Friday, September 30, 2011

Follow Friday, TGIF, & Book Blogger Hop

Happy Friday!
I'm happy Friday's here - I REALLY needed a payday.
Are you ready to hop?

Link-up HERE w/Parajunkee
Q: What Book That hasn't been turned into a movie (yet) would you most like to see make it to the big screen, and who would you like cast as your favorite character?

I would LOVE to see Divergent by Veronica Roth be made into a movie (last time I mentioned this someone told me the movie rights were already purchased for this movie - so I'm excited!). I don't care who plays Tris ... as long as it's done well! 

Blood Red Road by Moira Young is another one I'd like to see on the big screen.
This would make an awesome movie so much action, gritty and a tiny bit of love.  I'm ready to buy my ticket now!  Again, with is one, I don't care who plays Saba as long as she's AWESOME!

UPDATE: I just googled this and it is in development for a movie 2014. Hoorray! 

Link-up HERE w/Jen
Q: In honor of Banned Books Week, what is your favorite "banned or frequently challenged book"?"

There are SO many good books on this list.
My favorites (yes plural because I couldn't pick just one):
I really enjoyed Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen. This was one book that I wanted MORE when I finished it. I LOVED the characters and the story and I was really entertained!
(too bad the movie SUCKED)!

C'mon. These books are AMAZING! This is an obvious choice for me as a favorite on this banned list. I recommend it to everyone AND if I were a re-reader of books I would totally pick this book up again & again!

Link-up HERE w/Ginger

Q: Banned Books: How do you feel about the censorship of the freedom to read? Do you think the education system needs to be more strict on what children are exposed to in books?

This can be a bit of a tricky question for me because I don't have my own children - and how I feel as a non-parent may change one day if/when I have kids. But a lot of the books that are banned on the list are banned/challenged for reasons that left me saying "WTF?!".

For example: The Hunger Games gave someone's kid nightmares and may numb others to violence. My Reaction: maybe your 11 year old child shouldn't be reading The Hunger Games yet. And in regards of numbing children to violence .... have parent seen the stuff on television these days?!

I think the parents should decide if certain books are age appropriate for their children or not before deciding the book should be banned/challenged for other children that are mature and/or interested in reading that same book.

To Kill a Mockingbird is on this list -- I mean ... Really?! I read this book in school. I liked it then just as much as I like it now.

Anyhoo - Thanks for Hopping by!
Enjoy your weekend~

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday: A weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading.

1. What do you think of reading aloud/being read to? Does it bring back memories of your childhood? Your children's childhood?

OMG - is there a soapbox for me to stand on somewhere? I think reading aloud to your children is SOOOOOO important. I think it shapes how the child feels about reading as they grow older. And that time you spend reading to your child every day/night = priceless.  I was read to every night. I still remember some of the books and it made a huge impact on how I feel about reading today.
I also don't mind being read to -- by children. So I like having my little sisters, little cousins and my mentees read to me. It's a good practice for them.

2. Does this affect the way you feel about audio books?

I have a secret to tell you -- and I've only told a few people so keep this on a hush after I admit this ... but ... I audio booked the last two books in the Harry Potter series. So TECHNICALLY I didn't read them -- I listened to them.  
I was on an audio book kick a few years ago. I would go to the library, borrow the disc and then load them onto my ipod and I would sit and listen to them as I crocheted, or played a video game and while I was driving around. 
It's been some time since  I last listened to an audio book - but I have Wicked sitting on my ipod waiting for me when I'm ready to start audio booking again.

3. Do you now have times when you read aloud or are read to?

If my little sisters ask/want me to then I will read aloud to them - but now that they are 9 and 6 ... the 9 year old reads to the 6 year old and I'm not really needed :( .
When I start mentoring this year (probably with a 3rd grader) I will more than likely have that child read to me (I pretend I can't read ... even though they clearly know I can ... but they go along with it and read to me anyway). 
Now...if some grown folk tried to read to me - I will NOT allow that. That's just weird! 

Happy Thursday! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Oh, How Pinteresting & What I'm Loving Wednesday!

Thanks for stopping by today! Are you ready?
Here you go -- my two FAVORITE Wednesday Link-ups:

Link-up w/Michelle - HERE

Link-up w/Jamie - HERE
I'm LOVING that it's Wednesday ... already! Feels like I was just doing last week's WILW/Pinteresting post yesterday! Next thing you know ... it'll be Friday! yay! 

I'm LOVING that my little sister wants money for her bday. Money so she can start her own she can make she can buy her own laptop and cell phone.  SERIOUSLY that's what she told me. Then she followed it up with this: "You have to spend a little money to make money."  REALLY?! Homegirl is 9 years old! Man, I heart her. 

I'm LOVING that my other little sister (who requested a hamster and a light saber for her 6th bday) refused to talk to me on the phone...until I hit her with this line "You can't have your birthday present until you talk to me" <--I'm a good big sister in that way.  Needless to say - she got on the phone and had a conversation with me! She's like 50 First Dates. I always have to make friends with her - everyday!

I'm LOVING the Maury show - I've been recording it every day! I <3 the DNA drama.

And as always...I'm LOVING the Pinterest. Lots of good stuff on there this week.
Here are my favorites:

Dipped Apples. YUM! {via}

Bahhhaha! {via}

For Realz! {via}

Yes it is! {via}

I don't have kids - but I love this bib! Too cute & Funny. {via} 
The little black bar cracks me up! {via}
OMG - DYING - too funny {via}
I laughed so hard I snorted! {via}
What are you LOVING & PINNING this week?


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Thirteen Reasons Why

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser comes from my newest read:

Jay Asher

"I hope you're ready, because I'm about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you're listening to these tapes, you're one of the reasons why."
pg 7

I don't know about you -- but THAT part right there -- grabbed me and pulled me into the story. I'm super excited to read this book!

Have you read this? 
Is it on your TBR pile?
What do you think about this book/tease? 
Like it? Love it? Hate it?
Let me know!


Monday, September 26, 2011

Getting My Hook On {2} - WIPs


Thanks to Sidne inquiring about my Star Afghan -- I'd thought I'd do a post updating you on all my WIPS.

I've been doing quite a bit of crochet lately.
I have a couple different projects currently in the making and 
my pattern Queue is constantly growing 
(it's almost as long as my TBR pile!).
Mosaic Star Afghan
(100% complete ...ish)

So, I THINK I'm done with my Afghan:

I say I think I'm done with this Afghan -- because I'm not sure if I'm happy with the size of it.
It measures about 55 inches from point-to-point but I'm not sure if I want it to be bigger or if I should just leave it as it is.
For now, I'm going to leave it as is.
What do you think?

Granny Square Blanket
(60% complete ...ish)

My Granny Squares project.
This badboy is going to take me forever! 

In my last WIP post - I was just finishing up my 100+ Mini Grannys.
Let me just say now -- THAT was the easy part.

Here's the update:

I laid out all the squares in the pattern I want them connected in.
And NOW I have to do the hardest part...connecting them. Ugh.
I should've thought this through before I started this project (LOL).
Here's where I am so far:

So that's that {so far} for this blanket.

Float Away - Scarf
(50% complete)

Pattern {via}
Scarf #3 for my Mama. She's put in her request some time ago (after "losing" her last one)
I'm just now getting to it.
I only have about 4 rows completed:

I have to say I HATE making black scarves. I'd rather make something bright and colorful - but since this is for my Mama I will bend my rule. Just this time - BUT I added my own little twist. I'm using Shimmery Yarn. Can you see the little shimmers in the photo?

Round Ripple Afghan

I ADORE this blanket. I can't wait to make it.
I already plan on making two of these -- One for ME :) and one as a gift for my friend.

Well. That's my update so far!
What do you think? Do you like? Dislike? Have any suggestions/ideas?

What are you making? What are your WIPS? 


Friday, September 23, 2011

Follow Friday & TGIF

Happy Friday!

Link-Up w/Parajunkee - HERE
Q: Do you have a favorite series that you read over and over again? Tell us a bit about it and why you keep on revisiting it?

There are very few books out there that I've read more than once (I can only think of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Giver that I read twice). 

I don't usually re-read books. Only because there are SOOO many other books I want to read AND because I already know what happens in the book - and since I already know what happens ... I'll get bored with the read. 

Link-up w/Ginger - HERE

Q: Reading Challenges: Did you sign up for any this year? How has your progression been?

I haven't signed up for any reading challenges [insert sad face here].  I did give myself my own challenge as part of my 101 things to do in 1001 days.  My goal is to read a 100 books in 1001 days.
So far ... I've read SIX - I have until March 2014 to read 94 more {you can check out what I've read so far -- here}.

So do you re-read series? What's your favorite? 
Did you join a reading challenge? I'd love to hear about it!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Simple Things

I had to link-up today with Jesslyn Amber for her last edition of 
The Simple Things! 

The Simple Things is a cute link-up that gives me (and other folks) a chance be optimistic and positive about life and everything that happens in it. This post is a way to remember (and acknowledge) all the things that make it special.

 Friends & Family

 Hot Mochas w/extra extra whipped cream

 Craft Stores

 Sunshine - peaking between the clouds

 Book Stores


 Sweets: Cookies, and Candies and Brownies - OH MY!

 Blogger Friends! 

 FREE crochet patterns


 Happy Faces & Silly people

I think I could probably keep going - but these are the simple things bringing my pleasure lately. 

Go link-up with Jesslyn Amber for this last Simple Things Post!

What Simple Things are you grateful for this week?