Jul 31, 2008

Vampire Plagues: Book One

Whispers from Mexico of Gods that used to be. Do they still have power?
"Oh, come, Miguel," Ben's father chided. "We are rational men. We don't believe--"
"No, no one believe," Miguel interrupted angrily. "But this land belond to the old god. You think they go away because your missionaries say so? Oh, no! They wait. They sleep. But they still live!

Thirteen What?

It has been a long, LONG time since I have done a Thursday Thirteen. I decided to give it another try again today after being disappointed with the questions for the last two weeks at Booking Through Thursday.

So here it is. Thirteen books I was supposed to start/finish this month but never did. (Yes, I do feel like a failure, thanks for asking.)

1. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
- Vampire story I was really looking forward to reading for Genre of the Month. But when I went to get it out of the library it was already checked out. This will be getting read eventually.

2. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe and James Howe - Vampire story again for Genre of the Month. I was trying to go with something a little out of the norm and fun.

3. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor - I am struggling through the middle of this still. It was the book club pick for last month. (You see the words LAST month there???)

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - I will be speed reading this in order to finish it for The Dark and Stormy Book Club. Their podcast airs Sunday, August 3rd at 8pm central / 9pm eastern time.

5. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld - I started listening to this in audio while cleaning the house. I fell instantly in love. This was the book club pick for this month, but we have since decided to close the club.

6. Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult - Book club pick. See above.

7. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson - This book has been highly recommended to me. I even took it out of the library and started it. But did I finish it? No. I will soon be reading it with a Plurk bud and looking forward to it.

8. Paris, 1850 (The Vampire Plagues II) by Sebastian Rooke - After reading and enjoying the first book I was hoping to finish the series.

9. Mexico, 1850 (The Vampire Plagues III) by Sebastian Rooke - Book three in the series. See above.

10. Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde - I love, LOVE, love this book but the content hits a little too close to home. I have been slow reading it.

11. Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood - This is the first book I have picked out for my 1% Well Read Challenge.

12. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner - This is a bit of a cheat because it is a group read and we are on a schedule, but I thought I would be done with it by now.

13. Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose - I have seen a lot of good things about this book. I have been trying to read one writing book a month since I tend to collect them. I got this one out of the library and returned it without ever reading it. I always intended to check it back out but never did.

Take Me There!

Jul 29, 2008

Teen Tuesday - Summer Dwindles

I love books. What? You didn't know that. Hope it's nice and cool under that rock. So, yesterday I am sitting at my computer and i hear a knock at the door. Of course this scares the crap out of me because no one ever comes to my door. I slowly walk to the door, I open it a crack and peek out...No one is there. I open it wider, still see no one. What do I see? This beautiful, worn, orangey-yellow envelope. What was inside?

Admit it, you totally hate me now. Isn't that cover amazing? And I totally want to read it. Like, RIGHT NOW! But I can't, I have too many books I am in the middle of.

I still am working on The Looking Glass Wars. At first I was loving it and now a little bit less so. Frank Beddor was at Comic-Con this week and gave a great sounding presentation on the the trilogy and its inspiration and all the work he put into it. I was really sad to have missed it.

I love the concept of taking a new spin on Alice and her Wonderland, but I am honestly a bit let down by the writing. Yes, it is good storytelling, but not the type of writing that moves me. Has anyone checked out Alice's Adventures Underground?

I am also reading and loving The Book Thief. I have a goal to read all the Printz winner and honors and also have my own copies of each. There is so much to like about The Book Thief and it's unique writing style. I really feel it stretching my brain when I try to read it. I am reading this for the Dark and Stormy Book Club run in part by my plurk bud! (You may have seen her looming about my comments.) This is one of those books I am thrilled to know I will be sharing the experience with a few other people. There are two parts early on that I particularly loved.

The first is very early in the book. It says, "The question is, what color will everything be at the moment when I come for you? What will the sky be saying?" (4). These words send ideas popping through my mind, drifting and bursting in several different directions. Even outside the context of the book, I think these two questions would make an amazing writing prompt.

The second part that I really connected with has to do with the fact hat I have not been sleeping well. It has been hot and my mind has been racing through darkened hallways, looking for something in the murky darkness. And all I can hope is that when I drift off the world will become blank. But it doesn't. "At those times, in the enormous milage of sleep, she had never felt so completely alone" (39).

finished up (my only book in the last 2 weeks!) Vampire Plagues: London. Now, I was concerned about this middle grade book's ability to keep my interest. But I found it very well written. I have never read a vampire book where the vampire(s) were pure villain with no seductive qualities and it was an interesting experience. I also really like how the book ended, sometimes series books can be so manipulative with the cliffhangers! I am happy to be reading the other two books in the series, which I just called and renewed yesterday.

I know everyone is thrilled about the release of Breaking Dawn. There is a big party here to celebrate. Is anyone going to a release party in their area?
And on that on that note too. Have you met any young adult authors? Who would you like to meet the most? (JOHN GREEN!!!!)

Summer is soon drawing to an end. I thought I was going to get a lot more reading done than I did. I managed to forget how hot it can get and how much that makes me not want to read. What books are you trying to read before summer is over?

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.

Jul 27, 2008

The Sunday Salon - Rainy Sunday

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I am moving very slowly today, but the day seems to be moving very quickly. I have not blogged in what feels like an eternity. I got sick. And why is that when you get sick it takes longer to recover that the amount of time you were sick in the first place?

I just came in from the rain with my daughters. I really do love the rain, but resent the humidity that lurks before it! Even the rain has not brought much relief.

I have finally made some progress in my reading. I finished and much enjoyed Vampire Plagues and will be blogging about it more later! The book club for Good In Bed is going amazingly well. The participants are a bunch of beautiful and insightful ladies. I love it when we can all share out thoughts with each other. My final book news is that I have started and fallen in love with The Book Thief.

Sorry to post just a glorified list of books recently read, but I figure that some blogging is better than no blogging.

Are you putting off reading anything right now?
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