“Tyler gets me a job as a waiter,

after that Tyler’s pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die.”

(Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk)

Ah. Ahhhh. Ahhhhhh. 

I didn’t know if I would like Fight Club until I opened the first page and read the first line. And then I was like ‘okay, I’m going to like Fight Club.’ And I did. A lot. I’ve been reading mainly YA contemporary and YA sci-fi lately so this was a nice break from that.

Fight Club (the book and the movie) has definitely become something of a cult classic, and I already knew a little bit about the book because of idle chatter I’d caught wind of here and there. I already knew, as most people do, about *SPOILER* *SPOILER* *SPOILER* Tyler being the narrator himself. Knowing this beforehand was both a disappointment for me and an intriguing way to read the book the first time around. On one hand, if I hadn’t known about Tyler than the ending would come as a huge plot twist that would probably make me rant and rave and freak out on this blog…or, I would have figured it out on my own, which would also have been nice. Reading it with the pre-won knowledge I picked up on a lot of foreshadowing–and I’m curious to know whether I would have picked up on it if I hadn’t known what to look for. It kind of makes me want to have a device that can erase a book from your mind so that you can read it with a blank slate. (I would call it the Page Turner, and I would have so much fun re-reading the Harry Potter books for the hundredth time).

However, I think knowing the end beforehand also helped me focus more on certain details that I would have maybe glossed over if I hadn’t been searching for them. And that great first line (oh the contrast! oh the excitement! oh the intrigue!) was given another layer of awesomeness knowing the whole Tyler/narrator thing. Plus, while the plot twist was a major one, it didn’t make me any less interested in the rest of the book. If anything, it made me more interested.

I guess what I’m getting at (if I’m getting at anything) is that knowing a book’s major spoilers doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Of course, I love running into plot twists that I didn’t see coming, but I should have seen coming. It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world.

How do you feel when you hear a spoiler about a book you’ve been meaning to read? Would it discourage you from reading said book? Let me know in the comments below!

Alsoooo, if anyone has any great YA recommendations, would you let me know? I just finished Cress in the Lunar Chronicles and the next one doesn’t come out until November and it’s making me really sad.

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A Party in the Pages

It’s New Year’s Day! That means new resolutions, new starts, and new opportunities. And New Year’s Eve means champagne and watching the huge ball drop in NY, and maybe a little partying. So, if you’re looking for the fun from last night to continue in the comfort of your own bed, then there’s plenty of books out there that will keep the festivities rolling. Here’s my top five choices (in no particular order).

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

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What party list would be legitimate without The Great Gatsby? It reminds me of that T-shirt: “Ain’t no party like a Gatsby party because a Gatsby party don’t stop until at least two people are dead and everyone is disillusioned with the Jazz Age as a whole.” The truth. But in the meantime, a glass of gin, a thick blanket, and this book can’t hurt…can it?

2. Party Princess (The Princess Diaries VII) by Meg Cabot

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Otherwise known as one of the most awkward party scenes that I’ve had the good fortune of reading, because Mia’s nerves are just so painfully tangible, and you sympathize with her so much, and gah. But still–a party!

3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen 

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This is one of my favorite Austen novels because it’s so fun, quirky, and charming. The protagonist, Catherine, is naive and gullible enough to create chaos, but sweet and innocent enough so that you can’t really blame her, can you? Anyways, like most of Austen’s novels, there’s always a ball or two involved, with lush descriptions of ball gowns and dances that will make you wish you lived in the 18th century (well, until you realize that things back then really sucked for anyone who wasn’t a white, land-owning male.)

4. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison

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Each and every one of these books is as fun and lively as a proper party should be, but ignoring that there’s also plenty of actual gigs and concerts and dancing in the books–and in a couple of the books Georgia and her crew will actually teach you some moves. (HOOOORRRRRRNNNN)

5. Dollface by Renee Rosen

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Another novel set in the 1920s, Dollface is a indulgent historical novel that features lots of jazz, and lots of bourbon. Follow in the footsteps of Vera Abramowitz as she enjoys the new, exciting life that she’s wedged herself into. Exciting, and dangerous. Because both of the men hooked on her are mobsters. Rival ones, too, and with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre looming on the horizon, nobody is safe.

It’s raining in my city right now, and even though it’s mid-afternoon I’m feeling very lazy and lethargic, so I think the best plan of action will be to make myself some hot chocolate, sneak a cookie upstairs and get reading one of these. A good start to the new year? Heck, yeah!

What are your favorite ‘party’ books? What do you think of my choices? What are your New Year’s goals? Let me know in the comments!