Monday, January 31, 2011

January Wrap Up

In January I read 13 novels, 3 picture books and completed two challenges: The Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge and the NaJuReMoNoMo. Before now I hadn't read andy novels by Sparks and was pleased with how much I liked the a couple I chose for this challenge. I'll be reading more! The NaJuReMoNoMo is strictly for the month of January, so I chose books I thought would go fast for me, no Chunksters this month!
All my challenges and progress on each can be viewed here.

1. Promises in Death by J.D. Robb
2. Kindred in Death by JD Robb
3. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
4. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
5. Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson
6. Horns by Joe Hill
7. Death Splits a Hair by nancy Bell
8. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
9. Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith
10. The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker
11. Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks
12. Dancing on the Head of a Pin by Thomas E. Sniegoski
13. The Last song by Nicholas Sparks
14. Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
15. Bear's New Friend
16. Bear Snores On

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wonderful Wednesdays

Wonderful wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Tiny Library.

This looks like anew meme so I thought I'd do it! The purpose each week is:

"...spotlighting and recommending some of our most loved books, even if we haven't read them recently. Each week will have a different theme or genre of book to focus on." This week's theme: a book you loved as a child.
We all have a book that we read over and over again as a child and still think of fondly as an adult. I loved this book as a kid, I remember reading it many times. There was action, adventure and yes, a little romance. I actually remember deciding to read it the second time and I couldn't wait to get back into it. I found the picture above orf the book and it looks just like the book I had as a kid. I think I still have it somewhere, and now I have to go look.

From Wikipedia: Set in the late 1580s, the film very loosely follows the real-life exploits of the 16th century Irish prince "Red" Hugh O'Donnell. The story begins when Hugh's father, the king, dies, leaving his son the throne of Donegal. With his ascension to the throne, an Irish prophecy is seemingly fulfilled which promises independence from Elizabethan and English rule. The O'Donnell lords see this occurrence as the opportunity to strike back at the foreigners by force, but Hugh convinces them the right plan is to band together with the other clans of the island, and bargain for their freedom from a position of strength. As he prepares for battle, O'Donnell also courts the beautiful Kathleen McSweeney, to further augment the clans of Ireland.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Notable Quotables

Notable Quotables is a meme started at Bewitched Bookworms to share some of our favorite quotes in the books we've been reading. We think it is a fun way to find out a bit more about each other as book bloggers and to share everything from great snarky zingers to sigh inducing avowals of love. Visit Bewitched Bookworms for the full scoop!

My quote is from Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith. He has to be one of my all time favorite authors.

She mused on the Freudian view of the banking crisis. Financial systems were not abstract entities dreamed up by dispassionate architecs: they were human working practices caught up in the messy real world. That meant that the psychopathology of those people running such systems would determine the operation of the system; Berthea was sure of it. And therin lay the problem: Banks had been taken over by the wrong types.
The real key to the crisis, then, was this: if banks were run by hoarders, then they would be slow to lend money they did not have. They would accumulate rather than dispose of money, and they would never risk funds they did not have.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Autographed Copy

I was so excited today to find an autographed copy of I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flag at the bookstore today. I have been wanting this book, I love Fannie Flagg's work, so I had to get it. And the best part was: it was on sale!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

15 Authors

This is floating around the Facebook universe at the moment. I got it from My Reader's Block. It sounded like fun so I thought I'd go ahead and share it here.

*Don't take too long to think about it.
*List fifteen authors (poets included) who've influenced you or who stick with you.
*Select the first fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.

Here are mine:
1. Harper Lee
2. Stephen King
3. Kean Koontz
4. Ted Dekker
5. Anne George
6. Charles Dickens
7. Edgar Allan Poe
8. Janet Oke
9. James Lee Burke
10. John Steinbeck
11. Janet Evanovick
12. Ray Bradbury
13. JRR Tolkin
14. Francine Rivers
15. Nevada Barr

Sunday, January 16, 2011

What Kind of Reader Are You?

What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Dedicated Reader

You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
Literate Good Citizen
Book Snob
Fad Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?
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