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Top Ten Tuesday (er, Wednesday)

February 9, 2011 2 comments

Even though this was technically supposed to be put up yesterday, I couldn’t resist participating in this meme over at The Broke and The Bookish.  I love the topic this week!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new top ten list complete with one of their blogger’s answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post and sign Mister Linky at the bottom of their post to share with them and all those who are participating. If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Don’t worry if you can’t come up with ten every time, just post what you can!

The topic this week was: Top Ten Literary Figures You’d Name Your Children After.

(In no particular order…)

  1. Sunny from The Series of Unfortunate Events: Unfortunately, my husband’s family’s dog is named Sunny, so this will never fly.
  2. Jem from Clockwork Angel:I think this is a great nickname for James.  Much better than Jimmer.
  3. Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird: Love it, but my husband would never go for it and it’s too close to my daughter’s name.
  4. Enna from Books of Bayern: I love this!!  I may actually use this if I can get my husband to go for it.  I love how unique it is, yet not hard to pronounce or spell.
  5. Archer from Fire: I love this for a little boy.  My husband would not.
  6. Ginny from Harry Potter: I love Ginny Weasley, and I think the name is really cute.  BUT, I really do NOT like the name Virginia, which Ginny is a nickname for.
  7. Zoey from The House of Night series: No real reason, just a cool name.
  8. Jane from Pride & Prejudice: This name is all over literature, and for a good reason, it’s classic and classy.
  9. Jace from The Mortal Instruments: I totally love this name, but I could never use it because I already have a nephew named Jace!
  10. Lily from Harry Potter: I think this name is lovely and beautiful, but it totally doesn’t work with my last name, so it’ll never happen.

Categories: Meme, Nonsense

Catch-Up (Not Ketchup or Catsup)

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Sorry I’ve been away so long!  In early December I was diagnosed with pregnancy.  Which came with the lovely symptom of morning sickness.  Without verging on TMI, let me just say that I’ve spent the last two months throwing up and laying around on my couch with very little time spent on the computer or even reading. Seriously, I didn’t read a single book for two months.  (Gasp!)

Oh, also, I moved across the country and it was Christmas.

So.

You know.

There’s that.

Anyway, I’m back now, and I have been reading.  So I do have some reviews coming.  But before I get there, I wanted to share a list of books coming out in 2011 that I’m really looking forward to. It’s a long list; be warned.

Whew.  Told ya it was a long list.  But that’s for all of 2011, so…

Categories: Nonsense, Upcoming Release

Books I Wish I Was Reading Right Now

October 15, 2010 2 comments

I’m in the middle of editing a book by one of my husband’s professors, and it’s taking all of my free time.  It’s a super intense project that keeps me up into the wee hours of the morning, so my reading has come to a grinding halt.  If I’m lucky, I get about 20 pages a day.

But that doesn’t stop my library requests from being filled!  Here’s what I’ve checked out but have left in my library bag, neglected.

  • The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  • The Clone Codes by Patricia C. McKissack
  • A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  • Torment by Lauren Kate
  • Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

The last three on the list are new releases, and it’s killing me not being able to pick them up and devour them. Not being able to read as much as I usually do is physically painful for me.

What are the symptoms of withdrawal?  Because I think I might be addicted to books.

Categories: Nonsense

Ratings Now on My Book List

September 24, 2010 Leave a comment

For your convenience, I’ve added ratings to My 2010 Book List.  That way, if I haven’t written a review for it, you’ll still (sort of) know what I thought about it.  Eventually, I’d like to make a “Recommendations” page, but it’s WAY at the bottom of my to-do list.

Anyway, happy reading!

Categories: Nonsense

Radiance by Alyson Noël

September 14, 2010 2 comments

This was the first ARC I got before the actual publishing date.  I received it about two weeks before it was released on Aug. 31.  I was so excited.

I have already read all of The Immortals, Alyson Noël’s first series.  You can see my review of Dark Flame, the latest in the series, here.

Anyway, I got really excited when I heard that there was going to be a series about Riley, Ever’s younger sister.

Here’s the synopsis from Alyson Noël’s website:

Riley Bloom left her sister, Ever, in the world of the living and crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. Riley and her dog, Buttercup, have been reunited with her parents and are just settling into a nice, relaxing death when she’s summoned before The Council. They let her in on a secret—the afterlife isn’t just an eternity of leisure; Riley has to work. She’s been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a curious boy she can’t quite figure out.

Riley, Bodhi, and Buttercup return to earth for her first assignment, a Radiant Boy who’s been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But he’s never met Riley…

Riley is a great character, especially considering the fact that she’s dead.  When you think about it, it’s pretty amazing that Alyson Noël can get you to like a dead girl so much.

Radiance is aimed for a younger audience than The Immortals.  After all, the protagonist is only 12 (although she seems older, most of the time).  Anyway, it’s geared towards middle-schoolers, and is totally appropriate for that age.  It’s interesting, but doesn’t delve into topics that aren’t age-appropriate (such as sex, drinking, drugs, etc.).  And it’s relatively short; less than 200 pages.

While it’s not necessary to have read The Immortals to enjoy Radiance, I would definitely say that it made it a little better for me.  Mostly because I already knew and liked Riley.  But I liked her a lot more after reading this book.

It was really fun to read a book that hadn’t come out yet.  I felt so “in the know.”  It was interesting though, because they make sure you know that the book’s not in its final state and there might be some grammatical errors and blah blah blah.  Well, I noticed a big one right off the bat!

They spelled the author’s name wrong in the page header!  Every single page was like that.  I mean, sheesh, the author’s name is probably the WORST thing for an editor to have missed, don’t you think?  I haven’t seen the final version that’s in stores, but I’m sure it got fixed.

Anyway.

If you’re a fan of The Immortals, or even just a fan of Riley’s (I like her better than her sister, Ever), you’ll like this book.

Four stars for taking a character I already liked and making me like her even more.

Happenings

July 24, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve slowed down a lot on my reading this week because things have just been busy.  Also, I started re-reading Uglies, but then I switched to a different book.

Because I received my reviewer’s copy of Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepherd in the mail this week!  I got it over at LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers, and I’m about a third of the way through so far.  You’ll definitely be seeing my review as soon as I’m done.

A few days after I got my book in the mail, I found out that Goodreads has a similar program called First Reads.  I looked through their list, and entered to win a LOT of books… seriously, there were 8 pages of books.

Anyway, two days later they sent me an email saying I had won!  I won a cookbook called Fry Bacon, Add Onions: The Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook.  I don’t know when that one will get here, but I’m really excited to try out some new recipes.  Especially ones with bacon and/or onions, two favorites in our house. 🙂

Categories: Nonsense

Friday’s Fab Five

July 16, 2010 1 comment

My review for Wicked Lovely is coming soon, but for now…

Here are this week’s questions:

  1. If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?
    Probably a bird of some kind.  I love heights, and I really love flying (in airplanes), so I think flying with wings would be awesome.
  2. If you could have any super power, what would you choose?
    The ability to always say the exactly right thing at the right time.
  3. If you were a character in a book, who would you choose to be?
    Elizabeth Bennet.  Because she gets to live at Pemberley.  With Mr. Darcy. 🙂
  4. What is one food you could never give up?
    Bread, of any kind.
  5. What is one food you never want to eat again?
    Again?  Implying that I’ve eaten it before?  Mushrooms, probably.  Or shrimp, I don’t really care for shrimp.
Friday’s Fab Five is a weekly event hosted by Froggy at Froggarita’s Bookcase. She asks five questions, which could or could not be book related, so that bloggers and their readers can get to know each other better. Participating can be as simple as answering the questions in the comments for this post. Or, it can be as intense as answering the questions by commenting on her blog, commenting on my blog, and posting about the event on your own blog. The only rule is that you can’t use the same answer twice.
Categories: Meme, Nonsense