What I’m Reading Next & Amazon Gift Card Winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who helped pick what I should read next!!

The book with the most votes was

Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice with 51% of the votes.

And the winner of the $5 Amazon gift card is

Kristen!!!

(I’ve already sent your gift card via email)

Be sure to check back soon for the next What Should I Read?

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Who Am I Stalking? {2} Ooh Books!

This feature isn’t nearly as creepy as it sounds… at least I hope not.

Here is where I shine the spotlight on a fellow book blogger

that has earned a spot in my GoogleReader.

This week I’m featuring Cara at Ooh Books!

I came across Cara’s book blog when I was just starting 25 Hour Books. Not long after she contacted me about making a button for her weekly poetry posts, FreeVerse. I try to participate in FreeVerse as often as I can and have also stolen her approach to Friday Firsts. She changed the name to Opening Passages and shares the beginning of a short story that you can read for free online. She writes amazing book reviews from all different genres. I love that she always includes whether reading the book was worth her time and why. She has an MD and hopes to work for a literary agency or publishing house. Edit: She is now planning on being an author!! I’m so excited to see what she comes up with!

So how did she make it into my GoogleReader and how has she stayed there? I love that she reviews books from all genres. I’ve come across many books that have now been added to my TBR pile. She also writes fantastic author interviews. Add that to her FreeVerse and Opening Passages and you have a must-read blog!

My Favorite Posts

FreeVerse: The Vampire’s Reflection

I know it’s so shocking that I liked this one… It really is a great poem with beautiful analogies.

In Which You Get a Glimpse of My Life and a Cocktail

This post helped me feel like I wasn’t so alone. I’m also a college graduate (granted I don’t have an MD) that isn’t really interested in going into a career that fits with their degree. You also learn how to make a cocktail!

Review: Fire by Kristin Cashore

A really, really great review of one of the best YA books I’ve read recently.

Friday Firsts: The Regime of Austerity

I LOVED this short story. Thank you again for finding it and sharing it!!

Mini-Interview

1. Why did you start a book blog?

I decided I wanted to be a literary scout or editor, but I knew no one would ever give me an internship at a literary agency or publishing house with a biology degree and an MD. Who’d believe me when I told them I was passionate about books and loved to read? So I started the blog as proof, proof that I love books and proof of how quickly I read. Hopefully it will pay off. As soon as I’m able to support myself as a bartender, I’m moving to NYC and applying for internships.

2. If you could have dinner with any author (dead or alive) who would it be?

The old answer was Dean Koontz, actually. I noticed that in his later books, he really seemed to believe in absolute good and absolute evil. I wanted to sit down and talk to him about his worldview. I mentioned that at my interview at Barnes & Noble. A patron heard me and told me that Koontz had converted to Catholicism. Weird, huh? A horror author converts to Catholicism.

Now, I just want to hand out with the peeps at the next Fantasy Convention. It’s all authors and cocktail parties.

3. Do you have a secret favorite book? A guilty pleasure?

If I had to pick an absolute favorite book, it would have to be Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, but usually when someone asks me that question, I make them ask me by sub-genre. I don’t have any guilty pleasures now, but when I was in medical school I devoured the Blaze and Desire romance imprints (you know, the girl porn imprints).

4. Sum up your day, your life, or yourself using just six words.

I hope it all works out.

5. Do you have any advice for fellow book bloggers?

I don’t consider myself the most successful book blogger in the world. Even for someone blogging for only six months, I don’t have that many followers and subscribers. I think it’s because I don’t comment enough on other people’s blogs. So, my advice is comment, comment, comment.


Thank you so much Cara for letting me interview and feature you!! Be sure to check out her blog and add it to your GoogleReaders!


FreeVerse {6} Bukowski

Hosted By : Ohh Books!

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I went to the library last week and picked a few Bukowski books. Can I just say now how much I’m falling in love with is work?! I’m sorry to post the same author twice in a row 🙂

oh, yes

there are worse things than

being alone

but it often takes decades

to realize this

and most often

when you do

it’s too late

and there’s nothing worse

than

too late.

twilight musings

the drifting of the mind

the slow loss, the leaking away.

one’s demise is not very interesting.

from my bed I watch 3 birds through the east window:

one coal black, one dark brown, the

other yellow.

as night falls I watch the red lights on the bridge blink on and off.

I am stretched out in bed with the covers up to my chin.

I have no idea who won at the racetrack today.

I must go back into the hospital tomorrow.

why me?

why not?

Be sure to check out my post on Ooh Books!

and my mini-interview with Cara here!!



All Thing Urban Fantasy’s 300 Follower Giveaway!!

Head over to All Thing Urban Fantasy to enter to win the Mercy Thompson series!!

Her Reviews of The Mercy Thompson Series
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1)
Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, Book 2)
Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, Book 3)
Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, Book 4)

What are you waiting for?! Head over now!!

Tattoo Tuesday {14} Time Traveler’s Wife

Do you have a literary tattoo? I’d love to feature it!

Just send me an email with a picture and story behind it.

Blogs Participating in Tattoo Tuesday:

Padfoot & Prongs @ Good Books Inc

I really love this tattoo. It is a placement I’ve thought about (similar to last week’s Tattoo Tuesday post) and I’ve also wanted a Time Traveler’s Wife inspired tattoo. I actually ordered a book of poems by Andrew Marvell after seeing this. Here is trudyy‘s tattoo and a little about why she got it:

my new literary tattoo, my eighth in total.
inspired by the book the time traveler’s wife. i believe it’s actually from a poem by andrew marvell called to his coy mistress.
i adore this book and this line jumped out at me. i love what it means to henry and clare within the book but i’m not so sure it actually transpires to my life at all. but i’m okay with that, i don’t think all of my tattoos need a meaning personalised to me other than i simply loved the idea. i don’t want to try and attach meaning where there is nothing but adoration.
it’s not a direct quote, i shortened it. the original is ‘had we but world enough, and time’
anyway, enough babbling and on to the pictures. — source

Thank you for letting me share your tattoo!!

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Now that I’m doing What Should I Read?, I’m looking for suggestions for books!!

Just click here and fill out the simple form!

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What’s in it for you?

You will be helping a fellow reader & spreading the word about your favorite books!!

I’ll also link you when I review the book and will be giving out prizes

to random submitters from time to time!!

Thank you!

Don’t Panic Prize Pack Winner!!

Don’t panic we have a winner!!

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So what did they win?

A “Don’t Panic!” coffee mug from P&P Printing!!

And a copy of Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!

Thank you to everyone that entered!!

And a BIG THANK YOU to P & P Printing for putting up the mug!!

Be sure to check them out to see more amazing literary related goods!

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