Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
It's Friday, and that means it's time for some book bloggin fun! Thank goodness because I don't think I could go another day without blogging. My hunny was in the hospital for 5 days, so of course I stayed with him, WITHOUT INTERNET ACCESS, and visitors couldn't leave the rooms after 9pm. It felt like prison, ahhhhh. But we are finally free! And Thank God It's Friday, literally.
"How many books do you read in a week? And in what format to you read them, or listen to them?"
This is a tough question bceause every week is completely different, in terms of reading that is. When I first started blogging, I was recovering from heart failure, so I had a lot of free time on my hands and read two books a week. I know that doesn't sound like much to those super speedy readers out there, but my meds make me so tired and I already have the attention span of a squirrel, lol.
Since I'm feeling sooooo much better, I started putting a lot of time into my artwork and my novel (yes, I'm writing my first urban fantasy novel, yay!) so I'm lucky if I get through one book in a week. Some weeks I'm super focused on writing, but when I hit a road block I switch to painting or reading, whatever I'm feeling at the moment. I'm definitely a spontaneous person when it comes to the hobbies that I enjoy most, but aside from that, I'm a geeky, super organized, plan ahead kinda girl.
As for format, I like both hard copy and ebooks, but I would never be able to pay attention to an audio book. I'd be lost before the end of the first chapter, haha. Lately I've been reading two books at once, one hard copy and one ebook - I read the hard copy at home and read the ebook when I'm at the office or waiting in line at the grocery or doctor's office. It may take me a little longer to get through each book, but I don't lose focus as quickly when I switch it up a
Great question! There are a ton of books-to-movies that I absolutely love, but my favorites are Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella , Runaway Jury by John Grisham, The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold, and High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. Obviously there are some differences (setting is a major difference in Runaway Jury & High Fidelity), but the movies definitely stay true to the spirit of the books. And it doesn't hurt that John Cusack plays the lead role in two of them :) Love love love all of these!
I hope no one wants to kill me for saying this, but my least favorite book-to-movie would be Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I absolutely loved the book (one of my favorite series), but there were just too many inconsistencies in the movie, and it really, really bothered me. I found myself picking out all of the differences between the two rather than enjoying the movie. It doesn't matter when little details are left out of a movie (obviously there isn't enough time to get every little detail into the film), but it really bothers me when they are absolutely wrong. For example, Meyer described Bella's horrible, old computer and dial up internet connection in her room at Charlie's house in detail several times throughout the book, which really gives you a clear picture of what kind of guy Charlie is - down to earth, simple, with no need for technology. But in the movie, she has a laptop, grrrrr.
Another thing that really bothered me was that Bella didn't cook dinner for Charlie and herself every night, which to me was an integral part of the plot -they went out to eat at the diner instead. i really appreciated that part of the book and was very disappointed that it had been omitted from the film. I also felt that Edward and Bella fell in love a little too quickly in the film. The build-up to their romance was what I loved the most about the book, and I feel like that was lost in the movie. I could go on for days about all of the inconsistencies, but I would rather not have a mob of angry Twilight fans show up, pitchforks in hand, at my door.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
1. I am totally obsessed with zebra print. I have soooooo much zebra print decor (strategically placed throughout my house so that my future husband doesn't freak out), clothing, jewelry, oh and SHOES (just bought a pair of zebra print stilletos-they are hottt!).
2. I always have a watermelon flavored push pop in my purse. Push pops are the best candy on the planet!
3. Home Depot is my favorite store - a girl can't have enough power tools, lol.
4. When I get married (which will hopefully be soon), I'm wearing sparkly flip flops. I take pride in being vertically challenged.
5. I have an addiction to tattoos and am currently working on a sleeve on my left arm, and it is bad ass!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Today's Top Ten:
(from books and/or movies)
Here are my picks...
Share the love or agree to disagree - I love comments!
Monday, May 16, 2011
Publisher: NAL Trade; Original edition (October 6, 2009)
Product Description (from Amazon.com):
The story of a young heiress's initiation into the dark society of the Chicagoland Vampires continues...
Ten months after vampires revealed their existence to the mortals of
Chicago, they're enjoying a celebrity status usually reserved for the Hollywood elite. But should people learn about the Raves-mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle-the citizens will start sharpening their stakes.
So now it's up to the new vampire Merit to reconnect with her upper class family and act as liaison between humans and bloodsuckers, and keep the more unsavory aspects of the vampire lifestyle out of the media. But someone doesn't want peace between them-someone with an ancient grudge...
I applaud Chloe Neill for bringing such an amazing story to life. After reading Friday Night Bites, the second book in her Chicagoland Vampires series, I’m absolutely hooked and craving more of Merit and her journey of becoming a Cadogan vampire.
I love stories with strong and sassy female protagonists and it was super easy for me to relate to the conflicts that Neill has created for her protagonist. Merit’s transition into the role of Sentinel of Cadogan house was not a smooth one, and trying to find a happy median between the past and present is only making it more difficult to fulfill the expectations that her Master, Ethan Sullivan, has set for her. But what makes Merit truly interesting in that she is in constant battle with herself. She values her humanity and fears that if she lets the vampire within her lose, she will take over completely and the human emotion she cherishes so deeply will be lost forever. As Merit’s character developed further, I began to appreciate her human qualities even more – they made her much more real, much easier to connect with. But while Merit has both human and vampire qualities, she doesn’t exactly fit into either world, which causes more conflict.
This conflict was not the only enjoyable aspect of this book. Neill has created a variety of unique characters which bring flair to this wonderful story. Merit’s relationship with Ethan is mind-boggling at times and very often left me frustrated and nearly defeated, but their love-hate relationship left me wanting more. But just when Merit and Ethan left me screaming, Mallory and Catcher made me laugh. I loved their easy relationship and the intense connection that they shared.
The only part of this book that didn’t leave me jumping for joy was when Merit is forced to reconnect with that God-awful family of hers. At one point, I wanted to punch her father in the face. I completely understand that Merit’s relationship with her family is vital to the story’s plot, but it created a very cold, emotionless atmosphere.
Overall, I was completely satisfied with this fast-paced, super steamy book. The Chicagoland Vampires is my new favorite urban fantasy series, and I can’t wait to start reading the next book, Twice Bitten.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Obviously this is not a complete list of all the fun events that Louisiana has to offer, but I chose these because they are some of my favs. I'll post a complete list of all of the events at a later date.