Recommend A…#1-Book With a Three Word Title

Shanyn from Chick Loves Lit started a fun new Monday post called Recommend A… & I’ve decided that Books and Bling should play along!

This week it’s Recommend A Book With a Three Word Title

Since so many books are either one word titles or a close to a sentence, it was  hard for me to think of a three word title on my own. I had to go to my Goodreads lists  for this one!

Since 3 is the magic number today, I picked my 3 favorite Three Word Titles from 2012:

The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake:

An awesome picture book illustrated by Adam Rex. This is a freaking perfect book that some wackos want banned from libraries. I read it to my 8th graders and they LOVED it! We call it The Naked Book. Here’s the quick version: He’s dirty, he gets a bath, his dog doesn’t recognize him, hilarity ensues, there’s naked parts, it is uprouriously funny!

The Dirty Cowboy Gets 5 Blings!

One Second After by William Forstchen

This book is a total WOW! for me. It freaked me out because it could SO TOTALLY HAPPEN right now, for real life! EMP’s go off, we have no power, no modern comforts, no transportation, no communication. Panic ensues and we’re all turning on each other to survive. Personally, just the thought of no air conditioning, iced coffee, or internet freaks me out. This book about pushed me over the edge. Just WOW! If you haven’t read it, you need to! Huge thanks to Parajunkee for getting me to read this one!

5 Blings for One Second After!

Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry

This awesome Zombie (yes, the get proper noun cred!) series is funny, poignant, and really freaking awesome! Brothers Tom and Benny Imura work to quiet Zoms in a crazy post apocalyptic world that isn’t ever what it seems.  Good guys, bad guys, confusion, and teen angst all come together in a series that is as exciting as it is undead! I’ve already ordered the third in the series Flesh & Bone, which is due out in September. If you are new to the whole Zombie Lit craze, this is a great place to start.  Pick up Rot & Ruin and you’ll be hooked!

Rot & Ruin + Dust & Decay = 5 Zombies Blings!

The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake Illustrated by Adam Rex

I am in love with The Dirty Cowboy! Just WOW!

The Dirty Cowboy Gets 5 Blings!

Hysterical, beautiful, and endearing, The Dirty Cowboy was fun and engaging! I’ll surely be buying this for all the little beasts and monsters in my life-those who will take a bath and those who refuse! I have a feeling that we’ll just be calling it the naked book for a while, but that’s OK!

Thank you Amy Timberlake & Adam Rex for a sure to be classic (even though some crazy people want it banned!).

Oh, Insurgent! You really are freaking awesome!

Insurgent Bling! Freaking Awesome!

So, I have to admit that I was a bit confused when I started reading Insurgent! It was just too long since I had read Divergent! I took a quit time-out to refresh my memory of the Factions. A quick visit to the awesome Divergent Fans  site fixed it all! I love this site, BTW. It is so awesome & totally my Divergent go-to site! I adore the faction symbols in the header, too!

After that, I was good to go. It was funny, because my friend told me the same thing! We were both too excited (nosy) to slow down & reread Divergent before diving right in to Insurgent. I mean, you can’t really blame anyone for that, right?!

I’m loving Insurgent! It is so what I wanted it to be! I hope to finish by the end of the week!

What are you reading? 

TGIF: My Literary Vacation! Where Would You Go?

I heard about this cool Friday question from Smash Attack Reads! I love her awesome book blog!

Today she posted about GReads! TGIF Question and I loved it! So, today I’m playing along!

Today’s Question: 

Literary Vacations: If you could take a trip this summer to any place within a fictional book, where would you go? Tell us about your summer dream vacation!

My answer came pretty quickly, which is funny because I am so not decisive!
I would totally choose Hogwarts! I’ve wanted to be a witch my whole life! Every year on my birthday, I (not so secretly) hope that this will be the year that I get my powers (yup, still hopeful after all these years). My mom teases me and always asks every birthday if it happened. Alas, no such luck yet!

I would LOVE it at Hogwarts. I would totally bring my cat Yankee with me. She’d love it! Poor Shakespeare would have to stay at home, he just isn’t magical enough (sorry Shakes!). I would be all over that castle, checking  out every room, trying out new potions and spells, and staying away from Snape and Filch! It would be EPIC! I just know that I’d be an excellent witch and totally rock that whole place!

This September, we went to NYC for a family reunion and were lucky enough to see Harry Potter: The Exhibition at Discovery Times Square. I loved seeing all the props, costumes, and pictures from the movies. I got to sit in Hagrid’s chair, throw a Quaffle in the Quidditch area, and pull a Mandrake! It was so awesome!  We haven’t made the trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, at Universal’s Islands of Adventure® theme park yet, but it is on my Oh My Gosh We Need To Do This!! List! We really need to make that happen soon! 

I really want to be a part of that world, especially now that Voldemort isn’t a threat!

What would be your ideal Literary Vacation? 

Touring Chicago Merit Style with a little help from Chloe Neill!

Schmoopy and I are in Chicago for the International Reading Association convention. It starts on Monday, so today we had some tourist time!

We  got to spend the day doing some sightseeing.

Of course, I needed to see where Merit, from the awesome Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series, lives.

I sent a little Tweet out to Chloe Neill asking for some pointers on Cadogan House and she totally replied!

Massive FANGIRLING episode ensued!

 

So, Schmoopy and I hit up the local Starbucks and started walking. 2.1 miles (Yup, miles were walked. That’s serious!!) later, we were there. We stopped along the way to do some super fun touristy stuff that I’ll post later, but my goal was Cadogan all the way.

Cadogan House

Unfortunately, it was daylight, so Merit was sleeping. They say it is the US Soccer House, nice cover, but I know the truth.

Then, to take my FanGirl’s Guide to Chicago a step further, Chloe Neill asked me if she could post my picture (my. freaking. picture!) on her blog. What the what? Can you say YES any faster than I did?

Check it out here:

Cadogan House’s Architectural Inspiration

So, my day was EPIC! Totally, vampirely, wickedly, awesomely, EPIC!

Bling Worthy Books now on Tumblr!

Check out my list of awesomely Bling Worthy Books on Tumblr. I’ll keep adding to the list. It’s super easy and fun!

Basically, this is an epic list of books that I think are worthy of major Bling! 

Do you have a Bling Worthy Book to suggest? I’d love to hear about it! 

 

 

*Full Disclosure! These are all books that I've read or that books that I've heard amazing things about and REALLY want to read. If you'd like to buy one of these books for me, that would ROCK! Also, as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, if you decide to purchase the books through my links I'll get compensated from Amazon (assuming I set it up correctly...who knows!). I'll use that $ to maintain this blog, buy more books, and run contests.

One Second After by William R. Forstchen

5 Blings for One Second After!

Goodreads Says: New York Times best selling author William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real…a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages…A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP).  A weapon that may already be in the hands of our enemies. Months before publication, One Second After has already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. It is a weapon that the Wall Street Journal warns could shatter America. In the tradition of On the BeachFail Safe and Testament, this book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future…and our end.

Wow! No, really…WOW!

One Second After was awesome!

I am quite addicted to dystopia and apocalypse reads lately. There are just so many awesome titles! And, quite frankly, I was getting a vampired out! (OMG, but I still love them…just need a break! I’ll never have a crush on a zombie, I swear!). I love disaster movies like Armageddon and The Day After Tomorrow. So, when I read about the book on Parajunkee’s awesome blog, Parajunkee’s View, and just had to read it. Click here for her review! 

One Second After is (gasp) not YA. It is a real grow-up book. But, it was still awesome! The book focuses on a family in a small town & their struggles after an EMP (electromagnetic pulse–super scary stuff) blanks out all electronics. Image it…everything with a computerized or electrical component instantly gone! Freaky stuff! Freaky FOR REAL LIFE stuff!

This book was awesome. I loved the characters, even the ones I didn’t like, and I got pretty attached to their stories. I could easily imagine myself being forced to rethink how to live without all of my gadgets and luxuries that I generally take for granted (especially my iPhone & iPad, hot showers, and-OMG-my Keurig!). My head was spinning throughout the book as new problems arose…like lack of critical medication for diabetics and those with mental illnesses. When things get bad, they really get bad.

I loved how Forstchen brought me in to the lives of those in his small mountain college town, made me experience all of their fears, losses, and small triumphs. It was tense at times…really tense. There were heart wrenching decisions that had to be made, lives that were lost, and total shockers that really made my mouth drop open.  A few times I felt like I knew something awful would happen, and I would silently beg to be wrong.  That wasn’t always the case in One Second After! Forstchen did what needed to be done for the sake of the story, even when the outcome was dire or severe. That’s dedication!

The threat of an EMP attack is real. The world post EMP created by Forstchen is entirely possible. I sure as heck hope it never comes to that!

Read One Second After!  It is an awesome, terrifying, & realistic look at a future I  never want to see! 

The Slayer Chronicles: First Kill or Why Heather Brewer ROCKS!

5 Blings for First Kill!

I’m a huge Vlad fan! I totally LOVED all of Heather Brewer’s The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod books! It was super sad to read the last in the series.

But, as usual, Heather Brewer doesn’t disappoint her minions!

In The Slayer Chronicles, she tells the story from Joss McMillian & the Slayers’ point of view.

It doesn’t just work–it ROCKS!

So many times while reading First Kill I was like, “Oh, oh, I know…this is xyz from Vlad! Awesome!” And it was awesome! And the coolest thing is that you could start with Vlad or Joss and be equally as hooked! Have I mentioned how freaking cool this is? I mean, really, it is total author genius here! For real life! 

OK, but what’s the big deal? Well, Joss is a regular kid who is about to go hang out with his awesome cousin for the summer. Then his sister gets killed. In the middle of the night. By a vampire! At the funeral, his creepy uncle tells him to swear that he’ll avenge her death. He swears. Fast forward a few years and we learn that, understandably, Joss and his parents have never recovered from the loss. Joss is ignored by his parents, who have just been coasting on auto-pilot since his sister’s murder. So when that creepy Uncle Abraham asks for Joss to spend the summer with him doing wilderness survival training, the whole McMillan family goes for it. It is in the mountains that he learns the truth behind the Slayer Society and begins his crazy & often cruel training. Through Joss, we learn the flip side. Not as  much vampires are so awesome, but more of a awww, poor Slayers kind of sympathy. But the way that Joss looks at the world with compassion, empathy, and hatred totally works. Come on, how many people can pull that off? 

Bottom line: If you loved Vlad, you’ll love First Kill. If you haven’t met Vlad yet, then you can start with either series (but if you are impatient like me, go for Vlad first because that series has more books!).

 

 

Follow Friday from @parajunkee & @alisoncanread

I have found so many awesome blogs and added some AMAZING books to my (ginormous) TBR pile by participating in Follow My Book Blog Friday! Parajunkee & Alison Can Read totally ROCK for hosting!

This week’s question is:

Go count the number of unread books sitting on your shelf. How many?

My answer: UGH! Too many. I’d have to go into my super secret hiding places & really fess up if I were to give an accurate number. Let’s just say Schmoopy would not be amused! And I’m not even going to think about the huge number of books on my iPad or audio books that I’ve got or the number of books that I’ve requested from the library! OMG, or the number of to-read books on Goodreads! Double UGH!

I’m going with over 100 and just leaving it at that! (I know I kinda cheated!!)

Follow My Book Blog Friday by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read

Don’t forget to check out Parajunkee, Alison Can Read, and the two featured bloggers Book Den and Pawing Through Books!