I am currently getting rid of three books from my collection. The first being a paperback copy of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I realized a few years after I got this book and the second in the series that I was not interested at all. I assume someone else will enjoy it much more than me, so I am giving it away. The second is a hardcover copy of Linger also by Maggie Stiefvater. After I noticed that I was not going to read the first book I decided to get rid of this as well. The third book is Rumble Fish by S. E. Hinton. I reviewed it here and didn't enjoy it that much so I'm giving it to someone who will.
This year/summer I decided to do the 2015 Reading challenge. So far I've completed 5 of the many challenges. I will do an update every month until the end of the year and I'll see how far I can get. If you would liike to join me feel free to contact me with what you are doing for each challenge.
Here are some of the books I have recently received or bought. From top to bottom here they are:
"The Picture of Dorian Grey" by Oscar Wilde
I tried to read this book before and couldn't really get into it. I enjoyed the movie greatly so I want to try again. I will post a classic help with this one. Here is the summary:
'How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrid, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young… If it was only the other way!'
Wilde's first and only published novel recounts the story of handsome Dorian Gray who upon having his portrait painted desires that it will age and grow ugly while he may remain eternally beautiful. The painting, which reflects each of Gray's sins and transgressions in its hideousness, haunts him until it finally becomes unbearable. In this dark tale of duplicity and mortality, Wilde creates a world where art and reality collide.
"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck
I read this book in my class. I will post a classic help as soon as I can. I enjoyed the way this was written and I love the story. I had to get this book after I read it. I believe it is a great reminder of what mentally challenged people go through. Steinbeck is a very descriptive author and everything is vivid. Here is the summary:
They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.
Laborers in California's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.
"The Named" by Marianne Curley
I read this book a long time ago and I really enjoyed it. I was in bed one night and remembered the plot but couldn't remember the name. I did some research and found it again. I can't wait to reread it and finish the series. I really like the concept. I remember this to be a fantastic book and I can't wait to share it. Here is the summary:
Ethan lives a secret life as a Guardian of the Named. Under the guidance of Arkarian, his mentor, and with the help of Isabel, his unlikely but highly capable apprentice, Ethan has become a valued member of this other-worldly corps. As the only defense against the evil Order of Chaos, the Named travel through time to prevent the Order from altering history and thereby gaining power in the present and the future.
As the threat from the Order intensifies, secrets of the past are revealed and villains and heroes are exposed. This gripping fantasy is set in modern times, but is infused with intrigue from the past, super-natural characters and surprising plot twists. Curley has written a winner through to the end.
"The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" by Ann Brasheres
I bought this at a thrift store and I know nothing about it. I have heard slightly about it. I decided to take a chance with this book. Here is the summary:
Some friends just fit together.
Once there was a pair of pants. Just an ordinary pair of jeans. But these pants, the Traveling Pants, went on to do great things. This is the story of the four friends—Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen—who made it possible.
"A Cruel Wind: A Chronicle of the Dread Empire" by Glen Cook
I'll be honest that I have never heard of, seen of, or even knew this book existed. The only reason I bought this is because it had an awesome cover. I can't find a summary. Yup
"Dracula" by Bram Stoker
This is a classic. What can I say? I've always wanted to read this.
"The Mists of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
I love the legend of King Arthur. I have always heard about this book and wanted to read it. This book is a classic and I can't wait to start it. Here is the summary:
Here is the magical legend of King Arthur, vividly retold through the eyes and lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne. A spellbinding novel, an extraordinary literary achievement, THE MISTS OF AVALON will stay with you for a long time to come....
"The Vampire Armand" by Anne Rice
I have always wanted to read the Anne Rice vampire series because I enjoyed the movie "Interview with a Vampire". This book will probably be put on hold until I can obtain the first five of this series. I really love the cover of this book. It has a renaissance painting feeling which I liked a lot. I really can't wait to obtain the first book of the story. I have always heard good things about Anne Rice. Here is the summary:
We go with Armand across the centuries to the Kiev Rus of his boyhood--a ruined city under Mongol dominion--and to ancient Constantinople, where Tartar raiders sell him into slavery. And in a magnificent palazzo in the Venice of the Renaissance we see him emotionally and intellectually in thrall to the great vampire Marius, who masquerades among humankind as a mysterious, reclusive painter and who will bestow upon Armand the gift of vampiric blood.
As the novel races to its climax, moving through scenes of luxury and elegance, of ambush, fire, and devil worship to nineteenth-century Paris and today's New Orleans, we see its eternally vulnerable and romantic hero forced to choose between his twilight immortality and the salvation of his immortal soul.
"The Paleo Chef" by Pete Evans
I got this book courtesy of Blogging for books in exchange for a review. I wanted to try out something new and I decided this would be a good way. My friend has been interested in this kind of diet for a while so after I review it this will be a gift. I'm excited about trying these new recipes and can't wait to show you about them. Here is the summary:
Acclaimed international chef and television personality Pete Evans takes a whole new approach to making gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free, completely Paleo recipes that are worthy of a restaurant but effortless to prepare.
More and more people are discovering the health benefits of the Paleo lifestyle by cutting out processed, sugary foods and instead eating quality proteins and fats, fresh vegetables and fruits, and nuts and seeds. However, following this way of eating doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor or spending a long time in the kitchen. In The Paleo Chef, Evans provides more than 100 recipes for gorgeous food that is satisfying, distinctive, and good for you, including Kale Hummus, Vietnamese Chicken Wings, and Key Lime Tart.
Each and every one of Evans’s innovative recipes pops with flavor and is brought to life with stunning, full-color photography. Living—and eating—the Paleo lifestyle has never been so effortless and so delicious.
Paperbackswap.com is no longer free. There is a .49 cent swap charge now after your first two free swaps. There is now two different membership plans. The standard membership is twenty dollars and you can return everything to how it was before. The other membership called Limited Membership. I think it is twelve dollars to get this. There are thirty free swaps before you have to pay a .49 cent swap charge. I am sorely disappointed about this change, but I will probably upgrade to continue my book collection. If you want to add me on there you can my username is Ta4taful.
This is the first haul that I have posted featuring my cat, Ozzi. She refused to leave, so I made her a model. Any way so All of these books come from Paperback swap except "His Dark Materials" which came from my local Hastings. I will post reviews of them when I get around to reading them.
Dead Poets Society by N.H. Kleinbaum
I saw the movie with Robin Williams a long time ago and I finally decided to get the book and read it. I wanted to get it mainly because of Robin Williams death. He was part of my childhood and I miss him dearly.
Todd Anderson and his friends at Welton Academy can hardly believe how different life is since their new English professor, the flamboyant John Keating, has challenged them to "make your lives extraordinary! Inspired by Keating, the boys resurrect the Dead Poets Society--a secret club where, free from the constraints and expectations of school and parents, they let their passions run wild. As Keating turns the boys on to the great words of Byron, Shelley, and Keats, they discover not only the beauty of language, but the importance of making each moment count.
But the Dead Poets pledges soon realize that their newfound freedom can have tragic consequences. Can the club and the individuality it inspires survive the pressure from authorities determined to destroy their dreams?
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Tithe by Holly Black
I felt like trying something new. I have never heard about this book before, but I read the summary and decided I'd give it a try.
Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms -- a struggle that could very well mean her death.
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Salamandastron and Lord Brocktree by Brian Jacques
I already have read these books but I'm trying to complete the series. They are good books I recommend them greatly. I will be re-reading them before I give the a proper review.
The inhabitants of Redwall relax in the haze of summer-but as they do, the neighboring stronghold of Salamandastron lies besieged by the evil weasel army of Ferhago the Assassin. Worse still, Mara, beloved daughter of Urthstripe, Badger Lord of the Fire Mountain, is in terrible danger. Then a lightning bolt uncovers the sword of Martin the Warrior, and young Samkin embarks on an adventure that leads him to Mara. Can the good creatures triumph over the villainous Assassin?
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In this thirteenth book, the most unlikely of companions-Dotti, a brazen young haremaid, and the badger Lord Brocktree, a fearsome warrior.Together, the two embark on a perilous journey to Salamadastron, the legendary mountain of the badger lords, which is under siege by the vicious wildcat Ungatt Trunn and his infamous Blue Hordes. IT is only Brocktree, with the help of the spirited Dotti, who can save them and take back the mountain that is rightfully theirs, restoring peace to the Redwall lands.
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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
I once again discovered this one through a movie. I didn't realize it was a book until later on or I would have waited. I am fascinated with Japanese culture so this book open my eyes to a side that I have never seen before.
Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men's solicitude and the money that goes with it.
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For the first blog post I have decided to post about where I get my books from. There is a site called Paperbackswap.com where you can get books for free basically. All you have to do is post books you no longer want on the site by putting the name and author or the isbn number. If someone wants the book, you wrap it in paper that they tell you to which contains the address of the receiving individual. The cool part about this system is that because it is media mail you don't have to pay as much as you normally would to ship a book. On average, I only pay around three dollars to ship a book. I personally use this site to complete series that I own, because you can do that. To request a book all you have to do is find the book you want, through search or isbn numbers, and if it is posted it says "Order this book". If the book you want isn't there you can always put it on a wishlist, where you can choose if you want it to auto-request or just give you a fair warning. And if you don't want to wait for someone to post your book, you can always look on their market where you can get reduced priced books.The system that this site uses is points, so unless you want to buy points you can earn them, usually, through trading books. As I recall new members get a point and after you post your initial ten books you will receive another. This is a really awesome site And I would highly recommend it, sign up is free and if you would like you can add me as your friend at the username Ta4taful. This is not sponsored or anything by the way. If you guys have any other places that you go for cheap good quality books tell me below and I will check it out.
Hello, I'm Lady Di Fantasia. I am a book reviewer. I strive to post at least once a month. I will always give my honest opinion and help.