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Jul
25

Musing Monday is hosted over at Books and a Beat.

Musing Monday asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer each week…

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week.

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What’s your most favorite “chunky” book? (over 500 pages)

This is a tough one for me because I like a lot of “chunky” books. From classics to more modern chunkers. I think if I had to pick one right this second it would be Caesars women. It is the 4th book in the Masters of Rome series and a very good one.

“His victories were legend — in battle and bedchamber alike. Love was a political weapon he wielded cunningly and ruthlessly in his private war against enemies in the forum. Genius, general, patrician, Gaius Julius Caesar was history. His wives bought him influence. He sacrificed his beloved daughter on the alter of ambition. He burned for the cold-hearted mistress he could never dare trust. Caesar’s women all knew — and feared — his power. He adored them, used them, destroyed them on his irresistible rise to prominence. And one of them would seal his fate.”

Now I want to read it again, lol but I will probably read Antony & Cleopatra first..which is another huge book.


Jul
15

A mission to Mars.
A freak accident.
One man’s struggle to survive.

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, Mark won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive.

But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.

Grounded in real, present-day science from the first page to the last, yet propelled by a brilliantly ingenious plot that surprises the reader again and again, The Martian is a truly remarkable thriller: an impossible-to-put-down suspense novel that manages to read like a real-life survival tale.

I decided to read the Martian, because the movie got my attention and as those who know me know, I like to read the book before I watch the film. This book was fantastic and I don’t usually go for these kind of space odyssey books. The main character Mark Watney is such a hoot you can’t help but love him and root for him and hope that he gets out of the situation that he is in. Can you imagine how much mental strength let alone the rest that it takes in order to live and survive on Mars completely alone? No one to talk to, no human interaction at all. It is a wonder that he did not fully lose his mind. He did a little bit of course, but that is to be perfectly expected.

This book really is enjoyable. Now if you do not like a whole lot of very well explained scientific data you may not like this book. As much as I loved the book I can admit that occasionally I wanted to have a little bit of a snooze fest during these parts. However, everything else about this book was a win for me. If you have seen the movie and want more read the book. If you haven’t seen the movie still read the book because it is a truly amazing story.

My Gemstone Rating:

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Jul
11

Musing Monday is hosted over at Books and a Beat.

Musing Monday asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer each week…

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week.

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Name a book that was turned into a movie, and completely desecrated (in your opinion)

The golden compass. I mean do I really need to say anything more then that? Did you see what they did to it? I was really excited when they first announced it and then I saw it and it was perhaps the biggest let down on the planet. I have never watched the film again beyond that first time. I probably never will.

Of course this makes me also think about the Vampire Lestat/Queen of the Damned thing that was turned into a movie. I was so upset about that one that they were cramming two books into one movie I have never even bothered to see it. I refuse to see it. You can’t skip the Vampire Lestat and you can’t cram two books together like that. You just can’t.


Jul
04

No really Happy 4th of July and Happy Birthday America and Captain America. Even if we did commit treason to get where we are today. This is one of my favorite Holidays and not for the reasons many people enjoy it. Oh sure I enjoy the fireworks and BBQ as much as the next gal, but I enjoy the history behind it. I am fascinated with reading books about the revolution. One of my favorites so far has been this fantastic book Revolutionary. Still a review I agree with!

So enjoy the day! Think about the history and the people who continue to defend us and have a little bit of fun!

JasonIssacs


Jun
30


This one is Hosted at the Booking through Thursday Blog.

Do you write in your books? Highlight? In all books or just things like college textbooks?

No I don’t. Not in any book at all. Not in a text book not in any book. I just I can’t I see it as marring the book. I may put post its in the book with notes about things I need to remember or reference later. That is as far as I will go. I know there are many people who go ahead and write or highlight in books but the idea of it always makes me cringe.

I am not even kidding one of my loved ones once purposely sat and highlighted in a book just to watch me twitch, he thought it was very funny. I on the other hand was ready to grab the book from him and run away with it before he could cause it anymore harm.


Jun
23


This one is Hosted at the Booking through Thursday Blog.

Do you own fewer books than you used to? More?

Or do you find the quantity in your library stays pretty much the same from year to year?

(And yes, digital and audio books DO count.)

Well if we are counting digital books then I have way more then I used to. My hard copy books tend to stay about the same because I have the same space for them. Sometimes it jumps up a bit when I clear some space, but with how much I have been focused on yarn and crochet that has not happened as much. My digital library however, well there is no spacial limits on that right? So I have a lot and I keep getting more. I can’t help myself. I especially love the text to speech function on my current Fire. Seems to make it easier to do my favorite thing, multi tasking.


Jun
20

Musing Monday is hosted over at Books and a Beat.

Musing Monday asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer each week…

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week.

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What made you fall in love with reading?

The stories and the worlds that books took me too. For as long as I can remember I have always loved reading. My parents started me on some of the classics like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn and I just took off from there. Like all kids, I read hop on pop and other such simple books when I was tiny but I did not stay satisfied with them for long. I wanted bigger books and more exotic stories, along with the enjoyment of comics sometimes as well. I spent many a happy summer reading a collection of comic strips in a book from the library, Garfield and Calvin and Hobbs were favorites, still are really.

My love of reading really is that simple, I love a good story. I love living in a world that is apart from mine. I feel the saying you see on meme’s all over the internet these days is true, those who don’t read only live one life. Those who do read can live thousands. A good book will always transport me into it and I feel as if I am walking right along side the characters of the book, living the journey with them whatever may come. It is one of my deepest hopes that I never lose that joy, that I never lose that passion and ability to be transported into another world and live an entirely different life for the span of time it takes me to read the book.


May
30

Today I skip Musing Monday in honor of Memorial Day. Freedom is so often taken for granted specially in today’s age. However, freedom is not free it is in fact very expensive and the cost is measured in lives. While everyone debates and throws things back and forth during an election year I hope they will all take a moment to remember why they have the freedom to debate and share their feelings on candidates.

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We will go back to our regularly scheduled book blogging for the rest of the week but for now. I shall just leave this hear. Thank you to all of our service men and women who have given of themselves. Whether they gave some or all, I salute all of them. A respectful nod is also given from me to those men and women throughout the world who have defended freedoms. While I support the American armed forces the most as an American I know others fight for freedom as well.


May
27

A book review of:

Cerulean Sins, the eleventh entry in the hugely-popular Anita Blake series, finds everyone’s favorite vampire hunter keeping house and kicking butt.

Anita Blake is trying to get her life back to “normal” after a break-up with her werewolf lover. She has settled into a pattern of domesticity, which means that the new man in her life, the leopard shapeshifter Micah, has no problem sharing her with Jean-Claude, Master Vampire of the City. Things are as peaceful as they ever get for someone who raises the dead, when Jean-Claude receives an unexpected and unwelcome visitor: Musette, the very beautiful, very twisted representative of the European Council of Vampires. Anita soon finds herself caught up in a dangerous game of vampire power politics.

To add to her troubles, she is asked to consult on a series of brutal killings, which seem to be the work of something un-human. The investigation leads her to Cerulean Sins, a vampire-run establishment that deals in erotic videos, videos that cater to very specific tastes. Anita knows one creature of the night who has such interests — Jean-Claude’s visitor. But if Anita brings Musette down, the repercussions could cost her everything she holds dear.

Once a sworn enemy of all monsters, Anita is now the human consort of both Master Vampire Jean Claude and leopard shapeshifter Micah. When a centuries-old vampire hits St. Louis, Anita finds herself needing all the dark forces her passion can muster to save the ones she loves.

Anita Blake returns to find hell hath no fury like a vampire scorned.

Back into the world of Anita Blake and I am sadly starting to ask myself why I am still reading. It is not that the book is completely bad, it isn’t, but there is starting to be a pretty clear pattern emerging and I am left wanting to smack Anita when I am reading and when I sit down to write my book review.

We once again have an ubber strong vampire visiting from out of town, who wants to control Anita and surprise, surprise tests her knowing full well how she is going to react anyways. Anita of course pisses off super bad vampire and breaks rules, funny super bad vampire broke rules anyways. Anita sleeps with some more people, and then has a boo hoo fit over it. Also, she still won’t let the multiple boyfriends be with anyone else. Hypocrite much?

So the basic theme of this book is vampire violence and a lot of sex. I am not a prude or really one who minds violence in books, but at this point it is becoming repetitive and Anita needs to grow up. So why three stars instead of less? Asher is what saved this book for me from getting totally bombed and being a DNF, I have loved Asher since he first showed up in the series and getting to finally know a little bit more about him and his story made me feel better. I still wanted to slap Anita for not allowing Jean Claude to be with Asher since she has a billion boy toys, but Asher really has my heart at this point. So if I am reading further into the series after this book review, it will be because of him and not so much Anita. Unless we get our kicking ass and taking names girl back.

My Gemstone Rating:

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May
24

Teaser Tuesday is here again!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along with Teaser Tuesday! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“His affection for his car was a fine debatable line between uncomfortable obsession and a deep love.”
― Rebecca Ethington, Kiss of Fire

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