Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Malcolm in the Middle

It's easy to stumble upon the middle of a book and find yourself stuck. Just. Plain. Stuck.

Why!?!??? Because sometimes, they can hit their weird, awkward, and agonizingly slow moments. When you just want the talking to end and the action to burst back onto the pages again. Like "WHAAMMM!"

But sadly, no. That's not how the writing world works so that's definitely not how the reading world works. And if you do happen to come across a book that keeps you hooked with out (honestly) too many slow moments, let me know! I need to know that books like those exist!

So. As for being stuck in the middle, sometimes it's good to a few of these:

1. Take a reader break. Maybe not all the way, but just for a couple of days, remove yourself completely from that book so it's middle part madness won't get to your head and have you chucking that expensive hardcover across your bedroom floor!

2. Skim on a whim! That's right, kick yourself into super-reading mode and knock the boring pages off your radar for good. Maybe it's best to just blaze through those moments so they won't last forever!

3. Try another read. It could refresh your mind!

There a few options to rid yourself of the "writer's block" for readers. It's all in a matter of how much of a reader bean are you?

Reader Bean

Saturday, January 7, 2012

66 pages in...Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Okay, can someone yell, "Pretty Cool!?!"

Unearthly is a mystical YA read about a girl, Clara Gardner, who's part angel and has just received her "purpose", a vision that leads her to the reason she's on Earth in the first place!

And guess what it is... A boy! And for that, she must move with her brother and mom to some state that starts with a W (yes, an unpopular location) to scope out what she must embark on.

She's already met the guy. But a huge bummer: he has a girlfriend and I can already smell the b to the itchiness in her!

I don't want to be a complete SPOILER, but I'm intrigued by it so far and I'm SURRRRE that a HUGE twist is coming my way. I've already made some peculiar guesses, but with time spent reading this interesting book, I'll uncover the deets around flying, glowing, possibly saving this cute boy she's seen in her visions, and some enemies arising!

Friday, January 6, 2012

163 pages in...Bunheads by Sophie Flack

It's so mellow. And I like that!

Bunheads is centered around a nineteen year old dancer in a Manhattan Ballet company where she and other dancers hungry to be noticed breath and eat dance...ONLY.

There's nothing out of the ordinary showing up in this YA novel from Poppy. Hannah, the main character, gets torn in two (sort of) when she meets gorgeous and artistic and fun Jacob who attends NYU and occasionally gets guitar gigs.

Sounds cute, huh?

Well, she probably gets torn in three when this new guy, Matt, shows up in the picture and he's the perfect person for her. It couldn't have been more perfect. Seriously. He's a dancer, he travels the world, he's wealthy, it goes on. And did I mention he's totally into Hannah? Well. Sounds like a dream come true to me!

But spending time with guys and doing things with them is cutting into her dance and practice time where any slight slip up (let's say, you gain a pound) can completely trash your dancing career for good!

For these people, beauty is bone-deep and they like to show theirs off!

So who's it gonna be? Perfect Matt or the avant garde Jacob?

I'm loving the book so far because it's a relief from serious life! I feel like I'm reading a realistic Romantic comedy/black swan book!

Whats my rating so far? I've gotta go for four out of five beans right now because the author knows what shes talking about, the characters are vivid and seem to have minds of their own, and also it's relatable in the many issues that arise in this novel.

But I haven't finished yet! Stay page turning for a future update on my YA obsessions this winter! :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

so far so... long?

Are you reading a HUGE book?

Remember what it was like to endlessly flip through those 500-something pages of epic reads or 700-somethings of Harry Potter books? Well, that's how I feel like now with these insane books! We're talking as thick as a muscular man's bicep! It's intimidating because it feels as though you can NEVER get around to the end pages. Like you'll never see the light, that specific suspense you've been holding on for!

It's scary, but fun at the same time because I know that it's going to be a lot of fun reading through the stories and once I actually do get to the end, then I always wish there were more.

Luckily, that's what series books are for. Quenching your thirst for adventure and freshness without fail...well, hopefully. :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

a note to the Reader Beans of the world...

You may feel a little lonely. Like you're the only person in your family, school,--no: WORLD, that reads.

But now you don't have to worry. Because you're just like me! Forever tied to the strings of words that play out on the endless pages of fantasy, romance, and riveting YA books!

Readers are unique. Readers are special! Readers haven't fully succumbed to the internet-obsessed generation we're in. While there's nothing wrong with Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social mega websites, there's also NOTHING wrong with fishing out a couple of dusted, old J.R.R. Tolkien picks or the more current Lauren Oliver's dystopian thrill Delirium. 

Read between the lines! And discover the world of epic and tragic and everything in between!

I read, I review. We all read for Reader Bean! :)