This is a meme started by Ginger at GReads and basically you do a review of your week and answer a question and then scream out loud about how glad you are that it’s the weekend and you can pahty. Actually, not really but you get what I mean, right? Right.
This week’s question is:
Author Block Party:
If you could gather a handful of authors to hang out with,
who would you choose?
Hmmmmmm. I will take this moment to confess that I’m an awkward creature. A bit aloof though only until I get to know someone better. So while I may fangirl the hell out of a book, I am not necessarily going to be all fangirly over the author. I don’t know if I make sense with this. You see, while a work of literature is essentially the authors, the reading part makes it belong to me to a certain extent and separates the author from the novel. That said, I would love to have some one on one time with:
a. Pablo Neruda. The man’s poetry just blows my mind. Like…holy smoking Cinderella.
b. John Donne. His poetry is amazing as well.
c. Shakespeare. Would you like to know what made this man tick?
d. Alexander Pope. I want to see if he really was annoying as reported.
e. Byron. Come on. You know you would want to meet him too!
Notice a trend? All the people I would like to talk to are poets and dead in every way except for their poetry.
TGIF is a meme started by GReads where we answer a question and round up the week.
This question this week:
Stand Alone vs. Series: what’s your stance?
In my opinion, whether a book is a series or not depends on the genre of the book. Urban fantasy, I like as a series because there are a whole lot of plot lines to delve into and character development to implement that can easily take up more than one book. If we are going to talk about YA novels, I have observed the slightly disturbing trend of making each novel the premise of a series. In fact, this series-ing has become so prevalent that a stand-alone novel has become the exception rather than the norm.
I don’t like that. Okay, let me specify. In books like The Hunger Games trilogy, series-ing (yes, it’s a verb now) is necessary and well done so I’m cool with that. However, I have noticed that in many novels I read, the first book wraps everything up quite nicely. But if the book is a success and people think they can make more money out of a sequel, well there you go. And in the second book, things are unraveled, often clumsily and without logic. This cheapens the original story and honestly, is not satisfying at all. I am not saying this is the case for all series, I’m saying this is the case for novels that weren’t meant to be series and ended up being made one. I don’t like that.
Another reason I have changed my mind about series is because frankly, I hate waiting. And usually, in a series, if you are lucky, there is a book a year. And a year is a very long time to wait.
That’s my opinion.
TGIF is a meme started by Ginger at GReads. It’s a recap of the week (which I usually don’t do since I’m lazy like that) and a question.
This week’s question is:
Do you get emotional when you read?
Which books had you in tears?
Yes, I do get emotional when I read. I’m reading the book because I’m emotionally attached to the main character. If I wasn’t, that if, I was indifferent to her plight, I would not waste valuable time reading her story, no matter how much the hero sparkled. So yes, I get angry for her, happy for her, squeal with delight or grumble in anger. Has a book ever moved me to tears? Yes. One. I don’t usually cry though I might get upset. But this book and this author’s writing in this book, the melancholy, the poignancy, they sort of found their way straight into my heart and I could feel my eyes prickling with tears – the horror, since I was sitting in a bus at that time and crying in public is not something I do. The book is The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. I share some quotes:
“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
“Maybe the first time you saw her you were ten. She was standing in the sun scratching her legs. Or tracing letters in the dirt with a stick. Her hair was being pulled. Or she was pulling someone’s hair. And a part of you was drawn to her, and a part of you resisted–wanting to ride off on your bicycle, kick a stone, remain uncomplicated. In the same breath you felt the strength of a man, and a self-pity that made you feel small and hurt. Part of you thought: Please don’t look at me. If you don’t, I can still turn away. And part of you thought: Look at me.”
“At the end, all that’s left of you are your possessions. Perhaps that’s why I’ve never been able to throw anything away. Perhaps that’s why I hoarded the world: with the hope that when I died, the sum total of my things would suggest a life larger than the one I lived.”
TGIF is hosted by GingerReads and it’s the day we celebrate that the week can now be consigned to a distant memory (okay, not really but still).
Today’s question is:
Characters We Love:
Which male and/or female character
have you found yourself connected to most?
Hmm. I don’t know if I would say connect but I can certainly say “like.” Here are a few:
- Perdita from The Winter’s Tale. I usually don’t like Shakespeare’s heroines but she is fiesty.
- Olivia from A Twelfth Night. Her wit is amazing and her steadfast refusal of Orsino’s attentions is entertaining.
- North from Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken. I love, love, love this character and I have no idea why. He’s just so flawed. There’s something about him?
- Jane Eyre. How can you not?
- Harry Potter. I really should not need to explain this to you.
- Peeta. He was so awesome, man. No, seriously. Awesome man is awesome and I shall proclaim it from the
- Cat Royal, Bloody Jack and Kat (from Stephanie Burgis’s book). They are full of spunk and awesomeness.
Brought to you by GReads. Random question and a general hallelujah for the advent of the (relatively short) weekend. Recap of the reading week too. If you want to.
which book covers are you lusting after right now?
The covers recently have all been so gorgeous that most of them simply take my breath away. And I admit that it has gotten to the point that if it is not a pleasing cover, I will look for different versions before I get it. Here are six, I’d give my eyeteeth (if my eyes had teeth, what does it mean, anyway?) for.
Starcrossed: As I said, the colours are beautiful. Green and gold are quite enticing. Plus the “peekaboo” stance of the model retains a mystery that has me interested in the book.
Witches of East End: The colour of autumn in her eyes is total win. It’s purely an aesthetic pleasure here.
Anna Dressed in Blood: The book sounds amazing but the cover with the bulk of it leeched of colour except for the few flakes of red floating around…it’s so compelling. It’s like a ghost story. Only with blood.
Tris and Izzie: There’s this Hindi movie that I watched a few years ago. It has a song sequence where the hero and heroine are in a boat that is full of flowers…or maybe it’s more of a barge. Hm. I’m not too sure. Either ways, this reminded me of that. Memories are powerful, you know.
Beauty Queens: Heh. I love, LOVE how it shows the row of lipsticks, encased in a bullet belt. I think it is suggestive that it’s okay for a woman to use all the weapons she has at her disposal and if beauty is one of them, heck why not? I look forward to the book because of this promise.
Tempest Rising: Dude, the colours, the tattoo, the mermaid! How can you resist?