Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
The Other Boleyn Girl - Phillipa Gregory
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See
The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
World Without End - Ken Follett
The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
Twilight - Stephanie Meyer
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
My Sister’s Keeper - Jodi Piccoult
The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson
Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Belong to Me - Marisa De Los Santos
Testimony - Anita Shreve
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
Doubt - John Patrick Shanley
The book titles that don't have a link were read before I started blogging.
When? The challenge will start January 1, 2009 and end December 31, 2009.
How? The goal is to read 2+ books made into a movie or books that relate to TV series (Murder She Wrote and the likes).
If you're up for a shorter time frame to complete the challenge and want to do this challenge later in the year check out Callista's blog - sometime in August 2009 she should have infos on her challenge up!
There really isn’t much I can write without giving too much of each story away, but I will say that I was absolutely terrified reading N. . Biting my nails to the quick while reading The Gingerbread Girl. Feeling sad and tearful while reading The Things They Left Behind and The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates. Stationary Bike and Mute were amazing - they had me on the edge of my seat and A Very Tight Place was just too grisly for me. Each story evoked a different feeling, they were all unique and special.
Also, as an added bonus, the last couple of pages are King’s personal thoughts on what prompted him to write each story. I love reading insider/behind-the-scene details like this - so this was very cool.
As always, my only complaint about short stories is that they are just tooo short =) There were many instances were I just wished the story would keep on going. But all in all this book was classic King and a must-read for any of his fans or lover of the horror genre.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The Amazon Kindle is white and bulkier (plastic-y looking). It doesn't come with a cover or anything like that (I'm sure you can buy separately), but it does have internet capabilities. You can go online and browse and buy books right from the Kindle itself. I believe you can only buy books from Amazon though (not 100% sure of that).
67- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson (12/05/08 - 12/12/08)
68- The Tales of Beedle the Bard - J.K. Rowling (12/6/08)
69- Inkheart - Cornelia Funke (12/12/08 - 12/17/08)
70- I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence - Amy Sedaris (12/13/08 - 12/14/08)
71- The Tale of Despereaux - Kate DiCamillo (12/14/08)
72- Just After Sunset - Stephen King (12/26/08 - 12/30/08)
73- Doubt - John Patrick Shanley (12/27/08)
Monday, December 29, 2008
1. You can join anytime as long as you don’t start reading to your books prior to 2009.
2. Read 10 eBooks in 2009.
3. Overlaps with other challenges are fine.
4. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, list the direct link to your post where your eBooks will be listed. If you list just your blog’s URL, it will be removed. If you’ll be posting your challenges on your sidebar, then please put the button up and link before signing up. If you don’t have a blog, leave the URL blank.
5. You do not have to list your books ahead of time. If you decide to, you can change them as you go. Feel free to remove or add titles as needed.
1 Disquiet - Julia Leigh
2 Where the Heart Is - Billie Letts
3 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
4 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
5 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
6 The Host - Stephanie Meyer
7 - 10 TBA
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
This is what my dresser looked like:
IKEA is my new hero. For $200 bucks I got this neat bookshelf. It's got nice glass doors to keep all that mean dust out and all my books safe from grubby little fingers. Isn't it beautiful. My husband keeps making fun of me because I keep standing in front of it just starting at it. I LOVE IT! Now I wanna buy more books to fill it up =) I got 2.5 empty shelves. I've already used up my B&N gift cards but I'm only half way through the 4th shelf. Oh well, it's a work in progress.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
I got all 5 Harajuko Lovers perfumes - courtesty of my parents.
Random gift certificates to some of my favorite stores. Including Bed, Bath & Beyond, Macy's, B&N, AMEX, etc. I love gift certificates!
AND last, but certainly the coolest of them all... I GOT A SONY READER! I am so excited about this. Plus the hubby gave me an extra $100 bucks to spend at the Sony e-book Store. Which is about 8 -9 books. And for buying the Sony Reader, Sony actually gives you 100 free classics. I don't even know 100 classics I would want to read, but there are well over a hundred to choose from. I've been playing on their site all afternoon. SO FUN! So, I'm off to pick up the huge mess my children have in our living room and maybe to try to get some reading done on my new SONY READER :p
Merry Christmas and to all a good night!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Current book-in-progress: Inkspell
Current movie/tv obsession: Fred Claus
iTunes Loop: All I Want for Christmas - Mariah Carey
In these last few days before Christmas, I'm sure there are plenty of us scrambling to get our last minute shopping done. Are you buying any books for friends or family (or even yourself)? Do you expect to receive any bookish gifts from others - books, or book-related?
To be honest, I'm not giving any books for Christmas other than for my little one's. Sadly, in my family, I am the only bookworm. But I will say one thing I am extremely excited about. I only put one thing on my wish list this year for my husband and that was a Sony Reader. I am almost sure that he will get it - as all he does is complain about my books in every nook and cranny around the house. I can't wait and here's to hoping (with my fingers crossed) that I get it.
The rules are very flexible:
1) Choose any number of books you would like to read and post them on your blog.
2) They can be fiction and/or nonfiction including e-books and audiobooks
3) They can overlap with other challenges.
4) To sign up, click here. (Hosted by My Two Blessings)
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Current movie/tv obsession: The Day the Earth Stood Still
iTunes Loop: My Grown Up Christmas List - Kelly Clarkson
Monday, December 15, 2008
Since Christmas is right around the corner, I thought reading The Polar Express would be a fun get in the Christmas spirit type of read and I was not disappointed. This book holds all the magic of Christmas within it’s covers. It is a true Christmas Classic. The illustrations were a sight to behold as well. I also saw the movie and although it is a bit different from the book I enjoyed it immensely - so did my little ones.
-The F*ck It Bucket - sometimes in life you just have to say "F*ck it!" and eat some motherf*cking candy.
I would also like to give a shout-out to Lisa - I won this book through a giveaway on her blog. Thanks - Lisa!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
This is right up my alley - plus I loved the button.
2. If you had (magically) more time to read–what would you read? Something educational? Classic? Comfort Reading? Escapism? Magazines?
For everyone else's responses click here.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The rules are simple:
1. Pick 9 categories
2. Read 9 books in each of those categories
3. Complete them in 2009.
4. To make it easier ---The 888 challenge allowed an overlap of 8 books which would fit into more than one category. So for this challenge, you could overlap 9 books.
5. To make it harder ---Complete all your books by 9/9/09.
These are my categories... book lists coming soon.
- PART OF A SERIES
- NEW TO ME AUTHORS
- HE SAID, SHE SAID
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
-The goal for this challenge is to read 20 books in the 2009.
-Why did I create this challenge?
Well, I looked about at all of the various book challenges out there and, though creative, none of them interested me. They were all so specific or small in their goal number that I decided to create my own challenge.
-Would you like to take part of the 2009 challenge?
Well, all you have to do is comment below and say that you want to participate. In your comment, state your name, your email and the URL of the page where you will track your book reading progress.
-I would recommend reading the rules, too, in order to understand what this challenge is about. -Since you will also need to create a page/book post that tracks your progress, you can read a little more about posts here. If I do not get the information that I need, I will not be able to add you to the challenge.
-Winners will get a website award declaring that they have successfully completed the 2009 challenge.
-When you have read all 20 books in 2009, leave a comment here for your award.
Anyhoo, the challenge is to read your name in book title first letters, ultimately spelling out your name. That means:
1. Using your first name, or blogger name, or your pets name, or even your favorite literary character's name; whichever you like, choose books with first title letters that spell out your name. Such as my name: Victoria. the first book's title would start with the letter V, then the next book title begins with I, etc. Make sense? (I hope so!) :p
2. Bloggers and non-bloggers alike are free to join. If you do not have a blog and would like to post your reviews/titles that spelled your name somewhere, you may do so here at the group blog. Just send me an e-mail (phantombibliophile [at] gmail [dot] com), or leave a comment letting me know you'd like to use this blog.
3. If you have your own blog, come back here every month and leave a comment containing the link to your challenge page containing the books you've read or each review you've written for books that count for this challenge. (Crossovers with other challenges are okay.) I will make a new post for this on the first of every month.
4. The challenge runs from Jan. 1st 2009, to Dec. 31st 2009. You may join at any time.
5. Last but not least, be sure to sign up using Mister Linky Below! & Leave a comment with what name you're going to use, and the name itself of course! Oh, and don't forget to link back to the challenge from your blog (if you have one of course) to show you're participating!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Our Thanksgiving Day spread:
The local church fair. Mommy and Daddy were having more fun on this ride then the kids were.
The girls from work and I at the Twilight movie premiere.