My Little Pocketbooks: January 2013   

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Winners! Winners! Winners!

For my first giveaway for 2013 is over and I am shocked and surpirsed I had so many people stop by and enter.  This is great!  Thank you so much to each and everyone one of you who stopped by, entered and left comments.
You guys ROCK!!!

Now on to the winners...

Review: The Holiday

The Holiday: A London Romantic Adventure
Author:  Kate Perry
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Destination Love Stores, LLC
Release Date: July 26, 2012
E-book: 180 pages

Source: Free from iBooks
Buy the Book:  iBooks (not available at this time)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Casting Couch #1

As a part of my new blog resolutions, I decided to add a new monthly post called "The Casting Couch".  The Casting Couch is my monthly post were I will be "fun" casting a few of the books I have reviewed this month.  This is only my dream cast and or possible cast and has nothing to do with the actual actors that were cast in the movie versions.  I just wanted to let you know who I was seeing in my head as I was reading a few of these books.
Click on the actors name to read their resumes. 
So have a seat on the couch and let the actors show you their stuff...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Review: Parable of the Sower

The Parable of the Sower
Author:  Octavia E. Butler
Genre:  Dystopian
Publisher:  Recorded Books
Release Date:  June 16, 2009
Audiobook:  12 hours and 5 minutes
Narrator:  Lynne Thigpen

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

Monday, January 28, 2013

Review: Even the Stars Look Lonesome

Even the Stars Look Lonesome
Author:  Maya Angelou
Genre:  Essay
Publisher:  Bantam
Release Date:  September 1, 1998
Hardcover:  148 pages

Source:  Selected it from a book swap last year
Buy the Book:  Amazon.com

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Best #29

 
Hosted by Tanya at Girlxoxo.com
 
So what is Sunday Best?
Every Sunday, we are going to share the best post on our blogs and other blogs we visited from the past week and link them up. Join us in showing off your Sunday Best and leave a comment or two. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Woven Pocketbooks


A couple of days ago, I stopped by one of my favorite online stores DSW to do a little online window shopping and was greeted with this headline.  The Trend? WOVEN.  I am not a trend follower 100%  More like 60% or a trendsetter but when did woven bags come back in to trend and when did they go out of trend.  I can't remember a time when they were not on some ladies shoulder somewhere.  So I did a little more online window shopping and found a few things to support my point.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Review: The Hairdresser of Harare


The Hairdresser of Harare
Author:  Tendai Huchu
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
Publisher:  Weaver Press
Release Date:  October 12, 2010
Paperback: 190 pages

Source:  From the Author
Buy the Book:  Amazon.com

Monday, January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr

On everyone's calendar, today is marked Martin Luther King Jr Day.  But in fact his birthday was a week ago.  Martin Luther King Jr was born on January 15, 1929.  
Today, I wanted to let you know about a few books about him for adult and young readers alike.
There are so many great books out there to pick from and here are just a few notable and award winning reads.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday Best #28


Hosted by Tanya at Girlxoxo.com


So what is Sunday Best?

  Every Sunday, we are going to share the best post on our blogs from the past week and link them up. Join us in showing off your Sunday Best and leave a comment or two. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday Best #27

Hosted by Tanya at Girlxoxo.com
It's back!  
I know I have not been keeping up with this meme but I am going to try and set a goal for at least two Sunday Best post a month.  At least!
So what is Sunday Best?
  Every Sunday, we are going to share the best post on our blogs from the week and link them up. Join us in showing off your Sunday Best and leave a comment or two. 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Fitness Friday #2: Gym Must Haves

Hosted by Jill @ jillconyers.com
Welcome to the second week of Fitness Friday.  Where I (and you) put down our books and talk about our fitness goals.  As well as other fitness stuff!
 What is Fitness Friday?
If you blog and/or have a Facebook Page about health/fitness, want to learn more about diet, exercise, nutrition, setting goals or if you just want to meet new people and find new health and fitness focused blogs, then join me for Fitness Friday!
FF has been great way to meet new friends and find new health and fitness blogs. People have shared their endless encouragement for reaching fitness goals and support for days that I’ve lacked motivation or have fallen into a rut. Without Fitness Friday I wouldn’t have 13 other ladies joining me this year to run 12 half marathons in 2012. Through Fitness Friday I met my running coach, learned how to prepare my new favorite breakfast, overnight oats and have planned blogger meet-ups at running events.

2013 Genre Variety Reading Challenge

Hosted by Faye@ A Daydreamer's Thoughts

I don't know what is wrong with me.  I keep signing up for reading challenge after reading challenge.  Last year, I did 5 total and now I am signing up for another one.  This one makes it number 11.  Yes!  Eleven!  This is going to be the last one.  Really!  The last one.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bout of Books 6.0 -Weekly Progress

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon
Bout of Books Progress

Everyday of the read-a-thon this post will be updated.  

I am really looking forward to reading few books from my bookshelf.  This will be the first read-a-thon where all my books are from my bookshelf.  Nothing from the library or the bookstore, all from home.  YEAH!!  :)

Monday, January 7, 2013

What I Am Reading...

Bout of Books 6.0 -Goals

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon
Bout of Books 5.0
This is going to be my second time doing the Bout of Books Read-A-Thon.  Last year I saw the button on several blogs and thought I was going to pass on it but the more and more I thought about it... I really needed to focus and get some reading done.  So I jumped in and got a lot of my goals accomplished.  This year I am happy to say that I will be jumping in once again.
As I looked over my post from last year I am shocked I got so much done.  Then I realized...I was not working that month.  So things will be not as impressive as last time.  I am adding one audiobook this year and hopefully I will get to one book of my bookshelf and/or the book club book of the month. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sunday Best #26


Hosted by Tanya at Girlxoxo.com
It's back!  
I know I have not been keeping up with this meme but I am going to try and set a goal for at least two Sunday Best post a month.  At least!
So what is Sunday Best?
  Every Sunday, we are going to share the best post on our blogs from the week and link them up. Join us in showing off your Sunday Best and leave a comment or two.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

1st Blogging Birthday

Happy Birthday to me!
Happy Birthday to me!
Happy Birthday dear MY LITTLE POCKETBOOOKSSS!
Happy Birthday tooooo meeeee!
*throw confetti*
Yep!  As of today I have completed a full year of blogging.  Whew!  I did it!
I have to say that I had these over the top expectations of blogging.  Like I would post every singel day.  LOL!  I know right?!  Like life stuff was not going to take over.  LOL!  *slap my knee*
So now that I have more realistic ideas and goals for this blog I am so looking forward to 2013 and all that it will bring.
As you know I am always looking for ways to get rid of books that I have in my house.  For this giveaway there are going to be several prizes.  Used and new!  Books and Audiobooks! 
A little something for everyone.
P.S. Sorry if the cupcake has helped you mess up your New Years Resolution.  Just hit the reset button and keep it up the diet!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Fitness Friday #1: New Year New Me

Hosted by Jill @ jillconyers.com
I know what you are thinking. "Alysia this is not a fitness/running healthy girl blog! What is this non-sense?" But wait! Let me just say... I am not changing over from a Book blogger (and purses) to a Fitness blogger. I just wanna share with you my NEW fitness life.  Yes!  Life as in lifestyle.  I am doing it and I'm going to go big.  As I mentioned in previous post, I have been on the fitness track since July 31, 2012.  And as I am finding out, it is ever evolving and morphing.  I just thought I would share.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Color of 2013

EMERALD GREEN
Every year Pantone (the universe of color and naming color) names the color of the year.  This years color is perfect on everything and one of my all time favorites.  My first car was this color.  An Emerald Green Mazad Protege and I named her Dorthy.  Get it!  Emerald City!  Oz!  Dorthy!  
Now that they have announced the color of the year, trust me, you will see it every where.  Furniture designers, costume designers and mostly everyone with the title of DESIGNER will have new and of course cute products out in this color.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

This Blog is Cleaning House in 2013

Say it with me..."I will not be a Hoarder!  I will not be a Hoarder!!"  (I need to put that to some music)  You know the chant by now, so say it loud!
Clean house is going to go on every single month from now on to whenever at My Little Pocketbooks.  Every month I will be picking a winner or two who will be able to win books from my bookshelf.  Why am I doing this?  Basically, I'm really trying not to be on the next episode of "Hoarders" or "Buried Alive".  My bookshelf is so over the top and now I need to let go.  Especially of the books I have not read and I have no plans on reading.
Enter to win one box full of 6 paperback books and of course there will be swag included.