Archive for April, 2011


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Hey guys, this is just a quick post. Unfortunately, because it is the day before my recital, and I’m booked from 10:30 straight to 6, and still have stuff to do to get ready, I may not have time to post otherwise today – but I wanted to let you know that as soon as my recital is over, I’m gonna owe you a TON of reviews. I’ve already finished Matched and I should have finished at least The Demon Trapper’s Daughter if not more, before the weekend is over. So, basically, short dry spell over the weekend, and then it is going to be positively raining reviews, I promise!

I love you all! Gotta run!

Blog Friends

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Today for BEDA, I have a question that I am undecided on. I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while, but I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer, so I’m wondering your opinions on it.

How much of your blogging lifestyle do you share with your friends? I have friends who are constantly asking me for book suggestions. I usually give them a few titles to look up and then say “If you want more, I blog about it” and give them the  website. Then a few weeks later they’ll come back and say “OK, I finished those, what’s next?” While I’m flattered that they come to me for recommendations, I always feel a little hurt that they don’t even go check out the site, or remember I have a site they can check if I’m not right there to give them the next book they should read. I know I shouldn’t, but I feel a tiny bit rejected. Is this normal?

Do you share your blogging with your friends? And if so, how much do they know? Right now, I feel like I’m part of two separate worlds, and I’m not sure I like it that way. I’m not sure I don’t like it either, though. Anyways, thoughts anyone? I’m curious!

Book Review: Nevermore

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Nevermore Nevermore by
Series: Nevermore #1
Published by in 2010
Genres: , ,
Pages: 543
Source: ,

Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game.

Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind.

Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

His life depends on it.

My Review:

It seems like I had been looking for a copy of this book for forever. No matter where I went, it wasn’t in bookstores, the library seemed to think it didn’t exist, I just could not find it. Now that I’ve read it, that seems oddly appropriate. It’s also kind of a shame, because this book is pretty awesome!

This book was already set to wow me just from the premise. Anyone who looks at my favorites list would see that I like novels where the characters and stories come to life. Add to that a real life mystery and an interesting love story and I’m in! It was so gorgeously done as well. It’s very obvious that not only did Creagh do her research, she loves the topic.

I will warn you – don’t put this down in the middle. The plot is complicated and twisty, as any book about Poe would have to be, and if you don’t keep up with it as you go along, it can be really hard to get back into it. I happened to get distracted by life in the middle of this one and it took me 10 or 15 pages to remember what was going on and really get back into it. Once I did, I was quite frustrated that I had to put it down to sleep.

My only question now is: How on earth does she expect us to wait until 2012 for the next one? I mean, talk about a cliff hanger! Not fair!

Why do you read?

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Ok, not the obvious question. We all get that. But my question for you today is: Why do you read the genre that you read most often? What draws you to that genre more than others?

For those of you who haven’t noticed yet, I’m almost exclusively a sci-fi/fantasy kinda gal, and heavier on the fantasy side at that. Now the main reason I read, just in general, is probably similar to yours – I read to escape the annoying and stressful bits of my real life. For me, I find it easier to escape the farther from real the novel is. It’s kind of like my dad won’t go to church (as opposed to Quaker meeting which is silent) because the hymns are too much like the chorals he teaches at work, and “church should not be work.” Reading shouldn’t be work either. In fact, for me, reading should have the least resemblance to work possible. So I race my way through these fantasy worlds, finding a way to lose myself. I firmly believe that no matter how awful things get, there are always books to make it better.

After that completely cheesy sentence, I’m going to go find my comfort books and read them. I need it tonight.

What genres do you read, and why do you read them?

Show me your Library!

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OK, so it’s been a long day. I only just now finished editing a video for my recital that should have been done Thursday. I want to go to bed. But I said I was going to do this, so I AM GOING TO DO THIS!

Right, now that that’s out of my system. Today’s topic is *pulls topic out of a hat* “What books have you had in your library the longest?” I always find it interesting what books people hold on to, or what books people have but have no idea why.

My top 5 are:
1) Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – My mom owned these before me so that doesn’t quite count but they still sit on my shelf.
2) The Neverending Story by Michael Ende – I only just barely remember buying this when we still had a bookstore in town.
3) The Unicorns of Balinor series by Mary Stanton – I bought these from the Scholastic leaflets we got in elementary school, and I was obsessed let me tell you!
4) The Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce – I remember buying these with my Christmas money while visiting Grandma in elementary school. Another one I was obsessed with!
5) The Faerie Wars series by Herbie Brennan – Another one from when we had a bookstore in town (millions of years ago, or at least it seems so!)

What are your oldest books?

What are your favorites?

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Day two of BEDA and I’m already tempted to skip out. See the plan was to go see Hop this afternoon and then I was going to write a review of that, but our movie theater is tiny, so the showing we wanted was sold out and we kinda went “forget that” cause the line was really long, soooooo… yeah. No review.

Instead, I’d like to talk about your favorite books. I was wondering, how do you keep track of your favorites? Do you have a top-10 list? Or do you just have favorites of the moment? And if you have a favorites list, what do you keep it for? Do you re-read your favorites, or just use the list to suggest books for friends?

I honestly don’t even keep a favorites list, because it would change daily. I do keep a favorite authors list, which gives me some liberty with how many books stay on the list. But every time someone asks me for my top-10 favorite books of all time, it changes.

How about you? What are your favorites like?

I don’t have the questions form up and running just yet, but feel free to leave any questions or topics for discussion in the comments.

Monthly Round-up: March

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Whew! Another month over already! The time is just flying by! Luckily only one more week of the torturous project and then I can devote a ton more time to reading and blogging.

Books Read: 17 (WHOA! I didn’t even notice it was that high, it certainly felt like a slow month for me. How did that happen?)
Best New Book: I’m not going to pick one this month, because frankly it was something like a 6-way tie
Worst New Read: Ice – Sarah Beth Durst – as I explain in my review, not awful, but not the most amazing thing ever either.

Challenge Updates:
      Debut Author Challenge: +3 = 5/12 (New reviews of The Water Wars and The Iron Witch, review of The Goddess Test up closer to publication)
      100+ Books in 2011: 44/100 – I think I’ll make it lol

Books reviewed: 100% (some ARC’s on scheduled post, to be held until a week or so before release)
Media Reviews: 2 (Red Riding Hood and the Doctor Who Red Nose Day shorts)

All in all, a pretty good month I’d say! How was your month?

On to this month – I’m thinking about doing BEDA this year. I know, this is mostly a thing for people with personal blogs who write about their everyday lives, but I think doing BEDA would be good for me. If you’ve noticed, because of the way I read I tend to finish two or three books right close together and then I can have a whole week where I don’t post, because I don’t have any book reviews to share. So, for the entire month of April, if I don’t have a book finished to review, I’m going to talk about other bookish issues. I’m not much one for memes, but maybe one week I’ll do every meme there is. Or maybe one week, I’ll spend the whole week making lists. I’m not sure yet. But what I do know is that I want to get away from only doing book reviews, and I think this is the way to do it. I’d also really like to get to know you guys, so leave your thoughts in the comments, or even do your own response post and leave me a link so I can visit!

This is where I’d like your help, my lovely readers. If you have questions you would like me to answer, or issues you’d like to discuss, please let me know! I will have a form up and running (I hope) for the next post, but for now just leave questions/discussion topics in the comments.

Thank you all for being so wonderful, and I hope we can get to know each other better soon!

Edit: As of today, I have hit 100 followers! Thank you all so much! I believe this calls for celebration, perhaps linked to BEDA… hmmm, shall have to work on that.

Book Blogger Hop! Apr 1-4

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Book Blogger Hop

It’s that time again! This weeks question is:

 “Since today is April Fool’s Day in the USA, what is the best prank you have ever played on someone OR that someone has played on you?”

Well, my answer is a bit lame. I don’t do pranks. Period. I hate getting pranked, and I’m no good at doing them. Besides, I figure live by the golden rule – if I don’t prank anybody, then they shouldn’t prank me, and since I hate it, that’s the safest bet. OK, so I’ll laugh at the ones Google and some of those do to everyone (and that are so very obviously pranks that everyone can just laugh, including those pranked), but honestly, I don’t get the appeal of personal pranks. They’re not nice, and they’re really not that funny, especially if you put yourself in the person-being-pranked’s shoes. 
*climbs down off soap-box* Sorry about that. I don’t mean to offend anyone or anything. If pranks are your thing then by all means, go for it! Just don’t prank me, or you’ll lose a friend for a very long time.
Are you a pranker?

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