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

Monday, July 16, 2012

Music Monday 7/16

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 16th: "About A Burning Fire" by Blindside - Johnathan/Sebastian (Sebonthan) from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Weigh In Wednesday 7/11

I'm going to be gone all day tomorrow so you can just have this now.




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: Peeta Vs. Gale

For half a second let's be serious and admit that my favorite Hunger Games guy is Finnick. I think we all know this by now. But Finnick is not an option, sadly.

Between the two, I go with Peeta. There's nothing wrong with Gale as a character. There were definitely times that I felt for him and even liked him. But I knew reading them that Gale would have been perfect for Pre-games Katniss. Once she went into the games he lost her. He could never really understand the damage that that experience had done. I also think that Suzanne Collins sums it up perfectly in the dandelion quote at the end of Mockingjay.

I adore Peeta. He's has this steady, innocent charm that I find appealing. But at the same time he's not totally pure. He gets angry and kills when he has to, even if he's not okay with it. I think he fully understands the Capitol's game long before anyone else (of his age) gets it. He understands Katniss in a way that so few people do. Where Gale, I think sees her almost purely as a survivalist, Peeta sees the warmth in her. They're a perfect damaged pair.

I'm not sure if we were talking general characters or who is better for Katniss but I'm Peeta for both.

And you, ducks?

-A.M.Y-A

Monday, July 9, 2012

Music Monday 7/9

So, I could have had this up by midnight but then my sister and I got really into the Crush Tournament. I mean, it was so close! But Huzzah! Sam Roth won! Anyway, I then decided to ignore the post that I had (pretty much done) and do a different one, in honor of Sam's victory.



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 - July10th: "If You Ever Did Believe" by Stevie Nicks - Sam Roth and Grace Brisbane from The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater.

More Epic Life Lessons Learned From Books. Post Five

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.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Reading Update: Size Twelve is Not Fat

It feels really odd not to start with a list or anything. But I don't have one which I find equally as odd.

Let's go.

Size 12 is Not Fat took me quite a while to get into. It's not my typical book and I struggled switching mindsets. Heather is not my typical heroine.

What I learned about it is that it was much better if I read as much of it at once as possible. It took me a little bit of time to get into it each time I sat down to read it so reading as much together as I could worked better for me. I enjoyed more of it that way. Unfortunately it took me a while to figure that out.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Weigh in Wednesday 7/4

Happy fourth of July!
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: Fairytale Retelling vs. Original Tale

I had to stop and think about this one. Without the originals we'd never have the retellings and for that they hold a special place because I LOVE retellings. Which, I suppose, leads me to my answer. I;m going to have to run with retellings. There is so much people have done and can still do with the originals. They've been expanded and built upon in the best ways. I get so excited when I get to read a new spin on an old fairytale. The originals are only the most basic of stories, they rarely have sarcasm and humor, both things I love. They are sort of outlines for these amazing stories.

I am a retelling type of girl, it seems.

What about you?
-A.M.Y-A

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Epic Reading List Mark Two: Overview and Awards

I fail. I know.

Let us do a brief recap.

The List:
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 Add-On Books:
Black Heart - Holly Black
Insurgent - Veronica Roth
Flight of Angels - Rebecca Guay
City of Lost Souls - Cassandra Clare

Monday, July 2, 2012

Music Monday 7/2

I am failing as a blogger.  I'm working on it, I swear! But I've been failing at everything, not just this. I work and come home and fall asleep in front of the computer.

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 - July 2nd: "My Beautiful Rescue" by This Providence - Tris and Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth