Well, at least I still have my Misha brownies leftover from the Misha Birthday Parade, right? ;p
Since I've actually neglected writing this out, here's a follow-up of some days I missed from that 30 Days of Books meme:
Day 02 - A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about
Everworld by K.A. Applegate.
It's a series that not many talked about because it wasn't as popular as Animorphs, and it only had 12 books as opposed to the many volumes in the other series. I remember being utterly fascinated with the books, it had a nice mixed of mythology and a uniquely created world which the story weaves throughout. I think it's one of the book series that nobody remembers until someone talks about it and they go, "oh yeah!" Nevertheless, the series itself was quite interesting and incredibly imaginative and I wished I'd seen more people talking about it, even if it had been released many years ago. Perhaps people will now that it's been brought up, if they remember anything about it?
In addition to that, Fearless by Francine Pascal is yet another young adult book series that was also very good. I loved it so much, but it's also similar in that unless you mention it people probably won't talk about it. I know many have read this series though, it was incredibly popular many years back, at least online. But since the books ended there hasn't been any noise that I'm aware of, which is sad because it really is a great YA series that I really do recommend to others.
Day 03 - The best book you've read in the last 12 months
It's rather difficult to say just one, because I've read some very interesting books that I consider to be the best ones I've read over the last year or so. And they are:
01. The Taking by Dean Koontz. I'm a fan of Koontz's works, and I like the kind of style in writing he does so when I picked up this book at the bookstore, read the description and thought I'd give it a shot. It didn't disappoint me, I was very enthralled from the beginning and wanted to know what was happening with the dangerous and mysteriousness of the story itself. I'm currently in the middle of reading two of his other books (False Memory and Midnight), but this was the one that's been the best I've read so far this passed year.
02. Nineteen-Eighty Four by George Orwell. I heard about this book for some time, hearing all the references many people make about Big Brother, "Big Brother is watching you", and all of that. I was highly intrigued so, about a year and a half ago I bought Nineteen-Eighty Four because I wanted to read and see whether or not I would like it. Naturally, I did because it's about dystopian societies disguised in a utopian kind of world, and I really love those kinds of themes in anything to be honest. I absolutely loved this book, and I can see why it's considered one of the classics. It's also incredibly frightening, since just the prospect that a government could control us like that makes me shudder. It's a common fear that many people have, I think.
03. Real World by Natsuo Kirino. I am going to say this, I love everything this author writes. She truly writes crime thrillers with such passion, such realism that they capture you instantly, even potentially frighten you a bit (one of her other books actually had me put down, not in a repulsive way but more in a "I know I should continue but I am afraid for these characters" way, showing that she makes you care about what is happening to the characters she creates because of how real it seems). This one is actually shorter than her previous novel I read, Out which was also another favorite, but nonetheless still incredibly effective.
04. All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe. I have something for crime thrillers, because I was recommended this after having bought Natsuo Kirino's books, and I really enjoyed it. I liked the flow and pacing this book had, the way it keeps you intrigued even if there are certain passages/chapters that kind of get a bit wordy. But I was invested with the story, and I won't spoil anything but the ending is more satisfactory rather than conclusive regarding the mystery. I liked how that was handled and it was a great payoff with everything.
Day 04 - Your favorite book or series ever
Favorite book: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. One of the first required books to read for school that I actually read ahead for because I wanted to know what was happening. It's definitely one of my favorites, for sure.
Favorite book series: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. That obviously needs no further explanation.
Another book series I need to mention is the Dollanganger series by V.C. Andrews (Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday and Garden of Shadows). I first read it when I was in junior high, very interested in the kind of things these novels had to offer, and it's what got me interested in more of these gothic-horror genre of books. It's also where I kinda got intrigued with my very first fictional incestuous pairing of Chris/Cathy, even if under such circumstances were a bit sketchy, especially after rereading it several times. Anyway, I still hold much regard for this series, which I reread every so often.
Speaking of, I was directed to a new movie that's to come out soon: Black Swan. Directed by Darren Aronofsky? Check. Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis? Check. Ballet? Check. Creepy psychological thriller element? Check. In conclusion: MUST SEE THIS MOVIE OMG. Looks to be creeptastically amazing, if that trailer is anything to go by. It definitely has some VCA-esque qualities that attracts me to it, that's for sure. O___O