Books Make Me Happy


Let’s start by all watching this video together, shall we?

If you’ve ever fallen in love with a cast recording but had NO idea what the visuals were or who the faces were behind the voices, you know how WONDERFUL the opportunity was to see that number performed. I obsessed over the Wicked cast recording for months before finally seeing the show and was shocked to find out that Nessarose was in a wheelchair. You miss details like that if all you hear are the songs from the show performed by bodyless voices. I dream of seeing Hamilton live some day, but until then? The performance above will hold me over.

Speaking of dreams…

Did you know it’s my dream to open an indie books store? Ever since I went to Little Shop of Stories in Atlanta a couple of years ago I thought THIS. This is what I want to do with my life. It’s tricky though because A) I know nothing about opening a business and B) I know nothing about running a book store. BUT! That doesn’t mean I still don’t read up on it constantly and keep my eye out for real estate property that might work for what I have in mind. This article fed my dreams a little bit.

“It’s a more holistic consumerism,” says Mr. Doeblin, describing the bookstore resurgence as part of the explosion of the localism movement that finds young new farmers delivering fresh produce to Main Street markets.

I mean, picture it…Me! A books store owner where I can finally be a local source for Leuchtturm1917 journals since no one in town carries them. Also? BOOKS! SO MANY BOOKS! And me! Geeking out over them with other book lovers!

Speaking of books…

I someone to compile me a list of YA series that are DONE but that ended with the reader being happy they spent the time reading them. I was so burned by Hunger Games (just felt like the last book was waaaaayyyyy too rushed) and Divergent (just didn’t really even enjoy the 2nd books) and when you read a series “live” as the books are being released, you are investing SO MUCH TIME and energy into the anticipation of those books so when/if they disappoint it’s SO terrible. I’ve decided I need to stop reading series until they’re DONE so I don’t invest so much energy in them, and then read them all at once – BUT ONLY IF SOMEONE I TRUST TELLS ME THEY ARE GOOD. I really like the Shades of London series but while waiting on the last release I completely forgot the other books and I just do NOT have the time to reread them.

SO! What series are completed that you’ve read and enjoyed?

22 thoughts on “*squee*”

  1. Thanks for posting the link! You MUST watch the 60 Minutes feature on Hamilton from last fall (including the online extra footage about recording the cast album) 🙂

  2. I tried one time recently when someone recommended it but it’s NO WHERE online free for viewing – you have to have “all access” pass or something via 60 minutes and CBS 🙁

  3. So sad!! I do not know what I did to make the site think I paid for it (I don’t even use that browser usually so it wouldn’t have cookies from my Hulu plus account or anything…). My one thought is maybe if you google it it will give you trial access, like with newspapers online?

  4. Long time reader (never commented though). I saw this performance and IMMEDIATLY thought of you! I was yelling at my husband ZOOT TOLD ME ABOUT THIS! Of course he was like “Who is Zoot?” I fell in love with this performance and now I must see this show on Broadway – alas, its sold out until next year.

  5. You are adorable, Zoot. That line “Picture it … me! A book store owner…” is cracking me up because it sounds like something from a musical. If I had a shred of musical talent I would get to writing it right now.

  6. Kristy – SC – Thirties. Wife. Mama to two fur babies. Geek. Nerd. Gamer. Chronicling the mundane since before the world knew what blogs were.
    Kristy says:

    I’m currently reading The Lunar Chronicles and I would highly recommend them. I’m in the middle of the last book right now so I can’t speak to a final review but overall they’ve been a fun little read.

  7. Thus far, I have really enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and the 2nd book Hollow City. I am getting the 3rd book, Library of Souls, from the library today to start reading. I don’t know how many books are going to be in the series.
    I am VERY EXCITED about Tim Burton making the first book into a movie. Only he could do it the creepy but not over-the-top justice it deserves.

  8. I have always said if I ever owned my own business it would have to be a bookstore. One with couches and chairs for people to sit in, and that had lots of authors come to read and do book signings. We had a great bookstore when we lived in Dayton, OH that was very much like this; they even had a little cafe in the back and often had musical guests performing (nice acoustic numbers that made great background music for reading). This was before the Barnes & Noble and Borders Books craze, so it was really something extra special. My kids got to meet Tomie de Paola and Gail Carson Levine there. I miss that place.

    Of course, I am so crazy anal about being certain of my income, that I can’t imagine having such an uncertain source of income as a retail venture. Terrifies me.

  9. I liked the Ashfall trilogy (YA post-Yellowstone-volcano apocalypse), Life As We Knew It series (also YA post-apocalyptic), and all the Forests of Hands and Teeth (YA post-apocalyptic zombies).

  10. Ok, I’ve got a few for you. I agree with your dislikes, so hopefully that helps.

    1. The Lunar Chronicles – Each book entails a new take on an old fairy tale, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White. The story takes place in a futuristic world where humans, cyborgs, and androids all coexist.

    2. Insider by Maria Snyder – only 2 books, but really enjoyable characters

    3. Legend by Marie Lu – Set in a dark, futuristic Los Angeles, a young government prodigy and a notorious criminal cross paths in this heart-pounding romantic thriller.

    4. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – post-apocalyptic YA

    5. Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa – vampires created by Red Lung virus

    Another recommendation is a standalone by Holly Black – Coldest Girl in Coldtown. This one is also a YA vampire book, but a different take on the concept.

  11. I owned a used bookstore back before Amazon. It was everything you imagine, but then the Amazon boom hit. I still dream of re-opening some day because it was the perfect occupation for me.

  12. Not necessarily YA (I don’t think), but I just finished the Paper Magician trilogy, and LOVED THEM. Good, quick reads. Very satisfying ending.

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