February 7th, 2010


books one and two

1. Generation A by Douglas Coupland. 2 stars

2. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 4 stars

If you would like to see my extensive reviews I have set up a tumblr blog all about books!


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I am slow starting on my challenge this year. Doing 19 credits of school is sucking up all of my reading time!
Vampire - Count Dracula in London

Books 6 & 7

6. Charlaine Harris, Dead to the World, 310 pages, Supernatural/Romance/Mystery, Paperback, 2004.

The 4th book of the Southern Vampire Mysteries series featuring telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse finds Eric, the vampire leader, or sheriff, of Area 5 (Louisiana), running down the road clad only in jeans and with his memory wiped. Sookie agrees to hide Eric while he has amnesia, worries about her missing brother, and eventually finds herself in the midst of a vampire/werewolf/witch offensive. This may be my favorite novel of the series with some long awaited Sookie and Eric action, even though Eric isn’t himself.

7. Charlaine Harris, Dead as a Doornail, 310 pages, Supernatural/Romance/Mystery, Paperback, 2005.

Someone is shooting the two-natured – Werewolves, shape-shifters, and other were-animals. Even Sam, Sookie’s boss, has been injured, leading Merlotte’s to request a temporary bartender from Fangtasia, Eric’s Vampire bar. Charles, the pirate vampire, is popular with the locals at Bon Temps, and he’s been there in the nick of time to rescue Sookie from a supposed assassin when her home is set on fire; too bad he’s left no one alive to be questioned about the incidents later. Add in a competition for the next pack leader for the local Werewolves, Tara’s unfortunate choice in vampire boyfriends, and Eric trying to discover what he did during his cursed amnesia, Sookie could use a little help from her friends. I believe this is the first book without actual sex in this series.
Dead Dog Cat


Another graphic novel finished yesterday was Battlefields: Dear Billy; author Garth Ennis. The storyline was about a British military nurse in WWII who'd been shot by the Japanese, saved, and then worked throughout the war in India, but who killed Japanese POWs in the hospital.

♥ Book #7 :: California Dreaming ♥


Title: California Dreaming
Author: Zoey Dean
Copyright date: 2008
Publisher: Alloy Entertainment
How many pages: 279 pgs
How long it took me to read: 4 days
Category: Fiction
I learned about this book from: reading the other books

This book was purchased at: it wasn't. Library book.
This book is: a very bad wrap up to the series.
Other books by this/these author(s): Other A-list books, A list Hollywood Royalty series, How to teach filthy rich girls, Hollywood is like high school with money
Favorite characters: Samantha Sharpe, Susan Percy
When and Where the story takes place: California; Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood, Beverly Hills, Venice Boulevard

Plot in a nutshell: Last book in the first A-list series.
Main characters: Anna Percy, Samantha Sharpe, Cammie Sheppard
What I liked best: I get to read about my favorite characters one last time. The recap of past books - it's been a while since I read the last book.
What I liked least: The other airplane passengers comments. Just shut up! The way Zoey lists exactly what piece of clothing was designed by who on everybody in the book, it's long to read and pointless IDC. Cammie's priorities. Brogan? That's a terrible name. Unrealistic ending.

Overall rating: I wasn't too pleased with the way this book ended. It's the last book in the first series and I just felt like there was so much story left to tell about those characters...maybe Zoey will release a prequel or a reunion book like Cecily von Zeigesar did for Gossip girl...this series should have been turned into a tv series instead of How to teach rich girls aka Privileged.
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Book 6

Title: True Confections
Author: Katharine Weber
Themes/Topics: Candy-making, Family Intrigue, Narrative Deposition

I received "True Confections" as a goodreads giveaway and was excited to have it. I mean, who doesn't love free books? The honest reason why I entered the giveaway because the description said that the writer's talent was respected by many authors, one of which was Madeleine L'Engle and I figure if it was good enough for L'Engle, it was CERTAINLY good enough for me!

At first I didn't like this book very much. The style is not linear and the narrator jumps around a lot in the beginning in the present and past and I really just wanted her to get to the meat of the story. Once I became used to this narrative style, I really enjoyed this book. The story has wonderfully amusing bits of vocabulary, my favorite phrase was "intoxicating fermata." This novel is entertaining, confusing, and I'll say mysterious because the reader is never sure if the "facts" are indeed facts, or just the narrators rationalization.

I think this would be a great read for a book club because the author's storytelling allows for different interpretations of events and could be great for discussion. I will definitely be reading more of her novels in the future.

Question crossposted a bunch of places

I'm thinking of starting a lesbian book blog, because I can't seem to find any. There's some general queer book blogs, but that's only queer girl/lesbian half the time (or, often, less). Does anyone know of any other lesbian book blogs? Also, would anyone be interested in reading one, or is that way too specific? (I'm finding it difficult to find an appropriate place to ask, simply because there's no lesbian book blogs/groups, so I'm sorry if this seems really obscure.)

but never can I ever refrain from wondering

7) A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

My British Lit professor chose very interesting books for us to go over in his class. A Handful of Dust reminded me of a British “The Great Gatsby” but with less eloquence. The ending really surprised me, but the plot line was predictable. I enjoyed reading it though. I think out of all the books that were assigned this semester, this one was my favorite.

Eric in Robe

No. 6 for 2010

Title: Shutter Island
Author: Dennis Lehane
Rating: 4/5
Book: 6/50 (12% completed)
Book in personal challenge with niun: 4/50 Fantasy, 4/50 Mystery and 0/25 Classics
Pages: 369 pgs
Total Pages 2,490/15,000 pages (16.60% completed)
Next up: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This was a great read! Full of twists and turns and unexpected events, which, as great as that is, I found it a little hard to keep up at times. This book was hard to put down and I can't wait to see the movie. I will be adding the rest of Lehane's books to my to read list!!

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Fables, Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover, by Bill Willingham et al
Still in love with this series though I think I like it better when it isn't QUITE this metatextual... but there was definitely stuff in there I dug. Now, augh, I have to wait another age for the next collected volume...

Shannon, by Campbell McGrath
Haunting poem written from the POV of the youngest member of the Lewis & Clark expedition - he had a tendency to get lost and this tells the story of one of those times. Really set a mood, and kept me there until the poem was over. Powerful, without needing to be lyrical to get there.

Women Who Read Are Dangerous, by Stefan Bollman
There are probably things more pleasant than diverting oneself by flipping through a book of beautiful paintings of women reading books, and enjoying the accompanying text which is stimulating but not particularly demanding - but I am hard pressed to think of any.
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