Book Blogs by Chicks Who Rock

Looking for some awesome book recommendations from book-loving chicks?  Look no further than these eight great book blogs run by women:

The Book Smugglers1. The Book Smugglers:  Thea and Ana are two “full-blown, unrestrained, junkie-shuffling” book addicts.  Their site is a great resource for book reviews.  My Favorite Post:  Smuggler’s Ponderings:  Hype and Prejudice where they provide 6 different lists of books for people who like the following genres:  dystopias/apocalypse, young adult science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, fairies and fairy tale retellings, and comtemporary young adult fiction.

2. Book-Blog.com:  Debra Hamel is an author herself (history), as well as a book blogger.  My Favorite Post:  Lynch, Thomas: The Undertaking which features a book by a man who is both a poet and an undertaker.

3. Lit Chick:  Melanie is a mom, scrapbooker, baker, and avid reader.  Two books from her blog that caught my eye were The Book of Tomorrow (from the post Trish Reviews Three…) about a girl who discovers a journal in her writing that details everything that happens the next day and The Tin Ticket, (from the post Short & Sweet Reviews) a non-fiction book about two women deported to Australia for petty theivery in the 1800s.

4. Anna’s Book Blog:  Anna is a small-town girl from Minnesota who likes to read Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical Romance, Fantasy, and Erotica.  My Favorite Post:  [Review] – Numbers: The Chaos which reviews a book about a boy who can look into a person’s eyes and see the date of their death–many of which seem to be on the same date in the year 2027.

Chick Lit Books5. Chick Lit Books:  Rian Montgomery (who has the same last name as me, so she must be cool) started this site back in 2003.  My Favorite Post:  Review: Hit Reply is about a book written entirely in emails, texts, and the like.

6. Novelicious:  This site is published by 4 book reviewers who are also writers:  Kirsty Greenwood, Debs Carr, Kira Slaughter, and Anna Bell.  While they have a bounty of detailed book reviews, I think my favorite posts here are their terrific author interviews, including ones with Bernadette Strachan, Shirley Benton, and Sarah Webb.

7. Candace's Book BlogChickLitReviews.com:  Chloe and Leah live in the U.K., and Danielle, the latest contributor to join the team, is a California girl.  My Favorite Post:  AW Editor Article: Short Stories…Yay or Nay? which discusses the recent surge in short stories being sold, especially in electronic format.

8. Candace’s Book Blog:  Candace runs one of the prettiest blogs I’ve seen.  She reviews childrens, young adult, and adult books.  My Favorite Post:  The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell which is a review of a historical fiction paranormal romance book (every genre I like rolled into one!).

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Book Recommendations–Heavy on the Supernatural

Photo courtesy Svilen Milev at Stock.xchngeI like Debbie because Debbie likes the kind of books I like.  If you’re looking for a good book to read and you want someone’s honest opinion, check out Debbie’s World of Books.  Debbie reads a lot, and a lot of the books she reads are supernatural or romance (or supernatural romance), which is perfect for me and perhaps for you, too.

I especially enjoyed her post titled “If You Like This Author You Might Like” where she makes other book suggestions for people who like Twilight, the Southern Vampire series (which True Blood is based on), and other specific books and genres.

Go check out her blog now.

Author With A Thousand Names And A Million Books

Lynn Viehl’s author blog, Paperback Writer, is fantabulous.  Take, for example, the post Ten Things That Happened at My Book Signings, #6 of which is:

An ex-boyfriend showed up after twenty years to tell me he should have married me instead of dumping me for the Girl Most Likely to Do Everyone. He’s in insurance now and has four kids. I would like to point out that I did not fervently thank God until after he left.

Another post called What Goes Around, A Timeline of Publisher Evolution, tracks the first spam message back to 1864 via the telegraph, and is told in the same witty and humorous style.

But wait, there’s more.

Lynn also has a number of things you can do on her blog, like:

  • View a list of the approximately five-hundred-million novels she’s written so far
  • Read the approximately five-hundred-million free online stories she’s published so far
  • Read her free how-to writing guide called Left Behind & Loving It Virtual Workshops 2009
  • Read instructional blog posts about how she writes novels
  • Explore a wealth of information in the sidebar, including recent book releases, links to her other blogs, links to other people’s blogs, the thought of the month, and approximately five-hundred-million different writing resources.  Yowza.

You could spend weeks on her site and still have things to see.  What a terrific blog and terrific resource.  If only there were more writers like her.

But wait, there are.

Actually, those other writers aren’t only like her, they are her.  Lynn writes in multiple genres under 5 different pseudonyms (click name to view a list of books at amazon):

She also does vampire novels, one of my favorite genres (see the Darkyn series).  In her spare time (she has spare time??), she quilts, reads, cooks, paints, and knits.  I’m guessing the only thing she doesn’t do is sleep.  Oh, and did I mention she’s ex-military?

To learn even more about this intriguing author, see the author interview at AbsoluteWrite.

2 Pulitzer Prize Winning Books That Look Like They Don’t Suck

What may be surprising to many is that a pulitzer-prize-winning book isn’t necessarily a bestselling book.  What makes a book great to the general public isn’t necessarily what makes a book great within the smaller circle of the literary world.

Add to that the fact that my tastes, as an average reader, tend to be rather specific in genre (paranormal, horror, fantasy, sci-fi), and you can see why I won’t be making my way through the pulitzer list any time soon.

However, after searching long and hard through a list of previous pulitzer winners, I did find 2 books that  look accessible even to someone of my usually jaded, mass-market tastes.

1. House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday (1969): 

Description:  “He was a young American Indian named Abel, and he lived in two worlds. One was that of his father, wedding him to the rhythm of the seasons, the harsh beauty of the land, the ecstasy of the drug called peyote. The other was the world of the twentieth century, goading him into a compulsive cycle of sexual exploits, dissipation, and disgust.”

I was especially drawn to this book after reading this quote that an amazon reader included in their review:

“Dypaloh. There was a house made of dawn. It was made of pollen and of rain, and the land was very old and everlasting. There were many colors on the hills, and the plain was bright with different colored clays and sands.”

Momoday is also a poet laureate who was born on a Kiowa reservation in Oklahoma.  The publication of this book in the 60’s was a huge breakthrough for Native American writers.  To learn more about this author, see his interview with Modern American Poetry or read some of his poems at PoemHunter.com.

2. The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever (1979):

Description:  “These stories seem at times to be stories of a long-lost world when the city of New York was still filled with a river light, when you heard the Benny Goodman quartets from a radio in the corner stationary store, and when almost everybody wore a hat. Here is the last of that generation of chain smokers who woke the world in the morning with their coughing, who used to get stoned at cocktail parties and perform obsolete dance steps like ‘the Cleveland Chicken,’ set sail for Europe on ships, who were truly nostalgic for love and happiness…”

This book is a collection of short stories.  Here’s a little bit from a story called The Enourmous Radio:

“Irene was proud of her living room, she had chosen its furnishings and colors as carefully as she chose her clothes, and now it seemed to her that the new radio stood among her intimate possessions like an aggressive intruder. She was confounded by the number of dials and switches on the instrument panel, and she studied them thoroughly before she put the plug into a wall socket and turned the radio on.  The dials flooded with a malevolent green light…”

Cheever had an interesting but sad life.  He was once kicked out of a school for smoking, his education ended when he was 17, his father abandoned the family after losing everything in the stock market crash, and his mother drank herself to death.  Find out more about this author by reading his biography or read quotes by the author at BrainyQuote.com, including gems like this one:

“When I remember my family, I always remember their backs. They were always indignantly leaving places.”

If you’ve read either of these books, or even if you haven’t but think they look interesting, leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Theresa Bane, Author and Vampirologist

Yeah, you read that title right.  Theresa Bane is a real-life, honest-to-God vampirologist.  Which means she makes her living studying and writing about vampires.

Cool.

Check out her book, Actual Factual: Dracula, A Compendium of Vampires.  The thing I find most intriguing about this book is that it explores vampire mythology pre-Bram Stoker.  This is a myth that goes back far beyond the novels we’re familiar with, and real people were really afraid of being victimized by vampires back in the day.

Other books by this author include Haunted Historic Greensboro and The Bloodthirsty Weasels: On the Loose And Buck Wild.  You can visit her website and blog at theresabane.net.

You can also follow Theresa on Twitter at twitter.com/Theresa_Bane.

What’s Barack Reading?

According to an article titled Barack Obama’s Favorite Books at abebooks.com, the President’s summer reading list included:

The article has a lot more information about Barack Obama’s reading habits, including Obama’s own list of favorite writers and books, so be sure to visit the link above to learn more.

Romance Author, Nicola Marsh

Today I’m shining the author spotlight on romance writer, Nicola Marsh.  Nicola currently writes for Harlequin Mills and Boon Romance and Modern Heat/Presents series, and has published 20 books and sold over a million copies worldwide.  Nicola is a full-time mommy, as well as a full-time writer.  She says on her website, nicolamarsh.com:

In the ideal world, I would write the whole day (what bliss!) Instead, I have a family to raise so my work day starts at 8.30 pm when the little ones are down for the night. I write for a few hours, longer if I’m on a roll or facing a deadline. Sleep is a distant memory.

You can find out more about this talented and prolific author at the website above, or read this author interview in the Sue’s Clues section of the website, Romance Readers at Heart.  See a list of available romance novels by Nicola Marsh at amazon.com.

I rarely read traditional romance, but after reading a description at cataromance.com of Two Weeks in the Magnate’s Bed, I’m very interested in getting this book!

Nicola Marsh also twitters at twitter.com/NicolaMarsh.