Monday, October 31, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011

Ok, so NaNoWriMo starts in two hours and I still haven't decided if I 'm going to do it. With a midterm this Friday, it seems unlikely but I want to!

#firstworldproblems

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday's Weekly Wordplay [2]

Wednesday's Weekly Wordplay is a weekly puzzle started here at Bells Beautiful Books so that I could share my love of word puzzles with you! I will never share one I haven't already done myself! On the following Wednesday, the answer to the previous week's puzzle will be revealed. Please comment your answers and maybe somewhere along the way there will be prizes for those who answer them first! Enjoy!


How to Solve a Cryptogram:
"Cryptograms are quotations in a simple substitution code. Each letter of the quotation has been replaced by another letter. A letter is always represented by the same letter throughout the code. A letter will never stand for itself."
-Classic Cryptograms



COXBX TBX CVK CDGXR DI T GTI ' R ADHX VOXI OX ROKQAU IKC

RNXPQATCX : VOXI OX PTI ' C THHKBU DC , TIU VOXI OX PTI.

- GTBY CVTDI


Last week's answer:
The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts the minute you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get to the office.
-Robert Frost

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wednesday's Weekly Wordplay [1]

Wednesday's Weekly Wordplay is a weekly puzzle started here at Bells Beautiful Books so that I could share my love of word puzzles with you! Mostly I will be sharing cryptograms I have done from this book I bought at The Strand called Classic Cryptograms by Billing, Kennedy, Nash, and Masterson. There's 600 and I've done quite a few already. I will never share one I haven't already done myself! On the following Wednesday, the answer to the previous week's puzzle will be revealed. As this is number one... there's no answer! Please comment your answers and maybe somewhere along the way there will be prizes for those who answer them first! Enjoy!


How to Solve a Cryptogram:
"Cryptograms are quotations in a simple substitution code. Each letter of the quotation has been replaced by another letter. A letter is always represented by the same letter throughout the code. A letter will never stand for itself."
-Classic Cryptograms
There's a lot of strategy to these and I'll reveal my own hints as we go along, but for now, I'm leaving you on your own!


QFL HCVPS PX V ANSWLCEZK NCJVS ; PQ XQVCQX QFL BPSZQL RNZ JLQ ZT PS QFL BNCSPSJ VSW WNLX

SNQ XQNT ZSQPK RNZ JLQ QN QFL NEEPGL.

- CNHLCQ ECNXQ



Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Endings That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open

Top Ten Tuesday is a wonderful little thing dreamed up by the wonders over at The Broke and Bookish, a lovely favorite of mine. I like a good list and this one seemed challenging. I'm not very good at remembering things and nothing quite popped right away when I thought about this list. Maybe they weren't very cliffhanger-y, but I bet it's more my forgetful mind than the books themselves.






10. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: I don't think this ending was necessarily mind-blowing. Quite honestly, I can't remember the ending (I know, I really am that bad). All I remember is bad ass Madame Defarge and her kick ass lethal knitting. That was awesome, especially because I knit in class and everyone was like "Ooh... She's the real life Madame Defarge." But the fact that it was a such a small detaila bout the character that was actually really important totally took me off guard and solidified her spot as one of my favorite characters.

9. The Good Patient by Kristin Waterfield Duisberg: This book has such a WTF twist to it that I literally reread the scene multiple times because I was so floored by it. Maybe it's just the psychologist in me, but this book will trip you out and make you question what you think your past was like.

8. SPOILER Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen: Maybe it's just me, but I loved that you-know-who was the actual killer. The whole time you think it's blank, but it was actually you-know-who! I even remember calling my mom and saying "Yeah, it's obvious how it ends. They already said it in the beginning" and then calling her back when I finished it saying "So... I was wrong."

7. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay: I had watched the television series long before I found this book. I loved the first season of Dexter, I think it's still the best one so far but I think that about a lot of shows. When I went to read the book, I thought it'd follow down a very similar line. It did, for the most part. But the ending--totally different. I was like WTH?! It's made me very excited to read the second one because it's going to have to go down a totally different line than the show and I want to see what different choice book Dexter makes compared to tv Dexter.

6. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead: This whole series is a series of cliffhangers, but the one that's left me wanting the most is the fifth installment, Spirit Bound. I didn't expect what happens to happen at all... obviously, but still. I just thought "Oh shoot, how is Rose going to get out of this one?" But she probably does because Last Sacrifice has been out for awhile and though I haven't heard any spoilers yet, I haven't heard anyone complaining either. We'll see how it goes.

5. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer: I never expected to like a series about vampires. I never even thought I would like a single book about them. In fact, when my best friend told me about the books three months before I read them, I completely dismissed them. In fact in fact, I so entirely dismissed them that once I did start reading Twilight, a birthday present, I didn't even know they were the books she had been talking about. Basically, it wasn't necessarily the ending that made my mouth drop, but the fact that I was so invested in these crazy vampire books automatically. Luckily, I had received New Moon and Eclipse for my birthday as well so I had plenty to keep me going.

4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling: Wasn't everyone shocked by this? I cried for hours. I went and sat with my mom, tears streaming down my face, telling her my whole world was different, that life wasn't the same. I didn't cry when "it" happened--I think I was literally in shock, but when it was over and I knew there was no possibility of him coming back, I lost it. My mom thought something bad had happened in reality.

3. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous: The ending to this book really messed me up. I cried so had after finishing. I couldn't handle it. I wrote for hours about it, attempting to calm myself down. I've had problems myself and it just scared me so bad that I wouldn't be strong for ever, that I could break down and lose myself. It just made me feel like there was nothing I could do to truly ever save myself. At the same time, it inspired me to continue on and I just tell myself that whatever comes, I will stay strong.

2. The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling: This is by far my favorite book in the entire series. I love the ending of this book, how all of the back story about Harry's parents, Sirius, Lupin, Pettigrew, and Snape all came together into amazingness. You seriously spend the whole book hating Sirius Black and being terrified, once again, for Harry, but there's no need because Sirius is wonderful and loves Harry and wants him to live with him. It's beautiful and I get all happy and then WAM! Lupin changes, Pettigrew runs off, Snape's still a jerk, and all doesn't end how I want it at all. But... for a few minutes, you get to hope with Harry. (This book would probably be number one, except I've read Hunger Games more recently and am still blown away by the books.)

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Honestly, these books were like crack for me this summer. Once one ended, I immediately started reading the next. And there's only three!! WHY?!