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
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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.

Chasing Power Synchronized Reading Roundup

Synchronized Readings are a semi-regular feature The Book Bandit and I will be running together every few months.

This month Nicole and I read Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst.

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:

Chasing Power Synchronized Reading Post #1: Super Powers

Synchronized Readings are a semi-regular feature The Book Bandit and I will be running together every few months.

Our current Synchronized Reading is Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst.

Once we knew that Chasing Power was about a girl with telekinesis and a teleporting boy, Nicole and I knew we wanted to talk about what power we would want for ourselves.

I don’t know if it’s because I am a big fan of fantasy, but I spend a lot of time thinking about which super power I want. Flying is out because I’m afraid of heights. Teleporting could be cool because it would make traveling a lot easier but at the same time I sometimes like the chance to meander or read on my commute (though recently my commute has been getting me down so I have to say this one has become more and more appealing).

But one I come back to more often than most is the ability to control time. I don’t mean time travel because that would be a mess. I don’t really want to stop time on a global scale because that’s just asking for trouble and could lead to being kidnapped by a super villain.

What I really want to do is be able to step out of time. Just leave and be in my own little bubble where I could get stuff done whether that means reading a book or making Christmas gifts or whatever. I’d really like to just take a step back and have time stop for me so no one would notice me missing (and maybe I’d only be gone for a minute or two even if I really step away for a few hours?) so I could get more stuff done.

Thinking about it now I realize this power could lead to problems where I would age prematurely. Perhaps I could just use this power really responsibly? Or maybe as a secondary power I would also not age while stepping out of time?

Obviously there are still a lot things to work if this power ever becomes a reality. For now maybe I should just settle on the power of speed reading?

Actually, forget everything I just said. I recently did a guest post for Andi’s Parallel Time Loop about Pivot Point. And I have to say thinking about Addie’s ability to see how different decisions will change her future, I’m pretty tempted to make that choice. I feel like it could be just as dangerous as controlling time or time travel but I really like the idea of always knowing what’s coming.

What power would you want to have?

Synchronized Reading: Chasing Power

Synchronized Reading is back! This time Nicole and I will be reading Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst.

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 Sarah Beth Durst this week.

Nicole and I were both super excited to chat with Sarah a bit at BEA this year and also to get shiny ARCs of her newest book so of course it was an obvious choice for our next Synchronized Reading.

As is tradition now I also had a manicure to match the cover:

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In summary: Nicole and I will be reading Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst. We will be blogging about it. It will be awesome. You, too, can read Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst as it is now.

Synchronized Reading Roundup: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Synchronized Readings are a semi-regular feature The Book Bandit and I will be running together every few months.

This month Nicole and I read Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma.

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:

I’m also giving away a copy of Imaginary Girls. Details here!