Sunday, July 31, 2011

Summer Giveaway Hop (International)

The Summer Giveaway Hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & BookHounds. It will take place from August 1 - 7th.
My Giveaway? I'm giving away the book of your choice up to $15 from amazon or the book depository.  So whip out those wishlists and take your pick : )
Here's how it will work:

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Review: Split Second

Split Second by Catherine Coulter
FBI Thriller #15
Genre: Mystery, Thrillery
Pages: 419 (paperback ARC)
Source: Putnam
Author's Facebook

A serial killer is on the loose, and it's up to Savich and Sherlock to bring him down.  They soon discover that the killer has blood ties to the infamous, long-dead monster Ted Bundy.  When they are joined by agents Lucy Carlyle and Cooper McKnight, the case is on.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Some Housekeeping and Fun!!

Beach Reading this Weekend!  Yesssss!!
A couple of things...
1.  I'm behind on my reviews... oopsy!  I'm having too much fun with the hubby.  Blame him.  Reviews will be coming out in a steady fashion soon!!  Promise.

2.  My internet will be spotty next week as I have recently moved into a new apartment and all the good stuff isn't up and going.  I'll do the best I can to get around, but I might be tardy in my responses.

3.  Blogger hates me.  I won't complain though, it might just be user error.  I couldn't change upcoming Why I Love Wednesday topics on the sidebar.  But I decided to post August topics here.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Friday Memes: Tshirt Mantras

Follow Friday Question of the Week:
Let's step away from book for a second and get personal.  What T-shirt slogan best describes you?

Well let's be honest.  I can only get so personal on here.  My grandmother reads my blog.

Thanks for stopping by!  Take a look around and if you like what you see, give me a follow.  If you have time, check out my YA giveaway, my ode to Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables, and my take on The Rose Notes.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Why I Love Wednesdays...Favorite Childhood Friend

I am returning with my new feature... Why I love which takes place on Wednesdays. Today's proclamation of love concerns our A Favorite Childhood Friend.

If you want to play along, feel free to grab the image (there is a button on the right sidebar now) and link your post in the linky. Here goes.

When naming your link, please choose the name of your post. Mine would say "Why I Love...Anne of Green Gables."
Please link directly to your post and not your blog.
Please participate :)

Why I Love...Anne of Green Gables (Anne Shirley)

Anne of Green Gables Boxed Set, Vol. 1 (Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island)I've read a lot of books and I've been reading FOREVER.  I can go on and on about my love for steamy romances or troubled WWII novels.  I've read some fantastic books as an adult, but there are some books (and characters) from my childhood that will stay with me for life.  There are some characters (and books) that make me teary eyed with nostalgia.  When I was a kid reading, I became deeply attached to characters.  Oh it was so hard to let go.  Perhaps one of my bigger attachments...Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.

Anne of Green Gables: The CollectionI remember this series so vividly.  I loved following Anne from her arrival in Avonlea to her eventual courtship and marriage.  Oh and imagine the horror of finding out that your adoptive family was expecting a dreadful boy to help with chores instead of a delightful and slightly precocious red-headed girl!  My heart broke right then and there and I was hooked.  Oh and I loved how smart Anne was!  I love smart characters (more than popular ones I guess).  

I used to have a notebook where I wrote down all the different names I ran across in this series because I was convinced I would never see them anywhere else.  I was also convinced that I would need the list for when it was time to name my own children (true story).

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review: In Search of the Rose Notes

In Search of the Rose Notes by Emily Aresenault
Genre: Mystery, Adult Fiction
Pages: 369 (paperback)
Source: TLC Booktours and Publisher
Resources: Author's Website

Back Cover:
At age eleven, Nora and Charlotte re the best of friends--until their teenager babysitter Rose, disappears under mysterious circumstances.  They decide to "investigate," using paranormal theories and techniques they glean from a hand-me-down collection of Time Life books.  But their search goes nowhere, and leaves both girls distraight and angry with each other.

In her late twenties. Nora is drawn back to her old neighborhood, and to Charlotte, when Rose's bones are found.  She was probably murdered, and Charlotte is adamant that they solve the crime.  Nora--who was the last known person to see Rose alive--is forced to reconsider her memory of the events surrounding the disappearance, and her own troubled adolescence following those fateful days.  And she's not sure if she's read to face the secrets that begin to surface.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

i {heart} YA Giveaway Hop

Lad and The Books

The I {heart} YA Giveaway Hop is hosted by Anaiz @ Lady and The Books.  It will take place from July 24th-30th.

Miles from Ordinary: A NovelI'm a fairly eclectic reader and reviewer so I decided to participate.  My Giveaway...An ARC of Miles From Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams is up for grabs.

Click HERE to check out my review.

Here's how it will work:

1.  This Giveaway is open to US residents only.
2.  I will use to choose a winner.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond with their information.
3.  The contest will end 11:59PM on July 30th.


P.S. I'm not sure if this hop has been canceled because I have no idea who else is participating and the host hasn't yet updated her page.  BUT I'm still participating :)  So this giveaway will be here for the duration whether or not there is a hop.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Friday Memes: No-Go Genres & Author Sit Downs

Book Blogger HopBlogger Hop Question of the Week:
What's the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, but just can't?
Hmmm...that is a hard one.  I guess chick-lit.  I try to read it but I just can't get into it.  I usually get all riled up about some stereotype concerning women or love or something else that doesn't matter.  It usually makes me feel like I'm reading fluff (like I don't read romance novels or something).  I just can't really give a logical reason for it, but it is just how it is.

You can find Blogger Hop HERE.

Follow Friday Question of the Week:
Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice?
1.  Suzanne Collins: author of the Hunger Games trilogy
2. Ann M. Martin: author of The Babysitter's Club series
3.  Janet Evanovich: author of the Stephanie Plum series
I'm sure these aren't incredibly creative, but I just want to be their friend :)

Waves!!  Hi all!  Thanks for stopping by.  Settle down.  Have a seat.  Have a drink on me (as long as you are legal).  I'm an eclectic reader and blogger enjoying my little spot on the web.

If you get a chance, check out my Why I Love meme ( I would love if you would consider participating in the future).  I have a GIVEAWAY coming up this weekend, so stop by again if you get a chance.

Review: The Dark Enquiry

The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn
Genre: Adult Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 392 (Ereader)
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: NetGalley

Partners now in marriage and in trade , Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane have finally returned from abroad to set up housekeeping in London. But merging their respective collections of gadgets, pets and servants leaves little room for the harried newlyweds themselves, let alone Brisbane’s private enquiry business.
Among the more unlikely clients: Julia’s very proper brother, Lord Bellmont, who swears Brisbane to secrecy about his case. Not about to be left out of anything concerning her beloved–if eccentric–family, spirited Julia soon picks up the trail of the investigation.
It leads to the exclusive Ghost Club, where the alluring Madame Séraphine holds evening séances...and not a few powerful gentlemen in thrall. From this eerie enclave unfolds a lurid tangle of dark deeds, whose tendrils crush reputations and throttle trust.
Shocked to find their investigation spun into salacious newspaper headlines, bristling at the tension it causes between them, the Brisbanes find they must unite or fall. For Bellmont’s sake–and more–they’ll face myriad dangers born of dark secrets, the kind men kill to keep....

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Why I Love Wednesdays... Favorite Genre 2

I am returning with my new feature... Why I love which takes place on Wednesdays. Today's proclamation of love concerns our Favorite Genre.

If you want to play along, feel free to grab the image (there is a button on the right sidebar now) and link your post in the linky. Here goes.

When naming your link, please choose the name of your post. Mine would say "Why I Love...Mystery Novels."
Please link directly to your post and not your blog.
Please participate :)

Why I Love...Mystery Novels

I have previously gushed over my love of historical fiction.  In fact, it was my first Why I Love Wednesday post.  But like most readers, I enjoy multiple reading genres.  So I find that it is time to gush once again.  This time, I feel it is time for me to share one of my first loves...mystery novels.

It started pretty darn early with Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown (before that it was Scooby Doo but we'll stick with books for now).  Could you believe what horrible things people were doing and an average person (perhaps Encylcopedia Brown wasn't so average) could figure it out and solve the mystery on their own?  It was insta-love...Me and Who-Done-Its.  It didn't stop there.  How could it?  There was so much more out there.  I then ran into Sherlock Holmes.  He made my brain hurt but I was once again astounded at the intellectual conclusions that I never saw coming.  The mystery seemed so complex and complicated.  Time and time again, I came back for more.  {Note to anyone who cares, the new Sherlock Holmes movie comes out in December...EXCITED!!}  So I continued on my journey and found more and more mysteries to solve (yes, I solve them right along with everyone else).

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Catching Fire

Hey All!!  I'm trying something new this week.  I'm thinking about switching from the Follow Friday and Blogger Hop Memes on Friday to MizB's' Teaser Tuesday Meme.  Let me know what you think.  I'm going to give it a try and see how it goes :)

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!
My Teaser:  I broke down and had to read Catching Fire even though I said I wouldn't.  I couldn't stay away. 
Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)
"I don't like self-righteous people," I say.
"What's to like?" Says Haymitch, who begins sucking the dregs out of the empty bottles.
"You and me.  That's who he plans on coming home," I say.
"Well, then the joke's on him," says Haymitch.

So I seriously couldn't get down to two sentences.  How do you guys do it?  So how's my first teaser post?  What did you think?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Review: In Her Wake

In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of her Mother's Suicide by Nancy Rappaport
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 293 (paperback)
Source: TLC Booktours and Publisher

From Goodreads:
In 1963, Nancy Rappaport’s mother committed suicide after a bitter divorce and custody battle. Nancy was four years old. As one of eleven children in a prominent Boston family, Nancy struggled to come to terms with the reasons why her mother took her own life. After years spent interviewing family and friends, Rappaport uncovers the story of a conflicted and troubled activist, socialite, and community leader. Drawing on court depositions, her mother’s unpublished novel, newspapers, and her own experiences, she highlights heartbreaking stories of a complicated life that played out in the public eye. Inspiring, honest, and engaging, Rappaport’s story sheds light on the agonizing nature of loss and healing, and reveals the permeable boundaries between therapists and the patients they treat.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Friday Memes: Getting Books and Non-Reading Activities?

Book Blogger HopBlogger Hop Question of the Week
How/Where do you get your books? Do you buy them or go to the library? Is there a certain website you paperbackswap?

This answer has changed so much over the past six months since I started this here blog. BTB (Before the Blog), I got my books from the Sony Ebook Store or ATB(After the blog), I get my books from:
  1. The publisher/author/Netgalley: these are all book review requests.  I love it, but I think I'm going to stop during school. I get so behind and feel so bad about it.
  2. I'M ADDICTED!! This is where I get all my impulse buys.
  3. Houston Public Library online (this is the most awesome thing ever!): I can borrow books from the library onto my Ereader.  It is super awesome because I can get the newest titles which I don't usually purchase on my own because they are more expensive.

I don't use book swapping sites.  I give my books to friends or hoard them on my bookshelf.

Blogger Hop Question of the Week:
What do I do when I am not reading?
Well.  I Blog.  That is all.
Seriously... I work from 8 to whenever at the District Attorney's office.  I come home and visit blogs, complete my blog checklist, and then I read.

I am super boring it isn't even funny.  I don't even cook on the weekdays.  How lame am I?

Waves!!  Hi welcome to my little spot on the web.  Feel free to take a sit down and relax.  I am an eclectic reader and blogger.  If you have a time, check out my latest Why I Love post and consider joining in next week. I recently read a nice cozy mystery which was extra wonderful because I had some reads that I just didn't click with before it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Why I Love Wednesdays... Favorite Character

I am returning with my new feature... Why I love which takes place on Wednesdays. Today's proclamation of love concerns our Favorite Character.

If you want to play along, feel free to grab the image (there is a button on the right sidebar now) and link your post in the linky. Here goes.

When naming your link, please choose the name of your post. Mine would say "Why I Love...Book Blogs."
Please link directly to your post and not your blog.
Please participate :)

Why I Love...Lady Julia Grey

Okay before I get started, I will admit that I feel as if I am cheating on Jo March, Ann of Green Gables, Lula (from the Stephanie Plum series), Emma, and all my other faves.  But most of us are moody readers and I can't give up this opportunity to gush about Lady Julia Grey.

Do you recognize the name?  Well I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't because I just met her yesterday.  I don't know if I can do her justice as I am in the middle of the book right now.  This character just makes me laugh out loud.  I LOVES it!

This spunky Victorian Lady might blow out a few windows but she is loyal and willing to stand by her man.  She's a tough and tenacious and I can identify with her stubbornness.  She isn't perfect by any means (I can't stand perfect people).  But perhaps what I like more than her penchant for getting into trouble is her intelligence.  I like kick-a$$ female leads like the next person but I LOVE intelligent female leads most of all.  While I adore Stephanie Plum, she's kind of just on the lucky side. Scarlett O'Hara impresses me because she never gave up, but she had to depend on her beauty to get ahead. Lady Julia is just plain ole smart.  Oh and she blows things up.  And she outsmarts her smart husband.  Today...She's my favorite character.  This is one character that that I'm not going to forget when this book ends.

Silent in the Grave    Silent On The Moor (A Lady Julia Grey Novel)  Silent in the Sanctuary

What about you?  Who are your favorite characters?  Do they change over time or do you have one go to fave?  Feel free to create your own post or leave a comment with your answer!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Review: Rest in Peace

Rest in Peace by Frances Devine
Genre: Mystery, Christian Fiction
Pages: 256 (Ereader)
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Source: NetGalley

In Cedar Chapel, where Victoria Storm runs a senior boardinghouse, things are quiet. That is, until she enters the local pet store and finds Clyde Foster, the owner, dead, and his parrot, Whatzit, frantically screeching. What clues will this bird reveal regarding a murder most foul? Unable to resist a mystery, Victoria, her fiancé Benjamin, and her senior cohorts begin their own investigation, landing them headfirst in a dangerous adventure. When their friend Miss Aggie disappears, leaving a blood-stained trail, no one seems safe. Will Victoria live long enough to unravel the clues and tie the knot?

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Freedom Giveaway Hop Winner!!


City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments)
Congratulations to Aik Chien from The Bookaholics!!  She has won a book of her choice.  According to the form, she would like City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. 

Thank you everyone who entered my giveaway.

The winner will have 48 hours to respond with their address and confirm their book choice. If there is no response, I will choose a new winner. Thank you everyone for entering the giveaway. The winner was selected by

Didn't win this time? No worries, I am participating another giveaway hop soon AND I have some kind of follower giveaway coming up (I really don't know what to call it...things are moving so quickly!)
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