Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays: The Hunter the Bear and the Seventh Sister

Teaser Tuesdays is a fun and exciting meme hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading. The cool button is from Once Upon a Twilight!

The rules are that you take a teaser from the book you're reading but make sure there are no spoilers!! Check out mine from 




My Teaser:




"I know you are close, Son of Earth...tell me what you are doing here in Arcas?" the deep guttural voice asked. "What profit have you been offered to sell out both our worlds?"

from The Hunter, the Bear, and the Seventh Sister by B.I Woolet

I guess that's a super teaser since there's no context whatsoever. Guess you're going to have the check the book out soon!!




Thanks for stopping by! Leave me a comment and link me to your Teaser if you have one! 

Monday, February 10, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading?! {16}



It's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey! It's a great way to plan out your reading week and get ideas from other bloggers as well! Thanks for visiting!



Hey guys! I'm so glad to be back blogging again and participating in my favorite meme. Drop me a comment on what you're reading so I can add to my TBR list!





Bobby Ether and The Academy by R. Scott Boyer
I got this from Netgalley and the jury is still out on it. I want it to be awesome, I really do...however..yeah I'll let you know when I get at least halfway through it what my thoughts are.

Next:

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Goodreads
And here's an "oldie" but goodie. I remember when this came out and everyone was so enchanted by it,  so I figured I give it a go, this being Valentine's week and all :)

What are you reading??


Did Not Finish: The Liars' Gospel by Naomi Alderman


About a million years ago, I requested this book on Netgalley from Little Brown and Co. It has taken me forever to finish this book for one reason or another and at about 63% in, I had to put it down once and for all.

As a devout Christian, I couldn't really figure out how to feel about this book. The re-telling of the Gospels surrounding Jesus' life sounded interesting to me at the onset. But once there was so much rawness and diversion from the story I'm familiar with, I had to change my mindset about what I was reading entirely. 

The writing in and of itself was fascinating, the interweaving of sacred and sinful behaviors in one breath was executed flawlessly by Naomi Alderman. I'm interested in reading other books by her and I actually plan to. But the subject was just a little too far out for me. 

This book is NOT for everyone but I do suggest you check it out if you enjoy exquisite writing and fiction based on historical events. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Omg seriously plus TBR List

OH hello!

So, I've been away a while, and sort of reading. I've been thinking about reading and blogging and the like but...life always gets in the way.

I should put "life" in quotes because up until right now, I've been coming down from being on my first National Tour (I'm an opera singer for those of you that don't know), then my first musical reading in over 10 years, and then, nothing! Now I'm back working a temp gig for a little while and I realized that I have way more time than I thought.

I mean, I've downloaded SO MANY Galleys on NetGalley, discovered an entirely new newsletter that sends me free book downloads and deeply discounted books in general, and there was one time that I found like one thousand new books (not just in good condition but actual books that has JUST come out!) But I never got around to reading most of those books. Ugh, I'm so behind on life.

Anyway, I'm posting a books I must read list here for my reference and to get me back in the swing of things book blogging. Drop me a line if you'd like. Can't wait to pop around to some of your blogs!

Parable of Sower by Octavia Butler
I just freaking LOVED Kindred and I need to read every single book that Butler writes.

Alex Cross' continuing saga by James Patterson
And that's Merry Christmas, Alex Cross Kill Alex Cross Alex Cross Run Cross My Heart OMG I'M SO BEHIND.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Not because it's a dern movie, but because I found out what it's about and it sounds AWESOME.

Sheesh, and like every other book.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Armchair BEA: Introduction Post


Well it's Day One of Armchair BEA and I got my first post in just under the wire! Check out my answers :)
 
 
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? 
Hey guys! Remember me?? It's La Toya...I started a blog back in 2010 called LazyGirlReads and changed the name to LaToya, Literally back in Jan 2011. I think since then it's been a little spotty (with all my opera singing and general poor time management heeh!) but I'm *hopefully* back now!

Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures. 
I'm from Brooklyn NY!!! Yes, now I know what you're thinking, "you're just a train ride away from BEA, La Toya, why don't you just go?!" Well there's the whole time management thing again. I'm workin on it, I'm workin on it. Random fact about people born and raised in Brooklyn: We stopped saying "Fuggedaboutit" years ago. Seriously. And the pizza and bagels here better than you can imagine.  


What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013? 
Currently reading a couple: Dork Diaries 1 by Rachel Renee Russell and Messenger by Lois Lowry. Best book I've read this year happens to be Son by Lois Lowry.

Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you. 
I'm an opera singer! Proof: http://vimeo.com/62019173

If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why? 
Easy, Albus Dumbledore and/or Aslan. Because, um OBVS.

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why? 
NARNIA. Because TURKISH DELIGHT.

How fun!! Thanks so much for reading my questionnaire. Drop me a line so I can check out yours, or to let me know that you remember who I am, or to tell me, I don't know who you are but thanks for coming back LOL.

 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop! (Intl)



OMG, hello. And thank you for checking my blog out. Can I just bore you for one second and say that I haven't posted in so long and this is my first post in like 6 months AHHHHH I MISSED YOUUU.

Ahem...k...so here's what I'm offering today:

$10 toward a book of your choice at The Book Depository.

***All you gotta do is like my poor little FB page!! www.facebook.com/LaToyaLiterally ***

If you'd like to make my day even further, also like my professional opera page! (Not a requirement, but hey, figured I'd ask!) www.facebook.com/LaToyaLewisSoprano

Drop me a line letting me know that you like one or both of my pages so I can choose a winner!

with love xoxoxoxoxo,
La Toya

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Playing catch up and checkin' in

::mobile post ACTIVATE!!::

Hey bloggy friends :)

Man, it is so tough keeping up a fabulous book blog while working and pursuing a music career in my spare time!! Not to mention other exciting projects along the way.

Luckily, I've been reading like mad and have been having a quarterly book club. We've already read "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness and "The Fault in our stars" by John Green. Two fabulous choices, don't you guys agree?? Well, I will keep you all posted on what we read in the future so maybe you can join us or chime in of you've read already.

I also went back to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this past June (insert gratuitous pic of Butterbeer truck here)! It has inspired me to take part an any and all Harry Potter re-reads. Let me know if any of you guys are doing that!

Lastly, and super awesomely, there's a huge Book Festival going on in my hometown next week. My hometown happens to be Brooklyn NY ;) I will make a longer post about that hopefully before it starts, fingers crossed.

Thanks for reading!
Xo,
La Toya

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday Tuesday: The Mysterious Benedict Society

Teaser Tuesdays is a fun and exciting meme hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading. The cool button is from Once Upon a Twilight!

The rules are that you take a teaser from the book you're reading but make sure there are no spoilers!! Check out mine from "The Mysterious Benedict Society" by Trenton Lee Stewart




My Teaser:
"The next question read: 'Do you like to listen to the radio?' And again, Reynie realized that he did not, although he was sure everyone else did. With a growing sense of isolation, he answered the question: NO."






Thanks for stopping by! Leave me a comment and link me to your Teaser if you have one! 

Monday, August 27, 2012

It's Monday! What are you reading?? {13}



It's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey! It's a great way to plan out your reading week and get ideas from other bloggers as well! Thanks for visiting!







                        Currently Reading: 


Loving this book right now you guys!!! And I'm so busy that I'm not sure WHAT I'm going to read next!!
What are you guys reading??

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Follow my blog Friday!

 
So excited that one of my old buddies Awesomesauce Bookclub is being featured this week!! Although she might not remember me (I used to be LazyGirl Reads!!)

Here's this week's question:


Q: Worst cover? What is the worst cover of a book that you've read and loved?


Okay, like no offense Margaret Peterson Haddix buuuuuuuuut I really think this cover sucks. And most of the covers of books I've read by this author but HOLEY MACKERAL if these books aren't superb! Love love LOVE The Shadow Children series!!

Thanks for stopping by. Drop me a comment and I will be sure to visit your blog as well!

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