Archive | March 2012

FF Friday

What is exactly FF? well it’s Feature and Follow:

 

Q: Do you read one book at a time or do you switch back and forth between two or more?

I usually read one book at a time. It gets to confusing to switch back and forth. Plus if it is a good book then I totally get lost in it and finish withing a day or two.

However there are a few exceptions to this “rule” 🙂  #1) If I am reading a big book (A Game of Thrones for example) then I’ll usually have another one going on.   #2 If one book is completely boring or I am stuck at a slow part, then I’ll put it down and read another.  #3 If I have 2 or more exciting books then I’ll try to read both (or more) at one time. Again this gets confusing sometimes so I’ll usually end up reading one book really fast to get to the other ones. hahaha

 

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Blog Scavenger Hunt

This year, right now in fact, I am joining up with this blog: YA…Scavenger Hunt. Click on the link…I dare you 🙂

Anyway it basically a blog hop for Young Adult (YA) authors. Yes I am one of those adults who love reading young adult books!!

The way it works is there are 60 authors divided into 3 teams –RED, YELLOW, and BLUE. I am going to follow the RED team first. So then you just blog hop your way through 20 different authors collecting letters as you go. Once you have visited all 20 authors and collected all 20 letters you put them together and make a phrase. You then enter them into the contest!!

I will update more later 🙂

**** SO I spent Thur and Fri going through 60 blogs – yes I decided to go through and just collect letters :~  Yes, I know… 😉  Anyway the “Scavenger part” is really neat. Lets’ take the red team. Each of the 20 authors represent another. That is where the “hunt” comes in. You got to match books to the author!! So much fun. Along the way you get to put your name in for many individual draws that the authors,themselves, are hosting!! It can get confusing muchly!

I will say this -the covers to some of those books look amazing. Makes me want to read or buy based solely on the artwork. The stories to some where definitely attention grabbing. I have at lest 20+ I now want to read 🙂 🙂

Here are the letters. Tonight I will post what the phrases are. I have always had a hard time unscrambling letters and making words, and I don’t think I am the only one. Thankfully the mother host added some hints to the phrases!!

RED – R R E U T F A N V U N E C S A G H E S N = scavenger hunts are fun.

BLUE – G S Y B A A E S R K A D T E R R E A O O = YA books are great!

YELLOW – I E Z E O W W H W L H N L P A R I U I G = Who will win a huge prize?

Grandmother’s House

Once upon a time ( 15yrs ago)  in a far away land (k it wasn’t that far, just a 2 or less hour drive)  stood a house in a little village. Dwelling in that house were my Grandparents from my dad’s side. Their  names were Grandpa and Grandma Bridges. This is their story. This is the story of their house. This is a story of their love.

When I was growing up I had a mom and a dad and 3 siblings. We lived in a small town far away from my grandparents. I could only see them on weekends. For every weekend we would take a trip to see them. The trip was long and boring and I was always getting yelled at. But who an blame a child for not being able to sit still for 2 hrs (this was waaaay before DVDs in vehicles was even though of!!  😉 haha Then sudden off in the distance you would see a grain elevator!! That was our sign that we had 10 min tops and we were there!! Finally, we got to pile out of the vehicle and run into the house and into the arms of my grandmother!!

We got to spend a whole weekend there in the comfort of Grandparents. A whole weekend in a spotless house (my mom kept a rather untidy house) , watching TV or playing outside, and eating good food (cause that is what grandparents are for). When my parents separated when I was 9, It got so that Grandma’s house was home. I remember spending whole weeks during the summer.  It was heaven.

My grandmother was a big woman -tall and plump. She loved books like I did -only hers were western romance :~  She would read those trashy, celebrity magazines. She introduced me to word search puzzles. She threatened me with a flyswatter to the backside if I was bad. That always did the trick for I never wanted her to be mad at me. Grandpa had a stroke when I was young so I remember him around some but always in a wheelchair or visiting at the hospital-turned-old fold’s home. They loved me unconditionally and never had a problem welcoming me into their home.

Grandma passed away when I was 15. We had to sell the house. I felt sad but more adrift in a sea of loneliness. I felt she was the only one who knew me and there were so many things I wanted to know as a young adult. Times when I need a refuge from my mom(teenage drama) I had none. I wanted to know about her past and by the time I was old enough to care the moment was gone. Grandpa passed away a few years later.

I still dream about the house. I still faintly dream of Her. I have more emotional ties still now then is probably good for me 🙂 Her house was home for me!! I love you Grandma!!

 

 

**** writing prompt :4.) Write a poem about a place you felt safe growing up.****

A Clash of Kings – Finished

I finished!!!  Lets’ just say it was an amazing book! I did, just now, realize that this is a very sad book.

THEON – If I could I would kill the guy myself! I hated him and thought him a very cowardly character to go behind the lines and take Winterfell when everyone is off to war. Like you really took it? No you just walked in knowing it was just women and non-fighting men.  How awful can you be!!

LANNISTER – why are they winning?? I was so looking  forward to Lord/King Renly kicking butt. He was a cheerful,happy man. I wanted him to take on the Lannisters. That didn’t pan out -he didn’t even get to a battle for He was killed right off. Then I though Lord/King Stannis would fight and win. He did fight but not win. He died too!   😦  Lastly,  during the Battle for King’s Landing, Tyrion is hurt. That sadden me for even though he is a disfigured dwarf his character is more upright then the rest of his family.  I liked the imp man.

STARKS – I feel so sorry for them. They are scattered to the wind. Sansa is basically a glorified prisoner, Ayra is a spunky little girl and trying to get home, King Robb is off to battle, and the boys, well they are captured at Winterfell!! They are supposed to be the good guys and yet they are the ones taking a beating! They are the ones praying to the gods yet is any pray being answered :~

DAENERYS –  She is still trying to just get home. She has a hundred or more riders/fighters. She has 3 baby dragons. At the very end of the book she finally has a ride home -3 ships! Everything seems to be in 3s with her -she comes from the 3 headed dragon house, she has 3 dragons, 3 riddles to solve, and now 3 ships to carry her home.

 

I really liked George R.R. Martin’s style of writing. I like how he can take so many characters and evoke so many emotions. How you can be sucked right into the series!! I look forward to reading the next book in May.

Read the rest of my reviews:

Part 1: here

part 2: here

A Marked Past

Author Leslie Deaton

A big thanks to the Author because I was able to receive this ebook free.  I am on GoodReads and a group called Shut Up and Read. They have  “read it and reap”  where authors can give their book to reviewers for free in exchange for an honest review of their book!

I read this as an ebbok. This is roughly the first ebook I read and so that made it a bit different.
Second I find that while I like magic, fairies, supernatural, and sometimes witches(harry potter) I do not like spells, circles, candle -the “satanic” side of witches. This book just touched on it but something I would normally not read.

I found this book sad. It starts and ends with death and funerals. There is a move so soon where a teenage girl is uprooted and placed into a new town and with a new family she didn’t know existed.
This was definitely a young adult book complete with teenage love, high school friends and the coming of “magic powers”.

I liked the book. I liked the magic powers. I liked the details to description that the author uses. I,however did not like the ending. The was a battle, a loved one died, yet the bad guy gets away. It is totally ends in a way to anticipate the next book.

A very good book over all and something I would let my kids read 🙂

Book 2 Movie Challenge 2012

Books to Movie Challenge hosted by ParajunkeeChallenge goes from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012
The challenge is to read 10 books and see their corresponding movies

 

**** Jan****

The Shining by Stephen King

The Mist by Stephen King

 

****Feb****

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Woman In Black by Susan Hill

Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

Holes by Louis Sachar

 

****March****

Physco by Robert Bloch

Follow Friday

*****The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!*****

 

 

Q: What is the longest book you’ve read? What are your favorite 600+ page reads?

The longest book I have read would be :

                             by George R.R. Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has 1,000 pages. :O I can’t believe I tackled a book like that thick and finished!! I am just finishing up with A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin which , too, has 1,000 pages.

These 2 are followed by Harry Potter Series. 3 of the HP books have 700+ pages!

I am not usually a book book fan -I see a huge book and run 🙂 These ones though seemed to suck me.  You start off with a few easy HP books so you have to continue and find out what happens. With Game Of Thrones, I found a challenge “read-along” So I had others reading it with me. Then of course it is such an exciting book and with the second TV show coming out I have to continue with the book series 🙂

 

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