New Book Project

Well after a lot of thought I have decided to start up a new project. When I started this blog it was just somewhere to place my thought, maybe talk about my progress on my NaNoWriMo novel and complain about life’s little annoyances. Then when I started getting back into reading full time a few months back I decided this blog would be a good place to post reviews of the books I have read. IT worked out for the first little while, but then after looking at other book blogs I realized mine had a lot of work to be done. Half the time I didn’t want to post anything non-book related cause it might not appeal to people who came here because I was posting reviews. And the same went for not wanting to post reviews because I didn’t want the people who came here for other reasons wondering what I was doing. Sure it was possible people could like both but I really like the idea of this blog being my personal space, not a book review place.

So, taking that thought I decided to move my book reviews to a separate blog. The new blog will focus strictly on books. Life In A Notebook will still exist, however, it will be strictly for the things it was originally intended for. Without further ado, please head on over to my book blog, Exploring All Genres, while it is still a bit under construction due to my son starting school this week it should be at full capacity soon enough.

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The Ever Growing Bookshelf

Hello, my name is Sarah and I am a bookaholic.

I have a problem, a book problem. Though when you think about it, is being a lover of books truly a problem? No, I don’t think it is. There are far worse things to be addicted to in this life. Reading is such a great activity that I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t read. But, I’m getting slightly off topic here so let’s focus. As many book lovers will know books tend to pile up faster than you can read them some days. Vacation, house responsibilities and other tidbits of life can cut into reading time. And that is just the books you currently own. Then there are trips to the book store, both new and used, garage sales and libraries that can further increase the size of your to read piles.

In a way having that many books is a good thing. This way you know you will always have something to read no matter how fast or slow you are able to work through them. So in a way having all these books around the house isn’t so much a problem at all. The problem is finding room in the house to put said books.

A solution was found to this the other day. On a shopping trip where I managed to pick up yet another armful of books at the used book store I also made a second stop which was just as important. This stop helped me acquire two new bookshelves. Why two? Well they aren’t all that big, but given the space I have to work with I couldn’t have gotten big shelves even if I wanted to. Yesterday was spent putting them together and placing some of my new additions on them as well as some books that I have had for some time now. I’ve still got a few piles of books to sort through and add to the shelves but then are looking pretty darn good so far.

 

I’ve also been busy writing up a backlog of book reviews. There is one and half left to type up. Once they are all done I will be posting them. I had considered posting them as I finished writing them, however I know that would have made me want to pick up the next book in the pile and thus fall further behind on reviews, so I’m doing them in one big lump. This will give me the freedom to do a bunch of reading and reviewing after they are done so I can focus on the current book instead of being distracted by the books that I read in the past and am trying to remember all the details for an accurate review.

Also since today is the first day of August that means the official start to the second round of Camp NaNoWriMo. I didn’t fair so well in Junes round, so I’m really oping to pull through and hit my word count goal this month. However I am not starting until I get these last two book reviews done so I had best get to it before I fall to far behind on my word count again.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!
It’s been a slow week book wise for me. With a to do list a million miles long and a vacation coming in the near future my reading time has been severely limited lately. However I did manage to finish a couple of books and have a few reviews that need to be posted before I leave for a two week vacation.
Finished last week:
This book had been provided to me by the author to review. While it had it’s slow moments, as mentioned in my review, it was a great read and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
This book had been provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley. With a review to be posted later this week I will not go over any of the details of the book at this time.
Currently Reading:
I am about half way through Rhapsody so far should be done in the next day or two. Been slowly picking away at Kushiel’s Chosen simply because most of my attention is focused on Rhapsody at the moment.

Book Review: Grasping At Eternity

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

The author provided me with a copy of this book to review.

This book starts off with a bang. Maryah’s family are brutally murdered and she is nearly killed as well. Such a dramatic opening scene certainly clenched my attention and I was ready to gobble up everything else the book had to offer. After recovering from her injuries Maryah moves in with her godmothers family and struggles to find her place among them and among the rest of the general populace. To make matters worse she keeps having these vivid dreams involving a man she believes is the angel of death as well as seeing other events that make little sense to her but leave her freaked out by them for the most part. At this point I easily gave the book a five star rating.

But then something happened.

I don’t know if it was a lull in the story or just a slow part but I kind of lost interest mid way through the book. Perhaps I got tired of Maryah bouncing around thinking everyone hated her, or how her life was terrible and that she wanted to die. Though I think I simply grew a little tired of her having these dreams about the “angel of death” and other events but constantly refused to tell anyone about them fearing they would think she was crazy and ship her off to the looney bin. Not to mention that it seemed she was constantly telling everyone that she was fine when she clearly was not, but no one could break through that shell of hers. This was when my rating dropped to a two, perhaps a three.

However remembering how amazing the beginning of the book was I soldiered on knowing that things had to pick up soon and that this slow part would be worth it.

And let me tell you that is exactly what happened. When the pace of the book picked up once more I was thrilled, more than thrilled as the events began to fall into place, things I had wondered about happened and some very pleasant surprises surfaced along the way as well. Suddenly I felt the book once again deserved the five star rating it had started with. Those things that happened during the slow period had great impact on the ending. I won’t go into details about the events that turned my impression of the book back to a positive as I really dislike giving out spoilers, but let me tell you they were great.

As the end of the book came flying up I was disappointed for a single reason. I knew it would end in a cliffhanger, which it did, and that the next book wouldn’t be out for some time. The final chapters came to rise to a great ending, though as the book said, it is not the end as there is much more of the story to be told. When I finished I was left was a great feeling, the book had been a great experience even with that slow portion and I will definitely be on the lookout for when the next book of the series comes out sometime next year.

On an extra side note, I would love to say that I absolutely love the cover on this book.