Saturday, June 11, 2011

Shelving Saturday - #7

Welcome to Shelving Saturday

Shelving Saturday is a weekly blog event I have started here at Eastern Sunset Reads.   Each week I will post a shelving dilemma or question and you can join me in the response.
Please feel free to post on your blog and link back here, please be sure to post the link to your response in the comments so I can come and check your Shelving day out!


So this week a was mumbling to myself about my "special" books. ARCs and books that I have had signed by authors. 
What do you do with your "special" books. Do you have a lot that have been signed by authors?

I only have a few books that are signed by authors and only 3 ARCs that I have managed to snag at different online auctions or book exchanges. Some day soon I was thinking about getting a small shelf (like a 3 foot one) and dedicating the top to those special books and have actual bookends, but for now they are just intermingled with the rest of the books of their genre.

Here are some of my autographed books
From Kenneth Thomasma

And of course Kristin Cashore (I also have Graceling signed but its burried right now)

Bedtime Story: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Synopsis from Goodreads: "Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a perennial favourite with children and adults alike. Its imaginative illustration and clever cut-out detail charts the progress of a very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through the week."

My Review: This is one of those books that has and will continue to stand the test of time. I remember growing up my brother would constantly check this book out of the library (I don't think any of the other kids his age got to read it because he had it so much). It is a great book that has a little message about eating your fruits and veggies instead of junk food. The pictures are great, I love the patchwork designs and the little holes are great for kids to play with and use their imagination.

My Rating: This is a definite Four Paws book! A much loved book for many people all over the world and all through the generations.

Friday, June 10, 2011

In My Mailbox

   In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by The Story Siren that I have decided to participate in.

How IMM works:
Make your own IMM post! You can post about books you've bought, gotten from the library, received for review... books don't have to arrive via your mailbox. 
I post every week, but you don’t have to. You can do one week out of the month or every other week it’s up to you. 
You don't have to call your post In My Mailbox... (some people don't even have mailboxes!)
I post my IMM on Sunday, but choose a day of the week that works for you.
Once you have your IMM posted, come back to The Story Siren on Sunday and add your link to the list. 
Try to post a comment on other bloggers IMM posts. I don’t expect you to post a comment on every single one, but pick a few!

All book bloggers are welcome, while I’d like to keep the theme to YA literature it’s NOT a requirement.

There is no right or wrong way to do In My Mailbox, you can vlog, you can take fun picture, you can use the books cover art, it’s up to you!

Most importantly HAVE FUN!
Not much in my mailbox this week, only one book downloaded on my Nook

Synopsis from Barnes and Noble: "Anita Blake wishes that she could be indulging in other pleasures, but for the time being at least, she has more pressing matters: A team of assassins are heading for St. Louis and she, Jean-Claude, and Richard are at the top of their hit list."

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Review of Tailor-made Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Synopsis from Goodreads: "When a dressmaker who values beauty tangles with a liveryman who condemns vanity, the sparks begin to fly!
Jericho "J.T." Tucker wants nothing to do with the new dressmaker in Coventry, Texas. He's all too familiar with her kind--shallow women more devoted to fashion than true beauty. Yet, except for her well-tailored clothes, this seamstress is not at all what he expected.

Hannah Richards is confounded by the man who runs the livery. The unsmiling fellow riles her with his arrogant assumptions and gruff manner, while at the same time stirring her heart with unexpected acts of kindness. Which side of Jericho Tucker reflects the real man?

When Hannah decides to help Jericho's sister catch a beau--leading to consequences neither could have foreseen--will Jericho and Hannah find a way to bridge the gap between them?"

My Review: This was an interesting change of pace for me. A blooming romance that takes place in the old west with a heavy basis in Christianity. Definitely not a normal read for me but I thoroughly enjoyed it. A lovely story of how kindness and love win over hatred, and how inner beauty can shine through even exterior beauty. I grew to love each of the characters and wish I didn't have to leave them behind at the end of the book. It was great to see them pull through all the trials, even ones created themselves.

My Rating: I have to give this book Three Paws. Even though it isn't the typical book I enjoy it still kept my interest and I was excited to see what happened next.  For those who aren't into real explicit romance books this is a great one for you!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
My Pick:
Finding Forgiveness by Dana Marie Bell - release date July 2011

Synopsis from Barnes & Noble: "To forgive is divine…if he can pin his lover down long enough to beg for it.

Poconos Pack, Book 1

Ben Malone’s role as Marshall attunes him to every nuance of the pack’s wellbeing—which means he’s forced to feel every one of his mate’s hangovers. It’s the one reason Ben will never claim Dave Maldonado. Being alone is better than being with someone who lives in a bottle.

Dave was destined to be a pack Alpha until his first migraine hit at age fifteen, the day he caught his future mate holding hands with another boy. In the nine agonizing years since, he’s contented himself as Beta, but never learned to live with the pain and confusion of Ben’s rejection.

Dave’s worst attack yet sends him to the hospital—and brings them both face to face with the misunderstanding that’s kept them apart all these years. It’s too late, though. Dave is headed for Gay Pride Week at Disney World with one goal in mind. Forget Ben Malone.

Ben’s got a problem with that. Only one man is destined to hold his David. And he’ll give anything, even his last shred of pride, to win forgiveness—and the right to finally claim his mate.

Warning: This book contains explicit sex, graphic language, and male/male love scenes between two top dogs. Who knew Rock Paper Scissors could be such fun?"

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"I've heard it said - and my guess is you have too - that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But I've never been certain it's true.
Think about it for a moment.
It sounds nice. I'll give you that. A way for every face to be beautiful, if only you wait for the right pair of eyes. If only you wait long enough."

Synopsis from Goodreads: "Belle is convinced she has the wrong name, as she lacks her sisters' awe-inspiring beauty. So she withdraws from society, devoting her time to wood carving. Secretly, Belle longs to find the fabled Heartwood Tree. If carved by the right hands, the Heartwood will reveal the face of one's true love.
During a fierce storm, Belle's father stumbles upon the mysterious Heartwood -- and encounters a terrifying and lonely Beast. Now Belle must carve the Heartwood to save her father, and learn to see not with the eyes of her mind, but with the eyes of her heart."

Monday, June 6, 2011


I just wanted to apologize for this weekend to all who were looking forward to joining Shelving Saturday. I thought I would have time to post but ended up running around like a nut for the final Bachelorette party on my schedule of doom.  Lesson Learned! I will be setting up my Shelving Saturday post and scheduling it to make sure that it isn't missed this week even though I have another wedding.

I may or may not be able to keep up with the weekly memes throughout this week. I have puppy school tonight with Niko. Wednesday I have rehearsal stuff for the wedding. Thursday is the wedding and we are getting a hotel room so I wont be home till late Friday probably. I will do my best to get some reviews posted for you all though because I am reading some new exciting books!!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and the week moves quickly for you!