Thursday, May 13, 2010

Linger Trailer

I figured I'd leave you guys with something awesome while I'm off to help the parents out for the day. I know I haven't posted the review yet, but I'm absolutely in love with Shiver and I cannot wait for the sequel, Linger, to come out. For the moment, however, all I can do is tease you with the trailer. Feel free to post it around as well, there's a chance to win something if you do. ;)

First, some information on Linger.

Linger is the second book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy, by author Maggie Stiefvater. It is to be released July 20th of this year by Scholastic Press. It is the follow-up to the bestseller, Shiver, which has won many literary awards and has been getting nothing but wonderful reviews.

(via Goodreads) In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past...and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves...and is nonetheless drawn to Cole. At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love--the light and the dark, the warm and the cold--in a way you will never forget.

Now, the trailer!

Thirsty for more? Read a few reviews on Linger here, here, and here!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Reading Habits

I've seen this survey floating around the blogosphere for a while, but didn't really think anything of it. Then, Jami posted it on her blog. I guess, after seeing it so many times, I finally decided I wanted to join in on the fun!

Do you snack while you read? If so, favourite reading snack:
My absolute favorite snack of all time is potato wedges. However, they're usually super greasy, so I try to avoid actually reading (I'll pause) while I eat and vise versa.

What is your favourite drink while reading?
Mmm ... Cherry Lemon Sundrop! But not the bottled kind, the fountain drink where they mix the cherry into the Sundrop. I seriously could drink that stuff all day long.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I have a journal that I write in when I find something interesting in a book. The only books I've marked in were college texts and I felt horrible for doing that!

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
Bookmarks. I love bookmarks. The owner of the used bookstore always puts one in your bag with your purchases each visit, so I have a lot!

Fiction, non-fiction, or both?
Fiction! I love being swept away into magical lands. If I do read non-fiction, it's either on mythology, war, or the Salem Witch Trials. Oh, and Chelsea Handler's books. ;)

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?
My habit has always been to stop at the end of the chapter. Sometimes, though, it's a little hard with the suspense.

Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?
I'll either throw it across the bed/couch/whatever furniture I'm reading it on, or I'll just throw my hands up in the air, release, and wish it a fond flight to where ever it may land.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?
I have a small steno pad I keep close that I'll write the words down in, along with book and page number, and go back to it when I'm finished reading for the day.

What are you currently reading?
I picked up Oh. My. Gods. this afternoon at the library and just finished it. I can't believe I didn't check it out before now ... it's so good!

What is the last book you bought?
I bought a few when I went to the used bookstore. You can read about them here.

Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?
I can read several at one time, but I prefer to read just one at a time. It's nice to just stay in one world until the end, then continue on to another besides skipping back and forth all the time. It's easier for characters and plots to be confused that way.

Do you have a favourite time/place to read?
Two times I prefer: In the afternoon when my husband has his video game time after work, and after he goes to bed. It's just easier when I'm not distracted by him.

Do you prefer series books or stand alones?
Series are more fun when it's a wonderful world and you can't quite let go of the characters yet. But stand alones are good for quick reads. I don't think I really have a preference, I love both.

Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?
I did nothing but sing the praises of Twilight for quite some time. I still do. Now, I find myself completely absorbed by Gena Showalter and all of her wonderful books, whether it's contemporary or paranormal.

How do you organize your books? (by genre, title, author's last name, etc.)
First, I have two places where my books go. In my office, where my writing materials are, I have all of my reference books ... this includes writing, recipes, hobbies - I guess you could call it my non-fiction area. Then, there's the fiction area - which is the bookcase in our game room. I organize the non-fiction by subject, then by author. With fiction, it's all by author ... and I always have a stack to the side of TBR books.

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Want to participate?
Go here!

My Choice:

Wicked Girls: A Novel of The Salem Witch Trials
By Stephanie Hemphill
Published by HarperCollins
Release Date: July 1st, 2010

Wicked Girls is a fictionalized account of the Salem witch trials based on the real historical characters, told from the perspective of three young women living in Salem in 1692—Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam Jr.

When Ann’s father suggests that a spate of illnesses within the village is the result of witchcraft, Ann sees an opportunity and starts manifesting the symptoms of affliction. Ann looks up to Mercy, the beautiful servant in her parents' house. She shows Mercy the power that a young girl is capable of in a time when women were completely powerless. Mercy, who suffered abuse at the hands of past masters, seizes her only chance at safety. And Ann’s cousin Margaret, anxious to win the attention of a boy in her sights, follows suit. As the accusations mount against men and women in the community, the girls start to see the deadly ramifications of their actions. Should they finally tell the truth? Or is it too late to save this small New England town?

I heard about this book about two weeks ago from my local librarian and thought that I was going to hit the ceiling with the excitement bubbling out of me! The Salem Witch Trials have always fascinated me and, in school, I devoured every single thing I could get my little hands on that had to deal with it. My psychology teacher was the first to spark my interest when we had to write a paper on how fear could make people do irrational things. He thought it would be funny to get Missy, the quiet little history buff in the back that always wore black, to delve into her favorite subject as well as something that obviously looked like it would interest the girl in black. Well, he was right! I've been obsessed with it ever since! Now this? I know it's fiction, but man I can't wait for it!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading.

· Grab your current read.
· Open to a random page.
· Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
· BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
· Share the author and title, too, so that the other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

Dead In The Family, by Charlaine Harris

"Jump," Eric said, holding out his hands and smiling. I laughed. I took a running start, and leaped. Eric caught me, his hands clamped around my waist. He lifted me up until my head touched the ceiling. Then he lowered me for a kiss. I wrapped my legs around his torso, my arms around his neck. We were lost in each other for a long moment.

Monday, May 10, 2010

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly event - hosted by the wonderful Sheila - to share what we are reading this week, as well as what we read the previous week. Feel free to share in on the fun, or just click on the link to see what others are reading!

Last Week:

Secret Vampire, by LJ Smith
Spellbinder, by LJ Smith
Dark Angel, by LJ Smith

This Week:

Dead In The Family, by Charlaine Harris
Need, by Carrie Jones
Captivate, by Carrie Jones


On Writing, by Stephen King
100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories, by Robert Weinberg, Stefan Dziemianowicz, Martin H. Greenberg
The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories, by Peter Haining


I have about a dozen reviews that are going to be posted throughout the week. I hope I don't bombard you guys too much, but I really need to catch up to keep up with all the new books I'm reading and need to review!

Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by Just One More Page...

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post:

Do you have to carve out time in your day for reading (due to work and other obligations), or does your reading just happen naturally? (Question courtesy of MizB.)

In all honesty, my reading can happen at any time because, being unemployed, I just so happen to have all the time in the world. Having said that, my answer would be that I have to carve out a specific time for reading. Confusing, no?

Reading is one of my favorite things to do. I could literally do it all day and be fine ... but, I would feel guilty. I am, after all, a twenty-something housewife who is responsible for more than just herself. In order to stop myself from being absorbed by reading at all times, I carve out a time in the afternoon after all the house chores are done in order to reward myself with reading. This way, I still get to read but I get to feel good about myself because I didn't abandon my responsibilities in doing so.
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