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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Biggest Flirts (The Superlatives #1) by Jennifer Echols

Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.
These are the rules: 1. Grab a book, any book. 2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader. 3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you. 4. Post it. 5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.


This week I'm spotlighting Biggest Flirts (The Superlatives #1) by Jennifer Echols, which I'm just now starting.  I don't usually go for YA Contemporary Romance, but I've been hearing quite a bit about this series lately so I thought I would check it out.  Based on the title, the cover, and synopsis, I'm expecting a light, fluffy, and predictable read, but maybe…

Crooked by Austin Grossman - Review

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Richard Nixon's political career spanned from the 1950's to the 1970's. He went from a mastermind to a national joke. What if the man we call the nation's worst president is actually one of our greatest? In this alternate history, a young Nixon stumbled upon a supernatural secret and its ties to world politics ranging from the truth behind the Cold War to the Watergate cover-up.

Grossman put a good deal of effort into crafting Crooked by basing it in what we know to be historical fact peppered with Nixon's account of the "real" truth that he had to deal with throughout his career. As much as I enjoyed the supernatural aspects, I do wish there would have been a better explanation of it and how it worked. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more featuring other previous presidents and the supernatural threats they faced as well. Now that I mention it, I would have like to have seen more of the supernatural.

Overall, this is a well-writ…

The Fold by Peter Clines - Review

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Mike Erikson, a small town high school teacher with an off-the-chart IQ and an eidetic memory, is talked into investigating a secretive DARPA invention called the Albuquerque Door by a friend in high places. This Door uses a mysterious computer equation and magnetic fields to fold dimensions making it possible for travelers to cross hundreds of feet in one step. The scientists behind the Door are adamant that travelling through it is perfectly harmless, although one person who went through had a seemingly unrelated breakdown a short while after travelling. They've been working on this project for years and need more funding to continue to refine this invention which they know will change everything, even though they haven't produced any hard evidence that it actually works aside from their word. Mike's friend wants the project to continue, but he feels that something about the project is wrong and that's where Mike comes into it. Mike will go to the lab t…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If I Taught Horror 101

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week the theme is Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If I Taught X 101.  This will definitely prove to be interesting - and I hope people would want to take my class on classic and modern horror.

Classic titles:


The Beetle by Richard Marsh [This was actually released the same year as Dracula, but was actually more popular at the time which has since fallen into obscurity.  It's a pulpy Gothic horror and a real page-turner.]


The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe


Dracula by Bram Stoker


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Modern Horror:


Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist


The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters


The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey


Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz


The Shining by Stephen King


What do you think of my list?  Would you like to take my class if we studied these books?

Read This? Watch This! Tag

I discovered the Read This? Watch This! Tag over at Books for Thought and I decided to tag myself because it looked like fun.  I hope you don't mind if I borrow your graphic.  If you're interested in doing this tag, consider yourself tagged!  Have fun!


The Tag:

If you've read: Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling


Then watch: Revolution


If you've read: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis:


Then watch: Once Upon A Time



If you've read: Nightlife by Rob Thurman


Then watch: Supernatural


If you've read: The Fold by Peter Clines


Then watch: Fringe



If you've read: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


Then watch: Merlin



The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Timebound by Rysa Walker

Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.
These are the rules: 1. Grab a book, any book. 2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader. 3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you. 4. Post it. 5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.



This week I'm spotlighting my current read, Timebound by Rysa Walker.  I'm really excited about it because it features one of my favorite things: time travel!  I'm not very far into it yet, but I'm enjoying every second of it.  Have I mentioned how much I like time travel?  



Book Beginning:

Prologue
Chicago - October 1893

The heel of my white kidskin boot ripped a six-i…

One Lovely Blog Award, Pt. 2

Thanks very much to Emily @ Emily Etc. for nominating me for my second One Lovely Blog Award!  If you haven't checked out her blog, be sure to do so because it's great and she is a fantastic person.

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. List rules and display award button.
3. Give seven facts about yourself.
4. Nominate fifteen other bloggers and make sure to notify them.
5. Display the award button on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

I'm say this right up front - I'm going to break rule number four.  I've already done this award and I believe I'm just going to list seven random facts about myself this time.

1.  My favorite event held at the fair is the rough truck contest - the goal for the drivers is to get around the track the fastest (and have the biggest jump at the end), but I prefer the ones who put on the best show.  For example, no one expected this F-150 Lincoln!



2. I recently discovered the glam rock song called&q…

Book Fangirling Award

I've been nominated by Tanya @ A Book Paradise for the Book Fangirling Award!  Thanks very much Tanya!  Everyone, please, don't forget to stop by her blog!

Award Rules:
1) Create a blog post to accept your award
2) Add the blog award button into your post and put it onto the side of your blog as a widget.
3)Answer the questions the person who has nominated you has come up with.
4) Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think deserve this award.
5) Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees
Tanya's Questions For Me:
1) If you could pick one five star book that you have read this year, what would it be and why?

One of the most impressive five-star reads from this year has to be Zero World by Jason M. Hough - it kept me on the edge of my seat!
2) How many times have you had a book hangover and with what book?
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - every single time!
3) Oh no, the world is about the end :( Pick one fictional boyfriend you would save and why?

I'm not …

The Girl in the Leaves by Robert Scott with Sarah Maynard and Larry Maynard - Review

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In November 2010, four people from Apple Valley, Ohio went missing - Tina Herrmann, her two children Sarah and Kody, and her friend Stephanie Sprang. After four days, evidece came to light about a man named Matthew Hoffman. Sarah was found at his home during a SWAT Team raid, but there were no signs of the others. After Hoffman eventually confessed to his crimes and revealed the location of the bodies of the three others. Hoffman broke into their home and killed Tina, Stephanie, and Kody when they later came home. For some reason, he couldn't bring himself to kill Sarah, who didn't know what had happened to her family and her mother's friend. In order to dispose of the evidence, he dismembered the three bodies, plus their dog who was making too much noise, put them in garbage bags, and then placed the bags inside of a hollow tree about ten miles away. Sarah's survival and rescue is astonishing given the circumstances and speaks to her courage and determina…

Top Ten Tuesday: My Auto-Buy Authors

I can't believe it's already Tuesday again!  Oh, how the time flies!  This week for Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Your Auto-Buy Authors.  I wish I had the money to buy all of my favorite authors' books and it's so too difficult to narrow it down to just ten, so here are my top thirteen.  Here we go, in no particular order:


J.K. Rowling


Marissa Meyer


Maggie Stiefvater


Rob Thurman


Jim Butcher


Neal Stephenson


Andrew Smith


Neil Gaiman


Cassandra Clare


Rick Riordan


Rick Yancey


Scott Westerfeld


Patrick Ness


So, what do you think of this week's list?  Do we share any authors?  All comments are more than welcome and I try to respond to everyone.  Happy Tuesday!