Monday, February 27, 2012

Hunger Games Read-Along Chapter Sixteen

The chapter post for chapter sixteen in the read-along is over at Happy Family Travels!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Follow Friday

Q: Activity!!! Take a picture or describe where you love to read the most...

A. I don't really have a favorite place since i bring a book (or kindle) everywhere I go, I read in varying spots. I guess my favorite spots are places that are quiet and comfortable!

Hunger Games Read-Along Chapter Thirteen

While not the longest chapter in the book, chapter thirteen is definitely very important as it includes a turning point in the Games. (Including the infamous fire seen in the teaser trailer).

“For a while we hold each others gaze. Then, without even rustling a leaf, her little hand slides into the open and points to something above my head.”

A quick history of the Katniss plant:

Katniss’s Latin name is Sagittaria means “of the arrow”. This immediately struck me as ironic, given our heroine’s talent with archery. Katniss was a staple for Native Americans, especially in the Northwest. They dug up the root with their toes in marshy areas. Apparently it was also cultivated in Asia. Katniss has about 30 species, and, like Ms. Everdeen, is very adaptable. It can survive in 0 degrees F, a multitude of soils and either acid or alkaline environments, but it does require a lot of sunlight.

I just learned as I was writing this that Katniss has another name as well: Wapato. As it happens, I had heard of Wapato before and even eaten it! So I can tell you first hand that Katniss root tastes a bit like sweet potato, but more mealy and earthy.


Hunger Games Read-Along Chapter Eleven

Hey everyone! Cafe of Answers has the chapter post for chapter eleven! Check it out HERE.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

All the Apparatues

This is an awesome music video from the band All the Apparatus. (I am a sucker for all things remotely Victorian) They are an Indie Rock band and even though they are not very well known, I am a big fan of theirs. This is a link to All the Apparatus's Reverbnation profile

Friday, February 17, 2012

Book Crush

Priscilla the Great Blog

Will Herondale is definitely a huge book crush of mine! At the end of Clockwork Angel I detested him, but at the end of Clockwork Prince... well... AAAHHHHH.... You know what I mean if you have read it!

Priscilla's giveaway ends tonight at midnight, so be sure to sign up!

Hunger Games Read-Along Chapter Ten

Check out the chapter post on Chapter Ten in the Hunger Games Read-Along!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Follow Friday

Q: I like unique names for characters and am looking forward to coming up with some when I start writing. What's the most unique character name you've come across?

A. As a lover of fantasy, that is a very hard question to answer since oftentimes characters I read about have strange other-worldly names. So I guess the strangest names that I have read about are the ones where the author doesn't even say it because it is so ancient or important or what-have-you. (An example would be the Name of the Ancient Language in the Inheritance Cycle where the author describes how the sound of the name made the characters feel, but never actually wrote down what it was.)

What about you, where you able to come up with anything more specific?


1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create ten new questions to ask the people that you have tagged.
3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
4. Let them know you've tagged them!

1. What is your favorite genre to read?
My favorite genres are probably fantasy, science fiction, and dystopian. I love reading all genres, but those are the ones I tend to be drawn to!

2. Why do you blog?
I blog because I love reading and writing and sharing that love with others, and with book blogging I know everyone else has similar interests as me so I won’t bore you. Every once and a while I will be talking with friends and then go on passionately about a book I’ve read, and after a while they just get this blank look in their eyes… so I really wanted a place where that wouldn’t happen. ;-)

3. What is your favorite book from childhood?
Hmm, that’s a tough one. I don’t think I could list all of the books that made an impact on me as a young child, but I remember my mother reading the Chronicles of Narnia to me and I adored that series. Black Beauty was another one that I loved, Anna Sewell’s writing was so wonderful and I loved Black Beauty’s touching story. In middle school I was inspired to write a creative writing piece on Anna Sewell for an assignment.

4. If given the opportunity, which author would you like to meet and why? They can be living or dead.
Ugh! Again with the hard questions!!! Okay, I am just going to list three and I know I am leaving a bunch out, but here goes: J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Cassandra Clare.

5. What was the last book you read that you really loved? What makes it so special?
I just finished reading the classic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It was a very different read from what I am used to, but I still loved it! I loved how the author didn’t need to have a giant story arc, and how the whole world didn’t need to be at stake for the characters actions to seem important. The writing is so exquisite, I have never encountered another style like it!

6. How many books on average do you read in a month?
It can range a lot, but always at least four a month. If I read less than one book a week I feel like I am behind in some way.

7. Do you prefer reading e-books or actual books? Why?
I don’t. I think there are pros and cons to it. I love that ebooks are cheaper and that they save trees, but nothing can really compare to me than the feeling of flipping the pages of a real book in my hands.

8. In your opinion, what is the most overrated book of all time?
I think Twilight is very overrated. To be honest I have not actually read it (I know, I know) but I just think that any book that so drastically tailors age-old myths to the author’s needs instead of just making up a new creature altogether seems a bit strange. And I had considered reading it up until I heard about the whole Renesme thing, and I’m sorry, but anything that twisted that is popular is overrated in my opinion.

9. What genre do you refuse to read? Why?
I wouldn’t say that there is one particular genre that I would avoid completely, there are definitely some that I don’t go out of my way to look for, but if persuaded, I think I could get through at least one book of most genres.

10. What is your favorite book to movie adaption?
Lord of the Rings, definitely. That adaption is absolutely amazing, and Peter Jackson did such an amazing job. Every change that they made, I understood, and in some cases was even happy about. Even the changes I didn’t like I thought the reasons why they needed to make them made sense.

My questions:

1. When did you first discover your passion for reading?
2. How did you come up with the name for your blog?
3. What is your favorite thing to do outside of reading and blogging?
4. If you could hop into any fictional world/reality, which one would it be?
5. What are your literary pet peeves?
6. What is your favorite reading snack?
7. What is that series that you are dying to read but haven’t gotten to yet?
8. What was the saddest book you have ever read?
9. Approximately, how big is your TBR pile?
10. Which books do you consider your guilty pleasure?

I have tagged…
1. Sarah@
2. Preet @
3. Alleged Author @
4. Alex @
5. Amanda @
6. Books Ahoy @
7. Mickey @
8. Alaiel @
9. Moonlight Gleam @
10. Valen @
11. Nikki @

Thank you so much to Roberta for tagging me!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Follow Friday

Q: What would your prefer: reading your favorite book over and over again until you got sick of it OR reading 100s of mediocre books? And why?

A: I would definitely prefer to read a favorite book over and over again! Because if it is truly a favorite, it will take quite a few reads to make me be tired of it because I will keep discovering new things. Reading mediocre books can sometimes be worse than reading awful books because at least with awful books I feel a passionate dislike for them, with mediocre books I'm just like "meh" and unless I am on an airplane or some other long span of thumb-twiddlingness when I am reading it, I will probably want my time back.

What do you think?

Hunger Games Read-Along Chapter Six

The chapter post for chapter six in theHunger Games Read-Along is up HERE!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Awesome Giveaway

Click on the button and be sure to check out the awesome giveaway going on at Bloomin' Reviews!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Hunger Games Read-Along Chapter Four

Today Sarah at Catching Books posted on the fourth chapter in the Hunger Games. Go check it out HERE!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Hunger Games Read-Along Chapter Three

Hi everyone! I am please to announce the chapter post number three by JNCl at The Beauty of Ecleticism!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Follow Friday

Q: Define what characteristics your favorite books share. Do they all have a kickass heroine or is the hot love interest the Alpha Male?

A. All of my favorite books have well developed characters, interesting plot lines, and I love strong heroines as well. I usually read fantasy, but I have my exceptions as well.