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BLOGGIESTA IS HERE!

Posted by bookinn on June 20, 2009

Bloggiesta

What to do during the Bloggiesta?

  • Write book, movie, TV, product reviews.  Any reviews really.
  • Write backup posts for a rainy day.
  • Write that great post idea from three months back.
  • Work on series posts.
  • Write guest posts.
  • Put out invitations for guest posts.
  • Conduct and edit author interviews.
  • Create template posts for your future reads (ie: title, images, linking, tags, etc,) so you can open up, write review and post without being bogged down with technicalities
  • Clean up your tags, archives, books reviewed list, etc.
  • Improve your blog template, clean up sidebars, add a favicon, install those plugins that you’ve been meaning to do.
  • Add or edit your about me page, review policy, create landing pages (for example – an about me for Twitter readers page) or any other pages you might have.
  • Any bloggy type housekeeping that you’ve been neglecting.
  • Clean up and update your challenge lists.  Link up your posts with hosts.
  • Make sure all of your social network profiles are up to date.  Brand yourself through those profiles with color scheme, images, etc.
  • Go get a gravatar.
  • Visit the Blogging Tips group on the Book Blogs Ning and find ways to improve your blog.
  • Work on any specialized projects that you may have going.

Boy do i have alot of work to do! So what are my Bloggiesta goals?

  • Post some new reviews.
  • Review book to movie.
  • Rearrange items.
  • Fix any dead links.
  • Maybe find a new blog layout.

I guess i’ll add on as i go.  A great idea and incentive for people to stop putting things off and just get it done! Thanks to Mawbooks !!

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Library Load

Posted by bookinn on June 16, 2009

I love going to the library!

Trudys Promise Trudy's PromiseBy Marcia Preston

From Amazon:
From Publishers Weekly
It’s been three months since East Berliner Trudy Hulst saw her husband, Rolf, a political activist who fled to the West just ahead of the Stasi in the early 1960s. So when the Stasi summons her for interrogation, she knows what’s in store. With the help of Rolf’s friend Wolfgang, now a state policeman, Trudy escapes to West Berlin, only to find out that her husband was shot and killed while he was going over the wall. Trudy finds a room in a dingy boarding house, works as a waitress and bides her time until her young son and his grandmother can join her. But when President Kennedy comes to town, Trudy’s story so captivates a member of the presidential entourage that he takes her to America as a symbol of the Cold War’s devastation. Meanwhile, Wolfgang’s ties to the Hulsts put his career and his life in jeopardy. Though the portrayal of deprivation and suffering in East Berlin is by-the-numbers, Trudy’s struggle to adapt to the free world is refreshing, particularly her experiences in 1960s America. (Mar.)
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Names My Sisters Call Me Names My Sisters Call Me. By Megan Crane

From Amazon:
From Publishers Weekly
In this witty novel by the author of Frenemies, Philadelphia cellist Courtney Cassel decides the occasion of her engagement is the perfect time to heal family wounds. Six years ago, wild-child middle sister Raine ruined oldest sister Norah’s wedding and ran off with longtime friend Matt Cheney, with whom Courtney was having a secret affair. Accompanying her supportive fiancé, Lucas, on a business trip to San Francisco, Courtney drops in on Raine unannounced and discovers Raine is still with the smoldering, charismatic Matt, whose mere presence can still reduce Courtney to the emotional state of an adolescent. Soon, Courtney’s questioning every choice she’s made. When Matt and Raine show up for the engagement party, scores are settled, lives are examined and a few secrets about strait-laced Norah come to light. Crane’s brisk voice and knack for finding the humor in Courtney’s angst keep the mood upbeat all the way to the rosy resolution. (Apr.)
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Enlightenment Enlightenment By: Maureen Freeley

From Amazon:

From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. At the start of Freely’s complex, often riveting novel set in contemporary and Cold War Turkey, a journalist known only as Miss M returns to Istanbul in 2005 after a long absence at the request of Jeannie Wakefield, whose father, William, was an American spy. Jeannie hopes that Miss M will write an article to help her husband, once Miss M’s lover, who’s been detained in the United States and sent to Guantánamo. A few months later, Jeannie disappears, leaving behind a long letter detailing events from the 1960s. The main narrative threads—extracts from Jeannie’s letter; Miss M’s memories of Istanbul from that same period and her present-day account of investigating Jeannie’s long-ago indoctrination into a Communist cell, which was at one point charged with the infamous but possibly apocryphal Trunk Murder—interweave toward a quietly stunning conclusion. Both mystery/thriller and mainstream literary readers will be well rewarded. Freely is the English translator of Nobel Prize–winner Orhan Pamuk’s novel, Snow. (May)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Excited to read them all!

Natalie


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Tender Graces by Katherine Magendie

Posted by bookinn on June 16, 2009

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What can i say? This book was one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. I didn’t want it to end, i wanted to keep reading , to follow the rest of Virginia Kates life.
Virginia Kate, along with her older brother Micah, younger brother Andy live with their Daddy Frederick and Momma Katie in West Virginia.
Their Momma and Daddy met when Grandma Faith invited Daddy to their house for supper . They were married shortly after but the happiness didn’t last forever, they soon were arguing and fighting which escalated day by day and Daddy ends up leaving to Texas to live his Mom while finishing school. Everything goes downhill from there. I wanted to hug Virginia Kate and tell her everything will be ok and i wanted to slap Katie for destroying their kids life. I also wanted to slap their dad too and throw every bottle of booze in the garbage.
A passage from Chapter 1 : All my tired flies out the window when i see Grandma Faith standing in the mountain mists that drift in and out of the trees. She’s as she was before, like one lick of fire hasn’t touched her, whole and alive and wanting as she beckons me. Grandma whispers her wants as she’s done all my life. I put my hand out the car window as Momma used to do, and say “Wheeee…” then holler to the owl flying in the night. “I’m Virginia Kate, and i’m a crazy woman.” He keeps his wings spread to find his supper. I don’t feel silly one bit………

natalie

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I Like to Whine by William G. Bentrim

Posted by bookinn on June 9, 2009

I Like to Whine

This fun book is a great tool for parents to teach their children about the pitfalls of whining.

I had my 8yo son read this with me.  My son whines constantly, and when he read this , he could relate!! It made him think about those things and i asked him, “are you going to whine anymore?” and he said “probably not except for the car ride” hahahahha . I would say this book would be good for any young child, not just preschoolers.  I highly recommend  I Like to Whine
By William G. Bentrim.

Natalie


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The Red Scarf by Kate Furnivall

Posted by bookinn on June 6, 2009

The Red Scarf

Well I’m half way thru the book and i can hardly put it down. Its so powerful, sad, exciting! Its about Sofia and Anna are in a labor camp in Siberia, Soviet Union.  The girls in this camp have to endure horrible living conditions, crammed in a hut with dirt floors and rats, with sickness especially TB  and walking 2 miles to where they endure hard labor while sick, weak and starving . I dont’ want to tell to much exept Anna decides she needs to escape and try to get someone to help get Sofia out who is ailing.

I can’t wait to read the rest and see what happens!

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Library Load

Posted by bookinn on June 6, 2009

From the Library today:

The Red Scarf

I have been wanting to read this ever since i read the reviews. From Amazon:

Sophia Morozova’s relationship with fragile Anna Fedorina begins through a small act of kindness at a 1930s Siberian labor camp. As the two inmates struggle daily to survive, they increasingly rely on each other for hope and comfort; when Anna falls ill, Sophia escapes, intending to find Anna’s lifelong love, Vasily, and rescue Anna. Beautiful and charismatic, Sophia quickly becomes a force to reckon with in the town of Tivil, where she hopes to find Vasily, and her connections with powerful gypsy Rafik, the handsome factory director Mikhail Pashin and the stern but unreadable Aleksei Fomenko become satisfying sources of danger and desire. Furnivall (The Russian Concubine) paints a stark picture of rampant scarcity, grim regimentation and blaring propaganda in pre-WWII Soviet Russia. In pushing the limits of Sophia and Anna’s love and friendship, she nicely pits small lives against a monolithic state, paradoxically composed of watchful villages. (July)

The Burnt House by Faye Kellerman

Love Kellermans books and i only have 3 more to read of the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Novels.

From Amazon:

From Publishers Weekly

A coincidence so improbable that a character comments on it renders bestseller Kellerman’s 16th novel to feature Lt. Peter Decker of the LAPD and wife Rina Lazarus (after 2003’s Street Dreams) one of the series’ lesser entries. After a commuter airplane crashes into an apartment building shortly after takeoff from Burbank Airport, Decker and his team investigate what many fear was a terrorist attack. Meanwhile, the parents of Roseanne Dresden, a flight attendant, suspect that their daughter was murdered by her stockbroker husband, Ivan, who claims his wife joined the doomed flight at the last minute. Roseanne was considering divorce, and Ivan stood to lose financially. As the probes into the crash and into Roseanne’s fate converge, readers will find it a challenge to suspend disbelief. Fans of the extended Decker-Lazarus clan will enjoy catching up with old friends, but those looking for a plausible police procedural may be disappointed. (Aug.)

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Happy 90th Birthday Richard Scarry!

Posted by bookinn on June 4, 2009

We all grew up reading the Richard Scarry stories, some of my favorites

Busy, Busy Town

Goodnight Little Bear

Best Little Word Book EverFrom Sterling Publishers:

June 5, 2009 is the anniversary of Richard Scarry’s 90th birthday.

One of the bestselling children’s authors of all time, Richard Scarry has taught several generations of children all about the world around them – from their alphabet, to counting, identifying colors and exploring a day at school.

Richard Scarry considered himself an entertainer disguised as an educator and few children’s book authors have equaled him in that role. “Everything has an educational value if you look for it,” he once said. “But it’s the fun I want to get across.”

Though he passed away in 1994, Richard Scarry has never been more popular or better loved by readers. A prolific artist, he created more than 300 books that have sold over 200 million copies worldwide and been translated into 30 languages.

For 90 days in June, July and August, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and fans both young and old are encouraged to celebrate Richard Scarry’s life and work by having “A Very Scarry Summer.”

From Wiki:

Richard McClure Scarry (June 5, 1919 – April 30, 1994) – last name pronounced /’skæ ri/, rhyming with “marry”[1] – was an enormously popular American Children Authors and illustrator who published over 300 books with total sales of 300 million worldwide.

Scarry was born in Boston, MA where his parents ran a shop. The Scarry family enjoyed a comfortable life even during the time of the Great Depression. Following high school graduation, Scarry enrolled in a business college but soon dropped out, finding it not to his liking. He then studied at the School of Museum of Fine Arts, where he remained until being drafted into the US Army  during World War II.

Following the war, Scarry worked for the art departments of various magazines before making a career breakthrough in 1949 with The Little Golden Books.

Have a Very Scarry summer!

Richard Scarry

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Take a look at The Novel Bookworm

Posted by bookinn on May 29, 2009

A giveaway for Joy Fieldings Still Life. There are many great giveaways on this blog, check it out!

Joy Fielding Still Life

Heres a link to the site: http://www.thenovelbookworm.com/

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Recieved notice that i just

Posted by bookinn on May 28, 2009

snagged Tender Graces By Kathryn Magendie!! Amazon description:

Product Description
TENDER GRACES Kathryn Magendie Trade paperback, April 2009, Bell Bridge Books Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Southern A gentle yet unflinching look at how we find our way home. A woman returns to her West Virginia roots to resolve the ghosts of her childhood. In the tradition of Rebecca Wells, Sue Monk Kidd, Olive Ann Burns, and Dorothy Allison. TENDER GRACES by Kathryn Magendie is strong literary women’s fiction written with exquisite style. The death of her troubled mother and memories of her abused grandmother lure a young woman back to the Appalachian hollow where she was born. Virginia Kate, the daughter of a beautiful mountain wild-child and a slick, Shakespeare-quoting salesman, relives her turbulent childhood and the pain of her mother’s betrayals. Haunted by ghosts and buried family secrets, Virginia Kate struggles to reconcile three generations of her family’s lost innocence. Rave reviews include: “Kathryn Magendie’s TENDER GRACES is a powerful, moving and beautifully written debut. With rich detail, vivid imagery and finely drawn characters who leap off the page, drag you into their lives and make you root for them, this book will command your attention all the way to the final page…and leave you wishing for more.”–Danielle Younge-Ullman, author of FALLING UNDER “Kathryn Magendie’s TENDER GRACES leaves a ghostly trail of broken hearts from by-God West Virginia to Texas to the shimmering seasons of Louisiana where real love and an unexpected home is found for a lost child. Reminiscent of early Lee Smith and Silas House, Magendie’s Virginia Kate Carey is the steady beating pulse of this beautiful narrative that sweeps through a lifetime of loss, grief, and ultimately redemption and what it means to go home again.” – Kerry Madden, author, Gentle’s Holler “Gifted” – Deborah LeBlanc, author “Powerful” – Angie Ledbetter, author “Arresting” – David Madden, author “A poem to childhood” – Ed Cullen, NPR contributor “Held me spellbound” – Cheryl’s Book Nook reviews “Poetic” — J. Kaye’s Book Blog “Poignant and funny” – Booklove reviews “Simply amazing” – Firestalker Reviews “I truly couldn’t put it down” – Suburban Sanity Reviews “Don’t miss this book”—The Serenity Room Reviews “Highly recommended – Kaye’s Penguin Posts Reviews “TENDER GRACES by Kathryn Magendie is the kind of book that sticks with you long after you finish it. I turned the last page this morning, and I still can’t get the characters out of my head. . . I highly recommend Tender Graces, and I know it will make my list of favorite books for the year.” – Diary of an Eccentric Reviews “This is supposed to be a review of Kathryn Magendie’s exquisite literary novel, not a general discussion of my father’s peculiarities, but maybe that’s my point. Tender Graces became part of my family. Virginia Kate could have been me. Her mother could have been my father’s mother. Her brother Micah could have been my Dad. Maybe that’s the highest praise I could ever give a book anyway: I couldn’t separate my reality from Magendie’s fiction.” – Katrina Stonoff, Let it Simmer Reviews

Sounds like a wonderful story and can’t wait to read it!

Tender Grace

Natalie

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Prayers for the Dead -Faye Kellerman

Posted by bookinn on May 3, 2009

Prayers for the DeadBy Faye Kellerman



Summary :

The brutal murder of Dr. Azor Sparks in an alley behind a restaurant is greeted with public outrage and a demand for swift, sure justice. But the investigation into the well-known surgeon’s death is raising too many questions and providing too few answers for homicide detective Lieutenant Peter Decker. Why, for example, would the family of a man so beloved respond to his slaying with more surprise than grief? And what linked a celebrated doctor with strict fundamentalist beliefs to a gang of outlaw bikers? But the most unsettling connection of all is the one that ties the tormented Sparks family to Peter Decker’s own — and the secrets shared by a renegade Catholic priest…and Decker’s wife, Rina Lazarus.

Original title: Prayers for the Dead
Original languages: English

Azor Sparks, a well known heart surgeon is found brutally murdered.  Azors 6 adult children, his biker buddies and his research team are under suspicion.  Twists and turns and a surprising end makes this a very entertaining story.
On a scale of 1-10 i would give this a 9.  Due to some parts were a little drawn out but gave the story more depth.

Prayers for the Dead


Now onto:   The Mephisto Club By Tess Gerritsen

Novels:

Series:

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