New year, new Goodreads challenge. I ended up decreasing the 2012 goal to 70 for practical reasons. My grand total for 2012 was 74 books. My goal for 2013 is once again 100, and I am currently at 4/100.
The first book I read in 2013 was The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels there by Catherynne M. Valente. If you follow me on any of my three big social medias (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr), then you probably saw me going a little happy-crazy over this book. I referred to it more than once as a “bookgasm”. If you like fairy stories, you’ll probably feel the same way.
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There is the sequel to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Let’s just take a moment to let those titles sink in. Let’s appreciate the beauty of these titles. God, I love long titles.
Valente is an amazing writer. Her descriptive passages give me shivers, not to mention a standard to live up to in my own writing. And if that weren’t enough, the stories and characters are just as beautiful.
The books are about September, a girl who in the first, gets whisked off to Fairyland, and in the second, makes her own way there. She meets all sorts of interesting creatures falling all across the scale of good and bad. There are very few – if any – absolutes in Fairyland, which is one of the things I most love about it. There is both corruption and redemption. Even characters that you meet for just a little while have amazing depth. There are characters that were only around for a few pages that I long to see again.
In September you’ll find a daring, bold little girl who can be selfish and make mistakes, who is intelligent and inquisitive, and when it comes down to it, gives her all into her adventures. The growth between books is something I found to be particularly pleasing. You watch her heart bloom and grow as you follow her. She learns empathy and that not all things are what they seem.
Be proud of me, readers, I got through this without too much fangirl squealing. These are two of my favorite books and I will force them on anyone who gives me half a chance. So go read them, love them, and share them.
Favorite Quote: “Why should I care about your First Kiss? You can kiss anyone you like. But if you sometimes wanted to kiss me, that would be all right, too.”