Monday, December 31, 2012

A Slew of Maureen Johnson Post Two: Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes

I have been recommending this book to people at work based purely on the fact that it has an awesome premise and it's Maureen Johnson.  Now that I've read it I am so so glad that I recommended it to people.

I am going to try my hardest to do this without tossing in my feelings for the second one as well.

I read this one (mostly) on a plane on my way back to Cleveland for Christmas. I pretended I was on my way somewhere exciting. Not that I wasn't excited to be heading home. It's just one of those books that makes you wish you were on some grand adventure.

I absolutely love the whole premise of this book. I immediately wanted to fly off somewhere else and just go. Just wander the world a little. Forget that I have a life. I don't think that I ever could do that but I wanted to so badly. Just go off and see some random show in a random school. Or check out some museums. It made me ready for an adventure.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Slew of Maureen Johnson Part One: The Madness Underneath Pre-Release Post

I've been a bit MIA again. Mostly because I work in retail and it was Christmas. Then I went home for Christmas and didn't bring my computer. This was a problem. Mostly because I got stuck there an extra two days (there are far worse places to be stuck than home). But that puts me way behind on my posting.

While I was home/on the way back I read the following:
The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman
The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton
The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

Over the next couple of days I'll try my hardest to play catch up on posts. They won't quite be the usual immediately after reading posts but they'll exist and that's important. Until then here is my mini-prerelease post on The Madness Underneath.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Epic E. Aster Bunnymund and The Warrior Eggs At Earth's Core

Titles! So long!

I actually finished this book last night and then fell asleep at my computer again...

Anyway, since I talked about my history with the series last time I'll just launch right into it.

William Joyce does another wonderful job of weaving the mythology that the reader knows into the story and the characters that he's created. Bunnymund and his chocolate and how eggs are the perfect shape. But in this story he's the last of the Pookas.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope Santa Brings

Another post! I'm almost doing well!

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give our top ten.
This week it's ten books we hope Santa brings us.

1. The Sandman and/or The Man in the Moon by William Joyce
These aren't actually on my Christmas list so the odds of it happening are not the best but it would still be awesome.

2. Cursed by Jennifer Armentrout
I haven't bought this one yet because I have so much other reading to do but I want it. Badly.

3. Insurgent Special Edition by Veronica Roth
Since I already have this one and I'm supposed to be trying to save money I can't buy it. But if it's a gift it's okay...

4. Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine
I'm still two behind in Morganville so I've put off buying this until I'm caught up.

5. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
There are these absolutely stunning laser cut paper editions. There are only four out right now, I believe and Much Ado is my favorite.

6. Harry Potter Page to Screen :The Complete Filmmaking Journey
I want this book so badly but it's $75. I would be so beyond ecstatic if Santa brought it for me. Though I would feel a little badly about how expensive it is.

7. Every Day by David Levithan
I love the premise for this book. I'm excited to read it but I haven't picked it up yet.

8. Fables: Fairest by Bill Willingham
A new Fables spin-off. I want to buy it but I need to read Werewolves of the Heartland first.

9.The Annotated Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Susan J. Wolfson
We have this book at work and I'm always picking it up to look at it. It's wonderful. Plus, I'm such a sucker for Frankenstein.

10. Any different Harry Potter book
I collect different editions of Harry Potter books so any that I don't have would be amazing.

Actually...most of these aren't on my actual Christmas list... That makes me a little sad... But there you have it! My ten books that I hope Santa psychically knows that I want and brings for me! (Come on Nicholas St. North use that magic that Ombic taught you!)

Anyway, I shall see you all later!

G'bye Ducks!


Monday, December 3, 2012

The Finally Finished: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

It took me a month. A month! It took me a month but I did finally finished Catherynne M. Valente's  The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Valente came to my work at the beginning of November and I had hoped to go. I was nowhere near finished with the book and didn't end up going.

I'm struggling a little with my feelings for this book. For the most part I read it in small pieces and I was okay with that. There was just something about it that worked in parts.

That's not to say that it isn't a good book. It's witty, fun, and well crafted. The story is exciting and action packed. But there was just something about it that made me want to take frequent breaks.