Monday, April 7, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their To Be Read (TBR) Lists if they like your teasers!

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I am currently reading Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson.  This is a huge novel, and it will probably take me awhile to get through, which means we'll get lots of Teasers out of it!  In this Tease, Shallan has finally reached the Shattered Plains, and finds herself in a place of relative safety...

The Tease:

"In her sitting room - her sitting room - thumps announced the footmen arriving with her trunks.  They left a moment later, closing the door.  for the first time in quite a long while, Shallan found herself not fighting for her survival or worrying about being murdered by one of her traveling companions.

So she fell asleep."
 -Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
What's your Tease?


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their To Be Read (TBR) Lists if they like your teasers!

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I am currently reading Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson.  This is a huge novel, and it will probably take me awhile to get through, which means we'll get lots of Teasers out of it!  In this Tease, something unexpected disrupts Shallan's progress through a dreary landscape...

The Tease:

"Shallan gasped at the sudden flare of color.  It disrupted the landscape like breaking lightning in an otherwise clear sky.  Shallan set down her spheres - Tyn was having her practice palming them - and stood up in the wagon, steadying herself with her freehand on the back of her seat.  Yes, it was unmistakable.  Brilliant red and yellow on an otherwise dull canvas of brown and green."
 -Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
What's your Tease?


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Movie News - Poster Reveal: Jupiter Ascending

I've been looking forward to this movie for awhile now, so I'm super excited about the new movie posters that were released today.  Here's the one featuring Channing Tatum...



July can't get here soon enough!  I love the futuristic look and style of the poster itself, and from the trailers I've seen it seems to fit the movie well.  And those ears...

What do you think of the poster?

Other movies I'm looking forward to:
Noah
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Transcendence
Maleficent
Edge of Tomorrow
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

What movies are you looking forward to?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their To Be Read (TBR) Lists if they like your teasers!

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I am currently reading Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson.  This is a huge novel, and it will probably take me awhile to get through, which means we'll get lots of Teasers out of it!  In this Tease, Kaladin muses about his new job of protecting highprince Dalinar...

The Tease:

"Sometimes, though, it seemed like his job was impossible to do well.  During the highstorm last week, someone had again sneaked into Dalinar's rooms, scrawling a second number on the wall.  Counting it down, it pointed to the same date a little over a month away."
 -Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
What's your Tease?


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their To Be Read (TBR) Lists if they like your teasers!

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This week I began reading Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson.  This is a huge novel, and it will probably take me awhile to get through, which means we'll get lots of Teasers out of it!

The Tease:

"Dalinar turned from the window finally, walking to the others, and rested his hand on Navani's shoulder.  "We're going to find a way to do this, or we're going to destroy the kingdom in the process.  I won't suffer this charade any longer."
 -Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
What's your Tease?


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their To Be Read (TBR) Lists if they like your teasers!

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One of my reading goals for 2014 is to reread some of my favorite books, and I'm beginning with one of my all-time favorite fantasy novels. For a good number of years, Prince Rohan - in spite of, or maybe because of, his flaws - was the perfect man in my eyes and definitely my first Book Crush.

This week, Rohan finds himself in a difficult situation...

The Tease:

"Night again, hot and close.  The sixth night since Ianthe.  Rohan turned away from the dinner laid out for him.  Food, wine, even water were suspect.  He trusted neither his tongue nor his nose, for everything tasted and smelled of dranath to him. He was over the worst of it, having eaten in the last few days only those things he considered least dangerous - unsliced fruit from which he peeled the skin, dragon tail cactus root washed clean of its sauces, a few other things.  His stomach growled at times with emptiness, but he had no other way of ensuring that he ingested no more of the drug.  He found it ironic that the dranath that had saved his dragons was so great a danger to him.."
 -Dragon Prince, by Melanie Rawn
What's your Tease?


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their To Be Read (TBR) Lists if they like your teasers!

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One of my reading goals for 2014 is to reread some of my favorite books, and I'm beginning with one of my all-time favorite fantasy novels. Many people don't care for it, but I don't even understand those people.  I love this story, and while it might not be perfect, it's pretty darn close in my mind.  For a good number of years, Prince Rohan - in spite of, or maybe because of, his flaws - was the perfect man in my eyes and definitely my first Book Crush.

This week we see Rohan through his sister's eyes for a brief moment at the funeral of their father...

The Tease:

"Rohan stood apart and alone, holding a torch in his hand.  The flame turned his hair to molten gold and sank his eyes into darkness.  He was a stranger tonight.  For almost the first time, Tobin could see their father in him; the Desert had claimed him for its prince."
 -Dragon Prince, by Melanie Rawn
What's your Tease? 

Alternate question - Who was YOUR first Book Crush?  Leave the character name and book title in the comments below, and maybe a little about why you crushed on that character!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - Dragon Prince, by Melanie Rawn

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their To Be Read (TBR) Lists if they like your teasers!

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I've decided that in 2013, I'm going to spend some of my time rereading a few of my old favorites, and so last week I started one of my favorite fantasy novels.  Many people don't care for it, feeling that it is poorly written, plotted, and that the characters and themes are unoriginal.  I don't understand those people.  I love this story, and I love the characters, and while it might not be perfect, it's pretty darn close in my mind.  For a good number of years, Prince Rohan - in spite of, or maybe because of, his flaws - was the perfect man in my eyes and definitely my first Book Crush.

Last week I took our Tease from Chapter 1, where we were introduced to Prince Zehava, the grand Patriarch of the desert.  This week, let's meet Sioned, a young Sunrunner destined to marry Zehava's son Rohan.

The Tease:

"When Sioned was three years old, the death of her parents left her brother Davvi, her elder by twelve winters, Lord of River Run.  Within a few years he married...but the new Lady of River Run was the possessive sort...Thus she purchased Sioned's entry into Goddess Keep. 

There she found companionship among the other students and knowledge enough to feed her ravenous appetite for learning.  The small oddities that her sister-by-marriage derided as "fey" turned out to be indications that she had the faradhi gift and could become a Sunrunner. 

Not everyone who west to Goddess Keep became faradhi, and Lady Andrade did not tolerate arrogance among those who could, or envy among those who could not.  But there were certain distinctions involved in becoming a Sunrunner: the rings of earned rank and periodic visits to the grove of pines near the keep. 
In the year 693, when Sioned was sixteen and had earned the first silver circle on her right middle finger, she went to this place where, if her talents were strong and the Goddess was disposed to revelations, she might glimpse her future."
 -Dragon Prince, by Melanie Rawn
What's your Tease?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their To Be Read (TBR) Lists if they like your teasers!

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I've decided that in 2013, I'm going to spend some of my time rereading a few of my old favorites; books that I love so much that I just have to pull them out and reread them every few years.  They're comfy and familiar, like a pair of soft, warm slippers, and each time I read them they evoke that feeling, that sense of nostalgia, that makes me feel I'm reading them for the first time.

This week I've started one of my favorite fantasy novels.  Many people don't care for it, feeling that it is poorly written, plotted, and that the characters and themes are unoriginal.  I don't understand those people.  At all.  I love this story, I love the characters, and while it might not be perfect, it's pretty darn close in my mind.  For a good number of years, Prince Rohan - in spite of, or maybe because of, his flaws - was the perfect man in my eyes and definitely my first Book Crush.

So let's kick this off with a tease from the very first page of the book, shall we?  I'm not even going to apologize for breaking the two sentence rule.

The Tease:

"Prince Zehava squinted into the sunlight and smiled his satisfaction.  All the signs were good for the hunt today: claw marks on the cliffs, wing marks on the sand, and the close cropping of bittersweet plants along the canyon ridges.  But the prince's perceptions were more subtle and had no need of these obvious signs.  He could feel the presence of his prey all along his skin, scent it in the air, sense it in every nerve.  His admirers said he could tell when the time was ripe for the hunt simply by glancing at the sky.  His enemies said it was not surprising that he could sense such things, for he himself had been dragon-spawned."
 -Dragon Prince, by Melanie Rawn
What's your Tease?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

2013 Reading Review

At the end of 2012 I promised myself that I was going to try to read more books in 2013, and write more reviews.

I did manage to read a few more more books than in 2012 (according to Goodreads I read 25 books total, with A Memory of the Light being the longest) but I failed miserably at writing more reviews.

That's an issue that I find myself wrestling with, and ultimately is the reason I haven't written as many this last year.  I feel like I'm not really "qualified' to "review" books.  I don't know why though.  What makes one "qualified" to write a review?  Further, does what I actually write about a book qualify AS a review?  I don't know how to answer these questions, and I kind of fell off the wagon, so to speak, and didn't even try.  But I do enjoy talking about books, so this year I'm going to TRY to try harder.

And If that doesn't say commitment, folks, I don't know what does!

But you know what I mean, I'm sure.  So - on to the books!!

In 2013 I read 25 books in total.  Somehow, this year became the "Accidental Young Adult Year," because 13 of those books, or 52%, were YA.  (I think?  Again the definition is somewhat nebulous to me).  And while I have been somewhat indifferent to YA in general, after reading so many this year, I believe I'm beginning to understand why they are so popular among "Adult Adults."

I've always had the impression that YA books are always written from the POV of females, usually teen girls - like The Hunger Games or Divergent.  And while there's nothing wrong with that and I applaud the fact that there are so many books for, by, and about girls and young women, I have to admit that I found it very refreshing to find YA books with a male POV (like Beautiful Creatures), or a POV that shifted between the male and female POV (like the Sky Chasers series), providing what to me feels like a more balanced approach to storytelling.  But without a doubt, my eyes have been opened and I no longer feel that YA books are somehow "less than" Adult novels.

I've noticed a lot of bloggers talking about their reading plans and goals for 2104.  I think that's a great idea from a blogging viewpoint, but not so much fun from a reading viewpoint.  I don't want reading to feel like a chore.  Ever.

But having said that, of course, here's my reading plans for 2014:
1.  Read whatever the heck I want.
2.  Revisit some of my old favorites.
3.  Continue reading what I like.

The last few years I've noticed that I've gotten super caught up in trying to stay current with what's being published.  Unfortunately, I just don't have that much time, and as a result I've neglected some of my faithful friends that I like to pull out and reread every few years.  In fact, I've already started!

I've started rereading Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn, one of my all-time favorite fantasy novels, and while I'm not going to treat it like an actual "Read and React" feature, I am going to try to put the book down every couple of chapters and talk about it here on the blog as I work my way through it.  If anyone would like to join me in discussing it I think that would be fantastic and I would welcome your thoughts and comments!  But more about that later; let's get on with what I read in 2013 before this becomes the never ending blog post!

So, here's my list of books read in 2013:


Title Author My Rating Date Read

The Kingdom of Gods  
(The Inheritance Trilogy, #3)
Jemisin, N.K.
4 of 5 stars
  Jan 26, 2013


A Memory of Light  
(Wheel of Time, #14)
Jordan, Rober
5 of 5 star
  Mar 27, 2013


Notorious Nineteen  
(Stephanie Plum, #19)
Evanovich, Janet
3 of 5 stars
  Apr 05, 2013


Gone  
(Gone, #1)
Grant, Michael
3 of 5 stars
  Apr 22, 2013


Hunger  
(Gone, #2)
Grant, Michael
3 of 5 stars
  May 09, 2013


The Emperor's Soul
Sanderson, Brandon
4 of 5 stars
  May 14, 2013


And Then There Were None
Christie, Agath
4 of 5 stars
  May 21, 2013


Allanon's Quest  
(Paladins of Shannara, #1)
Brooks, Terry
3 of 5 stars
  May 22, 2013


The Weapons Master's Choice
(Paladins of Shannara, #2)
Brooks, Terry
3 of 5 stars
  May 24, 2013


Perfect Shadow  
(Night Angel, #0.5)
Weeks, Brent
3 of 5 stars
  May 26, 2013
Firstborn
Sanderson, Brandon
3 of 5 stars
  May 30, 2013


Theft of Swords  
(The Riyria Revelations, #1-2)
Sullivan, Michael J.
4 of 5 stars
  Jul 2013


City of Bones
(The Mortal Instruments, #1)
Clare, Cassandra
4 of 5 stars
  Jul 17, 2013


Divergent
(Divergent, #1)
Roth, Veronica
4 of 5 stars
  Jul 21, 2013


Rise of Empire  
(The Riyria Revelations, #3-4)
Sullivan, Michael J.
4 of 5 stars
  Aug 26, 2013


Insurgent  
(Divergent, #2)
Roth, Veronica
3 of 5 stars
  Sep 15, 2013


Lady of Ashes
Trent, Christine
3 of 5 stars
  Oct 03, 2013


The Black Irix
(Paladins of Shannara #3)
Brooks, Terry
3 of 5 stars
  Oct 05, 2013


Beautiful Creatures  
(Caster Chronicles, #1)
Garcia, Kami
4 of 5 stars
  Oct 28, 2013


Born  
(Born, #1)
Brown, Tara
3 of 5 stars
  Nov 06, 2013


Steelheart  
(Reckoners, #1)
Sanderson, Brandon
4 of 5 stars
  Nov 20, 2013


Catching Fire
 (The Hunger Games, #2)
Collins, Suzanne
4 of 5 stars
  Nov 29, 2013


World War Z: An Oral History
of the Zombie War
Brooks, Max
3 of 5 stars
  Dec 18, 2013


Glow  
(Sky Chasers, #1)
Ryan, Amy Kathleen
3 of 5 stars
  Dec 27, 2013

Spark  
(Sky Chasers, #2) 
Ryan, Amy Kathleen
3 of 5 stars
  Dec 31, 2013  
 
Did you read any of these books this year?  Do you have a favorite among them?  What are your thoughts about the whole "qualified to review" issue, and what a "review" should actually be?  Let me know in the comments - I'd love to hear all y'all's thoughts!  And stay tuned for the first look at Dragon Prince - coming soon!