Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Bit on the Beyond Epic Beyond Amazing The Raven Boys

This won't be a full reactionary review. I'll post that one around the release date. I'll do my whole back story with the book and then a few quick comments now.

In case the title didn't tip you off, I LOVED this book.

I refrained from doing any life lessons learned from books from this one but there were so many that I wanted to do.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of The Raven Boys. I've admittedly had it for a while, eager to read but a little hesitant too. I love the anticipation towards the end of the wait. I love rushing out to buy a book when it comes out. I love marathon reading on release day. So, I was a little hesitant to be robbed of these things.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Top Ten Tuesdays: Bookish Confessions


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give out top ten. This is my first go at it, so let's see if I stick with it!

This week it's Bookish confessions.

1. My shelves are organized. It doesn't look like it to the outside observer but they are. It's a special Amy organization. I can find everything but no one else can. This is at least until I have to start stacking them oddly to make more fit. Then it gets a little bit questionable.

2. If things aren't looking good for a character or relationship that I'm really fond of, say if they might be dead or they are separated or something I skim ahead until I see who ever's name to check on them.

3. I won't review or rate a book on Goodreads unless I've read it recently. I'm too much of an emotion based/ reader response reader to do ones that I read a while ago.

4. I honestly enjoy Twilight. I find it entertaining. I think the movies sucked most of the humor out it. No, I don't idolize Bella. I am charmed by Edward but I don't think he's perfect. I even like Jasper better. I don't think they're the best written thing ever but I enjoy them and I wasn't all that impressed with Breaking Dawn.

5. I spoiled The Hunger Games for myself. I was curious about the series after I read the first one. I wasn't sure where she was going to go. I also heard a lot of mixed thing and gross generalizations about the end. I spoiled myself via Pintrest and the Hunger Games Wiki.

6. I am incredibly susceptible to who wrote the blurbs on a book jacket. If it's from someone like Cassandra Clare or Holly Black I'm a total goner. I have to buy it.

7. I get irrationally irritated when people summarize books for me. I'd much rather read the summary myself. It's one thing when they give you a brief one to two sentence thing to get you to read it and a completely different one when they give you a six page outline.

8. I tend to judge Contemporary YA harder than genre YA. I had grown too used to reading the same thing said in eight different ways, or way too dramatically in school. The genre books were the ones I read for fun so I tended to go into those with an open mind and an overly critical one for contemporary. I've gotten much better but it's still a struggle sometimes.

9. I am a character reader and writer. So sometimes, when there's awesome character interaction in a book I skim the description around it because I just want to get back to the characters talking.

10. Similar to number six. I am horribly influenced by Twitter. If I read a lot about a book by other book reviewers or other people who tend to be involved with books I immediately add it to the to-buy list. I have to have it. Or if they compare it to a book I love I also have to get it. I've found some amazing books that way but gone into others with expectations that were too high.

And there you have it. My ten bookish confessions.

What are your bookish quirks?

-A.M.Y-A

Monday, August 27, 2012

Music Monday 8/27

It's finally back!

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 - August 27: "Show Me How to Live" by Audioslave - The Monster from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Reading Free-For-All: The Perks of Being A Wallflower

I think I was in high school, maybe middle school but that doesn't seem right, when my friends all read The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I was pretty into high fantasy for the most part and sort of dismissed it. It didn't seem much like my thing and aside from the occasional friend telling me how much they liked it, no one really suggested that I would like it very much so I never really bothered it pick it up.

It wasn't until the last year or so that I started hearing about it again. Sure, it came up every once in a while but that was about it. I'm not sure if it was the movie that brought it to people's attention or that I started being around people who'd read it again, but either way Perks re-entered my life. I remember how much some of my friends loved it. Particularly, my friend Laura, who I share a lot of book love with. It just sort of popped up all over the place. Then the trailer for the movie came out. And, oddly enough, what stuck in my mind most was the use of the song "It's Time" by Imagine Dragons. This was a song that played at work with semi-frequency and it was a song that I had mentally noted as liking it. I'm unusually swayed by the use of songs that I like. Regardless, the book was brought back to my attention.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Reading Free For All: Persuasion

OH DEAR GOD THE LETTER!

Ahem, okay. As I said talking about For Darkness Shows the Stars, it has been a while since I've read Persuasion. I mean, years. I was way over due.

I love this book. I love this book so much. It's the sort of love that doesn't fade over time but surprises me each time I read the book.

Anne and Frederick are so steadfast in each other but they aren't without faults. She's easily persuaded in her youth (though she doesn't regret it) and he shows he's stubborn and proud. I think they have temperaments perfectly suited to each other.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Reading Free-For-All: For Darkness Shows the Stars

I know, I know I failed life on Music Monday (it was job interview Monday for me instead) and there hasn't been a new Weigh in Wednesday put up today so that's out.

But instead you get my thoughts on Diana Peterfreund's For Darkness Shows the Stars.

I was supposed to have started this books days ago. I didn't. I started it this afternoon. And read the whole thing in one sitting. Have I ever mentioned that Persuasion is one of my favorites? Sadly, it's been awhile since I've read it.

Anyway, I heard about this book a while ago, before it came out, on Twitter. It seemed pretty anticipated. I'd bought Rampant a little before after I read Diana Peterfreund's story in Zombies vs. Unicorns. Admittedly, I still haven't read it. I didn't know anything about For Darkness Shows the Stars aside from the cover being absolutely beautiful. I have two lists in my phone. One of books I'm really looking forward to and one of book I've heard about that looked cool. Knowing nothing about it aside from it was pretty and other people were excited about it I put For Darkness Shows the Stars on the latter.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Books That Linger

One of the faults in my whole Reactionary Review system is that it doesn't take into account the lingering effects that books can have. I think a mark of truly engrossing writing is when a book lingers with you afterward.

There have been plenty of books that I have read and really enjoyed but have just moved on to the next one when I was done, finished with the story. I don't think there is anything wrong with books like this. They have their own merits and are sometimes books that are so immediately likeable. They just don't stick in your head a whole lot afterward.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Reading Free For All: Obsidian

So, of course I had to see what was up with all the hype surrounding Jennifer Armentrout's Obsidian. Now this may not be a popular opinion given all the stigma surrounding one of these books but as I was reading Obsidian struck me as Twilight meets I Am Number Four meets 'Roswell.' I think it had the best parts of all of these. Just enough engrossing material from each to be wonderfully entertaining.

Kat is fierce and stubborn and delightful. Her stubbornness gets her into just enough trouble to be convincing. She goes into situations that she knows will get her in trouble, ie. Simon, when she tried to prove a point and it ends badly. She's insecure without taking it far enough to make her seem weak. There are times she's absolutely hysterical and others that you are so entirely embarrassed for her. I really enjoyed reading through her. Her language is absolutely wonderful in a lot of places. The thoughts that run through her head are too perfect and true.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Weigh in Wednesday 8/15

First, yes I am alive. I moved from Cleveland to Boston on Monday so the last week or so has been insanely busy. I'm back. I think. I'm still settling and such but we'll see how things go.


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: Reading a Book vs. Listening to an Audio Book

I like audio books. I used to make caramel as part of my job. That involved two hours of standing and stirring so I used to listen to audio books. The Wolves of Mercy Falls has wonderful audio books. The Zombies vs. Unicorns audio book is also awesome. However, I don't listen to audio books that I haven't already read. I know that sounds ridiculous when they should afford me the chance to read even more books but I used to get interrupted frequently by people talking and would miss things. So I always went with a book I'd already read. It was cool to get a different sense of things I'd read previously. It's easier to pick up on some sarcasm and such that way.

That whole paragraph being said, I prefer reading. There's nothing like reading. I always want my first experience with a book to be with a page. There's something more intimate about it. I feel as if I give it my full attention because I'm not doing other things at the same time. And I feel like the author deserves that, at least.

So, I'm a reader first and foremost.

Until later, my ducks. I'm working on some stuff so we'll see how it goes. I'd also like to explore Boston a little since I've never been here and will be living here for at least a year.

-A.M.Y-A

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

More Free-for-all Reading: Size 14 is Not Fat Either

Considering I thought the last book was cute but not amazing I was surprisingly excited to start Size 14 is Not Fat Either. I didn't read it for a little while, admittedly and then I rushed through it. I really liked it.

The 'she's not fat' message wasn't hammered into my head in any obvious fashion. I was just entertained without being preached at.

I found Heather to be far more likable this time around. She wasn't half to whiny and that showed awesome character growth between the two books. I think I felt like I had more in common with her this time. Her conflict at not getting involved and wanting to help was awesomely done. It was awesome how she started doing things before she even realized it. She was witty and funny and darling this time around.

Weigh in Wednesday 8/1

 
 
 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: Edward vs. Jacob

Neither of them are perfect but I've always been a team Edward girl. Sure, Jacob had his moments but he always came off sort of childish to me. I know, he's a kid, especially when compared to Edward but he just struck me as too childish in a lot of ways. I think Edward and Bella grew more as characters (not just in a supernatural sense). I know Edward id over protective but I sort of like that he struggles with that. It does humanize him a little.

I feel like I need to reread these to have more input. It's been a while.

What about you, my loves?

-A.M.Y-A