Friday Reads for 8 Aug 2014

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

Finding Mr. Darcy by Amanda Hooton

The 100 by Kass Morgan

Day 21 (The Hundred #2) by Kass Morgan

Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer

Dark Child (The Omnibus Edition) by Adina West

Atlantia by Ally Condie

The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Althea and Oliver by Cristina Moracho

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa de la Cruz

 

Happy Reading and Happy Friday!

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Friday Finds for 4 Jul 2014

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

   

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

 

Happy Reading and Happy 4th of July!

WWW Wednesday 19 Mar 2014 (Find out what I am reading this week)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Longbourne by Jo Baker

What did you recently finish reading?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney

What do you think you’ll read next?

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

 

Happy Reading and Happy Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday 08 Jan 2014 (Find out what I am reading this week)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

I found this while I was searching the library shelves on my Kindle. I’ve only read parts of Little Women, but I watched the movie with Winona Ryder and Claire Danes plenty of times when I was in college, so I know the basic story. Some reviewers thought the author didn’t do the original work justice, but since I don’t have a big emotional attachment to it, I find it quite interesting.

What did you recently finish reading?

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

I finished this while lying in bed last Saturday morning. It was such a touching story, and I was glad to start of my year of reading with such a unique middle grade novel. Thanks to everyone who recommended it.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Per my 2014 Book Bingo Challenge, I think I’m going to go with a classic next. Since I’m on the topic, I may as well finally read all of this. It’s been on my TBR list for ages too. It’s just one that I just never got around too, even though I’ve owned copies. Sad, I know. (Don’t you just love this cover?)

Happy Reading and Happy Wednesday!

 

Two Things Tuesdays for 07 Jan 2014

 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!

My teasers:

“Honestly, no matter how often Jo reminded me that I was fourteen, I couldn’t help but feel like I was surrounded by a group of people much younger than me, less sophisticated. Well, maybe because I was” (Chapter Three, 14%).

Also, I have signed up for the 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge! Go visit Reading In Winter where you can find the rules and join the challenge at any time during the year.

If you are interested in expanding your reading goals even more, here are 7 Reading Challenges to Join in 2014.

Happy Reading, Happy New Year, and Happy Tuesday!

Monday Mashups for 13 May 2013

 

Monday Mashups are a collection of interesting book-related items that I’ve found recently.

The Allegiant cover is HERE!

Michigan has decided to continue reading Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl—The Definitive Edition on the 7th grade curriculum.

Reading Rainbow has tips for family reading in lieu of Family Reading Week.

See how a book is made when proofing a story.

The cover release for Once We Were is out.

There are a ton of links about The Great Gatsby not being that great of a film. I don’t care. It comes out on the May 17th here and after listening to some of the soundtrack, I’m all for it.

And finally, if you’ve not seen it, here is the trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire:

Happy Reading and Happy Monday!

WWW Wednesday: 20 Mar 2013 (find out what I’m reading)

It’s Wednesday, and I need to update on what books I’m currently reading.
As I mentioned last post (even though it was a long time ago) I have a bunch of books I’m trying to read.
Of course, I keep adding more, so I’ll start with the ones I have read the most of first:

The Diary of Anne Frank – 59%
“P.S. Before I forget, last night everything was blanketed in snow. Now it’s thawed and there’s nothing left.”

2,000 to 10,000 – 57%
I stopped at, “I really hate the notion that you have to be some kind of born genius to write good book.” Aside from the typo, I disagree. I agree with the rest of the passage though. It’s about reaching for your ideas rather than waiting to be inspired.

Nail Your Novel – 31%
I stopped at, “Reincorporation is giving a satisfying payoff, using elements you got the reader interested in early on.”

Living Beyond Your Feelings – 22%
Last highlighted quote, “Learn not to ask yourself how you feel about things, but instead ask yourself if doing or not doing something is right for you.”

Delirium – 26%
“Someone is singing: a beautiful voice as thick and heavy as warm honey, spilling down a scale so quickly I feel dizzy just listening.”

Vain – 25%
“I turned toward him and drank in his lean, muscular figure. Oh. My. Word.”
I can’t stomach romance novels, so I quit after reading a bunch of repetitive sentences like that.

The Summer I Turned Pretty – 11%
Going to have to start from the beginning again. I left off (over a year ago) with, “Over his shoulder Conrad said, ‘Good night, Belly.’ And that was it. I was in love.”
I loved that.

Reading Like A Writer – 7%
Quote I liked so far, “You will do yourself a disservice if you confine your reading to the rising star whose six-figure, two-book contract might seem to indicate where your own work should be heading.” Prose’s whole passage is saying that writers deserve such contracts but it’s just the icing on the creativity cake.

Hopeless – 5%
“She laughs and grabs my hand, then stands up. ‘Come. I’ve got Rocky Road.’ She doesn’t have to ask twice.” Not badly written, but I’m still not sure about these New Adult romances.

Book List Update for March

Lately I’ve been book hopping and I’ve built up an even bigger “Reading / To-Read” list:

Friday Reads for 11 Jan 2013

My Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2013 is to read (at least) 30 books. I looked around my couch and made a list of 26 “to read” books that were either on my Kindle, Nook, or coffee table. Some of these are Friday Finds because I recently got them in ebook form from the library.

There are plenty of books I have stashed away that I can still get to but after making this list, I get the idea that I do not need to purchase any more books. Well, until I bump my challenge number to 40 or 50. I don’t think I’ll ever stop finding new books I want to read.

  1. Novel Writing – Marshall
  2. The Truth About Forever – Dessen
  3. Along for the Ride – Dessen
  4. Beautiful Creatures – Garcia and Stohl
  5. Reading like a Writer – Prose
  6. Liar and Spy – Stead
  7. The Diary of Anne Frank – Frank
  8. If I Stay – Foreman
  9. Eve – Carey
  10. Adoration of Jenna Fox – Pearson
  11. Cold Kiss – Garvey
  12. Hollowland – Hocking
  13. Must Love Dogs – Cook
  14. The Summer I Turned Pretty – Han
  15. The Great Gatsby – Fitzgerald
  16. Bright Young Things – Godbersen
  17. Pretty Little Liars: Killer – Shepard
  18. Pretty Little Liars: Heartless – Shepard
  19. Burn for Burn – Han and Vivian
  20. Matched – Condie
  21. One Day – Nicholls
  22. The Secret Life of Bees – Kidd
  23. Glass – Hopkins
  24. Mockingjay – Collins
  25. All the Wrong Questions? – Snicket
  26. Divergent – Roth

Of course I also have classics to finish reading like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.

Again, these are books that I can access right now. There are plenty of others on my “to read” list.

Review of “Fahrenheit 451”


Guy Montag lives in a world without books. In fact, he burns them. But after meeting a strange young girl named Clarisse, she asks him if he is happy, and Montag begins wondering if being a fireman is worth it. His wife, Mildred overdoses on sleeping pills and nearly dies – something which she denies because she is so caught up in this world of watching interactive television. After Clarisse dies and Montag witnesses an old woman who would rather be burned alive with her books then part with them, he begins to revolt against the world without literature. He steals a book himself. Eventually after Mildred betrays her husband, Beatty, Montag’s boss, decides to burn Montag’s house due to his new-found love of books. As the mechanical house from the firehouse tries to capture Montag, he escapes and finds a group of men who have made themselves into books by memorizing whole texts.
This dystopian novel is astounding even for today with the idea of television over books. What makes the novel so lovely is the language of Bradbury: “The books leapt and danced like roasted birds, their wings ablaze with red and yellow feathers.” I liked the concept of the book very much and I appreciated that the whole thing was pretty quick. It was confusing at first, being in 2012 to get the idea of the family on television but then I understood it as a continuous reality show that Mildred watches around the clock. That isn’t very far from reality now, is it?
I would recommend this one as a good look at a classic dystopian novel. Since The Hunger Games are so popular now, students would be able to get the gist of this, I think. The idea of television rotting your brain so much that books are silly, ridiculous things is something I’m sure young adults can understand that idea.