April 18, 2014

Loss and Gain by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When I compare
What I have lost with what I have gained,
What I have missed with what attained,
Little room do I find for pride.
I am aware
How many days have been idly spent;
How like an arrow the good intent
Has fallen short or been turned aside.
But who shall dare
To measure loss and gain in this wise?
Defeat may be victory in disguise;
The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.

April 16, 2014

Dark Eden by Chris Beckett


On the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest’s lantern trees. Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it. 

The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where light came from the sky, where men and women made boats that could cross the stars. These ships brought us here, the Oldest say—and the Family must only wait for the travelers to return. 

But young John Redlantern will break the laws of Eden, shatter the Family and change history. He will abandon the old ways, venture into the Dark…and discover the truth about their world.

Already remarkably acclaimed in the UK, Dark Eden is science fiction as literature; part parable, part powerful coming-of-age story, set in a truly original alien world of dark, sinister beauty--rendered in prose that is at once strikingly simple and stunningly inventive.


Premise sounds awesome, right?  Well, I thought it would be entertaining to just give you my Goodreads status updates as I read this book.

25.0%"Ha! That little story that got passed down and mixed up about Jesus and Hitler was pretty entertaining."
34.0%"Absolutely ZERO point to chapter 13. All of it had already been talked about. Beckett needs to get on with the story before I give up altogether on this."
47.0%"This book is slow slow. And repetitive repetitive. Hopefully now something is starting to happen."
58.0%"Finally! The repetition has stopped and the story is moving forward and it is good. I think the galley just needs a lot of editing."
70.0%"I still feel meh about this book. Reading it is a chore."

The book was just so disappointing.  I have no idea how it won an award.   So much could have been done with this story and it was just boring boring (I keep repeating words because that is how they say how extreme something is in the story.  Boring is boring.  Very boring is boring boring.  Yeah.)  

Have you read this book?  What did you think?  

April 15, 2014

Me thinks this heart...by Emily Bronte

Me thinks this heart should rest awhile
So stilly round the evening falls
The veiled sun sheds no parting smile
Nor mirth nor music wakes my Halls
I have sat lonely all the day
Watching the drizzly mist descend
And first conceal the hills in grey
And then along the valleys wend
And I have sat and watched the trees
And the sad flowers how drear they blow
Those flowers were formed to feel the breeze
Wave their light leaves in summer’s glow
Yet their lives passed in gloomy woe
And hopeless comes its dark decline
And I lament because I know
That cold departure pictures mine

Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren't Books) That I'd Like To Own

I love this list idea.  I already have a Pinterest board just for this!  
Is there any reader who doesn't have a bookish items list?

1. Birdcage Bookends from Joss & Main
I would totally put a few books in a box to make room for these cute bookends.

2. Biblioteque-Scented Candle from Net-A-Porter
A room that smells like a library?  Yes, please!

3. Vintage Design Book Shirt via Etsy
Love bookish shirts!

4. Edgar Allan Poe-ka Dots Canvas Pouch from Out of Print
I'd totally carry this!

5. Jane Austen Phone Covers from Zazzle
I will take all of them, please and thank you.

6. Today I'm Reading Mug as found on Book Riot
I need this in my life.  I would drink everything out of a mug just to use this.

7. "I Can't Live Without Books" Pillow found via The Enchanted Cove on imgfave
I'd love to curl up with this pillow as I read.

8. Miniature Library via this site, made by Todd Pattison
This is like a piece of art but I want it in my home.

9.  Desk Drawer turned into Mini Bookcase/Nightstand found at Babble.com
This is a DIY project.  I want to make this sooo bad!  Like I have room, but still.

10.  Cozy Reading Nook found via Pinterest
I have always wanted a reading nook.  One where I can look out the window would be ideal, but any nook will do as long as it is soft!

Share your bookish items you'd like to own in the comments!

April 14, 2014

Cover Discover: A Little Bling Bling

The French are glad to die for love.
They delight in fighting duels
But I prefer a man who lives
And gives expensive jewels.
A kiss on the hand
May be quite continental,
But diamonds are a girl's best friend.
-Marilyn Monroe, Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

I've seen quite a few book covers sporting a piece of flashy, sparkly, beautiful jewelry.  Typically necklaces.  Take a look at the ones I found. 


The Belly Dancer by DeAnna Cameron
Chanda's Wars by Allan Stratton


Dance with a Vampire by Ellen Schreiber
Little Black Dress: A Novel by Susan McBride


Saving Maddie by Varian Johnson
The Mermaid's Pendant by Leann Neal Reilly


Wolf Bride: Lust in the Tudor Court by Elizabeth Moss
Sexy in Stilettos by Nana Malone


Russian Winter: A Novel by Daphne Kalotay
Queen in Exile by Donna Hatch


The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Jewels of Tessa Kent by Judith Krantz

Do you like book covers featuring jewelry?
Which of these jewel-entrenched covers is your favorite?
What other covers featuring jewelry do you know of?
Share in the comments!

The Necromancer by P.M. Richter


Michelle was brutally attacked in her locked hotel room in Las Vegas. The police didn't believe her and thought she must have lured a man up to her hotel room for a little sexual adventure, which went dangerously out of control. 

Michelle sustained visible scars from the terrifying and almost lethal attack, but pure fear motivated the move from her home in California to Hawaii. She's scared her attacker will come back. She's sure the next time he'll kill her. Now she has a successful career and she figures abstinence is an acceptable, if lonely, way to live.

Michelle decides that an affair with a wickedly handsome man who moves into her building might cure her of the humiliating, embarrassing, and uncontrollable anxiety attacks which plague her whenever she finds herself alone with a man.

How could she know that she made the worst possible choice?

Omar Satinov, the man Michelle has chosen, is a secret, whispered legend across several continents. His lure is a mystical religion based upon Witchcraft; his hook, the addictive herbal products he sells his followers. But does he really have supernatural powers, as many of his disciples believe?


I can't decide if I like this book or not.  It went back and forth between being completely gripping and tedious.  One problem I had was Michelle is a woman who was sexually assaulted, yet she keeps hanging around this weird guy.  I understand that Omar has this strange power over her, and that Michelle thinks she is being paranoid thanks to her previous experience, but Michelle continuously comments on how creepy she finds him, yet she keeps dating him.  It makes no sense.  It is explained a little better further into the book why she keeps being pulled in his direction, but by then the reader is already frustrated.  

I loved the interactions between Michelle and her boss, who was fairly interesting.  However, I didn't like that these scenes felt completely disjointed from the rest of the story.  It didn't flow very well.  

There was a bit of a formatting issue, too, because it would abruptly change to another character's perspective without any warning.  Not even a page break.  It was fairly confusing.

I would give the book a try (maybe once the formatting issues are fixed) because the plot is a good one.  I think the execution was a little shaky, but that doesn't make it any less of an imaginative story.