Booking Through Thursday (9/8)

 

What’s the most mind-blowing, world-changing book you’ve ever read? (Or article, poem, whatever.)

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Great Bookish News and Upcoming Releases!

Welcome to Bookish News with Tamie and Elena. Check out the news that caught our eye this past week and what we’re looking forward to…

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Making Up For Monday: That First Time Feeling…

If you could forget one book to experience it all over again, which one would it be? 

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W…W…W…Wednesdays (7/23)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly event where you share (1) What you’re currently reading, (2) What you recently finished reading, and (3) What you think you’ll read next.

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Sundays In Bed With… Matthew Clairmont

”What book boyfriend is in your bed this morning?”

This Sunday I’m in bed with Matthew Clairmont from, The Book of Life by Deb Harkness

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18 and Over Book Blogger Follow: Witches, Ghosts, and Goblins…O my

18 and Over Book Blogger Follow

It’s almost time for Halloween, so today’s question should be no surprise…

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Sue reviews: Shadow of Night by Deb Harkness

I’m so happy to welcome my friend Sue as a guest reviewer today. Sue is reviewing Shadow of Night by Deb Harkness who is one of my favorite authors.

The synopsis: “Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown”—the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of Witches

Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel,A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending,Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.

Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries, delivering one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the season.

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Mother’s Day Book Recommendations

First, let me wish all of the mom’s out there a Happy Mother’s Day.

Being the mother of three children myself… I know it’s not an easy thing these days to do all that you want or need to in regards to your children. There are a lot of demands placed on you from other sources…jobs, husbands/boyfriends, parents…the list sometimes seems endless. I hope for at least today that you have the chance to relax and be taken care of…at least for a little while.

Second, if you happen to be one of those that just realized it’s that special day for your mom…Oops…don’t panic…there’s still time to do something nice. I’ve always loved receiving a book(s), or a gift card for a book(s) on any special occassion. It’s quick and easy for the giver and always fits perfectly… Amazon for Kindle or Barnes and Noble for Nook are open 24 hours a day and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make mom smile and feel special.

BTW…unless mom specifically requests some sort of small appliance…not recommended 😉

Here’s some specific book recommendations from me…

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Observations- Author Connections, Book Trailers, Blog tours…

Every once in a while I like to share some of my observations with you on various literary related topics. Dood! Did you just notice what a proper sentence from me looks like?!?  Whoa!!! Don’t get used to it 😉

So, here we go…

Y’all know how much I love books right?!? Did you just say…”Well duh Tamie?!?” OMG!! Ok, but really it was a rhetorical question. Obviously, I love books or Bookish Temptations wouldn’t exist. Here’s the thing tho…I don’t just love reading books. Nope…I’m all about talking, writing, and discussing them as well. Do you have any idea how happy it makes me when I share a great book with someone and that person feels just as passionate about it as I do?!? It’s like all the best cliches in the world…having ur cake and eating it too, the cherry on top, icing on the cake…

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My Top 10 Book Covers of 2011

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…

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