My Fair Succubus by Jill Myles
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
My Fair Succubus by Jill Myles
Thursday, December 23, 2010
The Chronicles of Narnia (Leatherbound Edition) by C.S. Lewis
Can it really be Christmas without a little Narnia magic? Perhaps, but it probably won't be the same!
Have I read all of the books yet? I admit that, no, I haven't. I'm taking my sweet time (and of course, reading them out of order). I read the first one back in college, a few weeks before the movie came out. Yeah, I'm one of those geeks that likes to compare the movies to the books. But it only takes one book before you realize that they're going to be great fun. I love Lewis's writing style - it's like a fun sort of omniscient. Aslan is always impressive, and you never know what's going to happen next or where you might go - since on occasion you do venture outside of Narnia. It's not all witches and wardrobes you know!
And yes, I totally own the leatherbound edition made by B&N. And why not? It's gorgeous, affordable, and will last a lot longer than paperbacks. Of course, if you have kids, they might be better off with something you don't expect to last for very long. Whatever the format, kids and adults all want to visit Narnia!
Posted by Nicole at Thursday, December 23, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
The winners have been chosen. It was a pretty tight little contest this time, with only four entries, giving each person a 25% chance of winning. This time I didn't even bother with the random number generator - I went even more random, writing names on pieces of paper, balling them up, mixing thoroughly, and then picking two with my eyes closed. So who won?
Mekaela won Gary Braunbeck's Mr. Hands!
Adriana won L.J. Smith's The Forbidden Game!
Congratulations guys! Extra Christmas presents for you this year, eh?
For those of you that didn't win, stick around - you never know when I'll have another giveaway!
Posted by Nicole at Monday, December 20, 2010
Labels: contest winners
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I Spy Fantasy by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick
Christmas is coming, so it's time for dreams and wishes to come true and for flights of fancy to sprout wings and really soar. For kids, they can dive into an I Spy book and discover all the hidden goodies throughout its pages and enjoy the fun rhymes that announce what objects to look for. Since I did I Spy Christmas last year, this year it's all about the fantasy - mystifying and magical. Sand castles besieged by knights, cities made with wooden blocks, sparkling jewels, and of course, a unicorn hidden on every page.
Read the Epinions review here!
Notes from the playlist: "Macedonian Morning" by Bill Whelan
Posted by Nicole at Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Merry Christmas everyone! Last month I didn't do a book giveaway because I figured everyone should be grateful for what they already have. I just forgot to mention that somewhere.
But now tis the season, and I've already bought 5 books to donate to Head Start of Kansas City (and if your B&N is doing a book drive - and it probabaly is - if you can, buy some books to donate before Christmas!). I've also been feeling very generous this season. So much so that I actually purchased a book specifically for this giveaway.
The Forbidden Game Trilogy by L.J. Smith
THAT'S RIGHT! This book again! That's how much I love this trilogy (previous posts are here and here). Maybe some people think I'm over the top, but Julian kicks butt and it's just a whole lot of fun. I enjoy it so much I wanted to spread the love around by putting this brand spankin' new copy up for the giveaway. Our store is supposed to have 6 in stock as often as possible - I ordered an additional 3 because I handsell these as often as I can. So we had 9 in the store a few days ago. Now we have 7. (Told ya!) So if you want to try outwitting a Shadow Man like Julian, go right ahead.
Mr. Hands by Gary Braunbeck
For those of you who like to have something totally different for Christmas, here's a bit of horror for you. I have to say - I almost don't want to give this book away just because I freakin' love the cover so much. And it's a good book, of course. And Gary's a cool guy. But I'd like to pass it on to others so you can see for yourself. If horror is your game, then this is what you want to play. While this is my copy, trust me, I'm one of those people that keeps her books in pristine condition (or as close to as humanly possible).
If you want to join in on the giveaway, just leave a comment and some way for me to contact you in case you win. Pick one book or put your name in for both - doesn't matter to me! This contest will run until midnight December 19th - that way I have time to ship these out and you (might) get them by Christmas - or at least hopefully by the new year.
How can you say no to free books??
Notes from the playlist: "I Can't Take It In" by Imogen Heap
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, December 11, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Bad Kitty vs Uncle Murray by Nick Bruel
Every time I flipped through this book, I found myself giggling. I made a note to find the time to actually sit down and read it - and I did. Bad Kitty is a chapter book series by Nick Bruel. There are only a few of them right now, but with the way these are becoming more popular (and with good reason), I wouldn't be surprised to see more and more come out. Kitty is the main character of these books, but hangs out with Puppy (who is absolutely adorable and reminds me of my sister's dog with his goofy face). In this book, Uncle Murray is coming over to take care of Kitty and Puppy while their owners are away. Of course, with Kitty being the sort of cat she is, that won't be easy. It's a really funny book (I particuarly liked the bit where Kitty was in the closet with Puppy and you get diary entries from Kitty - where one day is about equivelant to 6 minutes). Kids will laugh and have a good time with this, and I highly recommend picking this up - especially if your family has a cat!
Read the Epinions review here!
Notes from the playlist: "O Tannenbaum" by Vince Guaraldi
Posted by Nicole at Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Contrary to popular belief, The Lord of the Rings isn't actually a trilogy. It is one novel simply split into three parts - that and many people find it easier to read three separate books rather than deal with one massive tome. Like me. Why else do you think I sprung for the 50th Anniversary Edition with it's gorgeous hardcover and gilded pages? Whatever way you prefer to read it, this is the fantasy story, the quintessential tale of the battle between good and evil...with a few Hobbits stuck in the middle of it.
If you haven't read this, but you've seen the movies, then you ought to read this (...just read it in any case). Besides, even though I'm not a naysayer of the movies (love 'em), in the book Frodo isn't a total pansy, that whole Warg thing never happened, King Theoden was always ready to rock, and Sam ruled even more of the universe. Overall? A long, albeit good, read.
Posted by Nicole at Friday, December 03, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
A World Without Islam by Graham E. Fuller
Yet another book spotted while at work. This is in the current affairs section, and it caught my eye and my interest. It's in this book that Fuller intends to show what the world may be like without Islam - and it may not necessarily be any different at all. Indeed, if not Islam, then what religion, what politics might have come into play and would they be the same in terms how how the West is viewed, etc? Very intriguing questions. I'm not yet very far into the book, but look forward to see how Fuller's ideas unfold.
Notes from the playlist: "What I've Done" by Marié Digby
Posted by Nicole at Monday, November 29, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Mariel of Redwall by Brian Jacques
Posted by Nicole at Thursday, November 25, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre by Richard Grant
I first spotted this book two, maybe three years ago when working at my other store. It's kind of hard to ignore a book called God's Middle Finger. It's equally hard to forget about it after reading what it's about. With phrases like, "[...] his reckless adventure spiraled into his own personal heart of darkness when cocaine-fueled Mexican hillbillies hunted him through the woods all night, bent on killing him for sport." Whaaaat? Really? Of course, I didn't get the chance to read it right away, but that book stuck with me until years later I finally got my hands on it. It's a great read. Definitely worth it. Grant travels all along Sierra Madre and learns about how the police and the drug dealers co-exist, sees abject poverty, the nonstop machismo that saturates the culture (and the men), and quickly discovers that it's all about who you know.
I put this book near Thanksgiving because after reading this book, it just makes me thankful for everything I have here. I'm sure Grant's happy to be alive and well on the opposite side of the Mexican border...
Read the Epinions review here!
Notes from the playlist: "Silver Springs" by Fleetwood Mac
Posted by Nicole at Sunday, November 21, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
To the Beach by Thomas Docherty
"Take an adventurous trip to the beach and hang out with the best camel ever."
That's what my Bookseller Recommends card read when I stuck this book on the recommendation shelf (back when I worked in a store that had one...my newest store did away with employee recs - VERY sad about that). It's a simple story about going to the beach - but this boy does it in a very unexpected way. And the camel is awesome - and adorable. That was actually one of the things that made me pick up this book, the cuteness of the camel. Who doesn't love a camel that knows how to have fun? I know we're in November, so read this and think of sunny days, or hang onto it until beach days come again.
Notes from the playlist: "Love Song" by Sara Bareilles
Posted by Nicole at Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Star Island by Carl Hiaasen
I was in the mood for something different, and having read the book blurb about Carl Hiaasen's newest book, thought that might just do it. I've never read anything by him before and figured now was a good time to see what Carl's all about. Though Star Island doesn't really fit the mystery genre by any real definition, it was still a fun romp. Weird, wacky, and amusing at every turn, I had a great time and polished this off in a single day. It's all about the trials and tribulations of pop star Cherry Pye - or at least, her double Annie, who slips in when Cherry's too coked out/drunk/unconcious to do the job. I guess it's in mystery because A.) the rest of Carl's books are in there and B.) you really don't know who is going to do what next. It may be your cup of tea and it may not be, but I say definitely give it a try and see what happens.
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, November 13, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Nestle Classic Recipes by Nestlé
Mmm. Who doesn't love Nestle goodness? From their classic chocolate chip cookie recipe to a few surprising ideas (key lime pie, anyone?), this book is choc-a-bloc full of delicious goodies ready for baking. And guess where I found this? In the bargain section of the store! Haha! Always great stuff in the bargain section. This book is a total joy to have around and I'm always eager to make something mouth-watering. The best part is that most of the recipes are simple, so for when I want something sweet and awesome and don't have the time or money for a recipe from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey, this is the way to go. Yummy!
Notes from the playlist: "Vianne Sets Up Shop" by Rachel Portman
Posted by Nicole at Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Posted by Nicole at Friday, November 05, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Well, the winners have been chosen via Random Number Generator and the ballots are in (wait...numbers? Ballots? Nevermind). The winners are:
Anonymous for The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff! (wow, it seemed like everybody wanted this book...)
David for Little Bee by Chris Cleave!
Nicole C. for Zoo Story by Thomas French!
MayinJune for The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi!
Congratulations guys! I hope you enjoy your new reads!
Thanks to everyone who participated and keep checking back for more cool books to read. And you never know when I'll have another book giveaway!
Posted by Nicole at Monday, November 01, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Notes from the playlist: "Replay" by Iyaz
Posted by Nicole at Thursday, October 28, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
The Complete Tales of Edgar Allen Poe by Edgar Allen Poe
Posted by Nicole at Sunday, October 24, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Prey by Michael Crichton
Posted by Nicole at Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
My first giveaway wasn't superhot, but I attribute that to only having one book available. After all, a lot of people are burned out with paranormal type stuff, urban fantasy and all that. So this time I'm doing something a little different - giving away more books with a wider variety. If this doesn't draw more people in, I don't know what will. So, with that in mind, here's the October Book Giveaway!
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
All you have to do is leave a comment anywhere on this blog. Say whatever you like (recommend something, tell me how much you enjoyed something, anything), but be sure to include an email address or some other way I can contact you if you've won, as well as which book you would like. The contest will end October 31st as the big spooky clock strikes 12. *muahahaha!*
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, October 16, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy by Luke Cuddy (Editor)
Posted by Nicole at Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Wolves: A Photographic Celebration by Amber Rose
This is another bargain delight I stumbled upon one day. These books fall into the Brick Books series, so there aren't just wolfy books like this. However, I think these are hard to come by now, so if you can't find them in the store, you might have to buy from a secondhand place. What I love about this book is that it's just pictures and fun facts. I love wolves. Always have. Always will. My parents still wonder why I'm not in the middle of the woods studying them. Sometimes I wonder that too. But since I'm not, I'll settle for this. Gorgeous color pictures with factoids accompanying each page. And if you were so inclined, it's not big like most coffee table books, but would make for an interesting piece.
Notes from the playlist: "The Greatest Story Never Told" by Murray Gold
Posted by Nicole at Monday, October 04, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
The winner of the very first Bookseller Recommends Book Giveaway, after using the Random Number Generator, is.....
Poster #7 - HEIDI!
Congratulations Heidi, and I hope you enjoy your books!
(And no, in response to your comment, I actually haven't read Child 44 yet, but I've heard a lot of good things about it. Probably why it was a B&N Recommends book!)
If you didn't win, don't worry because I'll be posting another contest soon and THIS time there will be more than one title to choose from!
Posted by Nicole at Friday, October 01, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson
I chose this cover instead of the new release cover since that one is more likely to make people think of Lord of the Rings. After all, there is a ring of power involved. But this isn't your happy Hobbit sort of story. The main character, Thomas Covenant, is an asshole. No joke. He's a definite anti-hero, and I think my first ever anti-hero story. Despite his jerk power, he manages to do the right thing, and maybe not even be such a jerk in the end. What I really loved the most about this book though, were Donaldson's descriptions of The Land. It had been a while since someone had painted such a gorgeous picture for me with words. That's another reason I used this cover, because I think it's a more accurate represnation of just where Covenant goes.
This is the first in a trilogy, but if you really wanted, you could just read this book and leave the rest alone. The trilogy is pretty good though, so I think you ought to keep reading. However, beyond this is a second and, yes, a third trilogy, but I would forgo those entirely for a number of reasons that are too extensive to outline here.
Notes from the playlist: "This is Gallifrey: Our Childhood, Our Home" by Murray Gold
Posted by Nicole at Sunday, September 26, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
703: How I Lost More Than a Quarter Ton and Gained a Life by Nancy Makin
This was a book a customer was searching for. She found it, but I remember seeing her put it back. Intrigued, I took a look myself and made a mental note: Read. In case you missed it, this has been in my Reading List off to the left for quite some time.
Posted by Nicole at Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha
Though I never did quite figure out why it's in that section, I most certainly ended up reading it and I had a good time in the process. The concept is simle: Awesome Things. Those little things in life that are, well, awesome. Like walking past a bakery and snorting up that delicious smell of baking bread and cookies and yummy things. Or freshly fallen snow. Or, everyone's favorite, popping bubble wrap. There are literally hundreds of yippee-skippee things in here that will, at some point, jog a delighted part in your brain that makes you say, "Omigod, YAY" as you suddenly remember just how awesome that particular thing is. One of those for me?
The smell of the coffee isle in the grocery store. AWESOME!
Read the Epinions review here!
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, September 18, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Hunting Pirate Heaven by Kevin Rushby
I actually had to read this in college when I took a course on pirates (yes, you heard me. A college course on pirates). But that doesn't mean it was a boring textbook. Instead, this is actually one man's account of trying to find the one place that pirates were rumored to stop and make their paradise with all their gold and plunder. Somewhere off the coast of Africa, near Madagascar. Rushby takes off from England, and from there goes on trucks, boats, and experiences some friendly--and some very questionable--people as he tries to find this fabled pirate heaven. This is also one of those stories where, as I read, I thought (admittedly in a very biased manner), "This is the sort of thing that only an English guy could get away with. If this were an American, he probably would have been shot by now."
A final note? Most college books I sold back. This one I kept.
Notes from the playlist: "Cheeseburger in Paradise" by Jimmy Buffet
Posted by Nicole at Tuesday, September 14, 2010