Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Pocket Book For Daring Girls

This book will be released on October 28, 2008, but this is your chance to win a copy here and NOW!

I received this copy at BlogHer from MomCentral and am passing on the goodness to you.

Andrea Buchanan is the mother of a daughter and a son, both of whom are equally daring. Before she was a writer, she was a pianist who once performed a solo concert at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. This is her fifth book.

Miriam Peskowitz is the mother of two girls, including an eight-year-old who climbs trees and leads spy missions in the backyard. She has been a camp counselor, an historian, a blogger, a musician, a professor, and is the author of several books, including The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars.

This is the followup to The Daring Book for girls, which was rated with 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon dot com.

If you have a daughter (geared towards 9-12, but good for all ages really) this book is a must have.

To enter leave a comment here, tweet this contest for a second entry, blog about it for another.

The winner will be contacted on October 5.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

More Than it Hurts You - Darrin Strauss


I realized this would be a Manchausen by Proxy story from very near the beginning. And, while I wasn't crazy about that premise, I know it is something out there and some light needs to be shed upon it.

However, about 100 pages in there is a blow by blow of the pain (yes pain) that is being inflicted on this poor 4 month old baby. It details the whimpers of the child, the painstaking moves by the mother to make it easier for her but more painful for the baby. That was it, I had to put it down and try hrd to put it out of my mind.

Normally after I read a book, I post it on Paperback swap for a trade, this book however, I put directly into the recycling bin. I do not want anyone to read it, I do not want it to prosper or profit. It is HORRID!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Confessions of a Contractor - Richard Murphy

I really disliked this book. I finished it, but I didn't want to. Not liking it tho, is totally a matter of my taste in "storytelling".
This book doesn't read like a novel per se, it reads like a conversation. Some like that. The reviewer of People magazine loved this book. As do many on Paperback Swap. It just wasn't my cup of tea.
The story is of a Los Angeles contractor (based on his own actual experiences) who finds himself involved on different levels with his clients. I thought it would be my kinda story as I enjoy "reality" type books as well as reality tv. But again it read like he was talking to his bar buddies instead of me. The story would have been better if it was written differently.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Lake News - Barbara Delinsky

Another wonderful novel from Ms. Delinsky.

The main character is Lily Blake, a talented singer who shuns the limelight and cherishes her privacy. Tricked by a reporter into unwittingly giving an interview about her friendship with a a newly appointed Cardinal, she is accused of having had an affair with him.

Lily becomes a pariah and suffers the ultimate violation of her privacy as headlines all across the country proclaim her guilt. Hounded by the press, fired from her job, deprived of all public freedom, She returns in secret to her hometown of Lake Henry, in a remote, beautiful part of New Hampshire.
But returning to her birthplace and her family is not without its own stress and pain.

Driven by the need to exact justice -- and, for herself, some kind of closure -- from the media that changed her life forever, Lily forms an uneasy alliance with John Kipling, a journalist who was born and raised in Lake Henry's poorest neighborhood. His successful career as a big-city reporter has ended disastrously, and John has come back home to edit the local newspaper, Lake News. At first he sees Lily as a victim, as well as a subject for the book he hopes to write. But soon she becomes someone whose appeal -- and cause -- he cannot deny, even at the risk of taking on his former colleagues in her defense.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


That's not the name of a book, that's the name of me.

I have read many books since the last time I have posted but I have had just a bit of drama in my life over the last month (or two years give or take). I promise I will be back within a week with more reviews and even a giveaway (or 2).