Archive | April, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday 4/30/13

30 Apr

Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book

-road trip
-assassin nuns
-excellent world building
-Thurgood Marshall or Bob Moses
-World War I

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Feature and Follow Friday 4/26/13

26 Apr

Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or vice versa? What is the song and the book?

A Song of Fire and Ice


Power by Kanye West

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Thursday Pretty: Liu Wen by JumboTsui for Ok! China April 2013

25 Apr






Top Ten Tuesday 4/22/13

23 Apr

Top Ten Nine Books I Thought I’d Like LESS Than I Did (AKA 10 Surprisingly Readable Books)

Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times by Studs Terkel: I was scared to read this book because it sounded like such a downer but I ended up really enjoying it and reading through a chunk of Terkel’s back catalogue.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver: The premise sounded so hokey to me but the first book of this trilogy works really well. (The later books don’t work quite so well, sadly.)

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen: I’ve read a lot of fantasy and most of it has been sub-par. The description sounded like it would be subpar but I was bored and it was cheap and so I took a chance. I’m glad I did because I ended up really enjoying the book. It was paced well and the protagonist was awesome.

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer: It is the oldest story there is: Girl hates being outside to the point that thinking about camping gives her hives. Girl is bored. Girl reads this book and ends up with a whole shelf of books about climbing various 8000m peaks. It still doesn’t make sense to me but there you go.

A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan: The best romance novel about contraception that you will ever read. Trust me. I was scared by that as well but it is an enjoyable book!

King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild: I was a little leery of this book when it was first released but one of my favorite authors raved about it and I bought it on their word alone. I have read every Adam Hochschild book he has subsequently published.

The Passage by Justin Cronin: I picked up this book because I thought it was in my wheelhouse but it seemed a little scary for me. Well, it was a lot scary for me but it was so compelling I was up all night reading it.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut: I hate non-linear storytelling which was a reason I didn’t rush to read this book. Vonnegut ended up as one of my favorite authors so clearly I shouldn’t make blanket statements.

Persuasion by Jane Austen: I must confess that I am not an Austen fan. This novel is the only one of hers that I liked.

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Stacking the Shelves 4/21/13

21 Apr

Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King (Pub: Harper)

Arguably the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life.

In 1949, Florida’s orange industry was booming, and citrus barons got rich on the backs of cheap Jim Crow labor. To maintain order and profits, they turned to Willis V. McCall, a violent sheriff who ruled Lake County with murderous resolve. When a white seventeen-year-old Groveland girl cried rape, McCall was fast on the trail of four young blacks who dared to envision a future for themselves beyond the citrus groves. By day’s end, the Ku Klux Klan had rolled into town, burning the homes of blacks to the ground and chasing hundreds into the swamps, hell-bent on lynching the young men who came to be known as “the Groveland Boys.”

And so began the chain of events that would bring Thurgood Marshall, the man known as “Mr. Civil Rights,” into the deadly fray. Associates thought it was suicidal for him to wade into the “Florida Terror” at a time when he was irreplaceable to the burgeoning civil rights movement, but the lawyer would not shrink from the fight—not after the Klan had murdered one of Marshall’s NAACP associates involved with the case and Marshall had endured continual threats that he would be next.

Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi by Steve Inskeep (Pub: Penguin Press)
In recent decades, the world has seen an unprecedented shift of people from the countryside into cities. As Steve Inskeep so aptly puts it, we are now living in the age of the “instant city,” when new megacities can emerge practically overnight, creating a host of unique pressures surrounding land use, energy, housing, and the environment. In his first book, the co-host of Morning Edition explores how this epic migration has transformed one of the world’s most intriguing instant cities: Karachi, Pakistan.

both descriptions via GoodReads

I saw that Devil in the Grove won the Pulitizer and I didn’t even bother finding out more about it than “Thurgood Marshall” before I bought a copy.

I’d been looking at Instant City for a couple of months now. Someone had mentioned something about US-centricism in relation to Bangalore on another social media site and I realized I didn’t even know where Bangalore was. Clearly I needed to step up my game and that is what made me stop looking at Instant City and purchase it.

I also pre-ordered The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I want to read that book NOW.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl liner in Nude & Taupe.
Nude has a little bit more shimmer than I would like on my waterline but they both apply beautifully and stay in place. I got both of them for less than $7.

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Feature and Follow Friday 4/19/13

19 Apr

If you could hang out with any author (living) who would it be and what would you want to do?

I am totally going to cheat on this question and pick two authors who was alive for most of my life but are no longer living. Kurt Vonnegut and Studs Terkel. I so enjoy Vonnegut’s nonfiction and his command of irony. Terkel was simply a master at oral history and his books reflect his ability to put a story together with other people’s words. That might sound like faint praise but I think that is insanely difficult.

Oh, Grace Coddington wrote a book so I guess the living author I would most like to hang out with would be Grace Coddington!

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Thursday Pretty: Sasha Luss by Josh Olins for Vogue China May 2013

18 Apr