October 31, 2008

7 Random Facts Tag: Book Edition


Wendi over at Wendi's Book Corner tagged me for the "Random Facts" tag - Book Edition. Here are my 7 random/weird facts (trying to stick with the book edition theme - we'll see how I do!)


1. The first novel I read was Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews.


2. About 3 years ago my Mom made me cry when she gave me Love You Forever by Robert Munsch for Mother's Day and I just returned the favor this year and made her cry when I gave her The Story of Edgar Sawtelle for her Birthday.


3. Of course a bunch of books have made me cry however I was bawling so bad with Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel that I had to stop reading for a few hours. I gave myself a pounding headache from crying so bad.


4. My library currently has over 500 books yet I still buy new books, request books from my trading sites, visit all the local FOL sales and shop at both local UBS. I'm out of control! Luckily I married a Book Lover so he kind of understands my obsession with books.


5. Whenever a friend asks for reading choices the books I always recommend are the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich and the Eve Dallas books by J.D. Robb.


6. The two new series that I am in LOVE with are the Felix Gomez books by Mario Acevedo and the Bigtime series by Jennifer Estep.


7. My favorite book from all the books I've read this year was The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz.


I'm going to tag 7 people who have book blogs, so they can continue the book theme if they want. I choose:


1. Mary at Just One More Page

2. Avis at she reads and reads

3. Luanne at A Bookworm's World

4. Wrighty at Wrighty's Reads

5. Kaye at Pudgy Penguin Perusals

6. Mary at Bookfan-Mary

7. Betty at Howling In Silence


Now - for your instructions:

1. Link to the person who tagged you, and post the rules on your blog

2. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself

3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs

4. Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog!

Tag - You're It!!

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    October 30, 2008

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    October 29, 2008

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    October 28, 2008

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    October 27, 2008

    I Like: Laney Pottery

    Obviously with all the great giveaways this week (see my previous posts about the Bloggy Giveaways) I'm going to have very little time to review books. But I will share with you a few of the fun blogs I'm coming across and Laney Pottery is one of them. I mean where else can you get an awesome jug that looks like this...


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    October 26, 2008

    Review: Otis The Musical Owl by Joseph N. Chappelle



    One afternoon Hedwig Chappelle and her friend go for a walk and stumble upon a baby great horned owl. He’s quickly picked up by Mr. Chappelle taken to a vet the next day. The vet gives the owl a clean bill of health and after unsuccessfully trying to return the owl to where they found him the family names him Otis and turns him over to an animal rehabilitator.

    There Otis learns many things such as flying expertly and loving great music to understanding English and the language of other animals. Once Otis is released to the wild he travels back to visit the Chappelle family and begins a search to find his family with the help of thousands of animals that come from the east, west, north and south and even one special visitor from the sky.

    The book has a very good premise and I liked it for the most part however the writing didn’t fulfill its potential. The storyline is somewhat choppy and I get that it’s a fantasy but some of the story is too over the top with a weird bit of out of place religion thrown in at the end. If you run across this book somewhere I’d say you should take the opportunity to read it but in my opinion I wouldn’t recommend running out to buy it.

    Review: Dewey by Vicki Myron


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    Dewey is the story the small-town library cat who touched the world. The story begins on the morning after the coldest night of the year. Library director, Vicki Myron, checked the book drop box only to find that someone had dropped an 8 week old kitten into the slot. With temperatures reaching minus fifteen degrees plus the added factor of spending the night in a metal box with the lid propped open, the kitten was a scared, frozen mess. After a hot bath and some TLC that kitten became Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.
    For nineteen years Dewey greeted library patrons at the door, made people laugh, brought shy children out of their shell and wormed his way into the hearts of many people. With a sixth sense he could always tell who needed an extra bit of loving and he never failed to make people feel better after visiting with them. Visitors would come from near and far to visit the famous Dewey. He even stars in two documentaries; one featuring library cats and even one in Japanese. Along with Dewey’s adventures and antics Myron shares in heartfelt detail her family struggles and tells of life in a small town.

    I’m a cat lover but I don’t think I’m being biased when I say that Dewey was a truly incredible cat. From life with such a cruel beginning it’s amazing to read what a trusting a sensitive cat Dewey became. Vicki Myron and Dewey will do for cat lovers what Marley and John Grogan did for dog lovers. I had to keep the tissues handy while reading this one and I recommend it to all animal lovers.

    October 23, 2008

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    October 21, 2008

    Review: Dirty French by Adrien Clautrier & Henry Rowe


    Courtesy of Mini Book Expo and Ulysses Press



    Dirty French, Everyday Slang from “What’s Up?” to “F*%# Off!” was hilarious. The opening paragraph warns that this isn’t a beginner’s grammar book but a book designed to take your French to the next level. I’ve only had 1 year of French and this was over 18 years ago so that had me worried. Yes, my accent was very rusty, but I got though it and even if you don’t know any French at all you’d still find the sayings and musings in between delightfully funny.

    This book includes phrases for every situation, including expressions for describing art that make one sound smart and cool. Use sweet words to entice a local beauty into a walk along the Seine, and less-then-philosophical rebuffs for those overly zealous, espresso-fueled cafe "poets." There are enough insults and swear words to offend every person in France without even speaking to them in English, which they really dislike.

    Some of my favorites are below. I will censor to keep it clean but the book doesn’t and that makes it half the fun!!

    • Whoops! You’re not my boyfriend. – Zut! T’es pas mon mec.
    • Don’t S&#@ your pants! – Te chie pas!
    • Did your girlfriend just fart? – C’est ta copine qu’a pet?
    • My French boyfriend is a horndog. – Mon copain francais est un queuetard.

    There are 9 chapters in the book so stick French after each of these words and you’ll get an idea of the awesome amount of swear words and dirty phrases you can learn: Howdy, Friendly, Party, Body, Horny, Angry, Poppy, Sporty and Hungry. (hey, that sounds like a new Snow White movie. LOL)

    Oh and you can even learn to send Dirty French texts such as... "VTFF”
    To find out what that means, I guess you’ll have to buy the book.