Book of the Month! [August]

Book of the Month

Hellooo August – is summer really almost over?!  This month Ashley @ Falling Down the Book Hole and I will be continuing our little book club adventure and we’d love to have you join us!  You can read along with us on our blogs or head over too Goodreads and join the Future Cat Ladies of America Book Club – the Goodreads group is currently Ashley’s domain because I am bad at remembering to check it (I know, I’m terrible). We’re going to try fitting our book club choices to a theme each month, so for August we thought we’d go with something summery to help distract us from the fact that fall is quickly approaching:

Title: Second Chance Summer
Author: Morgan Matson
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Synopsis: Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

We’re going to be spreading out our reaction posts a little more this month, so here’s the schedule for which chapters we’ll be reading each week (and covering in our reaction posts) if you plan on reading along with us:

August 1-15: Chapters 1-20
August 16-30: Chapters 21-40

We’ll also be tweeting as we read at @KittyCatReads and @downthebookhole using the hashtag #FCLABookClub if you’d like to join us there (I promise I’ll try to be better at tweeting this month)!

I hope some of you will join us in reading Second Chance Summer this month!  Our planned theme for September is ‘Back to School’ so if you have any suggestions for school-related reads leave them in the comments!

On an unrelated note, I’m thinking about changing the look of my blog because I’m just not feeling the color scheme I’m working with right now.  I’m thinking black and white with a pop of color, thoughts?


July BotM | We Finished ‘The Raven Boys’!

I finished reading The Raven Boys with Ashley @ Falling Down the Book Hole this week – and we LOVED IT! If you’ve been following our posts this month you already know that we’ve loved the book from the beginning and the last few chapters were no exception. I think our only complaint would be that we were both left with so many questions! Honestly, it’s not even much of a complaint because all the questions have just made us more excited for the second book. Here are a few of the things we were left wondering about at the end (this may be spoilery!):

  • What does Adam’s sacrifice mean for his future?  How is it going to affect him?
  • How much do the ladies of 300 Fox Way know about the ley line? Were they aware of Whelk’s previous attempts to wake it?
  • Where did Neeve go?! Was it moving her mirrors that made her disappear? If not, what was she doing with the mirrors?
  • Are we going to hear more about Blue’s dad? He seems important!
  • Will we find out more about Ronan’s handwriting on the rock in the Cabeswater?
  • WHERE ARE THEIR PARENTS?! Yes, yes, I know, suspension of disbelief.
  • We’d also like to know more about the Lynch boys in general, we keep getting hints that there’s more depth to why Ronan is the way he is and we want to know more (honestly, I just want to know all the things about Ronan).

Despite the questions, the book was a fantastic read from start to finish and left me wanting more in the very best way! If you’ve read The Raven Boys I’d love to hear what questions you were left with at the end of the book – and if you’ve had the chance to read The Dream Thieves, hush hush!  I’m waiting for the paperback!

Keep your eye out for a full review of the book here, and over at Ashley’s blog too – we’re hoping to have them up soon!  And just for fun, here’s a picture of my kitty Lex trying to help me write this post!

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Fancast | The Raven Boys

Book of the Month

Ashley @ Falling Down the Book Hole and I wanted to add a little something fun to our FCLA Book Club posts for this month, so we decided to do fancasts for The Raven Boys!  This took me way longer to figure out than I thought it would and I eventually came to the conclusion that I was just going to have to settle for actors that are a lot older than the characters they’re portraying because my knowledge of high-school-aged actors is just about non-existent – so think of this as the boys (plus Blue!) 5+ years after the events of the book.

Blue | Ellen Page
She’s got just the right look to match up with the Blue that I see in my head (although Ellen has much longer hair than Blue does), and her demeanor seems very fitting of Blue’s personality too!

Gansey | Paul Wesley
I struggled with this one for a long time and I’m still not sure I got it right. Paul has the right look but he doesn’t smile enough (at least not in pictures, which is such a shame) to quite match up to the Gansey in my head.

Adam | Charlie Carver
Either of the Carver twins could work for Adam, but I’m definitely leaning heavily towards Charlie (not just because he’s my favorite) – there’s just enough of a difference in their looks that Charlie fits this character a bit better than Max.

Ronan | Charlie Hunnam
Even though the age is totally wrong the Ronan in my head is a close match to Charlie Hunnam circa 2005 (Green Street Hooligans specifically), especially with that smile of his that sort of destroys you every time you see it.

Noah | Iain De Caestecker
It took me a while to figure out who I would cast as Noah – putting a face to “the smudgy one” wasn’t easy – but as soon as I stumbled across Iain while scrolling through my Tumblr looking for options I knew I’d found the perfect match.


I had so much fun doing this! If formatting the entire post wasn’t giving me so many difficulties right now I’d add a couple of the ladies of 300 Fox Way – I’ve got a a few ideas as to which actresses would fit their interesting personalities. If you’ve read The Raven Boys leave me a comment and let me know who you would cast as our favorite Aglionby students (also, if anyone has an idea for Whelk I’d love to hear it, I just could not put a face to him) – and be sure to check out Ashley’s fancast here!

Book of the Month | Week Three Reactions

Book of the Month

As you know, Ashley @ Falling Down the Book Hole and I have been reading Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys together this month and this week I decided to focus our reaction post on our favorite quotes from the chapters we read (25-36, if you’ve been following along).  I won’t be including too much as far as plot-specific details go this week but it still may be a bit spoilery, so read at your own risk!

Ashley’s Favorites:

“As Adam stared at his lap, penitent, he mused that there was something musical about Ronan when he swore, a careful and loving precision to the way he fit the words together, a black-painted poetry. It was far less hateful sounding than when he didn’t swear.” (Ch. 25, p. 238 – after re-reading this part when I saw it was one of Ashley’s favorite quotes I found it interesting that Adam, who has every reason to, doesn’t even flinch when Ronan is swearing at him.)

“She felt like she’d done so much work to appear as eccentric as possible, and still, when it came down to it, she was sensible.” (Ch. 32, p. 303)

“Ronan looked pained; polite was not his style.” (Ch. 26, p. 247 – I am right there with Ronan on this one, oops!)

“He was cagey and cute, so I assumed he was trailer-park trash with a police record.” (Ch. 34, p. 323)

“Ronan’s smile cut his face, but he looked kinder than Blue had ever seen him, like the Raven in his hand was his heart, finally laid bare.” (Ch. 32, p. 304 – we both agree that this was one of our absolute favorites!)

Autumn’s Favorites:

“There was a flash of fangs from the passenger seat, but before Ronan truly had a chance to strike, they both heard Gansey call warmly…” (Ch. 25, p. 238 – Ronan gets a lot of animal-like descriptors, but this is probably my favorite.)

“Blue tried not to look at Gansey’s boat shoes; she felt better about his as a person if she pretended he wasn’t wearing them.” (Ch. 28, p. 262 – I laughed!  But seriously, Blue’s got the right idea here.)

“The thing about Ronan was that he had no limits, no fears, no boundaries.  If Gansey had been Ronan he would’ve crushed the gas pedal to the floor until the road or a cop or a tree stopped him.” (Ch. 33, p. 311-312 – oh, my heart…)

“Orla came down for the gossip but stared so admiringly at Ronan that Calla yelled at her to leave and give everyone more space.” (Ch. 35, p. 330 – I feel you Orla, I feel you.)

“A car was a wrapper for its contents, he thought, and if he looks on the inside like any of the cars in this garage looked on the outside, he couldn’t live with himself.  On the outside, he knew he looked a lot like his father.  On the inside, he sort of wished he looked more like the Camaro.  Which was to say, more like Adam.” (Ch. 31, p. 295)

We’re both pretty Ronan-centric with our favorites this week (when am I not Ronan-centric with my favorites?), there were just so many little insights in to his personality, it couldn’t be helped!  I ran out of sticky tabs a little while ago, but if I had them while reading this book I guarantee they would be marking almost every single Ronan moment (and plenty of Blue’s sassy remarks).

Our Thoughts So Far:

  • When it comes to the ladies of 300 Fox Way Ashley’s favorite is definitely Calla, hands down.  Mine is probably Orla, she doesn’t show up as often as the rest but when she does it’s gold.
  • We’re both really interested in the Cabeswater with its Latin-speaking trees and the time fluidity, we want to know more!  Also, how did the trees “know” Ronan and Blue?  Why could only Gansey and Noah hear them? We’ve got a few theories, we’d love to hear yours!
  • I think the last few chapters of this section left both of us a little worried for all of the boys, for different reasons, but hopefully we’ll get some answers before the end (and we’ve definitely still got some questions about Noah, even though we did finally get some answers about him).
  • I’m always a big fan of cars as significant objects so I’m loving how much the boys’ cars have revealed about them right from the beginning (“If his BMW was shark-like, it had learned how from him.” – Ch. 2, talking about Ronan), but especially so in this section of the book when it comes to Gansey his Camaro.

That’s a wrap for this week, a bit less chatty than our previous reaction posts because Ashley is currently in Las Vegas so we couldn’t have our usual idea-sharing Skype session, but I did my best!  Be sure to stop by next week for our final reaction post, I have a feeling it’s gonna be a good one!  If you’ve got theories, favorite quotes to share, or just wanna swoon over Ronan with me don’t be shy, leave me a comment! Here are the links to our previous reaction posts if you’d like to check them out:

Week 1 | Week 2

Also, if you haven’t been following Maggie Stiefvater’s tour adventures via her Twitter (@mstiefvater), you totally should be!

Book Of The Month | Mid-way Reactions

Book of the MonthAs of today me and Ashley @ Falling Down the Book Hole are halfway through Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys!  You can see our thoughts on the first part of the book here, we had a lot of them.  In addition to our mid-way reactions I was inspired by the psychically gifted ladies of TRB to attempt a three card spread for each of us with my Thoth tarot deck.  I am very, very much a beginner when it comes to reading tarot cards and doing a spread for someone via Skype probably isn’t super effective, but we tried!  My spread was actually pretty interesting and you can see both mine and Ashley’s over at her blog along with our thoughts on everything we’ve read so far in The Raven Boys!

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I’ll be hosting our reaction posts for the second half of the month so be sure to stop by next week and join in on the discussion!

Book of the Month! [July]

Book of the Month

Happy July everyone!  Starting today Ashley @ Falling Down the Book Hole and I are going to be starting a fun new feature on our blogs, we’ll be hosting a book club!  Each month we’ll be choosing a new book to read together and we’ll be posting our (probably spoilery and mostly uncensored) reactions to what we’ve read in weekly round-up posts either here or over at Ashley’s blog.  We would love to have all of you join in on our discussions or even read along with us too so we’ve created our own little book club group over on Goodreads, we are officially the Future Cat Ladies of America Book Club (though you need not be a lady, or American, or even a cat person to join us)! Feel free to join the group if you’d like to keep up with our discussion of the book, we’d love to hear your thoughts too. So, without further ado, here is our pick for July:

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
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Synopsis: It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Here’s the schedule for which chapters we’ll be reading each week (and covering in our reaction posts) if you plan on reading along with us:

July 1-5: Prologue – Chapter 12
July 6-12: Chapters 13-24
July 13-19: Chapters 25-36
July 20-26: Chapters 37-48

We’ll also be tweeting as we read at @KittyCatReads and @downthebookhole using the hashtag #FCLABookClub if you’d like to join us there!

If you have any questions about the book club feel free to leave me a comment, we’re still very much in beta mode with this little feature so suggestions are more than welcome as well! Ashley and I will both be posting our own reviews at the end of the month too, so don’t worry, you’ll have more than just our ramblings throughout the month to help you decide if you’d like to add The Raven Boys to your to-read list!