Monday, February 27, 2012

Black Mass Review

I thought I had this review written and posted, but it must have been eaten by the internet. This book was a Christmas present from my boyfriend. I love anything Irish and since I study criminal justice it calls to me.

Synopsis: Story is about the notorious gangster James "Whitey" Bulger. He ran his own gang as well as memeber of the Winter Hill Gang in Boston, MA. The book is about the relationship between the FBI and Whitey Bulger and Steven Flemmi.

Review: I enjoyed this book. I remember reading the news about Whitey getting capture after being on the lam for about 20 years. I was interested to see what it is he did to be so hated by the people of Boston. Since I have no idea of what it was like growing up in an atmosphere like this.

The one issue I have with some true crime and history novels is it takes me twice a long to read a chapter because they are longer and they have a lot of details that you cannot just skim over. I also was not familiar with a lot of names so I had to reread parts to make sure I wasn't confusing two people.

I gave it only 3 stars because while I enjoyed the book, it wasn't my absolute favorite true crime. I liked it, but I am sure there are better true crime books out there.

My Rating:

Free Panam ID Card

So if you didn't know I love the Hunger Games series and excited to see it come out on the big screen. I haven't followed all that is going on, but I saw something on facebook I thought I would share. If you go to the website for the movie and become a citizen of Panem they will place you in a district.  Not sure how, but I got put in district 5 which is power. You can have your one little badge you could put up on facebook. Well now you can have an actual ID card. For free, well you have to pay for shipping which is under $2. They also show you items for your district and some you can have your name on it too!!. $32 for a women's fitted shirt with the district logo and your name on the back.  So here's the link for it

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Blogger Book Tag

I saw this tag thing over at Denim-Jacket Librarian Dishes and thought it would be pretty fun to do. Why not right? So here are my answers and to follow I will create my own ten questions for those I tag to answer. 

1. What genre do you find yourself reading most? The least?
I have been really getting into dystopian novels lately. I really haven't read any contemporary novels. Really not my thing. 
2. Where do you love to read the most?
I don't have a special reading spot, but usually I am sitting on my bed or a chair.
3. What book could you read over and over without getting tired of it?
Little Women. I loved this book growing up and I think I read it over and over again. I still could and still love it just as much.
4. What are your thoughts on graphic novels? Love 'em, don't love 'em?
I don't do graphic novels, but I see nothing wrong with them. 
5. If you could see any book turned into a film (directly from page to "stage") which book would it be?
The Maze Runner. I think the series would make an amazing movie. I think people would want to see if on the screen and could make people read it as well. 
6. What do you love most about blogging? (I know, Jennifer asked that, but I'd like to know, too!)
I get to give my opinion on books and inspire others to read books they might not have read originally. I know that is why I enjoy reading other book blogs.
7. Who helped encourage you to become the amazing reader you are today?
Probably my mom. We went to the library a lot when I was growing up and I think that had something to do with it. 
8. Has a book (non-cookbook) ever inspired you to bake or cook something?
Nope. Either I see it on the web or a cookbook.
9. If you could go anywhere, whether real or fictional, where would you go?
Easy. Ireland or Germany. I have already been to Ireland, but I would love to go back. I also have always wanted to go to Germany, but haven't as of yet. 
10. Say you are the heroine of a fantasy/adventure novel. What animal would you love/want to have as a companion?
Phoenix. I know it sounds odd, but there's something amazing about an animal that can be reborn. 


1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create ten new questions to ask the people that you have tagged.
3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
4. Let them know you’ve tagged them.

1. What is the worst book you've ever read?
2. A book that seems everyone else has read, but you haven't and why?
3. If you were any character from any book, who would you be and why?
4. What is your favorite drink?
5. If you could write a best seller what would the book be about?
6. Favorite travel destination?
7. Favorite genre and why you like it?
8. What about blogging do you hate?
9. Hunger Games, Twilight or Fallen?
10. Cake, cupcake or pie?

So I tag anyone who reads this. Leave me a comment with the link to your answers. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

WWW Wednesday (2/22/12)

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: Black Mass by Dick Lehr and Gerard O' Neil. I've been reading this book since Christmas. I am almost done with it. Just a few chapters left.
Recently Finished: Fallen by Lauren Kate. I loved this book and want to read the rest of the series. 
Reading Next: I want to read Besty Ross and the Making of America, but I also want to read Enclave. Maybe I'll read both. 

Top Ten Books I'd Save If My House Was Abducted by Aliens (or Any Other Disasters Struck)

This is a weekly meme by the Broke and the Bookish. So I think this for me should really be if a disaster took my house. I don't believe in aliens, yes I love the paranormal, but I don't do aliens. I don't know why, I just never have. I hardly even watch movies about them. Yes, this means I've never seen the Alien movies.

These books are my favorites and if they were lost I could replace them, but I wouldn't want to.

10. My complete works of Edgar Alan Poe. I haven't touched the book in ages and my dog decided to chew it after I first got it, but I still love the book and the hardbound of it is just beautiful.

9. The Historian. I bought this in hardback. I waited a long time to buy it and for it to be cheaper, but I finally caved in and bought it. So I loose it I would hate for that to happen. I think it could be hard to find it in hardback. I actually lost the dust cover for it so it stands out.

8. The Book Theif. I have the UK version of the book and I LOVE the cover. If I lost it I would hate to spend money buying it from some overseas store just to have this cover. I don't like the US cover with the dominoes and it just doesn't fit with the book. The UK one is simple and beautiful.

7. My Moleskin Journals. I have two, but one of them I have been able to use and kept for about 5 years now. I love it and it has a lot of diary entries and other information that if I lost I would be upset. I don't really go through it, but to loose it would be a slight heartache.

6. The Maze Runner series. So this is three books, but still I enjoyed them and I would hate to loose them. I loved them so much and I would hate to have to replace them.

5. Uglies. My secrete santa gave it to me and since I loved the book and she took the time to get it for me I would hate to loose it.

4. The Giver. This is one of my favorite books and while it would be easy to replace, this copy I have owned since I read it in 4th grade.

3. My American Girl Felicity kit. I loved these books a a girl and I have this kit with paper dolls, a cookbooks and something else. They are hard to find these days and I would hate to loose it.

2. Goodnight Moon. I bought this book for my son because I loved it so much as a little girl. I would hate to loose it since it was something I got for him to enjoy.

1. My Kindle. Yes I know this is not an actual book, but I have some good books on it as well as getting the Arizona Republic subscription. If I lost it I guess it's possible to get the books on a new one, but I don't really like the new models of the Kindle.

A decent list I would say. Let me know what is on your list.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Fallen Review

This book I have seen at the bookstore and the name of the book caught me attention. Come on the book and the series is my nickname, how could I not read it? I wasn't sure actually if I would enjoy the book. This genre is a hit or miss for me. Also, since it deals with the supernatural and angels I wasn't sure I would like it. I like the show Supernatural, but lost interesting when the whole, Heave, Hell and angels became apart of the show. Maybe it's my Catholic upbringing that makes me shy away from the topic.

Synopsis: Seventeen-Year-Old Luce is a new student at Sword & Cross, an unwelcoming boarding/reform school in Savannah, Georgia. Luce’s boyfriend died under suspicious circumstances, and now she carries the guilt over his death with her as she navigates the unfriendly halls at Sword & Cross, where every student seems to have an unpleasant—even evil—history.

It’s only when she sees Daniel, a gorgeous fellow student, that Luce feels there’s a reason to be here—though she doesn’t know what it is. And Daniel’s frosty cold demeanor toward her? It’s really a protective device that he’s used again . . . and again. For Daniel is a fallen angel, doomed to fall in love with the same girl every 17 years . . . and watch her die. And Luce is a fellow immortal, cursed to be reincarnated again and again as a mortal girl who has no idea of who she really is. (taken from GoodReads) .

Review: I did enjoy this book.  It was a nice pace for events and I was right there with Luce trying to figure out what was going on. Nothing was too over the top or vague. This kind of book is written for teens and I am far from a teenager. I never know how I am going to like a book like this. We all know how I feel about Twilight. I think this book is great for those who enjoy supernatural genre, but aren't keen on books like Twilight. 

I gave this book 4 stars because while I really enjoyed it and want to finish the series, I wish a little more information was given about the angels like Cam and Daniel. They have two chapters of his narrative and it was lacking in any information other than his love for Luce.  I hope the other books do explain all the details because that is what having me hang on. 

My Rating:

Friday, February 10, 2012

Lack of Everything

I apologize for the lack of posting. I haven't finished a book yet and I have started... 3 and yet to finish one. Hopefully here soon I will have one of them finished. Also, been kind of crazy for me with school. I did not get the internship and it looks like I will have to go back to history as my major since I have one class left and with criminal justice without the internship I have a year or more left. So it's not worth it.

I am happy about it and while getting ready for a 25 page thesis is a bit scary. I don't have to defend it like you do in grad school, but my school's list of topics never seem to inspire me very well.
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