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Booking Through Thursday (10.30.08): Conditioning

October 30, 2008

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Topic: Are you a spine breaker? Or a dog-earer? Do you expect to keep your books in pristine condition even after you have read them? Does watching other readers bend the cover all the way round make you flinch or squeal in pain?

Ah, the “dog-ear” and “spine-breaking” dilemma. I have the clear-cut answer for you: NO! It just doesn’t happen to my books. When I lend books I don’t let people dog-ear either. That’s what bookmarks are for. I tend to spine-break more books than I’d want. However, it’s mostly paperbacks and my really old ones. I make sure I am careful now. I even feel a little bad when I want to do mark up my books. I’m just really overprotective over my books, what do you expect? They’re my babies. It’s not usual that I read my books twice, I just like keeping them all and looking at my collection grow. They’re still special to me after I read them. When I see people dog-ear they’re pages I tell them they shouldn’t do that, but I don’t flip out… it’s not my book is it? Charms from Reeds Jewelers


Are you obsessive over the perfect-condition of your books like me? Why are you or why aren’t you? Do you flip out if people dog-ear they’re pages?

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NaNoWriMo? Who’s Participating?

October 25, 2008

Hi world. I’m currently stationed on my bed, debating on whether to work harder on a good plot for NaNoWrimo (National Novel Writing Month for those who don’t know—I didn’t until like two weeks ago… lol). If I do participate on NaNoWriMo it would be my first year and I’d do less than 50,000 words (courtesy the Young Writer’s Program where you can set your own word-count-goal to what you like).

My plot is kind of bland… following a girl who doesn’t give a fuhh about anything. She goes to a boarding school after getting into some trouble and meets different, cool people… including a boy who is “sensitive” and shows her a different side of herself. Now… how am I going to get that to work for more than a page? DONNO. 

I’m always the type of writer who starts stuff and then stops for a little bit, then starts again with a better idea then stops. And repeat the cycle over and over.

My question to ALL out there is… are you participating? Would you like to share your plot? Do you have any tips? Let me now in the comments…. 🙂

NaNoWriMo starts in 6 days.

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Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn

October 24, 2008

Title: Gingerbread

Author: Rachel Cohn

Grade: C 

Number of Pages: 205

Edition: Paperback

Year: 2002

Extra Info: First book in the Gingerbread series… the next two books are Shrimp and Cupcake.

Contains: Drama, coming-of-age, romance, relationships. 

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

Characters: 9

Plot: 5

Writing: 8

Wow Factor: 6

 

Summary (from rachelcohn.com): After being kicked out of a fancy New England boarding school, Cyd Charisse is back home in San Francisco with her parents, Sid and Nancy, in a household that drives her crazy. Lucky for Cyd, she’s always had Gingerbread, her childhood rag doll and confidante. 

After Cyd tests her parents’ permissiveness, she is grounded in Alcatraz (as Cyd calls her room). But when her incarceration proves too painful for the whole family, Cyd’s parents decide to send her to New York to meet her biological father and his family, whom Cyd has always longed to know. 
Summer in the city is not what Cyd Charisse expects – and Cyd isn’t what her newfound family expects, either. 

My Review : It was good, charming, and fast. The plot isn’t really all that special, but Cyd Charisse definitely is. I loved Cyd and her spontaneity towards anything and everything. She just really does what goes through her mind and sometimes I wish I could do that. I really liked the characters in this book, especially Wallace (hopefully there’s more of him in the next books), and Cyd’s half-sib from her dad’s side Danny. I loved how the chapters were short, so you always have a good stopping point if you’re on the go. The thing with this book is that it was fair overall as in anyone can write from this plot. I expected a lot more coming from Rachel Cohn (having already read Nick & Norah’s). I guess this can be defended by the fact that it’s her first book and she’s gotten better since. Give it a shot, you’ll love the quirky writing, the crazily amazing Cyd, the support characters, and the fact that there’s two more books in the series!

 

Have you read this book? What did you think? Would you like to read this book? Why?

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Booking Through Thursday (10.23.08): Couplings

October 23, 2008

 

 

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Oh gosh, how I’ve been the worst Booking-Through-Thursday-er. I didn’t do it one week, and then I forgot the next…. and I suck.

Anyway here’s this week’s:

 

Monica suggested this one:

Got this idea from Literary Feline during her recent contest:

“Name a favorite literary couple and tell me why they are a favorite. If you cannot choose just one, that is okay too. Name as many as you like–sometimes narrowing down a list can be extremely difficult and painful. Or maybe that’s just me.”

 

Answer: (This may contain some spoilers so don’t read the why if you haven’t read the book.) 

Wow… so easy! Dexter and Remy from This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. Why? They’re relationship is probably the most realistic one I’ve ever read in a book. Dexter is beautiful, and is everything a girl in this world wants. He’s caring, thoughtful, humorous, charming… so dreamy. Remy is such a be eye tee cee eitch up almost to do the end because of the relationships she’s seen in her lifetime (with her mom) and yet Dexter shines a new light in her and she sees that they’re not all the same. I love Dexter and Remy together… and this is probably my favorite book ever. 

Which literary couple(s) is/are your favorite(s)? Why? Tell me in the comments!

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Living Dead Girl Winner!

October 18, 2008

The winner for the Living Dead Girl contest is GABBI from All Five Stars!!!! I’ve sent you an e-mail Gabbi, so as soon as you send me your information I’ll ship it off to Elizabeth Scott. 

THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR ENTERING THE CONTEST… I HOPE I HAVE MANY MORE SOON! 

More reviews to come– Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn and Anthem by Ayn Rand.

 

What books would you like to be given away in future contests? Why?

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

October 13, 2008

Title: Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury

Rating: ★★★ ½

Number of Pages: 167

Edition: Hardcover

Year: 1953

 

Contains: Science Fiction, Drama, Relationships, and a little Suspense.

 

 

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

Characters: 7

Plot: 9

Writing: 6

Wow Factor: 8

Summary : Guy Montag is a fireman of an unset future. In this future firemen don’t extinguish fires, they start them… to burn books. The government is controlling of the people, banning books forever. This future makes everyone happy, because without books people don’t think too hard about about their government. That way they can be fair and keeps out controversy in books… the “bright” readers will no longer shadow the “dumb” non-readers. Montag’s wife Mildred is all about her TV parlor “family” (the walls in this future interact with you and act like your family), even though on the inside she may not be as happy as she seems. Montag meets Clarisse. She is a young girl who likes to touch, smell, and see the world unlike everyone else who is just stuck to their TV parlors. Clarisse opens Montag’s eyes to how interesting ideas in books are. However, for Montag, who is going through a mid-life enlightenment because of books, changing a world adapted to having no such “nonsense” around is a difficult task to overcome. 

My Review (no spoilers): I enjoyed this book. It was really interesting and mind-blowing scary to think into this idea of a world with no books. The science fiction is really light, so people who don’t like science fiction much (like me) won’t detest this book. Fahrenheit 451 is one of those books that makes you think and leaves an impact. At first it may be hard to get into, Bradbury has a tendency to write what he is thinking in his brain, like if he thinks AHHH! he will write AHHH! instead of “Montag yelled”, but give it a little more time and you’ll be liking it a lot more. Montag is an amazing character, risking it all to try to help the people in this mindless world who only care about their TV parlors and have no true democracy see the magic that is in books. Mildred is a slightly annoying character, but you’ll see why if you read the book. Clarisse is kind of like us book-lovers. She sees the great that is brought in books and isn’t shy to tell everyone she meets about it. She’s proud of it, and she’s courageous to show it. The last 3/4 of the book is really the best part. I couldn’t stop reading it and to know what would happen to Montag. The ending isn’t as impacting as I expected it to be, but this is still a great book nonetheless. 

My Thoughts (contains spoilers): First off, there is really a lot of spoilers here so please don’t read it if you haven’t read the book. I really couldn’t believe a lot of the parts in this book. Like for example, I really didn’t like the fact that everyone was so brainwashed… I wanted to yell at them. I expected Beatty to be on Montag’s side! And then when Montag killed him, wow I was in total shock. When Mildred turned Montag in and ran away never to see him again I felt bad for Montag because all his marriage he had been with a woman who did not care for him. He was living a lie all his life and when you are enlightened at an age that is older than 20, it is a shock and hard to come by. Faber was a really important part of the story, but I didn’t like that he was such a coward about everything he did. If you’re going to try to save humanity, at least do it and not back off as a coward. 

 

Would you like to read this book? Why? Have you read this book? What did you think? Tell me in the comments!

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Angus, Thongs, And Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

October 9, 2008

Title: Angus, Thongs, & Full-Frontal Snogging

Author: Louise Rennison

Rating: ★★★★★

Number of Pages: 234.

Edition: Paperback

Extra info: First book in Georgia Nicolson Series

 

Contains: Drama, Humor, Relationships, Romance.

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

Characters: 10

Plot: 8

Writing: 9

Wow Factor: 7

 Summary: Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging follows the journal of a teenage girl named Georgia Nicolson who battles with love, life and her crazy cat named Angus.

Georgia is growing up in England with her best friend Jas (Jasmine) and the rest of the Ace Gang. Living with her family: Connie Nicolson (Mother), Bob Nicolson (Father), her little sister Libby (Liberty) and her half Scottish half Wild cat Angus is not easy. Georgia falls for a ‘gorgey’ boy named Robbie, referred to by Georgia as The Sex God or SG. After taking snogging lessons, Georgia finally wins Robbie over, although a web of affairs means that not everything goes to plan.

My Review(spoiler-free!): Hello mates. This book and/or diary thingy is the first in the series about Georgia Nicolson; it was fabbity fab fab to read. Seriously, my family looked at me weird more than five times while reading this book. This being the about third time I read Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging I didn’t expect to burst out like I did. On the contrary, I had forgotten how incredible it was. The book is about an English girl going through life. She has problems with friends, family, neighbors, teachers, and boys. Most of the book is sarcastically funny. It ties down where Georgia is almost Robbie (the sex god she’s in love with)’s girlfriend. I can relate to Georgia, she is NOT beautiful, popular, and perfect and is rather completely on a mood roller coaster. One moment she hates her life and doesn’t want to get out her bed and then the next she’s ecstatic about the most silliest things. Awarded a Printz Award, Mrs. Rennison is one truly realistic writer. The whole Brit chick thing makes it even better in my opinion, having to go into the glossary in the back of the book to understand what she is saying at times. It’s easy to read and easy to follow, yet very unpredictable. From Angus (her cat), to Jas (her best friend), to Robbie (the sex god), this is sure to be a very recommended read. Don’t forget there’s eight more books to read after this one!