Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I Heart You: a belated ode to National Romance Month

It's time for another #GPLtalk.  We're belatedly (only because I epically failed with the editing) talking romance for National Romance Month.  Love to hear your answers to our questions!  Make sure to leave me a comment!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

10 Books/Authors To Read If You Like...

Ten Books/Authors to Read If You Like...
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

So today's Top Ten list came with options.  We could list ten popular books/authors similar to a particular author/title (i.e. 10 books you'll love if you're nerdy for John Green) OR (the route I'm going) here are 10 popular books/authors with 10 less well known read-alike suggestions.

I like options :)

If you like John Green, try...
       John Corey Whaley (Noggin, When Things Come Back)
       Natalie Standiford (How to Say Goodbye in Robot, The Boy on the Bridge)
 

If you like The Chronicles of Narnia, try...
       Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen
       The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
           by Catherine M. Valente
 

If you like Graceling, try...
       The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
       Shadowfell by Juliet Marlier
           
If you like Sarah Dessen, try...
       Sarah Ockler (Twenty Boy Summer, The Book of Broken Hearts)
       Una LaMarche (Five Summers, Like No Other)

If you like Unwind, try...
      Rash by Pete Hautman
      The Declaration by Gemma Malley


Monday, September 28, 2015

Total Eclipse of the...almost went there

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Do you remember that time I got all thoughtful looking up at the stars?  (See post here :) Well maybe   the night sky is my muse because PEOPLE!!! I know what I'm going to attempt to write for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year, and I thank the moon for that!

Let's back up a moment though...lunar eclipses are unbelievably beautiful.  They are slow moving, silent, and, I don't know, a bit majestic.  Especially when the moon seemingly turns red!  (Look, I know it's science, and that's fine.  But sometimes science feels magical!  And it often confirms my belief in a wonderfully made universe put together with love and care by a benevolent Creator.)

Sitting outside in my backyard, I heard my neighborhood come to life.  Neighbors talking, families oohing and awing at the heavens in all of their glory.  Then my favorite moment, right around 10pm, when the eclipse was almost complete but the right side of the moon continued to glow.

And then it was as if someone flipped the switch and turned off the moon.

But!  Oh!  Then the moon looked like it was a balloon floating in the air, close enough to touch.  So.  Cool.

I hope you took the time to watch it.  I hope you took the time to ooh and awe with your neighbors.  I hope you were inspired and excited and totally mesmerized.

Man, I wish I had taken some kind of an astronomy class in school.  Maybe it's not too late?

As for NaNo...one of my favorite adult fiction authors, Sarah Addison Allen, posts a short story based on a picture each Sunday.  Yesterday's story was about a mysterious library that appears in a field, and when the new library card holder stepped inside she saw a flurry of book characters milling about.

So there I was, looking up at the moon and reading this tiny little story, and then the flood gates opened, and the plot ideas flowed, and I'm so excited to start planning.  They say to survive writing 50,000 words in 30 days you should write what you love.  You had me at library, Sarah Addison Allen, you had me at library.

Young Raylene fidgeted as she filled out the form for her library card in the town's mysterious new library tent, which...
Posted by Sarah Addison Allen on Sunday, September 27, 2015

Friday, September 25, 2015

"Hooked" On a New Web Series

I had the best of intentions of posting a review today...and then I started watching The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy, a YouTube book adaptation series by Epic Robot TV.  Needless to say that I powered through the first two seasons in about a day and a half, filling up my designated reading and writing time.

I'm not a huge fan of the original story.  Peter Pan was an incredibly selfish, rude boy who drove me absolutely crazy.  Not even Jim Dale's narration on the audiobook could improve my impression of the Neverlandian.  But there's just something about Kyle Walters as Pan that had me obsessed.

Oh!  And Wallace (Percy Daggs III) from Veronica Mars plays Hook and Bobby (Jim Beaver) from Supernatural is Mr. Darling!  Come on people!  It's fantastic!  And something is definitely brewing in Neverland, Ohio :)

Do yourself a favor, let go, and just enjoy this "Darling" web series.


And just in case you're a Nathan Fillion/Alan Tudyk nerd like me, don't forget Con Man starts next week!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: It's a Wonderful Death

Author: Sarah J. Schmitt
Info: Sky Pony Press, 320 pages
Release Date: October 6, 2015

Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She’ll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?

But with each changing moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.

RJ is a snarky, unapologetic, almost unredeemable, very real girl. Her story is funny and moving, and teens will easily connect with her plight. Prepare to meet the Grim Reaper, who’s cuter than you’d expect; Hawaiian shirt–wearing Death Himself; Saint Peter (who likes to play Cornhole); and Al, the handler for the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell. This cast of characters accompanies RJ through her time in the afterlife and will do their best to gently shove her in the right direction.
 

~Goodreads Description

I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah Schmitt at a conference last month, and her upcoming release has been popping up on my Goodreads feed ever since.  What a really cool lady made even cooler because of her love of libraries and support of teen services :)  And how awesome is it when book lovers get their books published!

I can't wait to get my hands on It's a Wonderful Death!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Top 10 Books On My Fall TBR

 Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be Read List
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

I went way back to the post on my 2015 reading goals not too long ago, and I laughed, for many reasons, but mainly because one of my goals was to actually read all the books on by TBR lists.  Well...that's not going to happen, but maybe, just maybe I'll read all the books on this here list.  My assigned reading is complete, and besides National Novel Writing Month in November, my reading skies are clear.  Fingers crossed people!  This is going to happen!  (Side note:  I was very tempted to go back through and compile a list of all the books I didn't read from the other TBR lists...and just use that as a list!  So in a way, I'd be meeting my goal :)

What are you excited to read this fall?

1) The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

2) The Prom Goer's Interstellar Excursion by Chris McCoy

3) Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

4) The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

5) Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

6) You're Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day

7) Polaris by Mindee Arnett

 8) Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

9) Shutter by Courtney Alameda

10) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Happy reading!


Monday, September 21, 2015

The Grace Keepers

Author: Kirsty Logan
Info: Crown, copyright 2015, 320 pages

As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.

In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland ("landlockers") and those who float on the sea ("damplings"), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives--offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future. 


~Goodreads Description

North is a performer in a floating circus.  She's betrothed to the ringleader's son even though she is secretly pregnant by another man.  Callanish is a Gracekeeper conducting burials to passerby, living a guilt stricken life away from her mother.  After a terrible storm, the young women meet, and they find the kindred spirits their hearts had always longed for.

Confession time...this was an audiobook read chosen solely because of the author and her accent :)  Can you believe that?!  While I can't seem to sit down and actually read at the moment, I'm devouring audiobooks left and right, and this was definitely worth the listen.  This book reminded me a lot of Waterworld starring Kevin Costner set primarily on water with dreams of land.  I actually got kind of stuck on that visual and had trouble imagining this strange and complicated world at first.  But, Logan's writing is lyrical, poetic.  She creates a unique world without going into exhaustive detail and writes loneliness and sorrow quite beautifully.

North and Callanish are both looking for home, acceptance, and a future that is all their own and not determined by someone else.  And what's more noble and humble as that?  I can't wait to see what else Kirsty Logan comes up with.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Storied Life of A.J. Fiery

Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Info: copyright 2014, Algonquin Books, 272 pages

On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto "No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World." A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.

A. J. Fikry's life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island-from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who's always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.'s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.

And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It's a small package, but large in weight. It's that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn't take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J.; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.'s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn't see coming. 


~Goodreads Description

This is a book for book lovers.  It also, kind of, shames book lovers to be honest.  A. J. Fikry isn't really a nice guy.  He's judgmental, abrupt, and lacks a sense of humor.  He's a "literary fiction" kind of guy, looking down on those who read just to enjoy.  The lovers of fluff.  A. J. Fikry is a book snob. But his world changes because of a book and a town found comfort, love, and friendship in his small island bookstore.

This was one of the many audiobooks I've been devouring over the last couple of months.  It was the perfect car book...short...and for my quick commute each morning, I got through it before it was due (which hardly ever happens).  I almost didn't finish it though.  The reader was all snark, and for awhile, it really put me off Fikry.  He had a tone to his voice that was super annoying and really rubbed off on the character development.  Was what I was feeling toward the character intended by the author?  Or was it the reader's inflection that was forming the character in my head?  That can often make or break an audiobook.

But I stuck with it, and I'm glad I did.  I couldn't help feeling like I was supposed to get something out of this.  I suppose a lot of times I expect there to be a big message, an underlying theme, a lesson to be imparted, a deep, insightful epiphany.  But there wasn't.  This was a story about a man.  It was also a story about pain and loss, new beginnings, and love.  And maybe that's all the story was supposed to be about.

A decent read.  Not my favorite Gabrielle Zevin selection, but worth the listen nonetheless.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Freebie! Top 10 Books I'd Want On a Desert Island

Freebie! Top Ten Books I'd Want On A Desert Island
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

Freebie day!  Thought I'd revisit a topic from days of yore (or June 2010 according to the Top Ten archive :)  So here we are with "Books I'd Want On a Desert Island".  What could I stand to read over and over again?  What would lift me up and get me through the lonely days?

For the purposes of this particular list, I'm just going to tackle fiction.  If I was being strategic, I'd want a Bible to keep my spirits up and probably a book on how to survive on a deserted island...because I'm no Tom Hanks.  I wouldn't survive for more than a day.

And just a heads up...I'm going to cheat.  But that's okay.  A book nerd will always find a loophole!

1) The Lord of the Rings (Omnibus) by J.R.R. Tolkien
The ultimate journey book(s) - cheater!!  It's about perseverance.  It's about hope.  
And it's about believing you can survive an impossible situation

2) The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Every time I read it, I take away something new.
Time on a deserted island with this book could be wow.

3) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Because, what stranded individual couldn't use an adorable teen romance set Paris?

4) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I would actually just carry this book around with me everywhere.  I love it that much.  
Maybe Jim Dale could join me on the island and just read it to me over and over.

5) The Martian by Andy Weir
If Mark Watney can survive on the inhospitable environment of Mars, surely I could 
hold out for a bit on a tropical island until someone found me!

6) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Because there needs to be at least one book that keeps me connected to the 80s :)

7) Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Because this girl will need a little whimsy.

8) Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
Just love this one and want it with me.

9) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Rowell is an artist, and I want a book that is lyrical and beautiful with me. 

10) The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The ultimate escape book(s) - cheater!!! 

Sidenote:  If The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater was complete, I would be making up an imaginary omnibus to take with me.  It just needed to be said.  Because a list without Stiefvater just doesn't feel right!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Library GrabBag: Top Secret-A Spy Adventure

We hosted another after hours program at my library - this time a spy themed adventure.  There were 19 agents-in-training who attended the event.  Each agent-in-training received a code name (we did not let them pick-that could easily eat up an hours worth of time), a passport, a secret mission that they alone would have to complete at some point during the evening without anyone knowing, a crossword puzzle to work on if they completed tasks early, and a pad of paper to take notes if needed.

After completing spy training, each newly certified agent was sent out to complete missions.  When a mission was completed, they would receive a letter stamp for their passport.  The letters, unscrambled, would give them the location of the stolen Hope Diamond.

The program was A LOT of fun, especially because teenagers can't keep a secret to save their lives.  The best part was watching them try to complete their personal secret missions without anyone knowing.

In case you're interested, here's a run down of the evenings itinerary:

5-5:15
Identify Yourself and Receive Further Instructions
  • Each agent will enter the Government Headquarters (The Teen Room) and approach the desk where they will be fingerprinted, receive ID Badge and Code name.
  • Recruits will then take their seats in the Briefing Area, matching their code name to a packet at the table.
  •  Each packet includes passport, individual missions, and supplies for the evening. At this time agents will read their packets while the rest of the agents enter. Information should be kept confidential!
  • Packets will also include a crossword or wordsearch to work on while waiting or in spare moments throughout the night. It must be completed by the end of the evening in order to receive party favors.
5:15-5:30
Spy Training Icebreakers
  • Pass the dynamite – Hot Potato with dynamite
  • Defuse the bomb – A roll of red yarn attached to a Styrofoam ball, rap around kids until one reaches the end and defuses it. 

5:30-6:15
Training around the World
  • Russia: Target practice – Nerf guns and targets
  • Germany: Create your disguise – construction paper, glue, dowel rods, and pipe cleaner
  • Venezuela: Memory/Sketch faces – Watch a video and sketch the face – Bletchley
  • India: Maps/Traveling – Where in the World is Carmen Sandiago – Location, Info embassies in different countries using tablets
  • Italy: Mario (driving) – Must get in the top 3! 
  • France: Photobooth – Smile pretty
6:15-6:45 Pizza Interrogation (Mafia)
  • The winner from Defuse the Bomb gets the first piece of pizza.
  • Each table will play a game of Interrogation (aka Mafia).
6:45-7:00
Missions!
  • All agents will listen to a recording regarding the theft of the Hope diamond.
  • The recording will instruct agents that they will face many obstacles while attempting to retrieve the stolen goods, including possible sabotage by fellow agents. In order to retrieve the jewel and identify the thief, they must pass each obstacle.
  • Each packet will include a passport that must be checked or stamped by one of the Special Agents as each obstacle is passed. 
  • After playing once the recording will “self-destruct.”
7:00-7:45
Obstacles
  • Wales: Decode messages – Decode message to lead each to next task.
  • Switzerland: Laser beams – Laser beam maze on second floor through stacks
  • Australia: Battleship
  • Thailand: Invisible Ink – What does the message say?
  • Zimbabwe: Mystery Box – What do you feel?(a letter)
  • Iceland: Balloon Pop – A clue is inside(dynamite)
  • Kenya: Question and Answer. Learn about the diamond.
  • Peru: Zumba
7:45 – 8:00
Mission Solved
  • The treasure will be located in the computer classroom. In order to retrieve the treasure, agents must alert the Special Agents of the treasure’s possible location and retrieve special access into the computer classroom.
  • Agents should realize that the only way the treasure could be in the computer classroom (where only agents have access) is if one or more of the party are double agents!!!
8:00-8:20
Sardines
  • The winner from Pass the Dynamite hides first. The others go look for them and stay quiet until everyone has found them.
8:20-8:30
Goody Bags and Goodbyes

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

10 Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

10 Finished Series I Have YET to Finish
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

The reality of the situation is that I have to reread most of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and so on of the following series in order to continue.  And who has time for that?  Maybe I'll try them in audiobook format so I can tackle two books at the same time.  Life is so hard for a book nerd!

What series have you failed to finish?

1) The Wolves of Mercy Falls - Maggie Stiefvater
I read Shiver when I was starting to tire of werewolves and vampires.  But my love for all things Maggie Stiefvater will prevail.  And I will one day finish this series.

2) Matched - Ally Condie
Listened to the first and thought it was okay.  I'm getting a little dystopia-d out.  Maybe one day I'll come back around.

3) Eragon - Christopher Paolini
There are those that LOVE this series, and there are those who just weren't too impressed.  I'm somewhere in-between, but leaning a more toward the "it will be okay if I don't finish" team.

4) Divergent - Veronica Roth
But if I'm being honest here, I'm probably not going to finish.

5) Paranormalcy - Kiersten White
Loved books one and two and then I'm not quite sure what happened.

6) Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick
Angels, abusive male figures, swoony girls.  I felt like I'd read that story before.  But who knows, maybe one day I'll finish.

7) The Heist Society - Ally Condie
I listened to the first two books in the series and LOVED them, but I can't get my hands on the third.  I feel it's only right that I finish the series as I started.

8) Jasper Dent - Barry Lyga
#1 blew me away.  And then I got distracted.

9) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
I've read the first installment three times.  Perhaps it's time to move on to the next in the series.

10) Croak - Gina Damico
One of my favorite punny series.  This one I'll definitely finish.

Monday, September 7, 2015

My Fall Bucket List (It shall be done)


First things first...HAPPY LABOR DAY!  I hope you're off.  You deserve it.  You work hard.  Go have some fun.  In the spirit of fun, today's post is about enjoying time with family and friends doing fun things around the state.

It's September, and while Mother Nature hasn't figured that out, I'm going to live like it's fall.  Because that's my favorite season, and by golly, I'm ready for apple cider.  I love to watch the leaves change, feel the crisp cool air that requires a light jacket or sweatshirt, and the multitude of festivals that are sprinkled across the state.

There was a Facebook post yesterday about a mommy blog creating a fall bucket list.  Being a workaholic (yes, I said it out loud.  My name is Emily, and I am a workaholic), I find it's best to schedule out what I want to do so that it actually gets done.  If it's on the calendar, I can't stay late at work (or at least that's the strategy).

So here's my fall bucket list.  Who wants to join me?!

1) Visit Nashville, IN or Brown County State Park to enjoy the foliage (Scheduled! Sort of...FYA Book Club at the Story Inn!)

2) Pick apples at an orchard

3) Carve a pumpkin

4) Enjoy the evening with a bonfire

5) Conquer a corn maze

6) Attend the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival Street Festival (October 31st)

7) Attend the Ohio Renaissance Festival (Scheduled! September 12th with the fam :)

8) Go shopping at Metamora Canal Days (Scheduled! October 2nd with the Woman :)

9) Attend a covered bridge festival

10) Attend the "Music of the Night" event at Crown Hill Cemetery followed by a ghost walk (Scheduled! October 22nd with the Dude and the Woman :) 

11) Have a picnic with friends at a park

12) Go on a hike with Luna at a park I have'n't been to this year

13) Go to the Columbian Park Zoo in Lafayette

14) Finish NaNoWriMo 2015

15) Meet some authors (Scheduled! November 13-14 with Stylishinthestacks.blogspot.com!)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

My Current Obsessions

Here is how I've been wasting spending my time:

I just got through binge watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries for the third time.  Yep.  I was one of those people who pledged some Kickstarter money for the DVDs.  My name is totally on the insert :)

People, in case you're not aware, there is some seriously awesome web stuff happening on YouTube! If you're a fan of binge watching, you can knock out a series or two during a weekend.  The cool thing is that most episodes are only 5-10 minutes tops, so it doesn't feel like you lose your entire life to the endeavor...unless of course you veg out.

This is what I'm watching:


It's cheesy, but kind of hilarious.


When I'm not watching Table Top episodes with Wil Wheaton, I'm enjoying me some Space Janitors. Love the Geek & Sundry channel!

Most of my weekends revolve around house work.  There's a lawn to be mowed, a dog to walk, vacuuming, and vacuuming and vacuuming.  So in-between the audiobooks I've been listening to (finishing up The Grace Keepers by Kirsty Logan (which is weird and sad and often times fantastic), I take a break with podcasts.

This is what I'm listening to:

Reel Spoilers (see Facebook page here)
Definitely don't listen if you don't like spoilers, cause it's kind of in the title.  These gentleman recap the latest movie they've gone to see.  There are super long tangents about whatever, but I find it very entertaining.

Guilty Movie Pleasures (see website here)
Okay, so I like movies and talking to people about movies and listening to people talk about movies.  Especially when they're talking about cheesy older movies that you just can't help but love.

Pop Culture Happy Hour (see website here)
When I'm all caught up on episodes of Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, I'm listening to Pop Culture Happy Hour.  More movie talk, and also a fun segment about what is making the hosts happy at the moment.

You Must Remember This (see website here)
A podcast on "the secret and forgotten history of 20th century Hollywood."  Totally learning all about Charles Manson.  And he's terrifying.  Needed a mystery fix after finishing up Serial.

This is what I'm reading:

Back into graphic novels and, of course, Queen of Shadows!!!!!  It's super long, so the graphic novels are for quick breaks.  I'm knee deep into Scott Snyder's Batman series, and I'm struggling through Morning Glories (no idea what is going on).  Fingers crossed the long weekend will be reading productive!

So what are you obsessing over?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future

Author: A.S. King
Info: Brown Books for Young Readers, copyright 2014, 308 pages

In this masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and destiny, Printz Honor author A.S. King tells the epic story of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last--a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more.

Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities--but not for Glory, who has no plan for what's next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she's never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way...until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person's infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions--and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying: A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women's rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she'll do anything to make sure this one doesn't come to pass. 


~Goodreads Description

Ugh.  This book.  I had such high hopes after reading Ask The Passengers, and the title is kind of awesome.  But, ugh, this book.  Maybe it was the audiobook reader, even though I don't think it was that.  Ugh.

Glory is a troubled youth.  Her mother committed suicide when she was young, and the lingering effects of her loss still haunt her.  She has no ambition, no drive.  All she likes to do is complain and blame.  One night she finds a petrified bat with her "best" friend Lily (who she really isn't all that nice to), and long story short, they end up mixing the remains of the night creature with a beer and drinking it.  Which is disgusting and is high on the weird scale with Andrew Smith's Grasshopper Jungle.  The girls both begin to have hallucinations.  Lily keeps seeing everyone naked, and Glory sees futures and pasts.  Apparently there is going to be another Civil War, and for the briefest of moments, Glory think she can stop it if she just writes down what she sees.

But that isn't really the point of the story.  I don't really know what the point is, to be honest.  For a brief second I thought it was going to be a feminist manifesto.  Glory and her father spout feminist ideals, but then on the next page, Glory is calling girls sluts and inwardly shaming them for their decisions.

I kept listening, but I'm not sure why.  I didn't really care for this book.  It's not that it wasn't well written.  I still like A.S. King's style, but I didn't like any of the characters, especially Glory.  Glory should have made my list of characters I didn't just connect with.  I'm not going to give up on King just yet.  Darn it, I gave Levithan and Ness a couple of tries before I came to the conclusion that their stories are just not for me.  So far she's 1 for 3 (of what I've read) but I'm thinking I'll give her upcoming title, I Crawl Through It,  a read.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

10 Characters I Just Didn't Click With

Ten Characters You Just Didn't Click With

Sometimes the characters are selfish.  Often times they're whiney.  And occasionally they're just one dimensional, no depth and lacking in emotion.  This doesn't always mean that I dislike the book, but it most certainly means that I'm yelling at the pages incessantly.  

1) Noah - I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
After discussing this book at book club, I'm starting to think it's not totally Noah's fault.  The structure of the book doesn't shine the greatest light on him.  The "before" Noah (that I didn't like) shapes the "after" Noah (that I didn't get to know).  Maybe he improved later on?

2) Austin Szerba - Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
"I love you...no, I love you...no, I love you," and around and around and around.

3) Seth Wearing - More Than This by Patrick Ness
Liked the supporting characters more.

4) Brie - The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
The poor girl died young, and I never really cared.

5) Mal - Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
It's not his fault.  I just liked the Darkling more.

6) A - Every Day by David Leviathan
Just didn't like A.  At all.

7) Harry Potter - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (specifically) by J.K. Rowling
The only time I wanted the Dark Lord to just get it over with...angsty Harry was not my favorite.

8) Beatrice Prior - Divergent by Veronica Roth
If it wasn't for Four...

9) Peter Pan - Peter Pan by Jim Barrie
The poster boy for selfish.

10) Katniss Everdeen - Mockingjay (specifically) by Suzanne Collins
Harry and Katniss would have made a great, angry duo.
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