Book Review: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Book Review: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

October 1, 2014 Book Review 1 ★★★★

A couple of weeks ago, I hosted the inaugural book club meeting for a group of women in my neighborhood. The book we chose for our first meeting was Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, and all eight of us really enjoyed it. As an adoptive mom, this book really resonated with me, and I was horrified to realize that this was a part of our American history that I was clueless about. By now, you guys are probably sick of hearing me say how much I like books that take place in two different times from two different perspectives. But here we go again…the book tells the stories of Vivian, beginning in the 1920’s as she is a 9-year… Read more »

Audiobook Review: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

Audiobook Review: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

September 29, 2014 Book Review 0 ★★★½

Sweet story, and I enjoyed listening to it. Things I Liked The plot was romantic and fun. Finding Cinderella starts off with Daniel hiding out in a utility closet during 5th period because the school has messed up his schedule and he just can’t be bothered to fix it.  In stumbles a random girl he can’t see and they spend an hour fumbling around in the dark as teenagers do, which eventually leads to sex.  She leaves.  And he has no idea who she was. As we are taken through the novel, it is discovered that he tries to find her, but is unsuccessful, and ends up in a relationship with his crazy girlfriend, Val. The characters were sweet and funny…. Read more »

Discussion: Is it ever okay to ban books?

Discussion: Is it ever okay to ban books?

September 27, 2014 Discussion 6

As you know, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars was banned recently from Riverside Unified School District – but only for middle-schoolers (I don’t believe the book is offered at the elementary grade level).  High-schoolers still have access in their libraries to check it out and read it.  The issue here is one of mortality and sex; the parents of the middle-schoolers don’t want their kids exposed to either in their literature. A couple of years ago, I wrote a discussion piece called Why We Should Just Let Kids Read.  In the article, I talked about how a fellow blogger and twitterer was being restricted from reading Insurgent until she read a classic novel, because her parents felt there… Read more »

Indie Author Excerpts: Bittersweet Rescue by Coleen Kwan

Indie Author Excerpts: Bittersweet Rescue by Coleen Kwan

September 26, 2014 Indie Author Excerpts 0

Welcome! Indie Author Excerpts is a feature allowing indie authors the chance to showcase one of their books and allows readers to find their next favorite story. Each week, an indie author gets to promote a 1-2 page excerpt of their book here at BookShelfery. This is a win-win for everyone! This feature was inspired in part by Indie Author Spotlight, a meme hosted by Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment and CYP @ A Bookalicious Story. “Do you ever feel lost living in such a big house by yourself?”Drake started, unprepared for her question. Ellie was definitely in a strange mood today. She’d been to his house countless times before and never asked something so personal.Her cheeks coloured. “Sorry. Didn’t mean… Read more »

Audiobook Review: Surrender to Temptation by Lauren Jameson

Audiobook Review: Surrender to Temptation by Lauren Jameson

September 24, 2014 Book Review 2

Surrender to Temptation made me want to surrender…my eardrums.  And all memories associated with this audio. Things I Liked Nothing. There was nothing about this book that I enjoyed.  Not one goddamned thing.   Things I Didn’t Like Everything: the characters, the plot.  But mostly the characters.  And the plot. At the beginning of Surrender to Temptation, I actually did enjoy it.  It reminded me of Bared to You by Sylvia Day, except on the the west coast.  A lot of the plot lines were similarly drawn:  Wealthy CEO of a self-built corporation meets a girl who eventually is in his employ; both have emotional issues and baggage and (surprise!) they are sexually attracted to each other. But where Bared… Read more »

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Hunting in Bruges by E.J. Stevens

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Hunting in Bruges by E.J. Stevens

September 23, 2014 Cover Reveal 0

It’s rare that we do cover reveals here at BookShelfery, but when we do, rest assured it’s because we’re excited about the book!  Behold the cover for HUNTING IN BRUGES, the debut novel in the Hunters’ Guild urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens. Keep reading for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Release Date:  November 11, 2014 Genre:  Paranormal, Urban Fantasy Pre-order:  Amazon. Add to your TBR: Goodreads.   The only thing worse than being a Hunter in the fae-ridden city of Harborsmouth, is hunting vamps in Bruges. Being shipped off to Belgium sucks. The medieval city of Bruges is quaint, but the local Hunters’ Guild is understaffed, the canals are choked with dead bodies, and there’s no shortage of… Read more »

Movie Monday: Nymph()maniac Vol 1 & 2

Movie Monday: Nymph()maniac Vol 1 & 2

September 22, 2014 Movies 3 ★★★★★

  Director:  Lars Von Trier (Anti-Christ and Melancholia) Producer: Marie Cecilie Gade and Louise Vesth Script Writer:    Lars Von Trier Actors: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie, Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Michaël Pas, Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier Genre: Drama Running time: 5 hours 42 min (325 min) On a cold winter’s evening, the old, charming bachelor Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård) finds the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) beaten up in an alleyway. He brings her home to his flat where he tends to her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe, over the next eight chapters, recounts the lustful story of her… Read more »

Commenting Systems:  What do you use?

Commenting Systems: What do you use?

September 19, 2014 Discussion 10

Native Commenting System vs. Disqus and LiveFyre Awhile ago, we were using Disqus and then we switched to Livefyre, because the live comments was engaging.  I really liked both for a number of reasons and I kind of want to go back to one of them, but can’t quite bring myself to pull the trigger.  So I’m going to detail here why I like each and let you weigh in, too. DISQUS Well, first, it cuts down on the spam.  Lately, the spammers are ignoring me, but it seems to come in waves.  When I had Disqus install, there was virtually no spam getting through because spammers won’t sign up, since it’s mostly bots anyway. I also liked the community… Read more »