Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I've Been Tagged

J. Kaye tagged me today for the Weird and Random Meme. Here are the rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged you (look above)
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. Write 6 random things/unspectacular quirks about yourself
4. Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them
5. Let each person you have tagged know by leaving a comment on their blog (I might do this, maybe)
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is posted.

Here's a bunch of randomness about me!

1. I've always had this thing about germs but it has gotten progressivly worse over the years so that I tend to wash my hands a lot.
2. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had to put lotion on my hands after they get wet no matter what. I seriously can NOT stand to have dry hands.
3. I can’t cook but I’m a great baker (and I love to bake)
4. I’m a big kid. I collect Disney stuff, watch “children’s movies”, even still have a ton of stuffed animals (I knew hubby was a good match when he kept buying or winning them for me)
5. I’m very good at trivia and trivia games, especially Disney ones (like Scene-It)
6. I talk to myself out loud a lot, usually when I’m reading a book and I’m reasoning out why I like it or what I hate about it.

Alice Teh


Don't feel obligated to do this if you don't feel like it.

FYI: That's not the best picture of hubby and I. It's from 2005, I think.

A Stolen Banned Book Survey!

I stole this banned book survey from Kris over at Not Enough Books.

Have you ever read a banned book? Sure you have, you probably just didn't know it. Below is a list of some of the most banned books. If you have read the whole book, bold it. If you have read part of the book, italicize it. If you own it but haven't gotten around to reading it yet, *** it.

1. The Bible
2. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
3. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
4. The Koran
5. Arabian Nights
6. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
7. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
8. Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
9. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
10. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
11. The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
12. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
13. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
14. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
15. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens***
16. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
17. Dracula by Bram Stoker***
18. Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
19. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
20. Essays by Michel de Montaigne
21. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
22. History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
23. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
24. Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
25. Ulysses by James Joyce
26. Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
27. Animal Farm by George Orwell
28. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
29. Candide by Voltaire
30. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
31. Analects by Confucius
32. Dubliners by James Joyce
33. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
34. Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
35. Red and the Black by Stendhal
36. Das Capital by Karl Marx
37. Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
38. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle***
39. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
40. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
41. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
42. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
43. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
44. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
45. Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
46. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
47. Diary by Samuel Pepys
48. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
49. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
50. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
51. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
52. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
53. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
54. Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus
55. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
56. Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
57. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
58. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
59. Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
60. Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
61. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
62. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
63. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
64. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
65. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
66. Confessions by Jean Jacques Rousseau
67. Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais
68. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
69. The Talmud
70. Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau
71. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson***
72. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
73. American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
74. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
75. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
76. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
77. Red Pony by John Steinbeck
78. Popol Vuh
79. Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith
80. Satyricon by Petronius
81. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
82. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
83. Black Boy by Richard Wright
84. Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu
85. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
86. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
87. Metaphysics by Aristotle
88. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
89. Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin
90. Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
91. Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
92. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
93. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
94. Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
95. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
96. Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
97. General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
98. Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
99. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown
100. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
101. Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
102. Émile Jean by Jacques Rousseau
103. Nana by Émile Zola
104. Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
105. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
106. Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
107. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
108. Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
109. Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
110. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
111. Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
112. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
113. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
114. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
115. The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatly Snyder

I've only 14 on this list but a lot of the ones in the video here:

Another list of banned books (there may be repeats):

Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
Forever by Judy Blume
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Giver by Lois Lowry
It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine (read a few of them)
A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Sex by Madonna
Earth's Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
The Witches by Roald Dahl (reading this in October)
The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
The Goats by Brock Cole
Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
Blubber by Judy Blume
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
Final Exit by Derek Humphry
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
What's Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
Deenie by Judy Blume
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)***read 1st book
Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
Cujo by Stephen King
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
What's Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
Fade by Robert Cormier
Guess What? by Mem Fox
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Native Son by Richard Wright
Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's Fantasies by Nancy Friday
Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
Jack by A.M. Homes
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
Carrie by Stephen King
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
Family Secrets by Norma Klein
Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
Private Parts by Howard Stern
Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
Sex Education by Jenny Davis
The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Teaser Tuesday-The Vampire Shrink

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

  • Grab your current read.

  • Let the book fall open to a random page.

  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers


He was sitting naked on the edge of the bathtub, in the pose of that famous statue, The Thinker.
Something about the incongruity of the situation made me laugh out loud.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Musing Monday: Reading?

Today’s MUSING is just going to be a simple one on reading…

The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn

I always review everything I read but this is just for pleasure

Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld?

Uh I read two good books, Mr. Perfect & Cry Wolf by Patricia Brigss. Both were incredibly good (so good, I'll probably re-read them one day)

Oh I didn't read any bad books but I didn't enjoy The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler as much as my other reads but it was still good!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

More Birthday Wishes!

So many birthday's lately! So today is Phillyradiogeek's Birthday. He owns to the blog Me and You and a Blog Named Boo and he will be doing a lot of holiday related stuff over the next three months so go check him out please!

Sookie Poll

Looks like everyone has a different favorite guy in the Sookie Stackhouse series!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Maw Books Blog

Oh, I simply forgot to tell you guys! Have you ever been to Maw Books Blog? It's a great site that has become one of my favorite stops on my Google Reader. Well she's been reading and blogging for Darfur for the past month and doing a great job promoting awareness of the horrible things that happen over there. Personally I’m one of those don’t-read-the-news types (and I have to stay away from those really sad novels too) because it seriously depresses me but I am aware of what’s going on to some degree…..

Whoa, I just went way off the topic I was originally aiming for here. Okay, let’s start again. Maw has been donating money (and is going to have a humongous giveaway thanks to author and publisher donations) for comments and stuff on her blog and she recently hosted a giveaway for whoever guessed what day her blog would reach 100,000 hits and I guessed September 21 and won! So yay!!! But seriously, even more importantly, everyone should go by, congratulate Maw, and look around because it’s a really interesting blog.

Now I'm going to be selfish and say, "I can hardly wait for her to send me that giftcard." Lol. I know, I'm horrible. There are just WAY too many good books coming out in October for my own good :o)

Friday, September 26, 2008

October Releases

October Releases
I want so bad
That I could cry

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thursday's Thoughts- Dreaming


Tell us whether not reading has affected your dreams. Do you see the characters of the stories in your dreams? Or, is it rather a part of the story-line that integrates itself into your dreams? Do you remember your dreams? Do you dream vividly, or not that you can remember at all? What do your dreams represent to you?

I prefer to read at night because it's quieter... which leads me to staying up all night (and half the next morning) trying to finish the book if it's too good to let go of. When I do dream of a book I'm reading, it's usually just bits and pieces mixed into another dream. Or if I can't finish a book before I need to go to sleep, sometimes I dream up an ending or at least a scene- unfortunately, 9 times out of 10 I can't really remember these once I wake up completely.

Most of the time my dreams are incredibly vivid and I can sometimes change them at will too. I remember dreaming about Kistin after I finished the fifth book in Kim Harrison's series so essentially I'm dreaming myself into these worlds lol.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Happy Birthday Alice!

Oh and guess what? It's Alice's birthday too!!!

Blog Awards!

I woke up this morning in a pretty grouchy mood because I live in an apartment and they're working on the electric boxes today so the power will be out all day long and in this heat, it's enough to make a saint grouchy. Then one of the first blogs I visit has not one but two blog awards for me!!! I'm talking about Hello, My Name is Alice and she gave me this pretty Proximidade! Award and the I Love Your Blog Award too. Now I don't understand Portuguese but according to Alice it means:

To translate the gift from Portuguese to English, it means: "This blog invests and believes, the proximity" [meaning, that blogging makes us 'close' -being close through proxy].

They all are charmed with the blogs, where in the majority of its aims are to show the marvels and to do friendship; there are persons who are not interested when we give them a prize, and then they help to cut these bows; do we want that they are cut, or that they propagate?

Then let’s try to give more attention to them! So with this prize we must deliver it to 8 bloggers that in turn must make the same thing and put this text.

I'm not quite sure what that means either but it sure is a pretty award. They both are, so thank you Alice for making my morning! Oh and before I went to post this I stopped over at Melody's blog and she's gifted them to me too! So thanks ladies, thank you very, very, very much!

I'm supposed to pass this on to 8 (okay I lied, 11) other bloggers:

1. Alice Teh (of course, I have to pass it back to you)
2. Melody (right back at you too, you're blog is great!)
3. Wendy @ Musings of a Bookish Kitty
4. J. Kaye @ J. Kaye's Book Blog
5. Naida @ The Bookworm
6. Deslily @ Here, There, and Everywhere 2nd Edition
7. Carolyn Jean @ The Trillionath Page
8. Darla D @ Books & Other Thoughts
9. Icedream @ Reading in Appalachia
10. Lady T @ Living Read Girl
11. Rhinoa @ Rhinoa's Ramblings

Oh, and all my newer favorite people who don't have it already:

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Disney Halloween Treat @ The PCHB!

Yay! One of my favorite Holiday Blogs is now up and posting again! Today's Halloween special is Disney's Halloween Treat. How could you miss out on that?! Seriously one of the best Halloween specials in which the Disney company combined a bunch of old clips and cartoons together. They used to show this every Halloween when I was a kid!

Part 1

Teaser Tuesday- The Lady in the Lake

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
  • Grab your current read.

  • Let the book fall open to a random page.

  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

  • Please avoid spoilers


He stopped in front of mine and unlocked the door and gave me the hard stare they think they have to wear on their pans forever and forever and forever. I’m a cop, brother, I’m tough, watch your step, brother, or we’ll fix you up so you’ll crawl on your hands and knees, brother, snap out of it, brother, let’s get a load of truth, brother, let’s go, and let’s not forget we’re tough guys, we’re cops, and we do what we like with punks like you.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman

Musing Monday: Book Groups

Do you belong to a book club? Is it online, or face-to-face (f2f)? How long have you been with the group? What have you learned from them? Do you like how the group is run, or would you make changes to it if you could?

I think I’ve talked about this before but yes, I’m in a few online book clubs and I even own one but I’ve only attended one meeting of our local f2f book club and didn’t really enjoy myself so I never went back. I’ve belonged to some of my online groups for a couple of years now and others I’ve recently joined. I was actually part of some of these before I ever thought of blogging about my books and I think they’re part of the reason why I do blog now! There are a few changes I would like to make (I would love someone to help me with my group Books Into Movies when I’m not able to get the current book for example) but for the most part I enjoy how some of these are run.

Here are all my online groups and what we’re reading in October:

Books Into Movies (mine): TBA (to be announced)
The Chick Lit Café: TBA
Book Crossing Reading Group: A) The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner & B) Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Witch Novels: Hiding from the Light by Barbara Erskine
Themed Reads: The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England by Carol F. Karlson
Adroit Romance Novels: Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard
The Reading Loft: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Birthday and a Win

I'm so excited! I won a book from Carolyn Jean over at The Trillionth Page (I chose Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep from the list of suggestions she sent me- although how she knew I've been watching Batman: The Animated Series lately is beyond me!).

Oh and guess what? Today is her birthday! So Happy Birthday Carolyn Jean and thanks again!


Now go here and have a piece of Cake and a laugh!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Halloween Special Recommendations?

Hi guys! As some of you may know, I watch (and post) about Halloween Specials during October and I would love to do so again this year if you could send some recommendations my way I would very much appreciate it! It doesn't have to be Disney or even animated just rated G or PG (if you don't know the real rating, you can guess).I've already done: Casper Saves Halloween, The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone, Halloween is Grinch Night, The Halloween Tree, & Garfield’s Halloween Adventure

~If I can get up the motivation to do it, Thumbelina should be going up tonight or tomorrow.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Talk Like a Pirate Day is almost over but before it is I took this quiz!

My pirate name is:
Mad Jenny Flint

Every pirate is a little bit crazy. You, though, are more than just a little bit. Like the rock flint, you're hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you're easily chipped, and sparky. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

My Wordle

This is my wordle from The Movieholic & Bibliphile's Blog:

Blogger Appreciation

I read a lot and I mean a lot of blogs every day. Book blogs, movie blogs, funny blogs, funny picture blogs, etc. etc. I have plenty of favorites and honor of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, everyone is writing about theirs so I thought I would share who are the first people I visit when I open my Google Reader every day:

Bookworm (Naida): She almost always leaves incredible comments on my blogs and her blog posts are great! She has made me want to read many books that I normally wouldn’t bother with. Thanks Naida!!!

J. Kaye: Another one of my favorite commenters (okay, everyone is my favorite commenter lol)! But seriously, not only does she write tons of great reviews and have incredibly wonderful giveaways, I have her to thank for introducing me to some really great books too.

Musings of a Bookish Kitty: She was one of the first blogs I discovered (or did she discover me? Hmm, not sure) and she made me feel at home here in the blogosphere. Plus, she also has great taste in books!

Deslily: Although we don’t always share the same taste in TV shows or in books, we both love those old black and white movies. She always has the best recommendations for me too!

Now there are tons more that I really love plus some new ones that I’ve just recently found and am enjoying, but these are the four I’ve been reading the longest.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Nostalgia Critic

I laughed and I cried! (Warning: There are some foul language and other things that aren't something you would usually find here but I think he's funny)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Results Are In!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Gift Card Contest

The Book Lady is having a great giveaway! In honor of her BBAW nomination, she's having a contest for Barnes and Noble gift cards!

From My Friend Amy:

If you follow along for the festivities of BBAW at My Friend Amy, you will find many chances to win LOTS of goodies! Like what? Well have a look below. All of these things will be given away between September 15-19. There will be a huge variety of ways to win them and giveaways will be announced constantly throughout the week. So be sure to check in often!

A HUGE thank you to Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group USA, Harlequin, The B&B Media Group, Shera of SNS Blog Design, WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, Catherine Delors, Pamela Binnings Ewen, Andromeda Romano-Lax, Ceceilia Dowdy, Sormag, Book Club Girl, Savvy Verse and Wit, Cafe of Dreams, Fashionista Piranha, and Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'?.

Daily Raffles:
Monday--Books and Chocolate sponsored by My Friend Amy and Hey Lady! Whatcha' Readin?Tuesday--Books and Going Green sponsored by My Friend Amy
Wednesday--Books and Coffee sponsored by My Friend Amy
Thursday--Books and Charity sponsored by My Friend Amy and Fashionista Piranha
Friday--Books and Movies sponsored by My Friend Amy

Win a Book Club Girl Hostess Survival Kit!

Do you find it's your turn to host book club and not only do you not know what to serve but you don't know what books to offer up for the next month's selection?! Let Book Club Girl come to your rescue with the Book Club Girl Hostess Survival Kit.

One lucky winner of the kit will receive:

* A basket of cheese, crackers, cookies and wine for up to 12 people

* 5 great book group books to vote on for your group's next pick. And Book Club Girl will then donate 12 copies whichever book is chosen for your entire group to read.

* 12 Book Club Girl mousepads to give out as party favors that night

* 12 Book Club Girl bookmarks to mark everyone's favorite passages

* 12 Book Club Girl coasters to protect your coffee table from all those wine glasses!

TWO SORMAG Goody Bags containing books and more!

A Special Pamper Me Basket from Cafe of Dreams!

From Avon Foot Works

~ Inflatable watermelon shaped foot tub

~ 3.4 FL oz Watermelon Cooling Foot Lotion

~ 3.4 FL oz Watermelon Exfoliating Foot Scrub

~ 12 count Watermelon Effervescent Foot Tablets

~ An ARC of So Long At The Fair by Christina Schwarz

~ A variety of Hot Chocolate and Tea mixes

A pre-made blog template from SNSDesign!

A Subscription to Poetry Magazine from Savvy Verse and Wit!


Mistress of the Revolution by Catherine Delors

The Moon in the Mango Tree by Pamela Binnings Ewen

The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax

John's Quest by Cecelia Dowdy

Confessions of a Contractor by Richard Murphy

Acedia & Me by Kathleen Norris

The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer

Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley

A Tale Out of Luck by Willie Nelson with Mike Blakely

The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent

When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken

Exit Music by Ian Rankin

The Smart One and the Pretty One by Claire LaZebnik

Gunmetal Black by Daniel Serrano

Isolation by Travis Thrasher

The Miracle Girls by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt

Every Freaking! Day With Rachell Ray by Elizabeth Hilts

Dewey by Vicki Myron

The Shiniest Jewel by Marian Henley

Keep the Faith by Faith Evans

The Book of Calamities by Peter Trachtenberg

A is for Atticus by Lorilee Craker

After the Fire by Robin Gaby Fisher

Mike's Election Guide by Michael Moore

War as They Knew It by Michael Rosenberg

Fixing Hell By Col. (ret.) Larry C. James

Wild Boy: My Life with Duran Duran by Andy Taylor

The Last Under-Cover: The True Story of an FBI Agent's Dangerous Dance with Evil By Bob Hamer

Border Lass by Amanda Scott

Insatiable Desire by Rita Heron

Hungry for More by Diana Holquist

Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee

Trespassers Will Be Baptized by Elizabeth Emerson Hancock

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Trish Ryan

Never Surrender by General Jerry Boykin

Dream in Color by Congresswoman Linda Sánchez, Congresswoman Loretta Sánchez

Beyond Belief by Josh Hamilton

Cobain Unseen by Charles R. Cross

Doing Business in 21st Century India by Gunjan Bagla

Branding Only Works on Cattle by Jonathan Salem Baskin

Launching a Leadership Revolution by Chris Brady, Orrin Woodward

How to Hear from God by Joyce Meyer

Knowing Right from Wrong by Thomas D. Williams

Pope John Paul II: An Intimate Life by Caroline Pigozzi

Pure by Rebecca St. James

He Loves Me! by Wayne Jacobson

So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore by Wayne Jacobson and Dave Coleman

Move On, Move Up by Paula White

The Rosary by Gary Jansen

Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

Right Livelihoods by Rick Moodyby George by Wesley Stace

The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold

Trunk Music by Michael Connelly

Hollywood Crows by Joseph Wambaugh

Dead Boys by Richard Lange

The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters by Lorraine Lopez

Sisterchicks Go Brit! by Robin Jones Gunn

Beyond the Night by Marlo Schalesky

With Endless Sight by Allison Pittman

Harlequin Titles: To Be Announced

Many other blogs are giving away books and prizes for BBAW as well! You can see the links to all of these giveaways here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Teaser Tuesday- Moon-Spinners

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
  • Grab your current read.

  • Let the book fall open to a random page.

  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

  • Please avoid spoilers!

    Not even the computer- aided by two cups of coffee- could have kept me awake after lunch. I carried my second cup out to the garden, and there, alone with the drowsy sound of bees, and the tranquil lapping of the sea, I slept. ~pg. 115

Monday, September 8, 2008

J. Kaye's Giveaway!

Hey guys! My friend J. Kaye is giving away two copies of the newest Stephenie Meyer book Breaking Dawn!

Musing Mondays: Book Shopping

Do YOU like the changes that have come to bookselling in the last several decades? Do you shop online? Do you prefer big chain stores, or do you prefer small, independent shops? Why?

For the most part I like the changes. Books are so much easier to get now but I hate that so many little bookstores are going out of business because of stores like Amazon.com. Independent shops are not only cozier but the people are usually friendlier too.

8 times out of 10, if I buy a book I'm going to get it either from Walmart or a bookstore (usually Waldenbooks) or if it's an older book, probably Ebay. I do order online occasionally (but very seldom) though.

Sunday, September 7, 2008


I’m one of those people who sees a blog poll and have to vote in it lol. So last night while I was trying to go to sleep I got the idea of doing two polls on this blog that somehow relate to what is going on at my other two. Not only did I think that this might be fun but since there are only a few days for each poll, it would also keep me motivated to continue updating regularly on both blogs!

So go vote over there in the sidebar and visit my other blogs if you want. I’ve got a Thumbelina post coming up before too much longer and I may do something with music ;)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Lazy, Lazy Day

Yeah I finally updated my Neverland site lol and I’m working on my next review for the Movieholic & Bibliophile blog right now. Today I’m not going to get to use the computer much so I’ll be taking it easy and watching a few movies that are due back to the library soon. Yep boring, lazy day for me!

The Legend of the Sword in the Stone - Disney

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I've Been a Bad, Bad Girl....

Last week I went to this wonderful store they have down here called Hudson’s (they sell merchandise from stores that ordered too much, went out of business, etc.) and picked up five hardback books in mint condition…. For $0.10 (that's 10 cents) a piece! They don’t have sales like that too often but everything is always marked way down from the original price. Here is what I bought:
I’ve only read The Looking Glass Wars (and it’s sequel Seeing Redd) but I hadn’t even head of most of these other authors. Still, they looked good! Then today I went over to one of the libraries in our system (not one I go to that often) and picked up these:

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Teaser Tuesday- Skinny Dip

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!

"Sure, but it's seasonal," Rolvaag said. "Breaking and entering is hard work when it's twenty below. The crowbar tends to freeze to your fingers."
~Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen

Monday, September 1, 2008

Hurricane Gustav Left Us Alone

FYI everyone: We're fine! Just a lot of rain and a little wind now and then. Nothing to worry about really. I doubt if anything will be damaged here.

Musing Mondays: ReReading

Do you ever reread books? Do you have any favorites that you like to reread over and over, maybe once a year? What are they? What do you think you get out of rereading a book? Why do you do it?

I have a few books I have re-read over the years (like Little Women, Harry Potter, The Neverending Story) but for the most part I'd rather read something new to me. The only time a re-read is accepatble to me is when I can no longer remember anything (or only the bare bones) from the story. Usually this is from something I read as a kid or early teenager.