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Thursday, December 31, 2009

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01. New Year Read-A-Thon





This is a short read for a starter and quite hot for the ones who would like a Quickie for the day. I found this a look through looking for something quick to read and the cover was interesting enough for me to pick up.

Emma and Luke's baggage were accidentally switched bout and through their own quick lookie through each others baggage, they found some interesting insight on each others life. What seems to be a boring 3 days off station for Emma could be spent quite well and steamy indeed.

Book DescriptionBook Title: Switched
Author: Desire Holt
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing [Buy It]
Genre: Erotica
ISBN: 9781419925078
MSRP/List Price: $8.90

Quote: Emma had never been in such a maelstrom of feelings. Blindfolded, seeing nothing, she could only feel, and that sense was highly intensified.
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Switched by Desiree Holt

This is a short read for a starter and quite hot for the ones who would like a Quickie for the day. I found this a look through looking for something quick to read and the cover was interesting enough for me to pick up.

Emma and Luke's baggage were accidentally switched bout and through their own quick lookie through each others baggage, they found some interesting insight on each others life. What seems to be a boring 3 days off station for Emma could be spent quite well and steamy indeed.



Book DescriptionBook Title: Switched
Author: Desire Holt
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing [Buy It]
Genre: Erotica
ISBN: 9781419925078
MSRP/List Price: $8.90


Quote: Emma had never been in such a maelstrom of feelings. Blindfolded, seeing nothing, she could only feel, and that sense was highly intensified.
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New Year Read-A-Thon



Ok I have trying to figure out if I should join New Year Read-A-Thon up or not, but what the heck, let's try. Info of the Read-a-thon can be read up at Bookworming in the 21st Century site:

Now, what is the Read-a-thon all about? Promoting reading in the new year - 2010!

Starts: 5 pm on Thursday, December 31st
Ends: 10 pm on Sunday, January 3rd

You can read as little or as much as you want! Also, I'm planning on having a smaller event called Reading Into the New Year - where us bookworms can read as it turns midnight! I will be posting the sign up for that event next. Please partake in either or both!!!


Let's see how many books I be reading after this is over.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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Teaser Tuesday

  • 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!







Emma had never been in such a maelstrom of feelings. Blindfolded, seeing nothing, she could only feel, and that sense was highly intensified.

~; Switched By Switched
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Monday, December 21, 2009

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What are you Reading on Mondays



The books I have read in the past week:
  1. Earth Moves [Island Guardians 01] by Thorn Lacey
  2. Blood & Honey by Alexa Aames

Books I am currently reading:
  • Buster Bayless, Night of the Living Veg; by Philip Reeve

Books I plan on reading this week:
Not sure... I have lots to choose from atm



What are YOU reading?
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Monday Musing: Book Buying Habits

This week, Rebecca asks:

This week's Monday Musing is being hosted by Mizb17

When you buy books, do they immediately go onto your bookshelf to wait until you’re ready to read them (even if that means months/years from then!), or do you read them right away? What makes you do this? If you’re a ’shelver’, why do you think you don’t read the books right away? Do you ever feel guilty for letting the books sit there, unread? If you’re a ‘read-em-now’ person, why do you feel they have to be read right away? Do you give away the books when you’re done, too?


My Reply:
*hides* Well most of the time, my newly bought books are still being kept in their own stores' plastic bag. It either ended up in the end of my bed, or on top of a book shelf, or on the table ready to be "Librarything". Some lucky ones would be read right away if it's one of those books I must read! If that act is being called a "shelver" that is. I probably don't read teh book right away because it is right under my Must read pile (it's like I have a bibliophile OCD thing.) Yes I do feel guilty for lettign the book sit there, unread. (I have alot of them piling up somewhere. I am also a "read-em-now" person for some books. Obly because if I am in the middle of a series and HAVE to know what's happening next. I try giving away books after I'm done. "Try" is the keyword.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

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Teaser Tuesdays

  • 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!





A few moments later Claudio came down the corridor, his hair gleaming blue blac, light slithering and fracturing around his head.

"My Prince?"

"Find out what's in biscuits and send someone out for the ingredients. As a matter of fact, take the book I was reading on faeries and buy everything faeries like to eat."


~; Blood & Honey By Alexa Aames

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

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Booking through Thursday: Bookmarks

Suggested by Tammy:

What items have you ever used as a bookmark? What is the most unusual item you’ve ever used or seen used?

I am a collector or bookmarks, but in the same time, I happened to keep loosing them o.0 I surely need a box for future keeps. Ok, I have a few items for use as a bookmark, but I usually ended up reaching whatever the closest there is that's on reach.

1. Real traditional bookmarks (which includes the memorandum collection of LotR, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Scorpio horoscope, Bookcrossing, Quotes, etc)
2. Used Prepaid phone cards
3. Cute tidbits cards I found while shopping.
4. Book thongs
5. random scraps of papers
6. Origami Heart and corner page pouch
7. Few DIY bookmarks given to me by craft students from school
8. The DIY Crosstitch bookmarks I've made
9. Laminated bookmarks (No Smoking - from school no smoking event, Cutout from mags, box cutouts, etc)

How about yours? I bet i can find more things to use as a bookmark =D
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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Teaser Tuesday

  • 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!





His body hummed with power, and thoughts were hard to organize. All he knew was that drinking from her was dangerous, but that he would never stop. He also knew he loved her, though that was further inside him, insulated from the raging energy pulsing through him.

~; Silent Siren (Pact of Princes)By Alexa Aames

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

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A to Z Challenge



January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010.

How does this reading challenge work? Choose the option that works best for you...

Authors -- Read alphabetically by author. Commit to 26 books.
Titles -- Read alphabetically by title. Commit to 26 books.
Authors & Titles -- Commit to reading 52 books

How strict is the 26 or 52? I know it isn't always easy to find those difficult letters. The thought of finding the X's (for example) might scare folks away. It shouldn't! I'm a merciful host! (Ask anyone!)

If you want to give the X's a go... For authors, try to find an X in the first name, middle name, or last name. For titles, it doesn't have to be the starting word. Try to find an X somewhere in a title, and it'd count in my book.

Still can't find a book for the letter you need? I'll take your word for it. I've been there. I know. If your library doesn't see the need to order books just because it starts with an X, then I don't blame you for not wanting to special order a book that you may or may not enjoy. You gave it your best, don't feel bad. You can still make this challenge work for you.


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Countdown Challenge



1. The goal of this challenge is to read the number of books first published in a given year that corresponds to the last digit of each year in the 2000s — 10 books from 2010, 9 books from 2009, 8 books from 2008, etc. The total number of books required, therefore, is 55.
2. This challenge lasts from 9/9/09 through 10/10/10.
3. Crossovers with other challenges are allowed and your lists may change at any time.
4. Sign up using Mr. Linky.
5. Have fun reading!


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1. Rick Riordan - The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 5)
2. Jeff Kinney - Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
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1. Rick Riordan - The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4)
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1. Jeff Kinney - Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a Novel in Cartoons
2. Rick Riordan - The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3)
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I wish I read that Challenge



This challenge is for all those books you wish you'd read. It might be Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace, a Nora Roberts Romantic Suspense, the Outlander series or a childhood classic Winnie the Pooh. I have a very long list of books that I've been wanting to read for years, not to mention the list of books I've added to it since I've been blogging. These don't have to be books you currently own, you can buy them, borrow them or beg for them. This is a great challenge for getting those TBR piles reduced. So go have a look at what you might read and challenge yourself.

Challenge Guidelines:

1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
--Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section.

2. There are four levels:

-- Curious – Read 3 books.

-- Fascinated – Read 6 books.

-- Addicted – Read 12 books.

-- Obsessed – Read 20 books.

3. Any book format counts.

4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.

5. Challenge begins
January 1st thru December, 2010. Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to the post about the Wish I'd Read That Challenge. Include the URL so that other participants can find join in and read your reviews and post.


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1st in a Series Challenge



Challenge Guidelines:
1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
--Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section.

2. There are four levels:

-- Curious– Read 3 novels that are first in a series.

-- Fascinated – Read 6 novels that are first in a series.

-- Addicted – Read 12 novels that are first in a series.

-- Obsessed – Read 20 novels that are first in a series.

3. Any genre counts.

4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010. Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to the post about the 1st in a Series Challenge. Include the URL so that other participants can find join in and read your reviews and post.


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The Second Challenge



Royal Reviews is hosting another challenge that is near and dear to my heart since I love reading series. The 2nd Challenge is a chance for me to enjoy a series one more time by reading it's sequel.

Challenge Guidelines:
1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
--Non-Bloggers: Include your information in the comment section.

2. There are four levels:

-- Curious – Read 3 novels that are 2nd in a series or second time you've read the author.

-- Fascinated – Read 6 that are 2nd in a series or second time you've read the author.

-- Addicted – Read 12 novels that are 2nd in a series or second time you've read the author.

-- Obsessed – Read 20 novels 2nd in a series or second time you've read the author.

3. Any genre counts.

4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010. Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to the post about the 2nd Reading Challenge. Include the URL so that other participants can find join in and read your reviews and post.


Let's try... Fascinated. I probably read more or less this year on this one but what the heck. I'll do my best!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

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Teaser Tuesday

  • 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!





The next day another big headline screamed from the front of The National News:

CLOUD OF SECRECY DESCENDS OVER SCHOOL

There was no photo of me this time, There was, however a subheading, also in big letters:

"Innocent Boy Terrorized by Security Guards."

Next to it was a picture of Tim.


~; I Lost My Grandfather's Brain (6th Grade Alien #3) (Bruce Coville)

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The 2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge



Timing:
January 1st - December, 2010


There are four levels:

--The Mini YA Reading Challenge – Read 12 Young Adult novels.

--Just My Size YA Reading Challenge – Read 25 Young Adult novels.

--Stepping It Up YA Reading Challenge – Read 50 Young Adult novels.

--Super Size Me YA Reading Challenge – Read 75 Young Adult novels.

I'm not sure yet which I will venture, but I guess, lets try Stepping It Up YA Reading Challenge.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

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30 Books to Movies Challenge

button,30 Books To Movies

Timeline:
01 Jan 2010 - 31 Dec 2010


Goal: To read 30 books that have been adapted into movies, and watch said movies

Details:

• You don't have to select your books ahead of time. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

• If you decide to join this challenge be sure to create a post telling others. Also, please make sure you add a link back to this post so others can join in. You can join at any time!

• Non-bloggers may enter as well. If you have a blog, please post the review of BOTH the book and movie on your blog, detailing:

a) Your honest opinions of the book and movie
b) Which one did you enjoy more (book or movie?)
c) What do you think is so good about the book for it to have been made into a movie

Make sure you label the reviews with “30 Books To Movies” so it’ll be easier for me to link them.

• Series only count as one entry. For example, even though there are 7 Harry Potter books, altogether they only count as 1 of the 30 books because they belong to the same series.

• At the end of the challenge, I'll randomly pick 2 participants to receive some goodies. Note that participants are only eligible to win the goodies if they've posted all the reviews of the 30 books and movies on their blog.


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Friday, November 27, 2009

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Friday Finds

What great books did you hear about/discover this past week (and add to your TBR lists)? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds



* 10 Best Arthurian Legends EVER! // Margaret Simpson
* Night of the Living Veg // Philip Reeve
* First Lord's Fury // Jim Butcher
* Dark Side of Dawn // Kathryn Smith
* The Greek Gods
* Horrible Histories Slimy Stuarts
* The Revenge of the Shadow King //Derek Benz & J.S. Lewis
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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Teaser Tuesday

  • 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!





The young goat-god Pan was shouting with joy. Later he said that it was his shout that made the Titans flee. That is where we get the word "panic"

~; The Greek Gods (Evslin, Evslin & Hoopes)

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Monday, November 23, 2009

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1010 Category Challenge

The 1010 Challenge is a group challenge on LibraryThing (challenge link). The challenge is to read books from 10 categories in 2010. I am going to read 10 books in each category.

TimeLine:

January 1st, 2010 - December 31, 2010

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

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PW’s Best Books of 2009

PW Top 10

* Cheever: A Life by Blake Bailey
* Await Your Reply: A Novel by Dan Chaon

* A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon by Neil Sheehan
* In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
* Big Machine by Victor LaValle
* The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes
* Stitches by David Small
* Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford
* Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer
* The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann

Fiction

* The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
* The Fate of Katherine Carr by Thomas H. Cook
* Spooner by Pete Dexter
* Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
* The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam
* Ravens by George Dawes Green
* Tinkers by Paul Harding
* The Believers by Zoë Heller
* The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
* How to Sell by Clancy Martin
* New World Monkeys by Nancy Mauro
* The Last War by Ana Menendez
* Nemesis by Jo Nesbø
* Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips
* The Cry of the Sloth by Sam Savage
* Drood by Dan Simmons
* Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
* The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
* Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
* Once the Shore by Paul Yoon

Poetry

* Chronic by D.A. Powell
* Museum of Accidents by Rachel Zucker
* The Bitter Withy by Donald Revell
* The Collected Poems of C.P. Cavafy
* Upgraded to Serious by Heather McHugh

Mystery

* Bryant and May on the Loose by Christopher Fowler
* The Wrong Mother by Sophie Hannah
* The Dark Horseby Craig Johnson
* The Silent Hour by Michael Koryta
* Londongrad by Reggie Nadelson
* The Lord of Death by Eliot Pattison
* The Cloud Pavilionby Laura Joh Rowland

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

* The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
* Lovecraft Unbound edited by Ellen Datlow
* The Devil’s Alphabet by Daryl Gregory
* The City & the City by China Miéville
* Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Mass Market

* Captive of Sin by Anna Campbell
* Soulless by Gail Carriger
* A Dark Love by Margaret Carroll
* Child of Fire by Harry Connolly
* Hunt at the Well of Eternity by Gabriel Hunt, as told to James Reasoner

Comics

* Parker: The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke and Richard Stark
* Driven by Lemons by Josh Cotter
* Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitriou with art by Alecos Papdatos and Annie Di Donna
* The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders by Emmanuel Guibert and Didier Lefèvre
* Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
* Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe by Bryan Lee O’Malley
* Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco
* A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
* You’ll Never Know: A Good and Decent Man by Carol Tyler
* Pluto by Naoki Urasawa

Nonfiction

* Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater by Frank Bruni
* Land of the Lost Souls: My Life on the Streets by Cadillac Man
* Columbine by Dave Cullen
* Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich
* The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
* Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape edited by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti
* Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin
* Food for Thought, Thought for Food edited by Richard Hamilton and Vincente Todolo
* Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Janzen
* The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
* The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream by Patrick Radden Keefe
* True Compass: A Memoir by Edward M. Kennedy
* Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
* Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer
* Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn
* Gabriel García Márquez by Gerald Martin
* Green Metropolis by David Owen
* Larry’s Kidney: Being the True Story of How I Found Myself in China with My Black Sheep Cousin and His Mail-Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Get Him a Transplant—and Save His Life by Daniel Asa Rose
* Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith
* Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan by Doug Stanton
* Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957–1965 by Sam Stephenson
* Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout
* Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 by Gordon S. Wood

Religion

* Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir by Susan E. Isaacs
* The Case for God by Karen Armstrong
* The End of Suffering: Finding Purpose in Our Pain by Scott Cairns
* Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality by Barbara Bradley Hagerty
* The Future of Faith by Harvey Cox
* Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
* In Due Season: A Man’s Life by Paul Wilkes
* Judas: A Biography by Susan Gubar
* Muslims in America: A Short History by Edward E. Curtis IV
* Rashi by Elie Wiesel

Lifestyle

* Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy by Lidia Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali
* Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan
* Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller
* Child Care Today: Getting It Right for Everyone by Penelope Leach Gourmet Today by Ruth Reichl

Source: Publishers Weekly

http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6704595.html
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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TV, Movie Tied-Ins Reads

I love reading the books that has it's own Movie or TV adaptation. So I figured I should start listing them out too.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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Teaser Tuesday

  • 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!





Pleskit's bodyguard is a tough guy. He packs a gun and I figure he knows all kinds of martial arts and stuff. I'm using him as the hero of a comic book I'm trying to write.

So I was surprised to hear him scream in terror.

On the other hand, I suppose I would have screamed, too, if I had picked up my coffee cup and it turned into a squirming lizard-thing in my hand.


~; The Attack of the Two-Inch Teacher (I Was a Sixth Grade Alien #2) (Bruce Coville)

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Monday, November 16, 2009

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What are you Reading on Mondays



The books I have read in the past week:
  1. Playing Games (Disney's Winnie the Pooh) by Mary Hogan
  2. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Books I am currently reading:
  • The Nanny Diaries By Emma Mclaughlin

Books I plan on reading this week:
Not sure... I have lots to choose from atm



What are YOU reading?
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

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Challenges in Progress


Timeline:
November 1, 2009 and ends November 2, 2010
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Time Frame:
January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010
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Monthly Mixer Mele


Timeline:
November 1, 2009 and ends November 2, 2010

All you have to do is read a book that begins with a letter of each month or read a book that begins with the authors name (first or last name, doesn’t matter).

There are 74 letters so you will have to have 74 different books to complete the challenge. Books can however be used to complete other challenges.

You don’t have to do the months in any kind of order, just fill in books as you go along until you have each letter a book by it.

Challenge begins November 1, 2009 and ends November 2, 2010 so you have a whole year to complete! Lets break out them books and get busy!

N
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M - My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
B
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D - The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red - Ellen Rimbauer
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M
B
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J
A - The Attack of the Two-Inch Teacher (I Was a Sixth Grade Alien #2) - Bruce Coville
N
U
A
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Y

F - Frindle - Andrew Clements
E
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M
A
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C
H

A
P
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M
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J
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J
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Y

A
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G - The Greek Gods - Evslin, Evslin & Hoopes
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Once Upon a Time: 2010 Reading Challenge


Time Frame:
January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010

This challenge is quite simple..... read the fairy tales you grew up reading but from another view than Disney's version. There are so many great fairy tale books out there, that might take the same story we know but with an added twist.

These books can be Young Adult, Romance, Erotic, e-books, audio books.... your only limited by your own imagination.

I am going to make this an easy challenge to finish, and say the goal is to read at least 5 books, again if you want to go big or go home... read more!

The time frame for this challenge will be January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010. Plenty of time. Please do not start this challenge before the time, and don't use books you have already read.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

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Booking through Thursday: Bad Books

Suggested by JM:

“Life is too short to read bad books.” I’d always heard that, but I still read books through until the end no matter how bad they were because I had this sense of obligation.

That is, until this week when I tried (really tried) to read a book that is utterly boring and unrealistic. I had to stop reading.

Do you read everything all the way through or do you feel life really is too short to read bad books?

I read bad books. tormently. I have the give it a try thing, just in case if it picks up after a few. But most of the time I just put it down and look for something else to read.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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WWW Wednesday


To play along, just answer the 3 questions below!

* What book(s) are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?






* What book(s) are you currently reading?
I'm currently reading My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Piccoult. I must admit, I just finished watching the movie. I didn't really know what's the hype was about. but I know now.



* What did you recently finish reading?
I was supposed to be cataloging this but I ended up reading this earlier. Was very stressed out and ended up reading one of the Pooh books. I must admit it's a good light read.




* What do you think you’ll read next?
I probably be reading this one next.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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Teaser Tuesdays

  • 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!





There is Kate with hair and Kate all bald; one of Kate as a baby sitting on Jesse's lap; one of my mother holding each of them on teh edge of a pool. There are pictures of me, too, but not many. I go from infant to about ten years old in one fell swoop.

Maybe it's because I was the third child, and they were sick and tired of keeping a catalog of life. Maybe it's because they forgot.


~; My sister's keeper (Jodi Piccoult)

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Raved Books TBR

Actually this began as a challenge. But I thought, since my challenges are far more than I could handle, I say I just place the list in here. This list only consist of books that has been given really good publicity, given people keeps raving others to read them.

(This List will grow throughout the time)
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

~*A*~
- Amulya Malladi - A Breath of Fresh Air
- Ann Patchett - Bel Canto
- Anna Godbersen - Splendor
- Ariana Franklin - Mistress of the Art of Death
- Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveller’s Wife

~*B*~
- Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
- Bram Stoker - Dracula

~*C*~
- Charlaine Harris - Southern Vampire series
- Charles Dickens - Great Expectations
- Cornelia Funke - The Inkworld Trilogy (Inkheart; Inkspell; Inkdeath)

~*D*~

~*E*~
- Elizabeth Gilbert - Eat, Pray, Love
- Elizabeth Peters - Crocodile on the Sandbank
- Ernest J. Gaines - A Lesson Before Dying

~*F*~
- Frank Herbert - Dune

~*G*~
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Love in the Time of Cholera
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude

~*H*~

~*I*~
Ian McEwan - Atonement

~*J*~
- Jane Austen - (Persuasion; Pride & Prejudice; Manfielf Park; Emma; Northanger Abbey, Sense & Sensibility)
- Jay Kopelman, Roth - From Baghdad, with Love
- John Grogan - Marley and Me
- John Irving -A Prayer for Owen Meany
- Jonathan Anthony Stroud - The Bartimaeus Trilogy (The Amulet of Samarkand; The Golem's Eye ; Ptolemy's Gate )

~*K*~
- Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns

~*L*~
- Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina
- Lois Lowry - The Giver

~*M*~
- Marilynne Robinson - Gilead
- Marina Fiorato - The Glassblower of Murano

~*N*~
- Neil Gaiman - American Stand; StarDust

~*O*~
Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game

~*P*~

~*Q*~

~*R*~
- Richard Paul Evans - A Perfect Day
- Rick Riordan - Percy Jackson & The Olympian Series (The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; The Titan's Curse; The Battle of the Labyrinth; The Last Olympian)

~*S*~
- Scott Westerfeld - Uglies Series (Uglies; Pretties; Specials; Extras )
- Stephen King - The Stand
- Sue Monk Kidd - The Secret Life of Bees
- Susan Beth Pfeffer - Life As We Knew It
- Susanna Clarke - Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
- Stephenie Meyer - Twilight; New Moon; Eclipse; Breaking Dawn

~*T*~
- Ted Dekker - The Circle Series (Green; Black; Red; White)
- Toni Morrison - Beloved

~*U*~
- Yann Martell - Life of Pi

~*V*~

~*W*~

~*X*~

~*Y*~

~*Z*~




Yes I haven't read some of these but what can I say, they are still in my list.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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Teaser Tuesdays

  • 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!





"Very odd," Sophie said, reading his list. "First, David's key vanishes. Then a bag of potato chips --- twice. Then Miss Allen's watch. brownie disappears but you find its ribbon and plastic on the trail to Camp Whispering Pines. A man who remins you of a black widow yells at you guys. And someone steals food from the ski patrol lay, three days in a row."

~pg. 40; The Blizzard on Blue Mountain (Kristina Gregory)

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

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Sunday Synopsis: 18 October 2009

Reviews:
  • Sudden Desire By Lauren Dane


  • UPCOMING REVIEWS:

    • Jeff Kinney - The Wimpy Kid

    • Lorelei James - Long Hard Ride

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    Monday, September 28, 2009

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    Musing Monday: Wishlist

    This week, Rebecca asks:

    Do you keep a book wishlist, either on paper, Amazon/etc, or via a book database site (Shelfari, GoodReads, LibraryThing)? If yes, do you share this list with others (especially coming up to Christmas)?

    Ok... My wishlist is kinda lengthy. It is as lengthy (of more) as my TBR list. It has a mind of it's own since every week (thanks to friends, family and fellow weekly memes recommendations). Hence people around me usually just commented about I have oh enough books for a life time to get some more. Which I hope, won't stop them to give me gift cards ;)

    I have my wishlist everywhere, anywhere. The main one is rather in my Amazon account where I get most of my books. I also have them written down somewhere in a book. not to forget there is an Excel file dedicated to it somewhere, which I have a copy in my cell phone (yes I am pretty much equip on it. I have also started to have wishlist tags in my Bookcross, BookMooch and my personal sites. As for late, I have the inkling to make one in my "Oh The Mountain of TBRs" Blog. yes.. I can never be unequip with my wishlist!

    So any takers?
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    Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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    Teaser Tuesday

    • 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!






    Caroline didn't seem to notice. "A lot of things changed while you were gone this summer, Elena." she continued. "And just maybe your time on the throne is running out."

    Elena had flushed; she could feel it. She struggled to keep her voice steady. "Maybe," she said. "But I wouldn't buy a scepter just yet if I were you, Caroline." She turned and went into the lunchroom.


    The Awakening ~ Vampire Diaries (LJ Smith)

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    Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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    BBAW: Reading Meme


    Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
    I try not to eat while reading. Messy!

    Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
    I usually have post-its or paper handy to write notes on

    How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?
    All sort of ways. Bookmark with a proper bookmark, used phone card, paper, post-its. I only dog-eared when I have nothing on me (much like an emergency)

    Laying the book flat open?
    Ouch! Spine!

    Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
    Fiction mostly. But I occasionally dive in some non-fictions.

    Hard copy or audiobooks?
    Hardcopy and e-books!

    Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?
    Either. If I am in the middle of a passage where i'm in the middle of an action I have to finish the chapter. If it's a slow book, I could put it down easily.

    If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
    Not quite. I usually look it up after I put the book down.

    What are you currently reading?
    Battle of the Labyrinth - Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series.

    What is the last book you bought?
    Narnia Series

    Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?
    Depends on where I am. If I managed to bring the book everywhere, I just read one, if I left the book at home and got bored at work, I have 2.

    Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
    Night, before I go to sleep. In my bed.

    Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
    Either is fine, but Series is a much more interesting.

    Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
    oh!!! I have so many to suggest! Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Narnia Series, Memoirs of a Geisha, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, etc!

    How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
    Depends on where. Physically.. by tbrs on dates I bought them on
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    Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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    Teaser Tuesdays

    • 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!





    “What about ‘What walks on four
    legs in the morning’?”

    “I beg your pardon?” the Sphinx said, clearly annoyed now.

    “The riddle about the man. He walks on four legs in the morning, like a baby, two legs in the afternoon, like an adult, and three legs in the evening, as an old man with a cane. That’s the riddle you used to ask.”

    “Exactly why we changed the test!” the Sphinx exclaimed. “You already knew the answer. Now second question, what is the square root of sixteen?”


    ~pg. 117; The Battle of The Labyrinth (Rick Riordan)

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