I love the New Year! Not so much for parties or food (although I do love food) but for the feeling of change that comes over me. Its as if all the bad habits of last year no longer exist and I have the opportunity to start fresh. As soon as Christmas is over (and sometimes even before) I start thinking on what I want to change/do different in the New Year. I only allow myself five resolutions for the New Year so that I realistically achieve my goals. This year I am resolved to bring back Novel Reaction. While I have been still reading books (never gonna stop that one) I haven’t been as invested in my reading because I haven’t been posting reviews for some time. So welcome 2015, a year of good things to come, good habits to achieve, and good books to devour!
Do you have any New Years’ Resolutions you are hoping to start? I have decided to do a Georgette Heyer reading challenge this year so be prepared for more information to come on that one.
I have to admit that I am always surprised by some of the books that get banned. Don’t get me wrong, as a parent (and older sister who started reading YA novels because I wanted to see what my younger sisters were being exposed to), I agree that some books can be a little graphic in content, too scary for a particular age/maturity level and have some seriously foul language. That being said, I really don’t ANYONE telling me what I can and cannot read. Buzzfeed Books has a great posting here about children’s books that were banned, including Where the Wild Things Are (for promoting witchcraft and another posting I saw somewhere else today but can’t find right now said it was banned because it was considered too scary for young kids).
But the book that makes me shake my head the most is Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I think it would be interesting to know how many people who support banning specific books have actually read the books they are trying to get banned or if they are just basing their opinion on what someone else says about that particular book . Do you have any favorites that have been banned? Have you ever read a book because it was banned somewhere?
You know how sometimes something goes wrong and instead of sitting down and dealing with it you just keep putting it off?! Then you blink it has been a week, you blink again and it has been three. That is what happened to Novel Reaction, I keep exceeding my bandwith with my provider, which is not surprising given I have been blogging for five years and I LOVE large beautiful images. Because of my love of the images I now have to go back into my past posts and fix the images sizes. Not a truly horrible task but very time consuming. But my goal is to get things up and running smoothly on Novel Reaction soon. I have started to schedule blog tours and hopefully will be getting some authors on to share with us as well as reviving the books-to-movie challenge (goodness knows Hollywood seems to be only doing sequels and books lately, not much original from them directly). Sorry things have been so boring here, but read your novels a little longer and know that soon we will be discussing books and leading men and all things fabulously written.
Do you ever find yourself lost in a series of books? It doesn’t even have to be the same series of books, you just find yourself caught up in the story, the flow of words, the adventure. Well, that is where I have been for the last couple of weeks. I would think “One more page and then I will go write that review I need to write or prepare a blog posting” and then I blinked and it has been a shocking three weeks since I last logged into Novel Reaction. I blame the public library. Seriously, any place that will someone to check out a total of 30 items at a time (print and ebook) is just bound to get a person in trouble. And of course, because my son loves it (wink, wink), we have to go back at least once a week and I find myself behaving like Golem from The Lord of the Rings, grabbing the books off the shelves and petting them while whispering “My precious”. Honestly, this last visit I decided I was going to only get one print book, just one mind you! I am a strong woman. I have successfully completed Grad school, have passed the AZ Bar to become an attorney, both very difficult things that required disciple and yet, I am almost ashamed to admit it, I came home with eight print books and received an email letting me know the two ebooks I put on hold were available for download. *hangs head in shame* Apparently, I have no self control when it comes to books. Now for the more important question that I am sure you are asking yourself, what I have a read lately? Well, I am going to share with you some (just some mind you) of the books that I enjoyed, some of which will get reviewed some of which will not. I don’t review everything I read for two reasons, 1) I read ALOT and I mean ALOT (since getting my library card three weeks ago I have read 4 ebooks and 15 print novels not counting my reread of 4 books and 2 review copies) and 2) I want book reviewing to remain something I enjoy and so not forcing myself to analytically focus on everything I read but to simply enjoy the pleasure of a good book keeps it fun and interesting for me. Of course, anything amazing I come across I share with all of you.
The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts (Second book in the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy)
Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist—and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers bust on his compulsive list-making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery McTavish…
Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a first-hand look at its amazing renovation—and a newfound appreciation for Owen. Since he was her first boyfriend when they were kids, Owen has never been far from Avery’s thoughts. But the attraction she’s feeling for him now is far from innocent.
As Avery and Owen cautiously take their relationship to another level, the opening of the inn gives the whole town of Boonsboro a reason to celebrate. But Owen’s hard work has only begun. Getting Avery to let down her guard is going to take longer than he expected—and so will getting her to realize that her first boyfriend is going to be her last…
The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter (First book in the Lords of the Underworld series)
They dared to open Pandora’s Box, and now must carry an eternal curse. New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s incredible Lords of the Underworld series begins in a remote fortress in Budapest, where six immortal warriors, each more dangerously seductive than the last, are bound by an ancient curse none has been able to break. Journey through this dark and sensual world, where the line between good and evil blurs and true love is put to the ultimate test. Bundle includes: The Darkest Night, The Darkest Kiss and The Darkest Pleasure.
All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member—a man trapped in a hell of his own.
Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments…and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction—and a soul-shattering test of love….
I Thee Wed by Amanda Quick (Second Book in the Vanza series)
It isn’t easy making a living as a lady’s companion when one possesses a sharp tongue and an original mind. That’s why Emma Greyson has gone through three such positions in six months. Her current post at a tiresome country house party has her bored to tears—until an extraordinary encounter with the legendary Edison Stokes leads to a secret position as his assistant.
Stokes is on a peculiar mission, searching for an anonymous thief who has stolen an ancient book of arcane potions. He suspects his quarry is among the party’s guests—and that the villain is looking for an intuitive woman on whom to test a certain elixir. A woman just like Emma…
For Emma, the new post brings unexpected passion and chilling danger. But when murder strikes, she realizes the awful truth. Unless she and Edison devise a scheme to outwit a merciless killer, she could forever lose the man of her dreams—and even her very life….
So what have you been reading this lovely summer? Anything fabulous I need to add to my TBR pile?