Saturday, July 31, 2010

Laundry and Stove Update: What to Do If You Accidentally Dry Crayon With Your Laundry

Good news I finally picked out a new stove and it is scheduled to be delivered today!  Hopefully the torrential rain outside doesn't slow them down.  I am so excited I will finally be able to bake again!

On Thursday morning, some of you might know from my posts, my darling 2 year old left crayons in his pockets, and Mommy didn't catch them and proceeded to wash and dry those lovely, purple, green and blue crayons.  Needless to say it was a mess.  The dryer and all of his summer clothes were covered in purple, blue, and green crayon.  After a lot of internet research, I found some suggestions for removing the stains on the laundry.  Crayola suggested WD40, dish soap, and then washing.  I did try that for one of the more persistent stains, and it did lighten, but I wasn't able to fully get the stain out.  The other problem with this method was that you could only do one piece of clothing at a time.  What I finally ended up doing was mixing up a concoction similar to several I found online.

Here is what you need:

Chlorox 2 Color Stay Bleach
Oxyclean Liquid
Regular detergent (I used All Free and Clear)
White Vinegar
Zout (Spray n Wash, and Shout work too--I used them all, but not at the same time)
Goo Gone

For the the first 3 ingredients I measured the maximum amount out in the cups they provide and dumped that in the washer.  I used 1 cup of White Vinegar, .5 cup of Zouth, and about 10 sprays of Goo-Gone.  Then I washed everything I Hot water.  (Of course this couldn't be easy--my washer's hot water setting apparently doesn't work--so I was boiling water in my biggest pot and adding it to the washer before it fills).  I set the washer for the Soak/Prewash setting.

I checked everything after the washer finished, and then pretreated a few problems spots with Oxyclean, Chlorox 2, Zout, or Goo Gone, and then threw them all in again.

In all, I probably washed everything about 6 times before I was satisfied.  The majority of the clothes came out great, but a few of the heavier spots remain, but are very faint.  Most of the clothes look just like new without any spots at all.  Apparently next week the daycare I send him to is doing Mud Pies and Mashed Potatoes  so the slightly spotted clothing will be perfect for that mess. 

As for the dryer, Crayola again recommended WD40 and dish soap.  I used that, but I couldn't get all of the tinting out of the dryer, but after running a load of white towels through the dryer on hot and them coming out perfectly clean, I think the dryer may be safe. 

I hope this never happens to any of you.  It was a royal pain, but if it does, try the method above.  You might not save everything, but you should save a good share of it.  The one thing I couldn't save at all was the socks--the ribbing around the ankles absorbed so much of the color and was so fine, I just couldn't get it out. 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

When I'm Not Reading

When I'm Not Reading is a weekly meme hosted by The Unread Reader. To find out more about the meme visit her post Introducing: When I'm Not Reading. To participate, you can sign up for this week's meme at When I'm Not Reading (4).




When I'm not reading I am usually working at the library, but when I get time off from that I am chasing around a fun little 2 year-old, who always surprises me, even it is with crayons in my dryer.  This week, however, I have been spending my time searching for a new stove.  For some unknown reason, our stove, which we bought new 3 years ago, has stopped working.  The stove top is fine, but the oven has been a problem for a while.  It isn't normal when a brand new oven takes 30 minutes to preheat.  Anyway, every evening this week, we have been visiting appliance stores, looking at Consumer Reports and attempting to locate a new oven.  Well, every evening except tonight that is--tonight I have a date with crayon stained laundry.  

I need to read--excitement and mishaps are so much more fun when they happen in books!

Thursday Thoughts: Needing Advice

I apologize that this isn't a book related post, but I am hoping someone out there will have some advice to help me out with a little laundry problem. My darling two year old loves to put things in his pockets, and I didn't realize when I did his laundry yesterday that we had failed to find 2 crayons that he had stuck in his pockets, one green and one purple. Now that his clothes have been washed and dried, it looks like his clothes have been spattered with green and purple paint, and the inside of my dryer looks slightly green and purple tinged. Needless to say I have a problem.


I was wondering if anyone out there has any tricks to getting crayon that has been in the dryer out of clothing. (Unfortunately all of his summer clothes were in that load--including 4 brand new shirts I just bought him.)

Any advice???

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Book Review: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain (You Choose, I Review--July 2010)

Title: Dark Divine
Author: Bree Despain
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: Dec. 22, 2009
Publisher Book: EgmontUSA
ISBN-13 E-Book: 9781606841174
Source: Purchased ebook from Barnes and Noble

The Dark DivineThe Dark Divine by Bree Despain

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Three years ago something happened between Grace Divine’s brother Jude and his best friend Daniel. Something her parents and Jude refuse to talk about. When Daniel returns to school after three years, Jude warns her to stay away from Daniel, but Grace can’t seem to ignore her growing attraction for him. A darkness lurks, waiting to suck Grace into its clutches if she doesn’t watch out.


This book surprised me. It was a little slow going in the beginning, but began to pick up more in the middle. This is one of those novels, where a lack of communication between the characters causes so many of the conflicts they experience throughout the novel. If only Jude and her father would have told Grace what was really going on. So Grace spends the majority of the book unraveling the mystery surrounding Jude and Daniel’s falling out.

I like Grace as a character. She really seeks to do what is right and what is best, but sometimes she still falls short. She has an annoying habit of finding herself in unsavory situations, and I do wish she would use a bit more common sense, but she follows her heart and that can be both good and bad. Grace’s character is well developed, but I feel like I hardly know Daniel or Jude at all. We are given information about Daniel’s past, but I still feel like some of his motivations are missing, and we don’t see much of Jude at all. Hopefully the sequel will allow me more insight into their characters.

Overall this book was a quick read, and enjoyable especially if you like the paranormal romance genre. I look forward to finding out what will happen in the next installment of this series title The Lost Saint which comes out December 28, 2010.



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Waiting on Wednesday: Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  WOW spotlights forthcoming titles that we absolutely can't wait to read.




Back in March, I reviewed Incarceron by Catherine Fisher.  I really enjoyed this book and found it to be surprising.  I loved the duality of the book, with both main characters reach out to each other and trying to discover where they are from.  So this week my WoW pick is the sequel, SapphiqueIncarceron kind of left off abruptly, and I am anxious to see where Sapphique will lead. 

Sapphique (Incarceron, #2)

Title: Sapphique
Author: Catherine Fisher
ISBN:  9780803733978
Publisher: Dial
Release Date: December 28, 2010

Description From the Goodreads.com:

Finn has escaped from the terrible living Prison of Incarceron, but its memory torments him, because his brother Keiro is still inside. Outside, Claudia insists he must be king, but Finn doubts even his own identity. Is he the lost prince Giles? Or are his memories no more than another construct of his imprisonment? And can you be free if your friends are still captive? Can you be free if your world is frozen in time? Can you be free if you don't even know who you are? Inside Incarceron, has the crazy sorcerer Rix really found the Glove of Sapphique, the only man the Prison ever loved. Sapphique, whose image fires Incarceron with the desire to escape its own nature. If Keiro steals the glove, will he bring destruction to the world? Inside. Outside. All seeking freedom. Like Sapphique.

For more information visit Sapphique on Catherine Fisher's website.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Mockingjay Book Trailer

I honestly can't wait until this book comes out. The minute I have it in my hands everything else is going to be dropped so I can read this. Check out this trailer for Mockingjay.



I can't explain what I like about this series, except that maybe it is because the story is so gripping. How about you, what do you like about the Hunger Games series?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Huge TBR Readathon #2 Wrap-up

I once again participated in the Huge TBR Readathon hosted by Kristen at Bookworming in the 21st Century.  This time, however, I actually finished all the books on my list.  YIPPY!!!  I haven't reviewed all of them, but the reviews will follow.



Here is what I read and finished during the readathon.
Claire de Lune

The Dark Divine

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)

Got Books Winners!

Sorry this has been a little late getting posted, I had a wild weekend.  Anyway here are the lucky winners!

The winner of the SIGNED copy of Claire de Lune is:

Amanda H. from Another Book Junkie

The winner of Shiver is:

Laura from The Book Tree

Winners were chosen by random.org and have been emailed.

Congratulations! 

Friday, July 23, 2010

Got Books Event! Giveaway!

Welcome to my blog and to my giveaway for the Got Books Event!!!  Please feel free to look around, check out my reviews, and comment while you are here. 




http://gotbooksevent.blogspot.com


Now the part that you are all waiting for! The Giveaways! I have two and you have to fill out both forms if you want to enter both contests.

Rules:

  • Must be a resident of US/Canada 18 years or older.
  • URLs must be included if asked or you will not get credit for the extra entries.  I will check.
  • Contest begins July 23, 2010 at 12:00AM EST.
  • Contest ends July 24, 2010 at 11:59 EST.
  • Winner will be chosen by Random.org
  • Must fill out the forms to be entered.  Comments will not count as entries. 


Enter to win a SIGNED copy of Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson!


Claire de Lune (Claire de Lune, #1)


Enter to win a copy of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater! (Sorry this one isn't signed.)


Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Author Signing with Christine Johnson

I went to an author signing tonight for Claire de Lune author Christine Johnson.  It was wonderful.  My friend and I had a blast, and Christine is very nice and a wonderful speaker.  I loved reading Claire de Lune, and I can't wait to find out what happens in her sequel Nocturne. Unfortunately, I will have to wait until May 2011 to find out! :)

Claire de Lune (Claire de Lune, #1)

I got my book signed, and I got an additional copy signed to giveaway for the Got Books Event!  So don't forget to check out the event and my post tomorrow so you can enter my contest and win a signed copy of Claire de Lune.

Here is a photo of me with Christine.  I don't usually include photos of myself on the blog because--well I have never seen a photo of myself that I liked, and to be honest this one isn't better.  It had been hot and thunderstorm humid all day and my hair was frizzy and pretty much a wreck...  Enough of that, here it is:


I did have a blast though, and I am so glad I went. I also met Saudra Mitchel, author of Shadowed Summer at the event.  She was also extremely nice, and I would have loved to have her sign a book, but the store was out.

Shadowed Summer


Needless to say it was a wonderful evening.  I met two wonderful authors and had a lot of fun.  Today was a perfect day!

Thursday Thoughts: Book Signings and Time Off

I am so excited today!  I am going to a book signing.  While there are occasionally signings around here, they aren't here very often.  Indianapolis isn't a big stop for most book tours.  As a matter of fact most of the signings I go to are at library conferences, CYPD, ILF, etc...  But tonight, Christine Johnson author of Claire de Lune (view my review) will be signing books at the Borders at Castleton Mall.  I am hoping to snag a second signed copy for my Got Books giveaway tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed and check back tomorrow to find out if I succeeded.
Claire de Lune (Claire de Lune, #1)
I can't wait to go.  I even took the day off so I can enjoy my visit to Indy and maybe even catch a movie this afternoon before the signing.  (I still haven't seen Eclipse yet, so I think I might have that opportunity this afternoon.)

I have been looking forward to this for a long time. Not just the signing, but a couple days off and time to spend with my friends.  I had a long weekend last weekend because I had to use my holiday time from the July 4th holiday.  It reminded me that I need to relax every once and a while, and try to do something fun.  We took our two year old out in the boat for the first time. (Yes, he is driving the boat--but don't worry he was sitting on Grandpa's lap!)  Isn't he cute!

  

So what do you do to relax on your time off?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Book Review: Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

I am so excited. Claire de Lune author, Christine Johnson, is doing a signing at Borders in Indianapolis on Thursday evening. So I wanted to make sure I finished this book before I went to the signing. I can't wait to hear her speak! (I might even bring back a signed copy to giveaway for the Got Books Event this Friday and Saturday!  Keep your eyes open!)

Title: Claire de Lune
Author: Christine Johnson
Genre: Paranormal, Werewolves
Publication Date: May 18, 2010
Publisher Book: Simon Pulse
ISBN-13 Book: 978-1416991823
Source: Purchased copy from Amazon.com.

Claire de Lune (Claire de Lune, #1)Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


All Claire wants for her sixteenth birthday is a car, but what she gets is something she didn’t count on. In a world where werewolves are being hunted by the government and the communities, Claire finds out that she is a werewolf, destined to change at every full moon. Torn between the joy of discovering who she is as a wolf, and the struggle to be a normal teenage girl, Claire must find a way to keep her secret and her life. Meanwhile a rogue wolf makes that all the more difficult for her to do by killing local residents and creating a panic.


There have been a lot of werewolf, vampire, and other types of paranormal novels lately, and after a while they begin to blur into each other. While Claire de Lune is a werewolf story, there was much more to it. Unlike other novels with shapeshifters/werewolves, this novel focuses on Claire’s internal struggle to accept who she is. She longs to be a normal girl, and fall in love, but she doesn’t dare let down her guard for fear her secret will be revealed. I felt like she was constantly walking a tight rope, and found myself wondering when she was going to make a mistake that would give away her secret, a mistake that would be fatal. I loved how Johnson built tension this way and for me this kept the pages turning.

In addition to Claire having to deal with her new identity, we also have a community that is hunting for the wolves. After a series of brutal werewolf attacks, the tension mounts as everyone in the community hunts the werewolves. Meanwhile, somewhere out there, there is a werewolf predator with an agenda all her own.

I’ll admit that there were some slow moments in this book, but I liked the way it was written. One review I read complained that Claire was a bit too whiny. I will admit that she does at times come across that way, but I liked hearing Claire’s dilemma and reading about her trying to learn who she really is. She is going into a situation with no help and no support system, so I can understand her being a bit whiny and it isn’t like she is the first whiny teen in YA literature (Bella anyone???). I thought she was well portrayed and I liked watching her deal with the challenges she is facing. In fact, her whole change into a werewolf could be a metaphor for all the changes we experience as teens—changes that often make us feel like we are outsiders.

Overall I would say I enjoyed this book, but have to admit that it might not be for everyone. There isn’t a lot of action until the end, and it is strikingly different than many of the werewolf novels out there right now in that particular aspect. It was a fun light read though, and I do enjoy Johnson’s writing. I look forward to reading what she writes in the future.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

You Choose I Review (August 2010): TBR Pile

I am still working on Dark Divine by Bree Despain as the You Choose, I Review winner from July, and I am really starting to enjoy it. For August, I thought you could help me out with my enormous TBR pile by telling me which one you think I should read and review next. You vote, and I will read the one you choose. Believe me I can use some encouragement on this bunch. I have 13 books left to read for work, and these are six of them. With so much great stuff coming out lately I haven't wanted to focus on these titles; I have just been wanting to read the exciting new stuff. Let me know which ones you have read, and what you thought and then vote for the one you think I should read for August. Help me out and vote!



Which book would you like me to read and review for August?

Monday, July 19, 2010

HUGE TBR Readathon (Take 2)

Once again, Kristen at Bookworming in the 21st Century is hosting a TBR Readathon, and since I seem to be in constant need of motivation, I will be joining again.  This readathon runs from Monday July 19th-Sunday July 25th.  She is designating Friday as a Review-a-thon day where you can join her in reviewing all the great stuff you have read during the readathon.  If you are interested in participating hop on over to her Huge TBR Readathon and sign Mr. Linky.



Here are a few of the books I plan to read during the readathon.  Hopefully I will finish one or two.  Dark Divine is my You Choose, I Review title for July, and while I have started it, I haven't gotten very far because of my other commitments.  It will be read and reviewed before the end of July (hopefully before the end of this week)!

Claire de Lune

The Dark Divine

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)

Wish me luck and join the fun!

Book Review: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Title: Sisters Red
Author: Jackson Pearce
Genre: Fairy Tale Re-Telling (Modern), Fantasy
Publication Date: June 7, 2010
Publisher Book: Little, Brown and Company
Publisher Audio: Hachette Audio
ISBN-13 Book: 9780316068680
ISBN-13 Audio CD: 9781607883012
Source: Won a copy of the book from SeeSaraWrite blog giveaway and checked out book on CD from the public library.

Sisters Red (Sisters Red, #1)Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Two sisters, many wolves. These aren’t the handsome , lovable, bad boy wolves you usually find in YA Novels. These are Fenris, evil monsters who prey on pretty young girls.


Scarlett March has made hunting Fenris her mission in life ever since one of the monsters took her eye and left her scarred while she protected her little sister Rosie from the violent attack when she was eleven. Now eighteen, Scarlett seeks to protect vunerable young women from these dreadful monsters.


Rosie March has dedicated her life to helping her sister fight the Fenris, but deep down she knows that there is so much more than the monsters they hunt. When she begins to fall in love, Rosie fears Scarlett will never forgive her.


Sisters Red was gripping and action packed. From the Prologue where we are introduced to both the sisters and the monsters to the very last page, this book keeps you interested and the pages flipping. The pacing of the story never slows and you find yourself pulled through Pearce’s narrative wanting to know more and not wanting to put it down.

Pearce does an excellent job developing her characters. You understand their motivations and their desires. Scarlett is the warrior who seeks to destroy all the Fenris. Rosie is the heart of the sisters, the one who feels the pain and seeks a love of her own. Yet at the same time the sisters are one person, sharing the same desires and needs. Silas is their best friend. The one who helps Scarlett hunt, but also encourages Rosie to follow her heart. You find yourself falling in love with the characters and wanting to spend more time with them.

I loved this audio version. The narrators were excellent and their voices spot on. I loved getting into my car just to listen to the audiobook. The audio version of this book is read by Erin Moon and Michal Friedman who take turns reading the chapters narrated by the respective sisters. Suzanne Toren narrates the opening and closing chapters. There are nine CDs and approximately 10 hours of playing time.

Overall I would say this book is highly recommended especially to those who love fairytale re-tellings. I can’t wait to read what Pearce writes next.


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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Book Review: Matched by Ally Condie (ARC)

Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Release Date: November 30, 2010
Publisher: Dutton Books
ISBN-13: 9780525423645
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Received copy from Book It Forward ARC Tours at Dark Faerie Tales.


MatchedMatched by Ally Condie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



In Society everything is chosen for you based on your own personal statistics. They tell you what to eat and how much, they tell you where to work, what to learn, and they also tell you who to marry. When Cassia Reyes finds out her Match is her best friend Xander she is overjoyed, but when when the face on the Match microcard she was given is not Xander’s Cassia begins to doubt who she is and who she should be with. As she gets closer to Ky, the face on the microcard, she begins to wonder were the Matching Officials wrong. She must choose which path she wants, follow what Society wants and go with Xander, or follow a new more dangerous path with Ky.


I love dystopian fiction and this one is great. At a rather hefty 384 pages I found it amazing that I finished it in two days, but Condie’s writing envelopes you in the story and keeps you wanting more.

Condie’s characters shine. Cassia is fully developed and believable with both doubts and desires. Her parents and their relationship is believable, even her little brother is well developed. I especially loved Cassia’s Grandfather, who in essence, lights the fire that starts Cassia on the path of wondering what is really right. Finally, Xander is definitely the kind of guy you want on your side.

Cassia’s dilemma is a common one in YA literature. She must choose between what she wants and what her Society/community wants her to do. She is intrigued by the forbidden fruit, by what she cannot have and must choose which path she takes. The journey to get there is a fascinating one.

In a normal society who she wants to be with would be her choice, but in Cassia’s world her Society chooses for her because correct Matches have helped eliminate diseases and produce a healthy population. Society controls everything from the food you eat to the clothes you wear. What concerns me about this Society is that the amount of resources needed to maintain that type of control over a population would be staggering. As such, you begin to see cracks in its perfection.

My only qualm about this book was that I just couldn’t help but feel that there was something false about Cassia’s relationship with Ky. I couldn’t buy her attraction to him. He was forbidden fruit which made her want him more, but she really starts thinking she is in love with him before she even gets to really know him. It could be a result of the Society, that perhaps she is even programmed to find him intriguing, but still, I hope their romance is better developed in the books to come, and yes there will be more.

Overall this is a great dystopian novel that pulls you in from the beginning and keeps you reading and wanting more. I am so glad that I had a chance to read this one because it is very intriguing. Kind of reminiscent of Lois Lowry’s The Giver, this Society seeks to control life, death, and everything in between. I would really like to know how life came to be that way in the Society, but the rest of Condie’s world building is so excellent and really draws you into the story. There are many questions left unanswered that will no doubt be covered in the next two books. Matched is the first in a planned trilogy, and will definitely be a series to keep your eyes on.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Follow My Book Blog Friday

Come and join the fun of the Friday Follow hosted by Parajunkee's View. You can find the instructions and rules on Parajunkee's  Feature and Follow Friday post.   Happy Hopping! 





Now Playing on Audio: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

I just finished listening to and reading Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce.  The audio format was awesome and the review is forthcoming.

This morning I started Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.  So far pretty good.  If you haven't read Hush, Hush yet, here is the trailer to entice you.



I can't wait to find out where this book may lead. I just received an ARC for the sequel, Crescendo, in the mail yesterday, so I need to finish this one fast so I can start the ARC.

That's what I am listening to.  What do you have playing?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thursday Thoughts: I Learned Something at a Library Program

You have probably noticed by now, that I don't often talk about work when I blog.  I am going to make an exception today because I had so much fun doing a program at my library that I just had to share.  

Programming is a big part of working in libraries.  We plan programs all year round to help promote our collections and to draw people into the library.  Our programs are usually planned out months in advance so we can make sure that we have speakers booked, supplies ready, research completed, and everything else we need to pull the programs off without a hitch.  As a teen librarian I help plan programs for both teens and adults, and planning is usually my favorite part, but this time around I had a blast implementing our program.

Our Summer Reading Club theme this year is Make a Splash at Your Library.  We thought it would be fun if we made a splash by demonstrating how to make homemade soaps, bath salts, and body scrubs.  I worked on the program with two of my co-workers and all three us had a blast going through recipes and kitchen ingredients to make pocketbook friendly versions of usually expensive bath products.  Our program was called "Splish, Splash, Make Stuff For Your Bath."

My portion was the body scrubs, and it is simply amazing what you can do with a little bit of oil, sugar, vitamin E oil, and a little bit of soap scent.  This recipe, that I found at Teachsoap.com was my favorite:

Brown Sugar Body Scrub
•    2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
•    1/3 - 1/2 cup almond oil
•    1/2 tsp of vitamin E
•    45-60 drops of fragrance or essential oil

Mix almond oil, vitamin E and fragrance or essential oil together in a glass bowl. Add the brown sugar and mix in well. Divvy up into jars and have a great time using it!
(Source: http://www.teachsoap.com/recipes.html)

I actually discovered I liked it better though if I switched the brown sugar for regular sugar (or if I wanted it coarser Kosher salt).  I don't really like the smell of the brown sugar that well (except in cookies) and found that the plain sugar or salt didn't have as much of a scent, so I was free to add as much or as little fragrance as I liked.  I love cucumber melon, so I made a homemade white sugar scrub that smells like cucumber melon from Bath and Body works.  I also used an Apricot oil, and a sunflower oil, instead of the almond oil and it came out great.  I had a blast mixing this stuff up and trying it out, and let me tell you the sugar scrub is great to use right before you shave your legs (no nicks!).  

At this point you are probably wondering what is the point to all of my rambling about bath and body scrubs and soaps.  Well here it is, your library is more than just books.  They have wonderful programs that teach interesting things and are usually free.  Visit your library, ask about their programs, and see what you can learn.  Yes, we promote our books, but we do that through our programs--there are books in the library that will show you how to make some of the homemade bath products we made in our class.  I learned to crochet after attending a free library program.  Check out your local library--they are more than just books.

What have you learned at your library?

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon Finish Line

Well, the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon is over and I didn't do as well as I hoped.  It has been a chaotic week, but I consider it a good sign that I did finish a book during the read-a-thon. 


Once Upon A Read-A-Thon


Below are the books I worked on during the read-a-thon and my current status. 

Books:

I am 51% through Claire de Lune.
Claire de Lune

Audio Book:

I finished Sisters Red. Admittedly, I ended up picking up the print copy to finish it since I didn't spend that much time in my car listening to it.  Review is forthcoming. 
Sisters Red

So that is how I did.  Not great, but considering it has been a busy week, I will take what I can get.  So how did you do?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Booktrailer: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Here is the booktrailer for Halo by Alexandra Adornetto due out August 31,2010.  This book looks great!  Can't wait to get my hands on it. 


Waiting On Wednesday: Audio Edition

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  WOW spotlights forthcoming titles that we absolutely can't wait to read.




So many times the books I am waiting on are actually audiobooks. I have said it here before and I will say it again, I LOVE AUDIOBOOKS. Now I know they are not for everyone, but I really find that they are a great time saver when you spend so much of your life driving around in the car or with your hands busy. So this week's WOW pick is an audiobook I can't wait to listen to (or read whichever comes first).

Nightshade (Nightshade, #1)

Title: Nightshade
Author: Andrea Cremer
ISBN:  9780307745958
Publisher: Listening Library
Release Date: October 12, 2010

Description From the Goodreads.com:

While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies’ throats. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth-birthday she’ll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla’s predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy’s secret will turn the young pack's world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches' War that surrounds them all. 


For more information visit Nightshade on Goodreads.com.









Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson

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Teaser  Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

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 is my teaser for today:

Claire de Lune

"It was when their mouths made that terrified O that she sprang. It was the perfect moment. They saw her coming for them. They knew what was about to happen. But none of them ever had a chance to make a sound." Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson pg. x.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Once Upon A Read-a-Thon Mini Challenge

Violet at The Eager Readers is hosting a Mini-Challenge for the Read-a-thon! To participate I will name one of my favorite couples in books and a crossover couple I would like to see together. If you want to participate in the Mini-Challenge go to Once Upon a Read-a-Thon Mini Challenge: Favorite Fictional Couples! Don't forget to sign up for the Once Upon a Time Read-a-Thon at Pure Imagination!

Part One:
Here is one of my favorite couples in books:

I fell in love with the relationship between Jay and Violet in Kimberly Derting's The Body Finder.  I thought their relationship was sweet.  Jay is a nice guy who clearly cares for the girl who was once his best friend, and he wishes they could be something more.  I loved how both of them felt attracted to each other, but didn't know how to say what they felt.  It was awkward, but so sweet.

Part Two:
Here is my crossover couple:

If Gale and Katniss don't get together in Suzanne Collin's book Mockingjay, I would like to see Gale get together with Gaia from Caragh M. O'Brien's Birthmarked.  Gaia will need Gale's skills for survival in the wilderness around Unlake Superior.  Both are strong, motivated characters who can do what is necessary.  I think they would make a great couple together.

Once Upon A Read-a-Thon

It is finally here! The Once Upon a Read-a-Thon has officially started and will last through July 14th!

Now I work full time, and don't have a lot of time to read, but I am still going to participate. If nothing else, this will hopefully motivate me to read, since I didn't pick up a single book this weekend. If you are interested in signing up for the read-a-thon, you can sign up at Pure Imagination Read-A-Thon Signup so you can keep up with everyone's updates!  You can also follow on Twitter with the #readathon tag.



Once Upon A Read-A-Thon


Below are the titles I plan on focusing on during the read-a-thon.

Books:

The Dark Divine

Dark Life

Claire de Lune

The Hollow

Lips Touch: Three Times

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)

Audio Book:

Sisters Red

Graphic Novel:

Omega: The Unknown

Yes, I realize that the last one is a graphic novel, and I don't often read graphic novels. It is on a list that I am required to read, and maybe this will help me get through it! You may notice that all of these are on my currently reading goodread.com shelf, and I have started all of them and are at various points in the text. I just need to start making some progress on some of these or drop them entirely. Lips Touch and Knife of Never Letting Go are both on my required reading list for my committee--so I really need to start working on those.

So those are my books. Are you joining in? If so, what are you reading? What do you think of my choices?

Friday, July 9, 2010

Book Review: White Cat by Holly Black

Title: White Cat
Author: Holly Black
Genre: Paranormal Fiction
Publication Date: May 4, 2010
Publisher Book: Margaret K. McElderry
Publisher Audio: Listening Library/BOT
ISBN-13 Book: 9781416963967
ISBN-13 Audio CD: 9780307711830
Source: Checked out both book and book on CD from the public library.

White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)White Cat by Holly Black

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Cassel is a non-worker in a family of curse workers. Curse working is illegal, yet many of the large crime families employ curse workers. With just a touch a curse worker could kill you, change you, make you forget, change your emotions, or even cause you severe pain. To avoid that everyone wears gloves. While Cassel isn’t a curse worker, he does have a dark secret. Three years ago, Cassell murdered his best friend Lila. Now Cassell is sleep walking and experiencing strange dreams that may be related to something deeper and darker going on with Cassell and his family.

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book at first. The premise just didn’t grab me, but this is one of those times when I am so glad I didn’t let that stop me. I really enjoyed this book.

Cassel, although a bit of a con man, is a likable character and you can’t believe that this likable young man would have such a violent past. His character is well developed as are many of the characters surrounding him. Cassell has an interesting sense of what is right and wrong, and I found him just plain likable.

The mystery of Cassel sleepwalking and his past quickly draw you into the novel, as do the intricacies of curse work. All curse workers experience some kind of blow back or repercussion for every curse they work, and the more drastic the work, the more drastic the repercussions. I loved how Black built this interesting world on top of the familiar.

The audiobook is produced by Listening Library and narrated by Jesse Eisenberg who does a wonderful job with the story’s narration. His voice is believable as that of a teenage boy. His narration is clear, and understandable. It was a wonderful book to listen to.

This book quickly hooked me and kept me reading throughout. There were times I loathed putting it down or stopping the audiobook. Definitely a fun read!

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Blog With Bite Discussion Questions

1. Blacks characters pay a price for being powerful curse workers and experience a phenomenon called "blowback" whenever they worked someone. If you had a superpower but knew by using it you would experience a crippling side effect would you still use it?

I don’t think I would. I don’t think it would be worth it in the long run. Losing all your memories, or even your fingers because you wanted to use your power seems reckless to me. I would only use them in a life or death situation if it was the only way to get out.

2. Family plays an important role in White Cat (Curse Workers) -- who did you like the most or the least in Cassel's family and why ??

I loved Cassel’s grandfather. He seemed intelligent and really sincere about wanting to protect Cassel. I think I liked Baron the least. He was strip mining his own mind to change the way everything was and to make things in his favor.   Giving up memories of who you are for greed, just seemed wrong to me.

3. What did you think about the entire world that Holly Black built? The gloves, the curses? Can you imagine a world like this where an uncovered hand could be a dangerous weapon?

I thought the world she created was fascinating. I really enjoyed how she took something we were familiar with our normal everyday world and suddenly inserted magic. It was extremely well done, and she made it believable.

4. With family like this who needs enemies right? Is blood thicker than water? Or in this case should Cassel think about getting a name change and moving far far away from his familial bonds?

I think Cassel should be cautious with his family, but I really think he should listen more to his Grandfather. He needs to be careful because his brothers can manipulate him too easily.

5. Do think this book is a good set up for a sequel? If so, make your predictions 

I think we haven’t heard the last of Cassel and his family. I can’t predict where it might go, but we definitely know something is going to go on with Lila.

And for a special spoiler question...


What did you think about Cassel's mother and the curse she worked in the last pages of the book? Cassel finally thinks he is getting some love...and wham-O!

I think what his mother did was very wrong. I was so upset by that and angry at the end of the book. In some ways I think his mother is the worst manipulator of them all. I wish she would keep her nose, or hands as it may be, out of Cassel’s business.

Follow Friday

Come and join the fun of the Friday Follow hosted by Parajunkee's View. You can find the instructions and rules on Parajunkee's  Feature and Follow Friday post.  Happy Hopping!



Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thursday Thoughts: Stress How Do You Deal?

I know this isn't necessarily a book related post, but believe me books will figure in here.  This subject is hitting kind of close to home lately.  I have had some issues lately that have required me to visit my doctor.  I thought I knew what the problem was, I figured my thyroid was low again, but it turns out my thyroid is functioning just fine.  With that and other ailments eliminated, the Dr. has come to the conclusion that I am stressed.  At this point I am laughing because honestly, I don't think I am.  Yeah, I work full-time, have a 2 year-old and a husband, but a lot of people work and have families--what am I stressing about?  Believe me, I am still pondering that question and trying to figure out what my stressor is.  At this point I don't think eliminating it is an option, so I need to find ways to alleviate my stress.

So realizing that I apparently need to reduce my stress, I have come up with a couple of ideas that I will try if I can implement them:

  1. Make time for myself everyday.  I think I might be able to do this.  If I could just have 30 minutes to myself, I think it might help. 30 minutes where I don't have to rush or worry about time.  (Whether I am reading or vegging, I just need me time.)
  2. I need to exercise more.  I admit that I am not big on exercise, but I think I really need to do this on a regular basis.
  3. I need to stop taking everything so seriously or so personally.  This one is going to be a hard one for me, because I have always been one to be very sensitive to what other people think.  Think duck, and let it roll off my back. :)  
  4. I need to do something fun everyday.  Whether this is playing with my son, blogging, reading, or anything else I enjoy, I think I need to find a way to put fun back into the rush. 
How about you?  How do you de-stress?  Any suggestions?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  WOW spotlights forthcoming titles that we absolutely can't wait to read.



The Replacement

Title: The Replacement
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
ISBN:  9781595143372
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: September 21, 2010


Description From the Publisher:


Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a ReplacementÑleft in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when TateÕs baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

Edward Scissorhands meets The Catcher in the Rye in this wildly imaginative and frighteningly beautiful horror novel about an unusual boy and his search for a place to belong.

For more information visit the publishers page on The Replacement.





Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Teaser Tuesday 07/06/10

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Teaser  Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

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 is my teaser for today:

White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)

"Out of the gloom, cats come, tabbies and calicos, marmalade cats and butterscotch cats ans cats so black I can barely tell them from their shadows. They creep toward me, hundreds of them, swarming over on another to get close." White Cat by Holly Black pg. 57.

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