Monday, May 2, 2011

In My Mailbox 5/2/11

In My Mailbox is the weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren where people showcase books they received for the week.


These I've actually received over the past couple of weeks from giveaways since I've been on a BBB (book-buying-ban.) BUT... I did order several from Amazon since I was pre-ordering Dead Reckoning, anyway. Yay I hope DR gets here soon!!

Anyway, here's what I got!



From I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. How cute is that cover!

Won from Fire and Ice. This was sent directly from Simon & Schuster and I don't think I've ever received a book directly from the publisher so fast!

Thanks to Jenny from Into The Morning Reads!

Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Title: Catching Fire
Series:
#2 of The Hunger Games Trilogy
Source: I bought my own copy.
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: YA, Dystopia
Synopsis from Goodreads
"Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves these victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster boys for a rebellion that they never planned to lead. That new, unwanted status puts them in the bull's-eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol."
 My Thoughts


I loved the Hunger Games and was very excited to read Catching Fire, and I was not disappointed. I loved it! I think I might actually have liked it more than the Hunger Games. There's a lot of action in this one, and a giant twist that I didn't see coming. It was a very fast read, too. I haven't had a lot of time to read, but I felt like I had just started it when it ended. I must warn it ends in a cliffhanger so I suggest having Mockingjay ready to read right away. I'm sooo glad I did! I definitely recommend!

My Rating
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This counts as book 15 for:




Friday, April 29, 2011

No Blog Hops for me today

I will not be participating in the blog hops today. I know I've been a horrible blogger as of late, but I've been really busy and I'm getting really behind in my reading. I have to work tonight and then I have to get up early tomorrow and work as well, so any little amount of free time I have today I'm going to spend reading.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 4/26/11


"Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share (2) two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!"


My tease this week is from The Unfinished Song: Initiate by Tara Maya:

Page 4:
"Evasion her only option, Dindi darted past a couple of elder women haggling over an exchange of vegetables for pottery. Married women, with their salt-and-pepper hair coiled in stacked rings atop their heads, sat with their wares on blankets arranged all around the platform."

Friday, April 22, 2011

Follow Friday and 18 & Over Book Blogger Tag Along 4/22/11



This week's question:

"What is on your current playlist right now?"

Lately it's been the Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire, John Vanderslice, the Shins, and MGMT.

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This week's question:

"What attracts you most to a book? Is it the cover, blurb or something else?"

I'm definitely drawn to a pretty cover, but I think the blurb has to draw me in before I'll commit to buying it.

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Happy Friday!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 4/19/11


"Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share (2) two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!"


My tease this week is from Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins:

Page 40:
"Bam! It's like someone actually hits me in the chest. No one has, of course, but the pain is so real I take a step back. I squeeze my eyes shut and I don't see Prim-I see Rue, the twelve-year-old girl from District 11 who was my ally in the arena."

Monday, April 18, 2011

Review: The Accidental Adult by Colin Sokolowski

Title: The Accidental Adult: Essays and Advice for the Reluctantly Responsible and Marginally Mature
Source:
Won from giveaway (and signed by the author!)
Author: Colin Sokolowski
Genre: Humor
Synopsis from Goodreads
"Accidental Adult (n.): an individual whose age indicates maturity, but whose actions indicate otherwise.Those carefree days of post-college life went away in the blink of an eye. Now you spend your money on mortgage payments and Saturdays at dance recitals. The mixtapes you blasted out of your two-door coupe went the same way as the car, traded in--for a sliding-door minivan with a complimentary Wiggles CD.
If life's the ultimate road trip, it's time to stop listening to the GPS of responsible adulthood. Instead, follow the lead of reluctant grown-up Colin Sokolowski, who proves growing up doesn't necessarily mean selling out. With a little guidance, you can survive the inevitable trek to old age as an accidental adult and have some fun along the way.
Part how-to advice and part how-not-to narrative, The Accidental Adult leads you along an alternate path through adulthood. You'll learn there's a time and a place to act your age (ditch the Coors Light during dinner parties), but that you don't have to lose your sense of cool (it's okay to buy those $250 reunion tour tickets--as long as your car payment's in). With it, you'll realize that just because you're older doesn't mean you have to be lamer."
 My Thoughts


I haven't read anything humorous in a while and I was excited to have I won this. "Reluctantly responsible" and "marginally mature" definitely can be used to describe me. I personally liked it. The author gives reflections on when he's had to pretend to be a real adult and gives advice on what to do when you're in that situation as well. I particularly like the chapter on Civic Duty where he gives tips on how to get out of jury duty. This is a funny, light-hearted, quick read and I'm glad I read it!

My Rating
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This counts as book 14 (ahh! I'm so far behind!) for:




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