Friday, July 31, 2015

Beach Reads in August Giveaway Hop 2015

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What do you like to read at the beach?  Or what comes to mind when you think about that (for those that do not read at the beach)?  To me, adventure books, playful contemporaries or mysteries come to mind.  But everyone is a bit different.  
For this giveaway, you can pick any one of the top 100 books from this list.  The only catch is the book has to be $20 or less and I must be able to order it and have it sent from The Book Depository.  This giveaway is open to everyone as long as TBD can ship to you.
 These are just a few of your options that come with my personal recommendation but there are lots of choices!

The Girl on the TrainDivergent (Divergent, #1)The Selection (The Selection, #1)The Fault in Our Stars 

Review: The Walking Dead, Compendium 1

The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 
The Walking Dead, Compendium #1
(Contains Volumes 1-48)
By Robert Kirkman
Genre(s): Graphic Novels, Horror
Pages: 1088
Published: May 2009
Image Comics
Official Summary:  "Introducing the first eight volumes of the fan-favorite, New York Times Best Seller series collected into one massive paperback collection.

In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living. With The Walking Dead #1-48, this compendium features more than one thousand pages chronicling the start of Robert Kirkman's Eisner Award-winning story of zombie horror, from Rick Grimes waking up alone in a hospital, his band of survivors seeking refuge on an isolated farm and the controversial introduction of Woodbury despot, The Governor."

Review:  I started to read this series after watching the first season (however short it was) of The Walking Dead tv series. I had head it was based off a comic series but knew little else. When I spotted this massive comic at the library, I just had to check out out. So glad I did!

The book is similar to the tv series yet lots of differences. I don't want to spoil one or the other by saying what. But if you have seen the series and are thinking that since you have, there is no need to read this, then you are very wrong. While some characters are the same, others are not. We obviously have Rick and Carl. I won't say who else is or is not here beyond that. Some live in this that died in the series and vice versa. The beginning is basically the same but it does take some different routes and the focus is sometimes different.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Stacking the Shelves 89-Review Insanity!!

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, every Weekend. This is to share books I have acquired from various sources. Physical books & ebooks both are welcome. If its something being sent to me by mail, I will not mention it until I actually receive it. 
So I read 11 books this past week!  And a good thing too! I had a bit too much fun on Netgalley this week!  But I am (barely) holding to my restrictions of 1:2 ratio. 
But before I do that I want your opinion on something.  Do you prefer when I add summaries (like last weeks)with the books on my site (which does make my sts a longer post) or do you just prefer a quick link like I have today .  Or how would you like to better see me structure these weekly posts?  Any opinions shared would be appreciated.  Thanks!
Now on to the books I received in hopes for a review 
(I will have no life in August lol)...... 
 Just click the image to like to goodreads summaries!!
Warning:  Many of the books below are ADULT novels. 
 The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium, #2) Son of the Black Sword

REVIEW: The Prince by Kiera Cass

The Prince (The Selection, #0.5) 
The Selection: The Prince (#0.5) 

By Kiera Cass

Genre(s): Novella/short story, Romance, Young Adult, Dystopian
Pages: 64
Published: March 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen

Official Summary: Before thirty-five girls were chosen to compete in the Selection...

Before Aspen broke America's heart...

There was another girl in Prince Maxon's life...

Review:  This was a quick filler read that gives the reader a bit more perspective on Prince Maxon. We also get to know a bit more about his parents. One thing I will say is I do not like his father. This takes place around the same time as the start of The Selection, before the girls are picked. we meet his childhood friend Daphne (also royalty) and we see his meeting of America, Celeste and the others from his point of view. It was an enlightening read as to what to possibly expect in book two (The Elite) if you haven't already read it.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Been There, Done That. Exhausting the book genres and themes

For most readers, we hit a point in our reading where we pause and go "This book reminds me of "__X__" book.  Or even the point where every book of a certain genre (or more often sub-genre) that every book just blends with another book.  

Some popular examples are vampire novels and their over-the-top  popularity explosion after the Twilight novels.  OR dystopian books after the Hunger Games (and now Divergent).    I have heard from so many readers that they are burnt out of an genre or saying that the books are too similar and not original.

I think we all get burnt out of certain types of books once in a while.  Sometimes very specific (such as just avoiding a particular author or maybe just not into vampire romance, etc), and other times more broad (no more horror or fantasy or YA) might sum it up better.  My thing is to break away before it starts to effect your opinion of the books.   If you start to feel things are too similar or dull or over-used, etc change directions.  Pick up something completely different.  Maybe even break away from your comfort zone of reading.  
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