Monday, December 31, 2012

A Slew of Maureen Johnson Post Two: Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes

I have been recommending this book to people at work based purely on the fact that it has an awesome premise and it's Maureen Johnson.  Now that I've read it I am so so glad that I recommended it to people.

I am going to try my hardest to do this without tossing in my feelings for the second one as well.

I read this one (mostly) on a plane on my way back to Cleveland for Christmas. I pretended I was on my way somewhere exciting. Not that I wasn't excited to be heading home. It's just one of those books that makes you wish you were on some grand adventure.



I absolutely love the whole premise of this book. I immediately wanted to fly off somewhere else and just go. Just wander the world a little. Forget that I have a life. I don't think that I ever could do that but I wanted to so badly. Just go off and see some random show in a random school. Or check out some museums. It made me ready for an adventure.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Slew of Maureen Johnson Part One: The Madness Underneath Pre-Release Post

I've been a bit MIA again. Mostly because I work in retail and it was Christmas. Then I went home for Christmas and didn't bring my computer. This was a problem. Mostly because I got stuck there an extra two days (there are far worse places to be stuck than home). But that puts me way behind on my posting.

While I was home/on the way back I read the following:
The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman
The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton
The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

Over the next couple of days I'll try my hardest to play catch up on posts. They won't quite be the usual immediately after reading posts but they'll exist and that's important. Until then here is my mini-prerelease post on The Madness Underneath.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Epic E. Aster Bunnymund and The Warrior Eggs At Earth's Core

Titles! So long!

I actually finished this book last night and then fell asleep at my computer again...

Anyway, since I talked about my history with the series last time I'll just launch right into it.

William Joyce does another wonderful job of weaving the mythology that the reader knows into the story and the characters that he's created. Bunnymund and his chocolate and how eggs are the perfect shape. But in this story he's the last of the Pookas.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope Santa Brings


Another post! I'm almost doing well!


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 hope Santa brings us.

1. The Sandman and/or The Man in the Moon by William Joyce
These aren't actually on my Christmas list so the odds of it happening are not the best but it would still be awesome.

2. Cursed by Jennifer Armentrout
I haven't bought this one yet because I have so much other reading to do but I want it. Badly.

3. Insurgent Special Edition by Veronica Roth
Since I already have this one and I'm supposed to be trying to save money I can't buy it. But if it's a gift it's okay...

4. Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine
I'm still two behind in Morganville so I've put off buying this until I'm caught up.

5. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
There are these absolutely stunning laser cut paper editions. There are only four out right now, I believe and Much Ado is my favorite.

6. Harry Potter Page to Screen :The Complete Filmmaking Journey
I want this book so badly but it's $75. I would be so beyond ecstatic if Santa brought it for me. Though I would feel a little badly about how expensive it is.

7. Every Day by David Levithan
I love the premise for this book. I'm excited to read it but I haven't picked it up yet.

8. Fables: Fairest by Bill Willingham
A new Fables spin-off. I want to buy it but I need to read Werewolves of the Heartland first.

9.The Annotated Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Susan J. Wolfson
We have this book at work and I'm always picking it up to look at it. It's wonderful. Plus, I'm such a sucker for Frankenstein.

10. Any different Harry Potter book
I collect different editions of Harry Potter books so any that I don't have would be amazing.

Actually...most of these aren't on my actual Christmas list... That makes me a little sad... But there you have it! My ten books that I hope Santa psychically knows that I want and brings for me! (Come on Nicholas St. North use that magic that Ombic taught you!)

Anyway, I shall see you all later!

G'bye Ducks!

-A.M.Y-A

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Finally Finished: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

It took me a month. A month! It took me a month but I did finally finished Catherynne M. Valente's  The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Valente came to my work at the beginning of November and I had hoped to go. I was nowhere near finished with the book and didn't end up going.

I'm struggling a little with my feelings for this book. For the most part I read it in small pieces and I was okay with that. There was just something about it that worked in parts.

That's not to say that it isn't a good book. It's witty, fun, and well crafted. The story is exciting and action packed. But there was just something about it that made me want to take frequent breaks.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Middlegrade Epicness: The Guardians: Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King

So, I'm a children's bookseller. And since I've started as one I've been trying to get more involved in the section. I've been reading some picture books at work (Fletcher and the Falling Leaves is one of the cutest books ever. This Moose Belongs to Me is also awesome) and things of the like. But the most exciting thing was that it reminded me of how much I absolutely love William Joyce.

William Joyce did The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and The Guardians book. His stories are beautiful and just a little dark, not to mention the illustrations are stunning. So I bought the first of his The Guardians books, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King. But it's me, so I didn't read it right away. I kept saying I would read it after this or after that. It was on the list just in an undetermined locations.

That is until I saw Rise of the Guardians. My post is going to talk about the movie and the first book side by side.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Moment of Honesty For Being Totally M.i.A.

I have been completely M.i.A. for almost a month and I feel really bad about it. I've let a lot of things slip a little this month. I'm still working on settling into the new job and I think I'm doing a good job but I'm not really sure. I've gotten SF Amy done weekly for the most part but the honest truth I haven't really been reading.

I don't like it.

November is also NaNoWriMo. This year I tried something a bit different and wrote a realistic fiction piece that's directed at an older audience (pretty much only be default since my protagonist is 24). It's based on my experiences working in a chocolate store. I did my 50,000 words and stopped. It was a chore to do everyday. I struggled to come up with words. This year was nothing like the delight that I took in writing my project last year. There's still time left in the month and I have no desire to continue working on it. Absolutely none. The idea behind the project still has potential, I think, but I don't think the time for it is now.

But my struggle with this project paired with the new job and my first Thanksgiving away from my family, and roommate issues has just left me worn out. I got up, went to work, wrote some words, and often fell asleep at my computer or on my bed surrounded by unfolded laundry and notebooks, and computer, and anything else I may have just arbitrarily tossed there. It's been rough.

I can't promise that I will be any better in the upcoming days. It doesn't look like I'll be able to go home for Christmas and I'm really not okay with that. I'll still be working both jobs and writing (just not that horrible project) but hopefully I'll be able to sort myself out a little bit better.

That being said, I'll leave you here to write the post for the newest book I've read. So it should be up something that borders on soon.

-A.M.Y-A

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Authors I Would Kill to Chat With

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

This week we get to pick our own and I did: Ten Authors I Would Kill to Chat With (after I got over the shock)

1. Holly Black
I got to talk to her briefly when I saw her with Sarah Rees Brennan and Libba Bray and it was sort of awesome. By 'sort of' I mean was way beyond awesome. She's so nice and so willing to talk to people, especially about writing. I'd love to be able to actually sit down and talk to her. It would be amazing.

2. Tamora Pierce
I've never been lucky enough to meet Tamora Pierce. I really, sincerely hope it happens one day. She is the reason I started writing and it would mean the world to me to be able to talk with her a little bit.

3. Maggie Stiefvater
I have met her twice and been able to chat briefly with her. But especially after reading The Curiosities I'd love to talk to her more about writing. She has such a pragmatic approach to it that I find fascinating.

4. Erin Morgenstern
I absolutely adored The Night Circus, everything about the book was amazing. Reading it is such a sensory experience I would really like to talk to Erin Morgenstern about how she did it. How words come to her like that. How much was cut, if any. Everything.

5. Scott Westerfeld
How does this man come up with the stuff that he does? The creatures in the Leviathan trilogy are brilliant. The whole idea behind The Uglies. Everything in The Midnighters!

6. Meg Cabot
She is so funny. So funny. I would love to chat with her about all of her unpublished books and how she works through such a wide range of ideas.

7. K. A. Applegate
I have always loved how she managed to combine all of these different strands of mythology into one cohesive story in Everworld. It's such a fantastic idea and comes together so well.

8. Stephanie Perkins
Her books are so charming. And even though, going into them you know exactly where they're going they manage to be so delightful and so addicting and so engrossing. They are my bad day books. I want to talk to her and just see how they come together. How she manages to be so cute.

9. Veronica Roth
I want to see how she chose which character traits to use as factions. How her vision of the dystopian future came together. I think I'll have even more to talk to her about after I read the third.

10. J.K. Rowling
Not to be rude but...Duh!

Special Mentions: Suzanne Collins, Diana Wynne Jones, Marianne Curley

Which authors would you want to chat with? What topic did you choose this week?

-A.M.Y-A

Friday, November 2, 2012

Reading Update and Some Stuff: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Let's start with the stuff:

NaNoWriMo has officially started and I am already a little bit behind, of course. So, I'm scrambling a little.

I got to check out the Boston Book Festival it was pretty cool. Unfortunately I didn't get to see any of the panels but it was still awesome to check things out.

And now...

I Hunt Killers.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Kick Ass Heroines

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

This week: Kick Ass Heroines

1. Keladry of Mindelan from The Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce
There had to be one Tamora Pierce character, didn't there? (I only let myself pick one) But Kel has always been my favorite. She stands out to me as the most kick-ass because, for the most part, she does what she does without magic. She goes in there, proud of who she is and what she is and owns it.

2. Tris Prior from Divergent by Veronica Roth
Tris is just awesome. She is constantly ready to fight and constantly ready to do what she thinks is right. She proves that being smaller doesn't make you any less fierce. It's okay to be afraid but you need to be able to work through that fear.

3. Mara Dyer from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
We see Mara during such an uncertain time, where she's not sure what is real. But she's always willing to find out the truth and she acts when she needs to. Her bad ass level kicks into high gear in Evolution as well. Plus, she's a snarky bad ass.

4. Kami Glass from Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
There is something to be said for someone who so tirelessly pursues the truth. That is Kami's mission in life. Not to mention she has had years of fending off Rusty so she's pretty physically bad ass as well. Add her wit and ability to take almost everything (we haven't really had the chance to see how she handles the end...) in stride and she is totally bad ass.

5. Puck Connolly from The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
(I was only allowed to pick on Stiefvater heroine as well) Puck is the epitome of feisty. She's fierce and brave. She enters into the Scorpio Races on a horse that physically shouldn't stand a chance and she goes into it knowing that she's afraid. She risks everything with a frank attitude.

6. Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Tessa never really has much of an idea what's going on. Ordinarily this would be a major fault but why it works for Tessa is that she doesn't know but is still willing to do whatever it is that she needs to. She isn't necessarily the obvious choice but I think it's great that she's still kick ass without completely ignoring the bounds set by her time period.

7. Lila Zacharov from The Curse Workers by Holly Black
Lila goes through so much and still comes out of it cool and fighting. She's not exactly the most upstanding member of society but she knows what she has to do and she does it. Lila is shrewd and detailed and clever. She embraces who she's supposed to become.

8. Arya Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
I've only read the first and I know she's a total bad ass. Arya refused to be bent by the pressure to do what she's "supposed to." She learns to fight and, later, get revenge on those who have wronged her.

9. Sophie Hatter from Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Sophie's amazing. She starts off a little down trodden and resigned to an unremarkable life. When the curse is placed on her it would have been easy for her to become more resigned but it allows her to blossom. She makes mistakes but she fixes them and learns to take control of herself.

10. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I feel like this one is obvious but I love that on top of everything else that Katniss is going through, she's trying to navigate her love life.

I tried to do mostly ones that I didn't think everyone would do (there are a couple of exceptions) which is why Hermione and McGonagall and Molly Weasley are not on my life. Though they are all kick ass.

Who are in your top ten?

-A.M.Y-A

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Reading Free-For-All Update: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

There was spluttering involved in finishing this book. I need you to know that right off

I read this book in one sitting. Well, almost I had a bowl of cereal and made tea but I would have read while doing that too but my roommates were hanging out in the kitchen and I had to socialize.

I devoured this book. I loved this book. The Evolution of Mara Dyer was everything I could have hoped that it would be. Twisty, mysterious, hot as hell, and heartaching. Michelle Hodkin continues to cover all the bases with this one.

Also, spoilers.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Reading Free-For-All: The Night Circus

Before I really begin:

No Top Ten Tuesday the last two weeks. I should have done them earlier and scheduled the posts but I didn't. So I suck there. I should be back up and functioning next week.

And now....

So, I finally read The Night Circus. My roommate has been pestering me for ages about it. I'd wanted to read it when it came out and just never got to it. I finally did.

Initially I only read it at work and then didn't read at all for a couple of weeks. I got about twenty pages in and then devoured the rest of it in two days.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The So-Far-Beyond-Epic-There-Are-No-Words Meeting of J.K. Rowling


 I have had so many formatting problems with the entry. I hope it's okay. 

Also, the title lies a little. There are words. Lots of words.

On Tuesday I was one of those fortunate enough to attend the J.K. Rowling even in New York city and, as anticipated, it was amazing. Beyond amazing.

Getting tickets was a total group effort. I, unfortunately, had to work and could only participate for a little while in the calling loop. My mum, my roommate, and her mom were all calling repeatedly and refreshing the page all trying to get tickets. Initially our intent was to get four. One for me and each of my roommates and then one for my mom. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

On Bullies

October is Anti-bullying month. I didn't know that until today when a post by Cassandra Clare went up. But bullying is something that appalls and disgusts me on a level that very little else does.

Today Cassandra Clare posted an amazing response to the cyber bullying that's been directed at her. While, I wasn't aware that things were as bad as they are (I'm not on Tumblr) I was incredibly saddened to find that I wasn't surprised.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books/Series I Want To Reread


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give out top ten.
This week it's a rewind and we get to pick an old topic.  I had a really hard time choosing but I eventually settled on ten books (series) I want to reread.

I chose this one because I always guilt myself out of reread because I have so many books (and series) I haven't read yet. But the reread list gets longer and longer.

1. Howl's Moving Castle - Dianna Wynne Jones
Let's see if I can fit this book onto any more lists. It's been on my to reread list for a while but I haven't yet been able to get to it. I love it so so much.

2. The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater
I know, this one just came out but I want to reread it so bad! There is a definite part of me that wants to read it and reread over and over until the next one comes out.

3. Unspoken - Sarah Rees Brennan
I just want to curl back up and read it all over again!

4. Divergent - Veronica Roth
I've been dying to reread both of these back to back since Insurgent came out and have yet to do it!

5. Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
This one is, admittedly, a bit two pronged. I reread these every year, but last year I put it off, hoping to read them along with Pottermore (and then this year I wanted to wait until after The Casual Vacancy to give myself some distance). So, I kind of want Pottermore to hurry itself up! Though, I'm almost finished with the first audiobook.

6. The Guardians of Time - Marianne Curley
I haven't read these since they came out and I love them! Or...at least I did.

7. Sorcery and Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot - Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
The first of the Kate and Cece books. I've reread these several times and they never get old but the first is my favorite. Kate and I are so much alike!

8. Sweep by Cate Tiernan
It's been far too long since I read these!

9. Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce
I remember finding these a little slow and a little odd when I first read them in early high school but I loved them. It's been so long that I need to reread them since I don't remember them all that well.

10. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
I have a lot of love for Arthurian myths. I've always had a soft spot for Morgana. It's been since my senior year of high school and I need to pick it back up.

There are ten of my rereads. They're definitely not the only ones.

I've been considering doing two top ten lists a week because I missed so many good ones. Maybe catch myself up...Hmmm.

Which list did you loves do? Have you read any of these? Are there any books you've been itching to reread?

-A.M.Y-A

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Free-For-All-Reading: Unspoken

Oh dear god.

It's been awhile since I've been rendered so flailingly speechless by a book (okay maybe since The Raven Boys). There was about ten minutes of stiff armed flailing and squeaking before I could even function.

I am in love with this books. Love. I need another copy stat (mine is signed and it makes me nervous). I want to curl back up and reread it right now and if my roommate wasn't already irate that I've put The Night Circus off so long I would do it.

But, seriously.

This book is amazing.

Friday, October 5, 2012

A Reading Update: The Casual Vacancy

This is not a book to read when you're sick or all in one sitting. That is to say that I caught a cold just before it came out and was too fuzzy headed to really get into it when I started it. That concerned me a little. I mean, it's J.K. Rowling, I was supposed to instantly and inherently love this book right from the start.

Looking back, I think the cold was responsible for my inability to read more than 20 pages without having to stop and stare drowsily off into space for an hour, but I don't think it was responsible for my disinterest.

I don't mean disinterest in that I wasn't interested to read the book exactly. It's more that I was so disconcerted by the book at the start that I stepped back from it, refusing to get involved.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Not to Be Forgotten

I swear I do still exist and I am still reading. I've just been sick so I've been useless.



Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give out top ten.
This week it's ten older books we'd like to be remembered.

We were allowed to define 'older' in any way that we'd like. I chose books that came out pre-2000 (or series that started pre-2000).

In no particular order.

1. Howl's Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones
     This may be the least likely of her books to be forgotten with the movie out and everything. But at the same time, I feel like that also makes it more likely to be forgotten because, though the movie is fantastic, it is not the book. This book plays with almost every fairy tale trope out there and, more importantly, it succeeds. It's brilliant and heart warming and clever. Everyone should read it.

2. Early Tamora Pierce
     Tamora Pierce has had such a large impact on me personally that I feel everyone should read her. I know a lot of people who have picked up books like Terrier or Trickster's Choice but never really started with The Song of the Lioness. I have always loved the older books more. They may be shorter (a source of agony for me) but they show how important pages can be, how much you can accomplish in so few pages.

3. Persuasion by Jane Austen
     I hesitated putting any Austen on my list. They seem unlikely to be forgotten. However, I do think some of her equally as wonderful books sometimes get over shadowed. Everyone fawns over Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility (my one professor in college loved Emma. Which is my least favorite) but I love Persuasion. This one says so much about being yourself and learning not to be led by others. As well as being constant. I love Persuasion and it should be a must read. Plus... THE LETTER!

4. Middlemarch by George Eliot.
     Middlemarch is probably not the first book to show how intertwined a community really is but it's the earliest one I've read and it does such a brilliant job with it. The Casual Vacancy actually reminds me of it...a lot. But this book has a little of everything and it all pulls together so nicely. I don't think it's very well known outside of literary groups but it should be. It takes some patience but it's brilliant.

5. Georgie Nicholson by Louise Rennison
     Let's take a break from the classics to turn to something more fun. And that's what these books are: fun. They're text book silly and ridiculous but they have so much heart. At their core they're about friendship and confidence, and being true to yourself. I think they are best appreciated by a younger audience but can be enjoyed by anyone. Georgie reminds me of a younger Bridget Jones. I think, especially with the diary trend in middle grade, these are easily forgotten but they shouldn't be.

6. Everworld by K.A. Applegate
     Before the Percy Jackson series there was The Everworld series. Though I would have absolutely adored the series to go on longer, it's brilliant. Applegate weaves all of these mythology sets together flawlessly. The protagonists are a little older than Percy and his crew. I love Percy Jackson but Everworld came first.

7. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
     As important and big as I think this book as been there are still a lot of people who don't know about it. I think in literary circles it is less likely to be forgotten but it deserves to reach a bigger audience. I also think it's easy to be dismissive of it hearing the plot because there is a sea of overly sentimental stories about similar topics but none of them address serious issues in quite this way.

8. In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater Rhodes
     Amelia Atwater Rhodes has a fair number of books out and I think it's easy to lose her first one. I think that's a mistake. As good as the book is I think it's important to remember that she was 13 when it written. That's the kind of story that gives young writers hope. They are creative and have brilliant ideas at any age. They don't need to go to college to be a good a writer. It's a great introductory book for the series and for the possibilities of the writing world.

9. Equus by Peter Shaffer
     I had the privilege of seeing this play on Broadway. It's not an easy play. It's not for the faint of heart. It's gritty and violent and graphic. It does so much and it doesn't shy away from what it wants to say about religion and the influence parents have on children even when they don't realize. I think we've seen an influx of international literature that covers sensitive information without touching it and dancing off but there are few that I've read that manage to be so poignant and have such an impact. I think it should be read and widely.


10. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
     With retelling always as big as they are there are tons of them. Mists of Avalon is such a powerful one. It reimagines and retells and completely revamps. It takes a tale traditionally full of male dominated power and turns it into a story about the power of women. It's well plotted and beautiful. I think anyone attempting a retelling should pick it up but I also think it could easily be lost in a sea of other retellings.

And what about you ducks? Which books do you think should be remembered? Why? Have you read any of these? Do you agree?

-A.M.Y-A

Monday, September 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Series Left Unfinished


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give out top ten.
This week it's ten series that we never finished.

1. The Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
     I really want to finish this series. Admittedly, I've only read A Game of Thrones but I really liked it. My problem is that with so much going on in the series and with so many characters these books usually require extended reading time. More of them need to be read in one sitting. I haven't had the time to do so lately but I hope to soon.

2. The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
     I read the first one and I thought the idea was so cool. The idea of the Iron court was too cool to ignore. Plus, a couple of foxy fairy guys is never a bad idea. I just haven't gotten to the rest of them yet, though they did make it to Boston with me.

3. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
     I put off reading Beautiful Chaos when I heard it was heartbreaking. I was sort of hoping to wait until Beautiful Redemption was out before I got caught up. I might cave soon though...

4. Heather Wells by Meg Cabot
     I was hoping to finish these before I moved to Boston. Things got crazy and it didn't happen. I brought them and I want to read them before too long.

5. Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost
     I just couldn't get into this one. I tried. I really did. My mum really liked them so I gave them a shot. I pushed myself through the first one and said I'd give the second a shot. But my sister told me that if I didn't like the first I wouldn't like the rest.

6. Anita Blake Vampire Hunter by Laurell K. Hamilton
    This one started off so well. Anita was funny and witty and had morals and standards. Then Laurell K. Hamilton decided that Anita having sex with everyone...and I mean everyone, was more important than having an actual plot. It lost me at that point.

7. The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
     I'm probably upsetting a large number of friends by saying this. I just couldn't keep up with it. I can't even remember how far I got into them. I think the problem was that I started reading this series at the same time as Fables and I liked Fables so much more that The Walking Dead just got overshadowed.

8. The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.
     I adore the idea behind The Uglies. I read the first one and was sucked in but I started the second one right before I started school again and it was delayed and never picked back up. I bought them all but haven't finished them. They, also, are all in Boston with me.

9. The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith
     I found these books so hard to get through. They weren't bad, they just required some pushing and I couldn't do it when I tried. One day I'll finish them.

10. Wicked - Nancy Holder and Debbie Vigue
     I loved, loved, loved these books. I got them from the library and devoured them. But then so much time passed before the last one came out. Years. I want to reread them all before I read the last one and I haven't gotten to them yet.

I plan to finish most of these. Maybe my next reading list will have a couple of them on it...hmmm.

Which series did you ducks not finish? Any of these make the list? Any I should finish right now?

-A.M.Y-A

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Beyond Epic Signing Day!

Days like Saturday are the reason I moved to Boston. It was an Epic Signing Day.

Saturday morning Maggie Stiefvater was at the Harvard Coop at 10:00 AM for a signing. I got up early and got there about an hour and a half before the signing. Since the Coop wasn't open yet I grabbed a coconut chai and hung out a bit.

I went in and immediately spotted a table. Just a little table and a cart with copies of The Raven Boys piled on them. This was right about the time I realized it was just a signing. I mean, I'll take any chance I can get to meet Maggie Stiefvater, so it wasn't like I was just going to leave.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

More Free-For-All Reading: The Diviners

I want to start speaking with 1920's slang. I had to resist the urge to write down  the slang that was used throughout The Diviners to have it on hand for life incorporation. This may seem like an odd thing to start off with when talking about a book but it struck me as I was reading and actually speaks volumes about the world that Libba Bray has set up.

I hadn't read anything by Libba Bray before The Diviners. I have, once again, bought A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels but have read neither of them. I knew she was going to be at one of the signings I am attending tomorrow and I've heard such amazing things about The Diviners, I thought it might be a good place to start my Bray education.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Full Reaction to The Raven Boys

As you may know, I read this book a couple of weeks back so I talked a little about it before. There you'll find the usual way that I start my reactionary reviews, with my history with the book and how I went about starting it. I'm writing this post right after finishing it so it'll stay true to my reactionary review format.

Let me start by saying. Wow.

And continue by saying that if Maggie Stiefvater and Cate Tiernan had a book baby it would look a lot like The Raven Boys. Which I know doesn't make a lot of sense since Maggie Stiefvater did write The Raven Boys. But it's everything I absolutely love about Maggie Stiefvater but with something so Cate Tiernan like about it. That is not a bad thing.

Friday, September 14, 2012

More Epic Free-For-All Reading: The Curiosities

I have mentioned before that I am not necessarily a huge fan of anthologies. When I read Tortall and Other Lands  I said reading them out of order helped. Now, I think it's something else.

I read most of The Curiosities in pieces on the bus or on breaks at work. The stories were the perfect length for reading it this way. Breaking it up like this seemed much less overwhelming. Or, perhaps, the stories were just much more engrossing.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Make Me Think


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give out top ten.
This week it's ten books that make us think.

In no specific order:

1. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
     I talk a lot about this book, I know. It hit me as so wonderful and right. The hardest thing about it is imagining losing a sibling and Where Things Come Back made me think a lot about it. It has a lot about fitting into the world around you as well. Cullen thinks people should see things one way and they are so wrapped up in something else. It makes me think about what is important to different people.

2. The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
     The Lover's Dictionary has this weird ability to make me think about how life is made up of words. A single word can sum up an event or a personality trait in surprising ways. A part of me thinks life can't be that easy, but in it's basest form it really is.

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
     This is an obvious one but there really is so much to think about in this book. How the games themselves are tied to our reality shows. Or seeing the movie and watching people cheer as characters were killed. The lengths some people are willing to go to to stay in control. The different compatibility of the characters and what sort of traits people are drawn to in one another. Survival.

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth
     I loved the idea of breaking people down into basic characters traits. I thought a lot about that as I read these books. But it's not really that simple. It makes you consider how multifaceted people are. How damaging and stunting it can be to make people pick a single trait or impulse to follow. Or even just the lessons in the manifestos (says the girl with the Dauntless tattoo on her ribs).

5. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
     This book makes me think a lot about the obvious lessons about friendship and love and perseverance but it also makes me think about people in general and the power of writers. It takes a series like this to bring together people who might never have anything else in common. My deathly hallows tattoo gets so many comments and from people I might never have spoken to otherwise. Especially in light of the Lincoln Center ticket hooplah it's amazing how much a series can band people together.

6. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
     I'll give you all a second to roll your eyes... Are you good now? It's not so much the content of this book that makes me think as it is the way it's handled. It's another series that has banded fans together and I find that incredibly admirable. But it upsets me that people who loved it, turned so quickly against it when others started listing off things they didn't like. It's become a guilty pleasure book and I intensely dislike how dismissive people become when they realize that someone likes it. It is as if your opinion no longer matters. So, it's the treatment of Twilight that makes me think.

7. Persuasion by Jane Austen
     This book makes me think a lot about the power of my own mind and how important it is to stand by my opinion, but at the same time, not to disregard someone else's entirely. There are also lessons on subtlety. The quiet ways that Anne and Wentworth love each other. In a writing perspective it gives ideas of making a feeling spread through out the entire text.

8. World War Z by Max Brooks
     I was surprised by how well written this book is. It makes me think about how honestly unprepared the world would be for any big outbreak, not necessarily just zombies. Each country has different ideas of how to handle things and none of them work together. It shows how people rise up and how that's not all good.

9. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
     I had a hard time deciding this one. I used this one to sort of cover the fascination people have for old stories. Howl's is heavily influenced by stories and the tropes that come with them. Retellings are huge and I think that tells us something about ourselves and our natures.

10. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
     This book is beyond disturbing but it is also a fascinating take on childhood and the vampire myth. There's a different take on innocence and violence. It also shows a vast difference between cultures. There's a brutality to this book that I don't think we see often in American literature. Even the US movie was heavily watered down. It's one of those books that is so disturbing but too interesting to put down.

And there you have my strange assortment of books that make me think. They're all a little different and they all make me think in different ways but I think they're all thought provoking, none the less.

What are you top ten thought provoking books?

-A.M.Y-A

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Absolutely Epic Onyx

So, I loved Onyx. I heard that if you liked Obsidian you'd love Onyx. That it was Obsidian but much better. I agree. Obsidian was one of my books that lingered. I loved it the more I thought about it. I just loved Onyx.

So much happens in this book. By the end, Katy's illness seemed like it happened a book or more ago. Armentrout didn't waste any page space with Onyx. Event after event happens and they all connect so easily and naturally. It's a wonderful progression.


Katy grew on me even more in this one. She was stubborn and fierce and I could see why she made the decisions that she did. Even while I was frustrated with her for not understanding her feelings for Daemon I could see why she didn't want to acknowledge them. There is just something so normal and relateable about Katy in a way that few authors can really pull off.

Friday, September 7, 2012

My Not-so-Epic Abandoning of 'The Taker'

This is the first time in the history of this blog that  I've abandoned a book and I feel a little like I'm baring my shame for the world to see.

Anyway, I am putting Alma Katsu's The Taker down. Perhaps just for now, perhaps for the rest of time.

It's not that I didn't like The Taker. I was pretty much immediately taken in by Lanore's passion and dedication. Somehow, even Jonathan, in his cad-ish, ways was charming when talked about through Lanore's eyes. I was invested in them early on. The Y-A reader in me was waiting for Jonathan to come to his senses and see that Lanore was who he was always meant to be with! Even as I knew that wasn't going to happen. There was just something about them that had me rooting for them, instead of begging Lanore to come to her senses. I think it was my desire to see Jonathan redeemed, as often happens in YA books.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR






Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give out top ten.
This week it's our top ten Fall TBR List

In no specific order:

1. The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater (September 18th)
     - This one may not count since I technically read it last week. But I'm totally counting it. I love my ARC but I can't wait to have the finished hardcover in my hands. And reread it that way. It will be glorious.


2. The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling (September 27th)
     - Do I even need to explain this one? I mean, J.K. Rowling! If she put half as much dedication into this one as she did Harry Potter it will be amazing and she doesn't seem the type do things halfway.

3. The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin (October 23rd)
     - I am so excited about this one. I absolutely loved The Unbecoming. Hodkin sets up such an amazing well-crafted story and I cannot wait to see what she does with it and how Noah and Mara sort out their issues.

4. Finale - Becca Fitzpatrick (October 23rd)
     - The last book in the Hush Hush saga. Fitzpatrick has put Patch and Nora into quite a situation. I'm interested to see how it all falls together.

5.  Beautiful Redemption - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (October 23rd)
     - Though, I still have to read Beautiful Chaos (I heard I would be heart broken and dying for the next one so I stalled), I am itching to get my hands on Beautiful Redemption.

6. Eternally Yours - Cate Tiernan (November 6th)
     - The final book in the Immortal Beloved trilogy. There have been mentions of new big villains and I am interested to see what ultimately happens with Incy. A lot happened in the last one and in ways it felt like a finale so I'm interested to see what happens with Eternally Yours.


7. Reached - Ally Condie (November 13th)
     - Another book where I have yet to read the one before. I haven't read Crossed. It was another stalling while waiting for the book. I didn't think I'd want to wait so I bought it but planned to read it when it got closer.

8. The Curiosities - Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Graton, Brenna Yovanoff (October 2nd)
     - I technically have this one too. I haven't read it yet but I have it. It's supposed to be out in October but Amazon shipped them out early. Huzzah! I have a book from the library to read and maybe one other and then I'm going to be all over this one.

9. The Diviners - Libba Bray (September 18th)
     - I haven't read anything else by Libba Bray but I've heard so many wonderful things, even from people who aren't huge fans of Libba Bray. It sounds wonderful so I can't wait to check it out.

10. What's Left of Me - Kat Zhang (September 18th)
     - I heard about this book a couple of months ago and then the cover is absolutely beautiful. It sounds so cool. It reminds me a little of The Host, which I loved.


So, there they are my top ten TBR for the fall!

Which books are you excited for?

News on Music Monday

So, Music Monday.

I've been a little uninspired as of late so Music Monday is on a bit of a hiatus. I might do it occasionally but not every week. Not for a while, at least.

Sorry ducks,

-A.M.Y-A

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Bit on the Beyond Epic Beyond Amazing The Raven Boys

This won't be a full reactionary review. I'll post that one around the release date. I'll do my whole back story with the book and then a few quick comments now.

In case the title didn't tip you off, I LOVED this book.

I refrained from doing any life lessons learned from books from this one but there were so many that I wanted to do.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of The Raven Boys. I've admittedly had it for a while, eager to read but a little hesitant too. I love the anticipation towards the end of the wait. I love rushing out to buy a book when it comes out. I love marathon reading on release day. So, I was a little hesitant to be robbed of these things.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Top Ten Tuesdays: Bookish Confessions


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give out top ten. This is my first go at it, so let's see if I stick with it!

This week it's Bookish confessions.

1. My shelves are organized. It doesn't look like it to the outside observer but they are. It's a special Amy organization. I can find everything but no one else can. This is at least until I have to start stacking them oddly to make more fit. Then it gets a little bit questionable.

2. If things aren't looking good for a character or relationship that I'm really fond of, say if they might be dead or they are separated or something I skim ahead until I see who ever's name to check on them.

3. I won't review or rate a book on Goodreads unless I've read it recently. I'm too much of an emotion based/ reader response reader to do ones that I read a while ago.

4. I honestly enjoy Twilight. I find it entertaining. I think the movies sucked most of the humor out it. No, I don't idolize Bella. I am charmed by Edward but I don't think he's perfect. I even like Jasper better. I don't think they're the best written thing ever but I enjoy them and I wasn't all that impressed with Breaking Dawn.

5. I spoiled The Hunger Games for myself. I was curious about the series after I read the first one. I wasn't sure where she was going to go. I also heard a lot of mixed thing and gross generalizations about the end. I spoiled myself via Pintrest and the Hunger Games Wiki.

6. I am incredibly susceptible to who wrote the blurbs on a book jacket. If it's from someone like Cassandra Clare or Holly Black I'm a total goner. I have to buy it.

7. I get irrationally irritated when people summarize books for me. I'd much rather read the summary myself. It's one thing when they give you a brief one to two sentence thing to get you to read it and a completely different one when they give you a six page outline.

8. I tend to judge Contemporary YA harder than genre YA. I had grown too used to reading the same thing said in eight different ways, or way too dramatically in school. The genre books were the ones I read for fun so I tended to go into those with an open mind and an overly critical one for contemporary. I've gotten much better but it's still a struggle sometimes.

9. I am a character reader and writer. So sometimes, when there's awesome character interaction in a book I skim the description around it because I just want to get back to the characters talking.

10. Similar to number six. I am horribly influenced by Twitter. If I read a lot about a book by other book reviewers or other people who tend to be involved with books I immediately add it to the to-buy list. I have to have it. Or if they compare it to a book I love I also have to get it. I've found some amazing books that way but gone into others with expectations that were too high.

And there you have it. My ten bookish confessions.

What are your bookish quirks?

-A.M.Y-A

Monday, August 27, 2012

Music Monday 8/27

It's finally back!

Music Monday


It's really no shock to anyone that music is an important part of writing to many authors. Many post playlists for their novels and, as a reader, I enjoy listening to them and trying to figure out how the songs fit. It can be tone or lyrics.

But sometimes a random song strikes me as something that relates to a book. There could be just one lyric that fits with a story or character relationship. But somehow the song always reminds me of the story. So that's what these posts are going to be about.

Music Monday - August 27: "Show Me How to Live" by Audioslave - The Monster from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Reading Free-For-All: The Perks of Being A Wallflower

I think I was in high school, maybe middle school but that doesn't seem right, when my friends all read The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I was pretty into high fantasy for the most part and sort of dismissed it. It didn't seem much like my thing and aside from the occasional friend telling me how much they liked it, no one really suggested that I would like it very much so I never really bothered it pick it up.

It wasn't until the last year or so that I started hearing about it again. Sure, it came up every once in a while but that was about it. I'm not sure if it was the movie that brought it to people's attention or that I started being around people who'd read it again, but either way Perks re-entered my life. I remember how much some of my friends loved it. Particularly, my friend Laura, who I share a lot of book love with. It just sort of popped up all over the place. Then the trailer for the movie came out. And, oddly enough, what stuck in my mind most was the use of the song "It's Time" by Imagine Dragons. This was a song that played at work with semi-frequency and it was a song that I had mentally noted as liking it. I'm unusually swayed by the use of songs that I like. Regardless, the book was brought back to my attention.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Reading Free For All: Persuasion

OH DEAR GOD THE LETTER!

Ahem, okay. As I said talking about For Darkness Shows the Stars, it has been a while since I've read Persuasion. I mean, years. I was way over due.

I love this book. I love this book so much. It's the sort of love that doesn't fade over time but surprises me each time I read the book.

Anne and Frederick are so steadfast in each other but they aren't without faults. She's easily persuaded in her youth (though she doesn't regret it) and he shows he's stubborn and proud. I think they have temperaments perfectly suited to each other.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Reading Free-For-All: For Darkness Shows the Stars

I know, I know I failed life on Music Monday (it was job interview Monday for me instead) and there hasn't been a new Weigh in Wednesday put up today so that's out.

But instead you get my thoughts on Diana Peterfreund's For Darkness Shows the Stars.

I was supposed to have started this books days ago. I didn't. I started it this afternoon. And read the whole thing in one sitting. Have I ever mentioned that Persuasion is one of my favorites? Sadly, it's been awhile since I've read it.

Anyway, I heard about this book a while ago, before it came out, on Twitter. It seemed pretty anticipated. I'd bought Rampant a little before after I read Diana Peterfreund's story in Zombies vs. Unicorns. Admittedly, I still haven't read it. I didn't know anything about For Darkness Shows the Stars aside from the cover being absolutely beautiful. I have two lists in my phone. One of books I'm really looking forward to and one of book I've heard about that looked cool. Knowing nothing about it aside from it was pretty and other people were excited about it I put For Darkness Shows the Stars on the latter.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Books That Linger

One of the faults in my whole Reactionary Review system is that it doesn't take into account the lingering effects that books can have. I think a mark of truly engrossing writing is when a book lingers with you afterward.

There have been plenty of books that I have read and really enjoyed but have just moved on to the next one when I was done, finished with the story. I don't think there is anything wrong with books like this. They have their own merits and are sometimes books that are so immediately likeable. They just don't stick in your head a whole lot afterward.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Reading Free For All: Obsidian

So, of course I had to see what was up with all the hype surrounding Jennifer Armentrout's Obsidian. Now this may not be a popular opinion given all the stigma surrounding one of these books but as I was reading Obsidian struck me as Twilight meets I Am Number Four meets 'Roswell.' I think it had the best parts of all of these. Just enough engrossing material from each to be wonderfully entertaining.

Kat is fierce and stubborn and delightful. Her stubbornness gets her into just enough trouble to be convincing. She goes into situations that she knows will get her in trouble, ie. Simon, when she tried to prove a point and it ends badly. She's insecure without taking it far enough to make her seem weak. There are times she's absolutely hysterical and others that you are so entirely embarrassed for her. I really enjoyed reading through her. Her language is absolutely wonderful in a lot of places. The thoughts that run through her head are too perfect and true.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Weigh in Wednesday 8/15

First, yes I am alive. I moved from Cleveland to Boston on Monday so the last week or so has been insanely busy. I'm back. I think. I'm still settling and such but we'll see how things go.


Weigh in Wednesday is a meme started over at Epilogue. It presents us with two options about which we, wait for it, weigh in.

This Week: Reading a Book vs. Listening to an Audio Book

I like audio books. I used to make caramel as part of my job. That involved two hours of standing and stirring so I used to listen to audio books. The Wolves of Mercy Falls has wonderful audio books. The Zombies vs. Unicorns audio book is also awesome. However, I don't listen to audio books that I haven't already read. I know that sounds ridiculous when they should afford me the chance to read even more books but I used to get interrupted frequently by people talking and would miss things. So I always went with a book I'd already read. It was cool to get a different sense of things I'd read previously. It's easier to pick up on some sarcasm and such that way.

That whole paragraph being said, I prefer reading. There's nothing like reading. I always want my first experience with a book to be with a page. There's something more intimate about it. I feel as if I give it my full attention because I'm not doing other things at the same time. And I feel like the author deserves that, at least.

So, I'm a reader first and foremost.

Until later, my ducks. I'm working on some stuff so we'll see how it goes. I'd also like to explore Boston a little since I've never been here and will be living here for at least a year.

-A.M.Y-A

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

More Free-for-all Reading: Size 14 is Not Fat Either

Considering I thought the last book was cute but not amazing I was surprisingly excited to start Size 14 is Not Fat Either. I didn't read it for a little while, admittedly and then I rushed through it. I really liked it.

The 'she's not fat' message wasn't hammered into my head in any obvious fashion. I was just entertained without being preached at.

I found Heather to be far more likable this time around. She wasn't half to whiny and that showed awesome character growth between the two books. I think I felt like I had more in common with her this time. Her conflict at not getting involved and wanting to help was awesomely done. It was awesome how she started doing things before she even realized it. She was witty and funny and darling this time around.

Weigh in Wednesday 8/1

 
 
 Weigh in Wednesday is a meme started over at Epilogue. It presents us with two options about which we, wait for it, weigh in.

This Week: Edward vs. Jacob

Neither of them are perfect but I've always been a team Edward girl. Sure, Jacob had his moments but he always came off sort of childish to me. I know, he's a kid, especially when compared to Edward but he just struck me as too childish in a lot of ways. I think Edward and Bella grew more as characters (not just in a supernatural sense). I know Edward id over protective but I sort of like that he struggles with that. It does humanize him a little.

I feel like I need to reread these to have more input. It's been a while.

What about you, my loves?

-A.M.Y-A

Monday, July 30, 2012

Music Monday 7/30

Music Monday

It's really no shock to anyone that music is an important part of writing to many authors. Many post playlists for their novels and, as a reader, I enjoy listening to them and trying to figure out how the songs fit. It can be tone or lyrics.

But sometimes a random song strikes me as something that relates to a book. There could be just one lyric that fits with a story or character relationship. But somehow the song always reminds me of the story. So that's what these posts are going to be about.

Music Monday - July 30th: "Just a Kiss" by Lady Antebellum - Perry and Aria from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Weigh in Wednesday 7/25



Weigh in Wednesday is a meme started over at Epilogue. It presents us with two options about which we, wait for it, weigh in.

This Week: Light backgrounds vs. Dark backgrounds

I don't have much of an opinion on this. Either of them work, really. I big factor is of course, the font. I think super decorative fonts tend to look better on a light background. They're a bit easier to read.

I do think to have a light background on a post you have to have something going on in the background, a busier or brighter one. I have no issues with simple dark designs but if you're going for light you need to balance it out, otherwise the overwhelming whiteness is distracting.

I think a lot goes into something like this, as odd as that sounds. I think it has to balance.

So, I guess I'm not partial. A wishy-washy kind of girl, maybe?

What about you?

-A.M.Y-A

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Reading Free For All: Under the Never Sky

Let me start by saying something a little odd. It even struck me as odd when I first thought it. Under the Never Sky is what Graceling should have been for me.

I'm not really sure why I thought it but there's just something about Under the Never Sky that reminds me of Graceling. Perhaps it is the similarities between the Senses and the Graces. I'm not sure but as I got sucked into this one I thought of all of the wonderful things that people said about Graceling and suddenly I that thought. The big difference for me being that I got sucked into Under the Never Sky in a way that I never did with Graceling. Though, I did tell Sam that I would give Graceling another shot.

Monday, July 23, 2012

An Epic non-reading list update: The Lover's Dictionary

I heard about The Lover's Dictionary when it came out. It sounded interesting but I didn't actively pursue it. It got knocked to the wayside as these things often do and I didn't think much about it anymore. Then when I did I couldn't find a copy without ordering it and that seemed like such a hassle.

Then I borrowed a Nook from work and after the two Nordic Fairy novellas this was, rather oddly, the first book that popped into my head. So I downloaded it.

And fell madly in love with it.

The Lover's Dictionary
is raw emotion put into words. (I talk a little about this in this week's Music Monday so it may get a little repetitive.) I was drowning in it and loving every second. David Levithan has a way of putting big sweeping emotions into words with such feeling that you can't help being sucked in.

Music Monday 7/23

Hokay, so we're doing something a little bit different again. In my usual Music Monday introduction I talk a bit about (and when I say that I mean, I mention) that tone can connect a song to a book as well. That's what I want to talk about today.

I recently read David Levithan's The Lover's Dictionary (there's a post on it coming, I swear). I absolutely adored it. It's pretty much raw emotion in word form. There's something that is so utterly revealing about it. It left me with this odd sort of feeling somewhere between an ache and a longing. I almost wanted to be heartbroken and betrayed when I read it so I could dig myself down into the text and hide.

Anyway, shortly after I finished it I was listening to music (working on my Meg Cabot post) when I realized that the song I was listening to was giving me the same feeling as The Lover's Dictionary, or maybe just heightening it. Regardless, it got me thinking about songs that just have feelings attached and how books can do that too. Here we are.

The Awesomely Epic Meeting of the Beyond Epic MEG CABOT!

Because every blog post about a signing starts with ten years of stories first.

On July 14th the wonderful Meg Cabot stopped by Independence Ohio. She was there thanks to the Cuyahoga County Public Library (I will miss you CCPL).

I first hear about this in late May- early Juneish. I was pretty excited, not gonna lie. I tend to miss things like this. I hear about them too late or they're far away. I can't drive hours and hours all of the time (see how much I love Maggie Stiefvater and John Corey Whaley?). But here was an awesome author who was going to be a mere 30 minutes from my house. Huzzah! I was going to be there.

So I *nicely* requested the afternoon off. Not the whole day, of course. Just asked that I didn't come in until 6:00 or so. I did this over a month before the signing, I should add. It seemed perfectly reasonable, right?

Then the schedule came out (I would like to note that we don't get the schedule for Monday until the Saturday night before), and I was scheduled in at 2:00. I had a brief moment of confusion followed by my not really being surprised (this is not the first time something like this has happened). But I was not about to miss MEG CABOT in Cleveland. Oh no.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Epic Nordic Fairies by Saga Berg

So, I still haven't started Across the Universe. Admittedly I haven't been doing as much reading as I'd like but I'm working on it.

I work at Barnes and Noble. I love it. I know I should be all for the small independent book stores but we don't have so many of those around here. We do have Barnes and Noble. I have nothing against the other but this one hired me. I love talking to people about books and recommending new ones. I love it.

Anyway, not the point. I am moving to Boston next month and have been considering a Nook since I can't take all of my books with me. So I borrowed one. I was thinking the Simple Touch. I like my computer and a full keyboard so I don't really need a fancy one.  But they gave me a tablet.

I can't tell if I like the actual Nook or that because it's a work Nook I get the books I download for free. Regardless, the first things I downloaded were The Nordic Fairies Novellas by Saga Berg. I read about them on one of the blogs I follow ages ago. I can't remember which one, I'm a terrible person.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Weigh in Wednesday 7/18


 
 
Weigh in Wednesday is a meme started over at Epilogue. It presents us with two options about which we, wait for it, weigh in.

This Week: Adult Fiction vs. YA Fiction

My answer will surprise no one.

Most of what I read is YA Fiction. I've recently started to branch out a little more to other "general fiction" books that I've heard such wonderful things about but even if I liked those books they're never has engrossing to me as YA. I'm 24 and still relate to the main characters from YA books (that might not say much for me...) while the adult fiction main characters make me feel young.

I also find that YA tends to be a little more creative. I don't know if the authors feel like they can get away with more because their target audience is younger but I always find the worlds so much more interesting and well set-up. They can throw the reader into this world and let them fill in the gaps where in adult fiction they feel the need to explain every little thing to you.

I know my comments are generalized and there are exceptions. I might actually do a long full post on this. I have a surprisingly amount to say.

Anyway, I love YA what about you?

-A.M.Y-A