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Annoying…?

Is there anything that an author has done that has annoyed you? If so, what is it?

Too much information will make me not finish a book. If the story gets bogged down with too much information, I’ll quickly put the book down and find something else to read. I’ve done that a couple of time in the last year or so where I quit reading something for this very reason.

Also, I don’t like it when the ending to a book doesn’t make any sense. If an author does that, I won’t read any of their literature ever again. There’s nothing I hate worse than a terrible ending when you’ve spent all that time reading the book.

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Teachers encouraging you to read….?

Have you ever had any teacher, regardless if it’s a current teacher or a past teacher, that has encouraged you to read? Were you happy or unhappy when a teacher encouraged you to read? Did the teacher ever force you to read certain things or were you allowed to choose your own reading material?

There was this one time in 4th grade, we got to have a party at school one day (it was something we had to really work for). We got to bring our sleeping bags to school and lay around on our sleeping bags while we read. At one point the teacher read to us while we were laying on our sleeping bags. It was a fun day.

There are other times throughout grade school (kindergarten through 4th grade for me) where the teacher would read to us or the teacher would allow us to read in class during certain times of the day. I remember later on, the teachers would be okay with you reading during class on test day. If you finished taking your test before the end of class and before your classmates were finished then the teacher would generally be okay with you reading quietly to yourself. Reading was a quiet task that didn’t disturb your classmates while they were finishing up their test (as long as you weren’t reading the book out loud). The teachers I had didn’t seem to mind anyway.

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Book snobbery?

How do you feel about book snobbery?

A book snob is known as a person who scoffs at mainstream or popular titles. Or they’re someone who trashes books they think aren’t “literary” enough.

I’m someone who reads because I find the book entertaining (and also because I find reading to be relaxing). If you don’t like what someone reads that’s fine. Nobody is going to make you read that book if you don’t want to. I won’t force what I like on someone else. I’ll make recommendations if someone asks me for a suggestion…..but I won’t force it down someone else’s throat. My point is to read what you want to read. If someone else doesn’t like it then let them not like it. If you’re a Harry Potter fan or you like a specific manga/anime or you like Stephen King, then read on!

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Benefits of Reading

What do you believe are the benefits of reading? Let’s go through these together and see if any of them apply to you or not……

  • Stress reliever: A lot of people finds reading to be a task that is relaxing and helps them to unwind at the end of the day, especially if you are just reading for fun.
  • Make friends: I have a few t-shirts that I wear…….some are based on the Harry Potter series, some have some of my favorite horror characters on them, etc. Sometimes these shirts have helped me to strike up a conversation with other people who happen to like those same things.
  • Sharper: Reading has been shown in some studies to help make you sharper or help keep you sharp mentally. There’s a chance that you can learn new vocabulary, even if you are just reading for fun.
  • Empathy: Reading has show that you can learn to empathize with others. You spend so much time reading about a certain character that you empathize with this person, which heightens your ability to empathize with people you meet.
  • Sleep: Reading before bed time can help you go sleep. Staring at screens, like your phones and computers, can actually help trick your brain into thinking it’s still day time. So, I think it’s preferable to read the actual books as opposed to reading on a tablet/e-reader though.
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Which spell…..?

Out of all the spells from the wizarding world of Harry Potter would you most like to have in the real world and why?

I know there are plenty of spells out there that one could use to make your life a whole lot easier or simpler but I’d have to go with a Patronus charm. I’m sure coming in contact with a Dementor would make one miserable. So, I’d want to make sure I could defend myself if I came across one for some reason. Plus, you can use your corporal Patronus for communicating with others.

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Latest book from the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series!

Michelle Paver is releasing another book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, seen below. This comes out on April first (that’s this Thursday). I have Viper’s Daughter in e-book form on my Kindle Fire but I haven’t read it yet. I need to get reading it so that I can get my hands on this and continue reading the series. I don’t know how this slipped past my radar until now.

Synopsis: Run wild with Wolf Brother in a Stone Age world we all want to be a part of with million-copy-selling author, Michelle Paver. Danger, magic and non stop adventure await Torak, Renn and Wolf in a devastating Dark Time that threatens everything they know. The Clans will be tested as never before, as they battle to find ways to survive and thrive in their beloved Forest.

In the Dark Time of midwinter, disaster strikes the Forest. Chaos rules. Bears woken from their dens prowl the shadowy valleys. Desperate clans battle for survival. Only demons thrive.

With their world in turmoil, Torak, Renn and Wolf are tested as never before. And as a new evil haunts the devastated land, Torak must risk his sanity, his life and even his souls to save everything he loves…

Skin Taker carries you back to the Stone Age, drawing you deeper into the astonishing adventure which began with Wolf Brother and has captivated millions of readers.

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Beverly Cleary passes away!

Beverly Cleary, author of the Romona Quimby books, passed away this past Thursday at the age of 104.

I was not aware that the author made it to 104. I remember reading some of the Romona Quimby books during my childhood. I also found out the author was a trained librarian. I did not know that either (or if I did, I completely forgot it). It’s such a shame the lose such a great author but sending positive thoughts to the family during their loss.

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Favorite movie music…

We often compare the book to the movie but we don’t often talk about the music from said movies. Feel free to listen and you can share with me some of your favorite soundtracks from movies you enjoy.

The music during the battle scene during the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe from the Chronicles of Narnia series (books written by C. S. Lewis).

This music stems from two different scenes in the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban movie. The first half was played during the scene when Harry and Hermione are trying to get past the Whomping Willow to get to Ron. The second part is when Harry is throwing snowballs at Draco and a couple of his friends who were making fun of Ron and Hermione.

This music is from the first movie in the Lord of the Rings (the Fellowship of the Ring) when Frodo, Samwise, Merry and Pippin are walking along the trail when they encounter one of the Nazgul who were sent out to find the ring.

Trying to outsmart and outrun Barbossa during the first movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

The theme song for the movie Venom, played at the end of the movie. The rest of the music doesn’t really have words to them (instrumental only) but this is still one of my favorites.

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Needing a good laugh…

I know this is kind of off topic but I could use a good laugh today. And I got to thinking about things that have made me laugh.

I am a fan of Betty White (my hubby is a fan of hers as well). We stayed up to watch that time Betty White hosted SNL. The following sketch is my favorite from when Betty White hosted. The first time I saw this, I was laughing so hard that I was in tears.

What is your favorite sketch from Saturday Night Live? Why do you like that one? What makes it so funny to you?

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“The Agony House” by Cherie Priest and Illustrated by Tara O’Connor

I finished reading this book last night and I wanted to share it with you today. This book was a little different because it was a comic book and a novel all rolled into one. But that didn’t hinder the story any….it actually worked really well (or at least I thought so). The story follows a girl, Denise, who moves back to Louisiana after a storm destroyed everything and killed part of her family. She begins experiencing strange things in the house after her and a friend finds a comic book in the attic. What’s even spookier is some of the things in the comic book is actually starting to happen in real life in the house. It’s up to Denise and her friends to figure things out before it’s too late.

Synopsis: Denise Farber has just moved back to New Orleans with her mom and step-dad. They left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and have finally returned, wagering the last of their family’s money on fixing up an old, rundown house and converting it to a bed and breakfast.

Nothing seems to work around the place, which doesn’t seem too weird to Denise. The unexplained noises are a little more out of the ordinary, but again, nothing too unusual. But when floors collapse, deadly objects rain down, and she hears creepy voices, it’s clear to Denise that something more sinister lurks hidden here.

Answers may lie in an old comic book Denise finds concealed in the attic: the lost, final project of a famous artist who disappeared in the 1950s. Denise isn’t budging from her new home, so she must unravel the mystery-on the pages and off-if she and her family are to survive…