Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 10 Quotes

Since the entire week has been dedicated to top 10 list I've decided to add one more of my own. And really I'm the type of girl who can't end the year without an official post.
Although I do tend to procrastinate so it could very well have happened... I just remembered that aside from a top ten list devoted to books I wanted to do one for the year in general, oh well. That's how I work.

Now sticking with books; my top 10 quotes of the year; which originally would have been my top 50 personal quotes but my documenting process didn't go as well this time around.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward To

While putting together this list I realized that 6 of my favorite authors have books coming out next year. Yay!
Although really that yay might be a little hollow since it's been years since I've run out to buy a newly released book.
I like paperbacks, and not only that but thanks to Borders closing I have a stack of books waiting for me and I get a little antsy when it gets too big.
I know people have shelves filled with unread books, but I just can't handle that.
So basically this is a list of books I look forward to reading eventually:

The Burn

The BurnThe Burn by Annie Oldham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published September 28th 2011
The Burn is full of nuclear fallout, roving gangs, anarchy, unreliable plumbing. That's what Terra's father tells her. She has lived her whole life in comfort in a colony at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. She hates it. And she would pay any price to leave. But when Terra finally escapes the colony, she finds out her father is right.
She finds a group of survivors that quickly become friends, and every day with them is a race for survival. When she witnesses and commits unspeakable acts, she has to decide where her loyalty lies: with the colony she despises or The Burn, where every day is filled with nightmares.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Top 10 Characters


These list have become a little questionable for me, seeing as how I haven't read that many books published this year, I can't help but wonder; is it top 10 created this year or introduced to me.
I've chosen to see it as introduced to me because either way they're all still new to me.

I'd love to pick a specific theme for today's character countdown, but much like yesterday's I don't have enough to pick from, so it's simply my favorite characters:

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top 5 Book Boyfriends


Looking at all the books I read this year I'm just realizing that I can not make it to 10.
Wow this was a bad year in romances for me. The books either didn't have a boyfriend, didn't make them memorable enough or I'd rather not add them to my list.

So instead of 10 here are my top 5:

Monday, December 26, 2011

Top 10 Books I Read in 2011


I LOVE top 10 list, especially at the end of the year since I also love looking back at all the things that have gone by.
This week, Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic, Lisa from A Life Bound by Books, Rachel from Fiktshun and Jaime and Patricia from Two Chicks on Books are hosting the Top 10 of 2011 Blog Event.

I've read a lot this year so that also means I gave a lot of books a higher rating, on average I'll usually only have three books a year that I give 5 stars to. This year there was a total of eight.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas In Canaan

Christmas in CanaanChristmas in Canaan by Kenny Rogers & Donald Davenport
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the quiet, rural town of Canaan, Texas, a clash between two classmates -- one, a tough farm boy, and the other, a bright, black, aspiring writer -- spins into anunlikely friendship. When the clever arrangement their families devise to teach DJ and Rodney a lesson seems hopeless, their cooperative effort to heal a wounded puppy helps them move past an unsettled battle. Not surprisingly, the truce that follows becomes an amiable kinship.
But can life in Canaan lived under the shadow of racism ever really deliver the milk and honey of the Promised Land? It is amidst the magic of a Christmas they'll never forget that the boys learn a lesson about family, hope and love. And they will know for the rest of their lives that when times are hard, there will always be Christmas in Canaan

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Hermetica of Elysium

The Hermetica of Elysium (Elysium Texts Series)The Hermetica of Elysium by Annmarie Banks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published December 8th 2011 by Knox Robinson Publishing Ltd

1494 Barcelona. As Torquemada lights the fires of religious fervor throughout the cities of Spain, accused heretics are not the only victims. Thousands of books and manuscripts are lost to the flames as the Black Friars attempt to purge Europe of the ancient secrets of the gods and the bold new ideas that are ushering in the Renaissance. Nadira lives a dreary life as servant to a wealthy spice merchant until the night a dying scholar is brought to the merchant's stable, beaten by mercenaries who are on the hunt for The Hermetica of Elysium.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dusty Reads (3)


Dusty Reads is a weekly meme hosted by Xpresso Reads, featuring a book that has been sitting unread on a home shelf for some time.

The Once and Future King by T.H. White

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Top Ten Childhood Faves

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Growing up my dad would always read to me before going to bed, he even credits himself for my love of books today...
I don't. Because, honestly? I don't remember enjoying books back then as much as I do now, and really if The Princess Diaries hadn't been a series or if I hadn't thought to read any other books Meg Cabot had written I don't know where my book shelves would be today.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Those Books I Should Have Read

                                                                                   HOSTED BY READING WITH MARTINIS

Found another challenge this morning, this one for, like the title says, those books I should have read. It works for me since I have been wanting to read more classics, which is what I'll mainly be focusing on for this challenge. Of course it's not just classics, it could be any book that would fall in the category; so who knows what else I'll throw in.

...First Years of my Life- Reading Challenge

                                                                                    HOSTED BY WORDS AND PEACE
I found this challenge a few weeks ago, but I just realized that I never posted about it. Mostly because I wasn't 100% sure about it. Not sure when that changed but I'm in now.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Forgotten Bookmarks...

Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller's Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the PagesForgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller's Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages by Michael Popek
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 It's happened to all of us: we're reading a book, something interrupts us, and we grab the closest thing at hand to mark our spot. It could be a train ticket, a letter, an advertisement, a photograph, or a four-leaf clover. Eventually the book finds its way into the world-a library, a flea market, other people's bookshelves, or to a used bookstore. But what becomes of those forgotten bookmarks? What stories could they tell? 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dusty Reads (2)



Dusty Reads is a weekly meme hosted by Xpresso Reads, featuring a book that has been sitting unread on a home shelf for some time.

 The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thoughtfull Thought: NaNoWriMo

December is two days away, not only does that mean that there are only 52 days until my birthday, 33 days til the new year and 27 days until Christmas but there are only two days left of NaNoWriMo.

I haven't heard if anyone has finished their novels yet, mostly because I've been kind of out of it since sometime last week so I haven't been paying attention to any of that.
If you did complete what you started, well kudos to you.

As for me... well how many people actually thought I would do it?

Monday, November 28, 2011

It's Monday. What are you Reading?


It's Monday. What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we have been reading and what we plan to read this week.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Daughters of Rome

Daughters of Rome
Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

A.D. 69. Nero is dead.
The Roman Empire is up for the taking. With bloodshed spilling out of the palace and into the streets of Rome, chaos has become the status quo. The Year of Four Emperors will change everything—especially the lives of two sisters with a very personal stake in the outcome….
Elegant and ambitious, Cornelia embodies the essence of the perfect Roman wife. She lives to one day see her loyal husband as Emperor. Her sister, Marcella, is more withdrawn, content to witness history rather than make it. Even so, Marcella has her share of distinguished suitors, from a cutthroat contender for the throne to a politician’s son who swears that someday he will be Emperor.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Top Ten Books That Have Been On My Shelf For The Longest...

NaNoWriMo Update: Day 15, I spent the day yesterday watching The Hunger Games trailer. Alright that's not true... it was only an hour. I wanted to see everyone's opinion!
As for writing I definitely need THIS, it types as you speak!
Now going back to our regular posting:
Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Music Monday

NaNoWriMo day 14 Update: it looks like I'll be missing half of Thanksgiving

Yesterday I saw the last half of My Fair Lady, so I thought I'd share the only song I enjoyed from that half.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

NaNoWriMo Day 10

I'm not sure but sometime in the last week I said "You know what? Just forget it. I don't need to write this, in a month."
Since that conversation was with myself I didn't realize that what I was planning on doing was quitting.
Let me just say now I'm NOT a quitter, I usually thrive to complete what I start and try to make sure it's the best. Of course that's usually when I'm working on something against someone else. And even then it's usually because that someone else got me mad and started that fire in me.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Mount TBR Reading Challenge



I've been hearing about so many reading challenges for next year; I would love to see how many I can join, but I know that I'm choosy about the books I'll have to read and I'll end up completing very few.
What I need is a read what you feel challenge, but then I guess that's why they're called challenges if you're going to read what you feel then that's just reading.
My main problem with challenges is that you have to read a certain number of a certain type of book. And for that to work with me I'd have to become obsessed with that genre, which does happen often for me, this year was big for historical fiction especially Cleopatra. But the thing is I don't want to devote myself to just that one topic, I vary so much I'm always surprising the people that know me pretty well.

Friday, November 4, 2011

"To Do" #3 - Write A Novel

This is a list of things to do in my life. I'm making it because I'm big on life experiences.
I've decided to share my list here because like any goal it should be written out. I can't remember if it's encouraged to share them, all those high school goal setting lectures are kind of fuzzy, I know I never actually spoke my goals aloud.
Which might be why I haven't reached them.
But these aren't life goals, those are actually important to accomplish. These are things I'd like to experience in my life, however small, although very few actually are.
I'm going to be numbering these post just to keep track; the items on my list aren't really in any specific order

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NaNoWriMo Day 1

I once said I don't know why I bother planning if none of my plans ever work out as planned. Well for this I didn't even let myself think of coming up with a plan.
I'll let you guess how that turned out for me.
Actually no I'm going to tell you how it worked out, because this is the most writing I've gotten done today. I haven't even wanted to respond to certain things that I should really get to.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Music Monday

The Monster Mash of course!
And in case you're already a little tired of that song:

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Jinx


The JinxThe Jinx by D.F. Lamont
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Jinx is the story of Stephen Grayson, a 13-year old whose run of bad luck gets so bad he worries he is endangering his family. Fearing he is cursed, he flees home to protect his family, only to find that he is in the middle of a tug-of war between a cult obsessed with order and misshapen monsters known as “Chaons” who seem bent on hunting him down.

Monday, October 24, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Monday. What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we have been reading and what we plan to read this week.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Wonderfully Wicked Wrap-up

Well I can only hope that I'm not the only one who got to a point where I didn't want to read anymore. I don't know what happened. I barely got through Rapunzel's Daughters and Other Tales, half way through I decided to skip the stories I'd never heard of since I wouldn't get them anyway. I tried a couple and had no clue what was going on, and most of them didn't seem very inspired, it just felt like they were written because the authors were told to write them.
At least I did finish The Crucible and The Jinx, which I'll have a review for on Friday, it's the one I previously mentioned that I didn't want to say anything about just yet.

My next and final read-a-thon, (unless I can find another for next weekend), this month is actually just for a book club I'm in so it's actually not a huge deal. It goes until Saturday, so I'm not done reading just yet. Although why I would want to be, I'm not sure.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-thon


 WWRAT

And I continue my month of the read-a-thon with the Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-thon hosted by: Bex @ Kindle Fever and April @ My Shelf Confessions, my second this month since one ended up being cancelled. But that doesn't mean I haven't been reading, I've actually been getting through a lot of books, it's kind of scary really.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Author Interview: Rose Pressey

I'm pleased to finally bring you the long awaited (well alright not really since I never mentioned it here and had kind of forgotten about it) author interview with Rose Pressey!

This interview would have gone with my review for Rose Pressey's Rock'n'Roll Is Undead at the end of August, but emails will do what they sometimes do and mine got lost somehow; so I didn't receive the response until earlier this week.
Which is perfectly fine, because now I get to talk about Rock'n'Roll Is Undead again.
I'd just like to say I'm holding this books partially responsible for my sudden fascination with anything rockabilly related. I say partially because the rest is just naturally me and is most likely why I chose to review Rock'n'Roll is Undead in the first place. Well also for the paranormal mystery; 2 of my 3 favorite genres.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Top Ten Book Titles Or Covers

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

To tell the truth it's kind of rare for me to read a book based solely on it's cover, it might get my attention but it's all about the back cover.
But I have recently added a few books because of their titles. So it's really titles or covers that make me want to read them since I actually haven't gotten to most of them.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Top Ten Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Ever read a book that blew your mind away with its plot twists and ending so much, that you wish you could read it for the first time again, with a clean slate?
Don't we all? I like to look at it as "reliving the magic". As much as I love a book no matter how many times I reread it there's nothing like the first time.

Monday, October 10, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Monday. What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we have been reading and what we plan to read this week.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Remembrance

RemembranceRemembrance by Michelle Madow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
  
New Hampshire high school junior Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet.
Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Frightful Fall Read-a-thon Update#1

I hit a huge road block with the reading today really that goes for the entire week... I discovered The Dick Van Dyke Show's 50th Anniversary, TVLand is showing it all week.  That show is right up there with I Love Lucy, and if you've noticed that's a lot. Possibly more since I've only discovered it eight years ago and haven't seen it as much.

Frightful Fall Read-a-thon

This is turning into the year of the read-a-thon for me, and October will definitely be the month that confirms that.
This month I have entered 4 different read-a-thons, but conveniently they seem to coincide with each other, one ends just as the other begins then two weeks later I do it again. (3 are posted on the side.)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Banned Books Week

Seeing how it's the middle of the week I presume that you've heard about it being banned book week, although last year I thought it was a whole month. Is there such a month? I remember sometime last year I was talking to someone about reading To Kill a Mockingbird since it was banned book month. Or was it week?
Oh well we're here now, and if you did know about it you probably also knew about the blog hop.


 Which is pretty much the reason I'm posting this now as opposed to the beginning of the week. I didn't sign up to participate because I'm not that familiar with banned books.

Top Ten Books I Want To Reread

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Throughout high school I would probably reread more books than get new ones, I was a choosy reader and it was hard for me to find new things I liked so I would just stick with what I loved.
Ever since I got out of high school though I've barely even touched any of those books.
My top ten books I want to reread are:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Giveaway Winner

And then I realized I still hadn't chosen a winner for the giveaway! I've been a total scatterbrain lately, or as an Italian friend once put it swiss cheese moment.

So the winner is Jenny S.!
(THAT'S AN EXCLAMATION POINT NOT AN L)

Congrats! Jenny won Splendor.
It's really good, one of my favorites in the series.

And thanks for everyone who entered, and to all the new followers, I got really close to hitting a hundred. So close that I thought about choosing 2 winners if I got there.
Of course I didn't think about sharing that so sadly there's only one winner.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Top Ten Books I Feel As Though Everyone Has Read But Me

IT'S THE LAST DAY TO ENTER THE BRIGHT YOUNG AND LUXE GIVEAWAY!

I found an awesome weekly meme that is all about top tens!
It's hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I love Top Ten list, I love any type of list actually so this is yet another perfect meme for me to join.
There are actually a lot of books I feel like everyone has read that I haven't, most since I'm always against following the crowd, once something becomes hugely popular I avoid it as best I can.The Luxe and Hunger Games being the only immediate exceptions, especially The Luxe I remember it was everywhere when it was published. Or was that my imagination?

My list is probably filled with books that make people go what? really you haven't read it? Well no I haven't, and if you haven't feel free to let me know that I'm not alone.

Monday, September 19, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?




It's Monday. What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we have been reading and what we plan to read this week.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Book Trailer Thursday: The Luxe & Rumors

Every Thursday we welcome everyone to join us in celebrating the awesomeness that is book trailers.

To participate, on a Thursday you post an entry in your blog with an embedded book trailer of your choice (note: the trailer can be fan made but please no movie trailers of book adaptations) with your thoughts and comments underneath. It can be a book you have read, ant to read or have never even come across before.

This week in honor of the Bright, Young and Luxe Giveaway I've chosen not only the trailer for The Luxe, but also it's sequel Rumors.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Thoughtfull Thought: Book to Movie

Today's thoughtful thought is brought to you by THIS article and the Bright, Young and Luxe giveaway. (Read the article it'll connect.)
I read this article in July so a lot of you have probably heard about it by now, if not well now you know, The Luxe is coming to the big screen.

Yay!? Boo!? I hope I'm not the only one conflicted with this news.

While reading Rumors I actually said that if it's ever made into a movie the guy chosen to play Henry Schoomaker better be hot so I could understand the appeal, and why all the girls in the book love him. But then it just hit me that it being a young adult novel they would most likely get a pretty young actor for that role. Young being around my age or less, which really scares me at times just because well they're my age!
Or worse they're younger.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Rumors, Envy, Splendor Reviews

In honor of the Bright, Young and Luxe Giveaway, I decided to share my reviews for the last 3 in The Luxe series.

I never got to writing one for Luxe but maybe I'll try to have one out by the end of this week.

Rumors (Luxe, #2)Rumors by Anna Godbersen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
!!! 4.5 stars
I think this would be one of the books that Diana Holland reads alone in her room.
It's really great, and I'll admit I'm prone to spoilers so after I read what would happen that just drove me more. There were moments where I think I was reading with my mouth wide open; it's all so shocking. Well alright not really, most of it was actually expected but still. Towards the end I was actually admiring Anna Godbersen for coming up with the story and questioning how she did.

Music Monday

Music Monday is a weekly meme for Musings of a Reader Happy, which features all-sorts of music, soundtrack, and fan playlist for music and movies.

I love music and have wanted to join one of these memes for a while, it was actually between this one and one for Thursday at Goodnight Moon, I still might join them too, you can never have too much music in your life.


For my first Music Monday I've chosen Alan Jackson's Where Were You

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Bright, Young and Luxe Giveaway

Sorry about the delay with the giveaway! Timing got a little confused.

Time for another giveaway! I love the Luxe series by Anna Godbersen so this is the perfect giveaway for me. In honor of Beautiful days the next in the Bright Young Things series, I've joined For Those About to Read and LC's Adventures in Libraryland in this awesome hop.
I'm giving away your choice of one of the four in The Luxe series.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Darwin's Children

I 'm not sure why but the last couple of weeks I have absolutely loved the books I've read. I don't know if it's just the books alone or something has been triggered in me that has made me enjoy reading as much as I used to. Either way that's good news for Darwin's Children.

Darwin's Children (Volume 1)Darwin's Children (Volume 1)
by  
 My rating 4.5 of 5 stars

Life can get pretty complicated for any seventeen-year-old girl, but for a home-schooled telepathic black girl trying to survive in a prestigious private school in small-town Jonesborough, Tennessee, it can be maddening – especially when her telepathic father keeps eavesdropping on her thoughts!

Jaycie Lerner’s family isn’t the usual mom-dad-kid setup. Jaycie’s mom’s MIA, but Allison, her personal live-in ‘trainer,’ is more than a mom, with her own special abilities, like being able to lift cars and run incredibly fast. And Jaycie’s godfather John is more than persuasive – he can literally convince anyone to do anything.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Book Trailer Thursday: City of Glass

Every Thursday we (all who wish to join and the host Quillcafe) welcome everyone to join us in celebrating the awesomeness that is book trailers.

To participate, on a Thursday you post an entry in your blog with an embedded book trailer of your choice (note: the trailer can be fan made but please no movie trailers of book adaptations) with your thoughts and comments underneath. It can be a book you have read, ant to read or have never even come across before.

This week I've chosen City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Monday, September 5, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday. What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we have been reading and what we plan to read this week.

I haven't posted about what I'm reading all summer, mostly because at the time it was all going so slow. But with a new season approaching things have changed a bit... hopefully.

Friday, September 2, 2011

"To-Do" #2 - Ride a Mechanical Bull

This is a list of things to do in my life. I'm making it because I'm big on life experiences.
I've decided to share my list here because like any goal it should be written out.  I can't remember if it's encouraged to share them, all those high school goal setting lectures are kind of fuzzy, I know I never actually spoke my goals aloud.
Which might be why I haven't reached them.
But these aren't life goals, those are actually important to accomplish. These are things I'd like to experience in my life, however small, although very few actually are.
I'm going to be numbering these post just to keep track; the items on my list aren't really in any specific order

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Book Trailer Thursday: Dawn of Avalon

Every Thursday we (all who wish to join and the host Quillcafe) welcome everyone to join us in celebrating the awesomeness that is book trailers.

To participate, on a Thursday you post an entry in your blog with an embedded book trailer of your choice (note: the trailer can be fan made but please no movie trailers of book adaptations) with your thoughts and comments underneath. It can be a book you have read, ant to read or have never even come across before.

This week I've chosen Dawn of Avalon by Anna Elliott:

Friday, August 26, 2011

Rock'n'Roll is Undead

Rock 'n' Roll is Undead (Veronica Mason, Book 1)
Rock 'n' Roll is Undead by Rose Pressey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Veronica Mason—lead singer of the rockabilly band The Voodoo Zombies—discovers her vampire bass player staked through the heart. A vision of the murder flashes in Veronica’s mind and she wonders if she’s going bonkers. Up until now her supernatural skills consisted of a few botched love spells.
Using her sexy voice and pin-up style has paid off, she’s about to land a record deal. But suspicion soon turns to her when another vampire turns up as nothing more than a pile of ashes a vacuum would have a hard time sucking up. Veronica has another vision, and she has to hone her paranormal powers or lose her deal—and possibly her life.
When an utterly delicious mystery man steps in as the new bass player, Veronica can’t figure out if he’s there to help or cause more problems. What she does know is she can’t resist his good looks and sex appeal. She wonders if they’d make rockin’ music together. But helping the undead could stop her from finding out and leave Veronica dead—permanently.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bool Trailer Thursday: Starcrossed

Every Thursday we (all who wish to join and the host Quillcafe) welcome everyone to join us in celebrating the awesomeness that is book trailers.

To participate, on a Thursday you post an entry in your blog with an embedded book trailer of your choice (note: the trailer can be fan made but please no movie trailers of book adaptations) with your thoughts and comments underneath. It can be a book you have read, ant to read or have never even come across before.

This week I've chosen Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Thoughtfull Thought: Same Song Different Tune

I guess that title also works with country music as someone once felt the need to point out that "it's all the same." And I guess they were kind of right, but that goes with all music and all forms of story telling really.

Someone left me a comment saying that they were tired of "the romance crap that is getting published;" while I'm sure they didn't mean much from that comment it actually got me thinking.
First off I sort of have to agree with it in the sense that yeah a lot of books being published now seem to be... not what they used to be?

Although the question also arises, maybe I think that because I'm older. Maybe if I had read them when I was 15 I'd have loved them as much as everyone else.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bucket List #1

This is something I've been wanting to work on for sometime now, a list of things to do in my life. I'm actually not sure when I started referring to it as a bucket list, but I guess that's basically what it is, things to do before I "kick the bucket."
Yeah I'm really going to have to reconsider that name. How 'bout I just leave it at as My Life's To-Do List?
That works.
I'm not sure why actually writing it out made me rethink it, same way I didn't say "things I want to do before I die." Although that's not why I want this list, I'm making it because I'm big on life experiences, the end doesn't matter it's everything before.
Or something like that, I'm really just writing without thinking right now.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Book Trailer Thursday: The Karma Club

Every Thursday we (all who wish to join and the host Quillcafe) welcome everyone to join us in celebrating the awesomeness that is book trailers.

To participate, on a Thursday you post an entry in your blog with an embedded book trailer of your choice (note: the trailer can be fan made but please no movie trailers of book adaptations) with your thoughts and comments underneath. It can be a book you have read, want to read or have never even come across before.

It's been about a month since I've posted one of these but hopefully I can get back to my regular postings like I've been trying.

This week I've chosen the trailer for The Karma Club by Jessica Brody.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Thoughtfull Thought: Female Authors vs Male Authors

I'm starting to think that I prefer female authors to male authors. This is a theory I've been working on for a while now but recent experiences have really got me thinking.Growing up it kind of made sense that I was so focused on books written by women, since I would look for characters I could relate to, and who better to write about the problems of a teenage girl than someone who actually was one once. Although through most of my teen years I focused mainly on books written by Meg Cabot so I guess that also steered me to chick-lit, which of course is mainly women. I say mainly but I really can't think of any men writing in that field.
But as I've gotten older and have slowly moved past all the young adult and chick-lit, I can't help but notice that I usually struggle to finish books written by men while a book by a women is a little easier to work through.

I can't help but wonder why? What is it that makes me shut down when I see a man's name on the cover? Are women just better writers (no offense to any male authors reading this)?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Septavalent Stone

I have to apologize to this book and it's author, not for what I'm about to say, but for waiting a while to write this. It's a constant mistake I make after I finish with a book I take some time to process it, maybe eat, take a shower or if I finish it at night I'll even sleep on it and write my review in the morning.
This I'm pretty sure I finished in the evening, which means I could have written it all in the same day.

What happened?
HAIRSPRAY at the Hollywood Bowl.
Everything from the day before and about 4 or 5 days after is kind of a blur.
Well except most of the comments I made about the Jonas Brothers and John Stamos, I was actually planning on posting about it but was afraid it would just be me gushing.

So I'm sorry for mixing you in with my Hairspray buzz.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lucy Week Day 3


It's the third day of what I've decided to call Lucy Week, which was suppose to be this whole thing surrounding Lucille Ball's 100th birthday this weekend; lucky for you I've been lazy so I haven't posted anything.

This week I'd like to blame a book that I've been struggling to finish.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I'm Still Here

I know I need to start writing more! Although I do have an almost reasonable excuse for this week, other than just being lazy.
Also I'm starting to think that the only way I can sit down and write is when I'm drinking Dr Pepper, which is not a habit I'm like to get into.
Anyway my first giveaway has ended, thanks to everyone who entered, and all the new followers. I'd also like to thank the few honest entrees that selected the "nah, I'll just delete you later" option; although I guess since they're not following they'll never know I enjoyed their honesty. It was fun for my first try. I can't wait to try it again, which will probably not be for a few months, unless something comes up before than. I think I signed up for another hop in October but hopefully I'll be more consistent by then that I can set something up sooner.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Intoxication

Intoxication (As the Darkness Falls)Intoxication by Tim Kizer
Published March 30th 2011
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Intoxication by Tim Kizer is a short story about a woman named Leslie who believes a co-worker is trying to poison her. After her friend drinks the coffee given to Leslie, and becomes sick, she starts getting suspicious and begins to investigate. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Once Upon A Read-a-thon Wrap Up

I'd like to think that it makes perfect sense that I did most of my reading on the last day of the read-a-thon. I don't know why but I really got into it yesterday afternoon. So much that I didn't even bother to make any updates here, even more I missed Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown! on TV last night. I'll admit when I realized that I missed it I almost cried a little.
I mean that figuratively I'm not that far gone. Luckily someone sent me the link so I can watch it here. You gotta love Charlie Brown, and I am so Lucy!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Once Upon a Read-a-thon Day 2


Once Upon a Read-a-Thon

It amazes me that some people participating in this read-a-thon have finished not one but FOUR books. Seriously they need to share their secret! I've only been able to read a whole book in a day once, and I can't even remember the last time I finished one in less than three days.
Although I haven't wanted to rush my books lately, I usually feel bad when I finish them so quickly, it's like I just want to get it over with and move on. I prefer to savor a book. Or however you're supposed to enjoy a book.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Once Upon A Read-a-thon Day 1


Once Upon a Read-a-Thon
 
I'm actually surprised to report that I have made some pretty good progress today, especially since I started off pretty late.

I've been working my way through Daughters of Rome.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Once Upon A Read-a-thon Pre-Update


Once Upon a Read-a-Thon
Just a few hours away from starting the Once Upon a Read-a-thon hosted by Lori at Pure Imagination, Candace at Candace's Book Blog, and Angela at Reading Angel.

This will be the third read-a-thon that I take part in this year, so far I've gone 6 hours and 24 hours. Truth I crashed after 90 minutes during the 6 hours, little tip always make time to eat. I didn't do it on purpose though I was in a situation where I couldn't get food, so I figured reading would take my mind off it, of course it didn't.

Then the 24 hours might have been more like 19.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Secret Summer Santa Thanks

Ruby's Reads
A few months ago I got an email from Ruby's Reads inviting me to join in a Secret Santa Book Exchange; now I have to confess this year I've entered so many giveaways on so many awesome blogs that I really can't keep track of where I've been. I'm getting better at it though writing this blog has actually helped me be a more faithful follower to a handful of blogs. They have to get my attention, which truthfully isn't that hard a thing to do with me, that's why I don't want to make following this blog mandatory for giveaway entries (July Summer Giveaway Hop still going on hint hint no follow required wink wink) it's not the quantity that matters but the quality.

Friday, July 1, 2011

July Summer Giveaway Hop

July Giveaway Hop logo

Welcome to the July Summer Giveaway Hop hosted by Leetid's Reading. Last I checked there were only six blogs participating and I'm #3; so hey you're half way there!

Not only is this my first hop but it's my first giveaway! Yay! Play that fanfare!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Book Trailer Thursday: Overbite

Where has the time gone?
I genuinely can't believe it's been almost two weeks since I've written anything. I wrote last week's post at the same time as the last two, -I have a tendency to just randomly start writing  I still have a review from April that I haven't finished- that's why it was so short, I meant to go back and add more but didn't get to.

I really hate when that happens I start doing something and have it all set up than I suddenly stop. It's the reason I never work out, I plan it out, do it for a week than something occurs that makes me stop. Usually it's my sister coming to visit, which is kind of upsetting since she only comes twice a year. Kind of makes me wonder what I do in those six months between visits.
Mostly nothing.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Book Trailer Thursday: Queen of Kings

Every Thursday we (all who wish to join and the host Quillcafe) welcome everyone to join us in celebrating the awesomeness that is book trailers.

To participate, on a Thursday you post an entry in your blog with an embedded book trailer of your choice (note: the trailer can be fan made but please no movie trailers of book adaptations) with your thoughts and comments underneath. It can be a book you have read, want to read or have never even come across before.

This week I've chosen Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I Wish There Was Room in My Beach Bag

In an earlier post this week I mentioned a link-up party celebrating summer and the books we plan to read. Than I went on to list the books on my summer reading list and mentioned that I was going to have another for what I would like to read if I get the chance.
Well after realizing last night that most of those books are somewhat long and don't exactly fit into the "light fun summer reads," category I'm going to make an effort to throw some of these in:

Sisterhood Everlasting (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #5)
Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
The final book of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, how can I resist? Especially since it was said that the fourth was the last, I love and hate when authors do that. On the one hand it's great to have more in a series but then, at least for me, they come out just when I'm getting over them. But I do want to see the Sisterhood now that they've grown up, kind of like catching up with old friends. And it's funny since I read one book for each year of high school so I really would be going back.


Book Trailer Thursday: The Faerie Ring

Every Thursday we (all who wish to join and the host Quillcafe) welcome everyone to join us in celebrating the awesomeness that is book trailers.

To participate, on a Thursday you post an entry in your blog with an embedded book trailer of your choice (note: the trailer can be fan made but please no movie trailers of book adaptations) with your thoughts and comments underneath. It can be a book you have read, want to read or have never even come across before.

This weeks book trailer is for The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What's In Your Beach Bag?

Summer time, going to the beach, sitting around watching the waves (and if you're like me maybe checking out some surfers, it's alright you don't have to admit to it.) Or if you don't live near any beaches maybe you'll go to the lake or pool. Whatever works for you, either way they'll most likely be a book or two in our beach bags, and hopefully a lot of sunscreen, although you should really put that on before going out.

As for me I'll actually be doing most of my reading in the backyard, there's no pool but it's quiet. I'm not that big a fan of water so I try to avoid it, I'm like the Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz. Or for those of you who've read or seen Wicked you'll know her as Elphaba.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

What I'm Reading This Week

Normally a weekly post of what I'm reading would be considerably a somewhat good idea, since I can usually finish a book in two weeks or less. But lately that hasn't been happening as much.
What's the problem?
Well I've gotten used to finishing books in two weeks or less, of course that's going to be a problem especially if I pressure myself to do it.
Not that I do that... much.
Ignore the fact that last year I read 36 books and in the last six months I've already reached 31.

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
(The Hunger Games #1)
Published October 1st 2008 by Scholastic Audio Books
Audio CD
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know I know, everybody has been anxiously waiting to know what I think of The Hunger Games, it's the reason so few have read it, you're all going around saying "No I'm going to wait for Diana to give her review, that way I'll be sure." 
Nice little world I live in right?

Of course I'm one of the last people to read The Hunger Games, I technically didn't even read it since it was an audio book. By the time I discovered it everyone was very obsessed with the first two and the third was just about to come out, so really this review is mostly for me. I shouldn't even consider it a review since well I'm not reviewing. Plus I decided to wait a while to write but then I never got to it so ended up waiting a little to long, now I'm not sure what to say.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Book Trailer Thursday: The Hunger Games

Every Thursday we (all who wish to join and the host Quill Cafe) welcome everyone to join us in celebrating the awesomeness that is book trailers.

To participate, on a Thursday you post an entry in your blog with an embedded book trailer of your choice (note: the trailer can be fan made but please no movie trailers of book adaptations) with your thoughts and comments underneath. It can be a book you have read, want to read or have never even come across before.

This week's book trailer is for The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

What I'm Reading this Week

A few months ago I went a little book crazy, and pretty much filled up my bookshelves with "new" used books. I actually started feeling bad for the mailman since he had to deliver most when it was pouring rain, I even wondered if he was going to start hating my house.
It didn't take me too long to become overwhelmed with so many books, I usually go to the bookstore once a month or just buy them on my nook, I can't remember the last time I did either of those.

So I've been working on those not to mention a couple I've won in giveaways; and have finally made it to 6 left. I'm currently reading four books so the progress isn't going that fast. One book was given to me by someone moving across the country, she didn't want to pay to take them so she gave them to me to do whatever I wanted with them. It's a book that I had seen in the store and might have been interested in but never actually considered buying.
The second is an ACR that I wanted to read because I've been obsessed with it's genre and setting this year. The third is a collection of "short" stories by the Master of Horrors (at least I think that's him). And the fourth is actually an audio book which I started just to have something to listen to while I worked, it's highly popular and I've been all but forced to read it.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Book Trailer Thursday: Cleopatra's Daughter

Earlier this week I was introduced to Book Trailer Thursday hosted by Quill Cafe -I'm adding a link to their post so you can see what it's all about, since it's my first time I don't really feel like it's my place to explain it like I'm an old prop or something. I don't know about you but it always bugs me when a newcomer comes along acting like they know what they're talking about. Although really I think it's pretty much self-explanatory.

Thursday + book trailers you want to talk about = book trailer Thursday.

The book trailer I've chosen is Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran

Thursday, May 26, 2011

2011 Young Adult Giveaway

I'm not quite ready for a giveaway just yet, truth I don't really know what I'm waiting for, I know it's a good way to get the blog out there but I'm just not there yet. Although I've only had this blog up for a month now so I guess there shouldn't be a rush.
So on to the actual giveaway location Brittany's Fantasy is having her very first, so stop by and check it out because for a first time giveaway there are really good books to choose from.
(If it were me I'd probably be giving away one that you've already read, which is a perfect reason for me to wait.)
The winner will be announced on June 3rd.
So go man go!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Body Bags (Body of Evidence, #1)

Body Bags (Body of Evidence, #1)Body Bags by Christopher Golden
Body of Evidence #1
Published May 1st 1999 by Simon Pulse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Keeping with my "First Officials" this would be my first official book review, sure the book came out 12 years ago and is no longer being published but we've all got to start somewhere. I found out about the Body of Evidence series in the book recommendations in the back of one of the 1-800-Where Are You series. This was the older publications before they decided to make it the Vanished series or even before they put those cute covers with the main character as a cartoon, (I don't like it when they put faces on the cover, it's never the way I imagine the characters).

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Taking it Slow

First off I'd like to thank everyone who has signed up to follow this blog; all 12 of you. No really thank you, that's more than I thought I'd get. I'd also like to thank everyone who has welcomed me and offered help and advice,-sorry if I' haven't thanked you personally; I usually try to reply right away but sometimes I'll just read my messages thinking that I'll respond later, and end up forgetting, that or I think to much time has passed and it would be awkward to reply, although I guess better late than never. But that is also something I didn't expect, I figured people would either ignore yet another blog, or just stick around to see what kind of giveaways I have.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Introducing Me

It just hit me I'm asking people to read what I have to say about certain subjects but they don't really know who I am, aside from that non-descriptive paragraph on the side there. So I'd just like to take this opportunity to share a little about myself

Now according to this quiz at blogthings.com, I'm a "Snarky Blogger." Well I didn't crown myself a drama queen for nothing! No really I'd have to look back on some of my writing to remember why I decided to dub myself Little Miss Drama Queen, other than the fact that I do tend to get a little dramatic at times, it's just a name that I've been using for a few years now and always try to attach it to my work.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Royal Engagement

Yes I'm actually writing about the Royal Wedding. I guess that's what they meant by "Wedding Fever" no matter how hard you fight it you catch it, much like Disco Fever, which is also something few will admit to.

The only reason I've considered watching is because I'd be up, being on the West coast finally pays off, usually we have to wait three hours for something, but with this we don't have to wake up at 4 in the morning. Even though technically nothing will actually be happening until like 3 a.m. PDT/6 a.m. EDT. So I guess being in the West doesn't work.
Is anyone actually waking up that early? I know I'd like to, but there's a lot of things I'd like to do, besides I'm a big fan of sleep.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Work in Progress

This is my first official post on my third or fifth blog, I don't know I lost count, call it 3 ... or maybe 4? Oh well that doesn't matter because this is still my first official blog! Yay! Break out the red carpet and play that fanfare!



What? Oh, those haven't been unpacked just yet. We're still under construction here and when I say "we" I mean me. And by "construction" I mean, well I have no idea what I mean because I truthfully don't know when I'll have done enough here to actually consider it done. It's a work in progress, clever how I threw the title in there right? I thought so, it's like one of those Gilmore Girls episodes.

Anywho unlike my other attempts at blogging, I'm hoping to keep a little structure here. Starting by not breaking into random topics (I call them my "Crazy Rants"), but I'm not promising anything since I haven't really set a standard topic here. As you can tell I'm all about books, but I do more than read so I don't want to be limited to just telling you what I've read. Who knows maybe one day I'll share the videographer story.
And unlike my second attempt at a blog this isn't for a class so I won't be sharing what I learned by observing children. Even though I do spend a lot of time with my sister's kids so I might just throw out a Crazy Rant about that.
Unlike most blogs, I want to be all about books, movies and anything else that you already knew about, but might have forgotten over time and not even noticed.
Why?
Because everyone else is reviewing the new stuff and there's a lot of goodies out there that no one ever touched on. Kind of like a blast from the past, of course that doesn't mean I'll be avoiding the new stuff since one day they'll also be in the past. (It's a thinker, well maybe).

Thanks for reading my first official post in my now one and only blog, I'd really appreciate some [positive] feedback so feel free to tell me what you think. Than again I'd really appreciate anyone reading this so even if you don't think anything about what I just said feel free to tell me what's on your mind anyway and stick around to see if I ever finish up here.

More to come soon.