Monday, April 29, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Words or Topics That Make me Note 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: Words/Topics that will make me pick up/buy a book. I opted instead to do topics that interest me in a book because I don't have any insta-buy topics since I'm trying to be better.

1. Victorian England
I love Victorian England and as soon as I hear a book is set there I make a mental note about it. It's becoming even bigger as Steampunk continues to rise so I can't buy all of them.

2. Retellings
I love retellings of fairy tales and myths and folk lore. Or even retellings of classic books. I am far more likely to buy or note a book that is a retelling.

3. Literary references
If it openly makes a literary reference in the title or description I will make a note, as long as it's a reference I know...obviously.

4. Forbidden Romance
I know...I know. But I get sort of picky about which forbidden romances I like and why they are forbidden but I am usually intrigued.

5. Road trips
I love a good road trip. Some of the most exciting things can happen when people are stuck in close quarters for extended periods of time.

6. Books
You may be seeing a trend. I love book about characters who love books. I usually feel a kinship with the characters instantly. Any character can read but I love the ones who really worship the written word.

7. Conspiracies
I love century-long conspiracies that have all of these famous people and landmarks. They're usually so clever.

8. Geeky Characters
There are a lot of these. But if I hear that a character has the same geeky quirks that I do, (Doctor Who, Harry Potter) and the author goes to pains to make them seem realistically geeky and not just surface geeky I'll be all over it.

9. Close sibling relationships
When I see a book mention siblings, specifically sisters I usually take note. Especially after Where Things Come Back I'm always looking for books that show how amazing the bond between siblings are.

10. Fate/Prophecy
I mean real fate, not like 'I have been forced into this' but real, 'fate has a tapestry' stuff. I love the different ways that can be used and done.

There are my ten topics or traits that interest me. They aren't insta-buys but they are definite take notes. Are any of these on your list?

-A.M.Y-A

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Adorably Epic Beezus and Ramona

This is going to be a short post because I feel like Beezus and Ramona is one of those books that everyone remembers from childhood and everyone has experiences with. So, it's not going to be dissected in any real manner.

It's been years since I last read Beezus and Ramona. I remember loving the book and the characters but, with so many new books coming it, it wasn't one that I thought to reread often.

Then I started working solely in the childrens' section and I noticed the newer covers and realized that Ramona bears an uncanny resemblance to myself at that age. Then I flipped through it a couple of times and found myself laughing from reading random bits. I decided that I needed to read it again.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Awesomely Epic Love and Other Perishable Items

I went into Love and Other Perishable Items with fairly high hopes. I mean, it was a Morris honor book this year. And it sounded really interesting. Plus, the cover is striking (an unfortunate thing to base on, but true).

There is something so raw and honest about this book. It doesn't hide what it's doing. It doesn't make you love these characters and then tell you about the age gap. It lays everything on the table from the very beginning. And Buzo does it in a way that makes you love both characters.

Top Ten Tuesday Books I Thought I Would Like More

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: Books we thought we would like more.

1. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I wanted to love this book. I was told that I would love this book. I did not love this book. It had so much promise and the idea is great but I just didn't like it as much as I thought I would.

2. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
This has such a great premise and the characters had such great interaction but over all it just didn't work like I wanted it to.

3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
This wasn't a bad book. At all. It just wasn't as good as I heard people say it was. I went into it with really high hopes.

4. Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce
I always have such high expectations for Tamora Pierce books. I mean, I pretty much love everything she does but this one just never worked as well for me.

5. Halfway to the Grave by Jeanine Frost
My mum and sister loved these so much I wanted to like them. I really couldn't.

6. Marked by P.C. Cast
Ugh. I just... my friends loved these so much and I barely made it through the first and then couldn't finish the second.

7. Hold Still by Nina LaCour
I had mixed feelings about this one. It wasn't a bad book and it even did some things really well but over but it just didn't come together. Everyone raved about it and I thought it was okay.

8. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Caroline Mackler
This premise had such promise! Then I couldn't stand one of the main characters and it was just never developed and explored like the idea warranted.

9. Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen
I just finished this one. I wanted more! It's another one that had such a great idea but wasn't as developed as I thought it should be.

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This was also a good book but it also wasn't as good as I expected it to be. Everyone I know loved it so much that I expected more.

Well, there you have my top ten. What were yours? Did any of these make the cut?

Next I have a post coming about Love and Other Perishable Items.


-A.M.Y-A


Friday, April 19, 2013

The Interestingly Epic Here, There Be Dragons

I have spent the last couple of months looking at a coworkers recommendation for James A. Owen's Here, There Be Dragons. She loved it and raved about it. I was so excited.

Though, she did give away the big "twist."

So, I got it from the library. As you may have noticed it took me forever to read it.

Let's start there. Spoilers below!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Covers


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 can pick an old topic. I picked my ten favorite covers.

In no particular order:


 1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
This whole photo series is just beautiful.


2. Squire by Tamora Pierce
This cover shows how much there character has grown. And what I love about the original Tamora Pierce covers is that they are legitimately related to the books. 


3. Flight of Angels by Holly Black
Just look at it. Rebecca Guay is wondrous.


4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I just love it so much.

5. Fables: The Dark Ages by Bill Willingham
James Jean is a god.


6.Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
I love how this one is less direct than the others. It gives a really good sense of the book, I think.


7.Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
This gives an awesome sense of the story. There's something so striking about it.
 

8. Bizenghast by M. Alice LeGrow
This series has some of the most striking, different art. It's so cool

9. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
I love it.


10. Shattered Mirror by Amelia Atwater Rhodes
There's a lot going on in this cover. You can't see the words that are on top of the image. But I've always found this the most interesting of her covers.

I allowed James Jean but avoided doing doing anything by William Joyce. Mostly because I couldn't pick which of his covers I like the best (Sandman, maybe...)

There are my ten favorite covers. Which are yours? What topic did you pick?

-A.M.Y-A

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Pre-Blog Books

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: My ten favorite books from before I had my blog.

Some of these are more books I wish I could have done a reactionary review for.

1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
I have so much love for this book. I plan on rereading it soon so I'll do a post about it. Especially because I need the paperback for the extra material. Need it.

2. The Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan
I still love this series. I can't wait to do a reread of all of them.

3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Especially Deathly Hallows. I can't imagine how much of a wreck my blog post would have been. Totally raw.

4. Psyche in a Dress by Francesca Lia Block
I could pretty much do anything by Francesca Lia Block. Her books are always so different that reading them is a whole different experience. It's been years since I've read some of these though so I'll probably reread some soon. Psyche in a Dress was always a favorite of mine.

5. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
This book is a book about people who love books. I love talking about it with others who love books.

6. Guardians of Time by Marianne Curley
This series is wonderful. It's so good and so different. It's another I really need to reread.

7. The Bone People by Keri Hulme
I read this book for a class and I loved it. It's not YA but it's a fantastic magical realism and such a wonderful story.

8. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
This is such an awesome book. It's stunning the amount of detail she put into it. A glorious retelling of the myth.

9. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
If you love Jane Austen you will also love this book. It's such a beautiful story.

10. Tris' Book by Tamora Pierce
I have a major soft spot for this book. This book made me want to write and I really wish I could have written about it after I read it that first time.

There are my ten. I really ran with the ones I wish I could have done a post about. What are your ten?

-A.M.Y-A

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Wonderfully Epic House of Stairs

A few weeks ago an author randomly popped into my head. That author was William Sleator.

I went through a period when I was...in middle school, I think, and read everything that I could find by him. The ones that really stick out in my head are Into the Dream, Among the Dolls, The Beasties, and...House of Stairs. When I looked into them I discovered that most of them are out of print. The only one I can still order is House of Stairs. Which is the one I found at a used bookstore about a week later.

I remember being startled by the book but I didn't remember too much about it. So I was excited to reread it.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Character Crushes

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 characters I would crush on if I were also fictional. Not that I need to be fictional to crush on them.

1. Noah Shaw (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer)
Hot damn.

2. James Carstairs (The Infernal Devices)
Oh God I love him.

3.Etienne St. Clair (Anna and the French Kiss)
I just adore him.

4. Cricket Bell (Lola and the Boy Next Door)
He's so cute! I just...oh!

5. Finnick Odair (The Hunger Games)
He's...Finnick. Heartbreaking and I love him.

6. Four (Divergent)
He's so fierce and protective and wonderful.

7. Gansey (The Raven Boys)
YES! His excitement and passion!

8. Hunter Niall (Sweep)
Still a favorite years later.

9. Neal (Protector of the Small)
I love his snark and his wit and yes.

10. Jared Lynburn (The Lynburn Legacy)
He's so damaged and confused and I love him.

And others...because I can't stop there:
Sam Roth
Augustus Waters
Ethan Wate
Jace Wayland/Herondale/Lightwood
Sean Kendrick