Showing posts from September, 2014

Write On Reveiw-a-thon Sign up

The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. It’s 2 days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Saturday, September 27th and Sunday, September 28th . Let’s get those reviews done!

I have a number of book reviews that I need to catch-up on and I know that I am not the only one that is behind.  This is how I am planning on getting caught up with the ones that I have remaining.  If you are behind, I would recommend that you join and get caught up with those reviews.

Review-a-Thon Details:
Reviews can be of the written variety or in video format.This event is not limited to book reviews. If you write/vlog reviews for movies, super cool gadgets, or anything else, you are welcome to participate.To participate, create a post on your blog with a list of reviews you need to complete. Don’t forget to grab the official blurb (above) and event button (grab …

FrightFall Readathon Sign-Up and Goals

Having a few gothic novels to read is giving me the excuse to sign up for this.  While I have things up this week, I do have some time to get in some reading and why not with some gothic/horror?
My plans for this coming week are to:
• complete Wuthering Heights and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
• start the Dean Koontz book that I have requested from the library
• work on The Woman in White (might have to start it all over again, as it has been awhile since I last read it)

If you do wish to join up, you can sign up here.  Hope you can join.

Bloggiesta September 2014 Master To Do List

This couldn't come at a better time.  I have a lot of things related to my blog that need to be done.  And here are the things that I need to get completed:

• complete book reviews up until The Martian
• cross-post book reviews on book reviews until the end of 2012 on Goodreads
• cross-post 2014 book reviews to BookLikes
• updates on the 2014 challenges that I am committed to (link up reviews to the various pages I set up and make a master post of where I am in those various challenges).
• clean up labels
• participate in a twitter chat (if I remember)

Sunday Salon - Of beaches, mountains and books

As I write this, my summer vacation is coming to a close.  I realize that I am saying this when most summer vacations ended last week, but where I live most kids are still on summer vacation and will be for the foreseeable future and hence I am also off as well, not that I would like to be off.

And due to this extended summer break, I have been off since the middle of June (usually I am off at the end of June) and have been able to do somethings that I would not have otherwise done.

My break started off with a nice little day trip to a sea-side town near my hometown where my parents and I had some wonderful fish and chips after which we had a nice walk down the boardwalk to where some ugly gates had been erected (didn't take photos of the gates).  It was a really nice day and fairly quiet compared to when I came back a couple of weeks later and crawling with people seeking some cooler weather on Canada Day.

West Beach (White Rock, BC)
A few days later, my parents and I headed to…

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril IX

After seeing this through the various emails that I receive through from a variety of bloggers over the last few years, I thought that this might be a good chance to do it.  The host for this challenge is Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings.

Here are a few words from Carl about the challenge:

Nine years ago [NINE?!?! Inconceivable!!!] I became aware of reading challenges and wanted to start one of my own, hoping to find others who shared my Autumnal predilection for the works of Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker and other authors contemporary and classic who captured the spirit of gothic literature. All these years later we are still going strong, welcoming September with a time of coming together to share our favorite mysteries, detective stories, horror stories, dark fantasies, and everything in between. I welcome you to join us. September 1st is right around the corner. It is time to begin. Mystery.
Dark Fantasy.
Supernatural. Or anythi…

The Circle - Dave Eggars

Title: The Circle
Author: Dave Eggars
Pages (File Size): 528 (1.5 MB)
Published: 2013
Challenges: Blogger Summer Reading, E-Book, Chunkster, I Love Libraries
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Psychological
Edition: E-Book
Source: Library

Description: When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquari…

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Pages (File Size): 228 (2.2 MB)
Published: 2014
Challenges: Blogger Summer Reading, E-Book, I Love Libraries
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, E-Book
Edition: E-Book
Source: Library

Description: Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer. (from Fraser Valley Regional Library)

Thoughts: I downloaded this book through one of the e-book services that my library offers for its customers as the result of many reviews that I saw online that piqued my interest that were fairly positive.  If I had read the book straight through and dropped my other books, I may have enjoyed the book a little more than I did and probably wouldn't have been confused for a good portion of the book, at least until I was able to figure out what the story was about.

I did feel that the book was well-written as…

Empty Mansions - Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.

Title: Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguett Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
Author: Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.
Pages (File Size): 496 (11.4 MB)
Published: 2013
Challenges: Blogger Summer Reading, E-Book, Chunkster, Non-fiction, I Love Libraries
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, Biography
Edition: E-book
Source: Library

Description: When Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled through a surprising portal into American history. Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades. Though she owned palatial homes in California, New York, and Connecticut, why had she l…

Write On Review-a-thon Wrap-Up

I was able to get four book reviews posted:
• Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley (review)
• Levels of Life by Julian Barnes (review)
• Road Ends by Mary Lawson (review)
• The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (review)
Am very pleased that I was able to get these reviews done and posted and am that much closer to catching up with my reviews, even though I didn't get them all caught up with by the end of August, but they all are written up to some degree (the remaining 7 have been hand written and will posted throughout the week).  Looking forward to the end of September.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Sept. 1)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a fun weekly meme that is hosted byShelia at Book Journey, in which we share what we've read and reviewed and what we plan on reading in the coming week.

I can hardly believe that its been a month since I posted here, so here is what I have been up to in the last month:

Book finished in the last month:
• Empty Mansions
• We Were Liars
• The Circle
• Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
• The Cuckoo's Calling
• The Word Exchange
• Mrs. Hemingway

Book reviews posted:
• The Mysteries of the Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe (review)
• The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle (review)
• Frog Music by Emma Donoghue (review)
• The Bear by Claire Cameron (review)
• A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (review)
• The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (review)
• While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell (review)
• A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (review)
• The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld (review)
• Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (review)
• The Perks of Being a Wallfl…