Wednesday, November 11

Another Day, Another List Or Two

Book related stuff...
  • Yesterday morning I read The Rake post on Dear Author. Most mornings I don't have enough time to formulate a comment for these types of discussions, of course, by the time I get home in the afternoon there are a gazillion comments and my thoughts will only get lost in the multitudes, not that I have anything interesting to add to the conversation. I love a good redemption story and real rakes need redemption don't they?
  • I posted this at the bottom of my Lorraine Heath post... I was 105 pages into Surrender of a Siren by Tessa Dare before I picked this one up. SOAS may end up a DNF for me, it took me 3 days to read 105 pages and I'm not even remotely interested in where the story is going. Oh, well. Unless someone tells me why this book is fantastic, I can't see how it rated B's everywhere I look for reviews. From the back blurb Sophia "wants a life of her own: unsheltered, unconventional, uninhibited." Sophia is 1. self-centered, 2. clueless, 3. unrepentant. What's the draw. I actually kind of like Gray, but not enough to care why he would be interested in "Miss Turner". I'd much prefer to read a story about Joss finding new love.
  • I just realized I don't have Meljean Brook's Demon Forged. I may have to stop at B&N and pick it up while we're out shopping.
  • For the most part I try to mix up my reading. Since most of what I read is historical I try to mix in some romantic suspense, contemporaries and paranormals between books or I'll burn out. I was digging through the TBR pile and realized I didn't have Meljean's latest, I was looking for a paranormal. I'm also missing the newest Viehl and Singh books.
We're off today, and a day off means things to do...
  • We have a new nephew, born yesterday to my BIL and his wife.  Junior and I are heading to Kohl's for some bargain shopping--I got a $15 gift card in the mail from Kohl's and it's burning a hole in my pocket.  A new baby is a perfect excuse to shop.
  • We had an appointment for an oil change this morning.  The mechanic also replaced my headlights, not the bulbs, the whole headlight assemblies.  The old ones were so fogged up that even with the brights on at night I was having a hard time seeing.  New ones, clear bright and shiny.  Just like Christmas--per Junior.
  • The house was in desperate need of vacuuming.  We have an Oreck and I have a tendency to kill belts--sucking up the edges of area and oriental rugs will burn up belts real quick--of course, if I were a little more careful when I vacuumed this wouldn't be an issue.  So, the vacuum had a funky smell and I assumed it was the belt.  It took me a while to get to the Oreck store--why I didn't think to order belts on line I can't tell you.  So this morning I'm all set to replace the belt--and yes, I do it myself--the belt is fine.  The bag on the other hand weighed about 25 lbs., that would explain the lack of power and lousy suction that I had attributed to the belt being damaged.  The whole house has been vacuumed.  The hubby will be happy.
  • The child is outside playing.  One of the neighborhood kids came to the door and whispered, bring the guns.  We're the house with the good stuff, the stash that everyone wants, the arsenal, the weaponry--the Nerf guns, the toy rifles, the Star Wars Light Sabers, etc...
Got to go :)  Have a great day and happy reading


Rosie said...

I gave the Tessa Dare books 'Bs'. I was pretty happy to read competently written historicals as I recall. However, if I did a head to head comparison with say Meredith Duran's books, I think Ms. Dare's would suffer.

Tara Marie said...

Rosie--I hope my post didn't sound too snotty :( I liked the Goddess of the Hunt very much, so I expected to like this one. I haven't read Meredith Duran yet.

Rosie said...

Nah, not snotty. It's just an opinion. Duran's books are stand alones and I read her first book DUKE OF SHADOWS last. Just finished it over the weekend in fact (before the crying and carrying on over the Brown book).

Meredith Duran just writes so beautifully. I really really liked DUKE OF SHADOWS and if you put a book like that up against the Dare books, well the Dare books look a bit lightweight. That's all I'm saying.

I don't grade by comparison like that though. I grade each book on how I felt about it when I read it. Over time my opinion can change, but I never go back and change the grades... I figure that was my impression and reading experience right then.

Wow, I do go on sometimes.