27 Oct 2015

#TTT: Top Ten Books to Read Around Halloween

I have to start off by saying that Halloween isn't really a big deal in Australia, so I was kind of scratching my head over what to write. I remember reading Goosebumps as a child and being confused over what trick-or-treating and jack-o-lanterns were. I settled on picking some of my favourite gothic & horror novels:

8 Oct 2015

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan

Release Date: 17th March 2015
Publisher: Penguin
Page Count: 256
Format: Paperback | Purchased

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Synopsis (from GR): This is the full script of Hold Me Closer, the musical written by and staring Tiny Cooper, from the novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson, written by David Levithan and John Green. Filled with humour, pain, and 'big, lively, belty' musical numbers, readers will finally learn the full story of Tiny Cooper from his birth and childhood to his quest for love and his infamous eighteen ex-boyfriends.

My thoughts: HOLD ME CLOSER, TINY DAAAANCERRR! Surely I am not the only person who sings this song in their head whenever they hear the title. First things first: if you have not read Will Grayson, Will Grayson, then this book will probably not make any sense to you. Even though it is only a companion novel, it basically assumes that you've read the novel and know the events of WG, WG. This book spoke to me on a spiritual level - so many times I've picked up an American novel and been confused by any reference to the American education system (let's not talk about how long it took me to work out what 'middle school' and 'junior high' high), sports, or... pretty much anything. A book that references Bernadette Peters and Idina Menzel is my kind of book. 

Hold Me Closer was a totally new, totally unique reading experience. I read this in the space of about two hours - it's written as the libretto to a (incredibly badly-written) musical, so it is quite a quick read. The stage directions were where Tiny's personality really shone through. At points they literally had me laughing out loud, at others they hadn't me feeling all the feelings. It's the story of a boy who so desperately wants to be loved and find some self-worth. It's also a little snapshot into living a life where everybody already has preconceived notions about who you are and who you should be. It's gorgeous and joyous and wonderful. 

My only complaint is that it's hard to pin down the time period for this - WG, WG was published a few years ago, yet this contains 2015 pop cultures references. Clearly Tiny is not still sixteen and in high school.

Finally: it's really difficult reading a musical in book form and not knowing how the songs should sound (I found myself making up a tune to sing for pretty much every song). I need someone to get this on the stage already!


6 Oct 2015

#TTT: Top Ten Books I Haven't Finished Recently

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's prompt is:
Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit (aka ten book series I think I'm going to abandon, ten bookish habits I want to quit, ten authors I quit reading, ten types of books I'm quitting, ten tropes I want to stop reading about, ten books I marked as DNF (did not finish) recently, etc. Get as creative as you want)
I am the Queen of buying books and then leaving them on my shelf to collect dust, or beginning to read books and taking months to finish them, so I figured for this week's prompt it would be a good idea to pick ten books I haven't gotten around to finishing.

Don't forget to comment below with some of the books you haven't gotten around to finishing!
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