YAckers, Paper Valentine, and all the places I’ve been…

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February 25, 2013 by Heidi

YAckers Book ClubThis past month I joined forces with the wonderfully (equally) judgmental ladies of the YAckers Book Club.  Each month we select a book to pick apart, which I suppose is likely to make the bulk of us feel all the feels to the nth degree.

In Februrary we chose to read Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff, and the resulting MEH can be heard echoing throughout the blogosphere.  You know those books that totally suck you in while reading, but then you sit back and think…hmm…that didn’t really work, did it?  Such was my reaction to Paper Valentine.  Quite frankly, I’m too lazy to put my usual time and effort into writing a review for a book I so absolutely nothing, so feel free to immerse yourself in the ranty spoilers of our Yack Attack.  Or, just stop by to see our new feature: Who Would Richard Armitage Play?  Because while this book may or may not be worth your time, topless Richard Armitage always deserves a pause and stare.  If you’ve read Paper Valentine, please let me know, just what was Yovanoff thinking when she decided to cram 50 square pegs into one round hole?  Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

In addition to the YAcky goodness, I’ve also been participating in two read alongs with other lovelies.  We’ve been talking The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta with Hannah over at So Obsessed With, where you can see Weeks 1, 2, and 3 of our progress through Finnikin of the Rock.  Feel free to chime in if you’ve read the book (but no spoilers or I will find you and cut you), and join to read along!  We’re finishing Finnikin up this week and starting Froi next week.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

And on a ‘my book is bigger than yours’ note, I’ve undertaken the reading of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest with a lovely group of ladies, spurred on by Flannery of The Readventurer.  Door stopper of door stoppers, this one is proving to be a fascinating challenge to all as we near the 1/4 mark going into our 3rd week of reading.  More ambitious than the Infinite Summer crowd *puffs out chest*, we’re taking on 100 pages a week, and you can check out our collected observations about the first chunk here, and of course check back with The Readventurer each week to see us flail and attempt to be philosophical (okay…some in the group are really succeeding at the philosophy.  I, on the other hand, am mostly succeeding in enjoying the humor of the whole thing).Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Please accept my apologies for being away last week, I’m one of those who firmly feels if I’m on vacation, the blog is too, but I’m not going to advertise that ahead of time lest some creeper think ‘ah! she’s out of town, I shall break into her apartment and assault her cat’.  I happen to like my cat, thank you very much.  Vacation reading included Maureen Johnson’s The Madness Underneath and Jane Nickerson’s Strands of Bronze and Gold which debuts with creepy Gothic Bluebeard goodness.  I also finally finished listening to the Jane Jameson series by Molly Harper, so there shall be talk of snarky vampire librarian goodness to come.  Stay tuned tomorrow for my review rant on book two of The Shades of London series!  And happy Monday to all.

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18 comments »

  1. Look forward to reading what the ever-entertaining YAckers think — love that site!
    Hope you had a great vacation and glad your cat is safe 😉

  2. I’m glad you had a nice vacation, Heidi! I’ll have to message you on Twitter to ask how Strands of Bronze and Gold was and your rant tomorrow will undoubtedly let me know if I should give The Madness Underneath a try or not. So good to gave you back!(: Also, I finally read Moon Called, the first book in the Mercy Thompson series which I know you were planning to read and I really enjoyed it! You’ll soon have me hounding you to pick up that series too since I hear it only gets better! 😉

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Keertana! I was so ready to come home. 😛

      I’m so glad you enjoyed Moon Called! I’m going to start the series soon, and am hoping I like the narrator because I have access to all the audiobooks through my library.

  3. I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like Paper Valentine. I loved it! I loved that there was a lot going on. It was not what I was expecting, but I loved it. I loved Finney (even if that name is ridiculous) and I liked the whole idea of Lillian haunting Hannah. And the mystery. And Hannah’s sister and her whole family actually.

    • Heidi says:

      I liked it okay…at least I enjoyed the reading process, but then when I thought about it after there just seemed like there were so many issues with it! I enjoyed her writing style, it just felt like there was too much happening that didn’t all come together/follow through. Hannah’s sister was my favorite though. :)

  4. Brandy says:

    I had the same reaction to Paper Valentine and also felt no need to write it into a review.

    I am on p134 of Strands of Bronze and Gold and not loving it either. I don’t know if it’s my mood or what…something is off. I look forward to seeing your thoughts. I’m going to pause in the reading and pick it up again tomorrow to give it a fair chance. So far I feel the same way toward it that I did toward Paper Valentine actually.

    I will avoid your review of The Madness Underneath until I get a chance to read it which won’t be until my library gets a copy. :)

    • Heidi says:

      Yeah, I could have written a review for Paper Valentine, but I feel like it would have been picking it apart even though I did enjoy the actual reading process. It took me about 150 pages to get into Strands of Bronze and Gold–really interested to see if you end up getting into it as well! I’ve actually put in a request for Madness Underneath at my library as well so that I can see what changes were made from ARC to final copy.

  5. Reynje says:

    So many readalongs! :) I definitely need to go check out the YAckers Book Club – it sounds brilliant. Also, Richard Armitage definitely needs to be worked into more blog features, in my opinion!

    • Heidi says:

      Yeah, kind of drowning in read alongs atm–loving it, but not getting much else read! You can rely on YAckers for regular casting of Richard Armitage. 😛

  6. Oh, I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of Strands of Bronze and Gold…I’m scared to read it because I’ll either love it or hate it, I just have this feeling…

    • Heidi says:

      Right? I was NOT expecting my reaction to it. I didn’t enjoy the first half at all, but I stuck with it, and really enjoyed the last half. A really weird/uncommon experience for me. Hopefully I’ll get my review up in the next couple of weeks!

  7. Lauren says:

    Ooh a Finnikin and Froi readalong! Wish I’d participated, because I’d like to give them a reread before Quintana. Maybe I’ll drop in and chat (sans spoiler of course).

    • Heidi says:

      You should, Lauren! You’re welcome to read Froi with us, which we’re starting next week. :) I think most of us got ARCs of Quintana and are planning to read that as well–it’s been fantastic!

  8. Belle says:

    I was kinda looking forward to Paper Valentine, sad to hear it’s a big MEH. The cover is soooo pretty!
    I still haven’t fully recovered from my Lumatere hangover.

    • Heidi says:

      Yeah, I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about Paper Valentine, many people have really enjoyed it–but I think a lot of us have felt that there was just too much going on that didn’t all line up right in the end. Also…I’m perfectly okay with a potential terminal Lumatere hangover. 😛

  9. YAY for your YAcker-ness! I have PV at home and was going to try it butttt if you say “meh” I am not so sure! I have Strands on the iPad and I am soo excited to start!! Glad you had the best time on your cruise, though I missed you madly!

    • Heidi says:

      I think you might like it more than I did though, Alyssa. I really liked the reading of PV–it was fun and had a good creepy edge, but it was a bit meh for me in the end. I hope you like Strands! I missed you too, friend. 😀

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