Thursday, April 29, 2010

Booking Through Thursday

God* comes to you and tells you that, from this day forward, you may only read ONE type of book–one genre–period, but you get to choose what it is. Classics, Science-Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Cookbooks, History, Business … you can choose, but you only get ONE.

What genre do you pick, and why?

*Whether you believe in God or not, pretend for the purposes of this discussion that He is real.

Ah man, this kind of question is always so hard for me. There are so many books that I love -and so many that I still want to read - from most of the genres. I suppose, if I really had to choose just one genre though, it would be Romance. I'm a sucker for a happy ending. I'm also a sucker for books with strong characters (male and female) and love. The romance books I like have all of these ingredients. Plus, my favorite authors in this genre rarely disappoint me. I know if I pick up a Nora Roberts books I'm guaranteed a great journey through the book. I also like Julie Garwood and Andrea Kane for the same reasons.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Musing Monday's

Musing Monday's is hosted by Rebecca at Just One More Page. This week, Rebecca asks:
Are you a reader of war books? And if so, do you have any favourites?
I don't intentionally go on the hunt for books set in or about wartime. However, I have read a few that have stuck with me. I would even say that I enjoyed the books even though they were incredibly sad. Is there such a thing as a 'happy' wartime book?

The first wartime book I can remember reading is The Diary of Anne Frank. Recently I read The Postmistress by Sarah Blake and The Geurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. All of these books have very differnt takes on war but I found them all engagin and in their own way educational. It seems, based on these choices that I go for books about World War 2 but I also find the American Civil War a very interesting (and again, sad) era to read about.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Giving Up on a Book

I am not one to give up easily on a book. Even if I'm a little bored in certain parts of a book - I'll usually skim until it picks up for me again. However, I am pretty certain that I am about to give up on my current book The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The thing is, until tonight, I was enjoying the book. Yes, it has taken me a while to read some of it but that's mostly because I've been busy. I'm halfway through it and it took a wild turn that actually makes me really sick.

I don't want to spoil the book for anyone still wanting to read it but I just can not stomach what I read tonight. It was not entertaining or educational (the two biggest reasons I read); it was just disgusting. I feel like I'm ranting. Actually, I guess I am but I'm really annoyed. I'm bummed because I picked this for my book club and I feel badly. Plus, I'm disturbed that this book, with this atrocious content, is so popular. As I said though, I'm only halfway through the book. So, in case I'm speaking out of turn and the rest of the book is redeemable I'd like to know that. Plus, I don't mean to offend anyone.

For now though, I'm angry and disgusted and I'm putting this book aside. Whether I pick it up and finish it someday remains to be seen.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Teaser Tuesday's

Teaser Tuesday's is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read -
Open to a random page -
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! My teaser, from page 68:
"We can scare up some new clients. Wennerstrom may be a big wheel, but he dosn't own everything in Sweden, and we have our contacts."

I am enjoying The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo but it is taking me forever to read it. I have a lot going on and when I do read, of course I get interrupted. I need to get it done though because it's my IRL book club choice. Fortunately, I have a couple of weeks to finish it. I hope it doesn't take me that long though, there are other books waiting to be read. LOL

Monday, April 5, 2010

Musing Monday's

Musing Monday's is hosted by Rebecca at Just One More Page. This week, Rebecca asks:
Are you planning on participating in the upcoming readathon? Why not tell us a little about your plans: reading solo or with a partner/group? How long to do plan to read? Do you have your books chosen? If not reading, do you plan to be a cheerleader? The floor is yours.

Well, this is the first I am learning about said readathon. It takes place this Saturday, April 10, 2010. It lasts for 24 hours. This is a challenge that is right up my alley. In theory. In reality - I know that I will not be able to read for a straight 24 hours. For one thing - as sad as this - I don't know if I can stay awake the entire time. Also, I seriously doubt my husband and children would like it if all I did for half the weekend is read. And finally, I am attending a birthday celebration for one of my girlfriends on Saturday. So no, I will not be reading for 24 straight hours. However, I will read as much as possible but that's to be expected as I read as much as possible anyway.

I read that this Read-a-Thon takes place in October, too. Maybe I'll schedule the 24 hours then and read until I can't keep my eyes open anymore.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Excited for Easter

I think I may be just as excited for tomorrow as my kids. I can't wait to see their excitement throughout the entire day. Also, I can't wait to let them wear their pretty new clothes. I will definitely be snapping a lot of pictures tomorrow.

I am also looking forward to seeing a lot of our family members that we don't see all the time. And yes, I will admit, I am looking forward to the food, too. Come on, who doesn't like holiday meals? LOL

Friday, April 2, 2010

Food Revolution

I missed the first half of the episode that aired tonight. I'm sure I can find it online tomorrow, though. However, I have to say that I am still 100% on board for overhauling the atrocity that is our nations public school food. I remember the crap served in the cafeterias when I was young. Blech. I refused to eat it and can only imagine how nasty it is now. As stated in a previous post - there's no way on earth I'll let my kids eat crap food like the current stuff served in our schools. If Jamie's Food Revolution takes hold and the food is vastly improved and far healthier then I'll reconsider. For now though, my girls will be taking their lunches, thanks very much.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Grey's Anatomy: 6-19 Sympathy for the Parents

I really enjoyed tonight's episode of Grey's Anatomy. I LOVE that we finally learned concrete information about Alex's past. It's ridiculous that it took nearly six seasons to get to this point. I also loved that Meredith was given more screentime with Derek AND with her friends and colleagues on an actual case. I have been so tired of her being basically a filler character. I hope TPTB at ABC finally realize they need to make Mer the center of their show again.

Anyway, pretty decent episode. I'm actually looking forward to the next one now.