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Monday, February 28, 2011

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UPDATE:  Comments are migrating over; I'm not certain how long they will take.  Don't worry if they don't show up right away!

I have switched to a custom domain name:  http://www.knittingandsundries.com It may take a day or so to take effect, and I hope all goes well!

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The Other Life by Ellen Meister - BOOK REVIEW

The Other Life by Ellen MeisterTitle:  The Other Life
The Book Depository / Amazon
Author:  Ellen Meister
Publisher:  G. P. Putnam's Sons,  a division of Penguin Group
Publish Date:  February 17, 2011
Hardcover, 320 pages
ISBN 10:     0399157131
ISBN 13:  9780399157134

Goodreads description:

Happily married and pregnant, Quinn Braverman has an ominous secret. Every time she makes a major life decision, she knows an alternate reality exists in which she made the opposite choice-not only that, she knows how to cross over. But even in her darkest moments-like her mother's suicide-Quinn hasn't been tempted to slip through...until she receives devastating news about the baby she's carrying.

The grief lures her to peek across the portal, and before she knows it she's in the midst of the other life: the life in which she married another man, and is childless. The life in which her mother is still very much alive.

Quinn is forced to make a heartbreaking choice. Will she stay with the family she loves and her severely disabled child? Or will an easier life-and the primal need to be with her mother-win out?


My Take: 

First sentence:  On the day that Nan Gilbert decided to kill herself, she awoke sometime after noon to the sound of her neighbor playing the radio in his backyard.

Quinn has known for a long time that there are portals open to her; portals that lead to a life that she could have led by making a different decision here or there.  There's even one in her basement behind the old-fashioned pull-out ironing board.  Her mother had her own secrets, and we sense that she knew about the portals before she died after losing her battle with depression.

With a much-loved 6-year-old son Isaac and her loving husband, Lewis, Quinn should feel satisfied and happy with her life.  When she finds out that the new baby she's carrying has a congenital defect that could cause a lifetime of impairment, she feels that Lewis is shutting her out, talking to everyone except her about his feelings.  Her brother Hayden is bipolar as well, and she worries about him and his partner Cordell, who she dislikes and feels doesn't treat her brother well.

As her life becomes more complicated, Quinn begins to journey back and forth from this life to the other.  The other life ... where her mother is still alive, her old beau is rich and famous, and she has no worries about her baby.  The problem:  this is not a parallel life; when she goes to the other life, she is missing in this one...and it's getting harder and harder for her to come back.

I think many of us have those "What if's" in our lives, and this book does a good job of letting us know that we journeyed down a certain path for a reason.  I enjoyed the book; Quinn is a believable and likeable protagonist, and the secondary characters are wonderful as well.  I like some of the twists that let us know that people we thought were not-so-great are pretty great after all, and the complex and loving familial emotion is spot on. 

QUOTES (from and ARC; may be different in final copy):

But of course that was Quinn's nature - she was a caregiver.  All those years of handling her mother's moods had taken root in her psyche, and Quinn grew toward the troubled like a plant seeking sunlight.

She was crying because a grown-up writer believed that beautiful sentences weren't wasted on children.  And because even as an adult, she still struggled to believe she deserved any tenderness at all.

If she had only stayed with Eugene, her mother would be alive now.  It didn't mean she didn't love Lewis and Isaac with all her heart, but the unfairness of the trade-off was too much to bear.

Writing: 4 out of 5 stars
Plot:  4 out of 5 stars
Characters: 4 out of 5 stars
Reading Immersion:  4 out 5 stars

BOOK RATING: 4 out of 5 stars

BUY IT:  At Amazon, The Book Depository (international), through the publisher's website,  and through other on-and-off-line booksellers.

Disclosure:  I  received a  complimentary copy of this title from the publisher through Shelf Awareness to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received and I was not required to post a positive review.
Julie
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It's Monday! What are YOU reading? February 28, 2011

What Are You Reading?

"What Are You Reading?" is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  Click over to see what other readers are into this week and add to your TBR pile!

I'm still doubling up on writing and posting reviews; the pile seems to be going down quite a bit! (I can actually see that side of my desk!) 


READ:
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
A classic that revolves around African folklore, traditions, and the effects of European colonialism

The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse
The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse - Review Scheduled 3/5
A wonderful gothic tale with a classic feel
 Fave of the week

The Secret of Ka by Christopher Pike
 The Secret of Ka by Christopher Pike - Review Scheduled 3/9
A middle reader adventure starring a flying carpet

Tom Thumb by George Sullivan
Tom Thumb: The Remarkable True Story of a Man in Miniature  by George Sullivan - Review Upcoming
A look at the real story of the celebrity Tom Thumb

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
 Wither  by Lauren DeStefano - Review Upcoming
Dystopia - where genetic engineering has caused a mutation that causes females to die at 20 and males to die at 25

Possession by A. S. Byatt
Possession by A. S. Byatt
I know everyone loved this; me, not so much, but at least I read the whole thing


REVIEWED (read prior to last week):

Barney and the Runaway by Max Elliot Anderson
Barney and the Runaway by Max Elliot Anderson - Middle Reader with Christian elements - Review Link

Now You See Her by Joy Fielding
Now You See Her  by Joy Fielding - A husband leaves for another woman and the wife catches a glimpse of her dead daughter on what was supposed to be her anniversary trip to Ireland - Review Link

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
The Devotion of Suspect X  by Keigo Higashino - A compelling psychological thriller - Review Link

The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black
The Poison Eaters: And Other Stories - Creepy horror and fantasy in short story bursts
The Book Depository/Amazon
Author:  Holly Black
Review Link

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
Darkness Becomes Her - Voodoo, vampires, shape shifters and demi-gods
The Book Depository/Amazon
Author:  Kelly Keaton
Review Link

A Woman and Her Workplace by Rosemary Flaaten
A Woman and Her Workplace - Christian self-help
Author:  Rosemary Flaaten

CURRENTLY READING:

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy - all year long readalong
Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
 Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child - Review scheduled 3/3

Three Stages of Amazement bu Carol Edgarian
Three Stages of Amazement by Carol Edgarian

UPCOMING REVIEWS:

The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror 2008
Review Scheduled 3/2

The Other Life by Ellen Meister
Review Scheduled 2/28

Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest by Amos Oz
Review Scheduled 3/4

Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry
Review scheduled 3/6

The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern
Review Scheduled 3/1

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS:

Gated Grief by Leila Levinson
Gated Grief by Leila Levinson - US/CAN through 3/3
The Brotherhood by Jerry B. Jenkins

So that was my book week and the planned week; I'm going to pick and choose reading books this week, so what I read next will depend on my reading mood!  How was YOUR reading week?  Please feel free to leave a link to your What Are You Reading post in the comments; I'd love to visit!


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Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Woman and Her Workplace by Rosemary Flaaten - BOOK REVIEW

A Woman and Her Workplace by Rosemary Flaaten
Title:  A Woman and Her Workplace
The Book Depository / Amazon 
Author:  Rosemary Flaaten
Christian Self-Help
Publisher:  Beacon Hill Press
Paperback, 192 pages
ISBN 10:    0834125234
ISBN 13:  9780834125230

Goodreads description:

Why is it often so difficult to build healthy relationships with our coworkers? The grumpy boss, the arrogant team member, the lazy employee, or the backbiting woman may be part of our workplace reality, and it may be easier to blame them for our workplace woes. But, the easy blame isn t always the best solution.

A Woman and Her Workplace shows women how God can perform a deep heart transformation within us that will allow His love and care to flow through us to the people in our workplaces. By delving into the issues that wreak havoc on our workplace relationships, author Rosemary Flaaten provides readers the help they need to develop and apply strong biblical principles of humility, integrity, forgiveness, grace, and celebration in the workplace.

Through discussing relationships such as boss to staff, woman to man, woman to woman, and teamwork, Flaaten guides women on a transforming journey through the common workplace difficulties as they develop healthy interaction in their workplace.



My Take: 

This book is written as sort of a handbook for the Christian woman at work.  With the use of real-life modern parables and examples, it serves as a guide for bettering your attitude towards the workplace as well as your relationships within the workplace.

Esther is used as a Biblical example of a woman who showed humility and patience in her role and ended up triumphing.

There are good pointers here:  Do not compromise your values; don't make assumptions, don't try to change others-change your reaction to them, and others.

At the end of each chapter, there are included verses to study and reflective questions.

I personally didn't take away a lot from the book, as I'm not humble enough to let others take credit for my work without complaint, and I'm pretty much not going to be uber-nice to someone who treats me and others horribly.  I just don't have it in me. Many of the other pointers I've picked up on my own through years of work experience and just experience in dealing with many different types of people.  I don't gossip; I don't toot my own horn; I don't treat people badly (and I don't let them get away clean with treating ME badly either); and I'm never really envious of other people, so many of the situations that are described simply don't apply to me.

For other types of women, though, especially those who are just starting out or who are striving to find a way to not let their troubles at work intrude into their overall feeling of well-being, I think it would be a good book to have.

QUOTES

Pray?  Can I pray that she gets hit by a bus?  Okay-maybe that's a bit extreme.  Christ tells us to pray for those who desire to do us harm. ....if we can pray for others, we'll be much less likely to slander or gossip about them.

When given a chance to say something unkind about someone, especially someone we know has been spreading slander about us, we can choose to find something good to say about him or her, or we follow or mother's adage "If you can't say something nice about a person, don't say anything at all."
Reviewer note:  I'm pretty much the "I'm not saying anything at all" type.


BOOK RATING: 3 out of 5 stars

Author website

BUY IT:  At Amazon, The Book Depository,  and through other on-and-off-line booksellers.

Disclosure:  I  received a  complimentary copy of this title from Kathy Carlton Willis Communications to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received and I was not required to post a positive review.
Julie
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Mailbox Monday and In My Mailbox - February 28, 2011

Mailbox Monday
"Mailbox Monday" is the brainchild of Marcia at The Printed Page.  Martha has closed The Printed Page effective December 18th and set up Mailbox Monday on it's own blog here:  http://mailboxmonday.wordpress.com/

January's host was Rose City Reader!  She did a fabulous job!  February's host is be Library of Clean Reads!

In My Mailbox
"In My Mailbox" is hosted by The Story Siren

Every week we'll post about what books we have that week (via your mailbox/library/store bought)! Everyone that agrees to participate will try to visit each other's list and leave comments!  Everyone is welcome to join! You can join at anytime and you DO NOT have to participate every week. 

 WEDNESDAY:

The entire Manufactured Identity series by Heath Sommer:  I've had The Manufactured Identity on my wishlist for some time after reading reviews like this one at Tea Time With Marce, so I was thrilled when the author contacted me to review the series!

The Manufactured Identity by Heath Sommer
The Manufactured IdentityBook Depository/Amazon

Months after his mysterious disappearance from a routine fishing trip, no one really expects over-the-hill Texas housewife Lory Latchley to find her missing husband—especially her husband. The Manufactured Identity is clinical psychologist Heath Sommer's ever-escalating immersion into the world of unlikely friends who each awaken to find their faithful companions missing without warning or reason. Desperate to find meaning in their pain, they are thrust by the auspices of fate into a common thread of mystery and human frailty. In the end, the fate of all may reside in the unstable hands of rookie pastor John Joe, but ultimately Lory and her newfound partners will uncover a truth so unnerving it makes even infidelity look palatable.

The Grand Delusion by Heath Sommer
The Grand Delusion: Book Depository/Amazon

Loner Addy Siwel only wanted answers when she signed up for a freshman course in theology—what she got was the attention of a murderer. In The Grand Delusion, Dr. Heath Sommer brings to life the precursor stories of characters John Joe, Addy Siwel, and Merci Bowku, who were introduced to the world in the 2009 contemporary mystery The Manufactured Identity. Terror-struck, the three protagonists vie against a backdrop of ironic evil as they are stalked by an unidentified villain who breaks all the rules and sends Chief of police and reluctant clairvoyant Frank Murphy scrambling against the clock in a murder mystery showdown that leaves all questioning what is real and what is beyond this world.

The Human Obsession by Heath Sommer
 The Human ObsessionBook Depository/Amazon

A year before retirement, Chief of Police Frank Murphy wants nothing more than to spend his golden years on HGTV marathons and endless tee-off times. What he gets is a string of abductions that makes Ted Bundy look like an amateur. The Human Obsession is the sequel to Heath Sommer's 2009 breakout psychological thriller The Manufactured Identity, where Murphy and hapless lovers Addy and John Joe scramble against inhuman odds and unpredictable twists to solve the riddles of murder, obsession, and human weakness. Focusing on the trial of Cameron Bo, alleged murderer and loony from Sommer's The Grand Delusion, The Human Obsession takes readers even deeper into the minds of Sommers' belovedand twistedcharacters. In the end, no one could have seen why those meant to protect and serve may be in the greatest danger of all.

 THURSDAY:

Through Goodreads bookswap:

The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot:  Book Depository/Amazon

Rebellious and affectionate, Maggie Tulliover is always in trouble.Recalling her own experiences as a girl, George Eliot describes Maggie's turbulent childhood with a sympathetic engagement that makes the early chapters of The Mill on the Floss among the most immediately attractive she ever wrote.



 
Alices Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (omnibus) by Lewis Carroll:  Book Depository/Amazon

Conceived by a shy British don on a golden afternoon to entertain ten-year-old Alice Liddell and her sisters, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass have delighted generations of readers in more than eighty languages. “The clue to the enduring fascination and greatness of the Alice books,” writes A. S. Byatt in her Introduction, “lies in language. . . . It is play, and word-play, and its endless intriguing puzzles continue to reveal themselves long after we have ceased to be children.”

And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander
And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander:  Book Depository/Amazon

From gifted new writer Tasha Alexander comes a stunning novel of historical suspense set in Victorian England, meticulously researched and with a twisty plot that involves stolen antiquities, betrayal, and murder. For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the Viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily's dashing husband died on safari soon after their wedding, she felt little grief. After all, she barely knew him. Now, nearly two years later, she discovers that Philip was a far different man from the one she had married so cavalierly. His journals reveal him to have been a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who, to her surprise, was deeply in love with his wife. Emily becomes fascinated with this new image of her dead husband and she immerses herself in all things ancient and begins to study Greek. Emily's intellectual pursuits and her desire to learn more about Philip take her to the quiet corridors of the British Museum, one of her husband's favorite places. There, amid priceless ancient statues, she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret involving stolen artifacts from the Greco-Roman galleries. And to complicate matters, she's juggling two very prominent and wealthy suitors, one of whose intentions may go beyond the marrying kind. As she sets out to solve the crime, her search leads to more surprises about Philip and causes her to question the role in Victorian society to which she, as a woman, is relegated.

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner:  Book Depository/Amazon

As I Lay Dying is Faulkner's harrowing account of the Bundren family's odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Told in turns by each of the family members—including Addie herself—the novel ranges in mood from dark comedy to the deepest pathos.

This edition follows the text of As I Lay Dying as corrected in 1985. It includes an editor's note by Noel Polk on the corrections as well as line and page notes prepared by Joseph Blotner.


Death in Holy Orders by P. D. James
Death in Holy Orders by P. D. James:  Book Depository/Amazon

Baroness James may have turned 80, but neither she nor her dogged Scotland Yard detective Commander Adam Dalgliesh (last seen in 1997's A Certain Justice) shows any sign of flagging in this superb whodunit, with its extraordinarily complex and nuanced plot and large cast of credible characters. When the body of a young ordinand, Ronald Treeves, turns up buried in a sandy bank on the Suffolk coast near isolated St. Anselm's, a High Anglican theological college, it's unclear whether his death was an accident, suicide or murder. The mystery deepens a few days later when someone suffocates Margaret Munroe, a retired nurse with a bad heart, because she remembers an event 12 years earlier that could have some bearing on whatever's amiss at St. Anselm's. Enter Dalgliesh at the behest of Ronald's father, Sir Alred, who's received an anonymous note suggesting foul play in his son's death. It isn't long before another death occurs, and this time it's clearly murder: late one night in the chapel, somebody bashes in the head of Archdeacon Crampton, a hard-nosed outsider who wanted to close St. Anselm's. Dalgliesh and his investigative team examine the complicated motives of a host of suspects resident at the college, mostly ordinands and priests, slowly unveiling the connections among the various deaths. Illegitimacy, incest, a secret marriage, a missing cloak and a valuable altar triptych are just some of the ingredients in a case as contrived as any Golden Age classic but presented with such masterful ease and conviction that even the most skeptical readers will suspend disbelief. This is a natural for PBS Mystery adaptation. (Apr. 19) Forecast: With a 300,000-copy first printing, this BOMC main selection is sure to race up the bestseller lists. - Publishers Weekly

Silent on the Moor by Deanne Raybourn
Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn:  Book Depository/Amazon
(This one is really for Not-So-Bebe-Girl Autumn - she likes historical romance)

Despite his admonitions to stay away, Lady Julia arrives in Yorkshire to find Brisbane as remote and maddeningly attractive as ever. Cloistered together, they share the moldering house with the proud but impoverished remnants of an ancient family—the sort that keeps their bloodline pure and their secrets close. Lady Allenby and her daughters, dependent upon Brisbane and devastated by their fall in society, seem adrift on the moor winds, powerless to change their fortunes. But poison does not discriminate between classes….
A mystery unfolds from the rotten heart of Grimsgrave, one Lady Julia may have to solve alone, as Brisbane appears inextricably tangled in its heinous twists and turns. But blood will out, and before spring touches the craggy northern landscape, Lady Julia will have uncovered a Gypsy witch, a dark rider and a long-buried legacy of malevolence and evil.

The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston
The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston:  Book Depository/Amazon

On December 9, 1979, smallpox, the most deadly human virus, ceased to exist in nature. After eradication, it was confined to freezers located in just two places on earth: the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta and the Maximum Containment Laboratory in Siberia. But these final samples were not destroyed at that time, and now secret stockpiles of smallpox surely exist. For example, since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, and the subsequent end of its biological weapons program, a sizeable amount of the former Soviet Union's smallpox stockpile remains unaccounted for, leading to fears that the virus has fallen into the hands of nations or terrorist groups willing to use it as a weapon. Scarier yet, some may even be trying to develop a strain that is resistant to vaccines. This disturbing reality is the focus of this fascinating, terrifying, and important book.

A longtime contributor to The New Yorker and author of the bestseller The Hot Zone, Preston is a skillful journalist whose work flows like a science fiction thriller. Based on extensive interviews with smallpox experts, health workers, and members of the U.S. intelligence community, The Demon in the Freezer details the history and behavior of the virus and how it was eventually isolated and eradicated by the heroic individuals of the World Health Organization. Preston also explains why a battle still rages between those who want to destroy all known stocks of the virus and those who want to keep some samples alive until a cure is found. This is a bitterly contentious point between scientists. Some worry that further testing will trigger a biological arms race, while others argue that more research is necessary since there are currently too few available doses of the vaccine to deal with a major outbreak. The anthrax scare of October, 2001, which Preston also writes about in this book, has served to reinforce the present dangers of biological warfare.

As Preston eloquently states in this powerful book, this scourge, once contained, was let loose again due to human weakness: "The virus's last strategy for survival was to bewitch its host and become a source of power. We could eradicate smallpox from nature, but we could not uproot the virus from the human heart."

OK .. lots of classics that I didn't have on my shelf, and a few that I just thought looked good.  What did YOUR mailbox bring?  Please feel free to leave a link to YOUR mailbox in the comments; I'd love to come visit!

Julie
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Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton - BOOK REVIEW

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
Title:  Darkness Becomes Her 
Book Depository/Amazon
Author:  Kelly Keaton
Publisher:  Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon and Schuster
Publish Date:  February 22, 2011
Hardcover, 288 pages
ISBN 10:    144240924X
ISBN 13:  9781442409248

Goodreads description:

Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is. 

Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.

She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.

Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.


My Take: 

Ari's mom died in an insane asylum just after Ari's fourth birthday.  Since then she has been in the foster care system, and lucked out in her last foster parents, bounty hunters both, who have taught her how to fight.  She's a tough, no-nonsense, type of girl - I like her.

Now 17, and with her foster parents' blessing, she visits the asylum where her mother died to figure out the riddle of her past.  In her mother's possessions is a note addressed to her, telling her, among other things, to "run".    She knows that her mom came from New Orleans, now known as New 2 - privately owned by a group of nine families known as the Novem, and known as a sanctuary for misfits and things that go bump in the night.  Her foster parents asked her not to go to New 2 on her own, but, after a hefty blond guy tries to kill her in her motel parking lot, she hitches a ride there with a young girl named Crank (Jenna), who delivers mail from New 2. 

From there, the reader enters a world people by vampires, witches, demi-gods, and shape-shifters.  There's voodoo, and danger, and groups who want Ari to swear allegiance to them.  With a curse on her family, she works to find out how it can be undone.  As she begins to understand who she is, and what her powers are, there's even a bit of romance with a son of the Novem.

This is an imaginative and unique tale.  It picked up slowly, but once this reader was caught up in the action, the pace was perfect.  It even leaves room for a sequel, which I will be looking forward to.  Not for younger YA readers due to some profanity, it is perfect for the older YA set and for other adults who love a good story with otherworldly elements.  The secondary characters are great, and there is one secondary character in particular that I totally loved - Violet, a 10-year-old Goth girl with fangs, a small white alligator named Pascal, and a love for costumes.  I hope to see a lot more of her in the next book.

QUOTES (from an ARC; may be different in finished copy):

Thanks to Bruce and Casey, I could operate six different firearms, drop a two-hundred-pound asshole to the floor in three seconds, and cuff a perp blindfolded with one hand tied behind my back;
And they called it "family time".

The gods were real.  I didn't know how to react, so I just sat there feeling blank and squeezing the bars as tightly as I could.  And even more bizarre, I'd somehow pissed off one of the gods.
It figured.

Writing: 4 out of 5 stars
Plot:  4 out of 5 stars
Characters: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reading Immersion:  4.0 out 5 stars

BOOK RATING: 4.125 out of 5 stars

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BUY IT:  At Amazon, The Book Depository (internat'l), through the publisher's website,  and through other on-and-off-line booksellers.



This book is included in my list for the 2011 ARC Reading Challenge
Disclosure:  I  received a  complimentary eGalley of this title from the publisher through their Galley Grab program to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received and I was not required to post a positive review.
Julie
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Time for the Sunday Share Linky! Link up YOUR blog giveaways! February 27, 2011

I've been neglecting to post this for a while, but .. it's SUNDAY!  Time for the Sunday Share Giveaway Linky!

If you are a blog owner hosting your own giveaway(s), please feel free to share your link.  Enter your blog name, a brief description of the prize, ending date and eligibility (US, Can, International, etc.)  Please put the ending date, too, so that I can clear it out when it's over. EXAMPLE:  Best Blog on the Block - $50 Gift certificate - 6/30 - US/Can

NO SPAM - you'll be banned - I'm not kidding!

My current giveaways:
Gated Grief by Leila Levinson
Gated Grief by Leila Levinson - US/CAN through 3/3
The Brotherhood by Jerry B. Jenkins

Julie
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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Friday Book Blogger Hop - February 26, 2011

Friday Book Blogger Hop

It's that time again!  Time for the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Jennifer over at Crazy for Books!

What is it?  Well, it's a way for bloggers and readers to find each other.  You write a little post about the subject of the week and link it up.  THEN (and this is the important part), you hit a few of the other linked up blogs (take your time; you can spread it throughout the weekend), visit, comment, follow if you like what you see, and make new friends.

Each week, to encourage participation, we get to answer a different question.  This week's question is:

 "Do you ever wish you would have named your blog something different?"

Well, yes and no.  Originally this blog was supposed to be mainly about knitting, with little snippets of other things thrown in.  It didn't evolve that way, but I'm OK with the name, as I keep telling myself that I really AM going to start putting up some knitting posts .. soon ... maybe someday ... hopefully ...

:)

Please feel free to leave a link to YOUR own Friday Hop in the comments; I'd love to come visit.

Julie
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