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In a Nutshell 02/14/20

Hello!!

We know we’ve been gone for a bit but thought it was time to get back out there and connect with everyone.  Life seems to get in the way of our reading and bookish tendencies so we are going to try to add “check in” posts once a week of what we have been up to all week.  This could be reading, watching tv, or just taking naps because sometimes that is what we might need.

Let’s see what Daph was up to. . .

In the last week I have read:

You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley (review forthcoming)

Hunting Prince Dracula (audio & paperback) by Kerri Maniscalco

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (audio) by JK Rowling

The Grave Robber by Mark Batterson

In the last week I’ve watched:

Late Night (Mindy Kaling & Emma Thompson, Amazon Prime), Mindy and Emma are not in enough things! rating 4.5/5

Harriet (Cynthia Erivo & Leslie Odom, Jr) — my boys and I have been wanting to watch this movie and it was certainly a worthwhile and entertaining movie, keeping us all on the edge of our seats. Very illuminating about Harriet Tubman’s life and the life of a slave and the pre-civil war life in general. Cynthia Erivo was a revelation! Very well deserved Oscar nomination. Also, I didn’t know that Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles was in it & that was a nice surprise! I mean, yes, she was a shrill, racist slaveowner, but she did a great job. 5/5

Last Christmas (Emilia Clarke & Henry Golding) — what a sweet movie. I knew going in what was really going on (because internet) but I was really surprised by the depth of the movie and how much I was moved by these characters. Particularly loved Michelle Yeoh & Emma Thompson’s characters. 4/5

Doctor Who Series 8 (Peter Capaldi & Jenna Coleman) — I previously got only as far as season 7, so I never met the 12th Doctor so when I introduced my boys to Doctor Who this summer, I was looking forward to getting to this season. I am really enjoying this season, Clara, and Danny. Not finished with the season yet so I’m not going to rate it.

That’s it for me!

So what happened this week?

First, Daph started a Gone Pecan instagram!  Yes, I know we are 5 years behind but if you are so inclined feel free to follow, we’d appreciate your support!  You can find us @kiki.daphne and she will be posting photos of books we are reading, reviewing, or just random stuff – who knows what might pop up on the feed (I’m betting on puppies at some point.)

I finished a series!!  I read the third book of the Truly Devious series A Hand in the Hall by Maureen Johnson.  It was a fun series and I enjoyed the past story line quite a lot.

I read the latest in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire, Come Tumbling Down which is about Jack and Jill who are by far my favorites.  God this series is so much fun!  I don’t think it is the last in the series, or at least I hope it isn’t.

I got back to The Raven King which I started last month but abandoned.  As I’ve said approximately 1,000 times I have issues letting go of series and never read the last book of The Raven Cycle so over the last few months I’ve reread the first three books to finally be able to finish the last.  Once I got to it though I needed a break as binging books for me isn’t as easy as a show on Netflix.  I’m hoping to finish it up this weekend and finally move on to Call Down the Hawk so I can start yet another reread of a different series I need to finish – there are A LOT.  You may be seeing a review for this one soon, but don’t hold me to that.

I stopped by the library and picked up my holds.  I still have a couple of library books checked out already and even though I’m TRYING to make myself read books I own to clear out and make room for new ones (or at least get the stacks off the floor) I picked up Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (casting news made me break) and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I’ve had several friends pick this up over the last few years but seeing it pop up again on Jamie’s insta (Perpetual Page Turner) I decided it was time to try it out for myself.  I’m always in for a good cry when reading – note to self DO NOT READ AT WORK.  I also picked up The Farewell (starring Awkafina) to watch.

I caught up on some podcasts!  I listen to a lot of podcasts while I work (it helps drown out coworkers and background noise) and listened to the latest episodes of My Favorite Murder, Lore, The Office Ladies, The Murder Squad, and Do You Need a Ride?.  I also listened to several of Dark Poutine though I’m only about halfway through the entire backlog of their podcast.  Do you have an recs?  Let me know!  I’m always looking for a new one to dive in to.  I’m REALLY excited for Brene Brown’s Unlocking Us which starts next month.

Today is Valentine’s Day and I’ve decided I’m buying myself flowers.  In my entire 37 years I have never gotten flowers from anyone and I’ve decided today I will and I’m getting them for myself because why not?

How was your week?

 

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Inaugural Boo Box Barter

Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

 

Hello and Happy Fall!!

As you may or may not have seen over on twitter I was wishing for someone to host what I’ve been calling a “spooky season” or fall exchange.  After thinking about it for a bit I decided to give it a go myself!  This is truly my favorite time of year and I know so many others enjoy it too so I wanted to see if y’all might want to participate . . . and the majority said yes!  (Cue I’m so excited!! a la Jessie Spano.) So let’s get started on the first (annual?). . .

BOO BOX BARTER

I’m a sucker for alliteration what can I say?

So do you love Spooky season?  Is Halloween your favorite holiday?  Dress mainly in black (the color of your heart)?  Love skulls, witches, or follow Doth the Doth and wonder how he is so hot?  WELCOME, you are among friends!!

Or maybe that isn’t your scene and you are more into scarves, knee high boots, seasonal Starbucks drinks (Salted caramel FTW!), love football, tailgating, baking, etc?  Love a world where there are Octobers?  WELCOME.  Any and everyone who loves fall and anything that it encompasses are welcome to participate!

Now, for a few rules.  (I know, but there is always at least one bad egg.)

RULES

Since this is the inaugural exchange I’m going to keep it US only.  I’m sorry international friends but being as I’m getting this started later than I’d like and I’m not sure how participation will turn out I think that will help us get a base.  If the exchange goes well I will 100% guarantee to offer an international option next pass.  I do have another exchange I was hoping to start in July next year but again the first will be US only to get started if it gets off the ground.  Look at it this way – we can work out all the kinks before you join and make it that much easier for you!

*  Exchange will be US only

* Sign ups will run from NOW (YAY!!!) till Tuesday October 22 at 5:00pm/c.  I’m hoping to have everyone sorted within a day or two after so that way if anyone is more into the spooky side of things everyone has a little time before Halloween items are gone from the shelves.  If the swap goes well I plan on moving up the timeframe next year to give more time for my fellow spooky friends.

*  You must be willing to commit to mailing a package in the group you sign up for.  Failure to do so will result in a ban in any exchange moving forward.  There will be two groups to choose from so please think before signing up.

*  You must be active in the book community on some level.  Whether it twitter, Instagram, or your actual blog you must be active somewhere that we can verify.  Now you do not have to have a blog to participate – just be active among friends!  We will be checking to make sure so please make sure we can see your profiles.  I do not have a facebook so that is not an option for verification.

*  Try and provide a contact.  Obviously this is a loose rule. . .we’d like for you to give someone and I will specify here that the buddy should be someone active on one of these social media options as well so that your giver should feel they can trust to understand if help if needed but if you don’t have someone we won’t deny your participation.  Just know your survey is all they will have to work with and you might be short changing how awesome you are!

*  Failure to answer all questions will result in you being removed from the exchange so please fill out the survey in full!  Please email your completed survey to us at gonepecanla@gmail.com with your group number and “Boo Box Barter” as the subject.  I will do my best to respond that it was received and you have been verified.

*  Tracking will be REQUIRED and you will need to email that number to us once mailed.  I will be keeping all tracking information for reference.  Direct shipments from amazon, etc will not be allowed.  This is supposed to be a box you made specifically with someone else in mind, someone out there is making the same effort for you!

* Follow the deadline to mail.  All packages should be mailed no later than Wednesday November 13th.  I don’t want this exchange to interfere with any Christmas exchange.  This is a fall exchange which for me covers Halloween and Thanksgiving times, not Christmas.  Please do your best to commit to this time frame but I understand things may come up.  Please contact me immediately if you might be a little late and why so that I can let your person know they haven’t been forgotten.

*  Thank your giver.  We are asking that if you want to chat on twitter to use the hashtag #booboxbarter.  As of right now we are not planning a chat since it is a quick turnaround but please use the tag to help each other out, ask more questions, share hints if you want, and to thank your giver!  If doing a post on your blog or a post on Instagram please use the same tag in your post!  It is always nice to share and I’d love to get the word out so we can do this swap again next year.

Ok!  I THINK that is it for the rules so without further ado here is the survey for the BOO BOX BARTER!

Photo by Andrés Gómez on Unsplash

SURVEY

1. Please provide your complete shipping address.  Remember US only this go!

2.  Which do you prefer, Spooky Season or Fall in general?  Maybe a healthy mix of both?  (I will do my best to pair with someone who loves the same things you do to help but no promises!)

3.  Age.  Are you over or under 18?  Both are welcome as long as you can meet all other requirements for cost and time frames.  If you want to provide your exact age I will do my best to match you to someone close that might share more with you but I’d never require they provide their exact age. 🙂

4.  Links to your social media, blog, etc.  What platform do you use the most?

5.  Contact – who is your person?  You can provide a social media link or direct email, whatever they are ok with but again please make sure it is someone in the community on some level and that they are aware you are making them a contact.  If you do not have contact you must clearly state you do not and again understand your person is relying strictly on what was written and what you show online.

6.  Which group would you like to participate in?  We have two to choose from:

  • Group 1 – Price is $15 – $20.  This cost does NOT include shipping and you should have at least one book plus a minimum of one goodie, etc.
  • Group 2 – Price is $25 and up.  This cost does NOT include shipping and should have at least two books plus a minimum of 2-3 goodies, etc.

7.  Wish lists – Please provide a either a link to (must be public!) a wish list dedicated to this swap or a list of titles below.  If you use a shared wish list or a list you purchase from you could end up with doubles and that wouldn’t be fair to your partner.   I’m asking that if you sign up for group one please provide a minimum of five books and if you sign up for group two please provide at least ten titles.  These titles should be books that have already been released.  You can include ARC titles as well but they do not count towards these requirements.  Not everyone has access to ARCs and they should not be expected.  If you certain book preferences please include that here as well (hardback, verses paperback).  Used books are allowed but must be in good condition.

8.  A few of your favorite things.  What are the things you love most about fall/spooky season?  Favorite scents?  Collections?  Favorite authors?  Maybe you have a genre of books you love to read at this time of year?  There are no wrong answers!  The more info you give your person the more chances of you getting the best box possible.

9.  Lagniappe.  Down south we have a word for a little bit extra.  You guessed it – it’s lagniappe. (Lan-yap) So did I forget something that you want to include?  Add it here!

QUICK RECAP:

US Only at this time

Sign ups are from the start of this post till Tuesday October 22 at 5:00pm/c

Must provide tracking to the gals at GP by deadline for mailing, end of day Wednesday November 13. EMAIL:  gonepecanla@gmail.com

So if you have further questions feel free to email directly or reach out to me (Kristina) on twitter – my DMs are open there.  I will do my best to respond as quickly as possible!

Addresses Issues/Diverse · Children/Middle Grade · for everyone

What the World Needs Now Is Love

What the World Needs Now Is Love by Burt Bacharach, Hal David, and Kate McDevitt

With its soothing lyrics and calming tones, “What the World Needs Now Is Love” has become a beloved song worldwide since its release in 1965. Now, for the first time ever, these captivating lyrics are in book form accompanied by gorgeous illustrations, and perfectly packaged with a ribbon enclosure.

Both a reminder of the importance of love and a call to make the world a better place, this book is the perfect gift for anyone you care about–or for yourself when you need some gentle comfort.

SOURCE:  finished copy sent from publisher (Thank you!

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Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

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A cappella just got a makeover.

Jordan Sun is embarking on her junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts, hopeful that this will be her time: the year she finally gets cast in the school musical. But when her low Alto 2 voice gets her shut out for the third straight year—threatening her future at Kensington-Blaine and jeopardizing her college applications—she’s forced to consider nontraditional options.

In Jordan’s case, really nontraditional. A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshipped…revered…all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

Jordan finds herself enmeshed in a precarious juggling act: making friends, alienating friends, crushing on a guy, crushing on a girl, and navigating decades-old rivalries. With her secret growing heavier every day, Jordan pushes beyond gender norms to confront what it means to be a girl (and a guy) in a male-dominated society, and—most importantly—what it means to be herself.

Source: I received a finished copy from the publisher, Amulet Books. Thank you so much!

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2017 Reading Goals

2017 Reading Goals

Guys.  Not only was 2016 a garbage fire for all sorts of things out in the world but in my own little corner of the world it wasn’t the best for reading.  I dropped my goal and still didn’t make it.  In fact, it pains me to say this but as I write this post I haven’t read a book in over a month.  OVER A MONTH.  Believe me it’s not because I didn’t want to, it is just life kind of got in the way and took over all my free time.  2017 though?  I’m hoping to change all of that and get myself back to reading and reviewing like normal.

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The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

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Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

Source: egalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks so much!

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2 by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

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It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Source: purchased

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