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Book Reading Meme--Tagged!

Sun Jul 26, 2015, 4:27 PM

I was tagged by SilverInkblot to do the Book Reading Meme!  See hers here: 

Book Reading MemeI'm bored. Have another meme. This has nothing to do with me wanting more reading material. P.S. Try to stay away from the more mainstream stuff - everyone already knows you love Harry Potter, shut up.
1. Name three of your favorite books and tell us a bit about them.
- East by Edith Pattou. A retelling of the fairy tale "East of the Sun, West of the Moon," with some wonderfully poetic writing. The compass motif spurred my fascination with wind roses.
- The Neverending Story by Michel Ende. If you only know it from the movie, you're missing out big time, if only for the more metatextual aspects.
- The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty. Her Ashbury-Brookfield series as a whole is great, but I like the last one in particular for somehow managing to juggle six or seven different storylines as they run alongside each other, occasionally cross paths, and eve

The only rule: Try to stay away from the more mainstream stuff - everyone already knows you love Harry Potter, shut up.

So...let's do this thing!

Book Reading Meme

1. Name three of your favorite books and tell us a bit about them.

Magonia, by Maria Dahvana Headley
This book is absolutely gorgeous!  The prose is poetic and lyrical, the plot is well-constructed, the characters are realistic (er... y'know, in the ways that matter, like motivations/reactions/dialogue/etc.)  Despite the conflicting reviews I've seen/read, I found this to be a beautiful debut to the realm of fantasy.

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)
The Wrath & The Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh
Another debut, this reinvents One Thousand and One Nights with a fantastic, heart-stopping story about revenge, hope, and love.  The main protagonist is intelligent, independent, and snarky; the ending is concussive and jaw-dropping.  I was on the edge of my seat, refusing to put this book down.  I NEED BOOK TWO!

The Girl With All the Gifts
The Girl with All the Gifts, by M.R. Carey
Different from the other two, this is a science fiction which explores the world post-Zombie outbreak...with a slight twist.  M.R. Carey reexamined and reinvented the idea of this "plague" in a fascinating and enthralling way. The main character--a young girl--will have you reconsidering what actions you'd take if faced by these flesh eaters.

2. Name three of your least favorite books.

Bird Box
Bird Box, by Josh Malerman
This book.  THIS.  STUPID.  BOOK.  :rage:  I just...what makes me really angry is, this book was AWESOME...until the last few chapters.  There were so many plot twists hinted at, so many different ways he could have ended this...and he picked a cop-out.  Honestly?  Who does that.

Seeker (Seeker, #1)
Seeker, by Arwen Elys Dayton
The writing itself wasn't bad. Not the most descriptive ever, but not bad.  The world building, on the other hand... Nonexistent.  This book drove me crazy.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
Go ahead.  Fight me.  If YOU'd been required to read it as much as I have in my life (twice in middle school, at least three times in high school, AND EVERY DAMN SEMESTER--not even exaggerating!--in college) you'd hate it as much as I do.  So yeah, sure.  Give it to me as a present.  I dare you.  I'll burn it on the spot.

3. Name some books you've loved since childhood.

--The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
--A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
--Matilda, by Roald Dahl
--The Giver, by Lois Lowry

4. Name a book the disappointed you.

Everything You and I could have Been if we were't You and I, by Albert Espinosa
Long title is LONG, I know.  I went in hoping this would be as awesome as the goodreads blurb makes it sound.  Instead, I got a mess--the plot is all over the place, I'm not sure what bits were important to the story and what were thrown in haphazardly... Ugh.  It has some pretty unique and inventive ideas, but execution-wise it's lacking.

5. Name a book that surprised you.

Solace, by Therin Knite
I discovered this author on tumblr, of all places, when she was searching for permanent reviewers.  Of course I hopped on board, because free books are free books...and I fell IN LOVE with her writing immediately.  This book is different from others I've read.  Instead of focusing on teenage angst/romance, it follows a girl set on a path toward "meeting" the father she never got the chance to know.  And it's's so gorgeously done.  You should all check it out.

6. Name a favorite graphic novel/ comic/ manga.

Graphic Novel: 
Blankets, by Craig Thompson OR Locke and Key: Volume 1, by Joe Hill

Comic Book:
I keep meaning to pick up comic books, but... I honestly have no idea where to even start.  Thus, I haven't actually really READ any.  Oops.  Well, unless you count The Walking Dead: Compendium 1 by Robert Kirkman.

Again, I'm not very well-versed in manga, but I have read--and own!--a few.  I really enjoyed It Takes a Wizard, by Thomas R. Hart and Hell Girl: Volume 1, by Miyuki Eto

7. Name a favorite non-fiction book.

I haven't read a nonfiction book since...middle school? or something, but... I read and enjoyed Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah for a school project way back in the day.  :shifty:

8. Name a favorite poetry book.

This one's EASY!  And it's all thanks to the husband for taking poetry AFTER I did and thus having different reading materials.
Kinky, by Denise Duhamel -- BECAUSE BARBIE DOLLS!  Need I really say more?

9. Name a book you'd like to see made into a movie.

Horrorstor, by Grady Hendrix...because... if done CORRECTLY... this would be TERRIFYING to see made into a film.  And I like me some scary sometimes.

10. What are you reading now?

Trollhunters, by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus
Because...trolls?  Also, I've really enjoyed del Toro's other works--both film AND writing--and thought this first middle grade read might be just as awesome.  So far, I'm not disappointed. :D

Let's see... I think I'm going to tag...

BleedingProphecies MagicalJoey Farand hopeburnsblue copper9lives illuminara PennedinWhite SpriteBlayde TruffautBergman 
(OF COURSE, as always, no pressure--if you don't wanna, you don't gotta!)

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SavageFrog Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist

I just noticed the name change
betwixtthepages Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
:squee: :huggle: How've you been, hon?
SavageFrog Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Really busy & sick; how about you?
betwixtthepages Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Really busy--between work and reading and spending time with the hubby, I don't do much else these days.  I'm sorry you're sick!  That's no fun at all. :(
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your-first-boyfriend Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
yo, thanks for the watch and the faves :love:
betwixtthepages Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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betwixtthepages Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconheartglompplz: Hiya!
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You're welcome hon. :heart:
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