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Teaser Tuesday (#5)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, 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!
This week's teaser is from Paranormalcy by Kiersten White .  I am reading this book because it is my Young Adult Book Club's  book club pick for June.  If you want feel free  to stop by the group and join in the discussions on June 1st! (June 2nd is my ten year wedding anniversary!)


"Lish tried to swear--which is always funny, because the computer won't translate it. It went something like this: "Bleep stupid bleep bleep faeries and their bleep bleep bleep obsessions. He had better stop bleep bleep bleep the bleep bleep rules or I will bleep bleep bleep the little bleeeeeeeeeeep"


One thing I have found funny in this book is that when character's swear the word BLEEP shows up!  I love it! 

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Matched Review

Saturday, May 28, 2011
 

Just finished this book for my YA Book Club read for May.  I liked it. 
Here is the description from goodreads:
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.


I thought this book was a good distopia novel.  I really enjoy reading those types of books.  Will I read the next book in the series?  Well Matched was such a fast read that I will read the next books. If it were longer I would skip it. I liked it though. Honestly I see everyone comparing the book to the Giver which I have read but it's been so long I can't remember that book. I didn't think the story really took off until the end of the book. Finally we really got more in depth with the characters and some plot.

This book is missing something though. I don't know what exactly. I think it spent too much time on some plots and not enough time on other plots that needed more attention. I also think the 2nd book will be all about things leading to rebellion and then the 3rd book will be the rebellion. Which is too similar to the Hunger Games for me.  Another thing real similar to a lot of the YA books I read with a love triangle.  After reading this book I give it three kitties!

If you haven't been to the website for the book it is actually neat, check it out here.
And Ally Condie even has a blog you can follow!  Ally Condie



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Reached by Ally Condie
Crossed by Ally Condie

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Follow Me Friday (#6)

Thursday, May 26, 2011
Book Blogger Hop
It's time for the weekly book blogger hops again! A great opportunity to meet new bloggers and say hi to old. 

Crazy For Books' Book Blogger Hop
Question this week:  Q:   "What book-to-movie adaption have you most liked?  Which have you disliked?" 
I have most like the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  I know that everyone is probably going to say that or Harry Potter.  But really... you must admit these were good adaptations.  We even went to the theater for 16 hours when the final film came out and watched the first two (extended) movies and then saw the premiere of Return of the King at midnight.  These tickets sold out across the country in 20 minutes.  Good thing at the time my aunt was the secretary of the CEO (AnSchultz) of Regal Cinemas and he was able to land us 4 tickets to the sold out show!!  

And the one I disliked.. well that is easy.  Eragon.  Worst adaptation.  Oh and all the Stephen King books.  They never make good movies at all! BUT for those that are interested in all things King like myself.... there is a book that has some of his stories that were made into movies in one book. Now the movies aren't so good but the stories are great.  Stephen King Goes to the Movies   
Goodreads description:
Stephen King revisits five of his favorite short stories that have been turned into films: The Shawshank Redemption (based on the novella "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption") was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and best actor for Morgan Freeman. 1408 starred John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson and was a huge box office success in 2007. The short story "Children of the Corn" was adapted into the popular Children of the Corn. The Mangler was inspired by King's loathing for laundry machines from his own experience working in a laundromat. Hearts in Atlantis (based on "Low Men in Yellow Coats," the first part of the novel Hearts in Atlantis) starred Anthony Hopkins. This collection features new commentary and introductions to all of these stories in a treasure-trove of movie trivia.


Also here is my goodreads group Stephen King Fans.

Parajunkee's Follow My Book Blog Friday.



So the question this week is: How many books do you read in a week? And in what format do you read them or listen to them?

I haven't been reading as many books as I usually do these past two months.  Guess I have been too busy!  :( So I read about 1 a week. I have been reading more and more on my Nook Color.  Otherwise I get books from the library. 

Well everyone leave me your info!  I would love to check out your Follow Me Friday posts!
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New True Blood promo pics!



Thought I would share the new True Blood Season 4 promo pics!




Here is the Eric PSA for season 4 in case you haven't seen it yet!




ENJOY EVERYONE!
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Waiting on Wendsday (#5)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, where we have the chance to share what upcoming releases we are on the edge of our seats in anticipation for.

This week I keep reading about the new Twilight graphic novel.  So I just put the first one on hold and am excited to read it and see what it's all about.  So this Waiting on Wednesday I am waiting for both graphic novels which are Twilight the graphic novel, #1 and then the second one, which just had it's cover revealed, Twilight the graphic novel, #2 .  I love how the covers go together to form one picture!!  The second one will be released Oct 11, 2011.  I love graphic novels and am glad Twilight is getting more people to read them!

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Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides

Monday, May 23, 2011

 Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides
Description from IMBD.com
Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) crosses paths with a woman from his past (Cruz), and he's not sure if it's love -- or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past

So I went to see this Friday opening night and am just not getting out my review.  Personally I really liked this movie, even though most reviews were bad.  I am not really sure why.  I thought it was funny, great action, and a great play off old characters that we have got to know over the years.  I skipped seeing it in IMAX and 3D because of all the bad reviews.  I didn't want to spend my money on something that stinks.  Though now I wish I did see it in 3D.  I am very glad that the movie writers got rid of Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightly's characters.  They were starting to drag the story down.  If you liked the first two movies check this one out!


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Armchair BEA


Armchair BEA Kick Off!!

Today starts this new bloggy event: Armchair BEA, meant for those of us who are unable to go to the actual BEA.  So since I am in Colorado (and I hate to fly) I signed up to see what the Armchair BEA was going to be all about.

The organisers are giving us a prompt every day, and today it is: Who are you, and how do you Armchair?
Hello!!  My name is Angie and I am a 32 year old domestic goddess.  Wife, and mommy of two beautiful kitties!  I live in Colorado and I love it here.  
I'm a bibliophile.  I love love books.  I never buy books, I always get them from the library.  But I acquired a Nook Color this year and have begun buying books to read on it.   And I love love it.  I am a active member on goodreads.  I don't have anyone in my life I can really talk books with so that is why I joined it.  And now I am just discovering blogging about books!

Well that was just a little about me.  Hope you didn't get bored!

This is a pic I tried to take with my cats... as you can see it didn't really work out!



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Mailbox Monday (#6)

Sunday, May 22, 2011
Another Monday, Another Mailbox!! This is a feature where we all share with each other the yummy books that showed up at our doors! WARNING: In My Mailbox can lead to extreme envy and GINORMOUS wishlists!! In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren Mailbox Monday was originally hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page, but is now a traveling meme and for the month of April Mailbox Monday will be hosted by MariReads. Head on over to add your blog to the linky link and share your newest acquisitions with other book lovers. 


I only received one book from the library this week... Paranormalcy by Kiersten White .  It is for my book club's pick for June, YA Book Club .  I also borrowed a book from my friend Halo: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund.  Honestly I don't know what to expect from the Halo book.  But I LOVE LOVE LOVE Halo the video game.  In fact I am about to go and play it right now.  I have known about the fiction books for years but never bothered with them.  I just decided to go ahead and read the first one and since my friend has well... why not borrow it.   I am busy with my parents visiting but I hope to get to these books this week~  



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YA LOVERS!!!!

Friday, May 20, 2011
Hello... as most of you know I run the YA Book Club on goodreads!  We are voting for our July book so please feel free to put in a vote and join in on the discussions!  Would love to have you stop by.


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Follow Me Friday (#5)

Thursday, May 19, 2011
It's time for the weekly book blogger hops again! A great opportunity to meet new bloggers and say hi to old.

Crazy For Books' Book Blogger Hop
Question this week:  Q: If you were given the chance to spend one day in a fictional world (from a book), which book would it be from and what would that place be?
well I love fantasy books.  And this may be someone else's answer but I would love to be in Rivendale in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  I love the idea of living there and the movies did such a good job of making the place even more magical then my imagination.


Book Blogger Hop

Parajunkee's Follow My Book Blog Friday.




 This weeks' question: 
Q. It's circle time. Time for us to open up and share. Can you tell us FIVE quirky habits or things about you? We all have them...  I decided to make my list about books!

1.  Well I MUST stop at the library once a week!
2.  I like to read books on my Nook Color BUT I also like to have a hard copy of the book from the library in my hands too!
3.  I never have the same bookmark... it is usually a scrap piece of paper I find.
4.  I hate when people lend me books they recommend because then I have to squeeze them into my TBR pile in front of everything so I can get the book back to them in a decent time (I would never tell this to anyone else)  :)
5. If a movie is coming out based on a book I MUST read the book before the movie.  I will skip the movie if I haven't read it.  I prefer a book to be a surprise plot rather then the movie.


Well that is all.  Those were fun questions to answer this week!  Leave your comments so I can stop by and read about you! 
 

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Laptop Down


I haven't been participating in the meme's this week because my laptop crashed.  So I have to go into our office to work on posts which sucks because there is no TV in here and I have to sit at a desk. You are probably thinking who cares... but I miss laying on the couch watching TV with my laptop on my lap!  So I am finally catching up on some goodreads post, facebook, and my blog!!
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A Discovery of Witches

Monday, May 16, 2011
A Discovery of Witches
Author:Deborah Harkness
Release Date: February 8, 2011
Pages: 600
Read it in: 3 weeks!

Summary:(Goodreads)
Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell. Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.  


Angie's Review:

Finally I am done with this book.  It took me like three weeks to read it.  A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is such a long boring book.  I tried soooo hard to like it.  I mean so many people are raving about this book but I just couldn't get into it.  It was Twilight for Adults (and I liked Twilight).  I read through all kinds reviews on this book and I keep reading the same thing Edward= Matthew.  The book is extremely long and full of unnecessary details.  I can't believe it is going to be a trilogy.  To be honest I made it all the way to page 520 out of 600 pages but just decided to stop.  I started skimming but thought I might as well just look up the ending on the internet.

I will say though I loved some of this book.  I loved the idea that the plot was creating, I loved the locations, I loved the mixture of witches, vampires, and deamons.  But that was about it.  This book needs a new editor.  I mean how much more can I read about wine?  What does it smell like, where is it from, blah blah.  Not that great.. pass on this if you don't want to read long long long details. 





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100 Followers!


Wow!  I can't believe I have 100 followers!  It has been a lot of work but I am so glad for each and every one of you.  I just hope my blog posts are entertaining enough to keep you stopping by my page to see what is going on!!  I keep learning everyday how to update my blog... if you have any suggestions let me know!!!!  Happy Reading!
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Mailbox Monday (#5)

Sunday, May 15, 2011



Another Monday, Another Mailbox!! This is a feature where we all share with each other the yummy books that showed up at our doors! WARNING: In My Mailbox can lead to extreme envy and GINORMOUS wishlists!! In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren Mailbox Monday was originally hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page, but is now a traveling meme and for the month of April Mailbox Monday will be hosted by MariReads. Head on over to add your blog to the linky link and share your newest acquisitions with other book lovers. 


This week I received two books from the library... City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare and Sapphique by Catherine Fisher .  I am excited about both books and really hope to get started on them within the next two weeks.  Also this week my aunt loaned me The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.   So I must add that book to my TBR pile!  I was able to pick up Dead Recoking by Charlaine Harris  from my aunt while in Denver after the book signing so I can finally get started on that too!  For those of you who follow my blog then you know I also review movies, so I also got to pick up season 1 of Space Ghost Coast to Coast from the library as well!  Can't wait to get started watching it.  I love that show and haven't seen it since the 90's! 





















What is in your mailbox this week? ? ?  Leave a comment so I can check it out!  

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Charlaine Harris book signing!

Friday, May 13, 2011
Charlaine Harris came to Denver this week for a book signing, which I totally had to attend.  I have been a fan of hers since way before True Blood the series ever existed.  It was really a lot of fun.  She is so personable and you can tell how much she loves her characters and books!  The crowd was great as well.  I even met someone in line who took a picture of me with Ms. Harris since we weren't allowed to pose with her... only a drive by picture.




 
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Follow Me Friday (#4)

It's time for the weekly book blogger hops again! A great opportunity to meet new bloggers and say hi to old.

Crazy For Books' Book Blogger Hop
Question this week: Are you going to BEA this year?  Well I am not... I live in Colorado so I live no where close to New York.  But I did sign up for BEA armchair.  Though I have received NO information on this what-so-ever.  Someone did say though if you follow BEA on Twitter they post info about BEA armchair so I have been meaning to check it out.

Book Blogger Hop

Parajunkee's Follow My Book Blog Friday.




Follow Friday question: What is the most emotional scene in a book I have read lately.
Hummmm.... well.  I am currently reading a Discovery of Wtiches and I would have to say the most emotional part in the book is when the main character Diana gets an important letter!  I don't want to say too much because it will spoil the book for others!


Hope you have enjoyed hopping by.  Please leave your link so I can follow back! 
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Waiting on Wednesday (#4)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, where we have the chance to share what upcoming releases we are on the edge of our seats in anticipation for.

This week I have decided to list A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin.  Or better known to readers of the series as book five in the Song of Ice and Fire series.  I must admit though, I have not read any since book three.  I own book four, and I will own book five.  But Martin take a very very long time writing these novels.  In fact, originally there was supposed to be seven novels but as I understand the publishers made him split book 4 into two.  So now there will be 8 books.   I have read interviews with Martin where he is real snooty with his fans saying he will write the books when he feels like it.  So, I personally have decided to not read the books again until all the book are out.





I do love love the Game of Thrones show on HBO and think they are doing a fantastic job with the series.  I wonder where the series will go though since the books aren't finished and won't be for YEARS!!! 


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Teaser Tuesday (#4)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011




Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, 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!
This week's teaser comes from the book Matched by Ally Condie .  I chose to read this book because it is my book club's pick this month, YA Book Club.  Feel free to stop by and read the discussions or comment yourself if you are apart of Goodreads!  Here are the teaser lines I picked:
"But if you were Matched," I say softly, "What do you think she'd be like?"
"You," he says, almost before I've finished. "You." 



 
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Thor Review

Sunday, May 8, 2011
Ok as you know I mix reviews of books, movies and video games on this blog.  This Friday night I went to Thor and LOVED it.  I thought it had wonderful action, romance, comedy, guys, and superheros.   I love all the movies that are leading up to the big Avenger movie in a few years.  If you do go to see this remember to stick around after the credits (like all Marvel movies) to wait for a special scene.   I would also recommend seeing this in 3D IMAX.  It was decent 3D (I haven't been enjoying 3D lately because they are just making every movie 3D).  Green Lantern and Captain America has a lot to live up to!




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