“Isn't it odd how much fatter a book gets when you've read it several times?" Mo had said..."As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells...and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower...both strange and familiar.”

Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Blogger Hop! 18/04/14

Book Blogger Hop

Here is a blog hop that I have not done in a while. I liked this week’s question and decided to play along and give my answer.

This blog hop comes from Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer (click the link to check out how to join the hop).

This week’s question is:

Are your reviews more of a rehash of the story or do you comment on writing style, characters, and reflection?

My answer:

Generally I give the synopsis from the back of the book first and then I will give my thoughts on the book and how it made me feel and whether or not I liked the book.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Vocabulary Challenge Day 30!

Wow! It is hard to believe that it has been 30 days since I started this 30 day vocabulary challenge. This was a great experience for me and it was a lot of fun being introduced to new words. Some of the words that I learned were words that I had heard of but had not really used. There were also words that I already new (that is of the words I got from Word.A.Day).

Although it is day 30 of the 30 day vocabulary challenge, it may not be over for me just yet. I did learn some new and interesting words and had a blast trying to make sentences out of some of them so I may decide to keep on motivating myself to keep learning a new word each day. Would you like to inspire yourself to do something new? Why not try this easy vocabulary challenge? You do not have to do it for 30 days; try it for one or even two weeks...if you dare.

To finish off this 30 day vocabulary challenge here is today`s word:

Romeo:  noun meaning a man who is passionate lover of seducer.

Who would have thought that Michael would turn out to be such a Romeo?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Musings! #38—Weekly Quote and New Book Release!

Here it is Monday again and another week is upon us. I know that I was remiss at doing up a book quote for Saturday but time just got away on me. I am going to fix that today (sort of) by offering a weekly quote for this week:

“Each day a few more lies eat into the seed with which we are born, little institutional lies from the print of newspapers, the shock waves of television, and the sentimental cheats of the movie screen.”--Norman Mailer

As I was reading this quote the movie “Noah” came to mind. I have not seen it but from what I have heard the writers on this film did not adhere to the biblical version at all. So the cheat here is that when it comes to even a biblical account man can use his misplaced talent to place lies into our lives from the movie screen.

Now, onto a new book release! I am not sure how many of my readers have heard of Matthew Klein, but I was just reading that he has a new book out and it does sound like an absorbing read. The title of the book is No Way Back. Klein's has other books he has written and released and they are Con Ed and Switchback. If you enjoy reading thrillers then No Way Back may be just the book for you.
Has anyone read either of Matthew Klein’s previously released books? As I stated earlier this is the first time I have heard of this author and I was just wondering if his books are as good as they sound.

Today is day 27 of my 30 day vocabulary challenge. Here is today’s word!

Dogberry is a noun meaning a pompous, incompetent, self-important official.

“The new mayoral candidate can be a real dogberry when it comes to political matters.”

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Memes #2! 4/11/14

Here are two memes that I have enjoyed reading and joining in on in the past but have not done so recently. It is time to change that!

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda’s Voice, and Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Readers. Just click on the links to find the rules to join these memes as well.

Today’s Friday 56 comes from Yesterday, I Cried by Iyanla Vanzant:

“Grandma was so engrossed in what she was feeling and doing, she didn’t even look at Rhonda when she passed by on the way to the bathroom. She didn’t even ask Rhonda if she had her slippers on. Rhonda stood frozen in the doorway a long time, watching her grandmother tremble, moan, and cry.”

My Book Beginnings on Friday come from The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. This author has fast become one of my favorites. She has an amazing way with words.

“At night I would lie in bed and watch the show, how bees squeezed through the cracks of my bedroom wall and flew circles around the room, making that propeller sound, a high-pitched zzzzzz that hummed along my skin. I watched their wings shinning like bits of chrome in the dark and felt the longing build in my chest. The way those bees flew, not even looking for a flower, just flying for the feel of the wind, split my heart down its seam.”

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

30 Day Vocabulary Challenge--Day 22!

I started a 30 day vocabulary challenge in an attempt to keep on learning. There are times when I believe that people stop learning or stop pushing themselves to keep learning maybe because we become complacent with our knowledge or perhaps it is just laziness. Either way it is a good thing to inspire ourselves to grow from time to time.

The word of the day comes from a word search puzzle booklet that I work on a few mornings a week while I have my coffee instead of spending time on my computer. So without further delay here is today’s word:

Euphonious (adj.)agreeable to the ear.

The sounds of the piano that wafted out from the lounge were euphonious.

How about you? Have you challenged yourself lately? The trick with stimulating oneself with a challenge is to make it fun and to break out of the normal routine. Make your mind work. Go ahead give it a try!