Saturday, 18 October 2014

Dewey's 24hr Readathon - Opening Meme

So it's an hour until the readathon fun begins and over on Dewey's blog they've posted this get to know you meme, so here it goes!

Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? 

Australia. Land of TimTams, Milo and Vegemite. 

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Half Bad and Gone Girl. Both of which I've started. 

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Pineapple M&Ms. So tasty :)

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I work in a library & have a small addiction to books. Okay, who am I's the opposite of small, but I'm ok with that.  I've got my snuggle buddy Maggie, who's too cute for her own good, ( which comes in handy for when she eats my books :/). 

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?  

I'm going to try concentrate on reading more tweeting less, last time I didn't get much read - I was too busy chatting!  That being said, part of the fun of a readathon is finding people who love reading as much as you do!  This is only my second Dewey's readathon, so mostly I just want to have fun. Feel free to share tips or ideas, I can always use more.

So there you have it!  I'm settling in, hopefully I can make it all the way through :) I'll be tweeting from @cataluna6 come and say hi!


Friday, 17 October 2014

Dewey's 24hr Readathon - 18th October, 2014

Another readathon is here and I almost missed it.  I discovered this on Wednesday and quickly signed up.  I'm not really prepared in any way, shape or form, but I'm going to read or fall asleep trying!  I'm not going to have a set TBR, I've got a couple of books I'd like to start, but whether I do is another matter.  I also have quite a few on the go at the moment that I'd really like to finish, (I'm looking at you Half Bad!), one from a previous readathon that I need to read already, (I'm still looking at you Half Bad, but now I'm eyeballing Gone Girl too).

I am going to approach it a little differently this time, it's early to bed and I'm going to set an alarm for 11:30pm and then I'll be fresh to start reading, so I'll have a few hours under my belt; hopefully that'll help keep me going for the whole 24hrs.  And as much fun as it was last time, I'm taking a break from the cheering - I'll do a final update on how I went, but I'm not going to do a lot of updates on the blog, I do want to participate in a couple of challenges and chat's on twitter, but for the most part I want to read.

What about you - are you participating in Dewey's this time around?  Got any tips to share?  Feel free to comment below.

Until after the readathon, happy reading :)


Friday, 18 July 2014

He's a Bad Boy by Lisa Jackson

He's a Bad Boy (Mavericks #1)He's a Bad Boy by Lisa Jackson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm not 100% sure how I feel about this book at the moment, I had a bit of a rocky start with the beginning. 

I didn't buy Rachelle (our heroine), being ok with wet hugs just after being assaulted.  I was also laughing at her amazing first time, where she soared all sorts of magical heights - several times - with our resident bad boy Jackson Moore, (our hero).  I it was kinda a dick move on his part to keep going, even though he felt bad about 'taking advantage' of Rachelle.

I quite like both of the main characters, both likable enough, I was a little annoyed that Jackson felt the need to over exaggerate all the other negative aspects of the other characters, namely Roy Fitzpatrick - local asshat and our number one bad guy at start of the story.  All his friends are similarly painted, none of Roy's friends have any redeeming qualities, even when we meet them 12 years later.  This aspect of the story didn't feel real to me.  I felt like Jackson wanted me to know these were the bad guys and so she made a list of things asshats do and made sure they had all those traits.  I don't like being told how to feel about a character, I like to make up my own mind and I'm sure I would've come to the conclusion that they were not nice.

Overall, this was pretty predictable,  I had an idea of who the killer was and I was on the money. That being said I did enjoy listening to it once I got past my issues, plus I always have such fun listening to these older Harlequin Loveswept titles.  Would I read it again.  No.  But would I read the other three titles in the series.  Yes.

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Until next time, happy reading :)


Saturday, 5 July 2014

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow.  Just wow.  This kinda blew me away.  My first book for the Writers of Colour group on Goodreads and we are off to a cracking start.  I thought it was well written, I loved the humor and pop culture references, (although I didn't get all of them).  I bonded with Oscar, Junior and Lola, I cared about the characters and I wanted them to be okay.  I really enjoyed the magical realism aspects of the story, the theory of Fuku and the rich history that the family had.

My only negative - and it's entirely a fault of mine - is that I don't speak fluent Spanish, so some of the story was lost on me, and sometimes that pulled me out of the story.  I have a basic knowledge of Spanish and was able to understand parts, but most of it went over my head.  Further proof that I need to start learning it again!

What this book has pushed me to do is look into history outside my normal sphere, I know next to nothing about the Dominican Republic, and I often think being so isolated from the rest of the world (I'm in Australia), we don't learn about much about the world outside of our little bubble, it wasn't on the school curriculum and English was the language that most people spoke, at least when I was at school; that of course is changing as more immigrants arrive here.  But generally I was taught a little Australian history, but the majority was English History.  The first time I went to Europe it became glaringly obvious just how sheltered we are, a tour guide that we had in Italy spoke five languages.  Five.  Not all of them fluently, but enough to get by and I'm not saying everyone in Australia only speaks English, but we don't feel the need to learn other languages, unless we have that particular background.

My audio request of this arrive before the print copy, and it was great to listen to.  Lin-Mauel Miranda was the narrator, he was brilliant, it was like being there with Junior and I got more out of the Spanish language when it was being read to me, rather than me reading it off the page.  The story was truly bought to life.

Definitely not my last Junot Diaz book. Have you read this, lets chat!

Until next time, happy reading :)


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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Lyon? Oui s'il vous plaît!

I am beyond excited at the moment - I get to go to the 2014 World Library Conference in August, which this year is in Lyon, France.  This will be the second conference I've gotten to attend and it's always so rewarding to meet people just as excited and enthused about libraries as I am!  Sometimes I find that being so isolated from other libraries/librarians can make it hard to get the creative juices flowing - sure you can email, chat on the phone, but there really is no comparison to being in a room filled with people that have great ideas about the next stage in library service.

At the last conference there was a chance to network with other librarians, workshop ideas at how to ensure the future of libraries.  Creative ideas on how to market libraries, how to get users into the library and more importantly, how to get them to keep coming back.  From what I've seen of the program so far, there will be an opportunity to discuss these issues, along with lots of new ideas.  I really am looking forward to it.

I will also have a chance see Lyon in all its beauty, I don't know a lot about the city, a little more than what I found out where the conference was going to be, (thank you research skillz).  I'm looking forward to seeing old Lyon and taking a stroll around the city where they used to weave silk, there are also a number of museums and galleries that I can visit.  I going to try, (third times the charm, I'm sure), and visit Monet's Garden in Giverney, I've been lucky to see the product of his inspiration, but I'd love it if I could see the real thing.

And I will also get to see my lovely, lovely family in London, I don't get to see them very often, so it will be grand to see them all again - and in person!  Group hugs will be the first order of bid'ness!  As always with my holidays, I will probably take it fairly casual, there are so many places I'd love to visit, but I don't have enough time, so I'll see what I can and hope that it's not too long before I get over that side of the world again.

Do you have a favorite place to visit?  I've got the month of August to explore, with maybe a day in Brussels, two or three in Barcelona, a week in Lyon and two weeks in the UK.  So if you think there is something awesome I should see let me know!  I'd love to chat holidays or if you have a question about the conference or libraries in general, let me know :)

Until next time, happy reading.


Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Check it out - What's in my library bag today? #3

I cannot believe it is already June!  The year - almost half over and I'm not quite sure where all of it's gone.  Good thing I've got some awesome things from the library to help me take my mind off it.

I've been seeing Saga pop up a lot on the interwebs lately, so I decided to check it out.  Beyond the basics, (intergalactic space war, lovers on the run), I  know nothing.  I'm going to start this on the weekend and I'm looking forward to it.  From what I've seen the illustration are beautiful and I've been a fan of Brian K. Vaughan ever since I read Pride of Baghdad.

I first saw Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire on the blog Estella's Revenge, Andi was raving about them and since I tend to read similar things and she loved them I thought I'd give them a go.
She also loved Saga, so I'm two for two!  I think it's going to be an interesting read, and hopefully a different take on the post apocalyptic world which is very popular at the moment, (and also one of my favorite genres).  I love the idea of hybrid animal/people.

And lastly - The Walking Dead, I didn't realise it had been so long since I'd picked up the graphic novels and I've got about 10 volumes to catch up on now.  I read Vol. 11 last night - Fear the Hunters.  it wasn't until I was a few pages in that I worked out that I'd read it already, but it was a good reintroduction to the series and I'm keen to power read through the rest of the series.  I like that the tv show and the GN are different enough in storyline, but still keep it interesting, I am looking forward to seeing how they both progress and where the characters are going. 

Well that's it for my library stash, I'll no doubt have another bagful soon, I can't help myself, especially when I keep seeing all the new lovelies.

Until next time, happy reading :)


Thursday, 22 May 2014

WWW Wednesday - 21st May

It's the week after Bout of Books has finished and I have to admit, since Sunday night, I haven't picked my book back up!  So tonight, I think I'm going to sit down and relax and read a few chapters.
WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Miz B over at ShouldBeReading.  If you'd like to join in here is what you need to do - answer these three questions:
* What are you currently reading?
* What did you just finish reading?
* What are you going to read next?
Then go and check out what everyone else who is participating is reading - I recommend you visit with pen at the ready, I always come away with new books to add to my Mt. TBR!

What are you currently reading?

On the last day of the readathon I started Half Bad by Sally Green, I've been itching to begin this and I'm so glad I did, I'm 90 pages in and loving it!  It's an interesting take on the witch genre, it's not so much about the magic, but more the politics surrounding the characters.  The main character Nathan is a half code - his mother was a white witch (good), his father a black witch (bad).  So he has to struggle constantly with everyone, including members of his family, telling him that he's 'bad'.  There is a lot of set up for Nathans character, which I'm loving, I really feel like I'm getting to know him.  The story is building up to Nathans 17th birthday, which is when witches come of age and receive three gifts.  I'm looking forward to where the story is taking me.

I'm also listening to Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.  It is so much fun, this is my first book by her.  While I'm listening to it I totally immersed - I need to keep reminding myself that it's set in 1999, it feels like a contemporary read.  I own her other two novels so I think I'll read them in the next couple of months as well.  I am loving the characters, and the back and forth between Beth and Jennifer reminds me of a friend I email with, so I'm connecting to the characters that way.  And I love Lincoln, his character is doing borderline creeper things, but I can't help it, he's adorable!  I'm enjoying it so much that I'm going to end up buying a print copy as well.

What did you just finish reading?

 The 100 by Kass Morgan.  I just loved this, it opens on a spaceship a few centuries into the future, there was an apocalyptic event on Earth and a number of ships fled to space.  But the ships are breaking down and they need to see if Earth is habitable again - so who do they send?  A crack team of scientists?  Military convoy?  Ah no, they send 100 teenaged criminals, who's only other future is death on their 18th birthday.  This is told from multiple points of view, with the focus on Clarke, who was studying to be a doctor.  Wells, who betrayed Clarke and did something so that he'd be sent with Clarke to Earth.  Bellamy, who's sister is also being sent.  And Glass, who manages to escape off the ship before it leaves on its mission.  This wasn't too heavy on the sci-fi side of things, despite being on a ship, I think because there is more of a focus on the characters rediscovering earth.  They don't have laser beams or any advanced technology   I am waiting for the sequel, which should be out in September.  I am also looking forward to seeing the tv series.

What are you going to read next?

 I placed a hold for Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, I've heard lots of good things about this on twitter and booktube and I loved Pride of Baghdad, so it's a no brainer for me.  All I know is that there is an intergalactic space war and the two main characters, from two different species have just had a baby together.  Beyond that I don't know anything, but I'm excited to find out!  

I also have Under a Graveyard sky by John  Ringo, I've never read anything by him, this one is about a family who has to put their Zombie Action Plan it to motion - which is to set sail on the ocean to avoid the hoards of zombies!  It'll be interesting how sci-fi this book is, I don't tend to read a lot of it, but zombies - I love me some zombies!

And lastly, Norwegian by Night, which is the story of 82 year old Sheldon Horowitz, an ex-marine who is struggling with his past.  He's recently moved to Oslo to live with his grand daughter and her husband.  He witnesses the murder of a woman and then rescues/kidnaps her 6 year old son.  On the run from a Balkan gang and the Norwegian police the two form a bond despite not being able to speak the same language.  I originally heard of this on The First Tuesday Book Club and everyone was quite impressed, it sounds like an interesting premise for a book.

So that's my reading week so far, have you read any of these?  Let me know what you think.  Want to read something with me?  I like the idea of a buddy read - let me know!

Until next time, happy reading :)


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