Book Signing

“I love book signings: kids waiting in line for you to scribble on their new books, haha!” 
― Brian Jacques

 

I can honestly say I have never been to a book signing.  Image I haven’t made the effort to really search out authors to go to book signings and there aren’t really that many around the area I am living in right now.  That all changed a few weeks ago.

I was running some errands and waiting to meet a friend for lunch.  I had time to kill and needed to use the bathroom.  I believe there is no better place to stop than a bookstore.  I was right by the local Barnes and Noble and I ran in.  

As soon as I walked in I noticed an author getting ready for a book signing.  No one else was really around or paying attention.  It was Eowyn Ivey the author of The Snow Child.

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Eowyn Ivey and me

 I have had this book on my radar, but hadn’t had a chance to check it out yet.  I have to say I was really excited to meet her and hear more about her book.  She was so delightful.  She signed a copy for me.  I am really looking forward to reading it in the fall or winter.

 

Have you read The Snow Child?  What are some of your favorite book signing moments?

 

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Books to Read Before the Movie Comes Out

Here is a list of some books that are being made into movies.  I haven’t read any of these and I want to before the movie comes out.

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians book#2) by Rick Riordan        Due out August 7th 2013

I haven’t even read the first Percy Jackson book.  It would be good to read the books soon though.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card    Due out November 1st 2013

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkein   Due out December 13th 2013

I didn’t read it before the first installment.  Maybe I can do it this time.  If not I guess I have the third installment to try again.  I guess that is spoken like a true procrastinator.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak   Due out January 17th 2014

I got this book for my birthday.  That means, I have no excuse not to read it before the movie comes out.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner   Due out February 14th 2014

Divergent by Veronica Roth   Due out March 21st 2014

I am planning on reading this over the summer.  I bought it on my Kindle a long time ago.  Dropped the ball on that one!

 

A couple more that sound good.

Horns by Joe Hill   not sure on release date-IMDB has it as October 11, 2013

Devil’s Knot The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt   no release date found

Dorothy of Oz by Robert S Baum –voiced by Lea Michelle, Dan Aykroyd, Megan Hilty, Patrick Stewart, and Jim Belushi   no release date found

 

What books do you need to read before the movie is released?  What book to movie adaptations are you excited for?

Top Ten Books, So Far

This week’s top ten Tuesday, hosted at the Broke and the Bookish, is the best of so far this year.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder is my top read this year, so far.  I fell in love with the characters, the story, and the setting.  It is so good.  The sequel is also good, but I love Cinder more!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I don’t know why I haven’t read this sooner.  The character of Charlie is so good.  I love the way the story is told, through letter to a friend.  If you haven’t read this yet, go, do it.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

This was my first Sarah Dessen.  At first I wasn’t sure I was going to really like it.  Then her writing sucked me in.  I love the characters.  I also found some really good, poignant quotes.   Just Listen is just beautiful.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This book reads like a movie.  It is one of my first jumps into science fiction, and it sure was enjoyable.  The 80’s references were fun, the story kept at a good pace, and the ending was great.

Shadows by Ilsa J Bick

This is a second in a series and I would recommend waiting until the last one is out.  However, I could not, not put this on my list.  This was also another first for me.  This was one of the first zombie series I have read.  Plus, the ending, oh my!

Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Another second in series.  I love this series so much.  I can’t wait to see what is going to happen.  If you haven’t picked this series up yet, you should.

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

The characters were so real and the emotions are raw.  I really enjoyed the story and rooted for the characters.  A great young adult book that addresses heavy issues.

Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Did I just say back to back Katie McGarry books?  Yes I did!  I just finished this one, and I think I liked it even more than Pushing the Limits.  How is that possible?  The great thing about this book is you don’t have to read Pushing the Limits to enjoy it.  I would recommend reading them in order they were published, but do what you want.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

I love, love, love Gayle Forman’s writing.  This book is no exception.  A wonderful cast of characters, a European backdrop, and a coming of age story, what more could you want?

The Selection by Kiera Cass

This one came as a surprise for me.  I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did.   The dystopian aspect is a bit on the light side, but that is ok.  The story is unique, fun, and enjoyable.  It sucked me in and I wanted to know what was going to happen to America.  Some cheesiness, but in the best possible way.  Team Maxon!

What have been your favorites of the year?  What do you look forward to reading in the next half of the year?

Top Ten Summer Books To Be Read

This week’s top ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is the books at the top of our summer list.  I am making this books that I want to read over the summer, not necessarily books that come out in the summer.  However, a few do come out in the summer and I have included their release dates.

I will have the links to their Goodreads pages.

1. At the top of my list is Divergent by Veronica Roth.  I have no idea why I have not read this yet.  I purchased it on my Kindle close to when it first came out, but have yet to read it.  The final book in the series comes out in fall and I want to have the first two completed.

2. Next on my list is a book by Sarah Dessen, The Moon and More.  In all honesty I don’t know if I will read that particular book.  I just know I need a Sarah Dessen book.  I read Just Listen by her a little while ago, and fell in love with her writing.  I need, need, need more Sarah Dessen over the summer.

3. I loved Morgan Matson’s book Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour.  That makes her newest book, Second Chance Summer, a perfect choice for my summer TBR.  Plus it has a gorgeous cover and that never hurts anything.

4. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple is another one that has been on my list for a while.  I think it is time for me to get around to reading this.

5. The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman is one of those books that sound like something I would enjoy.  I think the premise sounds so interesting.  The book is about a 34-year-old who has been named CEO of her mother’s company after her mother passes away.  Instead of just getting to take over, she has to complete a list of life goals she made when she was a teenager.  I can’t wait to see what this book is all about. The Life List is set to be released on July 2nd.

divergent moon and more second chance summer where'd you go bernadette the life list

6. Another one that I have been wanting to read and just haven’t is Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout. This is a romantic book about an alien.  Scratch that, a hot alien.  This book sounds weird, interesting, and wonderful all at the same time.

7. On the Island by Tracy Garvis-Graves is one of those books that has been on radar for a while.  I have heard so many good things.  I feel like the summertime would be a perfect time to see what the fuss is about.

8. The Sound by Sarah Alderson is another wonderful sounding summer book.  The book is set on the island of Nantucket and is about a young girl who takes a nanny job. She is looking for a quiet summer, but instead falls in with some private school kids who have some dark secrets.   This will be released on August 1st.

9. This one is a tie between two books that are getting a lot of buzz right now.  Well at least from what I am reading.  They are Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.  I have wanted to read Uglies for a while too, but for whatever reason have not.  Since then I have heard a lot of good things about the series.  Eleanor & Park is something I have heard tons about in the last few months.  Do I cave in when I hear lots of buzz?  Well, yes I do!

10. The last one is one I recently added to my TBR shelf.  It is The Goodluck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms. This is the story of two ladies who are picked to be the winner of a millionaire dollar house.  The mix up is that they are both Janine Brown.   As they make their way, they discover that more is waiting for them than just a millionaire dollar house.  It sounds interesting.  The Goodluck Girls of Shipwreck Lane comes out on July 9th.

obsidian on the islandthe sound uglies Eleanor & Park Goodluck Girls of Shipwreck Lane

I know that is technically 11 picks, but I couldn’t choose!  What are the books that are your summer TBR list?  Have you read any of the books I picked?

The Curse of Goodreads

Goodreads, don’t get me wrong I love being on Goodreads.  I love the fact that I can see what people are reading.  I like to see what books are coming out, and what books I have missed.  Goodreads can be an amazing resource to discover books that you will love.  Except here is the problem I have come to realize I have with Goodreads.  I have become a ratings snob.  Here is how I discovered I am a ratings snob.

My aunt called and was asking about a few books that she has had on her bookshelf for a long time.  I told her I would check the ratings on Goodreads.  So here is how the conversation went.

me: “That book has a rating of 3.21, get rid of it.”

aunt: “Isn’t anything over 3 good.”

me: “No, 3.21 is a terrible rating.”

aunt: “Well what about this book.”

me: “That one is 3.30, that is ok, but I would get rid of it.”

aunt: “ok, I will.”

 

Cut to a few days ago when I was making a top ten Tuesday list.  One of the books on there has a rating of 3.28.  Now, if I was going by my system I do now, I would have never picked that book up.  Sure the books isn’t groundbreaking.  It isn’t one I want to call all of my friends and tell them they must read.  However, it was a fun book for me to read.  I really enjoyed it.  It got me thinking about what those ratings mean on Goodreads.  Some people are going to rate books low.  Those people hate everything.  Then you have people who love every book they get their hands.  You know those kinds of people I am talking about.  The other problem is if I go just off of the ratings.  I am putting my book trust in the hands of people who I may not have anything in common with.  So, the conclusion I came to is I am going to stop putting so much stock in the ratings.  Will I still check them?  Yes, I will, but I won’t care if a book is not beloved.  I will definitely want to check books out with 4 or higher, but won’t discount a book just because it isn’t rated really high.  Except if the book is under 3.  Then forget it.  I guess I didn’t learn anything!

 

So, what are your thoughts on the Goodreads rating system?  Do you discount a book with a low rating?  Do you discourage others from reading low rated books?  Or is that just me.

Series I Won’t Finish

Do you ever start a new series and just know this series is for you?  You know that you will continue on and you look forward to what is next for the characters.  Then you start some series and for some reason you just don’t go on with it.  They fall flat or aren’t for you.  Well that is what this post is all about.

Here are the series I have started, but won’t finish.

 

 

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

Don’t get me wrong, I actually enjoy the show Dexter, but the book did not do it for me.  I watched the show first, so maybe that had something to do with.  Dexter is the story of a serial killer who hunts murderers.  That is a heavy subject matter.  I find, in the show, Dexter has such heart and you really root for him.  That could be a credit to Michael C Hall and his portral of Dexter, which I believe it is.  This one I just didn’t connect with the character like I did on the show.

 

 

 

Matched by Ally Condie

Matched should be for me.  I have really enjoyed the dystopian stories I have read.  A few of the those types of series I have loved.  I was excited to read this book.  A book where you are matched with your one true soul mate, but this goes off wrong for the Cassia and she is matched with two guys.  I liked the setting and I also liked the characters.  I was intrigued with what was going to happen to our main character and who she is going to choose.  So what went wrong?  Well, I just didn’t really like the writing.  I thought the book dragged on in some places.  It just wasn’t for me.  Then I heard so many mixed reviews on the last two books in the series and it scared me off of reading them.  Then a few months ago I did something I, almost, never do.  I looked up a spoiler review of the last book.  I think it is safe to say I won’t be reading the last books.

Side note:  I do have to say Matched has one gorgeous cover.

 

 

 

 

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

I really wanted to like Dead Until Dark.  It is set in Louisiana and that is always a win for me.  Plus, I loved the premise of a girl who could read minds.  Especially one who is trying to solve a mystery.  Something just did not work for me in the book.  I liked Sam and the grandmother, but I found the voice of Sookie to be a bit annoying.  Also, the dialogue between Sookie and Bill strange.  Anyways, it just was not for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahme Smith

Let me start by saying that I have never read Pride and Prejudice.  However, I know the story.  Who doesn’t?  We have Colin Firth and Kiera Knightly to thank for that.  I saw this book cover and was so intrigued by it.  Zombies are creepy and I had to know what was going to happen.  I bought the book, brought it home, and started reading it.  I knew right away this book was not for me.  The thing is it starts just like Pride and Prejudice would and then some zombies would attack, keep going and repeat zombie attack.  It wasn’t anything new or different.  It was just taking the story and insert zombie attack periodically.  Or that is how the beginning of the book was.  I don’t know about the rest of the book, since I promptly set it down and will not pick it back up.

 

 

 

L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad

Years ago I watched the show The Hills.  I decided to watch it one summer since it was free, the whole series, on MTV.com.  In my defense I had my cable turned off since I was going to be moving in a few weeks.  I enjoyed Lauren Conrad on the show and when I heard about the book, I was curious.  I didn’t hate the book, but I didn’t really enjoy it either.  I found it really predictable and since I already watched the show, I felt like I could guess how the next few books would go.  I realized it wasn’t for me.  If you loved the Hills, I could see how you would love this series.

 

 

 

What series have you given up on?   Why did you throw in the towel?

 

 

Top Ten Beach Reads

This week for top ten Tuesday we are talking about beach reads.  When I think of beach reads, I think  of a light book that is fast paced.  It can have some depth, but can’t be heavy.  No one wants to be sobbing at the beach.  We just did light reads a few weeks ago, so I tried to pick books that were different from those.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  Go check them out.

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The Bachelor by Carly Phillips

If you want something pure romance driven,then check this one out.

ImageIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling

In the mood for a little non-fiction humor, then pick this one up.

ImageOne for the Money by Janet Evanovich

Check this one out if you are in the mood for some fast paced action and a spunky chic

ImageAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This is your book if you want a sweet romance set in Paris.

ImageLove @ First Site by Jane Moore

This is a contemporary romance of a thirtysomething that is signed up for a dating site, by her friends.

ImageCinder by Marissa Meyer

This story has a strong female protagonist.  The story is very engrossing and fast paced.  If you are looking for some sci-fi on the beach, then this is the book for you.

ImageThe Selection by Kiera Cass

Thirty five girls competing bachelor style for a handsome prince.  I am pretty sure this book was meant to be read with a cold, frothy drink in your hand and the beach in your sight.

ImageJust Listen by Sarah Dessen

A sweet contemporary book with a lot of depth.  This was my first Sarah Dessen book, but it won’t be my last.  In fact, I may have to grab one to read pool side and soon.

ImageSize 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

A sassy, spunky former pop idol that takes on a murder mystery.  This would be a great beach read.

ImageAgnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie

I often think of books set in the south when I think of beach reads.  This one is a great fit.  Not only is set in the south it has action, a mob wedding, some romance, and a dog named Rhett.

What are some of your favorite beach reads.  Do you tend to go for light reads or more fast paced, action packed for the beach?  Or do you reach for something totally different?  Let me know in the comments below.