About a month ago I mentioned that I was reading Eleanor & Park. I failed to mention that I finished it several weeks ago. It was fantastic; I loved it.
I loved it so much, in fact, that I decided to follow it up with another of Rainbow Rowell’s books, Fangirl. I positively adored it (there was no dread with this book). That book that I chose to finish instead of writing a decent blog post? That was Fangirl.
The remarkable thing, to me, is how Ms. Rowell manages to write one character after another that is my spirit animal. Both Eleanor and Park are my spirit animals (in different ways, of course), and I love them both to death. And then there’s Fangirl‘s Cath, who is even more my spirit animal. I find myself wanting to write fan fiction about Cath, which is pretty much the most Cath-like thing I could do.
Many thanks to the many people who had good things to say about these fabulous books (including, but not limited to, the always-wonderful John Green). And many thanks to my brother and sister-in-law who got them for me for Christmas.
See guys, YA literature doesn’t have to be dystopian to be awesome (though it helps).
I just had a mini panic attack, you guys. I realized how badly I want to get my (not yet born) niece the Betsy-Tacy books. (A matched set, if you please.) But then I got worried that I wouldn’t be able to find the books at all. (I believe I wrote about the trouble I had getting my hands on the last four books in the early days of this blog.) Hence the panic attack.
See, as much as I want my niece to have the Besty-Tacy books, there’s no way I’d give her my copies. (And not just because mine are not a matched set.) I want to keep my copies for myself.
But it turns out that my worries were unfounded because Amazon has all the books. It even has the other Deep Valley books that are Betsy-Tacy adjacent; I’ve never read any of those books.
I’m at the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and all I want to do right now is finish it. I’m not really keen on the crying that will happen when I read it, but it’s unavoidable.
You guys, I just finished Allegiant. I can’t think about anything else right now.
I had an interview yesterday for a temp job that would’ve been perfect: easy data entry, ending in December. Perfect. (It’s why I wanted good vibes yesterday.)
Alas, it was not to be. They chose the other candidate because she’s bilingual. C’est la vie.
But here’s why I’m bummed I didn’t get it: if I had gotten the job I could’ve justified buying Allegiant. (It’s not weird. Well, maybe it is a little.) The worst part is that I had resigned myself to waiting for Christmas to get my hands on Allegiant, but then I got hope and now I’m sad all over again. Stupid hope.
You know how I sometimes lose track of time while reading and only emerge to write a very short post on my blog? Well, it turns out that can happen just as easily when I’m re-reading. For instance, I’m three chapters from the end of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and I can’t wait to jump back in. The end is the best part of Chamber of Secrets after all. I just hope I don’t decide to start reading Prisoner of Azkaban when I’m done. (There’s a good chance I will, though, since it’s my favorite Harry Potter book.)
Once upon a time I finished Veronica Roth’s Insurgent and immediately sent my personal cheerleader a Facebook message. In it I expressed my displeasure that the final book in the trilogy wasn’t going to be released until October (October 22, in point of fact). How in the world was I going to be able to wait until October to find out what happens to Tris, Four, and their world? (This was in May.) October felt soo far away.
Well, it’s October now and I’ve managed to survive the wait thus far. Unfortunately I won’t be able to read Allegiant this month because I’m poor and I literally cannot afford it. (And the current presale price on Amazon is only $11.99, too. For the hardcover. Being poor is The Worst.) I could put myself on the waiting list at my local library, but I did that with two other books and they never contacted me when the books became available. I will not let them fool me a third time, the bastards. So Allegiant will be the top item on my Christmas wish list (with a giant note that says it is the single most important thing on the list). (Yes, I still make wish lists for Christmas and my birthday. I love them. I’d rather get something I want/give something the recipient wants.)
Speaking of things I want and can’t afford, Kevin Devine’s Bulldozer and Bubblegum albums come out October 15. Thank God Kickstarter takes your money when the project is funded (read: months ago) and not when the product is released (read: now). I won’t have to rely on the kindness of my family to get my hands on Bulldozer and Bubblegum 🙂 Also, the video for “Bubblegum” is adorable and you should totally watch it.