Monthly Archives:: September 2012

Sep 30

Carrie Read-a-long Discussion–Parts II and III

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I was forced talked into doing the Carrie Read-a-long, even though I’m not a fan of being terrified. I’m pleased to say that I am not finding Carrie to be terrifying. Here are the answers to part two and three. If you haven’t read Carrie, there will be spoilers so, you have been warned.

Part II

1. There is a part quoted form “My Name is Susan Snell” when she stated that she is not really sorry that Tommy is dead anymore, because the idea of him was too perfect.  I was kind of shocked by this.  What do you think of this?
I don’t think it’s that shocking. Being with someone who is “perfect” has got to be hard, and makes you feel like you’ll never measure up to their expectations. Without Tommy, Susan doesn’t have to feel the need to be “perfect.”

2. Miss Desjardin talked to Carrie about her own prom.  And for Carrie, the prom was magical up to a point.  Did you have any glamorized feelings about your own prom?
Nope.  It was just another dance.

3. When Sue was at home on prom night she said that she was still uncomfortable about her own motives and was afraid to examine them too closely in case she discovered selfishness.  Can you elaborate on this?
I think she was feeling that she didn’t really do it for Carrie’s benefit but for her own. She wanted to make it up to Carrie because that is what would make her feel better about her taking part in the locker room incident.

4. Do you think that Tommy could have fallen for Carrie?
Probably not. I can’t really picture this in my head at all. Personally I think Sue was a good match for him.

5. Tell me what you think of the significance or symbolism of blood.  (Tommy pricked his finger, Mrs. White cut herself, Sue either got her period late or lost a pregnancy.)
I don’t know, I’m not good at analyzing stuff! I read for fun!

6. If that prank had not been played on Carrie at the prom, what kind of life do you think she would have had?
I think once Carrie left high school and all the bullies (and her crazy mom!) she probably would have led a fairly normal life. Her special abilities probably still would have been present, but like they were in the beginning, just little things when she was angry. Though the chance of a different major incident occurring is still pretty big.

Bonus question: Did you catch the mistake Stephen King made with regards to Carrie’s dad?  Courtney from Abducted by Books did!  See below for the answer.
Nope, I didn’t catch it!

Part III

1. If you’ve seen the movie, how did the book compare?
I haven’t seen the movie in a very long time, and only the one time, but I remember the movie being scarier. And I think maybe the ending was a bit different?? I could easily be wrong about that though so don’t hold me to it.

2. Carrie: Victim or Villain?
Oooh, tough call. She’s a villain because she’s a victim so I guess I have to say victim. Her mom brainwashed/abused her pretty bad which led to the bullying which led to her going all out crazy. I think even if she didn’t have any special abilities I think she still would have gone of the deep end at prom and done a lot of damage.

3. If you had TK powers what would you do with them?
Hide. I’d be to afraid I’d hurt someone.

4. The Wreckage talks about the demise of the town.  I’ve noticed the theme of SK’s setting as a character in other works.  What are your thoughts on this?
I’ve only read 2 other books of his, but I can see a theme like that. Especially in Under the Dome.

5. Does anybody think they know what line from Bob Dylan was written in Carrie’s notebook?
I really can’t say because I don’t know enough (ok, anything really) about Bob Dylan’s works.

6. Finally, what are your final thoughts/review of Carrie by Stephen King?
I’m going to review Carrie for the Bloggers Dressed in Blood event in October so check back later!

Kimberly


Sep 30

Sunday’s in Bed with… Ready Player One

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PhotobucketSunday’s in Bed is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed Sunday morning before getting to the days activities.

Today I’m reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ernest Cline Ready Player OneYou know how sometimes you’re reading a book and you’re maybe 50 pages in and you’re just not sure about the book, but you keep reading, and then it finally manages to really grab you and hold on… Ready Player One is not that book. I have been completely sucked into this book from page 3. The only reason I haven’t finished it yet is because I was short on time this week, but I should be finishing it up today.

Ready Player One is filled with the most awesome 80’s references ever. I’m in love.

 

 


imageThe things I do for my brother…

My brother doesn’t have cable and wanted to watch the Packer game. We had a little plan for how to do this, but it didn’t work out so we did this instead. I turned on the video chat and faced it towards the tv for him to watch.

My computer is old though and can’t take that kind of action so it started to overheat so I propped it up on two tupperwear containers and used my little fan to blow cold air underneath to keep it cool. Worked like a charm.

Unfortunately what didn’t work like a charm was the replacement refs. Short version here is that they screwed us out of a win. You can read the long version over at ESPN.

On the bright side the NFL and the referee’s finally came to an agreement, though they keep insisting that it was not because of the incident (whatever to that!), and the replacement refs will go away. All 31 teams and the fans can thank the Packers for “taking one for the team.”

Kimberly


Sep 28

Bloggiesta Starting Post

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And so it begins! Head on over to There’s a Book to get more details about the topics they are covering.

Bloggiesta is co-hosted by Danielle at There’s a Book and Suey from It’s All About Books. Originally created nearly four years ago by Natasha of Maw Books, we want to make sure to give her a huge thank you for starting such a fantastic event! An event that bloggers everywhere look forward to twice a year.

My To-Do List

  • Clean up my reader and organize in my reader the new blogs that I have added recently Complete!
  • Cross post my reviews to goodreads Complete! Y’all this was the WORST TASK. Seriously, I really need to be more diligent about this because it took me 4 hours!!!
  • Work on some Random Thoughts posts
  • Fix my reviews by author page Complete!
  • Add the gazillion books that I haven’t yet added to goodreads that I’ve already read. I know this will be very unfun, but I’d really like to get it done. Partially complete. If Goodreads would just get rid of those stupid pop ups this would be so much easier.
  • Clean up my email address! Between work, the blog and personal I have 12 different emails. Twelve!!!! No one needs that many emails. So, I plan on cleaning them up (i.e. merge) so I should be able cut that down to 5. Complete! This turned out to be much easier than I thought as 5 of these addresses were old and all I had to do was close them. :)
  • Challenges I plan on checking out
    • How to use Pocket over at The Book Vixen – seriously I know I’m going to love this one! Complete! This is my new favorite thing too! So much easier than trying to click through twitter on my phone!
    • Grade my blog over at Smash Attack Reads – should I be nervous? Complete! Better results than I thought, but made a list of things to work on.
    • Six Techniques to revitalize old content over at the Blue Stocking Society. Complete! I didn’t use any of the tasks, but saved them to come back to at a later time. 
    • Changing your RSS feed over at Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Books. Complete! I pretty much decided that I’m just going to take the wait and see approach. 
    • Review policy over at Girl Who Reads – I just need to update a few things. Complete!
    • And hopefully a whole lot more!
  • Visit lots of blogs! Partially Complete. I visited some but not lots.
  • Stuff I added to the list after I started
    • Make new follow buttons. Complete! I saw Kate’s new buttons and I really liked them, so I redid mine, even though I clearly should have been working on my own list.
    • Set up a spreadsheet for all the books I’ve read and their links Complete! I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before because spreadsheets are totally my thing, but all I have in mine is a list of books so I’m going to set up a spreadsheet with all the info. I’m way too excited for this.
    • Add to my review template a similar reviews section.

I’m even more excited for Bloggiesta because tonight (Friday) two other bloggers, Kate from Midnight Book Girl and Katie from KT’s Reading Rainbow, will be coming to my house so we can do blog stuff together.

I hope you’ll join in on the fun!

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Kimberly


Sep 28

FF: Biggest Word

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Feature and Follow is hosted by Rachel from Parajunkee’s View and Alison from Alison Can Read.

Today’s features are Nina from J’adore Happy Endings and (un)Conventional Book Reviews

What is the BIGGEST word you’ve seen in a book lately – that made you stop and look it up? Might as well leave the definition and book too.

I don’t usually look up words when I’m reading. Not because I’m super smart or anything but because I’m lazy. Usually I either just skip it or infer the meaning from the context clues. Occasionally I’ll look up a word on my ereader but I’ve only once in forever looked up a word from a hard copy. I can’t think of any words I’ve looked up lately in my ereader but I remember the one I looked up from the hard copy.

The Book: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivan

The Word: Espadrilles

The Definition: A flat shoe with a cloth upper, a rope sole, and sometimes lacing that ties around the ankle. (dictionary.com)

It was obvious from the book that it was a shoe, but I had never seen the word and it was driving me nuts, so I stopped being lazy for a moment and looked it up.

Kimberly


Sep 27

Review * A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Reviews 16 ★★★

Review * A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody KeplingerA Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
Published by Poppy on June 5, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Add to: Goodreads
three-stars
Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great.

Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her stepbrother...at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger's most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.

What I Thought…

  • It was impossible to put this book down. It’s a very fast read and I just had to know what was going to happen next.
  • Despite Whitley’s self destructive nature I found her to be fairly likeable, and I liked watching her grow and change to a responsible person.
  • Nate turned out to be a bit of a surprise, in a good way. I wasn’t expecting a nerdy guy at all so it was good to see that he was one.
  • My favorite relationship in the book was between Whitley and her soon to be step mom Sylvia. Sylvia was the one that really cared. She was my favorite character in the book.
  • Whitley’s mom is similar to Bianca’s mom in The DUFF, which means she is definitely not mother of the year material. Whitley’s mom is also one of the most selfish parent’s ever.
  • I don’t care what anyone says – no normal, reasonable father would think/act like Whitley’s father. Seriously, there is just no way! His lack of attention to the situation was absolutely baffling. (Worth noting: I also had an issue with Bianca’s relationship with her father in The DUFF.)
  • I did not love the ending, in fact it’s a big reason why it’s getting a 3 instead of a 4 or 5. The book is moving along just like I like it and then bam! Everything is resolved (all wrapped up in a bow too) in like .5 seconds. I would say there are 3 major “conflicts” and 1 minor “conflict” in A Midsummer’s Nightmare and all are solved by the end. Given the tone of the book all this perfectness comes out of nowhere and I think it would have been better if the minor conflict and only one of the major ones would have been fixed.

Notable Quotes

“I want more. I want everything. I want you.”
“Nathan…”
“I’m not settling for less, Whitley,” he said. “And neither should you.”

Kimberly


Sep 25

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Never Finished

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PhotobucketTop Ten Tuesday is an weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do.

Top Ten Series I Haven’t Finished (because either you didn’t like them, you just have procrastinated, etc.)

I’m actually pretty dedicated to finishing series. It’s not very often I choose not to finish a series so most of these are just ones I haven’t gotten caught up on yet.

image1. The In Death series by JD Robb
I didn’t discover this series until the 19th or 20th one was published. I read through them all strait, then I got bored with them and stopped, but I’ve been thinking about resuming the series.

2. The Wither series by Lauren DeStefano
I didn’t read Wither until Fever was already released, and I had already had Fever too and yet I read one and I have no real good excuse for not reading Fever.

3. The Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson & his helper
I really enjoy the Women’s Murder Club books. They are easy to read, fun and have a fairly good mystery.

4. The Heather Wells series by Meg Cabot
After be hounded by Kate forever about this series I finally started it and I am eager to catch up.

5. The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
I don’t mind questions, but I must have answers and The Maze Runner did not give me any answers. I had considered reading the next book but after hearing from so many people that you don’t ever get any answers I’ve decided not to continue.

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6. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
I liked the first one ok enough but not enough to rush out and read the others.

7. The White Cat series by Holly Black
This one will probably be read soon because Cassel is just so flippin awesome.

8. The WiHi series by Carol M Tanzman
This was one of the few times I read a book in a series out of order. Another one that I liked ok, but I don’t see myself ever picking up the first book, Dancergirl.

9. The Books by the Bay Mystery series by Ellery Adams.
I read the first one for book club several months ago and then I went to a signing and picked up the next two books and still haven’t read them.

10. The Article 5 series by Kristen Simmons.
I know a lot of people liked Article 5, but I didn’t, therefore I have no desire to read Breaking Point.

Kimberly


Sep 24

Review * Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Reviews 11 ★★★★

Review * Cinder by Marissa MeyerCinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicals #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on January 3, 2012
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 387
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

What I Thought…

  • This is probably one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever written. I had no intention of reading Cinder but I made a deal with Andrea from The Overstuffed Bookcase to read it, so I did. On one hand I really liked it, but on the other hand I didn’t like it at all. I kept changing how I felt about the book the whole way through.
  • First of all Marissa Meyer is a fantastic writer. I am not a science fiction fan at all and the ones that I do like are light enough on the science fiction that I can get past it. Cinder is pretty heavy on the science fiction part for me and despite my distaste for aliens, cyborgs, androids, etc Meyer really made me care about what happened and about the characters. Even though I know the aspects I didn’t like in the book aren’t going to go away I know that I will read Scarlet. Meyer is just that good.
  • Cinder is a fabulous retelling of Cinderella. It was written so well, so seamlessly, that this could have been the original. Sometimes with retellings the key points in the original can be left out or tossed into the story without it making much sense but that was not the case with Cinder.
  • I loved all of the characters, I can’t find fault with any of them. Cinder went through so much and then had not one, but two complete bombshells dropped on her (one of which I totally saw coming) and went through so much. I loved her sidekick Iko.
  • Cinder’s step mother (aka: owner) was a lot of words I won’t say here but she definitely fit into the roll. I could have smacked her, more than once.
  • Prince Kai had a lot on his plate in addition to his attraction to Cinder. I was slightly disappointed in that part of the book, but since there are 2 more books I’m not too worried about it.
  • I’m not a big fan of robots/cyborgs/androids etc, but with Meyer’s writing it was fairly easy for me to get past that.
  • It was not so easy for me to get past the alien aspect of the book. I realize that the Lunar’s aren’t regular aliens, but more of an evolutionized human (they have special qualities) but they come from the moon so… alien. It helped that they looked like humans, just with some special qualities, but there were times when the alienness was just too much for me.

Overall I enjoyed Cinder way more than I thought I would, so thanks Andrea!

Notable Quotes

“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”

“Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”

 

Kimberly


Sep 23

Sundays in Bed with… Chain Letter

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Sunday’s in Bed is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed Sunday morning before getting to the days activities.

Christopher Pike Chain LetterToday I’m going to be reading Chain Letter by Christopher Pike. This is going to be my first feature for the Bloggers Dressed in Blood event that Kate, Steph and Danielle and I are hosting in October. It’s going to be a lot of fun so you should definitely stop by and check it out!
I’ve read this book a million times, but the last time I read it was all the way back in high school. I really hope it lives up to all the awesomeness that I remember it being back then.
I’m also really curious about how much I remember (and how accurate it is) so I’ve written down everything I remember about Chain Letter so that I can see how good (or bad) my memory is.


PackersThe Packers don’t play until Monday this week so once I get home from all the stuff I am doing early in the day I will be able to curl up with Chain Letter with some football in the background.

Kimberly


Sep 22

Why You Should Check Your Blog On Multiple Browsers

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I almost had a complete melt down last night. I was using my work computer decided to take a short break and do so blog stuff, I was working on my test blog but decided I’d rather do some commenting instead so I went to my blog. And it looked like this:

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Which for obvious reasons had me freaking out, as this is not what it was supposed to look at. So I tried going to the layout page to rearrange the widgets, only there the widgets were still perfectly in order. So I thought maybe I accidently did something to this template instead of my test blog so I went to my personal computer to download the template I had saved. When I logged into my blog on my mac I saw this:

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(I took the pic too fast and it was still loading which is why there is no font on the sidebars.)

This completely baffled me. I uploaded my template anyway and everything was still the same. So I emailed Lori from Imagination Designs and Pure Imagination (who designed my fabulous blog, among other fabulous blogs) and she sent me my original template. When I uploaded that everything was fine, just my widgets were out of place.

When I started moving my widgets back into place everything got all messed up again! I was so confused! But then it occurred to me that it had to be a widget that was causing the problem. So I went and found the offending widget, removed it and voilà! Problem solved!

If I wouldn’t have been sitting at my work computer I never would have gone on to my blog using Internet Explorer because on all other computers I use Firefox, and I never would have seen this problem. It’s bad enough that it was like that for 2 days, it could have been like that for weeks before I would have noticed, if ever!

The Point: When you make changes or add widgets or whatever, take a second to check out what it looks like in other browsers (mainly IE cause they are the funny one) to make sure that everything works and looks right.

Also, since I was going through all this trouble anyway I decided not to wait until Bloggiesta next weekend to upload my new two column template. Stop by and tell me what you think!

Kimberly


Sep 21

Random Thoughts on Books: The Goodreads Rating

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PhotobucketRandom Thoughts on Books is going to be my new Friday feature.  It sounds exactly like what you think it is – my random thoughts on anything book related.

 Rating Goodreads books before they are released.

There is nothing more frustrating to me than looking on Goodreads and seeing books rated before the book is released with comments such as “Can’t wait!” “I’m so excited!” “(Insert Title Here) is going to be so good!” and of course they are all 5 star ratings. Then you also have the opposite where someone will rate it 1 star because they didn’t like the first book in the series or they don’t like the author.

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See what I’m talking about? The third book in the Divergent Trilogy (which doesn’t yet have a title) has 376 ratings and 136 reviews.

All the 5 star reviews are “I’M SO EXCITED!!!” and the like.  Only two of the 1 star reviews had comments, and both rated it one star because they had to wait for the third book to be released.

When I see a new book I always look at the Goodreads rating to kind of get a feel for the book. I know that there are always going to be some ratings that will skew it a bit, but this book is skewed already, and it doesn’t even have a title!

Am I the only one that finds this irritating?

Kimberly