From House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski, a unique, bizarre, and intriguing literary horror novel that you should all check out right now.
INSURGENT by Veronica Roth Is Between My Legs
I jest you not. Clearly, it’s not in between my legs at this current moment.
Imagine my utter surprise and overflowing joy, when one of my co-workers sends me a BBM (Blackbery IM Message) to say that our Insurgent Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC) has just arrived at the store. Not in a joking way. Not even remotely.
The bookstore was paid a visit by a Harper Collins rep. a couple weeks ago and when I found out that she was coming- I’m so surprised it wasn’t the first thing on my mind-I merely thought oh, it was just a routine visit.
She didn’t bring it with her or anything, but it wasn’t until a late night chat with my manager about Harper and a discussion of World Book Night and some of the most looked forward to books of 2012.
This is probably #1 on my list besides City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare and Clockwork Princess, from her Infernal Devices series. So far, my most-looked forward-to list which, includes The Fault In Our Stars, has been 10 times better than expected.
It’s one of our bestsellers at work and one of my favorite books from 2011. I recommended it to everyone who came in saying, “What’s a good book to read?”. “What’s hot right now?”, “What’s the best book you have for me now?, etc. It was on a few of our monthly bestseller lists consecutively and it was definitely in our 2011 bestsellers lists.
People loved it here. & I definitely loved Divergent and I look forward to the rest of the series. First off, the book cover was beautiful through the screen, but in person it’s absolutely breath-taking. The details of the Amity Tree as it goes through the seasons of life (autumn leaves, green leaves of spring, bare tree branches depicting the closeness of winter) is what makes it so unique. I love the detail.
When I look at it, I see “dystopian”. If you’ve seen the UK cover of it-you can see it below, if not- screams “paranormal YA fantasy”. I was disappointed to be honest, mostly because UK covers have a rep for being a bit more creative and it’s always great to see alternative covers. Who would possibly have a problem with the potentially having two different versions of a book you love on your self?
In this case, the US version wins hands down. All right, back to the Insurgent ARC story!
I sent in a request through my manager to have us get the Insurgent ARC. Apparently, everyone at Harper is even fighting over who gets to read it first. That made me unsure of our chances of getting a copy that I really didn’t expect us to get it at all.
So you can imagine my surprise when I got that BBM to say it had arrived. She even took a picture of it when I messaged her, “SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!” to prove it.
But as you see, it got here and I’m not embarrassed to say that I hugged it and let out a very good rendition of a fangirl squeal when I got into work this morning. I haven’t done that since I got the last Harry Potter book.
I’m very excited to read it. I hope this is not extremely torturous to be able to see it and not hold it for yourselves. I won’t be giving any spoilers at all so don’t expect to see any of those. I will say though that, while I am only 35 pages in, it’s fantastic so far, which is the vaguest way to not let you be disappointed in any way.
Let’s face it. Who wants to be told that a book is great or sucky by someone else? Finding out for yourself just how great, or not great it is a part of the treat!
With regard to spoilers, if you guys do a tumblr search for “insurgent”, you will in fact encounter a few spoilers, so be wary of those.
Not too far away now.
Blue Team, represent.
“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.” [x]
Mind Your Manners, 1954
One thing never changed: the brilliant charge of their infrequent couplings was darkened by the sense of time flying, never enough time, never enough.
-Annie Proulx, Brokeback Mountain
Started reading this during a mini lunch break at work. It’s as sad as the movie. I am somewhere in between mad at Jack and Ennis for not being able to define for themselves whatever it is that is going on between them, and mad at a society that defines what love is for us. We should be doing that ourselves. It’s easy to love both of these men- mostly I just want to reassure them what they are feeling is altogether the most beautiful thing any of us can experience.
Five stars. & then some.
I’ve had librarians say to me, “People in my school don’t agree with homosexuality, so it’s difficult to have your book on the shelves.” Here’s the thing: Being gay is not an issue, it is an identity. It is not something that you can agree or disagree with. It is a fact, and must be defended and represented as a fact.
To use another part of my identity as an example: if someone said to me, “I’m sorry, but we can’t carry that book because it’s so Jewish and some people in my school don’t agree with Jewish culture,” I would protest until I reached my last gasp. Prohibiting gay books is just as abhorrent…
Discrimination is not a legitimate point of view. Silencing books silences the readers who need them most. And silencing these readers can have dire, tragic consequences. Never forget who these readers are. They are just as curious and anxious about life as any other teenager.
Current Reads & Ash Wednesday
I keep saying I’m going to curb this bad habit I have of reading multiple books at one time. I tried really hard at the start of the year to be a one-book kind of girl and as it turns out I can’t stick to reading one book at a time. It’s virtually impossible for me. Especially when they’re so many great books all over my room- by my bed, on my vanity, on my chest of drawers and of course, on my unread shelf.
For now I’m okay with not being a one-book kind of girl, with the exception of The Hunger Games, which I read in two nights! It takes a lot for a book to hold my sole attention and that series sure managed to do it.
I either get bored and reach for another book, or as the case with the Stieg Larsson books have proved, I get a ‘craving’ for something else. I’ve been nostalgic for the books that spearheaded my obsession with books and reading, namely Goosebumps by R.L. Stine and Animorphs by Katherine A. Applegate. The Baby-Sitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin is another one of my faves too! I’ve divided my bookshelf to put all those in a special place since I don’t have the heart to donate them. I’ve been reading those again and they’re a lot better than I remember.
Also, I’ve (finally!) managed to get my hands on The Guardians of Ga’Hoole Series by Kathryn Lasky. The movie adaptation, Legend of The Guardians, directed by Zack Snyder, has become one of my favorites. Recently, I’ve been watching it obsessively! It features some of the most dazzling visuals and voices of two of my favorite actors, Hugo Weaving and Helen Mirren.
You can expect to see more about that in by “February Wrap-Up”, which I’m going to merge with my “January Wrap-Up” since most of the books are from series.
It’s Ash Wednesday here which means no-work-Wednesdays is back on for a short time. I’m spending the time catching up on some books with some iced tea and I’m about to make some fries.
It’s a beautiful day here so I’m off to enjoy it. Happy Reading! :)
(Is it Dystopia? by embowman.com)