Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The In Between Books and The Epic Unveiling of The Epic Reading List: Version the Second

In the midst of all the hooplah surrounding my list overview and the personal life things that were happening (I lost my beloved beastie yesterday) I did not, in fact, ignore books. Nor did I start the second reading list but I did read. As silly as it seems I decided that these are my in between books. They weren't really list books (I'm not sure why but my brain decided that they aren't) but I wanted to read them so I did while I was organizing the overview of the first list. These will be slightly short reactionary reviews and then I'll unveil my next list.

First, I was at the library and randomly picked up Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. I can't remember where but I'd heard of it before but I recognized it on the shelf and picked it up. It seemed like fate. The name 'Amy' and the word 'epic' in the same title? Perfect.

It was such a cute a book and I have to say that Roger has the best taste in music. I flat out squealed when I saw both Jack's Mannequin and Something Corporate. Then there was The Format and Sufjan Stevens. I really wanted to hunt these songs down and make the playlists. I love his music choices and the names of his playlists.

The book has a certain wit to it. It's not a dry wit but instead a slightly silly sort of humor. This is most memorable in the playlist titles and Roger's aloof comments. This is the sort of humor that I recognize most as the same type my friends and I often fell back to on long sleep deprived nights in college.

As much as I wanted to see more of the interactions between Amy and Roger (Why shouldn't we let Roger talk about The Wire in Maryland? Why?!) I see why we didn't get them. There was definitely a road trip feel to it with the scenes cut into the bits of conversations one is more likely to remember after a road trip rather than a whole conversation.

The intermittent pictures and receipts and such are exactly the kind of things that I always save from trips. Including the pictures of the meals that we eat.

Amy's journey in the novel is very believable. Her small breakthroughs and adjustments to Roger all happen slowly and subtly. It's well crafted. Roger's journey is equally as well done.

Overall Rating: Totally Epic.

My other in between book was to reread 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' by Brian Selznick. It's been a few years since I read it and I wanted to reread it before I watched 'Hugo.' I'm always just a little startled at how quickly I get through it for a book so hefty.

I don't often consider writing a book so cinematically. This really is a tribute to the power of film. But at the same time it's so heavily intertwined with, not just what movies, but what it takes to tell a story. The magic that goes into it. This is a story about so many people and it's so intricate and managed in so few words.

Plus, the illustrations are absolutely beautiful and designed to be like a movie. I could just see the cut scenes and why they were set up that way.

It's a book that was made to be a movie, I feel. Not too many extraneous detail or side plots. It's a massive story told simply. Which, as you may have notices is not generally my cup of tea. I like the details and the conversations and it took me a little to acknowledge that part of the beauty of this story is the simplicity and interactions of the story and images.

Overall Rating: Totally Epic.

And now...the big reveal of my new list and the new guidelines I tried to use when creating it. (I know I said I was going to be more flexible and I made guidelines. I don't understand why my brain works this way either).

So, Epic Reading List: Mark Two:

1. Mockingjay -Suzanne Collins
2. First Test -Tamora Pierce
3. Darkness Falls -Cate Tiernan
4. Page -Tamora Pierce
5. Where Things Come Back -John Corey Whaley
6. Squire -Tamora Pierce
7. Beautiful Darkness -Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
8. Lady Knight -Tamora Pierce
9. Cinder -Marissa Meyer
10. Trickster's Choice -Tamora Pierce
11. The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight - Jennifer E. Smith
12. Trickster's Queen -Tamora Pierce
13. Halfway to the Grave -Jeanine Frost
14. Tortall and Other Lands -Tamora Pierce
15. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer -Michelle Hodkin

Okay, I know I have this set up so my Tamora Pierce books aren't quite every other when we get to the beginning and the end but I struggled choosing my in between books. Plus, it's my list and I can do what I want, even sound like a petulant child about it.

The new guidelines or mental rules I've added are as follows:
-You'll notice that one of these books is noticably not a Y-A book. Jeanine Frost's Halfway to the Grave. We have my mum to thank for this. She reads a lot of paranormal romance books and is always trying to get me to read them too. So, one book on each list must be a Mum-Book. One of the books she's always telling me I have to read.
-Until I make a further dent in the books that I have bought already only one book can be a book that I have to buy in order to read. That is not to say that I won't be buying books, of course I will be. But I can't add a book that I haven't bought yet just so I have to buy it. This isn't conducive to paying student loans.
-I am allowed to fit in a couple of other reads as my mood strikes or as they come out. There will always be books that I drop everything to read. Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, the super exciting mysterious new J.K. Rowling! Those will not be on lists because they will be read when they come out regardless of where I am but every once in a while I am struck with the sudden desire to reread a book or read a book I've finally gotten my hands on. If not reading it is going to make me miserable, I am going to read it.

That's really about it.

So, I'm excited to start this one and pretty psyched about some of the books on it. Not to mention, Kel has always been my favorite Tamora Pierce heroine.

I shall see you all again soon! Thank you for sticking with me through my inconsistent promises of posts and my ridiculous commentary during the first list. Second list, here we come!

-A.M.Y-A

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