April 29, 2011

Friday Blog Hops - April 29

Friday -- and the hostesses have great questions!
Jennifer at Crazy for Books asks:
 "Summer is coming quickly - what 2011 summer release are you are most looking forward to?"
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater.  I have Shiver and Linger on my bookshelves, but am waiting for Forever before I start this series.
Parajunkee's View wants a list:

Q. Keeping with the dystopian and apocalypse theme that seems to be running rampant on parajunkee.com, I have one very hard question for you: If you were stocking your bomb shelter, what books would you HAVE to include if you only had space for ten? 

1. The Bible is first and foremost.  Being in the bomb shelter, I'd want some comfort from scripture.

2, 3, 4. Pillars of the Earth- a fave along with sequels World Without End and Fall of Giants (haven't read the latter 2)

5, 6, 7. The Hunger Games - my daughter borrowed them, then her friends wanted to read them. I told her to pass on to them because I already have a huge pile of books.  Eventually they'll make their way back to me.   One friend is expecting a baby, we tell her to name the girl Katniss.

8, 9, 10.  Foundation Novels by Isaac Asimov (triology)   I adore his Robot stories and his Black Widower stories, but have never read the Foundation.  Hopefully I'll be out of the bomb shelter by the time I finish all, and will be interested in reading the rest of the series.

I'm curious about your choices and recommendations.

April 28, 2011

Coming to the theater

Booking through Thursday asks:    If you could see one book turned into the perfect movie–one that would capture everything you love, the characters, the look, the feel, the story–what book would you choose?

Tough question!!!   Really tough.   At first I thought The Help.  But they're already making a movie, and I'm afraid I'd be disappointed.   Going further back, I'd say the Half Magic series by Edward Eager.  I see some children made a book report silent movie on You Tube of the last scene.  Cute!

What book would YOU like to see in the movie theater or on a DVD?

April 25, 2011

Hourglass -review

Myra McEntyre
to be published mid-June 2011
source:  Around the World ARC tours

Emerson, aka Em,  hallucinates phantom apparitions.   She touches them, they scream, she screams.   Everybody thinks she's nuts.

WAIT!  This is not a ghost story!  I went into this book half-heartedly expecting ghosts, not my favorite kind of genre.   It is even better!

Emerson is kicked out of school because of her hallucinations.  She confides in her older brother about these "hallucinations."    He hires an assortment of consultants to try to get rid of them.   Finally he hires Michael.  The chemistry between them is, the best word to define it,  sizzling chemistry!  Add some paranormal physics; Einstein said time is relative, remember?

Hourglass doesn't simply describe Emerson's figure (shown on the cover).  It  is an organization that Michael comes from --- to say much more would be a multitude of spoilers.  We meet other people who have unusual abilities.

To the author, I beg more, more, more!

April 22, 2011

Friday Blog Hop - April 22

Book Blogger Hop
Today's question is:  "If you find a book you love, do you hunt down other books by the same author?"

Simple answer: yes. Why would a person not do that? Sometimes, though, a Sophomore slump sets in. Worse, an author may write basically the same book or character over and over again. I reckon that's why I don't always finish the second book, because the first was so fresh.

April 21, 2011

cover judging

asks CAN you judge a book by its cover?

Of course not!   The ancient proverb says, "Don't judge a book by its cover."   I recently reviewed Awaken -- a marvelous book.   While  reading, I kept looking at the cover with the Mason jar of flowers. How is the jar connected with that dystopian world?  Now that I've finished the book, I know, or do I? 

Awaken - review

Kate Kacvinsky
published May 23,  2011
source: NetGalley

summary from GoodreadsMaddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin.
The Year is 2060
Dystopia ... ah, one of my favorite genres.    Awaken covers this well.    I  see Maddie's world approaching soon.   Two weekends ago,  I was at a women's conference.   Four of us shared a hotel room.  I laughed -- there we all were sitting in bed or on the sofa, each of us texting or reading email.  I said, "Five years ago, we'd be sitting here chattering with each other."

Why did Digital School spread out  in Maddie's world?  Very sobering to find out the reason, M28.  Shudder.    I'm not going to tell you what M28 is.  Come shudder along with me.

Need a break from shuddering?  Maddie falls hard for Justin; she gives many descriptions of how hot he is.  You'll start drooling soon -- his lips, his arms, his....  It is not all romance -- there's some thrilling high speed chases too.

I kept highlighting sentences throughout Awaken.  Doesn't this sound realistic and possible today?  "I had over a hundred new messages since I checked it (my mail) this morning.  A dozen new clubs to join, twenty free offers, thirty comments, twenty chat invites, twenty new contacts my computer thought I would get along with.  Zero messages from the one person I was craving to talk to.  Figures."

Author Kacvinsky's comments keep getting better and better.    "That's what our culture had become, bodies moving mindlessly between digital worlds."  

And online, do you blog readers really know me?  Do I know you?  Another quote:  "It's like living inside a reality show all the time.  We edit out the scenes so we can appear a certain way.  it makes me wonder if I really know anybody."   Once or twice, I had to pause and think "What wisdom!"

Let's wake up and make sure our children and grandchildren don't live in a world like Maddie's.

note:  the quotes were from a review galley and may differ from the actual final book.

April 19, 2011

Eggstravanganza Hop Giveaway

Winner is Christine Davis.  She has 48 hours to reply to my email.
Welcome to the Eggstravaganza Blog Hop sponsored by I Am a Reader Not a Writer and Once Upon a Twilight.
Simple entry.  Simple prize. You don't even have to be a follower, but I'd love for you to follow.
$15 e-gift certificate to either amazon or Book Depository depending on where you live.
Fill out the form. Comments won't count.

Other giveaways are awaitin' you to hop over there.

April 7, 2011

too many? - BTT

BTT asks about Visuals:
So … the books that you own (however many there may be) … do you display them proudly right there in plain sight for all the world to see? (At least the world that comes into your living room.)
Or do you keep them tucked away in your office or bedroom or library or closet or someplace less “public?”
Bwahahaha,  the books are everywhere.  Not one room is big enough to hold all of them.  This photo is NOT my home.  I borrowed the photo from an organizing agency.  
But that's okay,  Edward Gorey's cartoon says:

April 5, 2011

While you're reading....

While you're reading throughout the spring and summer, if you come across a "wow, this is the best of 2011,"  be prepared to nominate it at the Indie Lit Awards site.
Nominations aren't open yet, but they will be on September 1st (seems like a long time away doesn't it).  Only literary (book)  bloggers can nominate.   Genres  are:
  • Biography/ Memoir
  • Lit Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Non-Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Speculative Fiction
I'm eager to see what'll be nominated in the non-fiction category -- that's the one I'm committed to read and vote on.
P.S.  If you want to be reminded in September to nominate a book, leave a comment here or fill out the form, and I'll nudge you.

April 4, 2011

Lead. Serve. Love. - review

Lead. Serve. Love.
author Gregory E. Lang
publisher Thomas Nelson
to be published May 10, 2011

Three is a perfect number.  The top reason is the Trinity.   

Back when I was a teenager, I ran across three three-word prayers in a novel, Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge.  It made such an impact on me that I say those while doing exercise:   
Lord have mercy.  Thee I adore.  Into thy hands.

Gregory E. Lang has done a similar thing.  He wrote and published one-hundred three-word sentences on ways to be like Jesus.  Lang's friend calls his work "three-ology theology."    The book itself looks deceptively simple, but packs a wallop.  After each sentence is a short paragraph explaining more;  the next page has a few scriptures relevant to that sentence.

I did find myself thinking:   "I should pick up the Bible and follow the scriptures myself" rather than depending on this book to tell me what to do and how to do it.    One thing that bothered me a bit about this little book was the color of the font -- after some reading, my eyes were strained.  But then, this book is not meant to be read in one sitting.

A six page sample is on the sidebar of Lang's blog.  I encourage you to go look at the sample pages.  You'll be impressed.

source:  NetGalley for review purposes

April 3, 2011


RAKs are fun to do and receive.
Here are the ones I received in March.

Replacement has the UK cover, so unique.  This RAK came from Kristen with a note on a day when I really needed it.
Three people from my church told me in one week different tales from Heaven is for Real;  apparently a book soulmate for them!   Appreciation to Vanessa of Book Soulmates.
Adoration of Jenna Fox came from a dreamer at Paper Dreams.

Thank you!

Sign ups at Book Soulmates are on the first Thursday of each month up now!

April 1, 2011

Friday Blog Hop - April 1

Jennifer asks:  "Since today is April Fool's Day in the USA, Book Blogger Hopwhat is the best prank you have ever played on someone OR that someone has played on you?"

When I was a teenager,  I put some warm water on my finger tips,  went up behind my dad who was watching TV.  I let out a big "Ahhhh-Chooooooo" while sprinkling the drops on his head.   He was furious, naturally.  My laughing didn't help the matter until he realized it was just water.

He copied that prank at his office, initiating every new person that joined the business.