#CruelPrinceReadalong Week Four: Chapters 23 through Epilogue

Thanks for joining me for my re-read of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

This week everyone finished the book.

What do you think of it so far? Leave a comment with your thoughts and reading progress. (No spoilers if you’ve read ahead please!)

#CruelPrinceReadalong Week Three: Chapters 15 through 22

Thanks for joining me for my re-read of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

This week everyone read through Chapter 22.

What do you think of it so far? Leave a comment with your thoughts and reading progress. (No spoilers if you’ve read ahead please!)

#CruelPrinceReadalong Week Two: Chapters 8 through 14

Thanks for joining me for my re-read of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

This week everyone read through Chapter 14.

What do you think of it so far?

I won’t be able to host a live chat this week BUT be sure to watch the hashtag on Twitter where I will be posted a thread of discussion questions you can answer at your leisure.

Leave a comment with your thoughts and reading progress. (No spoilers if you’ve read ahead please!)

#CruelPrinceReadalong Week One: Chapters 1 through 7

Thanks for joining me for my re-read of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.

This week everyone started the book and read through Chapter 7.

Remember you can also follow the hashtag cruelprincereadalong on Twitter at 4pm EST on Sunday December 9 for a live chat about the book so far.

What do you think of it so far? Any favorite scenes or characters?

Leave a comment with your thoughts and reading progress. (No spoilers if you’ve read ahead or are re-reading please!)

Even in Paradise Synchronized Reading Roundup

Synchronized Readings are a semi-regular feature Nicole and I run together every few months.

This month Nicole and I read Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot.

Here’s a rundown of all the posts I wrote up for the Synchronized Reading:

You can also head over to Nicole’s blog to see her posts:

  • Nicole’s Intro
  • Author Interview with Sarah Beth Durst
  • Post #1: Mementos
  • Nicole’s Even in Paradise review

Even in Paradise Synchronized Reading Post #1: Mementos

Synchronized Readings are a semi-regular feature Nicole and I run together every few months.

Our current Synchronized Reading is Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot.

Charlotte, the narrator of Even in Paradise, spend a lot of the novel collecting mementos to mark important moments and things she wants to remember. All of her items go into a big toolbox that she calls her memory box.

When Nicole and I started thinking about something to talk about for our Sync Read of the book, we decided that it only made sense to mention mementos of our own.

Although I’m trying to get better about it, I save a lot of things. Sometimes things that I shouldn’t and sometimes things that are personally significant. I have a booklet I made to store tickets to movies, shows and concerts. I collect postcards.

I have a large box filled with cards I received over the years from my mom and various family members including aunts and uncles who have since died. These in particular have become very special to me in recent years as they are one of the few tangible memories I have for relatives I’ll never see again.

When I was younger I acquired quite a few seashells and precious stone nuggets during trips to South Street Seaport as well as sea glass from a beach trip. One of my prized possessions remains an actual mother of pearl shell that I found myself at the beach.

I also collect keychains and decks of playing cards from places I have been (and from places friends have been too!). Nicole gave me an “I *heart* Darcy” keychain from her trip to London and I haven’t taken it off my keys since. Another special one is a wooden kokeshi style doll from my mom that I’ve kept on my keys at all times since 2009.

The last thing I really actively try to save from special places is pressed pennies. Places like Disney World have lots of machines with different designs you can press into a penny as it flattens. Sometimes you’ll also come across them at random places–a souvenir shop in Times Square, a Rainforest Cafe in New Jersey, the Sanrio Store. This is the hardest memento to get because it requires forward planning in the form of a penny and some quarters on your person (pressed pennies usually cost fifty cents) but it’s also something I really enjoy saving. I have pennies from Disney World, Los Angeles, and some New York specific ones among others.

No matter what the item, I’m able to look at these things fondly–with a little bit of joy even–as I remember when I acquired them and what they meant to me.

What are some special mementos that you have saved over the years?

Even in Paradise: Synchronized Reading Intro

Synchronized Reading returns! This time Nicole and I will be reading Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot.

Be sure to check here this week and also check out Nicole’s blog to get the full reading picture! In addition to posts about the book and review we will also both be interviewing Chelsey Philpot this week.

Nicole and I were both super excited to get this book at BEA last year even though it wound up sitting on both of our shelves for quite some time. When we were thinking about our next Synchronized reading it felt like the perfect time to pick up this one.

In summary: Nicole and I will be reading Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot. We will be blogging about it. It will be awesome.

You, too, can read Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot as it is now.