Waiting on Wednesday (Mar-2)

Today’s meme has a slight twist. I am not waiting on books so much as I am waiting on time in which to read them. I have three of Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series stored somewhere on my computer -I guess I am actually awaiting the latest book which has only recently come out- but I haven’t had the time to read them. They are published by Harlequin so of course I’m going to read them… eventually.

Technically I have had time to read, but I spend hours staring at a computer screen at school, then hours longer doing assignments, then a couple more hours catching up on my emails, blogs, and social media that by the time I am done I only want to look at paper.

So unless I somehow manage to acquire an ereader or a few days of not looking at a computer screen, those poor Iron Fey books will just have to wait a little while longer for me to finally read what I expect to be an amazing series…

What are you waiting for?

 

 

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Teaser Tuesday (Mar-2)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading Share the title & author, so that others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!

Red lights, stop signs, little old ladies crossing the street -nothing and nobody slowed Marcus down.

Mom sighed. “You’re growing up so fast!” I made a face. “Growing older, but not taller.”

 

 

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YA Evolution Revelation

I never truly understood just how much the young adult genre had changed. I knew that it had evolved somewhat, yet I failed to comprehend the extent of it.  It is weird in a way that someone like me who loves reading and wants to work in publishing has never really taken the time to think about the advances books made over time.

After lunch today, I settled down to read a book I had gotten from the library. It is a YA novel that took me all afternoon and evening to complete. It was rather good and I didn’t want to put it down –I’ll review it later. The book was written just last year; it is a hardcover with reinforced binding, a lovely dust jacket, and gorgeously vivid red endpapers.  There are 287 pages of complex plotlines and an undetermined reading level that I think matches most adult novels.

After reading it, I wanted to read another young adult novel but did not have any new ones on hand. I went searching in the basement for my old books and pulled out a mass-market paperback written in 1994. The cover is rather retro with uninspiring photography of an unattractive model and rather blocky font. There are 170 pages of words meant for those with a reading level of six, aka eleven-year-olds (or younger in my opinion) and did not take me even a couple hours to get through.

The old novel is one that I used to rather enjoy, yet I found that it did not hold my attention nearly as well. It was just too… simple.  The plot followed the generic formula of girl crushes on boy, boy notices girl, and they get together but have to overcome social differences that are always prominent in high school. Sweet in an uncomplicated way, but also annoying considering the characters fall in love at the drop of a hat –or flashlight in this case.

The more recently written book opened with the heroine facing adversity. Then it turns out that a boy was the cause,  as he is bringing the heroine news of worse problems to deal with. There are still male-female tensions, but there is also more than just a formulaic love story. The relationship between the two characters is intertwined through the plot instead of being the plot itself. It is the main character being the heroine of her own story, rather than her life revolving around a boy.  The end result is the same, but the route getting there is much different.

I am not saying one book is better than the other, as that would not be right. The books themselves share a genre, but of two different time periods. The novels of the 18th century have come a long way to the 1994 teen romance, but the latest in young adult books has also changed by leaps and bounds from that predecessor of approximately fifteen years prior. No matter which book we read, we still learn something about our society and how it is evolving, because books are evolving right along side it.

I can hardly wait to find out what changes and what will stay the same for books in the years to come…

What do you think books will be like in ten years? twenty-five? fifty?

 

 

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Books In My Mailbox (Mar-1)

This meme is hosted by The Story Siren

Some of you may remember that two weeks ago I went to Chapters and bought some books. I wrote about making a difference by donating to the literacy fund that your bookstore or town may have (See Making a Difference), yet I never told you what I bought. I intended to tell you the following Sunday, but instead I wrote about my trip to Random House (See House of Random) and the books they gave me (See Books In My Mailbox Feb-5). Now, I shall finally show you the books I bought!

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Hush, Hush by Becca FitzPatrick
Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right by Kieran Kramer

I already had the second book of The Mortal Instruments, so I walked in planning to just get the first and third. I nearly walked out without them because my copy of City of Ashes is mass market sized and these are trade paperback, but the worker told me he has never seen one like mine. I checked my book when I got back to the apartment and there was a sticker that said “courtesy of Simon & Schuster” making me think it may have been an Advance Copy that is normally sent to other authors. It seems to have the same cover as the (I think) Spanish edition.

Since I was there and y’all were talking about how great Crescendo is, the least I could do is pick up the first of the series Hush, Hush. And if I was getting that, then I might as well use my discount coupon for spending over $35 and grab a historical romance while I was at it.

What did you get in your mailbox?

 

 

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Simple Smile Saturday (Mar-1)

Thanks to Jen Armentrout and hannahelt, I came up with this meme. They claimed I get excited over the simplest things, so I decided that every Saturday I would post something “simple” that I get excited over just to prove that the smallest things really do make you smile :0)

Today’s smile is…going home for the holiday!

It’s my March break so my parents came to get me to spend time here for the week. Not that it will be much of a holiday since I have gads of homework to finish up *bah!* Seriously, why do teachers always give gads of assignments to do when we’re supposed to be on vacation?!

This is a picture of my room a few years back and I was going to say that it essentially looked the same, but it really doesn’t. My walls are still an awesome sunshine yellow and my bed is still in that spot but… it is now a mattress on the floor since my bed is now in my apartment, as is my white dresser (right corner). The mini black bookshelf is long gone since it was just a cardboard display stand that I snagged at some point. Now my TBR books reside in piles on the floor. Yes, I have TBRs in both my room at home and the apartment.

On the left wall you see part of a map that has post-it tabs pointing to places I’ve been, places I want to go, and places that my friends are currently living. I have family and friends in Ecuador, England, China, Australia… Under the map are drawings and photos of some friends, ironically not the ones currently travelling the world.

On the right you can see my prayer wall where I put post-it notes in the box and then move them once they’ve been answered. Yes, to the left, no to the right, and half-yes half-no underneath… I got a lot of yeses haven’t I? :0)

So this is where I will be for the next week, slaving away on school assignments…

What made you smile today?


 

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Book Review: The Ship of Lost Souls by Rachelle Delaney

Synopsis: Jem and his uncle come to explore the islands in search for treasure only to be captured by pirates the day they arrive. Then the pirates are attacked by ghost pirates, except they aren’t really ghosts but children and teens who were trying to rescue Jem.  Can the Lost Souls find the treasure before the other pirates do?

Author: Rachelle Delaney is a debut author from Vancouver, British Columbia (Yes, another Canadian!). Her writing style is just right for the expected readership of kids from 8 and up.

The Product: There seems to be a few different versions of this book, but the one read consisted of kids hanging of the sides of a ship while at sea.  It was technically well done –you can tell the designer had skills- but it wasn’t totally aesthetically pleasing.  The font is in a larger print and the format is double-spaced, probably easier reading for children who are easily distract- ooooh, shiny!

The Hook: Even though this is a kid’s book, I know I was curious about how children came to be in charge of a ship and were sailing the seas as pirates. If you’re not dreaming of growing up to be a ballerina or a firefighter while growing up, you’re probably planning on running away to pillage and plunder as a pirate!

Quote: “A jolly life we lead upon the fair and sparkling sea, I wont go back; forevermore a pirate I will be.”

The Verdict: Read it to your kids, to your little sibs, or even read it for yourself. It’s a cute story and I’ll be looking for the second of the series when it comes out.

Did you ever want to be a pirate? Why or why not?

 

 

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Waiting On Wednesday (Mar-1)

As most of you know, I am a very broke college student and thus rely on the library for new reads. I’ll eventually buy the books I know I will read over and over again, but that time is not now.

The Iron Witch
By Karen MaHoney

I have been checking and checking to see if the local library -and even the library back home!- has gotten this book in, but no such luck. Not that I know how I’d even get the book should it come in back home *L0L* I will remain ever hopeful that it will happen soon as this book already hit the shelves in February.


Wither
By Lauren DeStefano

This book is coming out later this month, but the library has already pre-ordered it. I live in dread to see what number I shall be as there are other items with over five-hundred in line for them. That’s what you get for living in a big city i suppose: more book choices, but long wait times.

So there you have it, the books I’m waiting for this week. What are you waiting for?

 

 

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