October 29, 2010

Ch-ch-ch-che che Check It Out

I know Beastie Boys is old but go check this out! I was recently interview on Reads, Review, Recommends as a new book blogger. She also has great reviews and other book blogger interviews. Be sure to check out her site and check out my interview! Its so exciting! So hopefully now For A Rainy Day will be getting more traffic and followers!  Be sure to check out my interview HERE. Also have A Happy Halloween Everyone!
My pumpkin this year, see the resemblance to Jack Skellington?

October 26, 2010

Goosebumps: Attack of the Jack-O-Lanterns

 Goosebumps: Attack of the Jack-O-Lanterns by R.L. Stine

About: Attack of the Jack-O'-Lanterns, follows four young kids as they go out trick-or-treating. Lee and Tabby enjoy scaring their friends and this year, they decide to keep up the tradition. But, the tables are turned, and the friends are scared by several scary jack-O'-lanterns.

I know perfect for Halloween right. Jack-o-lanterns, kids, trick-or-treating, other hyphenated words. Pretty much any Goosebumps book is good. I remember reading these back in 6th grade and thought they were terrifying, especially the Ghost Camp one. So if your looking for a great read that will only take you two hours, check out Goosebumps, more than likely your older brothers own some. I know mine do.

Need To Read

These are the books I am reading/currently reading. Its hard to keep on top of my college reading AND my personal reading, luckily I get to read One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest which will be good for both. But other than that I've been trying to read all these books to avoid late fees to the library once again. So without further a due, the need to reads...

-Small Eternities by Michael Lawrence & The Underwood See (both A Crack in the Line series)
-The Compound by S.A. Bodeen 
-The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen (currently reading)
-The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
-Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
-The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (last of the series)

October 21, 2010

The Crucible

Along with the Halloween book theme I'm trying to incorporate this month, here is another thrilling tale, this time about local witches and possessed girls.

The Crucible by Arthur Miller
About: Based on historical people and real events, Miller's classic play about the witch hunts and trials in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria. Written in 1953, The Crucible is a mirror which Miller uses to reflect the anti-Communist hysteria inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy's "witch-hunts" in the U.S.

I haven't read this book in forever, I believe it was back in grade 11, and that was about five years ago, but I do remember it being very good. Also the movie with Wynona Rider is a good one to watch. I always recommend reading the book before seeing the movie, so be sure to check out the book first!

New! Bright Young Things

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

About: The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the Roaring Twenties. 

Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York's glittering metropolis. All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with pretty girls who will do anything to be a star… Cordelia is searching for the father she's never known, a man as infamous for his wild parties as he is for his shadowy schemes. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined—and more dangerous. It's a life anyone would kill for . . . and someone will. 

The only person Cordelia can trust is Astrid Donal, a flapper who seems to have it all: money, looks, and the love of Cordelia's brother, Charlie. But Astrid's perfect veneer hides a score of family secrets. (from amazon.com)
I love the roaring 20's and the scandalice thrill seekers they are! I enjoyed the Great Gatsby, despite having to read it back in high school (I always seem to hate the books they assign you). This one sounds exciting and I can't wait to read it.

October 12, 2010

New! The Witches' Kitchen

The Witches' Kitchen by Allen Williams

About: Deep in the walls of a witches' cottage lays an ancient magical kitchen. Dangling over that kitchen's cauldron, pinched between the fingers of two witches, is a toad. And the Toad has no idea how she got there, and no memory of even her name. All she knows is she doesn't think she was always a Toad, or that she's ever been here before. Determined to recover her memories she sets out on a journey to the oracle, and along the way picks up a rag-tag team of friends: an iron-handed imp, a carnivorous fairy, and a few friendly locals.

But the Kitchen won't make it easy. It is pitch black, infinite, and impossible to navigate, a living maze. Hiding in dark corners are beastly, starving things. Worse yet are the Witches themselves, who have sent a procession of horrific, deadly monsters on her trail. With some courage and wisdom, the Toad just might find herself yet-and with that knowledge, the power to defeat the mighty Witches. (from amazon.com)

I love fantasy books, especially original ones, and this one sounds very unique. It's definitely one I will have to read very soon.

It's Kind Of A Funny Story

So I am going to rant for a little while about how annoying it is when people put movie posters on books with already a good cover. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini is one of my favourite books. I enjoy the story so much and love being able to imagine and put the author as the main character. Coinsidently Vizzini spent some time in a hospital just like his main character Craig. So on with my complaining...yes they are making a movie based on his book, but no they do not need to change the cover to accomidate the movie. The book cover was amazing as it was, I don't need to see random people I don't want to associate with the story on the cover. To me movies based on books are completely different. I try to view them as a movie watcher not a book reader so that I don't get to angry about them (with the exeption of Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, I could complain about those movies for hours). So while I was going to write a review on this book and let people know about the new movie coming out, I'll just let the lame new covers at book stands do that job for me. For anyone who is interested in purchasing this book, please do me a favor and by it with the original cover, you will appreciate it so much more.
Good Cover
Bad Cover
Thank you for listening.

October 6, 2010

Review: This World We Live In

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

About: Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event--an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex's parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.

     With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful new novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.

Review: I have to say I enjoyed these books, I enjoyed them a lot. I was excited when I finally got this book from the library and actually had time to read it. I'm not sure why but I really enjoy the somplicity of these stories. Its dramatic and intense without being a 'thriller', and the 3rd and final book leaves nothing out. It returns to Miranda, writing in her dairy when her father, step mother and new baby brother arrive with three strangers. The two books meet when Alex and Julie Morales are two of the unexpected guests. Miranda records her families life and problems and situations in her diary. About them having to catch fish, fighting with her mom and to count and recount their food supply. But now she has a new person to write about, Alex, who she begins to fall in love with. Its book is so realistic to me that once I get dragged into the story, its hard to get out. It took me all of two days to read this book, that's how much I enjoyed it. This last book made me want to read more about Miranda and Alex and all the other characters, but it ended very well, so I approve. Even though this series is over, its definitely something I am going to want to re read time and time again.

October 5, 2010

Review: Everwild

Everwild by Neal Shusterman

About: Everlost, the limbo land of dead children, is at war. Nick the “Chocolate Ogre” wants to help the children of Everlost reach the light at the end of the tunnel. Mary Hightower, self-proclaimed queen of lost children and dangerous fanatic, is determined to keep Everlost’s children trapped within its limbo for all eternity. Traveling in the memory of the Hindenburg, Mary is spreading her propaganda and attracting Afterlights to her cause at a frightening speed.

Meanwhile, Allie the Outcast travels home to seek out her parents, along with Mikey, who was once the terrifying monster the McGill. Allie is tempted by the seductive thrill of skinjacking the living, until she discovers the shocking truth about skinjackers. (from goodreads.com)

Review: I read the first book in the Skin Jacker Trilogies, Everlost, a while ago. But the amazing in between world Neal Shusterman made, came back to me in a rush. The amazing logic and physics in Everlost is just phenomenal. The dead spots, the different abilities some afterlights have, its all just so original. They are very fun books and I really like the characters. I found it a bit hard to get through. I mean don't get me wrong its a fun book, and super interesting. I just couldn't find myself needing to read it. I wasn't turning each page in anticipation to find out what happens next. Its a fun entertaining book and great for an easy read. I like the way Shusterman really develops the world the afterlights live in, and the relationships between each character. My favourite was Zin, the ripper. She's a girl dressed up as a boy who died in the civil war era. She's cute and spunky, but loves to take orders like a good soldier. Over all it was a good book and I do look forward to reading the last instalment. Just nothing I would buy and re read often.