Executive decision: I don’t like The Candy Darlings by Christine Walde. It does nothing for me. Actually, I’m 94.3% sure that I’ve tried reading this before and skipped to the end when I got to the same part as I did this time. The ending doesn’t even make me want to understand how they got there. I don’t like any of the characters. I don’t dislike them either, they just don’t inspire any sort of emotion from me and I read to experience an emotional response.

My Favorite Book wasn’t particularly well written, and it had plenty of plot wholes, and it was the author’s first book but it does such an excellent job of capturing this very specific and indescribable feeling that keeps me going back to it whenever I’m in a slump. It makes me feel.

The Candy Darlings, sadly, did not. I think I’m going to read Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman next but I’m not 100% committed.

On My Bookshelf

  1. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  2. Fire by Kristin Cashore
  3. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
  4. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  5. The Elite by Kiera Cass
  6. The One by Kiera Cass
  7. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  8. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  9. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
  10. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  11. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  12. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  13. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  14. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  15. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  16. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  17. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  18. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
  19. Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
  20. Unnatural Creatures (Stories Selected) by Neil Gaiman
  21. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  22. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  23. Daughter Of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  24. Days Of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
  25. Ecstasia by Francesca Lia Block
  26. The Hanged Man by Francesca Lia Block
  27. I Was A Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block
  28. Girl Goddess #9 by Francesca Lia Block
  29. Candide by Voltaire
  30. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  31. The Order Of Odd Fish by James Kennedy
  32. The Art Book from Phaidon
  33. Love, Loss and What I Wore by Ilene Beckerman
  34. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  35. How To (Un)cage A Girl by Francesca Lia Block
  36. 4,000 Years Of Uppity Women by Vicki Leon
  37. The Princess Bride by Willian Goldman
  38. City of Masks by Mary Hoffman
  39. City of Stars by Mary Hoffman
  40. City of Secrets by Mary Hoffman
  41. The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
  42. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  43. The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
  44. The Battle of the Laberynth by Rick Riordan
  45. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
  46. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  47. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  48. Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
  49. The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson
  50. Elephants on Acid and Other Bizarre Experiments by Alex Boese
  51. Just One Day by Gayle Foreman
  52. Just One Year by Gayle Foreman
  53. Beijing Doll by Chun Sue
  54. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  55. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  56. Waking by Alyxandra Harvey-Fitzhenry
  57. Psyche In a Dress by Francesca Lia Block
  58. Ruby by Francesca Lia Block
  59. Blood Roses by Francesca Lia Block
  60. Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 1 by Watsuki Nobuhiro
  61. Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 2 by Watsuki Nobuhiro
  62. Lost At Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  63. Not Simple by Natsume Ono
  64. Solanin by Asano Inio
  65. Olympos by Aki
  66. The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
  67. Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
  68. Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno
  69. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  70. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
  71. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  72. Sexual Etiquette 101 & More by Robert A. Hatcher, Shannon Colestock, Erika I. Pluhar and Christian Thrasher
  73. Goals! by Brian Tracy
  74. The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E. L. Konigsburg
  75. The Complete Plays of Sophocles (Edited) by Moses Hadas
  76. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  77. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  78. The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
  79. If I Have A Wicked Stepmother, Where Is My Prince Charming? by Melissa Kantor
  80. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
  81. Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure by Samira Kawash
  82. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  83. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black
  84. Ink by Amanda Sun
  85. Looking For Alaska by John Green
  86. Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss
  87. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  88. Princess Acamemy by Shannon Hale

Currently Reading: The Candy Darlings by Christine Walde

Library Books:

  1. The White Magic Five and Dime by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco
  2. How To Learn A Foreign Language by Paul Pimsleur, Ph.D.

Half Bad, All Good

I checked out Half Bad by Sally Green from the library about a month ago and I had neglected to read it, for about a month. I finally picked it up a week ago and I really enjoyed it. At first, the switch between the first and second person made me a bit uncomfortable, but it actually complimented the narrative quite well. The main character, Nathan, is treated like an animal and it is revealed his though process is somewhat animistic as well. It fits his personality. He isn’t a charming boy by any stretch. I enjoyed reading about him and can’t wait for the sequel, Half Wild, that will come out next year, especially since we still haven’t found out what his gift is yet and the status of several characters I am quite fond of. A very specific character. Gabriel. I want to know what happened to Gabriel. TELL ME!

I’m okay now.

I can wait patiently until next year.

Lord knows I have plenty to read until then.



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My Trip To Chicago And After-Words

I was in Chicago over the weekend with my Mother-ship, aunt and cousin and after dinner one night we were wandering around, trying to get back to our hotel, my aunt was trying to convince us she knew where we were and where we were going (she did not) when we passed by a shop filled with those delightful little things we English speaking humans call books. I had to do a double-take because I was trying to keep up with the family. There was a sign above the door that read ‘After-Words New And Used Books’. Well, I had to go in so I suggested we stop in for directions.

Of course, no one was fooled, but they indulged my bibliophile desires and we spent about twenty minutes there. I didn’t even manage to make it through half the store. (Actually, that’s probably a good thing considering the damage I could have done.)There was a lower floor that I didn’t have time to peruse at all. I wish I had had longer.

After-Words is the sort of place I wish we had around home. It was cozy without being overcrowded and chaotic. The employees, the ones that I met anyway, were friendly and knowledgeable. I wish I could work there. Sadly, I don’t live in Chicago. (They did end up helping us back to our hotel, so thanks for that Lady From After-Wards.)

Here’s what I brought home:image

The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kennedy. Not the best picture but it’s all I have to work with for now. Also, I just noticed it is autographed.


The Hanged Man by Francesca Lia Block


I Was A Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block.


Ecstasia by Francesca Lia Block.

I’m in love with Block’s writing. I also own Psyche In A Dress, my favorite of her’s, Echo which I also love and Girl Goddess #9. I’m looking for a copy of How To (Un)cage A Girl at the moment. I may just need to buy it on Amazon, not my first choice but whachya gonna do?


I was in the middle of writing about this really lovely bookstore I went to in Chicago over the weekend and the books I bought and my anxiety over the chaos in my room when suddenly my computer started being stupid and said ‘not responding’ and then Cyberfox closed and when i reopened it everything I wrote was gone except for the title, which was rather witty if I do say so myself, and I do, but it no longer applies because now I’m just whining. De-fucking-lightful.

Book Hangover

I bought a new book today. Actually, I bought five new books but I just finished the first one. It’s a manga called Solanin by Inio Asano. The illustrations are lovely I love his style and I’m going to be looking up some more of his work. This one has brought me to tears. Here, look at it (it’s pretty, right?):


My friend Lindsey Jo just called me a minute after I finished it and she freaked out thinking something horrible happened cause I was coming down so to speak and i had snot dripping out of my nose and I was struggling finishing my sentences and doing that breathing thing one does when they have sort of finished crying but not really. But it wasn’t horrible at all. It was bittersweet and it touches at the feelings of uncertainty and confusion and the fear of being mediocre for the rest of your life. I think about that sometimes and it depresses me so I try to ignore it and live day to day in a blissfully oblivious state but if I’m ever going to escape it I have to do the opposite and, well, it’s easier to read a book or daydream life away. That’s what this book is making me think about after I read it a certain uneasiness has settled but it isn’t unpleasant. It makes me want to go out and do something.

Every once in a while a book like this one comes along. There is this feeling people get after reading a book for the first time, not everyone has it for the same books because everyone is different, obviously, but it’s a feeling that echos some thing inside of you and it sits with you and you can’t get rid of it and- and I don’t know what’s with these run on sentences today. I guess what I’m getting at is I have a serious hangover from this one. I loved it and I would, and already have, suggest it to a friend.