Archive for September, 2008

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Teen Tuesday (8.16.08): Hi!

September 16, 2008

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Yeah, I just remembered it’s Tuesday. It’s 9:40 pm. Well… let’s get to it.

Since last week I read only one book, Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall. It is AMAZING. Probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. So if you’re reading this, please go out and buy Sisters of Misery right now. It’s a mystery intertwined with spooky elements, relationships and drama. I just had so many emotions as I was reading it. I could not put it down even though it was 2am! I’ll be posting the review for Sisters of Misery around the 25th-ish.

I don’t have much else to say. I need to go read a story by Ray Bradbury for English class.

Until next week!

Vanessa

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BBAW Interview with Alison from Worducopia

September 16, 2008

 

Hi guys! As part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week (Happy BBAW to all you book bloggers on the net) we were assigned another book blogger to interview. I must be the luckiest person in the world ’cause I’m telling you I got the most interesting and polite person. Her name is Alison and her website is over at worducopia.blogspot.com. She’s a wife and mother of two who loves as much YA as I do! So whenever you can, please check her blog out.The following is the interview. Her answers are in bold print. Enjoy! And if you’d like to check out the questions she asked me then click here and it will redirect you to her blog post.

 

How’d you come up with the name for your blog?

It’s a play on the word cornucopia. I played with words, trying to morph them into something bookish or wordish. So, I started with the word cornucopia, which means a whole lot of fresh food, and changed corn to word to get Worducopia …which I guess means a whole lot of fresh books!

What’s your favorite genre in books?

I don’t think of myself as a reader of any particular genre–I look for mainstream fiction that’s well-written with compelling characters. I also adore fantastic YA books, when they’re as well-written and well-thought out as adult books, just with younger characters.

Best place/site to shop for books?

I get most of my books either as ARCs or from the library. It’s very rare for me to purchase a book unless I know the author.

Describe yourself in a sentence no longer than 13 words long.

I’m a wife and mom who could never be described in 13 words.

What is your ultimate goal?

In life? To raise two young men who will make the world a better place by being themselves.

For my website? To inspire people to read good books and support authors in doing the amazing work they do.

What do you do in your spare time (that isn’t reading/reviewing)?

Hang out with my family (my two boys and my husband), work on my novel, sing with my choir. I love traveling, hiking and camping. And I’m trying to learn to knit well but it’s hard to knit and read or write at the same time so the knitting happens rarely.

 

She’s cool right? I knew you’d think so. Now leave some comments with your thoughts!

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Happy Book Blogger Appreciation Week!

September 15, 2008

 

Today is September 15, 2008… also know as the first day of BOOK BLOGGER APPRECIATION WEEK! Yay!

Happy Book Blogger Appreciation Week to all you book bloggers out there…!

This includes the ones taking part in the BBAW. Click here for a complete list of the participants.

For this post I’d like to recognize and show appreciation for some of my favorite book blogs… yes you’ve actually gotten me to think twice about a book and probably even got me to read it. You guys are amazing and I’m glad to be among you all. There are many more book blogs that I love but here are some of my favorite:

Bookluver-Carol: I like your reviews because many of them are from books that aren’t even out yet and your reader interviews are cool.

Book Nymph: You’ve been a deciding factor in my book buys lately. Your blog is very pretty and neat. I love that your reviews are long, detailed, and especially full of good quality.

Hope’s Bookshelf: Your reviews are interesting and you’re a nice person to me. I love your interviews especially because your questions are not the usual. 

Mrs. Magoo Reads: I love your whole “Grade, Ideal Audience, Reading Type” because it helps me know if its what I’m looking for. Your Movie Monday and Saturday Scribe are super cool too, by the way!

Read, Read, Read: Chelsie, you’re honest and correct about your book reviews and I enjoy them very much. It was lots of fun to do the Inte(Re)View with you.

Reading Keeps You Sane: I love how you format on Teen Tuesday and how quickly you have new reviews (wish I was like that…)!

Reviewer X: Your posts crack me up Steph, and I love your use of words including your reviews. Thanks for The Brothers Torres. 🙂

The Book Muncher: I don’t know what it is about your book reviews… the professionalism or I don’t know what… I just can’t seem to stop heading over there for the latest.

The Page Flipper: I really like your reviews. You know exactly how to explain yourself about a book. To me, you are one of the best reviewers out there.

The Story Siren: There’s a reason why you’re a finalist for Best YA Lit Book Blog… your reviews are more than worthy, your Author Tales are super organized and interesting, and I love your and Reviewer X’s YA Connection. 

YA Book Realm: May, you are a great reviewer and really down-to-earth by e-mail. The books you review are either books I never even heard of or have been thinking but haven’t been 100% sure to give in to. You kind of give me a heads-up in that way.

Trust me there are many more… you guys all deserve a big bear hug. 

Have a great week friends!

Till next time,

Vanessa

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New E-mail

September 13, 2008

Hi friends,

I’d like you all to know that my e-mail account with Hotmail (whatvanessareads (at) hotmail.com) doesn’t like me very much and isn’t receiving e-mail messages being sent. Already two people have told me about this and I don’t want to seem like I am ignoring your e-mail. I always reply! So if you’ve sent me an e-mail and I haven’t replied within 3 days now you know why. Please, please, please if you have anything to tell me readers, fellow book reviewers, and authors don’t send your e-mails to whatvanessareads (at) hotmail.com but to my new account with gmail at:

whatvanessareads (at) gmail.com

 

Hopefully this one works good! 

By the way, lots of things are coming up… including book reviews for Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin and Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall when I’m done reading it (which is SUPER amazing and I’m only halfway). Also, some interviews are coming your way so make sure to tune in for those in the coming days. And last but not least, don’t forget the contest for a marked-up copy of I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroder is still going on until September 30th. 

Till next time!

Vanessa

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Booking Through Thursday (9.11.08): Villainy

September 11, 2008

 

 

 

Question:

Today is the 7th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I know that not all of you who read are in the U.S., but still, it’s vital that none of us who are decent people forget the scope of disaster that a few, evil people can cause–anywhere in the world. It’s not about religion, it’s not about politics, it’s about the acknowledgment that humans should try to work together, not tear each other apart, even when they disagree.

So, feeling my way to a question here … Terrorists aren’t just movie villains any more. Do real-world catastrophes such as 9/11 (and the bombs in Madrid, and the ones in London, and the war in Darfur, and … really, all the human-driven, mass loss-of-life events) affect what you choose to read? Personally, I used to enjoy reading Tom Clancy, but haven’t been able to stomach his fight-terrorist kinds of books since.

And, does the reality of that kind of heartless, vicious attack–which happen on smaller scales ALL the time–change the way you feel about villains in the books you read? Are they scarier? Or more two-dimensional and cookie-cutter in the face of the things you see on the news?

Answer: The answer to the first question (do terrorist and other attacks change what I read) is no. I think its actually pulled me in to read more about it, may it be fiction or nonfiction. I really like learning about what happened and why and try to grasp every detail, to put myself in their shoes, and to never ever forget. Villains in the books I read aren’t normally like terrorist or killers, the villains in the books I read are more the bitchy and mean and who always say something nasty to put a character down to make themselves feel more powerful. I don’t normally read characters that are murderers or stuff like that, although I may once in a while. But the ones I have read are scary no doubt (I’m reminded of the Heather Wells Mysteries Series) and sometimes don’t let me sleep as hurriedly as possible (makes me remember reading it in the 8th grade and not being able to fall asleep fast because I was scared Heather Wells was going to be killed). Still I think the important answer here is that due to 9/11 and other tragedies I am more pulled toward learning about the subject. 

As always, I pay my respect on this day to the victims and their families on this 11th of September. May nothing like this ever occur again. 

What are your thoughts? What were you doing on 9/11/01? Do attacks like that make you stop reading certain books because it just is of a touchy matter? Tell me in the comments. 

-Meme: Booking Through Thursday

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

September 10, 2008

Title: Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck

Rating: ★★★★

Number of Pages: 107

Edition: Paperback

Extra Info: Published in 1937; made into a movie; had to read for English class.

Contains: Drama, Classic, Relationships.

 

 

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect):

Characters: 10

Plot: 7

Writing: 7

Wow Factor: 8

Summary: George and Lennie are two guys who travel together. They are good friends but are very different. Lennie is forgetful, having to repeat things three times to remember them. He likes to pet things: mice, puppies, and other soft surfaces. He’s a little slow mentally but is a great worked cultivating land in ranches. Lennie is also always finding way into trouble, of course unintentionally and without meaning much harm. George is always taking care of Lennie and getting him out of trouble. Together they get to a new ranch in Soledad after finding trouble in Weed. In this new ranch they meet the workers, the boss’s son Curley, and his flirtatious wife. Ultimately what George and Lennie want is their own “promised land”, a place to call their own and to do what they want on it. This becomes a hard feat due to Lennie’s getting into trouble a lot and forgetting what George taught him.

My Review (no spoilers): Of Mice and Men is a tale which begins low-paced and a little on the boring side until things start getting into place. Lennie and George are magnificent characters, John Steinbeck depicts very well what I think of a migrant workers around the 1930s. Lennie is my favorite character due to the fact that he is always trying his best not to get into any trouble. However, he is illiterate and this is a hard thing to do. He always turns to George to help him and George is always there. The ending is a string of all the events that went throughout the book and it is a very phenomenal ending at that. This is a book I won’t forget because of the impact it has at the near-end and end. This book will cause happiness, sadness, a little laughter at Lennie’s naiveness, closure, and a feeling of all of these at the same time. Please go out to read this book… it is short, well-told, and a definite thumbs-up.

My Thoughts (contains spoilers): I can’t believe this book! It was really more than I expected to say the least. Why did Lennie have to accidently kill Curley’s wife? Why, oh, why, oh why? Why couldn’t she stop being flirtatious around him. I understand that she is lonely because Curley never pays attention to her but still. I feel very sad for Lennie, I wished he wouldn’t have killed Curley’s wife. I also wish he was just a little smarter so he could see right from wrong more clearly. I understand why George in the end killed Lennie. It’s like what Candy said, “I did bad, I let a stranger kill my dog, it’s my dog, I should’ve put him down” when he let Carlson kill his dog. George felt as though these strangers, these savages of men (Carlson and Curley for the most part) shouldn’t kill Lennie. George should just because he was closer to Lennie. If he hadn’t killed Lennie they would have stayed getting into trouble with every ranch they got to (like why they were kicked out of Weed and had to go to Soledad). I am sad about the ending although I did see the product of it would be beneficial in the future for both poor old Lennie and George who just wanted his friend to stop suffering. Like I said, admiring read.

 

Have any comments to leave for this post? I’d love to hear from you! Comment away. 🙂

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Wired Wednesday (9.10.08): What Vanessa Reads (First Edition)

September 10, 2008

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This blog was started because there are memes for every day except Wednesday, and with that being the middle of the week, we need something to get us through it. Wired Wednesday is all about getting hyped up to finish the week. 

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Name: Vanessa

Blog URL: What Vanessa Reads (check me out!)

Feeling: Hungry

Current Book: None at the moment.

Next Book in Line: Sisters of Misery by Megan Kelley Hall

Last Book Blog Seen: Blatant Bibliophile Blog

Link This Blog: Click here.

Are you impressed by that blog? Yes. I only came over it because it was a related blog post on my blog and I checked it out and it looks cool… I think I will stick around to it.

Any plans for today? Homework, studying, going to Barnes & Noble’s (since I didn’t yesterday) and reading. And eating. And playing with my baby brother. Normal, everyday stuff.

Til’ next week! 

Vanessa


-Cross posted at wiredwednesday.blogspot.com and whatvanessareads.wordpress.com

How are you feeling on this fine Wednesday? What book are you reading at the moment? What was the last blog you saw that impressed you? Tell me in the comments!