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?

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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

Beautiful Disaster

Jamie McGuire

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?

Audiobook Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall

 by Rachel Hawkins

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

My Thoughts: So this was my first ever audiobook. It was kind of an experiment for me. I wanted to see if I would be able to listen to a book while playing World of Warcraft because I hadn’t played in a long time and wanted to, but felt guilty when playing because I wasn’t reading. Yeah, I’m weird like that. Well, I can confirm that I can indeed listen to books and pay attention while playing games. Which is good for me because I now have an audible account so I can get a book each month to listen to!

I really enjoyed listening to Hex Hall. It’s one of those books that I’ve been meaning to read but just never got around to it, well finally I was able to. I’m a big fan of young adult novels. I know, shame on me for reading about teenagers while being an adult but hey, I’m reading and loving it, so why not. Besides, I don’t have tons of time to spend reading the somewhat lengthy adult novels all the time. They take me longer, especially now that I’m a mom and my reading time is almost non-existent some days. So it’s even better having someone else read to me.

So Hex Hall is about Sophie, a girl who’s a witch and just can’t stop using her powers and getting into trouble. So she and her mom move around a lot. Well eventually, enough is enough and she is sent to Hecate Hall, which is a reform school for Prodigium (supernaturals). So she gets there and learns that she is apparently a dark witch and the other dark witches want her to join their coven but she decides she doesn’t like them and says no (Go Sophie!). There is of course a boy who she can’t stand and is therefore crushing on him because he’s the hottest guy on campus, Archer Cross. But Archer is not all he seems and I’m not sure if I like him any more or not. I feel like there might be a chance for redemption for him, I’ll have to remain undecided for now though.

I really like Sophie’s character because she’s not afraid to doom herself by befriending the underdog. She couldn’t care less about popularity. She ends up being room mates with the most hated girl on campus, who is also the only vampire, but thinks she’s cool. Although she could do with a little less pink sometimes. She really tries to hate Archer, but can’t help but fall for his charm. She isn’t very good at doing magic yet, although she is trying to learn and has special lessons from a ghost that only she can see. She is a flawed character and has many revelations throughout the book that she manages to handle alright, after initial freak outs.  Nonetheless a character that I enjoyed.

I thought that the narrator, Cris Dukehart did a lovely job. I was never bored and tuning out while listening to her. She gave the characters life and really made the book enjoyable. I think this is a good thing for an audiobook, although I am an audiobook noob so I don’t really have much to compare it to.

Overall this is a great listen. The story is great and the writing is great. I’m looking forward to continuing on with this series!

Fiction to Film: Beautiful Creatures

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Alright, I’m super fail with this one. Why? I didn’t finish the book before watching the movie *sadface*. I didn’t realise that the book was so long and that I wasn’t going to get much of a chance to read it, so I had to go into the movie not knowing what would happen. I’m ashamed at myself BUT I still finished the book and really liked both the movie and the book!

There are quite a few differences between the book and movie. The biggest one that bothered me was there was NO Boo Radley! Poor Boo got left out. I love him so! Another difference is the ending was changed around quite a bit. It was more dramatic than the ending of the book, but I guess that was to add more excitement while watching. It’s okay though because then I was reading what I’d already watched. I was a bit disappointed that Amma wasn’t their housekeeper and that Marion wasn’t there because of it though, but it still worked out.

I think they picked great actors and actresses to play the characters in this movie. Jeremy Irons was wonderful, as usual. I like that they picked relatively unknowns to play Lena and Ethan, it’s always good to discover new people! Emmy Rossum was a great Ridley. But I have no complaints about any of the casting.

Overall, this was a pretty good film adaptation, in my opinion. I never felt lost, like I wasn’t in the loop with something. All of the important details are there, except for poor Boo and Marion. I will be reading on in the series and hope there will be more movies for it!

Did you see this one? What did you think?

A Glo-Worms Thoughts: Book Format, Does It Really Matter?

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I know a lot of people who feel very strongly on the type of format that they read a book in. One of my friends is all about physical copies and has actually made me feel like I’m doing something wrong for reading on my Kobo. That my choice of using it makes me less of a reader. Is this right? Should I feel this way because I occasionally use an ereader?

What about the tons of books that I read as physical copies? What about those ones? I buy too many books. I like looking at them, it’s an addiction. Every so often I will open up my closet (the only safe place for my books from my very inquisitive toddler) and look at them. I touch them and pick them up, flipping through the pages.

On the other hand, I have a few friends who prefer ereading, for the convenience. It’s much easier to carry around an ereader. I completely agree with this and frequently take mine if we are travelling any distance. Once I forgot to take it when we went to visit family and it was the one time we got stuck there for the night because of an accident that made us have to turn around. What a terrible time that was. Luckily, I was able to borrow a book from my mother in law, but it wasn’t the same since I was using a crappy booklight that kept flickering and going out (reading in the room where my toddler was sleeping).

So I bought myself a Kobo Glo for Christmas and always take it with me now, just in case. Even if at the time I’m reading a physical book. You never know, I might finish my book and then where would I be?

Another benefit as a reviewer to having the Kobo is that I can read the egalleys. I feel it’s a win win for the publisher and I. They don’t have to pay for shipping and I get the book right away. I do love physical books as well though, I don’t forget about them as easily!

Then what about audiobooks? I know people who don’t consider these reading. I do. I mean, I’m still investing time to listen to the story, I can just get other things done at the same time. I’m a fairly new to the audiobook fanbase, but I’ll be staying for awhile. The last couple of nights I’ve been sitting at the table listening to a book while working at some puzzles, something I haven’t done in FOREVER because if I’m not reading I feel like I’m wasting time that I could be reading. There are too many books and I’ll never have enough time to get through them all! So this is my solution.

Back to the point, does it matter what you read a book in? Hardback, paperback, ebook, audiobook. I like them all. I don’t  think that it makes the slightest difference how I read. Isn’t the main point that I’m reading? At the end of the day, there’s nothing better than picking up my book or Kobo and reading whatever it is I’m reading.

Occasionally, while creeping around on facebook, I will come across someone who hates reading. I get a pang of sadness every time I see it. They have no idea how much they are missing out! So I don’t think the issue is what format you are reading in, just that you ARE reading. There is nothing better than curling up with a book.

So what do you think? Does it matter? Or are you just happy to read?

Review: Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi

Yann Martel

Growing up in Pondicherry, India, Piscine Molitor Patel – known as Pi – has a rich life. Bookish by nature, young Pi acquires a broad knowledge of not only the great religious texts but of all literature, and has a great curiosity about how the world works. His family runs the local zoo, and he spends many of his days among goats, hippos, swans, and bears, developing his own theories about the nature of animals and how human nature conforms to it. Pi’s family life is quite happy, even though his brother picks on him and his parents aren’t quite sure how to accept his decision to simultaneously embrace and practise three religions – Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.

But despite the lush and nurturing variety of Pi’s world, there are broad political changes afoot in India, and when Pi is sixteen, his parents decide that the family needs to escape to a better life. Choosing to move to Canada, they close the zoo, pack their belongings, and board a Japanese cargo ship called the Tsimtsum. Travelling with them are many of their animals, bound for zoos in North America. However, they have only just begun their journey when the ship sinks, taking the dreams of the Patel family down with it. Only Pi survives, cast adrift in a lifeboat with the unlikeliest oftravelling companions: a zebra, an orang-utan, a hyena, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

Thus begins Pi Patel’s epic, 227-day voyage across the Pacific, and the powerful story of faith and survival at the heart of Life of Pi. Worn and scared, oscillating between hope and despair, Pi is witness to the playing out of the food chain, quite aware of his new position within it. When only the tiger is left of the seafaring menagerie, Pi realizes that his survival depends on his ability to assert his own will, and sets upon a grand and ordered scheme to keep from being Richard Parker’s next meal.

My Thoughts: So I heard this was a good book. Is it ever. I wasn’t completely in love with it, I didn’t have that feeling that if I wasn’t reading I was wasting precious reading time. No, but I did pick it up every chance I got. I just had to know this crazy story about someone who could survive for so long on a lifeboat with a tiger. I freaking love Richard Parker, as I’m sure many other people have. Tigers are possibly my most favourite of animals. They are just so beautiful. They command respect and Pi is just lucky he knows about them.

Life of Pi is an epic story of survival that I feel everyone should read at some point in their lives. I know I waited too long to read it and only got around to reading it now because I’m dying to watch the movie. You can expect a Fiction to Film on it in the future. The movie just looks so awesome that I needed to read the book now, rather than waiting to get to is on my list of books that I’m reading. I can see why they made  a movie about the book. The story is just amazing. There are some parts that had me cringing and others that had me laughing. Pi was clearly in shock when he calls Richard Parker to the life boat, but it’s an act that ultimately saves his life.

I still have a hard time of remembering that Pi is supposed to be a 16 year old boy. He seems so much older, which makes sense because he had to be to survive. I can only imagine the suffering that he went through during his time at sea. He lost everything and then to have to go through this trial? Insane.

This book is the only thing I’ve read by Yann Martel, but I will be considering reading more by him in the future. There are pretty heavy religious themes throughout the book, which didn’t really bother me all that much. I also  found the beginning of the book a bit slow, but I think that was because I wanted to get to the part where the ship sank. That’s really where the major part of the story starts, the part that hooked me in and kept me reading.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and will be recommending it highly to many in the future I’m sure. It shows how far someone can go to survive (some of the things Pi has to do aren’t the most pleasant). It’s truly a book you all should read. Give it a try if you haven’t already!