I heard about Library Loot straight from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader.

Here’s my list:
Dracula, My Love by Syrie James
I saw this at work once, and it sounded like something interesting to read, let’s hope that it is!

Love Lies Bleeding by Susan Wittig Albert
This is one of the few of the China Bayles’ series I haven’t read.
Rueful Death by Susan Wittig Albert
Again, one of the few I haven’t read. Yay!
These Children Who Come at You with Knives by Jim Knipfel
I liked the title. ::facepalm::

 

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
This is the last one of the trilogy and I haven’t read it.

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Reading for book group (Nook users group).

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
Looked interesting, haven’t read much from the time period.

What are you reading??? What did you get from the library this week?

Sir Quinlan is recruited to an elite unit of knights serving the Prince–the Swords of Valor. When Quinlan is blamed for a tragic event that leads the group to disband, Quinlan finds himself alone in the world.

Rather than do something destructive or faithless, Quinlan decides to fulfill his destiny, meeting Taras and eventually being trained by the mysterious warrior. Taras is full of secrets, but had trained the Swords of Valor in the past. Going through massive bouts of training, Quinlan is given a task by his Prince…Quinlan must reunite the Swords of Valor in order to preserve the Kingdom of Arrethtrae.

Though this was my first foray into the series, it was a well written book and could certainly stand on it’s own. It had an easy to follow storyline, and the illustrations, though few, were really well done and enjoyable. I did think, however, that I would want to read previous novels in the series, just because I’m normally a ‘read in the order they come’ kinda girl.

There were discussion questions as well as the sheet music for a song in the back of the book.  The discussion questions also had an answer guide, complete with scripture and passages with the answers–which is very helpful if you are in a discussion featuring this book!

The novel, and the series, is a good choice for young adults and adults of all ages–it’s something that could definitely be read quickly and then discussed for a group setting.

I received a copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program from Walter Brook Multnomah in exchange for a review… THANK YOU, Walter Brook Multnomah!

The Knights of Arrethtrae #5: Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor by Chuck Black
194 pages; Multnomah
Paperback: October 2010 Retail: $9.99

In October, I found out I won a contest on Reading with Tequila. I was super excited, as I really like that site and the books have been on my wishlist!

I got the package in the mail today, they were:
iDrakula by Bekka Black
What Alice Knew by Paula Marantz Cohen
Jane and the Damned by Janet Mullany

I really can’t wait to read these, but I’m thinking since it’s only about 2 weeks until the new year, I could hold off and save them for some of my CHALLENGES…

Whaddya think?
Should I read them now, or wait until the new year and finish up some of the library books I have?

This is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey and I’m listing the books that I hope to read this week. What are you reading?

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Love Lies Bleeding by Susan Wittig Albert
Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor by Chuck Black
The Girl who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber
The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer

One of the coolest things about living in Southern California is the proximity to celebrities–we see them everywhere. Well, to be honest, we don’t necessarily encounter celebrities all the time. But there are some enterprising individuals that collect tidbits about our favorite celebrities and collect them to distribute verbally to the tourists and natives who are interested in ‘hearing it all’–enter former tour guide Stephen Schochet.

Schochet runs the who range of celebrities from the early celebrities from the first takes of Hollywoodland (as it was called) to contemporary stuff.

I really liked the way the chapters are broken up in this book, too. Readers can, like me, read the whole book, or even just pick and choose what they want to read–from silent film era to comedy stylings into awards and everything in between.

Overall, Stephen Schochet’s Hollywood Stories is an interesting, in-depth look at movies, their stars and everything in between. It’s great to be able to take some of those pieces of trivia and imart them on your friends and family.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Hollywood Stories by Stephen Schochet
312 pages; Hollywood Stories Publishing
Hardcover: 2010 Retail: $24.95

Found a site called ‘My Love Affair with Books’ and I decided I wanted to take advantage of this challenge–just to READ some books that are on my wishlist. I’m thinking of Addicted Level, but will add the list soon!

My Love Affair With Books

This challenge is for all those books you wish you’d read. I think I have a list of more than 200 books I want to read and it increases everyday! I am sure I am not alone , in this case…
These don’t have to be books you currently own, you can buy them, borrow them or beg for them. This is a great challenge for getting those TBR piles reduced. So go have a look at what you might read and challenge yourself.
Challenge Guidelines:
*You can join anytime between now and Dec 31st 2011*1. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate.
–Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section.Non-Bloggers can post their review on sites like Goodreads, Librarything, Shelfari etc

2. There are four levels:

— Curious – Read 3 books.

— Fascinated – Read 6 books.

— Addicted – Read 12 books.

— Obsessed – Read 20 books.

3. Any book format counts.

4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2011.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to the post about the Wish I’d Read That Challenge. Include the URL so that other participants can find join in and read your reviews and post.

7. All the participants must leave their email in the comments section and mention if you want to be reminded when the linky for reviews is put up.

8. There will be one Linky which will be put for the challenge on January 1st 2011. All the reviews throughout the year must be linked on the linky.

9. Finally, there are prizes! YES! There were will be TWO randomly selected participants who will win a $10 Amazon Gift Certificate. The 1st winner will be chosen at the end of 6 months , on 1st July and the 2nd winner will be chosen at the end of the year 2011.

I also heard about one other challenge at Book Chick City, it’s for mystery and suspense novels… I love reading mystery books (as you can no doubt tell from my review lists, so this should be pretty easy.

Challenge Details
  • Timeline: 01 Jan 2011 – 31 Dec 2011
  • Rules: To read TWELVE (12) mystery & suspense novels in 2011 (12 is the minimum but you can read more if you wish!)
  • You don’t have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.
  • You can join anytime between now and the later part of next year.
  • At the beginning of Jan 2011, you will find a link to specific month to add your reviews. There will be a monthly prize too courtesy of the lovely Simon & Schuster – you must be signed up to the challenge and add the link to your review to be entered into the monthly prize draw.

I heard about the Stephen King Challenge going on at Book Chick City, so I decided to sign up for the challenge–I can read at least 6 Stephen King books in 2011… Here are the details if you want to sign up!

Challenge Details
  • Timeline: 01 Jan 2011 – 31 Dec 2011
  • Rules – There are two levels: Read either SIX (6) or TWELVE (12) Stephen King novels in 2011 (6 is the minimum but you can read more than 12 if you wish!)
  • You don’t have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.
  • You can join anytime between now and the later part of next year.
  • At the beginning of Jan 2011, I will add a link so you can add your reviews.
  • You don’t have to have a blog to join in – for those without a blog just FILL IN THIS FORM and I will add you to the list – just join the discussion in the comments section to let us know when you’ve read a book and what you thought of it! 🙂


I heard about this challenge, and I decided to go ahead and take part in it. I don’t have a list yet, but it’s about two books a month, which is doable. For details, or to sign up, check out this link.

  • Challenge Details
  • Timeline: 01 Jan 2011 – 31 Dec 2011
  • Rules: To read TWENTY FOUR (24) horror & urban fantasy novels in 2011 (24 is the minimum but you can read more if you wish!)
  • You don’t have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.
  • You can join anytime between now and the later part of next year.
  • At the beginning of Jan 2011, you will find a link to add your reviews.
  • You don’t have to have a blog to join in – for those without a blog just FILL IN THIS FORM and I will add you to the list – just join the discussion in the comments section to let us know when you’ve read a book and what you thought of it! 🙂

Everyone can relate to having a nightmare, and chances are, there is probably a dark figure in a ratty sweater and even long, rusty claws somewhere in the ‘dreamland’ each night. This is Freddy, and he’s been lurking around dreams for decades, both on-screen AND off.

Behind the horrible burned visage of Freddy is a classically trained, soft spoken man named Robert Englund, and he tells his story with the help of Alan Goldsher in this memoir. From his early days of surfing to his teen years and the discovery of theatre.

Englund regales readers with tales from Nightmare sets as well as from V, the tv series about the alien invasion (originally airing in the 90s).

I always liked Freddy, but by reading this book, I gained a LOT of respect for Robert Englund. He’s been through a lot, and continues to be a consummate professional.

I got a copy of this book from the library, and it was totally worth the read! The photos were great, and I particularly enjoyed the stories from the makeup chair and on the set of V.
Hollywood Monster: A Walk Down Elm Street with the Man of your Dreams by Robert Englund and Alan Goldsher
304 pages; Pocket Books
Hardcover: October 2009 Retail: $26.00

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