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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Dewey's Read-a-thon - October 9th 2010

I had a great time at this back in April this year, and am very excited for the next one in October! Come join us!

You can sign up HERE, and make sure and look around on the blog to find out what it's all about!

Hope to see you there so we can cheer each other on!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Winners for my 7th BC Anniversary Giveaway

I was very happy to have takers for all the books I offered, so here are my winners, and thank you for helping me celebrate my 7th Bookcrossing Anniversary!

Guitar Girl goes to Susan Helene Gottfried!

Attila goes to Becca!

Daughter of Venice goes to Audrey!

Forbidden Game Trilogy goes to throuthehaze!

The Tale of Despereaux goes to Mary!

Anatopsis goes to Wss4!

Thanks everyone! I'll be contacting you to get your addresses!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Giveaway: Help me Celebrate my 7th Bookcrossing Birthday!

I always seem to miss my Bookcrossing Anniversary, I joined on August 21st in 2003 and will be 7 this year! This time I'm going to remember by giving away some books! Please keep in mind that all of these books are used and Bookcrossing labeled. You do not have to be a Bookcrosser to enter this giveaway, and while I would love a journal entry from you if you win (which can be done anonymously if you decide that Bookcrossing is not for you) the book is yours to do with as you please.

To enter, please comment on this post to tell me which titles you are interested in, list them in order of preference please, as I may have to draw names. Also, please tell me what about the book interests you on each one. Gotta make you work a little bit, right? Please also give me an e-mail to contact you with. I will choose winners on August 21st.

This giveaway is open to the US and Canada, I apologize to my international friends, but a couple of these are hardbacks, thanks for understanding!

Here are the books I'm giving away:

Daughter of Venice by Donna Jo Napoli -- It is 1592 in Venice and Donata Mocenigo, younger daughter to one of the city's great noble families, leads a life full of wealth and privilege. But she feels constricted by the many strict rules of etiquette a young noblewoman must observe, and longs to throw off her veil. I talk about it in a previous post HERE

Attila by William Napier -- 406 AD, and the Roman Empire totters on the edge of the abyss. Already divided into two, the Imperium is looking dangerously vulnerable to her European rivals. The huge barbarian tribes of the Vandals and Visigoths sense that their time is upon them. But, unbeknownst to all these great players, a new power is rising in the East. A strange nation of primitive horse-warriors has been striking terror on border peoples for fifty years. But few realise what is about to happen. For these so called 'Huns' now have a new leader. And his name is Attila - 'the Scourge of God'.Thus begins a saga of warfare, lust and power, which brought the whole of the Christian world to its knees, and was only ended in blood on the fields of France. It is a story of two men - Attila the Hun and Aetius the Roman. One who wanted to destroy the world, and one who fought one final battle save it... My review is HERE

The Forbidden Game Trilogy by L. J. Smith, The Hunter, the Chase and the Kill. I am giving these three away together, so if you are interested in them, just list The Forbidden Game Trilogy.

Descriptions Taken from L. J. Smith's Website:

The Forbidden Game, Volume I: The Hunter
Jenny wants to get her boyfriend, Tom, a special game for his birthday party. However, she can’t help but be fascinated by the boy with the white-blond hair who sells her a strange game as a present. It turns out that the boy, Julian, is the youngest of those from the Shadow Lands, a race of evil beings who live invisibly just beside our own world. Once Jenny opens the game, she is in his land. Julian is determined to seduce her, but he has to work by a set of inflexible rules, only touching Jenny where she has reached for him.
In the fantasy house that Julian has created, where everyone at the party must face their greatest fear, Julian himself is Jenny’s worst nightmare. . . and maybe her dream lover, as well.

The Forbidden Game, Volume II: The Chase
Jenny begins to get terrifying phone calls and soon it’s clear that Julian is loose is the real world. More and more, Jenny falls under his spell, allowing herself the freedom to do as she likes, no matter the consequences. It seems that Jenny has chosen Julian over Tom. But then her friends are disappearing, sucked into the Shadow Lands, paper dolls left in their places. Can Jenny outwit Julian without giving in to his demands entirely?

The Forbidden Game, Volume III: The Kill
Jenny returns to the place where it all began; her grandfather’s house, where as a child she first met the child-Julian. A door with a strange rune on it opens to the most fantastic creation of Julian’s of all: an empty amusement park that Jenny loved as a child. Except here, all the rides are deadly. More, Jenny must survive her confrontations with an increasingly frustrated and determined Julian. Will he really kill her if he can’t have her? Jenny forces him to make the choice—and two worlds are changed forever.

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo -- Synopsis (From Publisher's Weekly): Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other's lives. And what happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out.

Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning -- Seventeen-year-old Molly Montgomery never planned on becoming famous. Molly's band, The Hormones, was just supposed to be about mucking around with her best mates, Jane and Tara, and having fun. But when the deliciously dangerous Dean and his friend T join the band, things start happening fast. Soon The Hormones are front-page news, and their debut album is rocketing up the charts. Molly is the force behind the band, but the hazards of fame, first love, screaming fans, and sleazy managers are forcing the newly crowned teen queen of grrl angst close to the edge. Fame never comes for free, and Molly's about to find out what it costs.

Anatopsis by Chris Abouzeid -- Princess Anatopsis Solomon wants to be a knight-errant. But her mother, chairwoman of Amalgamated Witchcraft Corporation, plans for her immortal daughter to take over the family business. The Queen has even hired a new tutor: a demigod named Mr. Pound. But Mr. Pound’s plans go far beyond completing Ana’s education. He is searching for the mysterious and powerful Os Divinitas. And if he finds it, nothing will survive. A shocking and powerful gift will catapult the Princess into an unlikely quest through the rich worlds of Anatopsis, inhabited by magic immortals, a rebel army, and the last dog in the Universe.

There we have it! I have read and enjoyed all of these, and now it's time to pass them on to new friends! Thanks for helping me celebrate!

Movie Check In

I've actually gone to see some movies this summer! Three movies in the last three weeks, that's a record for me I think!

First we went to see The Last Airbender which we'd really been looking forward to as we have watched the cartoon and really enjoyed it. We saw this one in 3D and loved it! I do have to say it was darker and more serious than the cartoon, but even so I think they still did a good job in staying true to the characters. The scenery was gorgeous! I was very pleased with how it turned out and am looking forward to more of them!

Next we saw The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which was cute if not as amazing as The Last Airbender, still a fun movie, especially if you like Nicholas Cage. There was a nod to the Disney cartoon of course, and it's a great scene.

Just tonight we saw Inception and wow! This was an amazing psychological thriller, very convoluted and exciting! I was on the edge of my seat, and just exhausted when it was over, one of the most engrossing movies I've seen in a long time! Originally I thought this one was in 3D also but it was not, and it probably would have been amazing if it was, but honestly it didn't need it, and I think it might have even been distracting if it had been.

I highly recommend all three of these movies!
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