Marry, Date or Dump: The Beats

Wikepedia defines The Beats as: a group of American post-World War II writers who came to prominence in the 1950s, as well as the cultural phenomena that they both documented and inspired. Central elements of “Beat” culture included rejection of received standards, innovations in style, experimentation with drugs, alternative sexualities, an interest in Eastern religion, a rejection of materialism, and explicit portrayals of the human condition.

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The Elite: It’s Still the Bachelor with Dystopian Rebels

*** As with any review of a sequel there will be spoilers for book one. If you are thinking about starting the series you can read my review of book one, The Selection.

Elite coverI started The Elite, by Kiera Cass, at midnight earlier this week when my pre-ordered copy landed on my i-pad and finished it before brushing my teeth the next morning. This signifies three things: (1) that the book is a very quick read, (2) that like its predecessor The Elite is compelling, and (3) That I was up for most of the night with a ouchy ear infection. Don’t worry it’s cleared up!

I liked The Elite a lot. And I’m not just saying this because I’m scared of being targeted as a bully (I hate when authors behave badly). The things I liked about The Selection, I still liked in the Elite. The relationships between the girls continued to be interesting. WIth only six girls left in the competition it was easier to keep them straight, form favorites, and get to know them better. This is pretty much how it works in the Bachelor as well. Of particular note was the flushing out of Kris’ character and her interesting relationship with Maxon.  Continue reading

Dewey’s Read-a-thon!

images-10Today we are participating in Dewey’s read-a-thon – 24 hours devoted to books, readers and reading. Neither of us plans to read for the full 24 hours (those people are hardcore!) but we will both be posting updates throughout the day. Read more about the read-a-thon here and check back in on our progress throughout the day. You can also get updates by checking our twitter: @AlisonsWhoRead. Let the reading begin!

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What Makes a Book Worth a Five Star Review?

images-9I’ve spent a lot of time this week thinking about authors who can’t handle bad reviews, writers who pay people to give them good reviews, authors feeling like their fans owe them good reviews, and Amazon deleting biased reviews. While all of these stories are interesting, I started thinking about regular peoples’ reviews. When there is no controversy, how to people choose how rate the books they read? What makes a book worth a five star review?  Continue reading

What to Call the Parents in a Young Adult/Children’s Book?

Almost everyone who knows me well, or has just had a really long conversation with me, knows that I have been a little obsessed with names for a very long time. My early stories (written on Storybook Weaver) consisted mostly of me writing something like: One day girl’s name met boy’s name and they got married and had ten children named list of names, often all starting with the same letter Duggar family style. And they would continue in that vein until I got bored and I would end with something catchy like and they lived happily ever after or the end.  

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Marry Date or Dump: White Bearded Wizards

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Okay, so maybe Gandalf, Dumbledore, and Merlin are all considered to be father figures and not romantic heroes. And perhaps old wrinkly men and long, long white beards aren’t your thing. But if the BBC’s Merlin has taught us anything, it’s that these old wizards were once young and they could be pretty cute. So, as per usual, let us know in the comments who you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump when faced with these three magical contenders. You can decide based on your favorite book or film, by who seemed cooler when they were younger, or even who you think looks the best in a pointed hat. You can also say that you want to “just stay friends” with all of them. But isn’t it more fun to buckle down an choose?  Continue reading