I’ve been fortunate to be a book reviewer of all sorts of books, from fiction to metaphysical subjects. I’m hoping to start posting more reviews here on Shades of Maybe. Today’s review is of Runes by Ednah Waters, a ARC I received through netgalley.com.
I must say that it was very enjoyable. The characters felt more real than most YA books, they had well rounded lives that involved equal measures of school, modern day internets, and high school participation. The story felt a bit rushed but it was a good opener for a promising series. The supernatural bits kept me guessing and I can say that I look forward to learning more about the world that Walters has created. As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, I loved that this book was set in Portland, Oregon’s backyard. I also enjoyed how Walters used runes in her story. I don’t read runes but I love divination types and seeing that the runes were made into a magical system, that also doubled as a type of tattoo, got me really excited. I can’t wait to see how this system develops and morphs later in the series. If you want a good, fun and fast read, then Runes will be that book.
I stepped up my reading habits this year and here’s a nice graphic of all the books I read in 2011. I also completed my GoodReads.com reading challenge of 100 books in one year.
Here’s a list of all the books I read in 2010.
MikeOfAllPeople posted this picture on reddit today and it brought back a flood of memories for me today. Autumn always reminds me of these fliers and of school learning. I LOVED getting the Scholastic book forms. I recall spending hours carefully reading and re-reading them; figuring out which juicy fiction books to circle or place stars next to so I could get my parents to fill out the form and give me a check for the new books.
The day the books arrived were always a treat. Unceremoniously wrapped in rubber bands, with my form peering out from the small stack with my name on it. It became a status symbol for kids in my classroom… waiting to see which books arrived and who had the biggest counts. Occasionally, this was not me. I have often wondered if Scholastic was still promoting reading and titles this way and now I have my answers. Thanks for the memories, MikeOfAllPeople and to Scholastic for turning me into a book junkie.
The latest issue of New Renaissance’s newsletter features Shon Clark’s Fire from the Cauldron. I’m excited about this book because it’s the first book I edited for Megalithica Books/Immanion Press.
In this review, I gave some tidbits about what makes this book so important and special. Click here to go read it online. Thanks Erin Donley for allowing me to lend my voice to the review.
This week I write an apology and review a wonderful marketing book catered to artists who want to turn their artistic passions into a full time career. Go read the article to find out why I had to apologize to the author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio.
2009 has come and gone and I wanted to do a nice wrap up post on all that I accomplished. While I didn’t post goals I had for the year publicly, I did have a few of them. Click on the link below to read what I was able to track through the year.
Continue reading 2009 Wrap-up
This week, I wrote my thoughts on the Quo Vadis Habana notebook. Not only does it make a sturdy companion for writing your thoughts, it also is a comparable replacement for a Moleskine. Go read my review and see what else I had to say.
I was poking around on a website called Shelfari and found that they took pictures of Neil Gaiman’s library. Other author’s writing spaces and libraries fascinate me, so of course I gotta check out those images through to see what he keeps on his shelves.
I start clicking on the thumb nails to expand the images to their large size. That’s when I come across this:
Continue reading Perusing the Shelves
Reviews of RAVENS keep trickling in. I’ve seen two more this week. One by LiveJournal user mavrick_weirdo and another by Jennifer Brozek. You should go visit their blogs and see what they had to say about the book.
In other news, s00j and Cathrynne Valente are here in Portland. They’re doing a Palimpsest Release Concert tonight at the Camellia Lounge, 510 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 ($10 suggested donation; this venue is 21+ after 8pm). I think all Portlanders should go check it out. I know I am.