Showing newest 12 of 14 posts from January 2011. Show older posts
Showing newest 12 of 14 posts from January 2011. Show older posts

Monday, January 31, 2011

Do you love books?? Epic Giveaway @ The Secret Adventures of WriterGirl

Wow, look at all these great books! I totally see a TON that I would love to win:)
So Heather Zundel is holding this awesome giveaway where you can win a ton of books. She is trying to build her following on her blog. To learn more, visit her blog, PLEASE tell her My Chaotic Ramblings sent you!!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Daily Dose (#2)

Daily Dose is a wonderful meme hosted by Holly of Good Golly Miss Holly. I've been waiting for a chance to show of some of the photos I have found from around the web that I have fallen in love with and this is the perfect meme for me:)

See you all next week for some more Daily Dose:)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

In My Mailbox.. 1/29/11

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie

This is the first of hopefully many In My Mailbox posts I will be doing. This week we are covering the last month, so there are a handful of goodies:)

Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann
Amaryllis in Blueberry by Christina Meldrum

Strings Attached by Judy Blundell

Wolf Fever by Terry Spear
When She Sleeps by Leora Krygier
Harmless by Dana Reinhardt
The Things A Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt


See those adorable book thongs?? Those are from It's A Blessing and will be paired with a couple of great books during the hop.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Daily Dose (#1)

Daily Dose is a wonderful meme hosted by Holly of Good Golly Miss Holly. I've been waiting for a chance to show of some of the photos I have found from around the web that I have fallen in love with and this is the perfect meme for me:)

That's all for this week.. come back next monday for more of my favorites:)

Taylor Swift - Last Kiss lyrics~I've totally fallen in love with this song

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Friday 56....(1)

Welcome to my first Friday 56. The Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda's Voice. Make sure you head over there to join in the fun!!!

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Link it here.

It's that simple

“Roger, you are a naughty, naughty boy. Why are you always jump on the guest? You must not do that, Roger.” - Stay by Deb Caletti

* Quoted from an ARC copy, subject to change*

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Book Review: Lady In Waiting by Susan Meissner

Lady in Waiting: A NovelTitle: Lady In Waiting
Author: Susan Meissner
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Date: 9/7/2010
Pages: 352
ISBN: 0307458830
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Lady in Waiting: A Novel

Summary: Love is a choice you make every day.

Content in her comfortable marriage of twenty-two years, Jane Lindsay had never expected to watch her husband,  rad, pack his belongings and walk out the door of their Manhattan home. But when it happens, she feels powerless to stop him and the course of events that follow Brad’s departure.

Jane finds an old ring in a box of relics from a British jumble sale and discovers a Latin inscription in the band along with just one recognizable word: Jane. Feeling an instant connection to the mysterious ring bearing her namesake, Jane begins a journey to learn more about the ring—and perhaps about herself.


In the sixteenth-century, Lucy Day becomes the dressmaker to Lady Jane Grey, an innocent young woman whose fate seems to be controlled by a dangerous political and religious climate, one threatening to deny her true love and pursuit of her own interests.

As the stories of both Janes dovetail through the journey of one ring, it becomes clear that each woman has far more infl uence over her life than she once imagined. It all comes down to the choices each makes despite the realities they face. (Goodreads)

My Rating:  

My Review: An uplifting yet heartbreaking book, "Lady in Waiting" is one book that needs to make your must read list! It contains two stories, one about Jane Lindsay that takes place in the present, and one about Lady Jane Grey that takes place in the mid 1500's.

    The Present day Jane is waiting for her husband to make the decision of what he wants to do about the emptiness in their marriage, just as she has waited for him and her parents to make the decisions that have shaped her entire life. While she waits she discovers a ring hidden in a recently acquired book that she decides could have belonged only to Lady Jane Grey. Jane’s quest to learn more about the 16th century Jane leads her on a journey inside her own soul – a journey that leads to the discovery of what duty and choice mean, and the decisions she needs to make to preserve her marriage.

Each character is memorable and realistic. Lady Jane Grey will be a character I will remember for a very long time. Her story broke my heart and yet she amazed me with her strength. Jane Lindsay will also be one that I will not soon forget. Her story is of finding one's self and gaining both strength and insight and learning exactly what she wants.
Both stories, although different, were still about the same thing - choices. Those choices that were made for us, and those that we ourselves make, and what we do with them.

This is a fantastic book that has definitely been one of the best I've read in a long time. I'm now going to be hunting down more Susan Meissner books. She's an author that could easily make my favorite's list!!

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays....Lady In Waiting

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!

Lady in Waiting: A Novel
My teasers:  "It's Latin," she said. "From the Song of Solomon. It reads, " You have captured my heart, my sister, my bride."

 page 167 of Lady In Waiting by Susan Meissner

Monday, January 17, 2011

We Give Books..

I was browsing around my favorite publishers websites today, and while visiting Penguin, I came across a link to WeGiveBooks.org

  We Give Books is a free website that gives anyone access to the internet a chance to read a book and help put another book in the hands of a child, simply by reading a book online.
 After browsing the site and looking through all the campaigns, I have signed up and will be reading some of the books to the kids tonight.
  I think doing this is a wonderful way to help out the children that otherwise wouldn't have access to books, and I know that my kids love to be read to and we routinely go through their books for donating, so this helps out both ways.

* I am in no way affiliated with either wegivebooks.org or Penguin, I just wanted to share this with all of you.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Book Review: Haven by Kristi Cook

HavenTitle:  Haven
Author: Kristi Cook
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Date:  2/22/2011
Pages: 416
ISBN: 1442407603
Source: Publisher

Summary: One month into her junior year, sixteen-year-old Violet McKenna transfers to the Winterhaven School in New York’s Hudson Valley, inexplicably drawn to the boarding school with high hopes. Leaving Atlanta behind, she’s looking forward to a fresh start--a new school, and new classmates who will not know her deepest, darkest secret, the one she’s tried to hide all her life: strange, foreboding visions of the future.

But Winterhaven has secrets of its own, secrets that run far deeper than Violet’s. Everyone there--every student, every teacher--has psychic abilities, 'gifts and talents,' they like to call them. Once the initial shock of discovery wears off, Violet realizes that the school is a safe haven for people like her. Soon, Violet has a new circle of friends, a new life, and maybe even a boyfriend--Aidan Gray, perhaps the smartest, hottest guy at Winterhaven.

Only there’s more to Aidan than meets the eye--much, much more. And once she learns the horrible truth, there’s no turning back from her destiny. Their destiny. Together, Violet and Aidan must face a common enemy--if only they can do so without destroying each other first. (Goodreads)

My Rating:  

My Review:   The review for this book can be found at Rex Robot Reviews

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights an upcoming release that we are awaiting.

My pick for this week:
Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 11)
Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, book 11)
Publication Date: May 3,2011

With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can't 'read' vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his 'child' Pam well - and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human - and that there is a new Queen on the board . . . 

I have been not so patiently waiting for this book. I think I have reread the series at least once since book 10 came out and I just can't wait to get my hands on this one!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Book Review: This Lullaby By Sarah Dessen

This LullabyTitle: This Lullaby
Author: Sarah Dessen
Series: none
Publisher:  Puffin
Date: 3/08/2004
Pages: 345
ISBN: 0142501557
Source: Personal Stash
Purchase: This Lullaby

Summary: When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn't mess around. After all, she's learned all there is to know from her mother, who's currently working on husband number five. But there's something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy's rules. He certainly doesn't seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can't seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy's starting to understand what those love songs are all about? (Source: Goodreads)

My Rating:

My Review: I love Sarah Dessen, have since I picked up The Truth About Forever. And as normal for me, when I find an author I like; I search out just about every book they have written.  This Lullaby has been sitting in my TBR pile for a few months now, and I figured since there were no need to read books waiting, now would be a perfect time to read it. 
   I loved Remy and Dexter, I knew from the first moment they met in her soon to be step-father's dealership that he would be the one she tossed all her rules out the window for. And truthfully; I never did trust Don as far as I could throw him, lol. He just seemed almost too good to be true, and you all know those types. The story behind Remy's distrust of love is one that I am sure a lot of teenagers and even adults can relate to. I know that for me, it was hard to trust in real love for the longest time, just because I had step-mothers coming in and out of my life at an amazing rate when I was younger, but like Remy I found that one person who made me see things in a different light.
 I would have liked to see more of what Dexter was thinking throughout the book, but seeing as this was all from Remy's point of view I understand. And Ted, was just too much for me, though I am sure that is one of him in just about every band. Overall this was a great book, one that I am sure I will come back to again and again.


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