…or writes, or paints, or makes cool shit.
I got some goodies in the mail today and I was so eager to post pictures that I jammed through my latest project, a DIY upcyled Kindle case.
Jay and I spent our night making our Christmas budget and I’m still a giant bag of chestnuts over the holiday season – no matter how expensive they get as an adult. I might have started my Christmas shopping prior to making our list and checking it twice. There is no better excuse to go to a bookstore than Christmas. I won’t post the hard-backed bundles of happiness I got for my loved ones (they could be reading my blog RIGHT THIS SECOND) but I will tell everyone about a this very intriguing YA novel that I stumbled up – Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer. Honey, you had me at “Nevermind”. Being a product of the early 90’s and adult influences from the grunge-era, I have long sinced admired a little band called Nirvana. I miss Kurt Cobain and Johnny Cash in certain places of my soul that probably shouldn’t exist, on principle. I tried to fill the hole in my soul with Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters (I mean, Dave is kind of a walking tribute to Kurt) but nothing warms my cold, dead heart like a box shaped like one. In short, I am super super excited for this book. It’s new, its unique, it’s edgy. Here’s the synapse for those of you who love a contemporary, coming-of-age novel like I do:
“Nico Cavan has been adrift since her mother vanished when she was four—maternal abandonment isn’t exactly something you can just get over. Staying invisible at school is how she copes—that and listening to alt music and summoning spirits on the Ouija board with her best friend and co-conspirator in sarcasm, Obe. But when a chance discovery opens a window onto her mom’s wild past, it sparks an idea in her brain that takes hold and won’t let go.
On a ferry departing Seattle, Nico encounters a slight blond guy with piercing blue eyes wearing a hooded jacket. Something in her heart tells her that this feeling she has might actually be the truth, so she follows him to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. When she is stranded there by a winter storm, fear and darkness collide, and the only one who can save Nico might just be herself.”
If you’ll take a gander at the photos above, you’ll see my new babies in all their perfect glory. I found that gorgeous Potter-inspired tablet cover on Klevercase. They come in a variety of designs and sizes, some of them are even able to be customized. I did order a slightly smaller size than what I needed for my tablet but my Nook stays secure, so no harm done! Those adorable Hocus Pocus, bibliophile, and A Court of Mist and Fury bookmarks you see are from NerdyGirl Design.
Lastly, there’s my DIY project – the upcycled astrology book turned Kindle case. Normally, I’m a stickler for avoiding the desecration of books at all costs but since I do have a full shelf full of more modern astrology books, it didn’t hurt my soul nearly as bad as I thought it would. Not that I didn’t completely enjoy The Astrologer’s Handbook – I’ve already taken all the necessary notes from other sources. And… it’s such a beautiful cover. In case you haven’t already guessed, the fabric I used for the inside of the case was an impromptu purchase. I saw that shit on the shelf and I fell in little-old-lady-who’s-obsessed-with-fabrics love. I have a great appreciation for the symbolism of deer – from Harry Potter to the rustic way I grew up – deer are ever present in my life. I adore them.
On the same note of very specific things I adore, I’d like to introduce ya’ll to three of my most loved books / series.
Wicked Lovely series – Melissa Marr
Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty – especially if they learn of her Sight – and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.
Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.
Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.
But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.
Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.
Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr’s stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.
The love I have for this series is insane, absolutely bonkers. Melissa Marr is my favorite human being, other than Queen Rowling, in the field of literature. One time she liked one of my tweets, and I framed it. I shit you NOT. The second book in this series, Ink Exchange, is what got my twelve year old heart settled on a life of tattoos and indie record shops. Now wait, you say, is this a book for pre-adolescent humans? Probably not! I actually grabbed Wicked Lovely by accident on an emergency pilgrimage to Barnes & Noble prior to a family trip. I was reading way ahead of my age group (thanks, private schooling and a deep fear of social interaction!) by this time, anyway. It did take me until I was about sixteen to fully understand the political ties in the series. I give the Wicked Lovely quartet a five-star rating, forever and always.
Second Glance – Jodi Picoult
“In a small Vermont town, an old man puts a piece of land up for sale, igniting a firestorm of protest from the local Abenaki Indians, who insist it is an ancient burial ground. To appease them the developer looking to buy the property hires a ghost hunter, Ross Wakeman. Ross is a suicidal drifter desperate to cross paths again with his fiancee, who died in a car crash eight years earlier. But after several late nights all Ross can lay claim to discovering is Lia Beaumont, a skittish, mysterious woman who, like Ross, is on a search for something beyond the boundary separating life and death. Thus begins Picoult’s enthralling and ultimately astonishing story of love, fate and a crime of passion. SECOND GLANCE, her eeriest and most engrossing work yet, delves into a virtually unknown chapter of American history, Vermont’s eugenics project of the 1920s and 30s, to provide a compelling study of the things that come back to haunt us – literally and figuratively. Do we love across time, or in spite of it?”
If you’ve ever enjoyed the world of writing that is Jodi Picoult, you know this book comes with neck-breaking plot twists, a heart-wrenching story, and a multiple character point-of-view. This story is so much more than a love story, it’s about civil rights, modern Native American issues, and a mystery. If you enjoy a book that borders on the edge of surreal, this is the one for you. It earns a strong 4.5 on my rating scale.
Looking for Alaska – John Green
“Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . . After. Nothing is ever the same.”
John Green’s characters are soooooo good. They all have unique quirks and very special personalities. Say what you will about manic pixie dream girls, but Mr. Green writes a damn good book. Miles goes to college and comes back a completely different person, based on completely horrendous and unexpected circumstances. It’s not your typical coming-of-age story and if you’re looking for a plot twist that will absolutely destroy you, this is the book. The characters are relate-able on a level that keeps you interested but not too far removed. Bless you, John Green , you horrible man with your heart breaking books.
These authors are in my top five humans of literature. They are actual gods and goddesses of written words; they changed my literary preferences forever. Wicked Lovely got me entirely hooked on darker, politicized fae series – I would have never been interested in anything Sarah J Maas wrote if I hadn’t found Aislinn and the gang, first. Second Glance was my gateway to paranormal fiction and contemporary fiction. I have read every Jodi Picoult novel, some even twice or three times, but the subtle creepiness of S.G is what sealed its rightful place as “Most Favorite Picoult Work”. Looking for Alaska was my gateway to John Green. Who doesn’t need a bit of John (and subsequently, Hank) Green in their lives and subconscious? Fellow Nerdfighters, I’m looking at you.
If you have read anything mentioned in this post, let me know your thoughts in the comments and please feel more than welcome to share your “I-don’t-lend-these-to-mere-mortals” book list, too.
have a splendid weekend, I’ll be telling some ghost stories next week so stay tuned!
The Book Witch