Monday, September 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Series Left Unfinished


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 week it's ten series that we never finished.

1. The Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
     I really want to finish this series. Admittedly, I've only read A Game of Thrones but I really liked it. My problem is that with so much going on in the series and with so many characters these books usually require extended reading time. More of them need to be read in one sitting. I haven't had the time to do so lately but I hope to soon.

2. The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
     I read the first one and I thought the idea was so cool. The idea of the Iron court was too cool to ignore. Plus, a couple of foxy fairy guys is never a bad idea. I just haven't gotten to the rest of them yet, though they did make it to Boston with me.

3. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
     I put off reading Beautiful Chaos when I heard it was heartbreaking. I was sort of hoping to wait until Beautiful Redemption was out before I got caught up. I might cave soon though...

4. Heather Wells by Meg Cabot
     I was hoping to finish these before I moved to Boston. Things got crazy and it didn't happen. I brought them and I want to read them before too long.

5. Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost
     I just couldn't get into this one. I tried. I really did. My mum really liked them so I gave them a shot. I pushed myself through the first one and said I'd give the second a shot. But my sister told me that if I didn't like the first I wouldn't like the rest.

6. Anita Blake Vampire Hunter by Laurell K. Hamilton
    This one started off so well. Anita was funny and witty and had morals and standards. Then Laurell K. Hamilton decided that Anita having sex with everyone...and I mean everyone, was more important than having an actual plot. It lost me at that point.

7. The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
     I'm probably upsetting a large number of friends by saying this. I just couldn't keep up with it. I can't even remember how far I got into them. I think the problem was that I started reading this series at the same time as Fables and I liked Fables so much more that The Walking Dead just got overshadowed.

8. The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.
     I adore the idea behind The Uglies. I read the first one and was sucked in but I started the second one right before I started school again and it was delayed and never picked back up. I bought them all but haven't finished them. They, also, are all in Boston with me.

9. The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith
     I found these books so hard to get through. They weren't bad, they just required some pushing and I couldn't do it when I tried. One day I'll finish them.

10. Wicked - Nancy Holder and Debbie Vigue
     I loved, loved, loved these books. I got them from the library and devoured them. But then so much time passed before the last one came out. Years. I want to reread them all before I read the last one and I haven't gotten to them yet.

I plan to finish most of these. Maybe my next reading list will have a couple of them on it...hmmm.

Which series did you ducks not finish? Any of these make the list? Any I should finish right now?

-A.M.Y-A

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Beyond Epic Signing Day!

Days like Saturday are the reason I moved to Boston. It was an Epic Signing Day.

Saturday morning Maggie Stiefvater was at the Harvard Coop at 10:00 AM for a signing. I got up early and got there about an hour and a half before the signing. Since the Coop wasn't open yet I grabbed a coconut chai and hung out a bit.

I went in and immediately spotted a table. Just a little table and a cart with copies of The Raven Boys piled on them. This was right about the time I realized it was just a signing. I mean, I'll take any chance I can get to meet Maggie Stiefvater, so it wasn't like I was just going to leave.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

More Free-For-All Reading: The Diviners

I want to start speaking with 1920's slang. I had to resist the urge to write down  the slang that was used throughout The Diviners to have it on hand for life incorporation. This may seem like an odd thing to start off with when talking about a book but it struck me as I was reading and actually speaks volumes about the world that Libba Bray has set up.

I hadn't read anything by Libba Bray before The Diviners. I have, once again, bought A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels but have read neither of them. I knew she was going to be at one of the signings I am attending tomorrow and I've heard such amazing things about The Diviners, I thought it might be a good place to start my Bray education.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Full Reaction to The Raven Boys

As you may know, I read this book a couple of weeks back so I talked a little about it before. There you'll find the usual way that I start my reactionary reviews, with my history with the book and how I went about starting it. I'm writing this post right after finishing it so it'll stay true to my reactionary review format.

Let me start by saying. Wow.

And continue by saying that if Maggie Stiefvater and Cate Tiernan had a book baby it would look a lot like The Raven Boys. Which I know doesn't make a lot of sense since Maggie Stiefvater did write The Raven Boys. But it's everything I absolutely love about Maggie Stiefvater but with something so Cate Tiernan like about it. That is not a bad thing.

Friday, September 14, 2012

More Epic Free-For-All Reading: The Curiosities

I have mentioned before that I am not necessarily a huge fan of anthologies. When I read Tortall and Other Lands  I said reading them out of order helped. Now, I think it's something else.

I read most of The Curiosities in pieces on the bus or on breaks at work. The stories were the perfect length for reading it this way. Breaking it up like this seemed much less overwhelming. Or, perhaps, the stories were just much more engrossing.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Make Me Think


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 week it's ten books that make us think.

In no specific order:

1. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
     I talk a lot about this book, I know. It hit me as so wonderful and right. The hardest thing about it is imagining losing a sibling and Where Things Come Back made me think a lot about it. It has a lot about fitting into the world around you as well. Cullen thinks people should see things one way and they are so wrapped up in something else. It makes me think about what is important to different people.

2. The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
     The Lover's Dictionary has this weird ability to make me think about how life is made up of words. A single word can sum up an event or a personality trait in surprising ways. A part of me thinks life can't be that easy, but in it's basest form it really is.

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
     This is an obvious one but there really is so much to think about in this book. How the games themselves are tied to our reality shows. Or seeing the movie and watching people cheer as characters were killed. The lengths some people are willing to go to to stay in control. The different compatibility of the characters and what sort of traits people are drawn to in one another. Survival.

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth
     I loved the idea of breaking people down into basic characters traits. I thought a lot about that as I read these books. But it's not really that simple. It makes you consider how multifaceted people are. How damaging and stunting it can be to make people pick a single trait or impulse to follow. Or even just the lessons in the manifestos (says the girl with the Dauntless tattoo on her ribs).

5. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
     This book makes me think a lot about the obvious lessons about friendship and love and perseverance but it also makes me think about people in general and the power of writers. It takes a series like this to bring together people who might never have anything else in common. My deathly hallows tattoo gets so many comments and from people I might never have spoken to otherwise. Especially in light of the Lincoln Center ticket hooplah it's amazing how much a series can band people together.

6. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
     I'll give you all a second to roll your eyes... Are you good now? It's not so much the content of this book that makes me think as it is the way it's handled. It's another series that has banded fans together and I find that incredibly admirable. But it upsets me that people who loved it, turned so quickly against it when others started listing off things they didn't like. It's become a guilty pleasure book and I intensely dislike how dismissive people become when they realize that someone likes it. It is as if your opinion no longer matters. So, it's the treatment of Twilight that makes me think.

7. Persuasion by Jane Austen
     This book makes me think a lot about the power of my own mind and how important it is to stand by my opinion, but at the same time, not to disregard someone else's entirely. There are also lessons on subtlety. The quiet ways that Anne and Wentworth love each other. In a writing perspective it gives ideas of making a feeling spread through out the entire text.

8. World War Z by Max Brooks
     I was surprised by how well written this book is. It makes me think about how honestly unprepared the world would be for any big outbreak, not necessarily just zombies. Each country has different ideas of how to handle things and none of them work together. It shows how people rise up and how that's not all good.

9. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
     I had a hard time deciding this one. I used this one to sort of cover the fascination people have for old stories. Howl's is heavily influenced by stories and the tropes that come with them. Retellings are huge and I think that tells us something about ourselves and our natures.

10. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
     This book is beyond disturbing but it is also a fascinating take on childhood and the vampire myth. There's a different take on innocence and violence. It also shows a vast difference between cultures. There's a brutality to this book that I don't think we see often in American literature. Even the US movie was heavily watered down. It's one of those books that is so disturbing but too interesting to put down.

And there you have my strange assortment of books that make me think. They're all a little different and they all make me think in different ways but I think they're all thought provoking, none the less.

What are you top ten thought provoking books?

-A.M.Y-A

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Absolutely Epic Onyx

So, I loved Onyx. I heard that if you liked Obsidian you'd love Onyx. That it was Obsidian but much better. I agree. Obsidian was one of my books that lingered. I loved it the more I thought about it. I just loved Onyx.

So much happens in this book. By the end, Katy's illness seemed like it happened a book or more ago. Armentrout didn't waste any page space with Onyx. Event after event happens and they all connect so easily and naturally. It's a wonderful progression.


Katy grew on me even more in this one. She was stubborn and fierce and I could see why she made the decisions that she did. Even while I was frustrated with her for not understanding her feelings for Daemon I could see why she didn't want to acknowledge them. There is just something so normal and relateable about Katy in a way that few authors can really pull off.

Friday, September 7, 2012

My Not-so-Epic Abandoning of 'The Taker'

This is the first time in the history of this blog that  I've abandoned a book and I feel a little like I'm baring my shame for the world to see.

Anyway, I am putting Alma Katsu's The Taker down. Perhaps just for now, perhaps for the rest of time.

It's not that I didn't like The Taker. I was pretty much immediately taken in by Lanore's passion and dedication. Somehow, even Jonathan, in his cad-ish, ways was charming when talked about through Lanore's eyes. I was invested in them early on. The Y-A reader in me was waiting for Jonathan to come to his senses and see that Lanore was who he was always meant to be with! Even as I knew that wasn't going to happen. There was just something about them that had me rooting for them, instead of begging Lanore to come to her senses. I think it was my desire to see Jonathan redeemed, as often happens in YA books.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR






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 week it's our top ten Fall TBR List

In no specific order:

1. The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater (September 18th)
     - This one may not count since I technically read it last week. But I'm totally counting it. I love my ARC but I can't wait to have the finished hardcover in my hands. And reread it that way. It will be glorious.


2. The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling (September 27th)
     - Do I even need to explain this one? I mean, J.K. Rowling! If she put half as much dedication into this one as she did Harry Potter it will be amazing and she doesn't seem the type do things halfway.

3. The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin (October 23rd)
     - I am so excited about this one. I absolutely loved The Unbecoming. Hodkin sets up such an amazing well-crafted story and I cannot wait to see what she does with it and how Noah and Mara sort out their issues.

4. Finale - Becca Fitzpatrick (October 23rd)
     - The last book in the Hush Hush saga. Fitzpatrick has put Patch and Nora into quite a situation. I'm interested to see how it all falls together.

5.  Beautiful Redemption - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (October 23rd)
     - Though, I still have to read Beautiful Chaos (I heard I would be heart broken and dying for the next one so I stalled), I am itching to get my hands on Beautiful Redemption.

6. Eternally Yours - Cate Tiernan (November 6th)
     - The final book in the Immortal Beloved trilogy. There have been mentions of new big villains and I am interested to see what ultimately happens with Incy. A lot happened in the last one and in ways it felt like a finale so I'm interested to see what happens with Eternally Yours.


7. Reached - Ally Condie (November 13th)
     - Another book where I have yet to read the one before. I haven't read Crossed. It was another stalling while waiting for the book. I didn't think I'd want to wait so I bought it but planned to read it when it got closer.

8. The Curiosities - Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Graton, Brenna Yovanoff (October 2nd)
     - I technically have this one too. I haven't read it yet but I have it. It's supposed to be out in October but Amazon shipped them out early. Huzzah! I have a book from the library to read and maybe one other and then I'm going to be all over this one.

9. The Diviners - Libba Bray (September 18th)
     - I haven't read anything else by Libba Bray but I've heard so many wonderful things, even from people who aren't huge fans of Libba Bray. It sounds wonderful so I can't wait to check it out.

10. What's Left of Me - Kat Zhang (September 18th)
     - I heard about this book a couple of months ago and then the cover is absolutely beautiful. It sounds so cool. It reminds me a little of The Host, which I loved.


So, there they are my top ten TBR for the fall!

Which books are you excited for?

News on Music Monday

So, Music Monday.

I've been a little uninspired as of late so Music Monday is on a bit of a hiatus. I might do it occasionally but not every week. Not for a while, at least.

Sorry ducks,

-A.M.Y-A