Monday, December 31, 2012

School of Fear

This series of three books is a complete deviation from what I normally write about.  Not young adult or paranormal, just a cute story.  They are at about a 6th Grade reading level (according to my daughter’s school assessment) and so therefore make for a fun, quick read. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Harry Potter vs. Twilight

Preface:  This ONLY deals with the books!  I don’t like the Twilight movies (especially Kristin Stewart) any more than any of you.

Why must Harry Potter fans always make fun of Twilight?  I get that they teach very different stories. “Harry Potter is all about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity…” but I would have to say that Twilight is about much more than “…how important it is to have a boyfriend.”  (quote by Andrew Futral btw- not Stephen King)

Monday, December 10, 2012

While I Was Sick

I haven’t written in a while because I’ve been sick.  Like, can-barely-lift-my-head kind of sick.  What I could lift was - my kindle.  Yea!  Otherwise I would have gone insane.  Two full weeks on the couch and I don’t particularly like TV.  I did watch a couple of Christmas movies with my daughters, but other than that I read.  Morning to night, I read.  One day I figured out that I read a total of 12 hours between waking and going back to sleep (oddly enough that’s not my all-time record, but it still gives you glimpse into my world for the last two weeks).

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Curl Up and Read

     This time of year is so busy and all I really want to do is curl up and read a good book.  Instead I’m rushing from one thing to the next.  Honestly, most times of year I would like to just read instead of facing all the millions of things I need to do, but the “responsible adult” that I try to pretend to be can’t do that.  

Monday, November 19, 2012

How to Judge a Book

I started a new book this week (of course).  Even if I didn’t love reading at least one new book a week I would need something to blog about, right?  I had done my favorite thing and perused the “Free kindle books” list.  (This list is a breath of fresh air to those of us addicted to clicking that little “Buy now with 1-Click” button.)  And I guess there were all kinds of hints as to what this book would be like, but I won’t list them now for that would give away what I discovered upon reading several chapters.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"Addicted to the Written Word"

So I’ve decided to write a blog about books.  I know what you’re probably thinking:  “Big deal!  There are literally hundreds of people out there doing the exact same thing.”  Well, you’re right.  However, nobody “out there” shares my exact point of view or style of writing and so I hope to touch some of you and keep your interest as I explore my passion for books.

I don’t want this to be just a book review site, but hopefully a rather new perspective on the books I like.  That being said- please don’t message me about what you think I should read.  For some reason, as soon as I admit to being an avid reader whoever I am talking to seems to think I will read anything they suggest or give to me.  As my sister-in-law (the only person I know who out-reads me) can tell you, I have a tendency to shy away from books that are suggested, or touted as great.  That doesn’t mean that I won’t occasionally ask people for book ideas or favorite authors.  I just love the thrill of finding something new on my own. 

BTW- this tendency would be responsible for the fact that I have not yet read the Hunger Games, and for the reason it took me about 5 years to get around to reading Twilight for the first time.
Despite the thrill of a new story, I tend to go back to old favorites quite often.  So if I re-read a book and find something new in it, I will probably blog about it again.  That being said, some of my recent favorites have been books so unknown that they technically aren’t even published, except on Kindle. (If you do deign to follow this blog you will no doubt learn of my love affair with Kindle.  It is my all time, must carry with me, and item of choice… I mean who knows when you might get a few minutes which would otherwise be wasted in the kids’ school car line, or bank drive through?  Hmm… that may turn into its own post all together.)

At this point you may be wondering what sort of books I will be writing about.  Well, I can promise that it will almost always be about fiction.  I do love a good story.  Beyond that I really would be hard pressed to come up with a favorite genre of writing.  I happen to love Harry Potter, Twilight, Pride and Prejudice, Anne of Green Gables as well as almost anything by Elizabeth George, or Sue Grafton.  I list these just to give you a small glimpse of how varied my tastes are.  You may note that these include fantasy, paranormal, classical, or modern murder mystery. 

If you love books as much as I do, I hope you will join me in my ramblings and comment often… whether you agree or disagree with my opinions.  I always welcome disagreements, however I ask that they be respectfully stated and reserve the right to delete them if I find them in poor taste (ie. mean-spirited or having foul language).  

Oh, and BTW.  I will always assume that you are already familiar with the books in question, so expect spoilers on occasion.  

..... The title for this post is a quote from the movie "Ever After" and the picture is what I would want to do with my fireplace if I didn't happen to love curling up in front of it with a good book.