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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Quotable Thursday


I know my post is running late today, but here's my Thursday Quote, from an author who probably needs no introduction...
One last moment of madness, the space between heartbeats, like the one that had sent him hurtling after her five days previously: he would stay here, after all, waiting for her to return; then cupping her perfect face in his hands and saying, "Let's try again." But they had already tried, again and again and again, and always when the first crashing wave of mutual longing subsided, the ugly wreck of the past lay revealed again, its shadow lying darkly over everything they tried to rebuild.

Quotable Thursday originally brought to you by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Nightmare Within by Glen Krisch


Lucidity. A museum for dreams. Maury Bennet is a psychologist and psychopath, who can remove dreams from people's heads. Nolan Gage is a desperate father funding a project. Kevin, a victim of horrible crime plagued by a monster...

I admit I was skeptical of this book at first.With the introduction of a mad scientist and a mad millionaire funding a mad zoo... I wondered if this was going to somehow resemble a retelling of Jurassic Park (it did a little, but Kevin fixed it).

Kevin: how could one kid's childhood be so awful? Its like a train wreck, you can't look away from. Parental lies, marital collapse, murder(s), no wonder he has nightmares. And he's not like typical child heroes, who are instinctively innocent, just, and brave; this kid is scared. He's scared and he's angry and he feels guilty, and he doesn't know the right thing he just knows he has to do something.

And the ending. A bit of a twist at the end what with Maury and--------------No just kidding, I'm not going to spoil it. Because I did like this book. The creepy doctor, Mr. Freak, and Kevin, are characters that made the story enjoyable, even if the plot needed to be a little more polished.

Rating: 3/5
Original posting date:
Nov 29, 12

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Top Ten Scariest Looking Book Covers

My picks for the Tuesday Top Ten, as invented by The Broke and Bookish. These are some of the scariest book covers I've seen. I only occasionally read straight up horror, so a few of these I've read, but most of these are books I've seen on Amazon or GoodReads and haven't gotten to...yet.

1.GoodReads keeps recommending I read this. I'm pretty sure its just Edgar Allen Poe with a tricked out cover. Poe is a favorite of mine, so I've probably already read this in a different addition. I just love how lyrical his prose is.

2. Amazon recommended this. I'm not sure what its about, but that little girl is creepy...Why are little girls always creepy?

3. GoodReads rec.

4. GoodReads rec.
5. GoodReads rec.

I admit to wanting to read 4 and 5! I've just got to be in the mood for a good scare!

6.  This I read, and this I loved! Monsters living in a school. If you were ever dreaded going to school, this is like validation.


7. I'm a HUGE John Ajvide Lindqvist fan! This book was strange, creepy, and fascinating.

8. I just posted the review for this...and while I wasn't a fan of the story, it certainly has a great cover.

9.  On my To-Read list.

10. On my To-Read list.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Happy Monday!

You may have figured out, I'm not much of a weekend post-person. I much prefer that time for *lies* spending time with family and quiet reflection...Okay, *confesses* mostly I watch football and ride horses on weekends. But I hope the new week is starting out great for you, I realize no one really likes a monday morning. And since I have no review to post today and nothing hot-topic-y to give my opinion on, I thought I'd share a couple of things I've found in blogs recently.

My affiliate at Drunk on Reviews also isn't a weekend poster and she's got a NaNoWriMo badge on her site--technically I didn't put my badge on my blog, but I did sign up this year so we have those things in common. 

New author, JRRichardson posted an excerpt on her blog, from her upcoming romantic/murder mystery novel, Cursed be the Wicked...I'm not usually one for romance novels, but I know potential when I see it, and I'm excited to read a story taking place ins Salem, Ma. So if you like romance/mystery novels, go check her out.

With regards to my own blog, here what's going on this week (the planned stuff anyways):

Tomorrow: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Book Review for The Nightmares Within by Glen Kirsch
Thursday: Quotable Thursday this week I'm reading The Cuckoo's Calling.
Friday: unplanned, but we'll see.

I also entered a GoodReads giveaway for Mira Grant's upcoming novel, Parasite (me and 1,983 other readers) so I'm keeping my fingers crossed; they're supposed to announce the winners in a little over 14 hours. Speaking of GoodReads, I've noticed that I only have 4 books left to go to reach my reading goal of 30 books, so I'm excited about that. I won't be around on Nov 8th, but since I rarely post on Fridays you won't even know I'm gone.

What's going on in your blogosphere? Read something good? Gearing up for NaNoWriMo? Surpassing your reading goals for the year, or waiting on a new release?


Friday, October 25, 2013

Last Stop This Town by David H Steinberg


Four teenage boys--a ladies man, a lover, a dork, and an oddball--are looking for one last hurrah together, partying it up and trying to get laid, before they have to grow up and go off to college. 

Does the plot seem familiar? Tragically, it's the same plot given to us by Adam Herz, in American Pie. David H. Steinberg, who is credited with writing the storylines for American Pie 2 and American Pie: Book of Love, should, and probably does, know this.

As a fan of the American Pie movies, I entered into this book with slightly more than an open mind; I was pretty damn excited! And even though the first few chapters did make me laugh, the more I read the more I found myself waiting for the story to pick up. I eventually came to a realization: This is all there is.

Here's the problem and there is no way of getting around it: This story is like evidence that Steinberg peaked with AP2. This story reads like a retelling of AP1, with a slightly less focused plot and different character names. With the success of the American Pie franchise, a knock-off seems cliché and cheap; problems made worse by the lack of detail in character development. This story is told in a: "This is what happened---> This is what they said..." format, without any real attention to the characters thoughts or emotions. With a screenplay, maybe these aren't important details. After all, isn't that what the actors are for? To give fictional characters, physical expression? But in a book, there are no actors and readers do need the details or else the characters are rendered meaningless.

These flat, unrealistic characters that got shoved into a ridiculous, done-better-the-first-time plot, get kind of boring. Especially, as the the end of the story draws to a close, you see no real sign of character evolution--except for the characters saying that they've evolved. And how can they evolve? They've been typecast. You know who they are and where they will predictably go.

Is this original? No. Is it entertaining? Yes, if you can manage not to overthink it.

But I like to overthink my books.

Rating: 3/5

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Quotable Thursday


"People think it's all about following the leader and doing what he says, but the wingman's real job is to protect the leader."
Noah looked at Dylan, his face illuminated by a sliver of light coming through the busted tail light. "What are you saying?"
Dylan met his eyes. "The wingman doesn't need the leader. The leader needs the wingman."
I just finished this book this morning and am planning to have the review ready for tomorrow!


Quotable Thursday originally brought to you by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Map of the Sky by Félix J. Palma

The Map of the Sky (Trilogía Victoriana #2) by Félix J. Palma, translated by Nick Caistor


This book is drastically different from the first installment, but continues themes of time travel, romance, and individual perceptions of the world, while introducing a new theme: extraterrestrial invasion. This storyline moves a lot faster than The Map of Time, whether that's because Wells is in charge or because of all the explosions and carnage...But the storyline is definitely easier to follow. HG Wells, is no longer just a face in the crowd, in this story he is cast as a main protagonist. We meet some new people, and reacquaint with some familiar characters, and of course the writer of the story continues to interrupt his own tale; this time with purpose.

Seeing as FJP is determined to write stories near impossible to summarize without ruining everything, I'll try to be careful: Part 1 is the start of Wells's adventure as an impudent fan invites Wells out for a couple of drinks and to explore an ancient artifact hidden in the history museum... and just when things are heating up the author changes scene to years earlier when the artifact is first discovered. In Part 2 Someone very important --from The Map of Time-- is caught up in a difficult romance and needs Wells's help...And Wells is being investigated by Scotland Yard for a crime he didn't commit. In Part 3, everything's pretty much gone to Hell.

Despite the entertainment value in part 1, the high anxiety of part 2, part 3 was probably my favorite. As I approach the 83% marker, and things keep going from bad to worse, to even worse than worse, I started to get the feeling that this wasn't going to end well for anyone and that feeling made me very nervous. And the scenarios being narrated were frightening and grotesque... A part of me was afraid to turn the page, even as the suspense pulled me forward... for another twisted ending.

But if you enjoyed The Map of Time, you will more than likely enjoy The Map of the Sky...And if you thought Map of Time was pretty good but needed more action, you'll effing love it.

Rating: 5/5
Originally post date: 
Jul 05, 13

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Top Ten Character Names I Love

My picks for the Tuesday Top Ten, as invented by The Broke and Bookish. Today's theme is Top Ten Character Name I Love or Top Ten Most Unusual Character Names... Character names are very important, an unforgettably clever name can help secure a character's place in a reader's memory.

  1. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  2. Stanley Yelnats from Holes by Louis Sachar
  3. Nix Saint-Michael from Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith
  4. Oree Shoth from The Broken Kingdoms by NK Jemisin
  5. Shadow from American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  6. Leontina Scales from The Last Queen in Heaven by Gregory Maguire
  7. Mike O'Rourke from Summer of Night by Dan Simmons
  8. Kvothe from The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
  9. Morwenna Phelps from Among Others by Jo Walton
  10. Bruno Littlemore from The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Quotable Thursday


This week I'm reading, Last Stop This Town by David H Steinberg.
"The Steak and Egg Kitchen was a throwback to a simpler time, when grease was one of the four major food groups, and if you got sick from eating a $4.99 T-bone then that was your problem, not theirs. The simple brick building in the West Hartford Center housed some of the surliest waitresses and crunchiest pancakes in town. But the Steak and Egg Kitchen was also the only place open twenty-four hours."
David H. Steinberg is the screenplay-writer, who came up with American Pie, the teen movie that teens had to sneak into...And his book? Reads like American Pie...I want to laugh and gag at the same time. But despite the gross humor, I love how he sets a scene.

   Quotable Thursday originally brought to you by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Map of Time by Félix J. Palma

The Map of Time (Trilogía Victoriana #1) by Félix J. Palma, translated by Nick Caistor


Overall, I thought this book was spectacular. This is a long, heavy book, not for light reading…More likely to be read during a snowstorm where you cannot leave your house or turn on the tv, but no less brilliant for its length. The one vice I found, was that the author takes time to speak to the reader. Although it isn't an unusual tactic, and in some books it is even necessary, in a book written with an omniscient narrator I don't feel the dialogue between narrator and reader added anything… Because he only interrupted the flow to remind the reader that he knew everything… Which the reader already knew due to the story being written in third person. Although I should note the interruptions were comical enough that they didn't detract anything either.

Book One was by far my favorite of the collection. It sucks you right into the story by introducing a main character who is determined to kill himself, but refuses to give up the answer to why he wants to die without any sort of brevity. Then the author begins to weave in his recurring themes, Time travel, the mysteries of the human brain and heart, Jack the ripper, and time as an ideology…

Book Two was probably my least favorite, simply because of the naivety Victorian Era women were taught to possess. The main heroine, Clair thinks she is least naïve of all but that belief turns false. I can't really relate to her -- I am by no means a feminist, but I think anyone can agree, that women have changed over the decades-- but I can understand her co-character Tom… Everyone at some point has a moment where they want something out of reach, where they dream to be better, to be loved…

Book Three made me smile despite the violent imagery. HG Wells, “the father of science fiction” who was merely a player in books 1 & 2 is cast in a leading role. And despite all the speculation of “guardian of time” between the three stories, I feel he is the only character who doesn't receive an epiphany, but the reader is allowed to feel what he cannot… That if there is a guardian of time, HG Wells may be that guardian…even if he’ll never know it. The one thing I didn't like about Book 3 was that character Gilliam Murray talks too much...In books 1 and 2 his narration is needed to explain things...and while I understand he is the villain recounting his master plan to his arch nemesis...it probably could have been shortened.

Rating: 5/5
Originally post date: 
Mar 26, 12  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Noah Primeval by Brian Godawa

Noah Primeval (Chronicles of the Nephilim) by Brian Godawa.


Noah Primeval is Christian/Hebrew/Religious Fiction...A richly imaginative retelling of Noah and The Ark. Noah is leader of a nomadic tribe; most people choose to live stationery lives in worship and servitude to false gods, but Noah and his village remain faithful to the one true God... And the false gods are hunting Noah and his, for their failure to assimilate. After a devastating loss, Noah postpones his true calling on a mission for vengeance, aided by an archangel and the lost sons of Cain. Meanwhile, Noah's wife and son, become prisoners of a city fated for destruction...

I should probably start my opinion that I am not remotely religious. I celebrate Easter and Christmas because it's expected of me. I don't believe and I don't disbelieve. Christ could have been a miracle baby out of a virgin by a deity, but he also could have been the result of a one night stand the baby-momma wanted to take to the grave. Who am I to say? I certainly wasn't there.

So when I say I enjoy this book, I enjoy it as a well-written work of fiction, a beautifully imaginative retelling of the classic religious narrative of Noah's Ark. I cannot in good conscience say it is spectacular religious literature, if only because my personal point of view is wrong for that kind of analysis. I enjoyed this book, but for all I know, it's blasphemy.

But if you're looking for a book with mythical monsters and demigods, faith and a little mad science, a crazy quest complete with sword fights, then this book has it. It also has a couple of pretty good plot twists near the end, if you're into that sort of thing.

Rating: 4/5

Top Ten Books I Was Forced to Read by Teachers

My picks for the Tuesday Top Ten, as invented by The Broke and Bookish.

Today's theme is Top Ten Books I Was Forced to Read (either by teachers, friends, other bloggers, reviews). I easily narrowed that down to teachers because my friends don't read much and while I might be inspired by a fellow blogger or reviewers to pick up something new, that isn't actually force. I should note, that these books stuck in the forefront of my mind long after school's end which is why they made the list, they don't necessarily qualify as favorites... I'll never understand why teachers love tragedy.

1.  The Outsiders by SE Hinton. Had to read it in Middle School. A lot of people like it, I am not one of them. I'm sure there was a point, I was just too young to understand what it was.

2.  Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. Middle School Read. Liked it until I reached the ending. As an animal lover, I don't really like stories that kill animal characters, it leaves me feeling disturbed. Since I was a kid when I read it, it pretty much gave me nightmares.

3. The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings. Middle School Read. See reason given for number two. Seriously, why are all these old timey stories so happy to off the best characters?

4. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Both Middle School and High School. They created such a mess, I didn't feel sorry that they died. Is that wrong? But I didn't dislike it, I just didn't get it.

5.Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. High School Read. I understood this book: the "strong shall inherit the earth and the weak should die, die, die! I don't agree with it, but then John Steinbeck did some pretty messed up things in The Red Pony, so maybe he should have seen a therapist...

6. Animal Farm by George Orwell. High School Read. Its all fun and games until the pig puts you on a slaughter truck.

7.Enders Game by Orson Scott Card. High school. A videogame that destroys the world.

8. Black Dogs by Ian McEwan. Finally, one I enjoyed...I only had to wait until college, thanks for ruining my life teachers of grades 6-12!

9.Eye in the Door by Pat Barker. Loved it.

10.Rapture by Susan Minot...Probably the one book I read in college that I didn't absolutely love...My classmates and I called it "The Blowjob Book" when the professor was out of the room.

...So over the years, teachers have made me read some pretty sick things...Which now leads me to suspect the reason why people don't read for pleasure once they leave school. Someone should tell those people, that there are happy books out there, too. And ask why they don't work their way into curriculum more often...

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Quotable Thursday

This week I'm reading a freebie I found ages ago on Pixels-of-Ink: 

Noah Primeval (Chronicles of the Nephlim, Book 1) by Brian Godawa
(you can find it on amazon)


Here's a little bit of what I'm reading:
"These creatures were enemy spies, scouts for the city gods, gathering reconnaissance on the last of the human tribes evading the conquering will of their Lords. This was not a hunt for food by Noah and his men. Humans don't eat evil, they destroy it."
It's too soon to tell whether I'm going to love this or hate it, but it's written really long-winded and poetic...So this story is either going to rock my world or go down in flames.

Quotable Thursday originally brought to you by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Whitechapel Gods by SM Peters


I don't even know where to begin, except to say the following; While this isn't the worst book I've ever read, it was bad enough that I can't believe I spent money on it.

My first and biggest complaint is the lack of attention to detail. This is science fiction; this story is based on a society no one has ever seen before, based on a landscape tortured by a steam engine take over. Where is the detail? And not just with the settings, with the people as well... Who are these people, what makes them individuals? Some of the characters suffer from "the clacks" a disease that turns humans into machines...What do their mechanical parts look like? What exactly are Mamma Engine and Grandfather clock and where did they come from? The author relies too heavily on metaphors; at some point he needed to stop telling us what things were "like" and tell us what things were.

My second complaint is grammar flubs. Did an editor really approve some of these mistakes? Or is my e-edition just a little screwy? Commas are all over the place and dialogue markers are incorrectly utilized. Scene skipping is fine, but there should be some kind of marker in between paragraphs to imply the story is moving from one character's adventures to another.

Then there are discrepancies in the storyline; For example, the character of Bergen shoots a man in the head...A man who admitted the only reason he was alive to see Bergen was that his mechanical heart kept beating despite his severely broken body...Wouldn't a chest shot make more sense? Then the subtle differences in "gods" versus "Gods". If Mama Engine and Grandfather Clock are Gods...Or is it meant sarcastically, in which case lowercase "g" might be acceptable? There's also a reference to A Christmas Carol, which was written in the Victorian Era...So literary classics weren't hindered by the steampunk-apocalypse? And don't get me started on Heckler "the American"....There's southern and then there's Foghorn Leghorn...

Rating: 1/5
Originally posted on:
Dec 17, 2012

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders

My picks for the Tuesday Top Ten, as invented by The Broke and Bookish.

This week's Top Ten is supposed to be about series enders. The best or the worst, blogger's choice. But the truth is, I haven't read so many series, that I could name ten enders that qualified as the best or the worst. I could probably name ten series enders in general...So today, since I'm serial-book-deficient, I'm going to include both, the good and the bad of series enders, and its a number that won't come anywhere near ten.

Best
1. This book tied up just about everything and left no room for anyone to hope for more. This story starts with tragedy and ends with closure, even sews up something that the main character's late-grandmother started years earlier. I was enchanted and I cried when it was over because it meant saying goodbye to good friends.

2. Mira Grant created a terrifying world with this trilogy, filled with zombies, nightmarish conspiracies, outrageously loveable character that just happened to be expendable as well...In a world where no one is entitled to a happy ending, she ended on one...She also managed to sneak in one last blood-soaked, flame-bathed, battle scene, so the happy ending wasn't entirely without a bit of shock'n'awe.

Worst
3. Waaaay too many loose ends. Interesting storyline which is why I rated the series so highly, but the end was like the authors were afraid to give it an ending, which wasn't really fair to readers.

4. Brian Jacques. Ok, technically he isn't a book, he's an author. I happen to have his Novels of Redwall series, and his Flying Dutchman series... So how does he manage to qualify? He died. He was a great writer, who created worlds simple enough for children, with stories big enough for adults, and the series cannot continue without him...He was loved while he was here and missed now that he's gone...

Monday, October 7, 2013

True Grit by Charles Portis

Mattie Ross is a 14 year old girl, is hunting Tom Chaney, the outlaw who killed her father. She hires US Marshal Rooster Cogburn, accompanied by a Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf, to help her find her man.

Mattie Ross is a really cold character. When her father is murdered there is no grief, when a man is hanged there is no shock at the matter. She simply keeps moving on to the next decision and the next destination. A part of me wonders, if Charles Portis, did that on purpose or not... Did he not know how to write emotion? Or did he leave it out, so the readers could see the only differences between an outlaw and good citizen is in the choices made, so the lines between good and bad could be pleasantly blurred... This is my first time reading Charles Portis, so I really have nothing to compare to.

I do think the dialogue between her and Rooster is awesome. I love how this little girl just takes charge of every situation, like she has no idea of her own age; she refuses to let herself be limited. Her self righteous, smart-alecky voice often puts her two hardened companions on their knees (metaphorically).

I enjoyed this.

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Upcoming

I expect to finish with True Grit by this evening, a review for it will probably go live sometime tomorrow.

I've added an "Upcoming Reviews" section underneath currently reading. I'm going to be using Wednesdays to add some of my older reviews... First on the list is Whitechapel Gods and I'm giving advanced warning that that book earned itself a rare (from me) really negative review, so if you'd rather not read about all the ways I didn't enjoy the book, don't stop on by.

I haven't decided on my next read just yet, but it's going to be something on my list of Freebies, if only because I'm dangerously close to being a hoarder.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

New Affiliate!

Drunk on Books Reviews blog has just become the first to send in the affiliate form all filled out! So I'm pretty happy about that. The book blog features Young Adult and New Adult and is currently accepting review requests. The link will be permanently featured at the bottom of my blog (not to mention this post). Check her out, if you've got time!

Quotable Thursday


This week I'm reading True Grit by Charles Portis. Mattie Ross is an awfully cold character.

"Who is the best marshal they have?"
The sheriff thought on it a minute. He said, "I would have to weigh that proposition. There is near about two hundred of them. I reckon William Waters is the best tracker. He is a half-breed Comanche and it is something to see, watching him cut for sign. The meanest one is Rooster Cogburn. He is a pitiless man, double tough, and fear don't enter into his thinking. He loves to pull a cork. Now LT Quinn, he brings his prisoners in alive..."
I said, "Where can I find this Rooster?"
Quotable Thursday originally brought to you by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Battleship by Dorothy Ours

Battleship: A Daring Heiress, a Teenage Jockey, and America's Horse by Dorothy Ours


This story was more like the biography of Marion Dupont -- not that I'm complaining -- with flashes of Bruce Hobbs's terrifying childhood mixed in. Marion duPont, is more than an heiress, although her family never wanted for money because they had the good fortune to invent gunpowder--and no matter how bad a recession is, war never goes out of style.

Her father, William Sr. was the black sheep of the du Pont family, cast out of the family and the family business after a scandalous divorce, he chose to retreat with his new wife and growing kids to an estate with show horses. She and her brother William Jr. grew up in the country; Marion duPont learned to ride with both legs on either side of a horse; first riding saddle-seat horses and later hunters until the fateful day she saw legendary Man o'War auctioned off and her dream made itself known. Both Marion and William would come to love racehorses, Marion preferring hunt races, her brother preferring flats.

Bruce Hobbs was born to a fanatical father; Reginald Hobbs was a legendary trainer and he dreamed of a son whose name would be more famous than his own. Bruce was asked for perfection with horses from a very young age-- as someone who rides horses I can honestly say that some of Bruce's training would border on child abuse today-- But that training eventually paid off.

Battleship is the undersized son of Man o War...And nobody knows what to think of him. One day he sets blistering fractions and the next he looks like he's dead on his feet...and Marion can hardly wait to own him.

First, I can't imagine the amount of research Dorothy Ours needed to do to get all her facts straight; this book reads like fiction. At times its easy to dissociate from the fact that this really happened, and imagine "characters" playing this drama out. Its all to easy to cry over fatal accidents, sick and hurting friends, and broken hearts, even though part of you knows it happened over 70 years ago.

Secondly, I love that it reads like fiction! The whole problem I have with non-fiction is that too many facts can be boring. Dorothy Ours managed to write about races that happened years ago as if she were watching them in person. You get to see the attachments these people had to each other and to their horses. The dedication they had to the sport and their attempts to better it. I love the references to events happening internationally (the second world war) and seeing horse people in their own little bubble.

And considering the era, its really a remarkable event. Marion duPont was stepping outside the realm of what was traditionally expected of women. She was an accomplished rider and managed her own racing stable and the horses inside of it. Bruce Hobbs was the youngest jockey to win the Grand National, but he was also groomed since birth to win it. Battleship, a stallion too small to be a National horse, too temperamental, running in a race that didn't favor stallions or small horses.

And a small part of me, wants to know exactly how much money Marion had access to, lol. When people want a new house, typically they sell the old one, use the sale money toward the new... When Marion had need of a new house, she built one while she lived in the old one, or gave it away...Sometimes she built her friends houses...Okay, maybe that's shallow of me, but I live with my parents so its nice to have shallow dreams.

I think this is a fantastic book for horse lovers, race fans, or anyone looking to read a nonfiction that reads like fiction.

Rated 5/5

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Shine On Award!


I was nominated for the Shine On Award by Jazmen @ This Girl Reads a lot! blog! Her blog is amazing btw, so be sure to stop by if you aren't there already!

The Shine On Award is a great way to recognize new blogs while learning a little bit about the bloggers!

Shine On Award Rules

1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.

2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog, and link back.

3. Share seven, random interesting things about yourself.

4. Nominate up to 15 bloggers for the Shine On Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.

7 Random Things About Me

1. I've been riding horses for fifteen years and I have no intention of stopping anytime soon.

2. People think I'm unlucky in love, but the truth is, I have no desire to be in a relationship.

3. I like to wait until my family is in bed, then pull out my laptop, and write the night away.

4. I actually like shoveling snow; it's a great physical workout when the weather isn't cooperating for any other activities...

5. I creep people out because I always know when a tornado is coming... I don't live in a place prone to tornadoes, so the only thing odder than a tornado in my area, is my ability to feel its arrival before the weather service.

6. I'm pretty damn close to being a shut-in. If I didn't need money or horses or exercise, I wouldn't leave the safety of my house...

7. I love socks in crazy colors and patterns, I hate buying packages sock of all one color. They're hidden by pants and sneakers anyways, so the crazier the sock the better--it's like a fun secret only, I know.

My Nominees 

Top Ten Book Turn-Offs

My picks for the Tuesday Top Ten, as invented by The Broke and Bookish.

This week's theme is Top Ten Book Turn-Offs. Although I admit, even if the book I'm reading has one of these, I usually push through so I can give a decent critique... A book has to have a lot of problems for me to mark it DNF.
  1. Bad grammar...
  2. ...and bad spelling! There is really no excuse for abusing the English language then selling it.
  3. Love at first sight. Unless the story is a fairytale and time is of the essence, there needs to be actual emotion in emotional issues.
  4. Metaphor/Simile overdose. When authors forget to describe what things are and not just what things are like.
  5. Vagueness. Poor setting descriptions, that leave me asking "Where are we now?" 
  6. Detailed attention to ridiculously non-relevant things. Do I really need to know every, single item the main character picks out to wear, along with color, pattern and textile? Unless this person's clothing is going to be used to solve a crime...
  7. Flat characters. Characters are like people, but fictional. They need a past, personality, they need to have emotion, and they should evolve. Nobody stays exactly the same forever.
  8. Abuse of Red Herrings.
  9. Abuse of dialogue tags.
  10. Killing off animal characters to make a point. I'm an animal lover, so hurting animals, even fictional ones, always ruins my day.