Something to Muse Over: The Great Series/Stand-alone Debate

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Something to Muse Over: Series versus Stand-alone

This is a topic I meant to muse over and kept putting off. Probably because it’s been done quite a bit already, but I haven’t done it so better late than never I say! Thursday Thoughts is actually covering novellas this week; however, so I think it’s rather timely of me to bring this up this week. This muse is going to be rather short this week, I had so much I wanted to say and when I sat down to write my brain was empty. That ever happen to you?

Who else loves a good standalone?  I love the heck out of a good standalone! There is just something about starting and finishing a story in one book. That something is not waiting a year before the next release, mostly.  Sarah Dessen (ie., Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, This Lullaby) books are for me some of my favorite stand-alones. I also loved The Scorpio Races and Smart Girls Get What They Want as stand-alones. Some stand-alones I did NOT like are: School Spirits,  Second Verse, or Cursed. (The links will take you to my reviews.) I actually really liked Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup, I just didn’t like it as a stand-alone. There were so many questions left unanswered, threads left unraveled, for each of those titles.

Sometimes I love a series because it means we get to spend more time with the characters we’ve grown to love. We get to live just a little bit longer in this world the author has created. The awful moment when good-bye is inevitable is put off. For example, The Demon Trapper Series by Jana Oliver and The Covenant Series by JLA.

Series are beautiful, except when they’re not. Sometimes the stories can and should end after one novel. There doesn’t have to be yet another love interest or catalytic climax. Sometimes good-bye takes less time to earn. Sometimes good-bye is beautiful. Divergent comes to mind immediately, Delirium maybe.

And now I’ve lost my train of thought. I’m just going to wrap this all up by saying I like series and I like stand-alones. I like a good mix of both because variety is the spice of life…

Yeah okay, I’m just going to go now. :D

I couldn’t think of more series examples because I am way too easily distracted at the moment apparently, but I’m sure you can. Is there a standalone you wish was a series? Or vice-versa? What’s your favorite: standalone or series?

Thanks for reading and I apologize for my ridiculous musing today. 

Stacking the Shelves & Misc

Hi guys! This week’s stacking the shelves is also going to contain a disclaimer… I have no willpower. Haha, that’s not what I thought I was going to write, although, not-too-sadly it’s true. If you saw my Wednesday WUW post you might have read that I’m finally , finally employed again!! YAY!! So that means I will be buying all the books. Okay not all of them, but I’m back to scouring the interwebs for really good deals. I found a few ebooks who’s awesome prices are expiring tomorrow over at Epic Reads Epic Deals. I’m in no way affiliated with these guys, I just wanted to share what I found. It’s impossible to say no to $1.99 ebooks.

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Stacking the Shelves by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you get to share the books you’ve received recently. As usual book covers/hyperlinks will take you to their respective Goodreads’ page.

Bookstore Buys – I had a coupon and a gift card

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Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre - I’ve been hearing so much about this author recently. And then I saw this book and with Pretty Little Liars out until the new year, minus the holiday episodes, I could use a little revenge in my life. Plus, the synopsis reads so sinister. It’s still YA though. I’m just really curious.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – I know I said I wouldn’t get this until I finished Lola, but it was on sale online and who knows how long it’s going to be until the softcover comes out. I’m making excuses, can you blame me? It’s Isla!

Ebook Deals – Each one of these was only $1.99 on Amazon and the price expires tomorrow 9/15

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Ten by Gretchen McNeil – This is one I’ve been wanting to read for a while despite the mixed reviews. This is also the time of year I want to read books like this. One of my favorite movies for a long time was the first relaunch of House on Haunted Hill. I haven’t watched it in a while, but when I read the synopsis for Ten I always think about that movie :)

Find Me by Romily Bernard – Another thriller. I feel like there’s another one or two thrillers that are out or about to be out that I’m really excited about. I can’t remember, the point is, this reminds me of that movie my husband loves called Hackers. I don’t really care for the movie, but I’m psyched for the book!

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas - I said a few weeks ago that the sequel to this, The Perilous Sea, has one of my favorite covers. I love this cover, too. Yes, I bought this for the cover, you caught me. With the castle in the background and the phoenix on fire I’m gonna guess this is a fantasy? I hope I like it, because I really want to have these books on my shelf one day :D

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Looking for Alaska by John Green – When I requested this and Paper Towns, Paper Towns got to me super fast. Of the two, I’m most excited to read this one. I’ve seen bloggers call this the boarding school one. And that’s all I can remember about it right now. I reserved this one back when summer first began, so it’s been a while.

Four by Veronica Roth - I think I’ve already read all of these, but this is another book I had on reserve and it finally arrived. If I have read all of the short stories, this just might be the shortest loan from the library I’ve ever had :)

Note from the Nanny: I am no longer a nanny! However, I will be keeping my blogging name. I might change it and when I make that decision I will let you know. For now, the name remains!

Also, the new job is full-time and it’s doing something I haven’t done in a while, lots of office-type things. With this in mind I have no idea how long it’s going to take to get back in the swing of things. I hope I pick it up pretty quick, but I know me and I know it’ll take at least two weeks to work out kinks and at the very least get used to waking up early. So my plan is to have a plan and schedule as many posts this weekend as I can. That’s THE plan… We all know about the best laid plans so…

If things seem quiet, if I’m not responding to my comments fast enough, please bear with me. This blog is super important to me, but so is this incredible journey I’m about to embark on. I want to succeed at both, I just think it will take a little time to get used to juggling again.

This Past Week’s Activity (PWA) (formerly Week in Review)

Monday… I mused on reading books after the movie and liking it!

Tuesday… I meme’d my Tues away…

Wednesday… Wednesday WUW and I reviewed Fangirl and had a surprising reaction

Thursday… My Thursday Thoughts on Cover Changes

Friday…

Saturday…

Sunday… Stacking the Shelves, Note, PWA

 

Thursday Thoughts: Cover Changes!

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Thursday Thoughts is hosted over at Ok, Let’s Read by Ashley. Each week Ashley presents a bookish topic for everyone to share their thoughts on. I was excited to find this meme because I can’t always come up with a discussion point every week on my own, now I don’t have to.

This week’s topic is: Cover Changes – (Are you someone who likes your books to look very uniform or do you usually not care too much about that? How do you react when there’s a cover change in the middle of a series? What are your opinions on movie-tie-in covers with the actors from the movie adaptation? Which book covers are your favorites?)

Cover changes are an interesting topic, for me it is because my thoughts have changed so much since I started blogging.

I never used to care if the covers matched. I had hard and soft covers, new and old versions side-by-side. Now I want them to match. I think a lot of it has to do with my shelves and the need to make everything look just so. This has also stemmed from me being unemployed for 5 months and making me slightly OCD about everything in the house.

My reaction to a cover change to a series that is already out is that honestly it never bothered me… until the release of Opposition by JLA. Four books in, the series is all already out and the fifth one sparkles! Sorry, I was so annoyed. On principle, I refuse to buy the first two bind-ups.  I wasn’t a huge fan of Origin’s cover but it grew on me. There isn’t a chance for Opposition to do that.

Movie tie-in covers, where to start… Okay, so I really don’t like movie tie-in covers. I will usually go out of my way to find the original. For example, with my Percy Jackson books, the second movie came out and all of sudden you couldn’t find the original cover anywhere. I went on strike and refused to buy the second book until I could find a copy with the original cover. I was rewarded for my stubbornness with a copy at a used bookstore I just happened to pop in one day. The only time I don’t mind a movie/tv tie-in cover was for the Roswell High book series. The reason for that was while I started reading the books first, the show became my favorite, minus the whole Tess arc. And I liked seeing the cast on the covers, now I will mention for those who aren’t familiar, the characters in the book look very different from the actors on the show. The original covers looked like the characters in the books. Other than that, it was a nice change I thought.

My favorite cover changes? Hmm… I like the new covers for the Shatter Me trilogy, I also like the Throne of Glass covers, and the Stephanie Perkins books. There are others, I just can’t think of them at the moment.

Sorry about the disjointed response. I was excited to answer this week’s topic and then realized I didn’t have as much to say as I thought I did so I just answered the question prompts.

What are your thoughts on cover changes? Do you agree or disagree with what I mentioned?

The Nanny Reviews Fangirl

fangirlTitle: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Source: Library Loaner

Edition: Hardcover

Genre: Contemporary YA

Publisher: St. martin’s Press

Published Date: September 10, 2013

My Rating: 3parachutes

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From Goodreads:

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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Dates Read: September 7-8, 2014

My Review:

I finally read Mrs. Rowell’s Fangirl! This is actually my first book by this author. I’m going to read E & P but I’m actually interested in her adult work next. Fangirl was a fun read, but it felt really young to me. This is the first time I’ve read a YA (Fangirl is actually NA since the MC is in college) and felt this way and I’ve read quite a bit of YA in the past two years so it’s a strange feeling. I think I might attribute this to having finished Outlander the day before I started Fangirl. It would certainly explain this foreign feeling. (I just realized I accidentally created a pun there… HaHa)

Alright, on with the review.

Fangirl begins with our main gal Cath (Short for Cather. Not kidding.) walking into her new dorm and finding a guy inside. Her new roommate was elsewhere at the moment, but Cath doesn’t know that.

The opening was funny and really set the tone for the rest of the book. I wish I had taken better notes because there was a ton of fantastic, hysterical lines in this story.

Cath, Levi, Reagan, Wren were all incredible characters. My heart hurt for Cath and her twin Wren for the majority of this book, their resolution came not a moment too soon as I wasn’t sure how much more I could take. Levi is so awesome, as far as book boyfriends go, just super understanding and with the added bonus of bring out the best in Cath. Love that guy. Reagan, the roommate is another excellent source of comedic relief, as well as just a good friend to Cath.

This book is a bit chunky compared to what I’m used to, but the pacing was executed really well and I flew through all 433 pages.

I know what you’re thinking, what’s not to love. Well this book reads as a tribute to HP and fanfiction, in general. I’m a fan of HP and I even wrote a bit of fanfiction back in my day, but it never took up my whole life. The World of Mages, the fandom Cath writes for consumes her. In that way, I had a hard time connecting. One of my best friends in high school was that person, was just like Cath, for HP obviously. So I understood her and where she was coming from but since I was never that kind of fan I found Cath very frustrating.

This book is a good book for it’s intended audience. I, unfortunately, do not fall in that category and so I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. However, I did enjoy the characters, the author’s writing and relationships between the characters so I plan to keep reading Mrs. Rowell’s books. Don’t hate me :/

Challenges: TBR Pile

What’s Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Jamie-Morrow and ErinlFunk where you use the headings below to talk about what’s up. :) If you want to participate and I hope you do, please check out the info page here: What’s Up Wednesday

  • WHAT I’M READING – I finished Outlander and Fangirl. Reading Midwinterblood now. Plan to read the Boxer & Saint graphic novels next. I don’t plan on getting to anything else this week. If I do, I’ll let you know next week :)
  • WHAT I’M WRITING – I began an outline for something I started back when I read She is Not Invisible (my review). It’s not much of anything. Might only result in a short story. I’m thinking of it as a warm up :D
  • WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, actually. I had a hard time connecting to the MC Cath even though one of my best friends in high school was exactly like Cath. There was a fiction-writing class that the MC was taking and that whole thing was what inspired me. I considered signing up for a class even. Before I get too crazy, though, I started outlining as mentioned above. My review for Fangirl should be up later today if you’re interested.
  • WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO – Wait for it… This lady got a full-time job!! Five months being unemployed has finally come to an end. It’s temp to hire and the company is motivated to hire as soon as the contract ends because of a spot opening up in Dec when one of their employees goes on maternity leave. So that’s really exciting and I can’t wait to start next week. I think this is going to be a great fit. The managing director and I got on really well and everyone else in the office seems awesome! I interviewed and was hired the same day! Needless to say Friday was very exciting! I was a little stressed out giving my notice to the family I am babysitting after school but that also went pretty well all things considered.
    Saturday evening I hung out with my in-laws and nephew to watch the FSU game. Sunday, I babysat in the neighborhood where I used to nanny while my husband and in-laws were watching the nail-biting Falcons and Saints game. Go Falcons! I’m a home team kinda gal when I can’t watch my Ravens play. Don’t even get me started on the Rice drama!

That’s it for my Wednesday update. What’s going on with you guys? Anything super exciting happen or is happening?