Friday, October 31, 2014

Financing a Habit

There are many habits that people have. Some of them are great, others not so much. To every book lover in the world, we are all about the habit of not just reading books, but also purchasing them. I am someone who tries to find creative ways of balancing my reading habit with my habit of purchasing books. It is not an easy thing to figure out.

As an avid reader, the idea of purchasing new books and waiting for them to arrive is something I enjoy greatly. The most fun thing about purchasing books is going through the myriad of websites from Amazon to Better World Books, and relishing the books I see. Adding things to my wishlists is always a great way to get things I want. I tend to save things for later because it gives me something to purchase when I need some retail therapy.

The worst thing about financing my habit is figuring out how to not overload my cart and go broke. Lets be honest here, as readers we hate that sometimes being an adult (or someone like it) has to come first. It sucks. There I said it. Working through all of those wishlists and websites, it's exhausting even though it's fun but sometimes adulthood has to come first.

In short, financing a wonderful habit like reading can be difficult, but not impossible. If you look at your finances and find a way to give yourself the gift of reading, you are already doing well for yourself. I encourage the reader in all of us...just try not to go broke enjoying your wonderful habit!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Secrets of The Elusive Lover (Book 1) by Mike Wells

Secrets of the Elusive Lover, Book 1

This was such a fun book! I was able to finish this in just a couple of sittings in one day and that was because it moved at a great pace while telling a cute story that we could all relate to on some level.

The main characters, Bethany and Adam were not typical, but rather, fun and people that we have all experienced in one way or another. Some of us have been those characters at some point in our lives to boot. I found myself not liking Adam at first, but as the story progressed, I sort of felt bad for him. This was especially true at the end of this first installment. I do not want to give anything away, but lets just say he shot himself in the foot I think (metaphorically speaking of course) and I kind of felt a twinge of "well you deserved it" along with feeling bad for him.

Bethany was a fun teen character but somehow she kind of fell just a bit flat for me. I wanted to learn more about her in this first installment as it looks like she will be a feature within this whole set of stories. I like to get the background of the characters I read and actually, I find that I did not get a lot from either character which is why this first one is getting 4 stars instead of 5. I also found Teri to be a bit irritating but again, she is also a teen so it is expected.

The pacing of the novel was good, and it read very quickly. That being said, I could have done with a bit more description of surroundings along with the dialogue but it did not detract too much from the overall experience. Mike, thank you for writing a very fun novel and I look forward to reading book 2 soon!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Book Review-The Eternals by Clover Donovan

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4/5 Stars

This is not the first book I have read by this author, and it will not be the last. When I started this book, I knew it was supposed to be a YA supernatural novel. It delivered on the supernatural part but aside from the characters being teenagers, it did not scream YA to me, and this was a good thing. I think for me, I hear YA and go into whatever the book is with a bit of skepticism. That is just how I am with the genre I guess.

The characters were pretty good. I liked the balance of teenagers and adults because it helped the book feel more balanced when it came to how the book was progressing. I enjoyed learning about each character from Rowan to Ever and the people in their lives. For me, it gave the novel more depth than you would usually see in a typical YA novel and it was a strength of the book as a whole.

Something that I found to be difficult for me was the pacing. There were times it did seem to be rushed at times and there were times where it was slow. Usually I like the difference, but this time I felt that it was one and then the other with no happy medium in between. It did not take away from the story, but I did notice it and want to be completely honest in this review. There was at least one editing thing that I saw but it was so minor that it did not make much difference in the long run. The only other thing for me was that I wanted to learn more about the alternate world that Clover created because it sounded like it would be fun to get lost in it.

Since I like to sandwich my reviews with something good, then something that I would have seen as needing to be tweaked, and then ending with a positive, I want to end this review with a positive. Clover has taken two very difficult genres (YA and Supernatural) and fused them together pretty well. I also liked that the LGBT twist was there but did not dominate the entire book. I enjoyed reading about the world he created and although I would love to learn more about it, I think that may come in the next book in the series, at least I hope it does. I am giving this 4/5 stars and look forward to the next installment.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Book Review Cain by Jose' Sarmago

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This was a new take on what happened to Cain after he killed his brother Abel. We are taken through his covenant with God, stating that he would not kill Cain and that no other person could kill him. The journey continues with his relationship with the demonic Lilith and, through the flood of Noah. This story had some great ideas but I felt that it was almost too short.

Cain was a character that I was not only familiar with, but also kind of felt bad for in many ways. He killed his brother, yes but he also felt slighted by God, who was supposed to love him unconditionally after his offering was rejected. In retaliation, God banishes Cain where he meets Lilith. They strike up quite the relationship. It was interesting to see this part of the Jewish mythos explored in such a short story. I actually enjoyed their relationship more that I thought I would.

Where the story fell flat for me was when the Noah portion came into play. I thought the author took on too much of the biblical stories in one book. I just found it to be too much and not enough of the Cain and Abel story was explored. I also found the lack of proper quotation marks, capital letters, and just the overall edits that were not done. It took from the story (and that just happens for me, sorry) I also found the relationship with Lilith and Cain, while good, it could have been much more beyond the small amount I got as a reader and the amount of sex between them was fine, but I just feel that the author relied on that too much and not enough on what could have been with their pairing.

In the end, I found the story good, but also lacking. I am giving this one 3 stars out of 5.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Reading as Rest

Something I have been thinking about over the last few days is how I use my reading to actually rest and relax. I love getting into a book, be it on my Kindle or in physical form and just getting lost in the pages. One of the best things about using books to rest is that you can actually give the rest and relaxation to your body and your mind. It may sound odd to say that you can rest your mind while you read, but think about it.

When you sit and read a book, you are getting lost in a whole different world. The mind does not really NEED to be functioning to get what is going on, usually. Once you open the pages of the book, or flip on that Kindle, you can take your mind to the realities that you never dreamed of.

As someone who loves to read, I find that it is important to give that special time to yourself each day. When I read a book, I tend to get absorbed into the story and let my mind wander. This of course, lets me rest at the same time. Looking back on my reading life, I remember coming home from school or work, and just wanting to get taken to new places while just forgetting about any thoughts that would need to be attached.

All in all, reading as rest may seem a bit strange, but think about it and I am sure it will make more sense:)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Not Finishing Books

Honestly, I hate not finishing a book that I have started. That being said, I have had to do just that a few times in my reading life. I have mixed feelings about it even though I do hate the idea. This entry is being born out of something I was reading last night and realized I was just not feeling it.

I was reading "An Object of Beauty" by Steve Martin last night and had not gotten very far into it. I was struggling to even get the book going in my own mind and I was REALLY trying. Something was just not clicking with me, though. I love Steve Martin as an actor, and I am sure he has a wonderful imagination as an author, but for some reason, getting though the book was not going to happen.

This brings me to my conundrum. Do any of my fellow readers/bloggers/vloggers have this issue where they hate to give up on a book but there are just times where you have to toss in the bookish towel for some reason? I am well aware that it helps us as readers to finish a book, but I also believe that there is a point where, if a book is not entertaining you any further that you have the right to just not finish the book. It is something I am a firm believer in and would love to know other people's thoughts, so if I have any readers left, please share your thoughts in the comments below:)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Time for a Fresh Start

Hello Everyone!

So after a lot of thought and tossing the idea around, I have decided to reboot this blog fresh. I have deleted all of my previous bookish reviews and entries to begin this blog anew. I will be posting book/reading related posts at least a few times a week as well as new book reviews in a brand new format while making it fun. I want to really commit to my book life and that includes the reviews (which sometimes will be video posts) and other book related things. Thank you all for sticking with me and look for new stuff coming soon.