Meet Shannon, the Digital of Digital and Vellum!
Introduction / August 30, 2016

Hello all 🙂 It’s been my absolute pleasure to be a frequent guest on D&V, so much so that Crystal and I have decided to make it official! Though you may not see me all the time I am glad to join the project and engage with the growing D&V community. As you may have guessed from my video appearances I am a very spirited, ridiculous, and often foul mouthed person (sorry not sorry). I am currently attending UW-Stout as an Apparel Design and Development major (which answers that burning question you had about why I tangent so hard about fashion and related historical inaccuracies during videos). Things you can expect from me here are book reviews, insane ramblings from a sleep deprived masochist student, lots of talk about audio books, other super fun stuff, and updates on my big D&V project: Reading Around the World. This project is going to be exactly what it sounds like, except this particular “choose your own adventure” is being led by me. That means it’s going to be insightful as well as delightfully entertaining (EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER WANTED RIGHT?! Right). Basically, I have a goal to read various books ranging in genre that…

Review: Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass
Reviews / August 28, 2016

This is a collection of short stories from the view of secondary characters. Most of these are based off of the original Selection books, just from their point of view. The only exception would be the story of the queen Amberly and how she went through her Selection process. Admittedly it was hard to read Amberly’s story since it has to do with the beginning stages of a very controlling and at times abusive relationship. Personally I think she was way too kind for him. The other stories all came from the one that stole my heart. I loved getting to revisit America’s story and see it from the others perspective. The only thing I would say I was missing was exactly how Aspen and Lucy got together. In Aspen’s story he is still head over heels in love with American; and in Lucy’s story their relationship is already established and they just need to break the news to America. It would be nice to see the progression. I loved how Kiera chose the most important part of each of their stories to elaborate on. Seeing Maxon when he falls for America, Marlee’s relationship and going through the caning, we…

Review: Room by Emma Donoghue
Reviews / August 23, 2016

Not what I expected. This was a book told from the eyes of a 5 yr old. You find out that his mother was abducted when she was 19 and forced to live in a 1 room shed. There she has Jack and you follow him from his 5th birthday on. It was jarring to read from such a young perspective, I honestly don’t think that he would be quite so simplistic about certain things. Here again, it has been quite a while since I was 5, so it might be accurate and I just have no recollection. It was hard for me to get into this book; I was afraid what I would read. I started reading it for a book club not knowing that there is a movie out based on it. I wouldn’t mind seeing the movie to get a better idea of Room and the life that he and his mother lived.

Reader Book Problems Tag
Tag Videos / August 15, 2016

Everyone who are avid readers run across similar problems. How you handle them is different for everyone. Who do you think matches your way more, Crystal or Shannon?

July What The Heck Did I Read??
Wrap Ups / August 5, 2016

It’s that time of the month again. Let’s see what I was able to get through for the month of July.   July was a super busy month for me; I started school again, I had some surprises at home including a flood and gas poisoning, all of that on top of the normal adulting I have to do. With all that in mind I was able to read 5 books: The Magicians by Lev Grossman Beckoning Darkness by J.D. Stonebridge Poison Study by Maria V Snyder Into The Dim by Janet Taylor Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness