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Follow Me Friday (#10)

Thursday, June 30, 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:  What keeps you reading beyond the first few pages of a book and what makes you want to stop reading a book and put it back on the shelf.
Book Blogger Hop
Well I don't usually have something specific make me get past the first few pages of a book other then just pure guilt.  I HATE HATE quitting a book and I have quit very few.  The ones I have quit have been like 500 or 600 pages long and the funny thing is usually I have about 100 pages left and then I quit.  I recently did it with A Discovery of Witches and Freedom.  I just didn't feel like reading the last 100 pages, I guess I just didn't care anymore.



Parajunkee's Follow My Book Blog Friday




Question this week: ACK!  Your favorite book/movie character (example Hermione Granger played by the Emma chick) just walked into the room!  Who is it and what would be your first reaction.  You get extra points if you include visual stimulation.


Oh wow!  What a question!  So I am trying to go for something here that not everyone will use.  Cleary I am a Stephen King fan so I this week I pick Jack Nickleson as Jack from the Shinning.  I love love that book and the movie is good too (those losely based on the Novel).  If I saw him I would probably pray I had a camera on me because no one would believe me... and in the picture I would tell him to look all crazy so I could post it in my Stephen King Fans group on goodreads!!

The Shining

Leave your comments so I can check out your follow me friday.  And please feel free to follow me (isn't that what follow friday is all about???) and I will of course follow you back!
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Abandon by Meg Cabot Review


I just finished reading this book for my YA Book Club's book of the month for July.  Here is the goodreads description :
New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.
Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.
But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

I liked this book but didn't just adore it.  I thought it was a great idea for a book.  A young girl meeting and falling in love with a Hades type of guy.  I love the whole Greek Mythology themed books.  I have just always loved stories in those settings.  I also loved that this book didn't have a love triangle!  Too many of those lately.  I love that this book has twists too.

What I didn't love was the ending.  I felt it happened so fast and was rushed.  The last two chapters were like a blurr! I have heard soooo much about Meg Cabot but this was my first book of hers.  It does make me want to read others like the Princess Diaries. 

I can't wait for book two, Underworld, in this series because well... it must take place in the Underworld duh!  I really am looking forward to read about a plot that isn't in our world! 



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Teaser Tuesday (#8)

Tuesday, June 28, 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!
"Now that I have your full attention," the chief of police said in a quieter voice, "I want you to know that until further notice, the cemetary gates are going to kept locked twenty-four hours a day-after they've been repaired, of course -- just in case any of you aren't taking me seriously about this. And because there might be one or two of you stupid enough to try to scale that fence" -uh oh - "several of my officers will be patrolling it at night."

(picure is of my Nook with True Blood on in the background)
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Fortnight of Bloggers!

Sunday, June 26, 2011
 Fortnight of Guests @ The Book Addicted Girl Well A Fortnight of Guests is coming and I am quite excited to be apart of it!  Be sure to stop by The Book Addicted Girl and check it out!  Should be fun and some great topics are being discussed!  I will be discussing my great book clubs! Grab the button for your blog so others can know about it!!


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Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris-Review

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Just finished this book and liked it a lot!  Here is the goodreads description:    "With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can't 'read' vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his 'child' Pam well - and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human - and that there is a new Queen on the board . . . "

Wow.. I can't believe that after this book there is only two more books in the Sookie Stackhouse series.  It feels like yesterday I just started reading this series.  I have actually been reading these books for so long that my first three books in the series are in paperback because at the time they weren't released in hardback!  Then in May I was lucky enough to even get this book signed by Charlaine Harris (go to this link if you missed the post book signing) . It was quite fun!

This book was good but I could tell Harris was wrapping up the series.  A lot of closure in this book and a lot of story telling and not much action.  So I was a little disappointed in that.  There were also a few characters that we have grown to love that just don't even make an appearance in this book. But there are some that we love that make an appearance like Bubba! (love him) I am really ready for the fairy drama to wrap up.  But I suppose that will be the big bang in the last book.


SPOILER**
So I am dying to know who does Sookie end up with? Eric?  Sam?  Bill?  Personally I think she might end up with Sam after all... any thoughts on this?  If so please mark spoilers for those who might not have read this book yet!
END SPOILER**

Let's just say that I love love the Sookie universe and can't wait for the book in the fall the Sookie Companion.  There are  even going to be recipes in that book!

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Follow Me Friday (#9)

Thursday, June 23, 2011
It's time for the weekly book blogger hops again! A great opportunity to meet new bloggers and say hi to old.

Ok so this week I was so excited for tonight because I was supposed to be the featured blogger on Parajunkee's View's blogger hop!  I am not sure what happened.... :(  So hopefully I get things straightened out.  Good thing I didn't write a post about it!  It was such a let down to see a different blog there tonight!   Anyways....

Crazy For Books' Book Blogger Hop
Question this week:

“When did you realize reading was your passion and a truly important part of your life?”
Well I read all through middle school, mainly Fear Street Books. And then I never read in high school, too busy doing other things. Then when I got married in 2001 and moved to Alaska my husband had to leave for a few months for the military. I picked up a Stephen King book and loved it soooo much I have never stopped reading since.




Book Blogger Hop

Parajunkee's Follow My Book Blog Friday.








 

Question this week: In light of the Summer Solstice. Also known as Midsummer...let's talk about fairies. What is your favorite fairy tale or story that revolves around the fae?

Well I love love love fairies. In fact right now I am finishing up the newest Sookie Stackhouse book which has fairies in it. In fact, the new season preview of True Blood has the fairies in it... though I don't love the look of them. They are not like that in the books:

Personally I little pretty fairies but they are never like that in the books!!!
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Waiting on Wednesday (#8)

Wednesday, June 22, 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 the book I am waiting on is The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore.  Here is the goodreads description:  
I've seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he's a mystery. But to me . . . he's one of us.

Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We're hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we'll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I've been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

And I'm ready to fight


I am curious if this book will be a movie like the first book in the series, I am number four.  I thought that it was a really good movie. 
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Follow Me Friday (#8)

Thursday, June 16, 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:  How many books are on my TBR pile?  WOW!  too many to count!


Book Blogger Hop

Parajunkee's Follow My Book Blog Friday.







Q. Genre Wars! What's your favorite genre and which book in that genre made it your favorite?

Well I really love fantasy and I have to say Lord of the Rings is what caused me to love that genre. I read that series right after 8th grade and just loved it.  Over the years I tend to read anything but fantasy has always been my love!! 


 

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Trailer Thursday




Book, Movie, Comic, and Series Trailers are so tantalizing, just can’t get enough of them.  Post any trailer of something you are excited for!


Drum-roll please!  Here is the newest and final Harry Potter trailer (released today)





There were so many game trailers premiered this week at E3!  So I am going to post the one I am most excited for Mass Effect 3 (since I just beat Mass Effect 2).



And my final trailer is for my book club pick for July Abandon by Meg Cabot





Ok well that is all for trailers this week!  Leave me a link of any you may have!
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Go the F^%K to Sleep Review

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
 
Goodreads descriotion:     
Go the F&^k To Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don't always send a toddler sailing off to dreamland. Honest, profane, and affectionate, Adam Mansbach's verses and Ricardo Cortés' illustrations perfectly capture the familiar--and unspoken--tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night, and open up a conversation about parenting in the process. Beautiful, subversive, and pants-wettingly funny, Go the Fuck to Sleep is a perfect gift for parents new, old, or expectant. Here is a sample verse: The cats nestle close to their kittens now.
The lambs have laid down with the sheep.
You're cozy and warm in your bed, my dear
Please go the f&^k to sleep.
I am sure most of you have heard of this book by now.  I wanted to read it the moment I heard about it but of course my library didn't have it.  Well... we are all in LUCK!  It is now out in audio format spoken by Samuel Jackson!  And all of you can listen to it too!  YEAH!!!  Enjoy!  I just loved it. WARNING it is full of curse words (as you can probably tell by the title).  Here it is:
(I didn't post the video itself because you have to sign into youtube to watch it and I didn't think everyone would have an account).  Go the F*&K to Sleep audio reading  <------  click on this link!
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Waiting on Wednesday (#7)

Tuesday, June 14, 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.
 
Well I just finished reading Paranormalcy by Kiersten White and loved it.  So I am super excited about reading Supernaturally !  Here is the description on goodreads for the second book:  
Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.
But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.
So much for normal.

I love the cover too!  The release date for this book is July 26, 2011 so at least I don't have to wait too long for it.  I am hoping though to actually (PLEASE PLEASE) win an arc from Kiersten White's blog, but we'll see.  I haven't one an ARC before now. 




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Teaser Tuesday (#7)




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!
Ok this week I am little behind on posting my teaser!  I know that everyone posts it on Monday instead of Tuesday so I am really behind.  This Week's teaser is from Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris .  Great great book so far!  I must admit I didn't open to a random page, I used to do this but it started spoiling the book for me... so I have been pulling lines off the page that I am on.  So here it is:

POSSIBLE SPOILER FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT THIS FAR IN THE SERIES!

"You think you could find out about why I'm feeling more fairy after hanging out with my fairy relatives?  I mean, I couldn't actually be changing into more of a fairy, right?"


What is on your Teaser Tuesday... even though I am a day behind I still want to know!  Leave a link for me!  

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Twilight: The Graphic Novel Volume 1-Review

 

Goodreads description:  When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret...     

So I enjoyed this graphic novel.  I love to read this type of literature so when I found out Twilight was made into a graphic novel I wanted to check it out! It does not finish the first book, maybe about half the book.   So as far as I know Twilight the book will be two graphic novels so I am assuming all the books will be two graphic novels.  Though it seems that only one graphic novel will be published a year so that could mean 2017 they will be done with them?  WOW!  Hopefully the publisher starts publishing at least two a year.  

The art work is beautiful so that is what I loved the most.  I tried to look up some information on the web about Young Kim, who is the illustrator for the graphic novel and could barely find anything!  I guess this is his first Manga.  Oh and by the way.... this book is Manga to me, not a graphic novel.   Ok so this brought up a debate for me in my mind... what is the difference between Manga and a Graphic Novel?  I find myself a graphic novel reader rather then a manga reader.  As I understand it, Manga is  is primarily used in English-speaking countries solely to describe comics of Japanese origin.   And a graphic novel is typically bound in longer and more durable formats than familiar comic magazine, using the same materials and methods as printed books, and they are generally sold in bookstores and specialty comic book shops rather than at newsstands (wikipedia definitions).  So to be honest I am totally confused because Young Kim's Twilight won for Manga of the year in 2010.  EEK!!!  

Well hope that wasn't boring!  I would recommend this if you like graphic novels or if you like Twilight!





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Mailbox Monday (#7)

Sunday, June 12, 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 have some great old Dungeons and Dragons books that I borrowed from my uncle to scan through.  I do play the game (yes shocking) and so it was really fun to look at the old versions of the books.  I play 3.5 series and these books are the old 2.0 series.  I have been playing D&D for two years now and was so surprised how much I like it.  The art work in these older editions are so fun to look at! I looked it up and these books were published in 1989 even though to me most of the art work looks like it is from the 1970's. 



Also this week I am going to start a new game I borrowed from a friend Dragon Age 1 and Twilight: The Graphic Novel Volume 1 from the library.   I am quite excited about both!



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


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Paranormalcy Review



I just finished this book for my YA Book Club pick this month! Here is goodreads description:
Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.
But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.
WOW!  I loved this book.  It was such a fun read.     I am glad this book has other paranormals then just vampires, werewolves, and zombies. I was so glad to see mermaids, hags, and water elementals. I just thought the author did a great job of making the first book it's own story and then leading into book two. I think too many YA books anymore use the whole first book to lead into the second so the first book never gets it's own story anymore.

I  like that Evie the main character was fun. The pink taser, the prom dress, her first kiss, the mall... all teenage things! I liked reading about her. I love love how the word bleeping was used every time someone was using a curse word. I thought this added a perfect amount of comedy.  The author was not afraid to add some sadness into the story either which was a nice change.  I thought that the main theme of the book was about being normal.  Who is normal?  What is normal?  I really think that people will relate to this theme, especially young adults.


I liked this book enough to really want to read the next book Supernaturally!



 I found this great picture of a quilt someone made that features some of the great parts of the book!  Evie's Taser that names Tasey, her pink books, her favorite TV show!  This is a fun quilt!
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