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Booking Through Thursday 10/1

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Suggested by Monibo:

Saw this article (from March) and thought it would make a good BTT confessional question:

Two-thirds of Brits have lied about reading books they haven’t. Have you? Why? What book?

- Several books come to mind. One was called I Heard the Owl Call my Name by Margaret Craven and the other was Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat. Why? those two were the most boring books I read and I HAD to read them at school not to mention do a stupid report on them. So what I did? I gave them to mom and she would read them and tell me what’s going on. Then I just wrote what she told me. Hey, it worked. I passed :D Even mom thought those two books were boring and it was agony for her to go through it (although that’s what moms do don’t they? they go through punishment for their child) (har har) to make it more funny, some people actually copied from my book report too HAHAHAHAH.

Other than that, those were the only two books I “faked” reading. After that school was a little more nicer and chose better stuff to read like Shakespeare. Now that was fun.

Written by Karoline

October 1, 2009 at 9:37 am

Booking Through Thursday 9/24

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What’s the saddest book you’ve read recently?

- I’d have to say, it’ll have to be The Blue Notebook by James Levine. It features the story of a child prostitute in India who was sold by her father. It’s quite bleak and there’s nothing happy about it. Even the ending wasn’t really that happy (albeit, vague).

What’s your answer?

Written by Karoline

September 24, 2009 at 8:23 am

Booking Through Thursday 9/17

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What’s the most enjoyable, most fun, most just-darn-entertaining book you’ve read recently?

(Mind you, this doesn’t necessarily mean funny, since we covered that already. Just … GOOD.)

- I would have to say it’ll be The Light of Burning Shadows by Chris Evans. Now THAT was an exciting book. It was an interesting mix of magic and Napoleon era warfare. There was lots of battles, plenty of magic, and even some swashbuckling humor to add to the mix. Think of Richard Sharpe adventures (if you have read them) mixed with fantasy.  It’s a great book (even the first one of that series is good too). Pick it up if you feel like having some entertaining action to read. :)

Written by Karoline

September 17, 2009 at 11:16 am

Booking Through Thursday 9/10

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Today’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

What’s the most informative book you’ve read recently?

- It’s a tie between When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman (History) and Contagious by Scott Sigler (Science). The first book has a lot of history that I am not very familiar with and I found myself wanting to look up these characters on Wikipedia to get a feel for who they are and how they played a part in this book. Whether it’s historically accurate I am not sure, but it sure seems like it. I found myself learning a lot about this time period and it’s become a very rewarding experience. Whereas in Contagious there’s a lot of science involved in the book but it’s not complicated or difficult. It’s easily explained with simple examples (as I’m not very scientifically oriented) so you can picture and understand what’s going on there’s hardly any huge scientific words so it’s not as intimidating as you think.

That’s really as informative as I can get! what about you guys?

Written by Karoline

September 10, 2009 at 6:49 am

Booking Through Thursday 9/3

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Today’s Booking Through Thursday is:

What’s the biggest book you’ve read recently?

(Feel free to think “big” as size, or as popularity, or in any other way you care to interpret.)

- According to size; right now it’ll have to be The Sweet Far Thing  by Libba Bray it’s a whopping over 800 pages. I’m trudging along though. So far it’s worth the read. Now if you’re talking about big as in popularity I’d say right now The White Queen by Philippa Gregory :)

Anyone else reading a big huge book like me?

Written by Karoline

September 3, 2009 at 8:40 am

Booking Through Thursday 8/27

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Today’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

What’s the lightest, most “fluff” kind of book you’ve read recently?

Uh..fluff book? jeez I barely read fluff books. Do you mean the really lovey dovey kind? the chick lit kind? I think it’ll have to be: Benny and Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti and The Wife’s Tale by Lori Lansens.

I don’t normally read fluff stuff. Just not my sort of thing. Although I think it’s good once in a while. I found that the last two I have mentioned have been a good change and refreshing read. So maybe it’s good to read fluff. :)

Are there any fluff readers within my vicinity? :P

Written by Karoline

August 27, 2009 at 11:08 am

Booking Through Thursday 8/20

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Today’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

What’s the best book you’ve read recently?

- Oh! well that’s a bit of an easy one! I’d say Night of Flames by Douglas W Jacobson would be one of the best books I’ve read. Aside from my love for books based on World War II, this book was just filled with thrilling action and enough drama to make a lasting impression on me. I almost wanted to say The Godfather as one of the best books I’ve read however, the spelling errors really sort of took the fun out of it. (They were pretty bad too).

So! what’s the best book you’ve read?

Written by Karoline

August 20, 2009 at 9:14 am

Booking Through Thursday 8/13

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Today’s Booking Through Thursday Question is: What’s the worst book you’ve read recently?

- Wow. Recently? I’d have to go back on my reviews on this one. It’s a bit of a tie then. I won’t count the books that I had to set down because they were boring because I didn’t complete them, therefore it wouldn’t be fair for me to judge. Of the ones I have reviewed recently it’s a tie between Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch and Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz. Yes, I gave Blue Bloods a 7 out of 10 but that was because the ending was really good. Otherwise if it hadn’t been for the ending it’ll probably be lowered than Red Seas Under Red Skies. Why do I dislike these two books?

Red Seas Under Red Skies really and I mean REALLY dragged. It was more than a bloody 400 pages of what? the same roundabout plot! I kept on putting it off and kept telling myself: “Jeez Locke Lamora..WTF?? just get on with it” and I have to admit..I did skip about 20 pages of endless roundabout stuff. It wasn’t as good as the first book and apparently there’s about 5 more books after that. Garg. I’m not sure if I’m going to read the next book (The Republic of Thieves) I’ll think about it.

Blue Bloods was filled with name branding. The more I think about it, the more I was actually bothered by it. I’m reading Masquerade (the second one) and although I’m just into the first few chapters I skipped through endless sentences of designer label description. I DON’T CARE WHAT THEY’RE WEARING. I’m actually regretting reading it right now. Perhaps I’m not in the right mindset for it at the moment but I’m forcing myself to read it and get it over with.

I’m still not over that Cosabella Thong thing. WHY label a bloody piece of underwear? do we care? really..do we? (oh and an LOL at Michael who claims Cosabella Thong sounds like someone out of Twilight) LOL.

Out of the two series if you had to pay me to read, I’d take Locke Lamora over the Italian Vogue – er I mean the Blue Bloods :P at least Locke Lamora doesn’t wear Christian Dior and needs to flaunt it about. (Oh hey does he wear Hugo Boss speedos?) har har.

What’s the worst book you’ve read?

Written by Karoline

August 13, 2009 at 10:18 am

Booking Through Thursday 8/6

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Today’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

What’s the most serious book you’ve read recently?

It would have to be Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. There was nothing light hearted about the book. It was dramatic like I said in my review, but the content was really down to earth and realistic. I think that’s why right after I finished it I switched to Rebel Angels by Libba Bray. Because I just needed something fantastical to get away from a real deep read. I find that when I read serious novels like that my mind feels heavy which is why I just switch to something lighter. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a serious book every so often, it’s just we often read to escape, right?

It’s sort of like watching a very dramatic movie. Wouldn’t you want to watch a comedy or a cartoon right after?

Written by Karoline

August 6, 2009 at 9:36 am

Booking Through Thursday 7/30

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Today’s Booking Through Thursday and the question is:

What’s the funniest book you’ve read recently?

- Hmmm. I don’t really read funny books. There were parts in the book that make me laugh but if you’re thinking of being genre specific then that’s just not possible. However if you were to ask me which one of the recent books I’ve read that made me giggle and snort it would be Medicus by Ruth Downie. A lot of parts in that book just made me laugh out loud. One particular part where the main character is hopping about after being hit in the head and his toe got stubbed I was laughing so hard my boyfriend had to shut me up. Then there’s that toenail part (let’s just not go there) it’s actually making me smile and snicker even now.

What about you guys? what made you laugh?

Written by Karoline

July 30, 2009 at 9:34 am

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