Saturday, July 30, 2011

Reading List 2011

I want to keep track of what I read this year. So this post will help me do just that. Might even get me to read more.

1. All I want for Christmas - (short story, 98 pages ) by Heidi Betts (book the Bite Before Christmas)

2. the Vampire Diaries - Stefan's Diaries - Vol. 1 Origins

3. A Vampire in her Stocking - (short story, 81 pages ) by Heidi Betts (book the Bite Before Christmas)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Book Review : End of Mae by Angela Smith

Kindle Edition
Published May 29th 2011 by Angela Yuriko Smith

Goodreads Synopsis: Mae was a born writer. Her life's passion was to find the ultimate story. In her quest to find the truth behind the Jersey Devil disappearances, Mae uncovers something much more sinister wandering the White-bog area at night.

Little did she know that the ultimate story would be her own... and she'd by dying to tell it.

Well let me first same that I loved it. I was captivate by the story from the first page. It kept me wanting to know what was coming next. Never could I guess what was to come. I couldn't put it down and to me that is the true test of a good book. Even when I had to due to the fact I have a 7 year old to take care of I couldn't wait to get back and continue reading it. I had it read in one day.

I would highly recommend this book to any one who likes a roller coaster of a ride while reading, lots of twists and turns to keep you wanting more and guessing what is to come.

Great job Angela, I give it 4.5 stars out of 5. Only because I found myself re reading certain parts to figure out just what happened. Maybe a bit more detail as well to what was happening and why. Would read it again.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

True Blood opening credits....

Upon first seeing it 3 almost 4 years ago I was like wow, what does any of that have to do with the show, and in all honestly it was pretty disturbing. But over time I could see how it would apply to the show. But upon reading an article/essay found in the book "A taste of True Blood" I can now fully appreciate how the opening credit really does apply to the show. The creators of the opening credits are pure geniuses in my books.

Now I can't really get into all that the essay talks about but it is really worth a read and for me a second read. You see as I was reading I was like I don't remember seeing that part or that part. So today I had myself a little marathon of True Blood. Each time looking very carefully at the opening credits. Now these parts that were mentioned in the book that I couldn't remember I could see why because they were you blink and you missed it and I am sure others are still beyond me seeing. He took the time to sit and slow down the credits. To explain everything that is going on even the stuff that you might of missed and let me tell you, there are lots of things missed unless you know they are there. The article goes into the main themes life, death, religion, bigotry which is pretty plain to see.

Now I am not one for reading such analytical things because I watch or read a book for entertainment. I find those who love to pull apart things and find there hidden meaning or the what not, a bit hard to stomach most times. It usually takes the fun out of watching or reading for me. Especially those who do it to bash the show or book. To make what you like dirty or something. Not really explaining myself right, I am not good at expressing myself in words that is why I tend to stay away for writing things like this.

Any way I really don't know where I am going with this it sounded better in my head. lol But I was compled to try and share my thoughts on this. Don't know if I really did a good job. But I am sure True Blood fans will have some idea of what I am talking about at least I hope so.

In the end I guess this turned out to be a bit of a review on the book. I have yet to read any more but I think I would recommended this to another fan of the show.

Thanks for reading this rant of mine.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Book Review - the Giver by Lois Lowry

I spent it reading. Now that might not be a anything strange but you see it was a book that my son was reading and has to do an oral report on tomorrow. He was having trouble with figuring out what was going on. So he asked me if I would read it and help him. Now that book was one of mine that I he borrowed and it is also a book that he will be reading in Grade 10. A friend of mines daughter had to read it and she passed it on to me. Anyway so the book was 179 pages long and I had said some time ago that I could read that in a couple hours or so if I had the time. So that is what I did this afternoon.

I guess I should tell you what the book is. It is called the Giver by Lois Lowry.

Synopsis from the back of the book taken from goodreads. Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

So after supper I helped him write up his oral report, god it has been awhile since I done one of those, lol. Didn't like it any better now then I did then. But it is now done and I thought I would share.

Now as for the book it is a good one, different then what I usually read but worth the read all the same. It could be considered a suspense type of book, it keeps you reading and wanting to know what is to come. Great story and character development. Told from the point of view of a 12 year old boy by the name of Jonas's.

I would give it 3 out of 5 stars, meaning I liked it.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Are you doing any reading Challenges this year?

For me I am doing my own reading challenge. I want to read 12 books this year. I know not much compared to some of the ones I have seen around but with two kids my reading time is limited. As for what books/genre or what not, it is what ever that happens to be on my shelf that I have not read. I have more then enough to choose from.

So if you are doing a reading challenge what ones are you doing, how many books are you trying to read? Is it a challenge of your own or is it one you entered on a blog or site else where?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

At what point do you decide if you like a book or not?

For me once I move past the cover and the book synopsis and begin to read I like to be drawn into the book and its character by the first half a dozen chapters if not sooner. I love when I am reading a book and I want to keep reading to see what is going to happen next. That the book is so good that I hate to put it down and when I do I can't wait to go back to it.

As for not liking a book I can't say that I have picked up a book and not like it but I tend to stay in my comfort zone of reading which is Vampires. Now there have been time when reading a book or book series that I had to walk away for a bit but not becasue I didn't like it but becasue I was burnt out on the series or just wasn't feeling the book at the time.

How about you at what point do you decide if you like a book or not?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Do you judge a book by it's cover?

I do, it is the first thing that draws me to a book or new series other then the title. But in order for me to buy it the synopsis has to make me want to continue reading.

How about you, Do you judge a book by its' cover?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Book Series.....

When it comes to reading book series do you read one book after another in the series or do you read another series or book in between?

I do both depending on the series or my mood. I read the first three books in the Vampire Diaries series one right after another. I started book four but just couldn't get into it. I don't know if it was the way the story was continuing or I just burnt myself out with it. So I left book four and went on to reading some short stories. I have yet to go back.

What do you do, read the whole series one right after another or do you break up the series with other books or another series?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

My Red Sony eReader PRS-505

I decided it was time to see what books I had on it, clean it up and add some more.  When it was all said and done I now have 110 books/short stories on it.  More books then short stories.  I love my ereader, the portability and the number of books it holds.   But I don't think it will ever be my main source of reading.  I love to read from the printed page, to feel the pages/book in my hand.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

My place to read...

I have been complaining for some time now that I can't seem to find time to read all the lovely books that I have. (see previous post about screaming bookcase) Well I have found a solution, I am so proud.  You see I have to sit on my daughters bed till she goes to sleep.  We won't get into what a bad habit that is and the problems that it has caused.  She calls it quality time with mommy, I call it a pain in the butt, lol.  But you can't argue with the cuteness of her reasoning on why she wants me there. Beside I have now decided it is now also reading time for me.  I can managed to get read at least a half a dozen chapters or more and it stops me complaining that I don't have time to read.  I have made wasted time doing nothing but sitting to productive reading time. woo hoo.