Tuesday, May 21, 2013

artemis fowl by eoin colfer // book review

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

"There is no doubt that Artemis is a child prodigy. But why does someone of such brilliance dedicate himself to criminal activities? This is a question that can be answered by only one person. And he delights in not talking."

Plot: Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a genius from Ireland who has dedicated his brilliant mind to criminal activities. When he discovers that there is a fairy civilization below ground, he sees it as a golden opportunity. Now there is a whole new species to exploit with his ingenious schemes. But Artemis doesn't know as much as he thinks about the fairy people - and one false move may be the trigger of a cross-species war. 

My Thoughts: Artemis Fowl is completely fun. It's interestingly written, the story is so unique and clever, and it's laugh-out-loud hilarious at times. I enjoyed every minute of it.

 The characters in this book are simply amazing. There's so much to say about each one.  But I'll just focus on my favorite - Artemis himself. He's a fascinating character because he's a complete puzzle. I hardly know what to make of him - is he an evil villain, or is he a hero? He just got more mysterious as the book went on. All I know is that he's awesome and a blast to read about. 

  Oh, and having it set in Ireland made it all the better :)

  I definitely recommend this book, and I'm looking forward to reading more books in the series!

  “If I win, I'm a prodigy. If I lose, then I'm crazy. That's the way history is written.” 

Friday, May 17, 2013

around the room

i. morning devotions
ii. easter cupcake toppers in the rose bush
iii. washi tape everywhere
iv. mr. alfred
v. crepe paper poppy
vi. the nightstand
vii. bringing spring inside

Thursday, May 2, 2013

bookish questions

Olivia from the lovely blog Epiphanies did a book-filled question-and-answer post and it looked so much fun -  so here's one of my own with some of those same questions plus some from this tag.

What are you currently reading?
I'm reading Redwall by Brian Jacques. Also I started Middlemarch by George Eliot a little while ago and still need to finish it.

Do you prefer series books or stand-alones?
It really depends. I like both!

What is your favourite drink while reading?
Tea. Definitely tea.

Do you prefer hardback or paperback?
I love hardbacks. They're so pretty and stay looking new for so much longer. But I usually buy paperbacks since they are much cheaper.

Bookstore or online?
I love going to bookshops to looking around, but I usually buy books online because, again, so much cheaper.

Fantasy world or real life issues?
I like both, depending on the book. I have to say, though - most of my favorite books are fantasy.
Monster read or short & sweet?
I love long books once I'm into them, but it can be really daunting at first when they're like 600+ pages.

How do you keep your place while reading a book?
I have a dozen bookmarks, but usually I just grabbing whatever's closest.

What is the last book you bought?
I recently bought two illustrated fairytales - A Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. But I haven't bought a proper novel in a while, because I'm a 'book-buying-ban'. I promised myself not to buy another book until I've read all the un-read books on my shelf!

Are you the type of person who reads to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
I definitely prefer to read to the end of the chapter if I can.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you look it up right away?
Sometimes I do, if I'm really curious about it. For example, that happened a couple of times in The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict - the author uses awesome, unusual big words and I always want to look them up so I could use them myself... :)

How do you organize your books?
They're organized by genre. I've found that to be the best way, because when I alphabetize them by author it mixes up certain books that I want to keep together.

  Now a question for you - what are you currently reading? :)

  love, Hannah