I saw this on tumblr today and I actually can’t handle this. I’m not sure I’m going to be ok.
This is excellent. I’m definitely in series burnout and need a pick me up.
I’ll be looking at a bunch of these later on this weekend.
A big complaint in YA these days is that everything is a series. I know I’m juggling countless series right now. Sometimes I just need to take a break with a good standalone novel, which is why I created the graphic below. I wanted to share some standalone recommendations for when you too get series burnout. Some are books I personally loved, some have been vetted by trusted book bloggers, and some have been talked about everywhere. I tried to pick a range of genres and included both popular and lesser-known titles, so there’s a book for everyone! Start your Goodreads and get ready to banish that series burnout!
PS. Check out my other Recommendations post, 25 Books for the Fantasy Newbie!
1. I Am The Messenger, Markus Zusak | Goodreads
2. Guardian of the Dead, Karen Healey | Goodreads
3. Code Name…
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So sorry everyone!! But we are officially the worst bloggers ever. The goal is to restart ourselves here and get better!
Like a resolution.
I’m just hoping it won’t be like most New Years Resolutions and flops…
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It’s that time of year again when the American Library Association gets together and celebrates the books that were banned over the last year.
Here is the top 10 most banned books in 2012 according to the Office for Intellectual Freedom:
In a panel Sunday morning at the Brooklyn Book Festival, frequently banned young adult author David Levithan told the group sitting in front of him that for ever group attempting to ban a book, there is a community of readers that back the book and fight for it to stay on the shelves.
Most libraries and bookstores around the country are celebrating Banned Books Week in their own special ways, so make sure you check out your local and support their efforts to keep all kinds of books on the shelves.
Because reading, even if its a view point you don’t agree with or understand, is ALWAYS important.
We’ve started our podcast! Yay! This is a short not even 5 minute post to introduce you to our crazy.
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We’ll have a full hour long podcast for you either tonight or tomorrow morning about a special secret topic! That you helped pick!
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RIGHT. So. I (and Sara) watched Fox’s Sleepy Hollow on Monday night and we both kind of geeked out a little. Mainly because Tom Mison is amazingly attractive and John Cho was in it.
But this is really more about my experiences with Washington Irving and the actual story of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and my concerns, given that my experiences with Irving’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” are varied and long standing.
Now, I grew up reading and watching various versions of Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and, apparently
falsely, assumed that the tradition continued through today. Mind, I’m 27 and Sara’s 28, so we didn’t actually finish school all that long ago, though it does seem that way. I also wonder if because we grew up not an hour from were Irving died, that it was much more prevalent in our educations.
Just, when it comes to things like “Sleepy Hollow” I tend to be a bit of a weirdo. I LIKE the traditional American folk lore stories. But, then I also like how people have interpreted them over the years. “Sleepy Hollow” for whatever reason seems to be the most adapted of the lore.
Mainly my concerns revolve around a post on Tumblr I saw after watching the episode. This poster said that they were seriously freaked out when the Headless Horseman came on the screen, because apparently, they weren’t expecting it. I can’t find the post now, but someone was very concerned that the Headless Horseman had no head, but could somehow turn and look at the person talking at them.
And when JOHNNY DEPP is in a movie based on the lore, how is it that people still don’t know the lore? I’m just not even going to touch the deviations Fox made for this newest of adaptations. Mainly because I want to see where they’ll take some of them and I like the snark of this Ichabod.
So, my question here is, SINCE THIS STORY HAS BEEN AROUND FOR 193 YEARS HOW DID YOU NOT KNOW ABOUT THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN??
Honestly! I just don’t understand how something that is so prevalent to me in today’s society was missed.
The plot and story line of the new show has been talked about on various platforms, some I’ve given you below, so I won’t really touch on that.
I just want someone to explain to me why American folk lore and stories have been lost to the younger generation. I don’t understand it and I don’t like it at all.
Make it stop.
The above are the fiction books that have been longlisted on the National Book Awards list. And we want to congratulate those who have been nominated for this year’s list!
If you don’t know, The National Book Awards are given to a fiction, non-fiction, poetry and young readers. As with the ManBooker shortlist, we find that we haven’t actually read any of these. Which makes us feel slightly inadequate and silly. But then Alissa looked at her Goodreads shelf and realized she’d spent this year reading YA. There will have to be a challenge to do something different next year…
BUT! The NBA awards. We’re looking forward to picking up some of these books, most probably “The Flame Throwers” by Rachel Kushner. Also (in line with Alissa’s apparent history this year) we’d like to read the YA book “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan, VERY good things have been heard about this book.
Here are the other books long-listed for the NBAs:
I’m so not an Oprah fanatic, but I won’t lie and say I don’t watch her book club website with a kind of morbid fascination.
So I find it amusing interesting when her book club posts stuff like this.
What do you think about the books they chose to cover?
I have very few words to explain how I feel about this book. Most of them consist of incoherent noises and screams and “AMDIOWA;MEIAO” type responses.
The very basis of my existence – being able to read and enjoy the words written on the page and explain why I enjoy them – seems to go away with in seconds of my attempt to explain my love for Erin Morgensern’s debut novel “The Night Circus”.
First, yes, I’m aware its been out since 2011 and that it’s currently 2013. Yes, I’m aware I’m coming a bit late to the game of reviewing it. I realized that I never actually wrote one in Nov. 2011 when I read the book for the first time, at least, not one I shared on Goodreads.
I recently decided to read it again, which is why I’m posting this now, and the reread solidified my love.
What I think I love most about this book is the prose. It’s just beautiful and truly transports the reader into this world of magic and intrigue. We follow the lives of Celia and Marco as they learn how to use their magic and then how they participate in the game their mentors have created for them.
With out spoiling too much, Le Cirque des Reves is the game and Celia and Marco are both competing and working together to create this circus that appears out of nowhere in the middle of the night and is only open at night. Not to forget that the circus is all in black and white and various shades there of. Very little color exists in the circus until you walk inside one of the many tents that make up the circus.
One of the other things I really loved about this book was at the start of each part, there is a brief clip and a quote. The clips are generally written by a character named Fredrick Thiessen, who is a German clock maker and he created the black and white clock that sits at the front gate of the circus. And the clock deserves a post all its own. But the clips are parts of essays or short briefs that he has written over time as he gets to know the circus better.
But to the story. With Ceila and Marco we have other characters tied to them and the circus. And essentially the book follows their lives as they revolve around Celia and Marco’s competition. Part of the problem for everyone involved is how to keep the circus going once the competition ends – and how they do that would give too many spoilers which I’m simply not going to do because EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK.
Outside of Celia and Marco, my favorite of the cast of characters are the Twins. Both are “cat people” they work with the big cat kittens in the circus and are tied to the circus in a way that they really shouldn’t be. You know. With magic and such, it all relates to when and where they were born, but to explain would again give spoilers I don’t want to give.
It ends with them finding away to keep the circus (not telling you how :P) and an unexpected choice made.
Needless to say, I love this book. I adore it. It’s up there with my favorite books of all time. I desperately want Morgenstern to write a new book so I can find new ways to love her.
Rating: 5 of 5