Day 10: Favorite Classic

Gone with the Wind

 

The book is wonderful; the movie is amazing.  I love Gone with the Wind to pieces.  There were multiple nights in a row where I stayed up until around 5 AM because I just couldn’t stop reading.  It was amazing.

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Review: The Wicked + The Divine

The Wicked + The Divine is a comic about gods living among the mortals in the form of rock stars.  I’d been hearing about this coming pretty much since it was first released.  I kept hearing about how amazing it was, how cool of a concept it was.  When I received an ARC for the third volume through NetGalley, I took it as a sign that I needed to bite the bullet and read them.

First, the artwork.  While I favored the first artist over all others, I have to admit, all of the artwork was gorgeous.  It was nice and clean, and I spent large amounts of time just staring at some of the pages before remembering that there were actual words I should be reading.

I thought the characters were great and the narrator was likable. I related to her and connected to her in a way. That is always important to me in any story.  The other characters were harder to connect with, but learning a bit about their backstories in later issues really helped me like them.  Throughout all the issues I saw them exactly how I was supposed to be viewing them: as untouchable gods.  And then reading their backstories I saw how they were flawed and had feelings like the rest of us.

Based on what I’ve heard about this comic from others, I expected the first volume to be fantastic and then the rest slowly go downhill from there.  That’s what I’ve heard online.  The exact opposite happened for me.  The first volume was confusing and jumbled to me, and it wasn’t until the second half of the second volume that I really started enjoying things and understood all that was going on in the comic. My review would have been higher had the first volume been better. I loved the third volume and thought the ending was fantastic.  It really peaked my interest for the rest of the comic series.  I’m seriously considering ordering the issues as they come out instead of waiting for the volumes.

Overall, I really like the idea of this comic series.  I love the idea of comparing rock stars to mythical gods, because that is how the media views celebrities.  It really made me think about the portrayal of celebrities in the world and how ridiculous it is to place them on such high of a pedestal.  I’ll be looking forward to reading more.

Read this if you like mythology and want a new way of looking at it. Three stars.

Day 9: A Book I Didn’t Think I’d Like but Ended Up Loving

The Great Gatsby

I had to read this for school, and immediately thought I’d hate it.  I’ve always loved to read, but there’s just something about being required to read a book that just turns me off, so I didn’t have high hopes for this one.  My teacher asked us to look at the book as a soap opera, and it worked, I became hooked. I’ve reread it a few times since then, and each time has been fantastic. My teacher was always good at getting us interested in the books we were reading for school.  Required reading was never a chore that year.  She was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had, too.

Day 8: Most Overrated Book

Twilight

I know tons of people love this series, but I absolutely hate it.  I got 100 pages into the first book and just couldn’t continue.  Then a friend told me what happens in the whole series, and I’m glad I never finished.  People can read whatever they want, I just don’t know why anyone would want to read this one.

Top Ten Tuesday: Romance Edition

I’ve chosen as my romance freebie to do favorite romances, though most of these are more chic-lit than romance (I don’t really do much straight up romance).  So here’s my list:

      1. Miranda’s Big Mistake by Jill Mansell. Cute, easy to read, and totally engrossing.  This was the second book of Jill Mansell’s that I read, and I stayed up all night reading it.  I kept telling myself I’d read only one more chapter, but when I reached the end, I just had to keep reading!
      2. Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot.  As someone who grew up with the Princess Diaries books, I completely devoured this one.  Loved it.
      3. Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean.  I received The Rogue Not Taken through Book Riot, but decided to start with this one instead.  There’s nothing super special about this book to me; it’s just a nice read that is different from my usual selections.
      4. Millie’s Fling by Jill Mansell.  Another easy and fluffy read.  She’s such a great writer.
      5. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.  The ultimate epic romance.  Will always be a favorite.
      6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.  One of the first books I read for my undergraduate English degree.  I think my schooling started off on the right foot.
      7. Staying at Daisy’s by Jill Mansell.  Sensing a theme here?  I will read all of her work.  Trying to collect them all.
      8. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.  Young love in Paris.  Can’t get much better than that.
      9. I Want it That Way by Ann Aguirre.  Very sweet.  I love that there is a kid added in the mix.
      10. To the Moon and Back by Jill Mansell.  I had to add one more (though really all of them should be on this list)!  This one was lovely and heartbreaking at the same time.

 

Day 7: Most Underrated Book

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler

I find this book to be amazing, and everyone should read it.  There’s a story within a story, and it’s written in second person POV.  Both very hard things to do successfully in a novel, and this one does both extremely well.  I’ve never found another book that has produced either element with such fantastic results.