Mar 29, 2008

Win This Contest!!

Are you interested in winning a free book? Here's your chance ....

My very good friend at A Book Blogger's Diary is having a fantastic book giveaway! Check out the review of "The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly", a book this reviewer calls "...A sweeping saga of enterprise, sacrifice, romance and glory..." and enter to win a copy.

And after you enter this giveaway, check out the rest of the blog to enter giveaways galore which this book blogger has gathered from around the web!

Enter before April 1st.

Mar 27, 2008

Celebration About to End





TIME TO CELEBRATE!
My UNbirthday will be ending soon.
Have you gotten me a present yet?
Now is your chance!
HURRY, before it's too late!


Aloha Friday


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My Aloha Friday question today is...
If your life was a book what would the title be?

Aloha Friday is a laid back, just for fun, meme created by Kailani at An Island Life.
We all post a question and have fun going around answering each others.

My answer: Once I wrote a story called "False Tragedy" and I think that I would often use that as the title of my life. I usually think I am going through the worst part of my life, no matter what is going on, no matter how minor it is, it feels like a tragedy at the time. But I am usually blowing it out of proportion.

Answer the question for yourself in the comments and then ask a new one on your own blog! Have fun!

Cover Exploration

I was attempting to arrange my books yesterday. I was getting all of my young adult and juvenile literature together. What I noticed was the EXACT type of book I thought was good when I was kid.
The cover would look something similar to this.
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A brightly colored border with that little triangle at the top.
Maybe it was the apple at the top that signified this as a good book. Maybe the apple meant "Teacher Approved."
What do you think of my childhood perception of a good book?
Here are a few more:
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What covers were you drawn to as a kid?
Do you remember?

Booking Through Thursday: Covering-Up


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This week’s question comes from Julie, who asks:

While acknowledging that we can’t judge books by their covers, how much does the design of a book affect your reading enjoyment? Hardcover vs. softcover? Trade paperback vs. mass market paperback? Font? Illustrations? Etc.?

I definitely judge a book by its cover. I mostly buy my books from the used market. More often from thrift stores than from actual book stores. Paperbacks generally run for 50 cents and are arranged in chaos. What are the factors in buying a book for 50 cents? Recognizable authors, catchy titles, and if when you pull the book out it catches your eye, well it is probably coming home with you.

Does cover eat make me enjoy the story more? Generally not. If a book cover is plain or even garish it doesn't detract from the words on the page once I am reading it (though it may detract from me picking it up in the first place.) But there is absolutely nothing I hate more than reading a story and flipping to the cover to discover that the picture does not reflect the story accurately. I rarely see a character's physicality in my mind and often look to the cover for clues. I am sure you can imagine how infuriating it is to turn there and know that they didn't get it right.

Someone, somewhere, recently asked monetary issues aside what is your favorite type of binding. I have always preferred trade paperback books. I like how the wider expanse feels in my hands. Sometimes when I am reading a mass market paperback I feel it cramping in my wrists. Even though we aren't supposed to consider money now, I think money has always been a main factor in my preference of softcovers. Why buy one book when you can buy four? I have recently discovered that I prefer hardcovers for traveling. But mostly I just generally enjoy books. I enjoy looking at them, touching them, flipping the pages.

Currently I am reading two books; one which the cover is helping me enjoy the book and one which isn't.

The cover for Atlas Shrugged gives little to no details about the book but every time I close it I can't help but stare at the cover.

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I try to figure out what the images on the cover mean and how they relate to what I have just read in the text. The image on the right hand side that looks like a map is particularly intriguing. My eye races over it watching the plot unroll across the shapes and lines.

In contrast, Artemis Fowl is sparkling and shiny. It literally looks like a jewel of a book.
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As far as purchase appeal, this is one I would definitely grab. (If you are intending to do the same Amazon has a great price on this book right now. Only $2.99!!!) But as far as reader enjoyability, this cover adds NOTHING to the experience of reading the book. There is no shutting the book and musing over the future of the characters and what events will lead them there. Not induced by the cover at least!

Do you have a response to either of these covers? Share it with me!



Mar 26, 2008

The Party Is Almost Over

Well, unfortunately my UNbirthday will soon be drawing to close.

I have really enjoyed celebrating with you all, especially Amy who definitely has the best taste when it comes to pretend presents.

I am happy to report that I did get TWO pens in the mail.
Cheryl Wyatt has the gracious honor of granting that wish.
I might also mention that along with the pen she sent me a signed copy of A Soldier's Family (Love Inspired #438).
Which you may remember I won earlier this month.
My daughter was also very excited about the pens. I gave one to her and she wrote Cheryl a "thank you" note with it.
It was really just some scribbles on an apple shaped sticky note, but it was adorable. I am pretty sure Cheryl would appreciate it.
I have not started reading the book yet (tell you more about why in a second.)
Before Cheryl I had never heard of Love Inspired romance novels.
I was very interested in the idea of an inspirational romance.
Before Cheryl's book came I was at the thrift store. (What?! Again? YES, again.)
And I am very excited to report that I found two other Love Inspired novels sitting there waiting for me. They were 50 cents each, so of course they came home with me.
I even started reading one.
But I have not had as much time to read as I had expected. I am enjoying my time with my kids, but some miscommunication with my ex has made me unable to prepare
(aka rest and read) as fully as I wanted to.
The kids are waking up so that is all for now.
Don't worry I have more surprises to tell you about.
Surprises are what make UNbirthdays FABULOUS.

Stop by and say "hi" to Cheryl.
She needs some love.

Mar 24, 2008

Ready For the Weekend

It is only Monday and I am already ready for the weekend. I have been really tired lately. And quiet if you haven't noticed. My ex went out of town again so you probably won't be hearing much from me for a few more days.

Anyone else wish it was the weekend?

P.S. This is part of the reason why I dislike holidays.
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