Thursday, September 13, 2012
I can be a book slut at times. I read around a lot. Sometimes I even have a few books going at the same time. Not proud of it. Well...
As a young adult, I used to read everything that I bought. Every pretty cover that winked at me? I flirted back, teased, carried them with me around Borders like I was actually going to buy them. Silly books. Those were my favorite to leave in the "self-help" section.
It didn't take me long to figure out that there were too many books to read. I had to be pickier and put down the books that I just wasn't connecting with. I learned during Friday Night Book Clubbing, in a mega-store full of hot covers, that the prettiest weren't always going to still be with me in the morning.
So I hate to admit that I only recently got around to noticing FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK. What was I thinking? How did I not know this book--this agonizingly good book--was out there? (In fact, it was a comment from one of you on this blog that pointed it out to me. I can't remember who you are, but I HEART you.)
This book. THIS BOOK has my favorite character ever--Isaboe--who does what she has to do to get what she wants. It's heart-wrenching at times reading sections where Isaboe has insanely tough choices, but ultimately what she wants is for the good of everyone. It's the best kind of story that offers fantasy elements, contemporary relationships, gorgeous settings that you want to be transported to, and commentary on political/social elements. It might possibly be THE ONE...if I ever decide to settle down.
Sometime this past year, I read a different Marchetta novel, JELLICOE ROAD, and it was INSTA-love (don't be haters). It still blows my mind that a Contemporary writer can hop genres so seamlessly into Fantasy. Gives me impetus. Some hope. Makes me want to read and write ALL THE THINGS.
I guess you could say I'm in love.
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