I thought it might be kind of cool to review books here. I am a HUGE reader – always have been – and recently rediscovered Goodreads, where I have entered as much of my personal library as I can remember. It doesn’t count books I’ve read that I don’t own – I wish I could remember half the library books I’ve borrowed over the last 35 years. Every once in a while I’ll pick up a book to read only to find that hey, I’ve read this before…
Anyway, Goodreads does giveaways of books, sponsored by authors, publishing houses, and whoever else wants to share either a book they’ve read or a book that’s about to be released. I never win anything, but I put my name in for several books I thought sounded interesting, and I actually WON. Quel surprise. Part of the deal is that they’d really like it if maybe you’d kind of write a review, if you feel like it? So, I wrote a review. It’s not a very good review – the book deserves better – but I wasn’t sure how much to divulge. I need to read some of the reviews on Amazon.com and see if I can get some pointers…
I received Jane Goes Batty through a goodreads “first reads” giveaway – I never win anything, so I was just excited about that to begin with. I read the first book in the series while I waited for this one to arrive, and fell in love with the characters and the storyline – I only hoped the second book would be at least as good as the first. I wasn’t disappointed.
The second book begins right where the first leaves off – Jane’s book is a hit and Our Gloomy Friend is apparently nowhere to be seen. Byron is teaching Jane the tricks of the vampire trade, so to speak, just in time for her boyfriend’s mother to come for a visit. Several new characters are introduced, along with some familiar faces, and the book moves along at just the right pace. There are lots of chuckles and a few groans, but it’s all in all a very entertaining book. I’m really looking forward to the third installment in the series…
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I love tools that give you recommendations for things you might like based on books you’ve read, or music you love, or things you’ve purchased. It’s like they somehow have insight into my brain! (Not really, I know). That’s one of the reasons I love to visit Amazon.com’s Recommended for You page… I’m constantly updating my preferences so my recommendations are up to date. What can I say… I’m a weirdo. Anyway, here are the top 10 recommendations for me as of today, 18-Nov:
- For the Kids: Various Artists:
- Toot and Puddle: Let It Snow, by Holly Hobbie:
- Viva La Vida, by Coldplay:
- Little Voice, by Sara Bareilles:
- Toot and Puddle: I’ll Be Home For Christmas, by Holly Hobbie:
- Toot and Puddle: Top of the World, by Holly Hobbie:
- Toot and Puddle: The One and Only, by Holly Hobbie:
- We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, by Jason Mraz:
- I Was Told There’d Be Cake, by Sloane Crosley:
- Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl’s Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City, or Who are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me?, by Jen Lancaster:
Now, what does it say about me that Toot and Puddle feature so prominently in my recommendations? I like pigs, sure. I like children’s books. I love Holly Hobbie’s fantastic illustrations. Hmm. Maybe I really am just a big kid?
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Hey, yesterday’s post was #100! I didn’t even realize it.
Have you been watching True Blood on HBO? I have. I’m a big fan of the Southern Vampire mystery series, and when I found out they were making a TV show based on the books, I couldn’t wait. But I’ve been so disappointed! Anna Paquin is not the way I thought Sookie Stackhouse would be at all. I do think Stephen Moyer is an excellent Bill. They’ve changed some of the characters and storylines, and I don’t necessarily think it enhances the show. I’ve still watched it, and look forward to next week’s season finale. I hope it gets renewed, ’cause there’s nothing I like more than my favorite books brought to life.
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