Winter Respite Reading Challenge

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

One Day by David Nicolls

One Day One Day by David Nicholls


My rating: 5 of 5 stars


At first I didn't think it would be amazing. I only read the book because I didn't get to see the movie -- yet. However, this book is amazing. It takes you on a roller-coaster ride that is life and connects you with Emma and Dex in a significant way. Whoever cast Anne Hathaway as Emma is a genius. I couldn't see anyone but her playing that role. Maybe it was the suggestion of her because I knew she was cast as Emma, but I could clearly see her in every line, every action, and every facial expression throughout the book. I love Emma. I love her attitude, her spirit and the way she loves Dex as a true best friend. Em and Dex, Dex and Em. They just go together. Dex, on the other hand, is pretty much a rake. But he does love Emma, whether he wants to admit it or not. I love him, too. He grows on you. This book is so good. I can't tell you much more without spoiling it, but it made me laugh, it made me cry...an hour after I finished it I was still tearing up. Simply amazing. Go out and get this book and read it! Now I have to get to the movie and see if it does it justice. I'll take my box of tissues.




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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Follow the Blurb Challenge


I came across this reading challenge today and thought it sounded really interesting. It's called "Follow the Blurb."
A blurb on the cover of a book is usually written by an author who writes in the same genre, but occasionally you find a quote from a high-profile, but seemingly random author. After noticing a few of these peculiar choices, the host of this challenge started wondering - if she followed the blurbers, where would they lead her?


The plan is simple. Choose a book to read. Once you finish that book, choose a blurb from the front or back cover and read a book written by the quoted author. Read 10 books in this fashion, just to see where you end up. Will all the books have a common theme? Will they be in the same genre? Will all of the authors be the same gender or ethnicity? Will they all have the same publisher? Are they all equally well known? Or will the books appear to be nothing more than a completely random list?

For the challenge, only read books that have blurbs, so given the choice between a few authors blurbing the same book, make sure to choose to move on to an author that has cover blurbs next.

The challenge runs for the year, July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. I'm going to try it -- even though I don't need to acquire any more books (never stopped me before). If you'd like to try this little experiment with me, go to Reading with Tequila.com leave a comment and sign up. Let's see where this leads!

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

The House at RivertonThe House at Riverton by Kate Morton


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Well, this was a very good story -- but it was very long. There were several different stories going on and when I was reading the last chapters, I had trouble remembering the first chapters. I grew very attached to the main character especially in her aged state. She was very loyal to the family at Riverton. I liked Hannah as well because of her attempt at independence and making a way for herself. Emmeline seemed to have such a fun life -- a real "twenties" life. I was expecting a surprise at the end and i wasn't disappointed, but I expected more revelations. I don't want to give anything away, but if you read the book you'll know what I mean. I like Kate Morton's works, this one was just a bit too long.




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Friday, September 16, 2011

Book Blogger Hop Tour 9/16 - 9/19

Book Blogger Hop

Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop!


Are you a book blogger? Are you a reader? Then welcome to the place where all of us connect over the weekend and chat about books! This Hop is hosted by Crazy-for-Books!

Every week we answer a question to help get to know each other. This week's question came from Twitter!
Thank you to @fangswandsfairy for a great blogger-focused question!


“As a book blogger, how do you introduce yourself in your profile?”

Hmmm...this is what my profile says:

I play piano at my Church, have a great husband and 3 wonderful children. I have always loved to read. I have a stack of books TBR beside my chair. I also like to be on my computer which sometimes keeps me from my books.


Looks like I should update it because it really doesn't say what kind of books I like to read. I will have to work on that. Thanks for the question! What about you? What does your profile say about the books you like? Can't wait to find out!

Have a great weekend!




Spooktacular Giveaway Hop


Spooktacular Giveaway Hop - Oct 24th to 31st - Co-hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Rhianna @ TheDiaryofaBookworm


What is a giveaway hop?

Simple - Each participating blog hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers to hop easily from one giveaway to another.

For followers this means lots of chances to win free books.

For blogs hosting a giveaway it means lots of new visitors.

It's a win-win!

Each participating blog will host their own giveaway.  I am giving away a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card!
How do you win, you say? Simple! I'll have an entry form posted and you put in your name, your e-mail address and if you are a follower. You must be a follower to win. The giveaway is only for US and Canada residents. AND, I love comments, so leave one please! 

Come back on October 24th and see the great list of blogs participating. So far there are 201!

See you then!