Saturday, December 28, 2013

Favorite Children's Book of 2013

My kids read a lot of books.

Every Thursday, they each bring home two books and we also visit the public library frequently.  I love finding books that have just come out and requesting them at the library.  It's always a surprise to them when we walk up to the 'holds' area and there is a book waiting for them.

My favorite book of 2013 is The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.  I love it so much that I bought a copy for my kids' school and we're donating it to the library when we go back to school in the new year!

Have you ever donated a book to your kids' library?  Did you know that they LOVE it?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

October Book Club Selection

The winner of a copy of Mrs. Poe is Brittin!   Congratulations!

I don't know about you but I really enjoyed the last book?  The Aviator's Wife was such a good read and I feel like I learned so much.  It's no secret that I love historical fiction so I was excited to find this next book.

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

1845: New York City is a sprawling warren of gaslit streets and crowded avenues, bustling with new immigrants and old money, optimism and opportunity, poverty and crime. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” is all the rage—the success of which a struggling poet like Frances Osgood can only dream. As a mother trying to support two young children after her husband’s cruel betrayal, Frances jumps at the chance to meet the illustrious Mr. Poe at a small literary gathering, if only to help her fledgling career. Although not a great fan of Poe’s writing, she is nonetheless overwhelmed by his magnetic presence— and the surprising revelation that he admires her work. 

What follows is a flirtation, then a seduction, then an illicit affair . . . and with each clandestine encounter, Frances finds herself falling slowly and inexorably under the spell of her mysterious, complicated lover. But when Edgar’s frail wife Virginia insists on befriending Frances as well, the relationship becomes as dark and twisted as one of Poe’s tales. And like those gothic heroines whose fates are forever sealed, Frances begins to fear that deceiving Mrs. Poe may be as impossible as cheating death itself. . . .

Enter to win a copy of Mrs. Poe by Sunday at Midnight!  A Winner will be chosen on Monday morning.  Open to US residents only.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fall Reading List

The leaves are turning and my fundraising drive at school is about to come to a close for a few months.  That means more time for the things that I want to do and I want to read!

Here are the books I'm hoping to read in the next 11 weeks.  What is on your winter reading list?

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

Sisterland: A Novel

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book II: The Hidden Gallery

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bonding with Grandma

When I was growing up, every weekend you'd find me in the living room....sitting on the green couch with a book in one hand and a Pepsi in the other.  I'd read all weekend!

You'd often find my Mom doing the same thing.  We were both vivacious readers and we'd often share books.  Danielle Steel was our favorite back then.

My daughter has caught the reading bug and I was thrilled to see Meghan and her Grandma engrossed in books together.

We're got another reader in the family!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My First Flight and a WINNER

My first airplane ride was with my Dad when I was 10 years old.  He had been working on his pilot's license for two years and I'd spent hour upon hour at the Weld County Airport looking at airplanes and watching him take off and land.

I was his first passenger after he got his license, I remember feeling so small in the big leather seat.  He flew a Cessna 150 back then so I'd crane my neck to see out of the window and down to the earth below.  I love the smell of airplane fuel and my Dad let me help him with the check list.

The best part was when he let me hold the yoke and fly the airplane!  I couldn't believe that I was really flying and I loved every moment of it.  Year later, I'd try to get my pilot's license but I started getting air sick.  I've got a log book with a bunch of take offs but no landings.  

The winner of a copy of The Aviator's Wife is.......

Ricki from Art @ Home!!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

August Selection: The Aviator's Wife

I love when I put a book on hold at the library and it comes up quickly for me to read! I've been wanting to read The Aviator's Wife for quite some time now.

 I first read about it in the newspaper one lazy Sunday. I love historical fiction so I thought it might be the perfect book for me.  I'm a couple chapters in....and I realized that THIS is the book I want to pick for the August Book Club selection!

With both of my kids in school all day, it looks like I'm going to have a lot more time to read!  I'm so excited about this that I can barely contain myself.

If you would like to read The Aviator's Wife: A Novel with me, then please leave me a comment telling me when you rode in an airplane for the first time.

I will take entires until Wednesday, August 21st and then a winner will be selected!  Only readers from the US please.  

Monday, August 12, 2013

Eleanor and Park

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.

What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.

I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

I have to give all of the credit for the selection of this book to Mimi.  She had mentioned it a few months ago and I put it on my list of possible book club selections.  I am so happy that y'all picked this book because I think I love it!

I take that back.  I know that I love it!  I started reading this book a few days after my brother Robert passed away and it was the perfect distraction.  I was able to escape to 1986 for an hour or so each night and savored every page.

In some ways I could relate to Eleanor with her soft, full body and not right clothes.  Being different when you are a teenager is a curse and hard to overcome.  I dang near had a panic attack every time the book found Eleanor in her house with a Mom that wouldn't protect her.  I worried for her and her siblings.

The oasis in Eleanor's life was her relationship with Park and the refuge at his parents house where she was able to see what a real family looks like.  Even thought park and his Dad had their differences, his Dad still loved him and trusted him.

The ending.....left me wanting more.  

Have you read Eleanor and Park?  We've been discussing the book in our facebook group.  Join us!

Friday, July 5, 2013

July Book Club Selection

You've voted and chosen the book for July and it is.....

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell! 

Do you want to win a copy of the book?  

All you have to do is run over to the facebook page and answer the question.

The Winner will be chosen on Monday morning by my kids.  The answer that they like the best is the winner.  Think carefully before you answer!  Good Luck!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Vote for July's Book

I've been devouring books lately.  I love the easy summer days and hours lost in a book!  I may not want my kids to go back to school!

Please come over to the If You Give A Blogger a Book....Club Facebook page and vote for the book for July!

Here are your choices:

I'll be giving away ONE copy of the book on our facebook page.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Book Drive at Elitch Gardens

On Friday, June 28, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., the Denver Public Library and Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park are celebrating Summer of Reading with a book drive and special discounted park admission. Guests who bring a donation of a new children's book to the Reading Rocket Bookmobile at the entrance of Elitch Gardens will receive $12 off Main Gate admission - Elitch Gardens best discount offered - to enjoy a full day of rides and entertainment on June 28. Families will also be able to sign-up for the Summer of Reading program at the Bookmobile parked near Elitch Gardens' Front Gate, as well as on Main Street by the Big Wheel.

Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park has proudly partnered with the Denver Public Library for over 20 years. Each year, Elitch Gardens generously donates more than 20,000 free admission tickets, which are given as one of the many prizes families can earn throughout the Summer of Reading program.

What:             Denver Public Library's Summer of Reading Book Drive
Where:           Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
                      2000 Elitch Circle, Denver, CO 80204
When:            Friday, June 28, 2012
Event Time:   10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
                      Park is open until 8 p.m.

About Summer of Reading
Denver Public Library's Summer of Reading Program provides free summer activities, suggestions for summer reading, and cool incentives for all ages. It's a fun and easy way to incorporate reading and related activities into summer family time. Visit us at or any of our 25 locations to learn more.

About Elitch Gardens
Elitch Gardens is America's only Downtown Theme and Water Park. Since 1890, visitors have been creating memories worth repeating right in the heart of Denver. The park is open May 4 through October 27 with 53 rides, live entertainment, thrilling roller coasters, and an entire water park. Guests can enjoy all the rides, slides and shows at Elitch Gardens, all season long, with an Economy Season Pass now available for $79.99 or a Premium Season Pass for just $89.99 including added perks like free Season Parking and three free tickets for friends. Visit for more info and to purchase tickets.   

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

School Summer Reading Program

I think I was a Librarian in another life.

A strange calm comes over me whenever I'm in a book store or library and I become giddy when I buy a new book.  The feeling I can't seem to control is my urgency to finish a book so that I can move on the next one.  So many books!  So little time!

I need to find a job where I read for a living.  Oh wait...I already have that job.  What I meant was, I need to find a paying job that lets me read.  That's a dream job right there!

Several months ago, I discovered that the Summer Learning Chair in my PTA was vacant. I know first hand how important it is to keep the kids engaged over the summer.  The Summer Slide is a real problem and I could see it being an even bigger problem in our extremely rigorous school.  The kids work so hard all school year, it'd be a shame for them to lose ground over the summer.

I formed a committee of other Kindergarten Moms that are as passionate about our school as I am.  We planned a number of things...the sale of Summer Bridge Books, Summer Field Trips and my favorite part; a Summer Reading Program!

We picked a theme: Books Are a Hidden Treasure.  This theme for our first Summer Reading Program was special to me because our principal calls our kids treasures, so it seemed appropriate.  I had posters made and I was so excited when I found a pirate cut out that looks remarkably like our principal!  The kids loved having their pictures taken with Pirate Curtis.

Students were asked to sign up for the reading program by filling out a slip and returning it to the office.  When they did this they would receive a packet that contains a reading log, a suggested reading list compiled by their teacher, the PTA and the librarian, a pencil, bookmark, gold coin and a sticker.  All of the goodies and bags were purchased at Oriental Trading Co.

Students are asked to track their daily minutes of reading on their log (K-3rd grade can count minutes of being read to by an adult).  They can also log their weekly minutes on the PTA website and having a friendly competition with their classmates!  Students that turn in their completed log sheets during the first week of school will be invited to an ice cream party during school and will be eligible for a drawing to win a Kindle.  Top readers in each grade will win Barnes and Noble gift cards.

I was so excited when 245 students signed up for our reading program!  I loved delivering the pirate bags and hearing the kids so happy about what was in their goodie bag.  I hope it encourages them to read all summer and turn in their logs.

I think I'll dress up like a pirate for the ice cream party!

Does your school have a Summer Reading Program?

Saturday, June 1, 2013

On Hold: Children's Summer Reading List

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Yesterday was our first day of Summer Vacation!

No more pencils no more booksNo more teacher's dirty looksOut for summerOut till fallWe might not come back at allSchool's out foreverSchool's out for summerSchool's out with feverSchool's out completely

My son's teacher made a slide show that we watched in the classroom for Kindergarten Graduation and she used the Alice Cooper song in it.  You've got to love a teacher that does that!  It was also funny to see how many of us 'older parents' knew all of the words and sang along! 

My kids and I spent our first day of break at the book store picking out a few books.  My son is obsessed with Annie and Jack so we got two more of those and I found a cool book that I we'll read during storytime (4pm each day).  

What?  You don't have story time at your house?  Why not?

Here are a few books that we're checking out from the library this summer!

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (Released June 27, 2013)

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Again! by Emily Gravett

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani (for story time)

What do you have Oh Hold at the library this summer?

Friday, May 17, 2013

Connie's Summer Reading List 2013

The kids are out of school in less than two weeks and that means....Mommy gets a break!  I love summer.  We don't plan a ton of stuff, instead we take it easy and do fun things around the house and swim a lot.

My favorite thing to do in the summer is read.  The patio is my favorite spot, with an icy cold beverage and a book.  This year, I won't have quite as much time, because I'll be planning for the next school year and we're going on an 11 day vacation to California.

There are 11 weeks of summer vacation!  I'm picking 8 books to read....I'm confident that I can accomplish this, and it will encourage my kids to read too.

I created the Summer Reading Program at my kids' school this year so I'd really like them to make me look good and read as much as they can.

What are you reading this summer?

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson


The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table by Shauna Niequist

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I'm Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog by Jen Lancaster

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

Sunday, April 7, 2013

April Book Club: The Kitchen House

I've made this announcement on facebook and twitter but if you missed it......

Congratulations to Christina and Jen for winning a copy of The Kitchen House!

Thank you to everyone that entered and tweeted our giveaway.  I have good news for you.

The Kitchen House is available on Kindle right now for $5.83!  Please consider purchasing the book and joining the book club this month.

You can find it here.

 We will begin discussing the book on May 1st!  Don't forget to join our facebook group.

Friday, March 29, 2013

April Book Club Selection

Hey Y'all!

I've been to Texas recently and now I'm craving Bar Bee Q and talking with a drawl. My kids got stick horses and cowboy hats and they are calling everyone partner!

Thank you to everyone that voted for our next book club selection!  The book that had the most books was....The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.

I will be giving away TWO copies of this book so please leave a message telling me what you did for Spring Break this year. Contest ends on Friday, April 5th.  Entry today!

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Friday, March 15, 2013

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“Dear God," she prayed, "let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry...have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere - be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost.” 
― Betty SmithA Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Books like this are why I love historical fiction. I love the story telling of a time so long ago, the hardships and fears that made our ancestors so strong and resilient. 

Francie broke my heart and made me yearn for something more for her. I wanted so desperately for her to get a break. No matter what came her way, she found a way to make her circumstances better. I love that her most prized possession was her education and the lengths she went to to make it successful. She excelled at everything she tried and put all of her heart into it. 

Now that the book is over, I miss her and wonder what she's doing. Is there a sequel to this book? I wish there was.....

“From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.” 
― Betty SmithA Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Must Read List

So many little time!

My must read book list continues to grow and picking one for the book club is becoming harder and harder for me and Mimi.

Which means we need YOUR help picking our next book.  We need YOU to give us recommendations.  What books are on your must read list?  Is there a classic that you haven't tackled yet?  A new best seller that everyone is reading?  Tell us!

We'll pick a couple from the comments and we'll each pick one from our list and then we need YOU to vote for our next book.

Let's hear it?  What are you excited to read?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Literary Friday: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

I'm linking up with Ricki from Art @ Home to tell you what I'm reading this weekend. I started this book a few days ago and I'm so excited to curl up with this book and a blanket and a half a dozen cups of hot coffee because the news folks are saying we're getting 14 inches of snow tomorrow.

 I'm stocked up with food and k-cups so I say....BRING IT!

This book came highly recommend by my partner in reading crime, Mimi. We do have similar tastes in books (and politics) so I generally always like what she likes.

I read a passage from the book this morning that made me so happy.  I love her ritual of reading.

Home at last and now it was the time she had been looking forward to all week: fire-escape-sitting time.  She put a small rug on the fire-escape and got the pillow from her bed and propped it against the bars.  Luckily there was ice in the icebox.  She chipped off a small piece and put it in a glass of water.  The pink-and-white peppermint wafers bought that morning were arranged in a little bowl, cracked, but of a pretty blue color.  She arranged glass, bowl and book on the window sill and climbed out on the fire-escape.  Once out there, she was living in a tree. 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is the story of Francie and her early life in Brooklyn. She loves to read and buy penny candy. Her family is very poor but they find ways to make some things special. I can't wait to devour this book and learn more about Francie and her family.

This work of fiction by Betty Smith was first published in 1943 and was an immediate best seller and was later made into a movie.  Stay tuned for a full review!

 What are you reading this weekend?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

FREE Magazines

I love to read.

I'll read anything I can get my hands on really.

In addition to my 'book love'.  I also have a pretty healthy magazine obsession.  I say it's healthy because my love of magazines hasn't put me in the poor house (yet), my kids haven't gone hungry because of it and I don't hide them around the house.

You know how sometimes you stumble upon something when you were looking at something else on the internet.  Let me tell you how my latest discovery went down.

I woke up early this morning and decided to make some notes for a PTA meeting I'm having this afternoon but first I checked facebook (you do this too, I know you do).  I saw a posting from Read Across America asking me if I saw the live event this morning.

I didn't see it.  I didn't know about it so I googled NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY.  First of all, the NYCPL has the best website I have ever seen.  So much information and a great kids section with book lists and games.  I'm going to explore it further....probably in 6 months because OH MY GOSH...I am just not going to have time.

I then googled DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY to see what I could see and low and behold, I found something amazing and I squealed with delight.

FREE Digital Magazine Subscriptions.

So then I went to my local library website which...frankly, is very much lacking and I searched all over the place (I'm an excellent researcher) and I found that MY library is offering them too!  And then I signed up and put in my library card number and 100 magazine were available to me with the touch of a mouse.

I'm going to have quit blogging and PTA to read all of these!  

What are you waiting for?  Go see if YOUR library has this offer.  Unless of course you don't like magazines.  Then go back to whatever it is you were doing.

OH and you don't have to have an eDevice to read them.  You can read them on your computer.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The End of Your Life Book Club ~ Connie's Thoughts

I just finished The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe a few hours ago.  I struggled to get through this book because I had so little in common with the author and his mother.  Please read Mimi's review before reading my thoughts.  She does an excellent job of explaining the book and we feel the same way about many aspects of it.

There are things that I did like about the book.  As a book lover, I loved that this was a way for Will and Mary Anne to become closer in the final years of her life. While I was reading this book, I discovered that my daughter could read much more than I realized.  I started fantasizing about the book club that we could have together for years to come!

Like Mary Anne, I love to share my favorite books with friends and recommend books when I think they can benefit from them.  I hope that my friends remember my love of reading when I'm gone.

I'm looking forward to reading many of the books that were mentioned in the book and was thrilled to find a list of them in the back of the book.

Even though I didn't love this book, I still recommend it.  It was a touching story and it made me want to be a better daughter to my Mom.  I have a difficult relationship with her but we both love to read!  This could be the link that brings us closer.  I'm going to ask her to be in a book club with me.

Have you read The End of Your Life Book Club? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The End of Your Life Book Club - MiMi's Review

Time to review our January pick, The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.

When reading the jacket flap on this book it seems to be a sweet memoir of a mother and son and their life together as seen through the scope of all the many books they had read throughout their lives and especially the ones they choose to read near the end of the mother's life.

And for all intents and purposes it really is a love story from a son to his mother.

Here's a review from someone who, for whatever reason, kept getting sidetracked by the issues in the book other than what it seems to be about on the surface.

Mary Anne Schwalbe, Bill's mother, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007. They have always shared a love of books and reading and often times they traded and passed books to each other and then discussed ideas and themes and characters they read about. The books they would read after her diagnosis were much the, pass, discuss.

I think it's beautiful how they were able to come together and have this memorable time discussing important issues.

A lot of the stories in the books they read were seen through the scope of their lives and Mary Anne's work with Women's organizations and also in Afghanistan.

I think it's safe to say that the Schwalbe family is a wealthy family from the North East. Cerebral, academic and very involved in their community.

They definitely see the world differently than a woman like myself who neither comes from wealth nor has traveled much.

The book was very much about books they read and how they brought them together to discuss important issues.

However, I kept getting side tracked by things that I thought were out of place in the book. Of course I am aware that I don't have an insiders point of view and who am I to say what was appropriate in someone else's memoir?? I take full responsibility for my opinions and digression here.

It's almost as if because they are wealthy that Mary Anne felt guilty about it. She felt guilty that she had such wonderful health care that let her take advantage of the best treatments in the world and gave her 2 years of life with her family that she may not have had without it.

She felt guilty about getting blood transfusions. Although Schwalbe was quick to point out that she had donated many pints of blood over her lifetime so that did assuage her guilt some...she had taken but she had given so that evened it out. She also had guilt over the prescriptions she was able to take.

The author felt as though the election of Barack Obama was tied to whether or not his mother would would do well in treatment and with her current scans of the tumors at the time. It was a superstition thing, in a way.

He was very keen on telling about Mary Anne's desire to let everyone know that Obama MUST be elected so that health care reform could take place. Then everyone would have the same kind of care that she was able to have.

Mary Anne was a Christian woman who wanted her son to come to Christianity, or "religion" as Schwalbe refers to it. The one book that she had chosen for part of their impromptu book club that was "religious", Schwalbe never did read. He doesn't believe and at the end of the book I was sad that he didn't become at least more open to the idea of God.

This review is all over the place, I can't seem to get it all out in a succinct post.

Maybe I'll close it up with some bullet points:

* The book was more political than I would have liked.
* The constant need to reiterate the guilt associated with the kind of lifestyle they lead was annoying.
* Mary Anne Schwalbe was a strong woman who loved her family and the organizations she founded and managed.
* The way the author sort of poo-poohed her Christian philosophy irritated me.
* They read a LOT of books and there is a bibliography in the back that I'm taking full advantage of.
* I don't think they ever read a fluff book. No Stephanie Plum there.
* I am not smart enough to be in their book club.
* I would have liked to meet Mary Anne.
* I wouldn't like to meet Schwalbe.
* The book almost had to be political in a way because of the life they lead and where Mary Anne's focus lay with Women's organizations, Afghanistan, etc. Every book they read was obviously going to be discussed with whatever experiences they had that they brought with them.
* You should read it if for no other reason than to see how the "other side" live and to get an idea of why they think they way they do. I found that very telling.
* That's the end of my review.

You are welcome! No more rambling.

What did everyone else think? Maybe I should read it again to see if I can get past the rabbit trails that my brain kept taking?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Logophiles Unite

I was hanging out in the book store the other day just soaking up the books. Sometimes, I like to wander around and let books pick me. This is the book that picked me.

I didn't know I was a logophile until I read it inside the front cover. P.S. A Logophile is a word lover! 

See! A brand new word for the word journal!

I had just told my husband a few days before that I used to read the dictionary for fun. He called me crazy but that's okay. I kind of am.

Within the pages of this journal, you'll find questions that are posed to spark creative thinking by drawing upon words, expressions, quotes and ideas. Each entry is designed to pique your curiosity, point out new words and prompt you to write.

So pick up your pen, and document your love of language--one word at a time!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Winner Winner!! Is it you??

The contest for the Heather McDonald book, My Inappropriate Life is over and the results are in!

Our winner for this hilarious book is....**drum roll please**...


Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us get the word out and who entered!

Congrats Angie, I will pass your info to my contact!

Also, are any of you reading our pick for this month?

If you don't have your copy yet it's available at Amazon.

Have a great day, everyone!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Connie's Winter Reading List

I'm feeling the urge to make a list. A reading list for winter because girl needs to have goals. I'm going to limit myself to just a few books because I want to make sure I cross all of these off.

 1.) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. This book was recommended by Mimi and if she thinks it's good then it must be.


 2.) I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag by Jennifer Gilbert. My kids birthdays are coming up and you know I'm the queen of goodie bags. But this year, no parties and no goodie bags.


 3.) A Good American by Alex George. I'm reading this for BlogHer's book club and it sounds really interesting!


 4.) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I've always wanted to read this book and now is the time!


What is on your winter reading list?

Monday, February 4, 2013

WINNER and Heather McDonald: My Inappropriate Life Giveaway

Last week was the last giveaway for our Blogiversary! The winner of the ruffle tote book bag is....

**drumroll please**


Thanks everyone who helped us get the word out. Our stats more than doubled!

On to some more fabulous stuff! It happens to be another giveaway!

A couple weeks ago a friend of mine who happens to know Heather McDonald (of Chelsea Lately fame) asked if I might like to read her new book.

She also knows we have this here blog and some pages on Facebook so she figured it would be a great way to promote the book and possibly promote our little operation here.

And the idea for me to review said book and giveaway a second book was born. Isn't my friend smart? Yes. Yes, she is.

A few days ago I received this book in the mail, signed by Heather.

If you don't win this book you can go to Amazon to order on Feb. 5th. 

I have an entire list of books that I need to read either for friends (to review), book club (to keep up with one and start another) and to finish.

So I did what any normal person would do: I squealed at the pretty cover, ditched the other books and holed up on my couch with a blanky and read this one instead.

Let me first say that it is a fun, light, entertaining, and easy read. On top of that, it's a super quick read.

I started it and then got sidetracked but Friday night when we were having our weekly "slumber party" night with the boys, I got back to it.

This was my first mistake. I'm lying in bed trying to read and be quiet so the boys can sleep. When I got to the part about her Hershey's Kiss moment on Chelsea's private plane, I died. THEN. Came the torpedo moment and I lost it.

The bed was literally shaking, y'all. I tried to keep it quiet and inch my fat butt out of bed without making too much noise to escape where I could let loose with a loud guffaw noise. Donkey's got nothin' on me and my braying, guys.

You might think by the title of this book that Heather is totally irresponsible and X rated and taboo. Really? She's not.

In fact, I would venture out there enough to say that it's not that she's inappropriate. She's got some inappropriate friends, though! She ends up in situations that are seriously priceless.

She's a working mother to 2 boys and 1 step daughter and she's a normal gal...with an extraordinary job and friends that put her in the most entertaining situations.

The way she can take the ordinary story of taking her children on one of her trips for work to the ending where she's quoting Amy Winehouse song lyrics? Awesome.

And all the stuff in between (which is the good stuff that I'm not going to spoil for you) that gets you to the end where she's quoting those lyrics make total sense. As a mom, you're going to totally understand why and how this happened. In the end? It was probably a lil inappropriate that her kids were in that situation. Did she know before hand? Not at all.

Which is part of her charm. Heather is funny, self deprecating, loving and irreverent. It's an interesting and delightful combo, really. And, yes, I totally just said "delightful."

Somehow, I think Heather would smack the crap out of me for using that word in her book review.

I apologize. I need to rephrase it...perhaps something more along the lines of..."I'd trade my left nipple to live a day in her life." (read the book and you'll get that.)

Now. Here's the best part.

You can win your very own copy of Heather McDonald's book!! Autographed by the funny lady, herself!

Rafflecopter's in charge of this giveaway, so follow these rules and you're on your way to some serious laughter. If you ask me, it's perfect for this time of year....dreary, gray, cold, need some sunshine and funny!
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Giveaway #4 and 3 Winners!!

Have you all been enjoying our Blogiversary celebration?? I know we sure have!

Last week Angie from Chaotic Creations offered up 3 handmade Reader Girl bookmarks and Connie added a gift card to Starbucks for each winner.

Congratulations to our 3 winners!

We love to read and we also love our readers and it's been so fun to interact with you all and get everyone excited for our giveaways.

That being said, we have one last giveaway. And then it's back to boring! I kid, I kid! We're not boring. Just go to our GoodReads account and read our bio. We're fabulous.

If you like our page on facebook we have all the links to other places you can find us. We're everywhere!

On to the last giveaway! This one's a REAL LOSER. Hahaha. Just joshin' ya. (remember that saying? yikes, no wonder it went extinct.)

I can joke like that because it's from my shop and I can make fun of my own stuff. So there. all is pretty cute. It's one of my ruffle totes and I thought it would be a perfect book bag for the reader.

I actually use one for a library bag. Yes. I still go to the library. Whatever.

Anyway, you can go to my Cursing Crafter (that's my shop's name) fan page on FB to see some of the things that I make. I have an etsy but until I get it sort of back up and in order after taking the last 6 months or so to do some craft fairs and boutiques it is in vacation mode. It's not mandatory but I would love if you'd please like my page!

Here's the link for Cursing Crafter's Etsy. Feel free to add me to your circle or favorites if you like.

Anyway, here's the tote that is up for someone to win!

Wanna win??

Here's how with Rafflecopter.
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Good luck!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Giveaway #3 and another WINNER

Congratulations to Jen Pace!  You have won the adorable Book Nerd Necklace!

Thank you again to Happy Whimsy for donating the jewelry to us.  Please take a moment and visit her shop again in case you missed it the first time.  I found several things I couldn't live without and placed an order of my own!

Have you noticed how beautiful our website looks?  That is the handi-work of Miss Angie. She did fantastic, didn't she??

And guess what. She's responsible for this week's awesome giveaway, too! What a generous soul, Miss Angie is! Go visit her cute blog, here.

It's from her shop Chaotic Creations by My So Called Chaos. This girl is busy. She works, she volunteers, she has a blog, an etsy filled with beautiful things AND she designs blogs. I'm tired just typing all that out!

Visit her fan page on Facebook for her Chaotic Creations shop here. And check out the section where she offers up her blog designs. Then go look at some of her actual designs here!! She's so creative...she can do a little bit of everything!

Anyway, this week, Angie has generously offered 3 things for 3 winners!!

Here is what we have...

3 people will randomly be selected to win one of these 3 hand made, paper bookmarks!! Here's the description from etsy.

This bookmark is heavy duty, made from repurposed book pages, and colored with spray ink and a corresponding ribbon to help keep your place. It's a pretty 4-color rainbow effect and features a stamped girl with a cute little bob.

Beautiful, right??

Each winner will also win a Starbucks Gift Card from us!  Woot!

Here's the Rafflecopter to take your entries!

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Congrats to last week's winner. Please send us your info so that we can get your necklace to you!

Thank you, Angie, for the awesome new layout and design and sponsoring our lovely giveaway! You rock, more than you know!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Giveaway #2 and a WINNER!

Congratulations to Myya for winning this months book selection, The End of Your Life Book Club. We're so excited to get started reading this book and look forward to discussing it in our facebook group.

Thank you so much for answering our question in the comments.  We know it's hard to narrow down your favorite genre but we did have a reason for it.  We want to expand our book club horizons and pick books from all kind of genres.

We told you we have a month of giveaways lined up and you are going to love this next one!

Happy Whimsy has the cutest necklace for any book lovin' lady out there. When I saw it I knew I had to ask, beg, grovel, whatever I had to do to see if the sweet shop owner would sponsor this giveaway.

Thank you, Sue, for saying yes!!

How. Cute. Is. That?! 

Here's the official description:
Book Nerd 1x2" Silver Resin Pendant
18" ball chain...approx. size of pendant 1x2"...."book Nerd" for Book Lover, Indy Reader, Book Club Gift...anyone who loves books and loves to read.

Sue also has another Etsy shop called Little Goodie 2 Shoes. Such fun stuff!! Iron ons, stickers, thank you cards, pillows and magnets are just a few of the items you will find in this ah-dor-able little shop.

I know some momma's about ready to have some babehs that are going to need some of this stuff!

What I love most about her shops are that the things she has available are cute and a great price!!

So enter to win this cute necklace, go browse her shops and tweet, tweet, tweet! to get the word out to help showcase this lovely woman and her adorable shops!

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