Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June Monthly News


BOOKS:
1. Hope for Animals and Their World - Jane Goodall (audiobook)
2. Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver (young adult) (HIGHLY recommend)
3. The Most Brilliant Book of Exploration Ever by the Brainwaves (children)
4. The Knight Life " Chivalry ain't Dead" - Keith Knight (comic)
5. Thumbing Through Thoreau:  A Book of Quotations by Henry David Thoreau - Kenny Luck (quotations)
6. The Cassandra Prophecy Captain Bonny Morgan - Robert "Doc" Gowdy
7. The Singer's Gun - Emily St. John Mandel (recommend)
8. Sky Girl - Joe Sergi (young adult)
9. The French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook - Mireille Guilino (cookbook)
10. Shiva's Arms - Cheryl Snell (recommend)
11. Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish - Shana Liebman
12. Barely A Lady - Eileen Dreyer (recommend)
13. Men and Dogs - Katie Crouch (audiobook) (recommend)


PRODUCTS:

1. Vim Cream Lemon Cleaner


YEARLY TOTAL: 146 Books, 1 Product, 1 CD & 3 DVD


FAVORITE BOOK OF JUNE:




Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Men and Dogs - Katie Crouch (Audiobook)


Synopsis:
In April of 1985, Buzz Legare went fishing. The next day all that was found was his boat and his waiting, faithful dog.
Twenty years later, his daughter Hannah still finds hope in believing, alone among her family, that he's still alive somewhere. She has a smart husband, a thriving business, a beautiful home in San Francisco-and a huge hole in her troubled heart. True to her trademark talent for self-sabotage, she finds herself one starry night climbing up the fire escape in a desperate (and drunken) attempt to win back her own husband--and failing disastrously.
Slightly worse for the wear, Hannah returns to Charleston to salve her wounds. There, old loves, unrepented crimes, and family legends are stirred up from the dust. Hannah's brother Palmer, the stoic with a secret of his own, cannot dissuade her from a manic search to uncover clues to the past, and they will both face shocking discoveries that lead them to reconcile their very different notions of loyalty and blind faith.
As she did so memorably in her bestselling debut, Girls in Trucks, Katie Crouch has created another great voice--spiky, tender, and hilarious--in the screwball heroine Hannah Legare. Much like Julia Roberts in My Best Friend's Wedding, Hannah follows the misguided impulses of a heart that's in the right place.


©2010


My Opinion:
Since it was audiobook, first I would like to say, the narrator speaks clearly and has a calm tone. Makes it very easy and enjoyable to listen to.
I love the candor in the story, even though there is extreme foul language at times.
Hannah, the main character really appealed to me too. She seems a bad sort at times, yet she's just hurt and misunderstood. I connect in more ways than one to Hannah. She's smart, yet angry. Funny, yet rude. So many traits in one woman and I admire and respect them all.
I enjoyed the middle of the book best, where Hannah becomes reminiscent and you learn more about her character and why she is the way she is. I preferred when the story stuck to Hannah, since I wasn't impressed with Palmer, her hoity-toity brother.
This book is fabulously written, where all the emotions displayed in the book were easily recognized on the audiobook.
This is a book, I'd like to get a hard copy of and read it again. When actual words are in front of me, versus the listening, I tend to read in a movie-like state, playing the scenes out in my mind. I do think the audiobook can take some of that away.
On my recommendation list for sure.
(4/5)


~I received a copy from Hachette Book Group. I was not compensated for my opinion.~



Monday, June 28, 2010

Teaser


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* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:


A string of pearls with a broken gold clasp. In the closet, her clothes were still arranged like soldiers for a battle.

~ Page 169, Little Giant of Aberdeen County - Tiffany Baker


Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish - Shana Liebman


Synopsis:
Scoring weed for your uncle...Hanging out with porn stars on Christmas Eve...Eating nachos with the Mossad...Observing the Dyke Days of Awe...Getting held up at a Weight Watcher's meeting...Spying on your naked Hebrew School teacher.
From Heeb magazine--the definitive voice of a proud, searching, and irreverent new generation of American Jews--this first-of-a-kind fast and fun showcase spotlights the hilarious and heartful raconteurial gifts of many of today's leading writers, comedians, actors, artists, and musicians. Laura Silverman, Michael Showalter, Andy Borowitz, Joel Stein, Ben Greenman, Darrin Strauss, and others navigate sex, drugs, work, youth, family, and, on the lighter side, body and soul. You'll never bleach your arm hair again.


Author Bio:
Shana Liebman, the Arts Editor of Heeb Magazine, conceived and now curates the Heeb Storytelling series. She has a BA in English from Brown University and an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. She is also a freelance writer and editor who has worked for The Village Voice, PAPER, Salon, The New York Observer and The Independent, and is a regular contributor to New York Magazine.


©2009


My Opinion:
If ever you want to know about a culture, customs or even slang terms, the best thing to do is read a book. I did just that. This book has everything in short-story form, from all the various activities, and yes even slang, from the Jewish culture.
Now, I have had many Jewish friends, as most of you probably too, but never really understood many customs or even the words they use. This book tells you all the different things that Jewish people do, like Bar Miztvah. Or terms they use, like Shiksa.
This is a great and easy read, though only if you have an interest in the subject.
(3/5)


~I won my copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.~



Shiva's Arms - Cheryl Snell (TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW)


Synopsis:
Is there a happy medium between Hindu tradition and American style, or does the battle of wills between a mother and daughter-in law for the love of the man caught in the middle trump all else? When Alice marries Ramesh, she is plunged into a battle of wills with her mother-in-law. Amma wreaks havoc over Alice's household until a family secret is revealed that costs the old woman everything. Now it is up to Alice to heal the rift. Shiva's Arms evolves into an exploration of cultural identity, the power of reconciliation, and the meaning of home. ***Bonus: Delicious recipes straight from the author's kitchen are included in the back of the book!***


©2010




Author Interview:

First of all welcome to my blog Cheryl, and thank you for taking some time to answer a few question for readers. I wish you the best success on your future endeavors!

1. Please tell readers about your current book.


It's multicultural literary fiction. An American art student, Alice, marries Ramesh, and is plunged into a battle of wills with her new mother-in-law. Amma wreaks havoc over Alice's household, in the traditional Indian joint-family style, until a family secret is revealed that costs the old woman everything. Alice must restore the family equilibrium, and Shiva's Arms evolves into an exploration of cultural identity, the power of reconciliation, and the meaning of home.

2. Who or what inspires your writing?
My husband, a mathematical engineer, is a great influence. He communicates a reverence for how things work that is very inspiring. His explanations of scientific principles are evident in certain pieces of my writing. He was raised in India, and details from that culture have given me lots of material. Another inspiration: Words themselves, watching them play; Old music and new art. Music and writing have many elements in common, and mastering a piece of music is not unlike getting a piece of writing right. And I am inspired by modern art. Looking at it loosens my ability to make connections between disparate things. Did I just define a poem?

3. When did you know you would be a writer?

I'd always loved to read, and had the run of my father's large library. I'd write poems for family occasions and loved to play with language, but I was also a musician, and becoming a classical pianist too most of my effort. When I married my husband, I began to write seriously. It was one way to understand my new environment.

4. How long did it take you to write your first novel?

Several years, I took the novel from a short story through many incarnations, trying to find the right fit for all the elements. I wrote early drafts on legal pads, which I don't bother with now. I've come to like the squashy quality of the computer, the ease at which phrases can be moved around, sparking new ideas and fresh connections. These endless possibilities can lead to other problems, of course. Ralph Ellison couldn't finish his second novel, and it grew to thousands of pages.


5. What's the hardest part of writing for you?
The endless beginnings found in revision, and finding out what I really think--which often means more revising. A writer must be willing to kill her darlings.


6. Do you have any writing rituals?
I begin every day by playing Bach, either at the piano or on a CD. His harmonies ground me. That's the good habit--the bad one is that, once I'm at the computer, I surf way too much.


7. Have you written anything else?
A few books of poetry and fiction, most of them listed at
http://www.amazon.com/Cheryl-Snell/e/B002BOD4AG


8. Any advice to aspiring writers?
Write every day, and read more than you write. Find a writing group slightly beyond you, leave your ego at the door, and learn.

The online community, especially the workshops, is effective for many people. But there's a glut of it now, every one vying for the eyeballs. Writers have to be mini-moguls, with publicity campaigns and platforms and branding, in order to be heard. The voice gets strident, or else hoarse.


9. Who is your favorite author?
Alice Munro for her wisdom, Tolstoy for how he weaves the social fabric of a time and place into personal drama. The poets Levertov, Merwin, Rich, Emily Dickinson, and Tomaz Salamun. The essayists and storytellers: Kundera, Stegner, Maxine Hong Kingston, Louise Erdrich, Italo Calvino, Arundhati Roy. I respond to anything that ignites the imagination with respect to ideas.


10. What is your favorite book?

Sentimental Education, by Gustave Flaubert. Thwarted desire and irony. What more could you want?


11. What are you currently reading?

I'm always reading contemporary poetry, (a habit from my days as a book review editor) but this summer I'm rereading some old faves: Bellow's Humboldt's Gift, George Eliot's Middlemarch, Roth's The Dying Animal.


12. How do readers find out more about you?

Author's Blog: http://www.shivasarms.blogspot.com/
Art and Poetry Blog: http://www.snellsisters.blogspot.com/
My Videopoems: http://www.youtube.com/cherylsnell3


My Opinion:
Right from the beginning of this story I was lured into the lives of a family, most specifically a woman, who culturally is not accepted. Yet she keeps with it until the very end. I felt so much empathy for her, and then at the end I felt her strength. Truly powerful!
This is a book that will hit nerves with most who read it, but in a way not offensive.
The writer has done an outstanding job on the detail of emotion, good and bad. Conveyed to the reader it rang loud and clear.
Yes there is recipes, but I did not try. Though I will one day.
I am recommending this book, it was fantastic!
(5/5)


~I received a copy from Writer's Lair Books. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


Saturday, June 26, 2010

The French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook - Mireille Guiliano


Synopsis:
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of French Women Don’t Get Fat offers a long-awaited collection of delicious, healthy recipes and advice on eating well without gaining weight.
With French Women Don’t Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano wrote the ultimate non–diet book on how to enjoy food and stay slim, sparking a worldwide publishing phenomenon. Now, in her first-ever cookbook, she provides her millions of readers with the recipes that are the cornerstone of her philosophy—mouthwatering, simply prepared dishes that favor fresh, seasonal ingredients and yield high satisfaction.
Organized around Mireille’s three favorite pastimes—breakfast, lunch, and dinner—these recipes emphasize pure flavors, balanced ingredients, and easy cooking methods. Eating pleasurably is just as important as eating healthfully, and Mireille does not neglect dessert and chocolate (essential components of any French woman’s diet) and incorporates advice on entertaining, menu planning, and wine selection. And once again, Mireille offers tips and tricks to reduce one’s waistline (including a secret family recipe from Mireille’s beloved Tante Berthe for a delicious breakfast that melts away pounds effortlessly).
Filled with stories from Mireille’s childhood in France, her life in Paris, Provence, and New York, and her extensive travels and meals for business and enjoyment, The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook is a beautiful, practical lifestyle guide to living well, eating wonderfully, and getting the most out of life with the least amount of stress.


©2010


My Opinion:
This was a good book, and one I am eager to try some more from. Though I adapted the recipe, the content was still the same for the most part. All I changed was the zucchini to peppers. My palate preferred it.
I don't get the title, really, even if it is cute. All women can get fat. Even off the recipes in this. Good thing the title don't make the book.
Not going on the top of my list, but surely no where close to the bottom either.
(3/5)


Stuffed Green Peppers, (instead of zucchini), Page 252




~I received a copy from Simon & Schuster. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


Friday, June 25, 2010

Sky Girl - Joe Sergi (TOUR)


Synopsis:
Imagine living up to a legacy that no one can remember. Sky Girl and the Superheroic Legacy tells the story of DeDe Christopher, an ordinary teenager with an extraordinary destiny. DeDe is an average high school sophomore with dreams of winning the National Gymnastic Tournament and dating the school quarterback. But her world changes when she begins to develop fantastic abilities that are strangely similar to those of a fictional comic book super hero named SkyBoy. With the help of her best friend, Jason, a self-proclaimed comic geek, DeDe begins a quest to discover her true destiny as she confronts the all-too-real enemies and allies of SkyBoy. She must deal with capes, apes and aliens to find a way to live up to a legacy that no one can remember and become Sky Girl.

But it here: http://www.amazon.com/Sky-Girl-Superheroic-Legacy-1/dp/1451530137/


©2010


My Opinion:
This was a fantastic tale full of mystery, mischief and adventure! I was pulled right into the story, and found it hard to set aside, and while on vacation it was a must.
The character of Sky Girl, DeDe, is one that most girls would love reading about. Guys would like her too, because of her super powers. Though most exciting for me was her best friend, or sidekick, Jason. He had a geeky personality, but one that made you fond of him.
A fantastic book, for people of all ages! One that I look forward to the next in the series.
(4/5)


~I received a copy from Pump Up Your Book. I was not compensated for my opinion.~





Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Friday 56


Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find a teaser sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/


Barely A Lady - Eileen Dreyer

Page 56, Line 1:

For the longest moment, she'd been unable to do anything but stand there, the flowers clutched to her chest, her eyes closed.


*WILL BE TOURING JULY 2, CONTEST SOONER*


The Singer's Gun - Emily St. John Mandel


Synopsis:
Everyone Anton Waker grew up with is corrupt. His parents are dealers in stolen goods, and his first career was a partnership venture with his cousin Aria; they sold forged passports and social security cards to illegal aliens together, until Anton began to long for a less corrupt way of living in the world and set out to change his life. By his late twenties he has reinvented himself as a successful middle manager at a water systems consulting firm.
Anton leads a happy, steady life, engaged to be married and working in a job he loves, until a routine corporate background check reveals that contrary to what the framed diploma on his office wall might suggest, Anton never actually attended Harvard. In the meantime, his secretary has disappeared, and his cousin Aria is blackmailing him; if he doesn't do one last job for her, she'll tell his unsuspecting new wife that Anton's diploma is a fake.
As Anton's carefully constructed life begins to disintegrate around him, he's forced to choose between his loyalty to his family and his longing to live honorably in the world.


©2010


My Opinion:
This book took me right from the very beginning, on a mysterious adventure into a world of thievery, lies and fraud. I was captivated by Anton and his life, and though I should have disliked Aria, I really liked her character too.
This is one of those books you go around telling all your blogger buddies about... so listen up, I'm talking to you! Get the book, it's pretty exciting!
On my recommendation list too!
(4.5/5)


~I received a copy from Unbridled Books. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Contest: Into The Beautiful North - Luis Alberto Urrea


Synopsis:
Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village--they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men--her own "Siete Magníficos"--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.
Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, Into the Beautiful North is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence.


THANKS TO Valerie & Hachette Book Group, I HAVE
3 COPIES, OF THIS FABULOUS BOOK
TO GIVE AWAY. HERE IS WHAT YOU
NEED TO DO TO WIN A COPY!

Fill in the form to enter. NO EMAIL. NO ENTRY.

Easy as 1-2-3! Contest ends July 9, 11:59 p.m. (e.s.t.)








Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Cassandra Prophecy Captain Bonny Morgan - Robert "Doc" Gowdy (LATE TOUR)


Synopsis:
Called to action by a mysterious ancient Order-an ancient Order in cahoots with the Empress Flaccilla of the First Galactic Empire of Emperor Tulla-to help bring about the fulfillment of a long forgotten prophesy, the beautiful galactic pirate, Captain Bonny Morgan, sets out on her mission to successfully bring the prophesy to reality. By kidnapping the Empress's daughter, Princess Cosette, Captain Morgan sets into motion an adventure awash in political intrigues, hidden agendas, unexpected revelations, and bold, daring gambits by those involved at every level of the conspiracy. Setting out to find her kidnapped sister, Princess Lysette, joined by her beautiful, mischievous, and extraordinary slavegirl, Tink, crisscrosses the galaxy in a bawdy, erotic, and often hilarious attempt to find Cosette. Along the way, Lysette and Tink fall in with a variety of extraordinary allies in their attempt to find Cosette, meeting the Lady Brit, Jon Black, Pirate Queen Colleen O'Malley, Gunns Mannigan, Buster O'Malley, the beautiful pirates Kana and Blaze, and Bully, the roguish owner of the pirate tavern, the Pretty Red.


©2010





My Opinion:
For those of you who have strong religious beliefs, you may be offended by this book, or rather parts in it. This book is for very open-minded people, that won't let their own beliefs cloud the content in the story.
Then once you open up, you enter this amazing world of female domination. It really expands your imagination to see this in a story. Since it is so far from what we know.
Unlike anything I have ever read, or will most likely read again.
Even though I appreciated the mystery and amazement of the tale, it's not one I would brag to friends about. Too sexual at times, almost to the point of obscene. Just not for me.
(3/5)


~I received a copy from Pump Up Your Book. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


WAS SCHEDULED TO TOUR BLOG JUNE 7. MY SINCEREST APOLOGIES.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Thumbing Through Thoreau:  A Book of Quotations by Henry David Thoreau - Kenny Luck


Synopsis:
Thumbing Through Thoreau:  A Book of Quotations by Henry David Thoreau compiled by Kenny Luck of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The book is the most comprehensive collection of Thoreau’s journals and correspondences available. Illustrators Jay Luke and Ren Adams lend their talents to artistically interpret Thoreau's vision. Each quote is accompanied by an original drawing. A collaboration of three individuals breathes new life into the immortal words of Henry David Thoreau.

www.ThumbingThroughThoreau.com




©2010


My Opinion:
For those of you who actually read my blog, know that I host a meme on Saturday named Quote It. So when I had a chance to review one of my favorite philosophers of all time, I jumped at it!
This came in print sheet with no binding, and that didn't bother me once I started. I just couldn't stop and kept on reading. There were a few quotes I had heard before, but I learned quite a few more. Here is my favorite of them:

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

Truly an inspiring read!! Well worth any ones time.
(5/5)


~I received a copy from Tribute Books. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


Teaser


Hosted by: http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:


Lysette smiled at her slave, leaned forward and kissed her through the cage, then said, "I'm going to tell mother...now. We're leaving," she winked.

~ Page 73, The Cassandra Prophesy Captain Bonny Morgan - Robert "Doc" Gowdy


Monday, June 21, 2010

Contest: Babushka's Beauty Secrets


Synopsis:
DON'T SPEND A FORTUNE TO LOOK FLAWLESS Esthetician to the stars Raisa Ruder learned her time-tested beauty techniques from her Ukrainian grandmother (or babushka, as they say in the old country). Now everyone can discover the all-natural, better-than-botox secrets the Hollywood stars use to shine on the red carpet! Ruder reveals her sought-after beauty recipes that can fight wrinkles, plump lips, and eliminate crow's feet and acne, using inexpensive, everyday grocery items like eggs, honey, vegetable oil and strawberries (and a splash of vodka for freshness!). At last, by popular demand, Raisa Ruder opens up her babushka's secret pantry and shares her most amazing and effective beauty advice:

* Skin-saving Soufflés - whipped up wonders that shrink pores, brighten skin, and diminish lines
* Chocolate weight-loss wrap- a moment on the hips, tightens, tucks, and nips!
* Hot hair- a cayenne pepper blend that leaves locks silky, soft, and full
* PediPure- a soothing, smoothing foot scrub made with milk and mint
* Lustrous Lashes - a simple castor oil serum that thickens and lengthens
* Perfect Pucker- a mix of salt, green tea, and fruit that plumps up lips naturally
* And much more...



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3 COPIES, OF THIS FABULOUS BOOK
TO GIVE AWAY. HERE IS WHAT YOU
NEED TO DO TO WIN A COPY!

Fill in the form to enter. NO EMAIL. NO ENTRY.

Easy as 1-2-3! Contest ends July 7, 11:59 p.m. (e.s.t.)



Sunday, June 20, 2010

Giveaway: The Secrets of Newberry


Synopsis:
For Ivory Bones Arcineaux and Julian Bynote, life in 1950s New Orleans couldn't be sweeter. Friends since they met in an illegal gambling house in Newberry, Louisiana, they have their pick of all the fine women, good food, and hot nights they can handle. They seem to have it made-especially Julian who begins to make a new life for himself after meeting the beautiful, classy Magnolia Garbo at a social. But both men are about to find out that letting the good times roll can be deadly when a simple robbery goes wrong and Julian witnesses Bones murdering a man in cold blood. The victim was a white city councilman with all the right connections-and if the two are discovered, it will mean the end to everything they've built together. With the New Orleans police hot on their trail, Julian must decide whether rolling in the fast lane is worth losing his freedom and his life.


THANKS TO Anna & Hatchette Book Group, I HAVE
3 COPIES, OF THIS FABULOUS BOOK
TO GIVE AWAY. HERE IS WHAT YOU
NEED TO DO TO WIN A COPY!



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Vim Cream Lemon Scent with Microparticles Cleanser


About Product:
Spring cleaning is serious business: it’s the perfect opportunity to scrub your home from top to bottom, in an atmosphere of renewal. But of course, you need the right tools to help make it a success!
Vim offers a variety of products to help make spring cleaning a breeze; they’re tough on dirt and leave your surfaces looking their best!
For example, Vim Cream with microparticles is a versatile ally for rejuvenating different areas of the home like ceramic backsplashes, countertops, fixtures, barbeques, plastic patio furniture and sinks—to name just a few.

Spring Cleaning Tips: http://blog.chickadvisor.com/2010/05/vim-spring-cleaning-tips.html

More reviews: http://www.chickadvisor.com/item/vim-cream-lemon-cleanser


©2010


My Opinion:
I really love Vim! I used in in my kitchen and bathroom and was impressed with the cleaning ability it has, and the lovely, refreshing scent.
It made my toilet sparkle, my sink shine and my tub glow. I washed my kitchen cupboards down and saw the dirt come right off. It was amazing!
I am extremely satisfied with Vim Cream Lemon Cleanser, and it will be my cleaner from here on out.
The soft scent is lemony fresh and yet not over-powering like some cleaners. It smells fresh and clean for a good amount of time after using.
I definitely recommend Vim Cream to everyone!!!!
(5/5)


~I received Vim for review from Chick Advisor. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Knight Life "Chivalry ain't Dead" - Keith Knight


Synopsis:
The Knight Life is a hilariously twisted view of life through the eyes and pen of its creator, community-oriented urban hipster and award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight. The Knight Life deftly blends political insight and neurotic humor in a uniquely fluid and dynamic style, offering a comic strip that's fresh, sharp, topical and funny. Designed for daily newspapers, The Knight Life follows Knight's long-running, 2007 Harvey Award-winning weekly comic strip "The K Chronicles," which appears on salon.com.
An unabashedly provocative political and social satire, The Knight Life tackles contemporary issues like consumer culture, bacon, the media, race, family and everything else, gently mocking the minutiae of daily life with self-deprecating humor, honesty and goofiness-a combination that's perfect for the comics. And The Knight Life's energetic style reminds readers that comics can look funny as well as read funny. The result is accessible yet edgy, compassionate and political-and never preachy. Cartoonist and comic historian R.C. Harvey said, "The Knight Life is undeniably the best new laugh- and thought-provoker on the comics page. Not since Calvin and Hobbes has there been so novel an entertainment in the funnies."



Author Bio:
Keith Knight is best known for his hilarious semi-autobiographical/self-syndicated comic strip The K Chronicles. The comic strip was awarded the 2007 Glyph Award and the 2007 Harvey Award for Best Comic Strip, where it was nominated alongside the best of the mainstream dailies. The Knight Life comic strip, was featured in a number of publications and websites.


©2010


My Opinion:
This was a perfect selection for my vacation, and the minute we had rain, it is what I grabbed.
From beginning to end, I really enjoyed and was entertained by this adult comic book. It was not over-the-top, but the comedy was there and exciting!
This is a book I will be telling all my adult friends to check out. Specifically a couple of my faves I'll point out to you;
Page 2, Kerstin and the spider. (My mom 100%)
Page 127, "Nut-Meg" the hippie. (Too funny)
and lastly, Page 165, Just another Sunday morning. (The best, absolutely hilarious)
Adults, grab a copy and have a laugh!
(4/5)


~I received a copy from Hachette Book Group. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


Monday, June 14, 2010

How to Achieve A Heaven on Earth, by John E. Wade II

How To Achieve Heaven On Earth
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Teaser


Hosted by: http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com

* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:

After the ceremony, she came down to the locker room for another shower, in the hopes that the water would hide another round of tears that streamed down her face.

Page 15, Sky Girl and the Superheroic Legacy - Joe Sergi


*TOURING BLOG JUNE 25*


Friday, June 11, 2010

The Friday 56


Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find a teaser sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/


Sky Girl and the Superheroic Legacy - Joe Sergi

Page 56, Line 11:

"I will never understand why the parachute is such a necessary part of the gym teacher's curriculum," he said into darkness.


*WILL BE TOURING BLOG JUNE 25*


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Teaser


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* Grab your current read.
* Let the book fall open to a random page.
* Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
* You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from…that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
* Please avoid spoilers!


My Teaser:

Nela watched the man she loved shrink into the distance. Something caught in her throat when she saw him look over his shoulder once, at the sound of the deadbolt.

Page 131, Shiva's Arms - Cheryl Snell


TOURING BLOG JUNE 28


Monday, June 7, 2010

The Most Brilliant Boldly Going Book of Exploration Ever by the Brainwaves


Synopsis:
The Brainwaves are back with more delightful fun! This time they take young readers back in time as they discover the world and its many explorers. From Christopher Columbus to Magellan, The Most Brilliant, Boldly Going Book of Exploration Ever... by the Brainwaves discusses the Age of Exploration in clear text meant to engage and entertain readers of all ages.


©2010


My Opinion:
This is a great picture book, taking you through history. It is very well-written and beautifully illustrated, and very educational. Though at times I felt there was too much happening on one page. Still a good book for children!
(3/5)


~I received a copy from DK Canada. I was not compensated for my opinion.~


Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver


Synopsis:
What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?
Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.
Instead, it turns out to be her last.
Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.


©2010


My Opinion:
It may have taken me a while to finish this book, but that is due to my traveling not the story. This was an amazing story, that I found hard to put down, even though at times I had to.
Following the life of this teen girl, and her friends, as she re-lives one day a few times over, some would read the description and think it has a ground hog day effect to it, but it doesn't. Each day, the main character, Samantha, learns something new.
I really enjoyed this book, and yes there was some mild swearing, talk of sex, and drinking, so I wonder if I would want my teenage daughter reading it, but then again with the lessons learned in it, maybe reading this story would be wise.
I recommend this book, definitely!
(5/5)


~I received a copy from Harper Collins. I was not compensated for my opinion.~




Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Friday 56


Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find a teaser sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/


Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver

Page 56, Line 4:

Standing in Ally's bathroom, I smile and think, Tomorrow I'll finally be different.


Note from Freda:

*I know you're thinkin, "Why is she not done this book yet?" but I haven't had a chance to read, and will be today while on Via Rail. Should be a different book to tease you with on Teaser Tuesday.*

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hope for Animals and Their World - Jane Goodall (Audiobook)


Synopsis:
At a time when animal species are becoming extinct on every continent and we are confronted with bad news about the environment nearly every day, Jane Goodall, one of the world's most renowned scientists, brings us inspiring news about the future of the animal kingdom. With the insatiable curiosity and conversational prose that have made her a bestselling author, Goodall-along with Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard-shares fascinating survival stories about the American Crocodile, the California Condor, the Black-Footed Ferret, and more; all formerly endangered species and species once on the verge of extinction whose populations are now being regenerated.
Interweaving her own first-hand experiences in the field with the compelling research of premier scientists, Goodall illuminates the heroic efforts of dedicated environmentalists and the truly critical need to protect the habitats of these beloved species. At once a celebration of the animal kingdom and a passionate call to arms, HOPE FOR ANIMALS THEIR WORLD presents an uplifting, hopeful message for the future of animal-human coexistence.


Author Bio:
Jane Goodall is the world's foremost authority on chimpanzees. An internationally renowned conservationist, she is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and has received many distinguished awards in science. Dr. Goodall is also the author of many acclaimed books, including the bestseller Reason for Hope.
Thane Maynard is the director of the Cincinnati Zoo.


©2009


My Opinion:
I love that Jane Goodall is also the narrator of the audiobook. It puts more emphasis on the story when you hear it from the horses mouth, per say.
The statistics that she read out in the story were eye openers! You hear stuff all the time, especially since Global Warming, but the stats she gives were unknown and new to me.
This book was not just about apes, as you would think being Jane Goodall, but it is about all animals, even us humans. We all need sustainable life, and this book reminds us of that.
Jane even makes ape noises on the audiobook, which was awesome for me. I smiled from ear to ear at that moment. After all the emotional things said it was needed.
I love this one line;
"Frogs know how to be frogs. It's their job."
Like who would strive to be a frog?!
The one thing I disliked about the audiobook, is the story ends rather abruptly on the CD. What made up for it, was the interview at the end with Jane Goodall.
I think everyone should read this, or listen like I did. I admit, I am a little bias here. I think we need to be more aware of our world and surroundings, that includes animals. Without it, we die. It's that simple. Too often we take life for granted.
(5/5)



~I won my copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

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