Showing posts from April, 2011

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Title: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) Author: George R.R. Martin Publisher: Spectra Publication Date: August 1, 1996 paperback, 835 pages ISBN: 0553588486(ISBN13: 9780553588484)
available @ Amazon| B&N | Book Depository

Summary: InA Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin has created a genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the pages of the first volume in an epic series sure to delight fantasy fans everywhere. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, …

Book Review of Wizards by John Booth

Title: Wizards
Author: John Booth
Publisher: Pfoxmoor Publishing
Publication Date: November 2010
paperback, 196 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9829791-5-0
Book available @ Amazon | Smashwords

Summary: Jake has a secret hidden in his bedroom, under the carpet. It is a game that every child knows and plays. But for Jake, there is one small difference. This game takes him to strange and wonderful worlds. He calls it hopscotch and it helps him find missing people. It helped him find Jenny.
Jake is a wizard but he doesn’t have a clue.
But that’s not all; Jake has yet another secret, hidden away in the attic. It’s an accident, a strange object from another world. Jake has forgotten about this secret, but that’s all about to change. Because this secret is about to hatch!
Jenny doesn’t think Jake is weird - she likes weird. Princess Esmeralda of Salice thinks Jake should repay past mistakes. Evil wizards, kingdoms at war, chases, rescues, an offer he can’t refuse …
Jake is a wizard and his life is about to get inter…

New Harry Potter quiz for The Prisoner of Azkaban

Happy Monday everyone! I have a confession to make, I've fallen behind on my Harry Potter Reading Challenge. However I haven't given up! I finished The Prisoner of Azkaban last week and I've checked out The Goblet of  Fire audio book from the library. It has 17 disks! Anyway if you're still with me in this challenge, I'm so grateful. If you've fallen behind like I have, consider me your personal cheerleader. YOU CAN DO IT! It's been awhile since we've posted a quiz so we've cooked one up for you. You don't have to be signed up for the challenge. Anyone who wants to take it can. It's all for fun. In this new quiz you can test your knowledge of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Don't forget that you can use your book. Good luck everyone!

Check out this Monster Book cake. Isn't it awesome?
I'm taking the day off for Easter. Sunday Confessions will continue next week. I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday.

What's Your Status?

Zakiya from Butterfly Feet Walking on Life has a fantastic meme. In this meme you post your status of the books your reading this week, books you finished this week, books you're going to read next, and books you plan on buying this week. You can also post what reviews and memes you participated in for the week. Zakiya is taking a well deserved break for the next few weeks and asked me to host in the mean time. If you want to participate in this meme just leave your link to your post in the comments.
Books I finished last week: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Books I'm reading now: My Jane Austen Summer: A Season of Mansfield Park by Cindy Jones Black Shadows by Simon Swift
What I plan to read next week: (this list is subject to change) The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O'Conner McNees The Scandal of Lady Eleanor by Regina Jeffers
What's your status this week?

Book Trailer Spotlight (11)

This week's book trailer is the Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. This book is on my wish list. Have you read this book? 

Timeless by Alexandra Monir

Title: Timeless
Author: Alexandra Monir
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers
Publication Date: January 11, 2011
Hardcover, 304 pages
ISBN: 0385738382(ISBN13: 9780385738385)
Available @ Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

Summary: When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into …

Guest Post by Abel Keogh

Today Abel Keogh is on To Read or Not To Read. He is the author of the dystopia novel, The Third. Today he will be telling us what his top five dystopian novels are.

5 Best Dystopian Novels

The best social and philosophical commentary in fiction is found in dystopian novels. Setting a story at a distant “utopian” future is a great way to talk about where the author thinks society is headed. Though the complete dark and dreary outlook of most dystopian futures don’t come true, bits and pieces of the best dystopian novels still resonate in a culture years after their initial publication because they continue to speak to societal ills. Here are what I consider the five best.

5. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (1949)
Unlike most dystopian novels, this tale of government propaganda and mind control doesn’t have a happy ending as Winston Smith realizes he loves Big Brother. However, 60 years after its publication terms like “big brother” and “doublethink” are still commonly used today by …

Giveaway winners

I have a few winners to announce. The first winner is for the Easter Blog hop. First I want to thank everyone who entered. I hope you had a lot of fun giveaway hopping. 

Congrats to Ricki @ Reading Challenged.  You won a book of your choice from the Book Depository or Amazon.
The second winner is from my blogoversary giveaway. I want to thank everyone for their anniversary wishes. You are all awesome.
Congrats to Tara T You won either a $25.00 GC from Amazon or $25.00 in books from the Book Depository 

I will be emailing you in the next 24 hours to give you instructions on how to collect your prize. PLEASE make sure to check your SPAM. You' have 48 hours to respond or your prize is forfeited.

What Would Mr. Darcy Do? by Abigail Reynolds

Title: What Would Mr. Darcy Do?
Author: Abagail Reynolds
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: February 15, 2011
ARC,  228
ISBN: 1402240937(ISBN13: 9781402240935)

Summary: This sexy installment in thePride and Prejudice Variations series explores one of the roads not taken in Jane Austen's original. Before Darcy leaves the Lambton Inn after learning the scandalous news about Lydia and Wickham, he and Elizabeth declare their true feelings. Determined to give Darcy up rather than drag his name through the mud, Elizabeth will have to choose between what is right, and what she wants more than anything...

Abagail Reynolds is one of my favorite authors when in comes to Pride and Prejudice variations. I have read several of her novels and have fallen in love with each one. She takes the question 'what if?' and applies them to the original story line. In this novel, What Would Mr. Darcy Do? Abagail Reynolds addressed the question, What if Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett were upfr…

Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Title: Tyger, Tyger (Goblin Wars, #1)
Author: Kersten Hamilton
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: November 15, 2010
ISBN: 0547330081(ISBN13: 9780547330082)
Available @ Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

Summary: Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn't worried. Her life isn't in danger. In fact, it's perfect. She's on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She's focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.
     Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn's a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he's crazy or he's been haunting Abby's dreams, because he's talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight …

Some announcements

Happy Monday everyone! I just have a few announcements that I want to share with you. The last five days have been super busy for me because I was attending Book Bloggers and Publishers online conference.

This was a great event. I learned so much. The attendees had the opportunity to hear from publishers and authors to help us work better with them. There were also great tips from the attendees to help our blogs run better. Over the next few weeks I hope to implement some of these suggestion on To Read or Not To Read.One thing I really like is that the panels are recorded and I can go back and listen to the ones that I missed. If you didn't attend this year, I hope you consider doing so in the future. You can click on the button to take you to their site to learn some of the topics covered and more information about BBP.
My other announcement is that I will be having a part-time reviewer join me on this blog. I'm so excited to welcome Steve to To Read or Not To Read. Here is a l…

Sunday Confessions April, 17, 2011

This is a weekly meme started by yours truly as a way to get to share a bit about myself and also learning more about you. Sometimes its about books and book related topics and sometimes it's not. This is all in good fun and I would love it if you would participate.
This week's question is:
Have you ever been to a book signing?
I have never been to a book signing but I would love to go to one. They look like so much fun. I would love to go and meet some of my favorite authors. I would also like to meet other readers who love the same books that I do. There are so many great authors out there that I would love to meet, if given the chance.  I have a hard time just picking one. I would gladly stand in line for the chance to meet Rick Riordan, Charlaine Harris, Cassandra Clare, and Kresley Cole to name a few.  What about you? Have you been to a book signing? Which one? If you haven't been to one, whose would you like to go to?
If you answer this question on your own blog, please l…

What's Your Status?

Zakiya from Butterfly Feet Walking on Life has a fantastic meme. In this meme you post your status of the books your reading this week, books you finished this week, books you're going to read next, and books you plan on buying this week. You can also post what reviews and memes you participated in for the week. If your interested in participating in this meme, check of Zakiya's blog for all the info and the linky to sign up.
What I read last week: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (finally!) Wizards by John Booth
What I'm reading now: Black Shadows by Simon Swift
What I plan to read next week: My Jane Austen Summer: A Season in Mansfield Park by Cindy Jones
I was super busy this week and didn't have a lot of reading time. I've also be hanging out on the Book Blogger and Publishers Online Conference. It's been going on since Wed. but you can still sign up. That's my status this week. What's yours?

Book Trailer Spotlight (10)

This week's book trailer is Leviathan by Scott Westerfield. I love this trailer. I have this book sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. Hopefully I can get to it soon. What do you think?  Have you read this book? Do you want to? 

Title: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters Author: Ben H. Winters Publisher: Quirk Books Publication Date: September 15, 2009 ISBN: 1594744424(ISBN13: 9781594744426) Available @ Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

Easter Giveaway Blog Hop

A very big thank you to DanielleLush Book Reviewsand JoJo fromJoJo's Book Cornerfor setting up this giveaway blog hop. These hops are so much fun. Not only to you get a chance to win some great prizes but you also get the chance to visit some great blogs.

I'm going to giveaway my usual prize: any book up to $15.00 from the Book Depository or Amazon. 

To enter:

This giveaway is international. You must make sure the book depository delivers to your country. (check here)You must be over 13 years old to enterPlease be sure to check out my contest/giveaway rulesYou do NOT have to be a follower to enter. I appreciate it but it's not necessary.You must fill out the form belowGiveaway ends April 17, 2011Don't forget to check out the linky below for more giveaways<p>Loading...</p>

Shadow Cat by Reena Jacobs

Title: Shadow Cat (The Striped Ones)
Author: Reena Jacobs
Publisher: Create Space
Publication Date: February 7, 2011
ISBN: 1460914163(ISBN13: 9781460914168)
available @ Amazon | B&N |Smashwords

Summary: Eric Randall’s plan is simple—fix the mess his researchers have created in Malaysia, experience the pleasures the country has to offer, and return to the comforts of America. All it takes is one beautiful aborigine, and Eric finds himself stranded in a world of Malaysian myths and legends. A novice shaman amongst her people, Berani is free and independent. Yet all is not well in her homeland. Demons prey on her people, pushing them to extinction. When a strange speaking man invades her forest, she has one more worry to add to her already troubled life. Attraction or no, she will fight Eric tooth and claw to maintain her freedom. But will she destroy herself in the process? If Berani wishes to save her family… if Eric wishes to reclaim his old life, they must stand together agai…

The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

Title: The Girl in the Gatehouse
Author: Julie Klassen
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: January 1, 2011
paperback, 391 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0708-2
Available @ Amazon | B&N | Book Depository 

Summary: Miss Mariah Aubrey, banished after a scandal, hides herself away in a long-abandoned gatehouse on the far edge of a distant relative's estate. There, she supports herself and her loyal servant the only way she knows how--by writing novels in secret. Captain Matthew Bryant, returning to England successful and wealthy after the Napoleonic wars, leases an impressive estate from a cash-poor nobleman, determined to show the society beauty who once rejected him what a colossal mistake she made. When he discovers an old gatehouse on the property, he is immediately intrigued by its striking young inhabitant and sets out to uncover her identity, and her past. But the more he learns about her, the more he realizes he must distance himself. Falling in love with an outcast would ruin his…