Thursday, September 24, 2009

Read-it-First: The Brutal telling

Last week, St. Martin's Read-it-First program allowed us to preview The Brutal Telling, the fifth installment in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, written by Louise Penny. The mystery takes place in a small village outside of Montreal – Three Pines. It is a quaint, cozy, little village where everyone knows everyone else. You could almost hear someone shout out your name as you walked into the local bistro. But, at the start of the story, the only thing that you hear are hushed whispers and sighs of relief that the murdered man was unknown. How could this be? And, how did he end up in the bistro? These are just a few pieces of the puzzle to solve.

The preview pages are well written. Ms. Penny does a wonderful job with description. I could picture/feel everything – the glowing embers in the fireplace, the log cabin, the terrifying trek through the dark forest, etc.... The descriptions do not feel heavy handed and I believe that they will add to the enjoyment of the story. There was also enough character development, in the small number of pages that we were given, to give me a sense of the characters. I like several and found them to be refreshing. There is some humor and a sense of closeness. I believe that I will be taking several trips to the small village of Three Pines.

Looking forward to this week's preview!

Read-it-First: The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots

During the week of September 6, 2009, St. Martin's Read-it-First program allowed us to preview The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots by Carolly Erickson. The preview started with the beheading of Mary. Neither a shock nor an attention grabber. I continued to trudge on through the week's installments. Sadly, there was nothing offered in the preview that could hold my interest. The writing was choppy at times and I found myself re-reading passages to make sure that I understood it correctly. Not something I particularly enjoy. But, did I read enough to make a decision? Yes. I will not be purchasing this book.

The next week has come and gone. There was another preview which, as always, I looked forward to reading!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Who Loves You Baby Award

Missy from Missy's Book Nook has given me the Who Loves You Baby award! Thanks, Missy!

This award is designed with one purpose in mind: Pass it on to other bloggers who have awarded you in the past.

I would love to pass this award on to:

Suko at Suko's Notebook
Melissa at Scuffed slippers and wormy books...
Sheila at Book Journey
Jemima at The Reading Journey
Natalie at The Book Inn
Jennifer at Just Jennifer Reading

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Read-it-First: You Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start In the Morning

Last week, St. Martin's Read-it-First program allowed us to preview You Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start In the Morning by Celia Rivenbark. This book is a collection of essays about the South and just about anything else that Ms. Rivenbark fancied. The topics range from perfect school attendance to action figure Jesus. I was hooked from the beginning. Was it the topics or the writing? A little of both. The first essay is entitled TB or not TB: Perfect Attendance Nuts Don't Care. As a working parent of three, this essay strongly resonated with me. I cannot count the number of times that my children became sick because some other parent sent their sick child to school. Of course, my kids didn't get sick at the same time – it was one after the other; therefore, I missed work three times more than I should have. My husband and I joking refer to this phenomenon as the army of the 12 monkeys. I found this essay to be quite humorous and had to endure the looks from family as I read (and laughed). Two other essays were presented for the preview. The first of the two is Poseable Jesus Meets Poser Ken. Where would one find a poseable Jesus doll? Walmart, of course. According to Ms. Rivenbark, he will probably be found near the Bratz dolls. And, the second is Let's Go See "Gobbler" Up at the Funeral Home. In this essay, Ms. Rivenbark explores the eccentricities of Southerners and small town living. Ms. Rivenbark did not fail in either of these essay. They were both enjoyable and funny.

The writing had a sarcastic bite which I found refreshing. At times, I felt as though I was listening in on someone's private thoughts. You know, the things that are not meant to be said out load – the things you wish you could say. Overall, I found the preview to be both interesting and entertaining. This is a book I would definitely pick up.

Looking forward to the next preview!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Your Blog Rocks Award

Missy from Missy's Book Nook has awarded me with the "Your Blog Rocks Award". Thank you so much Missy!

I want to pass this award on to some other blogs that I think ROCK!

Tutu's Two Cents
Coconut Library
The Magic Lasso

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Zombie Chicken Award

Thanks to Suko at Suko's Notebook for this award.

I bet you are all wondering what is the meaning of this award? See below for the explanation.

"The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken-- excellence, grace, and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all."

In order to avoid the wrath of the zombie chickens, I bestow this award on the following bloggers:

Heather at Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World
Jennifer at (Semi) Intellectual Blathering
Cheli Cheli's Shelves

ABC meme

Natalie of The Book Inn tagged me this ABC meme!

Here are the rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Share your ABC’s.
3. Tag three people at the end by linking to their blogs.
4. Let the three tagged people know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
5. Do not tag the same person repeatedly but try to tag different people, so there is a big network of bloggers doing this tag.

Available or single? married
Best Friend? my husband
Cake or Pie? mousse cake
Drink of choice? water
Essential item for every day use? glasses
Favorite color? dusty rose
Google? yes
Hometown? canton
Indulgences? books, dvds
January or February? neither
Kids and their names? laura, marissa, benjamin
Life is incomplete without…? my family
Marriage date? occurred
Number of siblings? 1
Oranges or apples? apples
Phobias and fears? snakes, anesthesia
Quote for the day?
"dance as though no one is watching you, love as though you have never been hurt before, sing as though no one can hear you, live as though heaven is on earth" - souza

Reason to smile? my family
Season? spring
Tag 3 people?
Michael @ A Few Minutes With Michael
Cindy @ Cindy's Love of Books
Gwendolyn @ A Sea of Books
And anyone else who would like to play!

Unknown fact about me? wanted to be a lawyer
Vegetable you hate? bok choy
Worst habit? over planning
X-rays you’ve had? back, knee, hips
Your fave food? ???
Zodiac sign? cancer