Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Just Keep Getting Delayed

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 was a free week so I picked: Ten Books that just keep getting pushed back.

You know how there are those books that you plan to read but things keep happening and they just keep getting knocked down the list? That's what this list is.

1. 5th Wave by Rick Yancy
I've had an ARC of this one for a while and I just kept reading other things. Then I would plan to read it and I would get something else. I will. I promise.

2. The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
I heard such wonderful things! It's been next on the list a number of times but I just haven't yet.

3. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
I had planned to marathon read John Green but then I had to finish a book for an event and then I never got back to them.

4. Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
I need to read it! Soon! I hope soon!

5. The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi
I just need to read it!

6. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
My mum loved this book and it's been next around eight times. One day I will get to it!

7. Big Boned by Meg Cabot
Heather Wells is so silly ridiculous and wonderful that I enjoy her. But I still haven't finished the series.

8. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
I loved the first. Now I feel like I need to reread it before I get to this one!


9. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
It's been next so, so, so many times!

10. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
This has everything I love. But I just haven't started it yet!


And there you have it! My ten books that I keep meaning to start. ONE DAY!

Do you have ten like this? What was your topic this week?

I'm reading an advanced copy of Joelle Charbonneau's The Testing so that should be my next post! Until then!

-A.M.Y-A

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Insanely Beyond Epic Siege and Storm: Pre-release Post

Okay, I just. I don't want to say much before I write my full post so basically what I'll say is:

Buy. This. Book.

Siege and Storm is Shadow and Bone times 1,000. It's so brilliant and so good. Leigh Bardugo doesn't disappoint. She is amazing and this book in no way suffers from any sort of second book, slump. It's amazing.

But we don't have long until the book is released and then you can read my full post.

But seriously, Buy. It.

-A.M.Y-A

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: 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: Our Ten Favorite Covers


Okay, so apparently I did a really bad job of choosing my pick-your-own-topic on April 16th because I chose the ten favorite covers.

Anyway, to see my top ten favorite covers go here!

I'll have a post for you soon.

-A.M.Y-A

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Lovely The Last Dragon

It's really hard to go wrong with anything illustrated by Rebecca Guay. Really. Her art is absolutely stunning. Even if you don't like the story you will have the lovely art to look at.

That being what it is, I didn't dislike Jane Yolen's story in The Last Dragon but I did want it to be more than it was.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Epic Attachments

We have Rainbow Rowell's Attachments on a remainder table at work. The premise sounded interesting and everyone is buzzing about Rowell because of Eleanor and Park (which I have but haven't read yet) so I picked it up from the library.

I'm not going to go super in depth with this. Mostly because it is late and I have to leave for work in four and a half hours.

My overall sense of Attachments was just...eh. I just didn't feel much of anything for it. I didn't hate it, I mean I finished it, but I didn't love it either. I never really looked forward to reading it but I knew that I would finish it. Just, eh.

Top Ten Tuesday...ish...

Just a quick note to say that I'm not going to participate in this week's Top Ten Tuesday.

The topic this week is books that deal with tough issues. The fact is, I just don't read a lot of them. I tried to come up with a list and I managed a whole two of them (that is not to say that there aren't a couple I'm not thinking of). There were a couple of others that I considered but none that seemed on par with these two.

For the record they were:
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know that I didn't forget.

Talk to you ducks soon!

-A.M.Y-A

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Beautifully Epic Beautiful Redemption

FINALLY! I know!

I feel like it's taken me forever to, not only get to Beautiful Redemption, but to finish it. I don't know what the hold up was but I am so happy to have finished it. I feel like it was wrapped up in a really wonderful and fitting way.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Amazingly Epic Doll Bones: Full Post

Admittedly, I don't have too much more to say that wasn't said back in March. But there is a little more. Mostly about the characters.

Zach was a really well-written character. His conflicted feelings over telling Poppy and Alice about the loss of his action figures is just brilliant. He's so uncomfortable with the idea of keeping secrets from them but at the same time he can't bring himself to tell them. He doesn't want them to see how hurt he is by what happened and doesn't want to be responsible for ending the Game. Zach struggles so much with what he's feeling and the reader sees it and it's so cool to see how that develops. He's the character that is being forced to grow and learns that not all growing is bad.

Poppy. Poppy is easily my favorite character. I love her enthusiasm (see previous Doll Bones post). She is, I think, the one I most identified with. As Alice and Zach get involved in other things and start noticing each other more she feels more and more like she's being left behind. That they're growing up with out her. In a lot of ways, she has the most invested in the Game, because she feels like it's the only thing tying the others to her anymore. I felt the most bad for her. There were a lot of moments that it seemed like she was pushed out by Zach and Alice. Moments like when they're entering the library and the others are acting like their characters and even Zach acknowledges that if Poppy joined in he would be mad and it would be ruined. But I also feel like she was set apart from the others in the beginning by how the Game was structured. Her characters were at odds with those of the others. In a lot of ways she is much how I was as a kid. Including the wanting everything to go my way and sulking when it didn't.

I love the little ticks and movements that Holly Black gives her to make her and her connection to Eleanor that much stronger. The always touching. The need to have her near. The connection. Eleanor reminded me of Poppy. The need to have the dolls the play with and everything.

Alice. I'm not entirely sure what exactly it is about Alice that doesn't work for me but I think it's because I can't really get into her head. We see much through Zach's eyes and I understand Poppy but not Alice. She complained the entire trip. More often than not I hated the way she treated Poppy. She threw every mistake and everything that went wrong back in Poppy's face. I never once got the sense that she really believed in what they were doing. She was willing to go when Zach was cool with it but took every chance to say that Poppy was crazy and try to talk him out of it, knowing it was important to her other friend. I feel like she's the friend who gets a boyfriend and forgets everything else. I guess I felt like she and Poppy were never really friends. She was condescending.

One of my favorite elements to this book is the importance of telling a story. As important as the act of playing the Game to Zach is it's the story that's really important and the idea of leaving the story unfinished that pains him the most. Eleanor's story is important and Zach uses her story to help write his own.

Also, huzzah Ohio!

But I highly recommend it to everyone. Read it. It reminded me so much of being a kid again. Plus it's the amazing story telling of Holly Black.

-A.M.Y-A

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Epically Wonderful Friends With Boys



We got this graphic novel in at work and something about the art immediately caught my attention. I'm not sure what it was exactly but I kept pulling it off of the shelf to check it out. I've been trying to be better about buying books that I know nothing about on whims so I requested it from the library instead (I did learn that it's a webcomic but I prefer it in print).

I finally picked it up and am happy to report that I am delighted with it.


Monday, May 6, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Light and Fun 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: Books when I need a light and fun read.

I'll try for ten of these, honestly I usually curl up and watch one of a specific set of movies or TV shows when I need something light.

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This is definitely my go-to book. Sometimes just thinking about this book makes me smile.

2. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
This one goes hand-in-hand with Anna.3. The Heather Wells series by Meg Cabot
These take me a minute to get into but they're so much fun...even though they're books about murders...

4. CardCaptor Sakura by Clamp
Just so cute.

5. Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
These always take my mind off of whatever is troubling me, mostly to make wish I was traveling somewhere fun.

6. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Have you ever read any other book with so many ridiculous shenanigans?

7. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
So, it's not the lightest of Austen's work but there's something sort of fun about this one.

8. The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton
It's a lighter version of Sense and Sensibility. A little more silly.

9. Meru Puri by Aya Nakahara
This is another manga series that's just so fun and cute.

10. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
I work with a lot of picture books and there are a couple that I read when I need to breath for a second. This is definitely one of them.

I guess I did manage ten...

What are your ten? Do we have any of the same? Are you more of a movie person?
Sorry, I've been rather MIA, it's been a busy couple of weeks but I am getting back on track! I promise!

-A.M.Y-A