Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this Tuesday's question is What are your top ten most frustrating characters ever? (**SOME SPOILERS**)

1.) Nick and Andie - Gone Girl: Nick, you should have gotten rid of Andie ASAP once your wife went missing and Andie, why would you want to be with this guy? Did you not learn anything from the Scott Peterson case?

2.) Katie - Plain Truth: "I was never pregnant." "Okay, I was pregnant but I didn't have sex." "Okay, I was raped." "Okay, no I had sex with this guy." "I don't know what happened to my baby." Katie, stop all the lying and let the lawyer help you, ya moron.

3.) Ralph de Bricassart - The Thorn Birds: You were Meggie's best friend, then you fall in love with her but you can't decide - Meggie or being Cardinal. You kiss her, you leave her, you kiss her again, you leave her. You have sex with her and knock her up, then leave her. I can understand your ambition but not when you could have "all the while in the cool night, there is food and love and babies to get." At least Meggie got off her ass and tried to make it work with someone else.

4.) Scarlett - Gone With The Wind: You spoiled, arrogant little biatch. You took two men from other women and still weren't satisfied because you wanted Melly's husband. You couldn't see love right in front of you even when you married your third husband. Shame on you, Scarlett. 

5.) Dr. Frankenstein - Frankenstein: Dude, what did you think would happen? You created a monster, gave him no education, no food, no security and no companionship. Guess what? The monster is pissed.

6.) Hilly Holbrook - The Help: Take your Home Health Sanitation Initiative and your racist, self-absorbed ass and go eat some more of Minny's pie. Oh and I wasn't really thrilled with Skeeter's mama either - poor Constantine. 

7.) Bella - Twilight: Enough said.

8.) Grace Poole - Jane Eyre: I would not be taking care of the crazy bitch and I certainly wouldn't have kept it hidden. Stand up to Mr. Rochester. 

9.) Professor Umbridge - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: I have never wanted to climb into a book and wring someone's neck the way I did with this little disposable freak.

10.) Ophelia - Hamlet: Girl, you let that man's craziness infect you - Seriously, if a guy has mommy issues, walk away. 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sundays In Bed With...

Hosted by Kate @ Midnight Book Girl, what are you reading this Sunday?

I am back at Hogwart's and in the middle of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and loving it! Maybe it's just because it's been a while since my last Harry Potter reading experience but this one is just so descriptive and, I dunno. I just LOVE it.

I've somewhat given up on Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar but I'll try to get back and finish it after HP.

On a side note, I had a fabulous time discussing Gone Girl (and every other subject imaginable) with friends last night at Casa Pomroy. And now we are scheduling some more events like dinner and a movie which I can't wait for.

Alright, I'm going to grab some tea and head back to see the next lesson that Dumbledore has for Mr. Harry Potter.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Top Ten Settings I'd Like to See More Of...

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this Tuesday's question is "What are your top ten settings you'd like to see more of in books..."

Here are mine:

1.) Anything on hiking trails: From A Walk in the Woods (Bill Bryson) and Wild (Cheryl Strayed), these types of books are inspiring and I can't get enough of them.

2.) On a similar note, anything regarding Everest. I've read Into Thin Air (Jon Krakauer) and loved it. I want more like this and I have added some to my to-read list.

3.) Amish country - Since my husband is from small-town Pennsylvania right near Lancaster, I have enjoyed reading about the Amish and then seeing them on my trips to see my husband's family.

4.) The ocean - I would love to find a really good book set in Nags Head or Cape Hatteras. I'll be heading to Rodanthe in July and can't wait to be all set up in our very own house this year!! My husband wanted to go to Iceland but we are doing that next year (assuming we don't have a kid strapped to us).

5.) Speaking of, I'd love more settings that include places like Iceland or other places that I haven't been (or don't know a lot about).

6.) Asylums - this might be partly due to my obsession with American Horror Story: They just freak me out but in a good way...

7.) Wars. (What is it good far? Absolutely nothin'. Say it again, y'all!) - I have learned a lot about the Civil War, specifically Gettysburg, and some of WWII but I need more ideas for books on other wars. Feel free to suggest some (preferably historical fiction). I'm sure my BROTHER and FATHER could suggest some. HINT HINT!

8.) Death Row - morbid curiosity. 

9.) Blue Ridge Mountains - pretty much anything set here.

10.) And finally, anything set in the best city in the world (no, NOT New York) - Richmond, VA. Okay, I don't really care about books set in Richmond - just pimping out my hometown.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sundays In Bed With...

Hosted by Kate @ Midnight Book Girl, what were you reading today?

Well, not much for me. I left my Nook charger at work so I read a little bit of Heidi - an old comfort book because I've been having stomach issues. I was sick most of Thursday night and part of Friday and haven't felt right since. My husband blames leftover Chinese (it had been in the fridge only 24 hours but he tends to toss bacon that has been in the fridge only 2 days from when we buy it so I dunno about that). I also have been drinking a LOT of caffeine Diet Coke - way more than I should so I am going to try and cut some of that out. And, of course, one of my coworkers apparently had a stomach bug recently so who knows? 

Now that work is slowing down a little, my plan is to get back into Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar although geez is it boring so far. And then finally back to Hogwart's with Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Yeh, I know that's what I said last week but now that I'm not working 12-hour days and feeling nauseated, I think I can catch up. 

Know what bugs me though as Monday is coming way too fast? Everybody I know is off tomorrow for the Lee/Jackson/King day and I'm not. Oh well. At least I'll get my Nook recharged tomorrow. :)

And best part of all this week is that I get to see my girls on Saturday at my house for our January book, Gone Girl! Can't wait! Bitches be readin'. :)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sundays In Bed With...

I woke up not feelin' so hot even though the weather is quite warm here in Richmond. I had planned to get a lot of stuff done but this scratchy throat and congestion is slowing me down. I did however start on the mountain of laundry (I had been keeping it up for quite a while there; even putting it away in the right places but I got sidetracked over the holidays), got places for Christmas presents (but the kitchen needs to be reorganized due to new kitchen stuff) and I got rid of my old glass coffee table and a couch that I had had for over a decade (thank you, stoner dudes for taking it). So as I am in the middle of doing more chores, I probably won't be reading till later tonight, curled up with a kitty and freshly laundered blankies.

As for Midnight Book Girl's Sundays In Bed With...right now I have started Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and I am, so far, unimpressed. Like seriously bored with it. I hope it gets better.

I've got tons of stuff to read though and I can always put Plath on hold. I think I will start on Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince - one thing I love about Harry Potter (and yes, this is my first time reading these) is that the series are comfort reads and I think that, along with some sleepytime tea, would be just the ticket. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this week's question is "What are your top ten bookish goals for 2013?"

Since I've only been blogging about 7 months or so, I will need some blogging goals too but for purposes of this list, here we go.

1.) I have a goal of reading 60 books this year via and thanks to my husband, the math comes to 1.154 books per week. Thanks honey!

2.) I want to get into some of the books my dad loves so I am going to finally read Leon Uris' Trinity and Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove.

3.) I will finish the Harry Potter series with the final two.

4.) I will add more audio books to my list so I can get something other than anger out of my work commute. 

5.) I want to get back into some survival stories and books about hiking (another personal goal for the year is to be able to get back into hiking this fall).

6.) I will read more biographies of historical figures (particularly presidents) because my lack of knowledge in that area is alarming. 

7.) I will finally read Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar although I don't know if this is a good goal or not.

8.) I'm taking a break from (with a few exceptions here and there) YA Lit because I really want to get into some other stuff.

9.) I will finally read a few classics that I keep shelving and not opening: A Prayer for Owen Meany (am I the only person who hasn't read this?), Rebecca, Anna Karenina, Les Miserable, etc.

10.) I will continue on my path of reading and enjoying historical fiction. 

Happy 2013, fellow readers! Grab a Snuggie and read on...

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Oh, on such a downer day, I have been packing up Christmas decorations (although this year, I'm leaving our little strip of bells on the front door  - what better way to scare off a burglar then to have those things clang as he/she tries to steal our crappy 36-inch tv) but I have found some time to fit in some reading. And so with that, Midnight Book Girl asks what are you reading today?

I am smack in the middle of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and wow! I can't give anything away obviously so I'll just leave one adjective for a central character: diabolical. If you haven't read this yet, get started. 

Also, I am working my way through Franz Kafka's The Trial. I have never read anything by Kafka before (that I know of) but the dude has an unusual writing style that I am digging. 

This week, I will finish Gone Girl and hopefully head back to Hogwart's for the 6th book or I might continue my patterns of thriller/mystery with R.L. Stine's Red Rain. Decisions, decisions.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Top Ten Books I Resolve to Read in 2013

KT's Reading Rainbow was on a brief hiatus due to the holidays but I'm back and ready for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Books I Resolve to Read in 2013

1.) Finish Harry Potter series - I have two left
2.) Trinity by Leon Uris
3.) The Trial by Franz Kafka (and the other ones following that one)
4.) A survival story about climbing Everest or something similar
5.) Red Rain by R.L. Stine
6.) Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
7.) The Fault in Our Stars (I DO want to read this but I am a little afraid to considering the subject and having had just lost my sister-in-law to cancer last year.)
8.) Les Miserable (Yeh, I know that I'm the only one on the planet to have not read this and considering my brother and sister love the musical, I have to read this so I can speak somewhat intelligently at the next family gathering unlike Christmas when everyone wanted to know why I didn't want to see the movie)
9.) The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama
10.) The End of Your Life Book Club

There are so many others!