Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Heroine's July 2012 Reads

I checked at how many books that I read this year and the tally so far is at 46! Wow! I usually average at about 63 books since I started using Goodreads three years ago so I might be able to read more than ever! Here is what I got through in the month of August.

On Writing
If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland
I'm a big fan of Felicia Day, and right now, I'm loving her Monday show The Flog via Geek and Sundry. Every week she does Fab Five (now Top Three) as part of the show. During the second episode, she chose this book to share and talked about how it helped her with taking her writing seriously. This is the girl that started The Guild and the first real web series, so yeah, I'm going to listen! I ordered the book online, and I have to say, it is really a book that helps with the insecurities that can plague writers. I can see why it was so helpful to Felicia Day since it coaxed me out of my shell on the days I needed it most recently.  

Graphic Novels
The Unwritten: Volume 1 Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey
We picked up a copy of an issue at Free Comic Book Day and my husband really enjoyed it. At San Diego Comic-Con, he found the first volume and he told me I had to read it. It is the story of Tommy Taylor and it is a play off of Harry Potter. What would happen if there was a real Tommy Taylor the character was named after? A lot of "what if" questions run through this first installment of the series, and the next volume should give more answers to the truth behind Tommy Taylor the man and the character.

Novellas

Series
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
This is the second in the Nightshade series and it follows the aftermath of Calla's decision in the first book. The love triangle deepens in this book as Calla faces the consequences of her decision in the first book. I have to say, it is really hard to pick sides in this intense love triangle and the guy I'm rooting for in Bloodrose is not the one I excepted. The book is more than just a love triangle--- it is a fight for the pack's way of life. I like that Calla takes the power into her hands as the main alpha, and that she isn't letting the guys get in the way. 

Out in August
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
The novellas, and The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, take place before Throne of Glass. There is no way in resisting adding them to your e-library. I don't think you need to read them first, but it might fill in some of the minor gaps in the main novel. The novel itself is a treasure since I feel like we haven't even scratched the surface of this world that the author has created. Celaena is a tough character who pushes through whatever is thrown at her. I love the air of mystery around her and her abilities, but I think the novellas let those moments shine more. Like I said, we haven't even scratched the surface of this world and what she can do. If you want a fantasy series that will keep you busy, this is one to jump into. To learn more about the setting of Throne of Glass, check out this blog post on how the UK influenced the setting of her story.

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
I met Kendare Blake at ALA and I had to tell her how much I loved Anna Dressed in Blood, the first book of this series. I was thrilled to receive an ARC of this book since I have a total fascination with urban legends, which we also chatted about briefly (I admit, I wrote a  terrible movie script based on The White Lady myth back home) The title of the first book is what drew me in since right there I knew what it was going to be about, but it is so much more. Cas Lowood is a ghosthunter who travels from town to town like his father before him. He is given and finds stories of ghosts that need to move on, especially the deadly kind. Once he reads about Anna, he knows who he must face next, the name drawing him in like it did me when it came to the book! This second book continues the story of Cas and Anna. Blake really writes some heart-pounding scenes of when he comes across these baddies, and she captures the feel of ghost stories perfectly.

Currently reading: Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

On the shelf for August
I'm doing my best to read the ARCs that I received at ALA and SDCC in the order that they come out. This month I will be reading some great books. Be sure to check them out and to read what I thought of them next month! 

Rift by Andrea Cremer 

This is going to be interesting since I have revisions to do for KIN and I'm going to read my critique partner Rhiannon Paille's book, Flame of Apocalypse. Jealous, right? 

What are your goals or books you're dying to read this August?

Natasha

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