under the dome: thoughts so far

At almost exactly halfway through Stephen King’s massive Under the Dome, I have a few observations to make so far.

  • apparently when they decided to make this book into a TV series (I started watching this before getting into the book) the only things they decided to keep from the book were: some characters’ names, and the dome. Seriously people, a ton of the TV show characters were already DEAD within the first 100 pages of this book. What the? 
  • but, I am really enjoying the way the book’s unfolding. It’s nice to be surprised, and not just “oh yeah, I remember this from the TV show” while reading.
  • there are some GROSS descriptions. Am I surprised? No. It’s Stephen King. I wasn’t expecting lovely descriptions of the smell of freshly baked cookies. But still – the guy can be GROSS. Especially in describing dead bodies, and the odors thereof.
  • so far, even at the halfway mark, there is no indication of  what caused the mysterious dome. Will we ever find out? I’m not sure if I’d like an ambiguous ending, but I’ll have to wait and find out.
  • BIG JIM is pretty much exactly the same as in the show. They actually cast that guy really well, I feel. 
  • pink stars ARE falling in lines. That is all. (haha)

Wish me luck finishing this by Friday, which is when I have to return the book to the library, unless I’m able to renew it for another few weeks. I’m 3 books behind my Goodreads reading goal for the year, and I blame this book being so long!! 

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hoot! an award

lieber-awardTo be perfectly honest I’m not sure why I said “hoot!” in the title of this post. It was meant to represent an excited owlish noise because, look over to the left! I was nominated (two times!) for the Liebster award.

It sounds like it has something suspicious to do with Lies, or Bieber, or both. But here’s the idea:

“It is an award passed on by bloggers to new blogs worth reading (blogs with less than 200 followers)

What happens now? Welp,

Recipients of the Liebster Award must:

  1. LIST 11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT YOU.
  2. ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT WERE ASKED OF YOU (BY THE BLOGGER THAT NOMINATED YOU).
  3. NOMINATE 11 OTHER BLOGS FOR THE LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD AND LINK TO THEIR BLOGS.
  4. NOTIFY THE BLOGGERS OF THEIR AWARD.
  5. ASK THE AWARD WINNERS 11 QUESTIONS TO ANSWER ONCE THEY ACCEPT THE AWARD.

So since I was kindly chosen by The Book Gossips and The Urban Book Thief (Australia is awesome! Yay fellow Commonwealth Nations) I have to answer a total of 22 questions.

That frankly seems like a lot of work, so instead of listing another 11 random facts about myself, I am breaking the rules and you’ll find my 22 answers below.

11 Questions For Our Nominees (from the Book Gossips):

  1. What made you create a Blog?  …. I used to write a journal religiously; I’ve always loved writing. And I’ve seen so many inspiring and hilarious blogs that I thought I’d give it a try.
  2. How long have you been Blogging? …. Apparently since 2008! But this blog has changed forms many times since then.
  3. If you could meet any one in the world, who would you meet and why? ….  I’d love to meet Kathleen Duey because she wrote two of the most amazing books ever, and has promised that the third is soon on its way. I pretty much stalk her webpage for updates on the release date. ^Hi Kathleen^ (*blush*) 
  4. What is your Favourite Book? …. Jane Eyre
  5. What Book are you counting down to be released? …. The third installment in the Resurrection of Magic series (see above stalkerish behaviour)
  6. What is your Favourite Movie? …. I can watch Roman Holiday over and over.
  7. What is your Favourite TV Series? …. I loved The Office, when Michael Scott was still on it. Right now I can’t miss an episode of Game of Thrones.
  8. Who is your Favourite Author? …. Barbara Pym
  9. What is your Favourite Song right now? …. Mumford and Sons’ “Roll Away Your Stone”
  10. Are you a Summer or Winter person? …. Summer
  11. If you could travel to any city in the world, where would you go and why? …. I would go back to Halifax, Nova Scotia because I honeymooned there and it is a beautiful place

Questions for the nominees (from the Urban Book Thief)

  1. Chicken or the Egg – CHOOSE! …. egg
  2. How did you come up with the name of your blog? …. see my “About” page :)
  3. Which one of your posts/book reviews was the most fun to write? …. I loved posting about meeting and getting my book signed by R.J. Anderson
  4. What did you eat for breakfast today? ….a slice of apple/caramel coffee cake (*blush* that’s not my regular brekkie but I’m being honest)
  5. Where are all the baby pigeons? …. in their nests? 
  6. What are you reading right now? ….. Quicksilver, The Clockwork Heart, The Drawing of the Three, and I started Bloodlines but I don’t like it 
  7. Which book character do you simply love the most? …. I love Viola in “Dance With Me” by Victoria Clayton
  8. Which is your favourite book series? …. I really loved the GONE series by Michael Grant, and though it’s not complete yet I adore the Daughter of Smoke and Bone books
  9. Ninjas or pirates – CHOOSE! …. Pirates
  10. If you could have a supernatural power what would it be? …. I would like to time travel
  11. What’s black and white and red all over? …. a sunburnt penguin, silly!

 I’m going to be really uncooperative and not nominate 11 other blogs right now, but I do have a few that I would recommend you check out. (I’m not honestly sure how many followers they have, though. Sorry, rules!)

Karina at Nocturnal Book Reviews, especially if you like paranormal or supernatural fantasy books (which I do!)

Jacqueline at The Sweetness, who posts sweet photos of her family and their everyday adventures

Elaine at Rabbits for Tea, for some young adult book reviews (we share a lot of the same reading loves)

and Yamini at The Skeptical Reader, who I just discovered and who rates books out of 5 cupcakes (I like!)

 

To my nominees, I pose the following 11 questions:

  1. what is your favourite children’s book?
  2. what is your favourite time of day?
  3. how many different homes have you lived in?
  4. do you have any pets, and if so, what kind?
  5. do you prefer staying up late/sleeping in, or going to bed early/waking early?
  6. what’s your favourite food to bring on a picnic?
  7. if you could read one book again for the first time, which would it be?
  8. what tv show would you like to be a character in?
  9. who is your book boyfriend, or your book bff?
  10. do you enjoy rainy days?
  11. what do you hope people enjoy most about your blog?

Thanks for visiting, those who came via Book Gossips and Urban Book Thief!

 

currently reading

Hello! I’m going through a bit of a phase with my reading… I can’t seem to stick to any book in particular, and it’s because they’re all so good!! Seriously I’m overwhelmed with my “to-be-read” list on GoodReads. And since discovering the free online reads on pulseit.com, in addition to the e-books NetGalley is providing me (I only requested so many because I didn’t think all the requests would be accepted!), there’s a plethora of stories demanding my attention. And here they are:

chantress

Chantress is the current free read on pulseit.com (’til May 12th).  It just came out in hardcover yesterday, so it’s pretty cool to get the chance to sneak a read so early on! It’s set in the 1600s, but seems to be in an alternate world where singing is outlawed (I think it’s a form of magic). Pros: a magical atmosphere/vibe that is engaging. Cons: the 1600s are typically a bit early for me. I prefer later time periods, but the language in this book is accessible and not stuffy. I’m only 6% in, so I can’t really say much more.

fatal likeness

A Fatal Likeness is available on NetGalley. It’s the second in a series, which I didn’t know when I requested it. But I’m almost halfway done and I haven’t had any issues with not knowing the backstory of Charles Maddox, the main character. The story is an imagining of possible events in the lives of Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, and Lord Byron. I know next to nothing about any of them, other than knowing some of their works. I can’t say I’m a big fan of poetry and I never felt interested in Frankenstein. This book however is holding my attention. I’ve recently read, or started reading, some pretty cheesy and not-so-well-written young adult books, so this one is a breath of fresh air. The writing is meticulous and lovely, not a grammatical error to be found (a relief after some brutal ARCs). I love a good mystery, and this is impressive. The timeline shifts from present to past, and the events surrounding a possible murder are slowly unfolding. Loving it.

quicksilver

Quicksilver is legit. I mean, I bought this baby in hardcover the minute it came out. The companion to Ultraviolet, how am I not already done reading this?? Well, it’s kind of hard for me to rush through it. I read Ultraviolet in one day, in one sitting, last summer. I don’t want to accidentally read this one too quickly- I really want to savour it. So incredibly irked though: I got Ultraviolet signed IN PERSON when R.J. Anderson was at my local library. When I bought this one, I was like: aw man, too bad it’s not signed. About a week later, in the very same bookstore I just purchased my copy from, I saw a stack — A STACK — of autographed copies of this. I mean, what the? How did I grab a non-signed copy? Grr. Anyways, parts of the chapters in this are divided into sections by binary code. And there’s physics and engineering… loving it!!

whats left of me

What’s Left Of Me is making me think! It’s a dystopian set in an alternate world where every body contains two souls at birth, and by about age 5, one of the souls takes over and the other… disappears. This story is about what happens to someone when the second soul doesn’t disappear. How can the non-dominant one, the one that’s forced to hide in the background and has no control over their body or voice, survive?? It’s gripping so far, I’ll tell you. Reminiscent in a way of The Host, in that there’s a lot of internal battles. (But in this book, one of the two “minds” isn’t an alien…) I got this from the library in the town where I work. Because yes, I belong to the library there too now! Can there ever be enough access to free books?? No. Never.

What are you reading currently?

currently: {episode 9}

Hi there! I’ve been reading up a storm this week… 6 books came in at the library for me, and they’re all high on my to-be-read list. Right now I’m reading Eve & Adam by Michael Grant (of GONE fame!) and Katherine Applegate. It’s a really, really quick read, and quite gripping so far!

So, other than that- I am currently…

{wishing} that I could fit like an extra three to four hours in my day. Seriously, I’d love the time.

{thinking} about whether or not I should leave the house this evening. I could venture out to the mall for a bit… or stay snuggled up with my book. Not sure yet!

{cooking} (ah, what’s with all the cooking prompts!! Mine are always so boring…) Anyways, I’m not currently cooking anything, but I still have to decide what to eat for supper tonight. Hopefully something quick, as hunger seems to set in lightning-fast.

{drinking} orange juice. Himself has been fighting a cough/cold for weeks, and my throat seems to be hinting at something, so I’m trying to stay hydrated with good stuff (i.e. not just coffee).

{working} on this blog post :)

Link up here:

HK

currently: {episode 8}

Merry Christmas!! Hope yours was wonderful- ours certainly was… Himself and I had a chance to spend time with both sets of parents, as well as each other (I love Christmas mornings at home, just the two of us!). Tomorrow’s my birthday! And I only have 3 working days left at my Old Job… it’s certainly a time of change and growth.

Currently, I am…

{obsessing} over 2013 and all of the exciting changes it brings. I’ll be starting off my thirties… starting a new (happy) job… and who knows what else! I am so thankful for 2012 and the opportunities it has brought. I have bright thoughts for the coming year, and I can’t wait to start fresh in January (anyone else think of the new year like that? A fresh new open-ended slot of time?)

{looking} for more books as good as the few I’ve just read. I seem to be in a tear-jerker mood, and The Language of Flowers, which I just read yesterday, as well as Vaclav & Lena and The Snow Child all fit that bill. However, they were also all incredibly uplifting as well as devastating. I highly recommend all three. (I haven’t posted reviews for them because I wasn’t able to effectively review them – they were too incredible. You just have to read them for yourself!) I’d love any recommendations for similar stories.

{improving} my diet, I hope. Since getting married, I’ve definitely put on some newlywed pounds, which I would dearly love to see the end of, haha. I’m trying to be more conscious about my food selections… which in turn will hopefully improve my overall well-being!

{learning} that turning 30 isn’t as big a deal as people say it is. My coworkers kindly suggested I was turning 25 this year, which even if they’re lying, still makes a gal feel good! I’ve never had a birthday where I woke up and “felt older”, but I feel like this one will have a bit of an aura of excitement, if only for the newness it brings. I’m always forgetting what age I am right after my birthday, but I have a feeling I won’t forget this time!!

Link up!

HK