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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sci-fi Sunday

Book of the Week:


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a cynical, witty, sarcastic, side-splitting adventure about the only  human male, who also happens to be the most boring, left in the universe. Accompanied by a depressed robot, the only remaining human female, a pragmatic alien journalist, and a charismatic captain, all on a journey to find the meaning of life........42. An excellent novel, the comedy and wit is out of this world....................nah bro, seriously the earth is like destroyed.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Shipping Saturday

Saturday is all about the LOVE!  <3 One of our favorite days, Shipping Saturday will consist of all the couples we ship! 
 
 
 

Today's Couple:

Liv and John from the Caster Chronicles

 

 
 
Liv and John are introduced to us in the Caster Chronicles in the book Beautiful Darkness.  Mysterious and Strange, John is the "hunk" of Beautiful Darkness.  Liv, sweet, British, smart, kind of adorable very quirky, and the help at the library.  Ethan and Liv's relationship was continually rooted on by me at first.  Liv and Ethan seemed cute together and she never left his side, while Miss Lena was off being a "bad girl."  But when John and Liv's relationship is taking an unexpected turn, I, the reader, fell in love with them together immediately!  Their relationship is more hidden and private at first but I think that's what I loved best about it!  The prospect of them together was exciting and cute!  They seemed more and more perfect together, and gladly the writers (Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl) had them in a relationship in the books was awesome!  Finally a relationship you liked that the writers did too!  ;)
 
 
 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

                                    Throwback Thursday



Do you like
 green eggs and ham?
I do not like
 them Sam-I-Am.
I do not like
 green eggs and ham.
Would you like them
here or there?
I would not like
them here or there.
I would not
 like them anywhere.

Green Eggs and Ham is a story that parallels an adventure every parent goes through with their child, the challenge of trying to get their kid to eat different foods. We can remember our own parents using the Green Eggs psychology on us, but we were usually right in the end. We didn't like carrots before we had them and we certainly didn't like them after.
And The Mountains Echoed

"An emotional, provocative, and unforgettable novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations."  By: Khaled Hosseini



Crimson Says:  This novel gave me an incredible insight to a culture that I've never really understood.  In all honesty I've always thought of an Afghan as a long-bearded man that lives in the desert with his wives and machine guns, and who likes to blow up Americans so he can get into Heaven.  The Afghani culture has always seemed so foreign to me that I've never thought that they're lives could be similar to mine.  I never realized that they like to play video games, write poetry, or watch soccor on TV.  Maybe it's not my fault that I think this way, with everything that has happened in the past 12 years.  But it doesn't matter where the blame comes from, the point is I now see them as people with the same feelings and hobbies as me.  I see them as a boy willing to trade his shoes for a feather just to put a smile on his sisters face.  I see them as a man putting his life on hold to take care of a friend who was an invalid.  I see all these things now after reading this touching, heartbreaking, outstanding masterpiece of a novel. 

    Crimson gives this book a 10/10

Piper Says: I loved this book, it's unlike anything I've ever read. I learned about a country and people I never really known about, and I was touched by the kindness and loyality the characters showed to their family and friends. And The Mountains Echoed is many stories combined into one book.  Each story revolves around one person, and each person is related to another character in the book.  Reading throughout this book all these different emotions sort of spark up in you.  The characters are amazing, the stories are perfectly thought of and well written, and there isn't a part you wouldn't love.  Though written more for adults, teens (ages 14 and up) should definitely give it a chance.  Not at all your usual vampire/wizard/magic/drama/teenage romance, And The Mountains Echoed is what most people would describe as Beautiful. 

                                                          Piper gives this book a 9/10

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wise Words Wednesday

It has officially been a week since we started our daily topics/themes!  Yay!  Today (as some of you may know) is Wise Words Wednesday! 

Today's Wise Words:

"They say, find a purpose in your life and live it. But, sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognize your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind."
This quote comes from the book: And the Mountains Echoed.  You may find this quote on page 127.


Piper Says: I think this quote reminds me (us, people, everyone, etc...) that when you can't see the purpose in your life and you feel like there is no reason you should keep living, you can't give up.  You can't give up because your life will always have a purpose if you can find it in yourself to do good while you are living it.  So when you're old you will look back and realize your life did have a purpose, it may not be something you expected it to be, but you lived and you had a good reason to.  I like this quote a lot because it speaks something great.  It reminds me of something I need to be reminded of a lot. 







Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Allegiant

Allegiant

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

We are very excited to post our first Top Ten Tuesday!  Our topic for Top Ten Tuesday is:

Top Ten Villains


10. Professor Umbridge- The Harry Potter series

9. The Red Queen- Alice in Wonderland

8. Count Olaf- A Series of Unfortunate Events

7. President Snow- The Hunger Games

6. Opal Coboi- Artemis Fowl

5. Galbatorix- Inheritance Cycle

4. Sarafine- The Castor Chronicles

3. Abraham- The Castor Chronicles

2. The White Witch- The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

1. Bellatrix Lestrange












Monday, June 24, 2013

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sci-Fi Sunday Spotlight

 

Crimson came up with the idea for Sunday's topic/theme to be all things to do with Sci-Fi.  One week we may do the book of the week or a different week we might choose instead to do author of the week. 

 

The Sci-Fi book of the week:

 

Pandora's Star by: Peter F. Hamilton




 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

ATTENTION VIEWERS GO VOTE FOR TEXAS!! 

Veronica Roth (writer of Divergent) is stopping in one state for her tour!  GO VOTE FOR TEXAS!  :D :D :D

Shipping Saturday

Today we will continue our theme posting with Shipping Saturday.  We knew we had to have a day fully devoted to talking about all the couples we ship! 
 
 
To start off the first Shipping Saturday of many to come, we want to begin with the two people that led us to being shippers.  Those two legendary chracters are: Harry Potter and Hermione Granger (to their shippers: Harmony). 
Piper Says "When I first read and watched the Harry Potter series I secretly shipped them from the start.  But I didn't tell Crimson that because she always told me that she thought Luna and Harry would have been a great couple.  I would nod and agree.  But I always loved Harry and Hermione together, I just never said anything because I thought if I told Crimson she would tell me they would be stupid together or that relationship would make no sense at all.  But I was quite mistaken.  One day (not remembering exactly when it was we first admitted it to each other) I told her that I really wanted Harry and Hermione to be a couple.  She laughed and said that she all along thought they should be in a relationship but she kept it to herself because she thought I would tell her that they would be dumb together.  We laughed at the idea of us both not telling each other in fear of what the other might think when really all along both of us always shipped HARMONY."
 
Harmony has always made sense to us to be a better relationship than the ones Harry and Hermione end up in.  In our minds we have it rigged that Harry and Hermione do end up together and Ron and Ginny end up with trees.  Harry and Hermione were always the ones working together to figure the problems out, they always were there for each other, and they never left each others side during all of their adventures (except The Chamber of Secrets when Hermione got petrified.  But we all know if she hadn't been she would have been in that chamber with Harry!).  Now, I could go into further discussion about how Harmony makes more sense than Hon and Garry and how it was so disappointing that they weren't happily married in the end, but Crimson currently isn't here right now and I don't want to write to much without her, also together we could write a book about how messed up we think the relationships end.  But I (Piper) must bid you goodnight for now.  Until tomorrow when Crimson and I will be writing together again, goodbye and keep shipping Harmony!

Sorry for the delay

Sadly yesterday Crimson and I missed our posting yesterday (which would have been Fun Facts Friday).  We apologize for that.  Also we apologize for the late post today.  Work (and a new kitten) took us by surprise yesterday and today.  So today we will continue our daily theme posts, thank you for being ever so patient with us.  Also our new review will come soon too! 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Throwback Thursday


Many of you readers might be familier with the term "Throwback Thursday."  It is very popular on social media sites such as Instagram.  We came up with the idea that we could do our own verzion of Throwback Thursday.  Every Thursday we will choose a book that we fondly remember reading in our childhood.  

This Thursday's pick is: 

"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.  They left the house at half past nine...the smallest one was Madeline."

Mad about Madeline stories are  fun-loving stories that EVERY little girl should read as a child.  I think Madeline is someone that every little girl wishes they were like.  She has fun adventures (though having your appendix taken out can hardly be called fun) and in each one you love her more and more.  One of her most popular lines (and our favorite) is her fearless words "To the tiger in the zoo, madeline just said 'pooh-pooh." 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Wise Words Wednesday 

Everyday (except Monday, THAT'S OUR DAY OFF) Crimson and I have a topic/theme picked out.  We will follow that topic/theme for our post for that day.  Today's topic/theme is Wise Words Wednesday.  Every Wednesday we will post a favorite quote or paragraph from a book that we read. 

Today's Wise Words:

“Everyone must leave something in the room or left behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you're there. It doesn't matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”
~Ray Bradbury ~Fahrenheit 451



Crimson Says:  Be a factor because it's not enough to just live in this world, you have to try and make it a better place.

Piper Says:  Don't bury your soul with you; instead leave it behind in a legacy that reminds people of the mark you made on the world.   

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground.  He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a clock of invisibility.  All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley---a great big swollen spoiled bully.  Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.  But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry---and anyone who reads about him---will find unforgettable.  For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter. 

Our Review: For our first book reviews we decided to start with the series that introduced us to the true meaning of OBSESSION.  The award winning novel that brought J.K. Rowling and her spectacular writing to the spotlight, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is where the adventure begins.  J.K. Rowling does an excellent job of creating an amazingly, complex, magical world that is explained to us quite simply through the use of the protagonist Harry Potter.  The reader is very much like Harry in the sense that we are thrown into a new world, and as everything is discovered it's as wonderous for us as it is for Harry.  The strongest aspect of the novel is the characters.  Each person who reads this will find a character that remind them of themself, friends, or family.   
The weakest aspect of the story is most young readers wouldn't pick up on the underlying parts that hint at child abuse.  Harry is described as skinny.  Read between the lines, it seems like it's from malnourishment.  Harry's often forced to skip meals by his aunt and uncle as punishment.  Another boy admits to being dropped out a window by his uncle, because he wasn't displaying any magical abilities.  Though this book is written for younger ages, it's a novel that can really be enjoyed by all ages.  Older readers who feel more critical towards it should keep in mind however that it is a young adult novel. 

Pipers thoughts:  J. K Rowling's vivid descriptions and excellent writing really brought the whole world of Harry Potter to life for me in the first book.  The best thing about it is how J. K. Rowling created a world that seems so real and almost possible.  I think all the characters in the book are relatable and are what really make the story.  I was very reluctant and had no desire to read the books at all!  It was actually Crimson who introduced me to the books and practically forcced me to read it!  But I was so glad she did!!!  Being so young when I read it I was so sure Snape was the bad guy.  He seemed so obvious, but of course he was SO obvious it could not possibly have been him.  A very smart move I thought on J. K. Rowlings part.  Lots of people are so reluctant (like I myself was) to read it becuase they think it's a book all about wizardry! when really it's about Harry making a life in a world he knows nothing about and has no friends in.  Something we can all relate to.  Harry Potter really opened my eyes and made me realize to always expect the unexpected (that is not the only thing of course, but one of my favorite things).  It is the book I always turn to if I'm in need of a smile. 

Crimsons Here's Something to Think About:  When a student first arrives at Hogwarts they are sorted into one of four houses, each with its own defining characteristics.  Gryffindor for the brave, Ravenclaw for the smart, Hufflepuff for the loyal (they're good at finding things), and Slytherin for the cunning.  The sorting hat is responsible for placing the students in the house that is best suited to them.  the houses serve as a way to help students makes friends, create a competitive atmosphere (students compete for the house cup) and it gives them a sense of unity and belonging.  But is the sorting really a good thing to put students through?  Sure I would love to go to Hogwarts and see what house I'd be sorted into, who wouldn't?  However it can be just as negative an experience as it could be a positive one.  What if there was a student who desperately wanted to be put in Ravenclaw and wound up in Slytherin instead?  Or say the student came from a long line of Gryffindors and was the first in the family to not be sorted into it.  I think this could create a resentment towards the house they wind up in.  The houses do create a division amongst the students that can lead to animosity between them.  There is a Montague/Capulet, Hatfield/McCoy style rivalry between Gryffindor and Slytherin.  Also, because of the traits each house possesses, it feeds into the stereotypes that plague that of a normal highschool where you have the jocks and nerds, at Hogwarts you have the "Lions" and "Claws".  Being sorted can have its strong points, and while it does seem like a fun thing to do, does it create a healthy atmosphere for the students? 

 P.S. Whatever happened to that chick Sally-Anne Perks?

1=hated it  2=bad  3=needswork  4=Ok  5=average  6=good  7=prettygood  8=great  9=amazing 10=Flawless/Legendary

Piper gives Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone a rating of 8/10 though she thinks it is also legendary.

Crimson gives Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone a rating of 7/10.

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