Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Recently Added To Your TBR

The theme for this week's Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Books Recently Added To Your TBR.  For my list I will include titles I've recently added to mine that are high on my radar - keep in mind some of these haven't been released yet.  Here we go, in order of most recent additions.

The Secret Fire by C.J. Daugherty - This sounds like it has a really cool premise!

Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson - Dream walking!

The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett - This stand alone featuring a parallel Earth sounds amazing - and it has been compared to Fringe, one of my favorite tv shows!

Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon - This sounds like it could be the beginning of an epic MG series Robin Hood retelling - and just look at that cover!

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine - All I had to hear was The Great Library of Alexandria!

High-Rise by J.G. Ballard - I heard about this story by the movie adaptation starring Tom Hiddleston and it sounds like a fascinating read.

Time Salvager by Wesley Chu - Time travel adventure! I'm sold.

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith - After Winger and Grasshopper Jungle, I will read anything he writes!

Sword by Amy Bai - This sounds like it could be an awesome epic fantasy that would be right up my alley.

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson - This is a companion to Life After Life - billed as Teddy's story!


Ross Poldark by Winston Graham - To prepare for the upcoming remake on PBS starring Aidan Turner.

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie - I so enjoyed Grantchester when it aired on PBS that I want to check into the source material.

What do you think of my list?  Do we share any titles, or do you see any here that you may be adding to your own tbr?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Ultimate Book Tag

I've nominated myself from Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense.  This looks like it could be fun.  Here we go:

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Thankfully, no.  I would have been so bored on those road trips as a kid if I did.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Patrick Ness.  At least in The Chaos Walking trilogy - I've never seen anything else quite like it.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter.  1) Potter is about doing what is right in the face of adversity and facing your fears. 2) Give me a female character like Hermione any day.  3) Choice of going to a magic school vs. choice between a vampire and werewolf - Magic school, please.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?

I carry a purse, and sometimes a tote.  Usually, I have at least one book with me at all times.

5. Do you smell your books?

Not to be weird, but yes.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

Either way is fine with me.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

I won't waste your time and make a complete list, but trust me when I say it's a long one.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Ummm...None that I can think of off the top of my head.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Definitely one of my old picture books.  Has anyone else read The Sailor Dog by Margaret Wise Brown?  I love that.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

I have quite a few thick books...I have A Song of Ice and Fire all lined up on my shelf and they look really huge all set together like that.  That has to be around 5,000 pages.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I enjoy writing, but I've always been more of a reader.

12. When did you get into reading?

I always have been, but I really, really got into it with Harry Potter.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

I've always had a soft spot for Roald Dahl.  And, Gothic Horror like Dracula and Frankenstein.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

Yes, English and History were two of my top subjects.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated… What would you do?

I would just be glad someone thought to give me my favorite type of gift.   

16. This is very mysterious, as this question is missing and when I tried to hunt it down, it couldn’t be found…

Sorry about that...

17. What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?

I can get distracted while I'm working on a post.  For example, my cat's just being so cute right now that it's hard get on with it. 

18. What is your favorite word?

Discombobulate - it just sounds like it fits the definition, doesn't it?

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I'd say geek, but of the options available I'll go with nerd.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

I've always been a lot more interested in vampires, especially when an author can do their own thing with them.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Usually, I prefer shapeshifters just because there are so many possibilities.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

If by spirits, you mean ghosts, then definitely ghosts.  I suppose I prefer the eeriness and the history there.

23. Zombies or Vampires?

I've always been more interested in vampires.  Potentially, they are the scarier option of the two.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Neither, but I've really had it with the love triangles lately, especially when they're done poorly.  Forbidden love it is, then.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Generally speaking, the less romance the better in my opinion.

If anyone would like to tag themselves, feel free!  Just link back to me so I can see your answers!