FrightFall Readathon is Dead

So I didn’t quite finish all my goals… but I got a chunk taken care of.  I’ve been attempting to read Dune for ages.  Knocking that one out makes me happy.  I also read a decent chunk of The Living Dead and will definitely finish that one this week. Decent accomplishments, but as usual, life with a baby boy got in the way of reading.
Goals:
  • Read two books
  • Review all books read √
  • Read at least 1000 pages √
  • Knock out 5 reading challenge spots
TBR:
  • Scary selection — The Living Dead (in progress)
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  •  Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul by Terry Pratchett
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Soulless Vol 1
  • Soulless Vol 2
  • The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination
  • The Mammoth Book of Steampunk

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FrightFall Readathon is Here!

Goals:
  • Read two books
  • Review all books read
  • Read at least 1000 pages
  • Knock out 5 reading challenge spots
TBR:
  • Scary selection — The Living Dead
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul by Terry Pratchett
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Soulless Vol 1
  • Soulless Vol 2
  • The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination
  • The Mammoth Book of Steampunk

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FrightFall Readathon is Right Around the Corner!

From Seasons of Reading:
I’m so very excited that it’s almost officially Fall again (although I always kick off Fall personally on September 1…haha)! The FrightFall Read-a-Thon is only two weeks away! Official dates are September 29 through October 5. I hope you’re ready to get your scary on! Guidelines for the read-a-thon can be found HERE or you can access in the tab at the top of the blog. Any information you need about the read-a-thon can be found there. We will have one Twitter chat. I will announce the date and time in the starting post. Please do be sure to check the guidelines, as I’ve made changes regarding signing up and the starting line. Our Twitter hashtag is #FrightFall.
Just remember…the one main “rule” of FrightFall is that you must read ONE scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who are faint of heart).
I’m joining!  Now I just need to pick my scary book to read for the season.
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FrightFall Readathon — Finish Line

Pages Read Today: 175 (Anansi Boys)

Pages Read Total: 1304

Books Read Total: 5+

Comments: And I’m rounding out the readathon with some Neil Gaiman!  I’m so excited about my progress this past week.  I knocked out five books and started on a sixth.  I read over 1000 pages.  I filled a ton of Reading Challenge slots.  Overall I’d say it was a success!

Goals:

  • Read 3 books √
  • or read 1000 pages √
  • Review all books read √

TBR List:

  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Cape Storm by Rachel Caine
  • Witches 101 by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Total Eclipse by Rachel Caine
  • Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (in progress)
  • San Diego 2014 by Mira Grant

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Total Eclipse by Rachel Caine

Title: Total Eclipse (Weather Wardens #9)

Author: Rachel Caine

Publisher: Roc 2010

Genre: Paranormal

Pages: 305

Rating: 4/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Seriously Series; Mount TBR; Fall into Reading;

How I Got It: I own it

Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin, her husband, the djinn David, and the Earth herself have been poisoned by a substance that destroys the magic that keeps the world alive. The poison is destabilizing the entire balance of power, bestowing magic upon those who have never had it, and removing it form those who need it. It’s just a matter of time before the delicate balance of nature explodes into chaos-and doom.

Holy crap!  What a way to end the series!  I sped through this volume on the edge of my seat.  I couldn’t wait to see how Joanne got herself of the end-of-the-world situation she got herself into.  The volume did not disappoint.  Like most of of the books in the series, this one hits the ground running.  The action starts right away and never stops.  I loved that!  We get a whirlwind of activity and yet we still connect to the characters.  I loved seeing some of the side characters reappear, but glad that Caine focused on our main group.  I was even satisfied with the ending and epilogue.  Usually I hate epilogues, but this one was nice.  Overall, I really liked this series.  The middle books meander a bit from the main story arc, but everything gets back on track for a couple of explosive books at the end.

Weather Warden:

  1. Ill Wind
  2. Heat Stroke
  3. Chill Factor
  4. Windfall
  5. Fire Storm
  6. Thin Air
  7. Gale Force
  8. Cape Storm
  9. Total Eclipse

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Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

gulliver'sTitle: Gulliver’s Travels

Author: Jonathan Swift

Genre: Classics; Fantasy

Pages: 333

Rating: 3/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Classics — 18th Century; Mount TBR; Dusty Bookshelf; Book to Movie; 1001 Books; Fall into Reading; Fantasy Project

How I Got It: I own it

Jonathan Swift’s satirical novel was first published in 1726, yet it is still valid today. Gulliver’s Travels describes the four fantastic voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a kindly ship’s surgeon. Swift portrays him as an observer, a reporter, and a victim of circumstance. His travels take him to Lilliput where he is a giant observing tiny people. In Brobdingnag, the tables are reversed and he is the tiny person in a land of giants where he is exhibited as a curiosity at markets and fairs. The flying island of Laputa is the scene of his next voyage. The people plan and plot as their country lies in ruins. It is a world of illusion and distorted values. The fourth and final voyage takes him to the home of the Houyhnhnms, gentle horses who rule the land. He also encounters Yahoos, filthy bestial creatures who resemble humans.

I can’t believe that I’ve never actually read the entirety of this novel.  Sure, I’ve read excerpts.  I know most of the storyline.  I’ve seen multiple television and movie adaptations.  I’ve also read basically everything else that Swift has written.  But somehow I’ve never actually read the whole book.  Overall, I would say that I enjoyed the book, but the notes really helped me understand the satirical nature of Swift’s writing.  The problem is that Swift wrote this very specific to a time and place.  I love his commentary on the political state of Great Britain. While Gulliver goes on four adventures and meets four basic groups of people, the Lilliputians are still my favorite.  I love how Gulliver finds himself a part of this strange land.  A good book but because of its very specific nature, it’s a hard volume to get into for modern audiences.

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I had hoped to watch the Ted Danson miniseries version of the book, but I couldn’t find it anywhere.  Boo! So I settled for the Jack Black version because the library had it in stock and available for loan.  I was very disappointed by this adaptations.  All of the satire is lost with Jack Black’s incessant nonsense.  Even the inclusion of Chris O’Dowd and Catherine Tate (two awesome British actors!) could not save the ridiculousness of this movie.  Definitely a disappoint.  Glad I didn’t pay for this one at all…

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FrightFall Readathon Update #2

Pages Read Today: 333 (Gulliver’s Travels) + 39 (Total Eclipse)

Pages Read Total: 863

Books Read Total: 4

Comments: Made it through a never before read classic and started on the last book in a modern series.  Very excited about my progress so far this week!  Hoping to knock out Total Eclipse tomorrow or Saturday and start on my fifth book of the book.

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Witches 101 by Melissa de la Cruz

witchesTitle: Witches 101: A Witches of East End Primer

Author: Melissa de la Cruz

Publisher: Hyperion 2011

Genre: Paranormal; Witches

Pages: 63

Rating: 3/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Witches and Witchcraft; Monthly Key Word – October; ebook; Fall into Reading

How I Got It: iPad read

Almost three million copies of The Blue Bloods series in print, Melissa de la Cruz has now written her first paranormal romance for adults, on sale June 21st. The first in the Beauchamp Series, the book features a brand-new cast of characters, a fascinating and fresh world to discover, and a few surprise appearances from some of the Blue Blood fan favorites. It’s a page-turning, heart-stopping, magical summer read, fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.

But before you read the book, meet the Witches! In this primer, you’ll meet the three Beauchamp women – Joanna, Ingrid, and Freya – learn a little bit about their special powers, and even get some tips so you can cast a few spells of your own.

Hmm… This was a free teaser ebook for the new Witches of East End series.  I was intrigued by the series concept and the appearance of the Beauchamps in the Blue Bloods series.  The ebook itself gives the reader a chapter about each of the Beauchamps.  We are teased with a larger mystery and storyline.  it definitely doesn’t stand on its own, but I am fairly interested in reading the series now.  I just kinda wish this was a full story to get us into the series, instead of the opening chapters.

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