1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
Monday, April 27, 2009
The question asked every Monday at http://j-kaye-book-blog.blogspot.com/
This past week I finished books 2 and 3 of the Mortal Instruments trilogy by Cassandra Clare. I'm still reading Soldier in the Mist by Gene Wolf, because I keep putting it down and accidentally starting other books. Also still reading The Matriarch, by Witi Ihimaera, at work, but that's going pretty slowly as well.
Yesterday I accidentally started Smoke & Mirrors by Neil Gaiman; so I'll probably finish that next, if I don't buckle down with Soldier in the Mist.
I'm also trying to break this weird hoodoo, where I don't read my favourite authors. I love Charles de Lint, for example, but don't remember when I last read one of his books. I remember what it was _ Spirits in the Wires _ but I don't remember when. And he's not the only one.
Happy reading week everyone. :)
Saturday, April 25, 2009
For me, this is the most action-packed one. The parents of Isabella and Alec _ and Max _ a nine-year-old that Clare keeps forgetting is there _ even to the point of leaving him completely home alone at one stage in the book _ come into the action, but only periphally. However. The Inquisitor shows up who, for me, bore a striking resemblance to Dolores Whatsername from Order of the Phoenix. She's bonkers. But, as it turns out, Tormented. This is the book that has much in the way of Revelation, and Sweeping Tragedy. Seriously _ a lot goes down, and in a lot of ways I liked it better than the first book Fewer similes, for one thing. And the aforementioned action.
Um. I don't have one. I love animals (obviously, as we have 10 cats) but I find animal-centred stories a little hard to read, or watch. Especially if I think the outcome is going to be bad. I even get upset when I see horses hurt/killed in movies or TV shows.
Uhm … Watership Down, I guess.
The only ones I can think of are the Ratha books, that Nymeth at http://www.thingsmeanalot.com/reviewed.
Only if you count The Wind in the Willows.
Three of our cats are named after book characters. Fagin is fairly obvious, even though I don't get on with Charles Dickens. Our Fagin was a stray, who came to my ex and me when he started stealing our then-dog's food. Scout is named after Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, and Merlin after … well, pick your Arthurian tradition. :) Mostly it's Merlin for the very prominent “M” on his forehead.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I need distractions as my boys _ large and small _ left today for five days in the North Island. It's where Jeremy is from, and his parents still live there. Apart from his mum and one of his sisters, they've never met Patrick. He'll be meeting his grandad for the first time. So it's a good thing, but man the house is quiet!!!!!!
4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
5. What book have you read the most times in your life?
9. If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
10. Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?
11. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
15. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read?
18. David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
24. Short story?
30. What is your desert island book?
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare; The Matriarch by Witi Ihimaera and Soldier in the Mist by Gene Wolfe.
Monday, April 20, 2009
The Reading Week
What are you reading on Monday? Is a question asked every week here: http://j-kaye-book-blog.blogspot.com/
Wow, the readathon was something else, wasn't it? Fun, I think, tinged with a little bit of sadness. For the readathon I managed to get through Under the Mountain, by Maurice Gee, and The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien.
Under the Mountain is a very short YA science fiction novel about 11-year-old twins Theo and Rachel Matheson, who find out that they are the key to defeating a terrible, alien evil that's about to awaken and destroy the world. Their ally is Mr Jones, another alien, who has been striving against the evil aliens, The Wilberforces (yes, really) for centuries. It's a bit of a Kiwi classic, and a good, short read.
There was a TV series made when I was but a little reader, and the movie is now in production.
The Hobbit, of course, needs no introduction, and is just as magical now as it was the first time I read it at about age 12.
Apart from that, I still have Soldier in the Mist by Gene Wolfe on the go. I was reading Fernleaf Cairo as well, but will most likely set it aside for now, although I do plan to finish it. So I'm thinking of picking up one of my other would-be readathon reads. Howl's Moving Castle, maybe.
The good news is, I'm on track for finishing a challenge! With Under the Mountain and The Hobbit read, I think that makes … four? Books that qualify for Once Upon a Time III, with City of Bones and The Adoration of Jenna Fox. One more, and I will have finished my first challenge.
How's everyone else's week going? Sleep well?
If you click on the pic, you'll be able to read it. Just a little silliness for Monday. :)
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
That, in the middle, is what happens when you try to read with toddler in the same room. Yes, that's my copy of The Hobbit he's got. On the left is me and Patrick. Yes, I do have seven chins and dinner-lady arms.
I'm still picking away at The Hobbit, I'm in the last 2 or 3 chapters. I may get either Howl's Moving Castle or A Guide to the Birds of East Africa started, but if I get The Hobbit finished, I'll be fairly pleased with my progress.
As always, onward!!!!!!!
My husband helped with the engineering part _ ie: he built the "mountain."
Probably not a lot more reading unti later tonight when Patrick is in bed. So I will do some Twittering, and some cheerleading. :)
Hour 13's mini-challenge is a mid-event survey.
Here we go:
1. What are you reading right now?
2. How many books have you read so far?
One and a bit
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Uhm ... Howl's Moving Castle
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
No; just working around family :)
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Just the usual - family, food, sleeping ... just carry on :)
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
How much fun it's been, being a reader :)
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Nope. You guys are Made of Awesome.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
I'd start earlier, given that my start time is midnight.
9. Are you getting tired yet?
A little bit
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Just keep on going. :)
Edited to add: right. Need to charge the laptop, and get back to some reading. Goooooooo everyone! :)
I'm up, I'm up! I piked about 3.30am, as I expected, got a little bit of (crappy) sleep and now I'm doing this quickly before I go and hunt some toast and tuck up with The Hobbit this morning.
I managed almost-a-chapter before I went crosseyed.
Thanks for the lovely comments everyone. :)
All of our cats are moggies: we have three black and whites (Marx, Scouty - yesterday's cat - and Piper - above); two grey tabbies (Merlin - above, and my avatar - and Casper); one ginger tabby (Sam); two dilute calicoes (Misty and Chloe); one black longhaired (JD) and one white longhaired (Fagin).
Right. Spot of cheerleading, spot of breakfast, and reading.
Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, Any advice for people doing this for the first time?
I'm jumping the gun and starting a couple of hours early; so I'm not picking up my first book and starting to read at midnight. My plan, then, is to go and be a cheerleader for a bit, then maybe do some more reading before getting some sleep. Reading/cheering in the morning and then playing it by ear from there because of Patrick. Hopefully I'll manage about 12 hours or so of reading, and another solid 2 or 3 of cheering. We'll see.
I'm starting with my shortest book, Under the Mountain by Maurice Gee, which is less than 200 pages. It's a YA novel by one of our best authors, about twins with mysterious powers. I read it years ago, but haven't picked it up for a long time. Then it's The Hobbit, which I also haven't read for a very long time, and three novels I've never read.
My main goal, for now, is to ge through the first two and see how I go from there. Will also be doing sporadic blog/twitter updates.
Let the games begin!!!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Did you know that Twitter is completely addictive? No, really, it is. I scorned it at first, and I'm still trying to avoid micro-posts like “I'm watching TV right now”, but otherwise … I'm fully hooked on the damn thing.
Um. That's not why we're here. We're here for the weekly What Are You Reading on Mondays? Event hosted here: http://j-kaye-book-blog.blogspot.com/
What am I reading? Well, Monday, and invisible internets people, that's a bloody good question.
Not a lot, but I am reading, which I consider to be progress. So on the go, I have The Matriarch by Witi Ihimaera, which I'm reading on my breaks at work, when not distracted by evil gossipy magazines, and Soldier in the Mist, Book 1 of the omnibus Latro in the Mist by Gene Wolfe, which is about a Roman soldier, in 479BC, who has lost his short-term memory. Every night, he forgets what has happened, so he writes everything down.
I'm not very far into it, but I suspect greatness is going to ensue.
The Matriarch is considered a classic of New Zealand literature and hey! I just thought of something! I bailed on my April classic, which was supposed to be The Jungle Book. I can totally count The Matriarch though.
I mean, um, the only book I read last week was City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare.
Laptops and lullabies. :)
Sunday, April 12, 2009
It's not that City of Bones is bad, it's just that I suspect that Mr Wolfe is Made of Awesome.
Spoilers may follow, if you haven't read the book … You Have Been Warned
Or I'm too old for this kind of thing, one or the other.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
1): Currently, yes, I am reading more than one book. Quite by accident. I tripped. I'm reading The Matriarch by Witi Ihimaera, in my break at work, Latro in the Mist by Gene Wolfe and tonight I started City of Bones, the first novel of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.'
2): Oops. Um. Three.
3): Yeah, this is pretty normal for me. I have a short attention span.
4): Depends where I'm reading. Near the couch, if I'm on the couch, or on the bed if I'm reading in bed.
Happy BTT :)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Short, because the books are backing up a little. How, may you ask, can you have read three books in the past week, yet claim to have lost your mojo?
I have no idea. But that's the way it works.
Let's get started, shall we?
First: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E Pearson
Jenna wakes from a coma with no memory of her life before. Something, however, is not right. She's recovering incredibly fast, and her grandmother seems to hate her. The family lives in an isolated area, and it's not long before Jenna suspects that it's because of her.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a short novel, but it certainly packs a wallop. The central theme, or question of the novel is: what truly makes us human? Jenna discovers that, after much sneaking around and surgical hijinks on the part of her parents (the novel is set in a slightly scary future and Jenna's father develops an even more scary bio-gel) there's only 10 percent of her original brain left. Which leaves Jenna with a deeply fundamental question: Who am I?
It's a very thoughtful, and thought-provoking read, although I thought it ended slightly on a down note.
Next: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The first adventure featuring Hercule Poirot, and where we meet his sometimes-Watson, Captain Hastings. Poirot is a Belgian refugee in an English village, while Hastings is staying at the manor house. Where, of course, there are Currents. This being an early novel, it's very easy to see where Christie's themes _ secrets, seemingly impossible mysteries and yes, even some social commentary _ started. As she goes on, she hits her stride more and more, but it's always fun to go back to the early days.
Lastly: Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
Iactually finished this in a couple of days; it was a pretty quick read. And, I have to say, I enjoyed it more than Kinsella's Shopaholic series. Lexi Smart wakes up in hospital, with no memory of the past three years. She thinks she's a loser, with a loser boyfriend (whose nickname is actually Loser Dave) and a crappy job.
However, when Lexi wakes up, she finds out that she's a driven career woman with a movie-star handsome husband and now she's the boss.
It's fairly light-hearted, and a pretty fast read.
Kittens and rainbows. :)
Monday, April 6, 2009
It's that time of the week again, where http://j-kaye-book-blog.blogspot.com/ asks bloggers what are you reading?
Here's the stark truth. Right now: nothing. I finished a book (Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella, which I actually enjoyed more than the Shopaholic series) and I'm still only reading one book at a time, so I have ... nothing. I also read The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary E Pearson and The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.
But nothing on the go, unless you count The Ladies of Grace Adieu for Short Story Weekend.