Thursday, April 29, 2010

Current Reads

It occurs to me that I don't share enough of my personal reads with you. In all honesty, as silly as it sounds, working in books doesn't leave you with as much extra reading time as you would think!

I spend a lot of time reading books for potential projects. Many of those don't make it past that stage. Not necessarily because they're 'bad' books, but other items factor in. If it's a memoir and I just finished working on a memoir, I might pass on it so I'm better able to offer a variety of genres to reviewers. Sometimes timelines or p
ub dates will interfere with other projects. Sometimes I just manage a really small campaign with a scope so narrow that it doesn't even make it onto the blog.

As far as projects are concerned, I just finished reading an upcoming YA title. MANIFEST, A Mystyx Novel is the first in a series that will be pubbed by the Harlequin imprint, KimaniTru this fall. It features an ethnically diverse cast of characters with a paranormal twist. It will please every fan of YA literature looking for a fresh take on the genre.

With great enthusiasm, I signed on to represent it for it's internet campaign. Keep an eye out for that launch announcement!

But all that aside, I do squeeze in other reading now and again and here's what I currently have:

I'm finishing up Bram Stoker's Dracula and I'm pretty jazzed about it. I'm a huge fan of the film
and thought it was about time I actually read it. (I couldn't find the cover for my particular edition, so I used the movie poster image instead.)

This book is kind of a chunkster for me, so I've put it down a couple of times and gone to other reading, but I'm almost finished! And my reward for that accomplishment? We're going to watch the movie! lol.

I've discovered recently that I need to give up gluten. Ack! I enjoy craft beer, love all things bread and bakery, and this change has caused me a lot of anxiety, but the Living Gluten Free for Dummies book has been helping me out immensely! I now carry around a tiny little pink Moleskine with all of my gluten dos and don'ts. Does anyone else have gluten issues?

I also just received 3 new sewing books. Woo-hoo! I have really been holding off on making
these purchases because they're pretty expensive. I've been checking different books out of the library to find the ones that are the most comprehensive and so far like these the best. My little sewing library is really growing! Do you have any sewing book recommendations?


Vasilly said...

Your reads all look great! I have Manifest on my TBR list now. Happy reading.

Amanda Daybyday said...

Funny, I just started reading Dracula myself. My hubby finished reading it last month and I figured I'd like to read it too. You're right about it being chunky though. A lot more words on a page than I've had in a long time.

LuAnn said...

I loved reading Dracula. It's certainly a classic and well worth the time it takes to read it.

You collect sewing books? But what do you sew?

Violet said...

Manifest sounds like an awesome book.

I read Dracula many years ago and I seriously done remember if I liked it. I have not been able to forget it though, thats something :)

Alice Teh said...

Hi Lisa, MANIFEST sounds awesome! You've just reminded me to read DRACULA. :)

OnlinePublicist said...

Vassily: Keep an eye out for MANIFEST materials coming up. This project is going to be a lot of fun!

Amanda: Little by little, I'm chipping away at Dracula and should finish this week! I would love to hear what you think of it!

LuAnn: Dracula is great! I sew a variety of things. I'm still learning so there are a lot of tote bags, pillows, and purses, but I'm trying my hand at skirts and other clothes now. It's a lot of trial and error right now! LOL

Violet: I have lots of fun MANIFEST stuff coming up. Keep an eye out! So far, I think my favorite thing about Dracula is how well Coppola did translating the book into film. He really captured the essence of Stoker's writing and I appreciate the attention to detail that took.

Alice: I hope you add Dracula to your TBR! I really enjoy the writing style. It sends the reader right back in time to the world of Lords, Ladies, and carriages. :-)