Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #16


 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
 
Top Ten Books I Read In 2013
 
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
2. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
3. Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
4. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
6. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
8. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marcheta
9. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
10. Fated by Benedict Jacka

 
Feel free to list or link to your Top Ten Books of 2013!

What I read in 2013

2013
 
A Somewhat Complete List of the Books I Read
 
 

1. The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
2. Burnout by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
3. Fated by Benedict Jacka
4. London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets by Peter Ackroyd
5. Slow Boat To Purgatory by Vernon Baker
6. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
7. Song Of The Mountain by Michelle Isenhoff
8. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
9. Invisible Monsters Remix by Chuck Palahniuk
10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
11. Divergent by Veronica Roth
12. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
13. At the Mercy of the Queen by Anne Clinard Barnhill
14. Lark's Quest: The Search by Barbara Cool Lee
15. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
16. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
17. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
18. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
19. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
20. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
21. Requiem by Lauren Oliver
22. The Arrival by Shaun Tan
23. Maus Vol 1 My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
24. Maus Vol 2 And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman
25. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
26. The Prince Of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
27. Free Four: Tobias Tells the Divergent Story by Veronica Rother (short story ebook)
28. Annabel (Divergent #.5)
29. Hana (Divergent #1.5)
Raven (Divergent #2.5) by Lauren Oliver
30. Harry Potter: The Prequel by J.K. Rowling (extremely short story ebook)
31. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
32. Miss Pergrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
33. The New Hunger (Warm Bodies 0.5) by Isaac Marion
34. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
35. Sisters Red by Jackson Pierce
36. Changeling by Delia Sherman
37. Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Petersen
38. Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 by David Petersen
39. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
40. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
41. World War Z by Max Brooks
42. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
43. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
44. The People Of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
45. The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau
46. The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau
47. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
48 Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
49. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
50. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
51. Spellcaster by Cladia Gray
52. The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
53. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
54. I Am Mordred by Nancy Springer
55. The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey
56. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
57. The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey
58. The Warlock (book 5) by Michael Scott
59. The Bridge of Dead Things by Michael Gallagher
60. Thief's Covenant by Ari Marmell
61. Dragon's Bait by Vivian Vande Velde
62. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
63. The Enchantress (Book 6) by Michael Scott
64. A Room With A View by E.M. Forster
65. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (re-read)
66. The Archived by Victoria Schwab
67. A Game of Thrones (graphic novel vol 1) by George R.R. Martin
68. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
69. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
70. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
71. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
72. Once Upon A More Enlightened Time by James Finn Gardner
73. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
74. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
75. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
76. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
77. Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling
78. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
79. Anya's Ghost (graphic novel) by Vera Brosgol
80. Thoreau at Walden by John Porcellino
81. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
82. Who Could That Be At This Hour? by Lemony Snicket
83. The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens
84. Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
85. Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes

Started but didn't finish:

 The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Companions by R.A. Salvatore
 Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers
A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


Thursday, December 26, 2013

The ABC Book Challenge: End of the Year

THE ABC BOOK CHALLENGE 2013
 
This was my first year participating in any book challenge besides a number goal. I also joined a lot of read-a-thons and even the booktube-a-thon. I kind of failed this challenge for not fitting in a K book as well as the hard to find XYZ's.

Here are the books I read for this challenge:
 
A
A Room With A View by E.M. Forster
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
A Game of Thrones(graphic novel) by George R.R. Martin
Allegiant by Veronica Roth

B
Burnout by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
The Bridge of Dead Things by Michael Gallagher
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Tucholke

C
Changling by Delia Sherman
City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey
 
D
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau
Dragon's Bait by Vivian Vande Velde

E
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey
The Enchantress by Michael Scott
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

F
Fated by Benedict Jacka
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens


G
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

H
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
The Host by Stephanie Meyers
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

I
Invisible Monsters Remix by Chuck Palahniuk
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

J
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

K

L
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Lark's Quest: The Search by Barbara Cool Lee
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

M
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Monster by Walter Dean Meyers
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
 
 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  The New Hunger (Warm Bodies 0.5) by Isaac Marion
O
 The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  Once Upon A More Enlightened Time by James Finn Gardner
P
 Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
  The Prophet of Yonwood by Jeanne DuPrau
Q
 Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling
R
 Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
S
 Slow Boat To Purgatory by Vernon Baker
   Song Of The Mountain by Michelle Isenhoff
   Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
   Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
  Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
T
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
  Thief's Covenant by Ari Marmell
  The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
 
U
V
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
W
 Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  Wither by Lauren DeStefano
   World War Z by Max Brooks
  The Warlock by Michael Scott
X
Y
 Z
  
I plan on doing this challenge again in 2014. I'm looking forward to actually trying to find some U,X,Y,Z's next year. :)


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #15

 
 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
 
 
Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me
1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
3. Dracula by Bram Stoker
4. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
(I can't find this book anywhere)
5. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
6. The Cuckoo's Calling by J.K. Rowling
7. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
8. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
9. Emily Dickenson's Complete Works
10. Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy
 
 
What books are you really hoping to get as a gift tomorrow?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #17

 
 
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that features the books we bought, borrowed, were gifted, and were given for review. 

 
Thrift Store Finds
This haul cost me a little more than usual but I got two gifts in the process so I'm not as bothered by it. That's what I get for bothering to look for books during the holidays. At least I came away with a nice stack. :)
 

From top to bottom:

Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
(I've only read 'The Road' but the blurb on the back of this book was pretty interesting)
 
The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman
(A historical novel about medieval England and Wales. I have the 1st book)
 

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
(I've yet to read her books but I now own 3-4 of them)
 
What I Was by Meg Rosoff
(Author of 'How I Live Now')
(I actually have this same book checked out from the library right now)
 
Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash by Wendelin Van Draanen
(I wish I had known how long this series was. I only recognized the author)
 
The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
(I got this for my younger sister whom LOVES Sherlock)
 
Killers: The Most Barbaric Murders of Our Time
(I used to have a thing for serial killer books but I don't own any so this is a nice addition to my non-fiction collection.)
 
The Age of Stonehenge by
(This is also a nice addition to my non-fiction shelves. I love British history.)
 
Horns by Joe Hill
(I've read this and own it in paperback but I can't pass up hardcover copies of good books.)
 
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
(One of my fave authors and I couldn't pass up this book even though I already own it. It will make a great holiday gift for my older sister who also loves Gaiman.)
 
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Have you read any of these? What did you add to your shelves this week?


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Books I'd like to Re-Read soon

I'm in one of those moods where I want to read an old familiar favorite but I have a huge stack of library books to get through! I'm currently working on a to-read list for 2014 so I thought I'd make a list of books that I really want to re-read soon. I just re-read The Hobbit earlier this year and it was just as wonderful as I remembered and better because I could see it with new eyes. (We went and saw part 2 to The Hobbit  in theaters and it was awesome. That was our Christmas present to ourselves.)
To tell you the truth, I'd re-read The Hobbit again this year if I didn't have such a huge to-read list. Anyway, I think I will try to fit in at least two re-reads this year.
 
Books to Re-Read
 
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
 
It's been years since I read The Gentlemen Bastards books so I really want to read them before I read The Republic of Thieves.
 
 
 
Do you plan on re-reading anything soon? Are you the type of person who re-reads all the time or almost never at all? What books have you re-read more than once? I always find that the best books are re-read and I always love new recommendations!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #14



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
 
Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

1. Benedict Jacka
I read his urban fantasy novel, 'Fated', at the beginning of the year and really enjoyed it. While I haven't had a chance to get my hands on any of the other books in the series, I am really looking forward to reading more by him.

2. Erin Morgenstern
I read 'The Night Circus' this year and LOVED it to death. It's still the best book I've read so far in 2013. I hope to see more by this author soon. I have a feeling that I will consume anything she publishes in the future.

3. Veronica RothI started the Divergent Trilogy this year and I am also about to finish it. (I'll be reading Allegiant before the month is over with!)

4. Melina MarchettaI read Jellicoe Road on a whim earlier this year and was just sort of blown away by it. I'm looking forward to reading her fantasy series soon.


5. Patrick Ness Everyone has been talking about his Chaos Walking trilogy but I only just discovered him through his book, 'A Monster Calls'.

6. Ransom Riggs
Also one of my new favorites, this authors book 'Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children', is one of my favorites of the year.

7. Rick Yancey
I mysteriously received an ARC of 'The 5th Wave' and loved it. Then I found out that I only live about an hour away from this author and never knew he existed. I ended up reading the first two books in his 'Monstrumologist' series and also the first book in his 'Alfred Kropp' series. I'm really hoping that one day I will be able to make it to one of his book signings since he lives so close. I'd love for him to be the first best-selling author I ever meet.

8. John Stephens
I started his trilogy, The Books of Beginning, this year and loved the first two. I really don't want to wait for the 3rd book! The Emerald Atlas and The Fire Chronicle were so good! They are middle-grade fantasy/adventure but I'd recommend them to anyone in need of a fun story.

9. Lemony Snicket
While I've known of this author for a long time, I've never read anything by him until a week or so ago. He has a very unique and fun to read writing style and I think I will add his other books to my to-read list soon. I'm waiting to read A Series of Unfortunate Events until I can get my hands on all 13 books.  
10. Laurie Halse Anderson
Another author that I was aware of but hadn't read until this year.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #13

 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
 
 
Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR
 
  1. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  2. Frost Bite by Michelle Read
  3. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  4. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  5. The Ghosts of Kerfol
  6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  7. Throne of Glass
  8. Chocolat
  9. Girl, Interrupted
  10. The Key of Rondo
 
 


Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday Finds #16




Friday Finds is a blog meme hosted over at Should Be Reading that highlights the books you found and added to your To Be Read list, whether you found them online or in a bookstore and etc. They are not necessarily books that you purchased!

[My to-read list on Goodreads is over 1000 currently so I've probably already added everything and just might be able to keep these lists to a minimum.]
 
Here are the books I'm showcasing for this week!
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #12

 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
 
 
Top Ten 2014 Release I'm Dying To Read

I had to go do some Goodreads research to see what new books were coming out! I'm so behind on the news here in the book blogging part of the internet.

 
 
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan(The Heroes of Olympus Book 5)
(The 5th Wave Book 2)
 
 
(Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Book 2) 
 

The World of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin


There probably should be a lot more to this list but because I am so behind on my reading and haven't read a ton of new stuff to know that their sequels are coming out soon.

Leave links to your Top Ten Tuesday so I can catch up on all the new books coming out soon! Thank you!

 


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Series I've Started but Need to Finish

I did a Top Ten Tuesday meme on this not too long ago but I need a place to list ALL of the series I've started but haven't finished.
 
[+ symbols mark that the series is not complete and may have more books than I know of]
 
  1. The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott (read 4 out of 6) Finished 2013
  2. The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan (1/3+)
  3. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (3/5+)
  4. The Books of Beginning by John Stephens (1/3)
  5. Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (1/2+?)
  6. Spellcaster by Claudia Gray (1/3.5)
  7. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (1/4)
  8. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey 2/4)
  9. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (1/+)
  10. Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey (1/3)
  11. Divergent by Veronica Roth (2.5/3.5)
  12. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (4/6)
  13. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (1/3)
  14. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (1/6)
  15. The Archived by Victoria Schwab )1/2+)
  16. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (1/?)
  17. Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen (2/3)
  18. The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (2/4)
  19. Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore (1/3)
  20. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (1/2)
  21. The Chemical Garden by Lauren DeStefano (1/3.5)
  22. Mouse Guard by David Petersen (2/3+)
  23. Fairytale Retellings by Jackson Pearce (1/4)
  24. Changeling by Delia Sherman (1/2)
  25. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (1.5/2.6)
  26. Niebla by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (1/3)
  27. Slow Boat to Purgatory by Vernon Baker (1/2)
  28. The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse (1/3)
  29. Order of Darkness by Philippa Gregory (1/3)
  30. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (1.5/2.5)
  31. Lost Continent by Catherine Asaro (2/5.5)
  32. The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore (2/4)
  33. The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater (2/3)
  34. The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice (5/10)
  35. Gentleman Bastard by Scott Lynch (2/3)
  36. The Magicians by Lev Grossman (1/3)
  37. The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry (2/4)
  38. The Magician Trilogy by Jenny Nimmo (1/3)
  39. The Books of Faerie by Maggie Stiefvater (1/3)
  40. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (2/4)  WILL NOT FINISH
  41. Dream House Kings by Robert Liparulo (4/6)
  42. Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent (2/way too may) WILL NOT FINISH
  43. Bloodline by Kate Cary (1/2)
  44. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter by Laurell K. Hamilton (4-5/way too many)
  45. Merry Gentry Series by Laurell K. Hamilton (1/9)
  46. The Immortals by Alyson Noel (4/6.5) WILL NOT FINISH
  47. October Daye Series by Seanan McGuire (1/way too many)
  48. NEW: All the Wrong Questions Quartet by Lemony Snicket (1/4)
  49.  
 
There are actually more but I either didn't think they were important enough to write down or I just got tired of continuing the list. The 'way too many's will probably never get read.
 
I've also been trying to avoid starting new series but in most cases with newer fiction, you just can't help it. I really wanted to read Falling Kingdoms but now I have to wait til the end of the year to read the second book. I think I'm going to start waiting until the series is finished before reading it.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Stacking The Shelves #15

 
 
 
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that features the books we bought, borrowed, were gifted, and were given for review. 

I haven't done one of these in a while so here are some of the books that I have accumulated in the past month or so, mostly from thrift stores and yard sales. This is only one stack though. I'll have to post the second stack next week since I don't have the photos on this computer.

Thrift Store Finds

 

 
 
 
 
 
What have you added to your shelves recently? 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday Finds #15

 
 
Friday Finds is a blog meme hosted over at Should Be Reading that highlights the books you found and added to your To Be Read list, whether you found them online or in a bookstore and etc. They are not necessarily books that you purchased!

[My to-read list on Goodreads is over 1000 currently so I've probably already added everything and just might be able to keep these lists to a minimum.]
 
Here are the books I'm showcasing for this week!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 What have you added to your to-read list lately?

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Finds #14


Friday Finds is a blog meme hosted over at Should Be Reading that highlights the books you found and added to your To Be Read list, whether you found them online or in a bookstore and etc. They are not necessarily books that you purchased!

[My to-read list on Goodreads is over 1000 currently so I've probably already added everything and just might be able to keep these lists to a minimum.]
 
Here are the books I'm showcasing for this week!
 

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs
Sarah Faire and the House at the End of the World by Alex Giannini (Illustrated by Abigail Larson)
Rotters by Daniel Krause

I like that these are kind of spooky. I will have to add these to my October/Halloween reads list for 2014. :)


 What have you added to your to-read list lately?


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Currently Reading

So I'm still not in the swing of blogging everyday and have been sidetracked with other goals.

I am trying to spend more time reading to catch up to my goal of reading 100 books for the year. I'm currently at 78.

I am reading



I've also been reading the Harry Potter Companion books today (because they are so small and will help with my reading goal)

J.K. Rowling
 
 
I'm not sure what's next though.

What are you reading?
 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Book Review: The Haunting of Hill House


The Haunting of Hill House
by
Shirley Jackson

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/89717.The_Haunting_of_Hill_House?from_search=true

Genre:
Horror
Ghost story

My Rating:
☆☆☆

Synopsis:

Four seekers have come to Hill House, a scary old abandoned mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar who had been looking for an honestly haunted house all his life; Theodora, a lovely and lighthearted girl there mostly on a lark; Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House; and Eleanor, a strange and lonely woman well acquainted with poltergeists and other psychic phenomena. At first their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable noises and slamming doors. But Hill House is gathering up powers and will soon choose one of them to make its own.
The Haunting Of Hill House is full of horror and mystification and a wit that mixes laughter with chills. Its publication in 1959 confirmed Shirley Jackson as a master at portraying the secret vagaries of the mind, and as a brilliant stylist capable of interjecting the conventions of horror with a psychological complexity not encountered since Henry James. "It is the character of Eleanor and Shirley Jackson's depiction of it that elevates The Haunting Of Hill House into the ranks of the great supernatural novels," Stephen King writes in the introduction to this exclusive Stephen King Horror Library edition. "Indeed, it seems to me that it and James's The Turn Of The Screw are the only two great novels of the supernatural in the last hundred years."

MY THOUGHTS:


I first read this book in 6th grade but I can't remember much about it or if I even finished it. I loved ghost stories even then and perhaps it bored me then since I could get more thrill from an R.L. Stein or Christopher Pike book at that time.

I watched The Haunting when it came out (back when VHS was still a big thing) and I remembered the characters names at least and knew that it was based off of this book. I can say that the movie was one of my favorites for years since I've always had a thing for big, creepy old houses and ghost stories.

Now, re-reading the book seems a little... odd. I have the movie version stuck in my head so much that the book seems wrong. The characters (the main ones) are the same, as is the house (for the most part), and one or two scenes but otherwise, the movie didn't really follow the book at all. Instead, it drifted off into it's own little whirlwind of horror, which is admirable since if it had followed the book closely, no one would have wanted to see it. I hate to compare books to movies but with this one, I can't really help it. I was very disappointed in the ending because it didn't have any depth and turned out entirely unlike the movie and didn't even seem to have a bleak moment or climax.

As for the book on it's own: I wasn't particularly fond of the dialogue. The characters seemed to go on about the oddest things; as if they were old friends having a picnic in the park. Perhaps it was their way of making light of the situation but I couldn't help but think of them all as children. They could be talking about one thing and out of the blue, one of them would say something along the lines of, "I have red shoes." even though it didn't connect to anything they were saying.
I like cake. I changed a light bulb today. I want to go swimming. Giraffe tongues are a foot long.
Similarly, the 'arguments' were hard to discern because they came out of nowhere and were nothing I would really consider an argument at all. It was as if a 'negative force' was pitting them against each other, but the book never went into any dark strain of thought like that and never hinted at such.

So I can honestly say that if I hadn't previously had an inkling of the book and a predetermined opinion thanks to the film, I would have found this book to be quite lacking and boring. There were only two excerpts that I enjoyed and I guess those could be seen as the most climatic and 'paranormal'.
This was my 'Halloween' read for the year.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Counting Down

 
First of all, I'm quite surprised to see that my blog is still getting at least 50 views a day even though I haven't posted in a month! Thank you for your continued support!

So, I'm back! I know, I said that last month! But this time I mean it! My fiancé and I have moved into our house, settled in, and I have unpacked and shelved the books so that makes it official. All of my books are out of boxes and they (and I) are very happy about it!
 
 
Here is a picture of my shelves on their way to being somewhat organized. Please excuse the surrounding mess. I mostly just wanted to get the books out of boxes and off of the floor. I have two other shelves in the house as well. Yes, that is a life size cardboard cut out of Harry Potter up there. (And I made that big 3D '5' out of cardboard for my niece's upcoming birthday. I just need to decorate it.)
I posted this photo on my personal Facebook and all of my family and friends were surprised by the amount of books that I own. I've also had people online ask me how I afford all of my books so I'll let you in on the secret now.

I buy all of my books secondhand.
Shhh. Don't tell.
 
No, seriously. I practically NEVER buy a book new. It might be because there are no bookstores within an hours drive of where I live but, then again, I don't buy online either. The majority of my books came from thrift stores and library sales. I used to get about 10-20 really great books for less than $5 (and sometimes just a dollar or two) at one thrift store but they jacked up their prices to almost a dollar per book so I don't come home with as many anymore. On the other hand, my local library has a really big book sale twice a year that lasts for 5 days. The second to last day is always half-price day and the last day is always $3 bag day. I get the most books then. In my last post I mentioned that I got 90+ books for just $18. And they weren't all just random books to fill up bags. They were books that I either already wanted to read or thought I would really enjoy.
 
Anyway, I haven't been reading very much for the past few months. I just finished my Halloween read, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, this morning. I wrote a very rusty review for it on Goodreads that I will probably share here later.

I'm very behind on my '# of books read' goal for the year. I'm on 74 out of 100. With only about a month and a half left in the year, the easiest way to get anywhere closer to that number is by reading a bunch of small books. Is that cheating? I'm still reading, right? I'm not going to pretend that I read books just to reach a goal. If I don't reach it, that's okay. I can always 'cheat' some more and decrease my goal to 80 or 90 books for the year (via Goodreads, of course). I have a ton of children's and middle-grade books that I've wanted to get to this year anyway. I just can't believe that I read 70 books in the first 6 months of the year and only about 3 so far since then. I'll chalk (or is it chock?) it up to being so busy since June.

No matter. I'm counting down the days to starting over in 2014.


Saturday, October 5, 2013

I'm back! (Sort of)

I've been missing in action for over a month so here are a few excuses!
I took a 'reading break' which sounds horrible considering that I have always been a constant reader and that I have a reading blog here and on Tumblr, but I had a lot of other stuff to deal with and I was also in a reading slump that I couldn't get out of.
 
I did a LOT of crafting and started art journaling again.
 
I started taking Tai-Chi classes which are really fun and relaxing.

I've been doing some 'work' online that pays just enough for me to save up to buy an e-reader soon. 
 
And the big news: My fiancé and I are closing on our first house this week! (If you know anything about buying houses, it is very stressful and time consuming.)
 
All of my books are currently packed away. There are more boxes of books than boxes of almost anything else in the house and they all weigh at least 100 pounds or more. Some I can't even lift. I feel bad for my fiancé. His back is going to shot after moving them all. Good thing we own a dolly.

I just recently went to my local library's bi-annual book sale and accumulated another hundred books (literally). I went twice but the last day is always $3 bag day where you can fill a grocery bag as full as you can and I filled 6 bags with 91 books and 5 DVDs. That cost me a whopping $18 (and sore arms) which is basically about 5 cents per book. I found some great stuff, too, including Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (a fave), American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (read), some Melissa De La Cruz, some Maria Snyder, Juliet Marillier, a bunch of awesome classics, and so much more. But now those are packed away as well.
So, for now, I'm in transition. We will be moving next week and hopefully I'll have my books unpacked before the month is over with. October is the one month that I plan to read specific types of literature (horror and ghost stories, obviously) and I hope to get to my favorite book sale find, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, which I read for the first time back in 6th grade and can't quite remember. I also really want to read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving this year since I didn't get around to it last year. I have a ton of other obscure ghost stories and a lot of H.P. Lovecraft I'd love to get around to reading soon, too.

I'm probably not going to make my goal of 100 books for the year. I'll probably be busy for a few months getting the house in order. I'll also be spending a lot of time in the yard building a raised container garden for the organic, non-GMO vegetable garden I hope to get started soon. After renting for so many years, having a little bit of land for myself is the most exciting part of buying a house. I really can't wait to get started. I've been spending a lot of time planning it all out and I think I am even going to start a blog to document my progress (and probably my downfalls as well).

As for now, I'm going to go finish up Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead which is my first book in over a month and I'm not even remotely enjoying it. I thought it would help me out of my 'slump' but I was wrong. It might be a while before I get back into the swing of things around here but I'll be back eventually. :)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday Finds/Freebie Friday #13

 
 
Friday Finds is a blog meme hosted over at Should Be Reading that highlights the books you found and added to your To Be Read list, whether you found them online or in a bookstore and etc. They are not necessarily books that you purchased!

[My to-read list on Goodreads is over 900 currently so I've probably already added everything and just might be able to keep these lists to a minimum.]
 
Here are the books I'm showcasing for this week!
 
FREEBIE FRIDAY
 
 
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What did you add to your TBR list this week?

 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Apologies

Many apologies to my followers for being MIA a lot for the past few weeks. I'm stuck in the busiest parts of buying a house, moving, and the plethora of responsibilities that those major life-changers entail. I just have not had the time to update the blog or write up my reviews. When life moves along at a breakneck pace like this, the little things have to take the backburner. I've only finished TWO books this month and one of those was started in July! That's how busy I've been! That's the least amount of books I've read half-way through the month so far this year! Hopefully I'll be able to catch up on everything, including my TBR pile, which keeps steadily growing.

I promise to have a Freebie Friday & Stacking the Shelves post up in the next couple of days!
Don't give up on me! I'll be back soon!

(The worst part of this all is slowly packing up my 1000+ books! I don't like having half-empty shelves! But sacrafices have to be made for the betterment of life and living space!)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Finds/Freebie Friday #12


Friday Finds is a blog meme hosted over at Should Be Reading that highlights the books you found and added to your To Be Read list, whether you found them online or in a bookstore and etc. They are not necessarily books that you purchased!

[My to-read list on Goodreads is over 900 currently so I've probably already added everything and just might be able to keep these lists to a minimum.]
 
Here are the books I'm showcasing for this week!
 
 


 
KINDLE FREEBIES
 
 
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What did you add to your TBR list this week?