended his Stormlight Archive series. He has such a knack for making brilliant magic systems and rules that define his worlds paired with extensive lore and histories. Certainly someone to check out if you want some immersive fantasy.

What is your favorite book series?

Hm, this is a tough one. Though not a traditional “book series,” I am always reading the latest issues of Batman comics and associated graphic novels. One of my favorites growing up was Percy Jackson and the Olympians, by Rick Riordan. They inspired my initial love of classical mythology. Of course, I’ll always be a big Harry Potter nerd (as made evident by my Slytherin House robe I wear backstage). I think my true favorite series, however, is one that isn’t finished yet: The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss. Perhaps it’s gripping me so much simply because it isn’t finished, but it’s been a long time since I have connected so strongly to a protagonist.

Who is your favorite author?

Ernest Hemingway, for sure. His writing is such a strange combination of dry minimalism and sweeping detail work. No other author has been able to elicit such emotional responses in me from written work as Hemingway. If you want a good read and probably a good cry, pick up A Farewell to Arms.

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I always come back to The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Most of my friends know my love for this novel. Edmund Dantes may be a bit of a dark character to be inspired by, but there is something so compelling about a man who has had everything wrongly taken from him only to come back stronger than ever. In my mind, The Count is like an 1800’s Bruce Wayne and I love it.

Which literary character would you like to play?

My nerdy side says that I want to play Tim Drake (the third Robin under Batman). My sophisticated side says Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, to sound impressive. Seriously though, I love the book so much, and Heathcliff and I, in most regards, are stark contrasts. I’ll need to age up a few more years before I think I would be appropriate for the character, but I can wait.

If you could be friends with any of the characters you have played, who would it be and why?

Being a Jet in West Side Story is the greatest. The first time I was in the show in high school, I played Baby John; a few years later, I got to play A-rab. I think that, as misguided as they are, I would like to be friends with the Jets and maybe have a little chat with Riff before he puts that switchblade in his pocket.

What book would you like to see made into a musical/play/movie?

I’ve said for years that I would love for The Prestige (novel by Christopher Priest, film by Christopher Nolan) to be adapted into a Sweeney Todd-esque musical. There is plenty of meaty character development and potential for spectacle all wrapped in a macabre overtone. The show would rely on finding an incredibly talented pair of twins, but I’m sure there are plenty out there!

What is the next book on your reading list?

I’ve been reading Sanderson novels for a few months straight now, so I’m ready to switch up genres. I’ve already downloaded Supermarket, by rapper Logic, onto my kindle. I’m a huge fan of his music, so I am definitely curious to see how his style translates to a novella.

Have you ever thought about writing yourself?

There are so many times when I come up with what I think is a brilliant idea, jot it down, and then return to it only to be disappointed and uninspired later. I have one idea for a graphic novel that still excites me so I’m clinging to it and continually come back to it. My favorite idea, however, is for a science-fiction novel. I was playing around with the notion of writing my own creation myth that could be the foundation of a religion and from that developed a world that would observe this faith. I even adapted the world slightly to be used for a Dungeons and Dragons campaign that I dungeon mastered, and it surprisingly gave me a lot of inspiration. There is a lot of work to be done, specifically how hard it is to actually write the text itself, but the bones are there.

What show are you working on now?

I am currently playing Elder Price in a new Book of Mormon European Tour. Before that I was Elder Price on Broadway and before that Elder Price on the US National Tour, and before that Elder Smith on the US National Tour……. So I’ve been with the Book of Mormon for quite a journey! It is the greatest show that I’ve ever been a part of and it has taught me a lot of what it means to be a professional performer.

What is your favorite show to have been a part of and why?

Other than The Book of Mormon, I always hold a special place in my heart for West Side Story. Like I wrote earlier, being a Jet is indescribably special. It’s the kind of show that, whether you like it own not, you will feel completely connected to the whole cast by the time you’re done.


I feature a new performer every month, so check back in June for our next guest! I would really love some suggestions for new questions you would like to ask, or things you want to know. Leave them in the comments and I will add them to future interviews! Shout out to my friend Kevin for sharing with us from across the pond! 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Releases of the Last 10 Years

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This week’s Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, was a tough one for me.  Picking just one release from each of the last ten years was really difficult as so many amazing books came out in the same year.  The ones I picked were the books that I remember being the most excited about, or books that I read recently that have surpassed any of my other options.

2018

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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

2016

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

2015

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

2014

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

2013

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You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

2012

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

2011

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The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

What are your favorite releases from the last 10 years? Let me know in the comments 🙂 Happy Top 10 Tuesday! ❤
Book Reviews

ARC Review: Kingsbane by Claire Legrand

40523458Summary: In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller Furyborn, two queens, separated by a thousand years, connected by secrets and lies, must continue their fight amid deadly plots and unthinkable betrayals that will test their strength—and their hearts.

Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien—but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.

Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity’s long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption—fear of becoming another Rielle—keeps Eliana’s power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted—by embracing her mother’s power, or rejecting it forever.

*I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*


My Thoughts: I was on the fence about continuing this series after my lukewarm reception of Furyborn, but I’m glad I did.  While I still wasn’t crazy about it, I liked Kingsbane more than I liked the first book.  The characters continued to grow, and I loved finding out more of Rielle’s history and how it contributed to Eliana’s future.  Where Rielle was my favorite character in Furyborn, it actually switched to Eliana for this one, and I found myself looking forward to her sections more.  The switching perspectives continued to move the plot and intrigue along nicely, but for some reason, each switch was more jarring to me and took a second to adjust in each chapter.  I do wish we could have a bit more knowledge about the magic systems and the angels because it still wasn’t 100% clear for me.  If you can get past that though, the plot was exciting in both timelines and I really loved watching them weave together.  The ending was totally unexpected and had my jaw on the floor.  I was riled up after finishing for sure.  I am now too invested in the plot to not be along for the ride, and I anxiously await the conclusion in book three.  I really do think that if the magic and the angels were fleshed out better, this series would knock it out of the park, but until that ferocious ending, it was a fairly average read.

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Book Reviews

ARC Review: Murder at Macbeth by Samantha Armstrong

45300231Summary: WHOSE DEADLY SECRET HAS TAKEN CENTRE STAGE?

When a talented, young actress unwittingly stabs herself live onstage after a prop knife is tampered with, suspicion immediately falls on her eclectic band of castmates.

But who had the motive to kill the show’s leading lady?

As the insightful, yet disillusioned, Detective Inspector Finley Robson and his shrewd partner, Detective Sergeant Nadia Zahra, interrogate the seven key suspects, secrets unfold to unveil a web of scandal, blackmail, and deceit.

Bitter rivalries, secret trysts and troubled pasts are just the beginning of the story…

Set against the backdrop of a gritty London theatre production of Macbeth, this compelling novel explores a dark world of mystery and intrigue. All is not as it seems…

A hugely gripping police procedural full of unpredictable twists and suspense, Murder at Macbeth will captivate you from the very first page and keep you guessing right until the end.

With an intriguing plot and distinctive characters, this English murder mystery is a compelling whodunnit which is perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins, Karin Slaughter and LJ Ross.

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review*


My Thoughts: As a theatre actress and obsessive Criminal Minds/ Law and Order SVU fan, I was so excited to read this book even though it is not my usual genre to read.   In this one, an actress accidentally stabs herself onstage when a prop dagger is switched for a real one and her castmates are the only suspects.  While I love watching them on tv, I do have to admit that police procedurals are not the most exciting thing for me to unravel in book form.  While the plot was interesting and held my attention, I found myself bored by the format (which I don’t think was the author’s fault, but rather my own personal genre preference).  There were some nice, more narrative-like, flashbacks that broke up the investigation and really helped build the tension and mystery which I was pleased with.  I had no idea who the culprit was going to be and was kept guessing until the last moments, but I never felt like I could fully invest myself in the story or its characters and therefore was underwhelmed at the conclusion.  I think that readers who enjoy this type of genre and format would really get into this one, and I’m glad I gave it a go, but the genre just not my cup of tea.

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The Reader Problems Book Tag

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Hey bookish friends! I found this tag on StephenWrites and thought it looked like a fun one to do.  Not sure who the original creator is, but if anyone knows please let me know so I can give credit where the credit is due 🙂


You have 20,000 books on your TBR, how do you decide what to read next?

I am such a mood reader and I just kind of decide in the moment what I’m feeling.  If I’m not in the mood for a book I feel like it can really inhibit what I end up thinking about it.  There are several books that I have read when not in the mood that I think if I had read under different circumstances I would have enjoyed a lot more.  However; lately, I’ve been trying to stay on top of my ARC’s, so if I have a release deadline coming up, I usually will read that book next- unless it really goes against the mood I’m in because I do want to give them all a fair chance.

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

I RARELY DNF.  I feel like I have already invested the time to get that far and it would be a waste to not see it all the way through.

The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge. Do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

I will always try.  I’m falling really behind on my challenge this year (staying on top of my reading while on tour is a lot harder than I had anticipated), but that doesn’t stop me from trying to catch up.  I will try to read some shorter, easy read books, or maybe a play here and there to try to make up some ground.

The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

It honestly doesn’t bother me too much.  I think one day when I am able to have a library in my dream house I will try to get full matching series, but right now it isn’t a big deal.

Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

If I can find another blogger who feels the same way, amazing.  But usually, I just vent to my roommate or boyfriend.

You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

Oh, I’ve definitely cried in public while reading a book (several times on the subway).  I’ll try to hold it in, but honestly, I have no shame.

The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

No, but I might look up a summary of what happened in the first one as a refresher.

You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

Ugh I hate lending people books.  I have a very select few who I trust to actually give me my books back. (Looking at you Joey, Allison, Kristen, and Kaley)

You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

I will take a break from reading all together *GASP* for a day or two.  Or reread Harry Potter. That usually works.

There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read. How many do you end up buying?

This is one of the hardest parts of being on tour for me.  There have been so many new releases that I have been wanting to buy, but with such limited space in my luggage, I’ve really had to limit myself.  I’ve been reading a lot more on my kindle, and have made a rule for myself to read more of the books that I have with me before buying new ones.  It’s really hard though, especially when I get to see all these amazing book stores across the country and want to buy a book in every one…

After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelf before you read them?

It depends… Probably a while.  It is extremely rare for me to buy a book when I’m not already in the middle of something, so I usually wait until I finish my current read, but I also usually buy more than one book at a time so it could be a while.  The goal would be to finish everything I have to read so I ACTUALLY need to buy a new book, but I don’t think that is very attainable…

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Book to Screen Adaptations

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I’m coming to you on this lovely Tuesday from Alto, New Mexico to bring you this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, which is a Book to Screen Freebie!  I have decided to do my Top Ten Favorite Book to Screen Adaptations.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I loved both the book and the movie of this one, and dare I say, I think I even liked the movie better! The acting is just so incredible.


The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

One of my all time favorite book series, I can’t help but love the original movie as well.  They changed quite a bit, but I understand why and I still think it is a well-done adaptation.


The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Another one where I actually think I liked the movie better… I mean…. It’s Meryl.


The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I think the movies are SO incredibly well done, and I love how much more vivid the romances are in the films.


Matilda by Roald Dahl

One of my favorite childhood books and movies.


A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

I mean.  It’s just the best.  I only read the first 2 books and have watched the whole series, and I know a lot changes, but I still think it’s incredible.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I really think this series did a great job with the movie adaptations.  Especially the first two.


Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

I saw the movie before I read the book on this one, and I love the movie.  I actually don’t love the book as much, and I really enjoyed the changes they made for the film.  However; the prequel book, The Rules of Magic, is one of my all-time favorite books now.


Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

This book made me fall in love with Jane Austen, and the film made me fall in love with the story and characters even more.


Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Do I even need to explain myself?


What are your favorite book to movie adaptations? Let me know in the comments! ❤

 

Book Reviews

ARC Review: I Spy the Boy Next Door by Samantha Armstrong

PrintSummary: Four p.m. spy sessions are the highlight of Mallory Taylor’s day. Observing the boy next door—one with a body and an attitude to match—has her perched beside her window so often it can’t be healthy.

When she finally convinces her mom to let her go to public school, Mallory comes face to face with her neighbor, Troy Parker. And he makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her. His rejection awakens a newfound tenacity and maybe even a touch of recklessness. But when Troy starts to show up when she needs him the most, Mallory can’t help but wonder if there’s more to him than he’s let on.

Taking chances, breaking rules, and following her heart is all new to Mallory. And no one warned her just how fickle hearts can be. When she discovers that Troy isn’t at all the guy she imagined him to be, secrets rise to the surface that will change her life forever.

*I received a copy of this book from Koru House Press in return for an honest review! Thanks to them and Samantha Armstrong for the opportunity!*


My Thoughts: This book was really different than what I expected.  I anticipated a light-hearted, opposites attract YA romance and that is not what this was.  Our main character, Mallory, has lived a very sheltered, home-schooled existence for her whole life, all while crushing on Troy, her next door neighbor, from afar.  Once Mallory convinces her overprotective parents to let her go to school, she finally gets the chance to come face to face with him and the story begins… but nothing much happens for a while.  There is a lot of moodiness and unwarranted behavior from him, and confusion from her, but they don’t really have that many interactions.  I was so confused as to how they fell for each other when they had such minimal contact.  In fact, none of the relationships between Mallory and the other characters were really developed enough to be believable.  They would have one interaction, and then they’d be best friends.  There was a bit of very exaggerated sexual tension between Mallory and Troy, but without a strong build-up to their connection, it didn’t fully work for me.  Out of nowhere, the book becomes an episode of criminal minds and while I wanted to find out what was going to happen next, I was thrown by the sudden change in mood and plot.  The twist did help explain more about Mallory’s character, but overall the whole book just felt a bit incohesive and underdeveloped.  I think if Mallory and Troy’s relationship had a stronger foundation and actually built to a smolder instead of going from zero to 100, the whole thing might have worked better.  Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get on board with this one.

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Discussion Posts

Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #11

I joined Goodreads a few years ago, way before I started blogging, so my profile is kind of a mess.  I really want to clean it up so I can make better use of it.  I thought what a better way to do that than to join the Down the TBR Hole meme started by Lia @Lost In a Story! I am going to do it once a month instead of weekly, and hopefully make my Goodreads a pleasant place to be again.

Here is how it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books

Decide: keep it or should it go?


A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

3473Every April, when the wind blows from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he’d fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town’s Baptist minister. 

A quiet girl who always carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out. Landon would never have dreamed of it. 

Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter’s life would never be the same. Being with Jamie would show him the depths of the human heart and lead him to a decision so stunning it would send him irrevocably on the road to manhood…

My Thoughts: It’s been a while since I’ve read a Nicholas Sparks book, and they usually leave me a little disappointed.  I hear this is one of the better ones, and I do love the movie… I just don’t know if it’s something I need to commit to reading… VERDICT: TOSS


Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric 7114761surgeon. Despite her own mother’s warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life. 

Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie—a boy who has never known his father. After too many disappointments, she has given up on romance—and even to some degree, friendships—believing that it is always safer not to expect too much.

Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, the two have relatively little in common aside from a fierce love for their children.  But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined.  

In alternating, pitch-perfect points of view, Emily Giffin creates a moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most.

My Thoughts: I like Emily Giffin’s stuff, but this one really doesn’t call to me with its plot.  VERDICT: TOSS


Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison

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Beth has always been “The Beast”,that’s what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth’s only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she’s selected to be her choir’s soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.

THE LOVE AFFAIR

When Beth’s choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek’s untethered passion,for music, and for Beth, leaves her breathless. Because in Derek’s eyes? She’s not The Beast, she’s The Beauty.

THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE

When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?

THE HEARTBREAK

The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek’s been hiding a dark secret from her that could shatter everything.

My Thoughts: This just sounds overdramatic to me now and I’m not even sure why I added it in the first place… VERDICT: TOSS


Finny by Justin Kramon

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We meet Finny Short as an observant, defiant fourteen-year-old who can’t make sense of her family’s unusual habits: Her mother offers guidance appropriate for a forty-year-old socialite; her father quotes Nietzsche over pancakes. Finny figures she’s stuck with this lonely lot until she meets Earl Henckel, a boy who comes from an even stranger place than she does. Unhappy with Finny’s budding romance with Earl, her parents ship her off to Thorndon boarding school. But mischief follows Finny as she befriends New York heiress Judith Turngate, a girl whose charm belies a disquieting reckless streak.

Finny’s relationships with Earl and Judith open her up to dizzying possibilities of love and loss and propel her into a remarkable adventure spanning twenty years and two continents. Justin Kramon has given us a wickedly funny odyssey with a moving and original love story at its core. Finny introduces us to an unforgettable heroine, a charmingly intricate world, and an uncommonly entertaining and gifted young novelist.

My Thoughts: This one intrigues me.  I really haven’t heard much about it at all and it doesn’t have that many ratings or reviews on Goodreads despite being published almost 10 years ago… I feel like there are other books that are more important for me to get through… VERDICT: TOSS


Animal Farm by George Orwell

7613George Orwell’s timeless and timely allegorical novel—a scathing satire on a downtrodden society’s blind march towards totalitarianism.

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned—a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible.

When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.

My Thoughts: This one is on my Classics Club Challenge list, so I’m definitely going to read it.  It’s one of the books I feel like I need to read in my life.  VERDICT: KEEP


I think I’m getting better at this.  I’m finding it easier to let go of the books I added in 2011 to make room for all the new books that I actually want to read now.  What do you think of my choices? Did I let of your faves? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Book Characters That Remind Me of Myself

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Hey fellow bookworms! This week’s topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is Book Characters That Remind Me of Myself.  This topic is surprisingly hard for me because I’m having a hard time drawing a distinction between characters that actually remind me of myself and characters I that would be cast as, or would like to play as an actor.  So here are 10 characters that I related to for a mix of reasons.

1. Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Celaena Sardothien is one of my favorite characters of all time.  I related to her immediately.  She loves so fiercely but can also be selfish and impulsive.  She has unapologetic self-esteem, which I find so refreshing in a fantasy heroine.  I also share her love for the finer things in life with no shame.

2. Shane from Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

When I was reading this book, I really felt like she was speaking my thoughts.  Shane’s love for books and pop culture really resonated with me.

3. Elloren Gardner from The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

I definitely relate to Elloren’s journey of moving to the big city and opening her mind to so many new experiences and ways of thinking.

4. Franny from Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Franny is an actress trying to make it in NYC…. that’s literally my life and daily joy/struggles.

5. Celia Lytton from The Spoils of Time Trilogy by Penny Vincenzi

I relate to Celia’s passion for literature and her family.  She will do what it takes to get what she wants.

6. Elizabeth from The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

I remember reading this series and feeling like I was Elizabeth.  I connected with her storyline and always feel like I would have been just like her if I lived in that time period.

7. Lara Jean from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Lara Jean’s relationship with her sisters really struck home for me and my own sisters.  She is also a bookish, hopeless romantic just like me.

8. Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Mia’s thoughts were my own at one point, I swear.  I felt like I was her when reading those books.

9. Marianne Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Like Marianne, I definitely lead with my heart and emotions and face the consequences later.

10. Scarlett from Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Like Scarlett, I am a rule follower and I hate defying authority.  I also have a fierce love and protective sense over my younger sisters.

Monthly Wrap-Ups

April 2019 Wrap-Up

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After a pretty solid March in one place, my tour has been on the move every week in a new city.  We played a bunch of cities in California (Sacramento, Costa Mesa, and San Diego), headed up to Denver, CO (where dancing a mile above sea level was no joke), and rounded out the month in Tuscon, AZ.  Because of this crazy schedule, my reading has been a little slower, but I did manage to read some gems.  I’m excited about the new releases coming out in May, and can’t wait to see what else this month has in store.

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Books Read:

 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë ★★★★

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer★★★★★

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio ★★★★★

Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi★★★★


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Currently Reading:

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Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 18 of 100

Classics Club Challenge: 6 of 50 (I FINALLY read another one!)


April Reviews

• Lovestruck by Kate Watson • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë Review • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer Review • Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

April Posts

Top 10 Tuesday: Outrageous Things I’ve Done for Books • Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #10 • Top 10 Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads • Game of Thrones Book TagTop 10 Tuesday: The First 10 Books I Reviewed •