Top Five Wednesday: Who’s Coming to my New Year’s Party?

I haven’t done one of these in a LONG time. Mostly because the girl who took over started with crap topics. Bleh. The topic is pretty easy to comprehend. Leggo.

Katniss Everdeen

She’s the Girl on Fire. I mean, come on.

Harry Bosch

I don’t drink alcohol. So I’d sit down with a bottle of water out away from the rest of the party and talk to Harry about everything. He’s insightful and I doubt anyone could match his stories from decades with LAPD. I’d also tell him his daughter would make an excellent detective.

Mark Watney

I just finished The Martian and have LOTS of thoughts on it, but for now I’d just like to tell Mark here that’s he’s hilarious. Stay tuned for a full review in the next day or two!

A

She’s the protagonist from Every Day and it would actually be cool to invite her every year to the New Year’s party just to see her in different bodies.

Guy Montag

This might seem like an odd choice when you consider the fact that I HATE this book. But I’d invite him because every other person invited to this particular party would love books. And this bastard burns them. I’d pretty much just tell him off. And perhaps create a mob in the process.

Those are the five characters I’d invite to my New Year’s party! Who would you invite to yours!?

2016 Reading Challenge: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Oh boy.

I’ve had my eye on this book ever since I launched my reading challenge late last year. I knew this would be the book I reread after not enjoying it the first time around.

I mention this book so much on the blog and off of it that I’m used to jaws dropping to the ground when I tell people what I think of it. It’s the best.

But YOU don’t know if the second time around changed my opinion! And I’m not going to tell you. Either watch or don’t Blah.

Fun fact: This was the first book I ever reread that wasn’t written by me.

2016 Reading Challenge: Every Day

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

I’m way behind on my own 2016 Reading Challenge, but there’s cause for hope! In the week since I left another job I managed to finish two books already!

The first one was Every Day by David Levithan, which I finished on the morning of Thanksgiving.

First, a little about the book. A, the main character and protagonist of the story is unlike any person you’ve ever read about. At least I haven’t. She’s a sixteen-year-old teen who wakes up in a different body every single day. She lives in these different bodies until midnight each night, only to wake up in another body in the morning. She has no physical presence outside of inhabiting these other bodies for the single day, which leaves her longing for much of the interactions and feelings we take for granted. That all changes when she wakes up in the body of Justin, and spends the day with his girlfriend, Rhiannon. Nothing is the same after that single day.

The day is all but perfect. The two cut class and spend the day at the beach. Rhiannon enjoys it but doesn’t understand why Justin is acting so differently for no apparent reason. Shortly thereafter A drops a bombshell and tells Rhiannon what’s really been going on. Of course, telling a teen that you wake up in a different body every day is hardly believable. But they continue to see each other just about every day with A in a different body.

Enough of my quick little summary, let me get to what I thought of the book. First off, this was the first book I’ve read by David Levithan. I bought this one over a year ago at someone’s recommendation. I immediately read the back of it and was intrigued, though it took me forever to get around to reading it.

I thoroughly enjoyed A. She wasn’t your typical smart-mouthed teen (mostly because she chose not to dramatically alter the lives of the bodies she inhabited). She didn’t give off this feeling of knowing all there is to know about life or certain events. Which would have been easy because she experienced life from a different perspective every single day. And the entire concept of the story was something I’d never really thought about. I mean, can you imagine what it would be like to wake up in a different body each and every day? You essentially have control over 365 lives every year. You can change any thing, whether it’s a boyfriend or how you treat your parents.

A typically doesn’t change any thing in the lives of those she inhabits. But one body stood out to me. She woke in the body of a girl who was seriously contemplating suicide. She’d set a deadline for six days into the future to do it. A considered doing nothing, but ultimately decided she had to help this girl. The girl’s relationship with her father was rough at best, but told him during the night before she left the body that she needed help. That she wanted to kill herself. And that she might try to forget this conversation took place in the morning, but he couldn’t let her change her mind. She also gave him her journal in which she’d drawn herself committing suicide in several different ways. It was never confirmed, but it appeared the girl was sent to get help for what she was feeling after that night.

I enjoyed A and Rhiannon, but the main issue I had with the book was also them. They spent one day together, right? A was Justin and Rhiannon had no idea what she was dealing with. After that single day A proclaimed to the reader that she was in love. That it was different this time around. I understand the book is young adult fantasy, but for someone to say they are in love with someone after one day with someone is about as childish as it gets. Over the course of the rest of book they became closer and their relationship grew more in line into what I’d expect, but the idea that the whole thing started after a single day is simply absurd.

All in all, I enjoyed the book. It was completely different from anything I’ve read.

The book satisfied the requirement on my Reading Challenge to read a book that starts a new series. I’ll post an update on my overall progress tomorrow!

Have you read Every Day? What did you think of it?

When Will They End?

After the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child JK Rowling made a point to say Harry is done. Even though she’d already said the series would end after book 7. Which is fine until it was announced that there’d be 3 new ebooks released next month. None of the new ebooks is about Harry, but it just leads one to wonder when (or if) the books will ever stop.

I guess when you’re the author of the bestselling series ever you can do whatever you want to with your series. I know fans of the series will just about always buy anything remotely related to the wizarding world, but is that reason enough to keep releasing snippets of info fairly regularly? I mean, doesn’t she also post random things on Pottermore every once in awhile too?

I don’t know. I’m feeling like we’re being forced to remember the wizarding world. I’m just glad Suzanne Collins hasn’t done this with Katniss. Although I think there is a prequel movie being made, though I’m unsure of her actual involvement. But at least she isn’t releasing ancillary type stories or books that do nothing to add to the original trilogy. I say let Harry and the whole wizarding world finally shut the door on what’s been a remarkable couple of decades. But of course, I’m no one.

Are you still craving any and everything related to the wizarding world? Or are you ready to move on like I am?

(though I’m still reading the original series)

On Harry Potter and the Disappointed Reader

I knew this would happen. I KNEW IT!

I waited a few days to see what the initial consensus would be regarding the newly released script. And guess what? The reaction has been less than stellar. I think there’s plenty of blame to go around, and every single bit of it should be placed upon the shoulders of the ignorant readers who expected something they were never getting in the first place.

Here are my full thoughts on the initial reactions to the script:

I know at least one of you all bought the script and immediately read it. Please tell me what you thought. I’m curious. No bending the truth!

John Green Does it Again

I’ve now read three of the popular author’s books. I’ve noticed a pattern with the stories and characters I can’t ignore. John Green is an immensely popular author, but are his characters and stories actually any good? My thoughts:

Have you read any of his books? Did you notice anything similar about them?

Top Five Wednesday: Fictional Items I Want

Yay for finally doing a Top Five Wednesday video! The truth is that I haven’t liked any of the recent topics and I didn’t want to just do my own because then it’s just “five random things Wednesday”, which doesn’t really have a nice ring to it. Ha!

Anyway, today’s topic is five fictional items I want. I knew I’d do this one as soon as I saw the March topics. But I soon realized that I don’t really read too many stories set in fictional places, which severely limits the number of fictional items I’ve read about. But fear not, in the process of recording the video I was actually able to come up with SIX items! Hehe. But they’re all from two series. Eh.

Two from The Hunger Games because duhh. And four from that series with Hogwarts. But you won’t know what they are unless you watch!

Which five fictional items do YOU want? If you can limit it to five. I couldn’t.


 

And don’t forget that Top Five Wednesday is hosted by Lainey here. There’s also a Goodreads group.

Popular Movies Don’t Equate to Great Used Book Sales

There are a lot of books adapted into films each year. Most are hardly worth taking note of, but others stand the test of time. Some remain popular long after their theatrical run ends. And others are immensely popular before and after movie adaptatations. But only a few books keep selling well in the used books environment.

Twilight.

You would not believe how many of these books we get in at my store. It’s ridiculous.

The Hunger Games.

There’s a difference between the two series. THG sell, but we get SO many of them.

Marley & Me.

I actually had no idea it was a book before I started working at Half Price Books. It’s one we see A LOT of. It isn’t exactly flying off the shelves.

The Fault in Our Stars.

Similar to THG, these sell okay. But it’s definitely a book we see plenty of.

So that’s my little list of popular books that became popular movies that don’t sell particularly well in a used bookstore environment. At least not in the environment I work in each day. Of course, there are opposites. Books that sell VERY well. It’s all a guessing game. Maybe I’ll have a post about those books in a couple of days.

Harry Potter Book Eight is Coming

Do I even need to say more!? The eighth book in the series is coming THIS year. It’s based on the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set to debut on July 30. The book will be released on Harry and Rowling’s birthday the following day.

It is already the top selling book on Amazon, and will undoubtedly be one of the top selling books of 2016, but I think the opening day sales record set by book seven is safe.

The story takes place nineteen years after Harry’s time at Hogwarts. He’s working for the Ministry of Magic now and his youngest son is grappling with his own problems.

Are you excited for this new book? I am. And I’ve only read the first two in the series.