Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Under Construction!

Hey guys!
I've been inspired to try my hand at designing my blog. So if you see things looking a little strange around here, it's because I'm working on a few new looks. We will be back to our regularly scheduled blogging soon ;)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Book Blogger Hop 5/27-5/30

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is one of my fave memes from Jennifer at Crazy for Books!

This week's question:
"What book-to-movie adaption have you most liked? Which have you disliked?"


 Most recently, one of my fav book to movie adaptions is The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I really liked the book and I really felt the movie was true to it. It was so fantastically imaginative and illustrative. There were moments that I was brought to tears because the words and meaning behind them came so alive.

 I loathed Harry Potter 5 Order of the Phoenix. But I saw it so long ago and only once, that I don't have specific examples as to why I hated it so much. There was definitely a point where I had to say: OK, the books and the movies are entirely different. But this one was just so terrible I couldn't stand it. I know that it was probably the most rushed of all the movies and that might've been why I hated it. Come on HP fans, you've gotta agree with me!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Day 4 - Networking (Armchair BEA)

Day 4 of Armchair BEA is all about Networking! I'm no guru on the subject but here's what I have to add to the discussion.






1. Memes!
The vast majority of bloggers that I've run into dig YA, yes? So if you're looking for people who share your passion, you MUST check out Parajunkee's Follow Friday Hop & Kristi's In My Mailbox Meme. They rule the school of the YA lovers and you will make many friends and live happily ever after.

Book Blogger Hop
For those of us looking for a bit more variety,

Library Thursday Blog Hop May 26th edition



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Library Thursday is a weekly blog hop that I've started to:
1. Encourage people to support their libraries when they can

2. Meet new bloggy friends and grow your following

How to participate (UPDATED):
  • Create a Library Thursday post with a list, pictures or a vlog of your books. Or feature a cool picture of a library, or spotlight one of your favorite libraries.
  • Grab my button if you like it and include it in your post! Make sure to shout the library out that you went to!
  • Once you've created your post, link it to the linky at the bottom of my weekly post
  • Hop around to the other blogs participating and check out what other people are reading. Be sure to leave them a comment to let them know you were there, this is about making friends as well!
After a long hiatus, Library Thursday is back with a vengence! Well, maybe not that dramatic but, I mean, it's back.

My books this week:

Violets are Blue by James Patterson
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Imposters by Margaret Peterson Haddix

In order for me to even sort of reach my goal of 30 Dystopian novels this year, I have to read about 6 more before mid-June. I can totally do it...I think?



Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Book Review: Violets are Blue by James Patterson

Violets are Blue by James Patterson
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Paperback, 416 pages
Challenge: Mystery and Suspense, Alex Cross Series Challenge, One Two Theme Challenge
Borrowed from Library 


The malign criminal genius of Roses Are Red is fixing to give Alex a hard time once again. The FBI joins Patterson's dogged cop in a particularly unsettling investigation: two San Francisco joggers have been viciously murdered and are found suspended by their feet, with all the blood drained from their corpses. And when further brutal deaths follow in California and on the East Coast, Alex is forced to contemplate the bizarre possibility of modern-day vampires, although his instincts point him to one of the many sinister religious cults that flourish on the West Coast. Aided by Jamilla Hughes, a streetwise young woman detective from San Francisco, Alex finds that he has to crack not one but two impenetrable mysteries to stop further bloodletting.


As a follow up to the nail bitting Roses are Red, this one was pretty ho-hum. It was almost a departure from the norm with the seemingly supernatural aspects of the killers. I did NOT, however, dig the vampire angle... although I did like the magicians. What a ridiculous sentence haha..but you'll see what I mean when you read it.

When I read this, I felt like Patterson wasn't sure if he was going to make more in the series. There was something completely up in the air about the ending. He could make another one or he couldn't. And all of the recaping of the previous books seemed like he was closing the series out. The dull moments lasted longer than they needed and the final confrontation with the Mastermind wasn't as exciting as I had hoped.

So in the grand scheme of things, this installment was fine. And even though it was just "fine", I still feel compelled to run out and get book 8 in the series. I think this speaks to the strength of the basic story line and characters in general.

Bottom Line: It's a good book and you have to read it because of the monster cliffhanger in Roses are Red.  I give Violets are Blue 3 out of 4 stars!


Day 3 - Bloggers I luuuurve!


So here we are on Day 3 of Armchair BEA and we're shouting out awesome bloggers. I have been so out of the loop. So please forgive me if we are close bloggy friends and I've left you off this list. I'm typing it really quickly as I'm at work.



There are way too many of you to name but here are some that pop into my head right away:


When I want to read inventive reviews & features, I check out: Nina @ Brush Up on Your Reading : Nina's reviews rock my socks. I also love that she is eclectic in her book choices!

Small Review


When I want to check out awesome how-to posts and thorough, realistic reviews, I go to: Small Review - She effortlessly creates involving posts that always have zillions of comments because of the fantastic content.

BaffledBooks

When I was to get a visually pleasing, all inclusive review site (with movies sometimes too!) I click on: Lisa's Baffled Books page - It's like a party over there!
 
 


Additionally, there were some bloggers that had their voice and blog layout figured out and were (and still are) a huge inspiration for the things I do and the way I do them. So here are some bloggers I don't have a personal relationship with but still think you should check out if you're new.

Blogs I look up to:


















And here is an ongoing list of my friends...
Personal favorites:

And since I'm doing this at work, I will edit this to add more bloggers. Hope you enjoy my suggestions!

Book Review: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More Roald Dahl

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl
Genre: Middle Grade sort of
Paperback, 225 pages
Published: Puffin, (originally) 1977
Borrowed from Library
Challenge: Twenty Eleven Challenge

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More is a collection of seven short stories written by Roald Dahl. They are generally regarded as being aimed for a slightly older audience than many of his other children's books. The stories were written at varying times throughout his life, and are believed by many to reflect some of his best fiction writing.
My sole purpose for picking this book up was because one of my not-so-favorite people in High School (yes it was a long time ago, no I still don't like her) listed this as one of her favorite stories. It happened to be a really cool one.

Henry Sugar was this dude who was all about money. He gambled all the time and had really cool stuff. One day, he reads this remarkable story about a guy who can see things with his eyes closed. The story was awesome and inspiring, and it inspired Henry alright. It inspired him to meditate and practice to be able to see through cards so he could always win in the casinos.

The thing that really made this story for me was the narration. It was the best thing I've ever read from Dahl so far! Does anyone know if he wrote anything else remotely as awesome as this short story?! I give this story 4 out of 4 stars!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Day 2 - Best I've read in 2011



Welcome to Armchair BEA Day 2! Today we're talking about the best books we've read in 2011. For more info check out: Armchair BEA.

Okay so here’s the disclaimer: I took a reading hiatus for years and maybe read 5 books…a YEAR for like…10 years?! So I had a lot of catching up to do. The books that you will see on this list will be books you probably read eons ago. But better late than never I always say! So without further ado…

Best Books I’ve Read this year (so far!)


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – And I’m talking about book one folks. The others were cool but this one set me ablaze. I loved it so much that it’s hard for me to not run back and read it again every few weeks.


The Running Man by Richard Bachman (Stephen King) – LEAPIN’ LIZARDS this book was amazing!! It was fast paced with a fantastically explosive ending. I would suggest this book to everyone I know.


HATE LIST by Jennifer Brown – I thought this was just an exquisite example of real good YA. It was so real but not too graphic. While there was a direction I was hoping the book would take, I still found this book to be thrilling from beginning to end.


Roses are Red by James Patterson – Omg he finally got it right! The perfect balance of family life, the crimes, the killer’s POV and Alex’s love life. It ALL worked in this 6th installment of the Alex Cross series. It also ends with the biggest cliffhanger EVAAAAAR.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Day 1 - Armchair BEA Kickoff: Who is Lah and how does she Armchair?



Today I discovered that this cool event was happening and immediately signed up! It's the 2nd annual virtual convention that those of us who can't make the Check out Armchair BEA for more info!






Who am I?
What's up guys! I'm Lah, I'm from Brooklyn and I love books. I'm also an emerging professional opera singer who moonlights as an amateur book blogger! I can't make it to BEA (even though I'm soooo close) so I'm so psyched to participate in this awesome AWESOME online event!

I've been blogging since August 2010. But really got crazy into blogging around January of this year. I started reviewing a lot of YA but got a little bored and have since moved on to Suspense Thrillers and some MG fiction. But to tell you the truth, my blog is highly eclectic. I just read what I like!

Genres I love: Suspense thrillers, Dystopia (like bone-chillingly real dystopia), Murder Mysteries, Exceptional YA (like Hate List, The Hunger Games etc.), Soft Sci-fi, Cyberpunk

Genres I don't love (or haven't been convinced by yet): Certain YA (that take place in High Schools with mean girls and jocks), Paranormal stuff, most Chick-lit


How do I Armchair?
Can't make it this year so I guess I'm going to be Armchairing from work (shhh!!) I'm looking most forward to checking out bloggers and getting some cool ideas about how to format my reviews and how to update my page.

Drop a comment below to say hi!!

It's Monday! What are You Reading? (4)


I'm reading two freaking awesome books.


Violets are Blue by James Patterson - Oh snap, this one is about vampires, maybe. Don't worry, I didn't ruin it for you. But I'm excited because it's the first book I've read with maybe vampires evaaaaar.



Divergent by Veronica Roth - I bought this from Borders with my 50% off coupon...sa-weeeeet. Not to mention that I'm only 27 pages in and this book is clearly worth the full price. So excited to get together with my girls Nita @ Worth Reading It? and Lisa @ Baffled Books to do a group post about this one!

What are you guys reading??????





Back on the blog!

Hey fellow book bloggers!

Some of you might be wondering where I've been! Well, I have a new day job (for about three months now so I guess it might be not-so new anymore) and it's been taking over my life. In addition to that, I've been hanging out a lot more and singing a bunch. So when you put all that together, it makes LazyGirl not as Lazy as she thought she was haha!!

Bottom line is - I have been pretty tired when I get home and haven't planned well for the blogging. Sad face!

As of today, however, I am planning to come back like I've never been gone and blog like there's no tomorrow hehe :)

I've missed you guys a lot and look forward to getting back into everything! Stay tuned for new features and a facelift for my blog!

Your Bloggy Friend,
Lah xoxox

PS: Any of you sweeties going to BEA shoot me and email...I won't be there but it's my city so I can meet up with ya at some point!!! ;)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday

Book Blogger HopBook Blogger Hop is a super awesome hop hosted by Jen @ Crazy-For-Books!

"If you were given the chance to spend one day in a fictional world (from a book), which book would it be from and what would that place be?"

So easy...NARNIA!!!! I'd prefer to be in Narnia during Caspian's reign.  



Follow my Book Blog Friday is a super awesome hop by Parajunkee at Parajunkee's View.

It's circle time. Time for us to open up and share. Can you tell us FIVE quirky habits or things about you? We all have them...
1. I bite the inside of my cheek when I'm hungry. I guess that's actually kinda gross.

2. My favorite thing to eat are apples. It's abnormal how much I like them.

3. I'm an opera singer.

4. I absolutely love libraries. I mean, I'm sure we all do because we blog about books...but it doesn't matter how big or small the place is...if there are books there I love it!

5. I'm a super duper nerd, but I'm the coolest nerd you'll ever meet!

Book Review: Roses are Red by James Patterson

Roses are Red by James Patterson (Alex Cross #6)
Published: Vision, October 2001
Paperback, 378 pages
Challenge: Alex Cross Challenge, Hogwarts Challenge
Borrowed from Library

In this heart-pounding thriller, Detective Alex Cross pursues the most brilliant killer he's ever confronted, a mysterious criminal who calls himself the Mastermind. In a series of crimes that has stunned Washington, D.C., bank robbers have been killing bank employees and their families if the robbers' instructions are not followed to the letter. Alex Cross knows this is no ordinary criminal-the pathological need for control and perfection is too great. Cross is in the midst of a crisis at home-but the case becomes all-consuming as he learns that the Mastermind is plotting one huge, last, perfect crime...


Okay, holy mackerel! This was by far the best ending in an Alex Cross series book. I'm actually writing this review on the train where I've just finished reading.
My mouth dropped completely open. I will not spoil it for you but I would like to say that I've been waiting for this twist for about 5 books now.

As far as characters go, the Mastermind and his various teammates are viciously cold. There's no redeeming factor about them. I enjoy a villain that I can understand and almost feel sorry for. But that only added to how real he is. We heard less about the family during this book (comparatively speaking) and, as I've said in previous reviews, this makes me happy. Update: I think I have a crush on Alex Cross.

Plot-wise, this book couldn't be more unputdownable. It was like a high speed chase that slowed down at the most interesting curves. I cannot WAIT to read the next book.

Patterson gets better and better with each installment! I give Roses are Red a chilling 4 out of 4 stars! Highly, highly recommended for fans of Patterson, the Alex Cross series and suspense thrillers.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Storm Comin' by The Wailin' Jennys for Little Bee



About the Book



My co-worker suggested I read this book a few weeks ago. I was so glad that I did. It was a cleverly told story that was immensely sad. Because Chris Cleave made his characters so real, I didn't feel like jumping out a window at the end. You can check out my full review for Little Bee here.

I heard this song this morning, Storm Comin', by The Wailin' Jennys...a new favorite of mine. It made me think of the tone of the book. Please enjoy!




About the Artist
AH, these ladies bring tears to my eyes with their gorgeous GORGEOUS voices. The thing I love about the group is that they can all sing. It's not like there's some front singer diva and the others do back-up. They can all hold their own. Their beautiful harmonies and pure voiced melodies make The Wailin' Jennys stand out. Perfect for listening to when you're trying to relax.

Check out The Wailin' Jennys at their homepage here!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Book Blogger Hop 5/13-5/16


Happy Saturday fellow book lovers! Book Blogger Hop is a super mega delicious bookish meme hosted by Jennifer at Crazy-For-Books.com !



 "Are you going to Book Expo America (BEA) and/or the Book Blogger Convention (BBC) this year?"

Well my lovelies, as NYClicious as I am,  I don't think I'll be able to attend this year! I'm not too sure of the deets, but it seems like it occurs during the time that I'm at work. 

BUT I am open to meeting up with any of my virtual book reading besties for coffee or even a bite to eat if you've got time afterward! Let me know :)


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Book Review: Forever Princess by Meg Cabot

Forever Princess by Meg Cabot
Genre: YA Fiction
339 pages, Hardcover
Borrowed from Library
Published: January 2009

What's a Princess to do?
It's Mia's senior year, and things seem great. She aced her senior project, got accepted to her dream college(s), and has her birthday gala coming up . . . not to mention prom, graduation, and Genovia's first-ever elections.
What's not to love about her life? Well . . .

(spoilers ahead)
This was the longest book and I definitely noticed. But I’m finally done with this series! YAY.

It was cute and predictable in a sort of endearing way and a gre at end to the series. I think after about 6 or 7 of these books, you either look forward to the formatting, or you’re annoyed with it. I’m sort of in the middle? I knew she’d end up with Michael, I knew she didn’t really like JP. But I was a bit surprised that JP wasn’t that into her either. Otherwise, it was an okay book. Read it if you want, but my favorites in the series remain The Princess Diaries and Princess in love.

Favorite characters are still Tina and Michael. And I’m also not the largest fan of Lilly even though they did revive their friendship. I saw that the novel Mia wrote (Ransom my Heart) is available to read. But from the blurbs featured in this book, I doubt I’d like to read it. But maybe you might want to??

All in all, I give Forever Princess 3 out of 4 stars! Recommended for fans of Meg Cabot and this series.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mini-Challenge Completion Award for All!

Go on! Grab it :)

Hey guys!! I hope you had a great time doing my mini-challenge. Stay tuned for my Mini-Challenge for the Summer!

To congratulate you all for taking part, please take this button and post it proudly on your page! This is an exclusive award that requires no post or guidelines. I will get around to letting all those who took the challenge know about this awesome award!! Even if you don't accept awards, I hope you will accept this one! Congrats on finishing!


Check out the original post and all of the bloggers that signed up here.

Check out the awesome reviews that some of my bloggy friends posted:




Thanks again and see you all soon!