Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bout of Books 10

Bout of Books

I am going to participate again in this Bout of Books read-a-thon! It is my 5th time.  I really need to get caught up on some books and when I saw others participating in it I knew it was perfect for me.  It starts on the 12th of May!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

Don't forget to use the #boutofbooks hashtag when updating on Twitter and follow boutofbooks.
I will be updating my progress here on my webpage and on my my twitter page. 
I will be doing a master post as the read-a-thon gets closer with all the books I plan to read and with all the challenges I do!  Can't wait to get started!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Cinder by Marissa Meyer- Review

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I loved this book!  I read it for my Young Adult Book Club this month and can't believe I waited this long to read it.  I actually won it recently and Scarlet so it is perfect timing.  Plus both my copies (Cinder and Scarlet) even include a short story.  Here is the goodreads description:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.  

Let's be honest, I'm a sucker for fairy tale retellings.   Also.. another reason I should've read this boo sooner is that Cinderella is my favorite fairy tale character.  So a retelling with a Cinderella cyborg is even better!!  I read this book super fast.  If I had known it was going to be so good I wouldn't have started reading it at 6 at night.  I would've started reading it in the morning so that I didn't have to go to bed and could've read it in one sitting.  Yes that is how good it is to me.

One of the things I really loved is that this is a cyborg Cinderella in New Beijing China! So the descriptions in the book was a lot of Asian culture.  I love that since I haven't read a lot of books that take place in Asian locations.  I like Cinder's character... she is feisty, independent, and what I love the most is she is trying to be successful on her own. I enjoyed the elements of the story that were similar to the original fairy tale.  I kept waiting for the plot lines that would go a long those lines... like the ball, the slipper, the pumpkin, the fairy godmother.  When those parts did occur I was excited to know if I had guessed right or wrong what would happen.

I thought the world building in this book is fun.  We get to see a futuristic Beijing.. with androids and cyborgs and humans.. ALSO a race of people who are magical from the moon.  The Lunar People.   I was really excited about this.  I hope that in the future of the series we get to actually travel to the moon and see the colony there. 

I can't wait to get started on Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood).. I went ahead and but Cress (Rapunzel) on hold at the library and am really excited for Winter (Snow White).  I know I haven't read books 2 and 3 yet but seriously I don't even see how they could be terrible books.  You need to read this book now!

The Crystal Ball says:

Sun is shinning!!!  Great day to go outside and read this book.

Here are the book club discussion questions we used in my book club- click on image to enlarge:

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sunday Post

Let's chat about what's going on this week... on my blog.. on other blogs... on the internet... and just everywhere!    I link up my post to Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves.

I've decided to go back to all the post I've posted about books I've read for my Young Adult Book Club and add a graphic with all the discussion questions I've come up with for those books.  It takes a long time sometimes to come up with those questions and I thought.. why not implement them into the blog and let others enjoy the questions if they are also hosting a book club.  It might be a lot of work... but I think it will be worth it. The first one you as blog readers will see is for Cinder next week, unless you go back through my reviews and find the other ones.

On the Blog:
-I review the video game Scribblenauts which is super fun .. I am finally on Steam.
-Top Ten Bookish things I own/want !
-I talk about whether the internet has ruined or helped reading book series???
- I post about National Library Week and what I love about my library!
- New Project Disney this week... I talk about the second Pooh movie that Disney made.  I bet you didn't even know they had two?????  Winnie the Pooh (2011)

In the blogospere:
-For those that follow the blog you know I love me some Disney and the Notebook Sisters talk about how Disney destroyed their souls!  Ok not really.. they actually talk about how cool Disney is.
-Parajunkie talks about keeping your blog fresh and new.  I need to brainstorm some ideas myself.
- Bout of Book is coming up!  May 12-18! They are looking for some experts to help them out too.
-Armchair BEA has signups started.  Will you be participating?  I have only participated in this one time before when I first started blogging so I look forward to trying it out again. 

For my video game lovers this week.. we have a new Clueless Gamer video!

Books, books, books:
I am still on the journey of reading unique books.  I just got from the library The Collected Works of TS Spivet by Reif Larsen. Has anyone else read this?

Don't forget about the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge I and Kimba are hosting!  You only have about 2 weeks or so to sign up... even if you have only one ARC to catch up on that's OK.  There's prizes! ;)

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge May 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Project Disney- Winnie the Pooh (2011)

Project Disney: The plan is to tackle all of the Disney films, re-reading the classic stories and tales that inspired many of them and to look at how the changes the filmmakers made, the new elements they introduced and the essential elements they kept. We will, of course, be talking about the films as movies as well, saying why we enjoy them and what some of our favorite moments are, but our focus will be on looking at them as adaptations. For the films that are not drawn from any one work we’ll be looking at some of the possible literary influences that we see in the stories. I am participating in Project Disney inspired by Picture Me Reading!  

I have really grown a new love for Winnie the Pooh. Before starting Project Disney I had forgotten that Disney released 2 full length theatrical Pooh movies. The second one (this week's Project Disney) came out in 2011. There are 5 Pooh movies released in Theaters but this one falls under the Walt Disney Animated Classic Movies which are the ones I am covering under Project Disney. Unlike the first Pooh movie The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, this movie doesn't stay as close to the original stories by A.A. Milne.  This movie does include scenes from the stories "In Which Eeyore Loses a Tail and Pooh Finds One" and "In Which Piglet Meets a Heffalump" from Winnie the Pooh. The other story is found in The House at Pooh Corner: "In Which Rabbit Has a Busy Day and We Learn What Christopher Robin Does in the Mornings".

 I like that this movie follows the format of the first movie.  Both movies start out with scenes from Christopher Robin's bedroom with the opening of a story book.  Also both movies have animated scenes that take place inside a book.  It is much too short of a film... only 70 minutes long.   This movie's plot is about a sign that everyone find that says Christopher Robin will be back soon.  But Owl reads it as Christopher Robin is captured by a Backson!

They set up a trap for the Backson and Pooh falls into it.  There is an amazing play on words during this part of the film. The whole gang (Owl, Eeyore, Kangaroo, Roo, Rabbit and Pooh) all fall into the pit except Piglet. It doesn't even dawn on them that Owl can get them out!!

Really these films and stories are quite enjoyable.  I am so glad to have revisited the world of Pooh as an adult.  This film is much more modern then The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh but still has that wonderful feeling of innocence. For Project Disney I was not really excited about the Pooh films or books.  Once I read the book and watched the movies though I was very impressed.  If you have visited Pooh in years like myself you should give it another go.  The film ends like all Pooh films should end.. with Christopher Robin and Pooh walking off together, best friends for life.

Check out my other Project Disney:
Snow White
Peter Pan
Treasure Planet
Sleeping Beauty
The Great Mouse Detective 
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Princess and the Frog
Beauty and the Beast
Lady and the Tramp
Alice in Wonderland
The Rescuers
The Rescuers Down Under
Oliver and Company
The Little Mermaid
101 Dalmatians
Fantasia 2000
The Jungle Book
The Emperor's New Groove
The Sword in the Stone
The Aristocats
The Lion King
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Thursday, April 17, 2014

National Library Week 2014

Since this is National Library Week I didn't want to let it go by without giving libraries some love.  I really discovered my local library in 2007.  I went in and looked around and finally picked up Life of Pi.  I went home and read it and thought how fascinating it was that I got so much entertainment for free.  I have been hooked ever since.  My library not only checks out books, but also movies AND video games.  I have checked out countless items.

I thought I would share a list of the reasons why I cherish libraries so much!

1.  Digital Library - I love that the library is now so digital.  I don't even have to leave my house to check out comics, magazines or books.  I use Overdrive with my library for books, Comicsplus for comics, and Zino to check out magazines.  The magazines my library has goes from Martha Stewart, Oprah and In Style! Your library has to be signed up with these apps in order to use them.  If your library is not using ComicsPlus or Zino suggest that they do!

2. Checking out books/comics/video games/ movies.  I love that I can check out video games from my library.. and I get to keep them for 7 days!! Movies too.  There is not only the 7 day check out but the rapid view check outs that I can watch in no time.

3. Architecture.  Ok for some this may seem like an odd reason to love a library.. but seriously some places have their libraries in amazing buildings.  The Salt Lake City Library is one of the most fabulous libraries I have ever visited.  I love libraries in big cities, even the Denver Public Library has a neat building.

The American Library Association asks us to tweet about how the library has changed our lives using the hashtag #LivesChange and #NLW14. What about you?  Do you love your library?  Do you not use your library?  Maybe since this is National Library Week you should take the time to stop by your local one and show some love. Just look around and see what they have to offer.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Does the internet ruin finishing a series?

So recently my mom read Divergent,  She loved it.  The movie was coming out so she was interested in seeing what it was all about.  She and I were texting back and forth about it and I told her that I didn't really care for the ending in Allegiant.  All of a sudden I get a text from her saying she went ahead and looked on wikipedia for what happens in the rest of the series.

This discussion with my mom got me thinking... do we now not finish books that we think could be bad because of the help of the internet?  I wonder that if prior to the internet and being able to find story endings would my mom actually have read the whole series?  There are even a few series I don't want to bother finishing because ... hey I can just google it.  Sometimes a series just get so boring or off that I just don't want to finish it but still would like to know what happens to the characters. 

Honestly the internet has really made us be able to not sit through mediocre entertainment.  Movies, books, even yes video games! (For me at least.. I google when I am stuck on a game). There is even an amazing blog called the Recaptains that summarize series for us readers.  I do like this... sometimes it takes so long for series to come out anymore and I just don't want to re-read the whole thing when a new book is released.  I just can't remember everything that happens and need to get a recap (Game of Thrones anyone????).

It's hard to decide.  Does the internet save us from reading a boring or slow series?  Or does it cause us to miss the journey of reading books?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Top Ten Bookish Things I Own/Want to Own

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week's topic is Top Ten Bookish Items.     I thought I would post five bookish things that I already own and then five bookish items that I want!! 

#1 As some of you know I am a huge Stephen King Fan. Cafepress sells a ton of Stephen King items and I loved this tee-shirt sooo much.  All Constant Readers should have this shirt!

#2 I love these potion Harry Potter Bookmarks from GeekOutlet on Etsy!!!  You can even pick any potion you want made!

#3 I love the poster I got from Poster Text which has the entire book of Alice and Wonderland on it.  Plus the fun print of Cheshire Cat I got from the Denver Comic Con. 

# 4 I love the bag I use to pick up library books... it's an Edward Gorey print on it!!

#5 I have a really cool cover for my phone.  It's call the Book Book (see more pictures here). 
I love it so much.  It's leather and is supposed to get worn and scratched so that it looks like an old book.  

Ok well now I am going to post 5 Bookish Items I would love to have!!

#6 I love love love bookends!!  This Etsy Shop called has a ton of neat and different book ends.  I really want to order a set one I finally get new bookshelves! 
#7 Speaking of bookshelves.. I really do need some new ones.  The ones I have are from like 1980! LOL!  My mom gave them to me. I need some new ones and I am looking at Target. I love ones that look modern and fun!

 #7 A ticket to visit New York City.  While there I will stay at the Library Hotel and go see the NY Public Library!! 

#8 I love these Jane Austen bookmarks from Etsy!!

#9 Someone please get me this Star Wars book iPhone charger!!!  I love it!!

#10  Finally I'd like to get to Maine and see Stephen King's house.  I did get to see him in person when King came to Boulder which was such a great experience!

 What on your Top Ten this week??

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