Thursday, September 29, 2011

Booking Through Thursday- Loud

Here is this week's Booking Through Thursday Question:

1. What do you think of reading aloud/being read to? Does it bring back memories of your childhood? Your children’s childhood?
2. Does this affect the way you feel about audio books?
3. Do you now have times when you read aloud or are read to?

1) I think reading aloud to others is great. I think it is especially important for children to hear their parents or other adult figures read aloud to them. It sets a great example for them and hopefully instills a greater desire to read and learn.

 My fourth grade teacher read books aloud to us weekly (maybe even daily, it's been to long, I can't remember anymore) and I thought it was great. Sometimes she read short stories like the Serendipity books and other times she read longer stories like The Black Stallion and A Taste of Blackberries. To this day I still have a collection of Serendipity books that I started collecting after hearing them read to me by my teacher.

2) This doesn't effect the way I feel about audio books. I don't often listen to books. Maybe on a long road trip. I think they could be great if you had a long commute because there is rarely anything worth listening to on the radio in the morning.
But Honestly I enjoy reading my books. I think I get through them faster. 

3)  I love reading to my kids and I do it often. I want them to love books as much as I do. Now my 3 year old likes to "read" stories to me to and I love it!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

More about Movies...

We love movies at my house. We own hundreds... really people come to our house to "rent" movies from our collection.

I get really excited when a favorite book gets made into a movie. When it is done well, it is amazing to watch a book come to life on the big screen.

Along with millions of others, I am so excited for the up coming movies Breaking Dawn and The Hunger Games. There was a preview for The Hunger Games at the movie we went to Saturday and although it was brief, it still filled me with excitement and anticipation.

Here are some other books I recently discovered are being turned into movies. They are still in the pre-prodcution stages so I don't know much else.

The Mortal Instruments. Loved this series and I think they would make great movies.

Shiver. A movie about werewolves. Yes please. 

The Host.  Anyone as excited about this one as me? I loved this book, maybe even a little better then Twilight.

A Wrinkle in Time. Read this book as a kid. I don't remember it well, I need to reread it, but I am definitely interested watching it. 

What books are you excited to see on the big screen?

Friday, September 23, 2011


by Patricia McCormick

I had the opportunity to read this book during our stay at the cabin. It was a wonderfully written book and a very touching story.

It is written in diary form and follows a young 13 year old girl from Nepal, who is sold by her stepfather into prostitution in India. The events that follow are both tragic and shocking. 

This isn't a historical fiction about something that happened years ago. The references to digital camera's, David Beckham and The Bold and the Beautiful soap opera makes it very clear that this story takes place in our present day.

I thought this story did a great job of calling attention to the sex trafficking of young girls that occurs through out the world. It illustrates not only the terrible ways they are treated but also the fear they live in which prevents them from running away or seeking help. What a sad situation these girls are in, some as young as 11 years old.

This was a very quick read and well worth your time. I read it in a few hours and devoured every page. This was a really great book.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Booking Through Thursday- In Public

 This weeks BBT Question:

Do you carry books with you when you’re out and about in the world? And, do you ever try to hide the covers?

I have a book in my bag most days. I always take one to work with me so that I have something to read during my lunch break. I will often leave it in my bag even when I'm not at work. You never know when you will want something to read.

I don't try to hide the covers. I don't really mind other people knowing what I am reading.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed
by Emily Giffin

I had a great vacation with my family and even had time to relax and read a couple books. This is the first book I read during our stay in the mountains.

I actually borrowed this book from a friend at work, who offered it after hearing me talk about the movie. I was excited to read it and see how it compared to the movie. 

My reaction to the book was very similar to how I felt about the movie. At times I was frustrated and at times I was pleased with where the story was going. This is a story about a women who falls for her best friends fiance and the drama the ensues. 

I found myself getting frustrated with her attitude about her affair. She kept seeing him, even though he never promises to call off the wedding. I couldn't understand why she couldn't see how the situation was not going to end well for her. Of course, just like the movie, she had friends to show her the error of her ways but she did not always listen to them. 

At one point she claims that you can't help who you fall in love with, something I don't really agree with one hundred percent. You can choose your actions and the situations you put yourself in. If you don't get drunk and hang out with your best friends fiance then you wouldn't have the opportunity to fall in love with him. 

I disliked Darcy (i.e. the best friend) just as much in the book as I did in the movie.  In the movie they combine a couple of friends into one character but I thought it worked well that way so I was ok with it. I thought they did a good job making this story into a movie.

The second book is written from Darcy's perspective. Even though I don't like her character, I think it would be interesting to try understanding her point of view. This book was an entertaining read so I would definitely be willing to give the next book a go.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Books Vs. Movies

I should have been catching up on my blogging tonight but instead I watched Jane Eyre.

I have been really excited to see the new film. I always love watching movies of my favorite books.

The movie doesn't have to follow the book perfectly for me to enjoy it, as long as they kept the feel of the story the same. And they aren't missing crucial pieces of the book.

I usually always like the movie, sometimes almost as much as the book. I love a good movie almost as much as a good book.

I enjoyed Jane Eyre and I think they did a good job keeping true to the feel of the book but I felt like I was only getting snip bits of the book. If I hadn't read the book I may have not understood the importance of some of the events of her life. I really wish there had been more. It just didn't feel like there was enough substance.

It is so hard to turn a classic, such as Jane Eyre, into a movie. There are so many details and events in the book. I can see how it would be hard to fit it all and keep the movie a decent length.

I did think the acting was great and I thought they cast the characters well. But the movie will never compare to the book.

Now I want to read the book again. I sure do love that story!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Back from Vacation ...

... and I have a few books to post about this week.

I am going to start with a children's board book that my 3 year old thought was hilarious. Really, you should have seen the way he was laughing as each new page was read to him. My SIL brought this book with her on our vacation. All the kids enjoyed reading it.

Blue Hat, Green Hat
by Sandra Boyton

This book is silly, fun and teaches colors all at the same time. My 3 year old already knows his colors but that didn't keep him from loving this book. I love a fun children's book!

Stay tuned to learn about the books I read during our stay at the cabin. I'll try to get my reviews up sometime this week.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Hush Hush

Hush, Hush
by Becca Fitzpatrick

Yeah, I couldn't put it down yesterday or today so here I am writing about it tonight.

I was reading it during my lunch break at work and I really didn't want to go back to work when my break was over. I wanted to keep reading, it was hard to stop.

So based on that you have probable guessed that I liked this book. And you would be right!

I have to be honest that towards the end I began to worry that she wouldn't wrap it up to my satisfaction. I had a lot of questions. But it turned out I was worried for no reason and I really loved the ending. 

The entire story kept me entertained and kept me guessing. I love books that make me want to figure out the truth behind what is happening.  And even though Patch's character was dark and almost ominous there was something about his mischievous smile that kept me hoping he wasn't all bad.

I thought that this was a great read and it certainly didn't take me long to finish it!

I'm head out on vacation tomorrow and will be gone all of next week... When we get back I should have some new books to write about. At least that is the plan. ;-)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Booking Through Thursday

This weeks BTT:

What are you reading now?
                        Would you recommend it?
                        And what’s next?

I am currently reading Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.
I just started it but I am really enjoying it so far. The story immediately pulled me in and I can't wait to see what happens next. Based on my first impressions I would recommend it. Hopefully I feel the same when the story ends.

Next on my list to read is Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin. I just saw the movie and I am excited to see if I will enjoy the book too.

What are you reading this week?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Movie: Speak

So I discovered that the book Speak was turned into a movie a few years ago, starring Kristen Stewart. Now I'm curious if it is worth watching. I really liked the book, maybe I would like the movie too.

Anyone seen this movie or heard if it is any good?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Booking Through Thursday-Stormy Weather

This weeks BBT:

What’s your book with weather events? Hurricanes? Tornadoes? Blizzards? Real? Fiction? Doesn’t matter … weather comes up a lot in books, so there’s got to be a favorite somewhere, huh?

The very first thing that popped into my mind was Pride and Prejudice. You know the scene. It is pouring rain and Mr. Darcy admits he is in Love with Miss Elizabeth, against his better judgement. Sigh.. I love that story and that scene is one of my absolute favorites.

And Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, in the rain, declaring his love... Yeah, It doesn't get much better then that. ♥