Thursday, September 30, 2010

2 The Jewel of St. Petersburg by Kate Furnivall

Title: The Jewel of St. Petersburg
Author:  Kate Furnivall
Publisher: The Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date:  Aug. 3, 2010
paperback, 421 pages
ISBN: 978-0-425-23423-5


Summary:
Russia, 1910. Young Valentina Ivanova charms St Petersburg's aristocracy with her classic Russian beauty and her talent as a pianist. She scandalises society when she begins a romance with Jens Friis, a Danish engineer. He brings to her life a passion and an intimacy she has never known. Unbending in their opposition, her parents push her into a loveless engagement with a Russian count. Valentina struggles for independence and to protect her young sister from the tumult sweeping the city, as Russia is bound for rebellion. The Tsar, the Duma and the Bolsheviks are at each other's throats. Valentina is forced to make a choice that changes her life for ever ...


I know I say this a lot, but I really liked this book.  My favorite part of the book was the setting. I love that it was set in Russia during the revolution.  There was so much turmoil and unrest during this time that  it definitely added a raw grittiness to  the story.  There were a lot of characters in this book, but not so many that you lose track.  The story focuses on Valentina. She is from the aristocratic society whose path is already predetermined. Valentina decides to buck the system and make her own destiny. I really liked the strength of her character. She was willing to do what ever it took to save everyone she loved.  Speaking of love, let's talk about the romantic aspect of this book.  Valentina is expected to marry well, but she falls in love with a engineer, Jens Friis. Her heart belongs to him from the first moment she sees him, but she longs to please her parents also. This is an interesting relationship full of many complications.  I enjoyed this aspect as well.  The story line was very compelling and it kept me interested to the last sentence. 


The Jewel of St. Petersburg is the first book I have read by Kate Furnivall but she has written several other books including: The Girl from Junchow, The Red Scarf and The Russian Concubine. You can check out her website at www.katefurnivall.com


*picture and summary taken from Good Reads
** I received this book from Crazy Book Tours for review purposes. 

4 AND THE WINNER IS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,



Thank you to the lovely ladies at Good Choice Reading for hosting this event.  I also want to thank everyone that entered this contest. If you didn't win this one, I hope you win on another blog. Also, I want to welcome all my new followers. I am so excited that you decided to stay!  and to my older followers, thanks for sticking with me: You ROCK!!!




Congratulations to
  Amanda Sue
I will be emailing you shortly with details on how to claim your prize. You have 48 hours to respond or I will have to pick another winner.

I also have another giveaway for The Book of Unholy Mischief. If you are interested click here to check out the details.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

0 Bleak House read a long (6)



Bleak House Read A Long (6)
Chapters 33-38

My thoughts on Bleak House: 
Weevle and Guppy lie to themselves by agreeing they are not conspiring. Mrs. Snagsby keeps giving the evil eye to Mr. Snagsby about the Spontaneous Combustion. Which is unsettling to every party involved.  Mr. Tulkinghorn runs into Guppy at Lady D's house. The wheel of suspicion start to turn in his head.  Esther is slowly recovering from a mystery illness. Does anyone know what it is? It leaves her disfigured. However the people in Esther's life show nothing but love. It was really very sweet. Also Esther's feelings are known about Dr. Woodcourt. I know that he has been mentioned before but he has not really made much of an appearance. I wish Dickens would have developed his character a little more. I feel he is a stranger in this story. Mr. Boythorn offers his house to Esther so that she may recover. Esther discovers that Lady D. is her mother. They have a short but sweet reunion then Lady D. tells her she can never see her again. I have to tell you I did not like this. I felt it was cruel to tell her. Ava and Esther are reunited and it's a touching scene.  Richard comes for a visit. He has taken up with none other than Mr. Skimpole. Richard was already walking a thin line for me, but this pushed him over the edge. I no longer care for Richard. Jarndyce and Jarndyce has definitely changed him and not for the better. Mr. Guppy has also proven to be a jerk. Good riddance, Mr. Guppy.
P.S. I want a growlery!  

Monday, September 27, 2010

16 Book Review and Giveaway: The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark

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Title: The Book of Unholy Mischief
Author: Elle Newmark
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication Date: December 30, 2008
paperback, 400 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4165-9057-6
Summary
It is 1498, the dawn of the Renaissance and Venice teems with rumors of an ancient book that hold the secrets of unimaginable power. Rich and poor alike speculate about the the long buried secred tht might be scrawled in its pages and where the book might be hidden in the labyrinthine city. While those who seek the book will stop at nothing to get it, those who know will die to protect it.
As a storm of intrigue percolates in Her Most Serene Republic, Luciano, a penniless orphan, is plucked off the street by the doge’s chef and taken in as the chef’s apprentice. In the palace kitchen Luciano is initiated into the chef’s rich and mysterious world where recipes are more than they seem.
It is not long before Luciano is caught up in the madness. Torn between loyalty to his street friends and his passion for Francesca, a convent girl, Lucianco’s worthiness is tested. Armed with a precicious mind and insatiable curiosity, Luciano embarks on a perilous journey to uncover the truth. What he discovers will swing opent he shutters of his mind, inflalme his deepest desires, and leave an indelible mark on his soul.


This book made me hungry. I know that is a weird thing to say about a book but it's true. This book is filled with banquets and dinners that will leave your stomach growling.  Elle Newmark did a wonderful job describing the food so that you could almost taste it. It leaves your mouth watering. However, that is not all this book is about. The main character, Luciano, works as an apprentice under the very talented Chef Ferrero. Every dish that Chef Ferrero makes is a masterpiece. Chef Ferrero endeavors to teach Luciano not only the secret in the sauce but also the secrets to life. Meanwhile the city is being turned upside down looking for an ancient book that is said to hold many secrets. Everyone that searches for the book has a different reason why they want it. Some people are looking for love, wealth, immortality and others are trying to silence the book's possibility to destroy everything they know.  Elle Newark takes us on perilous journey where friendship, loyalty and love are tested.  Elle did a wonderful job developing the story line and the characters while she takes us on a captivating tour through 15th Century Venice.  

Don't forget to check out the other dates and locations for Elle Newmark's book tour. You can also check out her website here.
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Wednesday, September 29



I received  a copy of this book from Elle Newmark and Pump Up Your Book for review purposes only. This in no way influence my review.  Summary and pictures also taken from Pump Up Your Book.

Now for the giveaway! I bought a copy of The Book of Unholy Mischief to give away to one lucky person. Please look at my giveaway rules page located at top of my blog before entering.
  •  This contest is for US residents only.
  • You must be 13 years or older to enter
  • please leave a comment with your email address
  • contest ends at 11.59 p.m. (central) on Oct 3, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

12 Sunday Confessions Sept. 26, 2010





Sunday Confessions is a weekly meme.  I wanted to find a way to share a little about myself and learn more about my followers. Some of my topics will be book related, others not so much. This is all in good fun so please feel free leave a comment to participate.


I have read some really good books over the last few months. I mean like really really good books. The kind of books that make you want to call into work/school sick.  The kind of books that make you want to neglect everything else in your life so you can just sit and read.  The kind of books that after you have read the last page, leave you thinking about it long after you closed the book. I have been really lucky to come across some books like that.  So my question for this week is: 


What is the last book that you read that made you want to skip school or call in sick to work?

My answer is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  This book took me by surprise. I had heard a lot about it, mostly positive, so I thought I would give it a try. I checked it out from my library and before I was finished reading, I ordered it and Catching Fire. I knew these were books that I wanted for my collection.  Suzanne Collins is such a wonderful writer. I was so caught up with Katniss and Peeta that I couldn't put the book down. I have not read Mockingjay yet. I have been so busy that I haven't had the time. So PLEASE don't leave any spoilers in the comments. Good or bad I want to be completely surprised. 



So now it's your turn! Leave a comment and let me know what was the last book you read that made you want to skip school or call in sick to work.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

269 The Fall Giveaway


The fantastic girls from Good Choice Reading are hosting this fabulous giveaway. Over 50 blogs are participating! This contest runs from Sept. 22-29. Please stop by each and everyone of these blogs for a chance to win some great prizes.

So what's my giveaway?  One lucky person will win any book they want from the Book Depository up to $15.00 US dollars. That's right it's open internationally as long as the book depository delivers to your country. Click here for the complete list of countries. Good luck to all!

So what are the rules?
1. Please visit my giveaway/contest rules page for a complete list.
2. You MUST be over 13 years old to enter.
3. You don't need to be a follower to enter, it's appreciated but not necessary
4. Please leave a comment to enter with your email address.
-- If you are uncomfortable leaving your email address in the comments, leave a comment anyway to let me         know you want to be entered. Then send me your email address @ loves2read54(at)yahoo(dot)com
5. One entry per person. I will delete any duplicates.

1 Bleak House read a long (5)


My thoughts on Chapters 26-32:
Well, we are about half way through with this book. Some parts of this book have moved really slow for me while others are a lot more interesting.  The chapters with Mr. George, Mr. Smallweed, and Mr. Tulkinghorn moved really slow for me. They are interested in the mystery man, Nemo; but why are they interested? Hopefully Dickens will clear that up soon. Caddy finally married Prince. I was happy to see her mom showing her some tenderness at the end of the chapter. I was beginning to think she didn't care about anything but Africa. I do feel sorry for Mr. Jellyby, but part of me wishes he would stand up to the Mrs. I was sorry to see that Jo is sick. I hope he makes it. Mr. Skimpole makes another annoying appearance in the scenes with Jo.  Dickens has given Mr. Jarndyce the patience of a saint. I don't know how Jarndyce puts up with him and his childlike ways. My favorite part of BH is Lady Deadlock. She has many secrets I think. We learned one this week, she is Esther's mother. I can't wait to find out the story behind that. Mr. Guppy is sweet in a creepy, stalkerish sort of way, by trying to find out about Esther's past.

Monday, September 20, 2010

5 Charlotte Collins by Jennifer Becton

Title: Charlotte Collins, A Continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jennifer Becton
Publisher: Whiteley Press
Publication Date: Sept. 1, 2010
paperback, 248 pages
ISBN-13: 9781453740477

Summary:
When Charlotte Lucas married Mr. Collins in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, she believed herself to be fortunate indeed. Her nuptials gained her a comfortable home and financial security. If she acquired these things at the expense of true love, it did not matter one whit. To Charlotte, love in marriage was nothing more than a pleasant coincidence. 
As the years of her marriage dragged by, Charlotte began to question her idea of love as she suffered continual embarrassment at her husband’s simpering and fawning manners. When Mr. Collins dies, finally relieving everyone of his tedious conversation, she must work feverishly to secure her income and home. She gives no further thought to the prospect of love until her flighty sister Maria begs her to act as her chaperone in place of their ailing parents. Hoping to prevent Maria from also entering an unhappy union, Charlotte agrees, and they are quickly thrust into a world of country dances, dinner parties, and marriageable gentlemen. 
But when an unprincipled gentleman compromises Charlotte’s reputation, her romantic thoughts disappear at the prospect of losing her independence. As she struggles to extricate herself from her slander, her situation reveals both the nature of each gentleman and of true love.


I know I have mentioned this before but I will repeat it again: I love Jane Austen sequels.  I picked this one because I have never read or seen a sequel dedicated to Charlotte Collins before.  For those of you who don't know, Charlotte marries the odious Mr. Collins after Elizabeth Bennett refuses to marry him.  I don't know how other people view this union, but to me Charlotte sentenced herself to a life of tediousness and boredom. Jennifer Becton picks up Charlotte's story after the death of Mr. Collins.  She longs to live out her days in peace and quiet but life and Maria have other plans for her.  I really like this book!  The story line was fantastic. It has twists and turns, heartache and humor. I loved the new characters that Jennifer introduced us to.  Mr. Ben Basford is now a favorite of mine.  I hope everyone loves him as much as I do.  This is a great romantic read. You will fall in love with Charlotte as she learns to follow her heart.  I sincerely hope that Jennifer Becton will write more books about Jane Austen beloved characters.


Check out Jennifer Becton's Blog here or follow her on twitter @ http://twitter.com/JenniferBecton


*picture and summary taken from Good Reads
** book was provided by author in exchange for an honest review. 



Saturday, September 18, 2010

7 Sunday Confessions Sept. 19. 2010

Sunday Confessions is a weekly meme.  I wanted to find a way to share a little about myself and learn more about my followers. Some of my topics will be book related, others not so much. This is all in good fun so please feel free leave a comment to participate.


This weeks Sunday Confessions is on favorite quotes. I don't know about you, but sometimes when I read a book, watch a movie/tv show or listen to music a certain phrase will stick out. You know, the phrase that pops into your head when ever someone mentions the title.  For me, my quote comes from the Princess Bride.  I love the book and movie and this quote is found in both:

"Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya; you killed my father; prepare to die."

Nobody says this quote better than Mandy Patinkin, who played Inigo Montoya in the movie:




Now it's your turn! Tell me what your favorite quote from a book, movie, tv show, or song. I look forward to seeing your answers!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

3 Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Title: Heartless
Author: Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Publication Date: July 1, 2010
paperback, 368 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0780-8


Summary:
Princess Una of Parumvir has come of age and will soon be married. She dreams of a handsome and charming prince, but when the first suitor arrives, she finds him stodgy and boring. Prince Aethelbald from the mysterious land of Farthestshore has traveled far to prove his love--and also to bring hushed warnings of danger. A dragon is rumored to be approaching Parumvir.
Una, smitten instead with a more dashing prince, refuses Aethelbald's offer--and ignores his warnings. Soon the Dragon King himself is in Parumvir, and Una, in giving her heart away unwisely, finds herself in grave danger. Only those courageous enough to risk everything have a hope of fighting off this advancing evil.

The cover to this book is gorgeous and very intriguing.  It was one of the first things that drew me to the book.  This book started out a little slow for me but I am glad I stuck with it.  Anne tells a wonderful story about a princess, a prince, a cat and a dragon.  I was intrigued by the characters and the story line.  Una irritated me at times, but if she was any other way, the story wouldn't have been as good. The banter between some of the characters was very comical. I also liked the imagery Anne used to describe the land of Oriana.  It made me like the story even more.  Once the story picked up for me I didn't want to put the book down.  Overall I thought this book was good. This is Anne Elisabeth Stengl's debut novel.  She plans to write more on the Tales of Goldstone Wood. I am curious to see what direction she will take the next story.


*This book was provided to me by Baker Publishing Group for review purposes only. I receive no compensation for this review
*picture and summary taken from Good Reads

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

1 Bleak House read a long (4)


My thoughts on Chapters 20-25:
I found myself getting a little lost every once and awhile trying to keep up with all the characters and the story lines. I found Mr. Smallwood's character funny.  Every time he through the pillow at his wife, it made me smile a little. Dickens definitely gives us diverse characters.  I am wondering what the heck is going on with the French maid.  I felt as if she had a some sort of secret of inside information she wanted to give to Esther. Richard is starting to irritate me. He is very flighty. He has no idea what to do with his future. I can't blame  Mr. Jarndyce for his actions towards Richard. I loved Mr. Turveydrop's reaction to Prince and Caddy's engagement. Can you say drama queen? Mrs. Jellyby doesn't seem to care what's going on with her family, only Africa. The chapter with Mr. Grindly, Ms. Flite and George was heartbreaking. I like Jo and  I am curious to see where Dickens takes his character.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

1 Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

Monday, September 13, 2010

11 Winner of Blogfest 2010 is..........

I want to thank everyone who entered my giveaway. I never expected so many entries!!! I also want to thank all my new followers. I am so happy that you decided to join To Read or Not To Read.  Some of my old followers might have noticed that I did not post my Sunday Confessions this week. I did that partly because of blogfest and partly because of extenuating circumstances.  My grandmother is very ill. My family fears these are her last days. It's been hard to concentrate on work/blogging/life lately.  As I deal with what lies ahead, I might not be posting as much as usual over the next few weeks.  I appreciate all the kind words and well wishes that people have given me over the last few days.

If you didn't win this giveaway, I will be participating in Good Choice Reading's Fall Giveaway. This takes place from Sept. 22-29. I plan to giveaway a similar prize.  If you would like to participate, I believe registration is still open.  Also check out some of the giveaways from around the blogging world here.

Now for the moment you have all been waiting for: The Winner of my BlogFest 2010 giveaway is:

Annie McElfresh
confirmed

I will be emailing you shortly. You have 48 hours to claim your prize or I will have to choose a new winner.  Please make sure to check your Spam also.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

472 It's Time For BlogFest!!!!





Contest is closed. I will be posting the results in the next few days. 
This is my first time participating in BlogFest and I am soooo excited!  For those of you who don't know about Blogfest it's an humongous giveaway put on by Cinnamon from A Journey of Books . At last count, there are 257 blogs signed up.  What does that mean? This means you have 257 chances to win some great prizes.  Click on the link for A Journey of Books to see all the participating blogs. 
Alright, now to the good stuff.  What am I giving away?  One winner will receive a book of your choice up to $15.00 US dollars from the Book Depository.  That's right, this contest is international!  What do you have to do to enter this contest?
  • The Book Depository MUST be able to deliver to your country. If you are not sure, check here .
  • You MUST be 13 years old or older to enter this contest
  • Read my contest/giveaway rules page.
  • Check out Page Turners fabulous giveaway.
  • Leave a comment with your email address.  If you are uncomfortable leaving your email in the comments, you can email it to me @ loves2read54(at)yahoo(dot)com. Please put "blogfest entry" in the subject line.
  • One entry per person
  • You don't have to be a follower to enter. It's greatly appreciated, but not necessary. 
  • Contest ends Sept. 12, 2010 at 12:00 am Central time.
  • If you want to keep track of all the sites you visited for blogfest and be entered to win some great prizes click here
Good luck to everyone!!! Don't forget to check out the other 256 Blogfest giveaways.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

4 A Note from an Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker

Title: A Not from an Old Acquaintance
Author: Bill Walker
Publisher: iUniverse
Published: June 11, 2009
paperback, 358 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-4401-3333-6

Brian Weller is a haunted man. It's been two years since the tragic accident that left his three-year-old son dead and his wife in an irreversible coma. A popular author of mega-selling thrillers, Brian's life has reached a crossroads: his new book is stalled, his wife's prognosis is dire, and he teeters on the brink of despair.

Everything changes the morning an e-mail arrives from Boston artist Joanna Richman. Her heartfelt note brings back all the poignant memories: the night their eyes met, the fiery passion of their short-lived affair, and the agonizing moment he was forced to leave Joanna forever. Now, fifteen years later, the guilt and anger threaten to overwhelm him. Vowing to make things right, Brian arranges a book-signing tour that will take him back to Boston. He is eager to see Joanna again, but remains unsure where their reunion will lead. One thing is certain: the forces that tore their love asunder will stop at nothing to keep them apart.
Filled with tender romance and taut suspense, A Note from an Old Acquaintance is an unforgettable story about fate, honor, and the power of true love.

Could you walk away from you soul mate? This is the question Bill Walker asks of his characters Brian and Joanna.  This book drifts back and forth between the years 1991 and 2006. It starts in the present where Brian is dealing with so much tragedy He receives an email from his ex-lover, Joanna wondering what went wrong in their relationship. Brian and Joanna begin to exchange emails and agree to meet up in Boston. This is where the mystery begins.

What did I like about this book?
The romance between Brian and Joanna was good. Brian and Joanna fall in love at first sight. More than that they have a great connection that most of us dream about. However, I liked that this book was more than just a romance.  I think it was the mystery that went along with it that kept me turning the pages. The story line was very engaging.  I liked the way Bill Walker wrote his characters. They weren't far fetched. I felt like they were people that I might have met somewhere down the line. Overall the story was good.

Remember this is just my opinions. To Read or Not To Read, it's your choice.

*picture and summary taken from goodreads
**book was provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

0 Bleak House read a long (3)


Bleak House Read A Long
Chapters 14-19

My thoughts:
I liked these chapters so much more than the last ones. I found them far more entertaining. First, I have another name to add to the list of ridiculous names of ridiculous people  Can you guess?  That's right it's Mr. Turveydrop!  So now we have Mrs. Jellyby, Mr. Skimpole, Mrs. Pardiggle, Mr. Guppy and Mr. Turveydrop. I was sorry to see Mr Skimpole in these chapters.  Every time he says "I am a child" I want to throw my book across the room.
I also liked the way Charles Dickens shows us people at different stages in their lives waiting on their court judgement.  First he shows us the young Jarndyces. They are full of hope and love with their lives before them.  Then you meet Miss Flite. She is an older woman, who lives alone with her birds that she will set free on the day of her court judgement.  In these chapters you met Mr. Gridley who has grown bitter waiting on his judgement.  Dickens shows the effect that the delayed court decisions have on these people.  Richard is starting to show signs of wear by relying that the judgement will be in their favor. Spending money like he has it and not settling in a career.
I was happy to get to know more about Esther's past.  Esther and Lady Dedlock have some sort of connection. I can't decide if I like Lady Dedlock yet.  She holds many secrets. Hopefully I will learn more of them in next weeks chapters.

Monday, September 6, 2010

6 hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 13, 2008
Hardcover, 391 pages
ISBN:  978-1-4169-8941-7

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

First of all I have to say that the cover to this book is amazing. Truly, if I ever was to buy a book because of the cover this would be the one. However that is not the reason I bought this book. I bought this book because curiosity got the better of me. I had heard that people either loved this book or hated it.  The hate was mostly because of Patch. For those of you who haven't read it, Patch is one of the main characters. He's the sexy bad boy of the book. Some readers viewed Patch as a jerk and wondered if teenage girls were getting the wrong message. The wrong message being letting guys treat you like crap and getting away with it. After reading the book and trying to keep an open mind, I found these claims to be unfounded. It even had me questioning if the haters even read the book.  I thought Becca Fitzpatrick wrote a wonderful story. I read this book in less than 24 hours. The romance between Patch and Nora is a background to the awesome mystery that unfolds. The story kept me guessing to the end. The characters that Becca writes are very dynamic.  There is only one thing that bothered me. Marcie Millar.  Why did Becca have to name the antagonist Marcie. Everyone knows that Marcie is your best friend. Marcie is intelligent, loyal and brave.  Seriously I think Becca should think about renaming the character in the book to a more suitable name. I'm not saying this because my name is Marcie. Okay I am saying this because my name is Marcie. I thought it was worth a try though.

Remember this is just my opinion. To Read or Not To Read, it's your choice.

*picture and summary taken from goodreads

Saturday, September 4, 2010

9 Sunday Confessions Sept. 5, 2010




I recently decided to add a new weekly feature/meme to my blog called Sunday Confessions. I wanted to find a way to share a little about myself and learn more about my followers. Some of my topics will be book related, others not so much. This is all in good fun so please feel free to participate.

Fall is quickly approaching and with it the new television season. What I want to know is what do you watch on television. These are some of my favorite shows I've watched over the years.



Don't foget to comment and tell me what your favorite television show is.  I am looking forward to reading your answers.

1 Who Knew?

A couple of things going on this month I think you should know about.  First I will be participating in a few giveaways this month Blogfest and The Fall giveaway over at Good Choice Reading  Be sure to check back to see what I will be giving away. I'm thinking about gift cards. I want to make the giveaways international so I am checking on who delivers where. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.  Also if anyone wants to donate a prize, please contact me @ loves2read54(at)yahoo(dot)com.

The second thing I wanted to tell you all about is I have a new scrolling blogroll. Check it out. I have been wanting one for sometime and it just didn't seem to work.  I spent a lot of frustrated time trying to get it to work with no success. So Bella from A Girl Reads helped me out. It turns out it was my browser that was the problem.  The scrolling blog roll worked in firefox and safari but not Internet Explorer. I have used Internet Explorer for as long as I can remember, but for some reason it didn't like the scrolling blogroll. So I changed browsers. I went from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome. Google Chrome is so much faster. My blog loads faster, I don't have as many errors that pop up. It's fantastic.  I had no idea it mattered so much what browser you use.  Anyway, I am very thankful to Bella for taking the time to help me out.  She is a good example of why I love the book blogging community. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

3 Bleak House Readalong Ch. 8-13




This week for the readalong we read chapters 8-13.  I had a hard time getting through some of these chapters.  I have to say, if I ever get Insomnia, I might have to reread them. I did like a lot too:   My. Gubby made a hilarious proposal to Esther. Esther refuses and Mr. Guppy becomes a stalker.  A man named Nemo dies. Richard has no idea what he wants to be when he grows up. There is a mystery surrounding Lady Dedlock and the mystery man Nemo. Ada and Richard fall in love .I think Charles Dickens purposely gives ridiculous names to his ridiculous characters. Yes, I'm talking about Mrs. Pardiggle.  I felt sorry for her sons and for the Brickmaker and his family, or anyone in general who might have the misfortune of crossing her path.
 

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