Monthly Archives:: May 2016

May 31
Chapter Break Bingo – May 2016 Completed Cards

Chapter Break Bingo – May 2016 Completed Cards

Alright everyone, did you fill out your Bookish Bingo Cards? Share your cards, and link up your posts below! Recap of the rules: Each month we will upload a new bingo card. You download the bingo card and mark off squares as you read books each month. At the end of the month, we will post our own bingo cards. Link up your post or post your own bingo card in the comments. The monthly winner will be the person with the most marked squares. None of that across, diagonal, up and down, corners stuff. Just the number of squares…. Read more »

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May 29
Chat Between Chapters: Book covers that are turn-offs

Chat Between Chapters: Book covers that are turn-offs

 Let’s chat covers some more. What book covers just turn you off a book?  Julie: List time! These types of things turn me off a cover. Swords. Only swords. Blurry weird floating heads. Bright crazy colors that blind. Unreadable fonts. Overly vulgar looking covers. Awkward positioning of characters. Overuse of a stock photo. Cutting off someone’s head. Not exactly a turn-off, but a peeve of mine is if a book cover doesn’t state which # in a series it is. Especially for long series. Come on, give us some help here.   Lynn: I completely agree with Julie’s list. Especially… Read more »

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May 27
Book Review – The Serpent King

Book Review – The Serpent King

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Date Published: March 8th 2016 Genres: Adolescence, Coming of Age, Friendship, Love & Romance, Physical & Emotional Abuse, Social Issues, Young Adult Format: eBook Pages: 384 Rating: Description: Named one of the Most Anticipated YA Books of 2016 by Paste Magazine and Popcrush.com   “A story about friendship, family and forgiveness, it’s as funny and witty as it is utterly heartbreaking.” —PasteMagazine.com   “Will fill the infinite space that was left in your chest after you finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” —BookRiot.com   “A brutally honest portrayal… Read more »

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May 25
Check out my Dracula-quoting bookish scarf!

Check out my Dracula-quoting bookish scarf!

Thanks to Storiarts for sending me this lovely scarf for me to enjoy and share with you. We’ve all seen the trend of bookish gifts, especially clothing. I mean, why not wear your favorite words? We like to hang our favorite words or characters up on the walls or display them on shelves – it makes perfect sense to wear them too. I’ve collected a few fun bookish T-shirts, and now I have a new bookish clothing item to add to my collection: an infinity bookish scarf!   Check out how lovely this scarf is!  She is enjoying hanging out with her… Read more »

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May 23
Chat About Covers: The Viking

Chat About Covers: The Viking

  We’re starting a new feature here on Chapter Break called Chat About Covers. ‘Cause you know we all judge books by covers, whether we admit it or not. We judge the style, the color and font choices, and just the overall look. That might not keep us from reading the book, but we do still judge.   I’m going on my sword cover rampage today. I can’t stand sword covers. I’ve complained about them before and even tweeted about it. Why is there a trend to have only a sword on a cover? I know nothing about this book by this… Read more »

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May 22
Chat Between Chapters: We can be friends if you have read these books

Chat Between Chapters: We can be friends if you have read these books

 Let’s talk about books that make us friends with someone. We can be friends if you have read these books.  Julie: What is it about finding someone who has read a book you adore that makes them an instant friend? Somehow that shared experience of reading a book makes you two so much closer. We can definitely be friends if you have read some of the following books/series. (This is not a comprehensive list, of course.) Anything by Rachel Vincent, but specifically if you’ve swooned over Tod Vampire Academy/Bloodlines series. Dimitri and Adrian. You love them too, right? Then we’re… Read more »

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May 20
Book Review – Secret Garden

Book Review – Secret Garden

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Publisher: Random House Value Publishing Date Published: 1998, First Published 1911 Genres: Classics, Family, JUVENILE FICTION, Orphans & Foster Homes Format: Audiobook Pages: 288 Audiobook Length: 8 hours 30 minutes Audiobook Narrator: Susie Berneis Rating: Description: What secrets lie behind the doors at Misselthwaite Manor? Recently arrived at her uncle’s estate, orphaned Mary Lennox is spoiled, sickly, and certain she won’t enjoy living there. Then she discovers the arched doorway into an overgrown garden, shut up since the death of her aunt ten years earlier. Mary soon begins transforming it into a thing… Read more »

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May 16
Guest Post: Robert Eggleton on Saving the Universe

Guest Post: Robert Eggleton on Saving the Universe

Guest Post:  Saving the Universe by Robert Eggleton   The following article discusses the evolving role of fictional heroes from the perspective of Lacy Dawn, the protagonist of Rarity from the Hollow, a double Gold Medal winning adult literary science fiction novel.   “Lacy Dawn is the last person you would pick to be the savior of the universe. She’s in the fifth grade in the backwoods of West Virginia. Her best friend – Faith, is the ghost of a school mate that was beaten to death and lives in a tree. During recess she gives advice to her schoolmates about their… Read more »

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May 15
Chat Between Chapters: Indie Bookstores

Chat Between Chapters: Indie Bookstores

We recently had Indie Bookstore Day so let’s chat about our favorite Indie Bookstores!  Julie: We are lucky in that Houston is rich in Indie bookstores. I have visited (and wanted to hug) a few of them, and yet I know there are still more I haven’t been to. What I love about these Indie bookstores are all the author events they host! Murder by the Book does events ALL. THE. TIME! I have met so many wonderful authors there! Katy Budget Books was a favorite of mine when I lived closer to it. It, too, has great author events… Read more »

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May 14
Armchair BEA 2016 – Day 4 – Surviving Fiction & Giveaway #ArmchairBEA

Armchair BEA 2016 – Day 4 – Surviving Fiction & Giveaway #ArmchairBEA

Surviving Fictional Worlds Today we’ll talk about surviving fictional worlds. We all know that sometimes, the worlds we love in fiction can be dangerous. Which fictional worlds would you want to live in? Which worlds do you never want to dive into? Which worlds are you content to stay behind the glass, so to speak, rather than wishing to dive through the page? And once you get there, what would you do?   Julie: Some of our favorite stories are set in the kind of world we are very happy that we are separated from by the pages. I don’t… Read more »

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