Category: Miscellaneous

TGIF at G Reads! (1)

Posted November 4, 2011 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 4 Comments



Thanks to G Reads! for hosting! And TGIF!

The question this week:
Gateway Books: Which particular books opened you up to a new genre? 

There are so many, but I’ve narrowed them down.

 The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan


Sure, I could go back even farther and say Harry Potter, but Harry Potter didn’t exactly open me up to this genre. Harry Potter is a force and after reading it, I didn’t think oh, I have to go read more of these types of books.
But The Lightning Thief did.
Riordan’s tale of young Percy and his gang of demi-gods was an entertaining and wild adventure. The clever retelling of the gods on Olympus and their never ending battle was exciting and fresh.
I sent it to my Mom to read. And she still loves talking about it.

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler


You can’t go wrong with Mr. Chandler. His writing style, unique and synonymous with the genre, is beautifully crafted in this novel. I know, I know. The Big Sleep is perhaps his most well known, and I did read that one first, but nothing stole my heart like The Long Goodbye.


Chandler at his best and the first author to trap me into the world of pulp fiction.

Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione


Can you believe I found the fourth book in this series at Target? 
There I was browsing the books section minding my own business and my eye caught the fourth book’s cover. I flipped to a page and was immediately engrossed. Very heavy romance and I, never having read romance before, was immediately sucked in. Couldn’t Put It Down. 
But I couldn’t start with the fourth book! So I went to my local bookstore and picked up Pleasure Unbound. And there opened for me an entire door into the world of Paranormal Romance novels. 
Thank YOU Larissa Ione.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer


I could lie, but I won’t. I hadn’t thought about YA books really until Twilight. The striking color caught my eye and after a bunch of back and forth, with a little push from a friend, I bought it and got sucked into the world of Young Adult.
I don’t think it’s the best book, but like any gateway book, like a gateway drug, it’s fun, flirty and opens my curiosity to explore the genre a whole lot more.
I moved on quickly to Vampire Academy, Unwind, Hunger Games, Hush Hush, Princess Diaries, Shiver trilogy and still counting!

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton


And I can’t leave this out. 
I always loved to read, even when I was younger, usually Baby Sitters Club, books by Avi, Scary Stories series, Goosebumps, etc. But this book I love so much, I have read it and re-read it so many times, it has to be on the list. It was the first “bestseller adult fiction” I read and started my obsession with buying books at the local supermarket. (I was like nine or something.)

Thanks for reading! and tell me about your gateway book!


Posted November 4, 2011 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 4 Comments


Shelf Candy (2)

Posted October 29, 2011 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

Thanks to Five Alarm Book Reviews for hosting Shelf Candy every Saturday!

My shelf candy for this Saturday is:

As I openly have confessed in the past, I do buy books based on their covers. This one could not get away!! I had seen it before, but those times my arms were already filled, so I always reluctantly put it down promising myself the next time I would go back for it.

Finally, I did.

The full pink cotton candy lips against the frosty rock candy sugar or salt and pale grey skin is killer. Add the pink tasty writing and I felt the cover jump out at me every time I saw it.
Add to that the awesome reviews I’ve read, and this was definitely one I had to check out.

Posted October 29, 2011 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments


Shelf Candy! (1)

Posted October 22, 2011 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

Thanks to Five Alarm Book Reviews for hosting Shelf Candy every Saturday!
My shelf candy for this Saturday is:

I mean-

Come. On.
I know sometimes I can be late to the party but these covers are Ah-Maz-Ing.
If you haven’t started reading the Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick-
What are you waiting for? :)
Romance, fallen angels, good vs. evil and a bad boy to fall for.
I fell in love with the breathtaking Hush Hush cover when I first saw it in the bookstore. The beautiful deep shadows and the striking red feathers highlighted by the sun, and shadowed black as they fall to earth. GORGEOUS.
The Silence cover is well done. I love the contrast of the white wash and the black angel wings, the silver wet and and the dark figures in an intimate pose. And Becca’s name the only red on the cover. Brilliant.
I haven’t read Silence yet, but this cover is so much darker, even the sky is a storm, that I anticipate it being a deep exciting story!
Stop by Five Alarm Book Reviews for more exciting Shelf Candy!

Posted October 22, 2011 by Kimberly in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments