Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Weigh In Wednesday 5/30

Note: This is my first attempt at scheduling a post. Sorry if it ends up posted at a weird time.




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

Sorry, again, for being so M.I.A.

This week:
Poetry vs. Prose

It's taken me quite a while to develop an affection for poetry. I was never overly fond of the poems I was taught in school nor the way they were taught. I think I just had too many teachers telling me what they meant or telling me what I thought wasn't right. I don't think poetry should be like that. It wasn't really until I started reading prose books that made use of poetry in various ways that I started to appreciate my own interpretations, rather than thinking I couldn't be right.

That being said, I do have an appreciate of poetry (enough of one that it features prominently in the novel I'm working on) it will never replace prose in my affections. There's something so enveloping about prose that I just don't get with poetry. Poetry is usually more about moments to me than an over all story. It was prose that allowed me to develop my own appreciation for poetry. There is a lot to writing a poem but, in my opinion, there's a fullness to prose that poetry lacks. Almost like there are more elements to prose than poetry.

So, prose. Prose, all the way.

And you my ducks? Are you a poetry person? A prose type?

-A.M.Y-A

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Epic Reading List Mark Two Updated: Trickster's Queen

List Mark Two Updated: 5/13
 
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 know, it's been ages but instead of giving you an excuse I'm just going to dive in.

Trickster's Queen. I enjoy Trickster's Queen more than I do Trickster's Choice. Choice was almost all set-up for the events in  Queen. Generally that's fine but it too a little too long to get into the characters, which is unusual for Tamora Pierce. However, with all of that done, Queen is able to dive right into the story and the wonderful character interactions, for which I love Tamora Pierce.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Music Monday: "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" by This Providence

My apologies for skipping a week. I'm getting used to the scheduling thing. Let me just tell you, two jobs over Memorial Day/ Summer in general in an outdoor mall, royally bites it.

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 - May 28th: "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" by This Providence - Alanna and Duke Roger from The Song of the Lioness (predominately Alanna the First Adventure and In the Hand of the Goddess) by Tamora Pierce.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Beyond Epic Fredericksburg Roadtrip


We're missing an 'e' in there...
Note: For the most part, the conversational bits are paraphrased. ALSO IF YOU ONLY WANT TO READ ABOUT THE ACTUAL SIGNING ITSELF SKIP TO THE PICTURE OF THE TABLE (or a little above it). I ramble a little first.

On May 17th I got my so-incredibly-not-a-morning-person self up (meaning, my mother woke me up) at 6:30 AM in preparation to leave for my seven and a half hour drive to Fredericksburg, Virginia. This trip was made for the sole purpose of going to Jabberwocky books for the Maggie Stiefvater and John Corey Whaley signing. But we'll start a little before that.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Raving About the Epically Wonderful Maggie Stiefvater

As a prequel to my post about my wondrous seven and a half hour drive to Fredericksburg Virginia, I wanted to talk a little about Maggie Stiefvater. I already did a post gushing about my love for Where Things Come Back (here) but I haven't read a Maggie Stiefvater book since I started doing the blog thing so I figured I would do one talking about her books a little.

I first saw Shiver sitting on a shelf at Borders on, what I later learned was, its release day. I picked it up, completely taken in by the cover and read the jacket and wanted it immediately. However, I had gone into the store for one specific book and just enough cash on me to buy that one book (something I often did to stop myself from buying 80,000 books each time I went in to a store). Now I can't remember what book it was I went in for but I do remember Shiver. I went home and thought about it and couldn't get it out of my head. I wanted that book. The next time I was in the area I went in and picked it up.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Music Monday: "Something to Talk About" by Bonnie Raitt

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 - May 14th: "Something to Talk About" by Bonnie Raitt - Anna and St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Epic Reading List Mark Two Updated: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

List Mark Two Updated: 5/13
 
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 mixed feelings for The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I love the idea and I really really wanted to love the book. I'm intrigued by the idea of the whole thing taking place over 24 hours. I sort of want to see if I can try something similar, a convincing love story in 24 hours, it's a challenge. In some ways I could see how that limits what Smith could manage but that wasn't my issue with the book.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Beautifully Epic A Flight of Angels

This was another one of those books I had a bit of a rough time getting a hold of but when I finally did I put it off and didn't read it for awhile.

If you're at all inclined toward graphic novels and stories about angels I recommend picking it up.

A Flight of Angels is a stunning graphic novel illustrated by Rebecca Guay with stories by Holly Black, Bill Willingham, Louise Hawes, Todd Mitchell, and Alisa Kwitney. The stories are lush the art is absolutely breathtaking. I mean, just look at that cover art:


Image borrowed from VertigoComics.com

Weigh in Wednesday 5/9



 Weigh 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: Contemporary vs. Fantasy

If you'd asked me this a few months ago I would have scoffed and told you Fantasy without hesitation. I still read far more Fantasy than I do Contemporary but I've lately discovered a love for contemporary. I think the issues that the two genres tend to cover are a little different. I'm not going to completely generalize but Fantasy books lean toward exploring what it means to be human, or have humanity. Contemporary books lean a little more toward exploring loss and relationships and how people relate to one another. They both explore what it means to love but they do it a little differently.
I do realize I'm talking around the point. I think I'm going to have to say Fantasy. There are contemporary books that I love but it's usually the Fantasy or "genre" I guess books that knock me off my feet. Those are the ones I lean toward loving a little more.

Which do you dears prefer?

-A.M.Y-A

All I Can Say is: City of Lost Souls

I hesitated posting this last night so I compromised and put it up this morning. It's got some nondetailed spoilers.

I feel like Cassandra Clare jumped out, yelled "Surprise!" and then pushed me down the stairs. In a good way...which really shouldn't be possible but there you have the power of Cassandra Clare.

I actually took a little bit of time to think about this one after I read it. Usually I jump right over and blog about a book when I finish it. By the end of City of Lost Souls we've been given a lot to think about.

I'm giving my usual warning for SPOILERS beyond this point. I don't plan to discuss anything in great detail but, you know me.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Second Reading List Updated: Trickster's Choice

A note: I just got a second job and the day I went in for my orientation I also got promoted at my current job. It's a promotion that requires a fair amount of time (unfortunately most of it has been additional out of work time so far) so even though I was starting to integrate (kind of badly) some weekly posts in my posts may get a little erratic until I get myself settled into the new schedule.

And now the reason you're even here.

List Mark Two Updated: 5/7
 
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

Usually when I think of Tamora Pierce I think Kel, Alanna, Daine and the circle. I love Beka as well but she was not part of my classic Pierce education. Aly never really occurs to me right off the bat, as awful as that sounds. 

Music Monday: "Wonderwall" by Oasis


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 - May 7th: "Wonderwall" by Oasis - Clary and Jace from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (Just in time for City of Lost Souls)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Weigh In Wednesday 5/2


 
 
 Weigh 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: E-Book vs. Print Book

Call me a traditionalist but I'm a print book all the way type of girl. Admittedly I haven't read a whole book in  e-book. I love ink and paper, the smell, the weight, the sound of the pages brushing, the whole bit. It's a thing. It feels more personal to me somehow. If I traveled a lot it might be one thing but I don't so I have no real need for an e-reader. I think part of my ink and paper love for books comes from how much on computer writing I do. After a little while it starts to hurt eyes. Writing for long term on a screen is enough. Doing all of my reading on one as well would be too much.

How about you ducks? Paper or digital?

-A.M.Y-A

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Another Non-Epic Reading List Book Update: Insurgent.

There were will be spoilers. I can't help it. I guess if Black Heart was 5.5 on the reading list then I suppose Insurgent is 9.5.

But that is not the point.  Let us get to the point. The point with probable SPOILERS!
I'm still reeling. Just like Divergent I can't get the book out of my head. I want to immediately reread Divergent straight through to Insurgent all over again. (I think that will be my gift to myself for finishing the current reading list)

Music Monday (on Tuesdayish): "Golden Days" by The Damnwells

So, I started  this post on Monday and then got some exciting news and very cleverly never posted it. I didn't realize until I finished my Cinder post. You get it now, a little late which is better than not getting it at all, I suppose.

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 30th: "Golden Days" by The Damnwells - The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater