Friday, April 29, 2016

Feature & Follow: Fave Heroines

Hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read
So, this sounds like a fun blog hop to me, so I'm joining in. The idea is to answer a weekly prompt provided by the hosts, Rachel from and Alison from

This week's prompt:

3 favorite heroines, books they're in, and why you love them.

My Answer:

Rose Hathaway- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Rose makes the list because she's so like me. She's independent, she protects the people she cares about, and she has an irreconciliable disdain for authority... not to mention she's in love with an older guy. Yep, that's me in a nutshell, too bad I didn't inherit the "half-vampire" thing like her.

Eowyn- Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
As an almost completely fogotten character in the LotR series, Eowyn is a real badass. I mean, how can you not love a woman that can single-handedly take out the Witch-king of Angmar? Besides, I'm a Xena-fan, so any badass girl with a sword is a favorite in my book.

Lucy Pevensie- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
Lucy was probably one of the first heroines in my childhood. No one believes her that she's found a magical land inside a wardrobe, but she doesn't give up and winds up a Queen. She never lets her status (as the youngest) stop her from doing what she thinks is right and her real strength comes from the kindness she shows to everyone she meets.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Book Sacrifice Tag

Saw this post tag over on Bookish Regards and decided to play along.

An over-hyped book

Situation: You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies’ only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked do you start chucking at the zombies?

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
I remember when this book came out, and then again when the movie hit theatres, people were talking about this book nonstop. I tried to read it, I really did, but around page 3, I think, I wanted to hurl it at the nearest paper shredder.

A sequel

Situation: Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
I think a downpour would probably help this one. No, really, once all the ink runs and it's no longer legible, I'd probably enjoy it. Frankly, I'd be happy to use the whole series as an umbrella.

A classic

Situation: You’re in English class and your professor raves about a Classic that “transcends time”. If given the opportunity to travel back in time, which Classic would you try to stop from ever publishing?

Anthem by Any Rand
This one competes heavily for the next category as well. I get it, Ayn Rand is like the poster child of dystopian reads, not to mention a lot of the more recent dystopian releases have had quite a lot in common. But this one was just not my cup of tea!

A least favourite book

Situation: Apparently global warming = suddenly frozen wasteland. Your only hope of survival for warmth is to burn a book. Which book will you not regret lighting?
Sorry, no picture for this one. Actually, no title or author either. My least favorite book is one that I was forced to read in high school that I disliked so much that I have completely blocked it from memory. It was a biography about Apartheid in South Africa.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Reading Wrap-up Catalog Backlog

I have a confession to make. I have way more books than I will ever be able to read in my lifetime. And... I feel a little guilty about all those books that I won't ever get to read, so I've decided to start tackling the list and posting about it. I will say that reading through my backlog is daunting ... here's the proof:

See that... 5508... and I've still got a few thousand to import...

In the last couple of weeks, I've been reading through Jenika Snow's works. Not my favorite author, but great for quick reads. Though I do find that she tends to re-purpose "text chunks" from work to work (as in you'll read an almost identical passage in more than one book). They're not usually large chunks, just a paragraph here and there with a few nouns and expletives swapped out, but it still irks me a bit.

So far, in the last couple of weeks, I've read:

The Fighter's Girl by Jenika Snow
Zeke's Rule by Jenika Snow
Owned by the Bastard by Jenika Snow
Bent, Not Broken by Jenika Snow
Hard as Steel by Jenika Snow
Dead Bastard by Jenika Snow
Alpha's Darkling Bride by Linda Barlow
Zrakon's Bride by Linda Barlow
Zrakon's Curse by Linda Barlow