Friday, May 29, 2009

Week-END Treasure: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Ahhhh, summer. School's out. The sun is up. Free time abounds for self-satisfying fun. Just relaxing. No worries. No cares. All the time in the world just waiting to be filled with your dreams, wants, and desires. Feel the breeze blowing and the sun warming your skin......


Okay....SNAP out of it! Summer does not officially start until June 21st (this year), regardless of what our cabin fever is telling us, or the school system dictates, BUT that does not mean we can't enjoy the weather along with a great book. The week-END treasure for this week is....


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
by
Ann Brashares

Now some of you may be thinking....FLUFF! I will admit that it is a "lite"read, however it is very enjoyable if given the chance. It is story about life, love, friends, and all the troubles along the way. In a very realistic (if filtered) fashion, the lives of four young friends are introduced to the reader. We have...
  • Tibby - future employee of Wallman's, and underestimated video producer
  • Carmen - potential drama queen flying off to South Carolina to visit her dad
  • Lena - understated Mediterranean beauty off to see her family in Greece
  • Bridget - blonde soccer champ off to camp in Baja

They have been friends forever...but summer is sending them in different directions. With their shared fears of growing apart, how can they stay close? Enter the traveling pants! Picked up at a second hand store, their origin holds no likely appeal. The magic is in the fit! Although the girls are close, they are each different in build and yet when the pants are tried on by one and all, they magically fit each girl as if made for her alone. They develop a plan to share to pants throughout the summer along with the adventures had while they were worn. This could get interesting.....

The real storyline is from the heart about the bonds of friendship that we cultivate and how important these people become in our lives. As the first book in the series, I found it a quick but enchanting read which left me ready for the next one and the next one and the next one. Try it out this weekend...you won't be sorry.

Feel free to leave your comments and feedback!
Until next time...happy reading!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Food for Thought

A new addition to my blog...I'll call it Food for Thought. Why? Because I choose to! Just kidding! No, this spot will appear about once a week (or so) to afford a space for random wanderings of the mind as well as suggestions for additional sites, books, or whatever else happens to pop up along the way. So, off on my first wander...

On this "trip", let's visit a newly discovered site called Book Daily. This site was recently emailed to me and is toted as having "book samples for book lovers". Now, I for one am definitely a book lover and so I did not hesitate to click over right away. It's actually a fairly decent concept. You have a virtual bookshelf that allows you to add any title they have on their site for your viewing pleasure. Each day, they will email you the first chapter from the top item on your shelf, thus allowing for semi-random reading on a whim! If you are dying to read it right now, you can also peruse the same said chapter right on their site. Pretty cool, right?

I know what you're thinking...all of the books are either really old or something that no one has ever heard of. Incorrect! They have most of the latest titles as well as old favorites. Stephenie Meyer, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Charlaine Harris, John Sanford....shall I keep going? Just try looking something up or browsing by genre...you are sure to fill your shelf fast. I sure did. (I think I have about 70 on there right now....and growing.)

Feel free to leave your comments and feedback!
Until next time...happy reading!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Diamond In the Rough: Just Meg by Kate Russell

Have you ever wanted to disappear? Not just for a moment, but forever...think twice. Forever is a really long time.


A heartbreaking tale of a young girl who just wanted to set things right. Our story takes place in an Australian "hideaway" by the name of Gunya. Sound exotic? Not really, as this is not a resort for the rich and famous, but a psychiatric hospital built to discretely attend to those suffering from life's ailments. Our cast of characters ranges greatly from the outwardly forceful Hannah, to timidly shy Hope, to the unabashedly forward Noelle, and finally our narrator, Meg. They are each there for a reason. Some are more readily accepted, lying just below the surface, while others are much harder to reveal. Throughout their shared time in this facility they each learn about each other as well as themselves, affording them the ability to build an unlikely friendship.

But wait...that's not all! It's not just a story of four lost girls finding themselves, although that would be engaging enough. 'Just Meg' is a story that will touch the hearts of many out there they have or are experiencing situations that are less than ideal and no fault of their own. Behind the journey of discovery, there is a mystery to be solved. During one of the groups daily exercises, they are instructed to find something to distract themselves from there current "plights" and are given the daily paper. Their story of choice involves a powerful man's death and his missing daughter. What really happened? It is their intention to find out.

A roller coaster of emotions as is, author Kate Russell adds an unexpected twist at the end of the story even the most seasoned readers will not see coming. I invite you to step into this book and see where it leads you. You can be certain in the end that there is no "just" about Meg, or anyone else.

Feel free to leave your comments and feedback!
Until next time....happy reading!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New Finds: Drop Dead Delicious by Jill Brock

Hello and welcome back from the Memorial Day weekend! I trust everyone had a safe and wonderful time! Personally, we tried to relax and barbeque....hot dogs, burgers...the works! Yummy! Anywho, back to what you've come for...today's choice.

I came upon this little known title through a book review team I belong to...if I saw it in the store, I may or may not have picked it up based on numerous factors. The time of day, my mood, the title...anything could have swayed my fancy either way. After reading it, however, I would definitely have been sorry to have missed this fun find!

This book reads like a mystery (although I am not particularly drawn to the pure form of this genre) combined with just enough chick-lit making for a rather interesting recipe. The author creates believable characters and places them in "who-done-it" situations that twist and turn from the obvious. The reader is allowed to fall under the story's spell, kick back, and enjoy the ride.

Sound interesting?
To read more, see this reader review.

Feel free to leave your comments and feedback.
Until next time...happy reading!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Supernatural Prose: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Yes, I have noticed that my first three postings (this one is obviously included) have stayed within the Young Adult or Teen category. What can I say? There are a lot of really good choices in these aisles now-a-days. To go along with the "widget" I posted earlier, today's recommended title is



For Aislinn, there have always been three rules.
Don't STARE at invisible faeries.
Don't SPEAK to invisible faeries.
Don't ever ATTRACT their attention.

Seems fairly straight forward right....think again. If you are gifted with the SIGHT, you have the unfortunate ability to clearly see faeries for who they, what they are, and bear witness to all the mischievous things they do. Aislinn, as well as her mother and grandmother before her, has this gift. She has fought with it all of her life for as long as she can remember. Appearing normal when you have an eyewitness view to another world is certainly harder than it seems, but the time has come for these two worlds to collide. Keenan, the Summer King, has been seeking out his long lost Summer Queen for many centuries for without her reappearance, his season will surely die out. His mother, Beira, is the Winter Queen and nothing would make her happier than to squelch the last ray of sunlight from her son's court, for if he finds his Summer Queen, her reign and reach will come to an end. Does Aislinn stand a chance against the intent of a King? What about her newly admitted feelings for Seth, the friend on whom she can truly depend? Not to mention Donia, the Winter Girl, who holds allegiance to no one as she follows her part in the game and yet still harbors feelings for her "lost" love...

Filled with action, magic, a love triangle (maybe square?), and ever continuing battle between what's right, what's easy, and what's wrong, I'd definitely recommend this book to young and old alike.

Feel free to leave your comments and feedback.
Until next time...happy reading!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Books to Movies: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

If you haven't seen this one, you've surely seen another...books are being turned into movies more and more frequently these days. Why not? You have an instant storyline that just needs a bit of tweaking before it is big screen worthy. Sounds like a no-brainer. A whole in one! Score!

Okay, now that I'm done with the sports analogies...in my humble opinion, sometimes they tend to "tweak" a little too much. Just think back to one (of I'm sure many) that you've read before viewing and remember all of the "that's not what happened" moments you experienced.

The grand silver screen can also act as a catalyst for getting books more exposure. It can instantly bring old and new titles alike to the forefront of reading lists today. Books you may not have even thought about reading before are given the chance to shine, creating a new legion of fans. One such book turned movie is


Coraline is the unlikely heroine in this dark tinged children's tale. She is a young girl, braver than most, yet slighter than many. One day, she while exploring her home, she happens upon a rather strange oddity. There is a door that leads to....a brick wall. Her mother advises her that it led to the apartment on the opposite at one time, but was sealed to allow other tenants. Happy as one can be with an explanation so mundane, Coraline scampers off to more exciting pursuits fed by her imagination. But alas, when one plans outdoor activities, the weather is not one to cooperate willingly, thus driving her back to her inside exploration endeavors. She searches here and there, high and low, to no avail. Thoroughly bored she comes upon the doorway to nowhere once again, only this time....it leads to SOMEWHERE.

This "other" world holds everything her own beloved home does, with added benefits. Both her "other" parents want nothing more than to play games and have fun with her; the neighbors put on stage shows for their many dogs. Yet, even when presented with all of this fun, Coraline's heart does not manage to stay in it. She can feel that something is very off about this "other" world, especially her "other" mother with her black button eyes. What darkness lurks behind those doll-like eyes? Will Coraline succumb to their nefarious plans?

Classified as children's literature, I do not hesitate in recommending this for all ages. It is well written in a style easily accessible to a child, yet the twists and turns of the engaging plot easily keep older readers coming back for more.


Feel free to leave your comments and feedback.
Until next time...happy reading!

Monday, May 18, 2009

An Oldie but a Goodie - The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith

Hello, there!
First of all, I would like to thank you for stopping by my new blog! I will try to keep it updated as new works cross my path, so that you might be able to enjoy them for yourself!

To start this off right, I invite you to consider a title from the past...okay, so it only dates back to the early 90's but that's kind of far, right?



In this young adult series, you have a collection of three books entitled The Hunter, The Chase, and The Kill. Sound too ominous for a teen series? Not really (consider the evening news for one). Jenny (main character) is trying to stage the perfect birthday party for her boyfriend, Tom. Solution? Finding the perfect party game to keep it interesting. During her search, she stumbles across a store hidden within a mural on the not-so-perfect side of town and acquires a board game that seems to fit the bill. Little does she know that the gorgeous "young man" that sold her the game is really part of an ancient race of beings from the Shadow Lands and evil is not all he has on his mind. Julian has his sights set on making Jenny his one and only, and he is not one to take no for an answer. Will Jenny be made an unwilling pawn in his "forbidden" game? Or will love, friendship, and selflessness prevail?


Author L.J. Smith has a distinctive writing style...in my opinion, it places the reader in the main characters point of view so well that you can experience each situation as it occurs. The emotions, the surroundings, and the inner turmoil are all described with a true passion for the pen. In fact, in reading a newer favorite, Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer, I was reminded very much of L.J. Smith's "voice". She is echoed very well by this newcomer, allowing her past publications to be shared by a new generation.


Feel free to leave your comments and feedback.

Until next time...happy reading!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Insatiable Reader's Trophy Room


Welcome to my virtual Trophy Room.  (Okay, so it's more of a wall than a room, but I prefer the room concept so we're going with that.....)  So as not to add to my sidebar on the main pages and allow you, the reader, easier navigation on the site, I will update this post with awards received from the beautiful book blogging community at large.  The most recent will be shown on my sidebar, but the rest will find a home here, where I can always stop by for a pick me up if having a blue day.  (If you are one of those that passed an award on to me, THANK YOU for adding to this feel good "room"!)  Feel free to browse around and have a wonderful day!


Title: Humane Award
Received:  10/01/09
From:  Jo (Ink and Paper)

The award is for:
This award is to honor certain bloggers that are kindhearted individuals. They regularly take part in my blog and always leave the sweetest comments. If it wasn't for them, my site would just be an ordinary book review blog. Their blogs are also amazing and are tastefully done on a daily basis. I thank them and look forward to our growing friendship through the blog world.
Rule:  Nominate 10 bloggers you feel deserve the Humane Award. 


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Title: Zombie Chicken Award
Received: 10/05/09
From: Jo (Ink and Paper)


The award is for:
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.


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Title:  One Lovely Blog Award
Received:  10/31/09
From:  Yay!  Reads


This award is for:
Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.  Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.


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Title:  Dragon Loyalty Award
Received:  11/11/09
From:  Nicole (WORD for Teens)

This award is for:
Awarded to those followers who are the most loyal and give bloggers joy by commenting regularly and with their support.  Pass it on to 3-7 followers who are as loyal as dragons.

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Received:  11/11/09
From:  Michelle (Red Headed Book Child)

This award is for:
To commemerate, celebrate, and generally share the bloggy love!
A few rules:

  • Each Superior Scribbler must in turn pass The Award on to 5 most-deserving Bloggy Friends.

  • Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author & the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.

  • Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog, and link to This Post, which explains The Award.

  • Each Blogger who wins The Superior Scribbler Award must visit this post and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List. That way, we'll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives This Prestigious Honor!

  • Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.
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Title:  Over the Top Award
Received:  11/28/09
From:  Jo (Once Upon A Bookcase)

This award is for:
Bloggers whose blogs are 'over the top'....left to interpretation but we're going with good!

The rules:
Answer the following questions using single word answers. Then pass the award to 5 other people and let them know.





























Your cell phone?
Your hair?
Your mother?
Your father?
Your favorite food?
Your dream last night?
Your favorite drink?
Your dream/goal?
What room are you in?
Your hobby?
Your fear?
Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Where were you last night?
Something that you aren't?
Muffins?
Wish list item?
Where did you grow up?
Last thing you did?
What are you wearing?
Your TV?
Your Pets?
Friends?
Your life?
Your mood?
Missing someone?
Vehicle?
Something you're not wearing?
Your favorite store?
Your favorite color?
When was the last time you laughed?
Last time you cried?
Your best friend?
One place that you go to over and over?
Facebook?
Favorite place to eat?

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Title:  One Lovely Blog Award
Received:  12/19/09
From:  Cleverly Inked


This award is for:
Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.  Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.


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Title: One Lovely Blog Award
Received: 01/09/10
From: Aye.Me? (Reversing the Monotony)

This award is for:
Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.


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Title: Splash Award
Received: 01/13/10
From: Jo (Once Upon A Bookcase)

This award is for:
Blogs you feel make a 'splash' in your reading world!
(Ok, so this was ad-libbed but I couldn't actually find a description anywhere.)

The rules:
Put the logo on your blog/post.
Nominate & link up to 9 blogs that you pick for this award.
Let them know that they have been splashed.
Remember to link the person that nominated and awarded you.


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Title: Honest Scrap
Received: 01/13/10
From: Jo (Ink and Paper)

This award is for:
Sharing more about the blogger behind the blog.

The rules:
List 10 true things about yourself and then tag 7 more blogs to go through the process.


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Title: Honest Scrap
Received: 01/31/10
From: Patty (Yay! Reads)
This award is for:
Sharing more about the blogger behind the blog.
The rules:
List 10 true things about yourself and then tag 7 more blogs to go through the process.


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Title:  One Lovely Blog Award
Received:  2/08/10
From:  Alexia's Books and Such...

This award is for:
Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.  Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.


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Title:  Blogger Buddie Award
Received:  2/17/10
From:  Alexia's Books and Such...

This award is for:
Passing along to all your blogging buddies (hence the name) to share the love!
Rules:
NONE!  Simply pass along as you see fit to those you call "bloggy friend".

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Title:  One Lovely Blog Award
Received:  2/20/10
From:  Christina @ Confessions of a Book Addict 

This award is for:
Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.  Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

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Title:  Stylish Blogger Award
Received:  02/27/10
From:  Shannon @ Book Dreaming

This award is for:
passing on to those blogs you feel are the coolest, and most stylish!
Rules:
Name 5 FUN-tastic things about yourself and pass it on to 5 blogs of your choice.

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Title:  Happy 101 Award
Received:  03/04/10

This award is for:
spreading the "happy" to deserving blog friends throughout the world!
Rules:
List 10 things that make you happy and pass it on to 10 blog friends of your choice.

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Title: One Lovely Blog Award
Received: 3/9/10
From: Bobbie @ 'Til We Read Again

This award is for:
Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

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Title: Beautiful Blogger Award
Received: 4/8/10
From: Patty @ Yay! Reads

This award is for:
Thank & link to the person that gave you the award.  Pass this award onto 15 bloggers you’ve recently discovered and think are fantastic.  Contact the blogs and let them know they’ve won.  State 7 things about yourself.

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Title: Honest Scrap
Received: 04/23/10
From: Ella @ Mi Cafe Literario

This award is for:
Sharing more about the blogger behind the blog...and according to the giver, making the awesomeness of the receiver known.

The rules:
List 10 true things about yourself and then tag 7 more blogs to go through the process.
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Title:  Blog Monster
Received:  05/06/10
From:  Lori @ Dollyca's Thoughts

This award is for:
It signifies all the bloggers out there who constantly work hard to keep an updated and insightful website. They aren’t afraid to take a bite with their honest reviews and enjoyable content. You amaze me, you inspire me so I call you a blog monster.

The rules:
This startling award was created by Eleni at La Femme Reader.  Pass it on to those that fit it's purpose without limits.

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Title:  Bodacious Blogging Book Reviewers Award
Received:  05/13/10
From:  Flo @ Sweet Happy Ending

This award is for:
...bodacious book bloggers everywhere!

The rules:
If you are given this award you must first accept it by leaving a comment on the post you were nominated on. Then copy and paste the post and add it to your own blog. Make a list of the last 5 books you read and pass the award on to 5 other bloggers (no backsies!). Please also identify the blog from which you got the award and don't forget to tell them they have a blog award!

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Title:  Great Blog Neighbor Award
Received:  05/17/10
From:  Nicole @ Tribute Book Reviews

This award is for...
...all those bloggers you feel make the blogosphere a better place!

The rules:
Only one rule...pass it on to 5 fellow bloggers who you feel make the blogosphere a better place to be and they in turn need to do is pass it on to 5 of their favorite neighbors!

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Title:  Sunshine Award
Received:  05/19/10
From:  Julie P @ Reading Without Restraint!

This award is for...
...blogs that spread sunshine throughout the blogosphere!

The rules:
You simply need to pass this award on to 12 other blogs that spread sunshine throughout the blogosphere!

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Title:  Honest Scrap
Received:  05/26/10

This award is for...
...sharing more about the blogger behind the blog...and according to the giver, making the awesomeness of the receiver known.

The rules:
- Tell 10 things about yourself
- Award to 10 special bloggers

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Title:  The Versatile Blogger
Received:  06/01/10
From:  Karen @ Finding My Muse

This award is for....
....although not specifically listed, "versatile" by definition means "having great diversity or variety", thus I am deeming it to be given to those that show great diversity or variety in their content!

The rules:
When you receive this award, you must share seven things about yourself and then pass it on to 15 blogs you read.

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Title:  The Versatile Blogger
Received:  06/12/10
From:  Lover of Romance @ Addicted to Romance

This award is for....
....although not specifically listed, "versatile" by definition means "having great diversity or variety", thus I am deeming it to be given to those that show great diversity or variety in their content!

The rules:
When you receive this award, you must share seven things about yourself and then pass it on to 15 blogs you read.

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Title:  The Versatile Blogger
Received:  06/30/10
From:  Elizabeth White @ Musings of An All Purpose Monkey

This award is for....
....although not specifically listed, "versatile" by definition means "having great diversity or variety", thus I am deeming it to be given to those that show great diversity or variety in their content!

The rules:
When you receive this award, you must share seven things about yourself and then pass it on to 15 blogs you read.

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Title:  Thank You Award
Received:  07/26/10
From:  Dorothy Dreyer @ We Do Write

This award is for...
...saying 'Thank You' to all those that visit, comment, and otherwise make your blogging days that much more enjoyable!

The rules:
Recipients pass the awards on to five more bloggers, link back to the giver of the award, and let the awardees know you gave them the award.

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Title:  The Circle of Friends Award
Received:  07/26/10
From:  Dorothy Dreyer @ We Do Write
This award is for...
...increasing you circle of friends!

The rules:
Recipients pass the awards on to five more bloggers, link back to the giver of the award, and let the awardees know you gave them the award!

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Title:  From Me to You Award
Received:  07/26/10
From:  Dorothy Dreyer @ We Do Write

This award is for...
...passing a little cheer throughout the blogosphere!

The rules:
Recipients pass the awards on to five more bloggers, link back to the giver of the award, and let the awardees know you gave them the award.

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Title:  The Versatile Blogger
Received:  08/06/10

This award is for....
....although not specifically listed, "versatile" by definition means "having great diversity or variety", thus I am deeming it to be given to those that show great diversity or variety in their content!

The rules:
When you receive this award, you must share seven things about yourself and then pass it on to 15 blogs you read.

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Title:  The Versatile Blogger
Received:  08/09/10
From:  TwilightsDance @ Once Upon a Twilight

This award is for....
....although not specifically listed, "versatile" by definition means "having great diversity or variety", thus I am deeming it to be given to those that show great diversity or variety in their content!

The rules:
When you receive this award, you must share seven things about yourself and then pass it on to 15 blogs you read.

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Title:  Stylish Blogger
Received:  12/31/10
From:  Mary Ann @ Tribute Books Mama

This award is for...
...passing on to recently discovered bloggers of greatness!

The rules...
1.  Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award

2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

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Title:  Making Smiles on Faces Award
Received:  01/21/11
From:  Marcie @ To Read or Not To Read 

This award is for...
...sharing with those blogs/bloggers that make you smile!

Rules:
NONE.
Just keep passing the smiles across the miles.



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Title:  Memetastic Award
Received:  01/28/11
From:  Marcie @ To Read or Not To Read

This award is for...
...umm, it's kind of unclear but I think it's mainly to spread a smile across the miles and see just how far one award can travel.  For more insight, check the rules that follow...

Rules:
(These are word for word from the original author's post.  For their content, do not blame me...I am merely the recipient and messenger.  ^_^)
“1. You must proudly display the absolutely disgusting graphic that I have created for these purposes (put it in your post, you don’t have to put it in your sidebar, I think that would seriously be asking too much). It’s so bad that not only did I use COMIC SANS, but there’s even a little jumping, celebrating kitten down there at the bottom. It’s horrifying! But its presence in your award celebration is crucial to the memetastic process we’re creating here. If you need a higher resolution version… I totally have one!!

2. You must list 5 things about yourself, and 4 of them must be bold-faced lies. Just make some shit up, we’ll never know; one of them has to be true, though. Of course, nobody will ever know the difference, so we’re just on the honor system here. I trust you. Except for the 4 that you lied about, you lying bastards! But don’t go crazy trying to think of stuff, you’ll see by the example I’ve set below that we’re not really interested in quality here.
3. You must pass this award on to 5 bloggers that you either like or don’t like or don’t really have much of an opinion about. I don’t care who you pick, and nobody needs to know why. I mean, you can give a reason if you want, but I don’t really care.
4. If you fail to follow any of the above rules, I will hunt you down and harass you incessantly until you either block me on Twitter or ban my IP address from visiting your blog. I don’t know if you can actually do that last thing, but I will become so annoying to you that you will actually go out and hire an IT professional to train you on how to ban IP addresses just so that I’ll leave you alone. I’m serious. I’m going to do these things.
5. This one isn’t actually a rule, but once you do the above, please come back here and link up to the Memetastic Hop so that I can keep track of where this thing goes.”



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Title: The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award
Received: 02/10/11
From: Freda @ Freda's Voice

This award is for...
All those blogs you find irresistibly sweet!

Rules...
1. List 4 guilty pleasures

2. Reward other bloggers



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Title:  Worth Your Weight in a 'Gator Battle Award
Received:  02/18/11
From:  Alexia at Alexia's Books and Such


This award...
...was created in honor of (at least according to them) the real stars from “Alien Tango”. No, not Katherine “Kitty” Katt or Jeff Martini. Alliflash and Gigantagator, Alligators Extraordinaire!

The “Worth Your Weight in a ‘Gator Battle Award” is only given to the wily, the brave, and the cheeky, so get down with your bad self, you’re deemed worthy to run with the A-C’s!
Now you get to spread the awesome by nominating other bloggers who would also be worth their weight in a ‘gator battle. Battling ‘gators is not for sissies or wimps -- only the strong survive -- so choose wisely!

Rules...
1.Slap the graphic on your blog post.

2.Give link props to the person who gave you the award (don’t rile a ‘gator fighter -- it’s dangerous).
3.Spread the awesome and nominate five (5) other bloggers who you think will be worth their weight in a ‘gator battle.
4.Let the recipients know they’ve won this honor on their blogs.



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Friday, May 1, 2009

Nutritional Content: Books Reviewed At-A-Glance

Hello, and welcome to the Nutritional Content section of Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers! You are probably wondering what in the world a page like this is doing on a book blog, right? If you've been perusing this site for a bit, you will have noticed the theme corresponding with the blog name...that being said, I ask you one question. What goes into any recipe to create the nutritional content? Ingredients! In this case, the books that are reviewed and discussed, so long story short, this page will give you a listing alphabetized by book title of those featured throughout my site, as well as the link to that review.  If an author interview exists, that link will be included through the author's name.

PLEASE NOTE: If the word THE appears first in the title, look for that book under the next word. (okay, I'm known for long winded tales not short stories, sorry!) If you have any questions, suggestions, or requests, feel free to post a comment on a current feature!
As always....happy reading!

**ALSO...this list is in need of some serious TLC.  If you are looking for a review of a particular title, please utilize the SEARCH option in the right hand sidebar.**




Nutritional Content

BOOK REVIEWS AT-A-GLANCE
A Big, Big Dream by Michael Scott Roberts
A Certain "Je Ne Sais Quoi" by Chloe Rhodes
A Different Kind of Hero by Leah Beth Evans
A Gabby Girls Adventure:  The Secret of the Scarlet Stone by T.L. Clarke
A Hidden Manhattan Mystery:  City in Shadow by Evan Marshall
A Man and His Maniac, The Bunkie Story by Charles Franklin Emery III
A Job for Wittilda by Caralyn and Mark Buehner
According to Jane by Marilyn Brant
Across the Pond by Storyheart
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy:  Curiouser and Curiouser by William Irwin and Richard Brian Davis
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Stickfiguratively Speaking) by Jamison Odone
Alien Invasion & Other Inconveniences by Brian Yansky
All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John
Angel and Apostle by Deborah Noyes
Annexed by Sharon Dogar
Another Faust by Dina and Daniel Nayeri
The Anti-Valentine's Day Handbook by J. More
Archvillain by Barry Lyga
Arson by Estevan Vega
Aunt Dimity Down Under by Nancy Atherton



B

Back to Bed, Ed! by Sebastien Braun
Bad to the Bone:  Memoir of a Rebel Doggie Blogger by Bo Hoefinger
Bear-ly There by Rebekah Raye
Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School:  We the Children by Andrew Clements
The Birds' Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Book:  The Sequel edited by Clive Priddle
Bookstore Lore by Bookstore Lore
The Brain Finds a Leg by Martin Chatterton
The Brain Full of Holes by Martin Chatterton
But Then Again I Could Be Wrong:  The Book of Rants by Jim Rising
Buying, Training & Caring for Your Dinosaur by Laura Joy Rennert


C

Cake Boss by Buddy Valastro
Captain Small Pig by Martin Waddell
Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner
The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand
Chicagoland Detective Agency, Book 1:  The Drained Brains Caper by Trina Robbins
Chicken Big by Keith Graves
The Chill of Night by James Hayman
Christian the Lion by Anthony Burke and John Rendall
Christmas at Stony Creek by Stephanie Greene
Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop edited by Otto Penzler
The Christmas Chronicles by Tim Slover
Cleo:  The Cat Who Mended a Family by Helen Brown
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Crusade by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Cutting by James Hayman


D

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Death, Drugs, and Muscle by Gregg Valentino and Nathan Jendrick
Disney's Fairies Graphic Novel #1:  Prilla's Talent by Stefan Petrucha, Giada Perissinotto, and Caterina Giorgetti
Disney's Fairies Graphic Novel #2:  Tinkerbell and the Wings of Rani
Double Take:  A Memoir by Kevin Michael Connolly
Dragonbreath, Book 3:  Curse of the Were-Wiener by Ursula Vernon
Dreams of Beauty by Aubrie Dionne
Drop Dead Delicious by Jill Brock
Duck at the Door by Jackie Urbanovic


E

Elliot and the Goblin War by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Euphemania by Ralph Keyes
Evin Driscol Series:  The Chosen Historian by Randi Ertz


F

F is for Florida by E.J. Sullivan
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
The Flappers, Book 1:  Vixen by Jillian Larkin
The Forbidden Game: The Hunt by L.J. Smith


G

Giving Thanks by Chief Jake Swamp
Godmother by Carolyn Turgeon
Goodnight Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga
The Graves Family by Patricia Polanco


H

Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews
House of Dance by Beth Kephart
House of Dolls by Francesca Lia Block
How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley
How Murray Saved Christmas by Mike Reiss
How to Catch and Keep a Vampire by Diana Laurence
How to (Un)Cage a Girl by Francesca Lia Block
The Human Side of Twitter by Neil Sandow
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Hush, Hush, Book 2:  Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

I

I Don't Want to Go by Addie Meyer Sanders
I Has A Hotdog by Professor Happy Cat
I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle
Immortal by Gillain Shields
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place:  Book 1, The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
Intrinsical by Lani Woodland
It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me by Ariel Leve
It Was a Dark & Stormy Night: The Final Conflict compiled by Scott Rice


J

Jack's Dreams Come to Life by Sara Jackson
Jake the Snake and the Stupid Time Out Chair by Shelly Nicholson
Just Meg by Kate Russell


K

Karma Bites by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas
Keeper by Kathi Appelt
Keeping the Feast by Paula Butturini
Kiss Me Deadly
Kit Feeny:  On the Move by Michael Townsend


L

The Last Track by Sam Hilliard
Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye
Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk
Little Vampire Women by Louisa May Alcott and Lynn Messina
Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin


M

Mackenzie Blue by Tina Wells
Mackenzie Blue, Book 2:  The Secret Crush by Tina Wells
Mazkenzie Blue, Book 3:  Friends Forever? by Tina Wells
Malicifer by Aubrie Dionne
Matched by Ally Condie
Maybelle in the Soup/Maybelle Goes to Tea by Katie Speck
The Moon Over Star by Dianna Hutts Aston
The Mushroom Man by Ethel Pochocki
My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares


N

Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series, Book 1:  The Flight of the Phoenix by R.L. Lafevers
Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series, Book 2:  The Basilisk's Lair by R.L. Lafevers
Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series, Book 3:  The Wyverns' Treasure by R.L. Lafevers
New Tricks by David Rosenfelt
The Night Before Christmas in Africa by Jesse, Hannah, and Carroll Foster
Night Dance by Aubrie Dionne
Nightsweats in Bigelow Hollow by M.J. Claire
No Hope for Gomez! by Graham Parke
Noonie's Masterpiece by Lisa Railsback


O

One of Us by Peggy Moss, Illustrated by Penny Weber
Oogy by Larry Levin
Other Goose by J.otto Seibold
The Overnight Socialite by Bridie Clark


P

The Pack by LM Preston
Pegasus by Robin McKinley
The Pie and the Patty-Pan by Beatrix Potter
Plan B by Steven Verrier
Possessions by Nancy Holder
Posessions 2:  The Evil Within by Nancy Holder
Pukka by Ted Kerasote
Pumpkin Light by David Ray
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block


Q




R
Rappaccini's Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Raven Stole the Moon by Garth Stein
Red in the Flower Bed by Andrea Nepa
Return of the Dittos by Dale Andrew White
Richard Wright and the Library Card by William Miller


S

Santa's Eleven Months Off by Mike Reiss
Santa's Last Present by Marie-Aude Murail and Elvire Murail
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Scent of the Missing by Susannah Charleson
Scranton:  The Electric City by Alyssa Amori
Scumble by Ingrid Law
Second Chance by Sandra J. Gerencher
The Second Circle:  Guardian by Dorothy Dreyer (unpublished)
The Second Short Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
Secret Society by Tom Dolby
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
The Skull Ring by Scott Nicholson
Snowglobe Connections, Book 1:  Stray Affections by Charlene Ann Baumbich
Snowglobe Connections, Book 2:  Divine Appointments by Charlene Ann Baumbich
Snow Day! by Lester L. Laminack
Snow Queen by Emma Harrison
The Society of S by Susan Hubbard
The Soloist by Steve Lopez
The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams
Spaceheadz by Jon Sciezska and Francesco Sedita
Speed Dating with the Dead by Scott Nicholson
Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pajamas by Judy Parkinson
Spray by Harry Edge
The Story of Little Red Riding Hood by The Brothers Grimm


T

Tangled by Carolyn Mackler
The Tao of Mia and Leo by Jeffra A. Nicholson
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
Theatre Illuminata:  Book 1, Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Theatre Illuminata:  Book 2, Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev
This Gorgeous Game by Donna Frietas
This Is Me From Now On by Barbara Dee
Three Angels by Ben Kerschberg
Thunder and Blood by Stacey Voss
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Toto's Tale by K.D. Hays and Meg Weidman
Travels with Tarra by Carol Buckley
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka
Truly, Madly by Heather Webber
The Twilight Saga: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The Twitter Book by Tim O'Reilly and Sarah Milstein


U

Under the Night Sky by Amy Lundebrek
Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell


V

VAMPYRE:  The Terrifying Lost Journal of Dr. Cornelius Van Helsing
Vampyre Blood:  Eight Pints of Trouble by George Earl Parker
Velocity by Alan Jacobson


W

The Wandbearer Trilogy, Book 1:  Juggler in the Wind by Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin
We Are Puppies by Molly Grooms, Andrey Troshkov
WEREling by Steve Feasey
What I Learned From Being a Cheerleader by Adrianne Ambrose
Where Teddy Bears Come From by Mark Burgess
Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Wicked Lovely, Book 2:  Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
Wicked Lovely, Book 3:  Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
Wicked Lovely, Book 4:  Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
Winnitok Tales:  The Hunt for the Eye of Ogin by Patrick Doud
The Witch's Handbook by Rachel Dickinson
With One Eye Open by Polly Frost
The Wonderful Demise of Benjamin Arnold Guppy by Gina Collia-Suzuki
The Wordwick Games, Book 1: Rise of the Fire Tamer by Kalin Gow


X




Y

Yasmin's Hammer by Ann Malaspina
You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! by Jonah Winter and Andre Carrilho


Z

Zan-Gah:  A Prehistoric Adventure by Richard Allan Shickman



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