WWW Wednesday [6] – Floating Boys, comics, and indecision

WWW Wednesdays are hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three questions: (As always, all titles are linked to their corresponding Goodreads pages)

  • What are you currently reading?Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly

I am currently reading Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly by Stephen Graham Jones and Paul Tremblay. It’s an interesting book so far. I’m intrigued by the idea of a boy who floats and a girl who can’t. I do want to know what’s going to happen. I’m about 55% of the way through, and I plan to finish it today/tomorrow.

  • Superior Iron ManWhat did you recently finish reading?

Yesterday I read a bunch of new comics. Here’s what I read: Wytches #2, Annihilator #1, Saga #24, Gotham Academy #2, Superior Iron Man #1, The Walking Dead #134, Wild’s End #3, and Memetic #1. I enjoyed all of them. Superior Iron Man was my first Iron Man comic and I can’t wait to read more. I love how British Wild’s End is. Wytches is weird and creepy and awesome. Annihilator was…interesting. It’s Grant Morrison so you know it’s weird. The Walking Dead was great. Duh. Memetic is about a killer meme. A meme that kills, so yeah. Cool.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?Black Ice

I can’t decide if I’m going to start Becca Fitzpatrick’s new book Black Ice or Michael Grant’s new book Messenger of Fear. Both are due back at the library on the same day… um, today. So yeah. Which would you recommend I read first??

What did you read in the past week? What are you going to read next?

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures

Publisher: Scholastic

Author:  Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce

Release date: May 2015

Synopsis from GoodreadsFrom bestselling authors Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce comes an exciting new series full of magical creatures, whimsical adventures, and quirky illustrations.

Pip is a girl who can talk to magical creatures. Her aunt is a vet for magical creatures. And her new friend Tomas is allergic to most magical creatures. When things go amok—and they often go amok—Pip consults Jeffrey Higgleston’s Guide to Magical Creatures, a reference work that Pip finds herself constantly amending. Because dealing with magical creatures like unicorns, griffins, and fuzzles doesn’t just require book knowledge—it requires hands-on experience and thinking on your feet. For example, when fuzzles (which have an awful habit of bursting into flame when they’re agitated) invade your town, it’s not enough to know what the fuzzles are—Pip and Tomas also must trace the fuzzles’ agitation to its source, and in doing so, save the whole town.

Why I’m excited: As soon as I saw that Maggie Stiefvater had illustrated a book, I knew I wanted it. But then I read the description and I definitely wish I had this book RIGHT NOW. You’ve got a girl named Pip – great name – and magical creatures and a last name like Higgleston and adventure and things that burst into flame and this sounds SO. GOOD. And again, Maggie Stiefvater illustrated it. She’s such an amazing artist, whether she’s creating with words or colored pencil. I want this now. I hate that I have to wait half a year until I can read it. 😦

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BookBlogWriMo: Favorite Subgenres

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Welcome to today’s BookBlogWriMo post which is all about my favorite subgenres. For the most part, you guys will probably know what these all are, so I’m just going to list them, okay?

Dystopian (favorite)

Post-Apocalyptic (yes, they’re different)

Mythic Fiction (a la The Raven Cycle)

Time Travel

Contemporary

Contemporary Fantasy

High Fantasy

Magical Realism

Psychological horror/thriller

Detective fiction

What are your favorite subgenres? Are any of mine favorites of yours? 🙂

Teaser Tuesday: Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly

Teaser Tuesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. It’s super easy: open your current read to a random page and share two sentences from that page – but make sure you don’t spoil the book!

Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't FlyMy current read is Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly. I’m reading this as an e-ARC on my Kindle, so no page number, but I’m going to tease you with a quote from where I currently am in the book (Location 1370).

My heart soars and my stomach drops at the idea of flying with him again.

I’m working my way through this book and it’s…interesting so far. I’m 55% of the way through according to my Kindle, so I am looking forward to seeing what happens. The idea of a boy who can float is something I haven’t really come across so far (other than, you know, flying on a broom or being a superhero).

If you participate in Teaser Tuesday, link me up! Or if you don’t, tease me with your current read in the comments!

Top Six Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait to Get

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get

This was a difficult list to come up with. I couldn’t come up with a full ten, but that’s okay.

The Young ElitesThe Young Elites sequel by Marie Lu – who knows when this’ll be out, but I’ll be all over it when it does come out. I LOVED The Young Elites

The Rosie EffectThe Rosie Effect (the sequel to The Rosie Project) by Graeme Simsion – I already have an e-ARC of this one, but I definitely want a physical copy to match my copy of The Rosie Project. I can’t wait to start this one!

SinnerThe fourth Raven Cycle book by Maggie Stiefvater

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater – I have an e-ARC of this as well, but I just haven’t read it yet. I’m trying to reread the Wolves of Mercy Falls series before I read this as it’s been a while. I’ve reread/listened to Shiver as an audiobook and started Linger but it skipped a bunch so I need to reread it as a physical book.

Fragile ReignFragile Reign (sequel to Mortal Enchantment, which I reviewed HERE) by Stacey O’Neale

The Warm Bodies sequel by Isaac Marion

What sequels are you looking forward to? Did I forget something from this list? I feel like I did. 

BookBlogWriMo: Favorite Book Tropes

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Today’s BookBlogWriMo theme is “Favorite Book Tropes.” This one is a little bit difficult for me, because I’m not a fan of Manic Pixie Dream Girls or really any other clichés in literature, but I’ll have a go.

  1. The tortured hero. I LOVE a tortured/complex/completely messed up main character/villain/secondary character. Give me a screwed up character over Mr./Ms. Perfect any day.
  2. I do really like the recent-ish trend of female leads, though I have begun to tire of every single book/series having a female protagonist.
  3. Epistolary novels. I don’t know if this is technically a trope or just a format for novels, but I love them. Letters, journal entries, texts, whatever. I love them.
  4. The quirky best friend. She’s a little weird, a little strange, funny, loyal, and just what the main character needs by her side.
  5. Plagues that kill practically everyone, but the main character has some special resistance. I don’t know why, but I love this trope. As long as the character is mopey about what’s happening to him/her and is a strong character who wants to fight for what’s right, I’m down.
  6. The Wise Old Sage Mentor with a twist – give me a wise old mentor who’s actually a small child or a supernatural/fantastical creature and I’ll be all over that.
  7. Protagonist is suddenly able to see magical creatures that have always been there but hidden. Okay, this one is hit or miss for me, but I think it’s an interesting concept that, when done right, is super awesome.

What are your favorite book tropes? I think I might have to do a post about my least favorite because I could list those all day.

Audiobook Review: Doll Bones by Holly Black

I am reading several books for the Magnolia Book Awards. When I saw that Doll Bones was on the list, I volunteered to read it for my library as it’s been on my TBR for a while. I checked out the audiobook to listen to, and I am glad I did.Doll Bones

Author: Holly Black

Narrators: Nick Podehl

Audiobook length: 5 hours and 15 minutes

Genre: Middle grade, fantasy, adventure

Publisher: Listening Library (audiobook), Margaret K. McElderry Books (physical book)

When I’ve reviewed audiobooks in the past, I’ve kind of just done a general review, mixing both the story and the review of the narration into one review. I think I want to start breaking them down into Story and Audiobook as a way to better clarify my reviews and make them easier to read. How’s that sound to you guys?

STORY

Zach, Poppy, and Alice are best friends who’ve been playing a continuous game of adventure – with mermaids, pirates, and thieves – for a long time. Ruling over their land of make-believe is the Great Queen, a special, bone-china doll locked up in a cabinet and trapped there. When Zach’s there-again father pushed Zach to give up make-believe, Zach quits the game. But Poppy begins having dreams of a ghost girl who won’t rest until the Great Queen is laid to rest, the threesome must go off on an adventure to bury her. Is there really a ghost? Will she curse them if their quest isn’t completed? Bum. Bum. Bum.

This is a perfect coming-of-age story full of fun, adventure, spookiness, and a sense of is-this-real-or-not? Holly Black wonderfully captures that age just before adolescence that us adults tend to forget. Growing up tends to mean putting away our toys and entering a new and scary world of adulthood, and Holly Black is able to weave a story that brings you back to that age of first crushes, awkwardness, and confusion.

There’s also a ghost story here. I think it was just creepy enough, but not too creepy to scare young children into nightmares. The best part is that Black leaves it up to the reader to decide whether or not the story is real.

NARRATION

I’d heard Nick Podehl’s narration once before in the audiobook for Wonder. I enjoyed him then, but I really liked him in Doll Bones. He was able to use his obvious talent for creating voices and narrated the entire book himself. He perfectly captures the voices of Poppy, a somewhat sassy, confident young girl, Zach, a sad, strong, intelligent young boy, and Alice, a shy, reserved girl, as well as the variety of other cast members – including a creepy old man on a bus and a firm but kind librarian. Nick Podehl is very, very good, and I will look up some of his other narrated books to try.

OVERALL, I quite liked the audiobook for Doll Bones, and I will definitely be checking out some of Holly Black’s other books to read. Recommended for those who have middle-school aged children or for those who just enjoy a good ghost story.

SUNDAY FUNDAY on MONDAY!

The lovely Cristina over at Girl in the Pages started Sunday Funday as a way to recap the bookish (and not-so-bookish) things that have happened that week.

So yeah. I’m really bad at doing these on Sunday, as I’m sure you’ve all become aware of. Sundays are pretty much the only day when I just relax and by the time I think about it, it’s too late to do this post or I’m just too lazy to turn my computer on. Oh well.

Today’s Sunday Funday on Monday is all about crafts, pretty much. Saturday I finished making up a bunch of these mustache pillows, which I sell, for someone who is giving them away as Christmas presents. I’ve never done ones with such pretty colors (usually red and green mustaches are ordered), so I had to take a rainbow picture!

Yesterday, Sunday, I made a blanket and a bracelet, both of which I think turned out pretty well. What do you think? 🙂

 

Other than that, I didn’t do much but read and work this week.

Books read: I finished and reviewed Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld and started Stephen Graham Jones’ Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly, which is interesting so far. I plan on finishing and reviewing that one later today. I also finished the audiobook of Doll Bones by Holly Black, which was pretty cool. I plan on reviewing that one soon.

TBR: I’ve been adding a ton of 2015 books to my TBR over on Goodreads. I also got approved for an excerpt of V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic and Josh Sundquist’s We Should Hang Out Sometime so I’m looking forward to digging into those soon. I also had a really awesome comic book haul yesterday with a bunch of new series that look awesome.

Non-bookish things I’m excited about:

I’ll be going to New Orleans for the first time this weekend to visit my friend Annette (aka Booknerderie). Yes, for the first time. I live in MS and I’ve never been to New Orleans. I’ll be remedying that though! Yay!

In less than two weeks I’ll be seeing The 1975 for the first time with my friend Georgie! Seriously looking forward to this show!

What about you? Did you make anything fun this week? Read some good books? Tell me about your week!

Stacking the Shelves: Comics galore!

This week I didn’t buy any new books (cue sad face) but I did get a stack of awesome comics today! None of which I’ve read yet (more sad face). Want to see what I got?

I’m doing this post from my phone, which I’ve never done, so please excuse any typos or mistakes or general ugliness.

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(Again, doing this from my phone, so this might not be the best picture)

I got: Thomas Alsop #6, Memetic #1 (this is about a killer meme. A meme that kills. Can’t wait to read), Saga #24, The Walking Dead #134, Wild’s End #3, Wytches #2, Annihilator #1 (new from Grant Morrison. Yes!), Superior Iron Man #1, and Gotham Academy #2.

I’m excited about all of these. I’m obsessed with TWD. I’m pretty much in love with how British Wild’s End is. Also, the first issue of Wytches was crazy cool so I’m looking forward to #2. I’m really excited to try my first Iron Man series. Plus, his suit is purple. Wuuut? Awesome.

What about you? Did you add anything to your shelves this week? Read comics? Recommend some to me in the comics!

Bookish Talk: Holiday Gift Guide

As it’s getting close to the holidays or at least close to the time when people start buying presents, I thought I’d make up a list of some of the awesomely bookish gifts I’ve come across, some of which are on my own wishlist! Even if you don’t celebrate any of the holidays coming up, this list can help you find some bookish gifts for your friends’ birthdays or for spoiling yourself. 🙂 Enjoy!

The Raven scarf

This awesome scarf with text from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven will allow you to wrap up in words this winter!

Read necklace

This READiculously cool necklace will help you display how awesome you are

Old Books candle

This old books scented candle will surely make any room smell more like happiness

Holmes and Watson ring

These Holmes and Watson rings that are the perfect gift for besties

I've Tread Them All socks

These socks will keep you tREADing on the right stuff

Book light

This light that is just illuminating

Personal Library Kit

This personal library kit that’s sure to appease your inner librarian (who lives inside every book nerd)

Bookend Vasese

These book-shaped vases that’ll grow more than ideas

Books to Check Out Notebook

This notebook that will help you keep track of what you want to check out (I already own this one thanks to Jo @ Drifting Pages and I LOVE it)

book plate

This book plate that’s actually a plate

EAP pouch

 

This pouch covered in Edgar Allan Poe-ka dots (Out of Print is super clever!)

My Workout Is

This t-shirt that knows what book nerds mean when they say they workout

Hope this helps with your holiday shopping or birthday shopping or shopping for yourself. 🙂 Do you have anything you’d add to this list? Let me know in the comments!