Thursday, May 30, 2013

Armchair BEA Day 3 Life CHanigng Books and Instagram Challenge

Life changing books and Genre Fiction is the theme for today.

First let me say, I was all set to participate in all days of the #ArmchairBEA virtual conference. However, I've had a serious health diagnosis that I need to address, and I need to take a 5 hour trip out of town. But I wanted to conribute something, perhaps to take my mind off my troubles, and the best way for me to de-stress is to, you got, it, read. And write about it.

It's so hard to pick one book that changed my life. I think all books change you to some extent, that's why we read, isn't it? T0 experience different lives and learn new things? But in the intersts of me having to drive to Salt Lake today, I decided to pick just one. Here's the opening line:

"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."

I've always admired Sylvia Plath's power in her poetry and in what I think might be her best work. I've struggled with many of the same issues (depression, mostly but also a feeling of isolation and difficulty with making connections with people. struggling as a writer striving to be taken seriously) and it always felt like I had a friend in this book. Sylvia Plath has been a literary mentor to me as a writer, and I find my readings of the books have changes as I moved from my teen years, to my 20's and now in my 30's, it's like we're having this lifetime together and it's pretty cool. And the audiobook is wonderful as well. I love Maggie Gyllenhaal's voice as the narrator. I have it plugged into my phone as I prepare to face more doctors an tests and an uncertain diagnosis, and so this book is kind of my "binky" right now, if that makes sense.

The books on the left: mostly Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and some degree of YA or New Adult. Also challenge books from 2 different challenges. One the right are a bunch of old vintage gothic romances from the 60's and 70's (thanks, Ebay!) that I recently have become obsessed over.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Feature and Follow #26

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Q: School is out! What is your favorite Summer Reading book??

  Anything by Francesca Lia Block. Although I have to say all my books on my Challenge and TBR lists are all part of my summer reading (for fun, as opposed to prep work for the semester). But the reason I like FLB as a summer reading choice is because its like all her books take you to this magical endless summer full of Christmas lights hung in the trees, ocean waves, exotic foods, glitter, roller skates, and worlds that literally light up in your hands. She's really a YA writer, but as an adult (and an aspiring YA writer myself) her descriptive powers are amazing and it makes me want to live in the enchanted world of her version City of Angels.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Long Time No Hop #25

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Q: Give us a sneak! What are you reading? Tell us about a fun or fail scene in your current read.

I'm currently reading Beautiful Creatures.  I hope to get through it this weekend. There are a lot more "funs" (I realize that's not a word, just go with it) than "fails" in this book. I just finished the scene where Lena and Ethan dig up Genevive's book from her grave. 

What I like about this book is that it's real. It's been billed as "give this book to fans of Twilight". Well, I have sort of a dim view of Twilight fans, so I would recommend this to people who enjoy YA but also like a little realism and heroines that don't rely on their boyfriends for every blink of an eye.  Another thing I like about this book is that it is remarkably layered with the prejudices of the Deep South and urban fantasy/magical realism. Even though I'm not in the Deep South personally, I can relate because I *am* in a rural area and the prejudices are much the same. Another thing I'm enjoying is that most YA novels are told from the female protagonist POV, and this one is from the male protagonist POV--it's a bit of a "culture shock" for me, if you will, because I don't always relate well to male protagonists in the first person voice. But this one I did, which surprised me, pleasantly. 

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