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Book of The Week On Thursday

Book of The Week On Thursday

or……BOTWOT!

Here it is, once again ladies and gentlemen: the book of the week on Thursday!
Explanation: Every week on Thursday I will endeavor to pick a book (any book from any genre, including non-fiction, criticism, and poetry) to showcase each week. Just because I can. I will include a quote from the book and a short summary. Also, I will include updates on what I am reading, what I’m planning on reading/reviewing next. And any other tidbits of information I want to bequeath to the internet.
So here goes!

And the winner is:

Glimmerglass

I’d been the adult in this family since I was about five, and now it was time for me to take my life into my own hands. I was going to contact my father and, unless I got some kind of vibe that said he really was an abusive pervert, I was going to go live with him. In Avalon. In the Wild City that was the crossroads between our world and Faerie, the city where magic and technology coexisted in something resembling peace.
~Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

Dana is tired of taking care of her mother who is an alcoholic. She finally decides to contact her father, who is some sort of big shot Fae politician in the city of Avalon: the gateway between our world and the world of Faerie. Dana is half Fae but has grown up her whole life in the human world. Now she’ll have to learn about and explore her Fae roots in order to survive the cunning of Fae politics.
This book surprised me–at first I found Dana to be somewhat whiny and the beginning of the novel somewhat slow. However, the story definitely picks up and turned out be a fun, adventurous read. I wish I had an “I went to Avalon and all I got was this T-shirt” t-shirt!

Bookish News
What I read before: The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
What I’m reading now: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
What I’m reading next: ?????

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May 16, 2013 · 11:29 pm

Book of The Week On Thursday

Book of The Week On Thursday
or……BOTWOT!

Here it is, once again ladies and gentlemen: the book of the week on Thursday!
Explanation: Every week on Thursday I will endeavor to pick a book (any book from any genre, including non-fiction, criticism, and poetry) to showcase each week. Just because I can. I will include a quote from the book and a short summary. Also, I will include updates on what I am reading, what I’m planning on reading/reviewing next. And any other tidbits of information I want to bequeath to the internet.
So here goes!

And the winner for this week is…..(drum-roll)

Why I Let My Hair Grow Out by Maryrose Wood

I finally reached an open area with a big sign overhead that read, MEETING POINT. Right underneath the sign was a tall, beefy guy basically okay-looking guy leaning against a column, and he was holding a much smaller, handwritten sign of his own. It read:

I come to fetch the bonnie Morgan.
Hope your arse is ready for the trip!
Your friends at The Emerald Cycle Bike Tour Company

~From Why I Let My Hair Grow Out (p. 16-17)

About This Book
Morgan’s parents want to “fix” her after her boyfriend Raphael breaks up with her (leading to shocking hair-cutting incident that leaves her nearly bald). They pay her way to take a cycle-tour of The Emerald Isle. Morgan is less than pleased. But she’d rather be doing anything than be stuck at home with her annoying little sister and her confused, concerned parents. So now she will be riding her arse up and down Ireland. She plans on being surly and difficult the whole time, but something happens to derail her plans. Morgan is thrown hundreds of years into the past: into the days of Irish Legend where she is long-haired Morganne and must find a way to save the world.
By far this is one of the most fun travel/adventure stories I’ve read. It’s one of my favorites–Maryrose Wood’s prose is chatty and snarky and fast and hilarious. Great for fans of Meg Cabot or someone looking for fun, light-hearted fantasy.

Bookish News
What I read before: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
What I’m Reading Currently: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
What I’ll Be Reading Next: The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
Before you go, here’s a picture of Paul Bettany as Chaucer in the wonderful movie A Knight’s Tale
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My favorite quote from Movie Chaucer: I know I lied. I’m a writer, I give the truth scope!
Well, I guess that’s all!
Until next time,
Molly (aka The Book Hunter)

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May 9, 2013 · 9:34 pm

Book of the Week On Thursday

Book of the Week On Thursday

Or….BOTWOT (because everything needs an acronym)

So…I’ve decided to try something that I may or may not be able to keep up every week. Nevertheless, I will endeavor to pick a book (any book from any genre, including non-fiction, criticism, and poetry) to showcase each week. Just because I can. I will include a quote from the book and a short summary. Also, I will include updates on what I am reading, what I’m planning on reading/reviewing next. And any other tidbits of information I want to bequeath to the internet.
So here goes!
And the winner for this week is:
(I took inspiration from this freak cold front that Austin, TX is experiencing)
Paperback Cover
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

“They took me in my nightgown. Thinking back, the signs were there–family photos burned in the fireplace, Mother sewing her best silver and jewelry into the lining of her coat late at night, and Papa not returning from work. My younger brother, Jonas, was asking questions. I asked questions too, but perhaps I refused to acknowledge the signs. Only later did I realize that Mother and Father intended we escape. We did not escape. We were taken.”

~From Between Shades of Gray

About This Book

Lina and her family are taken suddenly by the NKVD (Soviet secret police) in June 1941. They and other Lithuanians who are considered to be a threat to Stalin’s regime are uprooted from their home and forced into labor camps in the harsh land of Siberia. This is a story of survival, of creating hope when there is none, and of forgiveness in the most bleak of situations. This beautifully and poignantly written YA historical fiction novel gives a voice to the Lithuanian victims who survived the Siberian Labor Camps who were silenced for many years. I absolutely recommend it.

Bookish News
What I Read Before: Bitten by Twilight
What I’m Reading Currently: The Imaginarium Geographica: Here There Be Dragons
What I’ll Be Reading Next: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

And for your viewing pleasure, here is a picture of author Ruta Sepetys and me at this year’s TLA Annual Conference:
TLA 2013
She is an amazing writer and a truly kind, interesting person to talk to. I hope we’ll meet again!

Well, that’s all folks! Be sure to look for the reviews I will be posting of the many books I read this past semester for my Young Adult Materials class, as well as new reviews of all my newly acquired TLA ARCs!

~Molly (aka The Book Hunter)

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May 2, 2013 · 10:33 pm