Soundtrack Saturdays (6)

Soundtrack Saturday is a new meme hosted at Rating Reads. This is my second week to participate in it! Anyone can participate. Here are the instructions:

  • Take your current read or recently finished book. 
  • Find at least one song that fits the story, characters, whatever.
  • Post the book title and song(s) on your blog with a brief explanation of your picks. Don't forget to mention who started it.
  • Linking/embedding a song or video in your post is not necessary to participate.
  • Head over to Rating Reads and add your post to the Mr. Linky.

Book: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Song: Karma Chamelon - Culture Club
Why: Middlesex is about a man who is telling the story of his Greek family and his experience being an intersex individual. Karma Chameleon came to mind instantly when I thought of what song I wanted to use for Soundtrack Saturday. It might be more for the androgynous looks of Boy George who, let's face it, has some awesome 80s makeup. I don't know if the song really fits the main character, Calliope/Cal, but for some reason I just felt the song fit! I hope the choice doesn't offend anyone. Look for my review of the book in a few days. I just finished it tonight!

I can't embed the video this week, but it is available on You Tube. Click here to watch the video.

Olympics!!!

I am so sorry I haven't been posting lately. I promise I will get back to posting in the next week or so. I've still been reading, but there is this thing on TV that I'm totally addicted to--the Winter Olympics! I love the Olympics! I love all the sportsmanship and camaraderie that the games promote. Most of all I love the excitement of the athletes competing and winning!

Here are my favorite moments of the Games so far:


  • Johnny Spillane winning a silver medal in the Men's Nordic Combined. It was the first nordic skiing medal EVER for the United States! Also, the USA Men's Team in the Team Nordic Combined event won silver as well! Super awesome and exciting!
  • Alexandre Bilodeau winning Canada's first gold medal at an Olympic Games that they hosted. 
  • Aerials freestyle skier, David Morris' reaction after barely missing out on making the men's finals after landing a great jump in aerials freestyle skiing. He was so pumped at just being at the Olympics that he looked like he had just won a gold medal. The crowd went crazy at his enthusiastic reaction. He also dyed his hair yellow and green--awesome country spirit!
I really love Vancouver and Whistler and am so excited that they got to put on the Olympics. Despite the weather not cooperating, I think Canada has done a stellar job. 

If you've been watching the Olympics, what are you favorite moments of the Games so far? How do you think Canada has done putting on this year's Olympics?

Teaser Tuesdays - February 16




Taken from Miz B.'s, Should Be Reading blog:


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Miz B. of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along. Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!
Here is my teaser for the week:
"'Everything he does has the ring of American audacity. He pushes and shoves with little or no finesse, taking credit where none is his, claiming kills when he had nothing to do with them.'"  ~p.259 The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
I am reading The Bourne Identity for the Read the Book, See the Movie Challenge hosted at C.B. James' blog. So far, nothing that I've read reminded me of the movie, but I haven't seen the movie in years so I'm going to rewatch it.


What is your teaser for this week? You can post a link to your blog in the comments, or if you don't have a blog you can post your teaser in the comments. Happy Tuesday!

Soundtrack Saturdays (5)

Soundtrack Saturday is a new meme hosted at Rating Reads. This is my second week to participate in it! Anyone can participate. Here are the instructions:

  • Take your current read or recently finished book. 
  • Find at least one song that fits the story, characters, whatever.
  • Post the book title and song(s) on your blog with a brief explanation of your picks. Don't forget to mention who started it.
  • Linking/embedding a song or video in your post is not necessary to participate.
  • Head over to Rating Reads and add your post to the Mr. Linky.

Book: Stone of Tears - Terry Goodkind
Song: Won't Back Down - Fuel
Why: I finished the book tonight and I have to say that since last week, there was a lot of butt kicking going on in the book. The protagonist, Richard, is really the man that won't back down in the book. He is on his quest and will let nothing keep him from completing it. The characters are so determined, and there is so much action in the book that all I can think of for music in relation to the book are more aggressive songs (there was another song that I really liked for this week, but I thought it might be too aggressive). 

This particular song comes from the Daredevil Soundtrack. Although the singer from this song is no longer in the band, Fuel is still together.

Here's a link to their website if you enjoy their music:

Teaser Tuesdays - February 9




Taken from Miz B.'s, Should Be Reading blog:


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Miz B. of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along. Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!
Here is my teaser for the week:
"A small, dark form darted across the ground, to the vanquished monster, falling on top of it. Little wings wrapped around the heaving chest."  ~p.383 Stone of Tears (Book 2: The Sword of Truth) by Terry Goodkind
I am still reading Stone of Tears this week. I hope to be done by Thursday. It's almost 1000 pages, and I just don't read as fast as some people. It's really good so far though! I'll post my review as soon as I finish!


What is your teaser for this week? You can post a link to your blog in the comments, or if you don't have a blog you can post your teaser in the comments. Happy Tuesday!

Soundtrack Saturdays

Soundtrack Saturday is a new meme hosted at Rating Reads. Anyone can participate. Here are the instructions:


  • Take your current read or recently finished book. 
  • Find at least one song that fits the story, characters, whatever.
  • Post the book title and song(s) on your blog with a brief explanation of your picks. Don't forget to mention who started it.
  • Linking/embedding a song or video in your post is not necessary to participate.
  • Head over to Rating Reads and add your post to the Mr. Linky.

Book: Stone of Tears - Terry Goodkind
Why: Stone of Tears is the second book of the Sword of Truth series. It's epic fantasy which always has a hero. Richard is the hero in the series and his travels include a woman he loves deeply (and she has special skills of her own). I'm about a third of the way through this 979 page read. I chose the song because of the title and also because it has both male and female singers in it....and I love Skillet!

I've posted some links for the band in case you enjoy their music:

Thanks to Orchid at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia for posting this meme. I follow her blog and do some discussing of Anne McCaffrey with on on Shelfari.








The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios - Yann Martel

Life of Pi is one of my favorite books of all time if not my favorite. Yann Martel's writing really struck me as masterful because he wrote with such emotion that at the end I felt like I had been reading a real boy's story of survival on the ocean with fearsome zoo animals. The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios caught my eye at a book closeout store a few years ago because it was written by Martel and also because it had the city of Helsinki in the title which is pretty rare. I had been to Helsinki so I picked up the book without looking at what it was about. For one reason or another, it has sat on my shelf for the last few years unread and begging to be picked up off my shelf.

Little did I know that the book really had nothing to do with Helsinki or those pesky Roccamatios! The book is actually a collection of short stories that Yann Martel calls some of his better work published before Life of Pi. There are four short stories in all and they are all quite compelling in their own way.


  • The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios - Like I said before, this story has very little to do with Helsinki or the Roccamatio family. The story is inspired by a friend of Martel's that died of AIDS. In the story, two college men initially meet with the older of the two mentoring the other in his first year of school. The younger man, Paul, becomes very sick that year and finds out he has AIDS. The older man (the story is told in first person) visits often with him and they decide to make up a story about an Italian family that has immigrated to Helsinki. Their talks help Paul through his illness for a time, and their friendship grows deep as a result of their visits. This was the most vivid of the stories in the book and was quite emotional. I really hurt inside as Paul's health declined. It was a great example of how Martel gives his characters real depth and sympathy. This was my favorite of the four stories.
  • The Time I Heard the Private Donald J. Rankin, String Concerto with One Discordant Violin, by the American Composer John Morton - This story was also masterfully written. On holiday in Washington D.C., the narrator finds himself wandering the streets trying to find something to do while the friend he is visiting works on an important assignment for his work. The narrator eventually finds himself at a rundown theater where there is a sign for an upcoming concert. He decides to go and finds himself in this ramshackle theater listening to Vietnam vets give an interesting concert performance. The story is full of emotion with the narrator so moved by the performance that he follows the composer John Morton to his night job and converses with him. What follows is Morton's poignant tale of his experiences that leave the narrator forever changed. I enjoyed this story quite a bit as well. It showed what humanity really is and how we often don't think twice about small things that have huge impact. 
  • Manners of Dying - This story is a collection of letters by the warden of Cantos Correctional Institution written to a woman named Mrs. Barlow whose son Kevin has been put to death for crimes he committed. They are different tellings of how Kevin's last evening was spent. I enjoyed how each letter made me see Kevin in a different light and how those last of his precious hours made me judge him in completely different ways. It was definitely worth the time it took to read. 
  • The Vita Ă†terna Mirror Company - The last of the short stories is about the narrator and his grandmother. Every time he visits, he feels like his grandma drones on and on with her stories and he characterizes her as something of a hoarder. On one of his visits, he finds a wooden box in the basement that he finds curious. As his grandmother continues her stories, he learns that the box is a mirror machine that requires oil, sand, and memories. The two make a mirror together and he learns something special about the mirror. I also really enjoyed this story once I got to the end. In everything I've read by Yann Martel, he puts something really thoughtful in the story that is convicting in some way. This story was no exception. I wasn't really sure where the story was going until the very last line of the story which made me sigh with satisfaction.

If you love Yann Martel, you'll really enjoy these stories. While they are completely different from Life of Pi, they are just as well executed as his novel. I recently found out that he has a new book called Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel. I am so excited and so glad that I picked up this book when I did. I am not sure I would have looked up Martel to see if he had anything new coming out had I not picked up this collection of short stories. I love his work and can't wait to read more of it.

Blog Roll Problems Anyone?

Other Carin from Caroline Bookbinder let me know this morning that when she added me to her Blog Roll widget, this error message came up:
Could not detect a feed for this URL. Blog posts and update time will not be shown. Add URL anyway?
Us bloggers just simply cannot have that! I spent about an hour trying to look up a fix for it, and this is what I found:

  • It seems to be a problem with the RSS or Atom feed
  • There are a few quick fixes, but not the one I wanted because people can't simply add my blog to their blog roll and see any new posts I might have done. The same goes if this happens on someone's blog that I follow and the error message occurs on their blog.
HERE ARE TWO QUICK FIXES:
  1. When you enter the URL into your Blog Roll widget, use this format (remember to change the "blogname" to the blog you are trying to follow): http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
  2. Go to Google Reader and click on "Add Subscription" at the top left hand corner of the page. Then add the URL of the blog you want to follow. When you go back to your Blog Roll widget editing feature, you will be able to click on the "Add to List" button and "Import Subscriptions from Google Reader" will show up. If you click that button, the blog you entered should show up and you can enter it that way. For a nifty link for you visual learners, here's a blog that has directions with pictures: http://d2zack.blogspot.com/2010/01/problem-couldnt-detect-feed-when-adding.html
I was able to fix the problem using the first way, but not the second. I thought I'd post the second because it did work for the person whose link I posted above. If I figure out a better way, I'll be sure to post it on my blog. I hope that is helpful to those of you experiencing the problem. I have to admit that I love these little troubleshooting researches that I have to do, but I am a little frustrated that the problem doesn't appear to be fixable in the way that I want! hehe!


**UPDATE**
I found a post on the Known Issues area of Blogger and this is apparently a known issue and they are working on it. If you are having site feed areas, go to Known Issues and report your problem. 

Teaser Tuesdays

I've seen this around a few book blogs and I decided that this week I'm going to start participating in Teaser Tuesdays:


Taken from Miz B.'s, Should Be Reading blog:


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Miz B. of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along. Just do the following:


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!
Here is my teaser for the week:
"Her heart threatened to race out of control when she thought about where she was being taken. She prayed to the dear spirits that there wouldn't be rats."
~p. 400 from Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth: Book 2) by Terry Goodkind 

What is your teaser for Teaser Tuesdays? You can post a link to your blog in the comments, or if you don't have a blog you can post your teaser in the comments. Hope you all have a great Tuesday!
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