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Lisa’s Tuesday Perspective: New Additions to the TBR list.

I went to a writer’s conference this past weekend, and couldn’t resist buying a book.  I was really lucky to  be able to win a door prize, too—which means another book for me, yay!  I’m really looking forward to reading both of them and giving them a review here.

Fifteen-year-old Erin and her twin brother, Bain, had never seen the secluded cabin in the woods by their home. Upon entering, they discover a magical world where pegasi, dragons and fairies are a reality.

The siblings soon find themselves with super-human powers, being taught the art of magic and swordplay by mystical beings. It isn’t long before they are struck with a realization—they are training to become elves.

Faced with the decision to leave the life they have always known for a world of fantasy, Erin and Bain confront certain demons that threaten to tear them apart. goodreads


I admit, at first glance, Älvor by Laura Bingham doesn’t really look like my cup of tea.  I don’t know, even as a YA fantasy lover, I see words like “training to become elves” and I’m sort of tempted to turn away.  But I read the first few pages of this and to be honest, I’m hooked.  Bingham has a really lovely writing style that’s easy to read, and that grabs my attention really fast, and Erin and Bain are already making an impression on me, so I’m really looking forward to see how their adventure turns out.

She’s had it forever. A tiny mark on her hand. No big deal, right? But when Tori discovers that her ordinary freckle is really some kind of microscopic tattoo, she doesn’t know what to think, especially after meeting Eric, a guy she feels strangely connected to–and not just because he has a mark too.

All too soon, Tori and Eric realize that their marks are only the first clue to a mystery that will change everything. And with each new discovery, Tori finds herself pulled deeper and deeper into a world she could never have imagined.goodreads


This one really excites me.  The Mark by M.R. Bunderson is quite simply a beautiful book.  I love the cover design, the description on the back, the idea of a micro tattoo with some secret to it, and the fact that the tattoo image (at least, if that’s what is on the cover, as I’m guessing) looks like nothing I’ve really seen before.  Not tribal or celtic or anything like that… it looks almost computer-ish, and that makes me really extra-curious as to the secret behind it.  I haven’t opened this one yet, but I really can’t wait to read this.  I want to know what Eric and Tori’s strange connection is—and I haven’t even started the book yet.  That’s good marketing right there.

Fun Friday: Reading Habits

I just got a notice that two new books I had holds on at the library are now available for me to pick up.  I admit, this delights me to no end—even though I’m actively working my way through no less than six books at the moment.  Some people think I’m utterly insane to read this way—I’ve even had one or two people refuse to believe that I could possibly keep all those storylines straight in my head at once, but this has really never been an issue for me.  If a book isn’t memorable enough for me to remember the storyline on its own, it’ll hardly mess me up when I’m reading it alongside other books.  But I never mean to get to the point where my Currently-Reading stack gets to tottering heights—it just happens.

I think this is a holdout from my schooling days.  The fact is, I’ve always been a bit of a slow reader.  My nearly-completed goal of reading 52 books in 52 weeks has been a serious challenge for me this year, as you can probably tell by some of the embarrassing selections on that list (please don’t look too closely! haha).  In high school—and moreso by about a hundred times in college—this meant pushing and pushing and pushing myself to finish the required reading.  For a girl who liked to take 18+ credits at a time when she could, with most of them being lit. classes—that was a TON of reading.  I’ll confess here and now that I don’t think I finished three-fourths of the books I was supposed to in college.

Then when I was done, my TBR list had pretty much EXPLODED.  First there were the old classics I’d been wanting to re-read but simply hadn’t had time for, and then there were the books I’d been snapping up in bookstore sales and tucking away for the past four years, and then there was a whole other stack that was made exclusively of—yes, those books I didn’t get to finish (or read so quickly that I didn’t absorb half of) of my assigned reading.  The Russian authors alone on that list make an impressive pile of would-be-read books, and I haven’t so much as touched them yet, even though my badly water-damaged copy has been waiting eagerly for me for me since I took the class in 2004.

The ironic thing is, after I finished school I could barely stand to look at a book.  I was just burnt out.  I had to force myself through even old favorites. And by favorites, I mean ecstatic, I-could-read-this-book-forever type of favorites.  But slowly—and largely due to friendly reading challenges like the one mentioned above—I definitely got my reading groove back.  Boy did I ever.  The problem remained, though, and remains still, that I can name a couple dozen books I want to read off the top of my head at any one moment… which I guess is why I end up reading half a dozen at once.

I get very ADD about this sometimes—list the books out in my head and read one chapter as each and it as a cycle, but usually I have one book that I let myself read more of if I want to (or if I need a purse book for waiting rooms, etc!)—right now for me that book is Maggie Stiefvater’s Lament, because I just can’t put it down.  But probably other people aren’t quite as crazy about this stuff as I am.

What about you? Can you read more than one book at a time? Do you like to? Not like to? What are you reading now?

Book Geek Wednesday: Have You Read…?

I can’t stress enough how much I love the Goodreads website. No, FTC, I am not getting paid for this promotion, I have not been offered free gifts, and I have no affiliation with Goodreads. I am just a very satisfied user.

It’s a fantastic resource for keeping my TBR pile in order, as well as looking back on books I may have thoroughly enjoyed and want to re-read. It’s also a great place to peek at my friend’s TBR piles. And I’m all about suggested reads. I’m not ashamed to admit I look at Lisa’s bookshelf at least once a week and steal titles to put on my own TBR shelf. 😉 What can I say? She has great taste in books.

Anyway, while fiddling on the site this evening I came across a delicious little list that I thought I’d share with you all.

I should start by saying I have not read the books on this list and am not endorsing them by any means, but I have always said its important to educate about what’s out there, since so many books get lost in the shuffle and are outshined by the ‘blockbusters’.

So here it is:

Hidden Gems: YA Fantasy Novels!!!

The list has some great looking stuff on it, but I was particularly drawn these goodies. Don’t they sound AMAZING? *plus, they got some great reader reviews*

When his small mountains country goes to war with the powerful nation of Attolia, Eugenides the thief is faced with his greatest challenge. He must steal a man, he must steal a queen, and he must steal peace.

But his greatest triumph-as well as his greatest loss-can only come if he succeeds in capturing something the Queen of Attolia may have sacrificed long ago.


Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater make a profitable living carrying out dangerous assignments for conspiring nobles until they become the unwitting scapegoats to the murder of the king. Sentenced to death, they have only one way out…and so begins this epic tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend.

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