Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday's Beginnings (51)

So, here we are again... another Monday.

How are you faring in reading at the beginning of this week?  Are you starting an new book or finishing one up?

I only got a little bit of reading done over the weekend.  I spent most of Saturday visiting with an old friend I grew up with but haven't seen in quite some time.  Then, I had thought Sunday would be my catch up day with reading and blogging.  HA! We ended up taking the kids school clothes shopping.  That took all day! And I was so wore out by the time it was all said and done.  I did get some reading in here and there while I was waiting for  the kids in the dressing rooms to change and show off their picks, and while my husband drove to the outlets.  But, no where near as much reading as I had hoped.  I am hoping to get a little bit of reading done at football practice... We shall see what happens, my husband is on vacation this week and he likes to do this thing called talking.  Have you ever heard of it? :D It is slow goings at football practice anyway, but I shall see how it goes today.

So what am I reading now?  Well, I did finish Mind Games by Carolyn Crane AND Gift of the Unmage by Alma Alexander last week.  Now, I am working on the reviews.  I should have both up this week.  I am working on As Lie the Dead by Kelly Meding.  This one was on my list to get the day of release as I really enjoyed the first book with Evy, and it is also a featured book at Barnes & Nobles book forums, so I just have to read and chat about it.  And I am still working on Antiphon by Ken Scholes for the Early Readers discussions at Barnes & Nobles.  We are reading this book in sections and chatting on what we read before moving on, so it is taking longer to get through.

As for my Wishlist... I have only added 3 books this past week.  There are many books out there I have already added to my ever growing list on those large number weeks.  I do try to keep the list to books I truly want to, and plan, to read.  So, all these amazing authors should be proud and happy with all the amazing books I want so badly.  Thank you all!

I did get my short 250 word blip done and added to the list for the ROD at Deadline Dames site.  If you would like to read it, you don't have too but if you would like to, here is the link to the blog entry.  In the comments is my posting.  My entry is comment #12.  If you do read it, let me know what you think (good, bad, and ugly.)  CLICK HERE.  Thank you!

Robyn from The Bookoholic Zone and I have a poll posted to see what book to discuss next in our Blog Book Chats.  Please take a look at the post on that and help us pick a book, there are four up to choose from.  Which one would you like to chat about with us, or read what we have to say on them?  CLICK HERE for the post.

Books Received last week:

Received for Review:

I have received this book from the author for review:

From a far land, Jaben shall come...
One impulsive step plus one ancient prophecy equals one messed up summer vacation. Jason Bennett never intended to change the world, his own or anyone else's. Then a family vacation becomes a journey to Teleria, a place where magic works and the teenager becomes the pivotal piece in a game between forces intent on reshaping Teleria.

Thought to be Jaben, a powerful figure foretold to hold the fate of Teleria in his hands, Jason gets caught in a dangerous tug of war between Teleria's ruling Circle of Nine and one of his own ancestors who opposes the Circle.  Adding to his dilemma, he finds himself at the center of a conflict between two of the Altered, a small group of godlike beings, one of whom is aiding Jason's ancestor against the Circle.

Unable to return home, Jason must learn to use power he isn't convinced he has, keep from triggering an all out war between the Altered that could devastate Teleria, and survive the plans of some in the Circle who believe his death is the only thing that will save Teleria.  Before he can do anything, he must decide who's telling him the truth, and who only wants to use him.  Not exactly the vacation he had planned.

Books Purchased:
Yes, I won a copy of this book from Voyager, it was the UK cover.  And it is gorgeous!  I love the UK covers!  But I had to go purchase the US cover as well, to complete my series of matching covers.  So I picked this one up again last week.

Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess’s bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.

Chess is under a binding spell that threatens death if she talks about the investigation, but the city’s most notorious crime boss—and Chess’s drug dealer—gets wind of her new assignment and insists on being kept informed. If that isn’t bad enough, a sinister street vendor appears to have information Chess needs. Only he’s not telling what he knows, or what it all has to do with the vast underground City of Eternity.

Now Chess will have to navigate killer wraiths, First Elders, and a lot of seriously nasty magic—all while coping with some not-so-small issues of her own. And the only man Chess can trust to help her through it all has every reason to want her dead.

So, how are you faring this week?  Does it look like a good reading week?

Here's to you having a great week in words and pages.


Zia said...

So far I am fairing well this week. My husband was kind enough to pass on his head cold and I'm trying very hard to keep it managable. It's just my luck tho as we are going to the san juan islands in a few days for our first real family vacation in several years. That's okay though, worst case, I lounge on the beach all day reading lol. I'm too excited for this trip to let a little ol' cold drag me down.

With the trip coming up, I don't know that I will actually get much read this week but I am going to try. We will be with my husbands brother's family as well so reading will have to be snuck in hehe.

I voted in the poll even if I can't participate, I might try if Red Headed Step Child wins. I have that on my shelves somewhere.

anyways seems I've blathered on enough lol. I hope you have a fantastic week!

Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Hey honey, popping in to say hi! Wanted to see how you were doing! Hugs to you honey!

Jenny said...

I LOVED City of Ghosts, I hope you like it as well:) Mind Games I thought was really interesting and I'm looking forward to Double Cross in September. I'll be looking for your review of As Lie the Dead as well, I enjoyed the first in the series but haven't gotten to this one yet!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Zia - I hope you feel better when you leave! Take lots of medicine with you so you wont feel the head pounding. :) I hope you have a wonderful time! Maybe you will get some reading done waiting on the trip to and from. But, as I know its hard to go with out reading, I think I would have to set it aside for a little while to enjoy the places on vacation. Enjoy!

Cecile - Hey Hon! How are you doing? I hope very well! We are doing well here. :) Lots going on, so a little crazy, but all is good. Thank you for stopping in! Hugs to you as well.

Jenny - Hi! Thank you for stopping by! I am soooo looking forward to City of Ghosts. I have a few books I have to review first before I can read it. I have absolutely loved the first two, so I have great hopes for this one as well. I too enjoyed Mind Games. I am looking forward to the next book now. I am about 1/3 way through As Lie the Dead and am enjoying it so far. I really like the characters Kelly has created. I am hoping to get done with it over the weekend. :) Have a great week!

Tynga said...

I have carolyn's book on my TBR shelf, I really need to get to it. And I'd love the read Stacia's books, heard so many great things about them!

Cherry said...

Like tynga I have Mind Games in my TBR pile... so will be looking forward to your review and will see if I need to move it back in the pile or up to the front a bit more :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Tynga - Thank you for stopping by! :) I did enjoy Carolyn's book. Hope you enjoy it when you get to it. Stacia's books are amazing! I can't wait to dig into this one.

Cherry - Thank you for stopping by! I am hoping to get the review tweaked up here today or tomorrow and post it. :) Hope you enjoy Mind Games when you get to it.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

You are also one of the reasons I'm getting Stacia Kane's books! Well, one anyway. :) I can't wait until it gets here!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melissa - I am soooo glad you ordered the first book of Stacia's! You might want to order the second one, because you may be wanting it when you are done with the first one. :) I do hope you enjoy it as much as I did.