Thursday, November 29, 2012

Middlegrade Epicness: The Guardians: Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King

So, I'm a children's bookseller. And since I've started as one I've been trying to get more involved in the section. I've been reading some picture books at work (Fletcher and the Falling Leaves is one of the cutest books ever. This Moose Belongs to Me is also awesome) and things of the like. But the most exciting thing was that it reminded me of how much I absolutely love William Joyce.

William Joyce did The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and The Guardians book. His stories are beautiful and just a little dark, not to mention the illustrations are stunning. So I bought the first of his The Guardians books, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King. But it's me, so I didn't read it right away. I kept saying I would read it after this or after that. It was on the list just in an undetermined locations.

That is until I saw Rise of the Guardians. My post is going to talk about the movie and the first book side by side.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Moment of Honesty For Being Totally M.i.A.

I have been completely M.i.A. for almost a month and I feel really bad about it. I've let a lot of things slip a little this month. I'm still working on settling into the new job and I think I'm doing a good job but I'm not really sure. I've gotten SF Amy done weekly for the most part but the honest truth I haven't really been reading.

I don't like it.

November is also NaNoWriMo. This year I tried something a bit different and wrote a realistic fiction piece that's directed at an older audience (pretty much only be default since my protagonist is 24). It's based on my experiences working in a chocolate store. I did my 50,000 words and stopped. It was a chore to do everyday. I struggled to come up with words. This year was nothing like the delight that I took in writing my project last year. There's still time left in the month and I have no desire to continue working on it. Absolutely none. The idea behind the project still has potential, I think, but I don't think the time for it is now.

But my struggle with this project paired with the new job and my first Thanksgiving away from my family, and roommate issues has just left me worn out. I got up, went to work, wrote some words, and often fell asleep at my computer or on my bed surrounded by unfolded laundry and notebooks, and computer, and anything else I may have just arbitrarily tossed there. It's been rough.

I can't promise that I will be any better in the upcoming days. It doesn't look like I'll be able to go home for Christmas and I'm really not okay with that. I'll still be working both jobs and writing (just not that horrible project) but hopefully I'll be able to sort myself out a little bit better.

That being said, I'll leave you here to write the post for the newest book I've read. So it should be up something that borders on soon.

-A.M.Y-A

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Authors I Would Kill to Chat With

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 we get to pick our own and I did: Ten Authors I Would Kill to Chat With (after I got over the shock)

1. Holly Black
I got to talk to her briefly when I saw her with Sarah Rees Brennan and Libba Bray and it was sort of awesome. By 'sort of' I mean was way beyond awesome. She's so nice and so willing to talk to people, especially about writing. I'd love to be able to actually sit down and talk to her. It would be amazing.

2. Tamora Pierce
I've never been lucky enough to meet Tamora Pierce. I really, sincerely hope it happens one day. She is the reason I started writing and it would mean the world to me to be able to talk with her a little bit.

3. Maggie Stiefvater
I have met her twice and been able to chat briefly with her. But especially after reading The Curiosities I'd love to talk to her more about writing. She has such a pragmatic approach to it that I find fascinating.

4. Erin Morgenstern
I absolutely adored The Night Circus, everything about the book was amazing. Reading it is such a sensory experience I would really like to talk to Erin Morgenstern about how she did it. How words come to her like that. How much was cut, if any. Everything.

5. Scott Westerfeld
How does this man come up with the stuff that he does? The creatures in the Leviathan trilogy are brilliant. The whole idea behind The Uglies. Everything in The Midnighters!

6. Meg Cabot
She is so funny. So funny. I would love to chat with her about all of her unpublished books and how she works through such a wide range of ideas.

7. K. A. Applegate
I have always loved how she managed to combine all of these different strands of mythology into one cohesive story in Everworld. It's such a fantastic idea and comes together so well.

8. Stephanie Perkins
Her books are so charming. And even though, going into them you know exactly where they're going they manage to be so delightful and so addicting and so engrossing. They are my bad day books. I want to talk to her and just see how they come together. How she manages to be so cute.

9. Veronica Roth
I want to see how she chose which character traits to use as factions. How her vision of the dystopian future came together. I think I'll have even more to talk to her about after I read the third.

10. J.K. Rowling
Not to be rude but...Duh!

Special Mentions: Suzanne Collins, Diana Wynne Jones, Marianne Curley

Which authors would you want to chat with? What topic did you choose this week?

-A.M.Y-A

Friday, November 2, 2012

Reading Update and Some Stuff: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Let's start with the stuff:

NaNoWriMo has officially started and I am already a little bit behind, of course. So, I'm scrambling a little.

I got to check out the Boston Book Festival it was pretty cool. Unfortunately I didn't get to see any of the panels but it was still awesome to check things out.

And now...

I Hunt Killers.