Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Weigh in Wednesday




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: Reading one book at a time vs. Reading Multiple.


I am totally and completely a one book type of girl. I always struggled in school to read so many different books from different classes. I like being able to devote myself to one story completely. It's more fun for me and I feel like it's a little more fair to be able to give a book my full attention. That being said the only exception I make it for manga or graphic novels. I don't mind sitting down and reading all of one in one sitting but I can't read them over time while reading a book over time.

One book at a time for me.

What about you guys? Can you juggle multiple books? Are you a one book type?

-A.M.Y-A

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Epic Reading List Mark Two Updated: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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


The reading list mark two is done. How odd...
But the wrap-up post is coming soon. In this post I want to focus on The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. 

I loved this book. It was twisty and turny and wonderful. I had heard such wonderful things but still went in a little skeptical about it. I didn't need to be. I loved it. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be at all but I was so beyond pleasantly surprised. I read the first ten chapters over the last two days and then sat down and read the rest of it today.

Music Monday 6/25

So, we're back to our typical Music Monday. What did you think of last week's change of Music Monday?

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.


Music Monday - June 25th: "The Wind" by The Fray - Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Epic Reading List Mark Two Updated: Tortall and Other Lands

Reading List Mark Two Updated: 6/21

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 always have a really hard time getting into anthologies. I'm not sure what it is. It might be that feeling that always leaves me wanting more of the story, further world building and development. That's probably it because it's the same reason I'm not good at writing short stories. I like words too much.

This seemed like a pretty much insurmountable obstacle considering what I always want from Tamora Pierce is more length. However, in Tortall and Other Lands I was pleasantly surprised. I have started this book before but, admittedly, to my great shame, I hadn't finished it. It's not the book's fault, this happens to me frequently with anthologies. It usually takes me a couple of tries. I've actually discovered I do better if I read them out of order (actually I used to take tests in school the same way, by jumping around). Anyway, I digress, I was pleased to note that most of the stories had very natural endings to me. They worked really well.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Weigh In Wednesday 6/20


 
 

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: Action Adventure vs. Romance (if there's only one)

Generally speaking, I'm a characters kind of girl. One of the first things I mention when talking about a book is the protagonist. Romance books usually focus a little more on the characters and Action Adventure on the plot. When Action Adventure does take the time to explore characters it usually looks at character traits I find more interesting than Romance. So, I'm going to have to go with Action Adventure.

There's nothing wrong with Romance but there has to be a good plot, a fun plot. I want to read something that has me waiting to see what happens. That's not to say I don't like romance or like a good non-thought book sometimes, I do. There has to be a balance between the two, ideally. But I'd rather read a good Action Adventure with no Romance than a Romance with no Action or Adventure.


Action Adventure it is for me.

What about you, ducks? Swooning or Fighting?

-A.M.Y-A

Monday, June 18, 2012

Music Monday 6/18

First, I didn't forget about Weigh In Wednesday last week. I just don't own an E-Reader so I didn't really have a lot of input.

This week we're doing something a little bit different. Ordinarily you see this at the beginning of the Music Monday 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.

But this week I want to talk about a song that tells a story. I know most songs do but this one strikes me every time I listen to it. If I like this one I may do more posts like it.

So, today's song: "Your Ex-Lover is Dead" by Stars


Monday, June 11, 2012

Music Monday 6/11

So, apparently after one successful scheduled post, I got cocky. I just now realized today's post never went up...awesome. So, here it is, Music Monday...a bit late.

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 - June 11th: "Girls Like You" by The Naked and Famous - Lila Zacharov from The Curse Workers by Holly Black.



Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Epic Reading List Mark Two: Halfway to the Grave

Reading List Mark Two Updated: 6/7

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


Halfway to the Grave is the first of the books my mum recommended. It's not my usual cup of tea, as Paranormal Romance that's not Y-A isn't my first choice. But this was one of her favorites so I started with this.

I have to say that I wasn't all that impressed. It wasn't terrible but even in the parts that should have been action packed and fast paced I felt like it dragged a little. I had to remind myself I had to read it a couple of times while I was rereading parts of other books.

Weigh in Wednesday 6/6





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: Graphic Novel vs. Traditional Novel

I'm going to have to go with traditional novel here. I do enjoy graphic novels, the Fables series in particular is such a fantastic example of story telling. I don't think traditional novels tell stories any better and I do think the addition of images in graphic novels can be delightful, although sometimes distracting. Sometimes the style of the art reflects the story being told (A Flight of Angels) and I think it's so cool that artists can do that.
And I do have a comic strip (my art isn't nearly so delightful) but I have always been a word girl. I love words and I love all you can do with them and how different they are to different people. There's something about graphic novels that makes me always aware that I'm reading a graphic novel while it's so easy for me to get lost in traditional novels.

So, traditional it is for me.

And you, ducks? Traditional or graphic?

-A.M.Y-A

Monday, June 4, 2012

Music Monday: "Beautiful World" by Carolina Liar

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 - June 4th: "Beautiful World" by Carolina Liar - Cullen Witter from Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley.