Friday, June 17, 2011

SiS Read-a-thon Report #1!

1. Update:
Books read: 0
Pages read: 90
Pages since last update: 52
How am I feeling: glad the little one is in bed so I can get some reading done!
2. What is the favorite thing you have read today?
Well today I've really only been reading "Only You, Sierra", so I suppose that's my favorite. It's a cute story.
3. Which mini-challenge was your favorite?
I really enjoyed the story challenge. It was interesting to see how many way those words could be put together!
4. What has been your favorite thing about the read-a-thon?
Getting to connect with all kinds of new bloggers, and getting new followers!
5. What has been your LEAST favorite thing about the read-a-thon?
The fact that I haven't got to read as much as I would have liked to.
6. Are you on track to meet your goals?
Not at all but I'm having fun, so who really cares?
7. Will you be participating tomorrow? Do you have any new goals?
Yes I will be participating as much as I can Saturday. I have no new goals.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

SiS Read-a-thon Update #5!

  • Books read so far: still none.
  • Pages read since last update: 3! Woohoo!
  • How I'm feeling: Pretty good since the baby is about to go to bed and I can get mah read on!
Mini Challenge:

This one was super hard, but I think I got it. It's in two sentances, but it's only in titles.

Just after sunset, Brother Odd, what are you waiting for?

It makes some sense :)

SiS Read-a-thon Update #4!

  • Books read: nada
  • Pages since update: nada
  • How I'm Feeling: Le sigh, I would very much like for it to be baby's bedtime. I wanna reeeeeeead!

SiS Read-a-thon Update #3!

  • Books Read: Still none
  • Pages read since last update: None. (I knew that kid would keep me busy)
  • How I'm Feeling: Hungry. Isn't it dinner yet?

Once upon a time, there was a lime-green goat. He lived with his family in the town of Centerika. One day, he was working on his new laser-guided missile. Suddenly, he had no control of his left arm!

In order to find out what was wrong, he went to see the local shaman. “Gorsha,” said the shaman to the lime-green goat (for that was his name.) “Gorsha, you’re arm is possessed and will never work properly again.”

From that day forward, no laser guided missiles were ever built in Centerika again.

SiS Read-a-thon Update #2!

  • Books Read: 0
  • Books Given Up On: 1
  • Pages Read: 35 of "Only You, Sierra"
  • Time Spent Reading: Not enough
  • How I'm feeling: Just got home from work, and i have a feeling baby bug is going to keep me from reading a lot today. Silly thing is very hyper

I haven't been running this thing very long, but here is my wordle!

Review: The Seraph Seal by Leonard Sweet

The Seraph Seal by Leonard Sweet
1 out of 5 stars

Think back to high school. How many of you remember how horrible the reading assignments were? Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist. Do you remember the overwhelming sense of boredom you had every time you sat down to read? Or how you just wanted to get finished in order to move on to something more interesting, such as calculus homework?

Those are all the feelings I got while trying to read The Seraph Seal. I tend to like apocalyptic books, but Leonard Sweet nearly bored me to death with this one. I admit that the beginning of the story was certainly intriguing, but soon enough it seemed like every character was dark and shady and was doing something behind the back of someone else. Of course, every good book has a bad character, but do we really need a whole cast of bad guys?

There was one story line I could kind of get into, and that was Paul's. Even this wasn't enough to keep me engaged though, since every few paragraphs you jump to a different story line with a whole new set of characters. It became rather hard to keep all of the characters straight, especially when they didn't seem to have any connection to each other (or very loose connections.)

The one good thing I can say about this story is that Leonard Sweet does very well with providing detailed descriptions. His descriptions of rooms and places could really help you imagine what he was visualizing when he wrote The Seraph Seal.

Would I recommend this to anyone? No. I enjoy mysteries and thrillers, but after spending the better part of a day trying to become interested in this story, I've given up.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com
(http://BookSneeze®.com) book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 ( “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Read-a-thon Update #1

  • Books Read: 0
  • I've read 4% of The Seraph Seal so far
  • Total Time read: 1 hour
  • How I'm feeling: I feel like I want to give up on this book and move on. It's rather... blah.
  • My favorite movie adaptation was Watchmen. I know they changed a lot, but they got a lot right. I've seen it a thousand times and want to see it a thousand more!
  • My least favorite move adaptation was The Losers. I loved the books, but I couldn't get into the movie at all. It was casted very well, but it just didn't work well on the big screen.

Spring into Summer Read-a-thon: Starting Line!

What do you hope to read during the read-a-thon?
  • Well, I'm just getting started here on my blog so I'm going to be reading some books to get reviews done. Here's the order I'm going to read in!
1. The Seraph Seal by Leonard Sweet
2. Only You, Sierra by Robin Jones Gunn
3. Death and The Penguin by Audrey Kurkov

What book are you starting with?
  • The Seraph Seal by Leonard Sweet
I hope to read:
  • At least the first two books!
Where are you going to read?
  • Friday, I'm starting out by reading at the library. Then I'll head home, and I'll be there for the rest of the weekend. I will get most of my reading done in bed after the wee one goes to sleep!
What will you include in your updates?
  • Since I read books in ebook format, it's hard for me to count up the total number of pages. So for this read-a-thon, I will be posting updates that include what percent I am done with each book, which book I am on, and how I'm feeling at the time.
Wish me luck!