2011 Reading Challenge

Rosa has read 0 books toward a goal of 100 books.

Friday, July 29

Laurell K Hamilton woes....do I even want to risk it?

What happened to Laurell K Hamilton? She used to be my all time favorite author. Anita was the shiz. She kicked butt and snuggled up to the monsters.....then somewhere along the way, it became less vampire hunter kick ass girl book and more ridiculous magic vagina, harem porn.

What happened? I used to reserve copies and die w anticipation and now my eyes glaze over all the useless sex that is used as fluff to cover up that there is no plot (and that's the part that pisses me off the most). I would skip all the annoying pages, but that leaves only a handful left. Definitely not enough to wipe ur butt with. I miss the good old days of monsters (u killed, not slept with to defeat) and when she had a conscience. She also used to be more vulnerable. It complimented and rounded her out well cuz she was such a hard ass, now she's just emo. And hoe-y. Not someone I want to b anymore.

I'm going to re-read the series. 1) I need the meat 20 books add to my goal and 2) I wanna see if I can find when it all went to pot. I was 18 when I started the series. Ten years ago, let's see how much Anita has changed. And let's find out if I have changed as well.

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Thursday, July 28

Mockingjay....a disapointment.

I'm very unfair, but I don't think I liked this book. It was sad, and real, and I hate that. So many people die. Characters I've grown to love and care for as if they were real people that I just don't know. Maybe with some time, I'll come to accept it for the good story it is, but I wanted my happy ending.

I didn't want a scarred acceptance.

For now, tired and sleepy, it feels like I sacrificed good rest for nothing because although the realism cannot be denied, I feel cheated from the good feeling that books are supposed to award. Kat and Peeta end up together and are broken. And it seems they stay together more because they fit with no one else than because they love each other.

I really can't express how angry I am at this ending. Now, I'm debating whether I even want to go see the stupid movie.

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Wednesday, July 27

Catching Fire...a series ablaze

Part 2 of The Hunger Games. I guess u can't judge a book by it's cover. My eyes have been skimming these books for at least a year, I couldn't understand y they were such best sellers. The covernof a bird in a metal circle made me think army/government kind of thing and that is NOT my schtick. Luckily I finally read the descriptions and zipped thru book one. Book two holds even more of my attention.

This book is about the aftermath. It's about consequences and a rebellion. I wish the beginning wasn't so much a recall of event that happened and more immediate occurrence. I would have liked to witness first hand Kat and Peeta getting back home. I would have loved to see Kat meet Gale on her return or after the wedding gowns.

I love that this one focuses more on Kat and Peeta and the rebellion, than the games.

I was trying to space it out for my own benefit because i just knewvit was going to end in a cliff hanger and would want to dive right in to the third one. As predicted, I'm logging into Amazon and getting the third one as soon as I finish this review....so yeah.

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Sunday, July 24

The Hunger Games: Hungry for more...

I fell head head over heels in love with this book and story. Seriously, I have a new favorite.

I love dystopian society books. Ever since I read The Hatchet. This whole survival and primal struggle to live is so riveting. Reminds me how blessed and pampered I am. Hungry? Nuke something, order in, whatever. Minimal effort. Cold? Snuggle up in my memory foam mattess bed. Hot? Turn on the AC. Bored? Find one of A MILLION things I can do. Would I be able to hunt? I consider myself smart, but would I be cunning or clever enough to stay alive when all I have to rely on are my wits?

In this dystopian society North America is now a place called Panem. There are 12 districts all ruled by the iron fist of The Capital. They allude to some sort of rebellion that happened but was squashed by The Capital, years ago. In fact, there used to be a District 13, but it was obliterated and it's ashes and destruction are left as a reminder to the other districts. Also they have The Hunger Games to remind the people of what little power they have.

Kids ages 12-18 put their names in a raffle and once a year; one boy and one girl from each district get chosen as Tributes. These Tributes go to the Capital and are thrown in an arena where they have to outsmart and eventually kill each other until only one survives. The bloodier and more dramatic, the better. And it's all filmed and broadcast live for the entertainment of the people in the Capital.

The story Follows a 15 yr old girl from one of the poorer families in District 12, Katniss. Since her sister just turned 12, it is the first year her name is in the drawing. Unfortunately, her one ticket comes up and when faced with the only person she loves going to the Hunger Games and surely dying, Kat volunteers and takes her place, along w the bakers son, Peeta, who was chosen as the boy Tribute.

Her ordeal is not only surviving, but outsmarting the other Tributes, the Gamekeepers, and trying to win so she can go back home......lots of goodnstuff. Lots of death, lots of gore, and Kat does what she must to stay alive. Especially LOVE the whole Peeta/Katniss ship (of course I would)

I recommend everybody go buy this book and read it. If u like YA, u will not be dissapointed. They are making a movie that is set to be released early next year. DEFINATELY read the book first.

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Friday, July 22

Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy, Last Man On Earth...

Deliciously angsty!!!!! It literally hurt my chest to read some of the parts. It's a little Wuthering Heights/Pride and Prejudice.

Finished in ONE SITTING. Forgive me if I'm a little incoherent. Ummm....overall, predictable, because of course we know the outcome, but still very enjoyable. It is like a favorite chick flick feel good movie. U know there's gonna b a happy ending, but u still like torturing urself till the last possible moment. Maybe it's my penchant for massochism. Lol!

Anyways, totally recommend. The only big issue I had w it, was the lemons. Other reviews said it alluded to, but was not explicit. I don't know what they are reading, but this was pretty explicit. I normal have no qualms w that, but as I was trying to finish it and move the plot, i actually found my eyes glazing over and wanting to skim. Also, I'm currently president of the celibacy club, so I don't think that helps. Hahaha

Now I need sleep. Work in a few. Crud.

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Thursday, July 21

The sign of the Four...

Love the last line..... Whats in it for u Holmes? "For me," said Sherlock Holmes, "there still remains the cocaine-bottle." And he stretched his long white hand up for it.

Classic. And oh yeah...it's starts off "Morphine or cocaine?"

It was a little long winded for me. I like my Holmes stories like I like my men. Short and sweet. I find it actually takes away from the story and it drags a little bit when there is a lot of detail. I am an impatient sort of gal and need the pace to keep up or I go ADD on the story. (no offense to anyone w ADD)

I DID like the romance between Marry and Watson. I'd never read the beginning of it before. In my sporadic readings he went from bachelor friend and roommate to married man, but seeing the story develop was kind of cute. Also, the story of the treasure and the sign of the four was pretty interesting. Poor Tonga, never had a chance.

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Candles and applause and here's to tooting ur horn

My birthday is coming up. And even tho I say I want to keep it low key cuz I'm getting old, I still need the fanfare. I can't help it. I don't know what it is, but I'm into celebrating me! I know, I sound totally selfish and stuff. Maybe it's a Leo thing? It's not a Folgar thing, my bro and sis...and pretty much everyone else in the fam bam, are cool w their Bday, but don't take it to the extent I do.

I've always known I'm conceited. I know I'm full of myself, and now I know I'm selfish. Drat. No wonder no one will have me. Am I going to change it? Probably not. But I'm going to try to not expect everyone else celebrate the awesomeness that is me, with as much fervor. Let's face it, I have a horn....I'm going to toot it. Rachel Berry said it best "I'm like Tinkerbelle, I die without applause"

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Friday, July 15

Harry Potter Epicness!!!!!!!!

I just got home from the last Harry Potter movie ever. The epicness is indescribable. We decided to go big or go home, so we did a double feature of Deathly Hallows prt 1 followed by a short intermission (and leg stretch) to do midnight showing of part 2.

I first read these books when I was 16, I think. It was when the third book was just going to get published. Being the total badass that I am....not, I "borrowed" HP and the Sorcerers Stone from my English teacher, since I was allowed to rummage thru the cabinets in the room. There was already some buzz for Harry Potter. Maybe it was just in my nerd circle, but as someone addicted to the written word, I'd heard of it and decided to give it a try.

I remember starting to read it one of my classes (i used to do this thing where I would clear my desk and read a paperback instead of paying attention) and by the time I was home I was almost finished w it. That was it. JK Rowling had me, hook, line, and sinker. Being a teen w no car, I took the bus that same evening to Stonewood Mall, to the Waldens Bookstore they had and bought the Chamber of secrets, right there and then. I vividly remember the clerk who rung me up. She told me that the third one was do to come out in a few weeks and I could reserve a copy. I told her I would read the second one first and politely declined.....little did I know that from then on, I would reserve EVERY SINGLE HARRY POTTER BOOK (midnight release of Deathly Hallows...finished it in 6 hrs and no sleep) and with the exception of the first movie, do midnight showings of every subsequent movie that followed, all culminating in tonight.

Ten years at least. Who woulda thunk it? Certainly not me as I BEGGED my lame friends to read it!!! (btw, they caved and got hooked too). It's something I look forward to sharing with my kid (if I ever have any). I want nothing more than to pass down all my wonderful stories and books so we can share characters who sometimes (a lot of times) i forget aren't real, but grew to love. Be familiar with them like if they were old friends or relatives. I want that really bad :)

I gotta go. I work in a few hrs....tbc

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Saturday, July 9

I hate blurry bell jars...

sometimes do you feel crappy for no reason at all? I feel wonderful. On top of the world and then all of a sudden I feel like.....(sigh).  Sometimes it feels like I can keep walking till my feet just give and just stay wherever it is that i fall.

Lets face it, Im high maintenance, and I need a certain level of people around me, especially around my birthday, but each year I feel more alone. I feel empty. I hate feeling like this, its not even attention grabbing Leo, just the damn blurriness of the same old bell jar.

and Im so tired of it. When Im wonderful, Im wonderful and can't even understand the mentality, but when I'm blurred. Blurry is all I see.

"We Might As Well Be Strangers"

I don't know your face no more
Or feel your touch that I adore
I don't know your face no more
It's just a place I'm looking for 
We might as well be strangers in another town
We might as well be living in a different world
We might as well
We might as well
We might as well 

I don't know your thoughts these days
We're strangers in an empty space
I don't understand your heart
It's easier to be apart 

We might as well be strangers in another town
We might as well be living in a another time
We might as well
We might as well
We might as well be strangers
Be strangers
For all I know of you now
For all I know of you now
For all I know of you now
For all I know