I’m So Blue With You Friday, Apr 15 2011 

Hi Readers,

Long time no read… well, kind of. It has been awhile since I’ve posted anything in regard to my thirty days of photos challenge. If you haven’t noticed, it has been a wee-bit longer than thirty days. Writing papers and reading multiple books will have that effect. But I’m working on it, I promise.

On the other hand… back to the wonderful world of books! Today’s post is all about my favorite book. Unfortunately, it comes in the form of a series. Fortunately, that means more of the characters I love!

Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book.

Blue Bloods is the first book in a series by Melissa de la Cruz. I love this book. I love this series. There are few books where I can start reading and I will completely lose myself in its pages. I guess this is why people love to watch me read–everything I feel or think becomes written across my face–more so at that moment than ever. I even start having conversations with the characters, and yeah, most people might do that anyway. But I take these conversations to a whole new level. Ask my roomie-friend and fellow blogger, Amanda–she will tell you all about it! haha

But seriously, I was apprehensive to read them in the first place because a former dormmate recommended them.  But I read them anyway because this is a series about vampires. I could not stop reading. Historical, biblical, all kinds of mythology just shot up out of the woodwork–I was forever enchanted. Yes, it is a series about teen vampires–but there’s a lot more to these books than hormones, I promise! lol

I hope you are having a great month, I’m sick at the moment. The soonest I will probably have a moment to write again is at the end of April. Exams are the first week of May. Then, LOTS of things are happening–I think that might actually deserve its own post–and the Reading List for 2011 might be able to start-up. 🙂

❤ Nolaleigh

Love, Me (Thirty Days, Thirty Photos) Friday, Jan 14 2011 

Hi Readers,

I’m sad to say that until I am able to come up with 30 hour days for a week, there will not be any new book reviews… Six classes, four are literature. Instead, I bring you something different. For the next thirty days, I am engaging myself in a photographic series that I’m calling… “Love, Me (Thirty Days, Thirty Photos).” Usually, I would give you a list of the different parts to whatever is going on… but this time, I’d like to try to not do that. I hope you are able to enjoy what is presented in place of the previous entries about books. Afterall, it is not forever…

Day 01: A Picture of Yourself with Ten Facts

1. I love taking photos of myself and enjoy editing them to suit a certain song, mood–some kind of theme.

2. I’m a fan of many kinds of music.

3. That being said, I absolutely love to sing, write songs… engross myself in the feelings the song emits.

4. Avid learner. I will look up extra information about a particular subject and continue reading until I believe I have credible knowledge and a need to share said information.

5. I’m incredibly unsure of myself in certain areas of my life. On any given day, you can hear me say something about myself that might be a bit more than mean.

6. If I don’t have any particular place to be, I actually enjoy being out and about– and lost.

7. There is nothing like being in bed or on the couch curled up with a good book. 😉

8. I have hazel eyes. It was a very long time before I actually came to terms with the fact that I have the same color eyes as my father. I have since decided that I am not him and my eyes are not his.

9. I love my friends and family deeply. But I’m very guarded around them and people in general. Here’s something positive though: I’m working on letting down my guard and loving myself even on my worst day.

10. This might be seem bizarre, but if you are looking at this picture, and reading this list, I want you to get to know me. Not necessarily, knowing me so well that you know what I do when I’m formulating an answer or when I’m pissed off (although, if you do know me that well, thank you for your patience)… but enough so that we have some understanding of each other. I like getting to know people… and I’m hoping that you have enough patience to do that. ♥

Thanks for reading,
Miss Nolaleigh

Heads Carolina, Tails California Friday, Sep 17 2010 

What I would not give for this entry to be a book review. Do you realize how many books I have in my possession–not including the huge pile that is an avalanche all on its own? School has taken up so much of my time and to be honest–I long for summer once again when I can go to work and come home and read. I’ve taken up knitting–it is so calming. I’ve completed two hats and can’t wait to begin making scarves.

My reason for writing this entry which has nothing to do with what I would truly love to be doing right now? I could not leave this untouched for another day. I became so accustomed to reading non-stop, writing a blog, and then starting up again. So, to those who read and those who comment: I appreciate your comments and discussion… and your patience. I will one day soon get another book review up. However, this is not even half of what I am up against:

ENG 203–Introduction to Drama.
We aren’t reading books so much as we are reading plays like “Oedipus Rex”, “Everyman”, “Lysistrata”, etc. The Greeks really knew how to stress SEX without saying it. Okay, that’s a lie. At one point in “Lysistrata”, the women declare they will not be “lifting their slippers to the ceiling” or “go on all fours.” Oh joy. I am currently writing a paper about King Oedipus and Oedipus complex–riveting, wouldn’t you say?

ENG 312–Literary Criticism.
Mostly collected works by Elizabeth Bishop and a custom-made course reader thanks to the Professor. Apparently, my views are incredibly Marxist and reader based. I guess I can agree if it means that I firmly believe how you interpret literature is based on your social location and experiences. No matter, recently read a short story called “The Burning House” by Anne Beattie–amazing. Read it. I could pick apart that story all day.

ENG 326–American Immigrant Experience.
Yep, you guessed it. It is a co-taught class for History and English. The professors banter back and forth–funny as hell. We read historical accounts, participate in lectures, and discuss what we are reading. Six or seven novels and a zillion articles. To be quite honest, the topic of immigration tends to be a very touchy topic. I do not understand why. We are a nation of immigrants. On another note, you could say I am a bit of a feminist. So, despite the fact that I’ve learned to respect various cultures, I became very sad when we had to read a short story about a young Chinese couple who were to be driven apart thanks to being Americanized–which really is so true–we expect everyone to act “American.” Whatever that is–I do not really know anymore. And now that I have gone somewhere on a tangent, let us return.

HIS 211–History of Latin American Civilizations.
The professor, my roommate and I have decided, looks exceedingly like a young Michael Caine. We are reading two books in that class and the sections are so ungodly long. The class lectures are fascinating and it is quite obvious the professor is passionate about the subject: Maya, Aztecs, Incas, etc., but this English major and History minor loves to read–just not texts that are so dense that you could put a knife through it.

SPN 101–Introduction to Spanish.
Hola! Me gusta mucho! I had taken three years in middle school and high school. However, upon being called stupid and lazy, I backed away from the language that I was so close to being fluent in and slowly but surely, it became dormant. Until now. I am staying up late and having fantastic conversations with one of my roommates, Amanda, and the second best part about having these conversations: they are  completely in Spanish! Hell yes!

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As much as I love school, (if I could be paid to go to school for the rest of my life, I probably would because I love to learn) I would love to get in a car with my travel buddy, Amanda, take some good music, a couple dozen books, my laptop, and plenty of money for gas and food, and just drive without a damn map. Get lost and just be at peace with a good book in my hands. Flip a coin and go. Escape into the novels that have become (almost) like home. Call me crazy, but I love talking to the characters and sharing in their adventures–but I guess I have to come back to reality sometime. Quite honestly, I do not  enjoy reality right now and a great big bubble of positive something would do me some good. By next week, I fully intend on having SOMETHING up…this two-week business is not okay with me.

To end on a positive note–I am thoroughly excited for my Fall TV shows and supposedly, they are making a show or a movie out of the Vampire Academy series. They will not be able to do Dimitri Belikov justice. haha

Books in my possession that I have not started yet: Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs, Nefertiti by Michelle Moran, The Killing Game by Iris Johansen, and maybe three or four other books that are coming in. Oh to be able to write another entry. Until then…

Happy Reading!! 🙂

Reading Questionnaire Sunday, Aug 29 2010 

Soo I browsed around. Found this nifty little questionnaire–I like them. They are in list form and not complicated. Anyway, I am in the process of getting ready for school to start up again–this means my entries, already fairly slow, will now be extremely slow.

READING BACKGROUND:

Do you remember learning to read? What early memories of learning to read stand out in your mind?
I actually don’t remember. For as long as I can remember I’ve been reading. I remember looking at pictures and then being able to read… but I don’t remember the learning process. So sad… the process of learnin to read is so frustrating for some–I often wonder how it was for me.

Did you like to read when you were a child?
I think I did. For awhile I preferred to be read to–but when I began to really get into reading, there was no stopping me from reading multiple books of varying genres at a time.

Did your parents or other adults read to you a lot when you were little? Do you remember any favorite storybooks?
My mum read to me while I was in the womb and then to put me to sleep at night. I loved the Golden books that were about everything from Disney stories to expanded story rhymes.

Do your parents read often?  What do they read?
My mum doesn’t read as much as she used to because she’s a tad busy with life. She likes novels by Nora Roberts and I believe she is reading Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden right now.

Do you like to read for pleasure at all? If so, what kinds of things do you read?
I love to read all kinds of genres–historical fiction and nonfiction, supernatural, true crime, psychological thrillers, Harry Potter. Alot of variety. 🙂

If you do not like reading, when did you begin to dislike or have trouble with reading?
I’ve never disliked reading–that I know of. It was frustrating when I began reading ethnic literature and I wasn’t sure how certain words were pronounced. But I love the challenge of learning a foreign language. 

Estimate the number of books you own.  How many of those books matter to you?
Oh. I think that I own approximately 200 books, maybe a little less. They all matter to me. I’ve received them through family and friends.

Estimate the number of books in your household.
I could not even begin to tell you. There are four other people who live here currently. 🙂

What are some of your personal interests?  Do you remember reading anything in connection with any of these interests?  Explain.
History–particularly the Tudor time period, psychology, criminology, supernatural phenomena. I read about the things I am interested in. 🙂

Will improving your reading skills be helpful to you?  Why or why not?
I major in English, so if I were to improving anything–whether it be reading or writing, whatever–it is always a good. Always room for improvement.

 READING SPEED:

Do you consider yourself a slow or a fast reader?
It depends on what I am reading. There are some novels where I read slowly because I want to take in all of the details. There are other novels where it  takes me only a couple of hours–say… Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyers.

What kinds of reading have you had  trouble finishing in school?
Two particular novels that gave me hell would be Moby Dick by Herman Melville, and Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.

Do you spend a lot of time re-reading? Do you ever give up on reading assignments because they take too long? Explain.
It really depends on how boring the novel is. If it is really good, no re-reading necessary. Now, if it bores me to tears… say Moby Dick and Robinson Crusoethere is A LOT of re-reading.

 READING CONCENTRATION:

Do you have trouble staying focused while you read? Explain.
If it is boring, it is difficult to stay focused. If I am extremely stressed about something, then it is also difficult to stay on track.

Do you often find yourself thinking of other things as you read? Try to explain what you experience when you are trying to read.
Reading is my all expense paid vacation from reality, whenever, wherever. When I am reading a novel or short story, I am there and nowhere else.

When you read at home or school, do you have trouble blocking out distractions, such as noise? Do you listen to music or watch TV when you are studying or reading?
I love my family, but they are LOUD. 🙂
Living with them has allowed me the ability to multi-task and/or block out the background noise, haha.

READING COMPREHENSION:
What kinds of reading material do you find most difficult to understand? Why do you think these types of reading are difficult for you?
Anything math and/or science related in regards to biology, chemistry, physics, etc. Biology becomes easier as I grow older. These forms do not interest me, so I get bored, in turn, it is not easy for me to understand.

Do you ever feel that you are understanding while you are reading, but are unable to remember the information once you are done? Explain.
I remember a good deal of everything, even if I do not want to. If I understand it, I remember it. If there is some difficulty involved, I remember it, but there is also a greater need to remember it so I can work towards understanding whatever it might be.

Do you visualize, or see pictures in your head, while you are reading? What kinds of reading material do you find easiest to visualize?
Seeing. For me, visualizing things in my head is part of the beauty of reading. There is not an exact science and label to everything. The author says something is tall or blue–how tall and how light or dark is the blue? Reading is one of those things where I love a grey area because it allows me to see things how I would see them. I believe anything can be visualized in your head. 🙂