Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris




Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)From the Publisher...

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart...

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough...


From Me...

Last year, I was asked to write a Best/Worst article on At Home With Books. These articles explore the three best books written by any author and the three worst.  I chose to write about Charlaine Harris, specifically because of the decline of the Sookie Stackhouse Series.  Read it here if you want to understand where I am coming from with this post.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How Do You Know if You Are Well-Read?


Thanks Relentless Reader for sharing this list from Book Riot.  This their version of a booket list, which books make you a well-read person?  See the list below. I had some fun comparing it to my list, and I must say I was surprised by a few of their entries.  Which books were you surprised by and which books do you think they missed?


So here’s the list, in alphabetical order:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

My Own Mr. Darcy Giveaway, Excerpt and Cover Reveal







After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love. During the six intervening years, she has refused to give any interested suitors a chance. They weren’t Mr. Darcy enough.

Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she’s dating Chad, her dream comes true in the form of a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Of course she has to follow her dream. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Organizing the TBR

Every once in a while, I like to do a post about the  joys and challenges of being a book lover.  This time I want to talk about the TBR (to be read) pile.  That sometimes overwhelming pile of books that can insight anticipation or dread depending on exactly how big and close to falling over the stack gets.  I  know when I hear a crash from the vicinity of my library, gravity has worked its magic and its time to reduce that pile before my husband finds it.

Anyway, I would like to ask a question about TBR organization.  Currently, my TBR pile is in shambles.  It's no longer an actual pile, but more a mental state of being.  I know I have books, I know I need to read them, but then something shiny (or a new release) catches my eye and the hierarchy of the TBR goes out the window.  Then, inevitably, I feel guilty about skipping other books, though I can't remember which ones I have skipped, since there is no pile.

My question for all of you is, how do you organize the books you want to read?  Do you keep a list online?  Do you keep a physical pile?  Are you so organized that you have a dedicated shelf?  I would love some insights and suggestions!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fun Opportunity



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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Review: House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe

House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe

From the Publisher...
 
Katherine Howe, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, returns with an entrancing historical novel set in Boston in 1915, where a young woman stands on the cusp of a new century, torn between loss and love, driven to seek answers in the depths of a crystal ball.

Still reeling from the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl Allston is living a life of quiet desperation with her taciturn father and scandal-plagued brother in an elegant town house in Boston’s Back Bay. Trapped in a world over which she has no control, Sibyl flees for solace to the parlor of a table-turning medium.

But when her brother is suddenly kicked out of Harvard under mysterious circumstances and falls under the sway of a strange young woman, Sibyl turns for help to psychology professor Benton Derby, despite the unspoken tensions of their shared past. As Benton and Sibyl work together to solve a harrowing mystery, their long-simmering spark flares to life, and they realize that there may be something even more magical between them than a medium’s scrying glass.

From the opium dens of Boston’s Chinatown to the opulent salons of high society, from the back alleys of colonial Shanghai to the decks of the Titanic, The House of Velvet and Glass weaves together meticulous period detail, intoxicating romance, and a final shocking twist that will leave readers breathless.


From Me...

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Another Book from My List of Books for 2013

Dead Ever AfterI started reading Dead Ever After, the final book in the Sookie Stackhouse Series. My review is forthcoming, but I just wanted to remind everyone that this book is now available!

From the Publisher...

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart...

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.



Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough..




 
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