Saturday, October 31, 2009

Book Inspection (+GIVEAWAY): Vampire Taxonomy by Meredith Woerner

Title: Vampire Taxonomy
Subtitle: Identifying and Interacting with the Modern-Day Bloodsucker
Author: Meredith Woerner
Topic: Vampires
Chapter Titles: The Complete Vampire, Romantic Vampires, Villainous Vampires, Tragic Vampires, Halfies, Child Vampires, Vampire Tribes, Clans, Covens, and Clutches, Living in an Undead World
Format: Paperback
Release Date: 11.3.09

Precis: Vampire Taxonomy was written to give us a practical, useful guide to vampires. With all of the different bloodlines thanks to the different evolutions of different sires, it became necessary for someone to compile a comprehensive guide for those of us with heartbeats. Woerner has done just that. She presents us with physical identifiers, physical features, attire, habitat, unseen abilities, behavior, and what to do if approached for the different types of vampire: Romantic (think Edward, Stefan, Bill, Spike, or Angel); Villanous (think Count Orlock, Lothos, Dracula, Murlough, James, or Angelus); Tragic (think Laurent, Angel, Jasper, Mick St. John); Halfies (think Mina Roberts, Blade, Renesmee, Connor); Child (think Divia, The Annointed One, Charlotte, Darren Shan). She also addresses clan behavior, and how we can live safely in an undead world. Answers to questions like, "Can vampires fly?" and "Can a vampire cross a river?" are also answered and explained.

Verdict: I Heart It! This cheeky guide is meant to be funny. Woerner doesn't think that all of your neighbors are vamps and doesn't try to make you paranoid. It's just not that type of book. I found it to be a very interesting read, and laughed several times. This book would make a great gift to any lover of vampire fiction. It even has a section on the Great Sparkle Debate. I loved the illustrations and really enjoyed the book. Just think, you could be at a party and be debating the vampires (which I totally have done before) and you could quash your fellow debater with one whip of this book. Imagine yourself saying, "But I have the authoritative text on vampire identification." Yeah, maybe you wouldn't be that nerdy (oh but I totally would be), but still... it'd be fun. Get this one, it's great to have around!

Giveaway!

Perigree provided this book to me for review and has been so generous as to offer 2 copies for giveaway on my site. To help streamline the process, I'm asking that you enter your entries into the form below. It helps with the tally and it helps me make sure you got credit for everything you did. Just input your name and your email (your email is not public and is only used for me to contact you if you win) and check the boxes next to the entries you did. Giveaway ends 11/10, 11:59PM Arizona time.


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You're The Expert: Halloween!

Tell us what you're going to dress up as for Halloween tonight!

  • What are you going to be?
  • Why did you choose to be what you're dressing up as?
  • What is the best costume you've ever come up with?
  • What is the best costume you've ever seen?
  • Have you ever dressed up as a character from a book?

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Book Inspection: The Hollow by Jessica Verday


Plot Sketch: It's hard to sketch this for you without spoiling it, but here goes. Abbey just found out that her best friend - her only friend - Kristen has died. She's in a rut. She goes through life seeing just how much void is there. They haven't found Kristen's body, so even though there was a funeral, closure eludes her. She's doing what she can to make it through with two very supportive parents. She notices a boy at Kristen's funeral, and then sees him again at her wake. She is intrigued by him, and the story goes on about how Abbey moves on with her life and her new definition of normal, with a lot of paranormal twists and turns some of which are expected and some of which are not.

Verdict: I Heart It. BUT. This is a total first book in the series. There is a lot of setup for the rest of the story, and not a lot of action for a 500 pager (those 500 pages ARE double spaced though). That doesn't make it bad though. In fact, I'm really really really (yeah, I put 3 reallys in there) looking forward to the next installment of Abbey and Caspian. I've seen a lot of negative reviews out there, and I can tell you that I understand why they feel that way. Knowing there is more to the story is key to you wanting to keep reading.

The Gauntlet:

At what location does most of the story take place?
Sleepy Hollow, New York

What is the main character's name?
Abigail Browning

Does I Heart Monster like the main character?
Yes and No. I don't relate to Abbey, but I do like her, and she's totally believable.

How long did it take I Heart Monster to finish the book?
a bit... I kept getting interrupted by my 4-year-old neice.

Did I Heart Monster get stuck at any points in the book? If so, why?
none

Is this a good read for Monster?
I put it in the pile for him!

What, if anything, would I Heart Monster change to make the book more interesting?
Maybe a little more interpersonal conflict... there seemed to be a lot of internal conflict for Abbey, but not much significant conflict with others. It seemed like she waited for a lot to happen rather than making stuff happen for herself.

What was I Heart Monster's favorite line?
I can't single one out...

How many chapters were in the book?
25 plus epilogue

Stats:

Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publish Date: September 1, 2009
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416978933

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Notes:

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Minimal Investment: Fade Out by Rachel Caine

While I'm having a hard time finding short stories to feature here at IHM, I find a plethora that I can link to. So, here goes. This isn't a short story per se, but it is the first three chapters of the next Morganville Vampires book, Fade Out by Rachel Caine. Check it out. This releases November 3 and is the 7th in the series, but stands apart from the first six.

Haven't read any Morganville Vamps yet? Well, here's the order:
Dead Girls' Dance
Midnight Alley
Feast of Fools
Lord of Misrule

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Our Terms: v-i-m, vim

vim \VIM\ , noun:
1.Power; force; energy; spirit; activity; vigor.

The 76-year-old retired Malaysian schoolteacher displayed so much vim during a recent hike through a national park in Sarawak, astonished rangers began calling her a "recycled teenager."
-- Choong Tet Sieu, "The Power to Go On and On", Asiaweek, July 28, 2000

The publishing business seems to be showing new vim. Figures recently released by the Association of American Publishers, which monitors about 100 large firms, reveal much better performance in the first quarter of 1983 than in the first quarter of 1982.
-- Judith Applebaum, "Permission to Play", New York Times, May 29, 1983

I am taken aback by Janet's voice. I am surprised by its sound, soft, tentative in its tone, a voice without the vim and vigor of her muscular writing style.
-- Lauren Slater, "One nation under the weather", Salon, July 5, 2000

Origin:
Vim is from Latin vis, strength.

Go ahead, use your vim for vocab to use vim in a sentence below!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Nonfiction Inspection: Ripley's Believe It or Not! Seeing Is Believing

Plot Sketch: Ripley's is a collection of Woah!, OMG, and WTF events and circumstances that have been verified, documented, and sometimes photographed. Take for instance the picture of the man who lets snakes crawl up his nose and out of his mouth. He's from India. Or, the whole section on Body Oddities which had me a little more than grossed out. There are Crazy Creatures, Incredible Feats, Artistic License, and Beyond Belief sections to name a few of my favorites.

Verdict: I Heart It. This is a fun book to read, though you may not want to sit and read it straight through (I couldn't!). I think it would be a great book for Family Game Night Events, and could see myself creating our own family game out of some of the chapters. I enjoyed seeing all of the quirky, odd, electrifying, and amazing things from around the globe. I think this Ripley's book is about 60% more awesome than the Guinness Book of World Records because it contains things that just cannot be quantified or compared to anything else. I've seen this book everywhere from Costco to Walmart, and recommend you pick it up for a great conversation starter if nothing else. This would be a great gift for a family with kids from 4 up I'd think. (Yeah, it's that time of year again folks! Start planning your holiday gifting!)

The Gauntlet:

At what location does most of the story take place?
Earth

What is the main character's name?
N/A

Does I Heart Monster like the main character?
N/A

How long did it take I Heart Monster to finish the book?
a long while... like I said above, not a sit down and read straight through type of book. About 10 pages at a time was my max.

Did I Heart Monster get stuck at any points in the book? If so, why?
Only to go "Ooooooo!" or "Ahhhhh!" or "OMG! WTF! That person in nuts!"

Is this a good read for Monster?
Totally. I think the next time he's home I'll share it with him and try out my little game.

What, if anything, would I Heart Monster change to make the book more interesting?
It couldn't get more interesting. Seriously. I think it would be cool though to see a web edition - a way to kind of click through and find out more about the things you were more interested in.

What was I Heart Monster's favorite line?
My favorite was the part with the guy with the snake that I mentioned above. G-ross.

How many chapters were in the book?
12 + an index.

Stats:

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Ripley Publishing; Ill edition
Publish Date: August 4, 2009
ISBN-10: 1893951456

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Notes:
  • Check out the Ripley's website where you can find webradio casts, attraction locations, and a fun gallery full of pictures and the like.
  • I was sent a copy to review by Carolina with Ripley's.
  • Here's my game:
You can play with as many people as you want. You will need paper and a pencil for each person. You each pick three entries from the book. Show/Read the entry to the other person(s). Then they have to write down what country they think it's from. Switch. Make sure the others don't see your answers. Move to the next person until everyone has read their three aloud to the rest of the group. Go through and see what the answers are. Tally up the number of ones you got correct. One with the highest number wins. Bam! Instant guessing fun and almost guaranteed giggles and conversation medium.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Awesome Author Challenge 2010: Suggestions WELCOME

So, I've decided to participate in the Awesome Author Challenge 2010. Basically, you choose authors that you have been told are awesome, but have not read yet.

Alyce has given us 4 levels to participate at:

Easy: Choose three authors and read at least one title from each author.

Moderate: Choose six authors and read at least one title from each author.

Challenging: Choose ten authors and read at least one title from each author.

Over-Achieving: Anything over ten authors.

Though you don't have to predetermine your authors, I think I will say a couple since you are allowed to change them...

1) ✔Sarah Dessen. Yeah, I know, I totally should have read her by now. I just haven't, ok? 
2) Stephen Hunter. To make my daddy happy.
3) Gayle Forman.  Everyone raves.

If you want to participate, please head over to At Home With Books and sign-up!

Operative Factors: Google SMS

Why, yes, I am featuring something that is useful beyond the world of reading today. But, I do think that you will appreciate the usefulness in your reading when you hear what I have to say.

Google SMS is a service provided for free from Google via your mobile phone. Standard carrier charges apply (counts as a text message). Text your command to GOOGLE (466453), and you will receive an SMS/text message back with the information you requested.

* Google SMS will return results using your saved location if no location is specified. ** If you don't receive any results, the season may be over for this sport. *** Flight data is provided by flightstats.com. **** METAR data is provided by the NOAA. (and I stole this chart directly from Google Mobile's website)

The one I would like to highlight for you today is the Glossary feature. During the Read-A-Thon, I stumbled upon a word I didn't know. Instead of pulling out the lappytop, or busting out the dictionarial tome, I picked up my phone, crafted a text that said 'define miasmic' and hit send. Less than ten seconds later, I had my definition: "miasmic: of noxious stench from atmospheric pollution." It was a beautiful thing. Not only did it save me time, I didn't even have to put down my book!

The other queries are helpful too... especially when I'm looking for places nearby to eat, etc. while traveling or in a different part of town. I used it to find an In-N-Out Burger while we were at Disneyland a few weeks ago (the closest one is on Harbor in Fullerton if you care). I've used it to find gas stations, movie times, maps, currency conversions, and measurement conversions. But when I used it to define miasmic during the Read-A-Thon, the awesome factor went up like ten points, and I just had to share.

So, what are you waiting for? Program Google SMS as a contact in your phone now. Their phone number again is GOOGLE, or 466453. It'll definitely come in handy.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Ambitious Edition: Lockdown: Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith

Title: Lockdown: Escape from Furnace
Author(s): Alexander Gordon Smith
Release Date: 10.27.09
ISBN-10: 0374324913

The Usual Questions:

Is this the first in a series?
Yes. It is Volume 1 of 5.

What is the basic concept?
(from amazon.com)

Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison.

Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex’s actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world.

Is the cover art favorable?
I'm not a huge fan... in fact, I stumbled past this one when I was looking, several times, and then when it kept popping up, I finally read the description, and was then intrigued.

What are some of the author's other works?
It looks like the Furnace series, released in the UK are sort of prequels to this series, but not necessary to have read them to enjoy Lockdown.

Notes:

Twenty-Four Hours, Yo #readathon

Read-A-Thon Progress Report!

Pages Read: 710 FINAL
Hours Listened: 5:12:44
Snacks Eaten: none
Breaks Taken: bathroom
Where I've Been: bedroom (on my bed probably not so smart), and coutch

What I've Conquered: Cross My Heart And Hope To SPy
Where I've Failed: 30 pages in the last 75 minutes. Yeah. It was that bad.
What I'm Conquering: Looking for Alaska by John Green is my last book.

How many times the kitties tried to coerce me into napping: +4 for Wynk... all of them. But I resisted.

End of Event Meme:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
The last one. The words seriously turned into insects on the page. No I was not using a hallucinogen. At one point it took me ten minutes for ONE page. Lame.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Sure! Cross My Heart And Hope To Spy, Wake, and The Devouring
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
maybe in the morning?
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I liked that there were a lot of Mini Challenges to pick from.
5. How many books did you read?
3 full books, 1/10 of a book, and 5/8 of an audiobook
6. What were the names of the books you read?
Wake, The Devouring, Cross My Heart And Hope To Spy, Looking For Alaska, The Awakening
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
Wake
8. Which did you enjoy least?
Looking for Alaska
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I will participate again as a reader.

AAAAnd, I have to be awake for church in 3 and a half hours, so, I'm hitting the sack.

The Twenty-One Hour Mark (Almost There!) #readathon


Read-A-Thon Progress Report!

Pages Read: 597
Snacks Eaten: 5:12:44
Breaks Taken: cantaloupe smoothie!
Where I've Been: couch, kitchen

What I've Conquered: over half of Cross My Heart And Hope To Spy
Where I've Failed: I'm reading all kinds of slow... oh well!
What I'm Conquering: Cross My Heart And Hope To Spy

How many times the kitties tried to coerce me into napping: 4. Every single one of the brats except Sweetpea tried. But this time, they failed. Heh. Take that kittehs.

The photo above is for Ticket To Anywhere's Mini Challenge. Wynk and I are pitiful, but we're hangin' in here, and we're GOING to FINISH the Gallagher Girls book before the 'thon is over.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Eighteen Hour Mark #readathon

Read-A-Thon Progress Report!

Pages Read:481
Hours Listened: 5:04:17
Snacks Eaten: Goldfish, Dinner, Glass of Milk
Breaks Taken:phonecall with Monster, I think I mighta accidentally fallen asleep a bit maybe?
Where I've Been: party, car, kitchen, couch

What I've Conquered: nothing new
Where I've Failed: I actually dozed off. I mean it was only like 3 minutes, but STILL! FAIL!
What I'm Conquering: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

How many times the kitties tried to coerce me into napping: 2 - Spyrrie & Munchie. Spyrrie succeeded for 3 minutes. Trixy little kitten.

So, last Read-A-Thon, I had to resort to Britney Spears Pandora to get me through a sleepy stage. This time, I've made a preemptive playlist. It's 3 hours long. I pray it will keep me up. Here are the dets (and only ONE Britney song):

All Mixed Up 311
Head In The Zone - Sean Paul
Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
Boys With Girlfriends - meiko
Undone -- The Sweater Song - Weezer
The Best Damn Thing - Avril Lavigne
Kids In America - The Muffs
Rock the Casbah - Solar Twins
Everyone's At It - Lily Allen
Big Casino - Jimmy Eat World
Even Flow - Pearl Jam
Shake It - Metro Station
American Boy - Estelle
Down - Lit
Everlong - Foo Fighters
Bajo Otra Luz - Nelly Furtado
Slide - The Goo Goo Dolls
Hips Don't Lie - Shakira
I'm a Slave 4 U - Britney Spears
Does Compute - Division of Laura Lee
Seven Nation Army - White Stripes
Come Out and Play - The Offspring
Be OK - Ingrid Michaelson
A Favor House Atlantic - Coheed and Cambria
I Kicked A Squirrel (And He Liked It) - John Sanders
Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
Believe Achieve - CSS
No Diggity - Blackstreet
SexyBack - Justin Timberlake
One Step Closer - Linkin Park
The Way I Are - Timbaland
I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic! At the Disco
Breathe - Prodigy
Poppies - Marcy Playground
Low - Flo Rida
Fergalicious - Fergie
The Good Left Undone - Rise Against
Caress Me Down - Sublime
One Minute - Kelly Clarkson
Shoop - Salt-N-Peppa
Sunday Morning - No Doubt
Die Another Day - Madonna
Wannabe - Spice Girls
6 Underground - Sneaker Pimps
I'm Not Okay - My Chemical Romance
Runnin' With A Gun - Slightly Stoopid
Supermodel - Jill Sobule
Cumbia De Los Muertos - Ozomatli

(Please let this work. Please. Please. If not, I'm afraid I may not make it the six hours I have left. Need second wind now. Hitting wall. NEED WIND!)

So... Fyrefly's Book Blog's Mini Challenge? Yeah, I shook it to Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice. (If there was a problem, yo I solved it!) Thanks for that. Wish I had someone home to video me 'cause I totally would have shared that with you guys.

Now as for Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile's challenge, here are five of my favorite children's books:
  1. Green Eggs And Ham by Dr. Seuss.
  2. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.
  3. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  4. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  5. Rikki Tikki Tavi by Rudyard Kipling
Oh, and as promised... here's a picture of me at the party - faded black lipstick, wide-eyes, and all.

The Fifteen Hour Mark #readathon

Read-A-Thon Progress Report!

Pages Read: 441
Hours Listened: 4:15:51
Snacks Eaten: none! I've been partaying
Breaks Taken: just party running breaks
Where I've Been: a Halloween party!

What I've Conquered: the art of conversation and still listening to my book. I'm amazed that I know what's going on.
Where I've Failed: Talking and listening.
What I'm Conquering: Still on The Awakening.

How many times the kitties tried to coerce me into napping: zero!

Update: My party is in full-swing and I'm also playing party photog. But, I was able to sneak away for a few minutes to update!

The Half Way Point (12 hours!) #readathon

Read-A-Thon Progress Report!

Pages Read: 441
Hours Listened: 2:17:33
Snacks Eaten: Sobe Lifewater
Breaks Taken: took a break to do some party stuff... about 40 minutes or so.
Where I've Been: couch, car, church (setting up for the party!)

What I've Conquered: Nothing new...
Where I've Failed: Missed some passages while I was communicating with my fellow party setter-uppers
What I'm Conquering: The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong on audiobook

How many times the kitties tried to coerce me into napping: none this time... I'm not home!

Mini Challenges:
Re-reading the Classics Challenge at The Book Case: I’ve just started reading classics because I hated all of the ones that I read in high school and my teachers kinda turned me off of reading. But I read Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and I adore it. It’s definitely my favorite because of how funny it is!

Books that Bite Mini Challenge at 25 hour books: My favorite vampire is Michael from the Morganville Vampire books by Rachel Caine.

Plans: My party starts in 1.5 hours. Hopefully I can get some quality reading time in, but I may not be able to. Decorating is always more work than you think it'll be! Since I've been reading all day and neglected to do anything for my costume... I think I'll go as a Read-A-Thon participant! I'm staying in my pajamas and not doing my hair. I'll post a pic if I can get someone to take one :o)

Update: Mid-Event Meme
1. What are you reading right now?
I'm listening to The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong (I'm on Chapter 18 right now)
2. How many books have you read so far?
2
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Cross My Heart And Hope To Spy, which I am all of 1 page into. I can't wait to get home and start it!
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
I wasn't able to free up my whole day, I'm party planning! But I'm doing pretty good with the audiobook so far. 3 hours to go 'til I'm done with that.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Oh yeah. The cats have been driving me crazy at home. I got into the shower to get away from them... and I've been scolding my party helpers for interrupting my audiobook with icy mean stares.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
That I finished 2 books before I left home. I mean, I know they're not long ones, but I've been able to focus pretty well so far!
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Not right now.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
Plan better so that I don't have an event in the middle of the 'thon!
9. Are you getting tired yet?
Fo shizzle. Yeah, I said that. That should tell you how tired I am. I got 4 hours last night, so we'll see how loopy I get by the end.
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
I just really appreciate all of the comments you guys are leaving and kind words!

The Nine Hour Mark #readathon

Read-A-Thon Progress Report!

Pages Read: 441
Snacks Eaten: apple
Breaks Taken: bathroom break
Where I've Been: I sat in the shower for about an hour (no water on!). It was a nice change, but I'm back on the couch now.

What I've Conquered: Wake & The Devouring
Where I've Failed: Saying no to Larkspyr. She's loving the petting attention.
What I'm Conquering: I'm starting Cross My Heart And Hope To Spy by Ally Carter - and switching over to The Awakening on audiobook by Kelley Armstrong in a bit.

How many times the kitties tried to coerce me into napping:

Mini-Challenges: I participated in Reading In Appalachia's Mix Up The Titles Mini Challenge with Kate from Another Book Blog Whore's Book Titles. You took some of their titles, and mixed up the words, and then wrote a synopsis of the new book. It was fun!

Life of a Wasp-Waisted Fallen Angel

You thought it was hard when you pissed off the big guy upstairs? Try pissing him off and being wasp-waisted! I'm stuck with this corset for all of eternity now! Follow my journey as I try to get my revenge by tricking as many people as I can into becoming wasp-waisted fools and sharing in my misery. My fellow fallen angels don't quite get it. They all laugh. You might too, so maybe you're next.

Plans: In about a half an hour, I'm leaving to go do set-up and switching into Audiobook mode. Still leave your comments though - I'm going to be connected via Blackberry and I'll still see them.


The Six Hour Mark #readathon


Read-A-Thon Progress Report!

Pages Read: 306
Snacks Eaten: Quakes, Sobe
Breaks Taken: 1 bathroom, 2 mini-challenges
Where I've Been: still on the couch.

What I've Conquered:Wake!
Where I've Failed: Took me a while to get back on track after the last mini-challenge... Bart was right - it was kind of a time suck without realizing it. Oh well!
What I'm Conquering: I'm almost 1/2 way through The Devouring by Simon Holt. So far, so good!

How many times the kitties tried to coerce me into napping: +2 - Lark & Munch... baaaaad kitties.


This part is Opi's Ramblings Mini Challenge called Perspectives, where we name three books with different perspectives than ours that we have read and enjoyed. Mine are:

Willow by Julia Hoban. Told from the perspective of Willow Randall who has been through such horrific loss - something I've never experienced, but a different perspective that broadened my horizons.

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Smith. Told from the perspective of a girl brought up in a polygamous compound. Such different social mores and expectations.

Audrey! Wait by Robin Benway. Told from the perspective of someone who was made famous not of their own volition. Not a situation I've been in, or want to be in!




The Three Hour Mark #readathon

Read-A-Thon Progress Report!

Pages Read: 198
Snacks Eaten: Yogurt!
Breaks Taken: One bathroom break.
Where I've Been: On the couch.

What I've Conquered: Almost done with Wake!
Where I've Failed: No failures yet

How many times the kitties tried to coerce me into napping: 3! Once each: Larkspyr, Wynk, and Munchie.

And now, some random information you're probably better off not knowing...

My Read-A-Thon Food

Don't worry. Most of this extraneous stuff I wrote yesterday while I was getting myself organized and I've just filled in the details while I go. Anyway, I figured I ought to have a snack plan for the 'thon so that I don't overeat and so that I have good choices.

Snackage: Apple, Clif Mojo Bars in Peanut Butter Pretzel Flavor, Goldfish, Carmel Corn Quakes,
Golden Grahams, Celery Sticks, JollyTime Kettle Corn, Dole Peaches in Strawberry Gel, Quaker Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars, Fiber One Yogurt or Hershey's Bliss Bar (in case of emergencies!).

Meals: Healthy Choice Lemon Pepper Fish, Knorr Sides Plus Roasted Chicken Rice, Green Giant Immunity Blend Veggies, Campbell's Chunky Chicken Corn Chowder Soup.

Beverages: Water (duh!), SoBe Lifewater (acai fruit punch and mango melon), SoBe (LizBlizz and Orange Carrot, and AMP Maintain with grape flavor (for emergencies only). I also plan to make a cantaloupe smoothie.


Now that you know way too much about what I'm putting in my body for this thing... I'll let you get back to doing whatever it is you are doing, reading, cheerleading, surfing, or stumbling on my blog going, "WTF dude! What's a Read-A-Thon, and why does this chick have pictures of food?"

Update: Here is my sentence made out of book titles for Bart's Bookshelf's Mini Challenge: