Top 5 Wednesday: Books to read without the synopsis

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It’s been so long since we’ve done a Top 5 Wednesday. We’ve had a super busy year so far but this topic is just so good that we couldn’t pass it up.

So today we’ll be telling you about 5 books that you should be going in blindly because they are just THAT good.

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I Dare You #Booktag

I Dare you

 

We decided to do this book tag after the fabtastic @Paperfury did it over at her blog. Go check out her blog if you haven’t already!

1. WHAT BOOK HAS BEEN ON YOUR SHELVES THE LONGEST?

Raven: I had to look at my goodreads shelf for this and apparently Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan has been on my shelf since January 4, 2014…

Beez: *Denial*

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The Reader Confession Tag

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Let’s be honest… we weren’t tagged to do this but we were desperate to talk about ourselves. Also, Holly said “YOU” at the end of her tags so excuse me but who are we to pass over an opportunity?

We were inspired to do this tag after we saw Holly, over @Nutfreenerd do it. Check her fabulous blog if you haven’t already!

And we really tried to find out who made this tag first but we couldn’t, so whoever made this tag… hey there.

Here come the questions:

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200 followers and 80 posts later…

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Thank you all so much! We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for your undying support for all the crap we put up on this blog. Even when we disappeared for a month (Well we were in a place away from the internet…) you people still stuck with us. So thank you!

What in the even

This is Beez and I after we got the notification

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Steelheart by Mr. Cutie a.k.a Brandon Sanderson

17727802Joint review!!! We haven’t done one in such a long time, we almost don’t remember how to do it. Haha! Kidding, we don’t remember at all…

Beez: This is my first Sanderson book. My other half (read: Raven), adores Sanderson to a large (understatement) extent and has so many of his books! In fact she gave me one because she had two copies?

Raven: To be clear, there was a HUGE sale on his books and I got so excited that I accidentally bought two copies of the same book (Book Two part one of the Way of Kings I think). It’s a mistake I don’t fully regret.

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1 Year Anniversary!

Hello my book fellas! It’s our one year anniversary today!

*screams with joy and flips around like a dolphin*

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I can’t believe it’s been a year since we started talking about books and stuff. A year since we met all of you guys here on this beautiful bloggy world, life in plastic, it’s fantastic… what…*

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Review of podcast: Alice isn’t Dead

aid-logo-posterAlice isn’t Dead (AID) is an amazing podcast that was made by Joseph Fink, one of the creators of Welcome to Nightvale. We can confirm that this is now one of our favourite podcasts (including Nightvale). We usually listened to one episode every night just before sleeping so we didn’t really have time to ponder much over it but it had just enough intrigue to keep us awake till it ended. After which it was dreamland, filled with creatures of the podcast, and radio static.

Before we talk about just HOW amazing this podcast is, let’s discuss the plot. The central character of this podcast is our beloved Keisha. She is out on a road-trip, with her truck and her radio, looking for her lost wife, Alice. Since this podcast is written by Joseph Fink, naturally it’s not just that straightforward. Along the way Keisha meets creatures you never want to see and ends up in places you never want to be in. Basically, it’s perfect!

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Unlike Nighvale where you are constantly being creeped out by Cecil because of how normally he reacts to crazy shit, in AID Keisha reacts like a normal person to all the shit she sees which makes her super relatable. Because while in Nightvale the mysteries were very open-ended, in AID our confoundment was accepted.

And in the middle of the scenes when we break away from her, it was as if the character was allowing us to experience her anxiety because her anxiety and her fear were ever present. But she never let it hold her back. She used it as her super power.

One of the best parts of this podcast were the repetitions. The description of the thistleman being our favourite. The repetitions created this fixed picture that made everything so real and unchangeable.

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And the sounds! Podcasts are nothing without it. The sound of the radio transmission going on and off, and the sound of the truck engines in the background, started growing on us, just like Keisha herself. The footsteps in the back, the “yip yip yip” of the Thistlemen, everything had such power that it gave us goosebumps.

Jasika Nicole has done a fabulous job by voicing Keisha, because she is talking to Alice through the radio and she absolutely loves Alice and Jasika Nicole was able to make us feel all the emotions and we felt like her confidant. Her voice was perfect for all the philosophy, the irony, the humour, and the badassery. It was exciting yet soothing to listen to her speak.

Needless to say we cannot wait for the second season and you guys NEED to listen to it.

The linkies!

Here is where you can listen to it: Alice isn’t Dead- Podbay
(You can also download their app on your phone)
Here is a link to their website, if you’d like to make a donation/buy their merch: Click me
And here is a link to the creator of that fabulous fanart: Fantastic Artist

 

 

Guest Post by Tamara Thorne & Alistair Cross

{The below guest post was written by Tamara Thorne & Alistair Cross, authors of the book “Mother”. The contents of the post have not been altered by us in any way (all the words are purely theirs and do not hold our personal views) except for the size of the title.}

Writing and Politics

In our new thriller, MOTHER, we gleefully explore an entire neighborhood full of disparate personalities with an eye toward seeing how they all get along. There are persons of every stripe living on Morning Glory Circle – where MOTHER takes place – and we were eager to see how they mixed. As things got tougher, would they form factions? Would there be “us versus them” issues? Who would become obnoxious? Who would compromise? The answers often surprised us and we came away seeing that some people can get along with just about anyone – and others can’t even agree with people on “their side.” Just like it is in the real world.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books n’ Tunes

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Sometimes, as it happens, you’re listening to a song. And that song paints a lovely picture in your head. And sometimes, it happens to fit perfectly with the picture a book puts in your head. And then, ta-da, you get the song and the book married off!

I have wanted to do this type of a post for a while now. When a song fits for me, I have an intense need to tell people about it. Intense.
So, beware, for this post will be intense and, will not follow the first T5W rule (i.e. It’ll be above 5). Let’s bang on:

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Book Fangirling Award

We were nominated by three fabulous book bloggers- Acciopadfoot, Journeyofangie and Lunireads for this award so THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU GUYS! But that also means that this is going to be a loooong post but we will try our best to keep it interesting.

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