Jul 18, 2008

My New Obsession

Something has caught my attention, you want to know what it is?

Plurk as acronym: Peace, Love, Unity, Respect, Karma

A little over a month ago I started plurking. One of the main results of plurking is that you start talking about yourself in the third person! Why is this, you ask? Well plurk has this unique pull down menu, sort of like a very limited, digital magnetic poetry set. It has words right after your user names that include "thinks" "says" and "wants". Then you start turning into Bob Dole and saying things like "Megan thinks that's a good idea" at really inappropriate times! But I sort of like that, people look at me funny, and then I giggle like an idiot. Sort of my signature, that giggle.

Plurk has been amazing because I have met a lot of really interesting people and connected in so many differen
t levels, from the silly to the intellectual and many places in between. We even started a little plurk book club. We are reading Good in Bed as a group and it should be totally fun!

It is amazing that a lot of my pleeps (plurk + peeps = pleeps) are book lovers!

has read over 50 books this year (yes, I hate her!) She blogs about books and life and is thinking about starting a blog just for book reviewing. I assured her if she did, you would all stop by and show her some love! (Keep you updated!)

Cajunvegan reads banned books and has a very high opinion of herself ("Please don’t hate me because of my superior intellect and sarcastic attitude.") Luckily she can get away with it because I have a high opinion of her too!

So how did I find out about plurk in the first place?
Well I first heard about plurk on the ReadWriteWeb and promptly decided I didn't care! The post was really well written and if you are interested in learning more about plurk this post should definitely be your first stop!

So, one day I was stumbling along and it was the middle of the night and I was bored. And I came across mestrualpoetry's blog. And she happened to have blogged about plurk. On a whim, I signed up and it has been ruling my life ever since!

There are definitely a lot more people on plurk I should be mentioning by name in this post, but I started off with the ones who would hurt me if I didn't. Sorry to the rest of you, have more violent natures in the future.

So I know what you are wondering, how did I have time to write this post if plurk is always distracting me? Well...plurk is down. *sad face* Unfortunately that does happen occasionally, but really I think it is just a tactic they use to encourage us to be productive!

So have I sold you on plurk? Maybe you have already ran
over there and signed up, and now you feel a bit lost. Don't worry, I have help for you there too!

One of my pleeps, my good friend Teeg, has written a series of blog posts just to help you out. Ready to get started? Click here.

When you get there, don't forget to

My user name is butterflylitgirl.
You can find me here.

Jul 17, 2008

Booking Through Thursady - Vacation Reading

It has again been a very long time since I have been around the BTT. I am finally getting back into the swing of things!

Do you buy books while on vacation/holiday?

I tend not to buy books when I am on vacation, I just usually bring them with me. I do like to hit local used book shops if I get around to it, but that can be a bad move as I usually can't manage to bring all my books home with me.

When I go back home to Connecticut I am overwhelmed by the better selection of books on the used market. The nice thing is that I can buy and buy and not have to worry about luggage space. Anything that doesn't fit is mailed or hand delivered at a later time!

Do you have favorite bookstores that you only get to visit while away on a trip?
There used to be a discount book store about 40 minutes away from here and I would make a special trip to go to it. That WAS a vacation for me! There are certain bookstores I am definitely planning on visiting again some day but I don't have one I always frequent.

On another note not suggested by these questions, I find picking out vacation reading extremely difficult. I love to read but usually do not do as much as I like while on vacation. But then again I guess that is on where the vacation is. Once when I was camping I packed a huge suitcase full of books, I loved being able to have a the variety to chose from while I was there. But usually I do not have so much leisurely time while on vacation. All my life I would bring 10 or so books with me but only finish one or two. Now if I am going on vacation I usually bring one book for my travel time and another in case I finish it.

My idea vacation is a hotel room, plenty of books, piece and quiet and no other obligations. There is a place not too far away that has a spa with a private outdoor pool. Me and my books like to go there and hang out by the pool, when I want a little break, I go in for a dip.

Jul 15, 2008

Teen Tuesday - Looking to the Future

Teen Tuesday is the day we set aside for teen book lovers visit with each other to find out what's being read in the world of young adult literature. You can comment whether you are a participant or not. Visit all the posters at teentuesday.blogspot.com.

I was completely upset when I went to the library yesterday and found that the book I wanted to read for Genre of the Month had been checked out. Yeah, it sort of ruined my day.

It seems where I live, non Stephanie Myers vampire books are not very popular. I was unable to find a very intriguing alternative book and finally settled on the Vampire Plagues series. I actually am looking forward to them now. I am hoping they will be easy yet enjoyable reads.

I also took out The Book Thief to prepare for this book club.
They have come up with the great concept of doing a podcast discussing their book choice each month. I sort of had them because of it. The show is scheduled for Sunday, August 3rd at 8pm central / 9pm eastern time. If you want to read this book or have already you definitely will need to check out the show. I got the book because it was actually at the library but I will not be reading it until a little bit closer to the show date. Though I do wonder why they had to pick such a fat book. Though I have been assured it is a quick read despite it's side. Which is good because I am extremely busy!

Why am I busy, you ask? Well I started The Looking Glass Wars way behind when I intended to for our jokingly titled No Name Book Club. And I want to tell you I am really enjoying this take on Alice in Wonderland. I was overjoyed to see reference to the original manuscript version of Alice's Adventures Underground which is the only version I have previously read. Beddor took a really creative approach to this classic story. Early in the novel Alyss even comments on the existing versions of the story; "He'd transformed her memories of a world alive with hope and possibility and danger into make-believe, the foolish stuff of children" (4). And if you saw my post yesterday you also know that he decided to treat his book like a movie and create a sound track for it, which I happen to love.

So, since Chelsie proclaimed us The No Name Book Club, I guess we need to change that. You read to help? Please leave your ideas in the comments even if you aren't part of it!

Mix Tape Monday - The Looking Glass Wars

"You will be the strongest queen yet....Your imagination will be the crowning achievement of the land. But Alyss, you must work hard to develop it according to the guiding principles of the Heart dynasty - love, justice, and duty to the people. An undisciplined imagination is worse than no imagination at all. It can do more harm."
Page 14 of The Looking Glass Wars.


Jul 13, 2008

The Sunday Salon

The Sunday Salon.comIt has been a long time since I have visited with all my friends in The Sunday Salon. Unfortunately I have not been reading very much, and what I have been reading has been mostly young adult and I felt it would be a little too redundant to post on Sunday when I would just be saying similar things on my Teen Tuesday post. But finally I have some news to share with you all, and I hope you haven't missed me that much.

On Tuesday I made the commitment to read 3 books by Friday. And unfortunately I failed. When Friday evening came around I was feeling quite sick and needed to get to sleep rather than read. Don't you hate when that happens?

But late last night I finally finished The Pact. It feels like I have been reading it forever. And not in a good, long and languishing way! In the beginning I was really enjoying the book, but it didn't take me long to start resenting the emotional roller coaster Jodi Picoult forces you to ride. One minute are laughing and the next minute she sneaks up behind you and stabs you in the back for some surprise heartbreak. I felt complete manipulated, but she still knows how to keep a reader reading. I felt The Pact was better written than Keeping Faith which is the only novel of Picoult's I have read. But I don't think I liked the story much. I felt it really dragged in the middle. By the end, I was really annoyed that I ended up liking it. I think it could have easily dumped out 50-100 pages in the middle of it and it could have been a much better book.

Just to read another book more quickly and to pick up something fun, I decided to read Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. I like how each chapter was a little mini episode of silliness and it is something I think my children would really enjoy now, unlike the silliness of Amelia Bedelia, which they don't have the language skills to grasp the humor of yet.

I really enjoyed the Pippi Longstocking movie I remember watching over at a friends house as a kid. And when I was reading the book I recalled very vividly scenes from the movie.

It was great to have some nice light reading that was particularly quick to finish.

I have a lot of books on my reading plate right now. It is such a relief to get The Pact done! Today I will be tracking down my copy of Good in Bed and also The Looking Glass Wars. Tomorrow I will also be going to the library and I am looking extremely forward to that! What will you be reading next?

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