book review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus, find there synopsis here, is a great story of magicians and the circus and love. Those three things make me really want to love love love this book but in the end I thought “Hm. Well, that was nice.” The characters were amazing, the descriptions of the circus were beautiful, and the overall story is a good one. But that doesn’t necessarily make me love the book. The story was quite drawn out for me and moved too slowly. Almost every other chapter alternated between past and present (or present and future?). If you have read The Time Traveler’s Wife, then you have seen this before where it makes sense and adds to the story. But I don’t think it did here. I think it only confuses the reader. Me. I was confused.

Also, I accomplished my 2011 goal to read 12 books! As you can see I’ve read more than that but I didn’t realize it until yesterday. Feel free to follow me on Goodreads.

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Stephanielynn has completed a goal of reading 12 books in 2011!
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Android apps, part 4

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Google Android Apps

Recently, my friends have been getting Android devices and asking me what apps I use so I thought that was a great idea to list them all out for a post.

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Part 3 and part 4 consist of the rest of my favorite apps in alphabetical order.

  1. SiMi Clock Widget – This is the slickest looking clock widget with built in weather and battery widgets as well. The colors and size for date, time and background is limitless.
    simi clock widgetsimi clock widget preferences
  2. SMS Backup+ – This app is a must have for everyone. Not only does it back up your SMS messages so you can restore them later if need be, the texts themselves and contacts are searchable in your gmail. There is an additional option to log your phone calls as well.
    sms backup+
  3. SoundHound – This app rarely fails me and it’s super easy to email myself the song info as well as share to twitter, facebook, etc.
    soundhound tapsoundhound song
  4. Starbucks – Anyone with any kind of gift card knows how easy it is to lose them and this app protects you from losing the money on your Starbucks gift card. The clerk just scans your phone and you’re good to go.
    starbucks redeemstarbucks maps
  5. Unlock with Wifi – I have my phone locked because I had a friend a while back lose her phone and the finder of the phone shared all of her personal pictures with everyone. Very embarrassing. At the same time, there is no need to have my phone locked while I’m at home. Welcome the Unlock with Wifi app. Your phone automatically unlocks when connected to your selected wifi (home, office, where ever you choose). This free app only allows one network to unlock your phone but the paid version is unlimited with even more options.
    unlock with wifiunlock with wifi options
  6. Vignette – Where Molome leaves off in terms of customization, Vignette picks up. It has a million options with frames and effects. It’s really unbelievable with the number of combinations. It took me a while to find my favorite but I have it locked in now. This is the only app I’ve ever paid for and the only one on this list.
    vignette filmvignette frames
  7. Yelp – I was a Yelper long before the app so when the app was released, I was ecstatic. Super easy to find anything, though my favorite is restaurants. You can filter by price range, what’s open, near-by, and much more. You can check reviews and write reviews inside the app too.
    yelp appyelp map

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Android apps, part 3

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Google Android Apps

Recently, my friends have been getting Android devices and asking me what apps I use so I thought that was a great idea to list them all out for a post.

part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | part 4

Part 3 and part 4 consists of the rest of my favorite apps in alphabetical order.

  1. Amazon.com – What can I say? I am an Amazon shopper. If you are too, you’ll love this app with easy barcode searching and the ability to add to your wishlist and read product reviews.
    amazon mainamazon product detail
  2. FBReader – To be honest, I’m not really picky about ebook readers but this app is minimal and has everything I need. I simply drag and drop my book into the “eBook” folder and I’m good to go. Because I read mostly at night before sleep, I am constantly using “night mode” which is white text on black.
    fbreaderfbreader page
  3. Fring – I like this app because video chat actually works on my phone (unlike Skype) and doesn’t drain my battery (unlike Skype). It also has a gtalk plugin so I can call people from Fring to gtalk.
    fring profilefring call
  4. Goodreads – Their app is only mediocre but I can at least update the current progress of my book in a jiffy so why not? My Goodreads profile is here.
    goodreads shelfgoodreads review
  5. IMDB – I using this app constantly searching for actors’ Filmography and synopsis’ for shows and movies. So happy to have this info at the tip of my finger.
    imdb searchimdb
  6. Mileage – I am slightly OCD about logging and tracking things and this app is very easy to log fuel stop and keep track of MPG. It even has as statistics page.
    mileage new infomileage history
  7. Molome – For those Android users jealous of Instagram, fear not, this is the app for you. Super easy to apply filters and share your photos online. And the icon is the cutest.Follow me. — Molome has been deleted, presumably, because Instagram is now available on Andriod.
  8. My Days – This is a girly app and my girls out here will understand how awesome this app is.
    my days calendarmy days select
  9. QuickPic – This is by far the best substitute for the stock gallery. You can crop, share multiple pictures at once, watch videos, sort however you want. Everything you want that the stock gallery doesn’t.
    quickpic foldersquickpic pix
  10. Screen Filter – I love to read ebooks and surf the net in bed and this app allows me to dim the screen’s brightness below the minimum.
    screen filter

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Android apps, part 2

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Google Android Apps

Recently, my friends have been getting Android devices and asking me what apps I use so I thought that was a great idea to list them all out for a post.

part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | part 4

Because Android is an open source OS owned by Google, I decided my second part would outline all of the Google Apps I use.

  1. Google Docs – I used to use Google docs more than I do now but I love the thought of being able to access them anytime I need to.
    google docs maingoogle docs
  2. Google Goggles – This app is like magic! You can scan barcodes, QR codes, paintings, statues and so on, and the app bring usp a search of the image or the URL for code. It even translates text on the fly. So cool.
    google goggles translategoogle goggles paintings
    google goggles books
  3. Google Reader – I’ve told you about this app before and I continue to love it. They just recently had an update with an even better looking UI.
    google reader itemgoogle reader add
  4. Google Voice – Voice lets me integrate my phone number so I can use the app or web interface to send texts from my mobile number seamlessly. The voicemail aspect of it is also amazing because all I have to do is read the transcript or play the file right in the app or web interface.
    google voice inbox
  5. Google Maps with Navigation – My two favorite things about Google Maps is the traffic layer and how easy it is to go right into Google Navigation (you can choose to launch Navigation without using Maps first). This is the best navigation software I’ve ever used including my Garmin. It also approximates destination time depending on traffic. Genius.
    google mapsgoogle maps satallite and traffic
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  6. Google+ – I wish this app had a few more features but it is what it is since I’m a Google+ user. I do like the fact that I can check-in to places thru this app or Google Maps.
    google+google+ check-in
  7. Google Translate – I don’t know if I can really tell you how much this app rocks until you use it. Basically you can type or speak into the app in any language and it will translate into text and speech. Two people who don’t speak the same language can have a decent conversation.
    google translategoogle translate speech
  8. Google Music Beta – This app allows you to play music that’s located on your phone as well as anything you’ve uploaded to their cloud (which you can also play through the web interface). I currently have 2000+ that I can listen to anytime. I plan on uploading the rest of my music because this works amazingly. If you need an invite to their Music Beta, request one here or let me know (I only have 3 left).
    google music now playinggoogle music list
  9. My Tracks – This app tracks my phone via gps when I go walking or running but you can use it beyond that. I used it once to track my pace and time from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for kicks, which I uploaded online.
    google my tracks mapgoogle my tracks upload
  10. Gmail – I’m sure this goes without saying but in the spirit of full disclosure, I’m putting in on the list because I truly use this app everyday.
    gmail inboxgmail converstaions

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