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Break Time

December 15, 2014 Books 9


Image Credit: Irene O’Garden

Y’all. I gotta take a break. Normally, this time of year is a little bit more chill for me, but with the new job, plus Christmas commitments, homework, cooking cooking cooking, I’m slammed. Something’s gotta give. And I have no spare time to blog, let alone think of things to blog about, comment on others posts, etc. Plus, I’m still having trouble finding my heart in blogging. So, blogging gives. I want to use what little spare time I have to read. I’ll be around your blogs, hopefully, but not here. I’ll still be on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, of course.

See you in the new year with hopefully more mojo. And time. Happy Holidays and I LOVE YOU GUYS.



A Month of Favorites – 6 Degrees of Separation?

December 4, 2014 Books 3

6 Degrees of Separation {with a fave book} - linking up with Annabel Smith

Yeah, so, I’m not exactly sure how to play this game… Apparently, I start with this book:


and link it to another book through 4 other books. Am I right? I hope so, cause that’s what I’m going with. So, I’m going to attempt to get to one of my favorite books this year; The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. It seems random enough!

So. I’ve never heard of The Narrow Road to the Deep North, but SAYING The Deep North makes me think of The Deep South, where I am from (well, not exactly DEEP, but whatever), which immediately made me think of a book I listened to earlier this year, and loved, Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal makes me think of DOLLS, surprise! Thinking of DOLLS, leads me to Doll Bones by Holly Black; a favorite from last year. Holly Black also wrote The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, one of the few vampire novels I’ve enjoyed in the last couple of years. Holly Black has also written some of my favorite novels about faeries and this leads me to to my last link, which is The Scorpio Races. The first book I ever read by Maggie Stiefvater was also her first published book; Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception (Books of Faerie #1) by Maggie Stiefvater.


So, there you have it. The Narrow Road to the Deep North to The Scorpio Races. Hey, that was kind of fun!

What books would you have used to link those two books?



A Month of Favorites – 10 Fave Book Covers

December 3, 2014 Books 14


10 Fave Book Covers – link-up hosted at Traveling with T

OMG this will be so hard.


1. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins // 2. The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus // 3. Grimm Tales for the Young and Old by the Brothers Grimm, retellings by Philip Pullman // 4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald // 5. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark


6. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov // 7. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote // 8. The End, or Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis // 9. Maggie’s Harvest by Maggie Beer (my son picked this one out) (he has good taste) // 10. Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi

So, apparently I like really simple or really colorful! What do you think? What are some of your favorite covers?



A Month of Favorites – 5 Faves by Theme

December 2, 2014 Books 10


2 – 5 Faves by a Theme {eg. Audiobooks, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mysteries, Books with Surprise Twists, Surprise Endings, Non-Fiction, Books That Made You Cry, Laugh Out Loud, Cringe, Book Boyfriends That Stole Your Heart, Apocalypse, Dystopian, Best books with kick ass girls, favorite siblings, couples, friends, most hated and loved villains} – link-up hosted at Girlxoxo



1. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, read by Anthony Heald // 2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, read by Wil Wheaton // 3. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, read by Neil Gaiman // 4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, read by Davina Porter // 5. The Wee Free Men (Tiffany Aching #1) by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs



1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain // 2. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helen Hanff // 3. Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See by Robert Kurson // 4. Touching the Void by Joe Simpson // 5. Faery Tale: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World by Signe Pike

Books That Made Me Cry


1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd // 2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling // 3. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness // 4. The Green Mile by Stephen King // 5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Most Loved Villains


1. The Mayor in The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness // 2. The Angel Islington in Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman // 3. SPOILER in Fables by Bill Willingham // 4. Dracula in Dracula by Bram Stoker // 5. The Other Mother in Coraline by Neil Gaiman

I Tried, But Couldn’t Do Read It


1. The Martian by Andy Weir // 2. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld // 3. The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon 4. The Supernatural Enchancements by Edgar Cantero // 5. O, Africa by Andrew Lewis Cohn

How about you? Have any books you could add to my lists?



A Month of Faves – Introduction

December 1, 2014 Books 15


Hello and Welcome to “A Month of Faves!” All December-long, Estella’s Revenge,  Girlxoxo, and Traveling with T will be sharing fave bookish (and sometimes non-bookish) experiences from throughout the year AND they want ALL OF US to join in! These lovely bloggers have been around long enough to know, IT IS HARD TO BLOG IN DECEMBER. So they came up with a list of blog topics to carry me (and you!) into the new year with as little stress as possible.

Are they not fab?

See here to get the full list and join in!

{whispers *they are also giving away prizes!!!!*}

1 – Faves Month Introduction – About YOU and Your Reading this year (eg. fave genre, fave author, how you read (percentage (%) physical, eReader, audiobooks), when you read, what genre did you read the most from this year, which author was most prolific on your reading list, how many books did you read, give us a clue about what your fave book read this year is – but don’t tell us – let us guess!) – link-up hosted at Girlxoxo

Hi! My name is Heather! Somehow, I have read a lot of stories this year! Right now I’m sitting pretty at 113 stories read and am hoping to make it to 120. Why do I say stories instead of books? Because I partake in diverse ways of “reading.” I read comics, graphic novels, audiobooks, ebooks, hardcovers, softcovers, paperbacks, picture books (although I didn’t list those this year), and more I’m sure. So, stories. Not books.

I have to say, as I get older, I’m not sure I have a fave genre, author, or anything of the sort. Plus, as I’ve said before, I despise classifying books into genres. I think it narrows the playing field and ensures some won’t try a book because “they don’t read fantasy/women’s fiction/chick lit/westerns, etc. I do have particular authors I seek out more than others (hello Neil Gaiman!), but I really just read whatever grabs my attention. I don’t have the time to waste on a book that is boring the crap out of me any more. I made a resolution not to fool with anything that is frustrating, boring, annoying, or anything I’m not LOVING! And I can see the difference. I’ve read 113 books this year. I can’t think of many that I truly hated (except for you Phantom of the Opera. I still hate you with a passion.). With only the occasional hiccup, I have had one of the best reading years I’ve had in quite awhile.

That SAID, I did seem to grab comics and graphic novels a lot this year. 37 of out my 113 books were either graphic novels or comics. And dude, the year ain’t over yet.

Here’s my break down:

Graphic Novels/Comics – 37
Audiobooks – 22
Fiction – 101
Young Adult – 24
Nonfiction – 12
Classics – 9

My most prolific author read is Noelle Stevenson, thanks to 8 Lumberjanes comics. She is followed closely by Brian K. Vaughan with 7, thanks to Y the Last Man and the Saga series. He will catch up, but I don’t know if he’ll pass.

My favorite book? That’s too be decided. My next book could be my favorite! But as of RIGHT THIS MINUTE, I would say *** ********** by **** ******.



Nonfiction November – New to My TBR

November 26, 2014 Books 2


Y’all. I have jotted down SO MANY TILES these last few weeks. Unfortunately, I didn’t write down where I found OUT about the at. At least not all of them. Duh. I’m so dumb. Anyway, here are the few I CAN attribute.

New to My TBR: It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!

Here are the rest:

  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown (which I actually DO own, I just forgot I had it. Gah)
  • Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller
  • My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
  • Paradise Lot by Eric Toensmeier
  • Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer
  • The Traveler, the Tower, and the Worm: The Reader as Metaphor by Alberto Manuel
  • The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
  • A History of the Wife by Marilyn Yalom
  • Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
  • The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes
  • The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders
  • The Victorian City by Judith Flanders
  • Storm of Witchcraft by Emerson W. Baker

and I’m sure I can go find many, many more. What a wonderful, rich, month of discovery.




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

November 24, 2014 Books, Meme 3


Whew you guys. Did we just have a weekend? Cause I think I missed it. It went by too fast.

Are you doing much reading? If it wasn’t for audiobooks, I wouldn’t be reading at all. It’s a shame too, since I have such interesting books going on. I’m still “reading” Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste by Luke Barr when I have time. I actually got a pretty good chunk read yesterday. I’m also still reading Terry Pratchett’s A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction, again, when I have time. I feel like I haven’t touched it in a week.

The main things I’m “reading” are Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand which is utterly FANTASTIC and the book I just started today, The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis by Thomas Goetz which promises to be utterly fascinating.

I am really really enjoying Nonfiction November! I just wish I had more time!!

What are your plans for the reading week? Read anything good next week?

It's Monday What Are  You Reading

It’s Monday, What are you Reading is hosted weekly by super-awesome Sheila from BookJourney.




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

November 17, 2014 Books, Meme 7


You guys. I am sad. Nonfiction November if over halfway over! I missed last week’s subject, but I hope to get this week under my belt. I’ve just been SO BUSY. Between work, homework, cooking, and feeding my new obsession with the TV show The Blacklist, I haven’t had much time to read and definitely no time for blogging. Seriously, it’s become a weekend thing. If I don’t get it done on the weekend, it doesn’t get done. I have to figure this out.

Despite all that work, I did finish two books last week. The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum was an audiobook that I listened to while I was working and The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries by Marilyn Johnson, which I really finished yesterday when I should have been doing laundry. I couldn’t help it. I couldn’t put it down.

After finishing up The Dead Beat, I went in search of a new book and accidentally picked up two. I started both Howards End is on the Landing (please excuse that typo in the graphic! {cringe}) AND Provence 1970 and I can’t bear to put either one down. They are both so good! So I’ll be reading on those all week. Gulp is my current audiobook and it’s making work a delight (and perhaps a little gross). I’m still working through these Pratchett essays. I feel like I have to take my time, since sadly, I don’t know if we’ll get another book of essays from him, which makes me SO SAD.

So yeah, I have a great week of reading ahead of me; whenever I can fit it in.

What are your plans for the reading week? Read anything good next week?

It's Monday What Are  You Reading

It’s Monday, What are you Reading is hosted weekly by super-awesome Sheila from BookJourney.




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

November 10, 2014 Books, Meme 5



I am reading THE BEST BOOK. And I can’t believe I’m saying it about THIS BOOK, because dude. It is so morbid. The Dead Beat by Marilyn Johnson. It’s all about obituaries; a history of the obituary, if you will. I know some of you are like, ooooo, interesting. At least I hope you are! Because IT IS INTERESTING. Pick it up.

Also, I’m listening to The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum, which is wicked awesome. SO MANY PEOPLE DIED during Prohibition people. And lots of other times. Because of poisons and ignorance.

Lastly, for a bit of a laugh, I’m reading A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction by Terry Pratchett. My complete adoration has solidified.

All hail Nonfiction November!!! Woot!

What are your plans for the reading week? Read anything good next week?

It's Monday What Are  You Reading

It’s Monday, What are you Reading is hosted weekly by super-awesome Sheila from BookJourney.




Nonfiction November – My Year in Nonfiction

November 6, 2014 Books, Meme 14

I’ve been meaning to get to this all week!

Your Year in Nonfiction

Week One Discussion is hosted by Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness (she’s also the Nonfiction Blogging Queen)

Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions –

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking! Smoke Gets in Your Eyes! Call the Midwife! French Milk! The Map Thief! Will Storr Vs. the Supernatural! Touching the Void! Princesses Behaving Badly!

Nonfiction books are like Lays. You can’t read just one because they are so damn delicious. I don’t think I can pick a favorite.

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

Quiet, without a doubt. I even nominated it for the campus read for 2015 at the college I work at.

What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?

All of it!

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

More information about all kinds of things. Right now I’m learning about poisons! Lucky everybody in my life!