- PBT Dec Tag: Other
- Monthly Mixer Mele: F in February
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
- PBT Dec Tag: Other
- Monthly Mixer Mele - B in decemBer
- Fantasy Thriller Horror Yahoo Group - December Discussion
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
2. Dexter by Design by Jeff Lindsay
3. Fear by Jeff Abbott (Audio)
4. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
5. Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark
6. 8th Confession by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
7. Dust to Dust by Tami Hoag (3/19)
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Hope you enjoy them!
Monday, December 21, 2009
So how does someone who skates on someone's curtails win? I am a woman who started out hating Russell but ended up rooting for him because he's Survivor genius. if you are someone who watched this season regularly, I would hope that you could agree at least that he is the best survivor player ever. I wouldn't want to be friends (or enemies) with him. But, he was amazing... He found immunity idols, over and over again, without knowing that they even existed and without clues. and even when it truly mattered he won immunity. It kills me to say it but he was a master at this game. He was ruthless and a liar but it's a game, not real life - it's a competition for money and thats the idea. Get people to trust you, do what you have to do to survive and win. But he didn't win, the girl, Natalie, who rode his curtails the entire time won. Some would say she deserved to win because she was nice to everyone and didn't stab anyone in the back.. but the truth is, she had no problems letting Russell do the dirty work and crossing people at the vote, so she is not so angelic as we let her seem.
Now, she did win and that's the point of the game, so you have to give her a hand for that and she did try hard on all the challenges, I just don't like that she claims to have played the game so innocently and kind and all the while scheming to stab people in the back and having someone else do the heavy lifting. She certainly latched on to the right person to get herself to the finals. Russell deserved to win, the problem is all the people on the jury were too personally involved, as he was the puppet master that led to them to being eliminated. If they looked back and really voted for who was the best player, they would change their vote... but it's a popularity contest and they were jaded.. so Natalie won. The problem is no one who is crossed by someone else, in a game or in real life, is going to put their name down for a million dollars. The truth is they didn't so much as vote for her but against Russell.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Part I of The Dublin Saga takes you from Ireland in 480 A.D through its history ending in the year 1537. I really wanted to enjoy this book but it never truly grabbed me. In the very beginning I was intrigued by some of the characters (Deirdre and Cornall) but they never developed before we were jumped to a new time with new characters. I was never really able to get comfortable in a time period before I was thrusted into a new one. I forced myself to finish this book although I had to re-read pieces several times because I found myself zoning out. I gave it 2 stars because although I didn't like it, I didn't hate it either. Some pieces were intriguing and interesting but all in all it was like reading a history book. I was hoping it would be more like Pillars of the Earth with it's writing but it is no where near it - in my eyes.
- PBT Dec Tag: Other
- Monthly Mixer Mele Challenge (P in April)
Monday, December 14, 2009
The one I was waiting for the most was Happy Hour by Michelle Scott:
I entered a contest on Michelle Scott's website and won 7 copies for my face to face book club at home. We will be reading this in January so please check back for my review in late January.
Every woman has that group of friends in her life ~ her "go to girls" The friends that she can turn to who "get it." The ones who are there for you no matter what. The ones who laugh with you and cry with you. The ones that will always be there. These are the women of Napa Valley.
Jamie is the editor-in-chief of Wine Lover's Magazine, a single mother and caretaker to her senile mother-in-law ~ a woman who thinks her daily caregiver is Dean Martin. Jamie is still recovering, financially and emotionally from the death of her husband several years earlier. And when she finds what could be the key to happiness, can she open the door and let it in? Or will her feelings of guilt and betrayal hold her back?
Danielle is a vintner and the divorced mom of two. She's basking in what she knows is going to be a successful launch of her new wines. Wines she created on her own after her divorce. But what she doesn't expect is for her daughter to come home with news that will shock her to her core. Will an old flame help her accept the changes that are coming and find the love she's been missing in her life for so long? Or will a tragedy that no one sees coming change their lives forever?
Kat is a sommelier, co-owner of a magnificent restaurant with her chef husband, and mother of a blended family. But is being deeply in love with your husband enough to get them through the teenage years, step-children and exes? And what happens when old faces return and she's faced with the knowledge that not everything is what you thought it was. What happens when she finds she was mad at the wrong person and finds out the "right one" was in the wrong? Can she forgive and move on? Can love overcome everything and truly bring a family together?
Alyssa is an artist and gallery owner with a secret of her own. One she was hoping would stay buried deep in her closet. But the time has come for her to put someone else first, to face the past and to deal with her demons. What she never expected to find was love and her "home."
No matter what is going on in their own lives, no matter the heartache or joy they're experiencing these four women are always there to love, support and encourage each other.
The other book I received in the mail this week was Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris.
This is the second book in Charlaine Harris' popular Southern Vampire Mysteries series. Telepathic vampire maven (and cocktail waitress) Sookie Stackhouse has been tasked with locating an abducted vampire and suppressing an upstart anti-undead religious cult.
Have you received any good or highly anticipated books this past week in your mailbox?
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I've been falling behind on the Weekly Geeks lately so this one should snap me back into the swing.
Do you buy books for people on your gift list? Do you choose books for them that you like and try to influence their reading (or hope they'll loan it to you when they're done)? Or do you get specific titles from your giftee?
Where do you buy your book gifts? Do you shop at local independent bookstores, or the "big box" stores? or do you shop online?
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Favorite Quote "That which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves."
- PBT Dec Tag: Other
- 12 Days of Christmas Challenge Day 4: Animals
- Monthly Mixer Mele Challenge: A for Art (A in jAnuary)
- Reading Cover Group, Bonus Book
Thursday, December 03, 2009
In trying to write my review of this book, I find myself grasping for words. I can't even intellegently say what this book was really about. Sure, it's about Quantum time travel, and a group of archeologists studying a historical site are able to travel back to medievel times and see the site in it's fully glory.. While there they get into all kinds of trouble and getting back isn't as easy as getting there was. There are some twists and turns regarding the time travel and the corporation that is secretly working on the time travel.
I love the idea of time travel in science fiction so I thought I would love this one. but this is the first Chricton book that didn't grab me and didn't keep me interested. Im sitting here after finishing it feeling disappointed, I didn't love the story and I didn't love the characters. It just didn't keep me interested. I just couldn't keep all the details straight and I thought too much was going on, in both the past and present. I just feel like I missed a bunch of pages in the middle or something. I could have done without reading this one.This book fills the following Challenges/Categories for me:
PBT Dec Tag: Other
Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 3 France
Monthly Mixer Mele Challenge: T in (augusT)
Nanny works as a nanny to help make ends meet while she's finishing college. She's been a nanny before so she is familiar with the territory but nothing prepares her for the Xes. The Xes are a typical upper class family in NYC where the Husband is always "working" , the mother is always shopping or planning events and the child, Grayer in this case, is left to be raised by the nanny.
The book was well written but at times a bit on the depressing side. You couldn't help but be angry at nanny for allowing herself to be such a pushover and you couldn't help but feel sorry for Grayer. But there were some really funny scenes and even scenes where Mrs. X seems almost human. All in all it was an enjoyable read.
I read this for my face to face book club and the whole group really enjoyed the book. We had some good discussions on Why Nanny would stay in this environment for so long and how Grayer would be as an adult.This books fits the following Categories/Challenges:
PBT Dec Tag: Satire
Monthly Mixer Mele - N in November
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
- The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen - 3.5 / 5 Stars
- How to catch and keep a vampire by Diana Laurence 2/5 Stars
- Dark Tort by Diane Mott Davidson - 2/5 Stars
- Pitch Black by Susan Crandall - 3/5 Stars
- Rosie Dunne by Cecilia Ahern - 3.5/5 Stars
Challenges coming to an end this month:
... Dark Tort - YUM! (by Diane Mott Davidson)
Dark Tort by Diane Mott Davidson
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars - rounded down to 3
Cecilia Ahern has a way with writing a happy ending.. She takes the absolute longest possible route to find it. Somehow this makes it all the more sweeter when the characters you see go through such turmoil and tragedy, end up being happy and OK with the path's their life took in the end.
Rosie Dunne is the story of the trials and tribulations of Rosie, written in an epistolary format of letters, E-mail and instant messaging chats with all the people in her life over the years. People come and go but her best Friend Alex is the one constant in her life, this relationship is complex and flawed and really wonderful all wrapped up in one.
This book had some tough subject matter for me in the middle but it was worth getting through. Ahern really knows how to write good chick-lit with a twist.
This book fills the following Challenges/Categories for me:
PBT Nov Tag : Other
Twelve Days of Christmas Challenge: Day 2 - Love
Monthly Mixer Mele Challenge - R in novembeR
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Goldy is has a new client, she is making breakfast and meeting goodies for a local law firm. One night while Goldy is there to prepare bread for the next morning, she trips over her friend, neighbor and law clerk, Dusty, on her way in the door. Goldy plans to say far away from this one, but can't help but promise Dusty's mother she would help with the investigation.
I enjoy cozy mysteries and that is why I've tried over and over to get into this series. I don't know what it is about Goldy that I just can't grab onto and love. I do know that I get a little bored when the author goes into details regarding the food that is being eaten or prepared that particular moment and time and the background as to why... I think if these details were missing and the food was just mentioned (like other food cozies) I would like it more. I know this is a very popular series so for some people this works.. but it just doesn't for me.
A cute book and an original story, but all in all Goldy misses for me. The food/recipes do sound very yummy though!
Another New Challenge!!
My Overstuffed Bookshelf is hosting this challenge and I've been dying to read this series so here is my chance!
The challenge runs from January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010
Here are the titles of the books in order:
1. A Quick Bite
2. Love Bites
3. Single White Vampire
4. Tall, Dark and Hungry
5. A Bite to Remember
6. Bite Me
7. Accidental Vampire
8. Vampires are Forever
9. Vampire Interrupted
Friday, November 13, 2009
Turn Up the Heat (A Gourmet Girl Mystery) by Susan Conant and Jessica Conant-Park
This is book three of the Gourment Girl Mystery Series. I've only read the first book, but I loved it so much I have already have the 2nd in the TBR pile and couldn't help buy the 3rd. Im excited to continue the series.
Synopsis from bn.com:
Chloe Carter is helping her chef boyfriend with his new restaurant on Boston's posh Newbury Street, when a crabby waitress is found dead in a fish truck. Was this a prank gone awry? Or did somebody want her to sleep with the fishes?Supernatural: Witch's Canyon by Jeff Mariotte
I love the Supernatural TV series so when I saw their were books that fit into the series between seasons, I jumped at the chance to read it.
Synopsis from bn.com:
Twenty-two years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. In the years after, their father, John, taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America...and he taught them how to kill it.
Sam and Dean have set out on a road trip to the Grand Canyon, but this is no vacation for the brothers. On a stretch of deserted ranchland just beyond the canyon's stunning vistas, mysterious murder sprees have occurred every forty years. The area's inhabitants have been few and far between in years past, but a nearby mega-mall is about to celebrate its grand opening—and attract thousands of fresh victims.
The Winchester boys are determined to protect locals and shoppers alike, but they never anticipated they'd be fighting a group of killers this vicious, this vindictive, this . . . dead. A deadly horde of animal spirits and human ghosts has arisen to terrorize this tiny corner of the Arizona desert. If Sam and Dean can't figure out why, the wide-open spaces of the West will once again become a desolate frontier . . . and the witch's canyon will be the brothers' final resting place.
Passion by Lisa Valdez
I don't normally go for romance novels but a friend of mine recommended this book highly so I thought I would give it a try. Looks pretty steamy!
Synopsis from bn.com:
Young widow Passion Dare thought she'd never love again. But a handsome earl has been pursuing her- and after a lifetime of propriety, Passion ponders throwing caution to the wind. After several heady encounters, the pair must face blackmail, learn a shocking truth-and choose between duty and desire.
Synopsis from bn.com:
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
How to Catch and Keep a Vampire: A Step-by-Step Guide to Loving the Bad and the Beautiful by Diana Laurence
I received this book as an ARC request in early October. I was very excited to start reading this and although it was "cute" it really didn't live up to my expectations.
Diana Laurence writes a self-help book for vampire lovers. The idea of this book is fascinating to me, with all the vampire books, tv shows and movies out there these days - its the right time for a book like this. I however expected something a little more tongue-in-cheek. I felt that Laurence took a more serious approach instead of a quirky approach, which I think would have made this book at success.
Maybe the trouble is it was more written for a teen? Not sure but something was missing for me.
There were a few notable quotes from this book:
- "Women just get so sick of being good that they are completely and utterly and downright chomping-at-the-bit ready for a nasty vampire. and when you are ready for nasty, what you need is a bad vampire."
- vampire pickup line: "They say a diamond is forever -- I can promise you an eternity."
This book fills the following challenges and groups:
- Booktivity November Special: I thank for... not needing to know how to catch and keep a vampire
- Booktivity November: Activity
- PBT November Tag: Other
- Monthly Mixer Mele Challenge (V for vampire in noVember)
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
New Authors Challenge
The challenge will run from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010.
Since this is an author challenge, there is no restriction on choosing your novels. They can definitely be from other challenges. However, the authors must be new to you and, preferably from novels. Anthologies are a great way to try someone new, but only a third of your new authors can be from anthologies. I want this to be an easy challenge, so you can pick to do either 15, 25 or 50 new authors. It all depends on how fast you read and how adventurous you want to be.
I will be of course tracking this challenge on my blog and will try for 15 new authors next year. Check back for updates throughout the year to see how Im doing.
2. Jeff Abbott (Fear)
3.Lewis Carroll (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)
4.Kate Atkinson (Case Histories)
5. Nicholas Sparks (Dear John)
6. Anne McCaffrey (Dragonflight)
7. Kathryn Stockett (The Help) - 3/25
8. Keith R.A. DeCandido (Supernatural: Nevermore) - 4/17
9. F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby) - 4/22
10. Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls) - 4/28
11. Jean Davies Okimoto (The Love Ceiling) - 5/7
12. Jeaniene Frost (Halfway to the Grave) - 5/23
13. Michael Scott (The Alchemyst) - 6/2
14. Barbara Kingsolver (The Lacuna) - 6/5
15. Henning Mankell (Faceless Killers) - 6/15 *** FINISHED CHALLENGE!!!
All you have to do is read a book that begins with a letter of each month or read a book that begins with the authors name (first or last name, doesn’t matter). There are 74 letters so you will have to have 74 different books to complete the challenge. Books can however be used to complete other challenges.You don’t have to do the months in any kind of order, just fill in books as you go along until you have each letter a book by it.Challenge begins November 1, 2009 and ends November 2, 2010 so you have a whole year to complete! Lets break out them books and get busy!
Sounds fun right? I'll be tracking my progress on the left as usual with my challenges.
N - The Nanny Diaries byEmma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
O - Someone to Watch Over Me by Judith McNaught
V - How to catch and keep aVampire by Diana Laurence
E - Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
M - Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
B - Pitch Black by Susan Crandall
E - Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert - 6/24
R - Rosie Dunne by Cecilia Ahern
D - Dark Tort by Diane Mott Davidson
E - The Education of Mrs. Brimley by Donna MacMeans - 9/29
C - 8th Confession by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
M - Happy Hour by Michelle Scott
B - Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
R -Raven Stole the Moon by Garth Stein
J - Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
A - The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
N - Supernatural: Nevermore by Keith R.A. Candido
A - Fear by Jeff Abbott
R - House Rules by Jodi Picoult
F - For My Daughters by Barbara Delinsky
B - Dexter by Design by Jeff Lindsay
A - Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
M - Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog by Lisa Scottoline
A - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
C - The Love Ceiling by Jean Davies Okimoto
H - 7th Heaven by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
A - Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
P- The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherford
I - Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
L - Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark
M - Midwives by Chris Bohjalian (5/31)
A - Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (4/28)
J - Just one Look by Harlan Coben (9/30)
L - The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
A - The Alchemist by Michael Scott (6/2)
S - The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
T - Timeline by Michael Crichton
S - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
P - Panic by Jeff Abbott (8/30)
T - Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
M - Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (6/15)
B - The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (6/5)
C - The Last Child by John Hart (9/30)
T - Dust to Dust by Tami Hoag
B - Wild Heart by Lori Brighton (6/23)
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
As usual the Play Book Tag Group at Shelfari is doing another great challenge that I can't miss out on.
Start Date: November 9
Objective: To read books that fit twelve tags inspired by the "Twelve Days of Christmas" holiday song.
Twist: Each book you read must be linked to the subsequent book.Challenge Winners:You can "win" in one of the following ways:
1. Complete all twelve reads such that they fit the tags.
2. Earn the most total points
3. Earn the most points in a given round
How It Works:
1. Every Monday, we will reveal a tag inspired by the song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas".
2. Players will select a book that fits the tag and read it. You will earn points for the following:a) Reading a book that fits the song tag = 2 pointsb) If the book also fits the monthly tag = 3 more pointsc) Review the book = 5 points
3. The following Monday, a new tag will be announced, and that will afford you with more point earning opportunities. The goal is to LINK the book you read this week with the one you read the week prior in one or more of the following ways:
a) Same author
b) Shares at least one word in the title (articles don't count)
c) Published in the same year
d) Won or was nominated for the same prize
e) Is in the same genre (as judged by the admins)
f) Is set in the same country
g) Come up with ONE additional bond using your own creativity
For each bond, you will get one point. So the more bonds between the books, the better.
4. Each week, you must report the following in a specially designated (weekly) thread: - the book you read- did it fit the challenge tag- did it fit the monthly tag- the bonds with the prior book. If you can calculate your point totals, great!!
5. A winner will be announced each week for the person who has the most points for that particular pair of books, but slower readers are still eligible to compete and may supersede previously announced winners should they earn and report more points.
6. This challenge will run for 12 weeks. At that time, the person with the most overall points will be announced as well as all the players who have completed the challenge. And of course, there will be some handing out of prizes :).
EXAMPLE OF HOW IT WILL WORK:
The monthly tag is drama.
The tag inspired by the song is: Single
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree. Read a book tagged "single".
So, let's say you read: Hamlet by William ShakespeareHamlet is tagged "single" and "drama", so you would earn 2 points for single and 3 more points for drama. Your total is 5 points. You write a review, and therefore get a total of 10 points.
The following week, the tag is: On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, two turtledoves: read a book tagged "love".
So now, you decide to read: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Again, you would earn 2 points for love, 3 points for drama, and 5 points for your review - 10 pointsPlus, the book is written by the same author - 1 point.It's also in the same genre - 1 point
So, for this first round of the game (single/love), you would have 12 points. Your total score would be: 22 pts (10 for the first read and 12 for the second).
Sounds easy right? Ok, it sounds a little complicated but really fun. Can't wait to get started! I'll be tracking my progress on the left hand column of my blog, so check for updates regularly!
Sunday, November 01, 2009
BOOKTIVITY HALLOWEEN THEME Wrap Up
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (Princess costume)