ARC Review: Runes

17563021I’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.

2011 in Books

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.

Jaymi’s 2011 book montage

Brainstorm
Zombies Vs. Unicorns
Crescendo
Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go
Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be: Lessons on Change, Loss, and Spiritual Transformation
Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
Spiritual Mentoring: A Pagan Guide
Slights
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
Happy Hour of the Damned
Hunter
Energy Essentials for Witches and Spellcasters
Dark Oracle
Spellbent
The Demon's Lexicon
Brightly Woven
Beyond Prediction: The Tarot and Your Spirituality
Rituals for Life: Create Your Own Sacred Ceremonies
52 Projects: Random Acts of Everyday Creativity
Glimmerglass



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2010 in Books

Here’s a list of all the books I read in 2010.

Jaymi’s 2010 book montage

The Thirteenth Tale
Unclutter Your Life in One Week
Magic or Madness
When You Reach Me
Hush, Hush
Crafting Magick with Pen and Ink: Learn to Write Stories, Spells and Other Magickal Works
I'd Rather Be in the Studio!: The Artist's No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion
Wake
City of Glass
Another Faust
The Gargoyle
Shiver
Three Days to Dead
Home Sanctuary
The Happiness Project
Choice Centered Tarot
The Hunger Games
Simple Fortunetelling with Tarot Cards: Corrine Kenner's Complete Guide
Tarot Tells the Tale: Explore Three-Card Readings Through Familiar Stories
Fade



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Remember Scholastic?

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.

New Renaissance Review of Fire from the Cauldron

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.

DIYP Article Up: Review of I’d Rather Be in the Studio

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.

Perusing the Shelves

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:
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Two RAVENS Reviews and a Concert

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.