Monday, March 12, 2012

an update

Greetings, fellow padawans! 
(okay, okay, so that is totally geeky, but I couldn't resist)
So...the job is going really well and so far I've been able to keep up with my reading.
This is a cute random bookish picture

I haven't posted any of my reviews on here because the majority of books I've read recently have been ARCs, and I'm not sure if there would be any interest in reading my ARC reviews before the books are actually out. I've read Enchanted (Kontis), Shadow and Bone (Bardugo), Masque of the Red Death (Griffin), When the Sea is Rising Red (Hellison - but I skimmed through this one) and This Dark Endeavor (Oppel). Unfortunately, with the exception of This Dark Endeavor (which I absolutely loved), I disliked all the others and when I finally do get around to posting the reviews, they won't be all that praise-worthy. Wanted to just get that confession out of the way. 

Due to these less-than-stellar experiences, I've dubbed 2012 the Year of the Re-Reads. I'm going through some of my favorite books, as well as books I haven't read for years, and reading them again. I'm giving myself all year to get through Lord of the Rings, and I've already finished reading through the five books of the Chronicles of Prydain series. 
What's next? Probably re-read the Harry Potter series at some point (it's been since 2009 since I've read those) and...I want to re-read Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Have any of you all read that? 
It was part of our required reading in middle school, and at the time I thought it was 'okay.' But now that a movie version is in production, I'd like to read through it again and figure out who's who. All I remember is that Peter is a sick SOB and Mazer is cool. And something about xenocide. Anyhoo.

In other news, I've decided that I'm interested in sci-fi. I'm about to start Across the Universe and A Million Suns by Beth Revis, whom I hear is the newest popular YA sci-fi author. 

And by the way...has anybody seen Martin Scorsese's Hugo, adapted from The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick? I don't even remember this movie being marketed back in the fall (unlike the frickin headache that is The Hunger Games - I see that stupid preview multiple times a day!). 
But when I watched the Academy Awards a few weeks ago, they said that this was the most nominated film of the year. Naturally, a Martin Scorsese movie that does not contain the 'F' word piqued my curiosity. And let me tell you, this is now my #1 favorite movie ever, tied with the Lord of the Rings films. IT IS THAT GOOD! The only thing I would've liked is for them to keep the whole title - calling it "Hugo" made me think it was a biopic for Victor Hugo or something. LOL - would've still seen that movie, too!
I gotta tell you, set aside whatever book you're reading right now and watch this movie! It is AH-MAZING!

Peace out padawans,

5 shout-outs!:

Katie DeKoster said...

Honestly didn't have a lot of interest in seeing Hugo, but you may have just changed my mind! I was so surprised to see that that book was #1 on the past week's best-selling list for YAs. Maybe b/c the movie has re-created some hype?!

Christina T said...

I really want to see Hugo. I am glad you enjoyed it. I haven't read the book either though I've heard it is excellent.

Sometimes I think I need to reread more. I'd like to reread the Hobbit this year before the movie comes out. I used to reread The Lord of the Rings regularly but haven't done that in awhile. I do reread the Harry Potter books often because I like to listen to them in the car.

I haven't read that many of this year's debut novels. The one I really liked is Cinder-another scifi book and one I think you'd like. I liked Across the Universe but there were definitely things that bugged me about it. Still haven't started A Million Suns. I guess I didn't love the first book as much as I thought I did when I read it. It'll be interesting to see what you think of it!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I seriously want to see Hugo!

:)

Alyssa Kirk said...

We all (Jake, Gregory and I) enjoyed Hugo. Saw it in theaters. What a visual beauty!

christina said...

I am so excited about seeing Ender's Game. FINALLY. I remember the rumors of a film way back when I was in college, some ten years ago. Needless to say I've been anticipating this FOREVER.

Alternatively, I have very little desire to see Hugo. It LOOKS beautiful, but I never got into the book so I think my mind would wander with the movie.

 
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