Indeed. Where have I been?
Busy, that's where.
And the truth is I don't get to read as much as I used to. And posting one book every week is a lot of work, believe it or not. I can only read so much, and whether or not I deem that book good enough to recommend means even fewer squeak through. That's actually why I started to include the "Currently Reading" and "Just Finished" alternatives in the first place.
So you're going to see some changes around here, those of you that actually come by this blog to look at different books. I know I'm not as flashy as other blogs, I don't post up all the free books you can download to your Nook or Kindle in a day, but I like to think I'm at least thoughtful and consider what I put up before bothering to do so.
I also always routed you to Epinions to get the whole review for a book. I don't know how many of you bothered to check those official reviews, but that's likely going to change. First, because Epinions has sort of fallen apart over the years (sad, but true) and I no longer see the benefit to sending you there, and second because I used to be a Top Reviewer in the Books category there which meant no cross-posting allowed. I couldn't post my reviews on here if they were on there. But I have since lost that particular little orange hat, which means I'm now free to cross-post wherever I want. I may start fresh by reposting a lot of books that have already appeared in years past but that I still consider excellent and should be given a chance (in case you haven't seen them) and this time include the full review here instead of just a little link. Something I may do is link to other things that are related to the book, such as a review of the movie based on it or a lot of the music I stick at the bottom or something to that effect in case you're curious about other things connected to the title.
I'm also considering posting all the books that come across my reading table because, after all, what I like you may not, and what I'm not a fan of you may love (also another reason I started to post the "Just Finished" and "Currently Reading" labels - more variety). I may use a rating system of some kind, and I'll also change the titles to the blog posts to just the book titles becuase the "Recommended" thing is getting a bit redundant and I'm starting to run out of creative ways to phrase things - especiallly certain areas like picture books - though I may still include something along those lines within the review or at the bottom or something. Sort of a "If you like stuff like this, then you might like this book" kind of thing.
This may mean that once I'm done updating this blog (which might actually take a while if I include all the books I've reviewed on Epinions - and hoo-boy there are a lot!) updates will be more sporadic as they will match what I'm reading and what I have time to review and so forth.
So if you do follow this blog, I'm sorry about the lack of updates and I thank you for reading along. I also hope that maybe I've given you a few ideas and perhaps even shown you a book that you decided to read and now absolutely love. :)
P.S. To those of you who do read this blog, if you do have any thoughts or comments about future formats or me reposting books I've already listed on here, please feel free to voice them as I would be more than happy to hear what you think.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Indeed. Where have I been?
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Succubi Are Forever by Jill Myles
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, May 04, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, April 27, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Blood for Wolves by Me!
Yep. I have finally done it. I self published my book. I went the ebook route for now just to test the waters. I love it, naturally, so I guess the question will boil down to - will you?
As a wolf biologist, Caroline McKenna hates those old fairytales where the wolf is always the bad guy.
Except when she tries to keep a lost little girl from drowning in a pond, she ends up in the Kingdom of Red—where wolves are the bad guys.
And the girl she tried to save? Nowhere to be found.
Now, Caroline has no idea how to get home, and the Kingdom—once ruled by Little Red Riding Hood herself—is in trouble. Her only guide is a man named Wolf, whose golden eyes and oh-my-what-big-teeth-you-have are as startling as they are enticing. Caroline isn’t willing to leave without knowing the young girl is safe, but that means sticking with Wolf. Especially since her only other option is to wander around a fairytale forest alone.
But that means facing dangerous creatures and evil enchantments. There is more happening in the Kingdom than anyone realizes, and if Caroline wants to stay alive she has to figure out her role in this story—and she knows Wolf isn’t telling her everything.
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, April 20, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, April 13, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Redshirts by John Scalzi
I've been wanting to read this book for a while, and considering how much I enjoyed Old Man's War, I figured this would be pretty good since Scalzi knows how to bring on the humor while keeping plenty of seriousness in check. Here we have Dahl, who just got an assignment to the Intrepid. Sounds like a great job - except there's a very high death rate in the ship. In fact, it seems as though every time there is an away team, someone dies. Someone unimportant. The captain and other high ranking officers always come back. So what's going on? Why are all the low ranking guys dying? Start channeling your inner Guy from Galaxy Quest and ask the right questions - while this was a teensy bit predictable, I had a good time and look forward to getting my hands on Scalzi's other works. I still like Old Man's War better, though.
Notes from the playlist: "Rise" by John Dreamer
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, April 06, 2013
Saturday, March 30, 2013
The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems
First the Pigeon wants to drive the bus. Then he finds a hot dog. Then he wants to stay up late. But now there's a Duckling involved - and today the Duckling has somehow, inexplicably, managed to get a cookie. The Pigeon can't believe it. How on earth did the Duckling get a cookie when the Pigeon can't even have a hot dog?? This is inexcusable. The Pigeon won't stand for it. That cookie has chocolate chips and nuts and everything. But perhaps this time the Pigeon will be in for a surprise... This was the first book I read from Mo Willems involving the Pigeon and it was definitely amusing. Such a simple concept involving a duck, a pigeon, and a cookie. Who would have thought? It's a giggle-worthy book that kids will like, so make sure they get their Pigeon plushie ready (and maybe some cookies at the end).
Notes from the playlist: "Metal Gear Solid Main Theme" by Harry Gregson-Williams
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, March 30, 2013
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes by Cory O'Brien
crude words here and there then you're set (because let's face it, the myths themselves are already so jacked up, there really isn't a way to make them any worse). O'Brien is essentially retelling a lot of old myths from Greek, Norse, Hindu, Native American, and other cultures. The only difference is the way he tells them. Normally you read these in a sensible book where the myths are told like stories and you might think, "Awkward" but accept them. In this particular form they're told in a way that you might hear in a bar from a friend and you think, "That's really messed up, dude." And the myths are exactly the same! It's that their true weirdness never really hits you until you hear them like this. That and they're a hell of a lot funnier this way due to a bit of exaggeration and a bit of added dialogue that more than likely was never said in the first place by anyone. I had to stop skimming through it at work because I was simply laughing too much (similar to what happened with Got Fight?). I recommend at least taking a peek inside this book online. As my co-worker put it, "I'm going to buy this book. I figure it's already given my money's worth of laughs, so I might as well pay it back."
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, March 23, 2013
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Notes from the playlist: "Bangarang" by Skrillex
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, March 16, 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Notes from the playlist: "One Way Trip" by Alan Silvestri
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, March 09, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, February 16, 2013
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
While admittedly things are getting pretty repetitive in this series, it's still fun to read and because books in this series come out so far apart, it makes them easier to handle. (Unlike that one point in time when I read about 30 Fear Street books in a row and wanted to tear my hair out.) Here it's time for Grandma Mazur to go undercover to help Stephanie find Geoffery Cubbin, a guy who embezzled a truckload of money from an assisted living facility. But while she's working with Morelli to solve the case, she'll need some rent money - which means doing a job for Ranger. And we all know what happens when two guys butt heads over one woman. Oh, and have I mentioned that Stephanie's car blows up before you even get to page 10? Yep. Here we go.
Notes from the playlist: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" by Bing Crosby
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, December 08, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, November 17, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, October 27, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Beauty Dates the Beast by Jessica Sims
Yes, it is shameless romance, but I needed a little of that in my diet (besides, the next book on deck is Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay). And while vampires have never been all that jazzy to me, I do enjoy a good shifter novel. It took me some time to find this novel because I discovered a teaser piece in the back of My Fair Succubi - except nowhere could I find the Jill Myles book. But that's because she doesn't write this series under that name. I do know why some authors have various pseudonyms, but when a romance author has 3 or more and their material is essentially the same, then I can get confused (unless they have different publishers, but that's not the case here).
Midnight Liasons is a dating service for those with...special talents. Bathsheba just does the bookkeeping and date organizing. But when someone cancels on Beau Russell, leader of the Russell clan, Bathsheba is stuck being the replacement date - even though it's against company policy. But maybe dating a were-cougar can come in handy since something big and freaky has decided to stalk her... It's an enjoyable read, but there are a lot of inconsistencies. As usual, wolves tend to get the raw end of the deal, but whatever. At the very least, I wanted a bit of entertainment, and that is exactly what I received. So if you don't mind a bit of sexy-time with a were-cougar, this might be something to take a peek at.
Read the Epinions review here!
Notes fromt he playlist: "Sleep Alone" by Two Door Cinema Club
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, October 13, 2012
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
I didn't actually buy this book - instead I got it for my birthday! I've been wanting to read this for months and I'm #19 on the library list and they only have two books. I had a customer come in requesting this book and initially I thought (from the title) that it was a nature book. When I saw it was fiction, I found the book for him and then proceeded to read the blurb myself. I was immediately intrigued. Only later did I hear it was being made into a movie. But that doesn't matter to me since books are 99% of the time better than their movie counterparts. This book is one of those begin in the past and work its way toward the far-future kind with all sorts of little connecting threads that just sounded oh-so-interesting. I very much look forward to reading this and falling into whatever world(s) Mitchell crafts and discovering all the little details that bring his characters together across time.
Notes from the playlist: "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, October 06, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, September 29, 2012