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Booking Through Thursday: July 26, 2007

Posted July 26, 2007 by Holly in Features | 7 Comments

This week’s Booking Through Thursday is all about the villain. Best moustache-twirling

Who’s the worst fictional villain you can think of? As in, the one you hate the most, find the most evil, are happiest to see defeated? Not the cardboard, two-dimensional variety, but the most deliciously-written, most entertaining, best villain? Not necessarily the most “evil,” so much as the best-conceived on the part of the author…oh, you know what I mean!

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves.

Isabel Says:

First person that comes to mind is Euphemia from Julia Garwood’s The Wedding. That woman is evil. She was one of those mother in laws from hell. She was telling Brenna how to run her household by makeing “helpful” suggestions. She often called Brenna “child” which Brenna hated. Euphemia also “accidently” ruined all the decorating Brenna had done.

The kicker though was not only did she tell Brenna that she should submit to her other son Raen, she was also the traiter to her step son, Connor’s clan.

Evil, evil, evil woman.

Holly Says:

There have been so many great villains out there it’s really hard for me to choose just one. But I think I’m going to go with the villain from Dean Koontz‘s The Door To December. Melanie, a three year old, is kidnapped by her father and subjected to numerous tortures and tests. He (her father) wanted to prove that you could bring out psychic abilities in people if only you could get them to open their minds, and he chose his young daughter to test the theory. She was left in a sensory-deprivation tank for hours and hours (sometimes even days on end) and forced to do test after test. She was shown no love or compassion and was treated exactly as a test subject would be.

All of this from her father. Yes, I think he definitely tops my list.

What about the rest of you??

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Booking Through Thursday: 07/19/2007

Posted July 19, 2007 by Holly in Features | 7 Comments

This week’s Booking Through Thursday is all about Harry Potter Love

1. Okay, love him or loathe him, you’d have to live under a rock not to know that J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, comes out on Saturday… Are you going to read it?
2. If so, right away? Or just, you know, eventually, when you get around to it? Are you attending any of the midnight parties?
3. If you’re not going to read it, why not?
4. And, for the record… what do you think? Will Harry survive the series? What are you most looking forward to?

Holly Says

1. Heck yes I’m going to read it. It’s funny, because I held out for a long time. I was not going to get in on the hoopla. Just on principle you understand. Then, I was stuck at my parents house one night with nothing to read and picked up the first book. I was hooked! I couldn’t believe how well written it was and how gripping the story turned out to be. Needless to say, I finished all four books (the number that were out at that time) in about 4 days and I’ve been chomping at the bit for this one ever since.

2. I’m definitely reading it right away. I’ve already reserved an entire day for it. MM (the fiance) has been warned to stay away until it’s done. I’m not attending a midnight party this time. I did for the last release and it was actually a lot of fun. But this year I had plans to go camping and wasn’t going to be around, so I just ordered it from Amazon instead. Since I’m a Prime member, I’m guaranteed to have it by the release date. WooHoo me. 🙂

3. N/A

4. Yes, I think Harry will Survive. I’m not sure about his little friends, tho. 😛 And I think I’m most looking forward to Snape’s demise and Ron and Hermione snogging. haha

I know some people out there haven’t read this series. Either on principle (like me at first) or for other reasons, but I strongly urge them to try them out. They’re much better than I ever expected.

Isabel Says

1) Are you going to read it? Hell yes I’m going to read it. I usually borrow the books from a friend but I can’t wait that long. I pre ordered the book yesterday. I can’t wait! I started reading the books after watching movie number 1 or 2. I got impatient wanting to know what was gonna happen.

2) If so, right away? Or just, you know, eventually, when you get around to it? Are you attending any of the midnight parties? Umm, when ever the book arrives on my doorstep, I’ll start reading. Nope, I’m not attending any of the parties.

3) If you’re not going to read it, why not? N/A

4) And, for the record… what do you think? Will Harry survive the series? What are you most looking forward to? I think Harry will survive. I’m looking forward to Harry kicking Voldemort’s @$$. Also, I’ve read some spoilers (I’m a spoiler hoe. I can’t help it.) The thing with spoilers, you just never know until you actually see/read it. So I’m reading them but not taking them to heart.

Rowena’s Turn:

1. Okay, love him or loathe him, you’d have to live under a rock not to know that J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, comes out on Saturday… Are you going to read it? I haven’t read any of the Harry Potter books so I can’t really participate in this week’s BTT…hmmm, am I really missing out on something good?
2. If so, right away? Or just, you know, eventually, when you get around to it? Are you attending any of the midnight parties? No, Yes and No.
3. If you’re not going to read it, why not? Because I’m just not that into Harry, *gasp*
4. And, for the record… what do you think? Will Harry survive the series? What are you most looking forward to? Hmm, I don’t know.

And there you have it, ladies…our BTT for this week! See ya’ll next week…

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Our Favorite Reads of June.

Posted July 3, 2007 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Alright, so it’s that time of the month where we are supposed to be listing our favorite reads of the previous month. The first came on a Sunday and everyone knows that there are hardly ever any new posts on Sundays with Church and our real lives daring to get in the way but we didn’t forget about it and here it is, better late then never, right?

Rowena’s Picks:

This month was a slow reading month for me compared to the rest of the year so far, but I’ve got to say that I did read some really good books this month, books that I will no doubt be reading more and more as the years go by, so don’t be surprised if you see another review for a weekly reread in the books that I’ve read this month.

All the books that I’ve read:

  • Crazy Cool by Tara Janzen
  • A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
  • Crazy Wild by Tara Janzen
  • Crazy Kisses by Tara Janzen
  • Crazy Love by Tara Janzen
  • The Kept Woman by Susan Donovan
  • Maybe Baby by Lani Diane Rich
  • See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson

That’s 8 books, such a small number but oh well, I’ll do better soon, I hope. I’m already sucking it up with my summer reading challenge but I’ll try harder on that tip as well. My favorite book of the books that I read this month has to be The Kept Woman by Susan Donovan and that’s mainly because I loved reading all about Sam and Jack falling for each other while they’re supposed to be pretending to love each other. Their chemistry was fantastic and the storyline was funny, quirky and engaging. It had me laughing, sighing and just all out enjoying the heck out of the book and really, you couldn’t ask for anything better than that. It’d be my pick of the month, I’m pimping it to errbody! =)

Isabel’s Turn

For the month of June I read:

Meghan’s Mark by Lora Leigh

Morning Come Softly by Debbie Macomber

Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason

Muse by Adra Steia

I think I did better this month. My favorite read would have to be a tie between Morning Come Softly and Muse. Both books had me hooked. Next up would be Rises the Night. Meghan’s Mark was just… meh.

Until next month….

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Booking Through Thursday

Posted June 28, 2007 by Holly in Discussions, Features | 16 Comments

…this week’s question is:

What’s the most desperate thing you’ve read because it was the only available reading material?

If it was longer than a cereal box or an advertisement, did it turn out to be worth your while?

Rowena Says:

The most desperate thing I’ve read? Hmmm, well I remember at one of Brenna’s doctor’s appointment, I forgot my book (I know, the shame!) and so I had to sit in there and read a brochure about penis’ and vagina’s and all that crap. It was so not the business but I do remember reading a book that I did NOT want to read, I think it was one of the Cynster books by Stephanie Laurens, there was absolutely nothing to read besides that book and I so didn’t want to read it but I did anyway and ended up loving it. Shocked the socks right off of me.

I guess, I answered the second part of my question already so NEXT….

Isabel’s Turn:

What’s the most desperate thing you’ve read because it was the only available reading material? There have been many a time I forgot to bring a book while waiting for the doctor. Sometimes they’ll have a decent read. However, once I get at the dealership get my car’s oil changed. All they had were some car magazines and Guns and Ammo. So that’s what I read.

If it was longer than a cereal box or an advertisement, did it turn out to be worth your while?

The car magazine had a lot of pictures of cool looking cards, so that one was. Guns and Ammo, no.

Holly Says:

What’s the most desperate thing you’ve read because it was the only available reading material?

Does the back of a tampon box count? Am I the only person that gets bored in the bathroom and reads whatever’s handy? Like an air freshener can? You can learn some crazy stuff by reading those. Like, all about how it’s illegal to sniff them and such. Very entertaining.

Otherwise…..I guess reading about erectile dysfunction and vaginal discharge at my GYN’s office is about it.

If it was longer than a cereal box or an advertisement, did it turn out to be worth your while?

Surprisingly, yes. I learned a lot from those pamphlet’s in the doctor’s office about men and women’s bodies and why things happen the way they do. But then, I’m the curious sort and like knowing things. 😛

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Booking Through Thursday: School Days…

Posted June 21, 2007 by Rowena in Discussions, Features | 1 Comment


…Golden Rule Days.

Alright, so I started doing this meme last week over at my personal blog, and we thought it’d be cool to do the meme here on our team book blog as a team, so starting this week, Izzy, Holly and myself will be adding our thoughts to the weekly questions over at Booking Through Thursday.

This week’s question:

Do you have any old school books? Did you keep yours from college? Old textbooks from garage sales? Old workbooks from classes gone by?

How about your old notes, exams, papers? Do you save them? Or have they long since gone to the great Locker-in-the-sky?

Rowena’s thoughts:

1) I wasn’t allowed to keep any of my high school text books because then I’d have to pay for them and well, my sister (who was my guardian throughout my high school years) would not let me keep them, not that I wanted to or anything so yeah, NO I didn’t keep those books but my college text books, I DID keep. I still have my math book, my English books and some other books that I still read from time to time, I love reading my Creative Writing text book, it gets my brain moving when I’m in my writing mode.

2) I didn’t keep any of my notes or anything like that but I do still have all of my A papers from college. I don’t have too many of my school papers from high school, the only things that I still have from my high school years are the letters that old boyfriends and my friends have written me over the years, it’s so funny to go back and read the crap we used to agonize over because all of it seems so silly to me now but back then???? Oh no, it was life or death. haha.

Izzy’s Turn

1) I used to keep the interesting ones. Like my anthropolgy book or my human sexuality book. Everything else went back to the bookstore. I needed cash. However, I no longer have the books I did keep. We did a big spring cleaning before I got married and there was really no point in keeping them so off to the used book store they went.

2) Notes are all gone. I’d keep them for the school year/semester. On the last day of class, those suckers went to the recycle bin.

Until next time!

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