Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ten Books I'm Excited For in 2014



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're excited for in 2014.

So, in no particular order!


1. Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins
I will die of happiness when I finally get this book. Just hopefully not until after I read it.

2. Noggin - John Corey Whaley
Where Things Come Back altered me. I can't wait for Noggin.

3. Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo
It can't be over! But I need to know what happens!

4. Sinner - Maggie Stiefvater
Do I even need to say anything?

5. City of Heavenly Fire - Cassandra Clare
The series is finally over! I mean that in a good way.

6. Darkest Fear - Cate Tiernan
I love her. Love love love her.

7. Into the Still Blue - Veronica Rossi
I just finished relistening to the audio book of the first so I'm excited to continue with the series.

8. Lair of Dreams - Libba Bray
The Diviners is so much fun and so creepy I can't wait to see what she does with the series.

9. Retribution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
I was pretty sure I was going to die when this one was delayed.

10. Infinite Sea - Rick Yancey
The 5th Wave is so brilliant I can't wait to see how Yancey builds on it.

What are your ten? Any I absolutely must pick up?

-A.M.Y-A

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Recommend to...


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 we picked the top ten books we'd recommend to anyone of our choice. As a bookseller one of the trickiest ones we get are teenage boys. Mostly because if they're there they don't usually react to our suggestions so it's hard to figure out where to go. If they're not there parents are super into what's a "boy book" and that's hard to work around sometimes.


Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to A Sarcastic Teenage Boy
In no particular order…

1. Paper Towns – John Green
2. 5th Wave – Rick Yancy
3. White Cat – Holly Black
4. Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake
5. Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld
6. Rot and Ruin – Jonathan Maberry
7. Where Things Come Back – John Corey Whaley
8. I Hunt Killers – Barry Lyga
9. Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
10. World War Z – Max Brooks

There's a little bit of everything here. And I think some of these books are really awesome introductory pieces into different kinds of literature. Getting someone who liked one of these and asking them what they liked about it can give you a great idea of what other books to recommend.

I know! I know! It's technically Wednesday but I wrote it! I just hadn't posted it because I was caught up in NaNoWriMo. But I'm almost at 40,000! I'm getting back on track. It's just taking me a bit.

-A.M.Y-A

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Almost Epic Wuthering Heights

I know, it's been forever! To be honest,I hadn't realized how much I needed a break until I took it. Then it was the start of NaNoWriMo and I've been pretty heavily embroiled in that project.

Also, and I'll probably get flogged for this, I didn't really love Wuthering Heights. I really wanted to and for a while my enthusiasm for it as a classic carried me through. That couldn't last though and by the end of it I was uninterested.

So I kept not reading and doing other things or I reread Anna and the French Kiss in the middle there. I didn't want to read anything new while I was still reading Heights but I didn't really want to read Heights either. So I read some graphic novels and Anna and wrote like crazy.

This morning I sat down determined to finish. I did and I still feel pretty Uninterested in the whole thing. Admittedly, I spent a of time thinking to myself, this definitely isn't Jane Eyre. I love Jane Eyre. That probably didn't help.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The So Incredibly Beyond Epic Allegiant (So Full of Spoilers)

I often think that I am too lenient on the series that I really love. There is one notable example in the past where I didn't love the finale but raved about it anyway. I was so afraid of being disappointed that I wouldn't admit that I wasn't thrilled with how it ended.

I was really afraid that this would be the case with Allegiant. It's, perhaps, cynical of me to go into a book expecting to be disappointed while simultaneously being terrified of it. But there it is.

I really didn't need to be worried.

Also, SPOILERS. Oh, the SPOILERS.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Top Ten Books I Was Forced to Read

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: Ten books we were forced to read.

1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I love this book. Absolutely love it.

2. Fault in Our Stars by John Green
So, it was more strongly suggested that I read this. My one younger sister was all over me about it.

3. Looking For Alaska by John Green
See above.

4. Middlemarch by George Eliot
This is another one that I love. Will Ladislaw, I adore you!

5. Bone People by Keri Hulme
It's been a while since I read this but I was so struck by it.
 
6. Hard Times by Charles Dickens

And thus begins my love affair with Mr. Dickens

7. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
I remember staying up almost all night to finish this in sixth grade.

8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The other younger sister kept telling me how much I would like these. I took my time with it.

9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I just love this book. It's been years since I read it though.

10. Alex by Pierre LeMaitre
I read this one to show that I would. I was blown away.

They weren't all by school, though most were. And my sisters are a pretty big influence on my reading habits but there you have it.

Where were yours? Any overlap?

-A.M.Y-A

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Epically Epic Battle Magic

I've been really worn out the last couple of weeks. Run down and falling asleep as soon as I stop moving exhausted. But I never once fell asleep while reading Battle Magic. Some nights I just didn't read because I knew that I would stay up and I didn't think I could manage the next day.

This book is that awesome. I wanted to reread the others first which is why this took me so long to get to. Reading them, nearly, straight through I loved seeing how Tamora Pierce's writing sort of grew. How much braver she and the characters became.

And take note Tortall fans, this one is a very Tortallian addition to the Circle universe.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Darkly Epic Circle Opens Quartet

So, I held off and did this whole series at once because I find it really interesting to look at these books together in comparison to the first series.

In The Circle Opens our four mages have separated and gone off to different locations. Sandry is staying with her uncle after he has a heart attack, Briar has been waylaid traveling with Rosethorn, Daja is studying the work of iron smiths in the north, and Tris is exploring the world of glass blowing and magic in the far south. The really cool thing about this series is that we got to see them thrown together and bound together and learn that they had to rely on each other in the first series and in this one, they can't even mindspeak anymore. They're too far away for that and so they have to learn to be their own people, something they haven't had the chance to do since they discovered that they have magic. They have to learn to solve problems by looking at it from their own angles, without the added input of the others that they'd learned to rely on.

This series is also substantially darker than the series before. Pierce does not shy away from dealing with some really harsh issues.

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Brutally Epic Alex

 One of my coworkers handed me Pierre Lemaitre's Alex after commenting that I probably didn't like dark things because I read YA. First, I stifled a laugh, then I told her that I was interested in reading it. Which means that I was determined to read it and determined to read it soon.

After handing it to me, my coworker described it as "brutal" repeatedly. She was right. Alex is easily one of the most twisted books I've ever read.

Even having finished the book I'm not entirely sure I know what happened.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The So Amazingly Beyond Epic Untold

Oh dear God. Sarah Rees Brennan please write and keep writing forever.

Also, spoilers abound!

So, I knew Untold was coming out on Tuesday (duh). I special ordered it at work hoping that it would come in early. Alas, it did not. I had Tuesday off of work but left a note for my coworkers asking them to call/text me when it came in so that I could come in and get it.

They did not call/text. The book did not come in.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Favorite Sequels

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 is our ten favorite sequels.

1. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
So, not really a sequel but I still love it.

2. Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
It's so good. So, so, so, brilliant.

3. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Just the opening of this books gives me the shivers (no pun intended). It's all of the ache and agony of the first.

4. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
She builds on the story so well from here.

5. Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
I had planned to only to do direct sequels but this one is my favorite of the series.

6. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The story just gets more twisted and more amazing.


7. Tris' Book by Tamora Pierce
After bringing the four together she really lets them loose here.

8. In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
This has been my favorite in the series for so long.

9. Red Glove by Holly Black
These read much like one big story and I love all of them.

10. Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman
I love this book. It's beautiful and heartbreaking.

For some reason I had a really hard time with this one.

What were your top ten?

-A.M.Y-A


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall to Be Read

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 is our Fall To Be Read List

1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Do I even have to say anything else about this?


2. Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce
I love her, I love her, I love her.

3. Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
IT'S OUT TODAY!


4.Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan
I cannot wait. After the way Unspoken ended...oh God.

5. Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
Okay, so this one is old and she has a new one out but I really need to get to this one.

6. Counting by Sevens by Robin Goldberg Sloan
I've heard such wonderful things about this one.

7. Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I have it. I just need to read it!

8. Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon
Rapunzel is really Snow White's wicked step mother? Yes.

9. Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron
One of the reps at work handed this to me. I can't wait to pick it up!

10. Across the Star Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
After For Darkness Shows the Stars I cannot wait for her next adaptation. I kind of want to read The Scarlet Pimpernel first though.

Narrowing my top ten down was rough. Do we have any overlap?

Until later, my ducks!

-A.M.Y-A


The Beyond Words, Beyond Epic Dream Thieves

I almost feel like I don't have to say anything else about this book after the title...but guys...guys...it's so so good. So good.

Ahem.

Okay, so preliminaries, my pre-release post is here. So there is all of my back story on acquiring the book and the shrieks and gasps and almost panic.

Now, The Dream Thieves. Seriously though...so good. I just...ah!

Right, spoilers.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Adorably Epic Boy Who Swam With Piranhas

This is the second book that I read for the work blurb. It's written by David Almond who is probably best known for Skellig. Well, I've never read Skellig but I have read Heaven Eyes and I recall finding the book very odd, even if I don't remember anything about it at the moment.

So, initially what draw my attention to The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas wasn't Almond's name but 1. the fact that it's illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, who I have a lot of love for and 2. That I have a thing with piranhas. I was interested but I hadn't really planned to pick it up, or at least not for a while. Then of course the gift guide blurb assignments came out.

So, I added it to the reading list.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Wonderfully Fantastic Fangirl

I tried Attachments and wasn't impressed. Then I became the only person in the YA world who didn't love Eleanor and Park. So, when at work I was assigned to write a blurb for Rainbow Rowell's newest book, Fangirl, I sort of internally groaned. Here was going to be another book that I should like but probably wouldn't.

I hate not liking books that I think I should. I love loving books. I love being consumed by a book. For some reason Rowell just wasn't doing it for me.

Then I read Fangirl.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ten Books I Would Love to See Done on Screen

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 the topic is books we'd love to adapted for the screen...if they could be done right.

1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
This one would be hard because so much is internal Mara dialogue but if it were a perfect adaptation it would be awesome.

2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
This has everything! It would be so good!

3. Sweep by Cate Tiernan
Would be an awesome TV show. It pretty much has everything that they added into The Vampire Diaries.

4. Everworld by K.A. Applegate
Would be a brilliant mini-series or one season event. Mythology is so big!

5. Balefire by Cate Tiernan
This one would be an awesome movie or mini-series.

6. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Such a badass movie!

7. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Indie movie style. Heartbreaking.

8. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
This would be so cool!

9. Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
This would be a wonderful movie. A sort of fairy tale.

10. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
This would be so much fun to watch.

Which books are on your list? Any over lap?

-A.M.Y-A

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Top Ten Required Reading Edition

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 we were given the choice to do ten books we thing should be read in schools or ten that should be paired with an already required title. I'm going to go with ten books that should be required.

1. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Can I really say anything new about this book? I mean, it pretty much ends up on every list I do.

2. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy
This is a really interesting look at the way humanity reacts in a crisis, plus I think it would be interesting to see if things could happen the way Yancy said.

3. World War Z by Max Brooks
Pretty much the same as above. This goes into a little more depth and detail about the global scale but it's really fascinating.

4. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
What if our society was really set up like that? What if we had Darwinists? This book raises a lot of interesting questions.

5. White Cat by Holly Black
This is an interesting look at society when something like magic becomes a forbidden part of everyday life.

6. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
This is another interesting look at society under different circumstances. There was something really interesting and really disturbing about this book.

7. Dollbones by Holly Black
This is a really cool look at growing up. But paired with that is the possibility of history lessons mixed in with the doll making.

8. Canary by Rachele Alpine
This book reminds me a lot of Laurie Halse Anderson books and it looks at what happens with privilege and popularity in high school.

9. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
This is a book about fighting and about not giving up. 

10. Sea of Tranquility by Katya Millay
This would be a totally controversial choice. It's pretty dark and racy, lots of swearing and sexual comments but it is a lot about moving on and being who you are. I think it's one students would really like too.

Those are my ten should be required books.

Which topic did you do? What were your choices?

-A.M.Y-A

The Wickedly Epic The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

When I finished The Coldest Girl in Coldtown I was left with that feeling that you know books like this are few and far between. That you're afraid it's going to be ages until you find another one (though, admittedly the last one I read like this was The Dream Thieves). It's so fantastically well written and well rounded. Holly Black takes you into the world of the Coldtowns and society outside of them and does her best to show you all aspects of it. What the world has turned into with the revelation of vampires. She shows you how different kinds of people have reacted in different ways.

In some ways this book does the same sort of thing that the 5th Wave and World War Z do where it explores the way that people respond to something that completely alters society in a really long term way. It's how the respond at a base level to something personally impacts each of them.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Epically Epic Sandry and Tris's Books

I decided to do them both together seeing as how I read them back to back and they were both pretty quick reads.

Not very many people are fans of Tamora Pierce's Circle series. I've met people who didn't even realize that she wrote outside of Tortall. I'm a little different I started reading Pierce with the circle books. My library didn't have Sandry's Book and after staring at them for months I finally caved and read Tris's Book first.

Somehow, I was completely sucked in. I loved them immediately. I read Tris's Book and knew that I wanted to do that. I wanted to write books that made people feel like I did when I read it.

So, I might be a little bit biased.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Top Ten Secondary Characters

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 is ten memorable secondary characters.

1. Magnus Bane (The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare)
It's debatable that he's really a secondary character. But I think it's pretty obvious that he at least started that way. But he is certainly a scene stealer.

2. Jamie Roth (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin)
He's so snarky and so funny. I was so excited when he came back in Evolution.

3. Doctor Barlow and Count Volger (Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld)
I love both of them. They both have a really good idea of what's going on and they're both really clever about. I just did them both in one since they're from the same series.

4. Sam Wu (Curse Workers by Holly Black)
Sam is pretty much up for anything. Even if he doesn't start that way he can pretty much be talked into anything. Plus he can go head to head with Cassel's sarcasm.

5. George Holly (The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater)
He's so blunt about the things that neither Sean nor Puck seem willing to talk about. But he's also going to spur Sean into action. He pushes Sean to act, makes him see that things are possible.

6. Finnick Odair (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
My love for Finnick is pretty well know and I honestly feel like he is one of the best secondary characters I've ever seen.

7. Jasper Whitlock Hale (Twilight by Stephanie Meyer)
Okay, say what you want but he had a really fascinating story. His and Alice's plot are far more interesting than Bella and Edward's. 

8. Lucas Cader (Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley)
He is perfectly set against Cullen. Cullen never really loses hope because he can't quite let go but he shows it with extreme cynicism. Lucas is the endlessly hopeful and silver-lining guy. He needs to think that things are going to be okay.

9. Angela Montgomery (The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan)
She's so funny. So angry. I just love her.

10. Sturmhond (The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo)
Okay, so he's probably technically a main character...maybe? He's pretty big is Siege and Storm... Anyway. I love him. He's no Mal, but I adore him.

Who are your ten secondary characters?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Epic Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park. Is there anyone in the YA world who hasn't heard of this book? There was so much raving about it that I bought it as soon as it came out. As per usual, it took a bit of a back burner to 16,000 other things.

But I finally read it and, I'm not going to make any friends saying this, I liked it but I didn't love it.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ten...er...five Resources that Make My Life Easier

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 resources that make my life as a reader/blogger easier. I'm going to add bookseller in here too.

1. My job.
My work is a pretty well-known indie in the Boston area and we get some fantastic ARCs and galleys.

2. My database
I have all of my books typed into a spreadsheet with author name, title, edition, series number, hardcover, and if I've read it. I've been considering adding whether they're in Cleveland or Boston as well since I couldn't bring all of my books.

3. My coworkers
My coworkers find some awesome books that I might not have ordinarily heard of. They've given me some awesome titles. Our events director is always trying to give me new titles or booking events for books I'm interested in.

4. Twitter
Twitter is such an awesome way to stay on top of what's coming out and what people are excited about.

5. The Blogging world
For bookselling this is awesome. I get to see what people are talking about and then try to get them into the store.


I couldn't think of a full ten. I'm sure I'll see other lists and say "that!' but this is what I have now!

What are your ten resources?

-A.M.Y-A

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Charmingly Epic Fortunately The Milk

This isn't going to be a very long post because the book doesn't really warrant it. Not that it's not brilliant, just that the story is a short, wild romp that leaves the reader in fits of giggling.

Everyone from work is learning of my love for Neil Gaiman. So when the ARC for Fortunately, The Milk came in there was a note on it that said "Give this to Amy." I also had the privilege to hear Neil Gaiman read a section of it.

It's so funny. There's something about it that's just made to be read out loud. It's full of pauses and big words and small words and noises. I loved every second of reading it and was a little saddened when 25 minutes later it was over.

Since it's only the ARC it didn't have the full artwork yet but based on what is there Skottie Young's art is brilliant and fits the story so well. It's a bit silly and off the beaten path. I can't wait to see the completed version. There's something almost Doctor (from Doctor Who) like about the illustrations of the father.

I would also like the see the UK version illustrated by Chriss Riddell, who seems to have based his version of the father on Gaiman, himself.

Overall, I give Fortunately, The Milk a rating of Massively Epic.

If you need a funny interlude to a bad day or just something light in between heavy book I recommend picking up Fortunately, The Milk when it comes out on September 17th.

-A.M.Y-A

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Wickedly Epic The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Prerelease Post

I have a pretty deep love for Holly Black. I think that's been covered via the blog thus far. The galley of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was given to me a couple of months back. It was right in the middle of my Oh-Geeze-Ever-Book-I've-Ever-Requested-From-the-Library-Is-Here-But-I-Need-To-Read-The-Gaiman-Book-Before-The-Signing-What-Do-You-Mean-Secret-J.K.Rowling-Book-Oh-Hell-That-Panel-Is-Only-Two-Weeks-Away thing. I kept making deals with myself. When you finish the library books. When you finish the Gaiman. When you finish the panel books. I ultimately did that last one. But by the time I started to read it I was so worn down that I couldn't sit still for very long without falling asleep.

Which means that I started this book a couple of weeks ago and read maybe 50 pages until the last two days where I tore through it.

This book is fantastic. It's bloody, and dark, and twisted. It's what you expect from Holly Black. She doesn't shy away from showing how society glamorizes things that really aren't glamorous. The seedy, rotten underbelly of society.

This book is pretty close to the perfect vampire book. I love it.

I give The Coldest Girl in Coldtown a rating of Beyond Epic.

Get this book when it comes out. Get it right away!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish Had Sequels


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.

Some of these are short stories because...I can do that? I also tried not to do any with upcoming sequels because...obviously. 

1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Okay, so this ended really perfectly but I still want more!

2. Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
I would have loved to know more about the Hempstocks.

3.Cold Hands by Cassandra Clare (Short story from Zombies vs. Unicorns)
The idea and set up of this one is so interesting. I really would have liked to see her build the world.

4. The Child Thief by Brom
There could be so much more adventure with these characters.

5. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
It might just be that I want more from him...and April is so far away. But really, I could keep reading about Cullen as he learns the worst of life's lessons.

6. Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvest
This one sort of ends as things are just beginning and I want to see how the relationship of the two characters progresses.

7.The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
More. Just more.

8. Date With A Dragon Slayer by Tessa Gratton (Short story from The Curiosities)
I loved this story. Tessa Gratton does such a good job of combining old cultures with modern settings. I would have loved to see more in this world.

9. Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
To be fair, he still posts entries on Twitter but it's not the same as seeing it all progress on the page. It's the feeling you get from it.

10. Doll Bones by Holly Black
The characters are only just growing up. The book does a beautiful job portraying that but I kind of want to see how far apart they grow and what happens when they hit high school.

What are your top ten?

So, I'm really upset with myself for missing last weeks because I was excited about it. But that's what free weeks are for, right? I also owe you ducks a lot of posts from the event. And a post about the event and a post about the Neil Gaiman signing...jeeze. It's all coming I promise. I'll space it out some!

Until then,

-A.M.Y-A

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Intriguingly Epic Taken

I am continuing to work my way through the awesome debuts for the panel at work next Saturday. Thus far, I'm impressed and excited to meet the authors. I'm just under halfway through the list but looking forward to continuing.

The book I've just finished is Erin Bowman's Taken. The ARCs showed up at work and I snagged one but hadn't gotten to it until yesterday. The idea intrigued me but things kept coming up. I'm glad I finally dove in.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Epically Awesome The Cadet of Tildor

As I mentioned in my last post I picked up The Cadet of Tildor because the author is coming to my work for an awesome panel on August 3rd. I read that it was a combination of Tamora Pierce and George R. R. Martin.

That kind of sounded right up my ally.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The epically (sort of) spontaneous The Cuckoo's Calling

So, I, obviously, went out and got The Cuckoo's Calling as soon as I could after I heard the announcement. Much like The Casual Vacancy it's not necessarily something I would have picked up on my own. Even though the cover looks a lot like a YA book.

A lot of people will roll their eyes at me for reading anything that J.K. Rowling puts out. They're entitled to do that. I think they're jerks but, hey, go for it. At the very least I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and for a book that I know is going to be well written, even if it's not my cup of tea.

I'm going to keep this one as spoiler free as I can but be wary.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Not Pick Up A Book


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: Ten Words or Topics that Will Stop Me From Picking Up a Book

None of these are 100%

1. Summer Romance
There’s something about books that flat out talk about beautiful summer romances that make me sort of pause. I’ve never really given these much of a chance, admittedly but they’re…I don’t know. I feel like they often take themselves too seriously.

2. Pregnancy
Something about reading books where the main concern is that they get pregnant. I’ve tried, they always end up being too sentimental. I just don’t like them.

3. ‘Temptation’
Books with this in the title/tagline are usually super cheesy romance novels. And I’ve tried to read some…and I can’t…Even ones that are in series that start of strong (Anita Blake) peter off into awfulness at an alarming rate.

4. “Save each other”
Even in books I like when they use this phrase I roll my eyes a little. There has to be a better way to say it! But when they use it on the blurb I twitch a little. The books tend to be sentimental.

5. Can they resist each other?
See above.

6. Verse Novels
I like poetry...well...some poetry. I don't mind quoting poetry a character of mine does it a lot. But I just don't do stories written as a series of poems. Maybe I just haven't found one I've been impressed with. Or what that's been interesting enough to really entice me in.

7. Turning to God
I am potentially the least religious person you'll ever meet. I see the appeal, in a way, but I don't really get it. So a book that deals prominently with this hold no appeal to me.

8. "Good Girls"
Okay, I'm pretty much a good girl but no one is as naive and sweet as some authors try to make their characters seem (case in point The Collector). It's usually done to highlight the 'badness' of another character. It comes off as flat.

9. BDSM
...I just...no. Not until someone can direct me to one that is honestly well done, and legitimately appealing for more reasons than just sex.

10. Suicide
Okay, I won't necessarily not pick up a book, but I definitely hesitate.

Basically, I’m not a huge fan of romance novels. Or things that take themselves too seriously when they should lighten up. And as I said earlier, none of these are fool proof. An interesting enough plot or enough praise will entice me in.

What are on your list?

-A.M.Y-A

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Epically Amusing The Symptoms of My Insanity

I picked this book up because Mindy Raf is coming to my work next month (with a few other of the Lucky 13s. If you live near Boston come check it out). It sounded funny enough, the flap copy is wonderful.

I was delightfully surprised. I read that whole strong of bad, dramatic but "funny" YA and I was a little afraid that this was going to be yet another of those. I was convinced that I couldn't win.

There was something so wonderful about The Symptoms of My Insanity. The humor is clever and witty without being hopelessly cynical. The situations that Izzy finds herself in are serious but they're handled in a way that reminds you how important they are without crossing the line into after school special territory.

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

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: Ten authors who deserve more recognition

I took this as authors who aren't as widely known as some. Some of them might be well known in the literary world but not in the world at large.

1. Holly Black
Arguably she has plenty of attention. However, I think she is far better than a lot of the other authors who have garnered more attention. She has this amazing ability to capture this dark, cynical, teenage darkness that’s just brilliant.

2. Maggie Stiefvater
Nobody writes a story like Maggie Stiefvater. Nobody. She writes these complex, mythological plots. I love recommending her to people because she should get way more attention.

3. Cate Tiernan
The Sweep and Balefire series are such brilliant studies of being a teenager and of magical stories. They’ve stuck with me for so long and I wish more people would read them.

4. Tamora Pierce
Okay, so perhaps this is the most controversial pick on my list but come on! She influences so many people are seem to be bigger than her. It makes me so sad.

5. Scott Westerfeld
I just recently heard that they’re meeting for the chance of an Uglies movie. I love the Uglies but he has so many other brilliant, wonderful series.

6. Sarah Rees Brennan
She is so funny and so awesome and no nearly enough people know who she is.

7. Stephanie Perkins
She writes the ultimate feel good books. I love giving them to people at work.

8. John Corey Whaley
He only has the one book (but Noggin, guys! Noggin!) but it’s full of so much heart and soul. I give it to people who like John Green and they usually really like it. And he won all sorts of awards but people still aren’t aware enough.

9. Maureen Johnson
As big as she is in the literary and internet worlds there are still so many people who don’t know who she is. She’s brilliant and wonderful and clever.

10. Michelle Hodkin
I have the hardest time describing Mara Dyer to people.  But I love it so, so much. It’s not like anything else I’ve ever read. It’s just so brilliant and I think more people need to pick it up.