February Book Haul

I don’t have too many books, considering what several others haul each week. I have just started getting back into the swing of reading [hmm… although, I have borrowed some books from the library every now and then… scratch that] getting back into browsing bookstores and purchasing books. I’m a student and my income is limited, so I am not going to be hauling 10 books each week, especially if I have to buy them at full price! I figure over a month, 3-4 full priced books seems reasonable. As well, since my hauls will be pretty thin, I’ll be doing these posts most likely once a month.

Anyways, the book haul!

So I was browsing our local Chapters and Cinder by Marissa Meyer caught my eye and started this whole love of books over again. I could not resist purchasing it and totally loved it. [Review is here if you want to read.] Chapters always has great deals as well in the bargain section. And what did I find there but a hard-cover 1st edition of  Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld… for only $1! So I browsed the Scott Westerfeld section and found Behemoth, the second book to the Leviathan Trilogy. It was full priced and paperback (I like my series’ books to be consistent), BUT it was a signed edition So I bought that as well. Just the other day, I was looking around Chapters again and ended up picking up Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I’ve started reading it and it is so difficult to put down! Look for a review soon!

A few weeks ago, I stopped by the thrift shop near my house and looked through their bargain paperback books for $0.75 each. I ended up coming out with 4 books for only $3 total: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth SteinOdalisque, by Fiona McIntosh, A Walk to Remember, by Nicholas Sparks, and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. I have been meaning to pick up some Nicholas Sparks books and I’m glad I found this one. It’s a little beat up on the spine but I loved the movie and can’t wait to read it. When I bought Angels and Demons, I thought I didn’t have it [I knew I was missing one of the Robert Langdon books], but turns out I did. I’m now on the look out for The Lost Symbol!

Also, I signed up for GoodReads this month, I believe. I entered a few of their giveaways not expecting anything. But I ended up winning two non-fiction books [I really wasn’t very picky when I chose which book giveaways to enter]. I received The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg from Random House and The Power by Rhonda Byrne from Simon and Schuster Canada. Very interesting books. They can be boring if you aren’t into the informative type of readings, but they held fascinating facts and insights. I will be reviewing these two soon. So look for those as well.

Thats all for the month, folks! Let’s see what March brings!

~C

       

Book Signing & Meet the Author: Marissa Meyer

Kind of a late entry but…

Marissa Meyer came to my hometown and was discussing & signing her debut novel, Cinder.

I used to be an avid reader, but post-secondary, I lost my free time to school and studying. I owe it to Marissa Meyer and her new novel to get me back into it. Cinder caught my attention early this month. It was pure coincidence that Marissa Meyer was doing a signing a few days after I had bought the book!

So off I went to stand in the back of the already-gathered crowd and wait for Marissa Meyer to make her appearance.

She was very pleasant and friendly. According to her, she got to writing the Lunar Chronicles when she entered a fanfiction contest to write a futuristic fairy tale – for which she chose Puss In Boots, which I also love. [I managed to track down the link to that story if anyone is interested in reading it: Luna Version 4.2] She read from a few pages of Cinder and answered a few audience questions.

I know it's Dreamworks' Puss In Boots, but he is toooooo cute!

Loved learning that:

  • Book 2, Scarlet, would have elements of Little Red Riding Hood in it
  • Book 3, Cress, is based off of Rapunzel
  • Book 4, Winter, introduces a futuristic Snow White
  • Cinder will continue on as a main character throughout the series
  • The Lunar Queen is THE evil villain. Eeeeeeeeevvvvvvvviiiiiiiilllllllll!

So after that she started the signing. Super long line, but she was super nice in the brief moment I spoke to her as she signed my copy of the book. I didn’t get a picture with her, but here’s the little inscription: [in purple too, so it matches the cover – as Marissa and I chatted about during the 1 minute it took for her to write it out, haha!]

Will definitely be going to more of these so-called “book-signings” if I see anymore come along my way.

~C

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Cinder wouldn't fit in at a formal ball, anyway. Even if she did find dress gloves and slippers that could hide her metal monstrosities, her mousy hair would never hold a curl, and she didn't know the first thing about makeup. She would end up sitting just off the dancefloor and making fun od the girls who swooned to get Prince Kai's attention, pretending she wasn't jealous. Pretending it didn't bother her. Although, she was curious about the food. And the prince did know her now, sort of. He had been kind to her at the market. Perhaps he would ask her to dance. Out of politeness. Out of chivalry, when he saw her standing alone. The precarious fantasy crashed down around her as quickly as it had begun. It was impossible. Not worth thinking about. She was cyborg, and she would never go to the ball.

 

 

Rating: ★★★★★

Cover ArtLove the typeface of both the title and the author’s name. The simplicity of the red slipper and cyborg foot/leg is brilliant.

Review:

Cinderella wasn’t exactly my favourite fairy tale growing up. Delicate girl, overpowered by stepmom and stepsisters, fairy godmother… etc, etc.

Cinder, however, has taken the classic tale and weaved unique, bold elements into the story creating something completely unique. Really. Who would think to make a potential princess into a cyborg?

Cinder is not like Cinderella at all [I’m talking Disney-created Cinderella], of which I’m totally glad about. Cinder is strong-minded, independent, and didn’t need a fairy godmother to kick her in the proverbial pants to get a move on! Although there are features of the original Cinderella in the book [not-so-nice stepmother, stepsisters, a ball, chores, and a prince], I don’t feel that it restricts the story at all. Marissa Meyer has already taken the story down a much more winding, twist-and-turning, kind of path. It is set in a post WWIV Earth with hovercrafts, a colonized moon, and androids [and not the type that malfunction and try to gauge out your eyes!] Prince Kai is a character that was created just to have fans flutter after him. I loved reading the scenes that took place between him and Cinder and I’m hoping that his character will appear in the rest of the story. The book is creative, capturing, and has amazing characters.

With 4 books to the series, each one introducing a new fairy tale character, I’m patiently waiting to get my fairy tale-turned-futuristic-fantasy world fix. [Lies! I definitely dislike the long wait, but what can you do?]

And if you really thought a fairy tale based book was not going to have a predictable ending, where were you when all the stories ended in “and they lived happily ever after”?

~C

A fairy tale is a fairy tale — If the shoe fits…

Oops, dropped my notes…

I recently started getting into reading again. Reading for fun. Emphasis on the word fun. Since high school all I’ve been reading are textbooks and powerpoints and notes I’ve taken during lectures. Found it was time to get back into the wonderful world of reading.

I love books. I’ll post anything and everything about books on this blog – my new outlet for rants, raves, reviews, and the like. I’m most likely going to post somethings I’ve read and bought over the last month before I started this blog. However, after that, I have no plans or days I’ve set aside to blog and review and write. I’m still in school and plan to finish. Unfortunately, school does come first. But, there will definitely be times when I need to de-stress and procrastinate and do something other than schoolwork. [Ha! “Need”]

Anyways, thanks for dropping in. Drop me a line. Drop me a book. Drop me a line from a book? [haha]

Let’s just play this by ear, shall we?

~C