- The Gift of the Magi
- The Cop and the Anthem
- Springtime a la Carte
- The Green Door
- After Twenty Years
- The Furnished Room
- The Pimienta Packages
- The Last Leaf
- The Voice of the City
- While the Auto Waits
- A Retrieved Reformation
- A Municipal Report
- A Newspaper Story
- The Ransom of Red Chief
- A Ghost of a Chance
- Makes the Whole World Kin
I truly enjoyed The Gift of the Magi (a story about love being more powerful than earthly possessions), The Cop and the Anthem (actually made me laugh out loud), Springtime a la Carte (I’m a sucker for love), The Pimienta Pancakes (so funny and ironic), The Last Leaf (because it was beautiful), and The Ransom of Red Chief (hilarious). The other stories weren’t to my taste but still interesting enough to read. I don’t want to give you more than that so I don’t ruin them for you, but it was a very quick and entertaining read.
- The Gift of the Magi
Now off to finish my holiday reading list.
This is a great way to combine 1st in a Series with this one. The only thing with 2nds is doesn't have to be a series book. It can be a book from an author you've just read one book from before.Here are the guidelines:
1. Anyone can join. You don't need to have a blog to participate.
2. Read 12 books by authors that you have only read once. It doesn't have to be a series.
3. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2009. Don't start reading until January.
4. You may list your chosen books any time during the year. Change the list if needed.
This sounds like a great challenge for me. Although I will not be joining the 1sts challenge, I think this one will work well to get me to read more books from authors I've recently begun reading and liked. :)
Guidelines for 2009 Young Adult Book Challenge:
1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
2. Read 12 Young Adult novels. You may list your chosen books any time during the year. Change the list if needed.
3. Challenge begins January thru December, 2009.
4. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2009.
2. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
3. Nation by Terry Pratchett
4. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
5. Anathem by Neal Stephenson
6. American Wife: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld
7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
8. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel by David Wroblewski
9. Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland
10. Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer
- Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos - Page 106
1. Books should be chosen from the reader’s TBR pile (this may be an actual physical pile or a virtual pile). The challenge will from February 1, 2009 - July 31, 2009.
2. The goal is to read 4 to 6 books linked by theme.
3. Overlaps with other challenges are allowed.
4. Readers may change their list of books at any time.
5. Readers may choose three different levels of participation:
- Read at least 4 books with the same theme.
- Read at least 5 books that share at least TWO themes.
- Read at least 6 books that share MORE than two themes.
My Theme: all these books have been (or will be) adapted into movies.
Today's Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading is as follows. For full rules and other answers click here.
1. What are you reading right now? I'm reading Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos.
2. What did you recently finish reading and what did you think about it? I recently finished reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. (click on the link for my review). I loved it.
3. What do you think you'll read next? Testimony by Anita Shreve (because I've had it for a couple of weeks and everyone is raving about it).
4. Will you read any holiday-themed books soon? Yes, I have a few that I should be receiving from Amazon throughout the week and I just bought On Strike for Christmas by Sheila Roberts.
The rest of the weekend was just the normal stuff: groceries, cleaning, washing/drying/folding clothes, some reading, etc. We've decided to have Thanksgiving dinner at our house again this year so we've begun preparations for that. And that's it - weekend's over. Back to work - bleh.
Here’s how it goes:
- Page 56, The Graveyard Book
1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.
2. Since this is an author challenge, there is no restriction on choosing your novels. They can definitely be from other challenges.
3. I want this to be an easy challenge, so you state how many new authors you want to try this year and then that’s your challenge. For me, I’m trying another 50 new authors. If you want a number given to you, try for either 25 or 50.
4. Add your name to the Mr. Linky below. If you do not have your own blog, you can join the group blog here.
5. Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike are welcome
6. When you read a new author, write your review (either at your site or the group blog) and then come back here and post a link to your review.
7. If you’re looking for some ideas, check out the Author page.
This sounds like an easy challenge for me considering all the challenges that I'm in now - but I will only commit to 25 new authors for the moment. I'm sure there might be more, but better safe then sorry.
I watched the CMA Awards last night on tv. And can I just say that I am madly in love with Brad Paisley (my husband is not the jealous type). Yes, Brad Paisley is a total hottie. I saw him in concert last year and after seeing him perform last night... I wanna see him again. So what if there are a couple of hundred people between him and I. Just the fact that we are in the same county, is good enough for me. So last night was all about gee-tars and great music for me.
I didn’t get much reading done. But I plan on making up for it tonight. Well maybe, since tonight is Grey’s Anatomy. Not much else is going on. I have to shop for a dress or something nice to wear for Jen’s baby shower on Sunday. I also already got the thumbs up from the hubby to taking me to the Book Street Fair at the Miami Book Fair on Saturday. So I’m stoked about that.
I’m still reading The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I’m about half way through - and I’m sure I would have finished it already if I had more time to read.
Oh well, I’m off to get some of this work done. Tootles.
Current book-in-progress: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Current movie/tv obsession: Grey's Anatomy
iTunes Loop: Love Story - Taylor Swift
I was happy to hear how RPE is using his income to help out abused children through various charities. You can sign up for his mailing list at RichardPaulEvans.com before December 31,2009 and $1 is donated by Operation Kids to The Christmas Box International to help abused and neglected children.
Grace is a must read. Have your tissues ready!
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What can I say, it's Tuesday. Tuesday's are boring. Especially Tuesday's that are a holiday, that there is no mail and banks are closed. That since I work in law firm you would assume would also be closed since the COURT is closed. But no siree, not I. I am stuck here at work - making believe to work - because I am boycotting the fact that we are here at work in the first place. Not to mention every time I call another firm, they are closed for the holiday. So there's not much I could get done anyway - hmph. (end rant)
The kids spent most of the night in their respective beds so we were even able to sleep without having them sneak into our bed throughout the night. It's no fun to wake up with little toes up your nose or in your mouth...
Other than that, not much else going on. I have our firm Book Club tomorrow - so that should be fun. We meet once a month during our lunch hour and pick a book to read and discuss the prior months slection. For the past 3 months I haven't been able to read the selection because I've already read it. Which is fine with me since I read so much anyway - but I'm hoping they pick something this month that I haven't read.
That's all I got. I'm off to surf the web and do some shopping. hehe. Tootles.
Current movie/tv obsession: Journey to the Center of the Earth
iTunes Loop: A Little Too Late - Toby Keith
- Grab your current read.
- Let the book fall open to a random page.
- Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
- You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
- Please avoid spoilers!
There are times I feel like shouting my feelings to the entire world. But I think they'd only close their windows.
- Page 158
We were supposed to go the Miami Book Fair this weekend, but then I found out that the actual Book Street Fair is this coming weekend - so I decided to wait 'till then. I'm really looking forward to it.
And well, that's it. Not much else going on. I joined the 100+ Book Challenge. It was the ideal challenge for me since this years goal was to read at least 52 books (which I have surpassed) and next years goal was going to be 100 (so this challenge is perfect for me).
Here are the guidelines:
1) You can join anytime as long as you don’t start reading your books prior to 2009.
2) This challenge is for 2009 only. The last day to have all your books read is December 31, 2009.
3) You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2009.
4) If you don’t have a blog, please join our Yahoo Groups.
5) When you sign up under Mr. Linky, list the direct link to your post where your 100+ books will be listed. If you list just your blog’s URL, it will be removed.
6) All books count: children’s, YA, adults, fiction, non-fiction, how-tos, etc.
7) Feel free to post in the comment section or on Yahoo Groups your monthly progress as well as your favorite books that month.
8) If you have any questions, feel free to ask below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments usually get a quicker response.
9)You do not have to decided on your books ahead of time. You can add or subtract from your list during the year.
33 The Side-Yard Superhero - Rick D. Niece (completed 3/19/09)
34 Stardust - Neil Gaiman (completed 3/22/09)
And now, since there are no more Sookie books out there, I am left anxiously awaiting the next installment (Dead and Gone) which I believe will be out in May ‘09.
I finally started reading the last Sookie book (at least until May '09). I also found this cool website that lets you read books for free (sorta like an eBooks). So I started reading Little Women. It can be an ongoing project here at work - since I can only read while at work. So I'm sure it'll take me longer than a normal book would but at least it'll keep me entertained vs. just surfing the web like I'm normally doing.
Well that's all I got. Not much going on. Have a great weekend.
Current book-in-progress: From Dead to Worse and Little Women
Current movie/tv obsession: Grey's Anatomy
iTunes Loop: Mamma Mia! Soundtrack
BOLD what you’ve read, italicize what you own, star* books on your TBR list!
1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone - J.K. Rowling
2 Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution - Robert C. Atkins
3 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
6 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
7 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
8 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
9 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
10 Who Moved My Cheese? - Spencer Johnson
11 The South Beach Diet - Arthur Agatston
12 Tuesdays With Morrie - Mitch Albom **
13 Angels & Demons - Dan Brown
14 What to Expect When You’re Expecting - Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg, Sandee Hathaway
15 The Purpose-Driven Life - Rick Warren
16 The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom **
17 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey
18 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
19 Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus - John Gray
20 The Secret - Rhonda Byrne
21 Rich Dad, Poor Dad - Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter
22 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
23 Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … And It’s All Small Stuff - Richard Carlson
24 The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
25 Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
26 Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
27 The Notebook - Nicholas Sparks **
28 The Memory Keeper’s Daughter - Kim Edwards
29 The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger **
30 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden **
31 A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle
32 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! - Dr. Seuss
33 The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz
34 Angela’s Ashes - Frank McCourt
35 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
36 Body-for-Life - Bill Phillips, Michael D’Orso
37 New Moon - Stephenie Meyer
38 Night - Elie Wiesel, translations by Marion Wiesel and Stella Rodway
39 Chicken Soup for the Soul - Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen
40 The Greatest Generation - Tom Brokaw
41 Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer
42 The Celestine Prophecy - James Redfield
43 Wicked - Gregory Maguire
44 Good to Great - Jim Collins
45 Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer
46 Eragon - Christopher Paolini **
47 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - Rebecca Wells **
48 Your Best Life Now - Joel Osteen
49 In the Kitchen With Rosie - Rosie Daley
50 Simple Abundance - Sarah Ban Breathnach
51 A Child Called It - Dave Pelzer
52 A Million Little Pieces - James Frey
53 The Testament - John Grisham
54 Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul - Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger
55 Deception Point - Dan Brown
56 The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
57 Marley & Me - John Grogan **
58 Dr. Atkins’ New Carbohydrate Gram Counter - Robert C. Atkins
59 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
60 The Brethren - John Grisham
61 The South Beach Diet Good Fats Good Carbs Guide - Arthur Agatston
62 The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town - John Grisham
63 For One More Day - Mitch Albom
64 The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg
65 The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
66 The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
67 What to Expect the First Year - Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi Murkoff, Sandee Hathaway
68 Love You Forever - Robert Munsch, art by Sheila McGraw
69 Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss
70 A Painted House - John Grisham
71 The Rainmaker - John Grisham
72 Skipping Christmas - John Grisham **
73 Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier
74 The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
75 Life Strategies - Phillip C. McGraw
76 Seabiscuit: An American Legend - Laura Hillenbrand
77 The Summons - John Grisham
78 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
79 The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
80 The Runaway Jury - John Grisham
81 Goodnight Moon Board Book - Margaret Wise Brown, art by Clement Hurd
82 The Perfect Storm - Sebastian Junger
83 Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
84 The Giver - Lois Lowry
85 Embraced by the Light - Betty J. Eadie
86 The Chamber - John Grisham
87 You: On A Diet - Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz
88 The Prayer of Jabez - Bruce Wilkinson
89 Holes - Louis Sachar
90 Digital Fortress - Dan Brown
91 The Shack - William P. Young
92 The Devil Wears Prada - Lauren Weisberger **
93 Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
94 A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
95 The Seat of the Soul - Gary Zukav
96 Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul - Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne, Marci Shimoff
97 The Partner - John Grisham
98 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
99 Eldest: Inheritance, Book II - Christopher Paolini
100 The Broker - John Grisham
101 The Street Lawyer - John Grisham
102 A Series of Unfortunate Events No. 1: The Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket **
103 The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
104 Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer
105 The King of Torts - John Grisham
106 The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
107 The Horse Whisperer - Nicholas Evans
108 Hannibal - Thomas Harris
109 The Audacity of Hope - Barack Obama
110 Running With Scissors - Augusten Burroughs
111 The Glass Castle: A Memoir - Jeannette Walls
112 My Sister’s Keeper - Jodi Picoult
113 The Last Juror - John Grisham
114 The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson
115 Left Behind - Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
116 America (The Book) - Jon Stewart and The Writers of The Daily Show
117 The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
118 John Adams - David McCullough
119 The Christmas Box - Richard Paul Evans
120 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - Ann Brashares
121 Sugar Busters! - H. Leighton Steward, Sam S. Andrews, Morrison C. Bethea, Luis A. Balart
122 Blink - Malcolm Gladwell
123 The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
124 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life - Don Piper, Cecil Murphey
125 The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien
126 1776 - David McCullough
127 The Bridges of Madison County - Robert James Waller
128 Where the Heart Is - Billie Letts
129 The Ultimate Weight Solution - Phillip C. McGraw
130 Protein Power - Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades
131 Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul - Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jennifer Read Hawthorne, Marci Shimoff
132 Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer
133 Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides **
134 Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
135 You: The Owner’s Manual - Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz
136 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler’s Life List - Patricia Schultz
137 Self Matters - Phillip C. McGraw
138 She’s Come Undone - Wally Lamb
139 1984 - George Orwell
140 The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
141 The Millionaire Next Door - Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko
142 The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory
143 The Zone - Barry Sears, Bill Lawren
144 The Pilot’s Wife - Anita Shreve **
145 The Lost World - Michael Crichton
146 Atonement - Ian McEwan **
147 He’s Just Not That Into You - Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo
148 Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
149 The World Is Flat - Thomas L. Friedman
150 Cross - James Patterson
My score: 42/150
- If you are anything like me your stack of purchased to-be-read books is teetering over.
- So for this challenge we would be reading 5 books that we have already purchased, have been meaning to get to, have been sitting on the nightstand and haven't read before.
- No going out and buying new books. No getting sidetracked by the lure of the holiday bookstore displays.
- The bonus would be that we would finally get to some of those titles (you know you picked them for a reason!) and we wouldn't be spending any extra money over the holidays.
- The time frame would be Nov. 1st, 2008 until Jan. 30, 2009 and there will be some small, fun prizes awarded to random participants and/or those with clever review posts.
- Loved Walked In - Marisa De Los Santos (completed - 11/19/08)
- Belong to Me - Marisa De Los Santos (completed - 11/24/08)
- From Dead to Worse - Charlaine Harris (completed 11/09/08)
- The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman (completed- 11/16/08)
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz (completed - 11/06/08)
*You may overlap books with other challenges, but please don't use the same book for more than one category.
1 The Gift of the Magi and Other Short Stories by O.Henry (completed - 11/25/08)
2 Grace - Richard Paul Evans (completed - 11/11/08)
3 The Christmas Box - Richard Paul Evans (completed - 11/22/08)
I'm back on the bandwagon as of this morning. I'm reading the 7th Sookie book (All Together Dead) - and I also started reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao over the weekend (maybe it's because I'm latin and I actually undertand some of his little Spanglish comments - but I think it's hilarious). So that's what I'm working on at the moment.
I bought a couple of books over the weekend too - so I think I'm held over for the next couple of weeks with reading material.
This time change is kicking my butt - I'm a mess - I feel jet-lagged. ugh
Here are some pics of Jen and I (total groupies) along with the pics we took of the "Boys" for your viewing pleasure:
This is what the stadium looked like. This is just the area directly in front of us. Imagine that all the way around. And I guarantee that about 75% were all women!
And what a good night it was. Jen and I basically had no voices and our ears were ringing by the end of the night - but it was so worth it.
Current movie/tv obsession: Journey to the Center of the Earth
iTunes Loop: Pocket Full of Sunshine - Natasha Beddingfield