Friday, August 12, 2011

Abducted by a Blog Hop, a book, and a request...

As the title of this post suggests, we have a lot to cover today so let's get down to business...

I am going to start with the blog hop but I do have a request and would love everyone's help, so if you don't want to read this entire post, at least skip to the end and leave whatever recommendations you have in the comments. - Thank you!

This week the question for the Blog Hop hosted by Crazy For Books was...



Let's talk crazy book titles! Highlight one or two (or as many as you like!) titles in your personal collection that have the most interesting titles!

Well, I do have a couple of books that have very peculiar titles. Like; Go Mutants!, Still Life With Woodpecker, and Round Ireland With A Fridge.

But this question actually ties in perfectly with the book I was still needing to write a review for and so my ultimate selection for book with the craziest title is....

ANGUS, THONGS, AND FULL-FRONTAL SNOGGING


 

And what is kind of funny is that it was my love of the crazy titles given to this series of books by Louise Rennison that made me want to start reading them in the first place.

Stephanie over at thefakesteph.com reviewed this series (if you click on her link it will take you to her review of this A,T, & FFS) and her reviews really started to suck me in. But every time she reviewed a book I was really more taken by their titles then the humor that Steph promised each one held inside itself.

I can't wait to read the 6th book in the series entitled "Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers"!

Now, as for my review of this book, here is what I will tell you...

I loved it!

I loved the humor. Especially the instances that involved Georgia attempting to remove or permanently alter any of her hair. I have very vivid memories of my little sister trying to pluck her own eyebrows and just destroying them! So, that scene for Georgia had me rolling on the floor with tears streaming down my cheeks. And even though I never personally lost my eyebrows, I have had my own horror stories when it comes to trying to dye my hair. My hair has been every color from red, blond, brown, orange, and (on one occasion when I accidentally fell asleep during the dying process) purplish gray.

I loved all the side characters from the crazy cat, the cranky neighbors, all of Georgia's friends, and her adorable little sister.


But the thing that really got me, was the voice. When reading this book you know, without a doubt, that this is the mind of a 14 year old girl. This is how 14 year olds think and speak and act. The book was so completely genuine to the voice of this character that I couldn't help but be overwhelmed with nostalgia. And what intrigues me more then the plot of each book, is the eagerness to see how / if that voice is going to change and grow throughout the series. 



My only complaint is that I wasn't a fan of how she treated her father. But, I think that stems from the fact that I am such a complete Daddy's girl that I would never talk to my dad like that!!!

Originally I was only going to give this book a 3/5 when I rated it on goodreads. Because even though I thought the book was really light and funny, I kind of...sort of...felt like it lacked real content. Not in a bad way, I swear! Just in the way that not a lot really happens to a typical 14 year old, so therefore not a lot really happens in the book.


HOWEVER!!! Then I got to the last chapter, and she started bleaching her hair and then it fell out right in front of a certain someone!!! I was totally won over! That one scene earned a whole other star toward my rating system!

So, ultimately, I rated Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging 4/5! I do have the sequel at home ready to go but I think I am going to try to space them out a bit.

Okay, so, I've done my blog hop entry and I have reviewed the book that so many of my loyal followers were eager to read...now for my request.

I've been on a total positivity kick lately! Just making an effort to attract positivity to me and repel the negative. And this all coincides with getting ready to work on NaNoWriMo in November. I've had the idea for my upcoming NaNo project since March and it is going to be a story all about positivity, starting over, and learning to love yourself. I'm very excited about it.

I've already started putting together a playlist of music to listen to in order to help get me ready, but I need more!


I need positive and uplifting songs! Songs that when you listen to them in the morning they make it impossible for you to not turn up the volume and dance like a Peanut character all the way to work! Songs that make you feel bolder and stronger and braver! Songs that are infectious with their up tempo melodies and meaningful lyrics! I want lots and lots and lots of HAPPY songs!

All suggestions are welcome!!!

4 comments:

KristinCanRead said...

Those are definitely some crazy titles. Friday Post!

fakesteph said...

So much to comment on! :)

I love the end of Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging! :) The fact that nothing happens is what I love most about the books. It makes them feel real and makes me not feel alone because my life is so ridiculous sometimes (or maybe it's not life and just me). I'm glad you liked it! And Dave the Laugh is in book two... he's the best. :)

Yay! Nanowrimo! And Yay! Positivity! (Today is the first day I've had coffee in about a week... ha! exclamation points!) I've been listening to "The Future Freaks Me Out" by Motion City Soundtrack pretty much non-stop. It's an older song, but it's so fun and I feel like I can do anything when I listen to it. I also love Buddy Holly and Bowling for Soup when I'm trying to feel positive.

I'm definitely doing nanowrimo again this year (and I'm going to finish this year!). What's your user name? I'll friend you once I remember mine. :)

I think this comment is longer than my last blog entry. Ha!

Karen @ Book Light Graveyard said...

I really enjoyed Angus, etc. when I read it a few years ago. I read a couple more books in the series, but they all started feeling the same to me after a while. I LOVE the titles though!

Susan said...

Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Hey Soul Sister - Train
Bubbly - Colbie Caillat

Makes me happy just thinking about these songs :)

 
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