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The Friday Book Blogger Hop Strikes Back

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It’s that time again – time for the Friday Book Blogger Hop by Crazy for Books! The Hop is an opportunity to check out what other book bloggers are up to, socialize, and get to know one another. (Readers are always welcome to chime in on my posts, too!)

This week’s prompt is: “Highlight one book you have received this week (for review, from the library, purchased at the store, etc.) that you can’t wait to dig into!”

I am an epic, epic nerd, but I am so excited about the Avatar comic that I bought while visiting a friend in Chicago this week. I love this show, I will be posting a squeeful post all about it as soon as I read the book, you will all have to be subjected to it for ages as soon as the sequel starts coming out this fall. Also, this is the first book I’ve actually bought new in…at least three months. I’m rather proud of myself.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Lost Adventures

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The Friday Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

Another Friday, another Book Blogger Hop (hosted by Crazy For Books)! The Hop is a weekend-long event for book bloggers (and their readers) to get together, talk about books, and meet some new blogs. Click on the logo above for the full list of rules.

This week’s question is: How/Where do you get your books? Do you buy them or go to the library? Is there a certain website you use like paperbackswap? (I love this question – I try to answer it in every review I write, because I think it’s fun to see where people find things.)

  • The vast, vast majority of the books I read and review come from the library. I’m on a book buying hiatus of sorts right now, due to my lack of steady income and complete lack of anywhere to put more books. But I’ve always been a heavy library user, and I like to try books out before I add them to my mountain of a personal library, so my first reaction upon hearing of a new book or writer I think I might like is to check the catalog.

(I was thrilled to see how many other people also get many of their books from the library – remember, guys, to support your local libraries not just with use but also with votes whenever it comes up. Library budgets are getting hit hard in this economy, and they need your help.)

  • Next most frequent is probably my local used bookstores, most often The Frugal Muse. The Muse is great, they offer good prices when buying back and selling books, they have really extensive collections, and they’ll order books that they don’t have in stock. I love them a lot, and whenever I need to get rid of books, I turn them around in here.
  • Now that I have my Nook, I’ve built up a stash of ebooks, too. The first thing I did when I got the shipping notification was go to Project Gutenberg and start downloading. Complete Works of Shakespeare, Dickens, Jane Austen…and also the more obscure public-domain authors I like, like Elizabeth Gaskell and Baroness Orczy. (You can’t even find most of the Scarlet Pimpernel books in print any more, but here they are, in all their pulpy glory.) I’m also stocking up on egalleys from NetGalley and Simon & Schuster. NetGalley is particularly great if you want to get in on reviewing brand new or unpublished books but you’re a new blog without a ton of followers – although it sometimes takes a while, I’ve gotten a copy of every book I’ve requested so far.
  • Finally, now that my blog is taking off a little, I’m reading a few books sent to me from publishers or for book tours. I’m just finishing up The Tempering of Men by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, which Tor publicity was kind enough to send me when I gushed at them about how much I loved A Companion to Wolves. It never hurts to ask.

I am so glad I have a chance to be sociable this weekend – I’ll see you around!

The Friday Book Blogger Hop Returns

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It’s that time again – time for the Friday Book Blogger Hop by Crazy for Books! The Hop is an opportunity to check out what other book bloggers are up to, socialize, and get to know one another.

This week’s discussion question is: “How many books are currently in your To-Be-Read (TBR) Pile?” Oh god. I don’t have the courage to count, but at a rough estimate I’d say at least a hundred on the primary TBR shelf and growing. I’d been trying to keep it confined to one shelf on the bookcase, but it’s recently metastasized onto another one…

It’s Friday! Time for the Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger Hop

Welcome to the Friday Book Blogger Hop, by Crazy For Books! The Hop is a weekend-long event for book bloggers (and their readers) to get together, talk about books, and meet some new blogs. Click on the logo above for the full list of rules.

The discussion topic for the week is:“Share your favorite post from the last month and tell us why it’s close to your heart!” My favorite post this month is my review of A Shadow in Summer. I’ve got a soft spot for it because it was one of my first real full-length book review posts, and the first one I felt really got across why I loved the book so much and why I thought other people would want to read it. I hope I’m keeping up the high standards I’ve set for myself!

I’ve got to run to work (how dare work get in the way of my blogging!), but I’ll be back around this weekend with more blogging, and to spend some time with the other blogs of the Book Blogger Hop.

30 Days of Books: The Recap

For those of you not following along from the beginning, here’s my whole 30 Days of Books challenge in one place. If you’ve done (or are doing) the challenge, link me! I want to know!

Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)

Day 02 – A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about

Day 03 -“ The best book you’™ve read in the last 12 months

Day 04 – Your favorite book or series ever

Day 05 – A book or series you hate

Day 06 – Favorite book of your favorite series OR your favorite book of all time

Day 07 – Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise

Day 08 – A book everyone should read at least once

Day 09 – Best scene ever

Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Day 11 – A book that disappointed you

Day 12 – A book or series of books you’ve read more than five times

Day 13 – Favorite childhood book OR current favorite YA book (or both!)

Day 14 – Favorite character in a book

Day 15 – Your “comfort” book

Day 17 – Favorite story or collection of stories (short stories, novellas, novelettes, etc.) 

Day 18 – Favorite beginning scene in a book

Day 19 – Favorite book cover (bonus points for posting an image!)

Day 20 – Favorite kiss

Day 21 – Favorite romantic/sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)

Day 22 – Favorite non-sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)

Day 23 – Most annoying character ever

Day 24 – Best quote from a novel

Day 25 – Any five books from your “to be read” stack

Day 26 – OMG WTF? OR most irritating/awful/annoying book ending

Day 27 – If a book contains ______, you will always read it (and a book or books that contain it)!

Day 28 – First favorite book or series obsession

Day 29 – Saddest character death OR best/most satisfying character death (or both!) (With spoilers!)

Day 30 – What book are you reading right now?

30 Days of Books: Day 30

Day 30 – What book are you reading right now?

Here is where I have to be really grateful that I’ve restarted my GoodReads account, because now I don’t have to go hunting for all the books I’m currently reading. :D

Harlan Ellison’s Phoenix Without Ashes, by Alex Robinson and Harlan Ellison, a review copy from NetGalley. Somewhat disappointing.

The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkein, from my own collection. On behalf of my roommate, who hasn’t ever read the series and hasn’t the time to read it on her own, I’m reading Lord of the Rings aloud in the evenings. There was a long hiatus in there, but I recently started again. (It’s taking forever to get through Treebeard.)

You Killed Wesley Payne, by Sean Beaudoin, from the library. I am still uncertain of how I feel about this book, except that I can’t stop reading it.

A Betrayal in Winter, by Daniel Abraham, which I bought because I didn’t want to wait for the library copy to come in. Excellent.

How to Write a Damn Good Novel, by James N. Frey, which I saw recommended and found in the used bookstore the very next day.

Medieval Gentlewoman, by ffiona Swabey, from the library. I am using this as research for one of those Damn Good Novels I a going to write.

 

And that’s it for the 30 Days of Books challenge! I’ll post a recap shortly. Now I need a new meme to keep me occupied. Anybody got any suggestions?

30 Days of Books: Day Twenty-Nine

Day 29 – Saddest character death OR best/most satisfying character death (or both!)

Morpheus, in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. Using a graphic novel series is not cheating, Sandman is as epic as any novel. And it has the benefit of containing simultaneously the saddest and most satisfying character death. I have now spoiled the Sandman virgins enough for one post; if you have not yet read the series, go out and read it immediately. You may wish to start with Volume 2, if you are not generally a comic book reader, but you will want to read Volume 1 eventually anyway. Get the new recolored editions, if you can, they’re a vast improvement over the originals. Come back when you’re done. Spoilers will commence behind the cut.

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30 Days of Books: Day Twenty-Eight

Day 28 – First favorite book or series obsession

The Chronicles of Narnia. They were the first books I ever bought with my own money; I saved for weeks to get the full set from the local bookstore, and when they didn’t have every one on hand, I had them order the missing volume and waited until I could get them all at once. (I have no idea how old I was…eight?) I still have that set, too, nine ratty old paperbacks falling apart at the seams, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in the worst shape of them all (I loved Reepicheep).

I don’t think I realized until much, much later that they were Christian allegory. Fortunately, during the part of my life where I would have been most annoyed to find out that fantasy books I loved were Christian allegory, I didn’t reread them at all. Then I discovered Tolkien, and then I discovered that Tolkien and Lewis were friends, and I read them again and still loved them. I adored the old BBC adaptations of the first four books (although I rewatched them in college and am a little mortified by my childhood crush on Sam West’s Caspian), and I’m even relatively fond of the new movies, although I haven’t seen Dawn Treader yet. I’m afraid they’ll butcher my favorite book. The current practice of numbering the books in chronological order instead of publication order is clearly blasphemy.

I can’t reread them unconditionally any more; The Horse and His Boy makes my skin crawl, as does the theology in The Last Battle. And I’m highly sympathetic toward Neil Gaiman’s “The Problem of Susan.” But a few months ago I bought a wardrobe. And yes, I do check the back of it every once in a while. Just, y’know, in case.

30 Days of Books: Day Twenty-Seven

Day 27 – If a book contains ______, you will always read it (and a book or books that contain it)!

Boats. I had to think about it for a while, but once I realized I had to get Patrick O’Brian into this list somehow, I remembered: I’ll buy just about anything with a boat on the cover. I’ve read some pretty terrible novels this way, but just as many good ones, and I never get bored of them, even though most boat novels are set during the Napoleonic Wars and consist of sailing about and occasionally shooting at people. I love ’em.

I read a lot of boat-related nonfiction, too: pirate histories are a favorite, because outside of the piracy epidemic in the Caribbean, the early 1700s is not really a time period that’s written about a lot, and I find that interesting. Histories of the Napoleonic Wars, too, and up through about the American Civil War. (After that I kind of lose interest.) I have a biography of Cochrane sitting on my to-read shelf; he’s the outrageously successful Navy captain that both Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey are based on. Somewhere back there, too, is a history of the first naval expeditions to Australia, and one of these days I’m going to read Voyage of the Beagle, I swear.

The ALA newsletter linked a while ago to the amazing The Private Library blog’s series on piratical literature, and from there I found their equally wonderful seafaring literature series. And the to-read list grows, and grows, and grows…

30 Days of Books: Day Twenty-Six

Day 26 – OMG WTF? OR most irritating/awful/annoying book ending
Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice. Yes, I was a vampire fangirl at one point. I over-identified with Lestat something horrible in The Vampire Lestat, with his sense of revalation about the vast meaninglessless of the universe (and about the Church). What, I was sixteen. I loved the complexity of the universe she’d created, though, one in which the laws governing the existence of vampires had more to do with the vampires’ own beliefs (such as Armand’s certainty that the only proper thing to do was to live in a crypt under Paris and bemoan his fate) than with any laws of the universe. I even loved all the backstory in Queen of the Damned and the random, hilarious body-swapping in Tale of the Body Thief.

I lost it at the end of Memnoch, though. Time travel was one thing; Lestat at the Passion of the Christ was stretching it a little, but Armand randomly immolating himself on the steps of the cathedral because Lestat came back and told some ridiculous, unbelievable story? That was the first time I ever threw a book across the room in frustration. (The second time, for those of you who are curious, was the end of Clan of the Cave Bear, in which the ridiculous Mary-Sue of a main character invents the bra, in approximately 3000 BC. The third and most recent time was when I realized that they were actually not kidding about the scenes set in England in Left Behind. Both of those books, however, I read for classes.)

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