Dare to Read

October 3, 2011

What Are You Reading?

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

 

Come share your current reading list as several members of the Enchanted Inkpot, including me, discuss their own picks at Enchanted Inkpot today: http://tinyurl.com/3vu7xxw

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August 7, 2011

On Books, Shoes and Reviews

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

 

Books are like shoes. You don’t know if they are the right fit until you try them on and walk with them for a mile/read the whole book.

Yet, to do so you need to purchase them first and that is, in both cases, a leap of faith.

You know you like them. You may have even fallen in love with their design/their cover. They are, basically, what you are looking for: sandals for the summer, a pair of high heels for the Christmas party, flip flops for the beach, boots for hiking, loafers for every day, sneakers to play tourist. The right genre if we talk books: a mystery for a winter day, a comedy for a summer read, a fantasy to escape to another world, a tragedy, a light romance when you are feeling blue.

But trying them on, or reading the blurb, the first page, a random sentence in the middle, does not guarantee they will fit your need or mood.

In the case of books, a review can help you make an informed decision. But not any review will do. Reviewers are people with their own likes and dislikes. So be careful to choose a reviewer that has a taste similar to yours. One that has given favorable reviews to books you have also liked and hates the ones you also hate. One that gives you information on the mood and scope of the book without revealing the plot, or even worse telling you the ending. And be open to try new genres, new authors. Who knows where your new love is waiting.

I have no similar advice regarding buying a pair of shoes. There, I’m afraid, you have to trust yourself. Or ask your feet.

July 19, 2011

Little Known Fantasy Books We Love

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

If you like Fantasy, and are looking for something new to read, you may want to check these less well-known fantasy stories the bloggers at  The Enchanted Inkpot recommend.

http://enchantedinkpot.livejournal.com/96447.html

My recommendation is The Shamer’s Chronicles. You can read my review of the last volume on the series here: https://carmenferreiroesteban.wordpress.com/2008/04/06/book-reviews/

April 24, 2011

Two Moon Princess Blog Tour – 4

by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

In this, the final week of the TWO MOON PRINCESS blog tour, please visit the following websites.

Monday, April 25: Nicole at Books Complete Me (Character Tweets)
Tuesday, April 26: Kate at The Neverending Shelf (Author Interview)
Wednesday, April 27: Diana at Books By Their Story (Review)
Thursday, April 28: Christie at The Fiction Enthusiast (Tens List)
Friday, April 29: Emily at Emily’s Reading Room (This or That List: Julian)
Saturday, April 30: Amy at Reading Teen (Review)

Thank you for all the wonderful bloggers that had me over and special thanks to Kari for organizing this awesome tour.


April 10, 2011

Two Moon Princess Book Blog Tour

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Welcome to the second week in the Two Moon Princess book blog tour.

Saturday, April 9: Kayla at Caught Between The Pages (Review) http://caughtbetweenthepages.wordpress.com/

Sunday, April 10: Diana at Books By Their Story (When I’m Not Writing) http://booksbytheirstory.blogspot.com/
Monday, April 11: Michelle at See Michelle Read (Author Interview) http://seemichelleread.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, April 12: Page at One Book At A Time (Review) http://onebooktime.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, April 13: Gail at Ticket To Anywhere (This or That List: Carmen) http://www.tickettoanywhere.net
Thursday, April 14: Kayla at Caught Between The Pages (Tens List) http://caughtbetweenthepages.wordpress.com/
Friday, April 15: Lexie at Poisoned Rationality (Review) http://lastexilewords.blogspot.com
Saturday, April 16: Page at One Book At A Time (Cover Interview) http://onebooktime.blogspot.com/

April 4, 2010

Muse and Reverie by Charles de Lint

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To read my review of Muse and Reverie by Charles de Lint please go to:

http://www.myshelf.com/scifi_fantasy/10/museandreverie.htm

March 3, 2010

Pride/Prejudice by Ann Herendeen

You can read the review of the novel Pride/Prejudice by Ann Herendeen, a somehow subversive version of the relationships between the characters in the beloved Jane Austen’s novel at

http://www.myshelf.com/literary/10/prideprejudice.htm