katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
I went to a great "YA Literature Today" panel at Awesome Con on Friday.

Description: The Young Adult(YA) genre of literature is always evolving, and today, it’s home to some of the most exciting, trope-defying, and diverse storytelling there is. Learn more about writing and reading for young adults(and the young at heart) as we discuss current trends, writing tips, and more.
Moderator: Lindsay Smith
Panelists: E. K. Johnston, Jessica Spotswood, Robin Talley, Carrie Ann DiRisio, E. C. Myers.



I own several of their books already and want to read all the others now. I took some notes during the panel, but I wanted to start off with recs. The panelists went down the row and gave book recommendations. I tried to keep a list of them all, but surely I forgot a few. So it's not comprehensive!

To read:
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
As I Descended by Robin Talley
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller
The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember
Timekeeper and Chainbreaker by Tara Sim
Want by Cindy Pon
Labrynth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

I must also restate that I can't wait to read every book by every one of the panelists, even the ones they said they were currently working on that wouldn't be ready for a while! They did a wonderful job of selling us on their books.

To investigate:
Serial Box https://www.serialbox.com/
Schoolbooks & Sorcery YA Anthology Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/198473311/schoolbooks-and-sorcery-ya-anthology?ref=project_tweet

My notes:
YA today involves
-Really interesting characters with really interesting problems
-You can work in any/all genres within YA
-More intersectional feminism

What is it that attracts you to writing YA?
-Feelings of newness & freedom when writing YA
-Teenagers are engaged and fearless now
-Themes of exploring yourself, how you see yourself, how you fit into the world
-We can all relate to being a teen because we were one. But even when we're older and roles change, we still wonder "who are we?" and YA taps into that

E.K. Johnston: "I write what I like and people seem to respond to it well."

What can we do to include more marginalized groups' representation?
-Question the defaults/automatic reaction when you start a story and then work to change those defaults (i.e. if you start with a white cis male het character as a default, step back and wonder why you did that and if he needs to be that or if it could work differently)
-Regarding awesome books from creators out there: read the books, buy the books, review and recommend the books
-Listen & learn so you write good representations. Sensitivity reading--PAY someone who is identifying that way to make sure it's okay
-Make sure publishers know there's a market. Tell your library if you see a good display they've done as well

E.K. Johnston on diversity in YA books vs. YA film adaptations: "We're trying and Hollywood is not trying as hard."

Advice to someone writing high school story and worrying about it being too dated:
-Don't include a lot of pop culture specifics
-Technology changes quickly; it's hard to not date your stories with it
-Watch the the CW shows for well-functioning "fictional schools"

Book Survey

Jan. 2nd, 2017 09:34 pm
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)

2016 Reading Stats


  • Number Of Books You Read: 105

  • Number of Re-Reads: 2

  • Genre You Read The Most From: Tie between Picture Books (30) and Graphic Novels (30)



Best in Books 2016:


  1. Best Book You Read In 2016?
    Marilyn's Monster by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Matt Phelan. I know it's an odd choice for an adult to choose a picture book, but it was hard to choose in the first place and this one just spoke to me.

  2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
    The Three Women of Kintail by Mildred M. McBride. I love Scottish historical fiction, and this was set in my favorite Scottish village! I mean, check out my username! But I had such a hard time following the story with all its jumps. After finishing it, I'm not even sure who the three women were (there were more than a handful of women in the story who took leading roles at one time or another).

  3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2016?There are a few that really surprised me:
    1. Puzzle Island by Paul Adshead (a book I started when I was 11 and never finished. So amazed to finally figure out the answer!)
    2. We Found a Hat by John Klassen (the other two books in this series ended pretty much with a character being eaten, which is kind of shocking in a picture book, so I was prepared when reading this one. But nothing of the sort happened. Surprise!)
    3. Finders Keepers by Stephen King (I expected this series of his to be strictly mystery, no supernatural elements. And, yet, some supernatural elements showed up when I wasn't at all expecting them)

  4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2016?
    Shark vs Train by Chris Barton. I bought it for a coworker's baby shower. But I also took a copy out of the library and forced it into the hands of at least 3 of my other coworkers, explaining that it's the best book ever and insisting they read it on the spot (they did). And I recommended it a new mommy at my Writers' Roundtable group as well.

  5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?
    • Started: The Diviners series by Libba Bray (LOVED them!)
    • Ended: Ultimate Spider-man graphic novels by Brian Michael Bendis and others (there were over 30 of them, and it was a great run)

  6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
    Sarah Vowell. I've only read the one from her so far, but I loved her voice and storytelling style, which was so engaging and personal, which is rare in a historical biography! My friends are raving about her other books, and I watched her talk at the National Book Festival this year. So I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.

  7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
    George Washington's Secret Six: the Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. I don't read a lot of nonfiction historical books, and even fewer nonfiction historical military books. It's just not my thing (or so I thought). But Hamilton made me fall in love with learning about the American Revolution, and this was an amazing book on the subject.

  8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
    ROOM by Emma Donoghue. I was on the edge of my seat (figuratively; I was driving) the whole time while reading it. I even screamed out loud a few times. Definitely sucked me in and made me want to jump in the car to run unnecessary errands just so that I could listen to more of the story.

  9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
    Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell. I loved it, but there are some parts I'd like to reread and make notes on because they set off my fanfiction writing bells and I have no idea what they were now because I didn't write down the bits the first time around.

  10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?
    Hard to choose, but The Night Gardener by Terry Fan and Eric Fan is just gorgeous:


  11. Most memorable character of 2016?
    J.Lo the Boov (alien) in The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex was hilarious and adorable. I will not be forgetting him any time soon (especially if a read one of the other books in the series.

  12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
    Beloved by Toni Morrison, especially with Toni Morrison reading the audio, it was like a thick blanket of gorgeous words just wrapping around me.

  13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?
    There was a tie:
    • March: Book 1 by John Lewis. I can't wait to read the other two books, but this one was informative and powerful and personal. Seeing first-hand the experiences of someone who helped lead the Civil Rights struggle and worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and has seen so much of the world change made for a great read.
    • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate was equally powerful for me. Told from the perspective of a gorilla in a zoo in a mall, it's an accessible commentary on animal treatment and humanity.

  14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
    Beloved by Toni Morrison. I feel like it's one of those that everyone has to read in school, but it never came up in my classes. I'm so glad I read it finally!

  15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?
    I don't keep track of quotes (see above my need to re-read Lafayette in the Somewhat United States again). So I chose a book on my list and looked at the quotes on Goodreads. Here's a good one: "You could find beauty nearly anywhere if you stopped to look for it, but the battle to get through the days made it easy to forget that this totally cost-free luxury existed." from Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)

  16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?
    • Shortest: Puckster Plays the Hockey Mascots and Puzzle Island (24 pages)
    • Longest: Under the Dome by Stephen King (1,074 pages)

  17. Book That Shocked You The Most
    I was going to say Beloved again, but actually I think the honor goes to Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig by Deborah Hopkinson. I associate Beatrix Potter with adorable, quirk little animal characters. And in this story, she borrows a guinea pig from a neighbor to draw it and then neglects it so that it dies! I was NOT prepared for that, even from the title!

  18. Favorite Romantic Relationship of the Year
    Wow. I didn't read a lot of books with romances in them. I'm tempted to say Evie/Sam from Lair of Dreams even if it was a fake engagement for publicity, because Sam was totally into it and kind of adorable because of that.

  19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
    A tie:
    • Hannah (young girl who's scared of dogs) and Sugar (a friend's dog) in Hannah and Sugar by Kate Berube. Sugar goes missing and it's Hannah who finds the dog and understands dogs aren't scary after all.
    • Simon's Cat & Simon's Kitten. I recently acquired a little kitten who is causing chaos in my home for my 4-year-old cat. So I could totally relate. And if these two learned how to get along, it gives me hope for mine!

  20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
    Hawkeye Volume 2 by Matt Fraction & others was an amazing collection concluding the series. It was great to see Clint being Clint, even if he's deaf and his brother's in a wheelchair and Kate left.

  21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
    Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns is a book that is haunting my friend to the extent that my friends and I buy up every copy we can find to give to her in creative ways. I've had about 50 copies of the book pass through my hands, but it wasn't until this year that I actually read the book. It was good. Sort of a YA book before YA was a genre.

  22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?
    I completely fell in love with Henry DuBois in The Diviners series (even though I have the wrong parts and wouldn't stand a chance with him, I still adore him).

  23. Best 2016 debut you read?
    I'm not sure I read anything published in 2016 from a first-time author. So, this is a debut that I read in 2016, but it wasn't published in 2016. Close as I can come! Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman was well written for a first book (memoir). I still like the show better, but I definitely enjoyed seeing what really happened.

  24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
    The 13 Clocks by James Thurber has a fantastic kingdom where clocks are frozen, mountains are high, and Goluxes impart advice. Kind of hard to beat that! Not just any book has a Golux, you know.

  25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
    Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham was hilarious! Moose wants so badly to be part of the alphabet book and can't wait for the letter M to come up.

  26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?
    First off, I cry at just about everything. I know I cried during The One and Only Ivan. I am certain I cried during Code Name Verity. Also Room, Beloved, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, The Invisible Boy. Oh, and Hark! A Vagrant made me cry from laughing so hard more than once.

  27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
    84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. These letters between reader and bookstore clerk were such a delightful, charming read!

  28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was such a disappointment. After a great midnight release party and so much anticipation I get that?! There were some moments that were all right, but overall it killed a lot of hopes and headcanon.

  29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?
    How can I choose three books as "most unique?" Don't know, but I am:
    • The Land of Lines by Victor Hussenot is a juvie graphic novel with no words, just geometric shapes, lines, and a limited amount of colors.
    • Groot by Jeff Loveness is a graphic novel about the character from Marvel. Goot can only speak three words "I am Groot!" and, yet, the book manages to take him on a crazy, detailed adventure anyway.
    • The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz is a continuation of the Millennium series, but written by a different author (after Stieg Larsson's death, there was a lot of legal debate about the series, and this book was the final result). It was interesting seeing a professional writer's take on another writer's characters.

  30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
    Dear Santa Claws should have been a cute series of letters from cats to Santa Claus. I anticipated a fun, light read. And while some of the letters were cute, there were a ton (even some back-to-back) where cats ask Santa to dispose of dogs or to find them a forever home with people kind to them. I found myself getting angry at the book and the world as well.


Looking Ahead to 2017


  1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?
    Hamilton: The Revolution. I've read the bulk of this already, but I started listening to the final part, where Lin-Manuel reads his notes about the script of the musical, and I stopped because I was listening in the car, without the script in front of me. I own a copy of the book, so I'd like to sit down soon and put on the audio and read along with the script, his handwritten pages, etc. as he reads the notes about various lines. Footnotes are great, but if you don't know what the footnotes refer to, it's a little meaningless!

  2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?
    The next Robert Galbraith book. I love Cormoron and Robin so much and can't wait for their next adventure from JKR!

  3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
    I don't really know of any authors writing for the first time who have a book out. Maybe Diane Zinna, my coworker, whose book was picked up by Penguin last year and then dropped because her editor went to another publishing house? I desperately want to read her book (it sounds fantastic), and I hope it gets picked up and published in 2017! Does that count?

  4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?
    Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare. Okay, this is a bit of cheat as the book was released in November of 2016, but it's not available on audio at my library, so to me it doesn't really exist yet. LOL

  5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?
    Finish all of the library books I have checked out and return to the library to get rid of the guilt! There are some books I've had out, unread, for a year now! No one has holds on them, so I keep renewing them. But I really need to just get them read!


Here's my Goodreads 2016 in Books: https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2016/50693647
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
For some reason, I can't seem to log into my Listography account. So I'm going to post this here to keep track of. Here are my Stephen King books & movies read. No doubt I'm missing things here and there, but I'll add them in as I read/watch/come across them.

  • 11/22/63

  • 1408- movie

  • The Aftermath

  • Bag of Bones- book

  • Bag of Bones- movie

  • Black House

  • Blockade Billy and Morality

  • Blood and Smoke- audiobook

  • Carrie- book

  • Carrie- movie

  • Carrie 2: The Rage- movie

  • Cell- book

  • Christine

  • The Colorado Kid

  • Cujo

  • Cycle of the Werewolf

  • The Dark Half

  • The Dead Zone- book

  • The Dead Zone- movie

  • Desperation

  • The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer- book

  • The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer- movie

  • Different Seasons

  • Doctor Sleep

  • Dolores Claiborne- book

  • Dolores Claiborne- movie

  • Dreamcatcher- book

  • Dreamcatcher- movie

  • Duma Key

  • Everthing's Eventual

  • The Eyes of the Dragon

  • Finders Keepers

  • Firestarter- book

  • Firestarter- movie

  • From a Buick 8

  • Four Past Midnight

  • Gerald's Game

  • The Gingerbread Girl

  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

  • The Green Mile- book

  • The Green Mile- movie

  • Hearts in Atlantis

  • The House on Value Street

  • Insomnia

  • It- book

  • It- movie/miniseries

  • Joyland

  • Just After Sunset

  • The Langoliers- movie

  • Lisey's Story

  • Mile 81

  • Misery- book

  • Misery- movie

  • Mr. Mercedes

  • Needful Things

  • Night Flier- movie

  • Night Shift

  • Nightmares & Dreamscapes- book

  • Nightmares & Dreamscapes- miniseries

  • On writing

  • Pet Sematary

  • The Plant

  • Revival

  • Rose Madder

  • Rose Red- movie/miniseries

  • ’Salem's Lot- book

  • ’Salem's Lot- movie

  • The Shawshank Redemption- movie

  • The Shining- book

  • The Shining- movie

  • The Shining- miniseries

  • Skeleton Crew

  • Stand by Me- movie

  • The Stand- book

  • The Stand- movie

  • Stationary Bike

  • Storm of the Century- movie

  • Sword in the Darkness

  • The Talisman

  • The Tommyknockers

  • The Dark Tower

  • The Drawing of the Three

  • The Gunslinger

  • Song of Susannah

  • Under the Dome

  • The Waste Lands

  • Wizard and Glass

  • Wolves of the Calla

  • The Bachman Books:
    • Blaze

    • The Long Walk

    • Rage

    • The Regulators

    • Roadwork

    • The Running Man

    • Thinner

Book Survey

Jan. 5th, 2015 10:01 pm
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
This is a survey that's been going around online. I filled it out for a swap-bot swap.

2014 Reading Stats

  • Number Of Books You Read: 139

  • Number of Re-Reads: 6 (included as part of the above number)

  • Genre You Read The Most From: Picture Books! Ha! 21 of those read, followed by Juvie Fiction at 18 and then Young Adult Fiction at 17.


Best in Books 2014

  1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
    11/22/63 by Stephen King was definitely the best I read. It was so compelling that it started to feel real to me. It’s got time travel, great characters, moral dilemmas, action, drama, and even some romance. It’s one of the best Stephen King books I’ve read, and I am so glad I made a point to read it this year.

  2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz should have been perfect for me. It’s YA and has LGBT content. One of my good friends, a librarian at one of the libraries in which I volunteer, recommended it. So I really wanted to love it and was looking forward to reading it. Only it just didn’t grab me. I couldn’t get into the characters heads, so it felt flat to me. Therefore, disappointing.
    Actually, there were a few other books that were disappointing this year, including Boston Boys Club, which I had been looking forward to reading but didn’t even finish because it wasn’t very good.

  3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
    The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling). I didn’t really love The Casual Vacancy and I don’t read a lot of mysteries. But it was incredible how quickly I fell in love with the characters and Strike’s “world” in this book. I even wrote a fanfic about it right after reading the book. It restored my faith in JKR’s writing abilities. It was also surprising to read plot-wise. I never saw the big reveal coming. At one time or another, I pretty much suspected everyone, so the ending definitely came as a surprise—and a good, clever one!

  4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
    Probably, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon; I got two people to read that. I think two people read 11/22/63 thanks to me pushing it on them as well. But there are a dozen or so books I got at least one person to read. A lot of time at BookCrossing meetups, we’ll bring books we’re finished with to give/exchange with each other, so many times we will lightly endorse books we particularly enjoyed. I also hosted a book recommending meetup for my Harry Potter group and gave a bunch of recommendations to people.

  5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
    Series I started: Hawkeye, Volume 1 by Matt Fraction
    Sequel I read: The Avengers, Volume 2 by Brian Michael Bendis
    Part of a series I read: The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
    Series I finished: Either the Divergent series by Veronica Roth or the Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice series by Jude Watson

  6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
    Matt Fraction. His Hawkeye is AMAZING!!! I love his realistic dialogue and compelling stories. Maybe also Wendy Mass? I really loved her 13 Gifts book and look forward to tracking down the others in the series that come before and after. And I read my first Terry Pratchett this year, so I think I will definitely have to try some of his discworld novels in the future.

  7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
    Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children’s Tales by Marta McDowell. I don’t read a lot of memoirs and even fewer biographies, but this one was amazing. It was part biography and part garden tour. Having been to Hill Top, this book was even more meaningful to me, especially as it was filled with Beatrix Potter’s illustrations and photos.

  8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
    11/22/63 handily wins this award as well. It was one of those books I had to keep finding reasons to get into the car for, so that I could listen to it as I drove around. I felt addicted to it while reading.

  9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
    The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling. I read bits of many of the Harry Potter books every year when organizing meetup events or when I need to look something up for a fanfic. I don’t reread a lot of books, but if I’m sure I’ll pick this one up throughout the next year.

  10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
    A Circle of Cats by Charles De Lint & Charles Vess. I have met Charles Vess, the illustrator, several times before and have heard him discuss/analyze his art, so that makes the art more meaningful to me. I love the collection of cats gathered around the old tree and the yellow from the sun warming them with hope and something more.

  11. Most memorable character of 2014?
    I will not soon forget O (Orchiee Fairchild), exorcist, pogo stick rider, sex fiend from Exorcisms and Pogo Sticks Volume 1 & Volume 2 by Stephen Doerr. I liked Volume 1 the best, story-wise and character-wise. But O is really pretty darn memorable! LOL

  12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
    A Separate Peace by John Knowles. This was a reread. I remembered the characters I loved and the story that I found to be powerful. But I hadn’t remembered how beautiful the wording of that book was. There’s some gorgeous word choice, amazing descriptions, and beautiful wording.

  13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
    Accepting Me by Jo Ramsey helped me to see a new side of myself in a fictional character. It definitely gave me a lot to think about personally. I also found Mandela: An Illustrated Autobiography by Nelson Mandela quite enlightening and thought-provoking. I learned a whole lot I didn’t know about Nelson Mandela and the struggles he went through.

  14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
    Good Omens! How did it take me this long to read it??? I’ve had a copy of this book for years and years and have had so many people recommend it to me. I wish I’d read it sooner. But I’m glad to have read it now finally. Also, I can’t believe I only just read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I think I’ve read so many dystopias that this one wasn’t so powerful to me, but I did really like it and wished I’d read it ages ago.

  15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
    I’m honestly not very good about writing down quotes or passages as I come across them. So I don’t have anything to draw from in choosing my favorite. So here’s one I like from a book I haven’t finished reading yet, but from a passage that I read in 2014 (just a few days ago):
    “Yeah, yeah, sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me. First of all, anyone who thinks that words can’t hurt you has obviously never taken sophomore P.E. And second, did it ever occur to whoever wrote that stupid adage that hurtful words might be a pretty good indication that sticks and stones are on the way? It’s not like it’s an either-or thing. I mean, has there ever been a case of sticks and stones that didn’t also involve at least some words? All I can say is that the writer of that adage sounds pretty damn blasé about getting his bones broken.” from The Order of the Poison Oak by Brent Hartinger

  16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?
    I don’t keep track of pages read, so this one took me a while to calculate.
    Longest: 11/22/63 had 866 pages
    Shortest: A Pillow for my Mom by Charissa Sgouros; Good Night, Harry by Kim Lewis; Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner; Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson; Picasso and Minou by P.I. Maltbie; Raf by Anke De Cries; Spells by Emily Gravett; The Grannyman by Judy Schachner; The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara; The Reader by Amy Hest; Wolf Won't Bite! by Emily Gravett all had 32 pages

  17. Book That Shocked You The Most
    That would be the short story “A Very Tight Place” in Just After Sunset by Stephen King. EW EW EW. It was shocking how disgusting it was. I couldn’t believe any author would go there, but he did. EW!!!

  18. Favorite Romantic Relationship of the Year
    Esa Saari and Michelle in Hip Check by Deirdre Martin. I don’t read a lot of romances, but these characters had chemistry! I loved the dynamics and the hockey and Esa’s new niece all coming into play. Enjoyable, believable, and satisfying—just how I like my romance stories to be.

  19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
    Picasso and Minou. Awww. A fictionalized story of Picasso and his actual cat. It was adorable to see their relationship build and little bits of what really inspired some of the artist’s best-known paintings.

  20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
    Still 11/22/63. I’ve read a lot of Stephen King, but I’m still making my way through all his works and am so glad to have earread this one! Lease favorite from the same author? Mr. Mercedes. It’s a pure mystery with no supernatural elements, so not King at his best. But the villain in the story is so horrible I felt dirty and disgusting when forced to read his chapters and get inside his head. Ick.

  21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
    Your Love Sickness by Hayate Kuku was a book in a travelling bookbox, recommended by a BookCrossing friend who has recommended a lot of great books to me over the years. It was one of her favorites, so I gave it a read and definitely loved some of the stories in it. Overall, it was a great yaoi manga, and I’m glad I had the chance to read it.

  22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
    Hmm. I adored Nan from Tipping the Velvet, but I first met her in the BBC miniseries when I watched it years ago, so that’s not too new. I also love Four from the Divergent series, but I read Divergent last year, so it’s also not too new. Maybe Ender from Ender’s Game? I didn’t like the book, but I did like Ender as a character… but he’s too young for me to have a “crush” on. So I’m going with the fox-spirits in Your Love Sickness by Hayate Kuku. Oh, or Cormoran Strike! I love him! :-)

  23. Best 2014 debut you read?
    Maybe Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix? I don’t tend to read many books the year they come out, but I’m glad I gave this one a read. I enjoyed the IKEA-like aspects that set the book up with a unique style but also the story and characters. I really, really wanted to choose Nonprofit by Matt Burriesci as the answer to this question, but technically I read an ARC and Nonprofit won’t be published until 2015. So I guess it doesn’t really qualify as a 2014 debut, does it?

  24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
    The Divergent series had a great world I enjoyed exploring. I really love interesting and unique dystopias, so the world set up there with its many layers that get revealed during the series was a great read.

  25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
    Definitely Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I haven’t laughed so much for so consistently through a book in years. FUN is definitely the best word to describe my experience with that book. There were some pretty hilarious moments in Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris as well, but there were a few fiction moments that weren’t as funny. Still, I did laugh so hard I cried at times.

  26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
    I cried a few times, but mostly at Titanic: Voices from the Disaster BOTH times I read it this year. I thought I knew enough about Titanic that I’d be fine with it, but I was so anxious, tense, and emotionally distraught while reading this book. I would pull the car over sometimes and just sob. I cried a lot during This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl & others as well, because of the loss everyone felt after Esther’s death and watching her die slowly of cancer on the pages was illuminating but painful.

  27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
    Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles. I really didn’t expect anything from it, but it was deep, beautiful, engaging, and enjoyable (even when there were some characters I wanted to kick). This story about a little girl whose family runs a funeral parlor is about so much more than death.

  28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
    Several fall into this category, but for the sake of choosing something I haven’t used for another answer, I’m going with Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. All the talk about harvesting vital organs still haunts me. And it’s literary fiction, which means I still don’t know if I got out of it what I was supposed to. All I know is that this was a BAD book to read a week before having gallbladder surgery. It kind of freaked me out and I still haven’t recovered from some of the images and emotions in this book or the idea that humanity could somehow create the situation these characters find themselves in.

  29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
    I was unprepared for how beautiful and amazing some of the art in Coffin: The Art of Vampire Hunter D by Yoshitaka Amano was. It was a wonderful collection of pieces.

  30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
    Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. It made me thoroughly depressed about the third world, but it definitely opened my eyes up to what’s really happening. It definitely made me think about human nature and poverty in a new way. I was angry that humans could treat each other like this, though.
    Also, Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates, but for a different reason. I HATED the book and was very mad to be reading it. I wish I’d given up on it and am mad at myself for sticking with it and earreading the whole thing.


Looking Ahead to 2015

  1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
    For Christmas, I received Never Tear Us Apart, a Queer as Folk novel by Quinn Brockton. I’m really looking forward to reading it! It’s sitting by my bedside right now, but I have some other books in progress from the library that need to be read first, so I didn’t get to it in 2014.

  2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
    Honestly, I don’t pay much attention to new books that are to come out. There are so many books on my TBR shelves already, that I pretty much only read new ones when I happen to stumble upon them at the library. So I don’t know what ones from 2015 I’ll want to read until I happen to see them in person in the new section of the library. I DO know that Sherman Alexie is coming out with a new book of young adult short stories. I heard him read one of the stories and really want to read the rest of the book, though I don’t know the title of it and his website doesn’t mention dates of publication yet. Xanthe Walters has been working on a series of books, one of which I think is going to be published in 2015. So I’m looking forward to that, especially because I’ve loved her other book & stories.

  3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
    Having read and loved Nonprofit, I’m looking forward to seeing how it does in sales in 2015 (I hope it does well; it’s such a great book). The author is a former coworker, so I’m also looking forward to seeing him at my conference in Minneapolis in April where he’ll be reading and signing.

  4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
    Again, I really don’t have a great answer to this. But, of course, I’m looking forward to any other Harry Potter goodness JKR feels like sharing with us online or in book form (a girl can hope).

  5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
    Only one? Here’s three… I have almost 1,800 books on my TBR shelves right now. I would love to make a huge dent in that and try not to add too much to it. I would also like to read some of the digital books I’ve been downloading lately. I’m not really into reading eBooks yet, so I’d like to get more comfortable with the apps and feel of reading eBooks. In addition, I hope to post more interesting non-reviews to my book blog this year.
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
Prompt: You're trapped on a deserted island with three books. Which three do you want them to be?

My Answers:
Probably predictable and not too clever, but here they are...

Book 1: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling- I have more than one full chapter of this book memorized already... I would happily work on memorizing the whole thing! I would need my fill of Remus and Sirius goodness, no matter where I was. This is my favorite book ever and I've read it dozens of times. I don't think I'll ever get tired of reading it, on a deserted island or elsewhere.

Book 2: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon- I had a hard time choosing this book. Diana Gabaldon's Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade very nearly won this position. Both push a lot of my buttons for a good book. Lord John has the better sex scenes, I'll admit. But Dragonfly is simply longer and I can't ever say no to a man in a kilt. Glad to have one on board in a deserted island.

The first two books are set at least partly in Scotland. So what about the third? More from Scotland? Well, I suspect Scotland is technically in it. But it's not what you think.

Book 3: International, Unabridged Dictionary- Merriam-Webster? Oxford English? Random House? Doesn't matter to me. I could be absorbed in so many great words I never bothered learning before. Also, the more pages there are, the more fires I'd be able to build. I'm pretty bad at starting fires; I could use all the help I could get and I'd never be able to use the other two books as kindling, that's for sure.
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
Another list created for the young adult literature group on swap-bot.

Top Ten Male Main Characters in Young Adult Books:
1. Harry Potter in the Harry Potter series
2. Miles “Pudge” Halter in Looking for Alaska
3. Will Herondale in the Infernal Devices series
4. Clay in Thirteen Reasons Why
5. Ponyboy Michael Curtis in The Outsiders
6. Junior in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
7. Jonas in The Giver
8. Prince Aleksander of Hohenberg in the Leviathan series
9. Ed Kennedy in I Am the Messenger
10. “Four” in the Lorien Legacies
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
Two more lists of my favorites, created for the young adult literature group on swap-bot.

Top Ten YA Books with Different Worlds:
1. Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
2. The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
3. Earthsea saga by Ursula Le Guin
4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
5. Oz series by L. Frank Baum
6. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
7. The Neverending Story by Ralph Manheim
8. Shannara series by Terry Brooks
9. Pern series by Anne McCaffrey
10. Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke

Top Ten YA Books with Dystopias:
1. The Giver by Lois Lowry
2. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
5. Uglies and Extras by Scott Westerfeld
6. City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau
7. Matched by Ally Condie
8. 1984 by George Orwell
9. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
10. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Maze Runner is kind of a cheat, because I haven't finished this one yet! Also, technically 1984 and Brave New World aren't YA, but I read them when I was a teen, so I'm counting them. There are a few YA dystopias I've read that I didn't much care for (like Feed) so this list was actually harder than I thought it would be!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
For some swap-bot swaps I've been doing for the YA group, District 13, I've written some top 10 lists. I thought I'd share them here.

Top Ten YA Books That Feature Schools:
  1. Tangerine by Edward Bloor Knowles

  2. Prep by Curtis Sittenfield

  3. How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier

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

  5. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

  6. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

  7. Looking for Alaska by John Green

  8. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

  9. The Wind Blows Backward by Mary Downing Hahn

  10. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling



Top Ten Paranormal YA Books:
  1. Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

  2. It by Stephen King (not really YA, I know, but lots of teen characters)

  3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

  4. Shade & Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready

  5. Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

  6. Curse Workers series by Holly Black

  7. Lorien Legacies series by Pittacus Lore (more aliens than paranormal)

  8. Wait Til Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

  9. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

  10. Beastly by Alex Flinn



Top Ten Banned or Challenged YA Books:
  1. The Diary of a Young Girl by ANne Frank

  2. Looking for Alaska by John Green

  3. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

  4. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

  5. The Bumblebee Flies Anyway by Robert Cormier

  6. Rainbow Boys by ALex Sanchez

  7. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

  8. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

  9. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

  10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee



Top Ten YA Books on My TBR List:
  1. Thunderstruck by Brian Selznick

  2. Every Day by David Levithan

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

  4. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

  5. The Ghost of Critchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn

  6. The Name of the Star by Marueen Johnson

  7. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

  8. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

  9. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

  10. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
Signed Books I Have
All of the books (as far as I can recall) that I have signed by the author. Click each link for a photo!



And here are some of my favorites:



PS- I just realized I have a Charles deLint book somewhere, but no idea where it is. I've been through a bookcase and a half without success. Doesn't matter. It's here somewhere!
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
I don't usually make a whole lot of specific book-related goals every year and... maybe that's where I go wrong? So this year, I've got a whole list. I typed them up today, just off the top of my head, and then I realized I should share them here to make myself properly accountable. So here are my TEN goals...

Book Goals:
1. Keep track of all books I finish in an accurate way to make it easier to count up for a recap at the end of the year. And keep up with book reviews of all of them.
2. Get rid of ALL the audio books on cassette tape I can't do anything with and don't want to try to read
3. Wild release more books! I've kind of gotten out of the habit and it's such fun.
4. Journal all the books I've received over last year. I was SUCH a slacker last year! Boo.
5. Wild release books in another country! (I've only ever wild released in the US)


Reading Goals:
1. Type up a list of all To Be Read books on my shelves and work my way through them (i.e. try to read a lot from that list).
2. Read what I feel like and don't feel guilty about all those fun books.
3. Read more books I got from BookCrossing. My shelves are so full and that makes me feel guilty!
4. Read 100 books or more (to beat last year's number!)
5. Try reading one book on the iPad2, just to say I've tried. Who knows? I might like it (though I doubt it).
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
A while back, I posted Amazon.com's list of Ten Essential Books for Young Adults: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/80023.html

I decided to work my way through the list. And now I've completed it. Yippie!

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- The narrator (Death) brought a fantastic perspective to this book set during WWII. I really liked this one; can't say it's one of my favorites of all time and I didn't love it as much as I'd thought I would, but it's certainly a great read.

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry- I do love a good dystopian novel. This book amazed and astounded me. One of the best YA books I've ever read.

  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher- Absolutely astounding. One of the best books I've read all year--maybe ever. Highly recommended!

  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers- The format worked well and drew me into this powerful story that keeps you wondering.

  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - A well-done moving and believable internal struggle about a difficult-to-speak-about subject.

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie-Excellent story that makes you think a lot about hope and opportunity and culture. I can't wait for its sequel.

  • Crank by Ellen Hopkins- While I give Hopkins full marks for creativity in formatting, I just wasn't pulled in by poems the way I'd hoped I'd be, given the subject matter.

  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan- Loved it! The story of two different Will Graysons, written by two great YA authors--what's not to love?

  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman- I really enjoyed this book because I thought the universe Pullman created was amazing. I fell in love with the various characters as well.

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky- I hated this book. I'll go as far as to say I was personally offended by it.



So which list do I attempt next?
Top Time Travel Books or Top 10 Male Protagonists?
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
I joined a "Check Out My Reading Blog" swap over at swap-bot, where you visit other people's book-related blogs and comment. The people who joined have some great blogs, so I thought I'd put the links here so you all can enjoy them as well!

Views from the Reader Side- A great book blog filled with reviews of (at least lately) tons of juvie fiction and graphic novel book reviews--two types of books I love reading. It's always great to see graphic novels being reviewed as the proper books they are, but also from a fan of them. I felt right at home at this blog and immediately subscribed.

Reading Challenged- Fueled by a ton of different reading challenges (and, I expect, a general love of reading), this blog has a ton of book content. There are reviews, lists of recent books received, and recaps of challenges. What I like is the variety of books. Bookwyrmm seems game to try out lots of different types of books and give them all fair shakes. It's a great one to follow if you want ideas for new books to pick up.

Hope in Every Season- Amidst posts about clothing, recipes, and decorating, you will find detailed book reviews (it's always great to see book trailers). This blog doesn't have a ton of book content, but it has a delightful look and feel. It's like stepping into its own world with a beautiful look and feel that matches the content beautifully.

Art by Ingrid Glaw: Sketch Blog- This isn't strictly a book blog either, but there are plenty of book reviews mixed in with other posts. The blog has movie reviews, craft projects, park explorations, and tons of art. I was sucked in immediately and spent a long time reading through the various posts. It's a great blog and the book reviews are a great addition.
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
List time! I'm not a young adult, and this list isn't called "Essential Young Adult Books" but I thought I'd do a quick post about Amazon's new list: http://www.amazon.com/b?node=2733342011 and talked about here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/amazoncom-announces-essentials-in-young-adult-books-2011-06-23?siteid=nbsh

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak- The narrator (Death) brought a fantastic perspective to this book set during WWII. I really liked this one; can't say it's one of my favorites of all time and I didn't love it as much as I'd thought I would, but it's certainly a great read.

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry- I do love a good dystopian novel. This book amazed and astounded me. One of the best YA books I've ever read.

  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher- Haven't read it. Haven't even heard of it.

  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers- I've seen this book on the FCPS shelves. I definitely want to give it a try

  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - Haven't read it, but want to.

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie- I very nearly put this on hold at the library yesterday. If I weren't in the middle of a series right now, I'd have done so. I really want to read it.

  • Crank by Ellen Hopkins- Hadn't read or heard of it. Sounds very dark. I hope to read it one day.

  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan- Loved it! The story of two different Will Graysons, written by two great YA authors--what's not to love?

  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman- I really enjoyed this book because I thought the universe Pullman created was amazing. I fell in love with the various characters as well.

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky- I hated this book. I'll go as far as to say I was personally offended by it.

5 I've read. 5 I haven't. That's not too bad at all!
katekintailbc: (Default)
It's Banned Book Week this week. And author Maureen Johnson is helping us celebrate on Twitter by challenging us to come up with the most hilarious books one could think of to ban. People are pretty funny out there. You can check them out here while they last: http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23bookbanningbingo
Some of my favorite so far:
@ThatBarbPerson Joy of Cooking for violence (beating, whipping, chopping) and scenes of animal dismemberment
@amdmcc Need a book to ban? Eats, Shoots & Leaves promotes obesity, violence, and a lack of moral responsibility.
@sparrow_child Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? For promoting racism.
@elbrown83 Clifford the Big Red dog, that red color makes him a communist
@berickcook Dinosaur books! Cause dino fossils aren't real, they were put there by the devil to trick us!
@supertailz Mark Bittman's "How To Cook Everything" because it clearly promotes cannibalism.
@jordynface Cool Names for Babies promotes teen sex/pregnancy with all those "cool" names.
@elfmullet National Geographic Field Guide to Bird Watching. It mentions breasts and mating.
@angelaperry Sweet Valley High. Isn't "high" another word for using drugs?
@thetheatregirl Anne of GG 'cause the main character's a WOMAN. They belong in the KITCHEN. Also she's adopted,like a kid with gay parents
@Maria_Disidoro "if you give a mouse a cookie" encourages children to support the unemployed.
@Marjorie73 Winnie the Pooh. Because Pooh & Christopher Robin sleep together so it promotes gayness AND bestiality
@rachelg1630 the I-Spy books b/c there could be violent items like knives or scissors hidden in there
@jimmyrabbitte Moleskine Notebooks! Cruel towards animals & the ability to write anything promotes unwarranted tolerance.
@peaceanskittles One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Those multi-colored fish should NOT be mingling!!
@johnniebebold Biographies of dead people. They encourage people toward necrophilia.
@sweetwatereast 'Gus is a Bug' He rubs and rubs and rubs...
@susanjsteward No idea what "skit skat skoodle doot flip flop flee" means, but I'm 100% it's not good.

And a few of my own:
The Rainbow Fish; you don't even have to read it to know the fish is gay.
Curious George. Encourages children to be curious & think for themselves
Mr. Popper's Penguins and My Father's Dragon. You can tell there's bestiality in those, just by the titles.
Six by Opal Carew. What if there were three of them right next to each other on the shelf?


On a more serious note, check out this list of the top 10 most challenged titles and my thoughts:

1. The TTYL series by Lauren Myracle- I've never read this, but I see it all the time in the library. I've read only one short story by Lauren Myracle but I liked it and I have several of her books on Mount To Be Read. The description makes me want to pick it up immediately, though. I think I'd like it.

2. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson- I remember the gay penguins from the news, but I've never read the book. I'd like to, though; it looks adorable. I looked it up on Amazon.com. $9 is a little much for a book. Maybe I'll try to track it down in the library first.

3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky- I can see why it's frequently challenged, but I disliked the writing and point of this book.

4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee- What an amazing book. It's able to accomplish and show so much. And it's ironic that people would want to ban it because of its use of a word that the book itself is against.

5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer- I personally wish someone had stopped me from reading this series. LOL But I also believe everyone should have the right to read about unhealthy relationships of all sorts. But that has nothing to do with the vampire aspect. I'm all for that :-)

6. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger- I was blown away by this book when I read it on my own in high school. It was neat to really get inside the somewhat unique character's head.

7. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult- I haven't read it. I go back and forth between really wanting to and not wanting to read something so obviously bold and tied to the subject matter.

8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler- Honestly, I'd never even heard of this book. But I adore the title. heehee Probably the sort of book I'd have loved as a kid.

9. The Color Purple by Alice Walker- I've not read this classic either, I'm ashamed to say. I should definitely make it a point to read more banned or challenged books.

10. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier- I adored other Robert Cormier books when I was a teen. I don't think I ever read this one, though. I think I would really enjoy it even now.

I encourage everyone to seek out challenged/banned books. I saw a display today at the library which contained many of these books, and the display made me happy. These books challenge your world view and help you imagine people more complexly. They show you culture and slices of life you might not get otherwise. They educate, entertain, and enlighten. And even if you end up hating the book, you've got to appreciate having the right to read it and make up your own mind about it :-)
katekintailbc: (Cross any good books lately?)
My recap of the Boston UnCon:
Thursday- http://www.kintailscape.com/travel/?p=37
Friday- http://www.kintailscape.com/travel/?p=46
Saturday- http://www.kintailscape.com/travel/?p=66
Sunday- http://www.kintailscape.com/travel/?p=87

Boston UnCon Reverse Scavenger Hunt
Instead of finding and collecting items on the list, the challenge was to release a book in each place. MissMarkey won the hunt with all blanks filled out and 23 out of the 24 themed released. Incredibly impressive! I themed a few of mine, but my main goal was just to release all 24, which I accomplished. All have release photos with them. *=Themed

Name: KateKintail

1. A themed release
Book: Make Way for Ducklings*
Location: In front of the ducks statue in Boston Public Gardens

2. On a playground
Book: The Big Surprise (Clifford the Big Red Dog)
Location: Tadpole playground at Boston Common

3. With flowers
Book: The Secret History of the Pink Carnation*
Location: In the pink flower bushes by the T station near the hostel

4. By something that is historic Boston
Book: April Morning*
Location: At Granary Burial Ground

5. Somewhere wet
Book: The Prince Caught!
Location: By a fountain in Boston Common

6. Somewhere cold
Book: The Truth About Christmas*
Location: On an ice cooler by a cold drinks stand in Boston Common

7. Somewhere mysterious
Book: Murder and Mystery in Boston*
Location: On a table near the strange handgun advertisement

8. To a stranger
Book: Count-a-saurus
Location: To a family in the Bostom Public Gardens by the duckling statue

9. In a newspaper of flyer box
Book: Death on a Deadline
Location: In a free newspaper box outside the Salem train station

10. On or near a statue
Book: A Case of Need
Location: On the statue of Copley in Copley Square near the Boston Public Library

11. On a bench
Book: Masters of Time
Location: On a bench by the Hawthorne statue in Salem

12. On public transport
Book: Eaters of the Dead
Location: On a train on the green T line

13. Somewhere literary
Book: The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare*
Location: In the park at the performance of Othello

14. Somewhere green
Book: Jasmine
Location: On a bush in Boston Common

15. Somewhere modern
Book: Short Stories
Location: By an elevator leading to Boston Common Parking Garage

16. Somewhere gated or wrought iron
Book: Deception Point
Location: New posts & iron fence at cross streets by our hostel

17. Somewhere "witchy"
Book: Moon Flash*
Location: On a statue of Samantha (TV witch) riding a broom by the moon in Salem

18. By a tombstone
Book: The Shining Caught!
Location: On a tombstone in the historic Salem Cemetery

19. By a church
Book: Angels & Demons*
Location: Left outside Trinity Church

20. By a boat
Book: The Slave Dancer*
Location: On the Peacemaker ship docked in Salem harbor

21. By an animal
Book: The Subtle Knife*(kind of)
Location: On a tortoise statue in Copley Square

22. On a sign
Book: Laughing Boy
Location: Left on the East India Foundtain marker sign in historic Salem

23. Somewhere "sporty"
Book: Artemis Fowl*(won a prize for being a silly misspelling/pun)
Location: On the statue outside Fenway Park (fowl = foul ball, get it?)

24. Somewhere near a flag
Book: Fordor-Boston '90
Location: By a flagpole in Boston Commons by the baseball fields
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
I'm going on a trip and I'm taking... an Apple. Ever play that game? Here's my version... with books :-)

Books I'm Taking On My Trip:
The books I'm taking along with me on my trip to Florida and back.

1. Power Play by Deirdre Martin- Deirdre Martin's hockey romances are the only romance novels I've been able to not only stomach but genuinely adore. I'm about a third of the way into this one so I'm taking it along to read on the train ride.

2. The Swan Thieves, Elizabeth Kostova- I'm about halfway through this on audio so I'll probably take it along so I can find out how it ends and so I'll have choices on the drive home

3. The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau- I saw this at the library on audio and it just called out to me to take it along. I usually don't take library books on vacation with me but I can't resist with this one because I have a thing for young adult books and I want to be sure there will be something I'm in the mood for on my 2-day drive.

4. M Butterfly by David Henry Hwang- I have an LGBT Bookbox coming my way soon and this book is small enough to travel with easily

5. Fadeout by Joseph Hansen- I have an LGBT Bookbox coming my way soon and this book is small enough to travel with easily

6. Conversations with J.K. Rowling by Lindsey Fraser- Going to release this either at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park during the fan-exclusive special Night of A Thousand Wizards or during Infinitus, the convention for fans. Either way, it should fall into the hands of someone who will enjoy it.

7. Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody by Michael Gerber- Going to release this either at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park during the fan-exclusive special Night of A Thousand Wizards or during Infinitus, the convention for fans. Either way, it should fall into the hands of someone who will enjoy it.

8. Lighthousekeeping by Jeanette Winterson- I'm planning to release this at a lighthouse when I go visit one in Florida.

9. Juliette Gordon Low by Kathleen V. Kudlinski- I'm planning to release this at the Girl Scout House in Savannah, Georgia, where Juliette Gordon Low was born.

10. A Place to Call Home by Deborah Smith- It takes place in Georgia but I think I will take this to release in South Carolina, a state I've never released in before

11. Drive Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan- The main character's name is Charlotte so I'm going to try to release it in Charlotte, North Carolina, a state I've never released in before.

12. Thinning the Turkey Herd by Robert Campbell- I plan to leave this at Virginia Tech on the bench where I released my second BookCrossing book (which turned out to be my first catch).
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
I thought of a bunch of list topics for this week, but I'm going with something different altogether. Different and quick.

Manga Series I Own More Than One Volume In:
Um, yeah. Bad phrasing, that. I have a lot of manga but most are just a single volume. These are series I like so much that I have made an effort to get more than one volume in it. These are in alphabetical order as they appear in my cataloging software program. Warning: lots of yaoi on this list. It's a drug; I can't help it.

1. Yami no Matsuei (Descendants of Darkness)- I only own 2 volumes in this and both were damaged in the mail during a lending operation. But I adored this series when I watched it and knew I had to buy at least some in manga format

2. FAKE- Oh, my boys Dee and Ryo *G* Of course I have the whole series, especially the sealed last volume! ;-)

3. Gerard & Jaques- Interesting dynamics but absolutely gorgeous illustrations. It's rich and delicious. heehee

4. Gravitation- This is such a weird series but I've watched it probably half a dozen times. I have always wanted this series but didn't buy it. Then I came across volumes 1 & 2 in the children's room at a library book sale (it's shounen-ai, not really appropriate for children) and was so excited I bought them immediately.

5. Inu-Yasha- Having watched this whole series, I pretty much buy every volume I come across at used book sales, not remembering if I have it or not. I read them and if it doesn't have one of my favorite stories in it, I BookCross it. If it does, I keep it and hug it and love it forever. LOL The characters just find a way into your heart, I think.

6. Love Mode- Heh heh I think I have 5 books in this series. Volume 1 wasn't the best but I liked Volume 2 so I bought more.

7. Shout Out Loud- Um, voice actors and hockey both in the same yaoi manga? Yes please! I'm in for five!

8. Star Wars: Episode I- The manga version of the movie. Yes, sorry, I have a thing for Episode I. I blame it entirely on Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, of course.

9. Weib Kreuz Side B- The Weiss boys were my first real anime love. And the way they're drawn in Side B is so very beautiful. Even though I had to get them from Japan in Japanese which I can't read (I have a CD with the English translations) it's totally worth it because they are my Weiss boys! I bought an art book at the same time.

10. X/1999- There's just something about the struggle between good and evil, leading up to an apocalypse with h/c thrown in that I can't possibly resist. I'm missing volumes 4 and 9, unfortunately.
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
Once again, not the list I planned to write today. But my excitement after last night's book reading & signing event left me overwhelmed.

I've met quite a few authors and have heard a lot of authors read. I also have a few handfuls of author-signed books. But there aren't a lot of times I've actually gone to specific author signings, listened to a reading/talk, stood in line, and had a book signed. Here's a list of those to some extent, and my experiences.

1. Mary Downing Hahn- The first author I ever met. I was totally in love with her writing as a kid, especially Wait Til Helen Comes, which I must have read at least 10 times when I was young (3rd or 4th grade maybe). My dad took me to the Purple Crayon, a kids bookstore in Huntsman Square by my house that has long since gone out of business. There were no copies of Helen on hand to buy so after Mary gave a reading & answered questions, Dad bought me Time of the Witch and she signed it to me with something cute and clever and witchy. I thought it was SO cool to meet the woman who created the words, stories, and characters I loved so much. But I was still bummed not to get her to sign my favorite of her books. I ended up buying a copy of Helen last year at a used book sale that was signed by her though. And, having done the wiccan thing and been a witch for a while, it was a good choice in the end.

2. Anne Rice- I loved Interview with the Vampire movie and read the first book back in high school; I liked it enough that when Anne Rice came to my town to sign books, I thought it would be awesome to see her. It was at the now out of business Crown Books in Springfield Mall. Mom dropped me and one of my best friends off around 4 or 5 I think and I'm pretty sure we were in line until 10 or 11. The line went slowly and snaked around all the shelves in the store. She was sitting in this huge gothic throne and not talking to anyone. But she would personalize one book (Memnoch the Devil) and just sign one or two other copies, but that was it. My best friend was an angel for waiting with me for 5+ hours even though she didn't want to buy a book. She wanted to see Anne Rice and she could have done that in 5 minutes. But the couple in front of us ended up handing her one of their books so she got it personalized for them and they were able to have two, so it was all good. By the time we got there, Anne wasn't saying anything to her fans, just took the books, signed her name, and handed them back. I don't remember much more than the wait and what she looked like, but I still have the autographed book so clearly I must have made it to her at some point. LOL

3. Chris Baty- Chris, creator of NaNoWriMo was speaking at Fall for the Book a few years back and I went to see him. STUPID me, I forgot the book I owned of his but he gave me a free signed poster (the typewriter logo year one) which I still have up on the wall. It was great listening to him talk and meeting him (as well as thanking him for a fun adventure). I also got interviewed by someone writing a news article about the event at George Mason. Don't know what came of that; I never followed-up.

4/5. Brian Froud- On the first day of my first FaerieCon, I bought two of Brian's books (having left my favorite one at home, as I'm an idiot) and tracked him down at his table to have him sign them. I basically just walked up, handed him my books, and he signed them for me (each time with a cute little faerieface drawn). The first I bought was the art of the Dark Crystal book, which tells about the design & art in the movie of his I love so much. The second one was a Lady Cottington pressed faeries book that I didn't own already. I had honestly intended it to be a present for someone but then... he signed it to me and said "Oh, the other author, Ari is around here. Do you want me to ask him to sign it for you too?" Of course I said "That would be amazing!" So he yelled over to the guy, who came running over and signed it for me as well. That was so nice of BOTH of them so I had to keep the book (I ended up getting a signed print of Brian's and gave that to my friend instead). So really this was Brian Froud & Ari Berk. The next day I heard that the line at his signing table took well over an hour and a half to get through. I felt VERY lucky to have been able to just walk up with no line and have him sign it!

6. Kinoku Y. Craft- Also at FaerieCon, I stood in line at Kinoku's table. There was some session in the afternoon I wanted to go to but I promised my Kindred Spirit I'd try to get a book of hers signed. Problem was, I forgot which books my friend had already, so I ended up buying both books (there was a small discount for buying both together) and thinking I might keep one. In the end, I gave both to her, because I think I still couldn't figure out which one she had already. I was maybe 5 or 6 in line but it still took well over an hour because Kinoku doesn't just sign her name; she draws this elaborate drawing along with each one. So each is completely unique and beautiful. It was great waiting in line because I got to see all of the drawings she did for everyone in front of me. I got my photo taken with her as well, so that was a nice memento of the experience as I don't have the actual books. (I'll have to post a photo later)

7. Melissa Anelli- I went to a proper book reading of hers last year and bought a copy of Harry: A History and had her sign it to "a BookCrosser" (it was one of the things auctioned off in the BCinDC Harry Potter Auction Box). She asked if I did BookCrossing and I said I did (um, because I'm stupid and stating the obvious?). But before that, I got an Advanced Reader copy through work (and canceled my pre-order of the book because of it!) and ended up bringing it to Pennsylvania with me. I tracked her down at the Harry & the Potters/The Remus Lupins/The Whomping Willows show. So there I was in the dark and excruciatingly hot basement of a church, picking Melissa out in the crowd by the Merch tables, and asking her to sign it to me. I remember saying something to her. Can't remember. It was probably fangirly and appreciative.

8. Michael Cunningham- I'd read A Home at the End of the World earlier that year and freakin loved it. Then I read The Hours and liked it. Cunningham was the featured speaker at Fall for the Book last year so I bought a copy of Home and went to hear him talk. He seemed like a great guy. Lots of advice, interesting things to say about movies made into his books, and some really great insights regarding his stories and characters. And as I already had a copy of the book, I was able to be one of the first few in line to have my book signed. I told him something... can't remember what. That the writing was inspiring and I especially loved the complex characters in Home. I remember him smiling and giving me a genuine-sounding thank you, which was sweet. I bet he hears that stuff all the time.

9. Holly Black- She was signing at FaerieCon right after a panel she was on (this was my second FaerieCon; she was at the first one as well but I didn't have her sign anything then). I raced over right after the panel and was maybe 5-10 in line. The line for her to sign ended up stretching back across the whole convention center room (probably a good 75-100 people in the line by the time I left). Next to her was Michael Buckley, who has written books for a slightly younger audience (I've since read the first in his Sisters Grimm series and LOVED it; I wish I'd gotten him to sign a book). Anyway, Holly's line was out the door and he had maybe 2 or 3 people in his line and then a not-so-steady trickle of people every few minutes. Of the two, if I were ever a published writer, I'd be the Michael Buckley sort, I'm sure. I felt bad for him, sitting next to Holly's impressive line. But demographics are to blame, not talent. Because I LOVED Michael's book. Anyhoo, I had her autograph her graphic novel for me. She's a really great person. Lots of spunk and sweetness and originality.

10. Charles Vess- Drawing Down the Moon hadn't been officially released yet, but he had copies of the beautiful collection at FaerieCon3 so I bought 2 copies (expensive and in cash) the first day and had him sign them right after he returned from the opening ceremony. If I've learned anything about that convention it's to get to the authors on Friday; not many attendees make it mid-afternoon on Friday or at all on Friday and so the lines are non-existent. Anyway, Charles talked about the books as he signed them for me (one was for me, one for my Kindred Spirit who mentioned wanting one but didn't know I'd be able to get them even before they officially came out!). Like Craft, he did original illustrations along with his signature. he accidentally signed my copy, drew a great picture, and then signed the picture. "You get a rare double-signed copy!" he said when he handed it back to me. heehee That's the one I kept :-)

11. Charles de Lint- I happened to have bought a Charles de Lint book that morning at a library book sale before heading to FaerieCon, so I bought it along and ended up having him sign it for me, having actually never read it at that point. LOL He was SUCH a nice guy and the music performance he did with his wife was incredible. I love the concepts of some of his books (like the cyber faeries who live in the internet), lots that he had to say on panels, and look forward to reading more of his books.

12/13. John Green & David Levithan- OMG First off, it's not often you get to see & meet your current favorite author. I have no hope of ever meeting Dr. Seuss or A. A. Milne, for example. And I'll probably never get to meet JKR. But I got to meet John Green. JOHN GREEN! It was a great experience, even if I felt really, really old as a 30-year-old amidst a see of young teenage girls. But it was a great experience being amidst so many nerdfighters--awesome creative shirts, spontaneous ukulele-playing, and people reciting lines from A Very Potter Musical at random. Ha! They had us in one room at Politics & Prose, then told us to go into another. I ended up sitting RIGHT in front of the table in the front row. But then we filled up that room so quickly they moved us back into the original room and I ended up somewhere in the middle. Not a bad view, and I was sitting down, but it's sad because I had such a good seat at first. David's brother was there, looking a bit stunned that so many people would show up to the event. And John had us say good morning to Hank! SQUEE! I got to say good morning to Hank! here's a photo that John took from the front of the room (I can see myself on the left by the red pole about halfway back but pointing me out to you is probably useless): http://yfrog.com/g06sxwj Because there were SO many of us (the room was PACKED and overflowing; Politics & Prose had no idea there were so many nerdfighters in the area who would show up on a weeknight) there wouldn't be time for them to pose for pictures with us. So they posed for photos at the beginning (and we can photoshop ourselves in):

They read a little out of one of John's sections of the book, with John being Will Grayson and David reading the part of the girl; they both did a great job and said it was the first time they'd tried it like that! Here's a little bit I recorded:

They took questions from the back and middle and front. And it was soooo hot and hard to hear/shout but I could hear everything from where I was and the heat was MORE than worth it. After the reading, talk, and Q&A they signed books starting with those in front. I wanted to buy a couple other books to thank Politics & Prose for hosting the event but I was stuck where I was with no hope of escape. So I stayed where I was, had them both sign my copy of Will Grayson, Will Grayson and said something stupid about John being so inspiring to aspiring writers and writing wonderful books and he was really sweet and thanked me. And I GOT TO TALK TO JOHN GREEN EVEN THOUGH I PROBABLY SOUNDED LIKE AN IDIOT. And I told David I enjoyed his writing as well (because I did) and thanked him for coming. As I got my books back, I mentioned something about needing to buy more of theirs (they kept mentioning how we should thank the store by buying everything LOL). And so after got outside into the really hot but sooo much cooler than inside weather, I went back through the store and bought a hardcover copy of Paper Towns and a paperback copy of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. I've read David's Boy Meets Boy and liked it, but I'm not sure it's a book I'd want forever. So I took a chance on Norah. I went to the back of the line and waited through the whole line again. I ended up being third to last. But I had a great conversation with the woman in line in front of me (also older, like me) who also runs a non-profit's website. I got a photo of her getting her books signed and she snapped a few of me likewise. (I'll upload it later; I thought I did it this morning but apparently it didn't go through on PhotoBucket. Doh!)
"Here I am, AGAIN. I had to buy a couple more." I told them when I got up there. I had thought about mentioning voting for HPAFTW but it slipped my mind the SECOND I got up there again. They thanked me for buying more books and then going to the back of the line (complexly imagining all the people who hadn't had a chance once to have their books signed). I thanked them again and it was over. And I spent the whole drive home basking in it and reliving it. I couldn't concentrate on doing anything the rest of the night. Ha :-) But it was so worth it.


So that's it. I might have left off someone because I quickly wrote this up during my lunch break. But if I did, I'll add to this later.
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
I was going to do a list about books that changed my world (#booksthatchangedmyworld was popular on Twitter on June 16). But It's not every day that one gets to meet one's favorite author. Next week I finally get to meet John Green at a reading/signing at Politics and Prose in Washington, DC. I'm a very excited Nerdfighter. Therefore, in all my excitement, I am writing this list...

Favorite John Green Stories- In order of least to most loved:
It's extremely difficult to choose a least favorite! I'm linking to my reviews of each, so I'm not going to cover what I liked/disliked about each for the most part. This is more about why I put these in this particular order.

6. "Freak the Geek"- I'm only choosing this one as least favorite because it's so short. It's good and the characters are nice. I'm glad I read all of Geetastic just because of this short story. But it didn't overwhelm me with teh awesome the way everything else of John Green's has.

5. An Abundance of Katherines- I LOVE this book and all its elements. I just didn't love it as much as the other two books of his I had read first.

4. "A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle"- The characters are freakin' wonderful. This story sums up everything I like about John Green stories. I feel like I could read this story over and over and still smile and laugh and get drawn into the drama. I like it so much I had to rank it above Katherines.

3. Paper Towns- I like to imagine this book complexly :-) Seriously, it was a lot of fun with great characters and a mystery. And it left me with lots of new, interesting thoughts to think. I read one nerdfighter's thoughts on Looking for Alaska after he read Paper Towns; in it, he said he thought Alaska was trying too hard to be deep in comparison with Paper Towns. I kind of think the opposite. I thought the deepness and emotion in Alaska felt effortless. But I also feel like whichever John Green book you read first, that's the one you love the most.

2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson- This book had everything and was just SO much fun. The characters feel like friends to me. I was constantly amused or entertained or I wanted to just jump in and hug the characters. It's tough to claim I like it second best... but I think, deep down, I really do.

1. Looking for Alaska- This book absolutely blew me away. It was my first experience with John Green and I am glad I chose this one for that. It moved me and made a strong impression on me in a way none of the other books/stories have. It's been over a year since I first read this book and I still think about it all the time. That's the sign on an excellent book, IMO.


Please note: I have not yet read "The Great American Morp" or "The Approximate Cost of Loving Caroline" but I will rectify those oversights quickly! And I haven't considered reading "This Is Not Tom" yet, because I don't want to be let down with my inability to solve riddles (yeah, I know I can just search for the answers, but either way I'll end up feeling stupid) :-)
katekintailbc: (Bookworm Remus)
Which is better, the book or the movie? This should have been an obvious topic for me to make a list of because the BCinDC Auction Books to Movies box just finished. And just this morning I had a conversation with a fellow library volunteer about Where the Wild Things Are. But when I realized I forgot to do a list yesterday (I had a miserable yesterday) it still took me a few minutes to decide on a topic.

Typically I like best whichever I see first. Usually I try to read the book before I see the movie for that reason, but sometimes I fall in love with the movies. Before I get into the list, I want to mention that there are LOTS of books I haven't read like: The Godfather, The Shawshank Redemption, Forest Gump, The English Patient, Psycho, The Body, Schindler's List, Atonement, The Notebook, The Graduate, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Silence of the Lambs, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, American Psycho, A Clockwork Orange, The Last of the Mohicans (actually, I've never seen that movie, either) so my list is once again a reflection not so much on the subject matter as my experiences.

Movies I Liked More Than Their Books:
1. Timeline by Michael Crichton- I saw the movie first. I really liked the sense of adventure and action. I really feared for the main characters. I've actually watched this movie more than a handful of times and I am *always* drawn right in and entertained. The book felt a little flat to me in comparison. I still really loved the book (I'm such a sucker for time travel stories) but I prefer the movie version because of a few differences.

2. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell- I have attempted to get through the book twice now. Neither was a very serious attempt, but neither attempt compared to watching the epic that is the impressive movie.

3. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown- The book wasn't very good. It was okay but not very complex and a little transparent or simplistic in parts. I felt like I was sticking with it just to get it over with. But the movie has Ewan McGregor. Ewan in priest's robes. Ewan in priest's robes that he takes off at one point during the movie. Enough said!

4. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk- I actually enjoyed the book quite a lot, but the movie absolutely blew me away. I was amazed by the movie, and my head was filled afterward with everything that might be possible. The book... was gritty and graphic and great, but not as shocking and real as the movie had felt to me.

5. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer- Both are awful and hilarious. But in the movie I could actually SEE the shirtless werewolves instead of having to imagine them ;-)

6. Stardust by Neil Gaiman- Excluding the wonderful illustrations by Charles Vess, I preferred the movie version to the book (which I actually earread before reading the graphic novel version). My favorite version of the three is still the movie. I loved the changes and the new characters that were developed. I think I recall liking the ending in the book quite a lot, but still really liked the movie ending. Moreover, something so full of fantasy just works so much better with an accompanying visual medium.

7. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice- Oh, the movie was just stunning (and filled with nummy-looking boys). The book was difficult to get through. It was good, but didn't pack the punch I had expected after seeing the bold, emotional movie. And the movie ending was of the awesome :-)

8. Big Fish by Daniel Wallace- I liked the book, but the movie was so incredibly quirky and moving and fun. It was visually outstanding. And, I have to say again, it had Ewan McGregor.

9. Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx- Not that I don't love the novella/short story, because I really do. But the movie was stunning and moving and absolutely beautiful. All the actors were wonderful, the cinematography was excellent, and the script really filled out the characters and story so well.

10. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien- Admittedly, there are a handful of moments from the books that I LOVE and desperately wish were in the movie. But, on a whole, I didn't mind the lack of random songs or genealogies. The movies were powerful, beautiful, and have not ONCE failed to move me to tears. I'll never get tired of watching those movies, though I don't always feel like picking up the books (though I do re-read those passages I love the most from time to time).

11. The Princess Bride by William Goldman- I must admit I haven't re-read the book in quite some time, but during my first reading of it, I definitely preferred the movie that I had loved so much I memorized word-for-word when I was younger. I love every second of the movie and am so attached to it (not to mention I'm not good with change) and there are certainly some amazing moments in the book alone but, on a whole, I still prefer the movie.

Have an idea for a list I can write for an upcoming week? Leave it in the comments!

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