Wednesday, September 23, 2009
drawn to both brothers and must choose between them. And there you have the plot in a nutshell. So, what happens? Well, Stefan and Elena are in love, but Damon brings out feelings in Elena and in the end they both make her a vampire and then she is still torn about which brother to choose (although it is usually Stefan, the good brother, that she is more drawn to) and then Stefan and Damon's first love comes back to kill them all and Elena sacrifices herself in order to save her town and the people she loves and Stefan and Damon are left heartbroken. Of course the last book has Stefan and Damon returning to Fell's Church to help Elena's old friends deal with a new evil in town and eventually Elena makes her return and there you have it. Oh and Elena chooses Stefan. The end (okay, not really the end, because apparently there is a new book out that talks about Elena and her return from death and reunites the whole gang again, but I haven't read it so I don't really know how bad or good it is). As for the writing in The Vampire Diaries, well, it's okay: the characters are pretty much stereotypical versions of high school kids (queen bee, jock, serious student, jealous rival, etc.) with a couple of vampires thrown in for fun. As for the story lines, well, nothing too original about them, but fun to read nonetheless. Overall, it was fun to read these books again, because it reminded me of when I was young and how bad my taste in books was back then (not really, I loved reading Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine). I guess not all YA books are for adults, huh? However, I got my fix of fluff reading out of my system and I am back to reading Columbine, which is so good- can't wait to review it! And I have started S & S & Sea Monsters and so far I have laughed out loud several times - love it!! As for In The Woods, well that has taken a back seat for now, but I will dive back into it when I finish Columbine. I have to figure out which books to read for the Clear Off Your Shelves challenge and for another challenge I am doing on goodreads. So many challenges!! Hope you all are having a great week and enjoying the fact that fall has arrived. Happy Reading!!
Monday, September 21, 2009
This is a challenge that is aimed at getting through those books that have been sitting on your shelves for months, even years! Any non-review books that are on your shelves and/or review copies that have been on your shelves for over six months. This means that recent review copies and library books are not eligible for this challenge! However, that doesn’t mean the book has to have been out for six months in order for the review copy to be eligible. Books you have purchased/traded for/etc. and are NOT review copies can be from anytime - even from during the challenge! Crossover with other challenges is welcomed, even encouraged!
When? This challenge will run from October 1, 2009 – November 30, 2009. T
Where? S. Krishna’s Books! The sign-up post for the challenge will be posting today as well. Come back to post your review links – there will be links to everything you will need in my sidebar!
How? This challenge will work a little differently than other challenges. Instead of picking a set number of books to read during this time period, you will pick a percentage. This means that a certain percentage of the books you read during these two months will have to qualify for this challenge. For example, let’s say you pick 40% and you end up reading 10 books in October and November. 4 of those books would have to qualify for this challenge in order for you to complete it. I am setting a minimum percentage of 20%. As a result, there is no need to make a list of books prior to starting the challenge, though please feel free to do so if you want to! Your wrap-up post should have a list of the books you read for the challenge, though, so please do keep track of what you read!
There you have it folks. All the info you need to participate in Clear Off Your Shelves 2009! Don't forget to sign up here. I'm really looking forward to this because not only will the books that I am reading for the challenges fall in line with this challenge, but mainly because I am hoping it will finally get me to clear off those piles I have sitting around. I am going to aim to read about 40% of the books. I think that is reasonable and feasible. All right, well let me get back to reading. Cheers!! Happy Reading!!!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
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Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
sometimes I do snack - depends on if I am hungry or not. usually its popcorn or something sweet, like a cookie.
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of
writing in books horrify you?
no, I don't really ever write in my books. I used to in college, but not anymore. and so obviously the idea of writing in books does not horrify me - well, I do hate it when people put lines through the text, that is annoying and just plain rude.
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?
Laying the book flat open?
I tend to use whatever is lying around and is handy at the time: receipts, post-it, candy bar wrapper, lotto ticket, etc. I hate dog-earing a page, it just seems cruel.
Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
both. although truth be told I tend to read more fiction than non.
Hard copy or audiobooks?
most definitely hard copy. I am just not into listening to books.
Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you
able to put a book down at any point?
I am able to put a book down at any point, but I try to finish each chapter and then put it down.
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
If I can get through the sentence and have a general understanding of what is going on then I am fine and can wait to look up the word, but if I have no clue as to what it means, then I have to look it up straightaway.
What are you currently reading?
Columbine by Dave Cullen and In The Woods by Tana French
What is the last book you bought?
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can
you read more than one at a time?
I am normally a one book at a time type of gal, but lately I have been trying to have two books on the go and so far its not too bad.
Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
I am a night time reader and I usually do it in bed.
Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
I prefer stand alone books, but there have been the occasional series that have sucked me in.
Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
Cat's Cradle by Vonnegut. The Housekeeper and The Professor by Yoko Ogawa and anything by Murakami. Oh and of course the brilliant works of Jean Rhys.
How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
I tend to organize my books alphabetically on one shelf and then by favorite authors and books on another shelf and then I have some miscellaneous books just placed on the shelf by what I would like to read next on another shelf.
All right. Well, that is that. Happy reading to all!!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
For a lighter read I am now about 1/4 way through Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella and I'll be picking up Sense and Sensibility afterward. Must get on with those challenges. Until the next post - Happy Reading!!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Describe yourself: The Uncommon Reader
How do you feel: Dead Until Dark
Describe where you currently live: Forever in Blue
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Your favorite form of transportation: The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants
Your best friend is: Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
You and your friends are: Girls in Pants
What's the weather like: L.A. Candy
You fear: Little Bee
What is the best advice you have to give: The Rules of Attraction
Thought for the day: The Hour I First Believed
How would I like to die: After Dark
My soul's present condition: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
That was interesting! Made me realize I need to start reading more books so that I can have a better selection next time there are questions like this to answer. Enjoy!!