Monday, July 23, 2012

“Now I know what a ghost is. Unfinished business, that's what.”

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade: Alona Dare is the Queen B at her high school but getting hit by a school bus and dying cuts her rule short. Waking up in the same exact spot of her death, Alona walks around the grounds of what used to be her kingdom and watches as everyone forgets her.

 Was it going to be like this forever? Alona thought there would be a white light to take her away.

She thinks she's invisible to everyone she used to know until she notices Will Killian, the resident goth and total zero, laughing at her. He can see her and isn't that interesting? But Alona has to figure out a way to keep Will alive from a dangerous black ghost cloud thing and out of an insane asylum if she wants help in figuring out her afterlife.

 Okay, so this is another guilty pleasure novel because I usually don't read series books and I'm trying to stay away from supernatural heavy novels. BUT and this is a giant and mclargehuge but, I really enjoyed it. I sped through this novel in about a day and a half and didn't mind the alternating chapters between Will and Alona. So let me drop on you what I liked and disliked about this first novel in the Ghost and Goth series. LET'S GET TO IT. 

First, it's a really funny book and you basically have me if you can make me laugh more than once while reading. I mean the back and forth between Will and Alona was pretty awesome. When a popular girl clashes with a regular unpopular guy, there's bound to be hilarity at some point if you can get it right. 

Second, even though this novel involves a lot of the supernatural, the characters are dealing with real life problems like friendships, death (in more ways than one), suicide, family and mental illness. I thought that was really interesting and unexpected too. 

Third, I liked the characters a lot. Will, especially, because he was so tragic but brave and lovable too. Alona grows quite a bit in this book, which I am thankful for, because she needed to or else we were going to have a problem. I enjoyed Will and Alona's partnership and how they grew to really care about each other instead of just tolerating one another. 

 There's only one tiny thing I did not like about this novel and that was sometimes the cliches were a little much. Like Alona for instance, the blonde cheerleader that is a bit dumb and completely focused on outward appearances? I didn't mind it at first because that is kind of who she is but I also did not want her to drown in it. It just got a bit annoying is all. 

Overall, a really fun book that was surprising in a good many ways.  I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. 

(title quote from Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen: Sage is a thief and a orphan and it so happens that on a day where he's running for his life with a stolen prize, he's bought by a man named Conner. Sage thought he'd been bought to work in a house but instead he is forcibly recruited for a plot that Conner believes will prevent civil war. Not everything is as it appears, Sage learns. With three other boys, Sage must compete to win Conner's favor if he hopes to survive.

 I have so missed books like this one. Books of pure fantasy that do not rely on supernatural happenings to drive their story. This is a book about human nature at its best and at its worst and I just love it. GIVE ME BOOK TWO NOW. I am in pain waiting for The Runaway King. I don't think I'll be able to make it to April 2013 alive. But let's get to the things I liked about the novel because there was nothing I disliked about it (except that it ended).

 First, I loved the main character. Sage from the moment he was named was interesting to me. He's brave, smart, stubborn, kind, deceitful but selfless too. There's so much to him and as you follow him along in the tangled web weaved by adults, he gets even better. He's also quite heartbreaking and tragic. His story is truly one that pulls at the heart and it made me root for him the entire time.

Second, the story is impressive and well put together. All the questions we start out with at the beginning of the book get answered and then some. It's an intriguing adventure that destroyed a lot of my ideas on what would happen next and which characters could be trusted. I mentioned earlier that it was a book about human nature and what people can do and I just wanted to remark on how refreshing it was to see that again. Mostly because I feel as of late that popular ideas are taking over books and it is not the characters themselves that take center stage 

Third, I liked that this first book had a satisfying ending to this portion of Sage's story but also left things open perfectly for the second novel to follow. I think that's quite important since I've had a lot of series books just end abruptly, leaving me wondering if there were a few pages missing. 

Overall, I expected to like the book but not to love it, which I do (A LOT). I have not read a fantasy series for teens that was this good since Megan Whalen Turner's The Queen's Thief series. It's an extraordinary surprise and a welcome one. I look forward to finding out what happens next.

 Well that's my piece on this book and I am gonna jet. GOOD DAY.

 (title quote by George Bernard Shaw)

Monday, July 9, 2012

" I mean, suck it up, be a man and rub some dirt on it."

Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman: Natalie writes a relationship column for her school newspaper and thinks everything is going just fine. Great even, until she's told (quite vehemently) that she really doesn't know what she's talking about. In fact, her advice according to some (internet commentators) are hurting people.

Naturally, Natalie comes up with a plan to prove them (internet people) wrong. She cuts her hair, hides her boobs, glues on fake stubble and pretends to be a boy at Underwood Academy, an all-boys school. In her quest to figure out the male population of the world, she discovers a lot of hard truths not just about boys but about girls too. Things get even more complicated when Natalie starts to fall for her roommate. What is a girl pretending to be a boy to do?

Let's start out with my likes, shall we?. 

First, I enjoyed Natalie's growth throughout the book. She goes from thinking she's right about a lot of things to thinking that maybe she's wrong about a lot. Her ideas on popularity and appearance do change. I believe she realizes that being shallow on a number of things isn't right. It hurts people and it's unfair. 

Second, she reaches a number of really interesting conclusions like that maybe girls do have a lot of expectations when it comes to guys and that girls need to listen and observe instead of talking about what they want all the time. I also really liked the message that girls shouldn't be afraid to be who they are. A positive something that I think all ladies need to be reminded of from time to time. 

Third, the book was really funny. At times, I had tears in my eyes because a particular section was so hilarious. I love to laugh when I read so this was an awesome amount of fun. 

Overall, I really liked the book and loved a good many things about it. It is exactly the kind of lighthearted book you read when you need a bit of cheering up or when you want to laugh for a while. Even though I liked the book and recommend it there were a few things that irked me. 

A. The cover. Like I said before when I first saw this book, the cover image reminds me of a myspace and facebook lovechild profile picture. I dislike that. I dislike it so much. My dislike is super intense over this cover image. But I do love the font they used on the title. It's really pretty and it fits with the book's events. 

B. Being a boy for a week made her extra girly afterwards? It's just pants, girl, calm down. I found that to be a bit much. And by a bit much I mean a tad ridiculous. It makes all that character growth she gained sort of curl up into a ball and hide in a drawer. Also, NEWSFLASH, guys do wear pink.

That's my piece on this book and I am out. THE END.

 (title quote from the movie She's the Man)

Friday, July 6, 2012

"You don't give up. You never give up. Maybe that's what it takes to be a hero."

Title: Avengers: Children's Crusade
Writer: Allan Heinberg
Artist: Jim Cheung
Release Date: March 28, 2012


And thus ends 2 years of impatient waiting and anger in relation to delays. Avengers: Children's Crusade is finally done and in one big book. Missed an issue? No worries, they're all in there.

I liked Children's Crusade but it wasn't a perfect series. Something I realized that wasn't new reader friendly was the fact the events in this collection rely heavily on the foreknowledge of some major events in the Marvel Universe. It does get explained, but I don't think new readers will truly grasp the importance of those events and their effects on this story.  I think some readers will be left frustrated and confused at times by this. I suggest maybe reading Secret Invasion and House of M before or after Children's Crusade.

I also expected a lot more from this story. I don't know if Allan Heinberg felt rushed to just finish the series off or if he was apprehensive to take things further, but I think he had an opportunity to do something great here and he just didn't.

I will say this though, something I really loved about the ending was that it was hopeful, not just for the Young Avengers but for the Marvel Universe too.

The art, as usual, was flawless because Jim Cheung is that insanely good. I could not imagine anyone else drawing the Young Avengers. I really couldn't.

The hardcover collects:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) 526 (B STORY)

(quote from Children's Crusade issue 9)

Friday, June 22, 2012

"All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary."

Scary School by Derek the Ghost: School can be a scary place. Take it from Derek, he died there. But this isn't just any ordinary school, this is Scary School where monsters and humans walk the halls together. And this year is even more exciting as the school hosts the Ghoul Games. Who will win? Who will survive? Who will lose? Only Derek the Ghost knows.

Let me start out by saying that this book was so much fun and it was a joy to read. I haven't read something like this since I was in the 5th grade and had discovered the only copy of Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar at the school library. I make this comparison because it takes everything you know to be true and turns it on its head in a silly and amusing way.

Another thing I loved about the book were the illustrations by Scott M. Fischer. They went so well with the story and they were placed perfectly within each of the chapters. Scott M. Fischer was a good choice for an illustrator and his style fits the novel. I have no complaints about them at all and usually I'm really picky about the use of art in books.

And finally, the characters. I liked them all so much that I can't pick a favorite. Even the more formidable ones like Mr. Wolfbark were interesting. Seriously, who conjures a puff of smoke and then does not disappear in it? If your first guess is a bad magician, you are wrong.

The second book in the series, Scary School 2: Monsters on the March comes out June 26. The cover looks colourful and awesome and I'm excited for its release.

(quote by Sally Ride)

Monday, April 23, 2012

"She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me."

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg: Prom is fast approaching at Longbourn Academy and Lizzie Bennet, a scholarship student, could care less about it. While her high society classmates all worry themselves about dates and perfect dresses, Lizzie is working tirelessly to survive her time at the school.

The only bright spot is her kind friend and roommate Jane, who has always stood by her. But Jane gets bitten by the prom bug when Charles Bingley returns to Pemberley Academy and Lizzie is happy for her. But with Charles Bingley comes Will Darcy, an insufferable jerk and snob of the highest order. Lizzie detests Darcy and the more she hears about him, the more she wishes she didn't know him.

But Lizzie might be all wrong about Darcy and he just be the right person at the right time.

I really enjoyed this book. It made me want to crack open my old copy of Pride and Prejudice, read it all over again and then marathon the bbc Colin Firth series. I got it bad.

But let's start with what I didn't like about the book. Just two tiny things really. Firstly, I really think Elizabeth Eulberg could have played around with their names a bit more because the characters are recognizable through their personalities and their situations rather than their names. I felt like reading the name Charles over and over again for a book with a modern setting was strange. Couldn't you just call him Charlie? I know he's rich and everything but there's no need to be that stuffy. Same goes for Charlotte. Could have shortened her name to Lettie.

Though I did love how she inserted Lady Catherine De Bourgh into the story. Funnily enough, I still pictured her as looking like Maggie Smith.

Secondly, the dialogue reminded me quite a bit of the dialogue in the original Austen novel in how it sounded dated. I know Lizzie is surrounded by people from a different society but I was hoping their voices would sound different and a little more current. I think Lizzie was the only one who truly broke out of that mold.

But let's move onto what I really liked about the novel. First, the characters. Colin is as cringe worthy and mortifying as Mr. Collins has always been. Good lord, I couldn't stop laughing and wanting to hide in the closet for fear reading his name might conjure him up into existence. Also, I really liked Lizzie. I loved her passion for music and the piano and how strong she was in bearing the bullying coming from her peers at Longbourn.

Secondly, Lizzie gets to punch someone. I know that isn't a great reason but everyone was so reserved and proper in the Austen novel that even in the moments of great injustice there wasn't any action. Here we get some. All I'm saying is that someone who really deserves it finally gets theirs in the form of Lizzie's powerful yet delicate fist.

Lastly, it's just a really fun and lovely novel. It breaks your heart in places but by the end, gives it back to you all taped and glued back together.

This novel is now out in paperback.

(Quote from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

I do what I want, Thor.

So I was perusing the internet, as one usually does on a boring night, when I came across this little opinion piece by Joel Stein where he says:

The only thing more embarrassing than catching a guy on the plane looking at pornography on his computer is seeing a guy on the plane reading “The Hunger Games.” Or a Twilight book. Or Harry Potter. The only time I’m O.K. with an adult holding a children’s book is if he’s moving his mouth as he reads.

He goes on to make more sarcastic quips in the remaining few paragraphs but I think his opening truly illustrates exactly what upsets me.

Firstly, what makes Joel Stein an authority on what people should read?  In my opinion, there is nothing that sets him apart from me or the thousands of other book bloggers out there.  We have opinions, we express them and inform readers about particular books.  The ultimate decision to pick up a book is and will always be the reader.

I choose to read what I like and being 23 does not mean I should stop doing that. My age does not define me or my reading tastes.

I also do not like the fact that he tries to make people feel ashamed for reading what they enjoy or for discovering something they might enjoy.  They are reading something; I would be thankful for that in and of itself.

Secondly, his complete disregard for children's literature and young adult fiction is sad, but it is not shocking. It is based on the view that classics and adult fiction novels are the only things that have any worth. Worth is a matter of opinion though since every reader defines it differently.  We all have novels from our childhood that matter to us and why should we forget them just because we grow older? Just because something is labelled as being "adult" does not automatically make it fantastic and it does not establish its worth.  It is the reader who does that.  There is so much depth and character to be found in the novels of the young and to write them off so easily is just plain ridiculous.

Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up. - C.S. Lewis.

Thirdly, Joel Stein also thinks we should learn from reading but then does not explain what he means by this.  Is he talking about algebra? Possibly the unique features of writing in iambic pentameter?  I guess we will never know for sure.

I agree that we should learn things from what we read but he implies that there may be only one kind of learning, which is narrow minded.  Stein ignores the bigger picture. Everyone learns in different ways and the things they pick up on from what they read is unique to them.  Nothing is as black and white as Mr. Stein likes to believe.

Final words: I have read classics. I have a whole bookshelf dedicated to them. I have been reading them since I was 15. I have also read adult fiction (romance novels are terrible) and I have only liked some of what I have read (mostly Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, James Patterson and Harlan Coben).

I keep going back to children's literature and young adult fiction because it speaks to me more than anything else does and because I enjoy it.

I'm kind of still holding onto the hope that Joel Stein's article is a joke. Whether it is tomfoolery or not, it sparks an interesting debate. What are your thoughts? Do you think teens should read YA and then move onto adult fiction once they turn 19? Should adults not read YA or children's fiction?

(Bibliography: Stein, J. (2012). Adults should read adult books. The New York Times. Retrieved from

Friday, April 6, 2012

"It's stupid but it's what I do."

Title: Batgirl, Vol. 3: The Lesson
Writer: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs, Pere Perez and Ramon Bachs.
Release Date: November 29th 2011

It's Stephanie Brown's second semester at Gotham U and things are about to get a little more complicated than they usually are. The "Order of the Scythe" wants to take Batgirl down and they'll do it anyway they can, including framing her for murder.

Not only does she have to worry about a dangerous cult coming after her, she has to worry about the police too. She's on the run and hiding in plain sight but she can't keep is up forever.

Is there no one in Gotham City who still believes in Batgirl?

First of all, it's a good comic. Interesting and sad but revealing too. I am so happy to see Stephanie's relationship with her mom grow stronger in the pages of this collection because I feel that it was always one of her greatest worries.

Another thing that made my heart flutter happily was that we saw Stephanie and Nick Gage really work together as a team. I loved it because even though he's a little older than her (he's between 28 and 31, I reckon), they make a great pair. What irked me was that she told him to go after Barbara Gordon. Why? Why the hell would you do that? He had way more chemistry with Stephanie. If the series featuring Stephanie as Batgirl didn't end here, I would have liked to have seen some build up between Gage and Batgirl.

The last set of sections in this volume set up so many possibilities and they were all dashed with THE NEW 52 decision. I think that's why I think everything seemed a little rushed towards the end. They saw the decision coming and wanted to try and give Stephanie an ending, a hopeful one.

I like Barbara Gordon and she was a good Batgirl but Stephanie Brown is my hero. Hopefully, one day she'll wear the suit again.

(quote from Batgirl: The Lesson)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Absence makes the Heart grow Fonder

I have been absent for a little over a month now. Both school and some unexpected events factor into this but this blog is not dead. I hope that once my exams are done I shall be free to infuse this place with a bit more life.

-Girl from the Tower

Monday, February 20, 2012

“I love zombies. If any monster could Riverdance, it would be zombies.”

I know I talk a lot about The Hobbit adaptation coming out far far away down the line (it feels that way at least) but now I would like to take the time to talk about the Warm Bodies film coming out a year from this month (it was pushed back).

If anyone remembers, I have talked about Isaac Marion's novel before back when it was about ready to come out on shelves. I've known for a while that it was being made into a movie but I was waiting for the proper moment to talk about it.

Nicholas Hoult will definitely be playing R and as you can see, there are already stills of him in full on zombie makeup. If you watch The Walking Dead (like I do every Sunday) then what these zombies look like is a shock. When I think zombies, I think ugly decaying faces with the possibility of missing body parts.

But I actually like this new interpretation. Because while zombies are for all intents and purposes dead, they still are (in a way) alive (something has to make them rise and it ain't David Guetta's new CD). And these zombies look dead but without the advanced decomposition.

How R's thoughts will translate from page to screen when he can't actually talk is through voiceover. I'm excited about this because it's such a cool way to still hear R's voice. It reminds me of the novel since we're inside his head and we see his thought process even though he is unable to physically express what he thinks.

What I'm not liking is how this film, before it's even been released, is already being compared to Twilight. I think we should watch the film and make our own opinions, independent of Stephenie Meyer's novels and the films based off of them. My point is it's too early to tell what this film will be like so the comparison is a bit forward and unfair though inevitable. A lot gets compared to Twilight based on little to no similarities these days.

The movie looks interesting and the cast is pretty cool so I might go to see it when it comes out on February 1st, 2013.

EXTRA: Interview with the author about the book and the film.

(title quote from Craig Ferguson)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.”

Awwww yeah, people. I have been waiting for months to talk about this book and now that I can, I cannot seem to contain my excitement and love for Cameron Dokey's fairy tales.

I have been reading the Once upon a Time series since it first popped up in 2002 and even own a few (all of them with the original cover artwork by Kinuko Y. Craft). They're so hard to find now and it's a shame to think that so many will miss out on these awesome stories because of that.

But there's always a glimmer of hope. Once by Cameron Dokey contains three of her stories from the series in one book: Wild Orchid (a retelling of Mulan), Golden (a retelling of Rapunzel) and Before Midnight (a retelling of Cinderella).

All of them are awesome stories that I've read over and over again and really adore. So I hope with this re-release, new readers will discover the series and Dokey's work and go looking for more.

(title quote from Audrey Hepburn)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

"Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered Am I..."

Bewitching by Alex Flinn: Kendra Hilferty may be an immortal witch but that doesn't mean that everything always goes right for her. Transforming Kyle Kingsbury from a beast into a real prince is just one of her stories. One of the only ones that went right.

After 300 years of hardly getting anything right, Kendra is a bit jaded. So when she meets a girl she believes needs her help, how is she not supposed to get involved?

You had to know that I would be talking about this book at some point down the road. I'm such a huge fan of Alex Flinn and glad for any excuse to talk about her or her novels. Really, I'm quite predictable.

Anyway, I'm real excited for this book and have been since I heard about it. I've wondered about Kendra since I read Beastly but did not get my hopes up on there ever being more involving her beyond Kyle Kingsbury's story. I have been burned by hopes before!

But I'm so glad that Alex Flinn is bringing back the character and giving us a chance to really get to know Kendra. I feel like there's a lot tell and I'll be waiting chin on hands for it by the window of my tower.

Bewitching by Alex Flinn comes out February 14th in hardcover. That's right, Valentine's day! So whether you celebrate the day of lurve or the day of forever aloneness, you now have a reason to be excited for it if you didn't already have one.

(title quote from the song Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered by Ella Fitzgerald)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places."

As part of my mark for my Children's Literature class, I was asked to pick a picture book to bring into class. I admit, I didn't think much about it and picked Oliver, Who Traveled Far and Wide written by Mara Bergman and illustrated by Nick Maland at random off the shelf.

Ultimately I took it home from the library because I just loved the illustrations and the use of colour throughout the book. Nick Maland's work here is beautiful and it gets even better as he draws us across the landscape of Oliver's imagination. The colours are solid and vibrant and the lines bold.

I also liked the story which revolves around Oliver Donnington Rimington-Sneep's search for his teddy bear named Ted. It warmed my heart when Oliver finally found him and they were able to go home together. A sweet and adorable book.

The words and illustrations in this book come together really well to tell the story. The text and the pictures could exist independently of each other but I think it's their combination which makes Oliver's adventure really great and memorable.

(title quote from Roald Dahl)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

Sorry that I haven't been posting. I make this solemn apology to both my blog and myself. But with January returns all my anxieties related to school, work and volunteering. Little time and little sleep.

Anyway, I wanted to take some time aside to mention something that I find completely wonderful and exciting. Barnes and Noble are releasing a bunch of classic books and even some more recent works in hardcover editions and let me tell you...they're beautiful.

I first found out about this when my mother pulled me along to the bookstore before Christmas so she could figure out what to get me (apparently, I am hard to shop for)and we stumbled upon this big baby (literally larger than a brick). I already own Jane Eyre but it's a ratty old copy that's torn in places and cost me 50 cents at the library.

It's sitting right in front of me on my desk as I write this and it fills me with suo much joy. Not only because Jane Eyre is one of my favorite stories but also because having it in hardcover and with this design gives it an old vintage quality (even though it's clearly printed in 2011) that I adore. A vintage quality that doesn't involve me putting on a corset.

There are also editions that are a collection of a bunch of stories from a specific author like this one by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring all the stories in his Sherlock Holmes series. Quite neat and handy. I'd hate to have all his adventures in separate tiny novels. Compilations are a wonderful thing!

Single novels in the Barnes and Noble Leatherbound Classics series:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Scarlet Letter by by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Arabian Nights by Richard Francis Burton (Translator)
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Children's Classics:
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Other Novels by Mark Twain
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
Peter Pan by by J. M. Barrie
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Other Stories by Lewis Carroll

Other compilations:
The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Divine Comedy by Dante
American Gods/Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
The Martian Chronicles/The Illustrated Man/The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury
Jurassic Park/The Lost World by Michael Crichton
Ernest Hemingway: Four Novels by Ernest Hemingway
H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction by H.P/ Lovecraft
Jules Verne: Seven Novels by Jules Verne
H.G. Wells: Seven Novels by H.G. Wells
Jane Austen: Seven Novels by Jane Austen
Charles Dickens: Five Novels
by Charles Dickens
Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales by Brothers Grimm
Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

I got Jane Eyre for about $20 but they will vary in price so be prepared for that. Other than that, I hope this post gets someone interested and that they'll check out these classics because they're all very good novels.

(title quote from Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

"He guessed as well as he could, and crawled along for a good way, till suddenly his hand met what felt like a tiny ring of cold metal..."

So the trailer is out. Best quality and not a ridiculous fan made trailer. I have been rick rolled one too many times in search of this video. No more, I beg you, please.

Anyway, the movie looks stunning and fun and everything I hoped it would be. It has the familiar feel and style a lot of us will recognize from The Lord of the Rings. But more importantly, all the characters fit. Martin Freeman, I adore you (even though I find it hard to imagine you without a towel and a bathrobe).

I also really like the beginning part to the trailer because it connects the two stories together in such a small and sweet way.

Hear that noise? That's my excited screaming.

(title quote from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.)

"For last year's words belong to last year's language."

Happy New Year, everyone! I'm a tad late in posting this but I've been eating and celebrating since last night (food coma brought to you by my mother).

With the new year here already, I've been thinking about this blog's short lifespan. And I am so amazed I've come this far and been able to stick with it.

Despite my insecurities, lack of connections and lack of knowledge about blogging in general; I think I'm getting better at this thing. I know I have a lot to still learn but I look forward to it.

Another reason I made this post is to list some resolutions I've made this year for the blog. Do not worry. My resolutions have nothing to do with helping my blog lose weight.

Resolution 1: post more. Hard to do with school and work but I want to make an effort.

Resolution 2: more reviews. I do have opinions some of the time, you know.

Resolution 3: be myself on the blog more. My blog so it's my voice you should be hearing and not a monotonous robot voice.

Plain and simple. Small and tiny. Those are my resolutions. Have a nice night readers.

(title quote from T.S. ELIOT.)