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Follow Me Friday (#44)

Friday, August 31, 2012


Wow is it really my Follow Me Friday post #40!!!  Time has flown! This is the day of the week where we get to know each other better by answering a question devised by our lovely hostesses Parajunkee & Alisoncanread. We also gain new followers by joining each other's sites via GFC, so please let me know if you're a new follower. And now for this week's question....
 
Q.  What is the best cover of a book you read and didn't like?
 
A. This one is easy for me.... Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.
 
I love this cover.  I love the creepy pictures in the book and on the back cover.  I just love it.  But this book fell flat for me.  And I was really disappointed that it is going to be a series.   I believe it should've ended with book one but we are left with an open ending.  You can read my review about the book here.   

What is your great cover bad book list?



 
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Waiting on Wednesday (#12) Asunder

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, where we have the chance to share what upcoming releases we are on the edge of our seats in anticipation for.





I am waiting on Asunder by Jodi Meadows.  I am excited to read book two in the Newsoul trilogy!!  


Here is the description: 
DARKSOULS
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

SHADOWS
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

LOVE
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

What are you waiting on?
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Favorite Fictional Character Wednesday



Favorite Fictional Character is a meme started by Ryan at Wordsmithonia he started my Favorite Fictional Character posts out of love for some of the greatest characters ever dreamed up, some of which never get the recognition they deserve. They have all moved, inspired, taught, or in one way or another shaped his thought process and my taste. It's because of these characters that he loves to get lost in a good book, be enthralled by a movie or TV show, or be moved by a poem or song. They all mean something to him and from what he's seen he's not alone in that.

I visit Wordsmithsonia every Wednesday to see what fun new character pops up!  This week I thought I would try out my own.  I am going to pick Where's Waldo.  That's right.  Where's Waldo!!  I just love this character.  Perhaps it is from when I was younger and my mom, sister and I would be so excited when a new edition would come out.  The job and amazement we would see on other people's faces when we would introduce them to Waldo. 


Waldo surprisingly is still a major character in today's pop culture.  He has a twitter, several facebook pages, his own webpage where you can order neat items.  There was once a cartoon and I can still sing the theme song at the beginning in my head!  From 1993 - 1998 the Where's Waldo single panel comic strip appeared in over 100 newspapers in America.  There are several reoccurring characters in the series... which you will also find in the books.
Waldo traveled alone at first but in subsequent novels more characters were added.
- Odlaw was the Wario to Waldo's Mario. First appearing in The Magnificent Poster Book (1991), Odlaw was narrated as evil though he never appears to be committing dastardly acts in the books.
- Wizard Whitebeard first showed up in The Great Waldo Search (1989) as the person responsible for helping Waldo discover the truth about himself and his past.
- Wilma appeared in The Ultimate Fun Book (1990) but then explicably was replaced by her twin sister/doppelganger Wenda for In Hollywood (1993).
- Woof also debuted in The Ultimate Fun Book (1990) but was defined only by his tail until his full body appearance on the last page of The Wonder Book (1997).
  Hours of fun.  I Spy books came out later and I did try to pick those up but don't like those as much at all.  

Some facts about Waldo's name:
Known as Wally in his native England and Waldo in the U.S. and Canada, the main character of the series has many other localized names including:
French - Charlie
Hindi - Hetti
Norway - Willy
Croatian - Jura
German - Walter
Danish - Holger

Another fact I found:
The offending cartoon breast that caused Where's Waldo to appear on the ALA top 100 banned books list from 1990-1999 was covered up in the 1997 special release.



Source for information:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/donnad/things-you-didnt-know-about-wheres-waldo

If you have a Favorite Fictional Character for Wednesday post your link here!!
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House of Night-Legacy by PC Cast-Review

From Dark Horse Comics
Via NetGalley
I enjoyed this little graphic novel.  Though it drives me nuts when I get graphic novels on my Nook the words are always blurring and when I am done reading it I feel like I need some glasses.  
Here is the goodreads description:
Until recently, Zoey Redbird was an average high-school student worrying about grades, boys, and breakouts. But priorities have a way of changing when you are Marked as a vampyre, enroll in the vampyre academy House of Night, and have to figure out a whole new social hierarchy, affinities for elemental magic, and physiological changes that make you crave blood.

I thought this graphic novel's story was neat. I like how the plot kept going back to the past with each element and show us what happened then. I will say I stopped being a fan of the House of Night series about book 6 or 7. This graphic novel had the same style... the way the girls talk to each other, lots of sex, and just well how teenagers act. I don't care for that part of this series.  But I like the art... the back stories, and being able to see the characters I had always pictured in my head!!

If you read these books then definitely pick up the graphic novels.  And if you enjoy a neat vampire story pick it up too!!  Thanks to Net Galley for sending me this ARC!!


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Top Ten Tuesday (#1)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Top Ten Bookish Confessions
Everyone has at least one bookish confession (and in my case I have six). Join us in spilling our deepest held secrets around one of our most beloved pastimes. Everyone has a bookish confession. What's yours? If you have one feel free to share it, if not feel free to commiserate with ours -Julia

This is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish 

Ok so here goes.... my first Top Ten Tuesday!


1.   A big confession that some of my readers may not know is that 98% of my books come from the library.  I hardly EVER buy a book anymore.  I just can't afford it.

2.  I love my ereader!  I never thought I would say that but my mom bought me one for my birthday and I didn't think I would like it. Of course since mom and dad got it for me I gave it a shot and just love it.  I get quite a few Net Galley books on it too!

3.  I moderate two big groups on goodreads.  The Stephen King Fan group which now has almost 4000 members and the YA Book Club which almost has 5000 members!!  I work really hard on these groups.  I have had quite a few author Q&A's in the YA Book Club so stop by for this month's with Courtney Summers.

4.  I get mad when I go to the library and someone is parked in one of the two spots set aside for people who are supposed to park and just go up to the building and return their books and then go back to their car.  Instead they park in those spots and go inside and do whatever.  THE SIGN IS IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE!

5.  I didn't read all through high school.  I just didn't have time.  I read all through middle school (Fear Street) and then I didn't read again until college!!

6.  I don't cry when reading books normally.  Maybe it's that I stay away from books that make me cry.  Just not interested in being sad when I am reading.  I want to be happy and get away from normal life.

7.  I do NOT loan out books that are signed.  I just refuse to even give someone the possibility to lose it or ruin it.  I'm sure it would be an accident if they did that but I just don't want to deal with it.

8.  I hate people loaning me books and saying it is the best book ever.  I think feel like I have to read it and then push it up in front of everything else on my TBR pile!!

9.  I am NOT a write and am tired of people thinking that because I read that automatically makes me a writer.  And then when I tell them I only read they look at me all weird.

10. I do NOT bend corners of books to save my spot.  That annoys me and that ruins the book.  I mean how would you like to read a library book is someone has bent it all to hell????


Well that is all... I really enjoyed doing the Top Ten Tuesday and plan to participate again!!
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Missing Nook!!!

Monday, August 27, 2012
Left my Nook at the gym and no one bothered to turn it in.  So sad my little Nook is gone.  Too bad it's not like an ipad where I could trace that bad boy.

Here it is in all it's glory:


EDIT:  After all the drama of looking and while on the phone with Barnes and Nobles... my husband pulled the Nook out from deep in the couch.  Embarrassing!

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Follow Me Friday (#43)

Thursday, August 23, 2012




Wow is it really my Follow Me Friday post #40!!!  Time has flown! This is the day of the week where we get to know each other better by answering a question devised by our lovely hostesses Parajunkee & Alisoncanread. We also gain new followers by joining each other's sites via GFC, so please let me know if you're a new follower. And now for this week's question....
 
Q.  Worst Cover? What is the worst cover of a book that you've read and loved?
 
A.  I read the Dark Sword Trilogy by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman which turned out to be a really good fantasy series.  A friend gave them to me and when I looked at the covers that are from like the 70s early 80s I didn't even want to read them!  But since they were from a friend and that friend kept hitting me up if I had read them I finally picked them up. The picture on my About Me page shows me with one of the books!! 

 What book cover do you have that was horrible but a great book?
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Calling all Colorado Bloggers and Authors!

Hello all!!!  We are looking for all Colorado Book Bloggers and Authors who are not on this list:
Master Colorado List .

We are planning on having a Colorado Book Blogger month where there will be interviews, giveaways, local meet ups, and much more.  So if you are here in beautiful Colorado contact me and I will add you to the email chain with more info!!!



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Looking for someone to discuss a book with?

Monday, August 20, 2012
Hello all!!!  It's time to vote for the Young Adult Book you want to read in October.  If you have been looking for someone to read a monthly book with and have a great discussion this is the place for you!!!

So come on by the Young Adult Book Club and check things out!



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True Blood is Awful this season!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2012
Is it just me, or is True Blood TERRIBLE this season?  What is going on??????  The only story that was any good to me this season was Pam and Tara's!! 



Spoilers!!!!!!! The whole fairy plot line is so odd...  I feel like there is no love story this season, who is this guy hunting down Sookie.. some weird shadow.  Pam taken by the Authority.  The whole puppy dog chase by Sam. The Naked Blood Lady  oh I mean Lilith appearances and the stupid night where all the vampires went on some sort of drunk party rampage.  Terry's smoke monster.  Bombing True Blood factories.  Werewolves pack masters fighting and on V.  Roman (enough said about him).   Lafayette a medium. Jessica finding herself. Bill going bananas.  Jason and Sookie avenging their parents deaths.  I am getting a headache just listing all these and I am leaving some out!!  There are just so many plot lines subplot lines going.. all at once going in ALL different directions!!

What do you guys think????  Are you liking or hating this season?
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Showcase Sunday #1





Hello and welcome to Showcase Sunday. Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. You can find Showcase Sunday here!


So this week for me was quite exciting. I participated in my first read-a-thon!! It was great... a few days I got behind because a friend was over here like every dang day (I am so glad their college starts back up tomorrow). Otherwise I read two books and am half way through my third. This coming week I plan on finishing Map of Time (my sister loaned me) , reading Of Poseidon (library) , and reading Spine of the World (library).   The video games I will be playing this week are Mass Effect 3 (borrowed from a friend) Xbox 360, Mario Party 9 (library) Wii, Mario Sports Mix (library) Wii, and The Malgrave Incident (library) Wii.  I think some of you might be interested in The Malgrave Incidient game if you are interested in Hidden Object games.  It has so many of those games and at the same time you are trying to figure out a mystery.  Super fun!!




How was your week and how did you get on with your Bout of Books (or other read-a-thon) goals? Have you read any of these three books or played these video games? What did you guys get? As always, make sure to leave a link to your own Showcase Sunday post!   Did you happen to catch the drama with this trailer and book that features blackface? Save the Pearls has stirred up a little controversy.   What do you think about it?  Does it go too far?

Happy Sunday!!


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Bout of Books Mini Challenges for Day 6

Saturday, August 18, 2012
I'm participating in the Bout of Books read-a-thon going on now. For more info, go to their website here. For Day 6 there are 3 mini challenges.
Day 5 was a complete waste for me as far as the read-a-thon goes.  But today is a new day!!  I missed the challenges yesterday and I am bummed.  I love how they have got me thinking outside the box. 

Mini Challenge #1: Music
Music is hosted by My Not So Real Life
 This challenge wants you to pair a book and a song that goes with it.  I'd like to pick a song that goes with a book I have read for the read-a-thon.  I am currently reading The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma and it takes place in Victorian London.  I am not sure if it takes place in a different time frame yet... but I have a feeling it will since it is a time travel book.  But whenever I think of London around this time I think of the song Portobello Road from the movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

Book:
Paired with Portobello Road:




Mini Challenge #2: Page 99
Page 99 Test is hosted by My Seryniti

This Challenge has you look at page 99 and decide if you like the book you are reading or not.  So the book I am currently reading is the Map of Time.  EEK I never like doing this to be honest because I hate spoilers.  But everyone always plays this game on goodreads so sometimes I play along.  I will admit I just skimmed page 99.  I didn't exactly read it.  But it was interesting.  There was a whole section about maps so I would guess that we get around to a map in the book pretty soon!!!

Mini Challenge #3: Virtual Travels
Virtual Travels is hosted by Ex Libris

This challenge wants us to pair up a book with a picture of a place where we think the book takes place.  Hummmmm wow!  I am going to pick the Flapper series by Jillian Larkin.