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March 19, 2009

The Best Worst Book You’ve Ever Read

Filed under: books,meme,reading,reading list — by Monica @ 2:21 pm

BBT: How about, “What’s the worst ‘best’ book you’ve ever read — the one everyone says is so great, but you can’t figure out why?”

Monica: I don’t know if it is that I can’t think of anything right now or if I just haven’t read a book in which I found no interest in at all. Well, okay, there may be a couple that I can mention.
The Hobbit – I think I owned it at one point, I tried reading the first few pages but could not get into it. I don’t know if it is because I’m either into chick-lits, disturbing stories, and memoirs… Perhaps I’ll try again later.
Harry Potter – I read the first book (did I actually finish it? I can’t remember now). This was a long time ago. It was alright. I didn’t care to continue with its sequels. I’m not big into the fantasy novels and witchy stuff. I’m curious if I’m going to even like Twilight. My mom own’s all the Harry Potter books for just the sake of collecting them; she hasn’t read them. 
The Shinning – The only good part in this book is the lady in the bathtub. I hate the part with the hedges. How lame! And the movie? Boring! This is the only Steven King book I’ve read right now, and I have a ton of his books that were given to me. Perhaps I’ll read others. I read the first chapter of Desperado and I loved it. 
Anyway, that’s all that I can really think of. Some of the genres that become widely popular, are just not my cup of tea to begin with. 
I hope you have a great rest of your week & thanks for stopping by!
btt

March 7, 2009

A Saturday Consisting of Books, Coffee, and My Macbook

Filed under: blogging,books,meme,reading — by Monica @ 7:47 pm

I was seriously thinking about leaving my blog to rot. It’s been a good two months. But nahhh, I think I will come back to it every so often. Whenever I feel like it 🙂 So here’s what I got today:

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I went to Chapters and there were a bunch of books on sale! I’m talkin’ like $1-$2 for hardcover books. Bookshelf fillers anyone? I got a few. What would have cost me $200 retail was only $27! I think I hear the Scottish celebrating.

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell 

Leave Me Alone I’m Reading by Maureen Corrigan

My French Whore by Gene Wilder 

The Hungry Years by William Leith

The Sound of No Hands Clapping by Toby Young

The Little Women by Katharine Weber

There were a lot of books but what I’ve chosen looked to have decent content. I think I may hit the used book stores in my area to find some deals on acrylic painting books. I’m just getting back into it as of recently. I use to take a visual arts class in high school and I loved it. I’ll need to find books on learning the acoustic guitar as well. I have a guitar and took lessons for a couple weeks, quit, and now I want to learn again, on my own. Is it me, or do I seem to have some sort of difficulty in committing to things? I just need to be more self-motivated and become dedicated this time around. 

The LG Dare 9700, 3.2 megapixel camera

The LG Dare 9700, 3.2 megapixel camera

Okay, this picture doesn’t show off my new phone at all, but my phone took all these pictures you see in my post today! Some are blurry, but I’m still getting use to everything and whatnot. And my pink silicone case, of course! I do love it. My cell phone carrier is Telus and this was an upgrade to my original LG Chocolate 8500, which is now junk, I really put that phone through a lot! I’ll have to take good care of this new one and not drop it on pavement and ceramic tiles every other day.  My contract was coming to an end so I was looking around to other carriers (Rogers, Bell/Aliant, Virgin, etc). But after listening to everyone’s opinions and reviews (that of my co-workers and friends), I’m pretty happy with Telus’s services so I figured I’d stick with them.

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*sigh*… No car today… Next time though! 😀

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Just checking out my emails.

Also, in response to Booking Through Thursday’s post on Thursday 26th about books that we know are fabulous but have never gotten around to actually reading them and would like to someday, mine would be: the Twilight series. Everyone is reading them now. There are – what? four? – four books out as well as a movie, all my co-workers are reading them, circulating their copies at work. I figured I should get with the now and read them sometime. I’ll borrow someone’s copy and if I like them I’ll buy them for my personal collection. Also, I would like to read some classics in which I always notice references made to these classics often, such as Emma, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, things like that. And The Secret. The Secret is actually one of those books that I said “I should probably read someday” and I’m just about done it now! It’s different. I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m not much of a spiritual person nor much of a believer. If “The Secret” were seriously that easy, I would totally believe it! But I don’t know… Sometimes I think its all garbage. But again, I’m on the fence on this one, parts of the book or the concept I do believe, others not so much. I mean this whole thing, the law of attraction and positive thinking, is nothing new.

Anyway, that’s about it for me. I should get a move on… Nice to be back. Have a great weekend everyone!

January 8, 2009

Books, Books, Books!

Filed under: 2009,books,reading,reading list,resolution — by Monica @ 5:40 am

A lot of these blog entries have been about goals and resolutions. This one will be no different. I love reading and I ought to be doing it a lot more often, so this has become one of my resolutions, as you may have already learned. I have compiled a reading list of 30 books for myself to be completed by the year’s end. A few titles may be subject to change, without notice (and I’m already thinking of changing a few titles). Here’s my list of books I would like to read:

1  Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

2 Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler 

3 The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

4 Life of Pi by Yann Martel

5 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

6 Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs

7 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

8 Cease to Blush by Billie Livingston

9 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides 

10 Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

11 Emma by Jane Austen

12 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

13 A Thousands Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

14 The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

15 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

16 Humpty Dumpy was Pushed by Bruce Lord and Elisabeth Richards

17 Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

18 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

19 Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

20 Confessions of a Window Dresser by Simon Doonan

21 The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

22 We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

23 Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

24 The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel by David Wroblewski 

25 A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

26 The Road by Cormac McCarthy 

27 100 Places Every Women Should Go by Stephanie Griest 

28 Blackout Girl: Growing Up and Drying Out in America by Jennifer Storm

29 The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

30 Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black

 

Listed below are books I’ve already read last year in 2008 and they are my absolute favorite:

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

 

If you’ve already read a book and do not mind sharing with me you’re opions/reviews on it or have heard not-so-good/great reviews on a certain title, please let me know! I would love to hear  about it and I’m open for suggestions as well! Thanks again for stopping by and have a wonderful Thursday!

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