Showing posts from January, 2012

Killing Lincoln: Book Review

Killing Lincoln
By Bill O' Reilly
and Martin Dugard

Our book club selected to read, Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly for the month of February. Our book club stays in their comfort zone, and tends to read women's fiction, or suspense, not usually history.

This is the first book I read by Bill O'Reilly. I did not realize he was a history teacher.  He's background improves he's credibility.

I am glad we went out of the comfort zone, and read something different. I wish we would read a few other non-fiction.   We have not selected any books for the upcoming months, lets see what is brought to the table on Monday.

Killing Lincoln, is about the plot to attempt to kidnap, and later to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln,  and the conspiracy, and the plot to overthrow the U. S. government.

 The entire book you felt like you were reading a mystery, it felt like you were reading fiction.   It was light reading, not heavy on the scholarly side. This book is good for…

Today's Incident: Bad Experience at Books A Million

Books-A-Million, is one of my least favorite bookstores. It is very coporate, all business, the employees don't seem they want to be there, aren't  book readers, the store does not have the comfy oversized chairs, etc, the set up of the coffee shop is not homey like Barnes and Noble.

The BN in Myrtle Beach, care about their customers, know their merchandise, are book readers, like the set up of their cafe, and the store itself.

I know most of you are independent bookstore supporters. But, because I no longer live in N.J. where there is a  abundent number of bookstore.  In Myrtle Beach, SC. there aren't many indenpendent book stores.  Only Books A Million( which I detest), and Barnes and Noble. Not many book stores to pick and choose in a small tourist town.

I decided I had a bad day at work, I wanted to go to the mall. I was looking for slipcovers for my pillows. Could not find anything. So, instead I side tracked into Books-A-Million.

Anyway, like all of bibliophiles, …

Baker's Daughter: Launch Day

Today is the day for the launch of Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoy. I absolutely loved this novel. You can read my review here.

I don't usually do this, but for Baker's Daughter which I loved. I can't RAVE enough about it.  

 Sarah, has a website, and a blog that is wonderful to read.  She is having a launch party, today on 1/24 on goodreads at 2PM, with another author Jael McHenry.

Jael McHenry is the author, of Kitchen Daughter  Also a great read from last year. You can see my review here and recap of best books of 2011.

Y'all should check it out, she will be giving away some prizes, and a few of her books.  You can also follow Sarah at twitter, and tell her that Susan at Seaside Book Corner sent you.

Congrats, Sarah, or as we say in hebrew Mazel Tov!!! You are awesome writer and I will be spreading the word everywhere, for anyone to hear me.

Readalong: GWTW Update

Ok, now that I finished, chapter 1-7 of the read a long, I can now put my comments to paper, or in the blogger world, digital paper.  I have never read, Gone With the Wind before. I have seen the movie several times, considered my favorite of all time with Wizard of Oz.

The book is much better than the movie of course. It fills the historical holes I did not understand. It also enriched the book about the family history. Scarlet's father was a poor Irish immigrant, and made he's fortune coming to the United States.  It never made sense why he did not have the southern manners, this explains it.

What she sees in Ashley I don't know. What a whimp. Both Ashley and Melanie deserve each other. They seem to be so emotional, and sugar and sweetness.
 Scarlet, is opposite, self centered,  compusive, and arrogant, she did not like books, and intellectual conversation bored her, especially politics, and the war.
Why throw yourself at him. This seems so totally out of …

You Have To Read: Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoy

Baker's Daughter
By Sarah McCoy

The Baker's Daughter, takes place in Hitler's Germany with  Elsie Schmidt, a 17 years old, and her family. They own a bakery shop.

 At the same time we are introduced to Reba, a journalist in present day El Paso Texas.   She has a boyfriend a Border Patrol Officer, Ricki.

 She is asked by her editor, to get a heart warming story from the German Bakery in town. Reba tries to get the story from the owner, Elsie. But the owner is hesitant to tell the story. Instead Reba talks to her daughter, Jane.

 Reba is not happy with the story, and continually comes back hoping to break the story. But, what develops is a friendship between Elsie, Jane and Reba.

The story goes back and forth in time. Reba realizes that there is not a happy heart warming story in Germany in 1945.

In Germany, in 1945, things were tough during the war. There is a incident that I will not disclose, you will just have to read it yourself. But, what I will tell you is Elsie acc…

Gone with the Wind Read a Long

This month, I am doing something totally different. I have joined a Readalong with Kate@ Literary Explorations. For the month of January we are reading Gone With the Wind, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the release of Margaret Mitchell's novel. 

I have wanted to read Gone with the Wind too many years too count. But, unfortunately other books got in the way of reading.   I have seen Gone with the Wind several times. But, always wanted to read the book.   Unfortunately, I have seen it too many times, like every movie that is released after you see the book, I know what is going to happen. If I am going to see a movie adaption of the book, I either read the book first, or I don't read it at all, because I know what the conclusion is. 

I decided anyway that I am going to join the read along. So far, though the book is not exactly following the movie. In the movie, it never explained the history of Tara, how it came to be. I am learning about the empty holes, and the histor…

World Book Night 2012

To All Fellow Bloggers,and followers of my Book Blog of Seaside Book Corner. Y'all need to check out this awesome event. 

The first World Book Night was held last year in the United Kingdom. There was such enthusiasm, that the hosts of this event decided to hold it again, and include the United States.
The World Book Night, is a response to promote reading in your community, that would not other wise have a book in their hand.

This is such a great idea, the idea is to get non-readers and light readers, and people in our communities that are less fortunate. To give them a book. It is geared to teens as well as adults.
It is also to promote people, that would not normally enter a library or a book store.

There are 30 books on the list that have been chosen to give a way. They have been donated by authors, publishers, other people in the book industry.  The books will be specially made for this event. For more information, and how to participate go to World Book Night sight here.

The bo…

Judging The Book By It's Cover: Kitchen Daughter

Which Cover do you prefer? The hardcover or the soft cover? I prefer the hard cover book on the left. This is the cover that drew me in at first glance of the book. I understand why the change. Book covers can make the book or not.  I think the first cover is much more mysterious. The second one, since I read it is decieving. The daughter is not a young child. I don't get the cover. In my view it should have been a young women, not a young child messing with the pots. But, who am I just a blogger. We bloggers, are much more interested in what is inside the pages rather, than a book jacket artist cover. Or are we? I just wonder who judges the cover and who has the final say so. 

The paper back version a courtesy copy from Ayelet of Simon and Schuester. Thank you so much for the paper back version. I was curious to find out, if they would keep the art work of the hard back or not. I was hoping they would leave it alone. If they want a bloggers take. This is my only criticism, is the c…

Book Review: Bean Tree by Barbara Kingslover

The Bean Tree
By Barbara Kingslover

My own copy

The Bean Tree,  is the story about Taylor. She is raised by her single mother. She thinks the world of her daughter and is glad, that she traded her husband for her.

Taylor doesn't want to be like the other teen age girls in the rural town of Kentucky, barefoot and pregnant at the age of 16. 
Instead she chooses a different route, with her mother's encouragement, she gets a job in a hospital as a lab technician for 5 years. Until she buys herself a old dilapidated, old 1955, VW Bug, then she decides she wants to leave, and find her roots in Oklahoma, where her grandfather's roots are from, Cherokee blood. 

She arrives in Oklahoma, and her car breaks down. While, there she is left with a Cherokee child, in her care. Which is ironic. Since, that was the reason she left Kentucky. Not be saddled with a child to begin with.  She leaves Oklahoma, after the car is repaired with her new charge,  named" Turtle", toward Arizona.


Where Are You Reading 2012 Challenge

This year, 2012 I am entering a challenging"Challenge". You ask, what do you mean? Because I am computer challenged, I entered a challenge that I could not last year. Because of the poor computer skills.  It was Where Are You Reading 2011.

But this year, 2012 I decided I am going to challenge myself. It is not so much the books. But, to set up google maps. It is such a neat idea, I just had to do it this year. No matter how challenging it is. I forced myself to figure it out. I am 3/4 there already. It took me a entire day to figure it out.

The only thing, I have not yet figured out, is how to link up the blog post to the pix on the map. I did a google search, but nothing popped out.  It is not terribly important, because I could leave with that until the end. Then figure it out. If any one can help me, I would appreciate it.

I am excited to start. It is your own literary journey for the year. I have wanted to read books that center not so much on the east coast, because…