Giveaway: Sarah J. Maas Personalized Signed Book

Hello lovely people who are following me as I begin this whole blogging journey.

As you may know, I’m currently reading the Throne of Glass series, and I am LOVING it. And as luck would have it, in about a month I get to meet Sarah J. Maas!

I will be attending an event for the release of A Court of Mist and Fury, the second book in her A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I love getting to meet authors I admire and having some of my favorite books signed by them is such a great experience. So I want to open up this small gift to you guys, so that one of my followers can get a signed copy for themselves.

So here are the **GIVEAWAY RULES**

  1. You must be following my blog: https://endlesslyshifting.wordpress.com/
  2. You must live in the United States, as I will be shipping the signed copy out to you.
  3. You must leave a comment on this post, saying what you love most about Sarah’s writing, characters, books, etc.
  4. I will be allowing submissions up until April 30th. I will select one person to receive a personalized, signed copy of Sarah’s newest book, A Court of Mist and Fury.

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What I’m Reading: April 11

I have so many feelings.

I finished both books on my TBR list, so let’s just jump into that.

Last week I read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling and Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. And I enjoyed them both so much.

So, Harry Potter. As I mentioned last week, I am reading the Harry Potter books for the first time and I cannot explain just how much I love them. J.K. Rowling’s world building skills are phenomenal and the characters are fantastic. I was obsessed with books on magic when I was younger (and still am) and I can’t believe I didn’t read this series sooner. Because I am loving being in the HP world of adventure, friendship and magic and I don’t want to speed through the process, I’m trying to pace myself. So the goal is to read a HP book and then three other non-HP books before reading the next HP book. It’s hard, because I want to immediately pick up the next book after I finish one, but I know that my patience will make this whole thing more fun.

The Goblet of Fire is my favorite HP book thus far. **SPOILERS WILL FOLLOW** I always liked Harry, but I think this is the book that made me really fall in love with him as a character. All the tests that he goes through were great, and the book was a perfect blend of action and character development. The final battle scene between Voldemort and Harry was perfect and I had to go back and read it several times because it was that good. The fact that Harry stood his ground and decided that he would rather die standing up straight, like his father, made me cry way more than I was prepared to. I was out in public, reading at a local coffee shop, and I had to hide my face as I silently sobbed. Cedric asking Harry to take his body back, Lily talking to her son, UGH. It was heartbreaking. That whole scene was beautiful and a great end to a great book. The Goblet of Fire was SO good that it made me excited to finish and reread the entire series just so I could reread this one.

HP & The Goblet of Fire: 5/5

Now, on to Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies. I need to preface this by saying that I went into this already loving Lauren Groff. I read her first novel The Monsters of Templeton last year and I would easily recommend that book to anyone. It was an incredible debut novel and it’s one of my favorites books of all time. It blends historical fiction, folklore, magic, and hyper-realism into a great tale about family and the mundane life issues everyone faces. Fates and Furies got so much more attention than her other works, but I have to say, I was slightly disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the majority of the novel, but the ending, which I will not spoil, left me pretty unsatisfied. I felt like it was a cheat, an ending that’s shock-value wasn’t earned. I don’t like to feel that I was manipulated by an author, and the twist of the novel left me sort of feeling that way.

Lauren Groff is a prose master. Fates and Furies gave a realistic portrait of the ups and downs marriages face, and the characters were so human in their highs and lows. Both of the main characters are brilliant and highly talented people who are deeply flawed, and if I separate the first 95 percent of the text from the ending, I think they are incredibly believable.

Here is a a quote from the book. Mathilde is contemplating her marriage:

“Great swaths of her life were white space to her husband. What she did not tell him balanced neatly with what she did. Still, there are untruths made of words and untruths made of silences, and Mathilde had only ever lied to Lotto in what she never said.”

Groff beautifully and precisely writes about the way that people can never truly know other people, at least not fully. Despite my distaste for the book’s ending, reading Fates and Furies left me with so much to contemplate and damn, Groff’s prose. So it’s hard for me to not recommend this book to people. I’m torn between rating this book a 3.5 and a 4, but I have to make a decision, so here we go.

Fates and Furies: 4/5

Now, on to what I will be reading this week:

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. This book is a YA high fantasy novel about a teenage assassin who lives in a tyrannical kingdom in which magic has been wiped out. I’ve heard a lot of my kick-ass feminist internet friends praise this book and I’m so excited to read it.

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Purity by Jonathan Franzen. This is a novel that came out in Sep of 2015 and it’s about recent college grad named Pip, who is $130,000 in debt with and she is increasingly becoming aware of how far from “normal” she is. Her mother has never been honest with her about who her father is or what her real name is. I’m ready to dive into this world.

If you can’t tell, I’m trying to read a wide mix of things. There will be YA, contemporary lit, sci-fi, fantasy, memoir, and whatever catches my eye. Feel free to send me recs! I love them.

Catch you next week 🙂

 

What I’m Reading and Why You Should/Shouldn’t Read This Too

Hey everyone! Today is my first day of what is now my weekly “What I’m Reading” Monday posts.

As this is the first post in this new column, today’s will be a short one. I will tell you what two books I’ve picked for the week and then I will check back in with you next Monday, let you know how it went, and what two books are next.

So for the week of April 4th, the two books I will be reading are:

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

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Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Okay, so here is a confession. I have never read the Harry Potter Series. I know, crazy. I have heard from so many people that I am really lucky to be experiencing the HP series for the first time and I agree. It is absolutely amazing. The series has been incredible thus far and I can hardly put the books down. That being said, while I want to read all of the books, I also want to spread my reading out a bit to prolong the experience. That will make sense to some of you and not so much to others. But I am loving learning about the HP world and story and I want to keep loving it for a bit longer. So I’ve decided to read one HP book and then three non-HP books in-between the next. And I am currently on the Goblet of Fire

Also, just a bit of extra information. I have not seen the HP movies either. Well, now that I’ve completed the first three HP books, I watched the first three HP movies. And I am really enjoying the movies as well. The reason I haven’t seen the movies is that I always knew that I wanted to read the book series and I am the type of person who can’t see a movie and then read the book after. So there is no way I wanted to ruin the books for myself by watching the movies.

On to Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. Some of you may have heard about this book. It had sort of a fantastic year. I mean, Obama announced that it was his favorite book of the year. And if it’s good enough for Obama, then it’s good enough for me. Maybe. I guess we’ll see. But really, I have heard such great things about Groff and I can’t wait to read this book and let you all know what I think.

Okay. I’m off to go read and do the whole adult-work thing.

Bye for now.

 

Update:

Hello to anyone that has stumbled upon my site, it is awesome to have you here,

I want to layout how I will be doing things for the foreseeable future. I plan on being very active and not neglecting my blogging. I realize that’s what a lot of people say, and that I may very well disappear next week, but I am going to try my hardest to give this thing a real go.

Flexible schedule:

Mondays: What I’m Reading and Why You Should/Shouldn’t Read This Too

I have recently gotten over my reading slump and am back to reading two books per week. One thing that I miss about college, and being an English Major in particular, is getting to discuss my thoughts and feelings about whatever text I just read. So this desire to create a conversation about books is something I can address on my blog.

The “What I’m Reading” posts will come in two parts. The first, and longer portion, will be a summary and all of my spoiler-free thoughts on the two books I completed the previous week. The second portion will be me letting you know that books I am starting next.

I hope you guys enjoy hearing my thoughts on different books and that maybe it will inspire you to carve out a little more time for reading!

Thursdays: So This is Adulthood

As you may know, I graduated in June 2015, with a BS in English, emphasis in creative writing. I plan on being brutally honest with you guys here. Throughout college I heard a lot of talk about English Majors working at coffee shops after they graduate, about them having trouble finding any work that they enjoyed. The average English major makes only $30,000 a year, post grad. The average English major is sad and regrets all of their life decisions. Okay, no one really said that last one, but it is basically what was implied every time I heard about the negative realities that would face me the moment I packed up and moved off of the campus I had called home for the past few years.

So, I want to give you an honest picture of what my life looks like now, almost one year after my graduation. The first piece is going to detail the immediate month after graduation and how I had to find a job asap and figure out how to pay rent, save money for all of the emergencies life seems to throw your way when you are broke and figure out exactly what a career path start looks like. “So This is Adulthood” will cover everything that I’ve had to face in the past year and how I am working towards a better future. Or at least, trying to.

First Saturday of Each Month: There is Something We Need to Talk About

This once-a-month post will focus on WHATEVER I feel that I have a lot of feelings about. I couldn’t start a blog without knowing that at some point I would have an outlet to discuss things like Dare Devil and how much I am enjoying binging the second season, intersectional feminism and how we can all do better, my crazy love for AirBnB traveling around California and soon GERMANY, and how much I will cry if Netflix screws up the new season of Gilmore Girls.