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What I’m reading this week – March 19, 2012

We are back from our spontaneous road trip.  It wasn’t too terribly bad.  For those that were/are praying for my family, I cannot express to you the gratitude that I’m feeling.  It’s such a tremendous feeling to know that my friends are worried for my family, and can find it in their hearts to pray for a man that they’ve not met.  So, thank you, thank you, thank you.

I finished my new Dexter book, and have now moved onto less green pastures.

Still working on The Two Towers.  I didn’t get a chance to read it much while we were staying with my mom.  Everyone was so exhausted from the drive, and then the constant go-go-go of being in your hometown (hospital visits, eating at the places that I never get to eat at, and stocking up my Oklahoma State gear), that there wasn’t much energy left for reading at the end of the day.

On the way home today, I finally (actually) started Wuthering Heights.  But let me tell you, I have never in my life read a book with so many introductions.  First, there’s the customary introduction by another author (these are very common among older “classics” in their reprints), telling the reader how much they love this book, and what it means to them as a fellow author.  Then, there was the introduction from Charlotte Bronte (the author’s sister), letting the reader know that the books she and her sisters published were in fact written by women, and not men, as they first led their audience to believe.  And then there was an introduction, again by Charlotte Bronte, warning the reader that the language and dialect used in the story might be hard to understand.  Duh Charlotte, the book was written in 1847, it’s definitely gonna be a bit hard to understand.  And then there was yet another introduction by Ms. Bronte, telling the reader that she edited the book after her sister’s death.  And then the story starts.

And the book I’m most excited to be reading this week…The Hunger Games!  The movie comes out on Friday (the 13-year-old fan girl in me is screaming her head off), and I might be more excited about this one movie than the last movie I was so excited to see.  Harry Potter, you’ll always have my heart, but Katniss Everdeen is giving you a run for your money.  I’m re-reading this book in preparation for the movie.  I like to have the story really fresh in my mind when I’m seeing film adaptions.  I’ve heard this one isn’t that far off-base from the book, which thrills me.  The story is so absolutely perfect the way it is, there’s no reason at all to change it.  Of course, some changes have to be made, as most of the story is an inner dialogue of the main character, Katniss.  T and I will probably be seeing this movie on Sunday morning, and I am stoked!

That’s what I’m reading this week.  Be sure to check me out next week, hopefully I’ll have some titles changed by then.  Wish me luck!  🙂

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What I’m Reading – March 14, 2012

This week/weekend is sure to be pretty grueling.  My grandpa isn’t doing so well, so the little family and I will be making our trek to Oklahoma this weekend.  I’m making sure to pack just about every book that I’ve had sitting unread on my bedside table.  I see many sleepless nights, long days in the hospital, and maybe some reading aloud in my future.  I plan on doing everything that I can to make this easier to my Mama and for my Grandpa Mack.

So this week, I’m reading The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien.  This is the book that halted my progress of this series before.  When I was younger, I found this book to be so boring, but so far its way better than I remember.  It will probably take me a long time to read this one (remember how long it took me to guide Frodo from the Shire?!), as I only read it at nighttime before bed.

I’m also reading Dexter is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay.  I have a crush on Dexter, I won’t lie.  That’s weird right?  Having a literary crush (those are a real thing, promise) on a character that’s a murdering mastermind?  Maybe I don’t see Dexter as a psycho because of his “morals.”  For those of you that aren’t familiar with Dexter, he only murders/kills/preys on people who “deserve” it.  Other murderers, drug lords, people who prey on children.  I really do enjoy reading Jeff Lindsay’s books.  This one is number 5 in the Dexter series.  And if you’ve watched the show, please don’t ruin it for me.  I’ve only seen about 4 episodes of the first season, and as I understand it the books mirror the series pretty well.

I picked up Wuthering Heights at Barnes & Noble.  Blame it on my public school education, but I’ve never read this book.  I’ve talked to different people (from different states and districts of course), and I’ve learned that this is required reading almost everywhere else but Texas.  I read another book about the Twilight series (various authors dissecting the series and giving their impressions), and there were so many parallels made to Wuthering Heights, that I decided to pick it up and give it a try. Technically I’m not reading it yet, I’ve only read the first sentence.  It was late when I tried to start it, and I was already tired.  Those factors don’t bode well for starting a new book.

 

What I’m Reading – December 30, 2011

Perhaps I should have made a deal with myself to take a break after reading my last Dumas book.  But, I have an addiction, and I’ve come to terms with that.  Also, I’m smack in the middle of Gone With The Wind, and I don’t like to stop in the middle.

So that’s what I’m reading right now.  I’ve read this book once before, but it was a few years ago.  I really do love it.  But I’m not going to lie to y’all, sometimes I wanna ring that Scarlett’s neck.  She’s such a little drama queen, and only seeks to better herself without ever thinking of another person.  Unless it’s her beloved Ashley, who is married to her sister-in-law.  When it comes to the ever-raging war within the house on Peachtree Street (the war that exists in Scarlett’s mind between herself and Melanie for the love of Ashley), I am definitely Team Melanie.  She’s loving, she’s the pretty and the good in everyone, is polite, but also not afraid to stand up for herself and others when the time calls for it.  I do admire Scarlett’s tenacity, and her downright refusal to give up on life, but I absolutely don’t agree with her actions.    I won’t ruin the ending for you, but I was glad to see that Scarlett gets exactly what she deserves.

I’m also picking up a book I haven’t attempted to read since high school, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.  My little sister got these as a gift when she was still little, so I read them first.  Let me rephrase, I attempted to read them first.  I made it through The Fellowship alright, but then tried to read The Two Towers and hardly made it a hundred pages in.  But, I’m going to give it another try.  I went to Barnes & Noble a few weeks ago and bought the set.  And yes, before you ask, I’ve read The Hobbit.  At least three times.  I even read it to Little T early in his life when he absolutely refused to sleep.  It soothed him.  Or bored him.  I’m still not quite sure which.

If y’all have any recommendations, or would like me to review a certain book, leave a comment and let me know.  I’m always looking for new things to read, much to the displeasure of my bank account.  🙂

What I’m Reading November 30, 2011

I didn’t run away, swear.  Though, I definitely have felt like it the past few days.  Little T has been sick, I’m catching what he’s got, my job didn’t end up working out the way I’d hoped, and there’s nothing good on TV.  I smell a vacation on the horizon.

This week (and the past three or four weeks really, if we’re being completely honest) I’m revisiting some of the books I’ve already read, as well as that darned Dumas book.  I can’t escape that guy, no matter how hard I try.

I’m reading Twilight by Stephenie Meyer again.  Don’t ask me why.  It’s not like it’s an amazing book, but for some reason I needed a little Edward in my life.  Even though he’s pretty controlling and we wouldn’t get along if he were a real person that I actually came into contact with (I have crushes on fictional characters, don’t judge me).  I’m not a complete nerd for Twilight, honestly.  I’m one of the few people I know that wasn’t salivating for the movies, and I haven’t seen the last two in the theater.  These movies are terrible (sorry if you’re a fan, but I think they suck), and I have no desire to pay $8 to sit through a movie that I’ll regret watching later.  I’ll see them when they come on the movie channels, where I have the freedom to flip away from the channel if I so desire.  I really had high, high hopes for these books.  It sounded like an amazing story line, but I feel like it could have been written so much better.  Granted, Ms. Meyer is a published author worth millions of dollars, and I’m just a mom with a dream, I still think she could have done better.

I’m also re-reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Because I am a terrible Potter nerd.  Judge away if you must.  I cannot get enough of Harry Potter.  Movies, books, Harry Potter Lego, you name it, I’m a nerd for it.  But I have no shame.  None.  Little T and I read about 4 pages every night from a Harry Potter book.  Right now we’re on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, so maybe we’ll be done with it in about eight months or so.

And then there’s that pesky The Man in the Iron Mask.  Though, I will say this:  It’s way better than the others.  By leaps and freakin’ bounds.  It’s at least keeping my attention.  Since I’ve been sick and taking medicine to sleep I can only get in a chapter or two before I pass out.

I don’t see too much reading in my future for the next few weeks.  Papa T has booked me a deer hunt for this weekend (yea!) and next weekend is his company’s Christmas party.  But, after that there is definitely some reading in my future.  I also see a very large Amazon purchase coming my way.

 

What I’m Reading – October 11, 2011

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

I have been waiting forever for this!  This is the reason I hate falling in love with a book series before it’s completed – you have to wait for years before the next installment comes out.  Literally, years.  I will admit, Rick Riordan is a busy, busy man.  He cranks out about 1-2 books a year.  He’s got 2 series going right now, one of which I tried to read, but called it quits after the first book.  Sorry Rick, Egyptian mythology just wasn’t for me.

But Greek and Roman mythology?  Right up my alley.  I’ve always been interested in mythology.  That was my favorite unit in World History sophomore year (and the only test I got a 100 on that year…I had Mrs. Roach y’all, her tests were hard, though I managed to get out of her class alive with an A).  What I really love about these books is that Mr. Riordan is gearing his writing towards kids/young adults, and he explains everything.  Let’s face it, it’s hard to keep track of all those gods, their kids, their parents, and they each have about 17 names.  So it’s nice that the author takes the extra words to remind us who that is, or when that one had a kid, and the heroes that defeated all those horrible monsters.  I’m also in love with the way he writes.  His characters are all kids (ages 13-18 depending on the person), and he writes exactly like they would think and talk.  It’s great.  And very refreshing.

But most of all, I am in love with Percy Jackson.  Love.  He’s the best hero to come along since Harry Potter.  I love everything about him.  He’s loyal, smart, brave, and good-looking (it’s Logan Lerman, and I realize he’s a youngster, but he’s legal now, so don’t judge me).  One other thing – you know when you read a book, and then you learn they’re going to make a movie out of it, and then you find out the casting choices?  Sometimes you’re less than thrilled with those choices (hello, Scarlett Johanssen as the Black Widow, I’m lookin’ at you), and then other times those darned casting agents just nail it.  And with Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson, they sure as heck did.

I’m speeding through this one, because it’s just that good.  So look for a (glowing) review in a few days.

Happy Tuesday!

What I’m Reading (again) October 5, 2011

I know.  I just did this yesterday.  But, I picked up 2 books today that I wanted to add to my list.  I know, I know.  Don’t judge.  You know why you read this blog…because I’m a shameless book nerd.

  Yes.  I have been waiting for this.  I really, really love Rick Riordan.  If you haven’t read his Percy Jackson series, you are definitely missing out.  It’s a lesser Harry Potter (because no one compares with Harry), but still really great.  Anyway, Mr. Riordan has started a little spin-off series that still involves Percy, but he isn’t the main guy.  This first book in the series, The Lost Hero was really great.  It involved a few of my favorite characters, with a healthy smattering of new guys too.  I haven’t yet cracked this one open yet, as I seriously just picked it up at Wal-Mart a few hours ago while grocery shopping with Papa T.  I started to read the inside jacket synopsis…but I didn’t want to spoil anything.  And for the record, I hate hardcover books.  With a fiery passion.  There’s nothing better than cracking open a good paperback for the first time.  But, for Mr. Riordan’s books, I always make an exception.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a confession concerning this book:  I’ve already read it once.  But, after seeing Amanda Knox being granted her freedom this week, I decided I wanted to read it again.  I know what my opinions where when I finished the book, but after reading the events of the past week, I want to revisit this book and re-evaluate my opinions.  This case (as with many, many other) draws my attention.  Everyone has that small morbid side, don’t deny it.  My sister and I can spend hours at Barnes & Noble in the “true crime” section, scanning through books about Ted Bundy, the Green River Killer, or Jeffrey Dahmer.  There’s something about these books that leads me to buy them by the tens.  with the true crime books, I think it’s the law aspect.  I love books concerning trials, law, proceedings.  I’ve read nearly every book John Grisham has written because of that reason.  But, back to this one…I know the story, I’m pretty familiar with the details, but I’m eager to revisit everything, and try to have a clear mind when I’m forming an opinion this time.

 

 

So, that’s what I’m reading this week.  Hopefully in the near future, I’ll have finished one, and can leave y’all with a review.  Happy reading!

What I’m Reading – October 4, 2011

First, I just want to tell y’all that I LOVE October.  Love.  For a lot of reasons.  For one, my birthday and my sister’s birthday are both in October.  It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is a cause that I hold close to my heart, literally.  It’s the beginning of hunting season (bows only until November, y’all), which means that I either spend a lot of time alone, or a lot of time at the deer lease, both of which are good options for me.  It’s also when the weather finally begins to change around here.  It’s still hot during the day, but we’ve said good-bye to 110, and hello to 85.  Ah, October, why can’t you stay year round?

Alright, now down to business.  This week I’m reading this:  In the Drink by Kate Christensen.  It’s been on my Amazon wish list forever, like a few years forever.  I did some housekeeping with said wish list a while back and finally ordered it.  I started it last night before bed, and made it to the third chapter.  So far?  I like it.  As someone who enjoys her adult beverages (and have zero shame in admitting it), I think I’ll enjoy a story about a girl who also likes her adult beverages.  Except, judging from the back cover, she takes to the extreme.  So perhaps I’ll learn something.  Plus?  The main character is a writer, that works for a famous writer but ends up writing all the famous writers books.  Hello one step below my dream job!

Claudia (the main character) is also trying to make it by herself in NYC on a meager salary, living in a one room apartment with a square footage of 140.  Haven’t we all been there at some point or another?  Maybe not in NYC, but in various other towns around this world.  I know I have.

So maybe this story will turn out to be one of the girl learns life lesson, finds love, and writes a bestseller kind.  Here’s hoping!