Saturday, June 25, 2011

Shelving Saturday - #9

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!
We have our shelves, we definitely have our books but do we have them organized yet? Lets see those bookshelves!  Over the next couple of weeks I would like to re-organize some shelves with all of you.
My own shelves are a disaster right now, I have romance in with medical mystery and paranormal in with young adult! Oh the mess!!
Do you see that stack to the right? That is my TBR Pile!! *dies* I think I need to go on a book buying ban for a while until I can reach the light switch again!

And my children's books and photo albums are just crammed in there (with cat treats and cds)
Laura Ingalls Wilder next to Mein Kampf?! Yea I know and Barbie body parts?! Yea I said Parts! This is what happens when your library is also the cats room and craft room!

So tell me I'm not the only one with a mess on my hands! Lets see those shelves and figure out where to start with the re shelving project. I think I am going to do two shelves at a time and start with the little bookshelf.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Bedtime Story: Guess How Much I Love You

Synopsis from Barnes & Noble: "During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more."

My Review: This is a definite favorite for many parents and kids. I think the favorite part about it though has always been that its a papa rabbit.  Though it is kind of odd how that big hare has to out do the little hare, I think most parents would let the little one win a contest like that.  The illustrations are very cute too, the sparing and soft colors fit the whole feel of the book.

My Rating: I adore this book and I know a lot of other people also continue to read it from generation to generation.  I thing it deserves Three Paws.

Good Night, Sweet Dreams

In My Mailbox - #10

   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!

Only one book this week! I know crazy right?!
Downloaded on my Nook:

Synopsis from Goodreads: "Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out....

Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea."

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Review of Wyoming Brides by Debbie Macomber & some odds and ends

sorry for lack of photo I will add as soon as blogger lets me!

Synopsis from Goodreads: "Denim and Diamonds:
Rancher Chase Brown has always loved Letty Ellison, but nine years ago she left their small Wyoming town, searching for a different kind of life. Now she’s come home to Red Springs with her dreams in tatters—and a five-year-old child in tow. She’s ready to trade the false glitter of Hollywood for the true happiness of being a rancher’s wife. Chase’s wife. But is it too late?

The Wyoming Kid:
Rancher Lonny Ellison is an ex-rodeo cowboy who’s used to the adulation of women. But that’s something he doesn’t get from Joy Fuller. In fact, they argue constantly. His sister, Letty, says it’s because he’s interested in Joy…and Lonny figures she’s right. Can he convince Joy that marriage to the Wyoming Kid will be as exciting as an eight-second bull ride and as sweet as the cookies she likes to bake?"

My Review: I had a lot of fun reading this book. Both stories were fast reads and an enjoyable break from fantasy and YA. It was almost painful to watch the struggling relationship between Chase and Letty in Denim and Diamonds and almost comical watching the changes to Lonny in The Wyoming Kid. I loved all the characters, they reminded me of my time in Wyoming and that cowboys really are that stubborn (not to mention the women)! Macomber really caught the feeling of small town Wyoming living and her description of the people and events that take place in town almost made me a little home sick. I really enjoyed both these romances. I am really looking forward to reading the Dakota trilogy waiting on my shelves now.

My Rating: I enjoyed this book so much, it definitely earns Four Paws! I only wish there were more to read!


And now for some odds and ends (again for some of my own sanity). 

The schedule of doom continues with another wedding this weekend. This one I am a bridesmaid in, and of course its on an island 8 miles off the mainland (yikes, I hate boats).  So I will be away again from Friday until Sunday. 

I am going to try to schedule my IMM, Bedtime Story and Shelving Saturdays so nothing gets missed. By the way, are you all enjoying the bedtime stories on Friday nights? I am almost done with my list of children's books for 2011 challenge and am wondering if I should continue the bedtime stories or not.

Also my home laptop is not working :( we have been limping it along for about 6 months now. I am hoping it is just the power cord and have borrowed one from a friend. Hopefully I can get it working again.  If not my posts and comments will have to be limited to when I have time at the office.

Next the My Little Pony fair is only 2 weeks away! Boy oh boy do I have a lot to do before then! I need to clean some ponies up for sale, I need to finish some competition customs and some customs for sale and get some artwork done for the booth.  Sooo my reading my have to slow down a bit for the next week or two. In other exciting news to deal with the pony fair, my dress for the cosplay costume came in today! I have nearly all the elements needed now and hopefully I can post a picture for you when its all complete!

Next I would love your opinion on Shelving Saturday. Are you enjoying it? Is there anything in particular you want me to address? I have some ideas for the next several weeks to get all of us organized.

OK so I think that's enough of my rambling and I promise if I can get my home computer working (for those of you who have been asking) I will post some sneak peeks of the custom MLPs I have been working on ;)

Hope you have a great rest of your week!

Waiting On Wednesday

"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:
Heart Search by Robin D. Owens
Expected release date - August 2, 2011
Synopsis from Goodreads: "Noble Laev T'Hawthorne must rebuild his life after marrying a woman he believed was his HeartMate, only to fall victim to her greed. Abandoned at fifteen, Camellia Darjeeling values her independence above all-even as her father and uncle emotionally scourge her and extort money. For Camellia, trusting men, even her HeartMate, is too risky.
When Laev and Camellia meet, they refuse to acknowledge that they are true HeartMates. But their destiny cannot be avoided..."

This is the 10th book in the Heartmates series based in a world called Celta.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? - #1

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Share what books you have finished in the last week, are currently reading and what might be coming up next!

I decided to join in this meme for my sanity and your own to keep track of what books have bookmarks in them!

What I Read Last Week:

Wow! That was a lot of reading last week, no wonder my house is such a mess!

Currently Reading:

Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund - Goodreads Page - on my Nook, page 20 of 741 (large print)
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris - Goodreads Page - on my Nook - just starting
Belle by Cameron Dokey - Goodreads Page - Paperback, page 89 of 256
A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin - Goodreads Page - on my Nook, page 20 of 1439

Next Books to be Read:

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney - Goodreads Page - 2011 Challenge/Children's book
Errant by Diana Peterfreund - Goodreads Page - YA/Fantasy
Wyoming Brides by Debbie Macomber - Goodreads Page - Romance
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder - Goodreads Page - 2011 Challenge/Middle Reader

I need to really make sure I get going on my 2011 Challenge! I haven't even finished reading the children's books let alone the classics! So I am trying to make it a point to only read books from my challenge and giant TBR pile.

Review of Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

Synopsis from Goodreads: "Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns...

Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Fortunately, they've been extinct for a hundred and fifty years.

Or not.

Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend—thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to the prom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.

However, at the cloisters all is not what it seems. Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from the crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to—perhaps most dangerously of all—her growing attraction to a handsome art student ... an attraction that could jeopardize everything."

My Review: What a unique and fun book! I love the blood thirsty take on unicorns, its so different and must have taken a lot of imagination. I also love Astrid, she is so quirky and I love her attitude in the beginning when she doesn't believe in her mother's crazy tails. The characters were all great, the ones you were suppose to like you did and the ones that you weren't you didn't like. Diana did a great job developing the stories and histories as well as the characters. Probably the most fun I have had reading a book in quite some time! Loved it and I strongly suggest it to other people to read! Now I can't wait to sit down and read Diana's second book Ascendant!

My Rating: I had so much fun with this book how could I give it any less than Four Paws and a Stump Wag!

Oh and here are a couple of fun quotes from the book that I thought you all might enjoy!

Astrid is reading a book to two young girls she is babysitting before bed:
"After several more pages of cotton-candy torture, the book ended and I firmly tuck Bethany and Brittany into bed. At last. Lulled into soporific splendor by the lackluster adventures of Sparkle the Unicorn and his merry band of Ritalin dependants, the girls soon drifted into the Land of Nod."

Astrid sees her first unicorn in the woods:
"Suddenly, I couldn't breathe. My mother's psychosis was not only genetic, it had uniformity of type as well.  I was seeing unicorns."

Come on don't you want to read it now?!