Sunday, October 25, 2009

It's Monday! What are you Reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Books I Completed This Week:

"How to (un)Cage a Girl” by Francesca Lia Block 119 pages – Francesca Lia Block has been one of my favorite writers since I was a teenager and first read Dangerous Angels. This particular book is a book of poetry, and the first non prose writing I’ve read by Block. Some of it I liked a great deal. Some didn’t really move me. Overall though, it was interesting to get some incite into the author, her life, and what makes her who she is.

"The Giver" by Lois Lowery 180 pages – I have had this on my to-be-read pile for a while. I like the meaning behind the book, but I think the author rushed through the ending of the book.

"The Immortal" by Christopher Pike 213 pages – Another reread from my teen years.

"The Te of Piglet" by Bejamin Hoff 257 pages – I wasn’t really impressed with this one, it seemed trite and very preachy to me – something that I don’t expect out of Taoism.

"Little Alters Everywhere" by Rebecca Wells 224 pages – This is the prequel to Divine Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood. The stories were sometimes sad, sometimes funny. It gives a little incite into why Sidda is the way she is in Divine (though I haven’t read that book, only seen the movie).

For This Week:

Still working on:

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio

The Web by Jonathan Kellerman

206 Bones by Kathy Reichs

Stephanie Plum Reading Challenge

I just signed up for the Stephanie Plum Reading Challenge held over at J Kaye's Book Blog. The challenge started July 23rd, so only the books read after that date count for the challenge.

My books are:

*Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich 352 pages
*"Three to Get Deadly" by Janet Evanovich 344 pages
*"Four to Score" by Janet Evanovich 338 pages
*"High Five" by Janet Evanovich 317 pages

Sunday, October 18, 2009

It's Monday, What are you reading?

Books I Completed This Week:

Last week I only finished one book, but I finished a bunch the week before while I was on vacation. My one for this week is:

Bad Love by Jonathan Kellerman 483 pages

For This Week:

Still working on:

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio

Also started on :

The Web by Jonathan Kellerman

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

It’s midterms this week, so I’m expecting the reading for pleasure to be at a low.

My Book Wishlist

I borrowed this idea from J Kaye's Book Blog. In order to help me remember the books that I would like to read, I’m making a Reading Wishlist. I also have a wishlist here but it has not been edited in some time. I’m hoping this list will help me stay focused for my Book Challenges.

Fool: A Novel by Christopher Moore
Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning
Comic Book Tattoo Tales Inspired by Tori Amos - Rantz A. Hoseley
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror by Chris Priestly
Ruined: A Ghost Story by Paula Morris
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
Tall, Dark & Fangsome by Michelle Rowen
Dying to meet You: 43 Old Cemetery Road by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise
Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri
Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman
Ginger High by Melissa Burmester

August & September Book Log

September brought me to 50/100 for my year reading goal.

47. "Hey, Nostradomus" by Douglas Coupland 244 pages

48. "Strangers" by Dean Koontz 681 pages
49. "Magical Thinking" by Augusten Burroughs 268 pages
50. "The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club" by Laurie Notaro 225 pages

I enjoyed the Coupland book, more than some of his others (ie Generation X) and less than others (ie All Families are Psychotic). Strangers was a reread, and it wasn't as good as I remembered it being, but it was still some of Koontz's better books. Magical Thinking has sat half finished on my bookshelf for several years. I don't know why I put it down. I was really into Burroughs for a while. I started over, and enjoyed this installment in Burrough's strange life. Notaro has been on my reading list for a long time, and I finally got my hands on a copy. Her short stories about her life were brutally honest and funny.

Demeter Giveaway!

In an effort to get get more traffic to my blog, and make it better, I'm hosting a Demeter Fragrance Library giveaway. I have a set of four fragrances: 2 Pick Me up Sprays in Wet Garden and Honeysuckle and 2 fragrance splashes in Chocolate Chip Cookie and Rye Bread. All are the 1/2 oz size. They are all new, and have never been used. I haven't opened the Wet Garden or the Honeysuckle as I don't do flower scents, but the Chocolate Chip Cookie smells amazing and the Rye Bread smells just like fresh baked rye bread.

Winner will be selected by random number generator on November 15th. Winner will have 1 week to respond to my winner notification and then an alternate will be chosen. Winner will also be announced in a blog post after prize is accepted. This giveaway is not being sponsered or supported by Demeter in any way.

**Due to the cost of shipping, this contest is only open to residents of the United States.

There will be multiple ways to enter, and each entry should be left in a seperate comment so that random number generator works correctly.

IMPORTANT: First Entry: In order to enter please look around my blog and tell me something that I can do to improve it. I haven't spent much time blogging lately and I know I could use some work. Please be constructive - not mean (Keep in mind I work a full time job, go to school full time, and am a part time mom, with limited knowledge of html). I will be reading each and every comment, and I really would like to improve. This entry must be done for any other entry to count. Anyone that doesn't first do this step will be deleted.

Additional entries:

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1 entry - suggest a bath and body company not listed for me to try
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Any questions, send me an email and I will be happy to answer. Thanks for reading and entering!
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