Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Book Review - Dirkel Smat And the Flying Statue

Book information:
The Explorer's Club is back! Join the gang in another exciting adventure, this time on the back of a flying Pegasus! Join Dirkle Smat and the Explorer’s Club for an unforgettable adventure with The Flying Statue in this chapter book for early readers, ages 6 to 8. Second in the Dirkle Smat series.


I found this book a fun adventure that young kids would love! Six boys, with very interesting names all belong to the Explorer's Club.
Dirkle, his little brother Quid Smat, along with Toonie Oobles, Fiddy Bublob, Lumleyline, and Bean Lumley!! I liked how each kid shows a special quality that makes them unique to the group. Short chapters and simple plot makes this an easy and fast read for a bedtime story for parents. I've always loved having a club as a kid and this would be a good entry in to helping a young kid maybe start one themselves. At the end of the book, there are forms to help start their own club! Imagination and teamwork come together to make an amazing story that kids will enjoy!!

Book 1: Dirkle Smat Inside Mount Flatbottom

Book 3: Dirkle Smat and the Viking Shield

Website: Dirkle Smat

Rating: 4 out of 5

Thank you to the author Lynne D. Garthwaite and Bostick Communications for sending me this book to review!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Winner Annoucement of Gift Card!!!

BBAW 2009 #2 Giveaway Winner!!!

Bibliophile By the Sea

You have won the $10 Amazon Gift Card!!

An email has been sent to you to verify information.

to everyone that entered, read my blog and are now FOLLOWERS!!!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Love's First Light - Winner Annoucement!!

BBAW book giveaway winner of "Loves First Light"

I will be sending you an email that you must reply to within 48hrs to accept the book. If you do not, another winner will be chosen!

Thank you to all that entered this giveaway for BBAW week!!!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Gift Card giveaway - Last Day of BBAW!!!!

Last day of Book Blogger Appreciation Week!!!

In honor of the last day of this wonderful event, I am going to have another Giveaway!!
This time....for the first's a
$10.00 Gift Card Giveaway!!

+1 entry - Leave a comment telling me what you enjoyed most about your experience with BBAW this week

+2 entries - If you already follow me or click to follow me now!

+3 entries - If you tweet this contest and include me so I can see you tweeted it. (I'm under allisonsattic on Twitter)

+5 entries - If you put up a blog entry about this contest to refer them here. Please include link in comments so I can find it.

Contest Rules:

1. Please leave me your email address so I have some way of contacting you, if you win.

2. Entrants will have to be able to use U.S. based or to exchange gift card. You may choose either Amazon or BN gift card.

3. You have until Friday Sept. 25th at 10:00pm CT. to enter.

4. Winner will be announced that weekend some time.

Good luck to you all!!!......and....Happy Reading!!!

BBAW Day 5: Setting Goals

Day 5: Setting Goals
Last Day

Write in 50 words or less…what do you like best about your blog right now and where would you like your blog to be a year from now?

I really enjoy my blog, but I know there is so much more I could be doing, after looking at so many blogs this week!!

I do like that I have not stuck with one genre. I love changing from one to the other, when I get tired of one type of book. I think people like reading all kinds of books and reading my blog reflects that.

Where would I like my blog to be a year from now?? Definitely have more reviews!! I read a lot, but I seem to get backed up on reviews. I think I am going to try and not make my reviews as long or as wordy. Short and simple I think for now and then see how that goes. I saw on someone's blog today about asking a question at the end of you blog entry to get more comments. I think that is something I will work on to to get more traffic.

I've really enjoyed BBAW week and wish it was more than once a year!!! I love connecting with all the other book bloggers and readers this week. Nice to meet old and new bloggers!!!

Keep in touch everyone...see you on Twitter or Facebook (allisonsattic)...and all the other events created for book bloggers!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

BBAW Day 4: Favorite Books

Day 4: Favorite Books

Today's question is: What book did you discover only because you read about it on a book blog and then you realized you couldn’t live without it! And then you read it and you loved it so hard! Tell us about it and about the blogger (or bloggers!) that introduced the book to you!

While thinking about my answer to this question, I realized one of my favorite books (which came out in the last few years)that I recommend to everyone....I haven't even done a review on!! I know I must have seen it mentioned on a blog, but I don't remember which one. So, I will just say thanks to all my fellow book bloggers out there for all your reviews and suggestions. You have made my TBR pile so big it will take a long time to get through them all!!!

The book that is my favorite is: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield...

I know this one has been around a while..but if you haven't read should!!

Have a great day everyone!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Miranda's Big Mistake


Miranda's track record with men is horrible. Her most recent catastrophe is Greg. He seems perfect-- gorgeous, witty, exciting. And he and Miranda are in love...until Miranda discovers he left his wife when he found out she was pregnant.

With the help of her friends, Miranda plans the sweetest and more public revenge a heartbroken girl can get. But will Miranda learn from her mistake, or move on to the next perfect man and ignore the love of her life waiting in the wings...


I never thought of myself as someone that liked chick-lit, but the books by Jill Mansell may have now turned me around! I first reviewed "An Offer You Can't Refuse" last May and absolutely loved it. Now comes this one and I enjoyed it even more!! Ms.Mansell's books are easy reading books, that pull you in to the lives of the characters and don't let go until you finish the story!

"Miranda's Big Mistake" is about a girl who does not have good luck on her side with her relationships with men. Miranda decides to get Greg back good this time because she is fed up with how men leave her heartbroken. While she decided how to get even, we get to know her quirky friends and their relationship issues. The book was like a train ride with good views from both sides of the windows. The author make me laugh, cry and want the 'revenge' Miranda wanted in getting back at Greg...and boy does she get him back!!! The secondary characters really helped bring the story along and made the ending even better with many story lines to rap up.

I would recommend this to anyone that might have a chick-lit phobia, because Jill Mansell's books will turn you in to a chick -lit reader!!

Rating: 4.5/5

Thank you to Danielle from Sourcebooks for this book and I do apologize for the delay!

Make sure and check out Cym Lowell's "Book Review Blog Party"


Book Giveaway for BBAW week!

Love's First Light

Ok everyone!! Here is a great book giveaway that you can enter during BBAW week!! I am giving away an ARC of "Love's First Light" by Jamie Carie. I haven't read it yet, but can't wait to because it's gotten really good reviews!!

Contest rules:

1. Just leave a comment saying you want to be entered.

2. This is for U.S. or Canada mailing only.

3. Please leave your email address if you don't sign in with you I can locate you to let you know you win.

4. You have until Friday Sept. 18 at 11:59pm CT. to enter!!

5. Winner will be announced on Saturday Sept. 19th.

Make sure to check out all giveaways going on this week for 2009 BBAW!!

Please check out the rest of my blog if you have time...I love books!!

Good luck to everyone!!!

BBAW Day 3: Reading Meme

Day 3: Reading Meme

Here are some questions and answers suggested for this Meme:

1. What are you currently reading? - Elena, Woman of Courage by Linda Weaver Clarke

2. How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? - I use ONLY bookmarks!! One's that are flat and a tassel on the end usually.

3. Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more that one at a time? - I use to only read one at a time because I was afraid I would get the characters mixed up between the books! Now, I do read more than one, but they have to be a different genres of books for me so the stories don't blur together on me!!

4. Do you prefer series books or stand alone books? - I would have to say the ones I enjoy the most are the series books. You invest your time in a character and want to see how their lives progress through time. This is especially fun when the books are based on historical events that happen through the story lines.

5. How do you organize your books? - When I am able to organize them, I tend to go alphabetically by authors last names. Right now though, I have so many books, most are just wherever I have space!!

This was a fun meme!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

BBAW Day 2: Blogger Interviews

Day 2: Blogger Interviews

Sorry! I am a little late getting day 2 stuff out, but I didn't get a chance to do today's subject. You can, however, click on over to the 2009 BBAW website and find the Mister Linky entry to catch all the bloggers that did interviews with other bloggers!! There are some real interesting interviews and a lot of them!!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

BBAW Day One: Favorite Blogs

As the awards are given out for the shortlist of book bloggers, we celebrate all book bloggers large and small that take the time to share their knowledge and love of books with readers. Here is a list of a few bloggers that are favorites of mine that did/didn't make the shortlist:

A Bookworm's World

As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves

Bookish Ruth


Melissa's Bookshelf

These are only a few of many that I try to read. I would love to read everyone's blog everyday, but there are so many out there!!! Each seems to be unique and different, which makes me come back to them.

Keep up the good work everyone!! And keep reading!!!

Book Bloggers Appreciation Week

2009 Book Bloggers Appreciaton Week has begun!!!!!

Welcome to a fun week of book bloggers getting together and celebrating our love of books.
A big THANK YOU goes out to Amy at My Friend Amy and everyone else that helped that pulled this all together!!!

Each day this week, bloggers will be talking about different topics on their blogs.
Mon. Sept. 14th - Favorite blogs not nominated
Tues. Sept. 15th - Blogger interviews
Wed. Sept 16th - Reading Meme
Thu. Sept. 17th - Blog about a book you found on another blog
Friday Sept, 18th - Blog about your goals for you book blog.

Part of the fun of this week, are the awards that are given out from a poll taken for different categories. Click HERE to keep track of the winners as they are announced all week!

Another fun part of the week, are the GIVEAWAYS!!!!
Click the giveaway button to find all the blogs that are having giveaways this week. As you go to them, take the time to look over the blog and see if it might be a new one to start following!!

So....everyone have fun this week! Find new books to read...Find new blogs to follow!!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Coming Soon - 2009 Book Blogger Appreciation Week

September 14-18, 2009

"Celebrate Books"

It is that time of year again for the Book Blogger Appreciation Week!!! Come back to my blog and all the other blogs that will be a part of this week long event celebrating books!! The week will be full of giveaways, reviews, interviews and memes!!!

For more information..head over to the main blog for the event at:

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sorry for the long break.....

I'm back!!! Sorry for the long pause in posting book reviews. Life has thrown me some twists again and reviewing took a back seat. I've been reading, but just didn't have the energy to write reviews. So.....I hope all my loyal blog readers are still out there!!!

I am starting up the reviews again!

I hope everyone is doing well ! With fall in the air...days getting shorter...snuggling up under a blanket and reading a good book is still the best!!!

Watch for my reviews...and I should have a contest up soon too!!!

Take care everyone!!