Finally Comic Friday

It is SDCC2014 weekend. While I am driving people down, the arcane ticketing system did not allow me in to purchase a ticket (despite queueing the same amount of time as my husband, I never got to buy a ticket and everything sold out 30 minutes later with the 3 ticket cap). So, you can honestly say #SDCC2014 broke up a family.

I have plans for my own fun, though. Speaking of fun, Marvel Unlimited is running a 99 cent promo for your first month. Yeah, totally awesome. Use SDCC2014 as a promo code through Sunday to sign up. After a month you will be back to $9.99 a month. For back issues it is great!

Comixology is also killing me with deals. Seriously check them out. I may go crazy with the next email I get from them.

I also picked up this from Image Comics. It features really awesome art, cool lady characters (who are STRONG) and has a playful RPGS feel.

What comic related things are on your radar this week?

 

Mini Bloggiesta July 19-20 (To Do List)

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  1. Read at least 3 books.
  2. Write 6 reviews.
  3. Plan next week/two weeks of blog content.
  4. Organize at least one bookshelf.
  5. Update blog pages to better reflect my review policy.

It’s Monday, What are you Reading? 07/14/2014

I’m AlwaysReiding over here, and so when Sheila at BookJourney.net asks, I am always keen to answer!

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Here’s what I am reading today:

On my eReader:
sixes.jpg I love Kate White’s Bailey Wiggins books, so this is a welcome addition. I think I picked it up during a daily deal a few months ago. Am trying to be good and not buying so many other deals, so this is definitely needed.

For a group:
download_gift.jpgMy penpal group has an offshoot of a group where we are reading this and also going to really study this and a few other books. I am totally excited about this, I started reading this, but wanted to go through it with others so I stopped.

For Review:
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download.jpg I started this, and then stopped. But then I started again, and am SO happy the publisher sent this to me. It’s a great book so far and I got sucked in at about page 30. Really love the time period (early film in America) and the characters (2 male twins) are really three dimensional.

(ebook)
download (1).jpg This looked like such an interesting book, so I definitely jumped at the chance to review it–and I am super happy I did. So far, the book is the perfect compliment to summer reading.

It’s Monday, and even though I am AlwaysReiding, I want to know what you are reading!!! Comment below, please.

Top 5 Sundays

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Each Sunday, Larissa provides a top 5, this week’s theme is TBR Books Which I Can’t Seem to Start.

 

I’m having trouble with all of these, which is sad because I am to be reading the first two this summer, and the other three I’ve just wanted to read.

Mt. TBR is so large and imposing, however, that I know there are more.

What are your top 5?

Cover Reveal : Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

I am so happy to be a part of the cover reveal for this book!

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Blurb: Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort.

One fateful night – different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful – Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos that is the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to “survive.” Because even after it’s over, life can still be a downright bloody mess.

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Author Bio:

Drew Hayes is an aspiring author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though.

Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn’t love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.

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Looks very interesting, I am looking forward to reading it, are you?

 

Review : All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.

Allison is a mommy, a wife, a blogger, a dutiful daughter, a helpful friend, and because life is stressful, she sometimes needs help to get through the day. Allison’s help of choice is prescription medication in the form of opiates (Vicodin, OxyCotin and more). Soon, those doctor-prescribed pills are purchased online, from China, with BitCoin-like funds.
When Allison starts to realize she may have a problem, that she may not be keeping it all together, those around Allison have already realized just how serious her problem may be. In order for her to keep her life, and her family, Allison must go to rehab.
But her prescription medicine and aversion to heavy drugs and alcohol puts her apart from the other ladies on her rehab track. And as Allison tries to figure out a way to get back home, she only turns more inward.

I look forward to Jennifer Weiner’s books as my official start to Summer. All Fall Down, While it started a little slower than I was anticipating (I also, purposely, did not read the back of the book or the synopsis), by page 50 I was hooked and spent the better part of Memorial Day reading the book in a manic reading session.
Allison is a modern everywoman. We’re career-minded. We want children and a family, and find ourselves doing all of it, but getting very little credit–Allison tells David multiple times that she is, essentially, all by herself. She moved to the house he picked (unseen by her, purchased on his whim) in the suburbs. His writing career falls by the wayside (through no fault of his own) and he is moved back to his old job at the newspaper. In order to pick up the financial slack, she starts blogging for a female-oriented blog. I was able to find a lot in common with Allison, however I am lucky that I do not have a David in my life.
For most of the book, David is absent and when he is in residence, he is aloof and just terrible. While I realize that marriages can suffer during the first few years of parenting, David is just plain selfish. While with their daughter, Eloise, David seems to be the perfect dad, with Allison he is standoffish and disrespectful. It wasn’t until the very end of the novel where I felt a little bit of sympathy for him. He actually became a multifaceted character by then.
Allison’s parents are also in need of Allison, and while her Dad is battling Alzheimer’s and her mother seems to be helpless, it falls to Allison to do the heavy lifting, make the big decisions and parent both of them.
I had a relative whom repeatedly went into facilities for her illness (Bipolar disorder), but part of her was also an addict. I anticipate while some of this is different than rehab, she probably would have been helped (and alive today) with a serious rehabilitation plan.
Jennifer Weiner’s writing, as evidenced in the many previous books authored by her I have read, is as masterful as always. Her story, while different than what I would have anticipated from her, is compelling and well-written. I would love to know the type of research she had done for this story, because she seriously did her homework. Just absolutely amazing, a novel perfect for the summer, whether you’re at home, at the beach or waiting in the carpool line.
All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner is slated for release today, June 17th, 2014. The 400 page book, published by Atria books can be found at your favorite bookstore or library.
ISBN: 9781451617788
Have you read Jennifer Weiner previously? Is this book something you want to read? What are you planning to read this summer?

It’s Monday, What are you Reiding?

It’s Monday, and Sheila from Bookjourney.net asks what we’re Reiding here at Always Reiding…
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I’m reading Born to Blog (hoping to finish that this week), Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (for an online class) and FINALLY The Interestings.

What are you reading this week? Have you read anything that we’re reiding?