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June Recap

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Books read this month:



Birthmarked
Anatomy of an Epidemic

The Name of the Wind

Brooklyn

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle

Boneshaker

Wicked Game

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Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready
Summary from Goodreads:
Late-night radio you can sink your teeth into....
Recovering con artist Ciara Griffin is trying to live the straight life, even if it means finding a (shudder!) real job. She takes an internship at a local radio station, whose late-night time-warp format features 1940s blues, 60s psychedelia, 80s Goth, and more, all with an uncannily authentic flair. Ciara soon discovers how the DJs maintain their cred: they're vampires, stuck forever in the eras in which they were turned.
Ciara's first instinct, as always, is to cut and run. But communications giant Skywave wants to buy WMMP and turn it into just another hit-playing clone. Without the station--and the link it provides to their original Life Times--the vampires would "fade," becoming little more than mindless ghosts of the past. Suddenly a routine corporate takeover becomes a matter of life and un-death.
To boost ratings and save the lives of her strange new frie…

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

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Brooklyn by ColmToibin
Description from Goodreads:

Hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking, ColmTóibín's sixth novel, Brooklyn, is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, when one young woman crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself.

Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the years following World War Two. Though skilled at bookkeeping, she cannot find a job in the miserable Irish economy. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn to sponsor Eilis in America — to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood "just like Ireland" — she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.

Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, a blond Italian from a big family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. He takes Eilis to Coney Island and Ebbets Field, and home to dinner in the two-room apartment he shares with his brothers and parents. He talks of having children w…

The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle

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On Saturday, we went to a book festival in the town where we live. We were able to attend the first reading and book signing by Patrick Rothfuss of his brand new book, The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle. Despite the cover and the absolutely wonderful illustrations, this is NOT a book for (most) kids - certainly not young kids.  Everyone attending took solemn vows NOT to reveal any SPOILERS for the book. So, if you would like a copy of The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle, I would suggest going to Subterranean Press and ordering a copy now.  My husband and I have read the book several times since Saturday, and we love it.  I was also able to get my copy of The Name of the Wind signed by Mr. Rothfuss.

Brave New World

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 Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Summary from Goodreads:
"Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of Aldous Huxley's utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a "Feelie," a movie that stimulates the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow. Huxley foreshadowed many of the practices and gadgets we take for granted today--let's hope the sterility and absence of individuality he predicted aren't yet to come.


My take:
As I previously stated, I wanted to read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley for a couple of reasons.  First, because my fifteen year old son has read it twice and I had never read it. And second, as someone w…

Life As We Knew It

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Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Summary from Goodreads:
It's almost the end of Miranda's sophomore year in high school, and her journal reflects the busy life of a typical teenager: conversations with friends, fights with mom, and fervent hopes for a driver's license. When Miranda first begins hearing the reports of a meteor on a collision course with the moon, it hardly seems worth a mention in her diary. But after the meteor hits, pushing the moon off its axis and causing worldwide earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, all the things Miranda used to take for granted begin to disappear. Food and gas shortages, along with extreme weather changes, come to her small Pennsylvania town; and Miranda's voice is by turns petulant, angry, and finally resigned, as her family is forced to make tough choices while they consider their increasingly limited options. Yet even as suspicious neighbors stockpile food in anticipation of a looming winter without heat or electricit…

Bloggiesta Day 3

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Okay, day three of Bloggiesta is pretty much over for me. I did manage to complete all of my goals for this weekend and I'm happy with that.  I would have liked to have gotten more blog entries prepared for a rainy day, but I can continue working on that, so I won't beat myself up over it. I'm not exactly sure how many hours I worked on Bloggiesta because I kept forgetting to mark down what time I started and then later realize that I'd been working for hours, but just not sure exactly how many hours. I did work on my goals off and on everyday and  I did quite a lot of reading this weekend - so all things considered, not a bad way to spend a weekend. I do intend to continue to try to improve my blog and will most likely continue to  work on some of the great ideas in the mini-challenges.
So, a recap of what I accomplished:
Created a blog "cheat sheet" - mini-challengeWrote rainy day blog entriesCreated my blog listVisited 10 new-to-me blogs and commented - mi…

Bloggiesta Day 2

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I have been pretty busy this weekend, but I finished a book and have finished at least a part of all the challenges I set for myself.
Work on cheat sheet -- I am still working on this - I keep thinking of things to add to it.Visit 10 new-to-me blogs and comment -I have discovered some really wonderful blogs. I haven't left comments at all the blogs I have visited, but I have really enjoyed this whole process.Organize list of blogs I love - this one is still an on-going project

Bloggiesta!

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This is my first time to participate in Bloggiesta! I am pretty excited  about it, but also just a little bit intimidated too. I have been reviewing all the great information over at Maw Books Blog and looking over the present and past mini-challenges. Since I am so very new to this whole book blogging thing, I am going to try to be conservative in what I can manage.  So, here are my goals for this weekend (but I may do more, if I have time and find even more great ideas and challenges):
Work on my blog cheat sheet - a  previous great mini-challenge hosted by There's A BookWork on blog entries to have ready to goOrganize a list of bloggers I really enjoy and post to my blogVisit 10 new-to-me blogs and comment - a mini-challenge hosted by Bonjour, CassSign up for Google Analytics - mini-challenge hosted by There's A Bookcompleted 6/11/10 ( I did this even though I have virtually no traffic to my blog because it just sounds so cool)and any other mini-challenges that catch my fanc…

Divine Misfortune

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Divine Misfortune by A. Lee Martinez
Synopsis (from Goodreads): DIVINE MISFORTUNE is a story of gods and mortals---in worship, in love, and at parties.

Teri and Phil had never needed their own personal god. But when Phil is passed up for a promotion - again-it's time to take matters into their own hands. And look online.

Choosing a god isn't as simple as you would think. There are too many choices; and they often have very hefty prices for their eternal devotion: blood, money, sacrifices, and vows of chastity. But then they found Luka, raccoon god of prosperity. All he wants is a small cut of their good fortune.

Oh -- and can he crash on their couch for a few days?

Throw in a heartbroken love goddess and an ancient deity bent on revenge and not even the gods can save Teri and Phil.

My take on it: I found this book to be a fun, light-hearted summer read. I have seen a couple of reviews comparing it to Neil Gaiman's American Gods , but the only thing these books have in co…

What I read last week

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This is a short recap of the books I read last week. Reviews will possibly be posted in the next week or so.
Own:
Divine Misfortune by A. Lee Martinez

From the library:
Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien

Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker


This week I am hoping to finish at least two books.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

and
Becoming Enlightened by Dalai Lama