My first read/listen this year is Must Love Fangs by Jessica Sims/Narrated by Leah Mallach . What is your first book of the year?
Category: Book Talk
NOTE: This will be 1 of 2 Confessions I have this week as I also need to come clean about how badly I am doing in Operation TBR. Blogger Confession: The last chapter (or two) of a book can make or break a book for me. It may be unfair but it is true! I needed to write this confession now because of my review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I don’t want to keep people from reading the book just because the ending did not work for me personally. In fact, this particular story is a perfect example of what I am talking about. Gone Girl kept me riveted all during Part 2 of the story but still only got a 3 rating (almost 2 but I did factor in the brilliance of part 2) from me overall just because I am all about how the author chooses to tie up a book! This was an ending that made me want to throw the book across the room. Luckily I was listening to it on my Kindle Fire so I refrained from the destruction of property but I was that FIRED UP over the ending. Why am I an ender? I think it has to do with my love of mystery/thrillers! Seriously, you can take a brilliant case and turn it to crap within the span of a chapter. You can also take what seems like a slam dunk case and give it a spin/twist/turn that can totally throw a new perspective on the entire book in just one chapter. So basically I look at the end of a book just like the end of a movie: you had better knock me on my hiney, give me a big case of the smiles, or make me want more. If you don’t, then well I will be disappointed! I don’t know when I began totally basing a book on the last few chapters but I think it happened somewhere in my teens during one of my marathon summer reads. I do remember the first book that totally killed me with its ending (not in a good way). I was reading North and South by John Jakes as a little light reading over summer break one year(first published 1982 though I think it was 1985 when I read it). Yes, my idea of light reading is about the same as Hermoine. I was amazed at this vast tale that really had me crying, cheering, and screaming while reading. The series went on to be one of my favorites overall because it was just done so well. Though I almost didn’t finish it because the end of North and South made me spitting mad. I wasn’t aware that there was a 2nd or 3rd book yet so that didn’t help matters at all! I think I might have thrown the book across the room. I was furious. I decided that I hated the book and couldn’t believe it ended like that. Then […]
Are you Team Rex? Are you Team Bob? Last night’s scoreboard had them pretty dead even in the race to see who should steal Stephanie Plum’s heart! What a fun event Barnes and Noble put on for the Janet Evanovich signing! It was super organized, tons of fun, and the staff was great! It started out that morning where the line to get your wristband looked a little something like this…. I was able to score 2 wristbands: 1 for me and 1 for my sister! We got group H and I love the way B&N did that. They gave you your line up time so you didn’t have to sit around all night. Since the last count I heard was 900 people for the signing, Janet didn’t talk, she got right to business so she didn’t leave anyone out! We got in line about 8:30 and oh what a fun time we had! The people in line around us were riots. B&N also had little pitstops along the way: Cheescake bites at the first one, Plum Lovin’ pins at the next one, and the voters board for Team Bob vs Rex (which was seriously 50/50 after 300 votes–how cool is that)! About 9’oclock we were half way there! We were having a blast shooting the breeze with fellow line members so it went pretty darn quick from that point out 🙂 Aww the lady herself! About 9:45 was the time we got to meet Janet. She was sweet, personable, and the lady from the publishing house was a riot. Janet signed my book for my dad for father’s day (he loves the series) and signed my kindle cover! She had been sitting there at that point from 6pm without getting up, she is such a tropper! PS the blue dot means I am Team Ranger but I thought we were talking about for myself. I think Stephanie should have Bob so that Ranger needs to run into some other person’s arms for comfort LOL 🙂 Overall, a fantastic night! select
Last night, the brilliant Laurell K Hamilton did a book tour stop in Dallas and fun was had by all! First though a little bit about the latest book in her Anita Blake series: A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect “monsters” are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, US Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer. But some monsters are very real. The Harlequin have been the bogeymen of the vampire world for more than a thousand years; they are a secret so dark that even to speak their name can earn you a death sentence. Now they are here in America, hunting weretigers…and human police. The Harlequin serve the Mother of All Darkness, the first vampire. She was supposed to be dead, but only her body was destroyed. Now she needs a new one, and she’s decided that Anita Blake’s is the body she wants. Edward thinks the serial killings are a trap to lure Anita closer to the most dangerous vampire they’ve ever hunted. The vampires call Edward “Death,” and Anita the “Executioner,” but Mommy Darkest is coming to kill one and possess the other, and she doesn’t care how many others have to die along the way. This will probably rank as one of the most fun and enlightening writer’s speaking engagements I have been too. It isn’t often that I have my blackberry out looking up terms that the audience is asking questions about. In fact, lets spend a moment on Laurell’s fans and what an eclectic group of people they truly are. I met a lot of people last night from all different lifestyles, backgrounds, and levels of Anita fandom. Everyone was really nice, funny, and so very happy to be there. I really enjoyed the format for the event, it was complete Q&A. The questions ranged from the books to Laurell’s life. I had to laugh when she was more willing to answer questions about her life than spoilers coming up in the books 🙂 Laurell was incredibly open with her fans talking about process, the “hollywood” end of the business, and how there is no end in sight for Anita. In fact, she said to please note that since there appears to be a rumor every book about how it is the last one. She is incredibly dedicated to her work and life that you can see the happiness that each brings her when she was answering the questions thrown to her by the audience. How great is that to have such positive, happy energy after writing as many books as she has? I think a little of that can rub off on all of us and we would be better for it! I didn’t take notes last night because I was too busy laughing, looking things up, and giggling with my friends! I would like to thank the ladies at Fresh Fiction […]
Pre-Signing Dinner What a wonderful Wednesday night I had at the Sherilyn Kenyon and Diana Love book signing. There were questions answered (Time Travel-hmmm), questions not answered (I cannot either confirm nor deny), prizes given (whoo hooo t-shirt is mine–BOOYA), and lots of book talk amongst friends! In other words, every readers dream night! Gwyn Reyes from Fresh Fiction I have said this before and I will say it again: I am so lucky to live in the same city as the wonderful gals from Fresh Fiction! This is just one of the wonderful events they helped to put on. Two other big ones coming up this year: Boas and Tiaras where you can have a conversation with Nalini Singh and featured authors Rachel Gibson, Julia Quinn, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Dianna Love, Vicki Pettersson, and Candace Havens, Plus: Dakota Cassidy, Michele Bardsley, Jaye Wells, Lorraine Heath, Nikki Duncan, Rachel Caine, Lori Wilde, and Farrah Rochon. Then the big one: Readers N Ritas with Kerrilyn Sparks, Roxanne St. Claire, Gena Showalter, C.L. Wilson, Lori Wilde, Ann Aguirre, Nikki Duncan, Jade Lee, Marianne Mancusi, Jane Porter, Tara Taylor Quinn, Jaye Wells, Lauren Willig, Michele Bardsley, Dakota Cassidy, Julia Justiss, Alyssa Day, Monica Burns, Louisa Edwards, Vicki Pettersson, Kristen Painter, and Jill Monroe. The Mistress of Ceremonies is Candace Havens so you know it will be a blast! So see, when I say LUCKY—I mean LUCKY! What can I say about Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love that hasn’t been said before? Probably not a darn a thing! They are both sweet, funny, very down to earth, and just a riot to be around. That being said there was the most adorable 2 year old that kind of stole the show! She even won a prize–a bitten by Fang keyring 🙂 Things to note: At some point Sherilyn will be posting the spoiler she gave us on book 3 in the Nick series. I am actually not going to post it because it is her spoiler. It was a good one though. Telling a story about her son, to cute! I love that her characters are all in her head all the time. They evidently push and shove to get to the front of the line. How come I can now clearly see a cage match between some of the alphas while the gals are like “you do know this is all about me, right?” Dianna does not want her to tell the “gross” story She has the greatest fans! Everyone I talked to tonight was amazingly giving, fun, and very knowledgeable about all things Kenyon. Dianna and Sherilyn answering questions Dianna has one heck of a throwing arm! Trust me, I was a t-shirt winner. Overall this was a great night and tons of fun! Thank you to Barnes and Noble in Frisco, TX for hosting the event in your store. Yes I came home with SWAG! Like I said it was a great night 🙂 What is it with me and closing […]