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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Ten Wishes I'd Ask A Book Genie For / Top Ten Tuesday #40

Hello & welcome to this week's Top Ten Tuesday. This week's topic is Ten Wishes I'd Ask A Book Genie For. My last Top Ten Tuesday post was, Ten Books To Read If You Like These Popular Books/Authors.

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Dear Book Genie,

For the sake of pretending, I'm going to pretend you really do exist. If you did, I would love to inquire about the 10 wishes you grant all readers. While each of our wishes may differ, just slightly, these are the 10 wishes I would kindly ask you for. Dear Book Genie, please grant my following 10 wishes: 

1) A never ending supply of books
Sure I may have a 'book collecting' problem, well some call it a problem, I call it book preservation, but as you know, one can never have too many books.

2) Endless Shelf Space
An ending supply of books would require endless shelf space. Is wishing for shelves like the ones Belle has in library, you know from Disney's Beauty & the Beast, to much to wish for?

3) The ability to visit any book's world
Instead of having a closet to Narnia, I'd love to love the ability to open a book's cover, and leap right into it. Of course that would also mean I'd need a way out, so maybe we'll combine two wishes in this one. 

4) The ability to read ALL night long and not be tired the next day
We all know getting old sucks, but so does the inability to stay up all night and read, and be co-herent the next day. The ability to stay up all night and read, and still be able to function the next day would be amazing. 

5) The ability to read more than one book a day
Just think of how much smaller my never ending TBR bookshelves would be if I could more than one book a day. I'd have room for more books! 

6) The ability to decipher if a book is for me, before purchasing it
I swear I could save time and money on books if I could just run my hand over the cover of a book and know if the book was for me, or one I should leave on the book store shelves.

7) Bringing a character or characters to life for a day, or two, or who's counting
There are so many amazing book characters I would love to spend the day with. Or maybe a few days with. In fact, I may have to add "and their authors" to this wish, because there are a lot of fabulous authors I'd love to spend the day with too.

8) Attending all the book events 
There's this thing that book readers love to do, and that's attend bookish events where we can all hang out and discuss our love of books. Could you please grant my wish of being able to teleport to bookish events through the world, so that I never have to miss seeing my favorite authors, and hanging out with my bookish friends?

9) Getting Books To All Those Who Don't Have Any
Books are a powerful thing, and getting books into the hands of readers, and those who don't yet know they are readers, through out the world, would be  one the most amazing wishes you could grant. Books are one of the best gifts, and can make even the loneliest person feel like they're not alone. 

10) Giving Everyone The Power To Read
Book Genie, my last wish would be to grant the ability to read to all those who struggle with reading, and those who can't read. They deserve to be empowered by the ability to read, and feel empowered by what they read. 

Thank you Book Genie for approving my 10 Book Wishes. I'll except wish #4 to be granted immediately so that I can function in a mere few hours when I should be getting up from a restful sleep, but instead I'm still up reading. 


I'd love to know! What are some book wishes you'd ask your Book Genie for? 

Life and Death, Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer / Book Review

By: Stephenie Meyer
Published by: Little Brown
Released on: 10.6.15
Series: Twilight Saga #5
Source: purchased book
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Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.
Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.
I loved Twilight! It's a book that like many others, changed my life. Laugh all you want if you don't get it, but it did. Stephenie Meyer inspired me to not be afraid to branch out and follow my dream, though I thought I was past the age of doing so. Through her series I've also met some of my best friends, and was introduced to Cassie Clare's book. I credit a lot to SM, and the series she created. It's also through Twilight where I really discovered my love of reading YA, and I wasn't afraid to share that love. Back in those days it wasn't popular for a mom/adult to read YA.

 When I heard the 10th Anniversary of Twilight was being released I pre-ordered it, not knowing what the surprise for fans would be. Let's be honest, whenever you see the words "reimagined" next to a title of a book you loved, you may not have the highest exceptions for it. I admit it, I didn't. I thought it was a joke at first. Okay, maybe I was also upset over the fact that the 10th Anniversary of TWILIGHT didn't include Midnight Sun like I was really, really hoping for. This story is definitely  not Midnight Sun, nor is it the Twilight story I loved ten years ago either. Now I'm starting to sound like an ungrateful Twilight fan. Maybe it's because I was such a huge fan of Twilight, that I can't get past this reimagined story/world of Twilight.

My adoration, and respect for Stephenie Meyer and my love her her original story aside, I had a hard time with this book. Sure it's much more polished and well edited than Twilight was, something I never faulted Meyer on, and I liked that alternate ending, however I felt like I was reading Twilight except for different characters. Because it is Twilight verbatim. Yes, I know it's a reimagined Twilight, however, I excepted it to be more rewritten, vs retold minus different character names and gender roll switches. Before you think I had an issue with the gender role, I didn't at all. In fact, I liked the gender switch, but I couldn't get over the fact I was wasting my time reading this story, when I could be rereading the original story. There, I said it. I excepted a rewritten, reimagined, different Twilight than the one I already loved. 

Maybe I'm asking too much or maybe I excepted too much, but I really wanted a new, reimagined Twilight. Instead I feel like I got a recycled vision of the story I already loved. This was a major let down, and not at all what I excepted. Wow, that was a bit more blunt that I had intended it to sound. I don't like that I can't like this book. 

I adore Stephenie, and her original books. However this one just felt like, I don't know, a cop out. I seriously hate that, but that's what it feels like. Especially since Stephenie mentions in the beginning of this book, that she didn't have time to work on Midnight Sun, yet she had time to edit the entire Twilight book to create this story. I understand her original comment about not finishing MS, and yes it still ticks me off that someone ruined it for the rest of Meyer's fans, who still have hope that one day she'll write Midnight Sun. I don't think I'll be satisfied with a new or even a reimagined Twilight story, until then. Had this particular book been a whole new creation within the Twilight world, maybe I would have liked it more. What I read, I wasn't a fan of.

OUT TODAY - Tuesday October 20th!

Happy Release Day to some of today's new YA books hitting shelves today!

  • Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin, on sale 10.20
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, on sale 10.20
  • Signs Points To Yes by Sandy Hall, on sale 10.20
  • Born to Endless Night by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan, on sale 10.20
  • The Distance From Me To You by Marina Gessner, on sale 10.20
  • Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown, on sale 10.20
  • If You're Lucky by Yvonne Prinz, on sale 10.20
  • Willful Machines by Tim Floreen, on sale 10.20

  • Which new releases are you looking forward to picking up?