Bringing Books Back: The Radleys

Bringing Books Back: The Radleys

Originally read: September 22 to 24, 2011 What it’s about: Just about everyone knows a family like the Radleys. Many of us grew up next door to one. They are a modern family, averagely content, averagely dysfunctional, living in a staid and quiet suburban English town. Peter is an overworked doctor whose wife, Helen, has become increasingly remote and uncommunicative. Rowan, their teenage son, is being bullied at school, and their anemic daughter, Clara, has recently become a vegan. They are typical, that is, save for one devastating exception: Peter and Helen are vampires and have—for seventeen years—been abstaining by choice from a life of chasing blood in the hope that their children could live normal lives. One night, Clara finds herself driven to commit a shocking—and disturbingly satisfying—act of violence, and her parents are forced to explain their history of shadows and lies. A police investigation is launched that uncovers a richness of vampire history heretofore unknown to the general public. And when the malevolent and alluring Uncle Will, a practicing vampire, arrives to throw the police off Clara’s trail, he winds up throwing the whole house into temptation and turmoil and unleashing a host of dark secrets that threaten […]

Top Ten Tuesday: My Reading Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday: My Reading Wishlist

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is about our reading wishlist. What do we wish authors would write about? Who do we wish they would write about? I found it a little tough to find 10 things I wanted authors to write about that aren’t already out there, so I’m going to modify just a little bit. (**Note: Obviously is it most definitely not Tuesday. Take a mild cold, throw in 2 weird snow days, a migraine like no other, and what do you get? A 2 day delay in the release of your Top Ten Tuesday. Ugh.) Five Things I want authors to write about: 1. More historical fiction that does not center around WWI, WWII, or the Jazz Age. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading about these, but I’ve read *so* many! There are so many other wonderful time periods out there, just waiting to be discovered! 2. More chain-link narration novels. The best example I have for this style of writing is Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad Novels. All of the novels center around the Dublin Murder Squad (duh), but they are narrated by a different character every time, and can go […]

Review: A Stitch in Time | A. James

Review: A Stitch in Time | A. James

What it’s About: A stitch in time saves nine… or does it? Sarah Yates is a thirty something history teacher, divorced, disillusioned and desperate to have more excitement in her life. Making all her dreams come true seems about as likely as climbing Everest in stilettos. Then one evening the door bell rings and the handsome and mysterious John Needler brings more excitement than Sarah could ever have imagined. John wants Sarah to go back in time… Sarah is whisked from the Sheffield Blitz to the suffragette movement in London to the Old American West, trying to make sure people find their happy endings. The only question is, will she ever be able to find hers? Me While Reading: This book just felt like sitting outside on a sunny day. There were definitely darker bits, but overall it was just very charming. What I thought: I thought the premise of the book was really interesting, and unlike anything I’d ever really come across before. Sarah finds out early on in the novel that she is a Stitch, someone who is able to go back in time to fix “tears” in the fabric of time. Each tear she fixes saves at […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Debuts I'm Interested In

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Debuts I'm Interested In

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, which is, as always, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, asked us for our Top 10 2014 debuts we’re excited for. I had to alter this one a little bit, because I had a hard time finding 10 published in 2014. There are quite a few that I’m interested in from previous years though, so I’ve added those instead. If any of the covers strike your fancy, simply click on them to go to the Goodreads page for that book!            Honorable Mention:    

Historical Fiction Challenge 2014

Historical Fiction Challenge 2014

I daresay there could not be a better challenge in existence for me than an historical fiction one! I was very excited to find this challenge (hosted by Historical Tapestry) yesterday. Whenever a new historical fiction book comes in (especially one set around WWI or WWII), I inevitably find it near my desk with a post-it note saying, “Lindsey – saw this, thought of you.” Haha! These are the different reading levels provided by the ladies at Historical Tapestry: Prehistoric – 50+ books                                                                                                    20th century Reader – 2 books Victorian Reader – 5 books Renaissance Reader – 10 books Medieval – 15 books Ancient History – 25 books Right now it looks as though I’ll be somewhere between Medieval Reader and Renaissance Reader. Looking back at previous Goodreads reading challenges, I see that I read 12 historical fiction books in 2012 and 19 in 2013. I’m never sure what kind of […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Goals/Resolutions for 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Goals/Resolutions for 2014

1. Listen to more audio books. Thus far the only audio books I’ve ever listened to are Harry Potter (Can Jim Dale do any wrong? The answer is no.) and the Enchanted Forest Chronicles (by Patricia Wrede). I think the reason these two have worked so well is because I’ve already read each of these series no less than 5 times. I know the stories inside and out, so the audio didn’t detract from the story at all. It was more like visiting an old friend. Any other audio book I’ve tried, I’ve just been unable to stay attached to the story and the characters. There is something about a print book that requires total concentration, and really allows you to fall into the story. Audio books are not good for my ADD – I end up trying to do a million other things and not really connecting to the story. That’s why I think I’m going to look into non-fiction audio books, I think they’ll work better for me. Which segues nicely into resolution #2 … 2. Read more non-fiction. I used to read non-fiction when I was younger, but as I grew up I’ve noticed that I’m picking […]

Quarterly + Book Riot = Win! #BKR01

Quarterly + Book Riot = Win! #BKR01

If you haven’t already heard, Book Riot paired up with subscription service Quarterly Co. to send out 4 amazing book themed boxes every year. The first was sent out this December, and I am hoping that everyone that signed up for the box has already received it, because I’ve been waiting ages to show off these pictures! (I know there have obviously already been pictures posted, but I really wanted to give everyone the opportunity to be as wonderfully excited and gobsmacked as I was when I originally got the package!) I found a big white box in my building’s foyer a few weeks ago, and upon flipping it over to see if it was mine, I found THIS. This LOGO. Do you know what this means?? It means the box I have been waiting for for 2 months has arrived!! (Not sure if you’re aware, but two months is about 60 days, and 60 days is an incredible amount of time to have to wait for something this amazing!)  First impressions? I love the simplicity of the packaging, and particularly the little “Packaged with radness in LA” sticker. Looked like there was some good stuff in here! It was really tough […]