Soooo it’s been just over a month since I’ve posted! I am so sorry blog! I thought I finally had this whole blogging-almost-regularly thing down and then instead of blogging I moved into an apartment and I went to a Medieval Festival (it was lame) and I had friends over for weekends and I went to book signings (just one) and I did laundry a couple times in a real laundromat and I watched a few seasons of Doctor Who and I had super slow internet so I didn’t want to blog but really I had the time, just not the motivation and I am so sorry blog and all of my two readers.
I am behind sixteen books and only three of them are for grown-ups, sorry. Part of this is Alison‘s fault because she makes me read books when she’s read them and she doesn’t believe in grown-up books, either. I have no choice in the matter, she just sends them and I have to read them.
So anyway, now that I’m making my comeback to the internet (and by internet I mean blogging; I’ve been on the internet the whole time) you can expect more regular updating and to read about more YA books you don’t really care about because ugh YA, amirite? But also I’ll talk about some popular adult fiction like The Help and One Day. (One was good and the other was not! Guess which was which!)
Also, in case you were curious and because I’ve been talking about fun things I’ve done that aren’t blogging, nothing is more exciting when you are from Ohio and slightly drunk than Times Square at night. (I tried to upload a picture here but WordPress is being a jerk, sry.)
Until next time, blog!
The internet is being a turd and I am not patient enough to write a real blog from my phone, so I’m not sure when you’ll hear from me again, but hopefully soon!
Alright, nerds. This is the blog entry where I admit how many Vampire Academy books I’ve read in the last week or so. (The answer is 6, if you count Bloodlines, but 5 because technically that book is a spin-off series.) Am I ashamed? Slightly. But I’m going to be real with you, blog. I really liked those books. (Can’t say the same for their covers, though. Or their titles.)
Author: Richelle Mead
It would take way too long for me to go into the details of each of these books, so I’m just going to talk generally about the series. All of them got 3-4 stars from me on Goodreads, but each of them at least deserves a 3.5.
So here’s the deal. I am 22 years old and kind of a snob when it comes to literature and what I read. I look disdainfully down at paranormal romance, especially when it’s for teens, and I’m going to go out on a limb and say that probably the Twilight series is the main cause of that one. But anyway, the last thing I expected was to read all six of these books. I read the first one because I got it for free. Then I found myself downloading the rest from libraries onto my phone. (Seriously, Kindles. Get on the library train.)
I read each one in about a day and I was so entertained you wouldn’t even believe it. Rose, the narrator, is a great character. She’s a little too good at beating evil up, sure, but overall she’s believable and she makes mistakes and she isn’t totally insane when it comes to romance. Obsessive about Dimitri, her hot teacher? Sure, a little bit. But the books get better after the first one as Rose becomes more dynamic and has to face new, darker challenges.
Things I liked: Rose as narrator; Rose/Dimitri love (don’t judge me); crazy terrible things that befall Dimitri, oh no!; Rose in Siberia and especially Yeva; Amish vampires; exciting plot lines!; dynamic characters!; Adrian; MAGIC; snarkiness; healthy relationship views (SERIOUSLY GUYS THIS IS A BIG DEAL. Mead was pretty good with these except for the cheating part, the aftermath of which was handled a bit too quickly but then you see more about that in Bloodlines so it’s a little more okay. BUT ANYWAY it’s not a terrible relationship where they spend every second together and stop existing in the real world, even if the things that they say to each other are of a corn factor of 1 million.); MAKE OUT SCENES (don’t judge me); Abe; finding characters endearing and actually wanting to know what happens to them; corny happy endings.
Things I didn’t like: LOVE TRIANGLES part 1 and 2 since we knew who ended up together in the end, Richelle, ugh, stop with all the boyz being so into Rose just cause she has boobs; boys being into Rose because she has boobs; minor characters’ stories being kind of left hanging in the end, even though they pick back up in Bloodlines; some slowness when you KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN AND WHO ROSE WILL FIND IN RUSSIA SO COME ON ALREADY JUST FIND HIM UGH and then UGH GET OUT OF THE DRUG HOUSE UGH COME ON STOP BEING DRUGGED; a certain someone CHEATING on a certain someone else and then that being kind of glossed over even though it was super shitty; THAT IT ENDED COME ON I WANT MORE.
I’m really embarrassed to admit that I was really into this series. When it was over, I rapidly read three more YA books hoping to find something to fill the void but it didn’t work none were as good. So then, even though I swore I wouldn’t, when I was reading Shelf Awareness yesterday and it had an ad for Bloodlines, I immediately read the excerpt it linked to and then bought it on my Kindle. CAN YOU BELIEVE ME, blog? I can’t. Go read these books, world.
In other vampire news:
Some things are more important than blogs.
Once again, I almost forgot about my whole “blog every day” thing. It’s the weekend, though, and most bloggers ditch the internet on the weekends, anyway. Because I don’t have a lot of time, here’s a list of things that are weird that I’ve done / have happened to me in NYC so far:
- Wrote an article for lumberjacks out of work.
- Wrote a blog entry in the medieval style. You know. Because so many medieval dudes had blogs.
- Made an InDesign page with roughly 10 pictures of dogs on it.
- Edited out a watermark on a picture of a monkey reading a book.
- Edited out a watermark on a picture of a bunch of smiling cartoon vegetables.
- Went to Thrillerfest.
- Sat next to KATIE whose neighboring seat was immediately filled by the failed actress we had just been making fun of. (Don’t worry, she was not aware.)
- Woke up before 6am to go to a concert in Central Park before my magazine for lumberjacks was judged. (P.S. It was Florence and the Machine and it was AWESOME.)
- At said concert, had flowers thrown at me. (To be fair, thrown at whole crowd.)
- Was approached by a squirrel with a head injury. Super awkward. Squirrel, I’m just not that into you.
- Witnessed a man who probably had Tourette syndrome yelling at a bus. A lot. With many swears. Many many swears.
- Introduced “Macaroni and Cheese” as a food group in my diet.
- Also, “Coffee.”
- Read the entirety of Vampire Academy in like two days. (Yes, I’m kind of ashamed.)
- Learned that I go through roughly one roll of toilet paper a week. Maybe. In any case, four of us go through four rolls. Hot dang.
- Decided that “french fries” constitute “dinner.”
- Played a million Harry Potter quizzes on Sporcle.
- Spent every weekday in a windowless, over-air-conditioned room, wearing sweaters while outside it was roughly 100 degrees.
- Got to hear from the coolest people in the publishing industry SO GREAT.
- Um, and I’m sure thousands of other things, too, because every day is weird because being in NYC is surreal and strange. But that’s all I can think to list.
I almost forgot to blog today, and since I’m too lazy to leave the apartment tonight, I still have time! So here’s a quick list of things I want to do in NYC:
- CASH CAB.
- Stumble upon Gossip Girl sets.
- Get a job.
- Do EVERYTHING tourists do so I can officially not be a tourist anymore.
- Get an apartment.
- Have a tiny dog.
- Get asked for directions and know how to help.
- RIDE EVERY SUBWAY LINE.
- CASH CAB.
I’m sure you’ve all seen the final Harry Potter movie posters. If not, here’s what I see every day, plastered on buses and telephone booths and walls:
Just for a second, can we talk about how depressing that is? I mean, it’s super exciting that the final movie is coming out–I have midnight tickets–but that tagline is the most depressing tagline in the world.
What makes it worse is that the day Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is released is also the day we at New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute are released and let out into the wilds of the city and the publishing industry. So not only is the most significant book series of my childhood coming to an end, but so, too is my actual childhood. I’ll have to find a job and an apartment.
Goodbye, childhood. Goodbye, Harry Potter.
(May also be read: Hello, exciting opportunities. Hello, 8-DVD-HP-marathons.)