The Bookie In Me

I am a major bookie, which would make me a book purist by nature. I am fine with changes within the movie adaptation of one of my favorite books or book series if ‘the spirit of the material’ is adhered to for the most part. I understand some changes as long as they don’t take away from the character’s arc.

Needless to say, when I read that one of my favorite new books/series, ‘A Discovery of Witches’, written brilliantly by Deborah Harkness, was to be adapted into a movie courtesy of Warner Brothers, I was a little nervous and apprehensive about the idea. The reason for this is that I have been burned before and deeply disappointed with some of these adaptations. And I am not even the author!

I posed this question to the author on her Facebook Page “How much input are you going to have with the Warner Brothers adaptation of A Discovery of Witches?” and she kindly responded.

Here is her response: “I’m sort of like the Queen of England: I am allowed to advise, counsel, and warn. But I have no veto power, or creative control–nor should I. I’m a novelist, not a film maker and I would like to finish book #3 for you!”

I loved her answer, especially the “I’m sort of like the Queen of England’ bit and it is comforting to know that she will be a part of the movie adaptation in some capacity so I am looking forward to seeing this on the big screen. Deborah has such a strong sense of her character’s and their motivations that I know she will ‘advise and counsel’ well. Who else is looking forward to seeing ADOW on the big screen? Now, the next big question is who will play Matthew? I’ve got some ideas! What are yours? Who will play Diana? Sound off below!

Special thanks to Deborah Harkness for answering a bookie’s question! :)

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Throwing Pucks at Taking Shots

Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am an avid reader and will read just about anything I get my hands on as long as it seems interesting and the cover catches my eye. My closest friends can tell you that I am also a MAJOR hockey fan. So when a close friend of mine told me about this Assassin series written by Toni Aleo, I thought I would check it out. Normally, I am quite selective in the types of books I read and sports romance never made the list but what more could a woman want,a book about hockey, check…..and a romance…check! Sold…put me in the penalty box with my Kindle, I will watch the game from there.

My hometown penalty box at PCC.

My hometown penalty box at PCC.

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Let’s Talk About ‘Wild Things’

I have been MIA for a bit due to things going on beyond my control and I am behind on my book reviews. I vowed in the New Year that I would not let things get in the way of my reading and blogging pleasure. I should never have made that vow as we all know that life gets in the way of…well life to be honest. Enough about that, on with the review! Continue reading

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Books That Are Well Worth Another Reading

A couple of weeks ago I found myself in a discussion with a friend from Saucy Wenches about books we read as Young Adults. I would say quite a number of really great books were mentioned by people we know and an idea started brewing in my mind for a post. How many books do we have in our possession that we absolutely love so much, we just have to read them over and over again and what are they?

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For most avid book readers, the main reason for reading a book or book series again is quite simple, we loved it for everything that it had to offer. If the book is well written, it can take you out of the space you are in and into the world of the author. We just want to experience that world and live in it over and over again. Reading takes you places and in ways you may not even be able to imagine!

We all like to read a book again because it made you feel something special and as if you were visiting old friends. I find that I have missed the characters and I want to reconnect with them. I have experienced everything with them and went along on their journey and I want to do so again and again. It really is one of the best vacations ever! Well developed characters and a complex story will have that effect on a reader. It helps to be able to identify with the characters in a book.

As readers, we always pick up on something we did not catch the first (or second or third) time around, or details we forgot. It could also be that we see the situation in a brand new light and have different thoughts about it.

I thought I would name a few books/book series that are definitely ones that are still read over and over again. There are some I have in my library that I revisit and some that I still have yet to read (for the first time) that have been mentioned by others. Here we go!

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (lovingly known as P&P)

This classic speaks for itself! Other classics such as Jane Erye, Wuthering Heights, etc!

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MASTER OF THE GAME

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I have read this book at least 20 times and will never get tired of it. In this book, I journeyed from the Scotland Highlands with young Jamie McGregor to Klipdrift, South Africa in his (and everyone else’s) dream to find diamonds. I survived crawling on a diamond beach on the Namib Desert with Jamie and Bandit and got my revenge along with them. I spent time with three generations of his family and had a love hate relationship with the head of the family throughout the years. I will never tire of reading this book. If you have not read this book, you need to, trust me!

NIGHT HUNTRESS SERIES

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Remember my TBR list, well this series is included and my SAUCY WENCH friends tells me that it is a series that they could read over and over again. I just started this series myself but I can already see WHY it is one to indulge in several times. The final book in this series just came out a few days ago and I won’t have to wait in agony for the next book to come out. BRIGHT SPOT! SILVER LINING!

CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRE SERIES (CLV)

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Mere words cannot express how much I love this series and cannot get enough of it! It is just one big jar of awesomesauce and who would NOT want to be Merit! There is always something going on with the members of Cadogan House and I love to join them in whatever battles they have to face!

HARRY POTTER

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This is a book series that I read when I want to escape into a world that is full of magical surprise and wonder. You know the things that don’t really exist but wouldn’t it be cool if it did? Imagine waking up and finding out that you are not who or what you thought you were and that you could make things magically happen. You find out that there is a secret platform called 9 and 3/4 and you are about to attend a magic school? Sign me up, Hogwarts here I come. This series always makes me remember what I love about about books, that your imagination can take you anywhere!

OUTLANDER

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I am new to this series and I am only on ‘The Fiery Cross’ but they have to be one of the most beautiful and complex series I have ever read. Richly full of historic details that put you in the middle of the action of this otherwise classic love story that in my opinion stands the time of time, literally and figuratively. Jamie, Claire and everything about them just steals your heart and you cannot let go.

V.C. ANDREWS

I started reading books by this author when I was a teenager and instantly became hooked on the stories, even if they were a little out there. This author always wrote in a series about one family and their history and it would most generally shock you but you could not put it down. Now, there are four book series plus a stand alone that I absolutely love the wickedness of in that how could one family be so cruel that I just had to know more?

I admit that it also ticked me off and was appalled at that cruelty. After she passed away, you could tell that they ran out of her original material and the books were never the same again for you could tell the tone changed. With that being said, I still pick up a book written in her name from time to time but it is just not the same.

1.The Dollanganger Series

Simply WICKED WICKED WICKED!

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2. My Sweet Audrina (stand alone)

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A real page turner, just when you think you know what is going on, trust me you don’t!

3.The Casteel Series

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4. The Landry Series (my favorite)

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5. The Cutler Series

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LORD OF THE RINGS

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Who would not want to go on a adventure with Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Aragorn, Legolas, Gandalf and Bilbo over and over again? Enough said!

THE CALDER SERIES

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I have read this series so many times that I need new copies ASAP! It is all about one family stemming from one man’s dream of building a life on a cattle ranch in Montana on his own and going through several generations of Calders and the ever changing times and holding on to what was built years ago. I read it and fall in love all over again.

THE KEY TRILOGY

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These are not the covers I have and I want them but I digress! Magic, intrigue, mystery, adventure and passion! Who could ask for more? Each key novel puts the reader in the moment with the characters and the things that have to find within themselves to overcome a battle of wit and seeing the character find a strength within themselves is amazing.

A SONG OF FIRE AND ICE

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I am still making my way through ‘A Feast for Crows’ but this is a series of complex books that will need another read through just to grasp everything that goes on and worth it the second, third or fourth go around. This is one series I can take MY time with as GRRM takes HIS time in writing them so I can afford to set them aside for now!

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA

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It is the same as Harry Potter for me, except it really is a make believe world for these characters. I love everything about Narnia and adore going back there from time to time. I just want to spend time with the characters.

ALL SOULS TRILOGY

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The final book in this trilogy will be released in July but I already know I want to spend more time with Matthew and Diana. I want to join them in their quest to find Ashmole 782 while I am still wondering where in the world is Ashmole 782. Is it still in the depths of the Bodleian Library?

Like Outlander, this book is full of historic details and you have to pay attention to everything that is going on. I am sure in the next read through(s),I will gain more knowledge, something that I missed before leaving me with a ‘Ah, that is why that happened’ feeling!

THE OUTSIDERS

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When I stepped out into the bright sunlight, from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind, Paul Newman and a ride home.

The above is the first and last line of the classic novel by S.E. Hinton and it gets me every time. This book taught me a lot about human nature and how we all really are no different from one another at the end of the day, even though it has been and will always be this way. You just have to remember that ‘things are tough all over’ they really are!
I loved how Johnny interpreted Robert Frost’s poem ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’ and it was spot on. That particular poem has always been one of my favorites! Stay Gold!

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

Robert Frost

I could keep on adding books or a book series that I keep in my collection or that others keep but we would be here all day and we have books to read from our TBR list that is already a mile long! Remember that just because an author is no longer writing about our favorite characters in our favorite series does not mean that we cannot go back and visit them again and again and again! They never truly leave us as they are only a few feet away in either our bookcase or electronic library, or both as the case may be! They live on in our hearts and bookshelves!

If I did not mention a favorite of yours, dinna fash as there is always another blog post or you could tell me of a book or book series that you have to read again. Sound off below!

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BOLO for TBOL

Love the title of this blog post? I do, sometimes my wit or sense of humor surprises me. I am sure most of you know what BOLO stands for but what about TBOL? Well, I will tell you! Continue reading

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Howling For You:Short but Sweet

I have a TBR list that is a mile long and it just keeps growing and growing but I could not resist adding yet another book to my Kindle App. ‘Howling For You’ a novella by Chloe Neill came out last Tuesday and I just had to have it. I read it in no time at all and loved every single minute of it!

Howling is a cute, fun and interesting little story featuring Jeff Christopher (everyone’s favorite nerd)and Fallon Keene, sister of pack leader Gabriel of the NAC. While we pretty much knew what made Jeff tick, (give him a computer and Jakob’s Quest and he is a set), he is a master tech wiz and a bad ass tiger to boot when he shifts.

Fallon Keene, on the other hand we really knew nothing about, outside of the fact that she was the only female in a family of bad ass male shifters turned into wolves. My first impression of her was that she was just as bad ass as her brothers and seemed to have a major attitude and was not sure why Jeff liked her. I wanted more for him to be honest.

I thought it was good that it was written from her POV because it gave the readers a chance to get to know her more. I can say that I like this chick a lot because she is another strong female character that knows how to survive but is not afraid to show her softer side. She is bright, funny, bad ass and beautiful and more importantly; she is the person that Jeff wants. We got to see what Jeff saw in her and why he loves her so much. I loved how he spoke his mind and heart to her. Even though Ethan has my heart, Jeff keeps managing to steal a piece of it!

It was a very good, short but sweet story that made you long for more details about them, whether it be big or small. I don’t think this is the last time we will hear about them. If you have not yet read ‘Howling for you’ yet what are you waiting for?

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My Outlandish Behavior

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JESUS H ROOSEVELT CHRIST! I am so excited because I just watched the Outlander fan event and I am now feeling warm and tingling inside due to all the goodness I saw and heard! I swear I am like a kid in a candy store!

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PSA: Just Doing My Part

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It was about a month ago that I fell on my arse and dropped my purse in the process.I was a little sore later on but nothing broken, thank God……or so I thought!

Later on that night,I wanted to take my sore body to bed and cuddle up with my Kindle. Yep, I broke it and I was heartbroken. I called Amazon but as it was well past the warranty and I was too cocky to buy insurance thinking that I would not need it. That is a mistake I will not make again,ever!

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MY POOR KINDLE

While the Kindle is replaceable,my body is not so I was lucky in that respect but here I was with reading material to last me a while (my TBR list is HUGE) and I was so used to my Kindle. I was in the middle of a major Diana Gabaldon read with the Outlander series with the beginning of The Fiery Cross and wondering what I was going to do.

I knew of the Kindle App for the Iphone of course but did not know how much work would be involved in it. Guess what? Hardly any at all because any books purchased showed up in your cloud on the app itself and any other books could be added to the app through your Itunes account, sync and you are done!

All the books I had on my Kindle are now on my Kindle App for my Iphone. I am one of those people that do not want to take a bunch of gadgets with me when I go somewhere. I will eventually get another Kindle but right now it is not necessary when this app works just fine.

I can pre-order/order a book at Amazon and have it sent to my phone and it will go directly into the Kindle App. I know most people out there in the world probably already know all this information but just in case,more information can be found HERE.

I just got some free books and will receive Chloe Neill’s ‘Howling for you’ when it is released tomorrow and I am a happy camper. Ms.Neill herself even mentions the apps on her website because the above mentioned book is in e-book form. Her post about this subject can be found at her site One click will take you there.

I just wanted to share this information with people who broke or mistreated their Kindle like me,(I am ashamed to say that I did not have it in a protective case,lessons learned and all that jazz) or for people who cannot afford to buy a Kindle at this point in time. I was one who could not and was lucky to get mine on sale and lucky enough to get the Iphone for 0.99c.

I love the fact that I have my music and books all built right into my phone thus eliminating adding a bunch of gadgets to my already stuffed purse!

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