What Are You Reading?

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Ugh, I leave for a week and come back to WordPress changing everything. I hate when they change stuff around, they give you just enough time to get used to everything and then BOOM! Everything changes. It’s annoying really.

Anyways, sorry for being away for a week. I needed to rethink some things. I think I am getting burnt out on blogging, or just tired of lacking direction. I had actually considered shutting this blog down and starting a new one, but I don’t want to lose what few followers I have now.

I realize that I haven’t done a “What are you reading?” post in a few weeks, but it’s because I was stuck on the same book. I took me way to long to get through it! But I have finally moved on!

Moving on to what you all came here for!

I am currently only reading one book. Shocker I know!

It’s A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter

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Let me tell you, this is the last book in the White Rabbit Chronicles and I am so in love with it. I have flown through every single book like it was nothing. They are just so good! It’s like the perfect balance of action, story, and romance. And we all know that romance is what really drives me to read faster. I don’t know why, I guess it’s because I lack romance in my own life. Where there is a love story, you best believe Heather will be there!

If you have not read any of the White Rabbit Cronicles by Gena Showalter, I suggest you take some time out and do it now. I love it so much!

Tell me, what are you reading?

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What Are You Reading?

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Happy Monday Nerds!

Have you heard the news about what is going on in SC? We are flooding. Yep, that’s where I live. Lucky for me I live in a tab bit safer place than others and the rain has not washed me away. Though, it did try to wash away my roof. Oy.

I have finally got back on my reading streak. Yes, I read three books last week alone. THREE BOOKS! They were part of a series and I got the first one free from Book Bub. The books were called Blood and Snow by Rashelle Workman. Not going to lie, I started reading them for two reasons. 1. The cover is really pretty! 2. Who doesn’t love a fairy tale retelling? While I am not still reading it, I wanted to share it with you. If you click the picture below you can get it free on Amazon as well. The first book anyways. If you read it, let me know what you think. **I was not asked by the author to advertise this book, I just really really liked it**

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Now, on to what I AM reading at the moment. I have worked it down to three books and two of them are new this week.

I am still working on Small Favor by Jim Butcher. I don’t know why this book is dragging me down so bad. I have loved all the Dresden File novels but this one…I just can’t get into it I guess. I’m still going to read it, but I’m going at it slowly.

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I started reading Desert Hunt by Anna Lowe. I was supposed to feature Anna Lowe as my author of the month last month. But…I had a hard month and I am still trying to get my bearings. Hopefully I can finish this book this week and beg Anna to still let me have an interview with her. So far though, the book is intriguing.

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I also started reading the second book of the Selecting called The Elite, by Kiera Cass. I know I said I didn’t like the first one, but I got hooked about half way through it. So for this month I am listening to this book on audible.

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You got to admit, that cover is gorgeous! And can I please fight for the love an attention of a prince?

There you go, what I am reading this week. Honestly, I hope to finish Desert Hunt and Small Favor this week so I can move on to a few books that have been sitting on my bedside table. I also have a stack on my floor and three shelves of a bookshelf… Oh dear, I have too many books.

Oh! One more thing before you go. I started a book club on Facebook (I might be moving it over to goodreads). We are only in the first stages of deciding what book to read for next month. If anyone is interested in joining, let me know. Hopefully, I can get a big group of readers and have an awesome online book club.

So, what are you reading?

Book Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure

Rating

5 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 30th, 2013
Series: Blood of Eden
Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Fantasy/Paranormal/Post Apocalyptic
Pages: 434
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Buy it : Amazon, B&N, Other

First Line: I smelled blood as soon as I walked into the room.

Synopsis: Alison has left behind the human boy she fell in love with, along with the humans she had helped keep safe. She was a monster, and she didn’t belong among the humans. There is also the issue that her sire is in trouble and she needs to find him, she owes him, she has to save him.

Her blood tie leads her in the direction of Kanin, her creator. Sarren, a crazy vampire out to kill Kanin, has him and is slowly killing him. Alison is determined to save him, even if Sarren is a lunatic and has already tried to kill her once.

Review: Warning: This review can and will more than likely have spoilers. Should you like to escape the threat of spoilers, please scroll down to the conclusion where you will find a short summary of my feelings for this novel and my plea for you to read this series. You have been warned.

This novel. This whole story. Alison and Kanin. Sarren…Zeke. Oh, lovely, kind, sweet Zeke. I am not going to lie though, as much as I love Zeke, I may love Kanin more. I love a sexy vampire reeking of power.

And then there is Jackal. The vampire who won’t stay down. Though, I must say, Alison is a little tough on the guy. He is her blood brother after all. I kind of learned to love Jackal in this novel, though, with vampires like Sarren, it’s easy to love the much less evil vampire.

Alison follows her blood tie, and then when it breaks apart and there are two blood ties pulling her, she follows the strongest. Can I just say…WHAT? She knows that Kanin is hurt and weak, yet she follows the strongest blood tie? Fine, whatever. She finds Jackal and even though she wants to kill him, she lets him come along. Alison is scared to face Sarren alone and I don’t blame her.

But, enough about the fact that Jackal is still alive. Let’s talk about the fact that in New Covington, the place where Alison is from, the place she lived and died, Zeke is there! He isn’t safe in Eden like Alison thought. Nope, he came looking for her and found himself in a lot of trouble. As always, he is trying to find a way to save all the people around him. So noble of him, but why couldn’t he have just stayed in Eden where he was safe?!  And then he dies.

But let’s face it. He isn’t going to stay dead. The last bit of the novel you have Sarren talking to someone and while you may be thinking that it was Zeke’s dead body, you know better. Sarren isn’t that crazy and just killing the world with the Red lung virus isn’t going to be enough for him. He wants to make everyone suffer!

I do have one complaint. Why was Stick such a jerk?! Now that he is some vampires trained monkey he wants to act like Alison never saved his life. Hello! She died because of him! Ungrateful prick.

 Conclusion:
Sarren is one crazy vampire. He wants to destroy everything, but why? He has tortured Kanin, knowing that his children would come for him. And he doesn’t want to just stop with torturing Kanin and anyone tied to the master vampire. Sarren wants the whole world to suffer. What is this mans deal? Why is he so messed up? I sure hope we find out.

If you like vampire stories then you need to check out this series. I can’t help but to love it, even if people stop loving it after the first novel. I have loved every minute of it and can not wait to finish this series. The bond that Kanin has with Alison is fantastic. I love it. And the bickering between her and her blood brother makes me want to strangle both of them.

This was a great sequel and the cover is another simple, yet beautiful cover. Julie Kagawa is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.

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What Are You Reading?

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I’m back up to speed with things now. I had the whole weekend off…and I did so much reading. I finally finished a book for TRB so I can get another review there. And I was so into the book that I read for it that I had to go buy the second book of the series. I was so mad. I hate when books end in such frustrating ways. UGH!

Anyways, on to the post. What am I reading this week?

Well, I finally have a TBR jar and I drew from it after I finished The Darkest Part of the Woods by Holly Black. OMG! Fantastic book! It was the first book I drew from my TBR jar. The second book was An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

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So far this book has been pretty interesting. Rather fascinating really.

I am still reading Forging Divinity by Andrew Rowe, but I plan on finishing it this week, if not today.

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I started reading Okay by Danielle Pearl. This is the second book in a series. The first I read for TRB and was so sick at the end from the emotional roller-coaster.

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I think I am going to DNF Shackleton’s Folly by Yunker Todd

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I just can not get into this book. I have tried again and again and I just…I can’t do it. I may give it one more shot this week, but that is it.

The last book, I am listening to the audio book. The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa. I am almost done with it. It takes me about a month to listen to one book because I listen while I am driving.

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I am just hoping for a happy ending in this book because I can’t take anyone else dying.

That is all I have for this week. And yes, I am actively reading all of these books. I can’t help it. Maybe I just get bored to easily or my TBR list is just so long I can’t wait to finish one to move to the next, so I just read as many as possible at once.

Tell me, what are you reading right now? What book did you finish last week?

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Just a Little Rant: People Don’t Understand Writers

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There is something that annoys me to no end.  And I seem to get it from every one around me.  People that claim they know me and feel like that gives them the right to tell me what to do.

I’m not talking about telling me when to put gas in my car, when to go to work, wash clothes, or feed my puppy.  I’m talking about the people that are convinced that I am not having fun in my life because I don’t get out much.  I don’t go to parties. I don’t drink. I don’t hang out with a lot of friends.  They think that just because I stay at home on a Friday night, I am just not living my life.

I have been told that I need to live a little.  I need to get out and try new things.  I need to push myself to the limits and see what I am really capable of.  What they don’t understand is that I am pushing myself. I am testing my limits, just in a different way then what they do.

I have never been the one to get out much.  It’s not because I don’t like going out, I’m just exhausted from all the stuff I am doing in my head.  I don’t need to go to a bar or drink some alcoholic beverage to have fun.  I am in my head, hanging out with people that actually know me, people that I am trying to get to know myself.

I am pushing myself this month.  I am trying to write 50,000 words in 30 days!  I am also trying to write a post every single day.  I am pushing my mind to expand and to stick to a goal. A non-writer may not see how this is as thrilling as seeing the world, but they lack imagination. I don’t need to go to the ocean, because I have a character who just went and told me all about it. I don’t need to go to a bar, because my character works at one and I know what goes on there.

I may not be living my life the way others think I should. I sit at my computer and type away. I even play a few games here and there. Some don’t see it as adventurous, but I bet I have more adventures than them.  Not to mention all the books I am reading, all the worlds I am seeing that they will never know.

Don’t tell me that I need more adventure in my life.  Don’t tell me I am not having fun in life.  The truth is, I am having a blast and I go on a new adventure every day. Just because I can’t take pictures doesn’t mean I am not living my life, it just means you don’t have enough imagination to go along with me.

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Ready to Read

Yep. That is my Nightstand!

I realize that some people have a ritual or things they have to have when they get ready to sit down to read.  Some people have a ritual or things they have to have when they write as well.  For me there are things I have to have while reading in case an idea strikes and I need to write.  A lot of times my ideas come to me while I am sitting in bed reading at night.  It just comes with the territory.

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I mostly read at night before bed.  The day time is filled with so many other things that I often don’t have time to read.  But I have a few things that I have to have when reading.  First is a cup of tea.  Since it is bed time I drink the Lipton Soothe tea, which is a green tea with a hint of mint and citrus. I love it.  If I read during the day I have to have green tea with lemon.

I am usually reading at least three books at a time so all my books are sitting in my bed and I will spend about an hour reading each book.  I also have my notebook. This is so I can take notes on the books I am reading so that when I do my book review I have all the important parts right in front of me.  Which is fantastic, because when I have a thought or complaint about the book I have a reminder.  I often forget my complaints if I like the book.  I am blinded by the good ending.

If I am reading during the day I also have to have my iPod and headphones.  At night the house is quiet and a fan is enough to drown out any major sounds.  For some reason I can read better with music blaring in my ears than hearing the noise of my family going on about the day.

 

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When I sit down to read I have to have a few things.

First…tea.  I know, I am a tea nerd.  For writing the tea can very.  It’s either sweet tea, green tea with lemon, Earl Grey, or Lady Grey.  It just depends on what I am feeling that day.  I also have to have some water and usually a little something to snack on.  I don’t want any distractions while I am writing.  Door

I have a few notebooks that I keep with me while writing as well.  The one pictured above and two more.  Out of the two, one is for a story that I have been working on the second book for, and the other is for random ideas I have been writing down.  The one pictured above is for my blog.

I have a mini white board on my bedroom door.  I use it for when I am writing so everyone knows not to bother me.  Of course, it only works half the time.

Let’s not forget my computer.  It depends on what kind of mood I am in.  I will either use my desktop or my laptop.  If I am using my laptop I am usually sitting in my bed because I am too lazy to sit at the computer desk…although sitting in bed helps my ideas flow.

There has to be music.  Always!  It helps me drown out the noise of the house and keeps me focused on my work.

I would love to have an office with sound proof walls.  I could so write in silence.  I could also use a computer that doesn’t connect to the internet because I always think of something that I just need to look up right then.  Even if I have the notebooks sitting beside me and can jot down what I need to look up for later.

 

That’s my routine and needs for reading and writing.  What do you do to read or write?  Or am I the only weird person that has to have things set up?

 

 

It Has Become a Problem

I have talked several times about my addiction to books.  I have talked about how often I will buy a new book because it has sparked my interest.  My mom once told me to embrace my addictions, because I don’t have any really bad ones.  At least it didn’t seem like a problem.  Not until now.

I have a file on my computer with pictures.  A lot of pictures.  Pictures of books!  When I see a book on a shelf that I find interesting but can’t afford it or is a second to a series, I will take a picture and save it.  That way, when I get home or get the time I can look the book up and read reviews or find the first of the series.  Today I took one picture and bought two books…

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I had seen Panic a few times before and just had to buy it this time.  Then my eyes wandered around and landed on Dorthy Must Die.  I have been a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz since I was a little girl.  So much so that I am always on the look out for red sparkly shoes for adults…little kids get all the fun things!  I just recently went to a play at a high school about it too.  When I found this book I couldn’t put it down, but I had to have Panic because I had seen it so many times.

Being horrible at making decisions, I went for both of them.  This is why I shouldn’t be allowed around books.  They are like cute little puppies and kittens.  I can’t say no to them.  I have to have them, even if it will be years before I can read them.  I have so many books right now on my bedside table (it’s my physical “to-read” list!)

Yes, my addiction has become a problem and I might need to find a support group.  Or maybe I just need to hand my money over to someone else so they can tell me what I can and can not buy.  My mom has offered several times.  Being unemployed makes this addiction even worse.  But what am I supposed to do?  It is my business to read and report on the good and bad books. It is my duty as an avid reader to find amazing books to suggest to the world.  I may love reading more than I love writing!

Okay that last bit was a lie.  It’s a nice little tie.  I mean, any writer will tell you that reading is part of the job!

Excuse me while I go build a fort out of my “to-read” list and freshen up my wish list on Amazon.  There is a reason that I only ask for books for my birthday and Christmas.

Bookstore Dangers

Yep. That is my Nightstand!

Yep. That is my Nightstand!

I went to the book store yesterday.  I just had this undying need to go and look around.  It’s a used bookstore that I absolutely love.  They are so well organized and there are so many books.  Now, I have plenty of books to read on my Kindle.  I downloaded a bunch of books at the beginning of the year, but you just can’t beat the feeling of picking up a book and taking it home to join all your other friends.  Yes, friends because that is exactly what my books are to me.  My friends and my escape from reality, though reality isn’t so bad right now.

So, I went to the book store called Mr. K’s and browsed all the shelves looking for something new.  I want to branch out and read books from different genres.  I have a ton of books about vampires and werewolves.  I have also read a lot of young adult books.  So, I went with a few things that were different.  I bought a series called “Fools Gold” by Jude Fisher.  As well as a book Called “The Warded Man” by Peter V. Brett.  At the moment I am reading “Bitten” by Kelley Armstrong.  “Bitten” is now a series on Syfy and I am saving all the episodes for when I finish the book, but the book is also part of a 13 book series. I love long series.  It’s great getting to spend a lot of time with your favorite characters.

I didn’t stop there.  I made my way to the young adult section.  I can’t help myself.  They usually have the cutest love stories and since I don’t have a love life and never have had a love life, I enjoy the simple, cute, and clean love stories the best.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the more mature love stories too.  I have read the “Black Dagger Brotherhood” series and would like to revisit that series soon, there are a few books I never bought and I want to catch up.  I have also read the books that “True Blood” was based on.   Not to mention that I actually did read, but did not enjoy, the “50 Shades of Gray” series.  Actually, I enjoyed the story, but the erotica part of it was definitely not my style.

I ended up spending 42 dollars on books yesterday.  I bought 12 books.  3 of the books were the “Fools Gold” series and another 3 were part of the young adult series “Nightshade” series.

I was so torn when I went to bed last night.  I always read before I go to sleep and I just didn’t know which book to start!  I ended up not starting any new books and just picked up where I left off in “Bitten.”

I am such a book nerd.  I am so excited for the stack of books now sitting on my nightstand, just waiting for me to dive in and lose myself!

P.S.  I have added a new page to my blog for books that I have read this year.  You can find it HERE. Check it out and let me know if you have read any of the books on my list or plan on reading them.

Business And Pleasure

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Reading has always been my favorite past time.  I read to learn new things, even if it’s completely made up.  I read to escape reality, which is often boring, uneventful, dull, and depressing.  I read for adventure and to see new worlds.  Most of the time, it’s not so much reading as it is watching the words come alive and dance before my eyes.  It’s probably the reason I have such a vivid imagination.  As a child I had very few friends and books were my place of peace.

Just recently I realized that books have become more than just a source of entertainment and escape.  They have also become the bricks in my road to the magical world of publishing.

I have always lost myself in books.  The world around me just melts away and I am thrown into a world where the impossible is what is expected.  I easily forget that I am lying in bed or sitting in a comfy chair.  I fly through magical clouds to lands of green grass and rainbow colored fish.  I swim through rivers on the outskirts of a kingdom ruled by an evil king.  I become the girl that saves the world.  I also become the writer, studying the styles of writing in each book.

It’s like I have two people in my brain that sit down at their desk when I start to read.  The first one’s job is to record what I am reading and play it back for me.  This brain is in charge with keeping my eyes hovering over the words and to turn those words into pictures.  The second one’s job is to watch for character development, punctuation, and to see how certain words are used.  This second person is the one with the hard job, because he has to take note of all the fun things that make a writers work awesome and file it so I can come back to it later.

For most of my life the first guy has always had total control when I read.  Which made the second guy’s job that much harder, but I felt safe there.  Now that I know about the second guy, I try to give him a little up-front time every now and then.  I pay more attention to sentence structure and detailed descriptions so that I can use that to make my own writing better.

Maybe it’s a side effect of having so much more time to write lately, or maybe I am just now feeling comfortable enough to allow the first person to take a break.  Either way, I feel like reading is even more important now.  Who better to learn from then your favorite authors.  No one can show you how to break into the market better than the ones who are already there.  I feel like I have already become a better writer just from paying more attention to what I read, and making sure I write something everyday.

Do any of you writers out there find yourselves paying attention to writing style while reading?  I’m sure I can’t be the only one.

“Just Finished a Really Good Book” Blues

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I have this terrible problem.  I can not contain myself when I have a really good book in my hands.  I read until I have devoured it.  I throw myself into the world so fast and hard that it sends my head spinning.  Every moment away from the book my heart aches to return to the comfort of those pages that I can understand.  I can’t seem to grasp reality, because the world of the book has become my reality and everything else is just a bad dream.

Then, I read the last page and suddenly I am thrown back into a dull boring life of reality.  I sit there, re-reading the last page unable to accept or understand that the book has come to an end.  I wonder how it could come to an end, when it had become my reality, because reality does not end.

I feel like I have lost my best friend and my boyfriend.  Like my world has been yanked out from under me, just when I was starting to settle in.  It’s like losing everything in one split second as I read the last and final word.  The last period laughs and taunts me, and the ache grows.  You are left trying to figure out how to cope with losing that part of you, because that book has cemented it’s self into your very soul and now you are forced to rip it away.

Maybe I am just crazy and it only happens to me, but I actually get a little depressed and find it hard to do much of anything except contemplate what will happen next.  The book I finished today part of a series that I have been reading for years now.  Only the last few books have caused this kind of illness.  I just can’t get enough of the world and the people in it.  I want to be the people in it and I want to be the one that has to fight for my life everyday against the demons, vampires, witches, and what ever else sees me as a threat.  I want to be the hero with great friends and a gorgeous boyfriend.  How dare the book end and send me into this boring lonely life!

Now, I know that in a few days I will be back to normal and I will be okay with the reality set in front of me. Well, as okay with it as I was before, it will still suck and be totally lonely.  But for now I will sulk and whine about how I want to bury myself in the book again.  I will re-read the book again one day, but I have to pull away from it for now.

I seem to have this problem with reading in general though.  I throw myself into a world that isn’t real, or at least everyone tells me it isn’t real.  And when I come up for fresh air I feel like my heart is ripped from my chest and stomped into the ground while everyone shouts at me to grow up and get a grip.  Let’s face it, reality is no where near has amazing as the worlds we read about in books.  For the few of us that can be completely captivated by words on a page, reality can be hard to deal with.  The words become pictures that play in front of us like a picture on the tv.

The vivid readers have a hard long life full of mystery and adventure.  And all we have to do is sit in our comfy chair and watch the words dance for us.

As a writer, I can only hope to have half that kind of power on my readers.  I want to cause an emptiness when they come to the end of a book and realize they have to wait for a new book to go back.  I think that is why I became a writer, not to cause heartache, but to ease my own.  When I finish writing a book it still leaves me feeling empty, but all I have to do is pick up the pen and start the next book if it’s a series.  It is a beautiful thing being a creator of something that may captivate others the way I have been captivated myself.