Battle of the Books

People may think my book choosing methods are strange, but honestly, I just find it amusing. Considering my lack of interest in sports, a book bracket may be as close as I get to some type of Fantasy League. Here’s the breakdown:

I chose two books from eight different categories, yielding sixteen titles total. (Well, six. I doubled up on two categories.)

  • Stephen King Classics: Cujo vs Misery
  • Travel: A Year in Provence vs PTown
  • LGBT fiction: Will Grayson, Will Grayson vs The Brothers Bishop / In The Line of Beauty vs Hero
  • YA series (having 3 or more titles): Insurgent vs Rebel Heart / Beautiful Darkness vs Reached
  • Kindle Books (fiction): Ten vs Better Nate Than Ever
  • Fiction: Little Children vs Dogs of Babel

Once selected, I set the titles against one another in their respective categories and flipped some coins and followed the paths of the bracket tree. The resulting list will govern the order of the books I will read over the course of the next year. With my recent acceleration in reading (like reading 35 books in 14 weeks for class) I imagine this will be a breeze. I may push a title to the front of the list as an audiobook becomes available through OverDrive or my library.

  1. Reached
  2. Insurgent
  3. Cujo
  4. Dogs of Babel
  5. Hero
  6. Ten
  7. The Brothers Bishop
  8. A Year in Provence
  9. Rebel Heart
  10. Beautiful Darkness
  11. Will Grayson, Will Grayson
  12. In The Line of Beauty
  13. Misery
  14. Better Nate Than Ever
  15. PTown
  16. Little Children
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books

Here we go!


A Crack in the Facade

Somehow I made it through the holidays without buying a single book! My family and friends also listened to me when I said NO to books (and video games), which made gifting a lot more interesting this year. Who knew you could get things like wine?! Hello! Where have I been?

The one book I received was a cocktail recipe book — which you all know I don’t count towards the Sickness. Rather than books, I was able to focus on, dare I say, more practical and much-needed things. I DID receive a single Barnes & Noble gift card for a birthday present… but it wasn’t spent until we were well into the new year! On what you ask?…

Beautiful Creatures

There has been quite a stir surrounding this Beautiful Creatures series. What with a pending movie starring Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson, it could be the next big thing! However, I’m more intrigued by the authors and the writing style. Beautiful Creatures, written by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. That’s right — TWO authors. After further investigation, I discovered that the authors actually sit down and write collaboratively, rather than alternating chapters, or having one write and one edit. I can only imagine this is a painstakingly long process, but it seems to work for them.

When I looked up the book to purchase online, I happened to find a neat hardcover boxed set with all four books in the series, typically listed for $75 on sale for $45! That works out to be quite a deal… one that I eventually gave in to. Unfortunately, the set was back ordered due to popularity, and even with two-day shipping, it took over a month before I received it!

With the movie set to be released for Valentines day, I didn’t have a whole lot of time to read the 500+ page book. Thankfully, I was pretty interested in the book, and I sped through it pretty quickly, as did several of my friends — all of us excited for the film. Reading a young adult love story, written by two women, from a boy’s perspective is definitely interesting… I must admit, at first, I thought the narrator was female. I quickly caught on. I quite enjoyed the setting, and many of the characters stood out…. which reminds me…:

A word of caution to anyone that is interested in either seeing the film or reading this book: THEY ARE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. I won’t spoil anything for anyone… But you will be disappointed if you read the book and then see the film. I’m generally very forgiving when it comes to adaptations to the big screen, and while this production was impressive (and yes, enjoyable), it diverges from the book quite substantially. Many main characters are omitted (including my favorite, a librarian! — unacceptable!), and major plot points were changed considerably.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, and I do look forward to reading the rest of this series; however, I do not anticipate seeing the rest of the series adapted for a screenplay.