Saturday, April 27, 2013

And the award for slow reading goes to...

I feel like I am reading very slowly today. So far I have:

*Finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
*Finished Volume 1 of Kare Kono.
*Started Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Before the night is through (or before I fall asleep from exhaustion) I would like to:

*Complete Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
*Read Kare Kono Volume #2
*Read Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief
*Read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I feel like I am being very ambitious, however, because I was up late last night scrapbooking with some friends, so I am a titch on the tired side today. I will, however, read as long as I can manage to stay awake. Since I want to read as much as possible, This will be my last blog post for today, but I will be (infrequently) around the twittersphere!

Happy Reading!

Kare Kone

Well, after a lot of Harry Potter reading, I decided to take a Harry Potter break. (Hey, I need to spread out the HP love. I set my self up to read the first three books after all!) So, I read a graphic novel: Kare Kone #1.

Now, I don't know if any of you read manga, but if you do, you should check this book out! Cute, funny, fast to read. It's actually a perfect readathon book!

So, get to the library and get it now. You won't be disappointed ;)

"To Harry, The boy Who Lived..."

I started this 24 hour readathon with a book I still love even after all these years: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's stone. I haven't completed it *yet* but I am well on my way!

After reading for a while, I decided to take a little break and do a blog post. After all, who doesn't love blogging? I'm going to take a minute to share a little bit about me:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I live in Northern Minnesota, where, until about two days ago, we were still having snowstorms and blizzards. It hasn't made for the most pleasant of Springs.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I think the book I am most looking forward to is Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief, by Rick Riordan. Riordan has got a great way of capturing a readers attention and really drawing them into the story!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

This is a tough one. But I would have to say that the snack I am most looking forward to is my popcorn sprinkled with parma. Nothing beats a good bowl of popcorn!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

In addition to being a total bookworm, I also write, knit and crochet. I am a crafty little thing. I love to scrapbook and make cards, and I think the best movies ever are The Wizard of Oz and The Parent Trap (with Hayley Mills).

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

Something I plan on doing differently today is staggering my caffeine intake. I don't drink a lot of coffee anymore, so having too much right away will make the later time periods harder...

Now, what are you waiting for: get back to reading!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

24 Hour Readathon

This year, I am going to do the 24 hour readathon again. I must be out of my mind, right? Well, maybe, but at least I'll be spending 24 hours doing something fun.

I've had a lot of trouble thinking of what books I want to read for this readathon. But I finally decided on my list:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Miss Match
Match Point
Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief

That's a short list, but if I add to it, I will post an update here.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Book Review - The Night Circus

I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern for my book club (luckily none of them are followers of my blog, so they won't see this review before we meet). I can't even being to describe how much I love this book!

At the beginning of the book, a five year old - Celia - shows up in her fathers work with a note pinned to her coat. The note is a suicide note from Celia's mother, telling Prospero (Hector) that he is her father and must now take care of her. Prospero knows the minute he sees Celia that she is his child. He also figures out that she has powers like him that can be developed so that she can be a great illusionist like he is.

Shortly after Celia arrives, Alexander, another illusionist and the gentleman who competes in contests with Prospero, comes to see Prospero and engage him in yet another contest. This one will involve Celia and a contestant of Alexanders choosing. We find out later that this contestant is Marco, a young man Celia can't help but fall in love with when she meets him.

When Alexander arrives and plans out the contest with Prospero, he brings with him a ring. After they figure out the details of their contest, he puts the ring on Celia's finger, and it burns into her skin, binding her to whomever her competition is.

When Alexander leaves, he sets out in search of his competitor. He finds Marco, binds him with a ring he got from Prospero, and trains him by making him fill journals with drawings, which he has the ability to transfer from his mind into an impressive illusion. When Marco is older, Alexander binds him to be the "servant" of Chandresh, proprietor of the Night Circus.

The people involved in starting the night circus meet regularly at Chandresh's mansion. They have guests who entertain them, including Tsukiko - a contortionist and ex-student of Alexander's, who sometimes become a part of the circus entertainment. The guests pick out the colors of the circus - black and white, and work to pick out the details of what will happen.

During all this, they also hold auditions, which is where Marco and Chandresh meet Celia for the first time. They also have a man, Friedrich, build a beautiful clock that gets placed outside the entrance to the circus each time it travels.

It's hard to talk more about the book without giving to much away, so I'll leave you with they following fun details that will hopefully get you hooked enough to read it:

* On opening night, twins are born named Poppet and Widget
* Celia is intrinsically bound to the circus
* The fire lit on opening night is quite magical
* Bailey, circus lover and friend to Poppet and Widget, becomes quite linked to the circus
* There's a kick ass ice room.
* Marco meets two women, both of whom become very important in his life.

Overall, I think that this is one hell of a book, and I can't recommend it enough!