Monday, November 18, 2013

Top 10 Tuesday–Specific Recommendations

Every Tuesday the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish give a top 10 topic up for discussion.


This week Top 10 topic is Top 10 books I’d recommend to X person.  So my friends and family are all getting personalized recommendations (like they don’t get those anyway)Smile


Monday, November 11, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - Covers I'd like Redesigned

Every Tuesday the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish host a book related Top 10 theme. 

 Today’s Top 10 topic is covers I’d like to re-design.  I have very little artistic ability, but I’d like someone to redesign these covers.

First up is a trend in covers that I’ve never really understood – teenage body parts (legs, torsos) and no face.  I don’t get it.  I’m ok if the focus is on something else like this Sarah Dessen novel.

 But not these

What Happened to Goodbye and Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
More Like Her by Liza Palmer
I just don’t thinks these covers have anything to do with the books.  Look at the pretty face.  Buy the book.

Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem by Lauren Oliver

And these last two are just kinda meh.

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
A Total Waste of Makeup by Kim Gruenenfelder

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray
Ruta Sepetys
Philomel Books, March 2011, 344 pgs
Physical Book (I think I bought on Amazon)
Official Summary

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously--and at great risk--documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.

My Thoughts

I never would have made it through Between Shades of Gray if it hadn’t been a bookclub choice.  The writing was beautiful and I was largely unaware of the work camps Russia had run during WWII – I’m glad I read this for that reason alone.  I just found it too depressing and hopeless and I haven’t been able to figure out why I struggle so much with this novel when I’ve read and enjoyed concentration camp novels, slavery novels, Apartheid novels, etc. 

There were a few moments of light (dim and brief) throughout the novel and I grasp at these the best I could to get through the book, but I’m pretty sure I’m the problem on this one so I’m not going to rate it.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Top Ten(6) Tuesday - Sequels I'm Dying to get my Hands on

Every Tuesday the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish host a book related Top 10 theme. 

Today’s topic is Top Ten sequels I can’t wait to get my hands on.  After the disappointment of Insurgent, I’ve sort of taken a step back from series.  I still read a few (very carefully), but try not to get my hopes up until they are all out because as I’ve discovered a few times over the last couple years, it’s surprisingly disappointing when a sequel doesn’t measure up.

That said I still have several release dates seared in my brain for sequels that I am quite antsy for.  I don’t have 10.

Here they are in no particular order:

Ruins by Dan Wells – Full disclosure, I still haven’t read Fragments.  I loved Partials, but for some reason have concerns about the second books slump in this series and sometimes immediately reading the final book masks book 2 plot holes.

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin - No cover out yet for this one (or official release date)

Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi  - They pushed this back to January!  I want it!

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – If this gets pushed back again I may cry.

Cress by Marissa Meyer