11/29/11

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday ... hosted by Should Be Reading:

  • 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!
The first stab of love is like a sunset, a blaze of color--oranges, pearly pinks, vibrant purples . . . 
-- From the diary of Diana Holland, September 17, 1899

I've always believed in savouring the moments.  In the end, they are the only things we'll have.  I hope that I have imparted this belief to my children, though it is so hard to tell when they are stubbornly being themselves.
-- From the diary of Edward Holland, December 1898 


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11/27/11

Top Ten Books On My TBR List For Winter

Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for this fantastic meme!

First ... here's a list of what I currently have on hold at the library:

1. Destined - P.C. Cast
Currently "in transit" to my local library, this is the next installment in the House of Night series.  I'm *almost* ready to give up on this series, so if this book doesn't WOW me...

2. Habibi - Craig Thompson
I'm fifth in line for 3 copies at the library, so I shouldn't have much longer to wait on this book.  I love, love, loved Blankets by Thompson, so I'm hoping that this one is good as well.

3. Bumped - Megan McCafferty
I've had this one on hold forever, but I'm up to 14th spot in line for 6 copies, so it should be soon!  I've only read the first book in her other series (another one for my TBR challenge), but it was really well-written.

4. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
The hold line-up is moving quickly on this one, which I've wanted to read ever since I read about it on Cuppa Lit's blog.

5. Twisted - Sara Shepard
Another series that I'm *almost* ready to give up on, but I will give it one more book.

6. Divergent - Veronica Roth
I just put this on hold at the library, after reading so many rave reviews online, so I'm hoping that it'll arrive at the library before the end of the winter season. *fingers crossed*

Second, here are the first few books that I will read for my TBR challenge:

7. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
One of the books in my recent Chapters order; the storyline reminded me a little of Water for Elephants, plus the cover is GORGEOUS.

8. The Angel's Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
I read The Shadow of the Wind on my honeymoon last summer, and I LOVED Zafon's writing.  I saw one of my best friends reading this book, and just had to add it to my TBR list.

9. I Am the Messenger - Markus Zusak
I bought this book a couple of Chapters' orders ago, but still haven't read it.  I just hope that it's as good as The Book Thief was!

10. The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
An upcoming book club selection, and another part of my recent Chapters order.  This book has been on my TBR list for YEARS; it's about time to check it off!
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11/25/11

Liesl & Po - Lauren Oliver

I love Lauren Oliver.  Really and truly love her.  I started reading Before I Fall and wanted to stop halfway through, return the book to the library, buy my own copy and then start reading again.

I loved Delirium just as much and I am eagerly awaiting Pandemonium's release next year.  When I saw that Lauren had written another book to tide me over while I was waiting, needless to say I was pretty excited.

Liesl & Po is a heartwarming story of friendship, magic and adventure.  I loved the way that ghosts were described in this story, not as scary beings, but more like spirits who were from the Other Side.  On GoodReads, I gave this book 4 stars, not because there was anything wrong with it, but just because it didn't blow me away like Lauren's other books did.  It's a very charming story and well written, just like her other books, but it just lacked that unbelievable brilliance that her other books have.  I would still highly recommend this for anyone who would like to read a good story, and I think that this would be an excellent read-aloud story or one for parents and children to read together.
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11/22/11

Teaser Tuesday

... discovered via Literary Exploration:



  • 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!

This week's Teaser is from... Liesel & Po by Lauren Oliver:

Liesl considered this. "What is it like to be on the Other Side?"
Po thought about saying, It is like being everything all at once, and holding the universe inside of you and being held inside of the universe.  But it did not think Liesl would understand, so the ghost said, "It is hard to explain.  Perhaps one day you will know."
I started this book on Sunday, but I'm already about two-thirds finished.  Oliver weaves such a beautiful story that her books are impossible to put down once I've begun!

Back to reading...
~M.
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Top Ten Tuesday - Books I'd Want on a Desert Island


A common theme thus far on this blog is one simple fact: I love lists.  So, imagine how excited I was when I found out that The Broke and the Bookish hosts Top Ten Tuesdays.  Since this week's Top Ten is about Thanksgiving and our Thanksgiving was over a month ago, I have chosen Top Ten Books that I'd Want on a Desert Island (in no particular order):

1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - Tolkien
I'm not cheating with this one; we actually have all three books in one book, so I'm counting it as one title.  I starting reading this book the summer that I was 16, but I wasn't enjoying it as much as I enjoyed The Hobbit, so I put it down.

2. The Complete Chronicles of Narnia - Lewis
Again, totally not cheating.  They're all available in one book, honest!  I read these when I was younger, but I've always been meaning to reread them, and what better excuse than being stranded on a desert island?

3. The Bible
Why not?  This would definitely provide for hours and hours of reading, since it's not exactly a "light read."  I think that I'd prefer the Bible over the complete works of William Shakespeare if I had to choose.

4. Atlas Shrugged - Rand
One of my best friends recommended this book to me a few years ago and it's been on my to-read list ever since.  Due to its length, and the fact that I haven't read it yet, I think this would be a great desert island book.

5. White Oleander - Fitch
This is a book that I could read over and over and over and over ...

6. It - King
I've already read The Stand and I don't think that I could read it again.  I like King's writing style and I haven't yet read It, so it would probably be a typical King-esque read.

7. The Gargoyle - Davidson
Another book that I could read over and over and over and over ...

8. The Neverending Story - Ende
A childhood favourite that is due for a reread sometime soon.

9. World Without End - Follett
I read the first book, but haven't yet read the second book.  


10. Before I Fall - Oliver
Another book that I could read over and over and over and over again.

Actually, it wouldn't be too bad if I got stranded on a desert island, provided that I did have my ten books with me!


 
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11/19/11

Giveaways

It's exciting, the blogging thing, but it can also be lonely.  I've been reading blogs for a few years now, and I've always wondered how bloggers gain their following.  I've just started blogging and, now that I have a blog, I'm finally able to participate in some blog contests.  Maybe this is how I can make some friends in the blogging world?

I've entered into the 1,000 Follower Giveaway, which has been sponsored by LC's Adventures in Libraryland which is not only one of my favourite blogs, but also one of the prettiest blogs I've ever read.  Seriously.  Check it out for yourself:


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11/17/11

The trailer for the upcoming Hunger Games movie...

... has been released.  It looks ... interesting.  Not too sure if I've decided that I'm excited about this movie or not.  Thanks Book Guru for posting this!

And, here is my first attempt at inserting a video into a blog post:


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11/16/11

A Book Challenge

I have 205 GoodReads friends.  A handful of them I actually know in real life; the rest I have added based on similar reading interests.  I love meeting new people on that site, sharing recommendations and reading each other`s reviews.  I recently added a friend called The Lit Bitch, and noticed that she`s hosting an Outlander Series Reading Challenge next year.  Now that I have a blog, I can actually participate in all of those ``read and post on your blog`` challenges that I see so often on the blogs that I do read regularly.  Yippee!  Plans for 2012 therefore include, thus far: reading the Outlander series (which has been on my TBR list for a long, long time) and keeping up with the blogging.
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11/12/11

BBC's "The Big Read" -- How many have YOU read?

According to The Big Read, the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books on this list.

The instructions:
Look at the list and:
Bold those you have read.
Italicize those you intend to read.
Underline the books you LOVE.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare - read some, but not others...

15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch - George Eliot21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - how does this book get to be on the list TWICE?
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy.
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth.

56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - I couldn't finish this one...
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession - AS Byatt.
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I have this little obsession with book lists, and trying to read all of the books on the list; therefore, anything that I haven't already read is a to-read.  One day I will read all of the books on this list... one day I will read ALL of the books on my very lengthy TBR list.  But I know that I'm not the only one with this problem =P

Happy Reading Everyone!

Melissa 
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Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card


I read the first 80 pages of so of this book in one sitting, enjoying the parallels between the futuristic world and our own.  Then, my husband reminded me that the book was published in 1977, long before laptops, texting, instant messaging and interactive video games became mainstream.  Many of the everyday items in this book, like the dad reading the newspaper online, hadn't yet been dreamed of or created.  My respect for Orson Scott Card increased dramatically and I devoured the rest of the book, amazed at how many things he conceived of, which later became a reality as technology caught up to his imagination.

The storyline is great and centres around Ender Wiggin, a unique and very gifted little boy.  The story is set in the future, when humans are fighting against buggers, an insect-like alien species that threatens to wipe out mankind.  Ender is sent to Battle School, where he'll learn and train to be able to fight the buggers.  I won't say any more so that I don't spoil the story.

What transports this book from an ordinary story to a truly spectacular reading experience is that there is so much MORE to the story, lurking beneath the surface.  It's a story of love, politics, friendship, loss, bravery, and so much more.  Although I've finished reading the last few pages of the book, I will definitely be thinking about the story for a few days at least...
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11/11/11

Hello World!

In all honesty, I set this page up about a year and a half ago, shortly before my dad's accident actually.  As with most other projects, life got in the way but the idea for a blog kept simmering on the back burner.  And now, here I am, writing my very first blog post.

I love to read.  Without a doubt, reading is my favourite past time.  I also love to read about what others have thought of books, share recommendations and have conversations about books that I've read ... or even books that I've hated.  I read book blogs, reviews on GoodReads, and post my own comments whenever I can.  If the Internet is a vast cyberspace of virtual strangers engaging in dialogue through their PCs, laptops, Blackberries or iPads, why should I not join in the conversation?  My schooling is teaching me the value of using technology, so I've decided to take a broad leap into the world of the unknown.  Who knows if anyone will ever read these words, since there are thousands of new blogs born daily, but I'll write anyways.  Because a Writer Grrl writes and a Writer Grrl reads.

Starting NOW.  Logging off, no more homework for the day, and am officially curling up on the couch and jumping into the last half of Ender's Game.  Let the Battle Games begin!

Killing buggers with one hand, while holding my book in the other,
Melissa
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