Signed Book Quiz

Round 4 begins today!!  This round lasts for 13 weeks when I’ll give away 2 prizes.  I know it’s busy this week due to BBAW so I’m giving you til Sunday to submit answers 🙂  I hope any of you stopping by from BBAW will play along too.

Here are the rules… 1. Open to everyone.  Play once or every week, that’s okay.  I’m happy to have you here today.

2. No cheating.  No googling, other internet searches or looking at other commenter answers.  Yes, we’re going by the honor system

3. Your first answers will be the only ones accepted.

I love autographed books.  Here are my stacks of signed copies.  All you have to do is tell me the author 1-10.  Each correct answer is worth 10 points.  Since this is the first week I chose the authors with the best penmanship (but you may have never heard of them!).

1. Ciji Ware  2. B.D. Joyce  3. Preetham Grandhi  4. Tomi Akinyanmi  5. J. Everett Prewitt  6. Bob Adamov  7. Greg Cielec  8. Christina Bartolomeo  9. MaryRose Wood  10. Vicki M. Taylor

BBAW Interview Swap – Page Turners


This year I had the pleasure of swapping questions with a new to me blog, Page Turners.  Co-owners, Pixie & Stacey, both answered my questions. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to get to know these gals and to check out their very cool blog.  I am convinced that I have to read Hunger Games and I LOVE that they both chose an 80’s movie as their favorite.  You all know how I love my 80’s 🙂  And I might have to add the Dr. Seuss quote to my favorite list.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and why you started blogging.

I am a stay at home mom; life can get pretty boring (especially when the kids are at school).  A few years ago, I picked up Twilight and fell in love with the story.  I started reading more YA, thanks to Twilightmoms book of the month; and I was enjoying everything I read.  My preteen daughter and teenage sister-in-law were also into the books, it was fun to discuss the books with them.

Then at a book signing the Forrest of Hands and Teeth was mentioned.  I read it and LOVED IT- for the first time I needed to know what happened next.  I started researching how people get ARC’s and found that you can get them from blogging.  So I asked around and my friend from Twilightmoms (Stacey) was willing to co-run the site with me. Other Twilightmoms wanted to join in and review for us; so, we jumped in head first and started Page Tuners a little over a year ago. Didn’t get the arc I was originally wanting, but have had an amazing year.  The Dead Tossed Waves was worth the wait.

2. As a blog with multiple contributors, how are the posts divided up?  How often do you blog?

We blog at least once a day, if not more.  I do most of the weekly blog post and Stacey handles our twitter account.  We don’t really have a schedule; read a book, post a review is the basic set up.  Anything else (contest, promos, interviews) Stacey and I discuss on a daily basis.

3. You list The Hunger Games as your favorite book.  I’ve never read it (gasp!), tell me why I need to rush to the bookstore and buy it.

Oh man you are missing out.  The lead Katniss is a dream character for a female lead. She shows that she is feminine, strong, and doesn’t lay down a take what her government is doing to her. The story makes you think, it isn’t something you can just read and move on.  It makes you ask questions, to pay attention to what is going on around you.  This is something that could happen, and possibly is happening in other countries to some extent. Not the games, but how the area is set up, how the country is run.

4. Who are some of your favorite YA authors

Carrie Ryan, Kami Garcia & Margie Stohl, Cassandra Clare, JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Beth Fantaskey, Julie Kagawa,Kimberly Derting,Kody Kelpinger, Suzanne Collins, Kelly Armstrong

We could go on forever….

5. Aside from YA what other genres do you enjoy reading?

Pixie ~ Usually adult sci-fi or paranormal romance. Basically what I read in YA, only in the adult form. I have read a few Jodi Picoult’s books and have really enjoyed those. Classics like Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice ~ I also like to read the “spoof” rewrites of these books.

Stacey ~ Black Dagger Brotherhood, Sookie Stackhouse Series, Outlander Series, Tom Clancy & Historical Fiction.

6. What’s your favorite movie?

Pixie ~ GOONIES! I love cheesy 80’s flicks.

Stacey ~ Top Gun

7. What’s the last book you read and would you recommend it?

Pixie ~ The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) – Bianca, the lead is a very realistic teen voice; who is an easy character to relate to.

Stacey ~ the last book I “read” was Dead in the Family – and yes I would recommend it – I love getting back to the books after watching True Blood

8. I love quotes.  Do you have a favorite?

 Pixie ~ Umm. I have a few. I quote a lot of movies, or TV shows.

You’re killing me smalls.

I don’t think so Tim (my son likes to remind me that his name isn’t Tim)

I believe whatever doesn’t kill you, simply makes you…stranger

But some of my favorite “to live by” quotes are ~

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”  ~ Dr. Seuss

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Stacey ~ War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
John Stuart Mill

9. If you were trapped in the life of one fictional character who would you

Pixie~ Man this is a hard question. I think I would choose Wanda/Wander from The Host ~ she has a man who loves her for her. She is able to forgive and see past the bad; see humans for who they really are, loving, caring individuals.

Stacey ~ Claire Randall/Fraser from the Outlander Series

10. What’s your favorite non reading and writing hobby? 

Pixie ~ Photography, LOVE IT. I could spend the day driving around taking pictures, if I didn’t have kids to tend to & books to read.

Stacey ~ hanging with friends and a good road trip

Aren’t they great?  Head on over to Page Turners and check them out.

Monday Movie Meme – Best Biopics

Feature Presentation…MONDAY MOVIE MEME
This week’s movie topic is all about Biopics…
There are lots of movies these days that tell the stories about the lives of real people. We prefer the sweeping tales of a person’s life story as opposed to snapshots of moments in their time. Sometimes the films feature people we’re already familiar with and other times they introduce us to them. Either way, we had a hard time coming up with biopics featuring women – maybe you can rectify that in your post.
Visit the Bumbles for more biopic choices.
Biopics aren’t my favorite type of movie.  I think it’s because I’m always wondering what is real and what got added just for the movie.  But here are a few that I enjoyed…
1. Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line (2005)
2. Katherine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole as Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II in The Lion in Winter (1965)
3. James Cagney as George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
4. Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in The Aviator (2004)
5. Mel Gibson as William Wallace in Braveheart (1995) (I know great artistic license was taken with this one, but I loved it)
What about you?  Do you have a favorite biopic film?

This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection by Carol Burnett

This Time Together by Carol Burnett: CD Audiobook CoverFinished unabridged audio 9-1-10, rating 4.5/5, memoir, pub. 2010

Narrated by Carol Burnett

I love Carol Burnett.  I loved her variety show, The Carol Burnett Show.  The woman is funny and sincere and real.  This memoir covers the time she was getting started in show business.  She talks about meeting Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant, two of my faves, and how starstruck she was.  She had an elevator encounter with John Steinbeck which I loved. 

She talks about her time in New York, living with other girls and working on Broadway.  I loved hearing about how she got her own show started, personal stories about castmates, and the honest confessions, like when she got her chin.  She touches on her three marriages and the death of her daughter, Carrie, which give this memoir depth.  Moving from Los Angeles to New York and back again showcase the fortunate life of this comedienne.

These stories of her life are fun to listen to and I must recommend the audio version since she reads the book herself.  It made me want to buy her old shows from the infomercials I always see on tv.  If you are a fan this is a must read.

I checked this audio book out of the library.

The Lake House, by James Patterson

Cover ImageFinished 9-3-10, rating 2/5, fiction, pub. 2003

Sequel to When the Wind Blows

I remember reading When the Wind Blows when it came out and really liking it.  I think it may have been my first Patterson novel.   It is about six genetically engineered children who were stolen from their parents and experimented on in secret.  They were rescued by Frannie, a veterinarian, and Kit, and FBI agent. 

Fast forward to this sequel and Frannie and Kit are suing the biological parents for custody, because they love the children so much.  The children, with bird genes, have imprinted Frannie and Kit as their true parents.  The media are fascinated by these children who can fly and the courthouse is bedlam.  When the dust settles the children are sent to their individual homes and a new set of bad guys comes for them. They escape together and find Frannie who finds Kit.

No disrespect to the five people who chose this for me (sorry Mom), but I thought this was bad.  I thought Frannie and Kit were selfish.  The bad guy and his clones said the silliest things.  I thought the love/sex story between 12 year olds Max and Oz was terrible.  Here’s a sample…

“Max, you are very young!” I said. “And you, too, Oz.”

“In human years Frannie.  But we’re more than human,” Max said.  “We’re special, remember?  And we’re also in love.  Deeply, passionately, wonderfully in love.”

She combed her hair with her fingers and tied it up into a loose knot.  “Our bird genes makes us mature for our age.  In fact, I think we’re probably about your age,” she added, her eyes twinkling irresistibly.  “You’re old enough to mate, aren’t you?”

She had me there.

Chapter 81

It was told in true Patterson style with alternating viewpoints and lots of sentence long paragraphs and even more exclamation points.  Um, I can’t recommend this book to anyone.  If you liked When the Wind Blows, reread it instead of looking for a great sequel here.

This is from my personal library and was chosen by Donna, GMR, Mom, Sue and Rebecca.  Here’s what they had to say…

“I am totally a fan. I like the Maximum Ride Series but they are not as good as the original Max stories of When the Wind Blows and the Lake House.”  Rebecca

“Awesome writer and a great book.”  GMR

“I havent read this one yet but Patterson’s books never fail to have something in there to surprise me.”  Donna

Round 3 Quiz Winners

Round Three of my Tuesday Quizzes has come to an end and the top of the Leaderboard looks the same as Round 2.  ‘Nise from Under the Boardwalk takes home the top prize again with 944 points!  Congratulations Nise 🙂  And the randomly chosen winner (I drew out of a bowl) is…Jo-Jo from Jo-Jo Loves to Read!  Yay Jo-Jo 🙂  They will both receive a small gift from me.

A total of 35 of you participated in this round and this made me feel good.  Sometimes a quiz takes me hours to do and sometimes only 20 minutes, so I’m glad that you like to play my games with me.  The most popular quiz this time around was Denzel Washington was in That? Quiz.  The Best Paid Author Quiz also brought some interesting comments.  You might have heard Jenners scream when she saw the best paid author was James Patterson.

A few new quizzes that you’ll see again, Signed Books and Pictured Title.  So, come back next Tuesday for the beginning of Round Four!  Thanks for playing 🙂

August’s 5 Word Movie Reviews

As I look over the movies I see that I wasn’t very satisfied with my movie choices in August.  Maybe this month will be better!

If you’ve seen any of the movies leave me your 1-5 words in the comments and I’ll add them to the post.  Or, if you are feeling ambitious and want to do this on your own blog leave me a link in the comments and I’ll add it to the bottom of the post.   Of course,  you can always just comment 🙂

(2007. Cast -Steve Carrell, Juliette Binoche, Dianne Wiest, John Mahoney, Dane Cook) Grade B

Sweet Story. Carrell Very Good.

Widower moves on. Heartfelt. Hilarious. (Michelle)

Cute, silly, charming, loved it.  (Heather)

(2010. Cast- Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis)  Grade B

Post Apocalyptic .  Protecting the Book.

Too serious for its writing.  (Heather)

He’s blind; it still works.  (Tony)

On a white background are gray lines showing floor plans of a building. Below the lines are a group of six men wearing German army uniforms and business suits, with one prominently in front of the group. A red line traces through the floor plans and behind the front man. Beside the line is the word "VALKYRIE", and within the line in smaller print is "TOM CRUISE".(2010. Cast- Tom Cruise,Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson)  Grade B-

Attempts on Hitler’s Life Fail.

Interesting but no German feel.  (Heather)

Tom Cruise seeks new credibility.  (Tony)

(2008. Cast-Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Martin, Sigourney Weaver, Greg Kinnear) Grade C+

Some Laughs.  Needed More Heart.

Funny stars, goofy, obnoxious humor. (Debbie)

My pregnancy movie…so funny.  (Heather)

(1998. Cast- Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, James Garner, Liev Schreiber, Stockard Channing)  Grade C+

Noir Mystery.  Awesome Superstar Cast.

Newman’s incredible. The movie’s okay. (Nolatari)

Steve Carell grinning maniacally stares from over Paul Rudds shoulder(2010. Cast – Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifinakas, Bruce Greenwood)  Grade C

Stupid Funny. Emphasis on Stupid.

(2008. Cast – Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes, Timothy Hutton)  Grade C-

Some Bad Acting. Ending Letdown.

(2007. Cast- Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Jerry Stiller, Malin Akerman, Carlos Mencia)    Grade D+

Horrible Characters & Story = Few Laughs

(2009. Cast- Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis CK)    Grade D

Failed Potential.  Cameos Best Part.

Ricky Gervais is sooo funny!  (Heather)

The Sleeping Doll, by Jeffrey Deaver

Cover ImageFinished 8-31-10, rating 4/5, thriller, pub. 2007

Book 1 in the Kathryn Dance series

Kathryn Dance was often called a human lie detector, but that wasn’t accurate; in reality she, like all kinesic analysts and interrogators, was a stress detector.  This was the key to deception; once she spotted stress, she’d probe the topic that gave rise to it and dig until the subject broke.

Chapter 2

Kathryn is kinesics expert with the California Bureau of Investigation and she has just been placed in charge of a manhunt for an escaped killer.  She had been interrogating the convict, Daniel Pell, before he escaped so she was able to get inside his head which helped her stay on his trail.  Pell had been the leader of a small cult and was hoping to start another after he set up after escaping.  Kathryn and Pell can both read people by their behavior and manipulate conversations and situations, so they were both evenly matched.

We first met Kathryn in The Cold Moon (a Lincoln Rhyme book), but you don’t need to have read that one to enjoy this fast paced thriller.  As with most of Deaver’s books I learned  a lot, not only about kinesics, but cult mentality as well.  I was disturbed by the interactions of the three women who had been with Pell before he went to prison.  I find the reasons behind joining a cult sad and the reality of it bizarre.

I enjoyed this one, but not as much as the Lincoln Rhyme series.  The characters were interesting, but not as well-developed.  It was a solid beginning to a new series and I plan on giving the second one a chance.

This is from my personal library and was chosen by Kristie, Margie, and Jason.  Here’s what they had to say…

“Great book!”  Kristie

“Really enjoyed it.”  Margie

Free Books for September

In my ongoing quest to keep books moving out and not just in I give away a few books each month.  Leave a comment, tell me which book you want and I’ll get the book to you for FREE either by mail or personally if I’ll see you soon.  The first one to request each book wins.  Once you’ve ‘won’ the book I can get your shipping address if I need it.  Also, you can come back and get a free book every month if you want.  These have all been read a time or two.

1. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.  Mass market classic.  It’s an old copy (1983) but in good shape.  B&N review here.  for Sarah E

2. Angel Mine by Sherryl Woods.  Mass market romance.  Published in 2000.  B&N review here.  for Gautami

3. The Awakening by Kate Chopin.  Trade paperback classic.  This edition published in 1993 is in great condition.  My review here.  for Misha

4. Contemporary Latin American Short Stories. This trade paperback was published in 1996.  Never been read.  B&N review here.  for Carol M

Happy Reading!