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Weekly Meme: WWW Wednesdays (Mar 30)

March 30, 2011 18 comments

Thought I’d play along with this weekly meme WWW Wednesdays (via the Should Be Reading blog) where I answer three (3) questions:

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer. But I don’t think I can actually finish this book. The writing is not up to par to what I’m used to with YA-geared books.

I bought it since I thought the story sounded interesting – it’s about a messed up teen who is sent by her parents to the Hidden Oak boarding school to get rehabilitated. The twist is that the school may have their own agenda for the girls. I’m about more than halfway through… and I’m about ready to throw in the towel. The author could not have written a more unlikeable main character (Angela Cardenas) and I spend most of the time wishing the book was written from the point of view of another more interesting secondary character (the rebel Juin). Since the book is narrated in the first person by Angela, it’s getting to be a chore for me to read it…

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished reading The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney.

I borrowed this one from the NYPL – it’s about 15-year-old Jane Johnson who realizes that the little missing girl’s picture on the milk carton is her when she was three. What a nightmare, right, to discover that the parents you love may have kidnapped you from your real parents? I found it really weird that Jane just doesn’t get all her answers from a google search (which would have reduced the book to one chapter, I guess), until I checked the book’s publication date and turns out this was published way back in 1989 (where you actually do your research in microfilm). I found Jane a fairly irritating character with her passive-aggressiveness and being always in denial, but who am I to judge? I found this one a bit of a chore to finish too, since the writing style (written in Jane’s voice) was so weird, with really short chopped up sentences. I have another book by Caroline B. Cooney (Family Reunion) which is written in a very different, more appealing way – so maybe it’s an isolated character-driven thing.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m planning to read THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES: A Novel (Earth’s Children) by Jean M. Auel next. It’s the final book in Jean Auel’s bestselling Earth’s Children series, and the fans (like me!) have been waiting forever for the next installment in Ayla’s story to come out. My quandary is that I read the previous books years ago, and they’re all fuzzy in my mind now. I might have to either read all the earlier books first OR find some sort of Cliff notes to help me remember the details I’ve forgotten… Wikipedia here I come, I suppose 🙂

(p.s. If it’s your first time to visit my blog, please have a look around especially if you read digital books. I post a lot of (legal) freebies that I find here)

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Amazon Appstore for Android FREE App of the Day – SoundHound Infinity

March 30, 2011 Leave a comment

So, as I’ve posted before, Amazon will be offering a FREE paid app each day from their Amazon’s Appstore for Android. And for today, it’s “SoundHound Infinity” by SoundHound, Inc. for FREE today only and save $4.99!

Product Description

SoundHound Infinity is instant music search and discovery, with the world’s fastest music recognition. It is the ultimate music app, ad-free with unlimited usage and premium features.

SoundHound Infinity’s Android home screen widget, included only in the paid version, allows you to put the SoundHound widget on your homescreen, giving you immediate, one-tap launching of the music recognition feature. A heavily requested feature by Android device users, the SoundHound widget is the fastest way to ID a song. Even if the song is about to end, you may still capture it!

So head on to the Amazon Appstore now and start browsing! Here’s a helpful link where you can browse through all the FREE android apps right now (after you’ve downloaded SoundHound Infinity of course!)

P.S. Take note of these download restrictions for now:

• AT&T is working on enabling purchases from the Amazon Appstore in the near future (Learn more)
• Amazon Appstore is only available to customers located in the United States

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