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! 

The GIF Tag

This post is brought to you by the letter P for Procrastination. It’s Final Paper Week at my university, wherein four essays are due within a time span of a week, so needless to say, I should not be on the internet right now. Buuuuuuuut, if I wasn’t blogging, I’d be playing Tetris or refreshing Facebook or just staring blankly at my Word Document, so at least now I’m doing something productive, kind of. It’s time for the GIF Tag! The lovely A Kernel of Nonsense tagged me for this, and for that she gets the Awesome Person of the Moment award.

This tag was a lot of fun, and a great way to read up on some books I didn’t know about, yet! The tag is this: someone gives you a list of ten books, to which you have to find a GIF that accurately portrays you reaction to said book. Very simple, in theory. Quite hard in reality. Especially when you’re looking for a crying gif, and can’t decide with Pam from the Office, or Pikachu from Pokemon. The choices! Gah! But, if I can learn to do it, you can learn to do it, pull yourself together, and you’ll pull through ittttt–oh. Sorry. I’ve been watching too many animated musicals, lately.

Anyways. Let’s begin, shall we?

1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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I just don’t know about this one. On one hand, everybody seems to like it. On the other hand, the summary didn’t really interest me. So, meh. I’m thinking about it. If it really is so amazing ohslkdfjsdk can’t even then let me know, and I’ll give it a try.

2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I tried to keep it together. I almost did. I got to those last couple of chapters before the end of the book, and I only lost two tears. And then I finished the book. I closed the cover. And that’s when the sobbing came. I think that was one of the only times were I started crying after the last page; it honestly surprised me.

3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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You can’t die. I like you too much!

4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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I haven’t read it yet, but the description of the book sounds super cool, and now it’s on my Want List.

5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Believe me, if I had any remaining book funds, I’d be at the bookstore in exactly three, two, now.

6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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“Wait…you haven’t read the Catcher in the Rye? WHAT?” 

I’m sorry! I just haven’t. Maybe some day.

7. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

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I haven’t read this book, nor have I watched Dexter. But the plot immediately made me think of the television show…or, rather, what I’ve heard of it. I’m sure they are either only slightly similar or maybe not at all, but other than that I didn’t really have any GIF-like thoughts.

8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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This book always brings about heightened emotions. Like, all the shit that goes down I take personally. And I get indignant, furious, miserable, and all those other emotions and it’s all because I love the book.

9. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

 

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Finally! A book even Gaston would approve of.

10. A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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No! No! Wait up–guys, wait for meeeeee. I still haven’t started the Throne of Glass series! *heavy breathing as I fall behind on all the cool new books.*

So, there you go! My choices for the GIF tag. It was pretty fun tracking down all the different GIFs, and I think I might be sneaking more GIFs into blogging, so watch out and stop me if the mania begins to overwhelm me, haha.

I’m not tagging anyone in particular for this tag, but I am extending the offer to participate to anyone reading this! So, if you thought this looks like a fun thing to do, then play along. Your books are:

1. Wuthering Heights

2. Geek Girl

3. The Rosie Project

4. Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

5. Gone Girl

6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

7. Looking for Alaska

8. The Vampire Diaries series

9. Artemis Fowl series

10. The Princess Diaries

Winter Wishes (To Be Read List)

My Winter To Be Read List 🙂

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Whoah. Dude, it feels like just last week that I was creating my Fall TBR list, and now it’s already time for the winter one? That’s crazy! But with December right around the weekend, I have to face the fact that fall has slipped through my fingers. My favorite season! Gone! Luckily winter is my second favorite season, but I still feel the need to point out that this isn’t a race, time. You can sit back and chill occasionally, you know?

Anyways, before creating my new TBR list, I went back and counted how many of my fall books I actually managed to get my hands on. And I did not do so well. Like, I did not read many of them at all. At all. I’m so disappointed that I won’t even tell you how many I read. *singing softly: one is the loneliest number…* Although, if I’m being honest, most of the times my TBR list fades away into random book choosing, unless I have reason to reaaaaally buy the book (example: I’ve read and loved other books from the author, the plot has me shivering with anticipation). That said, I’m not sure why I bother creating TBR lists since I never follow them…but I do like making them! And maybe this winter will be different. With that said: My Winter Wishes.

*Oh, by the way. I say Winter Wishes because I want to read them this winter. But most of these books are not new, because I’m behind with the times, guys. If you have your eye on any books that are actually coming out this winter, tell me about them! Please.

1. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Ugh. Don’t judge me. I know. I know. Everyone and their grandma’s incredibly smart Yorkshire Terrier have read this book by now. And if you asked me why I haven’t, then I’d reply like this: because blksdl;gkfsldg. Gah, I mean, I love the Mortal Instruments series. Or, at least, I really liked the books while I was reading them. But it’s been such a long time since I’ve read them that too many details have slipped out of my mind, and so before I read the final installment I need to read all of them again. And I just keep putting it off, and off, and off, and NO MORE. It stops this winter! There is no book series that cannot be conquered via a freezing, drizzly weekend stuck at home with nothing but hot chocolate and blankets. That is my motto, and I’m sticking to it.

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This book seems like it would be a gorgeous read. Like, I can already tell that the prose will be meaningful and beautiful and thoughtful. Well, technically I really don’t know what it will be like, but every time I walk by this book in a store, I think to myself I bet that book is really good and then I just keep walking and I never, ever even pick it up. So, hopefully that changes this winter.

3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Because I read American Gods over the summer, and it was superb. Just excellent. It’s now on my favorite’s shelf, and I’m in that state of mind right now where I wish I wasn’t thousands of miles from home right now, because I miss my bookshelves. (You know, along with my family and friends…you’re important too, guys!) I’ve had the intense craving to read American Gods, the Book Thief, and the complete Harry Potter series over the past week, but I don’t have a library card in England yet, and I refuse to buy the books again knowing that they’re all waiting for me at home, and so I’m just slowly withering away. Luckily, I do happen to have a copy of Stardust with me over here, so since I can’t read American Gods, I might as well read a different work of Gaiman’s.

4. A House Without Mirrors by Marten Sanden

I came across this book while idly browsing through the up-and-comings on Barnes and Noble’s online website, and it was the only one out of a dozen or so that got me thinking I wish this was out right now. Here’s a quote from the summary: “But one day, her youngest cousin makes a discovery: a wardrobe, filled with all the mirrors missing from the big house. And through the mirrors, a different world – one in which you can find not what you most wish for, but perhaps what you most need.” I don’t know what it is, exactly, that’s got me so anxious to read this book. It’s just a feeling. In any case, it goes on sale December 9th, so hopefully soon I’ll be able to see if it really is as great as I think it will be.

5. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

I already know all the spoilers for this book, and that does not stop me from wanting to read it. In fact, it’s probably the reason why I want to read it. Because if it weren’t for the twist ending than I probably wouldn’t have been compelled to read it in the first place. But now. Oh, now…now I want to see how the author sets this thing up like she does. Plus, the rave reviews don’t hurt. I’d tell you more about the book, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so you’ll have just to read it right alongside with me.

So, those are the books that I’m in the mood for right now. What are your winter wishes? Tell me about them in the comments below!

 

 

NaNoWriMo 2014

Happy, happy, happppyyyy National Novel Writing Month. In all the cool kids circles, it’s known as, of course, NaNoWriMo.

Unfortunately, in my case this year, it’s more like Na-No Write-Mo. Well, I am writing, actually. But my goal is definitely not 50,000 words in a one month time frame, and it’s the first time in three years that I’m not participating. Boo. I made my mind up that I wasn’t going to take the challenge a few days before November. I was seriously debating about it when I looked into the coming months and saw term papers, sports club, debate, theatre, the university newspaper, a family visit, and procrastinating on the internet all coming, and coming too fast, and wow, wait, you’re sure I have that much going on and ohMYGOSH I’M EVEN THINKING ABOUT ADDING 50,000 WORDS ONTO ALL OF THIS? AM I INSANE? So yeah, excuses excuses (you know me!) but I decided that I didn’t want to go completely insane just in time for Christmas, and declined to do NaNo this year.

And although I can’t say I exactly regret my decision, I can say that I do miss all the NaNo-ey things that would be peppering this month, if I had accepted. Late night writing sessions with soda and popcorn and candy. Fun writing sprints where the Word document stays up for at least an hour, no exceptions, no distractions. The sense of being a part of a community of awesome, fun loving, dedicated writers. Plus, I miss the challenge bit of it. I miss competing with myself. Miss that initial thrill as I watch the word count surge upwards. Miss the slum that comes in the middle, solely for the rush that comes from powering through the slum, and making it to the 50k…sometimes on the very last day possible. I just miss it, guys. And I know I’m rambling on and on, so I’ll stop with this train of thought here.

I will tell you one thing that NaNoWriMo has done for me, though. It’s made this month into a freaking time paradox. How is it already more than half-way through the month? How, I ask you. I seriously thought it was still sometime in the first week of the month before I looked down at my laptop’s dashboard and realized for the umpteenth time–Erin, you have a messed-up sense of time. Somehow, NaNoWriMo always slowed the month of November down for me. All that writing put a strain on me, and under the burden of so many words it seemed that each day merely crawled by. Not in a bad way, because the days were enjoyable. But yes, definitely slower. Now, though? December might just be tomorrow.

Okay, I’m going to have to refocus myself here, because I just remembered that this was not supposed to be a post talking about what I miss about NaNoWriMo or blah blah blah. It was just supposed to be a shout-out to anyone reading my blog who is doing NaNoWriMo. I wanted to say: Congratulations! You’re half-way through the month. (Don’t Panic.) That means only a couple of more weeks until you’re finished! Until you’re part of that well-deserved winner’s circle. Because I truly believe that you can do it. I don’t care how far you are right now. You have two weeks, and that’s enough to either keep the momentum going, or add 49,000 words to that 1k you dabbled around with. I trust you. You’re awesome. Keep being awesome. That is all. And if you do end up not making the mark? Well, I still trust you! You’ll get there next year! Or, you’ll end up like me, talking about NaNoWriMo next year, and really, really wishing that you had the guts to stop making excuses and just do it.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? If so–no time for comments, get back to writing folks! (Just kidding. Leave me comments, and then go back to your writing. You know I love them. :D) 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their Own Book

Ooooh, now this is a fun one.

It’s Top Ten Tuesday today, a meme hosted by those wonderful folks over at the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme seems particularly awesome to me–the top ten characters you wish would get their own story. Because, let’s be honest. We’ve all yearned for more backstory on a minor character before, all needed more insight into their actions, motivations, and thoughts. Because I don’t have much time tonight, I shortened it down to my Top Five picks.

5. Commander Julius Root (Artemis Fowl series)

Come on, we all know that he’s had to have some crazy adventures in his past. He was one of my favorite characters in the series, and I just know that he has had enough experiences to fill at least two or three books of his own.

4. Luxa (Gregor the Overlander)

Could you imagine if the first book was told through the eyes of Luxa? The torn and confused agony she would have felt when Henry died, the spectrum of her feelings slowly shifting for Gregor as time goes by…angsty perfection.

3.  Rudy (The Book Thief)

Because he is so interesting to me, and because there are great stories lurking in his mind.

2. Rosie (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series)

Rosie has always been one of my fav members of the Ace Gang. She is the looniest, funniest, and coolest of the lot, and I imagine her thoughts would be just as entertaining as Georgia’s. Plus, I would get to see more of her and Sven.

1. Luna Lovegood

Luna is such an interesting, intriguing character that I know she wasn’t just sitting around twiddling her thumbs for the three years at Hogwarts that we don’t get to see her. No! She was off having her own adventures, finding out her own secrets, and creating some exceptionally memorable stories. If only we could see them…

So those are my top five characters that I want to have their own book! Let me know your picks in the comment section below!

 

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! 🙂

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 NOTI’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!