Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday Finds and Friday Answers

Hey guys!

I actually have TWO Friday Finds this week. I know, I'm still slimming it down, but better than the big fat ZERO last week.

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

These are basically books I've found online and added to my ever-growing to-read list on goodreads.

Like usual, click the titles or covers to find out more about the book.

Alvor by Laura Bingham
Fawcetta by Dalian Artanian

Okay, last week I had nothing to post, so I asked you guys to ask me questions. Some were seriously fun and I hope you find my answers interesting.

Go ahead and ask me a few more if you've thought any new ones up.

I think I'll start with epic rat's questions:

1) Team Zombie or other? What made you decide to be on Team Zombie or other?
Zombie, because undead is just so deadly. And well.. one bite from those guys ... and you have more on their team. I join to stay safe. :-D

2) What book would you recommend as a good cheer-me-upper?
Let's see... for a book to cheer me up - I grab some sort of paranormal romance - preferably some J.R. Ward or Kresley Cole. As to others, well.. I don't read a lot of "happy" books - or at least ones that aren't deep and thought provoking. I guess if you need to laugh - Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

3) What would you do for some delicious cookies?
Dirty up some dishes and make some. :-D Yes, I admit to being a decent baker and my cookies are delicious.

4) What are your favorite cookies?
I'm old school - chocolate chip. Or, in that randomly weird mood - peanut butter.

5) If there was a massive fire that burned all books but one and you could save only one book, which one would you save and why?
Blarg... one? I guess I'd run for Oliver Twist, cause I couldn't possibly let that one burn. Favorite Dickens novel. Plus, I just love the adventure of the tale. And, it's BEARABLE Dickens, unlike some of his other works.

6) What 3 writers/authors would you have a slumber party with and what would you do?
Francesca Lia Block, Lisa Mantchev, and Michelle Zink - I think we'd have to do something with glitter.. some decent wine.. and dreamy fictional men. Not sure what that adds up to.. but sure does sound like good, grownup sleepover material.

7) How many fingers am I holding up as I type this?
10 .. oh wait.. you'd need a few to type... hrm 2?

Okay, more questions! :)

Sheere came up with SEVEN more questions. Wow, I must be an international woman of mystery! :)

1. Some food that you can't be near because you find it disgusting?
I really can't stand the sight of meatloaf - I know, I'm weird, but I just can't.

2. First book you read?
Pretty sure it was a Smurfs book. I may still have it somewhere - I just found my Smurfs pillow case from forever ago!

3. So if there was a massive fire what book would you throw to the fire?
Um, probably Heart of Darkness, really didn't enjoy that book and it's fairly thin and easy to find another copy of... if I ever braved another read of it.

4. Book, movie and song which you cried the most.
I think I cried nearly all the way through Freedom Writers - it was so bloody moving. I rarely cry while reading a book.. the last one I think I cried while reading was The Lovely Bones. And there's a song by Fort Minor called Kenji. I always cry during it. It's about the Japanese Americans in internment camps during WWII.

5. Gift that somebody gave you and you didn't like at all. and when I say you didn't like I mean that you thought about throwing it to his/her face.
Okay, I really did tell my mom I hated it (didn't throw it in her face.. was too shocked to go that far). I was... 18 or 19 and my mom bought me bunny feet pajamas. No joke.. for Christmas. I literally asked her.. "Are you kidding me? Is this a joke?" and started to laugh. My mom wasn't upset, but she really stood there and told me she thought I'd like to take them to college with me. I almost died on the spot. Luckily, she whisked them away and I never saw them again.

6. Do you have pets? yes? name,kind? no? why? would like in the future?
Nope, never did. I had some chicks for about 2 weeks. Not sure why really. Um, in the future, I want a dog.. a mid-size to large dog. My fiance grew up having a dog and he's dying for one, but we're waiting until we get a house.

7. Why did you chose this job? You wanted to do it since you were a child?
I always did want to be a librarian. I was playing school and library with my older sister when others were playing house and barbies. Oh, we played those too - but we really went in depth with school and library. I had to do worksheets and my older sis was the teacher. When we played library, we had cards for each book and I would be the librarian. I wasn't sure what kind of degree I could go for, so I went for teaching and took some library classes to get into a school library. I love it and can't see myself doing anything else.

I've got more, not sure if I should take the plunge, but I'm going for it...

Teddyree asked:

Do you snack while you blog and web surf?
I eat dinner while I blog and definitely snack. I always have some sort of tea at my side as well.

What's your favourite comfort food?
Chocolate, ice cream, or cookies, depending on the day. If it's a bad enough day, I have a cup or two of hot chocolate or hot chai.

What book would you want to be buried with?
If I ever publish one.. the first one I do. If I never do... um ... Oliver Twist.. can you tell I love this book?

What's the bravest thing you've ever done?
Bravest? Oh geez... it's been a while since I did anything brave.. In middle school I was my friend's bodyguard so this girl wouldn't beat her up for dating the guy she was going with (the other girl had a HUGE crush). She threatened to beat her with a baseball bat. Later on, in high school, we tee-peed the guy's house - he was... a bit of a loser (they didn't last long, my friend and him). Also, I turned down a lot of cigarettes and other drugs in high school, which was brave considering it was my best friend offering and pressuring me.

I can't think of anything else - oh wait! I'm brave in answering my phone when grandma calls - I swear she's trying to take over my wedding... *sigh*

When's your wedding?
Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Woooo! You guys think of some serious questions! *dives into more*

Casey asked:

1. What got you started on reading? (was it a certain book, a person, or just reading in general)
My mom's a big reader like me and we were always at the library as well as reading every night. I kept it up - both my sisters don't like to read much though. I love being immersed in a different world and character.

2. What are your favorite genres to read? and Why?
Love fantasy and paranormal and then historical runs a close 3rd. I just like to read about what can't exist. I like the different spins authors put on different creatures of myth. As for historical, I love reading in a time other than my own. I'm an escapist reader - I like to be in my book, not in the world around, when I'm reading.

3. Do you have any other hobbies you enjoy, besides reading?
I play the piano, but not as much. I used to write a lot more, but that's fallen by the wayside... I'm a super moviegoer... I golf on and off during the year. Oh, and I'm an anime geek - gotta get my weekly anime in. Currently working on the billionth (or so it seems) disc of Bleach. I like the action/fantasy animes.

elnice asked:

The gummy bears? Were they on with the smurfs?
Around that time, yep! But on Disney. Back in the day when you had to buy Nickelodeon and Disney separately.

If you could shift into any form, what would it be?
Some sort of wildcat - a jaguar maybe.. or a cheetah.. I want to be a fast hunter when I shift.

April asked:

What is your favorite adult book? What is your favorite YA? What is your favorite children's/picture book? (That's a run on question)
Adult book - Bel Canto by Ann Prachett, YA - tough one.. um - Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block, I have a few favorite picture books - Blueberries for Sal, The Paperbag Princess - those are two of my absolute favorites (a run on answer for April).

What is your favorite boardgame?
I really like Scrabble - I win at that more than Monopoly. I do enjoy Life as well.

What is your favorite videogame?
I suck so much that I play the LEGO games - Star Wars, Batman, and Indiana Jones. :)

Are you a night person or a day person?
Both.. weird, but true. I have to be a day person because of my job, but I love being up at night.

What made you want to be a librarian, besides the sexy librarian outfits LOL?
Hehe, which makes me think of my fiance :-D Ahahaha. Okay, no seriously. Love books, want to live surrounded by books, and what better way then to be a librarian? I can't think I'd ever be good at anything else right about now.

Alex from a flight of minds asked:

If you could only live on one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Don't worry, you'd remain healthy.
S'mores. I love graham crackers, chocolate AND marshmellows (to the point at which I do eat all three separately at some point...).

Megan asked:

For your wedding if you couldn't find a dress which would you rather wear a duck suit with lots of weird designs on it and lots of bows or wear a curtain with like no style to it(I mean like just tied so it stays on)and the color is barf green.
What a crazy question, first of all. I'd wear the barf green curtain because I rather be unstylish then duck-like.

katie asked:

-What was your favorite book as a kid?
The Paper Bag Princess - I think.

-What got you started reading? Was there a certain person or event?
My mom. See way above for more info.

-What was your dream job growing up?
Teacher or Librarian - and I'm technically both :-D

-What is your absolute favorite movie?
The Boondock Saints - yummy Irish boys and great shoot em up scenes.

rhapsodyinbooks asked:

what other types of libraries did you work in?
For 4 years, I worked in a public library as a circulation clerk. For about the same amount of years (most of it overlapping), I also worked in a community college library working as an AV Clerk, down in the basement, all by myself.

Is the new job going to let you go on a honeymoon? If so, where?
I'm going to take two work days off - Friday before and Monday off. I'm going to Galena, IL for my honeymoon which is about 3-4 hours from where I live. We'll spend two nights there. It's a sweet historical town and we're staying at a resort.

What's in Galena that's relevant to your wedding?
Honeymoon :)

Last one for today and it's a biggee!


Well I am a romantic so i'd like to know how you met your fiance.
Okay. This is a wee bit complex. I played the field for a bit in college. I got serious the summer when I was 19 about this boy. We had been seeing each other for about a month and he was leaving for school a few hours away. I tried to make it work, went down once to see him and then a few weeks later he told me he had a girlfriend.

So, I had been talking on and off to this other guy who lived close to me and went on a date or two with him - out of spite - to show up guy #1. Guy #2 really didn't interest me.. he was just a revenge guy to see. It semi-worked, but guy #1 wouldn't break it off with the new girlfriend.

So, I was all moony over guy #1, when guy #2 decided he was in love with this girl online and couldn't see me anymore. He felt bad (I didn't) and said he'd set me up with his friend.

Guess who the friend was? My fiance. Here's what happened basically:

I was a bit leary... I was 19 and he was 16, just a baby in my brain. But, he was super cute and super sweet. So we went out to Subway once and then Halloween was coming up so he invited me to come out with the guys. They roleplay - Dungeons and Dragons stuff - but weren't serious about it that night. I dressed myself up as a goth girl - make up, fishnets, latex black dress, and some serious black books with a four inch heel - the works.

There was a bit of jaw dropping when I met the rest of the boys and especially from my fiance to be. When we left the restaurant they frequented and headed to one of their friend's places, he took my hand and stopped me for a minute and very very cute and shyly said: "I'm never going to be able to ask you out, so you can just assume we're dating.." I know it sounds awful, but it was oh-so-sweet and he couldn't look at me for long before turning a few shades of red, as if waiting for rejection. But, I pretty much shrugged and told him "okay".

And that's how it happened. He's now my lover, best friend, and soul mate. It'll be about five years of dating when we're wed.

Yes, let the "awwwwwws" begin.

Shoot me more questions if you find any more in the back of your brain.


  1. That story about how you and your fiance met was so cute I just threw up a little. For real....

    But, I have to ask, how old are you guys now? Did you date continuously since you were 19/16? If he only 21? (says the girl who met her husband at 14, has been with him continuously since they were 17, having gotten married at 22...)

  2. I'm 24 and he's 21. :) We never broke up or anything.

  3. Awww such a cute history.. you are right when you are under 20 everybody that doesn't have the same age as you it's too old or too young!

    And thanks for answering ALL the questions.. there are a lot and they are very interesting!

  4. Wow, I feel like I know you. Hope you week at the new job goes great.

  5. Interesting post. I also loved Bel Canto and Paper Bag Princess is one of my faves too!

  6. I liked these! You wedding is almost here! I take it you like Oliver Twist? ;) Happy Friday!

  7. Your story of how you became a librarian and how you met your husband are so inspiring!! I just decided to change my major to library science, so it's nice to hear about others who are in the field and loving it!!

  8. awww I love your story =)
    I think he was totaly adorable!

  9. awww...that's so cute. It's crazy how things happen.

  10. Yay you answered my questions! And how you met your soon-to-be husband is so cute. =]

  11. awwwwwwwwwwwh
    He sounds like he was super adorable!
    Me = Majorly jealous.

  12. Hee hee hee ... totally an awwwww moment. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Awww... your story sounds like mine (I'm sure we've talked about this before...) :) I met my husband when he was 15 and I was 17. I won't go into my story, but I am very happy for you and your fiance!

  14. *is predictable* AWWWWWWWW. Awesome story. It sounds so epically nerdy that he said that. I approve. Hehehe.

    Awesome questions and great answers! :D

  15. Very glad to read about you spending your honeymoon in Galena and Jo Daviess County, Illinois. We are a wonderful destination for romantic getaways any time of the year. Enjoy yourselves and let us know if we can help. From your friendly hosts for visitor information, the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau

  16. I'm a newbie to your blog and I now feel like I know you. And I will say aww about how you met your fiance. I love to hear about young love really working out.
    As for everything else, wow. Those are some good questions. I remember when I was younger I loved Oliver Twist, but I haven't read it in a while. Definitely a good read though.

  17. Some of these answers (& questions) were funny. I love that out of all the book you probably have that you'd run for Oliver Twist. And I love how someone asked what book would you THROW IN if there were a fire. lmbo.


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