Library Haul

I finally went to the library!

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And look at all the lovely new books I got!  They are Fear by Michael Grant, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Cathrynne M. Valente, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, and The Thieves of Ostia by Caroline Lawrence.

Now we’re going to play “Let’s see how many of these I can read and review by next Tuesday!

Wish me luck!

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Hello, any readers I still have! Sorry for the looong hiatus!  There’s a brief lull in the homework right now, so I’ve managed to post my review of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, as you may have seen (if you haven’t, just scroll down!).  Here is some information about what I’ll be doing on here for the next couple of weeks.

1. I started a new blog!  This one is for fan fiction.  My first post will be fan fiction of the Gone series (everyone reading this blog should at least know what that is by now).  You can access it here)

2. I finished reading Plague!  Depending on how busy I am, I’m going to try to write the review this weekend.

3. My posts over the next couple of weeks will be rather sporadic.  Finals for me start on Wednesday and end next Tuesday.  I’ll be very busy studying, but I will try to make time to write my Plague and Beka Cooper reviews.

Announcements!

Wednesday Recommendations: It Feels Like A Party Every Day

Happy Wednesday, all!  And it’s also the first day of May, so happy that, too!

I have a…complicated relationship with the Disney Channel, and their new show, Jessie, is a hot mess of problems for the discerning feminist.  One of these days maybe I’ll write a post about Disney Channel’s problems, but that day is not today.  Instead, here is a post by Kayfil detailing a few of the many, many problems with Jessie:

http://kayfil.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/why-jessie-is-the-worst-show-on-disney-channel/

Enjoy!

(My Lies review will hopefully be up tomorrow, but don’t hold me to that.  Also, can someone please explain to me why I got a bunch of likes and followers on Monday, but only about three views?)

Previews of Coming Attractions

Hello followers and visitors! (That is, if anyone besides my mom is still reading my blog.)

Here are the books I will be reviewing next:

First, my review of Michael Grant’s Hunger will hopefully be up tomorrow!

Then I’ll be reviewing the next book, Lies.

After that, I’ll be taking a little break from the Gone books to review Tamora Pierce’s Beka Cooper: Terrier and Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.  

Then I’ll jump back into the Gone books with Plague!

Stay tuned!

Ratings System

It has come to my attention that I have not yet created a ratings system for the books I will be reviewing.  Or more accurately, I have, but haven’t yet explained it.  Here are the different rankings I will be giving books:

Great– These are the books I love.  The books I couldn’t live without.  The books that I will gush and gush about.  The books that changed my life in some great way.  These are not your run-of-the-mill books.  These are a cut above the rest.  Needless to say, you should read every book in this category.

Very Good– These books were gripping and/or fun.  They made me laugh, cry, or scream.  They made me tear frantically through the pages to get to the end.  While I love these books and highly recommend them, they are missing that certain something that would bump them up to “great.”

Good– These books were all right.  I enjoyed reading them, I suppose, but they’re nothing special.  There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with them.  The poor things tried, but they couldn’t quite make it.  Sure, read them, but only if you have nothing better to do.

Not So Good– These books were rather mediocre.  Sure, there may have been a redeeming quality or two.  Perhaps there was a fun character, or a fascinating concept.  All in all, though, they were not enjoyable reads.  If you happen to come across one at the library, go ahead and read it, but I wouldn’t spend money on it.

Bad– These books are, in some way, AWFUL.  Maybe they’re riddled with plot holes, or they’re long without being entertaining, or their message is laid on a little too thick.  Whatever it is, they’re unpleasant, and they stink of rotting creativity.  If you see any of these books, back away slowly and take deep breaths.  If these books approach you, try playing dead.

More Info

I was looking at my introduction, and it seemed to be missing a couple of things.  Here is some more information about what I’ll be doing:

1. Spoiler policy-My reviews will definitely contain spoilers.  I will try to put warnings when necessary, but I may forget.  If you catch a spoiler, please notify me in the comments.

2. Content-I will generally be reviewing books intended for teenagers, but I will occasionally review more adult literature (for example, I’m planning to do a Stephen King month this summer).  Basically, I will just be reviewing whatever I happen to be reading.

3. Updates-Until the school year ends, I will try to update once a week at least.  In the summer, updates will be more frequent, depending on how long it takes me to finish the book I’m reading.

I’ll try to post my review of Caroline Cooney’s The Face on the Milk Carton sometime tomorrow.  My review of Gone will be up later this week.  Until then, please remember I exist.  Thank you!