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


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

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


In My Mailbox {9}

What Should I Read? {2}

Help me decide what to read!!

Inspired by Reading with Tequila

I’m going to list a few books that I have laying around and YOU vote on what I read & review next. What’s in it for you? Well, aside from helping me out, I’ll also be throwing out some prizes from time to time!

This week it will be a $5 giftcard for Amazon again!

Last week you voted for Fire by Kristin Cashore. You can find my review here!

How do you vote?

Simply fill out the poll!

But don’t forget to leave a comment to enter to win the gift card!

— ends Wednesday 01/20 @ 10:00 pm —

Don’t forget to enter to win the

Don’t Panic Prize Pack!!

P.A.B.D. – What is it and how do you live with it?

P.A.B.D. has plagued me on and off for my entire life. I know many bookworms who are faced with the same problem. Please read on to see if you have PABD and see how you can help yourself or others suffering with this.

So what is P.A.B.D.?

Post Amazing Book Depression – The over-whelming sad feeling one gets after finishing a great book.

Signs of P.A.B.D.

  • missing characters
    • often includes talking about characters in day to day life
      • ex. I wonder what Katsa and Po are doing.
      • ex. Do you think Cat and Bones will get married?
      • ex. If she doesn’t choose Eric, I don’t know how I’ll survive.
        • (side note: If your friends do not understand the above phrases, you need new friends.)
    • hearing songs that remind you of certain characters/scenes
  • constant rereading of the same book
    • extreme cases can lead to the reading of fan-fiction
  • stalking of the author
    • constantly checking their blog for updates
    • Googling interviews in which the book (or series) are mentioned
    • joining multiple fansites
  • lack of interest in other books
    • finding yourself staring at your bookshelf and seeing nothing worth reading
    • wandering around the bookstore/library picking up and putting back books


How to live with P.A.B.P.

  • Reread the book!
    • You can revisit your favorite characters while coming across details you may have missed.
  • Find other books by the same author.
    • Is there more in the series?
  • Search for books with similar themes.
    • Thanks to the hard work some dedicated book lovers, you can find sites that help you find books similar to those you love.
    • Use Amazon to see what others are buying that liked the book.
  • Have a rebound book.
    • Keep a favorite book on hand to immerse yourself in.
  • Force a friend to read the book
    • This will give you a chance to experience reading the book through someone else.
    • You will then have someone to endlessly discuss the book with.

Do you have PABD? How do you deal with it?

Fire {book review}

This book in 6 words : can’t believe waited to read this

I put off reading Fire by Kristin Cashore. I LOVED Graceling and believe I was hesitant out of fear that it wouldn’t live up to the first book and would cause Graceling to lose some of its magic. I was wrong. It only made me love the world Cashore created even more. If I had to pick a favorite between the two I’m not sure that I could. I will say that although others have said that you could read these out of order, I believe it’s best to read Graceling first and then Fire.

With wild, irresistable appearance and hair like the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she has the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.  – inside book cover

Fire is set in the same world as Graceling but across the mountains in a kingdom called the Dells and years earlier. The Dells doesn’t have native Gracelings, however they do have monsters. Beautiful, colorful, mind-stealing monsters of all kinds. Fire is the last human monster. The kingdom around her is in the middle of an internal battle and Fire must find her place in the war.

This book is much more adult than Graceling. There is plenty of action, but most of the conflict is emotional. It is also darker and more complex. There are more characters, but I never felt confused. I will say that I cried more than I expected. I think I realized how talented Cashore really is when I came across a twist in the story that was kind of obvious, but I had completely overlooked it because I was so entranced by the story.

THANK YOU to everyone who voted for this and got me to finally read it!! I highly recommend this to everyone, but again I must insist that you read Graceling first. I cannot wait for the next book in the series, Bitterblue, to come out! I’m now suffering from severe PABD 😦 — Wait, you don’t know what PABD is? Well then head over here and see if you have it and how to live with it.

The Art of Racing in the Rain {Guest Review}


Here is a guest review by my blogger friend, Aманда.


Rating * * * * *

It is rare for me to give one book in a day five stars, let alone two books.  But this book has captured my heart in much the same way that Marley & Me did when I first read it (note: I have not yet seen this movie, but I want to, and it is on my list).  And it moved me to tears.  It is a story of a dog, his family, his life and all the triumphs and heartaches that went along with it.  The book is narrated by the dog, Enzo.  Being a HUGE sucker for dogs, Enzo is everything I imagine my own dog(s) to be.  From the back of the book:

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope – a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life…as only a dog could tell it.

Which says everything I’m capable of saying right now.  If you are the type of person who believes their animals to have individual personalities with their own thoughts and feelings, and, like me, talk to your pets as if they can understand exactly what you’re saying, this book is well worth the read.  Favorite quotes:

  • “The human language, as precise as it is with its thousands of words, can still be so wonderfully vague.”  (Because it’s so true)
  • “I’m sure my father was a terrier.  Because terriers are problem solvers.  They’ll do what you tell them, but only if it happens to be what they wanted to do anyway.”  (because this totally reminds me of Kyle’s dog)

What Book Should I Read? {1/6/10}

Help me decide what to read!!

I have a problem with collecting books… and not reading them. So I’m stealing Jennifer’s idea (from Reading with Tequila). I’m going to list a few books that I have laying around and YOU vote on what I read & review next. What’s in it for you? Well, aside from helping me out, I’ll also be throwing out some prizes from time to time 🙂 This week it will be a $5 giftcard for Amazon!

How do you vote?

Simply fill out the poll!

Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter to win the gift card!

— Poll will be open until Sunday (1/10) —