Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ten Books I'm Excited For in 2014



Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at 
The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give our top ten.

This week it's ten books we're excited for in 2014.

So, in no particular order!


1. Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins
I will die of happiness when I finally get this book. Just hopefully not until after I read it.

2. Noggin - John Corey Whaley
Where Things Come Back altered me. I can't wait for Noggin.

3. Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo
It can't be over! But I need to know what happens!

4. Sinner - Maggie Stiefvater
Do I even need to say anything?

5. City of Heavenly Fire - Cassandra Clare
The series is finally over! I mean that in a good way.

6. Darkest Fear - Cate Tiernan
I love her. Love love love her.

7. Into the Still Blue - Veronica Rossi
I just finished relistening to the audio book of the first so I'm excited to continue with the series.

8. Lair of Dreams - Libba Bray
The Diviners is so much fun and so creepy I can't wait to see what she does with the series.

9. Retribution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
I was pretty sure I was going to die when this one was delayed.

10. Infinite Sea - Rick Yancey
The 5th Wave is so brilliant I can't wait to see how Yancey builds on it.

What are your ten? Any I absolutely must pick up?

-A.M.Y-A

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Recommend to...


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give our top ten.

This week we picked the top ten books we'd recommend to anyone of our choice. As a bookseller one of the trickiest ones we get are teenage boys. Mostly because if they're there they don't usually react to our suggestions so it's hard to figure out where to go. If they're not there parents are super into what's a "boy book" and that's hard to work around sometimes.


Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to A Sarcastic Teenage Boy
In no particular order…

1. Paper Towns – John Green
2. 5th Wave – Rick Yancy
3. White Cat – Holly Black
4. Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake
5. Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld
6. Rot and Ruin – Jonathan Maberry
7. Where Things Come Back – John Corey Whaley
8. I Hunt Killers – Barry Lyga
9. Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
10. World War Z – Max Brooks

There's a little bit of everything here. And I think some of these books are really awesome introductory pieces into different kinds of literature. Getting someone who liked one of these and asking them what they liked about it can give you a great idea of what other books to recommend.

I know! I know! It's technically Wednesday but I wrote it! I just hadn't posted it because I was caught up in NaNoWriMo. But I'm almost at 40,000! I'm getting back on track. It's just taking me a bit.

-A.M.Y-A

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Almost Epic Wuthering Heights

I know, it's been forever! To be honest,I hadn't realized how much I needed a break until I took it. Then it was the start of NaNoWriMo and I've been pretty heavily embroiled in that project.

Also, and I'll probably get flogged for this, I didn't really love Wuthering Heights. I really wanted to and for a while my enthusiasm for it as a classic carried me through. That couldn't last though and by the end of it I was uninterested.

So I kept not reading and doing other things or I reread Anna and the French Kiss in the middle there. I didn't want to read anything new while I was still reading Heights but I didn't really want to read Heights either. So I read some graphic novels and Anna and wrote like crazy.

This morning I sat down determined to finish. I did and I still feel pretty Uninterested in the whole thing. Admittedly, I spent a of time thinking to myself, this definitely isn't Jane Eyre. I love Jane Eyre. That probably didn't help.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The So Incredibly Beyond Epic Allegiant (So Full of Spoilers)

I often think that I am too lenient on the series that I really love. There is one notable example in the past where I didn't love the finale but raved about it anyway. I was so afraid of being disappointed that I wouldn't admit that I wasn't thrilled with how it ended.

I was really afraid that this would be the case with Allegiant. It's, perhaps, cynical of me to go into a book expecting to be disappointed while simultaneously being terrified of it. But there it is.

I really didn't need to be worried.

Also, SPOILERS. Oh, the SPOILERS.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Top Ten Books I Was Forced to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give our top ten.

This Week: Ten books we were forced to read.

1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I love this book. Absolutely love it.

2. Fault in Our Stars by John Green
So, it was more strongly suggested that I read this. My one younger sister was all over me about it.

3. Looking For Alaska by John Green
See above.

4. Middlemarch by George Eliot
This is another one that I love. Will Ladislaw, I adore you!

5. Bone People by Keri Hulme
It's been a while since I read this but I was so struck by it.
 
6. Hard Times by Charles Dickens

And thus begins my love affair with Mr. Dickens

7. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
I remember staying up almost all night to finish this in sixth grade.

8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The other younger sister kept telling me how much I would like these. I took my time with it.

9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I just love this book. It's been years since I read it though.

10. Alex by Pierre LeMaitre
I read this one to show that I would. I was blown away.

They weren't all by school, though most were. And my sisters are a pretty big influence on my reading habits but there you have it.

Where were yours? Any overlap?

-A.M.Y-A

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Epically Epic Battle Magic

I've been really worn out the last couple of weeks. Run down and falling asleep as soon as I stop moving exhausted. But I never once fell asleep while reading Battle Magic. Some nights I just didn't read because I knew that I would stay up and I didn't think I could manage the next day.

This book is that awesome. I wanted to reread the others first which is why this took me so long to get to. Reading them, nearly, straight through I loved seeing how Tamora Pierce's writing sort of grew. How much braver she and the characters became.

And take note Tortall fans, this one is a very Tortallian addition to the Circle universe.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Darkly Epic Circle Opens Quartet

So, I held off and did this whole series at once because I find it really interesting to look at these books together in comparison to the first series.

In The Circle Opens our four mages have separated and gone off to different locations. Sandry is staying with her uncle after he has a heart attack, Briar has been waylaid traveling with Rosethorn, Daja is studying the work of iron smiths in the north, and Tris is exploring the world of glass blowing and magic in the far south. The really cool thing about this series is that we got to see them thrown together and bound together and learn that they had to rely on each other in the first series and in this one, they can't even mindspeak anymore. They're too far away for that and so they have to learn to be their own people, something they haven't had the chance to do since they discovered that they have magic. They have to learn to solve problems by looking at it from their own angles, without the added input of the others that they'd learned to rely on.

This series is also substantially darker than the series before. Pierce does not shy away from dealing with some really harsh issues.