So for the last few years, I have watched the blog posts of some authors I adore during the month of November, known to some as NaNoWriMo. i have watched and waited to see what it was all about and what kind of work could come out. And today I may have done something silly – I signed up to participate.

That means I now have until November 30th to write 50,000 words. Definitely something I haven’t done before this will be an interesting month. Encouragement is greatly desired

Here goes nothing!.

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An amazing ending to the Millennium Trilogy. Lisbeth Salander is my hero for being so smart and able to take care of herself. I sped through this book because I could not possibly put it down. A must-read for this year.

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Thank You for Smoking

September 21, 2010

Thank You for SmokingThank You for Smoking by Christopher Buckley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was quite enjoyable but not as good as the movie. There were plot variations but it was good. I would recommend it for anyone who needs a good snicker.

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Cleopatra’s Daughter

September 15, 2010

Cleopatra's Daughter: A NovelCleopatra’s Daughter: A Novel by Michelle Moran

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was absolutely fantastic. It introduced me to a world I had never known, the world of Kleopatra Selene, daughter of Marc Antony and Queen Kleopatra VII of Egypt. She lived under fear of reprisal from Emperor Augustus just because of her parents. She is an amazing heroine and Michelle Moran does an amazing job in being historically accurate and true to her characters. A must-read for any history buff of the Ptolemies.

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Still Alice

September 13, 2010

Still AliceStill Alice by Lisa Genova

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very interesting look into Alzheimer’s disease and how it can affect a person so profoundly. The protagonist, Alice, slowly loses her memory as the book goes on but finds more than she thought she would. It made me think a lot about my family and our experience with this disease and how it would affect someone like me who, like Alice, lives through my brain and language functions. A wonderful read that I would recommend to anyone wanting an honest look into a debilitating disease that is still misunderstood.

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As many people know, I am a comic book dork. Yes there have been times when I have not read them for long stretches but I always seem to find my way back. Hollywood has begun to use this trend for their own as well by producing adaptations of such wonderful graphic novels like 300, Sin City, and Watchmen. I will admit that I am biased against the movies solely because I almost always hold the books as gospel. But some adaptations rise far about the rest. Viewing Watchmen, which will not economically successful, was one of the most faithful movements from page to screen that I have ever seen. Without revealing anything, there is a large change in the ending of the movie but this actually enhances the storyline. V for Vendetta is a stunning visual movie as well and a compelling movie while the book has its own hits and misses. This is another movie that played with the ending that was presented in the book but this does not take away from my enjoyment of both mediums. Kick Ass was a fantastic movie that also did not perform well in theaters but was perfect for the comic nerd in me. After seeing the movie, I read the comic series and it was also brutal, colorful, and makes you think about everything. Hit-Girl is my hero. Changes were made to the movie to also have it more appealing to a wider audience but this did not take away from my enjoyment of both. The differences between them make me think and increases conversation about both. I will reserve my judgment on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World until I have actually read the comics but I love every moment of the movie and trying to decipher the pop culture references that you can see. Everyone who grew up in a Nintendo world or has ever played a video game has to see this movie and now. Please, make this the most successful graphic novel adaption of all time! I have exhausted all of my comic energy and now it is time to get back to Harry Potter. Find those Deathly Hallows, you!

Time to Re-Read

August 10, 2010

Recently, I was talking to my boyfriend about the Harry Potter movies and since he knows that I have read all the novels before, he asks me for details. Sadly, I do not remember most of the details he is asking. So I have decided to re-read all the books. I am always curious if anyone else indulges in this with certain books or authors. I am on “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” now and am just loving it all over again. It seems I forget how wonderful the writing is until I immerse myself in it once again to see what all the fuss was about. This fuss was worth it. Cheers to the Muggles!

I read an article in the New York Times this morning about the sequel to one of my favorite books, “Less Than Zero” which is “Imperial Bedrooms” by Bret Easton Ellis. The reviewer states that this is not one of Ellis’s best works as it is his polarizing books like “American Psycho” that show his range and that this novel does not have much to offer to new readers. It starts me thinking on the place of sequels or continuations. We all know how many movie sequels are produced but also in the book world. I cannot count the numbers of sequels that are written and read but it becomes a question of being better than the original. Most sequels seem produced for money nowadays but years ago, a three-volume novel was the norm and people waited patiently for it. Have we become jaded in our world that we automatically disparage continuations of our favorite works instead of looking to the publishing past to see the truth? We have done this for centuries so why would we dare stop now?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/24/books/24book.html

New Experience

June 23, 2010

I have recently done something I never thought I would do – I did not read a book to the end. To anyone who knows me, this never happens. I always power through to the end of a book no matter what. I would not say that the writing was bad in this particular book but I just could not get into it. Then I passed over two more books on my shelf because they were not appealing. Are my reading habits finally emerging in full or is this a fluke?

Persistence of Memory Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is one of my favorite authors and she continues to amaze me with her plots and her writing. She connects this work with all of her earlier books without overshadowing the characters she has created for “Persistence of Memory.” It kept me entertained and was a very quick read. Her books are never long but she does introduces a lot of story, characters, and twists into a small amount of pages. She does not write as long of novels as her vampiric successor, Stephenie Meyer, but Atwater-Rhodes is an often overlooked supernatural writer that can and should be enjoyed by more readers.

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