Episode 3: TBR

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Hello readers,

I hope you all had an excellent Thanksgiving and relaxing long weekend – I certainly did. In today’s podcast episode, we cover a lot of ground: I talk about which books are on my TBR (to-be-read) pile right now, I recommend a pre-election read (worth it!), I interview local author Armin Wiebe (also a former CreComm instructor!) and I announce the winner of the first ever Literally, Katrina book giveaway. What an exciting episode!

Thanks for listening to Episode 3 of the Literally, Katrina podcast! What’s on your TBR pile? What should I read next? Comment below, send me a tweet, or get at me on Facebook with your recommendations! I love hearing from you.

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Episode 4 will be out on October 26th – until then, happy reading!

Katrina

Vampires!

Happy Halloween, my friends!

For those who know me well, you know how much I love a good read about vampires. For those who don’t know me all that well…you’re about to find out! The truth is, I pretty much like anything vampire related – up until this year, my best friend and I got together every Thursday to watch The Vampire Diaries, and one of my favourite movies to watch around Halloween is The Lost Boys (you must see it to understand!).

If you’re looking for some Halloween-inspired, spooky, vampiry reads, I’ve put together a little list of the best (or perhaps worst) vampire books out there:

1. Stephenie Meyer’s The Twilight Saga: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn

  • Yep, I am that girl.
  • I was 15 when the first book came out – give me a break for loving it! I totally re-read these books on a regular basis and even though the movies are really, really bad, sometimes I am just in the mood to watch them. This series is a definite guilty pleasure.
  • True story: When New Moon was being released, the Chapters head office called me to talk about their marketing scheme for the book release and the series, so all those displays in the store when Twilight was a big deal? You’re welcome. Chapters (cleverly) anticipated that the series would be the “next big thing” even before there was a movie deal. They were so right.

2. Thrist No.1 (The Last Vampire, Black Blood, Red Dice) by Christopher Pike

  • This was the first vampire book I ever read – I borrowed it from my older sister, Amanda, and it was scandalous and creepy and cool.

3. The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire by Abigail Gibbs

  • I really liked this book but it did spark a lot of controversy because of the way sex is portrayed in the book – a lot of critics didn’t like the way the author dealt with consent and violence (read the GoodReads reviews!).

4. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

  • loooooooooong but good!

5. All of the vampire books by Anne Rice

  • Also, let’s be real – the movies based on her books!
    • Interview with a Vampire
    • The Queen of the Damned

6. And of course, the ever classic Dracula by Bram Stoker

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There’s a ton of vampire-lit out there that I haven’t read yet but plan on checking out. My sister has all of the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris (True Blood was based on her series) so I will likely borrow those in the future! What are your favourites? In other news, I’m currently reading Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch (winner of the Pulitzer Prize) and it’s very interesting so far – I recommend it!

Happy reading,
Katrina