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Win the Storm of i!

I just wrote a book review for an amazing book and I think that you should check it out. I know you will enjoy the book as much as I did. Also, the author is giving away an autographed copy of the book and all you have to do is answer a question on any of the blogs listed below.

Storm of i

Storm of the i by Tina Collen

Visit the following blogs and read their reviews and interviews of Tina Collen and the Storm of i during the blog tour. Look in the comment section for a comment from Tina and how you can win the book.

1/31/2011 James R. Ament
2/1/2011 Book Fetish
2/2/2011 Found Not Lost
2/3/2011 Sandra’s Book Club
2/4/2011 Doing it with Grace

2/7/2011 Minding Spot
2/8/2011 CIPA Bookshelf
2/9/2011 Faye Quam Heimerl
2/10/2011 Thoughts in Progress
2/11/2011 Linda Lou, Live from Las Vegas

Two Books Perfect for Reading Simultaneously

Do you ever read books simultaneously? I do. I’ve gotten up to five books at a time. I read each according to how much time I have and what mood I am in. Often one of the books in my lineup would be a collection of short stories or a book of poetry. That book, I save for when I have a limited amount of time. That way, I can read through one story or poem in one sitting. I save the books with hard to read content for weekend mornings when my brain is well rested and can better absorb what I’m reading. The easy to read novels, I save for just before bedtime to relax me and get me ready for sleep.

Right now, I am reading two books at the same time but I feel like I am reading one. I am reading one to review and the other for pleasure. Confused? I’m close to getting confused myself.

Their story lines are not quite similar, but can I say complimentary? It’s almost as if one book is answering the other and vice versa.

I am reading for pleasure Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love in anticipation of watching the movie of the same title starring Julia Roberts. I’ve also had several friends rave about this book so I had been looking forward to reading it.

To review, I was sent an advance copy of The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook by Matt Dunn. I’m only a few chapters in and I’m already hooked and at the same time highly amused that as soon as I started reading the book I started connecting it with Eat, Pray, Love. You see, Eddie’s girlfriend just left him to go to Tibet. In Eat, Pray, Love she goes off to Italy, India and Indonesia in essence to find herself after a divorce from her husband and a breakup with her boyfriend.

I like the way the Handbook is written already. Even the style reminds me of Eat, Pray, Love although the tone is of course vastly different.

For instance, in The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook, while commiserating with his best friend Dan at a pub, the following funny exchange ensues:

“Funny creatures women. Do you think Mrs. Einstein was impressed with all that stuff about Albert’s relatives?

Relativity, Dan

Exactly. Nope, she was more concerned whether he remembered her birthday, or forgot to put the toilet seat down.”

During Dan and Eddie’s conversation about the breakup, they come to the conclusion that maybe the girlfriend wants to be won back. That maybe if he makes some changes he can somehow convince her to come back to him.

While in Eat, Pray, Love during one of the many introspective moments (and in this instance also a moment of weakness), where she had just emailed her ex-boyfriend saying that they should end things now and should he find someone else, she would be happy for him. Even though the email she sent is full of bravado about moving on, she writes:

“I’m trying to ignore the part of me that is dying to find that he has replied: ‘COME BACK! DON’T GO! I’LL CHANGE!’ I’m trying to disregard the girl in me who would happily drop this whole grand idea of traveling around the world in simple exchange for the keys to David’s apartment.”

I almost feel like the two books are answering each other and I find it really intriguing. Sort of like a ‘He said/She said’ situation. I can’t wait to finish both books and I can’t help but swing from one to the other then feel a rather strange satisfaction when they end up responding to each other.

Watch for my book reviews when I finally finish them.

Book Reviews on Found Not Lost

Here’s a few more book reviews posted on Found Not Lost this week:

DesireeDesiree is the story of Napoleon Bonaparte’s first love who eventually became Queen of Sweden and Norway while you all know what happened to poor Napoleon. Based on a true story and based on real people, this novel spans events in Europe during the Napoleonic Wars. It is written in diary form all from the point of view of Desiree, the daughter of a silk merchant, who was engaged to Napoleon before Josephine came along. This was one of my favorite reads this month.

Island of the SwansIsland of the Swans refers to a small island inhabited by swans on the estate of a duke. The story revolves around two lovers who fell in love when they were young but were separated from each other by fate and life. They both go on with their lives but always, buried within them, they kept the love they have for each other. They run into into each other several times after their separation and each time their love remains palpable. But they now have obligations and family to take care of. They can’t just drop everything and everyone to be with each other. It’s a heartbreaking story but it is also not without hope. The ending is a bit surprising and you wish for so much more for them, but ultimately love prevails and in the end that is all that matters.

Darcy's Great EscapeDarcy’s Great Escape is another sequel to the Pride and Prejudice story by Jane Austen. The characters and settings are familiar but that is all that this book has with the original Pride and Prejudice. New characters are introduced in this book and the story ventures way off the main line but it is in no way diminished. It is still a very interesting and entertaining read. I especially enjoyed the new characters introduced in this book and the twist and turns that everyone’s life takes in this book will keep you turning pages.

Book Reviews Update

I love to read but I don’t always have the time or inclination to review them. But since I do get free books to review, I now have an obligation to blog about them. I have been getting behind on that obligation though and even though the publishers don’t really pressure me to review or post timely, I just feel bad about being such a slacker. So this past couple of weeks, I have been trying to catch up on posting about books that I’ve read so far. Here’s what’s new on Found Not Lost (my review blog).

These Old ShadesThese Old Shades by Georgette Heyer – Justin Alastair, the Duke of Avon rescues Leon who he first thought to be a boy from a life of ignomy and makes him his page. It’s not long until he discovers that Leon is actually Leonie, a young girl who he then takes on as his ward and works at making her from an imp to a proper lady. Of course, he will grow to love her and they will live happily ever after. Right? Right! But not before they go through hoops and adventures. A very good read for anyone who likes historical romances.

Lessons in FrenchLessons in French by Laura Kinsale – “Trevelyan and Callie are childhood sweethearts with a taste for adventure, until the fateful day her father discovers them embracing in the carriage house and, in a furious frenzy, drives Trevelyan away in disgrace. Nine long, lonely years later, Trevelyan returns. Callie discovers that he can still make her blood race and fill her life with excitement, but he can’t give her the one thing she wants more than anything—himself.
Intrigued by this intro? It’s a very good romance novel, very well written and very sexy. And I mean that in a good way.

How to Roast a LambHow to Roast a Lamb by Michael Psilakis – This is a very sex book too but in a different way. Sexy as in makes-you-want-to-eat-everything-in-it kind of sexy. Michael Psilakis is one of the most exciting young chefs in America today. In How to Roast a Lamb, the self-taught chef offers recipes from his restaurants and his home in this, his much-anticipated first cookbook. Ten chapters provide colorful and heartfelt personal essays that lead into thematically related recipes. Gorgeous color photography accompanies many of the recipes throughout.

Perfect TimingPerfect Timing by Jill Mansell – “When you meet the man of your dreams on girls night out, it’s hardly…Perfect Timing”
Perfect timing is actually all about wrong timing and things happening or unfolding at inopportune times which makes perfect fodder for a novel. You will laugh or at least snicker throughout this book and the intertwined stories. I enjoyed reading all the adventures and misadventures in this book and you can’t help but be sympathetic to the heroine, Poppy.

Legend of White WolfLegend of the White Wolf by Terry Spear“In this fourth in Spear’s series, Private Eye Cameron MacPherson and Faith O’Mallery are both on quests that lead them into the world of magical wolves…” What usually happens when you throw two strong personalities into unusual circumstances is that sparks fly and in romance novels they usually spark towards hot. That’s how this novel is, which combines the best elements of supernatural, suspense, action and romance all into one neat little bundle. Get a quick dose of werewolves from this book if you’re in need.