Saturday, July 31, 2010

Versatile Blogger Award

This is my first blog award! I receieved this award from Words on Paper She has a great blog! I suggest you check it out :) Here is how the award works: 1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award. 2. Share 7 things about yourself. 3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason! (In no particular order...) 4. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award. 7 Things about The Crazy Bookwork: 1. I love dogs! I own 3 myself, and I run my own "At home pet spa". I have a whole set up in my house. 2.I am a movie finatic, I have a very large collection. Not only am I obessed with movies but movie related things, My basement consist of real popcorn machine, Large movie posters(In frames) and movie memorbellia and nostalgia. 3. I am a proud twi-hard. It drives my boyfriend of 5 years crazy..but I don't care :P 4. I am 50% Canadian and 50% portuguese, but I have only been to portugal once. 5. I love to travel but I am terrified of flying, I insist on driving everywhere. The last place I went was on 4 days cruise of the bahamas but the ship left from Miami Florida, So of course we drove. 6. The First book I ever read was "The Baby Sitters Club-Kristys Great Idea" 7. I Love Nicholas Sparks' books..I'm a hopeless romantic The Bloggers I am passing this award on to are: End of story, Next Book 2 Read or Not 2 Read The Broke and The Bookish A Chick Who Reads Midnight Bloom Reads Bookingly Yours Kate Evangelista Black and Blue Ink Till We Read Again The Thoughts of a Book Junky Once upon a Book Chapter Read, Sam, Read Ashley's Bookshelf Books are a Girl's Best Friend Reading on a Rainy Day

Friday, July 30, 2010

Descending By Catherine Chisnall

Paperback: 128 pages Publisher: Night Publishing ISBN-13: 978-1453698112 Get your Copy Here: About The Book: Emily is an ordinary but lonely 30 year old teaching assistant at a Further Education College. On January 20th, ending another typical day at work she finds herself in an uncomfortable position when she gets stuck in the school lift with 17 year old, unpredictable rebel Jamie Norton. As things could not get any worse the lift start acting up and risks the lives of Jamie and Emily, as an act of desperation, They Kiss. What was supposed to be a one time act of passion ended to be more than Emily expected. Emily's once ordinary life is now interrupted with unexpected feelings and she is left starring down a road that she never saw coming. My Thoughts: This is one of those books that are a quick but enjoyable read. Emily is a character a lot of women could probably relate too, Although most women would not resort to the things she did, she was just a woman that wanted to break out of her shell a little bit. The book brought out some anger in me, the way Emily was treated by some of the students were horrible. I couldn't help feeling sorry for Emily and Jamie, they were both in different stages of life but had more in common than either of them thought, they were both at a stand still in life, in a way they needed one another. The book did a great job rising some emotion out of me. I ended up surprising myself, in the end I was rooting for Jamie and Emily, I wanted them to be together. Descending has a little bit of everything, drama, romance and quick witted humour. This is a perfect summertime book. It may be a quick read but it is an edgy one, it will definitely leave you satisfied. A few words from The author of Descending, Catherine Chisnall: 1.What Inspired you to write Descending? I worked in secondary and further education for ten years so I am always interested in related news stories. There was a notorious case a few years ago about a female teacher having a sexual relationship with an underage boy. I watched a documentary about it, wondering what sort of person she was. She turned out to be lonely, insecure, misguided, possibly depressed. I also wondered about the boy- what had he said to her? How had he acted? It's an occupational hazard for female staff to be propositioned by teenage boys, and they can be very persistent. There are many stories about teachers having relationships with students, but what about teaching assistants? They are more likely to cross the boundary with students as they sit amongst them and it's their job to develop sympathetic relationships with them, so some are bound to go astray. Teachers are removed, in control at the front of the class. Obviously that teacher was wrong to have sex with an underage boy, but I wondered about the grey area. If a boy was at college and over the legal age of consent but under 18, what then? What if the teaching assistant was single? If she was lonely, vulnerable, open to suggestion? I wanted to get people to think and debate- is the relationship wrong or not? Who exactly is abusing who? To my delight I've had a different reaction from every reader! 2. Was writing something you always wanted to do? Yes, but I put it off, thinking it would never be a 'proper' career'. Now I'm over 40, I can't put it off any longer. I want to do something for me, not simply look after other people. 3.What advice would you give to aspiring writers? I have written an article on how I personally got published, at (under CatherineC). Aspiring writers could take a look at that, it summarises my advice. 4. Are you working on anything else that your readers can look forward to? Yes, I am. I have already written the sequel to Descending, due to quite a few readers asking for it. I am waiting to see if my publisher wants to publish the sequel. A Special Thanks to Catherine Chisnall for answering my questions!

Follow Friday

Time for another Follow Friday! Hosted by the awesome Parajunkee! To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules: Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { } and any one else you want to follow on the list Follow our Featured Bloggers - Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments Follow Follow Follow as many as you can If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post! (from Parajunkee) Happy Reading!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hopping Time!

Book Blogger Hop Time for another Book Blogger Hop! Blog hop is hosted by the lovely Crazy-for-books, Click link to sign up(take a look at the rules, some changes have been made) Question of the week: Who is your favorite new-to-you author so far this year? My favourite new to me author this year is Sarah Dessen, I finally got around to reading one of her books and I loved it! Can't wait to read more! If your hopping by leave me a comment with your blog link, I'll hop on over to yours!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood

About the book: The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers' bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. Graced with an extraordinary gift after surviving the accident, he can still see, talk, and even play catch with Sam's spirit. But townsfolk whisper that Charlie has never recovered from his loss. Into his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself. Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go(From the publisher). My Thoughts: This was a beautifully written story, a story about second chances, miracles and a story that proves not even death can come between a powerful bond. This book is packed with Tragedy, Romance, Suspense. It is definitely one of those reads that will have you flying through the pages because the suspense is almost unbearable. Ben Sherwood did an awesome job with the character development, I fell in love not only with the main characters but with the secondary ones as well. I bought this book after seeing the trailer for the film (Charlie St. Cloud) wanting to read the book first but now I wish I picked it up sooner. The Death and Life of Charlie St.Cloud is a beautifully crafted story and Sherwood did an amazing job creating the world of afterlife. Final Thought: This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, but more specifically it will make you curious about the what other worlds await us after we're gone. This book is a definite must read but be warned you will need a tissue or two.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Teaser Tuesday!

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to: Grab your current read. Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given! Please avoid spoilers "I knew you'd come through for me" tess said, with tears welling up. "I finally scared myself to death" Charlie St. Cloud Ben Sherwood Page 82

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Another Crazy Bookwom Chat

Hey Everyone, The Crazy Bookworm isn't just crazy about books, she is also crazy about chats! I love getting everyone together from time to time to have some good ol' conversation, but I am a little stumped as to what the topic should be for the next chat. So I created a poll with the options I am leaning towards, everyone is welcome to this chat, not just followers so invite all your friends to come too! There is no date set yet, I will post those details as soon as the chat topic is decided. So vote away! Feel free to leave comments as well, I welcome all suggestions. Keep voting everyone, It's a tie right now :) Happy Reading!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

On My Wishlist

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by the lovely Book Chick City, click the link to sign up! It runs every Saturday. We list here all the books that we desperately want but have not bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. I finally got one of the books that was on last week's wishlist. Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood. I really want to see the movie but I wanted to read it before I see it. On this weeks wishlist: I'm ashamed to admit that I have not read "Shiver" yet, but I can't wait to finally get to it! So that's my wishlist, What's on yours? Happy Reading!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday!

Time for another Blog Hop! Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy-For-Books . Click link to see rules and sign up! Book Blogger Hop Hi! I'm the Crazy Bookworm and my blog is 7 months old! Book Blogger question of the week: TELL US ABOUT THE BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING! I am currently reading "Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood, I really want to see the movie but wanted to read the book first. I am also reading "3 Weeks with my brother" by Nicholas Sparks, it is the only Sparks' books I haven't read yet and it's been on my "TBR" pile for months. Happy Follow Friday! Follow Friday is hosted by the lovely Parajunkee To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules: 1.Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { } and any one else you want to follow on the list 2.Follow our Featured Bloggers - 3.Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. 4.Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments 5.Follow Follow Follow as many as you can 6.If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers 7.If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post! (Directly from parajunkees view) Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ultimate Reviewers Challange!

An Event running the entire month of august that is brought to us by FWIW, Karen D from Karen's Addictions, Tiger from All Consuming Books and Lena from Addicted 2 Novels. "We blog because we have a passion for books. We blog to meet people. We blog to get ideas for books to add to our already toppling TBR pile. We blog for fun. You dear blogger deserve a reward." I, Of course will be participating in this challenge and you can too! To Find how Check out FWIW Blog

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

"You signed no contract to become a parent, but the responsibilities were written in invisible ink. There was a point when you had to support your child, even if no one else would. It was your job to rebuild the bridge, even if your child was the one who burned it in the first place." Plot: Trixie Stone is a vibrant 14 year old who is the apple of her fathers eye. She is smart, popular and also in love for the first time. Trixie has her whole life ahead of her but all this changes after an act of violence. It doesn't take long for Trixie to lose herself or who she thought she was. Her family is left picking up the pieces until they find out the deep, dark secrets that they have both been hiding from each other. My Thoughts: Going into this book I already heard some mixed thoughts about it, but I'm really glad I picked up this book and gave it a chance because I loved it. This book starts off a little slow but once it picks up, Boy! Does it take you on a wild ride. Jodi Picoult is known for her "strong subject" writing and this book isn't any different. We read from each characters point of view, and learn about their painful past and uncertain future. You really grow to care for these characters and root for them. Of course this book didn't fall short with the twist and turns that picoult is known for. It wasn't until the last view pages that I was able to try and piece together my own conclusion before it was revealed. I thought I had it figured out earlier in the book, but once I thought I did it would spiral in a new direction. I loved the "Comic Book" element, it added a huge ingredient to book. Jodi Picoult delievers another masterpiece with The Tenth Circle. This is a must read.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

On My Wishlist

On my Wishlist is a weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every saturday Click the link to sign up. You list all the books you desperatly want, but have not bought yet. They can be old, new or upcoming. You can join this event too!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Follow My Book Blog/Blog Hop

It's Friday! Follow My Book Blog Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules: 1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { } and any one else you want to follow on the list 2. Follow our Featured Bloggers - 3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. 4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments 5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can 6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers 7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post! Time for another Blog Hop! An Awesome way to meet new people and discover new blogs. Book Blogger Hop Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy-For-Books Click Link to Sign up. Hi! I'm the Crazy Bookworm and my blog is 7 months old! Book Blogger question of the week: What book are you dying to get your hand on? I am dying to get my hands on "Linger" by Maggie Stiefvater. Although I am ashamed to admit I haven't read "Shiver" yet, It is anxiously waiting on my "TBR Pile" And it will be read before "Linger" Happy Reading! -Crazy Bookworm

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Too Scary? You be the Judge

I was wondering when they were finally going to come out with the sequel. The movie Paranormal Activity was a low-budget film that was made in 2009. The Movie aired in small cities across the states and was immediatly demanded to go international. Needless to say the movie made a killing and scared the pants of people, So of course why not make a sequel? now that they have a bigger budget and a guarunteed audience. I enjoyed the first one, It gave me the cheap thrill I was looking for and left me wide awake all night long. Now there are already people talking about how scary this sequel is going to be, they are claiming the Trailer to be "Too scary for T.V" so here it is, What do you think? Did you enjoy the first one and would you go see the sequel? Paranormal Activity Review

Monday, July 12, 2010

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult Book Review

Plot: The Town of Sterling, New Hampshire is a quiet town, where not much excitement happens. All that changes when the small town is rattled with a devastating, violent tragedy. A town that was once recognized for it's very minimal crime record is now known for one of the most horrendous of crimes. A School Shooting. Review: This is one of my favourite Jodi Picoult books to date, all though that list pretty much contains all of her books, There hasn't been a Jodi Picoult book that I've disliked yet. Nineteen Minutes is a very emotionally charged book. Almost all emotions rise to the surface with this book, Sadness, Anger, Sympathy, Hate...Jodi Picoult is known for her twists and surprises and this book didn't fall short. Just when I thought I had it figured out, something would spin the story into another direction that I wasn't expecting. In the Acknowledgements Jodi Picoult writes " To The Thousands of Kids out there who are a little bit different, a little bit scared, a little bit unpopular: this one's for you." That's exactly what this book is about, People who struggle to fit in, which is everyone at some point or another. In this book Jodi Picoult gives a voice to those people. This book is a definite must read. Make sure you keep the Kleenex close by for this one.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Jodi Picoult Books

I've got a whole pile of Jodi Picoult Books that I bought all at one time. I own 13 of her books and I have only read 5. I have loved each and every one that I did read but with so many books piling up on my "To be Read" Stack I just stopped and haven't picked up one of her books in a while. Well I am starting my own Jodi Picoult reading challenge. I have 7 books of her that I need to knock off, Not to mention her other books that I don't own yet, but for the time being this challenge is just for the books that I already have. My Challenge is to read at least 2 books of hers a month, That seems realistic to me. I like to average one book per week so I can read 2 non-picoult books between that time. I well update my progress with this challenge and I will also post the reviews of the picoult books I read. Please feel free to join this challenge with me, Even if it is a different author. Happy Reading Everyone!!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Lucky One By Nicholas Sparks Book Review

After U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his tour of duty in Iraq, he experiences a sudden streak of luck -- winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph -- his lucky charm. Back home in Colorado, Thibault can't seem to get the woman in the photograph out of his mind and he sets out on a journey across the country to find her. But Thibault is caught off guard by the strong attraction he feels for the woman he encounters in North Carolina - Elizabeth, a divorced mother -- and he keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate love affair, his secret soon threatens to tear them apart -- destroying not only their love, but also their lives.(From the Publisher) Nicholas Sparks has done it again with The Lucky One. This book is a nice quick read, but it is filled with Romance, Suspense and Drama. All of nicholas sparks' known traits are in this book, Love, Loss and Small Town Life. I fell in love with 4 of the main characters, Beth, Nana, Logan and Ben. Although this book was a little more predictable I still loved it. It has made it on my list of favourite Nicholas Sparks Books. He has really proved himself as a terrific author who knows how to deliever exactly what we want. This is a perfect Summer/Vacation read. I highly recommend it.I Give this book

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Twilight Saga:Eclipse Movie Review

Director: David Slade Running Time: 124 Minutes Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner Well, It is finally here! The Much anticipated third installment of the Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The pop culture phenomenon started when Stephenie Meyer's famous book series came to the big screen with the first installment: Twilight(2008). Then it began, Not only did Stephenie Meyer's books start flying off the shelves but it guaranteed a contract for the Second Installment: New Moon(2009). The Movie came with a New Director(Chris Weitz) and a new budget. The movie blew up, shattering box office records and making the careers of the young stars involved. So Now we've Come to Eclipse. This movie brought in a new directer as well, David Slade who also directed 30 Days of Night. Plot: As a string of mysterious killings grips Seattle, Bella, whose high school graduation is fast approaching, is forced to choose between her love for vampire Edward and her friendship with werewolf Jacob.(From My Thoughts: This was a movie I couldn't wait to see. I am a big fan of the books, and I loved the first 2 movie installments. With Eclipse being my favourite book out of the 4, I was dying to know how it was going to come together. Eclipse did not disappoint. David Slade did a beyond fantastic job with the whole entire movie, the characters, the storyline, the visuals, etc. I can honestly say that I left this movie with no complaints, I was left completely satisfied. Taylor Lautner's acting skills really shined bright in this movie. Eclipse called for a more emotional part for Jacob's Character and Lautner definitely delivered. Robert Pattinson of course did another amazing job portraying the character we all fell in love with, Edward. In Eclipse not everything goes perfect for Bella and Edward, They do experience some "Trouble in Paradise". The Whole entire cast delivered in this movie. I could go on and on about each individual person but that take up so much space, they all did such a wonderful Job. It was great to see the back story on Rosalie, Jasper and the Wolf Packs Legends. The Wolf Pack was great and came with two new additions to the pack, Leah and Seth Clearwater, although their parts in this installment was minimal they still did a great job and I look forward to seeing them in the next 2 films coming up. Eclipse was packed with great action, beautiful romance and dark humour. I loved this movie and it just made my anticipation for the Breaking Dawn movies even worse. I highly recommend this movie, and the previous 2 if you haven't already seen them. I give this movie
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