:: Manic Monday :: December 8, 2014

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It’s Monday, and that means the Sheila at Book Journey is asking what we’re reading. So, onto it!

I have finally recovered from the craziness that is NaNoWriMo. I wrote a novel, just over 50,000 words long, in the month of November. It was Vampire Queens of Long Beach and it was the first time I didn’t edit major portions and start over in a really long time. Also, I paced myself and was a bit lazy so I literally had to race to the finish. It was also my first win WITHOUT the real help from a local group. I usually participated in something, but this year I did not. I was, however, very grateful for my friends in the Rubber City Book Posse keeping up the morale. I miss that book club–is there any way we can move everyone there here for once a month or so?

And this guy also helped:
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So, anyway, apart from this, the last time I posted, I have also been catching up on Arrow, Gotham and The Flash… Love DC Comics being on TV. Very excited to see how they work with these series. Also, love the show Gracepoint. It has a British show, called Broadchurch, that’s also pretty cool.

And, unfortunately, I’ve gotten hooked on American Horror story. I am on the 4th season (thank goodness for Amazon’s Season pass service!). It was great while I was writing–it greatly contributed to the mood of my novel.

So, onto books. Because I realized I have 13 books to read for my Goodreads Challenge this year (125 books).

What I’m Reading:
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Big Little Lies I have had on my Kindle, I think I bought it on sale a few weeks ago. Have heard good things about the author.
Star Wars: Crucible I have as a paperback. Part of the Star Wars Legends series. I think my husband wants to read this, so am trying to rush through it.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn I read this every year–I adore this book. And the new, special edition by Harper Collins is both beautiful and functional.
Find Me I’m Yours I have this in ebook format, it’s a click lit book. And, Hillary Carlip really liked my review of one of her last books, so I had to buy this.
Also I mentioned it on my old blog, LOL. Maybe it was a myspace video?

 

Anyway, that’s what I want to start the week reading. I am not even going into the graphic novels right now, so you know this is serious!
Anyway, here’s to being back to the land of blogging.

What are YOU reading this week?

Put your blog link below and I’ll come and visit you as well. :)

:: 2015 Challenge :: The Eclectic Reader Challenge

I’m going to sign up for the Eclectic Reader Challenge, because let’s face it, I’m a pretty eclectic reader. This should be easy.

The rules are pretty simple–and I just have to satisfy the following categories from their challenge page. Here’s the rules from the site:

Categories

  1. Retellings (of fairytale, legends or myth)
  2.  A book set in a country starting with the letter S (eg. Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Slovakia)
  3.  PI Crime (fiction featuring a private investigator)
  4.  A novel published before you were born
  5. Contemporary romance
  6. Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business)
  7. Microhistory (Non Fiction)
  8. Science Fiction set in space
  9. Sports (Fiction or Non fiction)
  10. Featuring diversity
  11. Epistolary Fiction (fiction written in the format of letters/emails/diary entries)
  12. Middle Grade/YA Adventure
      • Each time you read and review a book as part of this challenge, make sure you identify it by adding either a direct statement  and /or the challenge image badge to the post. If you tweet use the tag #eclecticreader or @bookdout
      • Share your review with other challenge participants by posting your name/blog name and title of the book with a direct link to your review in the Linky.

:: 2015 Challenge :: Reading Challenge Addict Signup post

Reading Challenge AddictI’m going to be working on being better about updating challenges and actually finishing them next year. There are lots of great things in store for 2015, but this is most definitely one of my more important goals.

That being said, I am signing up for the Reading Challenge Addict, and am hoping to complete the following challenge:

  • Easy as Pie: 1-5 Challenges (Entered & Completed)

It’s all about baby steps. What are you going to do for this challenge? What Challenges are you partaking in for 2015?

 

November 1st

How is it already November?

I am joining the other crazies and writing my NaNoWriMo novel, but I am reading, too. October was great and full of life, and I regret that I did it post more. So, here is to blogging a great deal more in November.

Just finished Finishing School # 2 and ripe to start the third one, review soon. I realize that I have a bunch of things to post. Eek.

How is your November 1st?

Recent Acquisition

Both my husband and I are fans of the BBC series, Sherlock. Unfortunately, we are both not as familiar with the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.

Enter the BBC’s line of books released for the show. Granted, they are reprints of the original tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle—this affords the both of us the opportunity to read the original books that spawned the fandom.

If you follow my Instagram page, or check out the widget on the right hand side of my website, you may have seen one of the newest book sets I’ve gotten for myself and my husband to share…

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I’m really excited to read these, in the mood for a good, classic mystery.

How about you? What have you shared this week?

:: Manic Monday :: October 13, 2014

It’s Monday, that day of the week where Sheila at Book Journey asks us what we’re reading… Well, folks, you asked for it.

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This is what I’m currently reading…

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Doctor Who:Crawling Terror is purely for review (and fun). Pride and Prejudice is my ‘I have to read this this summer’ book (gateway to the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies series). Terms of Endearment (and the first book in the series, Moving On, are something I want to read because I have heard good things). Dealing with Dragons is the LEP (League of Extraordinary Penpal) book club pick and The Graveyard Book is for Noveltea book club.

 

My review of Doctor Who: The Blood Cell is live.

I did a Show & Tell with one of my favorite books of all time–check out my video Show & Tell about a Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

I had some fun with a new app (fatmumslim’s Little Moments) about some comics I need to read. Check out fatmumslim’s site, or check out more about the Little Moments Apple Application.

So, what’s up/new with you?

::Review:: Doctor Who : The Blood Cell by James Goss

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As a Whovian, I have a responsibility to read anything and everything about the Doctor I can get my hands onto, especially since I live in America, and we may have to wait for months to get our ‘fix’ of the doctor. The Doctor is almost always portrayed as the good guy, which I completely believe. However, it is nice to see the opposite side of things—James Goss shows us this side of the Doctor in Doctor Who: The Blood Cell.

Imagine the worst and most dangerous criminals known to mankind and beyond. They’re collected on an asteroid, moving through space. The most advanced systems are in place to keep the prisoners in and any visitors out. Including prisoner 428, known as the Doctor. 428 is making friends, and trouble, while in the prison, setting all of the rules on its head, all the while something sinister starts stealing prisoners—before the Prison Governor knows it, an entire floor is empty. The Governor may need to break the rules and use the help of 428 in order to save the entire prison.

James Goss has done a great job with this book, taken from the viewpoint of the Governor. At first, you want to hate this man—why did he imprison the Doctor? But then you start to realize that there is more going on and as the story goes on, more layers are peeled back. It’s a really refreshing look at a sort of prison caper/good vs unknown evil type of story and it fits well into the place of the Doctor Who universe.

The Governor is a character that is a hard one to pinpoint. There are events throughout the story that make you question motives, as well as the reality, and once you determine what is really going on, you realize Goss did a great job laying everything out. Of course, the Doctor heavily plays within this book, too, and it is really nice to see him shine in the ‘dark horse’ way he does. The way the two end up working together is really nice, as well.

Overall, the supporting cast was just as good as I wanted to meet and talk to Lafcardio, and see the library he presided over. The mercenary Abesse was really cool once you learned more about her. I wanted to slap Bently, multiple times, throughout the novel. Clara was, as usual, a pretty awesome addition and she did something that was pretty amazing that changed the attitude of the novel about 75% of the way through.

I think this book would be great for Whovians, or people whom have never seen the show—because it is a great entry point. You do not need to know whom the Doctor is in this novel, and the Governor learns things throughout that point to established ‘facts’ about the Doctor, but it is not necessary to have read them.

I was provided a copy of this book from the Publisher, Broadway Books (a division of Random House), in exchange for my honest review. I thoroughly recommend this book. It is currently out now, in paperback, and ranges about $9.99—check it out at your favorite retailer or ebook retailer today!

Also, if you want to find out more about author, James Goss, please visit his Author Page at Random House.