Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mini Reviews-Jane, the fox & me, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? And Drama

I don't remember where I heard about Jane, the Fox & Me, but I'm glad I did. This sweet story is about Hélenè, who is being bullied at school. She has no friends so she loses herself in Jane Eyre. Hélenè relates to Jane. But at sleepaway camp, Hélenè meets some people that help her see that her tormentors aren't the only people in this world.
I loved the graphics. But I especially enjoyed reading about Hélenè. I was sad when I finished this one and would have liked more about Hélenè.


I heard about Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? from my coworkers. Since I work in the aging field any book about growing older is always talked about. I could really relate to Roz. I too am an only child and have old fogey parents. I want to give this book to everyone who doesn't believe their parents will get old or need help. Roz doesn't pull any punches. She discussed cost of her parent's care, the guilt she feels about seeing them, not seeing them, and what it's like to watch someone die. Brutally honest but so beautiful. Not an uplifting book but one that will stick with me. 
I'm so glad I picked up Drama. Callie is a 7th grader and she loves being involved with her school's drama department. Callie excels at making sets. Drama is the story of Callie putting on a play and the drama that surrounds her. It reminded me of 7th grade when she liked him but he liked someone else and that gross boy liked her. It was cute and fun. I would love to hear more about Callie in the future. 






Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

I don't remember where I heard about Full Steam Ahead but the cover caught my eye. Although the more I look at it, the creepier the girl looks. 

This is the graphic novel that Kingsman is based on. I've liked Millar's others graphic novels and I'm looking forward to the movie. 

I was looking forward to this anthology. Rainbow Rowell! David Levithan! Stephanie Perkins! Gayle Forman! When I added it to my library queue, I suspected I wouldn't get it until next year. I was pretty surprised when it showed up this week. Really looking forward to this one.  

What did you get this week? Add your link below.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Teaser Tuesday-Bridget Jones Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"Typically, in his cheerful manner, Roxster seemed unworried by the nits, though we both agreed that in order to have Responsible Sex, we must nit-comb each other first. Roxster was so funny, combing my hair, pretending to find and eat the nits, whilst intermittently kissing the back of my neck."
pg 17 Bridget Jones Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Devil Wears Kilts by Suzanne Enoch

When I spotted The Devil Wears Kilts on the library shelf, I took a chance. A new romance series with sexy Scots? Sure, why not? Not a bad first book but a little slow.

Ranulf heads to London to fetch his runaway sister. Ranulf hates London and isn't happy about having to spend a moment there. But when he sees Lady Charlotte Hanover, he decides that London might be worth checking out. Charlotte is firmly on the shelf. After her fiancée dies in a duel, Charlotte has no use for hot headed men. But Ranulf is mighty sexy in his kilt.

I have two complaints about The Devil Wears Kilts. First it was slow. There was a lot of back and forth between Ranulf and Charlotte. I liked that their attraction was quick but that they took a lot of time to get to know each other. In fact the sexy times were a lot later than in many other romance novels. But so slow! Too slow for me. I started to get bored. Second, I get confused with their Scottish accents (this happened to me in Outlander too). I think I got tired of trying to figure out what they were saying sometimes. But Charlotte was smart and genuine. Ranulf was a little harder to like but I liked him in the end. I'll try the rest of the series. Others who shared their thoughts on The Devil Wears Kilts: All About Romance, Smexy Books, My Book Addiction Reviews, and Addicted To Romance.
This is my twenty-third read for the Romance Reading Challenge.
And this is my fourteenth read for the Historical Reading Challenge.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.


All the buzz around this one caused me to add it to my library queue. We'll see how it goes. 

I've been wanting to read this one for a while. Something during the Read-a-thon made me think of it so I added it to my queue.

Howl's Moving Castle
I've never seen the movie. My plan is to read the book and see the movie.

What did you get this week? Claire's got the linky this week.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teaser Tuesday-It's Not That I'm Bitter by Gina Barreca

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"Many of us decided that, unlike our mothers and grandmothers, we would not shove and stuff our flesh inside girdles and corsets as if we were made of Play-Doh and could be molded at will. We felt just fine wearing T-shirts, thank you, with nothing between us and our front pockets (pockets that were strategically placed because of The Fear of Visible Nipples sill lurked)."
pg 47 It's Not That I'm Bitter by Gina Barreca

Monday, October 20, 2014

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I picked up Big Little Lies because I enjoyed Moriarty's other book, The Husband's Secret. While The Husband's Secret was good, Big Little Lies was phenomenal.

Celeste, Jane, and Madeline all have kids in kindergarden. Madeline and Celeste have been friends since their kids met in swim class. Jane has just moved to town. Quickly the three of them become fast friends and start spending a lot of time with each other. Madeline also has a fourteen year old daughter from previous marriage which causes her lots of problems. Jane is a single mom. Celeste is beautiful and appears to have it all. I really enjoyed getting to know these characters. I also enjoyed the little bits of mystery that Moriarty brings in. Something has happened at Trivia night. And the majority of the book is about what happens before Trivia night. So I spent most of the book trying to figure out what happens. I have to say I was wrong but I'm not very good at guessing who dunnits.

Big Little Lies was so engrossing. I hated putting down. I loved Moriarty's writing and her characters. I felt she wrapped this one up well but I wouldn't mind reading about them again. Others who shared their thoughts on Big Little Lies: As The Crowe Flies (And Reads!), Booking Mama, and The Reading Date.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Readathon: The End of The Event

This was such a weird Read-a-thon for me. I woke up at 6am, only an hour after my start time. I read one book, cheerleaded for a bit, then went back to bed til 9am. Then I woke up made breakfast and read. Then I hung out wih Tai until he left for volleyball. Then Dad and I went out for lunch and a drive. Then I came home and cleaned while listening to an audiobook. I tried to read more after Tai came home but I was unsuccessful. We went out to dinner and saw Fury. I came home cheerleaded for a bit on twitter and went to be around 2am. I completed 3 books and started 2 more. Sucessful but just odd for me. 

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Proably after I first woke up. I felt like it was too early for me and probably why I headed back to bed.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? As always, graphic novels and novellas. But I've found a good audiobook can help too. 
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? The read-a-thon hosts and volunteers are amazing. No suggestions, keep up the great work.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? For me, I didn't make a plan so I didn't really have the same experience as I had in April. Now the October read-a-thon is usually like this for me so perhaps that's ok.
  5. How many books did you read? 3
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (audiobook), This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (ebook), and The Spectral Engine by Ray Fawkes (graphic novel).
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? All three were good.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? N/A
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I love cheerleading for Team Rogue. I cheerleaded mostly on Twitter so I missed a lot of people's blog posts.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Hell yeah I'll be joining again in April. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Start (Readathon)

I'm up earlier than usual even for a Read-a-thon. 

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
A suburb of Seattle, WA
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

This One Summer. I've had it for ages and it's due back to the library. Must read today!3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Popcorn. We're planning on seeing Fury later tonight. 4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
Besides reading, food is my passion. I love to cook and eat. 5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
No goals. Just going to read or cheerlead as much as I want. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer

I don't remember where I read about The Dark Wife. I'm thankful to whoever it was because I don't think I would have heard about this otherwise. The Dark Wife is a beautifully told retelling of the Persephone myth that I enjoyed.

Ok, so the story we know is that Persephone was hanging out in Olympus when Hades arrived and kidnapped her to the Underworld. There Hades convinced her to eat three pomegranate seeds, one for each month Persephone must spend in the Underworld. During those three months, Persephone's mother, Demeter, blankets the world in Winter. In The Dark Wife, the story is similar but told through Persephone's point of view. Persephone loves her mother but isn't a fan of Zeus, her father. Persephone doesn't want to live with Zeus or on Mt Olympus. When she meets Hades, Persephone discovers she might have an alternative. Especially since Persephone finds herself attracted to the beautiful Hades, another woman.

Besides retelling the Persephone story, Diemer also tells us about Zeus and the other deities. I found her writing to be lyrically and loved reading The Dark Wife. I'll be looking for more of Diemer's books. Others who shared their thoughts on The Dark Wife: Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, Vicariously, The Rainbow Reader, and Bookish.