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Updates from the Lair 6/15/13

Updates from the Lair
This week has been another exciting adventure in Anya’s world :D. I went to a conference on games and technology for eduction this week which was also in the same area that my parents live, so I got to see them! There was some opportunity for reading on the plane and car rides, but I also got to chat to a fellow researcher on one of the planes. Totally worth the lost reading time! I’ll be traveling back home when this goes up, so maybe I’ll finish another book :D.

My Week

Girl of fire and Thorns

I’m so happy to say that I finished The Girl of Fire and Thorns this week! This one has been on my TBR list for so long and it is a travesty that it took me so long to get to ;-). This was one of the top goals for my TBR Pile challenge: getting books I know I will love read finally! I especially loved that there was an overweight female protagonist who gained self-confidence and strength throughout the book. There is also a recipe at the end of my copy for Coconut Honey Scones, score!


I also took the chance to read the ARC of Frozen that my friend gave me. I have to admit it wasn’t quite what I was expecting and it was a little clunky here and there, but I did enjoy it. The frozen and polluted planet was a great setting and as the dragon emblem on the cover hints at, there is a fantasy element. I found the meshing to only sort of work and not make as much sense as I would have liked. However, I look forward to see what everyone else thinks to as people read BEA copies! I’m planning to hold a giveaway for my copy if people are interested :D My copy is gently used, so keep that in mind ;-).

Playing Tyler

I’m slowly working on Playing Tyler and am hoping that some action picks up soon. I have seen a couple reviews already and have hope. Have you read it? It sounds like there should be an alternate reality conspiracy soon, but I would love reassurance, haha.

The book of Three

Finally, I have been reading The Book of Three which is the first in a middle grade series from the 60’s. My friend recommended this one highly when I was browsing the used book section, but it hasn’t been hitting the spot as much as I hoped. I’ll be finishing it quickly since it’s nice and short and then I’ll see if I should continue the series ;-).

And in case you missed it, these were my posts this week:

3 stars for Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare on Audiobook!

I posted about my top ten mermaid books :D

Stochastic stopped by to give 4.5 stars to Along the Watchtower by David Litwack PLUS a giveaway!!

Looking for books with dragons in them? Here’s a working list!

4 Stars for Mirage by Jenn Reese (Above World #2)

Reports from Other Lairs

Here are some awesome reviews and discussions you should check out :D


Nosegraze posted about how to change your blog name (all the many details to consider!) a while ago and Radiant Shadows followed up by considering the pros and cons for herself.

Radish Reviews talked about the old friends: books from her childhood!

Great Imaginations made a list about Viking books :D

Owl Tell You About It talked about book-shaming and how we should all accept everyone’s reading tastes.

Girl XOXO listed 4 ways for book blogger to reuse content a while ago but I just found it and it was inspiring!


The School for Good and Evil from Reader of Fictions (4 stars, YA)

The Pirate’s Wish from Love is Not a Triangle (YA)

Of Triton from Read. Breathe. Relax (YA)

Ink from Curiosity Killed the Bookworm (3 stars, YA)

Shadow of Night from The Oaken Bookcase (3.5 stars)

The Magic Thief from Book Interrupted (4 stars, MG)

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – A

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  1. Your update posts are always so great :D I’m thrilled you loved A Girl of Fire & Thorn as that series has also been on my TBR list for AGES! I’ll be getting to my copy of Frozen eventually too so I look forward to comparing notes! Oh and I wish I’d read Clockwork Angel already so I could read your review of book 2…especially since it’s pretty darn likely that the series will be a bit underwhelming for me too *ahem*. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Yey, I’m glad that you like the updates, I always wonder if they are actually interesting to people, haha. No worries, as soon as you read the Infernal Devices, we can *ahem* discuss, haha. Though perhaps it’s not worth it if you don’t think you’ll be excited for them either? Are you getting an early copy of Frozen? I’m super excited to see what you think, it was a bit odd, but fun ;-)

  2. Yay, you finally got to read The Girl of Fire and Thorns! I read it as an ARC, so no recipe in the back of mine! I’m jealous. :D (Is it hardcover? Paperback?)

    • I grabbed the paperback (not mass market, the normal sized one) and it had a thing about extra content on the front, so you can keep your eye out for that :D I really need to try out this recipe, I only kind of know what scones are, haha

      • Sweet, I’ll keep an eye out for it! And yeah, scones aren’t really my favorite thing (they’re usually pretty dry imo), but coconut+honey sounds delightful!

        • Exactly! I keep thinking that they are this delicious buttery thing, but then they never live up to my expectations. Honey would be perfect for them :D Worst case scenario, I just put more honey on top right, haha

  3. Hannah @ Once Upon A Time says:

    I *am* looking for books with dragons in them! In fact, hoping to fill in the gaps somewhat in my poorly read fantasy side.

  4. Love your update post this week. Also, hang in there with the Prydain books. They get better as they go along (though I’m rather fond of the first one, too.) To some extent, the books grow as Taran does.

    • Oo, good to know, since I definitely didn’t enjoy the first one. There were some problems for the feminist in me since the only female character is portrayed completely flat as the annoying but cute girl that Taran doesn’t realize he is falling for ya know?

      • Oh, I love Eilonwy! She’s smart, outspoken, and not at all a proper young lady! Remember, you’re seeing her (in a sense) through Taran’s eyes, and he’s a bit too quick to dismiss her at first. They squabble a lot, of course, but she’s far from flat. Give her time.

        • Yes, Taran has done an excellent job of that, haha. Good to hear, I’ll be on the lookout for the second book!

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