Monday, September 1, 2014

I'm Participating in the 'Tackle Your TBR' Read-a-thon!!!



Read-a-thons are the best motivation for tackling my TBR pile and what better way to do it than with the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon hosted by Wishful Endings!!! 

This read-a-thon will start Monday, September 8th and end on Saturday, September 20th! 

That's nearly 2 weeks! I've only ever participated in the week long Bout of Books read-a-thons so there's no telling how this read-a-thon will go for me. I probably won't be super dedicated with elaborate goals but I will have some goals along the lines of 'read 5+ books' or 'read 1000+ pages'. I'll make a separate and more specific goal post closer to start of the read-a-thon once I've figured out what I might want to read. 


Need some motivation to tackle that TBR pile and want to participate, too?
SIGN UP HERE. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Book Blogger Hop (Aug 29 - Sept 4)


The Book Blogger Hop is hosted at Ramblings Of A Coffee Addicted Writer and this week's question is: 

Do you request notifications of new replies when you post a comment on a blog post? 

My Answer: 
Not usually. I guess I never really thought about how much more interaction I would have if I did. It's definitely something I'll probably start doing in the future. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #31


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by TYNGA'S REVIEWS that features the books we bought, borrowed, were gifted, and were given for review.

I really wanted to go to the library this week and pick out a few books to read (specifically 'Scarlet' because I just finished 'Cinder') but it didn't happen. So all I have to show you all this week are the ebooks that I found for free through Amazon and the book that I got last minute in the mail. 

IN MY MAILBOX


I won a giveaway a couple of weeks ago and received this package from Jill at The O.W.L.! 
There were a few books to choose from and I chose 'We Were Liars' by E. Lockhart mostly because it seems to be the book everyone has been talking about all summer and I really just want to know what the hype is all about!
Jill wrapped the book in a beautiful owl ribbon (I LOVE IT!)  and included some signed bookmarks and a sticker as well! Thank you so much, Jill!!!


FREEBIES


(The Gryphon Chronicles #1)

"NY Times & USA Today bestselling author E.G. Foley presents The Gryphon Chronicles, an exciting new series of historical fantasy adventures that's as much fun for grownups as it is for kids."

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"A gripping medieval tale set in 16th century Bohemia"

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(Kronberg Crimes #1)

"In Victorian London's cesspool of crime and disease, a series of murders remains undiscovered until Dr. Anton Kronberg crosses paths and joins forces with Sherlock Holmes."

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What did you add to your shelves this week? 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Finds #35


Friday Finds is a blog meme hosted over at Should Be Reading that highlights the books you found and added to your To Be Read list, whether you found them online or in a bookstore and etc. They are not necessarily books that you purchased!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Anticipating September 2014 - New Releases



I haven't been the most up-to-date book blogger these past several months and I"m starting to realize just how far behind I am! I feel like I just crawled out from under a rock and all the books that I was waiting on have already been published without me even realizing! So this is my little way of attempting to stay a little more 'in the now' on what is coming out each month. 


SEPTEMBER 2014
NEW RELEASES

{Click on covers to be taken to Goodreads pages}

My Most Anticipated





Piques my Interest


 


          

As of now, I don't know of many other new releases so these are just a few that I've been looking forward to or have come across recently. I'm hoping for a much better turn out for October because I am always anticipating good spooky reads! 

UPDATED ADDS

    


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What September new releases are you looking forward to? 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Book Review: 'Child of God'


'Child of God'
by
Cormac McCarthy


Genre: 
Adult Fiction

Published: 
1973 by Picador

Source: 
My personal library

Pages:
186

My Rating:

SYNOPSIS:

By the author of the critically acclaimed Border Trilogy, "Child of God" is a taut, chilling novel that plumbs the depths of human degradation. Lester Ballard, a violent, solitary and introverted young backwoodsman dispossessed on his ancestral land, is released from jail and allowed to haunt the hill country of East Tennessee, preying on the population with his strange lusts. McCarthy transforms commonplace brushes with humanity - in homesteads, stores and in the woods - into stunning scenes of the comic and the grotesque, and as the story hurtles toward its unforgettable conclusion, depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humour, and characteristic lyrical brilliance.

MY THOUGHTS:

I'm having a hard time rating this because I didn't 'really like it' but I did like McCarthy's writing. The quote on the front of this book by Tobias Wolff fits almost perfectly. 

"His prose, unfailingly beautiful and exact, carries us into a dreamworld of astonishing and violent revelation." 

Take out 'dreamworld' and it's a perfectly apt description. Even with the disturbing content, I enjoyed the prose. So while I've rated it 3 stars, I'd say it's more like a 3.5 or 4. 

Warning to the reader, though, that this book is not for the faint of heart. I'd lump it into the categories of 'serial killer fiction' or 'most disturbing books I've ever read'. I wouldn't put it at the top of my 'most disturbing books' list though, because I've read much worse. There are a few controversial themes that are touched on but not in great detail. I actually liked that McCarthy delved into such a disturbing topic without dragging out the worst parts, leaving some or most of what is going on in the book to the reader's imagination (if you dare to think along those deep dark lines). 

Overall, it wasn't too disturbing but it's very understandable why 'Child of God' is considered a 'Banned Book' and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone but adults. 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #30


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


Top Ten Books I Really Want to Read But Don't Own Yet

1. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
I've been trying to get my hands on a physical copy of this classic for years but without having any bookstores anywhere near me or the $ to order it online has made it the one book that has eluded me the longest. 

2. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
This is one of those books that I didn't know was an actual book until years after seeing the movie adaptation and I would love to have it in my collection to read to my daughter before letting her watch the film. 
 
3. What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson
I thought the movie was rather beautiful and if this book is anything like the movie (or way better as most books are) than I really want to read this. 

4. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
This is another one of those books that has eluded me no matter how much I look for it. I suppose it's just not one of his better known stories but I loved his 'From the Dust Returned' so I have a feeling that I'd love this one, too. 

5. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
I started this behemoth of a book once a few years ago but had to return it to the library and now they no longer own it! I didn't get very far (just to the beginnings of them exploring the 'never ending staircase') but I've seen so many people call this book super creepy and that just makes me want it so bad!

6. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
I adored the movie adaptation and would just really love to read the book. 

7. A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin
I haven't quite finished 'A Feast for Crows' but I've really been putting it off and reading other things just because I don't own the 5th book yet. 

8. Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories
I never had the chance to read any Roald Dahl stories as a kid but as an adult I love them and find them to be extremely interesting. I'm also a big lover of ghost stories so I'd love to see Dahl's imagination on a creepier level than his more well known works. 

9. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
It's been a couple of years since I read 'The Shining' but it was one of those books that has stuck with me and after finding out he recently wrote a sequel, I HAVE to read it! 

10. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
'Castle' is one of those key words that I just can't pass up but I also love creepy books and this one just has a cover that sort of calls to me. Plus, Shirley Jackson. 

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Have you read any of these books?
What books can you not wait to get your hands on to read?