Monday, April 30, 2012

The Epic Reading List Mark Two Updated: Cinder

List Mark Two Updated: 4/30
 
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

Usual spoiler warnings apply.

This may not make a whole lot of sense. I'm a little conflicted toward the book and the nature of it being a reactionary review is going to show.

It was totally the font that got me on Cinder. I am a sucker for cool font. I'd heard a little about the book via twitter and knew that it was a retelling of Cinderella. I'm always up for fairy-tale retellings and the font of the front is awesome to I ran with it.

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Epic Reading List Mark Two Updated: Lady Knight

List Mark Two Updated: 4/27

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 may have stalled just a bit. A bit. Lady Knight is the last book in Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small series, which happens to be my favorite. I wasn't quite ready to let Kel go. I'm still not. Not really.

For some reason, in my younger days neither Squire nor Lady Knight made as much of an impact on me as First Test or Page. Perhaps it was the age connection, who knows. This time, just like with the Alanna books, it was far easier to read them as a whole story. Squire and Lady Knight left a massive impact this time around.

"We Believe In Ordinary Acts of Bravery": Dauntless




I am Dauntless.

If you're new to the world of Veronica Roth's Divergent I suggest you look into it. As in right now. I would describe it to you but I will not be able to do it justice. Though I did a (fairly spoilery) review here.

As we countdown to the release of the next book, Insurgent the Divergent Nation (#DivergentNation) is partaking in a whole bunch of festivities. In one we choose our faction (Dauntless: Bravery, Amity: Peace, Erudite: Knowledge, Candor: Honesty, and Abnegation: Selflessness) and join in.

As a member of Dauntless one of our tasks to talk about why we are Dauntless.

So here it goes.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Not So Epic Conversational Bit 4/25

I don't usually post so much in one day. Anyway....

"Hookers!" she snapped, yanking her hand away from the hot kettle to stick her fingers in her mouth. Immediately after the word left her mouth she could feel her mother looking at her. When she turned she noted that is wasn't a look that asked 'are you okay?' but rather one that very clearly said 'Amy Marie!'
"What?" she asked around her fingertips.
"Language."
"Hooker is not a swear word, it's a profession."
And there was that look again.


-A.M.Y-A

The Epic Fourth Installment of: Life Lessons Learned From Books

If anyone follows me on Twitter they may or may not have noticed that I occasionally tweet something with the hashtag #LifeLessonsLearnedFromBooks.

This occurred to me randomly one day while I was reading Tamora Pierce's 'Mastiff' and I just sort of started keeping up with it. I don't do all of the potential life lessons from every book because I'm usually caught up in reading and not hunting for them. Usually I just post them when they strike me. This is why there are so many from books I've already read before.

I'll do more posts as I collect them further. Feel free to suggest some. The only rule is that they must be direct quotes. It would be far too easy to take general lessons from things that happen in books. Some of mine are excerpts from full quotes mostly because they needed to be shortened for Twitter.

Weigh in Wednesday 4/25



 
 

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

This week we've got    Fiction vs. Nonfiction

I'm a fiction girl all the way. Nonfiction has its uses and research would be impossible without it. But when I read I want to be taken away from our delightful world. I want to immerse myself in the creativity of someone else. I find fiction gives us a way to connect with people that nonfiction is never quite able to pull off. Fiction always seems to have so much more humanity in it than nonfiction.

What do you think? Fiction or Non?

-A.M.Y-A

Monday, April 23, 2012

Epic Reading List Take Two Updated: Beautiful Darkness

List Mark Two Updated: 4/24

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

My usual spoiler warning applies.

After reading Beautiful Creatures the plan had been to not read anymore of these books until they were all out. It was a doomed plan. I've bought each of them as they came out and held on to them and waited eagerly to see when it would end. When I could jump in. Then I caved and just decided 'screw it' I will read and wait with everyone else.

Music Monday: "Munich" by The Fray


*Note: If there is already a blog doing this, please let me know. I would be glad to give them credit. I just thought it was a fun idea.

This is the first of what I'm hoping is going to be a set of weekly posts.

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 -  April 23rd: "Munich" by The Fray

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Epic Process of Thinking in Conversations

I don't think in images. I understand this is kind of a weird thing to say. I mean, who doesn't think in images? Well, I don't.

I know a lot of people, perhaps because I know a lot of artists, who talk about just seeing an image in their mind so perfectly. I've rarely been able to do that. Every once in a while I get an image but it's only a snippet. Like fingertips brushing a cheekbone or a red scarf lying on an ice pond (part of a screenplay I wrote in college).

I don't usually get full images or pictures just like zoomed in pieces of them. When I read a book with a particularly cinematic scene I'm awestruck. The scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where Hagrid is carrying Harry's body. Or the last page of Where Things Come Back. I just don't see things like that.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Epic Reading List Updated: Squire Plus a Moment of Epic Gushing

List Mark Two Updated: 4/16

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


I have been slacking. Let's just face it, I'm always slacking.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Not So Much An Epic Reading List Update: Black Heart

It feels a little weird to be talking about a book without putting the list up. Should I call Black Heart book 5.5? Anyway...

Black Heart. Black Heart. Black Heart.

I put Black Heart off until this weekend because I needed to wait until after Easter. Working in a chocolate store during Easter is exhausting. I wanted to be ready for it.

There is no way I could have been ready for it. I mean how could anyone have been ready for Holly Black's twists and turns?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Epic Writing Realizations for Better or Worse

I made myself promise that I would not start Where Things Come Back until the first three chapters of my first completed novel were revised. It took far longer than I had initially anticipated.

I started this novel a very long time ago and while I didn't work on it everyday with school and everything I did work on it frequently. It had changed very much since its conception when I was about twelve.

In the fall of 2011 I finished writing it. All of the actual writing was done. It needed some revisions and I'd changed some things that needed to be back edited, etc. I was ecstatic. It was done. It was also far longer than it had any right to be. But this was shortly before NaNoWriMo started so I put it down and started something else for the month. After that I did some small work on it but nothing too major. I worked quite a bit on my other project but not too much on that one.

The Epic Reading List Mark Two Updated: Where Things Come Back

List Mark Two Updated: 4/6

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

It seems like there will always be at least one snag in my reading list. In the last it was while reading A Tale of Two Cities and this time it was before I started Where Things Come Back. I could list off the reasons why it took so long but I'll save that for the next post (perhaps tomorrow?) where I talk about some writing realizations and such but now some gushing.