Freebie Friday

The first few years of this blog I culled my personal library by giving away books.  Well, the time has come to cull again so on Fridays for as long as I can I’ll be offering to mail these books to you free of charge.  Please request no more than two.

This week they have all been read but are in good shape.

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1.Water Tales by Alice Hoffman  headed to Cali on Monday

2.Playing for Pizza by John Grisham

3.The Sister by Poppy Adams

4.Bloodman by Robert Pobi

5.The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain  off to Erica’s soon

Also, there are a few left from last week if you want to take a look.

 

The first one to request each book in the comments will ‘win’.  Thanks for helping keep my book hoarding in check! Come back next week and grab up some more!

Freebie Friday

The first few years of this blog I culled my personal library by giving away books.  Well, the time has come to cull again so on Fridays for as long as I can I’ll be offering to mail these books to you free of charge.  Please request no more than two.

This week they have all been read but are in good shape.

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The Fountain by Emily Grayson

How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gages Gill

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion  headed up north to Em

The First Patient by Michael Palmer  off to Kay’s house

We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations that Matter by Celeste Headlee  headed to Care’s

Also, there are a few left from last week if you want to take a look.

 

The first one to request each book in the comments will ‘win’.  Thanks for helping keep my book hoarding in check! Come back next week and grab up some more!

Freebie Friday

The first few years of this blog I culled my personal library by giving away books.  Well, the time has come to cull again so on Fridays for as long as I can I’ll be offering to mail these books to you free of charge.  Please request no more than two.

This week they have all been read but are in great shape.

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What Would Martin Say? by Clarence B. Jones – trade paperback headed to Elle’s

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler – hardcover

The Appeal by John Grisham – hardcover

Forks, Knives and Spoons by Leah DeCesare – trade paperback  headed to Anne’s house.

Small Town Girl by LaVyrle Spencer – hardcover

Also, there are a few left from last week if you want to take a look.

 

The first one to request each book in the comments will ‘win’.  Thanks for helping keep my book hoarding in check!

Freebie Friday

 


The first few years of this blog I culled my personal library by giving away books.  Well, the time has come to cull again so on Fridays for as long as I can I’ll be offering to mail these books to you free of charge.  Please request no more than two.

This week they have all been read but are in great shape.

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Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman,  headed to Shannon

Half a Life by Darin Strauss,  headed to another Stacy’s house

Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti,

So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman,  headed to Brendan

Kathy Smith’s Getting Better All the Time.

The first one to request each title will ‘win’.  Thanks for helping keep my book hoarding in check!

Sundays With Gage – It’s so cold and a winner!

Last week I celebrated a decade of blogging and wanted to send a box of goodies to one lucky commenter.  Gage chose the winner…

IMG_2697 IMG_2701 (2) Jennifer T!!!  I’ll send you an email or you can beat me to it and email me your address.

On the Gage front this week, he went back to school from winter break on Tuesday.  Friday they cancelled school because of an ice storm.  Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr. Day so no school.  Tuesday he’ll go back (although we’re getting snow tomorrow night so who knows).  In the last month he’ll have had three days of school.  Three. Days.  I love my kid.  He and his dad are my world, but everyone needs to go back to their schedules (Jason has used a lot of vacation time in the last month).  It is so cold and icy and snowy that finding entertainment is challenging.  We’ve already been really sick this winter, so I’m trying to avoid the popular kid sick-infested areas, but Gage requested one tomorrow.  We’ll see if  I can keep my sanity and him healthy another day.  Wish me luck!

 

 

It’s been a decade! – with a box of goodies

Read all the way to the bottom for the giveaway 🙂

Ten years ago I opened up shop here at Stacy’s Books with no other goal than just to write.  I didn’t have high hopes for followers or fame and I certainly had no understanding of how people who I met here could become real friends. I didn’t read blogs and I didn’t do any research on how to start one.  I just did it.  I really had no idea what I was doing.

I love this blog even though it has gone through periods of neglect.  I’ve documented travels, Gage’s birth and first years, and talked about the books I’ve read and movies I’ve watched.  I’ve dipped in and out of memes, participated in 24 hour read-a-thons (who knew there was such a glorious thing before blogging?!), interviewed dozens of authors and even quizzed you guys for years (always tempted to start this again, we’ll see what 2018 brings).

I’ve met a few bloggers in real life with Bonnie being the most memorable since she brought be into her wonderful book club over a year ago.  I’ve also met a few others briefly and always wish it was longer and happened more frequently.  Facebook has let me into the everyday lives of bloggers friends which is especially great for keeping in touch with those friends who have shut down their blogs.

This morning I spent some time looking over the stats wordpress lets me see and will share the top pic, post and book review of each year.  I was surprised at how many of these were tops in the years after I posted them.  Thanks to Google I guess.  Plus I think I changed some of the photo settings because why else would me eating fries in Rome in 2008 be a top pic in 2017?  I’ll have to look into it.  Unless anyone can clue me in?

*Edit – because a few of the pics were way too big I just provided a link 🙂


2008 

Florence, Italy

Top post- Florence pics  Top book review- WITSEC: Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program by Earley and Shur

2009

 

Rome, Italy

Top post- Rome pics Top book review- The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

2010

 

5,000 piece puzzle of Florence

Top post- Baby-to-Be Update  Top book review- The Second Son by Charles Sailor

2011

 

Parking in Rome

Top post- My Book Problem  Top book review- The Devil and Tom Walker and other Stories by Washington Irving

2012

 

Venice, Italy

Top post-Monday Movie Meme- Bring on the Heat  Top book review-The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

2013

Baby Shower

Top post- Book vs. Movie-Under the Tuscan Sun  Top book review- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

 

2014

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Top post- 101,102,103…Mini-challenge  Top book review- The Vessel by Taylor Stevens

2015 

Sundays with Gage-A weekend of Firsts

Top post- Book vs. Movie-The Secret Life of Bees  Top book review- The Precious one by Marisa de los Santos

 

 

 

2016

first bookFirst book 2016

Top post- Baby Movie Quiz  Top book review- J is for Jane Eyre, the graphic novel

 

2017

Rome, McDonald’s and the Pantheon

Top post-Book vs. Movie – The Hound of the Baskervilles  Top book review- Yesterday I Saw the Sun by Ally Sheedy


Thanks for stopping by over the years and chatting with me.  Every comment and connection is meaningful and I’m so happy to have met you.  I hope that the next ten years brings continued friendship.

Now for the giveaway- Leave a comment and I’ll enter your name for a box of bookish goodies!  I’ll have Gage draw a winner next Sunday!

I need your help!

Last year Jason and I started doing monthly challenges and created a new website to keep us honest, My 30 Day Challenges.  Last September I read a book a day for the month and, while difficult, it was fun.  This September I want to read a book a day and make it just a tad bit harder.  I want it to be a month of reading a biography or autobiography a day.  I don’t read enough of them, but when I do I always come away a bit smarter and definitely filled with more empathy.  But, because they aren’t my genre of choice I’d love to hear some suggestions.

I need biography/autobiography recommendations.  They can’t be too long (I only have one day to read them!) so let’s not go over 400 pages. 

For every recommendation in the comments (here on the blog – not FB) I’ll put your name in a drawing for my favorite book of the month 🙂

I’ll keep this open for a month, let’s say August 24th, so I have time to track down the books I’m interested in.

Thanks so much!!!

 

 

I turned 8 yesterday! And, yes, I’m giving books away.

IMG_5011This is the advent book tree I made for Gage this year and has nothing to do with my blogiversary, but I think it looks bookish and festive!  I don’t have any big insights to share of my eight years posting here.  According to my stats, this is my 1961st post!  Wow.  I had no idea how fulfilling and time-consuming blogging would be when I started and the years have flown by.  Seriously, it does seem like a throwaway to say that, but when I look at how long I’ve known some of you I can hardly believe it.

I usually give away something to mark the occasion and this year is no different.  My two favorite books that first year were

fpoStephen King’s On Writing.  This is what I said,  I loved this book.  I loved the mix of humor, truth, detail, and brevity.  I have been charmed by a horror writer and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

fpoOrson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. This is what I said, I loved this book.  It was psychological, political, philosophical and just plain fun. 

I’m going to give them both away.  Just leave me a comment and tell me which one (you can say both) you want.  I’ll draw names at the end of the month.  Open internationally.

If you’ve already read these and want me to send them to a friend if you win that’s okay too.  Thanks for supporting my blogging habit over the years!  It’s only because of the friends I’ve made that I’ve made it this long 🙂

 

A GIVEAWAY you won’t want to miss!

Last night I had the pleasure of taking my mom to a “Meet the Author” event at a local library where we ran into a friend who was also there with her mother! Both of us have children on the autism spectrum and were there to hear Eli Gottlieb talk about his just released book, Best Boy.

Best Boy is written from the voice of Todd, a 50-something autistic man who lives in a group facility and has since he was eleven.  He misses his mother (these have been emotional points for me so far) and just wants to go home. Both of his parents are gone and his brother who lives far away has responsibility for his care.  Todd is straightforward, loves the encyclopedia, and likes routine.

This book has received rave reviews and it was released last week. Eli read two chapters from the book and then opened the floor for questions.  Here are a few of the things I found interesting…

*his older brother is autistic and Eli is his guardian.  While the character of Todd was high functioning, his brother is not and he does not consider this a memoir.  He doesn’t even want to say it’s an accurate representation of autism (and a passionate parent asked), instead he sees it as a sympathetic work that is an emotional journey for the reader.

*when asked if he resented his brother growing up he responded with, “how could you not? he absorbed all the oxygen in the room.”  He was brokenhearted and angry and writing was his outlet.  This was the part that my friend and I talked about afterward.  She was sitting there, a mother of three, listening to the reality of sibling angst and I was sitting there wondering who is going to be looking out for my guy when I’m gone.  There is no perfect answer and Eli didn’t attempt to give one.

*this took 3 1/2 years to write although the voice was there for as long as he could remember. It left him psychologically exhausted to live inside Todd’s head for that long.  When asked about how he writes he said that he is disorganized with no blueprint or notes and he is in the dark, linking one sentence to the next until an arc emerges.

*His brother, who inspired the character of Todd, will be featured in a New York Times op-ed this week or next.

Okay, so my friend sent me an ARC of the book that I’ve been carrying around in my purse for at least a week (I’m halfway through) and I had Eli sign it tonight to give to one of you!

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Sound good?  All you need to do is tell me you want it in a comment.  Please include an email address so that I can easily reach you if you win.  Open internationally.

It would be cool if you included how autism has touched your life, if at all.

I’ll draw a winner in 2 weeks, the week of September 14th.

Winners and a freebie!

Gage is done with school and some of our tutors left us so, I get about two hours a day to myself (unless I beg my mom to come play with Gage so I can take a shower or accomplish something :)). So, I will be resuming the QUIZZES at the end of the summer when Gage will be going to school from 8-2:30 Monday-Thursday. I can’t even comprehend right now what I will do with all of that time!  Tonight’s our second horseback riding session (last week his two classmates canceled so he had all three ladies to himself!)

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Okay, now for what you really clicked on for, WINNERS!  For the first round of 2015 we have a fourth time winner, her first since 2013….

Hannah!

Congratulations, Hannah!  A Barnes & Noble gift card will be on its way to you shortly 🙂

Now for my randomly selected winner (it really was a random draw but my camera has been refusing to take pictures when I want it to so I missed Gage drawing the winner)….

Leslie!

A fun, bookish gift will be on its way to you shortly 🙂

Thank you all so much for playing along with me every week, your participation is what makes it fun.  I actually have two quizzes started already, so be ready in late August to start again!

Now for an offer of a free book. It’s been on my shelf forever, but it’s never been read. I listened to the audio a few months ago and am not interested in keeping the book. The first person who tells me they want it can have it, free of charge 🙂  Make sure I have your email address to contact you.

GIVEAWAY OVER!  Claimed by Vicki!

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Hope you all have a great Thursday 🙂