Creativity’s Corner is back in business!

Jun
30
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Hi there! How have you been? Long time no see, yes?

it’s been a rocky few weeks here on Creativity’s Corner. Between a hosting move, several trips to other parts of the state/country (picking up furniture for my new apartment and family wedding – YAY!) and studying I haven’t been able to post as much as I would like. The good news is we’re finally moved to the new host, after a few tense moments since I’m not particularly computer savvy, and I’m planning on staying home for a few weeks, so I might actually get caught up!

That said, there’s still lots to do to get ready, what with studying, painting furniture, making curtains etc. The likelihood is pretty good that there will be a few posts I miss, and comments I don’t get back to. So I apologize in advance if things get a little sporadic around here. At this point I don’t intend to shut the blog down, so even if it has been a while since you’ve seen me, I promise I’ll be back as soon as I can.

Have a great summer and I hope I’ll see you soon!





Bookish Bucket List: The Dark Unwinding

Jun
24
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Thanks to Kristilyn from Reading in Winter for designing the banner!

Have you ever finished a book and said “Man, I wish I could ________ like that?” Bookish Bucket List is a semi-regular feature for the things I’ve put on my bucket list and the books that made me do so.

The Dark Unwinding cover
Title: The Dark Unwinding

Author: Sharon Cameron

Summary: [from GoodReads]

hen Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his remote English estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of childlike rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London. Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she has grown to care for—a conflict made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a mysterious student, and fears for her own sanity. As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle’s world at stake, but also the state of England as they know it.

Bucket List Entry: Visit a clockworks factory Read more »





A few weeks ago, I was in the worst reading slump I’d had all year. I’d barely read in weeks, and when I did it wasn’t fiction – I was stuck with cookbooks! It wasn’t that I didn’t want to read (okay, that was some of it) but nothing was appealing to me. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong that all these books I was supposedly excited about suddenly didn’t matter. So I started problem solving and asked myself what I wanted to read. All of my answers were along the lines of “something that makes me feel like I did reading Harry Potter the first time around.”

And that brings us to my question – if you had the opportunity to forget everything you know about your favorite series/book so you could experience it for the first time again, would you do it? If you would, but you could only use it once, on a single series/book, what series/book would you choose? (I haven’t quite decided if I would or not – that first time is kind of precious, you know?)





Book Review: Etiquette & Espionage

Jun
12
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Etiquette & Espionage Etiquette & Espionage in 2013
Pages: 307
Goodreads

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners—and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage—in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.

My Review

For a book that I anticipated so much (boarding school and steampunk are two of my favorite elements in a YA novel) it sure took me a long time to get around to reading it! In any case I am happy to say that it most definitely did not disappoint!

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Vacation is over

Jun
10
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Isn’t a little vacation nice? These past few weeks have been awesome! For one thing, I got to spend a whole weekend visiting with Kristilyn from Reading in Winter! We had a lot of fun hanging out, working on puzzles and just getting to know each other IRL.

Okay, so my smile is terrible, but here: Proof!

I also did a lot of catching up on my studies – I’m out of the Middle Ages now! Only 1600 more years of composers to go! I didn’t spend enough time working on the blog, so coming back was… bumpy to say the least. But, I’m back now! I have some fun things planned for this summer, so we’ll see where this goes! Keep an eye out – I’ll be looking for some help sometime soon. For now, if you’re someone who loves contemporary and would be interested in doing a guest post of recommendations or a general discussion, please let me know!





Wanted: Lesser Known Fairy Tales

Jun
07
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Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

I adore fairy tales and fairy tale retellings. But, strangely enough, the majority of my favorite fairy tales are the ones that aren’t very well known, and are rarely retold. Everyone loves Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. Quite a few like Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast (admittedly, one of my favorites too. But the most mainstream of all of them, I promise!) But what about Tam Lin? The Twelve Dancing PrincessesThe Snow Queen? Swan Lake or The Firebird? Even the more well-known ones that just don’t get retold, like Hansel and Gretl or The Princess and the Pea. These fairy tales aren’t worse than the big five – they just get ignored because everyone is so obsessed with the others. Let’s see a few new ones shall we?

Some examples of uncommon fairy tale retellings that I’ve loved: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, East by Edith Pattou, many of the Once Upon a Time series published by Simon Pulse, The Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey.





Media Monday: Star Trek Into Darkness

Jun
03
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Title: Star Trek Into Darkness
Media Type: Feature Film
Director: J.J. Abrams
Studio: Paramount
Genre: Science Fiction
Summary: [from IMDB]

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

Warning: I am not even going to try to stay spoiler free for this one so if you haven’t seen it STOP READING! Read more »





Time for a little vacation!

May
20
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Hi everyone! Just a quick note to let you all know that I’m going on a short two week hiatus. Don’t worry! Nothing is wrong. But the next few weeks are going to be pretty busy between guests and a band concert and all sorts of different things. I’m also hoping I can take this time to do some serious blog planning, and really start to get myself ahead (and out of the reading slump!) I won’t be gone completely – probably you’ll still see me on Twitter – but a little R & R is definitely what the doctor ordered, so maybe not.

In the meantime, I hope all of you have a great couple of weeks!





Wanted: High Fantasy

May
17
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Thanks to Kristilyn for designing the button!

Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

You know what I used to read ALL. THE. TIME. in high school and haven’t touched now in years? High fantasy! I used to love that stuff – the epic quests, the insanely huge world-building and all that jazz. Now, I know those books still exist, and new ones are written every day. In fact, I have a majority of them on my TBR list to pick up someday. But I’ve mostly stopped reading them, because almost all of them could be used as DOORSTOPS. So, more accurately, what I want is high fantasy that isn’t a million pages long! Anywhere up to, say 500 pages is fine – usually I can get through those in a few days and still manage to get through enough in a year to fill up all my review spots. More than that, and I’m looking at a week to a week and a half per book, making it difficult for me to keep up with my two-reviews-per-week schedule unless I’m quite a bit ahead. And worse, many of these high fantasies feature not one, not two, but TEN doorstops, each topping out between 700 and 1000 pages – it’s just too much! I can’t afford the time! A few less pages, and I guarantee you’d have another reader!





Book Review: Jenny Pox

May
15
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Jenny Pox Jenny Pox in 2010
Goodreads

Eighteen-year-old Jenny Morton has a horrific secret: her touch spreads a deadly supernatural plague, the "Jenny pox." She lives by a single rule: Never touch anyone. A lifetime of avoiding any physical contact with others has made her isolated and painfully lonely in her small rural town.

Then she meets the one boy she can touch. Jenny feels herself falling for Seth...but if she's going to be with him, Jenny must learn to use the deadly pox inside her to confront his ruthless and manipulative girlfriend Ashleigh, who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all.

My Review

I have to admit, I have a tiny bit of prejudice against self-published works. I’ve been burned a little too often, and I am rarely even prepared to accept recommendations anymore. But so many people said Jenny Pox was amazing that I finally broke down and tried it. Remind me to listen to you guys more often!

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