Throwback Thursday: June 14th, 2018

I’ve decided to do Throwback Thursday but blog style. I am going to select a book I have read before and see if I would still read it.

This week’s Throwback Thursday is a fantasy.

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

Date of publication: October 20th, 1955

Genre: fantasy

Where you can find The Lord of the Rings: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Did I like The Lord of the Rings when I first read it? Does the sunshine? Do bees like flowers? Are oceans salty? Of course, I liked it. Actually, I more than liked it. I loved it. I will admit that because of the age I read it, I had trouble following along. But I reread it in my teens and it became one of my favorite books of all time.

Age I first read The Lord of the Rings: If I remember right (and don’t hold me to this), I was either 12 or 13 when I first read the book. While I finished it, I had issues following it. The next time I read it, I was 15-16. I had no problem following along and fell in love with the books.

Would I read The Lord of the Rings now: Of course!!!

How many stars would I have given The Lord of the Rings back then: 12 year old me: 3-4 (see above). 15-16 year old me: 5

How many stars would I give The Lord of the Rings now: 5. One of my all-time favorite books!!!

Have you read The Lord of the Rings?

Did you like it?

Did you see the movies?

How did they compare to the book?

Let me know!!

Throwback Thursday: June 7th, 2018

I’ve decided to do Throwback Thursday but blog style. I am going to select a book I have read before and see if I would still read it.

This week’s Throwback Thursday is a dark fantasy.

Black Sun Rising (The Coldfire Trilogy, #1)

Date of publication: September 1st, 1992

Genre: Fantasy, science fiction

Where you can find Black Sun Rising: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

The Coldfire trilogy tells a story of discovery and battle against evil on a planet where a force of nature exists that is capable of reshaping the world in response to psychic stimulus. This terrifying force, much like magic, has the power to prey upon the human mind, drawing forth a person’s worst nightmare images or most treasured dreams and indiscriminately giving them life. This is the story of two men: one, a warrior priest ready to sacrifice anything and everything for the cause of humanity’s progress; the other, a sorcerer who has survived for countless centuries by a total submission to evil. They are absolute enemies who must unite to conquer an evil greater than anything their world has ever known.

Did I like Black Sun Rising when I first read it? OMG, yes. I had fallen in love with Anne Bishop’s The Black Jewel series. When I saw Black Sun Rising, it called to me. When I read it, I was blown away.

Age I first read Black Sun Rising: early to mid 20’s.

Would I read Black Sun Rising now? Yes. Like I said above, I really liked it.

How many stars would I have given Black Sun Rising back then: 5

How many stars would I give Black Sun Rising now: 4. I don’t give 5’s out as easily as I did when I was younger. Plus, I would have to reread the book to see if it lived up to what I remembered.

Have you read Black Sun Rising?

Did you like it?

Dark Fantasy? 

Like that genre or not?

Let me know!!

Throwback Thursday: May 31st, 2018

I decided to do Throwback Thursday but blog style. I am going to select a book I have read before and see if I would still read it.

This week’s Throwback Thursday is a space opera.

Spinward Fringe Broadcasts 1 and 2: Resurrection and Awakening (Spinward Fringe, #1-2, Omnibus)

Date of publication: August 1st, 2008

Genre: Science fiction, Space Opera

Where you can find Spinward Fringe: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

This volume collects the first two novellas in the Spinward Fringe Series: Resurrection and Awakening. Captain Jacob Valance has no memory of his past. Left on a strange ship in an unfamiliar sector of the galaxy, he was forced to begin a new life. Years pass and in that time he’s earned a reputation as a man who can hunt down hardened criminals and go where others fear to tread. The crew of the Samson are caught up in the problems of their Captain as his past starts to catch up with him. Just as new allies start to fall in line old enemies come creeping out of the shadows, putting everyone at risk. While the crew struggles to deal with their own problems, Regent Galactic begins putting a plan in motion that will bring about the fourth fall of man and position their Corporation as the dominant power on the fringe. Their ambition and greed spell disaster for mankind. The Spinward Fringe Series follows after the First Light Chronicles, available in a collected Omnibus.

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Throwback Thursday: May 24th, 2018

I decided to do Throwback Thursday but blog style. I am going to select a book I have read before and see if I would still read it.

This week’s Throwback Thursday is a historical vampire romance:

After Midnight (Cabot, #1)

Author: Teresa Medeiros

Date of publication: August 30th, 2005

Genre: Paranormal, historical romance

Where you can find After MidnightAmazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

“Our sister is marrying a vampire.”

When the ever practical Caroline Cabot first hears those words from the lips of her fanciful youngest sister, she accuses Portia of having a wild imagination.

But when she discovers their sister Vivienne is actually being courted by Adrian Kane, the mysterious viscount rumored to be a vampire, she decides to accept his invitation to a midnight supper and do some sleuthing of her own. To both her delight and her dismay, she soon finds herself falling under Kane’s bewitching spell.

After all, what’s a proper young lady to do when her sister’s suitor arouses more than just her suspicions?


Have I reviewed anything by Teresa Medeiros? No. I didn’t have a WordPress or Goodreads back then

Have I read any other books by Teresa Medeiros? Oh yes. I was in my late teens/early 20’s I picked up Heather and Velvet and got hooked. I read every single one of her books up until After Midnight.

Did I like After Midnight when I first read it? Oh yes. It was a historical romance/vampire novel. What wasn’t there to love about it?

Age I first read After Midnight? late 20’s. I was pregnant with my now 12-year-old. This was actually the last book that I bought before I gave birth.

Would I read After Midnight now? Yes.

How many stars would I give it:

Late 20’s me: 4 stars

Early 40’s me: 4 stars. Even though I remember it being kind of like a historical romance Twilight.

Have you read this book? Thoughts on it?

Throwback Thursday: May 17th, 2018

I decided to do Throwback Thursday but blog style. I am going to select a book I have read before and see if I would still read it. So, here goes nothing!!

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, I am featuring a book about a vampire:

The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2)

Author: Anne Rice

Date of publication: 1985

Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Paranormal

Where you can find The Vampire Lestat: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now Lestat is a rockstar in the demonic, shimmering 1980s. He rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his terrifying exsitence. His story, the second volume in Anne Rice’s best-selling Vampire Chronicles, is mesmerizing, passionate, and thrilling.


Have I reviewed anything else by Anne Rice? No. I read The Vampire Lestat when I was in high school, so no review because Goodreads/Amazon/Wordpress wasn’t around back then.

Have I read other books by this author? Yes. I have read almost all of her books.

Did I like this book when I first read it? Yes. It appealed to a teenaged me.

If I reread this book, would I like it? Yes. I have reread it a few times (before I lost all of my paperbacks in a moving mishap). The last time was in 2013 when I logged it on Goodreads.

Age I first read The Vampire Lestat? 16-17 years old. My mother had heard of it (don’t know how she knew about it) and told me that it was porn and that she didn’t want me reading it. Which had the exact opposite effect. As soon as I could, I went to the bookstore and bought it. Read it and loved it. Of course, my mother found out and was pretty steamed but she didn’t take it away. It mysteriously went missing for a couple of months and turned up back in my bedroom. I think she took it and read it…lol.

Would I read The Vampire Lestat now? Yes. Absolutely.

How many stars would I give it:

Teenage me: 5 stars. Absolutely loved the book. Couldn’t get enough of Lestat.

Middle Age Me: 4 stars. Remembering that I got bored of all the sex in the book but loved the rich, complex world that Anne Rice created. Can’t believe that I got bored with the sex. Jeesh, what is wrong with me.

Throwback Thursday Books–May 2nd 2018

I decided to do Throwback Thursday but blog style. I am going to select a book I have read before and see if I would still read it. So, here goes nothing!!

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, I am going back to a classic:

Sense and Sensibility

Author: Jane Austen

Date of publication: October 30th, 1811

Genre: General Fiction, Romance

Where you can find Sense and Sensibility: Amazon.  You can get it on the Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, and Audiobook

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

‘The more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!’

Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love—and its threatened loss—the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.

This edition includes explanatory notes, textual variants between the first and second editions, and Tony Tanner’s introduction to the original Penguin Classic edition.

Did I like this book: Yes. I had to read it for either sophomore or junior English class. My interest was sparked.

Did I like the author: Yes

Age I first read the book: mid-teens, I was in high school.

Age now: early 40’s

Would I read the book now: Maybe. I know that it’s a classic but I don’t have the time to dedicate to reading it.

How many stars would I give it:

Teen me: 5 stars

Middle age me: 5 stars