Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Austen in August 2014


Misty at The Book Rat is hosting her yearly Austen in August and I couldn't be more thrilled.  I'll be out of town for this event but still plan to read along with The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick.  As an obvious Jane Austen fan this novel has been on my kindle to-read list and feels like a fun breezy read while soaking up the August air.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How The Giver Trailer Single-Handedly Ruined A Childhood Classic

Last week I saw Transformers.  Right when you walked in the theater there was a poster for The Giver. Oh no! It is a Twilight wannabe. Maybe they're trying to draw teens who didn't grow up in the 90s. Yeah, that must be it.

 But then I saw the trailer…

Disappointment began. First off there is defiantly a larger romance between Jonas and Fiona than just Jonas' wet dream in the book. I could have lived with that, but then Rosemary, the receiver before Jonas is played by Taylor Swift. Noooo! Why would you do that to me? Rosemary would never sing a song about Romeo and Juliette living happily ever after or being 22. Lastly, I did not see any mention of Gabriel, who I've always felt is key, paramount to the story. He is the reason why Jonas leaves the community. It was the final nail in the coffin for me. A Childhood Classic was ruined in 2:34. Although don't take my word for it, decide for yourself, I'd love to hear what you think of this atrocity.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Sidebars Or Lack Thereof

For Bloggiesta I mainly focused on the appearance of my blog.  I created a page for my archived posts and labels, fiddled with the background and added social icons to match.  I also created title banners for each of my gadgets on my sidebar.  I then realized I didn't like them.  For some reason they looked messy and drew away from my post content.  I then looked at my sidebar itself, after moving previous posts to a separate page I only had a search bar, currently reading gadget and recent posts.  All of which I could do without. Then I read this article and decided to remove it completely and have She is too fond of books focus on my content, that is really what I want people to see, not to be distracted by my sidebar.  After reading the article I realized I had put everything I needed into a page.  I deleted the entirety of said sidebar except the social Media icons, I depleted my sidebar width (or at least as far as blogger would allow me) and extended the width of my blog.   I'm quite pleased with it and think it has a more streamline approach.  One thing I am annoyed with is the white borders around the pictures in my blog posts, does anyone know how to get rid of that?   Even though I had to backtrack a little, I'm satisfied with what I accomplished.  If you participated in Bloggiesta what did you accomplish?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Post #28

Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer is a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 

Last week, I mentioned that we had an open house.  With the exception of having a small garage the feedback was mostly good.    Although as I expected it was mostly looky-lous.  After a week with no news we thought said open house was all for nought but today we had a return viewer -- let's just hope they don't have two Escalades!

Last Week:

This Week: 
I don't have much planned as of yet but I do have have a post scheduled on my thoughts of The Giver Trailer.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Mini-Bloggiesta

It is Mini Bloggiesta this weekend! (July 19 -20)  Whenever I find out about this event I think "oh my blog is fine, what do I have to improve on it?"  Then I take a closer look and this is what I found.

  1. Back up blog
  2. Update posts to include: author/publisher/pub date/source/where to buy
  3. Add Hello gadget to sidebar
  4. Add and create headers for sidebar
  5. Customize blog template
  6. Write Reviews
  7. Prep Sunday Posts
  8. Catch up on email
  9. Comment!
  10. Edit labels