Monday, September 20, 2010

On Angry Birds and other things

I just spent the better part of last night playing Angry Birds on my phone.  Till two in the morning.  Couldn't let go until I got past 6-12, which I had been on for the past week.  When the hubby told me he had gotten past me and was already on 7, I couldn't stand it.  I finally got past the darn level at around midnight....and kept on playing.  I've had three cups of coffee already since this morning, so you can guess at my current state of mind.

Now...Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games).  Finished the book the same day I got it.  Of course, the minute I got my hands on it, I peeked at the ending.  Disgusting habit, I know.  But I couldn't wait to find out who Katniss ended up with.  I can't write it down because the hubby is currently listening to the audio book and he will kill me if he accidentally reads it on my blog.  So, because I would like to continue to be in his good graces, I will remain silent on that account.  Needless to say, I loved the book.  It wasn't what I (and probably the rest of the fans) was expecting.  It wasn't romantic and no, it didn't totally focus on the love triangle.  I'm happy to say that it didn't go the breaking dawn road, which I hated.  It was real, and gritty, and ugly, and will totally capture your attention until the last page.  I also thought the epilogue was done quite well.  I was reading the reviews at Amazon and was surprised at some of the comments expressing disappointment over the way the book turned out.  I guess some were expecting a more "Twilight" approach where everything turned out perfectly and the pages were filled with drool worthy moments between Edward and Bella.  Oh well.   Am still trying to find people to convert to being Suzanne Collins fans.  My mom is now one of them.

I have a copy of Emma Donaghue's book titled Room: A Novel burning a hole on my desk.  The reviews are excellent and it's a finalist for the Man Booker Prize.  It's told from the point of view of a five year old little boy whose whole world is the room where he and his mother stay.  Check out the description in Amazon and you'll want to read the book yourself.

Recent books I just finished reading:

Tim Gunn's Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work is a great light read (finished it in one day) full of Tim's little witticisms as well as juicy tidbits about the fashion world. Believe me, he doesn't pull his punches when it come to identifying which fashion personas are divas.  Super fun read!

Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern is an even quicker read (like in an hour) but worth it. I found myself chuckling aloud while reading the book.  

Am also re-reading Erich Segal's Doctors which is one of my all time favorite books.  I had to buy a new copy as my old one was so dog eared from being passed around to friends.  

I've got tons of videos of Lucia and the other kids which I have not had time to upload to Facebook -- am blaming it all on Angry Birds.  If I'm not playing it, then either the hubby is or one of the kids.  Jun still holds the record for longest time spent playing Angry Birds in one sitting.  He once stayed up till two thirty in the morning just playing the darn game.  So I'm not the only crazy one.