Georgia Book Bloggers

March 9, 2010 Uncategorized 0


When I jump into something I usually jump in with both feet and then some. I have been looking all over trying to find other Georgia book bloggers as I’ve been soooo envious of the camaraderie and social network that the Utah book bloggers have as shown through http://blog.mawbooks.com/. I came across Jenny’s site from Florida http://www.takemeawayreading.com/ and read that she had started a Ning Network to try to find other Florida bloggers so I thought I would do the same thing for Georgia. So, in saying all of that….if you are a Georgia blogger, or if you know one, please, please, please direct them to this Ning Network http://gabookbloggers.ning.com/ I truly want to connect with other bloggers from all over the country, all over the world. I think we have so much to share and learn from each other. I have so very much enjoyed finding book blogs that are unique and fresh. It amazes me every time I log onto the computer how I can find another book blog that I just have to start following because it is just a great site. My following list is longer than my TBR list and I didn’t think that would ever be possible!

I hope that other Georgia bloggers will find the network and will want to join. I love how Utah has united into a cohesive unit that supports each other. I look forward to meeting you fellow peaches!

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Book Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

March 8, 2010 Book Review, reviews 9

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

Book Review: Before I Fall by Lauren OliverBefore I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Published by HarperCollins on October 25th, 2010
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 470
Source: complimentary review copy
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It always takes me awhile to digest a book. I have to let it whirl around in my head and my heart for some time before I can come to a conclusion as to what my true thoughts are, but now that I’m blogging in the book world I’m thinking I should speed up the process a bit. Maybe do some thinking out loud per se.

I have to be honest, with Before I Fall, I had to stop crying before I could sit down to write to this. You’ll figure out about me soon enough, I’m sure, I feel a great empathy with the characters of the books I read. I jump into the pages with them, walk the high school halls or the Quantico fields….whatever genre I’m reading, I’m fully committed and tonight during those last few chapters I was there with Sam as she relived the last day of her life for the 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th time.

What was even more eerie is I was telling my high school daughter the book today, encouraging her to read it once I was finished. I have two daughters, one is a senior, one is a sophomore. OH, if I could just tell you the whole story! but that would take away from your experience in reading the book…and what an experience it is.

We learn about life in the “IT” crowd or the “IN” group, Lindsay, THE IT girl, Sam, her best friend, Elody, and Ally. These 4 girls are the most 4 popular girls in school and are seniors this year. One word from any of these 4 girls and another student would instantly be shunned.

There’s one line in the book that just about tears at my soul every time I go back and read it. The four girls have been drinking vodka since the afternoon and throughout the evening at a party. They leave the party with Lindsay driving, Sam shotgun as always with the other two in the back. You know what happens next.

But before you start pointing fingers, let me ask you: is what I did really so bad? So bad I deserved to die? So bad I deserved to die like that?
Is what I did really so much worse than what anybody else does?
Is it really so much worse than what you do?
Think about it.

Whew. That was tough. Because I did, think about it. And I haven’t stopped thinking about it. But then the book goes on to where Sam relives the day, 7 times. She gets 7 chances to get it right. How many of us get 7 do-overs? And if we had the chance to do-it-over-again, would we do it right? When someone says to us “It’s too late” would we tell them “It’s never too late” and care enough to make sure the actions speak louder than the words.

Please, if you don’t read another book this year, read this one. It’s not the easiest of reads in that Sam has to wake up every day on February 12th for 7 days and some of the high school angst is a little hard to handle if you’re a parent of teenagers; however, the message is important and not just for young adults. The last two pages, I think, are my favorites.

 

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In My Mailbox

March 6, 2010 Uncategorized 7

In my Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. Each week we post about the books that have come in our mailbox, that we’ve purchased, begged or borrowed, or borrowed from the local library. This is my first “In My Mailbox” post and in honor of it being my first and the beautiful snow day we had on March 2nd (my birthday!) I included this gorgeous, silly mailbox compliments of Photobucket. Hope you like it!

Onto my books…I’m so excited about all of them…only problem is I’ve got to get off of my addiction to blogging so I can get back to reading! especially now that I have a very large stack of books to get through!

from Barnes & Noble:

Before I Fall Gone with the WindThe PostmistressBy The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead

donated to my one-day-soon-to-be-opened bookstore

The Way Life Should Be: A NovelThe Last Good Kiss

and last but most definitely not least, from my local library

How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter MostI Am the MessengerWish You Were Dead (Wish You Were Dead Trilogy (Hardback))

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around in it, let it slide like coins through your fingers. So much time you can waste it.

But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Margaret Mitchell’s epic novel of love and war won the Pulitzer Prize and went on to give rise to two authorized sequels and one of the most celebrated movies of all time.

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

It is 1940. France has fallen. Bombs are dropping on London. And President Roosevelt is promising he won’t send our boys to fight in “foreign wars.” But American radio gal Frankie Bard, the first woman to report from the Blitz in London, wants nothing more than to bring the war home….Meanwhile, in Franklin, Massachusetts, Iris James hears Frankie’s broadcasts and knows that it is only a matter of time before the war arrives on Franklin’s shores. In charge of the town’s mail, Iris believes that her job is to deliver and keep people’s secrets, passing along the news that letters carry.

Alternating between an America still cocooned in its inability to grasp the danger at hand and a Europe being torn apart by war, The Postmistress gives us two women who find themselves unable to deliver the news, and a third woman desperately waiting for news yet afraid to hear it.

By The Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Ann Peters

Daelyn Rice is broken beyond repair, and after a string of suicide attempts, she’s determined to get her death right. She starts visiting a Web site for “completers” – www.through-the-light.com……..

Then, a boy named Santana begins to sit with her after school while she’s waiting for her parents to pick her up. Even though she’s made it clear that she wants to be left alone, Santana won’t give up. It’s too late for Daelyn to be letting people into her life. . .isn’t it?

The Way Life Should Be: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline

The Way Life Should Be is about the search for the right relationship and the right life, the difficulty of finding true love, and the yearning for the home that food represents. Laced with recipes and humor, wisdom and wit, it is at once a clear-eyed portrait of Maine, a compassionate look at modern life and love, and a compelling work of literary fiction that explores the gulf between the way life is and the way we want it to be.

The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley

Tough, hard-broiled, and brilliantly suspenseful, The Last Good Kiss is an unforgettable detective story starring C. W. Sughrue, a Montana investigator who kills time by working at a topless bar. Hired to track down a derelict author, he ends up on the trail of a girl missing in Haight-Ashbury for a decade. The tense hunt becomes obsessive as Sughrue takes a haunting journey through the underbelly of America’s sleaziest nightmares.

How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most by Marietta McCarty

simplicity, communication, perspective, flexibility, empathy, individuality, belonging, serenity, possibility and joy……This inspiring book shows you how to make philosophy a living, breathing part of your life.

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail.

That’s when Ed becomes the messenger.

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until one question remains. Who’s behind Ed’s mission?

Wish You Were Dead (Wish You Were Dead Trilogy (Hardback)) by Todd Strasser

Str-S-d: I’ll begin with Lucy. She is definitely the first on the list. You can’t believe how it feels to be in the cafeteria and turn around and there she is staring at me like I’m some disgusting bug or vermin. Does she really think I WANT to be this way? I hate you, Lucy. I really hate. You are my #1 pick. I wish you were dead.

The day after anonymous blogger Str-S-d wishes the popular girl would die, Lucy vanishes. The students of Soundview High are scared and worried. Especially frightened and wracked with guilt is Madison Archer, Lucy’s friend and the last person person to see her the night she disappeared.

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Thursday Giveaway!

March 4, 2010 Giveaway 14

The Help

I have come up with quite the novel idea! Each Thursday during the month of March I will be doing a “Thursday Giveaway” of a Bestseller.  To enter the contest please leave a comment on my blog.  You must be a verified subscriber/follower to enter.  Random.org will be used to select the winner on Thursday at 12 noon EST.  The first winner will be selected on Thursday, March 11th, 2010. 

For this week I shall start off with a big bang and giveaway The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  This book has been number 1 on the bestseller list for 9 weeks I believe and according to Amazon.com it has stayed in the Top 100 for a whopping 373 days!

I resisted reading this book for such a long time….I’m not sure why now – believe it or not, I actually read it when a high-powered attorney friend told me it was one of the best books he had read last year.  I thought if a man was telling me that when I thought it was a chick-flick book it must be really good…and, well, he was right.  Probably one of the best books I’ve read in a while, well, except for Stieg Larsson’s books and you know how I love his writing!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
ISBN-10: 0399155341

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women—mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends—view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.     (from Product Description at Amazon.com)

 Best of luck to you and until next time….

Happy Reading!

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Waiting on Wednesday

March 3, 2010 Uncategorized 4

 
Ahhhh, another Wednesday. Another day to wish and dream and ponder upon those wonderful books that will hit the shelves come someday soon…..I have so many I want it’s hard to pick just one! Hah! and last week I got a jump on it and had TWO Wednesdays so I could have two books!
 “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at http://breakingthespine.blogspot.com/, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are anxiously awaiting.  Thank you Jill for hosting such an awesome meme!
  
Anyways, on to the book.  The Poet Prince: A Novel by Kathleen McGowan to be released May 25th, 2010.  And the date cannot come any quicker! I am so anxious to get my hands on that book!  I devoured McGowan’s first 2 books, The Expected One and The Book of Love and re-read both, even reading The Book of Love a third time and still getting something out of it!  I also have her non-fiction book that came out last year, The Source of Miracles. And I follow her website….so that should tell you – I love Kathleen McGowan! Her writing topic is fascinating and her research – wow! I would have traded my beloved suede boots to be her research assistant! And anyone who knows me knows that’s saying a lot!
The Poet Prince: A Novel
by Kathleen McGowan
from http://www.kathleenmcgowan.com/The_Poet_Prince.html
In The Poet Prince, Book III of the Magdalene Line Series…. Maureen Paschal follows her mysterious new teacher to Florence where she begins training in the secret teachings of The Order of the Holy Sepulcher, just as the Grand Countess, Matilda of Tuscany, did before her nearly a thousand years ago.  Maureen’s teacher presents her with an artifact, a faded processional banner from the early Renaissance with the motto, Les Temps Revient (The Time Returns) emblazoned across a painting of an exquisite Florentine woman.  The banner was carried by Lorenzo de Medici as a young man, and enigmatic French motto has puzzled historians for centuries.  The identity of the woman depicted on the banner is a scandal that has been buried by time.

In Florence, Maureen discovers the story of Lorenzo, the man who would be known to history – deservedly so – as The Magnificent.  He is the godfather of the Renaissance, the greatest patron of the arts in history.  But what Maureen will learn was the Lorenzo’s driving obsession was not one of simple culture; rather, he was creating a body of work to preserve a series of ancient secrets, secrets too powerful and dangerous to be committed to writing. Lorenzo is aided by his mistress, the forbidden love who obsesses him until he dies – and who acted as muse for some of the most famous and breathtaking paintings in the world.

The Renaissance emerges in a new and extraordinary light as Maureen uncovers the truth behind Botticelli’s greatest masterpieces, and the careful cultivation that went into the formative years of the young Michaelangelo.  Trained to become the voice of Lorenzo’s secret and dangerous movement, Michaelangelo is adopted by The Magnificent and becomes arguably the most significant artist in history, infusing much of his work with the heresy he was taught at the Medici table.  Conversely we learn the never-before-told story of the expulsion of Leonardo da Vinci from Florence – as the nemesis of Lorenzo’s mission and one who seeks to destroy it – while revealing the bitter, brutal rivalry that erupted between the greatest artists in history.

The Expected One: A Novel (The Magdalene Line)The Book of Love: A Novel (The Magdalene Line)the cover for The Poet Prince has not been released yet….but I’ll let you know as soon as it is!!!! If you haven’t read the first two, I encourage you to do that prior to picking up The Poet Prince.

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