Thalia @ Pictures in the Words

I'm Thalia! I run a book blog called Pictures in the Words and I hope to be an editor for YA fiction. I'm a GoodReads refugee!



Currently Reading

The Martian
Andy Weir
Progress: 31/369 pages
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter
Progress: 193/432 pages
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
Progress: 43/766 pages
The Children of Húrin
J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien
Progress: 313/313 pages

The Magnolia League (Magnolia League Series #1)

The Magnolia League - Katie Crouch How do I say this without sounding like a jerk? The only reason I gave this one star is because GoodReads doesn’t let you give something zero stars without taking it off your shelves altogether. And I’d rather somehow dignify it with even one star and let people know how terrible it was rather than take it off because it doesn’t deserve this singular star and never know I read it.The main character, Alex, was the most completely irritating self-righteous, hippie, bratty, “holier-than-thou” hypocrite of a character, and I couldn’t stand her in the least. I hated her when she was running around complaining about everything in the beginning (“What, you drive? How evil!”) or when she was a “real” Magnolia Girl (“I still think I’m fat even though I’m size zero and eat everything in sight”). And basically every other character irritated me to, so some extent (even Dex by the end, who was pretty alright in the start). The only thing, the only thing, that even made reading this bearable was making annotations in the margins. See, my best friend Allison gave this book to our other best friend Tristan for her birthday. Tristan thought it was so terrible, she regifted it to Allison for her birthday. And she gifted it to me for mine. And we decided that we’d make these notes in there and pass it around for a few years and see how many we could cram into the pages. So when you flip this copy open, (since I’m the first to write in it) you see all my snarky comments in pen, to never ever be erased. Maybe it’s a little mean, but there was no other way I would have been able to make it through this. That doesn’t even begin to mention my biggest pet peeve of all–present tense–was taken to a whole new level of ridiculous in a way that I couldn’t even forgive.Read more?