Happy Friday! Today we have another installment of *announcer voice* What We’re Reading! *jazz hands*
Deb: Alright, alright, alright… (I’m still in Oscar mode, apologies). Down below, Katie talks about curling up and reading during this long cold winter. For me, my brain is frozen. I can’t seem to settle to anything (this also may be to do with Mr Rob Pattinson residing and working a quick car drive away; talk about brain scrambling). I keep picking books up and putting them down, feeling a little bit annoyed a little bit frustrated that very little is grabbing me and holding on. Exhibit A:
Lots more after the jump!
Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg ~ I got it in my head that I wanted to read a juicy biography about Katherine Hepburn. This was the only “biography” available at the local library. It’s part memoir and part biography and in my grumpy state just did not fit the bill. Moving on…
I thought I’d try a steamy historical novel and turned to a favourite genre author, Alison Weir and her book Captive Queen. It appealed to me because it’s a period in English history (Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitane) that I’m not familiar with and I was sure that, along with Alison’s penchant for making history racy, this book would hook me. Nope. To quote Sherlock, “BORED.” It was okayish, a bit repetitive and jarringly dry and then out of the blue kind of porn-y. And she used the word “penis” in a love scene. *flies white flag*
Luckily, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel has finally settled me down.
Goodreads Summary (they do it better than I can): At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: “degenerate” works he despised.
In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.
Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world’s great art from the Nazis.
I’m enjoying this so much. A great mix of history, art appreciation and human stories. A very different point of view of the front lines through the last years of the war. Can’t wait to see the film.
A real reading highlight has been The Plan by Qwen Salsbury. That’ll melt some snow 😉 I was lucky enough to read it in real time when it was first posted and so enjoyed this new expanded incarnation. The Bookish girls love it too. Check out more about The Plan HERE, HERE and HERE.
Author Summary: He seeks perfection and to achieve it, his demands are very simple: complete surrender, subservience, and obedience in all things. She longs to be that perfection and to experience the freedom that can only come through his ownership. A journey into submission, a darker fantasy come to life, theirs is an unconventional love story. But it’s love nonetheless.
Very intense, surprisingly emotional and very, very lemony. *Rob voice* Feel dirty about it, feel like it’s wrong… 😉 I’m gonna stick a “hot damn, whoa there” warning on this one; if you are easily offended just skip it. If you like a little fetish with your kinky…call me. I kid, enjoy the story.
Annie: Lately I’ve been reading stories about cowboys. I can’t seem to get enough. Bring me a man on a horse who tips his hat and calls me “Ma’am.” (insert pervy “riding” comment from Debb here) [Debb: hehehehe]
As for fics, I’ve been reading Power Play by CaraNo the Hockeyward WIP that Michelle rec’d HERE. It had me at twin Edwards. Also, Copy Room a completed fic by Edward’s Eternal which is sweet and super sexy, and has a nerdy Edward, my favorite.
Author Summary: Sometimes flippant words are really the truth spoken out loud. What happens when someone overhears you and decides to give you what you secretly want but never knew?
Aaaaaand … I don’t think it’s any secret here that I’m a fan fic author spanglemaker9 fangirl, well, guess what? She wrote a novel and I got to read an ARC! OH MY GAAAAHH! The novel is Always by Amanda Weaver. I loved it and you’ll be seeing a lot more about it when the Always blog tour comes here to Bookish Temptations next month! I AM SHOUTY CAPS EXCITED! In the meantime, check out Amanda Weaver’s website or Facebook page for info, and her kind of amazing (no really) Pinterest boards.
Michelle: Here’s a visual clue about the stories I’m currently reading:
Infinite Visibility is a Remember Me / Twilight crossover with beautiful words written by TheFicChick. So yeah, I’ll be buying a box of tissues. Each update builds up the anxiety level of what might come next. I trust TheFicChick but I’ve already mapped out a Plan B ending just in case I can’t handle the angst. A support buddy is recommended.
This Side of the Equator is just getting started but from the summary you know angst will be coming. Jaxington brings to light age differences and just how important six years can be to Bella and Edward. Sometimes age is just a number… but not in this case. And certainly not in a small town of Forks, Washington.
Archer’s Voice, by Mia Sheridan, is such a sweet story with a little bit of heartbreak and sadness. It’s a shame when people are cruel to those who they deem “different”. I’m loving both Archer and Bree, the female lead, and I hope that all the angst works out for them
Summary: Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.
I’m continuing my love of the Outlander series with book five: The Fiery Cross. I still have moments when I want to flounce the book and/or the characters, but my need to know what comes next pulls me back each time! Plus Annie, Deb, and KB would disown me if I truly flounced! LOL! [Debb: *whispers* I think you’ve read farther than Annie ;)]
Jamie and Claire are still on their epic life adventure. Book five starts in 1771 and war is coming. The thing with time travel stories, it’s not always clear if actions or knowledge can really change the future. But trust me, you will need a box of tissues for each book you read in this series. You can borrow one from my box! [Debb: full circle, I like this]
Katie: It’s been a long cold winter for some of us. [Debb: *cries* We didn’t get a “special visitor” to warm things up either, like some people. *jealously rolling eyes at Debb and Canada in general* [Debb: *stops crying and giggles hysterically*] Jimmy Fallon’s cool though. LOL I guess what I’m saying is that reading is a given when it’s too cold to be outside, chasing after Rob with a cow. Here are a couple of books that I have enjoyed lately.
Alienated by Melissa Landers. So I put this book on my TBR list because my favorite YA author Jennifer L Armentrout gave it 5 stars. Like the name implies it is about aliens. Cara Sweeney is given the privilege to host one of three exchange students from the planet, L’eihr. She will be visiting their planet when she graduates. Cool, right?
What she didn’t plan on was the student being gorgeous or kind or all that interesting. Aelyx has more in mind than just blending in with the other students. He is not happy about the alliance his elders want to have with planet earth. He has a plan and it’s not a future with earthlings.
Sound familiar? Yeah, that new show on CW Star Crossed is fairly similar. Noticed it when I watched the first episode. Oh well… I really liked the book because it wasn’t just about Cara and Aelyx’s budding relationship. It was also about inter-species relationships and politics. Seeing past someone’s façade and appreciating differences enough to learn from them.
I gave Alienated 4 stars. If you want to read a really amazing series about hot aliens, Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series with Daemen Black is fantastic!!
I also read the latest book released from Jennifer L. Armentrout, Bitter Sweet Love, the prequel for The Dark Elements series. Loved it!! Think angels/gargoyles that mate for life and fight demons.
Diva Diaries by Kiya Raven made my 2012 Top 10 favorite fics list, because it seriously fantastic. I am thrilled to share that it is being published!! The first book is called Bad Romeo and the second book Broken Juliet. You can read all about Leisa Rayven’s three book deal on her website.
I want to wear earmuffs and look cool like Rob. [debb: don’t we all…wait, I’d rather be the earmuffs…] On that note, I’m out…
Well that seems like a good place to leave the post, eh? Rob in Canada is my life now. 😉
Tell us what you’re reading! Books, fic, cereal boxes…we want to hear about it. Have a great weekend. xo The BT FanFic Friday team.