Friday, November 25, 2011

Follow Friday time! (3)

TGIF is a weekly event hosted by Ginger at GReads.

This week's question: When You're Not Reading: What occupies your time when your nose isn't stuck in a book?



When I'm not reading, I'm performing in operas or at open mics and practicing. I'm a professional opera singer working toward my big break and practice makes perfect!

This Week at LazyGirl Reads:

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012


While it is hard to believe that it's already time to sign up for challenges for next year, I am beyond excited about this one co-hosted by my bloggy friend Lisa @ Baffled Books.

Some quick rules:

Anyone can join, blog or not, you just need somewhere to post your reviews to share with the world. If you have a blog, a post about the challenge would be nice! Just add your details to the linky below to sign up.


Timeline: 01 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2012. You can sign up from now right up until 31 Nov 2012.

Rules: The levels are back this year! Just pick your level and declare it in your post or in the comments below:
  • Nosey: 3 novels
  • Excited: 6 novels
  • Content: 12 novels
  • In Nirvana: 24 novels
  • Obsessed: 48 novels


I'm going to sign up for the Nosey Level this year. If I've learned anything from challenge sign ups it's that I tend to overshoot!

Will list them as I go along here and link you to them:

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An award for me!


Well, don't mind if I do!

The lovely folks over at Wall-to-Wall books were kind enough to give me this super cute award!! I haven't gotten an award in quite some time so I am very grateful for this one!

The rules for this award are: 
1. I must tell seven things about myself.
2. I must pass the award on to 15 other bloggers.
 
At this point, I have NO CLUE who still accepts awards so if you do, please feel free to take this one from me as your own. Make sure you let me know so I can read about lovely little you :)

Here are my 7 things (short and sweet):
I'm originally from Brooklyn, NY.

I am an opera singer (like, for real).

My favorite color is Red!

I have 1 brother and 1 cat.

I am unapologetically addicted to video games.

I love seafood!

Needless to say, I can stay in a library/bookstore for HOURS.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Book Review: Forever... by Judy Blume

Forever... by Judy Blume

Genre: YA Fiction
Paperback, 224 pages
Where I got it: BPL Central Branch
Katherine and Michael meet at a New Year's Eve party. They're attracted to each other, they grow to love each other. And once they've decided their love is forever, they make love.


It's the beginning of an intense and exclusive relationship, with a future all planned. Until Katherine's parents insist that she and Michael put their love to the test with a summer apart...
I had a friend insist that I read this. I'm not sure why.


The Good News:
It is majorly scandalous for the time. I can only imagine parents in 1975 wanting to burn this book. Also, it's the 7th most frequently challenge book of 1990-2000 according to Wikipedia. Loved the fact the same author is capable of writing this and Tales of a Fourth Grade nothing. Talk about versatility!

The Bad News:
There might not have been bad news if my friend hadn't hyped it up so much (thanks friend!). But, I just couldn't get all the way into the story. It took them so long to finally have sex. So long that I lost interest by the time it all went down and was even more disappointed than she was. 

Bottom Line:
I really wanted to love this book but I didn't. I would've enjoyed this book a lot more when I was much younger than I am now.I definitely understand why it's a controversial book and if I had a teenage daughter, I'm not sure I'd want her reading it until she was in college OR she's had the talk with me. Mothers with daughters, you might disagree, what do I know about raising a kid?! Just saying that I wouldn't want her getting the wrong idea about relationships. 

Have you guys read this? Let me know your thoughts!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (3)

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:
"Isn't that what all of life is anyway?
Shards. Bits. Moments.
Am I less becuase I have fewer, or do the few I have mean more?"
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson, page 80

Monday, November 21, 2011

Just for Fun Challenge: Moon Quest by Anson Montgomery

Moon Quest by Anson Montgomery
Paperback, 144 pages
Choose Your Own Adventure
Borrowed from NYPL

The year is 2053. Underneath a glass dome on the near side of the moon, the Tycho Colony thrives. Your parents are scientists in Tycho researching the moon's landscape and sustainable life potential. Your time here has been interesting, but you are curious to explore the strange places outside your protective dome. The moonscape is treacherous and most of it unknown. Oxygen is your life-line. Can you make it outside the safe colony walls and experience what life on the moon is really like? (taken from Amazon.com).

Remember Choose your own adventure books?? I remember being reallllly young and seeing these Choose Your Own Adventure magazines at the check out in the supermarket. I was lucky to get my mom to buy me one once and I loved that book! So you can imagine how jazzed I was to find a slew of these in the library!!

It was definitely a fun read and a nice way to dip your toe into sci-fi if you're curious. Recommended for those who enjoy Choose Your Own Adventure books and soft sci-fi!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

In My Mailbox (Sunday Nov. 20th!)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.

I got pretty lucky this week with some awesome reads!! I got a whole bunch so I'll list them and link you up to some of them if you're curious!

From the Library:

The Land of Oz by Frank Baum
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
Cross Fire by James Patterson



WON!
Auras by Edgar Cayce

"My name is Michael Vey and there's something you don't know about me; something that scares people more than you would believe. It's my secret- and it's part of the story I'm about to tell you."

Oh emm gee!! I love Richard Paul Evans so when I saw he was writing a book like this, I was crazy excited!! I ended up winning a giveaway on Tea with Marce and I got this book, Auras and her giveaway for Manufactured Identity! Who's the luckiest gal in the world??? Meeeee!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Follow Friday time!

TGIF is a weekly event hosted by Ginger at GReads.

Giving Thanks: Which books are you most thankful for receiving from other bloggers, friends, family members, or publishers?

Wow. I got some really REALLY cool books this year from bloggers and contests. One of my absolute favorite was Sweet Jiminy by Kristin Gore! Check out my review.

3 others that I'm grateful for (in no particular order):

 Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans
(courtesy of a giveaway on Tea Time with Marce)


Alex Cross' TRIAL by James Patterson Richard Diallo

This was a gift from a co-worker. He saw that I read a lot of James Patterson and figured I might like this one. Boy was he right! This was a magnificent addition to the series that can easily be read as a stand alone. Check out my review


Thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Book Review: Alex Cross's TRIAL by James Patterson and Richard Diallo

Alex Cross's TRIAL by James Patterson and Richard Diallo
Paperback, 400 pages
Genre: Suspense
Gift from Co-worker

The year is 1906, and America is segregated. Hatred and discrimination plague the streets, the classroom, and the courts. But in Washington, D.C., Ben Corbett, a smart and courageous lawyer, makes it his mission to confront injustice at every turn. He represents those who nobody else dares defend, merely because of the color of their skin. When President Roosevelt, under whom Ben served in the Spanish-American war, asks Ben to investigate rumors of the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in his home town in Mississippi, he cannot refuse.

Don’t let the name fool you like it did me: Alex Cross is not on trial, you sneaky James Patterson you! I couldn’t get through the previous book Cross Country so I just skipped ahead. So glad I did! Alex Cross’s TRIAL is a medium paced departure from the typical city based present day stories Patterson usually writes.

Good News:
I was able to immediately forget that I was reading a work of fiction. I felt as though I was transported to this picture that Diallo and Patterson paint. I was pleasantly surprised at how Patterson was able to make you love and loathe completely new characters within the first few pages. I would love to read more books where Ben Corbett is the main character.

Bad News:
Some parts might be a little too graphic without warning. But that might've just been to my taste.

Bottom Line:
This is excellent as a stand alone book since we don’t see any of these characters again and the story line is so solid. I highly recommend to readers who enjoy General Adult Fiction.

Monday, November 14, 2011

It's Monday! What are you reading?! (4)

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!

Back in Brooklyn like I never left!! Check out what I'm reading this week :)

Just finished:
I never finished Thinner by Stephen King OR House of the Lost by Sarah Rayne! I thought maybe I'd read it on the plane or something but I just couldn't get into Thinner! House of the Lost was a little slow too. Maybe I'll finish something this week!

Thinking of Starting:

I was lucky enough to win this book at Tea Time with Marce!! Looking forward to reading this!


Maybe later:

Another book I'm super excited for that I got from Marce!! Thanks Marce :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

It's Monday! What are you reading?! (3) & Meet Me on Monday (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!

I am blogging to you sweeties all the way from Sunny Sunny California! I'm visiting some of my bestest friends and they all send their regards.

Just finished:

Juliet the Valentine Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Thinking of Starting:



Maybe later:









Meet me on Monday is a fun meme hosted by Java at Never Growing Old! It's a fun way to get to know people and see what you have in common!


This week's questions: 

1.  Are you excited for the holidays or are you dreading them?
SUPER excited!!!! I love the holidays and every possible thing about them.

2.  Do you hit the snooze button or get right up?
Sometimes, I wake up *right* before the alarm goes off. Then I hit the snooze button and go back to sleep.

3.  Do you still have your tonsils? 
Yes! 

4.  What was the last piece of candy that you ate?
I just very randomly had a Watermelon Flavored Blow Pop this morning. 

5.  Do you shop at thrift stores?
Nope, but I know a lot of people who do!  

Book Review: Juliet the Valentine by Daisy Meadows

Juliet the Valentine by Daisy Meadows
Paperback, 201 pages
Genre: Middle Grade/Independent Reader
Borrowed from NYPL 58th Street Branch

Oh snap! Jack Frost is up to his old antics again. This time he’s high jacking Valentine’s Day by making whoever touches a Valentine’s Day present mean to their loved one! Only Rachel and Kirsty and their fairy friend can save the day. But watch out! The Goblins are out in full force making things tricky for the girls!

One of the things I’d like to do is write a Middle Grade Fiction book. So I occasionally check out what’s out there for ideas and whatnot. I think this book may have been an Independent Reader book so it was a little out of the demographic I’m thinking of writing to. I gave that preface because I don’t too good a review for this book.


The Good News:
Super cute premise with delightful illustrations and my favorite holiday are all at the helm. There was even a little fairy that first appeared in a glass of glitter. EEE! There was an adventure aspect that was easy enough to follow, almost like a 21 minute cartoon with commercials.

The Bad News:
On the flip side, it wasn’t cute enough. We needed way more glitter, way more cupcakes and way more The teddy bears. Additionally, the besties Rachel and Kirsty have apparently already been introduced in previous books in the series. So I didn’t get the feel of their relationship at all. When they argued because of Jack Frost’s curse, I didn’t get that it was a huge fight between the two of them.

I also wasn’t a fan of the illustrations. As awesome as they were, they were on every page. I’d like to decide what everything looks like, thank you very much. Given, I’m reviewing this as an adult, but Middle Grade/Independent Reader me would’ve appreciated less drawings as well.

What I’m saying is:
Listen, I still recommend this book. It was Cute-tastic and there are other books in the series. Any Independent Reader would love to follow these girls and the fairies through multiple books. Just wasn’t my fav. Maybe I will try another one.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Follow Friday Time!!

TGIF is a weekly event hosted by Ginger at GReads.

Gateway Books: Which particular books opened you up to a new genre?

What an excellent question! While I've been reading a crapload of the same old same old (Mystery & Middle Grade, with the occasional popular YA novel), there are some genres that I wouldn't hesitate to read because of a a few excellent gateway books.

Old Man's War by John Scalzi

My friend reads all kinds of sci-fi and she suggested that I start with this one. I was hesistant because I wasn't so into super fine print and made up worlds whose names I couldn't pronounce. But Old Man's War is sci-fi for people who sci-fi curious. The basic premise is that once you turn 75, you go fight in this war in space. Presumably, you die out there protecting the planet. Imaginitive and fast paced, this book is one of my favs in the genre and has me curious to read others like it.


The Giver by Lois Lowry
I don't remember who told me to read this but I'm glad I did. This is supposedly for Middle Graders and up, but it is Dystopian at its finest! The major ingredients that makes or breaks a dystopian novel for are:
1. Does this seem like something that could happen?
2. Is there some sort of major twist?
3. Is it freaking awesome?!
The Giver covers all these things.  I won't reveal the shocker but this short book is worth the read if you want to see what, in MY opinion, is what dystopian should always be like.






Follow my Blog Friday is hosted by Alison at Alison Can Read and Parajunkee at Parajunkee.com
 
 Today's Question is something new, an activity. We want to see what you look like! Take a pic with you and your current read! Too shy? Boo! Just post a fun pic you want to share.

Snuck a picture at work before anyone noticed I was taking pics of myself.
Here I am with modest make-up and an updo sneaking a read and a pic at work! Just took this a few minutes ago :) By the way, that book (House of the Lost by Sarah Rayne) is super creepy and I can only read it during the day time hehe!!


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