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April 7th, 2011

There’s Something About Surveys…

by Madeleine Rex

(This post is super late. However, it’s currently 11:01, Supernaturally is waiting for me on my lap, and I’m sleepy – so here you go!)

Some people hate them.

I love ’em.

I have this odd fondness for surveys and “fill-ins.” You know that information you have to fill out when you buy something online? My dad detests filling it out and hands it over to me instead. So, naturally, I jumped on the chance to fill out a “The Best of 2010 in Books” survey! (And thanks to Audrey for bringing it to my attention!)

Best Book of 2010:

Oh, gosh. Anything I rated a 5? I’m going with Paranormalcy by Kiersten White for books published this year. As books that weren’t published this year go: Looking for Alaska by John Green and Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.

Worst Book of 2010:

Dark Song by Gail Giles.*

*Many people have enjoyed this book. Don’t be scared away.

Most Disappointing Book of 2010:

The Thin Executioner by Darren Shan*.

*Same goes for this book!

Most Surprising (In A Good Way!) Book of 2010:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. It completely blew me away, despite the ridiculousness of the premise!

Most Recommended-to-Others Book of 2010:

There are a few:

  1. Looking For Alaska by John Green because it’s outstanding.
  2. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White because it’s darling.
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak because it’s one of the most incredible books I’ve ever read.

Best Series You Discovered in 2010:

Ooh! There are too many!

  1. The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa because they’re fantastical and gripping.
  2. The Paranormalcy Series by Kiersten White because I’m in love.
  3. The Seven Kingdoms by Kristin Cashore because they’re astounding and surprising.

Favorite New Authors Discovered in 2010:

Debuts

  1. Kiersten White because she’s hilarious.
  2. Lauren Oliver because of Delirium, really.

Other

  1. Melina Marchetta because of her exquisite characters.
  2. John Green because of the same thing. He and Ms. Marchetta are in the same boat.

Most Hilarious Read of 2010:

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. No doubt!

Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book of 2010:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Talk about a heart-wrenching, mind-boggling page-turner! (I like hyphens…)

Most Anticipated Book of 2010:

Ask my friends, ask my loved ones… It was Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.

Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2010:

It’s apparent that I’m very indecisive. I’m choosing three – again.

  1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  2. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
  3. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Most Memorable Character in 2010:

All male characters whose names begin with a P?

Oh, wait. You want a real answer? Then I’d probably have to go with Evie from Paranormalcy. There’s no one like Evie.

Most Beautifully-Written Book of 2010:

Either Looking For Alaska by John Green, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, or Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, none of which have been or will be published this year, but I did read them this year…

Book That Had the Greatest Impact on You in 2010:

More than one…

  1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  2. Looking For Alaska by John Green

Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2010 to Read:

Wow!

  1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  2. Looking For Alaska by John Green (and the rest of his books!)
  3. Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore

Goodness! The most interesting thing about filling this out is seeing what books pop up more than once. Those are the gems! They are timeless.

P.S. I’m too lazy to link every book to amazon, but please do look them up! I also have reviews of all of them hidden somewhere on my blog.

March 23rd, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

by Madeleine Rex

The super sweet Yahong Chi was awarded the “Stylish Blogger Award” and was darling enough to pass it on to me! (Thank you!)

As most awards do, this one comes with a single requirement – that you list seven things about yourself. I’ve posted similar lists before, so I am going to take a little creative liberty here and list seven things related to my book, The Lemonites.

1. It’s set in California. I have been to California only twice and never ran across a lemon orchard (probably because you don’t see many orchards in San Diego…).

2. Pepto, my MC, loves to run. I love the feeling of having run as opposed to the way I feel while in the act of running (i.e. like I’m about to keel over), but I tend to bestow the love of running upon the protagonists in my books. It’s an attribute I admire.

3. The camp cook’s name is Hector.

4. Hector has a box of Spongebob Band-Aids.

5. Dr. Paltine, Pepto’s therapist, loves pumpkin bread.

6. Pepto finds a total of four journals left in his cabin, each a different color.

7. I have my characters punch walls at various points throughout the book. It’s my preferred way of expressing rage without using swear words or actually harming people. (Well, not my preferred way of expressing my own rage. I, uh, prefer alternatives that don’t involve bloody knuckles.)

And there you have it! A little sneak-peek into the world of Pepto Polt.

It is now my honor to send this award to five fabulously stylish bloggers (some of whom I might have given awards to before – they deserve as many as they can get!):

Linna from 21 Pages

Audrey from holes In My brain

Emilia from Punk Writer Kid

Susan from, well, Susan Dennard’s Blog

Aleeza from Aleeza Reads and Writes

I would “recommend” these blogs to you (and the bloggers, for that matter. They’re so wonderful), but that seems like a mellow way to put “YOU MUST READ THESE BLOGS.”

So, there you have it. YOU MUST READ THESE BLOGS.

February 23rd, 2011

5 Reasons Book Boyfriends Are Superior to Real Ones

by Madeleine Rex

Not that I’m in the business of, well, having boyfriends, but this post topic is irresistible! All the credit for this goes to Larissa, Missie, and Audrey.

Ask any female book blogger to name 10 dreamy and devastatingly fictional guys, and she’ll give you thirty names and one hundred and fifty reasons why those thirty boys are incredible.

I suppose it’s our lot in life to chase after relationships fraught with unrequited love. We don’t like to face the searingly saddening reality that these boys are, in fact, words. Why are we so hopelessly in love with fictional boys?

I’ll tell you why!

1. They have a way with words. Literally. I think there’s truly something about the fact that they are words that is appealing to me. After all, what’s more attractive than serifs?

2. If they’re irritating, cheat, or prove to be far lowlier beings than you originally thought, you can dump them [relatively] painlessly and swiftly with a slam of book covers.

3. When they’re fictional, far more of them is captured. Simple movements, tones, and occasionally (and best of all) thoughts that you might miss in a physical, true setting are included and build the character into someone easier to understand and love. It’s always the miniature “somethings” that woo me, and those beautiful snippets of character are portrayed magnificently in books.

4. They’re older. This reason applies to the likes of me – younger girls. When all we have to crush on are 12/13/14/15-year-old boys, crushing becomes less of a pleasure and more of a chore. We’re still putting up with chortles over farts and burps. Heck, half the boys I know will still drown in giggles (yes, giggles) at the word “boob.” A majority of the boys in books are older and more mature – and they’re even better if they don’t mention boobs at all.

5. The most significant and noteworthy reason of all? GILBERT BLYTHE. Need I say more?

Happy Wednesday!

Why don’t all blog posts begin and end with Gilbert Blythe?