Month: November 2013

Favorites Friday (Cover Edition): Best Minimalist Covers

Favorites Friday (Cover Edition): Best Minimalist Covers
Posted on November 29, 2013 in Favorites Friday / 0 Comments

   Animal Farm by George Orwell As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As readers witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, they begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization and in the most charismatic leaders, the souls of the cruelest oppressors.Cover Comments: It’s a pig! Can’t get any simpler than […]

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Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Posted on November 27, 2013 in Book Review / 1 Comment

Main Points Writing Style Being a classic, and written over a hundred years ago, the writing is not the easiest to understand. But I found that, while reading, I was silently remembering how difficult Shakespeare was to decipher, and being grateful that it was not that difficult. It was sort of coded in unnecessary complexity, but with a little thought, it was possible to determine what was going on. Each sentence, taken on its own, could be translated into contemporary English. Everything except the way the pirates talked…especially Silver. Pirate talk is completely unintelligible, even […]

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Musing Mondays #3: Library Organization

Musing Mondays #3: Library Organization
Posted on November 26, 2013 in Discussion, Musing Mondays / 0 Comments

Hosted by Should Be Reading Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week… • Describe one of your reading habits.• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) […]

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Upload by Mark McClelland

Upload by Mark McClelland
Posted on November 23, 2013 in Book Review / 3 Comments

Main Points Writing Style The style is sophisticated. He uses a lot of scientific terminology, and that for me was a big issue with the book. It was the first time that I thought my age might have something to do with not understanding it, but that wasn’t it. This isn’t a book for your average Joe to pick up and understand. This is about as science fiction as you can get. It had a lot to do with understanding what was going on in the last third of the book (I’ll discuss later). But […]

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Liebster Award!!!!!

Liebster Award!!!!!
Posted on November 20, 2013 in award / 8 Comments

Hello readers! Today I was so excited to find that I have been nominated for the Liebster Award. I had seen this blog award before but did some research, and it is apparently to support new bloggers who have less than 200 followers. ‘Liebster’ means ‘nicest, dearest, or sweetest’ (etc.) in German. The award is a great way to spread the word about awesome up-and-coming bloggers! RULES FOR ACCEPTING THE AWARD: link back to the blog that nominated you answer the questions they asked on their post nominate ten other blogs for the award and […]

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Blogosphere Travels #1: Series/Team banners

Blogosphere Travels #1: Series/Team banners
Posted on November 20, 2013 in Blogosphere Travels / 2 Comments

Hey everyone, I was just browsing blogs earlier today and I found a really neat thing that some blogs have where, in the sidebar, they have little Favorite Series Banners, like this: or Team Stickers, like this: and I just thought they were SO CUTE! So of course I went and added a ton to my blog. They’re on my Favorite Series/Teams page. I originally found these on Sarah’s (I’m Loving Books) blog, but her blog isn’t around anymore. So there are a few options: Scout around other people’s blogs to find series banners that […]

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Musing Mondays #2: The endless TBR dilemma

Musing Mondays #2: The endless TBR dilemma
Posted on November 19, 2013 in Discussion, Musing Mondays / 4 Comments

Hosted by Should Be Reading Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week… • Describe one of your reading habits.• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) […]

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Feature and Follow Friday!

Feature and Follow Friday!
Posted on November 18, 2013 in Feature and Follow Friday / 4 Comments

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read.  I’m participating in this blog hop! See the rules here. Follow me however you wish! And if you do, be sure to stop by this post and say hi! Let me know you followed me and I’ll follow you! Isn’t it marvelous how that works? This week’s question: Are there any book to movie adaptations where you think the movie is better than the book? I’d have to say Lord of the Rings, because I didn’t […]

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Favorites Friday (Cover Edition): Best Red Covers

Favorites Friday (Cover Edition): Best Red Covers
Posted on November 16, 2013 in Favorites Friday / 0 Comments

   The Hanging Tree by Michael Phillip Cash Enter a world where spirits roam the earth in Michael Phillip Cash’s haunting new novella, The Hanging Tree. Set amid the eerie backdrop of Long Island, an area famously steeped in old legend, two young would-be lovers contemplate their future while visits from those who have come before them reveal the lure of fate…and the power of free will. At seventeen years old, Arielle’s relationship with her parents is slowly deteriorating. Angry and defiant, she is at a loss on how to cope with the tumultuous situation in […]

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The Snicket Glossary: First Installment

The Snicket Glossary: First Installment
Posted on November 13, 2013 in list / 0 Comments

Intro While reading the Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snicket, I happened to notice that there were a lot of patterns he used throughout every book that must have been part of his writing style. It fascinated me, and, being an obsessive list-maker, I had to make note of them. The things I noticed occurring most often were the uses of alliteration, the frequent definitions of well-known (and some not so well-known) words, and meanings of the nonsense words/phrases Sunny says. Knowing it would be common, I started noting the alliterations right away. About […]

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