For my blogging buddy, B.

3 12 2007

B, from B- my life my thoughts asked me to recommend a few of my favorite romance novels to her since she’s never read a romance before and seriously? You don’t have to tell me twice because I love me some romance novels the way she loves her some tabloid magazines (love you, B =P), so I’ve compiled a list of my top ten romance novels that I want her to check out.

And B, I must warn you that my top ten favorites change like the wind as I read new books or remember old books because there are so many really good romances out there and I’ve got to say that romance novels are not porn books because porn is about sex and romance is about love. Keep that in mind! =)

Anyway on with the list…

1. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. This book is so good, I just finished reading it last week and it’s seriously one of my favorite books that I’ve ever read EVER…it’s set in regency England and the witty banter between the hero and the heroine had me crackin’ the heck up and just enjoying the heck out of this book, it’s the perfect book to escape in and I promise you, you will like this book…so funny.

2. Dreaming Of You by Lisa Kleypas. This is another book that is set in historical England and it’s another one of those books that had me sighing and loving every minute of it. Derek, the hero is a great hero and one of my most favorites of Lisa Kleypas and Sara was a fantastic heroine as well. You’ll like this book, I’m sure of it!

3. Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard. This is a contemporary romantic suspense novel and it’s funny, the hero, Sam Donovan is one sexy motherbrother and the heroine, Jaine is bright, funny and super cool! This is one of those books that will have you turning the page over and over again until you finish it because you’ll be so wrapped up in it, GREAT BOOK!

4. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie. This book is fantastically written and just a total page turner. It’s funny, it’s witty and Cal Morrissey is a FOX! Can you tell, what’s important to me in a book? LOL…HOT HEROES and this book has a fantastic hero, I loved that he didn’t want to change Min the way everyone else wanted to change her, I loved how he loved her just the way she was and that was so just so frickin’ great!

5. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood. This book is fantastic, one of Julie Garwood’s best, it’s set in historical England/Scotland and the Laird in this book, Gabriel McBain is so hot, he’ll melt your bones…this book is funny, heartwarming romantic and just uber good!

6. Paradise by Judith McNaught. This book is a contemporary romance set here in the United States and I loved this book, like seriously loved this book and this is actually probably one of the most popular titles by Judith McNaught, she’s got a whole crapload of fans and they love this book and the book’s hero, Matt Farrell. He’s as yummalicious as they come and I’m sure you’ll enjoy this book as well and after you read it, make sure to read the book after this one, Perfect because that’s another winner of a book!

7. Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught. This is one of those books that you’ll want to reread frequently throughout the years to follow because it’s just that good. Judith McNaught writes some of the best romances out there, they’re enough to wrench every emotion out of you and this book put me through the wringer, Ian is one of my favorite characters and Elizabeth is so beautiful, smart and witty but she can make you want to pop her in the face at times (Ian too) but at the end of the book, you’ll be sighing, crying tears of joy and just every dang thing in between…SO GOOD but you might want to read, Something Wonderful first, which is one of my most favorite books of all time!

8. Over The Edge by Suzanne Brockmann. This is my favorite book in the whole Troubleshooters series (the third book of the series too) but man, this series is fulled to the brim with FANTASTIC characters, great storylines and a little bit of history thrown in as well, they’re contemporary books set around a Navy SEALs Team and it’s about the men in Team 16 finding their true loves and the journey they all had to go through in order to get to their happy endings, great great series, you should definitely read them!

9. See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson. This is a contemporary book that is set around a journalist and a professional hockey player and seriously, if you read this book for anything, you should read this book to find out all about Luc Martineau’s tatoo…*sigh* Seriously, this book is a fun and cute read and you’ll totally enjoy it!

10. Sea Swept by Nora Roberts. This is another contemporary book that is set in New England, around the Quinn family, it’s a very family oriented romance novel and my absolute favorite series by Nora Roberts. Read this one too, B! =)

Alright sweetie, there you go…I can go on for days about what books you should read but I’ll stop at those..any of those books should make a romance reader out of you, hehe. =) If you want to read some of my reviews, you can check my team book blog, Book Binge or just see what books I’m reading nowadays at my book journal, here.

Thanks and HAPPY READING!

Hugs,
Rowena





A New Romance Reader in the Making?

29 11 2007

Reading has always been a big part of my life, once I started. I’m known in my family as the romantic, in my circle of friends I’m the bookish geek and to anyone who knows me in the cyber world, I’m one of the chicks that reviews over at Book Binge.

Reading is a passion that I don’t really share with anyone in my family. I mean, my sisters all read but none of them read with as much enthusiasm and gusto as I do. They are the kind of readers that read to fill the time, enjoy a book and can move on. I, on the other hand am not like that at all. I read books, fall into the stories and laugh and cry with the characters and I’m just more animated in my love of all things romance novel related that my sisters often think I’m a nut job because I can go on and on about this book and that book and this hero and that hero.

I’ve often longed for a reading companion in my family, someone that can appreciate a fantastically written romance novel and just spend time gushing with me…but nobody has ever been that person for me, I guess I have those companions in my friends, Izzy, Daphne and Holly for but I’ve always wished that either my sisters or Mulu would share in my enthusiasm for reading but much to my chagrin, they just haven’t.

I think I’ve found someone who will share in my enthusiasm when she grown enough to be able to read our books.

I think I see a little romance novel lover in the making with my 10 year old niece, Chaylene. Yes, the same niece that I didn’t want to shop for last year because she stole Brenna’s pants and wouldn’t admit to it, the same niece that I think is sometimes evil. Well, she’s been on my good side for the past couple of months and yesterday when I came home from work, she done shot straight up into my favorite niece spot! =)

I walked in the house yesterday after a very busy and long day at the office. Blanche is making dinner but I’m not very hungry since I’m just kind of tired, lazy and just want to sit down with Dain and Jessica and read the rest of the day away. I still have to walk on the treadmill so I go upstairs and that’s where I find Chaylene laying down on her bed, reading a book but as soon as she looked up and saw me, she shot out of her bed and she’s shoving her book in my face, telling me how much she’s loving the book and how much better the book is then the movie that she watched and I finally get a good look at the book she’s reading and it’s…

…Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

You have no idea how excited I was that Chaylene was reading this book, I was caught off guard but I was totally cheesing it while Chay Chay explained where she was in the book, how much she wishes she was like Elizabeth Bennett and how pretty she is on the cover of the book and she knows which one is Jane and which girl is Elizabeth and listening to her gush on about Pride and Prejudice totally reminded me of my gush fests that I have with my girls from Book Binge and it made me smile because Chay Chay ended her diatribe by saying to me, “Do you think when I’m old enough, I can read some of the books on your bookshelf, Aunty Wena? Would you let me borrow your books?”

With a grin wider than the Pacific Ocean, I told her…”My books are your books, Chay Chay and when you get older, you can read whatever book of mine you want.”

I don’t know who was more exicted, me or her. =)





Oh and another thing…

20 06 2007
I FINISHED MY TBR CHALLENGE!

My challenge for myself was to read 50 books by the end of June and yesterday I finished my last book, I thought my #50 book was going to be Crazy Sweet by Tara Janzen but that book went unfinished because I just didn’t want to read it. I didn’t like the heroine, I didn’t like the storyline and I’m mad that the hero ended up with someone totally different then the woman I wanted him to end up with.

I was mad with all that crap so I couldn’t be arsed to finish the book, so I moved on to The Kept Woman by Susan Donovan and I enjoyed the hell out of that book. It was cute, funny and romantic all rolled up into one good story! I totally recommend it and you guys can catch my review for that book, here at my team book blog, Book Binge.

So please join me as I do my happy dance and lean like a chola…=) haha.

YAY I’M DONE YA’LL…now I’m going to do a summer reading list! =)





Come Over to Book Binge!!!

26 04 2007


Some of you may not read my book blog but if you do, then you’ll notice by now that Holly, Isabel and myself have started up a fresh new blog over at Book Binge, where we’ll be blogging about everything book related (our kind of books anyway) so be sure to stop on over and enter the contest we’re having there.

It’s really simple. Here what you gotta do to enter:

For those new readers of Book Binge, we’d like to invite you to participate in our PIMP BOOK BINGE CONTEST (dude, try saying THAT three times real fast). All you have to do is post a blog up introducing Book Binge on your blog and then come back here and leave a comment, letting us know that you did it and your name will automatically be entered in a drawing to win your choice of any 3 books you want.

You can choose to post these two little thingy’s up on your blog to get the word out, thanks bunches!


The winner will be announced next week Wednesday at 7pm, PST. So go forth and pimp our new blog out and if you’re lucky, you’ll be the winner of three new books come next Wednesday!

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Stop by and visit with us, we don’t bite and check out the goodies! =)





What I’m Reading…Or Not.

12 04 2007

I saw this on the Sanctuary’s Finest blog when Holly did it earlier this week so I figured, I’d do it too.

Look at the list of books below: *Bold the ones you’ve read* Italicize the ones you want to read* Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in. If you are reading this (and haven’t participated yet), tag, you’re it!

1. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)

8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling) (I’ve never heard of this book either but I’ve gotten past my I don’t want to read the HP books and now want to read them all to see what the big deal about them is)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18 The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44.The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. The Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58.The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According to Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96.The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

There’s more books on this list that I want to read than anything, whoa…so what about you? What books have you read and what books are waiting to read on your list?





Something Is Wrong With Me.

8 03 2007

For the past couple of months, not even couple of months, I’d honestly have to say for the last few months, I’ve been trying to finish up Suzanne Brockmann’s Breaking Point and I can’t seem to do it. I don’t know what’s wrong with me or what’s wrong with the book, I’m just not up to reading it.

I go through spouts where I’ll read read read plenty of chapters and then I’ll just stop and pick up another book and read that entire book and then pick up another without going back to Max and Gina.

This is the third time that I’ve repicked this book to read and still I can’t get through it, I keep thinking that I’d rather be reading this book or that book and at this point I don’t think I’ll ever finish this book and I don’t know why because there isn’t anything particularly boring about this book, I just don’t want to read it.

I love reading Gina, I love reading Jules and I know that a whole lot of the reason why I keep putting this book off is because Max is getting on my hot damn nerves. I get that you’re all about not getting with her beacause you’re so much older than her but seriously Max, shut up and grow a pair…GET OVER IT, Gina’s over it, why can’t you be?

He’s aggravating me enough that it’s taking me right out of the story. I hope that I can get over this and just finish the damn book already but it’s slow going for me.

HELP!





I’ve Got a Problem.

9 02 2007


My favorite place in the whole world is the book store. That’s not a secret, I love going to different book stores, comparing the stock at the Barnes & Nobles in Torrance and the Barnes & Nobles in Manhattan Beach. I love going to the Borders in Cerritos because they have a better romance selection than the one in Torrance, yeah yeah I already know that I’m a geek, I’ve come to grips with it, now you do it.

In the past month, alone I’ve been practically living at the bookstore. You see, one of my friends just started working at the Barnes & Nobles by my house, MY Barnes & Nobles Holly and Grace so I’m there all the time now. I even sometimes go on my lunch hour, when I know she’s not there. And, get this, I’ve become one of those book lovers who actually sits at Barnes & Nobles and reads books while I’m IN there, I HANG OUT at Barnes & Nobles…I make small talk with people that are in the romance section and they ask me for book recommendations and I gladly give them books that they should buy, letting them know what kind of books they are, which ones are funny, which authors are really steamy with the sex scenes, I’ve become a bonafide book geek.

I love it.

I’ve spent so much time at the bookstore lately that I’ve accumulated a whole grip of books, by last count (last night) in the last month alone, I’ve bought 48 books. I’ve got great deals on most of the books but most of the books I paid full price for and didn’t even care. I know, the scandal! And you guys would think that because I’m just drowning my savings in book buying would be the problem but oh no, sweet readers….that is NOT it.

You see, my bookstore is 2 stories. The romance section is upstairs, so when I enter the bookstore I automatically take the escalator to the second floor and walk first to the YA section (the ladies of Twisted Kingdom have turned me into a YA whore, I tell you) to see what books are on sale there and then after I’ve tired myself out from trying to remember the last books that Mailyn and Co. have reviewed on their site, I make my way over to the Romance section to check out what they’ve got.

Last week, I was a woman on a mission. Ethan’s book by Janet Chapman just came out and I promised Nicole that I would read the book with her (I know, I’m so sorry Nicole, I STILL haven’t gotten around to reading it) so I dragged two of my friends with me to the bookstore (missed The Office, Grey’s and part of Men in Trees) and walked over to the Romance section intent on finding the book and taking it home. When I got there, the section designated for Janet Chapman was filled with all of her Highlander books and then a few copies of Alex’s book. Those are not the books I was looking for, so I walked over to the New Romance Releases Section and scoured that shelf looking for my damn book and nope, it’s not there either. I’m getting pissed off because I can’t find Ethan’s book, so I start browsing all of the shelves, hoping to find an errant copy that a customer put back or something but nope, nothing around there either. I sighed but didn’t give up.

I started walking back toward the YA section to go and buy another one of those books to make me feel better when I saw a copy of Ethan’s book sitting in a basket on the counter near the relationship section. A smile broke out on my face and I walked toward the basket and snatched it right out of the basket. I was so happy that I finally had a perfect paperback version of Ethan’s book, it was only $8 bucks and I get 10% off, so yeah I’m all happy go lucky until I hear some lady talking behind me.

I had already started walking away from the basket, when I heard them. It was two ladies, around my age and they were looking in the basket that I took Ethan’s book out of. Here’s some of the conversation I heard.

Lady One: Hey did you take my book out of my basket?
Lady Two: Which one? No.
Lady One: The new Janet Chapman book, Ethan’s book.
Lady Two: No, maybe you put it on the shelf while you were looking…
Lady One: I don’t see it, can you check for me, I hope we find it, it was the only copy on the shelf.

I lifted my eyebrows and tucked the book closer to me and then I started laughing. THEN, I dialed Holly’s number and told her all about it. I stood a few feet away under the cover of lots and lots of books while talking to Holly on the phone, watched the two ladies looking for the book. It was while I was watching the two ladies that a bookshelf on the first floor caught my attention. It had three shelves full of Ethan’s book. I straightened away from the books and walked away…laughing because there was a bookshelf with plenty of books and still I stole the ladies books.

Oh well.

The other incident happened last night. I had just finished Twilight by Stephanie Meyer and just HAD to rush to the bookstore to get New Moon, the second book in the series. So there I am, rushing to the store, up the escalator and to the Young Adult section. I’m looking in the New Release Section where I saw four copies of the book just a couple of days ago. There’s no New Moon there, so I start making my way toward the M’s of the YA Section, I see a bunch of M last names but none of them are Meyer and then BINGO, I see Twilight, there are three copies of Twlight under Meyer, but no New Moons, I’m getting all kinds of irritated and scared that maybe they don’t have the book in stock but I was ready to drive to Borders to get it, if I had to.

That’s when I saw my friend Lexi, who works there and ask her where it is. She tells me to follow her and she’ll look it up, and while we’re walking, she’s asking me what kind of book it is, what the book is about and so I start gushing about the book. I’m regaling her with tales of the perfection of Edward Cullen (HA!) when we get to her information station. There’s a copy of New Moon sitting in a basket on her counter, so I did a little happy jig and snatched it up. Lexie looks around her area, making sure it wasn’t a customer’s and tells me, “How do you know that doesn’t belong to someone around here?” I shrug and told her, “Duh, it’s one of your go backs, I can take it.” She then tells me, “You can’t take it, because that’s not my go back basket, that is” and she points to a basket that is overflowing with children’s books.

I ignored her and begin to walk away and she starts laughing, “You’re a book thief Wena,” she says and I just shrugged my shoulders and told her, “If they wanted the book so bad, they wouldn’t have left the book just sitting around, for me to take, so yeah I’m taking it.”

Luckily nobody came back for the book, because I threatened Lexie bodily harm if she tried to give my book away. I think I mentioned something about broken kneecaps or something, but yeah…I’m telling you, don’t mess with my books.

*sigh*

I can’t seem to stop stealing other people’s books, where can I get help for something like this? Holly stop laughing at me.