August 29, 2009

BTT – “Fluff” books

Posted in BTT, memes at 10:06 am by reviewsonbooks

I’ve just realized a little late that I forgot to complete the Booking Through Thursday meme. So here it is, better late than never!

This week’s question is:

What’s the lightest, most “fluff” kind of book you’ve read recently?

I’m usually juggling two books at once, one from the large list of ARCs of which I receive one or two every few days, and one book from yet another large list of my own personal TBR books. Most recently both of my books happened to be on the fairly “fluffy” side, and took only one evening to read. The good thing is that both of them were quite cute, and were definitely one of those “feel good” books, the first filled with cute short stories telling tales of life issues, and the second one filled with quotes about life, songs and various other things related to Henson and his Muppets.

unclechestnut

The Inconvenient Adventures of Uncle Chestnut by Paul Nowak

kermitbook

It’s Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things To Consider by Jim Henson (and his muppet friends)

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August 26, 2009

Weekly Geeks

Posted in memes, Weekly Geeks at 1:10 am by reviewsonbooks

I’ve decided to join a new bookish meme called Weekly Geeks. I hope you enjoy this week’s question/my first post:

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I think just about every reader has a least one book that they’ve been meaning to read for awhile (months or even years) but, for one reason or another, they just haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe it’s a book a friend recommended last year, or a title you’ve flirted with in a bookstore on more than one occasion, or maybe it’s a book that’s sitting right there on your bookshelf, patiently waiting for you to pick it up — but the thought is always there, in the back of your mind: Why haven’t I read this yet?

This week, tell us about a book (or books) you have been meaning to read. What is it? How long have you wanted to read it? And, why haven’t you read it yet?

Although I have quite a large TBR list of books which include things I’ve had for years and more recent review copies sent to me, I have only a few that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time, and really have never gotten around to reading for whatever reason (probably because I’m being inundated with new books to review all the time). These books are mainly old classics, or banned books that were deemed to be “naughty” in nature back in the day, which of course piqued my interest because of said banning, but apparently not enough to make me quickly dash to read any of them. Ah well, maybe some day.

Go Ask Alice – Anonymous/Beatrice Sparks

Peyton Place – Grace Metalious

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

Lolita -Vladimir Nabokov

Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D. H. Lawrence

August 20, 2009

BTT – Best Recent Read

Posted in BTT, memes at 10:05 am by reviewsonbooks

Today’s Booking Through Thursday question asks

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

Well, using the 5 star rating system that I use on goodreads.com as my reference point, the last book I read in my 2009 book list that I thought was worth of a 5 star rating would be, In the Land of Cotton by Martha A. Taylor. You can find my review of the book in my June post here

June 5, 2009

Friday Finds

Posted in DelGals books, fiction, Friday Finds, memes at 3:10 pm by reviewsonbooks

Here’s more from my never ending TBR collection. Happy weekend all!

pets

The House of a Million Pets

by Ann Hodgman

(hope this won’t give me any hints on getting more pets for my house)

Ann Hodgman’s basement is home to three guinea pigs, a cage full of birds, a big gray rabbit, a prairie dog, a bulbul (look it up), two little rabbits, a hamster, and twenty-six pygmy mice. And that’s just the basement.Would your parents ever let you have that many pets at once?
If Ann Hodgman were your parents, she’d let you.
Here is the true story of what it’s like to live in her barnyard—er, house—with more animals than you’ll be able to keep track of. Any kid (or adult) who has ever owned or wanted a pet will love these furry, feathered, slimy, and scaly stories.

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Porn For Women

by Cambridge Women’s Pornography Cooperative

Prepare to enter a fantasy world. A world where clothes get folded just so, delicious dinners await, and flatulence is just not that funny. Give the fairer sex what they really want beautiful PG photos of hunky men cooking, listening, asking for directions, accompanied by steamy captions: “I love a clean house!” or “As long as I have two legs to walk on, you’ll never take out the trash.” Now this is porn that will leave women begging for more!

May 29, 2009

Friday Finds

Posted in DelGals books, Friday Finds, memes at 12:16 am by reviewsonbooks

It’s Friday once again, hooray! Here are my finds for this week:

life

Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives by Jim Tucker

and

devil

The Devil’s Double: The true story of the man forced to be the double of Saddam Hussein’s eldest son by Latif Yahia

May 26, 2009

Teaser Tuesday

Posted in e-books, fiction, Manic Readers, memes, teaser tuesday at 1:24 am by reviewsonbooks

It’s hard to believe the time flying by so fast that it’s Teaser Tuesday again.

I’m reading an ebook this week entitled Brushed Back by Richard Paloma

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“Look Pooch, I don’t think you killed your wife.” page 62

“When cops get together, the conversation, when not discussing police work, or departmental dirt, usually centers around one of three things – women, money or sports.” page 98

May 22, 2009

Friday Finds

Posted in DelGals books, Friday Finds, memes at 4:25 pm by reviewsonbooks

Here’s some of this week’s books that landed on my “someday” to read shelf . They aren’t in my library so they get downgraded to “someday” but I just may have to go out and buy some of them one of these days.

hem

Hemingway’s Cats: An Illustrated Biography

by Carlene Fredericka Brennen

sushi

The Zen of Fish: The Story of Sushi, from Samurai to Supermarket

by Trevor Corson

Check out other cool reads at Friday Finds

May 19, 2009

Teaser Tuesday

Posted in biography, DelGals books, memes, non-fiction, teaser tuesday at 2:20 am by reviewsonbooks

It’s time once again for a quick tease from one of the book’s I’m reading this week:

This time I’m reading Hershey: Milton S. Hershey’s Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams by Michael D’Antonio.

hershey

“Milton S. Hershey had become one of Pennsylvania’s more prominent men, and there seemed to be no limit on how big his company could grow.” page 60.

and

“If you had been a fifteen-year-old boy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1872, you would have wanted to work at Joseph C. Royer’s Ice Cream Parlor and Garden.” page 26.

Join the teasing fun at Teaser Tuesday

May 14, 2009

BTT – Book Gluttony

Posted in BTT, memes at 1:38 pm by reviewsonbooks

This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

Book Gluttony! Are your eyes bigger than your book belly? Do you have a habit of buying up books far quicker than you could possibly read them? Have you had to curb your book buying habits until you can catch up with yourself? Or are you a controlled buyer, only purchasing books when you have run out of things to read?

When I was working and had a little more extra money I was definitely a book glutton, especially discount books. My house was filled with books, a lot of them hidden under my bed in boxes for easy access for reading before I go to bed. I thought perhaps that since I’m not buying my books anymore that my pile of books would diminish, but then I realized that I could just go to the library and get them for free and ordering them online is seriously quick and easy. So the next thing I know I’ve got another pile of books that I want to read and yet another pile that came in and are sitting waiting to be read before I have to return them. Most recently I’ve also got an ever increasing pile of review books that are being sent to me and I can’t seem to stop and say “NO! I’ve got too many to review already” since some of the book summaries are rather intriguing. I’m thinking that enjoying a good book is actually an addiction or a curse because despite having tons of books in my house I still find myself at garage sales or in thrift stores searching through their piles of books. There’s nothing cooler than finding a good book, or a popular book and only paying a quarter for it!

May 8, 2009

Friday Finds

Posted in Friday Finds, memes at 2:50 am by reviewsonbooks

It truly is a never ending discovery process for me as of late. I’ve recently noticed my goodreads.com TBR list is now at 300 and there is no end in sight, but it’s so much fun finding new books to read, I can’t help myself!

Here’s some from this past week:

listeningin
Listening in: A Novel of Therapy and Real Life – Kevin Chandler

fishsleep

When do Fish sleep?: And Other Imponderables of Everyday Life – David Feldman

Find out what others have discovered at Should be Reading

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