It’s All in the Title

So, I’m totally not one to make excuses. (This is a lie. I make excuses all the time. I really, really do.)

But, I went two days sans Internet, and then the next two days with food poisoning, so at least this time I have a little bit of a legitimate reason for not posting anything in the last week. In any case, I’m here now, and with a game to boot! What you do is pick a book or series that you’ve read (any book!) and describe it in 200 words or less. That’s easy, right? Here’s the game part: in describing the book, you have to sneakily incorporate at least 10 other titles of books you’ve read into the review.

I don’t really know why this game seems so fun to me, but I think it’s because finding the books to incorporate is a little adventure in itself. Obviously titles such as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets aren’t ideal for hiding in a normal context, but some book titles are simply adjectives, and they work great! I tried to stick with titles that weren’t Level: Easy, but that could be incorporated in a way that made sense. I challenge you to challenge yourself and try this mini-game, too! ūüôā

Series to describe: The Lunar Chronicles

This series. Agh. It is, in many ways, a great and terrible beauty. Great because of the characters and the plot and the everything. Terrible because ugh–I have all the emotions! And I really want to read the third book, but I don’t have it in my possession. It feels like so long that I’ve been waiting to get Cress, but I won’t abandon¬†this series, even if waiting has been¬†a living nightmare.¬†After all, the first and second books were so good! I think Cinder was slightly better than Scarlet, but can we all just agree that Scarlet and Wolf have¬†perfect chemistry?¬†But halt right there. Let’s talk about Thorne. Seriously, I’m mad about the boy! He’s so arrogant, but oh so endearing. I could probably give at least thirteen reasons why he’s one of my favorite characters. I have a feeling he’ll feature prominently in Cress! Eep! Oh, well. For now, I’ll wait in dreamland, just waiting for the chance to unwind¬†with that coveted third book!¬†Ready or Not,¬†I’m coming for you,¬†Cress!

So that’s my paragraph! Try and find all ten book titles, or just highlight the paragraph below to see the titles in all-caps!

This paragraph:

This series. Agh. It is, in many ways,¬†A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY.¬†Great because of the characters and the plot and the everything. Terrible because ugh–I have all the emotions! And I really want to read the third book, but I don’t have it in my POSSESSION.¬†It feels like so long that I’ve been waiting to get Cress, but I won’t¬†ABANDON¬†this series, even if waiting has been¬†A LIVING NIGHTMARE.¬†After all, the first and second books were so good! I think Cinder was slightly better than Scarlet, but can we all just agree that Scarlet and Wolf have¬†PERFECT CHEMISTRY?¬†But halt right there. Let’s talk about Thorne. Seriously, I’m¬†MAD ABOUT THE BOY.¬†He’s so arrogant, but oh so endearing. I could probably give at least¬†THIRTEEN REASONS WHY¬†he’s one of my favorite characters. I have a feeling he’ll feature prominently in Cress! Eep! Oh, well. For now, I’ll wait in¬†DREAMLAND, just waiting for the chance to¬†UNWIND¬†with that coveted third book!¬†READY OR NOT,¬†I’m coming for you,¬†Cress!¬†

 

Now, pick your own book and write your own paragraphs! Then share them with me, because I would love to see them!

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Bookish Games (Pick a Letter, Any Letter!)

So I encountered this really fun meme on The Broke and the Bookish’s page, although I tweaked it a bit. Basically, you get a random letter from the alphabet, and using that letter you pick your favorite book, favorite movie, etc. While you can be assigned a letter, I just used a Random Number Generator to find a number between 1-26 and found the correlating letter that matched up with it. I ended up with the letter ‘F.’ At first, I thought that my answers weren’t going to match up well, but after a bit of scrutinization, I realized that F isn’t too bad at all.

Favorite Book Starting with F: 

Oooh. I had some trouble with this one. Namely, just picking one. The horror! But in the end, there could only be one. So, I went with:

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg 

I knew this was the right ‘F’ to pick, because just thinking about it makes me want to read it for the fifth time. There are quite a few children’s books on my favorite’s book shelf, and out of all of¬†them¬†this probably ends up in the Top 3. In this delightful book, Claudia is tired of her unfair and boring suburban life, so she recruits one of her younger brothers–Jamie–to run away with her. They end up camping in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where they eventually get involved in the mystery that surrounds a (possible) Michelangelo statue.

I love reading about how Claudia and Jamie manage to sustain themselves in the city. When I was younger, it represented the epitome of adventure, and I still sometimes imagine how my own run-away attempts would have compared to theirs’.

Book I Want to Read That Starts with the letter F: 

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. 

It’s a classic that I need to get my hands on. I’ve enjoyed most of the Gothic literature that I’ve tried, and so I really don’t have an excuse for putting this book off for so long! I guess a journey to Barnes and Nobles or Half Price Books is going to be necessary…never a bad thing, haha.

Favorite Author Starting with the Letter F: 

That would have to be F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby, is, of course, legendary. But I also enjoy his other works! I’m reading the Beautiful and the Damned right now, and I finished the Curious Case of Benjamin Button earlier this year. That said, he’s not my favorite author overall (in fact, I didn’t even think of him until I was searching a list of F named author), but I’ve only ever read books from a ¬†handful of authors that have names that start with F!

Favorite Song Starting with the Letter F: 

For Good from Wicked and Forever Halloween by the Maine

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Well, because I seem to have no discipline whatsoever in any way, I ended up picking two songs. “For Good” is one of the greatest songs (who am I kidding? They’re all great!) from one of my favorite musicals. This song has the power to turn me into an emotional wreck. If I listen to this on the wrong day, I¬†will¬†end up tearing up, especially when the harmonization gets especially intense. It’s just that powerful.

“Forever Halloween” is another favorite of mine, although I don’t know if it will have the staying power that “For Good” does (I tend to have a lot of “favorite” songs that quickly are replaced by other, even more favorite songs). I’m generally a pretty happy person, but whenever this song comes on I let all my sad emotions surface and just become a mini-wreck for approximately five minutes and twenty seconds. Once, I was walking home in the rain on a cloudy day and this song came on and I’m pretty sure if anybody had been watching me belt out the lyrics in that moment, they would have quickly walked away in the other direction. Who knows, maybe someone did. I would have been too busy revelling in teenage angst to have noticed.

And Finally (ha! Another F) Favorite Movie Starting with the Letter F: 

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off¬†

Bueller. Bueller. Bueller.

What are your favorite books, movies, and music that start with the Letter F? If you want your own letter, leave a comment and I’ll pass one on!¬†

 

 

 

Muses, Music, Muse, and More

So, if you’re anything like me, you love books, you love music, but you don’t love the two of them together. I much prefer reading in silence, or at least as silent as it can be in this world that we live in. I like putting all my concentrating on the book that I’m reading, and so music can be distracting. Music I’m content to listen to whenever I’m not reading, so it works out. But sometimes, I’m in that strange mood where I need to read, but I also need to listen to Spotify. So in honor of this feeling, I’ve compiled a list of songs that fit the general mood of each of the following five genres. This is less of an informative guide than a bookish game, so feel free to play along in the comments and list your own suggestions.

1. Dystopian 

  • Eyes on Fire – Zeds Dead RMX by the Blue Foundation
  • Uprising by Muse
  • Prelude 12/21 by AFI
  • Don’t Stop Dancing by Kaskade, EDX, and Haley
  • I Am Not a Robot by Marina and the Diamonds

Since I equate the future with electronic influences, anti-authoritarian themes, and just general music that you would listen to while walking down a dark street at night while angry, I picked out these songs. Well…all but the last. I Am Not a Robot I included solely because of the name. Robots! The Future! Yeah!

2. Humor 

  • Just the Two of Us – Dr. Evil Mix by Dr. Evil
  • Goofy Goober Rock by Spongebob SquarePants
  • YOLO by the Lonely Island
  • Nice Guys by Chester See, Kevjumba, and Ryan Higa
  • Bananaphone by Raffi

These songs will either enhance your comedy reading experience, or drive you crazy (especially the last song). In any case, they’re all either funny, silly, or so annoying that it’s actually a good song.

3. YA Contemporary 

  • Human by Jon McLaughlin
  • Maybe by Sick Puppies
  • This Ain’t Goodbye by Train
  • The Mixed Tape by Jack’s Mannequin
  • Stacy’s Mom by Fountains of Wayne

I feel these songs encompass a few of the themes that YA Contemporary books explore. How people change over time, for good or for bad, first loves and the way they end (or don’t). How, in the end, we’re all just human. (Really. You know, since YA Contemporary isn’t about werewolves and warlocks and death deities. Hehe.) I had to include The Mixed Tape because Mixed Tapes were such an iconic part of the teenage life, back a few years ago (and I’m looking right at you Eleanor and Park, as I include this song). And finally, I included Stacy’s Mom because it was the song of my teenage years, and it just captures that fun essence that a lot of YA Contemporary books include (except for the ones who don’t have any fun, and just proceed to break your heart, time and time again.)

4. Paranormal

  • Bring Me to Life by Evanescence
  • Dark Doo Wop by MS MR
  • Bloodstream by Stateless
  • In Fear and Faith by Circa Survive
  • Demons by Imagine Dragons

Vampires, Zombies, Immortals, oh my! The paranormal category features all kinds of different creatures, and more often than not an angsty love pairing. Some of these songs have great titles that match up to certain creatures (Bring Me to Life = Zombies, Demons = Duh). But Bring Me to Life also has that creepy, supernatural feel to it. In Fear and Faith brings that much needed angst to this category, and Dark Doo Wop is a haunting song that would pair perfectly with a number of paranormal books. I was biased to Bloodstream because I heard it on the Vampire Diaries soundtrack, and it’s title is perfect for all those Vampires out there, but the general feel of it is also very paranormal. Give it a try. You’ll be hooked.

For the fifth genre, I’m switching it up a little. (I know, I’m such a liar). Instead of picking a genre to coordinate with songs, I’m picking a single book. I’m just going to wonder over to my ‘favorites’ ¬†shelf and pick a book at random.

5. Wuthering Heights by Emily¬†Bront√ę

  • I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie
  • Oblivion by Bastille
  • Slow Dancing in a Burning Room by John Mayer
  • Look What You’ve Done by Jet
  • Dark Paradise by Lana Del Rey

I think all these songs exactly describe the relationship between Catherine and Heathcliff, or the way their relationship affects others. Slow Dancing in a Burning Room is basically what they¬†do.¬†Even when everything is crashing down around them, they cling onto each other, shutting out the outside world. Catherine is inherently selfish, and Look What You’ve Done is dedicated to her. Why, Catherine? Why didn’t you just marry Heathcliff and contain all of these events?! The other songs are mainly from Heathcliff’s point of view, as he is haunted by the need to join Catherine. To end, let me quote Dark Paradise. For all of those who have read Wuthering Heights, it’s pretty accurate, right?

“Loving you forever, can’t be wrong. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†

¬†Even though you’re not here, won’t move on.”¬†

and

“Your soul is haunting me, and telling me

That everything is fine, but I wish I was dead.

Every time I close my eyes

It’s like a dark paradise

No one compares to you, I’m scared that you

Won’t be waiting on the other side.”¬†

So, thanks for reading. What are some songs that you would match up to certain genres or books? Let me know in the comments below! Also, as an important side note, thank you guys so much! I recently hit 100 followers, and I’m both so honored and so humbled by everyone who has taken the time to follow and comment on my blog posts. Thank you, all. If there was a way to send out virtual cookies to you, then I would take that opportunity. But since I cannot, I offer my gratitude instead. Thanks, again!¬†

Books Summed Up in One Quote

Okay, so the title today is kind of lame. Er, really lame. But I just got out of the car after driving 500 miles cross-country, so my creative centers are all nodding admiringly like ‘Books Summed Up in One Quote–fantastic. Really fantastic. Yeah. Can we go to sleep now?’ Anyways, I really couldn’t think of anything else to title this post, because it’s literally what I’m doing today. Instead of a review or a list or my thoughts or something of that sort, I decided to do a game. I’ve just been thinking a lot about how often a single quote has the power to capture the entire essence of a book or even a series, and decided it’d be an interesting challenge to choose five books and try to find a quote from inside the book that covered the main gist of it. Some quotes I managed to find on the first page, others I had to comb through to the very end. Either way, it was actually pretty fun. I’ll share the books and quotes that I found, and if you want, feel free to do the same in the comments!

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket 

A Series of Unfortunate Events

“If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better of reading some other book.”

The first line of the first book pretty much sums up the entire series. Literally nothing but bad, horrible things happen to the three protagonists. They are stalked, abused, and abandoned. Perpetually. Like, in every single book. It’s fun to read this series because no matter what is happening in your life, there is a 99.7768 chance that the Baudelaires have it worse off.

The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer  

“This being civil business was more difficult than one would think.”

I found this quote in the second book of the series, the Arctic Incident. For a while, I thought of choosing “D’Arvit” as my quote, but I thought that this quote made more sense in terms of Artemis’s character growth throughout the series. ¬†Because if you look at the first book and compare it to the last, there is so much of it. The Artemis from the first book–the one who is so selfish and arrogant and willing to risk the lives of those closest to him–dissolves into one who has matured, and who actually respects (some select) people. He is still a genius mastermind, and he is still intellectually above almost everybody, but at least he learns to genuinely like and respect¬†such people (or elves) that he previously would have thought himself so above. Still, this better side of him doesn’t always come easy. It’s a long journey before the old Arty comes and goes.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige 

Dorothy Must Die

“‘Magic,’ I said under my breath, without even really meaning to.”

I chose this quote because it’s how most of the major plot points advance. Amy doesn’t know magic, but somehow she creates it, and sometimes she doesn’t, and nobody (including the audience) really knows¬†why. When I think of this book I think of that meme where that guy holds up his fingers and says, eyes gaping, “magic!”

Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich

“Your car is a mess,” Lula said. “I don’t know what it is with you and cars.”

For all those Stephanie fans out there, you’ll definitely understand why this is such an all-encompassing quote. This quote came from Eleven on Top, so it’s significantly far enough into the series that Stephanie’s issues with cars have been firmly established. This girl cannot go a novel without blowing up a car, usually hers. I think it’s safe to say it’s about time for Stephanie to start using public transit.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Princess Diaries

“Sometimes it seems like all I ever do is lie.”

Yes, yes you do Mia. You hide your real identity, and you are too shy to voice your opinion, and this causes the momentum for much of the book to happen. So…good job, I guess. Because a world without Mia lying would be a world without the Princess Diaries and in the words of Isaac from the Fault in Our Stars, I do not want to see a world without Mia Thermopolis.

Okay, fine. Maybe Isaac didn’t say Mia. But I can only imagine he would agree.


 

 

So…

Thanks for reading! I hope you liked it. My challenge to you is much the same, although mini-sized. Pick a book from your shelves (at random for an extra kick) and find a quote that captures as much of the book as a quote can. Share it in the comments. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!