30 December, 2011

Untraceable Sale


for Kindle is on sale today and tomorrow for only 99 cents! I found out from Kathy at I am a Reader, Not a Writer. My links are no longer Amazon-affiliated; but if you'd like to help support her blog, you can follow the links for these great Kindle deals here.

Until further notice, the blog will be available at http://readnowsleeplater.blogspot.com. Thanks for your patience while we move!


28 December, 2011

Temporary Downtime

Just letting you know that if you try to visit readnowsleeplater.com in the next couple of days (Dec 29-Jan 1) and find it unavailable, don't fret! We're moving nameservers and hosting... in case I somehow screw up the process we might be unavailable for a little bit :)

fingers crossed!

24 December, 2011

Winter Wishlist - Week 3


A seasonal meme hosted by yours truly! http://bit.ly/wntrwish11 for more info--join in the geeky fun!

Week 1: Write about Books or Bookish Things that you would love to get.
Week 2: Write about Books or Bookish Things that you would love to give.
Week 3: Write about a charity/nonprofit/community group that works with books and/or literacy.

Winter Wishlist - Week 3
Nonprofit for books and literacy: First 5 LA

Well, this was not originally the group I wanted to write about, and I have spent the last 4 days trying to remember what it was XD and finally just decided to pick one.

I think First 5 LA is great because they focus on family literacy--helping parents become more literate so that they can have a shared learning and social experience with their children. It's SO important that a child's parents be the primary drivers of their desire to learn and read, but no matter how many books come out that can appeal to both parents and children, it's no good if the parent is not comfortable enough in their own reading skills. You can read more about them at http://www.first5la.org/.

Take a look at the rest of our Winter Wishlist posts!


20 December, 2011

Ruby, Violet, Lime: Looking For Color - Review




Ruby, Violet, Lime: Looking for Color
 by Jane Brocket
Publication date: 01 September 2011 by Millbrook Press
ISBN 10/13: 0761346120 | 9780761346128

Category: Children's Picture Book
Keywords: Children's, colors, learning
Format: Hardcover, eBook


From goodreads:

Ruby flowers, violet quilts, lime frosting--colors are all around us. How many colors can you find in the pages of this book?

Thuy's review:

Jane Brocket is the popular author of the Yarnstorm blog. She first came to my attention years ago since she often blogged about crafty things and her posts were illustrated with bright, colorful images that she takes herself. Over the years, Brocket has penned several books, including the gorgeous and inspiring The Gentle Art of Domesticity. Seriously, if you have a creative friend who loves beautiful things then her book is a must have. Ruby, Violet, Lime: Looking for Color is the first in a series of children's picture books focusing on colors, shapes and textures. 

I had a great time reading this book. It's a picture book but it's non-traditional one because it's filled with photos instead of illustrations. Brocket's photos are simple, yet full of color and life. Each page has several photos depicting a color as found in world - from painted doors, colorful blooms, luscious fruits and deliciously bright and candy covered cupcakes.

The text is very simple, usually asking the reader to look for a color and describing some of its many hues. The text isn't particularly interesting but it serves its purpose--to engage the reader in searching out the colors in the images and, hopefully, in the outside world as well. I can see this as a fun book for a very young child. I think the different images and bright colors will keep a child's attention as well as an adult reader. Overall a very fun little book.



Visit the author online at Yarnstorm 

17 December, 2011

Reading Challenges for 2012 - Thuy

Hi, everyone. This year I will be participating in a couple of reading challenges. I figured I would post about them now so I hold myself to them next year. :) I am not always the best at committing and making a list (I love lists!) of the challenge and the books I want to read for them will help keep me on track.

The first challenge I am participating in is the Debut Author Challenge (DAC) hosted by The Story Siren. I've thought about doing this challenge before but this year, I am going to participate. There are so many awesome 2012 debuts coming out and I am excited to be a part of this. Below is the list of books I plan to read for DAC though I'll probably add more along the way.
Books in Bold are books that I already own. You can also check out my Goodreads shelf for the challenge here.

1. Slide by Jill Hathaway
2. Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves
3. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
4. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
5. The Selection by Kiera Kass
6. The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
7. When The Dead Sea is Rising by Cat Hellison
8. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
9. Above by Leah Bobet
10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
11. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
12. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
13. Harbinger by Sara Etienne Wilson
14. The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges
15. Tempest by Julie Cross
16. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
17. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
18. Fracture by Miranda Megan


Blue ButtonNext up is the Standalone Reading Challenge (SARC) hosted by Icey Books. I haven't really participated in any public challenges before so I hope this goes well. I actually love the idea of standalone novels. Don't get me wrong, I have lost of series love but it's nice to read a book that's just a story on its own - not part of a trilogy or series. So I am trying for a minimum of 15 books, though there are more on the list. Below is my list of books I want to read next year for the challenge.

Books in Bold are books that I already own. You can also check out my Goodreads shelf for the challenge here.

1. Ripper by Stephan Petrucha (borrowed from Alethea)
2. Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanides
3. Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
4. Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson
5. Irises by Francisco X. Stork
6. First Comes Lobe by Katie Kacvinsky
7. The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
8.  Struck by Jennifer Bosorth
9. Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
10. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
11. The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
12. New Girl by Paige Harbison
13. Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves
14. When The Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellison
15. Above by Lisa Bobet
16. Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick
17. Harbinger by Sara Etienne Wilson
18. Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
19. Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
20. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
21. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
22. Fracture by Megan Miranda

That's all I've committed to for now. Are there any other great challenges I should be aware of? Please let me know in the comments!


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14 December, 2011

Touch of Power Blog Tour - Podcast and Interview



Click the player below to hear Alethea's interview with Maria V. Snyder.
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Touch of Power (Healer, Book 1) by Maria V. Snyder
Publication date: 20 Dec 2011 / 1 Jan 2012 by Harlequin
ISBN 10/13: 0778313077 | 9780778313076

Find Maria

This podcast will be available on RNSL at iTunes within the next 24 hours. 

Maria V. Snyder switched careers from meteorologist to novelist when she began writing the New York Times best-selling Study Series (POISON STUDY, MAGIC STUDY and FIRE STUDY) about a young woman who becomes a poison taster. When she’s not traveling, Maria lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and daughter.

Touch of Power Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. 

As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life....


Each blog tour stop is giving away a copy of Touch of Power. A grand prize winner will also get a $100 spa gift certificate (to be selected Jan. 16, 2012 - Entry for the grand prize starts on Monday, December 19, at http://mariavsnyder.com/contests.php)!

Contest is open to US and Canada only BUT folks from other countries, get ready to come back on Jan 1, 2012--I'll be holding another contest (non-US and Canada only!) and you can win a copy of the UK paperback (as long as bookdepository.com delivers to your country).

Enter below for RNSL's giveaway, and don't forget to visit all the stops along the blog tour for more chances to win!

The next stop is Friday, Dec. 16 at I Just Wanna Sit Here and ReadClick here to hit all the other stops on the tour hosted at Harlequin's Paranormal Romance Blog. You can also find reviews on Libri Ago and Bookyurt. Good luck!


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13 December, 2011

Winter Wishlist - Week 2 (3)



A seasonal meme hosted by yours truly! http://bit.ly/wntrwish11 for more info--join in the geeky fun!

Week 1: Write about Books or Bookish Things that you would love to get.
Week 2: Write about Books or Bookish Things that you would love to give.
Week 3: Write about a charity/nonprofit/community group that works with books and/or literacy.

Winter Wishlist - Week 2
Books and Bookish Things I'd Love to Give


For your good buddy who loves books AND nature--these nifty Green Marker grass bookmarks! Backed with 3M Post-It adhesive, these won't damage your books and come 75 to a pack.

I have quite a few friends (not to mention myself) who will look pretty cool (well, in geek terms, anyway) with this great tote bag. I saw this one at Mrs. Nelson's in La Verne. They ship, too!

Now for the books! 

I'll be posting suggestions for every type of reader throughout the week.

Your favorite dystopian reader will love these:






Pair the first two with survival kits, and the last one with chocolate & coffee :)

Check out these other blogs for more wishlist suggestions!



12 December, 2011

Maria V. Snyder Touch of Power Blog Tour - Coming Soon




Set your calendars this week for Wednesday, December 14. That's the day that Read Now Sleep Later will help kick off the Blog Tour for Maria V. Snyder's new novel, Touch of Power. If you're a fan of Maria's books like we are then you are also excited about her new book which will be released on December 20. Alethea will be posting a podcast interview on Wednesday with Maria herself. Come back and visit us and find out what Maria has to say about the new book.  

You can visit the official blog tour site with the full schedule on Harlequin's Paranormal Romance blog and also on Maria's blog. Hope you can join us!

Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life.





07 December, 2011

Winter Wishlist - Week 1 (2)


A seasonal meme hosted by yours truly! http://bit.ly/wntrwish11 for more info--join in the geeky fun!

Week 1: Write about Books or Bookish Things that you would love to get.
Week 2: Write about Books or Bookish Things that you would love to give.
Week 3: Write about a charity/nonprofit/community group that works with books and/or literacy.

Winter Wishlist - Week 1
Books and Bookish Things I'd Love to Get

I'm not saying you need to get me these things--I just want to give you an idea of what your book-loving, novel-reading, fiction-addicted geek friends *might* want to get for the holidays, or just any old day.

I found even more bookish things!

Love Your Librarian tee by AlisonRose
For the librarian in your life--AlisonRose's Etsy store has some super-cute stuff!

Also, just about everybody I know mentioned reading with a cup of cocoa this week. Must be the weather--brrr! You can make a simple gift for your bookwormy friend--some hot cocoa mix! There's also a recipe from my fave food guy, Alton Brown, and one for the lactose-intolerant chocolate drinker. 


Also... this is hard to find now, and I really hated Lauren Kate's Fallen, but I would totally wear this shirt:

Image yoinked from Amy at Reading Teen
It was only available at Borders, and I don't know if Random House put out shirts for the other books. Hello, Random House! I'll gladly buy the books if you will put out t-shirts, too. The cover art for this series is certainly shirt-worthy. (If they sold the gowns--well, I don't have anything to wear them to but I would totally just wear them around the house.)

 And now for the books:



Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel - I'll be the first to admit I love romance. I also love zombie stories. Dearly, Departed ends up being a double-win! Love, and zombies. Who could ask for anything more?

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson - This is one of the books I *wasn't* disappointed to get in ARC form this year. That cover is pure eye-candy, and I'd love to have this on my shelf. I also have a morbid curiosity for murder mysteries and places where history meets speculation, so stories about Jack the Ripper always make it on to my to-read list.

The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare - I'm a completionist and while I admit I can't remember what the heck happened in The Clockwork Angel (except for the last 15 pages or so, which tend to play horror-movie style in my head whenever I think about it) I will definitely read the next book. Books of Wonder in NYC has a limited quantity of signed first editions. I'd buy it for myself already except I want to make sure I buy everyone else's presents first!

Check out the links below for more bookworms and their winter wishlists! Click here to sign up :)



06 December, 2011

The Treats Truck Baking Book on Nite Lite Nonfiction

Once in a while, we will be posting nonfiction titles on our adult blog that are relevant to younger readers, too. We'll provide a direct link to it so you don't have to look at the occasional racy romance novel cover ;)


Today's Nite Lite Nonfiction review features


The Treats Truck Baking Book by Kim Ima

RNSL 2011 Reader Survey

Please take 1 short minute to fill out this form--your feedback will help us as we plan a new year of fun and books at Read Now Sleep Later!

Each reader completing the form will be entered to win a book worth up to $15.00 (US) from amazon.com (US only) or bookdepository.com (International). One entry per person for the whole event period which runs until January 6. Previous winners of RNSL giveaways are welcome to enter!

Thanks, and good luck!

Click here to enter the giveaway!

05 December, 2011

Winter Wishlist - Week 1 (1)


A seasonal meme hosted by yours truly! http://bit.ly/wntrwish11 for more info--join in the geeky fun!

Week 1: Write about Books or Bookish Things that you would love to get.
Week 2: Write about Books or Bookish Things that you would love to give.
Week 3: Write about a charity/nonprofit/community group that works with books and/or literacy.

Winter Wishlist - Week 1
Books and Bookish Things I'd Love to Get

I'm not saying you need to get me these things--I just want to give you an idea of what your book-loving, novel-reading, fiction-addicted geek friends *might* want to get for the holidays, or just any old day.

Let's start with Bookish Things!

First of all, since I never go anywhere without a book, I'd totally love one of these Nerdy Book Club totes:
Nerdy Book Club Tote by Tom Angleberger
Inevitably I go out with one book (and maybe my Kindle) and come back with another half-dozen or so books. I just can't help myself. Hence the need for a roomy and lightweight, machine-washable tote.


Bookmark pads by KnockKnock
Also, because I've somehow become extremely disorganized and forgetful in my not-so-old-age, these Bookmark Pads (which come in 4 styles and in pads of 25 bookmarks) would be great for books I plan on discussing with others, as opposed to just myself... hrm, maybe it'd help me get a lot more reviews up if I remembered to take notes while I was reading. *writes a note about it on the back of some junk mail*


I keep my books on Ikea "Ivar" shelves, which are great, because they're modular and I can reformat the shelves however I want... but not so great, because the side panels are open and you typically need bookends to keep the second layer (you know, that layer of books you pushed back because you ran out of room? don't you have that?) from spilling out the sides. Well, it wouldn't be much of a problem if I had these! Check out the excellent scrollwork... These were handmade by a guy from one of my favorite places on earth, New Jersey ;) You can find this set in his Etsy shop!

Now, on to the Books!


I'm an art geek as well as a book geek. If you want to explore graphic novels, Chris Ware is pretty much my point of reference for any visual storytelling. No one does it better! His work is so iconic that a few weeks ago when I visited Chicago, I felt as if the airport shuttle was driving right into one of the panels of Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on Earth. If you have someone who is as much into graphics as into reading, you can't go wrong with this or any of his other books, sketchbooks, and publications. Some of them are hard to find... I'd check with the nearest comic shop. Trust me, they'll know whether they have 'em or not.


I've already read this, and I had a lot of fun meeting Maria V. Snyder's new character, Avry of Kazan, but I just totally LOVE the cover of the UK edition of Touch of Power. The US one is good, but this makes me shiver! 


This is the type of book I'd probably never buy for myself, but I really want to read it! It's loosely based on 50 Cent's childhood and speaks to the issue of bullying--from the perspective of a former bully!


I have Robin Wasserman's Skinned, but never really felt compelled to read it. The new covers (and titles) are pretty much irresistible to me, though!


Lost and Found by Shaun Tan... not a lot for me to say, but lots to see! I have his Tales from Outer Suburbia and really admire his style. I hope someday I can be as great an illustrator and artist as he is.


Don't get me this--my audible.com credits just kicked in today and I am SO totally getting this for myself. Swordspoint: A Melodrama of Manners is a Neil Gaiman production narrated by author Ellen Kushner, Dion Graham, ♥ Katherine Kellgren ♥ , Robert Fass, Nick Sullivan, & Simon Jones. Huzzah!

Check out the links below for more bookworms and their winter wishlists! Click here to sign up :)



Cover Reveal: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hi, everyone! This week is release week for the highly anticipated Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. No doubt you've seen the cover for this showing up in the blogosphere along with some pretty positive reviews. I do have a copy of this but haven't read it yet. But trust me, I am very excited to. I mean, who can resist aliens?


Obsidian (Book 1 in the Lux series) releases on December 6 (that's tomorrow). Check out the links below if you'd like to purchase it. Hopefully we'll have a review up soon.


As a special treat, we also have a peek at the cover for the next Lux novel, Onyx. Take a look!


No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

What do you think? Will you be picking up Obsidian this week?


Visit the author online at jenniferarmentrout.blogspot.com and follow @jlarmentrout on Twitter

04 December, 2011

Winter Wishlist - Buttons

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02 December, 2011

Ship Breaker - Review


Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker #1) by Paolo Bacigalupi

Publication Date: 1 May 2010 by Brilliance Audio
ISBN 10/13: 1441883495 | 9781441883490

Hardcover Date: 1 May 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN 10/13: 0316056219 | 9780316056212

Category: Young Adult Science Fiction
Keywords: Fantasy, dystopian, ships, pirates, genetic engineering, family
Format: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook


I was a little apprehensive about picking this one up. While I thought Bacigalupi's last book, The Windup Girl, was interesting, it wasn't a favorite. But a long road trip prompted me to pick up Ship Breaker in audio book at the library. Luckily, my fears were unfounded, and I am really glad I took a chance on it.

The book takes place in a grim future where where global warming has caused a major shift in the ecological landscape. Rising water levels and "city killer" storms have left large metropolitan areas covered in water and refuse. Nailer, a young teenage boy, works a dangerous job on the light crew, stripping old tanker ships that have washed ashore for copper wire and other salvageable parts. Living a hand to mouth existence, with an abusive father at home, Nailer knows that any day might be his last. A lucky encounter with a downed clipper ship brings Nailer and his friend Pima to Nita, a "swank" rich girl and the only survivor of the ship. Nailer decides to risk it all to save Nita with the hope that she'll help him leave the ship yards for good.

Ship Breaker is a tense roller coaster ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Well plotted and well paced, there's never a dull moment. With a male protagonist and an emphasis on peril and adventure, I can see this book appealing to boys. There's a bit of romance thrown in, though it's minor compared to everything else that happens in the book.

Bacigalupi does a great job of creating a unique and believable dystopian future, one both familiar but also very different than our own. He tackles some heavy themes, including environmental responsibility, class disparity, and notions of family and loyalty. Though a bit heavy handed at times, Bacigalupi manages not to sound too preachy. Though their world is often cruel and heartless, there still exists kindness, friendship and love, as demonstrated by Nailer and others in the story.

While the world is vast and rich, what impressed me the most about the book were the characters in it. They are diverse in breeding and background and are a complex lot, damaged and imperfect. No character is all good or all bad. Shades of grey dominate. Nailer himself is unlikable at times, lashing out at Nita when he's angry or afraid. But he's also kind and fiercely loyal, sticking with Nita when the smart thing to do is walk away. One of my favorite characters is the half-man Tool. Created from the DNA of humans, hyenas and tigers, he is a vicious killer but ends up being an unexpected ally. I really hope we see more of him in the next book.

Ship Breaker is a book with something for everyone--a dystopian adventure with interesting characters, knife fights, train chases, pirate battles and a little bit of kissing thrown in. I recommend the audio book if you can get it. Joshua Swanson has a great, expressive voice and his pacing is fantastic. He does do separate voices for the characters, which I am not usually a fan of, but didn't mind in this case.

Thanks, Mr. Bacigalupi for keeping me entertained for 700 miles!



Visit the author online at http://windupstories.com and follow @PaoloBacigalupi on Twitter