Today I finished reading The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet. I know, I started another book months ago but I’ve been distracted by reading other things (like a crap ton of fan fiction) and I just haven’t gotten into the story, so no, I still haven’t finished reading The Book of Three.
I was really excited to read The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet after reading the teaser they had posted online. I’ve watched the YouTube series several times at this point and I figured the book would be just the book version of the show. It kind of was but I was pleasantly surprised by some of the things that found their way into the book but not onto the videos, and it made since most of the time. Lizzie even says in the videos that there are just some things she doesn’t want to talk about, like her families financial troubles, but she doesn’t hesitate to put it in her diary.
The book was an easy read, fun, exciting, and just fresh enough that I didn’t feel like I was watching LBD again. There were conversations you didn’t get on camera, more character development, descriptions of events she mentions in the videos, and I just really liked reading it. I was surprised when I got halfway through it and I just couldn’t put it down.
Now I totally want to read the diary, watch the videos, and read the twitter conversations all in order. Talk about total immersion, am I right?! Whaaaaaat!
Today I finished listening to Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I was wanting something to listen to while I worked and this was the only book of the Hunger Games trilogy available through my digital library at the time. I’ve also listened to and read the whole trilogy several times at this point so it’s really not a big deal that I just randomly started on this one, and considering Catching Fire is my favorite I’ve probably read it more times than the other two anyway. This is actually a common theme for me, I just have a thing for the second books in series, when everything is still fresh and new but most of the introductions and basic world building is out of the way… maybe that’s why I enjoy fan fiction so much…
"Luna had decorated her bedroom ceiling with five beautifully painted faces: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and Neville. They were not moving as the portraits at Hogwarts moved, but there was a certain magic about them all the same; Harry thought they breathed. What appeared to be fine golden chains wove around the pictures, linking them together, but after examining them for a minute or so, Harry realized that the chains were actually one word, repeated a thousand times in golden ink: friends…friends…friends…friends… Harry felt a great rush of affection for Luna" — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
that awesome moment when you finished reading a really good book and you see it at a store then you cunningly smile at it as if you had an affair with it.
The horrifying thing is that this is true.
And as I read this, I smiled and recreated that exact look…
The bravest person I know is afraid of the dark. She sleeps with a night lamp always, but if her friends are threatened? She suddenly thinks she’s a bear twelve feet tall and attacks whoever scared her friends. There are all kinds of courage. You’ll find yours.
Daja Kisubo, Cold Fire (Tamora Pierce)