Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Day 30: Reading and Sandy?!?


First off let me start out by telling you readers who are affected by Sandy that our hearts and thoughts are with you! I am the only one of the three of us that is close enough to be affected by this storm but being right outside of Pittsburgh we are only getting the rain, snow & wind and it is not nearly as bad as those of you in the NY/NJ/DC area. We are thinking about you and sending lots of positive thoughts!

As serious as this storm is on the far far east coast I knew we wouldn't get as much of it but I was hoping for a bit of a power outage just enough to cause me to stay home and just have nothing more to do than read my books. Lately I have been on the internet or watching TV (there are some awesome shows on out there) and haven't been making time to read as much. I need to do that ASAP! And then on top of that I signed up to be a new consultant for ThirtyOne Gifts and I am about to get major busy but that's quite alright! I love being busy!! 

 I am excited that this weekend I am going to have to go to Morgantown, WV (Home of my alma mater - WVU! Let's GOOOOO Mountaineers lol) for my boyfriend who has to take his Praxis II exams. His mom and dad and I are all going to drive down Friday after work and go to the Brooke v. Morgantown High game (he is Brooke's special teams and defensive coach) and then stay in a hotel so he doesn't have to make the hour and a half the next morning again for his test! What this means is that I get to RIDE down with them so that is 1.5 hours worth of reading and then if it is raining I get to relax in the hotel room and just read to my hearts content! Pray for rain for Friday! :) I am really excited just for the drive down because I get to play passenger! I normally drive us everywhere so I never get the time to read in the car anymore! This is like a mini vacation for me! I am going to pack up a small ThirtyOne tote and be on my way! :) 

On that note! I am going to update you on my current reading (not that there is a big change but still...)

I am still reading Solomon v. Lord and I wish I could make time to read it more. Today I am going to read at lunch though so that should be good and then like I said I have loads of time this weekend too!!! :) 

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Day 27, 28, 29: Monday's Manifest: Destiny's 7 Favorite Book Characters


Last time I made a list of 7 things, it was my 7 favorite books. Today's post is about my 7 favorite book CHARACTERS. One reason I love reading a series is because I get so attached to the characters. I never want them to end! I want to read all about EVERYTHING my favorite characters live through... Which could be why some of my favorite series are 10+ books long and counting!

Now for my list!!!!

And yes, this order IS specific!!!!!

7. Christian Grey - What Fifty fan doesn't absolutely ADORE the fabulous Christian from Fifty Shade of Grey?! There's just something about a hot shot businessman who changes his life for the woman he loves. Not only that, but the way he cares for Anna (and shows it!!) is heartwarming!

6. Ranger - From the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, Ranger is the ultimate bad boy - with good intentions. He doesn't try to make himself seem like a good guy, but he seems to always be saving Plum. If you're a Plum fan, you're either Team Morelli or Team Ranger... I'm definitely Team Ranger!!!!

5. "Bubba" AKA Elvis - Bubba, in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris has a special place in my heart. You don't have to already be an Elvis fan to fall for Bubba, he'll win you over instantly! He isn't the same man he was while alive, but this new "version" of the legendary singer is more than anyone could hope for!

4. Roman Draganesti - My absolute favorite from the Love at Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks! Not only is he an awesome vampy husband to a mortal... he's also [SPOILER ALERT] an amazing father! He takes care of all of his employees and seems to have a special bond with everyone!

3. Simi Parthenopaeus - I love Simi so much I named my cat after her! Simi is a demon in the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. She is also the daughter of Acheron. She is hilarious and troublesome, which means she's a constant source of entertainment!

2. Lucy Kincaid - Lucy comes from quite a family (which you get a look into in her series and the No Evil series by Allison Brennan), but she takes the cake. She overcomes a terrible situation in her teen years, and is a better person for it. I love reading about her life adventures and watching her grow!

1. Acheron Parthenopaeus - The leader of the Dark Hunters! He has quite a history, and in his book you get a look at his entire life... His book is beyond fabulous but I love seeing him in the other books in the DH series, helping out and leading others!







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Friday, October 26, 2012

Day 26: What Jamie Is Reading


What I'm Reading...

Just a glimpse into what I'm reading - Stay Close by Harlan Coben. This is a little different because it's not from the Myron or Mickey Bolitar series', but a stand alone where new characters and new situations are introduced. I recently became a SAHM, so you can imagine that our days can be busy.. especially now during potty training. Something that is a constant for me, what I do every week day - I walk on the treadmill and read with my Kindle! I love the time I have to devote to diving into a book.


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Day 23, 24 & 25: Review of Eleventh Hour by James Patterson



Even though Sergeant Lindsay Boxer is pregnant, she’s not slowing down.  She is trying to crack the case of who is gunning down drug dealers.  The killer is so precise that Lindsay and her partner, Rich, are beginning to think it’s professional – someone within the SFPD.

While they are working this case, another one comes in.  Heads, yes heads… have turned out at the old Ellsworth Compound, a house that has been around since the late 1800’s.  Two heads were being displayed in the garden behind the house.  Once the law enforcement team and medical professionals showed up, it was discovered that there were actually a total of seven heads buried there.  The house and grounds belong to a well-known, big-time actor.  This story gets a lot of news and it’s one they need to figure out and put to rest.

Lindsay and Rich do what they do best, along with help from Cindy, Claire, and Yuki.  When the four ladies put their heads together, there isn’t anything they can’t get figured out.

Another fantastic book by James Patterson – four out of five stars for me.  I’ll be anxious to read the twelfth in the series!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Day 22: Monday's Manifest: Ryder's Favorite Books



Children's Books

My son has three favorite books.

The first is Imagine by Mark Marshall. This is a fun one for the parents to read, too! It's big, it's the thick pages so it isn't easily messed up. The pictures are fun and the story is cute.

The second is Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond. My parents bought this book for my son, so he reads it all the time when he's at their house. He knows all of the characters - the dog, the dog's friend, the cow... and there is a cowboy and a little boy that they say is my son and his uncle! Such a cute book!

The third is Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton. I love reading this to my son. It's fun and catchy and it's one that's okay to read over and over and over again! My son picked up on the words and even helps me read it now.

Do you have a favorite children's book?




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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Day 19, 20 & 21: Apologizing and Books I Am Reading Right Now!!


Sorry it's been a couple of days. I was really proud of our ability to post every day for the last 18 days of the month. Well Friday we fell off the wagon. Life has been getting in the way of everything lately but I am going to make sure that that does not include this site. We all really really care about our readers and love that you guys look forward to our new posts every day/week. Granted after this 31 day challenge is over we are going to go back to posting 1-2 posts 3-4 days a week. not every day because let me tell ya I am exhausted lol. So on that note here are the books I am currently reading :)

  1. Soloman vs. Lord by Paul Levine - I got this one off of Pixel of Ink for FREE!!! Love it so far! Can't wait to keep going into this series! 
  2. Men Don't Pee Straight by Mr. Rick Dean - This one is hilarious! AND great news is that I am going to be posting a review, author interview AND GIVEAWAY!!! We are going to give away 3-4 copies of this book to our readers so stay tuned to hear more about that!!!! 







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Friday, October 19, 2012

New Guest Review: Mr. Darcy is back!!!


Dear Mr. Darcy. A retelling of Pride and Prejudice – Amanda Grange, 2012

From the back of the book:
“In this imaginative retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Amanda Grange now tells the classic story through the eyes of its compelling romantic hero, Fitzwilliam Darcy, in a series of revealing letters that casts a sparkling new reflection on the manners and morals of the landed gentry in nineteenth-century England…”

From amazon.com:
“Here, for the first time, are the letters written by the exceedingly proud and stubborn Mr. Darcy, covering the life-changing events that defined him—from the death of his father, to his control of his Derbyshire estate of Pemberley to his conflicted courtship with the lively, intelligent, and delightfully willful Elizabeth Bennet. Try as he may, he cannot deny his attraction to this woman with fine eyes, a playful spirit, a mind of her own… and an embarrassing family that is frankly, and utterly, beneath him. But it is Elizabeth who controls both their destinies, and whose surprises will change Darcy’s life yet again.

As a Jane Austen fan, I have read all of the published novels, as well as some spinoffs and continuation, including Captain Wentworth’s Diary (Amanda Grange) and Death at Pemberley (P.D. James). It was thus a natural progression to read the newly available Dear Mr. Darcy.

The title, as well as the writing on the back may be misleading, for part of me expected to find only letters written by Mr. Darcy. In fact, letters are written by most of the familiar Pride and Prejudice characters, as well as some new characters we either no nothing of, or are merely implied. Through these letters, we learn of the original owners of Netherfield, as well as Colonel Fitzwilliam’s family. We see the ordeal between Georgiana and Wickham from their point of view, and we get glimpses into two characters that remain quite obscure to us: Mary Bennett and Anne de Bourgh. All the while with the background of the Napoleonic expeditions in Europe and the ongoing war, justifying the presence of the militia in Meryton and Brighton.

The story itself, of course, is not new. We find in it the familiarity of the original story, while gaining more insight into the world of Jane Austen and the mood of her characters. We stand side by side with Darcy as he falls in love with Elizabeth, we feel Jane’s sadness ad being left by Bingley, and we partake of Caroline’s scheming to get Darcy to marry her.

All in all, it is a well written book and enjoyable to all Jane Austen fans. If you love Pride and Prejudice, it’s quite sure you’re going to love this book. It is not an adventure, nor a thriller, but more a work of reflection and the study of human interactions and feelings. I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves Jane Austen and would like to feel more of the story through its memorable characters. Rating, four and a half stars. Not five, because nothing beats the original story :D

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

AUTHOR INTERVIEW!!! Veronika Carnaby author of Bohemia



From the author who brought you "Bohemia", Veronika Carnaby answers Jamie of Read, Rate & Review's questions!
*Where are you from? I’m originally from New Hampshire, USA, but I’ve traveled so much for so long that I feel more a citizen of the world than any one confined geographic location.


*What inspired you to write this book? Take a handful of personal experiences and combine them with an admiration for the '50s, the '60s, and the Beat Generation, and there you have Bohemia in a nut shell. I think that, to some degree, the situations that one goes through during their life shape their creative work and that couldn't be truer for myself.


*How did you come up with the title? For me, a title comes together the moment the storyline does. It simply clicks. I can visualize the work as a whole and I choose a word or phrase that best describes it. Such was the case for Bohemia. I’m not sure exactly where it comes from, but when it does, it’s a beautiful thing. It’s just so evocative. Just by the title, you can gather a lot about the author, the story.


*Is the book based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Very much so. Valerie Freed just so happens to relate with much of what I’ve gone through as a budding writer and the period prior to that. And many of the characters and situations have been slightly based on those around me.


*If you had it to do all over again, would you change anything about the book? Not a thing. It’s all part of the learning curve. Any mistakes I made now will not be repeated the next time around, but there will always be imperfections. 

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Day 18: Book Blog Link Up



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Day 17: How I Keep Track of What I've Read




Because I love to read and read pretty quickly – and because I don’t have the best memory… I had to come up with a book list to help me keep track of what I’ve read and what I still need to read.  I have it organized first by the author’s last name so that it’s alphabetical when I’m searching the list.  Then by the name of the book and if it belongs to a series, an ‘x’ to show I’ve read it, and then a message of whether it’s on my Kindle to be read next or the date the book comes out.  Here’s a snipet from my list:

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How do you stay organized?









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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

TV Tuesday: American Horror Story

Ok so I bit the bullet and finally got the first season of American Horror Story to watch so I would be caught up on the style of the show and not shocked when I started the new season tomorrow. Let me tell you I love it!!! I was seriously spooked when I started watching them last night but now after being on Episode 7 of Season 1 I am much more intrigued and not as much scared.

If you haven't seen it before I will let you know that the seasons are stand-alone. You DO NOT have to watch them in order unless you are a freak like I am :) You can just pick up at the beginning of the new season tomorrow night 10pm on FX and watch from there.

Synopsis of the Season 1:  (From IMDB) A family of three move from Boston to Los Angeles as a means of reconciling their past anguish. They move to a restored mansion, unaware that the home is haunted.

My Synopsis: CRAZY!!! The season begins with you meeting Vivian Harmon a wife and mother who came home from grocery shopping finds her husband cheating on her with one of his students and they move from Boston to Los Angelos (why I have no idea) and they move into a haunted mansion which is the home to 15+ ghosts all of which have died in the house and because of the house. It kind of reminds me of the Hotel California - You can check out anytime you like but you can never leave lol. The things that happen to this family makes my skin crawl! It's crazy nutty psychotic fun!

Every episode begins with a clip from the past in a different year (1978, 2010, 1902...) and shows how the other characters in the show have either died or explains their story a bit more.

I'm telling you GO GET THIS! Rent it! Get Netflix with DVD's and watch it!!! Borrow it from a friend just watch it. I literally could not stop myself from watching this show last night until Mr. Lovely came back down stairs at almost 2AM and asked me when I was coming to bed! It was that good I didn't even care about sleep (and I love my sleep)

So tell me, what do you think about the show if you have seen it? Are you watching the new season American Horror Story: Asylum tomorrow night??? If you do watch it tomorrow let me know what you thought of it in the comments below!!!




Day 16: Happy Dictionary Day!



When : Today!

Why:  Well apparently Dictionary Day is in honor of Noah Webster, considered the Father of the American Dictionary. Noah Webster was born on October 16, 1758. So you are celebrating this amazing man's birthday!

So we here at Read, Rate & Review hope you will celebrate Dictionary Day by reading the "Good Book"......the Dictionary! We challenge you to learn some new words today.

Post some of your favorites in the comments below!


Pick yourself up a new copy of the Webster's Dictionary




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Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday's Manifest - Destiny's Favorite Authors

My Seven Favorite Authors!!!

I'm a bit of a genre jumper, so these authors will be all over the place! But I guarantee you they are ALL worth checking out!!!

1. Sherrilyn Kenyon - Particularly love the Dark Hunter Series! Her characters are all marvelous!

2. JR Ward - Well known for her Black Dagger Brotherhood series, my favorite is the Fallen Angel series!

3. Kerrelyn Sparks - Author of the Love At Stake series, FABULOUSLY funny series with love thrown in!

4. Allison Brennan - I have yet to read a book by Brennan that I didn't love, but I'm partial to the Lucy Kincaid series because she's just wonderful and she's one of my favorite book characters EVER!

5. Iris Johansen - I've loved all of Johansen's books, but her Eve Duncan series has a special place in my heart!!

6. Carly Alexander - Alexander wins my "My Favorite Christmas book" award for The Secret Life of Mrs Claus. I read it EVERY year, and every year I fall more and more for the book. So she in turn, has become one of my favorite authors!

7. Lisa Gardner - Wow. Just wow. Her books all keep me on my toes and I find myself scared to be home alone even well after I've finished reading them.


Day 15: Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Casting???


OK so EVERYONE that has read the Fifty Shades Books has been buzzing ever since we heard that the movie rights were bought! Who is going to play who???? Well I am going to let you know right now who I think should be cast!!!

Christian Grey – Chris Hemsworth

Ana Steele Grey – Emmy Rossum














Elena Lincoln – Charlize Theron
Kate Kavanagh – Anna Kendrick
Elliot Grey – Paul Walker

Mia Grey – Lily Collins
Ethan Kavanagh – Zac Efron
Grace Grey – Kate Walsh
Carrick Grey – Reed Diamond













Ray Steele – Billy Burke
Sawyer – Sam Worthington
Taylor – Wentworth Miller
Leila – Alexandra Daddario
Jose Rodriguez – Jesse Metcalfe













So what do you all think??? Any changes you would make!!! Let us know!!! I for one can not wait to hear who the cast is going to include!












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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Day 14: Cookbooks I LOVE!!!


Ok so today I am cooking and relaxing on my Sunday and I am so excited to share the following cookbooks with you! They are my favorites and I love looking through them for new recipes to try.


The first one is one that my dad's Aunt Betty bought him back in 92 and I love going to my parent's house and looking through this one to grab recipes. I suggest the Onion Ring batter recipe for sure! Its great for ALL veggies from onions to mushrooms to zucchini!

   

The ones listed here below are pretty much my favorite ones to page through!!! :) 




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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Day 13: Coffee Table Books?


Books to me have always been something to read. I am not much for a coffee table book with a bunch of pictures. It just doesn't make sense to me but that may be because of my lack of a coffee table for a display and my lack of space to hold one where my guests would be able to just page through them while they sit around. 

So tell me do you have a coffee table book?? How often do people really look through them??? I just can't seem to figure out why anyone in the real world that is not staging their house for a sale or a photo shoot for a  Better Homes & Gardens type magazine would have one. 

Just a random rant I know :)


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Friday, October 12, 2012

Day 12: Non-Fiction Faves


OK so for today's 31 day post I am going to share a couple of my favorite Non-Fiction books I have read. 

  1. Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen Degeneres
  2. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
So there you have it my three favorite Non-Fiction books out right now. Notice there is a comedic theme here :) I enjoy books that make me think and make me laugh!









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Roberta Goodman Author Interview!!!


Last Friday we shared our thoughts on the thrilling book "Snow Escape". This week here straight from the author in an enlightening Author Interview!

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Roberta Goodman

First, I want to take this opportunity to thank Read, Rate & Review for having me participate on their incredible blog. I appreciate that they are allowing me to express myself on their forum.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Philadelphia. I moved to Maryland with my boyfriend, now husband, back in October 1999. My family currently lives in a small town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Tell us your latest news?

I’ve recently decided to post my non-fiction manuscript, Persevering through the Unforeseen-One Couple’s Experience Conquering Testicular Cancer, on my blog in an attempt to reach anyone suffering from or having a loved one suffering from Testicular cancer. 
My husband was thirty-six years old when he was diagnosed with Testicular cancer at the beginning of January 2011. He had surgery and endured four cycles of chemotherapy, twenty rounds in all. As of May 2011, he’s been cancer-free. He went through hell and made it back stronger than ever and for this my family is grateful. He does have lingering permanent side effects from the chemo, but thankfully they’re not life-threatening. They’re uncomfortable at times, but Eric has learned to live with them.
Back when he was diagnosed, I chose to write about what we were going through because I needed a way to cope. I also wanted a way to educate people about what chemotherapy entails. Parts of my manuscript are extremely personal, but in revealing the everyday issues and or hardships we faced I hope to help others.

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always loved telling stories, but I didn’t even attempt to seriously write until both my children were in school.  I began writing my first manuscript at the beginning of 2009. 

What inspired you to write your first book?

The first manuscript I wrote, which I’m currently trying to acquire an agent with, was inspired by real life events that occurred on my mother’s side of the family. I spend the first half of this year revising it. My first published book, Snow Escape, was inspired by the harsh winter of 2009-2010. During that time, my area of the country endured three massive snowstorms, two of which occurred within a week of each other. About a week after the back-to-back storms, I was sitting at my computer querying agents for my first manuscript. I looked out the window and watched as more snow fell but this storm, thankfully, was going to pass my area and head up to New York.  I remember thinking, “Thank God we’re not going to get hit from another storm. Let New York get clobbered with it, because I’ve had enough snow. That’s when I had this light bulb moment. What if you had a woman in New York and she’s trapped in her apartment because it just keeps snowing? What if this woman uses online dating to meet guys and one of them decides to contact her during the blizzard, etc. The details basically came flooding to me, so I was compelled to write them down. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to write it in a way that would make readers question if the events were really happening or was Allegra imagining them.

Do you have a specific writing style?

It depends on what project I’m working on. For Snow Escape, I wanted to create an ambiance that gave people chills and had them on the edge of their seats at times. I also used humor to lighten the mood at certain points when I felt it needed it. My personal writing style could best be described as emotionally expressive, because I tend to get a release of stress and or tension when expressing myself. I also prefer the term “storyteller” because I love to entertain and help people escape from their everyday lives through reading.

How did you come up with the title?

Titles are easy for me; they just come to me. For example, Snow Escape was the perfect title for my published novel because a woman was trapped in her apartment and wanted to escape but snow was hampering her attempts.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

In the case of Snow Escape, I’d have to say choosing to meet people over a computer is risky business. You have no idea who’s behind that monitor. It could be someone harmless, or it could someone with a deadly agenda. Simultaneously, there’s also an underlying message to the story that isn’t initially perceived. People need to think about the way they treat others, because I’m a firm believer in karma coming back on them. I’m not saying my main character deserved to be stalked, but maybe she wasn’t as innocent as she claimed to be. If anything, its food for thought for anyone who chooses to read this story.
  
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Yes, I have based characters on people I know. Like I’ve mentioned previously, my first manuscript is loosely based on events that happened on my mother’s side of the family. They were dysfunctional and I chose to weave stories I heard growing up into a full-length account. Several of the events actually happened to me. Snow Escape was a completely made-up story. The manuscript about my husband’s cancer was completely fact-based.

What books have most influenced your life most?

Honestly, it would take me a very long time to mention every book. From classic to contemporary literature, I have varied interests when it comes to reading. Let’s just say I’ve been influenced and inspired by almost every book I’ve ever read and it would be an injustice to mention some over others.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I have two and I can’t choose between them. First is Virginia Woolf, because I consider myself to be the same type of writer. An incredibly emotional person, her books tend to elicit profound responses from readers because of the sensitivity she possessed. Tennessee Williams is tied for first because he was brilliant. I love just about everything he ever wrote, because his characters were so memorable. 

We here at Read, Rate & Review want to thank Ms. Goodman for taking time out to answer our questions! 

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Bohemia by Veronika Carnaby


Bohemia relays the adventures of four young people living in London in the 1960’s – Valerie, Emmaline, Jimmy and Lester.  The girls had finished school and were just hanging around their hometown.  They stumbled upon Jimmy and Lester and they offered them a place to work.  They learned to dance and then showed their skills every night while the guys served drinks at a local bar.  They all lived together in the same small apartment, but they were comfortable and they made it work.

Jimmy left for a few weeks and when he came back he told them they were all going to America for new opportunities.  The settled into a tiny three bedroom apartment in New York.  After a couple of months Jimmy and Lester came home from work with news that they had purchased an automobile; a 1956 Bel Air Convertible.  After only being in New York for three months, the guys decided it was time for the four of them to move again, this time to New Hampshire.  They were tired of the city and of the buildings.  They wanted open land that they were free to roam.  They settled in Nashua, a small town totally different from New York.

Valerie meets up with a friend from New York named Roxford.  He is a musician and landed a gig in Chicago, so Valerie goes along with him.  She had been looking for a way out of New Hampshire and this was her chance.  They travel along to various places and end up in Boston for the longest amount of time.  Valerie gets a job doing office work.  Her friend Emmaline ends up in Boston, too, and they get back on track with their friendship.

Valerie has become a writer and wants to get her work published.  She writes poems and she writes about their adventures and her life.  She’s trying so hard to get her writings in the right hands.  She went around town with her friend posting fliers advertising her penned working, hoping to catch the eye of someone that  could help her make a name for herself.  She finally caught the notice of the Angry Horse Leaflet and something she had written was published in the paper.

This book chronicles the adventures of a twenty-something and all the experiences she goes through at this young age.  Check out Veronika Carnaby’s official website at www.veronikacarnaby.blogspot.com or on Twitter at @VeronikaCarnaby.

I give this book three out of five stars.

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Day 11: What Happened To My Library I Used to Know?


Today (Wednesday...sorry I just had to write about this so you get it on Thursday instead lol) I went to my public library for the first time in probably at least a year or more. One thing about a library is no matter how many times you have gone into one, no matter where it is, no matter how old you are or how long it's been since you set foot in one you know where you are no matter what. You know it by the smell, the sounds, the feeling when you walk through those doors. Today I learned though that the library I remember from when I was younger and would beg and plead with my grandpa (he watched me while my mom was at work) to take me to the library no longer exists. It was dead. Not at all like the library I used to know. There were hardly any people in the place. There were computers open for miles and the employees were not those wonderful people I came to love for helping me pick out the perfect 5 books (yes I said 5-that was the limit on my minor card back then). The children's section was empty and there were no kids playing on the 20+ year old comfy plastic/leather chairs that I used to cuddle up on with a book and read until my eyes hurt.

The kicker.....They didn't have the book I went for! I went there for the sole reason of picking up the second book in the Key Trilogy by Nora Roberts (Key of Knowledge - Ironic isn't it?). I have read that trilogy around 3-4 times at least since 2004 when it came out. I have it on my kindle and I actually just listened to it via Audiobook about a month ago. I had checked it out through the online lending system that my local public library offers. The book was able to be downloaded and burnt to CD so I did so and let my mom listen to it when I was done. She was hooked and today told me she was on the last disc and would need the next one in the set so off to the library I went to pick up a hard copy version because I am out of CD's and didn't have the time to go and buy a spool of them. 

I walked in and went straight to a computer with the catalog on it and punched in Key of Knowledge and found 6 items available. All of them were my book!!! Yes!!! I thought I had hit the jackpot. After reading through the listings though something struck me. There was a hardback version, paperback, large print, electronic audio copy, electronic copy for an ereader of your choice, and a CASSETTE VERSION!!! Yes you read it right! CASSETTE!!! Now nothing against those that have a cassette player that you still use but SERIOUSLY?!?!?! I immediately walked up to the lady at the desk who did not look like she could be bothered with my petty issue and asked her to look for me so that I could be sure and so that I would know that what I was reading was in fact correct. Much to my disappointment they only had it available on location in Cassette form. 

What has happened to my library? I don't think I can ever remember going to the library and NOT finding what I went for. If they didn't have it it was because someone else had checked it out and I would just put my little name on the little list so that I would get a call when my book was returned. I know that E-Readers like Kindle have made more people spend less time in libraries because you just have to click a couple of buttons and you can find any book you would ever need right there on your screen. My TBR list has grown to outrageous and impossible lengths because of my Kindle. I go online and anytime I see a book that I like I buy it and download it. I get a daily email from Pixel-of-Ink and get a listing of all free and discounted books for that day. Now if I like a book I don't have to worry about whether or not I am going to have space on my shelves or in my home anywhere for it. I just download it and add it to the now 850+ books I can carry around in my purse with me. 

I just got really sad and depressed walking around that big library where I pretty much grew up knowing that my Kindle is going to eventually be the death of this place. I miss those days and just really want to know....What happened to my library I used to know?

How about you? Any of you gone to a library recently? How was it? How many people were there??? Let me know in the comments and don't forget to click the Giveaways tag to the right and enter some of our great giveaways we have going on! 








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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Day 10: Forget Me Not?


Today's 31 Day post hit me yesterday when I was doing my normal daily reading on my lunch break. Every day I leave work for my lunch break, drive to where ever I am getting lunch from, drive back towards work and sit in a grocery store's parking lot that I can see my office's parking lot from and read my book. This is my ME time. A time where I can read without anyone talking to me or asking me questions or expecting me to pay attention to them. For this one hour I am able to eat my lunch in piece and read my Kindle with no judgment. 

Well yesterday I got some judgment from myself. I began to read Reflections in You by Sylvia Day and after about 10 clicks through my Kindle I had to stop. I didn't remember what had happened towards the end of Bared to You to understand what was happening in Reflections. I was really angry at myself for reading things so fast and reading so much that I can't remember a book I literally read 3 months ago. In my defense in the past 3 months I have probably read close to 60 books by different authors, parts of different series, and I just can't keep some of them straight which is why I have a hard time at times writing a review for a book that I have read but haven't recently read. I have started to write them as I go or write them as soon as I am done with the book. (or I will once I get through this one lol) 

After about 3-5 minutes of self-judging I decided to just bite the bullet and re-read Bared to You and get it over with. Am I mad? Hell no! I loved this book the first time so this is just as awesome to read it a second time so I can remember and catch things that I may have missed in the first read. Sometimes a reader tends to fly through a book and you get so wrapped up in the story and the characters that you have no clue what happened to you once you are done with it!

I think that was exactly what happened to me with this one! 

Ever have that happen to you??? Let me know which book has totally carried you away!!! 

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