Sunday, January 31, 2010

In My Shopping Bag (14)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.
Through her guidelines, your post does not actually have to be named the same and thus my post shall be..."In My Shopping Bag".  (just fits with the "foodie" theme a bit better in my humble opinion)  Although this post normally appears on Monday, that spot is reserved for a special review on a title releasing this Tuesday!  (Curious?  You'll have to wait and see....)
Let's take a peek inside my shopping bag from the past week....
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Purchased

I'm actually stopping in at the bookstore tomorrow for a small stack of books, so unfortunately the titles will not be unveiled til then.....

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Won


Dracula the Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt
(via contest held at Bookin' With Bingo)
(I won this a while back, but had not received it.  I just chalked it up to being lost in the mail.  Through the course of commenting on her site, she recontacted the publisher and made sure the copy was sent out!  Just wanted to say THANKS to 'BINGO' for all their help in seeing this through!)

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Won/Review
(It was a contest but for an ARC to review, hence the combo category.)
Keeping the Feast by Paula Butturini
(via Shelf-Awareness newsletter entry and Penguin Group USA)



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For Review


Back to Bed, Ed! by Sebastien Braun
(courtesy of Melissa and Erin @ Peachtree Publishers)



Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School:  We the Children by Andrew Clements
(ARC courtesy of Simon & Schuster)
Every Dog Has a Gift by Rachel Mcpherson
(ARC courtesy of Tarcher/Penguin)

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Off on another adventure!
Until next time....happy reading!

The Roving Reader



Looks to be the start of a series...
...very curious to know what's in the book being protected!

Poisons of Caux:  The Hollow Bettle
by
Susannah Appelbaum

Check it out!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Roving Reader



Now there's an interesting memoir to say the least!
I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne
Check it out!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Blog Tour: Day 2: Author Interview with Charles Franklin Emery III

Hello again, everyone!  It's day two for our visiting blog tour brought to you courtesy of Dorothy at Pump Up Your Book!  Yesterday, we featured a book review for A Man and His Maniac, the Bunkie Story.  Visiting us today is the man behind the book that chose to share the like and love of one special pup in it's purest (and sometimes raw) form!  Please join me in welcoming....

....author Charles Franklin Emery III!



So you have some pretty crazy tales in the book......are they all true?  No embellishing?

You are not the first person to ask that question. Folks that know me, have accused me of not letting the truth get in the way of a good story. But, as Dog is my witness, the stories are as I remember them. Every disgusting and amazing one of them. I miss Bunkie, life was a real hoot with him around; I wouldn't trade our lives and adventures and the memories of them for anything. As nuts as our adventures were, the current Boston Terrier Horde is generating some pretty amazing and disgusting stories too. Stay tuned for 'Moondoggie and the Boston Terrier Horde' coming out this year.


Did any stories hit the editing floor that you'd care to share?

Oh yeah, there are a few that will never make print after I read my own story. But they are not for sharing, sorry. The folks involved are still alive and I'd like for them to maintain some privacy and decorum. I think they're funny but the stories would probably initiate a few suicides or escape into hermit lands. I'll just say that Bunkie (like all dogs) have a natural curiosity about the execution of the human reproductive process. Thanks for asking, I'm laughing my ass off over here at the memories. Ah, the memories, the gift that keeps on giving. I will share a story about Gidget (aka Sadie Mae) our Boston Terrier counterpart to Moondoggie (aka Lucky). It's a story titled "No More Nippies for Chuck", it may be a little too racy for ya'll so edit it if you like. I was in a different frame of mind when I penned this bit: (Yes readers, I did edit the story as the author did allow....I believe the humorous aspects will still shine through in what is below....)

No More Nippies for Chuck

Menopause sucks.


And I’m a man.

........
  
Life was good. And then I got married.

You know what? It’s still good. ...... Sometimes I get to cop a feel, but mostly I just get sleep farts in return.

Oh wait, that is probably just the dogs.

One night I woke up to a heavy bout of French kissing, but was somewhat disappointed to discover that Sadie, our Boston Terrier, was just showing her affections. Yuck, I know where that tongue has been. ......

Well, it’s always good to know that the dogs are here for me.

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I know you share this information in the book, but seeing as many of my readers probably have not had the chance to enjoy it as of yet....what drove you to share Bunkie's story?

Bunkie deserves to be remembered and this story was my way of insuring that his memory stays intact and available to any who are interested enough to read it. I even went so far as to register the copyright and Bunkie Story with the Library of Congress. He got me through some tough times during my divorce and we spent a lot of time together scouting out the Washington, California and Tennessee countryside's. He also helped my Dad. That's reason enough to do a book about Bunkie. I also wrote 'Dad, Dog & Fish', a memoir about my Dad -  the Bunkie Story is the center of 'Dad, Dog & Fish', it's also copyright registered at the Library of Congress.


The road from inspiration to published work can be rather daunting  You've reached that dream (congratulations!), but many are still striving for it as we speak.  Is there anything you know now that you wish you knew then?  Any pearls of wisdom you'd care to share?

 The word persevere comes to mind and don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something.


A few quid pro quos, if you would please indulge us.....

On my nightstand.....is a radio alarm clock. All my reading material is in the garage. I'm afraid that all there is in my reading list are engineering reports and technical manuals. Beyond boring. But I do intend on reading Sherlock Holmes (Doyle) again this year. My wife bought me a really nice leather bound set a few years ago and I'm going to get to it.

If I wasn't a writer.....I'd fish more.

A recurring dream I've had....None that I can remember. That's probably a good thing though, I don't want to know why my pillow is covered in slobber.

When I was younger, I wanted to be....A fireman.

My favorite type of book to read is....Detective stories and Americana like Mark Twain.

One of my favorite authors (currently) is....Always has been Samuel Clemens, I don't have many favorites other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Clemens and Steven King

Final thoughts: 
Life is too short. Every day is precious, don't waste days, hours or minutes. Grab your significant other or friend(s), human or otherwise and tell them you love them. Take time to look around and appreciate your life and the world that we're in. Put your troubles aside for a minute and come to grips with the reality that you are in at the moment and enjoy the moments. Once you learn to enjoy and appreciate the moments, you'll cascade that enjoyment into days and years. There will be bad days but just remember that every day on this side of the grass is a good one.


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Thank you so much to author Charles Franklin Emery III for those candid answers (as well as the editing privilege)!  I'm sure everyone is enjoying taking a look behind the scenes on your latest venture!
Special thanks once again to Dorothy at Pump Up Your Book for letting us host the last two days of the blog book tour!  It's been fun indeed!

Until next time....happy reading!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Blog Tour: Day 1: A Man and His Maniac, The Bunkie Story by Charles Franklin Emery III

Welcome back, everyone!  It's a new day and a new post here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers!  Today, we are playing host to a book tour courtesy of Dorothy at Pump Up Your Book!  They help new and existing authors connect with readers across the blogosphere with their virtual book tours and this selection is no different.  This stop will be a two day event....book review today and an author interview tomorrow! (YAY!)  Let's get started, shall we?  Today's book of choice and book tour visitor is....



A Man and His Maniac,
The Bunkie Story
by

For every dog lover out there, there are at least a thousand and one stories that can be told.  From the "love at first sight" to "the time they chewed my shoes" and everything in-between, it's something that can't be helped when one of these special friends is in your care.  This is the story of one such lucky pup that made that connection with his new "parent", forming a life long bond that would be tested time and time again.

Bunkie was a "special" puppy to say the least.  Aside from his many run-ins with temptation that he jsut couldn't say no to, he had the fortune of having as many lives as a cat!  In his life, he was run over, lost for weeks, in a car accident.....more times than one cares to ever imagine.  The poor pup!  You'd think he'd be traumatized by the events but not this little guy.  He's a trooper!  He would make Iron Man look like the Tin Man with the number of things he managed to pull off and still come out okay on the other side.  With each event, his resilience and hunger for life shown through, adding to the bond author Charles Franklin Emery III already and he already had.  To say it was love at first bark would be clique for these two....more like at first sight, and love through the steadfast joy they brought to each other throughout the years.

I will warn readers that although this is a great tale, it can often times be a bit "raw".  The author is telling it from his point of view, no holds barred so there are the occasional foul words (not to hard to imagine being said if you woke up in the morning to step in one pile of doggy goo...and then see about ten more all over the new carpet).  ALSO, while the author spins the magically true tale of Bunkie, unfortunately, time does pass....he gets older and lets just say while the ending is touching, bringing a box of tissues is perfectly acceptable (almost protocal).

As a fellow dog lover and owner, I can definite relate to many of the things that Bunkie did throughout his years.  One of my favorites....has to be the small, timid, bring-me-inside look.  Now, my dogs are not outside dogs by any means....heck, Ashley doesn't even like to go outside to do her business if it's raining!  (Seriously...she looks out the back door, turns back to me, and you could see in her eyes, she's thinking...."Um, yeah...I'm NOT going out there, if that's what you think...")  Bunkie here, being a larger dog, developed his own special way of tugging the heart strings of whomever was watching him.  One story shared tells of a time he was outside in the rain.  He was shivering and making the big puppy eyes (so sad!), only to be happily content the moment he THOUGHT you weren't looking, and back to his acting skills the moment you were!  (Now really...how many of you out that that have or had dogs before have not witnessed something like this?  They know they have us right where they want us...)

Be sure to check back tomorrow for day 2 on the Bunkie Blog Tour!  We'll have an interview with the author himself that is sure to be revealing (trust me, I've read it)!

COMMENT CREATOR
If you have ever had a pet, you can certainly relate to the funny things that they tend to do.  What is the most best "talent" your pet has or the most memorable story that first comes to your mind when thinking of them?



Until next time....happy reading!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Night Dance by Aubrie Dionne

Ever have one of those days where everything is going along semi-good and then BAM...someone decides to be a Mack truck and flatten you?  Okay, so this one wasn't quite as bad as that, but it rated near it.  I was typing up my review for this title at a computer other than my own and stepped away for about one minute....maybe less.  Being that I was the only one using the computer, I didn't save the document.  (Yes, BAD Insatiable Reader....I know....BELIEVE ME)  I walk back to the screen and some un-bookish loving soul decided to use that particular computer out of the two there to check something really quick and CLOSED MY DOCUMENT.  I mean it even gave the "do you want to save" prompt and they clicked NO.  (**grrr**) 

So long story short, after a quick breathing excercise and counting to ten, I started to re-type the review.  Now for any of you that have lost a review (document, essay, etc) before....your second effort is never quite as good as the first.  It's like it was so good (to the writer at least) that it escaped into the pages and now is lost forever more.  (*SIGH*)  Nevertheless, I offer to you the following post for a title I read this past week....hopefully it will convey at least part of the feelings initially intended.  Today's book of choice is....


Night Dance

by


Shasta is our main dancer, if you will.  In the middle of the night, she is called by the forbidden melodic sounds of a beat that speaks to her soul to an enchanted glen to dance and revel with other free spirits.  The unencumbered participants of this gathering are there for one reason and one reason alone....to let go of their worries and simply dance.  (Sounds appealing, right?  Well, not to me...not much of a dancer....but I can definitely appreciate the concept.)  One thread within the music spilling forth from the shadows dark is being strung by a man (his name is Jal, it mean wanderer) who can wield a fiddle like no other (not to mention, he's not too bad on the eyes....).  Entranced by his skills (musically....and his visual appeal), she can't seem to break free from the melodious spell.  When the music stops, she is heart-broken....has her mysterious minstrel abandoned her mid-melody?  (Geesh...there were A LOT of M's in that sentence!)  Hardly.  In fact, he has plans for her that go beyond her wildest dreams, if only she'll let him show her the way.....


I'll admit it.  I'm guilty.  Guilty of what you ask?  Well, guilty of almost forming an opinion about a book before reading beyond page two.  It's an affliction known to many readers called "I-don't-like-where-this-is-going"-itis.  (Yeah...totally made that up, but it works...or at least it will once I explain it further.)  As I began reading the book, I was almost convinced that it was going to be a romance novel...even though when the author sent it to me (THANK YOU!) she advised it was a Young Adult title.  I mean, it had all the ear markings of one with the flowery words, overtly descriptive passages, and dancing to the rhythm of the night (the night...oh yeah...the rhythm of the night.....oh, sorry....for those of you that recognize that passage, consider it your musical interlude.....anywho....).  So, you can see why I would be on that train of thought.....BUT if I would have stopped there...that would have been the true "crime". 



The book's genre is Young Adult.  It reads a bit like a Romance.  HOWEVER, this book is so much more than either one.  It's a story that beats with the music that surrounds us but also with a message straight from the heart.  BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.  You are always your worst critic.  I don't care who you are or where you are from, if you've got the highest or lowest self esteem on the planet.....you will always find something about your work, your goal, your life in general that needs to be improved.  It's not that this is a bad thing in general.....but only so long as you don't let that self-analyization stop you from continually working towards your dreams.  Fear and self-doubt can freeze us in our tracks.  Fear of the unknown.  Doubting our own abilities.  They are the key to many a person's undoing.  Fighting through these darker aspects to reach a brighter future...that is where dreams meet reality.



All in all, despite the heavy-handed use of adjectives (although beautiful) and the romantic-tinged encounter (although enjoyable)......I'd definitely recommend this for anyone seeking a quick read and a realignment, nay a renewed  committment to trusting in yourself and allowing that trust to flow to others so as to reach the ultimate goal in life.  True happiness.


Special thanks to author Aubrie Dionne for the eBook copy for review.  She was kind enough to send a few other titles my way, so don't be surprised if you see additional posts forth-coming about those as well.


Until next time....happy reading!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Taste Testing Tuesdays (12)



Good morning (or whatever time it is where you are), everyone!
Welcome to another installment of Taste Testing Tuesdays!
Taste Testing Tuesdays was inspired by 'Teaser Tuesdays', a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

On the menu this week is a quick sample from the book I've been devouring recently....it's a bit crass at times, but the story is VERY interesting...and right now the suspense is killing me (equates to must finish book very soon)!  Let's take a taste, shall we?





Dropped away from the ferry and swam toward shore until he was close enough to the sandy bottom to use it, clawing along until he'd gone far enough to raise his head from the water and risk a glance back.  He'd covered a few hundred yards and he could see the guards forming a ring around the dock. -- pg 312, Shutter Island by Dennie Lehane







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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 participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



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Until next time....happy reading!

Monday, January 25, 2010

ABC's With a Twist: F is for Florida by E.J. Sullivan

Hello there!  Welcome back to another week here at Satisfaction fro Insatiable Readers!  All kinds of fun abound this week with book reviews, weekly meme posts, and a book tour stopping by the last part of the week...how exciting!  Monday's are generally reserved for the "In My Shopping Bag" post and while that still happened earlier today, I couldn't help but share this fun little read that I recently paged through regarding my current state of residence and a fun way to help children learn their ABC's.  Today's book of choice is.....


F is for Florida
A State Alphabet Book
by
E.J. Sullivan
Illustrated by
Ernie Eldredge


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A fun rhyming tale
Good for both girls and boys,
Florida state is the subject
Now let's hear some noise!
From the alligators down south
To the air base up North,
Each place is covered
With a laugh and a snort.




My favorite by far
Though each section's quite good,
Is the 'H is for hurricanes'
Wish the season over, if it would.
But alas, with each year,
That threat is renewed;
From the A's to the Z's
Each name issued is boo'd.




Fret not my dear readers
Florida is not the only state covered;
The author had fore-sight
And covered a few others.
Each has its own book,
Reaching seven in sum;
The alphabet taught to young learners
In a way, less ho-hum.  (hehehe)




So pardon the pun,
As I finish this rhyme;
Hope you enjoyed the review,
Happy reading, til next time!

In My Shopping Bag (13)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.
Through her guidelines, your post does not actually have to be named the same and thus my post shall be..."In My Shopping Bag".  (just fits with the "foodie" theme a bit better in my humble opinion)
Let's take a peek inside my shopping bag from the past week....
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Purchased


Alas...none this week....


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Won




Penguin USA Enlightenment T-shirt
(via Penguin USA, Twitter contest)




Vlad Chronicles T-shirts
(Yep, I've got TWO!  Can we say giveaway to come soon?)




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For Review



Snow Queen by Emma Harrison
(via Jana @ HarperCollins)
(LOOK for their special feature coming in February!)


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Off on another adventure!
Until next time....happy reading!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Roving Reader



Whoa!
Now THAT'S a cover and a half!

Alice in Wonderland
by
Camille Rose Garcia and Lewis Carroll
ISBN:  9780061886577

I'm not sure if I'm in awe or creeped out...
You?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Roving Reader



Loving the cover re-do for this title!

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
and
Through the Looking Glass
by Lewis Carrol

Just in time for the upcoming movie release!
Check it out!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Food For Thought

Hello again, everyone!  Today marks the return of a feature I post once in a blue moon (hey, is the moon blue?  **looks at sky** Nope...oh well...), but it seemed fitting for the post.  It's all about inspiration and dreams. 




The picture you see (or maybe don't...I took it with my cell camera...in a moving car....from a distance....there is only so much enhancing I can do here people...) above a few days ago.  It was just a passing mere curiousity that I happened upon while waiting in morning traffic on my daily commute.  What is it?  Well, apparantly the back side of this public transportation vehicle needed a little cleaning and in lieu of doing so, someone turned the dusty canvas into a mobile work of art!  The drawing you see on the right is my own rendition of what was created by the original artist (not as good, but since the picture is not "all that" it helps with the visual).

Now you may be asking, "why would I want to see this?"  ...and with good reason.  No, I have not lost my mind or anything else drastic as that....I simply wanted to share what an anonymous someone chose to do with a random talent that they possess.  If they can make simple artwork on this awkward canvas, how far are they truly from practicing their art form if given the means and the time?


Today's food for thought goes to all the dreamers...and so the question posed is this.  If given the right opportunity, what would your dream course be for your life (professionally or personally, it matters not)?  Feel free to share in the comment section....who knows....putting the thought out there may be one more step in the right direction for you!

Until next time....happy reading!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Learning to Say Yes: I Don't Want to Go by Addie Meyer Sanders

Hello, hello!  It's that time again....time to share a quick review of another title that's sure to hit the mark!  The book featured today was a quick though enjoyable read brought to my attention through the (insert booming-echo voice here) Twitter-verse (end booming echo voice)!  Through the course of daily tweets the other day, Danielle (There's A Book) happened to retweet a post from Big Universe.  Unbeknownst to me previously (but I will be checking it out in more depth soon), the site offers you the chance to "read, create, and share children's books" and this tweet definitely followed along those same lines.  The offer was simple...a chance to read a great book for kids online for free.  How could I turn that down?  (Well, obviously I didn't or this post wouldn't be here but I'm definitely glad I read it!)  Today's book of choice is....

by
Addie Meyer Sanders

This is the story of a young boy named Joey.  He is going to visit his grandparents for the very first time and is in the midst of packing for the trip.  There's just one thing....he doesn't want to go!  So begins a string events that simply put...Joey does not want any part of.  New situations, new people, new surroundings...all things that strike fear into the heart of many children.  But what of the experiences they will miss out on if their fear conquers them?

I love the way that each situation was introduced as a blasé outing by the adult counterparts, and then turned into something so much more than the child ever had in mind.  Isn't it usually that way (at least as a child)?  We imagine a situation or outing to be one thing, and then POOF, we are proven wrong for better or worse.  (I must say I am partial to the "better" ones though.)  It all comes down to learning to take chances and putting trust in those we hold dear.  Would they really steer us wrong?  More than likely, no.  Will we grow from the experience?  In almost every case, YES....and that my friends is what life is really about (or at least one thing).  If we don't try new things or venture from our comfort zones, well many of us would still be sucking our thumbs and curled up with our favorite blanket.  (...not that that is a bad thing, but you can't stay there forever.)


If you are looking for a quick read, I would definitely head over to Big Universe to check it out...you won't be sorry you did.  I can imagine it as the perfect companion for any parents library of "how-to's" when it comes to raising their children.  It's a fun look at a fear shared by both girls and boys around the globe....all explored from start to finish in the safety of a parent's (or guardian, babysitter...etc.) arms.  What better way is there to expell the proverbial monster from under the bed?



COMMENT CREATOR
Everyone grew up with (and may still have) a childhood fear.  Ranging from the silly to the serious, they played big in our growing minds.  Do you remember a childhood fear from your own past?  Have you conquered it?  (Care to share in the comments below!)

Until next time....happy reading!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Childhood Revisited: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf

So I was walking through the bookstore the other day looking for inspiration.  Inspiration for what?  (Oh, how kind of you to ask!) I was looking for a book that I could post a review on for this very post as currently the ones I have finished won't see the light of the internet for a few more days at least (one is waiting for the upcoming release date during the first week of February and the other is waiting on the book tour next week).  What to do, what to do.  As I was perusing the shelves, I stopped at the sight of a familiar cover.  Now not that this is such a rare occurance....I mean for most book bloggers and avid readers, the cover recognition situation happens more often than not.  What stopped me was the fact that this book was one that I read back in fifth grade, so I'd have thought you would need to order the title in to be available...apparantly not with this particular book!  For all those that haven't seen this one, I offer it for the post today.  Today's book of choice is....


by
A. Wolf
as told to
illustrated by

So you think you know the story of the three little pigs?  Well, as with any story, there are always multiple viewpoints to consider.  The original story was shared by the media and the little pigs supporters, but this rendition asks you to consider the wolf's point of view, if you would please.  You see, apparantly the whole event was a misunderstanding brought about by the innocent search for a cup of sugar, one allergetic wolf, and the ill-timed comments of one rude little pig.  That's right!  The wolf was framed!  (dun, dun, dun.......)


In this entirely delightful book (Over enthusiastic in my description?  Nope.  It's really that good!), A. Wolf (gotta love the joke there) explains to readers that he never intended to finish off the first two little pigs.  It was merely a matter of events and coincidence that the first two ended up "as dead as a doornail" (gotta love the quote...it happens at the end of piggy one's and piggy two's story).  Was he really suppose to let food spoil?  Most parents taught their children better than that...the Wolf was as well!  How was he to know that the third neighbor and brother of the first two pigs was going to insult his family?  Just goes to show you that you should always put your best face forward and try not to insult anyone....lest you be eaten by a wayward wolf-ish type neighbor as the case may be!

I have to admit, I loved this book when we were assigned it as part of a classic story re-take project back in school.  It's short enough to be enjoyed by younger readers, interesting enough to ensnare those young at heart and the colorful enough to invite the imagination.  Speaking of color....the illustrations only ADD to this treasure.  The wolf with his scholarly and reserved air.  The pig's are given a little more of an ornery appearance as opposed to the sweetness that is often displayed in the original story....and may I say that the way they are depicted meetings their ends....definitely brings a smile.

If you have not read this book, may I recommend it to you?  (if not...sorry, I think I just did anyway....) It will only take a small window of your time, but will help add to a lifetime of literary memories.  Share it with others, read it for yourself....either way, you simply should read this book.  (okay, okay...I'm done....promise.)  One last thing, if you follow the link in the title, you will be on Scholastic's website regarding the book where they have extension activities should you be interested in utilizing the book for a classroom-type purpose.  Also, the author's name and the illustrator's name both link to their sites....both rather interesting indeed. (okay, NOW I'm done.)

Until next time....happy reading!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Taste Testing Tuesdays (11)



Good morning (or whatever time it is where you are), everyone!
Welcome to another installment of Taste Testing Tuesdays!
Taste Testing Tuesdays was inspired by 'Teaser Tuesdays', a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

On the menu this week is a sample of one book that I've been a bit slack on finishing (it's a sequel and I haven't read the first one, makes it a little harder on this one), but it is surely coming along....and a second that I am desperately wanting to finish prior to the movie release!  Let's take a taste, shall we?




Groves followed her inside and waited as she struck a match and lit a long, tapered candle.  "I, uh...don't usually schedule meetings so late at night.  I take it your calendar for today was completely filled?" -- pg 36, Powers by John B. Olson











He moved sideways like a crab and paused at each pile to count the number of stones and write it down.  When he was finished, he had thirteen numbers:  18-1-4-9-5-4-23-1-12-4-19-14-5. -- pg 139, Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane







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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 participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



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Until next time....happy reading!

Monday, January 18, 2010

WINNERS: 7th Heaven by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro!

What a fantastic way to start off another week!  For those of you that entered....it's time to announce the winners of our recent contest!  (Holding your breath and crossing your fingers?)



Hosted on my site on behalf of Valerie at Hachette Book Group (THANK YOU!) each winner will receive 1 paperback copy of 7th Heaven by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.  This had to be one of the largest contests to date that I have held so far....the total number of entries when all was said and done came to 43! (Thank you to everyone that entered!)  After all the tallying, I submitted them into the random.org list generator to give them a good "stir" and then asked the number generator for some random integers....TADA!  We now have our FIVE winners! 


My randomly selected winners....without further ado...are...

Stacie @ Simply Stacie
Ivy @ Book Reader Times
bison61
Jaime @ Copper Llama Studio
Danielle @ There's A Book

Congratulations to each of you...I've sent your information in so the book should be forth-coming!  Thanks once again to everyone that entered!  More great contests to come as well as book reviews and random thoughts!
Until next time....happy reading!
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