A Coupla Things


I’m joining another challenge! I just can’t resist :p There’s this girl Renay and she’s uber cool and hosts a challenge called Herding Cats! Have you heard of it? Are you reading her blog? If not, you should! For the challenge, you have to recommend 5 books that you think everyone should read and it gets added to a master list. Then you pick some books from the list that you want to read! Awesome, neh? Here are my five books that I recommend:

1. The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine by April Lurie…..just read it, it’s awesome! A fantastic young adult book about a teenage boy and his brother struggling through some rough times.
2. The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling (seriously Renay, you’d love this one…it’s a gender identity disaster fantasy :P) One of my favorite fantasy books ever. Very unique…tackles the issue of gender identity in a fantasy series!
3. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami….Simply an amazing book. Beautiful, heartbreaking, melancholic, and made me long for a time I never knew.
4. Dream Homes: From Cairo to Katrina, an Exile’s Journey by Joyce Zonana….amazing story (and a true one) of a Egyptian Jew growing up in New York and finding her place in the world. The writing is stunning.
5. Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest…wow…fantastic book! Another great fantasy, this one more of an urban fantasy/horror/southern gothic tale.

And here’s what I like from the list so far that I want to read:

1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
2. The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
3. Marcello in the Real World by Francisco Stork
4. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
5. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
…..and yes the list will grow!


Have you seen this yet?? The trailer for Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are!!! It looks absolutely amazing and I love the song playing in the background..I think it’s The Arcade Fire…can anyone verify that and tell me the name of the song? The song is Wake Up and it is indeed by The Arcade Fire! The art direction of this movie reminds me a lot of Michael Gondry, one of my favorite directors. He did Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep among others. This promises to be a fantastic film by Jonze though…check it out:

Where The Wild Things Are


A special thanks to Bart of Bart’s Bookshelf who has so kindly helped me in figuring out how to fix my store page so that you don’t have to scroll around to see everything! Thanks to him, the store looks good now….go buy stuff πŸ˜‰


And finally, don’t forget to join my giveaway if you haven’t already!! Guess my 5 favorite books of the year so far and win one of them! Has someone gotten all 5 yet? You’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out! Have a great Friday everyone!


18 Responses

  1. Man, I knew when I saw your comments that April Lurie’s book would be on here and boy was I right. The next time I make it to the library I will definitely check it out if it’s there. Watch, just my luck all your promotion will have reached northeast Arkansas at that point and there will be a waiting list for it that rivaled the one for Breaking Dawn last year. πŸ˜‰

    I also love that song from the Where the Wild Things Are trailer, but I had never heard of the book, I think? Or else I’m getting it confused with Where the Sidewalk Ends, thinking they’re the same thing. Clearly not! Also, the trailer makes the movie look amazing. >.> That book is at the library and I am so going to go snatch it before the word gets out about the trailer. Oh, internets, I love you.

    I am pretty sure you were the one who made me put Four and Twenty Blackbirds on my reading list, too! NOW I know who to blame. πŸ˜‰

  2. The Amulet of Samarkand was amazing. It had a quirky humor about it but still had a great story! Keep it on that list of yours! πŸ™‚

  3. Interesting list, I only knew of Murakami before reading your blog. Happy reading…

  4. Ahhh my son is finally going to read Bartameaus!! You’ll never think of a demon the same way again lol.. but … you are going to read this AFTER Pern right?! (*chortle)

  5. I’m having trouble coming up with my five books 😦 Thank you for taking Norwegian Wood out of the way, btw πŸ˜› Actually, I think I read it in 2006, so it wouldn’t count anyway. That helps some, but it’s still haaaard.

    That trailer is just amazing, and Wake Up is perfect for it. I seriously can’t wait for this movie. Did you know that Dave Eggers wrote the script? And that he’s also releasing a novel version of the book?

  6. Gah, you keep listing and reviewing books that I want to read and that my library doesn’t have. Cease and desist!
    Excellent trailer, made me tear up a little. Looking forward to that one!

  7. Where the Wild Things Are will also be novelized by Dave Eggers, in conjunction with the movie. That’s what I’m more excited about!

  8. I don’t know why, but I got teary-eyed too, seeing that trailer! I can’t wait for the film to be ready. I loved Eternal Sunshine and Science of Sleep.

    I’m debating if I want to join in with the Herding Cats thing…. I’m doing my first two challenges ever this year, and I’ve already waffled at wanting to also do the Nonfiction Five… maybe next year.

  9. Yep, Where the Wild Things are looks pretty spectacular. I’ve always loved that book not just for itself but also the influence it has had in other things, particularly the movie Labyrinth. I’ll definitely be seeing this. I’ve heard some Arcade Fire before and really liked it. This is another great song. Thanks for posting the link, I had no idea they were doing a film version of this.

  10. I’m so happy to see Marcelo, Bartimaeus, and Jellicoe Road on your list. I think you’ll enjoy all of them πŸ™‚ I *tried* my very best to bring home Bone Doll’s Twin and Four and Twenty Blackbirds home with me. But Recycled Books and the library failed me 😦

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  12. Glad to see that we got the shop working πŸ˜€

    Now, stop it with the the promotions of tempting challenges! I really should not be signing up for any more! Hopefully I might resist this one.

    I’m due to read The Amulet of Samarkand as well, during the Once Upon a Time Challenge, looking forward to your thoughts on that one!

  13. I think I might join this challenge this year. I wanted to last year but I was like hardly joining challenges!

    I finished April Lurie’s book, um, yesterday and really liked it! So, no worries!

  14. Renay, I’m very predictable :p It’s easy to tell what I love and what will show up on all of my lists! You’ve never heard of Where the Wild Things Are??? You must go get it now!!! It’s a fantastic book…it’s a picture book by Maurice Sendak and I just love it.

    Lena, I definitely will! Good to hear that…I’ll have to check it out sooner then!

    Mariel, Fun! You have all kinds of new authors to discover now then :p

    Deslily, I promise I’ll read both of them!!! And before the Once Upon a Time Challenge is over!

    Nymeth, I think you should add Norwegian Wood to your list anyway :p We can team up on it and make people read it! I did NOT know that David Eggers wrote the script!! How cool!! And a novelization of it?? That’s going to rock.

    Stormfilled, Sorry :/ Isn’t that trailer just beautiful? I can’t wait to see it!

    Claire, That is such fantastic freaking news!!! Can’t wait!

    Jeane, Aw….come on, join the challenge!! It’s a fun one. And doesn’t the movie just look amazing?

    Carl, I was psyched when I saw that this was being made into a movie! It’s going to be great. I really enjoy The Arcade Fire…they’re fantastic!

    Becky, I hope you can find them! They’re great books! I’m listening to the audiobook of Jellicoe Road right now and it really is fantastic! The readers voice is perfect.

    Bart, Me too!! Now I added an amazon music widget to the site too! They have fantastic widgets over there :p

    Kailana, You really should join it..it’s such a fun challenge. And I’m glad to hear that you liked Lurie’s book! I can exhale now :p

  15. Sounds like a very cool challenge and I liked a lot of the books you listed!!

  16. I am going to have the boy pick Where the Wild Things Are tomorrow since there is definitely a copy in! πŸ˜€

  17. Staci, It’s a great challenge! Hope you join!

    Renay, I saw that you got Where the Wild Things Are πŸ˜€ Enjoy it!

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