Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Review: The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
Series: Standalone
Genre: Steampunk (YA)
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Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It's up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures. (from Goodreads)

'"I can't do this alone. I don't want to. Together we're unbeatable. Apart, we're just…assistants to men in London society. In other words, nobodies."'

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2014 -- bookish, blogging or otherwise!

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 -- bookish, blogging or otherwise!

This was almost easy to start with, but the more I wrote the less I thought of. Instead of ten, I only have nine and the ninth is more of a joke than anything. (Though I would really like to.)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Review: A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano

A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano
Series: Ladies of Distinction
Genre: Christian/Historical/Romance
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(Synopsis in review)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review: The Bane Chronicles by Clare, Brennan and Johnson

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson
Series: The Bane Chronicles #1-11
Genre: Short Stories
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This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. (from Goodreads)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

I've read a lot of good books this year. Some that were a surprise to me, but others that I was sure I'd like. Honestly, the hardest thing about this was not listing some books that I truly adore because there are so many others that I like more. I could have easily turned this into a top twenty five, but I thought it would be best if I didn't. To boring, too. This list is in reverse order, with my favorite at the bottom and my least favorite at the top. If I've read more than one book in the series and really liked all of them, I'll only list my favorite from the series. It was really fun for me to compare this list and the list back in June of my favorite o the year up to that point. Interesting note, the top two books have stayed the same.

Friday, December 12, 2014

TBR Organization

I was just over at Goodreads, going through my 'to-read' shelf and I was hit with a sudden question.

How do you organize the books you want to read?

Now I'm not talking about the ones you already own and have sitting on your shelf. I'm talking about the books you don't own and don't want to forget about.

Really, that's what I use my Goodreads list for more than anything else. Find a book that I know I'll love? Just add it to my list. Of course, I am extremely OCD and even somewhat anal retentive when it comes to organizing my books on that list.

First, I hate it when my list reaches over a hundred books because then I feel that I'll never actually read them all. About once every six months I go through my list and cut all books that I've lost interest in or that just doesn't sound good anymore.

At the top of my list are the books I currently own but haven't read yet - and ones that I actually do plan on reading. Not the ones that I started and realized that I'd never be able to finish. Next on my list come the books I plan on buying soon.

From there, I have my books categorized by genre: Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Historical, Contemporary, Fairy Tale Retellings, Romance, Next-In-Series, Only-On-E-Reader and, finally, Not-Yet-Released (and these are listed according to release date).

Before I knew about Goodreads, I used to keep a list on my computer of all the books that I wanted - and long before that, I kept a simple sheet of notebook paper that I wrote book titles and authors on.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

I did a lot of reading outside my comfort zone this year. For some of my reading, that meant trying other genres - but it also meant trying authors whose work I had never read before. Sometimes, getting the best of both worlds, I managed to do both. After compiling this list, I am surprised to discover that these are entirely women authors. Now, I read a lot of stuff written by men too, it just so happens that most of those authors either weren't as impressive this year, or I'd already read their writing before.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review: Sabriel by Garth Nix

Sabriel by Garth Nix
Series: Abhorsen #1
Genre: Fantasy (YA)
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When Sabriel was a young girl, she was sent from the wild-magic lands of the Old Kingdom, over the wall to Ancelstierre. Now, over a decade later, her father is gone and she has inherited his mantle. Now she must make her way into the heart of magic to save what she most holds dear.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2015

Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2015

I've gotta say, there are some awesome sounding books coming out next year that I am so excited for.

Monday, December 1, 2014


Well, I waited too long.

On Friday, Amazon was having a big sale on their kindles (saving thirty bucks on the cheap one) but I wasn't quite ready to buy it yet. So I waited until their 'Cyber Monday' sale, and kindles were no longer on sale. So, I'll probably be waiting another year before buying one.

I'm not really all that convinced to buy an e-reader. I've not had one yet and the only reason I'm even considering it is because so many more books are available. (Books that have been re-released only for e-readers or books that were never conventionally published to begin with.) Honestly, I love real, physical books - but they seem to be something of a dying breed and I bet they'll have been almost completely phased out in my lifetime.

So, I'm wondering, am I the only one that doesn't have an e-reader yet? If you don't have one, why not? If you do, would you recommend nook or kindle?