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First of the changes (take two)

March 7, 2010

I just realized I didn’t say why I changed these or how I choose what to change them too… which is kinda important…

17. book log to book blog — this one isn’t really that big of a change. it will be a little harder to keep up with a full other blog rather than just keeping a notebook of what I’ve read, but it’s also fun and includes a great new community.

44. drinking water 5 days a week for 101 weeks to drinking nothing but water for a full 7 days — I changed this partially because I was having a hard time keep track of what I was drinking. I also think that going a whole week with no pop, wine, or coffee will be quite the challenge and possibly help me completely change my habits.

50. 2 new recipes a month to 50 new recipes — some months I don’t have time to cook. other months I find myself cooking a lot. while this isn’t on a timeline anymore, it’s also a higher total of recipes.

First of the changes…

March 2, 2010

Here are the first of the changes I’m making to my 101 list :

17.   Start and maintain a book log for 1 year (0/1)

TO Start and maintain a book blog for 1 year (0/1) (more info)


44.   Drink three 8oz of water daily for 5 days a week (15/101)

TO Drink only water for a week (more info)

50.   Try 2 new recipes a month (5/33)

TO Try 50 new recipes (5/50) (more info)



Changing Things Up!!

March 2, 2010

I’ve been talking about updating my 101 list (and blog) for some time now, but what finally motivated me to get it started was Sarah’s 101 :)

So over the next couple days I’ll be working on my list and figuring out how else I can update the site to make it new and fun again!

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

February 23, 2010

13. Read 101 books (31/101) (more info)

Rating ***

(Same review as posted at 25HourBooks.com)

This book in 6 words : A great introduction to the fey!

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr is another book that I can’t remember where I heard about it from (I’ve since started keeping a GoogleDoc form)… I requested it from the library and although I have a ton of books just waiting to be read, it got picked randomly yesterday and I couldn’t put it down.

RULE 1 : Don’t stare at invisible faeries.

RULE 2 : Don’t speak to invisible faeries.

RULE 3 : Don’t ever attract their attention.

Aislinn has always seen faeries and she fears their cruelty. So imagine her fear when a terrifyingly beautiful Keenan starts following her.  Keenan is the Summer King who has spent the last nine centuries wooing mortal girls in the hopes that one of them will becoming his Summer King and save the lives of all his fey and humans.

I’ve never read a book about faeries and to be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect. I assume every author has their own take on the subject and I like what Melissa Marr was done with this series. Each chapter starts with a quote from a book about faeries explaining the “laws” or giving hints of what will happen. I liked the mix of human and faerie worlds and the idea that this all exists without any of us knowing.

I was surprised to like Aislinn and loved watching her become more commanding and strong as the book went on. I LOVED that her bestfriend and mortal love-interest isn’t your typical nice guy. He’s sweet, caring, smart, and has piercing and long hair. He’s the crowd your parents warn you about without really knowing them.

Keenan’s story and personality is complex and to be honest I don’t have it all figured out (I guess that’s why there are sequels!). I liked the other side character, Donia, and am happy to see her play such a large role in the story.

I’ll recommend this book to those who like YA Fantasy. From what I gather Ink Exchange is a sequel about another character and Fragile Eternity goes back to Aislinn and Keenan. I will probably pick up the books from the library, but won’t be rushing out to buy them.

Stray by Rachel Vincent

February 23, 2010

13. Read 101 books (31/101) (more info)

Rating ***

(Same review as posted at 25HourBooks.com)

This book in 6 words : Wondering why I didn’t like weres!

To be honest I’m not sure where I heard about Stray by Rachel Vincent (Did you write about it recently? Let me know!). I usually skip over books about weres. I’m a vampire girl all the way. Well… I thought I was… Turns out I really liked this book and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

I picked the book off the coffee table for Friday Firsts and posted the first few sentences:

The moment the door opened I knew an ass-kicking was inevitable. Whether I’d be giving or receiving it was still a bit of a mystery.

I then took the book with me to work and read it on my break. After working two shifts (waitressing during Valentine’s Day weekend nonetheless!), I came home and stayed up until 4:30am to finish the book.

At 25, Faythe wants what most quarter-life crisis girls want, freedom and time to figure out what the hell they want to do with their life. However, Faythe is not your average grad student. She’s the only daughter of an alpha were-cat who wants nothing more than for her to come home and make babies with his second in command. After a fellow tabby goes missing, Faythe is ordered to come home until things are safe.

This book is packed full tension both emotional and sexual. I loved Faythe’s personality (so maybe she reminds me a little of me…) and her would-be beau, Marc, is a hardass with a soft-side. With plenty of supporting characters and a well thought-out world, you’ll find yourself lost in Vincent’s story.

SLIGHT SPOILERS FOR A WARNING!! (highlight with cursor to read) —> There is some violence against women including rape and murder.<—

I would recommend this book for those who love a good urban fantasy or paranormal. I’d also suggest fans of mystery check it out. I will be reading the next books in the series.

Fire by Kristin Cashore

February 23, 2010

13. Read 101 books (30/101) (more info)

Rating **** 3/4

(Same review as posted at 25HourBooks.com)

This book in 6 words : can’t believe waited to read this

I put off reading Fire by Kristin Cashore. I LOVED Graceling and believe I was hesitant out of fear that it wouldn’t live up to the first book and would cause Graceling to lose some of its magic. I was wrong. It only made me love the world Cashore created even more. If I had to pick a favorite between the two I’m not sure that I could. I will say that although others have said that you could read these out of order, I believe it’s best to read Graceling first and then Fire.

With wild, irresistable appearance and hair like the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she has the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.  – inside book cover

Fire is set in the same world as Graceling but across the mountains in a kingdom called the Dells and years earlier. The Dells doesn’t have native Gracelings, however they do have monsters. Beautiful, colorful, mind-stealing monsters of all kinds. Fire is the last human monster. The kingdom around her is in the middle of an internal battle and Fire must find her place in the war.

This book is much more adult than Graceling. There is plenty of action, but most of the conflict is emotional. It is also darker and more complex. There are more characters, but I never felt confused. I will say that I cried more than I expected. I think I realized how talented Cashore really is when I came across a twist in the story that was kind of obvious, but I had completely overlooked it because I was so entranced by the story.

THANK YOU to everyone who voted for this and got me to finally read it!! I highly recommend this to everyone, but again I must insist that you read Graceling first. I cannot wait for the next book in the series, Bitterblue, to come out! I’m now suffering from severe PABD :( — Wait, you don’t know what PABD is? Well then head over here and see if you have it and how to live with it.

The Invention of Lying (2009)

February 7, 2010

30. Watch 101 new movies (49/101) (more info)

Rating ****1/2

I loved The Invention of Lying (2009)! In a world where everyone tells the truth – and just about anything they’re thinking, Mark Bellison isn’t happy. He is a screenwriter, about to be fired. He’s short and chunky with a flat nose – a genetic pool that means he won’t get to first base with Anna, the woman he loves. When faced with eviction, he comes up with something that has never crossed any one else’s mind – lying. This leads to more problems than answers and as we see why lying can be a necessity and when it can be a pain.

I laughed, I teared up, and I throughly enjoyed this movie. I highly recommend it (unless you are easily offended by religious themes). *** I’m including slight spoilers after the trailer to explain why I loved it and it offended so many people. ***

*** SPOILERS ***

Mark’s mother becomes ill and is frightened while dying because of the eternity of nothingness awaiting her. So Mark, now able to lie, tells her about life after death. The hospital staff overhear his version of “Heaven” and want to know more. Word spreads and soon Mark is inventing religion. I didn’t realize this was overly offensive… until I was talking to a girl at work about it and it caused quite the argument (mostly because she called me a bad person because I’m not Christian — long story). So if you would be offended by this, you shouldn’t bother watching the movie. Although I don’t believe it’s the point of the movie. I think it’s more of a “if religion was created now” kind of funny.