Monday, October 31, 2011

TTBA Weekly News and Mailbox Monday (and read-a-thon wrap-up)

This feature was inspired by It's Monday! What are you reading? hosted by Sheila at Book Journey and by The Sunday Salon.

Oops, forgot to do my Bout of Books 2.0 Read-a-Thon wrap-up so here it is:

Number of books I read the last day of read-a-thon:  few pages of Under the Dome by Stephen King
Total number of books I read for read-a-thon:  2.20  
Read-a-Thon #insixwords:  Read two. Wish it was more.
Books:  The Reindeer Keeper by Barbara Briggs Ward (read and REVIEWED on Tuesday), 69 pages of A Discovery of Witches (also on Tuesday), Completed The Darkness by Crystal Connor (10/27 REVIEW)


Oops! Forgot to mention, I'm giving away (3) copies of Dracula in Love by Karen Essex over at Castle Macabre.  Check it out HERE.

My lovely friend, Kate (formerly of Back of the Book Reviews) has launched her new site with a great team of people backing her up.  They officially opened the doors of the new site today....Read 2 Review! Head on over and check it out.  She will be announcing a competition soon.  Go HERE to take a look. =O)

Don't forget about the Bag of Bones read-a-long I'm hosting over at Castle Macabre.  You can check out the details and sign-up HERE.

The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge is coming back for its third year starting the week of Thanksgiving! I will have challenge info, sign-up, and buttons ready by the end of this week (hopefully).  The challenge is hosted at my Christmas blog, The Christmas Spirit.  I will also have a season long event of guest posts, giveaways, and Christmas related fun over there again this year.  I have a new blog look (new header image is above) and I will be making a new button as well.  My favorite time of year is just around the corner!
As I mentioned, I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year (National Novel Writing Month) and it officially starts in a little over an hour! To say that I'm feeling a sense of panic is an understatement.  This is how I know that I'm committed this year.  Otherwise, I would not be having feelings like severe test anxiety.  LOL! If you happen to be doing NaNo as well, look me up.  My NaNo screen name is thetruebookaddict.  Wish me luck!

Last week:
--You can read about what I read last week in my read-a-thon wrap-up post above.

This week:
--finish A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
--finish Under the Dome by Stephen King
--catch up on Anna Karenina
--read Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe (for review)
--read The Art of War by Angela Panayotopulos (for review)

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia and is currently on tour. This month's host is Serena at Savvy Verse and Wit (want to read a book description? Clicking the book covers will take you to the book's page on Amazon).
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The Summer of the Bear by Bella Pollen...from Kathleen at Celticlady's Reviews
Before The Last All Clear by Ray Evans...from Julie at My Book Retreat

Joseph's Bones: Understanding the Struggle Between God and Mankind in the Bible by Jerome M. Segal
The Glimmer Palace by Beatrice Colin

Have a great week everyone!

Bout of Books 2.0 Read-a-Thon Updates

Update as of 10/30/11:
Did not get any reading done yesterday, as I was out all day at birthday party and preparing for my son's birthday party today.  I did finish a book on Friday though!
Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Total number of books I’ve read:  2.20  
Today #insixwords:  Son's party, then back to reading.
Books:  The Reindeer Keeper by Barbara Briggs Ward (read and REVIEWED on Tuesday), 69 pages of A Discovery of Witches (also on Tuesday), Completed The Darkness by Crystal Connor (10/27)
Currently reading:  Catch up on Anna Karenina, finish Under the Dome (very ambitious!)

Yes, I realize it's Friday and yes, I realize the read-a-thon started Monday....and yes, I know I haven't posted an update yet! What can I say.  I have been reading (a little), but I'm also working on my plan for NaNoWriMo and getting ready for my son's 10th birthday party (on Sunday), which we're having a week early so he could have a Halloween theme this year. =O)  Busy?  Yes! What I hate the most about it is I haven't been able to socialize with the other read-a-thoners. =O(  I had such fun with that aspect during the two read-a-thons last week.  Anyhoo, here's my first update and some mini-challenges......

Update 10/27/11:

Number of books I’ve read today: .06 %  LOL!
Total number of books I’ve read:  1.20  
Today #insixwords:  Library. researching. and. planning. for. NaNoWriMo
Books:  The Reindeer Keeper by Barbara Briggs Ward (read and REVIEWED on Tuesday), 69 pages of A Discovery of Witches (also on Tuesday), 17 pages of The Darkness by Crystal Connor (10/27)
Currently reading:  The Darkness

Note:  I know it's Halloween time right now, but I read The Reindeer Keeper for review on Rudolph Day (every 25th of the month, besides Christmas's a Christmas fanatic thing) on my Christmas blog, The Christmas Spirit, and I have to tell you that if you like to read Christmas books at all, you must read this book.  I linked to my review above, but if you don't feel like reading the review, just hear me now...It is one of the most wonderful Christmas books I have ever read, and it ranks pretty highly among books I have read in general.  Just thought I'd share! Let me know what you think, if you decide to read it.

Mini-Challenge hosted by DforDarla's Definite Reads....Dream Cast

Hmmm, what book to pick for my dream cast?  Okay, I'll pick one of my favorites from this year, The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner, which is about Juana of Castile, the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabel of Spain (click book title to read more about the book).
Leticia Dolera as Juana of Castile
Gaspard Ulliel as Philip, archduke of Flanders
Juana's husband
Victoria Abril, as Isabel of Spain
Alfred Molina, as King Ferdinand of Spain

Happy Halloween!


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Talk Like Jane Austen Day

A Rather Lovely Soirée
Talk like Jane Austen Day
Event production by
Random Magic Tour
Sasha Soren (Random Magic
Oct. 30, 2011

Welcome, dear guests!

You've arrived at a rather lovely soirée in honor of Talk like Jane Austen Day.

Talk like Jane Austen Day is an annual event, but October 30, 2011 is a particularly special day, as it marks the 200th anniversary of the first printing of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Austen's first published novel.

In honor of the day, we've assembled a delightful collection of interesting features on all things Jane Austen and her times.
Silhouette from the second edition of Mansfield Park(1833?) , inscribed "l'aimable Jane" and presumed to be Jane Austen. Owned by the National Portrait Gallery, which considers it is possibly by Mrs Collins, a silhouettist who worked in Bath ca. 1800. There is no documentary evidence to confirm the identity of the sitter, but the provenance and title suggest it could be JA. (source: JASA)

And now, here is a feature on Jane Austen, for your perusal...Tea and Sweets

Jane Austen's House...a virtual tour (to turn off the music on my blog, push pause on the player toward the top of right sidebar):

Take another virtual tour at the Jane Austen's House Museum site. 

As a special gift connected to the celebration, please enjoy a complimentary download of a delightful work by Jane Austen:

About: Emma wasn't a particularly popular name during the Regency era, although the name underwent a
sudden upswing in popularity between 1800-1820.  Jane Austen published the novel, Emma, in 1815. 

The main character, Emma Woodhouse, is essentially a spoiled young person and not particularly likeable - although it can be noted that Jane Austen says herself that it was her intention to try drawing a character 'whom no one but myself will much like.'

Eventually, through the influence of friends - in particular her former governess, and the sensible and compassionate George Knightley - Emma leaves off meddling, matchmaking and other idle pursuits, and might finally be on the way to redeeming some of her earlier follies. (More

ADDITIONAL goodies available:

WIN this book at Bookie Brunch, offer open through December 15, 2011.
About: When publisher Thomas Cadell declined an unsolicited manuscript offered to him by a Hampshire clergyman in 1797, he made one of the biggest mistakes in publishing history, for the manuscript was an early version of Pride and Prejudice, and the clergyman's daughter was destined to become one of the most recognizable names in literature... (More)

WIN this book at A Rather Lovely Soirée, offer open through November 4, 2011 (GMT). Book offer by vlogger Sable Caught, play to win this book by watching a quick Jane Austen quiz and replying with your answers. (Watch video)

AND, JUST FOR FUN - find out which of Jane Austen's characters is most like you:

Emma paints Harriet as Mr. Elton looks on


Which character was I?

I am Marianne Dashwood!

You might also have a nice time at another Jane event coming up this November:

INVITATION to Pemberley Ball, Nov. 14-19, 2011
You're also invited to another charming Jane Austen event, the annual Pemberley Ball, held every November
and hosted by vvb32reads (@vvb32reads).

More information on Pemberley Ball
Pre-event reading from Pride and Prejudice: Listen
Last season: The Party Scouts | Gallery of Gowns | Dance Card 
RSVP: Reply to RSVP for this year's ball

In Conclusion...

Please feel free to browse the collection of badges below, as each one of them will feature an interesting topic related to Jane Austen and her times, and you're sure to enjoy them all.

We hope you've enjoyed Tea and Sweets. What was your favorite thing about Jane Austen's house?  Feel free to share with us in the coments. Thank you for visiting, it's been so nice to see you. Happy Talk like Jane Austen Day!

Event production for A Rather Lovely Soirée by Random Magic Tour.
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A Rather Lovely Soiree: Talk Like Jane Austen Day...Schedule

A Rather Lovely Soirée for Talk like Jane Austen Day
Event production by Random Magic Tour
Sasha Soren Random Magic
Oct. 30, 2011

Shadow and Light
Being a video gallery of excellent Austen movie adaptations
Splash of our Worlds (@SplashOOWorlds)

Silk and Satin
Being a gallery of charming Regency gowns
Elbit Blog (@MeriGreenleaf)

Wit and Wisdom
Being a top 10 list of Jane Austen quotes
Tina's Book Reviews (@BooksAtTinas)

Screens and Pages
Being a video reading from Sense and Sensibility
Video channel: I Love Books (@Booklover_622)
Blog: The Book Addict (@christina_622)

Worldly and Otherworldy
Jane's Ghost
Being a sweet mystery related to that late worthy, the writer Jane Austen
vvb32reads (@vvb32reads)

Tea and Sweets
Being a visit to Jane Austen's home
The True Book Addict (@truebookaddict)
Note: Music here is auto-play but can be shut off, player is on right sidebar.

Ink and Pixels
Being a video reading of a Jane Austen work (excerpt)
Pre-event: Video reading from Sense and Sensibility
Video channel: Coffee and a Good Book
Blog: Inky Pages
Inky Pages (@InkyPages)

Past and Present
Divine Jane: Reflections on Austen
Being a video featurette on Jane Austen's literary influence
Songs and Stories (@LiederMadchen)

Quizzes and Quizzicality
Being a video quiz for Austen lovers (incl. goodies)
Video channel: Sable Caught
Sable Caught (Twitter N/A)
Event video hosted at Random Magic Tour - The Coven
Watch: Quizzes and Quizzicality

Travel and Translation
Being a photo gallery of Jane Austen lovers from around the world
El Salón de Té de Jane/Jane's Tea Room (@SalonJaneAusten)
Event video hosted at Random Magic Tour - The Coven
Souvenir schedule
Browse: Travel and Translation

Audio and Artistry
Being a collection of audio book treats
Random Magic Tour - The Coven (@RandomMagicTour)

This event will arrive on October 30. In the meantime, please feel free to enjoy a pre-event reading from Sense and Sensibility by @InkyPages: Watch

*****More Jane!*****

WIN this book at Bookie Brunch, offer open through December 15, 2011.
About: When publisher Thomas Cadell declined an unsolicited manuscript offered to him by a Hampshire clergyman in 1797, he made one of the biggest mistakes in publishing history, for the manuscript was an early version of Pride and Prejudice, and the clergyman's daughter was destined to become one of the most recognizable names in literature... (More)

INVITATION to Pemberley Ball, Nov. 14-19, 2011
You're also invited to another charming Jane Austen event, the annual Pemberley Ball, held every November
and hosted by vvb32reads (@vvb32reads).

More information on Pemberley Ball
Pre-event reading from Pride and Prejudice: Listen
Last season: The Party Scouts | Gallery of Gowns | Dance Card 

Event production for A Rather Lovely Soirée by Random Magic Tour.
About Random Magic: Trailer | Print | Kindle 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Book Tour--Review of The Darkness by Crystal Connor

The Darkness

My thoughts:
I really don't know quite what to say about this book.  I mean, the bare bones of the story are excellent, but there is such convolution mixed in, it was really hard to stay focused.  Maybe that was the aim here.  I don't know.  Something that really bugged me was the sudden introduction and bios of all of Adam's friends in the middle of the story.  Did we really need to know all of that?  I guess she was just trying to show Adam as a normal kid, but I think that part was unnecessary.

I read a review of this book on Goodreads and the person said that neither main character is likable.  I would have to agree, to a certain extent.  Both women are evil, the difference is that one, Inanna, recognizes it in herself and that it comes from a tragedy in her past.  The other, Artemesia, is just pure greed and personal much so she keeps well concealed.  Artemesia is a character you think you hate, then you don't, and, what a slap in the face.  This alone is one reason why--despite my feelings about this book--I will probably read the next book, Artificial Light.  Honestly, the story line was intriguing enough for me to keep reading.  Ordinarily, if I really don't like a book, I will not keep reading.  What I would suggest with this book would be to go into it skeptically and give it about 100 pages or so.  Then you can judge whether you want to keep reading or not.  I did this and I kept reading.

About the book:
Artemisia, a scientist who also practices alchemy, is wealthy beyond imagination. She is one of the founding members of the Skyward Group, a privately funded, secret, research facility conducting experiments that erase what tradition has established as the boundaries separating the realm of man from the realm of God. Artemisia has everything she wants - money, fame, knowledge and power - except for a child. Inanna is a powerful and dangerous witch, also wealthy beyond imagination. Her powers are greater and more deadly than any in the long tradition before her. Inanna has everything she wants - money, knowledge and God-like power - except for a child. The Child has nothing. At three months of age, he knows only what he has experienced through the bars of his locked cage. He has nothing. He doesn't have a mommy. He doesn't have a daddy. He doesn't have a name. The scientists who created him do not handle him, because they know The Child is dangerous. In The Darkness, Two women clash in a vicious battle that has been fought since the days of King Solomon - the fight over a child. One woman unleashes the nightmarish arsenal of modern science while the other dispatches the weaponries of witchcraft. And as The Child grows up, his love for one and resentment for the other will change the fate of both these women, forever.

Visit Crystal Connor's WEBSITE

This book tour stop was in conjunction with:

FTC Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from Pump Up Your Book Promotions in exchange for my honest review.  I was not monetarily compensated for sharing my views on the book.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Happy Cat Thursday Halloween!

Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy! (share your post in the Mr. Linky below)

I would like to dedicate this week's Cat Thursday to Diane's (Bibliophile by the Sea), beloved cat, Libby, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge a couple of weeks ago.  Rest in peace, dear Libby. (to read more about Libby, click Diane's blog link above)


funny pictures - i needz  mai boomstik

funny pictures - Urban Legends!

funny pictures - I sense evil....

funny pictures - *YOU'RE WELCOME!*

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Book Tour: Guest Post by Crystal Connor, author of The Darkness

Please join me today in welcoming Crystal Connor, author of The Darkness, as she shares two of her early works that she wrote as a member of a writing group.

The reason I started blogging is because I used to belong to a writing group called Author’s Anonymous. What attracted me to the group was the fact that the founder gave us all writing assignments, and we posted them to our blogs so that other we could read, critique and comment on our fellow members stories. It was an amazing group but as we, as writers, spent more and more time with our own writing goals and deadlines we just didn’t have the time to commit to our group.

I am going to share two of my “early works” that I posted while a member of Author’s Anonymous with you today. I hope you enjoy them.

Coaches instructions: If you had to describe yourself as a color, which would you choose and why?

So I was going to skip this assignment to work on the next one (which seems so kick ass, totally fun with a ton of room to maneuver…and that's right up my alley)

This drill seemed a little challenging and I couldn’t find a way not to incorporate race and clearly that’s not what’s she’s asking, but it’s the 1st thing that came to mind and the only thing that stayed there.

Because I sooo do not want to do this assignment I’ve decided to do it twice…two different stories. If you wanna wear daisy dukes you gotta do your squats & lunges there is just no way around it.

My story Colors Part 1 follows:

“What color we’re you?”

The little girl asked me what color I was and the question caught me completely off guard and ushered in a flood of memories that I had tried for ten years to forget.

Once I was alone and had more time to think about her question I realized I could no longer remember my native planet. I couldn’t remember what it felt like to breath relatively clean air or enjoy the warmth of the sun beneath the protective barrier of an ozone layer. That was a long time ago and Earth is no longer there.

This planet was different. The landscape was harsh and colorless, the weather was openly hostile and it was as if the sun was trying to use the cleaning power of fire to rid her 5th planet of disease.

It’s surprising how quickly the human body can adapt and evolve but I guess we can thank Monarch Pharmaceuticals for that because God had nothing to do with this.

Out of the 758,459 of us who had won the lottery to escape the Garden of Eden that God had given man in the form of Planet Earth, only twenty-eight of us were still alive. In this sector there were only two of us but that wouldn’t be the count for long because Eric was dying.

This planet already had a population in the billions and the girl who asked the question was a 3rd generation native and that was why she had asked the question in the 1st place.

In just 10 years I had become known as a settler. I was an immigrant, a relic from the “old country,” with an outdated language, ancient customs, and conservative ways and I am only forty.

Thanks to Monarch Pharms, to deal with the combative environment of the brave new world, I no longer had skin but scales. I was still humanoid in form and so were the natives…sort of.

I guess you can say us settlers were like the Cardassian race from Star Trek; and like the lizards of the deserts of our old planet, our genetic manipulation allowed us to live on this one and it was our genetic manipulation that was also killing us.

You could still see that I had once been beautiful and I think that is why the youth of this planet got themselves “scaled” despite the fact that their shinny chromed skin was more than capable of dealing with the proximity of a sun that never set. Like the young of planet earth, who in emulated African body modification by stretching their ears without fully understanding the culture or significance behind the act. Some things never change.

I closed my eyes and let my memory recall the green rolling hills, red desert sands, and canyons carved from lakes, and deep blue-green seas that had once been my home. In my minds eye I saw the girl and heard her question asked and asked again…

“What color we’re you?”

I didn’t answer her question because I couldn’t. Tears breached past my closed reptilian eyes and flowed down my cheeks as I cried myself to sleep. I didn’t answer her question because I couldn’t…because I didn’t remember what color I had been.

And here is my 2nd attempt. It’s not a short story it’s a poem and I was so incredibly blown away by how this piece turned and the amount of feedback that I got from it I used it as the dedication it to my mom in The Darkness.

Colors Part 2:

As you know I did not want to do this drill. It’s still just as challenging as when I wrote the 1st Color and I still couldn’t find a way not to incorporate race.

Well like I promised I gave it another shot.

I am the color of the Red Sands of African a land where my roots were 1st planted.

I am the color of Oxidized Iron, from shackles that bound my predecessors in the storage hold.

I am the color of the green, brown, and white cotton fields and I am the color red from the blood that ran down the fingers that picked them.

I am the blue color of the Civil War Union uniform.

I am the white hot color of rage, I am the iridescent color of tears, I am every color on the spectrum from orange to red in outrage and am the bottomless color of black by the betrayal that the Choctaw people felt when being removed from lands that been held since antiquity.

I am the Silver-Blue color of The Rio Grande that “Los Mojado’s”, the wet ones, risked their lives to cross in order to make a better life for their heirs.

I am the color of fire that burned bras in the 60’s.

I am all the bright colors of the arrogant peacock, because I am the color of my ancestors. 

Wonderful, Crystal! Both are so great, but I think I like the second one the best.  Thanks for sharing with us!

Visit Crystal at the links above or HERE.

This guest post is part of tour with:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

First Chapter~First Paragraph(s)~Tuesday Intros (4)

This is a weekly feature being hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea. We are to share the opening paragraph (maybe two) of our current read.  Which begs the question...would this be a book you would want to read, based on the opening paragraphs? 

This week:

The Reindeer Keeper
The Reindeer Keeper 
Barbara Briggs Ward
Abbey read obits as if they were short stories.  To Abbey, they were.  This queer obsession began years earlier when she'd sit at her father's desk in the funeral home and clip obituaries from the local newspaper.  There'd be a copy for his files and copies for the family.  The ones for the family were always clipped a little more neatly.

Abbey knew some paid her father what they could; not in money but rather in gifts of food or labor.  The most amazing gift came from a most unlikely source.  Abbey remembered the name when a lawyer phoned one February afternoon.  She recalled the old man had been buried without fanfare.  From his obit she learned he had no children or siblings.  He'd been a recluse living somewhere off County Route 12.  On a single sheet of lined paper, notarized and witnessed and in perfect penmanship, this stranger bequeathed all his worldly possessions to Abbey's father.  This included a turn-of-the-century farmhouse, more than one hundred and twenty acres of woodland and meadows, and a cluster of outbuildings, including a barn set off by itself in a backfield.

My review of this book will be up later today at my Christmas blog.  Be sure to stop by and check it out. =O)

TTBA Weekly News and Mailbox Monday

This feature was inspired by It's Monday! What are you reading? hosted by Sheila at Book Journey and by The Sunday Salon.

Coming off a weekend of read-a-thon madness where I didn't (hardly) sleep and got almost no reading done.  Go figure! This week I'm participating in the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon, which runs through Sunday.  I know, such a sad, sad addiction.  ;O)


I just announced the Bag of Bones (by Stephen King) read-a-long over at Castle Macabre.  The television mini-series is set to air on December 11 and 12 and since it is one of my most favorite SK books, I thought a reread was greatly in order.  For all the details and to sign-up, go HERE.

Some of you might already be aware, but I'm mentioning it again because it is going to be largely affecting my life in November.  What am I talking about?  Yes, I'm signed up for NaNoWriMo...again.  My last two attempts have been major #fail, but this time, I'm determined to finish.  I'm in the right mindset and I can really feel the difference in my attitude, as compared to previous years.  So, if I disappear or, when I appear, I act like a grumpy bear, please know, it's not you, it's me...and NaNoWriMo.  Wish me luck!

Last week:

Road from the West by Rosanne E. Lortz  (my REVIEW)
You can also read Rosanne's excellent guest post and enter the giveaway for a copy of the book HERE.

This week:
For this week's reading plans, visit my Bout of Books read-a-thon starting post HERE.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia and is currently on tour. This month's host is Serena at Savvy Verse and Wit (want to read a book description? Clicking the book covers will take you to the book's page on Amazon).
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Unrest in Eden by Florence Byham Weinberg...from Stephanie Barko, publicist
The Christmas Village by Melissa Ann Goodwin...I reviewed this last month HERE (signed copy) a special thanks to Melissa! =O)

Children of the Night by Dan Simmons...from Pam @ Midnyte Reader

The Best Year of Your Life: Dream It, Plan It, Live It by Debbie Ford
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Acting by Paul Baldwin and John Malone

The Christmas List: A Holly, Jolly Treasury of Seasonal Stats by Quirk Books and David Graham
Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon

A Christmas Garland compiled by Julie Mitchell, Illustrated by Kathy Orr (no cover image)
The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell
The Swimming Pool by Holly LeCraw
Distant Music by Lee Langley
The Lost Queen: The Tragedy of a Royal Marriage by Norah Lofts (no cover image)
The Collector by John Fowles
Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer
The Purple Emperor by Herbie Brennan
Madman by Tracy Groot
You Must Remember This by Joyce Carol Oates
A Separate Peace by Johns Knowles
The Tsarina's Daughter by Carolly Erickson
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

The hoarding continues.....

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Yeah, yeah...I know.  Another read-a-thon! Sorry! But, as I was telling one of my fellow bloggers, the addiction runs long and deep. =O)

You can still sign up through October 28.  Go HERE for details/sign-up

Here is my main reading list:
Under the Dome (read-a-long catch up)
A Discovery of Witches (read-a-long catch up)
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (from my own shelves...glory be!)
American Horror (horror short stories)
Decayed Etchings (horror short stories)
The Reindeer Keeper (for review on Rudolph Day)

Now, take a look at this pile of books. These are writing books I'm consulting in the week leading up to NaNoWriMo. This week, I will be going to the library daily for planning and I will be reading these writing books (well, not all of them obviously).  Yes, I'm attempting NaNo again and I'm determined to succeed this time. 

- See more at: