Challenge Accepted: My 2014 Reading Challenges Update #02

Challenge Accepted: My 2014 Reading Challenges Update #02

Here’s a quick update as to where I stand with my 2014 Challenges! The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girlby Barry LygaThe End of Illness by David B. Agus, M.D.REVIEW COMING SOON!A Plague of Zombiesby Diana GabaldonREVIEW COMING SOON! Capricious by Jade EbyI’m also participating in [FICT]shun’s 2nd Annual Don’t Let it End Reading Challenge which starts on February 14th! The goal of the challenge is to read the final books in a series. I’ve a got a few on my 2014 reading wish list that are series wrap ups. I’m really excited for this challenge! Allegiant by Veronica RothHere’s the update to my Random House of Canada bingo card. Since January 1, I have read 1451 pages towards my goal of 20,000 pages. Only 18549 pages to go! What are your reading goals for 2014? Twitter Facebook 0 Google+ 0 Pinterest 0 StumbleUpon 0

0 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on February 19, 2014
Book Review #11: 3 Short Stories from Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells-An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy

Book Review #11: 3 Short Stories from Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells-An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy

Review #1 &#124 Review #2 &#124 Review #3 &#124 Review #4 &#124 Summary ReviewThe Preface and the IntroductionOf the few anthologies I have read, the preface and introduction provided at that beginning of Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells-An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy were a wonderful setup up for the handful of stories I have read so far. In the Preface, Datlow and Windling explain exactly what Gaslamp Fantasy is and how it compares/relates to Steampunk. I am especially fond of Windling’s introduction. As an English major, I was drawn in by the history of fantasy, fairies and magic in literature. Windling provided context for England fascination with the fantastical throughout the Nineteenth Century and provided quotes and literary examples. I longed to return to the classroom to read more of the works by the authors and artists that are mentioned in the introduction. If you are curious about Gaslamp Fantasy and just want to know what it is definitely take the time to read the preface and introduction at the start of the book. It is worth your time. Story One: “Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells” by Delia ShermanI liked this story about the lowly research student delving deep into […]

0 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on February 18, 2014
The Sunday Post #10: Week of February 9, 2014

The Sunday Post #10: Week of February 9, 2014

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.What’s Happened on the Center StageReview of The Breath of God by Jeffery Small received a Thumbs Up. “It’s like Dan Brown, but better.”In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, I participated in Parajunkee’s Valentine’s Day Challenge. Day #1: Your Book Boyfriend List. There are links to Days 2 through 5 on each post.Created my own version of Waiting on Wednesday in anticipation of the Oscars!Feature & Follow Friday #187 allowed me to get to know another new blogger, @Spockella over at Pretty Little Pages.Shared some of my favorite quotes about love.What’s Happening on Other StagesStill mulling over the op-ed piece “Do We Really Need Negative Book Reviews?” that was posted on The New York Times.Loving this list of book nerd date ideas!Still dreaming about where to go on my summer vacation.Hiawatha Public Library deems 2014 Year of “Take-a-Book”: Visit the website to see this month’s challenge!Marion Public Library Adult Winter Reading Program Fill Your Bucket: What’s on Your Bucket List? January 6th through February 15th. Cedar Rapids Public Library Adult Winter Reading Program: Hot Reads for Cold Nights. January 20 through March 20.Fill Your Bucket Event: Final Party […]

0 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on February 16, 2014
Quote of the Week #10: All About Love

Quote of the Week #10: All About Love

I’m a romantic. I wear my heart on my sleeve. Yes, certain Hallmark and ASPCA commercials can make me cry. I cried watching an episode of The West Wing last month. As a result, since it is Valentine’s Day, I couldn’t choose just one quote, I have so many favorites about love. “The simple lack of her is more to me than others’ presence.” Ed Thomas “Oh, love is real enough, you will find it someday, but it has one archenemy–and that is life.” Jean Anouith “I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.” Much Ado About Nothing“As you wish.” The Princess BrideWhat’s your favorite quote about love? Share in comments! Twitter Facebook 0 Google+ 0 Pinterest 0 StumbleUpon 0

0 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on February 14, 2014