Terrific Tuesdays! Why I love them!

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I love to read. I also love to watch movies. Tuesdays are the days that new releases in both literature and film are available to the general public. I love this day!

Especially today! I am a huge fan of Michelle Sagara West. She writes my favorite fantasy series, Chronicles of Elantra. If you ever want to read a story that contains different fictional species with a myriad of different histories, suspense, mysteries, and an interesting and very human heroine, then Kaylin Neya in the Chronicles is the book series for you. The most recent book has come out today and I am chomping at the bit to get my hands on Cast in Flame!

I am supposed to wait until my vacation to read this book, but I already see that I will be reading it for the 2nd time when that vacation occurs. So, once I have finished this book, I will be writing a review here. Check back and see!!!

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Book Challenge Update #1

As we celebrate the holidays, I may get some time to read because family members will be here to also care for Sunshine. Yay!!!

It has been awhile and I have been remiss in putting in my book challenge conquests and heroic survivals.  I may have bit off more than I can chew by trying to attempt to read so many classics and so forth.  Seriously though, some books were just not meant for the new lactating mama and her surprisingly low attention span.  (Ooh! Shiny object).

What was that?  Oh yeah.  Book Challenge with the Insatiable Book Sluts.  Love those gals. I had chosen to do a bit of this and that with Full Frontal, In-Freaking-Sane, Genre-Buster, and Global Domination. I am just not one to stick to one challenge, or perhaps I am in-freaking-sane? Here is what I have read so far, and what I am  attempting to read:  

I read Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice.  Yeah, the book she won the Bram Stoker award for was Queen of the Damned in 1988, but I am one of those people who just can’t jump into a trilogy without having read the first few books. I have to have order somehow, people!  Its just logical.  

Being that I am not into scary movies, nor scary books for that matter, this was really well written.  I have seen the movie now, and well… surprisingly they were quite similar. The characters they chose for the movie were really good for the parts they played (though Tom Cruise was not someone I would have picked for Lestat.  He’s just too… modern). I, think that Lestat had some daddy issues and they didn’t cover that in the movie. I am curious to see if the next book, that is called The Vampire Lestat, will go into more detail on how he came to be the way that he is.  

The next book I read was Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jaime Ford. This was a Global Domination pick. It is a historical fiction novel that takes place in our backyard of Seattle, Washington with the internment of Japanese in our state during World War II. It was the love between a young Chinese boy and a Japanese girl who was taken away and how that love never ended. This was a powerful, a hopeful, and wonderfully written book. There are many historic facets that actually occurred in this novel and I often enjoy reading books where I can visually see and relate to the area because I am familiar with it. The book really reflects where we have grown as a society, a culture, and how many of those cultures have retained their individuality in this country. It also reflects the growth that we still need to make.

The final book I read in my quest for excellent reads was The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. She won the Man Booker prize back in 1997. Now this is the book that I have to keep working on. Being I am a new mommy, and my head is pretty much wrapped around my daughter and what she needs, every time I attempted to pick up and read this book I would then have to stop and fetch my daughter or do something mommy related. The trouble with this book is that I keep having to re-read the first 10 or so pages in order to recall what was happening, who died, who was sent away and to what school and was this before or after the person died? Yeah. To say that I have gotten far in the book is such a falacy. I will have to continue on reading this one and will let you know when I have actually finished it.

Other than that, the first two books I read were global domination picks as well. How to Be and American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway  and The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran. I have already done postings on these and you can visit the book reviews I did on them by clicking the highlighted links.

The next books I will try to attempt are The Poisonwood Bible, The Inheritance of Loss, and The Life of Pi.

 Also, I have read some non-challenge books along the way, cause thats how I roll, peeps. I am currently on Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran. I love The Heretic Queen so thought I would read another historical fiction by her.

 Some other books I have read recently (these are my fun, one day, only a few hours reading), were Sherrilyn Kenyon’s, The Guardian. Fun, fast read. Read it in only a few hours and was pretty interesting. Amazing how she can keep this series going and creating new incidences. Never gets boring and doesn’t feel like its the same story repeated over again, just a few things changed. Now, Christine Feehan  is also one of my favorite paranormal romance writers, but lately her last book in the dark series, Dark Peril, just felt like a recreation of a slew of her books. She needs some new material I think. If you want to read that book, wait until it comes out in paperback and don’t rush like I did to get the hardback copy when it first came out. Three words for that one. Half. Price. Books.

Last but not least, Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh.The long awaited book about Hawk, the snow dancer Alpha, and Sienna Lauren. Loved. This. It was action packed. The Psy counsel has divided and are attacking each others territories. Super pow, people! Loved it.

So, though I may not be as well read as the Book Sluts, I am a book slut in my own right. I don’t always read Oprah books (and the Book Sluts hate Oprah okay’d books) but being a Lit major in college, I have a love of reading all sorts of books. My grammar may suck… but my love for the written word is great.

Happy Holidays to you all and I hope you get in some good reads these next few weeks!