Monday, June 28, 2010

Maybe My Husband Was ... Was.... GULP

Ok. I'm going to say this only ONE time and then we'll never speak of it again. As much as I hate admitting it, my husband in this case was mumble mumble mumble. Phew I said it!! I didn't ? Well it's just so hard so left me see if I can say it again *whisper whisper whisper* You can't hear it? Fine!! I'll say it then. I, Book Snob, solemnly declare (and will NEVER speak it again or admit it from this moment on) that her husband was RIGHT!! Ugh, doesn't that leave a real yucky taste in your mouth? Anyway, my husband has always said "Well babe, I'm glad to see that you love books so much and I have no problem with you buying them but do you think you could maybe read the 300-400 books you already haven't read before you buy more?" To this I just roll my eyes (throwing in a snort for extra effect) and tell him that I have it all under control. HUMPH!! Tonight I realized ... I soooo don't have it under control.
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

It's Ok To Read Whatever It Is You Need

So I was in a conversation lately where I shared some ideas I had about some writing I planned on doing. It was easy to realize that the story I had churning inside was going to be "darker" than I'm used to and that it really reflected a need I have to be surrounded by something more than the "everything is perfect fluffy love stuff". I hold the attitude at the moment that although love is important and that it definitely holds a fundamental part of my world, so do the emotions of pain and grief. That it's also essential to honor that life can be messy and angry, that the need to survive can be overwhelming. Life isn't just about the light things of the world, that half of the world is also in darkness and that you can't go throughout life without spending time in the shadows.
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Have I Taken A Step Back Into The Cave?

I've had this thought in the back of my mind for some time now and after just finishing one of my favorite Highlander books (yum) that thought is now screaming to be acknowledged. I don't know about you, but I was bought up that women can take care of themselves and men are something that are wanted, not needed. I was surrounded by whispers that the men to avoid when looking for relationships were those that appeared controlling, over powering and domineering. You know, the men who take one look at you, beat their hands against their chests saying "You are mine woman. Now let me drag you back to my cave." We're enlightened right? There's no need for that kind of man now and men better wake up and realize that times have changed. Right? So why do I find myself, after reading romance novels like those with Highlanders, sighing with the deepest wish of a man who will grab me by the hair and drag me back to his cave ? (well not literally, but you get my meaning) .
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Friday, June 25, 2010

It Wasn't On Purpose .. I Swear

I noticed it earlier this week but looking over the front page again, it made me chuckle. Each of the three Upcoming Releases I've posted, the front covers have men with no shirts and rippling abs on them. Sorry but that just cracks me up and was definitely not planned. It makes me wonder though - if I went through all the books I own, how many of those books have semi naked men on them? And how many books did I buy BECAUSE they have semi naked men on them? Talk about good marketing .. "So Book Snob, what's the book you're reading at the moment about?" "Hell if I know. I just bought it for the cover " Groan .. is it any wonder that when I go to work out, I place a towel over the book I'm reading until I open it up ? There's an interesting image. A woman getting hot and bothered reading while she gets hot and bothered working out. All this time people thought my face was red from being overheated and that the huge smile on my face was because I was feeling "the burn". Nope. Just blushing like crazy and working extra hard so I can go home to the hubby :) Oh the joys of reading Romance...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Attention All Walmart Personel : Arrogant Book Guy Taken Down By An Enraged Book Snob

Well it didn't really go down like that but if I had have given into the urge, that would have been a real announcement over the PA system. It's Tuesday, book release day, and stupid me (I know you'd think I'd learn) find myself in Walmart. My phone goes off, letting me know through my calendar that "Dark Flame" by Alyson Noel comes out and so without thinking I gravitate to the book section. Who do I see but my old nemesis - Ron. We stood there, looking at each other, silently evaluating what the other person will do. Do I go over there and deal with his crap or do I go about my merry way and come back when he's not there? Nope. I go over there. Maybe I'm itching for a fight. Maybe I want to look him in the eye when I tell him what a jerk he is. I size him up and he's sitting on a rolling seat, stocking the new releases. I look for that stupid list of his - the one he refuses to look at when you ask him if he has a book. No sign of the list. As I'm approaching I get excited because I see the book I want. Woohooo I don't have to deal with him and I don't have to wait forever for Amazon to send it to me. I head towards it and with just one look at Ron, I just KNEW it wasn't going to be that simple. Watching me approach, what does he do? He rolls his chair back and blocks the aisle and doesn't move. He saw me coming!! I just stare at him because really, did he just do what I saw him do? A flip switches in my brain and I'm calculating all the nearest exits! All those past experiences with him - of him being a jerk and not doing his job and all I wanted to do was let him know what the Book Snob was cooking. (rofl I had to put it in there because honestly - the Rock was hot) I wanted to take that chair and kick it out from under him or kick it hard where he'd go hurtling across the floor. I know, alittle extreme but the arrogancy of this guy. I wanted to ask him whether he was being an ass on purpose or whether he was just naturally gifted but alas, I showed restrain. I held my head up high, refused to be deterred, turned sidewise and reached over to get it. Not by choice (lol) but because standing behind me was a client from work and can you imagine that conversation - "So here's a new life skill for you to learn - when someone annoys you, talking calmly doesn't work. Walking away doesn't work. Take your foot and kick them hard. Here let me demonstrate that for you. See how I did that? Here let me show you again. Now you practice" Nope I wouldn't be able to get away with it. So Ron, you live to see yet another day. But trust me buddy your days are numbered because next time we cross paths and you pull that stunt, client or not, I just might lay the smackdown on your candy ... you know, what the Rock said. Mwahahaha

Note: I'm really not a violent person, honestly.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

And The Book Gods Hear The Book Snob's Plea For More Books

It's been a long time since I've looked at my recommendations on Amazon (I used to look at it daily and put the books I wanted into my phone calender so I would know when they came out) but life has been pretty busy. So out of curiosity and because Walmart SUCKS when it comes to books, I went on to see if there was anything new. OMG I almost fell of my chair. My heart started racing and I danced around my room doing the Snoopy dance. Look at the books that are due to be released within the next 2 months :

Dark Flame by Alyson Noel - June 22nd
Kitty Goes To War by Carrie Vaughan - June 29th
Keys To The Repository by Melissa De La Cruz - June 29th
Twice Bitten by Chloe ONeil - July 6th
Waking The Witch by Kelley Armstrong - July 27th
Dark Warrior Untamed by Alexis Morgan - July 27th
Eternal Kiss Of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost - July 27th
No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon - August 3rd
Betrayal (Immortal) by Gillian Shields - August 3rd
Dark Peril by Christine Feehan - August 31st
The Hawk by Monica McCarty - August 31st
The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - August 31st
Atlantis Betrayed by Alyssa Day - September 7th

Just looking at the list makes me think of two things - paid time off and ramen noodles. I'm going to need to stay at home because I'll be too exhausted to work from reading all night and I'll only be able to afford eating ramen noodles because all my pay check will go straight to books. Such is the life and honestly, these are just the sacrifices a book snob makes to honor the book Gods for the over abundance of blessings :) Seriously, I'm too giddy for words. There is going to be some hot steamy reads in there and guaranteed mind melting kisses. Could I please get advance copies now? Please? Stay tuned to my review page because you're not going to want to miss my reactions.

Monday, June 14, 2010

What A Whirlwind !!

Finally I've been able to wrestle the portable modem from my husband long enough to come on here and update. As each day crept by more and more books have been piling up on my desk, waiting for me to review them. I've read two AMAZING series since I was last on here - the Fever series by Karen Moning and the Masters of Time series by Brenda Joyce. Both are deliciously juicy with their alpha males and I have loved every minute spent reading them. So I can't be too mad at the husband - he's had to compete for my attention with handsome Fae/mysteriously unknowns and sexy time traveling Highlanders. I've just put up the review for the Fever series and am half way through with the Masters.

Just FYI - I haven't forgotten (trust me it's on my list) but I will be updating my sexiest men and bad boy lists. Heartbreaker Vance Mangum finally makes his appearance as an irresistible bad boy (he was on my list and then who know what happened but TRUST ME he's at the TOP) and sexy as heck Jericho Barrons and Ian MacClean make it to the sexiest men page. I'll be updating the quotes and I've been kicking around some ideas for the Death Match page. So please stick around, come back, enjoy and thanks for being patient :)

Happy reading

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I'm Still Here

What an amazing couple of days. I know it's been a while since I've been on here but you know how it is - when you become engrossed in a book, the rest of the world falls away. This weekend I re read my Tairen Soul series by CL Wilson and I was lucky if I stopped to eat. I mean it was walking to the bathroom with my nose stuck in the book and hoping that things ended up where they were meant to. Now that I'm done with the series (until October when the final book in the series is released) I'll be sure to review all the books. I'm telling you ... the books are breathtaking.
Another pleasant distraction was I spent this whole weekend with my latest obsession - Prince Dastan from the Prince of Persia movie. WOW!! That movie was REALLY REALLY awesome (hence the fact that I've seen it 3 times and plan on going the 4th time on Wednesday) The story was excellent, the stunts were mind blowing and of course Jake Gyllenhaal was down right illegal!! No man should EVER look that good. I'm a sucker for long dark hair and I seriously spent the whole movie (each time) sighing and mopping up drool. It was hard trying to juggle both watching movies and reading but I managed it (I read driving to the theater, took my book in and read until the lights went out and then read all the way home) It's been a really fun weekend and I look forward to getting back on here and updating alot of things so keep coming back :) And now for your visual pleasure I present to you ... Prince Dastan

Friday, June 4, 2010

Disclaimer: I Seriously Do Read Books For Other Reasons Than The Leading Man But In This Case ..

When you think of a shapeshifter, what's your first thought? Werewolf right? Well my dear friends let me introduce you to the wonderfully inside melting world that is Curran - Beast Lord of Atlanta. He shapeshifts into a lion and I dare you to tell me that he isn't as good, or if not better, than a werewolf. After reading the 4th book in the Kate Daniels series "Magic Bleeds", I had to shout it from the roof tops that Curran may just be the sexiest feline known to mankind. Here's just a taste...

"He leaned his head to me, his neck so close to my lips, I felt the heat coming off his skin. His breath was warm against my ear. His voice was a ragged snarl. "I miss you." This wasn't happening. "I worry about you." He dipped his head and looked into my eyes. "I worry something stupid will happen and I won't be there and you'll be gone. I worry we won't ever get a chance and it's driving me out of my skull." No,no,no,no......... We stared at each other. The tiny space between us felt too hot. Muscles bulged on his naked frame. He looked feral. Mad gold eyes stared into mine. "Do you miss me, Kate?" I closed my eyes trying to shut him out. I could lie then we would be back to square one. Nothing would be resolved. I'd still be alone,hating him and wanting him. He grabbed my shoulders and shook me once. "Do you miss me?" I took the plunge. "Yes."

- Curran and Kate / Magic Bleeds,Ilona Andrews

No matter how many times I read it, the reaction is the same - pass me the fan and where the heck can I get me a lion of my own?


** Look to the Book Review page for my thoughts on "Magic Bleed" and of course, Curran will feature on my SEXIEST men in books page.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dear Amazon - Part Two

I received my parcel today and wanted to thank you for the terrific customer service you provided. I agree, going those extra 2000 miles really did provide me with the better book and from now on would appreciate it if all future book orders I place with you come from far away places. I will say this though, I was a little confused by the state my books arrived in. Did I accidently click the "please send my book without the dust cover" or was I wrong in assuming that when purchasing a brand new book that I would in fact get a brand new book. Was there a heating crisis in beautiful Baltimore that I missed, where each Amazon customer must donate a part of their book to heat the home of needy citizens. Because by all means, if it's a crisis, accept the dust cover (or whatever part of the book) of future books I order because heaven knows I don't need it. In fact, I have it on good authority that the last page of the book is especially good for providing that extra spark of heat. Please find enclosed random pages from all the books I own because I don't want to be accused of not supporting the "Heat Baltimore 2010" campaign. Thank you for bringing this important cause to my attention because if that's not the case, the real reason for my damn book coming without its damn dust cover is that your damn workers are so damn incompetent that they can't do a damn thing right. I don't want this damn book anymore and request you refund my damn money back. And damn you for making me say damn alot.

I don't thank you for your damn time
Damn well not sincerely

The damned pissed off Bookish Snob.

Where Could It Possibly Go?

I'm reading "Swoon" by Nina Malkins and a lingering question is floating around in my mind - exactly what will the author do with the plot behind the story? After 30-35 pages in (and the book description) this is what I know. The main girl Dice falls in love with a MALE ghost who possesses the body of her FEMALE cousin Pen. How the heck will that work? I'm almost hestitant to move on. Different strokes for different folks but if there's going going to be kissing, I like to read it with the heroine and the very hot and sexy hero. I just can't get my mind around the logistics of it? Does she fall in love with no touching? Just how weird am I willing to read - Talking to the man you love whose words are coming out in the voice of your cousin. You couldn't possibly look at her because you wouldn't see him no matter how much you squint or cross your eyes. Can't kiss because you'd be kissing family (ewww double ewww) and as for groping - I don't even want to imagine that. So where could it possibly go? I'm almost to scared to find out.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Dear Amazon

Hi. I would like to express my deep appreciation for your thoughtfulness in sending my long awaited books from the illustrious city of Baltimore. As everyone in the book world knows, only the finest in quality can be found there and as opposed to shipping books from the closest fulfillment center to the readers, you have chosen to send my books from the very best, not from the center that is but 3 hours from my home. Again may I say how thoughtful you are. I know that you have the best of intentions as not only are you providing a service in increasing my literacy skills, but you are also teaching me patience despite obvious stupidity and the ability to creatively use my vocabulary without seeming crass and sounding like our brave warriors who fight from ships. You have shown me that the simplest route is obviously not the easiest and that going the extra mile, or in your case 2000 miles, is a sign of good customer service. I look forward in doing future business with you and ask that I pass on a useful piece of information - Send your damn books from the closest damn fulfilment center next time so I can get my damn books sooner than damn later. If you find this too damn hard, you're in the wrong damn business so move over and let some other damn book company do it.

Thank you for your time
Your Sincerely

The Bookish Snob