What’s Up Buttercup is an overview of the past, present and future here on Words in a Teacup, posted around the middle of the month.
- You may have noticed that our reviews slowed down in the past few weeks. We have both been busy with real life — Ren just graduated and got a temporary job and Isa keeps watching
too muchtelevision (lies, all lies, there is no such thing as too much television, it’s only Orphan Black *cries*). Still, we find (well, at least Isa finds) that it’s nicer this way. Not as cluttered, you know? Gives the reader a chance to breathe when there’s not a new post each day. IsaWe think swe might continue with not posting each day of the week, since it also gives us some room to breathe. ;)
- May’s Pick-For-Me is going great so far! Isa read both books so far: one was good, the other not so good, but it provided a lot of unintended amusement. Ren has only read one of Isa’s picks so far but swears up and down that she’ll get around to the second one too — promise!
- Sequel Spring is still ongoing, and the linky is growing more and more every day! We’re almost at the end of the second month (doesn’t time fly?) so now is the time to get cracking on that sequel that you’ve been putting off. But remember that there are no set goals, we just want to read and discuss sequels together! If you need inspiration for what to read next, or if you want to read some fab reviews, check out our second Sequel Spring round-up.
- Thoughtful Thursday: What is one of the best changes in the literary/book world? Isa explains why the internet is really really great.
- Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who Could (Not) Deal With Being A Clone Isa, high on Orphan Black feelings, wonders what would happen if Harry Potter or Veronica Mars found out that they were clones. (Hint: Her distaste for Holden Caulfield makes an appearance.)
- Thoughtful Thursday: Series reading order Ren explains her OCD about reading books in order and her abhorrence of spoilers.
- Top Ten Tuesday: Books If You Like X tv show/movie/comic/play/etc Ren gives tips for fans of different shows, from Downton Abbey to Firefly to Glee.
- We talked a lot about book covers! Isa discussed what features she likes in a book cover?, while Ren listed ten (or rather twelve) book covers that she’d frame as works of art.
- Thoughtful Thursday: Have you ever continued to read a series, because you really liked the secondary characters but you didn’t like the protagonists very much? Isa says maybe.
- Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Almost Put Down But Didn’t Ren lists some books that redeemed themselves… and some that didn’t.
- Pam asked whether or not we prefer certain genders in protagonists and authors. Isa most certainly does. (Because she’s a bit of a twat, really.)
Ren: Guess who finally bought some dead tree books for the first time in forever! I really wanted a coy of Wreck This Journal because it sounded like a good way to de-stress — for those who don’t know, it’s a journal that tells you to do whacky things like cutting through pages, cracking the spine, doodling on it with your left hand… So far I haven’t done much with it, but I’ve thrown it down four flights of stairs and it felt incredibly fun. I’ll probably make some posts about it, I’m not very artistic (if you google Wreck This Journal you’ll see people who have done amazingly artsy things with theirs) but I have a box of crayons and coloured pens and I’m determined to have lots of stupid fun with it! The other book is To Be Or Not To Be, the choose-your-own-adventure inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet. I was a huge CYOA fan, I used to borrow the Lone Wolf books from the library in middle grade, so I just had to read this. The photo doesn’t do the book justice, it’s HUGE and the illustrations inside are gorgeous. So far I’ve played a handful of different routes as the ghost of Hamlet’s father and it’s ridiculous and hilarious, I can’t wait to play as Ophelia!
That’s it for this month, buttercups. What’s going on with you? Feel free to share in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!