Thursday, 29 December 2011

Little Women by Louise May Alcott

Goodreads Summary: Meet the March sisters: the talented and tomboyish Jo, the beautiful Meg, the frail Beth, and the spoiled Amy, as they pass through the years between girlhood and womanhood. A lively portrait of growing up in the 19th century with lasting vitality and enduring charm.

Why I Read This Book: I like to read classic books every now and again just so I have read them. That is the reason I chose to get a Kobo, as it came loaded with 100 classic books for me to make my way through. I chose Little Women to read, because it seems silly that I never had.

Review: I thought this book was pretty good, but not great. I have no plans to read Alcott's sequels "Little Men" or "Jo's Boys". It is a good story, with many lessons, and a nice look at growing up a couple centuries ago. I don't regret reading it, but I'm glad I'm done. I felt that the latter part of the book was a bit rushed compared to the first. Or rather, I think I felt the first part of the book was too long. I could have done without reading the stories that Jo wrote, and the plays the girls did. I was nice to read about them growing up.


Friday, 16 December 2011

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

Goodreads Summary: Before Carrie Bradshaw hit the big time in the City, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation? 

The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie's senior year of high school. She and her best friends -- Walt, Lali, Maggie, and the Mouse -- are inseparable, amid the sea of Jens, Jocks and Jets. And then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy-older, intriguing, and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school-until a friend's betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realize it's finally time to go after everything she ever wanted. 

Rabid fans of Sex and the City will love seeing Carrie Bradshaw evolve from a regular girl into a sharp, insightful writer. They'll learn about her family background -- how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. We'll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where the next Carrie Diaries book will take place.

Why I Read This Book: I was a lover of the show, and have read almost all of Candace Bushnell's other books, except, surprisingly, Sex and the City, so I picked this one up for my e-reader.

Review: I thought this was a pretty good book. I kept trying to picture a teenage SJP as the character, and I could kind of see it. The only thing I didn't really like about the book was that it seemed that the main feature of the book was not the people, but smoking. It seemed unnecessary  how much Bushnell talks about smoking in this book! Like I said, I didn't read SATC, but was it like that too? I know you want to be able to picture what a character is doing, but god, this was overkill. I liked most of the characters, and I liked the story though, I thought it was a good read for chick-lit and SATC fans. The last line is the best, because it gives you the exciting tie you were hoping for :)


Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Book Shopping at Thrift Stores

This week I had visited a few thrift stores looking for a certain size table that I had wanted solely for putting my Christmas Village on. I didn't want to pay a lot for it, because I don't want to keep it out all year long. Anyway, while I was at them, I couldn't help but check out the book section. I was SO impressed with the books, there were so many books there that are on my TBR list! And, some really new books too. I noticed a copy of The Hunger Games there.

Anyway, I wanted to mention this, because awhile ago I had been complaining about the price of books on here, and they are very cheap at thrift stores!! I will be going back about once a week!!

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Goodreads Summary: Beatrice "Tris" Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth's dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place her in mortal danger. Veronica Roth's young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.
Why I Read This Book: I got interested in this book as many of my blog friends had good things to say about it. It is actually on my 2012 TBR Pile Challenge list, so I guess I jumped the gun a little bit on this book!

Review: I liked this book, it was fast paced, exciting, had likable characters, and ones to hate. The story wasn't exactly ground breakingly original, but it didn't stink of Hunger Games either like some of the reviews I have read. Tris acts a lot like a 16 year old girl would, regardless of her faction. Many reviews said there were plot holes in the story where Roth either added details that didn't fit, or added things that contradicted other details. To be honest, I was pretty wrapped up in the story, and didn't notice a whole lot of that. Once I read a few reviews with details, I did see what they meant, but this definitely didn't take away from the story for me, the mistakes weren't glaring - I am however by no means a critique, just a passionate reader ;)

I would recommend this to people who like distopian, and teen romance, and aren't bothered by a bit of descriptive fighting (and maybe descriptive heights either!) 


Sunday, 27 November 2011

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Goodreads Summary: Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.
But what begins as a life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion and cannot be stopped.
Ann Patchett has written a novel that is as lyrical and profound as it is unforgettable. Bel Canto is a virtuoso performance by one of our best and most important writers.
Why I Read This Book: I have no idea why I read this book. It is not at all the type of book or author I normally read, but I read it on a Top Whatever book of Whatever Something and added to my TBR and read it.
Review: To be honest I didn't really like this book. I liked the idea of it, but it was really boring. I really had to push myself to finish it because I got tired of reading it. Not that it was a bad book, it just seems that the two somewhat exciting parts of the book are very rushed and the rest of it is just really boring. There was nothing else wrong with it except that. I liked the characters, and the plot, but I just didn't connect to the emotions the way I knew Patchett wanted the reader to because it was very very slow paced.
Rating: This is going to be my first half star book rating, and it's actually making me reconsider how cut and dry my ratings are. I normally give a book that I didn't really care about 3 stars and call it 'neutral' meaning I liked it fine, but if I had never read it my life wouldn't be missing anything, and I feel that this book was just slightly on the side of disliking it a bit more than that, however I didn't find that I "didn't like" it either. So, my rating is:

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Lovely Blog Award

I'm very excited today to have learned that I was given this lovely blog award! I have only been writing this blog for a little while now and to know that at least one person thinks it is nice is very rewarding :)

The point of this is for each person that is awarded to then highlight some blogs that they also like, and then give the award to them as well.
The blogs I have chosen are as follows:

Unabridged Andra
Alison Can Read
Books, Biscuits & Tea
Crazy For Books
The Broke and the Bookish

These blogs are some of my favorite, who I looks to for memes, new ideas (for both blogging and book reading), and I trust their reviews. If one of these people said a book was good, I would probably end up adding it to mt TBR list. I hope you feel as good about being selected as I do!

Thanks so much to The Best Way Out Is Through for thinking of me when making her favorites list. It is HUGELY appreciated :)

Monday, 14 November 2011

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Goodreads Summary: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

Why I Read This Book: The one is so popular around the blogosphere, and has such great reviews, I couldn't not pick it up. Also, I love me a little teen contemporary romance :)

Review: Oh Anna and the French Kiss, how did I love thee, let me count the ways! No particular order:

  • The setting! Paris, I love it! I took a school trip to Paris when I was 17 (Anna's age in the first half of the book) and the nostalgia for the places she visited was overwhelming. I could just picture me and my best pal Anna (yes, that is the real name of my real life friend who I went with!!) exploring the places described in the book. I love reading books set in places I have traveled.
  • Short chapters! This propels you in to reading longer than you had planned! You get hooked in a book, and since the chapters as short, you keep going "I'll just read one more, then go do whatever I'm supposed to be doing"
  • The characters felt very real, I mean, there was drama a plenty, but it wasn't just for entertainment, I could picture myself and people I know making those exact decision when we were that age. Sometimes the "he-said-this-but-means-this-so-she-did-that-when-she-should-have-done-this" seems fake, and you groan at the poor choices authors make, but here I could see myself ignoring some situations and then blowing up in others just the way Anna did, because she's 17-18 and that's how 17-18 year old's act! I also liked the realistic teen drinking scenes, because yes, that is exactly what happens when high school students drink!
Overall, I really really liked this book, and I totally understand all the hype surrounding it. It was quick, fun, and charming to read, I loved it!


Sunday, 13 November 2011

2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

Hello! This post is about a reading challenge I'm deciding to join. This one lasts for the full year, so I'm hoping I don't drop off on participation. School got very busy this semester, so the Fall Into Reading Challenge I was participating in fell to the wayside unfortunately. Also, this one doesn't have as much structure to the reading list, as I kept straying from it!

You can get all the reading challenge details here:

My TBR list is very long, so I'm not going to pretend like I'm going to get through it, so instead on my Goodreads I keep a list of books that I already own that I haven't read yet. I update this list every time I get a new book, so I'll add the link, but I'll also write it out to make it my official challenge list :)

1) Love The One You're With - Emily Giffin
2) The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen
3) Bloodline - Richelle Mead
4) Marked - P.C. Cast
5) The Struggle - L.J. Smith
6) Divergent - Veronica Roth
7) Under the Dome - Stephen King
8) Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins
9) The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer
10) Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
11) Matched - Ally Condie
12) Bumped - Megan McCafferty
13) Chasing Harry Winston - Lauren Weisburger
14) Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
15) Bitter is the New Black - Jen Lancaster
16) A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin
17) Club Dead - Charlaine Harris
18) The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
19) Slash - Slash
20) The Carrie Diaries - Candace Bushnell
21) Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella
22) Beauty Queens - Libba Bray
23) Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
24) Forever - Judy Blume
25) Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
26) Something Borrowed - Emily Giffin
27) Bad Taste in Boys - Carrie Harris
28) The Nannie Diaries - Emma McLaughlin
29) The Debutante Divorcee - Plum Sykes
30) Running with Scissors - Augusten Burroughs
31) The Life of Pi - Yann Martel
32) A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
33) The Guernsey Literacy and Potato Peel Society - Annie Barrows
34) The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
35) The Color Purple - Alice Walker
36) The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
37) Let The Great World Spin - Colum McCann
38) Water For Elephants - Sara Gruen
39) Bossypants - Tina Fey
40) Then He Ate My Boy Enhancers - Louise Rennison

My goal is to read 100 books in 2012, so picking 40 for this list shouldn't limit my selection by too much :)
Look forward to seeing everyone else's list, and posting reviews about these ones!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Not At All Book Related

So, if you remember in this post here I mentioned these awesome gym straps... well, I finally found a picture of them and I had to share:
Lifeline USA Jungle Gym XT
If you are thinking about having anything at home to workout with, get these!! They are AH-Maz-ing!!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Top Ten Tuesdays (8)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. There is a new list topic weekly to write, and tons of other bloggers participate, and  you can jump around and see what everyone else thinks! This weeks list is as follows:

Ten Books That I Read That Were Outside Of My Comfort Zone (whether you liked them or not)

1) The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
This was the first book of this type I had read, and I LOVED IT
The Hunger Games

2) Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
These are not the typical books I would have read, the first 4 were already out before I started to read them, and again, I LOVED THEM!!
Harry Potter Boxset (Harry Potter, #1-7)

3) Twilight Series - Stephenie Meyer
This was the first vampire book I read, and I liked it, and read a lot more of them now.
The Twilight Saga (Twilight, #1-4)

4) The Pillars of the Earth - Kenn Follett
Not normally a book I would have read, but I was on vacation and borrowed it, and I enjoyed it.
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)

5) Freakonomics - Steven D. Lewitt
This book was popular for a little while, and I picked it up to feel socially relevant, it was interesting, but not good
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

6) A Million Little Pieces - James Frey
Again, this was very popular once upon a time, so I read it, but it wasn't my type of book. I liked it, but it lost its luster when it turned out not to be totally true
A Million Little Pieces

That's all I can think of. I have a lot of books on my TBR list that are outside my comfort zone, but I guess I haven't gotten around to reading many of them!! I should stop picking all of the same types!!

Suggestions are welcome :)

Monday, 7 November 2011

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Smith

The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries, #1) 
Goodreads Summary: Elena Gilbert is a pretty, popular teen who was orphaned when her parents were killed in an accident. Despite the tragedy, her life has always been normal and wholesome. Until the beginning of the school year, when two new vampire brothers show up to shake the peaceful universe at Robert E. Lee High.
Why I Read This Book: I have wanted to watch the TV show for awhile now, but I prefer reading the book version to things first, so since these are such quick reads, and I found this for $4.99 at the bookstore, I figured now was the time to start.
Review: I may be reaching my vampire saturation point, but I still really liked this book. I read the version that has the TV show characters on the front, which usually makes me picture those characters, but for this I didn't. I always pictured Elena as Cordelia from Buffy. It did kind of anger me that Elena is described as this beautiful blond girl, and they didn't use one for the actress. I liked the love story of the book, and also liked that because Stefan is a vampire, he drinks Elena's blood. This makes sense to me. This story is very similar to the majority of teen romance book plots, and since it was written quite awhile ago, it isn't littered with pointless sex descriptions to describe not sex. I hate when books try to make teens who are just kissing sound like they are having life's best orgasm. I mean, there was a little bit of this, but not too much. Overall, I liked it, it is pretty similar to a lot of the vampire books I have read before this, but how different can teen vampire love books really be? And since this is one of the older ones, it's bound to have been ripped off a little bit.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Jess the Crafty Girl

I finally started my sister blog, the one where I'm a crafty lady! Check it out here if you're interested in that sort of thing, and follow!

And don't worry, this is the only shameless self promotion I plan to do : P

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Top Ten Tuesdays (7)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. There is a new list topic weekly to write, and tons of other bloggers participate, and  you can jump around and see what everyone else thinks! This weeks list is as follows:

Top Ten Books I Had VERY Strong Emotions About (cry, laugh, hurl across the room, etc.)
This one isn't too hard, as I cry at everything... haha

1) Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
I passionately loathed this book. I can't even get into why without feeling rageful.
Eat, Pray, Love

2) Confessions of Georgia Nicholson Series - Louise Rennison
LOL funny. So funny. Incredibly funny. If you can get over the fact they are very immature (which I can).
Fabbity-Fab! A Big Box of Georgia (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #1-3)

3) Claiming Georgia Tate - Gigi Amateau
Love this book, cried, of course
Claiming Georgia Tate

4) The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
So many emotions over this book.
The Kite Runner

5) Harry Potter Books 4-7 - J. K. Rowling
Cried like a baby through the last 4 books of the series
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)

6) The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Shocking book, with makes you think
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

7) How I Paid For College - Marc Acito
I love this book, and everyone always says they have never heard of it. If I have one blogging goal, it is to have everyone read it. Its so hilarious.
How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater

8) Knocked Up - Rebecca Eckler
Funny, funny, oh so funny. I can't wait to read the next 2 she has out, which I recently found out existed
Knocked Up: Confessions of a Modern Mother-to-Be

9) Summer Sisters - Judy Blume
My favorite book, so I feel a whole lot of things for this one
Summer Sisters

10) My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Piccoult
Although I consider myself to be an ex-Jodi Piccoult fan, this one always tugs my heart strings
My Sister's Keeper

Friday, 28 October 2011

Blog Hop (5) and Follow Friday (3)

It has been awhile since I participated in these hops, which is sad because I really like them, but I have just been so busy lately that I don't get my post up in time, so I just don't do it! Working 2 jobs and doing 3 courses is time consuming!! haha

So, Follow Friday is hosted by both Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, so great blogs (check em out, they're linked!) With these, they also do a feature blog, and this week's are: In Which Ems Review Books and Reading in the Corner so take a peek ;)
For the question this week they have asked:

If you could have dinner with your favorite book character, who would you eat with and what would you serve?

This is kind of a no brainer for me, because I would definitely have dinner with Hogwart's favorite trio, Harry, Ron, and Hermionie! Preferably at the castle, so the food could just kind of up! But, in the event I had to prepare something, I would make a roast chicken, and Yorkshire pudding with some veggies, and of course tea and banoffe pie for dessert!

Book Blogger Hop  And for the weekly Book Blogger Hop hosted by Crazy-for-Books, an equally as great blog, the question is: “What is your favorite Halloween costume?
Even if you don’t celebrate, what kinds of costumes do you like?”
Easily the best costume I  have ever had was my Ninja Turtle costume when I was about 8. My grandmother is an amazing seamstress, and she made the mother of all amazing costumes for me ever year. Here in Canada it is COLD in October, so she always made them extra warm, and I never had to ruin my costume with a coat. The ninja turtle costume had it all, I don't have a picture to post, because I don't have a scanner, but now I'm going to track one down, because you NEED to see this costume, it is amazing! I will try and get one up before the end of the weekend!

Until then, you can look at the costumes I made for us last year (hand sewed, as I do not have a sewing machine!! haha)

This is the last Book Blog question for an unknown amount of time, so I just wanted to put a small thank you for hosting to Crazy-for-Books, as this was the first meme I ever participated in, and I'm sure I have here to thank for several of my followers :)

Midnight Sun - Stephenie Meyer

I'm not going to do a book review in my normal format for this book, because I don't think it really fits. If you haven't heard of Midnight Sun (which I hadn't until about a month ago) it is a retelling of the Twilight book from Edward's perspective. However, it is not a complete book. Apparently, this is something Meyer had been working on, and this is the rough draft of it that got leaked on to the internet. Disheartened by that, she elected to not complete the book, however to post it on her website for people to read for free if they so desired.

If you read my Top Ten this week, I said that I had been in the mood for a reread of the Twilight books, especially with Breaking Dawn just around the corner, and dreary Forks being comparable to the dreary St. John's, Newfoundland weather I am living in right now. I'm not a huge re-reader, as I think its sort of a waste when you could be reading a new book for the first time, so I thought I would download Midnight Sun to my Kobo.

I liked this book. I actually enjoyed Edward's point of view more than Bella's because there was more information about the other character's, because Edward heard their thought's. The one place this book was seriously lacking was this would have been an excellent way to insert a lot of information about the other Cullen's into the story. Since the book is an unfinished draft, perhaps Meyer did have intentions to do this, as it would have been nice. A lot of the reviews on Goodreads have people expressing how creepy they think Edward is, because of his behaviour towards Bella. If Edward was a normal, human 17 year old boy, definitely it would have been creepy, but I think it's important to remember that Edward is used to slinking around, always trying to fly under the radar, and go unnoticed, so after about 100 years of living like this, it would begin to feel normal to you. If anyone is creepy, it's Bella because she doesn't seem to mind! But maybe that is the lure of the vampire, who knows.

I would have really liked to have this story be finished, I'd love to read how Edward feels and thinks about Jacob when his and Bella's friendship begins to grow stronger. Overall, it was a decent read, kind of a re-read without being one. Has lots of room for improvements, but if it went through some good editing, beefed up some of the Cullen information, she has the making of a really good book here. It's too bad it got leaked.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Top Ten Tuesdays (6)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. There is a new list topic weekly to write, and tons of other bloggers participate, and  you can jump around and see what everyone else thinks! This weeks list is as follows:

Top Ten Books To Read During Halloween
This week's list is a little bit difficult for me, as I only recently (about the last year) started to get into books about paranormal things, and since that's the only Halloween-ish genre (now I know I will read other people's fantastic lists who prove me wrong! but...) I will do my best, but probably have to include a few children's books too!

1) Goblins in the Castle - Bruce Coville
This was one of my favorite books when I was younger
Goblins in the Castle (Minstrel Book)

2) Goosebumps - R.L. Stine
These were also some of my favorite reads when I was a kid!
The Haunted Mask (Goosebumps, #11)

3) The Twilight Sage
The book really has nothing to do with Halloween, but vampires do remind me of the season. I have had a craving to re-read these books, but instead I decided to read Midnight Sun which is on Stephenie Meyers website, and is Twilight told from Edwards POV
The Twilight Saga (Twilight, #1-4)
*as a note to people posting comments - I do not partake in "Twi-Hards" and "Twi-Haters" conversations. I like the books for what they are, and have read enough passionate reviews of both opinions. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and positive or negative, I respect that. But please do not attack each other because you have a difference of opinion on these books, I am so over it. I cringe when people turn blog comments into something so ridiculous.

4) Bunnicula - Deborah and James Howe
Amazing books for children, I thought these were awesome, I would love to get my hands on a copy to read now and see what I think as an adult
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery (Bunnicula, #1)

5)Sookie Stackhouse Collection - Charlaine Harris
I have only read the first 2, but the supernatural things that happen in this book makes it like Halloween everyday in Bon Temps!
Sookie Stackhouse 8 Volume Set (Sookie Stackhouse, #1-8)

And 5 is the best I can do this week!! (I hate not being able to come up with a full 10!!) Next year, I will have tons, because I am currently getting into more paranormal stuff, and Stephen King as well!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Just Some Life Updates

Hello All!

So, I haven't been doing much reading this week (shame, shame) but it is with good reason! I have been pretty busy. As I have said, I am working towards my MBA, and I have a test tomorrow, so I have been studying, but I have also been working on some term papers that are going to be due soon! So, school keeps me reading, but not the books I want to be! (and I'm positive a review of 'Industrial Relations in Canada' wouldn't be a riveting piece of work to any of you!)

As well, I FINALLY found a part time job to help out with my finances! I am Best Buy's newest cashier! I'm pretty pumped about it, as I am really starting to stress out that I haven't been able to pay my full credit card balance in about 3 months! So, this will get me back in the black by Christmas! What a relief!

And, even more things to full up my time instead of glorious, glorious books... I have decided to recommit myself to working on my fitness. The BF has put some really awesome gym equipment in our basement, so I have been getting in shape about 3-4 times a week. This is pretty important to me, and I have taken almost a year away from the gym (our local Nubody's was bought by Goodlife Fitness, and the atmosphere of these gyms is so negative that I cancelled my membership). I still need to get a few dumbbells that are a little more manageable for some of my exercises, but we have these awesome straps that are seriously AMAZING (I can't find a link, but will update this if I do).

So, if you're wondering why you won't/haven't seen a review in a while, this is why. I am almost finished Midnight Sun (the Twilight book from Edward's point of view, it wasn't published, but is on the authors website) and I will probably have a few comments about it, but not a lot. Other than that I am working through Little Women, and started Bel Canto by Ann Patchett the other day too. I am supposed to be participating in the Fall Into Reading challenge, but the last 2 books I read weren't even on that list, and I haven't been keeping up with the weekly questions. Maybe once I get this test out of the way, I will do a blast with the ones I have missed.

Anyway, just wanted to say hello and give a quick update, I know there is a lot of read-a-thons going on right now, so if you are participating, I am SO jealous of you right now!!!

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Top Ten Tuesdays (5)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. There is a new list topic weekly to write, and tons of other bloggers participate, and  you can jump around and see what everyone else thinks! This weeks list is as follows:

Top Ten Books That Whose Titles Or Covers Made Me Buy It

These Books I have Read
1) The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants - Ann Brashares
I went to the book store to kill time one day, and bought this book because I thought the cover was cool.
The Sisterhood of the Travelin...
2) Chain Letter - Christopher Pike
I thought this book cover looked cool. I read it when I was relatively young, and it scared the crap out of me.
Chain Letter
3) The Amulet of Samarkind (Book One of The Bartimaeus Trilogy) - Jonathan Stroud
I didn't buy this one, but did ask for it as a present because I thought the cover looked like a mix between Peter Pan and Harry Potter.
The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1)
4) The Thing About Jane Spring - Sharon Krum
If you read my post about the price of books, then you know I'm a sales table surfer, so this one drew me in from that selection (if I had been browsing the whole store, I probably would have picked something else)
The Thing About Jane Spring
5) Chuck Duggan is AWOL - Eric Chase Anderson
This book just looks cool.
Chuck Dugan Is AWOL: A Novel - With Maps

These ones I have bough, but haven't read yet:
6) Running with Scissors - Augusten Burroughs
Running with Scissors
7) The Alphabetical Hook-Up List - Phoebe McPhee (has 3 volumes)
The Alphabetical Hookup List K-Q
8) How To Be A Woman - Caitlin Morgan
How To Be a Woman
9) Beauty Queens - Libba Bray
Beauty Queens
10) Bumped - Megan McCafferty