Thursday, July 28, 2011

Booking Through Thursday

BTT's Question of the Week:

What’s the latest you’ve ever stayed up reading a book? Is staying up late reading a usual thing for you?

During the summer, when I was a teenager, I would stay up late to finish a book. Sometimes until 3 am or later. I remember staying up on many occasions to finish one of the books in David Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorian series. I loved those books.

But  now that I am older I need my sleep. I'm one of those people who becomes very grumpy and hard to live with if I don't get my 8 hours of sleep each night. So I don't often read late into the night anymore. Unless I just can't put the book down...

 I would still consider myself more of a night owl, then a morning person. It has been hard for me to adjust to going to bed earlier so I can wake up early with my kids. My youngest often gets up at 6:30 or earlier, way too early for me! My husband is a night owl too, so we often don't go to bed until close to midnight.

Last week I ended up staying up way past midnight to read the latest Kathy Reich book I was working on. I couldn't stop thinking about it when I was trying to go to bed so I finally gave up, got out of bed and read a "few" more chapters. Boy did I regret it the next day when I had to get up for work.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hunger Games Movie Poster

Anyone else as excited for this movie as I am?!

When you are done watching you can turn the audio off in the right hand bottom corner.


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle

At bedtime my three year old likes to take books to bed with him. Last night I could hear him reading to himself. He can't really read yet but some books he has memorized. This was the book he was "reading" last night.

It was so cute to hear him saying each page out loud. We love this book. It is a fun one.

When I checked on him later he was fast asleep with a pile of books stacked next to him. I am so glad he likes to read.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Book Beginnings on Friday

Hosted by A Few More PagesHow to participate: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog. Include the title and the author. Then share your impressions and whether  you liked the sentence.

Here is the book I am starting this coming week:

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel; a novel of war and survival
by Louise Murphy

It begins:

"Caught between green earth and blue sky, only truth kept me sane. but now lies disturb my peace. The story has been told over and over by liars and it must be retold. Do not struggle when the hook of a word pulls you into the air of truth and you cannot breathe.
   For a little while, I ask this of you.
   Come with me."

I find this invitation to hear her version of the story riveting. Even more so because the title of the chapter is The Witch. (I am making an assumption here that the witch is a female.) What kind of truth is she going to enlighten us with?

I am definitely intrigued by this story about two children trying to escape the Nazis.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Booking through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday's Question of the week:
What’s the first book that you ever read more than once? (I’m assuming there’s at least one.)
What book have you read the most times? And–how many?

I often reread books when I am too lazy to go to the bookstore or library. There is always something on my shelf that I loved the first time and is worth a second go around.

I can't remember which book was the first I ever read more then once. Going way back to my childhood it was probably The BFG by Roald Dahl. Other books I re read often when I was younger were Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

In my teen years I fell in love with Fantasy. David Edding's Belgariad Series was the first entire series of books that I read more then once. I loved all his characters.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is the book I re read the most recently. I really love that book! It is a classic.

Hmmm.... the book I have read the most times? That is a hard one for me to answer because their are so many books I have read more then twice. Probably Jane Austen's Persuasion or Little Women. 

Any favorites that you love to read over and over again?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

206 Bones

206 Bones
by Kathy Reichs

I always seem to forget how much I enjoy the Temperance Brennan novels until I pick one up again to read. I really enjoy Kathy Reichs style of writing.

This may be my favorite of her novels that I have read so far. It drew me right in and I kept me up late at night. I had to force myself to put it down and go to bed since I had work in the morning. No sleep and I  don't mesh well. 

I was pretty sure what certain characters were up to and kept waiting for Tempe to finally figure it out. It  was like watching a film and the villain is sneaking up on the victim and you want to yell at her to turn around. It was definitely suspenseful, which I love.

I have also started noticing some similarities to the TV show Bones that I really didn't pay attention to before because the characters and settings for the novels are so different from the show. Things that are similar: her relationship with the detective she works the cases with, her nonsense approach, and the way she interacts with others. 

I really enjoyed this read. Couldn't put it down. Always a good sign.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Help - Offical Trailer HD (2011)

There are a lot of movies that I want to see this summer, Harry Potter being number one on my list.
But here is another movie, based on a novel, that I am excited to see. I hope that they do this story justice because it was such a great book. Enjoy the Trailer!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Book Beginnings on Friday

This week I am reading another book by Kathy Reichs, 206 Bones.

Here are the first few lines:

I open my eyes.
To dark. Black as arctic winter.
Am I dead?"

I am already familiar with the character, Tempe Brennan, since I have ready a few of these books already so I am immediately draw into the story. What is happening to her, what kind of danger has she found herself in now, what forensic case has brought danger to her  and how is she going to get out? This opening creates so many questions for me and the only way to figure out just exactly what is going on is to read more!

Thanks to Katy at a Few More Pages for hosting this meme.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Booking Through Thursday

Here is this week's BBT Question:

There are so many crappy biographies … would you rather read a poorly-written biography of a fascinating life, OR an exquisitely well-written, wonderful read of one of a not-so-interesting life?

This was a hard question for me to answer. I'm not much of a literary critic. Really I just want the book to keep my attention and be enjoyable to read. What I consider "good" writing may differ from other people's view.

 I typically read only fiction and so rarely pick up a non -fiction book. I can only think of a few biographies I have read and they were required reading for a history class. Not the most exciting books I have ever read. ( and I like history)

I would probably choose to read a poorly- written book about a fascinating life because if their life is truly fascinating it would probably keep my interest. I would be less likely to read a boring book, even if it is well written.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pretty Monsters

Pretty Monsters
by Kelly Link
This was a unique collection of stories. There were ghost stories, sci fi, fantasy, monster stories and each one kept me guessing. I thought that all the stories were just so different and fun that I really enjoyed reading this book.

It reminded me a little of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams because there were fun little random quirks which made these stories so unusual.

My favorites were the stories about the village in the handbag and the girl who collects ghosts on ribbons. I didn't want them to end. They were short stories but I felt like they could really be developed into very interesting novels.

But I don't think that is her style. Many of her endings leave you to decide for yourself how the story plays out. So this collection is great for those who like to use their imagination. I like that they made you think when you finished the story.

This is a young adult book but there is some language and some more mature topics in a couple of the stories. But nothing that I found to be to over the top and I really thought this was a well written collection.

If you are looking for something unique and new to read give these short stories a try!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Book Beginnings on Friday

 Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading. Include the title and the author so we know what you're reading. Then, if you would like, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and let us know if you liked or did not like the sentence.

Once again thanks to A Few More Pages for hosting this fun Meme.

Summer has been keeping us really busy. With extra hours at work, play dates, swim lessons and house sitting, I just haven't been able to read as much as I would like. So what I am trying to get at is that I am still reading the same book I was reading last week and I haven't even made a plan for what book I am going to read next.

Good thing that Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link is a collection of short stories...

Here is the first couple lines from her short story The Surfer.

"In the dream I was being kidnapped by aliens. I was dreaming, and then I woke up."

I can assume from these first lines that this story is going to be about aliens but then again I am never sure where she is going with her stories, so I may be surprised. I would say that these first couple lines have me wondering who is dreaming and if he/ she is really dreaming. I am definitely interested in discovering what surfing and aliens have to do with each other.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Booking Through Thursday

Since my dog is turning 10 today … what animal-related books have you read? Which do you love? Do you have a favorite literary dog? (Snoopy, anyone?)

Does anyone remember the book Ribsy by Beverly Clearly? About a dog who gets lost and the adventure that follows? I really liked that book when I was a kid.

I have loved animals for as long as I can remember and so it is not surprising that even as a kid I was drawn to stories involving animals. I am an RVT (Registered Veterinary Technician) after all.

 I have read some of The Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun, I read most of James Herriot, Lots of horse stories like The Black Stallion by Walter Farley, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Seriously the list could go on and on.

 Other animal relate books that I have read in recent years: , Marley and Me  by John Grogan, The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks, Watership Down by Richard Adams, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

Can't really decide which animal-related book is my favorite. What I do know is that I sure do love a good animal story.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Required Reading

Remember all the books we were required to read in school? Some I really enjoyed, others not so much.

I was looking through my cousin's books the other day ( he is 14) and it reminded me of some of my favorites from grade school.

Maniac Magee
by Jerry Spinelli

I remember really liking this one. I think maybe it is time to read it again to see if I still enjoy it.

Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson

This story really stuck with me. It is an emotional tale of a young boy dealing with a tragic circumstance.

 Tuck Everlasting
by Natalie Babbitt

Remember when this movie came out? This is another book I remember  reading in school and liking.

 A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle

I remember having a hard time getting through this book the first time I read it but still enjoying the story. I read it again a few years later and enjoyed it even more.

What books do you remember reading and enjoying in elementary school?