Posts Categorized: TGIF

Mar 09

TGIF (7) & FF (3)

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TGIF is a weekly meme to re-cap the week’s posts & to propose a question for our followers. It is run by Ginger at GReads
Promote An Author: Is there a particular author you wish got more recognition?  Pick one author & tell us why we should read their work
Ballads of Suburbia        I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone

There are so many good authors out there.  Most of the books I read are widely popular, but earlier this year I read Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuenhert and it was Amazing!  I will admit that I haven’t yet read I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, but I plan on it. 

Stephanie Kuenhert is not a light and fluffy author so her books aren’t for everyone, but Ballads of Suburbia was completely engaging.  It amazes me that so few people have read it, and that it’s not at my local library.  If you get the chance I encourage you to check out her books.

Feature & Follow is hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read. Every week they feature a new blogger and ask a question.  Learn more about Feature & Follow.

Q: Have you ever looked at book’s cover and thought, This is going to horrible? But, was instead pleasantly surprised? Show us the cover and tell us about the book.

Q: Have you ever looked at a book’s cover and thought, this is going to be horrible?  But was instead pleasantly surprised?  Show us the cover and tell us about the book.
         
I didn’t like this cover at all.  I can’t tell you how many times I walked by it at Target, with all the signs saying “check out this great book” and refused to even pick it up.  Plus, it’s about a circus and I’m not really fond of circuses.  I read it for book club and it was really good.  And it’s about so much more than the circus.  I loved the characters, their journey and especially Rose, the elephant.

Kimberly


Mar 02

TGIF: Favorite Moment & FF: Book to Movie

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TGIF is a weekly meme to re-cap the week’s posts & to propose a question for our followers. It is run by Ginger at GReads
Book Moments: What has been your favorite moment (scene) in a book that you’ve read so far in 2012? Please be kind & not include spoilers.
There have been so many great moments in the books I’ve read it’s hard to choose (especially hard when you have to avoid spoilers).  I think I’m going to go have to go with the first time Cas goes to the house and meets Anna in Anna Dressed in Blood.  I loved the way he talked to her, coaxing her into coming out.  He saw the real her among the ghost and it was really sweet.  At least until the problems started anyway.
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Q: What book would you love to see made into a movie or television show and do you have actors/actresses in mind to play the main characters?

I’m gonna go with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella.  The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is so mysterious that I think it would appeal to a fairly large audience and Can You Keep a Secret is funny as hell!

Side note: I think One for the Money would have made a good TV series.  There is no way people are going to stay interested enough for 18 movies.

Kimberly


Feb 24

TGIF (5) School Books

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TGIF is a weekly meme to re-cap the week’s posts & to propose a question for our followers. It is run by Ginger at GReads
Required Reading: Which book from your school days do you remember reading & enjoying? Is there a book published now that you’d like to see in today’s curriculum for kids?

There were quite a few required reading books that enjoyed.  The Great Gatsby is my most favorite but I also liked Romeo and Juliet, Alive, The Scarlet Letter, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird.  I’m sure there are more but I just can’t think of them.

There are so many books that I think should be in today’s curriculum.  Here are just a few:  The Help, The Book Thief, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  Most of the banned books would probably make my list.

Kimberly


Feb 10

TGIF: Love Stories & FF

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TGIF is a weekly meme to re-cap the week’s posts & to propose a question for our followers. It is run by Ginger at GReads.

Love Stories: What are some of your favorite fictional love stories?

Oh there are so many to chose from! Here are just a few of my favorites.

My favorite classic romance is Romeo and Juliet.  Ever since 9th grade English I have been in love with them.

My new favorite romance is Four and Tris (Divergent, Veronica Roth).  I couldn’t help but fall in love with them. 

My old school favorite romance from back in the day is Jane and Cal (Nobody’s Baby But Mine, Susan Elizabeth Phillips).  Their romance was so sweet and funny. 

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What would you prefer: reading your favorite book over and over again until you got sick of it OR reading 100s of mediocre books?  And why?

I would rather read one of my favorite books over and over again.  As much as I love to read different books I think I would get tired of reading if the books were only mediocre.  Books are supposed to make you feel something and mediocre books don’t.  So I would rather just read one book that makes me feel something over and over.  Plus every time I reread a book I discover something new, or form a slightly different opinion than the first time I read it.

Kimberly


Feb 03

TGIF: Book Appeal

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TGIF is a weekly meme to re-cap the week’s posts & to propose a question for our followers. It is run by Ginger at GReads.

Book Appeal: When you’re browsing goodreads, the library, or another blogger’s reviews, what grabs your attention to make you want to read it?


If I am just browsing goodreads I look at the cover and synopsis.
I know it’s shallow but a pretty cover always grabs my attention (Anna Dressed in Blood). 
For me, the shorter the synopsis is, the better.  I get disinterested in long synopsis, which leads to me not wanting to read the book.  I have a tendency to fall for mysterious synopsis (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer) or funny (Can You Keep a Secret?).  If the book falls in the maybe category I look at the reviews.  I typically focus on the 2-4 star reviews because 1 star reviews are typically “this book is really stupid” and 5 star are typically “omg this is the best book ever” with no reasoning given as to why.


When I’m looking at blogger reviews I look at the cover and I put more consideration on the review, as I tend to follow blogs that I share similar tastes with.  
I still look at the cover first.  Then I’ll read their review.  What pulls me the most in blog reviews is the excitement that the reviewer generates about the book.  It’s not about just saying a book was great, it’s feeling it too. 

Kimberly


Jan 27

TGIF (2) Buy or Borrow?

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TGIF is a weekly meme to re-cap the week’s posts & to propose a question for our followers. It is run by Ginger at GReads.

Buy or Borrow: Where do your books that you read come from? The bookstore? The library? Do you prefer to own a book, or have it on loan?

Buy Buy Buy! I really prefer to own my own books.  I like to reread my books and you can’t do that if they aren’t yours.  Plus they look so pretty on my bookshelf.  Last year I got an ereader so now I own a lot of ebooks.  The great thing about this is I can take them anywhere and every book is at my finger tips.  The bad thing is that you can’t look at your bookshelf and see all the amazing books you’ve read.  


Last year I bought a house which has drastically cut into my book budget.  So now I go to the library a ton.  One of the reasons I prefer to own is because I always keep my books real nice and it drives me crazy when I get a library book that looks like crap.  Some of the library books make me sad because of the condition that they are in.  I know they get passed around so I expect normal wear and tear but I have gotten books with pages missing, writing on it, food and drink spills, etc.  Despite this I have discovered an upside to getting my books from the library… If I don’t like it I don’t feel like I’ve wasted my money and if I really like it I can still go out and buy the book.

Kimberly


Dec 09

TGIF at Greads! (1): Book to Movie

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TGIF is a weekly meme to re-cap the week’s posts & to propose a question for our followers. It is run by Ginger at GReads

Book to Movie: Which book turn movie do you feel did the best adaptation?   What about the worst?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)Good Adaptations:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowing
I thought all of the Harry Potter movies were pretty good, but this one was the best.
Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
I know this choice probably isn’t popular but I LOVED the Leonardo DiCaprio/Claire Danes movie.  Normally I don’t like it when movies change a lot of stuff, but this really worked for me.

Average Adaptations:
Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton
I saw this movie several years before I read the book.  After reading the book I liked the movie a little less, but at the same time it wasn’t awful.  The book just had soooo much information

Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic Series #1)

Bad Adaptations:

Confessions of a Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella
Absolute PowerThey totally ruined one of my favorite books.  They combined books in the series. I never understand why they do this. Books always have more information than the movie, so why are they looking for more?  They completely changed the male lead.  And the list goes on and on…

Absolute Power – David Baldacci
All I have to say about this one is what were they thinking? 

Kimberly