Monday, September 1, 2014

4 Years a Blogger!

I know a lot of people host giveaways and blog parties when the reach their blog anniversary...and this year I sort of did. Except it wasn't intentional, since I didn't realize it was my blog-i-versary until today ;)

I thought it might be interesting to look at my "blog looks" through the years.

this was before I learned how to center my header :)











I think the third & fourth ones might be my favorite,but I do like them all :) My current header looks a little boring compared to the others, though. I might change it again sometime soon...

Oh, and the book giveaway has started, so go check it out! (and remember, even if you don't win, it would please me VERY MUCH if you bought any of the titles. We've just moved and my room is somewhat smaller than it was, so I'm really cramped for space and need to get rid of these. :)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Announcing the Big Book Sale and Giveaway

There comes a time in every book-lovers life where they realize they just have to get rid of some of their books. And for me, that time has come. I have so many stacks of books from years of getting them free for review, that I'm swamped in piled and piles of novels I've either received free or bought myself. I have a full bookshelf, and stacks of them under my bed. The fact of the matter is, I just don't have room, and it is time to say goodbye. Most of theses books are in near-mint condition, and definitely sell-worthy, so I decided to give all of you first crack at them....and also give you a chance to win one for free. :) please contact me at thestorygirl20 (at) yahoo (dot) com if you'd like any of the books- unfortunately, this is only for U.S. residents. The shipping's just a little more than I can handle when it comes to international :(

(however, sales will not be paid for/finalized until 9/8/14, after the giveaway is finished.)

all prices include shipping!

Softcovers ($6 each)


















hardcovers ($8 each)




Heartsong Presents novellas ($4 each)




ARCs ($4 each)
(these are unproofed advanced reader copies. The front covers look exactly the same except for a small circle signifying that they are ARCS)




So here's how the giveaway will work: from (tomorrow) September 1- September 8, you can enter to win one of any of the above books of your choice. 

How to enter for a free copy:
Leave a comment with the book you would like to win

And you can earn extra entries by 1) following this blog 2) posting the blog button to your blog with a link back to this page 3)sharing on Pinterest or another social media site 4) posting about this on your blog. Remember, you need to leave a comment each time you've done one of the entering options!



Again, to buy a book, please contact me at thestorygirl20 (at) yahoo (dot) com
(please, book inquiries only)

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Classics Club: Frankenstein


This book annoyed me on so many levels. Despite what you might think, it isn't really what I'd call a horror story, or even one that's mildly scary. (at least not to me...I didn't get shivers up my spine like dare I say I hoped I would. I mostly just rolled my eyes or threw my hands up in the air at the stupidity of nearly every character) Overall, what Frankenstein is is perhaps one of the most depressing books I've ever read.

However, what I probably disliked most was something in the underlying worldview of the book- that it is society that teaches us to be evil. (by the way, I find this to be so totally flawed in general- what is society made up of but people? So it's people who have the darkness in their hearts and it invades society. Not the other way around) Frankenstein's monster was a pitiable creature, and though I did feel sorry for him at times, I don't feel that his tragic experiences excused his actions. I guess I was mad because I felt Mary Shelley was trying to portray him in a certain light and I just wanted to hate him and she wasn't letting me totally do that.

And Victor Frankenstein- how did he live with himself? He didn't seem evil- just really, really foolish and somewhat cowardly. *SPOILER* And when the monster said he'd "be there at his wedding night" and Frankenstein was positive he was going to murder him, I wanted to slap Frankenstein up the head and yell, "You idiot! He's not going to kill you! He's going to kill your wife!" I saw that coming from about five miles away, and I just felt that it was one example of Victor Frankenstein's self-centeredness and foolishness. *END OF SPOILER*

However, if the book was trying to get across the dangers of intellectual arrogance and a search/obsession for knowledge that overrides basic morality and ethics, then it did it's duty. As it is, I was only too glad to finish this novel...and hopefully never have to encounter it again.

I almost gave this book two stars on Goodreads, because whatever I didn't like about it, Frankenstein was one of the first of its kind and remarkable in plot; still, I finally went with one star over the fact that Goodreads stars mean certain things and when all is said and done, I still didn't like it.

What about you? Have you read Frankenstein, and what did you think of it?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Literary Pet Peeves #12: One Hit Wonders

Nothing Odd about that!

(so I wrote this post nearly eight months ago {I think} but it somehow got lost among all my drafts and I only found it again a couple days ago after completely forgetting about ti!)

All right: I think this is going to be my last Literary pet Peeves post. I really think so. I did promise you this one, but after this I’m through.

I think.

Have you ever read a really wonderful book that you loved? And then you realized that the author had written more books, and your life, for one moment, got so much brighter because of your high hopes? And then you find another book by that author you love, read it, and then…

Disappointment.

This happened to me with one author in particular who wrote a fairy tale retelling I really liked. Happy to have found a new author, I picked up another of her books and found it just average. Nothing daunted (even the best of authors can make a mistake, right?) I found another book and still wasn’t that impressed. Then I decided to try another of her books…and hated it.

That’s not the only time. It is true that I doubt you’re going to find an author who has written tons of books that are all spot-on and amazing. I mean, I don’t even love every single Jane Austen book. (My least favorites are Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility, if anyone wants to mob me with tomatoes. Please don’t hate me) For instance, I loved Shannon Hale’s Books of Bayern series, but then I read Book of a Thousand Days and disliked it (which is a pity, because isn’t that a great title for a novel?) I was afraid I had discovered another “one hit wonder”… until I read Princess Academy and Palace of Stone and my faith in her was restored. So even if you read one dull book by an author you really like, don’t despair- they might win you back. But when you read a string of bad books by one particular author, that’s cause for disappointment.


Has anyone else had this problem? Where you find a book you absolutely adored, only to discover that the author’s other books are…less than stellar?  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Beautiful People: August

The Count of Monte Cristo, Mercedes

Character: Margaret Steele of Hidden Pearls

1) What does your character regret the most in their life? She has a temper, so there are several times when she wished she had kept her mouth shut!

2) What is your character's happiest memory? Most sorrowful memory? Margaret’s happiest memory would probably be her thirteenth birthday, because her entire family was there and she got lovely presents and the day was beautiful and they had cake. :D Her saddest would be the day her sister left for America.

3) What majorly gets on your character’s nerves? A lot of things get on Margaret’s nerves (*cough, cough*) She doesn’t like it when people are rude, arrogant, thoughtless, or neglect basic hygiene. And running off without telling anyone is also liable to make her very cross.

4) Do they act differently when they're around people as opposed to being alone? If so, how? Yes. Margaret isn’t fake by any means, but she is one of those people whose company rather guides her actions/conversation. When she’s alone, it’s easier for her to doubt herself, and she doesn’t like that at all- which is why she likes being around people so much.

5) What are their beliefs and superstitions? (Examples: their religion or lack of one, conspiracy theories, throwing salt, fear of black cats.) She’s a Christian. Not superstitious. No conspiracy theories.

6) What are their catchphrases, or things they say frequently? hmmm. I can't really think of anything.

7) Would they be more prone to facing fears or running from them? I'm pretty sure it depends of the situation. I can easily see her running from her fears, but I can also see her facing them...if it was to prove a point.

8) Do they have a good self image? Yes, I’d say she does. She is a bit more concerned about her appearance than Constance or Meredith, but at the same time she’s probably the most satisfied with her overall appearance and personality. She has doubts like anyone else, of course, but for the most part she’s pretty comfortable with herself.

9) Do they turn to people when they're upset, or do they isolate themselves? She turns to people, especially her sister.


10) If they were standing next to you would it make you laugh or cry? I guess laugh?

Done For Beautiful People, which you can find here.

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