QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What are the Top 5 Books that you are looking forward to in 2013?
Do you find yourself thinking that the books you read would be good on film? Do you wish the things you watched on TV or in the movies were available as book?
Some really can’t be converted, of course, but some definitely can (and it’s not always the ones you think will work). There’s something to be said for different forms of media, but a good story is universal … or is it??
18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that runs over the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines.
This week’s question:
Have you read a romance or erotic novel with an M/M or F/F relationship in it? If so, did you enjoy the read? And if you haven’t, is that something you would read in the future?
London, 1760. For Jamie Fraser, paroled prisoner-of-war in the remote Lake District, life could be worse: He’s not cutting sugar cane in the West Indies, and he’s close enough to the son he cannot claim as his own. But Jamie Fraser’s quiet existence is coming apart at the seams, interrupted first by dreams of his lost wife, then by the appearance of Tobias Quinn, an erstwhile comrade from the Rising.
Like many of the Jacobites who aren’t dead or in prison, Quinn still lives and breathes for the Cause. His latest plan involves an ancient relic that will rally the Irish. Jamie is having none of it—he’s sworn off politics, fighting, and war. Until Lord John Grey shows up with a summons that will take him away from everything he loves—again.
Lord John Grey—aristocrat, soldier, and occasional spy—finds himself in possession of a packet of explosive documents that exposes a damning case of corruption against a British officer. But they also hint at a more insidious danger. Time is of the essence as the investigation leads to Ireland, with a baffling message left in “Erse,” the tongue favored by Scottish Highlanders. Lord John, who oversaw Jacobite prisoners when he was governor of Ardsmiur prison, thinks Jamie may be able to translate—but will he agree to do it?
Soon Lord John and Jamie are unwilling companions on the road to Ireland, a country whose dark castles hold dreadful secrets, and whose bogs hide the bones of the dead. A captivating return to the world Diana Gabaldon created in her Outlander and Lord John series, The Scottish Prisoner is another masterpiece of epic history, wicked deceit, and scores that can only be settled in blood.
One of my favorite things to discuss here…other than my fantasy boyfriends are great quotes, scenes, and passages from my favorite books. I do this because I’m hoping for one of two reactions.
1) That I spur the interest of someone who hasn’t read the book they come from enough so that they’ll go read the book.
2nd) To bring back good memories for those who have read and enjoyed them.
Most of the books I choose to read nowadays don’t come from the big publishing houses. They are books not readily available in places like Barnes and Noble, or even from your local library. There is so much talent out there that needs your help and support. I really hope that you’ll take a look at the smaller publishing companies like Omnific and TWCS if you haven’t already.
When you find an author(s) you love make sure you spread the word. Recommend, review, list, tag, rate. You don’t have to have a blog to do any of those things. You can do it on Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter…
Do the authors appreciate it? YES! They do!
I promised you great passages didn’t I? Well what are you waiting for? Make the jump and read…O by the way…most of the ones I chose are …erm…spicy. Did you bring your fan with you?
All week I’ve looked back at my favorites of 2011. It’s been a stellar year in my opinion for readers of all genres. Now it’s time to start looking forward to what I think will be another great year.
There is no particular order to this list because I’m truly excited by the prospect of reading them all. Most of the books have titles already but a few of them are still waiting to be named. (Arched brow at 3 of you)
I have included a very heartfelt note to all the authors whose books have appeared on my top 10 lists this week at the conclusion of this post.
Now, let’s break out the bubbly, pop the cork and drink a toast to what awaits us in literary bliss for 2012!
I must confess that this was quite an enjoyable list for me to ponder on. Let’s talk about what it means to me to be a fantasy boyfriend for just a minute. These are the guys that won’t leave you alone after you’re done reading the book. They stay in your mind, and erm… other places even after you’ve moved on to something new. You want to talk about them and share them…well kinda share them…with your girlfriends and anyone else who will listen. You wish they were real, and that you could meet up with them. And, we all know that if that happened they would be as enamored of you as you are with them. Am I right?!? Of course I am
All of the men on my list are UBER HAWT and completely own the UNF factor necessary to be one of my fantasy boyfriends. Most of the guys on my list share physical characteristics, so yes I do have a particular “look” that I’m quite fond of, but I’m willing to make an exception occasionally. These guys make me break out in a sweat and get my heart beating just a little bit faster than normal…ok a whole lot faster than normal
when if I fantasize daydream about them for very long. They get the gurly parts tingling while I’m reading/thinking about them. O. Did I just say that? You bet I did, and you know it’s true.
Are these men I’d like to meet in real life?!? Are you kidding me?!? Um…hells to the yes on that one! I’d go out on a date with any one of them right here, right now.
Hmmm… there’s a future post or two just waiting to be written
This list contains a tie for 1st place. I absolutely could not do anything else, and believe me when I say I thought about it for weeks. I went back and forth many times over, but ultimately they both own a special place in my heart, and I refuse to give either of them anything less than 1st place. If you could only see all the highlights and notes and bookmarks in my Kindle that these two are responsible for. Yeah that. Ok, I’ve kept you from them long enough.
Ladies… I give you the best of the best…Careful now…spontaneous combustion may occur.
After putting myself through the trauma of choosing an order for my Top 10 Books for 2011 I decided I deserved a reprieve for my favorite Top 10 Book covers. They are presented in no particular order, but I loved them all. Several of them were what drew my interest to the book in the 1st place.
I’m afraid in this day and age of ebook popularity that book covers aren’t given as much thought and attention as they should receive. I believe that’s a huge mistake. Whether I’m in a book store browsing, looking online, or perusing a publishers site, I’m still drawn in by a great book cover. Sometimes it’s the colors that catch my eye, sometimes it’s the design/ picture/text, and sometimes it’s all. I work in retail as a merchandiser when I’m not doing this, and my boss has a saying he’s fond of…It’s a 5 second decision for customers.
I don’t know how much input an author has on his/her book cover, but authors if you do have anything to say in the matter make sure your book cover speaks for you.
Alright, show time…