Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday News (7)


I'm hosting a 600 followers giveaway (INT). You can enter here!

I'm hosting a giveaway (INT) for The Black Shard by Victoria Simcox. You can enter here!

I'm hosting another giveaway (INT) for a paperback copy of The Lieutenant's Whistle by Fred Stemme. You can enter here!

I'm planning to host a read-along in August. You have 3 more days to vote for which book you'd like to read with me here.

Books Received:
I won a giveaway over at Bloody Bookaholic and received a box of books! It included:

Nyx in the House of Night by P.C. Cast
Teeth edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
Evolve edited by Nancy Kilpatrick
Kiss Me Deadly edited by Trisha Telep
The Eternal Kiss edited by Trisha Telep
Steampunk! edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant.

An awesome haul! I've only read one of these (Steampunk!), so this added a lot of great books to my to-read pile!

Currently Reading:
The Stand by Stephen King - ALMOST DONE! It's gotten really crazy. (King's not one to hold back, is he?) I've cried, I've triumphed, I've rejoiced over the electricity being put back on. This is a monster of a book, but I love long books, because I can connect to the characters so much better. Anyway, regardless of its length, I suggest everyone read this. It's so good!

Corpalism by Arun D. Ellis -- Eh. I've noticed that new authors like to rush through things. I prefer it when conflict takes its time. I mean, make it exciting, but don't just keep solving problems as fast as they come. A bit heavy-handed with the ideology also, even if I do agree with it, I hate heavy-handedness.

Flight of Blue by A.E. Howard - I like this one. Cute and has a little bit of humor. I like when it's up to a kid to save the world. But, note the rushing comment from Corpalism. Seeing as it's a children's book, the rushing isn't as much of a problem, but I would like for it to slow down just a bit.

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown by Claire Ridgway - Loving this! The format is easy to follow, and she just lays out the facts. As a Tudor fan, I'm already inclined to love this, but it really is good.

The Lieutenant's Whistle by Fred Stemme - Not very far into this, but I already like the main character. Main battle = won. I would like there to be more setting, and hopefully that comes up later. I'm definitely in a war zone, but I don't feel like I'm in France. I want to see the city, too!

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton - I'm always wary of starting a book that has so many fans. It gives me such expectations and I worry that it won't live up to it. Reading the first few chapters, I didn't see what all the fuss was about, but I read some more and I'm now in love. The characters are brilliant, and even being as old as it is, any teenager can relate to the problems and feelings the main character is going through. Beautiful coming-of-age story. I can't wait to see how it ends!

Upcoming Posts:

Monday - Book review of Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
Tuesday - Audiobook review of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Wednesday - Waiting on Wednesday - Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
Thursday - Book review of The Stand by Stephen King
Friday - Announcement of August Read-along book
Saturday - A spotlight on some cool giveaways going on in the blog world.