Dear Whoever…, #68

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Dear Whoever Likes To Read As Much As I Do,                                                                       May 29th, 2012

~”A room without books is like a body without a soul.” -Marcus Tullius Cicero

~”The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not had the pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” -Jane Austen

~”Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” -Lemony Snicket

~”Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscious: this is the ideal life.” -Mark Twain

~”It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” -Oscar Wilde

~”Fairytales are more than true; not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” -G.K. Chesterton

~”Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” -Groucho Marx

  “So many books, so little time.” -Frank Zappa

              Sorry about the many many quotes I used today. So many were good. I didn’t even have to scroll at all. I couldn’t let myself or else there’d be a whole post on quotes. Anywho onto what my main topic is about. Well it’s on literary stuff: writing, books, why our world is corrupt….wait okay, maybe only a little bit of my thoughts on that last one.

              I know, for those of us who like to read, a lot of us make summer reading lists, where we make a list of all the books we will hopefully have the pleasure of reading over the course of our summers. I’ve been accumulating rough lists of books I’d like to read, then clean my room, and lose my list. -30minutes later- I just found my list. Because without it, this post would be pointless. Anywho, I know there’s no way I’m going to get through absolutely all of the ones on my list this summer but I can try. I’m usually into vampires, and werewolves, and Young Adult books, most of them having strong heroines who reach victory after a long struggle of some sort. But this year/summer I’m trying to open my mind to different genres and become more rounded in my reading so you’ll notice some classics in there as well. I’d love to hear what are your favorite classics? And which ones I need to add to my list? And in any genre, what are some books I should add?

MY LIST:

Two-way Street- Lauren Barnholdt           Little Women(reread)-Louisa May Alcott             David Copperfield-Charles Dickens

LittleWomen

Oliver Twist-Charles Dickens                                A Tale Of Two Cities-Charles Dickens                            Divergent-Veroniva Roth

OliverTwist

Diveregent

ATaleOf2Cities

Red Badge Of Courage-Stephen Crane            Pride And Prejudice-Jane Austen             Sense And Senisibility-Jane Austen

RedBadgeOfCourage

Sense&Sensibility

Pride&Prejudice

AnneFrank

The Summer I Turned Pretty-Jenny Han                                     Defiance-Lili St. Crow                                Reckoning-Lili St. Crow  

Reckoning

Now because I am lazy and tired and have already spent enough time on this one post I will now just list the rest of the titles in which I want to read and not the book covers:

The first 5 books I’ll read this summer are: The Scarlet Letter, Red Badge of Courage, The Princess Bride, The Summer I Turned Pretty, and Defiance.

                                                               
                                                             

Vampire Academy fans get ready for the release of the second Bloodlines book in June- The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead.

The Golden Lily, book 2 of Bloodlines

                “There is a fine line between bravery and stupidity.” What book is that from? ……….Divergent! By Veronica Roth

                 Anywho, I didn’t say all that I wanted to but this post is long enough and I don’t want to bore my readers any longer. I’ll be posting at least once a week now that I’m on summer vacation. Stay tuned to my blog for posts about: a cooking challenge, fairytale contest, YouTube review, Hunger Games synopsis, Improper Justice-a short story, and many many more things. Well thanks for taking the time to read this post. I hope you enjoyed it. I am super sorry if all the pictures and titles don’t line up or the formatting gets all messed up like it tends to when I use a ton of pictures. I still haven’t learned how to correct it but thanks for bearing with me through it.                                                                                                          -Love, a bookworm, eshy,

Dear Whoever…, #36

September 19, 2011

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Dear Whoever Likes Books(Part 2),                                       9/19/2011

*“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.” -Harold Kushner

*And here’s your humorous quote of this post: “A lot of people ask me if I were shipwrecked, and I could only have one book, what would it be? I always say ‘How to Build a Boat.” -Stephen Wright

                                                  http://readforrelief.blogspot.com/

Here’s a great organization/auction dealing with signed books and stuff of that sort being auctioned to raise money for Hurricane Irene Relief.

Now onto a big list of SOME books released in September:

After Obsession-Carrie Jones

Blood Wounds-Susan Beth Pfeffer

Burnout-Adrienne Marie Vrettos

Drink Slay Love-Sarah Beth Durst

Every You, Every Me-David Levithan

Fateful-Claudia Gray

Frost-Marianna Baer

Glow-Amy Kathleen Ryan

Perfect-Ellen Hopkins

So Silver Bright-Lisa Mantchev

The Isle of Blood-Rick Yancey

The Night Circus-Erin Morgenstern

Wonderstruck-Brian Selznick

You Agaisnt Me-Jenny Downham

Modelland-Tyra Banks (released 9/13/11)

*video trailer for Modelland:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bo8427cz0g&feature=player_embedded

*read the first chapter of Modelland here: http://www.randomhouse.biz/booksellers/childrens/files/2011/07/Modelland_ChapExcerpt_WEB.pdf

And now here’s a book released on September 6th that I’m DYING to read, mainly because it’s said to be a combination of my two favorite book series, Vampire Academy and Hunger Games, The Isle of Night. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? It’s author is Veronica Wolff. The overview reads:

“Is life offering fewer and fewer options? Then join the dead.

When Annelise meets dark and seductive Ronan, he promises her a new life-if she has the courage to chance the unknown. Now, she’s whisked away to a mysterious island and pitted against other female recruits to become a Watcher-girls who are partnered with vampires and assist them in their missions. To survive and become a Watcher, Annelise has to beat out every other girl, but she’s determined to do so, because to fail doesn’t mean dishonor-it means death.”

The trailer is just as kick-butt as the overview and the book is sure to be:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcldtZHb8Xo&feature=channel_video_title

Though in the trailer I think it makes the book sound gory, and it might be, I haven’t read it yet. It also makes the vampires look really cheesy and stereotypical, which they might be, but that’s the good thing about reading books, there’s no pictures, your imagination makes the characters come to life and the characters to you are always what your imagination thinks of them first. That’s the beauty in reading books without pictures. If you’ve already read it, I’d love to hear what you think of it in my comments.

     And now an actual movie that the book world has been following for some time, or should I say a saga for awhile. Yep, the Twilight last adaption- Breaking Dawn. I’m going to admit I’m not a big Twi-hard. Actually, I’ll be sorta happy when they’re done making the movies because they ruined the story by blowing up the whole Edward vs. Jacob thing. And by doing so they just didn’t mess up the story in the books but they made an impact on the world that all vampire movies and books are JUST LIKE IT. Which quite frankly, makes me want to cry. Because most people have seen Twilight in the movies, and refuse to see or read any more vampire books and movies. It’s not totally the movies fault or the people producing the movies, I’m sorry I didn’t mean to rag on your work, it’s part your fault for ruining people’s views, but it’s also the people’s own stubborn fault for stereotyping and being stubborn. But like I said it is the movie’s fault too for blowing up the story and giving people all these things to judge vampires on. However, people will judge anything and everything, no matter what. SO moving on. Not all vampire books are about revenge not all vampire books are sappy love stories, and not all vampire books are gory, believe it or not. And if you don’t particularly fancy Twilight just know that not all vampires are the special sparkly Twilight kind, and that they’re are many various types out there. I suggest reading Vampire Academy.

     Anyways back to Breaking Dawn. It started out as a book and is soon to be a movie. Let’s take a peek at some of the pics of the set and the characters in costume shall we(since my computer is being stupid and I can’t find any of the vid clips I was going to show you)?

Looks like a real wedding pic doesn't it? The type of wedding picture on a mantle in a happily wedded home.

 

 And now onto a movie adaption I’ll actually be happy about seeing:

Grow up, yes, I actually said it, I’ll see Breaking Dawn, but I’LL BE HAPPY about seeing Hunger Games. Before Breaking Dawn I have to see Eclipse first right? Ha, I know I don’t keep up with Twilight much. But enough about Twilight, let’s move onto the Hunger Games. So it’s coming out ^^^on March 23rd, 2012. And I, along with many many others, cannot wait. Too bad, we’ll have to. But in the waiting process the producers have been throwing us some bones to naw on and kill some of that time waiting. What type of bones? I don’t know, things like video trailers, pictures, magazine covers, those type of bones.

Here’s an awesome article promising more Hunger Games, in the sequel movie adaptions, and talking all about Hunger Games, the movie and the trilogy: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/15/idUS170820862520110915

You can read the first couple of chapters here on their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thehungergamesmovie?sk=app_186387361417514

http://www.thecapitol.pn/ here is where you can go onto the Capitol’s viral site and be assigned a district and keep up with the latest HG news. I have yet to be assigned my district, but I’m hoping for a district that had someone coming from it who had an actual role in the Hunger Games(say like Katniss, Rue, Prim, Peeta, Gale, Finnick).

And if you already HAVEN’T seen it, here’s the video clip from the movie that was introduced by Jennifer Lawrence(Katniss) at the MTV Awards:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvyn86hObLw

On-the-set pics anyone?

Effie?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And now some lovely Entertainment Weekly magazine covers that I sadly didn’t find out in time to actually buy one.
 
 
 
 
 
Peeta and Gale<
        >Katniss>>>
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
<Gale
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
I just pledged at  http://readit1st.com/ to read the book before I see the movie whenever humanly possible. And to not let the movie ruin the book. Will you? WILL YOU?
The following block quote is all about ReadIt1st and why it was created and what it stands for.

We created Read it 1st because five of the top 10 movies of 2010 were based on books. Most of the people who watched those movies had never read the book. In fact, most people in America read fewer than two books per year. While movies are great, and we love them, the stories from those movies were originally envisioned in a different way. A way that requires more interaction, more brain, more relaxation, more free time, and more commitment. We think those are all things that the world doesn’t have enough of these days.

So we wanted to tell the world that we were pledging to read the book before we watch the movie from this day forth. And we also wanted to invite the world to do that with us.

                                                                                   the HG fan and bookworm, eshy, 
 
 

Dear Whoever…, #17

July 14, 2011

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Dear Whoever Voted On My Poll or Hunger Games Fans,     7/14/2011

     ***Before I get to that ^^^up there^^^ I want to say I’m sorry for not writing yesterday for one I was in major pain, busy, I had practice, and my head was going to explode. I ranted in a Letter To Myself but I got kicked off the computer before I could publish it and so I published it today. ***

     That being said, thanks to all who voted on my poll. To those who haven’t, you still can vote. The poll was on Dear Whoever #16 so go there and vote! Also sadly nobody voted for animals, I being an animal lover, was quite saddened by that. I was tempted to vote for it myself but I know what I want to write but the poll wanted to know what YOU wanted to READ.  And with THAT being said. I shall actually write what I had in mind for this post.

     Some of you voted photography, some excerpts, some about my life, some music,some books and book reviews, and then some, God love them, voted random are good. So knowing the results I decided let’s do it! So this is the second part of my title:

     Have you read Hunger Games? In case ya don’t know what that is, it’s a dystopian book series that’s been pretty big. We’re talking big enough to hit the big screen. It’s set to hit movie theaters in March 2012. Main characters of this kickin’ series are: Katniss, Peeta. Haymitch, Gale, the other tributes, President Snow, Coin, and Prim. There’s way more but that’s who I think are main components and who I can remember of the story. The HG series includes: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. These books may have a lot of gore but you won’t find any vampires or werewolves in there. The series is something new and fresh to what is becoming a wayy too old and wayy too fast and wayy too much overkilled vampire stories. Honestly, I only like reading something if everyone else hasn’t heard of it or if it’s just great. Each of the three books in this trilogy each took their own turn on the New York’s Best Seller List and after reading them it’s pretty obvious why. They’re just pure awesome. The author of the HG(Hunger Games) trilogy is Suzanne Collins. I heavily praise her writing. I never heard of her before HG but I think I’ll read some more of her books now. These books have an interesting plot with sooo many plot twists, it’s a page-turner for sure. There are a lot of twists but it’s not overkill it’s actually very nicely plotted and written. Now that I’ve praised the books and told you the characters names I guess I ought to tell you more about the actual plot(without spoiling too much) and the actual book, yes? Yes. 

Here is the overview A.K.A. the summary on the back of the book:

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before- and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. 

     Wasn’t it great? Makes you want to read it huh? I know. I was also going to post the first chapter on here but I don’t really understand copyrights so to avoid being sued I’m not doing that anymore. Anyways check out this book so you can read the first chapter yourself, and the book, and the series. *nods* Go to the nearest library or if the county library website. They normally have online databases where you can place holds or get them to send it to the nearest library from the library it’s at. Pretty cool that system. That was the overview from the first book by the way which is called Hunger Games. I hoped you enjoyed this post and read the many more to come.

                                                              HG fan, eshy,

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