Daily Archives: April 8, 2012
Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, Easter Addition! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!
I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. I offer a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling me how many you visited. **You do not have to have a blog to participate! You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.
Laura from Words From The Tampa Bookworm
This winner will receive a $5 gift card from Amazon, while I straighten out the Reading Cafe this week to update the books i have for giveaway. Trust me…. it will be worth it. Next week I should have some sweet choices.
I am behind on sending packages out and have worked today to get things bundled up to go in the mail tomorrow. Thank you all for your patience!
*** Also be sure to read to the end of this post today – there is a fun bonus giveaway in honor of the holiday!
So anyway, Happy Easter! I hope everyone’s weekend was wonderful. Mine was a much appreciated quiet weekend. After a busy week it was nice to not have much on the agenda for the weekend. I read, I cleaned house, a little audio, and a little company. A perfect combo.
I know last week I mentioned I was still tweaking this look on the blog… but it is starting to grow on me and some positive feedback has allowed me to relax and let it be. Here is what has happened this week:
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (Lisa See, as I am finding out, is an incredible story teller!)
Pinterest Interest and the blog (did you know that you can use Pinterest to promote your reviews?)
Lessons From The Outdoors (The things we Minnesotan’s find climbing in the trees! )
Tea With Hezbollah by Ted Decker (this read inspired some fun cookie baking!)
Wow! Looking back over the week, that’s the best week I have had in awhile! I also wrote a review today for The Girl Who Was On Fire which I will post later this week.
So what’s up for this week?
On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all. Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent captive in a remote mountain cabin — which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist — is a second narrative recounting the nightmare that follows her escape: her struggle to piece her shattered life back together, the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor, and the disturbing sense that things are far from over.
Holy crud! I thought I had read this one and realized I had not. I started listening to it on audio yesterday and I am GLUED to it.
Still reeling from the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl Allston is living a life of quiet desperation with her taciturn father and scandal-plagued brother in an elegant town house in Boston’s Back Bay. Trapped in a world over which she has no control, Sibyl flees for solace to the parlor of a table-turning medium.
But when her brother is suddenly kicked out of Harvard under mysterious circumstances and falls under the sway of a strange young woman, Sibyl turns for help to psychology professor Benton Derby, despite the unspoken tensions of their shared past. As Benton and Sibyl work together to solve a harrowing mystery, their long-simmering spark flares to life, and they realize that there may be something even more magical between them than a medium’s scrying glass.
This book hits the shelves on the tenth, and we are currently in Titanic week which is a subject that really touches me.
It is 1946, and city-bred Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband’s Mississippi Delta farm—a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family’s struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura’s brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not—charming, handsome, and haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, has come home with the shine of a war hero. But no matter his bravery in defense of his country, he is still considered less than a man in the Jim Crow South. It is the unlikely friendship of these brothers-in-arms that drives this powerful novel to its inexorable conclusion.
The men and women of each family relate their versions of events and we are drawn into their lives as they become players in a tragedy on the grandest scale. As Kingsolver says of Hillary Jordan, “Her characters walked straight out of 1940s Mississippi and into the part of my brain where sympathy and anger and love reside, leaving my heart racing. They are with me still.”
I am starting this one if I have time this week, as it is a winner that needs to pass on when I am done.
That’s it. Plenty to read around here. I will really curious as to what you are reading this week and plan to make my rounds and see so be sure to add your Its Monday What Are You Reading link below where it says “click here” and I as well as others will be over to see what you are reading.
I did mention a bonus didn’t I? Have you heard of the book Ready Player One? I listened to it on audio at the end of last year and LOVED it, probably one of the best audio I have ever listened to! Anyway, in this story there is a guy who is a multi billionaire and has no family. When he dies, he leaves in his will clues to what he calls a hidden Easter Egg and it hidden within this game world. The finder of this egg wins all he owns.
So… I was thinking in celebration of Easter, we would have our own hidden Easter egg here! 4 wonderful and gracious participants of this meme have offered to put an Easter Egg I have sent to them at the bottom left side of their posts. the egg looks like this:
As you go and check out the other meme participants, if you find the posts that have the egg:
1. Make sure you leave a comment
2. Make a note of which blog(s) you found the egg on
If you find at least three of the four eggs, email me at journeythroughbooks@gmail by Wednesday at midnight central time. If there is more than one winner I will use random.org to choose a winner and announce this name on Thursday morning here. That person will win a $25 gift card to Amazon (enough to get Ready Player One if they wish, or any other book that catches their eye!)
Link up! Lets get this party started!
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Another month, another recap. In January I felt like I rocked that month would a great start to the year. In February, I mellowed a bit but believed it was going to bounce back. Now here I am with a toe into April already and looking back at March as I type this with a mild curiosity.
How did I do?
For March I added 10 new books/audio to the map… however only three new states. Seem to have repeats in New York, Illinois, and Maine. GAH! For the first three months of the year I have in 18 of the 50 states. 6 books being outside the US.
Of those ten I wrote review for…. 7 were audio. I know. I can’t believe it myself… I need to sit down and READ. I am now at 21 audio books for the year.
I made no progress on the e-books challenge. I still have a partial one to read before I can count it.
Thanks to Pandemonium, I was able to add one Dystopia read to the mix giving me three for the year, balancing me well for the 11 I hope to read in 2012.
No progress made on the 2012 Recommended Reading Challenge.
I am hopeful that April will pick up steam. I am finishing my third book for this month today, and I have finished 3 audio as well so far this month.