Monthly Archives: July 2009
Giveaway now closed…. Our winner on August 7 was WANDA!!!!!!
Thanks everyone for playing
It’s Summer. My favorite season! In honor of Summer and all the movies recently that have come from books, I offer this weeks Freebie Friday as:
Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters, Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping.
I recently learned at a festival where they had bees displayed in hives working the honey like nobody’s “beesness” (lol) that a bee in their lifetime will only produce one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey. Not a typo. That’s it.
So now knowing this…. here is how you can enter to win this great book! AND to sweeten the pot (LOL I am on a roll today!) I will add a jar of honey to this giveaway.
1. Leave a comment here with an interesting insect fact or a comment about an insect incident you have had… (wow – say that fast….)
2. Blog tweet or shout from the rooftop about this giveaway and leave link here in a separate comment (oh, if you go for the shout from the rooftop, that is going to require a picture!)
3. For any comments you make during this week on any of my other posts (starting today thru next Friday) you will receive one extra chance to win per comment) *You must have the original comment (#1) here first to qualify for this one.
US only entrants please and no po box numbers. Be sure I have a way to contact you if you are the winner.
This giveaway will end Friday August 7.
Oh – Have fun!
Looks like it will be a nice day out there today and that is sooooo good! I have a family gathering at our home tomorrow and have many tasks to do prior to that event – indoor and outdoors.
This morning, after a late night of reading… I grabbed Coffee Cup and we set out on a casual stroll through the blogesphere. My meandering this morning took me over to Bermudaonion’s Weblog where I read a wonderful review for the book, Looking For Salvation at The Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore .
I have heard of this book, but Kathy’s review is the first I have read on it. This sounds like a fun read from a new author. Quoting Kathy,
This is the wonderful debut novel of Susan Gregg Gilmore. (It’s hard for me to believe this is her first book!) There is so much more to this book than appears on the surface.
Stop in today to Bermudaonions Weblog and read the full review and wander around her great blog while you are there, she has many reviews and can give you ideas on your next read….
Have a great day everyone! I am off to many tasks and taking advantage of the first fully sunny day we have had this week!
A delightful read about faith and about family, and about God’s Hands molding it all together into something beautiful.
The everyday push and pull of motherhood often leaves Tricia Goyer feeling, well, smooshed. Can you relate? In Blue Like Play Dough, Tricia shares her unlikely journey from rebellious, pregnant teen to busy wife and mom with big dreams of her own.
Sure her life is messy and beset with doubts. But God keep showing up in the most unlikely places – in a bowl of carrot soup, the umpteenth reading of Goodnight Moon, a woe-is-me teen drama, or play dough in the hands of a child…
Blue Like Play Dough flowed from the moment I opened the first page. With moments that caused me to laugh in acknowledgment,
“One day while praying about the hard stuff in life an image came to mind of a lump of play dough. As I focused on it I realized the lump was not something my kids held in their hands, but that God held in His. I was that lump. God was molding me and he had something in mind.
The image was there and then it was gone. Donald Miller had Blue Jazz. I had play dough. I tried not to be disappointed.”
Tricia writes with experience of what it is like to be a young mom trying to raise children to the best of her ability yet still having dreams of her own. Tricia is honest about her short comings and openly shares the triumphs and the trials of struggling to do it all.
When Tricia writes in this book about letting go and relaxing a bit allowing time for herself and time for the kids to learn to just play and be together I think I felt my own soul relax a little. Having two grown boys I still go through moments of the what if’s (what if I hadn’t worked so hard when they were younger, what if I had been at home more, what if…)
Tricia speaks openly about her short comings and her fear of being judged my others. She like many of us, carries with her that need – that desire for acceptance and I love how throughout the book God continues to show up. As Tricia says,
“The problem isn’t whether God will show up. It’s all about me not being aware that He is already here… that He has been in my life all along. And that he doesn’t care about my mess.”
Tricia Goyer is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including Generation NeXt Parenting and the Gold Medallion finalist Life Interrupted. Goyer writes for publications such as Today’s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family, speaks to women’s groups nationwide and has been a presenter at the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) national convention. She and her husband, John, live with their family in Montana.
Random House has generously sent me a copy of this book to be given away to one of my readers. To enter:
1. Leave a comment here with a book title of Tricia’s that you would enjoy reading (besides this one) Tricia has 18 books out, on her website you can see the books under the books tab.
2. Blog or tweet about this giveaway on a separate comment and receive another entry
3. Go to Tricias website *Give one Get one Promo... tweet or blog about this and leave a comment link here and earn 3 extra entries
This book is a G Rating
Ugghhhh…. I caved.
I have been looking at this challenge and thinking I don’t need another challenge but it looks like such a fun challenge and how hard would it be to complete over the next year I mean after all it is only 12 random books and they are probably books I would be getting to anyway so is it isn’t really all that difficult, right? Right?
So here is how this plays out:
Are you stuck in a rut? Do you always find yourself reading from set lists or feeling committed to reading one book while another book screams at you from your TBR mountain? Has your reading become completely scheduled? If so, the Random Reading Challenge may be just the thing to put the spontaneity back into your reading.
For this challenge, readers will be choosing books randomly from their TBR stacks. You may select one of three levels of participation:
You are just a tad compulsive about your reading – you love your lists and schedules. Being spontaneous is not something that comes naturally to you. To complete the challenge, force yourself out of your rut and read just six books
You really want to break away from all those lists, but you do still have a responsibility to your reading groups, other challenges and all those review books. Six books is too little, but twelve is too much. Stretch a little and read nine books for the challenge.
Throw away the lists, don’t look at your schedule, bring on the joy that comes with the freedom to chose books randomly. Read twelve books for the challenge.
Rules (come on, you didn’t think I would be THAT random did you?!?!?):NO lists allowed.
Books for the challenge are chosen one at a time when the mood strikes.
- Randomly select any number of books from either your physical OR your virtual TBR pile (I don’t care how you do this, but it must be random…no “cherry picking” allowed)
- Assign a number to each book based on how many books you selected (ie: if you selected 14 books, assign each book a number from 1 through 14; if you selected 28 books, assign each book a number from 1 through 28…you get the idea)
- Go to http://www.random.org and use the TRUE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR located in the upper right hand corner of the page to randomly select the book you will read. NO CHEATING – whatever the random number generator generates is the book you must read!
- Each time you select a book for the challenge, you will use this procedure. You many select different books each time, choose a different amount of books each time, etc…have fun, mix it up, keep it random.
I am going in to this at the Level III Challenge. While reviewing the books is not mandatory in this challenge, I choose to do so and will use the Random Reading Challenge Meme to mark them and number them.
Reagan at Miss Remmer’s Review gave me the Lets Be friends award tonight! How sweet is that? This award if for bloggers who has really extended a hand of friendship by befriending others bloggers, being helpful, and a commenter.
I shall display it proudly! Thank you Reagan, if you have not been over to see Miss Remmer’s Review (and even if you have) go back again and again. her reviews are full of great information and I love that she is striving to find book reviews for Young Adults to encourage reading. If you have reviewed a great YA book, be sure to connect with her for her Guest Reviews.
I am pretty tired tonight, but in the next few days I will pass this award on to a few of the bloggers that come to mind that have really been friendly and helpful to me along this crazy journey through books and blogging.
Ok…. does this happen to anyone else?
I like to get up early in the morning and have my coffee while I visit some of my favorite book blogs. Oh, you know who you are….I am on your door step with coffee cup in hand and hair still wild as actually attempting to fix it prior to two cups of coffee is not a good idea…
So I go to a book blog and I am reading about some delightful book review or book related happening when my eye wanders over to their side bar. Whats this? Another book blog? So after I pay my comment respects to said blog owner, I click on the sidebar blog and find a whole new blog filled with book related things that make my typing fingers tingle with excitement to post a comment on what I have found. AND THEN, I see something on their sidebar… that’s right – another book blog that sounds interesting…. and I click on that…. (are you seeing the pattern?)
By the time I come out of the blogesphere (although there are times I wonder if I ever fully come out of it….) many things have happened:
1. I have no doubt added a book to my “TBR” list
2. I have no doubt found my way into a blog I have not read before and liked it
Lately I have found that in work conversations I think in book titles or book quotes. Yesterday afternoon I handled a particularity difficult phone conversation well and hung up and and said “Crisis Management” (then wrote it down because I liked the “title”) Later I cleaned up around the coffee room where it can quickly become a disaster zone and satisfied with my job well done said, “Mischief Managed.”
Ok… enough morning rambling…. and I have to go to work. Anyone else out there care to share?
Every once in a while, we as readers are lucky enough to find that hidden treasure – the book we cant wait to read in its entirety… yet we are saddened when it is done, as though we just said good-bye to a good friend. I have just experienced such a read. ~Sheila
For a thousand years men have denied her existence — Pope Joan, the woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to rule Christianity for two years. Now this compelling novel animates the legend with a portrait of an unforgettable woman who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept.
When her older brother dies in a Viking attack, the brilliant young Joan assumes his identity and enters a Benedictine monastery where, as Brother John Anglicus, she distinguishes herself as a scholar and healer. Eventually drawn to Rome, she soon becomes enmeshed in a dangerous mix of powerful passion and explosive politics that threatens her life even as it elevates her to the highest throne in the Western world.
My thoughts: Endings are inevitable. In life…as they are in books. With each page of a great read you are excited to move on to the longed for conclusion…. yet at the end, you may sit there as I am now, almost feeling a loss. This book was such a find for me and I absolutely loved the historical value in this read. Joan was strong and determined from the moment she was born – until the moment she died. I found myself trying to find moments in my day when I could pick up this book and read even if it was only for a minute or two. Donna Woolfolk Cross writes with a brilliant stroke where at times I even laughed out loud at the witness of her words.
Donna Woolfolk Cross graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 with a B.A. in English. She moved to London, England, after graduation, and worked as an editorial assistant for a small publishing house on Fleet Street, W.H. Allen and Company. Upon her return to the United States, Cross worked at Young and Rubicam, a Madison Avenue advertising firm, before going on to graduate school at UCLA where she earned a master’s degree in Literature and Writing in 1972.
She is the coauthor of Speaking of Words and Daddy’s Little Girl. The product of seven years of research and writing, Pope Joan is her first novel. She is now at work on a new novel set in 17th century France.
Was there a Pope Joan?
I for one hope that Joan really did live on this earth. A woman ahead of her time – I applaud her strength and conviction. Joan, fictitious or not, lived a life that few could live up to even today.
Thank you Donna for a read that I can honestly chalk up there with one of the best books I have read this year. I will treasure this book and our conversations, forever.
“Partout ou vous voyez une legende, vous pouvez etre sur, en allant au fond des choses, que vous trouverez une histoire.”
“Whenever you see a legend, you can be sure, if you go to the very bottom of things, that you will find history.”
~Vallet de Viriville
*This book was purchased locally at our very own BookWorld in Brainerd Minnesota
I rate Pope Joan PG13 for some mild nudity and violence