Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Words of Radiance Read-Along, Week 5



Welcome to week 5 of our Words of Radiance Read-Along! This week we read chapters 40-48. Sue over at Cookies, Coffee and Chili Peppers is hosting this week. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers so read at your own risk!


1. Sebarial and Palona seem to be quite good fun. Do you accept them at face value, or are they playing a much deeper political game? Are you concerned that Jasnah’s intelligence on them seems to have been wrong?

Monday, April 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: The Walking Dead

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top 10 Books if you like...The Walking Dead(All covers courtesy of goodreads.com unless otherwise linked.)

So, after season 4, I'm totally obsessing about The Walking Dead. If you're into it, there are lots of things you might like. I'm a huge fan of zombies, ensemble casts (see my published works), dark fantasy, character-driven stories, and intense drama. If you like all these aspects of The Walking Dead, you might want to check out these books.



10. World War Z by Max Brooks -- Okay, I really wasn't a fan of this one (my review HERE) but if you're looking for all things zombie, you might enjoy it. Just be warned that it reads like a string of unrelated prime time news stories with no common characters or events (other than zombies) running through them. It was just hard for me to stick with it without any compelling characters to root for.





9. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion -- Confession: I haven't actually read this one, but I saw the film and it was charming. A great zombie tale that's big on the question of humanity. And humor. If you want a somewhat lighter take on the subject matter, this is the book for you!




8. Taking on the Dead by Annie Walls -- Another one I haven't read, but I understand it's very dark and rather gory. In other words, it's high on my list of zombie reads. :D



7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor -- This one I've definitely read and I LOVE this series. It doesn't deal with zombies, but with other, traditionally hellish creatures and the drama that surrounds them. The characters and plot are downright addicting! Can't wait for book 3 to come out!


6. The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind -- Very dark fantasy with a fantastic magic system and very compelling characters. I loved this series, even if it did stall a bit near the end. It has the same kind of addictive drama that The Walking Dead sports.



5. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan -- As I said, I'm big on large, ensemble casts of characters and epic, sprawling stories. Those are things that The Wheel of Time and The Walking Dead definitely have in common. 



4. The Stand by Stephen King -- Again, a very dark story, dealing with a pandemic, which is what causes zombie-ism in The Walking Dead. It deals with dark forces and what human beings might do to one another when all law and order disappears.

3. A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin -- Another dark fantasy, ensemble cast, ridiculously compelling characters, and all around amazing story. (If you've only seen the HBO series, let me promise you the books are darker, grittier, and more compelling.) Every bit as addicting as The Walking Dead. May not have zombies, but White Walkers are pretty dang close. (In the Walking Dead, they even refer to zombies as Walkers! Dun, dun, dun!)


2. The Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin -- While reading this, I totally thought it was a zombie book because the red disease makes people look, if not exactly act, like zombies. I got through the entire book and it's sequel before realizing that zombie-ism really wasn't a prevalent theme. But, loved it anyway. Great story I couldn't put down and it definitely has a zombie feel to it. 




What book recommendations can you make based on your favorite entertainment?

Epic Celebratory Giveaway Winners!

Hello Everyone!

First let me apologize one more time for how all-over-the-place I've been lately. I was transitioning between homes and jobs at the same time, which is code for, "my life has been chaos!" Not even organized chaos, just chaos. That's right. Absolutely no method in the madness. Just madness.

But, I'm better now. We're all moved in and my job has fallen into some semblance of normalcy. I don't promise everything is unpacked and organized, but the essentials are in place, which means I can get back to my priorities. Like writing, blogging, and chit chatting with my online pals.

First things first. My Epic Celebratory Giveaway has officially ended. Thank you so much to everyone who entered, promoted, and otherwise participated. I ended up with 1432 entries. Such a great turnout! So, without further ado, here are the winners:


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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Winter's Heart Read-Along, Week 4



Welcome to week 4 of our Winter's Heart read-along. This week we read chapters 12-17. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that came before is fair game for spoilers so read at your own risk!


Elayne wakes to a lily. (Source)
1. Elayne gets to ‘entertain’ the worst looking man in the universe, at least as far as her bodyguards know. Do you think that they will actually prove to be any protection against assassins and what did you make of Hanlon’s hints to them that Elayne likes rough men?

I think any guards help, and her guards seem to be relatively well-trained. At the same time, though, if someone really wants to get to her--like one of the Forsaken or something--the guards won't be much of a defense. I think only Brigitte (or now Rand/Min/Aviendha) might be able to stop it because they're actually connected to her emotionally.

I thought the whole she's-into-rough-men thing was funny because Brigitte is always attracted to rough, homely men. In a way it would make sense if Elayne was because she's bonded to Brigitte and maybe Brigitte's tastes are rubbing off on her. An amusing situation all around. 

2. Any suggestions about what Elayne and Rand were doing to make Birgitte seek solace in a bottle of strong liquor? Do you think it was so shocking that it put Alanna into her coma?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Follow Friday: Pets


Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


Have an pets? Tell us or show us.

No pets for me. I have my three-year-old niece Cheveya who often curls up and keeps me company while I read or type on my computer. The next closest thing are these decorative wolf statues I have all over my house. Between the two, I don't think I have much more energy to devote to a pet right now. :D




How about you? Any pets?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Words of Radiance Read-Along, Week 4


Sorry this is late this week! I'm hoping to get back to my normal blogging schedule next week *crosses fingers* and the I'll be more on top of things again. 


Welcome to week 4 of our Words of Radiance Read-Along. This week we read chapters 28-39. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk!

1. Sadeas and Amaram are reunited on the battlefield in chapter 29. Clearly the two are perfectly well aware of each other’s characters – why do you think Amaram has made an appearance at this point in the story? Any thoughts on how he will affect the politics. Clearly Kaladin has good reason to hate him – but everybody else thinks he’s wonderful!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Bumbling Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top 10 Characters I Love that are Bumbling.


While we generally don't want our main heroes to be bumbling, there's something to be said for lovable characters that aren't totally suave. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Winter's Heart Read-Along, Week 3



***Again, so sorry everyone for being so late with the questions this week. I just moved into a new place--been doing that all week--and I didn't get my internet up until 9 pm last night. And I've been so crazy busy that it slipped my mind that it was my week for questions. So sorry about that. I hope everyone did okay with what I sent!***

Welcome to week 3 of our Winter's Heart read-along. This week we read chapters 8-11. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that came before is fair game for spoilers so read at your own risk!

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1. The Aes Sedai with Elayne and Nynaeve are trying to convince the Seanchan sul'dam that they can channel themselves and then send them back to Seanchan. Do you think this tactic will work to help bring down the Seanchan empire?

I actually think this is a really smart plan. It's the kind of thing that might take years to come to fruition, and I doubt they have that kind of time until Tarmon Gai'don, but so far trying to defeat the Seanchan through force of arms hasn't worked. This is the kind of thing that will shake the foundations of their belief system. It might be the the one thing that will work in the long run.

2. It seems the Borderlanders are on the borders of Andor. We last saw the leaders making a pact in the Borderlands. What do you think they're up to and what does it have to do with Andor?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Follow Friday: Spring Break Fantasy Vaca!

**If you haven't yet, be sure to enter my Epic Giveaway! Only two days left. The grand prize is a Kindle Paperwhite! Click HERE to enter!**

Follow Friday

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


Spring Break. Where would be your favorite destination spot if you could join the Spring Break festivities?

Hmmm. This is so boring and NOT spring breakish, but I think I'd go to visit the homes of my favorite authors of yore. I know in England you can tour Stratford-upon-Avon and see Shakespeare's home. Or Dicken's. Or maybe Edgar Allen Poe's grave.

Something like that would be beyond awesome! 

Where would you go for spring break?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Words of Radiance Read-Along, Week 3



***Sorry this is up so late this week! Grrrrh for how much moving disrupts blogging life!***

Welcome to week 3 of our Words of Radiance Read-Along! This week, we read chapters 16-28. Remember that everything in this section as well as all that came before is fair game for spoilers so read at your own risk!

1) We have a new character on the scene: Zahel, a swordmaster. What do you think of his interest in Kaladin? 

I think it's promising. I kind of like that he's not your typical suave sword master. He obviously recognizes Kaladin's skin, even from afar, and that makes me like him. :D I'm excited to see where this story line goes. Plus, he obviously knows what he's doing. The image of Renarin landing on his head and other things over and over again in the background while Zahel and Kaladin chatted was hysterical.
2) We learned a bit more about Shallan's past. What do you think her brother Heralan was doing all those years ago, coming and going as he did, and where did his Shardblade come from? 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Wants

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top 10 Bookish Things (Other than Books) That I'd Like to Own 

10. A library. Who doesn't want an entire room in their house dedicated to books, complete with over-stuffed chairs and a fireplace.
9. A kindle. I read on the kindle app on my ipad all the time, but it's kind of big and heavy. An actual kindle would be more convenient. Plus, then I could borrow from the lending library.
8. An unlimited Amazon gift card. Just because.
7. Paraphernalia from my favorite books. Wheel of Time t-shirts or medallions, for example, would be welcome.
6. The ability to force any film maker who decides to make my favorite books into movies, to do it perfectly.

That's all I can think of. What bookish things would you like to own?

Game of Thrones Recap

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So once again Game of Thrones is on. (Yea!) As with last season, I'm going to be doing recaps of the episodes and discussing them. I've been super busy, so I didn't get the post up last week. This one will contain recaps of both episodes 1 and 2.

Remember that this will contain blatant spoilers for the series. So, if you haven't watched yet or otherwise don't want to know what's happening, stop reading now!

Season 4, Episode 1: Two Swords

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Winter's Heart Read-Along, Week 2



Perrin and Faile (Source)
1) What did everyone make of the Shaido's treatment of Faile, Maighdin, Alliandre, Bain, Chiad, Lacile, and Arrela during the march through the snow? Harsh? As expected? 

Both. Yes, kind of harsh, but not out of keeping with what we know of the Aiel and the Wise Ones. It's a bit different because there's snow on the ground, but it also must be kept in mind that the Aiel don't know anything about snow. Though they're obviously tough enough to run miles in snow as easily as on dry ground, they'll probably be truly shocked when some of them end up with mild frostbite. They'll be so confused!
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Lol. No idea what's up with this pic, but
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Faile and crew meet the Shaido Wise Ones (Therava & Someryn) and also the Aes Sedai Galina. What do you think of the Wise Ones speaking so openly of Sevanna's orders? Will Galina be of any help to Faile?

I don't know that I'd be very trusting of Galina. She openly admitted that she'd help them only if they helped her. She'd throw them all under the bus as soon as it served her purpose. I totally think Faile she use Galina where she can, but just not totally trust her. 

As for them speaking openly of Sevanna's orders, I think Sevanna's too cocky to do anything about that, even if she heard them talking. Of course, just because Sevanna's an idiot doesn't mean she's not dangerous. I worry Faile will end up getting caught between the crazy Aiel woman and the desperate Aes Sedai. And we know Sevanna's messing with the Forsaken as well. Faile needs to be more careful than she knows.
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Berelain (Source)
It seems that Berelain is taking advantage of Faile's absence and Perrin's fatigue. Where do you think her flirtations will take her? Given the chance, what would you do with her at this point? 

So far, she hasn't been successful at seducing Perrin. He's very devoted to Faile and I doubt she'll find anymore success now, even with Faile temporarily (we hope) out of the picture. I thought it was downright ridiculous that she was offended when Perrin wouldn't confide in her after all that's happened. As in, really?

Hm. What would I do with her? Cruel though it might be, I'd really love to stuff her in a trunk, like what happened to Rand, just so we don't have to see or hear her for a few days. What a relief the silence and lack of cleavage would be!
4) They are on the hunt! Talanvor left on his own to pursue the Shaido hours ahead of Perrin and crew. Perrin had to chastise the Cha Faile for their spying activities. The Asha'men want to lead the charge. Add to that, Masema offering to assist. Will Perrin's anger explode? How can this hunt possibly be derailed?

Lol. Poor Perrin! We knew this was all coming to a head. I don't envy him in the least trying to juggle all these factions and keep them from coming to blows. Wouldn't surprise me if he's a little less sane when this is all over. I know where this is going, so I won't make predictions, but even if Perrin is only a man who can only be pushed so far, he is also ta'veren, and that should help, even if it also makes his uneasiness grow. :D
Not sure I'm a fan of this pic of Elayne.
It's a little too...Berelain for my taste.
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5) The men escorting Naean and Elenia were ambushed and killed outside Caemlyn. What do you think this portends? Will Elayne be able to unite the houses behind her or is this move the first of several by houses against her? Should the ladies be more concerned about defenses instead of clothing? 

I think it just shows that the road to the throne, as we've said before, is going to be long and dangerous. She's going to have a lot to deal with along the way. 

Of course the ladies should be concerned with more than clothing, but I kind of like that they talk about this. Let's face it: frivolous or not, lots of girls care about clothes, and it's probably a nice respite from all the other worries Elayne has. It just makes them human.

What other bloggers thought:     Dab of Darkness     Coffee, Cookies and Chili Peppers

What did everyone else think of this section?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Follow Friday: Disappointing Reads

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Follow Friday

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


Tell us about a book that you didn't like and why we shouldn't read it. 

I'm going to have to go with the Millenium trilogy here. I've talked about this before, so I'm sorry to not come up with anything original, but I was just SO disappointed in this story. It was one of those that started out super-great, then stalled a bit in the middle. That would have been okay with me had the ending been epic and wonderful. Unfortunately, the author set up the readers with very specific expectations. It then became obvious that the he suddenly changed his mind about fifty pages before the end of the third book. 

I don't mind being shocked or thrown through a loop by a particularly great twist in a story, but this was not that. I wanted to throw the book against the wall. And not in a good way. While the characters were intriguing, and the first installment had a particularly well-written whodunit mystery, this trilogy is not worth reading beyond that first book. 

What book did you not like and why?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Words of Radiance Read-Along, Week 2



1. We learn a little more about Syl and her connection to Kaladin. There are more spren out there, "trying...to reclaim what was lost". Yet Syl was forbidden to come and chose to do it anyway. What do you make of this new information?

This is seriously cool! I love that Syl is a bit of a rebel. She probably knew that she'd lose her memory (kind of) and that things would be different and hard, but she came anyway. She had the faith that she'd find Kaladin and bond with him, and she did. These two are going to be besties or soul mates for life. The more I learn about Syl, the more I love her.

I also love that she's trying to figure out jokes, and that she torments Rock. Such a cool chick! :D

2. Chapter 10 is brief, yet intriguing - and kind of creepy! It looks like Shallan was responsible for her mother's death, among others, when she was young. What are your thoughts on this scene?


Yeah, definitely creepy. Despite what we know of Shallan's family and their predicament, we don't actually know that much about her past. I'm really hoping we get into this more, as I'm extremely curious! Obviously she's not as innocent as she seems, though I hate to think of her as sinister in any way. I also wonder if her past might have played a role in why her family sent her to Jasnah--to send her away, as much because of whatever happened as to deal with the broken fabrial situation.

3. Highlord Amaram is back, and still has Kaladin's Shardblade. He also seems to be close friends with Dalinar. Do you think Kaladin will tell Dalinar what happened between them? If so, what do you think might happen?


Oh the tension! Oh the angst! I think it'll take some time before Kaladin tells Dalinar the truth. Until then, he'll have to walk around showing Amaram respect. I do hope eventually Kaladin gets justice for what Amaram did to him and his men before. And now that Dalinar is supporting Shardplate duels... I mean come on! Amaram seriously pissed off...a Radiant. This dude is toast!

4. We get an Interlude with one of the Parshendi - the Shardbearer who fought Dalinar, a woman called Eshonai. We finally get a real look at the Parshendi and learn more about what they're doing on the Shattered Plains. What are your thoughts on this? We also learn that Eshonai wants to speak with Dalinar and sue for peace. Do you think that's likely to happen?


Peace, of course, will never be an easy thing. We know that Dalinar would be open to it, but how they would ever meet, communicate, and make it happen, I don't know. I thought this section was terribly interesting and ought to be re-read. It turns out I was wrong. I felt like admitting to the assassination was a way to throw off what had really happened. Well, I was sort of wrong. They really were responsible, but obviously something more was going on. They killed Gavilar because they seemed to think if he went through with his plans, the old gods would come back and destroy them.

The question is, what was he planning? And will it really bring back what they fear? I so want answers to these questions!

5. Adolins's first duel doesn't exactly go as anyone expected... What did you make of how it was won? Do you think it will force people to take Adolin, and by extension Dalinar, more seriously?


I gotta say, by themselves, I think Dalinar and Andolin would make a blunder of this. Can Andolin duel? Obviously. But thank goodness he has Navani there to scheme and figure out how best to use his results. 

After getting a chapter from Andolin's POV, I kinda like him more. I think it's sweet that some part of him wants his betrothal to Shallan to work out. I think he wants to be respected in the best sort of way. I don't think him and Shallan are right for one another, but Andolin is endearing and I hope there are good things in his future. (I hope he gets to kick some High-Prince-Sadeas butt sometime soon.)

Extras:

The fact that Pattern can repeat an overheard conversation word for word is like the best thing EVER! Loved that.

Totally loved the moving, living, rolling-around-in-the-ocean islands Resyn has some serious guts. Really liking her.

Did anyone else think that the "bandits" Tvlakv's men spied and ran away from might have been Kaladin's men? I'm not sure how close Shallan's group is to the Shattered Plains, but it seems to me it might be feasible. Can't wait for our two main characters to meet! 

What other bloggers thought:




How did everyone else like this section?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top 10 Most Unique Books I've Read (All book covers courtesy of Goodreads.com unless otherwise linked.)


10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak  -- Narrated by death. 'Nuff said.

9. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden -- Just different than anything else I've ever read. In a good way.

8. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson -- This is a high fantasy...with crustacean monsters! I'd never seen that before in a medieval-type fantasy. So cool!

7. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad -- It actually is very unique, which is why I think so many people have trouble with it. The kind of thing that would never be published today; a story within a story within a story.
6. Anything by Cormac McCarthy. I always say he's a writer's writer, and you have to get used to how he writes. It's definitely not an easy, casual reading experience. My personal faves (so far) are The Road and No Country for Old Men.

5. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende -- I wouldn't necessarily recommend it because it's a translated book, and I haven't found an English version that isn't totally clunky and in passive voice. But the story is a totally unique, allegorical fairy tale. Love it!

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor -- Definitely one of the more unique stories I've read. Yeah, can't stop reading it. 

3. Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent -- Reading this series right now. It's a contemporary fantasy about Banshees. Who thinks to write about that? Rachel Vincent, that's who! And she's a total rock star!
2. A Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin -- Most people think it's unique because it's edgy, but really it's because the characters are so unique and relatable. Beware, Martin is notorious for killing off characters you love. He once said he wanted to write a series that made his readers afraid to turn the page. Check that off your bucket list, Mr. Martin. You nailed it.

1. One Boy No Water by Lehua Parker -- Written partly in the native pidgin of Hawaii, but very inventive and lots of fun to read. I'm really not big on MG, but I love this series! 


What are the top 10 most unique books you've read?

Just a Quick Note!

Good Monday Morning, Everyone! Just a few quick notes from me today. 

I found out a few days ago that I'm moving! It's actually very exciting. We've been wanting to get into a bigger place and we found a great one. We can start going over on the 15th, but probably won't get completely moved until Easter weekend. Because of that, my posts over the next couple of weeks will probably be spotty. 

I have a few pre-written posts, but not many. I'll try to keep up on lists and recaps, but probably won't do any that require a great deal of thinking. So, if I'm a bit absentee, that's why. Once we're all moved in, I'll be back to my regular schedule, though.

In the meantime, make sure to check out my Epic giveaway, which is still going on. The grand prize is a Kindle Paperwhite!

Have a great week, Everyone! :D

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Winter's Heart Read-Along, Week 1



Welcome to week 1 of our Winter's Heart. This week, we read the prologue through chapter 2. Remember, everything in this section as well as everything that came before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk!

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1. With Talene's capture, do you think we have seen the beginning of the end of the Black Ajah? Do you think the rebel moles will do more good hunting darkfriends than they did spreading dissent?

Maybe. I don't think the Black Ajah will easily eradicated, but they say the first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem. Now that it's being talked about rather than shied away from, and people are actively doing something about it, well at least we're headed in the right direction. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Follow Friday: April Fools Pranks

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Follow Friday

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


Late April Fools. What was the best prank you've played or had played on you? Share! 


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So, one year when I was a teenager, my family had a total heyday on April fools. My sister and I went shopping. While there, we called my mom and her my sister (who was only seventeen at the time) had hit a car in the Shopko parking lot and caused all kinds of damage. My mom thought it was funny after we yelled "April Fools" into the phone.

She played the same trick on my dad, who was at work.

Then, while we went to a $1 movie at the local mall, my dad drove over and moved the second family car we'd brought. When we came it, we could only assume someone had stolen it. It was plausible because it was a hunk of junk and the doors didn't lock, but we just couldn't fathom why anyone would want a car that barely ran.

My mom was a terrible liar, though. We could tell it was a trick by the fact that she didn't seem in the least bit upset. She finally confessed. So, before heading home, my sister and I stopped at my dad's work and shaving-creamed his car.

Meanwhile, that evening my mom put dye in the food and salt in the sugar bowl to give everyone an interesting jot at dinnertime.

We've never done anything quite so elaborate since that year, but it was definitely a memorable one! :D

What was your best April Fool's Day prank?