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Welcome to Part 2, peoples!

Remember last week? We began our discussion of 55 quirky book questions as discovered from this blog (amongst others...it's a tag gone far and wild). 

Part 1 showed us many interesting fact about your fabulous Notebook Sisters. Like how Mime doesn't have much chance to read these days and Cait is raising a cucumber (who bets puberty turns it into a pickle?).
Feel free to do these questions on your own blog! And tell us about it, if you like, so we may sneak over and compare answers with you.

28. Favourite reading snack?

MIME:Chocolate. Obviously. I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times. The world could run on chocolate. 

CAIT: Aren't you eating chocolate right now, Mime?

MIME: Shhh.

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.

CAIT: I have to confess (and don't kill me, I'm too fabulous to die) that I didn't like The Winner's Curse very much. It looked great. It sounded great. And mostly everyone loves it. But me? I'm the annoying black sheep in this crowd.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?

MIME:More often than not, unless the critic is a troll, I do. (By troll I mean those people who find issues with every. single. comma.)

CAIT:Ah...well, actually I'm opposite. (I'm assuming "critic" is working for a magazine or newspaper and not just your average joe-blogger.) I find critics have sucked on a lemon before writing their review.

MIME: But lemons are great! I love sucking lemons!

CAIT: I need say no more.


31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?

MIME: I used to love deep frying anything subpar. But now I think "how would I feel if I were the author etc."

CAIT: I have to admit...it's a lot easier to write a negative review. You can yabber on forever about their failings, lists and lists. And the GIFs you can use! Okay, okay, I digress. While it's easier to write those reviews, it's not nicer. And I'm in no way a fan of book bashing. Every author worked dang hard on their book and we should appreciate that!

MIME:
CAIT:Yes, I'm finished now.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?

CAIT: Didn't we already answer this? Didn't I already say Klingon?
MIME: Pretty much. Except, you're going to have to go a couple of thousand years into the future to get any good reading material.

35. Favorite poet?

CAIT: Who wrote Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue?
MIME: Not you, that's who.

CAIT:Mime! You may be my new favourite poet! (Although, I admit I do enjoy Lewis Carroll's nonsense.) Do you poet, Mime?

MIME: I poet. See, we're doing poetry at school right now, and we mentioned Banjo Patterson. Some of his stuff is pretty funny. That is, the stuff that is funny. The rest is kind of "OOOOHHHH THE WOOOOES OF OUTBACK LIFE!"


36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?

CAIT:Actually at the moment I only have 6 library books out! (Let's not talk about the reserves waiting for me.) I've had up to 10, I believe. See how restrained I am? I deserve a cookie.


37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?

MIME: Embarrassingly often.
CAIT: On a scale of one to Gru-wearing-a-tutu, how embarrassing?
MIME:
CAIT: Fair enough. For me? If I get an unexpected conglomeration of ARCs, then I may send books back to the library. Just recently I sent back The Enemy and Alice in Zombieland and Anna Dressed in Blood, all WITHOUT reading. Too many ARCs. Too little time. (Also Anna Dressed in Blood had a suspiciously close plot to Supernatural. Complete with pinching names. This made me frown.)

38. Favourite fictional character?

MIME: Okay. Cait. Did I read this question correctly? Is it actually asking what I THINK it's asking???
CAIT: They wish us to choose favourites between all our kids.

MIME: Not going to happen. See why this is such an impossible question? There's childhood favourites like Peaceable Sherwood from The Sherwood Ring, right up to modern awesome like Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass, to hilarious ones like Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars.

CAIT: And Katniss from The Hunger Games, obviously.

MIME: And Cinder from Cinder and Lemony Snicket himself. 

CAIT: And Cath and her introvertedness from Fangirl! And Cole and Isabel from The Wolves of Mercy Falls

MIME: Shall we stop?

39. Favorite fictional villain?

CAIT: I love villains! Let me go wild! Although, the villains in books I like are usually not-so-much-villains, like Warner from Ignite Me and...Caine from the Gone series.
MIME: Movie villains are usually better, though. You know. All the right combinations between terrifying and funny. Like Smeagol. Loki.

41. The longest you’ve gone without reading?

CAIT: Well, my first 5-years were pretty illiterate. I'm ashamed, really, of how little I read.

MIME: I think I learned to read at four. So HAHAHAHHAHAH!
CAIT: True geniuses don't show all their skills at once. I perfected the Puppy Dog Eyes way before you did, miss. And who always got dessert? Me. And WHO can still wheedle ice cream on a Monday night? (We only get it on the weekends.) I CAN.

42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.

MIME: There are a few of such calibre. Most were school books that I felt insulted my intelligence. But also The Lord of the Rings. I read The Fellowship, but I couldn't make it to Two Towers. I just... couldn't. I'd like to one day, though.
CAIT: I have a Thing about not finishing books. It makes me twitchy to have unfinished books lying around. The I confess, I only got 50% into Two Towers before I realised I was reading it just to "say" I'd read it. Which isn't a very good reason.


43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?

CAIT: Meal times. Small nephews who steal bookmarks. Small nieces with sticky fingers who try to "read" too. The call of dessert. My sister choking on her hot chocolate and threatening to spit it at me. Normal things, you know?
MIME: Just about everything distracts me when I'm reading, which is a reason I don't do enough of it.

44. Favourite film adaptation of a novel?

MIME: Catching Fire! No doubt about it.

CAIT: This is haaaard. I want to say Catching Fire, but The Book Thief is incredible! And it's SO like the book...and Matilda. Matilda is a brilliant movie and the only thing they wrecked was moving them from being British to American. (No offence to the Americans, but a British Ms. Trunchball was scarier.)

45. Most disappointing film adaptation?

CAIT: Where do we start?

MIME: Percy Jackson...1 & 2...Eragon (not that the book was stunning)...The Cat in The Hat....Mr. Popper's Penguins...
CAIT: Ugh. No more, please. Spare me the memories.

46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?

MIME: I actually have a great story about this one. When I did work-experience at the library, they sent me down to the bookshop and said, "Go nuts!" (Not quite. They said "buy 50 board books.") Still. I spent a lot of library money there. It was brilliant.

CAIT: I spent $12 once.

MIME: That was Big W, not a bookstore.

CAIT: It was a big $12.

MIME: #cheapskate

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?

MIME: What?

CAIT: Who does that?

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?

MIME: If it was impossibly awful, or if I had a really strong disagreement with it.
CAIT: For me, it'd have to be absolutely-awful-terrible-no-good-very-bad-writing.

49. Do you like to keep your books organised?

MIME: If by organised you mean a stack on my desk...
CAIT: That's why I don't lend you books. You mistreat my babies. I, on the other hand, have mine in perfect order on my bookshelf. (Okay, I'm lying. There's no order at all. But they're still nicely arranged.)

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?

CAIT: No. Mine.
MIME: I don't own many books. Cait owns most of the books, so why buy my own when I can read hers?

51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?

MIME: There aren't many I'm consciously avoiding, but there are an awful lot I haven't gotten to, yet. Cait would list them out. But I won't let her. Because it would take too long, and I would look bad.

CAIT: (I'm being silented against my will.) I'm avoiding Wicked, but only because it's thick and not YA and...it somehow ends on the bottom of my TBR all the time. I'm avoiding finishing the Inkheart series too. My bad. Just basically I avoid most books over 400 pages.

52. Name a book that made you angry.

CAIT: Must that be singular?

MIME: Hold in the little green rage monster, Cait.

CAIT: Okay, I fiercely admit it. Thirteen Reasons Why made me angry. I think it sent a horrible message that condoned bullying and...and...it just ignited my fury. Also, The Last Thirteen series makes me angry because it exists. It's -- okay, I probably shouldn't rant here. Ranting about books I don't like is slightly mean.

53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?

CAIT: That'd probably be Mime's book that I beta read for her.
MIME: I hope you're buying a coffin.
CAIT: I've got myself a nice little plot in the cemetery too, don't you worry. It's taken care of.
MIME:
CAIT: Okay! I'm joking! Mime's book was good. But also, actual-published books...I didn't expect to like The Selection but I did!
MIME: I wasn't really sure if I'd like Throne of Glass, but it got my full approval.


54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?

CAIT: Don't get me started. I expect to like most books, I honestly do. Because I'm a very positive person.
MIME: Ha. ha. ha.
CAIT: But I expected to like Taken and A Midsummer's Nightmare and both had me frowning into the dark night.

MIME: I have so many examples of this, I'm going to pull out a really obscure one from back five or so years ago. I thought I was going to adore Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott, because I'd liked Little Women. I fell asleep about a quarter of the way in. 

CAIT: The fact that it's titled "good" wives leaves me dubious anyway.

55. Favourite guilt-free pleasure reading?

CAIT: Chocolate wrappers?

MIME: Guilt free? Really? Those chocolate wrappers are completely guilt free?

CAIT: I don't feel bad about it. Nope. Not at all. Do I look guilty?
MIME: You know what? I'm at a loss here.

CAIT: I win? I WIN I WIN WIN!

MIME:

and, i'll be nice and NOT ask you all the questions for the comments. instead! i want to know your answers to "favourite guilt-free pleasure reading?" and "what would make you put a book down?" because those are very interesting questions and i wish to know your thoughts.



Cait and Mime had quite a raucous time doing this two-part post series. They laughed till they cried. They spilt hot chocolate on each other. Even their mother questioned the sudden increase in frivolity. They also remembered a lot of movies they suddenly feel like watching, thanks to these gifs. Like Kung-Fu Panda. Currently, Mime's reading OF NEPTUNE and Cait's reading BOY21.

Comments are a big part of blogging. 

I personally think they're kind of a big deal. Because although I do enjoy my own voice belting into the Internet World about my thoughts and opinions, your voices are equally entertaining. And, I admit it: talking to myself can get dull. 

I like to have you around.

Which leads us to the topic of commenting. 

Some blogs get hundreds of comments, some get just a few. I've figured out a partial secret to getting comments, but that's a post for another day. The question of the moment is:

Does the size of the comment matter?

Sometimes the more I know a blogger, the longer my comments can get. I suddenly have so much to say! And the more content in the post...the more I have to say. If there's a "what about your thoughts?" sort of question at the end, that usually sparks commenting ideas in my skull. I've left embarrassingly long comments before.

I've also left embarrassingly short ones.

Are they okay? Should I bother to comment if I don't have much to say? Will the blogger think I didn't read their post?? Because I DID, I just...don't have much to add.

If I don't have a lot to say, should I just not say anything?

Believe it or not, I get stuck leaving comments. I try to get around to a lot of blogs, and if you comment on my post, I attempt to pop over to your blog and comment on yours! (If you've commented here a few times and I've never visited your blog...it's probably because I can't find your blog, okay? Okay.) But commenting-insecurities do hit me.

- Was my comment okay?
- Did it even make sense?
- Did I catch all my typos? (Oh gosh, what if I left some in and they think I don't care about grammar?!)
- Was it interesting?
- Did I sound like a robot?
- Worse: DID I SOUND SPAMMY?
- Do they even liiiiike my comment? This is the part where I break down and howl.


Okay! Maybe slight exaggerations there! I don't have a mental breakdown over every. single. comment I leave.

That would be exhausting. But these question do run through my brain sometimes. And even with the blogs I always comment on and the bloggers I like a lot? Sometimes my comments are short and feel redundant.

What's my personal opinion on short comments?

(Because my personal opinion is awesome.) DO IT. COMMENT. If you only have 2 sentences to say to me, TALK ANYWAY. I don't mind. I love it. And I will reply back to you with 2 short sentences of my own.

But, hang on, I'm not talking about these sorts of comments:

Great post! I loved your discussion on this topic. 

That's...not a comment, okay? Especially in link ups...it's just not a comment. It's a give-me-a-cookie-and-I'll-give-you-one.

Talk to me like I'm a real person, not a bunch of coding on a computer screen because GUESS WHAT. I am a person. Please, don't be too shocked. I personally don't mind if you only have 5 words to say to me. Say 'em.

I also demand your opinion on this topic. 

(But I demand it nicely, and that's what counts, right?) Do you feel bad if you leave a short comment? Do you like short comments on your blog or do you think it's better not to bother? If you have nothing to say...don't say it? Or do say it so the blogger knows you read? THIS IS A QUANDARY.


Cait has wanted to use the word "quandary" for a while now and she finally got to! Yessss. She is also secretly wondering if she can just use Supernatural gifs for every single post. The answer to that is also: yes. (Although she will refrain sometimes, though with difficulty.) She's currently reading THE YOUNG WORLD.

In January, I foolishly made some writing goals. 

Hey! It was a moment of weakness. I wrote a list of 10 projects I would like to start or finish or at least chip an icicle off. I must've been feeling inspired and energetic that day. Don't worry: won't happen again.

Revisiting that list taught me several interesting things:

a) I'm an overachiever. Okay this was not a surprise. 
b) I'm hopeless at making goals and achieving them. It's like I make goals to purposely break them.
c) I have way too many ideas. Stop, brain, stop. 
d) I have writers-ideas-ADD. Which basically means, I see an idea, I write it down, then...OH NEW SHINY IDEA!

We're halfway through the glorious year of 2014, and I've ticked off 3 things from my list.

I've done round #1 of edits with my agent on my fantasy book. I wrote 52 Dresses Not For Dancing (it was as pathetic as a soggy waffle). I rewrote Six.

3 out of 10 isn't horrendous, but it definitely means I will not be finishing off my list this year. Would you like to know why? Oh of course you do. Hold onto your socks, because here comes a shocker:

I have more new ideas.

I'm not talking passing whimsies. I'm talking full-fledged, writable, half-plotted, pinterest-boarded BOOKS. My brain is swarming with them. And every few weeks, a brand new one crops up and what should I do? Hose it back or embrace it?

Adding to the 7 books I already have to write, let's add:

1. THEM HUNGRY BONES (YA - zombies)

This one gets top of the list because (I think) it'll be the book I write next. Unless, you know, something else hits me with more passion. So far, Them Hunger Bones is about apocalyptic Australia, where a zombie virus wipes out entire cities in days. A girl and her teenage uncle take a roadtrip to escape, and accidentally pick up a preschooler wearing a tutu and batman mask. Mostly everyone ends up zombies. It's about family. If your relative became a zombie, what would you do with them? Huh?

2. FURIOSO (YA - musical contemporary; co-written)

Mime and I have a book we want to co-write! Last year, we wrote Canonic, and Furioso is in the same series. Music. Sarcasm. Sibling rivalry. Family drama. A crazy grandfather. And pianist wars. What could be more awesome?

3. HELLO, DEATH (YA - paranormal/apocalypse; possible trilogy) 

This is my baby. MY MOST EXCITING BABY. I haven't thought up a series since I write 6 fantasy books. This, too, is an apocalypse. (I have a teeny obsession with the end of the world, okay?) But it's a quiet end-of-all-things with a spin off Greek mythology, teenagers creating utopia, and Life and Death being people and retiring. Because that's insanely logical. In fact, the entire book SCREAMS logic, don't you think?

4. STAR KILL (YA - sci-fi; Star Rust #2)

Just like I suck at reading series, I suck at writing them too. I always wander away. BUT! This is a companion book to my sci-fi novel, Star Rust. Except Star Kill will involve 3 sisters who rule a planet and have had their brains modified to include war data from hundreds of generations. They will be the smartest people of their universe. And they're...not even finished school yet.

I like this one because it's about world domination where the villains win. Mwaha ha ha.

5. THE DEAD BOY AND THE PAPER CUT (YA - paranormal)

I don't write fluff! What is this! Peoples, in a word: fluff. It's a paranormal romance about a boy who was killed with a book and therefore is a ghost attached to a book. A girl borrows the book out of the library and...welcome home, Caspar. (I'm joking, his name is not Caspar. It's Louis.) The girl must solve the murder mystery and lay the ghost/book/boy to rest. Or marry him and have little ghosty children.

6. NEVER, NEVER trilogy (YA? MG? Who knows? magical retelling)

I've written book #1, but would you believe I've plotted book #2? I DON'T PLOT. What is this. Book #3 is partially plotted, as well. There are titles, characters, plot twists, settings: the works. It's my Peter Pan retelling which just takes the squishy Disney fairy tale and turns it into bloodsucking faeries who steal children to Neverland to eat them. Delightful, really. Nice happy story.

7. THE BOYS IN THE CORNFIELD WITH THE MAGIC (MG - paranormal)

I'm desperate to write a Middle-Grade book. It's eluding me, which only makes the challenge more delicious. This is a story about a little girl who finds a cricket in her cornfield, but actually the cricket is a kid and it's complicated.

8. CRIMINAL INSIDE (YA - sci-fi)

Who'd have thought I'd be so keen on sci-fi? Suddenly: I am. This one is a play of the historical-fiction concept of England dumping their criminals in Australia. But instead, the world is dumping their criminals on another planet.

Plus on top of this NEW marvellous list, I have 8 more book premises. 

They're barely more than 3 sentences each, but they're still books, and 2 of them have complete plots all there and ready for me to sit down and flesh out a little. Once upon a writers block, I never thought of books with plots. I got characters. I got settings. Plots? Please, let me go fishing. Now, 90% of the time the book comes to me with plot, characters, and setting. I just have to fill in the 50,000-word blanks.


How do I handle this? HOW DO I SURVIVE MY OWN BRAIN? 


My survival instincts have kicked in and I basically approach my ideas with a Jack Sparrow attitude:

Sanity? Do I really need it? On a scale of 1 to Moriarty, how important is my sanity?

I'm not bragging about my overflow of ideas. Honestly, I'm not. Writing is hard work. While I have a lot of book plots, I worry that my character sound too much the same. Should I shake my style up? Am I repeating the same themes? Has this book been done before?

Just like I want to read everything, I secretly want to write everything as well. Stories are my life. I love hearing them and making them. I love that words are so powerful. And all I can think of is that quote from The Book Thief:

Of course I have to stop fussing and just write these blasted stories...

Someday.


writers: tell me how your writing-year is going?! what are your goals? any new ideas hit you lately?
readers: gosh, i basically ignored you in this post, didn't i? feel free to tell me what you think of my ideas! and by "you think" i obviously mean you to say "cait, you're wonderful and fabulous". yes? yes.


Cait just read THE MAZE RUNNER and is suffering from the need to write down some dystopian ideas. NO. SHE REFUSES TO FALL PRET TO THAT WHIM. Currently, she's taking lessons in fabulousity from Jack Sparrow and making lists of books to write instead of actually writing them.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart has swept through the blogosphere in a whirlwind of 5-star reviews that tell you NOTHING ABOUT THE BOOK WHATSOEVER. 

"Go in blind!" they say.
"You can't know anything before you start!" they say.

Despite reading multiple reviews and glaring at the vague blurb on Goodreads, I went in with zero idea what the book would be about. Now I have to review it. And you know what?

I'm not going to tell you anything except this: read it. 

Okay! Okay! Calm down! Put down those pitchforks, the post isn't finished yet. I have composed a list, so therefore I can tell you all the reasons WHY you should read this book, without telling you anything about the book. Sound fair? Who am I kidding? I'm never fair. But I AM wonderful.


A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense that will leave you reeling.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
'We Were Liars is heartbreaking, witty, beautiful and disturbing. E. Lockhart's best book to date.' JUSTINE LARBALESTIER
'A haunting tale about how families live within their own mythologies. Sad, wonderful, and real.' SCOTT WESTERFELD
add it on Goodreads

PS. Thank you so much Allen & Unwin for the chance to read and review this!

And, since this book is full of lies, let me start this by promising to tell the truth about this book. 

I would not lie to you.
Woof.

1. It's set on an island. 

This is in the blurb, so I'm 100% safe to divulge this incredible fact with you. Oh, and not just any island. If Richie Rich had a private island, this would be it. Shame on you if you don't now Richie Rich, too, by the way. Think: RICH. Money everywhere. This is a family who spends their summers together -- incredibly rich grandfather, daughters, kids.

I don't know about you, but islands fascinate me. I would die if I was on a deserted one due to my a) distrust in fish and b) loathing of coconut. So a rich island with private houses, beaches, and doughnuts really appeals to me.

2. It's about Cadence, Jonny, Mirren, and Gat.

Which is all I can say on this subject, although I will tell you (if you give me chocolate) that it's narrated by Cadence. They're all cousins, except for Gat, who is the partially-adopted-for-the-summer-friend. Every time I saw his name, I subconsciously thought it was a typo. But I DID get over that. Go me.

3. The writing is beautiful. 

And I don't mean flowery...I mean, stripped bare bones beautiful. It's agony on the page. The emotion is raw and that's half of why I love it so much. None of this flippery describing-the-colour-of-the-ocean. It's describing human emotion like you wouldn't believe.

4. It's tiny. 

I'm a sucker for small books and We Were Liars is only 220-pages. It means I can eat them in one day if I wish it. And gosh did I WISH IT for this book. Although (I'm very proud) but I read really very slowly and maturely and didn't peek at the end or anything. I deserve a sticker. Or more chocolate? Honestly, blogglings, you ought to be rewarding me.

5. It has formatting that makes my delicate pulse flutter. 

I adore different formatting. Like the kind I raved about in my Notebook Sisters Approved on Half Bad. It makes use of paragraphs, of tension from single sentences. It has teeny tiny chapters. It has segments that are stories that Cadence is telling.

Oh, throw it. I'll show you.

And you'd better appreciate that, peoples, because I'm letting out secrets.

6. John Green recommended it. 

What can I say? He's "just read it" endorsement is plastered on More Than This and I adored that book to pieces too. Basically: trust John Green. Despite all weirdness, TRUST JOHN GREEN.

7. The ending is really happy and fluffy. And completely predictably. 

I lied.

Also, I gave it 5-stars, if you're curious and on Goodreads it's on my best-of-the-year shelf.

Basically: you just really want to read this book. No questions. no hesitations. Go. go go go!



if you dare...do tell me: do you prefer to go into books "blind" or would you rather have an inkling as to what they're about?

Cait is very proud of her rapidly diminishing TBR. She actually feels like she's conquering! HAIL, CEASER. Unfortunately, ALL the books seem to be coming out in August. Not that that's a bad thing, per se, but obviously August is a very inspiring month for book releases. She will attempt not to flood you with reviews.

I'm breaking the rules today, okay?

I'm a little rebel sometimes. (But I do it fabulously, so that's a pardon, right?) Back in May I did a post on Characters I Would Want On My Team in The Hunger Games, which is basically the same as this prompt. My options were a) skip linking up or b) go opposite and use "wouldn't" instead of "would".

What can I say? The negative attracted me.

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their incredibly awesome meme: Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme involving lists, peoples. LISTS! I love lists.
This week's prompt is: Top 10 characters I would want with me on a deserted island. But I'm doing it backwards. I'm going to say WOULDN'T. Although, these aren't going to be just characters I don't want to be around. I will have awesome characters on this list...but just because they're awesome doesn't make them useful if you know what I mean.

1. Boromir from Lord of the Rings


For starters, sorry Boromir, but one simply DOES walk into Mordor. So having him along would be planting your ears full of bad advice, but also -- the guy dies. Of 9 random citizens, this dude managed to hop the twig. Unlucky? I think yes.


2. Eureka and Ander (a.k.a Creeper & Weeper) from Teardrop

Tears and stalking? No thank you. If I was trying to survive the rigorous life of coconut and fish and no WiFi, I would not need this kind of angst around.

Plus, people who are attracted to stalkers? I'm wary of their judgement skills.




3. Sphinx and Cadence from Breaking Butterflies

Actually, make that anyone in this book. I'm pretty sure they're all emotionally and perhaps mentally unstable and need help. Cadence is the kind of wild card that would perhaps feel like killing you while you slept. Sphinx is the kind of wild card that would let him. No, no, I pass.




4. Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss

I won't lie: I really like Etienne. He's awesome, short (hey, short people are cool!), and has a fabulous sense of humour. But I'd be ignoring reality if I didn't say this guy is incredibly needy. There is no time for needy mentality when you're surviving shark attacks.




5. Just about everyone in Dangerous Girls

Surviving a desert island means you need to trust your companions. WHO ON EARTH IS TELLING THE TRUTH IN THIS BOOK?! (Well, I know now but I'm still in shock.) With everyone presenting a compelling case, you'd spend all your time deciding who was sane instead of gathering seaweed and building signal fires.

(Also, I can't help myself: this is a seriously awesome book and if you have not read it YOU MUST CHANGE THAT. It will throw you.)



6. Mary Poppins from Mary Poppins


I'm a big fan of Mary-Poppins-as-played-by-Julie-Andrews. I am, I promise. I know all the songs thanks to my 3 year old nephew's demand for perfect lyrics or none at all. BUT HAVE YOU ACTUALLY READ THE BOOK? It's horrible.

Mary Poppins is vain and selfish. She's the kind of person who would feel it a great injustice to her if you fell down a cliff and sprained you skull. She would say, "Get up and stop crying. I have no time for you." I can't handle that kind of rejection.

7. Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events


There's "mean" and then there's "crazy" and then there's "ballistically psychotic and narcissistic and malicious". Count Olaf fits the later. There are some villains you could possibly turn into allies but Count Olaf is not one of them.

Plus he's freakishly annoying. Whiny. Useless. And unhygienic. Ever heard of a shower, Olaf? Or soap??!


8. Parker from Insomnia

Take a good long look at that cover. Looked? The guy is dying from sleep-deprivation.

Can you imagine him while you're trying to survive sand and heat?! He would a) fall asleep on you and b) be totally useless while his organs shut down.

He also has obsessions over random girls. Not good for an enclosed environment.



9. Everyone in Don't Even Think About It

Because they'd spend all their time a) whining, b) plotting hook ups, and c) breaking up. That's not only angsty, it's downright annoying. They got superpowers and they didn't even put them to logical use. Imagine them trying to collect coconuts?? I wouldn't give them the matches to light those signal fires either. In fact...sit there, peoples, sit and wait until we get rescued. Don't even touch anything.





10. Jeb from Splintered

It's no secret that I'm Team Morpheus (I'm really quite emphatic on this one, yes?). If Jeb was on a deserted island with me? THERE WOULD BE CONTROL ISSUES. He is a very controlling little dear and while it might be an endearing gesture at first, I'd quickly get frustrated.

I'm not okay with being constantly told what to do. (You should see me when someone says "like this page on facebook"...I don't on principal.)



And, in case you're curious: I would probably die if I was on a deserted island.

The two things I hate most in life are fish and coconuts. What would I eat?? Unless it was an island of mangoes, I would be a very thin skeleton very fast. I would probably pick the same people from my post about The Hunger Games arena, if I wanted to survive. Definitely Celaena Sardothian. Or else I would pick Sam from Supernatural because then Dean would come find us in weeks and all problems would be solved.


i want to see your lists, so link me up to your TTTs! oh, and (if you dare) feel free to tell me who you WOULDN'T want on a deserted island with you.
Cait likes islands and beaches, just so long as they're not deserted. She does not wish to make the Castaway movie her life. (No WiFi, also.) Lately she's been looking through her old notebooks and laughing at her old writing. It probably calls for a post, doesn't it? (She wrote really adorable stories once upon a time, to be honest.) She's read REBEL BELLE.

You know I'm a fan of Maggie Stiefvater. 

I howl this fact from the rooftops and I even wrote a post about all the reasons why I do (and you should) read every Maggie Stiefvater book ever and love them all with the passion and fire that I do.

So I. freaked. out when I got a review-copy of Sinner from Scholastic Australia (ohhh my gosh, thank you Scholastic, thankyouthankyou) and I promptly dropped everything and read it. In one day. And I just...how do I review it? How do I even function?

There some books that remind you why you're absolutely obsessed with stories. This is one of them.

The end.

Ha! You didn't really think that's all I was going to say, right?

No, I have a list. I have a glorious list of reasons why this book is the best thing since some genius wrote on leaves and glued them together and called them a book. I'm kidding. I know that's not how books were invented. Aliens, actually. I will share my list because I am nice.

I will also fill the post with pictures because I like this book and I now have Instagram and I don't have children or cats, so I take pictures of my books.

A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy. 
Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole's story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole's darkest secret -- his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel's life. Can this sinner be saved?
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Why You Should Drop Everything (like I did) and Read Sinner

1. It's written by Maggie Stiefvater. 

This is pretty much the only reason I wanted to read it. No! I'm lying! (Sorry, it happens sometimes.) I wanted to read it more because it was about Cole and Isabel.

Let me explain!

Maggie Stiefvater wrote this trilogy called The Wolves of Mercy Falls which includes Shiver, Linger, and Forever. (Who's slightly cliche titles we'll forgive because we're magnanimous like that.) They start off narrated by Grace, who is obsessed with wolves (which are actually werewolves because it's a bit weird to fall in love with an animal...so we fall in love with half-animals-half-humans). Gradually more squalling people/animals enter the picture. Sam is Grace's One True Love. He's a wolf. Then enters Cole: also a wolf. And Isabel: not a wolf, but as frosty as machete in Antarctica.

Sam and Grace are art and muse. Cole and Isabel are knife and fire.

I happen to love them a lot, maybe not more than Sam/Grace, but it's so equal my capacity for intense adoration is exhausting me. When I heard there'd be a standalone about Cole and Isabel in the What Happened After Shiverlingerforever Ended -- I knew I would love it.

2. It has this dedication:


That, of course, is me. Because I have read and loved and raved about all her books. It's nice to have a book dedicated to me.

3. It is about music. 

Don't underestimate how freakishly hard it is to write a musical book. Musical movies are fine. You have ears. Musical books must sing you the music using mere words. How hard is that? Sinner, of course, pulls it off with flying colours and crackling chords. I adore music and I love that I could hear and feel it while reading the book.

(The author has a playlist for it here, if you're nosey like I am.)

4. The writing IS THE BEST.

It's huge on the visuals, smells and feels details. 5-senses! Who'd have thought they could change a book from "cool" to "freakishly awesome"? I absolutely love how closely I could experience the book. The description isn't flooding over page after page. It uses punchy words. Then it's done.
The McMansion was sterile enough to actually remove pieces of my identity every time I returned to it, insidiously replacing them with wall-to-wall white carpet and blond hardwood floors.
or
I felt a not entirely great sensation in my stomach, like someone was opening an umbrella inside it.
A few words and -- BOOM -- the clearest picture is in your mind.

5. It's funny. (Did I mention I like funny?)

The banter between Cole and Isabel is the best because they are really mean people who act like they hate each other and couldn't care less -- when really they care so so much and they can't bear the thought of losing each other. Look at me! I'm drippy.

At one point they eat breakfast in the shower...with a small table and everything. Because: they're strange like that, and also they're hiding from cameras.
With a noisy sigh, I stepped into the shower and sat. Cole sat down opposite. The table held a bowl with a few donuts in it -- these were the waxy chocolate sort, not the sort to lure girls into an apartment. A mug held two eggs and a single kiwi fruit. In the middle was an empty glass; Cole reached out and placed it one inch closer to me than him.
"This is fancy," I said. "Would you like to explain the dishes?"
Cole cracked his knuckles and pointed to the food in turn. "Here we have the glazed miniature chocolate bathroom cakes with a paraffin topping. These here are a duo of free-range eggs that are probably hard-boiled, or at least were wet for a long time. This here beside them is a furry, green egg."
That's them normally. Unless they're fighting, which is about 70% of the book. And it's not yelling fighting, it's icy stabbing glares of love/hate.

6. It's dual narrated. 

Usually I hate this. Right now? I love this. They're so similar yet so different. Wait! Let me explain! Isabel is cold and Cole owns the world.

Imagine Kuzco narrating along with...say...The Black Widow.

7. There is a brief Sam and Grace cameo.

It's note enough, mind you. I was hoping they'd at least squeeze a scene in together. But at least they talk on the phone to each of them.

Sam told Cole not to bite people.
Cole realised the idea hadn't occurred to him so he put it on his to-do list.

8. It's about werewolves too (obviously.)

I might just have an affinity for all things supernatural and paranormal. Plus, if I had to pick between vampires and werewolves -- werewolves all the way. Maggie Stiefvater writes them really uniquely too. And I adore the fact that it's almost completely an average contemporary...but then -- GROWL -- werewolves.

9. There's food.

I like food! I like it when it enters books! Although, truthfully, no one seems to eat much food because they're all angsty with their wolfish and teenage emotions. But there is a secondary character, Sofia, who is really shy and a fabulous cook. I really liked her. Plus, Cole and Isabel go out for pie, which was a delicious experience (for me reading the pie descriptions). Who doesn't like pie?! I like pie.

10. I just love this book, okay?

I loved it a lot. I couldn't put it down. It made me want to write a million things and read a million things and just appreciate the greatest art that is books.


Oh, if you want to see my boring normalised review on Goodreads, feel free. I mention a few things I wasn't 100% fond of, but who cares? It's got 5-stars from me. It's on my best-of-the-year list. I took more photos of it then I've taken of my own face this whole year.


are you going to read Sinner? not really optional: go read it. and if you haven't...TALK TO ME ANYWAY. what's the last book you read that completely devoured you? and inspired you? and made you want to write (or do) Great Things?


Cait liked this book. It's hard to tell, so she thought she'd just say it outright just in case there are misunderstandings, yes? She is now waiting for Blue Lily, Lily Blue which comes out SOON and will continue her everlasting flailing for The Raven Boys Cycle. Hopefully Maggie Stiefvater will never stop writing. Ever.