Monday Mashups for 23 Jun 2014

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing:

I know I’ve said this before, but I am so tired of the same basic start for young adult books. A lot of the books I’ve picked up lately have one or more of the following:

  • unrequited crush
  • dead relative
  • high school clique of mean and popular students
  • some big “Wow” factor at the very start of the book
  • some “oh, bother – why me” kind of attitude in the main character

Granted, I’m guilty of some of these in my writing too, but I really don’t want to have something that is a copy of a copy of a copy (to quote Trent Reznor.) I don’t even care if there’s a ton of action in it with no room for reflection. (Some books I’ve read can’t handle subtlety or being in the moments, it’s all go-go-go and it gets kind of exhausting.)

Aside from that, I just reminded myself to buy Linger because Shiver was the book that first gave me the idea of having first person POV from both main characters.

 

Happy Reading and Happy Monday!

Monday Mashups for 2 Jun 2014

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing:

 

I’ve just discovered clean, teen romance novels. I’m slow to realize that this is actually a thing. I read all the Twilight books, and I read Anna and the French Kiss, and those are romance. I like contemporary books, but it never occurred to me that romance books had more than “but he was soooo cute” kind of attitude in the main character.

I bought To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. I’m looking forward to some slight fantasy and (hopefully) not a lot of bedroom details. I’m not going to hold my breathe on that with the first book now that I’ve read the reviews. *sigh* I understand it’s part of a teenager’s life, but I don’t remember any of us having books that had light innuendos and flirting. The romance stuff was for adult books – and who the heck wanted to read those at age 16?

Anyway, that’s my new quest in books I can just enjoy and read for entertainment. Wish me luck!

 

Happy Reading and Happy Monday!

Monday Mashups for 7 Apr 2014

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing:

The last book I finished was Half Bad by Sally Green which I will write a review for ASAP because it’s so good. I chose this because I liked the sample of it. The narration was 1st person present, which is by far my favorite. The last books I bought were The Program by Suzanne Young (only $1.99 for Kindle) and Warm Bodies because I had a coupon and extra Nectar points through Sainsbury’s ebooks. I also bought The Book Thief in paperback when I saw it at the store the other day too. These are all books I’ve wanted to read for a while and after really getting into Half Bad, I was spurred on to read more.

Don’t you love when a book can do that?

Happy Reading and Happy Monday!

Monday Mashups for 3 Mar 2014

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing:

So I confess: I’ve been reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. I know they’re kid’s books, and I started reading them as part of research for my writing; but I honestly really like them. They’re actually making me snicker and tee-hee out loud. I even feel compelled to read parts of the book to my husband so he can laugh with me. I’ve not had a book do that in a long time. (What happened to fun, happy books anyway? When did everything have to be so dang serious?) Anyway, I’m sort of a slow reader, so I don’t get through books really quick unless I’m hooked. (Books like The Shining or Hunger Games.) It’s just clever and cute and really grasps the voice of a middle school boy. Anyway, I have just been getting books from the library for my Kindle to save cash (because there are plenty of slightly older books that I need to read.) However, I did stop and check out the Diary of a Wimpy Kid display at Asda that they have for World Book Day (6 March).

It’s sort of embarrassing when I mention these kinds of books and people say, “Oh my kids really like this too.” But I guess that’s good, because I know what kinds of books kids want to read and that will help me write good books for kids, and it will help me choose good books for kids at school too.

I confess: I’ve watched the movies too.

 

Happy Reading and Happy Monday!

Monday Mashups for 17 Feb 2014

Today I’m reading Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen. I’m embracing my love for the contemporary and just going with a nice break from anything paranormal, sci-fi, or fantasy.

Here are some book-related articles of interest:

Happy Reading and Happy Monday!

 

Monday Mashups for 07 Oct 2013

Monday Mashups are a collection of interesting book-related items that I’ve found recently.

Monday Mashups for 17 Jun 2013

Monday Mashups are a collection of interesting book-related items that I’ve found recently.

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

  • Describe one of your reading habits.
  • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
  • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
  • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
  • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
  • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing:

I just got The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening (Book #1) on my Kindle from the library. It’s not usually my type of book (though I read all of the Twilight books.) L.J. Smith has a way of getting the reader engrossed in the story though. I may read a chunk of it before putting it aside but it was something I was mildly curious about, especially since I’m on a diary kick these days. I’ve read the first chapter and it doesn’t seem too bad even though the vampire thing is so over-done. I’ve never watched the show, so luckily I don’t have anything to compare it to as I read. (I just know Boone from Lost is in it somewhere.)