Monthly Archives: January 2014

HBO releases 15 new Game of Thrones Season 4 photos

All of the photos belong to HBO where you can check out the entire collection.

Here are 7 that made me pee my pants a little bit:

Oberyn Martell and Ellaria Sand - I LOVE them so much.

Oberyn Martell and Ellaria Sand – I LOVE them so much.

Daenerys

Daenerys <3’s Daario 4 –>

You know nothing, Jon Snow.

You know nothing, Jon Snow.

Arya and the Hound -- At quick glance, I thought the Hound was checking his iPhone.

Arya and the Hound — At quick glance, I thought the Hound was checking his iPhone.

Tyrion and poor, sad Sansa.

Tyrion and poor, sad Sansa.

Tyrells - because the best schemes include your  kick ass grandma.

Tyrells – because the best schemes include your kick ass grandma.

Ugh.

Ugh.

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The Fault in Our Stars trailer released

Image credit: goodreads.com

Image credit: goodreads.com

Alternative post title: GET THE TISSUES

I read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars while on vacation this summer. I usually like to reserve chick lit or guilty pleasures for vacation. I can knock a Sookie Stackhouse novel out in one beach afternoon. TFIOS was garnering a lot of buzz and I like to read books before seeing their movie adaptations so I figured I’d bring it along. It was not nearly the breeze I thought it would be.

This book broke my heart. If you saw a grown woman crying her eyes out on the beach this summer, it was probably me reading this book. It’s one of those stories that sticks with you days after you’ve finished. It’s sad, but hopeful. Heartbreaking but also uplifting in that circle of life kind of way. I’ve been looking forward to the movie ever since. I think it is beautifully casted (is it just me or is Shailene Woodley crazy busy lately?) and I’m excited to see it realized on the screen.

Well, call it an early Valentine’s Day present–we’ve been gifted with the first official trailer, so check it out below. If you’re completely unfamiliar with TFIOS, I put a brief synopsis of the story below the video.

 

This isn’t as fresh in my mind as it once was, but here are the basics:

Hazel Grace is a 16-year-old girl living with cancer. Her parents force her to go to support group where she meets Augustus Waters who has lost his leg to cancer but is in remission. Their friendship blossoms into love, they go on a pretty amazing adventure, and find the strength to face tragedy. Do not attempt to engage with this story without a box of tissues handy.

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The Giver: the one that started it all…

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AKA, the post in which I’m apparently living under a rock.

So, I’m in the book section of my local Target yesterday when, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly featuring Sherlock on the cover. I am straight up Sherlocked so I grab it and start flipping. Only, it isn’t Cumberbatch (I just love his name) who stops me in my tracks, but an article featuring a first look at the film adaptation of The Giver. 

Did anyone else know this was happening? How did I not know this was happening? And with the likes of Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep (eep!), Alexander Skarsgard, and apparently Taylor Swift? (I’ll leave the jury out on Swift for now…)

The thing is, Lois Lowry’s The Giver is the book that started it all for me. Long before Harry Potter or Goosebumps were even a thought in my mind, there was The Giver. Before The Giver, I’d read the occasional Judy Blume or Beverly Cleary. My favorite book back then was Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus. Mostly because I could commiserate. I hated the damn school bus and if I ever got locked in my school after hours you’d best believe I’d go ape-shit on the school supplies. But reading was a CHORE then. Something I had to do for school.

Then, in 1994, my 4th grade teacher began reading The Giver aloud to us a chapter at a time in the 15 minutes before the bell rang for the day. That time became the highlight of my everything. I LIVED for those 15 minutes. Then, for reasons I don’t remember or were never shared in the first place, she stopped. In the middle of the book, no resolution, she just stopped. Well I marched my geeky little self down to the library and checked the book out for myself–I had to know what happened, how could she leave me hanging like that!?

I haven’t stopped reading since.

I don’t remember the specifics, but I’ll never forget the way that I felt while reading it as a kid. I think a visit to my old favorite is long over due.

 

The Giver and Jonas - image from EW.com

The Giver and Jonas
Image credit: ew.com

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Of dragons and Dornishmen…

A Dance with Dragons has been slow going. I’m about halfway through, but it’s also halfway through January, so progress has been slower than I expected. I had forgotten what an engaging writer GRRM is, but I also forgot how tedious certain viewpoints can be. In the case of this book, Davos chapters take the wind right out of my sails. I’ll groan, put it down to fold some laundry or something, and get sidetracked in other things for the rest of the night.

It’s not that his chapters are not as well written, because they certainly are. I can’t say exactly why, but for whatever reason, I’m just not interested in anything from his or anyone from the Iron Islands (ZZZzzzZZZ) perspective. That being said, there are some exciting things  happening in the other chapters and I can’t wait to pick up with Tyrion tonight.

While we’re on the subject, Game of Thrones season 4 trailer was released this weekend. If you’re a fan, you were all over this on Sunday, but it’s worth another viewing (or dozen). Other than dragons (obviously), I think I’m most excited to see Oberyn Martell–see the 1:05 to 1:10 marks. “Lannisters aren’t the only ones who pay their debts.” Chills! Of all the places in Westeros, Dorne is my favorite one to read about, so I’m looking forward to seeing it realized on the screen.

What are you hoping to see in Season 4?

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Retail Tuesday: Deep freeze edition

Yes, I know it’s Wednesday, but whatever. I blame the Polar Vortex. As evidenced by the dozens upon dozens of dashboard thermometer photos on your Facebook news feed, and I don’t know, actually walking outside, it’s COLD. Not, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” cold, but uncomfortably, painfully, I’m pretty sure I have frostbite cold. With weather like this, the #1 best place you can be is snuggled up in front of a fireplace and reading your book. Reality finds me in my freezing cold cubicle with fingerless gloves and a snuggie trying to keep warm and earn a paycheck, but a girl can dream. With that in mind, I thought I’d share some cozy swag this week. Keep warm, everybody.

Great Gatsby Fleece

 

Out of Print Clothing

I’ve been a long time lurker on Out of Print. They have a lot of great literary gear–and they should since their mission statement says they “celebrate the world’s great stories through fashion.” I’d like to celebrate getting warm in one of these fleece sweatshirts. Just sayin.

Game of Thrones Blanket

Shop the TV

The Starks were right. Winter is here. So I’d like to get my hands on one of these fleece blankets featuring house sigils. I’ve only seen Stark and Targaryen, but if you looked hard enough you could probably find the others. I predict a lot of accidental naps under that bad boy. Check out what else Shop the TV has in your other favorite shows. Doctor Who or Downton Abbey anyone? Yeah, I’m a sucker for British programming.

First LinesThe Unemployed Philosophers Guild

I’m not a big fan of hot beverages, but I’ll heat up something just to hold in weather like this! I found this mug featuring opening lines of some of the greatest works of literature over at The Unemployed Philosophers Guild. It would definitely do the trick!

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A Dance with Dragons…

Brazilian Cover Art by Marc Simonetti

Brazilian Cover Art by Marc Simonetti

Happy New Year, everybody! I’m kicking off 2014 with A Dance with Dragons.

I’ve been putting this one off because I know it’s going to take me a nice chunk of time. I’m nervous about starting–I haven’t read 1,000+ pages in a single book since reading A Feast for Crows  this summer, but it’s time to catch up. There’s no time like the present and all that.

First stop: Google. Where the hell did I leave off with everyone? >_<

 

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