Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer

October 23, 2008

Hailed as the next J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer would be an unlikely candidate considering how she started. A Mormon house-wife of three young sons started writing down a story based on a dream she had, and that story ended up turning into four novels and one blockbuster movie. How inspirational! I read and loved all four of her books and currently have her latest The Host in my To-Be-Read pile. The books are in the young adult section but don’t let that stop you. The story is, above all, a love story weaved through four books that will make you love her characters and hurt for them when they are in trouble. The Twilight Movie debuts 11.21.08 so you have some time to at least get a head start on her first novel, Twlight. Buy through Barnes and Noble for $8.90.

True Blood

October 19, 2008


True Blood debuted last month on HBO. I had been anxiously waiting for this TV series to finally come out after the writer’s strike, and now that it has, I am on my couch every Sunday night with husband, dog, and hot cup of tea in hand. I am an avid fan of Charlaine Harris, whose Southern Vampire Series is what inspired Alan Ball to convert it to television. If you love murder-mysteries, humor mixed in with the darker side, and a little bit of romance, True Blood has taken what I loved about the books to a whole new level. Not that the HBO series is exactly like the books, you would enjoy reading the first novel Dead until Dark by Harris while watching this first season of True Blood. Each chapter coincides with an episode, and although there are a few changes, it will help shine light on future episodes and plots (shhhh.) It is going to be one crazy ride. Call your cable service, add HBO, and tune in tonight at 9 pm (EST) and let me know what you think. Maybe even pick up one of Charlaine Harris’ books while you’re at it.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

October 17, 2008

I admit that I am behind on the times. This novel came out in 2005 and just a few months ago I actually got wind of it, and then devoured it in several sittings. The most suspenseful novel I have ever read, it actually scared me in some places. Bottom line: this book is incredible. I am quick to the point but BookSlut has an excellent review on this novel as well, just in case I didn’t convince you. There is a movie in the works due out maybe in the next year or two, which is sure to be just as dazzling, but still read the novel! Kostova has weaved a story that follows several interesting characters as they dive into the history of Dracula, who just so happens to make an appearance. You can purchase through Barnes and Noble for $6.98 (bargain hardback!).

Dead until Dark by Charlaine Harris

October 14, 2008

If you have HBO at home you have probably seen the promotionals for their newest series, True Blood. Created by Alan Ball, the show is based on the wonderful Charlaine Harris‘ Southern Vampire Series. It is a whole different take on the fantasy genre, mixing Harris’ love of murder-mysteries with a touch of romance. Sookie Stackhouse is the much-loved heroine of her seven book series, who is a waitress living in Louisiana. The next Sookie Stackhouse book is due out sometime in May ’09. That leaves plenty of time to get caught up and read some appropriate Halloween literature. You can purchase all her books through Barnes and Noble. Dead until Dark is the first in the series and you can buy here for $7.99.

Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

October 9, 2008

I love curling up with a good book. Even more so I love getting into a series where I know the universe, the characters, and get to see how everything evolves.

Karen Marie Moning has written several books, but her latest (and greatest in my opinion) is her Fever Series. Intending to be a five-book series, she is currently working on the fourth, Dreamfever. However, just last month Faefever came out as the third installment with an absolute cliffhanger ending. I trust Karen to have a Happily Ever After, but this urban fantasy, where a young Southern girl is thrown into a dark world where she is forced to find herself and possibly save the world, will leave you wanting the rest of the series now now now! So if you want to jump into an incredibly addicting, action-packed story you can pick up Darkfever, the first installment, at your nearest bookstore. If you prefer online, I love Barnes and Noble ($ 6.99). You will not be disappointed.