A Legend Has Passed: William Zinsser

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William Zinsser (October 1922 — May 2015)

I was first introduced to William Zinsser in my college’s Art of the Essay course. One of the many books we were required to purchase was the popular On Writing Well, a book that is recommended by many writing instructors. It is this book, which has sold more than 1.5-million copies and is often paired with Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, that made Zinsser’s name a popular one. It’s unfortunate that he has passed.

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Book News: Ripley TV series, Scalzi deal, and new books

It’s another bookish news roundup! At first I wasn’t sure if I should continue with this feature (I guess it’s a feature now on my blog) since most of the news items listed here are a day or more old. But I do enjoy compiling them and looking back on them later. Plus, writing them is great practice for the news roundup I have to do at my job. Sooo…here’s what has happened:

John Scalzi got a big-ass book deal

John Scalzi, the sci-fi author whose most-recent novel Lock In was published last year, secured a $3.4-million deal — Yes, 3.4 friggin million dollars! — with Tor to write 13 books over the next 10 years. A Washington Post article states that in addition to sequels to several of his novels, Scalzi has pitched “three ideas for young adult novels, a genre he hasn’t worked in before.”

Tor announcement (tor.com)

RidersCover reveal for Veronica Rossi’s new novel

Veronica Rossi, author of Under the Never Sky series, has written a new book — Riders, first in the Riders series. The book is about an 18-year-old boy who dies and revives as War, one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. The book is scheduled to be published by Tor Teen on February 2, 2016. [Click the cover for a larger image.]

Announcement on Rossi’s website (veronicarossibooks.blogspot.com)

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Exploring My Bookshelves: I HAD to get this one

Exploring My Bookshelves is a weekly meme created by Addlepates and Book Nerds.

First, you post a picture of your bookshelf (preferably literal but e-shelves work too):

Tadaa…an updated photo of my newly reorganized, TIDY bookshelf. I’m proud. 😀 I had to do some unhauling to get it to look this decent.

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an updated bookcase

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Weekend Reads #5: My brain has to be awake for this one

Weekend Reads is a Goodreads group created by Nici, a booktuber over at LitPixie. Basically book lovers can record a video or write a blog post about what they plan to read on the weekend, and also answer a fun question.

I’m not sure if I’ll continue with this meme in June since there hasn’t been any activity in the Goodreads group, but I enjoyed writing up these posts so I might put my own spin on it continue with the posts if Nici doesn’t update the meme prompts for June. Anyways, onward with this post.

The question for this weekend is:

Tell us one fun fact about you.

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It’s My 4th Blogoversary!!

My blog is 4-years-old today! I had no idea that I started my blog on May 28, 2011! 😀 Both my blog and I have grown and improved so much that today I will try to take some time to revisit old blog posts to see how far I’ve come. Please join in and take a look around. 🙂

I started this blog a few weeks after graduating from college. I was worried about my student loans, career, finding work, moving back in with my parents, and a recently failed relationship. To escape the buildup of anxiety that would sometimes catch me unawares and leave me gasping for air, I turned to blogging. I wasn’t sure what to discuss on this platform but it didn’t take long for me to turn to my interests — books, reading, and sometimes art. My confidence in blogging steadily grew as my personal life improved, and slowly I began posting more and more. So although I started this blog four years ago, I really began dedicating myself to it in 2013.

I’m so appreciative of all the support I’ve received from all of you in the blogosphere, as well as from family and friends. Thank you for subscribing, commenting, and simply stopping by for a visit. It’s very encouraging and I appreciate it all!!

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“Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of GlassI read this one a couple weeks ago for a variety of reasons. First, I bought it because of all the hype I heard which made me curious. Then I read it because I woke up one morning in the mood for something purple and the dusky cover of the Throne of Glass caught my eye.

Quick summary:

Celaena Sardothien, the most feared assassin is just an eighteen year old girl. A year prior to the events of this book, she was betrayed and carted off to the salt mines of Endovier to work as a slave until the end of her days. But one day Prince Dorian visits and presents Celaena with a deal she can’t refuse.

Prince Dorian’s father, the King of Adarlan, is steadily expanding his empire and wiping out all traces of magic while he does so. Magic is outlawed. The King has conquered all countries to the east of the Oakwald Forest except Eyllwe, a country to the south that is barely hanging on. To hasten his interests, the King decides to host a competition from which he will select a Champion to carry out his illicit deeds. The best criminals (it seems) are chosen to compete. If Celaena wins, she will work for the King for four years after which she will receive her freedom. With the promise of freedom in mind, Celaena acquiesces though she despises the king.

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Top Ten Tuesday #2: What’s in My Beach Bag

It’s another Top Ten Tuesday post!! I’m not sure if I’ll do this every week but I’m enjoying it so far so for now I will. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:

Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer

Well, I really don’t know what classifies a book as a beach read. I take it that beach reads are simply books a reader will most likely read at the beach but part of me thinks that reason is too simple and it must be something more. Well, if I were to go to the beach sometime this summer, here’s what I might carry:

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Exploring My Bookshelves: Thinking of the Future

Exploring My Bookshelves is a weekly meme created by Addlepates and Book Nerds.

First, you post a picture of your bookshelf (preferably literal but e-shelves work too):

I’m continuing with the format of my last Exploring My Bookshelves post and will only show the shelf I’ll discuss in this post. I’m currently tidying my bookshelf so stay tuned for an update to the untidiness.

for the kids shelf

Second, you get something about your shelf to write about (favorite cover, favorite author, book you most recently bought, etc.):

For May 22nd: books you want to keep for your kids (or have kept for you kids)

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Weekend Reads #4: meh

Weekend Reads is a Goodreads group created by Nici, a booktuber over at LitPixie. Basically book lovers can record a video or write a blog post about what they plan to read on the weekend, and also answer a fun question.

The question for this weekend is:

What book got you into reading?

This is a difficult question to answer since I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. I started reading at a young age and never went anywhere without a book, which I was reminded of by close family friends last year at a wedding. 😦 That was embarrassing. Of all things to recall, they just had to bring up that I even brought my books to the bathroom with me. TMI? That’s probably TMI. Though it probably explains why I love to read in there. Anyways, I digress.

The books I recall that got me excited to read and thus incited me to read even more were:

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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When I think back to my childhood, this image pops up. It’s one of the first books I’ve ever loved and I think it was the first book I’ve ever borrowed from a library. I remember that the copy at the Montego Bay library was tattered with dog-eared pages that were dropping out and the cover was peeling; but that didn’t make me love it any less….or made me not want to keep it for myself any less.

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“In Search of Lost Dragons” by Elian Black’Mor and Carine-M

In Search of Lost Dragons
In Search of Lost Dragons

A beautiful graphic novel filled with glossy pictures of dragons is sure to entice anyone who loves fantasy and art and, of course, dragons!

Quick summary:

A reporter documents his journey through Europe in a travel journal as he searches for evidence of dragons. Blessed with the ability to see the unseen, he draws what he witnesses in his journal and jots down quick notes alongside his illustrations. He is later chosen to discover what has happened to an exploration party, and the assignment takes him through Scandinavia and Asia, where he continues his documentation and happens upon an amazing race that might be connected to dragons.

My thoughts:

My first foray into graphic novels and comics kicks off with In Search of Lost Dragons by Élian Black’Mor and Carine-M. This book was first published in France in November 2005 as Sur La Piste Des Dragons Oublies, and was translated into English and published by Dynamite Entertainment this year in February.

I discovered this book in a Shelf Awareness newsletter (what would I do without that newsletter) that contained a book trailer for it (see below). I usually don’t pay much attention to book trailers because they never get me hyped but this one did. The mention of dragons caught my attention and the shots of pages from the book excited me so much that I bought it soon after it was published.

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