What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Absence

Hello friends!

I've been absent for a while, and I feel as if I ought to explain!
On June 30th, I went out of town with my family to my Grandmother's lakehouse to celebrate the 4th. That day, my Dad had a massive heart attack and was airlifted to the nearest hospital. After undergoing emergency bypass surgery, he remained in the Cardiac ICU for 6 days before they were able to move him to the Cardiac Care Unit for another 5 days before we were able to bring him home. During that time, we were living out of a hotel, and spending our days in the hospital in Tyler, Texas. He came home on Wednesday this week and has been doing very well. He's been getting stronger and stronger every day!

I'm so thankful that he's home now and that everything seems to have turned out okay. This has been the reason for my absence. The next few months are going to be a lot of work to try and get him healthy again, he can't drive or work really for 6 weeks, so I'll be helping my mom out a lot (they're also getting ready to sell their house!) Additionally, because I work for my Dad, my workload has more than tripled, which I can handle no problem. But all of this is to say that for the next few weeks or so, I won't be posting as often as I have been. I'll still try to post a few reviews a week, but it probably won't be every day, at least not for the next few weeks.

The Blogoversary Giveaway is still going full-steam ahead, so keep doing those entries! Thanks again for your understanding, and keep on reading! I still want to hear about what y'all are reading and enjoying!

Courtney

Friday, July 6, 2012

Beach Reads (Discussion)

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 After we talked last about the change in seasons and if and how our reading habits change with them, I started thinking about my mention of beach reads. I would be willing to bet that almost everyone has their own version of beach reads. I know that what I consider beach reads isn't what my mom considers beach reads. So I thought it would be fun to talk about it and discover what others think of as their, out in the sun, sipping drinks with little umbrellas books!

I tend to think of lighter books with a dramatic love story as beach reads. Stepping outside my YA bubble for a minute, I love Nora Roberts books. Some of her stories I can read over and over again. I've never come across a male MC in her books that I wouldn't fall head over flip-flops with! When you've read as much of her stuff as I have, you start to notice a pattern in the plot lines, but that's never bothered me. They are easy to follow, which is great for beach reads, because lets face it, there are many distractions on the beach! *Oh, what, hot shirtless man? You want your volleyball back? Yes, I believe I can manage that....* Y'all know what I'm talking about!

As far as YA goes, the first books I think of when I think of beach reads are always Tera Lynn Childs' Fins series. I read the first book on a cruise, I read the second book on a cruise (we likes to cruise!) and the third book comes out July 3rd, just a few short weeks before my next cruise! So I'll be trying to hold out on reading that one until we're hitting the beach as a part of that trip!

I also like some light contemporary stories for beachy vacation. My reading habits have become much more paranormal and dystopian centric this year, but there are some habits that can't be broken. Really, what I want in a beach read is a hot guy and an uncomplicated love story. Is that so much to ask?


So what do you think of as "beach reads?"

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Fuzzy.Coffee.Books is One! [Thanks and Giveaway]

Wow! What a whirlwind of a year it has been! Fuzzy.Coffee.Books, my little ol' book blog, is one year old today!

I can't even tell y'all how much different my book blogging life is now from when I started it on July 1st, 2011.

I don't even remember what I had been reading, but I got online and was looking for something new and interesting to read. I found, just by googling, a couple of book blogs and thought it was cool what they were doing, sharing their thoughts about books and making recommendations. Well, I've always been "that person" that my friends call when they are looking for something to read. They'll be standing in a book store, totally lost and call me to point them in the right direction for something I think they'll enjoy. So I thought, hey, if I have one of these book blogs, then my friends can keep up with what I'm reading and what I think is great and not so great! Then, the next time they go to a book store, they'll be armed with a list of books they've seen me talking about and know what they want to get!

Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that OTHER PEOPLE would want to know what I had to say! But y'all have proven me wrong with your comments and your support! This is such an amazing community to be a part of, readers, bloggers, authors, publishers, and I feel so blessed to be a part of it, and to have made so many new friends! My lovely friends and followers, all of the FCB supporters out there, y'all are what has made this past year so awesome! Thank you so much for your love of reading, for your willingness to talk about books, and your continued support of Fuzzy.Coffee.Books, reading, and the written word! Y'all are incredible!

Wait, what? You mean my thanks wasn't enough? You want something more? Okay, okay, twist my arm! ;-) In honor of Fuzzy.Coffee.Books' first birthday, I've decided to have some giveaways. Yes, GIVEAWAYSSSSS! I wanted to giveaway some of my favorite books. So after pouring over the books I read this year, and the books I read repeatedly this year, I finally came up with a list of my favorites. By the way, when I say "this year," in this case I mean, over the past year I've been blogging. So all of these books have been read since FCB came into being.

Favorites
Debut: 
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Tempest by Julie Cross
Illuminate by Aimee Agresti

Dystopian/Sci-Fi: (I grouped these together because sometimes a book is both!)
Matched by Ally Condie
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Paranormal: 
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Rapture by Lauren Kate
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Miscellaneous: 
Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday

Four separate giveaways! That means Four winners! Now, the rules, before we get on to the entries. First of all, YES, YOU MAY ENTER ALL FOUR! You may not win all four, if you get pulled for more than one, I'll email you and you can choose which one you want more. If you win, you will win your choice from the category. This contest is open WORLD-WIDE, as long as Book Depository can deliver to you! Lastly, let's say you've read every single one of these books. I mean, I have, who am I to think that some of y'all haven't. If you have, but maybe haven't read like, Fever, or Crossed (a book in a series that's mentioned above) go ahead and enter to win the book from that series) if you win, when I email you, we'll discuss and see if I can get you one of the other books in the series. Make sense? Most importantly though is that you remember that you can indeed enter all four! Here are the entry forms!
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So get all entered and don't forget to come back and tweet about it for extra entries every day! Thanks again for all your support and good luck!

Courtney