Apr. 18th, 2012 03:11 pm
aidenfire: (NonFandom: Books are fun!)
Very quick question! What are your favorite poems/poets with non-poetry-readers, particularly teenagers? I want to do a little poetry event with my kids as part of April being National Poetry Month, and any suggestions are most welcome!

aidenfire: hermione is the brains of this operation (hp: the brains of every operation)
Life. Sometimes the drama forces you to assess things more clearly, you know?

In other news, I finally read Neil Gaiman's Stardust yesterday and it was fabulous! For those of you that haven't read it, it's a fantasy/faerie tale/quest novel featuring a cusp-of-adulthood young man searching for a fallen star. It was a pretty quick read; I finished it in one (pretty slow) shift at the boy's house. I loved the fairy tale tone of it. It's hard to hit on that tone and still maintain a complicated plot and multi-faceted characters. He did an excellent job though. I wasn't sucked in immediately, but all of a sudden I was like half way through the book and couldn't put it down. I definitely had some straight up hand-to-mouth gasps at certain points of the action, and it also had a whole lot of heart. I always love watching completely disparate plot threads converge, and I was so satisfied with the ending of this one. He didn't cop out; the ending followed the plotlines that he'd set in motion; but he did it so elegantly. It was a true pleasure and I highly recommend it. :)
aidenfire: Jocelyn knows what's up (akt: jocelyn knows what's up)
But first, a meme! I had to post this one once I saw the result:

Pick up the nearest book to you.
Turn to page 45.
The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.

"I should cut back on my work anyway, and--we should make an effort to eat together"

The Demon's Covenant, by Sarah Rees Brennan.

ahahahahaha ded from lolz.

In other book news, I have a few more recs to make.

Legend, by Marie Lu. Dystopian/futuristic YA. ♥♥♥♥♥; highly recommended.

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Matched, by Ally Condie. Dystopian/futuristic YA. ♥♥♥♥; recommended.

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Crown of Stars series, by Kate Elliott. Adult fantasy. ♥♥♥; ambivalently recommended (ie I didn't like it but you might).

Read more... )

Please note, I give Amazon links purely for the amount of information/other reviews, not out of an endorsement of Amazon. Consider supporting your local bookstores!
aidenfire: hermione is the brains of this operation (hp: the brains of every operation)
I've been reading some really excellent things lately, both novels and some Yuletide stuff, and I wanted to share my squee! I'm stilling working through Yuletide, so I'll post those in a day or two, but for now, have some book talk! I also have a couple more books I want to talk about, but I figured I'd go ahead and post this now.

Poison Study, by Maria V. Snyder. Fantasy, Adult/YA. ♥♥♥♥. Highly Recommended.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Sci Fi/Future, Adult/YA. ♥♥♥♥♥. Highly Recommended.

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Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets, by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh. Non-fiction. ♥♥♥♥. Highly Recommended.

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In other news, I'm out visiting my boy in Pittsburgh and it's really nice. :)

And, final unrelated random question...I'm considering changing my default to this one of Hermione I used here. Thoughts?
aidenfire: (Default)
Well and also Merry Christmas. Hope all is well. Since my charger died, I have been reading. A lot. A whole, whole lot. Here are six, so as not to overwhelm. :)

Graceling, by Kristin Cashore. Highly Recommended (♥♥♥♥♥)

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The Hunger Games, by Suzzane Collins. Highly Recommended (♥♥♥♥♥)

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Twisted, by Laurie Halse Anderson. Highly Recommended (♥♥♥♥♥)

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Swim The Fly, by Don Calame. Recommended (♥♥♥♥) (pre-release)

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Melting Stones, by Tamora Pierce. Recommended for fans (♥♥♥)

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You Are So Undead To Me, by Stacey Jay. Not recommended. (♥♥) (Pre-release)

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All for now. More later. :)
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It's summer, which means I've had time to read again.

Three under the cut )
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So, uh, three books at a time might lead too much a bit too much post for your flist, especially considering how v. spam happy I've been lately. Here's the latest six. I, uh, did say I read fast...

Now with Amazon links!

The Portable Door by Tom Holt; Jinx High by Mercedes Lackey; Gettin Lucky by Micol Ostow; Devilish by Maureen Johnson; The Boyfriend League by Rachel Hawthorne; A Fistful of Sky by Nina Kiriki Hoffman )
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I plan on doing this every three books. Just writeups about what I like and don't like about things I've been reading.

Hero, by Perry Moore; Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, by Peter Cameron; Assassin's Apprentice, by Robin Hobb )
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This post was meant to be a short list of things I'm reading. Just so you know. and instead it's turned into an incredibly rambly tale of my journey through fandom, and why the fandom path I was following has begun to get a little weedy and overrun. I guess this is sort of my I'm leaving fandom post, but I haven't been a true member of fandom in months. Post-mortem then, I suppose.

In which I ramble about my life and my mind. )

Three books I didn't like that I thought I would )

Other books I liked more:

-Beastly, by Alex Finn. A retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Not exceptional but a good and fun read, well written and quickly read. Recommended if you have the spare time, but not a must read.

-Ship of Magic, Mad Ship, and Ship of Destiny, by Robin Hobb. (this was actually what I wanted to make the post about but it is now almost 3 and I'm going to bed. See, this is what happens when I find a keyboard after midnight. I will finish tomorrow)

It is now tomorrow. I continue.
The Liveship Trilogy )
aidenfire: (rainbow flag)
My dad got a new book in the mail today. Wide Awake, by David Levithan. Some of you might have heard me squee about David Levithan before, but, in case you haven't, he is omgsogood. Like, amazingly good. Incredibly good. REALLY REALLY GOOD, OK. And this book is about. about government. and politics. campaigns and road trips and rallies and phone banks and speeches and omg *ded* I LOVE IT I LOVE IT SO MUCH IT'S SO GOOD I'M GOING TO CRY WASKDFSLDKJFKJFDIERUWJKLFSDSDA


That was the short squee. The longer and more coherent one is here )

The book isn't out yet; this is a (signed! oh my god!) pre-release*. It's scheduled publication date is September 12, which is my birthday! If you want to really do something for me--buy this book. Read it. Loan it to your friends. Buy it for your library. Talk about it. This book--this book is a beautiful painting of what could be. Let's make it true. Let's make this future happen.

*although we might get a few more pre-releases in a few weeks...I'll keep you updated.


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