Reading World Friday – #8

A quick update.

First free e-books. Which leads me to acknowledge that yes I have a problem, and no I’m not willing to give it up. My co-workers joke with me that I need to go to a 12 step program for compulsive book buyers and readers, but even if there was such a thing, I wouldn’t give it up.

I finished Jeaniene Frost’s Eternal Kiss of Darkness last night. I enjoyed it. There will be a review of thaat coming up soon.

I also found this book called Douglass’ Women in the bargain book pile at Barnes & Noble this week. It looks fantastic. Someone who was in line with me also mentioned that she had found it at a book fair and now its one of her favorite books. It is most certainly promising. So I plan to start that soon.

What I am picking up today is Saul Bellow’s Seize the Day. It’s a really short book, just over 100 pages, so it shouldn’t take me too long to get through. Aside from that, there isn’t too much going on.

What books have you finished, been reading, or been looking forward to reading?

Reading World Friday – #7

It’s been a busy week for me, bargain books everywhere I go, reading, in addition to my real life stuff. Things like work, student loans, health insurance crap, and looking for a new used car. I’ve definitely been greatful to be able to lose myself in a book as much as possible.

I finished a few books this week including, Instant Attraction and Instant Gratification by Jill Shalvis and Tribute by Nora Roberts. I should be getting some new reviews up for those and other books soon.

As for books I want to read, I have tons that I would love to dig into. I only have about four and a half weeks before the semester starts and I’d love to read as many books as possible before then because my free reading time will be cut considerably once classes start. First, I’ve got two Shiloh Walker books that I can’t wait to crack open, Fragile and Broken. I got my hands on a few new historical romances this week as well that I’d like to check out. There is also the Inspector Rebus novel that I bought, the first in the series by Ian Rankin. I was also given a few more books to read this week by friends. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, Wild Card by Lora Leigh, and Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens.

Lastly, I bought my first J.D. Robb In Death book this week. I haven’t read it yet, but would like to, soon. Maybe I’ll start it when I finsh Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Maybe before, who knows… Anywho. Since  I’m now this big huge Nora Roberts fan, and J.D. Robb is her pen name, well I’d like to read them. There’s over 30 books in the series. The reason I’m mentioning all of this, well I found this challenge to read the In Death books. I’m still contemplating whether or not I want to join in an official capacity or not. As much as I would like that, I’ve taken on a lot already. But, for anyone who is interested in this challenge you can see about it here at The Happily Ever After.

With that, Happy Reading!

Reading World Friday – #6

So, I’ve been trying to keep up with the blogging portion of the whole experience, but this past week I’ve been doing a lot of reading, but I’ve also been doing a lot of writing which is nice, because it’s been a while.

I’ve been doing a lot of digging in the whole romance genre of books, ever since that Nora Roberts trilogy I’ve been looking for books of the lovey dovey with a happy ending type. I’ve found and even read quite a few good books this week in the genre, but there are times I find myself feeling like a cheeseball.

Aside from the reading and writing I have once again failed miserably at curbing my book spending. I bought more than a dozen new books this week, all of which I am quite excited about, but I am no longer holding myself to a no book buying standard. Hopefully, by not refusing myself to buy books I won’t feel the need to spend as much when I do.

With that mini-update I’ll call it, because nothing truly exciting has been going on (unless melting at work in the heat most of the week is exciting to you) I’ll bid you adieu so I can get ready to head up to my dad’s to babysit my little brothers.

Have fun!

Reading World Friday – #5

Go me! I missed Reading World Friday. I may have to get up for work in 5 hours, but hey, a little late night (or early morning considering it being 1am on Saturday) blogging never hurt anyone, did it?

So, whats been happening? Again I have failed at attempts to get myself writing reviews. Considering its the quarter just ended I had a bunch of stuff going on at work. That in addition to reading the Vampire Academy series in a whooping two and a half days, thats right, only five books though. Only. Either way, between work, reading, and combating mother nature (heat wave), I have not been focusing myself.

So once again, what’s coming?

Reviews for the five Vampire Academy books, reviews for the Born In trilogy (the second in the trilogy is added to my favorites list, for sure), and I’m sure some other reviews as I get my stuff together. Hopefully. I’ve also been getting the books together for the challeges I’ve been working on. I’ve joined another challenge as well, The Four Month Challenge (info under the reading challenges page), which I am excited about. I’m hoping to start reading Tess of the D’Urbervilles this weekend.  A friend from work had suggested the Steig Larsson novels, I’m just waiting for her to get her copies back from her sister, and then I’ll read those. Another friend from work also has me knee deep in series (same one who suggested Vampire Academy), so I’ll be starting the House of Night series and the Darkest Powers series as well.

Aside from that, I will attest to failing miserably at not buying books. You see, I’m blaming it on my co-worker and Barnes and Noble (they are having this clearance sale online, how can I resist?), and only partly on my poor self control when it comes to acquiring new books.

With that, I’m going to either go read or sleep. We shall see which one comes first.

Reading World Friday – #4

I’m way late today, so late that this almost became Reading World Saturday. So, what has been happening here?

Nothing really, yet another trip to the bookstore recently, but I was good, I only got four books, well technically I got six books as one of them is a trilogy. I finished Dog the Bounty Hunters book this week and there is a post about that. I have yet to finish the books I started a while back because I’ve been skipping all over the place.

I read a book called The Mountain’s Call by Caitlin Brennan one night this week when I couldn’t sleep. I’m still not one hundred percent sure how I feel about, it’s the first of three books and I think out of sheer curiosity I’ll have to read the other two to see really how I feel about it.

I also started Born in Fire yesterday morning, the first book of the Nora Roberts’s “Born In” trilogy. I finished it last night; I loved it, and started the second one right away. Go me. It seems to be a week for trilogies. I’ll probably wait until after I finish the third to do a review though (and I say probably, knowing that indeed I will wait).

There’s a bunch of reviews that I have been wanting to write, but honestly I’ve been buried in work and most of the free time I’ve had has been sent getting caught up on sleep and jumping from book to book. Hopefully I’ll get back on the review bandwagon in the coming days.

With that, I bid you adieu. I have more piles of work awaiting me. Whoo hoo.

Reading World Friday – #3

Unfortunately I haven’t done as much reading as I would have liked to this week. I have been absolutely exhausted thanks to the heat (yes, the heat in the northeast. I’m much better at winter than summer). So I  pretty much just pass out everynight instead of accomplishing the reading I usually get done.

I can say with happiness that a recent Barnes and Noble online shopping excursion has concluded with the delivery of my books today! I’ve got a shit-eating grin on my face. I won’t deny it. 

For those who are interested, what did I order?
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Death at the Priory: Love, Sex and Murder in Victorian England by James Ruddick
What Makes A Terrorist: Economics and the Roots of Terrorism by Alan B. Krueger
The Mind of the Terrorist: The Psychology of Terrorism from the IRA to Al-Qaeda by Jerrold M. Post

I know my bookshelves are already busting at the seams, but I just could help myself!

I won’t be able to pick up any of the new stuff yet since I promised myself I would finish all of the books I started before I started more. I also promised my mom that I would read Amsterdam by Ian McEwan once I finished them all. But at least I have them for when I’m ready to start ’em, eh!

Happy Reading!

Reading World Friday – #2

What’s been going on in my reading world?

I’ve spent most of the last week busting through Pride and Prejudice sequels. I recently got about twenty new ones, and I’ve been trying to bust through as many as I could, and I have actually read eighteen of them in the last month, so it’s definitely time for me to switch things up.

So, what’s coming next? I have a bunch of true crime and criminology books that I want to read, so that’s what I’m going to be focusing on for the most part. I’m about to start Dark Dreams by Roy Hazlewood and Stephen G. Michaud. I also have some fiction books that I want to take some time to read. I haven’t picked up The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time in a while, so I want to finish that as well.  

Basically, I’m going to try to take the next couple weeks to get some of the books I’ve been looking forward to for the last months read. I also want to take some time to write reviews for the books I have read. This last week has been crazy at work and at home. One of my baby brothers just turned a year old, and its one of the crazy season’s at the farm. Due to that, I have not had much time to blog, but I’m hoping I’ll find some more time soon so I can get things going here. Wish me luck and happy reading!

Friday’s New Routine

Aloha! Though I am not in Hawaii, I was recently watching Dog the Bounty Hunter, and indulgence I have had for some time and cannot give up, hence the welcome. To get in the sprit of book blogging I have decided to do a ‘What’s been going on in my reading world’ post on Friday’s.

Why the weekly post? Why Friday?

As far as the weekly post, why not? And I chose Friday, because that is my universal day off, no matter the time of year, I don’t work or take classes on Friday (usually I should say). Therefore, I cannot make excuses; instead I can fall into a pattern of writing about what books I’ve read, been reading, and are looking forward to. And so, without any further delay, what have I been up to

I am actually reading three books at the moment. First is Fate and Consequences, which I will no doubt finish tonight. Also on the currently reading list is Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Marilyn Yalom’s A History of the Wife.

As far as reviews go, I have some coming from a few of the P and P sequels/variations I have read recently, including Expectations by Samantha Adkins which I just finished the other day. I would also like to write some reviews for books I have read before I started Among Stories, especially the one’s on my list of favorites, some of which I read once a year.

In addition I would like to share that my to be read list is growing constantly, and though I regularly add to my lists on book sites such as weRead and Goodreads, I do not as yet have a complete list of books I want to get my hands on to post here. Someday, I will indeed get around to it, I am sure.