Do you read e-Books?
If so, how? On your computer, or a PDA?
Or are you a paper purist? Why?
Like I said....Rainy Day!! Nothing better to do than Blog hop!! And I found a fun little game called The Blogroll Game. Dewey, from The Hidden Side of the Leaf, is giving us a chance to visit and meet other book bloggers. Easy to join in and fun to meet new people!! Give it a try!
Well, it looks like it's going to be a wet one this weekend!! Since it's a holiday weekend, Monday is a non-work day. We have no big plans this weekend. Traveling is almost too expensive, with the price of gas these days! So....we are planning to see Pirates of the Caribbean sometime, and maybe throw some steaks on the grill Monday. That's about it.
We have a house guest at the moment. A friend is staying with us until she gets back on her feet. I'm not sure I'm too happy with this arrangement. We are kind of tripping over ourselves as is. And our friendship has been a bit strained.....LOTS of baggage there. Too much to go into in one post. Anyway, it's only supposed to be for a few weeks. I can probably handle that.....I guess only time will tell.
Hope to get some serious reading done this weekend, since it's going to be so rainy! I have about 15 books out of the library at the moment. Got to try to get through them:
At least that's all I can find right now!! Most are for challenges and reading groups and such. How's that for a really eclectic group of books??? We'll see how many I get through!
On another note, I'm sending out my prayers to Nattie from Nattie Writes. She is our host for the Newberry Challenge. She was diagnosed with stomach cancer this week and is going in for surgery. If you could all just say a prayer or light a candle, I'm sure she could use the well wishes.
If you've reviewed any books on your blog this week, you can post them at Semicolon's Saturday Review of Books! Just a thought.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!! Later!
2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (July 13) - Yes....I'm a Harry Potter geek too!! I've loved all the movies so far, but The Goblet of Fire was fantastic!! I'm expecting great things out of this movie too!! Helena Bonham Carter is in this one...and I think she is cool as hell!
3. 1408 (June 22) - OK...I have to say just one more time for the record, I LOVE JOHN CUSAK!! It wouldn't be a great summer without a great John Cusak movie, now would it?? And one that is based on a Stephen King story? A good fright is just what is needed this summer! With Samuel L. Jackson, how can you miss?
4. Live Free or Die Hard (June 27) - I have been a Bruce Willis fan since Moonlighting! Since this is the summer of movie sequels, it seems fitting that John McClane is back! Besides....Kevin Smith is in it! That alone would be enough for me to want to see it. Yippee-ki-yay!
This little meme seems to be making the rounds these days, I've stumbled across it on a few different blogs, mainly Chris' at Book-A-Rama, Bookfool's, Kookiejar's and the Literary Feline's! Figured I would try it out too!
A book that made you cry: The Book Thief by Mark Zuzak. I read this at the beginning of the year. So much buzz about it that I had to try it. Turns out the buzz was for good reason. I was literally sobbing throw the last 50 or so pages of this one!
A book that scared you: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. I don't scare very easy, or at least I don't when it comes to books. But this one kind of did it to me. There is a section of the book where Atwood describes the systematic removal of all freedoms to women; it gave me chills. Truly frightening stuff!
A book that made you laugh: Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding. This was the first "Chick Lit" book that I ever read (besides the occasional romance). It was absolutely hilarious!! I found myself laughing out loud in many parts. I even thought the movie was good with Renee Zellwigger. She did a GREAT job as the wonderfully neurotic Bridget and Hugh Grant as the cad Daniel Cleaver.
A book that disgusted you: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson and Naked Lunch by Willam Burroughs. Ok...I actually like Hunter S. Thompson. But the rampant drug use in this book was enough to make me sick! And Naked Lunch. Well...I just didn't get it!
A book you loved in elementary school: The entire Nancy Drew Collection by Caroline Keene. I LOVED Nancy Drew. I wanted to BE Nancy Drew. (I STILL want to be Nancy Drew!) I started reading these books in 2nd grade and read through most of them by the time I was in 4th grade. They had a serious impact on me!!
A book you loved in middle school : The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. I thought this was one of the best books I've ever read at the time. I even added it to my list for the Newberry Challenge so I can reread it as an adult. Then again, the next book on my list would probably be Salem's Lot by Stephen King. I can remember reading this in 8th grade. I thought it was SO good!!
A book you loved in high school: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I read this for Mr. Cook's Fiction/Short Stories Class. To this day, I count it as one of my all-time favorite books....it had that much impact on me!! It is such a wonderful story!!
A book you hated in high school: Lord of the Flies by William Golding. In the same class, we read this and I hated it!! I don't know whether it was the story or the writing I hated it so much. I was appalled at those boys and felt so sorry for Piggy.
A book you loved in college: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Again, this was a book I read for a class. It was kind of empowering reading about a woman like Emma Bovary!
A book that challenged your identity: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. This book is about having a dream and following it. My only regret is that I didn't read this book sooner in life. I think if I had read it in college, I would be in a much different place than I am today.
A series that you love: Stephanie Plum Number Series by Janet Evanovich. Until just recently, I was never much of a series reader. But these books are hilarious!! Stephanie cracks me up!! She's funny and bumbling and has 2 hot men vying for her. Gotta love it. A close second to this (and the jury is still out, I guess since I have finished it) would be The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King.
Your favorite horror book: The Stand by Stephen King. My all time favorite King book. Ranks up in the top 3 of my all-time favorite books, period. A timeless tale of then end of the world and Good vs. Evil.
Your favorite science fiction book: The Chrysalids by John Wyndham. Sci-Fi has never been my genre, but I read this at the beginning of this year and LOVED it! I'm definitely starting to read more sci-fi and fantasy.
Your favorite fantasy book: American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Again, a genre that I'm just starting to get into. My answer for this might change next year, but I don't know. This book sucked me in and refused to let go!!
Your favorite mystery book: Ten Little Indians (or And Then There Were None) by Agatha Christie. I read this in high school. I think I take all mysteries and compare it to this classic! It was fantastic!
Your favorite biography: Any book about The Kennedy's. For some reason, I love reading about JFK and RFK. I've read good and bad. The Dark Side of Camelot was pretty revealing.
Your favorite “coming-of-age” book: Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. This is probably the perennial Classic when it comes to coming-of-age books. Maybe it just depends on WHEN you read it. Because I know people that don't like it. I read it in High School, so maybe I can just relate!
Your favorite classic: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. This book has everything: romance, murder, revenge, money, plots.....it is a phenomenal read!! I could read it again and again!
Your favorite romance book: Romance book has such a horrible connotation for me. I don't like "Romance" books. Makes me think of Harlequin. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is probably my favorite love story. The relationship between Jane and Mr. Rochester is timeless and one for the ages!
Your favorite book not on this list: I have so many books that I love. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut just to name a few.
If you haven't done this meme and would like to play along, it's fun!! I love to see what everyone else says!!
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (pgs. 225) was a Newberry Honor Book in 2005. This should have told me something right away. I actually thought this was going to be a silly book. Silly name = silly book, right? Oh how wrong I was. My only complaint is that it didn't win the AWARD in 2005, because this is one fabulous book!!
Today I moved to a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water. Alcatraz sits smack in the middle of the bay -- so close to the city of San Francisco, I can hear them call the score on a baseball game on Marina Green. Okay, not that close. But still. The convicts we have are the kind other prisons don't want. I never knew a prison could be picky, but I guess they can. You get to Alcatraz by being the worst of the worst. Unless you are me. I got here because my mother said I had to.
This is the story of the Flannagan family. In 1935, the family of the guards were actually housed on the island prison of Alcatraz. Matthew, or Moose, Flannagan is a 12-year-old boy that loves baseball and tries to be normal. His older sister Natalie is severely autistic, though in 1935 no one actually knows what is wrong with her. Only that she is different. Moose's dad took a job as a prison guard/electrician and moved the family to Alcatraz for one reason. To be close to San Francisco so Natalie could go to the Esther P. Marinoff School. It was a chance for her to learn to be "normal". Natalie had tantrums, didn't communicate like other children and had a box of buttons that she never left without. She could multiply numbers like 1,654 X 358 and knew and the page numbers in every book index the Flanagan's owned. Moose just wanted to make friends and play baseball.
Also on the island, besides criminals like Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly, were other kids. Piper, the warden's daughter was a beautiful albeit scheming girl that was always trying to make a buck and seemed to be the unquestioned leader of the gang. When she tried to rope Moose into helping her "Sell" convict laundry services to the kids at school, he realized he was going to be in trouble. All the kids wanted their shirts done by the famous Al Capone, after all. But Piper was mean. She made fun of Natalie, blackmailed the other children into helping her in her outlandish schemes, and ran to tell her daddy of anything done wrong.
When I started this book, I had no idea where it was going. What materialized was a coming-of-age story about a boy that loved his sister, no matter what her differences were. It's about a family that is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that Natalie gets a fair shake in life. And it's about friendships that will last no matter what the odds are. I loved this book. It was touching, heartwarming, and had enough humor to make me laugh. I think any adult would love this book, probably more so than the age group it's actually intended for. As an adult we can see how much this 12-year-old boy actually puts on the line for his sister. I highly recommend this book to everyone!! 4.5/5
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (464 pgs) is a book that I choose to read for the Spring Reading Thing Challenge. I'm glad I did. I was so disappointed with The Tenth Circle that I almost passed on this one. In the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, it's a timely piece and one that makes a person think, as do most of Picoult's books.
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (pgs 336) is a book that I read for the Once Upon a Time Challenge. This book is my second foray into the world of Gaiman, and I am now certain I'm a HUGE fan!!
Now to tag others. Don't hate me!! Just join in the fun:
Chris at Stuff As Dreams are Made On
Margreet at Margreet's Musings
Marg at Marg's Reading Adventures
Suey at It's All About the Books
Kookiejar at A Fraternity of Dreamers
Lisa at Books. Lists. Life.
Gentle Reader at Shelf Life
Amy at The Sleepy Reader
While I'm at it, I thought I would go ahead and list the 3 books (that I may or may not be able to read) that I choose for the Southern Reading Challenge sponsored by Maggie at Maggie Reads. Maggie has a great site and is posting tons of great information about Southern Writers and books. See....I'm actually LEARNING something with this challenge!! It's a summer challenge: June, July and August. 3 Books by Southern Writer's Dealing with the South. Sounds easy? It was tougher than I thought it would be to find the books I want to read!
Without further adieu, here are my 3 picks for the Southern Reading Challenge:
Any other suggestions? Comments?? Let me know!
Scot on the Rocks (or How I Survived My Ex-Boyfriend's Wedding with My Dignity Ever-So-Slightly Intact) by Brenda Janowitz (pgs 304) is published by Red Dress Ink, a division of Harlequin. I started reading these books when they first came out, and get a book a month directly from the publisher. Most are really cute, but I definitely have to be in the mood for one.
How damn cool is this?? In honor of the new movie "The Golden Compass" from the book by Phillip Pullman, you can go to the movies website and create your own daemon!! If you would like to try this youself, you should!!
As you can tell, I've been in the dumps the last few days. And it's rained all week, which goes a long way to explaining part of my attitude. So, I wasn't actually going to do a TT this week, but figured I might as well throw SOMETHING in. So I started looking at my blog and wondering why in the world, I have signed up for so many challenges. I think it's a way to keep my mind occupied. And I just like to read!! So I thought today's TT would be related to that!!
2. 2007 TBR Challenge - This is/was my very first reading challenge. It started on January 1 and goes through the entire year to December 31st. The object is to take 12 books that have been on your TBR (or To Be Read list) for a while and make the effort to read them this year. It's a great way to clean out your bookshelves, although I have so many new books recomendations the TBR will never end!
3. Once Upon a Time Challenge 2007 - This one is sponsored by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings (again!) and is great for the fantasy lover out there. There were a couple of different "Quests" that could be undertaken, but the most popular was to read a book from each of the following genres: Mythology, Folklore, Fairytale, and Fantasy. Culminate with a reading of Shapespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Because the challenge ends on June 21st - Midsummer Night's Eve).
4. Chunkster Challenge 2007 - This challenge is hosted by Bookfool at Bookfoolery and Babble. From Jan 1 - June 30 read some "Chunksters" - books that are over 400 pages!! Choose as many as you want to read, and just start! But it's not as easy as it sounds. These are some LONG books!!
5. Banned Books Challenge 2007 - This challenge is being sponsored by the Pelham library in Canada in an effort to celebrate Canadian "Freedom to Read" Week. I'm not Canadian, but all for Freedom to Read!! It runs from Feb. 26 to June 30. Just choose books on the ALA's Banned Book List, read and post!
6. Non-Fiction Five Challenge - This challenge JUST started. It is hosted by Joy from Thoughts of Joy. Pick 5 NON-fiction books and read them between May 1 and Sept 30. This one is tough for me because I read very little non-fiction. But some of the great non-fiction books out there actually made it a tough choice!
7. New York Times Notable Book Challenge - This one actually has it's own review blog! Every year the New York Times creates a list of the 100 Notable Books for that year. It is published in December. So we are trying to choose books from the 2006 list to read this year. Some Amazing reads, that's for sure!!
8. By the Decade Challenge - Michelle at 3M is hosting this challenge. It was originally supposed to be 15 books from 15 decades, but it has been switched around a bit fit everyone's needs. As many as you want as long as the decades are consecutive. A fun chance to read some "Classics" too, if you go back that far!
9. Spring Reading Thing 2007 - This challenge is hosted by Katrina at Callapidder Days . She has some great book giveaways too, BTW! This challege runs form March 21st - June 21st. Spring! Choose books you want to read and do it!! Also a change to get to know a whole host of new people!
11. Newberry Challenge- Hosted by Natalie at Nattie Writes , this is a FUN challenge. I love kids/young adult books!! The object is to pick 6 books of the Newberry Award Winning list and read them from May 15 - Dec. 31st. Can't wait to start on this one!!
12. Something About Me Challenge - Hosted by Lisa at Breaking the Fourth Wall, this is one of the more unique challenges I've seen. You are suppsed to come up with a list of five books that somehow represent who you are. Fiction and non-fiction . You will list them on the blog. Then in August 1st, you will choose a personal list from EVERYONE ELSE's list of books you want to read. Cool idea!!
13. Southern Reading Challenge 2007 - Hosted by Maggie at Maggie Reads, this is a chance for you to read some Southern Authors and in the mean time get some great information about the South! Read 3 books from June 1st through August 31st. Summer in the South!
If you'd like to learn more about any of these challenges, click on the link provided. Or check out the new blog Novel Challenges that Wendy at Caribousmom created. Here she lists all the challenges and links that are out there. New ones all the time!!
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