Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

July 29, 2014 Meme 6

Well, this is easy.

1. Neil Gaiman. I own almost all of his books, some of them even twice. I have Coraline in book, graphic novel, and audiobook. I also have The Graveyard Book in book, audiobook, and soon graphic novel. I have American Gods, Fragile Things, Neverwhere, Smoke and Mirrors, and Stardust in audio and book. And then, I also have American Gods, The Graveyard Book, and Fragile Things in ebook. I’m kind of a hardcore fan.

2. Jeff Smith. I have all the Bone books, which are 9, plus RASL vol 1, and the first Quest for the Spark graphic novel. I need to get the rest of them.

3. Bill Willingham. I have all of the Fables, Jack of Fables, Cinderella, Fairest, and 1001 Nights of Snow Fall. I also have his novels Peter and Max and Down the Mysterly River.

4. JK Rowling. I have all the Harry Potter books in hardback, audiobook, and ebook.

5. Charles Dickens. Yes, my nemesis. I do have all his books in hardback and in ebook. We are going to have it out someday, ole Charlie and I.

6. Wilkie Collins. Oh Wilkie, my love. I have all his books too.

7. Jane Austen. I have all of Jane’s books, even if I’ve only read Pride and Prejudice. I know, I know, shame on me.

8. Lemony Snicket. I have all the Series of Unfortunately Events books.

9. Nora Roberts. Nora was the only author my grandmother and I had it common, so I kept a LOT of her books after my grandma passed. I mean a lot. Because I think Mama had all of them at the time.

10. Stephen King. I have several of his books in hardback (Duma Key, The Green Mile, On Writing…) but bunches more in ebook. He scares the ever loving crap out of me, but damn. I love him.

How about you? Which authors take up the most shelf space in your life?



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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week?

July 28, 2014 Books, Meme 11

Woooo Monday! Here you are again! And today will be a good Monday, WON’T IT MONDAY?

This past week as been all about getting back from the beach. Unpacking, washing, finding what’s missing…so that’s why I was missing. Just didn’t have time to blog! Ugh! But, things seem to be settling into some sort of normal disorder, and yo! I have time! So! What have I been reading?

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A mixed bag. I was on the verge of a funk. So, I picked up some nonfiction, of the narrative sort. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley was just what the doctor ordered. So completely funny. If I ever wrote a book of personal essays, I would hope it would be this good.

Last night, while the iPad charged, I picked up a stack of books to read through and, surprisingly enough, the first book grabbed me despite myself. I started This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers. Honestly, I kept wanting to put it down, but I just kept reading until I’d read 58 pages. In less than 30 minutes, which for me, is fast. I’m going to have to stick this one out because I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. Did you know this book is about a suicidal teen living during the Zombie apocalypse? How do you put that down?

Lastly, since I finished listening to Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede, I finally dove into East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I’ve tried to read this book several times and I am now further than I have ever been before. I’m surprised by how much I’m enjoying it, so I will happily keep going.

Up next, I hope to get through the first two books (East of Eden will take FOREVER), so I can start…something. If the funk is cured, I want to start either Sweetness #9 by Stephan Eirik Clark or The Future for Curious People by Gregory Sherl. If not, I have some more narrative nonfiction laying around to try. Here’s hoping it’s cured!

What are YOU reading this week?


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Top Ten Tuesday – Characters I Want With Me, on that deserted island

July 22, 2014 Books 11

Today’s topic IS!

Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island.


1. Robinson Crusoe. Obvs. He’s kinda been here before, yeah?

2. Westley from The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Any man that can survive the fire swap…and he’s hot. As long as he looks like Cary Elwes. Circa 1986.

3. John Coffey from The Green Mile by Stephen King. A gentle giant who cures all ills? Yes please!

4. Dore from Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Well, basically she could gets us all home! All she has to do is make a door and she can take us ANYWHERE.

5. 355 from Y the Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. Because she’s a badass!

6. Sir Galahad. Because whatever we need; food, water, Holy Grails…he WILL find it or DIE TRYING.

7. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. For the biting commentary. You know, right?

8. Tarzan. See #1. Been there, done that. And he can talk to the animals.

9. Hermione Granger. Girl’s got a level head. And magic.

10. Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. For the smolder.

Who would you have with you on your deserted island? I’m dying to know!


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Landline by Rainbow Rowell; Review and Giveaway!

July 10, 2014 Book Reviews, Books 18 ★★★★★

Landline by Rainbow Rowell; Review and Giveaway!Landline
by Rainbow Rowell
Narrator: Rebecca Lowman
Length: 9 hours, 3 minutes
Published by Macmillon Audio
on July 8, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 308
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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From the New York Times best-selling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, comes a hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones.

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply - but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her - Neal is always a little upset with Georgie - but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her. When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. Is that what she’s supposed to do?

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


To say Landline, or any new Rainbow Rowell, is highly anticipated by me is a VAST understatement. I fell in love with Rainbow’s writing with Eleanor & Park and AttachmentsFangirl sealed the deal.

Landline was the nail in the coffin.

Landline was everything I expect from a Rainbow Rowell book. Heartfelt. Witty. Real. Yes, real. Rowell writes some of the realest characters, in my opinion, that I’ve ever read. And Landline may feature the realest ones yet.

Unlike her three previous novels, Landline isn’t about new love. It’s about old love. It’s about the love that has stood the test of time, maneuvered through all those unexpected changes the newly-in-love think will never happen to them. It’s about the love that has changed, grew, shrank, and stuck through thick and thin. But then, it’s also about the love that isn’t sure it’s going to make it. That isn’t sure it will last. The love that may just not be enough anymore. 

Georgie McCool is on the edge. On the edge of making it. A successful sitcom writer, Georgie is finally selling HER SHOW. All she has to do is stay home from the family vacation and write a few episodes to give to the producer. The only problem is that family vacation is the family CHRISTMAS vacation. And her husband, Neil, is none to happy about it. A stay-at-home dad, Neil is used to Georgie not always being there. Their two little girls, are used to it too, and so go off with Neil to see their grandparents. Without Georgie. Things haven’t been great for awhile now, and now Georgie is left with not only the stress of writing 5 shows in one week, but the stress of seeing that her life may be irreparably broken.  Dozens of unanswered calls later, Georgie finds an unusual way of reconnecting with Neil.

It’s, well, it’s a magic phone.

In her mom’s house.

That let’s her talk to Neil.

The Neil of 1998.

Look. I know it sounds weird. It IS weird. But Ms. Rowell does some amazing things with this. I mean, imagine if you could talk to your spouse 10, 15, 20 years in the past. What would you change? What would you leave the same? I love how Rowell uses the phone as a device to the let Georgie examine her life and her love for Neil. Because Georgie still loves Neil. It’s what a normal person would do anyway in this situation, but he or she would only do it in their head. I, personally, as someone who enjoys fantasy anyway, loved it.

The audiobook, which is what I read, was fantastic. Rebecca Lowman is a phenominal reader. I have a new favorite reader, that’s for sure. Her performance, especially of Georgie and Neil was funny, emotional, and lovely. Even her readings of the side characters; Georgie’s bizarre mother, Georgie’s 4-year-old daughter who wants to be a cat (I loved the way Lowman said “meow”), and Neil’s placid mother were all lovely. Lowman really brought the story to life.

Luckily, the publisher sent me a finished copy of the audiobook! So, I decided since I haven’t had a giveaway in awhile, that’s what I’m going to do with it. Give it away! So, sign up below and I’ll post a winner next week! Good luck!


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week?

July 7, 2014 Books, Meme 11


Oh, great. It’s Monday. Again. I’d don’t know about you, but I’m about ready for a vacation from Mondays. Thank goodness, I get one in ONE WEEK.

I. Cannot. Wait. A week at the beach is just the ticket.

But, we’re here to discuss THIS week, not NEXT week, right? This weekend, I finished The Green Mile (OMG LOVE) and started Dorothy Must Die (eh, so far). I’m listening to Thirteenth Child (love it!) as fast as I can, so I can get started on East of Eden (insert Jaws theme). The kids and I got a little off track with Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy (busy time of year) but we’ll be getting back to it soon (5 hour road trip!). And Alias Hook, alas, we lost our way a bit when I lost it, but I’m getting back to it as well, or it’s going to the beach with me.

The rest of this week will be spent determining what to take to the beach. Hard decisions have to be made. Yay!

What are you reading this week? How was your weekend?


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Monthly Wrap Up – June 2014

July 3, 2014 Books, Monthly Wrap Up 11


Ignore that Type your text here. Heather is blind and also lazy.

 June! You awesome, awesome month. I’m sorry to see you go. We read some good books together, didn’t we?

53. The Raven Boys: The Raven Cycle Book 1 by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton
54. The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine
55. The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal
56. A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan, read by Kate Reading
57. Ruby by Cynthia Bond
58. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
59. Delancey by Molly Wizenberg
60. The Map Thief by Michael Blanding, read by Sean Runnette
61. Glaciers by Alexis Smith, read by Rebecca Lowman

Nine books! Can we say thank goodness for audiobooks? I listened to 4 last month! Granted, Glaciers was only about 3 hours long, and I was wishing for more, but still. I’m extremely happy with my reading. All the books were good. Ruby killed me. Delancey wowed me and made me want pizza. The Map Thief was a delight, as was The Girls at the Kingfisher Club. All in all, great month.

As for July, I have a few plans. Firstly, I have to start East of Eden for The Estella Project. Let’s hope I get through it this time! I’ve started my summer King, The Green Mile, and I’m loving it. I can’t read that book and not think of Michael Clarke Duncan, one of my favorite actors. I miss him! I lost Alias Hook for a couple of days, in a completely ridiculous way, and need to get back to that one. I’ll be going to be beach for a week mid-month, and I’m really REALLY hopeful to get a lot of reading then. July, I’m ready for you! Let’s DO THIS THING.