April 24, 2014

Without Warning by Sappho

Without warning
as a whirlwind
swoops on an oak
Love shakes my heart

April 23, 2014

I Made Some Bookish Art :)

As you may or may not know, I have been really into drawing, painting, and plain old doodling this year.  Tonight I decided to make some bookish art.   Obviously I am not that good at drawing yet, but, hey, it's fun so whatevs, right!

Here is the full picture:

Here are the books closer up so you can see what I did.  (And also because I KNOW you want to know the book titles, you book voyeur, you.)  Sorry it's a bit blurry.  Camera phone.

I used pen and ink, colored pencils, and a Sharpie gold paint pen, which, in hindsight, probably wasn't the best medium for such a small space.  

If you can't read the book titles, they are in order:

(The) Kite Runner (by Khaled Hosseini)
Cleopatra (a Life by Stacy Schiff)
(Works by Lord Alfred) Tennyson 
Harry Potter (doesn't specify which one)
Becoming Jane (by Kevin Hood)
The Piano Teacher (by Janice Y. K. Lee)
Veil of Roses (by Laura Fitzgerald)
The Collected Poems of Pablo Neruda
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Middlesex (by Jeffrey Eugenides)
The Color Purple (by Alice Walker)
The Whole Golden World (by Kristina Riggle)
Olive Kitteridge (by Elizabeth Strout)
Sultana (by Lisa J. Yarde)

I am sure I will make more bookish art in the future.  I'm already attempting sloppily stacked books, which is harder to do than it looks!   

April 22, 2014

Mailbox Monday on Tuesday

So I haven't done an update on books I've been given or that I've bought in....a long time.  So here's an update for the past few months.  It's kind of an image heavy post so it might take an extra second to load.

First, the pics of my honest-to-goodness print books.  

These two were gifts from Sandie of Booksie's Blog.

Savage Girl by Jean Zimmerman
The Explanation for Everything by Lauren Grodstein

Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard was also a gift from Sandie.
Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff I got at a used book store.

All three of these were also gifts from Sandie.  She rocks!

Line Up by Liad Shoham
The House of Journalists by Tim Finch
The Returned by Jason Mott

These 3 I got at the used book store at the same time as Cleopatra (above).

Cut by Patricia McCormick
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

The Queen's Pawn by Christy English was sent to me by the author. 

Now to move on to all of the e-books.  I made them into collages for ease of uploading purposes.  I also organized them into Review Books (first 2 collages) and Books I Bought or Got for Free (last 3 collages).  I only included books I have not reviewed yet.

This is my Net Galley collage.  All of these books I got from Net Galley and I am either currently reading them or need to read them.

Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis
Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
Why Your Weirdness is Wonderful by Laurie Wallin
The Ecstasy of Surrender by Judith Orloff
Fates by Lanie Bross
Alpha Goddess by Amalie Howard
Adaptation by Melinda Lo
Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor
The Word Exchange: A Novel by Alena Graedon
The Dark World (Dark World #1) by Cara Lynn Shultz

These books I got either from the author or from Edelweiss.  I've read 2, I'm currently reading 2, and I need to read the other 4.

Burden (Bayou Bear Chronicles #1) by Lila Felix
The Necromancer by P.M. Richter
But Enough About You by Christopher Buckley
Reading Basquiat: Exploring Ambivalence in American Art by Jordana Moore Saggese
The Anatomy of Dreams by Chloe Benjamin
In Praise of Nothing: Essays, Memoir, and Experiments by Eric LeMay
Jane Austen's First Love by Syrie James
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

The next 3 collages are books I bought or they are freebies.  And can I just ask if anything outside of literary fiction is ever NOT a series anymore?:

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Become (Desolation #1) by Ali Cross
Born of Persuasion (Price of Privilege #1) by Jessica Dotta
Burning Girls by Veronica Schanoes
Anathema (Casual Enchantment #1) by K.A. Tucker
Another Saturday Night and I Ain't Got No Body by Jennie Marts
Bound (Bound #1) by Kira Saito
Drowning (Tears of Sin #1) by Rachel Firasek
A Seal's Surrender (Uniformly Hot SEALs #2) by Tawny Weber
Evolution (Evolution #1) by Kelly Carrero
Captivated (Affliction #1) by Deb Apodaca
Cipher (Cipher #1) by Cindi Madsen
A Gift of Ghosts (Tassamara #1) by Sarah Wynde 
Better Off Dead (Lily Harper #1) by H.P. Mallory
Deathwatch (Broslin Creek #1) by Dana Marton
Dark Genesis (Darkling Trilogy #1) by A.D. Koboah

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Frey (The Frey Saga #1) by Melissa Wright
Eternal Vows (The Ruby Ring #1) by Chrissy Peebles
Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader -
(actually this is a review book I forgot about so oops.)
Grishma by Kelly Anne Blount
Mindspeak (Mindspeak #1) by Heather Sunseri
Maliciously Obedient by Julia Kent
Four Corners Dark by William McNally
Hand of Isis (Numinous World #3) by Jo Graham
Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy #1) by Pierce Brown
Stone Guardian (Entwined Realms #1) by Danielle Monsch
Mine to Take (Mine to Take #1) by Cynthia Eden
Slide (Slide #1) by Jill Hathaway
Opposites Attack: A Novel with Recipes Provencal by Jo Maeder
The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian
The Vanishing Girl (The Vanishing Girl #1) by Laura Thalassa

Zoli by Colum McCann
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (Rose Gardner Mysteries #1) by Denise Grover Swank
The Key by Jennifer Anne Davis
Waterborn by Kimberly James
Type N: A Novel by Michelle N. Onuorah

Have you read any of these?  What should I read next?  What books have you gotten lately?

Alone by Edgar Allan Poe

From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.
Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that round me rolled
In its autumn tint of gold,
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed me flying by,
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view.

Poe is one of my favorite poets.  Who are one or two of your favorite poets?

April 21, 2014

Armchair BEA and You

Armchair BEA, the poor man's Book Expo America, if you will, is the last week in May (the 26th-31st) and I am super excited!!!  It's one of my favorite blogging events of the year.  If you've never participated, trust me, you need this event in your life!

For an entire week, you get to meet and know hundreds of bloggers from dozens and dozens of countries, write about your favorite things in the book and book blogging world, and you can even win prizes.  I know!  

One thing that keeps Armchair BEA such a success and keeps it rolling smoothly, are the wonderful volunteer cheerleaders.  Cheerleaders visit blogs each day during A-BEA and leave comments on participant's posts to encourage, inspire, and promote a sense of community.  That is, after all, what we are above all else, a community of book lovers!!  

I am excited to be on the Commenting Commitee for A-BEA again this year (along with Chrissy and Tanya) and you would be in my favor if you hopped on over to the A-BEA blog and signed up to be one of our beloved Cheerleaders! 

We totally understand that commenting on people's blogs, especially blogs you've never visited before, can be a daunting prospect.

That is why we will be giving every single cheerleader a packet to help you get started, including some comments to use when you're not sure what else to say!  Plus, there will be adorable buttons and extra prize to give away each day just for the cheerleaders!

This is so fun and I hope you will join us.  The more, the merrier, the mostest, so please invite others to join up as well!  Yay!  Thank you!

April 20, 2014

My Top 10 Guilty Pleasures

A glass of wine with a bubble bath at the end of a long day.
Reading tabloids.
Real Housewives.

We all have guilty pleasures.  Here are mine.  What are yours?

1. Teen TV Dramas

The Vampire Diaries. The Originals.  The Carrie Diaries.

Reign.  Switched at Birth.

These are shows that don't exactly challenge the mind, but I love them all the same.  I mean, Reign is not even historically accurate, yet I can't stop watching it.   It's just so addictive!

2. Keeping Late Hours

I am a bit of a night owl.  My grandparents were the same way.  I come by it honestly.  I can function any time of the day but I am much more creative and feel physically better during the night hours.  Part vampire, perhaps?

3. Fuzzy Socks

I've mentioned this before on social media, but I'm a sucker for fuzzy socks, especially during the winter.  So cozy!

4. Bubble Baths

Before fuzzy socks, nothing's better than a nice, hot bubble bath!   I wish I had a clawfoot bath tub (like the one below) to take them in, but I will take them however I can get them.  Maybe I'd never do anything else if I had this tub.  It's entirely possible.

5. Pedicures

I can't afford them as much as I would like, but I love them.  My favorite part is the sugar scrub.  I have some at home, but it is just not the same.

6. Long Drives

Sometimes I love to just crank up the music and go exploring.  If it is warm and I can roll the windows down, all the better.  I try not to think about the gasoline I'm burning on a pointless trip.

7. Pinterest

If you've been on Pinterest, you know what I'm talking about.  

8. Guilty Pleasure Songs

Usually I listen to awesome music.  Lyrics that make sense or are deep.  Music that makes me dance without repeating the same 4 lines over and over.  Music that has meaning.  But....

There are just some songs that I love even though I am so ashamed of it.  You know I am not the only one.  They might not be the same as yours, but you have them!   A couple of mine are Criminal by Britney Spears,  La La by Ashlee Simpson, S&M by Rihanna, Dear John by Taylor Swift, even Story of My Life by One Direction.  Even when I am listening to these, I scream to myself, WHAT am I doing?  WHY do I like this crap?   There are those few that get stuck in my head and won't come unglued.  Sigh.  It's hard admitting this, truly.

9. Earrings

I have a thing for earrings.  I don't have a lot but they are the one piece of jewelry I truly love wearing.

10. Collecting Books

We all love reading books.  Why else would you be reading a book blog?  But there are those of us who also love collecting them.  Sometimes we are clever about it and collect first editions or series or collections with special covers.  Not me.  I just want all the books.  As soon as I trade books in, I get more.  There's absolutely no room for any more books yet that stops me not.  Books from publishers.  Books from authors.  Books from stores.  Books that were gifts. Not to mention, my Kindle is exploding.  I have no business with any more books.  Oh look!  It's the new Christopher Gortner book!  I must have it.

What are YOUR guilty pleasures?  You've gotta tell me at least one!   So I don't feel so guilty!