August 13, 2014

I'm Moving...

…To Wisconsin!  Yes, that's right the day has approached in which I say goodbye to the Land of Lincoln and officially become a Wisconsinite.  Technically, I was born in Madison so have always been a cheesehead at heart, but now I am returning to my roots.  For the next two weeks I'll be stagnant on the blog but plan to be back in full force by the end of the month. Until then Happy Reading!

August 11, 2014

Book Review: The Execution of Noa P. Singleton

Author: Elizabeth L. Silver
Publisher: Crown
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Source: Bought
Purchase: Amazon
Add To: Goodreads

Noa P. Singleton never spoke a word in her own defense throughout a brief trial that ended with a jury finding her guilty of first-degree murder. Ten years later, having accepted her fate, she sits on death row in a maximum-security penitentiary, just six months away from her execution date.

Seemingly out of the blue, she is visited by Marlene Dixon, a high-powered Philadelphia attorney who is also the mother of the woman Noa was imprisoned for killing. Marlene tells Noa that she has changed her mind about the death penalty and Noa’s sentence, and will do everything in her considerable power to convince the governor to commute the sentence to life in prison, in return for the one thing Noa is unwilling to trade: her story.

Marlene desperately wants Noa to reveal the events that led to her daughter’s death – events that Noa has never shared with a soul. With death looming, Marlene believes that Noa may finally give her the answers she needs, though Noa is far from convinced that Marlene deserves the salvation she alone can deliver. Inextricably linked by murder but with very different goals, Noa and Marlene wrestle with the sentences life itself can impose while they confront the best and worst of what makes us human in this haunting tale of love, anguish, and deception.

So here I sit, attempting to relive the flaws of my own past with ineffectual fortitude.  I know I did it.  The state knows I did it, though they never really cared why. 
~ Prologue 

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton is a novel of why.  Why would Noa commit this heinous crime?  That is the question that is hit over the head like a dead horse and slowly we see inside its cranium.

Like breadcrumbs, the reader was fed the story of Noa's crime bit by bit.  Although as I ate these crumbs they felt stale in my mouth.  There wasn't anything horribly original about the plot.  Noa comes from a broken home, riddled with Daddy issues which only bleed out after reuniting with her father.  Although I will say that I did not find her to be the villain of the story, she was just at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and made a stupid decision.

All the characters from Marleen and Sarah Dixen to Noa herself were poorly designed.  I did not find much depth or growth in any shape or form.  They never sprouted and instead were as flat as a pancake. Not to harp, but there really was potential to beef-up and bring the assisting attorney Oliver and Noa's father Caleb to their own and step up to the plate but instead they stayed in the batters box never to see the light of day.

The slow evolution of what happened on January 1st led to a let down.  Really?  That's it?  I was left speechless and not for the right reason.  The twist to the reason why Sarah Dixen died wasn't even much of a twist but rather a ho-hum.  The whole story died with Sarah, along with missed opportunities.  I will say that I found satisfaction with Noa's X-Day, it was "poof" off into the night, for it to be continued with the living.  Unfortunately, the poor execution of Elizabeth Silver's novel also poofed away expectations I originally felt for The Execution of Noa P. Singleton.

August 8, 2014

Classics Club Meme: August 2014

The Classics Club monthly meme is another way to bring members of The Classics Club together. The post for the month will go up on the main page of this blog on the 2nd of the month, and you’ll have all month to respond over at your blog.


Q: What are your thoughts on adaptions of classics? Say mini-series or movies? Or maybe modern approaches? Are there any good ones? Is it better to read the book first? Or maybe just compare the book and an adaptation?

A: I cringe every time I see a new "Pride and Prejudice and Vampires".  Why can't authors leave well enough alone?  I am not completely opposed to retellings of classics but usually lean towards fictional novels on persons involved with said classic, such as Alice Liddell in Alice I Have Been or Edgar Allen Poe's mistress Frances Osgood in Mrs. Poe.  

Despite my dislike for novel retellings I do enjoy seeing movie adaptions although they are almost never as good as the book.  The two I find exceptional are 1995's Pride and Prejudice, one because it has Colin Firth in it and secondly I feel it is the best portrayal because unlike 2005's it doesn't skim over the story but takes it time, not bothering to take time management into consideration.  The other is Peter Jackson's Lord of the Ring Trilogy.  My second reasoning for P&P rings true here but I also feel that the director captured Middle Earth just as I had pictured it.

August 6, 2014

My Last Trip To The Library


I did it, my last trip to my local library before I moved.  I bypassed the new shelf, paid my fine and walked out the door.  No tears or long good-bye, as I defiantly will not miss the 40 minute walk to get there.  In other words, it is time to move on.

My library card though doesn't expire until 2015 so rather than throw it away and feel the finality I'm going to keep it until that date as they participate in Overdrive, the ebook lending system.  This way I have double the selection as the library near my now current residence offers the service as well.  I'm also trying to learn how to download audiobooks onto my ipad, as Kindle Paperwhite does not have speakers and my ipod is old and not compatible with their system.  We've been taking a lot of road trips since my dad retired and it would be nice to pass the time with a book because let's face it, I can only listen to Frampton Comes Alive so many times.


August 4, 2014

Custom Domain Name?

Lately I've been thinking, should I get a custom domain name?  I got on Go Daddy and it is a lot cheaper than I thought it would be, but I'm a little nervous or hesitant on the matter.  I've looked at tutorials and it seems to be relatively easy (and I'm sure they have Custom Domain Name for Dummies for people like me).  People can be creatures of habit and I have gotten use to blogspot. (note: Blogger auto-corrected blogspot to "bloodspot" which made me tee-hee).  Anyway…while it is intimidating I have always been annoyed by all the dashes in my url: she-is-too-fond-of-books.blogspot.com, it is a mouthful to say when giving people my address "My blog is She is too fond of books, but it has hyphens between each word." Not only is it a mouthful but also a little immature, lacking in professionalism.

When I started blogging I loved Louisa May Alcott's quote "She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain" little did I know that another book blog had also claimed the name.  Okay, maybe not original but it still fit me perfectly, the important thing is that I like it as it is my space.  I then found out that the url  for sheistoofondofbooks was already taken along with other variations.  I apparently wanted that url badly and added the hyphens.

After four years I'm thinking about moving it.  My question (and it might be silly) is: after 4 years is it too late to change and if anyone has made the switch what service did you use and how hard was it?