Monday, April 26, 2010

Girls Only: Fictional Guys We Love

Not long ago, I found some Facebook flair that made me laugh. It read "Fictional boys are so much better". Hee. It's kind of a "duh" since they are um, fictional. Real boys come with way more baggage and issues. OK, Edward Cullen has a lot of issues but at least he's really, really pretty! It started me thinking about all the fictional boys we've loved over the past few years. I'll start the list. You can add and/or debate.

Dave the Laugh from Angus, Thongs (Louise Rennison)
Robbie from Angus, Thongs
Massimo from Angus, Thongs
Sam from Shiver (Maggie Stiefvater)
Ethan from Beautiful Creatures (Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl)
Patch from Hush, Hush (Becca Fitzpatrick)
Darcy from Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Bobby from First Part Last (Angela Johnson)
Miles from Looking for Alaska (John Green)
Henry Schoonmaker from The Luxe (Anna Godberson)
Will Keller from The Luxe
Ponyboy from The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
Dallas from The Outsiders
Marcus from Little Brother (Cory Doctorow)
Peeta from The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
Gale from The Hunger Games
Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Legolas from The Lord of the Rings
Edward Cullen from Twilight (Stephenie Meyer)
Emmett from Twilight
Jacob Black from Twilight
Julio from Romiette and Julio (Sharon Draper)
Jack from Firestorm (David Klass)
Gerald from Forged by Fire (Sharon Draper)
Harry Potter from Harry Potter (JK Rowling)
Ron Weasley from Harry Potter
Cedric Diggory from Harry Potter
James Potter from Harry Potter
Kartik from A Great and Terrible Beauty (Libba Bray)
Dexter from This Lullaby (Sarah dessen)
Dimitri from The Vampire Academy Series (Richelle Mead)
David from The Uglies (Scott Westerfeld)
Bobby Pendragon in The Merchant of Death (D.J. MacHale)
Seth from Wicked Lovely (Melissa Marr)
Jace from City of Bones (Cassandra Clare)
John from Dear John (Nicholas Sparks)
Will Blakelee from The Last Song (Nicholas Sparks)
Fang from Maximum Ride (James Patterson)
Kyra H added:
Jude from Skinned (Robin Wasserman)
Eli from The Compound (S.A. Bodeen)

Who else?

p.s.- Kyle E would like to add that he really hates this post ;)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

New Cory Doctorow Book

Fans of Little Brother rejoice. we get a new Cory Doctorow book May 11th. I can't summarize For the Win any better than the Amazon reviewer since I haven't read it yet (grrr, no advance reader copy!) so I'll link that blurb here.

I love that one of the characters is called Big Sister...hahaha, all you juniors reading 1984 will pick up on the reference I'm sure. The story is very plausible to me. My son and I are avid gamers and when we were into Star Wars Galaxies, we totally spent real money on virtual goods (I got an uber pistol on ebay, as I recall). I never considered that some kid in a third world country might have been grinding jobs in the game in a sweatshop. It might not sound like a bad gig getting to play online games for hours on end but speaking as a person who spent much of one entire summer shooting whomp is mind-numbing work at best. That's why we would go on ebay and buy weapons, armor, money, and even characters (Jedi!) somebody else had leveled up. Virtual economies are real.

I've got this on pre-order from Amazon. Can't wait!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

New John Green Book!

I've got it and you can't have it (yet)! It's called Will Grayson, Will Grayson and it just arrived in the library yesterday. John Green, of course, is the author of some of our favorite books in the MHSLMC: Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and Let it Snow. Like Let it Snow, the new book was written collaboratively. John Green and David Levithan write alternating chapters about two guys who share the same name. I love David Levithan's books (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Ten Things I Hate About You, etc.) so I am really, really, really looking forward to getting into Will Grayson, Will Grayson. You can't have it 'til Monday!

Monday, April 12, 2010

U2 by U2

Back in the dark ages of 1983, I fell hard for the boys of U2. Bono, who sang with the voice of a tortured angel. The Edge, shredding soaring anthems like "Sunday, Bloody Sunday", creating that other-worldly sound. Adam, whose majestic bass rolled and thumped through "New Year's Day". Larry, unsmiling, his sticks firing off gun shots that transported you to a Belfast alley. Nearly 30 years later, I'm still in love and still fascinated with all things U2.

Our new biography, U2 by U2,  takes you from the band's beginnings in the suburbs of Dublin all the way through their monster international success. I laughed out loud to hear Bono's account of how they all answered an ad Larry posted (Band members wanted) and how none of them could really play. The self-deprecating humor makes what could be an ego trip a great deal of fun to read. If you want to hear the story of how four high school friends rocked the world, grab this book.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New from Stephenie Meyer!

How did I not know about this until now? Meyer's new novella (short novel) is called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner and it goes on sale June 5th. You remember Bree from Eclipse, right? Ha ha, neither did I! She was one of the newborns who tried to kill Bella and the Cullens in Eclipse. Part of the money Meyer earns from this project will go to the American Red Cross. It will also available as a FREE download at from June 7th to July 5th at I'm going to buy it though so I can add it to my set.

Here's part of what Stephenie Meyer says about Bree Tanner on her website:

"Actually, this has been a surprise to me, too. The reason why it's a surprise was that I never intended to publish this story as a stand-alone book. I began this story a long time ago—before Twilight was even released. Back then I was just editing Eclipse, and in the thick of my vampire world. I was thinking a lot about the newborns, imagining their side of the story, and one thing led to another. I started writing from Bree's perspective about those final days, and what it was like to be a newborn.
This story was something that I worked on off and on for a while, just for fun, in between the times I was writing or editing other Twilight novels. Later, when the concept for The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide came up, I thought that might be a good place for Bree. Her story is a nice complement to Eclipse; it explains a lot of the things that Bella never knew. So I dusted it off and finished it up for placement in the Guide."
Can't wait! Visit for more info.