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New Day, New Me

Well, back in the writer’s chair again. As my co-author types away nearby, and I just adopted a new pet from my favorite addictive site, I feel that it is time that I do something productive with my time, other than workouts, running errands, and shopping.

Time to catch up.

Well, as you may know, it’s been some time since I got much of anything done here. And I should probably give a little background and perspective. I owe it to somebody, I figure.

When I decided to detox from GoodReads and move away from their new interface, I didn’t have any idea how that would affect me, both as a writer, a reviewer, and most importantly a reader. I wound up reading very little, and doing more loafing. It didn’t help much that my medication is constantly being adjusted by my doctor, and I have had ALL KINDS of stuff going on in my personal life that I just wasn’t handling very well.

In short, I was all:

Detox

And, oh yeah, we also got this nasty virus on the laptop I had come to rely on for EVERYTHING (thanks to some selective content viewed by my consort) so it was down for the count for a long while. It still does not connect to the internet from home (Thanks, Windows. Thanks, Dell.). So I had to look for an alternative, and can I say now:

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Yeah.

Mine may not be an Ultimate, nor is it even remotely new, but it has survived alot of harsh environments, treatment, and even something like this (with Dr. Pepper):

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So now here I am, back for all your smart-ass needs in reviewing books. And movies. And whatever else comes up. ‘Cause baby, “You can’t keep a good dog down!”

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And now, on to the long awaited reviews:

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Catching Up With Reviews

I am working on catching up with my reviews again, so this page is going to go through alot of transformations in the next few days. Feel free to check back often and click on the covers for their reviews. If a cover doesn’t take you to a review right away, check back in a day or two – I may not have finished it yet.

I post short reviews with the link back to the full reviews on many sites:

GoodReads

Powells

Amazon

and introducing: NetGalley (for select titles)

Posting all of the reviews at approximately the same time takes a little time in itself. I try to make sure each is given equal love. To write and post a review takes about an hour, although depending on distractions, it can take longer. Some books it is hard to say something about, and others I can’t say enough, but each review takes a chunk of time. I try to make it worthwhile, for me and anyone who reads this.

That said, I also have a bit of literary events and interests that I post about from time to time, and since I travel for work, I may get to share locations like this:

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Yes. That is a tunnel made from books. (There will be more photos later.)

I also attend some fascinating events that pertain to literature – in some cases remotely, some directly. Like this one:

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#Thinkitup

And I am continuing my reading challenge – are you still reading along? I’ll be posting my selections for each category soon, and would like to know what you have read…

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Finally, this is the year I have declared to be The Year of Women Authors (#yearofwomenauthors #2015YoWA).  I have read books by men and women, but have tried to find books with an emphasis of women. This has expanded my usual reading choices, and encouraged me to release my own story for publication –

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So continue reading along, and I’ll have more exclusives coming your way soon!

 

Baby Donald Makes a Snowfriend

Read: 20 September 2015

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Punky Brewster (#1)

Read: 19 September 2015

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Cheese & Quackers

Read: 18 September 2015

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Book of the Week

I am behind on getting this out due to an ongoing illness. But the addition of some new books recently, and a trip to my local Library Book Sale (look for details soon) has given me quite a bit of material to pick from!

Without further ado, I present this (past) week’s selection for Book of the Week:

Dorothy Must Die (PrePublication Excerpt)

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By: Danielle Paige

Click on the book to check it out on my GoodReads page, or read the review above under Novel Novels. Trust me – it’s worthy of this week’s pick!

Book of the Week

A new feature, Book of the Week, where I share the most interesting book that I have read this past week. Since Wednesday is my writing night, the week runs Wednesday to Wednesday.

This week’s choice is:

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By: Dr. Seuss

A great little board book version of the original, shrunk down for little hands and little attentions, and perfect for a before naptime story. You can even let the little one take this book to bed with them, and know that its sturdy construction will be safe.

So, I post my reviews that I write here on more than a few sites. And as I added this book, pulling up pages for it from many different sites, I was amazed at the number of complaints from adults about this book! I mean, really people? Really?

There seems to be a vast chasm between purists who like the original text and feel that there should be no further versions, and those who like this little, edited version for it’s own value (myself included). Holy crap! There was even significant swearing involved in this on the review forums! Over a kids’ book! From most everyone’s childhood!

Note: I’m sorry for the liberal use of exclamation marks in this, but I feel that they express my feeling better than writing in all caps. I am seriously wound up about this right now, and will calm down later. Just please be patient.

Back to rant.

So, as for my opinion (the point of having this little blog), this book is awesome, and lyrical enough in a sing-song way to lull a little fussy-butt (of which I have one) into a drowsy state. The book covers the entire alphabet (it’s not like they skipped L-N or something) and the repeating letters (B…b…B, O…o…O) are enough to let the child know what letter was just covered. Extra lines are nice, but not necessary.

As for those purists, get over yourself, and stop being cheap. Buy the full sized book for the full-sized price instead of fussing you were ripped off. Your complaints completely go against the spirit of Dr. Seuss. If the children are happy with it, then all is well! I understand and agree with preserving a complete version of the text, but it doesn’t have to be the *only* edition.

End rant.

Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know!

Who Is Brave Enough?

I have finally caught up on my reviews from my trip to Dallas, and I wanted to let you all know about what’s new and interesting here, as well as draw your attention to some of the exciting things that I have going…

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My older Army brother challenged me (he declined this, saying he didn’t have the patience), and I have already challenged some of my friends, when I thought, who better to share this with?? You all, of course!

I Challenge You To the 2015 Reading Challenge!

Post below to accept the Challenge. So far, my list is growing. There are 50 different categories listed, and after some conversation with friends, there are two ways to approach this Challenge.

The Hard Way: You read one book for each category, no doubles. This could literally take all year, because some of these may take some time to find…

The Easy Way: You can double, triple, and even quadruple up your books. Read one book and fit it into as many categories as you can, then move onto the next. This way will take as much creativity as the Hard Way, but will take less time to complete.

Print out the list and write in your reads. I will hold a contest at the end of the year for both Ways – will you be the winner? You can start anytime, but you’ve only got until the end of this year, and only books you’ve read this year will count. Are you brave enough to accept it?

Updates, Dallas, and Doing Stuff

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So I just got back from a long trip in Dallas, TX. That was the longest lay-over I have ever experienced. Words don’t even begin to describe. But, as you can see above, I had a travel companion. My suitcase was also packed with books. (My friends laughed at me, but somehow, with everything, I still managed to pack smaller and more completely than they did. Books are magic like that!)

What you don’t see here is my shoulder bag. It, too, was packed with books (and my friend’s laptop). After being stuck in the airport for almost two days, and stuck in the hotel in Dallas for more than that, I was so glad that I packed so many books. (Can you believe that I was starting to doubt myself?!) I got alot of reading done, but I also spent time taking in the sights. Unfortunately, my chargers were all in my suitcase, which I had checked due to the weight of it. (Won’t be doing that again.) So that means you’ll have to take my word on stuff.

But this site is not about my travels, oh, no. It’s about books. More specifically, the books I’ve read. And did I ever read!

Besides the stuff I needed to read for this training conference, I managed to read about one complete book a day. (Did I mention that I had alot of downtime due to being stuck?) When the world gives you time, READ!

I also had, in moments of brilliance, ideas about this site. I have added three new classifications above: Children’s Choices (books my daughter has chosen), Graphically Graphic (a home for graphic novels), and Noticing Non-fiction (an under-appreciated genre). Check them out, and the books that are being added to each.

I have also been working on collaborations and other artsy projects. My younger brother has suggested that I write some of my travel stories, so I am at the idea stage on that. Still not sure about it. I have also been working on taking old pictures from the phones and putting them into mini videos. The editing process is longer than I thought it would be, especially since the software I’m using has updated, and I’m still figuring it out. And now that warmer weather is in sight, there are loads of home improvements to be made, and painting projects to be done.

That means, reviews will still keep coming, but after I catch up, there may be some further house-cleaning here, too. I want to make this site easy to navigate, the pages better formatted, and fun for me! After all, once stuff gets easier to update, that means more time to read!

Oh, yeah, and that update from the mystery author I promised… stay tuned! I have an exclusive excerpt to share! And it is amazing…

Back for 2015 and The Year of Women Authors

Hi all! Sorry I’ve been gone for so long! So much has happened! But I am making one promise to you all…

I am Back for 2015!

Things may be a little different at first, and go a little slower than before (my life has sped up, so adding things back in the blender goes easier when added just a little at a time), but you will see me at least once a month from now on.

Also, I have unofficially declared 2015 as The Year of Women Authors! While I won’t be reading exclusively from female authors, I will be featuring a new one each month, and reading primarily books penned by women.

This is exciting for me, and hopefully you, too. I also have a surprise in store because an author contacted me directly, and has promised to give me exclusive content for her soon to be released work. Who is this author? Well… I can’t tell you yet, but I am totally excited about this brand new opportunity!

Stay tuned to find out more…