Teaser Tuesday!

Hey Ya’ll! It is TEASER TUESDAY! That is right, it is time to grab your current read, flip it open, and give a sentence or two to “tease” the rest of us. This wonderful even is hosted by Should Be Reading.

Stolen by Lucy Christopher:

“I can’t save you like that, Ty. What you did to me wasn’t this brillant thing, like you think it was. You took me away from everything – my parents, my friends, my life. You took me to the sand and the heat, the dirt and isolation. And you expected me to love you…”

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins:

” Because that’s the thing about depression. When I feel it deeply, I don’t want to let it go. It becomes a comfort. I want to cloak myself under its heavy weight and breathe it into my lungs. I want to nurture it, grow it, cultivate it. It’s mine. I want to check out with it, drift asleep wrapped in its arms and not wake up for a long, long time.”

Have you got a teaser to share? If so, please leave a comment!

Musing Mondays – AudioBooks

Do you listen to audiobooks? Why, or why not?

I do listen to audiobooks, but only ones without annoying narrators and ones I don’t have to pay too much attentiont to. This enables me to multitask. I am an avid cross stitcher and so if I pop in an audiobook, I can get some reading done, as well as some cross stitching. However, I have to be careful with listening to audiobooks because I am prone to letting my mind wander, and when/if that happens, then I have to backtrack to try to figure out what is going on. A lot of times I like to listen to audiobooks that I have already read because if I miss some of the plot, it is okay because I know what happened. And finally, whenever I listen to an audiobook, I always like to have a copy of the book handy so that I can track where I am and see the spellings of character names, and if I come across passages that I cannot believe I just heard what I heard, I can look it up in the book and see for myself. I know that is weird, but it is how I am.

I am currently listening to Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I have already read the book (though I only read the first half of both the 3rd and 4th books so I am hoping having them on audio will help me push through them). In addition, I am listening to Outlander by Diana Gabaldon on audio. This is good because it is such a big book that I get intimidated by its size. Please I hate actually reading dialect sounds so hearing it really helps (like “canna” for “can not” and “dinna” for “do not”, etc)… It absolutely drives my brain insane!

So what about you? Do you like AudioBooks? Why or why not? Please post a comment and let me know!

Bout of Books

I was super excited when I was scrolling my Google Reader tonight and I heard about this thing call Bout of Books. I love reading challenges and book readathons because it keeps me motivated to read. If I do not set goals for myself and have challenges, reading tends to fall by the wayside for me. So I was super stoked to find out about this event. Dewey’s 24-hour readathon always makes me super passionate about reading, but soon after, Real Life gets in the way of my book life and I don’t find the time to read nearly as much as I want to.

So my hope is that Bout of Books will keep the reading up for a while long. I am a slow reader and I have to be realistic with myself… I will probably not get done a book a day (how I wish). So my goal is to read four of the following books. If I read more, I will consider it icing on the cake!

  • Twilight – Stephenie Meyer (started) finished 10/24/11
  • New Moon – Stephenie Meyer
  • Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer
  • Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner – Stephenie Meyer
  • Stolen – Lucy Christopher (started)
  • Delirium – Lauren Oliver
  • Stay – Deb Caletti
  • Bitter End – Jennifer Brown
  • Wake Unto Me – Lisa Cach
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door
  • City of Bones – Cassandra Clare
  • Incarceron – Catherine Fisher
  • Divergent – Veronica Roth
  • Wither – Lauren DeStafano

I will update the list with books crossed off once they are completed. I know I listed a lot of books, but I am going to try to stick to this list and so the longer it is, the more options I have 🙂

Are you participating in Bout of Books? If not, why not? You can read like normal and still participate. If you are, do you have a goal list to share? If so, leave a comment with a link and I will check it out! Thanks for reading and hope to see you on the other side of this challenge! Be on the look out for a couple reviews that should be posted this week!

Final Hour

End of even meme–A Readathon tradition! In your final Readathon post, answer these questions and then link to it with the Mr. Linky, below.

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Surprisingly, hours like 7-10. After that, I got a second wind. I think that I was reading on my bed and so that made me even more tired. After that, I opened an energy drink, moved to my definitely less comfortable desk chair, and settled in for the long haul.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I would say any audiobook with a good narrators voice. When your eyes get tired in the later hours, it is nice to pop in an audiobook and do something like play solitaire on the comp or tweet or blog.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? A different start time. Even just a couple hours later or something like that. Maybe set up a poll with three or four different options and have readers vote.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Pretty much everything. The cheerleaders were especially well organized. It was a lot of fun, as always!
  5. How many books did you read? Completed one, halfway through two others.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Matched by Ally Condie (completed), Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (half way), and Stolen by Lucy Christopher (third complete)
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Twilight. I only like the first book in the series, but man do I really love it. It makes my heart flutter!
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Matched by Ally Condie. To say that I hated it is to put it lightly. I probably should have quit reading it, but I just couldn’t!
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I wasn’t a cheerleader but I think they did amazing!
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Do I need oxygen to breathe? Of course I will participate again!!! This event makes my year and I always look forward to it. I will be a reader again.

This year I read for the entire 24 hours! I am quit proud of myself as I have never made it the entire 24-hours. I didn’t gat as many pages read as I wanted to, but I am a slow reader, and you cannot control how fast an audio book goes so I am satisfied. I read around 750 pages. This is an average of one page every two minutes, so including snack and potty breaks, that is about my normal average so yay me! Maybe next time I will just try to raise my average by 50 pages… 800 seems like it could be doable. Maybe I just need to read an Ellen Hopkins, hehehe. Anyway, expect some reviews to be put out this week, peeps!

 

Hour 19

Well, I decided to keep on listening/following along with Twilight. I will start Delirium once I wake up tomorrow or on Mondya. But I have already read Twilight so it doesn’t take as much brain capacity. In addition, I can listen to it on Audio which means I can do something else at the same time. I am thinking Solitaire or knitting. Something to keep me going! I am also snacking like a fiend… the constant food consumption, which unhealthy, also makes me stay awake. I wish that I had remembered to buy sunflower seeds. The only thing that makes my snacking okay right now is the fact that I haven’t really snacked up until now!

Hour 17

Well, I finished Matched by Ally Condie and I will be posting an official review sometime this week (must give myself enough time to step off the soapbox and cool down with my passionate opinions. lol

I have read this whole readathon, even though I only have about 500 pages read. I have been listening on audiobook and following along because that has been keeping me awake. I think I just got my second wind! I am now listening to Twilight on audio, though I watched some book trailers for Delirium by Lauren Oliver and I am tempted to start that. It is a very interesting concept. If you had the ability to never feel pain, would you take it, if in return, you could never feel love.

My initial reaction was HELL YES. I have had more than my share of heartbreak. From my cheating boyfriend (cheated with my best friend at the time) to being raped (why I always read for the R.A.I.N.N Foundation), I would give up a lot to have never experienced that pain… but then I would also never know love. I have never been in love, but I do know that I love my younger sisters, and to never feel that love… the need to protect them from anything and everything, is something I would never give up… not for all the lack of pain in the world. And then to never hold your own child (I am just imagining because I have never had a baby) in your arms and feel that love for them is again, something I cannot imagine.

In life, I tend to be overly practical. I could, and perhaps even would, go into an arranged marriage. I can imagine my life just fine without every being in love with my future life companion, because I am overly practical, but to never love my own child… to never love my younger siblings, that is not something that I would ever give up.

What about you? Have any of you read Delirium? If so, do you recommend it?

Re-Reading Mini-Challenge

Read all day long

Here is a list of my favorite re-reads:

  1. The Princess – Lori Wick
  2. Twilight – Stephanie Meyer (first book only)
  3. Harry Potter serries – JK Rowling
  4. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  5. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Orczy
  6. Private series – Kate Brian

There are so many good books!

Hour 14

Well, I should finish Matched in this next hour. And I am glad. Does it make me a bad person to rejoice in Cassia’s pain? Probably. But so what! Anyway, I cannot wait to start a new book. But what book do I read next? I am not sure…Probably a library book, but the books I own look so inviting. Goodness, I shouldn’t check out so many books from the library!

 

Hour 13

I am still hating Matched. I have about 100 pages left. Good grief, maybe I should just put it aside… but I always hate doing that. Goodness, I just want to scream at Cassia! I want to say “You are such a selfish Bitch!” Carrying on like this behind everyones back, especially knowing how much this would hurt everyone she loves. It drives me insane. I hate selfish people, and Cassia just reaks of selfishness. This book makes me feel like I am reading about some sick affair and it literally makes me sick in my stomache. Okay, stepping off of my soapbox.

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? Matched by Ally Condie
2. How many books have you read so far? I am halfway through two books. I haven’t finished one yet.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Anyone other than what I am reading now. lol. Maybe Lola and the Boy Next Door
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Not really. I just made meals in advance and such, but I didn’t have to cancel any plans.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I haven’t had any. I warned everyone at my house that they can consider me “Dead to the World” during this event.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How tired I am.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Can we try to start it at a different time. It always starts at the same time and for those of us who have a 5 am start time, it sucks! Not only do we have to wake up ungodly early, but if we make it through the whole event, then it ends at 5 am and because it is Sunday, some of us still have a whole day of Church and stuff to get through. It would just be nice if every once in a while it got mixed up and a different time was used, that would be nice for a change.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Make sure that I like the book before I use it for the readathon. I hate to switch books in the middle, but I really am not feeling either of the books I am reading right now.
9. Are you getting tired yet? hahaha, hours ago. I don’t think that I have stopped being tired.
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Read what you like.

Hour 12

Sorry for the lack of update but I was engrossed in Matched… and not necessarily in a good way. *SPOILER* I am pissed off about the whole why this love triangle is going down. Can I say that I am Team Xander? This whole book feels like some horrible re-write of The Giver and The Hunger Games. It annoys me how she instantly starts getting interested in Ky Markham only after his face flickered on the screen. I hate it when, after something like an engagement, a person in that relationship goes after another person. Cassia knew how much Xander loves her and the fact that she went behind his back and carried on this relationship with Ky is absolutely reprehensible to me. I cannot accept it. It pisses me off every single time that she thinks about Ky or his story and the napkins. She says that Ky helped her remember the poem and stuff, but the truth is that if she had confided in Xander, he would have helped her too. It is obvious in the fact that he risked everything to hide her artifact, even though she ended up giving him Ky’s. It isn’t his fault that he was born into a place that he didn’t learn how to write and so he couldn’t do that. Ky just seems like “pity me, pity me, my life has suck” or “I’m am so much better than the rest of you all.”

In The Hunger Games, I was Team Peeta all the way. And Ky reminds me too much of Gale… a rebel rooser. That is not a character trait that I am fond of. I am definitely a “go-with-the-flow” type of girl. Gah. The worst part of this whole this is that I know at the end of the series, it isn’t even going to be a competition… she will end up with Ky and that KILLS ME. I am not sure that I can continue this series because that just annoys me too much.

I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn’t/can’t do it!