Sunday, January 26, 2014

So what do you do when??






So what do you do when you have a hard time coming up with post ideas for your blog?

Do you google ideas?
 Do you have an editorial calendar with ideas?
 Do you have sticky notes laying around with ideas?
 What gives you inspiration for posts? 

Lots of blogs I follow are book review blogs, as you can tell mine is as well.  With the new year, I have been trying to come up with some new ideas to share with my readers and help grow my following. So I have decided to come to YOU.  I have never really been a "follower", so I don't like to post things that "everyone else is doing".  There are a few meme's that I do, but I like to be an original and do my own thing.

What do you like to see on blogs?   Do you like more personal things, stick to just book reviews only, include more things about life in general?  What?  What keeps you reading and coming back for more to the blogs you follow on an ongoing basis??  

I would LOVE for you all to give some feedback.  Feel free to leave your ideas in the comments below or email me directly.  

Ok.... SOUND OFF!!  I'm listening!  :)



Saturday, January 25, 2014

Stacking The Shelves (1)



So this is my first time participating in Stacking The Shelves.  I won't list all the books that I have gotten since the last time I shared new ones, just the ones in the past few weeks.

From Netgalley:  (All links from Goodreads)
3505934

Season of the Witch



17910573
  The Tyrants Daughter


13644334



 Purchased:  

711901
 Lone Survivor


17875224

Ignite 


 From Edelweiss

18144135

The Fall of Saints: A Novel






17910538
Killer

18774967
Forty Acres: A Thriller 



There you have it!  I have some reading to do!!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Review: Reflections of Queen Snow White

Published October 2nd 2013 by David Meredith

Synopsis from Goodreads
What happens when "happily ever after" has come and gone?

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven's wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven's fiancĂ©, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White's own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what "happily ever after" really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.


Review: 

Have you ever mourned to the point of isolating yourself from everyone around you? The mourning could be loss from divorce, a relationship, or the death of a loved one.

This is a story of loss and grief in more ways than one.  We all remember the story of Snow White and Prince Charming.  As a little girl, it was one of my favorites.  The story lets us see what happens after the "happily ever after" and is a wonderful twist on the Disney version.

The story is one of reflection for Snow White, reminding herself of all she has been through and overcome.  She has the help of the "magic mirror" who shows her what is in her heart and what she already knows, but has forgotten.  She spends the afternoon reliving memories of abuse at the hands of the Evil Queen step-mother, the death of her parents, and the happiness, love and death of Prince Charming. She finally sees how strong she really is and that she has the strength to carry on and enjoy life again, even though she has lived over a year in depression and has isolated herself from everyone, including her daughter.

As I was reading the story, I was remembering losing my own parents and wondering what I would do if the love of my life passed away. How would I go on? I cried at her thoughts of the love she and Prince Charming shared, simply because I could see myself doing and thinking the same things.

The story is beautifully written; there are some vivid scenes of abuse from her childhood and sexual scenes with her husband.  However, the story evokes so many emotions.  At the end of the story, it reminded me that life does go on and we all have the memories of our past and loved ones to show us that we can all overcome certain things and we are truly never alone.

If you love fairy tale twists, then you must read this one.

 



This book was sent to me free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Classics Club Dare!

The Classics Club Dare is a new feature over at The Classics Club.  The goal of the club is to read classics.  This is the first dare.  You are "dared" to read a book, post about it and share it.  You can find out more information HERE

 The first book is:  

The Sound of the Mountain 

The link above will take you to the Goodreads description. 

I'm getting started now!  Won't you come join me?? 


Reading the Classics (perpetual challenge)

Information on joining this perpetual challenge can be found here

The Classics Club is a club created to inspire people to read and blog about classic books. There’s no time limit to join and you’re most welcome, as long as you’re willing to sign up to read and write on your blog about 50+ classic books in at most five years. The perk is that, not only will you have read 50+ incredible (or at the very least thought-provoking) works in five years, you’ll get to do it along with all of these people. 

I am also using this perpetual challenge as a prompt to work on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list.  I have to have something to help me stay on track!  I will start by listing 60 books, but will add to it as I go along and pass that 60 mark. This list has a 5 year end date, so January 12, 2019 is the goal.

My List: 
** indicates books I own

1.   Achebe, Chinua: Things Fall Apart**
2.  Allende, Isabel: The House of the Spirits
3.  Angelou, Maya: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
4.  Atwood, Margaret: A Handmaid’s Tale**
5.  Austen, Jane: Emma**
6.  Baldwin, James: Giovanni’s Room**
7.  Braddon, Mary Elizabeth: Lady Audley’s Secret**
8.  Bronte, Charlotte: Villette**
9.  Bronte, Emily: Wuthering Heights**
10.  Bulgakov, Mikhail: The Master and Margarita**
11.  Burns, Olive: Cold Sassy Tree
12.  Collins, Wilkie: The Moonstone
13.  Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White**
14.  Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness
15.  Dante: The Divine Comedy**
16.  Dickens, Charles: Bleak House**
17.  Dickens, Charles: Nicholas Nickleby**
18.  Dickens, Charles: The Mystery of Edwin Drood**
19.  Dostoevesky, Fyodor: The Brothers Karamazov**
20.  Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment**
21.  Du Maurier, Daphne: Rebecca
22.  Eco, Umberto: The Name of the Rose**
23.  Eliot, George: Middlemarch**
24.  Eliot, George: Silas Marner**
25.  Faulkner, William: As I Lay Dying**
26.  Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury**
27  Fitzgerald, F. Scott: This Side of Paradise**
28.  Foer, Jonathan Safran: Exteremely Loud and Incredibly Close
29.  Forster, E.M.: Howard’s End**
30.  Forster, E.M.: Passage to India**
31.  Fowles, John: The French Lieutenant’s Woman**
32.  Hemingway, Ernest: A Farewell to Arms**
33.  Hemingway, Ernest: The Sun Also Rises
34.  Hurston, Zora Neale: Their Eyes Were Watching God**
35.  Ishiguro, Kazuo: Remains of the Day
36.  James, Henry: What Maisie Knew**
37.  Kipling, Rudyard: Kim**
38.  Knowles, John: A Separate Peace**
39.  Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: One Hundred Years of Solitude**
40.  Maugham, W. Somerset: Of Human Bondage**
41.  Milton, John: Paradise Lost**
42.  Mitchell, David: Cloud Atlas
43.  Morrison, Toni: Beloved**
44.  O, Brien: Tim: The Things They Carried**
45.  Pasternak, Boris: Doctor Zhivago**
46.  Proust, Marcel: Swann’s Way**
47.  Salinger, J.D.: The Catcher in the Rye
48.  Seton, Anya: Katherine
49.  Smith, Betty: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn**
50.  Steinbeck, John: East of Eden**
51.  Steinbeck, John: The Grapes of Wrath**
52.  Thackeray, William Makepeace: Vanity Fair**
53.  Tolstoy, Leo: War and Peace**
54.  Trollope, Anthony: Barchester Towers**
55.  Voltaire: Candide**
56.  Vonnegut, Kurt: Slaughterhouse Five**
57.  Wharton, Edith: Ethan Frome
58.  Wharton, Edith: The House of Mirth**
59.  Woolf, Virginia: Jacob’s Room**
60.  Wright, Richard: Native Son**




Saturday, January 11, 2014

2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

 
Hosted by Bookish 
 
Levels: 
 1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - First Kiss
31-40 - Sweet Summer Fling
41-50Could this be love?
50+Married With Children
 
I'm shooting for First Kiss


2014 Banned Books Challenge




Photobucket
photo credit: Old Books by Petr Kratochvil 


DATES: January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014

RULES: Any book that has been banned or challenged counts for this challenge. Books can be read in any format and overlap with other challenges is allowed (encouraged!)

LEVELS: Below are the levels you can choose from. Changing your mind is OK -- you can go up or down in level at any time.
     Making Waves: 1-2 Challenged Books
     Trouble-Maker: 3-5 Challenged Books
     Rebel: 6-9 Challenged Books
     Insurgent: 10-14 Challenged Books
     Leader of a Revolution: 15+ Challenged Books

I am choosing Rebel 6-9