Skip to main content

In Which I Drivel On About Things

I really want a pretzel, you guys. From Auntie Anne's. That is all I want right now. But to get it, I would have to walk five blocks, and that at this moment feels like the equivalent of someone telling me "Oh, Auntie Anne's? Yeah, the nearest one is across the Gobi Desert. Just keep walking; you'll find it."

BUT:

We must celebrate the day. How about with talking about children's lit? Because I am ENAMORED with children's lit. Not YA/teen lit, because that sucks. A lot. Like, children's lit is like a perfect, unique, crystallized snowflake, and teen lit is like a bucket full of shitty rainwater (with a few prismatic drops of exception).

Aarti at Booklust posted about Tales of Beedle the Bard and asked for series similar to Harry Potter, which made me think about all the kickass children's lit series there are out there. These're some of my favorites:

A Series of Unfortunate Events - Ignore the movie. Except the first five minutes, which are awesome. The last couple books of the series were seriously disappointing, but The Ersatz Elevator? Love. And pretty much the first nine books of the series. Plus they're by Lemony Snicket, who wrote the following:
“A man of my acquaintance once wrote a poem called “The Road Less Traveled”, describing a journey he took through the woods along a path most travelers never used. The poet found that the road less traveled was peaceful but quite lonely, and he was probably a bit nervous as he went along, because if anything happened on the road less traveled, the other travelers would be on the road more frequently traveled and so couldn’t hear him as he cried for help. Sure enough, that poet is dead.”
Mysterious Benedict Society - Yeah, fine. I've only read the first one. But then I bought the other two, so they're on my shelf. And they are AWESOME. I am totally pro-this series. Orphans, cleverness. That's all I need.

Spiderwick Chronicles - I feel like this series might be looked down on somehow. Basically the five books that comprise it are really all one book, and it's a good book. And the art is amazing. I have the Spiderwick Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You and it is soooooo pretty.

Chronicles of Narnia - Does this even need to be said? Favorite is probably The Magician's Nephew, but then I'm fond of Jadis, because I am an idiot. Also I enjoy Uncle Andrew calling her a "dem fine woman." And him being planted in the ground like a tree because the animals are confused about what he is.

Percy Jackson - YEAH I SAID IT. I love Percy Jackson. The first book's kind of rough, but Riordan's writing improves (although his proofreader's skill doesn't -- there are at least three obvious typos in every book) and I'm reading both his series as they come out (The Kane Chronicles and The Heroes of Olympus). He gives girls decent page space, he's got a decent sense of humor, and he's helping me sort out my Greek/Roman/Egyptian gods. Plus The Last Olympian was completely awesome and basically a rehashing of The Iliad.

Did I forget any? I probably forgot some. But look! It's Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas from Once Upon a Time!:

I kept waiting for an appropriate post for this and then found there
wasn't one. But look how cute!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

How to Build a Girl Introductory Post, which is full of wonderful things you probably want to read

Acclaimed (in England mostly) lady Caitlin Moran has a novel coming out. A NOVEL. Where before she has primarily stuck to essays. Curious as we obviously were about this, I and a group of bloggers are having a READALONG of said novel, probably rife with spoilers (maybe they don't really matter for this book, though, so you should totally still read my posts). This is all hosted/cared for/lovingly nursed to health by Emily at As the Crowe Flies (and Reads) because she has a lovely fancy job at an actual bookshop ( Odyssey Books , where you can in fact pre-order this book and then feel delightful about yourself for helping an independent store). Emily and I have negotiated the wonders of Sri Lankan cuisine and wandered the Javits Center together. Would that I could drink with her more often than I have. I feel like we could get to this point, Emily INTRODUCTION-wise (I might've tipped back a little something this evening, thus the constant asides), I am Alice. I enjoy

Harry Potter 2013 Readalong Signup Post of Amazingness and Jollity

Okay, people. Here it is. Where you sign up to read the entire Harry Potter series (or to reminisce fondly), starting January 2013, assuming we all survive the Mayan apocalypse. I don't think I'm even going to get to Tina and Bette's reunion on The L Word until after Christmas, so here's hopin'. You guys know how this works. Sign up if you want to. If you're new to the blog, know that we are mostly not going to take this seriously. And when we do take it seriously, it's going to be all Monty Python quotes when we disagree on something like the other person's opinion on Draco Malfoy. So be prepared for your parents being likened to hamsters. If you want to write lengthy, heartfelt essays, that is SWELL. But this is maybe not the readalong for you. It's gonna be more posts with this sort of thing: We're starting Sorceror's/Philosopher's Stone January 4th. Posts will be on Fridays. The first post will be some sort of hilar

Book Blogger Hop, Pt II

All right. The question for this week is:  "Do you read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once?" Oh-ho my. I have an issue with book commitment. I start a new book, and it's exciting and fresh, and I get really jazzed about it, and then 20% of the way through, almost without fail, I start getting bored and want to start another book. I once had seven books going at the same time, because I kept getting bored and starting new ones. It's a sickness. Right now I'm being pretty good and working on The Monk , Northanger Abbey , Kissing the Witch , and I'm about to start Waiting for the Barbarians since my friend lent it to me. But The Monk and NA are basically books I only read when I'm at work, so I don't see it so much as working on four books, as having books in different locales. Yes. This entry wasn't as good as some of the others, but I shall rally on the morrow. Yes I shall.