The Goodreads Tag!

So, I was tagged by the wonderful Grace @The Girl Upstairs! Thanks Grace! ❤

 

The Goodreads Tag!

What was the last book you marked as ‘Read’?

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, which I reviewed here. This was a wonderful book; I highly recommend it!

What are you currently reading?

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. My mother and I are both reading Wuthering Heights for a book club that we want to do, and so far it’s good, if a bit hard to get in to. Thirteen Chairs is fabulous─spine tingling and chilly and not something that you would want to read at night! Then, of course, there is good ol’ Harry Potter; this is probably my fiftieth re-read of those ABSOLUTELY AMAZING books.

What was the last book you marked as ‘To Read’?

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The Red Notebook by Antione Laurain. I have no idea how this is─I was just wandering the pages of Goodreads and found it.

Do you use the star system?

Absolutely I do! Although I have to admit that I tend to over-rate things: for instance, sometimes I’m so caught up in the thrall of a good book that when I go to rate it on Goodreads I give it five stars when maybe it should have only been a three or a four.😂

Are you doing the 2017 Reading Challenge?

Yes! My goal at this time is 100, but I’ve already read 85 so I’m sure I’ll be changing that soon.

Do you have a wishlist?

OF COURSE I DO! My family always gets annoyed with me when it comes time for holidays because the only things I ever ask for are books!😂 I have a HUGE weakness for bookstores, and it’s very rare that I leave one without two or more new books in my arms. Right now, some of the main things that I want are The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro (this is the sequel to A Study In Charlotte, a modern retelling of the Sherlock Holmes stories. I am completely obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, but more on that in another post) and The Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Who are your favorite authors?

*Takes deep breath* Boy, oh boy. This is a hard one. You ready?

  • Jane Austen (I LOVE Pride and Prejudice, as Grace and Bella know).
  • Diana Wynn Jones
  • W.R. Gingell
  • Gail Carson Levine
  • Marissa Meyer
  • Sharon Cameron
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • K.M. Shea
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Sherwood Smith
  • Patricia C. Wrede

And I have to stop now because this is getting ridiculous.:D

Have you joined any groups?

Nope!

How many Goodreads Shelves do you have?

3: read, currently-reading, and to-read.

I tag:

Well, here’s the thing… I’m fairly new to the whole blogging scene, as you all know, so I don’t really know anyone that hasn’t been tagged already. However; I’d like to put it out there that if you’re reading this post, then I officially tag you! BAM! TAGGED EDEN STYLE!😂

Well alrighty then! Read on, lovelies!

Eden<3

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Updates!

Hello everyone! I have so much to tell you all! Firstly, you may have noticed the beautiful new graphics– header and button– all over my page. Aren’t they gorgeous? I’d like to give a shout out to Grace Thomas of The Girl Upstairs blog for designing them– you have so much talent, Grace! And if you all haven’t seen them, please check them out above.

Secondly, Endings, by K.M. Shea, was released on Thursday and I started and finished it in a little under three hours. It was that good. Seriously, if you haven’t read King Arthurs and Her Knights yet, you’re doing yourself a major disservice. Endings was by far the best of K.M. Shea’s books that I have read (and I’ve read them all) and didn’t let me down at all, as I was afraid it would– ya know what I mean; building up so much anticipation for a book sometimes makes it seem just that much less impressive. But not so here! I laughed, and I cried, and anyone who knows me will attest that I am not a crying gal. Even now, the next day, I still have all those Merlin/Britt/Mordred/everyone else that I love feels.

Do you know how after you finish a book you sometimes feel like… like… like you have nothing left to live for? Image result for heroes of olympus headcanons

Yeah.

For other news; do you remember the first post I made about King Arthurs and Her Knights? Well, I contacted the author of said books through her blog (Here’s the link) about perhaps featuring a bit of my review on her blog and she recently emailed me back saying yes! So click the link above, go to the ‘Books’ page, and read the words of Your’s Truly!

That’s all, folks! If you’ve ever “experienced emotional trauma at the hands of a paperback”– of hardback, of e-book– drop a comment below and I’ll commiserate.

Read on!

Eden

…Fiddlesticks. And a Few Good Things.

I swear I’m not a scatterbrained person.

I do my schoolwork, I clean my room when I’m told, I go to work and do my job– but for some inexplicable reason I seem to have forgotten to publish my last post.

It was all typed up, looking lovely (if I do say so myself) with it’s pretty pictures and it’s paragraphs upon paragraphs of witty commentary (again, if I do say so myself), and I swear I remember clicking PUBLISH, but, clearly, I didn’t. I would like to give a shout-out to you beautiful people who gave The Marvels: Brian Selznick a big ol’ like, despite it’s sad lack of content. You simply made my day when I saw that.

I do plan on remedying this predicament eventually, but I don’t have time tonight to type both that post over again as well as this one for the first time, so I am sorry to say that you folks out there will be forced to wait in agony for a little while longer in order to finally be privy to those inspiring words.

Oh, I know, I know. The suspense is killing me, too.

On a happier not– or at least a less embarrassing one– I was thinking earlier today how full of wonderful things March and April seem to be for me, and I was so encouraged that I decided to list them here. Because I know you all are just dying to hear.

Eden’s List of Wonderful Things: March and April Edition

  1. As some of you might know, Beauty and the Beast, the live action Disney remake starring Emma Watson– yeah, you heard me right. Emma freaking Watson, guys. Hermione— is coming out March 17th, just two days from now, and I am more excited than is probably decent for a girl who is almost 16. But Beauty and the Beast– probably my favorite fairy tale ever, creepy and twisted though it is. I even wrote a retelling of it– and Emma. Watson. Needless to say, I fully plan on going to see it Friday, and enjoying every minute.
  2. Drum roll please… Endings release date has finally been announced! K.M. Shea posted on her own blog that it’ll be available for pre-order sometime this weekend and it comes out officially March 23rd. March 23rd cannot come fast enough. I have been waiting for a whole year for this book, and I have very high expectations– that I know will be fulfilled.
  3. I take dance lessons, and my company is performing the Adventures of Pinocchio, in which I dance en pointe as the White Bird. We open March 31st, and I’m equal parts nervous and excited.
  4. April 17th is the reslease for a book by an author that I love; Blackfoot, by W.R. Gingell! Her writing style is as close to perfect as I can envision, and I await Blackfoot with baited breath!

So that’s what’s going on with me! Anything exciting happening to you Lovelies?

And so it begins…

Hello, everyone!

I thought that I would begin by sharing my thoughts on indie author K.M. Shea’s King Arthur and Her Knights series, as Ms. Shea is about to release the last book in this series hopefully within the next few weeks.

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These books- each only the length of a novella except for the last one which, according to K.M. Shea’s blog, will be about 75,000 words- follow the story of Britt Arthur’s, a college-aged American woman from the twenty-first century who gets sucked back in time when she touches a magical sword in a graveyard while on a British Book Sightseeing Tour with a few of her friends. She arrives in Camelot-age Britain, smack-dab into the presence of Sir Kay, who eventually becomes her reserved but fiercely loving stepbrother, Sir Ector, her jolly, doting stepfather, and Merlin, the misleadingly young wizard who is grumpy, obsessed with uniting Britain, and extremely reluctant to feel anything other than professional concern for Britt. He is quite possibly my favorite character. Britt is informed that the real Arthur has run off with a shepherdess and she has been chosen by the spell that Merlin cast upon the Sword in the Stone to become King Arthur. Subsequently, what follows are the adventures of Britt and the friends that she makes in Camelot.

Now, I have a dirty little secret to tell you all… (Drum roll please). I’ve never actually read the original King Arthur story, so I don’t know how faithful these books are to the legends, but I have been informed that K.M. Shea does an admirable job. I know, I know, this is probably the Greatest Mistake of My Life, but, well, there it is. I do intend to remedy that eventually, which redeems me a bit. Doesn’t it? Guys?…

Anyway, to continue on. I absolutely love these charming, lovely, books that both made me laugh out loud with each rereading- yes, I am an avid spokesperson of rereading- and feel great empathy for almost all of the characters. It may seem like a fluffy, trite storyline the way I’ve explained it here, and it’s true that it isn’t anything that will make you do a complete rethinking of your whole existence, but it isn’t entirely without morals and feelings. Britt is smart, funny, capable, and generally just loved by everyone. (Yeah, Merlin, even you.) At first she is reluctant to accept that her whole experience isn’t simply an elaborate prank or a dream, but eventually she comes to realise that it’s very real. She misses her family and friends dreadfully. Enough, even, that she develops a severe case of insomnia- I try to be sympathetic about this, but her nightly prowls make for some of the best scenes in the books- and this never really goes away, though, over the passage of time she seems to learn to cope with her loss better.

I could write a whole other post on the relationships in these books; the platonic ones as well as the very few romantic ones; but I think I shall have to just focus on Britt and Merlin’s special brand of camaraderie for today.

As I’ve already mentioned, Merlin is my favorite character in all of the King Arthur’s books, but as I ponder it, I think it’s less because of him on his own and more because of what Britt does to him. Together, their dialogue is some of the most entertaining of any of K.M. Shea’s characters.

“Keep that hairy mutt outside the great hall,” Merlin ordered as they made their way to the treasury door.

“No.”

“You are acting like a child.”

“I am a woman masquerading as a 15-year-old boy king who makes no decisions about his own kingdom. The least you will allow me to do is to make decisions regarding my pets.”

“Fine.”

The matter-of-fact way that Britt presents the way she feels to him, and the confused, annoyed, distraught way that Merlin tries to deny it all are written superbly- so superbly, in fact, that there were many times that I quite literally yelled at Merlin through the screen of my kindle that for such an intelligent man, he certainly was being stupid. However, by the last scene of Endeavor (yes, all of the book titles are words that start with the letter E. I really want to meet this author) I was… well, not satisfied, but temporarily satiated.

I really enjoyed all of the strong female influences as well. Nymue, Morgause, Morgan, and, of course, Britt herself. These ladies don’t take no for an answer, and I especially enjoyed their sheer hatred of chauvinistic pigs such as Lancelot and his cousins (yeah, ‘cuz in this version, Lancelot is a jerk. At least, I think…)

All, in all, the verdict. Read it. Read it all and love it. Now. Shoo.

Still here? Well then, I suppose I’ll say that I apologise for the 800 word post, and to reiterate that I will not live until I have the newly published Endings- the long-awaited series finale- in my hands.

Keep reading!

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