Wordless Wednesday


Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.


My first trip to the library for 2011. I had intended to spend a month or so reading only from my shelves, but well… I guess that didn’t work.


Hatter 1  Hatter 2  Hatter 3

blackberry  Pretty Monsters  vamoose

  • Beddor, Frank with Liz Cavalier – Hatter, Vol 1: The Looking Glass Wars
  • Beddor, Frank with Liz Cavalier – Hatter, Vol 2: Mad with Wonder
  • Beddor, Frank with Liz Cavalier – Hatter, Vol 3: The Nature of Wonder
  • Kellaway, Lucky – Martin Lukes: Who Moved My Blackberry?
  • Link, Kelly – Pretty Monsters
  • Rosoff, Meg – Vamoose!

Teaser Tuesday (18/1)


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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!




“I’d been hoping to go back to school when my baby was six months old, but things weren’t going to plan. For one thing, try finding a crèche or a childminder who’ll take a moose.”

Vamoose! (p. 24/25), Meg Rosoff

Musing Mondays (17/1)

Musing Mondays is hosting by MizB at Should Be Reading

Do you prefer deep, intellectual, “meaty” books… or light, “fluffy” books? Why? Give us an example of your preferred type of book.


As a former English major I feel almost guilty for saying this, but these days I tend to shy away from the deeper more intellectual books. Not to say that I don’t enjoy them, they do have their place (and I’m rather fond of essay collections), but these days, with my reading time being as limited as it is, I really don’t have the time to wade through dense prose on a daily basis.

Having said that, I wouldn’t consider myself a heavily ‘fluff’ reader. I do like a book with a little bit of substance, even if I don’t need a forklift to lift it in the first place. I would imagine that definition of ‘fluff’ would vary from person to person, but I definitely prefer a book with a well thought out plot that will leave me considering it after I’m finished. I don’t like a book that I forget about as soon as I’m done.




On another note: I remember reading somewhere (perhaps last week’s MM, I just can’t remember, sorry) about the blogger who noted that people were signing or marking their library’s romance books to remind them of which they had read. I found this a fascinating practice, and bee lined to the romance section today to see if the practice held in my library and it did! So, to whomever wrote the post, your library is not alone!

Friday Book Love

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Percy Jackson continues

percyPercy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse
Rick Riordan
Published: 2007; Pages: 294

Could an Olympian parent turn against his half-blood child? Would it sometimes be easier just to let them die? If there were ever any half-bloods who needed to worry about that, it was Thalia and me. I wondered if maybe I should have sent Poseidon that seashell-pattern tie for Father’s Day after all. (92-3)


Since the end of Harry Potter’s reign, it seems as though every new children’s series has been scrambling to fill its void. Now I’m not crazy enough to suggest that Percy Jackson has succeeded in this goal (I have far too many Harry Potter obsessed friends all too willing to whack me over the head with their wands), but I would like to suggest PJ as a contender. Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse is the third book in the series and by now things are very much underway – if you haven’t already read the first two books, I highly recommend your tracking them down.

After two years of summers at Camp Half-Blood (and the life threatening quests that come along with it), Percy once again finds himself facing his once friend Luke and the plans to take over Mount Olympus. However Luke has aligned himself with formidable allies that pose more than a passing danger to Percy and his friends.

The time is getting nearer when Percy or Thalia will fulfil the prophecy laid out by the Oracle. One of them will make a choice – a dangerous choice – that may signal the end of the gods’ reign. Will one of them slip? Will they fall prey to the Titan’s curse and, in doing so, endanger everyone they hold dear? This is what lies ahead.

Percy Jackson continues to be an engaging read. There’s enough mythology to keep myth buffs happy, but is unique enough to be entertaining to the uninitiated. Percy is a likeable and relatable hero, one who does what he thinks is right, even though it often results in trouble for himself. The series is progressing in a pleasing manner, and I am looking forward to see what is coming next. 4/5


GroundedGrounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World
Seth Stevenson

Published: 2010; pages: 304

For her part, Rebecca's been most intrigued to learn that in Mandarin there is no easy way to say "no". It's just not in the language. To express a negative, you can use the word bu - the equivalent of "not" - coupled with the appropriate verb. So if someone inquiries as to whether its raining outside, you could answer, "Not is." Or if someone asks you if you want to go out to a movie, you could say, "Not want." Which, I would argue, sounds much harsher than an unadorned no.

Rebecca, in her endearing way, instantly cottons to this harshness. For a full afternoon, she adopts "not x" as her exclusive means of communicating with me. Rebecca, what time is it? "Not know." Rebecca, do you have the subway map with you? "Not have." Rebecca, this is sort of wearing on me. "Not care!"


I have a not-so-secret secret. Are you ready? I would kill to travel. Really. I’m always insanely jealous whenever anyone leaves the country, and then hang on every word they deem to share. I was pathetically excited to go on a plane to Melbourne. My yen to travel is, in fact, so severe it crosses over into the realm of stereotype (I have the whole map and pins on the wall). Because of this, I have a hidden passion for travel literature. I came across Seth Stevenson’s Grounded while browsing in my local bookstore and my armchair adventure yearning came to the forefront and I had to get it.

Journalist Seth Stevenson and his lawyer partner, Rebecca, have become complacent in their lives. They’ve hit a rut, and this realisation comes at quite the shock to the former free spirits. They decide that adventure and travel is the answer to all their problems as so, casting off all the trappings of their lives, they each back a single backpack and set off to see the world.

But what makes Seth and Rebecca different than any other globetrotter? Well, they have a special goal in mind: to circumnavigate the world entirely by use of ground travel. That’s right, they will cross every line of latitude without the aid of planes. Boats, trains, cars, even bikes – that will be the way for them.

I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed Grounded. Stevenson’s journalistic style is fresh, informative, and just cheeky enough. The relationship between he and Rebecca is faithfully and entertainingly shared, and the personalised knowledge he brings about his locations is charming. It will make you want to travel, and it will make you reconsider the beauty of more traditional transport. Highly recommended for the traveller (armchair or otherwise) in everyone. 5/5

Wordless Wednesday (12/1)

At the Pier

Musing Mondays (10/1)

Musing Mondays is hosting by MizB at Should Be Reading

Musing Mondays2

Where is your favorite place to find new books to read?Blogs? The library? Newspapers? Magazines? In the backs of other books? Suggestions from friends/family? Online bookstores? On the shelves of the local bookstores? (I don’t necessarily mean, ‘where do you find books to buy’ — I mean, ‘where do you discover new titles that you add to your to-be-read lists’?).



For me, finding new books is split three ways: blogs, friends and the library.

If I’m looking to buy a book it is usually based on reviews I have read on various blogs, or on the recommendation of a small number of people whom make up what I refer to as my “booky friends”. My book buying budget is, regrettably, limited and even more pressing, the shelf space to store them is nearly out. So if I buy a book it is usually done after a bit of research.

If I’m just looking for a new book to read I head to the library. Once there I spot titles or authors that I have seen reviewed on the blogosphere (again, putting blogs back up there in place #1). I will occasionally pick up an unknown book based on title or cover, but it’s true that most of my ‘new’ books are picked up because I recognise them from reviews.

Teaser Tuesdays (11/1)


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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!

“I could never let that happen to Prim. Sweet, tiny Prim who cried when I cried before she even knew the reason, who brushed and plaited my mother’s hair before we left for school, who still polished my father’s shaving mirror each night because he hated the layer of coal dust that settled on everything in the Seam.”

The Hunger Games (p. 33), Suzanne Collins

Wordless Wednesday

Twelve Apostles (6)

Twelve Apostles, Victoria Australia

Teaser Tuesday (4/1)


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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!

Percy Jackson

“The cabins were decorated with tiny flickering lights, like Christmas lights, except they seemed to be balls of real fire. More lights glowed in the woods, and, weirdest of all, a fire flickered in the attic window of the Big House, where the Oracle dwelt, imprisoned in an old mummified body.”

Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse (p. 53), Rick Riordan

Books Read in 2011

  • Baum, L. Frank - The Life and Times of Santa Clause
  • Benjamin, Melanie - Alice I Have Been
  • Cleary, Beverly - Beezus and Ramona
  • Cohn, Rachel and David Levithan - Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
  • Collins, Suzanne - The Hunger Games [x2]
  • Collins, Suzanne - The Hunger Games II: Catching Fire  [x2]
  • Collins, Suzanne - The Hunger Games III: Mockingjay  [x2]
  • Congrave, Timothy - Holding the Man
  • Dunford, George - The Big Trip
  • Hanff, Helene - 84 Charing Cross Road
  • Hoggart, Simon and Emily Monk - Don't Tell Mum: Hair-Raising Messages Home from Gap-Year Travellers
  • Kitamura, Satoshi - UFO Diary
  • Logue, Mark and Peter Conradi - The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy
  • Marsden, John - Tomorrow 2: The Dead of the Night
  • Marsden, John - Tomorrow 3: Third Day, The Frost
  • Marsden, John - Tomorrow 4: Darkness Be My Friend
  • Marsden, John - Tomorrow 5: Burning for Revenge
  • Marsden, John - Tomorrow 6: The Night is for Hunting
  • Marsden, John - Tomorrow 7: The Other Side of Dawn
  • Marsden, John - Ellie Chronicles I: While I Live
  • Matheson, Richard - I Am Legend
  • McDonald, Megan - Judy Moody #1: Judy Moody
  • McDonald, Megan - Judy Moody #2: Judy Moody Gets Famous
  • McDonald, Megan - Judy Moody #3: Judy Moody Saves the World!
  • McDonald, Megan - Judy Moody #4: Judy Moody Predicts the Future
  • McCarthy, Cormac - The Road
  • McGraw, Eloise - The Moorchild
  • Mitchell, Todd - The Secret to Lying
  • O'Malley, Bryan Lee - Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
  • O'Malley, Bryan Lee - Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 2: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  • Murray, Todd and Jenn Brisson - Rubber Rocks and Apple Boxes
  • Picoult, Jodi - House Rules
  • Rhue, Morton - The Wave
  • Riordan, Rick - Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse
  • Rosoff, Meg - Vamoose!
  • Sapphire - Push
  • Shanower, Eric, Skottie Young and L. Frank Baum – The Marvelous Wizard of Oz
  • Stead, Rebecca - First Light
  • Stevenson, Seth - Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World
  • Thomson, Alexa - Antartica on a Plate
  • Willingham, Bill - Fables, Vol. 6: Homelands
  • Willingham, Bill - Fables, Vol. 7: Arabian Nights
  • Willingham, Bill - Fables, Vol. 8: Wolves
  • Willingham, Bill - Fables, Vol. 9: Sons of the Empire
  • Willingham, Bill - Fables, Vol. 10: The Good Prince
  • Willingham, Bill - Fables, Vol. 11: War and Peices

Total Books Read: 49
Total Pages Read: 12, 373
Total Authors: 34
New Authors: 18

Graphic Novel Challenge

Graphic Novel Challenge
  1. The challenge starts January 1, 2011 and ends December 31, 2011. You can start anytime you want to especially if you want to start early.
  2. The level of participation: Beginner (3 comics or graphic novels),Intermediate (3-10 books), or Expert (10+)
  3. Overlaps with other challenges is definitely okay
  4. Re-reads count
  5. Feel free to post your list at any time

I’m just going to make my list and see which category I land in.

2011 Public Domain E-Book Challenge

Public Domain
Pick a level of participation for the year:
"newbie"level-read and review 3 public domain books (non bloggers will just post reviews in the reviews comments page)
"advanced" level-read and review 6 public domain books (non bloggers will just post reviews in the reviews comments page)
That's about it-easy peasey:) You pick the book, genre, length, etc. Readers who don't own a e-reader are welcome as well (e-reader apps on phones, etc or just read on your PC). You can cross this over with other challenges as well.

Total: 0/6

52 Books in 52 Weeks

52 books blog widget  for 2010

  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011.
  • Our book weeks will begin on Sunday.
  • Participants may join at any time.
  • All forms of books are acceptable including e-books, audio books, etc.
  • Re-reads are acceptable as long as they are read after January 1, 2011.
  • Books may overlap other challenges.
  • Still following the Yellow Brick Road

    Marvelous Land of OzThe Marvelous Land of Oz Eric Shanower, Skottie Young, and L. Frank Baum
    Published 2010; 192 pages

    First cab off the rank this year is Eric Shanower and Skottie Young’s adaption of L. Frank Baum’s The Marvelous Land of Oz. Much like its predecessor The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (adapted by same), I was highly impressed by its loyalty to the original. Not only is its plot accurate, it has captured the spirit and youthful energy of Baum’s world superbly.
    For those not familiar with the tale, The Marvelous Land of Oz tells the story of Tippetarius, known more commonly as “Tip”. Unlike Dorothy, Tip is a native of Oz who, when he runs away from the evil witch who is his guardian, finds himself entwined with the politics of Oz.
    General Jinjur and her army of Ozian girls have marched onto the Emerald City, revolting against the Scarecrow King and the long standing patriarchal rule of Oz... which would be more impressive if the soldier-girls were a little more skilled in their work and noble in their intentions.
    Tip and his magical creations Jack Pumpkin Head and Saw Horse join the Scarecrow and the Tin Man in restoring order to Oz.
    As I said, this is a faithful adaption of Baum’s book, yet it possesses a charm unique to its form. Skottie Young’s highly stylistic artistry is beautiful and lends the perfect degree of whimsy to Shanower’s treatment of Oz’s political scene.

    Reading in 2010

    I learnt two things in 2010*:

    1. Working full time and studying part time will have a MAJOR impact on my reading. I know, seems fairly straight forward, but I live in a state of denial most of the time, so it was still a shock when my reading stats dropped by 50%.
    2. I miss book blogging – seriously miss it. And the part I miss most? How much book blogging kept me up to date with new books.

    So my aims for 2011 is to at least maintain my reading count (hit 54 books in 2010), and get back into reading blogs, hopefully you’ll see me around a little more.



    1. The No Excuses Guide to Soul Mates – Stacey DeMarco and Jade Sky (120p)   **ARC**
    2. The Other Boleyn Girl – Phillippa Gregory (532p)    **Book Club**
    3. Ariel – Sylvia Plath (81p)
    4. The Babysitter’s Club Graphic Novels – 1 – Kirsty’s Great Idea – Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemier (187p)
    5. The Babysitter’s Club Graphic Novels – 2 – The Truth About Stacey  – Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemier (141p)
    6. The Babysitter’s Club Graphic Novels – 3 – Mary Anne Saves the Day – Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemier (158p)
    7. M is for Magic – Neil Gaiman (249p)
    8. Let it Snow – John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle (352p)


    1. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells (356)
    2. The Sandman: The Dream Hunters – Neil Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano (128)
    3. 13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson (321)
    4. Portrait Photography – Mark Cleghorn (128)
    5. The Bermudez Triangle – Maureen Johnson (320)
    6. Little Brother – Cory Doctorow (373)
    7. 84 Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff (230)
    8. The Looking Glass Wars – Frank Beddor (376)


    1. Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen (169)
    2. Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides (249)
    3. Tomorrow, When the War Began – John Marsden (286)      **Book Club**
    4. You Better Not Cry – Augusten Burroughs (206)


    1. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery (256)
    2. Poems to Live By in Uncertain Times – Joan Murray (ed.) (125)
    3. Anne of Avonlea – L.M. Montgomery (252)
    4. Flowers for Algenon – Daniel Keyes (216)
    5. The Dresden Files Graphic Novel: Welcome to the Jungle – Jim Butcher and Ardian Syaf (160)
    6. The Colour Purple – Alice Walker (261)
    7. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling (223)
    8. Much Ado About Nothing – William Shakespeare (271)
    9. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World – Vicki Myron (277)
    10. The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett (160)
    11. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger (192)        **Book Club**


    1. Raw – Scott Monk (340)


    1. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan (375)
    2. Looking for Alibrandi – Melina Marchetta (320)
    3. Away – Michael Gow (51)
    4. A Property of the Clan – Nick Enright (57)


    1. Fables, Vol 1: Legends in Exile – Bill Willingham (118)


    1. Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert (349)    **Book Club**

    2. Fables, Vol 2: Animal Farm – Bill Willingham (128)

    3. Fables, Vol. 3: Storybook Love – Bill Willingham (190)




    1. The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd (374)       **Book Club**

    2. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters – Rick Riordan (265)

    3. Battlestar Galactica: The Manga – Echoes of New Caprica – Emily Salzfass (192)


    1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz [Marvel] – Eric Shanower, Skottie Young and L. Frank Baum (192)

    2. Handle With Care – Jodi Picoult (477)

    3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling (341)

    4. Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan


    1. The Guild [Comics 1-3] – Felicia Day (96)

    2. Fables, Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers – Bill Willingham (240)

    3. Fables, Vol. 5: The Mean Season – Bill Willingham (168)

    4. Serenity, Vol 1: Those Left Behind – Joss Whedon (104)

    5. Serenity, Vol 2: Better Days – Joss Whedon (80)

    6. Superman/Batman, Vol 1: Public Enemies – Jeph Leob and Ed McGuinness (160)

    7. Astonishing X-Men, Vol 1: Gifted – Joss Whedon (152)


    • Eragon – Christopher Paolini

    • The Turning – Tim Winton

    • Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy – Richard Brian Davis

    • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling

    • The Complete Calvin and Hobbes – Bill Waterson

    Total Books Read: 54
    Total Pages Read: 12, 434




    *I’d like to think I learned more than two things, but hey, I’ll take what I can get.