So, seeing as I'm in such desperate need of entertainment, who better to turn to then the good old blog. Oh, bloggie, I love you. I also love calling you bloggie. And, I love to talk about books. AND, I love to make lists. So I was thinking...how about a book list? Ohhhhh....Exciting I know. As you'll remember from this post (my top rated blog post ever!!!!), I started a little adventure through my bookshelf, doing little minature reviews of all my books. Today I'm going to continue that little journey, with my second shelf. Here's the first half:
20) The Princess Diaries, Book 4: Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot (2 copies, one hardcover, one softcover)
So we're back at the Princess Diaries. Well, all the other things I said about the series still apply. I LOVE THE PRINCESS DIARIES. This book is a little boring, in the beginning, when she is still in Genovia. But then, she comes back to New York and sees Michael, and all is well. The Princess Leia underwear. The limo door kiss. The homeroom visit. And, of course, the ending, with the Screening Room and the "of course I'm in love with you" thing. So all in all, a good book. When I was younger, this book used to annoy me because Mia spends so much time worrying if Michael is going to break up with her, when clearly, he's in love with her. He told her so in the last book. Duh! Now that I've grown up a little (or a lot. 8 years is a longtime), I understand Mia more. I understand the insecurity and the self-doubt and the idea that it is all too good to be true. Of course, I've never had a boyfriend, but, you know, I can imagine where she's coming from now. So this book has actually grown on me, if that was possible.
21) The Princess Diaries, Book 5: Princess in Pink by Meg Cabot
This one is good too. Again, when I was younger I was little confused by this book. What's the big deal about prom? And why won't Michael go, to make Mia happy? Well, I still don't know the answers to those questions. I'm a senior in high school now, and my prom is coming up in May. I have no desire to go to it. Not because I won't have a date (which I won't, but that's okay) but because, quite frankly, I just don't care. I don't like dressing up. And I don't like dances. I mean, I'll probably end up going, because my friends want to. But it won't be my choice. So why is Mia so crazy about it? Does anyone feel that crazy about prom? WHY? Okay, enough with the tangent. Point is, it's a good book, even if I don't understand the prom thing. There's the seven minutes in heaven thing. And the actual prom. Both good moments. All in all, a good book.
22) The Princess Diaries, Book 5.5: Princess Present by Meg Cabot
Ugh. This sucks. But it's only a novella, so I don't count it in the Princess Diaries lore, so it's alright. The whole ebay thing is so stupid. The whole book is pretty stupid. Just don't read it.
23) The Princess Diaries, Book 6: Princess in Training by Meg Cabot
This one is about sex (or the lack therefore of). Michael is very different in this book than in previous books. But I understand him. And I don't really blame him for it. And it all ends well with the whole "one day, you will be mine thing". Good book, but not great.
24) The Princess Diaries, Book 7: Party Princess by Meg Cabot
I didn't love this one. I hate JP. And Michael was weird. I really don't have much more to say about it.
25) The Princess Diaries, Book 7.5: Valentine Princess by Meg Cabot
Another novella. Ugh. This one's better than the last one, but not by much. The whole present thing is cute. And the "I've never had a girlfriend thing" is a nice moment. But really, not worth the $10.
26) The Princess Diaries, Book 8: Princess on the Brink by Meg Cabot
NOOOOOO! MICHAEL AND MIA _ _ _ _ _ _ _. I won't spoil it for you. But it's big. A good book, but a hard book. You'll see what I mean once you read it. It has nice moments--the thing on the swings, part of the stuff in the hotel room. But brace yourself. You've been warned.
27) The Princess Diaries, Book 9: Princess Mia by Meg Cabot
This one is hard to evaluate. I don't like anything that happens in this book, but I still don't think that is necessarily a reason to hate the book. The pacing is a little annoying and JP is the worst character ever. It's not a fun book to read. But I don't know if I'd call it a bad book. I'm still conflicted.
28) The Princess Diaries, Book 10: Forever Princess by Meg Cabot
BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The interview thing. The "And I'll wait" thing. The Central Park thing. The after prom thing. The book's not perfect. JP is a complete idiot (or, as the kids in my class would say, "JP is a complete douche") and Mia was an idiot for staying with him. And she really copped out on the racier scenes, with those awful excerpts from "Mia's novel". But who cares about any of that? Michael and Mia end up together! Nothing else matters. For ten years, I loved Michael and Mia. 10 books. Millions of rereadings. Lots of lending and discussing with friends. So much waiting, always wanting the next book. And it was worth it. I've never enjoyed a book more. The entire time I was reading I kept not wanting to read, because I didn't want the book to end. I would pick it up, to read a page or two, and suddenly I'd read 50 pages. It was like water, pure liquid, flowing through my fingers. No book has ever matched that feeling for me. And that's why Forever Princess is one of my two favourite books of all time.
29) She Went All the Way by Meg Cabot
Basically porn. But good porn. Satisfying porn. God, grandma, please don't read that.
30) The Mediator Series, Books 1-6, by Meg Cabot
Ghosts, ghosts, and more ghosts. Not really my thing. But, you know, it was summer. And it was Meg Cabot. And I wouldn't exactly say they were bad. Just not my taste. Oh, except for hot ghost Jesse. He was my taste (I love the ending to the sixth book!).
Wow, well, that was weird. All Meg Cabot books. And there's still more to come. I pretty much own her whole collection. So if you don't let Meg, tune out for the next post. Or forever. Because someone who isn't a friend of Meg's isn't a friend of mine (oh, I kid you. Mostly).
I love you Meg Cabot.