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Friday, March 2, 2012

HIATUS!

Hey everyone!

I just want to let you all know that I will be taking a small hiatus for the time being.  I recently found out that I need to go in for surgery, and so I'll be out of commission for a bit.  One week tops, maybe two weeks, depending on the situation.

I will be reading up a storm though, because like most hospital rooms that I have been in, they don't allow laptops, so I'll spend my days reading, and watching my best friends Shawn Spencer, and Burton Guster solve crimes via my Psych DVDs that I demand my dad to bring to me when he comes to visit.

Hope everyone has a wonderful March, and when I get back, expect tons of reviews, and maybe a giveaway or two!

Lots of love,
- Brittany :]

Friday, February 24, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday: Week #4

Feature & Follow is hosted each week by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  It's a blog hop, where bloggers can expand their following, and get to know each other!

Question of the week: Take a picture or describe where you love to read the most.


I read mostly in my room, on my bed.  My room is pretty small, so I don't have any room for a nice overstuffed chair (which I would kill to have).

I'm one of those readers that like to have absolute quiet when I'm reading, otherwise I get distracted.  So I always close the door, and light a few candles (I can assure you that I am not writing any sort of sex scene right now), and I plug in my fairy lights, and just lay or sit on my bed and read.

My goal this summer is to redecorate my room, and one of my main things I want to do is turn my closet into a reading corner.  I plan on expanding upwards, as there is a smaller closet on top of my bigger closest, so I want to get that out, and add shelves so that I can put the books that are in piles on my floor up on those shelves, and than I was going to add a nice chair, and fairy lights to spruce up the area, and paint it a nice lavender colour.

So yeah, my current reading space is my bed, by dream reading space is my closet!

What is your current reading space?

- Brittany :]

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Booking Through Thursday: Week 5



Booking Through Thursday is a weekly blogging meme, that asks a question a week, mostly related to books and/or reading.  This weeks question is:

'What do you look for when reading a book blog?  does the blogger have to read the same genre?  Do you like reviews?  Personal posts?  Memes?  Giveaways?  What attracts you to a book blog?'

When reading a book blog, I always look for people who put their own opinions in reviews.  There are some book blogs out there that, when doing reviews, simply write a small summary about the book.  I don't come to book blogs to just read about the book, I go to see what you have to say about the book itself.  I like that sort of rawness to a book blog, than feeling like the blogger is sucking up to the writer when they really don't put their own input into the review.

A book blog doesn't have to like the same genre as I do.  I love reading book blogs that have different genres because it will most likely make me go and pick up a book of that genre to read!  It's so nice to span your book genres.

So all in all, what attracts me to a book blog is someone who is honest with their reviews, and puts heart and soul into what they are writing.  They don't have to be great writers themselves, they don't have to have a snazzy layout, all that matters is that they love books just as much as I do!

Some of my favourite book blogs are:


So what do you look for when looking for a book blog?  What are some of your favourite book blog sites?

- Brittany

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse novel

'Waiting on Wednesday' is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, I picked:

Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse novel by Charlaine Harris
Publication Date: May 1st, 2012
Publisher: Ace

Summary (unofficial summary):
'With Felipe De Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it's the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman's front yard - especially the body of a woman whose blood he just drank.


Now it's up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder.  Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl's fate has nothing to do with her.  But she is wrong.  She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who's out to make Sookie's world come crashing down.' - via Risingshadow

Why I'm Excited:  These books are like crack to me.  Just like the TV show, I never thought I would like it, but I can't stop reading/watching them.  I'm super excited for the 12th book in this series!



Monday, February 20, 2012

Musing Mondays: Week 4

Musing Mondays is a weekly feature from Should Be Reading.  Each week, a question is asked, and we have the opportunity to answer it!  This weeks question is:

'What is the last book that you learned something from?  What book was it, and what did it teach you?'


Hmm, this is a hard question because the books I've been reading lately have been mostly fun books, that you really shouldn't learn from.  So I really have to think way back.

It would probably have to be 'Renegade: The Making of a President' by Richard Wolffe.  I read it last year during the summer, and I was completely enthralled.  I believe I read it in less than four days.  It was such an eye opening experience, to see how Barack Obama because President of the United States.  It was very in depth, especially with his home life, and his relationship with Michelle.

 The detail the book went into was very interesting, how he really didn't know if he could run for the Presidency, and how Michelle really didn't want him to run, because she feared that it would take a toll on their family/relationship.  There are also some really nice interviews and backstage details of his first year in the White House.

I think reading that, it made me learn more about Barack Obama himself, and not just President Barack Obama.  Such a nice book.

What about you?  Any books you've read in the past that you've learned from?

- Brittany :]

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Booking Through Thursday: Week 4


Booking Through Thursday is a weekly blogging meme, that asks a question a week, mostly related to books an/or reading.  This weeks question is:

'Have you ever written fan-fiction?  If yes, why, and for which book(s)?  If no, would you like to and for which book(s)?  For that matter, do you ever READ fan-fiction?'

Back in the day (and when I mean "back in the day", I actually mean back in 7th grade which was 10 years ago), I used to write TONS of fan-fiction, but not for books.  I'm a huge TV nerd, so that majority of my fan-fiction was written about 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', and 'The X-Files'.  I went to a technology based middle school, where our desks had apple computers on them, so whenever we had free time, we were allowed to browse the internet, do anything we wanted (obviously porn was out of the question), so I would either read my book, create graphics and put together my 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' fan site, and or read/write fan-fiction.  

Was I good at it?  Hell no, and over the years I've read those stories, and literally judge myself for it's badness. Though I still think that one of the stories, that I never finished was pretty amazing, and if I still had the time and effort today, I could rewrite it and make turn it into a novella based off the characters of Buffy, but alas, I'm lazy and it still sits in a folder on my desktop waiting to be open.

10 years ago, fan-fiction wasn't as, I guess, mainstream, as it is today.  I'm not trying to be all elitist and say that I was one of the first people who did fan-fiction, because I'm not, but back in 2002, fan-fiction was one of those things that if you talked about it people would either not know what the heck you were talking about, or judge you for even saying the words "fan" and "fiction" in the same sentence.  I think the majority of fan-fiction was mostly populated for 'Star Wars', 'Star Trek', and those of us in the SCI-FI/Fantasy realm.  I knew people online who would spend days working on a fic.  It was honestly such a close knit circle, that you knew those authors, and they would welcome you into their arms with just as much excitement as you have.  Especially when you told them about your story.

While in the past 10 years, fan-fiction has gone off the charts in countless ways on the internet.  It's not so much for the SCI-FI/Fantasy geeks anymore, as it's for everyone.  People are writing fan-fiction about the latest episode of 'Jersey Shore' nowadays.  

So to answer your question, yes, I've written and read fan-fiction.  Mainly TV shows, but I've dabbled in the 'Harry Potter',  and 'Lord of the Rings' series.  Do I still read fan-fiction, and write it?  No.  I really don't have the time anymore, and frankly there are too many fan-fics out there to even know where to start.  

So do you still read/write fan-fic?  Sound off below!

- Brittany :]

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Graphic Book Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Volume 3 by Various Authors

Title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Omnibus Volume 3 (graphic novel)
Author: Various.
Publisher: Dark House Books.
Publication Date: January 22nd, 2008
Genre: Horror, TV tie-in

Pages: 320 pages (softcover)
How I came upon this book: I bought this recently as I was actually downsizing my Buffy comics collection into the omnibus collections.

amazon.com  ♥  goodreads.com

Summary: 'The third volume of Dark Horse's Buffy Omnibus series follows the gang through harrowing trials and tribulations - slaying vampires, going to high school, and young love.  Angel has lost his soul and found it again, Xander and Cordelia kiss and make up, and Willow and Oz confront his inner beast.' - Amazon summary