November 22nd: Books You’re Thankful For
–For whatever reason, big or small.
The Princess by Lori Wick – This was a book I read over and over again in my teenage years. It got me through some pretty dark times. I’m not entirely sure what it is I loved so much about this book. Probably had something to do with my romanticized view of arranged marriages. But I really loved this book. Christian fiction at its finest.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowlings – I think that a lot of us can thank this series for our love of reading. I was in the 8th grade when I started reading this series. I don’t think the 4th book was yet out. But man did I fall in love with this whole universe. It sparked my creativity as well. I used to read and write fanfiction and dream dreams I never would have dreamed without this series. It got me through some very very dark times. Times I am not sure I would have gotten through if I hadn’t had the Harry Potter world to fall back on.
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – This book solidified in me a love of fantasy and I think it is the start of the very best fantasy series out there. Brandon Sanderson is the very best fantasy writer there is, in my humble opinion. I am a major fangirl of him and this series is no small part of that. I am so thankful for this series as it has kept me company during many a night spent crafting at home.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – This book was one that brought my family closer together as we all read it and talked about it. We were all “Team Peeta” and were equally horrified that anyone could be “Team Gale”. We cried and laughed and rejoiced together during the many high and low points in the series. It really brought us together. We still talk about it. And now we watch it together. The genres we prefer very a lot in my family, but this book brought us all together.
Private by Kate Brian – I think that this is the first book that introduced me to the Young Adult series. I was in college and fed up with the contemporary adult genre. I felt that they were too… “superior” or whatever. Like they had to shove their intellect down my throat. The borders at my local mall was having a going out of business sale and the first four books of this series were on sale for a crazy cheap amount. So I picked them up and discovered this whole new genre of Young Adult books. The series eventually went super downhill and weird. But I still read them all and the beginning books have a very fond place in my heart. Plus I loved the cover. And the idea of boarding school.
November 15th: Nostalgic Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends
— Characters you swooned over when you were younger.
(1) Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series. In my teenage years, I was super in love with Draco Malfoy. I thought he was misunderstood and a victim of his upbringing. I also thought that if his enemies had shown him some kindness instead of always retaliating with equal dislike, that maybe he would have turned out a little different.
(2) Snape from the Harry Potter series. Probably for many of the same reasons I loved Draco. Plus I have also always like older men.
(3) Todd from the Sweet Valley series. He always seemed like a good boyfriend. Or at least if my mind remembers correctly from that long ago. I don’t know. This list is harder than I thought it would be.
(4) Peeta from the Hunger Games. Okay, now we may be getting into the cheating area as I read the hunger games in college. So not my adolescents. But I am going to go with Peeta. And he is still a character crush. He treated Katniss far better than she deserved. He was loyal and steadfast.
(5) I’m going to go with another cheat here. Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. This crush/swoon is entirely based off of Colin Firth’s depiction of him in the long movie version. But this is a crush that I have carried ever since the movie was released.
If your house was burning down and you could save just one book from your collection … what would it be?
(And, for the purposes of this discussion, we’ll allow series to count as “one” long, multi-volume book.)
Okay, now I really want to be a “good girl” and say that I would grab my Scriptures. But the truth is, I would probably grab Harry Potter. I can say this in a somewhat clear concious because my Scriptures are on my cell phone so we are in the clear.
But in all honesty, Harry Potter got me through Middle School and High School. That was a rough period in my life and I bonded with my best friend for life over Harry Potter. We are nerdy in that we have reading days where, over Skype (because we live on opposite ends of the country from one another) we will both read Harry Potter fan fiction together.
Harry Potter also brought me back into the world of reading… or at least not reading only cheesy things like the Sweet Valley Books and Nightmare Hall books.
It introduced me to a world of magic, where things weren’t as dreary as they appeared to be and where someone could swoop me out of my horrible life and take me away to this wonderful magical world.
Anyway, so for purely sentimental reasons, I would grab my Harry Potter bundle, and get the heck out of that burning building!
Because there are so many good books out, I am only going to list the ones that are already out, and not the ones that will be coming out in the Fall that I am looking forward to. There are so many books that I have neglected and this is my chance to make it right with them!
- Nevermore by Kelly Creigh. I know, I know, how could I not have read this book already. Haven’t I see the glowing reviews? Haven’t you loved the cover? Doesn’t it just plain sounds intruging. Yes, gosh darn it. Yes to all of that. But it is a bit of a chunkster. And I get intimidated by big books. So I have checked it out over and over again from the library. But this fall, that is going to change. I am going to read it and then I will hopefully love it enough to read the sequel.
- Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey. Yes, yes, I know. Exact same as the above. I am working on it. I will be reading this and the sequel (both of which have been on my shelf collecting dust) this fall. Maybe during the 24-Hour read-a-thon. I cannot wait for that, BTW.
- Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter. Now for this one, I am actually ashamed of the fact that I have not read this one yet. I majorly fan girled the first four books and I legit bought this book on the day it came out… And yet still it sits on my shelf. Why? Because it had been so long since I read Book 4 that I felt that I had to read all of the others first. And then I kept finding other books that needing reading, instead of doing the reread. But I had forgotten so many plot points that I absolutely needed to read them again first. I am currently on Book 3 of rereading I am loving it.
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth. *sigh* This book has fallen victim of a curse I talked about in my last Top Ten Tuesday. I actually own it so it keeps getting pushed aside for library books. I really need to stop going to the library so that I can read some of the books I own at home. I really liked the first book and so now I just need to push aside everything else one Saturday and read this one! I am sure it will be just as great as the first one.
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Oh my goodness. I never realized how ashamed this post would make me feel until I started… and I am only half way through. I read and loved Lola and the Boy Next Door. So why haven’t I read this one? I mean everyone has said it is great… But I think part of the problem is that I loved Lola and the Boy Next Door so much that this one will not be able to live up to my ridiculously high expectations. But how could it not? I loved Anna and St. Clair… I think that this is one I just need to bite the bullet and read and I will end up loving it.
- Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. Now I know this one has got to be good. I have seen so many good reviews for it. As a matter of fact, one time I was in church and I heard a boy talking about this book to his friends and telling them they had to read it (and this was a pretty macho group of boys) so it has to be good, right? I have just been procrastinating with this book. I am super looking forward to it.
- Sex With the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics by Eleanor Herman. Now this is a book that several years ago (when I was still in college) I started at one of my excursions to Borders. I really enjoyed it. It was so tragic. I finally checked it out of the library and I am determined to read it all the way this time.
- Little House on the Prairie SERIES by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Many years ago, when I was just a child, my mother used to read us a chapter a night every night before we went to bed. This is something that I have cherished. Lately, I have been wanting to re-read this series that meant so much to me when I was a child. I have forgotten much of what happened and I would love to remember the good times we had as kids snuggled on the coach, listening to my mothers voice. I know it is a bit of a cheat, because there are nine books in the series, but I just lumped it together under this one.
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. This is a book I stumbled across in Barnes and Nobles and I had to have it. There wasn’t even really a choice in the matter. I knew I had to own this book and read it. I love the premise of it and the cover and just about everything. I absolutely cannot wait to read it.
- The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I heard a lot of good things about this book. In fact, of my goodreads friends who have read it, all of them have given it a 5 star rating. Plus the covers really appeal to me. This one isn’t as urgently demanding my attention as some of the others on my list… but it is definitely a series I want to get to a read this Fall.
So what books are you wanting to read this fall? Any on my list that you would recommend over others? Where should I start? Thanks for your input!
Top Ten Bookish Confessions
Everyone has at least one bookish confession (and in my case I have six). Join us in spilling our deepest held secrets around one of our most beloved pastimes. Everyone has a bookish confession. What’s yours? If you have one feel free to share it, if not feel free to commiserate with ours -Julia
- I read fanfiction. There, I admitted it. It is probably my guiltiest, dirtiest reading secret. It is the one I hide from others because I am ashamed. I blame Harry Potter and middle school for this. But if I find I world I really love (Harry Potter, Hunger Games, etc), I never want to leave it and if there is a really good fanfiction story, then I get to stay in the world long after the book is actually over. Plus, the characters I want to be together get to be together (*cough* Ginny/Draco *cough*).
- I am obsessive about finishing books. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t always finish books, but this is what happens. If I start a book and I don’t like it, I can’t just stop reading it. I have to continue. Because usually these are books that are super hyped and I don’t understand why I don’t get the hype. So I force myself to continue. This usually makes me so miserable that I go on a major reading slump after and it could be a month gone by and I won’t have read a single book. All because I forced myself to finish that book I hated.
- Many times I will go back and read the end of a book. This is probably the only exception to the above rule. Sometimes if I worry about the direction a book is going or if the girl will end up with the guy I want her to, I will read the end of the book. And in those cases I sometimes am able to put aside a book unfinished. It is rare that I can do that. I usually read it anyway… but sometimes…
- I have to read ever single word. If I feel like I missed a word, I have to go back and reread it. I wish it was not this way. I wish I could skim because then I could read more books. But my mind simply won’t let me. If I thought I missed a word, I get so distracted and worried about it that I will realize that I haven’t paid attention to what I continued reading and then I have to resign myself to go back and rereading.
- Sometimes I go a long time without reading because I let my other hobbies/obsessions consume me. I watch way too much tv and half of the time, I don’t even like the show. But I am always afraid of missing a show that could become a favorite or something that others talk about at work. I wish I could quit tv all together so I could read more. I am slowly weening myself off of it. But it is a hard habit to quit. Especially in lue of the fact that I love to cross stitch and I can work on my cross stitching while stitching, but not so much reading. I am trying to listen to more audiobooks to rectify that. My other obsession is German Soccer and I will watch and rewatch matches when I should be reading.
- I am a library whore. I would probably say that I don’t read 3/4th of what I check out from the library. The library has killed me. I check way too much out, mainly because I go on binges, and then I neglect the books I actually have at home because I feel so guilty about the library books. This is why Insurgent, Code Name Verity, Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, Wither, and many, many other books all remain unread and on my shelves. Sometimes I secretly curse the library.
- I get scared to read books that are popular. Why? Most times I don’t like them and then I think there is something wrong with me. Point in Case – The Graceling Series. I absolutely abhor that book. I hate everything about it. Yet so many people love it and talk about it. I don’t understand what is wrong with me. And Delirium… I liked it well enough, but I haven’t read the sequel yet.
- I tend to be anti-feminist. I am pretty ashamed to admit that a lot of the times, I don’t like strong females. That is part of why I didn’t like Graceling. Now this isn’t always true. I love Katniss in the Hunger Games and all of the girls in The Gallagher Girls series. But a lot of times, I just can’t stand them because I personally can’t identify with them. I am not a feminist and so when I read feminist leads, I tend to feel like I am being told I am not a good enough female because I don’t identify with them enough.
- I go to Barnes and Nobles (it used to be Borders… how I miss Borders) and read for hours upon hours and not buy the book. Some people might scold me for this. But I am not ashamed of this. Most of the time when I do this, I wouldn’t have bought the book anyway. And while I am at the store reading, I will always, without exception, buy a drink from the cafe. If I am there long enough, I will buy another and perhaps a treat. I feel like I am still supporting the store. Besides that, I do buy many, many books there.
- I hate love triangles with a passion. I feel like it divides the fans instead of unites them (see Team Peeta vs Team Gale or Team Edward vs Team Jacob). A lot of times, I am not a fan of the guy the girl ultimately ends up with (in both of the above examples, this was not the case. I was Team Peeta and Team Edward). Some example of this include the Fallen series (I have only read the first book), where I was not a fan of the leading man.
- And one more for good measure… while I absolutely adore the Harry Potter series, I hate the character of Harry Potter. Most people look at me weird when I say this. How can you hate such a vital main character? But he is just annoying and whinny and has the whole “weight of the world on my shoulders” thing going on. I actually prayed that in the end both Harry and Voldemort would die. Yes, I hated him that much. Sue me.
So what are your Top 10 Book confessions? Link me to your post or let me know below. I have enjoyed reading many others confessions. Honestly, I probably could have listed 20!
Hey Ya’ll! It is TEASER TUESDAY! That is right, it is time to grab your current read, flip it open, and give a sentence or two to “tease” the rest of us. This wonderful even is hosted by Should Be Reading.
Stolen by Lucy Christopher:
“I can’t save you like that, Ty. What you did to me wasn’t this brillant thing, like you think it was. You took me away from everything – my parents, my friends, my life. You took me to the sand and the heat, the dirt and isolation. And you expected me to love you…”
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins:
” Because that’s the thing about depression. When I feel it deeply, I don’t want to let it go. It becomes a comfort. I want to cloak myself under its heavy weight and breathe it into my lungs. I want to nurture it, grow it, cultivate it. It’s mine. I want to check out with it, drift asleep wrapped in its arms and not wake up for a long, long time.”
Have you got a teaser to share? If so, please leave a comment!
Do you listen to audiobooks? Why, or why not?
I do listen to audiobooks, but only ones without annoying narrators and ones I don’t have to pay too much attentiont to. This enables me to multitask. I am an avid cross stitcher and so if I pop in an audiobook, I can get some reading done, as well as some cross stitching. However, I have to be careful with listening to audiobooks because I am prone to letting my mind wander, and when/if that happens, then I have to backtrack to try to figure out what is going on. A lot of times I like to listen to audiobooks that I have already read because if I miss some of the plot, it is okay because I know what happened. And finally, whenever I listen to an audiobook, I always like to have a copy of the book handy so that I can track where I am and see the spellings of character names, and if I come across passages that I cannot believe I just heard what I heard, I can look it up in the book and see for myself. I know that is weird, but it is how I am.
I am currently listening to Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I have already read the book (though I only read the first half of both the 3rd and 4th books so I am hoping having them on audio will help me push through them). In addition, I am listening to Outlander by Diana Gabaldon on audio. This is good because it is such a big book that I get intimidated by its size. Please I hate actually reading dialect sounds so hearing it really helps (like “canna” for “can not” and “dinna” for “do not”, etc)… It absolutely drives my brain insane!
So what about you? Do you like AudioBooks? Why or why not? Please post a comment and let me know!