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.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
For fans of Stephen King and American Horror Story, a gruesome thriller suggested by the events of the Amityville Horror.
Delancy Sullivan has
always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time
someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the
existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of
right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices
create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not
travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can
navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the
dimensions in harmony.
The League of Princes
returns in the hilariously epic conclusion to the hit series that began
with Christopher Healy's The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, which
the Los Angeles Times called "one of the more clever, hilariously
successful incarnations of the current literary rage to rip apart and
rewrite fairy tales."
The Beginning of This, The End of That: The End (1)
By James Matteson
Genre: Sci-Fi, Mythology/Lore
Published July 2012
Summary: "After an iron astroid hits the earth killing almost everyone, those who survive begin to write stories. Those stories became the foundational documents of a new civilization. 1,000 years later a scholar at a university collects the myths and publishes them. This book contains those stories. The Beginning of This, The End of That is a literary novel that examines the controversy surrounding story itself in society, in governmental rule, and in religion. The myths and legends contain the travels of two college graduate students, Ewan and Alysa, in a fantasy adventure across pagan Europe in the 7th century, where the gods themselves are under attack. The book's fictional editor, Professor Harkness, comments about each myth. The story has elements of Umberto Eco's "The Island of the Day Before" and Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials trilogy."- Goodreads Summary
Review: First off, I need to admit that I did not finish this book. I wanted to enjoy it. While I was expecting something a bit outside my normal reading interests, I was not expecting this. I started this book full of curiosity and stopped feeling very confused and frustrated.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
I made it! 1 year ago (March 6, 2013) I started to create this blog. The first few weeks were dead on visitors and lots of work and learning on my part. I jumped in this, not knowing the first thing about blogging, html or computer smarts in general. I am not a tech savvy person. What I did know was books. And I wanted to share those books with others throughout the world. And I will be honest, the idea of possible free early releases didn't hurt. But that was never my focus.
While I do read a fair share of mainstream or popular titles, I also love to read the lesser known books. Or even some older titles. Not to mention all the different genres I love. I know for some it can make this blog seem overwhelming. Yet it is who I am and what I love. While I do have my favorites, one cannot put me in a box with them and expect me to be satisfied. I love to share new books. One thing that makes me so very happy in life is when someone picks up that lesser known book and enjoys it! So I will continue to share in the popular and also introduce a little something different.
Most people I know in person are not big readers. Back in 2010 I had discovered Goodreads. I loved it. I could organize what I have read, list what I want, etc. Also I could chat with other book lovers like myself! Or even sometimes just the occasional casual reader that I share a book in common with. So I kept busy with various groups there. Then I started writing reviews on Goodreads which started even more conversations. In late 2012 I was introduced to Book Blogs. Wow! Whole blogs dedicated to books, reading and authors! I was in book heaven and was determined to one day be a part of it. Now here I am. I still have a long way to go to integrate myself into the book blogging paradise but slowly I am settling in.
I want to thank every person that has ever followed this blog, commented or even just stopped by. Thank you. Especially those loyalists who come by regularly (you know who you are). As a thank you I have a HUGE (at least for me) GIVEAWAY.
I have been saving hard for this to make it a blast!
Also, I will have a couple games and special posts up over then next month (until the giveaway ends) so be on the lookout!
There will be a total of 5 prizes!
1)The Grand Prize-A gift card to your choice of Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
The card will start at $50 and can go up!
UPDATE-As of 3/8/14 evening: Gift Card is now at $65!!!
UPDATE-As of 3/8/14 evening: Gift Card is now at $65!!!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I am thinking of doing a self-goal read-a-thon. Most likely 24 hours. Being a self-goal I get to reward myself for what I read. I will set myself several levels of challenges I can earn as I get through these. Example: Read 100 pages-get a treat to eat. 500 pages-pedicure spoils, 1000- get a massage from my man (he is so wonderful to volunteer for this), 1500-get a new release book, etc.
I haven't for sure set the levels and prizes yet. Still playing with the idea.
Would anyone else be interested in joining? Figure I will do a commitment post and a wrap-up post to share how I did and what I read. Challenge may be by pages, books count, whatever one wants to do. Same with rewards. Personalize it! What do you think? Any reward or challenge ideas?
Also, I was thinking of promoting some of my fellow bloggers and have others get to know them. I am offering interviews to book blogger to share their blog, about themselves and their favorite books. If interested, email me at darjlj75(at)gmail(dot)com to let me know. I figure I can spotlight an interview every few weeks and see how it goes.
Both these events are kicking off now in honor of my 1 year Blogversary that officially starts tomorrow, March 6. Over the next month, look out for giveaways, games, etc. I hope to make it lots of fun for everyone!
Monday, March 3, 2014
Top Ten Popular Authors I've Never Read
So I used Amazon's list most popular authors for this list and here are ten authors I have at least heard of fairly often but have never read any of their books (at least not yet). I deliberately choose 1/2 men, 1/2 women. Otherwise no particular order here.