Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I was completely swept up in this story. My soul ached for her, her parents, and brother. The emotional aspects of this book are just well done. Not at all over the top. No angels or bright lights for Mia to walk towards..nothing. Just the question. Should she stay or should she go?
That right there made me weep like a baby. Personally I've been on the other side of that conundrum. I've watched a loved one as they lay in a hospital bed fighting for their lives. I know what THAT part is like. This book gave me a little glimpse at what it was like for the one in the bed. That is heart wrenching and ...wow.
This is one of my new favorite books.
The quote on the inside cover is quite right. It IS an achingly beautiful story. I definitely recommend it.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Book Description (from Amazon.com) When two young foxes set out to explore the forest, they encounter all kinds of creatures. Some of them are friendly, while others would like nothing more than to eat the two young explorers! Rusty and Ginger may be able to outfox bears, bobcats, cougars, and wolves, but can they unlock the mysterious box that awaits them on Treasure Island? And will the little girls they meet there turn out to be friends or foes?
Join Rusty and Ginger as they travel through the woods. Author Tim Ostermeyer's beautiful wildlife photography provides a fox's-eye view of the forest. With a charming story to guide the way, and a fact page of wildlife information for every animal introduced in the book, readers can explore nature alongside Rusty and Ginger.My Review:
This book is simply delightful! My son was so excited to see it on the table when he came home from school. He's six and just entering that awesome stage where he wants to know about everything! We both loved the beautifully done photographs and he enjoyed the story. I loved how engrossed he was when he was sitting on our couch flipping through the pages.
I saw his little imagination crank into overdrive and his brain start churning up more questions about the wilderness and the animals in the pictures. We had a very good time reading this book and I do think it would be the perfect book for any little person that is curious about animals like foxes, or just animals in general!
I have to say that I also learned a little bit from this book too. There are tons of interesting facts about the varieties of animals photographed. I have to say though that for me the best part about this book are the pictures. They are stunning and gorgeous!
**this book was provided by Phenix & Phenix for honest review.
I've had such a great weekend participating in the Thankfully Reading Weekend! I didn't get a whole lot of reading done but I did get enough to make me happy! :) I had fun with the Mini-Challenges and would definitely do this again next year!
I have found out through trial and error that if I plan a big list of books I will fail. So I will try to read ONE book this week. :)
My book selection this week will be :
I have read about this book a lot lately and it's definitely piqued my interest! It's not that long so it's not quite as intimidating as say, The Distant Hours.
I will also use this week to finish books left unfinished for one reason or another. I call it my ADD pile.
Have a great week! :)
Well, I didn't do what I had hoped. A little family drama kept my attention away from reading. I won't go into details but my sister is going through something really tough right now. I was on the phone with her most of yesterday.
I will give this read-a-thon a try again next year and hopefully I'll be more productive.
Books Completed: 0
Pages Read: 260
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Welp, it's the last day! :( I have had fun and even though I haven't been able to read as much as I'd like I'm enjoying myself! :)
Last night I got a good chunk of Thunder and Ashes read. It's a very quick read so hopefully I can finish it and get another good chunk read out of The Distant Hours.
I have work today (woot) so I will take every spare moment and give it to reading!
So to start:
Thunder and Ashes
start on page: 105
The Distant Hours
start on page: 361
Today’s Mini-Challenge is hosted by Jen from Devourer of Books:
So what I want to know, is what reading community are you thankful for, and why? Are you thankful for book bloggers? The book community on Twitter? Your spouse or family that lets you ramble on and on about what you’re reading and doesn’t complain (at least not too much) about the myriad of books flowing into the house?
I am incredibly thankful for the book blogging community in general! Everyone I've "met" through my blog has been super awesome and fun! I've always kind of been the "quiet girl in the corner with her books" but you guys have kinda pulled me out of that! I love it! I am eternally grateful for it too!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
I'm still on The Distant Hours by Kate Morton. I'm kinda thinking about flip flopping to another book, but not because I don't like TDH but it's just so massive!
Starting on: TDH
pg. 351 -360 (took a break from TDH)
Started: Thunder and Ashes by Z.A Recht
Ended on pg: 105
Did a decent job. TaA is a pretty quick read. I will hope to finish at least TaA tomorrow!
Friday, November 26, 2010
1st Mini-Challenge: Hosted By Jenn's Bookshelves
So, for the first Thankfully Reading Weekend, write a post about the book you are most thankful for. This could be a book released this year or twenty years ago. Your post should include why you are thankful for that book.
The book that I'm the most thankful for is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. My mother gave me her copy and I devoured it. That one book was the start of my love affair with the written word! I could not put it down! Those girls and that family were just so riveting to my 10 year old self. I had been a reader before and loved books but THIS book made me a bookaholic. The copy that I was given has since fallen apart, but I still own a copy.
I'm better now and ready to read! I have to work for 3 hours, but I work from home so it's not that bad! My poor husband has to go to work though. :(
Anyhoodle! I hope everyone's Thanksgiving was great! On to the READING!!! Yay!
I won't post a list as I have work on and off this weekend but I will post as I go! I hope to get at least two books read by the end!
My reading kicks off with:
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton-
Total for Day 1-146
Didn't do quite as well as I'd like today. I had a few distractions but I hope tomorrow goes better!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Here are the details:
There are no rules to the weekend, we’re simply hoping to devote a good amount of time to reading, and perhaps meeting some of our reading challenges and goals for 2010. We thought it’d be fun if we cheered each other on a bit. If you think you can join in, grab the button and sign on to Mr. Linky. If you don’t have a blog, use the comments!
During the weekend, come back and link any Thankfully Reading Weekend posts to the Mr. Linky we’ll put up here on Friday, November 26. Feel free to link as many posts as you’d like. On Sunday will put up another Mr. Linky for your wrap-up post.
We’ll also be checking in on Twitter using hashtag #thankfulreading. Join in for the weekend or for only a single day. No rules, no pressure!
This year, we will be doing some fun Thankfully Reading mini-challenges over the weekend. Be sure to check back Thanksgiving weekend for more details!
I am going to read my butt off this weekend! I have so many books piled almost to the ceiling and I am sooo behind! :) This is going to be mucho fun! :)
Look for my reading plan post coming up soon!
Just call me Mrs. Slackity Slack Slack! I am so upset with myself for last week. On Friday I had all these grand plans for updating, reading, and all that, but what do I do? Nothing! I just was lazy! I had the whole day to plan posts, read, and all that but I didn't! Ah! So this week I will be shaping up this blog and getting my shizzle together! Wee!
My Plans for this Week:
- The Distant Hour -finish up (omg this is soo good but sooo very long!)
- Leviathan-finish up
- Blood Prophecy
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
- Frankenstein's Monster
Also I plan on getting the winner of my Cheerios giveaway posted by Friday at the lastest!
And also to my lovely readers:
Friday, November 19, 2010
"With SmartMouth Mouthwash, one rinse in the morning and you'll have all day fresh breath. One rinse at night and you can wake up with fresh breath. No more morning breath! While other leading mouthwashes do not provide fresh breath longer than one hour, SmartMouth delivers at least 12 hours of fresh breath."
Basically this rinse is supposed to keep your mouth fresh for up to 12 hours. There's some kind of voodoo, zinc-ion technology that they use instead of alcohol, and it works! Apparently the reason I've always awakened with a cottony dry mouth feeling isn't because my mouth's been catching flies all night, it's because my mouthwash has alcohol. Yeah, the stuff will kill germs but it also dries out your mouth. Hmm...
Well my stars must have aligned the day I saw that the people over at SmartMouth were looking for bloggers to review their product! I just had to jump on that opportunity and try it out! So without further ado here you go!
Now as I've already said, this stuff works. I won't go soo far as to say 12 hours but it is really close. I'm sure you could get away with 12 hours if you don't drink anything or eat anything in that time frame, but I do like my grubs and my drinks (that sounds wrong but I think you understand?) I do love the flavor of this rinse. The taste isn't overpowering and it's not too mediciney. My husband wasn't sure it would work, he's been conditioned to "love the burn" of regular mouthwashes so when he heard it was alcohol free he was skeptical. After one night he was a believer and so was I.
I woke up to a mouth that wasn't at all cottony or mucky flavored. They say on the package that it might take up to two weeks to get the full effect, but I noticed it a lot sooner than that. My family and I have been using it for the last week and I think we can all agree that it's great!
The only gripe I have is that it's two bottles. I understand the concept and get it, but it's a wee bit annoying to have the two bottles on my bathroom counter. I get the stuff only works if you mix it up RIGHT before you use it, but still.
All in all I do love this rinse and will look for it when I run out!
You can find this product at Walgreens, CVS, and online at drugstore.com.
**to cover my butt I will say that I did not get paid for this review. I received the product in order to write an honest review.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
On the outside, her family appeared to be one big, happy family. Their house, with her parents, three sisters, and two brothers, was the epitome of a simple yet fulfilling life lived in a small town. But as the author would soon discover, her childhood was in fact a nightmarish phase of her life she would always be running from. Growing up as a carefree girl, Wolfe struggled to comprehend why she was reared in a family where children are deprived of their right to know the truth, adults are always right, and smoothing out a misunderstanding is never an option.
At the young age of nine, she started experiencing cruelty at the hands of her father, who not only abused her emotionally, but physically and sexually as well. Her mother, whose love she sought, was a stern woman who refused to see her husband’s mistakes. As if her deeply troubled relationship with her parents was not enough, Wolfe also had to deal with inner secrets involving creepy characters from the afterlife. Feeling tormented, confused, solitary, and even filthy, this naïve girl had yet to be transformed into a strong-willed woman who would become cynical about love and learn to depend on no one but herself while facing more of life’s bitterness.
The first of a series of three, Beneath the Silver Lining Trilogy: Secrets of the Black Box chronicles the author’s journey along a perplexing road of growing up. It was originally written as a therapeutic way to heal her inner wounds and to let go of the pain and anger. However, it is now shared to bring inspiration to readers — especially women.
About the Author:
Amanda Wolfe was born in Ottawa, Canada in the mid ‘60s. She matured at a very young age out of necessity growing up in unusual circumstances. She has always been a happy-go-lucky, carefree spirit and a very strong-willed person. She has done everything from waitressing to owning her own restaurant and selling things from Mary Kay cosmetics to real estate.
She is married to a wonderful man. They currently reside in the great state of Texas with their horses. When she is not at home writing her latest novel, you will find her and her husband flying in their plane and traveling the world together.
For more information on Amanda and her book visit http://www.beneaththesilverlining.com
Beneath the Silver Lining is her first book.
Monday, November 15, 2010
So this week is going to be full on busy! I have tons of things I need to do! A stack of books needing be read, work out the wazoo, and a house that's been quite neglected! I do (not) look forward to all this but I will take on the challenge! :)
So without further ado, here are my reading/blogging plans!
- Leviathan (my b'day prezzie to myself!)
- The Radleys
- The Distant Hours
- Frankenstein's Monster
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (interesting book)
- Arsenic and Clam Chowder (15th)
- Beneath the Silver Lining (18th)
Arsenic and Clam Chowder: Murder in Gilded Age New YorkMary Alice Livingston Fleming, member of one of the most prestigious families in New York, was defendant in a sensational 1896 Manhattan murder trial in which she was accused of murdering her mother with a pail of poisoned clam chowder. Her alleged motive was to gain a substantial inheritance. That the defendant was arrested in her mourning clothes immediately after attending her mother's burial added extra interest, as did the fact that the fatal chowder had been delivered to the victim by her ten-year-old granddaughter. An especially scandalous factor was that Mary Alice was the mother of four illegitimate children, the youngest of whom was born in prison while Mary Alice awaited trial. If convicted, she would become the first female victim executed in the newfangled electric chair. All these details became the central focus of an all-out circulation war then underway, particularly between Joseph Pulitzer's World and William Randolph Hearst's Journal.
This murder trial, an intense courtroom battle between combative attorneys, is set against the electric backdrop of Gilded Age Manhattan. The arrival of skyscrapers, automobiles, motion pictures, and other modern marvels in the 1890s was transforming urban life with breath-taking speed just as the battles of reformers against vice, police corruption, and Tammany Hall were transforming the city's political life. Among the legal and social issues raised in Arsenic and Clam Chowder are capital punishment, particularly of women, inheritance by murder, society's different standards for unwed mothers and unwed fathers, gender bias of juries, and the precise meaning of "beyond a reasonable doubt." The aspiring politician Teddy Roosevelt, the prolific inventor Thomas Edison, bon vivant Diamond Jim Brady, anti-vice crusaders Charles Parkhurst and Anthony Comstock, and others among Gotham's larger-than-life personalities play cameo roles in the dramatic story of Mary Alice and her trial for matricide. And the whole remarkable story revolved around a pail of clam chowder.
About James D. Livingston:
Born June 23, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York, James D. Livingston studied engineering physics at Cornell University and received a PhD in applied physics from Harvard University in 1956. After retiring from General Electric after a lengthy career as a research physicist, he taught in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. Although a physicist by profession, he has long had a strong interest in American history, and is the coauthor, with Sherry H. Penney, of A Very Dangerous Woman: Martha Wright and Women’s Rights.
This is a very interesting story! I had a hard time putting this book down as I was pulled into the life of Mary Alice and her trial. I was engrossed in this tale from start to finish and definitely liked it!
Monday, November 1
Interviewed at Beyond the Books
Tuesday, November 2
Guest blogging at Thoughts in Progress
Wednesday, November 3
Book reviewed at Just One More Paragraph
Thursday, November 4
Book reviewed at Carpe Libris
Friday, November 5
Book reviewed at Chrissy’s World of Books
Monday, November 8
Book reviewed at A Bookish Mom
Wednesday, November 10
Guest blogging at Writing Daze
Monday, November 15
Book reviewed at Must Read Faster
Wednesday, November 17
Book reviewed at In the Next Room
Thursday, November 18
Book reviewed at Confessions of an Overworked Mom
Friday, November 19
Book Reviewed at Rundpinne
Tuesday, November 23
Book Reviewed at A Few More Pages
Friday, November 26
Book spotlighted at Book Tours and More
Friday, November 12, 2010
Do your part to end the hunger cycle: commit to reading a certain amount of hours on Saturday, November 13th. Here's how it works: leave a comment indicating the number of hours you pledge to read. For each hour you commit to read, you also commit to giving either $1 OR one non-perishable food item to a food pantry near you. And don't forget to invite others to participate!
I just stumbled across this today! This read-a-thon is starting tomorrow! Read the info up top then click the button and pledge! I am going to try and donate 1 can of food for each hour I read. I do have to work, but I will try to squeeze in every minute I can to read!
UPDATE: With the headcold and work I didn't get much reading in. I did manage to squeeze in about two hours, but I will still donate the 10 cans I pledged! I hope you guys will donate to your local food banks this holiday (and all year round!)
Monday, November 8, 2010
Anyhoodle, I have a couple of blog tour books that I need to read! Here is what my stack looks like this week:
- Arsenic and Clam Chowder-Livingston (tour date-Nov. 15th)
- Beneath the Silver Lining Trilogy-Wolfe (tour date-Nov. 18th)
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep-this one is currently in progress! I couldn't resist reading it! :)
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
In the last years of her eventful life, queen-duchess Aliénor of Aquitaine launches a deadly dynastic chess game to safeguard the crowns of Normandy and England for John Plantagenet, her last surviving son. To that end, Aliénor coerces into matrimony two pawns-Juliana de Charnais, a plain and pious novice determined to regain her inheritance, and Guérin de lasalle, a cynical, war-worn mercenary equally resolved to renounce his. The womanizing Lasalle and the proud Juliana are perfectly matched for battle not love-until spies and assassins conspire to reverse their romantic fortunes. Populated by spirited and intelligent women and executed in flawless period detail, The Sixth Surrender is a compelling love story that heralds the arrival of a major new talent in historical fiction.
You can visit her website at www.hanasameknorton.com.
I was hooked from the very beginning and I didn't put the book down til I was done. Okay, maybe I put it down to sleep, eat, and shower but you get the idea! The history and romance and *gasp* mystery elements were all very well balanced!
Strong story and strong character development drives this awesome novel! A definite thumbs up!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Why do almost all books that have a tough/warrior female character always have a half naked woman holding a weapon on the cover? Really? She's a kick ass fighter/warrior, but she's got her midriff exposed or half of her chest is falling out of her shirt! Not very good for protection!
I'm not calling any one particular book out as it seems to be quite prevalent, but part of me is baffled by this trend. Can anyone explain this to me?
Edited to Add: I also am puzzled by the covers that show men in the same way. A warrior without armor? That guy is gonna die very quickly in battle!
Holly Dobson possesses an understated benevolent evilness. She is relentlessly driven by her unbreakable sense of family values. Holly acts with remorseless conviction to protect her own regardless of the consequences. Her only son is a demonic, charismatic, and curiously engaging being. The quintessential evil which George Dobson personifies sets Holly on a path that spans continents, decades, and the landscape of her very soul. Along the way, Holly discovers her purpose and finds redemption as a mother, a woman, lover, and ultimately something more than a mere human being.
This is a tough review. I was, and still am, intrigued by the premise of this book. Holly had potential to be an amazing character. The story, which could have been amazing, is brought down by stiff dialogue, flat characters, and sadly pacing that was just unbelievable. I did not finish it. I hate to admit that, but I made it halfway through and just couldn't move on.
Like I said, Holly is an interesting character and the IDEA behind this book is interesting, but the flow (for lack of a better word) just wasn't there. The characters came across in a cardboard-ish way, even though I understood where the writer was going.
I am in the minority though, I searched for other reviews to see if I am just nit picking and it looks like I am. I'll link up other reviews so you can get a broader spectrum of thoughts on this book.
Customer Reviews on Amazon
Genre Go Round Reviews
Barnes & Noble Review
Mixed Reviews on Goodreads.com
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
This year’s free in-pack book offerings, appropriate for children ages three to eight and written in both English and Spanish, include:
- All the World, by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Marla Frazee, which discusses the many wonderful things a child can encounter in the world as well as the commonalities all the world shares.
- Chaucer’s First Winter, by Stephen Krensky and illustrated by Henry Cole, follows a bear named Chaucer, who knows he is supposed to sleep through the winter but feels it’s much more fun to stay up and play.
- Jump!, by Scott M. Fischer, chronicles the adventures of a bug, a frog, a cat, a hound, a crocodile, a shark, and a whale, who all love to jump!
- No T. Rex in the Library, by Toni Buzzeo and illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa, is a story about a little girl named Tess and her adventures in the library with a boisterous T-Rex.
- The Purple Kangaroo, by comedian Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Peter Brown, which is a vivid and humor-filled story that tricks the reader into thinking about a purple kangaroo.
To learn more about the Spoonfuls of Stories program or to donate to First Book, visit www.spoonfulsofstories.com beginning November 1.
- Mandatory: How often do you read to your children? (this can include nieces and nephews, etc)
- Follow me on GFC (new or old follower) +1
- Follow me (@lexley) and tweet about this contest (Please link back and include the hash tag #myblogspark and @lexley) +2
- Blog about this contest and leave link +3
- Take my Button and put it on your blog (please leave link) +3
That's it! Also please remember to use separate entries for each(ie-if it says +2 leave two comments, etc) Good Luck!!!
Contest Ends November 20th
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From Publishers WeeklyStarred Review. This witty vampire novel from British author Haig (The Possession of Mr. Cave) provides what jaded fans of the Twilight series need, not True Blood exactly, but some fresh blood in the form of a true blue family. Dr. Peter Radley and his wife, Helen, have fled wild London for the village of Bishopthorpe, where they live an outwardly ordinary life. The Radleys, who follow the rules of The Abstainer's Handbook (e.g., "Be proud to act like a normal human being"), haven't told their 15-year-old vegan daughter, Clara, and 17-year-old son, Rowan, who's troubled by nightmares, that they're really vampires. A crisis occurs when a drunken classmate of Clara's, Stuart Harper, attacks her on her way home from a party and inadvertently awakens the girl's blood thirst. Peter's call for help to his brother, Will, a practicing vampire, leads to scary consequences. The likable Clara and Rowan will appeal to both adult and teen readers. (Dec.) (c)
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010
In this sequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula, his great-grandnephew offers one of the rowdiest revisionist treatments of the most influential vampire novel ever written. In 1912, as Stoker labors to adapt Dracula for the stage, its characters are dying gruesomely all over London. It turns out they are as real as Stoker himself, who learned their secret story on the sly and took creative liberties when turning it into his popular penny dreadful. Dracula's true story involves the passing of his blood line through Mina Harker to her son; a malignant Dr. Van Helsing, who Scotland Yard suspects had a hand in the murders attributed to Jack the Ripper; and the exploits of a 16th-century vampire countess, Dracula's former lover, who cuts a bloody swath through London seeking the survivors of Dracula's last stand in Transylvania. Energetically paced and packed with outrageously entertaining action, this supernatural thriller is a well-needed shot of fresh blood for the Dracula mythos. (Oct.)
Dracula the Undead was an interesting read. I felt like it could have been a little better. There were more slow times than there was action. I'm not saying it was horrible just not what I expected. Dracula the Undead is an okay sequel. I definitely think the first book was better!
Monday, November 1, 2010
Reading This Week:
- still chugging away at The Historian
- The Sixth Surrender-Hana Samek Norton (blog tour on friday)
- The Redemption of Holly Dobson by C.Lynn Barton
- Rise Again (review HERE)
- Frankenstein's Monster (review coming)
- Dracula the Undead (review coming)