Friday, July 30, 2010

My July Books

July Books
Total Books Read: 22
New Authors: 2
Books in a Series: 21
Mystery: 20
Romance: 22
Children & YA Fiction: 1
Re-Read: 15

The Bachelor by Carly Phillips
Let Me Call You Sweetheart by Mary Higgins Clark
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton
Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton
Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton
Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton
The Harlequin by Laurell K. Hamilton
Danse Macabre by Laurell K. Hamilton
Micah by Laurell K. Hamilton
Incubus Dreams by Laurell K. Hamilton
Cerulean Sins by Laurell K. Hamilton
Narcissus in Chains by Laurell K. Hamilton
Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton
Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton
Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton
The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton
Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton
The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton
Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton
The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Teaser Tuesday- Soulless

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us at least two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

He could not stand Alexia Tarabotti, even if her lovely brown eyes twinkled when she laughed, and she smelled good, and she had a particularly splendid figure.
He hustled his lady guest down the passageway, intent upon getting her into the carriage and out of his presence as quickly as possible.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Musing Monday- Book Reviews?

This week’s musing asks…

Do you review books? If so, for who?

If not, have you ever thought about doing so? Why, or why not?

Yes I write book reviews! That was the whole reason I started blogging. I was writing movie reviews elsewhere on the net and I wanted to post pictures and videos but couldn't. Then I thought about posting book reviews the same way. It's now been three years and I'm still writing both (more books than movies lately though)! My review blog is called The Movieholic & Bibliophile's Blog and you'll only find reviews over there.

I don't usually do this but right now I'm reviewing all of the books in Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series all at once on my blog. I popped in a review for the Julia Roberts, Richard Gere movie Pretty Woman to break up the monotony yesterday. Go check it out!


Happy Birthday to my husband today!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Playing Music

This is what my living room looked like earlier today while I was baking in the kitchen:

My cat was NOT impressed! She really freaked out over the drums so she stayed locked up in the bedroom all day where she hid in the closet.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Suggested by Clare:

Do you ever listen to book-related podcasts?

If so, which ones and why? (Include the URLs for people who aren’t familiar with them.)

Or, of course, there’s the flip side … did you even know that such a thing existed? (I ask because I know a lot of people who have no idea what a podcast is.)

I haven't run across any book-related podcasts that I really like so far. I do listen to interviews with authors occasionally though I prefer the print ones. I'd love to check out some good podcasts if anyone has a recommendation though :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Teaser Tuesday- Bullet

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

“Then stop trying to throw logic at nightmares. Sometimes the monsters are real, Anita. Sometimes they’re real and the only way to defeat them is to be the bigger monster.”

Monday, July 19, 2010

Musing Monday- Talking Bookshelves

This week’s musing asks…

What does your bookshelf (or, what do your bookshelves) say about you to the people who come into your home?

My bookshelves say here's a person who likes a wide variety of genres but seems to really love YA, urban fantasy, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Stephen King!

I have romances, mysteries, classics, and biographies too but I definitely seem to buy and get more books that have ghosts, vampires, werewolves, faeries, etc. in them. Right this very minute I have 327 unread books though ♥

Friday, July 2, 2010

Anita Blake Series- COMPLETE

As you may have guessed if you are one of my regular readers, I love urban fantasy or anything with vampires and/or faeries in it, I always have. However it was Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series that introduced me to this genre. I accidentally picked up book number 8, Blue Moon and even with my dislike of reading a series out of order, I was in love. I have more books by this author than any other (besides Stephen King) and they are some of my most prized possessions.

Do I always like the Anita Blake books? Well, I’ve certainly had issues with some of her recent books, so much so that I haven’t read anything by this author since Blood Noir (book 16). The whole feel of the series has changed dramatically since the early books and though I do love them still, I still miss the early days. Therefore, I have decided to re-read and review the ones I haven’t already. It’s really testing my patience to stop and write the review instead of diving right into the next one. I can’t believe how much I’ve forgotten! So that’s what I’ll be up to for the next little while.

I raised the dead and laid the undead to rest. It was what I did. Who I was. If I ever started questioning my motives, I would stop killing vampires. Simple as that.
I wasn’t questioning my motives tonight, so I was still a vampire slayer, still the name they had given me. I was The Executioner.

EDITED TO ADD: I've joined the Anita Blake re-reading challenge

Anita Blake Series
1. Guilty Pleasures (1993)
2. The Laughing Corpse (1994)
3. Circus of the Damned (1995)
4. The Lunatic Café (1996)
5. Bloody Bones (1996)
6. The Killing Dance (1997)
7. Burnt Offerings (1998)
8. Blue Moon (1998)
9. Obsidian Butterfly (2000)
10. Narcissus in Chains (2001)
11. Cerulean Sins (2003)
12. Incubus Dreams (2004)
13. Micah (2006)
14. Danse Macabre (2006)
15. The Harlequin (2007)
16. Blood Noir (2008)
17. Skin Trade (2009)
18. Flirt (2010)
19. Bullet (2010)