Thursday, December 31, 2009

Reading in the New Year!

Bookworming in the 21st Century is hosting a "Read in the New Year" for 2010 and I've decided to participate. I'm am currently reading Soulless by Gail Carriger, which I began this morning. Wonder how far I'll get by midnight? 




HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!
May 2010 bring y'all lots a books & lots a joy :D


 

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

❤ Truly, Madly ❤ by Heather Webber

I was lucky enough to be selected to get the ARC when I signed up through goodreads.com, and I received it in the mail on a day I was ill with the flu. It really was the perfect fun, sweet, romantic read I needed.




Lucy Valentine comes from a long line of psychics who can see and match people's aura's to their perfect mate's. So their family business is match-making! Only trouble is, Lucy had a freak accident as a girl and no longer sees auras. Instead, she has a pretty unspectacular form of ESP that has her feeling useless.

In an effort to help her dad out with the business when he suffers a stroke, she gives running the business in his absence a shot. But she soon discovers her ESP has it's own quirks,a possible important use, and it leads her on a suspenseful chase to solve a suspected murder mystery.

Along the way she meets Sean and possibly finds true love,but you'll have to read the book to see how, and why it's special, and if they really do have a future together.

Truly,Madly by Heather Webber comes out in time for Valentine's Day in February 2010
Published by St. Martin's Press
You can visit Heather's website at http://www.heatherwebber.com/index.php

If you're looking for a romantic read with a little bit of mystery, a lot of fun, and that focuses more on relationship than sex (though I enjoy those too), then this is a good pick. Though I wouldn't put it completely in the paranormal romance category (there are no supernatural creatures), it does have an interesting and humorous psychic protagonist. I loved Truly,Madly and can't wait for the next one in the series!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Win a Copy of GONE by Lisa McMann!



The Book Resort is having a contest that starts today, Dec 26th, and ends midnight EST Feb 25th.
So there's plenty of time to enter!

If you're not familiar with te book, it's book 3 in a YA series by Lisa McMann.

Book 1 is Wake





Book 2 is Fade



Contest is open internationally :)


Read more: http://thebookresort.blogspot.com/2009/12/win-copy-of-gone-lisa-mcmann.html#ixzz0arhKWZgf


I love this series. It's a paranormal YA fiction series, where Janie (the main character) has a special skill that is both a gift and a curse. When she sleeps, she can enter other people's dreams. Wake & Fade were really good;I can't wait to read Gone!

...with solace in books

You may be wonderin' why I titled my blog "Beguile Thy Sorrow."
Well, there's a part in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus where Lavinia, Titus' daughter, is raped and assaulted so brutally that her injuries prevented her from reading. Tamora's sons not only defiled her, but also cut off her hands and cut out her tongue, stealing her senses of touch and taste.
Lavinia's sorrow is compounded in its presentation of her forced silence. She can not tell her story, and she can not pick up a book from the library shelf; instead she "turns over with her stumps the books which LUCIUS has let fall," in Act 4, Scene 1.
When Titus sees her grief, he bids the boy to turn the pages of whatever books she chooses. It is my belief that there is indeed solace in books. He tells her,
"Come, and take choice of all my library,
And so beguile thy sorrow."

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Common Reader

Blogging is completely new to me and had you asked me a year ago if I 'd ever consider doing it, I would have said "never". Well... never say never, huh? So this here is my attempt to get out there, discuss some books, share my finds, and hopefully have some fun. I hope you find this blog either helpful or entertaining, and if it's neither....well then start your own, lol

Anyway, I'm just your average bookish girl that decided to try something new on a whim. I'm a common reader really, as Virginia Woolf might say;
I spend my free time reading, in my "rooms, too humble to be called libraries, yet full of books, where the pursuit of reading is carried on".

I mention Virginia, but don't get me wrong. I read mostly popular fiction these days. While many of the "classics" and distinguished literature have burned themselves into my soul, I'm a regular gal that reads Sookie Stackhouse novels, and then watches True Blood. Some of my favorite books have been books that critics deem crap, and some have been Pulitzer prize winners. All I know is that I liked 'em. And you might too.

So if you're looking for some ideas on what to read next, some reviews on mostly paranormal fiction, YA, or romance, then feel free to take a look around. Make yourself at home. And please drop me a line if ever you get a notion to. Thanks for stopping by :)

~Bella