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09 December 2010

Triple Threat: Hunger Games Trilogy Review!

I finally finished The Hunger Games trilogy.  As you'll read, I was totally blown away.  What an amazing series!!  Here are the links to the GoodReads blurbs for each of the books so you can find out what they are about.  It's a little long to put each synopsis here.



Mockingjay


The Hunger Games Trilogy Review




The Hunger Games:
I had no idea how this book would affect me before reading it. I could not predict that it would change my expectations of books I intend to read. Suzanne Collins has written a book that leaves me almost wordless. Almost.

I felt so connected to Katniss and her world; felt as if I was there with her in the arena, battling for my life. The descriptions of everything were so perfect, I could see what Katniss was seeing, what Peeta was feeling. The other tributes were so real I felt for them when they died. Though this is fiction, it felt as though the world of Panem could be a place that actually existed.

Now I know some of you might be asking yourselves, “Is this book really as good as you say, Charlie?” Well, I recommend to all of you to read it yourselves. Always be your own judge. But trust me, all the bajillion people who have read it and loved it can't be wrong.

So off I go to read Catching Fire, the second book. Hope it's as good as this one.

Five Star Rating Pictures, Images and Photos



Catching Fire:
This book rocked me to the core! It was so emotionally charged I couldn't stop reading it for anything. I think I stopped once or twice to use the facilities, but other than that I couldn't stop turning my electronic pages.

After the first one, I didn't think a second book would keep pace. I was wrong! Catching Fire did that and more. With twists and turns that kept coming, I had no idea what to expect. I don't want to give anything away, but just know that Suzanne Collins did a fantastic job creating this world and all of it's intricacies.

Katniss's emotional journey was expertly crafted. Her inner fire leaped off the pages and kept me enraptured through the whole book. Peeta's steadfastness to stick through his love for Katniss was so heart wrenching, it was as if I could feel what he was going through. It is so refreshing to read a book with characters I can actually care about.

The only thing that frustrated me was Katniss's back and forth game with Peeta and Gale. But it is part of what kept the story interesting, so it's not that big of a deal.

Overall, this book was amazing, shocking, and moving. If I could personally thank Suzanne Collins for writing it, I would. It was so fun to read, and it has been a long time since I've read a book I couldn't put down, even forgoing food breaks. Maybe since The Hunger Games.

Again, you must read it for yourself. And I hope you do.

Now, I'm off to read the next book, Mockingjay. I bet it's friggin awesome!

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Mockingjay:

Wow. Just wow. I can't believe how good this book was. I can't believe how much stuff happened, and I can't believe how it ended. Simply amazing. I don't want it to be over! I want to keep reading about Katniss, and Peeta, and Gale, and all the others. I actually cried while finishing up this book; the events were so moving.

I am completely blown away at how good this trilogy was. I am again wordless. I just sat here after finishing it, shocked. Thinking, how did Suzanne Collins do this? How did she make such magic? Everyone should read these books. They tell a fantastic story of love and war and how those conditions change people's lives.
 
I can't wait to read these again. I've never re-read a book before, but I reread the Hunger Games to prepare for the other two. And I'd do it again. 

Five Star Rating Pictures, Images and Photos

05 December 2010

Nook Color!!

The Nook Color has changed my world.  I thought when I got the first Nook, everything was different.  But this new Nook, well, it has shattered all that.  As soon as you turn the thing on it amazes.  It's bright, colorful, and you can touch the screen.  You have to touch the screen.  It begs you to touch the screen. 
You first have to go through a quick and easy setup process, which is made even easier if you already have the B&N account set up and all.  But after that is over, it's off to the exploring!  The first thing I did was personalize the background (I picked the white snow with paw prints and red ribbon - fitting for December).  There are only a few stock backgrounds, but there are many websites out there with free downloadable ones.  But you are supposed to be able to set your personal pictures as the background, I just haven't figured it out yet, I've been too busy reading! 

The next thing was picking out what books I was going to read first, then setting them on my home page (the main and biggest part you see here.)  I've picked out several that I need to finish and some more that I plan on starting.  It's a fantastic way to organize the books, because you can see them right there, staring at you, waiting to be read.  There are no lists to go through, just the bold covers of the books.  It's wonderful! 

So you're probably asking, what's the big deal, I can read on the Nook (or other E-reader) I already have - it does the same thing, sort of.  Well my advice to you is to keep reading.  This Nook is like a mini-Ipad.  Without the apps.  It surfs the internet with ease, although the only thing that does bug me is how tiny the words are when you are looking at a full page.  But you can easily zoom in and that problem is fixed.  I tweet, facebook, and blog (mostly read blogs) all from my Nook Color.  I can turn it sideways for better viewing, and it's almost as big as my netbook's screen. 

It's lightweight, easy to hold, though as you can see I do have a cover for it - makes me feel better about carrying it around.  This is one of the best Christmas presents ever, and would make any book reader squeeeee! with excitement. 

So to wrap up, simply put, this Nook Color rocks.  I don't have really any drawbacks to comment on.  It's user friendly, organized, colorful, and fun.  Better get to the store and get yourself one - they may just run out!
------Charlie------

30 November 2010

NaNoWriMo Day 30

Well bloggers, it's been 30 days of NaNo craziness.  30 days of oblivion to anything but writing.  For me, 30 days of failure.  I only really wrote two days out of the 30, and only got 2,454 words written.  It's just a mess! 

They say success is found through failure, but I don't feel like I'll be successful with writing any time soon.  They also say that writing is a battle.  A battle against laziness, procrastination, and fear.  This year, I was afraid to use a "bad" idea for a story, so I procrastinated from writing anything, and then I just got lazy and wrote nothing.  All I did was think about writing this fantastic story.  But thinking doesn't get the job done.  The positive thing I learned for next year is how not to be lazy, not to procrastinate, not to fear my ideas.  I at least came up with a good idea finally, and will continue writing it now that the NaNo pressure is off.  It's almost the same thing that happened last year.  I only made 5,000 words during November, but in December I wrote 13,000 more words!  Still didn't meet the goal of finishing that novel.  But so I keep on learning stuff about myself.  I'm not very good at finishing.  Maybe that'll be my New Year's resolution: Finish What You Start.  We'll see I suppose.

Anyway,  I'd like to stop ranting now about all that.  I'd also like to get back into blogging.  This blogging once a month crap has got to stop!  I lost a few followers in all this mess, so I'd also like to quit doing that.  Not that followers are the only reason I blog, but they are so very nice and so very important to me.  I appreciate sooooo much all the support I have recieved from my followers. 

There I go again, off on a tangent.  This is supposed to be a writing and book blog, but some of my life gets thrown in here too.  I could only hope to one day be as big as some of the blogs I read out there.

Alright, I'm going to sign off, as I can't seem to stop blabbering.  Plus I've got to get to the reading of my current book:

The Woman in Red by Eileen Goudge

Gosh it's a fantastic book so far!!!  I recommend it.  I'll most likely be doing a review of it as well.  I do have one question:  How do you review a book that your audience might find offensive or inappropriate to them?  There are a few books I would love to review and recommend, but not sure how they will be taken, as they are pretty controversial.  Any help with this would be great!  Hope you all did better than I did in NaNoWriMo.  Talk soon!


----Charlie----

01 November 2010

NaNoWriMo Day One!!

Good Morning!  It's time for me to start my NaNoWriMo story!  I fell asleep at like 1030 lastnight, so I didn't make it for the actual midnight kickoff.  But I'm all ready!

I've got my first cup of NaNo coffee....














My bunny slippers are ready...














And so is my keyboard!!














So off I go!  Good luck to all of you as well!!



31 October 2010

So it's NaNoWriMo time...

Just in case you haven't heard of NaNoWriMo, here's the link:

http://www.nanowrimo.org/

For the rest of you....

AAAAAAHHHHH!!! IT'S TIME FOR NANOWRIMO!!!

I have approximately 9 hours until NaNoWriMo starts for me, and I'm still on the fence about my plot/story/characters/sanity.  :)

I'm not sure if I should write in the super power direction, or the witchcraft direction.  I've never done either, or even anything close.  But that's the fun of it!

I'm also supposed to attend a kick-off party tonight, at a place I've never been with a whole crowd of people I've never met.  AAAAHHH!!!  But it should be interesting.

As for blogging while NaNo-ing, I will absolutely be keeping you all up to date on my awesome skills!  HA! 

As for all of you doing NaNo, I wish you the best of luck, and hope you all have a blast!

-----Charlie-----

    


10 October 2010

Read-a-Thon Final Update

I finished my second book at 1135pm, Impulse by Ellen Hopkins.  What an amazing book.  Just reminds me again how Ellen Hopkins is my favorite author.  Anyway, here is the update info:



Title of book(s) read since last update: Impulse by Ellen Hopkins



Number of books read since you started: 2


Pages read since last update: 268


Running total of pages read since you started: 982


Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1hr 30min


Running total of time spent reading since you started: 7hrs 15min

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Wish I had spent more time reading, I could've gotten one more book in.  But, I have to get up at 5 am to go volunteer at an animal shelter, or I'd read until 6 am.  Oh well, there's always next time!  I had so much fun, even though I was a bum and didn't participate in any challenges.  I should take some time and go visit other's blogs.  Soon it's bed time!  Thank you all for the lovely comments and I hope the last few hours are productive and fun!!  Keep your eyes open!





P.S. One last fun pic before I go!


Read-a-Thon Hour 16

Well here it is, hour 16, and I'm still in my second book.  But I'm having fun!  It's a great book so far.  Here's my update info!

Title of book(s) read since last update: still reading Impulse by Ellen Hopkins



Number of books read since you started: 1.5


Pages read since last update: 270


Running total of pages read since you started: 714


Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1hr 40mins (I took a long nap in there)


Running total of time spent reading since you started: 5hrs 45mins


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Hope you all are enjoying your reading!!!  Thanks for all the lovely comments!!!  Happy Reading!

---Charlie---

P.S. Watch out for cookie stealing bunnies!!

09 October 2010

Read-a-Thon 12 Hour Update and Survey

Before I get to the survey answers, here's a little bun for the break!















Mid-Event Survey:


1. What are you reading right now?  Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

2. How many books have you read so far? Just one, and 84 pages into my second.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?  Wish I had one picked out.....I'm just looking forward to reading.

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?  No special arrangements, I thankfully don't have anything to do today besides read.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?  Eating took an hour and a half, so that was a bit frustrating.  Now I'm all tired so I'm going to allow myself a 1 hour nap.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?  How many people are doing it!  It's awesome to think that I'm sharing this with hundreds of people!

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?  Not really, I think it's pretty darn awesome as it is!

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?  As a reader I would prepare a little better.  As it was I only found out a few days beforehand that I would be participating.  Plus I would have started earlier, because now I probably won't reach the 12 hour goal I had set for myself.

9. Are you getting tired yet?  LOL YES.  I only got 4 hours of sleep today, so I'm a bit bushed.

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?  Tips...tips....Well I usually have a hard time reading if I'm not in the mood for reading, but this time around I told myself, "Just READ.  Enjoy it and get through some books."  So JUST READ.  And take notes for later.  And pick good books, and have a lot of snacks!  :)
 
 
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So 12 hours have gone by, and I've only read 3 hours and 40 minutes.  But that's better than nothing.  I've finished a book and am 84 pages into another one.  But, I can only read for like 6 more hours, as I've got to be up at 5 am tomorrow.  Either way, I'm enjoying myself, and that's what counts.  Happy Reading all, see you in the next update!
 



Read-a-Thon Hour 9 (My Hour 3)

Well hello again!  I'm checking in after finishing my first book for the Read-a-Thon!!  I finished It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. 


My next book will be:

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins (my favorite author, btw)

Three teens who have attempted suicide meet in a psychiatric hospital, battle their demons, and begin to heal.


The handsome son of wealthy parents, Connor has everything anyone could want—except his family’s love and affection. Jailed for years after killing his mother’s child-molesting boyfriend, Tony is confused about his sexuality. Manic-depressive Vanessa cuts herself. All three stories intertwine in a brutally honest story about pain and resilience.




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And now the update info:

Title of book(s) read since last update: It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Number of books read since you started: 1

Pages read since last update: 318

Running total of pages read since you started: 318

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 2hrs 55mins

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 2hrs 55mins


Happy Reading!!


Read-a-thon Hour 6 (My Hour 1)

Hello fellow readers!  I'm participating in Dewey's 24 hour Read-a-Thon today, but am a little behind schedule.  It started at 6 am (my time zone), and now it's 11 am.  I went out for a birthday party lastnight and didn't get in bed until 6 am!!  So now it's now, and now I'm starting the reading!

Here's my first book:


Like many ambitious New York City teenagers, Craig Gilner sees entry into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School as the ticket to his future. Determined to succeed at life—which means getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job—Craig studies night and day to ace the entrance exam, and does. That’s when things start to get crazy.

At his new school, Craig realizes that he isn't brilliant compared to the other kids; he’s just average, and maybe not even that. He soon sees his once-perfect future crumbling away. The stress becomes unbearable and Craig stops eating and sleeping—until, one night, he nearly kills himself.
Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, isolated from the crushing pressures of school and friends, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness. For a novel about depression, it’s definitely a funny story.

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So off I go to begin reading!  Happy reading all!!




05 October 2010

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon!!

So there I was, 2:30 in the mornin, layin in bed.  I had just woken up from a bad dream, and lay frightened in the dark.  My snoring boyfriend couldn't help me, holding the covers over my head couldn't help me, but lo and behold, my trusty phone with the internet could save me! 

I checked Facebook first, bleh, nothing.  Then to my blog.  I scrolled down through my list and one caught my eye....one Poisoned Rationality!  Lexie had posted about Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon (and Weekly Geeks, which is new to me as well, and in case you didn't know....I love read-a-thons!) (and geeks!) 

So while I tried not to shake the bed with excitement, I shook the bed with excitement (only mildly waking the snoring boyfriend in the process).  However, through all this excitement I decided I'd like to see these webpages in real person size, not cell phone screen size.  I hopped out of bed and bunny-slippered it softly down the stairs.  And now it's now! 

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So now I can get to the Weekly Geeks post I'm going to do.










Sometime this next week, write a post that tells us:

* if you are participating in the read-a-thon or not.

* and if not, why not. (timing isn't right, you didn't know about it, life won't allow it, it's not your thing, etc.)

* if you are, do you have a strategy?

* do you have a stack of books prepared to read from?

* will you try to read as many books as you can or as many pages as you can?

* do you have special food and snacks planned?

* do you have a special spot all set up for reading?

* will you get your Saturday things done on Friday so you can read guilt free?

* if you have others living in your household, do you have to work around their schedules too?
 
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*Heck yes! I'm participating!
 
*Strategy.....strategy......I guess I don't have a strategy, besides picking books I'm pretty darn sure I want to read, so I'll actually read them!
 
*No stack of books as of right now, I just found out about the read-a-thon like 45 minutes ago.  But there may be a small stack come Saturday.
 
*I will try to read as many books as I can, however, I will keep track of the pages, in case the whole book thing becomes an issue.
 
*Food? Snacks?  ALWAYS.  I prefer lots of these things.  I may get a cheese/grape/strawberry plate I spied at the store the other day.  It's light and good for you......or I may get Easy Cheese and Chicken in a Biscuits....we'll see how it turns out.  The less crumbs on the books the better. :)
 
 
*No special spot set up for the reading, but will most likely start out in
bed and eventually migrate to the couch.  As long as I have my comfy bunny slippers, I can read anywhere! ------>>>
 
 
 
*Saturday things......I hardly ever have Saturday things, so this week is
no different!  I'm prepared for reading!  I will however get my Sunday things done on Friday, so I can sleep from all the being awake on Saturday! :)
 
*My boyfriend is pretty low key, and my reading happens easily.  Thank goodness!
 
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So there you have it!  Now go sign up for the read-a-thon!! :) It's Saturday, 9 October!
 
 



04 October 2010

Thank YOU!

I just wanted to hit the big THANKS button on my imaginary keyboard (it has a lot of unconventional buttons, like GET COFFEE and PAUSE TIME) for all of my followers.  You guys rock!  You are all still following me after almost a year, and still leaving me lovely comments!  THANKS!!!!  You even put up with my non-blogging moments, that at times have gone on for waaaay too long.  Thank you for your support you awesome-sauce readers, and I wish you all the best!

11 September 2010

Hunger Games Book Club Discussion #2

Yay! It's the second round of questions for the Hunger Games book club, held by Jamie at The Book Junkie's Bookshelf!!!

The 2nd Discussion Link: Questions!
The Book:

Blurb from Goodreads:
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
 

The Questions and Answers:
 
1. How does Katniss feel about the country of Panem? Why does she need to make her face an “indifferent mask” and be careful what she says in public?
 
--Katniss is disgusted with Panem. She resents their rules, and disobeys the ones she needs to survive so she can keep her family alive. She has to keep her face an “indifferent mask” to stay under the radar of the Capitol and it's “Peacekeepers”. If she gets taken away, no one else will keep her family alive.
 
2. Describe the relationships of Katniss with Gale, with Prim, with her mother. How do these relationships define her personality? Why does she say about Peeta, “I feel like I owe him something, and I hate owing people.” How does her early encounter with Peeta affect their relationship after they are chosen as tributes?
 
--Katniss and Gale are obviously close, first out of necessity, but now out of a fondness for eachother. Katniss says there has never been anything romantic between her and Gale, but I can sense the tension between them. She describes his physique and personality and how he would make a good husband for any woman – so she must have thought about him for herself at least once. :)

--Katniss and Prim are very sisterly, sharing life happily together, with regular sibling tiffs in between. But Katniss also has to mother Prim, since her own mother won't support anyone or anything. Not even her own children. It is very telling how much love Katniss has for Prim when she takes her place as a tribute. She didn't even for one second think about letting Prim take that fate. She didn't even let her get to the stage.

--Katniss and her mother have a very strained relationship since Katniss' father died. Her mother gave up living for a very long time, forcing Katniss to grow up over night and support not only her mother, but her young sister. This created resentment and confusion for Katniss, not understanding completely how her mother could just stop caring about her children. Though it isn't right, it toughened Katniss, and I think that plays an important part in her volunteering to be a tribute.
 
--Katniss feels like she owes Peeta because he showed her kindness once where no one else would.  He was the catalyst for her finding the resolve to keep going.  She feels like she never got to thank him or repay him.  This has cast a shadow on their current relationship, as Katniss keeps receiving help in some way from Peeta, and continues to feel in his debt where she normally wouldn't. 
 
3. How does the fact that the tributes are always on camera affect their behavior from the time they are chosen? Does it make it easier or harder to accept their fate? How are the “career tributes” different from the others?
 
--Imagine if you were always on camera. You would be someone you weren't, especially all dressed up in weird clothes, people always fussing with your hair, everyone watching every single breath you take. You wouldn't have a chance to be yourself, especially with all the mess about needing sponsors and having to be strong. Would you cry in front of the world? Facing their own death cannot, obviously, be easy, and being watched while dealing with that kind of absolute is, in my opinion, makes things much more difficult.
 
As for the “career tributes”, they are literally a different breed. They have been raised with more food, more training, and more overall support than any other kids in Panem. They are ready to fight. However, they also do not understand going without things as trivial as hot water, or important things like eating more than once a day (sometimes even less). So they may have strong bodies and trained minds, but they don't have the resolve to stick out the tough times like others such as Katniss might.
 
4. Why are the “tributes” given stylists and dressed so elaborately for the opening ceremony? Does this ceremony remind you of events in our world, either past or present? Compare these ceremonies in real life to the one in the story.
 
--The “tributes” are given stylists and elaborate costumes simply for showing off sake. The bigger bang they make at the ceremony, the more they are remembered, and the more people might want to sponsor them. Hence the fire for Katniss and Peeta. It really set them apart from the others.
This ceremony reminds me of beauty pageants. Young girl get dressed up in their best dress with loads of makeup and hairspray, looking completely like someone else, just to flaunt their newness for some judges in hopes someone will notice them above the rest of the shiny, hairsprayed mess on the stage. And to compare that to the Games, to the beauty pageant girls winning is sort of like life and death to them, just like winning over a potential sponsor can mean life or death for a “tribute”.
 
5. When Peeta declares his love for Katniss in the interview, does he really mean it or did Haymitch create the “star-crossed lovers” story? What does Haymitch mean when he says, “It's all a big show. It's all how you're perceived.” Why do they need to impress sponsors and what are those sponsors looking for when they are watching the Games?
 
--I think it's a little bit of both. It was his idea originally, but Haymitch pushed it right along. And when he says “It's all a big show” he means exactly that – it's a show. You have to give the people what they want to see – give the perception they want.
The tributes need to impress the sponsors because the sponsors are the ones who get them stuff in the arena. The sponsors are looking for an interesting and exciting tribute, one who keeps the game going.
 
6. Before the Games start, Peeta tells Katniss, “...I want to die as myself...I don't want them to change me in there. Turn me into some kind of monster that I'm not.” What does this tell you about Peeta? What does he fear more than death? Is he able to stay true to himself during the Games?
 
--Peeta has a lot of secret pride he holds inside. He fears being perceived as something he's not; a killer, a mindless puppet to the Capitol. He wants to be seen as just himself and keep his pride intact. And I think he did stay true to himself as much as possible.
 
 
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I apologize for the long answers, I have a lot to say about this book! :)  Happy Reading to you all!!
 


06 September 2010

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (2)





It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly meme held by Book Journey!  I haven't participated since May, so I think it's about time!

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This week I've been reading White Oleander by Janet Fitch.  It's amazing!  I loved the movie, one of my favorites, and the book is even better!  I can't stop reading it!  Can't wait to do the review for it!


















I've also started re-reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins for a book club.  I can't wait to get through it so I can start Catching Fire and Mockingjay!!







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I wish you all Happy Reading!


01 September 2010

Hunger Games Book Club starts TODAY!

Jamie over at The Book Junkie's Bookshelf is hosting a book club for the month of September, for
The Hunger Games!!! 


The Link: First Discussion


The Book:

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
 
 
The Question:
 
For those of us who have read The Hunger Games before what is it about the book that you decided to pick it back up and discuss it as part of a group? Those of us who haven't read The Hunger Games yet what are your pre-concieved notions about the book, what are your hopes for the book? Has anyone read other books by Ms. Collins outside of The Hunger Games trilogy? What are your thoughts on her other works?


The Answer:
 
I have read this book.  And I LOVELOVELOVED it!  I read it last year, not knowing how amazing and addicting it would be, or how painstaking it would be to wait for the other books! 
 
I decided to pick this book up again partly because I want to read the other two, and I want to get fully back into the books, and partly because it was an amazing book!  It was fun and fast and unpredictable. I also love the experience of sharing a book with other readers.
 
As far as reading her other books, I haven't.  Maybe after this series I'll look into her other stuff.
 
Thanks to Jamie for hosting this book club, and Happy Reading!!

10 August 2010

Teaser Tuesday (4)

It's time for Teaser Tuesday, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


Grab your current read

Open to a random page

Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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My Teaser:


"By the time I had chased three rabbits and teased a couple in a boat with a close-up glimpse of my lovely, furred self on the shore of the river, I felt much better.  I don't have to change with the moon, but if I go too long on two feet I get restless and moody."
                                -p16 of Moon Called by Patricia Briggs


08 August 2010

Review of Fallen by Lauren Kate (i.e. My First Time!!)

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Info:

Published: Dec 8, 2009
Pages: 452 (in hardcover)
Description (from goodreads):

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she ...more There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.



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From the get-go, I was excited about this book.  The cover art is amazing, the title is interesting, and the description was intriguing!  So, I bought this book with high hopes. 

I enjoyed this book. However, I think it was missing a little something. There were a few plot holes, a few questions left unanswered, and a few too many coincedences. I just didn't connect fully with the characters. When there was a tragedy (no spoilers here) with one of the students (a main player in the story) at the school, I wasn't really upset at all. And there were a few characters that seemed to show up only when convenient for the story lline. Otherwise they were extras.

The storyline had promise from the beginning, but it just fell short, in my opinion. I would have like to have seen a little more character depth, more explanations (or maybe just better), and maybe a little less clich├Ęs.
It was still a good simple read, and I will most likely read Torment, the second book, just to see where she takes the story.

Three Star Rating Pictures, Images and Photos

Overall, three stars for entertainment, and I would recommend it, BUT, with a warning that you must take it as it is, and hit the "I Believe" button and just enjoy it at face value. 

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Hope you all enjoyed my review, it's short, and not the most positive of reviews, but it is my first public review.  Let me know how I did!  :)




In My Mailbox (1)





This is my first "In My Mailbox", hosted by The Story Siren








Up for Review This Week:
My very first review.........it is.........
Fallen by Lauren Kate!!
(I'm so nervous...hope you all like my review)


What I Bought This Week:


Title:  Evermore by Alyson Noel
Format:  Ebook for the Nook
Pages: 320 (ebook pages)
Description (from goodreads):  Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…


Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.



Title: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Format: Ebook for the Nook
Pages: 240 (ebook pages)
Description (from goodreads): Werewolves can be dangerous if you get in their way, but they'll leave you alone if you are careful. They are very good at hiding their natures from the human population, but I'm not human. I know them when I meet them, and they know me, too.
Mercy Thompson's sexy next-door neighbor is a werewolf.
She's tinkering with a VW bus at her mechanic shop that happens to belong to a vampire.
But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself ... and her connection to the world of things that go bump in the night is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.
 
 
 

Title: Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
Format: Ebook for the Nook
Pages: 304 (ebook pages)
Description (from goodreads): At the end of her bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who’d been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. (Both were survivors of previous horrific divorces. Enough said.)

But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government, which—after unexpectedly detaining Felipe at an American border crossing—gave the couple a choice: they could either get married, or Felipe would never be allowed to enter the country again. Having been effectively sentenced to wed, Gilbert tackled her fears of marriage by delving into this topic completely, trying with all her might to discover through historical research, interviews, and much personal reflection what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is.

Told with Gilbert’s trademark wit, intelligence and compassion, Committed attempts to “turn on all the lights” when it comes to matrimony, frankly examining questions of compatibility, infatuation, fidelity, family tradition, social expectations, divorce risks and humbling responsibilities. Gilbert’s memoir is ultimately a clear-eyed celebration of love with all the complexity and consequence that real love, in the real world, actually entails.
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And that's all I've got folks!  Happy Reading!!

Book Blogger Hop (4)

Book Blogger Hop

It's time again for the hop!  Here are the rules, they are new by the way. :)


ABOUT THE HOP:
In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word! This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read! So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start HOPPING through the list of blogs that are posted in the Linky list below!!
The Hop lasts Friday-Monday every week, so if you don't have time to Hop today, come back later and join the fun! This is a weekly event! And stop back throughout the weekend to see all the new blogs that are added! We get over 200 links every week!!
Your blog should have content related to books, including, but not limited to book reviews.
RULES:
1. Enter your book blog link in the Linky List below
In your link, please state the main genre that you review: eclectic, contemp. fiction, ya, paranormal, mystery, non-fiction, etc. Please do not list every genre you review - if you are review a variety, please put eclectic! The Hop gets jumbled up if the title is too long, so please limit to one genre. I will be limiting the number of characters in the title to ensure the Hop doesn't look messy! Thank you!

Example: Crazy-for-Books (literary fiction)

NOTE: You no longer have to enter the length of time you've been blogging, but do let us know if this is your first time hopping with us!
2. Post about the Hop on your blog. Spread the word about the book party! The more the merrier! In your blog post, answer the following question (new question each week!). I have to thank my friend, Lori, for this week's question! I was drawing a blank and she came up with this fab question! If you have a question that could be used in a future Hop, leave it in the comments! Thanks!
This week's question comes from Chelle from The Prairie Library!

Do you listen to music when you read? If so, what are your favorite reading tunes?
3. Visit other blogs in the Linky List! Make new friends! Follow new book bloggers! Talk about books! Rave about authors! Take the time to make a quality visit! Check out other posts and content, make a new friend! Don't randomly follow someone if you never intend on actually following them! No spamming please! (Please do not leave your link and not visit other blogs - it's just not cool and not in the spirit of the Hop!)
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To answer this week's question, no I don't listen to music when I read.  It's too distracting, as I enjoy music almost as much as I enjoy reading! :)  The only exception is maybe classical piano music, as it is easy to hear but not listen to.  Thanks to all who stop by!  Happy hopping and reading!!

04 August 2010

Eat, Pray, Love - The End

Finish Indonesia and discuss general feelings on the book. How did it affect you?

Overall, as I have said in previous posts, I aboslutely lovelovelove this book.  I keep talking about connections, and that is important to me with a book, to connect with the content, with the words.  But my soul opened up and let this book in.  It planted a seed that is starting to grow ferociously into a giant tree.  I love it!

The Eat part started out very depressing, but it was the truths I needed to hear about my own feelings about myself.

The Pray part was a little text-bookish, but helpfully informative.  I loved this part a lot, but the least out of all the parts.  I still connected with it, but I haven't found the balance she speaks of, so it was hard to connect with that.  It also had a lot of comic relief mixed in.  Plus I really am looking for spiritual guidance through meditation and yoga and such, so it was interesting to learn about it.

The Love part was slower for me, but I loved hearing the stories of all the people she met in Bali.  I was happy to follow her on her bicycle rides through paradise, as well as watch her find balance and ultimately Love.


Will you go see the movie?

I will absolutely go see the movie, and already have plans for August 14th to watch it with a bunch of friends.


Will you read Committed which is Gilbert’s follow up to Eat Pray Love?

I was not aware (somehow) of there being another book!  I will be looking for it as soon as I'm done with this post!

***Edit***  I looked up this book and will surely be reading it soon!  I can't wait to see what happens when Elizabeth gets, *gasp*, married again!

What are some of your favorite quotes from the book?

"This part of my story is not a happy one, I know.  But I share it here because something was about to occur on that bathroom floor that would change forever the progression of my life - almost like one of those crazy astronomical super-events when a planet flips over in outer space for no reason whatsoever, and its molten core shifts, relocating its poles and altering its shape radically, such that the whole mass of the planet suddenly becomes oblong instead of spherical.  Something like that."
 
"...he did my laundry."
 
"Because God never slams a door in your face iwthout openeing a box of Girl Scout cookies (or however the old adage goes)..."
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There were more quotes, but I already lent the ebook to my friend from my nook, so I can't access all the quotes I saved.  Oh well I suppose, they will make their way into other posts.  :)
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Thanks to all for sharing so much of themselves with the rest of us while we went on this little journey together.  I know not all of you connected with the book as much as some of us, but I'm still glad you read it.  Happy Reading to all - I wish you all well!


03 August 2010

WAG # 32

The Writing Adventure Group is held by India Drummond at http://www.indiadrummond.com/

Writing Adventure Group Topic #32: “Altered State”. In the past week, I’ve read three different books that had scenes where a main character was either inebriated or taking drugs, and each scene was very different. So this week, either create a character or observe someone (unfortunately it isn’t hard to find someone drunk on the streets these days) who is partaking of a mind-altering substance. Your piece can be as long or short as you want, using any form you like. No Rules! Now Write! (You may add links to this list between now and 3 August 2010.)



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Noelle ran her fingers around the rim of the glass, contemplating taking the last sip of the crimson inside.
"One glass is never enough. Hell, one bottle isn't enough, these days."
She drained the crystal vessel and erased a few more memories. The dark bottle stared at her from across the kitchen countertop, just out of reach. It taunted her, knowing she needed its contents more than ever.
"Just one more glass," she slurred. "It'll only be one more glass."
As she turned to get off her stool, her equilibrium went the opposite way. She fell on the kitchen floor hard, cracking her forehead wide open. Blood trickled down her nose, dripping onto the floor next to her. She cried out, but to no avail, as anyone who cared about her was gone. Macey was gone. And no one cared that Noelle was still here, still grieving for losing Macey. Hot tears welled in her eyes and crept down her cheeks, mixing with the blood still flowing down her face. She had been mourning for a year, filling the emptiness with bottle after bottle.
It startled her when she heard footsteps, knowing she had been alone in the apartment. She looked up through the blood and tears, and saw Macey's angelic face. Her own face lit up with a smile, as she was lifted off the floor and set squarely upon her feet.
"Macey? What, how, I'm so confused!"
"Don't worry now my dear, I'm here to save you."
"Save me from what?"
"From yourself. Follow me, and it'll all be over quickly. I love you Noelle. Now let's go."
Noelle thought she glimpsed a flash of her body still laying on the floor as she followed Macey in a direction that seemed like up.

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Hope you liked it, I really struggled with writing this topic for some reason.  I've been wrestling with it all weekend.  Happy writing!
 

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