Friday, September 30, 2011

Book Blogger Hop 9/30/11

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer (Crazy For Books). The Hop lasts Friday-Monday every week. So sign up and join the hop.

Book Blogger Hop
This Week's Question:

In honor of Banned Books Week, what is your favorite “banned or

frequently challenged book”?

Click here for 2010-11 list in PDF format. 

You can also click HERE to view past years and choose from any

of those titles!

My favorite banned or frequently challenged book of this year is Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs. And my favorite of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This is one of my all time favorite books ever, I actually went through a phase when I was in middle school where I wanted to name my first born son Jem after Jeremiah Finch. (Actually, I still really like that name and I might just have to use it for real)

To Kill a MockingbirdRunning with Scissors

Feature and Follow Friday 9/30/11

Welcome to Follow Friday hosted this week by Parajunkee and Alison!

The main idea behind FF is just to go see a bunch of new blogs you may never have seen before, and follow the ones you like (and they’ll follow you back!) It’s a total win/win. Post your link i

This week’s question is:

What book that hasn't been turned into a movie (yet) would you most like to see on the big screen, and who would you like cast as your favorite character?

This is a really tough question, because I usually don't like the movie version that much when books are turned into movies, but maybe if I would be able to choose the actors, I'd like them better.

I have a lot of books that I really love that I don't think would make a good movie because of their length, or the complicated subject matter. I think in order for a movie based on a book to be successful, the book has to be short, or there has to be multiple movies per book so nothing is lost.  Also, the books I tend to like the most have a lot of inner diologue and unless, the movie has a running narrative you lose a lot of the oftentimes important and enlightening thoughts the character has.
The Shadow of the Wind

So, I am going to choose The Shadow of the Wind  by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. My favorite character is Julián but I am not sure who I would want to play him. I will have to think on that for a while.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Booking Through Thursday 9/29/2011

This week's questions at Booking Through Thursday

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1. What do you think of reading aloud/being read to? Does it bring back memories of your childhood? Your children’s childhood?

I don't really have any strong feelings about reading aloud. I think that if I had kids and read to them I would feel differently, but at this point in my life I don't even really think about it. Sure, my parents read to me but as soon as I learned to read, I was too anxious to get through the story to wait for my mom or dad to read it (because it was a chapter a night type of thing). I found I was a faster reader and so I could devour the book at my own pace.  I don't really have any specific memories of being read to, I more remember my dad telling my younger brother and me stories that he made up. That was always more fun for me.

2. Does this affect the way you feel about audio books?

I hate audio books! I like to be able to look back at what I have read and I I like to skip ahead when a paragraph or page does not catch my attention. I also like to be able to skim if I don't have a lot of time and them be able to come back to the section later. With an audio book you can't do any of those things

3. Do you now have times when you read aloud or are read to?

When I am reading for class, I often read out loud because it helps me get a feel for the writer's writing style and in my Milton: Paradise Lost class we all have to read aloud in class because of the prose style.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Booking Through Thursday 9/22/11

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about mostly books and blogging.

This week's question:

Do you carry books with you out in the world? And do you ever try to hide the covers?

My answer:
Yes, I always have at least one book with me at all times. And lately, I have had at least 3 now that I am blogging because of reading for review or for just in case I have time to write start or work on a review while waiting in line or waiting for my professor who is always late.

I have hidden covers before-- you know, the ones with the half naked man on the cover but that is only when I am around young children. For the most part if I have a hardcover book I will take off the dust jacket so it does not get in the way or ruined in my purse or backpack-- not because I am trying to hide it. I embrace my dorky-ness.

Review: Blood's Voice

Title: Blood’s Voice 

Author: Áine Massie
Pages: 400
Review Source: the author Áine Massie
Rating: **