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I love to read fantasy, scifi, YA, and MG. I also write books and have a YouTube channel (TheREDBooks) on which I discuss what I'm writing and what I'm reading :)

Panic - Lauren Oliver

Yup. That's the main reason I'd marry the Beast.

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What' Up Wednesday #8

Curious as to what I've been up to lately? Here's a blog post!

17 problems, which understand only book lovers

1. When someone asks you what your favorite book is and expects you to pick just one.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

2. When someone interrupts your reading.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

Because, really, a book is basically a Do Not Disturb sign.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

3. When the movie version of a book gets everything wrong.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

4. And completely ruins your mental images of characters.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

5. When someone you like tells you they don’t like to read.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

6. When you forget to eat or sleep because a book is so good.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

7. When your favorite character dies.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

And you pretend they’re still alive but it’s just not the same.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

8. When a book you love gets a harsh review.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

9. When an author stops writing mid-series.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

10. When someone spoils the ending of a book.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

Or worse, the ending of an entire series.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

11. When you walk into a bookstore.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

12. When you lend someone a book and get it back in terrible condition.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

13. Or never get it back at all.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

14. When you finish a book and have to wait a year for the sequel.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

15. When a book makes you cry hysterically in public and everyone thinks you’re crazy.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

16. When no one gets your obscure literary reference.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

17. When someone says you read too much.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand

Because you know there’s no such thing as too many books.

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2) - Rick Riordan

Our thoughts on The Sea of Monsters Movie (no spoilers). What did you think of it?

 

RCBeiler (hasn't read the book) gave it a 4/5.

 

I (have read the book) gave it a 2/5.

Fire  - Kristin Cashore The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) - C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes The Sea of Monsters  - Rick Riordan A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett Not Until You Part I: Not Until You Dare - Roni Loren

In which I talk about the books I read in July.

Reblogged from Ned Hayes Writing:
"The first duty of the novelist is to entertain. It is a moral duty. People who read your books are sick, sad, traveling, in the hospital waiting room while someone is dying. Books are written by the alone for the alone."


— Novelist Donna Tartt, author of The Secret History & The Little Friend

Source: http://sinfulfolk.com

When people ask me why I waste time reading a book that's going to turn into a movie.

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BookTube-a-thon Read-a-thon Wrap Up!

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Quick Review: The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2) - Rick Riordan

This books was all kinds of perfect middle grade fantasy adventure awesomeness. It's been a while since I read the first one (The Lightning Thief), but I don't remember being nearly as impressed with it as I was with this. That's another thing I liked about this book: you don't have to remember everything about the first one in order to get it. 

 

This book was basically a kid's version of The Odyssey, which I definitely appreciated since I studied The Odyssey in college. I pretty much laughed out loud when I realized Grover was Penelope (it really shouldn't have taken me so long to realize this). I love the characters. Annabeth is so smart and cool and Tyson is so sweet and funny. Percy is adorable with his occasional cluelessness and his heart of gold. Grover is just hilarious. I high recommend getting into this series if you haven't already. I'm sure you have, though, since I'm so late to the party.

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What's Up Wednesday & Ready. Set. Write! #4

In which I talk about the many books I've been reading, finishing up the first round of edits on my WIP, my inspiring students, and my fruitless (so far) job search.

Reblogged from Sarah Says Read:

Truth.

Quick Review: Fire by Kristin Cashore

Fire  - Kristin Cashore

I think Kristin Cashore might be one of my new favorite authors. Well, I read Graceling awhile ago, so I suppose she's not entirely new, but I loved Graceling and now I love Fire. I love both Katsa and Fire. They are so different and yet so similar in their strength and compassion, and at the same time have their flaws, as all good characters should. They are heroines I love to read about and can easily admire and relate to. The plot of Fire was vastly interesting, and I loved how it connected to Graceling on the very thinnest of threads so that it sometimes felt like it took place in an entirely different world. I hope Cashore writes more books in the universe, because I really want to read more about the Dells and how they might eventually interact with the Seven Kingdoms. 

 

Basically, Fire was everything I love about high fantasy: a fascinating world, an intriguing plot, lovable characters, and a heart-breakingly sweet love story that doesn't overtake everything else.

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BookTube News: Awesome Recs + Reading Pressure

Quick Review: Reached by Ally Condie

Reached - Ally Condie

I really wanted to like this book, but I just... didn't. A lot of the praise I hear for REACHED talks about how lovely the prose is, and that's definitely true. But lovely prose does not a good book make. The plot of this book just seemed to meander along with no real direction. I remember liking Matched, the first book in this series, quite a lot and then felt like Crossed suffered from second-book-slump. I was hoping Reached would be a great finale, but I never really got into it or felt emotionally invested in any of the three first person POV characters. That's right. There are three. The first book had one. The second had two. And now this one has three. I think the whole series would have benefitted from keeping Cassia as the only POV character. All three of the POVs sounded the same to me even though they were all doing very different things for most of the book. It kept the characters from feeling like individuals, which led to me only really being able to connect to the non-POV characters.