Book Fun

Melinda over At Shore’s End offered up this fun meme.

Participation is simple: Pass this on to 5 blogging friends.

Open the closest book to you, not your favorite or the most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, to page 56. Write the 5th sentence, as well as two to five sentences following that. The book closest to me is Circle of Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini. The passage I came to is this:

After checking the answering machine and the mail, she hurried downstairs to the basement. If they ever saved enough money for a larger house, Karen would insist upon a home with an extra above- ground room she could claim as her own, a quilting room that could double as a guest room. For now, a desk salvaged from a garage sale, a second hand sewing machine, and two stacks of milk crates for storage served as her quilt studio.

I’ve really enjoyed this Elm Creek Quilt series a lot and recommend it highly. SPOILER: There is no Sex, Violence or vulgar language, just clean historical intrigue!

I’m not tagging anyone specific either, but feel free to claim this award for yourself! My bloggy buddies are very special to me.
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Elm Creek Quilt Series

Have you read the Elm Creek Quilt series by Jennifer Chiaverini?

The Elm Creek Quilt series can be read alone as individual books in no particular order and they will still make sense, though there is quite a bit of history divulged in the Quilter’s apprentice that I believe provides us with an integral view into what we invest in the characters and should be read first. Her books are thoroughly researched and delightful. You become engrossed and invested in the main characters as if they were a member of your own family. I have learned sooooooooo much (without even realizing it LOL) about not only quilting, but centuries old historical events and their possible alternative outcomes and scenarios. She has a unique and insightful perspective way of writing that truly draws you into the story and era with a visualization of having been there.

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November Pay it Forward & October Winner


hosted by Overwhelmed with Joy
October winner is:
Alyce from Flute Mom

Die Roller

You rolled 3 dice:

311

Timestamp: 2008-10-29 19:47:18 UT

I have a long winter’s dream selection of get cozy
with your favorite blanket and warm cup of mocha for those
long winter’s nights set of books up for grabs this month.

  1. Cloud Nine by Luanne Rice
  2. Beach Girls by Luanne Rice
  3. Angels All over Town by Luanne Rice
Most all of us love to read and get “new-to-us” books, right? And if you’re anything like me, you love winning things (what a rush), not to mention getting fun stuff in the mail! Pay It Forward Book Exchange, designed to encourage people to read, to share good books, to possibly get you out of your reading comfort zone, and to get fun stuff in the mail instead of just bills! Sign Mr. Linky and if you don’t have a blog leave me a comment with your email. Thanks. This Mr. Linky is only to keep track of my comments. To link to the pay it forward book exchange visit Overwhelmed with Joy.


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Lucky Duck I am ~ Book & a an Apron

I recently won 2 different blog giveaways and am such a lucky duck as I can use them together and they arrived just a few hours apart. The Flavor Bible is an awesome book that I’m only 3 pages into, but already love! I won this from Joy over at Joy of Desserts and this awesome Jesse Steele Apron with the most adorable cherries fits like a glove. Lisa over at Confessions of an Apron Queen has the most amazing shop full of both new and vintage aprons. Go visit Rick Rack Attack and take your Christmas list with you, she has something for everyone! Lisa also hosts Vintage Thingie Thursdays.

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September Pay it Forward Book Exchange Winner & October Book up for grabs


hosted by Overwhelmed with Joy
September’s winner is:

542

Timestamp: 2008-09-30 14:39:45 UTC

#11 Sweet Sue

I have up for grabs Weight Watchers Winner’s Circle cook book. You can read more about it here.


Here are the guidelines from Overwhelmed with Joy:

Most all of us love to read and get “new-to-us” books, right? And if you’re anything like me, you love winning things (what a rush), not to mention getting fun stuff in the mail! So here’s what this book exchange is all about:

1) On the first Monday of each month I’ll pick a couple of books to give away to two lucky readers (you don’t have to have a blog to enter). It may be a book that I’ve purchased new or used, or it may be a book that someone has shared with me that I really like. It’ll probably be a paperback, just to make things easier, but no guarantees.

2) Details on how you can enter to win will be listed in each monthly post.

3) If you’re the lucky winner of the book giveaway and you have your own blog I ask that you, in turn, host a drawing to give that book away for free to one of your readers, after you’ve had a chance to read it (let’s say, within a month after you’ve received the book). If you mail the book out using the media/book rate that the post office offers it’s pretty inexpensive. If you’re a non-blogger who has won the book, please consider donating the book to your local library or shelter after you’re done with it.

4) If you’re really motivated and want to host your own Pay It Forward giveaway at any time during the month, grab the PIF button above to use on your own blog post and link back to my original Pay It Forward Post. Be sure to let me know about your giveaway so I can add your link on my original PIF post directing my readers your way! I’d appreciate it if you would not use Mr. Linky on your blog and require that your readers post about your Pay It Forward book exchange on their blogs to be eligible to win your book. If you’d just ask your readers to leave you a comment on your post to be entered to win, and then direct them to my blog to review the master list of other Pay It Forward giveaways, that would be much appreciated and I think less confusing for all participating!

So there you have it, the Pay It Forward Book Exchange, designed to encourage people to read, to share good books, to possibly get you out of your reading comfort zone, and to get fun stuff in the mail instead of just bills!

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The Flavor Bible

Don’t let the cover of this book fool you. It is not just about a few spices and flavorings. This meticulously crafted and photographed encyclopedic tome is for the serious cook, the culinary scholar, the passionate gourmet, the food historian.

It is for those looking to take their cooking and eating to a level beyond ordinary.

This luxurious, hardcover book deserves an honored place on the consummate food lover’s bookshelf, far away from kitchen grease. Keep it at the ready to pore over its delectable contents.

There are no recipes in this book, but the quotes delving into the philosophies of America’s most renowned chefs; the extensive, alphabetized ingredient reviews covering nuances from shades of color to mouth feel; and the artistic photography will equip the experienced to create their own recipes for culinary masterpieces.

The Flavor Bible, passionately written by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, photographed by Barry Salzman, is a superb and definitive volume not to be missed. It arrives in bookstores on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008.

……….
More About The Flavor Bible from Joy of Desserts;
More About The Flavor Bible from Hachette Book Group USA;
See the award-winning authors’ website
See the award-winning photographer’s website

Category: COOKING
Format: HARDCOVER BOOK
Publish Date: 9/16/2008
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 9780316118408
Pages: 392
Size: 7-1/2″ x 10″
Be sure go to Joy of Desserts first thing Monday morning for a giveaway of this spectacular book as Hachette USA is generously and graciously giving 5 copies of The Flavor Bible to Joy of Desserts readers. I know I will. Tell your friends!

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August Winner & September Pay It Forward Book GIveaway


Hosted by Overwhelmed with Joy
August winner is Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

You rolled 1 die:

2

Timestamp: 2008-08-30 17:34:31 UTC

Now for September’s Book:

‘The Hummingbird’s Daughter’ by Luis Alberto Urrea

It is time for me to join the Pay it Forward Book Exchange. First the rules. To enter, leave me a comment. It’s that simple. If you win, it would be great if you will in turn host a Pay It Forward Book exchange and pass the book on eventually. If you’re a non-blogger who has won the book, please consider donating the book to your local library or shelter after you’re done with it.

OK, now the book. I was given several duplicate copy books as gifts. So I will participate for the next several months to find them good homes. While I haven’t read this one yet, I can’t see a reason for 2 copies to sit here waiting on me. So I will be giving away a brand new copy of ‘The Hummingbird’s Daughter’ by Luis Alberto Urrea.

You can read more about it at Amazon. From Publishers Weekly Starred Review.

“Her powers were growing now, like her body. No one knew where the strange things came from. Some said they sprang up in her after the desert sojourn with Huila. Some said they came from somewhere else, some deep inner landscape no one could touch. That they had been there all along.” Teresita, the real-life “Saint of Cabora,” was born in 1873 to a 14-year-old Indian girl impregnated by a prosperous rancher near the Mexico-Arizona border. Raised in dire poverty by an abusive aunt, the little girl still learned music and horsemanship and even to read: she was a “chosen child,” showing such remarkable healing powers that the ranch’s medicine woman took her as an apprentice, and the rancher, Don Tomás Urrea, took her—barefoot and dirty—into his own household. At 16, Teresita was raped, lapsed into a coma and apparently died. At her wake, though, she sat up in her coffin and declared that it was not for her. Pilgrims came to her by the thousands, even as the Catholic Church denounced her as a heretic; she was also accused of fomenting an Indian uprising against Mexico and, at 19, sentenced to be shot. From this already tumultuous tale of his great-aunt Teresa, American Book Award–winner Urrea (The Devil’s Highway) fashions an astonishing novel set against the guerrilla violence of post–Civil War southwestern border disputes and incipient revolution. His brilliant prose is saturated with the cadences and insights of Latin-American magical realism and tempered by his exacting reporter’s eye and extensive historical investigation. The book is wildly romantic, sweeping in its effect, employing the techniques of Catholic hagiography, Western fairy tale, Indian legend and everyday family folklore against the gritty historical realities of war, poverty, prejudice, lawlessness, torture and genocide. Urrea effortlessly links Teresita’s supernatural calling to the turmoil of the times, concealing substantial intellectual content behind effervescent storytelling and considerable humor.”

This giveaway will close 11:59PM September 30th, 2008. A random drawing will be pulled on July 1st and the book will be mailed to the lucky winner shortly after that.
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July winner & August Pay It Forward ~ Soup & Bread

July winner is Jubilee! Please contact me with your mailing information!

You rolled 2 dice:

12

Timestamp: 2008-07-29 15:56:50 UTC


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I have up for grabs:
Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread A country Inn Cook Book ~ Crescent Dragonwagon

You can read more about them at Amazon. These are all brand new and just ‘extras’ (like there’s any such thing as extra reading material. As far as I’m concerned, there’s never enough.

This giveaway will close at the end of August. I will send the book shortly after that. All I ask in the spirit of this book exchange, is to please pass them along to another reader after you read them whether it be by a blog giveaway, neighbor or library donation.

Here are the guidelines from Overwhelmed with Joy.

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Hachette Books Giveaway at Bookshipper

Attention all readers you NEED to check out this giveaway contest at Bookshipper sponsored by Hatchette Books.
Hachette Book Group was generous enough to offer to send to the winners of this contest a total of 14 books (yes! all fourteen of them) to EACH winner. Here is a list of the great books you could win:

Hachette Book Group USA Summer Reads Giveaway:

Fact over Fiction:
The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston, $25.99
(ISBN: 0446581194 Read an Excerpt Listen to an Excerpt
View the Video Author Website * Audio Book Available)

The Preacher and the Presidents by Nancy Gibbs , Michael Duffy, $14.99
(ISBN: 1599951045 Read an Excerpt * Audio Book Available)

Fiction:
Swine Not? by Jimmy Buffett , Helen Bransford, $21.99
(ISBN: 0316035599 Author Website Listen to an Excerpt)

Historical Fiction:
Miscarriage of Justice by “Kip” Gayden, $22.99
(ISBN: 159995687X Chapter Excerpt)

Memoirs:
Trespassers Will Be Baptized by Elizabeth Hancock, $21.99
(ISBN: 1599957086 Author Website Reading Group Guide)

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Trish Ryan, $19.99
(ISBN: 1599957132 Author Website Reading Group Guide )

Reading Group Recommendations:
A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand, $24.99
(ISBN: 0316018600 * Audio Book Available)

Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand, $13.99
(ISBN: 0316018597 Chapter Excerpt Reading Guide 1 * Audio Book Available)

Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts, $24.99
(ISBN: 044652901X Read an Excerpt * Audio Book Available)

Off Season by Anne Siddons, $24.99
(ISBN: 0446527874 Listen to an Excerpt * Audio Book Available)

Romance:
A Rose by the Door by Deborah Bedford, $6.99
(ISBN: 0446677892 Chapter Excerpt)

Remember Me by Deborah Bedford, $6.99
(ISBN: 0446690430 Chapter Excerpt Reading Guide 1)

Thriller/Mystery:
Child 44 by Tom Smith, $16.00
(ISBN: 0446402389 Child44book.com Chapter Excerpt
* Audio Book Available)

Close by Martina Cole, $24.99
(ISBN: 0446179965 * Audio Book Available)

Here is how you can enter! Simply leave a comment on this post about ANY of her previous book reviews. She will automatically give you one entry. If you post this contest on your blog page, you will get two entries and if you put my blog name on your permanent blog roll, she will give you an additional 5 entries. They will be picking 5 winners, using Random.org, and each winner will receive all 14 books – free of charge, of course. Hachette Book Group will mail them directly to the winners.

This contest closes on July 31, 2008 at noon Eastern time. Please note that this contest is open to both Canadian and US residents. So check back on the 31st of July.

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The Beach House by Jane Green

I just got a great new futon for the family room and need a good book to read while trying it out. I found an opportunity for a great giveaway at S. Krishna’s Books for:

The Beach House – Jane Green

Title: The Beach House
Author: Jane Green
ISBN: 0670018856
Pages: 352
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Beach Read
Review: Originally posted at Curled Up With A Good Book
Rating: **** 1/2 (out of 5)

Wherever Nan Powell goes, whispers seem to follow. At 65 years old, she is one of the older residents of the ‘Sconset area of Nantucket and has quite a reputation around the island. Everyone thinks of her as the eccentric older woman who has lived alone for far too long. While not quite as crazy as she seems, Nan has indeed been alone for a very long time. Her beloved husband, Everett, committed suicide after racking up an enormous gambling debt, leaving Nan to pay his bills and care for their young son, Michael. Now, Michael is living in New York and has trouble finding the time to visit his aging mother.

One day, Nan’s financial advisor comes to her with some dire news: all the money she put in a hedge fund is gone. Her best option now is to sell her property on Nantucket (called Windermere), which is worth several million dollars. As Windermere is the only thing she has left of her dear Everett (she had to sell off the rest of the property in order to pay his debts), she can’t bear the thought of losing the house. Therefore, she comes up with a brilliant plan: she will rent the rooms and run a B&B for the summer, inviting people into her home and slowly watching them become a part of her family.

While The Beach House’s central character is Nan, there are multiple storylines that slowly weave together to form a coherent whole, much as the various persons in the novel gradually come together to be Nan’s family. There are Bee and Daniel, a married couple with two beautiful young daughters who are having marital issues, though it is hard to determine exactly what the problem is. And then Daff and Richard, and their daughter, Jess, who has difficulty coping with what her parents are going through. And then there’s Michael, Nan’s son, and his complicated relationship with his married boss, Jordana. Green tells all these stories seamlessly; there is no jarring disconnect, as happens so often in novels with multiple storylines.

Green’s talent is evident, and shines through in her writing of the characters in the story. By the middle of the book, the reader is invested in each of these characters; it is important that they work through their problems and find a happier place. And at the end of the book, the reader is sad to leave these characters, to not be able to enjoy more of their stories.

The Beach House is the perfect beach read. It is a drama, and is very serious in some places, but it is never a heavy book. It never drags the reader down or makes the reader feel as if he/she has an added weight on their shoulders. Instead, even at the most dramatic moments, it is hopeful and uplifting – a breath of fresh air. It helps to redefine the genre of “beach read;” these books are no longer complete fluff with a lack of depth. Instead the nuances in The Beach House serve to give us a new view of beach reads (and women’s fiction in general). It is Green’s best work to date.

Head on over and check it out.

Tamy

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