Showing posts from October, 2012

Don't you hate it when this happens?

So, I am reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone, a book I mentioned on here a few days ago. As I said then, this book started off with a bang. I loved it. Now I am about halfway through the novel, and I feel like the energy is gone. I don't know if it is me or if it is the book? I just can't figure it out. Honestly, though, I think it is the book. Something has happened to make me feel less enthusiastic and compelled to keep reading. I am going to stick with it, though, because the writing is really good. Also, I really like the heroine, Karou. So, I'll keep you posted...but I really hate it when this happens!!

Just for fun...because you know how I feel about the whole "dog on the roof rack" thing. LOL

I really wanted to buy Madison the dog shirt that said, "Don't roof rack me, bro!"  It was too funny! Still, I am poor, so my sign must do.

Top Ten Books to Get in the Halloween Spirit!

As usual, "Top Ten Tuesdays" prompts come from The Broke and the Bookish! Check them out!
Top Ten Books to Get in the Halloween Spirit!
I used to love books that frightened me so bad that I couldn't read them alone. I haven't found one of those in a long time, but I will post some of my favorite spooky reads!
1. The Shining by Stephen King. I remember starting a chapter of this one night when I had the house to myself and being so frightened that I had to put it down until someone came home! A sequel is coming soon, so I can't wait to read it!
2. Hell House by Richard Matheson. Oh. My. God. This book scared me to death when I read it years ago! This book and Stephen King's miniseries Rose Red evolved out of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting. When I was a kid, I couldn't watch The Haunting without becoming so terrified that I thought that I would be sick! It doesn't show anything, but it plays games with your head. Hell House also gets into your head..…

Book shopping...

I bought two books today, and I am super excited about them!

I've been waiting for this one. I really like the "Immortals After Dark" series, so Cole is an automatic buy for me. This is a YA book, but I have heard wonderful things.

The other book:

Oh. My. This book is so amazing. I read so many good reviews of it, and, though I had intentions of reading Cole's book first, I can't now...because I already started this one. It pulled me in from the first paragraph (I love moody settings), so there is no going back!

I will keep you posted!

Review posted!

I have posted my review of This Dark Endeavor over at my book blog "The Friendly Reader," if you are interested!

"What's Next??"

"What's Next??" is  a prompt brought to you by IceyBooks.

The idea? To give your blog readers an idea of books you will be reading soon. So, here are my choices...

Which should I read first??

Coming Soon: A Review of...


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Authors In "X" Genre

As always, "Top Ten Tuesday" is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Authors in "X" Genre... Well, I usually discuss YA or Romance on this blog, so this time I think I should discuss something different! So, today I will list my...
Top Ten Favorite Authors in the Historical Fiction Genre!

1. Margaret George. I love her historical fiction because I feel so close to the characters. She never disappoints! Here are a few of my favorites by her:

Yes, they are "big" books, but George's writing style is wonderful. I know historical fiction gets a bad rep, but I don't have a problem separating historical fiction from history. I also think that George has a good reputation for being historically accurate. 

2. Diana Gabaldon. If you like "time travel" and Scottish history, then you should check out the Outlander series!

3. Some people will hate me for this one, but every now and then, I really like to rea…

Happy Birthday, Oscar Wilde!

(Source: Library of Congress)


Today, in 1847, Charlotte Bronte published Jane Eyre!!! It is a great day for Victorianists!

A great weekend with great people!

I had a great time at the event in Livingston! The AHA hosted its annual pilgrimage there, and I will be posting more photos soon!

I passed my dissertation defense!!!

Yes, I look totally exhausted. I still am. And I am not sure why it looks like I have dirt or something to the left side of my nose...ugh. Anyway, I am just happy it is all over with! I found this shirt in Books-a-Million, and my friend Andy bought it for me before I could stop him. It is an old joke in the family to call me "Seuss," so, recently, my mom has taken to calling me "Dr. Seuss." Appropriate.

Anyway, the defense went well. It was really more of a conversation than anything, just like my director said it would be. There were a few criticisms of my work mentioned near the end of the defense, but that is normal! My committee members are great people and so smart. Everything they said made sense, and I had a good time talking about my work.

I have been super nervous since last Tuesday. I haven't been sleeping well, and I was so pumped with energy yesterday that I couldn't calm down even after everything was signed and I was officially able to call m…

I love this picture:

My great grandmother Irene (for those of you who remember, I have a photo of me in her wedding dress). We favor a lot, but she had the darker skin and hair from the Spanish side of the family.

PS: I need that corset. Seriously, though: Can you believe how tiny her waist is??? CRAZY. Um, yeah, I would never wear a corset. Just FYI.