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TGIF – July 6, 2012

It’s time for TGIF again, thanks to Ginger at GReads!

So this week’s TGIF topic is:
Comfort Reads: Which books do you go to for comfort & familiarity? Is there a type of book you seek out when you’re needing that extra bit  of comfort in your life?

Comfort reads to me mean either books that I go back to time-after-time always satisfied with a re-read, a series that I love that’s easy to read, or books that I’ve always loved and have some fond memories attached to them, a lot of them related to childhood.

Regular comfort reads:
Harry Potter & The Stephanie Plum series are two comfort reads: HP in the fact that I’ve re-read it several times and know it inside and out. Stephanie Plum in that they’re always easy to come back to, they’re light, super quick, and a lot of fun.

 

 

 

 

 

Memory comfort reads:
Books that remind me of my childhood and ones I have fond memories of – Some I’ve even re-read as an adult!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, I had to add The Monster at the End of This Book because I remember my mom reading that to us in Grover’s voice! The others are mostly just books that remind me of my childhood 🙂 Oldies, but goodies.

30 Days of Books: Day 16 & 17

Okay, bloggers. I was just going to do three days in one tomorrow, but let’s face it… I can’t NOT blog all weekend! So I’m smacking days 16 and 17 together tonight and more goodies to follow tomorrow.

30 Days of Books: Day #16

Your “comfort” book.

I guess I’d consider a comfort book a book that I can go back to and read over and over again, still getting all those warm fuzzies and getting a nice feeling of contentment during and after reading. So in that case, the only things I can come up with are the usual suspects: Good old Harry Potter and Stephanie Plum.

I’d actually say HP even more so because I’ve actually lost track of how many times I read the series and now that there are movies, it’s even easier to enjoy. In fact, for part of Father’s Day today, we watched HP & the Chamber of Secrets from the HP box set that we bought my dad for this past Christmas. How much more comforting can you get!?

30 Days of Books: Day #17

The most hilarious book you’ve read.

Oooh that’s a tricky one. Of course we’ve got good old stand-by Stephanie Plum for this one too, but I’ll throw two more out there that I literally laughed out loud for:

1. The Spellman Series by Lisa Lutz: First book being The Spellman Files – A family business of private investigators that can’t even quit the habit long enough to stop spying on each other. Throw in a sarcastic and former-delinquent (well, mostly former) narrator and an usual style of writing and I was laughing the whole way.

2. The Princess Bride by William Goldman – This really was every bit as good as the movie, and maybe even better. When I finished my review for this book not too long ago, I mentioned how I was so glad that Goldman is actually credited for the screen play on IMDb.com, so I can only assume that meant he actually wrote it. There were direct lines from the book into the movie which are actually some of my favorite quotes so I was glad they were so similar! I loved all the humor from both.


30 Days of Books: Day 14

Okay, so the problem I’m noticing after being about halfway in is that there are too many quesitons about favorites. Since I’m a person who has very defined favorites so I feel like too many of my answers are the same or very similar and it’s starting to get boring. As much as the next person likes Harry Potter or Stephanie Plum, I’m sure they don’t want to see 20 posts about the same books over and over again. The whole point of doing the 30 Days of Books was to get OUT of the usual comfort zones and favorites and get creative with this. I might have to start mixing these topics up a bit in my own way…

30 Days of Books: Day #14

Favorite book from your favorite author…

I’m throwing in a few of my favorites from a few of my favorites….

  • From JK Rowling: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (HP #6)
  • From JD Robb: Vengeance in Death (In Death #6)
  • From Lauren Oliver: Delirium (Delirium #1)
  • From Stephenie Meyer: Breaking Dawn (Twilight #4)
  • From Lisa Lutz: Curse of the Spellmans (Spellmans #2)
  • From Janet Evanovich: Seven Up (Stephanie Plum #7)
  • From Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1)
  • From Meg Cabot: Size 12 is Not Fat (Heather Wells #1)

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30 Days of Books: Day 13

Woot it’s Wednesday! Halfway through the week already 🙂

30 Days of Books: Day #13

A book that you’ve read countless times…

This should come as no surprise…

Harry Potter! Whaaat?

But specifically #4 (HP & the Goblet of Fire), #5 (Order of the Phoenix), and # 6 (Half Blood Prince) since those are my favorites. Before I started adventuring into other books, I constantly reread Harry Potter whenever I needed something to read. And I’ve read the last book a few times too since there is SO much info that I keep forgetting it all!

And although I don’t talk about it a lot, I’ve actually read the Twilight series a few times. I actually currently have bookmarks in 2, maybe 3 of the books since I started them before the movies came out and never went back to finish. Oops. But they’ve been read more times than once.

I usually swap or sell my books as soon as I’m done reading them, but these two are probably 2 out of 5 series that I’ve actually kept on my shelves so I can keep for rereads later 🙂

30 Days of Books: Day 4

Continuing on with the “30 Days of Books” challenge (thanks to Vyki @ On The Shelf, which she got from For Those Who Live to Read) – Each day there is a different book-related topic or question to post about (ie. best/worst/favorite-type deals), the list of which I’m linking back to On The Shelf. Onto day number four!

30 Days of Books: Day #4

Your favorite book or series ever…

Okay, this is no surprise! Favorite series ever has to be Harry Potter. I liked (okay, LOVED) every book, start to finish, cover to cover. Some I even read within a single day (I planned it that way! Cleared my schedule (okay I was a teenager when the last couple books came out so not like I had a schedule)) because I could not put them down! They’re the one series I’ve re-read… More than once. I went to the midnight showings of (some of) the movies. Everything about the series, I loved. The characters, the plots, the suspense, solving the mysteries, finding clues, and of course, the magic. Okay, I could gush about HP forever. Time to end it  – You already know how I feel!

Freaky Friday #2: June 1, 2012

Welcome back to Freaky Friday!! Last week I switched myself with the Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen. Since that was kind of a heavy topic, I figured I’d go a little bit lighter this week with one of my favorite characters from one of my favorites series…

In this week’s Freaky Friday, I will be switching places with HERMIONE GRANGER from THE HARRY POTTER SERIES

In Case You Forgot… Hermione Granger, best friend of Harry Potter (the boy who lived!) – Intelligent, kind, sometimes smarty pants, brave, always has a plan. Harry saved her from a troll and the rest was history. Come on, we all know Harry Potter. Do I really have to tell you the whole story?

So I Wake Up In… Hogwarts! One can only hope, since that’s where most of the story takes place. Ahhh, a dream to be in Hogwarts! So now I get a feel of what it feels like to have magic in my blood. Poor girl, I’d probably mess up her reputation since I’ve never done magic before. But if I still had her skills, this is where we’re similar – I’d totally be proud of being bright and studious and a little bit of a smartass – “It’s le-vi-o-sa. Not le-vi-o-SA!” Take that, you slackers! Hey, hanging out in the library? Sounds like my kind of deal. And bummin’ around Hogwarts with Harry and Ron sounds like a stellar plan. Mischief managed!

Wingardium Leviosa!

Family Life… Well, the only similarities that our families have in common is that my parents are Muggles too. They’re not dentists. They’re not British. And I’m not an only child. But seeing as Hermione doesn’t see much of her family throughout the series, doesn’t seem like a huge deal! To Hermione, her family is her friends, and I’m with her on that one.

So Then it Gets Complicated… First off, I’d be fumbling with magic this whole time. Most likely lighting people’s eyebrows on fire, levitating things and bouncing them off walls, blowing things up, and never mind transfiguration or apparating! That would end in disaster for sure. I’d be a pod-Hermione and people would definitely wonder where the real one went! I think I’d be able to take on her demeanor well, but definitely not the skills (although I’d be very willing to learn and practice!!!) – But I think a wand in my hand would definitely start out dangerous. So then there’s the fact of Voldemort (Oh yeah, the whole reason the series is taking place). I simply would not have the bravery to deal with that! Granted, I stand behind my friends and I’d be behind Harry and Ron 100%… But I’d have to stand behind them, literally – Shield me, you real wizards! Slow and poor magic does not a good witch make. Put me in Ravenclaw because I do not have the Gryffindor bravery necessary to fight these battles!

Just a Crush… Oh, Ron Weasley… I love the Ron-Hermione relationship that spans throughout the series. First they hate each other, then they’re friends, and I love the uncomfortable yet completely logical progression from friends to more than that. They go through a lot together and I’d definitely love hanging out with Ron – His humor is bottomless and actually Ron is my favorite character out of the whole series. I love the banter back and forth that he and Hermione have and their relationship although laborious to begin with develops effortlessly.

Hermione: “He seems like a very good teacher. But I wish I could have had a turn with the boggart –“

Ron: “What would it have been for you? A piece of homework that only got nine out of ten?”

I probably would have handled the Krum/Ron situation the same way as well as the Ron/Lavender situation. Even though Hermione’s got brains beyond belief, she’s still a girl and don’t we all get emotional when it comes to boys!

Welcome to My Life… Hmm, Muggle life is pretty boring! But at least Hermione has plenty of knowledge in Muggle Studies so she’d be able to manage without her magic. She’s extremely bright so she’d be able to figure out how things work and she does go back to the Muggle world when she’s with her parents since they’re of the non-magic persuasion. Then there’s the fact that she’s well-versed in Polyjuice Potion and magic is a normal in her world, so if she happened to Freaky Friday switch with me, I think she’d be able to handle it quite well! Much better than I would… She’s used to adapting to situations where she has to put herself in someone else’s shoes, having to hide undercover when the hunt is on for Harry and she’d probably be the one figure out how to switch us back!

Top Ten Tuesday – May 29, 2012: Top Ten Books Written in the Past 10 Years That I Hope Are Still Being Read in 30 Years

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish, is “Top Ten Books Written in the past 10 Years That I Hope Are Still Being Read in 30 Years”. This should be an easy one! So many good books that I’ve read in the past ten years. Hard to believe how long ago that actually extends! I was 15! So here we go, in chronological order from oldest to most recent… My favorite books from 2002-2012.

10.  To The Nines (Stephanie Plum #9) by Janet Evanovich (2003) – Had to get my favorite series on here, and this was one of my favorite Stephanie Plum installments. Janet always keeps me laughing!

9. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Milennium #1) by Steig Larsson (2005) – I didn’t even finish the movie. The book was excellent and to be honest, the movie was just boring and lacked the suspense I was captured in by the book. Sometimes the book is just plain better than a movie, and I think this was one of them. The book just had me turning page after page and I didn’t want to put it down!

8. Size 12 is Not Fat (Heather Wells #1) by Meg Cabot (2005) – The Heather Wells series made me a Meg Cabot fan. Former pop-singer turned college dorm worker with an unofficial detective act on the side. Add in a splash of lusty crush and a whole lot of comedy!

Harry Potter 6 book cover

7. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling (2005) – Even after all this time, I am forever a Harry Potter fan! The Half Blood Prince was my favorite book of the series, and I’m sure everyone will still be reading this in 30 years. I think this is a series that will be timeless.

6. Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen (2006) – I actually read this book in anticipation of the movie. I always like to read the book before a movie comes out… And then I never saw the movie. Oops. Even still, the book really got a hold on me and it was a great story. Since it was already set in the past, it shouldn’t really show age or get dated as the years roll by.

5. The Spellman Files (The Spellmans #1) by Lisa Lutz (2007) – This is another one of my favorite series because it’s just so wacky. I love Isabel as the rebellious daughter throughout the series, even when she’s in her 30s. Her family of private investigators leaves nothing private as far as family goes, even to the extent of constantly spying on each other. It’s even written in a quirky way with part narrative as well as making lists, keeping logs, recorded transcripts, and footnotes directed straight at the reader.

4. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins (2008) – I’m still in love with this book. I think I finished it in a day the first time I read it and this is what really got me into the YA dystopia genre. Idid see the movie for this book and it was extremely exciting… But the book is still way better. The descriptions and Katniss’s inner monologue make things that much more exciting and suspenseful.

3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (2009) – Another book I read before the movie came out and I have to say, both were great! Of course the movie isn’t exactly the same, but the message and the characters really come out in both and I loved it!

2. If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman (2009) –  I just recently finished this book (review here) and I looooved it. It was so touching, so mature, and so real. It was such a well put together account of Mia’s life as well as life that continued after the family’s car accident and it was really moving.

1. Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver (2011) – This quickly became another one of my favorite series. A great YA & dystopia story and reading the second installment, Pandemonium, made me that much more anxious for the third book!