Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Today's question from The Boston Bibliophile:
Cataloging sources. What cataloging sources do you use most? Any particular reason? Any idiosyncratic choices, or foreign sources, or sources you like better than others? Are you able to find most things through LT's almost 700 sources?
I mainly catalog through Amazon.com like everyone else. I am curious why LT does have 2 amazon.com listings?? Here is my breakdown:
26 Library of Congress
I do try and use ISBN numbers more, just to make sure I get the right edition. I do find it weird when you enter a distinct name and it gives you back books whose names are not even close to what your looking for as the first few choses..and you have to go down to see the one you really wanted!!
I have sooo many more books to catalog..and more keep coming!!
Monday, July 28, 2008
One of my favorite genres are the historical based stories from the late 1800's, around the 4 corners area (Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico). Whether fiction or nonfiction, I really enjoy learning about the past in this area. It might be that I was born in Utah and lived in Arizona for 23 of my adult years, but I am intrigued by the movement west history in that area. Now as much as I love the history, a little romance in the story and strong woman based characters are a MUST too! Here are a few authors I love to read and a few books I've enjoyed!
Nancy Turner - http://www.nancyeturner.net/
* These is My Words (and the 2 that follow "Sarah's Quilt" and "The Star Garden")
Rosanne Bittner - http://www.rosannebittner.com/
* Savage Destiny series
* America West Series
* Thunder on the Plains
* ( oh...just read all of them!)
That's it for now...but tell me...what is your FAVORITE genre and authors you have to read???
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Recommendations. Do you use LT's recommendations feature? Have you found any good books by using it? Do you use the anti-recommendations, or the "special sauce" recommendations? How do you find out about books you want to read?
I've looked at LT's recommendations, but a lot of the time they are books I've already read or have no interest in. MMM I need to go back and look for the anti- and 'special sauce' ones, don't recall those lists!!
I mostly find my books from reading threads on LT from Early Reviewers or "What are you reading now." Also, I tend to look at one book on Amazon.com...and it leads me to another book and then I see another interesting one!! ..So, I really don't have any problem finding enough books to read...they seem to find me!!!
Go on over to The Boston Bibliophile and enter her giveaway for an Advance Reader copy of the book "The Lace Reader." Enter by July 29th!
Look at the blog of Love to Read for a new contest. She is giving away an ARC of "Tarnished Beauty" and the contest runs through August 11th.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Courtesy of Boston Bibliophile :
Another question inspired by the Bunch of Grapes on Martha’s Vineyard having burned down on the Fourth of July.
Do you buy books while on vacation/holiday?
Do you have favorite bookstores that you only get to visit while away on a trip?
What/Where are they?
I most definitely buy books on vacation! I always have to go to that areas Barnes and Noble if there is one..just to see how it's different from mine. I love going to any local/independent stores of the area, to get a better selection of regional books too. I am into local history, lore or mysteries of the place I am visiting. I don't have any one favorite place, but the fun is going out and trying to find them!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Today's topic from Boston Bibliophile:
Book-swapping. Do you do it? What site(s) do you use? How did you find out about them? What do you think of them? Do you use LT's book-swapping column feature for information on what to swap? Do you participate in any of the LT communities that discuss bookswapping, like the Bookmooch group for example?
Well , my answer is going to be boring...hahaa...I don't do much book-swapping. I am signed up at Bookmooch, but haven't used it. I think it's because I love having books around me so much, that I hate to let them go!! Now, it's not that I don't think they work, but at this time it just isn't for me! All power to those that do though!!
Monday, July 14, 2008
“Dr. Rob’s Guide to Raising Fit Kids” seems more of an attempt to get kids to play sports, then to actually get fit. I wanted to like this book and do to some extent, but it was more focused on team sports then exercise. A majority of kids do not play team/individual sports because of the cost issues, so the majority of the book wouldn’t help most kids. Also, over half the book deals with meal plans and recipes which seems a bit overboard (he could have used this space for more content). Dr. Gotlin does a good job explaining to parents how to get their kids involved in sports and how to deal with injuries. His style of writing made the book easy to read and understand. Maybe it was the ‘name’ of the book that gave me the impression of a more ‘fitness’ book for kids to help get them outside and away from inside gaming! If your kids are in to sports I would say read the book. If you’re looking for a more fitness oriented book to guide you, I would pass on this one.
Advanced reader copy received from Res Marketing Alliance
Sunday, July 13, 2008
John Royce brings to life the story of a young, horse crazed teenager named Meagan and her horse named Promise. Even as the summer solstice brings happiness in the birth of Promise, mystery surrounds her from that day forward. People start coming around Meagan’s house asking questions about Promise and wanting to purchase her. An older lady in particular talks to Meagan and her mom about the history of “The Great Horse.” She feels that Promise may be that horse, but of the ‘dark’ variety. The only way to know is for the owner to ride the horse. Meagan and her family don’t know whether to believe this woman or not, but one night some men try and steal Promise. Meagan takes it upon herself to save Promise, but the only way to do so is to ride her. You can only imagine the look on her face when Promise sprouts wings and takes Meagan on the ride of her life. This is where the story really begins.
Her adventure takes her from the time of the caveman to Ancient Rome to Genghis Khan to the Crusades. As time and history goes by, she sees how the horse has gone from something eaten for food to being used as weapons in attacks. She realizes that she must use her equestrian knowledge to help her survive these different periods in history. Each time, she waits for Promise to come back to take her home.
“Eclipsed by Shadow” is an adventure about the love of horses that young and old will love to read. The history of the horse is only part of the book. Meagan’s interaction with the people of each era is amazing to read. The intertwining of horse history with the fantasy of winged horses makes for a book you can enjoy and learn from at the same time. The book will pull you in to the darkness of history and not let you stop reading until you get to the end. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!
This is the first book of “The Legend of the Great Horse” trilogy.
More information can be found at the website: http://www.thegreathorse.com
Book received and reviewed for RebeccasRead.com
Thursday, July 10, 2008
What would you do if, all of a sudden, your favorite source of books was unavailable?
Whether it’s a local book shop, your town library, or an internet shop … what would you do if, suddenly, they were out of business? Devastatingly, and with no warning? Where would you go for books instead? What would you do? If it was a local business you would try to help out the owners? Would you just calmly start buying from some other store? Visit the library in the next town instead? Would it be devastating? Or just a blip in your reading habit?
Since I do most of my book shopping online at Amazon.com, that would mean the internet was gone...eekk!! What would I do then!!?? Well, since where I live there are only a couple used book stores (can you believe not one REAL (new books) bookstore!?), I would have to drive 30miles to Barnes and Noble. Now, this would not be that hard, but with gas the way it is I definitely would not being going very much!! Luckily, Books-A-Million is building a store here in town that should be open this summer!! Yipppeeee!!! I can't wait!!
I could go to the library, but it is very small and I am not one to want to wait for a book!! But I do LOVE libraries...I spent alot of time when I was growing up in one...so I am all for going!!
I am just hoping that I NEVER have to worry about getting books..and that there will always be SOMWHERE to get one!!
Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'? has a Summer Reader Giveaway..go HERE to enter!
Will list more today as I find them!!
Good luck to all!!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Do you believe in vampires? Well, Lori’s twins think they saw one up on the hill and now she’s frantic to find out if it’s true! She and her friend Kit investigate the history of some strange neighbors who just might be hiding someone up in their attic. As they get to know more about the past, they meet numerous people that all were involved in a mysterious event that occulted more that forty years ago. When the story of that day finally comes out, no one realizes how close to home someone will be affected.
I really enjoyed this book. The story grabs you from the start and you know another good adventure is ahead for Lori. The author adds every day life events and mixes in some mystery, that makes you want to keep reading to the very end to solve it!
Nancy Atherton has done it again with her thirteenth book in the ‘Aunt Dimity’ series. I never get tired of this series about Lori Shephard and the situations she finds herself in. She always comes back to opening her blue book and waiting for Aunt Dimity to speak (or actually write to her from the other side), so she can talk to her about her adventures and get advice.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that wants a good, easy and enjoyable adventure to read. Also, I would read the rest of the series too!
This is one series that will bring a smile to your face and a good feeling after every book!
Rating: 5/5 stars