01 October 2012

September Reads

September 2012

***Note: An * appears before a series if the series is expected to continue and those books have yet to be released. Page numbers are only ascribed to physical books. No page numbers means the book was an EBook. All my Ebooks are purchased from Amazon.

Fall of Angels Series               By: Keary Taylor
          1: Branded
          2: Forsaken
          3: Vindicated
     Companion: Afterlife

*Fallen Angles Series              By: Katherine  Pine
          1: After Eden
          2: Beloved Purgatory

Guardian Trilogy                  By: Laury Falter
          1: Fallen
          2: Eternity
          3: Reckoning

*Ancient Legends                  By: Jayde Scott
          5: Forever and Beyond

Dream Realms Trilogy              By: Sophia Sharp
         1: Shattered
         2: Destined
         3.1: Graced
         3.2: Ascension

*Celestra Series                      By: Addison Moore
         1: Ethereal
         2: Tremble
         3: Burn
         4: Wicked
         5: Vex
         6: Expel

*Fade Series                        By: Kailin Gow
         1: Fade
         2: Falling
         3: Forgotten

*Frost Series                       By: Kailin Gow
          1: Bitter Frost
          2: Forever Frost
          3: Silver Frost
          4: Frost Kisses
          5: Midnight Frost
          6: Frost Fire
          7: Spring Frost

*Wolf Fey Series                    By: Kailin Gow
          1: The Wolf Fey
          2: The Red Wolf

The Book of Faeyore             By: Kailin Gow

The Fairy Letters                   By: Kailin Gow

Free Four                              By: Veronica Roth

*Desire Series                       By: Kailin Gow
         1: Desire
         2: Shattered
         3: Passion
  Companion:  Summer Desire

*Beautiful Beings Series             By: Kailin Gow
         1: Beautiful Beings
         2: Heaven and Hell
         3: Shadow Light

*The Fairy Rose Chronicles        By: Kailin Gow
          1: The Fairy Rose
          2: The Fairy Fair
          3: Pixies vs. Fairies

*PULSE Series                          By: Kailin Gow
         1: Pulse
         2: Life's Blood
         3: Blood Burned
         4: Blue Blood
         5: Blood Bond
         6: Blood Legacy
         7: Blood Rights
  Companion: The Pulse Papers


TOTAL: 53 Titles
         
So obviously alot of one author this month. Found her through a free book with Amazon and went from there. I really do enjoy Kailin Gow's books. One thing is that they tend to be shorter and very fast paced. While this is appealing especially to reluctant readers, it means that alot of details get glazed over in the process. Don't get me wrong. I still really LOVE the storylines themselves, but sometimes the writing in an effort to be succinct is left wanting.  The Frost series gets a bit repetitive which is annoying but the way the last left off, I'm really hoping the next will be better.  Also, Gow plays very heavily on the heroine's heart being torn between two or more very suitable suitors.  This is a construct in recent young adult literature that can really grate. Yes, it does cause dramatic tension and all that, however, it's very frustrating when they all are these awesome guys. And let's face it, how many girls out there have several guys at the same time all of which are drop dead gorgeous vying for their attention and love at the same time?

Some notes on several other series read this month.

Keary Taylor is an author I've read before. She's very good at making the villain in her story sympathetic which is often left undone in many books. I really enjoyed her series.

Addison Moore's series was also a really fun read. I'm definitely looking forward to the next one in that series as well.

04 September 2012

Let's Try This Again

Seriously sorry for such a hiatus. This summer I played host to my thesis class, which meant one month shorter to research and write such a project as well as the fact that my grandfather is sick and so I had to take a three week break in the middle to deal with family drama. Yes, it made the production of my thesis a stressful and extremely time consuming endeavor. I now appreciate my father working on his dissertation with four children running around as well. The only difference, I had four children running around and no spouse to remove them from the house when the noise became too extreme. However, after all that stress and nearly 400 pages later, I had my Master's thesis complete and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with my Masters in Library and Information Science. Now, if only I could get a job. . .

As a result of a stressful last two semesters, I have been a complete and utter failure in the upkeep of my reading log. However, I have seriously gotten down to business in the last couple of months. Largely  because I have found some seriously fun reading material in the form of some great E-Book material. Yes, some of it can also be in print, but many of these were originally published in E-format. Now me personally, I love the printed book. One, it doesn't get hot when I read it. Two, I don't have to charge it constantly in order to read all day. Three, a paper book has both the texture and the smell to go along with it. However, in our lovely digital age, digital books cannot be ignored. It is cheaper to publish via digital printing and I really think there are a lot of new authors out there who don't get the chance at paper but do in a digital format. The only major issue I have with digital books is that they really seem to not be edited as well as a print books. There are far more typographical errors in an digital book than in a print book although those are not exempt either. It is annoying but if the author has construct a story that pulls you in enough, I'm able to accept that these books are not edited as well and move on.

**For July and August I'm just going to put up a list of what was read and if you have any questions about any of them, just give me a shout.**

July 2012

**Note: Any E-book listed does not contain page numbers. Titles with * beside them are series that are not yet completed.**

*Warriors of Ankh; By: Samantha Young
1-Blood Will Tell
2-Blood Past
3-Shades of Blood

*Fire Spirits;  By: Samantha Young
1-Smokeless Fire
2-Scorched Skies
3-Borrowed Ember

The Tale of Lunarmorte; By: Samantha Young
1- Moon Spell
2-River Cast
3-Blood Solstice

Drip Drop Tear;  By: Samantha Young

*The Fade;  By: Samantha Young
1-Slumber

NOTE--Samantha Young has become a favorite of mine after reading these. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. Also, The Tale of Lunarmorte series, while technically being complete, looks like she may continue with a spin off type series.

The Watchers Trilogy;  By Karice Bolton
1-Awakening
2-Legions
3-Cataclysm

Total for the month of July: 14 titles


August 2012

*Midnight Fire;  By: Kaitlyn Davis
1-Ignite
2-Simmer

*Darkwoods Series;  By: J.A. Redmerski
1-Mayfair Moon
2- Kindred

Cloud Prophet Trilogy;  By: Megg Jensen
1-Anathema
2-Oubliette
3-Severed

The Initiate;  By: Megg Jensen

*The Swarm Trilogy;  By: Megg Jensen
1-Sleepers
2-Afterlife

*The Grey Wolf Series; By: Quinn Loftis
1-Prince of Wolves
2-Blood Rites
3-Just One Drop
4-Out of the Dark

*The Arelia LeRue Series; By: Kira Saito
1-Bound
2-Punished
3-Possessed

*Ancient Legends; By: Jayde Scott
1-The Job-From Hell
2-Beelzebub Girl
3-Voodoo Kiss
4-Dead and Beyond

Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy; By: E.L. James
1-Fifty Shades of Grey (528)
2-Fifty Shades Darker (544)
3-Fifty Shades Freed (592)

*Delirium Series; By: Lauren Oliver
1-Delirium (441)

*Otherworld Trilogy;  By: Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
1-Faelorehn
2-Domarehn

*The Arotas Trilogy; By: Amy Miles
1-Forbidden
2-Reckoning

*Fallen Angels Saga; By: E. Van Lowe
1-Boyfriend from Hell
2-Earth Angel

The Rippler Trilogy; By: Cidney Swanson
1-Rippler
2-Chameleon
3-Unfurl

Seasons of the Moon; By: S.M. Reine
1-Six Moon Summer
2-All Hallows' Moon
3-Long Night Moon
4-Gray Moon Rising

Total for the month of August: 38 titles

I have to say that I believe August is a personal record for me, one I'm actually hoping to meet or break in September but we shall see what life hands me. I have many opinions on each title, all you have to do is ask, but I will admit keeping up with my habit and discussing each book in detail would take alot away from the actual act of reading and I kind of need that more than anything else right now, so I'm going to ease back into the blogging thing in the hopes that this time it sticks.!! Happy Reading Everyone!

15 March 2012

Fallen Series by Lauren Kate


First off, sorry for the hiatus, but my mind simply could not wrap around blogging for a while. I'm still sloshing through things but at least my motivation is beginning to return.

This series has been on my to read list for quite some time and all I have to say is "thank you so much for not letting me get into this series until now." Or rather, "couldn't I have waited until Rapture comes out in June!!" This series was so wonderful to read, I cannot wait until June.

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age: Young Adult  (12 and up)
Author: Lauren Kate
Books:    Fallen   p. 464
               Torment   p. 496
               Passion    p. 462
               Fallen in Love    p.  256

When it comes to paranormal romance one has to be very careful. At least for me as a reader, the romance cannot be crap, mushy, and stupid; it has to be built and it's perfection and tragedy has to be built and balanced with the paranormal. This book was so intriguing because through most of the first book you knew that there was something otherworldly about Luce and Daniel but the author was so good at keeping it out of arms reach. She allowed the time to build the characters and the strangeness of their attraction. Even once you knew what was unusual about both of the characters, she still took the time to show how they could fall in love with one another in this lifetime and the doubt that plagues Luce's character. It's only in understanding themselves that their lives, their souls, and their love can actually go anywhere.

Fallen in Love is a supplement to the series and entails a collection of four short stories about one event in the past that revolves around several of the characters. It allows for some more insight into some of the supplemental characters that enhance Luce and Daniel throughout the series itself.

The final book in the series Rapture hits the stands in June 12, 2012.

12 November 2011

Censorship Pathfinder


Censorship of Literature
Grade Level: 10-12 grade
Resources:
Books:
1.    120 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature

Karolides, Nicholas J., Margaret Bald, and Dawn B. Sova. 120 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature. New York: Checkmark, 2011. Print.
120 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature is an updated listing of banned books and the reasoning behind their banning.
2.    Fahrenheit 451

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003. Print.
What if you lived in a world where reading was against the law? Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopic version of a future in which firemen light fires in order to destroy books.
3.    The Encyclopedia of Censorship

Green, Jonathon, and Nicholas J. Karolides. The Encyclopedia of Censorship. New York: Facts On File, 2005. Print.
Encyclopedia covers many but not all hot topic issues in censorship in overview from 1990-2000
4.    The Last Safe Place on Earth

Peck, Richard. The Last Safe Place on Earth. New York: Delacorte, 1995. Print.
The Last Safe Place on Earth, deals with censorship in the light of religious fanaticism

5.    Farhenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451. Dir. Fran├žois Truffaut and Laurent Bouzereau. Perf. Oskar Werner and Julie Christie. Vineyard Films [production Company, 1966. DVD.
1966 adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s novel on a world in which censorship has become law and the possession of a book is punishable by the burning of the book, your home, and you within.
6.    The Kid’s Right to Read Project
"The Kids' Right to Read Project." The Kids' Right to Read Project. National Coalition Against Censorship. Web. 7 Nov. 2011. <http://ncac.org/Kids-Right-to-Read>.
The Kids’ Right to Read Projects was established in order to provide education and advocacy in helping those who are faced with challenges to the right to read.
7.    Challenged Children’s Books
"Challenged Children's Books | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign." University Library at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Web. 12 Nov. 2011. <http://www.library.illinois.edu/edx/challenged.htm>.
S-Collection located at the University Library at the University of Illinois in which the titles are banned books and are divided into reading levels.  
8.    NCTE Anti-Censorship Center
"Anti-Censorship Center." National Council of Teachers of English - Homepage. Web. 12 Nov. 2011. <http://www.ncte.org/action/anti-censorship>.
The NCTE website (National Council of Teachers of English, helps teachers and librarians to establish policies that help when confronted with censorship challenges. The site provides a variety of links to other censorship websites.
9.    The Online Books Page
"Banned Books Online." The Online Books Page. Dec. 2002. Web. 12 Nov. 2011. <http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/banned-books.html>.
General article and overview of a variety of censorship issues and imbedded with a various hyperlinks to those books and authors discussed.
10. ALA Banned Books
"ALA | Banned & Challenged Books." ALA | Home - American Library Association. Web. 12 Nov. 2011. <http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/index.cfm>.
The ALA (American Library Association) is the primary association for those within the library community and the Banned Books page provides links and statements issued by the ALA concerning the right to read and student rights.
11. Controversial and Banned Books
Banned and Controversial Books. Web. 12 Nov. 2011. <http://www.banned-books.com/>.
Celebrate the right to read in October and take a tour of authors and books that have been banned. Hyperlinked encyclopedia type page.
12. Websites on Banned Books and Censorship
"Websites on Banned Books and Censorship." Websites on Banned Books and Censorship. Web. 7 Nov. 2011. <http://lib.williamson-tn.org/YA/bbwwebsites.pdf>.
List of 10 websites that discuss censorship or provide copies of banned books.

10 November 2011

WebQuest--Twilight Diary


WebQuest-Twilight Diary

       I.        Basics:

a.    Background information.

Twilight is the beginning of a four part young adult fantasy series. This is an introduction into the young adult paranormal genre. The characters and their actions are vital to any story. Although set in modern times, there are a multitude of characters from different places and different times, and these characters add to the story as a whole, defining them.  Understanding these characters and where they come from is important to understanding the whole book and whether or not the author has been true to the history she has laid the groundwork for.

b.    Purpose and objectives.

In order to understand who these characters are and where they come from, in pairs, you will choose two characters and develop a journal for them. This will be a set of diaries and you will research where they come from in order to help with the entries. At the end, you will present the diaries to the class and will justify your position as to whether or not the author was true to the history these characters supposedly came from.

Age Group: This novel being a young adult work would be best suited for grades 9 and over.

      II.        Activities:

Before starting you must pick a pair:

Bella and Edward

Bella and Jacob

Jasper and Alice

Rosalie and Emmett

Esme and Carlisle

You will be researching each characters background or birth place and time, along with their current setting. While the characters are fictional, their settings are very real places. It is important to write these journal entries with the current setting in mind, use the characters voice in the writing.

You will create both a front and back cover. Inside will include at least 6 images—these can be drawn, printed from the Internet, or taken from magazines.

Each character should have at least 15 journal entries. Each entry should be 1-2 paragraphs long and should be written in the distinct style of the character, reflecting their grammar, style, and by association their education level and unique character traits.

Prepare a short 10 minute presentation on your journals and highlight what makes them important to understanding the characters. During your presentations you will also justify whether or not the book’s portrayal of these characters was in line with the research you conducted on their environments and times.

    III.        The Tour:

The following are a list of websites that will help you in understanding where the characters came from.

Welcome to Forks

The Quileute Nation

Mississippi Encyclopedia

Mississippi Archives

Rochester Historical Society

Encyclopedia.com—New York

Everyday Life in the Stuart Era

Encyclopedia Britannica—London History

Tennessee History for Kids

Tennessee Encyclopedia

Library of Congress Digitized Newspapers (1836-1922)

Ohio History Central

Encyclopedia of Chicago

The City of Chicago

Under the Rebel Flag-Texas and the Civil War

The Texas Calvary

Stephanie Meyer-Twilight

 

   IV.        Evaluation:

 

Beginning

1

Developing

3

Accomplished

5

Score

Diary Entries

Entries are incomplete. Less than 15 per character or/and not a full paragraph long.

Entries are the absolute minimum, exhibiting in the work and effort.

Entries are detailed and thorough. The student goes above and beyond instructions.

 

Visuals

There are no visuals present.

There are only 4 or 5 visuals.

There are 6 or more visuals.

 

Internet Research

Did not research the characters at for the diaries.

Collected some information online for the diaries.

Collected all needed information in order to produce a genuine entry.

 

Teamwork

Did not work with partner. Severely uneven workload.

Worked well with partner, but the workload was still uneven.

Worked well with partner and the work was evenly distributed.

 

Presentation

Obviously unrehearsed and lacked cohesive delivery. No justifications present.

Moderately effective but was a little unorganized and needed more rehearsal. Justifications were provided but not backed by research.

Presentation clear, effective, and concise.  Justifications were grounded in research.

 


01 November 2011

September/October Books 2011

First off, I'd like to apologize. This semester has been excruciating for me and as a result, I've fallen off the blog universe. September was especially hard when it came to reading as well. I was desperately trying to finish a series that really didn't endear itself to me in the fifth book, but more of that below. This will be long as I'm including pictures and both months here. As always, any questions, send me a message. . .
Title: A Song of Fire and Ice: A Dance with Dragons, Book 5
Author: George R. R. Martin
Pages: 1016
Age Level: Adult

This book just about killed me. It took me most of the month of September to finish it because it simply dragged on and on. The book could have been half as long and been far more engaging. I swear, half the book is simply a listing of everything they eat at feasts, and apparently the people eat ALOT!! It really stalled the book whenever something like that came up, because it would go on for pages describing every serving and they didn't settle for one or two, no there were usually like fifty. One or two of these scenes would have been enough to show what the people ate, it was totally unnecessary to go on and on like Martin did. I got half way through and seriously considered stopping, but when you've read more than 500 pages already, it's so hard to just give up. The main story line is compelling, but while this is both a companion and extension of book four, I was really disappointed in it as a whole. Too much was left out and I'm getting tired of the bad guys always winning. After a while, while that may be "reality", it becomes taxing. Eventually you want the good guys to win, and this book really makes you think that's not going to happen ever.

Title: Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Pages: 198
Grade Level: 8-12 grade

Speak is about a girl entering the ninth grade with a big black mark on her. She called the cops at a party over the summer and got alot of people in trouble. The problem is that while everyone hates her for this, they don't understand why she did it. At that party she had been raped, and she told no one. She tried to tell the police, but couldn't speak when she called them. She doesn't speak about it at all for most of the book but spirals and deals with the hate all around her and the torment of her rapist as well in silence and alone. Through one teacher who allows her time to find her voice again, she finally begins a path back. This is a great book that really makes you think about how to deal with the student or person in your life that needs the most help but never asks for it.

Title: Dragon's Oath
Author: P.C. and Kristin Cast
Pages: 145
Grade Level: 6-10 grade

This is a background spin off novella of the House of Night series. It tells the story of Dragon Lankford and Anastasia. It's short, it's sweet, and it's intense. It really shows a piece of a character that is not delved into in the main books.

Title: The Gray Wolf Throne, Book 3
Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Pages: 517
Grade Level: 6-12

Fighting for a throne is hard work especially when you don't have anyone you can really trust. This is the third book in this series and it is apparent the series isn't over. It's a story of strength, love, magic, and deception.

Title: The Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune, Book 2
Author: Rick Riordan
Pages: 521
Grade Level: 5-10

Welcome back Percy Jackson! This is the adventure of Percy at the Roman encampment. The timeline is in conjunction with the first book. I just love Riordan. He really has a talent of bringing the ancient Gods and all the drama around them to life.

Title: The Death Cure, Book 3
Author: James Dashner
Pages: 324
Grade Level: 9-12

This is one wild ride and the conclusion of the trilogy. At the end of the book, all I could think was "duh!! why didn't they do that in the first place." This book deals alot of death and struggle and in the end one is left with both hope and despair. Definitely a fitting end for the series.

Title: Crescendo, Book 2
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Pages: 427
Grade Level: 9-12

I just received the third book in this series and realized I'd never gotten around to the second, oops. This is a paranormal romance.


Title: Silence, Book 3
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Pages: 438
Grade Level: 9-12

The third book in the series and definitely not the end. This book shows that love, real love, can break down any barrier.

Title: Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, Book 1
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 325
Grade Level: 9-12

Faeries are dangerous and tricky. They sure don't like it when you fight back. For Deirdre it is even harder because she is a cloverhand, which makes her magical and a threat to the current Faerie Queen. Add in that the assassin sent to kill her falls in love with her instead and you have a fun tale with heavy Irish lore and a romance you both root for and despair over.


Title: Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie, Book 2
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 353
Grade Level: 9-12

A sad second part when you realize that love doesn't conquer all afterall. Deirdre's voice is all by absent in this second book and that is actually quite well done, as it shows her severe isolation and just how lost she is.

Title: The Ranger's Apprentice: The Lost Stories
Author: John Flanagan
Pages: 422
Grade Level: 5-9

These are supplemental stories to the series and also serve as a bridge between The Ranger's Apprentice series and the upcoming Brotherband Chronicles. It answers some fan questions about the series and finally Will and Alyss are married.

October was a much better month than September. Only the first three were read in September, I felt like an utter failure, but thankfully October was blessed with a lot of new releases that I have had on preorder for months. This next month, I will be beginning again with the Eragon series since the final book is finally being released this month!!!!

Total for September: 1,359
Total for October: 3,327
Total for 2011: 31,643