Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday New Somethings....

What's New:
  • I got a J-O-B! Yup! It's a work from home job and it's only part-time (for now) but yay I got work! We aren't too strapped but the extra $$ certainly helps! So that starts tomorrow night!
  • My son has one week left til school starts then he begins the 1st grade! I have one week to get all his school supplies, get him a hair cut, and of course clothes shopping! The boy is growing like a weed!
  • I got some new books! The Replacement, Princess of Glass, The Hot Box (I'm not sure, but I think this was sent to me by accident as I don't remember requesting it) The Wolf of Tebron, and The Book of Eli. I'll organize my TBR list sometime this week to include them.
What about you? Anything new in your world?

Friday, July 30, 2010

Great News!

Hey guys! Guess what? Bill Walker's book A Note From and Old Acquaintance is now available on Kindle for $4.99! You can read my review of this wonderful book (HERE)!

Review: Damaged

Damaged: A Maggie O'Dell Novel by Alex Kava

I didn't know that this was part of a series. It didn't really matter because I wasn't lost at all! I actually found out as I was reading but that didn't stop me from loving this book! It's your typical crime drama, BUT it's well written and fun to read! I liked Maggie and thought she was a tough smart chick! I liked her from page one!
The plot is a little complex but not unrealistic. The characters are well written and developed. You really get into it from the start, which I wasn't expecting. If you like CSI type shows and books that are similar then you will love this book! I'm definitely going to pick up a few of the other books in this series!

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (July 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385531990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385531993

Review: Freaks and Revelations

Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wills Hurwin
Have you ever read a book that made you think about the way the world is? A book that makes you seriously pause for a moment to contemplate how you treat others? This is one of those books!
It was brutal and honest and thought provoking all at once. I loved it. It tackles the issue of hate crimes, homophobia, and racism. It's a pretty heavy subject and at times the book is rather bleak, but then there are the moments of hope that balance it out. The two characters in this book go through a lot of struggles and have to endure so much in such a short time it's a wonder they make it through life at all! I won't spoil the book but the ending is a great reminder of how humans can endure anything and still find happiness.

I cried, I cringed, and I couldn't stop reading. It's beautifully but brutally honest and well written. I highly recommend it.

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (November 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316049964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316049962

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Iron King Review

I had my moments of doubt with this book. At first, I thought that it reminded me too much of the movie Labyrinth (Which I love so so very much!) I kept reading though. I had read so many good reviews of this book and wanted to see what was the awesome about it. I found out! It's a great book! 'Nuff said right? Well I loved the fairies and I loved the world of the fey! They aren't sweet little tinkerbells and I'm so loving that! I love the characters too! It's not just all about the fey lovin! Meghan, Puck, and of course Ash..what a triad of fun?! I love the tension between Puck and Ash..of course they want to be Meghan's man..I can't wait to see who she picks..if she does in fact pick!

All aboard the Iron Fey Train!
*TOOT TOOT*......I am a new fan of Ms. Kagawa and will definitely be snagging me a copy of the Iron Daughter when it comes out in August.

I give it a 4/5 :)

It's Monday What are you Reading and Weekly Plans

Oh boy, it's Monday! Yay! Right? I am still reading (and loving) House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. I highly recommend checking it out if you like odd, slightly spooky, and just plain weird fiction. :) Anywhoodle, On with the show!

Last Week:
This Week's Plans:
  • Infinite Days
  • Princess of Glass
Plus My Ongoing Reads:
  • House of Leaves
  • Northanger Abbey
What about you? What are you reading? :)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Dear Readers:

I have a confession to make.
..I've been sucked into House of Leaves. I have been reading it all week and unfortunately letting my other reading selections sit on the back-burner! This book is GOOD but very intense. It's about 709 pages (my edition) and lots of footnotes. It's very confusing at times but still, awesome sauce! I cannot stop! It's like crack in book form!

So I apologize to the TBR Read-a-Thon and my read-a-longs for the fact that I've been a butt-head. I'm still planning on reading Northanger Abbey and Atlas Shrugged. I will probably just do it solo.

On another note, I received my necklace from Dakota's Personalized Gifts
and will host a giveaway! I'll post my review and the deets later on today and my reviews for the other books I've read!

Happy Friday peoples!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What am I Reading today?

I'm still chugging along on the TBR readathon! Today's book is Damaged by Alex Kava! I'm reading that and hopefully will be finished tonight! I'm kinda busy today so I might not get it finished but I'll try!

I've also decided that Atlas Shrugged will have to wait for a bit.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What am I Reading today?

Yup, I'm knocking this one out for the TBR Read-a-Thon! So far it's really kinda depressing but good. I hope that makes sense? I'll be writing all my reviews for this RaT on Friday and posting through the weekend!

Also, I'm still reading Northanger Abbey and House of Leaves! I'm debating on whether pulling out of the Atlas Shrugged Read-a-Long and just reading it solo after I'm done. I'm feeling kinda swamped. It's my own fault that I've signed up for all these reads, but I can't help it! Anyway, back to reading! :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Pre-Review-Dakota's Personalized Gifts

Dakota's Personalized Gifts has tons of cute things to choose from! They specialize in gifts for special occasions! The necklace above is the product I will review! Isn't it so pretty?

Also....*drumroll* They are offering one of my reader's a $50 gift certificate with free shipping! I'll post the giveaway along with my review. I just wanted to tease you guys!

It's Monday What are you Reading?

Well, it's Monday again! Last week was full of reading for me because of the Once Upon a Read-a-thon (reviews coming I swear!) I had such a wonderful time! I did join the TBR Read-a-thon this week too! Woot!

Read Last Week:
Day By Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile-REVIEW HERE
Proust's Overcoat
The Fall

Reading This Week:
The Iron King-FINISHED!!
Northanger Abbey (part of a read-a-long hosted HERE)
Atlas Shrugged (also part of a read-a-long hosted HERE)
House of Leaves (this is a HUGE book and very involved so it will take me quite a while to finish it!)

Then My Read-a-Thon List

What about you? :)

HUGE TBR Readathon-Take 2

This readathon is going to run from Monday, July 19th to Friday, July 25th and is hosted by Bookworming in the 21st Century!

Read more: HERE

Sorry, I know I'm tardy to the party but I LOVE Read-a-thons! (Duh, man that's obvious, right?!) Since this is a week long one I will post my list. I'm going to try to read some of my shorter books. Here is the list:
  • The Lovers
  • Damaged-READING
  • Beatrice and Virgil
  • Daughters of the Witching Hill
  • Freaks and Revelations-FINISHED
There..I think that's a do-able list. Since I have a few other books that I'm reading. (Check out the Monday book meme)

Friday, July 16, 2010

I'm Participating in Read-a-Longs!

So I've joined 2 read-a-longs recently! The first in the Northanger Abbey RaL hosted by Reading with Tequilla! This one started today (16th)!

Check the blog for the official schedule and join in the chat!
Another RaL that I've joined up is the Chicks on Lit (on Goodreads) discussion on Atlas Shrugged! So I'm going to be a busy gal! I'll make a weekly post on my notes from both books. This one starts the 18th.

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Five Questions Friday

1. Do you collect anything?

I basically only collect books. I know that's a boring answer but it's true!
2. Name 3 celebrities that you find good looking.
I love me some nerdy/funny men so my 3 would be: Cillian Murphy (28 days later,) Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Slither, Castle,) and Ryan Reynolds.
3. Do you have any scars? If so, what's the story behind it (them?)?
I was a tom-boy when I was younger so yeah I have tons of them. My biggest is the one on my thumb. I was riding in the back of my father's work truck and pretty much stabbed my finger with a broken piece of glass. Me being the tough chick I was I just pulled the glass out and wrapped my finger up in my shirt. I got home washed it and put a band-aid on it.

4. What is a food that you like to eat, but others might think it's gross or weird?
SUSHI! I love sushi with an unholy passion! I can scarf down a whole plate of that delicious stuff! Also, potato chips with ketchup and french fries with pickles on them.

5. Have you ever seen a tornado in real life?
Yes I have. I count three times in my life that I've been close to a tornado. Once when I was about 20 and saw one form in a field that was opposite the road I was driving (I was driving alongside the twister as it formed,) one passed over my house and the wind from it clipped my satellite dish, and the last one was last year. We had to leave our house (we live in a mobile home) and went to a grocery store that was nearby. The store's windows were blown out and the floor was flooded. We had hail and the lights went out. It was scary!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Blog Tour: Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile

Back Blurb (taken from
The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year's resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve. The highly anticipated sequel to the bestselling underground cult classic, Day by Day Armageddon begins where the first novel left off.

Armies of undead have risen up across the U.S. and around the globe;there is no safe haven from the diseased corpses hungering for human flesh. But in the heat of a Texas wasteland, a small band of survivors attempt to counter the millions closing in around them.

Day by day, the handwritten journal entries of one man caught in a worldwide cataclysm capture the desperation--and the will to survive--as he joins forces with a handful of refugees to battle soulless enemies both human and inhuman from inside an abandoned strategic missile facility.

But in the world of the undead, is mere survival enough?
(edited by author)

My Review:
Dear sweet baby Jesus this was an awesome book! I finished it yesterday and had nightmares last night. Not because the book was bad but because it was SO good! The journal style gives it the feeling that you're living this with the main character! You feel the constant struggle for survival! The zombies are right there breathing (or not breathing actually, but you get the point!) down your neck!

There were tons of OMG!WTF! moments, like the creepy foggy bridge scene! Agh! That was tense! And a few others that would probably be considered spoilers, but you'll know which I'm talking about when you read this book, because this is one of those that you HAVE TO read! Seriously, pick up the first one and then read it through to the end of the second one! Good stuff man!

The ending was a bit of a surprise for me, but I'm curious to see what Mr. Bourne has in store for us in the next installment. I'm sure he has something up his sleeve!

All in all, this is a solid book. Very fun/nightmare inducing (but in a good way) book!

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon-Ending Stats

Once Upon A Read-A-Thon
Well the Read-a-Thon is finished ! I had a bunch of fun! I didn't get anywhere NEAR the 12 books read that I wanted to but here are my totals:

Total Pages Read: 845
Hours Spent Reading: 24
Books Finished: 3

That's not that bad..Right? lol I'm going to have to catch up on writing reviews so look for those coming soon! I can't wait for the next R-a-T! :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon! Last Day

Once Upon A Read-A-Thon

So yesterday didn't go as planned. Lots of storms came through and my son is very skiddish about lightening and thunder, so that was my job yesterday!
Today is the last day and my plans are HUGE! I slept in a little so I could hang in there til the end. I'm going to finish up Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile then get that planned reading in for the Northanger Abbey read-a-long going on at Reading with Tequila, and starting up The Iron King (hoping to finish since I hear its awesome!)

So there you have it! I'm ready to read! I'll be starting at around 8am cst.

Update 1:
Time Read: 10:00am-12:00pm
Book: Day bye Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile
Pages: 62
Notes: Slow start to the morning. Husband was a bit late for work so I was hurrying around trying to get him out the door so he could make it. The kiddo was VERY energetic so I had to sort something out for him to do!
Update 2:
Time Read: 2pm-3:15pm
Book: Day bye Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile
Pages: 34
Notes: I took a break from reading to walk to the store with the kiddo. Getting some of his energy out.
Update 3:
Time Read: 4pm-7pm
Book: Day bye Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile (done!)
Pages: 138
Notes: Book finished! Now I'm going to move on to the Northanger Abbey reading. I'm not planning on stopping til a bit later.
Update 4:
Time Read: 8:30pm-9:50pm
Book: Northanger Abbey (for the read-a-long)
Pages: 27 pages
Notes: I didn't finish my reading for NA but I'll get to that today! I was pooped by the time I finished!

Total Pages: 261
Total Time: 6 hours
Books Read: 1 finished, 1 started

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon-Day Two

Once Upon A Read-A-Thon

Yesterday I actively participated until about 9pm and now I'm back and ready to go! I'm gonna log my progress today! Wish me luck! Happy Reading!

Update 1:
Time Read: 8am-10am
Book: Shiver
Notes: Not really digging on Shiver so I'm going to put it to the side and move on. I'm moving on to Proust's Overcoat.
Update 2:
Time Read: 10:30am-1:30pm
Pages: 120
Book: Proust's Overcoat
Notes: Hm..not sure what to say about this one. I'll have to think about it a bit before I write my review.
Update 3: I'm going to take a break a bit..maybe a nap and come back. I stayed up way to late last night! I did get Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile today so I'm going to read this next! :)>
Update 4:
Time Read: 2pm-3pm
Pages: 45
Book: Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile
Notes: OMGwaffle, I love this book! This is a great sequel! I'm doing a blog tour participation so you will see my post/review on thursday for this! It's been storming a bit here so I've been preoccupied with the kiddo keeping him calm. He's going through his "i'm scared of storms" we ever not have that fear? Anyways, back to reading!


Hours Read: 6 hours
Pages: 251
Books: 1

Not at all great but there is tomorrow! Last day of the Read-a-Thon! :)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon-Mini Challenge

Once Upon A Read-A-Thon

Jenn at Book Crazy is hosting a Mini-Challenge for this Read-a-Thon and here is what she wants us to do:

She says: "Anyway, today I am excited to be hosting a mini challenge.... So, here's the deal... We all have a favorite book, right? We all have a favorite character, right? What I want you to do, since I am a lover of all things music and photo related is to pick one - or both - and put them together!!"

So here you go:

My favorite book would have to be The Hunger Games
and for the second answer here you go:
Katniss is just plain awesome as can be! I love that character! Here is who I "see" when I read the books.
Ellen Page would be awesome as Katniss! I think she's spunky and intelligent and would be perfect!

Also: Eddie Izzard would be awesome as Haymitch!
I always think that the song "Did My Time" by Korn really sums up how Katniss feels after the Games. She's just wanting to be left alone and feels like she's survived now she should be able to live her life.

Realized I can never win sometimes feel like I have failed
Inside where do I begin? My mind is laughing at me
Tell me, why am I to blame? Aren't we supposed to be the same?
That's why I will never tame this thing thats burning in me?

I am the one who chose my path
I am the one who couldn't last
I feel the life pulled from me
I feel the anger changing me

Sometimes I can never tell if I got something after me
That's why I just beg and plead for this curse to leave me
Tell me, why am I to blame? Aren't we supposed to be the same?
That's why I will never tame this thing thats burning in me?

I am the one who chose my path
I am the one who couldn't last
I feel the life pulled from me
I feel the anger changing me

I feel so enslaved
I really tried I did my time
I did my time
I did my time
I did my time
I did my time

I am the one who chose my path
I am the one who couldn't last
I feel the life pulled from me
I feel the anger changing me

Oh God! the anger's changing me
Oh God! the anger's changing me

Well that wraps up my first challenge! :) That was kinda fun! Now I'm jamming out to Korn! Woot!

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon-Day One

Once Upon A Read-A-Thon

What up peeps?! I'm ready to go! I'm coffeeing myself up and getting the morning emails read and then it's reading time! WOOOOOO!
The book I'm starting off with is The Fall by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan!

I'm planning on starting at 7am CST and will read for about an hour, unless this book is just blow my socks off awesome then I'll read til it's done!

I'm planning on updating every 2-4 hours.
Soooooo...on your marks..get set...GO! Read your butt off!!!!

Update 1:
Time Read: 7am-9am
Pages: 47 pages
Book: The Fall
Notes: Lots of morning stuff interrupted my reading. Breakfast, cleaning up, helping kiddo get dressed, etc. I'm taking a break for about an hour to do some work/cleaning then it's back to the book!
Update 2:
Time Read: 10:30am-12:30pm
Pages: 56
Book: The Fall
Notes: Again a lot of unexpected distractions. My dad called and chatted. I had to pay some bills for my husband and made a few calls. I'm going to take a break again for a bit more work then get back into reading! The Fall is so very good! :)
Update 3:
Time Read: 1:00pm-3pm
Pages: 68
Book: The Fall
Notes: Ugh what is with it today? Seriously! Too many things keep going on and I cannot read as much as I'd like! Bah!
Update 4:
Time Read: 4:00 pm-7:00pm
Pages: 137
Book: The Fall (finished)
Notes: I know 137 in like almost 3 hours isn't that great but I finished it! Book 1 is done! Now I'm onto Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver!
Update 5:
Time Read: 8:00pm-9:00pm
Pages: 25
Book Shiver
Notes: We had dinner and did a quick trip to the store to pick up some things. I had to wait til the Man came home from work.

Total Pages Read: 333
Books: 1
Hours Spent Reading: (estimation) 11 hours

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon-Plans

Once Upon A Read-A-Thon

So this event is starting on the 12th and ends on the 14th! I've gathered my books that I will attempt to read and here they are: (in no particular order)
  1. Proust's Overcoat
  2. The Fall
  3. The Lover's
  4. Damaged
  5. Stash
  6. The Iron King
  7. The Disappearing Spoon
  8. Knight of Passion
  9. Beatrice and Virgil
  10. Infinite Days
I have a few books that I am doing as Read-a-Longs and want to do the reading for those. Those books are:
  1. Northanger Abbey-Ch. 1-9
  2. Atlas Shrugged-Ch. 1-6

There ya go! I won't get all of them read but I have my coffee and will stock up on good snacks and will probably wake up at 6am on Monday to get started! I have to work a bit in between but I work from home so I'll do one hour reading and one hour working and keep on like that til I'm done with my work. I'll take notes on the books as I read so I can write the reviews when the RaT is over. :)

Are you reading too? What are your plans?

Gone With The Wind-Chunky Challenge

Yup, I'm gonna start it. This book has been sitting on my desk glaring at me for almost a year! My sister let me have it and I just never cracked it open. Well that ends now! I'm challenging myself to read this! I'm shooting for the end of July to have it completely read! That is plenty of time to read this book...right? *gulp*

June 17th -Ch. 1 & 2
June 18th-Ch.3 (had to go out with the family last night)
June 19th-20th-Ch.4-6
June 21st-didn't read
June 22nd-23rd-I have been negligent on this big honkin' book :(
June 24th-Ch.6-half of 7
June 25th-half of 7 to half of 8
June 26th-27-half of 8-12
June 28th-(think i'll use page numbers from now on) Start-222/End-226
Skipped June 29 & 30th (reading The Secret)
July 1st-Start-226/End-236
July 2nd-5th-227/414
July 6th-415/

Update 1: (has some naughty words) June-26th- Now that I'm into the second part of this book I'll post my comments about the book so far. I really like this. I have never watched the movie and only vaguely knew what the story was about. The only thing I knew was that people kept telling me to read it! I'm glad I'm finally doing it! Scarlet is (so far) a stubborn brat that is manipulative and pouty! I kinda like her! So far I've gotten just a teaser of Rhett and all his bad boy charm. He seems (again so far) like an interesting character. Kinda cryptic and definitely a smug bastard! I felt so very sorry for Charles! Scarlet totally lost some points with me when she decided to turn her charms on him after the debacle with Ashley! She totally went full on bitch with him! Then she had that poor baby! Gah! Such a spoiled brat! Well now she's in Atlanta and the story next update coming soon!

Update 2:
So I'm up to the part where Scarlet goes back to Tara. The Yankees have made it to Atlanta and so they skeedaddled on out of there. I cannot for the life of me think of a good reason why I haven't read this book yet! I love it! Anyways, I really am confuddled..I'm not supposed to like Rhett am I? I was always under the impression he was a bastard? Hm..anyways, I am enjoying this book.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Weekly Plans: A Little Late

I'm behind. I'm really behind. I have good reasons! I really do! I won't list them or make excuses but I will say that I've got good reasons to be lagging. I do have some plans for this week though.

  • I'm going to keep reading Gone With the Wind because it's awesome and I'm loving it!
  • I'm going to get my stack of books ready for the Read-a-Thon next week!
  • I'm going to get started on Fortunate Harbor
There! My plans for this week! I think I can get that much done *snort!*

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Once Upon a Time Read-a-Thon!

Once Upon A Read-A-Thon

I'm so happy to hear about this! I LOVE read-a-thons! Any chance I get to just read and read and read..well you get the point! Anyways, if you wanna sign up just click the button ^ up there and go for it!
I'm gonna work on my list of books I want to read! I won't get all ambitious and list HUGE books like I did last time so I can crack a dent in my TBR list! Woo hooo! Read-a-Thon!

ok..I'm gonna go chill out for a bit. I'm too excited!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Review: The Secret (of Happiness)


Once upon a time, Max the billionaire invited David to his private island where whiz kid golden boys zip around the globe in private jets making millions and living the dream. But all may not be as golden as it seems. Max wants happiness. David wants his girlfriend back. Marcie just wants to avoid getting fired from her cashier job at Walmart. And the Guru knows the answers—or does he? Follow them on a wild roller-coaster ride through offshore paradises, out into space, over the Himalayas, across the Russian tundra, and through an evolutionary quantum shift to a final showdown in the Texas desert. The Secret of Happiness is a fast-paced, offbeat, fairytale thriller charged with suspense until the final word.

My Review:

This book took me by surprise! It really did. I wasn't sure what to expect. The description on the back seems interesting but then it kinda sounds like a few other books. I expected to read about the main character going through all sorts of life changes, having this wonderful opportunity presented to him, taking it, finding out he didn't really need it to be happy, etc. etc. Good grief was I wrong! I mean this book really pushed through my initial stereotyping and gave me something totally different!

David and Max are both well written and likable characters. Max is someone whom I expected to despise but I was hard pressed to find something about him that I didn't like? Hm about he's rich and I'm not? David is flawed but even those flaws didn't stop me from liking him. The secondary characters are also well written. The threads connecting everyone and everything come together at the end to make a great book. The ending is perfect and definitely not where I thought the book was going. I won't spoil it but I loved the conclusion.

All in all this is a good read and I give it a rating of 4/5.

Dakota's Personalized Gifts-Review and Giveaway

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