Authors are my Rockstars and now they speak to me

photo 2 (4)World Book Day was March 7 – Thursday. Did you miss it? The strange thing is, it is only World Book Day for Great Britain and Ireland. The rest of the world gets to celebrate World Book Day  April 23 – so mark that on your calendars because it will be EPIC! If only us Canucks celebrated it like the Brits, you get to walk around dressed up as your favorite literary character. Who would I be? Hmmm

I might dress up as Anne Shirley, long red braids and freckles. I might dress up as Scarlett O’Hara Carol Burnett style with the curtain rod, or perhaps Minerva McGonagoll

Carol Burnett's “Went with the Wind” costume
Carol Burnett’s “Went with the Wind” costume (Photo credit: national museum of american history)

because she was a kick-ass teacher. My obvious choice is Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice but I might go as Catherine from Wuthering Heights to fool people. Either way, a flannel nightgown would work tied in a empire waist. Simple. Just need a longish hair to be tied back and I would be convincing.

I doubt anything fun like a dress up party will happen – perhaps in my book club, but other than that Canadians typically only dress up for Hockey games, with the exception of Saskatchewan, Rider Pride has them donning watermelons and capes throughout the football season. I could easily start a new trend.

Whose in? Tell me who you would be!

Speaking of books, I suppose I did celebrate World Book Day British Style. I won 7 books in giveaways this month and they all started arriving this week! It felt better than Christmas, because books are the perfect gift for me – books and vinylmation (my birthday is August 16 in case you are wondering what to get me).

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I started checking out the explore section of goodreads and entered for some book draws. Then I went over to NetGalley and signed up as a professional reader. Cool title. All it means is if the publisher is willing to give me an advanced copy of a book, I will read it and review it. I will post it here on my blog, amazon and goodreads. NetGalley sent me two books right away. So my total for that week was 6, actually 7 because Amazon was giving away a free download for a book launch The Fallen Snow. I count that book into my free ones. So here I am with a list of books I already want to read and now I have been given several books I need to read and review  The good thing is, I put my name in for books that interested me. So it doesn’t look like I will be stuck with books that will bore me, hopefully. You never know when you crack open a book what you will find inside. The only caveat is I have to disclose that I won the book in a give-away, apparently this is FTC rules. Being a Canadian, I don’t think it applies to me, unless they are book published in The US. Either way, I will comply.

I read The Fallen Snow and wrote about it here, on goodreads and on Amazon. For the record, 4 out of 5 stars. I loved Kelley’s writing style and character development. Then an amazing thing happened. John Kelley wrote to me!!!! I must admit to being a bit star struck. Authors are my rock stars. He wrote me some lovely things and I was walking on clouds for about a week.

Then I won Healer’s Touch by Deb E. Howell. She wrote to me to explain how nervous she was. Really? She hoped I liked the book and she was posting it herself. COOL! It arrived this week and she signed it! Okay, I admit that sent me over the moon! We chatted back and forth on goodreads for a about a week and then the book arrived. It is steampunk. A genre I have never read before but it also looks great! It is next on my list. I am reading them in the order they arrived. How else will I choose?

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Then came Notes from a Coma by Mike McCormak in my email. It let me know it was placed into my kindle app. I opened up Kindle and there it was. Cool! I flipped through the first few pages and the format is something I have never encountered before. 2 stories told side by side, one in the footnotes. This may be confusing by I am a smart girl, I am sure I can figure it out.

Then came Love Water Memory  by Jennie Shortridge.  in my email. Again saying the book was in my kindle app but it was not an edited version so do not quote it. Again, COOL! The main character has amnesia and has to start a new life. I am drawn to these types of characters for some weird reason, I am also looking forward to this book!

The book that came in today’s mail was Alys Always: A Novel by Harriet Lane. A car crash survival and the aftermath. It has a cool sticker saying it was Courtesy of Simon and Schuster. They seem to like me and send me lots of books, Penguin – not so much but I shall keep trying!

Books I have won but haven’t received yet are The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper. This one I must admit to being scared to read. I was raised Catholic and have a fear of demons (Thank you Sister Annette and Sister Claudia for those nightmares!) but I am fascinated just the same by the story line. I am glad it isn’t here yet, I might jump it to the head of the queue. The other book is We Need New Names: A Novel by NoViolet Bulawayo about a 10 year old African girl and her life that is so different from mine I can hardly imagine what it would be like. I am also looking forward to that one.

Now if that wasn’t enough excitement for a book lover like me, guess what else is going? Give up? You will never guess so I will tell you. Teresa Mummert and I have been in contact and I am interviewing her about her next book, Suicide Note with a March 15 Release date! She is giving away a kindle e-copy of her book to one of my lucky readers! This will happen later on this week, so watch for it. If you are the lucky winner, the book will be sent to you March 15, the release date of Suicide Note.

So tell me, what are you reading?

 

 

Obsession or Passion?

My book obsession passion has reached new heights.

dovekeepersThen why am I writing instead of finishing the last chapter of The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman? Well, to be honest, the last chapter has filled me with anxiety and trepidation. I am fearing the end because I fell in love with 3 out of 4 of the women whose stories are intertwined with each other. I don’t want to see it end, nor do I want it to end badly, NOR do I want to say good bye. I will busy myself with house work and some other mundane chores before I sit to weep and say farewell to Yael and Aziza.

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Last night at my Book Club meeting, I fulfilled a lifelong dream of sitting for the entire evening talking about books. We asked each other why this happened. First off, we all read the book Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danicat. Two of us really liked the book and two of us weren’t sure. This made for great discussion as to what we liked and what we didn’t. The big consensus was that this was an unfinished book, with gaps and details left to misunderstanding or oblivion. I like that in a book. I don’t always want to know the meat of the story, it helps with speculation of the character. But I did love the cultural aspect of the characters family. Learning about the bond of women and how they give everything up to serve man. This makes me thankful I am a Canadian Girl with North American values that honor education and independent choices for women and their daughters.  Leaving this book behind did not sadden me like leaving the Dovekeepers will.

Other books that have stayed with me over the long term and make me sad when I leave them behind have strong character development and something that has me relate on a personal level. Everyone I talk to who has read The Red Tent by Anita Diamant has felt the same as me, they loved this book and rank it amongst the best they have ever read. The Dovekeepers feels the same as this book. From the time in history, to the bonding of women, to the servitude of men, The Red Tent speaks to the strength of women over time. Read it.

I have been ever vigilant in searching for that next great read. I browse Goodreads on a regular basis and have found some reviews to be stellar and others that make me wonder if we read the same book.  There is a section on goodreads called Explore. I stepped into that section this week to look at new books that are going to be released this year. Authors I have never heard of, genres that don’t interest me (romance) and concepts that I have never heard of for fiction (Steampunk? I thought that was art!). Then I discovered a section called GIVEAWAYS!

For the record, I love free things! From soap and shampoo in hotel rooms to water bottles at conferences, Free = Good! I started heading down the list and began entering the draws. Publishing houses and authors give away first copies before the launch of their books to readers who are willing to read and review these books. Tuesday I won a Canadian book The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper! Simon and Shuster publishers are mailing it to me. The release is set for March. It sounds scary but so interesting! I can’t wait to crack it open!

The next night I was browsing that list again and entered a few new draws. By morning I received notice that I won Healer’s Touch by Deb Howell. Deb sent me a private message on Goodreads, she is signing the book and mailing it to me! Her and I chatted back and forth a bit and I admit to being star struck. I get that way with writers, hockey players and astronauts.

Then Friday I was browsing again and came across The Fallen Snow by John Kelley. I entered the draw for that book because it is another autographed copy but then I noticed a message, this weekend is the book launch! He was offering a free download on Amazon click here you Canadians for a free copy for your kindle or kindle app to read this book. The deal is, by accepting the free book, they hope you will review it on Amazon or the Kindle store. Fair enough, I appreciate the book and will be honest about my review!

I do know that the more you review, the more books people will send you. SWEET! Bring on the books! But here is my disclaimer, if it isn’t smart or clever, I will be ruthless.

What do yo think? Obsessed or passionate?

So here is me, looking for my next great read! I have chosen these ones for the month of March  and end of February:

  1. The Fallen Snow by John Kelley
  2. Under the Dome by Stephen King
  3. The Dinner by Herman Koch
  4. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (the book club selection for March)
  5. The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston
  6. Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb

Thoughts or opinions on my chosen ones? Got a better one for me? I am ALL EARS!

Happy reading!