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What did I miss? {8/5 – 8/12}

Aug
12

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What did I miss? is a feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews showcasing weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

Midway Musings {1} — A new feature to highlight my thoughts midway through my current reads.

How to prep for a read-a-thon — I think this title speaks for itself.

A writing dilemma — How I feel about writing.

Whip it Up Mondays — homemade veggie burgers.

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I feel like the blogosphere got sucked into a vacuum without me knowing. Seriously. Where is everybody?

This week was horrible, as far as blogging goes. Barely read any posts, barely commented, barely tweeted, barely ANYTHING-ed. Likewise, there was barely any traffic coming through. I felt like I was a newbie blogger again, trying to get people to come check out my site. It was a bit….discouraging. It still is. These sorts of weeks are the toughest to get through.

In other news, I’m pretending school doesn’t exist and summer vacation doesn’t end.

Get your objectivity out of my reviews — Amanda discusses the differences between objectivity and subjectivity in reviewing.

What makes a good comment? — Anne talks about how commenting isn’t always easy.

Travel Tales — Elena lists the five places she’d like to visit in the world of Harry Potter.

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  1. I thought the blogosphere was rather quiet this week, too. Huh. I wonder what that’s about. People trying to enjoy the last over summer?

  2. elena says:

    I somehow missed your veggie burger post! I’m trying to eat healthier so it sounds perfect. Aw, I’m sorry about your blogging week. It does seem a bit quieter but hopefully it will pick back up soon. Thanks for the linking me, Alissa! <3

    • Alissa says:

      No problem, Elena! 🙂 <3

      The veggie burger is def a good way to start eating healthier while still feeling like you’re not!

  3. Liz. R says:

    I felt the same! Things did seem quiet and I didn’t do much blog-related stuff either. Hopefully this week will be better!

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Whip it Up Mondays! {2}

Apr
15

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When I’m not reading, blogging or doing homework, I’m cooking. Cooking is a lot like reading and writing: it brings ingredients together to create a single dish that tells a story of flavors, family, friends and experiences. And just like with books, you don’t have to be the creator. Sometimes we’re all just looking for a little eye candy. So here’s a little food for thought!

I don’t know if you all know this, but I’m a total foodie. A foodie is “someone who has an ardent or refined interest in food.” Cooking is all about discovery for me – seeing which ingredients work well together, what flavors can be created, and what new foods can be tried. So now I’m bringing this discovery to TGR!

Every Monday I’ll be sharing a new food find, recipe, and of course, some eye candy.

This week: Microwaveable Potato Chips

 

Guess what I bet you didn’t know? Yep – those potatoes you have just sitting in your pantry? You could be turning them into deliciously healthy, non-processed potato chips.  BUT WAIT! Don’t go!

I know your mind is swimming with images of fryers and grease and the all-important ticking of the clock, reminding you of the time you just can’t spare for making measly potato chips.

But what if I told you that you wouldn’t have to use a fryer? What if I told you that you could use your microwave?

And that’s precisely what I’m telling you. You can make your own potato chips in the microwave. In the span of four minutes! And the best part is one potato can yield you a bunch of chips, and you get to season them however you’d like. You can also store them for several days  – so you can make a bunch and not worry about finishing them!

When I first came across the microwaveable potato chip idea over here, I didn’t know what to think. I almost felt cheated that I didn’t know I could have been easily making my own chips all this time, flavoring them exactly how I want them, without having to buy bags and bags of processed chips. I always assumed a fryer was needed, and I was not about to waste a bunch of oil just to fry thinly sliced potatoes. So this idea of utilizing your microwave to make your own chips is just ingenious to me.

Are you ready to see how easy it is?

INGREDIENTS

microwaveable potato chips

medium russet potato
parchment paper
salt
optional seasonings: chili powder, Old Bay seasoning, powdered cheddar, etc.

DIRECTIONS

Using a mandolin, v-slicer, or knife, slice one medium russet potato (peeled, if you like) as thinly as possible, taking care that all slices are the same thickness. Line the turntable tray of your microwave with parchment paper and place the potato slices on it without overlapping. Salt lightly and sprinkle with your choice of seasonings.

Microwave at full power–watching closely–until spots of brown begin to appear, about 4-6 minutes. Turn off the microwave for 1 minute. Microwave again at full power until the slices are golden brown. (Be very careful not to over-brown or they will taste burned.) Remove from the microwave and allow to cool. Repeat until all potato slices are cooked.

For salt + vinegar chips: Dip each potato slice into cider vinegar before putting it on the parchment paper. Sprinkle with salt before microwaving.

I don’t think it gets any easier than that! Unfortunately, I don’t have a ton of potatoes laying around while I’m at school, so I have to wait until I’m at home to indulge in this neat little cooking treat. But if you have potatoes going unused, I highly suggest giving this a try!

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  1. Mind officially blown. I will definitely have to try this.

  2. This is AMAZING. I didn’t know it was possible to make chips outta the microwave. I’m with Amanda – my mind is officially blown XD. Gonna have to go to the grocers today to pick up some potatoes!

    Just a coupla questions – do they come out crispy or more crunchy? Also, do you think fingerling potatoes would work?

    • Alissa says:

      I’ve never tried with fingerling. I assume they’d still work, but, I’m guessing it probably has to do with starch content? That’d be my guess, anyway.

      And it depends, but I’m going with that they’re more crunchy.

      Let me know how they turn out for you!

  3. This sounds kind of interesting I may try it.

  4. Cialina says:

    Wow, this is so tempting.

  5. […] Whip it Up Mondays!- this week the Grammarian gives a recipe for making homemade chips in the microwave. […]

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WICKED LOVELY is hitting the big screen! – thegrammariansreviews.com

WICKED LOVELY is hitting the big screen!

Jun
21

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That’s right. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr is going to be a movie.
 Read all about it HERE.

Let me just say that although this series has been a bumpy road for me with its super ups and disappointing downs, I am absolutely ecstatic it’s finally being made into a movie. If they do it justice, I think it will be wonderful.

(Irial fangirl time?)

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  1. Lea says:

    Wow, that is funny because I have the same thoughts! Even though I personally didn't like this book, I am actually very happy that this is becoming a movie- maybe the movie will give me a different perspective?

    As a side note, I didn't like Twilight either, but I thought the movie wasn't too bad 🙂

    ~Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

  2. thebookwurrm says:

    I'm totally down for this. I'm not too into the books but the movie version will be awesome. Fairies ftw.

  3. kaye (paper reader) says:

    I don't love this series, but I liked some aspects of it and I'll probably read the next book if there is one. However, I think this has the potential to be a very pretty film visually and that alone would make me want to see it. Besides, if it's popular, maybe we'll get The Iron King? 🙂

  4. Tara says:

    I still haven't read this series…maybe I should start now before the movie releases!

  5. Jess (Gone with the Words) says:

    IRIAL FANGIRL TIME!! 😀 I'm with you!

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Writing and Reading: a discussion.

Apr
11

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“Good” versus “Bad,” Making and Breaking Stories, and Workshops

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately – what makes and breaks a story, for me.  Between blogging, engaging in literature-based discussions in my classes, and going through the Hell known as the writers’ workshop, well, it’s easy for me to begin thinking and then talking about these kinds of things.

Just earlier tonight I had a discussion with a friend about the misconception writers and readers may have about “good” and “bad” stories and “good” and “bad” writing. Both my friend and I feel that there are clear distinctions between the two. For instance, just because I don’t like the Hunger Games, it doesn’t mean I think it’s a “bad” book, or “bad” writing. I don’t like the Hunger Games because I have issues with the characters, dialogue and some plot points. Meaning, I have issue with how the story is conveyed to me, not its literal make-up.

In a workshop setting, I think this sometimes becomes misconstrued, or a little too black-and-white. In my workshop experiences, if the other writers did not like a particular piece, they dubbed it “bad” writing, or equated it to not being able to write well. But I don’t think this is always the case. To be a writer, you must also be a storyteller. And I think sometimes the roles of storyteller and writer become blurred together, though I feel that they’re separate. I think you can have a great story to tell, but, at the same time, be unable to convey it well. Likewise, I think you can construct a very eloquent piece of work, but have it lacking in its actual content, or story. Because of this, I don’t think you can simply label a book “good” or “bad.” There are too many factors – most of them based upon opinion.

When it comes down to it, what makes and breaks a story for me are the characters. If there’s any disconnect between me and the characters in a story (presumably a majority of them, depending on how many are involved), I begin to lack the will to continue reading. I want the character to be a person to me – as real as they can be, whether they’re admirable or despicable. If they simply seem like a cookie cutter (without that being their intention), or uninteresting (again, without that being their intention), then I don’t see the point in me learning about them.

Going along with that, I also place importance on dialogue. The characters may appear to be as real as real can get, but if a disbelieving or ridiculous or lacking or cliched line of dialogue is tied to them, I start to become wary. They can’t just seem real; I need them to sound real as well. What they’re saying has to matter to me, on some level. If it doesn’t, then I know I’m not very emotionally invested, and possibly even interested, in the story.

Characters are what hold my attention – they’re what I cling to when I read. This unfortunately means they can both make or break it for me.

What about you? What makes or breaks a story for you? How do you view “good” versus “bad” writing? What have your workshop experiences been like?

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  1. I have to admit, as a writer myself, my first thing that I notice as a reader is plot, then the characters, then the writing, and then everything else that makes up a story. But a lot of that includes stuff like world building, which I am a big stickler for – if the world makes no sense, then I can’t get into the book as much as I want to. My mind gets caught up on the details instead of the story.

    I am not the biggest fan of The Hunger Games out there, but I still liked it. I think the writing was good, not great. The plot was good, not great (and I couldn’t help but come up with a list of other things that are like it). The characters… Good, not great, LOL. But I liked how it dragged me along and made me want to read more. I normally don’t read books in one night, but I read that book in one night. Suzanne Collins is a great storyteller, but the mechanics in my opinion could use more work.

    And about dialogue, I always have to say the dialogue out loud. On paper/computer screen it’s different than coming from your lips.

    Great post!

    • Alissa says:

      Exactly. I’m not its biggest fan, but it did keep me reading through all three books, which I think counts for something.

      I won’t necessarily read dialogue aloud, but I’ll repeat it again and again in my head to either try the different tones it could be given, or to see if it sounds realistic.

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  3. We Heart YA says:

    You make some very good points. Writing versus storytelling is something the four of us discussed a lot. Each of us has different strengths along that spectrum. Our goal is always to help each other boost skills in the weaker area. And we like to read books that help us figure out how to do that.

    For example, Stephenie Meyer is a fantastic storyteller. Not a very good writer, but a fantastic STORYTELLER.

    On the flipside, Franny Billingsley writes like magic. But sometimes her story doesn’t move very well.

    Of course, even those are just opinions — and the four of us definitely do not always agree. (Case in point: Sarah adores CHIME by Franny Billingsley.)

    One author we do agree on is Laini Taylor. For us, she is absolutely pitch perfect in both her writing and her storytelling.

    As for good versus bad, or what “breaks” story for us… It’s a balancing act. Character, plot, prose, setting, dialogue — none of these things are enough in isolation, but it’s how they work together that determines whether or not a book is successful. We’re successful ENOUGH, as the case may be.

    • Alissa says:

      I’d have to agree in that Laini Taylor is “pitch perfect,” as you put it. At the same time, I realize personal writing styles affect the telling of a story – which is an entirely separate component to this discussion now. There are so many factors.

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What did I miss? {6/24 – 7/1}

Jul
01

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What did I miss? is a new feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews. I thought it was about time I feature weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

Reveal: Iron’s Prophecy by Julie Kagawa — Bet you thought we’d never hear about Ash again. Well, we will!

[review] The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg — A very surprising read.

Introducing: The Book Sessions — Ever want to read books and chat about them without having to review them? Then The Book Sessions is for you!

The importance of titles — Because titles need love, too.

Whip it Up Mondays — Sushi and sashimi.

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This definitely wasn’t my best week. Way too much stress in my life right now. Still, I’ve persisted reading and keeping up with posting. Problem is I’m running out of reading options again. Read any good books lately? I’ll take all the suggestions I can get!

Highlight of the week, by far, was the introduction of The Book Sessions, a project Anne and I have been planning for weeks. I’m really excited at the thought of coming together with other readers without the pressures created by blogging and reviewing.

Also, I’m still not any closer to having/setting aside a special “vacation” day. So I’m feeling a little bummed right now. But I’ll keep my head up and hope for the best. Hope all of you had a better week!

The power of language — Amanda shows how seemingly harmless messages can be taken negatively online.

Tell me a story — Author Jennifer Hubbard discusses the want and need to change stories.

Reading reasoning — Kaye started a good discussion about what, exactly, grabs our attention when we see book covers.

Books…and ice cream? — Yes. Books and ice cream. The girls at Novel Sounds created an awesome post pairing books with matching ice cream flavors.

*I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers are taking summer hiatuses, or are too preoccupied/busy to post otherwise. Because of this, this week felt particularly slow to me, as far as posts around the blogosphere go.

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  1. It HAS been rather slow, hasn’t it? I haven’t been on Twitter much lately, and I think sometimes the slowness is often easy to spot by how many tweets you see every day.

    Hope you have a better week next week! *hugs*

  2. elena says:

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    I loved your post about titles and Book Sessions sounds like such a cool idea. I’m sorry about your week but I hope this one is better & you find a vacation day. 🙂

    Aw, thanks for linking my post! Those ice creams took me too long to draw, haha.

Weekly recap at the grammarian’s reviews

What did I miss? {7/22 – 7/29}

Jul
29

6 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Memes, What did I miss?

What did I miss? is a feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews showcasing weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

Blogging for yourself: a response — Amanda @ On a Book Bender posed a really great question about what it means to blog for yourself. This was my response to her question.

Deanna reviews… Future of Us by Jay Asher — Introducing a new co-reviewer!

TGR’s 2nd blog birthday! — That’s right. I’ve been running The Grammarian’s Reviews for two years now. Where did the time go?

[review] Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole  — A cute, breezy vacation read.

Whip it Up Mondays — Let’s ogle some whoopie pies. Yummm.

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Well guys, I’ve been slacking. I haven’t picked up a book in over three days. I always do this to myself — book burnout. Last week I plowed through a handful of books and felt like I was on a good, productive track. This week? Not so much. But that’s okay! I have time to get back into the swing of things. Plus, Bout of Books is fast approaching, and that will definitely get me in the mood to read.

In other books news, everyone but me has read The Evolution of Mara Dyer. This makes me sad.

The highlight of my week was the start of the Olympics. (It was killing me that I had to wait until Friday for it!) Since it’s started, it’s been taking up most of my time. I’m a sucker for the gymnastic and swimming bits. If you’ve been missing out on any of it at all, check my Twitter feed. I’ve been live-tweeting about a ton of the events with Mandi!

Blogging for you — Amanda hosted a thoughtful discussion about what it means to blog for you.

Team _____! – Nafiza discusses the breakdown of literary romances.

Looking for a good read? — Liz has a long list of awesome Contemp reads to try (picked by bloggers!).

50 Shades of Grey — WORD for Teens discussed in length the issues with the popular erotica book.

Let’s Talk — Melissa discusses book to film versus book to TV adaptations.

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  1. I have NOT read The Evolution of Mara Dyer. No worries there! 😉

    PS. I have been slacking on reading today, too. What’s up with that?

  2. I haven’t read the Mara Dyer book! You are not alone. 🙂

    I have been burned out lately too; pacing is something I struggle with. Burn out happens, try not to stress.

    • Alissa says:

      Oh, good! That makes three of us, haha!

      Yes, pacing is the real struggle. I read all at once, then not at all. I need to find a balance.

  3. Mandi Kaye says:

    I have also not read The Evolution of Mara Dyer. So that’s at least four of us.

    And I am completely digging our tweet sessions during the Olympics. <3!

Weekly recap at the grammarian’s reviews

What did I miss? {7/29 – 8/5}

Aug
05

4 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Memes, What did I miss?

What did I miss? is a feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews showcasing weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

How do you read…classics? — A new mini feature in which I ask you how you read various types and genres of literature. This week it was all about tackling the classics.

[review] Beauty Queens  by Libba Bray — Satire meets pageant girls meets tropical island.

[review] City of Bones  by Cassandra Clare — FULL of surprises!

Whip it Up Mondays — Doughnuts made easy!

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 I really shouldn’t be typing this right now, having just spent seven hours in a car — and about two of those hours in horrendous traffic — but oh well! It was worth it. I finally managed to squeeze in a mini vacation.

Unfortunately there was no time for reading, and I didn’t get in much before leaving. So my slacking streak is at an all-time high. I’m promising myself I’ll read tomorrow while I’m taking it easy and NOT spending any time in the car. Unsure whether I’ll continue with the Mortal Instruments series right now, or start my first Book Sessions book, Second Chance Summer.

Also, if you didn’t know already: it’s August. This is very, very disappointing for me, because that means school is starting again soon. How is it that I always feel like I never really get a summer vacation?

Bout of Books 5.0 — The official BoB sign-up and schedule were posted! I’m super excited to be hosting one of the challenges!

WP Plugins — New to WP? Not utilizing your plugins effectively? Amanda’s got a nifty list of her favorites for you.

[Not much else seemed to be happening in my Reader this week. Did I miss something? Please feel free to leave links in comments!]

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  1. August is always such a bittersweet month. Are you going to tell us more about your mini vacation? Where did you go?!

  2. Liz. R says:

    Summer holidays definitely fly by. I can’t believe it’s August already! And I say continue The Mortal Instruments! 😛

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What did I miss? {7/8 – 7/15}

Jul
15

4 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Memes, What did I miss?

What did I miss? is a feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews showcasing weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

Commenting: it’s important — Why I think leaving and replying to comments is a vital part of blogging.

How to overcome a reading slump — Not enjoying reading as much as you were? Here are 20 steps to help get you back on track.

[review] Red Glove by Holly Black — An awesome, surprising sequel to White Cat.

Contemporary Summer Event — My guest post over at Planet Print, in which I share new and old contemp favorites.

Whip it Up Mondays — Blueberry streusel muffins. (I took a break from making cupcakes!)

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What an eventful week! My internship ended a week early, so I was able to come home. And that means I can cook all I want and drink all the coffee I want. But what I’m most looking forward to is sleeping in. I’m excited to have more reading time, too. ‘Cause let’s be honest: sometimes after a day of work I didn’t feel like reading. This past week was proof of that. I spent a lot of time holing up in my room and doing absolutely nothing.

And because I did absolutely nothing, I still haven’t planned anything for my upcoming blog birthday. I’m going to have to make it my mission to plan something this week.

Say hi to me! — I stopped by Creativity’s Corner for a brief interview in celebration of Anne’s blog birthday!

Like a film — Novel Sounds introduced this awesome new feature in which they pair books to movies. First up? Anna and the French Kiss!

Favorite covers — Liz shared her favorite contemporary YA covers.

Donate your books — If you have any spare books, Cialina can help you send them off to a good cause: the Reading Club.

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  1. Yay for getting out of work a week early! I’ve already enjoyed my first weekend free of teaching stuff. It was amazing. 🙂

  2. Liz. R says:

    Thanks so much again for your guest post! And the yummy muffins recipe (I have strawberries this week – might try strawberry muffins! :P).

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Top Ten Tuesday: They did WHAT?

Apr
09

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Top Ten Tuesday is brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish.

TOP TEN BOOKS THAT WERE TOTALLY DECEIVING


Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares. I’d been taught from the Traveling Pants series that there were always happy resolutions for the girls. But this was not the case at all in its conclusion. It was very unsettling.

The Duff by Kody Keplinger. The concept of the Duff barely made a lasting appearance in the story. I felt cheated into reading a cliched teen romance.

Love Story by Jennifer Echols. I’m not sure this counts as an instance of deceit, but, c’mon. That ending? What’s up with THAT?

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Going by the cover alone, I expected some sort of masquerade. It just led my mind in a different direction entirely. Thankfully the story ended up being TOTALLY AWESOME.

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I thought this would be a cutesy winter read, but it ended up being chaotic and the Book of Dares was left by the wayside maybe halfway through. The title was misleading.

Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy. The cover is a coffee cup with a heart in its foam. Yet, the story is about a spunky tomboy being in a band. What’s up with that?

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. I was expecting a cute, romantic read focusing on a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. Instead the story revolves around the protagonist and her relationship with her father – which is okay, just not what the summary sold me.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. I expected a cute, beach read. Instead the story is very serious (and, consequently, boring). It didn’t live up to its description.

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*I know there’s only 8, but this post decided to eat itself before posting, and I had to recreate it from memory in a shorter amount of time.

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  1. Carissa says:

    Oh wow! Totally bummed about DUFF – I was looking forward to that one =(
    I haven’t read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone yet either, but I’m glad you liked it despite the deception!!

  2. Tara says:

    I had Daughter of Smoke and Bone on my list too – though for me it was because I didn’t like the UK edition hardcover’s cover at all!

    And I think you’re right with the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – I was hoping for more fluffy romance than I got based on the cover!

    Great list!

    Tara @ Hey, Tara

  3. I know what you mean about so many of these! ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ with the whole feather mask thing screams masquerade! And Duff and ‘Statistical…’ totally deceive with their titles! Great post!

    My TTT: http://www.pocketfulofbooks.com/2012/04/top-ten-tuesday-books-that-were-totally.html

  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says:

    I also abandoned Book of Dares. I agree with you. It was chaotic.

    Here’s my
    Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Were Deceiving.
    I’d love to have you stop by!

  5. I have to agree with THE DUFF. I felt it was juvenile and petty and, frankly, I felt dirty after having read it lol.

    Great list, Alissa! 🙂

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What did I miss? {6/24 – 7/1}

Jul
01

4 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Memes, What did I miss?

What did I miss? is a new feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews. I thought it was about time I feature weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

Reveal: Iron’s Prophecy by Julie Kagawa — Bet you thought we’d never hear about Ash again. Well, we will!

[review] The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg — A very surprising read.

Introducing: The Book Sessions — Ever want to read books and chat about them without having to review them? Then The Book Sessions is for you!

The importance of titles — Because titles need love, too.

Whip it Up Mondays — Sushi and sashimi.

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This definitely wasn’t my best week. Way too much stress in my life right now. Still, I’ve persisted reading and keeping up with posting. Problem is I’m running out of reading options again. Read any good books lately? I’ll take all the suggestions I can get!

Highlight of the week, by far, was the introduction of The Book Sessions, a project Anne and I have been planning for weeks. I’m really excited at the thought of coming together with other readers without the pressures created by blogging and reviewing.

Also, I’m still not any closer to having/setting aside a special “vacation” day. So I’m feeling a little bummed right now. But I’ll keep my head up and hope for the best. Hope all of you had a better week!

The power of language — Amanda shows how seemingly harmless messages can be taken negatively online.

Tell me a story — Author Jennifer Hubbard discusses the want and need to change stories.

Reading reasoning — Kaye started a good discussion about what, exactly, grabs our attention when we see book covers.

Books…and ice cream? — Yes. Books and ice cream. The girls at Novel Sounds created an awesome post pairing books with matching ice cream flavors.

*I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers are taking summer hiatuses, or are too preoccupied/busy to post otherwise. Because of this, this week felt particularly slow to me, as far as posts around the blogosphere go.

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4 Responses to “What did I miss? {6/24 – 7/1}”

  1. It HAS been rather slow, hasn’t it? I haven’t been on Twitter much lately, and I think sometimes the slowness is often easy to spot by how many tweets you see every day.

    Hope you have a better week next week! *hugs*

  2. elena says:

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    I loved your post about titles and Book Sessions sounds like such a cool idea. I’m sorry about your week but I hope this one is better & you find a vacation day. 🙂

    Aw, thanks for linking my post! Those ice creams took me too long to draw, haha.

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