Today’s book chat is a little different than our previous weeks chats. We didn’t read a book together this past week as we’re currently setting up our classrooms and creating lessons to start the new school year. We do intend to reread and discuss Twilight, though this was not a week in which we had time to do that.
With that said, we decided this week might be a good week to sit down and talk about what we’re looking forward to.
Eden: First question: What books are we most looking forward to?
Jenn: Reading? Or releases?
E: It can be either.
Caitlynn: Queen of Nothing.
E: I’m also excited for Queen of Nothing as well. I’m excited to see the continuation of that story.
C: I’m debating because Fairy Loot has a special box for it like a deluxe exclusive box like the Finale one was, I’m wondering if I want it because I haven’t read The Wicked King yet, so who knows.
E: Queen of Nothing comes out fairly soon I’m pretty sure.
J: I’m really excited to finally read King of Scars, hopefully. That’s a thing that will happen at some point. Other than that, I don’t know.
C: Probably The Ninth House too.
J: Yeah. I’m just so behind on my reading that I don’t even want to think about releases. It’s just overwhelming.
E: Well, the releases are pretty late in the year so you have time to catch up on some time do some reading.
J: If only we didn’t have work.
E: You’re life is definitely a lot busier than my life.
E: Are there any authors, and this doesn’t have to be an author that you’re reading right now, but are there any authors that you feel like you haven’t read anything by in a long time. You’re just wondering when they’re going to put out more stuff, or you just want more content from?
C: Laini Taylor.
E: Oh, yeah, she’s a good one.
J: I mean, I have to catch up with the Muse of Nightmares.
C: Me too, but I recommended the Strange the Dreamer series to my dad because he texted me asking me what he should read next. I told him I hadn’t read Muse of Nightmares, but I loved the first one and he texted me back a few days later and said, “Laini Taylor was absolutely fantastic!” and I was so glad he liked her.
E: That’s awesome. I was thinking, obviously not catching up on her books because I’m pretty much all caught up, but I’d love to see Susan Dennard come out with more stuff. I know she’s crazy busy and in the middle of The Witchlands, but I just love everything she creates. I mean, I’m pretty obsessed with The Witchlands series, but ever since she started doing the Luminaries on twitter, I’ve just been like, “I love everything she does.”
E: Are there any authors that you haven’t seen much from that you’d like? I mean, obviously Laini Taylor isn’t putting anything out in the near future.
J: I mean it hasn’t been that long since Muse of Nightmares. It’s been a pretty standard amount of time.
C: She doesn’t have anything listed on goodreads that she’s working on right now.
E: Yeah, I feel like her writing process is much slower, and she has the option to do that because she’s such a greater writer and her books sell, so she can take that time to do what she needs to do to make amazing stories.
E: You know who I don’t think I’ll ever catch up with because they’re constantly writing is V.E. Schwab.
C: She only has Vengeful that you haven’t read, right?
E: She’s also got City of Bones, she just finished the story for Adie La Rue and she has another book coming out for City of Bones soon.
J: I feel that way with Peirce Brown.
E: Oh god, yes.
J: I just have so much I need to read from him, but he keeps putting out books and I can’t catch up.
C: And they’re 900 page books.
E: You’re like, I’ll just catch up this weekend and read his four 900 page books.
C: Joe and I actually started listening to Iron Gold on the way to school.
E: How do you like it?
C: I like it a lot so far. It’s strange, I’d thought he’d said it wouldn’t be centered around the old characters, that it’d be centered around the new characters, but there’s been a lot of Darrow so far.
E: What is sparking your interest in YA recently? What do you want to see more of? What do you want to go away?
J: I feel like I’m so out of the world of releases for YA that I feel like I can’t make a statement on it. I haven’t really been reading new releases, so I don’t know what the trend is now. I don’t know what trope is most prevalent. I also don’t think there’s anything in the past couple of years that have been really over-saturated to the point where I don’t want to read it anymore, but that’s just me.
E: I’ve been reading Keirsten White’s Slayer and when I first started reading it, I had a hard time getting into it because it’s just kind of slow moving. It’s all based on after Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I’m loving the world that White has built I’m really —
J: Ok, so really quickly, I have a question.
E: Go for it.
J: How do you guys feel about books that take a world you already know and it’s basically like a spinoff? Because, honestly, I hate them from the start.
E: So when I picked up Slayer, I knew I really enjoyed Buffy, so I didn’t know how I would feel about it. I love Keirstin White though, so I wanted to give it a chance. Plus, Leigh Bardugo did that with Warbringer and Sarah J. Maas with her DC comic story, so I’ve been hesitant to pick them up because 1. I don’t really like superheros and 2. I feel like I’m going to hate it and I hate the idea of it from the get-go. Slayer has kind of changed my opinion on that.
J: Caitlynn what do you think?
C: I can’t think of any examples of books that I’ve read like that. I don’t typically pick them up so I think I have the same general feelings towards it as Jenn does. I have all of the DC books, but I’ve never read them.
J: I think I associate those books differently because the comic universe is so fluid that it’s actually always changing in the comic itself. Anything can happen to the plot line at anytime, they change origin stories throughout all the time, so that’s different for me. But like, Pride and Prejudice retellings and any retellings of a story, I can’t get past the idea of the original story so it never lives up to it no matter how good the writer is. Like no matter what we’re going to compare it to the original version of the story, like if we read a book that was thinly veiled as a remake of Harry Potter. It’s set up like Harry Potter but it takes place in the same universe and is by a different author, I’m going to hate it. I’m never going to be ok.
E: The thing about Slayer is that it’s not a retelling. It’s the story after Buffy. So, same world, but new story.
J: That would make me hate it more.
C: My issue with it would be that I never cared for Buffy the Vampire Slayer to begin with, so what’s going to make me care about it now.
E: That’s fair. It’s definitely tailored to a p[articular audience.
J: I liked Buffy, but I also don’t like changing endings. I like being upset about endings and I don’t like to read stories past the point where I think they should have ended. I get upset about that in the middle of books when I feel like it should have ended. I hate epilogues. I think they are the worst thing. I hate reading epilogues.
E: I thought, for some reason, you were about to say you hate vampire books and I was like, “girl, you just told us a couple weeks ago that you probably read Twilight close to 30 times.”
J: Yeah! Also, the Trueblood books were great.
C: YES! So good.
E: They were so good.
J: Vampire Academy, honestly! I have a long list of books about vampires that I love.
E: Bring back vampires. I want more vampire books.
J: No. I think it was becoming too much. It had a good run.
C: There are plenty of vampire books in the romance section Eden.
E: I want more vampires.
J: Go read Interview with a Vampire and all the Ann Rice books.
E: That’s not a bad idea.