Of Coupons and Cool Books

Currently listening to Watch Me by Icon for Hire

You know what’s great? Getting random discount coupons. I have been getting discount coupons from Barnes and Noble for years, for no apparent reason. It’s somehow tied to my nook; I think I signed up for something way, way back when I got it (seriously, it’s been a while. I got the first-generation nook shortly after it was released). But I don’t have an active B&N membership or anything. Even stranger, I have changed my email information to a different email address for both my B&N and nook user accounts online, but these discount coupons always come to my old email address–the only one I had back when I registered my nook and all that. But I can’t figure out where those emails come from, so I can’t seem to change where they’re sent. It’s very odd. But at the same time, who cares where they come from or where they’re sent when it means I get fairly regular 15% off coupons? ^_^ I took a break from writing to buy these two beauties:

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Leather-bound books are my weakness. Soft leather-bound books, I can’t possibly pass up. And I justified buying both (even though the coupon was only for 1 item) because the Irish Fairy and Folk Tales is technically for writing research purposes. And because I love Irish fairy stories. They’re fascinating. And I justified buying Alice in Wonderland because even though I already have a copy, this copy is so much cooler. I mean look at this!

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It’s freakin’ gorgeous. And you can’t see it in these pictures, but the edging of the pages is blue. Bright blue. It is hands-down the most bizarre-looking book I have ever held in my hands (and that is saying something), and I absolutely love it. It’s exactly what a Wonderlandy book ought to be. I can’t get enough of it.

Also, on a slightly different note, I finally organized my closet/library:

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Ignore the suitcase and cardboard box–that closet is also home to some random bits and pieces that have nowhere else to go in our house. But my books! I’ve never had them all nicely shelved. Before this, they were stacked in haphazard piles on those shelves, in my bedroom (in various places, including occasionally in dresser drawers), in my study-lounge…basically I was slowly being eaten alive (and often being tripped) by piles of books. What I did not do was alphabetize them or anything. There’s some rhyme and reason to them, but mostly they’re just ordered with all books by the same author together, and all of my Alice in Wonderland-themed books (the Splintered series by A.G. Howard, the Looking Glass Wars series, and Alice in Wonderland in a couple of languages) are the first things on the top shelf, followed by everything by Tamora Pierce, with my psychology/random interests books at the very end of the shelves…things like that.

Sorry; I had to show off my shelves, because that took forever. I gathered all of my books into the general area of that closet and I couldn’t see the floor, and then I was frantically pawing through the stacks looking for specific books…it was an ordeal. But I really wanted to show you all those new books. I’ll have to pick up a few more; they had a pretty big variety.

~Sofia

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Of Piracy and “The Wars to Come”

Currently listening to: Puppeteer by MAX

Did you watch Game of Thrones last night? Did you DVR it or are you planning to watch it later on whatever streaming service you’ve got? Are you one of the people who watched the first four leaked episodes early?

This is not the time to get on a soapbox about piracy, and I have no business condemning it. I had a long stretch of time where I had zero legitimate access to channels like HBO, Showtime, and BBC America and I had to find some way to watch GoT, Penny Dreadful, and Doctor Who. But what I can’t handle is watching leaked episodes like that. I mean, watching the first episode ahead of time? That would be right up my alley. But four? What do you guys do–you who’ve watched all of the leaked episodes–now? I mean, now you’ve got a solid month to wait for anything new. That would kill me. The wait between seasons is already terrible; being so close to new episodes and then having to wait again to see the rest of the season sounds unbearable.

Moving on from that, though, for those of you who watch the show, what are your thoughts about the season premiere? And I do mean just the season premiere–if you’ve watched all of the leaked episodes, I don’t want to hear about them! πŸ˜› I thought it was a strong start, all things considered. The first episode always has the responsibility of catching the audience up on all the characters. There are so many storylines going on, not a whole lot can usually get done.

Game of Thrones did a surprisingly good job of not only catching us up, but advancing at least a few of the characters’ stories. We’ve got some weirdness with a fundamental religious sect in King’s Landing and Cersei trying to work out exactly how she can manage to keep hold of power–especially with Margaery getting awfully cozy with the newest king. Daenerys is having all kinds of trouble in Meereen, from pissed-off dragons to masked assassins and politics with Yunkai. Sansa is…well, okay, that story didn’t do a whole lot of moving, aside from her and Littlefinger getting rid of an annoyance.

I won’t go into much more detail with other storylines, just because instead of a full review I wanted to express some general enthusiasm over the season premiere. Also, if I keep trying to write out observations and such, I will almost certainly end up misspelling something.

Leave me your thoughts on the premiere, the series in general, or anything else! But since this post is about the show, please don’t be That Guy and post information from the book that the show hasn’t incorporated. It really is an asshole move to do that, and I will never understand why so many of the GoT book readers are so insistent on being dicks about spoilers. Just as a precaution, though, I do moderate comments here. And I’ve read most of the books, so I’m not as susceptible to spoilers, but it’s still irritating to read dozens of comments clearly intended to spoil elements of the story for those who want to enjoy the show and have not read the books.

~Sofia

New 5-Star Review Posted!

Currently listening to S.O.S. by Indila

A brand-new review of Songstruck has been posted! This one was posted on a site called Fishpond, which I didn’t know was a thing. But it is a thing! And the link to Songstruck’s page there, and the review itself, is here. I will note that there are some slight issues with the listing itself on the site–for example, Songstruck is decidedly not intended for children ages 5-9. But there’s nothing that I can actually do about that. Anyway, back to the review!

While I highly encourage you to take a look at the whole review, here are some of my favorite snippets:

The world presented in this novel is so rich and colourful that it’s next to impossible not to be drawn in – just as Isabel was the first time she heard the mysterious song in the forest.

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This is a fresh take on an old classic – strangely gifted outsider ends up being the key to solving some mysterious problem – and through a skilful combination of likeable characters and detailed world-building manages to draw the audience in and keep us reading right to the very end. The story is as real as if it had been told by Isabel herself, aided by her particular gift, and I admit I was a little sad to leave the world of Illusia behind.

I am thrilled to see such a glowing review for Songstruck, and I’m even more thrilled that it didn’t even come from anyone I personally know, so I know there was no sense of obligation to say it was good! πŸ˜›

So that’s my news for the day!

~Sofia