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Booking Through Thursday: Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better

A while ago, I interviewed my readers for a change, and my final question was, “What question have I NOT asked at BTT that you’d love me to ask?” I got some great responses and will be picking out some of the questions from time to time to ask the rest of you. Like now.

Patricia asks a particularly insightful question:

Ever read a book you thought you could have written better yourself?

Well, that would be presumptuous, wouldn’t it? Like many Harry Potter fans, I think Order of the Phoenix could have been shorter. Unlike some of those critics, I have no idea what I would have cut. As a unit, it’s all so brilliant; why mess with a good thing? Regarding OotP, I think that if she wanted readers to love Sirius Black the way a small pocket of people intensely do, she should have made him more likeable.

Enough Harry Potter. (Ha. Like there’s such a thing.) I definitely wasn’t satisfied with the end of the Hunger Games trilogy. When you write a strong character, keep her strong! Don’t let her wilt like an old flower! Character development I understand. Complete shifts in who a character has been developed to me indicate inconsistent writing. I’m not sure how I would have ended it, but not like that.

One good thing: answering this week’s BTT has made me realize that I’ve been so disenchanted with my reading lately because I’m not reading enough fiction. My literary life needs more Westing Game and less Theology for Beginners (but, as those titles indicate, no less awesomeness).

7 Quick Takes: Vol. 164

I’ve never been a regular follower of 7 Quick Takes Friday, but I realized last night that every single post currently on my blog’s front page is a meme or a review I’ve written for ACNM. That’s not good. I need some normal posts, but those seem to take so much time. I often come across blog-worthy things that just aren’t long enough for a whole post. Unless they’re sweet videos, it doesn’t seem worth it. Then I decided, and I said to myself, “Fear not, self! This just means you need to start doing 7 Quick Takes!” So, listening to myself, I will play. I think I’m going to move it to Saturday, though, and try to pick up another meme during the week (I think I’ve scouted out a good one for Tuesdays), and maybe I’ll get this blogging show on the road again.

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It’s no secret that I love Switchfoot. In the latest email newsletter, they announced that they’re finalizing a remix album and that they’re running a contest for a fan to remix their next single, “Afterlife.” This is good for four reasons.

  1. There will be new Switchfoot music in April! Sweet!
  2. My love for “Afterlife” has been validated.
  3. I will get yet another copy of the Oh! Switchfoot EP, so I’ll potentially be able to introduce someone else to the band. (I think I’ve gotten about four of those things.)
  4. I got to hear what individual instruments (“stems”) from a finished track sound like. That’s pretty awesome. I know nothing about mixing music, but I knew it had to be mixed, and now I see how. Who says listening to rock music isn’t educational?

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An acquaintance from college posts links to articles from Cracked on Facebook all the time. Their article titles are compelling (people like shocking information and numbered lists), so I often click through. The other day he posted an essay (language warning) on the problems with women’s clothing. I don’t think I’ve ever agreed with anything about fashion so much! The lanyard I wear at work every day is a nice conversation point, but can a girl get a pretty dress with pockets, please?

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After I finally finished the Hunger Games trilogy (see my reviews of books 1, 2, and 3 at ACNM), I meandered on over to Forever Young Adult to gather their take. It’s nice to not have to run wistfully every time I see the word “hunger” in an effort to avoid spoilers. Their assessments were similar enough to mine, but I must admit my favorite HG post of theirs is the Find Your Hunger Games Name! quiz. It brings back the good old days of reading Seventeen cover-to-cover. For the record, my name would be Colmet A. Yellily. Nice to know that not even Panem could kill my affinity for L’s (although I’m not sure if I’d still love them if my name—and now my blog title—didn’t have them).

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I don’t comment a lot over at Betty Beguiles, but I was drawn to it this week when Hallie posted about her essential make-up items. I realized that not only is Lip Smacker my favorite lip gloss, I’ve been wearing it at least since middle school. Something about pink lemonade flavor (previously cotton candy or vanilla) at less than two dollars a pop still gets me even in my twenties. You don’t mess with a good thing, right?

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Work was tough this week. I had to focus so intently on my projects this week and last week that I don’t think I’ll ever use the phrase “work was busy” in the same way again. I had to go in this morning until lunchtime, which means that by the time I have a full day away from work again, I will have worked thirty-three days in a row. 33. The lowest number I can hope for is 26, and only if I skip a Friday event I really ought to go to. I love my job. It gives me great joy. But joy is not the same thing as happiness.

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Last Saturday, I attended a book club discussion about How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul (which I reviewed for ACNM in December). It was so invigorating to be around other young women who share similar struggles to mine and really just want to love God. I haven’t been that open and honest with people in a very long time. I even met another young single female campus minister. It’s nice to know that we’re not all engaged or married-without-kids.

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My pub quiz team won second place last week, which was pretty awesome. I’ve never placed before, and I’ve been playing since June. I walked away with an extra five bucks, so hooray for us. Teamwork makes the dream work!

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!
(Although this week, Hallie’s hosting over at Betty Beguiles.)

Flying High and Falling Fast (Review: “Mockingjay”)

photo by Daniel Dale

Dear readers, the end has arrived. That is, the end of this series of reviews has arrived. I dove back into the Hunger Games trilogy at the beginning of this calendar year, and I shared that journey with you all in my reviews of The Hunger Games and of Catching Fire. Moving at a speed matched only by my devouring Bumped and every Harry Potter book, I tackled Mockingjay and emerged, well, a little disappointed.

Read the rest (and beware spoilers) at Austin Catholic New Media.

The Heat Is On (Review: “Catching Fire”)

While I was home for Christmas, I saw Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with my mom and sister. I loved it. It was one of the best sequels I’ve ever seen, because it didn’t strictly require knowledge of the first movie, but it built beautifully on what had been established. Reading Catching Fire, the second book of the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, was a similar experience. It built beautifully on the first book (see my review of The Hunger Games here), but it is its own story as well.

Read the rest at Austin Catholic New Media.

Playing with the Girl Who Was on Fire (Review: “The Hunger Games”)

I have read and reviewed the first book of The Hunger Games here before, but since my sister gave me the trilogy for Christmas, I decided to start by rereading the first book. It became a twofer, since I used that for this week’s review for ACNM, which is excerpted as follows.

photo by lj

This may be the hardest review I’ve written for ACNM. This is not because I didn’t read the book. I did; I’ve read it twice now, and I would never try to review a book I hadn’t finished reading. This is not because I didn’t like the book; it was amazing. This is because the book blew my mind, and because it has caused such a stir in the literary world. This book is The Hunger Games.

Before I read the first book in the trilogy by Suzanne Collins back in 2010, I had been hearing about it for ages. I actually had important plot points from the second book spoiled, but that happened with A Walk to Remember, and I loved that anyway, too. I had some time to kill before a friend’s wedding rehearsal, so I decided to grab a chair in Borders and give the paperback one chapter before I decided whether to buy it. At the end of the first chapter, I immediately knew two things: I was going to have a tough time putting it down to get to that rehearsal on time, and I wouldn’t be satisfied until I’d finished the entire trilogy. As I mentioned in my first review, it was on.

Read the rest at Austin Catholic New Media.

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