The Book Monsters tag

Calliope the book goddess tagged me in the Book Monsters tag created by Beth from betwixtthesepages and I thought it would be fun to actually do it!

The Rules:

–Have fun with this!  I used mythological creatures in my post, but you are free to use any monsters or beasties you’d like!
–Be sure to put a link to each artwork in your post somewhere, so the artists get recognition.
–You don’t HAVE to state why you picked each pair, but I’d love to know your reasons (if you have any)!
–Tag people at the end or don’t, it’s up to you!  Though I’d love if you did, to keep this tag going.
–Make sure you link back to Betwixt these Pages, so I can see your posts!

PHOENIX | The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

  –>  Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1)

The immortal bird that is cyclically reborn. The books that I reread every two years, and are just as magical as the first time. This is  a series that’ll stay close to my heart for many more years down the road.


MINOTAUR | A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

   –>   A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

Because just like the labyrinth it’s associated with, it can be confusing and takes patience to get through.

PEGASUS | Time of the Eagle by Sherryl Jordan

   –>  Time of the Eagle (Secret Sacrament, #2)

Magical and breathtaking in so many ways… This book still haunts me seven years later. It’s a good thing that this book tag reminded me of it because now I really want to read it again and buy it and maybe have a good cry. 😛


ANGEL | The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

  –> The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)

I’m obviously still on a high from this book (let’s be real, it’s hard not to be). The Way of Kings and it’s characters makes me want to be a better person. Like I should be out there saving the world and helping people.


CHIMERA | Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti

  –>  Zeroes (Zeroes, #1)

Perhaps one is better than three. As much as I love superheroes, this much-anticipated collaboration fell a little flat for me and I never ended up finishing it. Maybe I should give it another chance…

There you have it! Book Monster tag done and dusted. I tag anyone who wants to have a go at it. 🙂


The Rise of Young Adult Fiction


On Saturday, I attended the Sydney Writer’s Festival for the first time ever, for a panel called “The Rise and Rise of YA: A Look at the Fastest-Growing Category in Fiction.” It was moderated by Garth Nix (I got Clariel signed!) and featured authors Laurie Halse Anderson, Margo Lanagan, and Sally Gardner. It was a very interesting experience particularly because it was also my first time going to a bookish gathering. Unless you count that one time I went to Kinokuniya to get my books signed by Scott Westerfeld. The disadvantages of living in Australia.

The Rise and Rise of YA: A Look at the Fastest-Growing Category in Fiction
Had to settle for the viewing lounge because the actual room was full.

I used to read voraciously when I was a teen, particularly YA books, but during university, that passion was sucked dry. I read less, and the books I did read were obscure mystery/thrillers, high fantasies, and the occasional contemporary fiction. As I type this, it makes me wonder if that was my body’s strange, subconscious way of “growing up” — leaving the angst and worries and experiences of teenhood behind for more “adult” things. I have recently graduated from University (with a degree I don’t see myself pursuing (but that’s a story for another day)) and am slowly getting back to my old reading habits. The panel, and my own experience of diving back into the chaos that is YA, really made me think about why I had loved it in the first place, why I had consumed it with the ferocity of a starving dinosaur. Click through for some of the reasons why I think the genre is so popular!