The Swan Thieves

The Swan Thieves

When looking for something a little more literary to read to get away from the pressures of school and keeping up house and the unending list of things that I do, I came across this title, The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova.  The name intrigued me and when I read the description I decided to give it a try.  The description of the book said there were painters, psychiatrists and French Impressionism.  I was hooked. Read more…

Come Unto These Yellow Sands

Come Unto These Yellow Sands

There are many people that believe contemporary romance or romance erotica are trash.  Well, here is the book to prove them wrong.  Come Unto These Yellow Sands is one of the best romance books I have ever read, and that includes regular romance.  I should qualify, that it is one of the best books of romance I’ve read written by an author of contemporary times.   I was introduced to Josh Lanyon, the author of Come Unto These Yellow Sands by a friend writer of mine. This author writes GLBT fiction (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transexual fiction), although to be fair it is mainly gay romance and erotica.

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Angelology

Angelology

While browsing through the fantasy section of the nookbooks store of Barnes and Noble, I came across this title by Danielle Trussoni.  It seemed promising.  It had ANGELS in it, so I shelled out the ten dollars for the electronic version and bought it. Read more…

Daughter of the Forest

Daughter of the Forest

Juliet Marillier brings us a lovely mixture of fantasy, Celtic lore, paganism and the wonderful retelling of the Six Swans legend as told by the Brothers Grimm in Daughter of the Forest.  She brings about a new kind of historical fantasy romance where there is an actual plot to the stories.  I admit it, I am a sucker for romance, sometimes I just want to read a saccharine story and read about a happy ending.  Like literary refined sugar, it gives you a momentary high, and a bit of energy to keep going, but too much of it and you will start becoming sluggish, used to fast, happy endings, the avoidance of important issues, and most importantly, it makes us addicted to pop-style books that drain our wallets and add nothing of value to our brains.  Not bad for  occasional reading, but it should not be the main body of the things you read. Read more…

Ivory

Ivory

Lately, I’ve been reading many e-books that have been published independently by their own authors.  Ivory, written by Steve Merrifield is one of them.  It was listed on the Science Fiction section of the Barnes and Noble website, and it was FREE!  Since it was free and I was curious, I decided to give it a try, and I am very glad I did.  It has been a long time since I have gotten a little uncomfortable while reading a mystery/horror book.   This book managed to make me squirm a little and look over my shoulder. Read more…

Sins of the House of Borgia

Sins of the House of Borgia

Ah, the Borgias!

I am into this historical fiction kick, and I wanted to read something related to the Borgias since Showtime is premiering a new original series about them.  I found this little book while browsing in my Nook Store (I love my Nook, haven’t I said that enough?).  It seemed interesting, decadent.  I mean, it is the Borgias, one of Catalonia’s naughtiest exports and they had Rome right under their thumb for the longest of time.  Who wouldn’t want to read about them?  Well… I do, and when I saw this title I hit “purchase” and just went on my merry way reading it.  I also noticed it has a lot of red in the cover… maybe this is a trend in publishing now a days?  Lure your readers using the colors associated with the things the story promises for your covers.  Red for blood, lust, love, passion, rage, qualities well associated with the Borgias. Read more…

The Red Queen

The Red Queen

No, I did not read the same book twice.

This is The Red Queen, a historical fiction book written by Philippa Gregory.  The very famous Margaret Beaufort, the founder of the Tudor dynasty and the grandmother of the infamous Henry VIII.  The woman that gave birth at age twelve and had the grit and backbone to put her son on the throne (Henry VII) and become mother to a King of England. Read more…

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

What a wonderful book! I mean it. Holden Caulfield now holds a dear place in my heart. Next to Ishmael, from Moby Dick, Holden Caulfield has become one of my most beloved male characters in all of literature. I found the beginning of the book is a bit annoying, I confess, but as his narrative unfolds I began to identify with those feelings of solitude, of not knowing your place in the world. It brought up memories of my own adolescence. He was stuck halfway between being a child and an adult and sort of tumbled through those days following his expulsion. I remember days like those when all those new emotions and experiences felt overwhelming and you felt the urge to give in to something as childish as bursting into tears when you found that you weren’t quite ready to tackle the adult world, but did not feel quite like a child any longer; and thinking that everyone in the world was a phony and being aware of my own phoniness. Read more…

Rebecca

Rebecca

Randy, one of my online buddies, recommended I read  this classic of Gothic Romance written by Dame Daphne Du Maurier.  Since I have been so faithful to not keeping up with the reading list I set up for myself I decided to give it a try.  Rebecca is a lovely, old fashioned book with a solid plot and some very interesting characters.  We have the narrator of the story, a young, naive girl that works as a companion for a rich American woman, and Maxim De Winter, a forty something widower, owner of Manderley — a great old estate in Cornwall.  He is haunted by the dead of his lovely, sylph like wife Rebecca and goes to  the South of France on a holiday.  He meets the narrator there  and marries her in a whim.  He takes her to his great estate Manderley to be the new Mrs. De Winter, but the shadow of Rebecca haunts her every turn.  What exactly happens… well, you have to read it to find out! Read more…

The Red Queen

The Red Queen

So, I have been bad, really bad not sticking to those books I intend to read and instead picking up some random book from my bookshelf. Well, at least I am reading! This time I chose a pop science title: The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley.
This book is a must for those interested in reading about evolution theory applied to anthropology, sociology and psychology. I know most anthropologists, sociologists and psychologists will scream foul and say that this book is nothing but a set of conjectures based upon debatable statistics, which is funny since genetic biologists and zoologists can say the same about the observations anthropologist, sociologist and psychologists make. Read more…

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
Vivian has read 23 books toward her goal of 100 books.
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