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I’m baaaaaaaaack!

12 Sep

Hey, remember me? The book blogger who runs this blog? I used to post reviews and stuff? Yup, I’m still around. I just took a bit of a break from, well, almost everything but work for a few months. But I’m now getting back at it. So I’ll be posting reviews of books I get from authors, publishers and books I buy myself, starting tomorrow.  And probably some other bookish ramblings.

Happy reading!

Colleen

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

5 Jan

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Oh yeah, baby! I LOVE this meme. It gives me a chance to let you guys know what I’m reading this week but also lets me check out what other bloggers are reading. 😀

I received my first review copies now that I’m back! The wonderful Lani Woodland sent me eCopies of two of her books Stronger and Pieces of Jade(with Melonie Piper).  I started Stronger yesterday and read about 70% of it. So I’ll be finishing that tonight. (I cannot wait! Loving this book.) I’m just easing back into my love of reading, so my reading list for this week is light. But here’s what I’m hoping to read:

Dreamland — Sarah Dessen (LOVE her books. I imagine this will be a quick read.)
Persuasion — Arlene Dickinson (The hubs bought this for me last year.)
Deadly Heat — Richard Castle (I am OBSESSED with this series.)

My fave reads of 2010

2 Jan

So last year I did a post about my top three reads of the year. Well, it looks like this year it’s going to be a bit of a longer list. When I sat down and thought about the books I’ve read in 2010, I realized that this was an amazing reading year for me. I went through a few slumps (November was THE WORST), but over all I’m pretty damn happy with the books I read. So, in no particular order, here are my top reads of 2010:

Spin by Catherine McKenzie – I read this one in January and new immediately it would end up on this list. Call it chick-lit, general fiction, Hell call it a space ship, I don’t care. Because what I call it is funny, touching and brilliant.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – Technically I think I read this one last December, but it was out in January.  I walked around in a daze for about a week after I finsihed this YA novel. It made me think about things and that’s always a good thing.

Shiver and Linger by Maggie Stiefvater – If you come to the blog or follow me on Twitter, then you know that I’m pretty much obsessed with these YA werewolf books. Lyrical writing, amazing characters and cliff-hanger endings that left me gasping for breath, I love these books.

Plain Kate by Erin Bow – This MG/YA book made me laugh, cry, laugh then cry again. I know so many people that, like me, were an emotional mess when they finished this book. The story was beautiful and I think Taggle the cat was one of my favorite characters of the year.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White – So freaking different from other YA paranormal books. It was laugh out loud funny, didn’t have a love triangle and the romance wasn’t all consumming. Man, this book blew my socks off.

The Truth about Delilah Blue by Tish Cohen – I love smart chick-lit. Really, I do. And this book was smart, quirky and believable even when I coulnd’t believe what the characters were going through.

The Fossil Hunter of Sydney Mines by JoAnn Yhard – This middle grade mystery was so, so good! It took me back to the days of reading Eric Wilson. And the mystery? Yeah, I couldn’t figure it out.

Wake, Fade, Gone by Lisa McMann – I loved the sparse writing style of McMann’s trilogy so much that I devoured these books in a couple of days. For some reason I don’t think I ever posted a review for Gone. Probably because I was so upset the series was over. 😛

Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong – I love all of Kelley’s books, but this is by far my favorite in her Women of Otherworld Series. Savannah is a kick-ass lead and the plot was fast-paced and amazing, as usual.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – OMZombies! I think my heart was racing the whole time I was reading this book. I know there were several times that my eyes were basically bugging out of my head. I felt like I needed a nap or a Valium when I was done.

I know that there are probably a few books that I’m forgetting, so there may well be a follow up post. But these are definitely the books that kept be giddy and happy about reading in 2010.

Secret Santa #1

8 Dec

So, this year I’ve signed on to 3 different holiday Secret Santa bookish swap thingies and my first package arrived today!

When the hubs brought the package in, I did what I always do: I checked the return address. Well, holy snapping turtles, it was a local one! Like, 30 minutes away local. So of course I was instantly confused. Late birthday gift?  Mistaken identity? Intrigue, for sure.

So I opened the card and giggled in delight because the package was, indeed from one of the swaps and it was from someone I know! (At least on here, anyway). Raidergirl from over at At Adventure in Reading sent me a fabu package including three (yes folks, THREE) awesome books and a killer skull and crossbones bookmark to add to my collections.

I love surprises and I love gifts. Seriously. I may be 37 but when it comes to presents I’m like a 6 year old.

November, I hate you

19 Nov

Ah, November, how you have excelled in the suckage department.  A miserable three week cold that’s still hanging on, a pinched nerve in the back and weather that truly shows your multiple personality disorder.

There has been no writing, very little reading and if if wasn’t for The Gilmore Girls I’m sure I would be insane or severely depressed by now.

Thankfully you’re only around for another 11 days. I will try to make the best of it, but I am so looking forward to December.

To all that may have noticed I’ve been AWOL for most of the month, both here and on Twitter, I am still alive and kinda well. I’m taking the weekend to regroup and will be back to regular scheduled programming Monday.

My Spooky Swap package o’goodies came!!!!!!!!

27 Oct

Yay! My Spooky Swap package arrived!!! For the last few days I have anxiously been scoping out the mailbox DYING for my Spooky Swap package to come. I love Halloween and I love surprises so you can well imagine my anticipation level.

So, it final came today! And how surprised was I to see that it was from Amanda over at The Zen Leaf ? Amanda and I are Twitter buddies and quite often chat about books, writing and life in general.

I have to say I giggled with joy when I saw what Amanda sent me. All things I would have picked up for myself.

The little book of Scaredy Cats is so cute! God knows with my crew I could probably write my own. 😛

The skull and crossbones bookmark is wicked cool. And little did Amanda know, but last week I picked up a couple of skull and crossbones  ornaments for what I think is going to be a new collection.

Godiva milk chocolate with almonds. Need I say more?

Ruined by Paula Morris. I’ve been eying this one since it came out. It just looks so wonderfully creeptastic.

Thanks bunches to Travis and Jessica for hosting this awesome swap.

Now to resist the urge to have chocolate for breakfast.

Harry Potter Extravaganza! Harry, Steven Tyler and an injured wrist

13 Oct

So, I came a little late to the Harry Potter party. Back in June of 2003 I graduated from a local college with a diploma in computer programming, a discipline I hated and kinda sucked at. Graduation day I had a quarter life crisis. I realized I was buried even deeper in student loan debt and no further ahead in life.  The hubs (then the boyfriend) knew exactly what I needed: he took me to a used bookstore and told me to pick out my graduation gift. For some reason I stumbled into the kids’ section and saw the first two harry Potter books. I was sick and tired of being an adult and having to deal with shit day in and day out. So, in my dorky way buying kids’ books for graduation was my way of telling the world to piss off.

I read both of them that night and kicked myself in the ass for not reading them sooner. Now that I had started the series, there was no stopping me. The next day I went hunting for the third book, The Prisoner of Azkhaban, which I lucked into second hand. And the fourth book also.  When I finished The Goblet of Fire I went to find the fifth book, only to discover it was only available in hardcover because it had just come out. Not good.

What to do? I wasn’t the book lover I am now so buying a book new, and a hardcover at that, was a huge deal. But I did it. And devoured it in one night. And I ended up in the ER the next morning unable to move my right wrist, thumb or fingers without unbelievable pain. I thought maybe I had bashed that hand against the wall when sleeping, but no. I had given myself tendinitis. Well, technically Harry Potter had given me tendinitis. For the next five months I had to wear a splinty thing and could only read for short periods of time. The ultimate dork injury.

When The Half Blood Prince came out, there was, of course, a big midnight release party at our local bookstore. I wasn’t planning on going because I had ordered a copy through the store’s website and I was sick, running a temperature of about 101. But it was nothing like the Harry Potter fever I had caught, so at 11:30 I bundled up, brushed my teeth and dragged the hubs (who at that time was the fiancĂ©) to the release party where he basically held me up as I shivered in line trying not to get knocked over by all the little Harrys and Hermiones running around. In and out of a drug induced sleep for the next two days I managed to finish the book, although I’m not sure I remember much of it.

When the final book came out I was a bundle of nerves. How would it end? Who would survive? Would I be able to read it without injury? It took me two days to get through The Deathly Hallows in between extra shifts at work and a kickin’ Aerosmith concert. I was so exhausted after I finished it I think I slept for two days. I also had weird dreams about Steven Tyler, Mrs. Weasley and the sorting hat. But that’s another blog post all together. 😛

Stop by tomorrow for an Harry Potter giveaway! And don’t forget to check out ALL of the Harry Potter madness happening this month, including Chick Loves Lit’s giveaway.