1. To discover at least one new author- if not more.
December 28, 2010
1. To discover at least one new author- if not more.
December 26, 2010
I hope if you read any holiday themed books over the last month that you enjoyed them. There is just something about Christmas that translates very well into books. It's like the magic they hold is already there. Christmas books are a special breed all unto their own. I look forward to next year's books and wonder what I'll discover then.
I want to thank all of you who read my Christmas posts and commented on them. I loved hearing from you and reading your thoughts. I enjoyed sharing some of my Christmas Traditions with you. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!!
Let's do this again next year!!
December 21, 2010
The Mischief of the Mistletoe
By: Lauren Willig
Arabella Dempsey's dear friend Jane Austen warned her against teaching. But Miss Climpson's Select Seminary for Young Ladies seems the perfect place for Arabella to claim her independence while keeping an eye on her younger sisters nearby. Just before Christmas, she accepts a position at the quiet girls' school in Bath, expecting to face nothing more exciting than conducting the annual Christmas recital. She hardly imagines coming face to face with French aristocrats and international spies...
Reginald "Turnip"Fitzhugh-often mistaken for the elusive spy known as the Pink Carnation- has blundered into danger before. But when he blunders into Miss Arabella Dempsey, it never occurs to him that she might be trouble. When Turnip and Arabella stumble upon a beautifully wrapped Christmas pudding with a cryptic message written in French, "Meet me at Farley Castle," the unlikely vehicle for intrigue launches the pair on a Yuletide adventure that ranges from the Austens' modest drawing room to the awe-inspiring estate of the Dukes of Dovedale, where the Dowager Duchess is hosting the most anticipated event of the year: an elaborate twelve-day Christmas celebration. Will they find poinsettias or peril, dancing or danger? Is it possible that the fate of the British Empire rests in Arabella's and Turnip's hands, in the form of a festive Christmas pudding? -- bn.com
The Pink Carnation series is back and in time to celebrate the Christmas season! I loved reading this book. The characters were great and fun to read. I loved the banter between Turnip and his sister, Sally. Sally was just a fun character to read and get to know. I'm hoping Lauren Willig does a book with her as the main character sometime in the future.
Lauren Willig is amazing at combining good plot and good characters. They way she wove Jane Austen into the story was genius. Truthfully, that was one of the main reasons I was drawn to the book. I do wish there was more of the spy hunt in the book, but I thoroughly enjoyed what there was.
I apologize for the poor job I have done on this review. I am doing this among planning a big Christmas dinner and getting presents wrapped. I have by no means done this book justice and I will not be able to apologize enough for it. I almost decided to hold off on posting it, but wanted to give you guys the chance to pursue it if you wanted to. This was a series I loved in the beginning, but became disenchanted with over time. The first book, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, remains my favorite but this book is up there with it. It was good to see a great series bounce back!
Rating: Borrow From the Library/ Buy It
December 20, 2010
1. The Muppet Christmas Carol
December 17, 2010
December 14, 2010
December 11, 2010
December 9, 2010
By: Cathy E. Crimmons & Tom Maeder
December 7, 2010
The Christmas Box
By: Richard Paul Evans
When a couple and their daughter move into the house of an elderly woman they had no idea what awaited them.
This is the debut novel of Richard Paul Evans. This beautiful novel was on the bestseller lists for weeks. It's an amazing story of love. The Christmas Box is another one of those books I tend to read every year at Christmas time. I can curl up with it and read it in one afternoon because I get lost in the story. I was given this book and told to read it. I am so glad that I did.
Mary Anne Parkin places an ad in her local newspaper. She's looking for a couple who could move into her house (mansion, really) and help her run it, as she's getting too old to do so. The couple who answer the ad and their daughter move in soon after. Upon putting their things in Mary Anne's attic, the husband (who's name is escaping me right now) finds a beautiful wooden box which inside hold what appear to be love letters.
Fairly soon after the young family move in Mary Anne poses a question to the husband: Do You Know What The First Gift of Christmas Was? He soon discovers the answer to this question, the reason why Mary Anne's Bible has so many tear stained pages, the secret they feel she's hiding, and the wooden box he found in the attic are all connected.
This book is another amazing Richard Paul Evans read. It's a beautiful, touching story that I was blessed to read. Once you start this book, you will probably get sucked into it like everyone else has. The story reminds you that love is at the heart of everything important. I warn you, tears may fall. I hope this story works it's magic for you as it has for the millions who have read it. May it touch you like it touched me.
Rating: Buy It!!
December 6, 2010
By: Richard Paul Evans
December 4, 2010
December 1, 2010
This movie is beyond hilarious!! It's a holiday classic for a good reason! If you love physical comedy (I'm a HUGE fan of it), you will love this movie. What better way to deal with all the stress the holiday season brings that with a movie that puts a comedic twist on it all.
In case you haven't seen National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, let me tell you about it. Clark Griswald has always wanted a traditional family Christmas: family coming to stay, getting the tree, decorating the house. Well, he gets it and far more than he bargained for. As one thing after another goes awry, Clark's sanity starts to wobble.
My favorite scene is when Clark and family go to the snow hills to enjoy sledding. Clark has been working on a special kind of varnish at work, and decides this would be the best time to try it out. (Never mind that the varnish is meant for food and not aluminum sleds) Well, he races down the hills at lightening speed. It's hilarious.
There's also his Christmas lights display. After overdoing his house lights a bit, the first attempt yields no results. However, when he finally does get the lights to work, he shorts out the city. (My husband enjoys that scene)
This movie is one laughing scene after another. Curl up with a bowl of popcorn, a warm blanket, and enjoy to your heart's content.
November 29, 2010
What's Christmas reading without one of the most famous Christmas books of all? I read this book several years ago, and have decided I need to read it every year at Christmas time. For me, this book truly reminds me that Christmas spirit and the importance of Christmas is not depended on money. It isn't about how fancy or plentiful your decorations are. It isn't about how many presents you get or receive. No, it's about being with those you love and being truly grateful for that.
November 28, 2010
I grew up on the Muppets! I loved their TV show and several of their movies. So, when this movie was made it was thoroughly embraced by me. While I lived with my parents my Mom & I would make popcorn and watch it. That's when the Christmas season officially began in our house. I still watch it every Christmas.
They do a great job of telling the story. I love how some of the dialogue is taken from the book. Micheal Cane is an amazing Scrooge. Gonzo plays the narrator of the story and does a great job at it. My Christmas would not be complete without watching this movie!!
November 26, 2010
November 21, 2010
November 18, 2010
The Christmas Cookie Club
November 16, 2010
November 15, 2010
November 14, 2010
Annette is married to her mentor and personal champion, the much older Marius Remmington. For twenty years, Marius has groomed her into the international art star that she has become, not to mention saving her from a dark and gritty past. She is his pride and joy, and as her best advisor, it’s with great care that he hand picks only the best journalist possible to do a profile on his beloved wife in a popular London Sunday newspaper. Jack Chalmers is a bit of a celebrity himself, becoming one of the top journalists of his time. Marius believes only he will be able to capture the true brilliance of his lovely wife. But Marius never intends to put his marriage in jeopardy. How could he have known that the connection between Jack and Annette would ignite so many secrets? And how could he know that Jack would uncover a scandal that could ultimately destroy them all? ---bn.com
November 12, 2010
In the late 1990s, John Gilkey stole his way through a significant number of expensive antiquarian book collections. Ken Sanders, a book collector and security chair for the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, noticed the pattern of thefts and began pursuing Gilkey, whose obsession with his precious old books led him to commit a flurry of other crimes—stealing credit cards and forging checks. Bartlett opens up the quirky world of book collecting fanatics with respect but occasionally too much adulation—a perspective that Judith Brackley is guilty of in her more effusive moments. But on the whole, Brackley's enthusiasm is welcome; she excels when exploring the minutiae and arcana of the book collecting subculture and executes the male voices well, with a clear distinction and depth. --bn.com
Doesn't this book sound sooo interesting?! The cover is what first caught me, then the title had my curious. By the time I finished reading the summary I knew I had to read it. Luckily, my library had it. I can't wait to get my hands on it!!
November 7, 2010
By: Patrick Dennis
November 5, 2010
Barbara Taylor Bradford's newest release is out & I'm not so patiently waiting my turn for it. If I were on my computer I would be able to include a summary of the plot, but Hubby's computer is REALLY temperamental.
November 3, 2010
October 31, 2010
October 25, 2010
October 22, 2010
"... a delightful story of British families forced to spend their vacation together after a mutual friend promises them the same week in his Spanish villa. Chloe Harding hopes that a holiday will soothe the strain between her and longtime partner Philip Murray, who is worried that a recent takeover of his company may cost him his job. Their hopes are dashed when they arrive and find another family already settled at the villa. To Chloe's disappointment, she'll be sharing the space with Hugh Stratton, the beau who broke her heart 15 years ago. Now married to high-maintenance Amanda and with two children, Hugh apologizes, and though Chloe initially expresses nothing but hurt and disdain (all the while keeping their past a secret from Philip), she eventually considers beginning life anew with Hugh. Wickham does a bangup job of creating believable characters-even Amanda is less vapid than she at first seems. Surprises abound as the plot unfolds, and the families begin to wonder whether their mutual friend made an innocent mistake in getting them together." --bn.com
October 17, 2010
October 16, 2010
October 11, 2010
So here are the books I'm going to read & the order I'm going to read them in:
#1. Frankenstiein By: Mary Shelley
My Hubby has decided to read this book with me! He got a copy on CD since he has a long commute. I love reading books with him, so this should be fun!
#2. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow By: Washington Irving
I can't wait to start this one! I think it's gonna be a great Halloween read!
If I still have time after these 2 books are read, I plan to read Dracula. Thanks again to everyone who left comments!!
October 10, 2010
By: Danielle Steel
Dumped by her boyfriend of 6 years. Laid off by the job she had for 10 years; Brigitte Nicholson had the week from hell. What was she to do now? Get lost in her family history while doing a favor for her Mother? Once Brigitte discovers the Indian relative, Wachiwi, that's exactly what she does. Who was she? What was she like? And how did she come to meet, marry a French Marquis and be presented to the King and Queen? Brigitte doesn't know, but she decides to find out.
Legacy was leaps and bounds better than Danielle's last book Family Ties. I got so engrossed with the Wachiwi storyline and her life story! I've always said that Danielle does historical fiction well, and this storyline was a prime example. The details she used made me forget that I knew nothing about Indian life from 100s of years ago. I loved reading how Wachiwi goes from her Indian life to France. It was truly a great story. My only complaint with it was that it seemed to end abruptly. You never get her complete story. You don't know how she died, only that she died a few months apart from her husband's. I wish you got her whole life's story.
Brigitte's storyline was good for the most part. She's the girl who never had ambitious goals and it cost her in the end. She spent 7 years devoted to a book about the history of Women's right to vote only to abandon it. I was able to relate to her in these respects since I'm not an overly ambitious person myself and have spent years on a project near and dear to me that may never get completed. Towards the end of the book I got a little bored with Brigitte and, but I was routing for her to take the leap of faith she never took before.
I'm glad I read Legacy. It was so fun! This book was a great escape into a world I knew nothing about.
Rating: Borrow From Library
October 7, 2010
October 3, 2010
By: Sophie Kinsella
Becky's back with a whole new set of adventures. There's her 2 year old daughter who has a habit of throwing fits in a dramatic fashion. She's decided to throw her husband a surprise birthday party but, somehow the Internet and the press get involved. And there is the endless attempt at buying a house. Will #5 be the lucky one?
I've been a fan of the Confessions of A Shopaholic series since it's debut. You can't help but giggle at Becky and the way she can rationalize her actions. One thing is for sure, whenever you read this series, you are guaranteed a smile through out the books.
That having been said, let's focus on Mini Shopaholic. Overall, I enjoyed it. I think my only complaint was that the book seemed to be mis-titled. The biggest storyline wasn't dealing with her daughter, but planning her husband's surprise party. But, if that's the biggest issue I could find with the book, I think we're ok.
The book had a handful of scenes that out a smile on my face. I couldn't help chuckle when Becky's daughter, Minnie, manages to get thrown out of yet another Santa's Grotto. In total that's 4 Minnie and her family has been banned from. It's not every day a 2 year old turns the reindeer into a climbing invitation. Of course, a scene ensues.
Getting Minnie baptised wasn't without it's hiccups either. Call it really bad timing when the Bank of London financially collapses while the ceremony is waiting to begin. The guests get wind of it through the Internet on their phones and hysteria breaks out. Everyone races out of the church in the hopes of securing their money before it's gone for good. Everyone-- including the Priest himself. He does go to Becky's house later that day to apologize and make an impromptu baptism.
I'm saving some of the other giggly scenes for you to discover. The book was definitely worth a read. Loyal fans of the series will enjoy visiting Becky and her crazy life. The way the book ends made me think there is another Shopaholic book possibility.
Rating: Borrow From Library
By: Danielle Steel
One of my favorite authors. However, her books have been hit or miss the last few years. We'll see if this one is a hit, or if it'll miss like her last release was.
By: Madeleine Wickham
I'm yet to finish a single book by this author. This is the pen name used by Sophie Kinsella, the author of the Confessions of a Shopaholic series, so I don't quite understand why I struggle. I LOVE Sophie Kinsella, so it's odd.
Anyway, Im giving this pen name another try. We'll see if I have any success this time around.
The Romance Readers' Book Club
By: Julie L. Cannon
I was sold on this book once I read the description of it. I hope it's as good as it sounds like it may be. I've never read a book where a 15 year old was the main character and the story is of how this genre speaks to her and her friends. Mix together 3 teens and an "eccentric" Aunt, and you could have the making of a good read. I intend to find this out.
September 27, 2010
My year old just went through another bout of teething. She cut her first 2 teeth at 4 months old when the bottom fronts came in together. After getting 8 teeth in total over the next few months, she took a break for a little while. No, I should say, her teeth were just plotting and buying their time.
For about 1-2 weeks my baby was cranky, fussy, and clingy. We were on the look out for more teeth, but if she doesn't want you poking around in there she won't make trying to do it easy. For about a week- if not more- her sleep during the night was next to non-existent. She would sleep for a couple of hours only to stay awake for a couple of hours. For reasons we could not figure out, she wanted nothing to do with her crib at night. Instead, she enjoyed sleeping in our bed with us.
Her Daddy and I were exhausted! We were at the end of our ropes! Then, while making her laugh on the floor one day, I got a glimpse of something...signs of teeth! One forced examination later left me a little shocked. Turns out, my littlest lovebug was cutting 4 TEETH!!! Not just one, or two. Nope! She was cutting 4 of them. And 2 of them were her top back molars!! No wonder she's been having such a hard time lately!! No wonder she wanted to to be held all the time and sleep with us!
Now everything made sense. Since aceptametaphine doesn't phase her, we got out the baby Motrin. Her sleep has gotten back to normal. She's back to her little wonderful self. We're all still a little worse for wear, but we survived the latest invasion of the teeth.
All that's left to do now is wait for the bottom molars and teeth to show up!
September 26, 2010
September 23, 2010
September 19, 2010
Having said that, the plot of the story was great! I love a good ghost story that isn't too scary. Henry James told a great story and at a great pace. The story is the re-telling of a governess's time taking care of 2 siblings in their Uncle's country house. She's the latest of a few people who had taken care of them, and a couple of them haven't left the children...
September 14, 2010
Once I started reading Emma, I didn't want to stop. I remember reading it in far less time than I expected to. My husband was home from work, so I've no doubt that's why. I was just enthralled with the story. I thoroughly loved reading to see how much the book and movie had in common.
Emma was the girl who took people under her wing in the thought of knowing what was best for them. In some cases she was right. She took excellent care of her Father. Some she was off... way off. When she befriends Harriet, she decides to find her new friend a husband. In the end, the match was not made and love was almost missed out on by everyone involved.
As enchanting as Emma was, I do have to say I wasn't expecting her to treat Harriet in the way she did towards the end of the book. Other than that, I loved the book.
September 13, 2010
September 11, 2010
Overall, I liked the book. I found the first half slow going and even boring at times. I felt like it took awhile to get really going. But once it got good, it got REALLY good. The second half of the book was great! I had a hard time putting it down when I had to. Laundry was put off until I had no choice about it because I couldn't wait to see what happened next.