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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Vacation Update!

I hope everyone has been having a wonderful week!  I can’t believe my vacation is almost over, I’m not ready to go home (or back to work – work definitely cuts in to my reading time).  I’ve spent most of the time out on our dock reading, which is one of my absolute favorite things to do, there is nothing better than this view accompanied by a good book.  I read most of Fangirl in this spot before it got too dark and I had to go inside to finish it – there will definitely be a review coming up once I’m able to type it without sighing over the cuteness every 30 seconds (you guys, I loved this book)!

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Today I’m out exploring with Ashley (of Falling Down the Book Hole, and my real life BFF), we’re planning on doing some blog-related things for a bit and then spending the rest of the week reading away.  We wandered through a cute little indie bookstore called Blue Phoenix Books in downtown Alpena, Michigan – I stopped in there earlier this week too and picked up a few things, I’m all for supporting local businesses (especially bookstores!).

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Shops like this one always remind me of how I spent most of my childhood wanting to work in the bookstore that used to be in the little town close to where I live (it was called Read Between the Lines, isn’t that clever?).  I would love to spend my day surrounded by books and have that be my job, that just sounds perfect, but unfortunately indie bookstores seem to be a dying breed.  Keep an eye out for a future post on my thoughts on this and the apparent decline of interest in reading physical books.

2014-06-26 12.15.52We found ourselves a cozy little coffee shop to hang out in for a little bit so we can do a quick catch up on blog things and skim some of the recent posts on the blogs we follow.  This place makes a drink called the Northern Lights Latte, it’s coconut and toasted marshmallow and it is to die for.  Coffee, books, and my best friend – can’t think of a better way to spend the last few days of my vacation.

I’ve been doing quite a bit of planning and brainstorming for the blog this week and I’ve got lots of fun things planned for it once I’m back home (with access to consistent WiFi), I’ve even got a little collaboration with Ashley @ Falling Down the Book Hole in the works that I’m really excited about.  I hope you’re all having a beautiful Thursday, and we’ll be back to our (relatively) regular schedule this weekend!


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Going On Vacation!

Starting today (tonight?) I am officially on vacation for an entire week! Since my current job rarely allows me to have multiple days off in a row (and weekends are a completely foreign concept – what is a Saturday?) this is basically the Greatest Thing Ever™. This week is my family’s annual vacation to a place called Fireside Inn that I lovingly like to think of as a rustic version of Kellerman’s from Dirty Dancing. Not nearly as fancy, and far less dancing – no Patrick Swayze to sweep me off my feet, that’s for sure.

Having a week off of work means I will have all kinds of time for reading by the lake (my favorite place to read) so I thought I’d share the books I plan on taking with me!

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I’ll be taking along my current book, Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies [x]. I’d hoped to have it finished by tonight but that just isn’t going to happen with the packing I still need to do (which is all the packing…oops).

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The rest:

♥ The World House by Guy Adams [x]
♥ Moxyland by Lauren Beukes [x]
♥ Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan [x]
♥ The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton [x]
♥ Frostbite by Richelle Mead [x]
♥ Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell [x]
♥ The Magician King by Lev Grossman [x]

I highly doubt that I’ll manage to read all of them but every time I tried to put one back on the shelf I convinced myself that I would need options.  Fangirl is number one on my to-read list for the week but after that it’s all up in the air, I’m taking a pretty diverse little collection with me so things could get interesting – I’ve even got A Clash of Kings all ready to go on my iPad just in case I decide to get really crazy.  It’s also very possible that another book or two will sneak in to my bag as I’m headed out the door, like I said, I need options.

I’ve got a couple things queued up for while I’m away but since I’ll be without internet most of the time it may be a little quiet around here, I’ll do my best to respond to comments via my phone if I can get the WordPress app to cooperate with me out in the middle of nowhere.  If you’d like to keep up with my vacation reading adventures this week come visit me on Twitter (@KittyCatReads)!

Have a wonderful week and Happy Summer Solstice!

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

 

 

Hello!

Why a book blog you ask? Well, there are few things I love more than getting lost in a really good book. I fall madly in love with characters, I day dream about amazing fictional places, I lose sleep over the words of my favorite authors – so what better way to express my love of the written word than by sharing it!

When I say that I love books it’s nothing compared to how much I love talking about books – and listening to others talk about books!  I love to talk about my favorite characters, and I love to hear why other people love them too (or even better, why they hate them – I’m interested in it all!).  Unabashed enthusiasm about books is just so much fun!  You want to talk about how the Battle of the Pelennor Fields was the coolest thing ever even before the movie?  Sign me up!  Got issues with the Three Laws?  Let’s hear ’em!  Just want to talk about how awesome dragons are in fantasy literature (or in general – come on, dragons!)?  I am so in.  If I could spend the rest of my life doing just one thing it would be reading and discussing books, and also eating bagels, but books would definitely come first (I’m pretty sure).

You’ll probably see a whole lot of fantasy and YA fiction around here since those are my favorite genres to talk about, but science fiction will get its fair share of attention as well.  I may even venture out into the realm of biographies and memoirs – I do love to read about the lives my favorite famous people.  There will be some reviews, probably some rants, a lot of general book-related chatter, possibly a little (a lot of) fangirling, and hopefully good times will be had by all!

So, welcome to Kitty Cat Reads!  I’ll be in a bit of an “under construction” phase in regards to the aesthetics of the blog and how everything works since I just plan on jumping straight in to the deep end and figuring things out as I go but I hope you’ll stick around to see what I have planned, I think it’s going to be pretty great!  Don’t let my overuse of italics and exclamation points scare you away (you’ll totally get used to it, promise!).

I’ll leave you with a quote from one of the kings of epic fantasy, Mr. George R.R. Martin himself, that perfectly describes just why I love to read:

The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that long magic moment before we wake.

Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?

We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to middle Earth.