Present…

I got to go to the bookstore today and get my Valentine’s Day present from my hubby. I love going to the bookstore regardless of the occasion. But I got some new books to read, which you’ll see below. One book I added furthers a series I’m in the middle of reading and the others are new books I discovered while shopping. Even better is I saved 10% on my purchase for being a member and I had a coupon for $10 off on top of that.

Nightfall by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski
Wildefire by Karsten Knight
The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs
The End and Other Beginnings (Stories from the Future) by Veronica Roth
Scream and Scream Again by R. L. Stine

Valentine's Day Picks

Happy Valentine’s Day! Each of the following book are ones that I’ve read in the past year, plus, I wanted to recommend something different from what I suggested last year. They are either a romance novel or they have romance blended in with the story. Either way, I think they’d be perfect for individuals who would like to read a little bit of romance for Valentine’s Day….

The Shape of Water by Guillermo Del Toro & Daniel Kraus = If you’re searching for a good romance, you have to read this book. This will be a book that you won’t want to put down, even after you’ve finished reading it.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman = I watched this movie many times over the course of my life and I’ve always enjoyed it. But last year was the first chance I had to actually read the book. I normally don’t do that….normally I read the book first and watch the movie afterwards. I enjoyed reading the book despite this.

What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper = Even though this book has to do with World War 2 and the holocaust, there is some elements of romance blended into this this story. This book can be both heartbreaking and heart warming to read.

Ten by Gretchen McNeil = This book is actually a thriller/suspense type novel but there is some romance blended into this novel. If you like romance and something that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat, then this will be the book for you.

"The Wood" by Chelsea Bobulski

I finished this book last night before going to bed and I just wanted to share it. This book was a little different than what I thought it was going to be but I ended up enjoying this book by the time I got to the end. I had a hard time putting this book down when I was reading. Especially last night when I was on the last 50 or 60 pages of the book. If you like mystery and/or time travel, then you should try reading this book.

Synopsis: An enchanted wood poisoned at the roots. A girl bound by an inherited duty. And the lost traveler from another time who might help her uncover the truth.

From debut author Chelsea Bobulski comes The Wood, a YA novel filled with dark mystery and atmospheric fantasy.

Winter didn’t ask to be the guardian of the wood, but when her dad inexplicably vanishes, she’s the one who must protect travelers who accidentally slip through the wood’s portals.

The wood is poisoned, changing into something more sinister. Once brightly colored leaves are now bubbling inky black. Vicious creatures that live in the shadows are becoming bolder, torturing lost travelers. Winter must now put her trust in Henry―a young man from eighteenth century England who knows more than he should about the wood―in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost.

Bobulski’s beautiful and eerie young adult debut, is a haunting tale of friendship, family, and the responsibilities we choose and those we do not.

Addiction?

Do you think you have an addiction when it comes to reading? Why or why not? How far do you think it had to go before your reading habits become what someone would call an “addiction”?

Reading is always something I’ve always enjoyed. When I was a kid, there were probably a few times I got into trouble for reading when I should have been doing something else. But I’ve learned, as an adult, that there are times when it’s appropriate to read and other times when it’s not appropriate. For instance, I don’t read when I’m at work unless it’s my lunch hour. Also, if I’m at home, I’ll make sure my chores are done before I read.

Basically, I don’t think it’s an addiction because I make sure it doesn’t interfere with my responsibilities. As long as you’re not burying yourself in what you’re reading and you get your stuff done, I don’t see the harm in it.

The norm….?

Do you ever read books that are outside the norm for you? What books are outside the norm for you? Will you ever take the chance and read something outside your normal? Why or why not?

This is something that I haven’t done very often. I read “The Diary of Ann Frank” about 3 or 4 years ago and that’s something outside of what I normally read. There are certain genres I normally stick to like fantasy, horror, science fiction, mystery, or thriller/suspense. They all usually involve fiction in some form so “The Diary of Ann Frank” was something different for me. I had been wanting to read that book for a long, long while and I had never had the chance to until a few years ago.

What are some books that I can read that would be outside of the genres I normally read?

"Chains" by Laurie Halse Anderson

I’ve finished this book over the weekend and I wanted to share it with you. This book is more from the historical fiction genre and I don’t normally read stuff from that genre but I was glad I read it. It was something a little outside what I normally read but I found the story kept me entertained. This book was hard to put down because I just had to find out what Isabel was up to next. Luckily, this book is part of a trilogy so I’ve got 2 more books to learn more about Isabel and what happens to her.

If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?

As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight…for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.

From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual.