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Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday Finds

I went to a garage sale today and got some great books! And they were only $5 for them all, can't beat a deal like that can you?

Here's what I got:
Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts
In My Own Words by Mother Teresa
The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
The Birth Home by Ami McKay
The Carousel by Richard Paul Evans
The Letter by Richard Paul Evans
The Green Mile (Complete Collection) by Stephen King
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

Looks like I've got some reading to do :-)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Review: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

Okay, here's my review: Let me start with OMG! I loved this book. It was well written, the characters were well developed, the plot was amazing. I have to thank the First Look group over at Barnes and Noble for letting me be a part of this one.

The book follows Connie, a student working on her dissertation for her PhD in American History. Her mother asks her to get granna's house, in Marblehead Ma. (near Salem), ready to sell. Connie begins to discover weird things about the house from the beginning, and when she discovers the name Deliverance Dane she starts hunting for more information. The book jumps between the 1990's and the late 1600's - early 1700's. These jumps allow us to follow the stories of Deliverance, her daughter Mercy, and Granddaughter Prudence. As Connie gets closer to finding what she's looking for, the story of these women in the past gets filled in more and more. What Connie eventually finds is more than unexpected.

I love stories about Salem and the With Trials, but sometimes I think it's been so overdone that it would be hard to find a new angle to write about. Well let me tell you Katherine Howe has hit the nail on the head with this one. The story is enthralling. I became attached to Connie almost immediately.

I think this book was great. It was suspenseful at times, emotionally pulling, and fast paced. Even when I wasn't reading this one I was thinking about what was going to happen next. I truly became engrossed in this book. I'm finding it hard to write this review because I can't seem to explain what exactly it was I liked so much about it, and to just say I loved everything about it isn't very descriptive, but that's just it, I LOVED everything about this book.

This one I'm sure I will pick up and read many times in the future.

Great Book!
There is actually a great site for this book also, make sure you visit!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Giveaway: Testimony by Anita Shreve: Giveaway Closed!

Edit: This giveaway is closed. Winners have been choosen and e-mailed. I will list results in the morning. I'm too tired right now!

Thanks to Valerie and Hachette for letting me do another giveaway! This one sounds as great as the last one!

This time it is Testimony by Anita Shreve

At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. A Pandora's box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices--those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents involved in the scandal--that details the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.

Writing with a pace and intensity surpassing even her own greatest work, Anita Shreve delivers in TESTIMONY a gripping emotional drama with the impact of a thriller. No one more compellingly explores the dark impulses that sway the lives of seeming innocents, the needs and fears that drive ordinary men and women into intolerable dilemmas, and the ways in which our best intentions can lead to our worst transgressions.

And now the details of the giveaway :-)

5 copies will be given away!

To enter please leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner!

Extra Entries:
  • Become a follower, just mention it in your comment (if you are already a follower let me know, you get an entry for that too!)
  • Post a link to my blog (Leave me the link so I know where to look)
  • Mention this giveaway (with link) on another site (again let me know where you mentioned it) This can be a blog, myspace, facebook, twitter... Anyplace you'd like.
The not so fun stuff:
Only US and Canada please
No P.O. Boxes
Contest ends on May 5th at 11:59pm
Winners will be notified by email on May 6th


Monday, April 20, 2009

What a nice weekend getaway!

So this weekend I took a train to see my mother in Indianapolis. It was nice. We spent Saturday night at French Lick Resort. That is probably one of the most beautiful hotels I've ever seen in person. While we were there we went over to the hotel in West Badeon Springs which was by far the most beautiful hotel I've seen in person. We went to the casino at French Lick. On Saturday night I didn't know when to walk away so I didn't win anything Saturday night but Sunday I learned my lesson and played $40 and left with $70 so that wasn't a total waste....

I did finish two book, but unfortunatley I can't post the reviews just yet. One I should be able to post later this week and the second I am going to post on Monday. Let me just say they were both GREAT books and I hope you come back to catch my reviews!!!

But when I got home this evening I had three books waiting for me :-)
  • You Wanna go to Willard by Linda M. Holbrook
  • The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Chameleon Conspiracy by Haggi Carmon
Plus while I was gone I got two emails that Iwon books from other blogs. The first is Do-over which I won from This Book For Free. The second book is The Turnaround from Booksie's Blog.

So I'm going to be pretty busy for the next few weeks. As you can see my books to be read pile keeps growing, I have 1 book on the way from paperbackswap.com plus 11 books to review.

Good thing I LOVE to read huh?

Don't forget I still have my giveaway going for Girls In Trucks. It's going till April 30th! You can read my review and enter the contest here.