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A to Z Bookish Survey!

Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner created this survey based on the Xanga and Myspace surveys we all used to fill out back in the day – always a guilty pleasure of mine that I still kind of miss, so I’m so happy she wrote a bookish one for all of us to complete!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

This is a really hard question to answer because I can’t just look at my Goodreads and check, since I’ve only been recording read books there for a few months!  I’m guessing Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler, though, because there were a lot of Series of Unfortunate Events books, plus The Basic Eight (one of my all time favorites.)

Best Sequel Ever:

Oh god, I hardly ever even like sequels.  A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett is definitely up there on my list of favorites, though, as well as all the Skulduggery Pleasant books (which are just getting darker and gorier and less kid-appropriate as they go on and it’s AWESOME.)  Maybe my problem is just with YA sequels, not other demographics – I feel like they’re often just an excuse to stretch out a story that would be better as a single book.

Currently Reading:

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Tazo Passion tea.  The rate at which I go through boxes of this is ridiculous.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book, since I get most of my books from the library!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

See, this question is implying I would have actually dated anyone in high school.  No way.  I was such an obnoxious little shit for most of it – I wouldn’t wish dating me on anyone and it seems everyone at my school thought the same,

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone.  At first I was all UGH, WHY ARE ANGELS THE NEW YA TREND, because seriously, there is nothing at all appealing to me about a bunch of holy douchebags with halos.  Thankfully the angels in this series are nothing like that, and the mythology and world-building of the book are just wonderful.  And, yes, I did fall a little in love with Akiva.

Hidden Gem Book:

One Bloody Thing After Another by Joey Comeau, the author of one of my favorite web comics.  It’s such a weird little book, but I love it.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

That fateful night that my grandmother first began reading me Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  I am a huge 90s kid cliche, yes.

Just Finished:

Rebel Heart.  1) Ugh, that title sounds like a bodice-ripper and 2) SABA, HOW MANY LOVE INTERESTS DO YOU NEED?  Please let the third book focus more on the action and plot, less on adding as many love interests as possible.  Two is okay.  Three is just silly.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Most things involving sports in their main plot.  If I need to know anything about them to understand what the hell is going on, the book’s not for me.  I don’t know a field goal from a three-pointer.  Also, most books with a main character suffering from some kind of life-threatening illness.  Someone got me Before I Die for a birthday a couple years back and I haven’t even read the first page, because EFF THAT.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Goodreads says The Sweet Far Thing, at 819 pages.

Major book hangover because of:

The Book Thief.  Good lord.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

In my own room, four, plus a skinny one that’s meant to shelve CDs but is instead home to my manga, dictionaries/thesauruses, and old diaries.  I’m also pretty sure I count as partial owner to the smaller shelf in my dad’s room that has our Terry Pratchett, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Neil Gaiman collections.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve read Inkheart!  My copy is falling to pieces.

Preferred Place To Read:

I know I should say “in bed” – but at this time of year it’s too hot to follow my usual routine of making a blanket nest in bed and reading there.  So right now, I do most of my reading either in the bath or curled up in my favorite chair in our living room.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“How could I have ever been ashamed of loving Dante Quintana?”

This was the point where I started outright sobbing on public transit.  Not one of my finest moments, but one of the finest moments of one of my all time favorite books.

Reading Regret:

The seventh-grade Twilight phase.  I regret so much about that year.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

Despite my love of Inkheart, I’ve never actually read past the first twenty or so pages of Inkdeath.  I don’t think I ever wanted it to be truly over, and I haven’t picked it up since.  Also, Artemis Fowl – I used to buy these the moment I knew they were out, but I haven’t bought or read one since book #6.  Both series were huge parts of my childhood that I really owe it to myself to finish one day.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

The Golden Compass, It, and Aristole and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (already mentioned in this post, see if I care!)

Unapologetic Fangirlboy For:

Holly Black, Courtney Summers, and a very, very long list of manga and anime.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

World After. *grabby hands*

Worst Bookish Habit:

Dog-earing pages… and eating and reading.  No matter how careful you are, it’s really hard to eat spaghetti without getting a little bit of sauce on the book.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor.  I didn’t even know I owned this…?

Your latest book purchase:

Morning Glories, volume 2, thanks to a comic-shop gift card from a friend!

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

I stay up far too late for my own good most nights anyway – but my dad found me asleep on the couch the afternoon after I finished Blood Red Road, as I’d been up at an ungodly hour trying to finish it.

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Stacking the Shelves (2)

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews where we show off all the sweet stuff we’ve picked up, been sent, or otherwise got our hands on during the week!

IMG_0446[1]FROM THE LIBRARY:

Saga #1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

45 Pounds by K.A. Barson

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan (Lyburn Legacy, #1)

Shift by Kim Curran (Shift, #1)

Gated by Amy Christine Parker

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes (Viral Nation, #1)

Rebel Heart by Moira Grant (Dust Lands, #2)

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)

Slide by Jill Hathaway (Slide, #1)

Have you read any of these?  Your thoughts?  Best books you got this week?  Let’s chat!

Feature and Follow

bloglovin-300x180  Feature and Follow is hosted by the bloggers at Parajunkee and Allison Can Read!  The purpose of this meme is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community.  (Click on the Bloglovin link on my sidebar or the image to your left to follow me!)

This week’s question: Back to School time! Create a reading list for the imaginary English Lit class you’ll be teaching this semester.

Speak The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 

1. I would be pretty damn surprised if this doesn’t show up on half the lists for this week’s prompt.  If you’re a YA fan, you’ve probably read Speak and understand why it’s an incredibly important book.  If not, READ IT.  This is one of the most authentic YA novels ever.

2. A perspective that doesn’t get a lot of attention – seriously, I can’t think of any other YA books I’ve read with a Native American protagonist (no, chick from House of Night, you don’t count, go home.)  Besides that, it’s hilarious and exactly the right book to get “reluctant readers” hooked.

3. Tell your students this is “like Mean Girls but real.”  Ask them to relate certain chapters or scenes to their own experiences and write about it.  Someone might cry.  Oh my god, I’d be a terrible teacher.  I do think that Some Girls Are would get students thinking, though.

4. Aristole and Dante is an absolutely perfect novel.  Ari is an incredibly relatable narrator and it’s not hard at all to put yourself in his shoes, whatever your own race or sexual orientation is.  You might not get every homophobic student in the classroom to reconsider their ideas, but if it changes even one person’s view, it’s still worth it, in my opinion.

5.  Yes, it’s manga.  Yes, it’s still absolutely worth teaching.  I was torn between this and Ai Yazawa’s Nana, both of which I consider absolute masterpieces of the medium, but there’s a lot of stuff in that series that would be considered objectionable for high schoolers (even more than the other books on this list, haha.)  The comedy and action in this would make it a hell of a lot of fun for students, but the story goes some very dark and serious places.

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating!

Reality Boy by A.S. King

Expected publication: October 22nd, 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary: Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school.

Nothing is ever going to change. No one cares that he’s tried to learn to control himself, and the girl he likes has no idea who he really is. Everyone’s just waiting for him to snap…and he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.

In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child “star” who finally breaks free of his anger by creating possibilities he never knew he deserved.

Why I’m excited: Because it’s A.S. King!  She gets a huge amount of praise from bloggers, and for good reason – I haven’t read all her books, but Ask the Passengers was absolutely fantastic and the rest of her novels sound just as good.  I’m fascinated by the idea of what it must be like to have your every move filmed, especially as a child, and have always wondered how much of what you see on reality television is true vs. how much is scripted, so books about reality stars or ex-ones are automatic adds to my TBR list.  It’s just an incredibly interesting subject, and Reality Boy sounds like an emotional rollercoaster of a look into this pop culture phenomenon.

Question for my readers: Do you think you would be able to handle being on a reality show?  Why or why not?

Personally, I wouldn’t, because thanks to social anxiety I already feel like everybody is watching and judging me anyway.  I don’t need to have those (generally irrational) feelings confirmed!  Plus, the idea of becoming a meme due to one stupid phrase or action is really, really frightening.  I’ve always felt kind of bad for reality stars who are mercilessly mocked on the Internet, especially younger ones.  Being a teenager is hard enough already without the entire world using something you said as an ironic catchphrase or proof that THE YOUTH OF AMERICA TODAY, THEY’RE SO STUPID WITH THEIR INSTANT GRAMS AND EYE PHONES BLAH BLAH BLAH.

What are you looking forward to this week?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten (Um, Five) Books I Wish Had Sequels

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.  This week: Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels!

This was really, really tough!  I think that, honestly, there are too many sequels today – it feels like every book needs to be part of a series, and they often suffer for it when it comes to pacing or unnecessarily open endings.  Due to this, I could only think of a Top Five books for the week – I’m sorry, I’m sorry!  I’m just not the biggest fan of sequels, and a bad one can sometimes ruin what could have been an excellent standalone.  However, I could think of five I wouldn’t immediately frown at a sequel for…

1. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills: This is one of two books that has made me cry over fictional characters in public.  (Both times have been on Greyhound buses, and both have freaked out the poor soul stuck sitting next to me for five hours.  Sorry…)  It wrapped everything up sufficiently for the ending, but I would still love a sequel about Gabe finding his own place in the world post-high school.

2. Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray: I would honestly read sequels to this series even without the supernatural element involved.  I know, that’s like… the whole main plot, but think about this: spinoff novels featuring Ann trying to make her way as a singer and actress – no magical trickery involved this time – or Felicity’s adventures in France… Okay, not gonna lie, I mostly just want more about Felicity, since she’s far and away my favorite character of the trilogy, and I need a book from her POV like I need air.

3. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist: There are juuuust enough creepy implications that Eli’s “father” started out just like Oskar, as a boy who was in love with her – even more heavily implied by the movie adaptations – to make a great jumping-off point for a sequel.  What happens when the vampire (oops, spoiler warning?) who you love and owe your life to stays young forever while you grow up?

4. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart: Come on, Ms. Lockhart, if you can write, like, ten Ruby Oliver sequels you can write me one for Frankie.  (After you finish We Were Liars, I mean.  I’M SO EXCITED.)

5. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke: This was one of my favorite books as a kid.  But really, what kid wouldn’t be enticed by the idea of running away to Venice (which I’ve always wanted to visit) and living in an old movie theater?  (Inkheart was better, of course, but – Venice!)  I’ve been putting off re-reading it in case it doesn’t measure up to my memories of how magical I thought this book was, but a sequel might be just the thing to get me to do it.

Stacking the Shelves (1)

stackingtheshelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews where we show off all the sweet stuff we’ve picked up, been sent, or otherwise got our hands on during the week!

shelves0803-1FROM THE LIBRARY:

Born of Illusion by Teri Brown (Born of Illusion, #1)

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd

Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon

The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee

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Adaptation by Malinda Lo (Adaptation, #1)

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce (Fairytale Retellings, #1)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass, #1)

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood (Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

Dust Lands: Blood Red Road by Moira Young (Dust Lands #1)

PURCHASED: 

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

Have you read any of these?  Your thoughts?  Best books you got this week?  Let’s chat!