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January 5, 2013

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Will Run for Chocolate.

January 4, 2013

So, I promised that I’d be back but so far I am making bad decisions that lead me away from fulfillment of this promise.

Decisions like signing up for next weekend’s Hot Chocolate 15k (which I’m running for RMDHC so sponsor me!)
Decisions like signing up for next month’s Disney Princess Half Marathon (in which I will be dressed as a pirate for 13.1 miles).
Decisions like signing up for March’ Publix Half Marathon.
Decisions like spending way more time running than reading.

But I have to have rest days at least once a week so I am, I do truly promise, getting some books ready for review.

Now, pardon me, I am off for an early run before the rest of my family rises.

I can stop anytime.

Really!

Really.

BBT: Oh, I Don’t Do That.

January 3, 2013

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Any reading resolutions for the new year? Reading more? (Reading less?) Reading better books? Bigger books? More series? More relaxing books?

And hey, feel free to talk about any other resolutions you might have, too … or why you choose NOT to have any.

I don’t do resolution because I used to work in the fitness industry.

Did you know that the average health/fitness goal lasts SIX WEEKS?! So, basically, I don’t focus on the new year to start or stop anything. I prefer, instead, to take an approach of current goal reaching and try not to do anything too sudden. I’ve been running a lot as of late and I’d like to get back to a balance of running and reading but I’ll try to sneak up on it, instead of announcing my intentions outright.

BTT: Read, Reflect, Repeat.

December 13, 2012

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So … you’ve just finished reading a book. For the sake of the discussion, we’ll say it was everything a book should be—engaging, entertaining, interesting, thought-provoking. The kind you want to gush over. The question is—do you immediately move on to your next book? Or do you take time to contemplate this writerly masterpiece and all its associated thoughts/emotions/ideas for a while first?

I’m acutally about to finish a book that I’d put in this category. I am currently loving and living the wonderful Marriage Plot by the one and only Jeffrey Eugenides. Short of running headlong into a gushing review of the book, I’ll just say that it’s pretty darn awesome and has its fair share of Derrida as well as drama. I usually reflect while I’m reading the book so I don’t need reflection time, post read. I do, however, usually try to switch genres or at least authors so I can cleanse my pallet. You know, a good paranormal teen romance after a heavy hitter, usually works like a charm. 

Wordless Wednesday: Deck the Halls

December 12, 2012

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Teaser Tuesday: The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides

December 11, 2012


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

My Teasers:

“ It was a way to erase his bodily self and replace it with a mark of his wit.”

~ p.92, “The Marriage Plot” by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

December 10, 2012

Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic Press
416 pages
ISBN: 9780545424929
Source: Book store

I usually don’t go in for the magical or paranormal.

There  are a few exceptions, of course, as there are with all things.

From Rilke reading werewolves to equine Celtic water spirits Maggie has me wrapped around her otherworldly little finger.

Until now.

Now, I am completely, head over heels in love with the woman and I can not tell you otherwise.

Here, this is her latest story.

A group of loosely and tightly related women reside in a picturesque Virginia town. Most of the town is sleepy and a bit under the radar, including the cluster of women, as they all exist in the radiant and ridiculously rich shadow of the nearby private boys’ school, Aglionby.

The minor detail that marks the family of females as slightly unique? They happen to be psychics. Like real, no joke, psychics.

Well, that is, they’re all psychics aside from their youngest member, our lovely protagonist, Blue. Her only gift is enhancing or strengthening the signals others pick up on. A spiritual “assist” for you sports fans out there. It’s for this non-skill that she is dragged along to the cemetery in St. Mark’s Eve, a time when those who will die in the next year, parade by in spirit form.

Until the night in question, Blue has never been able to see a spirit. She has a brief verbal and  visual run in with a boy her age, named Gansey but is more excited about the actual occurrence than anything about the boy. I can’t blame her, though, as she holds all boys at arm’s length. See, her quite accurate housemates have predicted for nearly her whole life, that she’ll kill her true love with a kiss. I’d be running the other direction, too!

Of course, it turns out the their paths were meant to cross and it looks, more by every page turned, as if this is headed for some serious drama.

I honest to goodness, promise you that I could not put this book down. It’s a little glum in parts as all of Maggie’s books have a misty, British Isles in Fall feel to them but that doesn’t mean that the sexual tension, dramatic flair or perfect prose dim at all in the early morning rain.

Even if you’ve tried other Maggie books, before, and found them falling short of your favorites, I beg you to try The Raven Boys and see for yourself the magical, mystical Maggie that is.

Just for kicks, here’s the nifty trailer that Maggie did:
http://youtu.be/nWzaJrJUP-w