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The Last Post January 27, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michelle @ 8:03 am

Good morning. Tonight I am going to start redirecting this page to the new domain. I just wanted to remind any remaining readers to update their feed readers and bookmarks.

Click here for the new domain.

Click here for the new feed.

 

My Review of The Adoration of Jenna Fox January 21, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michelle @ 1:24 pm

is up at my new domain: http://mybooksmylife.com.

And don’t forget to update your feed readers, bookmarks, or whatever you use to get here.

 

New Home January 19, 2010

Filed under: Chatter — Michelle @ 8:01 pm

My blog is getting a new and improved home. I know what you are all thinking. Didn’t I just move here not that long ago? Yes. And I’m asking you to follow me somewhere else again? Yes. But I promise this time it’s for good. I still wanted more control than I was getting here, so I got my own domain and am now self-hosted.

Check out my new home at:

http://www.mybooksmylife.com

And follow my new feed at:

http://mybooksmylife.com/?feed=rss2

Please update your feed readers, blog rolls, or bookmarks. I will be redirecting this page in a week or so to catch any stragglers.

Thanks for continuing to read my ramblings. I look forward to seeing you at my new domain.

Michelle

 

Teaser Tuesday

Filed under: Meme,Teaser Tuesday — Michelle @ 7:46 am
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“In the past fifty years, as factory farming spread from poultry to beef, dairy, and pork producers, the average cost of a new house increased nearly 1,500 percent; new cars climbed more than 1,400 percent; but the price of milk is up only 350 percent, and eggs and chicken meat haven’t even doubled. Taking inflation into account, animal protein costs less today than any time in history. (That is, unless one also takes into account the externalized costs – from subsidies, environmental impact, human disease, and so on – which makes the price historically high).

- Page 109 of Eating Animals by Jonathon Safran Foer -

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Teaser Tuesdays 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!
 

The Sunday Salon: St. Augustine Photos and More January 17, 2010

Filed under: Currently Reading,Meme,Sunday Salon — Michelle @ 12:58 pm
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As I mentioned before, we spent last weekend in St. Augustine.  Before getting to my week in reading, I wanted to share some photos with you. [The pictures look blurry in this post and don't on my computer and I'm not really sure why.]

Our Inn
St. Augustine Lighthouse
The Spanish Quarter

St. George Street

For more pictures, click here.

We had a great time. It was very cold. Even the visiting northerners were complaining. But we still did our sight seeing and took in a lot of wonderful history in this 400 year old city. We also went on a haunted pub tour and, on the way home, we drove down A1A and we were so distracted by the gorgeous ocean drive that we took it all the way to Daytona before cutting across the state.  St. Augustine is a cute little city and I can’t wait to go back for a warmer weekend.

The Books

I did not have as much time to read this week as I would have liked, but I did manage to finish two books: The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by LJ Smith and The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson.

I tried to start The Eye of The World by Robert Jordan but I didn’t make it very far. I’m not sure if it’s my kind of book, but I will give it another try when I’m in the right mood.

I posted one review: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray. I must say, it was a refreshing change to write a negative review.

This week, I plan on starting East of Eden by John Steinbeck and Julie and Julia by Julie Powell. I also hope to get to the second Vampire Diaries book before it’s due back to the library.

 

Review: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray January 13, 2010

Filed under: Book Review,Young Adult — Michelle @ 6:34 am
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Title: The Sweet Far Thing
Author: Libba Bray
Genre: Young Adult
ISBN: 0440237777
Pages: 819
Year: 2008
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Source: My collection
Rating: 2/5

Plot summary (from The Book Depository):

It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father a laudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild. Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely new alliances. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds. The Order–the mysterious group her mother was once part of–is grappling for control of the realms, as is the Rakshana. Spence’s burned East Wing is being rebuilt, but why now? Gemma and her friends see Pippa, but she is not the same. And their friendship faces its gravest trial as Gemma must decide once and for all what role she is meant for.

Plot summary (from me):

600 pages of pointlessness. 200 pages to wrap up the story. Oh, and there is some kissing. And some magic. But that’s all that sticks with me.

Other Books I’ve Read By Author: A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels (the first two books in the series).

Why I Picked Up This Book: I started it ages ago for Seriespalooza, but basically I just needed to finish the trilogy.

My thoughts:

I’ve been pretty vocal about my dislike of this book while reading it.  I have no idea why this book was 820 pages long. I’m pretty sure I could have skipped the first 600 pages and been fine. I thought the first two books picked up toward the end, and so did this one, but there was just too much before any real action happened.  I was annoyed with the characters – I disliked Ann and her whining, Felicity and her selfishness. And Gemma and her “oh what should I do, what should I do” complaints all the time.

My biggest problem with the book was that I don’t think their world was explained well enough so I didn’t care about it or what happened to it.  Because Gemma is the story teller and she doesn’t know anything, I didn’t either. Perhaps I just don’t remember the first two books well enough, but I felt like it was all just made up as we went. I want my fictional worlds to be carefully crafted and make sense.

I also was annoyed by all the selfishness that happened in the book. I know they’re only teenagers and maybe I’ve just watched too many episodes of Charmed, but I’m a believer in the idea that the people who hold magic should not use it for personal gain. I was annoyed by all the scheming.

The only thing that kept me going (besides the need to finish the trilogy) was the Gemma-Kartik storyline. I did want to know what happened with them.

Memorable Passages:

“Peace is not happenstance. It is a living fire that must be fed constantly. It must be tended to with vigilance, else it dies out.” p. 301

Will I Read This Author Again?: Possibly, but I won’t go out of my way.



 

The Sunday Salon: Quick Update January 10, 2010

Filed under: Currently Reading,Meme,Sunday Salon — Michelle @ 9:39 pm

Only two weeks in and I almost forgot to do a Sunday Salon post. So this one is going to be just a quick update.

As I mentioned in my last post, Ben and I went to St. Augustine this weekend. We had a wonderful time (despite the arctic air that invaded the state) and I hope to share some pictures with you all soon.

I finished my first two books of the year this week:

  • Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (review)
  • The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (review to come)

Books I’m reading/hoping to start this week:

  • Eating Animals by Jonathan Safron Foer
  • The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Smith
  • The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck

I apologize.  I’m feeling much to tired/under the weather to insert pictures/links into this post. I promise I will be back in full force next Sunday.

 

 
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