“Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.” ~ Mark Twain

Monday, June 28, 2010

What's the Frequency, Kenneth?


Bopping around the blogosphere this past week, I've read a handful of opinions concerning how often a blogger "should" post. I follow several bloggers, some who post sporadically and some who post several times a day. Always thought it was whatever worked for you and your blog, and that there weren't any hard and fast rules. Little did I know that not only were there "rules", but that the rules have changed! My goal was to post every day, but think I can count on one hand the number of times I've actually achieved that goal. :)

While interesting, I didn't think to mark the posts as I wasn't going to write about the subject. Would love to give credit as these were interesting posts...sorry guys.

While trying to backtrack to find these posts, I stumbled upon an April post from Outspoken Media that mentions old blogging rules that no longer apply. While daily posts used to be recommended, now apparently too many posts result in reader fatigue. Don't know that I agree with that, as I follow several blogs who post 2-3 times a day, and they're never boring! I do agree that you should only post when you have something to say, but sometimes a meme will do. I don't participate in many memes, but I enjoy reading them on other blogs.

As I was thinking about whether or not to write about this subject, both Candace at Candace's Book Blog and Bella at Obsessed! mentioned frequency in recent posts. So what the heck, I decided to join the party!

Candace mentioned that she sometimes stops visiting blogs if they don't post on a regular basis. While I sometimes got frustrated when I'd visit a blog that hadn't posted in awhile, I solved that problem by using Google Reader. I go there to read the blogs I follow instead of bouncing around from blog to blog, so always know when something new has been posted. I still bop around and follow links, but the majority of the time I read posts via the Reader.

As previously mentioned, my goal was to post every day, but I rarely met this goal. And that's okay. Blogging is a hobby I sort of fell into, and I've struggled to find a balance almost since the start. Then once I finally found a balance that worked for me, my work schedule changed and I'm now in search of a new balance. Such is life.

How about you? Do you post daily, or even multiple times a day? If so, I'm impressed as you're obviously more organized than I am! Do you think daily posting leads to reader and/or blogger fatigue? I'm with Bella in that blogging is just a hobby for most of us, so we shouldn't feel obligated to post more often than we're comfortable with. Do you agree? Disagree? Would love to hear what you think!

(BTW, the post title popped into my head when I was thinking about frequency of posting. It's an R.E.M. song inspired by a bizarre attack on Dan Rather in the 80's.)


Sunday, June 27, 2010

In My Mailbox (45)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I have included links to Goodreads should you want more information on the book. I'm trying not to bring any more books into the house until I catch up with my review commitments, but simply can't resist some titles!

For Review:
Received an ARC of Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness. Love the sound of this one!

When Lenah Beaudonte, a 500-year-old vampire queen, wakes up a human teenager at an ultra-cliquey prep school, she must choose between embracing the humanity she’s always craved and saving her new friends from her vicious coven.




Looking forward to seeing what everyone received this week! Happy reading!




Friday, June 25, 2010

Review: Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer

Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer

Rating:  3/5

Source: review copy provided by the publisher

Imprisoned aboard a zeppelin floating high above a steampunk metropolis, greeting card writer Harold Winslow is composing his memoir. His companions are the only woman he has ever loved and the cryogenically frozen body of her father, the devilish genius Prospero Taligent.

Amidst a world where deserted islands exist within skyscrapers, where the well-heeled have mechanical men for servants, and where the world of fairy tales can be built from scratch, Harold Winslow heads toward a final, desperate confrontation with the mad inventor. And all the while, he is an unwitting participant in the creation of the greatest invention of them all - the perpetual motion machine. [book blurb]

My Thoughts:
This was a strange book.

None of the characters were particularly appealing; from the unlikable Harold Winslow, to the spoiled and unhappy Miranda, to Harold's unpleasant sister Astrid, to the mad genius Prospero Taligent. All of these were interesting characters, but I couldn't find anyone to root for or care about. Yet despite that, I couldn't stop reading either.

Harold is the narrator, and he shares his life story with us while trapped aboard the zeppelin. He has no one but Miranda's voice for company, as the ship is staffed with mechanical men. He refuses to speak to Miranda, ignoring her pleas, and despite constant search, Harold cannot locate her hiding place.

We learn about Harold's childhood and how he first met Miranda. Then fast forward to when they briefly met again as adults. The last part deals with how Harold wound up as a prisoner on the zeppelin. Very strange, but also strangely interesting.

Gave this a 3/5 rating as while I didn't love it, it was still readable and I wanted to know what happened next. This was my first steampunk novel, but won't be my last. Now I'm curious about the genre, and want to explore it more in depth. Was different than my usual type of book, and different is always good.

Please let me know if you've read this book, as I'd love to hear what you thought! And if you have any steampunk recommendations you think I might enjoy, would love to hear those as well!

Happy reading!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cat Thursday (13)

Michelle over at The True Book Addict came up with a great idea for a meme! "Cat Thursday" is a way to highlight cute or funny pictures of cats, little tidbits about what our kitties are up to, or any snippets about cats we've come across. I love all those funny/cute cat pictures out there! Here's my contribution for the week:


Who doesn't love Garfield?




Sunday, June 20, 2010

In My Mailbox (44)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. I've included links to Goodreads should you want more information on the books.


From the Library:

Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong.
New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong has bewitched audiences with her Otherworld series of supernatural thrillers. Now, in this new collection of shorter fiction, some of Armstrong’s most tantalizing lead characters appear alongside her unforgettable supporting players, who step out of the shadows and into the light.

Have you ever wondered how lone wolf Clayton Danvers finally got bitten by the last thing he ever expected: love? Or how the hot-blooded bad-girl witch Eve Levine managed to ensnare the cold, ruthless corporate sorcerer Kristof Nast in one of the Otherworld’s most unlikely pairings? Would you like to be a fly on the wall at the wedding of Lucas Cortez and Paige Winterbourne as their eminently practical plans are upended by their well-meaning friends? Or tag along with Lucas and Paige as they investigate a gruesome crime that looks to be the work of a rogue vampire?

Now devotees of the Otherworld can share these special moments with some of their favorite characters - as well as discovering deeper insights into the lives of some of the lesser-known players. But even readers new to the Otherworld universe will find much to love in these seven tales of friendship, adventure, and enduring romance. For when the superhuman men and women of the Otherworld set their minds to a task, they do so with fierce passion and an undivided sense of purpose that make them, in the end, very much human.


Just one book this week....it's always sad when you come home to an empty mailbox. :(

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else received this week!




Friday, June 18, 2010

My New Bookcase!


It came! It came! My new bookcase came!

Finally decided on the metal bookcase below, as all of my other bookcases are wood and I thought I would try something different. I really like the look of this one, as it's sort of modern and non-traditional looking. The plan was to take pictures of it as I unpacked it and put it together, but my DH surprised me by having it all put together and set up when I got home from work! What a sweetie! He said that the box was wrapped in bubble wrap, and everything inside was nice and secure. Took him less than an hour, and he says it wasn't hard to put together at all. Going to take his word for it, as I'm not very mechanically inclined (had a hard time putting together my wooden paper towel holder!) *L*


Isn't this sleek looking? Thought it would make the perfect home for some of my overflowing TBR pile!



Ta-da!

This new bookcase was supposed to be home for some of my TBR books, but wound up housing my BEA books instead. Hey, they had to go somewhere as we sort of needed our dining room table back. :)

Did manage to save the top shelf for review copies, so that cleared off some space on my end table. Every little bit helps! This is absolutely the last empty wallspace I have in my home right now! Not thrilled that it's right next to the front door, but we hardly ever use that door as most people use the side entrance. And I have to admit that I like the reflection of the books in the mirror behind the bookcase. Makes my collection look even larger! :)

As you can see, it holds quite a few books even though it's only three shelves. The shelves themselves are nice and sturdy, so I'd have no hesitation filling it with hardcovers. Sometimes hardcovers are so heavy that wooden shelves bow in the middle from all the weight, but think that's a great advantage to sturdy metal shelves. The only thing I would hesitate to put on these shelves would be stacks of paperbacks, as the back isn't solid, so they may accidentally get pushed through. Overall, I am thrilled with my new bookcase!

Many thanks to CSN Stores for letting me review one of their marvelous products! I love browsing their stores, as they have a humongous selection and you're sure to find something to fall in love with! I've been very happy with every product I've received from them, from my footrest to my cat's scratching post to this new bookcase. I'm already putting together my next order, as CSN Stores rock!


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cat Thursday (12)

Michelle over at The True Book Addict came up with a great idea for a meme! "Cat Thursday" is a way to highlight cute or funny pictures of cats, little tidbits about what our kitties are up to, or any snippets about cats we've come across. I love all those funny/cute cat pictures out there! Here's my contribution for the week:


Pretty please?


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

ARC Preview: Mothers & Other Liars by Amy Bourret

I receive ARCs every now and again that won't be released for several months, but I don't want to have them just sit there and gather dust. Thought I would give everyone sort of a sneak peek at upcoming books. This feature was inspired by Shellie over at Layers of Thought.


Ten years ago, Ruby Leander was a scared, runaway nineteen-year-old who found a baby at an Oklahoma rest stop. Overwhelmed by memories of her own abandonment years earlier, she made a split-second decision to put the baby in her car and keep driving. Over the years, Ruby and her daughter Lark made a home for themselves in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When Ruby reads a magazine article about an infant kidnapped by carjackers, the lie that she created about Lark’s origins is shattered. Ruby never dreamed that she had done anything wrong by rescuing an abandoned infant, but now she is forced to make a decision that will change her life, and Lark’s, forever. Like the best of Billie Lets and Marisa de los Santos, Amy Bourret’s Mothers and Other Liars is women’s fiction that tugs at the heartstrings, while posing serious questions to the reader. (from Goodreads)

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (August 3, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312586582
ISBN-13: 978-0312586584

About the Author:
Amy Bourret is a graduate of Yale Law School and Texas Tech University, and a former partner in a national law firm. Her pro bono work with child advocacy organizations sparked the passion that fuels Mothers & Other Liars, her debut novel. She lived for several years in Santa Fe, and now splits her time between Aspen, Colorado and Dallas, Texas. Learn more at http://www.amybourret.com/.


Pre-order it at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


This book will be published August 3, 2010
 

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Source: eARC received from publisher, via NetGalley

Rating:  4/5

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron Fey, iron-bound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's alone in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

My Thoughts:
The Iron Daughter is a good follow-up to The Iron King, yet didn't resonate as much with me for whatever reason. It may have been because I had such high expectations for the book, as I really loved the first one. While it was still good and I enjoyed it, I didn't love it quite so much.

Meghan Chase is a reluctant guest of the Winter Court, fulfilling the bargain she made with Ash. She may have assumed that Ash would keep her company, but he disappeared soon after they arrived in court and Meghan was left to fend for herself. The Winter Court is a tough place for any outsider to survive, much less the half-human daughter of the Summer King! Surprisingly enough, Meghan does better than expected.

Then the Iron Fey attack. Mab, the Queen of Winter, blames Oberon and declares war on the Summer Court. Why won't anyone believe that the Iron Fey exist and that they are the real culprits? Who is leading the Iron Fey now, as Meghan and Ash defeated the original king in the first book. What are their plans, and why was Meghan spared during the attack? Lots of questions, and Meghan sets off to find out the answers. Of course, nothing goes as planned or is easy.

While I enjoyed Meghan's adventures and how she handled herself during difficult situations, I kept forgetting that she was still a teenager, as she didn't act like your typical high schooler. This was a little distracting at times, and I sometimes wondered what Ash and Puck saw in her. After all, the fey live a long, long time, so wouldn't Ash and Puck be quite a bit older than Meghan? Maybe age doesn't matter and it's a maturity issue? However, I thought that this love triangle worked better and was more believable than the Bella-Edward-Jacob triangle in Twilight.

Gave this a 4/5 rating because it was still a great read with wonderful characters. Julie is a talented writer with a great imagination, and I'm already looking forward to the next book! If you love fantasy and the fey, I think that you will really enjoy this series!


Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (August 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373210132
ISBN-13: 978-0373210138


Friday, June 11, 2010

Xxtraordinary Blogger Award

I received the Xxtraordinary Blogger Award from Jennifer over at Reading With Tequila. She has an amazing blog and reviews great books, so be sure to stop by and say hello! Thank you again Jennifer!

The rules for this award are simple. I must share one extraordinary thing that has happened to me, and I then pass this on to five other extraordinary bloggers.


Extraordinary thing
I was able to attend the Book Expo America (BEA) this year! Someone said that it was like Candyland for book lovers, and I couldn' agree more!


Passing this award along to:
All of you, as you're all extraordinary and I simply can't choose just five!
Enjoy!


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cat Thursday (11)

Michelle over at The True Book Addict came up with a great idea for a meme! "Cat Thursday" is a way to highlight cute or funny pictures of cats, little tidbits about what our kitties are up to, or any snippets about cats we've come across. I love all those funny/cute cat pictures out there! Thought I would share a few pictures of my cat Didi. She's been with us about 11 years now and is a real sweetie!



As you may have guessed, her favorite activity is sleeping! In fact, she's asleep on her pillow as I type this. Guess she had a tough day!
In the second picture, hubby thought it would be funny to cover her with a blanket. She didn't seem to mind!



Monday, June 7, 2010

Blogmania is coming!


Blogmania is coming!

What is Blogmania, you ask? It's a huge bi-annual extravaganza where bloggers and their sponsors get together to offer fabulous giveaways! Hosted by Lynda over at Between the Pages, it's sure to be tons of fun!

I've decided to participate this time around, and have just started to put together my prize package. My theme will be book related. Big surprise there, right? ;) Currently taking suggestions on what you would like to see in a book prize package. Reading journals? Bookmarks? ARCs? Mugs? Jewelry? Wall decorations? T-shirts? All revolving around the main book theme, of course. I'm also looking for sponsors who would like to partner with me for Blogmania by donating items for my prize package. In return, all sponsors will be publicized on the Blogmania sites, as well as receiving frequent PR on this blog. It's a win-win!



Who - What - Where - When
Over $10,000 Dollars in prizes and building!

1. Would you like to have access to hundreds of prizes?
2. Would you like to discover new and exciting blogs?
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4. Would you like to do all of this in just TWO DAYS?

If you can click on the provided links, you can get all this and MORE!

SAVE THE DATES: September 15th and 16th!



If you have a product that would fit a book-themed giveaway and would like to be one of my sponsers, please email me at Alexia561@yahoo(dot)com. Thanks!


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Clear Away the Clutter Challenge - Wrap Up Post

The Clear Away the Clutter mini-challenge was a great idea thought up by Kate over at The Neverending Shelf. The goal was to read as many books as possible, then pass them along so they will no longer clutter up your shelves.

I was aiming for the Mini-Packrat Level, which was to read and remove 10 books from my groaning shelves. Here are the final results from my original list:

Original Sin by Allison Brennan
Live The Life You Love by Dr. Susan Biali
Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay
Seeing Things by Patti Hill
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
Stressed in Scottsdale by Marcia Fine
Power of Half by Kevin Salwen
Spiral Hunt by Margaret Ronald
Wild Hunt by Margaret Ronald
Admit One by Emmett James
Cry Mercy by Toni Andrews
Evermore by Alyson Noel
Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione
Tainted by Julie Kenner
Torn by Julie Kenner
Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame Smith

As you can see, I only read 8 books off the list instead of the 10 that was my goal. *sigh* Another failed challenge. But while I didn't read all of the books on this list, I did manage to fill an entire paper grocery bag full of paperbacks to donate to my local library! Does that count as clearing away some clutter?

All in all, I really enjoyed this challenge! Think it's a great idea, and hope that Kate decides to host this challenge again as I can't seem to stop collecting books. It's a sickness, I know. But of all the vices out there, books are not a bad addiction to have. At least, that's what I keep telling my husband! *L*


Saturday, June 5, 2010

Review: So Cold the River by Michael Koryta

Review: So Cold the River by Michael Koryta
So Cold The River by Michael Koryta
Source:  ARC received from the publisher for review purposes
Rating:  4/5

It started with a documentary. The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job, even though the only clues to Bradford's past are his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life.

In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary past - a glorious domed hotel where movie stars, presidents, athletes, and mobsters once intermingled. Long derelict, the hotel has just been restored to its former grandeur.

But something else has been restored too - a long-forgotten evil that will stop at nothing to settle a decades-old score. And with every move, Eric inches closer to the center of the building storm. (synopsis from BN.com)

My Thoughts:

Not exactly sure how I would classify this book. The major bookstores seem to be shoehorning this into the horror realm. It doesn't read like the typical horror story to me, although there is evil. And while it is a thrilling story, it's not exactly what you would call a thriller. Not fantasy, as while there's a magical element to it, there are no wizards or werewolves or unicorns to be found. Think I'm going to go with the broad generalization of speculative fiction. While I understand why they chose horror, I think it's a mistake as readers who would love this book may never see it if they don't normally read horror.

This was a really engaging story! The main character is Eric Shaw, a former hotshot filmmaker who is now producing video montages for weddings and funerals. We gradually learn how he wound up so far from Hollywood and estranged from his wife, as he begins work on a documentary for his latest client. Eric runs into roadblocks almost immediately, as it seems that the Campbell Bradford who once ruled over the town is not Alyssa's father-in-law. Could there be two Campbell Bradfords? From the same town? Doesn't seem likely, but things just get stranger from there.

With the help of Kellen Cage, a student working on his doctorate thesis, and Anne McKinney, an older woman who remembers the town as it once was, Eric tries to solve the mystery of Campbell Bradford and his strange antique bottle of Pluto Mineral Water. Why is the bottle so cold, even after sitting in a warm room? Does it really have the power to cause visions? Let's just say that this story gives a whole new twist to the advice: don't drink the water!

Gave this one a 4/5 rating as I really enjoyed it. The writing is excellent, and Koryta masterfully weaves the horror, mystery, and thriller aspects of the story together into an exciting and surprising conclusion! Have to say that while I predicted how the story would end, I was happy to be proved wrong. I thought it was original and clever and definitely worth reading!

Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (June 9, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316053635
ISBN-13: 978-0316053631



Friday, June 4, 2010

BEA: Bits & Pieces


Having so much fun hopping around the blogosphere, reading about everyone's BEA adventures! It was such a huge event, it's almost like we all had a different experience. Just wanted to share a few final thoughts about my BEA adventure, so promise that this will be my last post on the subject. :)

I somehow managed to miss the crazy pushing and shoving and mad grabs for books in the morning. Not that I'm complaining about not being trampled, but really BEA...really? I thought book lovers were better than that. And I keep reading about publishers handing out books left and right. Where was I during this magic period? I didn't see anyone handing out books and swag, but most were very nice when I went up to the booths and politely asked. In fact, only ran into one pub rep who sort of sneered when I told her I was a blogger, then claimed she didn't have any books. Not sure what that stack behind her was if they weren't books, but okaaaaaaay.....whatever. Everyone else was lovely, even after running out of books, so I still had a good time!

Could never find an answer to one of my pre-BEA concerns about whether or not I should bring my own lanyard. Found out that yes, BEA provided a lanyard with my badge. Saw a few publishers handing out lanyards as well, so no need to bring your own next year.

Was happy to discover that there was a large coat check area where you could leave your bags for only $3 per item. There were a few coats there, but it was mostly suitcases. They didn't mind you dropping off books throughout the day, but they did stop me to check my claim ticket both days as I was leaving, so I felt that it was a secure area. All of the ladies there were very nice, and even helped me find where they put my suitcase on the first day. So glad I listened to past participants and brought a small suitcase with me, as no way could I have carried everything in totebags!

It's funny how so many BEA wrap-up posts mention how nervous everyone was, and how there are so many shy, introverted bloggers out there. Believe it or not, I'm very shy and quiet until I get to know someone, and crowds are not my favorite thing. So imagine my surprise when I somehow lost my shyness at BEA! I'm not saying I turned into an extrovert, but there I was, comfortably talking to total strangers while waiting in various lines. My family and friends wouldn't have recognized me! *L*

Think I may have frightened a few people though, as I was so excited to finally meet them in person! On my way to my very first autographing, who do I run into but Sheila from Book Journey! I wasn't looking for anyone, just trying to find the right line, when her name jumped out at me from her badge. I believe I may have squealed. I also may have grabbed her in an unexpected hug. Sorry if I startled you Sheila, but running into you took me totally by surprise, and I was thrilled to finally meet you!

It was funny how many people I ran into randomly, yet could never seem to hook up with the people I had made plans with. For instance, after lunch on Thursday, I was resting on a bench by the entrance, plotting my afternoon, not really paying attention to the people coming and going around me. The two women who had been sitting next to me got up to leave, and stopped by to let me know about BookTrib. Didn't sound familiar but was interesting, so I took the information. Then we exchanged business cards, and it was Tricia and Sarah from Meryl L. Moss Media! I've reviewed books for them! How cool was that?

I saw several people in various lines over the two days who looked familiar, but I'm terrible with names and didn't want to go up and ask them who they were. Mostly I chatted with librarians and booksellers, and everyone was very easy to talk to! Have I mentioned how much I dislike small talk and crowds? No problem at BEA, as I felt like everyone spoke my language!

Tried to describe the experience to my husband. Told him BEA was like my Woodstock, and the authors were my rock stars. Or better yet, BEA was how he would feel playing the Old Course at St Andrews (he likes golf). He found that hard to believe, but I think that's a good comparison. It was heaven for a book lover like me, and I'm already dreaming about going back next year!

Despite having my camera within easy reach in my tote bag, I kept forgetting to take pictures. And I also forgot that I had my business cards with me, so may have lost a few opportunities with publishers. Kept forgetting to ask for business cards as well. Next year I'll know better! Got my business cards from Vistaprint, and was very happy with how they turned out. They constantly have specials, so I wound up getting my cards for free and just had to pay for shipping. Very nice cards too, so too bad I kept forgetting about them! :(

Didn't realize you could ask for just an autograph without getting the book personalized until I overheard the person in front of me make the request. So I started getting the books without my name (unless it was one of my rock star authors). My thinking was that I could offer the books for a giveaway after I read them, unless I fell in love and wanted to keep the book. Couldn't figure out why some pub reps were giving me the stink-eye until I read about the eBay scandal a few days ago, where autographed ARCs from BEA were showing up for sale. I promise that I would never sell a review copy or ARC Mr. Publicist! I just thought that an autographed copy would make for a cool contest. Honest!

Saw quite a few people with spreadsheets and notes. Mine proved invaluable, as it helped me with my planning each day. Was hard trying to decide who to skip when the line I was in was moving too slow or was too long, but prioritizing was definitely necessary! Wanted to say thanks to Kristi from The Story Siren, as I used her YA spreadsheet as a starting point. Saved me a lot of work, so thanks again Kristi! I also picked up a sheet from an information booth listing all of the autographings by time, so I could see who was available if my plans changed for any reason. Even with all my planning, I still missed so much! Hoping that having BEA spread out over 3 days next year will help. Fingers crossed I can attend next year!

Overall, I think I was able to get almost all of the books on my list. Tried to only take what I thought I would read and enjoy instead of grabbing everything not nailed down! Most regret that I missed out on Room by Emma Donoghue, and Zombies vs Unicorns by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier. If anyone managed to pick up extra copies, please send me an email! Let's talk!

Have you posted about your BEA experiences? Would love to hear all about it, so please leave a comment and I'll be sure to stop by. Thanks!


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Cat Thursday (10)

Michelle over at The True Book Addict came up with a great idea for a meme! "Cat Thursday" is a way to highlight cute or funny pictures of cats, little tidbits about what our kitties are up to, or any snippets about cats we've come across. I love all those funny/cute cat pictures out there! Here's my contribution for the week:


This could be my cat! She is perfectly happy on her pillow or in the next room, or even upstairs. But once I bring out the laptop, she decides she wants attention! Pretty sure she's jealous! *L*



Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Star Wars: A Scanimation Book by Rufus Butler Seder

Star War: A Scanimation Book
Review copy provided by the publisher at BEA10

Imagine: the first Star Wars book that actually moves, bringing to life the most memorable scenes from the epic: Obi-Wan battles Darth Maul The Millennium Falcon zooms away from an exploding Death Star Luke rides a galloping Tauntaun, Yoda twirls his green lightsaber, Boba Fett blasts up, up and away! And of course the most memorable scene of all—red and blue lightsabers flashing, Luke and Darth Vader fight the ultimate battle between good and evil.

It’s a marriage made in a galaxy far, far away: phenomenal Scanimation meets Star Wars, the enduring epic that’s sold $42 billion in ticket sales and earned the title #1 Boys Action Toy License of all time. Created by Rufus Butler Seder, Star Wars: A Scanimation Book presents 12 of the most memorable scenes, in a landscape, i.e., movie format. It’s an homage from an artist obsessed with the earliest forms of capturing visual motion to an artist obsessed with the most advanced. But that’s not what young fans will care about - this is having pure movie magic in the palm of your hand, to replay again and again.  (product description)

My Thoughts:
This book is amazing! I'm not exactly sure what words popped out of my mouth when I first opened this book (something along the lines of No way! or You've gotta be kidding me!), but they made the publisher rep next to me laugh. I was expecting just another Star Wars picture book, but this book is so much cooler! The pictures actually move! Not the 3D pictures you've seen before, but a new technology called scanimation. Check out what it looks like here.

The pub rep explained to me how they found Seder at a gift show, where he was selling his line of greeting cards. This is not his first scanimation title but in my opinion, it's the coolest! Think I really amused the rep with all of my gushing over the book, but this is a must have for any sci fi/fantasy fan! Even my husband, who isn't a Star Wars fan, played with this book for awhile. I'm not sure how it works, something to do with turning the pages, but it's amazing! I dare you to not be enthralled with this book the minute you open it's pages!

Can you tell how much I'm in love with this book? I think it's my best find at BEA, as it's original and unique, and did I mention the coolness factor? *L*


Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 13 pages
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (May 12, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0761158464
ISBN-13: 978-0761158462

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