Morning Meanderings… Small Update From New York

Good Morning!  😀

Hoping everyone is well….I am having a BLAST!

I do not have a lot of time… we are leaving in about a half hour for the Javitz, last day of the Book Expo part of this trip.  Tomorrow is the book blogger convention.  We have until 10:30 today before we grab a taxi and go meet up with Adriana Trigiani for our tour of Greenwich Village and lunch.  How crazy is that?

The weather has been beautiful!  Our first day here it rained (Monday) and we had heard that was pretty much the norm so far this year but Tuesday and Wednesday have been gorgeous and today is supposed to be in the mid 70’s.

Highlights have been:

  • Meeting Harlan Coben (I really enjoy his books)
  • Going to the Harry Potter Exhibit – and sorted by the sorting hat!!!!!!  (SQQQQUUUUEEEE!!!!!!! Oh and I am….. GRYFINDOR!!!!)
  • chatting it up with blogger friends – old and new!

Tonight we have a couple of blogger/Publisher events that we hope (HOPE!) to spend time at both.  It will be another busy day but we did not have a super early one this morning which helps so much. 

On another completely random (but fun!) note… Linda White from the Minneapolis Books Examiner wrote up an article about my blogging path.  She would love it (and I would too :D) if you would pop over and comment on this article. 

Me and Harlan Coben!

Update From The Expo (Book Expo America – BEA)

Hey all!  😀

I fully intended to write a post Tuesday morning before I left for BEA.  BELIEVE me I had plenty to say (gosh… do I ever not have something to say?  :razz:)  BUT – here is why you have not heard from me until now:

Fast pass recap:

  1. Sunday evening I met Reagan (Miss Remmers Reviews) in Minneapolis at our hotel for the night.
  2. Ordered pizza at 9:30 pm because we were hungry…. hour and a half later we get what can only be described as “pizza from days gone by”.  Didn’t matter…. HUNGRY!
  3. We talked WAY TOO LONG and were up until almost 1:00 a.m.
  4. We got up at 3:00 a.m. on Monday morning to catch the 4:00 a.m. shuttle for our 5:45 am flight to New York
  5. Uhhh…. can you say tired?  😉
  6. Arrived in New York around 11:10 a.m.
  7. Booked to our hotel and dropped off our luggage by noon
  8. Ran (it’s true… we did) to the Simon Schuster event that started at 11:00 am that we were invited to.  About a mile away.
  9. Sent to the 14th floor… not there… sent to the 4th floor not there… sent to the 11th floor – not there….. could not find the group.  😯
  10. Being tired we decided to start walking our way to the next event – the YA Teen Carnival.  Destination 3 miles.
  11. Stopped half way in to grab a quick-lunch and get out of the rain that suddenly came crashing down….. pouring.  Really.  POURING.
  12. Went back out and continued our walk to the event… struggled finding the right road.
  13. 5 miles later, found it.  We high-fived and danced around the entryway.  (Not really…. but we could have…. and we SHOULD have.  😛
  14. Event is awesome – many YA authors (more on this on a later post) stayed until 6:30 pm.
  15. Took a taxi back to our hotel (I know right?  A TAXI!  :razz:)
  16. Walked to Subway and grabbed subs to eat in our hotel room – we were super SUPER tired.  (Oh.. we were SO tired).
  17. Bed at 10 pm
  18. Alarm set for 5 am…. woo hoo… here we go!!!
  19. 6:15 am left for the Javits Center – BEA here we come!
  20. Get our badges and go check things out….

Ok… this part is fun and full story worthy, so I have broken in to this timeline of awesomeness and need to share.  Reagan and I are leaning up against the tall table at the Javitz.  I was reading the Daily BEA magazine they put out when a lady walks up to us and asks us where to register.  It is then that we realize we are standing in front of the Information table.  We laugh, help the lady and continue to hang out.  Moments later another question.

The sign above us says :BEA info booth

I tell Reagan we should get behind the counter and sit in the chairs (I am a bad influence sometimes…. :razz:)  No one is there and so we do.  Pretty soon we have people steadily coming and asking questions:

Where do I pick up my badge?

Where is the children’s author breakfast?

What time does the main arena open?

Where is the Starbucks?

Can I go to the authors breakfast without my badge?

Where is the Blog World entrance?

Can I get a map?

Where is the line to get in?

The only one we couldn’t answer is “where is the silent auction”, which later we found when we walking around again.  😛

We seriously had a blast and actually helped a lot of people while we sat and it really passed the time as we had an hour and a half to kill.  When the dude who was scheduled to run the booth showed up, we graciously stepped aside, he asked us what people were asking about and we helped him get his start.

Dang…. that was fun.  😛

Ok… back to list…

20.  Hung out at expo from 6:30 – 4…. chatting with authors and publishers, getting books.  Highlight book of the day:  Forever by Maggie Stiefvater.  Yup.  It’s true… in my hot little hand.  😀

21.  Back to hotel room at 4 where within 20 seconds from hitting the door, Reagan and I both have our feet up… ow ow ow ow!!!

22.  I gather my reserve energy get cleaned up and ready to write this post and go out to dinner with some awesome bloggers AND Beth Hoffman, author of Cee Cee Honeycutt.  (post on this event later)

Me and Beth Hoffman (uhhh.... SSSQQQQUUUUEEEEE!!!)O


23.  back to the hotel at 11:30 pm.  Wrote this post and went to bed at 12:14 a.m.  (Alarm set for 5:00 am so we can get in line for Rick Riordin tickets…. and maybe…. maybe run the info booth.  😆

More soon… just wanted you to know where I have been and what I have been doing.  Today was gorgeous in New York!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  D  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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 telling me how many you visited.  **You do not have to have a blog to participate! You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.

Last weeks winner:

Meg at Bookish Affair

WOO HOO!!!!  Please choose an item out of the Reading Cafe Grab Shelves  and email me your choice with your mailing address as well!

**Updates have been made to the Reading Cafe Grab shelves!

As many of you know, I am heading to the cities tonight (Sunday) and am on my way to New York (BEA!) in the morning (Monday).  I will keep this pretty short and sweet this week as honestly… I can not imagine I will get a lot of reading done other than my audio in the car to and from the cities and my NOOK on the plane 😀

Last week looked a lot like this (well… actually… it looked EXACTLY like this.)  😛

Who Do You Write Your Book reviews For?  (A question to book bloggers…)

Word Shakers On line Book Club is going again!  Join in this read a long!

The Last Time I Saw You By Elizabeth Berg – Word Shaker Review discussion

Their Eyes Were Watching God – book and movie review – both are not to miss!

Crooked Letter Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin – TLC Tour read

The Brainerd Police Blotter – is every town this embarrassing?…LOL

Mmmmm…. fairly active week.  I still have books I wish I had read but for some reason life fills in much of my spare time with other “to do’s” where I am really beginning to wonder…is it spare time at all?  😛

So…. for this week…. here is my small plan of attack:

Lena Haloway is content in her safe, government-managed society. She feels (mostly) relaxed about the future in which her husband and career will be decided, and looks forward to turning 18, when she’ll be cured of deliria, a.k.a. love. She tries not to think about her mother’s suicide (her last words to Lena were a forbidden “I love you”) or the supposed “Invalid” community made up of the uncured just beyond her Portland, Maine, border. There’s no real point—she believes her government knows how to best protect its people, and should do so at any cost. But 95 days before her cure, Lena meets Alex, a confident and mysterious young man who makes her heart flutter and her skin turn red-hot. As their romance blossoms, Lena begins to doubt the intentions of those in power, and fears that her world will turn gray should she submit to the procedure.

I really appreciated Lauren Oliver’s first book, Before I Fall.  Even after I finished reading it… I still kept thinking back to it which only deepened my appreciation.  I have been meaning to read this one for a while and hope that this Nook version will finally get me moving on this one 😀

On a rainy spring day in Seattle, young software tycoon Micah Taylor receives a cryptic, twenty-five-year-old letter from a great uncle he never knew. It claims a home awaits him on the Oregon coast that will turn his world inside out. Suspecting a prank, Micah arrives at Cannon Beach to discover a stunning brand new nine-thousand square foot house. And after meeting Sarah Sabin at a nearby ice cream shop, he has two reasons to visit the beach every weekend. When bizarre things start happening in the rooms of the home, Micah suspects they have some connection to his enigmatic new friend, Rick, the town mechanic. But Rick will only say the house is spiritual. This unnerves Micah because his faith slipped away like the tide years ago, and he wants to keep it that way. But as he slowly discovers, the home isn’t just spiritual, it’s a physical manifestation of his soul, which God uses to heal Micah’s darkest wounds and lead him into an astonishing new destiny.

Ok… so I have wanted to read this one for awhile now and just now had it downloaded to my NOOK.  I am really hopeful about it as I just seen a review say it was like Ted Dekker’s HOUSE – which I hate to use the word hate…. but…. yeah.  SO we shall see 😀

Even on their wedding day, John and Irene sensed that they were about to make a mistake. Years later, divorced, dating other people, and living in different parts of the country, they seem to have nothing in common—nothing except the most important person in each of their lives: Sadie, their spirited eighteen-year-old  daughter. Feeling smothered by Irene and distanced from John, Sadie is growing more and more attached to her new boyfriend, Ron.
When tragedy strikes, Irene and John come together to support the daughter they love so dearly. What takes longer is to remember how they really feel about each other.

Out of the four books I was considering for the New York trip I had agreed to take only one and a couple of days ago I put the vote on you the readers…. this is the one that won that vote with a close following on City of Bones (maybe that one will have to be my next road trip read 😀

I am finishing up Zoo Keepers Wife on my way to the cities today, and One Good Dog is on my IPOD which will also be tagging along.  😀

I am sure that is more than enough to keep my busy 😀  It’s time for me to finish this up and get my last second packing done… by the time this post goes live on Sunday I will hopefully be in the cities tucked safely away in my hotel for the night preparing for tomorrow mornings flight.  😀 

I will be on as I can to check in on you and what you are reading – and I will be on throughout the week updating you on what is happening in New York and with BEA (Book Expo America). 

Be sure to link your What Are You Reading post here so I as well as others can pop in and see what you are reading.  Literary minds want to know.  😛

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Who Do You Write Your Book Reviews For?

I remember when I first started book reviewing, just about two years ago.  Shortly after that day, just as I was getting into my groove, someone on another blog mentioned that really book bloggers write their reviews for other book bloggers. 

At the time I heartily disagreed.  In fact I was a little put off about the statement – it sounded so self-serving and made me visualize a circle of people reviewing books, posting about books, and then reading books they seen that other book bloggers reviewed and then reading those books… starting the circle over again. 

No, I thought.  I write about books for the masses… for the book lovers everywhere that want an honest opinion on a book. 

*Pause here for dramatic effect.*

I write reviews for anyone looking on-line for thoughts about a particular book or a particular genre….

Ok… ok.  Now… here I am thinking these last few days is that still true?  What I set out to do (books for the masses, honest reviews, book talk genre talk for everyone….) is it still true that I am writing for everyone, and not just chatting it up with other book reviewers?

Honestly, most of you who comment here are book reviewers as well.  And honestly – I have grown to really love that because we truly are an incredible community of people and together we have a voice that can make a difference – and has made a difference.  I like knowing my frequent  commenters, even if it is virtually.  I know from reading your own blogs the type of books you enjoy, injuries, sicknesses, trips, exciting news, and sometimes hardships too.  I like being able to comment something to the effect that is more personal like, “glad to see you made it back from _______________”.  or , “I know you will love this book as it reminded me a lot of the other book you read and loved.”  And of course with the addition of BEA where I actually was able to meet many of you – well that just is too awesome for words.  😀

I have noticed that my original “for the masses” *let masses echo in your head* plan of attack, is not always accurate when I write posts like this, or about BEA (do the masses care that I am going?), or about meme’s (although I honestly wish none book bloggers would partake too as I honestly do really want to know what everyone is reading.  :razz:)

I turn this question back to you….

  1. as a book reviewer/blogger, who do you write your posts for?

  1. Do you have a targeted audience in mind?

If you are not a book reviewer/blogger… do posts that seem to only be written for other book reviewers bug you, or (hopefully) make you feel part of the circle of books lovers?

Morning Meanderings…. New York (BEA) Eve…

Good morning.  Dreary and dark this morning in Central Minnesota as I sit at my kitchen table COFFEE CUP in hand.  I have about 9 hours before I head to the cities. 

I know most of you know that I am going to New York for BEA this week…. second year attending and UBER excited.  See my crazy schedule here 😛

I am half packed,still need to pick up some shipping tape (for books coming home), an IPOD car adapter (so I can listen to my books on it during drive time), and a NOOK charger as for the life of me I can not find it (I have a vague recollection about this in the back of my memory that it is a cord that I already have but I need to do something to it to make it work in the NOOK.)  Of course this also tells you how little I have used this reader.  😳

Looking at the weather now for New York… it looks like rain at least the early part of the week….  maybe I should add umbrella to my list of things to bring (would you believe I have never owned one? )  I may need to change that today. 

Really though that is it …. I have posts yet for today and plan to blog all through the BEA experience, and I am a little concerned about traveling with LAPTOP as this is the same one that died a while back, came back to life, died again…. and then suddenly just started working again.  I am really hoping the trip isn’t too much for him because I don’t think I would make it a week without my laptop… 😛

Stop by and check out the What Are You Reading post later tonight, it will be light of course, but I will be going NOOK, not book, for the first time ever.  😯

**Oh and I am still taking votes on which real book to take with me (I am only taking ONE).  Currently the Berg book is ahead, I will announce on the post tonight which one won the vote.

Have an awesome Sunday!

Word Shakers On Line Book Club Invites You To Our Next Group Read

Word Shakers is an on-line book club hosted here at Book Journey.  When a group read is announced, anyone who wishes to join in (book bloggers and readers of any type) are encouraged to fill out the form (below) and join the group.  At a given date a survey will be sent to those participating with questions about the book.  On a later date, a group post will go up at the Book Journey site as well as a place for participants to link their reviews as well.  (*Participants who do not book blog are encourages to put their thoughts on the book on the survey when it is sent as well as in the comments once the review is posted. 

Our current read being offered is:

Lisa Shannon had a good life – a successful business, a fiancé, a home, and security. Then one day in 2005, an episode of Oprah changed her life. The show focused on women in the Congo, a place known as the worst place on earth to be a woman.

The subject of a recent New York Times column by Nicholas Kristof, Shannon details how she left her comfortable life in Portland, Ore., to aid women in the Democratic Republic of Congo suffering abuse and death in what has been termed “Africa’s First World War.” Running a successful business with her fiancée (who would leave her), Shannon is still “hungry for something all [her] own” and after seeing a show on Oprah about Congolese women, she establishes the Run for Congo Women to raise money to help those suffering. From meeting Congolese women she’s sponsored to learning that 90% of the women in one village have been raped, Shannon is exposed to a world remote from her own affluent life. Her painful firsthand accounts of the violence inflicted upon Congolese women by Hutu militants will most interest readers, but the book lacks a detailed overview of the political circumstances surrounding this long war. Shannon provides a much-needed view of how one inspired American can act with hope, drive, and courage to aid women in a part of the world too often overlooked.

How to participate:

  1. Fill out the form below
  2. read the book or listen to audio before June 22 (questions regarding the book will be emailed to you at this time)
  3. Respond to the questions and submit our answers
  4. Reviews will go live on the blogs on June 30th
  5. Grad the Word Shaker widget from this post and feel free to put it on your blog and on your review.
  6. Have fun and thanks for participating! 😀

Morning Meanderings… And now for something kind of cool…

Good morning!  😀 

It’s raining here in Central Minnesota this morning, supposed to the entire weekend – and for once I really do not care.  Sure I had hoped to dive into the hosta garden today and love on that, but there is always next weekend.  Today I really should focus on packing and looking for the NOOK charger, and making a list of things not to forget before I haul myself to Minneapolis tomorrow late afternoon, to catch an early flight Monday morning to New York.

BUT TODAY – is not about that…. today… I have a couple of fun things to share.  😛

First, recently WordPress made an upgrade that allows us to add our Google Calendar to our blog.  I didn’t even know how SSQQQUUUEEEE that was until I really thought about it.  Here is part of beauty of that… I have three email addresses.  My home/personal one, my work one, and a book one.  The book one is the one I use to communicate with you, and with authors and publishers, and it is the one that the book requests go to.  Since it is not my default email – many times book tours I have committed to, honestly can be forgotten as I do not always have time to connect with the book emails every day.  HOWEVER – I do seem to find time to connect with this blog every day.  SO – by adding the calendar to my blog – I can put the upcoming tours on it for me, and you as readers of this blog to peek to see upcoming events too… such as:

  1. Wordshaker group review date
  2. If I am attending a particular author event
  3. If I am participating in a meme, read a thon, etc….

I don’t know – I am just excited.  So you can find it in the future by clicking the new Events tab at the top of this blog…. but for today you can also link to it here.

If you want to know how to do this yourself – feel free to check that out here:  WordPress and Google Calendar.

Next – and this one is for Alyce’s Saturday Snapshot – which is a fun thing to do every Saturday!  A couple of weeks ago out town had a Positive Charge event.  Over a three day period anyone in town could come to this particular photographer who was heading this and write on a piece of poster board what was so awesome about our town.  Once you made a poster, you had your picture taken.  Over 1,000 people/groups participated.  These posters will be hung all over town, and some made into billboards.  It was actually exciting to see the turn out of our community for this event…

Here is the one I did
This is the one my Pastor did (Way to go Mark!)
This is Don, a friend and fellow bike lover!
Did you know that this years Super Bowl half time show costumes for the dancers were made right here in Brainerd Minnesota?

Ok… That’s my post!  Hope your day is wonderful and productive!  😀