Monday, January 6, 2014

BEST BOOK of 2013 and Bout of Books 9.0 Progress/Challenge

Happy First Day of BOUT OF BOOKS 9.0, booklings.

Before we go in to that... are you FROZEN yet? I live in the SOUTH, pumpkins, and it's 18 degrees outside which means I know you readers in the North are practically Popsicles!

I hope you're staying warm! Grab a warm blanket and a good book! (Hot Chocolate also helps).


Bout Of Books is happening! It's day 1 and you STILL have time to sign up! GO GO GO!

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
As a reminder here's my GOAL POST
(As of 10:00pm Day 1)

133/ 256 pages. 52% done!

0/ 597 pages. 0% done!

DAY 1 

Imagine if you will: you’ve just received some FANTASTIC news! You have won a $100 book buying spree! Now comes the hard part though: what books will you buy?! For this challenge, you’ll be creating your book buying spree wishlist, and sharing it in the comments (the comments on Bookish Comforts' webpage.)

Go on and participate in this Challenge, munchkins! You may very well win free book from the Book Depository!

Day 6 of Parajunkee's New Year Blogger Challenge. Holla!

Day 6
Best Book of 2013 
(Click on the book image to head to its corresponding GoodReads page)

Easy. Now I'm sure there were PLENTY of other books that were fantastically fantastical in 2013, but I didn't get a chance to read them. This one was my love love for the 2013 book year.

I miss you, Sookie!

Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)

(Click the link for the full post)

Oh. My. Goodness.

I have spent years loving the Sookie Stakhouse novels and waiting patiently for them to be released one after another. Though I didn't find them until after 2005 (the first was published in 1999) I became a big fan of Sookie and have enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse saga.

I was not disappointed with this last book necessarily. Well, not at all... as you can see I gave it a 5/5. It was a great ending to a phenomenal series. I'm just not 100% positive I gel with the person she ended up with. Not that I don't like the character the ends up being "The One" for Sookie. He's great! I just don't feel like Ms. Harris got you warmed up enough to the idea before throwing you in to it.

Needless to say, I consider Sookie Stackhouse to be one of my best literary friends and I wish her fictional-future to be nothing but happy!

Dead Ever After was a great final book. Not only does Ms. Harris tie up a BUNCH of loose ends that were just blowin' in the wind there for a while... she does so with enough finality to make the readers comfortable with leaving Sookie alone. There's hope for her having a happy life after all.

I was surprised by (though shouldn't have been) by the sheriff swap. I wasn't sure what was going to happen in that department but it came together nicely.


Alright. Anyway. Ms. Harris uses her last book as an opportunity to reintroduce characters that the reader hadn't heard from in a while... she also takes great care in making sure that each of Sookie's love-interests are either "off-limits" enough or "out-of-mind" enough for there never to be any future requited love issues going on there. Which is good... because Sookie sure did know how to fall for some pretty dangerous guys! Yoiks!

In the series Sookie dated 2 vampires, a werewolf, a were tiger, and a shape-shifter. She was also pursued by multiple other-creatures including fairies. I mean, yikes. This girl had an interesting love-life and, honestly, I'm going to miss hearing about it!

Sookie Stackhouse was a brave, unique, sassy, and out-of-the-norm heroine. Not only is she a SOUTHERN girl... she's also been described as being a size 10 with a healthy appetite. I could go on and on about how I appreciate a book with a main character that isn't "slim waisted", "waiflike" or "athletic".

Ms. Harris managed to create a female character that could stand up for herself without coming off too cold or bitchy. She made Sookie juuuussst vulnerable enough to make us feel like we weren't reading about a stone-cold, emotionless female. However, I never felt like Sookie was the "Rescue me" damsel in distress, either. She knew how to take care of herself and when to let others help take care of her.

The entire LGBT underline was well done and perfectly displayed. Though these books were romance/action/mystery/supernatural all woven together in a harmonious saga of awesome... they were also a commentary on today's human rights movements.

Anyway... I'm sad that the series has ended but I'm happy that I got a chance to enjoy it for 13 full books. 
 Until Next Blog, 

Read On!

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