30 January 2013

To Buy or Not to Buy???


I freely admit I hoard books. I can't help it.

I've also got a Nook and Kindle Fire and have collected quite a collection of books on both devices but at least I can hide my obsession.

I can't help but look at the bookshelves or lack thereof when I visit people. It's not that I judge. But for me, I'm sorry. I kind of wonder about someone who doesn't have at least a small stack of books...anything...cookbooks, old college texts.. the classics... anything!

I'm sure they wonder about me too when they see my library. I enough books to last...years...and that's with reading one a day....maybe even every other day...

Most people have a hobby they spend they spend their money on, so I don't think buying books is any different.

However as time as gone on, and I freely admit I can't help myself, I buy and buy and buy and keep buying even though I'm far behind the author's series or just in reading in general.

Hey they are worse things I could be addicted too. Just promise me you won't laugh. I'll be the one smelling my books.

28 January 2013

Dream Lake by Lisa Kleypas

I have read the previous Friday Harbor books and I can say that this one is my favorite so far- we'll see if that changes with the release of Crystal Cove on 5February.

I found Dream Lake to have it all- it was sexy, had a bit of humor, was heartbreaking and beautifully written. That it had a touch of the paranormal only made it that much better. Also all of the characters are well developed.

The book does contain some serious subject matter: Alex starts off as an alcoholic and secondary character Emma is dealing with dementia and sun downing- however Kleypas handles these matters not only in a believable manner but with care and respect.

The heroine Zoe is a whiz in the kitchen and I often found myself drooling over the descriptions of her cooking, including the fact there is a touch of magic in it. Although I felt the conflict between Zoe and her father was not resolved at the end of book, the reaction that only he has to the meal she serves him (and the others) speaks volumes.

I am sad to think Crystal Cove could be the last book in this series. I say could because a girl can dream about more can't she?  

  





27 January 2013

Shades of....


I'd like to start off by saying that I 've never been able to finish Fifty Shades of Grey.  When I bought it for my e-reader, back when it was just starting to gain notice,  I thought to myself if this book ever becomes as popular as its projected to be, I'll have it and that way I can see what all the fuss is about. Like I said. I've never been able to finish the book. And to be fair I have tried more than once to read this book. 

To continue, I have read romance books, including erotica (which is what Fifty Shades of Grey is classified as) since I was in grade school.

What? You say. Erotica in grade school??  Okay, so  maybe I didn't quite add that in till I was in high school, but I was still reading adult romances at a very young age.

But I've gone off topic.

My point is Fifty Shades of Grey kind of pissed me off.

Why?

There are and were too many authors to name that have been writing quality erotica for many many years that were looked down on and basically ignored until Fifty Shades of Grey came along.( Hell- it's a battle that romance readers and authors in general have faced and still face). These authors deserved the attention long ago and in my opinion, it is sad it took this long for them to gain the success they so rightly deserve(d).

I guess in a way Fifty Shades of Grey was a good thing for these deserving authors because it did finally give them the success so many of us dedicated fans thought they should have had years ago.

A later rather than never victory is still a victory.


Excuse me, but is my age showing?


I never thought I'd say this... but age bothers me.

Okay maybe I should explain.

There was a time when I read my books, specifically romance novels for the purpose of this blog, that I wanted to know the age of the main/secondary characters in my books.  However, as I've...well...aged that has become a problem for me.

I totally understand that certain genres like Historical or Urban Fantasy usually have younger heroines. But what gets under my skin is that some authors write their characters, especially the women, with a much more mature voice and than the actual young age they give them. It's distracting and annoying sometimes to read about a character who thinks and acts older then the age they are given without the back story to support it.

I wish authors would leave an exact age out of it.  Just my humble (aged) opinion.