Monday, December 31, 2012

Stacking The Shelves [5]

I've realized that lately I haven't been in the mood to write as much, and I'm the type to set a point and say everything is going to change then. A perfect point to start writing more would be tomorrow, the first of the month/year.
But I get the feeling that won't be changing for another couple of weeks, but then again I am me so none of this might make sense in a few days when I find myself writing more than usual, although that's unlikely.
So basically my writing is going to change... soon.

Last week was Christmas, and I didn't get any books. Well any that I didn't buy myself.

Books bought:
Back To Future Masquerade (Blue Bloods, #2) The Fool's Girl Violins of Autumn

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday. What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we have been reading and what we plan to read this week. 

Hey it is Monday and not only that but it's also the last day of the year. Tell me I'm not the only feeling like we just did this.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 Challenge Wrap Ups

Those Books I should Have Read challenge hosted by  Reading With Martinis, I wanted to read classics it didn't go too well. I got four out of the six, and as much as I'm sure I can get in two short ones by tomorrow it's probably better I don't.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

Now the trouble I had with this challenge is that I didn't like any of the books published the first 5 years of my life.
The highest rated was a 3, but at least I tried them and now I know. I'd love to continue with the next five or three years but I think I'm going to pass this time.

1990 The Sun Dog by Stephen King
1991 The Awakening by L.J. Smith
1992 Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card
1993 Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
1994 Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind

Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 Mount TBR Wrap Up

Seeing as how I've been complaining about this years challenges since October I didn't have any real intentions on writing up individual wrap up post, really they'd have been lucky to get one together. But I've figured I started them I might as well finish them or admit defeat.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Top Ten Book Covers of 2012

I'm just going to let the covers talk for themselves in this one.

The Selection (The Selection, #1) Everneath (Everneath, #1) Incarnate (Newsoul, #1) Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1) Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2) Tempest (Tempest, #1) Dreamless (Starcrossed, #2) Enchanted (Woodcutter Series, #1) Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon, #1) Insurgent (Divergent, #2)

Tune In Tuesday - Christmas

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! The feature is hosted by Ginger over at GReads! but until further notice you can find it over at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands.

Once again I've disappeared for a month, well I've disappeared from my regular music posting; but today's a great day to come back.
Merry Christmas and all that good stuff.
You know, peace on earth and good men named Will.
Whichever way you'd have it.

I realized yesterday that I can continue posting musicals and have a Christmas song.
Thank you Mr. Crosby.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Top Ten Books I Read in 2012

It hasn't really hit me yet that the year is pretty much over so I'm not completely sure what to say about it. I haven't even processed that it's Christmas Eve.
Is that bad? Christmas for me is usually like Charlie Brown's or the Grinch it gets me in the end.

Anyways 90 books read this year, 21 were audio but still, a lot to choose from.
I've actually eliminated my reviewed books since I already made them a top ten list a few weeks ago.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Jazz Cage - Review

The Jazz CageThe Jazz Cage by Ray Chen Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Prohibition-era mobsters collide with Underground Railroad abolitionists in The Jazz Cage.

It is 1924—sixty years after the South’s victory in the Civil War.

Frank McCluey, bounty hunter for the mob, is sent to help out a wealthy Virginian bootlegger. Frank’s job: track down two female slaves who’ve run away from the millionaire.

But the mob has made a bad choice. Instead of capturing the women, Frank decides to help them escape to Canada, his mission now aided by the pint-sized but steel-willed runaway Della and the outlawed Underground Railroad.

Soon Della and Frank become the target of slave catchers, cops, gangsters, and most chilling of all, a Confederate agent nicknamed the Hound for his ability to always sniff out and kill his prey.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Lethal Inheritance - Review

Lethal InheritanceLethal Inheritance by Tahlia Newland
Published October 10th 2012 by Catapult Press
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

If last night was real, Ariel should be dead. She’s not, but her mother has disappeared, there are bruises on her neck and the hideous beast in the photo looks frighteningly familiar.

You can’t send police into a tunnel that doesn’t exist after a villain they can’t see, so when shadow demons kidnap her mother, Ariel has to mount the rescue mission herself.
Hot on the trail, she enters a hidden layer of reality only to find that the demons are hunting her, and they feed on fear. Ariel must defeat them before they kill her and enslave her mother.
But how do you kill terrifying demons when your fear makes them stronger?

A quirky old guide teaches her how to locate and unleash her inner power, and while battling hallucinogenic mist, treacherous terrain, murderous earth spirits and self-doubt, she falls in love with Nick, a Warrior whose power is more than either of them can handle.

Ariel’s journey challenges her perception, tests her awareness and takes her deep into her heart and mind to confront, and ultimately transcend, her fear and anger.

Friday, December 14, 2012

12 Days of Christmas - Top Ten Reviewed Books

JennReneeRead is celebrating not only the season of giving but  also books (which really we celebrate any chance we get.) , with the 12 Days of Christmas blog event, in which she is spotlighting and giving away a book a day.

Since "Best of" list and Top Ten's are everywhere right now I've decided to spotlight my ten favorite books that were given to me for review this year.

Unfortunately I don't have any to give away but a few are free so books for everyone!

Free Souls - Cover Reveal + Giveaway

Free Souls by Susan Kaye Quinn
(Book Three of the Mindjack Trilogy) Now Available!
When your mind is a weapon, freedom comes at a price.
Four months have passed since Kira left home to join Julian’s Jacker Freedom Alliance, but the hole in her heart still whistles empty where her boyfriend Raf used to be. She fills it with weapons training, JFA patrols, and an obsessive hunt for FBI agent Kestrel, ignoring Julian’s worries about her safety and repeated attempts to recruit her for his revolutionary chat-casts. When anti-jacker politician Vellus surrounds Jackertown with the National Guard, Kira discovers there’s more to Julian’s concerns than she knew, but she’s forced to take on a mission that neither want and that might be her last: assassinating Senator Vellus before he can snuff out Julian’s revolution and the jackers she’s come to love.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Sixtus - Review

Sixtus (A Horror Thriller)Sixtus by Tim Kizer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Zack, a skinny fifteen-year-old nerd suffering from polydactyly, butchers his parents, a schoolmate, and a cop after becoming friends with a mysterious entity named Jeremy.

Who--or what--is Jeremy? And what are the reasons behind this killing spree? If you think you know the answers, chances are you are wrong.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

For more information or to sign up, click the picture.
You know what I just remembered? I've always been the type of person that when told not to or I can't, I always do and can.
And usually while I'm "canning" I'm also coming up with a victory dance to do.

Monday, December 3, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday. What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we have been reading and what we plan to read this week. 

Once upon a time the number of books I was currently reading wouldn't pass 2.
And that's counting school books. Right now I'm around 8. Not counting school books, seeing as how I'm not in school.
Goal for the next two months: Bring it back down to 1, or maybe 3.

Since my last update:

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Saturday Snapshot [6]

For more Saturday Snapshots see Alyce’s blog At Home With Books. 

I can believe November is gone and I haven't participated in this for a month now.

And how was your Novembers?

November and April I never feel them.

I'm going to continue the Italian theme I started oh so long ago. (End of October). And share some pictures from Venice.