Dec 16, 2011

Mobile Future



Just watched this and found it fascinating. I think I have more to say than this is awesome/scary but I am not processing more thoughts than that right now. Hope to find some time to ponder on this more at a later time. For now, would love to hear your thoughts!

Dec 8, 2011

The Challenge of Culling Books

 

I have been trying to cut down on some of the books that I own.  I have A LOT of books and I would like to continue having LOTS of books, but I am trying to be realistic about how many books I can have and how many I will actually read. I have identified adult contemporary and historical fiction as being a little low on my reading totem pole.  I have decided to sort through those types of books and discard any of the ones I feel l am pretty unlikely to read ever/any time soon. Some books I know will be readily available in ebook format at the point in which I do decide to read them. Other books I know I will never read, that they were an error in judgment to get in the first place. A lot of time I am lured in more by the price of a book than by its contents.

 

Considering this there are still books I really feel like I want to read, but I need to get to them soon. So I have a pile of about 20 or so books that I am setting aside with the caveat that any that do not get read in the next 6 months have to be donated. I have LOTS of books that I am keeping just because and some of these I may change my mind on. It is weird how the cover of a book can have sentimental value.

 

Today I am posting 6 of the books I have set aside to read first. There are a lot of books on the pile and they are all adult. Considering that I only read about 4 adult books a year, it is pretty unreasonable to think I will get though even this pile of 6. Part of that is the point of this whole exercise, teaching me to be realistic about the books I need and want to keep. I would love your suggestions on what to read first and also if you see any books that you think belong in my permanent collection, I would love for you to make a case for them.

 

Without further ado, here are the books:

 

I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn

Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner

 



Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje

 



How to Be Lost by Amanda Eyre Ward



The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

 



Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

 

And there we have it. I few books that I am thinking about reading before June. What do you think? What books do you like? Out of the 20 books in the pile I tried to pick some that I wanted to read the most first. I would love any input you have on these books OR your experience getting rid of books, especially those you haven’t read yet.

Dec 6, 2011

Reading in 2012

Every year as it draws closer to the next I start to reflect on what I have read and what I want to read. I always make a lot of goals but I am not very good at following through with them.  This year I am trying to make some easier goals that fall more in line with my natural reading, rather than expanding out to read something new.  In the past I have tried to read more book with characters from diverse ethnic backgrounds and while I now have used that experience to help inform future reading choices I don’t want to worry about focusing on reading a certain number of books in a year.  Also diversity is hard to find when it comes to science fiction specifically, there are very few books that really deal with race or show other cultures and it is even harder to know which ones those will be going into the reading.

 

This year I know I am going to be reading a few more fairytale retellings than I have in the past few years. This has been an interest of mine for a while, but recently I haven’t been making  point to read these type of books. Ever since I heard about Ashley from Basically Books dedicating 2 weeks in April to these types of stories I haven’t been able to get the idea of reading them out of my head. There are so many to choose from it is definitely going to be hard to decide what to read, but it is also fun to use these readings as  reason to research the original folk and fairytales. I have a lot of these books already and here are some I am thinking about reading.

 

Fairest
by
Gail Carson
Levine

East
by
Edith Pattou

Briar Rose
by
Jane Yolen
Sisters Red
by
Jackson Pearce
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow
by
Jessica Day George


What fairytale retellings have you enjoyed reading? What do you think it is about these types of stories that is so appealing? I think we like stories that surprise us and fairy tales are often such a part of our ingrained culture it is fun to see how they can be changed.
 
 

Two of my favorite times of the year blog wise are February and August because these are the months that Lenore dedicates the WHOLE month(s) talking about dystopian novels and interview authors and having amazing giveaways.  As most of my readers know I am a HUGE dystopian buff. I have a huge pile of dystopian books to read here, especially young adult ones.  Here are  few I am thinking about reading.

 

Fahrenheit 451
by
Ray Bradbury
Grace
by
Elizabeth Scott
The Unit
by
Ninni Holmqvist
The Line
by
Teri Hall

 

 

I was having a great discussion on Twitter that reminded me how much I love books that tie In with music some how. I can really only think of two books that I have read that tie in with contemporary music. Audrey, Wait! and Getting Over Jack Wagner were both particularly fun reads. After reading them close together I went on a book buying spree to get any music related book I could. Unfortunately the spree didn’t last that long and I only ended up with a handful of books. Here is a list of some of the books I already have to read that are related to music.

 

I Wanna Be
Your Joey Ramone

by
Stephanie
Kuehnert
Guitar Girl
by
Sarra Manning
Drums, Girls,
and
Dangerous Pie

by
Jordan Sonnenblick

 

 

Do you have any reading goals or books you would like to focus on reading?  I hope that I get a lot of reading done in 2012. Coming off the back of one of my worst reading years ever I need a lot of change in my life.  Even as I type this I am finding it hard to motivate myself to read. What do you do when this happens to you?

 

Do you have any books in these categories that I definitely should not miss? Please make sure you let me know in the comments and I will see what I can do!

Dec 4, 2011

The Sunday Salon–Holiday Reading

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Well, I have had another bad reading week. Before this week I have been steadily reading and finishing books but I think Thanksgiving threw a wrench in everything and I haven’t quite recovered yet. As fun as it is to get together with friends and family during the holidays, it sure does cut into my reading time. We were out of town for a few days before Thanksgiving and I actually read more late at night while we were staying with family than I have since we got home. There is something about night in a quiet house that isn’t your own that makes you want to seek out comfort in a book.

 

When it comes to the holidays do you read different types of books? I think sometimes I am a little bah humbug about it all because I am a bit of a minimalist when it comes to holidays. I don’t want a lot of what I am reading to reflect what is going on in my real life, though  I am considering reading Let It Snow if I have time before the end of the year.  I really feel the time ticking away on the year and I always try and make sure I get my goal books read. So there is very little holiday reading going on.

 

 

Today I am going to finish up If I Stay by Gayle Forman.  So far it has been interesting but a little underwhelming.  When I am done with it I am finally going to dive into Crossed.  I have been putting off reading it so I could come to it ready to read and I think I am finally there. Last night I also started In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker which I am really enjoying so far. Do you have any books you want to make sure you read before the end of the year?

Dec 1, 2011

Virtual Advent - O Christmas Tree

 

The Christmas tree is one the most standard traditions of Christmas. Yet, it is interesting to think about all the variations that each family can make on a single tradition. There are age old questions like real or artificial? When and how to decorate? What is the right size? Growing up I had the opportunity to see a whole variety of traditions even within a single Christmas.

 

 

Christmas Tree Tradition One

As a child we always had friends over while we decorated the tree. We would put on music and serve lots of great finger foods. For some people this may be more of a day spent with just family, but since it was just me and my mom we loved having everyone come over and visit.  My mom had about a million Christmas ornaments. Some I had made through various school projects over the years, some she had brought home from her travels in other countries, some were antiques, and other were gifts.  Every year we had a live tree. We would usually go to a tree farm in the next town over to cut down a tree and bring it home. Since moving to Utah, I found that tree farms are not common everywhere, though. There are times when this, and people not having a party to trim the tree, feel very different to me.  Here in Utah the traditions are totally different.

 

When it came to our tree my mom always spent a lot of time finding the right size and shaped tree. I remember walking down row after row of trees and saying “This one’s good!” Just to have her find what felt like one branch that was too short. She was constantly saying no to trues that had “bare spots” I couldn’t see. Not that these spots ever would have matter because the first thing my mom would do after the tree was up was cover it with about 25 strands of all different kinds of Christmas lights. There were white lights, and colored lights, and blinking lights, and faster blinking lights.

 

We usually put the lights on before our tree decorating guests arrived. My mom and I would wear nicer clothing and have plates full of appetizers ready. The boxes of Christmas decorations sitting  open by the side of the tree. My mom had one layer of ornaments then tissue paper then more ornaments ect. going about 12 layers deep. We would put 2-3 ornaments per branch. I always got to put the star or angle on the top of the tree. (Which do you use?) For years our was a star of David I made out of popsicle sticks at school. At the end of the night the tree was an explosion of color and light. It sparkled and glistened. And that was even before my mom brought out the tinsel which my friends and I would grab by the handful and toss all over the tree.

 

Christmas Tree Tradition Two

There are tree traditions you experience and some you only hear of in legends. One thing I can tell you for sure, my father’s mother had the biggest Christmas tree I had ever seen in someone’s home. EVER. For much of my father’s childhood and all of mine there was a 12 foot tree in the corner of the living room on Christmas morning. When and how it got there changed between generations. But the one thing that never changed was that in this house SANTA was the one who decorated the tree!

 

Before bed you would gather around in the tree in your pajamas, someone would put out milk and cookies, the grown ups would pull out the boxes of the ornaments and we would put them right at the base of the tree. Considering how festive the tree decorating had always been at my mom’s house this tradition ALWAYS baffled me, but also added an extra level of excitement. We would head off to bed and the large doors going into the room with the Christmas tree would be closed behind us. Early in the morning we would get up and they would still be closed. We would wonder what toys were there for us, we would wonder how the tree looked now, I think we even worried occasionally what it would be like if Santa didn’t come.

 

We always went to church first thing. When we returned we sat down to breakfast and opened our stockings. This part was my favorite. The stocking were three feet long and STUFFED with amazingness, but I would always wonder still what was lingering behind that closed door. It was not until everyone was done eating and opening their stocking that we could open the door to the living room. I don’t think it really mattered how it looked when it did open because all the built up excitement made it a wonderful moment no matter how many presents were under the tree.

 

The interesting part of the tradition was that for my father, Santa brought the tree and presents and decorations ALL on Christmas night. That had to have been such an amazing experience for him and his siblings. I could not imagine going to bed with nothing and waking up with EVERYTHING. They even had those 3 foot long stocking when he was a kid!

 

SPOILER: I found out later the reason behind the tradition and it is interesting to observe how it was still semi kept in tact even though it didn’t need to be. When my father and his family first moved to Connecticut they were poor and struggling. They could not afford a Christmas tree. After the kids went to bed my grandfather would go and poach a Christmas tree in the middle of the night, knowing that no one would be there to catch him. I cannot imagine going out and getting a tree, putting it up, decorating it, and putting presents underneath it all in a single night. Even though it wasn’t exactly right, the idea seems like such a sacrifice to me, and such in the spirit of the wonder of Christmas for a child.

 

Christmas Tree Tradition Three

While the Christmas tree tradition at my dad’s housing wasn’t anywhere near as festive as the others, it was very touching.  It is a little hard to explain, I think, without my dad maybe coming off looking bad. When I was really young we always did Christmas with my grandparents, but when I got to be about 9 or 10 my dad started ordering his Christmas trees. Yep, out of a catalogue that just delivered it right to his back door. My dad owned his own business and was very busy. Especially around Christmas time because it was important to him for his employees to get time off. He would work double or triple as hard to make sure all the work got done in his office without asking them to work more.  The idea of getting and decorating a Christmas tree felt like a lot of work to him. He knew when he ordered one it would look PERFECT and be easy to put up since it already came in a stand.

 

When it came to decorating the tree he would just give me the box of decorations and let me do it. I liked working on decorating the tree by myself. I knew it was important to my dad that Christmas was special for my half sister and I but I think he always quite sure about how to do it. My dad was always very generous and while he loved giving gifts on Christmas, he loved giving them all the time. I think Christmas never felt special to him, it felt like a time when he was busier and working harder. But there was no way he was going to let us down by not having a tree.  So even though this third tradition isn’t as fun and festive as the other too, I still remember it fondly.

 

What are your Christmas tree traditions?
How have they changed over the years?

 

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Nov 27, 2011

The Sunday Salon–Books Glorious Books

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Today I am examining myself as a reader and book buyer. I was thinking about writing a Sunday Salon post today since it has been a while since I contributed. Even though I am in the middle of a few good books I wanted to post about something with a little more substance. I didn’t have any ideas so I pushed the post to the back of my mind and got on with my chores for the day.


I am rearranging and reorganizing all the things in my family room. This room has become a bit of the junk collection room over the past few months. Also I have decided (for the first time EVER) that I have too many books and I need to get rid of at least SOME books. I already went through one book shelf on a surface level and boxed up some questionable purchases from my college years that were clearly not worth the time or effort any long.


What inspired this book culling? Even though I have long been AGAINST reading ebooks, I am now faced with the fact that I have well over 5000 books with more I want to read being published every week. Mr. X got a Nook a few years ago and he used it quite a bit at first, but is now back into paper books or reading with his phone. While he was, at first, completely against reading ebooks on a backlit screen, he has now found that he enjoys it more than he thought he would. So the Nook is now mine and I might as well utilize it. I love reading out of paper books. Love the look and feel, their weight in my hands. BUT I am coming to accept that they aren’t always convenient or comfortable to read. AND TAKE UP A LOT OF SPACE.


When I was pondering I realized that there were a lot of books on my shelf that I had no intention of reading any time soon. Every year more books come in, but none ever go out. That equation mostly equals out to disaster. Even though I have plenty of shelf space at the moment, how much longer will that last? And then what? New shelves? For the past 3-4 years I have almost exclusively been reading young adult novels, yet the majority of books on my shelves are adult ones. I always bought them (cheap) with the intention of reading them “someday” but what if that day never comes?


This question and others like it got me thinking about my personal reading trends. I have always loved young adult books and been adamant about their literary value to all types of readers. Post Harry Potter and Twilight it is a lot like I am preaching to the choir now that so many more adults read (or admit to reading) young adult books. But what other books have I read, purchased, and enjoyed over in the past? After my first daughter was born I only read non fiction books, then I was mostly reading books related to writing, then general young adult books, then only science fiction and dystopian young adult books, then all speculative fiction books adult and young adult.


So where am I now? I just came off a HUGE 6 month reading slump. Since the slump ended I have finished 12 books. Which is half of all the books I finished this year. Looking at these 12 books, I would not consider them representative of how I *think* I am reading right now. I feel like I mostly read dystopia, with a few romantically driven young adult breaks here and there. But the books I read tell me that I only read 2 dystopian books and a LOT of other types of speculative fiction and NOTHING non genred (or more romantic in feel without being paranormal).


Out of all the books I read this year the most realistic one is Babymouse! And I haven’t read a single adult title. Have I found my reading niche? Or is this just a trend that will fade later? I can’t decide and this makes it exceptionally hard to decide what books to get rid of. There are some obvious choices that I simply know I will NEVER read, no matter what I am into. And even if change my mind on some of these, I am pretty sure I will be able to find them in ebook in the future. Or even buy them again without all the years of them sitting around collecting dust and taking up space.


Today I piled my adult fiction books up on the table. Some I want to keep no matter what. Authors I love or authors I may need to read in the future for school. Authors that I told myself I am going to read before I die! Also, I read almost NO nonfiction. And I want to try and change that. I am not sure if I will, but I have so many great/interesting books here that I continue to buy. But in the adult fiction pile there are books that I am putting an expiration date on. If I don’t have them read in 6 months, they are leaving my house. I think this is a perfectly acceptable goal. I also realize that I probably won’t read these books either. Trying to decide if they should get a special shelf or box so I can be more proactive about following through, or just mix them in with the rest.


Are you reading the same kind of books you were 5 years ago? What book genres are you reading that you weren’t before? What types of books did you read and now don’t?


I have told myself to stay focused and only read one book at a time for a little while, but I am in the middle of Perks of Being a Wallflower (paper), Perfect Chemistry (audio), Jane Eyre (ebook w/ Chelsea), and The Butterfly Clues (ebook). Also will be starting Their Eyes Were Watching God and If I Stay for readalongs very soon. And the audio of The Tempest, since I have been meaning to read it for a LONG time.


What are you reading? What book that you read this year would you most recommend?

Nov 23, 2011

Thankful

This holiday season there are so many reasons to be thankful.

I am thankful for my two wonderful children who bring so much joy
and have so much love to share with me.
They are getting to an age when we can share more of our reading
experiences with each other.
My 6 year old is right on the verge of reading on her own and my 8 year old reluctant reader is helping me
find the keys to unlock her joy of reading.
Besides these wonderful moments we have reading together there are
other moments of laughter and togetherness that could never be described in words.
Moments, smiles, and hugs that mean more than words could every say.

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I am thankful for books which entertain and enrich me.
This year I have not read as many books as I usually do
but I still love the idea of reading them. Of talking about them. Of buying them.
Of meeting authors. And sharing books with people I care about.
Stories and books have such an amazing ability to transport through space and time and through every fold
of the imagination. I also love the way they feel and smell.
And the joy of finding a book you have been looking for at a great price.

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I am thankful for all the bookish friends I have found through twitter.
Those especially who get on late at night to talk about the books they love.
The books that stayed with them, that changed them.
And that they hope will change me.

I am thankful for Chelsea who is my oldest bookish friend.
For all the late nights we chatted. All the books she has sent.
The stories we have shared, the stories we have read.
And the way that she knows FOR SURE if and how much I will like a book,
and THAT is one of the most priceless elements of our friendship.

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I am thankful for Cindy Pon for writing a book I adore and being so generous to her fans.
Silver Phoenix is one of my favorite books of all time.
It changed me. It transported me.
It left me wanting more.
Cindy is kind and funny and addicted to twitter.
These are all the things I look for in a friend and author.

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Thank you also for ALL the blog follower who stick with me through thick and thin. We follow despite me not posting, and who are excited when I do.
Thank you to everyone of you that have ever commented it.
Thank you also to those who never have, those who have just taken the time to read what I post here.
Thank you SO MUCH to those who ENCOURAGE me to post more. I hope to do more posting soon!



HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Oct 18, 2011

The Curse of Twitter

One of the reasons why I haven’t been reading or blogging is that I have way more to read than I could ever get around to and sometimes this overwhelms me. And other times LIFE overwhelms me.  After spending a little bit too much time sitting around and watching TV I decided it was time to get back to reading, and to my friends on Twitter.

 

But like I was saying, I am not lacking for books to read.  The thought of them definitely does something beyond overwhelm me, but after just a few days back visiting with my friends on Twitter, that TBR list is growing even more.

 

I have always been interested in Blood Red Road and even downloaded it from Galley Grab but I didn’t get to start it before it expired.  Of all the electronic books I didn’t get to review this past year, this on is probably the one I think I might have missed out on the most.  But when I heard @ReadingFever praising it on twitter the book quickly jumped back on my radar. I really hope I can find some time to read it soon.  @ReadingFever seemed particularly impressed with Moira Young’s writing style and that is very important to me. I have always been more impacted by the quality of the writing than by the quality of the story. Of course good prose is not going to save a plotless story, but it is still worth stating.

 

I saw Anna Dressed in Blood in a Goodreads update and the title jumped right out at me. I had to find out more about it.  The little bit that I read about it was enough to get me to keep an eye out for it at the bookstore or library. The first line of the summary is really what got me. “Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.” The cover is also interesting. (And oddly similar to Blood Red Road in both coloring and with the blowing of the dark hair.)

 

Then I was looking at my friend’s blog, There’s A Book, and she had a review of a book that I also felt really strongly I needed to read. Carrier of the Mark has a lot of elements that I really enjoy reading. (Also quite a lot of gray in the cover. Must be a new trend or a reflection of my soul.)

What books peaked your interest lately?

Mar 13, 2011

The Sunday Salon–The Ick Edition

It is true. I have caught a case of the Ick, just a short while after getting over a stomach thing I now have a cold thing.  And for the past few days I have felt like death warmed over.  But whether I feel 100% or not my invalid time is almost over since soon I will have to pick up my girlies and do my ever important mommy time.  Which doesn’t particularly mix with invalid time. But don't feel too bad for me because the week was filled with book shopping and I have some author events coming up I don't plan on missing.

 

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I love Scholastic book fairs.  I always have, and I hope I always will. In the  fall there is a regular priced fair that acts like a fund raiser for our school.  Now that I understand the workings of this better I can appreciate buying a few full priced books.  But it will not surprise many people that I love the buy one get one free fairs even more. This fair we got more books than we ever had before.  Unfortunately for me, I already owned a good majority of them.  I did end up getting a lot of books, but most were for the girls and not the thrilling selections that make your heart skip a beat on your way to the checkout line.  Which is why I headed over to the middle school fair to see what they had to offer.  And there, mostly in one case were a bunch of books off my wishlist just waiting for me.

 

Dark Life by Kat Falls has been on my radar for longer than I like.  I almost bought it during the fall fair but decided I just may not get it read in time for it to be worth full price.  Since then the book had intrigued me even more.  There is something I really like about the cover and how it feels different from other dystopian books I have been reading.

Surprisingly, when I got to the book fair nothing really caught my eye.  Fearless has been on my list for a while but my eyes just passed over the cover a few times and it was one of the last books that I found.  When I came home I had Mr. X read the back and he said it sounded like The Declaration, and that makes me even more excited for it.

 

In all truth the last thing I need it more young adult dystopian novels.  I found Amy Sturgis’s YA dystopian list a while back and it has been my map through the genre ever since.  Her latest iteration of the list went up late last month.  This list is particularly good for finding new authors and tracking down forth coming titles.  I have also used it to help make many book purchases over the past year and the books are piling up around me.  There is something both comforting and daunting about this. I like knowing I have a good selection of YA dystopian novels but I also know I am not reading them as fast as I would like.  As much as I love dystopian literature you can only read so many of them before you get burnt out.  No mater how vastly different they can be from each other they often boil down to the same concepts in a way that fantasy novels and science fiction novels don’t.

 

When I went to the Utah Book Blogger’s Social I was excited to hear more about Fire and Ice Photo’s first book trailer.  I hear about it originally on Twitter and I was really excited to find out more about it.  The trailer is for the third book in the Prophecy of the Sisters series by Michelle Zink.  This isn’t really a book I am clamoring to buy and read, but since we were just talking about it I figured I should probably try it out. I am very excited to hear more about the book trailer as we get closer to the book release date.

 

I am challenging myself to read Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink (book 1) before the third book releases.

 

Although there is nothing particularly appealing about the cover of The Comet’s Curse it became an impulse buy to match with another book of the same price at the book fair.  For weird book lovers and deal finders like myself,  I would rather buy more books than not match price for price on the books I do get. Because it is more about the price spent per book than the total price spent.  It sounds insane but my friend is the exact same way which makes me feel more okay about the situation.  When Mr. X looked through the books I bought he picked up The Comet’s Curse and said “This looks terrible.” It is amazing how much we identify books by cues that are on the covers and how we might pretend that we don’t but it is an extremely vital part of understanding what a book is about.

 

I like to know as little as possible about books before I buy them and I love having Mr. X around to read the back of books and see if I would like them.  He always sigh before he does, but he will tell me if I will like and occasionally he finds one that maybe he would like too.

 

One of the middle schools in our town was having a regular fair, not a buy one get one free fair, but I did find one title that I just couldn’t live without.  The Gardener by S. A. Bodeen has been interesting me since I finished The Compound.  It is interesting because I didn’t really like The Compound very much.  It was pretty well written and a definite mind bender but something about the ending negated the whole book for me.  It went under the category of too crazy to believe.  Despite that it did leave me eager to read another book by Bodeen.  It is relatively slim and that makes it a great candidate for a new read for me.  Every day it feels like there is more piled up on my plate and I often wonder why I am taking on so much.  I definitely need a new balance in my life, now it is just a matter of finding the time to sort everything out.

 

This is just a sampling of some of the books I got.  The part that is the most fun for me is running away from my current book fair with my friend for an hour and going to check on the middle school fair, which have a few more books in the age range we like.  I like all kinds of books for all kinds of age ranges, but there are honestly only so many picture books I really need. I buy new ones at every book fair, but I have so many already.  And picture books are inherently more readable, and kids clomp onto certain ones.

 

Did you buy any good books this week?

Mar 6, 2011

Hazardous Universe Book Launch

I had never heard of author Julie Wright until LTUE 2010 (last year and my first time attending). She kept talking about this one book that I could not wait to read called Hazardous Universe.  I remember clearly even now Julie’s bubbly personality and I loved hearing what she had to say about writing. I knew I wanted to read a book by her.  But as it usually goes for me, I never did.  Now I am going to get my chance because Hazardous Universe will be here in just a few days.  There is even a launch party that I wish I could go to, but just because I can’t doesn’t mean YOU can’t!

 

The book launch is at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Murray UT. On the corner of 5300 S and State St on Wednesday, March 9th from 6-8 pm.

 

Julie and coauthor Kevin Wasden will be there to sign books and be part of other wonderful festivities.  I am super excited that the book is here.  It is the first in a series and I think it has a pretty fabulous cover.

 

I have said it before and I will say it again, here in Utah we are so very lucky to have so many talented local authors.  It is great to have opportunities to celebrate their books with them.  I hope that Kevin and Julie have a wonderful night.  If you end up going to the book launch please let me know and take a few pictures for me.

Silver Phoenix Contest Update

I am so happy that there have been so many entries into my giveaway for Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon. Unfortunately these entries also broke my commenting system on the entry post.  But not to worry, I have email copies of all the entries.   I did want to clarify a few points of the giveaway and add some other details.

 

The giveaway is for 5 copies of Silver Phoenix. While I am excited for the release of Fury of the Phoenix, I do not have any copies of the book to giveaway at this time.

       

 

As long as Book Depository ships to your country this giveaway is open internationally.  While at least one copy of the book will be awarded through random drawing, other copies of the book can be awarded at any time for any reason.

 

Here is a list of the entrants so far, if you think you have entered but don’t see your name on the list, please go to the original post and comment again using the blogger comment system.  If you would like to be entered into the giveaway and have not entered previously please comment on the original post. Not this one.

 

Pam from bookalicio.us
Kylie from The Creative Geek
Charlie from The Worm Hole
Tabatha from Inspiring the Dawn
@DotHutchison
Rachel email rachelg1630
@JazzyJay673
Lorie Matteson
Cathie email lovemybabysquid
Karen from Maunderings of a Manic Reclusive
Manu email mahnoor
Carrie from Books and Movies
Bernadette Do email KairaKara
Mariska email uniquas
Ashley Holt from Bookcase Siren
Llehn email lesly7ch
Mia from Girl About Books
ReaganStar from Star Shadow
Jessica from Shut Up, I’m Reading
Sophia from Sophia the Writer
Kim – I don’t have any contact information for you
Harley from Starlet Reviews
FaeFever from faefever25
Travis from Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm
Minas from Minas
Chersti N. and her blog
Fire and Ice from and her blog
Megan from Library Showgirl

This are the entrants (unless I missed one, which is very possible). As of Noon Mountain Time on Sunday, if you entered before this time and you don’t see your name, again please comment again on the original post.  I had a big spike in entries after the Utah Book Blogger Social. Thanks especially to all the local(ish) people who entered.

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