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Deja Vu Review (5) – Longest Book You Have Read and Enjoyed

The Deja Vu Review is a weekly meme hosted by Brittany at The Book Addicts Guide. Its an opportunity to revisit old books you might have read before you launched your blog, but that you think should maybe still be highlighted.

One of the longest books you’ve read

I LOVE long books – with as fast as I read, long books give me something that I can savor and really dig into. There are many long books that I love, least of all, the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon – but since most people know that I am a Jamie maniac, I’m not going to feature it here. Rather, I’m going to mention 2 other books that I’ve read and loved.

Pillars of the Earth
Ken Follet
Read in 2004

This was one of the many books I was assigned in college and I actually read it and loved it (shock gasp!). There was just something about the imagery provided by Follet that made me fall in love with the book. The paperback comes in at over 900 hundred pages, but it was well-worth it. I learnt so much about Renaissance architecture and cathedral building. And I ended up getting an A in the class, which was a double bonus.

Kushiel’s Dart
Jacqueline Carey
Read in 2011

I had heard of this series many times, but not being a fantasy fan, I hadn’t picked it up. Until one of my co-workers brought in her copy and told me that I had to read it. I was immediately sucked in to the world that Ms Carey built. I have the rest of the books on the TBR pile (and my co-worker is still harassing me for not reading them yet…) I even recommended this to another romance reader, since it has many of the themes that we love and she loved it as well (I think she read the entire thing in like 2 days…).

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2012 in Meme

 

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Deja Vu Review (2)

The Deja Vu Review is a weekly meme hosted by Brittany at The Book Addicts Guide. Its an opportunity to revisit old books you might have read before you launched your blog, but that you think should maybe still be highlighted.

A book you found by chance/by accident

When I was working the night shift a few years ago, one of the ways that I killed time was looking for book lots on ebay and sometimes buying them. Its amazing how buy clicky your finger gets at 3am when there isn’t much going on and you are struggling to stay away. One of the best deals I found online was buy 10lbs of randomly selected books (you could pick the genres) for $15. And if you bought 30lbs, you got an extra 10lbs for free (yeah, I totally got suckers into buying the 30). I ended up selected romance – and a mix of contemporary, historical, pnr and other stuff for the box.

When the box showed up wow, it was like a treasure trove and I immediately dug in. There was at least one awesome find in the box – Stormfire, written by Christine Monson. This book has been talked about on romance message boards for years – it was released in the height of the bodice ripper genre and is definitely either a love it or hate it book. What’s more, if you try to buy the book nowadays, you normally can’t find it cheaper than about $60, because only a limited print run was done, and it has not been re-released since and likely won’t. So the fact that I got it in a box that I probably only paid on average about $2 per book was pretty awesome. Oh yeah, and I feel in the love it category. But it wasn’t an easy read – it was violent, it was disturbing and by all rights, I should have hated it, but the writing was extremely compelling and sucked me in.

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2012 in Blog Hop, Deja Vu Review

 

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Recommend A Book…With A Blue Cover

If I Stay – Gayle Forman

Dutton Juvenile, April 2, 2009
Hardcover, 208 pages

Purchase from Amazon here: If I Stay (Paperback) or If I Stay (Kindle)

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…


While the cover of this book has been re-issued and is no longer the bright blue of the posted cover, I did read the bright blue one, so it fits ;) A lot of questions arose for me while I was reading this book – when faced with death and if you could make the decision to die or to live, what would you do? What if you were the only member of your family to survive – would that change your perception? I was pretty much in a blubbering mess as I was reading this. It wasn’t an overly difficult read, but a thought-provoking one.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Recommend A...

 

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The Book Reviewer is in

Accepted Books / eBooks for Review:

The Gingerbread House – Carin Gerhardsen – Review Copy from Netgalley

In a short space of time, several bestial murders occur in central Stockholm. When criminal investigator Conny Sjöberg and the Hammarby police begin to suspect that there’s a link between the murders, Sjöberg goes completely cold. There is a killer out there whose motives are very personal, and who will not be deterred.The Gingerbread House by Carin Gerhardsen is the first in the Hammarby series, thrillers with taut, suspenseful plots and unexpected twists and turns.
 
 
 
Dead Ringer – Allen Wyler – Review Copy from Publisher

While speaking at a Hong Kong medical conference, neurosurgeon Dr. Lucas McCrae slips the cloth off a cadaver’s head during a routine medical demonstration, and is overwhelmed with the shock by what’s staring back at him: His best friend, Andy Baer.
Stunned, McCrae races back to Seattle to discover that Andy is in fact missing and may have been murdered by a gang of body snatchers who operate a legit funeral business and make a fortune by selling recovered body parts to medical researchers.
McCrae teams up with an unlikely pair—a beautiful but hardnosed female cop and a gang member whose family was victimized by the body parts ring—to try and expose a macabre web of corruption that involves law enforcement, politicians, funeral home curators and murdered prostitutes.
 
 
Timeless Desire – Gwyn Cready – Review Copy from Publisher

Two years after losing her husband, overworked librarian Panna Kennedy battles to distract herself from crushing Grief, even as she battles to deal with yet another library budget cut. During a routine search within the library’s lower levels, Panna opens an obscure, pad-locked door and finds herself transported to the magnificent, book-filled quarters of a handsome, eighteenth-century Englishman.
 
 
 
 
Cold Comfort – Quentin Bates – Review Copy from Audiobook Jukebox Solid Gold Reviewer Program

Officer Gunnhildur, recently promoted from her post in rural Iceland to Reykjavík’s Serious Crime Unit, is tasked with hunting down escaped convict Long Ommi, who has embarked on a spree of violent score-settling in and around the city. Meanwhile, she’s also investigating the murder of a fitness guru in her own city-center apartment. As Gunna delves into the cases, she unearths some unwelcome secrets and influential friends shared by both guru and convict. Set in an Iceland plagued by an ongoing financial crisis, Gunna has to take stock of the whirlwind changes that have swept through the country—and the fact that at the highest levels of power, the system’s endemic corruption still leads, inevitably, to murder.

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2012 in Meme, The Book Reviewer Is In

 

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