Showing posts from August, 2008

Book Blog Appreciation Week

Over At My Friends Amy's blog she is having a book blog appreciation week.
the rules and what you can nominate are listed below.
This should be interesting to find out about other reading blogs in cyberspace.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
BBAW Award Nominations are Open

It's time to open nominations for Book Blogger Appreciation Week Awards 2008!

Listed below are the categories of awards. There are many. You may not have a nomination for each award. It doesn't matter. Nominate up to two blogs per category and send an email to BbawawardsATgmailDOTcom with your choices. You DO NOT have to have a blog to make nominations. Comments left on this post will NOT be accepted as nominations. Each category will be narrowed to the top five blogs by number of nominations received, so don't be shy!!! Support your favorite blogs and bloggers! Nominations will close on August 31st.

And the categories for the Book Blogger Appreciation Week Awards 2008 are:

Best General Book Blog
Best Kidlit Blog

Madonna's Of Leningrad

I read the Madonnas of Lenigrad by Debra Dean. This book was selected by You can listen here
The author joined blogradio as well.
But on to the review.
The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean is the story about Marina, and her memory She is Russian.
The story flashes back and forth from memory from WW2 and the present. Marina is going with her husband and her daughter Helen to her grand daughter's wedding.
We realize that things are not right about her.
She seems confused, and her memory reverts back to WW2 and certain things don't connect right. Her memory is locked only she know what is truth.
Certain times, Marina has flashbacks in her memory and take her back to her days as a young woman in Russia during WW2, with the invasian of Germany. Marina is a docent and takes people on tour at the Heritage Museum. There are pictures that have been rescued while the war is going on. The pictures are taken but the frames are left almost as a reminder that th…

Teaser Tuesday

Tuesday Teasers
Posted by Literarily at 8/19/2008 6:02 PM and is filed under Memes,tuesday teasers

Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:

Grab your current read.
Let the book fall open to a random page.
Share with us two (2) "teaser" sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your "teaser" from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given.
Please avoid spoilers!

This teaser is from Madonnas Of Lenigrad by Debra Dean.
It is the idea of the city, the idea of the world suggested by the guilded frame that surrounds it.

Free Books

I wanted to let my book blog readers know about free books.
All you have to do is send them a email.
I alway get excited when they send me envelopes. They either send me new books or I find out about new books, and guides for the books for our book club.
They also let me know about publishers that are giving away books.
What I recieved in the package is info. for free book from Norton, for a free copy of Zookeeper's Daugher. I bought the hard cover about a year ago when it first came out. I just have not read it yet. Like always too many books not enought time. The book is a book club selection for our Hadassah Book Club. It is based on a true story during the holocaust.
When Germany invaded Poland. Stuka bombers devasted Warsaw-and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen guests hid inside the Zabinski's villa, emerging after dark for dinner and socializing.

To My Friends and Family

I know this is my reading blog post where I post my thoughts on books. But I would like to dedicate this post to my family and friends.

Hi All,
I would like to apologize to all my family and friends the last couple months.
There were days that I was so stressed I could not even talk to anyone. I needed to be alone with my thoughts.
I have had a lot on my mind with getting David in school. Then all of sudden realizing that it is a good idea to go back to school myself.
scheduling David and myself around my working schedule and then around both are school schedule with one car.
David was listening to what the adviser told him to take without realizing my schedule may conflict with his schedule.
Oh, what a mess....
It looked like David would be going to school part time. But low and behold we found a class that he would be able to take.
He will be taking 12 credits. But I think it is done.. HAPPY!!! HAPPY!! I feel like a heavy weight is finally lifted off my shoulders. I can breathe now.…

Eat, Pray Love

We had our book club this past Wednesday.
Benay led the discussion there seemed to be alot of resistance discussing the book.
It was like pulling teeth.
By hearing what of few said I am not inspired to read it.
What I got out of the meeting was, Eat was the first section, Pray was the second, and love was the last part.
all the members agreed that they started getting into the book when it pertained to India.
Lisa loved the book because she could identify with the places. The comments were she was on a pity party. She was selfish, and self centered, but later on she became a better person.
I am not sure then why Oprah praised this book if it was this bad.

I don't think the members could identify with her. That may have been the reason we did not have a lot to say.
Our next book club will be in September. We will be reading AWAY by Amy Bloom.

I have been the one to keep the book club with info. announcements, emails, special guest speakers etc. A few members would rather discuss…


I am starting Madonna's of Leningrad by Debra Dean.
I was sent this a few years ago by the publishing co. But I never picked it up. sent copies to everyone that will participate on blog talk radio it will be broadcasted on August 21st at 7PM. If you are interested there is still time to pick up and read it. It is a short book a little over 200 pages. You can link up to the broadcast here. You may visit my blog friend, Dar She left a nice review on her blog

Barefoot By Elin Hilderbrand- 5*****

This was a very good read I give it a thumbs up.
There are many stirred up feelings and emotions when your read Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand. The author is a native from Nantucket.
I have been reading too many THINK books it was time to read something totally different. I thought this would be a beach read. But it was a little more deeper than I thought. Still it was a good read. I recommend this highly.
The book is about 3 woman with a situation to resolve.
Two of the women are sisters, the other is a friend.
One of the sisters, Vicky has cancer. She decides she wants to have treatment at her summer house in Nantucket. She invites her sister Brenda, and her friend Melanie.
Her sister, Brenda is a professor from a esteemed college. She was caught having a affair with one of here students. When she is confronted about it she looses her temper. She ruins a expensive painting worth millions. She will never find another teaching position again. She is being sued by the school for th…


It has been a hectic month helping, David( my 18 yr.old) register for college.
And the funny thing is he is not going away to college. He will be home.
I can't imagine how hectic it would be for parents when they have their children attend college away from home. It seems like every day I am driving him to the school.
It is very hard to let him make the choices, and not say or do anything as a parent.
He has to fall before he learns from his mistakes.
Right now David did not think about the schedule till I pointed it out.
Why go to school in the morning and come back in the afternoon. You should schedule your self so that all your classes are one after the other not spread out.
So now, he does not have a car yet. I will be doing the driving. He scheduled all afternoon and evening classes without thinking about a job. He now has to get his books Monday, and change his schedule Monday. I hope everything works out.
Why do kids not listen!!! It is not so bad if he was doing all…

Favorite Website

I received in my my inbox my weekly and every Friday. I actually look forward to this. If no one know is a website about books, book clubs, book reviews and even contests for book giveaways.
She talks about different book related events around the country. Her great escapades with her children, etc.
I have been reading this for every week religiously I think for at least 8years.
This website was a lifesaver for me. Because when I moved here to SC it was such a culture shock. The website kept me in touch with what was going on in the north east. Since Carol is from NY, I felt at home when she sent info. because she not only talk about books. She would also talk about what was going on up north. When I moved here it was July 2001. One month before 9/11. That was hard for me because I wanted to be there, NY it was still home to me, not SC. So it was a difficult time. was a lifesaver. It kept me in touch.

Avid Reader

I was reading what Stephanie from So many books posted on her blog.
It is very interesting, about avid readers. You can read what she has to say here