Book Review: Counting One’s Blessings edited by William Shawcross

counting one's blessingsInfo:
Title: Counting One’s Blessings: The Selected Letters of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
Author: edited by William Shawcross
Release Date: November 27, 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Source: Library
Series? No
Genre: Nonfiction
Page Count: 688
Rating:

Summary:

William Shawcross’s official biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, published in September 2009, was a huge critical and commercial success. One of the great revelations of the book was Queen Elizabeth’s insightful, witty private correspondence. Indeed, The Sunday Times described her letters as “wonderful . . . brimful of liveliness and irreverence, steeliness and sweetness.” Now, Shawcross has put together a selection of her letters, drawing on the vast wealth of material in the Royal Archives and at Glamis Castle. Queen Elizabeth was a prolific correspondent from her earliest childhood before the First World War to the very end of her long life at the beginning of the twenty-first century, and her letters offer readers a vivid insight into the real person behind the public face. (summary from goodreads)

My Review:
I had hoped this book would be a personal, enlightening view into the mind of the Queen Mother, because it’s composed of her letters, but instead it’s a bland, boring book. If I didn’t have a thing about finishing books, I likely would have stopped after the first few letters. The book is almost a disservice to the Queen Mother — her personality comes across as silly and vapid.

The letters from World War II were the most interesting, and if you’re going to skim over any of this book, I recommend checking out those letters. That’s where her “steel” shows through. Shawcross also includes her wartime broadcasts in that section.

However, other than that, this book is a real slog to get through. I think it would have been vastly improved by cutting down on the number of letters in the book (they span her entire life, from childhood to death), and including the letters she was responding to. There’s no context for 95% of the Queen Mother’s letters, and basically I felt like I was reading thank you note after thank you note. There’s only one instance where the text of a letter she replied to is included — a note from Prince Philip. Why only that letter? I wish I knew.

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– leeanna

Rainbow Reading Challenge

Using ALA’s 2013 Rainbow List, I’ve decided to make a reading challenge. I aim to read every book on the list. If anyone wants to join me, leave a comment!

  1. Sparks: the Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie by S.J. Adams
  2. Boys of Summer edited by Steve Berman
  3. Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
  4. Between You & Me by Marisa Calin
  5. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
  6. When We Were Outlaws: a Memoir of Love & Revolution by Jeanne Cordova
  7. One in Every Crowd by Ivan E. Coyote
  8. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
  9. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth
  10. Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis
  11. Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
  12. The Thunder in His Head by Gene Gant
  13. My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer by Jennifer Gennari
  14. The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George
  15. Mariposa Gown by Rigoberto Gonzalez
  16. Dirty One: Stories by Michael Graves
  17. Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin
  18. Avengers: the Children’s Crusade by Allan Heinberg
  19. Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole
  20. Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
  21. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
  22. See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles
  23. Personal Effects by E. M. Kokie
  24. Adaptation by Malinda Lo
  25. Roving Pack by Sassafras Lowrey
  26. 37 Things I Love (In No Particular Order) by Kekla Magoon
  27. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  28. The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves edited by Sarah Moon
  29. Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz
  30. October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman
  31. Kevin Keller by Dan Parent
  32. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  33. It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It) by Julie Ann Peters
  34. OMG Queer edited by Kathleen Radclyffe
  35. Chulito: a Novel by Charles Rice-Gonzalez
  36. Way to Go by Tom Ryan
  37. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  38. Willie and Uncle Bill by Amy Schwartz
  39. Oddly Normal: One Family’s Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with his Sexuality by John Schwartz
  40. Wandering Son, Volume 2 by Shimura Takako
  41. Wandering Son, Volume 3 by Shimura Takako
  42. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  43. The Winter Garden and Other Stories by Hayden Thorne
  44. Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble
  45. My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family by Zach Wahls
  46. Batwoman, vol. 1: Hydrology by J. H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman
  47. Street Dreams by Tama Wise
  48. If I Told You So by Timothy Woodward

Feature and Follow Friday #2

Feature and Follow is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Its purpose is to help bloggers gain new followers and friends.

If you’re going to follow me, please use either Linky, Twitter, or Facebook as I do NOT have GFC. Thank you! If you do follow, please say so and I’ll return the follow :)

What is the first thing you would do if you woke up to find yourself in your favorite book?

Go do some magic! Since I’d probably wake up in the world of Harry Potter, I’d get myself a wand and Apparate and Disapparate everywhere. That would be so handy on days like today when the snow makes my drive half an hour longer :|

– leeanna

February 2013 Page Count Contest

I’m participating in Reading Angel’s page count contest. It’s a fun way to push yourself to read more. My goal for February is 6,000 pages.

Title Author Date Finished Page Count
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J.K. Rowling 02/02/13 870
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J.K. Rowling 02/03/13 652
City of a Thousand Dolls Miriam Forster 02/04/13 368
Trickster Jeff Somers 02/05/13 384
Shadow on the Crown Patricia Bracewell 02/08/13 432
WoW: The Well of Eternity Richard A. Knaak 02/09/13 384
WoW: The Demon Soul Richard A. Knaak 02/11/13 384
WoW: The Sundering Richard A. Knaak 02/12/13 384
WoW: Rise of the Horde Christie Golden 02/13/13 355
The Hallowed Ones Laura Bickle 02/14/13 311
WoW: The Last Guardian Jeff Grubb 02/14/13 320
Dance of Shadows Yelena Black 02/15/2013 447
WoW: Tides of Darkness Aaron Rosenberg 02/16/13 320
WoW: Beyond the Dark Portal Christie Golden & Aaron Rosenberg 02/18/13 384
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows JK Rowling 02/20/13 784
WoW: Lord of the Clans Christie Golden 02/22/13 302
The Murmurings Carly Anne West 02/26/13 384
The Passion of Artemisia Susan Vreeland 02/28/13 352
       

Running count: 7,817

– leeanna

Goodbye January, Hello February

IN JANUARY…
To kick off the month, I read 19 books! Not too shabby. I made my goal for January’s Page Count Contest. My goal was 6,000, and I read 6,854.

The blog also got a redesign, and I added two “features.” Inside the Nest for weekly personal updates, and Fit Owl Tuesdays for fitness updates.

Reviews Written:
Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell.
The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski
Broken by A. E. Rought
God Save the Queen by Kate Locke
The Second Empress by Michelle Moran
Vampires Revealed by Rebeka Harrington
Desires Revealed by Rebeka Harrington
The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir
The Queen’s Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile by C. W. Gortner
Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey by Alison Weir
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn

It’s Monday, What Did I Read?
January 7, 2013
January 14, 2013
January 21, 2013
January 28, 2013

Fit Owl Tuesdays:
Week 1
Week 2

Waiting on Wednesday:
Dualed by Elsie Chapman
Poison by Bridget Zinn
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Prodigy by Marie Lu
The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Inside the Nest:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

Other Stuff:
Bout of Books 6.0 Readathon
Guest Post on Reading by Megan Thomason

Goal Progress:
How did I do on my Blogging Resolutions?
01: Post 2-3 reviews a week: Check!
02: Keep Amazon/Goodreads updated: Strike
03: Make 1 vlog a month: Strike. Maybe I’ll try to make 2 in February to make up.
04: Post 1 personal update a week: 3/4 weeks, 75% check.
05: Use Facebook: I’m trying to. I have a grand total of 5 likes.
06: Learn about SEO: Strike
07: Be more active on Twitter: Strike

 

FEBRUARY PLANS…
As always, I’m participating in Reading Angel’s Page Count Contest. My goal for February is 6,000 pages. My biggest goal for February is to get to all of the review books I have, and to get reviews up before or just after the book’s release date.

My other goal for February is to get off my butt and get some writing done. This will involve planting my butt in a chair and pounding out at least 200 words a night. 200 words doesn’t sound like a lot, but I have got to have something to aim for, and 200 is a good number for the nights when I really don’t want to write. On the nights when the words are cooperating, I should get out more.

– leeanna

Waiting on Wednesday: The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

the nightmare affairThe Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Release Date: March 5, 2013

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.

Literally.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target. (summary from goodreads)

The unusual cover for The Nightmare Affair caught my eye first. It reminds me of the cover for Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. The idea of the Nightmare reminds me a bit of Piers Anthony’s Xanth books. Here’s hoping the romance doesn’t overpower what sounds like a good book.

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

– leeanna

Book Review: Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn

star wars: scoundrelsInfo:
Title: Star Wars: Scoundrels
Author: Timothy Zahn
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Publisher: LucasBooks
Source: Amazon Vine
Series? Star Wars
Genre: Science Fiction
Page Count: 432
Rating:

Summary:

To make his biggest score, Han’s ready to take even bigger risks.
But even he can’t do this job solo.

Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han’s got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he’s deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There’s a bounty on Han’s head—and if he can’t cough up the credits, he’ll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king’s ransom. Or maybe a gangster’s fortune? That’s what a mysterious stranger is offering in exchange for Han’s less-than-legal help with a riskier-than-usual caper. The payoff will be more than enough for Han to settle up with Jabba—and ensure he never has to haggle with the Hutts again.

All he has to do is infiltrate the ultra-fortified stronghold of a Black Sun crime syndicate underboss and crack the galaxy’s most notoriously impregnable safe. It sounds like a job for miracle workers . . . or madmen. So Han assembles a gallery of rogues who are a little of both—including his indispensable sidekick Chewbacca and the cunning Lando Calrissian. If anyone can dodge, deceive, and defeat heavily armed thugs, killer droids, and Imperial agents alike—and pull off the heist of the century—it’s Solo’s scoundrels. But will their crime really pay, or will it cost them the ultimate price? (summary from goodreads)

My Review:
Scoundrels is set right after Star Wars: A New Hope. Don’t worry if you’ve never read a Star Wars Expanded Universe novel before — you don’t need to know any background. As someone who has been disappointed by some of the EU developments and experiments (such as the Yuuzhan Vong war and the Red Harvest horror/zombie novel) I was a little worried, but I shouldn’t have been. Timothy Zahn has always been one of my favorite EU authors, and in Scoundrels, he delivers an exciting adventure that I devoured in a matter of hours.

Remember the big reward Han got at the end of “A New Hope?” The one he needed to pay off Jabba? Well, he lost it, and with Jabba still after him, he needs a job with a big payoff. It’s his lucky day when a guy named Eanjer claims he’ll split 163 million credits with Han if Han can help him recover the stolen credits. The only problem? The guy that has Eanjer’s credits is a Black Sun sector chief, and Villachor is serious about his security. Paranoid doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Even though Han’s a smuggler, not a safe cracker or thief, he’s sure he can do the job. Using the huge payoff as a lure, he assembles a team including his faithful sidekick Chewie as well as Lando Calrissian. Also included are Winter and Kell Tainer, faces experienced EU readers will recognize, and some new rogues, such Bink and Tavia, as a pair of identical twin thieves.

The heist is the focus of the novel. As always with Han, nothing is as easy as it sounds, and before he and the team know it, they’re in way over their head. Besides getting into a virtually impregnable safe, they’ve got a Black Sun Vigo in the mix and even some Imperials. I don’t want to spoil anything, because part of the fun is figuring out all the clues. I will say the ending surprised the kriffing Sithspit out of me! I SO did not see it coming, but I’m sure if I reread the book, I’d see clues pointing it out.

Scoundrels isn’t the typical Star Wars novel, full of space battles and lightsaber fights. Because Han, Chewie, and Lando are familiar characters, we don’t learn a whole lot of new information about them. Zahn instead develops the ensemble cast. I particularly enjoyed seeing Winter in a bigger role, and watching Villachor try to figure out the right thing to do — aka how to stay alive.

I tend to prefer the older EU books, such as the Thrawn trilogy, the X-Wing series, and the Jedi Academy trilogy. I’m happy to say that Scoundrels will join those favorites in my Star Wars section, and I look forward to rereading it in the future. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a Star Wars book so much.

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– leeanna

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #43 ( #IMWAYR )

Last Week’s Reads:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by J.K. Rowling
Star Wars: Scoundrels
by Timothy Zahn♦♦
 
Magisterium
by Jeff Hirsch
Daynight
by Megan Thomason♦♦
 

This Week’s Reads:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
by J.K. Rowling
Lady at the O.K. Corral
by Ann Kirschner♦♦

As you can see, I’m plowing my way through Harry Potter. Something about reading HP, even though I’ve already read the series countless times, usually puts me in a better mood. Which is a good thing, because January has been somewhat of a reading drought. I’ve read some good books, but also some that weren’t so good. I need to get better about putting a book down when I can tell I’m not going to enjoy it, rather than finish it anyways.

I’m hoping HP kicks off some inspiration, too. My goal was to have a first draft finished by March, but it’s looking more like I’ll be lucky to have a first draft started by March.

I’m going to have a busy February ahead of me, reading wise. I have some review books I’m really excited about, and I’m geekily making up a reading/review schedule.

I also started watching Downton Abbey this weekend. All I can say — what took me so long? I can see me reading lots of period fiction and nonfiction. I already have some stuff on hold.

Review books received from:
Star Wars: Scoundrels: Amazon Vine
Daynight: author for blog tour
Lady at the O.K. Corral: Amazon Vine

Thank you! ♥

♦♦ indicates books received for review

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Journey.

The YA linky list for It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts.

– leeanna

Blog Tour Guest Post: Megan Thomason, author of daynight

Today I am one of the stops on the daynight blog tour, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. I was intrigued that the author read over 600 books last year and still found time to write, let alone do everything else! So I asked her to write a guest post about reading :D


To Read or Not to Read?—Not even a question
Read for success. Read for enjoyment. Read for escape. Read to try new things. Read for great memories. But, whatever you do, read. 

Recipe for success
Most people would like to be successful and have the perks that go with success, right? While we may not be able to control our circumstances—what schools we go to, family we’re born into, how smart we are—there’s one thing that we can control that will have a profound impact on our future success and that’s how much we read. I won’t bore you with a long recitation of studies on the subject (they about put me to sleep), but here’s what the studies show… If you read (and I’m not talking about reading dull text books for school here… I’m talking about reading for pleasure), you will be blessed with:
-  A bigger vocabulary
-  Better writing and spelling
-  Improved thought processes
-  Better test scores
-  Better jobs (strong literacy is required for most decent jobs)
-  More general knowledge, understanding of other cultures; greater insight into human nature and decision making

So, duh, take the time to read. Since you’re on a book blog, I assume you do this :) . If you don’t like lugging around books, download the Kindle (or Nook or iBooks) app on your phone or other portable device and read on that. Very handy while stuck waiting and perhaps more useful that reviewing the same facebook posts for the hundredth time (yeah, I’ve done that, too).

Escape 101 aka The Emotional Roller Coaster
Why else do we read?

I read for enjoyment. Sometimes I need a good laugh. Sometimes I need someone to cry with. Sometimes I need to feel like someone else’s circumstances are worse than my own. Sometimes I need to feel the spark that comes with a new relationship. Sometimes I need to believe that magic is real. Sometimes I want to escape this world and live in another.

Bottom line—reading gets your mind off your own drama and absorbed in someone else’s drama. I call it Escape 101. For me, it’s a matter of self-preservation. Life can be pretty darn crappy sometimes. I had a terrible year this past year, so I enrolled in the advanced Escapism course and read more than 600 books. This literally kept me (mostly) sane. While many may turn to a bottle, drugs, self-mutilation or suffer from depression—I combat the negative thoughts with a good story. While it didn’t change my circumstances, it helped change my attitude about my circumstances.

Picking the best books
One person’s favorite book will be another person’s least favorite. We all have unique tastes and different books will appeal to different people. The same book could be either spectacular or mediocre depending on when you read it.  So, my best advice is to try it before you buy it. I’ve wasted a lot less money since Amazon posted samples of each book. I download the sample. If I like it, I buy it. If I don’t like it, I don’t buy it. It’s that simple. Taking into account ratings, reviews and recommendations is all well and good. But still, try before you buy. If your attention hasn’t been captured in that first 10% of the book, chances are that you won’t love the rest.

Variety is the spice of life
I find reading the same kinds of books over and over to be quite boring. Variety is key to maintaining my love of reading. Since I write for young adults, I try to stay primarily within the young adult/new adult genres, but mix it up. I find I can’t read twenty dystopian novels in a row, even though my novel, daynight, is dystopian. Same goes with sappy romances or fantasy or books about angels (don’t even get me started on those). If I switch back and forth between various types, I end up enjoying each novel much more than I otherwise would. Sure, we all have our favorites, but some of the best books I read in the past year were outside my ‘comfort zone.’

Time Well Spent
Unlike many things I do, it’s a rare occurrence when I’ve just read and think to myself “I want that time back”.

My favorite reads
Childhood most memorable reads: The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, Watership Down, Nancy Drew series, Betsy-Tacey series, Little Women, Green Eggs & Ham, all things Greek mythology

Big impact: Pride and Prejudice, 1984, Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment, The Scarlet Letter, Of Mice and Men, Anne of Green Gables series, Lord of the Flies, The Diary of a Young Girl, The Raven & other Poe poems, Flowers in the Attic (yes, shame on my mom for not screening my books… no wonder my mind is so warped!)

Favorite reads of 2012: I had more than 50 favorites in 2012 (of 600+ read), including Divergent/Insurgent; Thoughtless/Effortless; Daughter of Smoke and Bone; That Boy/That Wedding; Wool; Easy; The Edge of Never; The Fault in our Stars; Vampire Academy series; and Poison Study. My full list of favorites can be found here.

What will your next adventure be? Will you fight in the arena alongside Katniss Everdeen via The Hunger Games? Journey with Gandalf and take ‘my precious’ from Gollum in The Hobbit? Jump onto a moving train in Insurgent? Have your heart torn to pieces in The Fault in Our Stars? Fight the Strigoi in Vampire Academy? Solve the mystery of the cleanings in Wool?

Or perhaps you’ll accept my invitation to join Kira, Ethan and Blake on Thera as they try to thwart The Second Chance Institute in daynight. Read the sample for daynight here


daynight by Megan Thomason

Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex.

Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.

Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.

Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.

Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is Megan Thomason’s debut young adult dystopian novel and first in the daynight series.

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Praise

“Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story” —Kirkus Reviews
“Gripping young adult dystopian novel; compelling conflicts; high stakes; powerful narrative; surprises keep coming; strong writing; page-turner; engaging characters; Readers will be hungry for the sequels.”—BlueInk Review (starred review)

“The writing is impressive and the story is a real page-turner. So many twists and turns… I’m hooked… I can’t wait for the next installment to come out…4.5 out of 5 stars”—Self-Publishing Review

“Delicious humor, intelligence, and sparkling dialogue” —Amazon reviewer

“Strangely brilliant and imaginative”—Amazon reviewer

“Grips you from the first page and keeps you wanting more”—Amazon reviewer

“Plot twists kept me reading till late at night”—Amazon reviewer

“Every page a thrilling experience”—Amazon reviewer

“Hooked from the first chapter and could not put it down”—Amazon reviewer

“It’s like a CW fantasy TV show in a book with a really interesting environment.”—Amazon reviewer

“I’m a little tired of dystopian novels, but Daynight has a unique and fresh story line that didn’t have any trouble keeping my interest.”—Amazon reviewer

Author Megan Thomason

Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn’t typing away on her laptop, she’s reading books on her phone—over 600 in the last year—or attending to the needs of her family. Megan’s fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac. Daynight is Megan’s first published novel, but fourth written one.

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Blog Tour Giveaway

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Feature and Follow Friday #1

Feature and Follow is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Its purpose is to help bloggers gain new followers and friends.

If you’re going to follow me, please use either Linky, Twitter, or Facebook as I do NOT have GFC. Thank you! If you do follow, please say so and I’ll return the follow :)

What is the last book that kept you up late into the night just to finish it?

Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn. I can’t remember the last Star Wars book that kept me up late. I love the EU, but haven’t been so fond of a lot of the developments in the past few years, like the New Jedi Order series. My review will be going up next week.

– leeanna