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Agatha Christie may be one of my heroes

“Agatha Christie on how her lack of education and childhood boredom led her to write…” Full article here. Austin Kleon, who I follow religiously, posted the article above up on Tumblr this week, based on a 1955 interview that Agatha Christie gave, and I recommend you check it out. Christie’s words got me to thinking about how different her childhood, and those of my generation were, compared to the ones of my own nieces and nephews and the other Millennials I am surrounded by on a regular basis. It’s difficult to find a child not engaged with a screen, be it watching cartoons or playing on their parent’s tablet or phone. We install tvs in our vehicles now to ‘ keep children busy’. Of course I had television as a child too, but I remember my parents giving us room for play without always being connected to a screen. Field trips to parks where we explored nature, and to museums for learning, and zoos and farms. I remember long car trips and out of sheer boredom, the yellow …

After Alice Now Available For Pre-Order

If you’ve read my past post on Gregory Maguire, then you know how much I adore all things Wicked. I am thrilled that Maguire is returning to his fairy tale roots (see also Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and Mirror Mirror) with his latest title, After Alice. William Morrow notified me that this title is slated for release on October 27th, and a signed, first edition can be pre-ordered from Porter Square Books, B&N and Books-a-Million. I don’t know about you but After Alice is going to be immediately going onto MY fall reading list.  Are you excited about this title too? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!  

10 Books That Still Resonate With Me

Recently on Facebook I was challenged by a friend to complete a challenge of “10 Books That Have Stuck With You”.  Well, that’s a long list, made longer by the fact that for most readers I think, 10 books isn’t going to be nearly enough! I thought it’d be fun to post my response.  I challenge ALL OF YOU to post in comments with your top picks!  I look forward to reading your responses. 🙂 1. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen Probably one of my earliest introductions to the power of a fairy tale mixed in a historical setting, this is the story of “Sleeping Beauty” set in the holocaust. Haunting. In the same vein… 2. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson Technically a short story, I fell in love with this story from the first time I read it. Beyond shock value, what makes this story awesome is how well it’s written: tight writing, suspense, and a growing sense of unease as you realize something is terribly wrong. Must-read. 3. The Anne of Green Gables …

Quiz: Which Shakespeare Character Are You?

In honor of last week’s loosely-based-on-Shakespeare title, I thought it’d be fun to link up to a quiz. This one’s hosted by PBS, who airs a lot of British stuff, and the Brits know Shakespeare. Which character will you get?  Take the quiz and report back here. Which Shakespeare Character Are you? My Quiz Results: I am Rosalind! “And therefore look you call me Ganymede.” — AS YOU LIKE IT, ACT 1 SCENE 3

Link-up: The 6 Rules of Steampunk Fashion

BuzzFeed is the source I love going to for geek quizzes and stuff (Mary Sue is a close second). For this week, I thought it’d be fun to share a link to their guidelines for embracing steampunk fashion. Buzzfeed’s 6 Rules of Steampunk Fashion What do you think of the steampunk aesthetic? Too wild? Too overdone? Been there, done that?  Share your thoughts below and have fun this weekend.

Top 10 Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I’d Like To Own

I don’t always participate in The Broke and the Bookish’s Top 10 Challenge but this week’s challenge was too much fun to dismiss: Pick out 10 things that are related to books (but aren’t books) that you’d like to own. How fun is that? I’ll admit up front that I love shopping from indy artists, especially Etsy, so you’re going to find a ton of stuff on here is from Etsy, with links to purchase back to the artist’s Etsy store. That said, here’s my Top 10 for the week!   1. An original paper sculpture by Irving Harper Mr. Irving Harper works with paper as his medium and I think his sculptures of owls, architectural wonders and floor-to-ceiling sculptural columns. The photo is of a recent book released showing his sculptures. I encourage you to check out a copy and see the awesome stuff he’s doing. Oh, to be able to get frilly, pretty things … but where on earth would you display them? 2. A full weekend’s worth of Regency gowns and accoutrements …

Repost: Jane Austen Satire on Newsbiscuit

A positively delightful look at young ladies misadventures abroad and the perplexed coppers who must try to wrangle these ladies into some sense of order after “late nights spouting Mozart arias in the streets” (a paraphrase). Although this is clearly satire, a part of me (that wishes that ladies still wore sprigged muslin and talked prettily) would love this to be real. Alas, this is one fashion that has not come around again. I’ll keep waiting.

Shannon Hale Visits St. Louis

Wednesday night was the single best author event I have ever attended (sorry Gregory Maguire). There I was, a 30-something female reader going solo, surrounded by a large crowd of teenage girls and their parents, teachers, or youth group leaders.  Those girls were excited. Shannon was at St. Louis County Library (SLCL) Headquarters to promote her newest venture, Ever After High, which already has its own line of dolls (ala the Monster High variety), courtesy of Mattel.  In addition to answer the slew of questions from her (mostly) younger audience, Shannon treated us to her rap version of one of the songs in Ever After High. First off, I cannot believe how substantive the questions were coming in from such a young crowd.  These girls (as a whole) really knew Shannon Hale’s books and asked some great questions.  Maybe we had some future writers in the crowd. 😉 Shannon also revealed that she is a mother of four (including twins) and that (I think) this was her first time visiting STL.  Next stop on the list …

More Thoughts on Gatsby For a New Generation

The Great Gatsby follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin Daisy and her philandering, blue-blooded husband Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles. (Amazon.com description) Story As a first-person narrated story, there are some changes that are necessary to the change of medium from book to film. Perhaps the most noticeable alteration is the framing device used to explain Nick Carraway’s narration of the events of that fateful summer on West Egg. I’m not a big fan of …

10 Books on My Fall 2013 TBR List

The idea for this post came from: The Broke and the Bookish This fall I am making more of an attempt to read outside of my genre embracing some horror and mysteries as well as start to try and keep up with my husband’s extensive reading list. Since my husband is reading some of the classics, I will be too! (I hope…) So this fall has a bit of a mishmash of genres that goes all over the place.  Check out the list below and let me know what your fall must-reads list is. I’ll be grabbing a cuppa before I start. Ready? Okay! 1.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald I just saw the gorgeous reinterpretation by Baz Luhrmann starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.  Lovely, lovely, lovely.  I’ve read The Great Gatsby waaaay back in high school but since it’s on my husband’s list for the fall, and it’s been well over 10 years since I’ve read it (cough), I guess it’s time again. I’ll never forget the narrator, Nick Carraway who …