Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Trick or Treat Read-a-Thon
Here I go! I'm scrambling to finish up Rise Again. We had some wicked nasty storms the last two days so I wasn't quite able to get enough time to finish it, so this will be my first book! So I will use this as my starting off point! Here goes! (Oh! If you do want to join along with me then use Mr. Linky at the bottom! You don't have to read the whole weekend! This is a casual thing so please do join if you have some spare time! )
FINISHED: Rise Again by Ben Tripp (started thon on pg. 164)-total pages 207
Started: Frankenstein's Monster by Susan Heyboer O'Keefe -total pages 12
FINISHED-Frankenstein's Monster by Susan Heyboer O'Keefe-(Started on pg. 12) total pages 326
Started: Dracula the Undead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt (started on pg. 151) Read only 2 pages :( Too much Halloween Stuff! Will read more today though!
FINISHED: Dracula the Undead (started on page 153) read 291 pages!
Wow! I read two full books and finshed one! I can't believe that! I'll post the reviews for those books soon!
Total Pages: 836
Book Spot Light and Future Review: Rise Again
It’s Fourth of July in Forest Peak, California, a small town on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled Iraq war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle in this all-American town after her kid sister runs away from home. But when a disease-stricken horde of panicked refugees fleeing the fall of Los Angeles swarms her small mountain community, Danny realizes her problems have only just begun—starting with what might very well be the end of the world. She thought she had seen humanity at its worst in Iraq, but nothing could prepare her for the remorseless struggle to survive a world overrun with reanimated dead and men turned monster. Obsessed with finding her sister at all costs, Danny’s epic and dangerous journey across the California desert will challenge her spirit, and bring her to the precipice of sanity itself.
This was an excellent piece of Zombie fiction! Danny is such a kick-ass character! I loved how she was like the friggen Energizer Bunny! I think that her theme song should be that Chumbawamba song.."Tubthumping" would be the her theme song! (she gets knocked down but then she gets up again...you get the picture, right?) The action is great! I hated those stupid Hawkstone guys! Grrrr!
I loved how this book was just proportioned all equally! Usually books like this are either heavy on the human drama and light on the horror/action, or vice versa, but this was well balanced! You felt for the good guys, you wanted them to survive. I seriously chewed my fingernails to stumps while reading this!
Loved it with a capital L!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
My Read-a-Thon Stack
My goals are simple! I will read all the books in the world! mwahahahah! Just kidding.
My selection stack includes:
- Dracula the Undead
- Frankenstein's Monster
- Daughters of the Witching Hill
- The Historian
Everyone knows I'm a HUGE read-a-thon slut, right? I LURRVE them! So I decided to just do my own. I'm not expecting anyone else to follow along with me! But you know, what the heck right? I was bored and decided to try and make a cute little button to go along with my plans. I think it looks pretty spiffy..not the best but it'll do, right?
Anyhoodle, my 'thon will start on Oct. 28th at 7am (CST) and last til Halloween night at midnight! Woo hoo!
I'll have to think up some things..I might (if others participate) come up with some prizes and challenges, etc.
If you want to sign up use this linky thingy here:
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Review: Blood Trinity
I just finished this book and have one word for it. "WOW!" I honestly cannot wait for the next book in this series! I've never read a Sherrilyn Kenyon book before and will now officially kick myself! There was action and humor and a kick ass female main character! How cool is the name Evalle?
Anyhoodle, this was a fun romp through urban fantasy. I'm a total newb when it comes to UF but I liked how it blended the present with the fantastic! I live like 40 minutes away from the city the book is set in and I loved that it was THAT close!
I couldn't flip pages fast enough on this book! This is a good solid read!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Review: Immortal Beloved
Nastasya has spent the last century living as a spoiled, drugged-out party girl. She feels nothing and cares for no one. But when she witnesses her best friend, a Dark Immortal, torture a human, she realizes something's got to change. She seeks refuge at a rehab for wayward immortals, where she meets the gorgeous, undeniably sexy Reyn, who seems inexplicably linked to her past.
Nastasya finally begins to deal with life, and even feels safe--until the night she learns that someone wants her dead.
I really enjoyed this book! I enjoyed how the story flowed. The characters were well written and seemed real. I actually really liked Nastasya and enjoyed watching her character grow. Reyn is quite a yummy character! I loved his backstory too!
I'm a BIG fan of this book now! Loved it! Can't wait for the next book!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
What Are You Reading Monday?
Reading This Week:
Zombies! The apocalypse! Ahhh! Sounds super awesome! Tour coming up on the 28th!!
- Blood Trinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Book Spotlight: Blood Trinity
Supernatural warriors bound by an extraordinary code of honor face an ultimate test of loyalty in the exciting new paranormal thriller from New York Times bestselling authors Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love.
Atlanta has become the battlefield between human and demon. All her life, Evalle Kincaid has walked the line between the two. Her origins unknown, she's on a quest to learn more about her past . . . and her future.
When a demon claims a young woman in a terrifying attack and there's no one else to blame, Evalle comes under suspicion. Now she's on a deadly quest for her own survival. Through the sordid underground of an alternate Atlanta where nothing is as it seems to the front lines of the city, where her former allies have joined forces to hunt her, Evalle must prove her innocence or pay the ultimate price.
But saving herself is the least of her problems if she doesn't stop the coming apocalypse. The clock is ticking and Atlanta is about to catch fire. . . .
**Also if you click on the book, you can enter for a chance to win one of five copies of BLOOD TRINITY and a Pocket After Dark mouse pad!
My review for this book is coming up! Keep your eyes peeled!
*not my contest
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
John Dies at the End
From the Website:
It’s a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users can drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human.
Suddenly a silent, otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs.
Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity?
No. No, they can’t.
Here’s some background on the magical and mostly retarded tale of how this book came to be:
Around the turn of the century, while working in a cubicle at an insurance company I, David Wong, wrote a “fictional” story about my brush with the supernatural and posted it on the web.
Over the years word of mouth buzz drew in more than 70,000 readers.
Okay so you know what? This book was insane. But it was insane in a GOOD way. I felt like I had taken a long acid trip after I finished this book. I loved it. I loved the style of writing and I love the characters. I cannot remember the last time a book actually made me laugh out loud almost every other page!
My husband even picked it up and read it! He LIKED IT too! This never happens! He thought the writing was similar in style to Douglas Adams and his Hitchhiker's books. I was shocked that he enjoyed a book that I also liked!
There are so many quotes from this book that just had me giggling! I loved John! His random responses are just hilarious! Poor Dave. Really the guy needs to take a nap, and have a day that doesn't involve lamp-humping flying jellyfish!
If you have a sense of humor and enjoy laughing at oddball things then you should read this book! NOW!
Monday, October 18, 2010
What Are You Reading Monday?
This week I think I'll stick with "octoberish" books like:
- Dracula The Undead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt
- Still chugging thru the Historian
- Frankenstein's Monster by Susan Heyboer O'Keefe
Books That Need Reviews:
- John Dies at the End
- Immortal Beloved
Friday, October 15, 2010
Started (for me) this morning at 8am! My son and I sat down and started to read some. He had his stack and I had mine! Of course I had to put my "thon" on a pause so I can finish up some housework, but I did manage to finish up a book! :)
Finished: John Dies at the End by David Wong
Finised: Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
Started: Dracula the Undead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Halloween Read-a-Thon Starts Tomorrow!
So tomorrow starts the weekend read-a-thon hosted by Lesley at Young Adult Books Reviewed there doesn't seem to be any specific rules except I'm assuming there is a theme. I'm going through my books right now and picking the creepy, spooky, or horror orientated books that I'd like to read!
I don't work on Friday's so I'm going to start a little early, probably around 8am CST and read until I can't read anymore! :) I love me a good read-a-thon!
So far my list looks like this:
- The Historian-Elizabeth Kostova
- Immortal Beloved-Cate Teirnan
- Drood-Dan Simmons
- Frankenstein's Monster-Susan Heyboer O'Keefe (just got this from the nice Fed-Ex man!)
- Arsenic and Clam Chowder-James D.Livingston
- and finish-John Dies at the End by David Wong
Oh! It's not too late to sign up if you want, just click the button up there ^^
It's been a short time since I read Catching Fire and I didn't double read, so when I opened Mockingjay I had a smallish case of amnesia, but that quickly vanished as the story progressed. I enjoyed the writing and of course the character development really was just spectacular! That is one of the biggest reasons I am a fan of this series.
Unlike some other books, where the heroine doesn't actually grow any during the story..*ahem..I'm looking at you Bella!* Katniss grows as a person and even though she's not exactly thrilled at the idea, she seems to grow into a kind of hero. I FELT for her. I wanted her to be happy and I wanted her to find her way. I love that about the Hunger Games series!
So Mockingjay is full of action and political scheming of sorts. I will be all vague now and say that the lead up to the end was well planned out and awesomely executed!
It is so hard to review without being spoilery. Seriously, this is one of the best finales that I have ever read! I of course was leaning towards a different choice for her love interest, but I still drooled over it. This book has everything you need for a good conclusion. The wrap up was well done. I cannot for the life of me think of any loose ends that were left untied.
Suzanne Collins you have done it! *slow clap* for you ma'am!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Guest Post: Goosebumps
Contribution by Elmo Farmer
As the leaves turn colors and the air gets cooler every little kid know Halloween is just around the corner. For me as a college student, this time of year bring back memories of great Halloweens past. Another aspect of this time of year is the programming on satellite TV from www.bestchoicetv.com. Lots of shows I grew up watching are now aired just for Halloween.
One of these unforgettable shows that brings me back to my childhood is Goosebumps. Goosebumps was a tv series based on a book series. Each episode was another book. All of them frightening, and yet you couldn't look away. One of them was about a haunted doll. A second was about a kid who wanted to scare everyone and fell victim to a haunted mask. Each one taught a moral as the characters would get exactly what they wanted, only to realize how terrifyingly wrong they were.
To this day I can remember curling up in a blanket on the couch, my two older brothers sitting near me. All of the lights were on, even though they swore I was the only one who got scared. We would all jump at an unexpected action on the screen. Goosebumps will forever be a part of my childhood. Goosebumps will always creep me out a little, and it will always be a part of Halloween.
Kat Campbell is the Chief of Police of Perry Hollow. A smart and serious lady that takes care of business. Typically that business consists of settling petty disputes, writing speeding tickets, and the typical events that happen in a small town. That is until she gets a call about a casket laying on the side of the road and goes to investigate. That call changes her life and the lives of the citizen's of Perry Hollow forever.
This is Todd Ritter's debut! I honestly couldn't tell! I really enjoyed Death Notice! I thought the mystery was well crafted and VERY interesting! I kept going..oooh *insert name* is the killer! I just know it! ..Wait...nevermind. Back and forth, til the end. I never actually guessed the ending. That was great!
Todd Ritter kept me guessing all through the book! Definitely a must read for the Mystery fan!
Here is a trailer for the book:
This book is on sale today!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Getting Myself Organized
So today and tomorrow I'll be working a VERY full shift so I will not be able to post anything as when I'm done working I'll be in a coma! lol so This week I'll probably be very quiet, but rest assured I will be working on reviews for the books I read during the read-a-thon! Plus I will be participating in the Halloween read-a-thon going on this weekend! :) I can't help it I am addicted! So please stay tuned for all that! :)
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Read-a-Thon Mini Challenge-Title Word Scramble
2.aste fo eend-EAST OF EDEN
3. retwa orf pntshleea-WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
4.ot lkli a ckomgnrbdii-TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
5. het gtaer ysbtag-THE GREAT GATSBY
6. yrhra tetrpo dna eth lyhdtea wollsah-HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS
7. ht e rat fo nrgcai ni eht nair-THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
8.eth mite reslveart efwi-THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE
9. eht rlig iehw eht gnodar ooattt-THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
10.ydira fo a mypiw idk-DIARY OF A WIMPY KID
11.a kwrlnei ni emit-A WRINKLE IN TIME
12. het rpoal sxprese-THE POLAR EXPRESS
13.vole dewlak ni-LOVE WALKED IN
14.reehw eth dwli hingts rea-WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
15.eht ginnhsi-THE SHINING
16.dnohogigt oonm-GOODNIGHT MOON
17. vwtienrie hwti a pvmarie-INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE
18. eht cretse file fo eesb-THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
19. eht raesch-THE SEARCH
20. het pelh- THE HELP
Read-a-Thon Mid-Event Survey
John Dies at the End by David Wong
3 so far!
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
so far not a thing pops into my brain!
I don't know. I'm having a really good time and wouldn't change anything!
A little but stretching helps!
Have a notebook handy to jot down notes for your reviews! Oh and stretch every hour to help with energy levels and concentration!
Read-a-Thon Intro Meme
Where are you reading from today?
I'm reading from AL, specifically I'm going to be moving from my desk to my comfy chair, to the couch. I may even wind up on the floor! :)
3 facts about me …I love to participate in these "thons!"
I love coffee!
I love sushi!
(okay these answers suck but it's early and I'm trying to hurry up and go back to reading!)
How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
At this time I have 11 books!
Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
If I read half of my books in my TBR I'll be very happy with myself! :)
If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Just have fun! Last year was so much fun! I loved how the book community gets together to cheer, read, and just love our books! It's a wonderful event! Don't focus on the end too much and just read great books! :)
Read-a-Thon Starting Line/Ending Line
Well it's here! The day we've been waiting for! I have my snacks ready and my books stacked high! My notebook is nearby and so is my coffee! My house is quiet (aahh peace) and I'm all snuggled up in my cozy chair! I'm ready to begin! My plan is to check in every other hour or so with my totals and all that!
Book: MockingJay-Suzanne Collins
Food: coffee, coffee, coffee and grits! I'm a southern gal after all ;)
Comments: slow start this morning, but getting up to speed! having a great time so far!
Food: yogurt covered raisins and fruit/veggie juice
Comments: Loving MJ and really having a great time!
Book: Almost done with MJ
Food: water and a little bit of an AMP energy drink!
Comments: started to get a headache, so I moved from the desk to the couch. took a few minutes off from reading to do some stretches and see the husband off to work. now going to finish MJ and pick another book!
Book: Finished Mockingjay and started with the rest of Death Notice by Todd Ritter (started on page 155)
Pages: MJ-93, DN-38
Food: a mini sausage biscuit and the rest of the AMP energy drink..with water
Comments: Took a break to eat and call my son. So far I'm still going at a steady clip..I'm going to try and finish DN this next block!
Book: Finished Death Notice and started on Touch the Dark by Karen Chance
Pages: DN-133 pages, so far on TtD-164 (pretty quick read so far!)
Food: watermelon and water lol...
Comments: I had a good reading spurt this last two hours! I'll probably be finished with TtD really soon! So far it's really good, if not a tad bit of a cliched..but not horrible! I think my next read will be John Dies at the End by David Wong..just because it looks kooky!
Energy wise..I'm doing okay. I am brewing some more coffee and going to take about 10 minutes to stretch and hope that helps!
Book: Finished Touch The Dark by Karen Chance and started on John Dies at the End
Pages: finished up TtD-143 pages, and John Dies at the End-82 pages.
Food: just water and coffee for now
Comments: I'm really enjoying JDATE but I think I'm going to take a break. It's kinda a mind f@#k of a book so I'm going to save my sanity for a bit and read something else. I've decided to try one of the classics on my list..The House of the Seven Gables.
Book: House of Seven Gables-(Tried but gave up. it's just too serious for me right now) so back to John Dies
Pages: HSG-20 pages, John Dies-42 pages
Food: pizza with husband
Comments: took a break to eat with the husband. I couldn't get into House after about 20 pages, so moved back to John Dies
Book: John Dies at the End
Comments: Starting to fade out and think about going to sleep. I tried taking a bubble bath and reading in the tub and that perked me up just a little.
Book: John Dies
Comments: I called Bedtime at 11:30pm.
Book: John Dies At The End
Pages: 58 pages
Comments: I hope it's okay to jump back in for the last two hours...I didn't manage to finish John Dies at the End but I did get in three books! :)
Books: 3 books read completely! 1/2 of John Dies at the End!
Notes: I did good I think! I didn't read all of the 24 hours but I did read about 13 of them almost completely straight through! I had such a wonderful time! :)
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
That last one before I went to bed was a doozy! I kept almost falling asleep on my book!
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Mockingjay was awesome!
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Not really! I think this year's was really well organized and was definitely fun!
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
see my above answer!
5. How many books did you read?
6. What were the names of the books you read?
Mockingjay, Touch the Dark, and Death Notice, (the half) John Dies at the End
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
8. Which did you enjoy least?
Touch the Dark
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I wasn't a Cheerleader!
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Very VERY VERY likely! I will probably be a reader again!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon
I've whittled down my list! Here it is!
- Touch The Dark-Karen Chance
- Desperate Duchess-Eloisa james
- The House of Seven Gables-Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Utopia-Thomas More
- Immortal Beloved-Cate Tiernan
- Revolution-Jennifer Donnelly
- Arsenic and Clam Chowder-James. D. Livingston
- Sweet Mary-Liz Balmaseda
John Dies At The End-David Wong
I'm trying to keep the genres mixed and somewhat light. I have the two classics, but they are kinda short novels. I may switch out one or two but I don't think I will. What about you? What does your list look like?
My teaser comes from the book Death Notice by Todd Ritter
"When you cut open a corpse, there's very little bleeding because circulation has stopped and most of the blood has settled. There's some leakage, but it's minor. Wallace said there was an unusually large amount of blood on George Winnick's lips."
Monday, October 4, 2010
It's Monday What are you Reading? + Mailbox Monday
Well since the RaT is just DAYS (OMG) away I will be running around trying to make sure I'm ready and my family is too! lol They need all the warning they can get! But I do have a book or two I'd like to get read first!
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova-for the read-a-long at On the Ledge Readalongs..
- Death Notice by Todd Ritter
My mailbox wasn't so busy last week, but that's okay! Like I really need more books lol
I received Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan (won from Carolina Valdez Miller's blog)
Making Friends Monday
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Sunday, October 3, 2010
Sunday Somethings: Or Me Geeking Out Over Read-a-Thons!
This ^^ has gotten me in a tizzy! I have so much geeky anticipation for this event! Really! I've got each day of this week planned out to help me optimize my reading experience! How nerdy is that? My BIGGEST is that on Friday (after school) we are going to let T (son) stay over at Grandpa's house for the weekend! That's right folks! I will have a kid free house for this RaT!! I am super excited about that! The last one I tried with him here and I failed at reading. I can't just plop his butt in front of the TV or the computer and be okay with that! It's cool in small doses but not for more than an hour and a half.
Monday -Friday I'll be getting my house as spotless as I can so I can concentrate on reading. I will be grocery shopping for snackage and drinks on weds (to cut back on the grazing that we would do if I got them today!) I will start tomorrow with getting my reading stack ready.
So what are you doing to prepare? Have you signed up yet? Are you going to be reading or cheering? ARE YOU AS GEEKED OUT AS I AM!?
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