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Book Polls

I love books. I also love to find out how other people organize their books, how they get their books, what their favorites are, etc.

In honor of that, I've made a couple of polls for fellow book nerds to fill out. It would be great to get as many people as possible to participate.

If you're interested, please follow these two links to the polls on my LJ:

Book Communities Poll: http://ardenmoon.livejournal.com/15411.html

Books & Reading Habits Poll: http://ardenmoon.livejournal.com/15330.html

I've cross-posted to several other communities as well, so I apologize for any repeats on your friends page.

Looking for fellow readers

1) Your name: Becky or Rebekah
2) Location: Lorain, Ohio (It’s near Cleveland, Ohio)
3) Age: 27
4) Job: Novel and short story writer
5) Horoscope sign: Sagittarius
6) Eye color: Bottom of the lake blue
7) Original hair color: Dirty dish water Blonde
8) Current hair color: Black and red
9) Smoker: No
10) Favorite food: Pizza, Cheesecake, Coconut Shrimp, Sushi, and most pasta
11) Favorite ice cream flavor: Rocky Road, Chunky Monkey
12) Favorite drink or beverage: Pepsi, Dr Pepper, or Mountain Dew
13) Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden and China Buffet
14) Favorite color: Purple, black, and silver
15) Favorite actor: Johnny Depp, Johnny Pacar, Hugh Laurie, and Nicolas Cage
16) Favorite actress: Angelina Jolie, Jenna Elfman, and Melissa Joan Hart
17) Favorite TV Show: House, Yes Dear, 1000 ways to die, Myth Busters, and Sabrina the Teenage witch
18) Favorite Movie: Red Red; Gone in 60 Seconds; Repo! The Genetic Opera; the Shining;
19) Favorite song: “A Song to Sing” Hanson; “Hot N Cold” Katy Perry; “Aint No Rest for Wicked” by Cage the Elephant; “New Divide” Linkin Park; “Donch Wanna,” Tinted Windows and “Hate my Life” by Theory of a Deadman
20) Favorite musician or group: Hanson, Nickelback, Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Pacar, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Tinted Windows
21) Favorite animal: Penguins, Pandas, Owls, and cats
22) Favorite subject: English, Creative writing, and most music
23) What are you listening to right now: “Aint No Rest for the Wicked” “Doncha Wanna,” and then “New Divide”
24) Day or Night? Night
25) Summer or winter? Neither; I actually like spring and autumn
26) Beatles or Elvis? I like them both
27) What brings you the most joy: Writing my stories and baking
28) What’s your greatest fear: Driving, and dying too early
29) Who/where do you go to for advice: My boyfriend Tom, my mom and other online friends
30) One word that describes you best: Spunky

Bonus Questions:

Who am I looking for: Female or Male 18-35 from USA, Europe, Japan or Australia for online friends. . .
Do I like to chat? Yes, but not all of the time. There are times where I am completely involved into my chores or writings.
Do I have YIM? Yes, please message for the screen name.
Do you have AIM? Yes, please message for the screen name.
Do you rewrite back to e-pals? I try to reply at least every two weeks, it really depends on my schedule.

Questions for Book Lovers

Questions for fellow book lovers:
(I am crossposting this to several different reading communities to collect as much information as possible.)

Question #1:
Do you use any of the following book cataloging sites: LibraryThing, Shelfari, GoodReads, WeRead?
If you use more than one which do you prefer?
Do you use a site not listed above?

Question #2:
Have you ever played any book-related board games (i.e. Trivial Pursuit Book Lover’s, Booktastic, Bookology, Bookopoly, Literari)?
If so, were they worth playing?
If you have played more than one of them which one was better?
(You can see the board games here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/listmania/fullview/RHO614IMLKRK0/ref=cm_pdp_lm_title_1)

Question #3:
If you were compiling the ultimate gift set for a book lover what would you include? (examples: booklight, bookmark, snacks, notebook)

I'm looking forward to reading everyone's answers!

June Books

Okay so another month has gone by. I can't believe we're already half way through the year. Time flies. I just want this year to be over with. I could go on with all the bad things this year has brought already. Ugh.

Anyways, here's the books I read for June.

26. Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward (Must Have)
27. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris (Must Have)
28. Royal Blood by Ellen Schreiber (Must Have)
29. Bloodline by Maggie Shayne (Must Have)
30. Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine (Must Have)

All very good books. All part of a series...all newest releases of those series too.

Current read: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


Books read in May

Well I didn't read as many as I probably could have but May was a busy month for me. Between my sister bridal party, my dad's memorial party, starting up my own business...it's been hectic. So here are my May reads...

1. Heart Song by V.C. Andrews (Reread)
2. Unfinished Symphony by V. C. Andrews (Reread)
3. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

Not much to say about any of these. The V.C. Andrews books are part of a series and I wanted to reread them cause they were my favorite of that author a long time ago and they are still equally good now. The Lucky One was really good but not as good as his other books.

Right now I'm reading Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward.


Books read in April...

Hi everybody. It's that time again to report what books I've read. Not so many books this month. I've been kinda busy. Anyways, here ya go...

Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine (young adult)
Lords of Misrule by Rachel Caine (young adult)
Melody by V.C. Andrews (horror, reread)

All were good. The ones by Rachel Caine are part of a series.

Right now I'm reading Heart Song by V.C. Andrews (reread). It's my favorite series by Andrews.

Anyways, nothing great to report. Hope everybody has a successful May with their reading! Reviews are in my journal. Feel free to add me if you like.


Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre

Series: Corine Solomon
Publisher: Roc, 2009
Genre: Fantasy
Sub-genre: Paranormal, Urban fantasy

Read the full, spoiler-free review here.

This book is the rarest of gems: an urban fantasy novel that doesn't involve vampires, shapeshifters, or faeries. Every single character is human, and the supernatural aspects don't necessarily translate to being able to kick the bad guys' heads in a dozen different ways without breaking a sweat. In short, Blue Diablo is what you need to check out if you've been tiring of the angsty bloodsuckers overpopulating your nearest bookstore.

I loved the way the magic worked in Blue Diablo. It was subtle, and required work on the part of the person using it. When Corine reads objects, she not only has to concentrate on it, the object burns her hands, leaving a whole mess of scars on her palms. Chance's luck works out nicely for him, but usually puts anyone with him at a disadvantage (ie: the falling anvil will miss him... and hit the person standing next to him). Officer Jesse Saldana, who comes in to help them, is an empath, and sometimes has problems telling his own emotions apart from other peoples'. You'll note none of these abilities are big, flashy things. None of them are throwing fireballs or flying. Unlike superheroes, these powers are subtle things, and aren't generally a whole lot of use when it comes to actually facing down anyone with malicious intentions.

What else makes the book stand out? The setting. With flavours of Mexico and southwest USA, this is a welcome change from the gritty Chicago-esque feel of most of the urban settings we see. There are plenty of little southwest touches in there to add flavour, and that flavour is delicious.

There's of course a complex love triangle in here, with some wonderful chemistry between Corine and the two men chasing her. The dialogue is sharp and sparkly (in the non-vampiric sense of the word), and at several points in the story I giggled out loud. It's all very character driven, from relatable people, all of whom have to deal with their own various issues as well as working out the mystery facing them. The book is addictive and just a lot of fun.

Books read in March

Hey everybody. Well it's the end of March already. I can't believe it. Anyways, here's the books I read during the month of March.

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine (young adult)
The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine (young adult)
Hunted: A House of Night Novel by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast (young adult)
Midnight Ally by Rachel Caine (young adult)

All of them were very good. I would have read more books this month but a lot has been going on and haven't had a whole lot of time to read let alone being able to concentrate enough to read. Hope everybody had a great month!


Queer Wolf anthology

Publisher: Queered Fiction, 2009
Genre: Fantasy
Sub-genre: Anthology, paranormal, urban fantasy

Link to full review.

Yes, that's right. Gay werewolf stories. 17 of them. I was sold before I even got past that one phrase. Now if only I could get CCR's "Bad Moon Rising" out of my head.

Like any anthology, some of the stories appealed more than others, but almost all of them had surprising depth, and I wished several had been longer, not because I felt I was missing pieces, but because I wanted to spend more time with the characters and the world.

Because the stories deal with both homosexuality and werewolves, being accepted and finding a place to belong are huge themes in almost all of the stories, creating a thread to tie all the very different stories together. All the usual elements of urban fantasy are here: a little mystery, a touch of romance, plenty of action, and nifty worldbuilding. Anyone who's been hearing that urban fantasy is a tired genre, all the stories are the same, and it's all been done before needs to take a look at this anthology and how incredibly different each tale here is.

As a collection, Queer Wolf works nicely together. There's a nice mix of all things werewolf/lgbt in here: manlove, woman-on-woman, hereditary werewolves, werewolf bites, the occasional vampire or demon, cross-dressers, sweet romance, erotic sex scenes, and all manner of taboo-breaking, supernatural or otherwise. A number of stories had an entire pack of LGBT wolves, a safe haven for werewolves of a "different" sexuality, which is an interesting idea. The broad variety ensures pretty much everyone will find at least a couple stories they'll enjoy, and werewolf fanatics should consider the collection a must-read. (And is it too much to hope a few of the stories get expanded so I can read more?)


February Books....

Hi everbody. This is a little late but here are the books that I've read during February.

Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward
Father Mine by J.R. Ward
Let The Night Begin by Kathryn Smith
Night After Night by Kathryn Smith
Dark Angel by L.J. Smith
The Chosen by L.J. Smith

My favorite out of all these books was Lover Enshrined. I love J.R. Ward. She is an excellent author. I wasn't too crazy about Let The Night Begin and Dark Angel. However all were good enough to read.