Book Review: All the Crooked Saints


IMG_1796All the Crooked Saints
Maggie Stiefvater
Advanced copy provided by publisher

Summary

Here is a thing everyone wants:
A miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect. Continue reading

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Sunshine Blogger Tag


I’m no longer evacuated! We have power! Our house isn’t destroyed!

I am approximately 1 million books behind on reviews, so maybe I’ll get around to that when I’ve settled the rest of my life and have any brain space. But for now, a fun tag!

I saw this tag on Avalinah’s Books and she opened her questions to all her followers.

Fantasy or scifi? Why?

Fantasy, 100%. I like good scifi, but I read far more fantasy. I’m not sure why I like fantasy better, but I’ve always been drawn to the magical. Much more an LOTR girl than a Star Wars fan.

Do you always read alone, or sometimes with others?

Alone, I guess? How would you read with others? I mean, sometimes my husband sits on the couch and reads too, but it’s normally just me.

Hogwarts house!

Slytherin, with some strong Ravenclaw vibes. But definitely Slytherin.

Do you have any weird hobbies, aside from reading? (it’s not a weird hobby, okay.)

Depends on what counts as weird, I guess! I’m a runner. I blog, of course. I binge-watch TV shows. But I think those are pretty normal hobbies. I had more weird hobbies when I was younger.

Did you watch Sailormoon as a kid? (I know… totally random.)

Nope.

Do you schedule your posts in advance?

Very seldom. If I do, it’s normally not far in advance, just a few days.

Have you ever been on a blogging hiatus, and if so – why?

Not formally, but I’ve definitely disappeared for long stretches of time. Normally just because I needed to focus on school or other real life stuff.

Your favorite [mythological or not] character from a book?

Avalinah, I’m calling you out for committing the same sin as the “favorite book” question. I’ve read thousands of characters!! I can’t choose one favorite. But I tend to like sassy, driven girls or women. I’m a big fan of the way Kristin Cashore and Tamora Pierce write female characters, for example. (In TV, which is sort of cheating the tag, I’m obsessed with River Song.)

Your favorite friendship from a book?

Friendships don’t stand out to me much. I like the Gallagher Girls a lot though. Good group friend dynamics there, with girls who depend on each other for their very lives at times.

Was there ever a story that you feel you’ll never forget the experience of reading? Which one?

Lots, for sure! When I was young, A Little Princess. In Middle Grade, my first few Redwall books were transformative. Graceling was a gutpunch read. There are more, I’m sure, but those are the ones that first come to mind.

Do you like doing tags? 😀

Sometimes!

Your Turn!

Who I tag:

Chelsea @ Kuehler Bookstop
Helen @ Life of a Nerdish Mum
All of you!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. (look, assuming I know 11 book bloggers is ridiculous)
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

And my questions:

  1. What is your Myers-Briggs type?
  2. Which books got you hooked on the genres you read?
  3. Do you listen to music while reading? Words or no words?
  4. Favorite graphic novel or comic?
  5. What’s a favorite bookish memory?
  6. Do you read more male authors or female authors?
  7. Favorite tropes?
  8. Any recent revelations in your reading life?
  9. Favorite classics/classic authors? Why?
  10. Oxford (serial) comma or no?
  11. What do you wish book blogs had more of?

That was fun! Would you like to see more tags?

Lyse Links: icons, scams, and audiobooks


Okay, I’ll be honest, this is a mostly a books-related Lyse Links. But I think everyone will like it! And I needed an excuse to share this week’s grand caper. And hoo boy do I think you’ll like that one. It’s an intersection of my favorite things–Twitter, a great detective story, and the YA/book community. Continue reading

Lyse Links: Adoption, texting, and hit songs


I’ve led with some shorter/lighter pieces, but the last few links are hefty. Enjoy!

Texting with Boys — This is an op-ed, so not as thorough as I’d like, but it’s a fascinating look at differences in communication. I have several similarities with the author, including a mostly-female family, plus emphasis on written communication (obviously).

Couple buys street in millionaire neighborhood — in a comedy of errors revealed by one couple’s stroke of astonishing luck, the street in a private high-scale neighborhood is now owned by outside individuals who are scheming ways to make money from their acquisition. Moral of the story: pay your taxes.

Trump’s positive news folder — for someone who doesn’t want to argue politics, I share a lot of political stories. This one caused a Twitter uproar about the President’s delusion. That’s up for anyone’s perception. BUT. If you’ve spent much time in entrepreneurial circles or high achiever optimization literature, this will sound pretty familiar. Starting the day with affirmations or positive thinking is not so unusual. Maybe not normal (or good?) for a president, but not as odd or laughable as many people think it is.

The Children of Strangers — this is an excellent profile of a family that had or adopted more than 20 children. Large families are a point of contention for many reasons, some of which will be obvious in this article. But I like a few things about the article. First, the author makes a serious attempt at relating the story with little commentary or bias. Second, I think it provides a good picture of the trade-offs necessary in any family. No family is perfect. Every decision to say “yes” is also saying “no” to something else. So “yes” to 20+ children means that more children have a family. But it also means less money, (probably) less time with each child, etc. In the end, I think these parents made the best decisions they could based on their values. Those choices probably helped their kids in some ways. And too much time thinking about “what-ifs” will drive you crazy.

The hit song you’ve never heard of (sold more than the Beatles) — The world is a big, diverse place. So much so that you’ve probably never heard of the man who created a hit song that sold more copies than any Beatles song. It’s a great story about music and legacy in Africa.

Has the smartphone destroyed a generation? — Look, I hate doom and gloom generational opinions as much as anyone. But this is a balanced, data-backed article from a generational researcher. Strongly recommended for anyone who cares about generational profiles, the current adolescent generation, or the effects of technology on human behavior.

July 2017 Reading Recap


January Recap | March Recap | April Recap | May Recap | June Recap

2017 Goals

  • Total books read: 150
  • Pages: 60,000
  • 40 non-fiction
  • 10 classics
  • 10 translations
  • 22 books from my TBR list (my current list is at 52, and that’s a pretty limited list)
  • 50 book reviews

Totals through July

  • 134 books (24 in July)
  • 45018 pages (7607 in July)
  • 23 nonfiction
  • 36 book reviews

Discussion

My spectacular reading year continues! In July, I participated in 24in48, a challenge to read for 24 out of 48 hours. I expected that to be brutal and very boring about halfway through, but I enjoyed it more than anticipated! That much reading was great for my TBR, although I have yet to review any of those books. So I should do that.

I also participated in the Big Books tag, which I stole from Avalinah’s blog. Avalinah is a new favorite blogger and you should check her out!

I did post reviews this month, including:

I also posted a list of YA authors by Myers-Briggs. I’m obsessed with personality types, so that post was a lot of fun to research and write.

Conclusion

And that was my reading month! August is starting off as a slow reading month, but I’m hoping to get all the paperwork through for joining a new library this month, so hopefully it will pick up!

Also, I need to write reviews of all this stuff I read last month. Pester me about it!