Saturday, July 31, 2010

Today's Answer In the Closet (No.5)

Today's Answer in the Closet is based upon the meme from Khadija over at Black Fingernailed Reviews. I've decided that since I am constantly being asked what my favorite book is or what my favorite song is and I can never actually tell anyone because it's always changing that this meme would be a good idea. I will do it weekly and my answer will depend on how I feel that week. My hopes in doing this will be to let my followers get a glimpse of my off-the-wall self and hopefully finally answer those 2 looming questions always posed to me. :D Here we go!

My Favorite Book This Week Is:
Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson No. 5) by Patricia Briggs

When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she'd previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down. It seems the book contains secret knowledge-and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn't take enough of Mercy's attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side-leaving Mercy to cover for him, lest his own father declare Sam's life forfeit. All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she might not have many more to live...(from Goodreads.com)


So one of my friends from Goodreads highly recommended that I read Patricia Briggs novels. So, I decided to pick up the Mercy Thompson Series. It's about a woman who is half Native American and is also a walker. It's kind of like a shape shifter, but not as extreme. This book is currently the last in the series although the next will be published next year (YEAH!!!). All I can say was that this series was absolutely fantastic! I mean, there were super sexy werewolves and Mercy is a kick ass kind of female character. I really recommend this series if anyone is looking for some good fantasy.

My Favorite Song for This Week Is:
Secrets by One Republic

I have a high affection for all things One Republic. This is their latest song out and I absolutely love it. It has such an excellent sound and beat, it makes me want to get up and gyrate. Yes, I totally just said gyrate. :-D

Move it baby!

Whats your favorite book and song of the week?

Jen the Bibliophile


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill

Title: Some Girls Bite (The Chicagoland Vampires No.1)
Author: Chloe Neill
Published: April 7th, 2009 by NAL Trade
Pages: 341
Overall Rating: 30PX30PX30PX30PX
Synopsis: First in a brand new series about a Chicago graduate student’s introduction into a society of vampires.

Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it was Merit’s. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker—and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.

Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she’s traded sweating over her thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan "Lord o’ the Manor" Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred- year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects her gratitude—and servitude. But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan’s attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone’s still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood (from Goodreads.com)


Title: Friday Night Bites (The Chicagoland Vampires No.2)
Author: Chloe Neill
Published: September 2nd, 2009 by NAL Trade
Pages: 357
Overall Rating: 30PX30PX30PX30PX

Synopsis:The story of a young heiress's initiation into the dark society of the Chicagoland Vampires continues…

Ten months after vampires revealed their existence to the mortals of Chicago, they're enjoying a celebrity status usually reserved for the Hollywood elite. But if people learn about the Raves-mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle—the citizens will start sharpening their stakes.

So now it's up to the new vampire Merit to reconnect with her upper class family and act as liaison between humans and bloodsuckers, and keep the more unsavory aspects of the vampire lifestyle out of the media. But someone doesn't want peace between them—someone with an ancient grudge… (From Goodreads.com)

Title: Twice Bitten (The Chicagoland Vampires No.3)
Author: Chloe Neill
Published: July 6th 2010 by NAL Trade
Pages: 355
Overall Rating: 30PX30PX30PX30PX30PX
Synopsis: Merit, Chicago’s newest vampire, is learning how to play well with others. Other supernaturals, that is. Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene—and to spy for the vamps while she’s at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan’s offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.

Merit must accept the assignment, even though she knows that she’ll probably regret it. And she’s not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel Keene, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She’ll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals—not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries old master vampire. (From Goodreads.com)


Flourish
This particular series was my third stop, in this past month, on my vampire tour. Okay, so it's not an actual tour in the blog tour sense as much as it's just in my head. However, I can tell you that these books are utterly, mesmorizingly to die for! No, really, if I could choose vampirism as my new life, I most definitely would.

All authors bring their own feeling to vamps when they write them. Meaning some vamps are industriously evil and have no humanity. Some vamps have partial humanity and some have quite a bit. In this particular series, the vamps retain some of their humanity, but that is kind of more by choice.

Now, I actually found this series on another blog and then after an author interview and another review of the series I just had to jump in and find out what this whole thing was about. And let me tell you, they were about awesomeness. The characters were spot on lovely and the story line was filled with action, tension and a little bit of steam.

That is to say, Neill had no trouble filling the book with enough sexual tension to kill a poor soul, but I guess that makes them all that much better. I mean, if you just got all the gooey goodness up front, what would the joy be in that?!

My favorite characters were Merit, Ethan and Morgan. Now, Merit is of course our heroine and kick ass new vamp with a hierarchy in the super strong physical fast range (which isn't always the case). Ethan is the Master Vampire of her house and also the Sexy Love God with gleaming locks *oh yeah baby*! Morgan is another vamp from another house who also becomes a Master vampire (Master vamps lead each house), but his personality was inherently human and sweet, but his Bedroom Eyes sounded quite tantalizing.

Merit: Merit is the point of view from which the whole story is told and she is such a wonderful character. Now I want you to take in mind that I don't always love the main characters of books, especially weak female characters, but since that is like the springboard opposite of Merit, she is fabulous! She has enough snark for a nation and doesn't take what she doesn't want to. She is strong physically and mentally and I love that about her character.

Morgan: Morgan comes into the picture in several different ways and since this is a series review I don't want to ruin it for anyone, so I will try not to. His personality is sweet and caring and he doesn't give up too easy for the things he wants. But, he also doesn't try to take what he can't have. He was a bit more of a sensitive character while still being sexy hot and delicious all over!

Ethan: Might I start off by saying that this vamp is delectable in all his hard ab glory. Yeah, he might be a total jerk off who can't figure out what he wants. And yeah, he is mad that he feels things for Merit because he doesn't want to. But in all reality, what can you expect from a 400 year old vamp? I seriously don't know what it is with me and men that tend to lean on the bad side, but they are just so much more appealing at times. Oh well, Ethan is still a sexy man beast who should be slapped for idiocy and licked for his deliciousness. Yes, ironic, but what is a book without irony?

And let me tell you, there were things like that all around in this book. Not bad irony, just little things like hating and loving certain characters all at the same time. I think that it makes for excellent characters and an excellent story. And this story was action packed with sexy ass kicking vamps and seriously hot sorcerers and shifters. That's right, I said sorcerers and shifters! Grrrrrruuff!

So, overall, I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an excellent, well written vamp book with a powerful, fast action story line and tasty characters. Because with all the blood, fighting, swordplay, half dressed men (and women), magic and mayhem and enough sexual tension to cut with a samurai sword you won't want to put it down. (I couldn't, hence the 4 a.m. bedtime)

Series Rating: 1 Small Red Hibiscus1 Small Red Hibiscus1 Small Red Hibiscus1 Small Red Hibiscus1 Small Red Hibiscus

Quotes:
He paused, then tapped a finger against the box. “This is a wish,” he said quietly, “that even after four hundred years of existence, a man can be strong enough to accept the gifts he’s given.”
“Ethan—,” I began, but he shook his head.
“I’m prepared to wait for a positive response.”
“That’s going to take a while.”
Ethan lifted a single eyebrow, a grin lifting one corner of his mouth. “Sentinel, I am immortal."
"Dear God,”
“It should be illegal for smug vampires to look that good,” Lindsey said, clucking her tongue.
“That is so true,” I agreed, thinking a little less hotness would make my relationship with Ethan a lot simpler.
He stopped me with his hand at my jaw, thumb against my chin.“Sometimes, people must adapt. Immortality doesn’t make the things we love less important; it means we must learn to treasure them. Protect them.” I swallowed hard and made myself lift my gaze to him, fear and joy and more fear bursting in my chest."
"Stop. That was a mistake. It shouldn’t have happened."
No?" "No."
I could offer you more.”
What?”
Power. Access. Rewards. You’d need be available only to me.”
Are you asking me to be your mistress?”
Yes.”
Oh, my God.”
Is that a yes?”
No, Ethan, Jesus. Definitely not."


Jen the Bibliophile

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Today's Answer In the Closet (No.4)

Today's Answer in the Closet is based upon the meme from Khadija over at Black Fingernailed Reviews. I've decided that since I am constantly being asked what my favorite book is or what my favorite song is and I can never actually tell anyone because it's always changing that this meme would be a good idea. I will do it weekly and my answer will depend on how I feel that week. My hopes in doing this will be to let my followers get a glimpse of my off-the-wall self and hopefully finally answer those 2 looming questions always posed to me. :D Here we go!

My Favorite Book This Week Is:
Twice Bitten (The Chicagoland Vampires No.3) by Chloe Neill

Merit, Chicago’s newest vampire, is learning how to play well with others. Other supernaturals, that is. Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene—and to spy for the vamps while she’s at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan’s offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.

Merit must accept the assignment, even though she knows that she’ll probably regret it. And she’s not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel Keene, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She’ll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals—not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries old master vampire. (synopsis from Goodreads.com)


The first time I saw this series, It was on another book blog, so I added the 1st book to my TBR. Then, I saw it again several other places including in an interview with Chloe Neill herself on Bewitched Bookworms. After that, I had to pick it up from the library. Especially since I'm on a huge vamp kick right now.

All I can say is that it was absolutely fabulous!!! I mean, it was so unbelievably delicious that I downed the whole series in 2 and a half days. The third in the series is my favorite and such an amazing read. I am however a little depressed over the fact that the 4th in the series will not be out til next year. Who knows what I will do til then, but I have a feeling I'll be rereading this series to help me cope through the the next year.

My Favorite Song for This Week Is:
Whataya Want From Me by Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert is not really my fav as artists go, but his music just is so.... amazing.

I mean, it has this beat and meaning that just makes you want to belt it out. Like "what do you want" people. *screams lyrics* ..... It is really releasing some pent up energy I tell yah!

Whats your favorite book and song of the week?

Jen the Bibliophile


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Friday - Book Hop (July 23-25)

Book Blogger Hop

This week’s hop question is to tell about what you are currently reading:


Currently I am reading Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill. It is the third in the series of The Chicagoland Vampires and might I say it is a rather addicting series! I actually started book one yesterday morning and finished it up last night. I then, in turn, started the sequel thirty seconds later and read til 4 in the morning. I am so excited to see what happens in the next book in the series, but seriously, if Merit doesn’t get some action I might go a little crazy. I could cut the sexual tension in this book with a samurai sword! I really recommend the series though, awesome book, awesome author, awesome characters…sexy vamps!


If you’d like to join in the fun, you can click the icon or HERE to see how it works and join in and hop along. Happy hopping!!


Jen the Bibliophile



Can We Say Vamp Addict?!

So, lately I've been on a huge vamp spree. I mean HUGE! I cannot seem to get enough vampire! So, yes, that is probably not that big of a deal, but when you stay up til 4 in the morning and then debate even going to bed at all because you've decided at 11:00 p.m. that
you had to start the sequel to the book you just finished thirty seconds ago, it kind of becomes a problem. I mean, come on, I have 2 kids who definitely do NOT sleep in. Plus, I have a slue of clients I have to visit today and still.... all I can think about are vamps!

Now, all that being said, it doesn't really matter what vamps. I've been reading from just about everything, salivating from page to page, never stopping. Not even for food and drink because that just deters me from my goal of more vamps. Okay, so now I possibly sound like I might have some issues that I need to work through, and trust me when I say that could be a huge possibility, but also trust me when I say that I am having the time of my life with these vamps.

I mean, yeah, depending on the book, I either want to kill them or kiss them, but either way, they are such avidly wonderful characters that shine a light on my otherwise graying life. Wait, maybe that is a bit dramatic. I am only 27, so maybe I should say, they brighten up my life, which could be a bit ironic as they are creatures of the night.

I do feel a tad bit bad for some of my family because they are definitely getting the entire list of vampire lore from me with every book I delve into. I mean, the only books they have ever delved into are Stephenie Meyer's, which I also adore (don't judge me!), but as anyone in the vamp world knows, those really aren't streamline vamps.

As you noticed a couple posts ago, I read the whole Morganville Vampire series in a week, which by the way, the 9th book comes out October 26th. It is titled Ghost Town (by Rachel Caine) and as I've already read the first 2 chapters online, I couldn't be more excited.

Then, yesterday and this morning (this is where the 4 a.m. comes into play) I cruised through the Chicagoland Vampire series with a flourish. I mean, I freaking gobbled up the words on every page like they were the last books I would ever read. Thank heaven they're not, or I might have some thoughts of harey carey.

Where does all this rambling bring me to? Well, really, just more vamps. When I get on a kick, I really get on a kick. So, I know I'm way behind on the vampire train, but here are my latest vampire reads:

Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires No.1)
The Dead Girls Dance (No. 2)
Midnight Alley (No. 3)
Feast of Fools (No. 4)
Lord of Misrule (No. 5)
Carpe Corpus (No. 6)
Fade Out (No. 7)
Kiss of Death (No. 8)

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires No.1)
Friday Night Bites (No. 2)
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson No. 1) (technically this was werewolf, but vamps were definitely involved)

This is just what I've read in the past week and a half. *grins* I actually read another YA vampire series that wasn't so grand (see HERE). However, I have some Frost novels on hold and then I'm supposed to pick up Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill today to read as well. Yeah!! I think when I finish up that series, I'll post some reviews. It's always fun to review the whole series to date. Especially when they leave you off with killer cliff hangers.

So, in conclusion, YEAH for books! And YEAH for Vamps!
Jen the Bibliophile

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Signs You're A Bibliophile

Recently the Online University Reviews published an online article titled “75 Signs You’re a Bibliophile”. Of course being one, I had to go over and give it a look-see to see what it had to say. Yes, I know I may be a bit silly, but I like that kind of thing….don’t judge me!

It was actually really funny, to me anyway. I suppose I am amused easily. Some don’t apply to me, but many did, so I thought I would list the ones that did. I am copying and pasting directly from the article, but here they are. Do you fit the bill too? Are you a bibliophile? Most likely, or you probably wouldn’t be reading this post! (Note, the numbers next to each item are the number listed out of the 75)

5. You fight to diversify the literary canon.
Great writing can come from anyone, anywhere. And a true bibliophile knows that the real literary canon is made up of far more than just a bunch of dead, high strung white guys. Oh, they contributed alright! But they are not the entirety.


9. Your loved ones tire of you spouting clichéd “The book was better” diatribes.

But you know better. Yes, yes you do. It’s not your fault the philistines haven’t picked up a work of fine literature since the Carter administration!


14. You’d read in the car if you could.

Some of the more daring bibliophiles amongst us are probably guilty of sneaking in a page or 2 at red lights…

It’s true, I would…oh wait, I do. I totally read at read lights and have been honked at multiple times for more than just my beauty. Ummm, okay maybe it was the missing of the green light that did it. Even when I’m not driving though, reading while the car is moving makes me ill. Damn motion sickness.

16. Used, local and specialty bookstores are your kryptonite.
After a certain point, taking up crystal meth as a hobby may actually be kinder to one’s wallet than bibliophilia. But books don’t turn your teeth into pumice, which generally tips one’s favor towards the more expensive pursuit.


19. You ? your local library.

Whether you volunteer your time, money or old books, you do whatever you can to spread your love of the library and its myriad opportunities faster than Barry Allen on a caffeine bender.


20. You find Belle the least offensive of the Disney princesses.

Sure, she teaches young women about the joys of miring yourself in Stockholm syndrome! But she does enjoy reading and intellectual pursuits, which makes her slightly less misogynistic than the other aggressively marketed Disney ladies.


21. You know what the thunderclap that heralded the fall of Adam and Eve sounds like.

Bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk!!!


22. You own a cat, a grand selection of tea and/or coffee, an all-purpose tote bag for shopping (that may or may not be constructed of post-consumer recycled products), a knitting habit or some combination thereof.
For some reason, every passionate literary connoisseur inevitably possesses one or more of those 4 items. Nobody knows why. Not even science.

Okay, so maybe I don’t have the grand selection of tea or coffee, but the cat I have *check*, and the tote bag *check*! I keep friends with the knitting habit so I can just watch whilst I hold the books.

23. You know very well that used book stores are not where stimulating reads go to die.
It’s a cliché to compare used bookstores to finding diamonds in the rough and treasures in the sands and princes among frogs…but it’s actually the most apt way to describe a visit. Great books certainly do crop up while slogging through bubbleheaded swill by Meg Cabot and Sophie Kinsella.

I actually like Sophie Kinsella. I've never read Meg Cabot though, so I don't know about her...

24. Oprah’s Book Club makes you want to destroy something beautiful.
Sure she encourages her flock to pick up undeniable classics like The Color Purple, Song of Solomon and East of Eden, but these were already well-respected works. As much as she poses, Oprah never actually had a hand in discovering the writers OR their novels. When she’s left to her own devices, A Million Little Pieces happens.

It’s true, I try never to read anything on Oprah’s Book Club list. Horrible huh? I’m sure some of them are good books, but it really does make me cringe when I see it. *shudders at the thought*

25. Substance abuse seems glamorous and edgy.
William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway both won the Nobel Prize in spite of possessing livers that looked like the Toxic Avenger. Hunter S. Thompson must have managed to score the Teddy Roosevelt of immune systems, because that’s just about the only reasonable explanation regarding his ability to stay out of the hospital and get work done. All brilliant literary figures…all suffering from very serious psychological issues that needed addressing. Substance abuse should be considered a wrenching tragedy, not a writing strategy.

Yes, I know this is sad. Maybe I should try some counseling on this one…then again, maybe not.

26. You actually know the difference between you’re/your, they’re/their/there and it’s/its.
And you deserve a pat on the back for it! Just don’t get cocky and start correcting everyone else in a condescending tone, OK?

People really hate be corrected on this front, but I don’t get how they don’t know the difference!

28. The social events you look forward to most either involve the library, readings or lectures.
And why not? They’re excellent networking opportunities that provide great insight into an author’s beliefs and creative processes – not to mention exposure to exciting new literature! Plus, it’s a great way to meet cute boys and girls in sweater-vests.

32. You know that irony is not rain on your wedding day or a free ride, but you’ve already paid.

Irony is selling an heirloom pocket watch to purchase beautiful combs for your wife’s luscious hair, only to find out she cut it and bought you a chain for the timepiece with the money. But who would have thought it figured?

33. Your solutions to any sociopolitical problem inevitably involve references to eating babies.

If a peer gets the reference and laughs, you are in good company. If a peer does not get the reference and laughs, you probably should examine his or her motives first before judging them a sociopath. They could just be harmless internet denizens in their downtime.

34. You prefer the term “erotica.”

Anaïs Nin certainly possessed enviable writing talent worthy of study and inclusion on numerous “Best of…” lists. But even if you slap a more elegant, euphemistic label on it, porn is still porn.

Erotica sounds better no matter what, not that I read it. It’s not like there are actual pictures involved…Shut up, I know what you’re thinking.

40. You actually read the included supplementary material.
To you, the forwards, afterwards and essays included in a volume deserve careful perusal just as much as the actual novels themselves.


41. The word “abridged” gives you a migraine.

Or, alternately, it sends you into an unstoppable rant about how abridging a story compromises the author’s original intent – even if the author him- or herself approved of the changes in the first place!

I still remember the exact day I found out this atrocity was happening. I mean, why on this Earth would anyone “abridge” a book? The thought brings me close to tears

42. You love incorporating books into your home décor.
home of the more intense cases among you may pick out tomes you love with covers that convey the specific aesthetic you desire. The bibliophiliac community is split over interior designers who construct furniture and other decorative items out of old books.


44. You have one specific genre or subgenre that you absolutely hate and avoid at all costs.

And you know you hate it because you have actually read several books from the genre at hand. Right?


45. Broken spines seem almost like injuries.

More serious bibliophiles tend to anthropomorphize their collections on occasion, and breaking the spines of books almost makes them weep in empathy for its pain.


46. You sell your clothes and other possessions before you sell your books.

When bibliophiles need a little extra money quickly, they’d much rather dump their clothes and other necessities onto resale shops instead of hauling a load to a local shop specializing in used volumes.


47. You hate moving.

Not because you’re antisocial or agoraphobic, but because packing and unpacking hundreds – if not thousands – of books is a real pain in the patootie.


48. You’re reluctant to lend out your books.

Sure, you want to nurture a love and appreciation of the written word in your friends and loved ones. But what if they bend the spine? What if they dogear the pages? WHAT IF THEY SPILL COFFEE ON IT?!?! OH GOD THE THOUGHT OF IT JUST KILLS ME!!!

I rarely do this, EVER! If I do, the book usually gets a leaving speech as does the borrower of the book. I now have a list of people who are NOT allowed to borrow my books. Losers!

49. You consider dogearing a sacrilege.
Though a venial sin compared to the mortal offense of breaking a book’s spine, dogearing still compromises its delicate structure.

OMG!!!! Why would you ever fold the pages of a book!? I mean, WHY!!!?? That is why they invented bookmarks. If you can’t afford a bookmark, use a piece of paper, a receipt, a piece of toilet paper! I mean come on!!!

50. You never walk out of a bookstore empty-handed.
Even if you walk into a bookstore with no particular purchase in mind, you always seem to throw down the debit card for something that popped out. Always. Invariably.

51. You usually carry around 2 books at a time.

Because you never know when you’ll find yourself with some welcome free time. Unfortunately, said welcome free time may mean you finish your current read and need to start up on its follow-up.

53. When library hours get slashed, you faint like a Victorian lady listening to a bawdy story about ankle exposure.

Sadly, many libraries across the world have been forced to scale back their hours due to budget cuts. Bibliophiles responded to the news by contracting the vapors, and many sustained unfortunate head injuries as they crumpled to the floor in grief.

56. You know that the answer to life, the universe and everything is 42

You also know how to properly mix a pan-galactic gargle blaster and the importance of bringing a towel with you wherever you go.

As well as the importance of when and where you have an idea. You never want to get your head dented in!

57. You can tell the difference between British and American English…
It’s a lot more than just “colour” vs. “color,” and you know it! Bonus points for any readers able to pick out Canadian English without any external hints.

58. …yet you frequently write in a blend of both.

Hey, it happens. Bibliophiles who pull double-duty as writers oftentimes find themselves merging grammatical and spelling conventions from British and American English without even realizing it. Kind of like Madonna’s accent, only not faked for attention.

59. You don’t take an iPod to the gym.

No amount of Lady Gaga’s warbling can get you up and moving quite like a favored book. There’s a reason why treadmills often come with a mechanism to support a chosen read…

I don’t even own an ipod…*gasp* shocking, yes I know.

60. You didn’t join a book club…you started one.
And you actually set up said book club so participants actually read rather than guzzle down wine, gossip about how Betty’s wife left her for a nubile young flight attendant and discuss why Mr. Darcy is OMG HOT and why every man ever should just drop everything and be him.


68. Friends and family think you’re crazy for re-reading certain books.

At least once in his or her life, someone close to a bibliophile has honestly inquired as to why he or she feels the need to read literary works more than once. This is usually accompanied by a concerned, though rarely condescending, tone of voice. The same tone of voice parents usually use when asking teenagers if they’re on drugs.

If it hasn’t happened to you yet, it will.


70. You are conflicted over the thought of writing on the pages.

Taking notes inside a book itself saves both paper and time. But it also starts cluttering up the pages and making re-reads much more difficult. This is a very serious issue that divides families and friends, if not individuals themselves.


72. You go out of your way to place writers and their works into the proper context in order to best understand the book at hand.

Had Ignatius Rising not come out, nobody would have been able to figure out that John Kennedy Toole struggled with his sexuality and possessed mommy issues rivaled only by Buster Bluth


75. You really, really, really, really, really, really, really like books.

At the end of the day, isn’t that more or less the literal definition of “bibliophile” when translated from the original Greek?

There’s no need to be afraid. You’re certainly not flying solo on this frequently bleak chunk of metal rocketing through an expansive, lonely cosmos. Just relax and embrace who you are, what you are. We certainly love you for it.

In the end, that is the way it is…pretty sweet huh?!

(To view the whole article, click HERE)

Jen the Bibliophile

Monday, July 19, 2010

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher - A Review

Title: Incarceron
Author: Catherine Fisher
Pages: 464
Published: January 26th, 2010
ISBN: 0803733968 (isbn13: 9780803733961)
Overall Rating: 30PX30PX30PX30PX
Synopsis: Incarceron -- a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology -- a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber -- chains, great halls, dungeons.

A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here. In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison -- a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists.

But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device -- a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finn's escape is born ... (From Goodreads.com)

I have been dying to read this book for sometime. The cover is so beautiful and the synopsis was so intriguing, I just couldn't help myself. I actually got really lucky and found it on the shelf at the library. It was funny because the same day I grabbed it also happened to be the same day 2 holds went on it by people who wanted a copy. Too bad!! Finders keepers....well, finders get it first anyway. Library fees aren't really fun.

I'm trying to figure out exactly how to start this review, and I can't come up with anything good so I'm just going to jump on in. Overall I liked the book, hence my 3.5 flower rating, but it was a bit confusing and slow going at first. Don't get me wrong, it starts off really intense because there is this character in the road about to get ran over by wagons, but there is so much lingo and "stuff" going on that is not everyday speech in this world so I was getting really confused.

For example, it takes place in a futuristic society, but a society where Protocol demands they live in the past. So even though they have the knowledge for so many things we don't even have the knowledge of now, they are supposed to live like its the 13th century or something. That took me forever to figure out. I swear, I really am not dense, it just doesn't really explain anything. You have to just figure it out as you go along.

Now, a lot of the book takes place in this Prison that actually is a feeling breathing thing of sorts. I mean, it thinks and talks and controls almost everything that is going on inside the prison, because well... it is the prison.

Some of the things I liked about the book though was that the author made you keep second guessing yourself. Yeah, there were a lot of things that were fairly predictable, but then there were some things that just shot our of nowhere and you're like "Wait... did that just happen?".

I love when an author surprises you around every corner and you don't know who is bad, who is good, or who is going to suddenly kill a random sheep that turns out to be part robot... HUH? Uhhhh, I don't know...

It was a book that made me think forward and try to get to the root of what was going to happen. So, overall, I liked the book, but I didn't think it was worth of 4 flowers so I lowered it a half notch. I will indeed read the sequel when it comes out because I definitely want to see what happens. Plus, I think that in the second book I will have grown accustomed to the odd wordage and to the characters so everything will flow a little better.

Overall Rating: 1 Small Red Hibiscus1 Small Red Hibiscus1 Small Red Hibiscus1 Small Red Hibiscus

Jen the Bibliophile

Saturday, July 17, 2010

My First Blog Award


So, last week I got my first blog award! Yeah!! I'm so excited (and I just can't hide it...uhhh scratch that) I seriously thought it would never happen, guess that means I still need to work a little bit on that self assurance.

Nonetheless, Barbara over at VampAngel's Reviews: To Read Or Not To Read It? was delightfully sweet enough to give it to me. Thank you so much VampAngel, I am so excited about it!

Here are the rules:

1. Get really excited that you got the coolest award EVER!*check*

2. Choose ONE of the following options of accepting the OMB award:

(a) Get really drunk and blog for 15 minutes straight, or for as long as you can focus.
(b) Write about your most embarrassing moment.
(c) Write a "Soundtrack of your childhood" post.
(d) Make your next blog a 'vlog'/video blog. Basically, you're talking to the camera about whatever.
(e) Take a picture of yourself first thing in the morning, before you do anything else (hair, make up, etc) and post it.
3. Pass the award on to at least three, but preferably more, awesome bloggers. Don't forget to tell them.

This particular portion is why I've waited a week to post this. I couldn't decide which one to pick. Finally after much thought and deliberation, I've decided on a "Soundtrack of your childhood" c.

I'm passing the award forward to Twisted from Broken Day Dreams & A Literary Odyssey; Katie from Book Love; and Zakiya Ladywings from Butterfly Feet Walking on Books.

So, without further ado, here is my childhood soundtrack:

Ages 0-8
Thank Heaven for Little Girls by Maurice Chevalier


Ages 9-12
Heartless by The Fray


Ages 13-15
What Do You Want From Me by Adam Lambert


Ages 16-17
I'll Be There For You (Friends Theme Song) by The Rembrandts


Ages 18-19
Stop & Stare by One Republic


Ages 20-23
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper


I'll stop there since technically that is past my childhood. :D

Today's Answer In the Closet (No.3)

Today's Answer in the Closet is based upon the meme from Khadija over at Black Fingernailed Reviews. I've decided that since I am constantly being asked what my favorite book is or what my favorite song is and I can never actually tell anyone because it's always changing that this meme would be a good idea. I will do it weekly and my answer will depend on how I feel that week. My hopes in doing this will be to let my followers get a glimpse of my off-the-wall self and hopefully finally answer those 2 looming questions always posed to me. :D Here we go!

My Favorite Book This Week Is:
Carpe Corpus (The Morganville Vampires No.6) by Rachel Caine

From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.

In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace-until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He's kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths. He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants-the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having such a taste of power? (synopsis from Goodreads.com)

So as you all know from my review this week, I've been slightly obsessed with The Morganville Vampire series. I just can't seem to get it out of my head...not that I really want to. Book number six, as you can see above, is my favorite in the series. Rachel Caine is such a wonderful author in the way she brings her characters to life. I'm just so addicted to this series I want to reread it now instead of later. Guess I'm going to have to buy it first though as I returned the copies I had to the library already.

Until then, at least I can imagine Shane, the delicious specimen of man flesh. He really does deserve to be licked from head to toe. I mean, my goodness, I would be more than happy to rip his close off and --*clears throat* . --Sorry, my mind has run away again.

My Favorite Song for This Week Is:
Life After You by Daughtry

Isn't Chris Daughtry looking quite yummy??!!!

I know my tastes are so extreme in the sense that you couldn't really settle on a specific genre. I go from Eminem to Miley Cyrus to Daughtry. What can I say, music is so awesome and stress relieving. The words and the melody can just drag you along with it and make you feel so many emotions.

Whats your favorite book and song of the week?

Jen the Bibliophile

As promised, here are a couple pics of me in the closet. I will have you know it is not easy to take pictures of yourself in a closet, so these will have to do. :D
So here is my actual closet with no one in it. Yes, that giant pile of laundry are my girls clothes that will not fit in the dresser. They are all hand-me-downs from my sisters kids. Someday I'll be able to fit everything into a dresser, but not today.
And this is me. Yes, I am headless. But, you had to expect that right?! The white basket (on the right) is the laundry basket and the white mass on the left that goes from ceiling to floor are actually shelves. The boxes stacked on the right are all my old client files. I usually read propped up against that dresser in the back of the closet. (This shot was taken from just outside the door of the closet.

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