The Sunday Salon – Sunday Book Coveting

tssbadge31Welcome Sunday Saloners and regular readers ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s a list of the books I’ve added to my wishlist since last Sunday. I thought it would be fun to look at this once a week.

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The Unwritten Girl by James Bow – I added this one to my wishlist after Bart’s review. He’s been following James Bow for awhile now and I figured I should read this series!

Alcatraz Vs. The Evil Librarians by Bradon Sanderson – Come on, just read that title and you’ll know why I want to read it. And it’s written by Brandon Sanderson. And Becky did an awesome review of it that made me want it right away!

Never Slow Dance with a Zombie by E. Van Lowe The Story Siren mentioned this in her “In My Mailbox” feature and it sounded really good. Another one that I just love the title of.

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted – I’m not even really sure what this one is about :p But there is such a huge buzz about it that I figured it must be good, lol.

Ash by Melinda LoRenay is crazy excited about this one, so I figured I should be too :p This will also work really well for Amanda’s GLBT challenge that I think I’m going to join.

Sprout by Dale Peck – Another GLBT book that sounds really good. Becky did an awesome review of this one too, so it went onto the wishlist.

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glbtAs I mentioned above, Amanda at The Zen Leaf is hosting a GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered) challenge that runs from July through the end of December. I don’t read very many GLBT books, but what I’ve read, I enjoy. The focus of this challenge is to basically read 6 books by GLBT authors or books with a focus on GLBT issues. Hey Nymeth, maybe I’ll finish Middlesex now! LOL. Anyway, it sounds like a great challenge that should broaden my horizons, and I’ll be participating!

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Finally, I have to announce the recepient of the first Books Around the World book! And that person is Kailana! I have your address Kelly, so I’ll get it right out to you and then you can send it on to someone else! Enjoy!

Bad Bloggers: Round 2 Begins!

So I’m going to go ahead and end Bad Bloggers Round 1. And surprise, surprise, the winner (or LOSER) of the first bad bloggers is Nymeth :p Why might she be a loser you ask? Because she is now punished by having not one, but TWO books added to her TBR pile. Of course, that hardly compares to the 18 books that she has not only added to my TBR list, but has actually made me acquire over the last 5 months :p Nymeth, I’m going to be sending you The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine AND The Screwed Up Life of Charlie the Second! Hope you enjoy them…I know you will! Becky, you were a VERY close second with 12 books added to my list…You may just come away with the win next time ๐Ÿ˜‰

So I’m going to start round 2 now which will run through the end of October. We’ll see who makes me bring the most books into my house. Let’s start with these. Keep in mind that these have been acquired over the last 3 weeks, not all in one week :p

Books Bought

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Books Sent for Review

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Books Mooched

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1. 2666 by Roberto Bolano – So I’ve really been wanting this one ever since I heard about it. But then Claire of Kiss a Cloud started a read-a-long of it and she put me over the edge. I had to get the box set that has this monster of a book broken down into three volumes, because I don’t do well with really big books! Point for Claire!

2. Travel Team by Mike Lupica – I saw an ad for Lupica’s new book, Million Dollar Throw in the Shelf Awareness newsletter and knew that I’d found an author that I’d probably enjoy. I love YA books, and I love sports in general, so I’m really looking forward to these! They actually came as a box set that have all three of these books.

3. Heat by Mike Lupica – Part of box set mentioned above.

4. Summer Ball by Mike Lupicaย  – See above…this is also the sequel to Travel Team.

5. Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha – This one was sent to me for review and it looks really cool! I like the cover to this one a lot! It’s an ARC.

6. Amazon Ink by Lori Devoti – I was sent this one by Juno, a really great publisher that focuses on fantasy type books with strong female leads. Looks cool…urban fantasy-ish.

7. Among the Impostors by Margaret Peterson Haddix – Becky will always get the blame for any Haddix book that I read :p I’m so excited about this one! I read the first book in this series during the read-a-thon, Among the Hidden. Point to Becky

8. King Dork by Frank Portman – Another point to Becky! Her review of this one made it go onto my wishlist instantly and I was lucky enough to score a copy of it from BookMooch.

9. True Believer by Virginia Wolfe – For the ongoing Printz Challenge

10. The Dark Hills Divide by Patrick Carman – I want to say I’ve seen reviews of this one before, but I’m not really sure. I found it on Bookmooch though and loved the cover! Don’t think anyone is to blame but myself for this one.

11. Monster by Walter Dean Myers – Another one for the Printz Challenge.

12. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray – This one has been on my wishlist seemingly FOREVER ever since Jenclair reviewed it a long time ago. Point to Jenclair!

13. All Families are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland – Because I love the title and it’s Coupland.

14. Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman – Point to Bart for this one! He did an awesome review of this one and while he wasn’t blown away by it, it sounds like something I’d like. I mooched it from him and he sent me some incredible bookplates with it with my favorite Shakespeare quote on them! “We are such stuff as dreams are made on” Hmmm, wonder where you’ve heard that one before? Also part of the Printz Challenge.

15. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt – For the Printz Challenge.

Phew…that’s it!

If you haven’t done so already, enter for your chance to read Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest here and read all about Books Around the World! Drawing tomorrow!

Crazy Hair and Books Around the World

9780060579081That Neil Gaiman fellow has a new book out that’s illustrated by that Dave McKean fellow. It’s called Crazy Hair. And it’s crazy good! Like The Day I Swapped My Dad for a Goldfish and Wolves in the Walls, Crazy Hair is a picture book collaboration between these two brilliant men. The story spins a hairy tale of a man with “crazy hair”….hair that is filled with lions and tigers and bears along with carousels and other wonderful and mysterious things. He hasn’t cut his hair since he was a small boy, and a universe of it’s own has tangled itself in it. It’s a fun little story of imagination, curiosity, and mysteriousness that I enjoyed quite a bit! And the illustrations by Dave McKean are just to die for as is nearly everything he does. I love his use of color in this book. It’s just fantastic! Highly recommend this one to add to your Neil Gaiman collection! If you have small children, they’ll love it, if you don’t, you’ll love it.

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So I had a fun little idea a while ago that I forgot about and was reminded about last night on Twitter. I was talking to Amy of My Friend Amy who is currently at Book Expo America! She mentioned that she’ll be stopping by the table that has ARCs of Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games! So of course I told her how jealous I was :p And then she did the sweetest thing! She said she wouldn’t mind sending it to me when she was done with it and then I could send it along to someone else! I’ve been wanting to do this. So here’s what we’re going to do. The book I’m offering to send out to someone is Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest. Why? Because it’s amazing and I think everyone should read it! I’ll put my name in the cover and maybe write a little note or something. The person who gets the book from me should write a little note in it (or drawing, or whatever) and send it along to someone else! You can also write comments in the book as you’re reading…whatever you’d like! It’ll become like a little scrapbook almost is what I’m hoping of wonderful thoughts.ย  And it will keep being sent on around the globe. Kind of like bookcrossing I guess. It would also be really cool if you blogged about it when you received it or mentioned it in your review so we could all follow it’s progress. If you would like to be the first person to get this book from me, just leave me a comment here in this post and I’ll draw a name on Sunday. And if you want to send your own book around the world, please do!! That would be fantastic ๐Ÿ˜€ The more the better!!

Finally, to all of our blogging friends who are at BEA, HAVE A GREAT TIME!!! I’m saving my money starting NOW to go next year ๐Ÿ™‚

Tuesday Thoughts

Currently listening to The Cranberries. I haven’t listened to them in AGES! Sorry, this will be a very random post if you can’t tell already :p The Cranberries were my first concert experience in 1995 or 94…can’t really remember. But they were my favorite band at the time and I was beyond thrilled to see them! They’re one of those bands that just instantly brings a sense of nostalgia over me. I’m waiting for them to turn up on VH1’s Where Are They Now? any day now :p Don’t know why I decided to share this with everyone, they just make me happy ๐Ÿ˜‰

Topic 2, books. Because that’s what we’re all really here for, right? Sadly, I don’t have much to say on the topic. See those 4 books in the sidebar? I’ve been working on those same books for about 2 weeks now :/ And they’re all fantastic! But I got put on the day shift again this week and I’ve had migraines like every day lately, so I haven’t gotten more than like a chapter a night read in each. But the good news is, I’m coming to the end of all of them now and soon I’ll be able to mix things up! I’m thinking I’m going to read Dragonquest, the second Pern book after this. I can just hear Pat right now screaming FINALLY!

I also kind of forgot about Mailbox Monday and Bad Bloggers ๐Ÿ˜ฎ When I started this Music Munday thing, I didn’t even think about it replacing my favorite weekly meme! So I’m thinking that I’ll just move Bad Bloggers to a different day of the week…that should work. Believe it or not, I’ve only gotten like 7 books in the mail in the last 2 weeks! That’s shocking for me…It’s usually like double that in one week :p And I only have one point to hand out, which is for King Dork…that point goes to Becky. I’m thinking it’s time to wrap up this first week of Bad Bloggers soon…gee, I wonder who the worst blogger will be? lol…Nymeth, you might as well just let me know what book that I’ve read that I can throw onto your TBR stack…mwuhahahaha…yours shall grow too!

Finally, I discovered the best tv show that’s just made of awesome. So Renay over at YA Fabulous and Bottle of Shine is a really cool girl…I mean really cool. So she mentioned how much she loved Glee today on twitter, so I decided to see what it was about. I’ve seen the commercials on TV and it didn’t do all that much for me…though I did enjoy singing along to Don’t Stop Believing. But I figured that if Renay liked it, there had to be something cool about it. And there is! It’s such an incredible show! I mean, maybe not incredible…that may be pushing it, but it’s fun…and awesome! Seriously, it’s like an hour long YA book. Did anyone else see it and feel this way? I mean I really felt like I was watching a John Green/April Lurie/Drew Ferguson novel. Did you miss it? Or is it not available yet on TV where you are? Have no fear…you can go watch the pilot episode on Fox.com! And then you have to wait until Fall to get more ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Music Mundays – Radiohead

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Here we are with the second week of Music Mundays. I want to thank everyone who participated last week!! I was really surprised by the turnout!! I thought it was going to be just me, and that’s fine if it was, but it turns out there are tons of music fans out there ๐Ÿ™‚

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This week I bring you what I would probably consider my favorite band (though I have so many of those :p), Radiohead. I don’t think there’s anyone else who’s music touches me like their’s does. Radiohead continues to push the boundaries and reinvent themselves while still remaining what they have always been. Some would consider them the biggest underground band out there. I’ve only gotten to see them in concert once, for the Hail to the Thief tour and it was by far one of the best concert experiences of my life.

Radiohead merges art and music, creating a sound that no one else can imitatie. There are the stunning and unique vocals and lyrics of Thom Yorke mixed with the amazing guitar skills of Johnny Greenwood, one of my favorite guitarists. All of their songs create their own little worlds that just take me away like some of my favorite books. I hopped on the Radiohead bandwagon with OK Computer. I had heard “Creep” before, but that was it. Then I heard Paranoid Android for the first time and new I had found a new favorite band and that has continued with albums like Kid A, Amnesiac, Hail to the Thief, and their newest, In Rainbows.

I’m always looking forward to what these guys do next. And I hope they never stop playing music. Here’s one of my favorite songs off the new album, In Rainbows. It’s called Reckoner:

And here’s Paranoid Android for those who have never seen it:

Feel free to post a link to your Music Munday post in the comments if you’re participating!!

I'll Take Them All! A Book Coveting Post

Debi‘s hosting a fantastic mini-challenge this month for the Dewey’s Books Reading Challenge with a prize of a copy of a subscription to Bookmarks Magazine! How can you pass that up? The mini-challenge is to write a book coveting post. I don’t know about you, but Dewey’s book coveting posts were always some of my favorites of hers. They were just fantastic and I usually ended up coveting all of the books that she did as well :p So I thought this was a fantastic way to remember her. I actually did a book coveting post not long ago which you can read here. But I’ve added quite a few “yet to be released” titles to my list since then. Here they are:

1. The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan – I thought that The Forest of Hands and Teeth was just amazing! So I can’t wait for this companion novel to come out! I don’t think it comes out until 2010 though ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

2. Green Porno by Isabella Rossellini – I heard an interview with Isabella Rossellini about this one! I’ve always thought that she was a fantastic actress and I just love her accent. Well now she’s writing a book too! It’s a non-fic book about the sex lives of animals and it will come with a DVD that has a number of short films about the sex lives of animals! They’re all acted out by her and they’re directed and produced by her too. Sounds strange, but tres cool! It’ll be released on September 22nd.

3. Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica – I like to read sports books every now and then and this is a young adult book by a fantastic sounding author who writes young adult sports stories! I just bought a box set of his that has three books in it…two about basketball, one about baseball. Million Dollar Throw will be released on November 3rd. Heard about this one through shelf awareness.

4. Undiscovered Gyrl by Allison Burnett – Another one that I heard about from Shelf Awareness. I saw the trailer for this one and it looked really cool….can’t really tell what it’s about entirely, but it has something to do with a girl in chat rooms and looks like it may be a little creepy. This one comes out on August 11th.

5. A Monster’s Notes by Laurie Sheck – This one looks so cool! And I adore the cover. It’s a journal type book told from the point of view of Frankenstein’s monster. Pretty nifty, huh? Heard about it from The Book Design Review. Great blog by the way that focuses on cool book covers…you should add it to your reader! It comes out on June 23rd.

6. Crash Into Me by Albert Borris – This one is about a group of 4 teenagers all determined to die and deals with the topic of suicide.ย  There is a sad story behind the author. Apparently he’s struggling with some bad health problems and there’s a big push to have this book do well. It does sound good! Comes out on July 7th.

7. The Hurricane Party by Klas Ostergren – A new book in the Canongate Myths series! About the Norse gods, specifically Loki! I’m so there. This one is released on August 6th.

8. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby – Need I say any more? It comes out on September 29th.

So that’s enough for now, huh? I’m sure I’m missing like….thousand of more books that I’m going to want! But here are 8 that are on my radar in addition to the ones mentioned in my last book coveting post. Take a look at all of the pretty covers:

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So what are you waiting anxiously for right now? And what am I missing??

Voodoo Season by Jewell Parker Rhodes

voodooVoodoo Season by Jewell Parker Rhodes
2005
275 Pages
4/5

I found a book tent this year at Jazz Fest and knew that I had to go visit it. It was filled with nothing but New Orleans authors or authors who wrote about New Orleans. Yeah, I was like a kid in a candy shop. My eye was immediately drawn to the voodoo section as I’ve always found voodoo to just be fascinating…maybe it’s because I live in the voodoo capital of the world, who knows. On the shelf was a book by an author I had never heard of, Jewell Parker Rhodes. She’s an african american woman who seems to wrtie a lot about voodoo! Couldn’t pass that up. Especially when I found a fictional account of the great granddaughter of Marie Laveau, Voodoo Season.

Voodoo Season is a fascinating book. It’s the story of a young doctor named Marie Levant who is doing her residency at Charity Hospital. Marie has always noticed that something was a little different with her….a little strange. She has a seemingly sixth sense. She knows things about people without knowing how she knows them, she takes in lovers that show such passion. But when one of those lovers turns up dead at her hospital, things take a turn. Not only has her lover turned up dead, but so are numerous young women. And they all have crosses on their heads. When Marie has an intuition that one of the girls is pregnant, she performs a C-Section and forms an instant attachment to the child. She wants it to be hers. She searches for the babies grandparents and in doing so falls into the world of voodoo.

There’s a myth that voodoo is an evil religion. It wasn’t started that way and it’s not an evil religion. But like all religion, there are those that use it for evil purposes. These are some of the people that Marie runs into as she begins to come into her own and begins to realize that Marie Levant, her own name, is a transformed version of Marie Laveau. She is a direct ancestor of Laveau and it is she that holds the ability to be the next voodoo queen.

I feel like I’m doing a horrible job of describing this book, but take my word for it…it’s damn good. Jewell Parker Rhodes is another author that captures the essence of southern Louisiana perfectly. The city of New Orleans, the swamps further down south, the madness of Charity hospital, it’s all there. She awakened a fascination with this part of the city that has lay dormant in me for a long while and I’m anxious to scoop up all of the information I can now on Marie Laveau. I’m also dying to read the rest of her books. The prequel to this one is Voodoo Dreams and is a telling of the tale of the actual Marie Laveau, a woman who is to this day still shrouded in mystery. There are also two sequels to this book that further the storie of Marie Levant.

The only slight problem I had with this book was the ending. I was happy with the way it ended but it felt so rushed. I don’t know if she was given a page limit by the publisher or what, but it would’ve been much better I think if it had been a longer novel. Everything seemed to happy to quickly and a little too conveniently at the end, but that’s ok I guess :p The scenes of Marie performing her voodoo rituals for the first time more than make up for that. Read it!