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TBR pile

I put some books together that I’m planning on reading in the next few weeks. We’ll see whether I will go through with this plan. Almost all of them I swapped at a German swap site, if you haven’t tried book swapping I recommend you give it a try. It’s cheap, you get rid of books you no longer want and eventually you will find what you were always looking for without spending a cent.  The books range from non fiction, chick lit, romance and detective story to fan fic. Well, not sure whether I can classify “Mr. Darcy takes a wife”  as fan fic, but it sort of is, isn’t it. I have heard so much about that book; the book has 505 reviews on amazon.com and the 5 star and 1 star reviews are more or less balanced. I must give this book a go to know what the rage or outrage is all about…

TBR pile

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M/M romance challenge 2010

Anesthezea from I heart paperbacks is hosting another m/m romance challenge again. The one this year was pretty productive for me, I reviewed 52+ stories. I haven’t read nearly as much as I wanted in the last few months, so I need to get back into the swing of things. Maybe the challenge will help. You will find details about it at I heart paperbacks.

These are the first few books I will read.

  • “Haunted by your soul”, the second book in Marguerite Labbe’s Triquetra series
  • “Reparation in blood”, the final book in the Partnership in blood series. I can’t believe I still haven’t read that one yet. Oh, it might not be the last thing we’ve heard about the vampires and wizards, Ariel said she has started on a post-war sequel, so there is some hope for more.
  • “L.A. Boneyard” by P.A. Brown, a new author for me.
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iPhone / iPod publishing

If you are considering publishing your book for the iPhone or iPod you might be interested in the publishing service John, my husband, is offering on his website John E Donovan Mobile Solutions (discontinued).

“For people who would like to publish their fiction or non-fiction book on the iPhone/iPod we can provide the solution, reasonably priced and not restricted to free books.

If you would like to sell your own book on the iPhone/iPod we can provide the application framework to suit your needs.

For Book Publishers who would like to publish to the iPhone/iPod but are looking for a reasonably priced solution we have the answer for you. “

The service is available to individual authors as well as publishers.

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The Strange Question Meme, part 1

Sunday Stealing: The Strange Question Meme, Part 1

1. What is the color of your toothbrush?
Green and white

2. Name one person who made you smile today.
I only got up, nobody made me smile yet.

3. What were you doing at 8 am this morning?
I was asleep.

4. What were you doing 45 minutes ago?
Getting ready for work.

5. What is your favorite candy bar?
Baby Ruth, I think I said that before.

6. Have you ever been to a strip club?
No, I don’t think so, but I’ve said that before, too.

7. What is the last thing you said aloud?
”A boy can’t be Mr. Frankenstein’s mother.”

8. What is your favorite ice cream? How to choose?
Mozart. Do I have to mention that I said that before?

9. What was the last thing you had to drink?
Milk

10. Do you like your wallet?
Yes, it’s very girly.

11. What was the last thing you ate?
Knäckebrot

12. Have you bought any new clothing items this week?
No

13. The last sporting event you watched?
Ice hockey, sort of.

14. What is your favorite flavor of popcorn?
Salted

15. Who is the last person you sent a text message to?
Daniela

16. Ever go camping?
That is a good question. No. Not yet. An act of God prevented me from going.

17. Do you take vitamins daily?
You mean as pills? No.

18. Do you go to church every Sunday?
God, no!

19. Do you have a tan?
No.

20. Do you prefer Chinese food over pizza?
No preference. I like both.

21. Do you drink your soda with a straw?
No.

22. What did your last text message say?
Not that this is any of your business, but I was talking about the time I’m going into work.

23. What are you doing tomorrow?
Go to work

24. Favorite color?
Brownish probably.

25. Look to your left; what do you see?
My kids having a smoothie.

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Sunday Stealing: The Halloween Meme

Sunday Stealing: The Halloween Meme

1. What is your favorite written work of horror fiction?
I’m not particularly into Horror, no matter whether books or films, but if I’m in the mood for it I’d read Stephen King. My favourites by him are “Misery”, “Needful things” and “Pet sematary”. I haven’t read any of his new stuff.

2. What is your favorite work of science fiction/fantasy?
Hm, I’m not particularly into SF or Fantasy either, except for Marion Zimmer Bradley. So, I’d say her Darkover books.

3. Who is your favorite monster?
I don’t know many monsters. The easy way out would be to say Frankenstein’s monster, but I decided to go with Scylla.

4. What is your favorite Horror movie?
The Japanese original “Ring”

5. What horror movie gives you the most chills?
Above

6. What character from any horror film would you most like to play?
Marie in “Innocent blood”, if it qualifies as horror.

7. Freddy or Jason?
I didn’t even know who Jason is and had to ask John, who, of course, knew. So, I suppose it has to be Freddy, even though I’m not happy with him either.

8. What is your favorite Halloween treat?
Halloween isn’t big over here. Are there special Halloween treats? I had no idea.

9. Ghosts or goblins?
Ghosts. Goblins are too ugly.

10. Friendly-faced jack-o’-lantern or scary one?
Friendly, I always prefer things friendly.

11. What is your scariest encounter with the paranormal?
You say that as if I was supposed to have tons of paranormal encounters. Well, I haven’t.

12. Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?
I’m undecided on the subject.

13. Would you rather be a zombie, alien, or psycho?
Who would want to be a zombie? They are stupid, slow and decayed. Definitely an alien.

14. Favorite Halloween costume?
Haven’t got one. If I had to choose, maybe 18th century vampire or Medusa.

15. Best thing about Halloween?
No idea. We’re not into Halloween over here.

16. Person in your family who most likes Halloween (not counting yourself)?
Corin, our 6 year old, but not out of tradition, but because he gets brainwashed by his friends, who in turn get brainwashed by American TV shows.

17. Are you superstitious?
Yes, a bit.

18. Share an unusual Halloween story.
Sorry, nothing to share.

19. What did you do for Halloween as a kid?
When I was a kid, nobody had even heard of Halloween.

20. What’s the best Halloween party that you’ve attended?
Guess what? I’ve never been to one.

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Release party for Reparation in blood

Finally “Reparation in blood”, the fourth and last part of Ariel Tachna’s “Partnership in blood” series will be released on Friday, Oct. 30 at Dreamspinner Press. Even though I can’t wait to read how the whole story will be wrapped up and who is going to survive the war I’m extremely sorry to see the series come to an end. Ariel promises us discussions, contests and other goodies, as well as exceprts from Reparation in blood and from her upcoming releases.

Come and visit her blog on Friday from 8am Pacific time on Friday.

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Under the Covers and between the Sheets

This is the title of a new book coming out on October 15. It seems to be the literary version of Schott’s Miscellany. Some of the topics sound interesting:

  • You Don’t Say: Commonly-used words and phrases that were coined or popularized in classic words of fiction-sometimes with very different meanings.
  • Gruesomely Ever After: The original endings of some of the world’s most cherished fairy tales-Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, and more.
  • Hip to be Square: Banned works of fiction and the controversy surrounding them.
  • Anthropomorphized Characters: The real-life stories and inspirations behind beloved "leading creatures."
  • Time to Make the Doughnuts: Odd jobs of famous authors.
  • Parental Guidance Suggested: Dahl’s short stories, Seuss’s political cartoons; the lesser-known, and sometimes shocking, adult writings of beloved children’s authors.

I love those trivia books with random and usually quite useless information and find them quite entertaining.

Under the Covers and between the Sheets: Facts and Trivia about the World’s Greatest Books

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iSCRAP Halloween edition

Halloween edition

The new Halloween edition of quickpages for the iPhone and iTouch is available in the iTunes shop now.

Show your favourite treasured moments off with style. Once photographs are put into the templates they can be shown one at a time or as part of a slideshow. Make a wallpaper of the combined image and set it on your iPod or iPhone.

Get more information on John’s website John E. Donovan Mobile Solutions or go to iTunes.

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Used Sony Reader at Thalia

For people living in Germany this might be an interesting offer. Thalia, the shop who introduced the Sony Reader in Germany some time ago, will sell a limited number of used Sony Readers for 179,99€. The readers were used to train Thalia employees and have been tested and reset and come with the usual warranty. The price for a new one is 249,00€, so the offer is not too bad.

Sales will start on Oct. 04 and will last until supplies run out. Go here for more info on the Sony Reader sale at Thalia.

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Lights, Camera…Monsters by Lila Dubois

Blurb: Luke is desperate to save his people. A lifetime of sneaking in to human houses and watching movies has convinced him that if he can make a great movie about monsters, humanity will change its opinion of them. With his friends at his side, all in shiny new human bodies, Luke heads for Tinsel Town.

A rising Hollywood producer, all-business Lena knows a good story when she sees it. Luke? He’s just another amateur who wants to get famous. But Luke’s too gorgeous to pass up. And there’s something vulnerable about him that leads her to throw caution to the wind and invite him to dinner.

One night of incredible sex later, Lena wakes up next to the surprise of her life. She’s sleeping next to a monster. Literally. Appearances aside, she finds herself wanting to help Luke save his people. But they’ve got more to worry about than just human prejudice.Some of the monsters would rather stay in the closet—and to make them all stay there, they’re willing to kill.

My thoughts: This the first hetero romance I’ve read for ages. I have noticed the series “Monsters in Hollywood” some time ago and thought it sounded quite interesting, but then totally lost interest when I switched to m/m stories. Yesterday I read a review over at Literary Nymphs of the third book in the series (“Gone with the monster” – I love the title) which won me over so I went and bought the first one right away.

Lila Dubois cuts to the chase here. I don’t like long prologues and eternal back story on the first 100 pages, but, wow, Luke and Lena had sex so quickly, even I thought that was a bit premature. But then, they clicked from the start, so I could live with it. For a man/monster who never had sex with a human woman and who was quite insecure about how to do it, he was impressive, to say the least. It seems there’s more to monsters than meets the eye indeed. But as Luke’s fellow monster Henry tells him:

…I’ve never had sex with a human either, though she shouldn’t be that different from a succubus, they’re all cut from the same cloth.

Well, thank you!
By the way, the plural of succubus is succubi and not succubae, as referred to a few times in the course of the book.

After a night of the hottest sex of her life Lila wakes up next to a monster. Ok, her initial reaction was to kill the thing, since she thought it had eaten poor Luke, but once she realizes the monster IS Luke she’s ok with it. Astonishingly she accepts the fact hat monsters exist without batting an eyelid. That is explained by the fact that in LA all people are storytellers and believe in the unbelievable. I don’t know whether I can believe that. Just because I’m a storyteller doesn’t necessarily mean I believe in the supernatural per se. On the other hand I can’t blame her. If a gorgeous sex god needed my help and revealed to me that he was a monster I’d probably accept it pretty quickly as well as a given.  
Even Lena’s friends were quite cool about it and they didn’t have the benefit of the night before to help them. I’ve got to totally revise my opinion about the US film industry.

In the course of the book there were the inevitable misunderstandings between Luke and Lena, but to my surprise they were resolved rather quickly, i.e. immediately. They talked about the issues RIGHT AWAY and cleared things up. Unheard of in hetero romance, as far as my experience goes. Plus, Lena had some very sensible friends who actually helped them to overcome some misgivings instead of being a destructive force. Another thing that I haven’t encountered very often in that genre.

The conflict that is hinted at in the blurb is a minor one. When I read the blurb I thought that maybe those opposing monsters and the resulting fight against them would distract from the main couple, but this is not so. The plot focuses on Luke and Lena and all the other characters are simply a nice finishing touch.

Available at Samhain Publishing

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Take me always by Ryan Field

Blurb: Kadin Mahoney is ten years older than his lifelong partner, Gregory. But when Gregory is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and winds up in a nursing home, Kadin decides to move there with him in spite of the fact that Gregory doesn’t even recognize him. His three children aren’t happy about this and his friends think he’s crazy. But Gregory is the love of Kadin’s life, and he’s not going to let him slip away without a struggle.

So he conceives a plan to help him remember their passionate, sexy past. With the help of a notebook computer and a personal blog, he begins telling him the story of two good-looking young men who fell in love with each other during the l950’s in Savannah. One is a recent college graduate, and the other is a thirty-year-old lawyer and divorced father of three. They meet by accident at the movies the day Kadin’s divorce is finalized, and wind up spending a full summer together engaged in every act of true love that is humanly possible.

But it all comes to an abrupt halt in mid-August, when Gregory’s family begins to suspect his forbidden feelings for Kadin. They drag him back to Atlanta early, where he enlists in the army to get even. Five years later, Kadin has moved on with his life and Gregory is engaged to be married. But Gregory sees Kadin on TV, and he goes back to Savannah one more time before the wedding. He only wants to find out what happened to Kadin, but the moment he arrives his clothes come off and their lives are never the same again.

My thoughts: This was totally different from “Pretty Man” the only other book by Ryan Field that I have read. In my review of “Pretty Man” I sort of complained about the lack of romance in it. Well, I can’t complain here.

Kadin and Gregory were obviously meant for each other, even though circumstances separated them for a number of years. That separation was a good opportunity to describe a few sexual adventures of Kadin and Gregory with other men that were pretty hot. I absolutely loved delicious Eddie. As an aside, I have no idea how this guy could drive around town and do things without scandalizing his fellow citizens… Even though I’m no fan of threesomes I almost regretted the fact that Gregory and Kadin turned down Eddie’s offer. That would have been real fun. I know, I asked for more romance and I got it and a scene with Eddie probably wouldn’t have added much to the romance factor, so I shouldn’t speculate about it, but I really liked Eddie.

The story switches back and forth between Kadin and Gregory in the nursing home and the past that Kadin writes down for Gregory to remember. The scenes in the nursing home were heartbreaking. How hard a situation like this must be I can only begin to imagine. The scenes in the past cover the time period from when Kadin and Gregory meet for the first time until when they finally settle down together. However, from conversations between Gregory and Kadin in the nursing home we know that the rest of their life together was just as we imagined a HEA.

I liked the supporting characters, especially Betsy. I liked the way she would have settled into a marriage with Gregory and being quite content with it. And I liked the way she accepted the fact that this was not going to happen. No fuss, no scene, no hysterical accusations. I’m glad for her that she has obviously found a happy life herself with Clem.

“Take me Always” was a great read. Totally different from “Pretty Man” and extremely romantic with a touch of sadness. For people who like a story that focuses mainly on the main couple this is highly recommended. 

Available at Ravenous Romance

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Sunday Stealing: One long meme (part one)

Sunday Stealing: One Long Meme (Part One)

1. The phone rings. Who will it to be? How the hell should I know.

2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart? Of course, I had to insert money to get it. If I don’t return it I won’t get that money back.

3. In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener? Both.

4. Do you take compliments well? No.

5. Do you play Sudoku? No.

6. If abandoned alone in the wilderness, would you survive? No.

7. Did you ever go to camp as a kid? No.

8. What was your favorite game as a kid? I can’t remember.

9. If a sexy person was pursuing you, but you knew she was married, would you? No, I don’t roll that way.

10. Could you date someone with different religious beliefs than you? Depends on those beliefs. If he’s a missionary who wants to convert me to his side, I’m out of there. If they are too fanatical, I wouldn’t date him. If he keeps them to himself, yes, I would.

11. Do you like to pursue or be pursued? Be pursued, but I have been known to do the pursuing, too.

12. Use three words to describe yourself? No, I won’t.

13. Do any songs make you cry? No.

14. Are you continuing your education? No.

15. Do you know how to shoot a gun? Guess, I should re-consider #14.

16. Have you ever taken pictures in a photo booth? Yes.

17. How often do you read books? Every day.

18. Do you think more about the past, present or future? Future.

19. What is your favorite children’s book? When I was a kid, I can’t remember. Now it is “Where the wild things are”

20.What color are your eyes? Blue

21. How tall are you? 1.70m

22. Where is your dream house located? Every place can be a dream location, that depends totally on oneself.

23. If your house was on fire, what would be the first thing you grabbed? Things, right? My hard drives and my insurance papers.

24. When was the last time you were at Olive Garden? We don’t have Olive Garden. I’ve been to one years ago. Can’t even remember where that was.

25. Where was the furthest place you traveled today? I haven’t even left my house yet, so I suppose it is to the kitchen.

26. Do you like mustard? Not with everything.

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Weekly Geeks 2009-35: What’s the plan?

This week’s weekly geeks: It’s hard to believe we’re approaching the last quarter of 2009. Soon those of us in the northern hemisphere will be curled up in front of the fire (or solar heater) with our favorite wintry reads, and those in the southern will be off to the beaches with their summer books.
Do you have a plan of what you’re going to read the rest of the year? Have you had a master plan all along? If so, have you stuck to it? What helps you to decide what you’re going to read next? Challenges? Book groups? Or do you have the luxury of closing your eyes and picking any book off your shelf?
I know some of you have spreadsheets and other devices to help you keep track of your books and challenges. (I even succumbed to using a spreadsheet this year after teasing my friends relentlessly about theirs.) If you have online spreadsheets, such as Google, can you give us a peek at them with a link or a screen shot?

I found this question somewhat strange. I don’t have any plan whatsoever, as far as reading is concerned. Reading is mere pleasure and I don’t read according to a plan. I read what I want when I want it. A spreadsheet to organize my reading? Don’t think so.

I loosely use Shelfari for keeping track of what I read but since I only started doing that last year I only have books on my shelf that I could remember. They should have Shelfari 36 years ago! But even on Shelfari I don’t use all the options for tagging and adding information on my books. I’m a member of a few Shelfari groups, but don’t follow them closely either. I’m to fickle obviously – and lazy.

My Shelfari shelf

Book challenges: Well, yes, I entered a few this year, but only followed through with one. All the others I gave up sooner or later. Now I’ve got tons of TBR books from those challenges on my bookshelf.

At the moment the books that are sitting there waiting to be read are:

  • The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
    That’s the book I bought in English instead of German because of the nicer cover. I’m crazy.
  • I capture the castle by Dodie Smith
    Got that because of Claire’s review. Thanks, Claire, for the recommendation.
  • Gods behaving badly by Marie Phillips
    Twelve Olympic Gods crammed into a London town house in the 21st century sounds like fun.
  • The Beautiful Being by Jessica Inclan
    This will be out end of September, but Jessica generously sent me an ARC. Thanks, Jessica.
  • Enzyklopädie der Alltagsqualen by Hannes Stein
    A very amusing book in which Hannes Stein describes everyday ordeals. Unfortunately strictly German.
  • Der schönste deutsche Satz
    A book with the entries of the competition of which sentence is the most beautiful first sentence in a German book. By the way, the winner was the first sentence of “Der Butt” by Günther Grass.

To see what other weekly geeks have to say, go here.

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Freebie from Jessica Freely

I blogged quite some time ago about the first three stories about David and Seth by Jessica Freely. “Hero”, “Stay” and “Scars” were available at Torquere books, but now only the last one is still up for sale. The fourth story “Rust Belt” is due to come out in a few weeks at Loose ID, and Jessica has generously offered the now out of print stories as freebies on her yahoo group. Right now “Hero” is there to download, “Stay" will follow a bit later. Plus, there is another free story called “Feast” about the two guys available. If you’d like to get them all, just sign up for Jessica’s yahoo group.

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Weekly Geeks 2009-33: One Title Collection

This week’s weekly geeks:

Last year, I saw a movie, I think it was called Definitely, Maybe, that got me to thinking. In this movie, one of the girls was on a quest to find a particular copy of Jane Eyre, I forget now the specific reason why. But in the process of her search, she ended up with this massive collection of Jane Eyre books, from all sorts of places and years and styles. She had a shelf that went all the way around her room, filled with these wonderful Jane Eyre books.
It made me wish I had a collection like hers, a collection of one particular title, in all it’s various versions.
So, Weekly Geeksters, tell us, do you have a collection, (or are you starting a collection,) of one particular book title? If so, what’s your story? Why that book, and how many do you have, and what editions are they? Share pictures and give us all the details.

Or perhaps you dream about starting such a collection. What title would it be and what would it take for you to get motivated to start collecting?
Or maybe it’s the works of a particular author you collect (or want to collect) instead a certain book title?

I can’t say that I ever considered starting a collection of one specific title. We have a few different issues of “Dracula”, but I can’t really call them a collection, because they came about by accident rather than on purpose. If you look at the state of our bookshelves (as you can see here, for example), it is not that easy to find a specific book, so it sometimes happens that we buy a book that we already have. Admittedly, after four copies of Dracula we should know by now that we own Dracula in abundance. So I don’t think that we will continue that collection.

Then we have a few issues of “Lord of the Rings”, but that happened when two households were thrown together. So, not a collection either.

I don’t know what would make me collect various issues of a certain book. If I’m not after special editions or signed copies, why would I collect a certain title? Maybe, if the cover art on the various issues is especially interesting. But offhand I can’t think of any title I’d be interested in collecting.

As for authors, again, no. Of course, I have several books of certain authors, but I wouldn’t call them a collection either. I don’t have anybody on a sort of auto-buy list. I don’t have favourite authors whose books I buy sight unseen.

Then again, the only author that comes to mind is possibly Marion Zimmer Bradley. I have several of her books, not all related to the same series. But given the number of books she’s written, my little collection is very small indeed.

To see what other geeks are collecting, go to the weekly geeks.

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Forbidden Desire by Carolina Valdez

Blurb: Stan Gordon, M.D., is well aware of the unwritten code forbidding sexual liaisons between a physician and those in his charge, but when he provides intimate care for Brian Storm, a seriously injured police detective, he comes dangerously close to crossing the line. When he does, he’s shocked to find desire is forbidden, not by the code, but by the emotional demons with which Brian wrestles.

Tortured while working undercover before they met, Brian knows police policy prevents him from sharing the full story with Stan, yet not revealing the trauma in order to heal his emotional scars threatens to destroy their new and deepening love. If Brian can’t overcome what’s been done to him, will Stan leave him to look for a more responsive man? And will Brian be able to resolve his secret fears that he’ll be unable to function as a cop again?

Review: This is only a novella, I knew this, but somehow I think this would have been much better had it been another format, maybe an extended novella or short novel. A lot of stuff is packed into this, but is not really developed properly. We get a glimpse into the past of Brian when he was working undercover. We were told a lot about how he dealt with it during his sessions with the therapist, but this all was rather vague. When Stan and Brian were together we were told a lot, but not shown. I don’t know, somehow I couldn’t connect to those two men. Not that they were unlovable or anything, not in the least, they were both likeable characters, but the short format reduced the whole story to a description of the story instead of delivering the full thing.

Amber Allure indicates the heat level is 2, which means “Love scenes are explicit, frequent, and often contain graphic language.” Not sure about this one either. There are a few sex scenes, but they are either interrupted (like in the excerpt) or not very explicit – at least not according to what I’m used to. So, no, heat level 2 is slightly exaggerated in my opinion.

Available at Amber Allure

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Sunday Stealing: My Life according to The Smiths

Sunday Stealing: Jodi’s Meme

INSTRUCTIONS: Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a song title. It’s a lot harder than you think! Post as "Jodi’s Meme: My Life According to (BAND/ARTIST NAME)" The great thing is that if you have already done this meme, you can do it again with a different artist! Please do!

-Are you a male or female? Girl afraid

-Describe yourself: Half a person

-How do you feel right now? Asleep

-If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Back to the old house

-Your favourite form of transportation: The Draize Train

-Describe Your Morning Routine: These things take time

-Your best friend is: Shakespeare’s Sister

-What’s the weather like? Golden lights

-Pet Peeve? Barbarism begins at home

-If your life was a TV show, what would it be called? Bigmouth strikes again

-Your relationship: Oscillate wildly

-Your Fear: Panic

-What is the best advice you have to give? You just haven’t earned it yet, baby

-If you could change your name, you would change it to: Handsome Devil

-What do you say when you are frustrated? Heaven knows I’m miserable now

-Thought for the day: What difference does it make

-How you would like to die? Well I wonder

-Your soul’s present condition: Still ill

-Your motto: I started something I couldn’t finish

This was really fun. I always knew that the Smiths have the answer to anything.

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Weekly Geeks 2009-32: Why haven’t I read this yet?

This week’s weekly geeks: I think just about every reader has a least one book that they’ve been meaning to read for awhile (months or even years) but, for one reason or another, they just haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe it’s a book a friend recommended last year, or a title you’ve flirted with in a bookstore on more than one occasion, or maybe it’s a book that’s sitting right there on your bookshelf, patiently waiting for you to pick it up — but the thought is always there, in the back of your mind: Why haven’t I read this yet?
This week, tell us about a book (or books) you have been meaning to read. What is it? How long have you wanted to read it? And, why haven’t you read it yet?

At the moment I have four books on my TBR pile that have been there for ages.

“Shakespeare” by Bill Bryson

I have no idea why I haven’t read it yet. It was given to me as a gift and I should have read it by now. I love Bill Bryson’s sense of humour, I’m sure this is a geat read, once I’m into it. But somehow, I just don’t seem to be able to pull it out of the shelf.

“A Bloodsmoor Romance” by Joyce Carol Oates

I found this one in a bookshop, read the first few pages and liked them right away. I’d love to read it, but I think the length of the book keeps me from even starting it. My reading time is limited and I have to interrupt constantly. So with a book of 876 pages, I will take forever and will have to re-read the last pages constantly.

“Danse Macabre” by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is the 13th book in the Anita Blake series and considering the way this series has been going, it’s not surprising I never got around to start this book. I still haven’t finished book 12 “Incubus Dreams” yet. I hate Anita Blake anyway (for example see my blog post about Circus of the damned), so her constant having sex with anybody and everybody for no other reason than this stupid ardeur is annoying to me. I should remove this book from the pile.

“So Idle a Rogue” by Jeremy Lamb
The Life and Death of Lord Rochester

Another biography, this time of John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester. Rochester must have been an intriguing man. So again, I have no idea why I haven’t read this yet.

To read what other participants haven’t read yet, go to the Weekly Geeks.