Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
I had a great mailbox week. The following books were received for review:
The Ruining by Anna Collomore
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
Dancing to the Flute by Manisha Jolie Amin
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani
The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley
Reason to Breath by Rebecca Donovan
Friday, January 25, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Sunday, January 20, 2013
I received one review book this week.
Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate
I did buy a few Ebooks. This is the last 2 weeks of ebook purchases.
A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
Stony River by Tricia Dower
The Last Summer by Judith Kinghorn
The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston
Friday, January 18, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
I received some great books this week. Here are the books I received for review:
A Passionate Love Affair With A Total Stranger by Lucy Robinson
Golden Boy by Abigale Tarttelis
The Secret of the Nightingale Palace by Dana Sachs
A Question of Identity by Susan Hill
The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner
The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley
All We Know is Love by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Publisher: Summerside Press
Jinx’s doesn't understand her sister Esme’s reluctance to marry and follow procedure. Since she is the second daughter, everything depends on Esme. Jinx would love to be in her shoes. Their father is a prominent newspaper publisher, and he won’t allow his daughters to settle. Jinx can’t wait for her sister to settle down. Once Esme is married, her parents will begin to focus on her. Unfortunately, Esme has no interest in marrying the man her father approves. She doesn't care about advancing her family’s position through marriage, she has every intention to follow in her father’s footsteps and work in publishing. She anonymously writes a column, and knows she has talent. Jinx is baffled that her sister has no appreciation for the life they live. She should have been born first. Both daughters set out to reach their dreams. Both daughters suffer big consequences.
Heiress was a great read and I enjoyed it much more than I expected. The “gilded age” really worked well within the story. The sister dynamic was intriguing and kept me interested. Essentially, they both get what they wanted but it doesn't lead to their happy ending. They both suffer greatly and wonder if they made the right decision. I didn't expect them both to struggle with their decisions. I thought Esme would be the only one to struggle. Her father was stern and she felt backed into a corner. Jinx was given everything she ever wanted, but she stole her sister’s life.
This is the first book in the series, and I can’t wait to continue the series. The second book “Baroness” focuses on Esme and Jinx’s daughters. Susan May Warren is a great writer, and I’ll be adding her other books to my wish list. I thought her writing was strong, her story line was captivating and I really connected with the characters.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
The Inconvenient Indian is at once a “history” and the complete subversion of a history—in short, a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable Thomas King has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America.
Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, this book distills the insights gleaned from that meditation, weaving the curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Natives and Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other. In the process, King refashions old stories about historical events and figures, takes a sideways look at film and pop culture, relates his own complex experiences with activism, and articulates a deep and revolutionary understanding of the cumulative effects of ever-shifting laws and treaties on Native peoples and lands.
This is a book both timeless and timely, burnished with anger but tempered by wit, and ultimately a hard-won offering of hope -- a sometimes inconvenient, but nonetheless indispensable account for all of us, Indian and non-Indian alike, seeking to understand how we might tell a new story for the future
I have a hard time writing synopsis’s for non-fiction books, so I included the Goodreads description. Thomas King provides an account of colonialism in North America and how it has shaped contemporary relations between First Nations and Non Natives. King sets the record straight and explains many misconceptions about Natives. I thoroughly enjoyed his explanation between “Legal Indian” and a “Non-legal Indian.” There were many parts of the book that I highlighted and noted for future reference. I found the book utterly fascinating. I’ve done a lot of research on my history, and thought this book was one of the best I’ve read in a long time. King doesn’t provide a dissertation or footnotes; he conveys what’s on his mind. He’s truly a master storyteller.
King’s idea that Indians are “inconvenient” to governments, really struck a chord with me. I thought it was truthful and really pertinent to today, especially with recent protests and media coverage. I struggled with writing my review, because I wasn’t sure I could give this book justice.
As a Native American, I wholeheartedly encourage curious readers to read this book. Thomas King is readable, relatable and he doesn’t sugarcoat the issues. It’s hard to find good historical books that are readable, but Thomas King succeeds. He adds humor to engage the reader, and point out the obvious that is not always so obvious. I found myself laughing, and thinking “this is so true.” He lays it all out, and gives readers a lot of think about. I highly recommend this one.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Stephanie Plum is struggling to pay her bills, as usual. When Geoffrey Cubin goes missing after an emergency appendectomy, Stephanie must track him down and get paid. Geoffrey is facing trail for embezzling millions from an elderly assisted-living home. It seems like everyone is looking for him but no one understands how he could have walked out of the hospital. Apparently, he’s not the only one to have escaped after having major surgery. Stephanie does her best to track him down, but Granda Mazur goes undercover at the assisted-living residence and tries to find out some information for Stephanie. If Stephanie wants a paycheck, she has no choice but to find him. Unfortunately, Geoffrey’s wife is livid that he would steal millions, and not give her anything. Stephanie is not able to get any information from her, and she doesn’t have many clues to go on.
When I open a Stephanie Plum book, I know exactly what to expect. It’s entertaining, and that’s it. Stephanie doesn’t grow as a character, the secondary characters remain the same and I’ve come to accept it. I would love for Stephanie to grow as a character, settle down, or at least choose between Ranger and Morelli but it’s not going to happen. At this point, I know I can skip a few books and pick them up out of order and know I’m not really missing anything.
If you enjoyed the previous books, you’ll continue to enjoy the series. If you’re expecting more from Stephanie, you’ll feel disappointed. I liked the book, but waiting a year between books is getting easier and easier. The books aren’t as entertaining anymore.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Source: Blog Tour (Publisher)
Marnie and her little sister have a big secret that they must keep hidden, their parents are buried in the back yard. Fifteen year-old Marnie vows to not go back into foster care. Marnie will be considered an adult in one year, all they have to do is keep it together until then. The girls tell everyone that they irresponsible parents are on a trip, and they aren’t sure when they will be back. In the meantime, their next door neighbor Lennie helps them out. The girls begin to worry when Lennie’s dog begins digging around the backyard and finds a few bones. It doesn’t take long before authorities begin asking questions. A man claiming to be their grandfather is also making their lives difficult.
The Death of Bees was much darker than I expected, but I loved the book and couldn’t put it down. It’s impossible not to care about Marnie and Nelly when you close the book. These girls have gone through a lot; their parents were not the best and never put them first. This makes it very easy for acquaintances to believe their initial story. They don’t really miss them, just the idea of who they were and what they represented. Marnie is rebellious and doesn’t always make the best decisions but it’s undeniable that she does love her sister.
O’Donnell’s character development was phenomenal. At times I thought the language was a little harsh, but it didn’t really bother me too much. The relationship between Marnie and Nelly was very much a regular sister relationship, but their secret is always on their mind. It’s incredible that they were so trusting of one another. When Lennie begins to be more involved, and it becomes clear that he is not their happily-ever-after, I was really worried about girls and had no idea how they would stay together.
I highly recommend this one. I thought the writing was incredible and the story line was unique and original. Marnie and Nelly struggle with food, shelter, and school. Various people are looking for their parents, and they must stall them. I’m really glad I read this one. It was a great start to 2013 advanced reading.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Holidays are wrapping up, and I'm ready for them to be over. They were great, but exhausting. I've hardly had any time to read. If I don't read, I get stressed. Reading is how I relax. I've been thinking about my blogging goals for 2013. Last year, I set a goal to read 80 books and I finished the year with 105. I want to maintain my goal and read 100 books this year. The goal is set on Goodreads, and I'm trying to stick to it. It's certainly not about the amount of books that I read in a year, but I like having a goal.
Next week, my reviews will start up again. I'm also committing to some blog tours this year. I'm hoping to be more organized and get these reviews written ahead of time. I struggle with finding my next read, because I have a huge selection. I'm not complaining that I have so many books, it just makes it more difficult to choose my next read. I might make a list of 3-5 books that I must read each month. These would be books that I keep putting off.
Towards the middle of 2012, I stopped reading young adult books. I needed a break but I'm ready to start reading some of them again. I prefer adult fiction, but I do enjoy the occasional young adult book. I'll be open to recommendations.
I'm not signing up for any specific challenges this year. I'm not good at sticking to challenges.
I've been moving more towards egalleys and I will continue to do this. Physical copies are great, I love receiving books but I read 90% of my books on my ereaders. If I receive a physical books, I usually buy the ebook when I'm ready to read it.
I still plan on reading all of the Canada Reads 2013 finalists. I'm looking forward to starting those soon.
Wishing everyone a great 2013!