Bookish Ramblings: An Update

I know it’s been awhile since I posted a review. Let’s chalk this up to ongoing problems due to chronic, severe migraine headaches AND writer’s block (or should that be reviewer’s block?). Strange as it may seem, I’ve been able to keep up with my reading as long as I read in electronic format. I can handle low-light and ebooks but low-light and print books just doesn’t seem to work. I have no idea why.

So what have I been up to other than reading and more reading? Well I was fortunate enough to attend the BookMarks Book Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina last month. I was accompanied on this day trip by my youngest brother and his lovely six-year-old twin daughters, as well as my sixteen-year-old niece. The twins were excited about the idea of receiving a free book after participating in the childrens’ activities. My older niece accompanied me as I attended lectures by Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night), Jason Mott (The Returned – review coming soon with a giveaway offer), Ann B. Ross (author of the Miss Julia series), and Jill McCorkle (Life After Life). The best thing about this trip was spending the day with family and listening to some wonderful authors discuss their work. The second best thing about this day-trip was I didn’t have to drive so I got to read going and coming, yay! BTW, Ms. Harkness revealed the title for the third book in her All Souls Trilogy, The Tree of Life.

Here’s a picture of Ms. Harkness at the festival:

And here’s one of Mr. Mott:

I also attended a lecture at a local university by author Wil Haygood (The Butler, A Witness to History). Mr. Haygood actually worked for a local Charleston WV newspaper quite a few years ago before heading to Washington DC and the Washington Post. Mr. Haygood spent quite some time here in Charleston and met with local college students as well as Upward Bound students. If you ever get the opportunity to hear him speak, go! To read more about his visit to Charleston, please click here

It was fascinating to hear about Mr. Haygood’s discovery of Eugene Allen that was followed by a newspaper article. That article in turn inspired the blockbuster movie “The Butler” and ultimately led to the writing of the book, The Butler A Witness to History. Mr. Haygood shared anecdotes of his time spent with Mr. and Mrs. Allen, as well as his time on the movie set. 

What’s next? Well, I’m going to do my best to write all the reviews that should have been written and posted over the past few weeks (okay months, don’t nitpick). I hope it won’t be too confusing but I’ll be posting reviews of recently read books mixed with previously read books. Please bear with me as I attempt to catch up. Thanks and Happy Reading!

New Year and Bookish Update

I owe all of my followers an explanation on what has been happening over the past few weeks. I have been reading and dealing with several personal health issues (ongoing problems with migraine headaches as well as a bout of pneumonia and bronchitis) and family health emergencies (both of my ex-sister-in-laws have been hospitalized recently; one has had several emergency surgical procedures since 12/22/2011 and is still in the hospital and the other is suffering with acute psychological issues [she’s bipolar with schizo-effective disorder] and is also hospitalized for stabilization purposes). As a result of these hospitalizations I’ve had to step in and help out with my younger nieces. Needless to say these hospitalizations made for a tense and chaotic holiday celebration. Fortunately, everyone seems to be on the road to recovery (well I still have migraine headaches on a daily basis but the pneumonia is gone and the bronchitis is under control).

The good news is that I’ve had plenty of time to spend reading while in bed recuperating from the pneumonia and bronchitis. I’ve read (and hope to have reviews* posted soon) all of the following:

  • *A Promise of Safekeeping by Lisa Dale
  • *Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis
  • *The Taste of Salt by Martha Southgate
  • *Shadows on the Sand by Gayle G. Roper
  • The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
  • The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard
  • The Nightmare Thief by Meg Gardiner
  • *The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • The Man Who Loved Jane Austen by Sally Smith O’Rourke
  • Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattilo
  • A Weekend with Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly
  • A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
  • Slices of Night by J.T. Ellison, Alex Kava and Erica Spindler
  • A World Without Islam by Graham E. Fuller
  • Water Bound by Christine Feehan
  • Spirit Bound by Christine Feehan

I also hope to read and post reviews soon for the following:

  • *MWF seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche
  • *The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy
  • *Next of Kin by Sharon Sala
  • *Edge of Midnight by Leslie Tentler

So please bear with me and be patient just a little while longer. In addition to reviews for the starred titles shown above, I hope to have new reviews posting soon. 

Happy reading and a belated Happy New Year!

Coming This Week…

Coming up tomorrow is a review of Pulled by Amy Lichtenhan. And Wednesday, July 13th will feature a guest post by author Amy Lichtenhan. 

Don’t forget you still have until 12:00 AM ET on 07/13/2011 to enter for your chance to win an ebook copy of Pulled by Ms. Lichtenhan. Don’t have an ereader? Don’t worry…you can read the ebook on your computer. The winner of the ebook giveaway will be posted on 07/14/2011.

Additional reviews coming up this week will be for Sacred Evil by Heather Graham, The Undertaker by William Brown, and In Seconds by Brenda Novak.

Reviews Coming Soon…

I know…I’m a little behind in posting reviews, but thankfully not behind in my reading. I’ll be posting reviews of the following titles over the weekend: Darkhouse by Karina Halle, The Orphan Sister by Gwendolen Gross, Merciless by Diana Palmer, Tenderfoot by Amy Tupper and possibly Sacred Evil by Heather Graham (told you I’ve been reading.)

Of course next week will feature a review of Pulled by Amy Lichtenhan posting on 07/12/11. Ms. Lichtenhan will be providing a guest post on 07/13/11. Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win the ebook version of Pulled (you can read the ebook on a computer even if you don’t have an ereader); winner will be announced on 07/14/11.

Here’s a sneak peek at books I’ll be reading over the next week: The Undertaker by William Brown, The Saints Go Dying by Erik Hanberg, In Seconds by Brenda Novak, and You’re Next by Gregg Hurwitz.

So what have you been reading and what’s next on your TBR list?