Nov 15, 2018

Random Thursday

Let's get back to the Politics and History chapter in The Little Book of Answers by Doug Lennox. Politics were never my forte, but I'll admit this book has some interesting tidbits!


(image borrowed from Simpsons Wiki)
The term "spin doctor" first came about when the New York Times started writing about Ronald Reagan's reelection in 1984. "Spin" is something a baseball pitcher does to deceive the batter (with a curveball) and a "doctor" is obviously someone who fixes a problem. Therefore it comes to that a "spin doctor" is someone who solves a political problem by putting a twist on the information and bend it to their advantage.


(image borrowed from Marine Insight)
When someone suffers a "sea change" it basically means that there was a swift and sudden change in the ways of things. It basically borrows from sailor's terms regarding the sea which can change and be unpredictable without a moment's notice. Soon it just became the norm to use this term when describing things within politics.


Well that was finally something simple I understood! Lol.


(image borrowed from Acculturated)
The expression "mending fences" came to be an expression for healing relationships. It came about in 1880 when senator John Sherman, who was trying to run for a presidential nomination, left Washington to return to Ohio. He was followed by a reporter who saw him talking to a high-ranking party official near a fence. When the reporter asked what they were doing, the response was "we're mending fences."


(image borrowed from Simpson Crazy)
In Democracy, the fourth estate was meant to be different forces of influence over Parliament (within British history) at different times, which included the army. It was first used to describe the press during a debate in the House of Commons in 1828. The fifth estate was added later to include radio and television.


(image borrowed from Merriam-Webster)
When a secret gets told, we say they "spilled the beans", an expression that comes from when the ancient Greeks would use beans in their voting process. Greeks called the beans or balls, "ballota" which is where we get the word "ballot." A white bean was "yes" and a brown bean was "no." The beans were counted in secret so the candidates wouldn't know who voted for or against them. Although, the if the contained was knocked and the beans were spilled...well, the candidate then knew!


Though I still don't quite understand how that happens as who's to say which bean belongs to who? But I get the overall concept! 





Nov 14, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.
 
 
The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince.

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.


After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
 
 
I feel like one of the very few who have yet to read this one! Lol! There were ARCs all over the place for awhile! At least the wait is finally dwindling down! I felt like the ARCs for this popped up just after the release of the first book! It's crazy!! I cannot wait to venture back to this world!
 
 
TITLE: The Wicked King
AUTHOR: Holly Black

PUBLISHER: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
GENRE: YA Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: January 8, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nov 13, 2018

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker.


Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page
 
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE 
4. Name the title, author, etc.



"Of all the awful things demons do, keeping Latin alive when it deserves to be a dead language might be the worst." p 5*


*Quote comes from the ARC, therefore it and its page number are not final.  











TITLE: Slayer
AUTHOR: Kiersten White
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
GENRE: Parnormal YA
RELEASE DATE: January 8, 2019





Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. 



This week's topic is: Bookish Items/Merchandise I LOVE OWNING


*as you can see I made a twist on today's topic, only because I already own so much bookish merchandise!
**in no particular order


10. BOOKISH JEWELRY--I positively LOVE bookish jewelry! Especially when it's replica pieces!!
9. BOOKMARKS--what bookworm doesn't love a good bookmark! Here's my collection when it's all neatly packed away!
8. BOOK SLEEVES--like you all didn't know my obsession with these! Though I've been very good lately! Lol!


 7. BOOKISH POSTERS--whatever wall space I have that isn't covered with bookcases pretty much has artwork of some kind up! And about 70% of that is bookish!
6. BOOK ART--among that wall art is pieces like this that are truly works of art and aren't "posters" in the traditional sense!
5. BOOK COVER ART--and of course there's a difference between artwork and cover art! Though some covers truly are works of art themselves!


4. BOOKISH CANDLES--though I haven't had time to burn them yet as I only just turned my ceiling fan off, hopefully for the last time, I plan to do so very soon! 
3. BOOKISH PINS--my favorites are the enamel pins! They're so detailed and pretty! As you might see, my banner isn't too full yet as I had more buttons than pins!
2. BOOKISH SHIRTS--I have quite the variety of them too! I love a good book t-shirt!


1. ANYTHING BELLE--Belle was always my favorite princess! Us bookworms have to stick together! So naturally I love just about everything Belle related! My absolute favorite though is when she's reading a book!










 

Nov 12, 2018

Let's Discuss: Funko Movie Moments

Shield your eyes while I blow off the dust from the discussion post part of my blog! It's been awhile since I've gotten around to writing one of these! Let's get to it! Last week I saw in twitter feed Funko was going to release some new Aladdin Funkos. And it was being labeled Funko Movie Moment and immediately my brain KNEW WHAT HAS TO BE MADE!


Funko Movie Moments


So here is what is coming soon!

It took me a moment when doing my searching and whatnot that this "line" has been around for a little while now and naturally I was like DUH! I just didn't realize that these "moments" were their own line of Funkos! Lol.

Naturally after seeing this my mind start whirling and it probably took one second before I knew which one NEEDS TO BE MADE and MADE NOW!

This right here NEEDS TO BE A FUNKO MOVIE MOMENT!!! Omg, how FREAKING awesome would this one be as a Funk Movie Moment?! This is the iconic scene for all booklovers in Beauty and the Beast! Yes, the library scene (and the dancing in the ballroom, of course) are good ones too, but for the bookworms who unite together in their love for this movie can pretty much all agree on THIS being the perfect iconic movie moment for a Funko!

So my question now is...where do I submit this request to Funko?! Lego has ignored my requests for a Lego Belle Library piece. Apparently you need to make one yourself before they will consider it or some such BS.

I don't know why I didn't really know that Funko had this particular "series" or "line" for their Funko Pops, but it's clear, if they are going to be Movie Moments, and include Disney Movie Moments...THIS ONE NEEDS TO HAPPEN!!!







It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.


Last Week I Read:

The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics (3.5 stars)
The Beast's Heart by Leife Shallcross (4 stars)


Review That Was Posted:

The Reckoning of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin (ARC) (4 stars)


Currently Reading:

Slayer by Kiersten White (ARC)


What I Plan to Start Reading Next:

What You Hide by Natalie D. Richards (ARC)


Other Posts of Interest:






 

Nov 11, 2018

Stacking the Shelves--2 Week Haul Edition

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! The meme is now hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.


So this is a two week mega haul! After I got back from The Origin Event Sunday morning, I was pretty exhausted! I mean I started unpacking my stuff, put all my books away, then I started putting away all my Halloween decorations because this weekend it was time to decorate for Christmas, so yeah...blogging just kind of got away from me! I did my posts for Monday and Tuesday, but I just couldn't sum up the energy to do a Sunday post, plus I had a week's worth of shows to catch up on on my DVR! Ironically pretty much all my shows are on Thursday so I didn't even get to watch them before I left!

Anyway, let's get to it! Here's what I bought in the last two weeks:



Lost Boy by Christina Henry--UK cover! I got a coupon from The Book Depository awhile back and bought this along with the next book because I have a book buying problem if that wasn't already known! ;)
Wildcard by Marie Lu--UK edition! I mean when you already own the insanely awesome UK cover of the first book in a duology, you pretty much need to buy the insanely awesome second book just to have them all!
Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost--SIGNED! I decided I wanted to have Ian's first book signed!
Fury by Rachel Vincent--keeper copy!
Dead Ringer by Kate Kessler
The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout--SIGNED! My book from The Origin Event!
A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney--SIGNED! So despite a few reviews that had me worried about it, after attending a signing I decided to just buy it anyway!
Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton--SIGNED! So yeah, went to a signing, not intending to buy any books after spending too much in the week before and I bought 2!
Archangel's Prophecy by Nalini Singh--still so behind in this series and still continue to buy the books as they release!
Renegades by Marissa Meyer--the paperback edition! And yes I bought it because my name is in the back! :D 


Other goodies from the past two weeks:

The Wreck-It Ralph 2 Rock Candy of Belle--READING A BOOK!


The Darkest Star Book Beau from The Origin Event
2 bookish pins from The Bookish Box--the left is Lux related and the right is The Cruel Prince!


My October Owl Crate! I knew what one of the books was and I kind of wanted to have the exclusive cover for it! Plus I was anxious to see what book loving related goodies were inside! I was pretty happy with most of it too!

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Bookish socks
a book cover/purse thing
tea
tea strainer
a Harry Potter/Hedwig print!


Then I got some of my preorder goodies:

 I got my poster for preordering Archenemies! That copy hopefully arrives next week! Already in a state of panic over my other preorder not arriving on time, so fingers tightly crossed that this one comes in a timely manner!

THANK YOU Fierce Reads!!
 

Then I got my preorder swag for Shadow of the Fox! I completely forgot that it was a personalized book plate! So that was a happy surprise!

THANK YOU Harlequin Teen!



And that my friends, was my two week haul of epicness!! Yes, I had some disappointments mostly surrounding my other preorder being lost in limbo. There's still hope it will arrive but since we're now at a holiday I know there won't be any further updates on the tracking! It's been dead since November 7th as it is. Sick with worry over that too! 

What did you all get?