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what–more books?!?!

Once again, it’s the subject of books that brings me back to my blog. I’d declare this blog a book zone, but no…it’s too much like Seinfeld and I like it that way. He-he Anyway, there are major book events happening at the moment that have called to me.

First, April 8-12 is National Library Week. Anyone reading my Read list can see I’m a fan of the library, and a regular patron to my own local library. I’ve even worked in one and dreamed of doing so again one day. Thus, I’ve to give a shout out or three to the library: Woohoo! Yippee! Rah-Rah-Rah!!  To add to the excitement, The American Library Association (ALA) has just released the state of the libraries report, including the new list of banned books (boo, hiss to the banning – hooray for the notice of the books!).

OIF‘s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books in 2011:
ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
*The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
*My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori
Hillestad Butler
*The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
*Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
*What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
*Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

and the Texas Challenged books

So, my TBR is going a bit higher this week to accommodate the new additions [starred] and inside the .pdf file. I’ve read four on the list to date and enjoyed all but one (ttyl series…I understand it, but been there, done that.)

Another happening is at GoodReads: the Indie Blogger Awards!
At the time of writing this entry, the list is over 800 entrants and counting. It’s a daunting task to go through the list, but some blogs have caught my eye enough to click through, scan and sometimes bookmark for more reading later. But, will they get my vote? Hmm, let’s discuss a few and see, shall we….

Filed Under “That’s Cute”
–what a neat title…cute background on title though title font distracts me; missing a link-back button (I’d love to get their business to make one)

The Midnight Bookworm
Cute layout…would be cuter if the title had the same style as the buttons, she still needs to work a bit on the font colors on the sides, too; She has a cute writing style

One Good Book Deserves Another
Oh, this blog looks nice and professional; not too busy with links, etc. to detract from the reviews; enjoyable and worth a bookmark

So Much To Read
This blog is pretty ordinary, but I like the title and the books banner and felt compelled to show that part *g*

Bookworm meets bookworm
I’m not crazy about the layout (sort of meh), but the review posts are interesting

Bookish Habits
It has a cute little layout and style….leaves me saying, oh that’s nice

Filed Under “Showing Love to the Locals”
Read it in Houston
Cute and simple; I like the title byline and some of the content; a bit boring – perhaps distracted by white space? where the heck is that link-back button? Thank goodness I know how to text link. He-he

What’s Kester Reading?
A guy in Austin blogging; I like his style of writing; simple and to-the-point; no button but worth a bookmark for later reading

Indie Reader Houston
Whoa, this one looks totally professional; also looks like THE place to be for reading in my area so bookmarking for further perusal (they’ve links to area bookstores, etc.); Fairy impressive for a new blog

Filed Under “A Nod to Nostalgic Things”
Addicted to Harlequin Romance
Harlequin has been around for ages as the go-to romance stop for books; Sometimes, it’s like soft-core porn that makes one’s mouth agape; The more I look this site,  the more I like for it’s nostalgic sweetness (although, half annoyed at that purple background – reminds me of My Little Pony or something. He-he)

Filed Under “Got Snark?”
Kiss My Lit
The name alone is worth a grin and a look; slightly irritated at the password-protected entries; the rest are at usually worth a grin; As Arnold would say: “I’ll be back”.

Filed Under “"That’s Strange but Kind of Cool”
Dr. Herumu – Health Information based loosely on true stories (…from an African Emergency Room)
Strange yet imaginative poetry and short stories; I’m not sure what to think of it all, but I think the health care side of me likes it and wants me to bookmark for later

The Canary Review
From the twist on the name (ike John Steinbeck’s novel Cannery Row), to the reviews, to the cute little birdie ratings, this one just puts a smile on my face – has a high smartness factor that makes for an enjoyable read

That’s just a handful of good fun that I’ve seen tonight. Hope you’ve seen something equally enjoyable. I’m not sure if this post has set my votes straight or confused me more. LOL If you’ve seen something else, do tell me all about it in the comments. We can always use another thrill, eh. Ta-ta for now. Open-mouthed smile

Hi-lo, it’s off to blog we go!

Hello there!

Yes, I’m still here, world…just been letting my visitors marinate in my recent postings (not necessarily by choice). I’m kind of on a roller coaster of emotions at the moment, from high-in-the-sky dreams to down-in-the-dumps reality.

High points have included:

  • Being linked as a hot, local blog by the paper (and not from one of my comments)! Yes, it’s true. When I checked out my stats, as any egotistical wannabe blog entrepreneur might do, and found a link to the Chronicle news and opinion web page,, my heart smiled as I found the link back to my own blog. Unfortunately, It literally left me speechless – not good for a blogger at all.  But, it was not all bad as I had a recent spike of activity (and thus, something for new visitors to look). Whew!
  • winning over a half million points on an online poker game (and the highest level that can be obtained in the game)…the only thing I could do online for a couple days (horrid connection woes, email saying heck-no-you-can’t-have, etc.). I only wish it was real money. Then, perhaps something in reality could go right. Dare to dream, I do. 😮
  • Having Bluebell ice cream!! Always a cause to celebrate commiserate with a pint of one of their yummy new flavors – the centennial sundae. It tastes pretty much like a sundae you get at an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. It’s vanilla ice cream, caramel swirls, whipped cream and cherry pieces. Very nice, and I found it on sale, too! (must…go..back…forget diet(s)….Whoops…pardon my devilish interlude there. Back, devil, back! >:-)
  • Realizing I didn’t eat myself in the above point, as I remember back to an online quiz I did (see entry Delicious Desserts). What a relief! 😉
  • Finally enjoying a mint 3 Musketeers candy bar. I’ve discovered, it’s a pretty okay treat, sort of like an Andes mint only larger. Though, I must admit I like the original 3 Musketeers better. :-*
  • Watching with appreciation how people are looking up stuff about banned books (including links within my blog), clicking through and finding out more information. Wow! I’m currently devouring my current selections, and though I’m only halfway through two on my list, I’m loving them thoroughly, especially Maya Angelou’s book (which has given me dreams of which I wake up smiling – not currently sure why but cool). Reading is fun! 😀

Oh my…I guess I had quite a few high points there, well, high for me. Hopefully, it’ll help sustain me as I go deal with some of the “low points” now. Until later, dear visitors. The comment gallery opens as I wave like a school girl starting first grade to you all. *waves with delight*

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