“Waiting On” Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a meme created at Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming releases that we can’t wait to read.

Today I’m ecstatic to have found the gorgeous cover art for Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs.

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Here’s the summary, taken from Goodreads:

Shapeshifter Mercy Thompson’s life is calming down, at least enough that she can focus on mundane matters like Black Friday sales. But on her return, Mercy is unable to contact her mate, Alpha Adam Hauptman, or the other members of their pack. All she knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related – and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from the most unlikely of allies: the vampire seethe.

It’s been too long since the last time we got to visit Mercy, and judging by that blurb, oh how I hope we get to see more of Stefan!

This title is released on March 5, 2013.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Posts I Think Give You the Best Glimpse of Me

Given the fact that I just got back from the Wizarding World and am still lamenting immersion back into every-day life, this post is a given. I also really wish that I had come upon one like it before I make my own journey down to Orlando.

The Nightrunner series is hands-down the best literary discovery I’ve made this year, so my excitement when Ms. Flewelling responded to my interview query was through the roof. I adored being able to converse not only with the wonderful author who had brought some of my favorite characters to life, but with those very characters as well. The best part, though, was how she took my leads and ran with them, making this interview a true discussion among the four of us (that would be Ms. Flewelling, Seregil, Thero, and myself).

Continuing the author theme, Ms. Crane was the first author to consent to an interview, and I couldn’t have been more delighted. She also gave me the opportunity to have a little chat with my favorite character from her wonderful Disillusionists series, which made the book nerd in me squeal with glee.

Ms. Elliott was the first author to reach out to me and offer me a review copy of her novel. I’d already ready and loved the first in the series, so it was an honor to be given the chance to voice my thoughts on her latest book. The fact that she used a pull-out quote from my review on her blog on the book’s release day was the greatest thrill.

Really, this is the greatest book purchase of my many years of collecting dusty tomes. Perhaps I’m bragging a bit, but I can’t help myself.

I’d just discovered this series when I started blogging, so it was on heavy rotation in my thoughts. When I happened upon a Deviantart gallery that perfectly portrayed the characters as I imaginged them, I knew I needed these beautiful images on my blog. I really need to start digging for more fanart creations for future posts, as I love the juxtaposition of different art forms.

I’ve only posted one of these features so far, but rest assured, I am always planning ways to incorporate food and design into my film and literature obsessions. I’ve got a bunch on the backburner waiting to be posted, but this Harry Potter themed night gives a good representation of the extent to which I will geek out when I enjoy something.

My lonely attempt at a meme that has never quite caught on, I’m still enamored of the idea of spotlighting literary couples who seem to fly under the radar. This is probably my number one couple in that regard.

I’m a very visual reader, and I can’t help but cast novels in my head as I read. This was my first attempt at sharing my visions of a series with readers, and also the first of many BDB-themed posts that made their way onto my blog in the beginning.

10. All of my reviews

I cannot pick one. Whenever I attempt to pick one, the others insistently nudge me with a sentence or a remembrance that makes it impossible to choose. So please, if you find our reading tastes to be similar, perhaps take a peek at my back catalogue and comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays is a meme started over on Should Be Reading that presents a different literary-themed question every week.

This week’s question is: What attracts you to a book blog? What puts you off in a book blog? Do you share personal stuff on your book blog?

If your blog looks anything like this amazing store display, chances are I’ll keep reading.

Nowadays, anyone can create a WordPress or Blogger account and start inundating the world with unsolicitated commentary, myself included. Much to my delight, book blogs abound, but as both a blogger and an avid reader of my fellow blogs, I know all too well the problem posed by the consistent deluge of new bloggers. Even many of those blogs that have been around for a few years and grown a sizable following are often not to my liking, despite being extraordiarily popular with readers and publishers alike. So what, in my opinion, makes for a good book blog?

I don’t want to sound like a literary snob, but to me, the main reason why I reach out to fellow bloggers is for reviews. I love reading what other people think about the books that I’m reading or those that are on my TBR list. It’s how I organize my reading schedule, find new authors, and reminisce about worlds and characters that I’m not yet ready to let go of. Unfortunately, while I think it’s great that so many people are choosing to channel their energy into blogs focused on the literary realm, so many bloggers seem to neglect thoughtful, incisive reviews in favor of cover reveals, author spotlights, and other posts that reign in viewership but do little to discuss the works themselves. Of those bloggers who do review, I often find myself crossing a blog off my potential follow list if the reviewer merely summarizes the work without discussing his or her personal reactions. Another pet peeve is when a reviewer peppers the review with gushing adjectives that make me feel as if I am reading a middle high school diary entry.

Another way in which bloggers tend to get my attention is if the blog is visually striking in a clean, organized way. I detest clicking on a link that leads to a website where fonts clash, colors abound, sidebars are littered with buttons, and I feel adrift in a chaotic cacophany of visuals. I know you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, and perhaps that applies to book blogs as well, but when I find a blog that seems to share my visual aesthetic, I am much more likely to return for future visits.

As far as my own blog goes, I try not to share too much personal information. I have mentioned random tidbits here and there, but for the most part I like to keep my anonymity, which seems like a good strategy amidst the recent blogger/author scandals.

Showcase Sunday

Showcase Sunday is a meme created by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea to share new book acquisitions, whether bought, gifted, received for review, borrowed, or won.

Received for Review

  • About Last Night by Ruthie Knox (received from Loveswept, an imprint of Random House)
  • Showtime by Chloe Kane (received from author)
  • Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman (received from author)
  • The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden (received from author)

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.

This week’s questions is:

Two questions about selecting your books.
Pooch asks:

Overall, what factor most influences your choice of your next read?

Sefcug asks:

What is it that makes you want to read a book by an author you have never read before?

As an avid reader and, especially, as a book blogger, far more factors go into my reading decisions than mere interest. I have review copies that I have to read before release dates, NetGalley titles that have expiration dates, and untested authors or series taking up valuable shelf space that I might not wind up loving (the quest to free up space for more books is ruthless and neverending). However, ultimately, no matter how many books are piling up in my TBR list, I simply can’t get motivated to read unless the books matches my mood at the moment. Often, this means looking through my review pile or backlog for a title that seems to fit, but if I can’t find one, I’m not afraid to spend precious reading time revisiting an old favorite. I’ve never quite understood readers, especially ones who avow to love reading as much as I do, who claim they simply don’t have the time to reread. Great books are about so much more than the initial experience; they beg to be returned to. They are our old friends, and there is so much hiding within their pages that we didn’t pick up on the first time or perhaps simply don’t remember.

As for what persuades me to read an author I’ve never tried before, reviews and comments from my fellow bloggers are almost the exclusive means by which I build my TBR pile. If my various websites or other reviewers liken an author to one who I have already read and loved, then chances are I’ll check out their work too. Rarely do I find a new author by browsing in the store. While I might spare reading time for old favorites, I’m wary of wasting time on books that catch my eye yet that I know nothing about. I do my research before I buy or request titles.

“Waiting On” Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a meme created at Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming releases that we can’t wait to read.

Today I was super excited to see the cover reveal for The Mysterious Madam Morpho by Delilah S. Dawson.

Here’s the summary, taken from Goodreads:

An elusive woman arrives at Criminy’s doorstep with a steamer

The Mysterious Madam Morpho by Delilah S. Dawson

trunk, begging for a position in the caravan to perform her unique new act. She opens her trunk to reveal a menagerie of brilliantly colored butterflies. The woman, who calls herself Madam Morpho, is on the run from a dark past in London, where she was forced to leave her equipment behind and abscond with only her tiny performers. Playing a hunch, Criminy hires Madam Morpho on the spot. Taking her down to meet Mr. Murdoch, the reclusive talented engineer who keeps the carnival’s clockworks running, Criminy instructs them to work together to design and build a groundbreaking new circus for the butterflies. Amid the magical ambiance of the circus and the hint of danger from Madam Morpho’s pursuers, she and Mr. Murdoch soon find that their scientific collaboration has produced chemistry of a more romantic kind.

I really enjoyed the first in Dawson’s Blud series and so can’t wait to see how she continues to build the world of Sang in this novella.

This title is released on October 2, 2012.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Characters I would Switch Places with for 24 Hours

1. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Obviously, this series is my number one priority in terms of getting to live in it myself (my recent trip to the Wizarding World only strengthened my belief that Hogwarts would be the greatest place to live in the world). I see more of myself in Luna than in any of Rowling’s other characters (though Hermione is a close second), and if I had to stand in someone’s shoes for a day, I’d pick Luna hands-down. She’s smart, quirky, doesn’t care what others think, loves eccentric animals, has a brave sense of fashion, and just so happens to be a fellow Ravenclaw.
2. Kate Daniels from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
Ever since I was a kid, I have wanted to be Buffy. She never fails to have a quippy comeback at the ready, and, more to the point, she kicks ass. But since I haven’t read a Buffy-related book since high school, I’ll have to get my vicarious fighting kicks through Kate instead. Having Curran by my side would only sweeten the deal.
3. Clare from The China Garden by Liz Berry
Ever since I first picked this book up in high school, I have longed to visit Ravensmere. If I were to trade places with Clare for the day, you’d be hard-pressed to tear me away from this gloriously quaint-sounding village.
4. Anna from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Many will probably go with Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door, but for me, Anna is the girl I’d want to be (and be friends with once my twenty-four hours were up). I’ve never been out of the country, so spending a day in Paris with a great group of friends and one swoony male named Etienne sounds like heaven.
5. Amy from the Secret Society Girl series by Diana Peterfreund
I switched majors from journalism to geography in college, and I was never a part of the Greek life, so the Secret Society Girl series represents an intriguing peek into the college experience that I never had. Granted, my decisions were made intentionally, so I don’t regret never having been in a sorority or other society, but Peterfreund’s series made me wonder what it would be like nonetheless.
6. Penelope from Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Whenever I read a historical romance or one of the classics, I can’t help but ponder what life would have been like as a woman living amidst the restrictions imposed by society, class, and corsets. As unpleasant as many of the details seem, though, I’d like to experience it if only for a day. I’m bypassing classic heroines like Lizzie Bennett and my beloved Jane Eyre here and instead going with a more lighthearted take on the general era.
7. Mercy Thompson from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
Originally I was going to go with Elena from Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. Then I remembered the excruciating pain that Elena experiences during transformation as a werewolf, and I decided that if I were really going to get my fuzzy alternate persona on, I’d be better off as a shapeshifter.
8. Lily from Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
Dressing in eccentric outfits, baking holiday cookies, browsing The Strand bookstore, and exchanging witty journal entry dares with a mysterious penpal…I’d trade places with Lily in a heartbeat.
9. Tish from Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson
This is yet another entry chosen solely for the opportunity to visit the wonderful world in which the story takes place. Sang sounds like an absolute trip, and one that I would gladly take.
10. Anyone from one of Sarah Addison Allen’s novels
I spent the better part of ten minutes trying to choose one of Allen’s novels, but I honestly cannot limit myself to only one. As a North Carolina resident, I could pretend that I do actually live amidst the subtle magic that winds itself throughout all of Allen’s narrative threads, but it’s simply not the same. None of the trees in my backyard throw enchanted apples at me, and the wallpaper doesn’t change to reflect my mood. I long to be a part of the quietly magical realm that Allen has created.