Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge (5)

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Tara @ 25 Hour Books shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else they found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books they plan on reading in the coming week.

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On the Blog This Week:

My World This Week:

I had a super busy week this week! I slacked a bit on the reviews here, since I didn’t post any, but I have my Owl Read It reviews scheduled for all of next month and a couple for May and June. So, I’ll be able to focus on reading and reviewing more for here. As well as it being Easter weekend, my daughter turned two on Thursday, so we had her a party yesterday. She had a blast! Got to play with friends and see lots of family.  So I didn’t get as much reading done as I’d hoped, but I did get to read.

Around the Blogging Community:

Read in 2013 (34)

  • If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin
  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
  • Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Currently Reading (1)

  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

I Own – TBR (93)

  • The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
  • The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

Did you do/get anything good this week?

Fiction to Film: Jack The Giant Slayer

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So I feel like I might have this thing going on for Nicholas Hoult or something, but I feel like I’m watching a lot of movies with him in them lately. That being said, he’s a pretty great actor and I feel like he made a really great Jack.

When I first saw the trailer for Jack the Giant Slayer, I was immediately interested. So I had to go see it. I mean, who doesn’t like the story of Jack and the Beanstalk? Mind you, there are very few similarities to the two. There’s Jack, the magic beans and the beanstalk of course. Then the giants. But Jack doesn’t go up to steal anything, he goes to save the princess.

I really enjoyed the casting for this movie. Nicholas Hoult of course, was great. Ewen McGregor was hilarious and it even has Bill Nighy, who makes an awesome giant that you love to hate. Stanley Tucci is in it, I actually didn’t even recognise him in this role, I’ve never really seen in much other than comedies, plus his character had hair. I think Eleanor Tomlinson was a great choice for Isabelle as well, I haven’t really seen her in much, but she did wonderful. So the casting was all really good in my opinion.

The storyline was great, like I said before it doesn’t follow the regular Jack and the Beanstalk plot, but this one was much more interesting to me. More action and romance, parts that make you laugh and just plain fun to watch.

I would definitely watch this movie again and again. I think you should check it out! I know I’ll need to watch it again with my husband, he’s quite jealous that I went out on a girls night to see this one!

A Glo-Worm’s Thoughts: How Do You Read?

A GloWorms Thoughts Button-01I know, this seems like a very strange question, but the other night I was reading (like usual) and I just started wondering how other people read. What I mean is, like me for instance. I’m the type of person who has to read every  word. If I skip something or try to skim part of a book I have to go back and read whatever it was because I forget it or just don’t absorb any of it. I know there are people who can skim and skip things, I’m not one of those people.

There are other ways that people read too. Like last week, someone told me that they got their copy of Clockwork Princess and immediately read the ending first. Just because they couldn’t bear to put all of the effort into reading it and have it turn out how they aren’t expecting. I’m not saying it’s wrong to do that, some people like to even. I, myself, wouldn’t read the end first. I just started Clockwork Princess  the other day and accidentally saw the family tree on the dust cover. I haven’t really been reading anything on it because I don’t want to accidentally come across a spoiler and ended up seeing something I really didn’t want to see because I wasn’t aware it was there.

Some people read fast, others read slow. There are some like me who just read at a rate somewhere in the middle. I’m not as fast at reading as people tend to think. I read a lot of books, yes, but that’s because I sneak in a bit of reading at every chance I get. My daughter is playing quietly with her toys in the room? Going to read. Cooking supper? Going to read. Playing a game? Going to listen to an audio book.

I read before bed every night. I always have, it helps me sleep. When I’m cold (which is a lot), I tend to have a bath and read in the tub. When I don’t want any distractions in the evening, I go downstairs and pop some popcorn and sit and read alone. Basically, I spend a lot of time reading. I enjoy it and I plod a long at my own pace.

I’m also a snacker when I read. I like to snack on things like popcorn, candy, fruit. Basically if it only takes one hand I’ll snack on it.

So what about you? Are you a speed reader, slower or like me and somewhere in between? Is there a certain time of day that you read? Do you have to snack while you read or have any other reading habits?

Top Ten Tuesday

 

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

The Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most

Alright, most of these are series, but how can I narrow down a series?! 😉

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth – Seriously, this series is amazing and I can’t recommend it enough!
  2. The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa – More amazingness right here!
  3. Harry Potter by JK Rowling – How are there people who still haven’t read this???
  4. Clan of the Cave Bear (and the rest of the Earth’s Children series) by Jean M. Auel – This is one of my favourite series. I’m so glad I stumbled across it in high school!
  5. The Sookie Stackouse series by Charlaine Harris – It’s so much better than the show, and I love the show!
  6. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – I’m disappointed in myself for not reading this one sooner
  7. The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle – Honestly, this was so much better than I was expecting. It’s really awesome!
  8. The Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit) by JRR Tolkien – I love this series so much that I talked my husband into getting One Ring wedding bands.
  9. Wicked by Gregory Maguire –  I love his take on the wicked witch!
  10. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – When I read this, there were so many tears but I just couldn’t put it down!

So yeah, a lot of series! There are so many other books that I love to recommend and hopefully I will find even more in the future to spread the love for!

Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge (4)

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Tara @ 25 Hour Books shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else they found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books they plan on reading in the coming week.

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On the Blog This Week:

My World This Week:

This week has been super boring. My husband left early Thursday morning to go to PAX East and won’t be home until late tonight, probably long after I’m in bed. So it’s just been Kailyn and I all weeked, stuck at home with no way to go anywheres. Driving me crazy, I normally need to get out at least once a week and it’s normally on the weekend that this happens. Ugh, I hate feeling shut in.

Around the Blogging Community:

I’m a slacker this week and didn’t find time to go searching for tons of new posts. But I did find a couple interesting ones at some of my favourite blogs.

My Week in Books:

Read in 2013 (31)

  • The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
  • The Prince by Kiera Cass
  • Dare You To by Katie McGarry
  • Will Sparrow’s Road by Karen Cushman

Currently Reading (2)

  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Review Books To Read (14):

  • Infatuate by Aimee Agresti
  • What We Become by Jesse Karp
  • In Search of Goliathus Hercules by Jennifer Angus
  • The Girl With The Iron Touch by Kady Cross
  • If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin

I Own – TBR (91)

  • The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Did you do/get anything good this week?

Fiction to Film: Life of Pi

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So I’m sure you realized after seeing my review of Life of Pi, that I would have to do a Fiction to Film feature on it. I mean how could I not? With a story like that I had to watch it. Especially with all of the awards the movie has won, there has to be a reason right?

Well all I can say is I absolutely loved the movie. It is definitely one of the better book to movie adaptations. Yes it’s a movie so they can’t include everything, but I felt that they did include the most important events in the book. Richard Parker was amazing. I love tigers, they’re my favourite animal. So watching a movie where a tiger is one of the main roles is awesome. Obviously there was quite a bit of CGI for this movie, but I thought it was really well done. Very realistic.

I watched this the day after finishing the book, so the book was still very fresh in my mind. I found there were a few minor changes but I didn’t really mind at all. I still felt really bad for Pi and his suffering and I still disliked the ending where you are supposed to pick which story to believe. I mean, they make is sound impossible to tell, but if there was a tiger living on that lifeboat for 227 days, there’s going to be some sign. I know they don’t really talk about the boat, other than the rodent corpses they found in it.  But I guess if they told you, you’d lose the whole point of the story.

In my opinion I’d like to believe the story with the animals because it’s the better of the two and that’s what I’ve invested the most time into learning. I do like in the movie though how you’re introduced to the other people who were supposedly on the boat with Pi. It makes them seem more real in that story when he tells it because you can actually imagine them, unlike the book where you have nothing to base their personalities off of.

The movie is just fantastic and I loved how beautiful it was. Everything was just about perfect. I’m sure I’ll rewatch it again and again.

What about you? Have you read and seen the movie? Do you think the movie fit the book as well as I did?

A Glo-Worms Thoughts: Do You Have a Favourite Genre?

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Occasionally, I’ll have someone ask me what my favourite genre to read is. When I tell them I don’t really have one, they get confused and ask why. Well, I honestly like all different genres. There are some that I don’t like, very few in this category actually, and then there are the genres that I like.

I don’t think that I just have to pick one and scream to the world that it’s my favourite genre to read and then read all that I can get my hands on. No, I may go through phases where I’ll read all dystopias, which I have, or I’ll read all contemporary books for awhile. Sometimes I just want to read fantasy or science fiction or even a historical romance. Then ever so occasionally, a romance or erotica. But just because I read one over the other for awhile, does it mean I have to like one more than the others?

I have many favourite books. In my top ten favourites I have: fantasy, historical fiction, dystopian, science fiction, contemporary. All of these genres. So if I love these books so much, even if they have nothing really in common, not even their genre, why should I pick?

I know people, as I’m sure most of you do, that only read one genre. I kind of feel sad for them sometimes because maybe if they would break out of their comfort zone, maybe they will find something else that’s amazing. They might find a new genre that will open so many more books to them. Maybe. Or they might hate it and continue on with what they know and that’s that. I know I shouldn’t feel sad for them, but I do. Even though it’s their choice, at least they are reading something. Unlike those evil book haters! The ones who give nothing a shot.

So what about you? Do you think that everyone should have a favourite genre? Or can they be like me and just read anything and like it all equally?

Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie MaGuire

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INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

My Thoughts:  So this is what “New Adult” fiction is? I think it and I are going to get along very well. I absolutely loved Beautiful Disaster. I’m not really sure why I waited so long to read it, but I should have read it sooner. I read about 30 pages when I first bought it while waiting for my husband to do something, I don’t remember what, but I was in the car and was hooked right away. I had to put it down at the time thought because I was behind on review books. Well I just picked it back up and read almost the remaining 400 pages in a day. I just couldn’t put it down! It was so good!

The protagonist is Abby Abernathy. She’s hoping to start over in college and get away from her past. You know how it is though, your past always catches up with you and falling for the school player isn’t the best way to make good changes for her. Travis is everything that is bad for her, but he is oh so right for her. I loved him. Seriously. He’s not even my type normally but.. I’m pretty sure I’d give him a chance. Abby is hesitant and they become really good friends. She is not going to be another notch on his belt. I liked that she didn’t get all gushy for him right away. She wasn’t a perfect heroine, she had her flaws, but that’s what made her easier to connect with. She was human.

Alright. Talk about some steamy scenes. There are a few times when things get hot and heavy, not too descriptive that it would make you blush, but just right. I might be a bit jealous of Abby. Maybe.

The entire story was just amazing. It’s not like a girl meets boy, they fall in love kind of love story. No, anything but. There were tears shed, face hurting smiles had. Sometimes I was just so happy for the characters. The character building was wonderful, the setting was easy to imagine. Jamie McGuire write an amazing story the pulls you in and makes you want more. I might have immediately ordered Walking Disaster right after I finished this one. I need to read it from Travis’ PoV.

Overall, amazing book. Probably one of my favourites of the year. I will be recommending it many times I’m sure. I will have to check out more from this “New Adult” genre and see where it takes me.

Top Ten Tuesday

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The Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy But Are Still On My Shelf

This is actually something I’m terrible for!! I buy books all the time but never get around to reading them! My husband almost never lets me buy books anymore 😦

  1. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead – I love VA, but still haven’t cracked this one open
  2. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – I loved the first book!
  3. Firelight by Sophie Jordan – Dragons?!
  4. Graceling by Kristin Cashore – I’ve heard this one is really good!
  5. Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer – This one was pretty, so I bought it..lol
  6. Delirium by Lauren Oliver – I heard this was good too
  7. Across the Universe by Beth Revis – This has been sitting there for over a year unread now.
  8. A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire – I love the Wicked series, so bought this as soon as it was out in MTP, to match the rest of my books
  9. The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay – I was recommended this one by my birth club, still haven’t gotten to it
  10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – This one looks really good!

There are so many more sitting on my shelf unread, over 100. I have a bad addiction to buying books 😦

Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge (3)

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Tara @ 25 Hour Books shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else they found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books they plan on reading in the coming week.

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On the Blog This Week:

My World This Week:

I had a pretty good week this week. Other than being home most of the week, I actually went out with a friend (Yes, as anti-social as I am, I do have a couple friends!). We went to the movies and watched Jack the Giant Slayer, which was completely awesome! I’m not sure if I’ll be doing a Fiction to Film on that one of not though, as it’s just a fairy tale, but I don’t know. Would you want to see one for it? But for the most part, that’s my week.

Around the Blogging Community:

My Week in Books:

Read in 2013 (27)

Currently Reading (3)

Did you do/get anything good this week?