I don't know how Marie does it, but she always manages to have the best reading challenges. When I see she's posted a new one, it's something I know I want to do. This is my third year doing her Spooktacular Paranormal Reading Challenge. (Why would I pass this up? Hello? Paranormal junkie here.)
The Canadian Reading Challenge is official on! Hosted by myself, Marie and Sarah. Grab a book by your favorite Canadian author or one that's set in the land above America and start reading. Remember, to complete the challenge you only need to read and review one book then add that review to the linky list I've included in this post - anymore is added points to the giveaway also included in this post. Don't forget to post your review to the linky list (no blog is required. You can post the review anywhere.)
More in depth details about the challenge are here.
As for me, I have three books I'm hoping to read. I've known Marie for quite some time and yet I haven't read any of her books. (Bad Patty!) I'm using this challenge to change that. I have Blue Sky Days and Undressed and one of those will be read! Failure is not an option.
PURPOSE OF THIS CHALLENGE:
To bring attention to Canadian authors and show the love! I'm sure a lot of people will be surprised that some of their favorite authors are Canadian, or that authors they've heard of but haven't read yet are Canadian.
Well, that went quick, didn't it? Which means I had a lot of fun. I'm really glad I decided to join this. I read some great books and met a lot of awesome people. The chat was a blast and I chided my tweeplez for missing it.
Before I get into how I did, I'd like to thank Faye for hosting and organizing this. Great job! Also, don't forget to head over to her blog and check out the giveaway and see the other wrap up posts.
If you read my goal post then you'd know I had four books I planned on reading. Caleo; Vintage:A Ghost Story; Aliens, Smith and Jones; and I'll Get There. It Better Be Worth The Trip. I ended up deviating a little. I read two of those books, then during the chat found a short story series called Black Sheep. The first book, Letting Go of the Past was free so I grabbed it. All in all, three books got read. Not bad, given Saturday and Monday I had no time to read. I thought in my wrap up post I'd give mini reviews of what I did read.
I was invited to this read-a-thon, and since there are quite a few LGBT books I've been meaning to read, I signed up. I can be such a slacker when it comes to reading. Motivation is always welcomed. Plus, I've never done a read-a-thon before. I'm nervous about how I will do. Friday I work a half a day so I'm hoping to knock out at least one book then. Saturday I doubt I'll get any reading in. I open the restaurant and then am going to visit my parents. Sunday is when I plan on getting the majority of my reading done. Monday, probably nothing again because I close the restaurant, but it will give me time to write my wrap up post for Tuesday.
Given that I'm still riding my Warm Bodies high, when I found out there was a prequel, it should be no surprise that I snatched it up and started reading.
America has been devastated by natural disasters and governmental collapse, as well as the annoying problem of zombies trying to devour any survivors. But 16-year-old Nora and her younger brother Addis are about to discover the most frightening thing yet—being abandoned by their own parents.
As the siblings begin their harrowing journey to connect with anyone who isn’t looking to rob them or eat them, a 12-year-old girl named Julie is traveling in an SUV with her parents. She’s already seen her friends die and her school burn, and watched her father become nearly as cold and remorseless as the Dead. All she wants is to find a place she can call home, even if nothing will ever be the same.
Nearby, a man awakens in the woods, unsure of where, or who, he is. He struggles to remember the details of his life, but only a single letter comes to him. "R"…
Back in 2011 I discovered the book Warm Bodies via recommendation. I loved the book and wrote a review. Then I learned they were making it into a movie. It was a long wait, but the movie is finally out and I loved it. Scratch that, I adored the movie. It was cute and funny, the zombies looked great. It ignited in me a desire to reread the book.
I think I love the story even more.
While the movie focused on R and Julie's romance, the book allowed more depth into the characters. You find there is more to Julie than a tough girl. She has hopes and dreams and it really comes out in the book. Her dad in the movie is a tough man, so worn down by the world that he has become cold and heartless and in the book it shows you that more in depth.
I haven't really gotten a lot of low reviews for Being Human and I can count them on one hand. I received one recently and as I was reading it, I realized I didn't feel much. A little hurt, but barely.
The first time I got a low review I was crushed. It was from a friend I asked to review and he gave it two stars and a lengthy review of why. Afterwards, I had hubby come get me and I hung out with him and a couple of his friends and drank a little. I mourned the review and the next morning I felt better about it. My friend and I talked about it a little and I told him it was like a badge of honor. My first low review. If you look at Being Human's GoodReads page it's at the top of Friend Reviews. That doesn't bother me the way I've heard it has some authors (but that goes back to authors who reply to low reviews and stick their foot so far down their throat they have to go to the bathroom.)
"The first conqueror came the day I received my first tattau. "
So begins Theron's tale, a story that will take him from his sacred mountain and the witch he loves to a world where women have but one need for men.
Theron Tale delves deeper into the world Thea created in Water Witch. The tribe of women who abduct Theron and other men was so realistic I could imagine their camps and how they looked. Their voices were real. They were infuriating and barbaric in their believability. When the story switched back to Theron's present state - at the mercy of Yuri and his torturer - his preservation despite his exhaustion and pain was tangible Again, I could see where the characters were, imagine the blood drying on Theron's skin or the pain he felt as he recalled receiving his tattaus. Thea created a story that planted me right in the middle of the narrative. The blend between past and present wasn't jarring at all. It wove together to create the narration and reveal the story at the perfect pace. It gave great insight to Yuri's mind and his role in Water Witch. Let me just say, he is one harsh dude.
This post is going to be a bit random. I almost forgot to write a blog post for today. A tweet reminded me that, Hey, tomorrow is Monday. Blog! Then I realized I had no topic. I could do another late AYWN? post but *sniffles* no one comments on them. No one gives any encouragement or cheers me on. *sniffles* I even reached all my goals. I finished Squidboy, sent the first Path of Angels to betas and moved. Can't I get some confetti? Or a celebratory pie (watching The Big Bang Theory third season.)
Uh... what was I going to say next? BBT just distracted me. I used to not like the show, but it grew on me. Okay, I remember. I have some news to share. Being Human is getting good reviews in Romania here, here and here. (Google Chrome translates.) I think I need to poke my Romanian agent about getting the book translated. She could pass on the reviews to the publisher she submitted to. A little hint-hint, nudge-nudge.
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