Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Gifts for a Bibliophile Series Pt. 5

When giving a gift for a bibliophile they will be happy with beautiful editions of books, completing their collection or receiving a collection of books they have never read. This post will be about Graphic Novel Collections your bibliophile has always been wanting, but never invested in or collections they never thought to try for themselves. The images will have links to the Barnes and Noble pages for more information.

Graphic Novel Collections

-4 Volumes of Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. The 4th volume of Saga came out recently (or will soon) and would make a great gift to give all four together. This series has been incredibly popular with BookTubers.

-Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. Another series that was popular on BookTube. It is for those who like darker stories. There are multiple volumes out now to make a collection as a gift. (Link on photo to gift box of first 6 volumes at Barnes and Noble.)

-Neil Gaiman Pack: Graveyard Book (2 volumes available), Coraline, Sandman. Neil Gaiman is an incredible writer who imagines amazing stories. No wonder some of his novels turn to graphic novels and he has had the Sandman Series out for some time as well. The Sandman collection is great and if you know somone who loved the novels of The Graveyard Book and Coraline you can give the graphic novels as well.

-Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley. This came out this year and has received a lot of good ratings. A highly rated, large graphic novel is a good idea for a present. Another would be Blankets.


-Watchmen + V for Vendetta. I think it is great to give 2-3 graphic novels with a theme or classic ones like Watchmen and V for Vendetta. These two are classics among graphic novels and everyone should add them to their read list.

V for Vendetta (Graphic Novel)Watchmen

-Y, The Last Man by
  • Brian K. Vaughan
  • Pia Guerra (Illustrator)
  • Pamela Rambo (Illustrator). I recently purchased the 5 first volumes of this series. This has not been as talked about on blogs and BookTube, but those who have read it highly recommend it to others. 

    Y: The Last Man, Volume 1: Unmanned

    -Memoirs: Persepolis, Maus. These are great gifts for those who are not into YA and like to watch documentaries or read contemporary. Persepolis and the Maus duology are great ideas for memoir-like graphic novel. Others include: 

     Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic


     Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea

    The Complete Maus: A Survivor's TaleThe Complete Persepolis

    Part 1: Classics
    Part 2: Coffee Table Books
    Part 3: Series
    Part 4: Collections

    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    Top Five Wednesday: New Authors in 2014

    For this Top 5 Wednesday I will list 5 authors I started reading in 2014 that I am thankful for and intend to read more of their books.

    1. Neil Gaiman. I read The Graveyard Book earlier this year and finally understood why his books are so loved. He is an amazing writer with an incredible imagination. I can't wait to get lost in his other books!

    2. Elizabeth Gilbert. I read The Signature of All Things and I fell in love with her prose and vocabulary. It was fun (yes, fun) to read the sentences she would construct. She writes how I've always wanted to.

    3. Gillian Flynn. Talk about the queen of drama. Oh man. I read Gone Girl and it was like watching a reality show with so much drama and psychotic people. It was enjoyable to say the least. I really want to read her other two novels. It was like a guilty pleasure reading Gone Girl. Flynn really knows how to captivate an audience.

    4. Marissa Meyer. I read Cinder and immediately bought it and Scarlett. I have yet to read the second of the series, but I'm so fascinated by the world Meyer built. I look forward to getting absorbed in the series!!

    5. Ruth Ozeki. It is hard for me to discuss A Tale for the Time Being. I wanted to write a blogpost about the novel, but after 3 months of reading it I still think about it. Ozeki seems like one of the authors that no one really exclaims they adore, but her books leave a lasting impression. I want to read more of her works.

    Who were some of the authors you started reading this year?
    Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    Review and Giveaway: Breeder by K.B. Hoyle

    Title: Breeder by K.B. Hoyle
    Series: The Breeder Cycle
    Publishing Date: December 11, 2014
    Publisher: The Writers Coffee Shop
    Page Count: 379 pages
    More Info: Goodreads / Amazon / Kobo / Barnes and Noble / TWCS PH


       B-17 is what they call her. She has no name because that would give her individualization and that is frowned upon in Sanctuary and much less in the Commune. B-17 (Breeder Seventeen) has lived in the Sanctuary for the last five years as a breeder part of the Controlled Repopulation Program. She has been taught that her genetics are superior to others, that they are stronger and help with survival.It is a mission to make sure none of the inferior genes will infiltrate the population. They are taught that animal life is just as important as human life. One thing that is not appreciated is questioning others. "Curiosity is just skepticism and doubt masquerading in innocent clothing." However, she never really started to question so much until she meet Pax, an enforcer with a name. A male enforcer. In Sanctuary Breeders are not allowed to solicit with men unless they are part of the medical team. This spurs a change in Seventeen that becomes noticed by Mother, the head of the breeder program. To Mother this is unacceptable behavior... Seventeen can't decide if she trusts Pax, but she may be forced to when Mother orders her death. They escape and look for a close Nest of "criminals" of the Unified World Order. Seventeen's life is not what she thought it was and she must decide for herself what is right and wrong.
       Breeder reminded me of a mix of beloved classical Dystopian novels. It reminded me of a mix of The Giver, Fahrenheit 451, The Host, and a few others. The mentality of the program was disturbing. The idea of superior genetics is a subject that we have seen in history time and again. This is a New Adult dystopian trilogy that will put your own beliefs into perspective between the duality of the Commune's program and the Nest's democratic society. Both places symbolize either controlled, non-individuality and personal liberty and equality. I recommend this series for everyone.


    -What I find incredible is that you started writing when you were eleven years old! What were the books that inspired you the most when you were a kid?

    I always name The Chronicles of Narnia as being my earliest inspiration for wanting to craft my own stories someday. There was (is) something so iconic about that through the wardrobe experience, and I know Im far from being the only person to walk away fundamentally changed by it. I was also inspired by another portal fantasy series called The Archives of Anthropos, which I must have read a hundred times between the ages of six and twelve. George MacDonalds The Princess and the Goblin was another fantasy novel I was quite fond of. There were a few non-fantasy books I read as a child that inspired me, but there had to be something transporting about them for me to really latch on to them. For example, I loved Little House on the Prairie because the historicity felt like a fantasy world to me. When I was a little older probably ten and beyond I started reading Edith Hamiltons Mythology, which is simply a compilation of Greek myths, of which I couldnt get enough. And Im a serial re-reader, so I didnt read a great variety, but I read the same books over and over again.

    -What gave you the idea for this book and trilogy?

    This book and trilogy (which is called The Breeder Cycle) came primarily from my outrage over an article I read a couple years ago. The article talked about population control practices and beliefs that are starting to be accepted by some people in the academic and scientific communities. It detailed truly horrifying things, the likes of which the Nazis practiced, and I couldnt believe some people today are trying to act as though the Nazis had the right idea. Because Im a storyteller, the best way for me to express my outrage is through the written word, so I imagined what the world would/might look like if these practices became the law of the land. From there, I also worked from a position of discontent with some of the dystopian literature popular today, none of which (that Ive read) has had fulfilling conclusions. When I cant find a book to read to fulfill a story desire I have, I respond by writing the story I want to read! Thats also a large part of where Breeder came from.

    -Do you have any writing rituals?

    I dont know if youd call it a ritual, but when I pull late nights of writing, I will binge drink tea (good loose-leaf tea, no tea bags!). The caffeine in tea releases into your bloodstream in a time-release fashion, so its much better for sustaining you in an all-nighter situation. And then, when I sit down to write, I always have to read over just the section I wrote the day before.

    -Do you have a favorite place to write?

    My favorite place to write is my home office. Unfortunately my home office is often so cluttered with stuff that I cant use it. I have four small children all boys so having a space of my own in the house where I can get away from the noise and the clutter is crucial to my writing success. And being at home, I can talk to myself, pace, act things out (hey it happens!), read out loud, and do this all in my jammies! Its discouraging when the clutter creeps into my office because it becomes one more hurdle to overcome just to get words on the page. But when my office is clean, I absolutely love it.

    -What is one message you hope your readers will take away from Breeder?

    I hope my readers walk away from Breeder understanding that human life is precious, and the right to live and be free should be fought for. There are strong currents of misanthropy and nihilism in society today, and I want to inspire people to fight against those currents. 

    I am hosting my own giveaway for a physical copy of Breeder. It is through Rafflecopter and good luck! US Only, sorry. Here is the Link! This is a separate giveaway from the giveaway on the other blogs so you have a higher chance to win something! :)



    K.B. Hoyle is a bestselling author, a public speaker, a creative writing instructor, and a classical history teacher who uses her knowledge of the ancient and medieval worlds to pen speculative and fantasy tales for people of all ages. She has been married since the age of twenty to the love of her life, with whom she has four wonderful children. Find out more about her at


    Praise for Breeder
    "Breeder was anything but a let down. The characters were extremely well written, making me able to empathize with Pria and Pax and the situation they find themselves in. I kept turning the pages because I just had to find out what happened to these people and, to my shock, finished the book in a day! "  - Angela  Goodreads Review

    Thank you to The Writers Coffee House, NetGalley, Cindy Bidwell, and K.B. Hoyle for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Breeder and being a part of this blog tour. 

    Monday, December 8, 2014

    Holiday Gifts for a Bibliophile Series Pt. 4

    When getting a gift for a bibliophile it is more about presentation. This post will be about Collections of Works, whether it be works by an author or collections with a theme.

    4. Collection of Works

    -The Adventure CollectionIncludes: Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, Gulliver's Travels, White Fang, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

    -Jane Austen. You can really use any author, but Austen's book have been reprinted for decades in different editions that it may be nice to give someone their favorite author's completed works that match. 

    Jane Austen: Seven Novels (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)Austen Gift Valentine's

    -Book People Man Booker Prize for 2014 Collection. I recently bought this for myself and it is a really great price for 6 hardcovers! Includes: 
    We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler
    To Rise Again at a Decent Hour - Joshua Ferris
    J - Howard Jacobson
    Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan
    The Lives of Others - Neel Mukherjee
    How to be Both - Ali Smith

    Man Booker Prize 2014 Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9990000016396

    -Food Collection by The Book People 

    Great Food Collection - 20 Books - Collection - 9780141389721

    -Penguin's Great Ideas Series

    -Collection you make yourself for a certain theme. One could be about: 
      Funny, inspirational women: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Khaling, and others...

    -William Shakespeare's Star Wars

    -George Orwell. There are a couple of editions out there. I think it would be great to have his novels in the same one. They are not too expensive alone and it would be an aesthetically appealing collection. This could also work with Hemingway's novels as well. 

    Animal FarmNineteen Eighty-FourDown and Out in Paris and London

    -F.Scott Fitzgerald. Recently his books were reprinted in an amazing metallic edition that would be a great gift to anyone who is a fan. 

    Part 1: Classics
    Part 2: Coffee Table Books
    Part 3: Series

    Sunday, December 7, 2014

    Holiday Gifts for a Bibliophile Series Pt. 3

    When getting a gift for a bibliophile it is more about presentation. This blog post will be about sets of series. Books that someone always wanted, but never put the money for them or a series you'd recommend. Or they are updated special editions of their favorite books.

    3. Sets of Series

        -Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

    Harry Potter Paperback Boxed Set: Books #1-7Special Edition Harry Potter Paperback Box Set
    Harry Potter Box Set: the Complete Collection

        -Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
    A Game of Thrones: the Story Continues: The Complete Box Set of All 6 Books


        -The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry

    The Giver QuartetThe Giver Quartet Boxed Set: The Giver/Gathering Blue/Messenger/Son

        -Divergent Series by 

    Divergent Series Box Set (Books 1-4 Plus World of Divergent)Divergent Series Complete Box Set

        -Legend Series by Marie Lu
    Legend Trilogy Boxed Set

        -Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas in Hardcover

        -Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews  


        -Outlander Series by 

        -Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set

    The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings : 4 x Hardcover Books in 1 x Boxed Set : Luxury Edition - J.R.R. Tolkien

    The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set - 4 x Hardcover Books in 1 x Boxed Set : Including the fourth book, A Reader's Companion - J. R. R. Tolkien

        -Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 

        -His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

    Part 1: Classics
    Part 2: Coffee Table  Books