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Still Fangirling about Rowell and Levithan

Thanks to a WONDERFUL author event at Avid Bookshop, and my fabulous friend H, I am completely, 100%, head over heals in love with Rainbow Rowell and completely, utterly, devastatingly fascinated by David Levithan. A couple of weeks ago I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and I completely feel in love. Now I’ve had some time off school because of the holidays (HAPPY HOLIDAYS!) and so I’ve been eating and sleeping and reading…that’s pretty much it.
I went to the library and stocked up (I got two Levithan books and a book on the GA peach book award nominee list) and then when Christmas came I got two books by Rowell! In the past week I’ve read Every Day by David Levithan, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, and I’ve started Attachments by Rowell.
I’m loving them! Thank goodness for my friends H and C. H because she’s been swooning over these authors for months and C because she dragged me to that awesome author event!

Looking for something great to curl up with by the fire? Maybe you need a book to read while you sip a double mocha chocolate crackacino? Well here ya ga. Now you know what you need to buy, borrow, or download.

The book titles link to my posts about those books! Check them out!

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Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan is a fantastic and heart wrenching story about A, who wakes up each morning in a different person’s body, borrows them for a day, and is wrenched from them at midnight leaving them none the wiser. A tries hard to stay within the normal parameters of the body’s daily life, and A challenges himself to be as moral as possible considering his nature. I say ‘his’ only to simplify things. A has no body of his own, and therefore no gender. He could wake up each day in the body of a girl or a boy, gay or straight, transgender or otherwise. A lives with this fairly well, making games out of how well he can get through the day with as little of his body’s memories as possible, until he falls in love.

This is an amazing book. It made me examine my thoughts and mindsets about gender a bit, but that isn’t its main goal. Levithan has written a book about life, love, morality, gender, identity, and consciousness. It’s interesting, riveting, and entertaining in all the right ways. I finished it in two days, and I think you should go, read it. Now.

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Fangirl made me fangirl

I just read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and it was WONDERFUL. I went to an awesome author event at Avid bookshop (if you haven’t been, GO) and heard Rowell and David Levithan both speak about their books and read excerpts. I cannot wait to read Attachments, also by Rowell, and Two Boys Kissing, by Levithan.

Fangirl is a great story for those of you looking for college lit. There isn’t a ton to be easily found, I suspect because we fall oddly between YA lit and adult literature (however if you’re looking for some, here are two other recommendations).

The main character in Fangirl is Cather. She’s got a lot going on, what with moving into her dorm for her freshman year, her social anxiety, her absent mother, her off-beat dad, and her twin sister that really would like more independence than Cath is interested in. Meanwhile Cath has to navigate the dining halls, hide in her room, and tackle a third year level creative writing class, all while keeping her fan base satisfied with new fan fiction each week. Cath writes Simon Snow fan fiction, which is stories using the characters of the Simon Snow books ( a fictional series that is similar to Harry Potter but definitely isn’t Harry Potter).

Rowell skillfully (some might say magically) incorporates all of these dramas and issues (plus a dash of romance) into one book without making it seem overly dramatic or exhausting. Instead, I was left wrenchingly attached to the characters and inspired to write until my keyboard breaks.

So basically, read that.

Also, I’m really sorry I haven’t written in forever. Next week I have a break from school, so I promise, I will post some great stuff. Tonight my creative writing class (featured on the blog writersworkshop3800.wordpress.com) is having a reading at the Globe, in downtown Athens, and I’m incredibly excited. I’ll be reading an edited version of Apple Pie, and I’m really excited and nervous. Send good vibes my way!

Lastly, I’ve heard some negative things about the new book in the Divergent series, Allegiant, but I haven’t had a chance to get my nose into it, so look forward to my thoughts on that.

Okay that’s it for now, sorry it’s been so long, really. I’ll do better.

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Unwind, Unwholly….Neal Shusterman is my hero

Unwind (novel)

Unwind (novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Because these two books are WONDERFUL. I LOVED Unwind when I read it in high school…twice, and I just finished Unwholly. Shusterman creates these beautiful characters who draw me in and pluck my heartstrings and keep me up until the wee hours of the night.

In a world where the solution to the controversy of abortion is the ability to unwind, meaning to surgically dismantle while technically keeping all of your parts alive, unwanted children between the ages of 13 and 18, AWOLS are kids who escaped after their parents signed the unwind orders.

Connor is awesome. Risa is…just beautiful. Lev is complicated and surprisingly young, and Cam…. Cam is a new, confusing, enrapturing character I can’t get enough of. I NEED the next book. SO MUCH!

Read it.

Now.

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Summer’s over D:

So I can’t deny it anymore, summer is officially over. Today was my first day of classes (and they went great by the way) and now it’s time to officially post how successful the summer reading list went! So here goes! I read: 
  1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver- I loved this book. I just didn’t get into the second one good, but I will give it another go.
  2. Enclave by Ann Aguirre- finished! Loved it! The second one is in my possession.
  3. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire- Mmmmm just mmmm. Delicious.
  4. Easy by Tammara Webber- also delicious
  5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer – first book to keep me up to 3am this summer! This was pretty great.
  6. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer- the second in the Cinder series. Also faboo.
  7. Dark Life by Dan Wells
  8. Rip Tide by Dan Wells –  Both of these were really good! I want the third!
  9. Unwholly by Neal Shusterman- I. Am. Dying….Halfway through as I’m typing this.

I didn’t read:

    1. Outpost (Enclave #2) by Ann Aguirre- I have it! I just haven’t read it yet!
      summer reading, Outpost, Shannon Adams, Sharing Stories
      Outpost by Ann Aguirre
    2. Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver
      Delirium cover by Lauren Oliver
      Delirium cover by Lauren Oliver
    3. Reqium (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver- I have this one too…
    4. End the Fed by Ron Paul- the boyfriend added this one to my list… I’m sorry babe….
    5. Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr- It’s next!
    6. Partials by Dan Wells- never got a hold of it. Still on the list.
      Cover of "The Bar Code Tattoo"
      Cover of The Bar Code Tattoo
    7. The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
    8. The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Wey
    9. Reached by Ally Condie (and the two before this, Matched and Crossed)
    10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Larsson -Highly recommended by one of my best friends
    11. Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    12. Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand

So all in all, I think I had a fairly successful reading summer. Let me know what else I need to add to my list of books to read, and tell me if you’ve read any of the ones that are already on there!

Happy end of summer!!

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Woah! I missed you guys (also…zombie books!)

Cover of "The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest o...

Oct 13: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Oct 13: The Forest of Hands and Teeth (Photo credit: andtara)

Hey everyone!

I’m sorry I’ve been MIA. There have been several last minute trips, projects, and summer activities for me to attend to, so my blogging fell down my list of priorities. (I’m sorry, but there were roller coasters involved…. I love roller coasters.)

But regardless of my temporary lapse in prioritizing goodness, I’m here now!

And boy do I have some books and stuff to tell you about!

Let me begin by saying that I am a chicken…. a big baby when it comes to horror stories.

So in high school, maybe three years ago, I read The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, which is about a girl named Mary and her friends who live in the future, after society has fallen, in a time when the Unconsecrated (who are basically zombies) roam the earth. Mary is always told that her village is the only surviving town, that the rest of the world is filled only with Unconsecrated and the Forest.

Through a series of exciting and terrifying events Mary’s village is breached, and she and her friends end up on secret paths lined with chain link that lead through the Forest.

This book horrified me. Really. There were nightmares…but it was also really well written and completely engrossing. So much so that this summer, when the nightmares finally subsided (just kidding…mostly), I decided to pick up the second book in Ryan’s series, The Dead-Tossed Waves.

This one is from the perspective of Gabry, Mary’s daughter, who lives in Vista, a small town on the shore and one of the few remaining human settlements. When Gabry agrees to jump the fence that surrounds her town with a group of friends to explore an abandoned amusement park, things go terribly wrong. A breaker, which is an Unconsecrated (or Mudo) who Returns when there aren’t any other Mudo around and so is much faster than a normal zombie guy, attacks them, shattering Gabry’s world.

Things happen. Big things. Important things. ‘Read it’ things.

Two days ago, lounging on the couch next to boyfriend at a very lovely little lake house, I finished the third and final book in the series. (good thing too because boyfriend was tired of being ignored 🙂 heehee)

I want more….

So what are you waiting for? Go! Read!

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