Friday, October 29

Friday Five

Today's Friday Five topic at Eve's Fan Garden is:
This week, we want to share with you our top 5 Scariest/Creepiest Books, Movies, TV Episodes, or Creepy Music…
This is really difficult for me because I am a complete wuss and avoid things that are scary in any way.

1. Cape Fear: This was the last scary movie I watched. It scared me so much that I decided then and there to not watch scary movies anymore and I've stuck to that. I still have a hard time with Robert De Niro after seeing him in the movie. *shudder*

2. Criminal Minds: I love this show- love, love, love it!! It is brilliantly written and the cast is stellar but occasionally it creeps me out. (not enough to make me stop watching though)

3. Wait Until Dark: If you've seen this movie you know exactly what I'm talking about. There's one scene in this movie that will forever be burned in my memory. I'm pretty sure I jumped at least five feet off the couch when I saw it.

4. It: Psycho, murderous clown that lives in the sewer- need I say more?

5. Any book by Dean Koontz: I've only read one of his books and I honestly can not tell you what it was. All I know is that it freaked me out enough that I didn't finish it.

Thursday, October 28

Beautiful Darkness Tour

Last week I went to a book signing for Kami Garcia and Margie Stohl, the authors of Beautiful Darkness. It was a great night. Kami and Margie are a so fun and super nice.

Kami liked the fact that my shoes matched the cover of Beautiful Creatures so she took a picture of them together. 

Laura, Me, Kami, Margie & Ali

Friday, October 22

James Dashner Book Launch Party

Last week I went to King's English for the book launch party of James Dashner's The Scorch Trials. It was a fabulous evening!! Bonnie, Christy and I had dinner at Mazza (Yummmmm!!!!) and then went to the book signing where we met up with Kim. Several of my book blogging friends were there too- Catie, Ali and Heather.

 Bonnie, Kim, Christy, Me and Catie

James Dashner

I did a write up of the night for Eve's Fan Garden. You can read it here. Make sure you enter our autographed book giveaway while you're there!

Friday Five

Today's Friday Five from Eve's Fan Garden:
Vampires, werewolves, demons, oh, my!
Talk about 5 types of mythical creatures/people you love and why.
I've never picked up a book specifically because it has a certain type of mythical creature in it so this list is difficult for me to come up with. I'm going to tweak this a little bit to make it a little easier for me so here's my list of favorite books with mythical creatures/people in them.

1. The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling: My first trip into the fantasy genre was the Harry Potter books. I love the world that JK Rowling created. I want to live in her world and be friends with her characters.

2. The Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare: Oh how I love me some Shadowhunters! Will, Jace, Jem... *swoon* Plus all the other fabulous mythical characters in these books (Team Magnus!!) I love everything about these books and am so excited that we get a bunch more over the next few years.

3. The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa: I'm not usually a fan of faerie's but I kept hearing what a great series this was so I finally caved and read it. I LOVED it!! I fell head over heels in love with Ash, I adore Puck's sarcastic humor, and I admire Meghan for her love and devotion to her family. I can't wait to see what happens to them in The Iron Queen (Feb 2011).

4. Graceling by Kristin Cashore: I love this book. Love, love, love it! Katsa is so fierce and strong and so broken at the same time. Watching her come to peace with herself and her "grace" (power) is an incredible journey. Plus there is Po *sigh* I'm dying for Bitterblue to come out! Do you hear that Kristin?!?! I NEED it!

5. The Host by Stephenie Meyer: I don't like sci-fi. Aliens are not my thing so I was a little apprehensive about reading The Host. I read it merely because of the fact that Stephenie wrote it. I didn't expect to have it become one of my favorite books ever. I love everything about this book! Stephenie has mentioned that she has an outline for two more books in this series, I wish she would stop working on those silly vampires and write them!

I know that I'm only supposed to list five things so these two aren't actually part of Friday Five but I have to mention them because I ♥ them too.

The Poison Study series by Maria V. Snyder: A kick ass heroine, magicians and a super hot assassin- what's not to like? If you haven't read these books do it now!

The Fallen series by Lauren Kate: Dark, mysterious, southern, and fabulous! Love these books!

Friday, October 15

Friday Five

My last few attempts at Friday meme's haven't worked out very well. Hopefully I'll be better at this one. My friends at Eve's Fan Garden post their Friday Five and I've decided to post my answers to their weekly question here.
Who are your top 5 Leading Ladies in books, movies, TV, or music who you would love to someday meet…

1. Anne Shirley- Growing up I wanted to be Anne. I wanted her spunk, her passion and her love for life. The Anne series really cemented my love of reading so I will always have a special place for Anne in my heart. 

2. Audrey Hepburn- Gorgeous, classy and a humanitarian. I’d love to just chat with her but I’m afraid I would just sit there and act like a silly fangirl.

3. Jane Austen- I just want to have tea with her.

4. JK Rowling- no explanation needed, right?

5. Melanie & Wanderer from The Host- These two count as one even though they are separate now, right? I would love to spend a day in the caves with these two.

Sunday, October 10

Oktoberfest 2010

On Saturday Rachel and I (and her sister-in-law Melissa) went to Snowbird for Oktoberfest.

Oh my goodness! How can I have lived in Utah for this long and not have been to Snowbird? It's gorgeous!! 

Oktoberfest wasn't much more than some vendor booths and a food tent but it was still fun. I did buy some jewelry, eat bratwurst and listen to polka music so it wasn't a total waste of time. (Although I've decided my German cooking is much better.)

We took the tram up to the top of the mountain. It was breathtaking!

I had to go out on the edge to get good pictures which made Rae very nervous.

So long... farewell.... See you next year!

A few more pictures can be seen here.

Sunday, October 3

Blue October comes to Salt Lake City

Finally! A Blue October concert that didn't require a plane ride or an extended road trip! (Not that I minded the trips- it was just nice to be able to drive home and sleep in my own bed after the concert)

We lined up early so that we could get a good spot at the concert. We had record breaking heat so the line was hot but we still had fun.

I was lucky enough to win 4 passes to the soundcheck and a meet and greet. It was great! We got to see them soundcheck Say It, Should Be Loved and Jump Rope. 
(I didn't take this picture because no pictures were allowed but my friend was also in there and didn't hear the no picture rule so I swiped it from him)

After the guys were done with soundcheck they autographed posters and posed for pictures with everyone.
C.B., Christy, Matt, Kimmy, Justin, Genell, Jeremy, me and Ryan

After the M&G we went back out into the line and waited to be let back in for the concert. By that time our entire group had arrived.
Miranda, Jori, Me, Shelley, Misty, Christy, Brooke, Mandy, Carl the security guy, Kimmy & Genell

All of our hours in line paid off when we got into the venue and got a spot on the rail. The opening band was The Parlotones, they were fabulous! Check them out- you won't be sorry!

The Blue October concert was phenomenal!!! Our spot was amazing, the set list was great and the guys really seemed to be enjoying themselves. It was a fabulous night!!!

You can see the rest of my pictures and the setlist here.