Monthly Archives: June 2010

the short second life of bree tanner by Stephenie Meyer

So here’s the story…. in the midst of the Twilight series, Eclipse to be exact,  Bree is one of very few newborn vampires introduced by name.   Ten pages later she is killed off during the war between the evil vamps and the Cullen/Werewolf battle.  In this book, the short second life of bree tanner, Bree is already a newborn when the pages open and this is told from her point of view up until where she meets Bella and well… you know…. dies…. again.

I’m not giving anything away, seriously…. it’s in the title!

Honesty time.  I did not remember Bree Tanner from the  book.   I had to go back and find her.  Bree was a back ground character at most, and I never imagined I would see or hear from her again, obviously – because I forgot she ever existed.  ;D

When I heard about this book coming out I was really excited.  I thought it was brilliant of Stephenie Meyer to bring in another book that could add to the already phenomenon that is all things Twilight.  (I could only dream that J K Rowling would try such a book!) Once the book was out I snatched it up from the closest B & N and brought it home waiting for the right time to read it and this week with the opening of Eclipse, I knew the time to read was now.

Honestly time again.  I didn’t love it.  And… here is why:  I am not really a vampire reading fan.  Yes, I read the Twilight books and yes, I enjoyed them… but to me that was not a vampire read.  The Twilight series to me is  a YA love story.  It involves a High School, a new girl who is attractive, a hot guy, and a second hot guy – that are both interested in the new girl. The fact that ones a vampire and one is a werewolf, that is just a new twist on an old story.  One I really feel is an incredible idea.   They don’t really go into any detail of killing, in fact the Cullen’s hunt animals – not humans.  Yes – there are “baddies” but you don’t really see too much of what they are doing, as this is Bella’s story, told from Bella’s perspective.  If Bella doesn’t see it – it may as well have not have happened.

I personally have a tough time with the whole blood sucking thing and no offensive to Bree, after all that is the way that her and her kind roll.

I think this book is going to be loved by many that enjoy the true vampire reads.  Stephenie Meyer made a smart move by publishing the book and from what I have heard the book has done well, and I am very pleased to add that the book sales that donate $1 of the purchase price to the Red Cross (which is also such a brilliant idea), has raised over 1 Million dollars for the Red Cross International Response Fund.

Amazon Rating

I have updated my Book Journey map to include the short second life of bree tanner

When in Forks, Washington – I am told by a coffee connoisseur, that Espresso Vivace Roasteria is the place to go for a great atmosphere and an awesome cup of coffee.

192 Pages

Cover Story:  If a cover can be perfect – this would be one that is.  Seriously, an hour-glass filled with red sand, representing how quickly time is passing and running out?  Once again – brilliant.

I bought by copy of this book from Barnes & Noble

Morning Meanderings…

Ok…. two cups of COFFEE in to my morning… I have a confession.

*deep breath*

*just rip the band-aid off…*

I almost went to the triple movie showing last night of all three of the Twilight movies.

I know – I know!  If you know me you know I love adventures and love to be a part of unique things – I mean seriously, I waited 6 hours with my 18-year-old son a couple of years back for a Wii that was going to be released at midnight in Wal-Mart.  I stood in line among Quiddich clad youth to go to a midnight showing of the last Harry Potter movie with Chance….. I mean,

this is what I do.

And, for a moment, ok – more like for an hour and a half, I seriously thought my friend Wendy and I were going to do the triple movie experience.  It started at 7:00 pm with Twilight, followed at 9:25 pm by New Moon, and at 12:05 am Eclipse.

Then I thought about it and knew I could not do 7+ hours in the movie theater…. plus, I have a 9:30 am meeting this morning that not looking like I have been up half the night wearing a Team Edward shirt and ju ju bees stuck to the side of face (and probably in my hair) would be a plus.

However.  Today.  This afternoon….   Wendy and I will be going to the afternoon showing of Eclipse.   I have seen the other two movies and thought they were good, I read all the books back when they were first released, and yes, I am continuing my Twilight adventure with my head held high (hopefully ju ju bee free) to the completion of the movies.

Last night, I read the short second life of bree tanner, in part, because Bree shows up in the book Eclipse.  I hope to have that review up this afternoon.  My only hint…. it wasn’t like the other books.

For giggles – here are my original reviews of the books – note:  I wrote these pre blog.  This means, I didn’t really format them for other readers, they are mainly my on-line journal – and probably a bit raw and totally unplugged:

Twilight (I have my Sally Field moment here… I like it, I really like it)

New Moon (I fight the critics here that say this book is awful…)

Eclipse (in this one I gush a little too much about Edward and threaten to bite someone…)

breaking dawn (I rave about…. the title.  And something about locking the characters in a box with Harry Potter….)

How about you – I know there is a lot of talk about the Twilight series – for and against.  Would you see the movie?

The Secrets Of Newberry by Victor McGolthin (GIVEAWAY!)

Thank you Hachette for the opportunity to offer this book for giveaway to my readers!

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For Ivory Bones Arcineaux and Julian Bynote, life in 1950s New Orleans couldn’t be sweeter. Friends since they met in an illegal gambling house in Newberry, Louisiana, they have their pick of all the fine women, good food, and hot nights they can handle. They seem to have it made–especially Julian who begins to make a new life for himself after meeting the beautiful, classy Magnolia Garbo at a social. But both men are about to find out that letting the good times roll can be deadly when a simple robbery goes wrong and Julian witnesses Bones murdering a man in cold blood. The victim was a white city councilman with all the right connections-and if the two are discovered, it will mean the end to everything they’ve built together. With the New Orleans police hot on their trail, Julian must decide whether rolling in the fast lane is worth losing his freedom and his life.

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Morning Meanderings…

I woke up and stretched about an hour and a half ago.  I looked outside and said, “I shall call you… Tuesday”.

I worked close to 12 hours yesterday so I am probably a little punchy.  🙂  The meeting I have been prepping for was last night and it went off fairly well.  Today – may be a short day at work…

It’s gorgeous out and I already want to play hooky.

Ok… I have Coffee Cup with me so I should be able to focus on this post and not the day developing outside.  I am a bit later posting this morning than I wanted to be but I really wanted to visit all the Monday What Are You Reading posts before I completed this and I just finished now.  WONDERFUL reading going on in the world!

Here are a couple of books I have put on reserve at my library that I discovered yesterday:

Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth, I seen this one over at Second Childhood Reviews

I picked up on The Great Deluge (about Hurricane Katrina) over at Nancy’s  2010:  The Year In Books.  I have friends that go at least once a year to Mississippi to help with the repairs (still!) even after now 5 years since this Hurricane hit.

And then…

Over at Alyce’s At Home With Books, author L. Diane Wolfe shares her stories on book signings that blew me away…. but also made me very interested in her YA series…

So that’s what I have been doing the last 24 hours – working and catching up on the reading world.  I am hoping to rollerblade like the wind later today.  Ok, maybe not like the wind…. I am not even sure that the wind rollerblades…. but you know what I mean.  I think.  😉

Off to work I go!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

I love being a part of this and I hope you do too!  As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme.  I offer a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment.  You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.

Last weeks winner (using Random.Org) was:

Lydia Presley

Congratulations!  Please choose an item out of the PRIZE BOX and email me your choice with your mailing address as well!

I think this past week went fairly well.  There were a few nights that I didnt get on the computer at all but instead used that time to read.  Looking over the past week I am pretty excited about all I accomplished:

Review:  Dovey Coe by Francis O’Roark Dowell (a quick read that captured me from beginning to end)

Review:  Dreaming of Dior by Charlotte Smith (I LOVED this book!)

Choose The Next Book I read and Win it for yourself (yup – this is still on until Wednesday!)

Review:  Chosen:  House Of Night audio by PC Cast (a case where the narrator made the story so wonderful…. but the story line short for me)

Author Chat with Sarah Pekkanen (author of Opposite of Me) – SQUEEEEEE!!!!

Opposite of me signed giveaway of two books (SQUEEEEEEE again!!!)  😀

Review:  Suite Scarlet by Maureen Johnson audio (Cute audio – 1st Maureen Johnson experience)

Audio Books:  Can You Hear Me Now? In celebration of Audio Book Week I lay out what I think is what audios so awesome and why you should too 🙂

So yeah…. looking over this past week…. I did kick a little literary booty.  😀

So let me see if I can pull off a Venti (that’s really big in coffee talk) week again this week.  Here is what I am planning to complete:

I am sailing through this audio of Step On A Crack the first book in the Michael Bennett series (although I have already read the other two that follow….)

Long overdue from its stay on the TBR shelf, I am flying through this read.

A treat for me out of the BEA stash – can’t wait!  Cant wait!!!

The “mystery” book that you my readers have asked me to read out of the choose my next book post.  This book will be the one taking me into the weekend!

And finally, I have it on good faith that I am going to have an author chat here with an author I am  so excited to spend a little time with as I recently finished the book and have so much to talk about!

Enough about me!  I am prepared to stop in and see what you are reading this week and plan on adding to my TBR list through my travels through your posts!  Please link here by clicking below where it says Click here.  That way we can all stop in and see what everyone is reading this Monday!  😀

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Dovey Coe by Frances O’Roark Dowell

I saw a review for this book at Natasha’s blog, Maw Books.  Her review and her gushing over the book, Dovey, and the author, caused me to quickly reserve this at my library….


Dovey Coe us 12 years old and is wise beyond her years.  She spends much of her time doing things with her brother Amos, who is deaf, but certainly not dumb.

And Dovey Coe is not liking Parnell Caraway hanging around her very pretty, older sister Caroline.  He isn’t good for Caroline, she senses that, and she sees how Parnell weasels his way into her families good graces, and it looks like he may even be making his way into Caroline’s heart as well.  As angry as all of this makes Dovey…. she still swears she did not kill him.

I didn’t give away anything here that you can’t read on the back cover.  It’s true…. Parnell does wind up dead.  And it is also true that Dovey is there when it happens.  What this fast paced story is about is centered around this plot as told by Dovey Coe.

Dovey speaks in a distinct twang that I found really added to the story.   While her family doesn’t have much, they make do with what they have and are not lacking for anything.  Parnell Caraway however comes from the flip of this scenario…. he is one of only a couple of kids in town who actually have seen and owned a dollar bill.  He has a car and nice clothes.  Parnell is used to getting what he wants, and what he wants is Caroline Coe.

It weren’t a pretty picture out there on the porch.  Oh the stars was shining, and the crickets was playing their little tune, and the breeze washed the good smell of honeysuckle across the evening.  But the pleasure of all that was ruined by the sight of Parnell Caraway’s arm around my sisters shoulder.

I really enjoyed this read.   I couldn’t help but love Dovey’s character, this strong, intelligent,  little girl.   I have not read this author before, but I am certainly interested in seeing what else she has to offer.

My Amazon Rating is here

Book Journey Map has been updated to include Dovey Coe

If you are going to hike the Appalachian Mountains, then you will need to stop for coffee here

181 pages

Simon and Schuster

Cover Story:  I like it, it helps me picture Dovey as when you hear her voice in the book, I tend to forget she is only twelve.

I picked up this book on loan from my public library.

Morning Meanderings…

Good Morning!

Yesterday turned out to be a pretty good day.  I read a bit and did a little house cleaning.  After dinner I went up town to visit my friend Barb who was in town for a few days.  I graduated with Barb and she now lives out-of-state.  We try to get together when she is back in Minnesota.  It was fun catching up with her.

Then when I came home Al and I watched the movie Serious Moonlight with Meg Ryan and Tim Hutton.   I enjoy both actors and the movie was good but the end made me wonder what just happened.  I wont go into detail so as not to ruin it for anyone who has not seen it, but I actually Googled it to see if my hunch was right.  It was.

Today I am hoping to go rollerblading or biking with my friend Wendy but not really sure if that is going to happen.  The weather looks uncertain and last night it stormed a bit so I imagine the trail is covered with sticks and debris.  Its early yet – I guess I will see what the day brings.

Barb and I

Happy Sunday everyone!

Dreaming of Dior by Charlotte Smith

Imagine with me for a minute….  you have a Grandmother who owns a priceless vintage clothing collection and she has just passed it on to you.  Suddenly boxes are arriving on your doorstep every day like Christmas and you are opening up treasured gorgeous dresses from different periods, 1790 – 1995… dresses that will make you drool.  And then imagine among the Dior and Chanel, there is a book – a book that tells the story of each dress…. and the book itself is almost a bigger treasure.

♦    ♦    ♦    ♦    ♦

Now – you don’t have to imagine.  What I just described – is this book.  THIS BOOK.  Author Charlotte Smith did inherit these dresses and the book, and this book is the stories that Charlotte discovered about the dresses.  In this beautiful hard cover and oddly heavy book (which seems appropriate for what is between the covers) are pictures of dresses and with each picture…

is a story…

For the record, I am not a girly girl.  I prefer jeans and t shirts, to dresses and skirts.  I would rather be a part of a floor hockey team then go to a fancy dance…. but….


I can’t say that some of the dresses did not make me picture what it would be like to own such a beautiful piece.  I poured over the pages and like a teenager does with a fashion magazine, I went through and picked out a few of my favorites.

I loved the stories behind the dresses.  The parties, the heads that turned, the ones that got the guy – and kept him.  Some of the dresses have been to ballrooms and danced with people who’s names you will recognize;  others made their way to weddings, and travels….  and you wish that you could have gone with the dress.

This book is a keeper.  A treasure that I will take off the shelf time and again.


Book Journey’s map has been updated to include Dreaming of Dior

Cover Story:  Very eye catching and has a quality about it that you not only feel, but you can see before you ever pick the book up

I received this book from Simon and Schuster

Morning Meanderings…

Mmmmmmmm…. Saturday.  This is my favorite day of the week.  Saturdays rarely come with attachments, unless I put them there.  An attachment free Saturday = BLISS.  And that’s what I have today.

I have plenty to do – and plenty I may do…  but nothing I have to do.  Does that make sense?  I can work on cleaning the house, go into the office and work on the Monday project, sweep my deck, take a bike ride….

But for now… I am gathering up Coffee Cup and Lap Top and I am actually going to go and sit and read and blog in the Reading Room.   I have not sat in the reading room and relaxed for a long time.  But this morning is overcast and humid, and that is what I am going to do.

Boxes from BEA are still sitting in the reading room…. maybe today is the day to unpack them and put them away.

I have a review to write on a book I finished last night and from there… eh, who knows?

Have a wonderful day/weekend.  I will be out blog visiting today and I will be around today and tomorrow with no real big plans.  LOVE it.

Choose The Next Book I Read And Win This Book For Yourself!

This is the third time I have run this giveaway and the first two were quite successful.  These books are from our spring library sale.  They are all gently used, lovely books that if I didn’t have a little push from my reading friends…. they would sit in the box I brought them home in for a long, long time.

This is where you come in.  Leave me a comment here letting me know which book you would love to have for yourself.  I will choose a winner using Random.Org next Wednesday.  Then that book will rise to  the top of my TBR and as soon as I can fit it in, I will read it and then pass it on my winner.

It’s fun and easy – and a win – win!

I have cleaned up the pictures from last time and these three pictures consist of the current books to choose from:

There they are!  Have fun choosing and good luck!