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Thanks and Here Ya Go

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I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Kayla at KDREWKTHEBOOKWORM. I’m not going to follow the rules to this award to the letter because I’ve had a terrible headache today and can only think so much. I’ve also been nominated for this award before. I do, however, want to answer her list of questions that she included because, unlike me, she can follow simple rules. ūüėČ

What are you doing this summer? (Or if your region is not in summertime, what did you do last summer/plan on doing next summer?)
I don’t have any plans for myself this summer. The husband and I took our 20th anniversary trip to Europe at the beginning of May and our coffers are drained as a result. However, we are the vacation destination for some family from Ohio, so we’ll do summery-type things with them when they get here. The perks of living in Florida.

How many physical books do you own?

Holy bones!! I have no idea. I’m going to guess a couple hundred. No more than 300 though. I wouldn’t think. I dunno.

Under what circumstances would you DNF a book?

If the editing/proofreading is terrible. I won’t go so far as to say when the writing is terrible, but I will say when it seems like a book was edited by a 2 year old, I don’t put myself through the torture of dozens of typos, grammatical errors, or formatting issues. I’ve also started giving myself permission to DNF books that I just can’t get into or can’t finish because I’m not enjoying the story. Reading is a pleasure and when it becomes something else, it isn’t worth doing.

What was the last movie you saw in theatres? Did you enjoy it?

Oh gawd!! The last movie I saw in the theaters was Oz the Great and Powerful. It was bad. I’m not really big on going to the movies these days and I truly felt like I had wasted my time and money sitting through this awful, awful movie.

Do you play video games? If so, what console do you have?

I play video games!! We have a Wii U but I don’t play on it very often. I prefer PC games.

What are your favourite and least favourite things about blogging?

My favorite part of blogging is the community and feeling like I’m part of something. My least favorite part is when it becomes The Thing That I Feel Like I Have to Do. Then I stop doing it and it becomes The Neglected Thing Hanging Over My Head.

Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!

I actually just finished a book this afternoon and haven’t started anything new yet.

What device do you use to write your blog posts (computer, phone, etc.)?

There is absolutely no way I could blog from anything other than a full sized keyboard. Phone?? Absolutely not. I blog either from my Macbook or my PC depending on if I want to lounge on the couch as I type or sit at my desk.

Tell me a little known fact about you that no other bloggers know.

I prefer painting my toenails in traditional pinks, reds, oranges, and purples. I just don’t like how my feet look with green or blue or some other offbeat color. My fingernails, however, I’ll paint any color in or out of the rainbow.

If you could travel anywhere in the world right this instant, where would you go, and why?

I’d go back to Germany. I the four days we were there in May, I fell in love. I was sure that England would be my favorite part of our trip. We went to Germany because my husband had always wanted to go. I had no interest in going. Then, I saw it, drove in the countryside, walked the streets, talked to the people, fumbled with the restaurant menus, toured castles, and fell head over heels.

What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)

I wish I could name a really cool song but what I have stuck in my head right now is some sorta music from a commercial I heard a few minutes ago.

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Tell the Story to its End

Tell the Story

Title:  Tell the Story to its End

Author:  Simon P. Clark

Publisher: ¬†St. Martin’s Press

Pages:  196

Genre:  Juvenile Fiction, Fantasy

Setting:  Modern day England

Blurb:

In this beautiful, haunting debut, a boy is whisked away to the country in the wake of a scandal, and finds a captivating creature in the attic whose attention comes at a sinister price.

“Tell the story to its end,” says Eren with a grin.
His yellow eyes are glowing like embers in the night.
“When I reach the end,” I say, “what happens? You’ll have the whole story.”
“Hmm,” he says, looking at me and licking his lips with a dry, grey tongue. “What happens then? Why don’t we find out?”

People are keeping secrets from Oli. His mum has brought him to stay with his aunt and uncle in the countryside, but nobody will tell him why his dad where his father is. Why isn’t he with them? Has something happened? Oli has a hundred questions, and only an old, empty house in the middle of an ancient forest for answers. But then he finds a secret of his own: there is a creature that lives in the attic‚Ķ

Eren is not human.
Eren is hungry for stories.
Eren has been waiting for him.

Sharing his stories with Eren, Oli starts to make sense of what‚Äôs happening downstairs with his family. But what if it‚Äôs a trap? Soon, Oli must make a choice: learn the truth‚ÄĒor abandon himself to Eren‚Äôs world, forever.

Reminiscent of SKELLIG by David Almond and A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness, EREN is richly atmospheric, moving, unsettleing, and told in gorgeous prose. A modern classic in the making.

From Me: ¬†I was mailed an ARC of this novel by the publisher. I¬†think I won it from Goodreads maybe, but the insert that came with the book didn’t specify so I’m guessing here. At any rate, all opinions are honest and my own.

You’re immediately dropped into the drama that has become Oli’s life from the very first pages of the book. I thought that this set the somewhat ominous tone of the book and I felt drawn in from the beginning. Oli is a likeable boy who doesn’t complain where most kids his age would and he makes friends way easier than I ever did in real life. He knows that the adults in his life are keeping something big from him and added to the fact that his father isn’t in the picture, he knows it isn’t good. Added to that, Oli and his mother go to stay with Oli’s uncle at their old family home in the countryside and this house has an attic that most people would be too afraid to venture into.

His relationship with Eren is also introduced to the reader from page one. Who or what is Eren? From the opening lines of the book, “‘Tell the story to its end’, says Eren with a grin. His yellow eyes are glowing like embers in the night,” you get the feeling that Eren is going to be a frightening presence in Oli’s new life. You have to wonder, why is Oli drawn to the attic and Eren at all? The idea of the relationship between the reader and the story is cleverly explored using Oli and Eren’s interactions.

What I loved about this story was the interweaving of myths and legends from other cultures into Oli’s story. I recognized the legend of the selkies from a Scottish legend among others. I also loved the illustrations throughout the book. They were all black and white and were perfectly timed throughout the story. The story as a whole had a fable-ish feel to it. I thought it was an absolutely perfect book to read for this time of the year. You can almost imagine it being read aloud around a campfire on a dark, chilly night.

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Hour Three

#Readthon update!!

Hour three and still going strong. I’m skipping the mini challenge this hour in favor of more reading. I’m on page 64 of my book and it’s really getting interesting. Y’all are lucky you’re getting this much of an update.

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Hour Two – Cover Escape

I’ll admit, I didn’t get much reading done in the first hour. Between blogging, Instagramming, and Tweeting, I only managed to read 22 pages of my book, lol.

The Cover Escape mini challenge is hosted by Audra at Unabridged Chick.

The Challenge

Dig through your shelves and share with us a book cover you’d like to escape into! Doesn’t matter if the subject, plot, or genre isn’t typically your thing; in this case, we’re totally judging the book by its cover!

I chose my copy of Castles of Britain and Ireland by Rodney Castleden. I would so love to escape to either country and explore every castle I could get my feet to.

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What I’m Reading: Midweek Update

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It’s been a while since I’ve talked about what I’m reading. I’ve been in a slog lately. I’m nearing the finish on¬†The Lies of Locke Lamora¬†by Scott Lynch. I’ve been reading that book for a few weeks now. I know I just said in my previous post how I’ve finally started putting down books that don’t interest me, but this book is different. It had an¬†extremely¬†slow start, but chapters here and there would grab me so I kept reading it. Then, I was really disappointed with a sudden turn the plot took and had to let it rest for a few days. Now, I’m so afraid of how it will end, that I’m not pushing it to get it finished. I think I’ll probably be really relieved when I finally do finish it, lol.

Added to that bit of drama, two¬†other¬†books that I’ve recently finished, I just didn’t like. Neither one of them are in a genre that I love, so I don’t know what I was thinking other than they looked interesting from the title and blurb and they are on Netgalley. The first book I’m talking about is¬†The Readers of Broken Wheel¬†Recommend.¬†¬†The second book is¬†The Little Bookshop on the Seine.¬†See the theme? I feel bad when I thoroughly dislike a book as much I disliked these two and I feel doubly¬†bad because they’re ARCs and I feel obligated to review them, warts and all. Reading, the past few weeks, has been a chore rather than something I’m enjoying. That’s not good.

I have awesome books waiting for me in my TBR and I really need to treat myself to something I¬†want¬†to read rather than ARCs that I¬†have¬†to read. Know what I mean? My assigned reading for my classes this semester is out of this world. I don’t remember having this much assigned reading in any of my¬†literature¬†classes, lol. So, when I manage to carve out time for leisure reading, it should be great reads in my favorite genres. That being said, I still want to fit in time to read galleys because, even if I end up hating the book, I still appreciate the opportunity to read ARCs. Blah, blah. I’m being contradictory and whiny.

What are you reading?? Inspire me!

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The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

Little Bookshop

Title:  The Little Bookshop on the Seine

Author:  Rebecca Raisin (is this a pen name??)

Publisher:  HarperCollins Publishers:  Oct 16, 1015

Pages:  384

Genre:  Chick Lit

Setting:  Modern day Paris, France

Blurb:

Bookshop owner Sarah Smith has been offered the opportunity to exchange bookshops with her new Parisian friend for 6 months! And saying yes is a no-brainer ‚Äď after all, what kind of a romantic would turn down a trip to Paris? Even if it does mean leaving the irresistible Ridge Warner behind, Sarah‚Äôs sure she‚Äôs in for the holiday of a lifetime ‚Äď complete with all the books she can read!

Picturing days wandering around Shakespeare & Co, munching on croissants, sipping café au laits and people-watching on the Champs-Elysees Sarah boards the plane. But will her dream of a Parisian Happily-Ever-After come true? Or will Sarah realise that the dream isn’t quite as rosy in reality…

From Me: ¬†This was an ARC from Netgalley. All opinions are my own. (In the case of this review, I really don’t think this disclaimer is necessary.)

I’ll start with the things I liked about this book. Raisin is aces at setting the scene. She really takes you to Paris in this book. I also really enjoyed the focus on books and the bookshop. This is why I decided to read this book in the first place. And the cover is pretty.

What I didn’t like about this book is the predictability of the so-called plot twists. The main character, Sarah, well, I hated her. She was in a word, annoying. The typical female introvert who can’t speak up for herself in the beginning, but finds her voice in the end. The secondary characters were cookie-cutter’ish and again, their story lines were predictable too. It truly was your typical sitcom ensemble cast. Also, while I liked the scene-setting, there was so much internal dialogue that I found myself skimming it. Even in her head, Sarah was boring and annoying. I also hated her boyfriend and their relationship. It was just awful. Trite. That’s the word.

In the end, this book is what it is: a fluffy, sickening sweet, holiday, chick lit book. It¬†really wasn’t a book for me and never stood a chance as being something that I would ever say that I loved. Even so, if it had been in a genre that I enjoy, the writing itself was lacking and I just don’t think it deserves a good rating.

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Liebster Award

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How fun! And a big thank you to Chloe at Paint and Butterflies Books for the nomination!!

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11 Random Facts About ME!

  1. I am 38 years old.
  2. I have a dog named Milo who will be one year old on October 9th.
  3. I have recurring nightmares about drowning.
  4. Some of my ancestors were from a part of Germany that used to be Prussia.
  5. I like to write with fine point ink pens.
  6. I am currently reading The Scorch Trials by James Dashner.
  7. I LOVE office supplies.
  8. My desk is currently a mess.
  9. I fall asleep every night watching Frasier.
  10. I am making honey glazed pork chops for dinner tonight.
  11. My favorite vice is vanilla Coke.

11 Questions from Chloe

  1. Favourite T.V show?  This is always such a hard question for me to answer. I suppose I would have to say Breaking Bad.
  2. Favourite Book? ¬†This¬†is a totally unfair question. It’s like asking me to pick my favorite child, lol. I’m going with a safety and picking¬†Jane Eyre. This book stayed with me a long time after I read it.
  3. How did you get into blogging?  I started on a different blog that I made to keep family up to date when we moved from California to Vermont. That was in 2004. I started this blog because I wanted a more specialized space that would be devoted to all things books, libraries, Library and Information Science, literacy, and general bookishness.
  4. Do you have any siblings?  I have an older brother and a younger sister. Yep. That makes me the odd middle child.
  5. Favourite Food?  I usually say Mexican or seafood. But, if you can get a perfectly prepared filet mignon, OMG!
  6. How tall are you? ¬†I’m five feet four and three-quarter inches tall.
  7. What is your star sign?  Cancer
  8. Cat or dog?  Both
  9. Night owl or Early bird?  Night owl
  10. Favourite book to movie adaptation?  The Bourne Identity
  11. Favourite song right now? ¬†These Days¬†by Foo Fighters. I think this is probably my all-time favorite song. I love what this song has to say. It also helps that we saw the Foo Fighters in concert for this album’s tour. ūüėČ

My 11 Questions!

  1. What is your favorite vice and/or guilty pleasure?
  2. What’s your favorite non-book thing sitting either on your desk or your bookshelf?
  3. Other than the reading part, what’s your favorite thing about a book? The smell, the cover, the spine, escape, etc.?
  4. What is your favorite TV series character?
  5. Other than reading, what is a hobby that you enjoy?
  6. What’s one place you’d like to travel/visit that you’ve never been to before?
  7. Car, bus, bicycle, train, or boat?
  8. Favorite candy?
  9. Coffee, tea, wine, water, other?
  10. What is your favorite book that you’ve read so far this year?
  11. What way do you mark your current page in a book? Dog ear, bookmark, scrap of paper, etc.?

11 Nominations

This is the really hard part for me. I’m pretty new to the book blogging scene and don’t know too many people yet, especially people with less than 200 followers. So, in no particular order…

  1. Scifi and Scary
  2. Geek Heaven (she is just over the limit so I included Christina anyway :P)
  3. My Fantasy Escape
  4. Belle of the Literati
  5. A Novel Glimpse
  6. So Obsessed With
  7. The Broke and the Bookish
  8. A Paranormal Romance
  9. Sand Between the Pages
  10. Into the Mind of a Reader
  11. Good Books and Good Wine