Today is the Muggle-Husband and mines FOUR year wedding anniversary!
When we started planning, I knew I wanted to add bookish touches. I wanted it to feel like Twilight and Harry Potter had a baby.
One day, when I’m not so lazy, I’ll make a post with all the pictures. But for now, here is how we did it:
1) I walked down the aisle to A Thousand Years, which was the song for Bella & Edwards wedding.
2) Our vows 🖤, they included a quote from Richelle Meads novel, Bloodlines. “Until now, you have lived your life alone. Now, and for the rest of your days, your life will be tied to another’s. Every decision you make will be for both of you. What one does affects the other. You are a family, a team, inseparable and unbreakable.”
3) Our wedding invitations read “After all this time? Always.”
4) Decorations were ornate frames with love quotes from our favorite books.
5) Keys and owls! They were everywhere. On my Maid of Honors bouquet, and glued to whatever I possibly could lol! Because owls & keys are Harry Potter- duh. And birdcages! How can you look at a bird cage (or an owl) and not think HARRY POTTER! 🦉 🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉
There’s more, but I’m having a brain fart. One day I’ll make an entire blog post… one day 😉. I love you, sweet husband. You are truly better than books.
Stephen King… I don’t think I can go through this again 😬.
Who remembers the first one? As a child, I had nightmares about someone cutting my Achilles’ tendon. I would run and jump onto my bed, just in case someone was under there.
I haven’t even read the book. But if you want to give it a go: https://amzn.to/2yDfD87
What’s It All About?
The end of the world is the weirdest time to come of age.
Welcome to the end of the world. One minute, people are going about their lives, and the next—not. In the wake of the inexplicable purge, only a handful of young misfits remains.
When it all went down, “Wizard of Odd” Dev Brinkman was seeking shelter from the taunts of his classmates. Goth girl Lucy Abernathy had lost her best friend and had no clue where to turn. And Twinkie-loving quarterback “Marcus” Haddad was learning why you never discuss politics and religion in polite company—or online.
As if life when you’re sixteen isn’t confusing enough, throw in the challenges of postapocalyptic subsistence, a case of survivor’s guilt turned up to seven billion, and the small task of rebuilding humankind…
No one said doomsday would be a breeze. But for Dev, Lucy, and Marcus, the greatest hope—and greatest threat—will come when they find each other.
What’s It All About?
Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.
On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.
Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.
But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.
This book will be a beautifully designed package with illustrated endpapers, a map of the Tearling, and a ribbon marker.
To Read: https://amzn.to/2QJSZSH
GREAT FIRST LINES HAVE THE POWER TO DRAW IN A READER. A LOT OF THOUGHT GOES IN TO THE FIRST SENTENCE; WHEN I FINISH A NOVEL, I LIKE TO GO BACK AND REREAD THE WORDS THAT STARTED IT ALL. OFTEN TIMES, YOU’LL FIND GREATER MEANING THAN BEFORE. READ HERE.
This is a SPECIAL Must Read Monday! You may recognize the lovely lady on the cover from a little show called Orange is the New Black 🖤🧡!
Diane has taken her story, ‘In The Country We Love’, and turned it into a children’s book, as well!
What’s It All About?
Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family.
In the Country We Love is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman’s extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, many of whom have citizen children, whose lives here are just as precarious, and whose stories haven’t been told. Written with bestselling author Michelle Burford, this memoir is a tale of personal triumph that also casts a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families likes the author’s and on a system that fails them over and over.
To Read In The Country We Love (adult version): https://amzn.to/2E3IVm2
To Read A Family Divided (child’s version): https://amzn.to/2IJjW6n
A NEW BOOK BY WENDY HIGGINS!
I AM ALL IN!
Set to release on Feb 12th, 2019!
What’s It All About?
People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty.
But gods are known for their jealousy.
Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humoring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts.
Psyche’s punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely.
Based on the Roman/Greek mythology of Cupid and Psyche by Lucius Apuleius, New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins brings the tale to life, weaving layers that show exactly how a sacrificial lamb can be enchanted by an unseen monster.
Add it to your Goodreads!
Apparently I’ve been living under a rock.
An author in a FB group I’m in had a lot to say about it:
“Some of the most beautifully-written descriptions of desolation and wastelands I’ve ever read.”
It’s going on my TRL. Like right now.
What’s It All About?
A searing, post apocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece.
A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.
To Read: https://amzn.to/2xMGhuG