Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Month in Review - January

So I've been posting more this month. I don't know if twice a week is going to keep up, but I'll be happy if I can put together a post at least once a week.

So far I've finished 11 books this month on my goal to 100.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Book Quote - Prozac Nation

I was going through files on my computer and found a word doc with this quote. I don't know why I kept it, but I really like it.

…some things are just meant to be:
Sid will always find Nancy, Tom will always hook up with Roseanne and Ted (truly a reprobate case) will manage to be involved, in tandem, with both Sylvia and another woman who died with her head in the oven, F. Scott will always recognize his Zelda, Samson will always fall for Delilah, and Jason would wed Medea all over again, even if he were fully apprised of their marriage’s macabre denouement.

Do I detect a pattern?

--Prozac Nation
--Good Morning Heartache/245

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

20 Books to Read Before They're Adapted into 2012 Movies

I had no idea what to write about and I didn't want to not post anything since I'm challenging myself to come up with something at least twice a week.  Then I saw this article over on buzzsugar.com
20 Books to Read Before They're Adapted into 2012 Movies

Here is the list of 20 books:
One for the Money by Janet Evonovhch I've read the books up to like number 13 and then gave up, I'm probably not going to see the movie.
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill I'm not into horror movies so I'll be passing on this one
The Vow by Kim and Krickett Carpenter I'm seeing this!
The Lorax by Dr. Suess I'm seeing this!
John Carter on Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs I'm not seeing this
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins I'm seeing this! I just started the book...I know I'm a little late in starting, I've had the audiobook for awhile now just haven't listened to it.
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks I'm not seeing this
The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant I don't know about this one.  The story sounds interesting, this may be one I wait and watch on DVD
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith  I don't know about this one.
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell I'm not seeing this
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer I'm seeing this!
Les Miserable by Victor Hugo I'm seeing this!
The Hobbitt by J.R.R. Tolkien I'm seeing this!
Life of Pi by Yann Martel I'm seeing this!
World War Z by Max Brooks I don't know about this one.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald I don't know about this one, did they really have to remake it? 
On the Road by Jack Kerouac I don't know about this one.
Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo I don't know about this one.
Another Bullsh*t Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn I don't know about this one.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky I don't know about this one. If I do decide to see this I want to read the book first, its been on my TBR list for awhile now.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Books in the Mail!

I love coming home to find a box of books waiting for me. I got quite a random collection of them today.

The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton  - The first book in her Play-by-Play series.

Jane Austen Made Me Do It - Original stories inspired by literature's most astute observer of the human heart.

Broetry by Brian McGackin  - Poems changed to speak to the everyday guy.

The Death of James Dean by Warren Newton Beath  - This one's been sitting on my wish list for awhile now and I finally broke down and ordered it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Blue Title - Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas

Blue-Eyed Devil (Travises #2)
by Lisa Kleypas

MEET THE BLUE-EYED DEVIL - His name is Hardy Cates. He's a self-made millionaire who comes from the wrong side of the tracks. He's made enemies in the rough-and-tumble ride to the top of Houston's oil industry. He's got hot blood in his veins. And vengeance on his mind.
 MEET THE HEIRESS - She's Haven Travis. Despite her family's money, she refuses to set out on the path they've chosen for her. But when Haven marries a man her family disapproves of, her life is set on a new and dangerous course. Two years later, Haven comes home, determined to guard her heart. And Hardy Cates, a family enemy, is the last person she needs darkening her door or setting her soul on fire.
 WATCH THE SPARKS FLY....Filled with Lisa Kleypas's trademark sensuality, filled with characters you love to hate and men you love to love, Blue-Eyed Devil will hold you captive in its storytelling power as the destiny of two people unfolds with every magical word. (from Goodreads)

I'm not one for reading a series out of order, so I read all three books in the series. I enjoyed them, they were quick reads for me and entertaining stories. I love Lisa Kleypas's historicals and I had wanted to read her contemporary books for a while now, I guess I just needed a reading challenge to get me to pick them up.

I like how the series stuck with all the siblings, I just wish we would have gotten Joe's story. While he's not focal in all the books, he's still important in the family dynamic and it would have been nice to have his story.

Normally with family series like this there is at least one sibling, spouse, or other family member I can't stand and that wasn't the case here. While they were predictable I wanted to read the story to find out how each couple ended up together and Hardy and Haven were my favorite. Following Hardy from his roll in Sugar Daddy I couldn't wait to see how he ended up with Haven and I wasn't disappointed with their story at all.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

January Book Club - The Full Moon Bride

The Full Moon Bride
by Shobhan Bantwal

What makes a marriage—love or compatibility? Passion or pragmatism? Shobhan Bantwal's compelling new novel explores the fascinating subject of arranged marriage, as a young Indian-American woman navigates the gulf between desire and tradition. . .
 To Soorya Giri, arranged marriages have always seemed absurd. But while her career as an environmental lawyer has flourished, Soorya is still a virgin, living with her parents in suburban New Jersey. She wants to be married. And she is finally ready to do the unthinkable. . .
 Soorya's first bridal viewings are as awkward as she anticipated. But then she's introduced to Roger Vadepalli. Self-possessed, intelligent, and charming, Roger is clearly interested in marriage and seems eager to clinch the deal. Attracted to him in spite of her mistrust, Soorya is also drawn into a flirtation with Lou, a widowed colleague who is far from her family's idea of an acceptable husband. In choosing between two very different men, Soorya must reconcile her burgeoning independence and her conservative background. And she must decide what matters most to her—not just in a husband, but in a family, a culture, and a life. . . (from Goodreads)

The Good:
We all agreed that we loved the cover art. It just makes the book inviting. We liked that Soorya was a big girl and didn't have to lose all her weight to find her happy ever after. Yes her weight was talked about and she was on that weird color diet, but it wasn't important for her to lose the weight to find the right guy. And we were all very happy that she ended up with the right guy for her.

The Bad:
I'm sad to say that even through we liked the book, we found more things we didn't like than we liked (if that makes sense).  We felt that Soorya was a bit too immature for her age, though we could see how it might have been due to her upbringing and her way of life. It could have been this that led to the comment that she also was very insecure with herself.

We also questioned who the audience of the book was, we felt there was a bit too much explanation and if we felt that way how would Indian-Americans feel reading the book and already knowing all these details?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2012 Color Coded Reading Challenge

I had said I wasn't going to do any reading challenges in 2012, but then I saw this one and thought that it sounded fun! So I'm going to participate in just this one challenge.

Here are the rules:
*Read nine books in the following categories.
1. A book with "Blue" in the title.
2. A book with "Red" in the title.
3. A book with "Yellow" in the title.
4. A book with "Green" in the title.
5. A book with "Brown" in the title.
6. A book with "Black" in the title.
7. A book with "White" in the title.
8. A book with any other color in the title (Purple, Orange, Turquoise, Pink, Magneta, etc.).
9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).

Friday, January 6, 2012

Amanda Hocking Book Signing

On Tuesday (1/3) I went to a local Barnes & Noble for Amanda Hocking book singing and release for her book Switch the first book in her Trylle Trilogy.

She talked about writing, self-publishing, and making the change to sign with a publisher. It was all very interesting. Then she read the prologue from Switched and snagged me! The book had sounded intriguing which is why I went, (I like getting books signed) I figured that the book would end up in my TBR pile. I'm starting Switched right after I finish writing this blog post!

After her reading we got our books signed. A friend had come with me and after hearing the prologue decided she wanted to get the book too.

I'm going to go start this now!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

I posted this over on the CNJ-JASNA blog and felt I should share it too since I used this quote all over on Saturday. Happy New Year!

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: On Saturday I posted this quote:
Bringing in a New Year is all about second chances. This year, we vow, we will do it right. We have a second chance to take better care of ourselves. We have a second chance to be kinder, wiser, and better human beings.

For the life of me I couldn't figure out where I had found this post at and was getting mad at myself for not being about to find the source. I posted it any way and also commented that I couldn't find where I had found it, well I am sad to admit that on the last day of 2011 the Librarian Force (very similar to the Jedi Force but geared towards Librarian-esque powers) was not strong with me. A friend found the information and only after I saw her reply to me did I realize that I had the source information in my grasp the whole time and just didn't realize it for whatever reason.

So today I'd like to thanks Laurie Viera Rigler, author of Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict for that quote.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011 Year in Review - Men in Uniform Challenge

I had assumed I would be reading at the Captain level reading between 11-15 books. I read 31, again I underestimated myself. Even if I take off audio books and the one book that brought a small debate about what a uniform is I still beat my estimate.

Men in Uniform Challenge
Men in Uniform Reading Challenge

  • Say it Again, Sam by Mary McBride (former member of Delta Force now the town Constable)
  • The Admiral's Bride by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Prince Joe by Suzanne Brockmann 
  • Forever Blue by Suzanne Brockmann

  • SEALed with a Kiss by Mary Margret Daughtridge
  • SEALed with a Promise by Mary Margret Daughtridge
  • SEALed with a Ring by Mary Margret Daughtridge
  • Frisco's Kid by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Everyday Average Jones by Suzanne Brockmann

  • Harvard's Education by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Hawken's Heart by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Critical Care by Candace Calvert (may or may not be a man in uniform getting mixed opinions from people that a Dr. that wears scrubs every day is or isn't considered a uniform)
  • Disaster Status by Candace Calvert
  • Code Triage by Candace Calvert

  • Lie with Me by Stephanie Tyler
  • Identity: Unknown by Suzanne Brockmann
  • The Hotshot by Jule McBride
  • Promises in the Dark by Stephanie Tyler
  • The Seducer by Jule McBride
  • The Protector by Jule McBride

  • SEALed Forever by Mary Margret Daughtridge
  • Get Lucky by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Taylor's Temptation by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Night Watch by Suzanne Brockmann
Honorary mention for May :  Stumbling Along the Beat: A Policewoman's Uncensored Story from the World of Law Enforcement by Stacy Dittrich

  • none

  • SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an elite Navy Seal Sniper by Howard Wasdin 
  • The Cop Next Door by Jenna Mills

  • none

  • Trial by Fire by Jo Davis

  • Ladies' Man by Suzanne Brockmann (audiobook)

  • Ice by Linda Howard (audiobook)

  • In the Air Tonight by Stephanie Tyler
  • Married to a Marine by Cathie Linz

2011 Year in Review - Support your Local Library Challenge

I have library cards to 3 different libraries. 1 is my local public library, 2 is the library system/branch I work for and the 3 is a library that allows all librarians to have a card. I checked at least one book out from each of them, but of course more from the library system/branch I work at.

I put myself down for checking out 30 books. I would like to know in what world, I thought I would only be checking out 30 books. I checked out 87 books, even if I take off the audio books I still completely beat my goal of 30!

I think this is an easy one for me, it just means taking books home from work with me.

I'm going to aim for:
The Mini – Check out and read 30 library books.

  1. The Admiral's Bride by Suzanne Brockmann
  2. The Gift by Nora Roberts
  3. Suite 606 by J.D. Robb
  4. Claude & Camille by Stephanie Cowell 
  5. Tall, Dark, and Dangerous by Suzanne Brockmann

  1. Fannie's last supper : re-creating one amazing meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 cookbook by Christopher Kimball
  2. A Shore Thing by Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
  3. Marrying Daisy Bellamy by Susan Wiggs
  4. Decision Points by Geroge W. Bush (e-book)
  5. Assholes Finish First by Tucker Max 

  1. Fannie's last supper : re-creating one amazing meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 cookbook by Christopher Kimball
  2. Decision Points by George W. Bush (book)
  3. The Pioneer Woman : black heels to tractor wheels by Ree Drummond
  4. The Other Wes Moore : one name, two fates by Wes Moore 
  5. Critical Care by Candace Calvert 
  6.  Lie with Me by Stephanie Tyler
  7. Disaster Status by Candace Calvert
  8. Code Triage by Candace Calvert

  1. Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward
  2. Promises in the Dark by Stephanie Tyler
  3. Final Jeopardy : Man vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything by Stephen Baker
  4. Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  5. Can you get Hooked on Lip Balm by Perry Romanowski
  6. Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey From NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer by Mireya Mayor

  1. The Other Side - Possession in Death by J.D. Robb 
  2. The Heroine's Bookshelf by Erin Blakemore 
  3. Midnight in Death by J.D. Robb
  4. The collected stories of Winnie-the-Pooh [sound recording]   by A.A. Milne
  5. The half life [sound recording] : a short story by Jennifer Weiner
  6. "21" : the story of Roberto Clemente : a graphic novel by Wilfred Santiago
  7. Death of a DJ by Jane Rubino 
  8. Moby-Duck: The true story of 28,800 bath toys lost at sea and of the beachcombers, oceanographers, environmentalists, and fools, including the author, who went in search of them by Donovan Hohn

  1. Three in Death by J. D. Robb
  2. The Help by Katheryn Stockett [audio book]
  3. Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares 

  1. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
  2. SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an elite Navy Seal Sniper by Howard Wasdin 
  3. The Pleasures of Cooking for One by Judith Jones
  4. Solo Suppers: Simple Delicious Meals to Cook for Yourself by Joyce Goldstein
  5. The Wedding by Julie Garwood
  6. The Filter Bubble by Eli Pariser
  7. Beyond Heaving Bosoms by Sarah Wendell & Candy Tan

  1. Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson
  2. The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly
  3. The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
  4. Cook this, not that! by David Zinczenko
  5. WeightWatchers new complete cookbook
  6. The good neighbor cookbooks by Sara Quessenberry
  7. King of Sword and Sky by C. L. Wilson

  1. Lady of Light and Shadows by  C. L. Wilson
  2. Queen of Song and Souls by  C. L. Wilson
  3. Crown of Crystal Flame by  C. L. Wilson
  4. Tea and Destiny by Sherryl Woods
  5. Save as Draft by Cavanaugh Lee
  6. Ready Player One by Ernie Cline (Audiobook)
  7. Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for one
  8. Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance
  9. Blood Born by Linda Howard and Linda Jones
  10. Too loud, too bright, too fast, too tight: what to do if you are sensory defensive in an overstimulated world by Sharon Heller

  1. Does the Noise in my Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler
  2. Tuscan Holiday by Holly Chamberlin
  3. New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb
  4. Maphead by Ken Jennings
  5. 1105 Yakima Street by Debbie Macomber
  6. Shine by Lauren Myracle
  7. The Heir by Grace Burrowes
  8. The Soldier by Grace Burrowes
  9. Ladies' Man by Suzanne Brockmann (Audiobook)
  10. 1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber
  11. The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
  12. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  13. How Shakespeare Changed Everything by Stephen Marche

  1. Ice by Linda Howard (aduiobook)
  2. The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss
  3. The First Husband by Laura Dave
  4. London Under by Peter Ackroyd
  5. Jane Austen's Emma by Nancy Butler and Janet Lee
  6. The Scandal of Lady Eleanor by Regina Jeffers

  1. 44 Charles Street by Danielle Steele (audio book)
  2. The Unquiet (Chaos in Death by JD Robb)
  3. That Holiday Feeling by Debbie Macomber
  4. Comfort & Joy by Krisitan Hannah (audio book)
  5. Death comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
  6. In the Air Tonight by Stephanie Tyler
  7. The Christmas Chronicles: The Legend of Santa Claus by Tim Slover (audio book)
  8. The Full Moon Bride by Shobhan Bantwal
  9. Legacy by Danielle Steel (audio book)