Tuesday Teaser: March 17

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser:

“Lee and his small group left Camp Ryder when it was still dark.  They did so quietly and without fanfare.”

–from page 195 of D. J. Molles’s The Remaining: Allegience

Leave a comment with a link to your own Teaser Tuesday post, or just leave the teaser in the comment if you don’t have a blog!

Monday Musings: March 16

Today’s random question comes from MizB at A Daily Rhythm: How often do you use your local library?  Are you happy with their availability?

I use my local library all the time.  In fact, I currently have eight books checked out!  For me, my luck at getting my holds comes in streaks–that’s why I have eight books checked out.  Everything seems to come in at the same time!  But I’m generally there at least once every couple of weeks, if not more often.

I am usually happy with the availability of books these days.  I wasn’t originally, but they’ve gotten much better over the past few years, and I can easily place holds and check when something has come in for me.  I get the chance to read a lot of books this way, books that I might not have put out the money for as a purchase.

Monday Musings: March 9

So, today’s question comes from Jenn at A Daily Rhythm: Who (or what) influences your reading most?

Wow, that’s a tough one.  There are a lot of things that influence my reading habits.  Unfortunately, the one that probably reigns supreme more often than it should is whim.  As a reviewer, I request review copies from the publisher and really need to focus on those and get them done, and yet my brain all too often sees something else and says “OOH!  SPARKLY!!!” and I’m off and running.  I do get done with things that need doing, but it can be a struggle.

Otherwise, my reading is influenced by what is current at any given time.  Regular review copies show up on my doorstep about two weeks or so in advance of the publication date, so they get slotted into my pile at that time.

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Vision in SilverThis book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

(Description nicked from B&N.com.)

“The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.

Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.

For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep….”

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Throwback Thursday: February 26

The Lightning ThiefI’ve been reviewing since 2001, when I was employed at the local newspaper and my reviews appeared in their arts section on the third Thursday of the month.  When I started this website in 2011, I was amazed (and somewhat horrified) to realize that I had a decade of reviews to archive!  I’m still working on it to this day, and so my version of “Throwback Thursday” will feature some of those old reviews.  Just for fun, we’ll jump back to five years ago this month.

Today, have a peek back at The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.  Click the cover of the book to read the review.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Buried Life

The Buried Life(Description nicked from B&N.com.)

The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…

Burning Nation by Trent Reedy

Burning NationThis book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

(Description nicked from B&N.com.)

“At the end of Divided We Fall, Danny Wright’s beloved Idaho had been invaded by the federal government, their electricity shut off, their rights suspended. Danny goes into hiding with his friends in order to remain free. But after the state declares itself a Republic, Idaho rises to fight in a second American Civil War, and Danny is right in the center of the action, running guerrilla missions with his fellow soldiers to break the Federal occupation. Yet what at first seems like a straightforward battle against governmental repression quickly grows more complicated, as more states secede, more people die, and Danny discovers the true nature of some of his new allies.”

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Tuesday Teaser: February 24

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser:

“She was the clock, a clock that had lost its key, unwinding in the dark.  And she had better make the most of the time she had left.”

–from page 188 of Sharon Cameron’s The Dark Unwinding

Leave a comment with a link to your own Teaser Tuesday post, or just leave the teaser in the comment if you don’t have a blog!

Monday Musings: February 23

Today’s musing comes from the random question on MizB’s Should Be Reading blog: Do you enjoy debating / discussing the books that others are currently reading? Why, or why not?

If it’s something that I have read and am familiar with, then sure!  Some of the best conversations that I’ve had have been about the meaty aspects of a good book.  This may come from the fact that I’m an English major, and debating the printed word is second nature to someone in that field.

What I really love to do is recommend a book to someone and then discuss it with them after they’ve read it.  It’s always interesting to get another person’s point of view on a book that I’ve read and enjoyed.  I also find it a personal challenge to recommend a book that I think a particular person will love.  Bonus points if I can do so for someone who isn’t normally a reader.

How about you, fellow readers?  Do you like discussing books?

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