Library Loot #4 (& Detective Dee + The Red Harlequin)

For Kayla, who asked how many library books I have scattered around, I answer: 25. As one can predict, the goal to cut down the height of my Library Loot Tower fades from reach. Can’t I say 18 books since I read 7… No?  Yes? It will allow me to feel oodles better about this mess.

  • Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post — feel free to steal the button — and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

I am late on this post! At some point last week I went through with a planned, organized library raid, and I never made time for a Library Loot post between actual busy-ness and extreme laziness. While I am less busy and attempting not to de-evolve back into a bed-blob, like I did on Sunday, here are my latest library snags:

This book is about a book that eats people — the very book which you hold! The illustrations are fun to look at, although — and for reasons I can’t pin down — I didn’t enjoy this as much as other children’s books. The humor doesn’t attract me, but I think kids will find this funny, scary, or a combination of both. If my five-year-old self read this book, The Book That Eats People would be double-locked inside a container, wrapped for extra precaution, and weighed down by several heavy objects.

I’ll talk straight: you are reading the blog of someone who covered her clown collection with a blanket after watching Poltergeist. Even at eight years, I sill felt too afraid to try Fruit Gushers because I believed they’d turn my head into a strawberry, just like the commercials showed. When I was five, I experienced my first earthquake. I used my mom’s leg as a ladder, because I thought my foundation would crumble and fires would spread and my life would explode. In conclusion, a book that eats people would have scared me too.

I read this! I don’t know — how many people are out there who read TWD and get tired of all the cussing and make-out sessions? We’re in a post-apocalyptic setting and surrounded by zombies; months have passed. What would you do: sneak off to procreate every day and night, or yell at your survival group because someone swiped your last SpaghettiOs can? I’d be hoarding food. I don’t see enough diversity in the characters, as they all seem to share the same voice and sex drive.

Michonne finally makes her appearance, which — just about — is where the show left off. I like Michonne, minus the scenes where she tries to seduce Tyreese. Really, Michonne: you have a boyfriend. He’s zombified and you chained him up, but he follows you everywhere without trying to eat your face, so stop it.  On the flip side, she kicks zombie butt and has conversations with imaginary people. Compared to Andrea, Lori, and Carol, Michonne is A++ material.

Is it me, or have Studio Ghibli films been dragging? I tried watching the film, and the instant I hit pause I never went back.

I do own The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, but I decided to try a different copy. After several tries to reach chapter two, I gave up and hit the request button for the library’s edition of Liu’s translation. I don’t know where I got my copy of Hugo’s book, or if it was a gift, but I felt frustrated at every attempted read — the translator is unknown, as s/he isn’t mentioned. The bystander role does not bother me, but I felt like an observer in the story, frustrated by the vague picture. Perhaps my lack of French knowledge plays part, but I hope Catherine Liu’s translation will make for an easier, less frustrating reading experience.

Currently reading Divergent, and I expect I’ll have finished it by tonight — then I’m off to finish Tiger Lily and begin Wonder (both are due back by Monday). It took me longer than I like to get hooked into the story, and now that I’ve reached this point I find that I’m still uninterested in Tris’s character. The larger picture — faction war and divergent rebels — draws me and keeps me reading. This isn’t to say I dislike Tris or Four, because I like them both; however, Four’s identity isn’t difficult to call out, I think (but I’m still uncertain if he’s divergent).

(Side note: I’m on a YA dystopia craze. I read Marie Lu’s Legend — I enjoyed the quick pace and I’m already grieving the absence of June’s intelligence and over-all awesome. I’ll start Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking series soon enough, and I’ve already submitted a request for Julia Karr’s XVI. I plan to purchase The Forksaken, too. In the mean time: any YA dystopian suggestions for me? Any YA dystopian books with male narrators? The Maze Runner?)

All at once, people around me are going through a Graceling spazz! I keep hearing about it, so now is better than later. I’ve only heard good things about this series (kick-ass heroine lead!), but I think I will wait a little while before reading it. I am starting to notice that female narrators are taking their toll on me. Don’t get the wrong idea — these ladies are strong and powerful characters, but I’m beginning to miss the guys. After R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, I have The Knife of Never Letting Go planned, and then, maybe — maybe — I’ll delve into Graceling.

Once I read this, I’ll have read EVERYTHING John Green. (Not quite, but almost. Zombicorns and Let it Snow remain on my to-read list.)

GoodReads summary:

For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams…

Amen.

*Sunday bed-blob blurb: If anyone has felt the all-consuming boredom I felt, you might sympathize. The boredom was so monstrous that I thought it would eat my brain and I’d never feel an ounce of joy again. It was like full-blown anhedonia. I tried reading, watching TV, writing, talking, eating — eating! Food did not satisfy me; nothing did. My brain responded to anything that required effort with, “Ugh dgjakshd.” (Apparently, eating takes effort.) I even found boredom in lying down and doing nothing. Everything was boring because nothing was stimulating. What.

I watched half of Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, however. It may lack the elegance and visual beauty we see in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but who cares about poor CGI when there’s Andy Lau as Dee and Chao Deng as the albino Pei Donglai? I love Pei. Pei is my favorite character.

Until he dies.

Lastly, I will share this with you all since I won’t get around to a WWW Wednesday post: Roberto Ricci, author of The Red Harlequin, has supplied me with a free copy of his book. I will read and review it within the next two weeks (why must I always accumulate so many books? I hoard them), so keep an eye out if you like.

Book promo:

The Red Harlequin by Roberto Ricci | YA Fantasy

“Our world is different from yours.
What matters here is your Chrome. You are born with it, you cannot change it. If your Chrome is green that is because your parents’ Chrome was green. If you are blue, you will always be blue. Your Chrome determines who you are and where you will live. The Chrome is not something you wear; it’s not something you paint on your face or on your body. For that, we have our masks.
Every Chrome is a mono Chrome, with just one color, except for the Harlequins of course. Some say the Harlequins are the result of cross breeding between different Chromes. Others say they were sent by the Gods to remind us how fortunate we Chromes are.”

*

Of Masks And Chromes is the first Book of the Red Harlequin Trilogy, an original Coming of Age/Fantasy story that is narrated by the young protagonist, Asheva, who takes the reader into a world divided by colors (Chromes) and united against only one thing: the harlequins. The Harlequins have more than one color inside them and hence are not aligned with the world of the Chromes.
The Red Harlequin is about freedom, diversity, and the fight against all prejudices and abuses of power.

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12 thoughts on “Library Loot #4 (& Detective Dee + The Red Harlequin)

  1. I went back and forth on Tris but I really liked Four. I also enjoyed the sequel, Insurgent.
    I currently have 35 books checked out from the library but 6 of them are my husband’s. So I have 29 to read.

    • I also like Four — he makes a nice contrast to Eric’s character, who Peter reminds me of so well. Already got Insurgent on request, too! I’m interested to see where the series takes me.

  2. Wooooo. You got Graceling. Looks like a lot of Library books! haha. Like me. I hope you enjoy Graceling. I also have The Knife of Never Letting Go too, which I’m rather excited for. It looks a very thrilling novel. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame caught my eye too, since I’ve been meaning to read that for a while.

    Divergent I’ve heard lots about too which I have to read, whilst my attention seems more drawn by Legend which I don’t own. Highly frurstrating!

    Certainly looks like a great haul.

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, check out the information here: http://nerdybookreviews.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/versatile-blogger-award/.
    Livvy x

    • Me too! I’ve heard a lot of great things about Graceling Realm books. On The Knife of Never Letting Go: I read the Chaos Walking series has film adaptions in the works, so I’m very anxious to start it!

      I like Divergent, but I didn’t connect very well to the characters for some reason — well-written with a good story, though. Legend is also good and quickly paced, but I have one gripe: font color! The two main characters alternate narration, and Day’s hurt my eyes (but it’s otherwise enjoyable). Your library must not have Legend, huh? That’d be maddening.

      Thank you! I’ll take a look right now (:

      • Well having recently read Graceling and enjoying it, I will be moving onto Fire as soon as I can buy it.

        Oh really? I’ll be anxious to read those now too since I hate seeing movie clips and not having read the book.

        That’s a shame. They change the font colour? How peculiar! My library has very little, I have to buy most of my young-adult and recently published books. I can get ahold of a lot of the other books I like to read in the adult genre, but they don’t tend to focus on young-adult books. Out of my library which has a fair amount of books, there is one stand with four sides dedicated to young-adult books and then two bookcases for middle grade and childrens books which have double sides. The rest are adult and non-fiction books. Sucks, right?!
        Ahh, you’re welcome.

      • Yup! I’m noticing more, lately, that a lot of the books I read (or want to read) are getting possible/definite film adaptions. I hear Legend may also get a movie counterpart as well, and not to mention Divergent.

        They do — it’s so odd. June and Day have respective fonts and font color… I don’t mind alternating fonts, but color? It seems unnecessary.

        Oh my gosh, your library! The selections sound so small, especially for YA. Is it possible to request your library purchase certain books? I recently discovered I could do this with my library — I got so excited, lol. Although it doesn’t look like my suggestions will be bought, so I’ll end up buying them myself at some point.

    • If you read and like The Hunger Games you’ll probably enjoy Divergent, too (and vice versa)! (:

      Thank you! I’m heading over now to read the post!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    OMG, so many things to comment on in this post :)
    (1) I love the Library Loot meme…what a great idea! I’ll start participating in this one!
    (2) Graceling is one of my all-time favorites. Loved Divergent. Wonder is so touching. I didn’t get to finish The Knife of Never Letting Go because my library e-book expired…now I’m waiting on a physical copy from the library. Loved Legend, and I can’t wait for Prodigy! The Forsaken was fabulous, and I can’t wait for XVI and Tiger Lily.
    (3) Dystopians I suggest would be: Enclave, Article 5, Incarceron/Sapphique (male protag), ShipBreaker (male protag), Unwind (I think male protag), Insignia (male protag).
    Can’t wait to check out more of your blog :)

    • I love the Library Loot meme! I check books out so frequently that I think I’ve made a post nearly every week since I discovered it.

      Close to finishing Wonder, and it’s been such a warming read so far — I didn’t expect to resonate with it this much. I’m really anxious to read The Forsaken, but I’m waiting to buy it until I get some control over my current to-read stacks — Stasse’s book sounds exciting, and I can’t wait to read it.

      You and me both for Tiger Lily! I couldn’t finish it before the due date, so I’m putting in a second request.

      Thank you for the suggestions! I’ll be checking them out, for sure. I’ve heard quite a bit about Unwind in particular, and I know it has a sequel coming out soon.

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