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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Daddy Long-Legs

Ok, so for FOREVER I’ve been wanting to reread all my Tamora Pierce books and craving me some Jane Eyre…And then I found the Read Me Baby, 1 More Time rereading reading challenge hosted by the fabulous Midnight Book Girl.  I signed myself up.  I posted a declaration of intention.

And (dun-da-da-dun) which book did I choose to be my illustrious first reread?  Jane Eyre?  Alanna’s quartet, the quartet the started them all?  Kel’s quartet?

I decided to go with Jean Webster’s Daddy Long-Legs.

Hold up.—Wait—What?!?!???!  That wasn’t one of the choices—Was it?  Where did that come from?!?!?!??

Well, it’s my challenge and I can read what I want to…which was kind of the point of joining in a rereading-reading challenge.  And as much as I was fully intending to devour some Tamora Pierce (still am), and as much as I was looking forward to Jane Eyre (still am).  As soon as I finished posting that challenge post.  When I asked myself where I was going to start, who I was longing for, all of a sudden, a little genie winked into my head and said “Daddy Long-Legs.”  And I said, “Daddy Long-Legs?  Oooh, I haven’t read that in FOREVER.  That does sound good!!!!”  And then the genie also reminded me that, because Daddy Long-Legs is really old, that means it’s in the public domain, which means I got it for FREE as an EBOOK, which means yatzee triple-word-score, it also counts for my 2011 E-Book Challenge hosted by The Ladybug Reads AND my Show Me the Free reading challenge hosted by The Unread Reader!!!!



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So, for anyone who isn’t reading Daddy Long-Legs for the 2nd (or greater) time, you have SO been missing out!!!

Daddy Long-Legs is epistolary novel told through Judy Abbott’s letters to her anonymous benefactor.  Judy (neé) Jerusha was a ward of the John Grier Home, a turn of the century orphanage.  And just as Jerusha was about to be turned out into the world, one of the trustees of the John Grier Home decides to become Jerusha’s benefactor, to send her to college and educate her to be a writer.  He’ll pay her tuition and board, buy her wardrobe, and even give her an allowance.  His only conditions are that his identity remains anonymous, and that Jerusha write him monthly letters, addressing him as Mr. John Smith.  He believes that letter writing is the best way to foster Jerusha’s writing talents.  Jerusha, being an orphan and without any family to encourage such correspondence, Mr. Smith puts himself in the role of her family.  Mr. Smith is a constant contradiction, sponsoring Jerusha, but wanting to have nothing to do with her; asking her to write him, and promising never to read her letters.

But Mr. Smith gets more than he ever bargained for with Jerusha.  She was an orphan, and never expected any of this benevolence—She’d do anything, simply to be able to thank her guardian, and when she is denied this simple act, Jerusha puts her whole heart into the letters she writes him.  And Jerusha Abbott is not content to write to just a name, she wants to write to a real-live person, which is where the name Daddy Long-Legs comes in.  Just before Jerusha gets the news of her scholarship, she happens to glance out a window and sees the long, tall, unfamiliar shadow of a trustee driving away.  This gangly shadow, that reminds her somewhat of a daddy long-legs spider is the only real, true thing that Jerusha knows about her benefactor, so she, rather irreverently, dubs him Daddy Long-Legs.  And thus the story begins.

Jerusha writes of making her first friends, of the classes she attends, the books she reads, of her room, her clothes, her habits, her schedules, of the tiniest little details.  We see Jerusha the orphan become Judy the coed.  We see how her whole world has turned upside down.  This is the first chance that Jerusha has ever had to be a normal girl, and she wants to be normal and fit in, just as much as she wants to excel at her studies and her writing to prove worthy of the amazing opportunity she’s been given.  Judy is such a fresh, energetic, vibrant character that as a reader I can’t help seeing every little thing as eye-opening as she does.

This reread, in particular, I really noticed what a time-capsule this story is for the early 1900s.—It was just on the cusp between horse-drawn buggies and automobiles (with cranks).  It was particularly interesting to note, that even though Judy was being college educated, this was written in 1912 and women did not yet have the vote!


Also interesting to note Judy's vast love of reading, and how some of our classics were her contemporaries; I loved seeing Judy's book collection; after life in the asylum (orphanage), Judy had a lot of reading to catch up on—Mother Goose, David Copperfield, Ivanhoe, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland, and Rudyard KiplingShe says she picks a new favorite every three days!  I also love reading long-lost words, and uncommon turns of phrase, which really do a lot for creating the setting.  And for some extra fun, the book has some really cute drawings that Jerusha uses to illustrate her daily life.

Daddy Long-Legs was just as magical as the first time I read it.  And knowing the ending makes it even more fun to go back and search for clues!  It’s both a classic and a favorite!!!






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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Best (of 2011) Is Yet to Come


Today over at Armchair BEA they're asking us about the best books of 2011.


Best of 2011?  But, I’m not done yet?!?!?!

Everybody get a grain of salt, because I’m always up for a challenge, and will attempt to pick my favorites for the year—but I just want everybody to keep that grain of salt handy, because it’s only May, and the best is yet to come. (and now I totally have that song in my head, so I embedded it at the bottom if anyone wants a listen)


Well, I only had to think about that for about point 2 seconds before I realized that as far as some of my personal favorite authors go, 2011 is pretty super-amazing-fracktastic.  With sprinkles.

I could say that I numbered my favorite authors, entered them into random.org , and came out with this completely random list of my favorite authors, but that would take more effort than listing these titles chronologically:



Collected here for the first time are all of the tales from the land of Tortall, featuring both previously unknown characters as well as old friends. Filling some gaps of time and interest, these stories, some of which have been published before, will lead Tammy's fans, and new readers into one of the most intricately constructed worlds of modern fantasy.




*FABULOUS FABULOUS FABULOUS—A MUST HAVE for every Tamora Pierce fan, a compilation of short stories with a mix of new characters and familiar. (my review)

On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human thing once and for all.

Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?

The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up—Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams?

Fins Are Forever, Tera Lynn Childs, June 28, 2011

*FINTASTIC FINSATIONAL FINOMENAL—The SEAquel is even more fun than the original and a perfect summer read!!!



Nastasya has lived for hundreds of years, but for some reason, life never seems to get any better. She left her spoiled, rich girl life to find peace at River's Edge, a safe haven for wayward immortals. There, she learned to embrace River's Edge, despite some drama involving the sexy Reyn, who she wants but won't allow herself to have. But just as she's getting comfortable, her family's ties to dark magick force her to leave.

She falls back into her old, hard partying ways, but will her decision lead her into the hands of a dark immortal? Or will it be her first step to embracing the darkness within her?


Darkness Falls (Immortal Beloved 2), Cate Tiernan, September 5




Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they're triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.

These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.


Sweet Venom, Tera Lynn Childs, September 6, 2011

*SWEET SWEET SWEET


To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?

In bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s dramatic follow-up to Firelight, forbidden love burns brighter than ever.


Vanish, Sophie Jordan, September 6, 2011




The Legend of Beka Cooper gives Tamora Pierce's fans exactly what they want—a smart and savvy heroine making a name for herself on the mean streets of Tortall's Lower City—while offering plenty of appeal for new readers as well.

Beka and her friends will face their greatest and most important challenge ever when the young heir to the kingdom vanishes. They will be sent out of Corus on a trail that appears and disappears, following a twisting road throughout Tortall. It will be her greatest Hunt—if she can survive the very powerful people who do not want her to succeed in her goal.



Mastiff, Tamora Pierce, October 25, 2011



Tamora Pierce.  Tera Lynn Childs.  Cate Tiernan.  Sophie Jordan.




Yeah.  This is going to be a good year.

*SQUEE(Infinite)*






(\__/)p.s.  I’ve already read Fins Are Forever—and it totally blew me out of the water!!!
p.p.s.  Then I read Sweet Venom.  You. ARE. SO. JEALOUS.




Monday, May 23, 2011

Armchair BEA Kick Off!!!!

Yes, I DID just decide to join in all the Armchair BEA fun!—Which means it’s not too late for you, if you haven’t done it yet, either!

Why did I wait so long?—Especially considering how I *droooool* over everybody’s Book Expo America pics and posts whenever I see them???

*facepalm*  When I first saw Armchair BEA announced, I think I was looking at some BEA registration info, and I confused the two, thinking that Armchair BEA participants also had a registration fee…And since I’d just been to a super-awesome RT convention this past April, I couldn’t justify another one so soon (justify to my stingy wallet, not my book-breathing soul)(my book-breathing soul is totally cool with multiple conventions)(my stingy wallet, not so much).

But when I saw everybody doing their kick-off posts—I got excited again and wanted to join in!  So, I re-visited the Armchair BEA site, saw all the participants, saw the registration form…TOTALLY FREE!  So SIGN. ME. UP.

So, I signed me up, and now I can’t wait to get started!!!—If I can’t be in New York for BEA (which I can’t) then living vicariously through Armchair BEA is the next best thing!!!!


And without further ado…

Who am I?
I’m nymfaux, a fanatic book-blogger and book-lover.  I would read 24/7 if I could, and sometimes I can, and do.  I mostly read YA right now, but I also love mysteries and thrillers and epic romance, and even day-to-day romance.  I love fantasy and paranormal.  I love everything…but dystopian scares me, unsettles me, disturbs me.  But I will still read it.  I love the way a story can pull a reader in and hold you hostage, the way a story can twist and turn in your thoughts while your falling asleep, or long after you’ve finished reading it.  I love the fun and adventure, the flights of fancy and whimsy, the magical and mysterious.  I. LOVE. IT. ALL.  And my other passion is movies, so sometimes I talk about that. 


How do I armchair?
In my room, at my laptop, in a black rollie desk chair, at my desk, adjacent to my bed.  That’s how I roll.


So, who are you?  And how do you armchair????




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Armchair BEA Kick Off!!!!

Yes, I DID just decide to join in all the Armchair BEA fun!—Which means it’s not too late for you, if you haven’t done it yet, either!

Why did I wait so long?—Especially considering how I *droooool* over everybody’s Book Expo America pics and posts whenever I see them???

*facepalm*  When I first saw Armchair BEA announced, I think I was looking at some BEA registration info, and I confused the two, thinking that Armchair BEA participants also had a registration fee…And since I’d just been to a super-awesome RT convention this past April, I couldn’t justify another one so soon (justify to my stingy wallet, not my book-breathing soul)(my book-breathing soul is totally cool with multiple conventions)(my stingy wallet, not so much).

But when I saw everybody doing their kick-off posts—I got excited again and wanted to join in!  So, I re-visited the Armchair BEA site, saw all the participants, saw the registration form…TOTALLY FREE!  So SIGN. ME. UP.

So, I signed me up, and now I can’t wait to get started!!!—If I can’t be in New York for BEA (which I can’t) then living vicariously through Armchair BEA is the next best thing!!!!


And without further ado…

Who am I?
I’m nymfaux, a fanatic book-blogger and book-lover.  I would read 24/7 if I could, and sometimes I can, and do.  I mostly read YA right now, but I also love mysteries and thrillers and epic romance, and even day-to-day romance.  I love fantasy and paranormal.  I love everything…but dystopian scares me, unsettles me, disturbs me.  But I will still read it.  I love the way a story can pull a reader in and hold you hostage, the way a story can twist and turn in your thoughts while your falling asleep, or long after you’ve finished reading it.  I love the fun and adventure, the flights of fancy and whimsy, the magical and mysterious.  I. LOVE. IT. ALL.  And my other passion is movies, so sometimes I talk about that. 


How do I armchair?
In my room, at my laptop, in a black rollie desk chair, at my desk, adjacent to my bed.  That’s how I roll.


So, who are you?  And how do you armchair????




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Friday, May 20, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 3D


I swear I was going to go blog-hopping today.  I had my post already to go (actually I had last week’s post, revamped from not getting to use it due last week’s Blogger Apocalypse).  All I needed were the hop questions, I could quick answer, quick post…And finally the questions came…moments before I had to leave…I worked in a fabulous fervor, thinking and typing and linking…but even then, only one of the questions was out, and I HAD to leave.

My other addiction was calling.  Movies.  Specifically a MIDNIGHT showing of Pirates of the Caribbean:  On Stranger Tides.  In 3D.

Midnight showings.  There is just something about a group of people willing to forgo sleep and convention in order to be the first to see a movie.  These are people who REALLY want to see the movie.  People who love the excitement—Whether it’s being the first, whether it’s dressing up, or coming in their pjs, or just seeing a movie in the company of other like-minded individuals.

Yes, I have sat and waited in many very long lines, for many many hours.  I have strategically mapped out the theaters that are most likely to be swelled with crowds, and the ones that might just be overlooked.  I have brought snacks, reading material, games, knitting, and even chairs.  But you know what, after a couple hours sitting in the grass, damp from the night air, I don’t regret bringing chairs.

3D fine, it’s a fad.  Whatever.  I’m not saying it’s going to be around forever, but I want to take advantage of 3D while it’s here.  Unfortunately when I say here, I don’t mean our small, local theaters…I mean the slightly bigger chain theater an hour away.

I’m still fairly new to the area, so I’m still feeling out how the locals deal with midnight shows.  When I lived in San Jose, my sister and I drove past four different theaters, all with multiple midnight Harry Potters showing.  When our 16-plex was sold out of midnight shows, we went to the 3am.  But I’m in a much smaller area now, and although I didn’t expect the Twilight or Harry Potter crowds, I simply didn’t know what kind of crowd to expect, which meant if we wanted good seats, we were going to go early and wait in line.  It was more of a question of how long were we willing to wait in line.  And though I like being the first in, getting the good seats, I felt a 2 hour wait time seemed the most doable—We still had our hour drive-time to the theater, but we didn’t want to get there too early and be the only ones there, either.

A group of nine had gotten there at 7.  At 10pm, we were 10th and 11th in line.  Yea for food/chairs/reading material.  In my experience, most theaters will let you in about 15 minutes to a half-hour before the show starts—They let us in at 11!  Woo hoo!!!

It was a fairly small crowd—about 20 of us for 3D, and at least another 20 for regular.  I’m sure the Friday and weekend shows  will be a lot busier.

And while the 7 O’clock early bird group all went the corsets/pirate wench look—I have to say, the best part of the evening was a fantastic Jack Sparrow look-alike.  His face, his eyes, his voice; from hat to hair to boots—He mumbled like Jack, and stumbled and wobbled in Jack’s way of walking, as if he’s on water, even when he’s on dry land—He was in character from beginning to end.  I found myself sneaking quite a few glances—And he was only too happy to pose for pictures.  I swear, this guy looked super-real/authentic.  I can only imagine there were more than a few wenches who would have been happy to go home with the Captain.  This guy was good.

And the movie?  Pretty frackin’ fantastic!!!  Disney can really pull out the magic when they want to.  And they DID.  And it just felt magical.  It was the same feeling of magic and amazingness that I fell in love with the first time I saw Harry Potter.

And the 3D was 100% worth it—I would even go and see it again in 3D.  It had chase scenes and fight scenes and mermaids.  Eye-popping, eye-catching effects that really drew me right up into the film.

Johnny Depp.  Ian McShane.  Geoffrey Rush.  These men are absolutely fantastic!  It’s one thing to be Penelope Cruz who is stunningly gorgeous with flawless skin, but the men’s makeup was an entirely different matter.  These men are made to look tanned and weathered and rough, dirty and scarred.  I sat about 10 rows in, watching these guys in 3D and could see the Pores. On. Their. Faces.  There was more than one instance where Johnny Depp’s face fills the entire screen.  And I just have to give props to any man (or any person) who can bear such scrutiny under a magnifying glass (x1000) and can still look frackin’ amazing.

Just absolutely fantastic!!!!  Everybody should see it!!!



***And on a side topic—Mermaids.  The Little Mermaid is one of my all-time favorite movies.  I was so glad it was done before all the new 3D animation, because I just couldn’t imagine all this new technology being able to capture the warmth and wonder I felt the first time I saw Ariel swimming in the ocean.  And I’ve sometimes wondered what it would be like if there were a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid—There have been other live-action mermaid movies, some really good ones.  But these are the first mermaids to make me feel the same sense of awe and wonder and magic of watching Ariel—And I could totally see a fantastic live-action Little Mermaid adaptation come out of this technology!!!! 


Oh, and I got back around 4am, which why I decided that I’ve had enough fun for one day, and will have to save blog-hopping for another Friday—Hope you all have a great weekend!!!!




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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday: Vanish

Hello All!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, highlighting upcoming releases that we're impatiently eagerly anticipating. It’s hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, so head on over to check it out and link up your own keenly anticipated reads!


This is my first Waiting on Wednesday—I feel like I’m always waiting for something…or the next something to come out…  But I have to admit, this particular something, Sophie Jordan’s Vanish has been on my CRAVE list since I closed the very last sentence of the very last chapter of Firelight.


I’m simply beset with the anticipation of finding out what’s in store for Jacinda and friends after their narrow escape at the end of Firelight. Considering both the similarities and differences between Firelight’s cover and Vanish, I have a couple ideas about what may be coming up next…and I was fortunate enough to be able to run my ideas past the author when I met her at April’s RT convention.

She was elusive enough not to actually confirm or deny any of my suppositions, but I got the feeling I was on the right track!!!—And I can’t wait to see for myself!!!  Vanish will most certainly be on my midnight download list, come September 6, 2011!




And lest anyone forget when Vanish will be available, Sophie Jordan has provided us with this gorgeous countdown widget to stare at, whiling away our days until the release of Vanish.  *drool*












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Monday, May 16, 2011

Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye


Thank goodness for one of my fave blogging girls, Bibliophilic Monologues!  I saw her review and started drooling over Alison Goodman's Eon.  I would have downloaded it that second…if it was in digital format.  No go.  I even retyped it, refreshed it, and rechecked it a dozen more times just to be sure.  Ok, no instant gratification for me.  I was going to have to work for this one.  And while I happen to live an hour-and-a-half away from my closest bookstore, there IS a library in town.  And I did double-check their digital library just to be sure that my library didn’t have the mystical ability to digitize Eon into my hands that second, while Barnes&Noble could not.  It couldn’t.  So I browsed the old-fashioned way, checking the library catalog online (some luddite out there is cringing right now, or not, because they don’t have a computer or internet connection, so they’re not reading this)…Why yes, my library did have a copy available!  And by “my library” I really mean my library system, as in the collective.






And then I went to the RT convention and came home with an ARC of Eona…The sequel to Eon.  Fate, obviously.  Now I REALLY needed to get my hands on a copy of Eon.  Or suffer a painful and excruciating weekend.

For some reason this crazy-unrelentingly urgent need to read Eon came on a Thursday night.  The closest library?  40 minutes away?  Closed Fridays.  No.  I am so not even kidding.  I felt a nearby library, a mere two minutes from my destination, taunting me with its open Friday hours and lack of available copies of Eon.

So, Saturday I finally got my hands on Eon.

And from the moment I opened the cover I became single-mindedly consumed with consuming this book.  Rapture and joy from beginning to end.


Eon is a girl pretending to be a boy, because Eon has dragon magic, and girls aren’t allowed to use dragon magic.  A LOT of dragon magic—There are twelve dragons; eleven invisible to the average person, and one, the Mirror Dragon, not seen for over 500 years.  Eon’s fellow trainees are lucky to see one of the twelve dragons.  Eon can see eleven.

But not just anybody can work dragon magic; there is fierce competition to be a Dragoneye’s apprentice, the one who will eventually succeed his master and become the next Dragoneye.  It’s hard enough for Eon hiding the secret that she’s a girl, but she’s also handicapped by having a deformed leg.  Even the people who see her as a boy, see her as crippled, week, and cursed.  Eon has to fight that much harder to keep herself in the running for an apprenticeship.  And while her teachers and classmates would knock her down with every chance they get, while everyone all but counts her out, Eon still has a chance.  Because the dragon chooses its Dragoneye and no one can predict who the dragon will choose.

And that’s only the beginning of this epic fantasy.  *sigh*  When a dragon chooses Eon, she finds herself in more peril than she could have imagined.  She’s suddenly drawn into to palace intrigue and Dragoneye politics.  She has teachers who can’t teach her everything, and teachers she can’t fully trust.  She’s separated from the only person who knew her secret—her master.  And while she does come to trust a few select people, she knows that even her friends have their own agendas—The Emperor and the heir to the thrown put their trust in Eon, while his enemies plot to control her, and the truth threatens to destroy her.

From page one, this was a gripping, fast-paced novel, and despite being a mere 531 pages and excellent for building those biceps, Alison Goodman was able to sustain the pulse-racing pace throughout Eon’s entirety.  I was reading white-knuckled from beginning to end, with only the very bare minimum of breaks for sustenance and sleep deprivation.

I think the first thing that really surprised me was Eon’s handicap.  I can’t even think of another character with a disability like that, especially one where so much is physically expected of the character.  I was intrigued by it, and loved the way it was woven into the story, how her “curse” and “deformity” helped to hide her secret.

Eon was character that I truly felt for with her constant struggles—Her secret made her so alone, and incredibly vulnerable.  I constantly wanted her to ask for help, and was panged, not knowing who she could ask, any more than Eon, herself, knew who she could trust or ask.

One of the other things that I liked, and that kept me on edge, was Alison Goodman’s take-no-prisoners kind of storytelling—Eon’s world had consequences, characters acted and reacted as people with their own feelings and agendas, and not everybody makes it out safe and happy.  It gave it a real bite to the story, not knowing what was going to happen, and knowing not just that things could go badly, but that they could get worse.

Oh and a favorite of mine in the more technical aspect of the book was an inclusion of a map of the palace grounds, along with a compass and guide for which dragons/Dragoneyes were which—As a visual person these were great references to glance at while reading!

Oh, and the cover?—After reading Eon, I appreciate the cover a lot more.  I tend to like things that are “wow” and “eye-popping,” and this is cover is a little more intricate, which might be part of why it didn’t grab me right away.  Though, if you take the time to look at it, it really has a lot of layers and details to draw you in.  There are two big things that draw me in.  The first is the title—In the “O” of Eon, there’s a dragon eye.  The first thing that tells me is that the book is about or has dragons.  But after reading the story, I can also appreciate it as a reference to the Dragoneye characters who are integral to the story.  The second thing that draws my attention is a dragon’s claw clutching a golden disc with a lot of complicated looking symbols.  Without reading the book I had no idea what the disc-thing was supposed to be.  Now that I’ve read it, I realize it must be Eon’s dragon compass, another integral part of the story, as its complicated symbols are key in helping Eon find her way.




Eon was a super-intense amazing ride and absolutely worth all the effort of tracking it down.  It’s a pretty epic read at just over 500 pages, but Eon has definite rereadability potential—And Alison Goodman is definitely on my list of authors to keep an eye on!!!!


Thanks again to Bibliophilic Monologues for the recommendation!!! :D






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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Playing Tag


I was tagged for this meme by Beth @ A Little Sun Shy




1) If you could go back in time and relive one moment, what would it be?
My first snow day.

2) If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?
I wrote Harry Potter.

3) What TV/movie character do you most resemble in personality?
Hmmm…maybe Molly, from Mike&Molly.

4) If you could push one person off a cliff and get away with it, who would it be?
Well, I guess anyone who was attacking my uncle Cliff, I would totally push them off!  Or possibly a reluctant cliff-jumper or cliff-diver who needed a little help.

5) Name one habit you would like to change in yourself?
I would be a morning person.                


6) Describe yourself in one word?
In-progress

7) Describe the person who named you in this meme in one word?
Kindred.

8) Why do you blog? In one sentence.
To share the love.  (I know it’s a fragment, but it’s all I needed) ;)


I'm tagging Jean from Magic Bean Review and Tristan from Reads with Reckless Abandon!


No tag-backs!!!





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Monday, May 9, 2011

Read Me Baby, 1 More Time Reading Challenge

So…(January, February, March, April, May) a few months ago I thought it would be a completely AWESOME to join some book challenges this year!!!!—No problem, right???—I’ve always been a voracious reader, this would just be giving myself motivation, and a little pat on the back for reading things I was going to read anyway.  Right!?!??

Um, yeah.  So here’s what happened:  I started reading Villette by Charlotte Brontë—Triple score!!!  Yatzee!!!—It could count toward my Off The Shelf Challenge, the 2011 E-Book Challenge, AND the Show Me the Free ChallengeScore!  Right!??!!?

Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favorites.

So, I’ll LOVE Villette.  Right!?!?!?

Well, the thing is, I haven’t read Jane Eyre in forever.  So I started reading Villette, started getting into it, but was as immediately enraptured as I had been with Jane Eyre.  So every night when I picked up Villette, my mind started wandering towards Jane Eyre.  I started thinking that maybe if I reread Jane Eyre first, that would give me some momentum for getting into Villette.  But I’d already read Jane…albeit not in ebook form, so I could probably count it towards one or both of the ebook challenges now that I think of it…But since I didn’t think of that however many months ago…I just kind of never got back to Villette.

And then I stumbled upon the solution:


Seriously—How AWESOME is that!?!?!?!?—Because whenever I start reading my challenge books, I keep thinking, “awww, I really really want to reread all my Tamora Pierce books. Or my Bloody Jack books.  Or Jane Eyre.  Or The Thorn Birds.  And after a certain movie comes out this summer, I am totally planning to reread all my Harry Potter books….

I’m sure there’s a certain kind of irony that it takes adding another challenge to free me from the mental bonds of the other challenges…but I love the fact that pretty much everything I read will count toward something.  Yay me!!!!


For anyone else interested in joining up—It’s super easy:
—Reread books you’ve already read—But no skimping; it has to be a full reread, cover-to-cover in order to count.
—Blog about the challenge and link up on Midnight Book Girl’s challenge page.
—Grab the button—designed by Lori at Pure Imagination.


Challenge Levels:
Trip Down Memory Lane: 1-3 re-reads
Reliving the Past: 4-8 re-reads
Back To The Future: 9-12 re-reads
Groundhog Day Reader: 13-20 re-reads


I’m going for the Groundhog Day ReaderHarry Potter’s 7 and Tamora Pierce’s books alone will cover that.

Here’s my tentative to-reread list, which I’ll update as I go along:
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough
In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness Quartet), Tamora Pierce
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness Quartet), Tamora Pierce
Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness Quartet), Tamora Pierce
Wild Magic (Immortals Quartet), Tamora Pierce
Wolf-Speaker (Immortals Quartet), Tamora Pierce
Emperor Mage (Immortals Quartet), Tamora Pierce
The Realms of the Gods (Immortals Quartet), Tamora Pierce
First Test (Protector of the Small Quartet), Tamora Pierce
Page (Protector of the Small Quartet), Tamora Pierce
Squire (Protector of the Small Quartet), Tamora Pierce
Lady Knight (Protector of the Small Quartet), Tamora Pierce
Terrier (Bekka Cooper), Tamora Pierce
Bloodhound (Bekka Cooper), Tamora Pierce
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling


Read Me Baby, 1 More Time
(Groundhog Day Reader=13-20 books)
1. Daddy Long-Legs, Jean Webster
2. Alanna:  The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness Quartet), Tamora Pierce *(x2)
3. Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O'Dell
4. Sweet Venom (ARC), Tera Lynn Childs
5. In the Hand of the Goddess, Tamora Pierce
6. Dear Enemy, Jean Webster
7. A Green Journey, Jon Hassler
8. Gimme a Kiss, Christopher Pike
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