My Little Pocketbooks: December 2012   

Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 Wrap Up

Can you believe 2012 is over?  Wow!
And this is my first ever year in review wrap up post here at My Little Pocketbooks.  I thought I would do a post about my first year as a book blogger.  I loved every minute of it and I have learned so much along the way too.  Yes!  Blogging is a learning process.  I'm for one, much more organized and focus about my blog than I was at the beginning of the year.  See what I mean?  
Well here is a few great highlights from my first year with My Little Pocketbooks.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

My Bookish Resolution for 2013

As you all know, since I have been book blogging my book hoarding has gotten a little bit out of control.  I have one long book case in my living room that I like to have filled with books.  But as of June this year, the bookcase is overflowing and I now have medium size shipping boxes of books in various places around the house.  It didn't not help that my mother practically demanded I take several bags of books out of her garage and my childhood room as well.  Some of them I still haven't read after they've sat for years collecting dust.  Basically, I forgot about them!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review: Merry Christmas Alex Cross

Merry Christmas Alex Cross
Author: James Patterson
Genre: Crime
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Release Date: November 12, 2012
Audiobook: 6 hours and 8 minutes
Narrator: Michael Boatman (Narrator), Stephen Kunken (Narrator), Cristin Milioti (Narrator)

Source: Purchased from Audible.com
Buy the Book: Amazon.com

2013 Reading Challenges

It's time everyone, to start planning out your reading challenges.  To tell you the truth, I started planning on my 2013 Reading Challenges in June of 2012.  No really!  I love them so much and there are so many great challenges out there that I want to try them all.  Around June I was browsing through A Novel Challenge and I came across several challenges that I thought I could try for 2013.  Now it is 6 months later and I am soo pumped (I couldn't think of another word)!  A few new challenges to add to all the same challenges from last year.
HERE is my 2012 Reading Challenge Wrap-up Post. 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Review: Resonance

Resonance
Author: A.J. Scudiere
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Skyboat Productions
Release Date: November 20, 2008
Audiobook: 16 hours and 19 minutes
Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki (Narrator), Carrington MacDuffie (Narrator), Paul Boehmer (Narrator), Gabrielle De Cuir (Narrator), David Birney (Narrator), Rosalyn Landor (Narrator), Arte Johnson (Narrator)

Source: From the Publishing Company
Buy the Book: Amazon.com

Friday, December 21, 2012

Quicky Reviews #6

I have three new audiobooks I want to review before the end of the year that aren't going to count toward any challenges and they are really short. Here are a few sentences on these short (about 2 hours or less) stories. I think this will be the last one for 2012.  Below are the links to the other Quicky Reviews 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Holiday Pocketbooks

Now that it is holiday time, the party invites and holiday travel have begun. If you are like me and like to dress up for holiday parties but don't have the cash to spend, try my little secret.
1. Get your best solid color outfit. 
A red dress that hugs your curves.  Your little black dress that you rock so effortlessly. Or your stand-by dressy jeans and cute blouse.  

2.  Add heels.  High heels always make an outfit go from cute to chic.

3.  Rock a purse with some bling bling.  That's right!  It's the holidays and it's time to sparkle.  If you want to make one purchase this year for yourself that is a "WANT" not a "NEED", get a shinny handbag to take it up a notch.  
Your curvy red dress and a gold clutch.  PERFECT!
Your little black dress and a silver handbag.  CLASSIC!
Your dressy jeans and blouse with a glitter wristlet.  EDGY!
Here are a few, I ran across on polyvore.com

Monday, December 17, 2012

Stacking The Shelves #26

 
Hosted & created by Tynga's Reviews 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.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Quicky Reviews #5

I have two more e-books that I want to review before the end of the year that aren't going to count toward any challenges and they are really short. I thought a sentence or two might do and so Quicky Reviews was born. 
I think this will be the last one for 2012. 
Below are the links to the other Quicky Reviews

Monday, December 10, 2012

Review: The Paris Wife

The Paris Wife
Author: Paula McLain
Genre: Biographical Fiction
Publisher:  Random House Audio
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Audiobook:  11 hours and 27 minutes
Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie

Source:  Audible.com
Buy the Book:  Amazon.com

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Quicky Reviews #4

I have a few more books and audiobooks that I want to review that aren't going to count toward any challenges. They are really short. I thought a sentence or two might do and so Quicky Reviews was born.

There are just some books you can sum up in a sentence or two!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Review: The Bonesetter's Daughter

The Bonesetter's Daughter
Author:  Amy Tan
Genre: Fiction
Publisher:  Ballantine Books
Release Date:  January 29, 2002
Paperback:  416 pages

Source:  From my bookshelf
Buy the Book:  Amazon.com

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Love it! 2012

After 50+ books (it's December 7 and I am still reading) I have to let you all know about the books that received top hours from me.  I know everyone has a list of books 2012 best so I am just jumping in to add my to cents.  
As of today (I have three books to read this month) I have 6 books that are labeled "LOVE IT!".  The 6 have a few things in common.  Unique plots, amazing characters, and of course captivating writing.  These books are what I consider a 100% page turner.  I think all of them had me up way passed my bedtime and all of them made me sad when I finished it.  
So, if you ask me for a book recommendation I will tell you to start with this list.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

2012 Reading Challenge Wrap Up

I have completed my first year of Reading Challenges.  YEAH!!
For 2012, I signed up for a few great challenges and of course I made sure they cross referenced themselves .  You know the Audiobook Challenge and the POC Challenge was easy to cross.  All I had to do is listen to an audiobook by a person of color.  Or the Dusty Bookshelf and the TBR Reading Challenge.  All I had to do is read a book off of my bookshelf.  Easy!  Right!  So here is the breakdown on what I read and how I did on the challenges.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Review: Ready Player One

Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Genre:  Science Fiction, YA
Publisher:  Random House Audio
Release Date:  August 16, 2011
Audiobook:  15 hours 47 minutes
Narrator:  Wil Wheaton

Source: Audible.com
Buy the Book:  Amazon.com

Monday, December 3, 2012

Quicky Reviews #3

I have a few more books and audiobooks that I want to review that aren't going to count toward any challenges.  They are really short.  I thought a sentence or two might do and so Quicky Reviews was born.  
There are just some books you can sum up in a sentence or two!