I love to read on my Kindle. I am a fan of Thrillers, Suspense and Mystery. My simple pleasure are Verse Novels. Always on the side is a cup of Earl Grey Tea. I teach pilates/yoga and I am a mother of a 6 year old. I post Reviews on Amazon, LibraryThing, Goodreads and here. I live in Bermuda.
I Want More Book Challenge 2011: Go here to join, there are 23 bloggers so far. Thank you
Have you read a book and at the end said you must read another by this author but haven't? Then this Challenge is for you, what are you waiting for. :-) There are so many amazing authors but sometimes we get caught up in reading all the new we forget about the authors that have already impressed, excited us, gave us what all readers want, a great read, that wow moment, so this Challenge is to show all the authors that have pleased us already how thankful we are by reading more of their literary works.
* Challenge Dates: January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011
* All Genres are Welcome
* This challenge does NOT include Series, only stand alone
* See Levels below, you can change at any time if increasing, you cannot decrease once signed up.
* All forms of books will count - eBooks, Audiobooks, etc
* You do not have to list the chosen books ahead of time and your choices can crossover into other challenges you have joined.
* If you participate in this challenge please signup below. Either post and link back here with your direct link to your intro challenge post or put Challenge Button on sidebar linking back here please. In your post give us an idea of what authors impressed you, and now You Want More.
* Monthly Giveaways - More details to follow soon
Level of Participation
Waited to long: 2 - 4 books
Give me more: 5 - 8 books
Never to much: 9 - 12 books
The Review Post for links will go up on Jan 1, 2011
Ok, this is a real challenge for me, I love mystery but I 'hate' having to find books to fit challenges, lol, yes I am lazy like that. I like the idea of finding new authors in my favourite genre though so I am game. Michelle and I have similar reading styles also so I trust her judgement if I can't find an author.
When Catherine Dornan's husband, Tom, is diagnosed with leukemia, she and their two young sons travel with him to New York during the holiday season for a lifesaving operation. On Christmas Eve, hoping to lift the boys' spirits, Catherine takes them to see Rockefeller Center's famous Christmas tree; while there, seven-year-old Brian notices a woman taking his mother's wallet. A St. Christopher medal tucked inside the wallet saved his grandfather's life in World War II, and Brian believes with all his heart that it will protect his father now. Impulsively, Brian follows the thief into the subway, and the most dangerous adventure of his young life begins. . . .
My Review - 5 Tea Time Perfection
I loved everything about this story. A mystery on Christmas Eve with beautiful characters, it was a race of time, my heart was pounding and I couldn't stop reading, I read it in one sitting, went to sleep at 2am with a smile.
I will recommend this one as Christmas Eve reading.
In the mind of a 7 year old, at first I thought would this really happen but I think when a child is focused and truly believes in something they get completely engrossed without realising the danger they could be putting themselves in. And the focus came from his heart, love for his family.
Note - this is for the Queen of Suspense Challenge I am hosting which ends Aug 2011. Go here for details if you want to join.
New York Times bestselling author Andrea Kane returns with an amazing new FBI thriller, one that takes us into the high-profile—and high stakes—world of art crime. There, nothing is as it seems: friends become traitors, lovers become strangers . . . and the battle lines are Drawn in Blood.
My Review - 4 Great to the last Drop
I read Twisted last year before blogging and it was on my favourite 2009 list. Drawn in Blood was the follow up to Twisted, a great way to end my year of reading.
I enjoy the main characters Sloan and Derek. In this one we follow the struggles of them balancing their relationship and busy career work life. I find them to be exciting, genuine and real, how I imagine FBI agents to be. Sloan has to protect her father, his friends and decide how much to share with the man she loves, Derek.
Following this investigation was exciting, so many characters, friends, family involved in the storyline. Drawn in Blood is a a great fitting title. The saying 'blood is thicker than water' is taken to the ultimate and at times everyone is a suspect.
The Asian crime world was a thrilling ride. High powered affluent art lovers vs the rich art dealers vs the cruel art thieves, all made such an interesting read.
Andrea Kane is an author I will definitely read more by, hopefully more about Sloan and Derek. I love the relationship intertwined with the action paced crimes they have to solve. I don't think romance is the place for many thriller books AndreaK has executed it perfectly in my opinion. Great characters, action and the excitement of sitting on the edge of your sit to see how it all ends.
I look forward to reading more from Andrea Kane.
Here is my review of Twisted. Both can be stand alone reads.
I started blogging last year September and it is amazing how many authors have become new favourites, many I would never know about if I didn't blog. I am happy to have found so many new ones to follow and become a real fan.
This is my Top 10 list: As you can see I enjoyed a few so much I read another.
Lisa McMann (read the whole Wake Trilogy this year)
Lisa Schroeder (I read 2 this year)
Vincent Zandri (I read 2, one was a Digital Short)
Michelle Zink (I read 2 this year)
Jean Holloway (I read 2 this year)
Heath Sommer (I read 2 this year)
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Pamela Samuels Young
Who are your favourite new authors you discovered in 2010?
I decided to do a I Want More Challenge for 2011 in order to read more by authors that have impressed me after only reading one of their books. Go here to see details if you are interested in joining.
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) 'teaser' sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
I decided on 2 this week so I can include my holiday read.
Teaser from pg 72
"Flavia," I said as I paused for a moment at the door. "Flavia Sabina Dolores de Luce." The "Sabina" was real enough; "Dolores" I invented on the spot.
Flavia is my favourite character of the year, is my review.
Teaser from short story Why Do You Reward Me Thus?
Four calling Birds? Three French hens? Two turtle doves? What are turtle doves and why would anybody want one of them, let alone two? And a partridge in a pear tree? Where the (****) was this person shopping?"
Happy Holidays, I look forward to reading your Teasers.
I decided last year that I will not do reviews on books I am unable to finish but will do a post all together and this year it was 4.
I also made a fairly hard decision. I will not be reading Steig Larsson series, I tried The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and just couldn't get past 100 hundred pages. My brother loved it and read all 3 immediately, all the great reviews on the blogosphere but what sealed the deal was my real life friend that reads the same books I do. She tortured herself and read the 1st one and hated every moment of it, yup not doing it.
Blum (Those Who Save Us) visits Tornado Alley in this vivid novel about a set of twins with a dark history. At home in Minnesota, Karena Jorge gets an unexpected call informing her that her twin brother, Charles Hallingdahl, whom she hasn't seen in the 20 years since something went very wrong during a storm chase, has been admitted to a Kansas mental hospital. Charles suffers from rapid cycling bipolar disorder, and all Karena knows is that he refuses medication, he can be a danger to himself and others, and he is still obsessed with storm chasing. When she rushes to the clinic and finds he has already left, Karena joins a professional storm-chasing tour company, hoping to find her brother in the caravan of watchers who follow major storms. In the course of the tour, Karena confronts the past and the way it has shaped her life. The unpredictable and dangerous storms provide a framework for an exploration of the bond between siblings (and its limitations), and Blum renders the stormy backdrop as richly as she does her nuanced characters.
Paula over at Tome's Devotee is hosting this Book Club, go here to join.
The benefit of this Book Club is you get to have turns choosing the book.
It is my turn to choose the next book and I chose The Stormchasers by Jenna Blum. Anyone interested in joining us?
Great literary crime detectives aren’t always born; they’re sometimes discovered, blindfolded and tied up in a dark closet by their nasty older sisters. Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce’s bitter home life and vicious sibling war inspires her solitary diversions and “strange talents” tinkering with the chemistry set in the laboratory of their inherited Victorian house, plotting sleuth-like vengeance on Ophelia (17) and Daphne (13), and delving into the forbidden past of her taciturn, widowed father, Colonel de Luce. It comes as no surprise, then, that the material for her next scientific investigation will be the mysterious corpse that she uncovers in the cucumber patch.
Fearless and darkly imaginative, Flavia hurries to solve the murder and acquit her father of suspicion. Following the lead of its clever protagonist, Sweetness is entirely inventive, fast-paced, and quick-witted, with tongue-in-cheek humour that derides the macabre seriousness of subject.
Alan Bradley plants the story deep into the setting of 1950s England, with a portrait of an eccentric home life that is all too wickedly familiar. The story’s twists are supported by the time and place as well as the unusual interests of the characters which range from stamp-collecting to making poisons all of which are highly researched and ingeniously incorporated.
My Review - 4 Great to the last drop
Flavia is my favourite character of the year, she made this mystery extremely entertaining. She is only 11 and made me enjoy even more the deliberate childlike interest on solving the crime. She reminded me of Pippy Longstocking and Annie, they all could have been best of friends. She made me laugh and gasp her quick tongue, so wrong but so right also, adults couldn't help but love her but also want to smack her one. She kept on talking about Glady's, I thought it was her horse, nooooo, it was her bike, (rolling on the floor laughing), the adult in the book i'm sure rolled their eyes when they said who is Glady's and Flavia responded my bike like it was normal to name your bike.
She was brilliant, definitely an up and coming star in life, entrepreneur. Her passion was Chemistry, a true scientist. What child has a laboratory in their house, I still find this disturbing, in an intriguing way. Flavia had far to much time alone and she took full advantage of getting down and dirty in the investigation. She had me saying 'hmmm good thinking Flavia, how you think about that' she was just brilliant.
Those that enjoy historical fiction will enjoy this story, I was able to get through it but it was the part that wasn't my cup of tea, the history on the stamp collection that the overall mystery was around. Also all the scientific words but it added to the genuine passion Flavia had.
In the end of the story she asked the Detective what symbol in his little book was for her, he told her P but didn't say what it stood for, I think it was for Pain in the ass :-) She tried to out smart the Detective many times, she enjoyed a good little white lie at times.
You will not get enough of Flavia, I will be reading the next in the series because I want more Flavia de Luce.
The end of the year is quickly coming upon us, exciting but still with the thought 'where did the year go'?
I know the Top 10 favourite books of the year posts will begin soon, I wanted to know if you had a Month that knocked your socks off :-)
For me it was February, can you believe that, May was close also but the first part of the year I was really pleased, the 2nd part of the year, just ok reads for the most part, that must change for next year.
Here are the books I read in Feb, click on link if you want to read reviews.
"What is the thing you like most about reading book blogs? Is it the reviews, author guest posts, articles, giveaways, or something else entirely?"
I enjoy reviews the most. The 2nd would be lists, favourite list, themed lists etc that are book related.
I enjoy trying to find other blogs with similar interest so when I find a blog that has there reviews listed, I spend time there reading and finding out if our views are similar.
So far I have to say I haven't really enjoyed Author Guest posts, they are just ok to me, I can think of 3 from different blogs that I have enjoyed but maybe that was because I was interested in that author.
Most giveaways are not international so that is not a huge interest for me and even when it is I only enter if I really would like the giveaway.
The ultimate is really just networking, I enjoy that overall part of the Book Blogging Community.
About the Challenge: If you enjoy reading memoirs or really haven't explored them as much as you'd like to, then this is the challenge for you. Anything that in your mind qualifies as a memoir will meet the challenge requirements. Letters, diaries, autobiographies, books on writing memoirs ... in my book, they all count as Memorable Memoirs. Books, e-books, audiobooks are all fine.
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2011. You can sign up anytime from now and throughout 2011, but don't start reading until January 1, 2011.
Requirements: It's up to you! I want this to be a fun and low-key challenge, yet one that will be worthwhile of your valuable reading time. If that means reading one memoir, that's great. If that means reading three dozen, even better. You decide what works for you. Overlaps with other challenges are more than fine ... even encouraged. :)
My Contenders for 2011
I read The Glass Castle last year before I started blogging and was shocked how much I enjoyed it, I never even thought to try a Memoir before. I read 2 more this year, one was ok and the other good.
Imagine you gave a baby up for adoption forty years ago, and after years of trying to find her, she finds you. Now come the hard questions. She's healthy, beautiful, and successful, but she wants to know why you gave her away and why you didn't marry her father. And there is also the unspoken question of "What kind of black woman gives her baby away?" How do you explain to her that giving her away was the best gift you could offer? This is Sarah Weathersby's first published work, a coming-of-age-in-the-sixties-single-black-pregnant and on the way to Germany, memoir.
In A LONG WAY GONE: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Beah, now twenty-six years old, tells a powerfully gripping story: At the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. At sixteen, he was removed from fighting by UNICEF, and through the help of the staff at his rehabilitation center, he learned how to forgive himself, to regain his humanity, and, finally, to heal.
This is an extraordinary and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.
Julie Metz's life changed forever on one ordinary January afternoon when her husband, Henry, collapsed on the kitchen floor and died in her arms. Suddenly, this mother of a six-year-old became the young widow in her bucolic small town. But that was only the beginning. Seven months after Henry's death, just when Julie thought she was emerging from the worst of it, came the rest of it: She discovered that what had appeared to be the reality of her marriage was but a half-truth. Henry had hidden another life from her. Perfection is the story of Metz's journey through chaos and transformation as she creates a different life for herself and for her young daughter. It is the story of rebuilding both a life and an identity after betrayal and widowhood, of rebirth and happiness--if not perfection.
The Tattoo Chronicles
The Tattoo Chronicles is an illustrated diary that offers an intimate look at a crucial year in the personal and professional life of Kat Von D, the charismatic, no-holds-barred tattooer and star of LA Ink.
When Kat does a tattoo, she writes an entry about it in her journal, reflecting not only on the significance of the tattoo for the person who is receiving it but also on how the experience of creating this tattoo affects her personally.
In these diary entries—some poignant, some hilarious, some confessional—Kat lays it on the line about how doing these tattoos influences her life and art. Here are the highs and the lows, the good, the bad, and the ugly—including her feelings about her fame, family, love life, friends, and fans.
Visually stunning, this graphically compelling diary is jam-packed with tons of Kat's images, from sketches of her tattoos to the finished works, and candid shots of her unusual personal collections—all photographed by Kat herself. Fans will love reading about her array of clients from all walks of life, including MotÖrhead's Lemmy Kilmister, Dave Navarro, and members of Metallica, Green Day, Kings of Leon, and the Eagles. Throughout The Tattoo Chronicles are captivating, color photographs of Kat that were taken specifically for the book, published here for the first time.
In Balanchine's Company: A Dancer's Memoir
Fisher danced for the great choreographer George Balanchine in the mid–20th century, when the New York City Ballet was still "exploding into being against all odds." Her era is that of Orpheus, the Nutcracker and Agon (she was one of its original dancers), when the company starred ballerinas Maria Tallchief and Tanaquil Le Clerq. Mr. B., as he was respectfully yet affectionately called by his dancers, was still young, still approachable, full of vigor and good humor. We see his "multi-dimensional alertness," and also his sense of whimsy and genuine affection for his dancers. Where else do we find a limerick written by Balanchine about his Vespa, his entreaties to Fisher to perform a questionable song written on tour at a big benefit and his defense of the author's right to read bad science fiction? Yet woven into these personal and telling recollections are wonderfully astute looks at Balanchine's artistic process and the place of his ballets in the canon of 20th-century art. Fisher eventually became a professor of English at the City College of New York, and her observations as both dancer and literary critic are unparalleled. This book is indispensable for lovers of ballet and theater. 48 b&w photos.
I got my Kindle for Christmas and just LOVE IT, I have read majority of my books on my Kindle so of course I am joining this challenge again and going for Obsessed Level 20 ebooks
This challenge was previously hosted by Alaine at Queen of Happy Endings. When she started looking for new homes for the 2011 challenges, I jumped at the chance to host this one. Since getting a Kobo eReader this past year, I've started reading more e-books. Since e-readers are now available internationally, a lot more people are going to be reading books in digital format. So why not challenge yourself and read even more?
Challenge Guidelines: 1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
--Non-bloggers: Include your information in the comment section.
2. There are four levels:
-- Curious – Read 3 e-books.
I am not one that reads because a book is hyped I have to be intrigued and think I will enjoy it. I have never read Dystopian before and realised after reading Uglies and The Hunger Games the genre is not for me and I know I am in the minority for The Hunger Games trilogy, you couldn't go a week without hearing about those books.
I was wondering when I posted my reviews if I would get 'attacked' but my followers that comment have always been respectful and thanked me for being honest. So friends, I appreciate you reading my opinion, commenting and respecting me as a blogger.
I look forward to your comments and your responses to my question of this weeks Blog Hop.
D.S. Geraldine Steel expects the quiet town of Woolsmarsh to be dull. She quickly discovers she is wrong. The park is a place where children play, friends sit and gossip, people walk their dogs, or take a short cut to avoid the streets. But in the shadows a predator prowls, hunting for victims. A woman sees the killer and comes forward as a witness-someone whom the killer must stop at all costs. For D.S. Geraldine Steel, it is a race against time to find the killer before he strikes again, as public pressure mounts with the growing death toll.
My Review - 3 More Sugar Please
This was a solid Crime Thriller that had interesting characters but it just didn't have my heart racing. We know who the serial killer is so we are on the investigation journey along with the Detective and Police, this took away from any surprise or mysterious element. I would recommend this one to those that enjoy light or cozy mysteries.
I did enjoy reading the story through the eyes of serial killer, victims and D.S. Geraldine Steel.
Geraldine beat herself up a little regarding what she missed or how else she should have approached evidence and I felt the same way, why don't they, why didn't they, did they forget, etc. I am unsure if the author did this on purpose.
There is a twist but only for the reader to say, ahhh interesting but it doesn't connect for the characters, I didn't like that at all.
All in all, it was good, I will probably read the next in this series. And the cover, one of my favourites this year in my opinion. See the man in the eye pupil, that is great artwork.
I wanted to try British authors that is why I chose to read this one. I also read a great review with interview of Leigh Russell over on Clarrisa's blog, Listen to the Voices.
Ok girls, here we go again! We will be restarting this baby in January with some new rules. Each participant will host a month at their blogs with the wrap up Q-n-A at the end of the month and they will pick the book for that month. If one of us has read it, we can always just give a quick skim to refresh our memories this way there's no checking back and forth waiting to see who did or didn't or does or doesn't want to read it. A book club is to expose ourselves to things we might not normally read and each of us will have a chance to hit our fave genres when we host :) We will go in order of sign-ups from Mr. Linky. I will post the book choice and have it on my sidebar as well. Questions are easy enough, a lot of books have ?'s all ready to go and you can find them online, if not, there are generic ?'s that you can use as well.
We will start with the letter B and have the ?'s on the last Monday of each month. We can stop by the host's blog, copy and paste the ?'s answer them and then post in the comment section.
I'm looking forward to this, I'm glad we're doing it this way, it makes it much easier! Sign up below, and whoever snags #1 and 2, start looking for that B and C author book!