Monthly Wrap Up – July 2014

August 1, 2014 Books, Monthly Wrap Up 2

OMG y’all! It’s August! Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! I can’t believe it. We’re over halfway to Christmas! …. Wow. That was depressing. Let’s review my awesome July instead.

62. The Book of Life (All Soul’s 3) by Deborah Harkness
63. The Green Mile by Stephen King
64. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
65. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
66. The Insects of Love by Genevieve Valentine
67. Y the Last Man, Deluxe Edition, Book 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
68. The Fever by Megan Abbott
69. Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
70. I Was Told There’d be Cake by Sloane Crosley

I am so happy with my July! My favorites were easily The Green Mile and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. Y the Last Man 3 was great. I can’t wait to get the next one. The Fever was better than expected (more on that next week) and Thirteenth Child (also more next week) was wesome. I Was Told There’d be Cake was a riot. The only disappointments was Doroth Must Die really.

What will August bring? And end to East of Eden for sure. I think I’ll be sad to finish that one. I hope to finish Cinnamon and Gunpowder, which I’m loving. I have so many books to read, as usual, that I don’t quite know where I’ll land after ever book, but I’m hoping August is as good as this month!

How was your reading month? What was your favorite book of July?

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East of Eden , Discussion 1

July 31, 2014 Books, Reading Challenges 1

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Yesterday was the first installment of our East of Eden Readalong with the Estella Project! Holy cow you guys! I’m loving this novel!
 
Watch out a few spoilers from the first section.

1. What do you think of the style of Steinbeck’s writing? Readable and awesome or slow and slogging?

I’m enjoying the heck out of it. I swear I am and I’m so shocked! I’ve tried to read this book before but never got anywhere. Maybe it’s because I’m listening to it this time and the reader is awesome? Yeah, that is probably it. It’s readable and awesome now.

2. We have a wicked case of sibling rivalry going on here. What are your thoughts on Adam’s and Charles’ relationship thus far? Their father’s influence?

Wow, that a contentious relationship. I would have been crazy scared of Charles if I’d had to grow up with him! It all seems to come down to Cyrus and his obvious affection for Adam and lack thereof for Charles. Charles so clearly adored his father and was mostly scorned. Adam was terrified of Cyrus and Cyrus adored him. Justa recipe for disaster when you have a kid as screw-loosed as Charles!

3. Just….Cathy. Expound.

What a beast! I can’t wait to learn more about her. She’s just diabolical. She has no reason to be so nutty. She had good parents (who maybe “spared the rod” a bit too much?) and a good upbringing. By all appearances, she didn’t want for anything. So, she was obviously born psychotic. So I’m looking forward to figuring how where her machinations come from.

4. It remains to be seen how Samuel Hamilton’s brood will play into the story. Any guesses?

Oh, I love Samuel! I want more of the Hamiltons! I keep wondering about them, as we’ve had such small teasings about all of them. Seeing as how Samuel Hamilton is based on Steinbeck’s own maternal grandfather, I see them having a huge part soon. Can’t wait!

See you next week for the next installment!

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

July 29, 2014 Meme 10

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 12

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.

So……

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
Buy the Book
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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.

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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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