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01 December 2011 @ 09:50 am
Day 24 - A book that you wish more people would’ve read

I don't often read books that a lot of people haven't read, mostly because I take suggestions from people in my book groups, and we already have similar tastes. But sometimes I do come across the rare book that hasn't been overly discovered yet, and it's like having a best kept secret. And I like to share secrets.

I wish more people would read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It's fairly new, having only been released in September, but it doesn't have a fanbase that will propel it up the charts like a lot of the books I read. And you know, I kind of like it that way. This book is gorgeous. It's filled with entwining stories that tell a tale that's absolutely beautiful and I didn't want it to end. A couple of people I've recc'd it to didn't like that the focal point kept shifting (think Time Traveler's Wife). You have to pay attention when reading this, for sure. I think that's part of it's charm. But the people who did like this book - they loved it. I guess we're true Revoirs.

From GoodReads: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
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30 November 2011 @ 10:50 am
Day 23 - A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t

Today's question sucks. I have 231 books on my To Read shelf on GoodReads. Clearly I have tons of books that I've wanted to read for a long time, but haven't gotten to yet. So many, in fact, that I've stopped adding to that shelf. Among those listed are French Quarter Fiction: The Newest Stories of America's Oldest Bohemia by Joshua Clark, The Haunting of Louisiana by Barbara Stillery, and Haunted City: An Unathorized Guide to the Magical, Magnificent New Orleans of Anne Rice by Joy Dickinson (are you seeing a trend? I told you in the last entry I had a certain fascination.).

The top three books on my To Read list, that is, the books I see myself eventually purchasing and reading, are If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't) by Betty White, The Blythes Are Quoted by LM Montgomery and Benjamin Lefebvre, and Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder by Anne Rule. The first because I love me some Betty White, the second because it's the unofficial end to the Anne of Green Gables series, a series I hold dear to my heart, and the third because I've been obsessed since a viewing of Farrah Fawcett on the witness stand, heartbreakingly telling her side of the story of how she didn't shoot her three children so she could run off with a man. You know. The movie's on LIfetime and it's like five hours long.

That's it for today!
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29 November 2011 @ 10:55 am
Day 22 - Favorite book you own

A lot of these final questions are getting difficult to answer. I honestly don't have answers for a couple of them, so I will probably skip them instead of babbling with some suedo-made up answer. But today I do have an answer, and of course I have a copy of my favorite book ever, we already mentioned my love for The Shining, so we'll go with my number two. My favorite book I own is The Witching Hour by Anne Rice.

I don't remember when I first fell in love with the Mayfair Witches. I think it was sometime in high school, after Queen of the Damned came out in theaters, and I decided to read that book, which led me to Rice's other books. That sounds probable, anyway. The Witching Hour is very long, but it doesn't feel that way. The story is rich in detail centering around one of the best ancient familial sagas I've ever read. It's also the book that caused my mother to stop asking me questions about what I was reading ;) I quite adore it, and it's what spurned my love of all things New Orleans. Sidenote: I would adore a movie adaptation.

From Amazon: In this engrossing and hypnotic tale of witchcraft and the occult spanning four centuries, we meet a great dynasty of witches--a family given to poetry and incest, to murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is haunted by a powerful, dangerous and seductive being.
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Random Noise: Oops I Did it Again - Britney Spears
28 November 2011 @ 11:12 am
Day 21 - Favorite book (series) from your childhood.

Changing the question slightly once again because I don't have a favorite solo book. I believe I've said before that I have always been a series reader. Does anyone remember the Scholastic paper flyer thing that came around in school every month and you could order books in bulk with your class? I was the Queen of that. Goosebumps, Boxcar, Babysitters Club, Fear Street. Thanks to ghost writers, a new book came out fairly quickly and I was always able to get the new book of my favorite series. Today I have chosen the Animorphs series by KA Applegate as my favorite book series from my childhood.

I chose this solely because I was determined enough to pick up the series again two winters ago and continue on with it to find out how the author ended it. I've only ever done that with Bruce Coville's Land of Unicorn books, but there's only a handful of those, so this counts more! The Animorphs were your typical middle school kids who stumbled upon an alien wreck and thus their lives were changed forever. I appreciated in the later books (ie, when Applegate took the reigns over from her ghost writers) that the characters were aged up and it felt less like I was reading children's books and more like an epic war story and it's repercussions. I guess I care about these characters more than any other from my childhood. RIP Rachel. Cassie, you dumb shit. Marco > any rl reality star. And I still wonder what happened to adult!Jake after he rammed the Blade Ship in that final book tbh.

From GoodReads: This fantastic, unpredictable, edge-of-your-seat new series can best be described as an X-Files for kids--plus a whole lot more! Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias, and Marco are the Animorphs--five kids who can change into any animal they touch.
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Random Noise: I Guess it's Christmas Time - Nsync
27 November 2011 @ 10:47 am
Day 20 - Favorite romance book

I don't like stereotypical romance books. They do nothing for me and I find a lot of them quite dull. I was originally going to choose Dash & Lily's Book of Dares for today's question, but my mother showed up and started banging on about Christmas and I remembered the year she sent me a magazine with a bunch of things bookmarked that she would like. One of them was a set of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books. *shudder* My mother reads those.

Lover Awakened by JR Ward is my favorite romance novel. Zsadist is a tortured, compelling, and deep soul that Bella wants desperately to help. But Bella isn't of the Swan variety. This Bella is strong and brave and knows how to get things done. Zsadist's twin brother describes him as a completely ruined person, but the set up for putting him back together is really sweet.

Once you get past the occasionally stupid words that are used to describe things, this story really is fantastic.

From GoodReads: A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

my mother is here. god save me.
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26 November 2011 @ 11:41 am
Day 19 - Favorite book turned into a movie

I am not a fan of the Jurassic Park books. Probably because I did see the movies first, and Michael Crichton's, may he rest in peace, writing was henceforth lost on me. The first book's theatrical adaptation was phenomenal though. I appreciate that Crichton wrote the screenplay, while it changes the story a bit it's a welcome change. The characters have more of a connection on screen than in the novel. There isn't as much science, which really does go over my head most of the time. The movie makes you feel as though things could happen - this is what it would be like if dinosaurs were brought back into existence. 
Ian Malcolm: God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.
Ellie Sattler: Dinosaurs eat man … woman inherits the earth.
Welcome to Jurassic Park - that moment where we see the brachiosaurus and Alan has to put his head between his knees? Awe inspiring.

The crazy sonofabitch did it. I love Jeff Goldblum.
Random Noise: Under the Bridge - Straight No Chaser
25 November 2011 @ 12:26 pm
Day 18 - A book that disappointed you.

Quite a years ago, I was given a copy of Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. It was the first biography-esque book I read for fun. And it was just that - fun. Sedaris has a way of writing about his life that makes everything amusing. I went on with things and forgot about the book until a couple of years ago when I first joined GoodReads. Sedaris had written more books! And it was the Christmas season and he had a holiday themed book: Holidays on Ice. And... it wasn't as good :(

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris is not his best work. The SantaLand Diaries is uproarious (and I wanted to see the play so badly last year, unfortunately it was only a West Coast show, bummer) but the rest of his biographical essays fall flat and are kind of nasty. It's also not for the easily offended. This volume is very unfortunate given that Sedaris has been named "the funniest writer of all time."

From GoodReads: David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favoritesas the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow"); the puzzling Christmas traditions of other nations ("Six to Eight Black Men"); what Halloween at the medical examiner's looks like ("The Monster Mash"); and a barnyard secret Santa scheme gone awry ("Cow and Turkey").
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Random Noise: This Christmas - Straight No Chaser
24 November 2011 @ 09:29 am
Day 17 - Favorite book related quotes

I'm going to alter this slightly from the original "favorite quote from your favorite book" and make it an even "favorite quotes." Mostly because I don't have a favorite quote from The Shining, but I do have several  book-related quotes saved that I absolutely adore. Below is a mish-mash of quotes I've favorited on GoodReads. Many a Facebook status I have set with one of these.
  • In Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare it's written that "Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry." So true.
  • "Summer School: Never stop learnin' if you want to stop earnin' // I'm reasonably sure there are
    G's in learning and earning." Either from Kami Garcia's Beautiful Creatures or BDarkness. Unfortunately I forgot to label it but I'm almost positive it's the second book in her Caster Chronicle series. Regardless, it amused me.
  • "Impossible situations are our specialty." Richelle Mead, Last Sacrfice. In reference to Dimitri and Rose. I love them.
  • Lisa Schroeder wrote in Chasing Brooklyn that "Love doesn't tell time." She's right.
  • In If I Stay, Gayle Forman had Adam say this beautiful, heartbreaking little monologue to his lady love. It's so raw. "If you stay, I'll do whatever you want. I'll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I'll do that, too. I was talking to Liz and she said maybe coming back to your old life would be too painful, that'd maybe it would be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I'd do it. I can lose you like that if I don't lose you today. I'll let you go. If you stay."
  • "We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another." Veronica Roth's Divergent is possibly my favorite find this year.
  • I read Unearthly by Cynthia Hand with [info]truexillusions. I thoroughly enjoyed this quote: "You are going to love the sports here. Snow skiing and water skiing and rock climbing and all kinds of extreme sports. I give you full permission to hurl yourself off stuff."
  • I also read Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly with [info]truexillusions. "She knows her place in the world. She can tear down it's walls, and still nobody knows her name." Naomi sang this lyric. Given her fate, it's especially tragic.
  • Towards the end of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead a new character says to Adrian "You look too pretty to be useful." It's perfect in that it's completely true and the girl was absolutely serious in saying it. I've enjoyed saying it myself on several occasions.
  • In The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, it's said "Grown ups never understand anything by
    themselves, and it's tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them." I love that.
  • CS Lewis. The Man. "We read to know we are not alone."
  • "You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift." Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus. I am in love with this book. I am in love with this quote.

Happy Thanksgiving, flist! I hope you all have a joyful day! <3
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23 November 2011 @ 08:36 am
Day 16 - Favorite female character

As I said yesterday, picking and choosing favorites is hard. You would think that since I read so much it would be easier since I have a lot to pick from. But it's just not so!

I wound up picking two, an old favorite and a more recent finding. I love Margaret Lea from The Thirteenth Tale (which you all should read!!!!), she understands the meaning of getting lost in a good book, and how important it is to make sure stories get told and passed on. And I also chose Jo March from Little Women. I used to envision myself as her when I grew up, but stuck in a different time period. I love her clumsiness, her passion, and her need to be right in the thick of things. And now I feel a need to go back and reread both character's respective books.