Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Sunday Salon

The weeks really do go fast, don't they? It's not only Sunday already, but it's almost Fall. What happened to Summer? I'm already seeing Halloween decorations in the stores. Time is flying too fast!

As for reading, I'm still reading Murder Passes The Buck by Deb Baker. I would have finished it sooner but I haven't had all that much time. I should finish it today though. This was a fun mystery. I'm not sure what will be next on my list to read but I certainly have enough to choose from :)

I watched one movie last night Drillbit Taylor with Owen Wilson. Silly movie, but sometimes you just need silly.

I'm busy planning for my vacation which I go on in a week. We're going to Atlantic City, Ocean City and Cape May. Should be fun, but I'm doing alot of googling trying to come up with places to go in those areas. And, yes, I'm taking a stack of books. I don't know which ones yet, but probably books I have listed in my reading challenges.

Today I'm going to try and organize some of my books in bins and see if I can get a handle on my TBR (yeah, right!)

Hope you all have a great Sunday, a great holiday and a great week!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Host Book Giveaway Winner!

Janicu please contact me so I can send you The Host! I was unable to log onto your blog! I look forward to hearing from you. Email me at

Saturday Special

~Words Ending in TER ~ I Say You Answer~

1. answer? Necessity

2. Body of answer? Beach

3. Kitchen answer? Me cooking

4. Letter answer? Not me

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Book Blogger Appreciation Week

Nominations end tomorrow August 31st! Vote for Socrates!

BBAW Award Nominations are Open

It's time to open nominations for Book Blogger Appreciation Week Awards 2008!

Listed below are the categories of awards. There are many. You may not have a nomination for each award. It doesn't matter. Nominate up to two blogs per category and send an email to BbawawardsATgmailDOTcom with your choices. You DO NOT have to have a blog to make nominations. Comments left on this post will NOT be accepted as nominations. Each category will be narrowed to the top five blogs by number of nominations received, so don't be shy!!! Support your favorite blogs and bloggers! Nominations will close on August 31st.

And the categories for the Book Blogger Appreciation Week Awards 2008 are:

Best General Book Blog
Best Kidlit Blog
Best Christian/Inspirational Fiction Blog
Best Literary Fiction Blog
Best Book Club Blog
Best Romance Blog
Best Thrillers/Mystery/Suspense Blog
Best Non-fiction Blog
Best Young Adult Lit Blog
Best Book/Publishing Industry Blog
Best Challenge Host
Best Community Builder
Best Cookbook Blog
Best History/Historical Fiction Blog
Best Design
Most Chatty
Most Concise
Most Eclectic Taste
Best Name for a Blog
Best Published Author Blog
Best Book published in 2008
Best Meme/Carnival/Event
Most Extravagant Giveaways
Best Book Community site
Write In--think we missed something? Write in your category and nomination and if there are enough other write-ins of the same category it will be added!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Inside the Reader's Studio

Okay, I've been tagged by Kathleen at Kathleen's Book Reviews. My first tag! Here are my answers...

What is your favorite word?
I don't think I have a favorite word! Mmmm...nope, can't think of anything. I can't even answer the first question!

What is your least favorite word?
Stinker, vomit...those are the first ones that come to my mind.

What turns you on (creatively, spiritually or emotionally)?
Cuddling, kisses, and kindness

What turns you off (creatively, spiritually or emotionally)?
Rude people, snobs, shouting, loud noise.

What sound or noise do you love?
My cats purring and music.

What sound or noise do you hate?
The sound of motorcycles, cars revving up and children crying.

What’s your favorite curse word?

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Writing. I've always wanted to be a writer. I've tried, but I get rejected a lot.

What profession would you not like to do?
Firefighter, police officer, or maybe an attorney.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Welcome :)

I have to pick 3 tags...

Desert Diva
Jodi at Beacon of Hope
Fond Of Snape

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Friday Fill-Ins #87

1. When I'm sick I'm cranky.

2. When I take a walk, I think about all the things I need to do.

3. Money can't buy happiness but it can make life a little easier.

4. Cotton makes me feel comfortable and leather makes me warm.

5. The strangest person/character I've had lewd thoughts about was I'm drawing a blank on this one.

6. My favorite color these days is blue because it's peaceful.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to going to sleep, tomorrow my plans include sleeping late and Sunday, I want to go grocery shopping!

Booking Through Thursday


If you’re anything like me, one of your favorite reasons to read is for the story. Not for the character development and interaction. Not because of the descriptive, emotive powers of the writer. Not because of deep, literary meaning hidden beneath layers of metaphor. (Even though those are all good things.) No … it’s because you want to know what happens next?

Or, um, is it just me?

My Answer:

Yes, that would be my ultimate reason for reading a book - the story. Sure, I have some authors on auto-buy, but if there's a good story regardless of who wrote it, I'll read it. Some of my favorite authors didn't have stories I particularly liked and it wasn't enough to hold my interest. A particular author may get me to buy a book, but keeping me interested is all about a good, storyline.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wednesday Weirdness #18

1. How often do you talk to your siblings?

Not too often. My brother lives out of state and we e-mail once in awhile.

2. How well do you deal when given an ultimatum?

Hate it...just ask politely and I'd probably do what you wanted :)

3. Have you ever dated someone or had a lover who had an emotional or mental disorder?


4. How do you feel about crossdressing?

Never done it, but if someone wants to that's their business. Doesn't bother me.

5. Have you ever lied about the number of sexual partners you have had to someone? Why?


6. Does your significant other have the same political and religious views that you do? How often do you discuss politics and religion with them?

Yes and we rarely discuss politics or religion

7. What sport, if any, do you find to be most boring?


8. Have you ever honestly peed in the pool?

Not as an adult, can't remember when I was a child. LOL

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tuesday Thingers

Today's topic: LibraryThing authors. Who are your LibraryThing authors? What books of theirs do you have? Do you ever comment on an author's LT page? Have you received any comments from an author on your LT account?

My answer: Lisa Plumley is one of my friends on LT. I have many books of hers. I've read her books for many years - some romantic contemps, a few historical romances. Some other LT authors I like that I've found on there are Sherryl Woods, Lisa Unger and Susan Wittig Albert. I'm pretty new to LT, so I'm still checking things out.

As for comments, Lisa is the only one that has commented to me so far. She and I always run into each other on the different booksites.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Manic Monday

This week's questions....

If you could take more control of one aspect of your life, what would it be?

I would manage time between being on the computer, TV, reading and my real life better. When I get into moods, something always suffers. There's just not enough time in the day.

If you were to name the difference between the male soul and the female soul, what would it be?

I can't think of anything that makes them different.

If you had to admit the most selfish thing you do on a regular basis, what would you say it is?

Probably try to watch TV when my husband is sleeping. He does it when I'm sleeping, but I can sleep right through it, which is odd because normally I'm the lighter sleeper.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Host Book Giveaway Winner!

Thank you all for participating in our first book giveaway! We have a winner! Drumroll please.................................

Janicu is our winner!!!
Congratulations Janicu! Please email me at with your name and address I'll send The Host right out to you.
Please stop by and check for other book giveaways!

New Harlequin/Silhouette Group

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The Sunday Salon

Another Sunday has arrived and it's a lovely day outside. I finished reading Death by Pantyhose by Laura Levine this morning. I loved this book and I love this series. Laura Levine is so good at writing comedy and I was left feeling good after reading this one. It's always nice to find a book that genuinely lifts your spirits. I just started another cozy mystery for a book discussion. This one is Murder Passes The Buck by Deb Baker and already I'm enjoying it. Another humorous cozy mystery.

I also joined LibrayThing this week and I can't believe I didn't join sooner. I love it! I've been busy adding my books to it (although that's a never-ending process). So, if any of you see me there, please add me to your friends. I need friends!

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Death by Pantyhose by Laura Levine

Death by Pantyhose by Laura Levine

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Freelance writer Jaine Austen is once again unemployed and having a real bad day. Her ancient Toyota Corolla is stolen, her father is wanted by the police for stealing an old Hawaiian shirt, a potential employer calls her a liar and the only job prospect on her arisen is arrested for murder by pantyhose. The only thing Jaine can do is investigate the murder and not lose out on a job offer.

Jaine has more obstacles thrown in her path then she would care to admit. It all starts with her cat Prozac, who is jealous of Jaine’s one and only date. Then there’s the man himself, Andrew, who seems interested in her but his perfect size two colleague is not one of Jaine’s biggest fans and does all she can to sabotage their relationship.

When Dorcas Mackenzie offers her a job as her comedy writer, Jaine figures she can do that until something better comes along. After all, Dorcas was only paying $5 a joke, not enough to keep Prozac happily fed. However, if Dorcas goes to jail, Jaine wouldn’t even get the five bucks.

Jaine begins her investigation and, much to her dismay, there is a very long list of suspects. Many wanted Vic murdered and she was convinced the real killer had to be someone other than Dorcas. They all had a much stronger motive. When Jaine’s life is threatened, she knows she’s on the right track but will she be able to bring the killer to justice before she winds up dead too?

Laura Levine is a brilliant comedy writer. She has many television sitcoms in her long list of credits. The Jaine Austen series is a real treat to read. Each character jumps right off the page and comes to life right before your eyes. This is a fast-paced story which had me laughing out loud throughout the entire book. I was so sad to see the story come to an end. This is her 6th book in the series and it hasn’t lost a beat. The next book is Killing Bridezilla and it’s unknown if this writer will be able to hold out for the paperback. I may have no choice but to get this is hardcover.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Book Raffle!

Socrates' Book Review's First Book Raffle!!!!

I loved reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer and I'd love to give someone else a chance to read it. If you would like to be entered into the raffle, just add a comment here and let me know you'd like a chance to win! I'll put all the names into a hat and Socrates will pick out the winner. You have through Saturday, August 23rd to enter!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

Whether you usually read off of your own book pile or from the library shelves NOW, chances are you started off with trips to the library. (There’s no way my parents could otherwise have kept up with my book habit when I was 10.) So … What is your earliest memory of a library? Who took you? Do you have you any funny/odd memories of the library?

My Answer: I really don't remember who first took me to the library, but I would have to guess it was my mother since my father worked nights and slept during the day. I also used the library at school alot. I don't really have any specific memories but I do remember falling in love with one specific book. I don't know the name, but it was about a fictional witch (I must have started liking paranormals way back when.) I remember trying to get the librarian to sell the book to me, but she wouldn't (probably knew I had no money-LOL).

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Socrates' Book Reviews: Book Blogger Appreciation Week#links#links

Socrates' Book Reviews: Book Blogger Appreciation Week#links#links

Book Blogger Appreciation Week

Book Blogger Appreciation Week
September 15th - 19th

Book Bloggers: You work hard. You read books, you write reviews, you maintain relationships with your readers, publicists, and authors. You are constantly running to the post office to mail your giveaways and participating in carnivals to help boost traffic. You sometimes want to faint when you see the size of your TBR pile, but faithfully you read. And you do it because you love it. Book blogging is for most a hobby. But it's a hobby that takes a lot of work and time. It's a labor of love.

I've been blogging for three years but only really got into book blogging in the last year. I have found, without a doubt, that book bloggers are the kindest, most open minded, and supportive group of bloggers on the internet. With book blogging, it's about community and a love for the written word.

The Readers: We love you! You don't have a blog, but you read our reviews and share your thoughts with us. You enter our giveaways and click on our Amazon associates link. We do this for you and appreciate your readership. We hope you'll join in the fun and festivities of BBAW! (we'll have a special contest just for you!)

Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Acknowledging the hard work of book bloggers and their growing impact on book marketing and their essential contribution to book buzz in general, I am excited to announce the first Book Blogger Appreciation Week. Think of it as a retreat for book bloggers and a chance for us to totally nerd out over books together. And of course, shower each other with love and appreciation.

Register: In order to experience the maximum impact of the week, I invite you to register your participation (just like a retreat)!
To register, just send an email to bookbloggerappreciationweekATgmailDOTcom with your blog url and what you consider your niche...i.e, general book blog, classics blog, personal blog with a healthy dose of books, YA books blog, etc. Then, add one of the two buttons at the bottom of this post to your sidebar. If you are a reader (no blog) just send an email announcing your plans to follow along.
Why bother? If you register, you will be added to a book blog directory which will exist long after this week is over. Additionally, you will receive one raffle entry into the daily giveaways during BBAW here at My Friend Amy.

Awards: Oh yes, there will be awards. The Oscars of Book Blogging. :) Nominations start next week.

Spread the Word: If you are excited about this idea like I am and the other book bloggers who are helping, please consider writing a post on your blog announcing this event and inviting other book bloggers and readers to join.

Tuesday Thingers

Today's question: LT and RL (real life)- do you have friends in real life that you met through LibraryThing? Have you attended any LT meet-ups in your area? Would you be open to attending meet-ups or is LT strictly an online thing for you?

My answer: I don't belong to LT, but I'm starting to think I really need to. I've been hesitant since I have Goodreads and Shelfari, but I'm going to check it out when I get home from work.

So, I'll take a different approach to the question, I've met some online friends in RL. Not recently, but years ago. It was fun and I wasn't disappointed. I email so much that I consider my online friends to be RL friends. In fact, the ones I know in person don't have nearly as much in common with me as my online friends.

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:

Grab your current read.
Let the book fall open to a random page.
Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
Please avoid spoilers!

My answer...

I'm currently reading Death by Pantyhose by Laura Levine. This is from page 58.

"There was no getting out of it. I gritted my teeth and climbed down out of the van, treating the al fresco diners to a swell view of my tush."

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Genre: Paranormal

The earth has been taken over by beings from another world. These souls invade the human body, taking over their minds and leaving only their bodies intact.

Melanie Stryder is one of those humans, but she refuses to go down without a fight. As a new soul is placed into her body, Melanie continues to fight it off. She can’t let the soul win. Her entire family is at risk. She must find a way to return to her brother, Jamie, and the man she loves, Jared. Her fears mount as Melanie doesn’t know if she can trust the new soul in her body. Will it help her to save her loved ones or will it use her as a way of capturing them as well?

Melanie fills her new soul, named Wanderer, with visions of the love and happiness she feels for Jamie and Jared. It doesn’t take Wanderer long to adapt those feelings and have her own feelings of love for both of them, but she faces adversity at every step. The few humans that are still alive don’t trust her and would just as soon kill her as look at her, but can she convince Jamie and Jared that she’s not all bad?

Wanderer begins to fit in with some of the humans and is given the name Wanda. She finds a human of her own to love in Ian. The conflict increases with two women live in one body and love different men. Only one woman can survive and she can only have one man.

This is an interesting and intriguing story. Although the souls are the enemy, their reasons for invading earth aren’t completely evil. They do not believe in violence and feel humans possess those violent qualities. It is hard to argue with their quest for a happy, peaceful world, but seeing the humans torn apart from their families is devastating. Not all humans are violent.

It gives the reader much to think about. Nothing is completely black or white, there are always shades of grave throughout this book. It has a little bit of everything – romance, science fiction, paranormal, and adventure. I couldn’t put this book down.

Stephenie Meyer is a talented and creative author. I intend to read more of her books and am hopeful there will be a sequel to The Host. I’d love to re-visit these characters I grew to love.

Thanks to J. Kaye Book Blog for giving me the opportunity to review this.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Sunday Salon

Happy Sunday, Everyone!

This week I've still been reading "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer and really loving it. Now, I see why she has so many fans. I do have three of her books from her YA vampire series, which I will eventually read. I do have to say, "The Host" has made me not want to log onto the computer as much this week - which is a shocker for me! I've just wanted to read. I've begun to care about all these characters and want to see what happens to them. I guess that says alot right there.

I have no idea what I will read next. It will probably be a Harlequin/Silhouette or a cozy mystery. I need something short and light after this one :)

I was supposed to see The X-Files movie this week, but it's no longer in any of the movie theaters near here. I'm really surprised about that. It was only released in July and now a month later it's out of the theater? Oh well, I guess that means the DVD will be out soon.

I hope you all have a great week. Happy Reading!



Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday Fill-Ins #85

1. The last meal I had at a restaurant was chopped steak smothered in onions with garlic mashed potatoes.

2. Work is something I intensely dislike.

3. The full moon is very pretty.

4. Wassup! is one of my favorite local expressions.

5. Sometimes it's best to turn the other cheek.

6. The Dark Knight is the best movie I've seen so far this year!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to sleeping late, tomorrow my plans include going to see the X-Files movie and Sunday, I want to do grocery shopping!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

Do you or have you ever read books about the Olympics? About sports in general?
Fictional ones? Or non-fiction? Or both?

I'm not really into the Olympics, so I haven't read any books about it. I do read books that have baseball in it. I read both non-fiction and fiction.

And, Second:

Do you consider yourself a sports fan?
Because, of course, if you’re a rabid fan and read about sports constantly, there’s a logic there; if you hate sports and never read anything sports-related, that, too … but you don’t have to love sports to enjoy a good sports story.
(Or a good sports movie, for that matter. Feel free to expand this into a discussion about “Friday Night Lights” or “The Natural” or whatever…)
(For the record, I am not a sports fan

I love baseball and I especially love the Yankees. So, I will usually read anything about them - both fiction and non-fiction. I love sports-related romances.

Light of the Moon by Luanne Rice

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Audio

Susannah Connolly is devastated when her mother passes away from a long illness. She is consumed with guilt that she wasn’t there in her mother’s last hours, but she was out of town on business at her mother’s insistence. Her mother’s dying wish is for Susannah to visit Southern France and Saint Sarah, the Romany gypsies’ patron saint. Saint Sarah helped Susannah’s mother have a child when there was no hope.

During her trip, Susannah meets Grey Dempsey, the owner of a local stable and ranch. She is immediately drawn to the man and falls in love, but his troubled teenage daughter, Sari, stands in their way. Five years prior, Sari’s mother, Maria, left her family to be with another man. Maria turned her back on Sari, who tried to stop her mother from leaving but instead suffered an accident in the process. The accident left Sari in a colorless world as she suffered from color blindness since that day. Sari never recovered from her mother’s abandonment and certainly didn’t want her father involved with another woman.

This was an audio book that I listened to on my way to and from work. I don’t usually listen to audio books, but I decided to give it a try. “Light of the Moon” was a touching story of daughters and their relationship with their mother, as well as two lonely people finding love together. The reader of this book was quite good and was soothing to listen to. The story was touching, although it did take me awhile to get into it. The characters were well-developed and I had a sense of the ones I enjoyed and the ones I didn’t like. I usually can depend on Luanne Rice for a good, emotional read and this one was in that same line.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wednesday Weirdness

Wednesday Weirdness #16

1. Is there anything hanging from your vehicle's rear view mirror?

I think one of those air freshner things. It's old and probably doesn't even work anymore.

2. When you go into the bathroom, do you ever check behind the shower curtain? You know, to make sure no one is miraculously hiding back there.

LOL, no, but it's a good idea :)

3. At what age did your mom or dad give you "the talk" about sex?

I think I'm still waiting. LOL

4. If you could add anything at all to an airplane to make trips more interesting, what would it be and why?

More food! It gives me something to do and it seems like most airlines have stopped or given out less of it.

5. What is one thing you and your significant other can never seem to agree on?

Going grocery shopping. He hates it, but I figure it's a necessary evil.

6. Have you ever walked in on someone else having sex? How did you and the people involved react?


7. Everyone hears discussions that they consider boring. What is one topic that can put you to sleep quicker than any other?

Probably the weather.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tuesday Thingers

Today's question: Favorite bookstores. What's your favorite bookstore? Is it an online store or a bricks-and-mortar store? How often do you go book shopping? Is your favorite bookstore (or bookstores) listed as a favorite in LT? Do you attend events at local bookstores? Do you use LT to find events?

I'm lucky enough to work right across the street from Borders, Waldens and a brand new Barnes & Nobles. So, you can imagine where I spend my lunch hour everyday :) I alternate between them all. I mainly use Borders and Waldens so I can use my Borders card and the coupons they send me. B&N is amazing though. It has two floors and I can get lost in there for hours.

Sometimes I will go online and use Borders online or PSB or Bookmooch. It depends on what I'm looking for. I sometimes have a hard time of finding cozy mysteries in the bookstores here, so I get them online. It depends.

I don't belong to LT, so I don't use that at all.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Manic Monday

How would your friend describe you to someone who has never seen you?

Short, thin, very curly brown hair and wears glasses. I think they'd also say I was quite shy, but once you get to know me, I'll talk up a storm. LOL

Do you trust anyone to protect you? Who, and why?

Yes, my husband. He's always watching out for me and I have all the trust in the world in him.

If you died or went missing, who would miss you?

This is a sad husband, my cats, my parents...I hope they would anyway.



Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Sunday Salon

A whole week has already gone by. I swear, time is flying! Fall will be here soon. I started reading "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer this week. I must admit, the huge size of it was intimidating, but as I started to read it, I was hooked. It reminds me a bit of Star Trek with a lot of romance added. I have Meyer's YA vampire series in my TBR and eventually I will get to it, but if it's as good as "The Host", I know I won't be disappointed. I still have a long way to go in finishing "The Host", but it's a great adventure and a new-to-me author and I'm really having fun with this.

I, also, am listening to "Light of the Moon" by Luanne Rice on audio. I listen on my way to and from work. It's good, but it's kind of hard for me to get used to audio books. I still think I prefer the traditional paper books.

Hope you all have a great Sunday!



Friday, August 8, 2008

Saturday 9

1. What is your job and do you like it?
I run the payroll/personnel department and yes I do like it.

2. What to you do to unwind after work?
Read, watch my soaps

3. Who have you known the longest of your friends?
A friend I have from high school, although I don't see her much anymore.

4. Who do you go to for advice?
My husband

5. Not counting your current relationship, how many times have you been in love?
Only once - with my husband

6. What is you favorite snack food?
Ice cream

7. What is the best meal you ate this week?

8. What to you is the most important factor in romantic attraction?

9. What do you think is your worst habit?
Buying books!

Friday Fill-Ins #84

Here we go:
1. You know you're old when you're too tired to do anything except go home after work.
2. My heart is divided between my husband and my cats.
3. A vacation is what I need RIGHT NOW!
4. I have felt the fear, I have known the depths of relief.
5. Gah, won't these people smile.
6. Be happy as soon as you can!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to sleeping late, tomorrow my plans include housework and grocery shopping and Sunday, I want to go to the balloon festival!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Yankee For Life By Bobby Murcer

Yankee for Life by Bobby Murcer

Genre: Biography

This book was written by Bobby Murcer shortly before he passed away. He takes us on his journey beginning with when he learned he had brain cancer and then taking us through his career as a New York Yankee. A team he always wanted to play for.

Murcer takes us through all of his high points, as well as the low points both personally and professionally. We experience his happy times and the disappointments he had along the way. I felt as if he was actually telling me the story in his own voice. There was humor to it, as well as some sadness. What a brave man he was and what a brave family supporting him.

The book is very well written and very poignant and sad, knowing that not long after the book was released, he passed away. For me, this was a fast-paced book and I finished in only a couple of days ( a record for me – I’m a slow reader).

If you are a Yankee fan, I recommend this book highly.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Manic Monday #128

Using no more than 10 nouns, and ONLY nouns, describe yourself.

Quiet, listener, traveler, wife, sister, daughter, shy, collector, reader, caring

If you owned your own store, what would you sell?

That's easy - a used bookstore. I've always wanted to have one of those. That would be a dream come true.

If you were to name the most comforting thing for you to hold in your hands, what would it be?

My husband and my cats

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Sunday Salon

I'm having a good reading week for me. I finished Familiar Lullabye. A Harlequin Intrigue by Caroline Burnes, which also means I completed my Harlequin/Sihoutte reading challenge. I posted my review below. This is a cute romantic suspense series featuring a cat (Familiar) as an amateur sleuth. I know many don't like cats (or any animals) talking in books, but I love it. Besides, the cat can't talk to humans - we just get to hear everything he's thinking and doing. It's fun. There are many books in this series. There are 20 stories, so far, and I've read 15. 5 more to go!

Currently I'm reading Yankee for Life by Bobby Murcer. Bobby recently passed away from brain cancer and this is quite an emotional read for me. I'm a huge Yankee fan and he was one of my favorites when growing up. I have to get it back to the library, so I only have a couple of days to finish.

My next book will be my first Stephenie Meyer book, "The Host" and I'm looking forward to this one.

I'm also listening to an audio book by Luanne Rice "Light of the Moon". I never listen to audio books, but I decided to try one. I have an hour drive everyday, so I thought it might be fun to listen to a book. We'll see if I can concentrate on it though.

Hope you all have a great week!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Saturday Special

Words Ending in FUL ~ I Say You Answer~

1. answer? The week

2. Very answer? Money

3. It's answer? The sunny day

4. Tastes answer? flat soda

Saturday 9: The Lazy Days of Summer

Saturday 9: The Lazy Days of Summer

1. What is your favorite summer drink?

Iced Tea

2. What is the best summer sport to play?


3. What’s the best summer sport to watch?


4. Do you like the ocean, the pool or the lake?

The pool

5. Some folks drink whiskey in the winter and gin, tequila (margaritas) or rum drinks in the summer. Does you alcohol of choice change?

No, I like vodka and orange juice in any season :)

6. What is your favorite summer song?

No favorites that I can think of.

7. What was your best summer growing up? How old were you and why was it best?

Mmmmm...I can't really think of anything since we never went away or did anything special while I was growing up.

8. Have you ever had a summer romance that you knew would end?


9. How old were you when you first went skinny-dipping? Who were you with?

Haven't done that yet :)

Familiar Lullaby by Caroline Burnes

Harlequin Intrigue #614

Genre: Romantic Suspense

The sleek black cat, Familiar, is back for another mystery. This time he has his beautiful lady cat friend Clotilde by his side. When his humanoids neighbors are left with an abandoned baby on their doorstep, Familiar decides to lend a paw in finding out how any mother can leave their child in the hands of strangers.

Homicide detective Mel Haskin strays away from his usual cases to figure this one out. This case is a particularly personal one to Mel and he isn’t about to allow the mother off the hook. He wants to find her and have her declared an unfit mother. He never expected Lily Markey, a top Washington DC reporter, to be involved. The question was, why a reporter leaving an abandon child on doorsteps?

Lily had her work cut out for her. She couldn’t let Mel find out who the parents of this child was or the child would never be safe. Neither would the baby’s mother. Lily vowed to do all she could to protect both of them.

This story had everything from romance to mystery, it will keep readers turning the pages until the very end. I actually found myself in happy tears at the end. I love re-visiting Familiar and following his adventures.

I read this one as part of my Harlequin/Silhouette reading challenge, plus I’ve read all the previous books in this delightful series.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Friday Fill-Ins #83

1. If I could travel back in time, I'd go to the 1880's somewhere in the west.

2. Give me time off from work or give me lots of money so I don't have to work.

3. I am listening to the air conditioning humming and my husband snoring.

4. Somewhere, someone is thinking how late they will be if they don't get ready for work.

5. I'll always be obsessed with books and TV.

6. My idea of a good time includes music.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to resting after work, tomorrow my plans include grocery shopping and Sunday, I want to spend time with my hubby who has the day off!