Monthly Archives: June 2010
I woke up to a thunderstorm. I heard the low rumble that shook me out of a pleasant sleep and listened as the first drops tapped the roof, slip down the windows, and covered my world.
It actually seems to be appropriate today as I am planning to be in the office tying up loose ends and finishing projects for the Annual Meeting on Monday. It is the beautiful warm and sunny days of late that make me wish I was outside.
So now I sit typing up this post, sitting my Coffee and glancing at the darkness outside that has covered Brainerd Minnesota. It is really a perfect day for a good mystery style read.
Tonight is date night…. my pick. And I have no idea. If Al gets home early enough maybe we can do a movie. As far as where to eat…. I will have to think about that.
One last thing, my son Justin wrote a post for The Heart Is Not A Size blog about his experience with poverty in Honduras. I would be forever grateful if you could pop over and read sometime today and leave him a comment. (It would make his day!)
Any big weekend plans for anyone?
Zoey Redbird really has her hand’s full. As a fledgling vampyre, living at the House Of Night, a school for teens like herself, she couldn’t be more stretched. Her Grandmother is doting, her mother is not understanding this “choice” Zoey has made, her boyfriend …well seriously, that’s a whole other issue, and her best friend is dead. Or is she?
This audio was a genre stretch for me. Yes I like YA reads, but I have not dabbled too much in the paranormal. I find that if I am going to tackle a difficult story or a genre I may or may not like, audio can help pave the way. When I picked this one out at audible.com, I did not realize I was stepping into the middle of a series, book 3 of 7, to be exact.
*sigh* Rookie error…. always, always, check the books (especially YA, to make sure you are starting with book one)
Honestly, I didn’t think I would really enjoy this audio but I wanted to give it a try. I liked the voice of narrator Edwina Wren right from the start. Edwina really captures an amazing voice for Zoey. Youthful, bored, overwhelmed…. I can hear it. Edwina handles the other characters in this audio with a smooth ease, changing from one voice to the other, in a distinct manner and I immediately knew who was speaking.
I have to admit, I seem to have a preference for male narrators, especially when there is many voice changes. Women narrators tend to struggle with the male voice parts and it comes off as sounding fake or forced. Edwina handles the voice changes so smoothly I didn’t even think about the male voices.
And as I listened to this audio that I was not going to like… I started to really like it. I liked Zoey, even when she irritated me with her boyfriend issues. I laughed as she struggled with what she sarcastically called “Birthmas”, the combination gifts she seemed to always receive because her birthday was so close to Christmas. She could almost guarantee that gifts for her birthday would b wrapped in festive reds and greens and a snowman – well that was just a bonus.
There were parts that I didn’t enjoy – for one, too much talk of blood for my liking. Secondly, too much “sexual action,”, with more than one boyfriend, Zoey does have some issues she really needs to work out. I can see where the appeal to YA’s would be; I am just not sure where I stand in the midst of a well read, mostly appealing audio.
So here is a dilemma for me… I landed almost in the middle of this 7 book series. They are in order: Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, Untamed, Hunted, Tempted, and Burned. (Here is a link) Do I back track? Do I move forward from here? Or can I just walk away from the series leaving Zoey to the next phase, the next battle… without me?
Book Journey’s map has been updated to include Chosen
When in Tulsa, your coffee stop of choice is Nordaggio’s which is known for amazing coffee and gelato
Cover Story: I like it a lot. It holds a mystery and is applicable to the story itself
I purchased this audio from audible.com
I am in a bit of a crunch week. Actually a crunch double week. At work, we have our annual meeting coming up on Monday evening. This week has been dedicated to prepping the annual report, entering survey results for about 400 responses, agenda prep, and trying to keep up on the basics as well. Going into next week we are planning our annual potluck picnic that this year will take place on July 4th. This has resulted in meetings the past 3 weeks planning the food prep, and more. Gah. This too will pass.
So… to lighten the office mood I created a little stress reliever yesterday:
I told everyone who works in the office that it was fair game to whoever needed it. I just sat it out on the counter and left it. 😀
Today work – blade – and tonight read. Hope your day is super!
This giveaway is now closed
Today as a bonus along with my Sarah Pekkanen Chat here, I want to start my giveaway for the two signed copies of The Opposite Of Me that she sent home with me from New York for just this occasion. I am thrilled to offer up these books!
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1st word of the day, “meh.”
This was said at 4:42 am this morning when my two shih tzus bounded off the bed. This means, they want to go outside. Groggy and disoriented I make my way tot he sliding door that allows them to escape to the back deck and to their little fenced in area of the yard. I then made my way back to bed until 20 minutes later their barks to come in wake me for the second time.
Sometimes… I think I am the pet.
Now at a more decent hour, I enjoy time with Coffee Cup and gaze out the window to what looks like could be an overcast day. I am inside all day so that’s alright, and after work I need to (MUST) go to my Group Power class, so its nice not to have an outside draw that makes me think of skipping school, or in my case… life. 😀
This afternoon Sarah Pekkanen, author of Opposite of Me will joining me here to chat books and life, and along with that will be a giveaway that I am super excited about, directly from Sarah.
Also – do not forget to pop in at Devourer of Books where Jen is busy with Audiobook week. You can win some cool audios, and learn a little more about the appeal of books on audio as well. 🙂
Have a super fine day (for those of you who follow my work out rants…. I have biked 18 miles this week and rollerbladed 12 miles this week. Now if I could just quit coming home and having ice cream….. 😉
Books that have recently graced my doorstep:
Good morning. I am scrambling this morning but Coffee Cup is here and we are moving right along. I slept well…. I feel good… the weather outside is gorgeous…. I may go bike riding this afternoon.
A couple of days ago I went to the local laundromat – probably for the first time in 20+ years. I had all the sheets, blankets, comforters, and pillow cases to wash for the 18 people we had in the IHN program last week. I wasnt about to do 18 sets of bedding in my home…. I would still be doing laundry now! 😀
In my head, I had this picture of how the laundromat scenario would go. I would have all the laundry put into many (many) washers. Then I had brought my laptop so I would proceed to grab a cup of coffee and sit in a quiet space and do a little blogging throughout my afternoon. I was actually a little excited about this outing.
This is not the way it went down at all. Nope. Instead I pull up with my laundry and find a crowded area where you wheel in your laundry on a basket with wheels… and start grabbing washers wherever you can. This is when I discovered I had not thought ahead to bring soap…. so instead I purchased all those little boxes of laundry soaps… one at a time out of a machine.
After I figured out how to make the coin operated machines work I ran back to get the rest of my stuff I had yet to pick up, the pillows, the blankets we did not use, food we did not finish, etc… I ran into a woman there that would be serving this week and her and I proceeded to chat for about an hour. She had many questions, I was willing to help.
I learned in Laundromat language being late to move your wash is not cool.
I get back to the laundromat and find all the bedding has been removed from the washers. People need the machines. I have been hogging them with my tardiness. They are right.
Then I put the laundry into the dryers and I am surprised that they are only a quarter. I use 5 large dryers. Put a quarter in each, and run home to pick up my hubby and take him up town where he is going to drive a piece of our excavating equipment home. I then hurry back to the laundromat to avoid another mishap…. I find all the machines have stopped, but my laundry is still wet.
An elderly gentleman calls over to me “Your never going to dry the sheets that way – you have the dryers too full. I tell him I am new, hoping that excuses my lack of laundromat knowledge. He tells me to use more dryers, which I do then spread out to 12 dryers. Then he tells me that a quarter in a dryer equals 6 minutes. I need to put in several quarters… he advises me to put 3 quarters in each machine. I take his advice and do so.
I am then going to relax with my laptop but see there really is no place to sit in this laundromat. The tables are for folding laundry and there are no chairs. I prop a hip on one of the tables and try to answer a few emails but the distance between me and lap top is not working for me. Its awkward and hard to see what I am doing. As for the coffee… no…. get that idea out of your head. I did however have a nice diet Pepsi and all in all the laundry project did not take me nearly as long as I thought it was going to thanks to one man.
Today I work. I will have a review up later and possibly more audio talk. It is audio book week and if you did not see yesterdays post on audio books, please check it here.
Here are a few books that have come my way…
I have been planning to do an audio post for a while now and when I seen that Jen from Devourer Of Books was having an Audio Book Week, I knew I had to jump on board and support this.
I love audio and I have expressed that time and again on this blog. I really started listening to them last summer when I received a few for review through Hachette audio. I discovered that while I was traveling during the summer months I preferred listening to audio over the radio.
Here are some times that audio is more beneficial that books:
It is hard to read and cook. You either wind up burning dinner; the book, or both. Audio can play at a safe distance from all things flammable and you can stir or chop or set the table while listening.
Driving and reading is frowned upon. It could get you a ticket or worse. Audio cds are fair game in the car and feel free to yell to your hears content when the character makes you angry, and pull over and weep on the steering wheel when alas…. the incredible read comes to a heartbreaking end.
I can sweep and mop the floor and not try to balance a book while doing it or feel disgruntled because the house work is cutting into my reading time. Wash and fold laundry, dust,do windows – even mow the lawn all while listening to audio.
Sometimes a book on the treadmill can be difficult and dangerous. Drop that baby on the tread and you could take a nasty spill. On the other hand, pop in an audio and you are moving right along getting into a great story and have the added benefit of not hearing the guy running next to you gasping for breath.
Ok – I am just being funny here – but the point is that audio can go where books can not. I have only listened to audio for a little over a year now and I love it. A great audio has made long road trips interesting and bearable. Just this afternoon I sat in my car in the garage to hear what was going to happen to Mike Bennett as he defused a hostage situation in James Patterson’s Step On A Crack. In my bathroom while I get ready in the morning my IPOD sits in its speakers and I hear Zoey make tough decisions about life and death…. literally in House of Night: Chosen by Kristin Cast. In my CD player for when I am buzzing around the house Jim Dale takes me back to Hogwarts with Harry and Ron in a voice that I love and makes up for the fact that I do not have time to sit down and re-read this series I love so much.
This may be a bit much, but my point is that I can turn on an audio as I do my life.
What I would like to know from my readers is – if you do not do audio… why not? (expect me to try to change your mind 😀 )
And if you do like audio, I would love to hear what book is awesome on audio, as I am still new to this but when you find one that is read well – it is like finding the gold ticket in the Wonka Bar…. you already had the delicious chocolate, the ticket is just a bonus! 😀
The Kite Runner read by Khaled Hosseini (author) Blew me away!
Anything by James Patterson – his readers are wonderful!
House Rules by Jodi Piccoult is read by 6 different people and is incredible
The Harry Potter books read by Jim Dale
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:
Congratulations! Please choose an item out of the PRIZE BOX and email me your choice with your mailing address as well! firstname.lastname@example.org
I had a busy busy week. Once every 4 months I am part of a group that houses the homeless for a week. We stay in the downstairs of a local church and use the Sunday school rooms as bedrooms. We provide meals and a place to sleep for 7 days. This past week was our week and while I have many volunteers that take a ton of the work load off of me…. it is still mentally and physically exhausting – so reading time this week was not as productive as I had hoped.
Here is what I managed to complete:
The Boneman’s Daughter by Ted Dekker (Dekker is a suspenseful author who required attention)
Eyes Of Darkness by Dean Koontz (an old favorite author but not the best he has delivered)
Vampires, Werewolves, Sea Monsters, and Me (thoughts on paranormal in the classics)
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (this book surprised me!)
Ok, looking at that…. my week doesn’t sound so unproductive in my book world. 🙂 Bottom line, I did not get through the books I had hoped to so bringing back for a “take two”:
The Michael Sullivan Series is going to be completed this week. Seriously – I have taken way too long on this….
It is also Audio Book week and I am a big supported so I will be filling in audio wherever and whenever I can 🙂
So that’s the week – I cant wait to spend some time seeing what you have going on in your books! Please link to where it says “click here” and add your link to your Monday What Are You Reading Post.