Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I received this wonderful award from Melissa at My World and I would like to thank her so very much! Melissa has a fantastic blog and I hope you will take the time to stop by and check it out.
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I am giving this award to:
Ryan at Wordsmithonia
J. T. at Bibliofreak
These two bloggers put a lot of thought in to their posts and this leads to some great content on their blogs. I really hope that you will give them a much deserved read!
I received this beautiful award from Deb at Bookmagic. Thank you Deb! Deb also has a lovely blog with great content. Please stop by and check it out.
I'm giving this award to:
I hope you will stop by these lovely blogs. They have great things to say!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
This is my first time doing this and my pick for this week is:
Did you ever wonder where all those mischievous vampires roaming the globe in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles came from? In this, the third book in the series, we find out. That raucous rock-star vampire Lestat interrupts the 6,000-year slumber of the mama of all bloodsuckers, Akasha, Queen of the Damned.
Akasha was once the queen of the Nile (she has a bit in common with the Egyptian goddess Isis), and it's unwise to rile her now that she's had 60 centuries of practice being undead. She is so peeved about male violence that she might just have to kill most of them. And she has her eye on handsome Lestat with other ideas as well. (synopsis from Amazon.com)
Now anyone that knows me knows that Anne Rice is my favorite author and that this is my favorite book. The story behind my discovery of it is interesting. When I was in my late teens/early twenties, I came across this book as a book club selection in one of those mail order book clubs. It sounded good so I bought it. I started reading it and my mom noticed the author. She went to her bookcase and pulled out Interview with the Vampire and said, "That book is actually the third in the series. This one is the first one." Now I had remembered seeing it in mom's bookcase for years, but had never actually pulled it out and read it. So to make a long story short, I still ended up reading Queen of the Damned first and then went back to the beginning of the series. I don't know if it's due to the fact that I read it first or if it's because in this book, Rice really explores the history and the origins of the vampires (I lean toward the latter). All I can say is that I have read it three times and I'm getting ready to revisit it a fourth time as I'm reading The Vampire Chronicles (actually on audio) once again, up to Menmoch the Devil, in preparation of reading The Vampire Armand. I have been too long away from Rice's beloved vampires!
RIP Challenge. Well, I was over at the bloggers group on Library Thing and I came across this challenge being hosted by Melissa at Coffee, Books, and Laundry.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Choose from these genres:
This challenge runs from September 1st through October 31. A very Halloween appropriate challenge!
So now, without further ado, here are the books I have chosen to read (I'm doing four!):
(Addendum: I'm adding a couple more books to the pool because I need to read these before the movies come out in October)
1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
(I'm also reading this for the Literature by Women group at B & N Book Clubs)
2. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
(ARC I won from Library Thing)
3. The Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
4. Elsewhere by William Peter Blatty
5. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
6. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
I'm excited that my first challenge is in one of my favorite book genres--horror and the like! I am SO ready to begin!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Addendum: I had to edit this post because I just found out that I
was also given this award by Deb at Bookmagic. She rated my blog as beautiful. Thank you Deb! *blushing* You have already received this award from others and you are deserving of it!
This award means that this blog is:
I am bestowing the award to the following outstanding blogs:
Please take a moment to check out these blogs, as they exemplify the meaning above.
If there are a few blogs that you feel warrant this award, then by all means, pass it on!
Thank you so much to Book Chick City for this great award, thanks for including me in your illustrious list =) The Lemonade Award is a feel good award that shows great attitude or gratitude. Here are the rules for accepting this award:
• Put the Lemonade Award logo on your blog or post.
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• Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award.
Okay, so here are the blogs I would like to pass this award on to:
- A Word to the Wise
- My World
- Laura's Reviews
- Scuffed slippers and wormy books....
- Life or something like it...
- I Am Not Jane Austen
- My Novel Reviews
- Lost in Books
Be sure to check out their blogs, as they are total book lovers and great bloggers!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Shauna at Book Giveaways is giving away this wonderful book!
Elisa Strauss of Confetti Cakes has created confections as elaborate as a platter of sushi, a wine bottle in a crate, and a designer handbag. Now she focuses her talents on her younger fans with this enchanting collection of cakes, cookies, and cupcakes for kids. Strauss starts readers off with 20 delicious recipes and all the basic techniques needed to complete any project in the book. Then she offers step-by-step instructions for 24 jaw-dropping designs that can become the centerpiece of any celebration. Projects span the imagination--from a charming sock monkey, to an MP3 player, to playful hula gingerbread girls and boys--and will appeal to anyone looking for the perfect way to thrill a child with a delectable, spectacular creation.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.
(Like Rebecca, I decided for fun to put an M for those whose movies I have seen.)
1. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (X)
2. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (X)
3. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper (M)
4. Moby Dick by Herman Melville(X)
5. The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne(M)
6. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (X) (M)
7. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
8. Dune by Frank Herbert (M)
9. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (x)(M)
11. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
12. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (x)
13. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
14. O Pioneers! By Willa Cather
15. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
16. My Antonia by Willa Cather
17. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (M)
18. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
19. Little House on the Praire by Laura Ingalls Wilder (X)
20. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (X)
21. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
22. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (X)(M)
23. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
24. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (will read this fall!)
25. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
26. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (M)
27. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (M)
28. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (M)
29. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
30. The Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
31. Roots by Alex Haley (M)
32. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (M)
33. Katherine by Anya Seton
34. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (this fall..before the movie comes out!)
35. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (X)(M)
37. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
38. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee(M)
39. The Collected Stories of Katherine Ann Porter
40. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (M)
41. The Stand by Stephen King (partially)(M)
42. Carrie by Stephen King (X) (M)
43. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (X)
44. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (X)
45. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (M)
46. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
47. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
48. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
49. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (M)
50. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
51. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (M)
52. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
53. Mystic River by Denis Lehane (M)
54. American Pastoral by Philip Roth
55. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (M)
56. Rabbit Run by John Updike
57. Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates
58. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty (M)
59. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan(M)
60. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
61. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt (X)(M)
62. Sandman by Neil Gaiman
63. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
64. World’s Fair by E.L. Doctorow
65. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
66. Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich
67. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
68. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving (M-Simon Burch)
69. Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger
70. Cathedral, Raymond Carver
71. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley (M)
72. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (X)(M)
73. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman (X) (M)
74. Deep End of the Ocean by Jacqueline Mitchard (M)
75. John Adams by David McCullough (M)
76. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
77. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Piccoult (M)
78. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
79. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
80. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut (X)
81. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (X)
82. Native Son by Richard Wright
83. U.S.A. (trilogy) by John Dos Passos
84. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
85. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (M)
86. The Bridge of the San Luis Ray by Thornton Wilder
87. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
88. The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington (M)
89. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
90. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (M)
91. The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy (M)
92. Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (X) (M)
93. Beloved by Toni Morrison (M)
94. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
95. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (M)
96. So Big by Edna Ferber
97. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
98. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
99. The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty
100. A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Conner
Books read: 19 (eeeeekkkk!)
Books seen movie of: 36
Books read AND seen movie: 9
Books not read yet: 81
I better get busy! This list makes The Book Addict look very bad!!!
How do you compare? Do the Meme on your blog! Please link back here and to Laura's Reviews if you do. Thanks.
Monday, August 17, 2009
I received this award from two great bloggers: Ryan at Wordsmithonia and Melissa at My World. Thanks guys!
The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken - excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all. I have come across a few, well more than a few, outstanding blogs which I am now following. The bloggers I would like to award this award to are as follows:
Of course, there are so many great ones I'm following, but since I'm limited to 5... I hope I have appeased the Zombie Chickens.
Side note: I would have awarded it to Ryan and Melissa, but they have already received it from others. But they do get a special shout out from me!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Giveaway ends on Tues., August 18th.
Friday, August 7, 2009
The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?
Instructions: Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (X)
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (X)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (X)
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (X) (except the last one)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee ()
6 The Bible (X)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (X)
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell ()
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman ()
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens ()
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott (X)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy ()
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller ()
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare ()
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier (X)
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (X)
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk ()
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger ()
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (/) (half X ...am reading now)
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot ()
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (X)
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (X)
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens ()
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy ()
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams ()
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky ()
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck ()
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (X)
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (X)
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy ()
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens ()
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (X)
34 Emma-Jane Austen ()
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen (X)
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (X)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hossein ()
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres ()
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (X)
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne (X)
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell ()
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (X)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ()
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving ()
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins ()
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery ()
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy ()
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood ()
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding (X)
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan ()
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel (X)
52 Dune - Frank Herbert ()
53 Cold Comfort Farm ()
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen ()
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth ()
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon ()
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens ()
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley ()
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon ()
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ()
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck ()
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov ()
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt ()
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold ()
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas ()
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac ()
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy (X)
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding (X)
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie ()
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville (X)
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens ()
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker (X)
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett ()
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson ()
75 Ulysses - James Joyce ()
76 The Inferno – Dante (X)
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome ()
78 Germinal - Emile Zola ()
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray ()
80 Possession - AS Byatt ()
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (X) (but, of course!)
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell ()
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker ()
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro ()
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert ()
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry ()
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White (X)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom ()
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ()
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton ()
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (X)
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery ()
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks ()
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams (X)
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole (X) (blah!)
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute ()
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas ()
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare (X)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl (X)
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo ()
I got 34, which is somewhat more than what the BBC thought, but The Book Addict should have read many more...for shame! I own most of these books. Now, just to get around to actually reading them all! *sets mouth in a determined line*
Friday Fill-Ins is a weekly meme sponsered by Friday_Fill-Ins
1. Sandals are my favorite summertime footwear.
2. My favorite John Hughes movie is Sixteen Candles, followed closely by Some Kind of Wonderful.
3. My sons' hair after they get a fresh haircut is something I love to touch.
4. The full moon makes me feel and act weird...maybe I'm a werewolf!
5. I should be in bed right now.
6. When daylight fades I come alive (I'm a night owl).
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to Twitter, reading, and blogging, tomorrow my plans include my monthly used book sale (yay!) and Sunday, I want to relax, but I really need to clean and organize my library!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
1. What author do you own the most books by?
Stephen King weighing in at 41, second would be Anne Rice at 24.
2. What book(s) do you own the most copies of?
I have only one copy of all my books except for The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice which I had in mass market paperback and then bought the hard cover copy and then but never donated the paperback.
3. Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
I struggle with this every day in my writing...whether it's appropriate or not. Not sure if I notice it so much in other's writing.
4. What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
The vampire Lestat, Mr. Darcy, Edward Cullen (I know, I know...leave me alone!)
5. What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?
Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice three times, Little Women countless times, A Christmas Carol countless times
6. What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
7. What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
Dali & I: The Surreal Story by Stan Lauryssens. I rarely give negative reviews since I do like most books, but here is a snippet of the review I wrote: Although well written, Dali and I was somewhat boring. And I just could not identify with the main character, Stan. He was both immoral and bland at the same time. I really hate to give a negative review, but this was not my cup of tea.
8. What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Duma Key by Stephen King, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince...I guess it's a three way tie!
9. If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
I'm with Ryan on this one, no tagging. However, it would have to be Let Me In by Lindqvist. One of the best horror novels I've read in a while!
10. Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
I'm not sure on this one...I'd have to really do some digging!
11. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
I've actually heard from Anne Rice on Facebook that The Witching Hour and The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned are going to be made...which will be great if they do them right (unlike Queen of the Damned). Also, I think The Host by Stephenie Meyer would make a great movie. Bag of Bones by Stephen King is supposed to be in pre-production which I'm looking forward to as well.
12. What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
Dali and I...too late, it's already being made with Al Pacino (I think) and Cillian Murphy in the lead roles.
13. Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character?
I actually had a dream recently that involved the vampire Lestat...can't remember the details though! I think it was because he was voted the number one vampire character in Entertainment Weekly recently!
14. What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
I'm going to have to go with Ryan on this one. It was one of the Conan books. Can't remember which. I still like those books though...lol!
15. What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
16. What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
Titus Andronicus (same as Ryan here again) and one of my favorites
17. Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
18. Roth or Updike?
19. David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
Have not read either of their works
20. Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare, of course!
21. Austen or Eliot?
Austen, again of course!
22. What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
I'm not really embarassed by it because I know I will read it eventually...War and Peace. I am, however, embarassed that I have not read some of my favorite author's (Stephen King) best work such as The Shining, Salem's Lot, The Stand (did start this one though)!
23. What is your favorite novel?
I have so many favorites so I will just name one that always makes it in to my top five...Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
Toss up between Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet
Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
27. Short Story?
I'm not much on short stories. I did enjoy Clive Barker's Books of Blood I & II and I like some of Stephen King's short stories. I also enjoy reading my friend Lisa Kessler's short stories.
28. Work of nonfiction?
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper-Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell
29. Who is your favorite writer?
Oh dear! There are so many. Top ones would be Anne Rice, Stephen King, Charles Dickens, J. K. Rowling, Jane Austen
30. Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
This is a hard one since I don't like to criticize authors....Janet Evanovich, I guess.
31. What is your desert island book?
Since it would need to be pretty long, then this would be a good time for War and Peace..haha!
32. And ... what are you reading right now?
The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy by Maya Slater, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenberger, 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs