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October Short Reviews

Once I completed my studies for university, I definitely jumped into the deep end of the reading pool – reading 10 novels/novellas/short story collections during the last month. My reading list centred almost exclusively on young adult realistic fiction, with the exception of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, the latest in D.D. Marks’s Olesia Anderson spy thrillers, and Tamora Pierce’s collection of short stories.

Many of the novels I read over the past month were fantastic, and really enjoyed reading them. Two in particular stand out for me: When We Were Two by Australian firefighter Robert Newton, and You Against Me by British actress-turned-author Jenny Downham. Though vastly different, these novels stood out for the brilliance of their construction, the approachability of their characters and storylines that kept me interested the who way through. I really cannot recommend these two novels enough.

Featured this month:

  • Double Deals (pt. 1) – D.D. Marks
  • When We Were Two – Robert Newton
  • The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  • The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling
  • Before I Die – Jenny Downham
  • Tortall and Other Lands – Tamora Pierce
  • Hate List – Jennifer Brown
  • You Against Me – Jenny Downham
  • How to Buy a Love of Reading – Tanya Egan Gibson

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 3

Day 3: Book that makes you laugh out loud

The easy answer to this challenge, is: most of my favourite YA novels. (At least the fantasy ones, the realistic YA I tend to read is generally pretty far from funny! :P)

Particularly, this applies to my Harry Potter books, and my Tortall novels. Both J.K. Rowling and Tamora Pierce know how to write a funny, fantasy-adventure story. And that is why I keep going back, reading them again and again.

And then I thought about it all a bit more… I never really like things to be all that easy. So, the roundabout (kinda cheating answer) is:

FAN-FICTION!

S.P.E.W. Does Not Approve by makani

I have read a lot of (almost exclusively Harry Potter) fan-fiction in my days… Ever since I was first introduced to it way back in 2004. Well, I say ‘read’. What I mean is that I’ve devoured it. In fact, I used to read so much fan-fiction that my dad actually firewalled fanfiction.net on our home network… What did I do? I downloaded stories while at school, copied them into Word documents, and read them on my laptop. I even got some stories professionally printed. I wrote fansfiction (we won’t go there!). Basically, for quite a few years, a lot of my reading was done online.

Why was I so insane about it? Basically, fan-fiction can be terrible, horrendous, bad on a level that is stomach-churning. But it can also be brilliantly written, thought-out and developed. I have read some fan-fiction stories that I could honestly say were just as good as the published works that inspired them. Some very, very talented authors have their beginnings in fan-fiction, I’m sure.

Also, though, fan-fiction can be damned funny! And this was the main reason I decided to go with fan-fiction to answer this question. Sure, Rowling and Pierce and many other published authors have made me laugh, some have even made me laugh out loud (I’m hard to please!), but the stories that have truly made me laugh out loud, made me guffaw and all the rest, have been fan-fiction.

To illustrate my point, follow on for some fanart!

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 7

Day 7: Book that you can quote/recite.

First off, I have reaf far too many books over the years to be able to quote and recite any single one. While I’ve re-read several of my favourites over the years, I am no where near being able to recite them! My good friend is able to recite whole passages from pretty much every Terry Pratchett novel… but I just don’t have that much dedication.

Having said that though… I can think of a few books that have particular lines/passages that I love and can recite if need be.

From Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier:

“…it matters not if you are here, or there, for I see you before me every moment. I see you in the light on the water, in the swaying of the young trees in the spring wind. I see you in the shadows of the great oaks, I hear your voice in the cry of the owl at night. You are the blood in my veins, and the beating of my heart. You are my first waking thought, and my last sigh before sleeping. You are – you are bone of my bone, and breath of my breath.”

 

From Cybele’s Secret by Juliet Marillier:

“If a man truly loves… He gives no heed to what others may think. His heart has no room for that, for it is filled to the brim with
the unutterable truth of his feelings.”

 

  Several scenes from assorted Harry Potter books, particularly the earlier ones. (Quite a few, really!)

Mostly I remember some of the amazing one liners from the books. For instance, Hermione claiming she can’t make a fire without wood in the first book. To which Ron promptly responds: “Are you a witch or aren’t you?”
Also, Ron refering to the first years in Order of the Phoenix as ‘midgets’, and – after being told off by Hermione – replying with “What? They’re titchy.” Gold. Always gold.
Ooh! And Fred and George in the first book, saying that they don’t know why their mother bothers putting their initals on their jumpers, as “We know our names are Gred and Forge.” So many great moments and one liners in those books! I’ll stop now, as otherwise I’ll just keep going! 😛

 

And this gem from Page by Tamora Pierce:

“What was that about?” Neal demanded.
Kel turned. All of her friends were arrayed at her back. “He says he’s changed.”
“I suppose he could have changed,” Neal said dryly. “I myself have noticed my growing resemblance to a daffodil.” The other pages snorted.
Kel eyed her friend. “You do look yellow around the edges,” she told him, her face quite serious. “I hadn’t wanted to bring it up.”
“We daffodils like to have things brought up,” Neal said, slinging an arm around her shoulders. “It reminds us of spring.”
“Does dung remind you of spring, too, Princess Flower?” Cleon demanded irritably.

 

Really, makes me laugh every time! I’m certain that there are many more that I am forgetting, but these are the ones that come immediately to mind. And I did catch myself reciting the scene from Page just the other day. More soon!

 

 

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 13

Day 13: Book whose main character is most like you

I’m cheating a little bit here, again. The character I’ve chosen is not the main character in this series, and he’s male which physically doesn’t make him much like me, either… But I made my mother help me with this one, and we decided that this character, when you think about it, really is a lot like me. Honestly, I’m flattered.

Protector of the Small series – Tamora Pierce

Protector of the Small

The Protector of the Small series focuses on Keladry of Mindelan, a young girl who decides to take advantage of the law that girls may train to become knights. Not everyone is supportive of Kel’s decision, indeed, most people are dead set against it. She faces off bullies, discrimination and cruel-minded males, all with the determination to prove everyone wrong and succeed. I wish that I was like Kel. She is an amazing character – full of determination, stoicism and endless bravery. But she is not who I think I am like. Kel is too serious for me…

According to my mother, I am more like Kel’s best friend: Nealan of Queenscove.

Bear with me here. Neal is a great character. He is one of the first to befriend Kel when she starts her training and looks out for her from that moment on, sometimes against her. Neal provides a source seriousness and lightheartedness in equal measure. He lightens Kel’s solid character, showing a tendency towards humour and a good time that we wouldn’t otherwise see. Neal was always one of my favourite characters in the series, and for many reasons – not just because he was described as ‘handsome’.

He is loyal, brave, serious, honourable, fun-loving, book-loving, insubordinate, fussy, temperamental (he has the nastiest of tempers!) and often absentminded. In some ways, Neal and I are quite similar. Particularly in the love of books and some fun, but also in being serious, fussy, absentminded and prone to temperamental outbursts. I also like to think of myself as honourable and loyal to those I care about and can hope that I am brave. Insubordination is just another thing to add to my list – I’ll practice it on my parents. 🙂

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 20

Day 20: Book you’ve read the most number of times

This one really was a challenge. I’m a book re-reader. If I find something I love, I will keep on reading it, and find something to enjoy every single time. But, luckily, I am also slightly OCD and have kept a record of every single book I have read (title, author, number of pages, date started and date finished) since October 11, 2000. That’s a lot of books. But it also means that I can tell you exactly how many times I have read certain books. And I’m doing a count down. Because I can.

In third place…

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. The first Juliet Marillier book I ever read, and six times later I still love it. I would have read it more times, but the four (nearly five!) books that follow make that a little bit hard! Still, a beautiful and amazing book! – More on it later!

In second place…

First Test by Tamora Pierce. This one was a present from my sister for my 13th birthday – it still has the inscription in it, though the book’s started to fall apart. This one I’ve read seven times, but my mum’s read it a few as well, and my sister. Great adventure books, with young female role models – what more could a girl want? Other then all of the other Tortall books, naturally.

In first place…

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