Sunday, January 25, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
- I finish listening to The Long Legged Fly by James Salis. The audiobook narrator does a great job of setting the mood for the detective story that spans 30 years.
- Currently reading M.C. Beaton's Vicious Vet, the second in her Agatha Raisin's cozy mystery series.
Yes I do read something other than mysteries but to kick off my challenges I guess I fell back on my comforts.
Tomorrow I will share the books I received in the mail and bought last week.
If you would like to participate in Sunday Salon, check here for more details.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
So I signed up for the Blog Improvement Project, Kim posted the first assignment: set goals. Not wanting to go overboard and overwhelm myself I have decided on three goals:
- post at least three times a week
- be an active member of the booklover community by posting on other bookie blogs
- write & post my book review within five days of finishing the book
It is not too late to join in.
Years later, Jane is in her thirties and just as alone as ever. Then she meets Michael again-as handsome, smart and perfect as she remembers him to be. But not even Michael knows the reason they've really been reunited.
SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY'S is a love story with an irresistible twist, a novel about the child inside all of us-and the boundary-crossing power of love.
"Children already know and love Olivia from Ian Falconer's beautifully illustrated books, and we're honored to have her join the Nickelodeon family," said Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group.
"Olivia is a role model for all preschoolers who will be inspired by her imagination and keen sense of humor."
"OLIVIA is a show where the ordinary meets the extraordinary, and we've worked closely with the team at Nickelodeon to bring Olivia's world to life," said Megan Laughton, Supervising Producer for the OLIVIA series at Chorion. "Olivia's imagination takes her all over the world, but her daily interactions with family and friends will resonate with children everywhere."
Olivia believes she can do anything and sees every day as an opportunity to try new things. Olivia's real life revolves around her friends, family and school, while her vivid imagination takes her everywhere from Egypt, the Wild West and outer space, to a pirate adventure and a concert hall. She is a pillar of self-confidence and enthusiasm promoting independent thinking, ingenuity and persistence.
The premiere episode of OLIVIA will feature the following stories:
"Olivia Measures Up" - After Olivia teases her younger brother Ian forbeing too short for a ride, Father mentions that some day Ian may bethe taller sibling. Olivia employs a variety of comical methods tostop Ian from growing. She eventually comes to terms with her ownheight -- with the help of a great pair of shoes.
"Olivia Plays Hotel" - When school is let out early due to snow,Julian and Francine come over to Olivia's house. Olivia has theperfect game for them -- Hotel! She transforms her house into amake-believe hotel, but then some strange things start to happen. Does the hotel have ghosts, or is Ian just playing tricks on them?
Olivia is today's girl. She is a 6-and-3/4-year-old dynamo who believes she can do anything and sees every day as an opportunity to try new things. Her vivid imagination takes her on grand adventures, both real and fantasy, and like all children, her antics occasionally result in endearing misadventures. Olivia's confidence and positive nature inspires kids everywhere to think boldly and follow their dreams.
Although Olivia's adventures in her imagination are bigger than life, the challenges in her day-to-day life are preschool size. Olivia's unique ways of dealing with these challenges provide moments of fun and drama. She demonstrates how kids can use their imagination to work out what's happening in their own world. Kids can relate to Olivia because she experiences the same daily trials and triumphs as they do. Every day is a "Big Day" for Olivia; her exuberance is contagious as she takes viewers along for the ride!
The first OLIVIA picture book by Falconer was published in 2000 to rave reviews. Since that time, Falconer has been the recipient of numerous awards and the Simon & Shuster book series has sold an impressive six million copies worldwide in 20 languages.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
When I discover an author, as I did with my first book of 2009, M.C. Beaton, and I learn they have other books, I tend to focus on their other works. So to say that I will read a book from 50 new authors will really be a task for me. Likely just the nudge I need to venture out and not finish my lists with only JD Robb, Nora Roberts, Janet Evanovich and company.
For more information and to register in the 2009 New Author Challenge visit Literary Escapism's blog.
My new authors for 2009 are:
1. M. C. Beaton
Although I had seen the earlier movies after reading the earlier books, once I listened to Dale's performance of the third book in the series, I immediately listened to the first two. It was a completely different experience.
From there I have enjoyed the familar voices of Judy Kaye as Kinsey Millhorne in Sue Grafton's alphabet PI series; and Lorelei King who brings Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum to life. The books and familar narrators make great companions during traffic jams to the office or road trips for vacation.
So I know I will "listen" to far more than the required 12 audiobooks for the 2009 Challenge. For more details and registration visit J. Kaye's Book Blog.
My list of completed audiobooks are:
Friday, January 2, 2009
Visit J. Kaye's Book Blog to learn more details & registration info in the 2009 Suspense & Thriller Reading Challenge. The bare facts are: one book from any 12 suspense/thriller subcategories between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2009.
My twelve books will be listed here:
1. The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton [Cozy Mystery]
The rules are simple – read at least 100 books between January 1 – December 31, 2009. Audiobooks, eBooks, young adult, mysteries, any genre you enjoy is accepted. Visit J. Kaye’s Book Blog for guideline & registration details.
My completed books for 2009 will be listed below:
1. The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton.