Music Monday: Amos Lee & Daryl Hall – Windows Are Rolled Down #MusicMonday #AmosLee #Music

Music Monday

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.


Last week’s share:

38 Special – “Second Chance”

This week’s share:

Amos Lee & Daryl Hall

“Windows Are Rolled Down”

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Book Review: Stardust by Neil Gaiman #Stardust #NeilGaiman #FairyTale #BookReview

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Blurb:

Go and catch a falling star . . .

Tristran Thorn promises to bring back a fallen star for his beloved, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester—and crosses the wall that divides his English country town from another, more dangerous world of lords and witches, all of them in search of the star. Rich with adventure and magic, Stardust is one of master storyteller Neil Gaiman’s most beloved tales.

My thoughts:

Stardust tells the story of a rural English village known as Wall, with a large stone wall separating it from a Faerie land beyond. Here, a young boy named Tristran Thorn falls in love with a beautiful, arrogant girl named Victoria. Tristran spills his feelings to her, and she promises him that if he retrieves a fallen star and brings it back to her, she will marry him. Tristran embarks on a journey to locate the star–through the stone wall and into the Faerie realm. Crossing through this barrier has been illicit throughout time. Little does Tristran know, the falling star is treasured by many, and he is not the only one searching for it. 

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This Week’s Reads: A Neil Gaiman Marathon including Stardust #AmReading #Books #NeilGaiman

Reading slowed just a tad for me last week. I finished up Crying in H Mart the week prior and chose Spinning Silver for last week. The kids are finally closing out the school year, but we’re getting into our summer reading pile now, and let me tell you: we have some good stuff in store for summer reads. I have no doubt I’ll be reading more YA and middle-grade over the summer.

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Mini Book Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik #SpinningSilver #BookReview #RetellingReadingChallenge #Retelling

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Blurb: Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold.

When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk–grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh–Miryem’s fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. Set an impossible challenge by the nameless king, Miryem unwittingly spins a web that draws in a peasant girl, Wanda, and the unhappy daughter of a local lord who plots to wed his child to the dashing young tsar.

But Tsar Mirnatius is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of humans and Staryk alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and her two unlikely allies embark on a desperate quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power, and love.

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