Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Part 2 of the LONTEM Project! Only ten more videos to go!
Just in case the link towards the end of the video doesn't work... if you are interested in seeing the entire song that I learned how to play on guitar, I'm not going to put it on my blog, but you can go HERE to see it. Sorry the video is so dark... and really, rather bad... I like to think that I've gotten better between then and now. Enjoy the rest of it if you do decide to pay a visit!
Have a lovely week, everyone!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Have a lovely weekend,
Friday, February 25, 2011
Welcome to Friday! We have made it through another week!
It's time for Follow Friday and the Blog Hop! They are brought to you by Parajunkee and Jenniefer @ Crazy-for-Books respectively.
The Follow Friday question is this:
This question requires no thought! Good for a Friday morning :) My current favorite T.V. show is Criminal Minds. I'm a crime show junkie-- I love this stuff! Criminal Minds deals with the psychology behind crimes (like, figuring out why a criminal did what they did, delving into their past and knowledge of psychology). It's so cool! The last one I saw featured a little boy with autism and the team had to try and get information from him as to what happened to his mom. The catch is, he doesn't talk very much, but he responds to the world through pictures and music.
P.S. My favorite guy is Reid!
Monday, February 21, 2011
This is the first audio book that I had finished. I will not put this in the side bar and I'll choose my next audio book!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
“Everybody’s singing, ‘Audrey, Wait!’
Audrey Cuttler’s life hasn’t been the same since that song ‘Audrey, Wait!’ hit the airwaves. All she wants to do is go to concerts, hang out with her friends, and maybe score a date with the cute boy who works with her at the Scooper Dooper.
But now, her ex-boyfriend’s song about their breakup is at the top of the charts and she’s suddenly famous! The paparazzi won’t leave her alone, the tabloids are trying to make her into some kind of rock goddess, and the Internet is documenting her every move!
Will Audrey ever be able to have a normal life again? Get ready to find out, because it’s time for Audrey to tell her side of the story.”
Quite an interesting read. I’ve read this book twice now. Any who, on with the review!
This book starts off with Audrey roughly summarizing the beginning of when The Song came out as well as what her life was normally like—hanging out with her best friend Victoria and her (
What was nice was how we’re thrown into the drama right away. Within the first two or three chapters, we’re done setting the platform and it’s time to move on. Audrey’s now ex-boyfriend, Evan, writes this song that is pretty catchy and awesome. Audrey is shaken up and taken aback by the fact that Evan would do such a thing and take action so quickly (they’ve only been broken up for a few hours at this point). The next thing we know, The Song is on the radio for the world to hear! Audrey becomes famous for being the Audrey and everyone wants to be around her and figure her out (that’s putting it nicely. We’re dealing with the vicious media here!).
I felt the pacing of the book was good. It didn’t move so fast that I was lost as to what just happened and I wasn’t tapping my foot impatiently because I was bored and wished Audrey would do something else.
The characters were memorable and they felt real—they each had their drawbacks and attractive features (Audrey chewed on her finger nails and complained about being famous, but she was also strong and didn’t cave to her fans or the media).
I couldn’t find a lot that bothered me about this book other than the few grammar mistakes that I caught. I liked that the titles of the chapters were song lyrics, the characters were different from each other… oh! There is one thing that bothered me: the romance between James and Audrey in the beginning. One moment, Audrey was complaining that he was too focused on his work at the Scooper Dooper or that he was a dork, the next, she’s deeply and madly in love with him. That’s the only thing that felt weird. Everything after their first date felt fine.
Reading ‘Audrey, Wait!’ a second time was good. Just as good as the first time I read it, if not a little better.
I give ‘Audrey, Wait!’:Thanks for reading!
- There's always something good to read
- They're books I can't find somewhere in my room or from my friends/family
- I end up neglecting the books that I do have and the books just sit on my shelves gathering dust instead of being read and/or reread.
- I make all sorts of promises to review books that I own, but because of reason number one, I never get around to doing that.
“There’s only one catch—Catch-22.
It’s a legal loophole that means just when you’re sure you’ve won… you lose!
World War II flier John Yossarian knows that. He’s a lead bombardier who has decided that his only mission each time he goes up is to come down alive. His zany, unpredictable world is filled with war, whores, lunatics, thieves, violence, and sex.
And so is ours. Catch-22 is as revealing today as when it was first published. Outrageous, bawdy, hilarious, expresses the concerns of an entire generation in its black comedy… and “Catch-22” has stepped into our language to stand for all the absurdities of our age.”
Wow… that’s all I could say upon finishing Catch-22.
The first thing that I found kind of cool (and slightly confusing) was the format in which the book was written. It has a linear structure and it is very episodic (meaning that every chapter is in no particular order).
Through these chapters, you get to know many, many characters (or at least what happened to them). Yossarian, Orr, Nately, Aarfy, Snowden, Major Major, Colonel Cathcart, Nurse Duckett, etc. The thing about this book is even though there are a large cast of characters, they all usually have one distinctive feature that helps you remember a large percentage of them.
This is a satire, criticizing the U.S. Military among other institutions and belief systems. It’s funny when you read it in your head, but it’s even funnier when you read it out loud! The sheer ridiculousness of what many of the Colonels and Generals say makes you do a double-take at the page and then laugh at the very irony that just came out of their mouth.
The kind of humor in this book is quite interesting. If you saw something funny on the page, you’d laugh, but then you’d look at that thing again and you’d start to realize just how dark the humor is or how shockingly serious the statement was.
Breaking away from humor for a moment, the story could really send shocks to the system. The descriptions of some of the deaths (or even thoughts about death) were so jarring. At one point, I read about two consecutive deaths and I had to go back and read that part again thinking that I had just made up something quite sick in my head.
Joseph Heller really made you sympathize with the characters and that’s what made this book so effective.
I can imagine that this book would be harder to read just as an individual, so I’m glad that I read this as part of my English class.
Well, I must get started on my Catch-22 essay, so I’ll wrap this up. I give this book:
Thanks for reading!
P.S. This is mostly to those that have already read the book, but for those that decide to pick up this book and give it a shot, here’s something to think about. I mentioned that this book was written in a non-linear fashion and that it was very episodic. Do you think the chapters were arranged in such a way to sort of summarize the level of sanity that there was as the book went on? It’s just a thought, but I want to see what you guys think. Have a Happy Valentine's Day!