Did you know I have a sister named Magan Bagan who runs a book blog too? Did you know that she’s the reason I am now obsessed with YA and also the reason that I started a book blog in the first place?! Did you know that a couple of years ago my husband and I made Magan Bagan a t-shirt for her birthday that said BEST SISTER on it, and gave her an Easter egg hunt because her birthday was on Easter Sunday? Okay, you probably didn’t know that part (sorry, Megs, it was too hilarious not to share), but the point is: I have a sister and she’s pretty great.
One cool thing about our sisterly relationship is that we can have fun together enjoying some of the same things. We go to any and all YA author events we can reasonably get to. We have Supernatural marathons, YA book-to-film movie days with her BFF from college, and we can squee about certain video games together. We make awesome nerdy t-shirts and bake cookies and talk through story ideas as she’s writing her novels.
But as I’m sure you’re expecting: we don’t always… AGREE.
As a general observation, I am much more silly and therefore amused by ridiculous things; Megan is more serious and therefore NOT amused by many of my brilliant ideas. But more to the point: our tastes differ. We both read YA, but we don’t read all the same books, nor do all of the same books catch our interest.
One day I had a brilliant idea that she actually DID agree to, and it was this: we would recommend one book to each other. A book that the other person wouldn’t normally choose to read, but that we think this person would enjoy if they would just give it a chance. A book, perhaps, a bit outside her normal comfort zone.
Well, the books have been exchanged.
And on top of that, somehow a movie challenge has worked its way into the deal, so we’ve exchanged movies too.
I’m pretty sure she’s getting the better deal.
My Challenge for Magan Bagan
For the book, I challenged Megan to read Red Rising by Pierce Brown. This may seem like an odd choice, considering how mixed my feelings were about this book, but after reading Golden Son, I’ve decided it’s a series I’m somewhat dedicated to now. I chose it for Megan because it’s dark and harsh, but it’s so worth reading, and I know she’ll be glad she pushed herself to read it (this is the girl who set Catching Fire aside — for like 4 years — before she even got to the intense bits!). So I figured this one is a book she would DNF unless coerced. ;D
The movie I chose for Megan is called Kumare. It’s a documentary that my husband randomly came across on Netflix one night, and it turned out to be really thought provoking and fascinating. We liked it a lot and recommend it to many people. But it’s not the sort of thing that Megan would choose to watch for herself, so… I have chosen it for her! Muahaha! (But seriously, it’s good. You should watch it too!)
Magan Bagan’s Challenge for Me
For the book, Megan challenged me to read Die for Me by Amy Plum. In fact, she handed over the well-loved ARC so that I had zero excuses for not getting started right away. This is a book that she’s raved about to me over the years, but I’ve continued to resist because I’m just not big on paranormal romance. She likes this book because when she first read it, the types of characters in this book were a new experience for her and she feels it was really well done. We shall see, Magan Bagan. We shall see…
The movie she chose for me is, um, one I’m really not very excited about. Especially since it comes out the weekend that my husband will be flying out of the country for several months and it just so happens to be Valentine’s Day and so I’ll be all alone — well, not ALL alone, because Magan Bagan will be right there beside me — sitting in a theater watching um, Fifty Shades of Grey. … *gulp*
So, when’s the deadline?
We hadn’t really set anything firm, but we’re planning to have these books read and movies watched by June. And then, who knows? Maybe we’ll do it again and see how it goes. Or maybe we’ll decide to stick to our own tastes and sit comfortably in the knowledge that we know what we like.