Rant: I can’t decide which edition to buy!
That’s it! I quit! I cannot pick which Percy Jackson box set to buy- the original hardcover set or the new paperback set- so I’m gonna let you guys decide for me. The Hardcovers
Classic. Beautiful. Hardcovers. Ahhhh, I do love the feel of a hardcover book in my lap. Also the beautiful vision of a perfect set sitting on my shelf. There is certainly something to be said for the sleek & sexy…
Waiting on Wednesday: October 1st 2014
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine. The purpose? To share with your followers info on an upcoming book release that you are excited about.
This week, I’m waiting on…
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 368
I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.
MAGGIE. You are KILLING me with all of these hints about Arthurian myth. Also, I totally took an Arthurian Literature class because of your books. I now see what you did with Monmouth Manufacturing. *narrows eyes*
I have searched the pockets of both my current hoodie and the one I keep in the Camaro for evidence of sorriness and can’t seem to find any.
*Checks 2015 college catalogue for Arthurian Lit*
Out of curiosity, why did Blue and Neeve not ever discuss Kavinksy's death? Blue seemed to know at least who he was in the vague sense, and she probably would have recognized Neeve calling out his name that first night in the chapel. Also, unrelated -- why was Ronan never outright described as gay? I love that he is, I adore every ounce of representation I can find, but I feel like it's not right to skate around the term.
1) I agree with you, but Kavinsky was not on the list for a reason more fully described in Blue Lily, Lily Blue.
2) But Ronan was described as gay. He crushed on a boy and sexily dreamed of boys and fell in love with a boy and — only heternormativity mumbles that surely in addition to all of this description of his love life we maybe would like to say the word gay too, just in case? As Gansey slowly falls in love with Blue, I wouldn’t have him whisper, “by the way, I’m straight.” Two love stories, written the same way: equality.
2b) Is that entirely fair in a heternormative world? No, I know it’s not quite yet. Because some readers still jump through many, many hoops to explain away Adam Parrish being Ronan Lynch’s second secret at the end of The Dream Thieves. But I want these books to be relevant and loved fifteen and twenty years from now, when I assume we’ll live in a more tolerant and queer world. Moreover, in fifteen or twenty years from now, the entire series will be on shelves, not just the book where Ronan and the reader slowly realize that he is attracted to boys. By the end of The Raven Cycle, it will be absolutely impossible for anyone to assume Ronan Lynch is straight because of how the series unfolds.
2c) I’m definitely not saying this is the only way to representation, or the right way — I’m not sure there’s a right way. Only that I don’t think there’s anything remotely coy about the way Ronan’s sexuality is portrayed in the book; it’s 100% in keeping with the language of the rest of the series.
2e) Here is a nice meta a reader did on it.
ETA 2f) I labeled this with ‘spoilers’ though I apologize in advance if anyone is spoiled for Kavinsky’s death — I feel like it’s been over a year since the release, so I can get away with it. Also, for the same reason I have no problem talking about Ronan being gay now — I was quiet about it before as readers were supposed to slowly realize it along with Ronan, but they’ve had a year to slowly realize it now so I figure FAIR GAME.
Observe: the wild Stiefvater as she toys with her prey
All of these tweets saying “Maggie, don’t kill Gansey!” Oh, please. That kid is going DOWN.
Top Ten Tuesday: Hard-to-Read Books
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list topic and invite everyone to join in on the fun by compiling their own list.
September 30th: Top Ten Books that were Hard to Read.
This week’s list is going to be all over the place. There are many reasons that a book can be hard to read- from tear-jerkers to plots or…