Throwback Thursday – Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles #1) by Anne Rice

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Renee began Throwback Thursday at Its Book Talk as a way to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books that she wants to read that were published over a year ago. Books that were published over a year ago are almost always easier to find at libraries or at a discounted sale price. As I have been sifting through my TBR list and purging those books that no longer hold my interest, I came across several from years past that I’d love to share with you! Continue reading

Throwback Thursday – Freedom’s Landing by Anne McCaffrey

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Renee began Throwback Thursday at Its Book Talk as a way to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books that she wants to read that were published over a year ago. Books that were published over a year ago are almost always easier to find at libraries or at a discounted sale price. As I have been sifting through my TBR list and purging those books that no longer hold my interest, I came across several from years past that I’d love to share with you! Continue reading

Throwback Thursday – July 27

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Renee began Throwback Thursday at Its Book Talk as a way to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books that she wants to read that were published over a year ago. Books that were published over a year ago are almost always easier to find at libraries or at a discounted sale price. As I have been sifting through my TBR list and purging those books that no longer hold my interest, I came across several from years past that I’d love to share with you!

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Game of Thrones Book Tag

Game of Thrones returned to us last week with their season seven premiere. I know I’m not the only one that got head over heels excited about it. In honor of it’s return I thought I’d do the Game of Thrones Book Tag! I found this over at Thrice Read and it was originally created by Biblionyan.


 

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HOUSE LANNISTER: HEAR ME ROAR – Name a book that you originally loved, but upon a re-read realized that it wasn’t so great after all.

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When I first read Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire over a decade ago I adored it along with the rest of her vampire chronicles. Upon a re-read a few years back, I realize I had outgrown my love of Lestat. While it did make me a little sad, because I really loved Lestat, it makes sense. My taste in books has certainly changed since then and broody vampires and definitely no longer up my alley.

 

 

 

HOUSE STARK: WINTER IS COMING – Name your most anticipated book release for 2017.

Well, 2017 is more than half over at this point but there are still a few books coming out that I’m looking forward to. The one that stands out most to me is Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. This one is set for release tomorrow, July 25th, and I know I’m going to be picking up pretty soon after it is released!

HOUSE TARGARYEN: FIRE AND BLOOD – Name a book that you felt completely slayed with fantastic characters, plot, pacing, etc.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. I enjoyed this book far more than I had expected to. The plot never got dull and most of the characters were fascinating. This book is going to be a favorite of mine for years to come.

HOUSE BARATHEON: OURS IS THE FURY – Name a book that ended with a cliffhanger ending that genuinely pissed you off.

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Don’t even have to think about it, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. While reading this book I had become completely invested in the characters and plot and could feel a really good story coming. Then, just as things start getting good, BAM! end of the book. Pissed me off pretty royally. Felt like the book ended up just being all set up to get people to read the next book in the series. Still makes my blood boil.

 

 

HOUSE MARTELL: UNBOWED. UNBENT. UNBROKEN. – Name a book, or book series, that’s been on your TBR since the dawn of time.

The Return of the King by Tolkien. I have been trying to read that sucker, legitimately, for over a decade. Maybe I’ll manage to finish it at some point before I’m dead. Really starting to doubt it though. The never ending descriptions themselves may kill me before then.

HOUSE BOLTON: OUR BLADES ARE SHARP – Name the most graphic or disturbing book that you’ve ever read.

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24690 by A.A. Dark. This book was seriously messed up. Anyone in the slightest bit squeamish or sensitive should run for the hills if they see this book coming. Rape, cannibalism, violent murders, beheadings…it is pretty disturbing.

 

 

 

 

HOUSE TYRELL: GROWING STRONG – Name a book, or book series, that gets better and better with every re-read.

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. I have been in love with these books since I was a small child and re-read them, usually, once a year. Each time I love them more. They are a happy place that reminds me of a care free child hood and hope for the future. Sometimes, we all need reminded of those times.


 

That is it for this Monday. I hope you all have a great week and keep reading!

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Throwback Thursday – July 20

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Renee began Throwback Thursday at Its Book Talk as a way to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books that she wants to read that were published over a year ago. Books that were published over a year ago are almost always easier to find at libraries or at a discounted sale price. As I have been sifting through my TBR list and purging those books that no longer hold my interest, I came across several from years past that I’d love to share with you!


 

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Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Published: 1890
Status: Classic
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.05


 

Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”


 

This is a story I have revisited many times the last two decades. Wilde’s writing has always had a pull for me and The Picture of Dorian Gray is his best work. Some paint Gray as a villain, others as troubled and misunderstood. I fall more in the misunderstood and immensely complicated column. Wilde explores the natures of sin, the depths of morality and immorality, and it is this work that ultimately got him imprisoned. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a must read that will continue to have an impact for many, many years to come.


 

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