Where I share my love of books with reviews, features, giveaways and memes. Family and needlepoint are thrown in from time to time.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Blog Give Away - SWEETSMOKE - By David Fuller

Who doesn't like to win a free book! Especially one signed by the author. Visit this blog for up to 5 chances to win. Good luck to all!

A Ghostly Challenge

This should be a fun challenge! I love "ghostly" books - and Halloween is my favorite holiday!

For this challenge, you have from September 1 to October 31 to read 2 books that feature ghosts or are otherwise ghostly. Use your discretion.

1. All books are allowed, audiobooks, picture books, non fiction, fiction, short stories, whatever.
2. Books of short stories count as one book though.
3. Crossovers allowed.
4. You can make a list beforehand or add to it as you go.

I think my books are going to be:
A Certain Slant of Light Whitcomb, Laura
The Maidenstone Lighthouse O'Rourke, Sally Smith

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Lit Flicks Challenge

Signing up for yet another challenge- Rules are:
1. Challenge runs from September 1, 2008 to February 28, 2009.
2. Read 5 books/pieces of literature that have been made into movies.
3. Then watch at least 2 of the movie adaptations of the works you read.
4. Your list may change at any time and may include overlaps with other challenges.
6. Check in at http://thebluestockings.com/lit-flicks-challenge/ around the first of each month to find activities and giveaways for participants.
7. Link to your reviews and posts using Mr. Linky below.

Based on the Book - an extensive list of books made into movies
The Guardian’s 50 Best Film Adaptations
Amazon’s Top 50 Movie Adaptations
*Books do not have to be on the above lists to qualify

I have chosen my books -

The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold - move set for release Dec 2009
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
The Road - Cormac McCarthy (Movie release for 2009)
Holes - Louis Sachar

Friday, August 15, 2008

Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund: The Second Dixie Hemingway Mystery (Dixie Hemingway Mysteries (Hardcover))

Synopsis: Everybody who loves dachshunds knows about their adventurous streak. So when Mame, the elderly dachshund in Dixie Hemingway’s care, gets away from her to investigate a mound of mulch, Dixie isn’t surprised. What the dachshund digs up, however, is not only a surprise but triggers a set of jolting events that puts Dixie at the center of a hunt for a psychopathic killer, a killer who believes Dixie saw him leaving the scene of a brutal murder. . . .

Why I read: This is the second in a series by Blaize Clement. I had enjoyed the first one - so gave the second one a try. Doesn't really fit in to any of my challenges though!

Random thoughts: Really enjoyed this read - it was quick and she has a unique way of giving you little clues to tie the characters together as you move throughout the book. This one had a little twist about 3/4 of the way through that I didn't see coming!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Book To Movie Challenge

New challenge starting Sept 1, 2008 - Must read 3 books in 3 months that have been made into movies, or are in production to become movies.

My list is:
1. And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
2. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenis - J.K. Rowling
I must say that when I looked at the list provided - I was amazed at the number of titles that I recognized and I had no idea they were inspired by a book

Friday, August 1, 2008

Naming Conventions Challenge

Ok - one more challenge, then I really must stop!

K -King, Stephen - Duma Key
R - Rose, Karen - Scream for Me
I - Ishiguro, Kazua -Never Let Me Go
S - Simpson, Stephen - Assaulted by Joy
T - Tyndall, M.L. - The Red Siren
I - Ibomu, Afya - Get Your Crochet On! Hip Hats and Cool Caps

Daring Book for Girls Challenge

Ok - had to sign up for one more - Don't know which tract I will be doing - depends on how much time I get to read here in the beginning! I also want to go through the books that I own and see which ones of these that I have.

Will probably do #2 - 9 books from the list in 12 months and the ongoing challenge of reading them all.

Choices for #2 -
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E.L. Konigsburg
Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince- J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry
Caddie Woodlawn - Carol Ryrie Brink

Ok - we will see how this goes!

Unread Authors Challenge

Ok - Last challenge to sign up for today - Must read 6 authors that I have previously not read but have wanted to before Jan 31 - List below:

1. Assaulted by Joy - Stephen Simpson
2. And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
3. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
4. 1000 Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
5. The Magician's Assistant, Ann Patchett
6. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen

New Classics Challenge

This is the list for the New Classics Challenge that starts today: I have only read 6 (bolded) so this leaves me alot to choose from! Must read 6 books and review them before Jan 31 - Here we go!~ The ones in Red are the ones that I am going to try to read for this challenge. The ones in blue are finished and reviewed!

1. The Road , Cormac McCarthy (2006)
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (2000)
3. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)
4. The Liars' Club, Mary Karr (1995)
5. American Pastoral, Philip Roth (1997)
6. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001)
7. Maus, Art Spiegelman (1986/1991)
8. Selected Stories, Alice Munro (1996)
9. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier (1997)
10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami (1997)
11. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer (1997)
12. Blindness, José Saramago (1998)
13. Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (1986-87)
14. Black Water, Joyce Carol Oates (1992)
15. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers (2000)
16. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood (1986)
17. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez (1988)
18. Rabbit at Rest, John Updike (1990)
19. On Beauty, Zadie Smith (2005)
20. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding (1998)
21. On Writing, Stephen King (2000)
22. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz (2007)
23. The Ghost Road, Pat Barker (1996)
24. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry (1985)
25. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan (1989)
26. Neuromancer, William Gibson (1984)
27. Possession, A.S. Byatt (1990)
28. Naked, David Sedaris (1997)
29. Bel Canto, Anne Patchett (2001)
30. Case Histories, Kate Atkinson (2004)
31. The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien (1990)
32. Parting the Waters, Taylor Branch (1988)
33. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion (2005)
34. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (2002)
35. The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst (2004)
36. Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt (1996)
37. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi (2003)
38. Birds of America, Lorrie Moore (1998)
39. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri (2000)
40. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (1995-2000)
41. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (1984)
42. LaBrava, Elmore Leonard (1983)
43. Borrowed Time, Paul Monette (1988)
44. Praying for Sheetrock, Melissa Fay Greene (1991)
45. Eva Luna, Isabel Allende (1988)
46. Sandman, Neil Gaiman (1988-1996)
47. World's Fair, E.L. Doctorow (1985)
48. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver (1998)
49. Clockers, Richard Price (1992)
50. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen (2001)
51. The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcom (1990)
52. Waiting to Exhale, Terry McMillan (1992)
53. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon (2000)
54. Jimmy Corrigan, Chris Ware (2000)
55. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls (2006)
56. The Night Manager, John le Carré (1993)
57. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe (1987)
58. Drop City, TC Boyle (2003)
59. Krik? Krak! Edwidge Danticat (1995)
60. Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (2001)
61. Money, Martin Amis (1985)
62. Last Train To Memphis, Peter Guralnick (1994)
63. Pastoralia, George Saunders (2000)
64. Underworld, Don DeLillo (1997)
65. The Giver, Lois Lowry (1993)
66. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace (1997)
67. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (2003)
68. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel (2006)
69. Secret History, Donna Tartt (1992)
70. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (2004)
71. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Ann Fadiman (1997)
72. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (2003)
73. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving (1989)
74. Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger (1990)
75. Cathedral, Raymond Carver (1983)
76. A Sight for Sore Eyes, Ruth Rendell (1998)
77. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)
78. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert (2006)
79. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell (2000)
80. Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney (1984)
81. Backlash, Susan Faludi (1991)
82. Atonement, Ian McEwan (2002)
83. The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields (1994)
84. Holes, Louis Sachar (1998)
85. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson (2004)
86. And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts (1987)
87. The Ruins, Scott Smith (2006)
88. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby (1995)
89. Close Range, Annie Proulx (1999)
90. Comfort Me With Apples, Ruth Reichl (2001)
91. Random Family, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (2003)
92. Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow (1987)
93. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley (1991)
94. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser (2001)
95. Kaaterskill Falls, Allegra Goodman (1998)
96. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (2003)
97. Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson (1992)
98. The Predators' Ball, Connie Bruck (1988)
99. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman (1995)
100. America (the Book), Jon Stewart/Daily Show (2004)

Book Awards Challenge

This is my first book challenge that I have signed up for - but pretty sure that I will sign up for more today - now that I have a blogspot... The rules for my first challenge are as follows:
Read 10 award winners from August 1, 2008 through June 1, 2009.
You must have at least FIVE different awards in your ten titles.
Overlaps with other challenges are permitted.
You don't have to post your choices right away, and your list can change at any time.
'Award winners' is loosely defined; make the challenge fit your needs, keeping in mind Rule #2.

I am going to post my list of books later, as soon as I have a chance to go through some award sites!

Ok - here is my list of some possible books:
1. Never Let Me Go - Kazua Ishiguro (Alex Award)
2. The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros (American Book Award)
3. Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen (Alex Award 2007)
4. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E.L. Konigsburg (Newberry 1968)
5. The Gathering - Anne Enright (Man Booker - 2007

I will have to choose the next 5 after I finish these!

Cormac McCarthy - The Road - Bookseller's Award
Nancy Pickard - The Virgin of Small Plains (Agatha Awards)
Sachar, Louis - Holes (Newberry Award and National Book Award)
Amy Tan - The Joy Luck Club (National Book Award)
Powers, Richard - - The Echo Maker - National Book Award


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