Showing posts from June, 2011

Happy 75th B-day to Gone With The Wind

Today marks the anniversary of the publication of Gone With The Wind.
There is special documentary, American Rebel. After the program there is a live chat on television broadcasting in Georgia. You don't have to travel far, just go to your computer. Here is the link to the program it starts tonight only at 8 PM. 

If you are interested google, Margaret Mitchell and Gone With The Wind.   There is are many resources on Margaret Mitchell and her book( only book written). There is a interesting site called, The Margaret Mitchell House, in Atlanta Georgia. If you are a fan, and live near the area that is a nice place to start

. She was a fascinating woman.  She was a rebel, and a  feminist before there was a name for that.

I have been a big fan of Margaret Mitchell. Loved the movie. But never read it. I think it is time to read it. It has been sitting at my TBR for quite awhile.  There is a biography written recently also, if you are interested.

Winners of the Midsummer Hop

Congrats to the winners of Midsummer hop, and my blogaversary giveaway.
Congratulations to Crystal, you won Ms. Haigh's novel, Faith what a great read. You will not be dissappointed. 

The winners of the Midsummer hop for Best Staged Plans by Claire Cook, congrats go to Mamabunny 13, and Judy for Butterfly's Daughter. Please let me know your addresses within the end of the week. If I don't hear from you, I will be picking another name.   Thanks for joining me at the hop. Till next time. I hope y'all enjoy your books and let me know what you think.

David Baldacci at Pawleys Island, SC

I went with my friend Amy to go to see David Baldacci, at his book tour, One Summer. I have never read any of his books. But, I have heard that he writes awesome stories.
I have recieved a few books as galleys from publishers, but have not had a chance to read any of his work. 

I have been to several book events at different book stores, where I lived, in northern New Jersey. I had seen some authors, through the independent book stores. I was able to see Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson, and the greatest Sidney Sheldon.  My knowledge, how book events are run is not a novel thing.

I have been to Farleigh Dickinson University, where I have seen some great literary giants, such as Margaret Atwood.   At these events you learn how they write, and learn about the writer.  

In the last couple years I have gone to the Moveable Feast, it is hosted by the independent book store called Litchfield Books, and the local gallery, in Pawleys Island in SC.

The Moveable Feast is geared more for…

The Snowman : Book Review

The Snowman
By Jo Nesbo
Ebook version

Bought by me

I bought this book on Ebook-nook version. The Snowman was out of my comfort zone. But I thought I would give it a try. Especially the reference of snow, would cool me down in the hot summer heat. I have not read any Steig Larson novels. It sounded very similar and decided to give it a try. Everyone was raving about his novels. I did see the foreign versions. I did not care for either, too gory, and too much violent sex. I thought I was missing something. Most of our book club members are in their 60's. Thought something was wrong with me, I have to give this one a try. 

Wrong: It was very gory, bloody, raw sex, and everything in between. I assume most books that are written in Europe are more open about this. It was ok, for them. But, this is just not my style. I would prefer a good old fashioned Agatha Christy Mystery anytime.

For now I am going back to my familar genre literary fiction next.

 It was about a story of someone is…

Blogaversary Giveaway

I was reminded today, it is my blogaversary. It just flew right by me. I can't believe a reader of my blog had to remind me.  That was awefully sweet.   Beside the Midsummer Hop giveaway, I would like to giveaway a copy of Faith By Jennifer Haigh.  Comment on my review below, on Faith and you will be in the drawing. The drawing will be today till next Sunday night at 12 AM.

I can't believe it is three years since I started blogging. I love the connection with fellow bloggers.  The readers that stop by just to say, hi.   The author's and publishers that ask me to review their books, that most of the time I can't say no.

I am not kidding you I must have taken about three hundred, YES, I said three hundred books to CASA( Women's Shelter, to the hospitals, and a couple nursing homes). 

This coming year, I would like to re-design my blog.

 I hope to go to SIBA, in Charleston SC. It is a tradeshow,( Southern Independent Book Association) scale down from BEA. The BEA l…

Midsummer Eve Giveaway Hop

I am participating for the first time a blog hop. It is being hosted by I AM A Reader Not A Writer.
The Midsummer Eve's Giveaway Hop is being run from June 21- June 24th. To participate you need to go to I Am A Reader Not A Writer's blog to hop along each blog.

Over 240 participating blogs are offering a book related giveaway and we are all linked up together so you can easily hop from one giveaway to another. The hop runs from Monday June 21st to Friday June 24th.

What you need to do is become a follower on Seaside Book Corner on my blog, Network blog does not work is not considered a follower.  Leave a comment on which book you would like to win and why.

I have  Claire Cook's novel Best Staged Plans,
and Butterfly's Daughter to giveaway for the Midsummer Hop:

You have two chances of winning:
Go to which book you would like a chance to win.
Butterfly's Daughter, or Best Staged Plans.  Go to my review and comment on my post and become a follower on my blog at Sea…

Book Review: Faith

By Jennifer Haigh

Review copy sent by Harper Collins
Thank you Jennifer

Warning: This is a different kind of post. It is of course a review of the book. But, I am posting about my memories of a place that both the author and I share, Nantasket Beach outside of Boston.

Jennifer Haigh's new novel, Faith is about a scandal that happen's to a Irish, Catholic family.  The scandal is the molestation of a child by a prominent priest named Art. It is the story from each of the family member's perspective that draws the readers in bit, by bit.   Art, is the step brother from the previous marriage. Then Sheila, and Mike from another marriage.

The family grew up in a rough part of South Boston( which is termed, Southie). All of them have secrets hidden about their childhood. It was not a easy life for their mother and each of them.

  Shiela has always been close to her brother Art.  She comes back to Boston to help Art, by proving his innocence.  Mike, Art's half brother…

Jerusalem Maiden: Book Review

Jerusalem Maiden
By Talia Carner

Jerusalem Maiden, is about a young ultra orthodox Jewish girl, Esther Kaminsky. She is living in Jerusalem before the fall of the Ottoman Empire(this is  today known as  Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Israel, etc). Young Ultra orthodox girls, are known as Jerusalem Maidens.   They become of age at the age of 12 in the Jewish religion.  Once they hit this age it is their duty to marry young and have many male children to hasten the arrival of the messiah.

Esther, the main character of the story has a artistic hand. Her art teacher notices her passion. She encourages her to pursue her art.  But, the Jewish religion,
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image" She continues to draw without any one's knowledge. Her cousin Asher has a plan. Asher also wants to follow his art, music. He has a plan, marry me and we both can pursue our dreams and passions.

 But, then tragedy strikes her mother, she dies.  She believes it is her fault. G-d has punished…

Book Club: Funny

I would like to share this caption I found on cyberspace this morning. I can relate. Can you?
Post what you think.

Whats With Blogger

First off, let me say I am not happy with blogger at the moment. Blogger just revamped the blogger posting site. I don't like it at all.  I don't know what possesssed them. I can't figure out how to lay out my graphics to the post. It is harder to delete posts, now it is not close by. I do though, like the idea that it is no longer in a box.  Anybody else I would like to know what you think.

Waiting on Wednesday

Hey everybody, Welcome to Waiting on Wednesday.  WoW, is hosting by Breaking the Spine. What book are you anticipating for release.  I am looking forward to reading Oriental Wife by Evelyn Toynton.  It will be released in July by Other Press.

 This novel is about two assimilated Jewish children from Nuremberg who flee Hitler’s Germany and struggle to put down roots elsewhere.

What book are you can't wait to be published.

It's Monday What Are You Reading

Hi, Everybody to all my readers. It is Monday again.  Go over to Book Journey to read what what other book bloggers are reading this week.
It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Journey, a weekly meme.

Last week I read:

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and Best Staged Plans
Both read and posted on my blog this past week.
This week I am reading:

Jerusalem Maiden
By Talia Carner

Esther Kaminsky knows that her duty is to marry young and produce many sons to help hasten the Messiah's arrival; that is what is expected of young
ultra-orthodox women in Jerusalem at the end of the Ottoman empire's rule.

 But when her French teacher catches Esther' extrodinary doodling and gives her colored pencils and art lessons, Esther wonders of G-d has a special destiny for her. Maybe she is meant to be a artist, not a mother. Maybe she meant to travel to Paris, not stay in Jerusalem. However when tragedy strikes her family, Esther takes it as his warning. Sacrificing her…

Great Summer Read

Best Staged Plans
By Claire Cook

In a Boston suburb, lives Sandy and her husband Gregg, and their grown son.  He lives with them in the" bat cave'. Sandy and Greg want to put their house on the market to downsize.

Sandy, is a house stager, a house stager is hired to design the house with furniture and decor to stage for the buyer.

Sandy is getting very uptight trying to get the house ready to put on the market. With shelves to be fixed, and floor to be re-done, and painting of the walls. Her husband and her son are not fixing the house fast enough and good enough for her expectations.

So when opportunity knocks on her door, " calgon take me away moment". She does what any woman that wants to pull out her hair and scream, ESCAPE.  Escape, she does, she leaves Boston, to go to stage a hotel, in Atlanta.  Thanks to her friend, Denise's friendship, she lands a job at a boutique hotel.

Sandy is very excited,  this is her opportunity to see her newly married daught…

Waiting on Wednesday

This is the first time I am participating on Waiting on Wednesday meme, hosted by Breaking The Spine.

I have been anticipating Elin Hilderbrand's summer novels every summer. I like to read books that are not fluffy, but have substance to them. Elin Hilderbrand is my kind of author.   The book I am anticipating is Silver Girl, it will be published this month. Looking forward to it.

Synopsis taken off from the website:

A sparkling summertime novel about best friends, love, and money from New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand.

Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing—because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars.

Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie’s had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can’t offer complete escape, and they’re plagued by new an…