So I think it would be a good idea for the next couple of weeks if I take a little break from blogging. I’m still reading the Royals book and I have no other books left to talk about at the moment. So while I finish that and catch up on some other reading I’ll be taking a mini-hiatus from reviewing.

     I’ll be back though, no worries. How about I set the date for my return at May 2nd. Gives me a week to finish this, and head on to my next read about true murder stories. (Which should be a ball and a half…. not. But sometimes I like to get the pants scared off of me!)

     So when I come back in May I should have reviewed the following books for your pleasure:

1)Murder Stories–Frank Jones

2)King Arthur and His Knights–based on ‘Morte d’ Arthur’ of Sir Thomas Mallory

3)The Orc King: 1 Transitions–R.A.Salvatore

4)Shutter Island–Dennis Lehane

                If you’ve read these let me know, thanks! See you in a week! 🙂

Philip and Elizabeth:Portrait of a Royal Marriage–Gyles Brandreth

I’m going to go right ahead and suggest this even though I’m not finished reading it. It’s worth it already. It’s a funny, smart and interesting read about the royal family, right back to Queen Victoria. (After all it is about two of her descendants)

I’ve never cared much for reading about real peoples lives, I always thought that they would be like reading a history text book. Which I don’t know why I thought that was a bad thing since I totally did that in high school….I’m a nerd like that.

Having read plenty of biographies, memoirs and autobiographies now, and this one is right up there with the best. Never having given the royal family much thought, other than I think Prince Harry is a fox, I’m glad to be reading something this intricate about their lives. But at the same time, it’s not very intricate. They keep the most intimate things private (as they should) but they talk to this man, and from what I gather he is a friend of theirs and allowed him to write this book as long as they have a say in it.

I’m happy that I got to take a glimpse into their lives and learned some of the reasons they do what they do when most of this world thinks they are being jerks.

(Ex. When Princess Diana died the Queen didn’t put one of the flags at half-mast. This is because it is for the sole purpose of showing when the monarch is at home. Because of tradition and order the Queen refused until she was away, and then only put up the Union Jack instead of the Royal Standard. She was putting her family first, but the world demanded her to acknowledge Diana’s death in this manner. And normally, it simply wasn’t done.

Thoroughly a good read, even though I have probably 100 pages left, I’m leaving it to you to decide if you want to read this. It’s taking me awhile because it’s so nice to read, but there are a lot of names to remember and dates which makes me happy there is a family tree at the back of the book.

Read it, love it, laugh with it.

Stieg Larson

Um. Yeah, so I haven’t read much again last night. I’ve been neglecting my television shows so I was catching up on Bones and Supernatural last night instead.

So for today I’m going to suggest those Stieg Larson books that my entire family is addicted to. They even made my dad come home early from work so he has time to finish them! (And that man is a workaholic.) Three of my family members whipped through these books within about a two week span, and they are pretty thick. I’ve added them to the end of my book list and want some feedback on them that’s not a blood relative.

Check out Girl with the Dragon Tattoo…or whichever comes first, I have no idea, my family is giving me suggestions while I slowly make my way through the Prince Philip book.

Let me know! 🙂

Why is it so cold in here?

Holy mamajama! I’m freezing! Isn’t it April? And why was it snowing yesterday?! What bologna.

Anyway, I didn’t meet my goals this weekend of finishing that book about the Royals that I am reading, naturally. It’s how I roll lately. But I did manage to get a fair chunk of it done, I think I have 150 pages left. My excuse is that I had a sleepover with my four year old cousin and we spent the weekend colouring and goofing around.

Which also means I didn’t even read a bunch of the Bible like I meant to either. I’m the worst Catholic ever. …but I’m assuming that Jesus will get over it because I made my cousin laugh a million times and that’s worth more than reading any passage from the Bible. Dorky, yeah, but I said it! She’s hilarious.

Books, right. Ok, well, speaking of the Bible, my brother just finished this book written by Jesus’s “best friend”. It’s called Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff and written by one of his favourite author’s Christopher Moore. I’m already going to tell you to look into it because he spent the last few days reading it and nearly wetting himself over it.

   I think I’m going to jump it up the book list because the next book I have to read is about murders. I think I’ll go with the hilarious book about Jesus and his friend Biff, instead.

What did you read this weekend?

End of the Week Round Up

This was yet another dabbling week. Sorry if I’m all over the place, I’m not really sure what’s been going on the last couple of weeks, but I’ve been a  mega-scatter brain.

Yesterday I wrote a little ditty about the Bible and the Royals, I feel like I talked about a movie somewhere in the posts this week…hahaha…
Maybe I should stop writing these at 8 am and things would get better. Oooor take a weird psychedelic trip into a different part of my brain that contains my cravings for candy, Rupert Grint and puppies. (It’s weird in that section, let me tell you!)

Right. Back to normalcy. This weekend I will be continuing and hopefully finishing up my book on the Royals and getting a fair chunk of the Bible read. I was aiming to get the Bible read by the end of Lent, but my promise to Jesus has once again failed and I haven’t been reading it every night before bed like I thought. Ah well, I’m sure he’ll forgive me, I’m still reading it, after all.

Anyway, like always, tell me what you are reading this weekend, if you would like a book list or if you have any suggestions for me to add to my reading list this weekend.

After these books I’m on to reading about true life murders (which is always good for scaring the bejeesus out of me.) and after that the story of King Arthur!

  Have a good weekend, and oh yeah, if anyone is looking to take a couple of scifi books off my hands, let me know and I’ll mail them to you. (5 bucks a book. They are brand new after all and in amazing condition. 🙂 )

Two Insightful Reads

I am just starting a new book about Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth and I’m really enjoying it so far. I’m really happy that at some point in my life I thought I needed to be educated on the people who run my country and the inspirations that helped fuel my country.

Having read the Terry Fox biography it inspired me to read more about the people who help shape the world…and man, are these people all over the place! I had no idea that Prince Philip is considered Greek and that pretty much everyone in the royal family has fallen in love with one of their cousins (seventh cousins in case you think they are being super creepy) and that Prince Philip has a sense of humour.

I thought everyone was stuffy and had a stiff upper lip about life in that family. Nope, even the Queen seems to be a pretty funny lady.

Oh yeah, and I’m reading the Bible still, which after having a life meltdown last night made me feel better and laugh really hard. Mostly because I happened to be reading the beginning and in between reading about Abraham and Isaac in pops up some incest and gay dudes!

Did not see that coming.

The Left Hand of Darkness–Ursula K. Le Guin

I’m out! I’m out! I’m out! I’m out! No more. I will not subject myself to such distress anymore! I gave myself permission yesterday to bail and bail hard on this book.

This is my third attempt at reading one of her novels and I don’t know if it’s because I’m not a smartypants science person, or just a smartypants in general, I just cannot like them!

Everything started out good, it was a nice read I was following the storyline, I understood the characters (Even though they have hella hard names to pronounce) and I liked where it was going. But after about 100 pages I lost the thread somewhere and couldn’t find it again. It was like I had instant dyslexia and it became unreadable.

Also, I’m pretty sure that she doesn’t like women. I don’t know what it is about her, but the different worlds she has and writes about, somehow there are always offhand comments about women. It’s weird and I don’t like it.

So, I officially give up. I’m taking all the science fiction off my bookshelf. I’m out, I’m done, it’s over.
(For those of you who are interested you can google what this book is about because I’m not even going to bother. Which is big because I really love books and this writer just keeps making me hate it.)

–If you have a scifi book that will save the genre for me, then please. Let me know. It’s probably just Ursula and Arthur C. Clarke that’s making me not like it. And please, if you do, make sure there are no monkeys, slander against women and has lots and lots of zombies.

The Sooner the Better–Debbie Macomber

I was pretty wary when I started this one. I’ve only read Jude Deveraux’s books when it comes to romance novel and she doesn’t waste her time describing peoples sex organs.  (Although she does get a little down and dirty sometimes, she describes the actions of love and not the tools.)

So when I started this book you can understand that I was terrified of having to read something so gross because I’ve always had someone to guide me through the romance books to ones that I would like.

Now I was taking on that title because Nikki and I are running out of Jude’s books and need a new author. I took it upon myself to branch out since she is addicted to the Sookie Stackhouse books right now and doesn’t have time to waste reading eighteen pages about boning. (Which she did in a Nora Roberts book not too long ago…Yikes.)

This book is about a past character, I’ve never read anything else of hers, but she explains in the beginning that she wrote this for all her fans who have asked what happened to Jack Keller.

Jack is an ex-mercenary who travels the world by boat (mostly the Mexico region) and is friends with Thomas Dancy, Lorraine’s father. He is about 15 years younger than him though (I was afraid that I would be reading about a 50 year old guy trying to hump a 30 year old woman. Yuck.)  Lorraine is a magnet for danger and ends up being framed for stealing one of Mexico’s most famous cultural pieces. Now she’s being pursued by Mexican police, the real art thief who has a murderous streak, and somehow ended pissing off a drug lord in the meantime and how he’s trying to murder her as well.

Thomas Dancy asks Jack for his help in getting his daughter back safely to America, Jack has a boat and can easily slip through the borders. This is where the real fun begins.

Like I said, I wasn’t sure about this book, and some parts seemed a little over the top when it came to the love stuff. But maybe because I’ve never been in love I thought it was a little ridiculous. The writing is very good however and it was a pretty awesome storyline, so I will definitely be reading more of Debbie Macombers’ books in the future.

Monday, Monday.

Good morning everyone,

As you have hopefully already seen I reviewed Dracula last night. I finished reading it earlier this weekend and have already started a new book. Yes, that’s right, I skipped over the science fiction book I had set up next and pulled something from the middle of my book list. And yes, it is a romance book. I figure I was well deserving of this treat because Dracula ended up being a little disappointing to me.

Plus, this book I’m actually reading for a friend so she won’t have to waste her time reading another romance writer she probably won’t like. (She’s the one who got me started on romances and specifically Jude Deveraux’s books in the first place.)

I’m currently reading a Debbie Macomber book called The Sooner the Better, and some parts have been a little cheesy. But I like the characters and her writing so that can be forgiven. (I have yet to come across a super awkward sex scene, but I’ll keep you posted, lol. So far he’s just randomly touched her boob which made me laugh because it seemed very out of place…the touch, not the boob.)

Are there any books you’d like me to read so you don’t have to waste your time trying to see if you’ll like it? I’m more than willing!

Have a good day, and enjoy the new review of Dracula. See you tomorrow. 🙂

Dracula–Bram Stoker

I like vampires. I like journals. I like letters. I like utter mayhem and violence in books. However… somehow I didn’t like all of those things combined in this book.

I wanted to enjoy Dracula, and at first it was good, it was fresh to a girl who has read things like Twilight and the vampires are a little dorky and sparkly.

Dracula is an amazing character, he’s creepy as all hell, typical vampire we’ve heard about from being a kid, and most of all he unapologetically drinks peoples blood.

Add in characters being killed and husbands having to cut off their wives heads and you would think you have an amazing book, right?

…Somebody might chop my head off for saying this, but I’m not a fan of having to read over 500 pages of peoples journals and letters to each other about having to travel to get to where Dracula is and kill him. I think the book would’ve been far more affective from a narrative view, even switching back and forth between characters would’ve made me like it more. But having to go from their piddly thoughts on pages of journals made it pretty unbearable for me at the end of it.

But at least it had a happy ending…for most.