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We’re Moving!

Thanks to the awesome, but few people who follow this blog. Ali and I have made an executive decision to switch over to our own domain. We’ve now relocated at the new and improved Book Munchies home. We hope that you’ll all join us over there, and continue to enjoy our reviews and excitement over the wonderful world of books.


Feature & Follow Friday

Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read and allows book bloggers to connect.

Q. What book that hasn’t been turned into a movie (yet) would you most like to see make it to the big screen, and who would you like cast as your favorite character?

This is a tough question. Mostly because I really, really don’t like books turned movie. I suppose if I had to pick one, I’d like to see James Rollins’  Sigma Force books turned into movies. When I was first recommended these books, I was told they’re kind of like Indiana Jones in book format. And that’s true. We follow this secret government group, Sigma force, as they “investigate and secure sensitive information that could be a threat to the United States”. However, it isn’t just straight forward espionage and all that. There’s also this element of mysticism. Sometimes things happen that they try to explain via science but really can’t. It’s that element that turns it into something Indiana Jones-esque. You have a fun adventure and a bit of the unexplainable. I think that these books would be great for a nice action, adventure movie.

As for cast … I don’t have a preference really. Just make sure that whoever’s playing Painter is a really cool, hot guy. Since I started off with “Sandstorm” and Painter as my main protagonist, I’ve always had a huge soft spot for him even when he became a secondary character in the later novels.

“Waiting” on Wednesday: The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Hardcover: 432 pages
Publication date: September 20, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins

From Goodreads:

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who needs her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

Weekly Geeks: Readers Bill of Rights

1. The right to not read.
2. The right to skip pages.
3. The right to not finish.
4. The right to reread.
5. The right to read anything.
6. The right to escapism
7. The right to read anywhere.
8. The right to browse.
9. The right to read out loud.
10. The right not to defend your tastes.

—Pennac, Daniel, Better Than Life, Coach House Press, 1996.

For my first Weekly Geeks, I’m actually doing last week’s prompt. (It’s not my fault they haven’t put up a new one for this week. … I think.) Anyway, this is an extremely interesting topic. I had not heard of the Readers Bill of Rights before, and they’re certainly fitting. My focus is #6: The right to escapism.

I love to read (obviously). I enjoy seeing where the books take me, and leaving behind my mundane life in favor of quests, dragons and damsels to be rescued (even if they’re vampires needing rescue from were-unicorns).

The first time I was accused of using books as a means of escapism, I was confused. Was there something wrong with wanting to escape a little? To see yourself doing things only possible through the imagination? Especially considering how harmless books are as a means of escapism, there are worse choices. Even as I started to doubt the good of books and escapism, I could never fully avoid them. (My book loving nature is faintly genetic. My mother reads just about anything, and she’s far less picky than I am.) Working now in a book store part time means I’m constantly in contact with people who have that same appreciation for books as I do. And all the writing workshops and lit classes at school means, there’s no chance of staying away from books ever.

Now I’ve come to appreciate escapism. For some it may be negative, but as life gets busier and people continually demand more and more of me, books are a means of relaxation I wouldn’t give up.

(And the friend who initially started it all can’t say anything. She spends all her spare time watching dramas as her means of escape.)

We’re making a comeback!

Hey Book Munchies readers,

Sorry for disappearing all summer like that. Ali and I got caught up in life and school and work. But now, we’re ready for another shot at this. We’re “working” hard reading like crazy and writing reviews as we go. Coming up in the next few weeks we should start posting reviews and other fun stuff again. Anticipate it.

– Kim

In My Mailbox (01)

My first In My Mailbox post! Hosted by The Story Siren, In My Mailbox is a chance to showcase new books, ones checked out from the library, bought, won or received for review. All summaries taken from either Goodreads or Amazon.

Touching Silver by Jamie Craig

The chase of the Silver Maiden continues in this second of the series . . . A young woman reappears five years after being kidnapped and cold-case detective Olivia Wright reopens the investigation. The dangerous Gabriel de los Rios appears to be involved so Olivia turns to Isaac McGuire, the LAPD detective who knows Gabriel all too well. Gabrial wants to gain the supernatural power of the Silver Maiden coin and kidnapping is not the only crime he is willing to commit in order to possess it. Olivia and Isaac hope to stop Gabriel before he can do more harm, but Olivia’s single-minded professionalism is derailed by the highly distracting Isaac . . .

Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos

When Martin Grace enters the hip Philadelphia coffee shop Cornelia Brown manages, her life changes forever. Charming and debonair, the spitting image of Cary Grant, Martin sweeps Cornelia off her feet, but, as it turns out, Martin Grace is more the harbinger of change than the change itself.” Meanwhile, on the other side of town, eleven-year-old Clare Hobbes must learn to fend for herself after her increasingly unstable mother has a breakdown and disappears. Taking inspiration from famous orphans (Anne Shirley, Sara Crewe, Mary Lennox, and even Harry Potter) Clare musters the courage to seek out her estranged father. When the two of them show up at Cornelia’s cafe, Cornelia and Clare form a bond as unlikely as it is deep. Together, they face difficult choices and discover that knowing what you love and why is as real as life gets.

Somewhere Inside by Laura & Lisa Ling

In 2009, Laura Ling, a reporter with Current TV, traveled with a film crew to the region of China that bordered on North Korea to report on defections, particularly of women who were later forced into arranged marriages or sex slavery. The crew momentarily crossed into North Korea, and Ling and Euna Lee, her editor and translator, were captured. Given the hostilities between North Korea and China and a recent critical documentary on North Korea by Laura’s sister, journalist Lisa Ling, the women knew they were in for an ordeal. Laura was beaten during the capture, and the women were held in isolation and faced meager meals, cold, and little medical treatment. In the U.S., Lisa and her family prayed and called on powerful contacts, including Al Gore and Bill Richardson, to win the women’s release. During the time of their captivity, North Korea conducted a nuclear test and fired off missiles, increasing tensions with the U.S. and UN. The women were eventually tried for attempting to overthrow the government and sentenced to 12 years in a labor camp, but through behind-the-scenes maneuvering and negotiations with prickly North Korea, they were finally released after five months in captivity. This memoir alternates between the sisters, with Laura recalling the escalating peril of her capture and imprisonment and Lisa recalling heightened worries as weeks dragged into months. A riveting story of captivity and the enduring faith, determination, and love of two sisters.

Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

In this coming-of-age story set in a medieval kingdom, Andrea is a headstrong princess longing to be a knight who finds her way to modern-day California. But her accidental return to her family’s kingdom and a disastrous romance brings war, along with her discovery of some dark family secrets. Readers will love this mix of traditional fantasy elements with unique twists and will identify with Andrea and her difficult choices between duty and desire.

Waiting on Wednesday

These “Waiting on Wednesday” posts are a little odd to me. I’m more the type to browse the bookstore or amazon and find books randomly, or find one author I like and read everything by him or her, or to take recommendations from people I know. However, Kim suggested we do some Waiting on Wednesday posts to talk about books coming out soon, so I figured I’d give it a try!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted here at Breaking the Spine.

The upcoming title by Amos Oz, Scenes From Village Life, looked super interesting to me. I have always had an odd attraction to jewish culture (though I am not jewish), and love reading books by jewish authors. I have requested a galley for this book, and hopefully I’ll be able to read and review it here before it comes out. If not, I’ll get it when it’s released, and then review it here =]

Here’s the review from Amazon:

Amos Oz’s novel-in-stories is a brilliant, unsettling glimpse of what goes on beneath the surface of everyday life.Scenes from Village Lifeis a parable for Israel, and for all of us. In the village of Tel Ilan, something is off kilter. An elderly man complains to his daughter that he hears the sound of digging under his house at night. Could it be his tenant, a young Arab? But then the tenant hears the mysterious digging sounds too. The mayor receives a note from his wife: “Don’t worry about me.” He looks all over, no sign of her. The veneer of new wealth around the village—gourmet restaurants and art galleries, a winery—cannot conceal abandoned outbuildings, disused air raid shelters, rusting farm tools, and trucks left wherever they stopped.

Amos Oz’s novel-in-stories is a brilliant, unsettling glimpse of what goes on beneath the surface of everyday life.Scenes from Village Lifeis a parable for Israel, and for all of us.

2011 Reading Challenge

Before I get onto the reviews, I’ve decided to take part in a year long reading challenge hosted by Book Chick City. The goal is to read 100 books in 2011. Since some (if not most) of the books will be reviewed here later on, I thought it would be fitting to post the list here. Plus this will help give an idea of what sort of books I’ll be reviewing in the future as well.

Since Ali and I didn’t manage to get this blog up till February, I’m already well on my way towards completing that goal. As I read more, this list will be constantly updated as well as getting linked to whatever reviews I may have written for them.

  1. Bone Crossed — Patricia Briggs (1.2.2011)
  2. Fortune’s Proposal — Allison Leigh (1.2.2011)
  3. Matched — Ally Condie (1.4.2011)
  4. Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch — B.J. Daniels (1.5.2011)
  5. Firefly Lane — Kristin Hannah (1.5.2011)
  6. Silver Borne — Patricia Briggs (1.6.2011)
  7. Alpha and Omega — Patricia Briggs (1.7.2011)
  8. Cry Wolf — Patricia Briggs (1.7.2011)
  9. Family Man — Jayne Ann Krentz (1.8.2011)
  10. Skinwalker — Faith Hunter  (1.11.2011)
  11. Burning Up — Susan Anderson (1.12.2011)
  12. Shades of Twilight — Linda Howard (1.14.2011)
  13. Taken: At the Boss’s Command — Harlequin bundle (1.17.2011)
  14. The Lightning Thief — Rick Riordan (1.18.2011)
  15. The Angel Experiment — James Patterson (1.18.2011)
  16. School’s Out – Forever — James Patterson (1.19.2011)
  17. The Sea of Monsters — Rick Riordan (1.20.2011)
  18. The Titan’s Curse — Rick Riordan (1.20.2011)
  19. Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports — James Patterson (1.21.2011)
  20. The Battle of the Labyrinth — Rick Riordan (1.21.2011)
  21. The Last Olympian — Rick Riordan (1.22.2011)
  22. The Last Kolovsky Playboy — Carol Marinella (1.23.2011)
  23. The Lost Hero — Rick Riordan (1.24.2011)
  24. The Final Warning — James Patterson (1.25.2011)
  25. Wolf Signs: Granite Lake Wolves — Vivien Arend (1.25.2011)
  26. MAX — James Patterson (1.25.2011)
  27. Fang — James Patterson (1.26.2011)
  28. One for the Money — Janet Evanovich (1.27.2011)
  29. Two for the Dough — Janet Evanovich (01.28.2011)
  30. Three to Get Deadly — Janet Evanovich (01.30.2011)
  31. Four to Score — Janet Evanovich (01.31.2011)
  32. High Five — Janet Evanovich (01.31.2011)
  33. Hot Six — Janet Evanovich (01.31.2011)
  34. Tempt Me Tonight — Toni Blake (2.28.2011)
  35. River Marked — Patricia Briggs (3.1.2011)
  36. Take Me — Bella Andre (3.21. 2011)
  37. Stay — Deb Caletti (3.30.2011)
  38. Secret Babies Bundle — Harlequin
  39. Sawyer — Lori Foster
  40. To Dance with a Prince — Cara Colter
  41. In Love with Her Boss — Christie Ridgeway
  42. Monster — A. Lee Martinez
  43. Fantasy Lover — Sherrilyn Kenyon (8.7.2011)
  44. The Goddess Test — Aimée Carter (8.8.2011)
  45. Taking Love in Stride — Fasano Donna (8.8.2011)
  46. Starcrossed — Josephine Angelini (8.11.2011)
  47. Abandon — Meg Cabot (8.13.2011)
  48. Drink, Slay, Love — Sarah Beth Durst (8.15.2011)
  49. Rescue Me — Christy Reece (8.16.2011)
  50. Hot as Sin — Bella Andre (8.16.2011)
  51. The Practice Date — Victorine E. Lieske (8.16.2011)
  52. One Day — David Nicholls (8.16.2011)
  53. Falling Under — Gwen Hayes (8.18.2011)
  54. How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf — Molly Harper (8.19.2011)
  55. My Blood Approves — Amanda Hocking (8.19.2011)
  56. Fate — Amanda Hocking (8.20.2011)
  57. Flutter — Amanda Hocking (8.20.2011)
  58. Wisdom — Amanda Hocking (8.20.2011)
  59. A Werewolf in Manhattan — Vicki Lewis Thompson (8.22.2011)
  60. Evan — Diana Palmer (8.22.2011)
  61. The Mephisto Covenant — Trinity Faegen (8.26.2011)
  62. Blood — K.J. Wignall (8.28.2011)
  63. Baby On the Ranch — Susan Meier (09.10.2011)
  64. Have Baby, Need Billionaire — Maureen Child (09.10.2011)
  65. Misty and the Single Dad — Marion Lennox (09.11.2011)
  66. Shiver — Maggie Stiefvater (09.17.2011)

– Kim