Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My {always changing} reading pile!

My reading pile has changed slightly, because I got some books from a friend (borrowed) that I just HAVE to read right now.  I am still reading Ozma of Oz, and plan to read Dr. Zhivago when it comes in at the library.  In addition to those two books, however, over the next couple weeks (or perhaps month, depending on how long it takes me to get through them), I will also be reading the following:


 

Orange is the New Black - Piper Kerman


 

City of Bones - Cassandra Clare




Cress - Advanced Reader Copy - Marissa Meyer



 

The Density of Souls - Christopher Rice




The Snow Garden - Christopher Rice



Saturday, September 21, 2013

The {October} 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

Well, folks, it's September.  That means in just a couple weeks (on October 12th, to be exact) I will be doing the 24 hour readathon again!  I can't wait!  Now, I never promise that I'll make it through the entire 24 hours, but I'll sure try.  As long as I get a chance to read as late into the night as I can make it, I'm a happy camper!  I haven't finalized my list yet, but here are some of the books I am going to read during this October's readathon!


 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 




Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets





Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban






Artemis Fowl






Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident








The Hunger Games





Catching Fire






Mockingjay




Fruits Basket Vol. 1 - 4





Me & My Brothers Vol. 1 - 4


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EDIT

  I have decided to add a few more books to my 24 hour read-a-thon pile!  (I was browsing through the library and found some books that look irresistible).



Planet Ladder - Vol. 1-2


 
 

Platinum Garden - Vol. 1-2


 

Chibi Vampire - Vol. 1-2


 

Wicked Jealous


 

Withering Tights 











Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Coming up in Book Land

I've been remiss about posting lately!  Here are some books I've got coming up on the list!


Ozma of Oz - This is one of the books on my classics reading list.  I am about 1/4 of the way through it so far and LOVING IT!




Doctor Zhivago - Another classics club book, I am looking forward to reading this!





The Late Homecomer - This is the book for my October Book Club.  It's a memoir about a Hmong family, and looks like a great read!

Flight Behavior - I've never read anything by Barbara Kingsolver before, but I've heard only good things about her.  This is the November read for my book club!  Another one I'm thinking looks really good!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Classics Club - To Kill A Mockingbird


So, last month, I started reading books for the Classics Club, a group of people dedicated to reading classics over a period of five years.  I started off my reading with one of the best books ever written (in my not so humble opinion): To Kill A Mockingbird.


Words cannot even begin to describe how much I love this book!  I think Harper Lee is just such a fantastic author!  So, in case you've never read To Kill A Mockingbird before, let me give you a little run down.

Characters You Need To Know:
*Jem
*Scout
*Dill
*Atticus
*Boo Radley
*Calpurnia
*Tom Robinson
*Miss Maude
*Robert E. Lee Ewell
*Mayella Ewell

Now, obviously, there are other characters that are important to the story, but these are the characters that are "most important."

Jem and Scout are Atticus Finch's children.  Their family lives in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama.  During the summer, Dill comes to stay with his aunt and spends a lot of time playing with Jem and Scout.  After a while, the boys go through a phase where they just want Scout to leave them alone.  After all, they're boys and she's a girl!

One of my favorite parts of the book is when Boo would leave little things in the tree for Scout and Jem.  He turned out to be a pretty alright guy!

The biggest plot point is obviously Atticus defending Tom Robinson.  Bob Lewell accuses Tom of raping Mayella Ewell.  Since this takes place in the south in the 1930's, and Tom is black, everyone just assumes he's guilty.  However, Atticus firmly believes in Tom's innocence and works hard to defend him.

Throughout the book, Jem and Scout learn how to read, learn how to respect Boo Radley and learn that the color of people's skin is no reason to treat them like crap. 

I love the language in this book.  I love how Harper Lee paints an amazing picture of respect and love for all people.  That's the best part of this book, because, really, love is awesome!  So, if you have never read this book, well: What on Earth are you waiting for!