This is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. That I saw on Ladybug Reads that I thought was very celver way of getting me off my butt and posting something on Wednesday.
To particapate answer these three questions
* What are you currently reading? * What did you recently finish reading? * What do you think you’ll read next
What are you currently reading?
I'm reading two books right now. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (I know should have read sooner), and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margraet Stohl (Ditto).
What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished a horror book for Halloween, and the Read Your Name Challenge. The Enemy by Charlie Higson.
What do you think you'll read next?
I have a growing TBR list but I think the book I would like to get the most is Avalon High by Meg Cabot. The movie is coming out soon and I know my little sister will make me watch it. I have to be able to say I read the book before the movie.
I know some people don't actually go threw a ton of book blogs, and sereach things on barnes and noble and good reads all the time. So this is supposed to be a little thing that will help fill in people on what sequels are out or coming soon.
The sequel to Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzgerald is OUT. Many people already know this, but I had to include it becuase I've been excited for this one even though I didn't even like Hush, Hush much.
A book I read two years ago called The Lost Island of Tamarind by Nadia Aguiar is COMING SOON. The Lost Island of Tamarind is about a about a brother, sister, and baby that end up on a uncharted island. Where fish fly, people live in trees, and boys are found in crates. Awesome adventure, and the sequel is called Secrets of Tamrind and it is coming out July 11th.
The popular novel Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Maragerat Stohl has a sequel that is OUT. It is called Beautiful Darkness. I'm going to go get this one.
The fourth book to the series The Mortal Instruments will be coming out April 2011. This isn't the actual cover that will be realeashed in December. Watch out for that! It is called The City of Fallen Angels.
A book that I just finished I found out the sequel is BOTH out and coming soon. The Enemy by Charlie Higson is the best Zombie novel ever. It is avaliable to buy on amazon, and in the UK. But it won't be avaliable in the US until June 2011. I only have the cover for the UK version, but the one in US is the one I can't wait for.
Any more sequels that you know are coming out soon or are not very well known but are out as well? Please comment.
Many book blogs have weekly memes. I loved the idea of this, but I didn't want to do Teaser Tuesdays which everyone does. During Blog Hop Friday I stumbled upon this meme. That's when I knew that this is what I wanted to do.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Any blogger who shares the love of lists with us should check this out. Or if you simply want to look at more Top Ten Tuesday lists.
Weekly list: Top Ten Best Books for Halloween (that I've read)
I've only read a few good halloween books that were actually good so there are many better books for halloween out there that I have yet to read.
The Enemy by Charles Higson- This book is the best horror book ever. I cried in fear for the charecters. My mind raced to find a solution to their horrific problems. It's gorey and there's action on every page. My heart started racing as I actually began to fear.
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters- ZOMBIES need I say more? This book was a well done paranormal that didn't focus on an angsty romance. This book is what made me love zombies. Team Zombie!
Ruined by Paula Morris- This book had ghosts, a curse, mystery, a little romance, and it was set in New Orleans. One of the most paranormal cities there is. Awesome ghost book.
I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lish Schroeder- This book creeped. me. out. It sent shivers down my spine. But this book is more a romance book, and written in verse so it didn't set the best Halloween atmosphere this is my number 4.
Once A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough- Witches, mystery, a cute guy. The network of family in this book made the magic amazing.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl- actually reading this one right now. If you've read Ruined then you'll love this book, the same is viseversa. It has a sounthern setting. But there's witches instead of ghosts. It is at number 6 because it is more a mystery and a romance.
Stephen King- I don't have anything else, but the next two authors are guarenteed creepyness.
Edgar Allan Poe- This guy is insane, who doesn't love him
I shall leave you with a scary story...that I heard on the radio.
Haunted Houses are getting scarier and scarier. Now they're to the extreme.
You are given an address to an old warehouse with the scariest haunted house ever. Excitement is buzzing through you. Haunted houses have never been able to scare you. Last time you went a guy ran up to you with a chain saw, and you threw you arm around his shoulder, and asked him if he had seen any good horror movies lately. You were confident that this one would be just like the others, and that you would walk out of there without have even screaming.
As you pull up in you car you realize that there isn't a warehouse. All that's there is a slab of concrete. A hand is placed over your mouth. Two men in masks have just come up behind you. "What the-", you try to say but you are thrown into a trunck with a something that looks like a dead sheep. "Hey, let me out of here. What do you think you're doing!" You scream at the men. The car drives around for a while before the engine stops. The night air greets you as the trunck opens and the men drag you out of the car.
"Let me go! I'll call the police!" You scream. They gag you. Fear settles in your mind. What if this is haunted house is just a crazy person wanting to kill people? You struggle to get free, but the men bound you arms and legs. Then a wooden casket is pulled out.
Another man comes up behind them. He is carrying three shovels. They start digging into the ground. Your eyes widen in fear as you start screaming. After a while of digging the men open the casket, and put you in it. You have just soiled your pants. They lower the casket into the ground, and the thud of dirting hitting the wood echos inside the coffin.
Tears spring to your eyes. All you wanted was to go to a haunted house, and laugh at the fear of your friends. You are too young to die. An eternity passes, and then suddenly you feel the casket being picked up. The men open the casket, and unbind you then get into their car and drive away. Your car is thiry minutes away on the wind sheild is a paper that says "Live". You are sure of one thing. If you hadn't signed those realease papers you would sue.
This was REAL. An actual haunted house did this, and someone decided to write an article about it.
After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see people's auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone's entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school, but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste. Damen is beautiful, exotic, and wealthy. He's the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head - wielding a magic so intense, it's as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she's left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is - or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she's falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.
In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Brontë's novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career. Fforde's ingenious fantasy-enhanced by a Web site that re-creates the world of the novel--unites intrigue with English literature in a delightfully witty mix.
We were suppossed to read a mystery book for Language Arts. So, I went on goodreads, and looked at the mystery books. Everyone loved this one, and my English teacher said it was one of her favorites.
Thursday Next was an amazing charecter. She was so real, and exciting. All of the other charecters were so real too. I felt as if I were meeting them for a little afternoon meeting or something before they...well...some of them died. Some of these charecters were even from other books, but Mr. Fforde made them just as likable.
The plot was action packed, and the bad guy was unpredictable. Unfournately, this book took me forever to read. It was a bit slow. I wouldn't reccomend it if you were looking for a fast read, or don't have enough time. And now for the BEST PART.
Thursday had many conflicts with herself, Hades, her love, and of course the government. Each new conflict presented a new theme. One of the ones that I found particularly cheesey was don't let go of love, chase it down and hog tie it so that it doesn't get away. This theme mirrors the best new romance move Letters from Juliet. I also love the theme to beat something you have to try every possible thing before you give up. There are a lot more morals to find this book you could pull one from almost anywhere. If you have read JANE EYRE and hate the ending READ THIS BOOK.
Overall: 8.5- an awesome, but slow read
There's a really awesome contest that you all must enter!!! It's hosted by Shut Up, I'm Reading. In this contest you winners get to books, that they get to choose from a list. The cool part is most of these are Advanced Reader Copies so these books haven't come out yet. Go enter!
I thought a lot on this, (that's why it's a bit late). After combineing a few themes from my recent books, and adding some of my own thoughts I got it. Here we go.
Hiding in Thoughts
We often say "believe in what you can't see", but what about what you can see? What we can see can be very misleading. People create images of themselves, of what they want people to see. People also create false ideas for objects. It's just false advertising. We can all think of a million examples.
The hard part is to create a way of thinking where we can see past these masquerades, and know what is underneath. My friends and I had created an image of the people in our school. The ones who are popular, and outgoing, and can be a bit oblivious to those around them. We created an image that all of them had ideas about us. We were acting prejudge. It wasn't because of their skin color or religion, it was because that some of them were mean. So we thought that none of them could be nice.
Do you know which one of them got me to see that they weren't all like that? One of the meanest of them. She's still mean. But that's when I realized my thoughts were making me blinded by negativity. That's all I could see. Isn't that what lots of modern authors are trying to say. Stephnie Meyer said that by creating the idea that not all vampires are monsters. I still don't like her as an author, but she had a huge example. Even Cassandra Clare is saying that outright in her books. Maybe the frightening aren't bad.
I will be posting poems that go along with this theme every Friday!
I have a passion for books, obviously or I wouldn't have this blog, but I also have a passion for pizza. It's my favorite food, and I am on the tireless search for the best pizza. (So far my favorite is Papa Johns) This weekend my search brought me to Chicago! My family and I decided to go to the famous Giordano's.
It was so crowded there! We had to wait for an hour in a crowded bar with barely any seats. Everyone there said it was worth the wait. After twenty minutes we ordered a large thin crust for my family, and a small stuffed cheese pizza for me( because I want REAL Chicago pizza).
Shortly after we were seated our pizzas were brought out. We were served our pizza by the waiter, and I dug into it ( I had been looking forward to it all day). Hmm...
My rating scale is this:
5.I love it.
Crust: 4- deep dish like I like it.
Sause: 3- not bad.
Cheese: 2- It tasted like string cheese and there was three times too much.
Overall: 3- I've tasted better from Chicago.
To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters—never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City—whatever the cost? Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of bestselling series the Mortal Instruments.
On the back of the book there is a quote by Holly Black saying that this is one of her favorite books. I mean, lots of people love this series. When I read her first two books I thought the fact all those authors did too was really cool, but then discovered how characters should be. A lot of my favorite books I realized where actually terrible books that were a huge waste of my time. I still really like this book, but it's not as good as a lot of people think it is.
Cassandra's writing has improved a lot since her first book. Her characters have gone from funny to developed and deep. It was outstanding how much I felt for her characters in this book, and there were some moments when I was rolling on the floor laughing. Her plot had lots of action in it. So much to when I was thinking "was that the climax?" in the middle of the book. Very original.
Yet there were things that annoyed me in this book a lot. There was a moment that I was like, really? I mean we all love Jace and Clary, but when it's just before the climax I want action not some stupid romance thing that had no meaning to the plot. Cassandra is still learning, and it's only her third book so I can't wait to see how she will improve.
Now for my favorite part. This book was stuffed full of fabulous themes. My favorite one that didn't really have much meaning to the book, but Clary just said it as a thought. It was not all things that are frightening are bad. I think this might be the October theme. Another thing I loved was just because you believe it doesn't mean it's true. This theme was present from beginning to end, unlike the other themes which kind of showed up at the end. Little kids believe in Santa Clause, but that doesnt' mean he exists. I loved that. Now time for the ratings.
Overall: 7.8- Very good book, but there were things that stood out. Yet there were somethings that annoyed me.