- member since September 5, 2008
I finished Things. Some stories I really liked and others I didn't care for. How was your book?
I feel like I am lacking on Allegiant but I hope to get into it more now that I finished Things. Knowing the end, has ruined any urgency I might have felt about reading. And I do wish I hadn't seen that darn spoiler. Has that ever happened to you before?
I am having the worst time remembering details about the 5th wave right now. Too many books are in my head: Things, Catcher, which I am using at Crafton, and Allegiant. So I am going to jog my memory then send you another message.
It's me again. I did not get an email saying you messaged me 7 days ago. I hate Shelfari. She is up to no good.
I follow Clare on Tumblr so I see her posts are on my dash. I agree with what you said, exactly.
I like Dream Thieves so far. I just can't find the time to read. I am going to give myself a reading requirement starting tomorrow. I just hope I stick to it. Damn, me!
Did you see the ridiculously long post Clare posted on Tumblr? It is her latest post. Listen, I am all for feminism and equality and all that jazz. But do I need a lecture from Clare on what people are saying about her on the internet? No. From what I hear, her movie sucked but let it go. LET IT GO. She should talk to Meyer. She knows all about that. Plus, why does she insist on reading what people say about her on the internet? I don't care if she is a woman or a man. Don't lecture me.
I am disappointed that Mara isn't coming out but think she is brave for basically chucking two versions of it because it wasn't good enough.
I finally got The Dream Thieves. I am looking forward to Allegiant and Susan Ee's World After. Have you started the Monstrumologist yet?
I don't have as much time to read. I am trying my best to fit it in but of course things get in the way, mainly sleepiness!
Glad you liked your book. So you would recommend it?
I agree movie adaptations rarely capture the magic of a book, especially a book like The Book Thief.
Did you see this? I guess you were right. The book isn't coming out to next year. I thought she was being kind of quiet. Usually they are in full marketing mode right about now, releasing spoilers and such.
Yeah, lets read it at the same time. It will be fun. Even if I don't like it, reading it with you will make it fun. Whenever you get it, is fine. I have a book I need to start. It's the next in that series I have been reading, The Luxen.
I don't actually know if her facial features are actually changing bc you are right, no one else mentions it, especially her mom or big bro. At times, I thought she had just lost weight from all her trauma so that changed her face a bit. That's the only theory I had, as silly as it may be. I also thought it could be in her head. I don't remember if Noah actually says she looks different or if she is just different every time he sees her. I still need to get my kindle and look at the book. And I don't remember my theory. It must not have been very good. : )
The Radleys is the only Haig book I have read. I did just read a post he had on his blog a few weeks ago and thought it was pretty funny. It was his tips on writing or something like that. He is a pretty funny guy and not pretentious at all. I like him. Is the book still good?
Let me know if you think it is good because I have it. Shan got the prepub from the library.
As far as I know, Mara comes out in October. Hodkin hasn't said anything otherwise so I am hoping Amazon just made a mistake. I agree with what you said. Noah is not dead. I actually read some comments where readers actually believe he is dead. Really, people? Read books much? Mara basically says she doesn't believe he is dead and the person who tells her he is dead is a nut job b**ch. I knew their names spelled madness and she says she did do it on purpose. I didn't know about the number stuff. I wonder if it will mean anything. I am curious to find out about that. I had a theory about Noah's contraindication but i forgot what it was! I need to pull my book out and refresh my memory.
Which leads me to memory! They need to let her publish it. Or she should just self publish it. If I was an author not finishing a story would bug me like crazy, though I suppose she knows how the story ends in her head.
I gave Bone Season 2 stars because of all the work she did, making the maps and glossary. : ) The Today Show chose it as their first book in their book club. Yeah, good luck with that. So many people are not going to like that book. It is dense, at times poorly written, and filled with made up words. Words I didn't care enough about to look up in the glossary. I actually think The Today Show and the publishing company have some sort of deal or are owned by the same mega company because there is no other reason they they would choose this book. It is an "adult" book but reads like a dense YA novel.
How did you end up liking Greta W?
I didn't notice. The incomplete sentences. But I just all in all hated Greta. I really wanted her to go with the 1920's guy. I wanted so much more from that book. I fell asleep reading the last few pages and I don't really remember what happened to her and I am ok with that.
I am with you! I did NOT think Mara is a scary book or even supposed to be a scary book! Lately, I have been realizing how full of it publishing companies are. I have read so many author blurbs about how scary a book is supposed to be and they are not. NOS4AT2 was supposed to be so scary. ha! Yeah, right. Not in the least bit scary. (in my humble opinion, of course). The only way you would be scared by Mara or the Hill book is if you were 4 years old or a big ole ball of wuss. The same goes for Clare books. They are not scary at all, unless a big garden worm scares you.
You may be right. It could be the letters that Clare is talking about. You know, I agree with you, I don't understand Clare's decision to have Tessa leave her children. Sometimes I think she was in such a hurry she made decisions without thinking them all the way through.
My personal pet peeve about Tessa: I would have liked Tessa more if just once, JUST ONCE, she thought something along the lines of F*** both of you (in her lingo of course)! Just once, I would like her to acknowledge the fact that Jem is a dying drug addict while Will can be a mean man hoe (of course before she knows the truth). She never seems to think that she doesn't have to be with either of them romantically. I would have liked her to think it; then consciously decide that the joy they bring her out weighs all their drama. I know that is me coming through in the story. My personality coming through and like you I don't want to know what that says about me. :)
By the way, does she do that? I totally could have missed it. And if she does then never mind. :)
The parent thing can bug me too. I wondered about Noah's parents. I wondered how much Mara actually knows about them. Noah's step mom is at the vet he takes the dog too and helps him right off, his step mom is home twice when they go to his house, they aren't home once I think she visits, Noah has to do something with his parents the day before their first "date." Plus he is there when Noah needs the dad to help him get in to the institution with Mara. They are gone during the spring break week, though. So I was always a bit undecided about the availability of Noah's parents. I also wondered how much is just what Mara thought about them from listening to Noah. Your thoughts?
At first I found the whole absent parent thing weird but then I realized that was my junior high best friend's parents. They lived in the same house but they might as well not have. They were always gone. When we were all actually together, they barely spoke to each other. It was so awkward. It was so silent in that house. That is the complete opposite of my family.
" As an aside, I wish I could find more decent books like Dyer and the ID series that are YA, have some kind of paranormal aspect to them, and have a romantic side to the story. I'm really into that kind of read lately."
I am too!! That is why I read Mara. The romance angle in a good story. I had no idea about any of the powers stuff. After three recommendations from Amazon, I figured I would take his advice and read it. I have read the dumbest books in search of another Mara and Clare type book. I haven't found one yet. Out of the books I have read Under the Never Sky, Paper Valentine, and AngelFall have been the best. I actually enjoyed all three. The Raven Boys is good but lacks in romance. I'm hopping there will be more in book 2.
What do you think Jamie's power is? You do what he says? And do you think Noah's dad's company is involved?
When I asked you about how you like Hodgkin's writing after you finished the first book, that is what I meant. It is a weird way to do it. Honestly, I am mixed on it. I find it kind of neat to use in the first person, if you are following the character's train of thought. BUT I also see that it can be repetitive. So I am torn right now. I find it both interesting and kind of irritating.
I agree with your Bone comments. The author dumps SOSOSO much info on the reader in the first chapters that they could have explained and I didn't even remember. I guess i should have looked at the maps that are included. :) haha. Really? Maps.
I used to mark some of my books up with a highlighter and a post it, not special books though, like my Hoffman's. Lately I have been buying ebooks. Bookmarking and highlighting ebooks is so easy so I do that a lot, especially on the IPAD. The Ipad is in color so it makes it easier to see my marks on there. I like the ipad for marking books up and the kindle for just reading. The kindle is easier on the eyes and lighter. So any marks I make on the ipad in my kindle app show up on my actual kindle and on my computer.
Have you read any more Kindle books? I haven't but I have a bunch on there that I need to read. It's not that I don't want to either. It is just that Shan's library has the books for free and her ebook library isn't very good. Did you get the ebooks you read from your library?
Ah, Clare! She just loves to beat a dead horse. Poor horse. I hate that saying. I read her post too. I wondered that too. How did Will betray her? He didn't. All I could think of is how he insulted her on the roof (it was on the roof, right). I can't even remember the details of the convo but it was when he really pushed her way. Could that be it?
Clare's ego is as big as ever. Dear Clare, I don't care anymore. You aren't Shakespeare or some other genius. I am no longer analyzing your books. Signed, Me. : ) But I guess the "fandom" must be. I never hated Tessa. She bugged me at times but I didn't hate her. I actually never thought she was a very interesting character. I liked her well enough but I didn't think about her afterwards. I always thought she was just ok. How did you feel about her?
My response to the love triangle is WHATEVER. I don't care anymore. I actually hate triangles. I think they are stupid. I love how she keeps saying she wanted to write a story showing that you can love two people at the same time. Ok. But then why wait 100 (more or less) years for Tessa to be with someone else. Talk about a drought. 100 friggin years. Who even cares after all that time? I also like how Tessa immediately loves someone she hasn't seen in 100 years too. 100 years. Yeah that is realistic. And that is a great example of how real life love works...most people get to wait 100 years to be with the other person they love, right? Plus they love 2 best friends who actually want the other to be happy. Sure, that happens all the time. Don't preach to me about real life love when your story is as unrealistic as they come, Clare.
I agree with your Bane comments. Do you hate any characters when you are reading a book? I don't know of I really hate them; some just bug me at times, even ones I like. I think it is normal for a character to bug a reader at times. Isn't that how life is? People aren't perfect so why should a character be perfect?
Which leads me to Mara! What did you think of book 2? Any parts you didn't care for?
I didn't care for the India parts. I thought they were sort of boring. I also was sort of confused on what she was trying to get across during the beach/kissing scene. I don't know if she was trying to keep with making Mara an unreliable narrator or she just had trouble writing it. I like that the characters kept their wit but weren't fake witty like some of Clare's dialogue. I actually really like that at times Noah would irritate Mara and vice versa. Thank you Hodgkin, for having Mara tell Noah to go help Daniel because he was irritating her. I also thought it was funny when Mara was trying to tell Noah about her day but he was talking about the video game and food, cutting her off. Yes, authors, guys can be irritating in a normal everyday sort of way. I also liked that they didn't push each other away, that they didn't keep huge secrets from each other, or any of that typical stuff. No triangle! yay! I like the "F*** seventeen line." I liked that she brought up the fact they are only seventeen. My fave line of the book: "I am definitely a pu**y." Finally an author who says the obvious: love can turn a guy into a pu**y.
How is the new book you are reading?