Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Challenge Update

Here's Where I Stand on the I Love the Library Challenge

Books Checked Out and Read:
  • Love Letters by Debbie Macomber
  • NPR driveway moments - Dog tales (BCD)
  • NPR funniest driveway moments (BCD)
  • Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Contagious: Why Things Catch on by Jonah Berger (BCD)
  • The Calhouns - Catherine, Amanda, Lilah by Nora Roberts

Books Checked Out and Currently Reading
  • The Calhoons. Suzanna and Megan by Nora Roberts
  • Caffeinated: how our daily habit helps, hurts and hooks us by Murray Carpenter (BCD)
Books Checked Out and Not Read - Yet
  • The Contract by Derek Jeter

Here's Where I Stand on the TBR Pile Challenge

In my book basket:
  • Casting About by Terri Dulong
Books from my Nook:
  • Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Nora Roberts Reading Challenge
  • Night Smoke
  • Night Shield
  • Courting Catherine
  • A Man For Amanda
  • For the Love of Lilah

Thursday, September 25, 2014

National Comic Book Day!

Today is National Comic Book Day and I thought I'd share some of my favorite series with you.

First up is the series that's still ongoing the new Ms. Marvel:

I need to catch up with this series, but I have loved the first few issues. Kamala Khan is just trying to be a normal teenager living in Jersey City. Things get weird when this fog shows up and covers the city. Kamala wakes up with some super powers. She's on a delicate balance to begin with between her traditional Muslim parents and her desire to just be a normal American teen.  Now add in these superpowers she's not quite sure how to control and things get interesting.  

There are nine issues out already with more on the way.




Sticking with NJ and people with superpowers there's Jersey Gods:

I randomly found this one while browsing in my local comic book store. It had already had it's initial print run and was coming out in volumes (three in total). I picked up volume 1, and read this:

Jersey Gods Volume 1: I'd Live And I'd Die For YouYou're a fun-loving, high-maintenance girl that grew up in a New Jersey suburb. You live close enough to New York City to want the clothes and the cosmopolitan lifestyle, but you're not brave enough to move away from you over protective parents. What's a girl to do? If you're Zoe, you marry the first God of War that crash lands in town during a life or death struggle with his evil adversary! But, what happens when even an all-powerful God can't exactly measure up to your elevated expectations?

There was no question I was reading this series! I enjoyed the series but I will say the end was a bit of a disappointment.


The next series is another one I enjoyed and felt disappointment at the end.  Well I was disappointed that it ended. DC's Lil Gotham.

The stories started out based around the holidays then moved into more family-esque stories.

I liked that the stories weren't just about the good guys. There were a handful that focused on the lives of our favorite villains.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this series besides the stories was the art work. It was really great.




The last one I want to share is a short one with only 4 issues. It's called The Answer! and it's put out by Dark Horse.

Devon is a librarian who is a wiz at puzzles. She's also an insomniac. It's late one night when her life gets really interesting.  It involves a puzzle, The Brain Trust (a weird secret group)  and a man in an exclamation point mask (a weird kind of crime fighter).

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nora Roberts Reading Challenge - A Call for Help!

For the last four years I have been on a goal to read the entirety of Nora Roberts's backlist. If things go smoothly I should finish off (almost) all the published titles. (My progress)

I just started The Calhoun Women series. Then I have The Dream Trilogy and the Stars of Mirtha trilogy.

After that the only book remaining on my list is:


I'm asking for help in locating a copy of this book I can borrow to read. It's hard to find and I refuse to spend over $60. I want to finish this challenge but there are limits.

So if you have a copy, know someone who has a copy, would you be willing to lend it?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mini-Review: Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh

Rock Courtship (Rock Kiss #1.5)Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

During Rock Addiction reader's met David, the drummer for School Boy Choir, and Thea, Molly's sister and School Boy Choir's publicist. David has always had a thing for Thea, but her rule on not dating clients (or musicians) but him at a loss.

We know that Molly suggests that David send Thea a memo, she can't resist them. And we know that it was a good suggestion, but what really went on between the two of them with those memos?

In this novella we get that story.  It overlaps slightly with the back story of David's attraction to Thea and the first time she turned him down.  We get to read those memos and get another look at this couple. Instead of the instant attraction/relationship that we saw in book one, this one is a slow boil. (I really do mean boil). I just wish it was a little longer.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Reader's Workout - Back to the Gym

Reader's Workouts is a weekly event which is hosted over at Joy's Book Blog.




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I've been slacking in my attendance at the gym. Without someone to go with me, I find I can easily talk myself out of going.  This week my friend and gym buddy went back to her school schedule which means we can get to the gym together on Tuesdays. In my book, one day is better than no days.

My goal for this week is to not talk myself out of going to the gym on Thursday. I find I need the treadmill to get a good walk in, otherwise I find a walk around the block turns into a slow meander while I listen to my audiobook.

Yesterday, I didn't start a new audiobook. I wanted to finish another episode of:


I love this podcast and sadly over the spring/summer I fell behind in listening. I caught up and only have to listen to the new episode that came out Monday. 

So Thursday, I'm going to have to start a new audiobook and I have no idea what to listen too. I currently have a number of books waiting to be heard on my audible account.  

I'm leaning towards:
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz narrated by Anne Hathaway
  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teach I Ever Had by Tony Danza (who also narrates)
  • Joyland by Stephen King
I don't know which to choose first. 

Hope your week is going good!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Review: I want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

I Want It That Way (2B Trilogy #1)I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had a particular ear worm bugging me while I read this book. (It's back now!) It was worth humming a song from high school because this book was a really enjoyable read.

Nadia is a small town girl who heads off to college and is determined to realize her dreams.  She's got a plan and that's just how she wants it.  Then she meets Ty her really sexy red headed downstairs neighbor. Ty also has a plan and that plan is focused on raising his son and slowly getting his degree. He doesn't want any complications and a relationship tops his list.

I loved that this was small town girl goes to big city for college.  In this case big city is just another small town but bigger than the small town where she's from.

I liked Nadia and Ty's relationship. He set the boundaries of keeping things away from his son and she respected that.

I liked all of Nadia's roommates, they were really good secondary characters.  Their story lines didn't interfere and only added to the overall feel of college life.

The one thing I really didn't like, and the reason this was 4 stars, was the back story with Ty's last relationship with his son's mother.

I received a review copy from the publisher. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Book Review - Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

Rock Addiction (Schoolboy Choir, #1)Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm a big fan of Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series. So I jumped at the chance to read an advance copy of the book and I wasn't disappointed.

The beginning was a little slow.  There was also a feeling of missing part of the story, mostly the background history between Molly, her sister, and their father.


The first half of the book takes place in New Zealand. Molly's home playing field. Molly wants a quite life. Trips to the market. Work at the library. A simple life.  Then she meets Fox and all that simple gets kind of complicated. Molly is willing to let her life get a little complicated and spend time with Fox while the bad is in the area but after that she wants to go back to simple.  It all goes back to Molly's past. There was some kind of scandal with her father and it just destroyed her life.

She introduces Fox to her simple life. However, that simple life, doesn't work for Fox.  He takes Molly to his home playing field, California. This second half is when things really started to pick up.

One of the things I love about the Psy-Changeling series is the way Nalini writes her alpha males.  She doesn't let the reader down in Fox.  He's a sexy, alpha male, rock star. He can ride high on the fame, but he doesn't forget where he came from and those that helped him get there.  It's all about the music and his friends, until he meets Molly.  Then he's pretty much focused solely on her, poor Molly.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Writer's Game of 7

A friend tagged me in one of those chain posts on FB.
The rules:
Go to page 7 of your current work-in-progress.
Go to Line 7 on that page.
Post the next 7 lines as they are.
Tag 7 people to do the same.
I'm currently working on my thesis story From Around the Table:
“What was all that noise out there?” Zio was sitting in the living room reading the newspaper.
“A group of kids was roller skating by, they called out a hello.” Mary smiled as she moved past the room.
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The following Saturday, Mary was sitting outside for her afternoon break when the roller skating group came by again. Carl was leading the pack down the street. This time Mary heard them before they called out and she was waiting for them.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

August Reading Challenges Update

Here's Where I Stand on the I Love the Library Challenge

Books Checked Out and Read:
  • Fast Track by Julie Garwood
  • Longbourn by Jo Baker (BCD)

Books Checked Out and Currently Reading
  • Love Letters by Debbie Macomber
Books Checked Out and Not Read - Yet
  • Joie Warner's take a tin of tuna (cookbook)
  • The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand by Jen Swann Downey

Here's Where I Stand on the TBR Pile Challenge


In my book basket:
  • Mr. Knightley's Diary by Amanda Grange>
  • Cassandra & Jane by Jill Pitkeathley
  • The List Lover's Guide to Jane Austen by Joan Strasbaugh
Books from my Nook:
  • A Darcy Christmas by Various

Nora Roberts Reading Challenge
  • Nightshade

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Austen in August Wrap-up!


This is one of my favorite reading events each year! I'll be posting most of my updates over at CNJ - JASNA.

Reading list:
Longbourn by Jo Baker (BCD)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
The List Lovers Guide to Jane Austen by Joan Strasbaugh
Mr. Knightly's Diary by Amanda Grange
Cassandra & Jane by Jill Pitkeathley - DNF
A Darcy Christmas by Various Authors

Reviews:
Austen in August Mini-Reviews - List Lovers and A Darcy Christmas
Austen in August Mini-Reviews - The other books

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Reader's Workout: The Color Run aftermath

Reader's Workouts is a weekly event which is hosted over at Joy's Book Blog.




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I woke up Saturday morning with some slight back pain. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to do the walk, but was determined to show up to support the rest of my group. I got there and took my time walking around to get signed in and trying to find the group. My back was feeling okay so I did the walk.


I had so much fun, but couldn't stick around for the after party. My back just couldn't handle standing much longer. I spent the rest of the day just chilling in the house with a friend. It was worth it!

Austen in August Mini Reviews - The other books!



Longbourn by Jo Baker (BCD) (4 of 5 stars)
I will admit that I couldn't wait to finish listening and picked up the book at work and read the last few chapters at lunch.  I really liked how the novel was set during the time of P&P but it wasn't just a retelling.  It was a whole new story and I cared more about what was going on Sarah, Mrs. Hill and James than I did with the parts that reflected the events of P&P.  
The novel is in three volumes and the third one was the hardest for me to get through.  It was like when a show you love ends a season on a cliffhanger and when it comes back it doesn't pick right back up.  The third volume covered a lot of background information and eventually caught back up with the ending of volume 2 (that's when I started to get desperate to be in the car).  I highly recommend this book!
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (4 of 5 stars)
I took my time in my rereading of MP. It was my first time rereading the novel since my first reading back in college. It was kind of like reading it for the first time, I rediscovered why I disliked some characters and why I liked others.  I found myself enjoying it more than I remembered the first time.  I saw a lot of myself in Fanny which really made me feel for her during a number of scenes. I did, however, dislike the end of the novel. I had forgotten that we get very little concerning the courtship of Fanny and Edmund. 
Mr. Knightly's Diary by Amanda Grange (4 of 5 stars)
It was wonderful to get Mr. Knightly's take on the events of Emma.  It was a quick and fun read and I enjoyed the bits taken from Emma. I liked how we got to see how he realizes he is in love with Emma. 
Cassandra & Jane by Jill Pitkeathley (DNF)
I did not finish this book. I gave it a really good try, but I just couldn't get into the story.