Review: Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer

I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how to flip this image. This all-new definitive guide to writing imaginative fiction takes a completely novel approach and fully exploits the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps, renderings, … Continue reading

Friday Memes: Donations, Barnes and Nobel, and Goodreads

It’s time for Friday memes!

Friday Finds

Uh oh, guys. I’ve outdone myself. My boss let me look through a pile of YA books that had been donated and pick a few so, naturally, I picked twelve. And then I was reminded of my Barnes and Nobel gift card and The Throne of Glass when I returned a book (The Outer Temple of Witchcraft, I just couldn’t get into The Inner Temple of Witchcraft enough to justify keeping the next book) and couldn’t help myself. :O

I couldn’t sleep last night so I ended up perusing Book Outlet and came up with eight more books (all you have to do is check me out on Goodreads to see everything I plan on reading) to add to my list. I really need to reign it in when it comes to books. Just kidding! My birthday is two weeks from now so you can be damn sure what I’m asking for is books =)

If you are a relative of mine, check out my Amazon wish list. That’s right, Aunt Wendy, I’m looking at you! If you’re not a relative you can still check it out but obviously you do not have the same obligation my relatives do around birthday time.  Also as a side note, I realize now that The Sweet Far Thing isn’t book #2 in Bray’s “Gemma Doyle” series, it’s #3. I quickly filled the missing part in, though it won’t be here for a while longer.

Without further ado (Omg, I spelled that right!), I present to you the books I got from the library and Barnes and Nobel:

In case you can’t see the pictures:

  • Beautiful Creature’s series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl–I didn’t love this first book but I’m willing to give the series a try.
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray–I read this years ago and I remember loving it but I can’t remember much about it.
  • The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray–Never read this
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card–I felt like I needed to own this. I’ve read it several times but never completed it.
  • Trapped by Michael Northrop–I know nothing about it and it probably won’t be something I enjoy but I took this, because, you know, FREE.
  • The Book Thief Markus Zusak–I cannot for the life of me remember if I ‘ve read this.
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas–got this with my BN gift card
  • Matched by Ally Condie–I’ve seen this ALL. OVER. And I  also don’t know a thing about it but considering I work in the YA section a library I feel it is my duty to read it.
  • Extras (from the Uglies series) by Scott Westerfeld–I get the general idea just from the title of the first book alone. This is probably either going to be a hit or miss.

I’ve actually already read Beautiful Creatures but it was too long ago to write a review of it. I’ll have to brush up on the first book before I continue with the series. I also got Extras by Scott Westerfeld even though it’s not the first book because I it’s a series I want to eventually read. Maybe next paycheck I will take care of Uglies series, at the very least.

So, what did you guys put on your TBR shelf?  (Whether it’s simply on Goodreads or on your shelf.)

Book Beginning’s on Friday

I’m working my way through Fiddlehead though I’d much rather be reading The Glass Throne and pick a non-fiction book to work through (that’s what I’ll be doing on my Friday night, what else?). It’s not that Fiddlehead is bad, it’s just so incredibly similar to Boneshaker, a book I used in my thesis on zombie lit but I wasn’t super in love with. Cherie Priest is a talented writer, though, and she does come up with some cool alternate histories (think: Steampunk) not to mention some awesome female leads.

But, since I should get through Fiddlehead this is the book you’ll get the first sentence or so on.

Sally Louisa Tomkins stood her ground. She jerked her elbow free from the congressman’s hand and refused to take even one small step toward the door. Instead, she planted her feet on the speaker’s stand and turned on him, pointing a finger between his eyes. “I came here at your behest, Mr. Caperton, but I will not stand for your disrespect.”

BOOM. Mr. Caperton so got owned. This bit came from the prologue and I was disappointed to find the first chapter did not start with Tomkins. Oh well, what can you do? (Pick up another book, but I have a review I promised to write.

I do have a question for my readers: do you want to see me review the first book in the series, like with Beautiful Creatures, or can I be excused from it and start reviewing the second book?