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 ūüėČ

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 ūüėČ

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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My Top 10 Books of 2011

Deciding on my top 10 adult books was not an easy task for me because I read so many great books this year. Some were stand alone books, some were part of a complete series, and some have sequels or trilogies coming out in 2012.

Once I decided on my top 10 list, I then had to put them in order and this was even harder. In fact, ¬†I would go so far as to say it was a little bit traumatic. Obviously, I loved them all. I recommended them all. So… ¬†that got me to thinking about what set any of them apart. What made one any more special than the others? ¬†What I finally decided on was the number of times I read each of the books. Although I normally read very fast, ¬†when I choose to spend my free time rereading a book instead of picking something new then clearly that book must speak to me in some profound way. I probably don’t need to point this out to you, BUT,¬† the number and absolute hawtness of the¬†Fantasy Boyfriends in these books ¬†is enough to give a gurl a heart attack. That being said I give you my top ten books of 2011 in order. If you haven’t read any of them already I highly encourage you to do so.

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Happy Halloween from Bookish Temptations

In case you’re one of those people (like me) who are staying home tonight and you need a good read here are some of my favorite adult fantasy/paranormal books.

1. A Discovery of Witches by Deb Harkness

2. Faefever (The Fever series) by Karen Marie Moning

3. A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry series) by Laurell K. Hamilton

4. Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood series) by J.R. Ward

5. Pleasure Unbound (Demonica series) by Larissa Ione

Happy Halloween and happy reading.

Tamie Xo

Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

From the Publisher-

A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together. 

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.

 

Here’s what I think…

Let me start by telling you straight up that I loved this book from beginning to end. Loved it. I can’t ¬†wait for the sequel. 2012 can’t get here fast enuff for me. This is a love, adventure, history and more story with vampires, witches and daemons in today’s world. ¬†The very 1st thing I want to applaud is the dust cover because for me it’s important. It’s what draws my attention to a book when I’m scoping out new reads in a bookstore, online, or in a library, and to be honest sometimes I think publishers don’t pay enuff attention to it. I like this one. A lot. I like the colors and the symbols, and the text they used. This cover made me interested in what was inside. There’s even a picture on the spine. ¬†So kudo’s to the designer TAL GORETSKY ¬†for this one.

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