The February Round-Up

February was a fairly lackluster month outside of the reading front.  I continued with my strong reading pace adding another 13 books to my total for the year! (Currently at 28 for the year which is about 25% of my total goal!!!)  Nothing big has happened this month besides Todd’s skiing accident (more on this later).  Besides our weekly bowling sessions we’ve kept busy with some trips to NYC again this month.  Staff blogger Adam had his birthday this month, so a trip to NYC to celebrate was a must!  Our first day in the city I met up with my sister to run some errands for her wedding.  We had lunch at Eataly which was absolutely sublime.  If you have never been to/heard of Eataly you are missing out 100%.  Mario Batali collaborated with other chefs and food industry professionals and created an Italian haven.  There are sections of Eataly where you can stop and eat whatever your heart desires ( all within an Italian style of course).  Besides all of the munching stations you can buy TONS of imported food from Italy – pasta, sauce, oil, cheese, etc.  You can easily spend $100 in there in 5 seconds flat.  Everything made me reminisce about my trip to Italy this past spring, so you can bet your bottom dollar I bought a bunch of Italy home with me that night.  Before heading out to Adam’s birthday celebration at a bar on the Upper East Side called Off the Rails, Todd and I went to dinner with my sister and her fiancée for our first taste of Korean food! It was delicious and I can’t wait to get it again!  Adam’s party was a great way to catch up with friends from college, and a good time was had by all!  Of course before heading back to Connecticut a trip to The Strand was thrown in.  I picked up some exciting YA reads and was able to get some of them completed this month already!

Me and Grandma!

Other than our trip to NYC the only other exciting thing to happen this month was a celebration for my aunt and grandma’s birthdays!  Grandma hit the big 90 this year!  Very big milestone!

Now as I mentioned earlier in my post, Todd unfortunately had a skiing accident this past weekend.  He slipped on some ice on the mountain, hitting his head and causing a serious concussion, which wound up causing a seizure.  Fortunately besides a shoulder injury and some facial cuts he is doing much better.  He has some follow-up doctors appointments to attend, but we’re hoping for the best.  If you notice his lack of posting in the coming weeks, it’s due to his needing rest (both mentally and physically) to recoup.  He says to tell you all hello though!

On to the bookish front!  I tried to keep my choices eclectic again opting for fiction, historical fiction, and some young adult dystopias.  As always I’m still behind on my reviews (OY). I’m hoping to catch up in the next two weeks.  My favorite read for the month was definitely Wither by Lauren DeStefano. Wither is the first novel in her Chemical Garden trilogy; book 2 Fever just came out last week!  I was lucky enough to snatch up signed copies of BOTH from my local Barnes and Noble.  (I have an unsigned copy of Wither to give away with my review, so keep an eye out!)

As always we have some interesting reviews coming up in the blog front.  We’re taking part in two blog tours in March – one for The Book of Lost Fragrances, the other for Dinner With Lisa.  Besides the books I’m reading and reviewing Adam has some historical fiction novel reviews coming and Charlie is reviewing Steve Jobs’ biography near the end of the month.  Todd also has  few books in the queue once he’s feeling better.  In the coming days there might be a new staff announcement as well!! (So excited about this!)

Anyway, that wraps up another month.  Where has 2012 flown by to??  I hope your February was a great one.  Leave any book recommendations you have below!

As Always – Happy Reading!

The January Round-Up

Staff Bloggers: Adam, Todd, Kim, and Charlie (L-R)

January has been an EXPLOSIVE month!  I’ve more than doubled the amount of books I read in January of 2010 (only 7), finishing up at a total of 15 for the month.  I’m pretty proud of my 15 considering I’ve had a fairly hectic month.  The bowling league that Todd and I are a part of started back up, taking over my Thursday evenings each week.  Charlie and I have been heading to the movies every Tuesday to take advantage of $5 movie night.  With Oscar season just around the corner we’re trying to catch up on everything we haven’t seen!  Todd and I also made a few trips to NYC this month, hitting up our favorite bookstore, The Strand, and getting to see Mary Poppins on Broadway.  Todd and I were also able to meet up with fellow Reflections of a Book Addict bloggers Adam and Charlie for a get together in Manhattan.  There were lots of other things going on this month, but those were the highlights!

The Apothecary's DaughterOn to the reading! I tried to keep it eclectic this month and read a variety of genres: paranormal, romance, historical fiction, mystery, and graphic novels.  I still owe you guys some reviews, so keep an eye on the blog.  The one I’m most looking forward to sharing with you is The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen.  My top read for the month was The Night Sky by Maria Sutton (I posted my review yesterday).

Great reads coming up on the horizon! Todd is currently reading the first book in The Vineart War trilogy, Flesh and Fire by Laura Anne Gilman, as well as Timeline by Michael Crichton.  Flesh and Fire is a fantasy novel, while Timeline is science fiction.  (Additionally, if you’re a fan of sci-fi/fantasy/magical novels, then may I suggest you sign up for Roof Beam Reader’s Magical March Challenge?)  Charlie’s got some great film reviews coming up, including one for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  Carnal, a new graphic novel from Sea Lion Books, is on Adam’s plate for February, as well as a review of the film The Artist.  And me? Well, I’ve got a lot coming up for you! The Kitchen Daughter, Montfort, The Psychology of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo are just a few of the titles coming soon.

I hope that your own individual challenges are going well and that you’re finding some great titles!  Keep on reading my friends, and leave your recommendations below!

Happy Reading!!

Catching Up!

Good evening folks! I’m here to apologize for the lack of posts the past four days.  I’ve been traveling, sick, and celebrating my birthday!  This past Saturday Todd and I traveled down to NYC to visit my sister Christine and go for dinner.  It was definitely an experience traveling in Manhattan so close to 9/11, with uniformed and plainclothes security present all over the subway and train stations.  Not to be deterred, we first met up with Adam Gorsline (of Adam’s Film Friday fame) and had lunch at the Shake Shack.  Next, he showed us his new apartment and walked with us down a street fair on 3rd avenue.  We then traveled to my mecca, the Strand.  Adam, having never been to the Strand before, was throughly impressed with the miles of bookshelves and huge assortment of all things book-related.

Next, we met up with my sister Christine and her fiance Jason and ate at a great tapas restaurant called Boqueria that reminded us a lot of Spain.  After that, we went to a bar named Vapiano, where we met the one and only Adam Spunberg!  For those of you who don’t know, Adam is an associate editor for the entertainment blog Picktainment, as well as a co-creator of The Hunger Games Fireside Chat.  After working with him on numerous projects and being a guest on the Chat, I was so excited to finally meet him!

As for the remainder of the weekend/beginning of the week, I was unfortunately stuck being sick, which has caused me to lose my voice and in general feel pretty dreary.  Today however, I am feeling a bit better (hopefully this was because it was my birthday) and had some good food with friends tonight in New Haven.  So, stay tuned for your regularly scheduled blogging coming back on-line tomorrow and apologies again for the delay!

Check This Out – The Strand Book Store

Hi everyone and welcome to my first “check this out”!  As this is a book blog, I figured what better to talk about than a semi-local mecca for book enthusiasts in the biggest city in the US.  The Strand Book Store has over 18 miles of New, Used, and Rare books!  It is always packed to the walls with bibliophiles and tourists alike, and carries an amazing selection of books and cool “The Strand” memorabilia.  Check out their events page for upcoming events at the store such as signings and author presentations.  Most of all, stop by and check it out in person.  It’s an experience you won’t soon forget!