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Missing: the Girl Who Mutilated this Book

When I was in college and had a choice between used and new books, I almost always bought new unless the used book was pristine and unmarked. Before that, I didn’t have a choice. I just had to live through the scribbles and highlights of the previous textbook user. If their name was written on the bookplate, and I knew them, their reputation was taken down a notch in my mind. But after high school, I had a choice and I chose unblemished books.

I admit, I don’t like reading ‘dirty’ books. I like to keep mine as clean as possible. Because of that, I keep meticulous notes in a separate notebook. I am not obsessive about keeping a book clean, mind you. I’ve had lapses when I didn’t have anything else to write on and I just had to make a note on the margin or highlight a passage. The reason I didn’t like books that have been highlighted or marked up when I was in school was not due to any OCD tendencies either, I just didn’t want any spoilers. I want to see a passage and say to myself, ‘Wow! that’s highlight worthy!’ When something triggers a question or thought, I want to be the one to jot it down on my notebook or on the margin. I don’t want other people’s mark ups to influence how I understand or absorb or react to any book.

But I found, in the process of reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, that maybe there’s another way of looking at mark ups.

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Is it Hibernation Time Already?

I have been spending too much time in court rooms lately. On my birthday at the beginning of the month (in August), I spent the day in traffic court to take care of a speeding ticket. My first in over 20 years, that is to resolved by online traffic school and paying the fine.

Then just last week, I was back in court for the house. Luckily, that case got dismissed but it still wasted my time having to go there for something so minor.

This week, I am contemplating more lawyer time for something even more mundane but like an irritating itch that can’t be denied, has to be scratched.

So I’m wondering whether I should have taken this month off and just hibernated. Think that would have helped? Would it have helped to curl up and wish everything away?

I doubt it. So tackle them head on it is! And try to do it with a smile because in the end, it’s all in how you handle yourself and your situations that matter.

I still had a couple of mini hibernation weekends though. The last two weekend I stayed offline. It meant no social media or blogging, but sometimes we need some down time. I did get to read quite a bit though, so that’s good. Now I only need to write them up for the review blog. But hey, if I don’t get around to it, that will be no big deal either.


Books I Just Read

There is something about the winter months, despite its low lights, that makes me want to curl up and read. Sure, I live on the internet and most days you’ll find me with the laptop on… you guessed it, my lap. But nothing beats the time you spend inside the pages of a book when it comes to relaxing your mind and purging it of problems for a while.

Next to my easy chair in my bedroom, I have a stack of books that I’m reading. Some, I’m reading simultaneously and others I knock off in one sitting.

Here are two books that I just finished reading:
This Much is TrueThis Much is True by Jackie Lee Miles is the story of 13 year old Andrea (Andi for short) St. James, a rich Southern girl who goes through some pretty challenging events in her life. First, her favorite brother dies, which drives her mother to drink, which then drives her father to sleep with another woman. Her older sister is being mean to her as she gets ready to get married and her only refuge is her best friend, the cook and the gardener. That is until her best friend has to move away and so many other twists and turns to the story that you wonder how this girl is coping with it all. That’s the beauty of the story. She does cope, and she does a lot of growing up.

Storm of the iStorm of the i is an Artobiography by Tina Collen. This is one book that you can enjoy beyond the first read through. It is a biography of Tina Collen but it is also a scrapbook of her life. Her own artwork populate the pages but so do works from her friends, her favorite artists, and her children. It is a fascinating way to compile one’s biography. The collection of memorabilia and artwork would probably been able to stand alone as a coffee book but couple that with her clear, easy to read writing and compelling story telling, and you have a book that cannot be put down.

I honestly recommend the two books above. The first, This Much is True, is appropriate for the same age group as the heroine, around 12 on up. While I would let my 13 year old daughter read or flip through the Artobiography, other parents may be more conservative. Some of Ms. Collen’s artwork labeled ‘fleurotica’ are quite beautiful but also a bit risque as are some other images within the book. The story itself though, the text, I think is appropriate for teens.

Today, a post from author Molly Harper about how she came up with the idea for her upcoming book, How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf. Interesting title, huh? I’m getting a review copy of this book so I am looking forward to reading a novel that came out of being stuck home without power during an ice storm.

Book Lovers’ Contests

I have been reviewing books for the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing and have been having a great time doing it. In addition to their Blogging for Books program, they also sponsor some awesome giveaways. Here’s a few of them: (click on the links below to enter)
The Great Christmas Gift Giveaway – win $500 for yourself and $500 for the charity of your choice. Ends 12/10


Blogging for Books Best Review Contests – Post the best Blogging for Books book review in the month of December and you could win an eReader, Nook or Kindle. If you win – you pick which one you want! Ends 12/31

Win a copy of Too Rich for a Bride by Mona Hodgson – To win your copy of Too Rich for a Bride , simply click here to submit your entry. In the “contest code” field enter the code “ALLYOU”. Ends 12/1

Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest – If you’ve got something hideous for Christmas in your closet, this may be the time you finally get some benefit out of it.