Thursday, January 31, 2013

The So Epically Beyond Epic Pride and Prejudice

I know, I know, this is not Nina LaCour's The Disenchantments, but come on, the 28th was the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice's publication.

Of course I was going to reread it.

It just took me a little bit longer than I had anticipated.

I'll keep this short because you probably don't need to read me go on and on about Austen again.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Awesomely Epic Asunder

So, I did my pre-release post a few days back and here's the full thing.

Most of the things that I was skeptical about in Incarnate are resolved in Asunder. It's not that Jodi Meadows explains everything away but it becomes more obvious why they weren't as important to notice and why others things were. The exposition is out of the way and we got to really jump into the story. It becomes very clear very early on that Incarnate was a lot of set-up and now the backlash is hitting.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Epically Funny Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

You may have noticed that I don't read a lot of middle grade. It just doesn't come up for me often. But someone from work mentioned Timmy Failure to me a little while back. I love Pearls Before Swine (Pig's sea anemone enemy is one of my favorites) so I was pretty excited for this one. Not to mention when I'm having a bad day I walk away with the sign we got in for it, point to it and say "my life." One day the ARC ended up sitting on our ARCshelf ready for taking. So I took it.

I won't do a pre-release post and a full post for this one (even though it comes out on February 26th) because it doesn't really need it.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

John Green's Amazingly Epic Looking For Alaska

I had mentioned in my The Fault in Our Stars post about being a little afraid that reading another John Green right after would be like rolling my heart through broken glass. I don't think I would have felt like that after reading Looking For Alaska but I think the lighter book in between was a little bit of a detox for me.

Okay, so 'detox' was the wrong word but The Fault in Our Stars left me so raw that I don't think I could have taken another life reflective heavy book right afterward without dissolving into a total mess. And Looking For Alaska definitely has that life reflective quality.

One of my younger sisters cites this as one of her favorite books ever. That alone is high praise but it still took me a while to get to it. I bought it ages ago and just haven't picked it up. I had planned to read it first but then the book club at work happened and it seemed more prudent to read The Fault in Our Stars first. But then I definitely wanted to read this one next.

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Increasingly Epic Asunder: Pre-release Post

No, I haven't forgotten about my Looking For Alaska post. I just wanted to get this one done first.

Asunder. I know I had a potentially confusing post up for Incarnate, where it seemed like I wasn't completely sure what I thought of the book. Asunder cleared up any potential haziness I had.

Jodi Meadows really hits her stride in Asunder. With everything that happens in Incarnate it becomes increasingly evident the further you get into Asunder that it was all set-up. This is where the ball really starts rolling. Where things really start building. By the end I was sitting up straight in my chair (one of those bamboo nest type ones and that is not easy). There was more than once I gasped or muttered an angry string of "whats?!"

When I thought I was working it all out I discovered just how wrong I was.

I'm so thoroughly impressed by how it all came together.

But more of this on Wednesday, the day after the book releases.

And if any of you live in the Boston area you should definitely come to the Asunder release party at the Brookline Booksmith.

-A.M.Y-A

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Epically Awesome Incarnate

I've been eying Incarnate for a while now. With a cover like that how could you not? It's all pretty and jewel toned and doesn't have a dress on it (though the close up face shot is getting up there with the dresses). It just got lost in the shuffle somehow. I never really forgot about it but there were more immediate concerns that I focused on.

Then I found out that the release party for Asunder was going to be at my work. It got moved up the list, quickly.

I was surprised by Incarnate. I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting, something a little more dystopian, I think. But it's not that. It's completely different. It reminded me more of Under the Never Sky than something like Divergent. I was unprepared for the level of mythology that it had. These were, by no means, unpleasant surprises but they were surprises.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Epic Opal

I finally got to Jennifer Armentrout's Opal.

I really enjoyed both Obsidian and Onyx. They are easy fun reads that I found myself invested in before I even realized that I was. I got totally sucked into the relationship between Daemon and Katy.

I had previously said that Obsidian grew on me and that I just loved Onyx but I have mixed feelings about Opal. I went into it expecting the same wonderful way Jennifer Armentrout has of not wasting pages but that's not what I got.

The Epically Awesome Paper Towns

Okay...so I know in the devastated haze of my post-The Fault in Our Stars state, I said I was reading Opal next.

I did. And then I read Looking For Alaska. And I was on a deadline and I didn't write my posts. Because I suck at life. But I am writing this one. And I will write those...just late...

Okay. So, Paper Towns.

My first impression was that I absolutely loved Quentin and his friends. They have such wonderful banter that they very quickly became some of my favorites. This book had just the right amount of the absurd. There are always little things in life that seem to ridiculous to be real. This book has so much of that. I think it's a little bit heightened but it just works so well.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The So Far Beyond Epically Beautiful The Fault in Our Stars

I'm still reeling. I don't even know...

I literally, literally sobbed through the last hundred pages. I have a crying headache. I'm still crying. I'm not even sure what to do now. How do you recover from this?

I have not previously read anything by John Green. He is my younger sister's favorite author and I promised her I would but I just hadn't gotten to it.

Well, I got to The Fault in Our Stars today. Oh, Hell did I get to it. I am a wreck. And as emotional as this book is and made me and made so many other people this post is going to be disappointing. I'm trying to collect my thoughts and struggling. (I would love to quote the book here but this feels like such an insignificant moment to do so).

I know it's been out a year but spoilers ahead!

The Beautifully Epic Clockwork Angel Manga

I'm not sure what I was waiting for in regards to reading this. I bought it awhile ago when it first came out. All I wanted to do was read it as soon as I had it in my hand but I remember having a specific reason for not letting myself. Like that I had to finish something else first, but I don't recall the exact reason now. Then, as the story goes, it got pushed back and put on the shelf and not exactly forgotten about...but forgotten about.

I read it now because I chose it as my next carrying about the city, in-public read. I took it with me to work to read on the bus and on break. I finished it pretty quickly.

I loved it. It's an absolutely beautiful adaptation of the book.

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Goals for 2013

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 our bookish goals for 2013

1. I would really like to keep up a steady pace of reading. I tend to read in spurts, which isn't bad but I want to keep it up.

2. Read more classics. There are so many that I haven't read and I need to fix that.

3. Read more children's books. I mean picture, chapter, and middle grade books. Working in the children's section had made me realize how I need to expand a little.

4. Perhaps more of a writing goal but I want to send my novel out to some agents.

5. Finish some of the series that I've started. I just keep starting new ones and I need to finish some of them off!

6. I'd like to read at least 65 books. I managed 60 this year but I wasn't super psyched about it.

7. Attend 5 book signing. There are so many more in Boston than in Cleveland.

8. Keep up with my book blogging. Self explanatory. I'm a mess.

9. Read some of the books that I have before I buy new ones.

10. Actually use the library. I don't get nearly enough from the library. It's so easy just to buy them.

There you have it. What are your book goals this year?

-A.M.Y-A

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Almost Epic Hush Hush Graphic Novel

I know I said I was reading The Fault in Our Stars next but I had some errands to run today and since my copy is signed I don't want to wander around the city with it (I'll have to find something else to take to work with me today. Another graphic novel, likely). I realized I had the Hush Hush graphic novel here and I hadn't read it yet. It seemed a good solution.

The So Epically Beyond Epic Shadow and Bone

Why did I wait so long to read Leigh Bardugo's wonderful Shadow and Bone? I bought it the day it came out but somehow it just kept getting pushed back. I love it.

Something about this book sneaked up on me. Admittedly, it had been a while since I'd read the description so I didn't really know what I was getting myself into. I remembered very little. When I first started it I was a little worried it would become girl discovers power-formulaic but I was completely enamored with the setting and the world. Not that I really thought about stopping. But somehow, at some point I went from casually reading it to being irritable at work because I wanted to be reading and forgoing eating on break so that I could sit in the stairwell and read it. I had gotten completely sucked in.

Friday, January 4, 2013

A Slew of Maureen Johnson Post Three: The Last Little Blue Envelope

I have to admit, it was a little difficult for me to write my post on Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes without my Last Little Blue Envelope feelings getting in the way.

Anyway, I actually started reading this one on the plane on my way back to Boston. I was really excited to pick it up and I wasn't disappointed.

Ginny is as practical-yet-adventurous as always. She gets the e-mail from Oliver about the last letter and goes back to London. Even though Ginny is often uneasy about the things that they do to get her aunt's last piece of art it's a wonder in Johnson's writing that there's something about her that's also incredibly at ease while she's abroad. In that way the end of the book came very naturally. Even as the reader, I could tell that London is where Ginny belongs.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Wonderfully Epic The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love

I first read this book a few years back. My dear friend Laura is such a Jane Austen fan and one year I was trying to find a gift for her. I was perusing the spines in the YA section and saw the title: The Dashwood Sisters Secrets of Love. I think I pulled it from the shelf a little indignantly.When I saw that it was a retelling I didn't necessarily feel too much better about it but I figured it would be worth a shot.

So it became a gift for Laura. She absolutely loved it but it was still a few years before I picked it up.

I think the fun thing about this book is that it updates the story so that it makes more sense for this time period and a younger audience but it definitely keeps the spirit behind the book true.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Adorably Epic: Enthusiasm

I can't even remember when I bought this one. I know I saw it sitting on a shelf in a clearance aisle somewhere and saw it had connections to Jane Austen and that was that.

It's a very cute book but I wasn't completely sold on it.

The main characters of Enthusiasm are Julia and Ashleigh. The first a reserved Jane Austen fan the second a bright and excitable girl whose extensive enthusiasm bounces from one topic to another. They're complements to one another. Ashleigh schemes and Julia goes along with it.