Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Past-do Tag

Jess (Bohae) tagged me a LONG time ago, so I'm posting this as fast as I can!

Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews?
Lolita. It gets amazing reviews, but it's a really, really twisted story.

If you could bring 3 characters to life for a social event (afternoon tea, a night of clubbing, perhaps a world cruise), who would they be and what would the event be?
I'd have to say that would be Lupin (from HP), because he's awesome, Ella (from Ella Enchanted)because she's a lot like me, and I think she'd make me laugh, and Melinda (from Speak) because she has so much to say.
The event would definitely be afternoon tea.

(Borrowing shamelessly from the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde): you are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel on the planet. While this immortality is great for awhile, eventually you realise it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave?
my U.S. Government book.

Come on, we’ve all been there. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you’ve read, when in fact you’ve been nowhere near it?
Well...I don't know that I've ever pretended to read a book. Maybe only when I was really little and would flip the pages of a Goosebumps books, hoping I could get the story by sniffing the pages. Sadly, I'd always have to wait for my dad to read them, though I'd pretend that I already knew the story...

As an addition to the last question, has there been a book that you really thought you had read, only to realise when you read a review about it/go to ‘reread’ it that you haven’t? Which book?

You’re interviewing for the post of Official Book Advisor to some VIP (who’s not a big reader). What’s the first book you’d recommend and why? (if you feel like you’d have to know the person, go ahead of personalise the VIP)
If the VIP was a girl, I'd recommend Twilight, if he was a guy, I'd recommend Hatchet.

A good fairy comes and grants you one wish: you will have perfect reading comprehension in the foreign language of your choice. Which language do you go with?

A mischievous fairy comes and says that you must choose one book that you will reread once a year for the rest of your life (you can read other books as well). Which book would you pick?
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale...I do this anyway.

I know that the book blogging community, and its various challenges, have pushed my reading borders. What’s one bookish thing you ‘discovered’ from book blogging (maybe a new genre, or author, or new appreciation for cover art-anything)?
Definitely new authors, upcoming authors. Without the awesomeness of the blogging world, I would never have learned about Into the Wild or Erec Rex.

That good fairy is back for one final visit. Now, she’s granting you your dream library! Describe it. Is everything leather-bound? Is it full of first edition hardcovers? Pristine trade paperbacks? Perhaps a few favourite authors have inscribed their works? Go ahead-let your imagination run free.

Oh, goodness. Here we go....
My perfect library would be that one from the Beauty and the Beast. All of the books would be about vampires, werewolves, snarky heriones, magic, faeries, and the occasional book of poetry (Byron,Robert Frost, Poe, or Emily Dickinson).
That's one vat of awesomeness right there.


Sunday, January 27, 2008

Presenting My New Latin Laptop Lover: Eduardo!

Meet my new baby:

I just got a new laptop: a (silver) Sony Vaio!!! Mucho mucho dinero, but very much worth it. Eduardo will (hopefully) hold all of my stuff until college graduation. He's got 2 Gigs of memory and 200 gigs of hard drive. Plus 4 USB Ports and High Definition Internet and DVD player.
Okay, geekiness aside, After graduation I'll be using Eduardo to post here, so I hope he works okay. I thought I'd just introduce him to the neighborhood. He's pretty shy (what with being a brand new, shiny PC laptop and all).
Okay, you've definitely gotten the picture: I'm overly fond of inanimate objects. I even give them names. Usually Spanish names (purse: pedro; alarm clock: diabolico; toaster oven: miguel). Yes, yes, I know. Not a good sign of mental stability, but whatever :-)

Friday, January 25, 2008

Working Away.....

I'm going to try to keep to my "two-posts" agreement and write this little entry. I thought I might take the time away from my usual obsession (books *drools*), to go to my other, quieter one: Graphic design. Wow. I've learned a lot from my class. Right now we're supposed to be refining everything and then eventually putting it on a website and start a mock "Graphic Design" company and everything as our end-of-the-year final. So much fun! I have book covers, tabloid manipulations, animated graphics, advertisements, hair dye boxes, and other things to share. Plus--I already know what name I'm going with: Gogu Graphics. How awesome is that? All company promotion is going to have a little green frog with a golden crown I manipulated onto it (that's the site logo). I'm still having trouble coming up with a catchy tagline though. I've thought about "More Green Than You've seen" and "Hoppin' Good Graphics". Both of which are lame. Anyone have any suggestions?
As soon as I find a web host and create a template that doesn't make me want to scream in frustration, I'll put the link on here.

If you don't know what "GOGU" is, you should read Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier. It's amazing!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

I am going to LOVE this book

In English class we have to form small reading groups and pick a different book for each group. My group chose Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I'm only on page ten...and I adore this book.
Just read the first sentence in the book:
"It is my first morning of high school. I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, and a stomachache."
For some reason, I could just tell I would like the heroine of this book. Her voice sounds so familiar--like one of my friends, or myself....
As the story develops, you can tell there is something wrong with the girl, Melinda. Her friends have all turned their backs on her, nearly everyone hates her, and she can't seem to say much of anything.
Even though I am not that far along, I highly recommend this book.
Well, I should get back to reading...
Ooh! I think I smell jasmine tea...must go.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Red Queen's Daughter by Jaqueline Kolosov

I love almost any book that blends history and fantasy together. I especially love this book because it took place in the Elizabethan times. But I also love The Red Queen's Daughter for many more reasons. The writing is filled with imagery of nature, flowers, and stones. I also love the magic in this book--it is linked with nature and has that element of alchemy. Also, I LOVED the stones and their meanings. But anyway, the story is very intriguing also.

Mary Seymour is Catherine Parr's daughter (the author wrote a note on this--Mary is a somewhat fictional character because in reality she died at the age of two; another thing I love about this book--te author rewrites history, very cool...). She is orphaned and taken in by Lady Strange, a mysterious lady who is set to train Mary as a white magician--someone to watch and protect over young Queen Elizabeth's reign. But Court is a treacherous place, and she is put into some situations she is not ready for--including falling in love with her cousin, Edmund Seymour, the greatest Dark Magician in England...

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes magic, adventure, and history, with a bit of romance thrown in.

(My only complaint was that the part between meeting Lady Strange and going to court was a little slow.)

Ps. Sorry I've been a little MIA around here. I hope to resolve that by posting at least three times a week...that's my goal. Well, maybe two...

Friday, January 11, 2008

Angelo State

EEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!! I'm accepted! I got accepted! WOOT! Angelo State University LOVES me! (Okay, that's an overstatement; although they did send confetti in my acceptance letter...well, they probably do that for every body).
Still, I am SO excited. This is the first college I applied to...one down, two more to go! Go Rams!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

New Year's Resolutions

Wow, it has been awhile since I've written...
(I still have that Red Queen's Daughter review I have to write.)
Last semester was so CRAZY. And this one's slowly showing signs of getting worse....Now that there is more homework than ever, a plethora of new deadlines. Not to mention the graduating and application process itself (I mean, when I thought about applying to colleges, I had that happy moment in mind--kind of like when Rory of Gilmore Girls applies to Harvard...but it's nothing like that! It's insane! Well...at least it was for me; oh joy now I'm rambling....)
Okay, I think a big, fat, loud "Get on with it!" is implied.
So....On to my New Year's Resolutions. Here they are:
1. Eat Healthier and excercise more often (I have no target weight...I just want to be a little healthier now that I am in *health* class)
2. Write in this blog more (this is the one I want to achieve the most!)
3. Write more (this has been my New Year's Resolution for the past two years)
4. Stop drinking so much caffiene (I probably didn't spell it right, but you get the picture...)
5. Graduate high school (woot!)

Anyway, hope ya'll have a great evening
~Sookie ^_^

Friday, January 4, 2008

Best Boooks of 2007

Looking back on the year...I've read so many good books! I put them into categories to make it a bit easier. Sorry--there won't be any pictures. My computer is acting funny :-(

Best YA Fantasy Books of 2007:
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
The Red Queen's Daughter by Jaqueline Kolosov (review forthcoming)
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
The Summer King by O.R. Melling
Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

Best YA non-Fantasy (but still a lot of fun) Books of 2007:
The Poison Apples by Lilly Archer
Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell
The Princess Diaries Vo. VIII--Princess on the Brink by Meg Cabot

Best Children's/Middle Grade Fantasy:
The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (I decided that it is my favorite in the Narnia series--the only problem is I keep changing my favorite every time I read them, which is once a year)
Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst

Best Adult Books:
Size 14 is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot
Secret Society Girl by Diana Perefreund

Best Classics:
Macbeth by Shakespeare

Best Book of the Year for 2007:
It is a terrible tie between Carpe Diem and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Anyway, I think I'll be out of contact for a bit--not enough to actually call it a hiatus, but just for a few days.
Hope you have a great New Year!