Monday, July 25, 2011

Review: Island Girls (and Boys) by Rachel Hawthorne



Title: Island Girls (and Boys)
Author: Rachel Hawthorne
Series: --
My Rating: 2.5/5

Date: July 4
Rental type: 2-person sailboat

Rented by: Jen Taylor and Dylan Nelson

Rental time: 8:15 p.m.

Destination: Out to sea!

Life jackets: 2

Time back: ??? Don't wait up!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

100 Books Read in 2011 Challenge

2011 Reading Challenge

I have chosen to participate in the Book Challenge 2011 on goodreads.com. For this challenge, you set a goal for yourself to complete in 2011. I set my goal as one hundred books...hopefully I can read them all this year and complete my goal! So far I have read nine books. If I keep this up every month, I should reach my goal. :) Here's my list of books read so far this year. I will add to it as I finish books. Wish me luck! :)

Books Read in 2011:
1. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (1/5)
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1/6)
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1/7)
4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1/9)
5. Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting (1/10)
6. Entwined by Heather Dixon (1/14)
7. Invisible Things by Jenny Davidson (1/17)
8. The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier (1/18)
9. Vesper by Jeff Sampson (1/19)
10. Beastly by Alex Flinn (1/23)
11. The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald (2/4)
12. Wither by Lauren DeStefano (2/6)
13. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ( 2/11)
14. Falling Under by Gwen Hayes (2/18)
15. Sea Change by Aimee Friedman (3/3)
16. Delirium by Lauren Oliver (3/13)
17. Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright (3/15)
18. Tropical Kiss by Jan Coffey (3/16)
19. Island Girls (and Boys) by Rachel Hawthorne (3/17)
20. A Year in Europe 1: London- Robin and Kit by Rachel Hawthorne (3/18)
21. A Year in Europe 2: Paris- Dana and Alex (3/19)
22. A Year in Europe 3: Rome- Carrie and Antonio (3/20)
23. Maine Squeeze by Catherine Clark (3/22)
24. Picture Perfect by Catherine Clark (3/25)
25. The Boyfriend League by Rachel Hawthorne (3/27)
26. Thrill Ride by Rachel Hawthorne (3/31)
27. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (4/6)
28. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
29. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
30. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
31. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
32. 1776 by David McCullough
33. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
34. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
35. The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
36. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
37. Heart and Salsa
38. Labor of Love by Rachel Hawthorne
39. Summer Cool: Holly by Kate Petty
40. Summer Cool: Zoe
41. Summer Cool: Alex
42. Summer Cool: Josie
43. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
44. Summer in the City by Elizabeth Chandler
45. Diving In by Kate Cann
46. Art's Story by Kate Cann
47. It's Okay, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers
48. Better Latte Than Never by Catherine Clark
49. A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
50. Caribbean Cruising by Rachel Hawthorne
51. Love Rosie by Cecilia Ahern
52. Banana Splitsville by Catherine Clark
53. Rocky Road Trip by Catherine Clark
54. So Inn Love by Catherine Clark

Friday, July 15, 2011

Film Friday: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; Part 2!!



Wizards, with wands ready, lined up with muggles and other magical creatures for the stroke of midnight. Anticipation was thick in the air and excitement evident in their eyes. This could only mean one thing: The last Harry Potter midnight premiere.

It was the best of all the Harry Potter movies, and it was my favourite by far. It was also my favourite of the books because of the intricacy of the plot. Although the plot line is riddled with darkness and doom, there was a light, comic relief, and a sadness which had me crying the entire way through the movie. At one point, my friend and I were crying so hard, we burst out laughing...not the best during the solemn and quiet scene.

The tag line "It All Ends Here"  was absolutely accurate, and I am so glad the epic finale went out with a bang.

To the woman who changed many lives forever through her extraordinary imagination, you have created a magical world which feels real to many fans, and nothing will ever compare. The ends are all tied up and the story is finished, but Harry Potter will live on in our hearts. It may be cheesy, but it is definitely true.

"As long as we have these books, there will always be a Dumbledore’s Army. Parseltongue will be a national language. Quidditch will be considered a real sport, and butter beer will be a favorite drink. Being called a witch will be a compliment, and mischievous students worldwide will “solemnly swear that [they] are up to no good.”" - Amber Skye at Reading Addict.