i read this book in 6th grade and loved it

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Summer is almost over, and sadly, it is time to say goodbye to our Summer 2017 Penguin Teen interns. They have been hard at work reading manuscripts, posting online Penguin Teen content, creating eBooks, planning author tours, attending lots of fun meetings and of course, doing lots and lots of reading! Before they left, we asked them for a few of their MUST READS you don’t want to miss out on!    

An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir

Oona Ryle (Publicity Intern)
“An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir could not have been more aptly named –  it won’t burn you, but the story will draw you closer with the warmth she creates in the character relationships. I’m reading the sequel, A Torch Against the Night, right now, and somehow, it’s even better than the first book!”

Perfect Ten by L. Philips 

Dan Denning (Retail Marketing & Advertising Intern) 
“They say to never judge a book by its cover, but I fell in love with this book the instant I saw the cover… whoops. Still, the vibrancy, romanticism, and humor you see on that cover is exactly what is inside the book too! Sam’s journey to find his perfect boyfriend in a town where he is one of the only gay boys kept me 100 percent invested throughout all 352 pages. Read it for the captivating story, the adorable characters, the juicy romantic drama, and because you REALLY want to know which of Sam’s four crushes ends up being the final boy behind that unicorn mask on the cover.” 

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Panda used to exclusively read graphic novels, comic books, and those Ripley’s big weird facts books. All chapter books were consumed in audiobook form. The only chapter book she read was one Goosebumps book. Well, she rocked the reading assessment for 6th grade and is well above the goal range for where they say kids her age should be at the end of the year. She read the first book assigned for the school year and is currently reading, and loving, The Giver which is their second assigned reading.

The reason I’m posting this is to say to parents of kids who are resistant to read anything but comics - Comic books rule and comic books count! Let them read comics! Don’t worry about it! YAY COMICS!!!

anonymous asked:

Are there any single, one-off kids' books that you LOVE but no else seems to know about? For me it's "The Girl Who Could Fly" by Victoria Forester

Oooooh wtf did I read when I was a kid??? 

Literally all I can remember about it is that there was a princess running around causing Drama™ and whenever she brought someone in on her shenanigans she’d rub her hands and go, ‘Oh, I do love conspiracies!’ and like…I think I grew up to be her? Lmao I remember really enjoying it though. It was one of the first school-assigned books I liked. I read it in like 6th grade. 

A Chicken Unexplainably Laid A Dinosaur Egg And I Was All About It, circa 5th grade. 

Ghosts and tarot cards and family secrets and dark curses revealed in New Orleans…12 year old Molly was SOLD. 

I don’t remember much about this one, but it’s sitting on the book shelf in my old room with very well-worn edges, so. I must’ve liked it a lot in 4th grade lmao. Ghosts and lakes and mysteries, I think?

My library teacher read us this in like 4th or 5th grade and I was freaked tf out. He!! Ate!! Himself!! Also the main character has my name so that upped the creep factor by like 45%

This one was pretty creepy, had a very cool setting, featured blended families trying to work shit out and little kids dealing with immense feelings of guilt…I dug it. The cover scared the shit out of me too for some reason??? 

This one was super interesting to me because it had a different take on ghosts and the afterlife than I was used to seeing. Very nerve racking (when I was a kid, anyway) and the main protagonist is a very unlikely hero.

Oooh this made me cry so much in 3rd grade. Toy Story can eat it’s heart out. 

I never hear anyone talk about this book??? But my little nature loving ass thought it was a Masterpiece lol. Bird Lovers Fight Pancake Capitalism. The characters were all really enjoyable (I was so thrilled with the knowledge that Beatrice could probably kill the two main boys with little effort), and the movie was really nice too!! (watch it if you wanna see Florida look like a nice place or if you wanna see Brie Larson intimidate the shit out of Logan Lerman and Cody Linnley, iconic.)


Super Fucking Sad and I’m not entirely sure it’s actually a children’s book, but that did not stop Mrs. Carney from reading it to us in 5th grade lmao. Deals with grief and stuff. 

Ooooh, and I know you said ‘one-off’ books, but I was really into the Echo Falls mysteries books!

I think there were three altogether? I read the first one for assigned-reading in school but got HOOKED. And I usually hate mystery novels, because I solve everything by like chapter 3 and then have to sit through an entire book of the protag very slowly figuring things out…and that happened with these books, too, but they were just so entertaining I didn’t even mind. Family drama, drug abuse, murder™, theater kids, awkward first crushes, INTENSE descriptions of waffles, 6th grade Molly and friends were pretty obsessed. 

Other than that, I think the only other stand-alones I can remember reading were the Goosebumps books? 

anonymous asked:

I was born in '92 and this may seem odd, but a big part of my childhood was the DK Eyewitness books/videos. I started watching the tapes as a toddler and reading the books in elementary school. I have a pretty large collection of the books, sometimes I'll ask for certain titles for Christmas or buy them w/ holiday money. I check the books out @ the library too. I have all except one Eyewitness video on my computer. I wish more ppl loved it as much as I did/do.

i’m on mobile right now so i can’t post any pics of what you’re talking about but they seem really familiar! i used to read nonfiction books that gave facts about different types of animals. whenever i went to the school library in 4th-6th grade that’s literally all i’d ever check out was books about wolves or red pandas or panthers😂

clolovesglitter  asked:

Hi, not so much a request and an inquiry? But I was wondering if you had and suggestions for books for me to read. I'm desperate for s good book! Thank you. 💕

Ohh boy I’m gonna have to sit in front of my shelf for this one haha. Let’s see…if you’re into angels:
•Halo trilogy by Alexandra Adornetto (it’s phenomenal ohhhmyyygoodddddd)
•Fallen series by Lauren Kate (soooo underrated)
•Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick (I got my friend OBSESSED okay like this is SO GOOD)
•Kissed by An Angel by Elizabeth Chandler (only read the first three but I loved it so much. Nearly cried so many times)

If you like vampires:
•The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer (emo me of like 2012-2013 loved this ok)
•The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine (only read the first book but it was so good. Not sure about the rest of the series)
•Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow (you will not believe how amazing these books are. I couldn’t put them down)
•Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead (another one I couldn’t put down. I’m in love)


If you like werewolves:
•Shiver trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater (I got a bloody nose while reading Linger bc I was sick and got mad because I had to put the book down to deal with it. I read this in a weekend. It’s freakin amazing and Maggie is an incredible author)

If you like realistic fiction/TFIOS:
•I’m Not Her (can’t remember the author’s name but PLS READ IT. ITS SO GOOD. I NEARLY CRIED.)
•The Distance Between Us by Kasie West (I’m still not over this one. Too good. Way too good)
•If I Stay by Gayle Forman (I actually nearly cried. Haven’t read Where She Went, but I’m sure that’s amazing too. Also the movie is amazing. Really did the book justice)
•Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson (my mom made me read this and I cried in the middle of 6th grade math class. Have refused to reread it because it’s that heartbreaking)
•Crank by Ellen Hopkins (this is really good. Really really good)

If you like historical fiction type stuff (because I guess that’s what this is???):
•Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (so good. So so so good. Haven’t read the other books because I love Ismae too much to ever move on though so if you read those pls tell me how they are)
•The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levinne (ooooh boy this one was heartbreaking, esp if you have a sister like me that you actually can stand bc ooooohh booooyyyy)
•Fairest by Gail Carson Levine (this one creeped me out when I was younger but it’s SOOO GOOOD)
•Ever by Gail Carson Levine (I LOVED THIS OK EVEN WHEN I WAS LITTLE)
•Entwined by Heather Dixon (this is more fantasy bc it’s like the whole 12 Dancing Princesses thing but it’s amazing)
•Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter (this one isn’t in my top faves but it’s still good so I’ll include it)
•Order of Darkness series by Philippa Gregory (first one is Changeling and I’ve only read the first 2 but this is amazing pls read it this is one of my top suggestions ok)
•Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay (only read that one but it’s v good. If you like Shakespeare, you’ll appreciate it)

If you like witches/magic:
•Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (haven’t read the newest additions to this, only the original four. But they’re amazing so read them if you like this)

If you liked Divergent/THG
•The Daniel X Series by James Patterson (only read the first but I love this series. I need to finish it lol)
•Maximum Ride series by James Patterson (it’s really long and he just released a new book [which I haven’t read because I’m afraid he’s just going to keep killing me and resurrecting me which is nOT OKAY] but these were like, my childhood. I read this before I read Harry Potter so yeah it’s p important to me)
•Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver (oh my god I die every time. Such a cool concept. So well written. Ugh. Another I’m not over still)
•Legend trilogy by Marie Lu (this is so great I highly recommend it. June kicks ass.)
•Dust Lands trilogy by Moira Young (haven’t read the last one but it’s so good. Written a little weird, but really good. Totally unique. It’s so good)
•Matched trilogy by Ally Condie (Crossed [the second book] dragged a lot but I loved the first and third. So amazing. Another great concept)
•The Selection series by Kiera Cass (idk about you but hey a competition for a prince to fall in love with you? Sign me up man)
•Under the Never Sky trilogy by Veronica Rossi (you’ll fall in love with Perry and Aria. You’ve been warned)

If you like creepy shit:
•Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (I can’t stress this one enough. It’s a duo and it’s so good. I can’t get over Cas. He’s such an amazing character. Please read this if you can stomach the scary stuff. Also: don’t read them at night. Esp the ending of the first one. I didn’t sleep lol)
•Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon (semi-creepy. Lots of dead shit. But cool. V cool. I’ve only read books 1 & 2 though :( )
•the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin (it just slowly gets creepier and creepier as the books progress but it’s another must-read. And as you can probably tell, my followers and I love it haha)

If you like mythology:
•The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (it’s based on Welsh mythology and ley lines. I can’t praise this series enough. I love it too much. Can’t get over the last book, either)
•The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan (definitely underrated. This deserves as much attention as PJO and HoO. Read it if you’re into Egyptian mythology)
•Need series by Carrie Jones (this ones complicated because it’s fae, werewolves, and Norse mythology?? I liked it though)
•Riley Bloom series by Alyson Noël (I liked this a lot more than the books about Ever tbh. Those ones got boring. This one’s awesome. Ghosts are cool. You get it lol)
•The Shadowhunter Chronicles (The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices) by Cassandra Clare (soo good. I’ve loved it for several years. I haven’t read Lady Midnight yet though :( these books are literally a little bit of like everything though. So cool)
•Everneath series by Brodi Ashton (I think this is like Greek mythology?? I can’t remember. It’s awesome though)
•The Trojan Horse by Christopher Morley (it’s a play written in like the 20’s or something but I loved it. I almost cried. So good)

If you like memoirs/historically accurate stuff:
•Out of the Flames by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone (all about Michael Servetus and his book. I loved it.)
•First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung (you will cry. This is about the Cambodian genocide. It’s so well written and so eye-opening.)
•This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski (a Holocaust memoir by a Polish poet and writer in Auschwitz. I loved this book so much. It’s so well written)

I hope this helps!

If you haven’t done so, you should give a look to Sarah Vowell’s book Lafayette and the Somewhat United States, a look at the relationship between America’s favorite fighting frenchman and the country he came to adopt (and, to a larger degree, France’s involvement in the American revolution as a whole). 

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Here’s week 5 of our Artist Q&A for team Geneologie! This is Helen!

+ How do you work best? | I work best with some background noise. I like listening to documentaries, Korean pop, ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’, or Celtic music. I am used to a rambunctious family, and noise can be comforting. I also have a 6 month old Shiba Inu that sleeps under my desk. Having a work buddy makes all the difference.

+ What’s your background? | I grew up in Vermont with my father working in the ski and snowboard industry (he introduced me to many types of art at a young age). My mom worked as a printer for many years. I remember staring at her light table when I was little. I went to college at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and received my BFA in Illustration. I work on all sorts of projects in my free time: Dungeons and Dragons style games, labels, custom tattoo design, and lots of fan art.

+ Favorite place you’ve traveled to? | Honestly my favorite place is in Vermont behind my parents’ house. I think I only knew how much influence that place had after I moved away. I spent my childhood playing in the woods and building mountain bike trails, going on midnight snowshoes, and endless days hiking. I can still smell the fallen leaves of autumn and the bright cold crisp air at -5.

+ Favorite medium to work with? | I really love sketching; building an idea and having loose, sketchy lines. I usually refine the sketch and ink it. I like seeing an artist’s process, and I so often like my sketches better than the finished piece of work.

+ Describe a real life situation that truly inspired you. | We had to do artist interviews in one of my introduction to illustrations classes in college. I decided I was going to try and get in contact with Kinuko Y. Craft. She does some of the most detailed illustrations I have ever seen. I was not sure if she had the time or if it would be easy to get in contact with her, but I did talk to her. I talked to her for an hour and a half. She was so kind and really took the time to explain things to me. I really am grateful for that hour and a half.

+ What is the weirdest job you’ve had? | I was an intern for a designer one summer and I helped pour paint (and clean it up) over famous snowboarders for a photoshoot. Nothing too weird.

+ Why art? | I’ve always been interested in art. My parents helped cultivate that interest, and have always supported me. Not once did they question the path I chose. Creating for me is breathing. I feel lost and stuck if I don’t create a little something every day.

+ Tell us an embarrassing moment. | I passed out in my 11th grade biology class when they were talking about amniocentesis. I’m really afraid of needles and I can not listen to stories that have to do with medical things.

+ What do you do to get inspired? | I like making color schemes and that usually helps me to figure out a subject matter that would be appropriate. I really enjoy making terrariums and often just looking at some of those plants. Nature makes such beautiful patterns. I have a few books that really inspire me…Jugendstil-Schmuck//Art Nouveau Jewelry, Japanese Design Motifs, Ukiyo-E, The Art of Japanese Print, and Lalique. I love Art Nouveau and looking to the past artists for inspiration.

+ What is something you can’t do without? | My puppy Umeko. She makes everything better.

+ What is your favorite drink? | Milk, most any kind of milk. There is usually always 2% milk and chocolate soymilk in the fridge. Almond milk and rice milk are also delicious.

+ What is your favorite book? Favorite movie? | I struggled with reading for a long time so the first book that made me fall in love with reading in 6th grade was The Alanna series by Tamora Pierce. She was a magic welding lady knight. My favorite movie is hard to pick…way too difficult. I can give you a few: Hellboy, Everafter, Song of the Sea, and Howl’s Moving Castle.

+ Do you have a nickname? | Hardware Helen. My parents have owned a hardware store since I was 14, and I have been helping out at the store since I was 12. I have a lot of information about hardware…you want to know what brand of paint is going to have the right coverage and if you’re going to need a primer? I can help you with that. What size copper fitting are you looking for? ¾ elbow? You need me to match that bolt? Would you like it in stainless steel? It looks like its a 8/32 pan head. I like hardware projects.

+ What is the best and worst thing about being an artist? | I can not stop. I don’t take days off…which makes me really afraid I am going to burn out. I work with the wonderful people at Geneologie during the week, and during the weekend I work on freelance projects, commissions, and getting ready for conventions. It is often times exciting and scary at the same time. I want to try my best at everything I do and I really like working/being busy. My favorite thing is when I create something and it really clicks with people. I get some messages on my Tumblr and they are so often messages of support and thanks. That is really an amazing feeling. I try to let the artists I follow know how much their art has inspired me. Having a connection with someone through art is a huge motivation in my life.

Bookworms are badass
  • My sister would read me the same kind of books when I was little, to the point where I could recite them all. One night I took the book from her and pretended to read it back. I remembered all the rhythms and cues but I didn’t actually fully know how to read. She thought I was a tiny genius. 
  • Year 1 we had a reading corner. It was made by two perpendicular bookshelves with a big fluffy blanket and giant cushy pillows nestled in the corner. Everyone used it to talk or nap. I was the only one who used it to read (shoutout to Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl). Actual quote from Matthew C. “Why are you reading in the reading corner?”
  • In primary school I was in the group for advanced readers. Since the books they assigned us were technically borrowed by the school and not under our individual library cards, I usually kept all the books instead of returning them. (HAHAHAH, you can’t trace it back to me!). By the end of Year 6, I felt guilty and snuck back around 2 or 3 bags full of unreturned books at the library door before school started. They figured out it was me but didn’t say anything. 
  • Also in the 6th grade I challenged a friend to see who could read the Da Vinci Code faster. TAKE THAT, JACK DELACEY. 
  • 6th Grade again (wow, a big year of me): I loved the Captain Underpants series so much that I brought the bookset to read during silent reading time. Classmates would ask to borrow them. I even drew and wrote two of my own Captain Underpants comic books which people actually borrowed!
  • I have finished a series before by reading a book per night, no matter the size.
  • I have portion of my bookshelf devoted to borrowed books that I never had the chance to return from friends. Sorry, guys! I just haven’t seen you in so long. 
  • I went overseas to San Fransisco for the first time in February. Every day, except one, was devoted to visiting family members. My cousin took me on an unofficial secondhand bookstore/cafe tour. I ended up buying 9 books and 3 silent movies. I would have been much, much, more if I hadn’t remembered the weight restrictions for suitcases. 

Happy Intersex Awareness Day! In honor of our favorite holiday, we’ve interviewed some of our intersex members about what it’s like to be intersex. Meet Ali Crivelli. She’s a 23-year old intersex girl (she/her/hers pronouns) who loves dancing of all types, painting, reading books, running, and the color green.

Hi Ali! What is your intersex variation?

Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, but probably PAIS. I was diagnosed with CAIS when I was 2 years old, but recently realized that it is probably PAIS because of my body’s reaction to hormone replacement.

Whoa! So did you find out then that you were born with intersex traits?

No, my parents learned when I was 2, but I learned when I was 11/12 (in 6th grade). I always knew that I couldn’t have kids. And I was told that there was something wrong with my ovaries when I was a baby, so they were removed. I had to go to see a pediatric endocrinologist every year to track my bone growth and find out when I had to get hormone replacement. My doctors and parents never explained my condition to me. I found out I was intersex in 6th grade when I went to the endocrinologist and someone mentioned the term AIS. Later that day, I went on the internet, searched AIS, and discovered information on it!

Wow. How did you feel after that?

I was shaken by it, and felt betrayed by my parents & doctors. I was confused, and my mom talked to me about it a bit, but wanted me to keep it a secret. It took 10 years for me to come to terms with it, and in that time it became a very negative thing that I buried deep. Coming out has been a big deal for me in the past couple of years.

Were you directed towards any peer support once you found out?

No, my medical records emphasized “normal” gender development for a “little girl.” I didn’t think I would ever meet anyone with an intersex variation because it was presented as super rare and secretive.

Oh man, so how do your intersex traits fit into your identity now? Do you identify as intersex?

Yes, I identify as intersex, but I might not bring it up super readily because I feel like I have to explain it in detail whenever I bring it up.

Do you identify as LGBTQ?

I identify as part of the queer community, LGBTQI.

Have your intersex traits ever played a role in your experiences with dating or romantic relationships?

Yes, I was hesitant to bring it up in the past because I was afraid of rejection.

Do you have any advice to give to young children or teenagers growing up with intersex traits?

You aren’t alone, and you don’t have to feel alone. There is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about. Western medicine has caused a lot of problems for intersex people, but hopefully that is changing and will continue to change.

Last but not least, what is your favorite animal?

Cow, lions, turtles :)

Thanks, Ali!! If you want to see more interviews like this, follow us all this week as we’ll be posting interviews with out members! Happy Intersex Awareness Day!

rathersarcatstic-deactivated201  asked:

I don't mean to be rude but why do you knock Christopher Paolini's books so much? I mean I know the plot's the same as Star Wars but I love those books they were my intro to fantasy they got me through 4th through 6th grade. Why don't you like them?

Christopher Paolini was my first fantasy author, too. The fact that he was fifteen when he wrote Eragon inspired me to write when I younger than that. However, after reading around the genre a little more and getting some worldbuilding advice has made me realize how cliche Eragon is. It’s up there with the Wheel of Time series. Among other things, Eragon/the Inheritance Cycle …

  • Pulls repeated deus ex machinas (the name of the ancient language, the Blood Oath Ceremony and subsequent transformation, the Rock of Kuthien and what lies beneath)
  • Has poor geography (the temperate rainforest is right next to the jungle? the Toark River runs uphill?)
  • Plays to Tolkien racial stereotypes (snobbish, superior elves and bearded, digging dwarves)
  • Shameless self-insert (of his sister, anyway; see Angela the herbalist)
  • Poor handling of POC cultures (the one POC culture we see is violent, warlike, and poorly explained)
  • I don’t understand why Galbatorix is so evil. I get the fact that he killed the Dragonriders a century ago, but he doesn’t actually do anything evil in the story except tax people and fight the Varden. The latter is a logical response, as the Varden are actively trying to kill him. The former is just government. Besides, he actually wants to rebuild the Dragonriders and regrets his past actions.
  • I also don’t understand why Galbatorix doesn’t fly out and kidnap Eragon and/or Saphira in the first book. Or why he doesn’t fly out and smash the Varden. Surely taking ten or twenty days to capture a Rider and kill his enemies is worth missing time otherwise devoted to finding the Name. That’s just bad plotting.
  • Christopher Paolini loves himself some languages. The main language used in the book is the Ancient Language, which has the same roots and the same style and the same grammar as English. You’d think he’d put a little more effort into it.
  • Despite the fact Arya shows little interest in Eragon, he drools after her like a five-year-old boy and often subjects her to the Male Gaze
  • Paolini apparently thinks the life of a bumblebee is worth more than a person. Eragon weeps when he needs to kill animals to sustain energy, but mindlessly slaughters hundreds of soldiers in battle. If he cries over the death of others, it’s usually “a single shining tear”
  • The fact that it is a retelling of Star Wars (with dragons!) doesn’t do Paolini any favors
  • Purple prose all up in this house
  • There’s a good way to make pop culture references in fiction. Then there’s the Paolini way. In the scene where Eragon and Arya hash it out in the third book, Arya writes a very blatant Doctor Who reference into the sand. Eragon asks her what she’s written. Arya says she doesn’t know. If you’re going to make a reference, at least make it fit in the context of the story.
  • The battle tactics are crap. I remember in Brisingr that Roran fights in a battle where the archers are shooting into a mixed crowd of combatants. Obviously they’re not worried about hitting their friends. Also, Eragon and Saphira repeatedly fight on the ground, even though she’s a winged dragon and there are (usually) no other winged creatures to oppose her.
  • The reveal of Eragon’s “true” parentage (at the end of Eldest) and true parentage (at the end of Brisingr) was dumb and contrived. In the “true” parentage, you know, what a Star Wars ripoff/cliched plot. In the true parentage, what a freaking cop out.
  • Infodumps. Infodumps everywhere.
  • I don’t care if you’re pulling water up from the ground. If you actually tried traveling at the pace Eragon and Murtag sustained in their flight to Farthen Dur, the horses would die of exhaustion.
  • Almost all of his good characters are hotties. The bad characters look messed up (Durza), like creepy insects (Ra'zac), or obsequious/fat/ugly (most of the Imperial soldiers Eragon or Roran meet for more than five minutes)
  • Eragon is about seventeen when the books end. He’s a master at magic, a great swordsman, and he knows how to read and write, despite having learned these skills in the span of about two years. That’s unrealistically fast.
  • What was so hot about the Dragonriders? They “kept peace”, apparently, but so has Galbatorix. The dragons were alive back then, but I can easily see the downsides of having a large resident dragon population. The dwarves and the elves, and the Urgals and everyone, still didn’t get along, so I don’t know what that peace was about. The Dragonriders were racist, too, seeing as they never got the Urgals or the dwarves in on that rider/dragon pact. 

A lot of my problems with the Inheritance Cycle are problems that aren’t usually apparent until you apply logic to the series. If you sit back with your brain turned off, the series is enjoyable if a little too close to Star Wars. I pick on the Inheritance Cycle because it’s usually the first book that comes to mind when I think of fantasy cliches. Maybe I’ll switch to accusing Wheel of Time or Terry Goodkind’s books more.

anonymous asked:

I love your blog! I was just wondering when you guys first read the Harry Potter books and if you have a favorite in the series. :)

Jamie (Gryffindor):

I first read Sorcerer’s Stone when I was 9. At the time it was the only HP book that had been published. Its a long story that I’ve shared before, but I can’t remember what post it was on. If I can figure it out, I’ll add a link.

Prisoner of Azkaban has always been my favorite (okay I guess not before existed but whatever). I love the whole plot twist thing with Pettigrew. I love the way time travel was handled. Its just all around great imo.

Amy (Hufflepuff):

Backstory: Where I went to school, you had a “homeroom” but you didn’t go to it every day, just on days with announcements and testing and whatever. And it was pointless But in 6th grade, my homeroom teacher read us the first Harry Potter book (this was before it was huge and there were cries of WITCHCRAFT and PROTECT THE CHILDREN). We weren’t required to pay attention and at first I didn’t, cause the beginning of the book isn’t all that gripping. I read my own book. But I began to listen and then was captivated and WHAT IS THIS WONDERFUL WORLD OF MAGIC. We read the whole first book and part of the second one. I was 11.

PoA is also my favorite. I can’t even explain why, but they are my babies.

Caitlin (Ravenclaw)

Ok you guys. The Sorcerer’s Stone came out before I was born. I was a teeny tiny little one when I started to read them on my own (in fact they were probably some of the first books I ever read to myself), and they were definitely some of the first books my dad read with me.I would stay up super late (like 9) and read by flashlight because I couldn’t wait. I remember I had a book on tape with Alan Rickman reading “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of Number 4 Privet Drive were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much…” to me every single night. It’s safe to say that I grew up a Potter fanatic and that’s never changed. When Deathly Hallows became a library book (Border’s was still foreign to me when I was 7), I plucked it off the shelf, went home, sat in my bean bag chair and didn’t move an inch until I was finished. Skipped two meals because it was worth that.

Are all of ours just PoA??? Wow that’s crazy. I don’t know I think the book just really hit me in a way. Like on top of magic, there was time travel now. Everything was just so much more mystical and exciting and the whole book just gave me a fall and warm type of vibe, which I loved. The three were going on real adventures now that incorporated non-Voldemort villains and they’re finally starting to grow up (In the movie they had their best hair, and Ron was pulling an Alfalfa for half of it. Plus their little voice squeaks awwww). The Knight Bus was a work of ART and Stan Shunpike is a BEAUTIFUL character. And TRELAWNY??? AMAZING I will forever adore PoA.

Justin (Slytherin):

I have never read the books. What even is a Harry Potter?

I read the books in grade school roughly as they were coming out, and I remember my favorite being around Order of the Phoenix. I really liked seeing Harry step up and be a leader to teach his peers. It also used to be my favorite movie, but somehow has become the most annoying for me to watch. Now my favorite (movie) is Half-blood Prince.

Also, as far as Prisoner of Azkaban: that was both my least favorite book and movie. I seriously remember nearly quitting the series because I didn’t like Sirius Black’s character. I really need to re-read the series and see if I feel the same. 

Can we please talk about Daja Kisubo and Tamora Pierce for a second? I know it took a while to get some canon queer rep in her books, but considering when she started writing and the fact that she was one of the Big Three authors of my childhood (alongside Diane Duane and Dianna Wynne Jones) I’m inclined to give her a lot of slack on that.

Because I was one of the queer kids who never headcanoned or got the insinuation that passed for representation back then. The idea of book characters- of heroes- being gay, of feeling what I wouldn’t admit to feeling was so far out of my experience that it had to be explicitly be pointed out to me. Today I’ll write you an essay about The Winter Soldier as an allegory for escaping a homophobic upbringing but back then I wouldn’t dare read outside the lines of what was “allowed”.

So in 6th grade when I read The Will of The Empress I was floored. Daja was in love with a girl. And her family was okay with it. This girl who’d done amazing things, who I’d looked up to- she felt what I felt. I reread those chapters again and again, curled up in a ball to hide the pages in case someone read over my shoulder, my face turning bright red as Daja described how beautiful or graceful or kind Rizu was. I still wouldn’t admit why those parts were important to me- they just fascinated me years before I ever felt real attraction like that.

Today that book is still one of my favourite Tammy Pierce books. Aside from being one of her longest Emelan books, and a fantastic story in its own right, it also revealed that Lark and Rosethorn were together, and gave me not one but three amazing queer women I still look up to as an adult. The Discipline Cottage family gave me my first hint that I didn’t have to have a family in the traditional way, but I could still have a family that I loved. Those books were so formative in so many ways, and I want to thank Tamora Pierce so much for them, from the bottom of my heart.

Gods all Bless, Tammy.

January Book Photo Challenge: day twenty-six | old favorite

I remember seeing this on the library shelves when I was in the 6th grade! I read it, loved it, but didn’t really understand it. I can’t believe I now own such a beautiful copy of it. Yay for never ending re-reads!

(Also, it’s cover goes perfectly with the snowy weather that I’m having. A great companion for a lazy Sunday avoiding the snow!)

Attention, Fans of the Book: THE GIVER Was Actually A Good Movie!!

I know, I’m as surprised as you probably are, given the awful trailers. But  the trailers were SO misleading. The film actually stayed surprisingly true to the heart of the novel, and while there were a lot of altered elements, the main framework of the plot and the ideas behind it pretty much stayed the same - not to mention several lines of dialogue and certain scenes were taken verbatim from the original text. Most of the changes they made actually worked in favor of fleshing out the story - even the further inclusion of Fiona, Asher, and the Chief Elder into Jonas’ arc managed to add to the original plot than detract from it.  There were elements that were rushed through and some that were kind of odd, and of course it wasn’t as good as the book - no adaptation will ever be. But for a big Hollywood studio attempt at an adaptation, which more often than not ends up being a complete disaster, I honestly thought it paid homage to Lowry’s classic very well.

If you still don’t trust me, consider these two things: (a) I have been a SUPER fan of this book since I first read it in 6th grade, so my standards for a movie version were very high; and (b) Lois Lowry herself actually loved the film.

And no, Taylor Swift didn’t ruin it. She did well for her 5 minutes of screentime.