Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays:  Shadow Spell

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!
Here's today's teaser:
"She needed to set it aside for one bloody night, she told herself.  Connor, Cabhan, her mother, the whole of her family.  One quiet night, she decided, in her pajamas--with a thick layer of one of Branna's creams on her face.  Add a beer, some crips or whatever junky food she had about, and the telly.
She'd opt for no more than that.
Opting for the beer to begin--it wouldn't be the first time she'd taken a cold beer into a hot shower to wash away the day--she started toward the kitchen, and someone pounded on the door" --page 135 
          -----Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: New Series I Want to Start

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  New Series I Want to Start Reading.  I'm going to go with series that I want to start in general though...not just new ones.  In no particular order, here's my list:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Because I love Scotland...and miss Scotland...and like historical stuff.
Legend by Marie Lu
  • This sounds like a fun series.  Similar to lots of dystopian series out now, but fun regardless.
The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • I love the cover art on this series.
Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia
  • Saw the movie, Beautiful Creatures, and it was decent.  I would like to see if the books are as good as everyone says.
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  • Again, would like to see if they are as awesome as everyone claims they are.  I haven't seen the film, but I would assume I'm not missing much seeing as how the reviews weren't stellar.
All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
  • Witches, mysteries, and vampires.  This sounds pretty sweet!
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • The series got rave reviews from a lot of people when it came out.  I've always meant to read it.
The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
  • Same with this one.  Great reviews.
Finishing School by Gail Carriger
  • I just love a good Gail Carriger book.  They're fun, funny, and entertaining.
The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch
  • This series was recommended by a friend and I love the cover art.  They look awesome.
Not too many upcoming series, but ones that have been on my TBR list for awhile.  Maybe it will be my goal to start plowing through these.

Look for next week's Top Ten:  Characters I Would Want to Be for Halloween or Books/Movies to Read/Watch to Get in the Halloween Spirit.  Verdicts still out on which I'll choose!

Happy reading!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Fictional or Real Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit.  I love a good setting when reading and the following worlds/places are ones that I would love to visit:

Hogwarts...Hogwarts, Hoggy, Hoggy, Hogwarts!  Who the heck wouldn't want to go to the best wizarding school in the world?  I'm impatiently awaiting my letter!

Narnia.  I wish I had a wardrobe with a magical entrance to another realm.  It would be so...magical! 

Dublin through the eyes of Leopold Bloom :)  While I've been to Dublin a couple times, I think it would be fascinating to visit on Bloomsday and explore the city like Joyce's character.  And the Bloomsday Festival in general would be pretty awesome.

Wildwood would be an interesting otherworld to visit as well.  Meloy's imagination has talking animals and interspecies wars.  Kind of cool.

King's Landing...but only on peaceful days and only if I didn't live in Flea Bottom and only...only...only.  So many stipulations.  Basically, I want to be in a protective bubble, maybe invisible, so I don't get slaughtered by the masses.

Emerald City and all it has in it.  Baum is an imaginative genius!

Neverland because I never want to grow up!

The Shire...pretty self-explanatory to me :)

Avonlea because I want to live at Green Gables and Anne "with an E" Shirley should be my best friend!  I suppose Gilbert and Diana can come along as well. 

Camp Halfblood because I want to have mock battles with demi-gods and because it looks like so much fun!

So...most of mine ended up being fictional aside from Dublin.  My dreams may never come true! 

What fictional or real place would you like to visit?

Look for next week's topic:  New Series I Want to Start

Happy reading!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books for People Who Like Character Driven Novels

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Character Driven Novels.  Characters, to me, make the story.  Yeah, a good plot is necessary, but it's the characters that most readers connect to.  For me, these are my top ten recommendations for character driven novels:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • A brilliantly sensitive book placed against the backdrop of WWII.  The story revolves around Liesel Meminger and her adoptive parents in a small German town.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • This is a fantastic book.  The characters are fleshed out and stand for something...even if you don't agree with their stance.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • This really needs no explanation.  It's full of well-developed characters.  So many characters!
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Unlike GOT, this has one main character; two if you're getting nit-picky, which you probably should.  Both Richard Parker and Pi are leads in this adventurous tale of awesome.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • My favorite Austen novel, both Lizzie and Mr. Darcy are guided by their wonderful characterization. 
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Multiple characters with interesting/sad backstories that mean something in the environment. 
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Brilliant characters, brilliant story, all-around brilliant. 
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Francie drives this story.  Without her, this would be a dull, lifeless, lackluster book.  But Francie...oh Francie :)
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
  • This is all about character relationships.  Yes, there is a lot of action...and zombies...but it's the characters you become attached to.  What drives them and where they're going matter.
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Another brilliant novel about personal and familial discovery.  This book is just great all around. 
What are some of your favorite character-driven novels?

Look for next week's topic:  Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit (Fictional or Real)

Happy reading!