My Little Pocketbooks: April 2012   

Monday, April 30, 2012

Review: The French Maid


The French Maid 
Author: Sabrina Jeffries  
Genre:  Romance 
Publisher: Pocket Star 
Release Date:  April 10, 2012 
EBook: 30 pages 

Source:  Purchased at iBooks for Free (now .99 USD) 
Buy the Book: Amazon



Friday, April 27, 2012

TGIF #15 ~Reading Blues~

I decided to join a weekly meme called TGIF.  I kept seeing the button on top of so many sites, so I wanted to join in too.
This feature is for Fridays to re-cap the week's posts and to answer the proposed question from Ginger at GReads.  Check her out and join in the fun!

 This Friday's Question
Reading Blues: We all get them from time to time. What helps you overcome those reading slumps when nothing seems to grab your attention?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Shower of Books Winner!

 
The giveaway is over and I would like to thank everyone that stopped by, entered, followed me on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Networked Blogs, and GFC!  I love meeting you all and I am so honored to be joining you in all things books!  So with no further adieu....the envelope please.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Why I Love Wednesday #13


Alexis from Reflections of a Bookaholic started a Wednesday Meme called Why I Love Wednesday. Hop on over to Alexis' blog and join in the fun.
The topic this Wednesday is...Child Characters

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

In My Mailbox #16

Inspired by The Story Siren
This post is my weekly update about the shiny new books I have bought (I know I need to stop buying them), won (I love to enter giveaways) or received from authors or others.  As well as purses I buy or receive, of course!  
Click the photo to go to Amazon.com or Goodreads.com to read more about the books or to purchase a copy. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Review: Shiver


Shiver
Genre: YA (Werewolf)
Series:  The Wolves of Mercy Falls (Book 1)
Publisher:  Scholastic Press
Release Date: August 1, 2009
Audio book: 10 hours 43 minutes
Narrator:  Jenna Lamia
Source: Purchased at Audible.com
Buy the Book:  Amazon

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Dewey's Read A Thon: Wrap Up

I didn't make it!  At all!  Last October Read-A-Thon, I stayed up the whole time but this one...Well around hour 16 the computer or internet started slowing down, and I poured myself a glass of white wine.  I jumped back on the sofa and Viola...It's Sunday at 8am!  What???  Note for next Read-A-Thon..no wine!
Congratulations to all of the readers that finished all 24 hours and congratulation to all the readers that finished a book or more. 
Here is my recap:

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Dewey's Read A Thon: Hour 13-16

It' 5:07pm in Los Angeles and the half way mark is behind us now.  How are you doing?  I have to admit I took a nap.  Just a short power nap.  There is something about this sofa.   I am back at it again!
Challenges Completed: 10 out 12 (opting out of #9 since I won it last time and my answer is the same)
Pages Read: 18 pages of Love in the time of Cholera
10 Pages of An Old Song for Wrong Women (Complete)
  115 pages of Teenie
Commenting on several blogs
Snacks: 1 banana, 1/2 bag of trail mix, Jasmine Green Tea with honey and 1/4 of my Gallon of water, Greek yogurt with trail mix.  Tuna and crackers. Mango slices and more tea and water.

Dewey's Read A Thon: Hour 9-12

I'm baaackk!!!  I snuck out of the house during the last hour to get my eyelashes re-done.  I tried to read while sitting in the chair but it's really hard to read when someone his putting glue on your eye lids.  LOL!  Now that I'm back with my new flutters on and my tuna and crackers in hand (My favorite lunch!), here is my update:
Challenges Completed: 8 out 9 (opting out of #9 since I won it last time and my answer is the same)
Pages Read: 18 pages of Love in the time of Cholera
10 Pages of An Old Song for Wrong Women (Complete)
  67 pages of Teenie
Snacks: 1 banana, 1/2 bag of trail mix, Jasmine Green Tea with honey and 1/4 of my Gallon of water, Greek yogurt with trail mix.  Tuna and crackers.
Got my eyelashes done too!  And yes I am a slow reader.

Dewey's Read A Thon: Hour 5-8

It's now 9:06am and I am in the 5th hour of the Read A Thon.  So far here is my progress.
Challenges Completed: 5 out 5
Pages Read: 18 pages of Love in the time of Cholera
10 Pages of An Old Song for Wrong Women (Complete)
4 pages of Teenie
Snacks: 1 banana, 1/2 bag of trail mix, Jasmine Green Tea with honey and 1/4 of my Gallon of water.  On to the Greek yogurt.
I know that sounds lame but I took a shower and have been posting to two blogs.

Dewey's Read A Thon: Hour 1-4

It's 4:45am here in Los Angeles and I have my book Love in the Time of Cholera sitting next to me along with my fuzzy gray blanket here on the sofa.  For the next 24 hours it's all about the Read A Thon!!!  This year I will create a new post every 4 hours (hopefully) and update them as I go along.  Want to join in on the fun, go to http://24hourreadathon.com/ and see what its all about. They are giving away prizes and have some great mini-challenges.
**Disclaimer!  If my writing gets to be a little crazy, sorry but I haven't had my green tea yet!**

Friday, April 20, 2012

TGIF #14 ~Book Blogger Influences~

I decided to join a weekly meme called TGIF.  I kept seeing the button on top of so many sites, so I wanted to join in too.
This feature is for Fridays to re-cap the week's posts and to answer the proposed question from Ginger at GReads.  Check her out and join in the fun!

Shower of Books Giveaway Hop

April Showers bring May flowers and...Giveaways!

I Am A Reader Not A Writer is hosting this hop with One A Day YA.
Each participating blog is hosting a giveaway. You will find lots of variety among the prizes such as gift cards, books or other interesting items for book lovers.  There are over 100 blog participating in this hop so your chances of winning something are really good. 
What's the Prize?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Dewey's 24 Hour Read A Thon

 
It's all about Saturday April 21st for 24 hours of non-stop book geek awesome with Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon!
This will be my second time participating in this event and I am soo geeky happy about the next one.  I wanted to really go big with it this year and stay at a hotel for the weekend so I could really make it an event.  But since my bills want to be paid and don't understand how cool this is.. I have to listen to them instead.
So I am working on "Plan B Read-A-Thon" from home.  I am in the process of getting my Read-A-Thon plan together.  I thought it be cool to share with all of you!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Why I Love Wednesday #12


Alexis from Reflections of a Bookaholic started a Wednesday Meme called Why I Love Wednesday. Hop on over to Alexis' blog and join in the fun.
The topic this Wednesday is..."First Meet" Scene

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cheap Reads #1

I accidentally posted my Tuesday post on Saturday (In My Mailbox #15)  So here is a filler for this week.  Cheap books!
Here are a few ebooks at Amazon that are under $1.00. (At the time of this posting) And they all have 4 stars or more.  Have you read any of these titles?  Check them out and let me know what you think.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Review: Almost Like Being In Love


Almost Like Being In Love
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Release Date: January 29, 2010
Series:  The Lost Texas Series; Book 2
Audiobook:10 hours 20 minutes
Narrator: Natalie Ross

Source: Gift Bag item from Passion and Prose Conference
Buy the Book: Amazon

Saturday, April 14, 2012

In My Mailbox #15

Inspired by The Story Siren
This post is my weekly update about the shiny new books I have bought (I know I need to stop buying them), won (I love to enter giveaways) or received from authors or others.  As well as purses I buy or receive, of course!  
Click the photo to go to Amazon.com or Goodreads.com to read more about the books or to purchase a copy.

Friday, April 13, 2012

TGIF #13 ~Musical Stories~

I decided to join a weekly meme called TGIF.  I kept seeing the button on top of so many sites, so I wanted to join in too.
This feature is for Fridays to re-cap the week's posts and to answer the proposed question from Ginger at GReads.  Check her out and join in the fun!
 This Friday's Question
Musical Stories: If you could read a book about any song, which song would you love to see written down in story form?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ohh LaLa ~Lucca

The other day, it hit me that I have been blogging about books 99.9% of the time and less than .01% about purses.  Even though I have been shopping for purses all the time.  So every so often, I will post a new bag that I love and that's under $100.00.  I mean have you seen some of the prices of these pocketbooks lately.  I thought the gas prices were getting out of hand. 

This weeks Oh LaLa goes to...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Why I Love Wednesday #11


Alexis from Reflections of a Bookaholic started a Wednesday Meme called Why I Love Wednesday. Hop on over to Alexis' blog and join in the fun. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

In My Mailbox #14

Inspired by The Story Siren
This post is my weekly update about the shiny new books I have bought (I know I need to stop buying them), won (I love to enter giveaways) or received from authors or others.  As well as purses I buy or receive, of course!  
Click the photo to go to Amazon.com or Goodreads.com to read more about the books or to purchase a copy. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Review: Viola In the Spotlight



Viola In the Spotlight 
Genre: Young Teen Fiction
Series: Viola in Reel Life; Book 2
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Hardcover: 288 pages

Source: Purchased at Border's Bookstore (During the closing sale years ago)
Buy the Book: Amazon

Friday, April 6, 2012

TGIF #12 ~Book Series Finales

I decided to join a weekly meme called TGIF.  I kept seeing the button on top of so many sites, so I wanted to join in too.
This feature is for Fridays to re-cap the week's posts and to answer the proposed question from Ginger at GReads.  Check her out and join in the fun!
 This Friday's Question
Book Series Finales: Which book, from any series has been your favorite ending? What about your least favorite ending?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Why I Love Wednesday #10


Alexis from Reflections of a Bookaholic started a Wednesday Meme called Why I Love Wednesday. Hop on over to Alexis' blog and join in the fun. 

The topic this Wednesday is...Stand Alone Novel

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

In My Mailbox #13

This post is my weekly update about the shiny new books I have bought (I know I need to stop buying them), won (I love to enter giveaways) or received from authors or others.  As well as purses I buy or receive, of course!  
Click the photo to go to Amazon.com or Goodreads.com to read more about the books or to purchase a copy. 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks



The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Genre: Biography
Publisher:  Random House
Release Date: March 8, 2011
Audio book: 12 hrs and 30 mins
Source:  Bought at Audible.com
Buy the Book:  Amazon


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Bloggiesta 2012 ~Wrap Up

OLE! OLE!!  OLEE!!  This is the best event EVEERR! I love Bloggiesta!  This was the most (non-paid) productive weekend.   Ok let me back up a bit!  Friday I joined an online event called Bloggiesta.  Here is the basic outline of Bloggiesta!  From March 30, 2012 to April 1, 2012 bloggers commit to completely finishing their Blogging To Do List.  And like all great blogging events there are mini-challenge giveaways and tons of Tweeting.  All of this was hosted by Suey @ It's All About Books.

Why am I over the moon about sending 3 days blog fixin'?  Well for one, I have been putting off so launching the book club site because the To Do List was so overwhelming.  Even though Bloggiesta is over I still have a few things to finish up but the new site is launched.  Check it out at Mocha Girls Read!

So how did I spend my 3 days.  

Bloggiesta Update ~Day 3

Good morning everyone!  This is day 3 in my Bloggiesta Fiesta 2012!  I got soo much done yesterday that I treated myself to a pedicure.  The only bad thing was when I got home my motivation to finish the list out died.  
If you haven't heard of Bloggiesta.  The idea behind Bloggiesta is to keep our mascot Pedro  (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize) happy by spending these next three days working on perfecting your blog and connecting with other bloggers doing the same thing.