I didn’t do a STS post last week because I was saving it up for something good, and luckily the wait filled out the haul quite nicely. I read on Cuddlebuggery that people generally would like to hear more about the blogger’s lives, so here goes!
It’s been rainy and gloomy around Queensland lately, I am enjoying a bit of rain but it brings some humid weather which is quite crazy. In Brisbane we get humidity up to 90%! It’s been a busy few weeks at work, but this week I finally decided to take control and re-evaluate. It’s easy to forget your priorities sometimes. Other than that, I’ve visited some awesome restaurants as of late, including an American Diner (you guys would probably be giggling at this) which seem to be popping up everywhere, and amazing brunch places!
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In bookish news, here’s what I added to my shelves in the past 2 weeks.
Review copies – physical
Thank you to HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster Australia and Harlequin Australia for sending me these books for review!
The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
Will be a light hearted contemporary that I crave.
Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop (The Others #2)
I’ve heard endless raves about this series and can’t wait to delve into my beloved urban fantasy genre!
Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker (Ten Tiny Breaths #3)
This one is going to be awesome, I can tell.
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – I still have to read the 2nd Smoke & Bone book but I’ll be reading it soon and then going into this one!
Catching Fire DVD and The Hunger Games 3 Disc Deluxe Edition – JB Hifi had a sale, if you buy the Catching Fire DVD then you can get THG for $9.95. Totally worth it!
I went to the library and grabbed the first in The Others series so I could read Murder of Crows, and Pivot Point which I’ve been wanting to read for ages!
Review copies – digital
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa – I can’t wait to see how this ends! Was so excited to get approved for this and got auto-approved by Harlequin Australia too woot!
Now with the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin – I’ve made the best decision ever and purchased the UBB plugin! It’s totally worth every cent and that’s where my new and improved sidebar comes from. It makes reviewing and formatting a breeze too! Ashley is also awesome at answering all of my questions.
PTA Live in Brisbane, 7 April – YAY I am so excited to have another Penguin bookish event for us YA lovers! I had a lot of fun last time and this time I hope to meet with more bloggers, as well as see Kate from Fictional Thoughts again. Details are here. Please let me know if any of you guys are going, I’d love to say hi!
Cuddlebuggery shared their blogging survey results – And it is a must read for any bloggers and readers of blogs out there! Some really interesting results and comments from everyone about the blogging community and what sorts of posts people like to see. Read it now.
Movie Trailer for The Giver: I am SO excited, The Giver is one of my favourite books of all time! The movie looks absolutely amazing. Check out the trailer here!
Move Trailer for The Maze Runner: This one looks pretty excellent as well and as I know it contains a well loved Teen Wolf star! Check out the trailer here.
Q: These Broken Stars had a pretty controversial spoiler, View Spoiler »about what happened to Lilac dying and another one of her waking up and assuming the role of THE Lilac. Do you think the old Lilac is gone? How can the new one be exactly the same for Tarver? Obviously he coped with it because his grieving process wouldn’t allow him not to. « Hide Spoiler
A: One of the things Amie and I love about science fiction is that of all genres of fiction, it has the greatest potential to raise questions of philosophy and spirituality. Science fiction examines what it means to be human in an infinite, unknowable universe—whether it’s a story about aliens, artificial intelligence, genetic manipulations… whatever you can dream up.
But the key to philosophy is that it’s something you have to determine for yourself. The best science fiction raises more questions than it answers, because it encourages you to ask yourself what it means, or how you feel about it.View Spoiler »So, infuriating as it may be, the answer to this question is: “What do YOU think?” Lilac’s death was something we discussed and debated long before we ever started writing the book, and when we did decide to make these characters’ adventures into a novel, we thought some more. We knew it might be a divisive issue. We knew we’d get “omg, what a cop-out, they killed her off but then didn’t have the guts to stick to it.” We knew we’d get “ugh, clearly she’s not the same, and Tarver’s just accepting her because he can’t not.” (Although, to our delight, we’ve actually gotten almost none of this. Yes, there are always people who don’t like things, and that’s good—if everyone liked the same books, literature would be super boring!)
But the thing is, for us, the whole point is that she comes back. And it’s awful, and impossible for both characters to deal with, because they’re asking the same questions we hope readers will ask. What does it mean for her? Is she still human? Do memories and personality constitute a soul, or is there something else, something undefinable, that makes a person who they are? If so, can that soul move from one body to another, or is it lost forever? Can Tarver love her the way he did before she died, knowing that the physical body of the girl he loved is in the ground? Is she real?
These are questions we’re hoping readers will be asking themselves while reading, and hopefully long after. Some people really need and want definitive, black and white, cut-and-dried definitions and answers. And that’s okay! But it’s also not what this particular series is about. We know how we feel about Lilac, and what we believe. But the awesome thing about books is that, just as no two authors could write the exact same story, no two readers can read the exact same story. Your idea of who and what Lilac is now isn’t necessarily the same as your friend’s idea, and that’s totally cool.
You’re both right. « Hide Spoiler
I thought that was an amazing, indepth answer.
What did you add to your shelves this week?