May 28, 2011

tours: I love America

Two great blog hops this Memorial Day weekend!

Go to the IBC Blog, comment on the blogs in this tour, and get e-books for yourself AND a troop.   Maybe win a Kindle too.

The second great blog hop is at Operation Write Home. These marvelous women (and men too) make cards for troops to send home to their loved ones.

Here's a card I made a few years ago. Will make more for the troops!

May 26, 2011

Why so many dystopians?

Last night at a birthday dinner, my daughter and I talked about dystopia reads.  Afterwards, I went straight to Border's and bought Divergent with a 50% off coupon.  She ordered Delirium from Amazon.

Driving home, I wondered why so many dystopian books are coming out.  So many!   I wouldn't call dystopia the new replacement for vampire novels.  Had to be another reason.

Today, I found the answer in Ilsa J. Bick's  awesome essay at Fragments of Life.  She includes many videos for us to reflect on.    Some thoughts while I was in reflective mode:
  • Oh oh, I remember the fear of the Communist menace.   Our fallout drills.  We went under our desks. 
  • The awe the first time I saw Wizard of Oz in the drive-in theater, when it changed from black-and-white.
  • Beth Goolsby introduced me to Star Trek when my family ate at her home in Gray, Georgia.
  • Twilight Zone, yes.   A favorite show.
  • Rebel Without a Cause -- wow, I watched this when it first came out in the theater.  
  • Hubby loved Logan's Run soon after we married.    
  • Son's favorite movie a few years back was Matrix.     
 Ilsa mentions those and many others.  I had many a-ha moments while reading her essay on templates
I'll shut up now.  Go take a look-see.

Her book Ashes comes out in late August.   I'm entering the giveaway (same link as the essay) AND putting this book on my wishlist at amazon.  Here's the cover of another Bick book... isn't it eeriely creepy-beautiful?!

There are many more dystopian books being given away.   Click on the Dystopian Domination button on upper the sidebar for more.

May 23, 2011

grabbing a chair

I'm sitting in a comfy chair at BEA at the auto dealership having my car serviced.  Another woman in the waiting room had stinky perfume on, giving me a headache. 

 The service manager told me I could move to a desk in the sunny corner of the showroom -- it isn't public because there's a wall in front of me.

I'm loving this -- free WiFi, my laptop, a desk, and books.  I told the service-guy I have all day to wait (but not all night, ha) as it is a major service job.  I won't  be so happy when the bill comes.

To introduce myself,  I'm Betty.  Once several years ago, a school-librarian friend invited me to drive down to ALA Conference in Atlanta for the day.  We paid only to go through the exhibit halls, not for the workshops.  I was blown away by all the publishers and authors there.   Also made several trips back to the car with goodie bags.   I wasn't a blogger then, so many of the names there were new to me.

Now I'm sure BEA is even more awesome, and in NYC too!   Trying not to drool.   To my delight, here is Armchair BEA for those bloggers staying home or in my case, at the auto dealership.
Come join us in the fun!

May 18, 2011

I'd Know You Anywhere - review

I'd Know You Anywhere
author:  Laura Lippman
out in paperback May 2011
source:  Crazy Book Tours

Whenever I get a Laura Lippman book in my hands, I know I'm in for an intriguing and suspenseful read.    More than just suspense, there will be great character development of ordinary people who have extraordinary problems.

Eliza was kidnapped at age 15.  Luckily she survived and escaped later that summer.  Now she's in her mid-thirties,  married with a "rolling-her-eyes, rude at every moment" teenager and a young son with some anxiety issues. 

Eliza receives a letter from her kidnapper who has seen her photograph in a magazine.  He gasp! wants to communicate with her.  He's on death row  shudder  What does he want?   Even worse, there are two women who are attempting to communicate with Eliza.  say what?

Eliza shares the letter with her husband.   Days pass, there is communication and phone calls back and forth.   It took several days for me to read this book -- I read it slowly especially in the middle, but towards the end, it was faster-faster-faster.

I used to live in metro D.C.-Maryland decades ago.   Lippman's description of the areas Eliza traveled through made me nostalgic for those years in that part of our country.

There are excellent questions in the on-line reading guide  that make you think more about the book. To avoid spoilers, don't go to that reading guide until you finish the book.

May 17, 2011

new blogger? need books? Here's news!

Two exciting news about the Indie Lit Awards

1.  Do you have a book blog and want more books to review?  Bloggers who are willing to accept and review books published in 2011 can  now add their blog to a Mr. Linky list for publishers and publicists to see.   Go to the Indie Lit Awards site,  look at the genres at the top of that page.  Choose the genre  you read the most and leave your home page link there.  Be sure to have somewhere on your own blog a way for the publisher/publicist/author to contact you.  There's no guarantee you'll be contacted, but worth a try!

2.  All readers not just book bloggers, will be eligible to nominate books for this year’s Indie Lit Awards!
      We’re looking forward to your nominations in September.
Friendly reminder: if you worked on a title (author, publisher, editor, publicist, etc.) you may not nominate that title.
     So, start writing down your favorite titles of 2011 for each genre that you read.   Better yet,  fill in this form and I'll send you a reminder in September to post your nomination.

May 16, 2011

BTT - age appropriate?

This week's question from Booking Through Thursday is a no-brainer
 Do you read books “meant” for other age groups? Adult books when you were a child; Young-Adult books now that you’re grown; Picture books just for kicks … You know … books not “meant” for you. Or do you pretty much stick to what’s written for people your age?
      If I read only books "meant" for my own age group, it would make for very boring reading.   Picture books are fun and the reason for the old proverb: a picture is worth a thousand words.  And today's dystopias for YA!  Thrills and suspense.  'nuff said.
     Of course, I read adult books when a child, and adult books as an early teen:  the steamy Peyton Place by Grace Metalious.  I saw my grandmother reading Metalious' The Tight White Collar one summer while I was visiting her.  I was shocked and embarrassed;  Gran said, "I just wanted to see what you and Candy were reading."  So sweet, no judgment on her part.

P.S. I was tickled to find a copy of The Tight White Collar on Paperback Swap (see sidebar).  Will re-read it and see how it compares in today's culture.

May 13, 2011

Friday Blog Hop - Friday the 13th

Parajunkee says:

Q. The Blogger Apocalypse made me a little emotional. What is the most emotional scene in a book that you have read lately?


one word:  ROOM.  Here's my review from last year.  And now my book club is reading it.


May 1, 2011

April's RAK

Thanks so much to Monique (I think she lives all the way in Australia) for sending me the book Vacations from Hell.    Five stories in one book --- a sheer delight.

Keep your eye open at Book Soulmates for their announcement of May's RAK.  Can't wait to see what others are wishing.

Spring Blog Carnival

Welcome to the

The prize from Reflections with Coffee is a book of your choice under $15 from amazon if you live in the states or from Book Depository if you live in a country where Book Depository delivers.

Only one entry per person.  
Winner will be chosen at end of day May 8 by 
Winner has 48 hours to reply to my email. 
Enter by leaving a comment with your email address OR fill in the form. 

After you enter, check out the other blogs  here. (The linky doesn't work)