Sunday, October 26

TSS - Moons of Jupiter

Title: Moons of Jupiter

Author: Alice Munro

Pages: 233

Summary: The characters who populated and Alice Munro story live and breathe. Passions hopelessly conceived, affections betrayed, marriages made and broken: the joys, fears, loves and awakenings of women echo throughout these twelve unforgettable stories, laying bare and unexceptional and yet inescapable pain of human contact.

The twelve stories are:
- Chaddeleys and Flemings: Connection
- Chaddeleys and Flemings: The Stone in the Field
- Dulse
- The Turkey Season
- Bardon Bus
- Prue
- Labour Day Dinner
- Mrs. Cross and Mrs. Kidd
- Hard-Luck Stories
- Visitors
- The Moons of Jupiter

My Rating: 7.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Overall, this books was good. Alice Munro is a good author, who brings realism in her stories. Often, I felt like I was peering into the lives of the people, and being able to watch them for the short time. She does a great job and portraying the emotions of the characters, making them all very believable, and as if they could have or do exist. I did find that some stories dragged a bit, or weren’t that interesting. Some characters, really bothered be, and you couldn’t connect. The Chaddeleys and Flemings, Visitors are to examples. But other stories were very well written, Turkey Season, Prue and Mrs. Cross and Mrs. Kidd. I also liked how a lot of the stories take place in small towns in Ontario, many of which I’m familiar with. She managed to get the “character of the towns” spot on.

Overall, a good book. Munro’s ability to create the level of realism in the stories, it gives the reader a good “peep” inside the lives of random people, with Munro’s ability to tell a good, story. My explanation of how here stories are told is similar to looking through the window of random peoples lives, and being able to catch snippets of them and their lives. (I’m weird, I know) It’s a perfect read to enjoy on a cold, damp day with some hot chocolate.

Would I recommend it to read: I would recommend it. It’s not my favourite, but it is still a very enjoyable read. I found I liked one of her other collection of short stories better, but she is a very talented author, even the ones that were a little boring for me or dragged on a bit, still portrayed her ability to tell a good story. For me it was just the plot of the story just didn’t connect to me so I felt that it dragged.

What to read next: Runaway, is the other collection of short stories I’ve read by her, so I’d start with that. Also try her other short stories or writings because she is a good author, and she is Canadian (I like to promote Canadian Authors, because I’m, Canadian, and they don’t get promoted as much as they deserve)

Afterthought tidbit: While reading the story, I found out that Alice Munro lives (at least some of the time) in a small town, Clinton, where my grandmother lives, and where I lived for a short time as a child. Small world huh? My grandmother doesn’t know her personally, but it’s just an interesting little piece of information.



Wednesday, October 22

Silk

Title: Silk

Author: Alessandro Baricco

Pages: 132

Summary: : The year is 1861. Herve Joncour is a French merchant of silkworms, who combs the known world for their gemlike eggs. Then circumstances compel him to travel farther, beyond the edge of the known, to a country legendary for the quanitly of its silk and its hostility to foreigners: Japan

The Joncour meets a woman. They do not touch; they do not speak. And he cannot read the note she sends him until he has returned to his own country. But in the moment he does, Joncour is possessed.

My Rating: 9/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This book was a beautiful, elegantly written and poetic. The entire story (a short novella) is written into tiny little poetics chapters. Almost like a free style poetry, but written to tell a story. Alessandro Baricco, does a fantastic job at creating a lovely read and a forbidden love story. For the most part, the story isn’t what caused me to be unable to put the book down, it was the beautiful pose, poetic words that vibrated off the pages, which disallowed me to put it down for any period of time.

This isn’t a book that has some sort o exciting love forbidden love story, little information is interaction is seen between characters, it is a lot of metaphors descriptions and small poetic phrases that create the story. Overall, it was a beautiful and poetic novella pulling the reader in and to experience a forbidden story of love. If you’re looking for a good, poetic read and elegant writing, this is defiantly for you.

Would I recommend it to read: Yes I would. It is also one of the books on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list. I can see a lot of people not enjoy this book, because it concentrates on a poetic descriptions and metaphors, phrases etc. To tell the story, there is a lot of vivid imagery in it, but don’t except a trawling love story and adventure. Although it is very short, (132 pages) and the pages (because of font size) are only partially filled in. It won’t take long at all. Two – Three hours at most if you’re a slow reader. So give it a try, even if it isn’t your usual style book.

What to read next: Atonement or Fugitive Pieces. They’re not that related to the book, but Fugitive Pieces has elegant poetic style to it.


Tuesday, October 21

Teaser Tuesday's

  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!

  • Okay I'm doing a teaser from one of the new books I bought, in my second round of new book buying (sold 2 dvd box sets, got 25$ bought 6 books for 25$). Anyways, this one is from Silk, by Alessandro Baricco on page 43.

    "They returned to the town in the strange light of an afternoon that seemed evening. Arriving at the house of Herve Joncour, they said good bye"

    Note for your information, the other 5 books I got from the used bookstore were : Great Expectations, Cat's Eye, Poionswood Bible, Further Under the Duvet and Dark of the Sun.

    Tuesday Thingers

    Today's question: Series. Do you collect any series? Do you read series books? Fantasy? Mystery? Science fiction? Religious? Other genre? Do you use the series feature in LT to help you find new books or figure out what you might be missing from a series?

    I collect A LOT of series and of course read them. They are mostly fantasy, because in general, that's what (I find) makes up the majority of the series books out there. My series includes

    Harry Potter, The Shanner Saga - I have the first and second (Heritage) in my collection. Wheel of Time Saga (11 books one sequel and awaiting the final and 12th book, although I've only read six, the 12th is a big deal, because of the death of the author, and the new one being written by a different author). The Three Word Cycle. I have the first and second quartets. I also have the first of the series of multiple books and Lord of the Rings (although arguably, LOTR isn't a series, because it is just one large book, that publishers broke down into three sections to make mroe money).

    I've never used the series feature or LT. I never knew they had a feature like that, so maybe I shall check it out.

    Monday, October 20

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Author: J.K. Rowling

    Pages: 317

    Summary: Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogworts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

    My Rating: 10/10

    What I liked/disliked about the book: Along with the sixth book, this is my favourite of the Harry Potter Series. One of the reasons is it introduces one of my favourite characters, Remus Lupin. I can’t say to much about him, because it might spoil things for you, but he’s just one of those loveable, and at times mysterious characters, who will always have your back, a gifted wizard. He’s also one of those characters that you remember, for a long time. This Harry Potter book has a different mood then the first two. It’s a lot darker, and appeals to a slightly older audience. Actually, the movie version of this (also my favourite of all the movies) is what started my Harry Potter Mania. It was this movie, and when I got to the third book, it really had me hooked to the series. This one has a lot of action and has a lot of moments where you start to ask questions about Harry’s past. I found the ending of this to be far more exciting, and more climatic at the end. Some of my favourite characters are also at their best here, including Snape and Lupin. Hard thing is to tell, why this book is so great, without actually ruining some of the surprises in it. One thing is, and those who’ve read or are familiar with it, is that it is different then any other book, because the book is missing something all other books in the series have. So over all, very mysterious, hilarious (especially during the divination classes) and action packed. This is Harry Potter at his best (yet again, as with the other books, I find my self more attracted to the minor major characters then the major ones.) Also, events at the end kick off events in the rest of the series.

    Would I recommend it to read: Of course I would. This is my favourite of the series; it’s the reason why I love the series so much, the reason why I became a huge Harry Potter Fan. Therefore you all should read the book, so you can experience Potter like me. If you didn’t like the first two, then try this one out. Most will agree that this is one of the best in the series, and this kicks off the rest of the books.

    What to read next: The rest of the Harry Potter series (Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince, Deathly Hollows) Golden Compass, Wrinkle in Time, Chronicles of Narnia.

    Book Review: The Princess Bride

    Title: The Princess Bride

    Author: William Goldman

    Pages: 398

    Summary: The Princess Bride, is a timeless tale that pits country against country, good against evil, love against hate. This incredible journey and artfully rendered love story is pepped with strange beasties monstrous and gentle, memorable surprises both terrible and sublime, and such unforgettable characters as….

    Westley, the handsome farm boy who risks death (and much worse) for the women he loves; Inigo, the Spanish swordsman who lives only to avenge his fathers death, Fezzik, the gentlest giant ever to have uprooted a tree with his bare hands; Vizzini, he evil Sicilian with a mind so keen he’s foiled his own perfect logic; Prince Humperdinks, the eviler ruler of Guilder, who has an equally insatiable thirst for war and beauteous Buttercup; Count Rugen, the evilest man of all, who thrives on the excruciation pain of others; Miracle Max, the King’s ex Miracle Man, who can raise the dead (kind of)’ and of course, Buttercup…the princess bride, the most perfect, beautiful woman in the history of the world.

    My Rating: 9.5/10

    What I liked/disliked about the book: This book is likely one of the most entertaining and funniest fairy tale romance fantasies, I have ever read. I read it for the 24 Hour Read-a-thon, and it was worth saving it for that. I giggled non stop at the story. The whole novel is based upon making an abridged version of the “good parts” of the authors favourite childhood story. So, the book is filled with sarcastic and funny remarks on why he took certain parts out, including pages upon pages on hats. (It will make more sense if you read it). The story also includes random rants on fights with his publishers about writing the “abridge version”. Combine this with the fantasy fairy tale, filled with sword fights, odd creatures and swamps, and the most unusual collection of characters you will ever get together in one book, this becomes a timeless classic (satiric) fairy tale, everyone should read. If you seen the movie, then you will like this. I liked the book better, but I tend to be a bit of a sarcastic person. And I am telling you, don’t expect the book to make a lot of sense, because it doesn’t. It also has one of my favourite, non endings in a book, although I can’t put it in here because I’ll spoil it, if you would like to know, just ask and I’ll let those who wish to know, what it’s all about.

    Overall, a hilarious sarcastic fairly tale, a very light and enjoyable read, that will make you smile, route for the good guys and watch them all live sort of happily ever after but they did then didn’t or sort of did, depending on who you ask (read the book, and the little ramble will make much more sense). Inconsiderable! (Sorry, just had to put that in).

    Would I recommend it to read: Yes I would. But, if you’re looking for a romantic fantasy, then this may disappoint you. It’s different from the movie, and yes it does have that nice aspect of romance, but it’s a huge mockery of the classic fairy tale. But it is a worth while read, that will make you laugh out loud.

    What to read next: Stardust, Alice in Wonderland (it has that wacky sort of appeal to it).


    Please note this is a repost, as the original was accidentally deleted.











    Sunday, October 19

    Read-a-Thon - Overview of My experiences

    Here is an overall post of my experiences of the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon.
    Of the 24 hours I stayed awake for 22 hours. I was to tired to make it to the final 2.I tried, I really tried. But I started to see shadows everywhere and the worlds began to blur together. I knew I should have had the coffee at 1 am not 4. Oh well.
    Of those 22 hours I stayed awake, I read for 19 hours. Although the last two to three hours my reading slowed considerably. So I didn’t get as much reading done near the end as I would have liked.

    I completed two novels
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    The Princess Bride

    Six Short Stories (of 10 or 11) From Moons of Jumpier
    Chaddeleys and Flemings
    1) Connection
    2) The Stone in the Field
    Dulse
    The Turkey Season
    Bardon Bus
    Prue

    And I began three other novels (near the end I hoped around a lot)
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    Watermelon
    Angels

    All together I red 1006 pages.

    So I feel somewhat accomplished. I was hopping I could have finished the short stories and at least one other novel. I would probably been able to finish Bridget Jones Diary: Edge of Reason, but I’ve only watched the first movie. And the book is for a Literature Class. So I thought it might be best to read it when I’m not dead tired.

    Next time around, I think I may have designated break times, and maybe have those 3 or 4 hours of having 30 minute or 1 hour breaks through out the challenge. Rather then take 5 minutes here 15 there etc. Might be better for my eyes that way and I may be able to not feel those last hours as dragging. Also, I think I should have planned my coffee drinks. I had two early own, then nothing except some pop until almost four. I think I should have had coffee around one then again at four to keep myself good.

    Other than that I really did well, didn’t reach my goals, but this was my first time, so now I know how it all works, how I get after awhile, and I’ll be able to come back the next time and be here for the full 24 hours. I think I rather stay up longer, finish more books, then read for longer hours.

    Reviews of Books will be up later today or tomorrow. I may try to finish the last few short stories in Moons of Jupiter and write a review for that.

    Congratulations to all who competed, the hosts creators, cheerleaders and readers. Also congrads to those who won prizes and stayed up the full 24 hours. Also, thanks to all of those who dropped by and gave your support.

    Read-a-thon Update 9 - Hour 22

    Title of book(s) read since last update:
    Short Story from Moons of Jupiter - Bardon Bus and Prue
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Number of books read since you started: 2 novels (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and 6 Short Stories from Moons of Jupiter

    Pages read since last update: 46

    Running total of pages read since you started: 1006

    Amount of time spent reading since last update:45 minutes

    Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 19 hours

    Mini-challenges completed: 4-

    Other participants you’ve visited: 7. Some I've revised a few times possibly more.

    Prize you’ve won:: Zero although I'm so tired I'm starting to not see strait so I keep thinking I see spiders and random shadows.... does that count?

    I think that's it for me. I'm exhausted and like I said above, I'm starting to not be able to see straight. It's a shame because there is only 2.5 hours left to go. But sanity first.

    I read 2 Novels and 6 short stories. So I think I did fairly well. I've been up for 22 or is it 22.5 hours? and 19 of those I've been reading. I took out time for breaks, playing around which which adds up to about 3 hours.

    I've had three cups of coffee. Two pops, multiple snacks...now it's time for me to go to dream land. Good luck to those who are going for the remaining time. Next read-a-thon hopefully I can do the full 24 hours. So close! Tomorrow well later today I will write up the reviews and an all around update post of my experiences of the read-a-thon. For now sleep calls.


    Read-a-thon Update 8 - Hour 21(?0

    Title of book(s) read since last update:
    Short Story from Moons of Jupiter - Accident
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Number of books read since you started: 2 + 4 short stories Plus started 3 others. I'm tired and keep jumping around.

    Pages read since last update: 103

    Running total of pages read since you started: 960

    Amount of time spent reading since last update: 2 hours and 45 minutes

    Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 17 hours and 45 minutes

    Mini-challenges completed: 4-

    Other participants you’ve visited: 5 or 6? I lost count on this part

    Prize you’ve won: 0 - I need to do more challenges me thinks

    Read-a-thon Update 7 - Hour 17

    Title of book(s) read since last update:
    Watermelon
    Also read two short Stories from Moons of Jupiter


    Number of books read since you started: 2 + 3 short stories (although I still have some left before the book is finished)

    Pages read since last update: 108 (2 short stories from Moons of Jupiter, 13 pages of Angels by Keyes then I realized Watermelon comes befor it.

    Running total of pages read since you started: 857

    Amount of time spent reading since last update: 2 hours and 3o - 45 minutes?

    Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 15 Hours

    Mini-challenges completed: 4-

    Other participants you’ve visited: 5 or 6? I lost count on this part

    Prize you’ve won: 0 - I need to do more challenges me thinks

    Saturday, October 18

    READ-ATHON MINI CHALLENGE

    Top Ten Reasons the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon is affecting your mind

    10) After your 3rd cup of coffee or caffeinated beverage you swear you it has no affect. The neighbours/roommates/family think otherwise

    9) During breaks and music is playing in the background you start sing and dancing to the tune

    8) You jump for joy when you finished the book. Even if it was a 20 page picture book

    7) You have at least 6 different bookmarks in hand incase a book bores you, so you can move on to the next one.

    6) You have ignored the fact the dishes are piled high and your house looks like a war zone of neglected books or books you may try to possibly think of maybe reading

    5) You are wondering if coffee number 4 is in order….. maybe even 5 or six…..

    4) You start running up in down the hallway, while trying to read your book, or listen it on tape to keep your self awake

    3) You’ve ignored your friends, family and dog to read and cheer on other readers

    2) You wonder why you didn’t plan more munchies in an easier reach and wonder if havoing the coffee pot directly on the coffee table will save precious minutes that are taken away from reading (I mean it is called a coffee table right?)

    And Finally the Number One reason

    1) You haven’t even finished this year’s read-a-thon but are making plans for next years, to make it even better

    Read-a-thon Update 6 - Hour 14.5


    Title of book(s) read since last update:
    Either Ship Fever of Watermelon will be next

    Number of books read since you started: 2

    Pages read since last update: 206

    Running total of pages read since you started: 749

    Amount of time spent reading since last update: 3 hours and 15 minutes (

    Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 12 hours and 15 minutes - 12 and a half hours. (I have about 2.5 hours of breaks, dinner and a walk to clear my head, writeups and all that. Im sure if I add it together thats what I have.)

    Mini-challenges completed: 3 -

    Other participants you’ve visited: 4

    Prize you’ve won: 0 - I need to do more challenges me thinks


    Read-a-thon Update 5 - Hour 10

    Title of book(s) read since last update:
    The Princess Bride

    Number of books read since you started: 1

    Pages read since last update: 124

    Running total of pages read since you started: 543

    Amount of time spent reading since last update: 2 hours.

    Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 9 hours (Maybe a little longer? 9.15 hrs? I haven't calculated exact amount of time of breaks/mini breaks. But I'm assuming about an hour.)

    Mini-challenges completed: 3 - Most recent was guess the book cover. I only possibly reconized three, and of those three they were all guesses. Oh well I tried.

    Other participants you’ve visited: 3 - dinner time for me, so I'm visiting some while I rest my eyes and eat a tasty sandwich and salad.

    Prize you’ve won: 0

    Read-a-thon Update 4 - Hour 8

    Title of book(s) read since last update:
    -Moons of Jupiter Read the first short story of 35 pages and was dredfully boring. It took me almost an hour to get through.
    -Princess Bride - Currnetly Reasing


    Number of books read since you started: 1

    Pages read since last update: 103

    Running total of pages read since you started: 419

    Amount of time spent reading since last update: 2 hours.

    Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 7 hours

    Mini-challenges completed: 2

    Other participants you’ve visited: 3

    Prize you’ve won: 0

    Also on coffee pot number two of the day.


    Read-a-thon Update 3 - Hour 5.5

    Title of book(s) read since last update: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Number of books read since you started: 1

    Pages read since last update: 144

    Running total of pages read since you started: 316

    Amount of time spent reading since last update: 2.5 hours

    Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 5 hours (- about 3o minutes for write-ups and to take phone call)

    Mini-challenges completed: 1

    Other participants you’ve visited: None yet (taking 30 minute break to do so now, then resuming reading at beginning of hour six)

    Prize you’ve won: 0

    Read-a-thon Update 2 - Hour 3

    Title of book(s) read since last update: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Number of books read since you started: 0

    Pages read since last update: 117

    Running total of pages read since you started:172

    Amount of time spent reading since last update: About 2 hours.(minus few minutes to write updates)

    Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 3 hours

    Mini-challenges completed: 1 (Introduction Meme)

    Other participants you’ve visited: None Yet

    Prize you’ve won: 0


    Hour ONE Updare and Mini Challenge Introduction Meme

    Title of book(s) read since last update: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    Number of books read since you started: 0 (it’s only been 1 hour)
    Pages read since last update: 55
    Running total of pages read since you started: 55
    Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hour.
    Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 1 hour
    Mini-challenges completed: None Yet
    Other participants you’ve visited: None yet
    Prize you’ve won: 0


    Where are you reading from today?
    -Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban, Moons of Jupiter, Collected Ghost Stories, Wishsong of Shannara, Shop Fever, Amber Spy Glass, Watermelon, Tender is the Night, Princess Bride, Little Women, Mansfield Park, Bridget Jones Diary- Edge of Reason, Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire – or that’s the plan.choices.
    3 facts about me …
    - I’m a Library Technician Student
    -I love to write fiction and fan fiction
    -Favourite TV Shows include Heroes, Brotherhood, ER Colbert Report
    How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
    12 or 13. But I wont finish the all.
    Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
    Finish three to four books, maybe vist a few blogs and comment. Plan on the full 24 hours.
    If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time?
    First timer GO ME


    Read-A-Thon Pre-Start Post

    The 24 Hour Read-A-Thon starts in about 12-15 minutes! I'm very excited. I have all my books stacked and ready to go. Got my coffee (well it's my morning coffee as it's almost 8 am where I am). I have parts of my dinner already made. The rest will have to be made when the time comes, put thats more of toasting the bagel and throwing dressing on the salad. Doing it in advanced will just cause sogginess. But the rest of the snacks are ready to go. I plan on eatting breakfast, which I never do, but need fuel to READ READ READ! It's all very exciting, I, oddly enough, dreamed about it all night...weird I know. Preparing my self I guess, I have multiple spots in my hosue picked out, the couch, chair, a chair in my den and maybe my desk chair and floor. I'm avoiding my bed, because well I'll fall asleep.

    Here's a link to the main read-a-thon page:
    Here's a link to Aerin at Gargantuan Books has created a wonderful page for the Read-A-Thon. A list of the participants are also found there.

    All other information you wish to know can be found on those pages. I'm off, to start reading

    If you wish to talk to me I have GTALK just add me: dobson.j.m @gmail.com
    I also have MSN my name there is Julie_d112@hotmail.com add me if you wish.

    GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY READING TO YOU ALL!


    Friday, October 17

    Used Bookstores: My Greatest Love

    I went to an used Bookstore today and I was able to snag up a few good finds. I bought 5 books spending 15.65$. GO ME! I got The Waves and Orlando by Virginia Woolf. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The Color Purple by Alice Walker and The Hobbit, the black cover edition (with the red dragon). I've been looking for this edition for YEARS! And I finally found it. I wanted to get more, but I held my self back. At the counter the had The Dutchess. I also saw the book thief, Girl with a Pearl Earing, handfuls of classics and more (and those were just the books I had on my list.) It's a great little bookstore. And 5 books for just over 15 bucks? That's a great deal.

    The Waves cover is a little worn. And the Hobbit and the Waves both have someones name in the top corner of the inside cover. But small price to pay. I almost jumped for joy when I saw the Hobbit. You don't understand how long I've been looking for this, because well I'm a little neurotic when it comes to my books at times. I want my middle earth collection all to be those nice black covers. And all except the Hobbit were. And now, I have it. I've been searching and searching for it. People claimed it didn't exist! But now! NOW I HAVE IT! WHOOT! Alright I sound a little crazy. But fellow book lovers will understand. I may go back, a friend was suppose to come but they never got back to me, so I still have to take them to the pretty book store. Which means I may be able to get some more books. Currently I have 190 books. 191 if you include a small collection of stories and poems published by the creative writing gropu in high school.

    Tomorrow I may use some of my newly purchased books for the 24hour read-a-thon. We'll see. Either way, I had to share my new purchases in my book blog. Because well they're books.

    Here are my books:



    Thursday, October 16

    Booking Through Thursday -The Lonely Unread

    It's Thursday again, so time for the BTT.
    –here was an interesting article by Christopher Schoppa in the Washington Post.

    So, the question is his: “What tomes are waiting patiently on your shelves?


    Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

    My Answer

    Well, first of all I am one of those people who can't stop that urge to buy that "new" book. A few summer's ago the major bookstores, Chapters and Coles, (the two near me) had a sale. Buy three paperbacks get one fre..... oh boy. That was a bad sale to have. I was constently buying three books, because HELLO! You get one free. Not only did I do that at the chapters, then sit down with my newly bought books with a coffee at the attached starbucks, I'd run across the stree to the mall, which held the Coles. My friend worked their and because of him, my fantasy series grew emensly, and I manged to get my buy three get the forth free. I'm a serioius book-a-holic. Interventions are coming I'm sure. I have recently discovered used bookstores. This one also has DVDs and a few other things, but mostly books. I'm in trouble (it's also a good place to give away those books which you just finished for the sake of finish coushopaholicough). With that being said, here is a list of books, anxiously awaiting for me to read them.

    1. The Three Worlds Cycle Part Two: Well of Echos Series (Geomancer, Tetratch, Alcymist, Chimaria)
    2. Walsh Sisters "Series" - Angels and Watermelon
    3. Shannara Series - Wishsong and the Heritage of Shannara
    4. Interview of a Vampire (I also have Blood and Gold, but I think that comes third?)
    5. The final adventure of the Musketeers - The Vicomte de Braelonne, Louise de Valliere, The Man in the Irion Mask
    There's a peep at my TBR list. I could list all of them... but you'd be here all day reading it. I own 187 books. Ive read 91 of them. And my collection isn't nearly complete (I plan own owning my own personal library stocked full of books).

    Wednesday, October 15

    24 hour read-a-thon

    The 24 hour read-a-thon is coming up this Saturday the 18th. It starts 12 noon GMT time or 8 am my time. So I'll have to be up early for a Saturday, but small price to pay. I plan on being equipped with coffee, pop, munchies, blankets and other goodies. While reading all day of course. I finally picked my books I'll read for the day. I probably won't finish all of them, but I picked a bunch, in case I get bored of some and want to read another one. So, here are my list of books.

    UPDATE! I was unabled to get smoke and mirrios, and J.D Salingers Short Stories. So Instead I got these two books; Moons of Jupiter (collection of Short Stories) by Alice Munro and Collected Ghost Stories by M.R James. I also may Try Ship Fever by Andrea Barett.



    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    The Amber Spyglass
    The Princess Bride
    Tender is the Night
    Watermelon
    Little Women
    Wishsong of Shannara
    Moons of Jupiter - Alice Munro
    Collected Ghost Stories
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    Brigit Jones Diary – The Edge of Reason
    Mansfield Park

    So I have a bit of variety, but it's always good. All of them, except watermelon and bridget jones are for reading challenges. Watermelon, has just been on my "to read" list for some time, and Bridget Jones Diary - Edge of Reason is a book I have to read for my chick-lit course I'm taking in school. So I'm VERY excited. We'll see how well it plays out, I have a link on the left side toolbar of the blog to the read-a-thon. So make sure you check it out!

    Tuesday, October 14

    Teaser Tuesday's

    This comes from page 592 of Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
    Their attack began the same way: one of them rushed in and rushed out again. A bear swiped at it halfheartedly and swung around to meet the second dog.

    TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
    # Grab your current read.
    # Let the book fall open to a random page.
    # Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
    # You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
    # Please avoid spoilers!
    More at Should Be Reading

    Thursday, October 9

    Frankenstein

    Title: Frankenstein

    Author: Mary Shelley

    Summary: Few creature of horror have seized readers’ imaginations and held them for so long as the anguished monster of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The story of victor Frankenstein’s terrible creation and havoc it caused has enthralled generations of readers and inspired countless writers of horror and suspense. Considering the novel’s enduring success, it is remarkable that it began merely as a whim of Lord Byron’s.

    My Rating: 9/10

    What I liked/disliked about the book: I really, really, really liked this book. A lot. Shelley has the ability to create vivid, gothic imagery in her scenes, which sets up the moon in the story. The way she was able to write her descriptions helped make the story so chilling. The whole story is very elegantly written, it drew me in and I couldn’t put it down, as I waited for the “monster” to appear. I read the beautiful descriptions of the moon looming in the sky while a character contemplated his actions. I think it’s safe to say, everyone knows, or at least has some idea of the story of Frankenstein. Whether it’s been in movies, or other renditions of the books, most know the story, which for me, helped make it a little more suspenseful, as you waited for the first glimpse of Frankenstein's Monster. You knew he was coming, and waiting, to get your first glimpse….. I was very invested in the book, scared; no, but invested. To the point I zoned out everything around me, and jumped at me knocking something down (surprised by the noise). A great sign of an amazing book, that has you so invested you forget the world.

    “The Monster” or Frankenstein's Monster is probably my favourite character. I felt so sorry for him, he was a very unique and complex character, and his character really relies on human nature and how humans perceive those who look different then us. I really wish I could say more on why I like Frankenstein's Monster, because he is a murderer, but explaining further will ruin the whole book. But it is what I love best about the story, I will leave it for the readers to figure out, but being able to experience what he experiences, it is easily understandable. It is easy to understand his motives, his need for affection, for companionship, which links us to all humans and their need for that thing. Again it all goes to human nature and how people react to those who are different then us. Whether Shelley meant to do this or not (I think it may have been more to create a horrific monster) I still find it. I think it is suppose to be more of a “horror” story. I think people are supposed to fear Frankensteins Monster, I found I didn’t. I felt sorry for him, and I wanted to see him more (if we saw him murder, instead of being retold of them maybe it would be more scary). But I felt sorry for him, later loved to hate him. He’s one of those “bad guy characters” but you adore (like Dracula, or Snape) them despite that.

    My only real criticism of it, is that we didn’t see much of Frankensteins Monster, you knew he was always there somewhere, lurking (which again, is creepy), but I wanted to see more of this character and the horrors he could bring. Other than that, it is a fantastic book.

    Would I recommend it to read: Oh yes! This is a classic story and a classic horror story at that. It has a thrilling plot, beautiful writing and it’s one of those amazing monster stories everyone, younge and old should read (and being so close to Halloween it is a great time to experience it for the first or second time.)

    What to read next: Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

    Booking Through Thursday

    I’ve seen this series of questions floating around the ‘net the last few days, and thought it looked like a good one for us!


    What was the last book you bought?


    Watermelon by Marian Keyes and I re-bought the Count of Monte Cristo (because I apparently had and read the abridged version) so Clearly, havign abridged was unacceptable so I had to get the complete and unabirdged.

    Name a book you have read MORE than once

    Harry Potter Series, The Hobbit, Romeo and Juliet.... and a whole lot more. Harry Pottter Series is the one Ive re-read the most.

    Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?

    Fundamentally changed? No. Changed the way I view certian things, ideas etc? Yes, sometimes boks that, although are fictional, make you rethink about certian issues (class structures etc),

    How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews

    I got on a variety of things; I browse and pick up books if I liked them covers/titles attract me. Also if people reccomend books, or if I just heard somethign about it. If I see someone reading a book on the bus I may see what they're reading. I look on top lists, best sellers. I also read reviews, espcially to books that were recconmended to me. I pay a lot of attention to books that I'm on the fence with, to "bad" reviews, to see what eaxctly people disliked the book. As you can seem I have a special science when it comes to picking books.

    Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?

    Both. Although 99.9% of my shelf at the moment is fiction, I do have a lot of Non-fiction on my TBR list. Mainly philosophy and antient religons. (Well unless cookbooks count)
    What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?

    I like both. It can be both together, apart. Sometimes a book with an "okay" plot but has beautiful writing, can make it worth reading (Scarlett Letter). Although I do like the writing to not be crap (Gunslinger) it doesn't have to be beautiful/elegent everytime. Characters are also important to me, but completely need (I'm refering to them (characters) whent they stick with you even when the book is closed/finished etc).

    Most loved/memorable character (character/book)

    There is a whole group of characters from HP (Lupin, Tonks, Snape, Lucious, Fred and George, Arthur) Jean Valjean, Athos, Porthos, Artimis..... oh there is so many. A LOT.

    Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?

    I don't have one on my nightstand per sae, but on my coffee table, I have Frankenstein and Mansfield Park.

    What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?

    I just finished Suite Francaise

    Have you ever given up on a book half way in?

    The second book in the Dark Tower Series by King. I barely made it through the first. I will finish the series eventually. But I push my self through the book, no matter how horried. I have this neruatic thing, where I HAVE to finish a book I start. Even if it takes a life time. (Althgouh I may very well just get over that sell the King books I have to a used book store and get 4 new, pretty read-worth ones... OHHHHHHHOOOOOO)

    Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

    Tuesday, October 7

    Tuesday Thingers

    This week's question: -LibraryThing's Recently Added feature: do you look at it? Do you use it for ideas? Is there something listed there now that looks interesting to you? What have you added to your LT library recently? (click picture to link to the Tuesday Thinger's Blog)



    My answer: I've just recently signed up for LibraryThing's, and I'm still getting used to all of its features. So, everything is new to me. I have noticed the Recently Added feature, but I've yet to use it for ideas. Although I have used "similar libraries" for ideas. Recently, I've added my entire collection of books I own currently (although one or two may have been ones I've just read, I can't quite remember). If you would like to visit me on LibraryThing's here is a link to my profile.

    P.S: can you tell I'm avoiding homework? By doing fun daily challenges? In my defence, I left my classes early because I was ill, (Nauseous all morning, I think I ate some bad cheese or something

    Teaser Tuesday's

    This is my first Teaser Tuesday, but first time for everything right? My Teaser Tuesday comes from Frankenstein my Mary Shelley, on page 83 (Dover Classics Edition)


    "It was a lady on horse back, accompanied by a countryman as a guide. The lady was dressed in a dark suit, and covered with a dark black veil. Agatha asked a question, to witch the stranger only replied by pronouncing, in a sweet accent, the name of Felix."

    TEASER TUESDAYS
    asks you to:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!
  • More at Should Be Reading

    Sunday, October 5

    Suite Française

    Title: Suite Française

    Author: Irène Némiorovsky

    Page: 431 (Including Appendixes, and Preface to French Edition)

    Summary: Moving from Paris on the eve of the Nazi invasion to a German occupied provincial village, and tracing the lives of men and women in extraordinarily dangerous times, Suite Française is a singularly piercing evocation of life and death in France during the Second World War.

    By the early 1940’s, when Irène Némiorovsky began working on Suite Française, she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where she died. For sixty-four years this novel remained hidden and unknown. Now, having been published around the world and translated into many languages, this exceptional novel is finding the audience it so richly deserves.

    My Rating: 10/10

    What I liked/disliked about the book: This book was fantastic. Truly a remarkable read. Suite Francaise is split into two parts “The Strom in June” and “Dolce. Both of which t paints a very realistic picture of the peoples of France, during the Second World War.

    "The Storm in June
    ” follows the stories of those fleeing Paris. Nemirovsky was able to create haunting scenes while writing this, filled with the emotion of the characters as they left their homes in Paris. Her ability to show how theses times’ affects human nature was spectacular, and she was able to create the scene with beautiful and elegant descriptions and style of writing. To read how these characters felt, how they reacted to certain events, barriers and attempts to keep their “everyday life” was incredible. She was able to show human nature at its best and at its worst, and what people would do during desperate times, when access to food, petrol and shelter are limited. I won’t give anymore details, so I don’t ruin it, but it is both shocking and sad, yet it paints a very real picture, on how human nature reacts to this sort of situation and the desperate actions of people during trying times.

    Dolce” was the second part in this book, and again Nemirovksy is concentrating on the human nature, the emotions of the people and their lives and experiences. This time she takes us to a German occupied village, where the villagers are forced to live and interact with the enemy. Some are torn between duties of their hearts and duties to their peers and culture. But again, she is able to show the desperate lives, the emotion and how they attempted to have their everyday lives the same, even with the eyes of the enemy, so close. She explores exactly the desperate measures some take, the disapproving view others have, and the raw emotions mixed with it. The emotions of these characters pours out of the pages, making them seem very real, allowing the reader to almost feel, for a moment or two, what it might have been like in theses characters shoes. (Although some characters emotions, views and actions seem surprising, you can understand why they do it, even if it seems, unusual, cruel or immature).

    I have to warn you, this book is unfinished. Dolce leaves off, and you know there is suppose to be more, but sadly, Nemirovsky was arrested and later died, before she could finish this masterpiece. In my edition (and likely most editions, but I’m not 100% sure on that) they’ve included two Appendixes. I recommend you read both. The first is her journal on her progress of the book, it is sad to see the amount of thought and work she was pouring into this book, but never got to finish it. Even reading the small glimpses of what she had planned had me wanting to be able to read the next parts in the story, although I felt sad, that she never had the chance to do so. The second appendix is her correspondents, her husbands and her daughter’s governances to several of people. Half of the correspondents occur after she is captured and it is terribly sad, to read the desperate emotions in his letters, as her husband tries to find her. Finally in the end of the book (in the preface to the French edition) there is a piece and it explains how this book eventually came to be published. Her daughters, as they went into hiding grabbed this unfinished manuscript, journals and saved correspondents, not realizing for years what it was. I think that’s what makes this so haunting, is over sixty years after this was written, it has come alive. Truly a remarkable and stunning read.

    Would I recommend it to read: Yes! 100% I would recommend this to read. I think the majority of audiences would enjoy this book, although there is some who won’t. One issue I want to address, because this is what I have found most common with people who didn’t like this book.

    If you are looking for a book that highlight the historical events in detail, etc of the War, this book are probably not for you. She even wrote in the first appendix that “the historical and revolutionary facts etc. must only be lightly touched upon, while daily life, emotional life and epically the comedy it provides must be described in detail. (p.389)”

    The book does concentrate on all of these, with the war (in essence to historical facts in detail) as a background, so some may not find the book very exciting. I still recommend this book to read, I think it’s one of those books that everyone should experience, but I can see some who like more “thrilling” or “adventurous” books, wouldn’t enjoy it as much. If you are one of those people, I think you should read it in full, and not set it aside after a few chapters, because the book does paint an important picture on human nature, human emotions and the lives of those who lived during the war.

    What to read next: Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels, Diary of Anne Frank, I've also heard a lot of good things about the Book Thief.

    Saturday, October 4

    Updates!

    Okay, so I did a bit of a makeover to the blog, not sure how much I like it. I like it..but, things are a bit disorganized. Anyways, here's an update on the challenges.

    A-Z Challenge

    Authors

    A – Alan, Theresa (Who Do You Know)
    B - Barrett, Andrea (Ship Fever)
    C – Colbert, Stephen (I am America and So can You)
    F - Follett, Ken (Pillars of the Earth)
    G - Goldman, William (The Princess Bride)
    I - Irvine, Ian (Dark is the Moon)
    J – Jordan, Robert (Fires of Heaven)
    K- Keyes, Marian (Watermelon)
    L - Leroux, Gaston (Phantom of the Opera)
    N - Nemirovsky, Irene (Suite Francaise)
    S - Shelley, Mary (Frankenstein)
    W - Woolf, Virginia (To the Lighthouse)

    Titles
    G - Girls, The (Lori Lansens)
    H - Handmaids Tale, The (Margaret Attwood)
    O - Other Boleyn Girl, The (Philippa Gregory)
    R - Rachel's Holiday (Marian Keyes)
    S - Silk (Alessandro Baricco)
    U - Undomestic Goddess (Sophia Kinsella)
    W - Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)


    The 2nd Canadian Book Challenge, EH? I signed up for this challenge awhile ago, and forgot, I signed up for it opps. Thankfully it's July 08 to July 09. Phew Here is my list Changed one of my options it's in red. Same author, just different title.

    1) The Underpainter - Jane Urquhart
    2) Moons of Jupiter - Alice Munro
    3) The Edible Woman - Margaret Attwood
    4) Oryx and Crake - Margaret Attwood

    Finally heres the books I've read for the 100 plus challenge (of 2008, no longer in progress)

    1 - Anybody Out There - Marian Keyes
    2 - Rachel’s Holiday - Marian Keyes
    3 – The Phantom of the Opera
    4 – The Girls - Lori Lansens
    5 – The Handmaids Tale - Margarett Atwood
    6 – Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys
    7 – Dark is the Moon - Ian Irvine
    8 – The Way Between the Worlds - Ian Irvine
    9 – WoT: Fires of Heaven - Robert Jordan
    10 – WoT: Lords of Chaos - Robert Jordan
    11 – To the Lighthouse - Virgina Woof
    12 – Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
    13 – The Other Boleyn Girl
    14 – A Place Called Here
    15 - Runaway - Alice Munro
    16 – Winter Moon
    17 -Atonement - Ian McEwan
    18 – I am America and So Can You - Stephen Colbert
    19 - The Other Side of the Story - Marian Keyes
    20 – My Sisters Keeper
    21 – The Black Tulip - Alexander Dumas
    22 – Undomestic Goddess - Sophia Kinsella
    23 – Past Secrets - Cathy Kelly
    24 – A Little Princess
    25 – Who You Know - Theresa Allen
    26 - Dubliners - James Joyce
    27- Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone -J.K. Rowling
    28-Les Miserables -Victor Hugo
    29 – Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
    30- Confessions of a Shopaholic - Sophia Kinsella
    31- Sunday Night Book Club - Various Authors
    32- Suite Francoise - Irene Nemiorovsky
    33- Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
    34- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
    35- The Princess Bride - William Goldman
    36- Silk - Alessandro Birdshell
    37- Moons of Jupiter - Alice Munro
    38 - Bridget Jones Diary - Helen Fielding
    39- Bridget Jones Edge of Reason - Helen Fielding
    40 - Watermelon - Marian Keyes
    41 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
    42 - Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follet
    43 - Ship Fever - Andrea Barrett

    Thursday, October 2

    Fall into Reading 2008 Challege

    Because one can never enter to many challenges on reading books, I have decided to part take in yet another one. This one is; "Fall into Reading 2008" the challenge is to make a list of books books you hope to read/finish reading during the fall. So since I'm in a lot of challenges, and progress for these challenges are not going ass I hope, I'm selecting books from these challenges, as well as a few that are from the challenges that have been sitting on my shelf for to long, and maybe one or two that I just want to read and aren't part of any current challenges. Wish me luck. (Click the Image to go to the blog)

    • Ireland - Frank Delaney - From the A-Z challenge
    • Frankenstein - Mary Shelly - From the A-Z challenge and 888 challenge
    • Little Women - Louisa May Allcot - From the A-Z challenge and 888 challenge
    • The Book Thief - Markus Zusak - From the 888 challenge
    • The French Lieutenants Women - John Fowles - From the 1% well read challenge
    • The Waves - Virgina Woolf - From the 888 challenge
    • Final Settlement - Linda Davis - From the A-Z challenge
    • The Amber Spyglass - Phillip Pullmen - From the A-Z challenge
    • Silk -Alessandro Baricco - From the 1% well read challenge and A - Z Challenge
    • Inveiew with a Vampire - Anne Rice - From the A-Z challenge and 888 challenge
    • The Princess Bride - William Goldman - From the A-Z challenge
    • The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo - From the A-Z challenge
    • Agassiz Stories - Sandra Birdsell - From the A-Z challenge
    • Great Gatsby - Scott Fitzgerald - From the 888 challenge
    • The Shipping News - E Annie Proulx - From the 888 challenge
    • Watermelon - Marian Keyes

    • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - From the 888 challenge

    Also plan on finishing the following three books I'm Currently Reading

    • Suite Franciase - Irene Nemirosvsky - From A-Z challenge
    • Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follet - From the A-Z challenge and 888
    • Mansfield Park - Jane Austen - From the A-Z challenge and 888 challenge
    Okay so I had to stop myself, because I just kept listing books, but it should be an interesting fall. Enjoy.