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Good news…almost

I decided to check out the library web site today, and noticed a book I requested the library to order has arrived!! The not-so-great news is a few other people have discovered it before me. Mega-sigh.

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Nevertheless, I’m finally on the waiting list for @TheBloggess ‘s book, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (a mostly true memoir)”. That deserves an “almost woohoo!” from me to Hamlet von Schnitzel and all passersby.
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I return you to regular programming. happy rest-of-the-weekend

Sharing some blog love

For the next two weeks, the SITS ladies are having a Spring Fling to help blog journalists like myself become better with design and networking. I signed up last week for this Fling. Unfortunately, I neglected to check my email yesterday, so the event started already and I’m playing catch-up. First I caught up by linking my web site on their page (check it: #550!), and did today’s task of connecting to Twitter.

550 (and counting, I’m sure), that’s a –lot— of links! How lucky am I to be amongst them! The coolest part (so far), I’ve found some ladies from Texas already, and another book blogger to boot. I felt compelled to share them with you all today as well:

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Wow…I love the design on this site. Great job to its owner, Taylor! I see by her latest post at the moment that she’s a book challenge blogger, too (might have to do that challenge as well), though of course, that’s not all she has to say. Ultra-liking this blog.

 
I love Nessa’s blog button, very like something I would create professionally. This blog could stimulate my make-money-with-your-blog impulse. Therefore, I must pay attention. And, those bras she’s opining about at the moment are uber-cute; wish I could have gotten that free sample!

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Rachel’s site just stuck out to me because of a mutual love for books…so another one to watch to nurture my passion for reading (uh-oh….LOL). I see a review on her children’s reviews for a book on my current TBR list (Agent Auggie Spinoza)…cool.

Only 547 to go [insert wide-eyed look and a squeal of OMG!]….unless more decide to hook up with us all. Perhaps, that next person could be you. Click on the SITS logo to see more details / sites. And, if you are participating, do leave a comment so we can squee together. (okay, maybe not squee…we’ll leave that to the little piggy going home. He-he). Cya in cyberspace, dear readers!

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
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*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!
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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”
Shelf-employed
–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
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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
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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

Versus – twiharding my hunger

In this episode of Versus, we compare Twilight and The Hunger Games series. Yeah, I know, no contest some say….let’s do it, anyway.

Twilight (Vs.)
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The Hunger Games
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1. Fluff writing (dreamy stuff, in Bella’s head a good portion of the time); simplicity that allows one to finish the very long books quickly, depending on how fast one can navigate through Bella’s head

2. Bella – victim with a tough exterior that her vampire boyfriend cannot crack; worries in her head a lot; finally shows her real toughness when she gives birth to a half-vampire and becomes a vampire herself
3. Vampire “sparkle” and lots of wolf hair
4. Vampire Edward that knows how to toss an apple and best friend/wolf Jacob fighting over Bella
5. Prettying up Bella for the wedding

6. “Psychic” Alice is the best friend/sister [in-law] Bella could have

7. Cameos by the author Stephenie Meyer in the movie[s] – makes for a “Where’s Waldo?” moment for the audience

1. Intelligent writing, plot lines and characters; takes one into a futuristic world yet stays realistic enough to imagine oneself in the role

2. Katniss – heroic; steps up for sister..ends up saving her community (and eventually more); proactive…and most excellent with a bow

3. all the elaborate costume wear in the Capitol
4. Fellow Tribute and bakery guru  Peeta and best friend / hero Gale for Katniss

5. Prettying up Katniss for competition (or as Cinna puts it: “making an impression”)
6. Rue for bringing out one of the sweetest moments from tough Katniss (pleasing the capitol tv audience immensely)

7.  The mockingjay pin and call – an awesome symbol and a must-have (or at least a really want) for all THG fans

I’ve sort of made my opinions obvious which way I lean, though I did enjoy both series – and absolutely devoured one almost whole.  The best part about both of them is that it does get people reading again, which maybe leading to more reading. In that way, we all win…although the authors probably win the most from all that publicity, etc.
Happy hump day…and happy reading, all!Winking smile

Judging books by their covers

What could bring me back to blogging? Why, to talk about books, of course! Yeah, I know, I’m a bookworm that would like nothing better than to crawl into a good book sometimes. But, with so many books out there, how do you find the one to read? At times, I’ve had to pick and choose by the cover (not something to be done with people, of course. 😉 ). The chosen books can all be found at my local library. As learned from the movie version of the book Silence of the Lambs, “We covet what we see, everyday”.

For instance, I found the following YA book:
Dark Angel
What a great find it was!

Here’s what else I’ve found throughout the year…

Non-fiction Books:
Steve Jobs The New New Rules: A Funny Look At How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass* 11/22/63* Who Put the Devil in Deviled Eggs?: A Food Lover's Guide to America's Favorite Dishes
Fiction Books:
State of Wonder* The Infernals Christmas Treasures A Texan's Promise (Heart of a Hero)

Children’s Books:
11 Experiments That Failed The Best Mud Pie (Rookie Readers Level B)

The starred books really intrigued me for an immediate move to the TBR. The children’s books chosen remind me of my own childhood. I wonder what 2012 will bring?