Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
A bunch of bloggers have donated a ton of books and winners are chosen at random all the time. Just go to her site and pick the books you would like to win and check back often-that's it! Could there be an easier way to win free books?? I think not! The contest is going on for a couple more weeks so head on over and join the fun!
ITS ALMOST HERE!
Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon is just around the corner!
It's a fantastic way to burn through that TBR pile, meet new people and did I mention you can win prizes? Oh yeah! Sign up now. Use this link to go to Dewey's site
Where did the weekend go?
After a few days of furious spring cleaning I can claim that every closet in my house has been de-junked and reorganized, windows are washed, and house is no longer under inches of winter dust! I feel victorious although children are still glaring at me and whispering among themselves that I failed to follow child labor laws.
So now it is Monday and it's time to ask my fellow bloggers.....What are you reading? Sheila over at One persons journey through a world of books hosts this meme. It's a great one that gives all of us a chance to check in on our fellow friends and see what they have lined up for the week. Also Shelia is always having awesome giveaways and contests so you should go check in out and join the fun!
This past week I read:
Gentlemen by Michael Northrop(reviewed)
What Happened to Cass McBride?(will be reviewed this week)
Gym Candy by Carl Deuker(will be reviewed this week)
Boy, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman(will be reviewed this week)
Plan to read this week:
Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
Repossessed by A.M Jenkins
I need to finish up Alice and Wonderland and Philosophy -edited by Richard Brian Davis
I don't know how much reading I'll get done this week. It's spring break for my kids and I have some rooms to paint and a garage to clean.
So what are your plans for the week?
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
to enter my GIVEAWAY of course!
2 Beautiful Hardback Books are up for grabs:
What Happened to Cass McBride?
The rules are simple:
1. Be a Follower (Old or New)
2. Leave your contact info in comment section.
3. Be over the age of 13
4. Sorry can't include International w/ the price of shipping and all that. :(
Thanks for entering!
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Curse of the Blue Tattoo
Being an Account of the Misadventures
of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady
By L.A. Meyer
From Inside Cover:
After being forced to leave HMS Dolphin and her true love, Jacky Faber is making a new start at the elite Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston. But growing up on the streets of London and fighting pirates never prepared Jacky for her toughest battle yet: learning how to be a fine lady. Everything she does is wrong. Her embroidery is deplorable, her French is atrocious, and her table manners-disgusting! Then there's the small matter of her blue anchor tattoo.... Will Jacky ever become a proper lady? Not bloody likely! But whether she's triumphing over her snobbish classmates, avenging a serving girl's murder, or winning over a stubborn horse that's as fast as the wind, one thing's for sure: Jacky Faber finds adventure wherever she may be.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jacky Faber! She is one of my most favorite heroines. Mostly because she is so completely imperfect, you can't help loving this girl. She is smart, quick witted, emotional and full of flaws. Though her adventures and mishaps Jacky grabs ahold of your heart and won't let go. This historical young adult novel is set in 1803 where Jacky finds herself enrolled in an all girl's school in Boston. Coming off a ship full of men where she learned to survive for three years leaves her ill prepared to deal with a school full of snobby girls. Quick as she can Jacky learns to navigate through art, music, equestrian, penmanship as well as making new friends. But of course Jacky just can't stay out of trouble and soon she is dodging the police while singing in pubs, fighting the school bully and solving the murder of a serving girl. This is the second book in the series of Jacky Faber and I can't wait to read about her next adventure in the third book.
I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up. It is available for check out at the Salmon Public Library
Saturday, March 20, 2010
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES
DAWN OF THE DREADFULS
By Steve Hockensmith
From Back Cover:
Journey Back to Regency England-
Land of the Undead!
As our story opens, the Bennet sisters are enjoying a peaceful life in the English countryside. They idle away the days reading, gardening, and daydreaming about future husbands-until a funeral at the local parish goes strangely and horribly awry.
Suddenly corpses are springing from the soft earth-and only one family can stop them. As the bodies pile up, we watch Elizabeth Benet evolve from a naive young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. Along the way, two men vie for her affections: Master Hawkworth is a powerful warrior who trains her to kill, while thoughtful Dr. Keckilpenny seeks to conquer the walking dead using science instead of strength. Will either man win the prize of Elizabeth's heart? Or will their hearts be feasted upon by hordes of marauding zombies?
This book was sent to me by a publisher for review. Thank you!
I enjoyed it immensely. It was pure silly fun. I got a kick out of zombies stumbling about the English countryside. Mr. Bennet is trying his best to get his prim and proper daughters trained for hand to hand zombie combat. Meanwhile Mrs. Bennet could care less that the undead are roaming about. Her biggest fear is not finding a perfect match for the oldest daughters and that they may disgrace the family by taking part in the slaying of the undead. There are moments that had me laughing out loud as Elizabeth tries to figure out a ladylike way to chop the head off a rotting corpse. Or the times she is trying to sort out her mixed feelings for Master Hawksworth and Dr. Keckilpenny.
These books are called Quirk Classics for a reason. If you're a Jane Austen fan with a sense of humor or have unexplained deep affection for all things zombie- pick this book up. You will not be disappointed!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Happy Blogoversary to Me!
Contest ends on April 15, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
The opportunity to win any book from The Book Depository. Yes, that's right, any book (under $20 please). Contest is open internationally, as long as The Book Depository ships to where you live.The rules are very simple.
Contest ends March 31, 2010.
So get on over there and enter!!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
By Carol Lynch Williams
From Inside Cover:
Thirteen year old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. That is without questioning them much-if you don't count her secret visits to the Ironton County Mobile Library on wheels to read forbidden books, or her meeting with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.
But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty year old uncle-who already has six wives-Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.
I remember watching an episode on Oprah where she sent reporter Lisa Ling into the desert to do an in depth report on a big polygamist group from Colorado City. They believe in polygamy-the practice of having multiple wives.
I watched in fascination as Lisa Ling interviewed an ex member who had run in the dead of the night to escape a life she didn't want. She now lives with no contact with her loved ones that still live inside the walls of the compound.
It all came back to me as I read the heartbreaking story of Kyra-who never chose to live this way-she was born into it. She has never known any different. She is only fourteen when she is told that she will marry her uncle who is sixty years old. She is expected to obey without question. She is told that this is what God wants.
This is a story that grabs you and won't let go. Kyra's life isn't her own on any level. She answers to three mothers and a father who truly believe with all their heart that they are following God's plan. Even when it is announced that she will be marrying an old man her parents are convinced that it is the right and faithful thing to do.
Kyra's story is powerful not only with high emotions but also takes a dramatic turn when Kyra decides that she is done accepting that other people will decide her future and makes the heart wrenching decision to leave her family and run.
But don't worry this review contains no spoilers! I can promise you that The Chosen One will touch your heart and not leave your mind. I bought this book from Amazon.com and I will be donating to Cindy at http://princessbookie.com for Contest Craze 2010. Go to her website and check it out.
**Grab your current read
**Open to a random page
**Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
**BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
**Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Monday, March 1, 2010
This Monday meme is hosted by Sheila from One Person's Journey Through the World of Books it a fun way to review the week and share with the class what reading plans we all have for the coming week- If you would like to join click on her link .
This week I finished: