Sunday, May 05, 2013


How did I let a year go by with no book posts?

Oh let me count the ways!!!

First there's Ranger Gilan of Northview....
Tiny Puppy Gilly= adorable

Aaaaww still adorable
Alas he's turned into... well just exactly the kind of dog someone with my personality would have. He's spoiled and loud... And I'm fairly sure if he was human he'd be a serial killer or something... I do adore the little bugger though... He's very much larger than those pictures now!!!!

Second... Well I do work two jobs. And frequently am tired and out of sorts at night and get up as late as possible in the morning!!!

Third... Actually I shouldn't blame this but it's awesome so I'll mention it.. I'm now on the library board of trustees for my beloved local library! Oh my I'm learning so MUCH!!!!!

Fourth.... I discovered Netflix! AWESOME!!!! I used to do scheduled posts on Sunday... Now it's Doctor Who (who knew I was a late blooming Whovian?) Numb3rs (loved it when it aired David Krumholtz {Charlie Eppes} was my first celebrity crush [Bernard in the Santa Clause]) or various other shows...

And mostly just because I'm super duper lazy....

Maybe I'll get back into it who knows!!!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Brotherband 2: Invaders, John Flanagan

For which I am waiting... Impatiently...  At 7:19:57 PM on April 30th it shipped "Departure Scan"... 16 hours ago and still no tracking update.
There's also two other books in that shipment, Nora Robert's The Last Boyfriend and Charlaine Harris' Deadlocked the 12th Sookie/Southern Vampire book... I'd like to get to read one of them before I have to go to work tomorrow. I mean if they're here tomorrow I can take tomorrow night off, because I worked Sunday for an extra milking off so I could get an extra milking in case they didn't arrive in time for the day I took off from my second actual paying job, which yeah obviously they won't be.
Just one question what is the point in a pre-order if I could get the book quicker if I walked to a bookstore to buy it?

Saturday, February 04, 2012

The Big Year

Normally I don't review movies, but this one was EPIC!

It had a limited release locally in theaters, so despite the fact that my mother desperately wanted to see it we didn't. I'm not a birder so I would have gone strictly to be going to a movie not in anticipation of enjoying it as I'm not a big fan of Owen Wilson, Steve Martin or Jack Black. I've never liked a single Jack Black movie before, where Wilson and Martin are hit or miss (mostly miss).

Right from the beginning it was entertaining and it makes birding look so interesting. In reality I am not a fan of birding at all, I'm terrible at identification and I never spot them. My mother and brother however they are avid bird watchers. Every year they do the Christmas Bird Count in the neighboring county. The movie was an entertaining look at three birders, the "professional" former big year winner (Wilson), the retiree (Martin) and the goofball screw-off (Black), all in competition to be the years record holder for most bird species seen on the North American continent. The excitement of that one rare bird sighting were palpable.

It wasn't particularly goof-ball humor funny, which is perhaps why I enjoyed it since really I hate goof-ball. It had goofy moments "You bought me drinks and got what you wanted!" that scene... Hilarious, and yet at the same time that scene was important enough to still have a serious over tone. There weren't any super silly funny scenes. It focused on funny little one line zingers, which I adore.

It came out on dvd this week, so mom had me pick it up for her when the brother took me shopping this morning. They put it in to watch as soon as I got the box open and I sat down to watch it only because I like to watch movies, I was riveted to my seat through nearly all of it. The few lagging scenes that I left for were simply because I'm easily bored or frustrated with slow parts. My mom and brother (The Birders) were stuck fast through the entire thing.

I would recommend it for literally everyone. Except maybe small children it might be a little dry for them. I fully intend to watch the extended version as soon as mom gets done watching it on her computer.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Missing the younger brother

Has become a sport around here.

He's working down in New Jersey/ New York City and as such does not spend much time with us anymore. He generally is down there (we live UPSTATE) the better part of the week and spends Saturday with us and Sunday with friends... One day a week isn't enough, I'm very spoiled by having had him around basically everyday for nearly 22 years.. Even if at the start of those years my goal in life was to toss his tiny baby self down a nice set of stairs to rid myself of the irritation, which is still at times tempting as anyone with a brother will agree.

Still and all I miss him when he isn't here. And I can't wait to hear his truck coming up the driveway later tonight!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Booking Through Thursday

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1. What’s your favorite time of day to read?

At night right before bed when I'm just all happy because sleep is my favorite thing next to books and food.

2. Do you read during breakfast? (Assuming you eat breakfast.)

Yes I do. Unless I'm playing on my computer for a few minutes before work.

3. What’s your favorite breakfast food? (Noting that breakfast foods can be eaten any time of day.)

Scrambled eggs with cheese on toasted wheat bread with ketchup..

4. How many hours a day would you say you read?

On days that I read, probably around 3-4, at most.

5. Do you read more or less now than you did, say, 10 years ago?

Less I think, because I work 2 jobs and when I was 13-14 I read all day in class.

6. Do you consider yourself a speed reader?

Yes most definitely. I read faster than Mom and she's the fastest reader I've ever met.

7. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

The ability to make time stand still.

8. Do you carry a book with you everywhere you go?

Yes I do. Unless I clean out my bag and forget, or simply don't have time to run to my room and grab one.

9. What KIND of book?

Anything, but mostly Romance or Young Adult

10. How old were you when you got your first library card?

Somewhere 5 and 7 I was really really little but I still remember my number! It was right up there with my home phone number for things I had to memorize!

11. What’s the oldest book you have in your collection? (Oldest physical copy? Longest in the collection? Oldest copyright?)

Oldest physical: Pollyanna, from the 15th printing like a year after it was published

Longest: I have no idea I have so many from when I was a kid that I just don't know.

Oldest copyright: Homer's The Odyssey

12. Do you read in bed?

Yes every night unless I'm so tired crash.

13. Do you write in your books?

Sometimes. Less than I used to but at times I just HAVE to!

14. If you had one piece of advice to a new reader, what would it be?

I have three die hard rules that kind of go together:

Don't read something just because it's popular.

Don't force yourself to finish something you don't like.

Don't let anyone tell you what you can enjoy reading.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Unearthly Cynthia Hand

I let my mom read this book before I did because I was reading a few others first and really not in the mood for a young adult books that I was a tad... skeptical... about. She finished it before bed the night I got it out of the library. Then proceeded to tell me the next morning that I HAD to read it, it was just that good

So I sat down to force my way into a book I wasn't in the mood for. Took all of about 10 pages before I was hooked.

Clara is a wonderful character you can't help but like. Her younger brother is just irritating enough to be a realistic younger brother without the feeling of just stereotypical cliched book brother-itis. The same is true for all the characters. You just can't help but feel like they could have been your friends/enemies in high school.

As for the quarter angel basis for the story? It works. I've read books about teenage angels, which ranged from terrific to mediocre. (I haven't read more than 10 because it's not that popular of a entity to write about, there was a series about a half angel boy and his dog and then one about a group of girls who died and became angels that I could only ever find one of despite the fact that I desperately wanted more. I unfortunately since I now know my way around Amazon, no longer remember the titles of the books in question, I was around 15 when I read them.) This one is one of the best I've ever read.

Clara begins to have visions of a boy in a burning forest. Her mother (a half angel) tells her that this must be her purpose. So they move. From California to Wyoming. Sending her brother into the depths of teenage angst, which doesn't last long once he gets there.

Thus ensues the typical new girl issues of any YA book, done in such an enjoyable way. It's not new but it's done well enough that you enjoy it.

One of my favorite subplots was the cowboy Tucker as an "enemy". Very well done. I loved the subtle ways they got to each other..

Parts had me literally laughing out loud, which is good in a book that very easily could have come off as a little too serious.

The only thing that really could have been an issue for me was that I was sad when it ended. Not that it had a bad ending just that, well, it had to END at some point. Luckily it's got a sequel... That comes out next Tuesday.... That a certain person *me* pre-ordered.

I'm greatly looking forward to Hallowed.