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Read-a-thon Winners!

Sorry I’m late in announcing these, balloon decorating fest til 12 when I couldn’t do anything but fall into bed!  And the winners of my Beloved Cover mini-challenge are…

Debbie Chute -you have won $15 to spend at Book Depository!  Congratulations!

Jamie (Valia’s Page Turner) -you have won $10 to spend at the Book Depository! Congratulations!

Thank you all for participating. I have quizzes like this every Wednesday for fun and prizes :)

October 19, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Beloved Books Mini-challenge

Welcome Read-a-Thon peeps!  I hope you’re all having a fun day so far.  This is my only participation this time around because I am knee-deep in birthday party preparations for my son who turns 4 tomorrow.  When I do participate though I always love the mini-challenges and since I’m cleaning up lots of books today I thought I’d see how many of these picture books you could recognize.  I only need the title.  Every answer that you get correct you’ll get your name thrown into the hat, the more you know the more entries you receive to win $15 at the Book Depository.  I’ll periodically hide your comments so you won’t be tempted to cheat ;)  And no google searches.

I’m also going to encourage you to go and choose some picture books (for kids or adults) from your own home and take a picture.  Cover the titles best you can, leave a link so I and anyone else who wants to can visit and guess.  If you do this your name will be thrown into a separate hat for $10 at the Book Depository.  And why not take a few minutes and read a few?

You can play both ways and be entered to win both.  Open internationally.

I’ll be drawing for a winner  during hour 15.  Good luck :)



October 18, 2014 Posted by | Read-a-Thon | | 89 Comments

Updates & a giveaway winner

Things have been a little crazy around here and the blog (and blog visiting) has gone by the wayside.  My birthday was last week and Jason took me away for a night, our 16 year anniversary is Friday, and Gage is turning 4 on Saunday!  This is his first year having a friend party and like a newbie I worried about renting a place and having no kids show up.  sigh.  So, I foolishly decided to have it at our house.  Then they ripped off our deck and won’t put it back on until someone else comes and takes a look at something.  Next Wednesday. Ok, no deck, it’ll be chilly no big deal (except for the hideous looking cavernous space right outside the biggest door/window in the house).  Remember how I was worried no one would show up?  We’re up to 11 kid rsvps plus parents. That’s 11 3-5 year olds to entertain for 2 hours.  Plus I did invite a few other people who work with Gage.  Bah! Anyway, as I sit typing this I am really thinking about how much needs to get done before Sunday.  But I do love a party :)

I need to get a few things off my to-do list.

I promised a prize for a quiz a few weeks ago and I have a winner. Both Hannah and Nise got perfect scores (no surprise there!)  and Gage drew a name….Hannah!  There’s no photo evidence because I’m having technical difficulties (of course!).  I will be mailing off her surprise gift from the Library of Congress soon (soon means after the party).

I made a quiz this morning, but it’s for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon this weekend.  You still have time to sign-up!  My quiz will be hour 11 (6pm EST) if you want to come back and take a look.

You may see me around this week here or elsewhere on the blogs but if not don’t take it personally. It’s been a long time since we had a party here and I’m probably just freaking out :)


October 15, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 11 Comments

Book vs. Movie – Gone Girl

This is semi-regular feature where we can talk about which was better, the book or the movie.  I read the book in January 2013 (post here) and watched the movie last Friday, the day it came out.  Let’s break down how they compare.

*This is as spoiler free as possible!!!

The Story/Plot  Nick and Amy meet in New York and fall in love.  When the money gets tight and Nick’s mom gets sick they move to Missouri.  One or both of them turns into a sociopath and the paparazzi cameras are rolling.  I think both the movie and book do an excellent job of telling the story of this couple and the crumbling facade of their marriage.     Thumbs Up-Tie

The Visual  The book is dark and the movie was also dark, really at times it felt like the X-Files and you needed a flashlight.  I don’t really feel that the movie added anything visually to the book.  There’s no real reason to see it on the big screen unless you just can’t wait to spent more time with Nick and Amy.  To me, the descriptions in the book were just as effective in creating a visual image.     Thumbs Up-Tie

Characters vs. Actors   I think Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike became Nick and Amy.  Excellent choices and great acting (at least I hope it was acting!).  I love Neil Patrick Harris but he was not exactly who I pictured as Desi.  Margo, Nick’s sister was played by a new actress to me, Carrie Coon and I thought she did a great job.  I know people are complaining about a character missing, but I really wasn’t bothered by the minor exclusion.   Thumbs Up-Tie

The Ending  Up until this point I think both book and movie were on equal footing.  In the book, the ending packed a punch for me.  I was upset.  In the movie, the ‘ending’ went on so long with so many scene cuts that I just wanted it to figure out what it wanted to say and to do it.  For me, it was a weak. It did change just enough to make the ending different while still being the same in spirit. If that makes any sense.     Thumbs Up-Book

And the winner is…the Book!

Now it’s your turn to vote

Other book vs. movie polls you can vote on (Jack Reacher) (Ender’s Game) (Carrie, the original) (Under the Tuscan Sun) (The Secret Life of Bees) (The Shining, the original)

October 9, 2014 Posted by | Books vs. Movie, movies | , | 15 Comments

Scandal on Rincon Hill by Shirley Tallman

Scandal on Rincon Hill (Sarah Woolson Series #4)Scandal on Rincon Hill. Finished 10-5-14, rating 3.75/5, mystery, 340 pages, pub. 2010

Book #4 of the Sarah Woolson mystery series (Book 1) (Book 2) (Book 3)

A body is found just blocks from attorney Sarah Woolson’s home on Rincon Hill. Sarah is on the case, but 19th-century San Francisco is soon thrown into a state of panic as a gruesome crime spree begins to take hold of the city.

from Goodreads

Sarah, the only female attorney in San Francisco in 1881 and one of two in all of California, has opened up shop but has a hard time making ends meet.  No one is in a hurry to hire a woman lawyer even though she has helped solve several big name cases.  Her heart is always willing to take on the oppressed and marginalized and she has the smarts and support to do it.  She still lives in the family home and her father and three brothers are all successful in their chosen fields. Only her mother still believes she’ll be able to see Sarah married off someday and in this book there is a marriage proposal so she’s not far off.

Brielle, a young mistress is thrown out of her home after she has a baby and has to turn to a madam to make ends meet.  Two men from China, only in town for days, are railroaded for two murders.  Sarah takes on both cases with little hope of successful outcomes for either.  She might just manage to keep her law practice afloat, but she’ll have to rely on old friends for help.

I like this series. Sarah is a focused and unconventional and Tallman is able to give me real sense of life in 1881 San Fransisco.  If you like historical mysteries and female leads you will probably like this series.

This was from my own library.

October 9, 2014 Posted by | 4 Star Books | | 3 Comments

Stephen King Quiz – guessing closed

quizLast week we tried Shakespeare quotes so I thought Stephen King would be the next best choice :)   Good luck matching the quotes from the novels to the title. Each is used only one time.

Take your best guesses, be entered to win a prize – you only need one correct answer to be eligible for a prize.  No cheating (using the web to help find answers) or copying.  All extra details can be found here.

Leave your guesses in the comment section by Tuesday afternoon.

Titles-Carrie, It, Under the Dome, The Shining, The Green Mile, Misery, Hearts in Atlantis, 11/22/63, Pet Sematary, Full Dark No Stars, The Stand, Cujo

1.“High school isn’t a very important place. When you’re going you think it’s a big deal, but when it’s over nobody really thinks it was great unless they’re beered up.”  -Carrie

2.“’Yeah, but what if you went back and killed your own grandfather?'”  -11/22/63

3. “We all float down here!”  -It

4. “Sometimes dead is better”  -Pet Sematary

5. “Close your eyes and click your heals three times…because there’s no place like Dome.”  -Under the Dome

6. “I believe most people are essentially good. I know that I am. It’s you I’m not entirely sure of.”  -Full Dark No Stars

7. “Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just going to bash your brains in.”  -The Shining

8. “The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there…and still on your feet.”  -The Stand

9.“On the day of my judgment, when I stand before God, and He asks me why did I kill one of his true miracles, what am I gonna say? That it was my job? My job?”  -The Green Mile

10.“I am your number one fan.”  -Misery

11. “The monster never dies.”  -Cujo

12.“Sometimes when you’re young, you have moments of such happiness, you think you’re living on someplace magical, like Atlantis must have been. Then we grow up and our hearts break into two.”  -Hearts in Atlantis

October 7, 2014 Posted by | Quizzes | , | 15 Comments

September’s Movies

Great theater month!

Now it’s your turn.  Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

I hope that you will take a few minutes to participate when you can each month.  It’s fun for me and for everyone else who reads it.  I’m not looking for a critical review, just a few words about how you felt about the movie.  This is ongoing so you can leave your 5 words anytime.

We’re up to $53

The Drop Poster.jpgThe Drop, 2014 (Cast-Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, John Ortiz)            Grade B+

 Quiet man lives by code.

Theatrical release posterThe Maze Runner, 2014 (Cast-Dylan O’Brien, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter)    Grade B

Crazy maze was never boring.

This Is Where I Leave You poster.jpgThis is Where I Leave You, 2014 (Cast-Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne)   Grade B-

Great cast. Funny but sad.

Family dysfunction at its best.   (Kathy)
Marmaduke ver3.jpgMarmaduke, 2010 (Lee Pace, Judy Greer, William H. Macy. Voices of Owen Wilson, Fergie, Keifer Sutherland, Emma Stone, George Lopez)     Grade C

Big dog really gets around.

October 3, 2014 Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews | | 9 Comments

Prospect Street by Emilie Richards

Prospect StreetProspect Street. Finished 9-23-14, rating 4/5, fiction, 498 pages. pub. 2002

In one fell swoop, Faith Bronson loses her marriage, her financial security and her home. Despite the protestations of her father, she moves her family to a run-down town house in Georgetown. As she works on the house and attempts to put her life back together, she begins to discover secrets that have been long buried in the house on Prospect Street. Secrets that will change her family forever…

from Goodreads

I don’t want to give away too much so I won’t tell you why Faith’s marriage broke up, but the beginning of the story that concerned this worried me.  It was not the story I wanted from Richards whose heartfelt novels always leave me satisfied.  But as the story became more about Faith discovering her strength, I became more invested and less worried that it would fall down a rabbit hole I didn’t want to be trapped in.  This book was not in a hurry to get anywhere fast and I loved that. I loved meandering through the lives of Faith, her children, her family, and neighbors.  They each had their own story to tell and a mystery that connected them all.

It felt a little like a throwback, I was surprised that it was published in 2002.  Maybe the topic seemed dated, but I don’t know why because it’s not.  Anyway, I got caught up in the people, the mystery of a kidnapped baby and the rich Georgetown setting. I was reading this on our recent trip to Washington DC and we were planning on spending some time there, but it got late and I was too tired to walk across the bridge.  I love Georgetown and the idea of living in the townhouses there. Love it until, like Faith, I learn that renovations are extensive and expensive in those old homes.

It was a warm story of a woman coming into her own while battling the mysteries of her past.  I was captivated.

This was from my own library.


October 1, 2014 Posted by | 4 Star Books | | 14 Comments

Shakespeare Quiz with a special giveaway – giveaway closed

quizThis is a toughie, but take a few minutes and see if you can match the quotes to the play correctly.  Each title has only one quote.  The person who scores the highest will win a small gift I bought when visiting the Library of Congress. If there is a tie, I’ll have Gage pick a name :)  Good luck!!

Take your best guesses, be entered to win a prize – you only need one correct answer to be eligible for a prize.  No cheating (using the web to help find answers) or copying.  All extra details can be found here.

Leave your guesses in the comment section by Tuesday afternoon.


Titles- Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor

1. To be, or not to be:that is the question.  Hamlet

2. Beware the Ides of March  Julius Caesar

3. A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!   King Richard III

4. Parting is such sweet sorrow.  Romeo and Juliet

5. This is the short and long of it.   The Merry Wives of Windsor

6. Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em.   Twelfth Night

7.The course of true love never did run smooth.   A Midsummer’s Night Dream

8.All the world ‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.   As You Like It

9.Double, double toil and trouble.   Macbeth

10.All that glitters is not gold.   The Merchant of Venice

September 30, 2014 Posted by | Quizzes | , | 16 Comments

DC Quiz – guessing closed

quizJason and I had a great time visiting Washington DC last week.  We lived there for three years eons ago and would love to move back to the area someday.  Until then I’ll watch movies and read books set there!  See if you can recognize these movies from their movie posters. (resist the urge to search for the images – that’s no fun!)

Take your best guesses, be entered to win a prize – you only need one correct answer to be eligible for a prize.  No cheating (using the web to help find answers) or copying.  All extra details can be found here.

Leave your guesses in the comment section until Monday.

1.1White House Down


3.3All the President’s Men

4.4Primary Colors


6.6A Few Good Men

7.7An American President

8.8St. Elmo’s Fire

9. 9State of Play

10.10In the Line of Fire

September 24, 2014 Posted by | Quizzes | 10 Comments


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