Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Eve!!

Ten things I love about Halloween

1. I have an excuse to eat obscene amounts of candy


2. Fall Foliage and cooler temperatures 

3. Halloween episodes of The Simpsons and other such cartoons


5. Vibrant Fall Colors

6. Having a reason beside my birthday to wear a tiara

7. Um, this!
8. Little babies in costumes! Especially when they’re dressed up as Pumpkins, Cats or Bees!

9. Halloween themed parties / Decor


10.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Follow Friday time!

Book Blogger Hop
The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly event hosted by the lovely Jennifer at Crazy for Books and runs from Friday to Sunday.

This week's question: What is your favorite Halloween costume? Even if you don’t celebrate, what kinds of costumes do you like?

Oh I definitely celebrate! I love all costumes. I am between being Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz or Little Red Riding Hood this year! My favorite that I ever did was when I was Marilyn Monroe with a little ridiculous curly wig! Me as a blonde doesn't work btw.

 TGIF is a weekly event hosted by Ginger at GReads!

This week's question: Which books do you consider festive Halloween reads? Which stories have chilled you to the bone? 

Earlier this year, I read Leo Rising based on the Charmed series. It took place during Halloween and got me supremely in the spirit for the season right now. It can be a children's story as long as it takes place during Halloween time!

I love any story that isn't too spooky because I am a scaredy cat - definition!! That being said, I haven't read any stories that are too scary!!

This week at LazyGirl Reads:
 

Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Hardcover, 208 pages
Genre: YA Fiction
Borrowed from NYPL Mid-Manhattan Branch
In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she fi nds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...


A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make - and the ultimate choice Mia commands. (taken from Amazon.com)

What a fantastic novel.

The Good News:
From start to finish I was absolutely hooked. The language was simple but didn't take away from the immensity of the event. It's told through flashbacks that weave the characters and the story together perfectly.I cared about Mia and her family almost immediately, which I found to be brilliant on Forman's part since it can be difficult to make readers become invested in characters so quickly.

Another thing I loved was that Mia is a classical musican! One of my favorite flashbacks is when she found that classical instruments don't have to be thought of in a stuffy sort of way. Her friend suggests she listens to Nirvana's Something in the Way...one of my favs. The chorus' swelling vocal line infuses a passionate cello underscore.

The Bad News:
What bad news? This book is awesome. I guess the only bad news I have is that I'm not too keen on reading the sequel. I'd like the story to stay with me the way it is.

Bottom Line:
If I Stay is hauntingly beautiful, thought provoking and bittersweet. Recommended for fans of YA novels and General Fiction alike.

Check out Gayle Forman's site.
Check out the stellar If I stay playlist.

Extra: LazyGirl Reads News!

Lah says: Hey there!


Figured I'd check in with you guys and let you know what's going on around LazyGirl Reads. I have some exciting new (re-vamped) features that I will be rolling out in the next few weeks.



  • Music Mondays (or whenever days): I started this feature earlier this year and was so inspired by it that I would create several at a time for weeks and weeks ahead. Unfortunately, I started getting to busy to keep this up. Now, I will do them more often, but not on any set day of the week. Check out my old Music Monday posts here!

  • Weekly/Semi Weekly Check-ins: Aren't you all dying to know how my week is going?? Haha, don't all answer at once now! I plan to keep you guys posted on book or non-book related stuff going on in my life, because, hey, why not?!

  • New Releases: Maybe once a month, I'll highlight some New Releases in General Fiction. I reckon there are at least 10 people out there who wouldn't mind knowing about that.

  • Blogger spotlights: I've seen it done around the blogosphere and have been featured in a couple myself. I'd love to contribute to bringing bloggers like you to the spotlight but with a LazyGirl Reads spin on it!

Speaking of LazyGirl Reads, I think it's high time I change the name of my blog. When I get to 1,000 followers, I'm going to change the look AND name of my blog. What?! Yes, I am not lazy as so many of you have pointed out haha!

And that's only some of the stuff I'm thinking of doing! So stay tuned for more awesomeness. Anyway, thanks as always for checking me out and see you soon :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Why I love Wednesdays: Book Setting

Reflections of a Bookaholic
"Why I love..." Wednesdays is hosted by the lovely Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic.

Why I love....Narnia

In the immortal words of Liz Lemon of 30 Rock fame: I want to GO to there. 

I read all 7 books like many people have and one of most descriptive and imaginative ones was 'The Magician's Nephew'. I loved the way they described entering Narnia and the trees breathing and everything seeming alive around them. I think I read those few sentences over and over so I could put myself there. I would love to go to Narnia when there's no wars or snow or evil Queens... 

On a serious note though, I love this series and it's one of the most escapist type of novels I read! I love this series and all the settings (except maybe a few in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader!)

Which book setting do you love??

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (1)

Teaser Tuesday is a lovely lil' meme hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading. I got this super cool button from Miss Page-Turner's City of Books. Feel free to grab it :)


My Teaser:
"He's much too tall for you," I told her, "You'd only come up to his belly button."
"He might enjoy that."
page 3, Forever by Judy Blume

Monday, October 24, 2011

Book Review: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Paperback, 128 pages
Borrowed from BPL Central Branch
Peter, because he's the oldest, must deal with Fudgie's disgusting cuteness, his constant meddling with Peter's stuff, and other grave offenses, one of which is almost too much to bear. All these incidents are presented with the unfailing ear and big-hearted humor of the masterful Judy Blume. (taken from Amazon.com)

I haven't read a Judy Blume book in EONS. The last one of I read was "Are you there God, it's me Margaret". This one was (obviously) a lot different.

Heartwarming, funny and silly at times, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is the first in a series of books Blume writes about Peter and his younger brother Fudge. Like any younger brother is capable of, Fudge drives Peter absolutely nuts and in Peter's words "gets away with everything".

If you have a sibling and remember being in Fourth Grade, you might find yourself laughing more than you thought you would at this story. The language was simple enough for a Middle Grader to follow but interesting enough for an adult to read. I felt as though it ended a little suddenly but then found out that the story does go on in other books. I plan on reading those as well!

It's Monday! What are you reading?! (1)

It's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey! It's a great way to plan out your reading week and get ideas from other bloggers as well!

Just finished:

Alex Cross's TRIAL by James Patterson and Richard Diallo
Loved it. Check out my review.

Thinking of Starting:


Maybe later:


PS: This isn't my first time doing this meme, but I figure I'd start counting at some point :-P

Friday, October 21, 2011

Follow Friday Time!

Lah says: Happy Friday my fellow book lovers! Thanks for checking out my blog! Drop me a comment and give me a follow if you like what you see! I will be sure to follow you in return :)

TGIF at GReads is a cool hop hosted by Ginger! She always has super cool questions and whatnot. This week, she's asked us to name 5 blogs we like!

Blogs that make me smile!


GReads: Is this kind of lame for me to include the hosting blog? No, I don't think so. I love the layout of her page and the amazing buttons. I of course enjoy the content as well and the structure of just enough memes in proportion with reviews! You rule darlin!


Small Review

Small Review: Small has been a fav of mine for a long time! She has what I think any blogger would love: Solid (and I mean solid) reviews, a clear genre that she enjoys and devoted readers. This one's for you, Small!

Crazy-For-Books: Jen was my first favorite blogger. I was enamored with her site and her buttons and her hop! Hers remains one of the many blogs that makes me smile.

Bookish Brunette
The Bookish Brunette: Now, while our reading tastes are mostly dissimilar, who can deny the amazing-ness factor of this lady's page?? I was so inspired by how cute and thorough her blog is, that I put it in my sidebar. I could stand to visit it a little more often too!

Gosh I'm sure there are a zillion others but, it's 9:30am and I haven't had my coffee yet.


 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson

Hello It should come as no surprise to you all that I am waiting for the next Alex Cross installment. The love/hate relationship that I have with the series has tipped over to the "love" side due to the AMAAAZ Alex Cross's TRIAL. Almost done with that.

Anyway, I barely want to read the summary for this new Alex Cross book (which is approx. #2234904048372)  as they often majorly spoil what's going to happen I won't post it here, but will link you to it if you're curious...


Kill Alex Cross, by James Patterson

I find this cover to be odd looking. Like James Patterson didn't write it or something. What do you think? And what are you lovely people waiting on??

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays: Alex Cross's Trial

Hey fellow bookworms! I've been reading this book for a week now. Not because it's long or anything, just because it's super awesome and I'm enjoying it. Here's a seemingly spoiler worthy teaser but it's on the tip of the iceberg for this awesome story.

My Teaser:
She leaned close to me, dropping her voice to a whisper. "I done the crime."
"What?"
"I done the crime"
Alex Cross's Trial, page 16


What are you guys reading??

Book Review: The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
Hardcover, 259 pages
Borrowed from NYPL Mid-Manhattan Branch
Challenge: Dusty Volumes Challenge, 100 Books in a Year

A book that needs no introduction, I was absolutely thrilled to pick up this oldie but goodie!! It was one of my favorite childhood movies and has now become one of my favorite fantasy novels.

I enjoyed seeing how the adaptations of the book were used and why they were used. I was shocked to find out the longer story of the tin man, and that he had actually been a man until the wicked witch kept cutting his limbs off! Could you imagine if any of the adaptations decided to illustrate that?!

Had I have read this as a child, I would've missed a lot of the themes. Namely that the Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow had what they thought they were lacking all along. It's almost comical how brave the Lion actually is in the book and how much of a heart the Tin Man has.

was also glad that there were other elements that I haven't seen on screen so far. Like the China Country and the Hammerheads. Will definitely read the others in the series. All 65 million of them.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Book Mini Review: Cross by James Patterson

About a year ago, I started reading James Patterson books and decided to get into the Alex Cross series. I'm about 12 books in and still reading! While Cross wasn't exceptionally amazing as others in the Alex Cross series (Kiss the Girls, anyone?), I found this to be an amazing read nonetheless.

In this one, Alex finally discusses his wife's murder in detail and we "find out" who killed her. "Find out" is in quotes because let's face it, we don't know for sure if this person actually did it. Alex also progresses his relationship with Kayla Coles and the family remains the same. It's a typical book in the series, quick paced, interesting killer, sappy home stuff.

I was only a little disappointed in the ambiguity of the ending. Sure there was a sort of cool cliffhanger, but it didn't make me want to crack open the next book in the series immediately.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Just for Fun Reading Challenge: Harry Potter: The Prequel by JK Rowling

Just for Fun Reading Challenge is a year long monthly challenge hosted by Dolly @ Dollycas thoughts.



I was cruising through Goodreads when I saw someone post this as "To-Read". I felt like the worst HP fan ever because I had no idea this even existed. Once I read it, I wasn't entirely convinced that JK had written it anyway.

First of all it was really short and it sounded like terrible fan fiction. "The Policeman pulled over and said 'Whoa!'" or something like that, was the sinker for me. Honestly, as much as I wish that JK WOULD make a prequel, she fleshed everything out as much as she possibly could in the last couple books. I later read that it was just a first draft for fun and that of course it's going to be a crappy read.

It did make me remember how much I loved the series and that I should revisit it sometime!