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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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Booking Through Thursday (9.25.08): Well, That Was Different

September 25, 2008

 

What was the most unusual (for you) book you ever read? Either because the book itself was completely from out in left field somewhere, or was a genre you never read, or was the only book available on a long flight… whatever? What (not counting school textbooks, though literature read for classes counts) was furthest outside your usual comfort zone/familiar territory?

And, did you like it? Did it stretch your boundaries? Did you shut it with a shudder the instant you were done? Did it make you think? Have nightmares? Kick off a new obsession?

 

There are a couple of books that I’ve read that are out of conformity for me. Most of them are for school. I’ll tell you the books and what I thought about them.

 

  • Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond: I had to read it for AP World History last year. It is really, really long, nonfiction, and did I mention really long? It taught me a lot and made me appreciate the way history occurred, but I think it could have done that in less pages and with more interesting topics in the chapters (one chapter was only about plant pollination… boring!). I didn’t really like it overall, but it did make me think.
  • Ishmael by Daniel Quinn: Another book I had to read for AP World History. This one was actually better. It was interesting and easy to read. It was also fiction, which was great. Ishmael made me think about the future of humanity and what I can do to change it. 
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: I read it for English class this year and really enjoyed it. At first it was hard to get into but everything after 90 pages was great. It was very well written and opened me up to older books. Without English class I probably wouldn’t have read it.
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: It was a good book. It entailed a story about our government and the future that could happen if we let it. I really related to this novel because of our government now. 
  • Wuthering High by Cara Lockwood: This book was okay. I’d never really been into fantasy novels. My friend lent it to me and said it was super amazing. It was alright. I’m still not much of a big fantasy fan. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

    Now it’s your turn. Tell me about books you’ve read that are unusual for you to read. Did you like them? Why or why not? I’d love to hear from you guys in the comments!

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    Booking Through Thursday (8.18.08): Autumn Reading

    September 18, 2008

     

     

    Question: Autumn is starting (here in the US, anyway), and kids are heading back to school–does the changing season change your reading habits? Less time? More? Are you just in the mood for different kinds of books than you were over the summer?’

    Answer: The season absolutely changes my reading pattern. School started a month ago for me, so I know the readers of my blog have noticed the effects… less reviews, more posts coming in on the weekend (like how I’m doing BTT on a Sunday instead of a Thursday). It’s sad. I wish summer was longer. But what can I do? School is my first priority and so that’s how it has to be. Sure, I still read, but I read less pages a day and take longer to post reviews. Other than that, I think I am less likely to read a cute, light summer read during the year. Last year I tackled books like Dreamland, Converting Kate, Nineteen Minutes, The Pact, Rx, Exit Here, and other more serious books. I’m least likely to read light stuff. I don’t know why, but that’s how I am. 

     

    What do you guys think? Does autumn change your reading schedule and the actual books you read? Tell me in the comments! 

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    Teaser Tuesday (9.16.08): Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn

    September 16, 2008

     

     

     

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    TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!
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    Book: Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn

    Page: 3

    Teasers: “I hope your friends use condoms,” Nancy said, which is funny because she knows Shrimp is my only friend. She threw a box of Trojans onto the lace-trimmed four-poster bed that I hate.

     

    Wait around for the Gingerbread review, author interviews, and much much more. Remember to enter the contest for I Heart You, You Haunt Me… contest ends 9/30/08!

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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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    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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    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!