Books of August — July 29, 2011

Books of August

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay (8/9)

It sounds like a fresh take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  I loved Starcrossed and its take on the story so I’m willing to give this one a try.

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce (8/23)

This is a follow-up to her Sisters Red.  Same world, new story.  I am willing to give it a go.

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann (8/30)

I’m really not into dystopians.  I can’t explain it but they’ve just never been my thing.  Until this year, apparently.  It started with Elana’s Possession and now this one has totally piqued my interest.  Plus I want this book to do well.  It’s middle-grade with a boy protagonist.  While I’d love to see YA with boy protagonists (in the ever-raging debate on how to get boys to read beyond middle grade), if we can get them loving reading, I think it’s more likely to stick regardless.

Dreaming of Books — July 1, 2011

Dreaming of Books

 My TBR Pile:
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
Gunn’s Golden Rules by Tim Gunn
Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Bright Young Things by Ann Godberson
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreaux
The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
Monarch by Michelle Davidson Argyle (ARC, releases 9/15)
Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
Clarity by Kim Harrington

My Book Wishlist*:
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
A Matter of Magic by Patricia C. Wrede
Fallen by Laren Kate
The Flavor Bible
Jane by April Lindner
Juliet by Anne Fortier
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Magic Below Stairs by Caroline Stevermeer
Matched by Ally Condie
The Mermaid’s Mirror by L.K. Madigan
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
The Pasta Bible
The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison
Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer
Wildwing by Emily Whitman
The Shifter by Janice Hardy
The Map of Time by Felix Palma
*In addition to the lists of books I want found in this Start of Summer Reading Post, the Books of May post, and my July wishlist.
July Book Releases — June 30, 2011

July Book Releases

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Sequel to Paranormalcy, which I devoured and adored.  So looking forward to this.

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

I heard about this one following Mandy on Twitter.  I really enjoyed her book You Wish, so I’m totally looking forward to this one.  And yay for underused supernatural creatures!  (The MC is a siren.)

What books am I missing?  (Note, I know there are some other notable sequels this month but I am so behind the times that I haven’t read the starts to those series so I left them off of here.)

Start of Summer Reading: A List — May 31, 2011

Start of Summer Reading: A List

I’m thinking of keeping this as a monthly feature.  What say you?

Here’s the list of books I’m looking at getting my hands on this month.  What about you?

Possession by Elana Johnson (June 7)

Elana’s a friend of mine but I’d buy it anyway because I’d trust her to maybe sway my mind on my like-hate relationship with dystopians.  (I’m a Trekker, I’m a nerd, but it takes skill to get me to like a dystopian. I know Elana has that skill.  And I’m not just saying it because she’s my friend.)

Hereafter by Tara Hudson (June 7)

For fans of paranormal romance, fair warning: You will fall instantly in love with Joshua just as Amelia does.  This one feels like such a breath of fresh air in the world of paranormal fiction.  (Note, I won an ARC of this in a contest, but I’ll probably buy a copy from the store.)

Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke (June 7)

Dragons, shapeshifters?  It’s fantasy with romance (or romance with fantasy or paranormal) so I’m intrigued from the blurb.

Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby (June 9)

A main character who ends up in school learning to slay fairies instead of dragons?  A different take on the fairy thing.  It intrigues me.

Dragon Castle by Joseph Bruchac (June 9)

Um, dragons, castles, war, swords, maybe sorcery.  Yeah, I’m sold.

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz (June 21)

This one seems like a breath of fresh air amid what is familiar.  The main character starts dreaming of her past lives.

What about you?  What book releases are you looking forward to this month?

Don’t forget!  There’s still time to enter my contest to win one of TWO full manuscript critiques!  Full details are in Friday’s post.

Books of May 2011 — May 3, 2011

Books of May 2011

New month, new set of book releases.  Here are the ones I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this month.

The Steampunk Bible by Jeff VanderMeer (Already out)

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at true steampunk.  This one seems like a good starter guide for generating ideas that I can research.  Also good for helping grasp the basics of just what steampunk is.  It traces the history of the sub-genre.

Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles Book 2) by Rick Riordan (Released today)

I’m currently reading The Red Pyramid, the first in this series.  I’m thoroughly enjoying it at the moment and so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Divergent by Veronica Roth (Released today)

I read about this one recently and it sounds interesting.  Dystopian isn’t normally my thing, but I’m willing to give it a try.  Plus she’s a debut author.

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs (May 10)

This one sounded really pretty interesting when I read about it on Amazon.  I think I’ll give it a try.  Plus it’s about mermaids, and probably so much more.  (Hello, loved “The Little Mermaid” growing up.)

Die for Me by Amy Plum (May 10)

Another debut author.  This one sounded really intriguing, plus it’s set in Paris.  So I’m really going to have to find a way of getting this one.

Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow by Nathan Bransford (May 12)

Okay, totally want to read this one.  It sounds so fun.  And how can you resist a space ship traded for a corn dog?

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (May 31)

If you’re friends with me on Goodreads, you may have noticed I already starred this one.  That’s because I won an ARC of it.  I really enjoyed it and she’s a debut author so I want to support her.  Which might just mean buying a copy once it’s out.

How about you?  What books are you looking forward to this month?  (And feel free to link to the author’s pages, if you so wish.)

Books of 2010 — December 29, 2010

Books of 2010

The following is a list, albeit likely incomplete, of the books I read or attempted to read this year.  I promise next year I’ll keep better record of what I read.  (Maybe I should reinstate the Author’s Bookshelf feature I used to run?)

Aurelia by Anne Osterlund
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Dragonspell by Donita K. Paul
Wake by Lisa McMann
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull
You Wish by Mandy Hubbard
Cinders by Michelle Davidson Argyle
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Delicious and Suspicious by Riley Adams
In Too Deep (39 Clues book 6) by Jude Watson
The Viper’s Nest (39 Clues book 7) by Peter Lerangis
My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison

Of these, 12 were ones I actually could get involved enough in to read through to the end.  Of those, none were finished in one sitting because of other pulls on my time.  Some were started and finished in the same day but I had other things to do or took breaks because I was in physical pain from my sitting position.  (Or getting off an airplane coming home from visiting the family.)

Out of this list, I’d say Paranormalcy and Cinders were my favorites, followed closely by Hush, Hush and You Wish.  Though, Beastly was delightfully entertaining.  But Mandy Hubbard’s book made me laugh out loud for the first time in a long while when reading a book.  (Probably not since Paranormalcy in late August.)  Cinders was a great take on the aftermath of Cinderella’s happily ever after.  Just don’t let yourself think you’re getting the Disney Cinderella and you’ll be good to go.  (Note: Soon this novella will not be available for purchase until 2012 when combined with Michelle’s two other novellas for an omnibus work from Rhemalda Publishing.)

If homework, work, and partying permit, I’ll try to squeeze another book or two into the year.  No guarantees.  (Oh, and please vote in poll in sidebar.)

Books we’re excited for — July 22, 2010

Books we’re excited for

And by “we” I mostly mean me, but I did manage to get some input from others via Twitter and Facebook.  (Mostly the latter.)

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (I have to confess that I had to google this one because I had no idea what it was.)
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (Again, I had to remind myself which one this was.)
Stoneheart trilogy by Charlie Fletcher (Enjoy it, Nisa!)
Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
ETA: Cinders by Michelle Davidson Argyle

So, that’s the list I was able to compile.  What books are you looking forward to?

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday Books — July 2, 2010

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday Books

Some of you may (or not) recall the post I did last December about how I can’t seem to balance reading for pleasure while writing that first draft.  I’ll get caught up in reading and not write.  (No, I’m not writing this post to procrastinate writing.  *whistles softly*)  Back then I was trying to motivate myself to finish the draft of Oracles Promise.  Now, I’m trying to motivate myself through the last 10K-11K of Lodestar.

And it’s not working.  Not much has changed since that post last December.  My TBR pile and my wishlist are growing exponentially.  In an effort to further motivate myself, I’m going to post my current lists.  I know it might seem redundant since they’re both so eerily similar to the lists from December, but go with it.  It’s Friday and I can post about what I want.

The TBR List:

Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
Dragonspell by Donita K. Paul
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
The 39 Clues: The Emperor’s Code by Gordon Korman
The 39 Clues: Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park
Wake by Lisa McMann
The Naming by Alison Croggon
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

The wishlist:

Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
White Cat by Holly Black
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison
The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
A Matter of Magic by Patricia Wrede
Aurelia by Anne Osterlund
To Catch a Pirate by Jade Parker
Magic Below Stairs by Caroline Stevermer
Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter by R.J. Anderson
Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia by Cindy Pon
Pretty is as Pretty Dies by Elizabeth Spann Craig
Delicious and Suspicious by Elizabeth Spann Craig as Riley Adams

As you can see, both lists have actually grown since I posted them in December.  Sigh.  Oh to have a remote which would let me pause time and read then get back to the daily grind of day job balanced with all other obligations/wants.

Have you read any of these?  Any books I’ve missed that I shouldn’t be passing by?  And if you’re not following Elizabeth Craig on Twitter or on her blog, you totally should be.  She’s got tons of great links on Twitter for writers and has amazing interviews and very informative posts on her blog.

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday First December Round — December 4, 2009

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday First December Round

I can’t believe it’s December already.  How time flies.  2009 was such a better year all around than 2008 was.  I won’t go into details.  Just suffice it to say that 2008 was a flush in the porcelain throne while 2009 resided in a much better place.

I took the plunge and joined Twitter.  StephanieLMcGee is the name it comes up on over there.  I can’t figure out how to link it or I would.  If I’m quiet over there, just know it’s because I’m trying to figure out how best to utilize it.  That and I’ll be writing like mad the next few days.

I talked about my TBR and book wishlists yesterday.  Books make me happy.  I want to be able to surround myself with books someday.  Just have a nice library in which to sit and read.

Something akin to this, only a little cozier.

That’s a portion of the reading room at the British Museum.  It’s a big circular room mostly lined with bookshelves.  And those shelves are crammed with wonderful tomes that you have to have a membership to access.  (Same goes for the British Library, but the British Library’s display room is free of charge. First Folio Shakespeare, illuminated Chaucer, original Beowulf.  It’s fabulous. Oh, and Jane Austen’s writing desk.)

Yeah, someday.  I’d rather have books than clothes, as I proved to myself the other day when I got my first paycheck.  Rather than blow it on clothes, like I easily could have, I opted to go to the bookstore.  I did some Christmas shopping and spoiled myself.  Books, books, and more books.

I need more space to store them all in, though.  Alas, they’ll have to return to their boxes soon enough.

Q4U: Do you like this Friday feature?  Or should I just discontinue it and only post 3 days a week?

Bookshelf: A Retrospective — September 17, 2009

Bookshelf: A Retrospective

First off, I just have to squee a little that I’ve hit 50 followers. I am humbled to think that so many out there find my words to be of value to them in some way. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I truly would not have made it so far in my writing journey these past few months without your support.

On Tuesday, I posted my TBR list. Since I really couldn’t come up with an idea for today’s post (shocker, I know), I thought I’d post the list of the books I’ve read so far this year. At the end of the year I will update this list with any books I manage to read before then.

The list:

Ariel by Sylvia Plath
Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes
How Long She’ll Last in This World by Maria Melendez
the volcano sequence by Alicia Suskin Ostriker
Ancestor Worship by Brock Dethier
The Empty Boat by Michael Sowder
Itch Like Crazy by Wendy Rose
The Business of Fancydancing by Sherman Alexie
187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border by Juan Felipe Herrera

Talking God by Tony Hillerman
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Fools Crow by James Welch
The Surrounded by D’Arcy McNickle
Tracks by Louise Erdrich
Ghost Singer by Anna Lee Walters
Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King
Bone Game by Louis Owens
Solar Storms by Linda Hogan
Flight by Sherman Alexie
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
The 39 Clues Book 3: The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis
The 39 Clues Book 4: Beyond the Grave by Jude Watson
The 39 Clues Book 5: The Black Circle by Patrick Carman
Silvertongue by Charlie Fletcher
Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Monster Hunters by Dean Lorey

The Art of War by Lao Tzu
A Pocket Guide to Herbs by Jenny Linford
The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life by Noah Lukeman
Elements of Fiction: Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
Astronomy for Dummies by Stephen P. Maran, PhD

Well, there you have it. It’s as accurate as I could make it. I did give a bunch of books away recently so I no longer own some of these titles. And I may have given away something I read this year but since I don’t have it I can’t jog my memory of it. Oh well.