Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

It's my birthday today, and I don't want to sound selfish but well, what other day to be selfish. It's our day we only get one a year.
And maybe because of that, people seem to frustrate more.
But maybe that's just me.

So the top ten characters I wouldn't want to be around today:

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Stacking the Shelves {6}

This is the post I've been waiting to share all month. Mainly so I can go: "Look what I got! Look what I got!"

I officially, yes officially, need to stop because, well you've all seen my bookshelf.

Winter's Respite Read-a-thon Wrap Up

Total Pages Read: 588
Total Books Finished: 2

I think I've read more this time around than I have other times when I had so much more time to read. But that actually makes more sense since I'm more likely to procrastinate, I mean enjoy more down time, when I have something else to try and avoid. Plus I had some pretty awesome books to read.

Thanks to Michelle @ Seasons of Reading for hosting!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Two and Twenty Dark Tales

Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose RhymesTwo and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this anthology, 20 authors explore the dark and hidden meanings behind some of the most beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes through short story retellings. The dark twists on classic tales range from exploring whether Jack truly fell or if Jill pushed him instead to why Humpty Dumpty, fragile and alone, sat atop so high of a wall. The authors include Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leigh Fallon, Gretchen McNeil, and Suzanne Young.


This will probably sound weird but I liked the stories where the main characters died at the end more. And there are actually quite a few.
Because of that I'm going to put up a spoiler warning mainly because I'll be naming a few names (mainly the ones that stuck with me):

Winter's Respite Update #2


Total Pages read: 324
Books read: 1
 
Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose RhymesTwo and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes by Nina Berry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This will probably sound weird but I liked the stories where the main characters died at the end more. And there are actually quite a few.
Because of that I'm going to put up a spoiler warning mainly because I'll be naming names:
(spoilers)[ I loved the mythology in Jessie Harrell's I Come Baring Souls that's one I would love to have seen as a full story. Gretchen McNeil's Tick Tock was awesome, I don't think a story has ever creeped me out like that. And Leigh Fallon's Wee Willie Winkie was good but could have used a little more maybe. The Wish by Suzanne Young: predictable but I liked it. (hide spoiler)]

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Winter's Respite Update 1

Pages read: 133

Of course the one week I should, I don't carry a book around. Why is it that when you need a book to read you don't have one, and when you do have one you no longer have to wait the minute you pull it out?
"I'll just read a few pages until they come back. Oh look they're here."

I can carry around a book everywhere I go and never use it, as soon as I take it out I need it.

In the words of Anna Godbersen
It is a truth universally acknowledge that there will always be a gentleman to dance with, except at just the moment when you require one most.

That's true with both books and gentlemen.
But at least good books are easier to find.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tune In Tuesday - Bye Bye Birdie

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.

I've added songs from Bye Bye Birdie so many times I kind of figured I'm just skip it, but I was up late last night watching so I couldn't resist featuring it today!

And it's Ann-Margret again!

Monday, January 21, 2013

A Winter's Respite Read-a-thon


It's read-a-thon time again! Starting off late today since it is a holiday I slept in, plus I'm still waiting for my Nook (fondly known as Linky) to charge. And I have an Amazon gift card that needs spending so I've also been distracting myself with book inspired products. I've yet to find that one product that I just have to have.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Toadhouse Trilogy: Book One - Review

The Toadhouse Trilogy (Book #1)The Toadhouse Trilogy by Jess Lourey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published July 17th 2012 by Toadhouse Books

Aine (pronounced "Aw-nee") believes herself to be a regular teenager in 1930s Alabama, but when a blue-eyed monster named Biblos attacks, she discovers that the reclusive woman raising her isn't really her grandmother and that she's been living inside a book for the past five years. With her blind brother, Spenser, she flees the pages of the novel she's called home, one terrifying step ahead of Biblos' black magic. Her only chance at survival lies in beating him to the three objects that he desires more than life.
As she undertakes her strange and dangerous odyssey, Aine must choose between a family she doesn't remember and her growing attraction to a mysterious young man named Gilgamesh. Only through treacherous adventures into The Time Machine, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Tale of Two Cities, and the epic Indian saga The Ramayana will she learn her true heritage and restore the balance of the worlds... if she can stay alive.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Saturday Snapsnot [7]

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

Hopefully this won't sound like I'm complaining.
Back in December when I was turning a project in my USB drive was erased, thankfully that was mainly a back-up.
In that time I've yet to put back any pictures on it, so right now I'm just playing the give you what I have game.

I've learned I don't have much.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Quotable Quotes - "Epiphanies"

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned picking a quote to represent the year. I call them my epiphanies since they usually come to me when I really need them.

So for this week's post I've decided to share them.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tune in Tuesday - Viva Las Vegas

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.
This week I'm posting one of my favorites, not just musicals or Elvis movies but songs.

Viva Las Vegas! Which is the only Vegas related thing I do like.
Other than the shows maybe.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Because It's Time to Come Back

I think my break from writing here has gone on long enough. I'm actually kind of making myself write this since I promised that I would start up again today.
I actually planned to start up again sometime last week, but well, that's kind of why I said making myself write.

I'm still hibernating after my holiday break, I say hibernate now, but had I written this last week I probably would have used a different "H" word.
Hiding.

Januarys are sleepy for me and slower than I would like. But then again I do say that about April and November too. You'd think I'd learn to plan ahead for those months.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

My [hacked] Year So Far

While this blog is still suppose to be on hiatus until next week, I got a text message at 6 this morning that made me very paranoid and has taken up most of my morning, aka valuable reading time.

Let's go back to last night, I finished reading Goddess Interrupted, loved it so much I remembered the meaning of book hangover. It's a lovely feeling isn't it?
So I'm totally buzzing from the book and trying to figure out if I should read The Goddess Legacy or just skip it for The Goddess Inheritance (the actual continuation.)  I started reading both since I figured I should let the end wear off before I go diving in again but well I really want to keep reading.