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2010 Wrap-Up

2010 by the numbers…

80 books read

63 movies watched

53 books given away

45 Tuesday Quizzes

10 awards- thank you

9 movies reviewed for my Top 100 movie list

7 Quiz prizes awarded

7 Challenges, 6 Fails

author interviews- Beth Hoffman, Shirley Tallman, Susan McBride, Marie Semple

3 puzzles found new homes

2 book signings- Beth Hoffman, Tracy Chevalier

2 trips (San Fran & France)

2 blog events – Bloggiesta and Book Bloggers Appreciation Week

1 book blogger met in person- Bonnie from Redlady’s Reading Room and I met for the Beth Hoffman signing and again for coffee. 

1 book read and reviewed with another blogger.  Molly of The Bumbles Blog  read War & Peace with me and made it fun 🙂

1 Baby Gage arrival

December 31, 2010 Posted by | lists | 10 Comments

2010 Movie Favorites

I love movies and with an infant in the house it is nice that watching movies is something I can share with my husband and still take care of the baby.  So, I’m sure 2011 will bring more moving watching and less book reading.  This year I’ve added reviews of some of my favorite movies- Only You, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, A Few Good Men, Four Weddings And a Funeral, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Romancing the Stone, Silence of the Lambs, Pride & Prejudice miniseries.  The rest of my favorite 100 movies is here.  It’s an ongoing project.

I also keep track of movies I see for the first time in my monthly 5 word reviews.  This year I watched 63 movies and here are my favorite 10 with their 5 words…

Inception with Leonardo DiCaprioDreams. Orginal. Ending Greatly Debated.

WALL-E with Ben BurttEndearing Robot Saves 2805 Earth.

(500) Days of Summer with Zooey DeschanelQuirky Charming Original Un-Love Story. 

State of the Union with Florence AuerPolitics Sure Hasn’t Changed Much.

The Hurt Locker with Jeremy RennerWar. Iraq. Bombs. Tense Thriller.

Extract with Jason BatemanFunny. Bateman & Affleck are perfect.

Penelope with Christina RicciSweet Piggy  Fairy Tale.  Fun.

Sunshine Cleaning with Amy AdamsCrime Scene Cleanup Made Heartwarming.

New in Town with Renée ZellwegerSweet Romantic Comedy. Minnesota Flavor.

Avatar with Sam WorthingtonMust see 3D.  Visually stunning.

December 30, 2010 Posted by | lists, movies | | 11 Comments

December 5 Word Movie Reviews

If you’ve seen any of these 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.

(2009.  Cast- Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Steve Zahn)           Grade B+

Crime Scene Cleanup Made Heartwarming.

Touching sister story. Interesting setting. (Nolatari)

Cute and quirky. Adams ‘shines.’  (Heather)

 

(2010. Cast- Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, James Franco, Mark Wahlberg, Common, Mila Kunis)     Grade B+

I’ll Watch Tina in Anything.

Always bad idea swiping reservations (Kay)

Steve Carrell Perfectly Adorable  Husband (Beth)

Crap your parents get into…  (Heather)

 

 (2010.  Cast- Ben Stiller, Robert DeNiro, Teri Polo, Owen Wilson, Dustin Hoffman, Barbara Streisand, Jessica Alba)     Grade C-

Should Have Stopped At Two.

 

(2010. Cast- Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler)     Grade C-

Unlikeable Chracters in So-So Story.

A bit sexist, no chemistry.  (Heather)

December 30, 2010 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | | 9 Comments

2010 Book Favorites

I only read 80 books this year.  I knew I’d been reading less, but I had no idea it was only 80 until I counted them up last night.  At the beginning of the year I set my reading goal at 105 with 12 of those being fiction and I did read 10 non-fiction and I consider that a success considering how many fewer books I actually read.  A few interesting stats…

I read 51 women authors and 29 men.

The state I most visited was California followed closely by New York.

I read 7 Brenda Joyce books, making her my most read author.

And now for the FAVORITE FIVE BOOKS I READ THIS YEAR (in order)…

I’m not much of a memoir reader so I am surprised to find this my very favorite read this year.  Reviewed here.

A historical romance that will keep you reading far past when it’s time for bed.  Reviewed here.

You chose it for me and I was surprised at how much I loved this novel set in Spain in the 1940’s.  Reviewed here.

I had no idea I liked magical realism.  An enchanting read.  Reviewed here.

Little Cee Cee grew up not far from where I live in Ohio but it wasn’t until her move south that she blossomed.  Reviewed here.

December 29, 2010 Posted by | lists | | 24 Comments

2010 Challenge Wrap Up

I love participating in challenges.  They help me focus and try books and authors I wouldn’t have otherwise.  In 2009 I completed all 4 of my challenges.  This year?  Not so much.  Having many months of morning sickness and then the arrival of little Gage 10 weeks ago have forced me to prioritize and I’m okay with that. 

I only completed one challenge this year – The New Authors challenge where I committed to read 35 new to me authors.  My favorite is Beth Hoffman, author of Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt, because not only did I love her debut novel, but she is a super nice person, an inspiring speaker and she actually interacts with the book blogging community.  Three cheers for Beth.

I failed the A-Z Challenge this year and plan to try again in 2011.  I also failed The RYOB Challenge where I had you all vote for 50 of the books I’d read this year.  I have 14 left and will be reading them in 2011.  You guys really picked some winners for me, you chose 4 of my top 5 reads this year!  I failed the States challenge and Color challenge and will try again in 2011.  I also failed the Short Story  and 100 mile fitness challenges.

I’ll be a bit choosier in my 2011 challenges.  Unless I can start counting board and cloth books 🙂

1. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb – 12 votes (Mary, Marce, Jo-Jo, Amanda, Calico Critic, ‘Nise, Jo Ann, Allesandra, Piroska, Mom, Literary Feline, Melissa)

2. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving – 10 votes (Mary, BermudaOnion, Word Lily, Linda B, Em, Literate Housewife, Ms. Mazzola, Jessica, Mille, Margie)

3. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Wells – 11 votes (Marce, Jo-Jo, Jenners, Bumbles, Sheral, Debby, Rebecca, Alita Reads, Soft Drink, Melissa, Angie)

4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel – 10 votes (Gofita, Carol, Staci, Ms. Mazzola, Heather, Kerri, Rebecca, Alita Reads, Julie H., Rhapsody)

5. The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly – 8 votes (Mary, Linda B, Melody, Literate Housewife, ‘Nise, Sandee, Bonnie, Kathrin)

6. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan – 8 votes (Word Lily, Golda, Margot, Jackie, Staci, Jenners, Mom, Mystica)

7. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith – 7 votes (Word Lily, Jo-Jo, Sharon, Alita Reads, Bonnie, Sarah Emmerson, Literary Feline)

8. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – 7 votes (BermudaOnion, Marie, Jo Ann, Bumbles, Sandee, Piroska, Literary Feline)

9. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – 7 votes (Carol, Staci, FleurFisher, Vasilly, Ms. Mazzola, Angie, Amanda)

10. Persuasion by Jane Austen – 6 votes (Calico Critic, Melody, ‘Nise, Allesandra, Angie, Sarah Emmerson)

11. Emma by Jane Austen – 6 votes (Candice, Jennifer, Ms. Mazzola, Alita Reads, Kathrin, Literary Feline)

12. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich – 6 votes (Candice, Jennifer, Margot, Heather, Colleen, Angie)

13. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen – 6 votes (Wrighty’s Reads, Mary, Amanda, Allesandra, Soft Drink, Bonnie, Melissa)

14. Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire – 5 votes (Shanyn, Jo-Jo, Calico Critic, Donna S, Lisa-Marie)

15. The History of Love by Nicole Kraus – 5 votes (Vasilly, Heather, Mille, Alita Reads, Literary Feline)

16. Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen – 5 votes (Kristie, Jessica, Sharon, Sue R., Jason)

17. Blood Memory by Greg Iles – 5 votes (Jennofer, Kristie, Carol, Jenners, Angie S.)

18. The Pact by Jodi Picoult – 5 votes (Sharyn, Em, Colleen, Sheral, Margie)

19. Roots by Alex Hailey – 5 votes (Cee-Cee, Staci, Literate Housewife, Sarah E., Angie S.)

20. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella – 4 votes (BermudaOnion, Kerri, Julie H., Kathrin)

21. The Lake House by James Patterson – 4 votes (Donna S., GMR, Mom, Sue R., Rebecca)

22. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes – 4 votes (Jo Ann, GMR, Piroska, Mystica)

23. Love Walked In by Maria de los Santos – 4 votes (Candice, Amanda, Colleen, Soft Drink)

24. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner – 4 votes (Shanyn, Wrighty’s Reads, Em, Mom)

25. Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher – 4 votes (Linda B., Margot, FleurFisher, Sandee)

26. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown – 4 votes (Melody, Bumbles, Virginie, Jason)

27. Women Who Loves Books Too Much – 3 votes (Amanda, Angie, Mystica)

28. Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg – 3 votes (Wrighty’s Reads, Bumbles, Sarah E.)

29. The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber – 3 votes (‘Nise, Mom, Bonnie)

30. See Jane Run by Joy Fielding – 3 votes (Kristie, GMR, Debby)

31. The Sleeping Doll by Jeffrey Deaver – 3 votes (Kristie, Margie, Jason)

32. The Husband by Dean Koontz – 3 votes (Wrighty’s Reads, Marce, Jason)

33. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – 3 votes (Jennifer, Calico Critic, Angie)

34. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz – 3 votes (Donna S., Sandee, Sharon)

35. Good Grief by Lolly Winston – 3 votes (Staci, Jenners, Margie)

36. Testimony by Anita Shreve – 3 votes (Marce, Allesandra, Mystica)

37. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner – 3 votes (Candice, Word Lily, Bumbles)

38. Remember When by Nora Roberts – 2 votes (Donna S., Debby)

39. The Bean Trees by Barabara Kingsolver – 2 votes (Golda, Amanda)

40. Three Junes by Julia Glass – 2 votes (Golda, Soft Drink)

41. The Sister by Poppy Adams – 2 votes (Literate Housewife, Sandee)

42. Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins – 2 votes (Carol, Mille)

43. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – 2 votes (Vasilly, Allesandra)

44. The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve – 2 votes (Piroska, Wanda)

45. The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini – 2 votes (Gofita, Calico Critic)

46. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett – 2 votes (Golda, Heather)

47. Running Blind by Lee Child – 2 votes (‘Nise, Sheral)

48. White Fang by Jack London – 2 votes (GMR, Rhapsody)

49. The Human Stain by Philip Roth – 2 votes (Jackie, Mille)

50. A Room With a View by E.M. Forster – 2 votes (Candice, Jenny girl)

51. The Devil & Tom Walker by Washington Irving

52. Red Light by T.Jefferson Parker (Color Challenge)

53. Black Water by T.Jefferson Parker (Color Challenge)

54. The Blue Bedroom by Rosamunde Pilcher (Color Challenge)

55. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Sign up for the 2010 A to Z Challenge

Titles

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Blood Memory by Greg Iles

Caught by Harlan Coben

Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

E

Fortunate Harbor by Emilie Richards

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

The Husband by Dean Koontz

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

K

Lake Magic by Kimberly Fisk

Murder List by Julie Garwood

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Q

Red Light by T. Jefferson Parker

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

V

Women Who Love Books Too Much by Brenda Knight

X

Y

Z

AUTHORS

The Sister by Poppy Adams

Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg

Die Trying by Lee Child

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

Inside Out by Barry Eisler

Give + Take by Stona Fitch

The Beach House by Jane Green

Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen

The Devil & Tom Walker by Washington Irving

Deadly Love by Brenda Joyce

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

White Fang by Jack London

The Cougar Club by Susan McBride

The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark

Keeper of the Keys by Perri O’Shaughnessy

The Blue Bedroom by Rosamunde Pilcher

Put on Your Crown by Queen Latifah

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

This One is Mine by Maria Semple

War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Why We Buy by Paco Underhill

Think of a Number by John Verdon

The Proof is in the Pudding by Melinda Wells

X

The Shack by William P. Young

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

New Author Challenge 2010

Beth Hoffman – Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Elle Newmark – The Book of Unholy Mischief

Sarah Addison Allen – Garden Spells

Sara Angelini – The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy

Poppy Adams – The Sister

Susan McBride – The Cougar Club

Helen Keller – The Story of My Life

Kimberly Fisk – Lake Magic

This One is Mine by Maria Semple

10  Washington Iving – The Devil & Tom Walker

11  Sophie Kinsella – Confessions of a Shopaholic

12  Leo Tolstoy – War & Peace

13  Give + Take by Stona Fitch

14  William P. Young – The Shack

15  Marisa de los Santos – Love Walked In

16  Laurie Viera Rigler – Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

17  Brenda Knight – Women Who Love Books Too Much

18  Fannie Flagg – Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!

19  Jennifer Donnelly – The Tea Rose

20  Eloisa James – Potent Pleasures

21  Frances Mayes – Under the Tuscan Sun

22  Jeannette Walls – The Glass Castle

23  Jane Green – The Beach House

24  Alexander McCall Smith – The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

25  William Faulkner – As I Lay Dying

26  Carol Burnett – This Time Together

27  Barbara Ehrenreich – Nickel and Dimed

28  Nicole Krauss – The History of Love

29  John Verdon – Think of a Number

30  Jennifer Weiner – Good in Bed

31  Amy Tan – The Joy Luck Club

32  Paco Underhill – Why We Buy

33  Heidi Murkoff – What to Expect When You’re Expecting

34  Gary Ezzo & Robert Bucknam – On Becoming Baby Wise

35 Perri O’Shaughnessy – Keeper of the Keys

Queen Latifah – Put on Your Crown, Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Shadow of the Wind

 

The Blue Bedroom by Rosamunde Pilcher

Red Light by T. Jefferson Parker

Black Water by T. Jefferson Parker

White Fang by Jack London

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6

7

8

9

Looking for the Short Story Challenge?

The Devil & Tom Walker by Washington Irving

The Blue Bedroom by Rosamunde Pilcher

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50 states of mind

Alabama  The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Alaska

Arizona  The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Arkansas

California  The Husband by Dean Koontz, The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini, The Proof is in the Pudding by Melinda WellsThis One is Mine by Maria Semple, Red Light by T. Jefferson Parker, Black Water by T. Jefferson Parker, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, The Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver, This Time Together by Carol Burnett, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, Keeper of the Keys by Perri O’Shaughnessy

Colorado  The Shining by Stephen King, The Lake House by James Patterson

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida  Fortunate Harbor by Emilie Richards, Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen

Georgia  Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois  Limitations by Scott TurowHome Safe by Elizabeth Berg, Murder List by Julie Garwood

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas  In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine  The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve

Maryland  Digital Fortress by Dan Brown, Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler, Remember When by Nora Roberts

Massachussetts  The Beach House by Jane Green, See Jane Run by Joy Fielding

Michigan

Minnesota  Storm Prey by John Sandford

Mississippi  Blood Memory by Greg Iles, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Missouri  The Cougar Club by Susan McBride, Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! by Fannie Flagg

Montana  Die Trying by Lee Child

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire  The Pact by Jodi Picoult

New Jersey  Caught by Harlan Coben, Put on Your Crown by Queen Latifah

New Mexico

New York   Deadly Love by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Pleasures by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Affairs by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Desire by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Caress by Brenda Joyce. Deadly Promise by Brenda Joyce, Deadly Kisses by Brenda Joyce, The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, Think of a Number by John Verdon

North Carolina  Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon   The Shack by William P Young

Pennsylvania  Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos, Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington  Lake Magic by Kimberly Fisk, The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

West Virginia  The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Washington DC   Inside Out by Barry Eisler

(England-Persuasion by Jane Austen, The Sister by Poppy Adams, Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophi Kinsella, The Blue Bedroom by Rosamunde Pilcher   , Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler, The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly, Potent Pleasures by Eloisa James)  Italy-The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark, Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes  Russia- War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy  Canada- White Fang by Jack London, Botswana- The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Angency by Alexander McCall Smith Scotland- Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher)  Spain- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Too many places – Give + Take by Stona Fitch, Women Who Love Books Too Much by Brenda Knight, Running Blind by Lee Child, Nickel & Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, Why We Buy by Paco Underhill

  Jan-March = 100 miles 96 miles (as of 1-8-10)  94 miles to go (as of 1-15-10)  91 miles to go (as of 1-22-10)

December 28, 2010 Posted by | challenges | | 10 Comments

Monday Movie Meme – Comic Books

Feature Presentation…MONDAY MOVIE MEME
This week’s movie topic is all about Comic Books…Share on your blog those comic book characters and collectors in film that you prefer, linking back here at The Bumbles.

I’ve never been into comic books, so my favorite movies based on comics are the basics.  I first fell in love with  I loved the first two movies. 

And while I liked Michael Keaton’s Batman I didn’t love the movies until Christian Bale came on board. I like the darker side.

I also like  and. And I did enjoy The Punisher for some reason.  Any comic book readers out there?  Did I miss a great one?

December 27, 2010 Posted by | Monday Movie Meme | , | 14 Comments

Sundays with Gage – 2010 Travels

2010 opened quietly with Jason and I enjoying dinner out, going to the movies and planning trips but is closing a  bit differently, with quick dinners in, Netflix, and no trips on the horizon.  At the end of February, the evening before we left for San Francisco, we found out I was pregnant.  It was a fun and scary trip.  My mood went from excited to scared to happy and around again.  Here I am in San Fran 6 weeks preggers with Gage .

Here’s my post about our trip.

Once back in  Ohio we still weren’t telling anyone, not even parents, and we had to plan our trip to France.  I’m so glad we started planning before we knew I was pregnant or we may not have done it.  The trip was wonderful but Gage did make his presence known in the form of morning sickness and lots of it.

Here’s Gage in France and my two posts about our trip (post 1)(post 2).  You can see that he is already showing himself 🙂  I was a little nervous about being in a foreign country during pregnancy, but no major problems and the trip was a huge success.

After France we had a relatively quiet summer and fall until he officially made an appearance. 

I don’t know what our travel plans will be in 2011, but I’m sure traveling with an infant will be a bit more complicated!

Gage and Jason and I hope you had a very happy Christmas.

December 26, 2010 Posted by | Gage, travel | 13 Comments

2010 Series Wrap Up

I love a good series.  I especially love a series that ends with me wanting more rather than me plodding through the same plot over and over again.  I keep track of my series reading here, only adding a series once I’ve read the second book.

I continued with Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme series (The Burning Wire) and John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport series (Storm Prey).  I’ve read every book in both of these series, 29 in all, and highly recommend them. I caught up on the Melinda Wells’ Delilah Cooks mystery series and love that one as well.  I also finished up the Merci Rayborn trilogy by T. Jefferson Parker and can’t recommend it enough to police procedural lovers.

I continued on with Lee Childs’ Jack Reacher series and it is a new favorite.  I’m looking forward to the rest of the series and I have a lot of good reading to look forward to since I just finished #4 out of the 14 book series.  I decided this was the year I would finally give up on Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum.  This is one series that I used to love, but has been recycling the same story over and over again.  Enough was enough for me and I didn’t read the latest. 

I re-read a favorite series of mine, Brenda Joyce’s Deadly series.  The first one in years is coming out in 2011.  A great series for historical romance readers.

I read a few books that have sequels or are the beginning of a series and I plan to continue with…Love Walked in by Marisa de los Santos, The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, The Tea Room by Jennifer Donnelly, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, The Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler, and Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner.  Wow, that’s more than I thought!

There are a few series that I read the first book of and am not interested enough to continue…The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith, The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber, Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, and Fortunate Harbor by Emilie Richards.

I’m hoping that I can catch up with the series that I’ve already started and read fewer new ones in 2011.  I enjoy so much about series reading, it’s like catching up with old friends, but I need to keep in touch with the friends I already have before adding more to my list!

December 23, 2010 Posted by | Bookish Stuff | | 7 Comments

2010 Quiz Wrap Up

I love quizzes and polls and games and if I can’t play ’em or take ’em I like making ’em up.  I loved making up games when I was younger and now thanks to all of you who like to play along I get to make up quizzes.  So here’s a big THANK YOU to all of you who have participated in my quizzes this year.  I appreciate each and every one of you.  My Quizzes will return in January new and improved and I hope you’ll continue to play along with me and your fellow book lovers.  If you have a great idea for a quiz I hope you’ll email me.  I’m always open to ideas.

Round 4 of 2010 has a winner!  Jennifer of Rayment’s Readings, Rants and Ramblings  has won with 913.25 points!!  Congratulations, Jennifer!  And the randomly selected winner is Hannah of Word Lily (my mom chose 750 and her score was the closest)!!  Both of these wonderfully bookish women will be receiving a fun surprise in the mail for their efforts.  A total of 35 of you participated this round and I hope the newcomers will come back and play again.  And tell your friends 😉

And now for the 2010 Quiz recap…Jennifer and Nise dominated the top spot this year, so congrats on a great year, ladies! 

Jennifer of Rayment’s Readings Rants & Ramblings won the first round in the new format.  Cee Cee of Book Splurge was my randomly chosen winner.  Details here.

Nise of Under the Boardwalk won the second round and Jenny of Jenny Loves To Read was my randomly chosen winner.  Details here.

Nise of Under the Boardwalk won the third round and Jo Jo of Jo-Jo Loves to Read was my randomly chosen winner.  Details here.

Jennifer of Rayment’s Reading, Rants, and Ramblings won round four and Hannah of Word Lily was my randomly chosen winner.

A list of the 2010 Quizzes in case you missed one 🙂

Common Thread Quiz

Martin Luther King Quotes Quiz

Writers Lost in 2009 Quiz

First Ladies Quiz

What Book is That? Quiz (Quiz 1) (Quiz 2)

Star Crossed Lovers Quiz

Lovers Quiz

Late Bloomers Quiz

Quiz With the Stars

Irish Actors Quiz

Color Scattergories Quiz

Baby Movie Quiz

Drew Barrymore was in that? Quiz

French Scattergories Quiz

Notable Villian Quiz

Alternate Title Quiz

I Wish I Had a Mother Quiz

Party Quiz

Signed Book Quiz (Quiz 1) (Quiz 2)

Jane Austen Adaptation Quiz

Dr. Seuss Quiz

Detective Scattergories Quiz

Pregnancy in Literature Quiz

Pink and Blue Censored Cover Quiz

Common Denominator Quiz

Patriotic Movie Quiz

Best Paid Author Quiz

Pictured Title Quiz

Denzel Washington Was in That? Quiz

Better With Age Quiz

First Lines Quiz

Banned Book Quiz

Stephen King Adaptation Quiz

Gage Quiz

Birthday Movie Quiz

Scrambled Halloweenish Quiz

Celebrity Memoir Quiz

Wheel of Stacy Quiz

Robert Downey Jr. Was in That? Quiz

Thankful Quiz

Writers in Film Quiz

Name Game Quiz

Christmas Movie Quiz

December 22, 2010 Posted by | Quizzes | | 7 Comments

Sundays with Gage – Christmas in the House That Grandpa Built

 We headed home this weekend to celebrate Christmas with my Grandma and the family.  My Grandpa was the oldest of 12 and my Grandma the second oldest of 9 and they had 6 kids (and in-laws), 8 (then 10) grandchildren (and 8 in-laws), and with Gage 12 great-grandchildren.  My Grandpa died in 1992, but the rest of the family he and my Grandma made still get together every year in the house that he built.  It’s a favorite time for me because I grew up surrounded by a lot of family and it is a treat for me to travel home and be surrounded by the love of relatives.  As an only child my extended family is important to me and I am thankful for them. 

This year was special because Gage is the first baby in 7 years so he got lots of attention and as you can see by his picture he was worn out by the time we headed back today.  And today marks two months that Gage has graced us with his presence and we are excited to celebrate his first Christmas next week even if the only part of his presents he showed any interest in yesterday was a ribbon (and I’m using interest in very lightly).

Hope this holiday season hasn’t worn you out as much as it has Gage 🙂

December 20, 2010 Posted by | Gage | | 31 Comments