New Year, New Giveaway!

Hello, one and all! 2015 may have had a sad ending, but I hope you are all welcoming in the new year with hope and renewal. I spent the day re-organizing my bookshelves. Still not done--not by a long shot!--but progress has been made. Speaking of progress, if you want to win some books, make sure you read all the way to the end of the post!

Here's what I'm looking forward to this year:

Books: You guys, a new Maria V. Snyder book comes out in February! We'll be part of the Night Study book tour, so stay tuned for that. And there are so many other things coming out, too many to name at this point with the whole year ahead of us!

Events: Ruta Sepetys is coming to SoCal! and Thuy has handily updated the calendar for the next few weeks. I will likely be at this next week.

Movies: Oh, OH so much to look forward to. Captain America: Civil War will be out soon (I have already requested the day off) and there will be a slew of Tom Hiddleston things coming up, including High Rise (March 18, alongside Elisabeth Moss and Luke Evans, and based on the J.G. Ballard novel), The Night Manager (April on AMC, based on the John Le Carré novel, co-starring Hugh Laurie), and I Saw the Light, (March 25, based on the life of country legend Hank Williams, co-starring Elizabeth Olsen, who will almost certainly make me weep my face off in this movie). 

Chills. I don't care if it's probably going to be a hot mess; I'm going to watch it anyway.

I can't even with the movie lists. I may be more excited about movies in 2016 than books in 2016.

Here's a pretty good PopSugar list of 100 books to read before they're movies* and a New Republic list of highly anticipated 2016 movies, with which I mostly agree (don't know about that Mel Gibson one, srsly).

* for the record, I don't think you should read the book before the movie if you haven't read it by the time you know the movie is happening. Read it after, if you like (the book is almost always better), but reading it before is just like spoiling yourself on purpose.

Comedy: David Cross, one of my most favorite comedians ever, is on tour for the next 6 months, and the husband bought us tickets. Much excitement.

Music: School of Seven Bells has a posthumous (RIP Benjamin Curtis) album launching in a few weeks. I must have it. New Animal Collective too! Cautiously trying not to think too hard about the previously unreleased originals and covers by the late Jeff Buckley in March. 

Things to do: Universal Studios Hollywood's Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens in April. OH MY.

So close I can almost touch it #hogwarts #wizardingworldofharrypotter #universalstudioshollywood

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I don't have resolutions, but I do have a couple of simple, and I think, doable goals this year:

  1. Organize and declutter my apartment--really, I was good at this once! And can be again.
  2. Finish knitting this thing I promised my friend I'd knit (sorry, Christina)
  3. Get A's in my next 4 business classes--I just started my first one of the year!
  4. Find a home for this kitty:

Yep, that's our sweet, nameless foster kitty who I will be very sad to let go, but let go we must--once we find her a good forever home. So if you're in the Los Angeles area and in the market for a young, well-behaved, formerly feral cat, please email me! She really is a stellar kitty... we'd very nearly trade one of our existing cats for her, except that would be really cruel (I'm just glad John Carter & Mars can't read!)

The rest of her cat colony (3 other cats) is still out there in the rain and cold :( I wish we could take them all in! If you would like to help them, please check out this fundraiser by my friend Esmeralda (who is saving up to get the remaining cats placed in a no-kill shelter).

What are you excited about or looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments!

If you're in the US, you can enter to win two of our favorite books from 2015, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

  1. Open to the US only, ends 1/31/2015.
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