Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Top 5 Most Unlikable Characters


This week I participated in Top 5 Wednesday for the first time and I thought since our theme for this week's blogoversary is Top 5 it would be perfect to share my first Top 5 video with you all!

If you don't know, Top 5 Wednesday is a feature for bloggers and booktubers based on a Goodreads group. There is a unique topic for each Wednesday and bloggers and booktubers make posts or videos to discuss their responses. Here is the link to the Goodreads group if you'd like to participate - and let me know if you do!
Top 5 Wednesday

This week's topic is:

Top 5 Most Unlikable Characters
These cannot be characters that were purposely written as villains, mean girls, etc. but rather characters that were meant to be likable, but that you just didn't like at all. Check out my choices below! Did I name any characters you love? Who would you add to this list?

Top 5 Most Unlikable Characters


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Blogoversary RTFB Spotlight: The Iron Seas Series by Meljean Brook


Can you believe Goldilox and the Three Weres is five years old already? 

In those five years, one of our favorite and most popular features has been Read This F@!%ing Book. In one of these posts, our bloggers or guest contributors get to gush about a book or series they love and think deserves more attention. I found some of my all-time favorite series because someone recommended them in RTFB.


As part of our five year Blogoversary celebration, we're spotlighting one of our favorite Read This F@!%ing Book posts each day this week.

I've been reading the Read This F@!%ing Book feature for a long time and I remember the post that first convinced me that I needed to was the one Goldilox wrote on The Iron Seas Series by Meljean Brook! And I'm so glad I picked them up! Pirates! Zombies! Airships! They were everything I thought I never knew I wanted it! I'd highly recommend picking them up if you haven't read them. You can check out the original post here.

 Are you interested in starting this series?
 Did we persuade you to add it to your TBR mountain?
Or have you read it and love it as much as I do?
Let us know in the comments below!

Blogoversary: Top 5 Reviews of 2016


Can you believe that Goldilox and the Three Weres is five years old already? Where has the time gone? We've read and reviewed tons of great books over the last five years but we wanted to do a post where we focus on five of our reviews of 2016 books. So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are Rose Red's top five reviews of 2016 so far.

I adored this YA book by Victoria Schwab. It really resonated with me. So much so that my review ended up being a thank you letter to Victoria for writing the book.

Umm... Is it a surprise that I loved the latest Mercy Thompson book?

The Raven King may be the 2016 release but I marathoned the whole Raven Cycle series this year. I am more than a little obsessed with these books and characters now.

You all know how much I adore Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series. I've reread the first 14 books five times since last June. It is a series after my own heart. So of course I loves this latest installment. It was an ensemble book that actually lived up to the hype. I can't wait to see where things go in this series from here.


5. The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish
Kristi Charish never fails to give us unique urban fantasy stories. This time we get voodoo in Seattle and it is glorious! Like I paid international shipping and ordered myself a copy from Canada glorious.



This Savage Song Giveaway!
Because it's our fifth birthday, we're doing giveaways every day! Today, I'm giving away a signed hardcover of This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab and a violin necklace!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Blogoversary RTFB Spotlight: The Generation V series by M.L. Brennan


Can you believe Goldilox and the Three Weres is five years old?

In those five years, one of our favorite and most popular features has been Read This F@!%ing Book. In one of these posts, our bloggers or guest contributors get to gush about a book or series they love and think deserves more attention. I found some of my all-time favorite series because someone recommended them in RTFB.


As part of our five year Blogoversary celebration, we're spotlighting one of our favorite Read This F@!%ing Book posts each day this week.

One of my favorite posts that I wrote after joining the blog featured M.L. Brennan's Generation V series. And it's one that I still think more people should be reading. I love Brennan's unique take on the vampire mythos. Check out the original post here. (The headers are all eighties song titles because book three, Tainted Blood, had me singing Soft Cell for days.)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21840287-tainted-blood
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Are you interested in starting this series?
 Did we persuade you to add it to your TBR mountain?
Or have you read it and love it as much as I do?
Let us know in the comments below!



Blogoversary: Five Fave Guest Posts and Mystery Box Giveaway!



Can you believe Goldilox and the Three Weres is five years old already?  

Looking back at five years of posts,  I realized how many of my all-time favorite authors I discovered in that time. I always love it when they post as themselves (or their characters.) And we've had so many great authors visit the blog it's tough to pick a favorite, but I gave it a shot. Here are my top five guest posts and interviews from the last five years.
Okay, I admit it. I just love this post because it's full of cute puppy photos. But look at the cute puppy!



Inspired by creatures you might find in Criminy's Clockwork Caravan, this list is ridiculous and awesome. Delilah's actually been on the blog quite a bit over the years. Her interview with Kitty, the demon from her Southern Gothic YA Servants of the Storm from Goldilox and the Three Scares 2014 is another one of my favorites.


  • Patricia Briggs Q&A from March 2014
Patricia Briggs! That's really all I need to say about this one.

  • Suzanne Johnson's Mr. Dog and the Pirate: An interview with Alex Warin and Jean Lafitte of the Sentinels of New Orleans series, a Coastal Magic Featured Author spotlight from 2014
I have had this series on my TBR list forever. Looking back at this post reminds me why.


  • Goldilox's Interview with Jupe from Jenn Bennett's Arcadia Bell series from Birthday Bash 2012
Jupe is one of my all-time favorite supporting characters and his interview is hilarious.

Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell, #1)


Mystery Box Giveaway!
Because it's our fifth birthday, I've got a box of five surprise UF/PNR books, at least one of which is signed. I'll also throw in some bookmarks and other swag, some of which is also signed.
 (International)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Blogoversary RTFB Spotlight: The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie


Can you believe Goldilox and the Three Weres is five years old already? 

One of our favorite features here at the Goldilox blog is our Read This F@!%ing Book feature. Both Rose Red and Gretl were reading these posts way before they started blogging with Goldilox. So in honor of our Blogoversary, we're spotlighting a favorite RTFB post everyday.

Today's Spotlight Post is about The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie!
You can visit the original post here

We all have books that the Read This F@!%ing Book feature entices us to buy. My most recent RTFB purchase can be attributed to Gretl's post about this book. It's Pacific Rim without the robots and with Lady Pirates. I'll be honest. I was buying this book as soon as Gretl told us about the Pacific Rim comparison because who doesn't want to read about epic Sea Monster Battles? There's also lots of awesome diversity and girl power everywhere in this book. It's just so good, guys!

Have you read this book?
Did we persuade you to add it to your TBR mountain?
Let us know in the comments below!

Blogoversary: Top 5 Favorite Posts + Giveaway!


Can you believe that Goldilox and the Three Weres is five years old already? 


Where has the time gone? I started this blog all by my lonesome five years ago, sitting in the second bedroom of my apartment, with no header and a spider web for the blog's button graphic. A SPIDER WEB:


Then I nixed the web and went with something more simple, and very boring:


Finally, I asked a graphic designer, and fellow blogger, how much she would charge to create a header and a button for me. Thank goodness! (Shoutout to Mariya!)


And, finally, as you probably already know, I asked her to update Goldilox a little bit. Which led us to what we have representing our blog now:


Yowza! So much has happened in the span of five years! Most notably, that there is more than just me all by my lonesome nowadays. Margaret, aka Gretl, and Jessica, aka Rose Red, have been tremendous saviors for this blog when I needed to step back and recover from the dreaded blogger burnout. 
But enough mushy gushy sentimental stuff - onto the post and, of course, THE GIVEAWAY - which is international!

Today I am sharing with you my Top 5 favorite posts on the blog of all time. This is pretty near impossible. So, as much as these posts are ones I hold very dear and are definitely favorites of mine, I'm sure I could also pick a few others as well. And of course at the end is a giveaway for you guys as a thank you for being here with us!

Top 5 Favorite Posts



This was my very first post on this blog you guys! On July 31, 2011, I wrote and posted my review for Rachel Vincent's Stray, and the rest is history. It's a little rough around the edges, and the formatting of the review is pretty different from what we use on the blog today, but surprisingly it's not too cringeworthy. 




This post is special to me because it was the first of the feature Read This F@!%ing Book. I wanted to create an original feature on the blog that would spread the word on books, authors, and series that I loved that I felt weren't getting enough attention. Ironically, my first post was on a series that wasn't really that obscure! But, the feature went on to spread the word about books and series that were more obscure and it continues to be a blog regular!




Oh man, I remember doing these two events. In all honesty I should really do another one. The Netgalley Knockout was a pledge to get through as many ebooks for review as you could. For the event, readers and bloggers signed up to finish as many of the e-ARCs from Netgalley, Edelweiss, or directly from the publisher as possible during the time span. 




Darynda Jones is one of my favorite authors and over time she has become such a good friend of this blog. She's done interviews, guest posts, and giveaways here more times that I can count right now. But this interview was the first. It was also the first big author I had interviewed for the blog and it was a pretty darn big deal to me when I posted that interview. 




Hello my name is Christen...er, Goldilox...and I'm an addict. I'm addicted to the Downside series by Stacia Kane. And Sacrificial Magic was the first book in the series that I read after beginning the blog so it was the first in the series that I could review here on the blog. For some reason this series just resonates with me in a way no other series ever has and I still adore it to this day. It's one of the few series that I actually reread. 


Now, onto the giveaway!



To celebrate five years of Goldilox and the Three Weres, I'm giving one lucky winner any book, or books, of their choice, up to $20, from the Book Depository, meaning this giveaway is international!
You must be 13 or older to enter and you must live in a place that Book Depository ships to...and that's it! 
Enter on the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!



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