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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 9:48:23 PM PST
They also didn't worship "at" the holiest of hollies, but "in" the holiest of holies, assuming that's what she really meant.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 7:19:27 AM PST
Please let us know your thoughts after you finish, Kelly, even though you may not review it. I have that in my TBR, but if you have nothing good to say, I may dump it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 8:23:52 AM PST
AmeliaAT says:
I love that movie!

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 8:56:11 AM PST
Kribu says:
Phew, it's nice to have internet again!

I only managed to read one book during the last five days - moving from one flat to another took a lot out of me - but being a determined sort of person, I've found the time to post a brief review anyway: Exit Strategy (Nadia Stafford Book 1) by Kelley Armstrong.

I haven't read anything by her before - was intrigued by this particular book as it has a hint of possible age gap romance, which is the only sort of romance I'm even slightly interested in - but I'm sure I'll be picking up the sequel, and possibly check out her Darkest Powers series. (I know a lot of people are very fond of her Otherworld series, but I gather it involves werewolves, and I'm rather allergic to werewolves.)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 8:57:33 AM PST
Will do Charlene, I'm giving it a chance hoping it will pick up. :)

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 9:36:58 AM PST
Thanks, Kelly, much appreciated!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 10:04:57 AM PST
Kribu, I really like the Stafford books by Armstrong. They're quite a departure from her usual urban fantasy.

As to her Otherworld books, she does werewolves some of the time, but she dabbles in a little bit of everything. The first books focused on Elena and werewolves, but other books in the series focus on other characters, such as half-demons and witches. It makes the series unique in that the main character changes from book to book, with the other characters often making supporting role appearances.

The Darkest Powers trilogy is set in the same world, but with teens, as they're YA novels. I liked the trilogy quite a bit and have already read the first in her new YA trilogy. The second one comes out early this year.

And on topic, I really got lazy about doing reviews this last year. I've never been a heavy reviewer anyway, just doing one when I feel inspired to. But I got much too lax, especially since I depend on reviews myself quite often. So you all talking about doing them has prompted me to try and be better about it. Though there's no way I'll review every book I read. I usually focus on doing reviews for books that don't have many yet.

I've done two new reviews in the last couple days. They're both for lesbian books, so probably not of interest to most here, but figured I'd at least brag that I've done some reviews!

One was a 2 star and one a 4 star for an old favorite. My general rating scale goes like this:

5 stars - excellent book for its type
4 stars - very good book
3 stars - average book or a good book with notable flaws
2 stars - below average, I might or might not have finished it
1 star - shouldn't be for sale to anyone (I think I've only done 1 of these)

I used to think I should finish a book in order to review it. But in the end I think that's a disservice to other readers. If it's just that I was bored with it, then no need to review. But if I couldn't finish because there are significant problems then I think warning others of that fact is a good idea. What type and how bad the problems are dictate how much I think I should read of it before posting a review. (Though sometimes once I decide to review I go ahead and finish it, even if it's painful.)

The two I reviewed this week are:

Decoded by Sara Marx - 2 stars
In Every Port by Karin Kallmaker - 4 stars

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 1:36:19 PM PST
Des says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 7:23:23 PM PST
As much as I'd like to agree, the author might actually be right in this instance. Although it might be inadvertent. At this time, the Jews had the broken tablets of the ten commandments, placed in the ark of the covenant. But, they hadn't reached the promised land and were still wandering. Therefore, there was no permanent temple to worship in. Unless you mean in the prescence of the holiest of holies (visions of them perched within foliage..lol).

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 7:26:21 PM PST
So, I may, or may not have (I did) bought 25.00 worth of books that I found on dailycheapreads & booksontheknob. I got 9 books & of the 8, one of them was actually 9.99. How 'bout them book prices, people?

I am an ebook hoarder. I think I have a problem.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 8:01:28 PM PST
AmeliaAT says:
My mother was amazed when I told her I had already put over 100 books on her Kindle (her Christmas present). I've told her there are more in the archive, but not how many!

I've only spent more than $10 on a book once since I got my Kindle, and it was non-fiction -- and a great read -- and have only spent more than $5 on a handful of books.

I didn't think it was possible to "hoard" something as intangible as e-books, but perhaps I was wrong!

So far, I've only deleted two books from my account, one which was a stealth proselytizing book that looked like a mystery, and the other that just turned my stomach.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 8:04:16 PM PST
How many books are in your "to be read pile?" I'm embarassed to admit that I am approaching 500. I keep telling myself that I read between 150 & 200 a year, so this is really only about 3 years supply. I swear, I'm like a drug addict.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 8:10:42 PM PST
John Green says:
I know what you mean; thanks to sites like ereadriq.com as of today I have over 2000 titles lying in wait on my Kindle PC. No, I'm not joking.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 8:15:00 PM PST
What a problem to have, though, right?

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 8:17:11 PM PST
John Green says:
lol- it just cements my theory that I should either be independently wealth or find myself a sugar mama. *hint, hint*

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 8:18:25 PM PST
Are you flirting with me (please, please let it be me) or someone else?

Maaahaaalaaaa! You'd better get over here.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 8:20:53 PM PST
Uh oh...I smell love triangle. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 8:23:32 PM PST
AmeliaAT says:
Well, I have my "currently reading" collection, and my "queued to read next" collection, and then collections with books I intend to move to the latter category at some point. The other day, I figured out that I had just under 500 book in my TBR "pile," but it's grown since then.

Some of those may be cookbooks, though -- maybe 20 or so -- and they don't really count. Right? And some are books that I read years ago and want to re-read, so they don't count either. (I think this justifying must be a sign of something, but I don't want to think about that! lol)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 8:24:44 PM PST
AmeliaAT says:
That's amazing -- almost overwhelming! How do you know where to start? Just dig in, I guess! It's like a banquet!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 8:25:09 PM PST
John Green is man enough for a dozen women. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 8:27:56 PM PST
Well then sign me up! ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 8:29:00 PM PST
John Green says:
You ladies are still priceless! :)

With the new feature I'm in the middle of categorizing it all so I'll at least be able to search through them properly. I'm thinking I'll dig through the short stories first, plus they'll be easier to review.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 8:33:15 PM PST
AmeliaAT says:
I especially like short stories when I start something new late at night and don't want to be up half the night reading. They're great at the doctor's office, too -- I hate to be deep in a novel and be called in. (You can bet that if I didn't have my Kindle or other book with me, I'd be sitting there waiting much longer, too!)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 8:45:23 PM PST
Only about 150 in my TBR but several more on pre-order. I am taking part in a reading challenge for 2012 and monthly. For 2012, I challenged myself to read a least 5 paperbacks from my TBR (around 110) before I read any of the new books on my IPad and before I buy any more ebooks and NO more paperbacks until the paperback TBR is gone. I caved a little today, I read 3 paperbacks so far, and I did buy 2 ebooks yesterday but I think overall I am doing well.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 8:53:56 PM PST
AmeliaAT says:
Yes, you're doing well! It was only *2* ebooks, after all!

Were we supposed to include our DTB TBR? I only have a few of those, maybe . . . several, actually. Or a dozen. But I don't think I've read a DTB since I've gotten my Kindle. I am going to read The Pillars of the Earth in DTB format, though. A bit too spendy for me at the moment in Kindle format. There are other books for the same price that I would rather spend the money on.
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