Showing posts from April, 2015

Wednesday Update: Movie vs. Book

Well hello everyone! I am actually posting on time today. Fancy that. Been doing a lot of unpacking and cleaning since moving back home so I was a little late on Monday posting the review. But I am back now and hopefully nothing is going to stand in the way now. Lately I have been thinking about movies vs. the books. There has always been a stand off between those who love movies and those who love books. And of course in many cases there are those who stand right in the middle.  In todays times most movies that are out there are based on a book. Some times people who love the book long before they became movies get excited to see the movie and many times they are let down. Of course there are always those few movies that actually do a good job. They are rare but they exist. And on the other side there are those who never read the book and never plan to, but still love the movies. These are the type of people who normally hate the book readers because they always go on about how mu

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

"42" Good morning everybody. Summer is almost here so I hope everyone is in good spirits. Today I decided to read an old classic. The book wasn't overly long so I didn't have any trouble finishing it in record time. But my God was this a weird book if I ever did read one. I have never seen the movie but I have heard many weird things about the book/movie over the years. Since the book was relatively cheap at a local bookstore I thought I would pick it up and give it a go. It is one of those strange classics that everyone knows about after all. Arthur Dent is having a really really bad day. First the ministry has decided to tear his house down whether or not he is in it. But that is only the beginning of things. When his friend Ford shows up to take him to the bar, insisting that he drink 3 pints of beer in under ten minutes, Arthur learns that losing his house might be the least of his worries.  Within minutes the Earth has been destroyed and Ford and Arthur

Quick Update

Hey everyone. I'm really sorry I didn't update yesterday I am having a rather difficult week. Besides being stupidly sick right now, as in not being able to get out of bed, I had to finish my exam yesterday and then move out today to come back home for the summer. Because of that I never got to do a proper update. I am just taking a few minutes in between resting and unpacking now to do this update and I am hoping to have things go back to normal by Monday. Next week there should be a proper post on Wednesday instead of this crap. Hope you guys have a great week! - Kate

Tornado Warning by Tamara Hart Heiner

Good day everyone. I hope you are all having a fantastic Monday. This week I decided to read something a little different than I normally do. This is, in a way, a non-fiction book. There are seven stories within it, but all of them are based on the true even of the tornado that destroyed Joplin a few years ago. I have always had a deep interest in tornados so when I saw this book I decided it was time to switch things up a bit and read something really interesting. This ebook version that I read tells the story of seven woman who are living their ordinary lives when a tornado suddenly strikes their town. Because they are always under tornado watch no one is expecting the damage that comes to them on that one quiet night. But while the story is about the tornado primarily, it focuses mainly on the aftermath and what these women must do to get their lives back in order.  Each woman is unique in her own way of course and each deals with the devastation differently. All suffer losse

Paperback vs. Hardcover

Good day everyone, I hope you are having a good week. I have so many books to read in the next couple weeks that I don't know when I will find time to study... I hope that you are all working hard on your reading challenge, and for those of you who are not working on them, I hope you are at least reading.  Lately I have been having trouble choosing whether or not I want to buy hardcover books or paperback ones. There are advantages and disadvantages to each and I would like to outline some of these today. Let's start with paperback books. These kinds of books often come out a few months after the initial release, or in some cases are the first to be released.  These kind of books are cheaper because they have softer covers and flimsier spines. Many people buy these types of books not just for the cheap prices but because they aren't as heavy as hardcover and have the cover permanently placed on the front. The downside of these books is that, if you loves books as much

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

"My beloved Louis." - Some random page that I can't find because I read the ebook version... The Vampire Lestat was a hilarious and thoughtful sequel to Interview with the Vampire. The best part about the book is that it acknowledges that the first book was written and published in its own universe. Learning what really happened to Lestat gave me a better appreciation for him, and it is nice to see what happens next instead of constantly being stuck in the past. Let me tell you a bit about it! Lestat has been underground for years without food, attempting to end his life because he could not adapt to the changing world. He is ready to give up everything when he starts to hear a strange sound coming from outside.  A rock band has started practicing across the road from him and, believe it or not, Lestat wants to be a part of it. His thoughts go to joining with them and singing for them, but he is stuck underground. He finds his way to the surface after a mont

Happy Wednesday!

Good day everyone, I hope you are having a wonderful week. Just another quick update as I do on Wednesdays to say that I hope everyone is keeping up on their reading goals. With the weather getting better I have noticed many book sales lately at schools, bookstores, and other places. Take advantage of this time to grab yourself as many books as possible and make it your goal to read as much as you can this year! Also, as my roommate has pointed out, rereading a book is just as good as buying a new one to read. So here is my challenge to you: Go through your old books and find your absolute favourite. Read it again and remind yourself why you love it, and why you love reading. For me, I will be reading Good Omens once again in memory of Terry Pratchett and I will enjoy every moment of it.  Have a great week everyone and I will see you again on Monday! - K

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

"Does Britain still rule the world?" "Uh... not exactly." - Page 169 Happy Monday everyone! This week I got another book that doesn't quite resemble other books. For the first difference, there are pictures in this book, even though it is a chapter book in the teen section! The pictures are littered throughout the book and relate quite nicely to the story being told. It was recommended to me by my friends roommate so I thought I would check it out. It wasn't at all what I was expecting it to be, but all in all it wasn't so bad. Jacob is at a loss. His grandfather, who he had idolized growing up for his incredible stories, has been murdered. Everyone is telling him that wild animals did it, but Jacob can't get the figure he saw outside of his grandfathers house out of his mind. And what of his grandfathers cryptic last words? Finally, after not being able to ignore his curiosity any longer, Jacob and his father take a trip to the island where

Happy April Fools Day!

Good day everyone, I hope everyone is having a nice week. Here in Canada the weather is starting to get a little warmer, which is nice. There is still snow but it is warm enough now that it is starting to melt. Can you say, 'flash flooding?' Anyway, today is the first of April which means Aprils fools day. For those of you who don't know what April fools day is, it is essentially a day to play pranks on each other for the hell of it. Personally I don't participate, because I am too busy to try to come up with anything that isn't entirely hurtful. But many people across the country will be pranking until the end of the day. Awesome. Lately, along with reading I have started taking up a new hobby: learning a new language. I have decided to attempt to learn German, because French just hasn't been working for me for the last little while. I think it is important to learn another language just for the fun of it if for nothing else. That really is all I have to sa