Monday, May 31, 2010

100th Post

Wow! I can't believe this is my 100th post...I started out doing this blog as a way to share the books I read and to see what others are reading. I never realized it would grow as quickly as it did and I have my followers to thank - and to think that as I write my 100th post, I am almost at 100 followers!

I stumbled onto the book blogging world quite by accident and toyed around with putting together a blog of my own - if my own mom can manage to have a blog while being a Peace Corps Volunteer, then surely I can do one about my reading. I started out with a very simple blog and then changed and tweaked it little by little to get to where it is today - not to say that this layout is the final version, but it works for me now.

I am so overwhelmed by the number of followers I have - THANK YOU SO MUCH for reading what I have to say. While I may not respond to every comment left, I do read each and every one. I also love visiting all your blogs and again, while I may not always leave a comment, I do visit often!

I also love all the "perks" that have come with having a book blog...I had no idea that I would be getting books for free - either from entering contests on other blogs or from authors/publicists/publishers contacting me to read a book. What an honor to be asked to review a book and what a great way to find new books/authors to start reading!

So, thank you to everyone who has visited my blog and continues to follow it...I really appreciate the support!!!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

In My Mailbox (6) 5-30-10

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. Every week I'll post what books I've received either by mailbox/library/store.



For Review (3)
The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch
She's Gone Country by Jane Porter
The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen

Library (0)

From PaperBack Swap (1)
Summer Blowout by Claire Cook

Purchased - (3)
Read, Remember, Recommend by Rachelle Rogers Knight
The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

Won (0)


What's in your mailbox?

Review: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

First line: Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down  into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde's door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.

From the back cover: As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever ... but will the Cuthberts send her back to the orphanage? Anne knows she's not what they expected - a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she'll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anybody else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special - a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables.

My thoughts: I first read the Anne of Green Gables series when I was in elementary school and I absolutely loved it! I am now rereading the series for a challenge, but truth be told, I would have reread them again at some point anyway - the challenge just gives me the excuse to do it sooner! I have always loved Anne Shirley and her crazy antics - she is a character that has stayed with me forever. In this first book, we first meet Anne and find out how she came to live at Green Gables. We also meet Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, the siblings that take Anne in. How I loved how Anne would chatter up a storm all day long, slowly breaking through Marilla's hard shell. Matthew, on the other hand, was taken with Anne almost from their first encounter at the train station. Watching Anne learn to deal with her active imagination and how to tame that temper of hers brings both laughter and tears. Anne of Green Gables is a heartwarming, funny novel and I can't wait to reread the rest of the series. This is still the one book I recommend to all young girls I know.

(I borrowed this book from the library.)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Virtual Book Tour - Guest Post: Josi S. Kilpack - "English Trifle"

Please join me in welcoming Josi S. Kilpack to Always With a Book. Today, Josi is sharing her personal thoughts of success.

Success as a writer is a pretty subjective thing. When I started out I thought success would be taking up space on bookstore shelves—and I have certainly reveled in that—but once that was completed I almost felt as though I started moving backward. Whereas the tangible proof of my ability had been my goal for a long time, once I hit that one I started realizing that I was now competing with all the other books on that shelf. Was mine as good? Better? Or did it not even compete? I had assumed publication in and of itself was proof that the book was great and as good as it could be, but then reviews come and some of them made me wonder if my books had any merit at all. I went back to my earlier books and found myself wanting to change certain things.

So I wanted to feel successful by knowing I had done my best work. I studied the craft of writing, I met other writers and learned what their version of success was. I worked on this for years, desperately trying to keep my work par with my competition. Honestly, I think I’ve accomplished that too. So I’m published and I’m secure in my skill—does that make me a success? Do I feel like I’ve arrived?

Not really. I am now asking myself if I’m creating the stories that make the world just a teensy bit better. Am I satisfied with the way I spend my time? Are the other aspects in my life supported or hindered by my writing? It’s a big question and one I’m sure I’ll spend a long time trying to figure it out. Until then I look at where I started, where I’ve been, and how far I’ve come. I take confidence in those things, I treasure the positive feedback, and I keep moving forward one day at a time, one story at a time and one success at a time.

Stepping back and looking at this it seems reasonable to have done these things in reverse. Chosen my affect first, then honed my craft, and then sought publication, but it didn’t happen for me that way. And I’m good with that. I have yet to see anyone's journey reflect the journey or someone else. They might be similar, with common landmarks along the way, but the joy of life is that we have our own path to travel and our own successes to achieve. I’m very grateful to have had the opportunities I have had and I look forward to many more. I can see success in my past and I am reaching toward it in the future. It makes life a journey worth taking.


About the author:  Josi S. Kilpack grew up hating to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998, while on bedrest with a pregnancy, and never stopped. Devil’s Food Cake is Josi’s eleventh novel, and the third book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. The other novels, Lemon Tart (Book 1) and English Trifle (Book 2) were released in 2009. While the books all feature Sadie Hoffmiller as the main character, they stand alone in regard to plot and can be read as a set or as individual titles. Josi currently lives in Utah with her husband, four children, one dog and varying number of chickens.

For more information about Josi, you can visit her website or her blog.

Virtual Book Tour and Review: English Trifle by Josi S. Kilpack





First line: "Is it just me or does it feel like the staff wants us to leave?" Sadie Hoffmiller asked after the door of the sitting room shut behind them.

From the back cover:
High Crimes at High Tea
Things to Do in England:
Visit Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and the London Zoo
Take the Jack the Ripper tour - creepy!
Sample authentic English scones and crumpets
Discover a dead body

What begins as a holiday trip for amateur sleuth and cooking aficionado Sadie Hoffmiller and her daughter, Breanna, turns into a bizarre mystery when they discover a dead body in the sitting room of an English manor. Breanna's boyfriend, Liam, is heir to both the family title and the family estate of Southgate, where everyone seems to have a secret ... or two. When the body in the sitting room disappears, Sadie and Breanna are stranded at the estate until the police can clear them to leave. With their departure delayed, they might as well solve the murder.

Armed with a jogging whistle, her personal recipe collection, and an unfailing sense of American justice, Sadie begins her own investigation to find the killer. But as Sadie uncovers layer after layer of misdirection, secrets, and outright lies, she wonders if anyone is telling the truth - or if the case is really as hopeless as it appears to be.

Take a missing family history, toss in a secret romance, mix with a mysterious murder, and this is one vacation Sadie will never forget.

My thoughts: This is the second in the Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mysteries. Once again, Sadie has come upon a murder, this time while on vacation with her daughter in England. Annoyed with the way the English "police" are handling the situation, Sadie takes it upon herself to figure out what is going on. Along the way, we are introduced to some new characters and some that we met in Lemon Tart, the first in the series. The story is filled with clever dialogue and the twists keep you guessing until the end. While we are immersed in the English culture of maids and butlers, it is this cast of characters that add to the richness of the story, complete with hidden stairways and certain places within the estate that are off-limits to guests. Sadie, however, feels that a kitchen, one of the off-limits areas, is her home-away-from-home and makes her way there plenty of times, sometimes only to be sent right out. Of course, there are plenty of recipes added throughout the book, such as Sadie's Scrumptulicious Scones and High Tea Lemon Cookies, that I am eager to try. A quick, humorous, enjoyable read that will find you hungry for more Sadie.

About the author:  Josi S. Kilpack grew up hating to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998, while on bedrest with a pregnancy, and never stopped. Devil’s Food Cake is Josi’s eleventh novel, and the third book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. The other novels, Lemon Tart (Book 1) and English Trifle (Book 2) were released in 2009. While the books all feature Sadie Hoffmiller as the main character, they stand alone in regard to plot and can be read as a set or as individual titles. Josi currently lives in Utah with her husband, four children, one dog and varying number of chickens.

For more information about Josi, you can visit her website or her blog.

I received a complimentary copy of English Trifle by Josi S. Kilpack from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour.

The Book Blogger Hop 5-28-10

Happy Friday Book Lovers! It's time again for another Book Blogger Hop!!!

This fantastic idea to help the large community of book bloggers around the web get to know each other comes to us via Jennifer from Crazy-for-Books. Basically, the Hop is a weekly event, where book bloggers and readers can connect to find new blogs to read. It's a great way to find new blogs to read and to find new readers!! So join up and spread the word about this fun event!!

The rules are simple – Add your link to MckLinky, POST ABOUT THE HOP ON YOUR BLOG, and start hopping around and visiting other links that are posted! If you start following someone through the Hop, leave a comment on their blog to let them know! Stop back during the week to see other blogs that are added!

So, head on over to Crazy-for-Books to sign up and see who else is participating.
 
If you find my site through the Book Blogger Hop leave a comment here and I will come and visit your blog.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Review: Lemon Tart by Josi S. Kilpack

First line: The first police car went by at 9:23 according to the clock on the microwave.

From the back cover:
A Recipe for Murder!
5 families living on Peregrine Circle
1 flowered curtain tieback
1 missing child
1 body in the field

Mix with a long list of suspects and top with two very different detectives. Increase heat until only the truth remains.

Award-winning author Josi S. Kilpack introduces a new series of culinary "cozies: that is sure to tantalize mystery lovers. In this debut volume, cooking aficionado-turned-amateur detective, Sadie Hoffmiller, tries to solve the murder of Anne Lemmon, her beautiful  young neighbor - a single mother who was mysteriously killed while a lemon tart was baking in her oven. At the heart of Sadie's search is Anne's missing two-year-old son, Trevor. Whoever took the child must be the murderer, but Sadie is certain that the police are looking at all the wrong suspects - including her!

Armed with a handful of her very best culinary masterpieces, Sadie is determined to bake her way to proving her innocence, rescuing Trevor, and finding out exactly who had a motive for murder.

My thoughts: This is the first Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery. I hadn't heard of this series until a publicist contacted me wanting to know if I would read and review English Trifle - the second in the series. Well, I found myself in a similar predicament as I was with the Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft mysteries - I can't start a series in the middle. So, I went ahead and purchased the first book. Well, I was glad I did - I thoroughly enjoyed this book (as well as the second one - review to come!).

In this first book, we are introduced to Sadie Hoffmiller, neighborhood resident baker/cook and busybody. It is a light, fun read filled with many intriguing elements: a mystery, humor and some really yummy recipes. There are many interesting twists that keep the reader in suspense right until the end. We meet a cast of characters that are all interesting and who will hopefully make appearances in future books. Sadie in particular is delightful and at times you find yourself laughing out loud at her antics and thought processes. I am definitely going to try making Sadie's Perfect Brownies - they sound amazing! This is a series that I will definitely be following.

(I purchased this book.)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Giveaway Winner: Photo, Snap, Shot

CONGRATULATIONS

to

Karen

winner of
Photo, Snap, Shot by Joanna Campbell Slan



Random.org selected the winner.
Thanks to all who entered the giveaway!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

WWW Wednesdays 5-26-10

A Week in Books


 
WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…



  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?
The Help by Kathryn Stockett


What did you recently finish reading?
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

What do you think you’ll read next? 
~ Most likely I will be reading The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch.


 
What about you? What are you reading?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Teaser Tuesday 5-25-10

MizB of Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesday. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • 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!
 Here's a tease of what I am currently reading:


Standing on that white lady's back porch, I tell myself, Tuck it in, Minny. Tuck in whatever might fly out my mouth and tuck in my behind too.

From The Help by Kathryn Stockett , pg. 30

Please leave a comment with a link to your teaser so I can stop by.

Guest Post by author Cynthia Roberts

Please join me in welcoming Cynthia Roberts, author of the soon-to-be released Wind Warrior to Always With a Book! Today Cynthia wanted to share with everyone a little about herself and her books.  Here is her guest post!


 Hello everyone.  Like all of you, I lived and breathed reading romances … it filled many long, lonely evenings when my husband worked nights in law enforcement and I was raising our children Jason and Alyssa (now 31 and 29).  It proved my constant companion later when my “Cinderella” marriage of twenty-five years came to an unexpected end.  There is a quote I heard once I can’t remember verbatim but goes somewhat like … “There is no greater loss than a love once known.”

I’m a true believer that when tragedy strikes and you’re standing at the edge of a fathomless abyss and all you see is darkness looking back at you, faith lies in knowing one of two things will happen.  You can either let fear consume you, roll up into a ball and waste away or, you can take a leap of faith and learn how to soar like an eagle. 

I’ve always had a passion for writing from that very moment a Crayola was placed in my hand and throughout my career in marketing, public relations and sales writing creatively came easy.  When my marriage ended at the age of 45, life as I knew it was never the same.  It was a time of unrest, uncertainty, losing friends and family and financial ruin because I also found myself jobless which continued nearly two years. 

Wind Warrior became my salvation.  One evening I sat in front of the computer and decided to write instead of read and figured all I could do was fail.  It proved my therapy back then but not quite up to par to win the favor of publishers.  I received so many rejections I could have wallpapered a small room in my house and almost gave up on my dream.  That is, until I realized it just wasn’t my time.  I needed to live through and get beyond the pain in my own life before I could transform that experience into the kind of passion and emotion I wanted my readers to feel personally through my writing.   

I chose to write an historical Indian romance because the first fiction I ever read was a novel from Cassie Edward’s Savage series and instantly became hungry to read more.  I tracked down every one of those babies; let me tell you, until I read them all.  However, every one I read from that point on was based on a Plains tribe.  I wanted to focus on a tribe indigenous to my area and decided to write a series based on the tribes that make up the Iroquois League of Nations here on the east coast.  Their warriors were the fiercest ever known to strike terror in the hearts of early settlers from Pennsylvania to Canada.  They were referred to as "People of the Longhouse" because their families lived together in wooden structures upward of 40 feet long.  They were an extremely powerful nation that was sadly torn apart by the American Revolution.  I fell in love with the simplistic beauty of their culture and folklore.  We could learn so much from our Native American brothers and the reverent love and respect they have for everything that is natural and of this earth.  They knew how to live in balance with plants, animals and the natural elements ... never taking more than what was needed to sustain their people and way of life  

Wind Warrior  will officially be released on June 15th and available now for purchase through Tate’s website.  It is my heartfelt hope readers will find it as enthralling to read as it was for me to research and bring to life.  Book #2 Captive Heart is finished and expected to be released the end of this year. 

Now that the writer in me has been unleashed … look out world!  If I can leave my beautiful five grandchildren any legacy, it will be the strength, conviction and passion put into every story I bring to life.  Please stay tuned for future projects which will include a series introducing contemporary shape shifters and two mainstream romance thrillers entitled Pawn For Malice and The Keeper’s Watch. 

Wind Warrior
Tate Publishing
ISBN 978-1-61663-162-8

Available at Amazon and all other venues on June 15th
http://www.romanceauthorcynthiaroberts.com

Review: Get Lucky by Katherine Center

First line: First: I got fired.

From the back cover: Sarah Harper isn't sure if the stupid decisions she sometimes makes are good choices in disguise - or if they're really just stupid. But either way, after forwarding an inappropriate email to her entire company, she suddenly finds herself out of a job.

So she goes home to Houston - and her sister, Mackie - for Thanksgiving. But before Sarah can share her troubles with her sister, she learns that Mackie has some woes of her own: After years of trying, Mackie's given up on having a baby - and plans to sell on eBay the entire nursery she's set up. Which gives Sarah a brilliant idea - an idea that could fix everyone's problems. An idea that gives Sarah the chance to take care of her big sister for once - instead of the other way around.

But nothing worthwhile is ever easy. After a decade away, Sarah is forced to confront one ghost from her past after another: the father she's lost touch with, the memories of her mother, the sweet guy she dumped horribly in high school. Soon everything that matters is on the line - and Sarah can only hope that by changing her life she has changed her luck, too.

My thoughts: This is the second book I've read by Katherine Center and I was not disappointed. This time the focus is on the love between sisters and the love of one's self. It is a poignant story of two sisters who are each other's best friends by distance and learn to rework their relationship and individual lives when they are suddenly living together. The main characters are dynamic and believable and the supporting characters are quirkly and provide comic relief. It was another quick read and I have come to really enjoy Katherine Center's writing. Her characters stay with you long after you read that last page.


(I borrowed this book from the library.)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Review: Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center

First line: The day I decided to change my life, I was wearing sweatpants and an old oxford of Peter's with a coffee stain down the front.

From the inside cover: Lanie Coates's life is spinning out of control. She's piled everything she owns into a U-Haul and driven with her husband, Peter, and their three little boys from their cozy Texas home to a multiflight walkup in the Northeast. She's left behind family, friends, and a comfortable life - all so her husband can realize his dream of becoming a professional musician. But somewhere in the eye of her personal hurricane, it hits Lanie that she once had dreams too. If only she could remember what they were.

These days, Lanie always seems to rank herself dead last - and when another mom accidentally criticizes her appearance, it's the final straw. Fifteen years, three babies, and more pounds than she's willing to count since the day she said "I do," Lanie longs desperately to feel like her old self again. It's time to rise up, fish her moxie out of the diaper pail, and find the woman she was before motherhood capsized her entire existence.

Lanie sets change in motion - joining a gym, signing up for photography classes, and finding a new best friend. But she also creates waves that  come to threaten her whole life. In the end, Lanie must figure out once and for all how to find herself without losing everything else in the process.

Katherine Center's Everyone Is Beautiful is a hugely entertaining, poignant, and charming new novel about what happens after happily ever after: how a woman learns to fall in love with her husband - and her entire life - all over again.

My thoughts: This is the first book I've read by Katherine Center and I absolutely loved it. The writing was witty and the characters were all believable. It was a light, quick read, yet left you with some ideas to think over. Do we lose our sense of self once we get married and have kids? Does perfection lead to being beautiful?  Once Lanie decided to take some time for herself, she set realistic goals - something that should be a lesson to us all. She decided to eat healthy, work out regularly, and still eat a piece of chocolate cake every week. Definitely do-able and my kind of plan! The story is a life-affirming one that will help you to re-focus on the things that are really important in life and remind  you that beauty exists in all of life's imperfections.

(I borrowed this book from the library.)

Giveaway Winner: The Icing on the Cupcake


CONGRATULATIONS

to

Mary

winner of
The Icing on the Cupcake by Jennifer Ross



Random.org selected the winner.
Thanks to all who entered the giveaway!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

In My Mailbox (5) 5-23-10

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. Every week I'll post what books I've received either by mailbox/library/store.



For Review (0)

Library (1)
Fools Rush In by Kristan Higgins

Purchased - at Church Back-to-Beach Booksale(9)
Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy
Tara Road by Maeve Binchy
Home Again by Kristin Hannah
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
True Colors by Kristin Hannah
Strange Fits of Passion by Anita Shreve
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

Won (0)


What's in your mailbox?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Reminder: The Icing on the Cupcake Giveaway...

The Icing on the Cupcake by Jennifer Ross
Giveaway extended until Sunday, May 23rd, 6:00 PM EST.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Review: Too Good To Be True by Kristan Higgins

First line: Making up a boyfriend is nothing new for me.

From the back cover: When Grace Emerson's ex-fiance starts dating her younger sister, extreme measures are called for. To keep everyone from obsessing about her love life, Grace announces that she's seeing someone. Someone wonderful. Someone handsome. Someone completely made up. Who is this Mr. Right? Someone...exactly unlike her renegade neighbor Callahan O'Shea. Well, someone with his looks, maybe. His hot body. His knife-sharp sense of humor. His smarts and big heart.

Whoa. No. Callahan O'Shea is not her perfect man! Not with his unsavory past. So why does Mr. Wrong feel so...right?

My thoughts: This was another fast, light-hearted read by Kristan Higgins, filled with humor and flawed characters that don't always conform to what's normal. Grace has a problem with talking before she thinks and a habit of making up boyfriends. Her foray into the dating scene has hysterical, from blind dates and online dating to taking a "how to get a guy" seminar with her friends. There were so many instances when I was laughing out loud as I was reading, especially with some of the funny sayings that Grace uses - my favorite being "God's nightgown!" A great romance that was believable, funny and not too cheesy. I can't wait to get my hands on another Kristan Higgins book!

(I borrowed this book from the library.)

The Book Blogger Hop 5-21-10


Happy Friday Book Lovers! It's time again for another Book Blogger Hop!!!

This fantastic idea to help the large community of book bloggers around the web get to know each other comes to us via Jennifer from Crazy-for-Books. Basically, the Hop is a weekly event, where book bloggers and readers can connect to find new blogs to read. It's a great way to find new blogs to read and to find new readers!! So join up and spread the word about this fun event!!

The rules are simple – Add your link to MckLinky, POST ABOUT THE HOP ON YOUR BLOG, and start hopping around and visiting other links that are posted! If you start following someone through the Hop, leave a comment on their blog to let them know! Stop back during the week to see other blogs that are added!

So, head on over to Crazy-for-Books to sign up and see who else is participating.
 
If you find my site through the Book Blogger Hop leave a comment here and I will come and visit your blog.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

WWW Wednesdays 5-19-10

A Week in Books


 
WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…



  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?
English Trifle by Josi S. Kilpack


What did you recently finish reading?
Lemon Tart by Josi S. Kilpack

What do you think you’ll read next? 
~ Most likely I will be reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. This is my book club's selection for this month.



What about you? What are you reading?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Teaser Tuesday 5-18-10


MizB of Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesday. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • 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!
 Here's a tease of what I am currently reading:


"Remember? It was on our list - taking a turn around the room like Miss Bingley and Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice."

From English Trifle by Josi S. Kilpack , pg. 8

Please leave a comment with a link to your teaser so I can stop by.

Monday, May 17, 2010

New Blog Award

Thanks to Stacy over at A Novel Source for giving me the




If you are given this award you must first accept it by leaving a comment on the post you were nominated on. Then copy and paste the post and add it to your own blog. Make a list of the last 5 books you read and pass the award on to 5 other bloggers (no backsies!). Please also identify the blog from which you got the award and don't forget to tell your picks that they 
have a blog award!

My Last 5 books Read:
Get Lucky by Katherine Center
Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center
Too Good To Be True by Kristan Higgins
Blood Game by Iris Johansen
Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
The 5 Bloggers I Pass this on to:
Mary at Bookfan
Emidy at Une Parole
Jennifer at Rundpinne
Jonita at The Book Chick
Thank you again Stacy! I am so humbled and honored.


Review: Blood Game by Iris Johansen

First line: The woman was fruitful.

From the inside cover: When a Georgia senator's daughter is found murdered, and her body drained of blood, Eve enters the world of a serial murderer - a twisted psychopath whose name is on Eve's shortlist of killers who might know something about her missing daughter, Bonnie.

But when Eve receives a terrifying calling card in the form of a single goblet of blood, she knows the taunting is over...and the games have begun. As Eve and the killer engage in a dance of death, Eve has no choice but to call upon those she loves and trusts the most - Joe Quinn and Jane MacGuire - even if it means putting them in the path of someone whose bloodlust cannot be quenched.

Eve believes this psychotic mind holds the answers to the questions that have tormented her for years. And she'll do almost anything to get these answers. Like a spider hunting his prey, this killer will wait for the perfect moment to strike - the moment when Eve least expects it. And when she has the most to lose...

My thoughts:  Blood Game is another good thriller from the bestselling Eve Duncan series. I really like this series because I am for some reason fascinated with Eve Duncan's work as a forensic sculptor. Unfortunately, in this book, the forensic sculpting seems to take a bit of a back seat. While the story line still moved quickly and with the usual suspense, I was a bit disappointed in the extent of the paranormal stuff. Yes, there has always been a small bit of the paranormal - how else can you explain Eve seeing and carrying on conversations with her dead daughter, but it was easily explained by Eve's grief over losing her daughter and not being able to bring her "home." In this book, it seems to go overboard, especially for someone who is not particularly a fan of paranormal to begin with. That being said, I will read the next book (which is already out - need to reserve it from the library!) because I want to see how this all plays out - does Eve ever find Bonnie and her killer, does the paranormal go back to a minimal aspect in the storyline, do Eve and Joe ever resolve their issues to tie the knot?
 
(I borrowed this book from the library.)

Musing Mondays 5-17-10

Musing Mondays2Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about movies based on books…
What happens when you see a movie based on a book/story, especially one you’ve not read? Do you feel the need to track it down and read it?
PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your opinion in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks.

**MUSING MONDAYS is hosted by Rebecca at Just One More Page...

I try to read the book first before seeing the movie, as I find the book is almost always much better. If I do happen to see a movie that was based on a book that I did not read, I will try to locate the book if I really enjoyed the movie.

With the Harry Potter books, I for some reason decided to read each book right before the movie came out. So, I have not read book 7 yet - and of course, because so much time has passed since reading book 6, I am going to need to review book 6 before starting book 7 when I get around to reading it. Isn't it funny how bizarre our reading habits can be?
What about you?


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Review: Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

First line: Wednesday morning, a not-so-perfect June day, I turned over the Open sign at my yarn store on Blossom Street.

From the inside cover: Knitting and life. They're both about beginnings - and endings. That's why it makes sense for Lydia Goetz, owner of A Good Yarn on Seattle's Blossom Street, to offer a class called Knit of Quit. It's for people who want to quit something - or someone! - and start a new phase of their lives.

First to join is Phoebe Rylander. She recently ended her engagement to a man who doesn't know the meaning of faithful, and she's trying to get over him. Then there's Alix Turner. She and her husband, Jordan, want a baby, which means she has to quit smoking. And Bryan Hutchinson joins the class because he needs a way to deal with the stress of running his family's business - not to mention the lawsuit brought against him by an unscrupulous lawyer.

Life can be as complicated as a knitting pattern. Just ask Anne Marie Roche. She and her adopted daughter, Ellen, finally have the happiness they wished for. And then a stranger comes to her bookstore asking questions.

Or ask Lydia herself. Not only is she coping with her increasingly frail mother, but she and Brad have unexpectedly become foster parents to an angry, defiant twelve-year-old.

But as Lydia already knows, when life gets difficult and your stitches are snarled, your friends can always help.

My thoughts: This is the sixth book in Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street series and was as good as the previous five books. Debbie Macomber has a gift for taking ordinary people and putting them in situations that anyone might find themselves in. The reader not only gets introduced to new characters via this class, but characters we have gotten to know in previous books make their appearances and we get to follow along on their life's journey (one of my favorite reasons for reading series). The stories of women, and now men, connected by knitting and life experiences continues. I find myself wanting to try knitting, but not knowing how to knit does not detract from this series. I am looking forward to the next Blossom Street book!

(I borrowed this book from the library.)

In My Mailbox (4) 5-16-10

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. Every week I'll post what books I've received either by mailbox/library/store.


*This was a slow week!

For Review (0)

Library (2)
Glitter Baby by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Christmas Letters by Debbie Macomber

Purchased (0)

Won (0)


What's in your mailbox?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Reading Habits

I have seen this floating around so I decided to take part. I snagged it officially from Becky at Page Turners, so visit her to see her answers!
Here are some other blogs that have participated too...

Jenn at Book Crazy



Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack:

Not usually. I do tend to read while eating breakfast and lunch (only during the week while hubby is at work), but other than that, I am not a big snacker. 

What is your favorite drink while reading?

I usually always have a glass of water near me - in bed, on the couch, in the car. The only other drink that I sometimes lean to is a nice cuppa tea - especially on rainy days or during the winter months.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

I usually do not mark my books - unless I come across a saying that I absolutely love. When I do mark them, I usually leave a sticky note in the book on that particular page - I am not a huge fan of writing in books.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?

I use bookmarks - anything from an actual bookmark, to a sticky note, to a random piece of paper.

Fiction, non-fiction, or both?

Mostly fiction, although I do pick up nonfiction every once in a while, particularly biographies.

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?

I like to try to stop at the end of a chapter, when I can. Otherwise I look for breaks within the chapter. The only time I stop anywhere is when I start to fall asleep while reading or when I'm in the doctor's waiting room and get called to go in.

Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?

No. If I was to get frustrated with an author, I think I would just close the book.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?

No, usually I can figure it out with the surrounding text.

What are you currently reading?

I am reading Get Lucky by Katherine Center.

What is the last book you bought?

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See.

Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?

I only read one book at a time. I wish I could read more than one, but I tend to get so lost in the book I am reading, that I can't think possibly think about another story line.

Do you have a favorite time/place to read?

I love to read anywhere, but if I had to pick one place, it would be sitting on the deck of the boat club overlooking the water.

Do you prefer series books or stand alones?

I love series - simply for the fact that you are able to stay with a set of characters for a while. I tend to be quite anal in my reading of series - I must start at the beginning with book 1. If I do happen to pick up a book that's part of a series, I will go back and read any that came before and sometimes even reread the one I started with - I feel that you really understand the character development that way. Of course, I also read stand alones, but if I had to choose - series would win every time.

Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?

Yes. Many times, as I am reading a book, I am thinking about who else would like it. A few that I have been recommending over and over again are:  The Postmistress by Sarah Blake, The Queen's Dollmaker by Christine Trent, and anything by Debbie Macomber or Elin Hilderbrand

How do you organize your books? (by genre, title, author's last name, etc.)

I tend to put all the hardcovers together by author and all the paperbacks together by author. I do have a separate section of the bookshelf for my TBR pile as well and then they get filed in wherever they fit once read.

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