Thursday, May 26, 2011

tgif #11: Follow Me Friday & Book Blogger Hop, Yay!

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. 

Now for the Friday fun!
This week's featured blogger is Louise who blogs at Book Bliss. Hop on over to her blog and check it out.
And this week's question is...
"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 

Book Blogger Hop
This week's question comes from Britta
who Blogs at I Like These Books
"What book to movie adaption have you most liked? Which have you disliked?"
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. 




Sharon said...

Hi and Happy Friday!

I am ebook fan (I have a kindle) & try to read between 3-5 books a week, depending on time & book size :)

My FF is here,

Have a nice weekend.

Sally Sapphire said...

I prefer paperback over hardcover, but I'm pretty evenly split between print and e-book. I used to be able to do a book a day, but then things like work started interfering, so 2-3 books a week is my pace now. :)

Sally @ Bibrary Bookslut

Barbara @ Black, White & Read All Over said...

I usually average 2-3 books per week, so I wouldn't consider you a slow reader. I prefer ebooks to paper, only because I read on my iPhone & it's more convenient to carry it with me & take advantage of whatever small breaks I can grab a chance to read.

New Follower, by the way :)

Have a great weekend & happy reading.

sinn said...

Wow, heart failure! Sheesh, girl, that's intense! I'm glad you're feeling better!!

In terms of the hardcopy at home and the ebook when you're out and about, my book always rides with me in my purse. I'm one of those purists when it comes to my books *sheepish grin*

Here's my FF and blog hop:

sinn @ sinnful books

becca said...

i'm old fashion i like real books that i have to turn pages. as for how many i read 1 to 2 depending on size and how busy i am

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Mandy Lum said...

Wow, everyone reads so much more than me :( I need to catch up! But at least I'm reading, right? Before my bestie Brandi @ Do Not Disturb My Books convinced me to read Rachel Vincent's Shifters series in October of last year, I hadn't picked up a book in the longest time. I'm so thankful that she suggested that series because I'm now addicted to urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Thanks for all of the comments and the new and old follows!

Have a great weekend!

hello tata said...

Thanks for stopping by My Book & Me ( I love your page!! It's sooo pretty! I too have the attention span of a squirrel but I would say that now that it's warmer out that my attention span is that of a fish. LOL hope you have a great weekend and are following my blog so you don't miss out on the blog hop or birthday week giveaway!!

Mandy Lum said...

Haha, "my attention span is that of a fish", love it!

Howard Sherman said...

Let’s kick off Memorial Day Weekend with some scandal and controversy.

I absolutely loved every minute of the Lord of the Rings films and felt they hit the mark when they brought Tolkien’s masterpiece to the big screen.
(ducking as rotten tomatoes are thrown at me as the torches are lit and the pitchforks raised)

Wait, wait. I can explain! Hop on over to my blog and hear me out –

Howard A. Sherman, Implementor

Hanna said...

Hi Mandy, thanks for dropping by my blog. It's great to hear from someone who understands how hard it can be to have to alter your entire life for health reasons.

I had magenta hair too a few weeks ago. I'm thinking blue next :) Funnily enough, I dye my hair for the exact same reason as you - because I can't get a tattoo yet! My blood is too thin because of my pain suppressants and the risk of infection is too high. One day though, right?

Anyway... I've never seen the Lovely Bones film but I keep meaning to. I loved the book when I read it last year but for some reason I never got round to watching the movie.

I completely agree with you about the Twilight films though. Edward irritated me more than anything - that stupid sqeaky voice! You're right about the lack of build-up to their relationship, and she also accepts that he's a vampire far too easily.

Loren Chase said...

We are so similar! I'm pretty spontaneous too so I need to do whatever I feel like doing, whether that's working on my novel, taking photographs, painting, or doing something else totally different. I have to keep busy and keep things interesting! And I'm with you on Twilight, it was disappointing that they fell for each other so quickly! I was waiting for this great buildup and poof they were in love! I hope you have a fantastic Friday! Your 200th follower! ;)


Erin O'Riordan said...

I recently got the audiobook version of 'Twilight,' and I'm really enjoying that. I do like the movie, though.

My anxious life said...

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog!!!
I agree about Twilight..... UGHHH!!

XOXO Angela's Anxious Life

Mandy Lum said...

Thanks for the comments and new follows!

201 Followers, yay! I'll announce the winner tomorrow or Saturday :)

Darkfallen said...

OMG i love your blog....I mean anyone with a tattoo sporting avitar is definately my kind of women!!

and yes yes I am following you now!

Sorry bout the heart failure, that blows a duck! I understand flying through the books during recovery though...I have cancer, so when I get radiation I also get 3 days of isolation from my 2 yr old, which means a TON of reading....and climbing the walls. LMAO

Hoping through on the blog hop. Have a great weekend! Here's ours:)

Mandy Lum said...

Dark Fallen - wow, now I'm getting teary-eyed again. Fighting cancer is such a life-altering event; I couldn't imagine how difficult it is, especially while having a 2 yr old. Glad to see that you are staying strong and fighting it. I admire people like you :)

Hope everything turns out for the best :) And happy reading!

Paromantasy said...

Hi Mandy!! I am with you on the audio books, I just can't bring myself to do it. I prefer my inner

I also loved Confessions of a Shopaholic, both the books and the movie. I am also super happy to hear that you are feeling better!!

BTW - are we blog sisters? I'm also writing a UF book!! Hope it is going well!

Take care,

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