I’m So Blue With You Friday, Apr 15 2011 

Hi Readers,

Long time no read… well, kind of. It has been awhile since I’ve posted anything in regard to my thirty days of photos challenge. If you haven’t noticed, it has been a wee-bit longer than thirty days. Writing papers and reading multiple books will have that effect. But I’m working on it, I promise.

On the other hand… back to the wonderful world of books! Today’s post is all about my favorite book. Unfortunately, it comes in the form of a series. Fortunately, that means more of the characters I love!

Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book.

Blue Bloods is the first book in a series by Melissa de la Cruz. I love this book. I love this series. There are few books where I can start reading and I will completely lose myself in its pages. I guess this is why people love to watch me read–everything I feel or think becomes written across my face–more so at that moment than ever. I even start having conversations with the characters, and yeah, most people might do that anyway. But I take these conversations to a whole new level. Ask my roomie-friend and fellow blogger, Amanda–she will tell you all about it! haha

But seriously, I was apprehensive to read them in the first place because a former dormmate recommended them.  But I read them anyway because this is a series about vampires. I could not stop reading. Historical, biblical, all kinds of mythology just shot up out of the woodwork–I was forever enchanted. Yes, it is a series about teen vampires–but there’s a lot more to these books than hormones, I promise! lol

I hope you are having a great month, I’m sick at the moment. The soonest I will probably have a moment to write again is at the end of April. Exams are the first week of May. Then, LOTS of things are happening–I think that might actually deserve its own post–and the Reading List for 2011 might be able to start-up. 🙂

❤ Nolaleigh

100 Notables of 2010 Wednesday, Jan 5 2011 

Hi Readers,

Something a bit different from the usual countdowns. The New York Times has given a list of 100 Notable Books of 2010. Any further information can be found above. 🙂

Fiction & Poetry
American Subversive by David Goodwillie
Angelology By Danielle Trussoni
The Ask by Sam Lipsyte
Bound by Antonya Nelson
Comedy in Minor Key by Hans Keilson; Translated by Damion Searls
Double Happiness: Stories by Mary-Beth Hughes
Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Fun with Problems: Stories by Robert Stone
Girl by the Road at Night: A Novel of Vietnam by David Rabe
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
Great House by Nicole  Krauss
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu 
How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu
I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson; Translated by Charlotte Barslund with Per Petterson
Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip by Lisa Robertson
The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems, 1975-2010 by Edward Hirsch
The Long Song by Andrea Levy
The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
Memory Wall: Stories by Anthony Doerr
Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross
The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer
The New Yorker Stories by Ann Beattie
One Day by David Nicholls
The Priveleges by Jonathan Dee
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Same River Twice by Ted Mooney
Selected Stories by William Trevor
Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich
Solar by Ian McEwan
Something Red by Jennifer Gilmore
Sourland: Stories by Joyce Carol Oates
The Spot: Stories by David Means
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
The Surrendered by Chang-rae  Lee
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
To the End of the Land by David Grossman; Translated by Jessica Cohen
Vida by Patricia Engel
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
What Becomes: Stories by A.L. Kennedy
White Egrets: Poems by Derek Walcott
Wild Child: Stories by T. Coraghessan Boyle

All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera
Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans
Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women by Rebecca Traister
The Book in the Renaissance by Andrew Pettegree
The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick
Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous With American History by Yunte Huang
Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch
Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership by Lewis Hyde
Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro
Country Driving: A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne
Encounter by Milan Kundera; Translated by Linda Asher
The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner
Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes by Stephen Sondheim
Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg
Hitch-22: A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens
The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen by Kwame Anthony Appiah
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Insectopedia by Hugh Raffles
Koestler: The Literary and Political Odyssey of a Twentieth-Century Skeptic by Michael Scammell
The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy
Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent
The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick
Life by Keith Richards with James Fox
Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality by Jonathan Weiner
The Mind’s Eye by Oliver Sacks
Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory by Ben Macintyre
Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives by Annie Murphy Paul
Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris by Graham Robb
Pearl Buck in China: Journey to “The Good Earth.” by Hilary Spurling
Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout
The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman
The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness by Oren Harman
The Promise: President Obama, Year One by Jonathan Alter
The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century by Alan Brinkley
Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788 by Pauline Maier
World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time by Judith Shulevitz
Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman
Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade by Justin Spring
Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court by Jeff Shesol
The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith by Joan Schenkar
The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches From the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam by Eliza Griswold
Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey
Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend by James S. Hirsch


There are a couple books on this list which also reside on my 2010 and 2011 Reading Lists. Very nice! Anyway, have a look at what is being read by other readers and drop a line. 🙂


Hello, 2011 Saturday, Jan 1 2011 

Hi Readers, or Reader,

I don’t know who  reads this, but if you do, I hope you are enjoying what you find. As luck would have it, my family and I are at the library because it is only place we are allowed to use the internet. Long story… and not productive to my blog by any means. So, I am currently reading Angelology by Danielle Trussoni as previously mentioned–slow, but really good. Despite this, my family does not exactly encourage productivity. I don’t mind because I never get to see them… but I wonder if I will finish the books I checked out in time. In the hope of picking myself up out of a rut, I bring you the Reading List of 2011. I feel that this list is fairly  different than 2010–not only more manageable, but also the tones and themes presented in each novel. So… you know the drill, want more information about a book? Click on the title and you’ll be directed to Amazon!!

Reading List 2011

**Annexed by Sharon Dogar
**Dracula by Bram Stoker
Dracula in Love by Karen Essex
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Juliet by Anne Fortier
Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher
Room by Emma Donoghue
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
**The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank (this is the only link that will direct you to Barnes and Noble.com)
The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
The Pact: A Love Story by Jodi Picoult
The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy
Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Lauren Kate’s Fallen Series
                Passion (to be released June 2011)
                Rapture (to be released Spring 2012)

I’m really excited to read these! Any title that has an asterisk by it will need to be bought at some point. My birthday is in March… so maybe then? We’ll see. In any case, welcome to a new year with new beginnings and adventures.

Many well wishes,

Living in Fast Forward & Attempting to Slow Way Down Wednesday, Dec 15 2010 

Hello Readers,

So, no book review today or anytime in the next day or so. I admit, I’ve been reading a couple books. I just could not get into them; I will not be continuing to read the Vampire Kisses series, I just can’t do it. I’m not saying they are terrible books, I just can’t get into them.  Like I’ve said in previous entries, that particular series is for younger teens. I wish you the best of luck. 🙂 Now that I have said this, let’s move on.

A couple things on the agenda and possibly worth mention:

Finals are over. I am so happy. Yet sad. Truthfully, people can tell me all the time to get a life–but more often than not, my life is  divided between the notebook paper and the glossy sheets in my textbooks. I’m not really sure how to cope with relaxation and nothing to do but sit. I know, I know. But I thrive under pressure–it just works for me. Anyway, Fall semester has ended and school is out for a month-ish. I don’t want to think about my spring semester yet, not yet, not yet. I don’t know who I’m trying to kid… I need the break as much as the next person. I’m tired in more than one way–knowing I’m too young to feel this damn old… I think I will pick up a new book.

Speaking of new books, guess what is happening?  Angelology by Danielle Trussoni has finally made its way to my library. I’ve been waiting since May–that takes dedication people! So… during Christmas break, methinks I will read a couple good books. Unfortuntely for you… or maybe just me, there won’t be any new posts until the new year. Or at least I don’t think there will be. Being in a place with no internet has its perks. Actually, quick update, not only is Trussoni’s novel in, but so is

Just A Little Bit Wednesday, Oct 20 2010 

Hello Readers!

 I thought I might let you in on what has been going on with my 2010 Reading List and a little bit about me… just a little bit. Here goes…

I have removed a certain number of the titles I had on the list. For a couple of reasons I might add–this way nobody can spit thorns in my direction. There were just too many titles to get through. It was a wonderful thought–read over 150 books in a year or less. Granted, I am still reading most of them–I just took away about 50 titles, maybe a couple more. I had too much of a topic that I love reading about in small doses, namely European royalty. Also, I started reading Nefertiti, but I have to return it–have to read other books, so I’ll be returning to Egypt one day. 🙂 In any case, that is what’s going on there.

New news with me–I am in the process of making a 2011 Reading List. It is very short and reasonable. The books for 2011 seem to have a theme so that should be fun to play with and see where it takes me. I would like it if I could finish it by the end of 2011, that is how short it is. I am giving my 2010 list a little over a year to be done, however, starting Summer 2011, I’ll probably be mixing up the lists just a bit. I will release the 2011 list in the new year. However, I suppose if you want a sneak peek, you could always ask–ya know? 😉

My original list can be found here, 2010 Reading List. My revised list goes as follows:

Anything that is crossed out, I have finished reading and reviewed by October 19, 2010.
** Indicates that it is currently on hold and what is to come within the next month

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter by Stephen R. Prothero
The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker
The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell
Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott
Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran
Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran

Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
                The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
                The Girl Who Played with Fire
                The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
Eve Duncan Saga by Iris Johansen
                The Face of Deception
                The Killing Game
                The Search
                Body of Lies
                Blind Alley
                Blood Game
                Eight Days to Live
Blue Bloods Series by Melissa de la Cruz
                Blue Bloods
                The Van Alen Legacy
                Misguided Angel
Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs
                Moon Called
                Blood Bound
                Iron Kissed
                Bone Crossed
                Silver Borne
                River Marked
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series
 by Laurell K. Hamilton
                Guilty Pleasures
                **The Laughing Corpse
                Circus of the Damned
                The Lunatic Cafe
                Bloody Bones
                The Killing Dance
                Burnt Offerings
                Blue Moon
                Obsidian Butterfly
                Narcissus in Chains
                Cerulean Sins
                Incubus Dreams
                Danse Macabre
                The Harlequin
                Blood Noir
                Skin Trade
Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
                Vampire Academy
                **Shadow Kiss
                Blood Promise
                Spirit Bound
                Last Sacrifice
Vampire Kisses Series by Ellen Schreiber
                Vampire Kisses
                **Kissing Coffins
                Dance with a Vampire
                The Coffin Club
                Royal Blood
                Love Bites

Happy Reading!