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Q: What hyped up book do you think was not worth all the talk?

This question is actually a hard one for me to answer, because I tend to stay away from the really hyped up books until a while after they are released to ensure that my experience isn’t tainted by them being hyped…that being said, for me, one of these books was Dark Horse – Kate Sherwood. I had heard it mentioned multiple times in various Goodreads groups about how it was a tear-jerker and just the best thing ever. So when it was finally recommended for me in a challenge I picked it up expecting to be blown away. However, no one had made mention of the fact that it was written in this really weird, second person, future tense writing style (I think is what you would call it)…and so it was completely jarring. I made it about 20% of the way through before I gave up because it was giving me a headache with the writing style. Even when I mentioned this to people in the group, it didn’t seem to bother them. So I guess I am just one of the few. Thankfully, none of her other books are written in that style.

Two other hyped up books that people either seemed to love or hate, but that I was unable to finish were: The Paris Wife (Paula McLain) and Sing You Home (Jodi Picoult). I had never read anything by Paula McLain before, and don’t know if I am missing much by not reading her other stuff. On the other hand, I used to love Jodi Picoult and read her books as soon as they came out, but the last few, have just been doing downhill and after Sing You Home, I don’t know if I’ll be picking up anything of hers in the near future.

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2012 in Blog Hop, FEature & Follow, Uncategorized

 

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Q: What book(s) are you reading right now? What do you think of it?

I’m one of those people who always has multiple books going at once…mostly because I have a really short attention span – so I only read between 10-15% each night (either on my kindle, or doing math in my head to figure out the nearest chapter). Of those multiple books, I normally have a variety of genres, including at least one non-fiction.

Right now, I am reading the following:

So breaking it down…

Everything I Needed to Know about Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume – this is a series of essays written by current YA authors about how reading Judy Blume affecting them growing up. For me, and I’ve only read 3 of the essay’s so far, it was like a trip down memory lane – I loved JB’s books growing up and for the heck of it, did a re-read of a couple last year and while a bit dated, they still held some of the magic of before.

Weeding the Flowerbeds – Sarah Mkhonza – after I get done with this book and write my review of it, I’ll only be the second person on Goodreads to have done so – which shows you how unknown this one is. I picked it up for my Around the World challenge because it is set in Swaziland (Africa) and sounded interesting. I’m only about half-way through it, and its ok, but the writing is really dense and it needs a good editor – but for the experience within (a female at a boarding school) it is an interesting read.

The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates That Define and Inspire Our Country with the election in T-61 days (I think – although I’m desperately wishing for a time machine to jump me ahead until after it is all said and done)…this book highlights many of the common arguments that show up in politics. I’ve only read 2 chapters so far, and its a little bit dated (Obama was just a new senator) but it is still interesting and fairly well written…I can’t say that it is the most enthralling read – but I’m curious as to where the author is going to go with the arguments.

Every Day, Every Hour – Natasa Dragnic – this is another book that I picked up for my Around the World challenge – set in both Croatia and France (I’m counting it for Croatia). It is a non-traditional romance with soul mates…I’m enjoying the way that the writing flows and it has sucked me in…I actually had to stop myself from reading the other night, or I would have been up all night and that would have been bad juju for work the next day…

Kindred Hearts – Rowan Speedwell – I’m really liking this m/m romance with a historical perspective, and if it hadn’t show up in a category for our weekly bingo challenge I might never have read it…I love the writing style and pretty sure it may end up a tear-jerker by the end (her other books have had me crying previously…)

Burning Alive – Sharon K. Butcher – I’d been hearing about this series for a while so I figured I would finally pick it up. I like the writing style, but (and I did check this out) – it feels like I’m missing a prequel or something…not much of the world has been developed and I’m a bit confused…I hope it all starts to clear up soon (since I only have about 30% to go).

So that’s it…what i’m currently reading and my thoughts…what about everyone else?

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2012 in Blog Hop, FEature & Follow

 

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So this week, it looks like Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, the hosts of this great meme have 2 different questions – so i’m going to answer them both ;)

Q: Best Cover? What is the best cover of a book that you’ve read and didn’t like?

This question came from Parajunkee and made me think. So often I am drawn in by a cover and then the book is only so-so…so I went to dig through my goodreads records of books that I have read this year and since I am sitting at 250+ books it took a few minutes. But I finally found one. I think I might be one of the few people in the world who read, but didn’t really enjoy Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally. It wasn’t so much the romance aspect of the book that I had issues with (although there were some that I had, mostly focused on a TSTL high school female…and yes, I remember being like that once), but rather the perpetuating of the dumb jock stereotype (taking shop class as a senior in high school, while trying to get into the University of Alabama), or the fact that the author used a real NFL team in the book but made up her own players (I would have preferred that she make up a team – would have made it more believable). But I did like the cover – very simple, whimsical and you can obviously tell that it is going to be a YA romance off the bat.

Q: Best cover? What is the best cover of a book that you’ve read and loved?
Alison Can Read’s question was much easier to answer and I knew what book I was going to use as soon as I read it. The cover of Daughter of Smoke and Bone immediately drew me to it and I was soon sucked into the audiobook. The narrator was awesome and only served to enhance the plot. This book had a great mix of contemporary and fantasy elements and made me want to visit Prague. I loved the mysterious nature of the cover, the person with the mask trying to hide their identity, but at the same time, the blue of the mask marking them more of as an individual. This book got my first 5 star read of the one, and one of only 5 that I have given out so far. However, I am now stuck waiting (albeit rather impatiently for the next book to come out, and the cover for it, seems to be equally as great and mysterious).

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Blog Hop, FEature & Follow

 

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Q: Worst cover? What is the worst cover of a book that you’ve read and loved?

When you first start reading in any new genre or sub-genre, you often ask others who already read in that genre for recommendations (or at least I do…). So when I first dipped my toes into reading m/m romance, almost 3 years ago, I did just that. There were several authors names that routinely started to come up in recommendations, as well as book titles. One of these was Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield

Now theoretically, I guess, the cover could be a lot worse – I’ve seen them. But at the same time, this cover really put me off reading the book for the longest time. The individuals on the cover made me think that there was a huge age gap between the main characters, when really there was only like 8 years, and it was kind of skeevy in a way. It wasn’t until this book showed up as a group read that I actually picked it up and read it. I don’t ever remember laughing as hard as I did in a few scenes in this book and Z.A. Maxfield has become a favorite author of mine (in fact, I just finished reading one of her books last night before I went to sleep).

Runner-up: It Had To Be You – Susan Elizabeth Phillips and the boob cover…which they have thankfully since replaced…

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Blog Hop, FEature & Follow

 

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Q: Do your reading habits change based on your mood? Do you read a certain genre if you are feeling depressed or happy?

Probably about a year or so ago, I would have said that my reading habits changed based on my moods – after a long day at work, all I wanted to do was settle down with a romance that I knew would end up with an HEA. But this year, I have realized that reading all those romances weren’t what I wanted – it was like eating candy, you crave them like crazy, but when you are done eating, you realize that isn’t what you really wanted. So now I routinely have several books of different genres (a romance, a mystery/thriller, a fiction set in a non-US country, a YA and a non-fiction of some shape and size) on my nightstand and whatever one I pick up is that one that I read for the night. I tend to do a pretty good job with rotating them, if anything, after a long day at work, about the only one I won’t voluntarily choose to read is the NF – so I make myself a bargain, one chapter of that before I move on to something more entertaining. I rarely re-read books (because I figure there are so many books in the world and I only have limited time to try and read them) – I honestly don’t remember the last time I re-read a book (probably when I did my re-read of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series in 2010 right before I listened to the last one that is currently available)

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Blog Hop, FEature & Follow, Meme

 

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