@mselke01) and I will read and review books together.
Maria answered my tweet out - "Anyone want to be book buddies?" with an affirmative - SUCKER! No, really, I'm grateful and excited!
We decided to use Google Docs and DM each other on twitter to keep track of our reading. We chose Graceling by Kristin Cashore as our first read - based on our love of fantasy and The Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy nominees list. Many moons ago I read Graceling and I wanted to re-read it before Bitterblue finally releases in May! Yippee, again!
I will post my original thoughts in blue along with Maria's responses in purple here on The Brain Lair. Maria will post her thoughts and my responses over on Maria's Melange. Follow along as we "Bat"tle our way through the books!
BTW, we both love BatGirl and though you see Maria's shoes in the pic - mine are ordered and on the way! We hope you join us in our reading and please share your thoughts in the comments!
Graceling by Kristin Cashore - Beginning to Page 115
picked up the audiobook of this because I didn’t think I’d have time to
read. Man, the time really flew by! The audio is done in full cast with
sound effects and everything! I love it. I have to post something now
because I accidentally listened PAST where I was supposed to stop! I’m
really glad we picked this one!
have to check that out. I just finished my first audio book (Dead End
in Norvelt). I don’t process audio well - I’m easily distracted - so I
was pleased to see how I enjoyed that format (though I didn’t like that
first thoughts were about how Cashore chose many different types of
Graces. I love that there are graces for cooking, fighting and even
swimming. I was thinking of the Grace I would like to have and also
wondering why Cashore decided to call them “Graces”. Just looked up the
definition of Grace and one is “Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form, or proportion” and
it kind of makes sense. The Grace is such a part of who they are and
yet it’s beautiful at the same time. I also wonder why everyone is
afraid of the the Graced.
agree. Though as a gifted resource teacher, I “get” the resentment that
is sometimes shown toward those who have that “effortless” skill. I
like the fact that she doesn’t have EVERYONE have a Grace. Though I’m
surprised so far that they are outcasts. I’d expect that there would be
some breeding to ensure better Graces, and I’d like to know if there are
any genetic lines of the Graced.
Kathy: I think I would like the Grace of Housekeeping. Not just cleaning the
house but making it welcoming and inviting. Including the art of
cooking. It’s my downfall. I never learned how to do those things and
wish I knew how. What about you?
I could gain a Grace, I’d love to have a better memory. Not eidetic
like my hero Barbara Gordon, though. I’d love to be able to pick and
choose, decide which memories to store in my perfect mind’s eye and
which to allow the normal progression of fading. (BTW, I’m a terrible
housekeeper and I hate to cook. I do enjoy baking when I have a chance).
back to the book. I like Giddon and Po and look forward to seeing how
things play out between those two. Po sounds so handsome and suave and
Giddon so strong. It’s clear Katsa is developing feelings for Po, but
with Katsa’sstrong aversion to marriage...how will Cashore advance this
relationship? Why doesn’t Katsa want to get married? Did I miss that
love the budding triangle, as I mentioned in my section. The love
triangle of Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere is one of my favorite things
in literature, and I love a well developed, tense, dramatic triangle.
Sadly, it is so easy to get this wrong. So I hope that it continues to
progress well. I don’t think I recall Katsa mentioning why she doesn’t
want to get married, but I would guess it has something to do with the
fact that she would be forced (she would believe) into a traditional
female role if she were married. It probably also ties into her lack of a
real female role model. Giddon’s overprotectiveness doesn’t help in
this aspect. I think Po’s ability to see her as a valuable sparring
partner may help her see that she can find a way to embrace her feminine
side along with the rest of her. At least, I hope it does. Yet I also
respect her desire to stay single. This was one of the things I disliked
about Katniss in the later books.
Kathy: Was Cashore hinting at a relationship between Bann and Raffin?
thought. I didn’t pick up on much with Bann on this first read through,
but I can really see this possibility as I think back on the text. I
hope she is, actually. If she can do it respectfully and avoid
Kathy: And last but not least, what do you think Po’s grace is?
I hadn’t really thought about this, as I was assuming it was just tied
into hand to hand combat. Are all the Graces completely unique? Can more
than one person have the exact same combination? I remember Po claiming
that he isn’t as skilled with things like throwing knives as Katsa is.
He’s clearly skilled at hand to hand combat... but he always seems to be
able to anticipate her moves. Maybe that ties in?
Katsa does also seem to have extra strong bone structure, as she avoids severe injury even when hit by Po.
Tune in next week for Part 2!
Also, thanks to Jen at TeachMentorTexts and Colby at SharpRead for this wonderful idea!!