Feature and Follow – 3/28/14

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  The idea of this blog hop is for bloggers to have an opportunity to make new friends and gain new followers.  I follow you and you follow me.

Question of the week:  Snap it time!  A picture is worth a thousand words.  Anything and Anything.  Just give us a pic.

2014-03-16 14.49.08A typical evening:  a book, a cup of tea, and my pup.

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Want to play along?  Here are the rules:

  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers

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Spring 2014 Bloggiesta

Bloggiesta1S141-150x150I have been seeing posts about Spring Bloggiesta for a couple days now and it has really interested me.  There are a couple of mini-challenges that I thought might be useful as a new blogger and there are more than one Twitter chats that may be something I could benefit from.  As a new blogger things like social media (aka Twitter) seem to elude me and I’m still feeling my way around some of the technical aspects of blogging and particularly book blogging.  I am hoping that joining in this challenge could be a fun way to learn and improve in skills that I might not even know I need!

So here is my to do list:

  • Improve my use of social media particularly Twitter.  (That is just an enormously confusing and chaotic sea of input for me!)
  • Write at least 1 review.
  • Do 2 mini-challenges (It’s about learning some new things!)
  • Participate in at least 2 Twitter chats (As I’ve said, Twitter is a confusing place for me.  I find it very overwhelming.   I’m hoping that by participating in these chats, I may find order in the chaos.)
  • Connect my blog to my Goodreads account and post at least 1 (maybe 2) reviews to Goodreads.
  • Meet other Book Bloggers

 

Review – Pandemonium

pandemoniumTitle:  Pandemonium (Delirium Series #2)

Author:  Lauren Oliver

Genre:  Young Adult, Dystopian

*** This review contains spoilers if you haven’t yet read Delirium  ***

 

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

 

I’m pushing aside
the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana
and my old school,
push,
push,
push,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

 

What I thought

 

Pandemonium switches back and forth between Lena’s story “THEN” and “NOW.”  “THEN” starts from where Delirium leaves off.  Lena has just escaped to the Wilds, while, sadly, Alex didn’t make it.  She is alone, scared and unprepared to live in the Wilds.  “NOW” is the new Lena.   She has survived the Wilds with the help of group of other ‘invalids’ and has become an active member of the resistance.     I listened to this book as an audio download and the switching back and forth at times could be confusing.  I have a feeling that if I had been reading the book instead of listening to it, these changes would have been easier to follow.  That said I really did liked the way Oliver used this back and forth technique to tell her story.   We were able to see a new confident Lena in her role as an operative for the resistance, while, at the same time, see the journey she took to get there.  We saw Lena grieve after losing Alex, falling into despair and then growing stronger and remaking herself into someone new, someone who could face her new reality.

I really liked the “new” Lena.  She is spunky, take charge and no nonsense, and I like that.  Her eyes have been opened to who the enemy really is and she is fully engaged in the resistance.  The new Lena doesn’t need a guy to protect her.  This new Lena can take care of business on her own and she does.

Serving as an operative for the resistance, Lena is living ‘under cover’ in New York and attending DFA (Deliria Free America) meetings and keeping an eye on the DFA Leader’s son, Julian Fineman.  Lena and Julian find themselves kidnapped and must work together to escape.  This is where the new Lena really comes into her own as the hero and takes charge of the situation for herself as well as Julian.   I like Julian, but he is no Alex.  He is broken, confused and scared after having been a kind of poster boy for the DFA for years.  He really doesn’t seem to be a match for this new Lena.

I won’t say anymore, because I don’t want to give anything away.  As always, Oliver’s writing is wonderful.  This book takes on twists and turns.  Although I will say there were some predictable bits as well that I wish weren’t as transparent as they were.  We will see where the final book in the trilogy, Requiem, ends up.

Top Ten Tuesday – My Bookish Bucket List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is “My Bookish Bucket List.”  I could only come up with nine but here they are:

9.  Have a beautiful, comfy library room to enjoy all my books.  I actually have a space for this but making the picture in my head a reality is just not in the budget now.  That and I need to evict my husband’s desk  and filing cabinets from the space.

8.  Attend book signings for my favorite authors.  I wonder why I don’t do this more.  I need to change that.

7.  Attend a book expo.  Never been to one but it just sounds like fun!

6.  Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with my kids.  We loved reading the books together and then seeing the movies.  I just hope we get to do that together before they are grown and out of the house!

5.  Grow my blog.  I’ve only been doing this a little over a month and I’ve enjoyed it.  I would love to be able to not only keep it going but to grow the blog and meet other bloggers and book lovers.

4.  Start receiving ARC’s for review.  Publishers actually send you books for free!  And all I have to do is write about them?!  Sign me up!  Another reason to grow my blog.

3.  Take some creative writing classes.  I love to write and would love to learn more and received the feedback.

2.  Win at NaNoWriMo.  I’ve tried a couple times, but there are just so many words in such a short amount of time.  And between all my other responsibilities, I can never seem to finish.  Yet I keep trying.

1.  Write and publish a novel.  I’ve started a couple over the years, but I always seem to run out of stamina or decided I hate what I’ve done and scrap it.  I’ve currently been working with one book for a while now AND I still like it.  Maybe I’ll actually finish?

 

 

Alphabet Soup Challenge

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It is almost the end of March, so I am definitely a late sign up to the Alphabet Soup Challenge, but it sounded like fun so I thought I would give it a go.  Since I am starting a bit late, I thought I would include books I had finished since I started blogging in February.  This only gave me a couple titles to kickstart my challenge.  So, what do you think?  What should I be reading?  I have a few ideas but I’d love to hear your suggestions!

 

A – Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

B – Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

C

D – Dear Killer

E

F

G – The Glass Casket – McCormick Templeman

H

I – Insurgent  – Veronica Roth

J

K

L – Lost Lake – Sarah Allen Addison

M – Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

N

O – Out of the Easy

P – Pandemonium – Lauren Oliver

Q

R – The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

S

T

U

V

W

X

Y

Z

It’s Monday, What are you reading? 3/24/14

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It’s Monday, what are you reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

Last week I finished:

glass casket

pandemonium

This week I’m reading:

angel burn

raven boys

Next up?  I’m not sure…  Maybe:

lost lake

Or Maybe

out fo the easy

Or maybe even something else…

Feature and Follow Friday – 3/21/14

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  The idea of this blog hop is for bloggers to have an opportunity to make new friends and gain new followers.  I follow you and you follow me.

Question of the week:  How have your reading habits changed in the past few years?  Did you get interested in a new genre?  Do you read more?  Less?  Why do you think your habits have changed, if they did?

I’m not sure about just this last year, but my reading habits have changed greatly over the last few years.  At one time I had loved the Jonathan Kellerman/James Patterson type of crime novels.  I would read through them faster than I could buy them.  Then once I became a mom, I couldn’t stomach the murder mysteries anymore.  I think a couple that I had picked up involved young children and I was done.  When the kids were little and I was mostly a stay at home mom, I read a lot of contemporary novels and chick lit.  Once my kids were reading, I would often read books that they were reading so we could discuss them.  This is how I discovered Harry Potter and became enamored with children’s literature.  Now more recently, with teens in the house, I’m reading a lot of young adult fiction, particularly young adult paranormal and fantasy.  Hunger Games and now the Divergent series have been two series my daughter and I have enjoyed together.  I still read a lot of contemporary adult fiction and have recently discovered magical realism through Sarah Addison Allen’s books and absolutely love it.

I don’t get to read as much as I would like.  I now find I have to be very deliberate about making time for reading.  Between homeschooling my children, teaching at our homeschool coop and working part time at church, I have precious little time to engage in my own pleasure reading.

Ebooks have completely changed the way I read as well.  Being able to carry my entire library with me wherever I go has made reading on the go so much easier.  I now find I’m reading and listening to a few books at once!

Make sure to comment so I can follow you too!

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Want to play along?  Here are the rules:

  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers

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