Archive for ‘Thoughts on Myriad Things’

October 27th, 2011

5 Days of Halloween: Movies That Make You Run and Hide

by Madeleine Rex

Please excuse any typos in this post. I’m hastily making time for it – which pretty much means I’m not studying for my AP Government test tomorrow…

Four more days until Halloween!!! Whoooo!

To celebrate, I’m asking you about scary movies. I’ll admit, I don’t have the most experience with them (or much at all), but I do have some weird fascination with the ticklish, squeemish sensation I get in the pit of my stomach when I watch them. Kind of like that feeling you get when you’re on a roller coaster and it suddenly drops (although I don’t have much experience with roller coasters either. I’ve mostly just felt that when driving too fast over speed bumps).

I have never seen one of the movies that actually has “scary movie” in the title because I’ve hardly watched any “mock” scary movies. In fact, I can’t think of one good thing I’ve ever heard about them. I don’t even know what I’d do with a movie like that, considering I rate a scary movie based on how often I hide behind my dad…

Anyway, In the past few years, I’ve tried to find as many REAL scary movies as possible, although I have a hard time because I avoid R rated movies. However, I have run across some gems, like The Sixth Sense, Salem’s Lot, and The Ring. I also saw the TV version of Thirty Days of Night, which was so fabulously gory that I hardly noticed its insane length.

A few movies I’ve heard plenty about are Children of the Corn and The Shining, both of which are based on Stephen King’s works, and I’m super excited that my dad found an edited-for-TV version of The Shining and recorded it. On Saturday, my book club girls are coming over to discuss stories from Stephen King’s Night Shift and to watch it.

So, here’s my question for you: Do you prefer real scary movies or “mock” ones (the real question is: do you like to laugh or to cringe)? Which movies were your favorites? And do you think I’ll like The Shining?

P.S. Tomorrow’s my sixteenth birthday, and I have a surprise for you!!

October 16th, 2011

So… Just Kidding About That Post Last Sunday.

by Madeleine Rex

I realize I’m not off to a great start with this whole “posting regularly” thing. However, I’ve returned with some great news!

First, though, is Wordstock. Not that it wasn’t great, but this weekend, I must admit, was much greater. Wordstock was very enjoyable, and I’m always proud of Portlanders when they express their love for books. I could be passing these bookish people on the street and have absolutely no idea! (I’ve just noticed that I’m starting to sound like a fangirl, so perhaps I should move on.)

I’d have to say one of the highlights of the day was an author panel called “Vampires Are So Last Year” with Maggie Stiefvater, Suzanne Young, and Isaac Marion. I cannot sufficiently express how hilarious they were! Not to mention the fact that it’s always interesting to hear authors’ points of view concerning trends (Maggie’s betting on the next big trend being Kraken. Let’s hope she’s right).

Onto the even BIGGER news. I spent Thursday, Friday, and half of yesterday at PNBA – Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Association. They have a conference once a year, and this is the second year I’ve attended. I go with a couple friends of mine (I’m helping them with some techie stuff). It is amazing! I’ve gotten dozens of books to review and promote. You can see a picture of me and my new friends to the right.

Another factor of the conference that’s really enjoyable are the many, many authors that speak. I saw Maggie Stiefvater again (and she was even more hilarious), Christopher Paolini, and a bunch of other authors who were simultaneously witty and prolific. (I can’t even manage to be one of those most of the time.)

While at PNBA on Thursday afternoon, I sat in on a panel titled “Northwest Books for Northwest Readers” and left bursting with excitement to read books written in or set in this region. I have an expanded understanding and appreciation for the literary atmosphere here in the Pacific Northwest and hope to be able to share it with you guys as I review some of these books.

And even if you don’t care about Northwest books (although you should), I have something for else as well: Giveaways! I grabbed multiple copies of a few books that I know people are on the lookout for, such as A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2) and Pandemonium (Delirium #2). Check back here in the near future to enter giveaways!

I am thrilled to have been blessed with the opportunities to attend both of these events and meet fantastic booksellers, authors, and publishers. I can honestly say that I look forward to October more than any other month because of the variety of literary events going on (and my birthday, but that isn’t quite as relevant to you guys). And I can’t wait to review all the books! Stay tuned and happy reading!

October 7th, 2011

And I Turn In My Assignment, Late

by Madeleine Rex

I AM SO SORRY! I know how horrible it is that my Paranormalcy giveaway ended almost a month ago and I am just now getting around to announcing a winner (let’s blame school again. I should buy a shirt that says, “My dog didn’t eat my homework, so I was up all night doing it). So, I’m turning in this assignment late for half credit. Sorry folks! Here it is…


Here’s how she answered my question, “What makes you a wordbird?””

I guess I’m a new “wordbird” by 2 yrs. because I not only carry books in my purse, but bring them out even during the grocery line. “Yes, I’d like this t-bone steak, carton of eggs, veggies, and large container of cookie dough”! Words are good for the brain. Even if they only involve a good wise short saying to think about and make your day.

Sound familiar, anyone? Congratulations to Kelly, plus a thank you for contributing to the population of wordbirds. The more the merrier!

I also want to take the time to apologize for my spotty posts. Currently, I’m taking a handful of classes that dish out loads of homework each, and I’m feeling the repercussions of it (i.e. exhaustion). I’m so grateful to all of you for sticking around and hope you’re all doing well as this autumn season sets in.

Happy reading!