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text 2017-04-22 15:20
Book Tag ~ I Never

 

Thank’s to Under The Covers Book Blog for doing this tag. The creator of this tag is  LizziefayeLovesBooks.

 

More and more of these book tags are popping up on YouTube and around the blogosfere. I’m not comfortable enough to do a YouTube video, but I’m happy to share my thoughts in a post.

 

This looked like fun!! I hope that you’ll grab the tag and do one yourself. Then come back and share your link, or even tag me so I’ll see it!

 

Note: Pictures take you to Amazon & other links take you to my reviews.

 

The Questions:

 

– “I never read that!” Name a book that you’ve never read, that everyone else has.

 

Fifty Shades of Grey – I never got into the hype and hubbub of the whole Fifty Shades series.

 

 

 

– “I never read anything so awesome!” Name your favorite book.

 

Oh this is a tough one. I have several favorite books, but if I must choose one then Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels) by Ilona Andrews. In this one Kate is trying to adjust to having friends and people she cares about. Her relationship with Curren changes as well. For me this one is pivotal; because so much changes in Kate’s life.

 

 

– “I never thought I would get through it.” Name a book that you didn’t like, but powered through it anyway.

 

Heated Pursuit – Oh man!! So many loved this Heated Pursuit, but I just felt like I was read something completely different. When it was done. I was like: “Finally! It’s over!”

 

 

– “I will never finish that!” Name a book or a series that you don’t plan on finishing.

 

The Black Dagger Brotherhood. I loved the earlier books. I mean LOVED, but I’m not going to keep reading the series. I’ve read up to book 11, Lover At Last. Everyone raves and loves this series, but something just stoped working for me and I can’t get myself to pick up the next book.

 

 

– “I will never regret reading that.” Name a book you read solely on a recommendation that you ended up really liking.

 

Beauty and the Highland Beast – This is completely out of my preferred genre. I don’t ever pick up Historical Romance, except on a whim, but after read Herding Cats and Burning Soups review on this book I just had to give it a try. I was captivated from the first to last pages. Plus that cover. Spectacular

 

 

– “I would never do that!” Name a relatable book character who made choices you didn’t agree with, or did things you would never do.

 

Alexis Lopez from His Virgin Mate by Grace Goodwin. She gets an alien match yet she doesn’t ask many, if any questions. I would want to know about the alien planet, world, and get more information; before I accept. Information is power.

 

 

– “I never wanted to admit it.” Name a book that you were embarrassed to say you read or were embarrassed to carry around with you.

 

Sensual Phrase, Vol. 1 by Mayu Shinjo (Manga) – This was way back in High School.

 

 

– “I never read anything so heartwarming.” Name a book or a series that really touched your heart.

 

Bodyguard (Shifters Unbound, #2.5) by Jennifer Ashley – Loved this book; because of Ronan who is so caring! He adopted a bunch of cubs that have had traumatic experiences and are facing problems, like Cherie with her PTSD, Rebecca’s PMS, and the boys Olaf and Scott’s night terror dreams. He knows what to do to help each one out and to make a loving and caring home for them. SWEET! TOUCHING!

 

 

– “I never laughed so hard!” Name a book that made you laugh out loud.

 

Love The One You’re Witch – Anastasia, I enjoyed her dry sense of humor and attempts to get the vampires to laugh. I ended up laughing in many parts.

 

 

– “I never could have made it through childhood without it.” Name a favorite childhood book or book series.

 

Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones – I love the artwork that’s in this story. I still do and read it to my son. I own the originally published edition back from 1981. It’s lasted. 

 


 

 

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Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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text 2017-04-12 16:03
5 Library Quotes I Like

 

I found some inspirational Library Quotes that I liked and wanted to share them with you. With it being National Library Week and the Library Love Reading Challenge in full swing for four months now. I’ve found some quotes to inspire me and maybe you to use the library.

 

 

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

 

“My library is an archive of longings.” ― Susan Sontag, As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980

 

“Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines — it’s hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.” – Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

 

“Your library is your paradise.” ― Desiderius Erasmus

 

“The library is like a candy store where everything is free.” ― Jamie Ford, Songs of Willow Frost

 

 

 

 

 

The Sign-Up for the Library Love Reading Challenge is open all year, so come and join me and several other book lovers in using our library’s!

 

 

 

What are some inspirational Library Quotes you like?
Do you have a favorite from my list?

 

 

 

 

 

Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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text 2017-04-11 19:09
Welcome To My Library #NationalLibraryWeek

 

Welcome to my library, the Millbrae Library!

 

 

What I like about my library:

 

It’s got a great atmosphere, it’s warm and open.

 

Everything is easy to find.

 

Their online holds is wonderful and easy to use. If you want an eBook or Audio the selection isn’t bad.

 

Look at these great books I’ve picked up so far this year, 2017, from the library:

 

 

The kids area is awesome. It’s so inviting. It’s open. They have a play area and several quiet reading spots. The kids can browse the books easily. My son LOVES it. When kids enjoy the area, you know you have a great spot. 

 

Take a look below at the kids area at my library:

 

 

Friends of the Millbrae Library

 

One of the fist things I did when I moved to my new location was get my library card and joined the Friends of the Millbrae Library. It’s a great way to help support the library.

 

I’ve donated several books that I no longer needed. And, inside the library they have a dedicated book store area. I always check out this area every time I go in. I never know what I might find and I’ve picked up some great books, for nothing. 

 

Check it out: I bought these books at The Friends of the Millbrae Library Book Store:

 

 

 

 

~ Tell me: What do you like about your library? ~

 

 

 

 

Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2017/04/welcome-to-my-library-nationallibraryweek
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text 2017-04-10 15:33
Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books

 

Monday, April 10: It’s National Library Week and we/libraries are looking at the State of America’s Libraries Report released in 2016, that includes the Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books.

 

“Out of 275 challenges recorded by the American Library Association’s (ALA) for Intellectual Freedom, the “Top Ten Most Challenged Books in 2015” are:” Take a Look Below.

View the 2015 book challenge infographic

 

Explore the annual Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books lists: here

 

 

Top Ten for 2015

 

Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group

 

 

Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”)

 

 

I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Reasons: inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group

 

 

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
Reasons: anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”)

 

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
Reasons: offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”)

 

 

The Holy Bible
Reasons: religious viewpoint

 

 

Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
Reasons: violence and other (“graphic images”)

 

 

Habibi, by Craig Thompson
Reasons: nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group

 

 

Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
Reasons: religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence

 

 

Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
Reasons: homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”)

 

 

 

What are your thoughts on this list?
Have you read any of the books listed?

 

 

Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2017/04/top-ten-most-frequently-challenged-books
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review 2017-04-02 01:22
Agents of Dreamland Review
Agents of Dreamland - Caitlín R. Kiernan

“And a woman floating outside of time looks to the future and the past for answers to what can save humanity.” – When I read this line, I didn’t immediately think about Slaughterhouse Five. If I had made the Slaughterhouse Five/Billy Pilgrim connection, I would probably have ran screaming in the other direction. A Vonnegut fan I am most decidedly not, and Slaughterhouse Five in particular is one of those books that makes my lip curl in disgust when I think about it. But I didn’t make the connection in the synopsis of Agents of Dreamland, so I committed to reading the book.

I can acknowledge that my issues with this book fall under personal taste rather than just bad writing. First off is the prose. I don’t know if this is a trademark of Kiernan’s writing (and if it is she’ll be an author I avoid in the future), but Sweet Baby Cthulhu, Agents of Dreamland is overflowing with metaphors and similes. I don’t mind the occasional one here and there, but there’s definitely a line I draw in the sand. Upon further reflection, it was probably deliberately done to add to the sense of unreality given to you from the plot itself, but it was just outright boring after about four pages in.

There were elements of the novel that I did like. The idea behind the novel itself – of spores of an alien civilization seeding itself upon the earth – was a fun one. I’d like to see a fleshed out version of this plot written with a bit of a blunter pen and more fitted into the sci-fi horror or sci-fi thriller categories. Obviously, the Lovecraftian references delighted me. (The ones that I caught, at least. I’m sure there were some I didn’t get.) There was a snippet of a poem from Lovecraft that she shares near the end of the book that was truly beautiful. I have the full poem marked for reading later. And I did like the connections she made across the ages to add a bit of depth to the story.

However, Kiernan has an interesting mind. That cannot be denied. And there were portions of Agents of Dreamland that did make me think. She also makes some interesting (and apt) observations about humanity. And there was one element in the story that I’ve never seen appear in another science fiction novel, so the uniqueness was appreciated. I just need a little more oomph than ooh la la when it comes to my stories, please.

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