Month: August 2016

Onto Book #5

Well, I’m done with “Waterfall”! I was on vacation, and then had to wait four days before I could get to the library, so I know it’s been a little while since you’ve heard from me. I enjoyed the book –  although in the beginning, I found the heroine, Gabi, to be obnoxious and unintelligent. When she and her sister accidentally travel through time to Medieval Italy, they become separated, and Gabi is brought to a nearby castle as a guest. During the opening few chapters, where the stage was being set, it irked me that Gabi seemed more interested in the “hot Italian guys”, as she called them, then on recovering her sister. By the end of the story, she had grown and earned my respect, as well as the love of one said Italian hot guy. I do believe I will continue with the series outside of this challenge.

Now, still no show from “Me Before You”, so it’s on to the fifth challenge.

 

A book you own but haven’t read.
A book that was made into a movie.
A book you pick solely because of the cover.
A book your friend loves.
A book published this year.
A book by an author you’ve never read before.
A book by an author you love.
A book at the bottom of your to-read pile.
A book with a color in the title.
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
A book you started but never finished.
A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe.
A book with a female heroine.
A book set in the summer.
A book of poems.
A book you learned about because of this challenge.
A book that will make you smarter.
A book with a blue cover.
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t.
A book “everyone” but you has read.
A book with a great first line.
A book with pictures.
A book from the library.
A book you loved – read it again!
A book that is more than ten years old.
A book based on a true story.

A book published this year. After expert research (Google) and consideration based on commentary from other readers (GoodReads reviews) I have chosen the book.

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This is a book of short stories, and it’s highly recommended. As it’s new, I couldn’t find out much about it (although I did try to do that with the fox, only the shadows weren’t working and I didn’t light myself on fire.) So I’m excited for it! I’ll try to make it quick.

Book #4

I finished “The Glittering Court” the other day, so it’s time for Book #4! (Really #3). I read the inside cover flap after I finished the book, since I had to go into it knowing nothing except that I liked the cover, and I have to say it was misleading. The book bills itself as a story about a young girl who runs away from her wealthy family to join a boarding school called the “Glittering Court”, where girls will be trained as ladies and taken to find husbands in the new world, a country across the sea. However, the chapter after arriving at the court, eight months had passed and I therefore new next to nothing about the characters but was expected to sympathize with them all the same. The lead character, who is referred to as Adeline for the whole book even though her name is Elizabeth, spends most of the story skipping her duties as a girl of the Court, breaking the law, and chasing after the founder’s son, who just so happens to be involved in an illegal religion. I’m not sure how this author is a #1 bestseller, because I found her story and writing to be lacking in many respects. I do not think I will continue with this series.

Hopefully Book #4 will turn out better – I have high hopes for this one…

A book you own but haven’t read.
A book that was made into a movie.
A book you pick solely because of the cover.
A book your friend loves.
A book published this year.
A book by an author you’ve never read before.
A book by an author you love.
A book at the bottom of your to-read pile.
A book with a color in the title.
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
A book you started but never finished.
A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe.
A book with a female heroine.
A book set in the summer.
A book of poems.
A book you learned about because of this challenge.
A book that will make you smarter.
A book with a blue cover.
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t.
A book “everyone” but you has read.
A book with a great first line.
A book with pictures.
A book from the library.
A book you loved – read it again!
A book that is more than ten years old.
A book based on a true story.

Book number four (or technically three as “Me Before You” still hasn’t shown up) is going to be…

Waterfall

My friend and editor adores this series, so I decided to read book one for the challenge, “A book that your friend loves.” I have to request it from my library, so it may take a while to come in, but I’ll read it fast and then move on. 🙂

Book Number…3???

A few days ago, I finished “Hamlet” at long last, and here is what I will say. I enjoyed it, but I think I would understand it better if I read it again at another point. There were a few characters whose roles and relationships were unclear to me. I didn’t have too much trouble with the older english, but there were notes at the bottom in my edition, so all was well. Now to choose book two.

A book you own but haven’t read.
A book that was made into a movie.
A book you pick solely because of the cover.
A book your friend loves.
A book published this year.
A book by an author you’ve never read before.
A book by an author you love.
A book at the bottom of your to-read pile.
A book with a color in the title.
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
A book you started but never finished.
A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe.
A book with a female heroine.
A book set in the summer.
A book of poems.
A book you learned about because of this challenge.
A book that will make you smarter.
A book with a blue cover.
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t.
A book “everyone” but you has read.
A book with a great first line.
A book with pictures.
A book from the library.
A book you loved – read it again!
A book that is more than ten years old.
A book based on a true story.

So for book two, I chose “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyers. That’s been made into a movie recently, and it’s popular. Unfortunately, it’s a little too popular, and I showed up at the library to learn that they didn’t have it, and so my name was added to a wait list. So we are skipping book two, coming back at a later date, and moving on to book three.

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Never heard of it. I couldn’t even read the inside flap, because I have to choose it solely because of the cover. But this cover stuck out at me when I glanced at the “new arrivals” shelf at my library. It is gorgeous, elegant, and noticeable. So I am going to discover what it’s about on the way. 🙂 And hopefully “Me Before You” won’t take too long…

New Ocarina!

Hello all people of the world! (Or rather, all people of the world visiting this blog.) H.G. here after a Sherlock-worthy hiatus. I’m still working on “Hamlet,” but I’m almost done, and then I’m excited to move on to book two. I’ve already picked it out, but I mustn’t reveal it yet. 🙂

Anyway, today my family and I went up to Woodstock, New York. We visited a monastery and went into some shops, and we also went to lunch at an Asian restaurant (best and only Bento I’ve ever had.) At one of the shops, I got a new ocarina!

What is an ocarina, you may ask? Well, an ocarina is a small instrument that can have anywhere from four to over twenty holes. Ocarinas are usually roundish in shape and have a mouthpiece that sometimes comes off of the body of the instrument. They also are found in Zelda games. (To learn more, click this link.) The one I bought has six holes. I already own two others, a plastic twelve-hole – one of the more common ocarina types – and another six-hole, ceramic. The one I got today I believe is from Peru, and yet it only cost me (or rather, my dad) five dollars! I’ve never played a wooden ocarina before, so we’ll have to see how it goes. It can fit into my pocket, and there’s an attachment place for a cord if I want to put it around my neck. I shall have music everywhere I go!

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