Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bookish Scavenger Hunt Challenge

Bookish Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Oct 17-27, 2014
part of the Woderfully Wicked Read-a-thon

Find covers with themes listed:

a bird
All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven

bitten fruit
A Second Bite at the Apple
by Dana Bate

a lion
When the Lion Feeds
by Wilbur Smith

Towing Icebergs Falling Dominoes:
And Other Adventures in Applied Mathematics
by Robert B. Banks

Shopaholic to the Stars
by Sophie Kinsella

Skin Game
(The Dresden Files #15)
by Jim Butcher

a headless couple
Dead Over Heels
by Alison Kemper

by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

a sword
Soul Meaning
by A.D. Starrling

tree roots
The Magician King
by Lev Grossman

a green dress
Strange and Ever After
by Susan Dennard

almost smooching
Summer Letters
by Dan Petermeier

a cowboy
Her Sky Cowboy
by Beth Ciotta

a witch
Spell Check
by Julie Wright

Assured Destruction
With Zombies
Book #3
by Michael F. Stewart

creepy house
by Brenna Yovanoff

an eye
Being Jamie Baker
by Kelly Oram

a cat
Los Gatos Black on Halloween
by Marisa Montes, Yuyi Morales

large letters
by David Nicholls

In the Company of Educated Men
by Leonce Gaiter


* i really had fun with this challenge because book covers are always a treat to behold ;-)

Bookish Games: Ready Player One edition

Bookish Games: Ready Player One edition
hosted by Oh, The Books!
details here
starts October 25, 2014

About Bookish Games:

The Bookish Games is a feature that Asti started while blogging at A Bookish Heart. It combines various books (usually YA) and Mafia to create an online interactive bookish game that takes place every couple of months.

Basically, there are the good guys and the bad guys. The bad guys have a smaller team but have the advantage of knowing the identity of their teammates. The good guys have a larger team, but know nothing other than their own personal identity. Each “Day” all players, good and bad, get together as one group and vote for one person to eliminate from the game. (The bad guys use this as their opportunity to sway the good guys to voting off one of their own, while the good guys use this time to try and figure out which side everyone is on based on what they say and how they vote.) Then, each “Night”, the bad guys get another chance to wreak havoc by communicating in a private chatroom and targeting one person to kill off in the game. more details here


THIS edition is based on the book...

Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
Amazon | Goodreads | Website

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.


My two-bits:

Thought I would try something new in the internet world that was bookish related. This will be my first time at a role play sort of game. I will post below on some commentary on how it goes.

I hope I don't get knocked out too early during its run. Wish me luck ;-)

Stacking the Shelves - 10.25.14

Stacking the Shelves
hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!



Illusions of Fate
by Kiersten White
-paranormal, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

In The Shadows
by Kiersten White
illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo
-fantasy, graphic novel, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

-----> Got this after peeking inside this book as Stephanie Perkins does some page flipping

For Review:

Inventing Madness
by J.G. Schwartz
-historical, magic
courtesy of publicity
Thanks Penny!
Amazon | Goodreads

Soul Meaning
by A.D. Starrling
-urban fantasy, thriller
courtesy of publicity
Thanks Kate!
Amazon | Goodreads

Jane Austen's First Love
by Syrie James
-jane austen, historical
-courtesy of book tour
Thanks Laurel Ann!
Amazon | Goodreads


Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes
Amazon | Goodreads

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

-----> listening to the audio version and loving it!

Dreaming about getting soon:

by David Nicholls
-contemporary romance
-on Man Booker Prize 2014 Longlist
Amazon | Goodreads

David Nicholls brings the wit and intelligence that graced his enormously popular New York Times bestseller, One Day, to a compellingly human, deftly funny new novel about what holds marriages and families together—and what happens, and what we learn about ourselves, when everything threatens to fall apart.

Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that, against all odds, seduces beautiful Connie into a second date . . . and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades after their relationship first blossomed in London, they live more or less happily in the suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce.

The timing couldn’t be worse. Hoping to encourage her son’s artistic interests, Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world’s greatest works of art as a family, and she can’t bring herself to cancel. And maybe going ahead with the original plan is for the best anyway? Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and might even help him to bond with Albie.

Narrated from Douglas’s endearingly honest, slyly witty, and at times achingly optimistic point of view, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves, and learning how to get closer to a son who’s always felt like a stranger. Us is a moving meditation on the demands of marriage and parenthood, the regrets of abandoning youth for middle age, and the intricate relationship between the heart and the head. And in David Nicholls’s gifted hands, Douglas’s odyssey brings Europe—from the streets of Amsterdam to the famed museums of Paris, from the caf├ęs of Venice to the beaches of Barcelona—to vivid life just as he experiences a powerful awakening of his own. Will this summer be his last as a husband, or the moment when he turns his marriage, and maybe even his whole life, around?

OTHER things on my shelf: kinda book-related

Participating in my first Goodreads read-along...

The Bone Season ReadAlong
hosted by Goodreads Featured Author Group
details here
Amazon | Goodreads


* some of these may be offered as giveaways within the next two months

* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

* per usual, check out the sidebar for my current giveaways offers

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happy Release: In the Company of Educated Men by Leonce Gaiter

In the Company of Educated Men
by Leonce Gaiter
-Thriller; Coming of Age; Crime
Just released: October 21, 2014
Amazon | BarnesNoble | Goodreads | Astor+Blue

After Lennie Ashland graduated from Harvard, he faced grave personal loss that caused him to question his worth, and fear the future.

Armed with the arrogance and drive of Harvard-educated wealth, coupled with a young man’s aimlessness, Lennie planned a trip for himself and his two best friends to discover America—to view first-hand the re-ascendant grandeur of the American common man, a creature as foreign to them as any.

The trip started off as most do—by not meeting the hype of its imagined romance—until the three happened upon an unlikely pair: a gun-toting teenager and a refugee little girl escaping from domestic hell. As gangland forces and family disputes descend on them, the five find safety and solace in one another. Together, they will both witness and embody the hope, grandeur, violence, innocence and hopelessness. A powerful new novel from Leonce Gaiter, author of Bourbon Street.

About the author:

Raised in New Orleans, Washington D.C., Germany, Missouri, Maryland and elsewhere, Leonce Gaiter is the quintessential army brat—rootless, restive, and disagreeable. He began writing in grade school and continued the habit through his graduation from Harvard College.

His nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, LA Weekly, NY Newsday, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Salon, and in national syndication. His noir thriller; Bourbon Street was published by Carroll & Graf in 2005. His 2011 historical novel, I Dreamt I Was in Heaven was also recently published. He currently lives in Northern California.


* on my want list

Guest post: Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves
by Robin Talley
Amazon | Goodreads | Website

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In which Robin provides an introduction to the characters in her book...

I knew before I even started writing it that the main characters’ parents would play a major role in Lies We Tell Ourselves. It’s a story focusing on two high school seniors ― Sarah, who’s black, and Linda, who’s white ― who are both the daughters of activists in the school integration movement, though they serve on opposite sides of the struggle.

Sarah’s parents are very active in the NAACP. When the story starts they’ve recently moved from Chicago, where Sarah’s father wrote for a major African American newspaper, to Virginia, so they could be part of the Civil Rights Movement in the South.

When I was researching the story, I scoured the Internet for photos of Chicago NAACP activists during this period. I came across a huge group photo of a meeting that took place there in the 1940s (sadly, I can’t find it now but it was along the lines of this one from 1929). As I zoomed in and examined the people in the photo, I saw one couple that made me stop and gasp.

This couple.

The photo wasn’t labeled, so I don’t know who these two activists were. But as soon as I saw them, I knew that in my mind, these two people would always be Sarah’s parents, Robert and Irene Dunbar, and I knew that this photo was taken when they were younger, soon after their wedding, before Sarah was born.

That open, idealistic smile on Irene’s face. The shrewd, tired look on Robert’s. Their neat crisp clothes, the bundle of newspapers clasped in Irene’s arms, the crowd of friends and allies clustered around them.

I knew these were the people who would raise Sarah to be a smart, courageous, stronger-than-she-knows young woman who would change the world before she was even old enough to vote.

Parents are often MIA in young adult books. They usually are in the other books I’ve written. But for Lies We Tell Ourselves, the parents were vital to giving the main characters the foundation they needed to make it through the wrenching story that lay ahead of them.

And I can’t imagine Sarah making it through her story without her parents ― these parents ― standing strong behind her.


Guest post created by Robin Talley, author of Lies We Tell Ourselves
© 2014. All rights reserved.

About the author:

I grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, and escaped to Washington, D.C., at the first opportunity. I now live with my wife, our antisocial cat, and our goofy hound dog on Capitol Hill. I also work for a progressive nonprofit organization.

My first novel, Lies We Tell Ourselves, was released Sept. 30, 2014, by Harlequin Teen. It’s set in 1959 Virginia, and it’s a black girl and a white girl who fall in love in 1959 Virginia while their school is being desegregated for the first time. My next book, Unbreakable, follows a high school couple — Gretchen, who identifies as a lesbian, and Toni, who identifies as genderqueer — whose relationship is tested when they’re separated for their first year of college.

I spend my nights and weekends writing young adult fiction about LGBT characters, reading books, and enjoying The Daenerys Show (you may know it as Game of Thrones). I also read a lot of young adult books and spend an inordinate amount of time getting worked up about things that shouldn’t happen in the world, and yet somehow keep happening.

I was a Lambda Literary Foundation Writers’ Retreat Fellow, and I’m represented by Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich.

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @robin_talley

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