TGIF at GReads! (9)

Posted January 6, 2012 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

Thanks to G Reads! for hosting! And TGIF!

This week’s question is: Reading Resolutions: What are some of your reading goals for the new year?

Well, let me tell you!

Every year, I have a long list of New Years Resolutions. And every year, I try to keep up with them.
But this year, I am taking it one step further.
Because I have joined the 2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge!
So that will help me quite a bit to get down my TBR pile that may be, may be, overtaking the bedroom at the moment (much to my husband’s dismay).
Goals this year:
Read from my TBR pile 21-30 books I have already purchased prior to January 1, 2012.
Read Jane Eyre, Watership Down, Mansfield Park and some Sherlock Holmes- All things I’ve wanted to read but haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Re-read the Harry Potter series. Because everyone should every couple of years.
Start a book budget. I don’t have a book budget, which may contribute to my intense splurging every few weeks. I think it would help me monitor the craziness inside me to own every book on the planet.
Use the library even more! I use the library regularly, but I’d like to make it a weekly trip. So many books. For free!! Oh, the possibilities!

Oh, and to everyone who got this post via email before it was supposed to go up: 
My Last New Years Resolution is- 
Learn how to use Blogger! 
I apologize for any confusion. Sometimes, I schedule a post and then poof! it’s posted by accident! Ugh! Must be extra extra careful!
Thanks for stopping by today and TGIF!!

Posted January 6, 2012 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

TGIF at GReads! (8)

Posted December 30, 2011 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 3 Comments

Thanks to G Reads! for hosting! And TGIF!

This week’s question is:
First & Last: What was the first book you read in 2011 and the last you finished in 2011? How do you feel about these books? Would you recommend them to other readers?

The first book I read this year was

Matched by Ally Condie

yes, Yes, YES! I would recommend this book to others who enjoy reading YA.

I’m excited to see how this series continues. (I haven’t read Crossed yet.) It was a fun read with interesting characters and sudden twists!

The last book I read this year looks like it’s going to be:

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

I started it yesterday and couldn’t put it down. Review to come! :)

Happy early New Years everyone!

Posted December 30, 2011 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 3 Comments

TGIF at G Reads! (6)

Posted December 9, 2011 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

Thanks to G Reads! for hosting! And TGIF!
This week’s question is: Book to Movie: Which book turn movie do you feel did the best adaptation? What about the worst?

There are so many wonderful and awful adaptations of books to film. How to choose?!
My favorites include:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Let’s face it. All the Harry Potter films are amazing adaptations of the books. But I think my favorite might be tied between the two films based on the seventh book, or Prizoner of Azkaban.

The third film does a beautiful job of capturing the darker, more sinister tone of the book. The previous two films/books were geared more towards kids. This was the first film I thought- oh, this is for adults. And it’s my favorite book. And let’s not get me started about Gary Oldman as Sirius Black. Ah. Maze. Ing.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Perfect book and beautifully cast. I cannot imagine anyone else as the beautiful Buttercup or the dashing stable boy Wesley. I’ve re-read the book and watched the film again and again and it still holds up today.
“Hello. My name is Indigo Montoya. You killed my father….”

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Gorgeous. Emma Thompson. Kate Winslet. Alan Rickman. Need I say more? Didn’t think so.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

and I love Stardust. I even like the film more than the book. (Stop throwing things at me!) I am a huge fan of Neil Gaiman and that film is simply magical. Even the soundtrack is breathtaking.

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

Both the film and book are heart-wrenchingly real, disgustingly true ways we hurt and keep the ones we love. The story may take place decades ago, but the themes are all there today. I cried reading the book and even though I knew what was coming, I balled while watching the film. Kudos to Winslet and DiCaprio who broke my heart all over again.

Bad adaptations-
oh where to begin. Let’s start with:

Breaking Dawn Part I, by Stephanie Meyer

Oh. Dear.
I’m going on the record to say that I like Twilight. There. I said it.
I know, I know. I’m not saying it’s Shakespeare, but the first few books were lots of fun. Granted, the fourth and final book of the series I found to be a big disappointment, but Breaking Dawn part I the film was so bad…
I think I’ll just stick to watching the first one and pretending it ended there.

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Brilliant book, less than brillant adaptation. Even my boyfriends Alan Rickman and Martin Freeman couldn’t save it.


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I love Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I especially love the mini series with Mr. Darcy as Colin Firth. I mean, uh, Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. Yes, that’s it. And Jennifer Ehle is gorgeous.
So it was such a disappointment to watch this film adaptation. The music is beautiful (I did buy the soundtrack) and all the major plot points are there, but it lacks the fun, romance and depth that the book had. And I am NOT a fan of Keira Knightly, so that might also have done it in for me.

Thanks for reading and until next time!!

Posted December 9, 2011 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

TGIF at G Reads! (5)

Posted December 2, 2011 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment


Thanks to G Reads! for hosting! And TGIF!

The question this week: Writing Reviews 101: What’s your process for writing book reviews? Any tips or suggestions you would recommend to other bloggers?

I like writing my review only a few days after I’ve read the book. This gives me enough time to gather my thoughts and opinions on it. It also allows me to reflect on the book as a whole. Some books, it takes a while for them to grow on me. Others I love while I’m reading them. 

Occasionally, I will do a book review on one of my favorite books which I haven’t read in a while. I’ll go back and re-read the book or my favorite parts. 

I like to give a brief synopsis at the beginning of the review, so if the reader didn’t want to go to the Goodreads sight for the official synopsis they don’t have to. It’s important for me to give a full review without the reader having to leave my blog.

My suggestion? Short and sweet. I like my book reviews to not contain spoilers that may ruin the book, and be short enough for you to read the review in less than five minutes.

Good luck to all you bloggers out there! And thanks again for reading!

Posted December 2, 2011 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

TGIF at G Reads! (4)

Posted November 25, 2011 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 3 Comments

Thanks to GReads for hosting!

The question this week:
When You’re Not Reading: What occupies your time when your nose isn’t stuck in a book?

1. Knitting!

At the moment I’m on a role of knitting baby blankets for unsuspecting newborns! I knit more in the winter than the summer. I have a special place in my heart for wool. I love to hug/buy yarn. I do not make socks. For all you knitters out there, that says alot about me :)

This is a scarf I knitted.

2. Music!
I love to write, both music and lyrics. I play guitar, poorly, and piano, even worse. I play along and sing my own stuff and my favorite songs. I went to school to study music, and it still plays a huge role in my life today.

3. TV shows on DVD!
I am impatient in nature so when I watch a show, I want to be able to watch five hours of the show at a time in marathon form. (Eh, hem- Alias) There are some exceptions, but some of my favorite TV shows are: Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Alias, Lost, MI-5, The Office, Oh, I could go on. My newest obsession is The Vampire Diaries.
Yeah, I know.
But once you get into it, it’s damn hard to stop watching!

4. Hanging out with my bunny and hubby. This is a pic of my bunny, investigating Domo.

5. Everything else
I also enjoy napping, making ice cream and sewing. I am not good at sewing yet, but hope to improve.
Most of all, I love shopping for books! I love going to bookstores, discovering new books, reading book blogs and author interviews!

Happy Friday everyone! I’ll be at the bookstore if you need me.

Posted November 25, 2011 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 3 Comments

TGIF at GReads! (3)

Posted November 18, 2011 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 5 Comments

Thanks to G Reads! for hosting! And TGIF!

The question this week is: Giving Thanks: Which books are you most thankful for receiving from other bloggers, friends, family members, or publishers?
I am thankful to many people who encourage and support my book buying/lending habit/obsession.

Thanks to Alethea from Read Now Sleep Later who lets me borrow anything in her library.
Including some that are now among my favorites such as:

I might not have picked them up without her recommendation!

Also, I’d like to thank T from RNSL Nite Lite who is a connoisseur of paranormal romance and romance books and introduced me to:

What would I do without the Night Huntress series and the Sookie Stackhouse series?  (How To Knit a Love Song- Knit Lit at its finest!)
And thanks to my friend Nasya who introduced me to the wonderful world of romance:

Last but not least, I’m very thankful to all of the publishers who have approved me for ARCs. Thank you so much for giving me the chance to read your books and review them. 

I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing:

I know I’m a little behind but I fully plan on getting these done before the end of the year!
And thank YOU for reading!

Posted November 18, 2011 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 5 Comments

TGIF at G Reads! (2)

Posted November 11, 2011 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 4 Comments

Thanks to G Reads! for hosting! And TGIF!

The question this week is:
Love-Hate Relationship: Which characters from a book do you love to hate?

In no particular order-

Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Mrs. Danvers slinks around the DeWinter mansion like a ghost, pining away for her former mistress Rebecca. When Mr. DeWinter brings home a new, young and naive bride, Mrs. Danvers finds a new favorite hobby: torturing the new Mrs. DeWinter any way she can.  Part obsessed and part mad, Mrs. Danvers is the housekeeper from hell. Psychologically torturing the poor Mrs. DeWinter secretly.
Classic evil villain. 


Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by J.K Rowling
Can we say evil in pink? Dolores Umbridge seems to be a teacher at Hogwarts with one purpose- to slowly torture the children there. This toad like lady symbolizes the lack of understanding and political egocentric-ism that has leaked into Hogwarts, making the once safe sanctuary a menacing and unsure place.
And shows Harry to fear more than just Voldemort and Dementors – Humans can be equally evil.

Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Count Olaf’s goal is to take advantage of the three Baudelaire orphans. His elaborate plots are outrageous, sinister and scary. Luckily, they are also thwarted every time by these brilliant kids and thank goodness for that. Count Olaf is so much fun to hate. 

The Joker from the Batman comic books series 
The Joker is the perfect arch nemesis for our dear Dark Knight. His killing sprees are done mostly for entertainment value. And his madness balances Batman’s sense of duty nicely. But somewhere in there, he is the perfect anti-Batman. The Joker symbolizes everything Batman keeps in check. He is the “one step too far” over the edge, the line Batman can never cross. The Joker’s brilliance is his intellectual power, his quick mind and his understanding of Batman in a way the other villians don’t. Which makes him the most dangerous of all.

Dracula from Dracula by Bram Stoker
Not even going to mention the many reincarnations of dear Dracula. The original Dracula by Bram Stoker is a perfect love to hate character. With only one goal in mind, Dracula in his purest form is an animal driven by his need for blood. Gothic romance, animal instinct, this Dracula is evil and unforgiving. Reading the book now still creeps me out. The slow build of the story is perfect. 
Heathcliff and Catherine from Weathering Heights by Emily Bronte
They bring out the worst in each other and embody the worst parts of love. But the deep love and obsession between them can’t be ignored. Catherine and Heathcliff’s impossible relationship is both strong and equally insane. They are truly horrible, selfish, vindictive people. Yet how can you not love them together? Their unfulfilled love is laid out for all to see and their revenge tactics gather more victims than a war, openly striking each other where they think the other will hurt most. Their love is equal to their hate. And I love to hate them both.
I’ve left off tons of characters I know! 

So who do you love to hate?? :)

Posted November 11, 2011 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 4 Comments