Friday, October 29, 2010

Follow Fridays

Hi welcome to Follow Friday! Let me tell you what is going on today. Thanks to our host at Parajunkies View.  Today's question is a easy one for me (as long as I don't have to narrow it to just one!)!!!!

If you have, or would have a daughter, what book would you want your daughter to read?

My Answer: There are so many too list, but the ones that come to my mind first are: Little House on the Prairie (The Series), Little Women, Where the Red Fern Grows, Princess Series (Meg Cabot), Bobbesy Twins/Nancy Drew, and American Girls.

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Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop
The Book Blogger Hop (hosted by crazy-for-books) is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word!  This weeks question:

"What is the one bookish thing you would love to have, no matter the cost?"

My answer: I would love a third floor-attic type of room (that is the size of the entire house).  This would be MY space.  I would have a nice sitting area with the most comfortable chairs (with rockers) and soft blankets.  The fabric would be in blues and yellows.  Another little nook would have my computer, printer, etc. on a cute white desk.  The rest of the attic would be set up for my scrapbooking.  Of course the view would spectacular (in my mind it would be the ocean or a beautiful lake).

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Thursday, October 28, 2010


J. Courtney Sullivan’s celebrated debut novel is a sparkling tale of friendship and a fascinating portrait of the first generation of women who have all the opportunities in the world, but no clear idea about what to choose.
Assigned to the same dorm their first year at Smith College, Celia, Bree, Sally, and April couldn’t have less in common. Celia, a lapsed Catholic, arrives with a bottle of vodka in her suitcase; beautiful Bree pines for the fiancĂ© she left behind in Savannah; Sally, preppy and obsessively neat, is reeling from the loss of her mother; and April, a radical, redheaded feminist wearing a “Riot: Don’t Diet” T-shirt, wants a room transfer immediately. Written with radiant style and a wicked sense of humor, Commencement follows these unlikely friends through college and the years beyond, brilliantly capturing the complicated landscape facing young women today.

My Review: For me this book reminds me of the adult version The Sisters of the Traveling Pants.  The book is about four females that were brought together their first year of college and how their friendship has remained constant through out the years.  The girls are completely different and yet become the best of friends. 

I'm Not Afraid of This Haunted House

Publishers Weekly

I'm Simon Lester Henry Strauss,/ and I'm not afraid of this haunted house!" boasts this tale's tour guide as other boys and girls shiver and flail. "My friends all scream, `Come on! Let's run!'/ But I march inside. This looks like fun!" Friedman (A Style All Her Own) composes nonstop couplets about the house's creatures and features, including a spider-eating goblin and "rows of coffins"; her swaggering hero finally reveals an Achilles heel ("I'm not afraid of this... eeeek... a mouse!"). Murfin (Hide and Seek Turkey) takes a cue from Lane Smith in her paintings of wide-faced characters, who dodge cobwebs and giggling ghouls. Her light-hearted visual approach mitigates the potentially goose-pimply details. Ages 5-8. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

My Review:  This is my kids favorite Halloween book and part of your family tradition.  Tomorrow I will go into each of the kids rooms and read it to their classes.  This book is so cute.  The illustrations are perfect for a the Halloween season.   I 100% recommend this book!

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Girl Who Chased The Moon


In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times bestelling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the matter how out of place they feel.

Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother's life. For instance, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? Why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew—a reclusive, real-life gentle giant—she realizes that mysteries aren't solved in Mullaby, they're a way of life.

Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.

Everyone in Mullaby...

Review: I absolutely loved this book. I was hooked from the very beginning. My only disappointment was it ended too soon. Actually it ended with a perfect set up for a sequel – please say it is so Ms. Allen! I love the way she weaves magical scenes and characters into the story. Ms. Allen has a unique ability to describe things so vividly – you can easily imagine yourself in Mullaby. The story line even has a little bit of darkness that is intertwined through the book until the very end (can’t give it away, now can I?). This book would be great for adults and teens (it is clean). I hope you enjoy it too.

This is my first Sarah Addison Allen book that I have read and I have to read her previous ones. I have heard they are just as good. Other books by Ms. Allen are Garden Spells and Sugar Queen.

Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop (hosted by crazy-for-books) is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word!  This week's question comes from Becky who blogs at Becky's Barmy Book Blog:
"Where is your favorite place to read? Curled up on the sofa, in bed, in the garden?"

My answer: My favorite place is curled up on the sofa; however, if I lived in a house with an ocean view, I would be out of the porch (or beach) curled up in the world's most comfortable rocker.  We can all dream, right!
Where is your favorite place to read?  Please leave me a comment letting me know.
Thanks for stopping by - have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Help


Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone. Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken. Minny, Aibileens best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobodys business, but she cant mind her tongue, so shes lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own. Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way womenmothers, daughters, caregivers, friendsview one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Helpis a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we dont.

My Review:  I absolutely loved this book.  I could not wait to pick it up at the end of the day.  I can not believe this is Kathryn Stockett's first novel.  I want more!  Has anyone heard if it will be made into a movie?  I think it would make a wonderful movie. The way the author writes about each character makes you feel like you have known them forever.  I had no problem seeing myself right in the middle of all the "going-ons!"  I can more than understand why this is the 2010 Indies Choice Book of the Year.  Can you even imagine your first published novel and it is the Indeis choice book of the year - holy cow.  What more can I say - a MUST read!