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This Isn’t the Story of Us

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If you had never moved to New York, do you think you and Mark would still have met? Bridget, a good friend, had once asked me this question.

 No, of course not. I had replied, and I had meant it. If asked today, I’d still mean it.

She wants to believe in fate. Kismet. Soul mates. The idea that two people meant to be together will find each other. No matter what.

I don’t believe in this nonsense. I told her I’d have found someone else. Proximity is way more responsible for love than the quantifiable illusion of destiny.

So.

This isn’t the story of how we met. Mark and I.

It isn’t a love story that began with a silly speed-dating event. We never had our first date at that dive bar.

I never felt the undeniable pangs of falling love too soon. Or how I denied it. How I was skittish to find myself getting more tangled in his life.

Or how I could tell how much he loved me without him even having to say it. How he adored me in the beginning up until almost the end. But there is always an end, isn’t there?

It’s not the story of how our lives mingled together.

Or how his friends became my friends. My friends grew to be his.

It’s not the story of how I thought we had the kind of relationship that would last. The kind of relationship people should be jealous of. The kind most people didn’t have.

It’s certainly not about how it ended. Horribly. Cruelly. Broken into pieces.

Nor is it even the story of how he came back one day, spouting words of how he’d changed and how he didn’t quite know how to let me go.

Or even how I agreed to give us another chance only to find out that nothing really changes.

This is the tale of two people and the choices that they make. Choices that lead people away from each other rather than toward each other.

I mean…does anyone really believe we still might have met? Despite taking different paths in life?

Sure. Anything is possible. At our core, our personalities would have been similar. Our interests, similar. So yeah, it’s possible. Probable, though?

Yet as we stumbled. As we teetered and blundered through a chance to reunite in spite of our very real-life complicated situation, I decided to look at our stories. Apart. Where would we be? Who would we be? Who would we love and who would love us?

This isn’t the story of us. This is the story of them.

Stay turned for Chapter 1: The Night We Never Met—Meg

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Reading Goal Roundup and My Top Books/Series of 2014

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2014 is over, and while I didn’t succeed in reading 100 books this year, I did read twice as many as last year (65 vs 32). Also, I did read some great nonfiction as well as find some new series to obsess over.

I’ve cleaned off my digital bookshelf to make room for shiny new books. Also, in short order, I’ll be sending out a post about upcoming book releases that I’m excited to read. 🙂

Here’s a recap of what I read in 2014.

  • A Study in Silks (Baskerville Affair #1) by Emma Jane Holloway
  • Caliban’s War (Expanse #2) by James S. A. Corey
  • Up from the Grave (Night Huntress conclusion) by Jeaniene Frost
  • Burn (Pure #3) by Julianna Baggott
  • Abaddon’s Gate (Expanse #3) by James S.A. Corey
  • Dawn’s Early Light (A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #3) by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
  • Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Ilona Andrews (plus a reread of the first 6 books)
  • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
  • Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
  • A Study in Darkness (Baskerville Affair #2) by Emma Jane Holloway
  • A Study in Ashes (Baskerville Affair #3) by Emma Jane Holloway
  • A Conspiracy of Alchemists (Chronicles of Light and Shadow #1) by Liesel Schwarz
  • A Clockwork Heart (Chronicles of Light and Shadow #2) by Liesel Schwarz
  • The Graveyard Game (Company #4) by Kage Baker
  • The Life of the World to Come (Company #5) by Kage Baker
  • The Sorcery Code (Sorcery Code #1) by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires
  • Talented (Talented Saga #1) by Sophie Davis
  • Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars by Nick James
  • The Girl with the Windup Heart (The Steampunk Chronicles #4) by Kady Cross
  • The Blackhouse  by Peter May
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Balanced on a Blade’s Edge (Dragon Blood #1) by Lindsay Buroker
  • Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach
  • Honor’s Knight (Paradox #2) by Rachel Bach
  • Heaven’s Queen (Paradox #3) by Rachel Bach
  • Claimed (Flash Gold #4) Lindsay Buroker
  • A Lady of Spirit (Magnificent Devices #6) by Shelley Adina
  • Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
  • The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway by Doug Most
  • Cibola Burn (Expanse #4) by James S.A. Corey
  • The Immortal Crown (Age of X #2) by Richelle Mead
  • Caged (Talented Saga #2) by Sophie Davis
  • The Secret Place by Tana French
  • Hunted (Talented Sage #3) by Sophie Davis
  • The Book of Life (All Souls Triology # 3) by Deborah Harkness
  • Blood Rights by Kristen Painter
  • Archetype by M.D. Waters
  • Prototype by M.D. Waters
  • Sisters’ Fate (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood
  • The Lewis Man by Peter May
  • The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2) by Rick Yancy
  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  • Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews
  • The Winter Long (October Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire
  • Gossamer Wing (Steam and Seduction #1) by Delphine Dryden
  • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  • Disenchantment & Co. (Disenchantment & Co. #1) by Lynn Viehl
  • The Clockwork Wolf (Disenchantment & Co. #2) by Lynn Viehl
  • Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1) by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Authority (Southern Reach Trilogy #2) by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Acceptance (Southern Reach Trilogy #3) by Jeff VanderMeer
  • The Clockwork Dagger (Clockwork Dagger #1) by Beth Cato
  • Sky Pirates (Chronicles of Light and Shadow #3) by Liesel Schwarz
  • Far Orbit Anthology by World Weaver Press
  • The Atlantis Gene (The Origin Mystery #1) by A.G. Riddle
  • Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School #3) by Gail Carriger

Top Books/Series:

Archetype and Prototype by M.D. Waters

Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews

The Winter Long (October Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire

Paradox series by Rachel Bach

Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Ilona Andrews

Dawn’s Early Light (A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #3) by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

2014 ALA Annual Conference

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Here in Las Vegas promoting amazing series nonfiction at the American Library Association Annual Conference. Having a great time meeting with Bearport’s sales reps, wholesalers and especially all of the librarians.

Librarians are some of the sweetest and savviest people and they deserve tons of credit for everything they do to engage readers particularly in times of budget cuts and layoffs.

Support your local library and keep the social aspect of reading alive!

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A couple of books to add to the pile…

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Daily Candy posted an article about their most anticipated books for this year…I read over the list and while most of them didn’t interest me, I did find a couple of interesting gems so I’m throwing them on my digital book pile.  I took recommendations from io9 last year though and was mostly disappointed.  Here’s hoping these suggestions prove more entertaining!

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Releases 3/6/14

–The Snow White story retold (again)…the line from the blurb that drew me: “fearlessly tackles complicated issues like race and female competitiveness, even as it tells a fascinating story.”

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
Releases 4/1/14

–Author of Room (which is amazing)…this title is a work of historical fiction based on a crime in 1876 San Francisco.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Releases 9/4/14

–a flight of magic and fantasy, what drew my eye: “set partially in a near-future Ireland after the world’s climate has collapsed.”

Anticipation Builds for New Book Releases

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2014 is going to be a big year of reading!

My goals are to read 100 new books and to discover a new series that will captivate me completely (preferably one that has already finished or is almost done so I’m not adding more books to my can’t wait, devour, and then sigh wait ANOTHER year only to repeat cycle).

The list is a little lighter than it was last year.  Partly because a number of series came to an end last year and book release dates (and even titles) not available yet for others. Mostly though, I have a couple of series I’ve started and want to finish…the books are there, I just need to READ! Of course that last statement conflicts with goal number two but I merely consider that motivation to finish up my digital bookshelf to make way for something completely new.

List (sorted by release date):

Up from the Grave (Night Huntress conclusion) by Jeaniene Frost
Releases 1/28/14

Burn (Pure #3) by Julianna Baggott
Releases 2/4/14

Dawn’s Early Light (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #3) by Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine
Releases 3/25/14

A Lady of Spirit (Magnificent Devices #6) by Shelley Adina
Releases 5/31/14

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo
Releases 6/3/14

The Book of Life (All Souls Triology # 3) by Deborah Harkness
Releases 7/15/14

Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Ilona Andrews
Releases 7/29/14

Sisters’ Fate (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood
Releases 8/13/14

The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2) by Rick Yancy
Releases 9/16/14

The Winter Long (October Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire
Releases Sept 2014

I’ll be adding to this list over the next few months as book release dates start to crop up, so please check back for updates as year continues.

Also, if you have any book suggestions, please feel free to post. :)

Update to the Digital Bookshelf

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2013 is over, but before the year ended, I managed to cross off a healthy amount of books from my digital bookshelf (32 out of 39 actually) plus a number of books that didn’t end up on said bookshelf (out of sheer laziness on my part, I’ll be better in 2014, I promise).

The forlorn books collecting dust up on the shelf are still there, and very soon they will be joined by bright and shiny new ones.  Also, in short order, I’ll be getting out a post about upcoming book releases that I’m excited over. 🙂

Here’s a recap of what I read…and if you’re wondering, the little   means it was  a favorite:

  • Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger
  • In the Garden of Iden (The Company #1) by Kage Baker
  • The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress 
  • The Queen is Dead (Immortal Empire #2) by Kate Locke
  • Fuse (The Pure Trilogy #2) by Julianna Baggott
  • The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
  • Brilliant Devices (Magnificent Devices #4) by Shelley Adina
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) by George R.R. Martin
  • A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by George R.R. Martin
  • A Discovery of Witches (All Souls #1) by Deborah Harkness
  • Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
  • Dead Ever After Charlaine Harris
  • The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
  • Tempest Reborn (Jane True #6) by Nicole Peeler
  • A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4) by George R.R. Martin
  • A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George R.R. Martin
  • The Girl with the Iron Touch (Steampunk Chronicles #3) by Kady Cross
  • Siege and Storm (The Grisha Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo
  • Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotswood
  • Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews
  • Chimes at Midnight (October Daye #7) by Seanan McGuire
  • Shadow of Night (All Souls #2) by Deborah Harkness
  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
  • Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger
  • Long Live the Queen (Immortal Empire #3) by Kate Locke
  • The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker
  • Touch of Steel: A Novel of Clockwork Agents by Kate Cross
  • His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire # 1) by Naomi Novik
  • Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
  • Mendoza in Hollywood (Company #3by Kage Baker
  • A Lady of Resources (Magnificent Devices # 5) by Shelley Adina

Embracing Fine Prints

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Embracing Fine Prints

So I’ve fully embraced the digital age…gave up the wonderful dusty smell of old–and new–books for my shiny new ereader. When I edit my own writing, I do it from the comfort of my laptop instead pouring over pages of printed text with a red pen.

However, sometimes a girl just has to admit that print, print books, and paper products are beautiful.

Case in point: the gorgeous new journal from Florence that a friend brought me home as a souvenir. I’m swooning at it’s simple elegance, nostalgic for the days when I put pen to paper to create worlds.

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