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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Chronicle Books Happy Haulidays! If I win, one of my commentors wins too! - GIVEAWAY

 Chronicle Books Friends & Family Sale

One of my favorite online bookstores, Chronicle Books, is at it again!  For this second year of Happy Haulidays,  not only do we bloggers get to create our own "wishlist" of books up to $500 in value to win ... not only does the winning blogger get to pick one of the people who comment as a winner of their same great haul ... BUT the winning blogger gets to pick a charity/non-profit/library/literacy program to pick up to $500 of books for themselves as well!

From now through December 8, Chronicle Books is also offering 35% off purchases AND free shipping if you use the code FRIENDS at checkout.  (Yes, I WILL be HAVE taking taken advantage of this one!)

My charity of choice would be the Oglala Lakota College at Pine Ridge Reservation.  I find it shameful that such poverty exists in our country. I know that literacy and a love of reading offer a respite from the cares of a difficult life as well as inspiring a love of knowledge and learning for its own sake that can help anyone determined to rise above their circumstances.  I'm also aware that the library is more underfunded than most, with one of the greatest needs.  For a way that you can help individually, please see my September 22, 2011 This and That post

After spending a pleasurable hour or so on Chronicle Books' website, here is the list I came up with (some for me, some for Bebe Boy James, a couple for Not-So-Bebe-Girl Autumn, and some for the grandbebes):

Chronicle Books Tote Bag
Moleskine NotebookTartine Bread
Flower Portraits Birthday BookAll My Friends Are DeadPaper Blossoms
Enchanted Paper Dolls HattieEnchanted Paper Dolls LucindaSpring is Here/My Friends/Bus Stop
The Worst Case Scenario Junior Boxed SetBlinky Bugs3-D World Atlas and Tour
The Space Between TreesPaul Frank Rock Out with Julius JournalThe Whitby Witches
A Beautiful Bowl of SoupDelicious DipsFondue
PuffIvy and Bean Paper Doll Boxed Set52 Great Art Projects
Thirteen O'ClockEmily's BalloonVincent's Colors
BiscottiThe Wishing BoxAesop's Fables
DwellStudio Peacock JournalOlive, the Other ReindeerIck the Game

All of these lovelies for around $497 worth of books!  If you like this list, and you'd like a chance to get all of these books into your own home, simply leave a meaningful comment on this post by December 2nd!

Disclosure:  I am an affiliate of Chronicle Books, and any purchases made through these links may result in a small stipend.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays - November 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along; you don't have to be a blogger! Just do the following:

Grab your current read

Open to a random page

Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week: 
11/22/63 by Stephen King
This was one night in a small town, one of those burgs off the main road that nobody cares about much except for the people who live there.  And that's okay, because they care.  I looked at Bobbi Jill, sobbing into her hands.  I looked at Sadie. There was cream in her hair.  She smiled.  So did I.  She mouthed I love you, George.  I mouthed back I love you, too.  That night I loved all of them, and myself for being with them.  I never felt so alive or happy to be alive.  How could I leave all this, indeed?
The blow-up came two weeks later.

- page 423, 11/22/63 by Stephen King (The Book Depository / Amazon)

More than two sentences, but I think this really sets a mood.

Goodreads description:

November 22nd, 1963 was a rapid-fire sequence of indelible moments: Shots ring out; a president slumped over; a race to the Dallas hospital; an announcement, blood still fresh on the First Lady's dress. But what if President John F. Kennedy didn't have to die; if somehow his assassin could have been thwarted? For Maine schoolteacher Jake Epping, those hypothetical what if's become real possibilities when he walks through a portal to the past. Without special skills and still unfamiliar with his new/old surroundings, he struggles to discover a way to change the history he left. Like its Under the Dome predecessor, Stephen King's 960-page novel shows that this master of suspense is back at the top of his game.

This one's a tome, but Stephen King rocks!  The last tome of his that I read, "Under the Dome", seemed to FLY!

Feel free to leave your teaser or link to it in the comments section; I find that I always end up adding to my to-buy list when I visit!

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Benny's Angel - BLOG TOUR/BOOK REVIEW/GIVEAWAY (Holiday Gift Guide) - Giveaway US through December 5, 2011

Benny's Angel by Laura Allen Nonemaker
Title:  Benny's Angel
Author:  Laura Allen Nonemaker
Publisher:   Tate Publishing
Release Date:  November 8, 2011
Paperback, 24 pages
ISBN 10:    1613460090
ISBN 13:  9781613460092
The Book Depository / Amazon

Goodreads description:

Who stole the flowers in God's Secret Garden? Find out in this delightful tale, which uses animals, nature, and a visit from an angel to teach the importance of prayer and the value of trusting God.

My Take: 

What a lovely little book with a wonderful message on not letting others steal your joy.  This book is written especially for younger children and offers a message of love and hope in a way that is simple for them to understand.  With lovely illustrations and characters,

children will see the value of prayer in action. 

Short and sweet, it's just long enough to hold young children's attention without giving them time to get restless.

My grandbebes loved it at Gigi Storytime, and I think your children and grandchildren will, too.  It would make a lovely and meaningful addition to the Christmas gift list!

BOOK RATING:   4 out of 5 stars

Author bio:

Laura Allen Nonemaker’s desire to write took root as a child in Bermuda. Since then, Laura has written in a variety of genres and her work has appeared in Essence Treasury: Celebrating the Season, Alive! and Kentucky Monthly Magazine.
Laura has been involved in short-term missions, including trips to Russia, Poland, and the University of the Nations in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Three years ago, her interest in the arts motivated her to join the planning team for Artful Missions, which conducts juried art shows and donates to outreaches in the U.S. and India to rescue women and children from human trafficking.
Feel free to contact Laura at lauranonemaker(at)gmail(dot)com.

BLOGGERS:  Have you reviewed this book? If so, please feel free to leave a link to your review in the comments section; I will also add your link to the body of my review.

Author website

Video Trailer

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


Now for a very special giveaway!  One winner from across the blogs participating in this tour will win this grand prize:

  • 1 Vivitar Camcorder with Camera and 2X Zoom
  • 1 Benny's Angel Picture Book
  • 1 Benny's Angel 3-D Book
  • 1 Benny's Angel Coloring Book
  • 1 Benny's Angel Audio Book
  • 1 Benny's Angel T Shirt 
  • 1 Benny Christmas Ornament
  • 1 Marietta Christmas Ornament
  • 1 96-Count Crayola Crayons

Comment:  Let me know in the comments what your favorite children's book is! Please remember to include your email address kind of like this: user(at)domain(dot)com or something similar to prevent spambots from picking your email address up.

Extra entries:

You can get an extra entry for following Knitting and Sundries (email/Twitter/GFC) - TWO extra entries if you are an old follower or subscriber.

Connect with Laura at These Social Networking Sites (follow/like/etc.):

Make a separate comment for each entry and include your follower name or the email address you subscribe under.

Eligibility:  US through 12/05/2011

Visit the other blogs on the tour!

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.
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Monday, November 28, 2011

It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading? - November 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!

This is (once again) two weeks' worth of reading ... reviews are going to be going up like crazy as I attempt to start the New Year with a relatively clean and caught-up slate!


REVIEWED:  (click the cover to go to the review):

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
4.25 of 5 stars
Adrenaline by Jeff Abbott
3.25 of 5 stars

(Click on the cover for the Goodreads page, exc. War & Peace, which goes to Amazon)

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander DumasBag of Bones by Stephen King
David Copperfield by Charles DickensIn the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton

As you can tell, I'm somewhat on a classics reading kick.  I'm reading Bag of Bones as a read-along with Michelle at Castle Macabre for the Bag of Bones read-a-long - you can still join in!

Next to be read on the personal pile (click cover for Goodreads page):
The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton
11/22/63 by Stephen KingAn Unpardonable Crime by Andrew Taylor

Next to be read on the hard copy review pile (click cover for Goodreads page):

Thread Reckoning by Amanda Lee
The Queen's Pawn by Christy EnglishVigilante by Robin Parrish

Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer
Book Depository

WHY did I think this was a thriller?  This is the first in series of historical fiction that is just all-absorbing.  I can't wait to read the next one!


Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson and Richard Dilallo
Book Depository

Yet another surprise; here I am thinking this is another of James Patterson's Alex Cross books (enjoyable, but not all-consuming), and I get a book that reminds me of "To Kill a Mockingbird".  If you see it, grab it - you'll enjoy it.

How was YOUR reading week?  Please leave a link to YOUR "What Are You Reading" post in the comments (I'd love to come visit) or simply comment with what your reading week was like!

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