Dracula by Bram Stoker
I've had this on my shelf for quite some time, actually. But it wasn't until yesterday that I really decided I should read it. I've been in a bit of a reading funk lately, ever since I finished off Succubi Like It Hot. Didn't know what to do until yesterday we watched a Dracula parody and I realized I still hadn't ever read this book. In fact, I bought this and 8 other books during a book-buying frenzy the last time we had a Buy 2 Get 1 sale on the B&N Classics. Yeah, what can I say? I like these books. In case you didn't know, Dracula is an epistolary novel (written in letters and journal entries and so forth), which is always different. I'm not very far, but already the Count has shown is creepy side. I look forward to seeing how the original story goes after years of being faced with movie versions.
Notes from the playlist: "Bill and Sookie Together" by Nathan Barr
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Friday, March 26, 2010
Cesar's Way by Cesar Millan
Let's face it: most people fail to relate to their dogs as, well, animals. In fact, they can barely relate to them as dogs, let alone animals. That's where Cesar comes in. My last dog passed away (miss you, baby!) some time ago, and we've just now gotten a new dog. Difference is that we had our original dog since she was a puppy; this new dog is a rescue and already 3 years old. I knew my old dog inside and out. We were in-sync, and though I know she wasn't the perfect dog, at least I understood her. New dog not so much. So, knowing how good Cesar is with dogs, decided to see what he had to say. And it all makes so much sense. It's a lot of common sense, actually. Common sense that a lot of people just don't have when it comes to dogs. How they are pack animals, how (and why) they need a walk every day, how they have certain energy levels that we need to learn how to manage with our own. This isn't a book on how to housebreak your dog or teach him to sit. It's a book about understanding dogs, why they do certain things, and how to handle some situations. How to - as Cesar says - be the pack leader.
Notes from the playlist: "Junuh Sees the Field" by Rachel Portman
Posted by Nicole at Friday, March 26, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
The Now Habit by Neil Fiore
I'd read a review of this book and was then lucky enough to win it from the reviewer once she finished with all her procrastination-based books. If this were a group meeting, I would stand up and announce, "My name is Nicole and I am a procrastinator." I am, after all. However, after reading this book I handle it much better. I've learned to deal with my procrastination issues, the stress that tended to come with them, and the "I should" statements for when I wasn't working and always had in my mind that I should be. Fiore reminds you that it's okay to take some time off and enjoy some play time. After all, we know what happened to Jack with all work and no play. It's a solid book and I'd only read half of it before already feeling a great deal more positive about work (not the bookselling, the writing). Hooray!
Notes from the playlist: "Fireflies" by Owl City
Posted by Nicole at Monday, March 22, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
Recommended to me by several other published writers, I finally bought this book and read through it. There are many great ideas within its pages for writers, from handing dialogue to avoiding needless junk. I've recommended this to other writers since then, and it has plenty of reason to be so popular. Likely another reason why it often ends up on the main tables at work. So the next time you're looking for a good book to help with your fiction writing, read through a few sections of this book and see if there aren't some ideas in there that you couldn't use.
Notes from the playlist: "Life Less Ordinary" by Carbon Leaf
Posted by Nicole at Thursday, March 18, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
You simply can't go wrong with a lion in the library (at least, you can't when it's in a children's book!). When this lion wanders in one day, no one is sure what to do. But this lion loves books and he enjoys sitting with the children. The kids love him as well, but sometimes it's hard for a big lion to behave - and be quiet - in a library.
I love the illustrations that go with this story. The lion is so big! The best part is that he's probably pretty on par with how big a real lion would be compared to a child. He's an adorable lion with cute facial expressions and really, it's just hard not to love a lion that hangs out in a library. It's a whimsical sort of tale that children will love to read or have read to them, and who knows? Maybe this will make them want to visit the library more often!
Notes from the playlist: "This Side" by Nickel Creek
Posted by Nicole at Sunday, March 14, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Gallop! A Scanimation Picture Book by Rufus Butler Seder
I got a kick out of this book when I first picked it up back in the kids' section. It's so simple and yet so fun. When you open the book, the animals inside move because of the scanimation-style pictures. Kind of like a flipbook without the need to do any flipping. The cat is actually my favorite as it leaps and runs. This book sold fairly well beforehand, and then oodles of copies after I put it on the recommendation shelf. I like to think that I helped with its sales. Since then it's been a very steady seller. Parents as well as kids love to make the animals move by opening and closing the pages (so they'll run backwards too!). It will hold up better than a pop-up book and keep kids entranced for, well, longer than the typical picture book anyway!
Posted by Nicole at Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Succubi Like It Hot by Jill Myles
I actually admit, I read the first book (check out the previous post) by borrowing it from the library. But that was before:
A.) I won a $50 B&N gift card
B.) I knew how much fun it would be, plus other things.
So a few days after finishing the book, I went out and bought it and then this one to go with it. I'm happy to say that there are several copies in the store (3 of each, in fact. Er, 2 now, actually). Though I don't know how many books Jill intends to write, I know that even if I don't buy all of them, I'll end up reading all of them. The protagonist is nice and perky (snarky on occasion, which is fun), her love interests are dead sexy (in numerous ways, in fact), and the plotlines are unique, which is a breath of fresh air in a world currently full of vampires and shifters and other paranormal beings.
It just doesn't get any better than that.
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, March 06, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Gentlemen Prefer Succubi by Jill Myles
Posted by Nicole at Tuesday, March 02, 2010