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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. Want a good book to read? Stop by and see what’s new in the world of literature!

 Americus by MK Reed and Jonothan Hill – This was a great graphic novel. When a conservative mother makes it her personal crusade to rid her town of sin and evil, which comes in the form of a well-loved novel featuring dragons and magic, chaos ensues. Parts made me mad because I know there are actually people like this woman out there who want to censor books that libraries carry because of their personal beliefs. A very good read though with great subplots threaded throughout.

 Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch by Nancy Atherton – I really enjoy this series featuring a woman who inherited an English cottage in a small town from Aunt Dimity, a friend of her mother’s whom she never met but speaks to in the form of a journal. What’s great about these books is that they aren’t dark and murderous, they’re set in the English countryside, and, despite trials along the way, always have nice resolutions. Purely an escape novel, which can be so nice.

  The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells – I’m listening to this sci-fi tale on CD. It’s another novel that I should have read a long time ago. When the protagonist, through a series of unfortunate events, comes to the island he is disgusted by the grotesque creatures that inhabit it. Only as he sees and learns more does he realize the true madness that has captured the island and fears for his life. The only bad thing about this CD is that I’m certain I’ll miss a turn one day because I’m so entranced with this nail-biting tale.

  The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz – An adult novel based on a case of Sherlock Holmes. I hope he plans on writing more as I am thoroughly enjoying this novel. Filled with the spirit of Doyle plus twists and turns that will keep your heart thupping until the last page.



I hope you’re reading week is just as enjoyable as mine is! Happy reading! 🙂

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. Want a good book to read? Stop by and see what’s new in the world of literature!

We had a beautiful, albeit windy, weekend here in NJ so I spent as much time as I could outside. There was a town wide garage sale that was a lot of fun to walk around, although I didn’t find anything I really wanted/needed and only spent $1 on a little kids lemonade and cookie stand – totally worth it! 🙂 Went to my first baseball game of the season this weekend as well which is always a great time. It’s one of those local baseball teams with tickets for $10 and anywhere is a great seat to watch the game. I love it because it gives me a chance to be outside while supporting a family-friendly baseball team.

As for reading, I’ve been doing much of that as well. I ripped through one book, Grave Mercy, in a couple of days it was that good. It’s hard for me to find a book that captures my attention so fully these days, so it was very enjoyable. I’m already excited for the second in the series, although it’s not being released until Spring 2013. Bummer! Also, my good friend and author extraordinaire, Alissa Grosso, has her second book coming out on May 12. I not only get to attend her release party (YAY!), but she’s doing a blog tour and will be stopping by to guest post on my blog sometime mid-May. Stay tuned! Giveaways ahead! (Her first book Popular was amazing, if you haven’t read it you should, and her second Ferocity Summer is bound to be just as awesome.)

Here’s what I’ve been reading:

  His Fair Assassin: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers -I couldn’t put this YA book down. That rarely, and sadly, happens anymore. I saw it come through the library and after reading the inside jacket flap decided to check it out for myself. Usually, I find books through buzz or recommendations posted by other bloggers or readers, but I must’ve been under a rock because I didn’t hear anything about this book until it was right under my nose. I love how the heroine is snatched away at a young age from a horrible marriage and taken to a convent where she is trained to be an assassin for Death. But on a mission she begins to realize that not everything is what it seems. Also, there’s a great love story that slowly unfolds without that being the main emphasis of the story. Nor is the heroine so wrapped up in the guy that she loses sight of her mission and who she is as a woman. My favorite kind of story. A must read!


  I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga -This is an intense YA book. Very dark. Actually, I’m more surprised that a book like this, don’t get me wrong, I really love this book, isn’t under fire because of its dark content. I guess sex attracts more red flags than murder. The protagonist, Jasper, is a teenager whose father was a notorious serial killer who, although now caught and in prison, raised his son in the art of killing. While Jasper doesn’t want to be like his father he’s also intrigued with death and killing more than a normal teenager should be. So when a young woman is found murdered in his home town with all the markings of a serial killer’s handiwork, Jasper is drawn to find out who is killing and why. All this is heightened by Jasper’s conflicting desire to not become his father and as he thinks, if you had a gift of running really fast, wouldn’t you be a runner? Some days it’s all he can do not to use the gifts his father taught him.


  Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne – I’m sad to say that I haven’t read many of the great sci-fi classics. Verne is a writer I’ve always admired and know the stories of, but haven’t actually read his original versions. So I’m listening to this great novel on CD and want to continue listening to more of the sci-fi classics after this one.




  Everlast by Chad Michael Murray – I wouldn’t necessarily pick out a book written by an actor, unless it were a memoir, but this graphic novel by the star of the TV series One Tree Hill caught my attention. The illustrations are dark and gritty, matching the tone of the book perfectly. What if (and this made a great unintentional reading parallel), someone discovered that the center of the earth was actually hollow? What if the Eden of the Bible were a place of peace and happiness and the chosen few could escape Earth and travel to its secret core? Thus, Everlast and others are bound to seek the people destined for this “heaven” before the end of the world as they know it. A great premise for a novel and I’m loving it already.


I hope you’re reading week is just as enjoyable as mine is! Happy reading! 🙂

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. Want a good book to read? Stop by and see what’s new in the world of literature!

Had a great weekend running around in the beautiful weather. Got to go on a much needed 7-mile run. It started as a “I think I’m going to go for a nice 3-mile run maybe longer if I feel okay” and then my legs didn’t want to stop moving! I loved it. 🙂 Mid-fifties, sunny, with a nice breeze that cooled me off without being challenging. Ahhh…

I have some great books in my reading pile too. Here’s what I’m reading now:

  The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks – I’m listening to this YA book on CD. I have to admit I don’t immediately jump on every vampire/werewolf book that comes out because a lot of them seem so similar that it’s like reading the same plot over and over. What grabs me is a story about a boy who doesn’t know he’s a werewolf, who isn’t charming and brooding and filled with an overabundance of wolf testosterone. (Is that such a thing?) That’s how this story begins and with a title that makes it seems more like a PETA story, I’m already hooked.



  Timeless by Gail Carriger -Here’s another series that involves vampires and werewolves, but in such a quirky way I can’t help but devour each new book. There are vampires who are more concerned with fashion than blood, werewolves that act as babysitters, a preternatural that turns supernaturals mortal, and a toddler that blends all these aspects together. Not to mention the delightful steampunk elements that are threaded throughout. A perfect book for any mood.



  All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps by Dave Isay – StoryCorps was started in 2003 with the idea of capturing stories and preserving them for future generations. A person visits a StoryCorps booth, sometimes alone but more often with someone they love, to tell a story that they want to honor the memory of. This book is a compilation of the love stories both happy and sad from those sessions. I got choked up at almost every story just because they captured such beautiful memories of the human spirit.



I hope you’re reading week is just as enjoyable as mine is! Happy reading! 🙂

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. Want a good book to read? Stop by and see what’s new in the world of literature!

I officially signed up for Book Expo America this June in NYC. Yay! It’s like a mini vacation for me as I get to meet new people in the world of books, pick up some fun ARCs, and listen to great speakers about the craft of writing. If you love books and have never been, definitely check it out! And this week is the big Pitchapalooza event. I’ve been working on making this event a great experience for the community, so as excited as I am I’m also looking forward to it being finished after all the work and planning! 🙂

I’ve been reading some great books as well:

  Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – I’m listening to this book on CD and the narrator does a great job of bringing Bradbury’s classic tale to life. The descriptive language alone makes Something Wicked a wonderful book to listen to.



  Batman: The Black Mirror by Scott Snyder – I just started this graphic novel and so far, so good. The illustrations are classic superhero with their bold colors and ideal figures. It begins with Dick Grayson as Batman after he took over the cape and cowl when the original Batman was supposedly dead. But Batman has returned as well as a fun litany of evil villians – a recipe for excitement!


  Wonder by R.J. Palacio – This juvenile fiction book is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. August is a typical 10-year-old boy starting his first year of middle school. Except August was born with severe facial defects that, countless surgeries later, have made breathing and eating better but haven’t changed the aesthetics of his face. Told through several people surrounding August, Palacio’s story paints a wonderful picture of being different and how it’s the love and kindness that makes all the difference.

  Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – The first book in the Mistborn series, Sanderson, who I was first introduced to through his collaboration with the late Robert Jordan in finishing his Wheel of Time series, has written a high fantasy book where evil reigns and there has been no salvation in sight for the past thousand years. This series has been recommended to me several times, so I’m excited to finally be reading it!


I hope you’re reading week is just as enjoyable as mine is! Happy reading! 🙂

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. Find out what everyone’s reading!

It’s been pouring here since Saturday night, which is great as most of July was very, very dry. And it makes it easier to stay inside and write and not feel guilty I’m not outside enjoying the sunshine. 🙂 Not to mention I can catch up on my nerd SyFy shows and my reading. De-light-ful!

I hope you’ve been enjoying your week of reading. Here’s what I’m up to this week:

  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – I’m infatuated with this book. It’s such a unique, clever way to tell a story, and a captivating story at that, that I’ve consumed this YA novel in a couple of days. Riggs infuses his debut novel with quirky, strange snapshots from a distant past. All, according to Riggs’ blurb in the back of the book, are real photos and he documents which one came from where. On his blog he writes that he is already beginning his second novel and photos have started flooding his In Box. The story is about a world that the protagonist believes only exists in his grandfather’s stories, until strange, inexplicable things begin to happen. Part mystery, part fantasy, all enjoyable. 🙂



  Heaven’s Shadow by David S. Goyer and Michael Cassutt – I have high hopes for this sci-fi novel. The cover was what first drew me to this book, quickly followed by its premise – huge object hurtling toward Earth bringing with it a message from an intellectually superior race. The authors also have a lot of nerd cred with Goyer working on two of the recent Batman films and an upcoming Superman movie and Cassutt producing and writing shows such as The Twilight Zone and Eerie, Indiana. I just have to stop drooling over the cover long enough to actual read it!



  21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago – I love to read non-fiction in graphic novel form. It provides just enough information on any topic I’m interested in along with illustrations so I actually remember the facts I read. (My perfect learning scenario.) I’ve always wanted to know more about Roberto Clemente and the impact he had on baseball and America. The illustrations are both lively and heavy at once and seem to set the perfect backdrop to this inspiring and tragic tale.




That’s it for me this week. What have you been reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?


I just finished a great weekend with Natasha @ Maw Books and the fanfare of Bloggiesta and I’m beat! It was great to tinker with my site and change some things. You’ll see I have a new page that I’ll be updating regularly called Gears & Gadgets as well as a new background. The picture is actually one of mine of a local indie bookstore, so I’m pretty excited about that too. I had so much fun hopping around the blogosphere to some of my favorite blogs as well as getting to visit some new ones as well. I was able to get a lot of great ideas, tips, and suggestions from my fellow bloggers through their posts and their tweets. So I’m tired, but happy!

This weekend, aside from being on my computer most of the time, I paid a visit to an indie bookstore called The Bookworm to preorder my friend Alissa’s new novel Popular which comes out in May. Here’s what the cover looks like:

I’m super excited (both about supporting my local bookstore and Alissa’s big debut). Here’s the Goodreads blurb on Popular:

Meet the clique that rules Fidelity High: Olivia, Zelda, Nordica, and Shelly, each one handpicked by über-popular Hamilton Best. You know you’re “in” when you make the guest list for one of Hamilton’s parties. And in the thralls of senior year, everyone wants to get noticed by Hamilton.

But Hamilton’s elite entourage is coming apart at the seams. Olivia fantasizes about finally having a boyfriend, Zelda dreams of ditching high school, Nordica wants to be alone with her photography, and Shelly’s plotting to dethrone Hamilton. Lies and secrets are ripping away the careful ties that have kept them together for years. But Hamilton has the biggest secret of all, one that only her boyfriend Alex knows. If the truth got out, it would shock everyone and destroy Hamilton’s fragile world—and she’ll do anything to protect her secret and keep her clique together.

Aside from that funness (sure, that’s a word), I also joined the Y through a super promotion they were having (more on that in another post) and read some great books.

Here’s what I read this week:

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher – If you’re going to read one novel this year, make it Incarceron. I know, I know, it’s only January and already I’ve read my book of the year? Well, it’s just that great. You may as well jump on the bandwagon now because I predict it’s going to get crowded very fast. Fisher’s novel was released in her England home a few years prior and has already gotten a lot of transatlantic buzz. Her second in the series – Sapphique – was released in December 2010. I loved this book because it was so unique and I tire of wanting to read a fantasy book but being relegated to vampires, werewolves and fairies. Not that I don’t love those books as well, but this was like a breath of fresh air – well, prison air if you’re going to get technical. So pick up a copy and enter the world of Incarceron where nothing is as it seems and everyone wants to find freedom.


Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith – I’m listening to this YA book on CD and so far it is nothing like I expected. When a stranger hands Jack a pair of glasses, Jack enters the mysterious world of Marbury. There he is in charge of two young boys. His best friend Connor is there as well, but he is trying to kill them. While all this sounds very steampunk/scifi so far it is more reminiscent of Going Bovine by Libba Bray in which the protagonist goes on the strangest road trip ever but not everything is as it seems. The first few chapters open with Jack being kidnapped so it is a scary beginning despite the blurb on the box letting me know he does escape. I have a feeling the novel will be a mixture of the psychological as well as the science fictional.



That’s it for me this past week – What have you been reading?

Steampunk Month

For those of you who love steampunk as much as I do The Mad Hatter: Bookshelf & Book Review is hosting Steampunk Month. You can stop by their blog for more details, but I can tell you that there will be new book postings/reviews, author interviews, guest author posts and prizes. Sweet! Even if you’ve never heard of steampunk, check it out to get initiated into this great genre of literature.

I wrote a post about the Rise of Steampunk. If you want more info on what the excitement’s all about. My wish is find some of the gear that goes along with steampunk characters and dress like that for Halloween this year. Better get searching!

Happy reading! 🙂

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The Rise of Steampunk

I have seen a growing number of novels, blogs and articles revolving around the rise of the steampunk, so of course I had to find out more about this much talked about genre.

According to the invaluable source that is wikipedia, steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that is set during an era, usually the 19th century, when steam powered machines are still prevalent. Prominent elements of science fiction and/or fantasy are woven into this time to tell the story of an alternate history.

Steampunk became popular in the 1980s-90s, but whose roots can be traced back to Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.

Some novels include:

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore – I had to get one graphic novel in the mix! 🙂

For a more extensive list of steampunk favorites, click HERE.

I’m currently reading Soulless by Gail Carriger, which I am loving! It’s set in Victorian England with sub-cultures of vampires, werewolves and other supernaturals co-existing with their human counterparts. It’s a great twist on the supernatural theme and the protagonist – a soulless spinster named Alexia with a penchant for speaking her mind and getting into trouble – is refreshing and delightful.

Have you read any steampunk novels? What are your favorites?

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