26 October 2011

Rock the Casbah

I'm watching The Daily Show and Colbert Report again.  B watches them and I usually do with him.  The good, and bad, part is that the shows have so many nonfiction authors on that I end up requesting book after book.  That's how i discovered Rock the Casbah by Robin Wright, not the actress by the way.  It is all about the Arab Spring, how the events in the various countries came about.  It was really fascinating but suffered a bit from lack of photos.  I read most of it with my phone next to me, looking up the pictures of people mentioned and several of the videos she refers to.  Doing that helped me understand more i believe.  A 5 and i can recommend it! 

25 October 2011

Goblet of Fire

The first fat Potter book!  I love this one too.  The kids are less kids and more teens now with all the junk and misunderstandings that come along. 

This book is one to read with some tissues, at least that last bit, third task on.  Poor Harry goes though so much shock, pain and terror yet shows his bravery and courage and intelligence.  

a 7!

24 October 2011

Movies again

Ponyo- I've seen several of this guy's movies and i have to say Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle are better. a 5.

The Adjustment Bureau- not bad. 5.

Battle: LA: ok. 5.

Sucker Punch: sweeeeeet. 6



Insidious: really? 3

Thor: hubba hubba!  6


Paul: very very funny. 6. 

Hannah: weird.  it seemed like a book where the second chapter and second to last chapter, the ones that explain the backstory and such, were removed.  a 4.

Doctor Who series 5: so so fun.   I have a crush on Amy Pond. and maybe bow ties and fezzes are cool.  Eleven isn't as cute as Ten, but he does have his moments.  a 6.

20 October 2011

BTT for 10/20/11

Do your reading habits change when you’re on vacation? Do you read more? Do you indulge in lighter, fluffier books than you usually read? Do you save up special books so you’ll be able to spend real vacation time with them? Or do you just read the same old stuff, vacation or not? 


Vacation?  what is that?  seriously.  I love my family but my vacations consist of going to visit them, as they live so far away.  I had gotten a teensy bit spoiled at the old job too, i was up to like 4 1/2 weeks vacation a year, since i'd been there so long and sick time could be used for vacation instead.  Summer 2010 I got to go to meet most of B's family in New York which was fun but too short a trip.  This summer we went to Louisiana for about a week.  This winter for Christmas we will be headed to Vermont and i've got like 12 days off total, which will be great.  But with family visiting, other than the getting there bit, whether flying or driving, you don't usually get a lot of time to read.  You visit!

so, to the question.  It is entirely situational.  I know I took a book for the summer trip, i believe i was working on getting through a reread of George RR Martin's series before the new book came out.  This winter I will be reading books for next semester as I am going to take Resources and Services for Children which involves reading a dozen or so children's/middle grade books.  We also have a pretty long drive, TN to VT is about 1050 miles.  B and I are already discussing a couple audio books we may take; it might be time for me to listen to the BBC audio Lord of the Rings!  

I have learned that the best way to get through a plane ride is to make sure I have a fully absorbing book to read.  Last summer The Girl Who Played with Fire and a couple of mysteries made my flights, heh, fly by.  I'm not a good flyer yet so having something really engaging, whether fiction or non-fiction, is pretty important.  Sometimes that means fluffier stuff, sometimes not.  

so, honestly, on a vacation, i look at whatever i need to read then add in whatever i feel like reading until i have a proper amount of books!  I don't save up books to read on vacation and i wouldn't say my habits change much.  

19 October 2011

Azkaban

I finished a relisten to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban today. I didn't realize how much this book would make me teary.  really!  Knowing what happens in books 5, 6, and 7 makes so many points rather poignant. It is great how the hints and foreshadowing work so well in the series.  This book is one of my favorites in the series.  a 7.

16 October 2011

Locke and Key 4

OUCH.  That's one thing i can say about the trials and tribulations of the Locke children in Locke and Key, Volume 4: Keys to the Kingdom.  Poor Bode and Kinsey and Tyler.  At this point of the series, there is little one can say about it without beginning to give spoilers to previous books. 

Overall, this is a beautiful volume and the first story is really good. The characters are all growing and the story is getting deeper. really worth the read! a 6.

01 October 2011

Emma

I've tried several times to read Emma.  I just couldn't get past really not liking the main character and then i would just stop after a couple of chapters.  I finally got it read on audio. 

I really liked this book, though it took a while to get into it. The plot was solid but it has some of the most annoying characters with Harriet, Mrs. Bates and Mrs. Elton.  Long sections with any of those rather dragged.  It was probably a good choice by the reader to do Harriet's voice as this breathy confusion, Mrs. Bates as onelongsentence, and Mrs. Elton as rather snide.  However, parts with them got annoying.   I can recommend this one as it has a great ending but it isn't my favorite Jane Austen book by any means.  I am going with a 5.