"It happens to us once or twice in a lifetime to be drunk with some book which probably has some extraordinary relative power to intoxicate us and none other; and having exhausted that cup of enchantment we go groping in libraries all our years afterwards in the hope of being in Paradise again." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I’ve been effectively MIA from Booklikes for a few weeks now. I’m assuming most people haven’t noticed (that sounds whiny- I just mean I’m not the most active of bloggers in the best circumstances). But for anyone wondering, I just wanted to drop by and say I’m alive and well, just very, very busy and pretty exhausted. I was recently promoted to copy editor at my company, which has resulted in an exponential increase in work and an equal decrease in reading and blogging time. Basically, I spend a lot of time reading and writing for money and thus can’t spend as much time as I would like doing it for free. I still pop by to lurk around and I’m hoping that I can get back to being more active when I’ve better acclimated to the new position (and cleaned up the dumpster fire left behind by my predecessor.)
Happy reading and have a great day!
I know one of the appealing aspects of the Starks is their harsh code of honor. But come on guys, get your shit together! I know what is coming- not like you can avoid be spoiled for a certain crimson matrimonial catastrophe these days-- but I can't wait for the Starks to realize there is more than one kind of honor. Tywin may be an evil prick, but at least he has foresight, unlike a few honorable-but-soon-to-be-dead northerners I could name.
This series is eating me alive (in a good way, I guess).
I'm still flailing around trying to figure out the technology that is at the center of this story- nearly halfway through and no exposition, which is great and also a little frustrating for the part of my brain that wants the technical stuff to be clearer. And yet, still enjoying it despite feeling like I only understand 50% of what is going on. Impressive work.
I'm still struggling through a reading rut. I've started and/or completed a few things, but not like "usual" for me. This wouldn't be a big deal except honestly I really, really need to find something that really sucks me in, because the more time I spend in the real world, the more I hate it. I'm full of anger about so many things and reading usually helps keep that under control. The Stanford case, the dude-bro responses to reasonable complaints about the Apocalypse poster, politics, high-profile abuse cases, someone straight up telling me that women and men have achieved equality and that 3rd wave feminists are "destroying everything the earlier feminists did for us"... The real world sucks, I don't like people, and I really, really need books to save me.
Top Ten Tuesday May 10: Ten Websites I Waste Time on That (mostly) Aren't About Books
(Concept, topic, and logo all from The Broke and the Bookish)
Tor: I know the guidelines are for sites not about books, but I actually don’t really use the Tor site for book stuff. Rather, it is one of my go-to places for TV recaps and reviews. I also love when they do re-watches and re-reads of older work and see how it holds up (a hobby of mine I would like to have time to indulge more).
Flavorwire: A culture site devoted to books, art, television, film, current events, etc. I respect their writers and their occasionally contrarian reviews of popular media.
The Sartorialist: I love street style, and The Sartorialist is the premiere place to see amazing style all over the world and on people of all genders and ages (a rarity for street style blogs).
Io9: There is a definite pattern emerging, as this is another place I go to frequently for pop culture updates and television recaps.
Kotaku: More pop culture, usually focused on video games but sometimes just random Japanese trends.
Refinery29: Fashion, makeup, beauty. All that good "girly" stuff plus articles on sex, relationships, etc.
Buzzfeed: Who doesn’t waste the occasional block of time on Buzzfeed listicles? They also do pretty good long form journalism.
Vulture: A go-to place for what's going on in all the TV shows I don't watch but am inexplicably interested in.
The Daily Beast: Like Vulture, but often a little more insightful and with more space given to current events as well as entertainment. I’m always looking for more pieces like Arthur Chu’s “Your Princess is in Another Castle.”
Pinterest: This is the only social media I’m including, since it’s really the only social media I spend huge swathes of time on, mostly for closet inspiration and to find really amazing costume ideas and cosplay.
Ten Child/Young Adult Characters You’d Love to Revisit as Adults
Attempting to put this list together has shown me how very few books I’ve read with child or young adult protagonists whose adult lives I never see. Or whose adult lives I would care much about, honestly. I don’t think I’ll make it to ten, but here goes:
Junior, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. I would really like to know if everything Junior went through turned out OK. Did his education off the res give him the leg-up he was hoping for? Did his dad ever deal with his drinking problem? Did his family ever catch a break?
Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. For the sake of this list, I would like to imagine they didn’t die. How long would it have taken them to realize they made a terrible mistake and that declaring undying love for someone and tying yourself to them for life before you’ve even finished puberty (or known them longer than a week) is really, really dumb?
Matilda Wormwood, Matilda by Roald Dahl. You just know Matilda grew up to do amazing things. Did she keep her powers? Did she outgrow them? Did she grow up to be the world’s coolest librarian or did she start writing her own books? Personally, I’d like to think she grew up to be much like Mara Wilson, the actress that played her in the film.
Sophronia from the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger. Thanks to the series being part of the Parasol Protectorate universe, we do see a couple of the girls all grown up. But what about Sophronia? A whole series of her adventures as a badass secret agent would be so much fun, and I would love to see her meet other characters from the Parasol events (besides the ones she went to school with).
Eleanor and Park from the eponymous novel by Rainbow Rowell. JUST TELL ME IT WORKS OUT. Theirs is perhaps the only adolescent romance I’ve ever rooted for in the long term.
Well, I think that’s the best I can do. It’s a bit of a conundrum: if an author creates a really compelling character, it’s natural to want to see more of them. And yet, if they tell the story right, they rarely leave me feeling like I need more. Sometimes a great character is great specifically because their story arc fits perfectly, and I simply don’t need anything else.
(Original Top Ten Tuesday concept, topic, and logo via The Broke and the Bookish)
Not a perfect list (since there is no such thing) but not bad either.
No one is going to convince me to get up 15 minutes earlier to do ANYTHING-- even read-- but I think I'm going to try at least a few of these.
Fabulous Five Friday: Comic Book Adaptations
I’m sticking with a movie theme for some reason this month. These aren’t necessarily the absolute Top Five adaptations, but they are five that I’ve enjoyed immensely and I think do great service to their source material.
The Netflix take on the MCU: Jessica Jones and Daredevil (2015-ongoing)
I’m putting these both together to 1) make room for another title I really want to include, and 2) because they’re successful for similar reasons. “Dark and gritty” is quickly getting worn out in the world of comic book adaptations, but these titles get it right. Both titles give us imperfect, complicated heroes and two of the most terrifying villains on screen to date. They’re similar in that they’re both different kinds of crime shows, and yet different enough that one doesn’t feel like a rip-off of the other.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
I mentioned the dark and gritty problem above, and this is one adaptation that completely bypasses it for humor and even goofiness without sacrificing character or emotion. The characters and the story are just so much fun, and yet there are moments that made me tear up. Bonus points for making Guardians a top-tier franchise after playing on the B-lists for so long.
Another one that is just plain fun. Dirty, filthy, meta fun. Ryan Reynolds was born to be the merc with the mouth and I’m so glad he fought for as long and hard as he did to get it made. There have been a lot of arguments as to whether it was really “necessary” to go R-rated; I think it’s a refreshing way to expand comic adaptations out of the paint-by-numbers PG-13 place they’ve ended up lately.
The Dark Knight (2008)
You can’t talk about recent adaptations without talking about Dark Knight, and specifically Heath Ledger’s Joker. I have watched this film probably a dozen times and he blows me away. Every. Single. Time. It’s the rare sequel film that “overstuffs” with two villain plotlines and does it well, surpassing the first film by leaps and bounds.
The non-superhero black sheep of the list. The original graphic novel memoir by Marjane Satrapi is translated almost exactly to the screen—the animation mimics the art, and very little gets cut or moved around. It’s an absolutely beautiful book that makes for an excellent film.
Any good ones I missed?