Friday, December 31, 2010

Follow Friday

Good afternoon fellow bloggers. I hope this finds you well, and happy with all the books you got this Christmas. Do tell. What did you get?

If you want to follow along, please link up to Parajunkee and list your blog on the linky list. Please leave me a comment and a follow and I will endeavor to follow you back asap. Now that the holidays are almost over, time should be a little easier to come by. If you have followed in the last few weeks and I haven't followed you back, I will catch up with myself in the next couple of weeks. :)

Happy New Year!

Thinking about dogs tonight.

These three crazy pups are mine. On the left is Tigger, Chloe the Great Dane is in the middle. On the right is Marley, our hound. He is very much on my mind tonight as I wait to hear from the vet in the morning.

Marley, true to his name, eats everything and is a complete mischief maker. If any of you have read Marley and Me, that is who we named this dog after. He is a walking garbage disposal.

After some long nights of vomiting and other fun surprises, my husband and I had to rush him to the emergency room. He then went to our new vet and they performed surgery on him this afternoon.

Knee high pantyhose. Wow. They had to open the stomach and intestines in three places. Unbelievable.

Tomorrow we find out how he is doing. The vet says he is in critical condition. I pray he gets better soon. The house is just too quiet.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Fa la la la Follow Friday...

Good morning fellow book bloggers! Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate. I hope this Follow Friday finds you in happy holiday spirits and may you find many new and fabulous blogs to follow.

Question of the week:

What are you going to do on this fabulous holiday?

I myself will be working tomorrow, Christmas Eve. The bookstore is CRAZY, and I am working a super long shift to make sure everyone finds what they need. Just think of me as your personal book elf. Sort of.

For the rest of my holiday, I will come home and bake a Chocolate Blackout cake, a corn souffle and maybe toss a salad to bring to my wonderful knitting teacher's house for Christmas dinner. Chocolate cake and knitting...what could be more fun. Maybe some egg nog! Yay! Then it's back to work at 6am on the 26th. After Christmas sales!

Merry Christmas everyone. May your day be peaceful and happy. Tell me about the books you get. :) I love to hear. (I sort of already got my present- a new IPad. Hurray!)

Monday, December 20, 2010

A festival of holiday wreaths...

I love days like today when I can lay around and make funny little things, bake and read in bed. Here is my latest assortment of holiday wreaths. So much fun!
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Friday, December 17, 2010

Follow Friday

Good morning fellow book bloggers., It is time for another Follow Friday. I came close to not participating this week as the holidays ramp up, but I missed you all too much not to play.

Our question of the week:

Did your college life contribute to what you are doing now?

My answer...No. I was a book lover since I was a kid and that has never changed. I have worked in bookstores since high school and can't see myself doing anything else other than writing. Books are life.

If you want to add your blog to the linky list, click on the link above to take you to Parajunkee's View, our wonderful hostess. Enjoy the hop and hopefully you will meet lots of new friends. Leave a comment and a follow while you are here.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Blog Hop Sunday

Good morning everyone. It's time for Blog Hop. As I sit here and drink my gallon of coffee and eat my cheerios in anticipation of another wild day at the bookstore, I contemplate the Hop and how much I enjoy talking with other bloggers and book lovers. So stop in and say hello. Would love it if you would follow.

Question of the week:

Why do you love book blogs? Reviews? Giveaways? Other reasons? Tell me all and stop by the link above to add your blog to the linky list for the Hop.

My answer of course is stated above. I love meeting new book people. :) Giveaways are nice, but being the social butterfly that I am. I just love to meet new and wonderful folks like yourself. :)

Best wishes for a great Sunday everyone!

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Holiday Reading Challenge 2010

Hello everyone. I have some final entries into the challenge, and wanted to share with you what I found.

I always enjoy Fancy Nancy, and Splendiferous Christmas  was wonderful.

What I liked:
It was Fancy Nancy making the world a fancy place and making Christmas gorgeous for all.

What I didn't:

That it ended.


A great read for the little princess in your life who likes to dress up and make the world a fancy place, just by looking at what is around you. 5 out of 5 stars.

Merry Christmas Splat is a romp through Splat's Christmas. Was he good enough to get a big present?

What I liked:

The illustrations and storyline are so cute. I always enjoy the story lines Rob Scotton puts together.

What I didn't:
 Nothing at all.


Awesome gift for kids or kids at heart. I just bought it for my Nookcolor. Sigh.

This book is an oldy but a goody. The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy is a great tale about pet rescue.

What I Liked:
The story about a puppy who wants a boy for Christmas is heartwarming. For someone who has rescue dogs, this is perfect.

What I didn't:
Not a thing.

This book is a great gift to teach kids about rescuing animals. Pets are people too. Just with fur.

This book started out really great, but then got preachy.

What I liked:
The idea of a bookstore hidden away in an old district who helps to support a ball to get lonely people together was appealing.

What I didn't:
When a book gets preachy and starts lobbing huge snowballs of over the top religion, I don't like it. I felt that this book did that.

I liked the basic storyline, but felt the religion was a little strong for a book shelved in the sci fi section.

A Darcy Christmas  was a great read.

What I Liked:
The three stories in this book bring to life the spirit of Christmas in the world of Pemberley. Wonderful.

What I didn't:
Not a thing. It was very enjoyable.

A great read for anyone who loves Pride and Prejudice.

Good evening everyone and welcome to another Follow Friday. Today we are visiting with Amanda at Another Book Junkie. Just click the above link to visit Parajunkee at her host site and Another Book Junkie's link to visit her blog.

I hope you will stay a moment and leave a comment. Even better if you become a follower. Leave the name of your blog and I will visit you.

Question of the week:

Do you have an author that you think is under recognized?
I think PC Cast's Goddess novels are even better than her House of  Night series. I just got the newest one on my Nookcolor.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

In my mailbox.

I came home yesterday and these wonderful books were in my mailbox. I was very excited to see the Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen. One of my favorite things as a Blogger and book reviewer is reading a book from someone as wonderful and supportive as Rebecca.

Yay new books!
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

It's Blog Hop time again!

Hello everyone. This week the questions are:

What really popular book did you just not like at all? How did you feel about reviewing it?
What are your hobbies other than reading and reviewing books?

My answers are:

Breaking Dawn and the Host. I felt that the 4th book in the Twilight series was so different from the rest, I had a hard time liking it. I guess the same reason went for the Host. It was hard because I got to meet Stephanie at a signing and wanted so badly to ask about the Host and why she wrote it, being such a departure from Twilight, which I liked by the way. (Except for some of the content of Breaking Dawn. The name of the baby about drove me over the edge. Didn't get that one at all.)  The first book of any series is usually my favorite and that is totally true of Twilight. Books here. Not the movies. :)

My hobbies are knitting, playing with my rescue puppies, movie watching with my husband, baking, writing my YA books and now I am addicted to Plants vs. Zombies and Cut the Rope.

I hope you will join me in another fun romp through the blogs this weekend. Click on the links above to take you to the home sites. Leave your blog and follow someone else. Hope you will become a follower here and share the love with an awesome comment.

A handmade Christmas.

This week has been hectic with the holidays coming. Baking, holiday book reviews, working at the bookstore, setting up the Christmas tree at the house, and all the things that make up life in general. Thursday in knitting class, I learned how to make crochet wreath pins. In all the rush, there is nothing like sitting down and making small gifts to spread the joy of giving this holiday season.


Chain 4 to 8, depending on what size you are going for. Join the chain with a slip stitch. Either double crochet or triple crochet into the center of the ring. Proceed around the ring, pulling to space it out as you go. Finish by tucking yarn into wreath and attach beads, sequins, ribbons and a pin back. A glue gun works best for the pin back.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

Happy Crocheting!
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

In my mailbox...

These were in my mailbox this week. Yay! Just need some more time for reading.
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A new find: Snowflake Monday

Searching around on Monday, I came across this amazing site. There are snowflakes with patterns and many links to other sites with additional holiday projects. My knitter/crochet heart is happy. New challenges!