Quick Update

So, I’ve been a very bad blogger for the last week or so.  I started a new job last Monday (yay!), and so with all of the inevitable adjusting, getting used to a new schedule, and being overall worn out that comes with it, I’ve barely had time to read (gasp!) never mind blog!  To sum it up, just letting you know I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, and hopefully I’ll be back this week 🙂

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Library Loot

Hooray for this week’s Library Loot!

Library Loot is hosted by Marg at Reading Adventures, and Eva at A Striped Armchair.


The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

I’ve heard a lot of great things about this series, so begin it I shall!  Really looking forward to this one!

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Love the movie, decided to (finally) read the book!

Also, not really library loot, but loot nonetheless:

Bleeding Heart Square by Andrew Taylor

I won this from LibraryThing Early Reviewers last year, and my copy finally came!  Mysteries aren’t usually my thing, but I’ll give it a try and let you know how it goes.

My First Meme – Library Loot!

Apparently, this is the week for firsts!  I came across Library Loot last week, and made a mental note to join in this week.  So here it is!  A small haul for me – but I knew I’d be busy, so I held back this week 🙂

Library Loot is hosted by Marg at Reading Adventures, and Eva at A Striped Armchair.


Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

I adore Fforde’s Thursday Next series, and I’ve heard great things about this book – so naturally, I’m excited to start it!

The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray

I heard a lot about this book around Christmas, with plenty of people saying what a great gift book this is.  I’ve only flipped through it briefly, but I can tell they were right – the images are gorgeous, and some of them are just down-right awesome.  Looking forward to taking a closer look!

Other than some professional reading, that’s it for my library loot.  Also on my coffee table, though:

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

I’ve actually been working my through this one for about a month – it’s not that I’m not enjoying it, because I absolutely am.  It’s just taking me some time to get through, and I’ve been reading it bit by bit in between other books.  The goal this week is to finish it – not too much left!

Reading Resolutions

Well, 2010 is here. And with a new year comes new resolutions.  So here are my reading-related resolutions for 2010:

1) Read more non-fiction. I realized that my focus in 2009 had really only been on fiction, between the blogs I follow and the genres I enjoy. But there is a lot of great non-fic out there too, and I’d love to get back into the habit of reading it again.

2) Not be afraid to be a little bit of a book snob. I really enjoyed the post over at Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’? on “reading deliberately.”  I have to say, a lot of what she says reminded me of my own reading habits this year, especially being distracted by books that had a lot of hype and wound up being not so great.  I just felt like I wanted to read everything I saw, and the good stuff that I’ve been wanting to read for a while got overshadowed and pushed to the back burner.  That’s the stuff I want to focus on reading this year.

3) Write more reviews. Now that I’m done my MLIS (woohoo!), I’ll have much more free time to not only read, but to also write about what I’ve read.  The ex-English major in me (who was – ok, is – a nerd and actually enjoyed writing papers) loves writing, and writing reviews is a fun way to get that out of my system, so I’m really excited to have more time for this.  Which translates into…

4) Focus more on the blog! Like all of my resolutions, having more free time (again, woohoo!) makes this a possibility.  I started this blog just as a place to keep all of my reviews.  Over the last year or so I’ve started following a lot more blogs, and become more and more interested in the blogging community and improving my blog.  So, I’m working on a new name and hopefully a facelift in the near future, and with the help of my other resolutions, more frequent posts!  Also, thanks to anyone and everyone who has read and commented on my blog in the past – seeing that all this posting hasn’t been just for my own amusement has been encouraging! 🙂

Fallen Angels, anyone?

As I’m sure you noticed (like you could avoid it if you tried), vampires have been it this year. The paranormal trend (in YA especially) doesn’t seem like it’s going away anytime soon. Not that I have a problem with that, there’s some pretty cool stuff out there. But I’m not the only one who’s noticed that fallen angels seem to be on the rise (ha. ha.)

Exhibit A:
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
I haven’t gotten around to reading this one yet, and from reviews I’ve read it can be rather love it or hate it.  I get the impression that Patch is rather Edward-esque – he’s either the man of your dreams, or a control freak that you should stay far, far away from.  Once my copy comes in from the library, I’ll let you know my take on it.

 

Exhibit B:

Fallen by Lauren Kate

I first saw the cover for this over the summer, and just love it.  Gorgeous.  It just came out this week (although no libraries in my system have it yet…grrrr).  Apparently Disney has optioned film rights for it already…just one more reason to be on the lookout for more angels.

 

Exhibit C:

Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia

Not crazy about the cover art on this one, but I came across it on Goodreads…from the description, it seems to fit the upcoming trend nicely.

 

 

These are just the ones I’m aware of; have you come across any others??