YA Fantasy 101 Syllabus | Top Ten Tuesday

YA Fantasy 101 Syllabus | Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’m not totally sure I would be qualified to teach this course, but I’d love to take it.

  1. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
    Ideally I’d prefer to study The Lord of The Rings, but we’d never finished ten books if we did that.
  2. Sabriel by Garth Nix
    This is a few years old now, and provides a nice bridge between Tolkien and more recent works.
  3. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
    Obviously this had a massive impact on YA Fantasy. I prefer some of the later books, but there’s a (very small) chance that some students haven’t read this series before.
  4. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
    I’d be tempted to study Stardust, which is my favourite Gaiman, but this is a great introduction to urban fantasy.
  5. Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
    At this point I think it’s time to look at someone playing with the tropes of fantasy, and no one does that better than Pratchett. Any Discworld novel would work for this, but if I have to cover something in depth I may as well pick one of my favourites.
  6. Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
    This would be our first foray into some darker fantasy, and has the added bonus of demonstrating everything that’s wrong with Twilight.
  7. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
    Partly I’d want to talk about constructing fantasy worlds and integrating back story in a non-clunky way, but mostly I just love this book.
  8. The Owl Service by Alan Garner
    This is a nice eerie atmospheric one, bordering on magical realism.
  9. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
    More beautiful world building, but in a totally different style. This would also be a good point to compare the magic systems of the books we’d studied.
  10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    This isn’t itself a fantasy book, but it’s a great look at the impact YA fantasy has on people, particularly actual those who are actually young adults, and it also looks at how the internet is changing the relationship between authors and readers, which seems like a good thing to think about at the end of the course.

Please forgive me if this post is gobbledegook, I’ve worked 8.5 hours today.

Bookish Bingo: Ready For Spring | Wrap-Up

Bookish Bingo: Ready For Spring | Wrap-Up

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My first ever bookish bingo card went pretty well, I thought! This was the card for April, May and June. It was originally posted on Great Imaginations, but hosting has now moved over to Pretty Deadly. I’ll list the qualifying books I read below. I’ve been pretty terrible at reviews lately, so if you’d like to know what I thought of any of these, or which I would recommend, just leave me a comment. I have many opinions and I like to share them!

Forgotten Friday Pick – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Aussie Author – Sabriel by Garth Nix
Reread – A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Classic – Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti
Yellow Cover – A Study in Sherlock edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
April, May, June Release – The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
High Fantasy – Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
Parental Relations – King Lear by William Shakespeare
Bullying – Wonder by R. J. Palacio
WWII – All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Horror – Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Thieves, Assassins, Pirates – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Parallel Universes – A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Green Cover – Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
#weneeddiversebooks – Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden
Illustrated Cover – The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Part of a Trilogy – Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Nonfiction or Memoir – The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon – End of Event Meme

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon – End of Event Meme

Which hour was most daunting for you?

The hour that I fell asleep in the middle of – hour 15.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

A Game of Thrones worked very well for me, keeping me reading almost constantly for thirteen and a half hours, but I’m not sure that such a long book would be to everyone’s taste for an event like this.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Not really. I thought it was organised very well indeed.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

Since this is my first attempt at this Read-a-thon, I don’t know what’s different this year, but I thought the twitter account was very well handled, with enough going on to make me feel I was a part of something much bigger than me, but not so much that I was distracted from reading.

How many books did you read?

One and two thirds, but I prefer to say 905 pages.

What were the names of the books you read?

A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin, and a considerable chunk of Sabriel by Garth Nix.

Which book did you enjoy most? Which did you enjoy least?

I loved them both.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

I wasn’t.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again?

Very likely, provided that there isn’t some life thing preventing me.

What role would you be likely to take next time?

I’m not sure. I’d like to try being a cheerleader, but I’d also really like to challenge myself to make it to 1000 pages next time.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon – Bookish Brews

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon – Bookish Brews

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Fig and Thistle‘s mini-challenge asks for your current caffeinated beverage of choice depicted with your current book. Technically, I haven’t started Sabriel yet, but Im just about to. I’ve edited this picture a LOT, as you can see, in an attept to hide the tip that is my bedside table, but I fear my efforts are insufficient.