Bout of Books 6.0 (main post)

The Bout of Books is over! Scroll to the end of the post for my wrap-up thoughts.

I am participating in The Bout of Books! I am hoping to read the books below for this goal. A bunch of them are ones I’ve already started reading, but they’re long and I need to finish them, so there. I’ll be tracking page count more than book count because of that.

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If I finish those, I will tackle the rest of my Elizabeth Bear books.

Here is the main blurb for the readathon, but the rest of the rules and stuff can be found at the link above:

“The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.”

I will keep updating this post, so check back if you want to watch my progress. Daily updates below the cut.

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In which I buy comics

All the Wonder Woman!
All the Wonder Woman!

Last Friday I bought comics for the first time. Well, mostly. Well, sorta. It was my first time buying comic issues, rather than trade paperbacks (TPB), and it was my first time buying from an actual store rather than ordering online or getting them through the library. Although it was a comic/hobby/book store, rather than a solely comics store. BUT STILL. I BOUGHT ISSUES. FROM A COMIC-DEALING STORE.

It was fabulous. And I decided that I have definitely become One Of Them.

I only started reading American comics (I’ve been reading manga for a while now) this year.

So I went to this local nerdy store called Dragonvine, because I had a few minutes to kill. I went to their little comic section and was looking through all the current issues and being greatly tempted by everything. Before this, I had just gone in there to drool. But I don’t normally buy issues because for series that I LOVE, I wait and buy the TPB, and for series I’m curious about but haven’t read, I check it out from the library first. So I’m lurking and looking at all the comics and this girl who works there asks if I need any help. I asked her if they had Young Avengers in (the new stuff, I love the old-ish series), because I knew it was coming out in January but I couldn’t remember what day. She informed me that it would be coming out in a couple weeks. I was so excited to meet a young female nerd (like myself) who clearly knows what’s up, without looking it up! Usually the people in stores who know about comics are the scary old dudes.

Then she went away, but I discovered their boxes of older issues that were marked down. So I prowled through there like a professional predator and found two issues that I haven’t been able to find in any TPBs. So I bought them. Hooray!

Fear Itself: Captain America and Fear Itself: Alpha Flight

The girl came back while I was looking and, out of the blue, asked if I liked Journey Into Mystery. I was like HAYYLLLL YES and we had a moment. And then I told her that I hadn’t read much of it because it was hard to find and she said yeah, they only get like two copies at the store even when there’s a brand new issue, and I was like that’s sad. So we had another moment. And then I bought my issues and she told me I made good choices and we approved of each other.

Also have I mentioned recently that I REALLY want to read the new Hawkeye title?

Literature and Realism

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.

— C. S. Lewis

Somehow my brain connected the idea in this quote to the recent obsession with 3D movies. 3D movies and HDTV and such are obsessed with giving us the clearest picture, the absolute most detail in every single frame. But I usually enjoy the more traditional (almost old-fashioned at this point) 2D. It’s warmer and fuzzier, with more of a fantastical feel than a THIS IS SO REAL IT LOOKS LIKE A DOCUMENTARY sort of feeling.

I feel the same way about the books that I enjoy and get the most out of. It doesn’t need to reflect reality perfectly, it doesn’t have to be completely believable at all times. If it describes something that I have experienced in real life, that’s great, that’s fascinating. But there has to be something more. I can get real life while I’m in real life; literature, real, good literature, “enriches,” adds significance or meaning, expands, what we see  so that we perceive it in a completely different or much more expansive way.

2013 YA/MG Debut Challenge

MainDACButtonI am once again participating in the Young Adult/Middle Grade Debut Author Challenge! Sign-ups, rules and such are here.

I hereby pledge to read and review 12 YA/MG 2013 debuts for this challenge.



My tentative list (Title/Author/Release Date):

Prophecy by Ellen Oh (January 2nd)

The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell (January 10th)

Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway (January 15th)

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd (January 29th)

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster (February 5th)

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett (March 5th)

MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza (March 12th)

Taken by Erin Bowman (April 16th)

Transparent by Natalie Whipple (May 21st)

Welcome to Bahnreads!


This is my new blog. You may know me from I Am Therefore I Write or my Twitter, where I talk about books a lot. I decided to move to WordPress, but this blog will be very similar to my Blogspot. I will post reviews, especially the YA Debut Challenge (which I love deeply).

I also have been plotting to expand my blogginess, so hopefully it will have some new jolly differences as well. I may post quotes or passages from a book I am reading (or an old favorite), reviews of books (besides the YA debuts), reviews of comic or manga series, rants on storytelling (structure, world-building, whatever tickles my fancy), nerdy discussions of words/language/semantics, or my take on book trends that I notice.

That’s the plan, anyway. We will see if 2013 is totally great and productive or if I fail in an epic and hilarious fashion.

I will close with a relevant quote from The Hobbit, which I have been rereading lately:

“Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.